What I learned from the Veep Debate

I watched the Veep Debate last night with my friend Lee – we Tivo’d it so we could go back and forth and make sure we understood what they were saying. Boy, was that a good idea. For one, because some of the stuff they said was wacky and we had to go back to make sure we’d heard it correctly; and then secondarily, because we were drinking a great bottle of Spanish wine and we were making so many wisecracks that we kept missing bits of the speeches. πŸ™‚
What I learned from Edwards was that he and Kerry have a plan for everything. We were playing a drinking game, and each time Edwards said “my daddy was a mill worker” we were going to have to drink, but he saved that for the very end. We should have been playing for “Kerry and I have a plan for that”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they have plans – boy am I glad – but he didn’t need to keep saying it over and over and over.
What I learned from Darth Cheney is that he believes we should stay the course on many issues of their current administration. Okay, fair enough, that’s good for me to know. For the most part I disagree, so that’s good information. The one bit of humanity I did see from Cheney was when he talked about his position on gay marriage – being willing to say that he didn’t 100% agree with Bush, but that Bush sets the agenda for the administration, took balls.
I appreciated seeing Edwards open and relaxed, while Cheney was buttoned up tightly and leaning forward onto the desk. Edwards spoke to the moderator (boy, was she awful) while Cheney spoke down into the desk. He reminded us of Cartman (“Screw you guys, I’m going home!”)
Overall I think Edwards took it, but just by a nose. He actually discussed plans, while for the most part Cheney did not. But clearly, a lot of people disagree with me on that.
If you haven’t seen Mark Fiore’s cartoons, be sure to check them out. Love his political commentary. πŸ™‚
I feel I should comment at this point that while I’m very very liberal and left-leaning, I really appreciate hearing opposing viewpoints that are well thought out. I don’t think of people as being right or wrong on these issues; we all just have different values and perspectives. And I appreciate hearing those of other people, as they help me to broaden my own. So if you disagree with me (thanks Chris πŸ™‚ ), by all means share your viewpoint!