… you go and watch the vice presidential debates. Where you see one person being very veep-ish, and the other one just being… well, -ish.
That was, quite frankly, difficult to watch. During the program I did have to stop actually looking at the teevee and instead just listened. This was still very hard to deal with. I think I still have agita going on because of it.
So what did we learn?
Joe Biden has learned nothing of statesmanship over his long career as a politician. He also has lost grip of the facts, assuming he ever had them to begin with. Perhaps someone has a list he can copy. He is also quite possibly the rudest, most arrogant, condescending, loutish putz I've ever heard in such a position.
I mean, if I want to listen to that kind of conversation, I'll just go down to Walmart and hang out for a while.
Perhaps I'm still a bit too fairy dust and unicorns about the character of those in elected office, but I do expect a modicum of professionalism from someone elected to the second-highest office in the country. And that wasn't it.
On the other side of the table, we had Mr. Ryan, holding his composure, answering the questions as best he could before getting cut off by the liar-for-hire that sat in the moderator's chair, and generally looking more vice-presidential than the actual vice-president.
Honestly, I don't know how he kept from leaning over and popping the bastard in the mouth. Mr. Ryan, your self-control impresses me. I wish you'd been a trifle more aggressive in trying to get your point across, but I'll take what I can get.
Perhaps the best summation of that is:
I'm not the bible-quoting sort, but I've learned to take wisdom where I can get it. Certainly this applies here. My NRSV translates it a little differently, but it's the same point. Proverbs goes on to say
A fool gives full vent to anger, but the wise quietly holds it back.
– Proverbs 29:11
Which is why it was probably far better for Mr. Ryan to follow his own counsel, and not mine.
More importantly, I found this, which might be good advice for all of those folks inside the Beltway:
If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked.
– Proverbs 29:12
Finding those passages makes me feel like I'm a better Catholic than Joey Bee. And I bet, for all I haven't actually been to Mass in a few years, that I probably am.
Some other thoughts I had about last night:
– Wouldn't it have been fun to have Sarah Palin in the chair with Martha "paying you back for that wedding present" Raddatz cutting her off mid-thought? Heh. Catfight, y'all!
– Wouldn't it have been even more fun to have Allen West in the chair debating Jo-Jo? Ooo the carnage…
I have some other thoughts rattling around in the noggin. Mostly on Libya; some on other subjects. They'll have to wait until I've some time to get them in order. Right now, most of my time is occupied by Scouts and work. With trying to juggle paperwork, regular work, programming for the girls and upcoming events (camping! again! overjoyed! not!) my time has been limited and my brain tired. So this is the best you get for now.