I have decided to take a break from watching the debates and town halls held by the Democratic and Republican candidates. I started watching the Democratic town hall on Wednesday but soon got tired of it. I think it is because as a fairly close observer of politics, I am not learning anything new about the candidates’ views from these events. I think I pretty much know where they stand so watching would be largely for style not substance and I am not that interested in style. I figure that if they say something really new or interesting, I will hear or read about it elsewhere.
I know that political candidates like to have more such events because it gives them the much desired visibility and I can understand why. Not everyone is a close observer of politics like me who is able to set aside the time to watch these events. Many people have other things that they have to deal with in their lives that take precedence. Hence having more such events increases the chances that a regular voter will tune in to at least one and hear what the candidates have to say so I think these are in general good things. But I have had enough, at least for the time being.
So I did not watch the Democratic debate last night. I am not planning to watch the Republican debate on Saturday either since not only is it highly unlikely that I will learn anything new about their stances, what I know they will say repulses me. However, I may change my mind if early reports suggest that it is turning into an ugly slugfest. Because then I would be watching for entertainment value, not information.