May 04, 2003
We misuse the word "debate" a lot anymore. The last time I looked the word up in Webster's (which was just now), I discovered that "debate" means "a regulated discussion of a proposition between two matched sides". When a group of politicians assemble to pander, lie and prostitute themselves, that is NOT a DEBATE.
It's a goddam dog and pony show.
I'll just let the
" "If we're going to win, then we can't be Bush Lite," Mr. Gephardt argued. Oh, that was clever, eyebrowless one! You're going to win by being Schlitz? Is THAT what you're saying?
Dick, (and no one since Nixon has been more aptly named) take your "free" health care and stick up your ass, you "life's lottery" dipstick. The man is a lizard in an ill-fitting human costume. The mask keeps peeling away to expose the reptile underneath.
Mr. Lieberman said of funding Mr. Gephardt's universal health plan: "The big-spending Democratic plans of the past" must be left in the past. Joe Shmoe, the wizened gnome, has big-spending Democratic plans for the FUTURE. Same shit, just a different hole to pour the money down.
Mr. Kucinich, who is widely regarded as a long shot, argued for raising taxes, ending free trade and, later in the debate, said that bankrupting the city of Cleveland as its mayor was a "badge of honor." Bankrupting the ENTIRE NATION would get him a trophy instead of a mere badge. That blithering space-cadet could be REALLY proud of himself then.
"I will not cede a single part of this country to George W. Bush," Mr. Edwards told the delegates. "I will campaign against him in North Carolina, in South Carolina. We will win Southern states." And if I don't win, I'll SUE THE SHIT OUT OF EVERYBODY!!! I'm a by-Gawd trial lawyer. Do it MY WAY, or I'll see YOU in COURT!
Al Sharpton left a grease-trail on the stage and Carol Mosley-Braun wore her tinfoil hat. The goddam show could replace the geeks in a travelling carnival, given the characters involved.
It was sponsored by ABC, but the television network decided against airing it live. The Washington affiliate opted to air "Gladiator," the movie about great battles in the Roman Coliseum.
Why not? There wasn't anything to see or hear in the "debate."
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