Published: December 17, 2012
Lawyers reviewing the latest gadget released by Apple – the junior-sized iPad mini – are focusing on its size, shape, weight and usability, elements of what tech-geeks call its “form factor.”
The return of the man former President Bill Clinton nicknamed “old moderate Mitt” to this week’s foreign policy debate reflects the climate of public opinion and the realities of a $16 trillion debt load as much as it demonstrates Mitt Romney’s presidential ambitions.
The last presidential debate of 2012 was supposed to be a sideshow.
Through summer and into autumn, the campaign’s script was all about the domestic economy, so this third face-to-face between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney sounded like a snoozer on foreign policy.
The toil fact-checking requires is paying off.
No doubt chastened by post-first-debate reports that they have been fibbing, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney mostly told the truth during the Oct. 16 debate, although the fact-checkers criticized them for leaving out the context that can turn a black or white truth gray.
As they prepared for tonight’s presidential debate, President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney no doubt have had an image seared onto their brains, and perhaps onto their note cards: The scowling American middle class is sitting there, restlessly watching, drumming fingers on the table, waiting to hear the next class-saving promise.
After two of the four debates of the 2012 presidential season, what is most striking is how much of the response, as expressed in mainstream news coverage and social media, focuses on body language, demeanor, matters of etiquette, and whether a candidate was likable.
In the aftermath of the first 2012 presidential debate, President Obama and his supporters took every opportunity to explain that while the president admittedly had an off-night, the debate’s real story was that his opponent, Gov. Mitt Romney, was untruthful about his own proposals, particularly his tax cut plan.
Instantaneous results, a feature of presidential-campaign debates for decades, have reached a new level in 2012. Now, instead of merely declaring a winner and a loser seconds after the candidates’ final handshake, close observers of the debates announce which one was telling more fibs.
Social media has been a wild card in presidential politics since at least 2003, when liberal, tech-savvy activists used blogs and early social networks to lift from obscurity Gov. Howard Dean’s anti-war challenge to front-runner Sen. John Kerry.
But so far, social media has played a minimal role in the most decisive campaign news events – the presidential and vice presidential debates held in the final weeks of the campaign. The debate tradition, according to Personal Democracy Forum co-founder Micah Sifry, is the political institution that “has changed the least since the rise of the Internet, despite public demands for greater participation and transparency.”
Taking notes is a critical task for lawyers in all practice areas.
Some would rather write longhand, some would rather type and others prefer to enter text directly into a mobile device, with their thumbs or using a dictation program. Regardless of these preferences, it’s essential that an attorney’s notes are preserved and accessible, and there are apps to serve every attorney’s personal writing style.