Yesterday, the leaders of the three largest political parties in the UK
engaged in a live televised election debate
for the first time in history. Most
that Nick Clegg, the leader of Britain's perennial third party the Liberal Democrats, made the best impression
in yesterday's first of three weekly debates
leading up to the general election on May 6. The progressive-leaning Guardian even goes so far as to claim that he is now prime ministerial material
This being Metafilter you will undoubtedly ask, "how does Cory Doctorow figure into all of this?" Well, he agrees with Nick
on the Digital Economy Act
. Then again, Nick is agreed with
quite a lot
"Who will win the presidential debates? What does each candidate’s use of words say about how he would govern as president? Can Obama’s rhetorical skills lift him to the heights of Lincoln, FDR, and Reagan—or will his speechmaking do him in? After watching all 47 (!) of the primary season’s debates, our correspondent has the answers—and some harsh criticism for the moderators."
The amazing debate spotter text analysis tool
is a fun way to look at the words our leaders use. Bush had a lot of obvious ones: hard work
, wrong time
, wrong place
, he forgot poland
. Kerry name dropped Saddam Hussein
and Osama Bin Laden
quite a bit and had the highest kill
ratio. Here's Cameron's post
about how it came to be and how it works. Politics in the age of the internet are certainly an interesting time.
WORLD EXCLUSIVE: GORE MOLE SUSPECTED TO HAVE INFILTRATED BUSH CAMPAIGN; FBI MOVES IN; DEBATE PREP TAPE EXPOSED BREACH
This could be big. I remember when I read about the whole Moncia dress incident on the Drudge Report and look what happened... I hope to god it is not true, I couldn't stand Bush winning because of something like this.
PS, don't yell at me for the caps, it's Drudge. What do you expect?
Bush Evades Prime-Time Debates.
"Gore spokesman Chris Lehane said Bush's 'idea of the perfect debate is on Austin cable access during the Olympic finals women's gymnastics.'"