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[Oct. 21st, 2016|06:35 am]

I found myself very distracted by the election yesterday. Christine has convinced me to watch the Newshour for a couple nights in a row: i think i need to stop that. There's some difference between video and reading that isn't just content that makes the impact a bit more distressing than it needs to be.

There was a report on rural mountain North Carolina poverty and the distrust voters have towards both parties making anything better. The interviewees were wonderfully articulate (even though i wanted to shake them at times). The stark contrast between their command of the English language and Donald Trump's statements is just one of the many depressing notes from my distraction. Another was listening to Hillary Clinton's response to a law-and-order question: i felt in my bones the lost moment for her to speak of a just society as she listed (quite reasonable) programs. If i can sense a rhetorically missed moment, it must have been a big miss. Of course, this is the distraction to which i refer -- i accept that rhetoric is more than soundbites and it does have meaning. It does set tone.

The place i need to be digging is my county politics and trying to discern whether i will vote for the Democrats or for the "nice young man" running as an independent. Our county seems as split as the country, with the western part rural and the eastern part getting developed.


[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2016-10-21 02:45 pm (UTC)
I read an interesting article about her rhetorical technique, which pretty much said that she just isn't great at it, but she's about as good as you can get by studying and planning. It went on to claim that the reason the debates have made Trump look so bad is that she's purposely setting up her statements and subjects to make him go nuts: that this is only partly about him being a disorganized mess, and partly about her being particularly adept at capitalizing on an opponent's weakness.
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