Let’s Get One Thing Straight…These Really Aren’t Debates
Enough with the debates, already. We know that the so-called moderators will be unable to control anything even resembling civilized discourse between two people running for President. We know that The New York Times will judge 80 percent of what Trump says to be false or misleading.
We know the audience will ignore repeated instructions to stay quiet and not react to what’s being said. We know Donald will take an inordinate amount of time insisting that he be given the right to respond, but none actually to answer a question posed to him.
And, we know he will be an asshole with his constant interruptions and facial contortions — although I hadn’t expected the creepy but nonetheless entertaining lurking behind Hillary and the constant pacing in circles around the stage when she was talking.
We’ve seen this movie three times now — counting that train wreck of a VP “debate” where one guy couldn’t control all the opposition information he had crammed in his head and bounced around interrupting while the other guy needed a pulse monitor on-screen to ensure he was still alive. And the NYT, thank you very much, fact-checked the sanctimonious Pence into a corner full of false statements. So, it’s good we’re done with those two guys — and it’s time to let Trump and Clinton fight it out with the voters in their rallies and TV commercials.
And, Speaking of Commercials…
It’s probably important to note that I don’t watch commercials at home. Ever. In fact, I don’t watch live TV at all unless I have to. I even DVR long segments of CNN and MSNBC so I can go back and zap through all the commercials and the idiot talking heads who too often are all speaking at the same time in an unintelligible babble. Zap.
And, since I live in Texas, neither party bothers to spend money on Presidential TV spots here because there is the belief that we don’t have outraged women or angry Hispanics and African-Americans and a large LGBT community that quite easily could hand this state to Hillary. I predict it will happen by 2020, if not this year. We’re all not as crazy as the people we send to the U.S. House and Senate.
But fortunately, or unfortunately, I’ve had recent travel to swing states where the hotel TVs don’t have a DVR and where I have to endure the most viscous and rude political ads I could imagine in any campaign for public office. The Presidential spots are entertaining, mainly because I’m seeing most of them for the first time, but the state and local political ads are down right embarrassing. Or, at least, I’m embarrassed for the candidates who have to say at the end that they approved the message. Honesty and civility apparently left the political commercial stage long ago.
So, Instead, Someone Please Leak Donald’s Juicy Off-Camera Stuff From The Apprentice
Since the Russian hackers refuse to show us Trump’s tax returns, we need someone willing to leak more of the real Donald from the hours of tape left out of The Apprentice…more raunchy, nasty, and offensive stuff than we probably can imagine. The contestants had to sign non-disclosures, but surely Soros or Buffett would pick up the legal tab for anyone brave enough to find and leak what I suspect will make the Access Hollywood sound bites sound like a Sunday School lesson.
We know it’s out there, along with women and minorities and business partners wrongly treated by The Donald just waiting to dump on him. And, since we have almost another month to fill, let’s hear from them. Just skip the charade of another debate.