I didn't find anything earthshaking in the Sunday News shows. Of course, the shows were full of Petraeus, but seemed to focus more on the Libya attack than his personal problems. The media wants to know if there is anything there that might cause more serious problems for the administration. And then there is the issue over Susan Rice and whether or not she would be nominated and confirmed when and if Hillary Clinton steps down as Secretary of State. (I'm sure Obama wishes she would just stay on, but a person can only do so much).
I watched the Sunday News shows yesterday. The pundits are saying that it is too close to call but that it "leans" toward Obama. My question is if it is so even, then why, whenever they show photos of people standing in line to early vote, that it seems to be mostly minorities and others who are identifying themselves as democrats in long long lines? There seems to be a disconnect there, but I guess we will see.
It's been 10 days since I posted anything. Wow, what a 10 days, too. Everything from hurricane Sandy to playing at the Bluebird Cafe. The Bluebird performance went well I think. The storm is an incredible thing to happen. Makes the Bluebird Cafe seem a little unimportant.
The one thing I heard in the news shows that I thought was significant was a comment by Obama campaign manager David Axelrod on Meet the Press that ultra conservative and ultra anti Obama U.S. Rep. from California, Darrel Issa, released documents that he collected as part of the hearing on the Libya attack that contained and compromised names of U.S. cooperators in Libya. If that is true, that kind of story might have a chance to have some teeth.
I have to write a few words about the presidential debate that occurred Tuesday evening. At this point, it's old news, which is when I like to write about something like this. I want to think about it for at least a few days before I comment.
I watched the whole debate very carefully. And just as in the last debate, I didn't see it the same as the mainstream pundits. I mean, I do admit that Obama was more forceful, but that doesn't automatically mean better to me.
I was unavailable to watch the news shows this week. Nevertheless, I watched the first presidential debate last week, and I have been thinking about how to write about it since then. I have talked to a number of people about the debate, and I have thought about it a lot, and so here goes an attempt to concisely write my thoughts about the debate.
Romney is a pathological screwer upper. Even when he is trying as hard as he can to make up for another screw up, he screws up more. That's the way it is with one of his last ads. In that ad, he opts for the old political strategy of the only visual being the candidate, who is talking seriously to the camera as if he talking right to them right then and there.
Kristi and I went to hear the Grascals Friday evening at the Kentucky Opry in Draffenville, KY. Anyone who is at all into country music would have to be brain dead not to know that the Grascals are one of the solid big names in bluegrass music. And that they would be performing in such an intimate venue, for a reasonable price, well, since we were free, it was a no-brainer to go.
While republican pundits David Brooks and Joe Scarborough were ripping their candidate, Obama supporter, mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, spoke calmly, eloquently, and confidently in support of Obama. I had never heard him speak before today, and I think he was the star of the day. The contrast was striking. It was one more piece of evidence of how the Obama campaign is surging and Romney is imploding in the last month and a half before the election.
The news shows today were focused on the middle east and the week of unrest there. It was a bad week for the U.S. in the middle east, as we had our consulate in Ben Gazi, Libya, overrun by a well- armed gang who killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya, along with 3 other people. For any country, having an ambassador killed due to a hostile attack is a very serious matter. For the U.S., right before a presidential election, it becomes even more significant.
Kristi and I got tickets for the opening of the new season for the Paducah Symphony. The concert was featuring Jeffrey Biegel, who played "Rhapsody in Blue," George Gershwin's famous composition which, according to symphony director Ponti, had "one foot in Tin Pan Alley and one foot in Carnegie Hall." Pretty good and creative statement about the piece.
Actually it's been a whole week of politics, with the democratic convention followed by the Sunday News Shows. Meet the Press followed up the democrats by what has to be described as a pretty rare interview with Mitt Romney.
I watched all the weekend news shows, which, as you might well expect, talked about whether or not Romney had helped himself substantially with the week of republican national convention, ending with Romney's acceptance speech. The general feeling was that, yes, he had helped himself. But, there also seemed to be a general feeling that it was doubtful that it had been enough to sway the election.
I have to say that I have mixed feelings about the fact that hurricane Isaac has bypassed Florida to the west and is heading north towards me. I want it to make it up here and give us some rain. And I am glad that it missed my mom in southwest Florida - she had enough hurricane trauma when hurricane Charley veered offcourse at the last minute and destroyed a swath of unprepared Florida, including her home. It's hard enough for the elderly to just live, let alone have to put up with that.