Thursday, October 16, 2008

Might be a stretch, but...

Watching the debate, it suddenly struck me: the taller, more reserved Senator from Illinois - the lawyer, the bootstrap life, the race baiting on the campaign trail following him, the alleged inexperience, the droll yet witty speaking style - against the shorter, more fiery stump speaker, the "master" of the town hall meeting, the well known maverick and shrewd political operator with a long Congressional history. The two going at it with the fate of the country on the line more than almost ever before in an election, with a nation teetering on the brink.

I was reminded of another such matchup, virtually one hundred and fifty years ago... when Lincoln and Douglas did verbal battle over the fate of our nation (yes, I realize the stakes and circumstances were somewhat different. Don't feel the need to point out every difference. It's a SIMILARITY of feeling, not allegations of being identical). Just thought I'd mention it. Feel free to disagree.

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