First off, they were both pretty terrible – let’s just be honest. I’ll give them credit and say it was probably because they spent less time practicing and more time trying to talk our economy off the ledge. Regardless, they were both stilted and neither of them performed to their ability. Obama in particular disappointed me, partly because he’s my candidate and I expect more from him, but also because he is normally so articulate and informed. I saw him taking notes while McCain was speaking, and I was thinking, “Oh good – he’s picking up all these great opportunities to contradict McCain and make a killer point.” And then…he just spouted off a canned-sounding two minute tangent.
Other things that annoyed me:
- McCain does that smile-when-I’m angry thing that makes me so nervous. That’s totally the type of person who kills you in your sleep.
- Both candidates talked about needing to “explain things” to other major world powers, such as China and Russia, and “make them understand” how things work. The hubris there is incredible. Who are we – after 8 years of the stupidest president we’ve ever known, IRAQ (or eye-rack, as some people know it), an economy that’s on the brink of depression, a political rift that is deeply polarizing our nation, a vice president who shot someone in the face, corruption (hellooooo, Alberto Gonzales) and conservative hypocrite scandals galore (Larry Craig, Mark Foley, SARAH PALIN, anyone?), and I could go on – to tell anyone how anything works? It’s LUDICROUS.
- McCain kept saying how Obama “didn’t understand”. I know McCain is 25 years older than Obama, but that doesn’t make him a child for fuck’s sake. It just makes him about to die and unfit to lead. If you’re going to be our next president, have at least enough dignity to treat your political opponent with respect. At least Obama was enough of a diplomat to point out the ways in which McCain was “correct”, and then show how his point of view around the referenced issue was wrongheaded. Then Rudy Giuliani, the prick, had the balls to say that McCain taught Obama a lesson in foreign policy, as evidence by his frequent admissions of McCain’s “accurateness.”
- The entire argument about sitting down with Iran’s Ahmadinejad. I just don’t understand WHY it’s even an argument. How has talking to people we need desperately to better understand ever a bad idea? What happened to “known thy enemy”, or “keep your friends close and your enemies closer”. It’s so boneheaded and ignorant to completely rule out any opportunity of the kind, it just makes me want to scream. I get McCain’s point that you can’t just sit down and say “no you won’t”, when Ahmadinejad declares he’s going to wipe Israel of the face of the planet, but still. If you can’t have difficult conversations with people who don’t like who are fairly inclined to kill you, you’re not prepared to be a president or a leader. That’s just my opintion.
I seriously don’t know what drugs these people are on, but I want some. Reality just doesn’t appear to be a pressing issue.
In any case, I hope Obama steps up his game. If we end up with McCain, I’m going to be seriously depressed and might even expatriate. I can’t deal with another four years of this shame.
UPDATE: Here’s the full debate, on video.