A few thoughts...
There's only one month to go. I suggest that for the next thirty-whatever days, we stop the small talk and get down to business. Fuck film, fuck music, fuck reality television. I know it seems like an incredibly long time (miss four episodes of "The Bachelor"--are you smoking crack or sumfing?!), but in the grand scheme, it's nothing. Suck it up and let's get political.
Regarding the debate...
-- Phew. I now have full confidence in placing my vote for Kerry. Granted, while placed directly next to Bush even I would have looked like a more logical candidate, but still, I think he presented his case as well as he could have. I do wish he hadn't waited until the last five minutes to dismantle Bush's knee-jerk "mixed signals" argument. Why did it take him so long to say those four logical, crucial words, which is what that whole argument really boils down to: That isn't the issue. I don't think people in middle America understand the point here. Kerry supported the use of force. The problem arose with the way Bush went about his business. Two completely different things.
-- Watching last night, for the first time I could actually envision the future and see Kerry in a presidential position, whereas before I never truly believed that.
-- I also finally figured something out about Kerry's looks that has been troubling me for quite some time. Basically, the guy already is his presidential dollar-bill caricature! Check out Andrew Jackson or Abraham Lincoln on the bills in your pocket. Now look at the actual John Kerry. Creepy, right?
-- Whenever Bush froze up and got that distant look in his face, it was like watching my niece freeze up in mid-thought/action as all she dropped a healthy smash into her diapers. What was going on with that, seriously?
-- "Saturday Night Live" need not parody last night's debate, for it took care of itself quite nicely.
-- What was up with the "earthquake cam" on Kerry? If anything, that just pointed out the height difference even more.
-- Bush's comment about disregarding "world alliances" when it comes down to protecting the "American people" is a brilliant tactic. These are the kind of statements that get people to rally behind him and divide people. But the point is that this comment is completely absurd and nonsensical. Again, it comes down to the narrow-minded approach that cuts right to the heart of many people (like my parents, for example--I could almost hear my dad saying "You're goddamn right!" after Bush dropped that one). When in fact, the truth is that building strong alliances throughout the world does protect the American people. It has nothing to do with the literal day-to-day process of preventing terrorism on our land. It is a broader, more meaningful necessity. Sadly, people don't seem to understand that.
-- When Bush countered with his "What about Poland, huh?" comeback, I thought I was back in third grade for a second. Amazing!
-- It really comes down to one thing, and that is this: it is incomprehensibly ridiculous that George W. Bush is the President of the United States of America. I am sure he is a nice, sweet, well-intentioned man. I am not arguing character. But he has no business being the leader of the strongest, most powerful country in the world. You can talk about healthcare and Iraq and terrorism and cocaine abuse and whatever you want, but it all comes down to the painful reality. This is a "dude," not a President.