I was going to let this one lay, but Amy from Lucy’s Football asked me to write something.
We here at the Bellbottom Blog always accept and encourage requests so let’s try this.
I didn’t watch the actual debate which puts me in the same boat as Jim Lehrer who was allegedly the moderator.
Mr. Lehrer has a well earned reputation as a solid newsman. Problem is age seems to have caught up with him. From the highlights I saw, he wasn’t able to keep the debaters in line with the rules they agreed to. This is not a small detail. Weeks of negotiations go into the format for debates. Both sides agree to who will moderate, the height of podiums, sitting or standing, background colors, you name it.
I followed the whole thing on Twitter. I much prefer this format. Most of the people I follow are of the same general political persuasion that I am. A few right wingers are in there, but as long as they behave themselves it is fine with me.
The debate was going along with out much drama until Mr. Romney used the timeworn rightwing promise to defund PBS. The moderator just happens to work there, but as we all know Mitt has no problem firing people. The Twitterites went absolutely nuts when they realized Big Bird and Sesame Street were on the chopping block. Parody accounts sprang up. FiredBigBird was the first one. The hashtag #OccupySesameStreet appeared.
But as the debate moved on, the mood turned somber.
Here is the dilemma the left has with politics. They get genuinely upset when their guy isn’t going well. They can’t hide their disappointment.
The right will follow their guy off of a cliff no questions asked.
So as the night wore on, people got more and more upset.
Look, in the runup to the event all the pundits said the challenger usually wins the first debate.
That is what happened here apparently It does not mean the election is over. Far from it. The polls will be out tomorrow or sometime over the weekend and we will see how things might have changed. My prediction is they won’t change much. Most folks have already made their minds up.
The deal with Mitt that had so many of his own party hate him for years is the fact that he will say anything that he thinks his current audience wants to hear. No matter what he has said in the past. During the Republican debates, his fellow competitors complained about this tendency loud and long.
When the President tried to point that out during the debate, Mitt would just deny he had ever said anything different.
The Monty Python television show had a sketch about arguments.
The man walks into a series of rooms looking for someone to have an argument with.
One of the rooms had a man who reminds me of Mitt.
The whole discussion falls into a battle of “No, you didn’t”. “Yes, you did.” Until the man gets fed up and leaves.
It is a funny sketch but to have a debate with a man like that in real life you run the risk of letting your anger and frustration show. Then you get accused of not being presidential.
I think the president took the proper path. Just get through it and move on with the campaign.
So, to my friends on the left, calm down. Just because the pundits are pulling their hair out doesn’t mean you have to. The President is the same guy he was before and the Governor is the same guy he was. That should be enough.to get four more years.
To my friends on the right, enjoy the moment. You know your guy is capable of self-destructing any minute now.
No matter how you feel though, you need to make sure you are registered to vote. And if you are going to be working on Election Day, get an absentee ballot. It is easy to do. You don’t need special I.D. You can vote from home.
I know it looked like a clown car most of this year especially with the 23 Republican Debates, but you have to vote.
P.S. While I was writing this someone retweeted a Dennis Miller quote into my timeline. He hasn’t been funny in 25 years. I don’t unfollow too many people but this will get you dropped faster than a lame, obscure reference in a Dennis Miller appearance on O’Reilly.