Well, now you have an idea of how a cop trying to sort out a domestic dispute feels.
Two nice looking people are telling you that the other one is fibbing. Which one should you believe? Do you want to believe the guy who stumbled a bit with his words even though he has a reputation for being a great speaker or do you want to side with the lady who kept smirking and shaking her head. Why does Johnny Mathes song "A Certain Smile" come to mind at this point?
It was like a political Rorschach test.
If you like Biden, then you will think that he won. If the babe gives you a warm glowing feeling inside, then you will probably think she pulled it off.
To cover this debate going to a neighborhood bar where the columnist used to drink about the same time Neil Armstrong was dropping a crucial word from his most famous quote, the Bus Stop on Union in Frisco, seemed like a good idea. (Herb Caen led the fight to call it San Francisco all his life, but at the very end, I've heard, he relented and sanctioned the slang term Frisco.) The old neighborhood has gone from funky shops to trendy boutiques. The United States has gone from being a country torn apart by Vietnam to one that is being bullied into submission by war mongers.
One guy in the bar said he liked Gov. Palin because he wanted lower taxes and less government. Others seemed to be partial to the Democratic candidate. One guy said it was his understanding that Senator Biden scored a TKO.
It was a sports bar and some folks were cheering quite loudly for the Beavers. OSU was playing Utah, The Phillies were playing Milwaukee, the Dodgers were kicking somebody else all over the place, and the OSU fans were quite loud in their shows of appreciation for a good play.
Hearing the debate in a sports bar was a lot like asking a drowning man if he needed a drink.
Earlier in the day a computer guy who studies trends and tries to make projections (not predictions) about the future introduced the concept of "the cone of uncertainty" into the conversation. It will be a handy phrase for further evaluations of the candidates and the election which might be decided by the electronic voting machines and, perhaps, some clever schemes for the removal of names from the registration rolls (according to a recent story seen online.)
One fellow in the bar said it was a big plus for Governor Palin that she didn't commit a major gaff and thus could be seen as a victory for her.
College professors are always obsessing about facts and proofs. It's those types of people who will probably say the Senator won.
In Hollywood, looks, style and grace are always the deciding factor. It's not what you say, it's how you say it. Call it the Oscar Wilde factor maybe. On that basis . . . she did look good, didn't she?
Oscar Wilde said: "It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances." Can you guess which one he would say won the debate?
Now, the disk jockey will play a rather obscure song that was popular in the same bar several decades ago: "Big Bad Bruce." We gotta run. Tomorrow is "Beatnik Museum" day. Have a fog-free week.