What Irks Me Most

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.


About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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3 Responses to What Irks Me Most

  1. Rebekah says:

    Hear hear! (banging on table)

  2. Pastor J Palm says:

    I think the problem is an effect — not a cause. The cause is the “Sound bite media.” All it takes is one stupid gaffe at the wrong time to ensure defeat. Just look at the Macaca flap! No politician who is good enough to get elected will willingly give the media enough rope to hang him.

    BTW, this is why they speak in such long sentences. Short sentences are easy edit down into unflattering soundbites out of context. Long sentences are a little insurance against the edit room.

  3. Carl Vehse says:

    Longer sentence are little insurance against today’s digital editing techniques. Media buttboy for 0bama, Chuckie Gibson, cut out the first part of a sentence by Gov. Palin to give the remaining phrase an out-of-context interpretation in his interview telecast.

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