Saturday, October 4, 2008

Enough already...

It's a good thing there's only a month left in the presidential election, I don't think I could stand anymore. Case in point: this take on the Vice-Presidential debate by way of CNN -Palin spoke at 10th-grade level, Biden at eighth.

That's the word from Global Language Monitor, a Texas-based group that apparently micro-analyzed the speech patterns of the debaters and found, among other things, that Sarah Palin used the passive voice in 8% or her sentences, more than Joe Biden who only spoke passively 5% of the time.

Usually you only find stat keeping to this level of minutiae on sports-talk radio debates about Major League Baseball.

There are and have been some big, substantial issues to talk about, but too often the media focus has been on things like shoes, "lipstick on a pig" comments and other silly distractions. But maybe that's to be expected with a 24-hour news cycle and a campaign that's been going on for two years now.

Unfortunately things don't look good for the future. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was pretty outspoken in his opposition to last week's economic bailout package, which prompted some to speculate if he wasn't trying to set himself up for a run at the White House in 2012. I also heard a discussion of Sarah Palin making her own run in oh-12 should the McCain/Palin ticket lose next month.

After all, Election Day 2012 is only 49 months away.
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