Tuesday, October 07, 2008


You know it's serious when a college that's prohibited alcohol on campus for almost 60 years decides to reverse course. Of course, this is merely temporary, all thanks to a special event, but, for one night only (theoretically) the campus will feature booze flowing freely.

Or, at least, it will flow in a tent for media. After all, we can't expect reporters and cameramen to cover tonight's debate sober.

In many ways, this makes a lot of sense. We've watched as both campaigns have drunkenly staggered across the landscape, weaving worse than an alcoholic in a Ferrari, as they've both gone from being counted out to being the respective nominees for their parties. We've even seen them court people normally on the outside of their demographics to try and woo the voters to their side. They may say that politics makes strange bedfellows, but few bedfellows are quite so strange as the ones forged with alcohol.

Of course, this move to include potent potables would make even more sense if the debate tonight was for the VP candidates. After all, with Biden's seeming inability to open his eyes, and Palin winking her way through cutesy answers, both act like they're more comfortable speaking to support groups than the nation as a whole.

Besides, by allowing alcohol to flow at the debate, this will only encourage people to make the event into a drinking game. We suggest choosing either "maverick" or "hope". Stay away from "change", because it could be dangerous with even water.

Oh, and definitely don't decide to drink any time the candidates make a claim that can't be substantiated. That's a recipe for disaster.

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