The 2020 Election: On the Aesthetics of a Debate

Kennedy and Nixon just before the first televised presidential debate, Chicago, 1960. (Source: Public Domain)

Last week, the second Democratic primary debate (or the fourth, depending on how you’re counting) concluded in expectedly anticlimactic fashion, with the roster of ten underwhelming candidates (the two best having already debated the previous night) delivering their minute-long and platitude-heavy closing statements, while Joe Biden capped the night’s two-and-a-half-hour runtime with a gem of a sound bite

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