I’ll Watch it, but I Don’t Expect Much
I was in my first year of high school. I sat in front of our television filled with anticipation. Then, almost like magic, they were there. The vice-president of the United States was going to debate his challenger for the presidency, Senator John F. Kennedy.
Vice-president Richard M. Nixon looked a little uneasy. When he spoke he seemed to lack confidence. Mr. Kennedy was just the opposite. He liked the cameras, and they liked him.
We all know the results of the first Presidential Debates. Nixon was crushed.
Now we usually have several debates between candidates at all levels. We’ve already had one her in Nevada in the race for U.S. Senator. This Wednesday, October 3rd, will be the first between President Obama, and his challenger Mitt Romney. What can we expect to see and hear?
If this is like those in 2000, 2004, and 2008, probably not much. They will most likely repeat what we have heard over, and over, and over again in their campaign ads. They are both rehearsing as I write this. They have taken several days away from the campaign trail to prepare. And they both claim that the other is a better debater. Interesting.
And, when it’s all over with, both sides will claim that their candidate won. The aftermath will most certainly last longer than the debate itself. We’ll hear opinion after opinion. And remember, that’s exactly what they are, opinions. I can’t use the exact words, but I remember my grandfather and one of his favorite sayings when politics became the subject of discussion. He said; “Opinions are like our rear ends, everyone has one.”
I’ll watch it. I wouldn’t be much of a writer if I didn’t. I hope there are at least a few tough questions, and I hope they both go “off script” and say what they really mean, what they really feel.
I doubt I’ll read much about it on Thursday morning. I know I’ll have my own opinions, and those I value.