Well, dear Americans, the debates are over with and now all we are left with is last minute campaigning in questionable states and commercials (at nauseam) until Election Day.
I watched all three debates and tried to comprehend how anyone can act
ually call any one of those two a winner at anything. The first debate, on October 3 at the University of Denver with Jim Lehrer of PBS as moderator got a thank you from Romney and also mentioned how this could be Jim Leher’s last year, as Romney mentioned how he planned to cut funding to Public Broadcasting. I found that to be rude and needless, for many Americans help fund public television and appreciate its’ programming such as Sesame Street, Nova (science programs), opera and Broadway shows, old 50’s and 60’s doo whop, music groups and dancing specials. Cutting the PBS funding wouldn’t make any cents (lol, sense) because the government funding for the arts is so very minute
that it makes it absolutely ridiculous to even contemplate it! How about cutting the millions that I heard a small airport that is rarely used (located somewhere in the mid-west) which receives yearly funding and the governor of that state says, “Why not take the free money, if they keep funding it? We aren’t asking for it?” What greed is that? I’ll tell you, under our current situation, with our immense national debt? I wonder what that governor uses the funds for, if not for the unused airport? There are multiple programs like that, where senators make their back room deals with a handshake as they promise to vote for a similar bill to fund their colleague’s pork bill (one hand washing the other).
It was expertly and respectfully done, without rudeness (except for Romney’s beginning smack in the face to Leher) and talking over the other opponent’s answer and filling their answers full of untruths to make each other look like a treacherous, conniving, scheming liars. Wow, to fill your time slot answer with nothing but untruths. It was nothing but wasted time with no real detailed answer about how they would go about correcting our crisis. NOT A SINGLE ONE!
On October 11th in Denver, Martha Raddatz of ABC News was moderator for the Vice Presidential debate. Well dear folks, I’ll tell you one thing, neither one of these men made their running mate look any better. For crying out loud, Biden using words like “malarkey” and constantly calling Ryan “my friend here” and all along laughing like he was hearing dirty jokes in his earpiece while Ryan was trying to make sense (without giving any real promises or plans on how they plan on correcting the problems we face). Who I really felt won that debate was poor Martha. It was hard for her to get anywhere with one acting like a drunken sailor and the other trying to act professionally against one who wasn’t taking a word he said seriously. What a mess it was.
The second Presidential debate was held on October 16th at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York and was a bit different and a bit less controlled. Candy Crowley of CNN was the moderator and from the candidate’s camps was commented to be too liberal and tough which made the Romney camp nervous. She took the approach of taking handwritten questions from the audience and choosing which ones she will use and adding a few of her own. That made both camps nervous that they both wrote up a “Memorandum of Understanding” to make sure that neither side will be side-swiped by any of Candy’s questions.
Each candidate had their own podium and instead of staying put there and give their answers as they were asked, they each took their mikes off their podiums and proceeded to walk around the front of their area with an invisible line between each podium keeping each candidate pacing and walking about as they gave their answers or interrupted the other candidate’s answer with their own rendition of what they would do, almost saying the identical same idea but with a small amount of verbiage to make it sound unique from their opponent’s. It didn’t get by me, that’s for sure and I hope the American public noticed it too! As I mentioned, they didn’t stand in their assigned podium but walked in front of it toward the moderator and circled back to the podium as their opponent gave his best effort at what he planned for the future of these United States without giving a specific itemized plan at how they would go about correcting our problems. So in other words, promise nothing, do nothing and get blamed for nothing. As they kept circling about, they looked like they, at any given moment, were going to pounce on each other and have a fist fight. It was very nerve wracking and uncomfortable to watch.
The President seemed like he just brought his notes from his first election making the same promises, which Romney called him on. “What have you accomplished in your four years in office that you promised in 2007? Is the American public any better today since you took office?” At which time the President explained how hard it was trying to work with the current senate, which was very, very true.They ended with going back to their assigned podium (thank goodness) and gave their final comments and boy, was I glad it was over!
The last debate, held on October 22nd at Lynn University at Boca Raton, Florida had Bob Schieffer of Face the Nation on CBS as its’ moderator. They planned on focusing their discussion on foreign policy as was the first debate was planned to be (and we saw how that went). Well, out of the three debates, this one was better controlled, with both candidates able to elaborate further on each topic asked of them. But again, it was like having a good broth soup, with all taste but no substance and again never elaborating what exactly they planned to do. But Romney was grateful for Obama getting rid of Osama Bin Laden and many other terrorist.
So how is one to choose a winner out of this smoke and mirror show? I got to see an itemized listing at what Money Mitt has spent for this election. And you know what? If he took all that money and put it against the national deficit, we’d be almost more than halfway out of it. And our current President, well he seems to be the lesser of the two evils, or is he? With the choices we have my husband and I have heard nothing but “I haven’t made up my mind yet” or “don’t plan on voting”. We are of the later mind, so we don’t get blamed for putting either fool in the White House.
Unfortunately, it is 24 hours before the election and I just got to finish this commentary due to laptop issues. But to all the true Americans out there, here is my finishing comment, God Bless and Help America!