Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Much Ado About Empty Suits

OK, so tomorrow is the debate between President Commie McKenyastan and Bob 2.0. Word on the street is that a zinger protocol has been uploaded to old Bob and he is expected to try his luck at insult comedy. Also too, empathy.

We won't hold our breath, unless it means that he's going to say to the 47%'ers, "if you don't have a car elevator, I feel your pain."

For his part, President Obama is expected to remain black.

You'll excuse us if we're not too excited about all this. First of all, it's not a debate, it's a televised dual news conference lead by Jim Lehrer who was press secretary in the Harding administration and now drives a cab part time in Sheboygan when he's not on PBS. All the topics are known ahead of time and all the responses have been exhaustively worked out right down to the emphatic finger jabs and eyebrow raises.

In other words it's about as close to a debate as Michelle Bachmann is to a Nobel Prize in High Energy Physics.

You can pretty much tell what the journalists, professionally trained in the journalistic sciences are going to take away from the Ebony and Ivory Variety hour: Expectations.

But if you expect them to talk about how Americans seems to be running all over the country shooting each other up with wild abandon, sorry.

Expect them to talk about an 11 year fizzle in Afghanistan? Not happening.

Robot bombs blowing up children? Meh.

Working people are working harder now just to fall behind more while CEO's make 18 gagillion dollars a week just for driving the company into the ground?  Uh uh.

America imprisons more people per capita than any other country in the word? Say what?

Housing? Crumbling infrastructure? 15% of the population below the poverty line? Over 16 million children going to bed hungry? The fact that the pirates who wrecked the economy in the first place are still riding in their chauffeur driven limos to their fancy offices every day instead of breaking rocks on an Alabama prison farm? 

Come on, we got an election to get through here. Can't be muddying up the proceedings with a bunch of ...um...complications. Much easier to talk about who "won" and who had the better suit.

As for us, we'll be watching reruns of Martin on the TV Land channel.

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