I Usually Watch Political Debates. I didn’t Watch This Last One.

I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.

Lauren Elizabeth


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Even if they didn’t watch it, I’m sure a lot of people were aware that another Republican debate took place on Wednesday, December 6th. Of course, once again without Donald Trump — the runaway favorite — even bothering to participate.

Personally, I don’t miss very many debates. I genuinely enjoy them, and find amusement in these politicians actively trying as hard as they possibly can to come across like human beings often to no avail. With Republicans, it’s always entertaining to watch them attempt to see who can come across as even more absurd, outdoing the other and trying to sound as bizarre as possible in order to garner support from their base.

Last night though…I just didn’t have the energy.

Caroline Vakil with The Hill writes:

Vivek Ramaswamy emerged from the fourth GOP debate in Alabama facing backlash from Republicans over his aggressive performance.

The 38-year-old GOP millennial called former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley “fascist” and compared her campaign launch video to “a woke Dylan Mulvaney Bud Light ad,” while claiming former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) “version of foreign policy experience was closing a bridge from New Jersey to New York.”

His attacks were met with blowback from his GOP competitors, while some strategists afterward argued the tactics demonstrated he was an unserious presidential candidate…”

Did anyone expect it to turn out any other way?

Sometimes, you just can’t listen to it anymore. You can’t listen to them spout a bunch of unserious nonsense to earn brownie points, all the while knowing how little they seem to respect the American people. At best, they just don’t respect the struggles that so many people across the country are going through while they yell at each other on a stage in front of cameras.

While Ramaswamy was focused on nothing more than sounding like Donald Trump, there were kids lying in bed who did not eat dinner because there was no food in the fridge. There are young mothers who are going to bed hungry because they gave what food was available to their kids. There are 85 year olds rationing their medication because they can’t afford it.

I’m just…not interested right now.

I’m sure I’ll watch it eventually, or at least the highlights but last night, I didn’t have the energy. And I’m sue I’m not alone in feeling that way. I didn’t have the stomach to be able to watch them, knowing all that they’re caring about is the next highlight clip for an upcoming add or social media post. At the end of the day, we know that’s all it boils down to.

I just wasn’t in the mood for the reminder that the American people deserve so much better.

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Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx