Sometimes I think it is Groundhog day. I load up a PRSI thread, and it's the same circular arguments being paraded by the same posters, with never a hint of any sort of consensus or even agreement to disagree. Strawmen and dead horses battle for the limelight whilst fact and reason lose themselves behind a shadow of polemic and aggression. I put it to you that, with the election so close, debate about Obama and McCain has become both meaningless and futile. Both sides throw smears, low-rate links, clips and articles often in full knowledge that what they are aruging is bogus, but continue regardless because politics is now a sport, where you pick a side and defend it. I'm guilty myself. There have been times in the past where I have been arguing and then been completely floored by brilliant logic and surprising factual evidence, and yet I have continued regardless. We're stubborn and we're arrogant, and once we've set our minds on one side we refuse to change. Debate online is only going to worsen our contempt for the 'opposition', and waste bandwith with trolling. So. Is it fair to say that debate with days to go before the 4th is not going to achieve anything? Indeed, do online political debates ever change anyone's perceptions, or are we all fans in an arena that is as gladiatorial as it is political?