On the eve of the last Presidential debate, I’ve been suffering from a nagging VP debate hangover. By all accounts, my guy (Biden) “won” the debate.
Before we declare a “winner” tomorrow night, I want to throw this out: let’s wake the fuck up folks…there are NO “winners” in these exercises in demagoguery! What we witness is a pre-packaged regurgitation of talking points that are as meaningless as the “debates” themselves.
Tomorrow night we will hear President Obama attack Romney’s “flip-flop” vulnerability and counter-attack on the Obamacare issue; he’s also likely to hit on some of the fabrications proffered thus far by the Romney campaign. Romney will delight in attacking the President on the Libya non-issue (seriously, can we all be grown-ups for a second and agree that not all the information about an incident is immediately available to the parties involved?) and on the slow growth of the economy as if President Obama was the ever powerful economic wizard that the Republican’s would have him be. I applaud BO’s efforts (GM, stimulus) and am willing to be patient.
The point is this: neither of these guys will talk about anything of any real substance. And the “winner” will be declared based on who (and I can’t believe I’m about to use this Palinism) had the better “gotcha” moments. And who walked the fine line of aggressiveness vs. decorum. These things are a joke and an insult to educated, critical-thinking citizens throughout our land. I want one of these guys to have the balls to stand up and say so. Say “Look, our campaign is about more than sound-bites and media created “issues”…here’s where we stand, here’s what our platform is, and here’s how we are different from the other guy”.
Folks, it’s time we started demanding more from this process. No matter who wins next month, our system if FUBAR and we are in deep shit if we don’t start making some changes. If you have seen the 2006 Mike Judge movie “Idiocracy” you share my terror that we are moving towards making that a non-fiction movie…