Note: This was originally submitted on October 2nd, so if it seems like this rant is coming a little late, that's my fault, not the author's.
Well, Barack Obama and John McCain have finally gone at it face-to-face, and let me tell you, I was really not impressed (except with Jim Lehrer, the moderator. Best fucking newsperson ever.). McCain was pulling his usual crap, being hyperagressive and angry. I find his reference to himself as a "maverick" incredibly amusing. It makes me think about Tom Cruise's character in Top Gun. It's been pretty damn well established that he voted with Bush most of the time. I actually recently saw the most wonderful anti-McCain sign ever": John McCain for president: 'Get off my Lawn, whippersnappers'." Seriously, he was acting like every stereotypical angry old veteran ever. Even though he'll probably be better than Mr. Bush, not that that's particularly hard, he's likely to die while still in office, leaving us with Sarah Palin as president. Woo, first woman president!
Shit, she thinks that humans and dinosaurs coexisted. We're fucked. Royally. She also wants to make rape victims pay for their own rape kits AND deny them the right to an abortion. This is SUCH FUCKING CRAP! If someone gets raped, do you seriously want them to just have a child, even when they're thirteen? When someone wants to ban the dictionary from the library because it contains words like "fuck," you know they're clinically insane.
Obama, on the other hand, was far too condescending. When you agree with the other guy while he attacks you, you make yourself seem like an idiot. While his poise was a point in his favor, I can't really think that he'll win over independents while being this . . . weak, I guess.
You really can't call it a debate when one candidate, even one from the "sensitive" democratic party looks like a fucking pansy and the other is your classic hyperagressive old dude, who'll stand around and tell you about "back in my day." I wouldn't be surprised if McCain had actually used the phrase "uphill both ways" more than once in his life.
Favorite phrases from each candidate:
McCain: "Senator Obama doesn't understand . . . "
Obama: "Senator McCain is absolutely right . . . "
Onto the VP debate
Joe Biden has a problem. It's an unfair problem but it's still a problem. In his debate with Palin, he has two options: correct all of Palin's errors and show off his knowledge and intellect, but seem like a bully to the young, inexperienced, female governor from Alaska. I'm not saying that Palin can't take care of herself, but seriously. Pundits, don't go easy on her just so that you don't get called a misogynist. She should be able to take care of herself, and especially considering McCain's health, she could very well end up in the hot seat holding most of the power in this nation. Don't do the huge disrespect to the woman by coddling her.
Sarah Palin. She's quite possibly the most irritating person out there. I don't know how many of you have seen the debate, but can you think about the way she says "also" about every other sentence. It's great that she didn't say "um" a lot, which I half-expected considering the stress of this kind of debate, but her speech was just annoying. She looked like a robot. No motion, no accent, no emotion. BIDEN CRIED ON NATIONAL TELEVISION. THE MAN HAS EMOTIONS . . . HE WAS TALKING ABOUT HIS DEAD WIFE!!!!!!!!! And Palin just sat there and responded to his point without so much as an acknowledgment. Now there's a turnaround in stereotypes. A sensitive, emotional man and a harsh, businesslike woman. One of my personal favorite phrases she used was (to misquote somewhat) "all the Joe Sixpacks and Hockey Moms out there." take every guy named Joe who has a sixpack, and every person who considers themselves a hockey mom, and you get maybe 0.1% of the US population, and that's really pushing it