Monday, October 22, 2012
Why I Do Not Watch the DebatesAs you all know, the third and final presidential debate is held tonight. I do not expect to watch. This isn't because I dislike politics. I love politics. No, check that. I love studying politics. I love the strategies and the personalities, for the same reason I love history and in the same way I can appreciate a good sporting event when I don't care who wins.
But the situation is entirely different when I do care who wins. When in the midst of a campaign or a political controversy, it's harder to see politics as a game. Now it matters. My blood pressure rises as the other side makes some move I perceive as unfair. When I care about a candidate, I hate that who "won" a debate turns on who looks at his watch or who delivers the "zinger" rather than who has the better argument. I become aggravated as my candidate does something different from what I would do. I feel elation or relief in victory and utter despair in defeat. And all the while I know that politics is a game for the biggest stakes of all. The wrong choice could meen irreparable damage to the country's finances/resources/morals/health/education/civil liberties/security.
Enjoy the debate. I'll be watching the baseball game -- and I don't care who wins.
Posted by Michael Dimino on October 22, 2012 at 09:49 PM | Permalink
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Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Oct 22, 2012 10:03:28 PM