The topic of immigration was conspicuously absent from Wednesday nite’s debate. Considering that President Obama seemed to be off of his game for that debate, his campaign should be content to save the issue for one of the two upcoming debates. Governor Romney has drastically changed his position on the issue from the primaries to the general election and his flip-flopping should be challenged.
A debate is an adversarial process. Getting along and being respectful is an ideal goal when all parties involved agree to do so. However as with mediation, which is a form of alternative dispute resolution, it is next to impossible to be a gentleman or a lady and have a fruitful discussion with a fighter or a bully. In a competitive environment, where there is either a declared or perceived winner and conversely a loser such as a debate, the aggressor will usually be victorious over the passive party. The strategy of “taking the high road” may not be the best one in such situations as the goal is not to reach the truth or an agreement as much as it is to win the debate.