Personally, I don't think either McCain the Pain or Me Llama Obama is a particularly good debater. It would have been gratifying to have Hill the Pill up there taking them both on.
I also didn't hear any particularly earthshattering sound bites from either one of these primetime mimes. They could have phoned it in. I heard no brilliant thoughts, no innovative programs, no inspirational ideas, and not one spark of creative thinking to solve to the mess we're in.
Here we are in an economic Armagedden to rival the crash of 1929 and *yawn* I'm still waiting for a single original proposal that would make my world a better place.
I noticed right away that Obama called McCain, "John." With a friendly "we're here to argue, but we're still collegial" tone. But McCain called Obama "Senator Obama" and seemed to treat him with disdain. Soon Obama stopped calling the little guy, "John."
But tonight's single most shocking moment wasn't anything either one of these peripatetic, pathetic presidential hopefuls said or didn't say. Nope.
It was Sarah Palin. Or lack of Sarah Palin. If anyone should have been there, it was she. Was she being punished for sounding like a hockey mom instead of the potential leader of the free world during her interview with Katie Couric? And didn't Katie Couric have the most perplexed look on her face during Sarah's endless rambling, non-answers? Huh? What are you saying?
Not having Sarah Palin at the debate was a big mistake. All kinds of alarms went off. It's the one place she should have been at the one time she needed to be there. Especially since she was specifically invited by the networks. So she could analyze Obama's performance like Joe "The Schmoe" Biden analyzed McCain. I guess the GOP wanted to save the inevitable Sarah Palin train wreck for next week.
"We invited the Republican vice presidential nominee to join us tonight, but they sent Rudy Giuliani in her place."
Howdy Doody Rudy? To quote Frank Barone, that elegant mincer of words, "Holy Crap!!!"
I thought John McCain's announcement earlier in the week that he would be suspending his campaign was a huge mistake, a major PR gaffe, and created unnecessary anxiety about our current situation. What we need most of all now is for the campaign to continue. McCain made it seem as though the government was so out of control that everything had to stop while he went back to DC to fix it. A decision I found precipitous and very unpresidential.
Even worse, he backtracked, which made him seem indecisive and even more unpresidential.
But the fact that Sarah Palin wasn't there was the most shocking development. Keeping her out of harm's way confirms her incompetence. As if we needed any more proof.
Meanwhile her opponent, Joe "I am NOT a Schmoe" Biden, disseccted McCain's performance nicely. The way you might expect. But I wasn't really listening to what he said, because I kept wondering why McCain's campaign puppeteers thought it was a good idea to keep Sarah Palin at home.
She should have been present an accounted for. Her absence was the elephant in the room. And Rudy "How's Yer Booty" Giuliani was an odd, awkward choice to take her place. Was he there to remind us about 9-11 AGAIN? Was his presence intended as a subliminal suggestion that the Republicans are the only party who can make the country safe from terrorists? As I recall they didn't do a very good job back in 2001.
For me, listening to Rudy Tootie was just a constant reminder that Sarah Palin was a no show. Is that the plan? To keep her under wraps from now until the election, because she is starting to become an embarrassment to the McCain campaign?
Meanwhile, is Rudy going to sit in for Sarah at the vice presidential debates too? Or will Tina Fey do the honors?