I’ve seen a meme floating around today about how debates don’t change the fundamental trajectory of elections. The invaluable Adrian Gray tweeted out two points that blows that false notion out of the water:
- At the first debate 12 years ago, Bush was at 39% (down by 8%). Media quickly called it a win for Gore. Voters disagreed.
- In 2004, Bush had 11% lead going into debates. A week later, Bush led by 2%. Don’t tell me debates don’t matter.
Do not buy the spin. Remember the media already has Obama winning an election that is 40 days away. The only thing else they could report on are things that would change a result they want. Keep fighting.
Addendum: Some people are saying the Bush 2004 lead heading into the debate was only 6% but that doesn’t change the thrust of the argument