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What Debate? Obama v. Romney Was Incumbent Alpha v. Challenge Alpha

birdfighter Wrote: Oct 20, 2012 9:51 AM
Candidates don't get elected by telling the truth--consider Romney's secret 47% comment or Obama's secret comment, "they cling to their Bibles and guns,". You win by mastering the game of politicing, that is, making yourself attractive to a diversity of voters. Most of you probably don't remember Richard Nixon, but Watergate revealed a crude personality so different from his public persona. Why the masquerade in politics? It's how you get donations and votes, stupid.

Setting aside the nostrum that this election is unique in modern times and probably the most important of our lifetimes, a trope which is repeated every four years, what you and I saw on Tuesday had almost nothing to do with genuine philosophical differences. This was not Cato vs. Caesar, Adams vs. Jefferson, or even Lincoln vs. Douglas. This was incumbent alpha vs. challenge alpha in a chest thumping display of dyadic conflict designed to determine who will occupy the top position in a dominance hierarchy.

Should we expect anything different from two politicians who have conspicuously...

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