Rocci Fisch

Random Thoughts

Rocci Fisch watches what's out there and has a lot to say about it. "Random Thoughts" is a quick-read, running commentary column which features his observations about the news, pop culture and the media, zested up with Rocci's unique humor.

DEBATEVILLE IN DANVILLE (WRITTEN AND BLOGGED DURING THE PROCEEDINGS)

October 11, 2012
  1. The candidates have been Get [ting] Ready just like The Temptations did back in 1966 Joe would remember that.

  2. . . . There are 28 years between the two candidates (Biden’s gonna be 70, Ryan’s 42).  So Biden, the Baby Boomer,  is more than a generation older than his "Young Gun" -- he co-wrote a book in 2010 called ”Young Guns:  A New Generation of Conservative Leaders -- opponent.  That means that when Biden was 16 (a good high school age),  in 1958, "The Purple People Eater (Sheb Wooley on MGM Records) was Number 1

  3. . . . And when Gen Y'/'Millennial'/'Echo Boomer' Ryan was 16, “Walk Like an Egyptian” (The Bangles, 1986 on Columbia Records) reached Number 1 in December of that year.

  4. . . . Wonder if he did that funny dance around the pyramids like in the video. 

  5. . . . Ryan seems like he likes to have a good time;  he's got that young spirit.

  6. . . . Both Ryan and Biden are Catholic.  Wonder how many Hail Marys they prayed say before tonight's contest?

  7. . . . Workout pictures of Ryan surfaced today, courtesy of Time magazine.  In commemoration of tonight's festivities?  They're on the magazine's "LightBox" feature on their website headlined "Paul Ryan:  All Pumped Up for his Closeup." Were they making fun of him?  

  8. . . . He looks a bit goofy in some of the shots: looking up, smiling, his ball cap on backwards (hip-hop-ish?) on backwards, ear buds dangling down and biceps bulging. 

  9. . . . He's in shape.  He does that Tony Horton P90X extreme workout.  He’s a bit thin. Why does he have to work out?

  10. . . . Let's hope Joe doesn't look down too much while Paul's pontificating.  Obama did that while Romney was making his points and people said it didn't look good.

  11. . . . Joe's got that million dollar smile.

  12. . . . Early on things sound contentious and argumentative.  Biden's raising his voice at the moderator (ABC's Martha Raddatz).

  13. . . . Ryan keeps his eye on Biden practically the whole time while the sitting vice president talks.  He doesn't look down (as Obama did).

  14. . . . Biden:  Blue tie;  Ryan:  Red tie.  Just like Romney and Obama did in their debate.

  15. . . . Copying the boss.

  16. . . . Biden's had it "up to here" regarding that 47 per cent thing Romney was talking about.  He needs to calm down.

  17. . . . Ms. Raddatz is observing the Romney campaign's request to address their candidate as "Mr. Ryan."  It sounded a little stilted at times.

  18. . . . Tender mercy stories.  Sad sack tales.  Yeah, we know the candidates care about the working man/woman.  We don't need to be reminded of the kindness and understanding they show for the poor people.

  19. . . . In the split-screen it seems like Ryan should be on the left-hand side and Biden should be on the right. 

  20. . . . The way they're looking toward questioner Raddatz seems like each is talking off the screen.  You need to see a two-shot of them together.

  21. . . . Just forget the split and show me each candidate and the moderator when each is answering the question and a separate cutaway to see the opponent.

  22. . . . Tell the director to quit fancying it up.  Shoot it as it is and the way the home audience wants.

  23. . . . Biden calls Raddatz "Martha."  She calls him vice president. Raddatz never called them Joe or Paul

  24. . . . Joe got a kick out of Paul saying the Democrats got caught with their “hands in the cookie jar” when talking about Medicare benefits.  He chucked a couple times.

  25. . . . Biden laughingly refers to Ryan and his Republican cohorts as "these guys" when knocking down Romney's Medicare plan.  Biden talks like one of the boys.

  26. . . . They've both got those patriotic lapel pins on.

  27. . . . Ryan's wearing his wedding band;  Biden's not.  Wonder what Dr. Jill thinks.

  28. . . . Biden's getting a kick out of the ‘Young Gun.’  He's showing his seniority.

  29. . . . Boy, that Paul Ryan's certainly got a widow's peak, just like Eddie Munster.

  30. . . . Biden shows that million dollar smile a lot.  He's full'a teeth.  Are they veneers?

  31. . . . Raddatz is doing a good job of moving things along and controlling the pacing.  And she's not afraid to cut them off when she has to move things on.

  32. . . . They're heading to Afghanistan Raddatz really knows her stuff on that place. 

  33. . . . "You've been there more than the two of us combined," said Ryan to Martha in reference to the number of trips she's made to the trouble spot.

  34. . . . I'm wondering if Biden's being the "cannonball" Ryan said he expected a couple of days ago. 

  35. . . . Biden's showing his experience in talking about Afghanistan but seems a bit boastful.

  36. . . . Ryan does show deference to his elder.

  37. . . . The long shot of the set looks impressive, clean.  The stage looks quite large.  The wooden desk looks classy -- not plexiglassy like all the network anchor desks are now.

  38. . . . "What happens if Assad (Syria) doesn't fall," asked Raddatz first to Ryan.

  39. . . . Biden reacted incredulously at Ryan's solution to the Syria problem.

  40. . . . "I don't believe we have a right to tell women what to do," stated Biden on the topic of abortion.

  41. . . . Both believe life starts at conception, not contraception. Ha Ha Ha.

  42. . . . Ryan often picks up his water glass and takes a sip.  He seems to circulate it around his mouth like one does when you take a swig of mouthwash. But he didn’t gargle.

  43. . . . He seems thirsty a lot.

  44. . . . Ryan is knocking down much of what Obama promised he would do four years ago.

  45. . . . "A debt crisis is coming" (Ryan).  Gimme shelter.

  46. . . . "We're getting speeches and not leadership in this administration," says Ryan.

  47. . . . Personal character now.  What would you bring personally to the office?  Ryan:  Honesty.  Solutions. 

  48. . . . Biden:  Level the playing field for middle-class people.

  49. . . . CLOSING STATEMENTS.  Biden:  All the people are looking for is a decent shot, a level playing field.  

  50. . . . Ryan:  What kind of country are we gonna be?  Obama had his chance, his choice.  Things aren't working. 

  51. . . . Mitt Romney and I want to earn your support.

  52. . . . Thanks to both of you," said Raddatz and then she said to the camera, "I hope all of you go to the polls.

  53. . . . Yes mommy, we will.

  54. . . . ABC needs to hold back on the praise of its correspondents.  Diane Sawyer was gushing over "our own Martha Raddatz."

  55. . . . Overpraising . . . embarrassingly so.

  56. . . . After the debate when the families came on stage -- I always like that part -- Ryan's two boys sat in the chairs that daddy and Mr. Biden sat in.  One of them was slouching down in it and seemed it cute.

  57. . . . Somebody on Twitter said that Biden seemed like he swigged down a Red Bull he was so riled up during the debate.

  58. . . . Somebody also said the age difference in the candidates was very evident.

  59. . . . UH . . . "Age Ain't Nothin' But a Number" -- 100 Proof (Aged in Soul, on Hot Wax Records, 1971.

 

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