[ExI] A Serious Question For USians

Jeff Davis jrd1415 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 3 00:53:47 UTC 2008

The VP debate is forty minutes away.  I'm going to hold off on
judgement at least till then, so I can see what she has to say.  I
think everyone has been in too much of a hurry to judge her, and
through too much of a partisan lens.  We've had so many bad
politicians -- and rarely because they're not smart enough, or
otherwise "qualified" -- that I frankly don't know what would make a
good one.  If it's not in the suit, or hairdo, or education, then
where is it?  I know what  ****I'm**** looking for -- Scott Ritter,
Cindy Sheehan, Ralph Nader, Olga Bourlin, Anders Sandberg --
stability, integrity, moral clarity, and hopefully a modicum of
courage.  But my political picks rarely run and never win, so my
actions effect only me and my circle of friends.

My preliminary take on SP is that she first learned professional
on-camera presentation skills as a  beauty contest participant, then
polished those as a sportscaster: costume, make-up, hair-do, posture,
smile, eye contact with the camera, line reading, vocal modulation,
etc.  Thus she became a public-speaking pro.  She took these skills,
added balls, and became a successful political animal, at least as far
as winning campaigns.  With her Christian fundamentalism, this makes
her a George Bush clone with lipstick and a very small penis.  Finally
she seems Chobham-hard unflappable.  The current view from the Couric
interview and others like it --that she's dim -- looked to me like the
result of an iron discipline regarding staying on message, reciting
approved talking points, and refusing to be "gotcha-ed" by
hatchet-happy interviewers.

If the US economy has been hollowed out and parasitized then what
difference can anything make?  What kind of experience do you need to
throw dirt on a corpse?

We shall see.  Seven minutes away.

Best, Jeff Davis

"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more
and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and
glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's
desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright
moron..."  H. L. Mencken

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