Seems the news Media is getting bored with the Election coverage. Not because it has any less importance, but becaue they whipped themselves into such a frenzy that it has just gotten old. They exhausted their “History!” calls during the DNC convention (thank God) and didn’t have the fervor to keep it up when they found out that not many people really care about the race of the candidate. The warm fuzzies of “he picked a woman VP!” only lasted about a week and a half. Normally in a presidential race the MSM would be hyperventilating about who said what, who went where, and who has raised how much money. Not so this year. I gotta wonder why? Quite possibly because the economic news has better chance of bringing Emmy accolades, or maybe because this vicious campaign has been relatively seamless.
At the beginning of August, it was all made official… McCain/Palin vs. Obama/Biden… A bit of campaigning and two debates later and there has been very little excitement. In was to the point that the BBC last night was asking for opinions about whether or not the debates actually accomplish anything and noting the lack of gaffe’s on both sides of the fence. Sarah Palin shocked everybody by actually being able to hold up in a debate, Joe Biden surprised us all by not sticking his foot in his mouth. John McCain won points for proving that he could stay awake without the aid of metamucil, and Barack Obama didn’t crack under the pressure of a presidential-level confrontation. What does that translate to in human terms? Both debates were relatively sterile and gave us very little insight into the actual candidates… all four are quality politicians. In fact, the same BBC report that I alluded to earlier felt a need to make mention that “both debates have featured very senatorial speeches that have already either been heard on the stump or on the Senate floor… or both.”
Now to my cynicism… Most people would say that this is great because we are going to have a politically slick President. Myself? Not so much. I’m more worried that they are saving their respective gaffes for after inauguration day. My formula tends to look like, “Clean race, horrible finish… horrible race, spectacular finish”. I have to admit, I’m starting to agree with Stuart’s assessment that Reagan was the final strong American President. To put it another way, Reagan was our Josiah. If you need a timeline to scare you inspire prayer, take a look at 2 Chronicles.