September 30, 2004

A thought about the debates tonight

I am seriously looking forward to the Presidential debates tonight if, for no other reason, than because I am finally going to get to see the candidates square off against each other with no help from spin squads, partisan p.r. flacks, and web hit-men. No intermediaries to explain the positions. I am hoping for pure, unadulterated content straight from the horse's mouth. I want a hard hitting, no punches pulled debate. I do not want mealy mouthed equivocation or cheap shots. I want to know what each candidate's position is with no filter in place.

I am bound to be disappointed but a boy can dream, can't he?

Posted by Random Penseur at September 30, 2004 09:13 AM

Hey RP, my Granny used to say dream big in case it comes true. You very well may be surprised. Or at least entertained.

Posted by: Wicked H at September 30, 2004 11:07 AM

I agree wholeheartedly, I may even watch part of it for the pure entertainment factor. I want to see if either side can stand on their own 2 feet without guys coming in slipping them cheat sheets. For GWB I can imagine something like this "Pakistan - Pak ih stan" "Iraq - ih rack".

I heard a good quote from Bill Clinton the other day on PBS, it went something like this: "Debates show people and yourself what you truly believe in. If you are just acting, and don't believe in what you say, you have to be a really good actor to keep in character for a whole debate" (I'm paraphrasing immensely because I can't find the quote and I didn't write it down at the time).

It should be a good show, I'll bring the popcorn.

Posted by: Oorgo at September 30, 2004 11:39 AM

I don't know if I have much hopes for these particular debates; they are so very controlled. Bush got his way in several things, including apparently temp control Apparently Kerry is not extrememly heat tolerant and sweats when the temp rises over 79 F or something like that. Bush also asked that he not be put to close to Kerry as Kerry towers over him.

Nitpicking and silly stuff and from what I am hearing the debates are tightly controlled.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at September 30, 2004 01:39 PM

R.P., because even grown boys can cry with discouragement and disappointment, I wanted to let you know that politicians have a talent for speaking in such an oblique way that no concrete interpretations can be extracted from the words.

I'll be watching the debate too. And I'm strongly considering setting my sound to MUTE as in this way, I might find out more about the real person under the political masks. (just kidding, of course).

Posted by: Roberta at September 30, 2004 02:57 PM
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