Gut Rumbles

September 17, 2004

undecided voters

It won't be long now. When the Presidential debates start, the news broadcasters will staff their studios full of "undecided" voters who are watching the debates with gimlet eyes for detail and minds questing for the truth. I call bullshit. What we OUGHT to do with those people is lock them up until after the election.

I say:

Dear Undecided Voters: The campaign started a year ago. The newspapers, the televisions and the blogs have been covering both candidates like white on rice. Where have you been? Asleep under a rock like some kind of millipede? Have you paid NO ATTENTION AT ALL to the Presidential race so far? You're still holding on to your precious "undecided" vote like Gollum? Get back under your rock. You have no business voting.

Got-dam! Anybody with a lick of sense knows that these "debates" aren't real debates. The things are nothing more than dog-and-pony shows, a series of sound-bites and talking points that you ALREADY HEARD during the campaign---- IF you were paying attention. If you weren't paying attention, the nation is better off without you trying to make up your feeble mind now.

The sad part is... the fucking morons may decide the outcome of the election.


I'll welcome the day a Presidential candidate refuses to play ball and the press is denied one more demogogic masturbatory device.

Posted by: Brett on September 17, 2004 10:50 AM

I don't know about that.

I'm looking forward to the debates. I'm one of those undecided guys who supports Bush on the war on terror but has serious concerns about his fiscal and social policies.

These fellows don't talk to the public. They speechify and considering all the crap spit out by both parties and their supporters this election cycle I'm anxious to get some concrete answers to specific issue related questions. I do pay attention and I'm still not entirely clear on where these guys stand on anything besides the war -- and Kerry keeps changing his mind about even that.

This is the only chance we're going to have to see them side by side. I think it's valuable if for no other reason than the media is going to be left out. There won't be any 'reporting'. What they say will be broadcast to millions -- directly. It's a little harder to spin than second hand reports about what they said at a whistle stop or campaign rally.

Posted by: Al on September 17, 2004 01:16 PM

Debates don't count?

I still giggle when I think of Reagan crushing Carter with just a few soundbites.

Posted by: augustr on September 17, 2004 01:20 PM

So the guy who can talk shit to the crowd the best wins? Past records don't mean anything?One hour of public speaking 301 will determine who is qualified to lead the most poweful nation in the world for the next four years? Great fucking idea, why don't we send both of them to Disney world and the guy who can ride Space Mountain the longest wins.

Posted by: James Old Guy on September 17, 2004 01:48 PM

Al, you must already know what Kerry stands for if your vote is still up in the air.

Name three things and I'll send you $20.

Posted by: Acidman on September 17, 2004 02:04 PM

1) Stem cell research. This is a big one for me, my sister has MS and my Dad is pre-Alzheimers.

2) Education. Better funding for the Bush initiated 'No Child Left Behind Act" is important. It's a nice plan and I give Bush credit for it, now they have to fund it. I think Kerry will while Bush has had years and has not.

3) Fiscal responsibility. I know the Dems are traditionally the big government party, but this administration seems into role reversal. All I see is bigger budgets and more departments. The only thing worse than tax and spend is no-tax and spend.

James, I certainly wouldn't base my decision solely on an hour in prime time -- it *is* more than that, isn't it? -- but I don't know how else to hear from the candidates own mouths what they think. These guys don't answer questions.

Posted by: Al on September 17, 2004 02:33 PM

Debates are sort of okay. For instance, they can give you a rough idea of how a person may handle live negotiations with a foreign power.

I like to see how candidates deal with their nemesis in person.

On the other hand, Kerry and Bush in a jello-wrestling contest would be more fun to watch.

Posted by: Persnickety on September 20, 2004 05:32 PM
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