Yesterday, I watched a good portion of the first debate between the two persons running for presidency in the U.S.
Neither one of them lived up to the expectations I had. The man was in no way as disgusting and agressive as I expected him to be after all I have heard. For most part, he appeared to be short of ideas. Spelling out what others did wrong. Not explaining, how he would set it right and why. Save for cutting taxes and increasing custom duties.
The woman was not as elegant and eloquent as expected. She did have policies and solutions, she fights for. And she did explain the whys. But where was the fire? Maybe, the normative power of the factual has long since blown out any fire. And maybe, this is, what working in politics just does to you. Just maybe, this is as good as it gets, taking everything into consideration. But oh, do I miss the Bern and his visions for a different order. And the power to inspire with words, the one just leaving office has.
Instead, there were attacks on the opponent. Plenty of them. I thought that off the mark. I ask myself: do I apply different rules to a Lady? What, if it were a man. Would the same words have a different effect? I am most certain. But a man would not do it in such a sideway manner, he would do it more directly, speaking to the person, not to the audience about the person standing right next to him.
In this way, the entire thing was blatantly turned into a show. Which it was. A show that got me bored after a while. Overall, I think those debates are not about politics, but about the chance for a broad public to get a first hand impression on who the people are, that they are about to entrust with ruling power. A public behavioral study, if you want. And both combatants on the stage in this particular debate were obviously trying so hard to be NOT themselves, that it all seemed like a bad joke. So I just stopped watching.
Don’t get me wrong. The woman is way ahead with everything, compared to the man. I can not fathom any American in his or her right mind would vote for the man. Knowing in the same instant, that many, hopefully not too many, will do just that. Why, I can not understand. But then again, I am just watching from afar.