As noted before, the debate is won during the debate ABOUT the debate.
Danville, Kentucky (CNN) – Call it a draw. — Forty-eight percent of voters who watched the vice presidential debate think that Rep. Paul Ryan won the showdown, according to a CNN/ORC International nationwide poll conducted right after Thursday night’s faceoff.
Perhaps the most telling talking head of the evening was Chris Tweety Matthews on MSNBC, who scored it like a boxing card.
I have to wonder where the adults in the room are. We are talking about perhaps the most consequential election of my lifetime, and they are talking like a bunch of amateur movie critics in your local “alternative” newspaper. Eloquence is waxed, without any sort of reference to what the debate is ABOUT. I told you the story of Old Jesus University, and I told you the story about how Mitt’s debate coach in January was Jerry Falwell University’s Debate Team Coach for 25 years before going into the consulting business.
And I will again note that we have fundamentally betrayed 2,500 years of WESTERN CIVILIZATION if we turn our debates into mere gladiatorial spectacle. How DARE that self-anointed schmuck decide that the debate over who is to lead OUR government for the next four years is somehow a club boxing match on the undercard.
HOW. FUCKING. DARE. HE.
The Republicans, the Party of Limbaugh, the Party of Swiftboating and Birtherism is now (after a week of crowing about the polls that were ‘clearly’ illegitimate the week before) sniffing that Joe Biden wasn’t gentlemanly enough, he was uncivil. His smile and smirk are OFFENSIVE to the Morlocks, who prefer that the pinkie be kept straight out while eating grilled Eloi ribs.
goya: saturn eats his children
Good lord. Has this United States of America, this nation of Franklin, Adams, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Washington, Roosevelt, and any others you’d care to mention become a nation of jackasses, concerned only with jackass-style rhetorical stunts, more overawed by performance than substance? Is THIS what we’ve come to?
Is it men so partisan that they’d call a hearing only peripherally within their purview, in the middle of the election congressional recess, that would blurt out classified intelligence information just to “lay blame” for Benghazi?*
(* It were freaking Al Qaeda, schmucks. It weren’t Obama, and besides, WHO cut $300 million out of State Department Security? Oh never mind. Facts matter not at all to these lunatics.)
I remember a day when our anchors and great grey hoary visages would shake their shaggy heads and hold our politicians to a higher standard. Now, we’re one step above brawling on the floor of congress like they do in Korea, or like we did before we turned our bluster into the endless corpses of northern and southern sons and daughters.
Is this where we’ve come again?
To listen to Paul Ryan unblinkingly promise “bipartisanship” under Romney, was like listening to Hitler extolling his love for the Jews.
And there’s nothing hyperbolic in THAT, kiddies, Godwin’s Law be damned.
After a week of listening to Democrats with the vapours (forgetting, as I blissfully had, that Democrats are generally invertibrates and tend to piss themselves at the slightest hint of danger), it was refreshing to see Lunch Bucket Joe get in there and kick some righteous ass.
But that’s my take.
In this windstorm of blather than we are now guaranteed for days, I look forward to seeing what the Breitbart/Murdoch/Carlson/Malkin axis comes up with as the phony kerfuffle du jour (after unsuccessfully trying to intimidate Martha Raditz, as they intimidated and smeared Gwen Ifill at the Palin/Biden bout, last quadrennium), and who the Usual Kerfluffers will be.
I do not expect much in the sensible realm, nor do I expect any non-amateurish theater criticism, and, sadly, I do not expect it to be insightful, meaningful, nor ever to flutter anywhere near the core of the issues.
Sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Until the next match, next TUESDAY! as all the cable folk were promo’ing as they went into long-delayed commercial breaks.
Next up: Spartacus takes on Ben Hur in a cage match.
And the long-running reality game show, that consummate insult to American Democracy, “Who Wants To Be President?” (or, in some markets “Dancing With The Facts”) is a mere two episodes from its stunning climax.
Featuring Lady GaGa, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, a special guest holographic appearance by Frank Sinatra, a tribute to the New Christy Minstrels and Rex, the Wonder Dog. All in benefit of Mr. Kite.
Don’t miss it.