Election 2008, Part 1 of 8: Biden vs. Palin
After the 2008 Vice Presidential Debate...See results without voting
Political art makes a return in the historic, and fiery, 2008 race for the Oval Office
Follow ELECTION 2008 through the journalistic musings of social commentator R. Martin Basso, moderate conservative.
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As far as theoretical hypothesis goes, even the names sound better than 'President McCain', (which seems a little too reminiscent of a fast food sandwich), or 'President Obama', (a little too clandestine military operation sounding).
Yes, I'm only sayin', what most everyone was thinking...What anyone was thinking while watching tonight's 2008 Vice Presidential debate: That after tonight, there was only Biden, and there was only Palin.
And apparantly neither of the other two top-billed candidates made much of a difference.
Yeah, other names were thrown out, almost like a courtesy or an after -thought, throughout the spectacle, but made little sense. Further, towards the debate's conclusion, the mere utterance of 'Obama' or 'McCain' drew noticable shivers from debate moderator Gwen Ifill.
Yes, by that point, it was too late... Obama? McCain?
Who were they?! More importantly, get them outta this debate !
Obama... McCain... The concensus was evident: They were the ridiculous talking heads who kept chanting 'change' and 'stay-the-million-points-of-light' course, respectively, when actually, neither made even half of the sense that their supposed-lesser Vice Presidential running mates made tonight.
Upon conclusion of tonight's historical debate it was immediately and poignantly clear that, yes, these times they are a-changin'.
This debate pitted America's first seriously viable female Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, opposite Joe Biden; a genuine gentleman, the likes of whom has not been seen since Harry S. Truman.
But amidst all of the regalia, or the pomp and circumstance, a certain degree of muted whispers and veiled innuendo remained: All of these promises of 'change' might not necessarily be brought about by the once ridiculously-coveted Obama candidate, nor the old crony archaic of McCain's Bush-esque pipe-dream.
But rather, true change might truly come about in the shoes of each presidential candidate's respective Vice Presidential choice; each of whom shined like white light with each debating opposite, and often complimenting, the other.
A mere 90 minutes was all that it took on October 2nd, 2008 for the usually stagnant and deceptively predictable world of American politics to, in essence, 'flip-flop' its intended and expected "2nd-Place Candidates" into legitimate, albeit hypothetical 1st-Place contention Limelight.....
Gwen Ifill posed the obvious, and ultimate 'what if' question in exceedingly muted, if not overly 'nice' polite tones by referring to the Vice Presidency being only 'one heart-beat away' from the Presidency. Suprisingly neither Joe nor Sarah seemed much ruffled by Ifill's suggestion.
Possibly because Palin and Biden might have known that the question was coming, although those in the television and political networks will claim otherwise. Or, more probably, because the blunt reality of each of the two top Presidential candidates is sobering...
McCain is too old to lead possibly through completion of a first term or probably through a possible second Presidential term.
Obama is of a race and a creed in which, historically, such previous political icons are condemned with fates all too much akin to those of Anwar Sadat, or Martin Luther King, or Malcom X. And, in stating this sobering, albeit disappointing reality of 21st Century America, let's be frank for a moment... All 'political correctness' aside, even today, in 21st Century America, there are still serious racism overtones present in our Country.
The 'change' that Senator Obama is courting, up to and including this Nation's aspired first Black President of these United States of America is indeed coming. Will it be in 2008?
In as much, the sad reality that succession planning must now be taken into consideration for the candidate's next-in-line, or more specifically in this case, the Vice Presidency.
'President Biden,' or perhaps even 'President Palin'... Each salutaton has its own sincerely nice 'ring' to it. And on the evening of October 2nd, 2008, yes, the possibilities seemed limitless.
In as much, tonight two skilled, polite, genuinely likeable (even daresay believable,) political powerhouses (of opposing political parties, mind you) to awaken The World that some things, and even some individuals in America's beleagured 2008 Presidential debacle, are larger than the mere words that standard election-year promises can articulate.
After tonight's debate, the unanswered questioned linguered like a bad odor on a windowless GreyHound bus: "what about the others"? What about those respective 'bosses' to whom either Palin or Biden, come early-November, would be expected to address as "boss", in either Senator Barak Obama, or Senator John McCain?
Yeah..what about them? Suddenly they each seemd so unimportant at the conclusion of a mere 90 minutes. It took McCain and Obama decades in the pursuit of their own respective personal dreams to reach serious contention for the much coveted White House, and only 90 minutes for each to become so imperiled of losing it.
In one fell swoop, how the front-runners, each, were unknowingly undone, only to witness their respective 'VP endorsers' emerge stronger and with steadier footing than the very hopefuls they were initially intended to endorse.
And it was just that easy... Neither once-time front runner, each of whom held their respective front-running status prior to this evening's events, much mattered anymore upon the Vice Presidential candidate's debates.
"Fascinating," the New York Times' crossword puzzle will use to criptically describe the unparalleled events of tonight's only televised 2008 election year debate.
In one fell swoop, the Republican juggernaut promising an extended four more years of Bush-era 'political suprises' erroneously labled as a sort of Ronald Reagan second-coming in candidate John McCain.
In one fell swoop, the most anticipated, and easily most exciting Vice-Presidential debate in political memory desimated America's stagnant and predictable 2008 political landscape. What was once a collection of "ho-hum what-if's" grew to a crescendo'd climax amidst a telling, albeit non-traditional electrifying display.
For ninety uninterrupted minutes, good old fashioned Question & Answer and Point-Counterpoint rhetoric reigned supreme on the usually vapid frontier that America has somehow come to embrace as the once great idealog of television.
BIDEN: Intelligent. Soft-spoken. Clear and decisive (suprising for a Democrat). And ultimately, if not possibly, America's last honest believably candid politician.
PALIN: Alaska's genuinely effective city mayor and state governor as well as uber-hottie.
Yesterday, I had no idea who would earn my vote in election 2008. Today, I have my write-in option all picked out...
The PALIN-BIDEN 2008 Presidential ticket... Yes, Edward R. Murrow would be proud, all politics aside.
© 2008 - R. MARTIN BASSO & 3 Doves Media.
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