08 October 2008
The second presidential debate was as boring as the first
Did you watch the debate? I tried but found myself nodding off after about the first 30 minutes. There is just something about the bollock numbing format that the Americans use for these affairs that is almost guaranteed to send people to sleep. Needless to say it ended in a draw which meant that Barack Obama basically won.
The reason for that had nothing to do with what either man said: it had to do with the Dow-Jones falling 500 points yesterday. The Republicans are responsible for the economic mess that the country is in and Obama is emerging as the likely winner on the basis of a desire to throw the rascals out.
However, there is one thing that should give the Democrats pause for thought. The American economy is tanking, people are losing their homes to repossession orders and America is bogged down in two wars that cannot be won. The question that should trouble Democrats is why Obama is only ahead by a measly five to eight percent, depending on which poll you read? Given that background he should be leading by at least double that.
That hasn't happened largely because McCain has turned Sarah Palin loose as the campaign's attack bitch and she is doing a quite remarkable job of reminding people that Barack Hussein Obama - as she now almost always calls him - is a big city boy who has links to some dodgy Chicago types, and is black to boot. Oh, and he went to one of those fancy colleges that Sarah's supporters can't get in to.
For that strategy to work properly the focus has to shift away from the economy. On the basis of the second debate that is something that hasn't happened yet, and there must be some doubt now if it ever will.