My moderate right wing morning guy took off this morning on the usual rightie talkie-talkie point of: There’s already been twenty-one debates, we know where they stand, while those on the left are going after: Better to get all this out now before the conventions and take the right wing’s talking points away from them.
Yeah, like that’ll ever happen, but more about that later.
Both argument are as bogus as anything the Bush administration has told us about anything.
To the former, this might have been the 21st debate, but how many people were tuned in or gave a rat’s tush more than a year ago when they began? Only the most hearty and die-hardest political junkies.
Some people are just tuning in, and more will get with the program later, and they do not know where Barack and Hillary stand on the issues. They don’t know that both their health care plans stink, or that Hillary is Bush/McCain-lite, or that are big differences in how each will handle Iraq and foreign policy. They don’t know a damn thing about either candidate -- good or bad.
If they do know anything, it’s only the bad, the rumors the outright lies.
They also too conveniently forget that most of those debates had as many as nine candidates lined up in what looked like a never-ending queue of people in search of their quest for the Democratic holy grail of the nomination.
Those line ups amounted to no more than one or two minute sound bite opportunities…there were no in depth debates or discussions of the issues.
On the latter, bringing up trivia that’s been overworked, pounded and pulverized into powder that’s finer than the highest grade cocaine at a debate is not only a ridiculous waste of expensive television time, but laziness on the part of Stephanopolous and Gibson, but a total insult to the viewers.
That’s besides allowing the agenda-driven question framed by Sean Hannity barge it’s way into the forum.
There’s so much most voters don’t know about either Obama’s or Clinton’s stands on issues, but you can be damn sure -- if they didn’t know before, they know now -- about all the silly stuff that doesn’t mean a drat’s worth of a damn.
It’s the minutia; the garbage; the ‘it doesn’t matter’ details; the lies spread by the right, then repeated and aired by ABC in the form of questions that they’ll remember.
They won’t remember any substance, because there was no substantive substance there, there.
They won’t remember that Clinton declared war on Iran or any country that attacks Israel, something the president have the power to do, because the thick-headed, ratings-grabbing, Hannity-echo chambers, Gibson and Stephanopolous didn’t pick up on it.
No one but Rachel Maddow caught it, and to her credit, has been talking about it ever since.
It’s also a canard of the worst kind to say that airing the trivia now will put an end to it.
No way, no how!