Last night’s debate was almost as boring as being stuck in the traffic it caused all over the west side of town. But there was an interesting role reversal about a quarter of the way through this thing.
McCain answered a question about what programs he’d cut during this economic downturn by saying, “We're going to have to eliminate those that aren't working. I know a lot of them that aren't working. One of them is in defense spending, because I've taken on some of the defense contractors. I saved the taxpayers $6.8 billion in a deal for an Air Force tanker that was done in a corrupt fashion.”
It’s a little surprising to hear this coming from the head of the party that brought us the private contractor-palooza in Iraq, and in the middle of a war no less.
Then there was this from Obama:
“You know, a lot of you remember the tragedy of 9/11 and where you were on that day and, you know, how all of the country was ready to come together and make enormous changes to make us not only safer, but to make us a better country and a more unified country.”
Whoa! Invoking 9/11 is straight outta the Guiliani playbook. Though rather than using that memory to scare the bejeezus out of all of us, he used it as a cudgel to crack Bush over the noggin.
Anyway, stay tuned for boiling seas and death astride a pale horse.