Mike Reyes, aka Mr. Controversy, has considered himself a writer ever since he was a child. He wrote for various school publications from about 1995 until 2006, and currently runs both The Bookish Kind and Mr. Controversy, which is an offshoot of the regular column he wrote in High School. He's also authored several short stories such as "The Devil's Comedian", "The Devil v. George W. Bush", and most recently "Wait Until Tomorrow". He resides in New Jersey. Any inquiries for reprinting, writing services, or general contact, should be forwarded to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wow...just...how in the world does John McCain expect to escape THAT?! "That one"? He referred to a fellow senator, a man of good standing, and a rival for the Presidency as "That one"? Did I watch the wrong debate last night? I thought I was watching a Presidential Debate, not "Old White Guy vs. 'That One' ". The Presidential Debate last night didn't do much, except for raise Tom Brokaw's blood pressure when both candidates broke from the agreed set of rules for the evening. And yet, John McCain was the one that seemed to be getting upset over the tossing of the rules. Isn't that what a "maverick" does? Don't they throw caution to the wind and discard the rules, ignoring the moderator's questions and speak directly to the American public?
But, Obama's "maverick" tactic was to break from format, but still provide some answer to the question. Yes, I know I'm an Obama supporter, and I know I've done all but tattooed the man's name on my knuckles like a demented preacher, but last night taught me exactly why people watch the highlights...it's pointless. Yep. The debates are pointless. It's all scripted, all prepared, and all filtered. That, however, isn't the problem, because debating itself isn't pointless. No, "these" debates are pointless, meaning the way the political climate has changed these days it's not safe anymore to attack anyone while looking at them. Off camera, out of the room, both candidates have had plenty of smack talk. On camera, it's just barely civil discourse, and on top of it all everyone will be judging the debate by the sound bites generated by the evening's discussion. Plus, the "Town Hall" format is unwieldly. It just doesn't seem all that interesting. Yes, the candidates get to answer questions of the people; and yes, it seems more open and less formal; but it's only two steps removed from an episode of Oprah. In short, I really can't wait for this to be over. As I was telling a friend earlier, I'm just waiting for McCain to call Obama, "Boy", in the next debate.
I hope Tom Brokaw is recovering from whatever may have caused him to get upset last night, and I hope John McCain is recovering from whatever may have caused him to not shake Obama's hand last night. If he could do it once, he could do it again. Unless...nah, it couldn't have been a hollow gesture the first time...could it?