We’re so looking forward to watching the political theater from our couch tomorrow night. We went Web surfing to get in the mood for the VP debate, and because we work where we work, we went surfing for things that were lawyer-related. After all, that’s our bag.
Unfortunately, we only succeeded in two out of three cases. But hey, that’d be enough to win us an appeal, so we’re OK with it.
JDs -- too stilted, but at least they think of everything: In Democratic strategist Paul Begala’s column on debating tips, he says a legal education (like he, Obama and Biden got) actually tends to work against you in a debate. But we were much more interested in the tip he was illustrating when he said: “We wanted Gov. Bill Clinton to be completely at ease in his surroundings, right down to his butt.” [CNN.com]
Professor, it's no "Law & Order": One law professor argues that presidential debates should be structured more like a legal trial (.pdf). Another says that’s giving trials too much credit. [Yale Law Journal: Pocket Part, Northwestern University Law Review: Colloquy]
Beware the condescension trap: This video comparison of Sarah Palin and Joe Biden’s past debates (not against each other, of course) also includes a flashback to George H.W. Bush sparring with Geraldine Ferraro. [New York Times]
— Pam Smith