Friday, September 26, 2008
The Angry Baby Mantle
Has Been Passed.
As regards the debates, the teevee machines are full of analysis and men-in-ties, and the internets are full of 1,000-comment-threads on monster blogs.
So into that large tome I will slip one one footnote.
Since John McSame has been bought out by the Bush/Rove machine he has had one note: humorless fury. Every answer tonight was either preceded with a sneer of raged-up petulance, or punctuated with “Senator Obama doesn’t understand…” condescension.
In my fantasy life, Senator Obama would have picked up that gauntlet, upped his voice a decibel and rubbed that miserable old man's melting face right in his failures, complicity, wildly lurching/grab-at-anything-shiny economic "policy" and his befuddled, polyandrous relationship with dates, names, nations and facts.
For all of the economic to-and-fro, this was primarily a discussion of foreign policy: John McSame’s stronghold. And what the Senator from Illinois clearly wanted – and believes in, across-the-board and down to his DNA -- was a gentlemanly, adult exchange about process and judgment, so instead of shooting the big, fat targets McSame kept throwing up out of the sky, he kept trying to drag the whole thing out of the weeds and into the classroom.
Which Senator Obama failed to do because he failed to realize was that Republicans live in the weeds.
What Senator Obama succeeded in doing was accomplishing was his primary mission: show anyone left with an open mind that he is more than up to being the President of the United States.
And as much as I longed for him to rejoined with a brass-knuckled “What Senator McCain does not seem to realize is that, like Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union no longer exists”, I learned month ago that the Senator for Illinois does not exist to slake my desire for rhetorical bloodletting.
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