THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Wham, Zonk and Gurgle

The Presidency/ Hugh Sidey

Viewed from a distance, the aftermath of the great electronic confrontation resembles a couple of peanuts hit by a steamroller of analytical apparatus Whatever substance the two modestly endowed men served up in 90 minutes was reduced instantly to an oil spot by the clanking, flashing paraphernalia of production staging and rehashing that preceded and followed the Carter-Reagan affair. Instantly, the "debate" became a mini-industry all its own, employing thousands generating millions of dollars and possibly lifting Cleveland back to solvency. The debaters seem to have been bit...

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