Friday Puzzler: If Presidential Debates Have Little Effect, Why Engage in Them?
Over at The Monkey Cage, John Sides has a timely post on the influence of debates on the outcome of US presidential elections. Despite the media frenzy, intensive practice, and partisan spin that surrounds these debates, the reality is that they rarely have any effect on elections’ final outcome. Nada.
So here’s my question: if debates really don’t have significant effect, why bother?