Morning Thanks

Garrison Keillor once said we'd all be better off if we all started the day by giving thanks for just one thing. I'll try.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

In the ring


I saw five minutes of the first debate while seated at a gate in the Salt Lake City airport.  I didn't need any more.  It was obvious from that five minutes that Gov. Romney trounced the President. From my seat on the plane to Fresno, I texted my wife--"Who won the debate?" I said.  "Romney," she wrote.  Just one word.

Where the President was on the night of the first debate will be a wonderful question for journalists and, eventually, historians. Clearly, he wasn't there, and Romney was. No one, really, could possibly say that Obama edged Romney. Obama got killed. His only defense was Romney falsehoods, a card played by  most Democratic spinners.

Round #2 brought two middle-heavyweights into the ring--Joe Biden, an eye-rolling kind of guy with a huge smile, and Paul Ryan, a Republican self-described "young gun," widely admired for a mind like a calculator when it comes to the budget. I fully expected the wonk-ish Ryan to walk all over the fire-breather, the Factman to cut the old guy to pieces, death by a million cuts.  

Did he?  Depends on who you ask.

And then last night.  Obama was no longer mild-mannered Clark Kent, but his own version of Superman.  Mitt was quick and forceful, but woody, as in "binders full of women." Yucch.  It was a brawl like no other debate I remember, a bloody street fight between two sometimes nearly hysterical men who are very passionate about their very pronounced political differences. Once more, I fully expected Romney to win--maybe not bloodily, like Round #1, but win.

Did he?  Depends on who you ask.

It seems to me we're blessed with two strong candidates for the American Presidency, and those two strong candidates have strong backing. Not that long ago people were basically tired of what seemed to be political choices between tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum, candidates whose political views were relatively similar.

No longer. This November there is a vivid choice. 

I'm not sure exactly how many "undecideds" were in that Hofstra lecture hall last night, but I can't help but wonder whether there were any more, anywhere in America. We're down to a few, I'd guess, because we're a divided nation, the chasm widening weekly as we slam along toward the first Tuesday of next month.

Spin zones notwithstanding, I think it's fair to say, just as it was after Round #2, that everyone thinks his or her man won last night.  

The bases are stronger after that last night's bruiser, even here in Iowa, where Michele Bachmann--remember her?--long ago took home the crown in the Ames Straw Poll foolishness. Hawkeye Republicans should thank their lucky stars for Mitt Romney.

My guess?  Round #4--the last face-off--will create similar results.  

Who will walk out less bloodied?  It'll depend on who you ask.

Just about all of us have our minds made up.

11 comments:

Seriously Though said...

Yes I'm undecided. It's very hard being a tree-hugger and pro-life.

Anonymous said...

Obama's foreign policy [Syria, Iran, Egypt, Arab Spring stuff and Bengazhi fiasco] needs more scrutiny. Gitmo screw-up can also be added to the list. Can not wait for the next debate. Foreign policy.

Candy and Barry made a lousy team. Her apology for her inaccurate assertion on the Rose Garden speech will be on the back page of all the majors [if they print it at all].

It is increasingly hard to understand how anybody can vote for Barry the "man-child."

Anonymous said...

It's clear that Barry beat Bitt last night. Isn't this fun! When Barry gets in again he will be able to get programs passed in Congress to care for, and educate the dear pro life children in or country who are just barley getting by. We should work as hard helping our children as we do to limit womens choices. Barry will, he knows how it is.

Anonymous said...

Dear Luke-warmer... the first commenter... the person who feels strongly both ways.

A word of advice: Be careful... you might get Dutch Elm disease hugging those trees.

A question: Is abortion murder?

I guess it is no longer hard being a tree-hugger and pro-life, is it?

Anonymous said...

Wanting to save the trees, which produce our oxygen is a good thing, but I doubt those who want to save the babies have axes in their hands waiting to cut down all the trees, but those who want to save the trees, and not the babies, do have knives, vacumes and salt solutions in their other hand waiting for women to give them a choice, but not their baby who just wants to breathe that oxygen the trees produce too. I can not vote for a party who elevates Pro choice on their platform as a main event at their convention.

Anonymous said...

Good one, then get busy helping those "babys" who have mothers who are unable to provide for their children. Or we could just let those kids "go to hell" and then put them in prisons for years or the rest of their lives. Oh, it must feel so good to be holy.

Anonymous said...

That did come off sounding a bit self rightous and "holy" as you say. Please forgive me. I am sadden and angered that so many little lives, human babies who could become men, women etc.. have less rights in the womb than a tree, or a bird, or...a whale, an animal who is low in numbers. The fact that if the mother kills the child it is legal, not even called murder, but if a pregnant woman is killed in a crime the baby is considered human. For the one the baby is counted as a fetus, the other a human. There are a lot of children born who were unplanned that don't end up in jail and who give back to society. We took in a teen mom and her baby, it is the only one so far. It wasn't easy and I had my own young children to care for several years ago.

Anonymous said...

It is difficult to imagine that a Christian could support a pro-abortion, pro-death candidate for any office.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for taking in a teen mom and her baby. That is a good start, and you probably feel blessed because of that experience. What should we as a family, nation or a community do about the hundreds of thousands of other children who need that love and care? Let's cut our taxes.

Anonymous said...

How does a woman "plan" for a baby if she is raped. How are you willing or able to make that possible? Then why not do it? Faith?

Anonymous said...

God modeled adoption for us by adopting us as his children through Christ, why not adopt children who need loving God-fearing parents?