When it comes to politics, I’ve always considered myself able to see both sides of any argument. In a post-debate analysis, I’m usually able to give a fairly equal amount of pros and cons to each participant. That’s not to say I don’t have my own [strong] opinions on whatever went down, but in civil conversation, I prefer to be a little more moderate, and often end up playing devil’s advocate. But, frankly, McCain is not making that easy.
Unsurprisingly, I watched the town-hall Presidential debate last night. Also unsurprisingly, I didn’t find it nearly as entertaining as the Vice Presidential debate the other week. In fact, I found it a bit painful. I wasn’t able to watch the first debate, but received some minimal play-by-play:
- “[McCain] is being rude, interrupting Obama and being dismissive.”
- “I’m trying not to be biased but McCain is coming off as petulant.”
I didn’t want to believe it – not because I’m pro-McCain, but because these are grown gentlemen. Who wants to see them (or him, rather) acting like children? After watching some post-first-debate coverage, I had to conclude that the play-by-play was fairly accurate. I hoped for a better showing during this second one, but was ultimately disappointed.
I outwardly cringed when McCain uttered the phrase, “That one,” pointing at Obama. You are 72-years-old and you’re pointing fingers like a tattle-tale? Yeah, that’s who I want running my country. And, lest I forget any other cringe-worthy moments, Andrew Sullivan caught them all while live-blogging during the debate.
Listen, I know it’s important to watch the debates, stay informed, and get involved in politics. I know this. But, to be honest, McCain fights like a child and it’s just not worth my time. If I wanted that, I’d go back to being a nanny. At least when Biden and Palin were trading jabs it was somewhat amusing. (Although, not as amusing as this.)
27 days until the election and then these finger-pointing campaigns are over. It can’t come soon enough. And in the meantime, there’s one more debate to go. But if they keep fighting like children…that’s it, I’m telling Mom.