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The End Of Rhetoric?

Four years ago, I did some handicapping of the first Presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barak Obama based on each candidate's rhetorical success or failure. As it turned out, that first debate demonstrated that Obama's skill in inspiring large audiences did not translate to the ability to win a verbal joust with a single opponent, one who lacked the President's ability to gin up the crowd but who nevertheless had other debating talents that made up for this shortcoming.
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