I just watched the US presidential debate thinking there were going to be fireworks, but no. Only sweeping agreement on just about everything, liberally sprinkled with puke-inducing sentimentality, incoherent xenophobia and delusions of grandeur.
And what did they talk about in the midst of the most catastrophic domestic crisis America has seen in my lifetime? Nothing but the fiddly details of American foreign policy. (Who should we bomb? When should we bomb them? How successful has our bombing been? How should we meddle in the affairs of Iran? What about Russia? Which of us can come up with a better metaphor for how evil North Korea is? Isn’t Israel swell? )
Disappointment of the night: Obama calling Venezuela a “rogue state” (sarcastic clapping). Nice job, “leftist” candidate.
My verdict: a tie. The points gained by McCain in the ad hominem category were perfectly matched by Obama’s glittering generalities.
Anyway, unless someone announces a debate between Nader and Paul, I’m done with American politics for a while. I hear Canada is having an election too!