Category: Presidential Debate
My last post on the presidential debate focused on the disastrous, lackluster, non-performance by Obama, but now I want to dissect the performance of Mitt Romney who has been declared the clear winner of the debate. In my opinion Romney will advance only in the short term because his performance, albeit energetic and captivating, lacked authenticity. Authenticity is equally important to lawyers as to politicians.
Trial lawyers start working on their final argument from the first day on a case and keep working it until they get up on their feet and start talking. They continually collect ideas, details, and special facts to weave into arguments. They write out the boiler plate arguments like reasonable doubt, presumption of innocence and how to highlight the critical jury instructions. They know these set-pieces will always be part of the argument. They are not prepared in a rush the night before or off the top of their head. These lessons could have helped the President in the first Presidential debate.