Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Not One for a 2008 Media Retrospective

I thought the Belmont debate was completely forgettable. Thanks to Tom Brokaw and the campaigns' risk aversion, it was flat and devoid of the slightest drama that could have influenced the election one way or the other (which is probably good for Obama). It didn't live up to the hype that the local papers gave it in the run-up.

It is quickly receding into obscurity, and it dished up little that would have made the resulting morning traffic jams on West End worth it. I cannot think of a single moment that in 4 years or 8 years deserves to be re-racked and played over.

The most enduring memory of Fall 2008 in Nashville will be Vanderbilt football. I'm not convinced that the debate should even make one of those New Years' top 10 Nashville moments of 2008. If it does it should be no higher than the event of the first sustained, drought-breaking downpours in weeks that came down all day on debate day, thus dampening the public turn-out, rendering the Belmont event even lamer, but providing Middle Tennesseans life-giving rain.

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