A little nasty, anyway. While debates among the Republican candidates have been marked by a particularly fierce and contentious attitude, Democrats have largely remained civil in their interactions. However, in yesterday’s Democratic candidate debates — the first in about a month — trailing candidates Edwards and Obama laid into Hillary Clinton with a distinctly uncivil tone to their criticism. This probably signifies the necessities of the 2008 elections, which are, after all, being held during a time of war. Perhaps the civility of the Democratic candidates’ dialogue was causing American viewers to fear that Dems won’t be able to “get tough on terrorism”? Maybe. Interesting idea to me, that politeness, consideration and civility could ever be the cause of fear to millions of people: but so it is in war, it seems.
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