Unless somebody is actually paying me, I don’t watch televised debates. I visit the candidates’ websites, compare how they stand on the issues, decide on my own, and spare myself the aggravation of wasting hours of my life watching televised debates.
Yes, you can take for granted that the so-called moderators, products of liberal schools of journalism-in-name-only, will favor the Dems. The cable and TV networks are not as bare-faced as Univision’s activists, but sometimes they come close.
And don’t get me started on the unasked questions, especially the unasked question so far,
“You say you are ‘personally opposed’ to abortion, can you explain your reason for personally oppose abortion?”
So last night I watched instead Luke Cage, starring the fine-looking, fine-sounding Mike Colter. I knew nothing about the series, but it looked interesting when it came up on Netflix, so I watched.
Reading about the debate this morning, I’m glad I did, considering that Tim Kaine reportedly interrupted Mike Pence over seventy times. The video posted with that article shows Kaine, lifted eyebrow, finger pointed, yammering on about whatever came to mind, which may or may not be related to what Pence was saying, with little, if any interaction from the moderator.
If this sounds like an exaggeration, look at a brief section of the transcript, where Hillary’s servers, the Clinton Foundation, The Apprentice, Osama Bin Laden, Iran and Iraq swirled around in an alphabet soup,
PENCE: But there’s a — there’s a reason why people question the trustworthiness of Hillary Clinton. And that’s because they’re paying attention. I mean, the reality is, when she was secretary of state, Senator, come on. She had a Clinton Foundation accepting contributions from foreign governments.
KAINE: You are Donald Trump’s apprentice. Let me talk about this…
PENCE: Senator, I think I’m still on my time.
KAINE: Well, I think — isn’t this a discussion?
QUIJANO: This is our open discussion.
KAINE: Yeah, let’s talk about the state of…
PENCE: Well, let me interrupt — let me interrupt you and finish my sentence, if I can.
KAINE: Finish your sentence.
PENCE: The Clinton Foundation accepted foreign contributions from foreign governments and foreign donors while she was secretary of state.
KAINE: OK, now I can weigh in. Now…
PENCE: She had a private server…
KAINE: Now, I get to weigh in. Now, let me just say this…
PENCE: … that was discovered…
QUIJANO: … Senator, you have an opportunity to respond.
PENCE: … keep that pay to play process out of the reach of the public.
KAINE: Governor Pence — Governor Pence doesn’t think the world’s going so well and he, you know, is going to say it’s everybody’s fault.
PENCE: Do you?
KAINE: Let me tell you this. When Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, Governor Pence, did you know that Osama bin Laden was alive?
KAINE: Do you know that we had 175,000 troops deployed in the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan? Do you know that Iran was racing toward a nuclear weapon and Russia was expanding its stockpile?
Under Secretary Clinton’s leadership, she was part of the national team, public safety team that went after and revived the dormant hunt against bin Laden and wiped him off the face of the Earth. She worked to deal with the Russians to reduce their chemical weapons stockpile. She worked a tough negotiation with nations around the world to eliminate the Iranian nuclear weapons program without firing a shot.
PENCE: Eliminate the Iranian nuclear weapons program?
KAINE: Absolutely, without firing a shot. And instead of 175,000 American troops deployed overseas, we now have 15,000.
PENCE: Right and…
KAINE: These are very, very good things.
PENCE: And Iraq has been overrun by ISIS, because Hillary Clinton failed to renegotiate…
KAINE: Well, if you want to put more American troops in Iraq, you can propose that.
PENCE: Hillary Clinton — Hillary Clinton — Hillary Clinton failed to renegotiate a status of forces agreement…
KAINE: No, that is incorrect. That’s incorrect.
PENCE: And so we removed — we removed all of our…
QUIJANO: Gentlemen, we’ll get to…
PENCE: … troops from Iraq, and ISIS was able to be conjured up in that vacuum.
KAINE: But I’d like to correct…
PENCE: … and overrun vast areas of Iraq.
Where was the moderator? Who knows? Fifty more minutes of that followed.
So you can understand why I prefer to watch the more handsome and entertaining Mr. Colter, whose character is named after Luke 4:18. Here’s the Gospel text in context,
14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[f]
The greater lesson, for both Luke Cage and for debate viewers alike, remains, from Psalm 146:3-5 (emphasis added),
3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:
No televised debate will change that.
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.