Who won Wednesday’s debate between presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney?

I suspect those who’ve already picked their candidate will think their guy did best, and find fault with the positions of his challenger.

Do people really tune into these debates this far into the campaign and expect to hear something that will really change their mind?

Or do people watch debates for more of a NASCAR effect, where people are tuning in in case there’s a wreck? Are they watching in case one candidate has a really big flub or a meltdown, or watching in case one candidate is really able to tattoo his opponent with some great line, some zinger?

A political science professor way back in my days at LSU said that political advertising, debates and most other exposure of a candidate simply tends to reinforce the viewer’s initial perception of the candidate.

So for most, if they like one candidate, then they find things to like about their guy and not like about the other, while someone who likes the opponent sees the same thing and finds reasons why his guy did better.

Are there really people undecided about this race, this close to the election? It’s hard to believe.


The crew behind the counter at Victor’s Cafeteria got me good recently.

I have breakfast there regularly, to tap into the conversation around the coffee table about a typically wide-ranging variety of subjects.

They do a great job with my two poached eggs and whole wheat toast, but when they started seeing me walk in and assumed I’d have the usual, I good naturedly told them I didn’t want to be taken for granted, that perhaps I wanted something different.

So when asked what sort of different item I wanted, I suggested I’d like Eggs Florentine.

I really was happy with my poached eggs, but just was poking some fun and thought I’d come up with something too unusual for them.

I’d had Eggs Florentine a time or two, but to tell the truth I couldn’t really remember what it was.

It’s basically a poached egg served over duded-up spinach, maybe sort of like a spinach casserole with cheese and cream. It’s often served with a tomato slice, baked I think.

Anyway, after this first exchange about Eggs Florentine, I’d jokingly ask occasionally if they’d yet added it to the menu.

Recently, when I went to place my order, I asked for my regular poached eggs and got back, “You don’t want Eggs Florentine?”

To my surprise, and pleasure, they’d researched the dish and come up with a darned good version of Eggs Florentine, done on a griddle.

I was a bit nervous at first that I’d made such a big deal out of this and what now if I didn’t like it? I was determined to eat it, whatever it was, because they’d gone to so much trouble for me.

But it was great.

Not sure if it’s standard on the menu yet, but if you get the chance for Victor’s Eggs Florentine, I recommend it, and especially the nice crew who went to so much trouble to make it for me.

WILL CHAPMAN is publisher of The Daily Iberian.

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