Wednesday, October 8, 2008

One Unanswered Question

Barack Obama looked calm and in command. John McCain looked both restless and weary. But only 63 million people tuned in, compared to 70 million for last week’s VP debate. And there was one unanswered question in last night’s debate. It came from Teresa Finch:

"How can we trust either of you with our money when both parties got us into this global economic crisis?"

The networks won’t tell you this, but I suspect Finch is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. And what did our two candidates have to say?

Obama: "Well, look, I understand your frustration and your cynicism, because while you've been carrying out your responsibilities -- most of the people here, you've got a family budget. If less money is coming in, you end up making cuts. Maybe you don't go out to dinner as much. Maybe you put off buying a new car."

How about those going without dinner or losing their homes? Barack, you’re just not feeling the pain.

McCain: "Well, Theresa, thank you. And I can see why you feel that cynicism and mistrust, because the system in Washington is broken. And I have been a consistent reformer."

But you’re just not an effective reformer, John, judging by recent events. Not by how long it is taking to get to "victory" in Iraq. Not by how the economy is going.

And what kind of an answer is it from both of you to lecture us about cynicism. My dictionary says cynicism is an ancient Greek philosophy which holds that virtue is the only good and its essence is self-control and independence. So call me a cynic.

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