So, were you among the nearly 29 million people who tuned in to last Tuesday’s debate?
That was the number of viewers estimated among the four networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox) according to The Hollywood Reporter.
To be fair, however, Fox didn’t air the debate; FoxNews did. So, if you count the other ‘entertainment’ networks like CNN, MSNBC and the like, that number is likely higher.
I had hoped that Chris Wallace would be able to maintain a semblance of order, but five minutes in, it was obvious that President was not going to (a) answer any question, (b) allow former Vice President Biden to answer without interrupting and (c) not going to engage in any sort of health debate.
We gave it 10 minutes of the two top choices for the head of our government talking over each other before finding something else to watch.
I was reminded of a t-shirt that was popular when I was in high school.
The shirt sported a bull and read “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance; baffle them with bulls--t.”
Certainly nobody dazzled anyone — although Mr. Wallace did his level best — and honestly there wasn’t much baffling either.
It was just a sad situation for the voters and for our nation.
Reading about reactions from voters in the United States and impressions from governments from around the world have reinforced that opinion.
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One of the important talking points of this election is healthcare. It came up during our brief observance Tuesday night, and other than pointing fingers and saying, “He’s got no plan...” nothing was really discussed.
Which is kinda odd.
On Sept. 17 — which is seemingly a lifetime ago now — Kayleigh McEnany, the White House Press Secretary — said the following, in response to a reporter’s question about the President’s healthcare plan:
”I’m not going to give you a readout of what our healthcare plan looks like and who’s working on it. If you want to know, come work here at the White House.... As I told you, our Domestic Policy Council and others in the White House are working on a healthcare plan, the President’s vision for the next five years — and if you want more come join us here.”
This came two days after the President had said, “I have it ready,” regarding his revolutionary plan.
OK, first of all, do you really think McEnany can hold the title of Press Secretary? I mean, if there isn’t a regular press conference, can she really be a Press Secretary?
Again, I likely have too much time to think about stuff.
In 2016, candidate Donald Trump campaigned on replacing the Affordable Care Act and since winning the election has constantly touted that his plan would be better and less costly.
After he was elected, with a Republican majority in both the House and Senate, nothing was done to improve, replace or otherwise undo the existing plan.
But instead, more than four years later, and with healthcare a concern for a majority of voters, it appears, at least as far as Kayleigh McEnany is concerned, the super special healthcare plan that will revolutionize the world, is a super secret plan so specialized you have to be a White House employee to understand it.
Were I to run for President (which is more and more unlikely) and if I had a revolutionary healthcare proposal in hand (also unlikely) AND I was trailing in every poll out there, I would be standing on every soapbox in the land and shouting about it.
Not hiding it in the Human Resources office of the White House.