I have no doubt everybody is getting a bit tired of constant political mantras running 24/7.
Last week as the vice-presidential debate was drawing to a close, I opened my laptop with the intent to write this column. I have no doubt everybody is getting a bit tired of constant political mantras running 24/7. I know I am.
But thatís the way it is every four years, and this particular election is so extraordinarily important so it canít be ignored. As a conservative, I view the November outcome as nothing short of do or die for the country.
To people like me, the Obama train is headed nowhere but off the cliff. My conclusion isnít some big epiphany but merely recognition that his brand of socialist nonsense has never worked anywhere. History screams it.
And such historical facts create my biggest mystery of this election cycle. I canít imagine what a decision tree branch looks like that convinces liberals to stay a course thatís so obviously leading nowhere.
I believe most of them have the best of intentions and doubt any truly wish harm to the country. But in the face of a pile of evidence to the contrary, they seem like lemmings, almost zombie-like in their march into a sea of red ink.
Itís perplexing to say the least, but it appears to me the current model of Democrats have built their messaging toward the lowest common denominator. I hope theyíre making a huge miscalculation of their constituencyís intelligence.
Any decent pool player in the country can sight down a cue at debt, welfare and unemployment trajectories and instantly see where theyíre headed. Itís not rocket science. Itís not even science. Itís merely chalking up some common sense.
Regarding the debate, I was generally underwhelmed. I know Ryan is razor-sharp and presents his thought chains with beginnings, middles and ends. In this debate, because of time constraints and interruptions, many links got lost in the hubbub.
Biden, on the other hand, has never been burdened with organization. According to him, everything Ryan and Romney say is a lie and that pretty much sums it up. Whenís lunch?
According to the vice president, the country is on the right course domestically. Foreign relations are also on track. The Obama administration always tells the truth, and we conservatives hate old and sick people.
You canít get much simpler than that, and "simple" very well describes the track of the debate. Iíll leave it to voters to decide which way they want to go and have every confidence that good sense will bubble out of all the political froth.
Iíve tried to imagine my thoughts on the morning-after if Obama wins. Confronting that outcome shuts down my imagination.
If we get into another four years of this guy, weíll be so far down the hole theyíll have to pipe sunshine to us. But we all know how President Obama hates pipe so thatís not an option.
I wish Romney and the country well in November but of course thatís redundant.
Otis Gardnerís column appears here weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.