PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE 2008
BY MELISSA VELA-WILLIAMSON
MISSISSPPI – Ole Miss sets the stage. Voters demand 90 minutes of red and blue blows. Heads or tails determine order, prompt stiff hand shakes. The audience promises silence. Deliberate fingers draw answers in the air. Point to Wall Street, Main Street, bypass Easy Street. Map out mazes through fiscal magnitude, health care options, people losses. Straight mouths spin rebuttals. Corruption concealed in matte makeup. Power ties bleed on air. Politicians share recipes: Economic Growth Recovery 1) boil pork barrel spending 1) a dash of war phrases 2) chop taxes 2) chunk of Chinese invoices 3) double dividends 3) omit overspending 4) whip needs and haves 4) add 9/11 terror ‘til smooth 5) serve warm in war casualties Senators circle withdrawal dates, eager to lead troops into the jaws of victory. Applause dies - this is the end of the beginning. NEWSFLASH! Candidates’ tactics swing from left to right. Prepare to pull the trigger.
© Sagebrush Review IV Spring 2009