It could be worse: my guilty pleasure, Grey’s Anatomy (I know, I know) won’t be on tonight. Good thing, because both the English-language Canadian leaders debate (the French one ran last night) and the U.S. Vice Presidential debate are airing at the same time.
Seriously? (Pun intended.) Who came up with that idea?
Because I’m betting there will be an awful lot of Canucks who will be giving Harper, Dion, Layton, May and Duceppe a miss in favour of Palin and Biden. I have to say, I’m tempted.
Let’s face facts: which one would you put your money on in terms of pure entertainment value? Five Canadian politicians debating issues, or the potential train wreck that is Sarah Palin answering serious questions about policy? I mean, this is a woman (a woman with a journalism degree, no less) who couldn’t name a single newspaper when asked by Katie Couric what she reads.
And I’m not buying the “she was nervous” argument. She should have been able to think on her feet enough to come up with a few names, whether she actually reads them or not. If Katie Couric makes you nervous, Gov. Palin, you really don’t have any business being this close to the Oval Office.
My plan is to watch the Canadian debate – followed by The National’s At Issue panel, and, I’m sure, some classic pontification from Rex Murphy – and tape the VP debate. I wish I could say this was because I’m so interested in what Harper, Dion, Layton, May and Duceppe have to say about the future of my country.
But really, I’m not sure my VCR could handle all the fast-forwarding I would put it through if I taped their performances. And right or wrong, it’s human nature to keep your eyes peeled on a train wreck.