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Follow the Bouncing Ball

I’ll admit it right up front. I didn’t watch tonight’s debate. Luckily, I can read about it courtesy of CNN, the Washington Post (popup warning) and Wired. Funny - I know for someone who contributes to this blog and cares deeply about the outcome in November 2004 that I should have watched - but I played Nintendo instead. Confession is good for the soul.

I didn't watch the debate for mainly one reason: I've heard it all before and I don't want to waste time listening to the same thing over and over again. It's so predictable: three or four candidates gang up on the latest front runner; the rest try to get a word in edgewise and attacking Bush almost becomes an afterthought.

I want to hear something different. I don't want to watch nine (at the latest count) Democrats taking potshots at one another. I don't want to hear cliches and the same stump speeches. I want to see them share ideas - take a problem and figure out how to solve it together. Examine the skills each one could bring to solving the very real problems in this country. I want a plan - and I want to know how the Democratic Party expects to take back the White House in 2004.

And I don't think I'm alone. But I'm struck by the thought: if I can't find the will to turn on the fourth debate in almost as many weeks, what must the millions of people out there who don't write for political blogs be thinking? What will it take to get them interested enough to pay attention?

Posted by 9thwave at October 10, 2003 12:19 AM