From the road...

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I just finished watching a re-run of the Romney/Obama debate. I guess I don't really see how Romney "dominated" Obama, as many pundits have said. It didn't really seem like that to me. It didn't seem the other way around, either. Actually, it didn't really seem like much of anything. What's kind of remarkable to me is that it seemed like it was more an exercise in memorizing statistics. With both sides spewing out figures, it's no wonder most people got bored. Snooze fest! (The fact-checkers at the news stations probably had their work cut out for them, though!) I wonder how much stock the American public puts in these debates? From what I understand, it's a whole lot. I've heard about "turning points" and "deciding" moments during these debates. I wonder if the last couple decades would have been much different if the debates weren't televised. If they were only on the radio, let's say. If for example, you couldn't see a charming Clinton get up and address the audience. If you didn't see how uncomfortable Nixon seemed during his debate with JFK. (I wasn't alive then...i've only seen the video!) You catch my drift. I wonder if too high a premium has been placed on these hour segments? Or perhaps it makes no difference in the outcome at all. Some pundits talk about how the "real" personality of the candidates comes out in these debates. The "inner self", if you will. I don't know about that...I feel like it's to the point where it's SO important that it could easily become reduced to an act. Of course, I like to believe that the candidates are truly being themselves on stage, but I have to wonder...

Anyhow! What a wonderful time we're having out here in the South. Thanks to the folks who came out to the Texas shows! Thanks to New Orleans, Oxford and Birmingham! Hope to see ya'll again real soon.

We've still got Atlanta, Nashville, and a bunch in North Carolina coming up. Hope to see ya there!

xo jg