My family and friends are surprised to find out that I’m not a fan of TV-based political debates. They figure that since I have an above average interest in politics, television debates must be like my Super Bowl, or something.
I prefer debates like How Much Government is Good Government? between New York Times columnist David Brooks and Representative Paul Ryan. It’s written. You can download it and read it on your iPad, Kindle or any device that supports .pdf.
I think TV debates don’t give a true picture of the candidate. Its like trying to pick a wife while watching ladies perform in a roller derby.
There’s more opportunity in the written format to filter out the shenanigans and articulate a more complete representation of your positions and your criticisms of your opponents’ positions.
I downloaded the Brooks/Ryan debate for my Kindle iPhone app and read about 60% so far. I’ll have more to say about it soon.
I do recommend it. If you’re the least bit interested in politics, you will find it easy reading and interesting.