Thursday, October 14, 2004

Shorter Bob Schieffer

Shorter Bob Schieffer: Mr. President, Senator Kerry. In this, the final debate of one of the most critical elections in the nation's history, I have one question to ask of you: if you were a household appliance, what applicance would you be?

These questions were shameful, both for what was asked and for what wasn't. This debate focused on domestic issues. Yet there was no question on education. Both candidates mentioned it, but Bob Schieffer, in his infinite wisdom, did not. Nor did he mention the environment, or energy, or science.

He did, however, believe it was important to ask John Kerry about opposition to his campaign from Republican Catholics - again. He also believed it was important to ask George Bush how his faith influenced his decisions - again. He asked whether homosexuality is a choice - but not whether hate crimes or civil rights law should be amended to include sexual orientation, or whether same-sex couples deserve legal recognition, if not marriage. Then there was the final question:

[I]t occurred to me as I came to this debate tonight that the three of us share something. All three of us are surrounded by very strong women. We're all married to strong women. Each of us have two daughters that make us very proud.
I'd like to ask each of you, what is the most important thing you've learned from these strong women?

On that trivial and patronizing note, the final debate of one of the most critical elections in the nation's history ended.

These days, it seems that democracy proceeds in spite of the press, rather than because of it. It's shameful.