Okrzyki, przyjaciel! (chaircrusher) wrote,
Okrzyki, przyjaciel!

Joe the plumber

My brother Steve told me a joke once that I found not particularly funny and annoying: A plumber knocks on the door, and a parrot says "who is it?" The plumber says "It's the plumber, I've come to fix the sink." This exchange repeats several times, with the plumber getting increasingly frustrated. Finally the plumber is so enraged, he dies on the spot of a heart attack. The person who lives with the parrot comes home, and cries out in shock at the sight of the dead plumber and cries, "Who is it?" and the parrot says "It's the plumber, and he's here to fix the sink."

Nyuk Nyuk.

Anyway that's what last night's debate felt like. McCain sounded awful to me. I actually spent time right before the debate making calls with Sean for Obama, so I can't claim any great objectivity, but after about a half hour it looked like the main thing on McCain's mind was how big the scotch he wanted to have afterwards would be.

Listening to my son Sean make calls to undecided voters before the debate sensitized me to the boilerplate that both candidates fall back on. Sean basically has all of Obama's stump speech talking points memorized, and can deliver them with sincerity and animation over the phone. Obama has that talent as well but I've heard some of his lines so many times I can hear the first few words and sing along for the rest of the phrase.

I'll sure be glad when this is all over.
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