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October 20, 2012 / needhamgrassroots

Merolph

This post from Jared Bernstein discusses the difficulty of debating a shape-shifter:

Obama was unable to solve that problem in the first debate; to my eyes and ears, Biden did so in the second one, but to do so he had to intervene as his opponent was shape-shifting in real time.  It’s unfortunate to interrupt—I know, I try hard not to do it on cable TV—but if you let the shape-shifters get too far, they’ll morph into someone they’re not and at that point it’s “he-said, she-said.”

Sure, you can leave it for the fact-checkers to sort through the next day, but a) by then it’s too late, and b) they’re contractually obligated to show balance, so they tend to basically take a “pox on both their houses” view.  It’s of course the case that both sides stray from the facts, but claiming deficit savings that arguably aren’t there (though…

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