Is it just me, or is this election year the biggest episode of political theater imaginable?
I saw a few news stories yesterday afternoon indicating Hillary Clinton was finally going to concede. I was skeptical. Sure enough, on the drive home, I heard on the radio that Terry McAuliffe, a Hillary campaign spokesman, denied the rumors, indicating Hillary would not concede. Sure enough, concession has not been official as of yet.
And yet Obama has clinched the nomination. Why the holdout? Why the different and conflicting reports?
I was subjected to an even more delicious slice of the political theater of the absurd as I witnessed John McCain giving one of the most hallow and artificial speeches I have ever seen. Fake smiles, forced laughter, misreading the teleprompter, it was all there. If I truly supported John McCain, I would have either been embarrassed or felt sorry for the man. Whatever happened to the straight talk express? This speech seemed more canned than Jolly Green Giant’s green beans. It was forced, awkward, and above all, clearly insincere. Has he sold himself out? Has he always been this way? What’s going on?
The theme of the speech was John McCain’s bashing Obama, frequently saying, “That’s not change we can believe in,” when referring to a position of his opponent. It was all so awkward, stilted, staged, and forced. It was like a bad comedy skit or a unrehearsed kindergarten play.
Part of me wants to laugh myself silly, considering the ridiculous political theater of the absurd. Part of me is very saddened by all of this hallow, shallow, trivial and insincere staging which constitutes our presidential elections, and the trillions of tax dollars that will surely be confiscated in the upcoming 12 months.