As the election nears and the volume of information increases, it seems we only have time for snippets of information, spin and opinions.
With that fact in mind, today we present a special Twitter edition of #Answerman.
Question: Was hard to concentrate on what cands were saying in last week’s pres debate and watch snark-filled Twitter roll too.. Advice? #overwhelmed
Answer: Turn sound down. Tweets are better way to follow complex issues of nation. They put the simple in simplistic. #140CharDemocracy
Q: Thnx. Agreed. I think Obama won debate ’cause more tweets were about him. Is this same as random sample polling?
A: Close enough for social media. More than 7.2 mil tweets sent during debate when average poll only talks to 1,000. #pseudoscience
Q: Gd pt. Thrown by the tie selection. Thought Const. says R wear red and D wear blue. Not sure what color either wore Tues #colorblindjustice
A: Not Constitution, just Nat. Debate Commission. Once Candy Crowley decided to break rules and ask tough follow-ups, rules went out the window.
Q: Some of those undecided voters at the Town Hall seemed pretty decided. Who picked them? #undecidedorbraindead
A: Gallup Poll found them, same poll that is now considered outlier among national polls. But undecided doesn’t mean unopinionated.
Q: I did notice that more of the undecideds on the stage were men. Is indecision a gender issue?
A: I don’t know. Maybe it is. Maybe it isn’t. I guess I could go either way. #gaahh
Q: Romney kept referring to econ conditions when Obama was elected vs. now. Does he know who was president that day? #romnesia
A: Must. Obama mentioned George W. Bush more than Romney did, and not always in negative way. #selectivememory
Q: Is it good politics for Romney to remind voters of the Bush II years? Not good memories for many.
A: Maybe. R’s blaming Obama for weak economy is kind of like starting pitcher who gave up 8 runs blaming bullpen when team is still behind.
Q: If Twitter is any judge, and of course it is, the most important topic of debate involved binders full of women. What r those again? #kinky
A: Romney said he had them when Mass. gov. Were filled with résumés to help him appoint women to high government offices.
Q: Oh. I guess that’s better than binders full of actual women cause that’s just weird #littlewomen
A: Agreed. But last politician who had binders full of women didn’t do so well #eliotspitzer
Q: Debate went 100 minutes and only 5 questions from voters. Why have real people there if they don’t get to talk. #humanprops
A: It gave Obama and Romney a chance to walk around, even get in each other’s space. Made for good TV #phildonahue
Q: But without the voters, who would have asked about gun control and education reform? Certainly not the moderator. #wholettheminhere
A: They might have gotten there after they’d exhausted their Benghazi and fiscal cliff questions. #beltwayissues
Q: I still can’t get binders full of women out of my head.
A: Who can.
Q: Why did they keep interrupting each other and that nice woman who was moderating? #kindergarten
A: Obama had to repair damage from first debate when voters thought he was asleep. Romney had to keep showing that he’s not intimidated by the president. #kindergarten
Q: Seems juvenile. Isn’t there a better way to pick the leader of the free world?
A: You mean other than Twitter?
Q: I have to go. This exchange has cost me a hundred followers. #yourenohelp
A: Me too. Better go back to retweeting @LarrySabato and @staypuft. #itswhatIdo.