posted on Sep, 30 2004 @ 10:31 PM
If it is one thing that is for certain, this particular American election campaign is a production caught in a cross current between the repetitive
drone of daytime soap opera, languishing on mundane issues for far too long, and the mad rush sweeps week to claim the prime time crown. The
subliminally imbued prepping to the public by the media, that George W. Bush is an affable fellow whom Americans can relate to, and John F. Kerry is
but a staid pretender disconnected from the audience he needs to convince, was very much in evidence tonight. Where Bush comes across as a commoner
devolving in presidential posture from his father’s days, and his predecessor, Kerry seemed caught in the mirthless demeanour of Nixon.
In this rather serious time, the rest of the world watched from a singular different perspective to the American citizen, looking to discern which of
the two would present a case more representative of stability, peace and the mending of fractured relationships, not continued war and enhanced global
unrest. There is no doubt that Bush according to the pundits would win the affability award, and expected to be clearly evident with his continued
invocation of motherhood statements; repetitive empty rhetoric intended to drive the point home to the don’t ask, just nod in agreement if it sounds
good mind.. Alas, there was nothing new behind the door to the future and certainly nothing that would suggest he embraces an ideology even marginally
different to his previous compulsion toward hegemony. I counted 7 times where he referred to his notes and verbatim read off his talking points. The
American people however should not be second guessed, for there is more than one reason why Bush Sr. a man whose son mirrors his affability, fiscal,
social and military policies, was fired.
Kerry himself makes one wonder whether his abject commitment to Israel would prove any less a disruption in the Middle East, than is Iraq, but such
was not the case tonight. In fact, Kerry seemed to almost relish the almost collegiate atmosphere of the debate, while Bush evoked a “Mad” magazine
like face throughout. Where I would have expected Bush to score his points based on affability, and Kerry to relinquish some on stuffiness, I find
that I was completely off the mark, Bush discarded his appeal in return for losing commonality, while Kerry managed to pull off exactly the
presidential demeanour one expects to witness when confronting the rest of the world.
Of note was the number of times Bush depended on his notes to repeat the talking points so prevalent throughout his presidency. If winning re-election
is based on never changing your mind whether right or wrong, then the points go to the incumbent, but Kerry seemed resolute, never looking for a
thought to enter his mind. He was certainly well prepared to place Bush on the defensive and keep him there.
It is obvious that the international community will not attach themselves to Bush’s side until he reassesses, bends and acknowledge that the United
States, no matter how powerful, cannot accomplish what history refuses to hold in perpetuity; an eternal ruler.
I thought this contest close, but I give it to Kerry.