What do George Clinton, Henry Wilson and James Sherman have in common? Right. All three were a heartbeat away from the U.S. presidency but the wrong heart stopped … and now they’re trivia questions.
If you want proof that politicians don’t get it, look no further than the dreary Biden-Ryan vice-presidential debate Wednesday. I think Biden did slightly better, passionate and eloquent as well as rude and theatrical. But while neither man melted down, both missed the key point that politics is basically unpleasant.
It’s now impossible to imagine an American presidential election without televised debates. But it wasn’t always this way. And the reason they’ve caught on is, for all their flaws, they help voters make up their minds about candidates.
If I call Peter Sellers a comic genius you may well say “I know that. You don’t have to tell me that.” But as with so much in this world, his work tends to fade with time. And not just major things like Inspector Clouseau. Indeed, my goal right now is simply to revive his miniature classic Party Political Broadcast.