Here’s the confession: I love presidential election years, and this one is getting more compelling by the day. Both of my kids, 8 and 10, can name all the major candidates on sight, and last night a wide ranging discussion among the four of us about Mike Huckabee included a stop at Wikipedia to get our facts straight on the roots of the Islamic religion. (Try connecting those dots.) We taped the two debates from New Hampshire the other night and have been watching them in 5 or 10 minute chunks (they are 8 and 10 after all…) and we’ve spent a good amount of time using politics as a jumping off point for some larger Q & A sessions. Tonight, we’re going to place our bets on what happens in New Hampshire tomorrow. (Tucker, btw, wants Hillary to win since he wants “a girl president.” Hey…it’s a start.)
Here’s the complaint: So much of the media coverage both in print and on television is utter pablum. I just hate the spin and insipid interpretation of events and history. (Sounds like what many might feel about my blogging here…) And here is the perfect example: In today’s New York Times, in the story about Hillary’s emotional response to a question during a New Hampshire coffee klatsch, the reporter compared her “not crying” moment to Ed Muskie’s breakdown in 1974. (Video here, along with more insipid CNN commentary.)
If it was not an Ed Muskie moment â€” Mrs. Clinton did not cry (or
look like she was crying) â€” she was certainly on the verge of it after
a woman asked her, at a round table discussion at a coffee shop here,
how she managed to get out of bed and soldier through each day.â€œHow do you do it?â€ the woman, Marianne Pernold, asked. And, with a touch of humor, she added, â€œWho does your hair?â€
Ok, she had a moment. And yeah, it might say something about her ability to cope in the face of a nuclear attack (though the campaign trail may make that seem like small potatoes.) But what kills me is that there are huge issues that are not going to get air time on the evening news tonight (any bets on how many will lead with this story?) because one of the candidates’ eyes welled up after getting like seven hours of sleep in the last month and eating pizza non stop. “Hillary on the Ropes!” “Hillary Buckles Under the Pressure!”
Here’s the plan: We’re not going to rear passive political patsies. No sir. Did I mention we have TIVO? Godsend in these situations. Someone on TV says something that raises an eyebrow, we just stop the feed and deconstruct it. And we’re going to YouTube and the other raw video sites to watch the unedited, uncommentedupon versions. And we’re breaking down the videos that the candidate’s offer, like this one from Barack and this one from Huckabee. And so on and so on…
We’ve got this mountain of information at our fingertips now. If this isn’t a great moment to teach kids how to really us it well, not sure what is.
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