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Worst. Debate. EVER.

October 8th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

So sayeth Politico:

With the country at one of its most interesting—not to mention terrifying—moments in a generation, John McCain and Barack Obama met in Nashville for what was surely one of the dullest and was definitely the least satisfying presidential debate in memory.

But the Belmont University showdown was something entirely different. Place the gravity of the moment next to the blah-blah-blah artifice of the rhetoric and overall insubstantiality of the evening and this is what you get: The worst presidential debate ever.

The day after leaves behind a puzzle: How the hell did candidates manage to be so timid and uninspiring at a time when American troops are in two problematic wars, the world financial markets are in scary free fall and the Dow has lost 1,400 points since Oct. 1? This is a moment history rarely sees – and both men blew it.

It was an odd reversal of the usual optics of power. Ordinarily, the national stage can take even life-size pols like Michael Dukakis and imbue them with an outsized aura.

Tuesday, was a look through the wrong end of the telescope: Men with fascinating biographies looked conventional. The promise both men once offered of a new, less contrived and more creative brand of politics was a distant memory.

Sounds about right to me.

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