Finally the debates are over with and we can go back to hearing our handful of nightly sound clips from both sides and not feel forced to sit through ninety minutes of exactly the same thing as the previous two presidential and one vice presidential debate. They just say the same things over and over. Why exactly did John McCain want ten debates? He certainly hasn't even used part of one debate to his advantage.
So what is my impression of last night’s debate? Let me some it up by paraphrasing the candidates.
Obama: "me, me, me, me, me"
McCain: "Obama, Obama, Obama, Obama, Obama"
Kind of one sided don't you think? It's no wonder that surveys hand Obama the victory with 53% of the people saying he won the debate and only 23% say McCain won. I think McCain should have used a little more time to talk about himself instead of bringing up the same things over and over, the tax fine, Obama's opposition to offshore drilling earlier on his career when McCain himself was the same way earlier, and on and on and on. Joe Plummer was mentioned some 26 times last night, the economy a measly 16 times and Iraq only 6. What is wrong with this picture?
Let me address Senator McCain for a bit.
Dear Senator McCain,
You had my vote, even before the primaries were over. You were the Maverick, you were the one to reform Washington, and you would pull us out of this mess. However, last night was the first time you ever said, "I am not Bush." It was about eight months too late. You have wasted your entire campaign attacking Obama's character and leadership skills. I might find this acceptable if you hadn't done a half assed job at it. But you did do a half assed job at it and so it makes you seem like a grumpy, whiny old man. It also had the side effect that you have kept me in the dark about exactly what you are going to do for me if elected president except for buying failed mortgages from homeowners. Because I am a responsible homeowner and didn't buy a house beyond my means, this makes me feel like shit. Why have I spent my entire life saving and living responsibly when I could have been living it up, driving fast cars and pimping my pad? I didn't think it was possible that you could go an entire election campaign without talking about issues but you Mr. McCain have done it and I applaud you for that accomplishment. It will probably never happen again in my lifetime. So what am I to do? Vote for a guy who talks about issues but with whom I disagree with 50% of the time of vote for a guy who I used to agree with 50% of the time but has spent the last half year avoiding talking about anything substantial and what few things you have talked about how been about expanding the government and spending more money, the two things I am adamantly opposed to. You've lost my vote Senator.
In my voting career of four presidential elections, I've voted for Bill Clinton twice and two third party candidates (i.e. throwing away my vote). I thought this was the year that I would finally be able to vote for a Republican outside of our national and state Congress. I have a feeling that I will be throwing away my vote yet again this year on a third party candidate. I bet I'll have plenty to choose from who spend their ENTIRE time discussing issues on where they stand.
P.S. If McCain mentions Palin's qualification for vice president as someone who understands kids with special needs because she understands AUTISM better than anyone, one more time, I think I will scream. Trig, Palin's son, has DOWN SYNDROME, a chromasonal defect which is in no way, shape or form related to AUTISM, whose cause is yet unknown.