I happened to miss the Gubernatorial debate Tuesday night. And I'm likely to miss the one next Tuesday night. And the third one that Saturday. And if you want or need a listing of them-- maybe you want to see them-- you can see the list here.
The reason why I'll be missing the debates is obvious yet also, I don't know, maybe indicative of my curmudgeonly side coming through. Simply put-- not having live debates between our candidates for Governor sucks. I don't want produced shows that contain edits. I want spontaneity, as I hope that whoever becomes the next Governor of Maryland is someone who thinks on their feet. I want to see active exchange of ideas, agreement and disagreement. I want to see these candidates' intellectual agility. And I'm sorry but in a recorded format, something is lost in that translation.
Before you get all fired up, True Believers, and start posting comments to this blaming the other candidate for this being the case being their fault, let me say this. I don't much care whose fault it is. If one candidate balked at live debates, the other candidate should have shown some testicular fortitude and refused to debate if not live. Or just debated an empty chair. That's happened before during this election cycle.
I think it's silly that we have the opportunity to watch live debates in Howard County for the flipping Judge of the Orphan's Court, yet we can't watch our candidates for Governor debate live. In my mind, these recorded, televised debates are useless and won't change my perceptions on these candidates one bit. And I continue to be more and more disappointed with these candidates on a daily basis.
Tomorrow, I bring you more ridiculousness in the campaign of Kevin Forrest Schmidt! Warren Miller's protege thinks he could shut me up. He is wrong. Of course, what does being Warren Miller's protege really mean? That's like being a suicide bomber's stunt double.
October 9 is Ugandan Independence Day! Oh, and the Nationals aren't playing game five tonight. Plenty of other things to do tonight though.
Let's be careful out there.