I figured out what it is that irks me most about today’s politicians, including McCain: they cannot get beyond sound bytes and talking points. They just keep saying the same things over and over and over again, in the same way. I would even be happy if they would say the same thing but use different language, or say it in a different way. But I feel like I’m listening to a broken record. They just don’t seem to have the ability to just speak without constantly falling back on talking points.
Also, this whole “debate” thing is such a farse. I was in debate in high school. I stunk, but I did learn how debates are judged. Judges have flow charts, and they assign points for different things, and in the end they total up all the points and declare a clear winner. These are not debates. There is no cross-examination, very little time for rebuttle, which is probably good, because there might not be enough substance to fill the time. I guess I’m just a little annoyed by the whole thing today.