We interrupt this election to focus on the art or lack of art when it comes to smiling. I know things like decorum and body language matter in debates. But this obssesiveness that I'm seeing on Twitter and elsewhere this morning after the VP debate last night makes me want to laugh larger than Joe Biden's disdainful smile. The mere fact that folks on either side are talking about these things point to the absolute desperation we have reached when it comes to our politics. Both sides were full of baloney last night. Biden's bufoonish smiling and interruptions will put off some, but others will be put off by Ryan's cartoonish smiling and wide eyes. Both, at times actually looked like they wanted to live up to their caricatures.
If the chattering class is still talking about this on the Sunday morning talk shows, then here's a hint. Who wins the election doesn't really matter when it comes to the big issues. Because no one wants to talk seriously about the big issues, the lies on both sides, and the depressing state of affairs we have let this process descend into.