Tomorrow the ‘final debate’ will take place between Obama and Romney. I attest no value to the debate as such, as I tend to agree with Baudrillard about this phenomenon: we are not watching ‘a debate’ here, we are watching the simulation of a debate. It’s like watching a contest in which two candidates try prove to an audience who is best at simulating being a debater, but nothing substantial is ever being debated. There are no real ideas, just one-liners, no visions, just party marketing.
My impression is that the real issue with democrats and republicans is that they have in essence become tribalistic structures. The Democrats are closer to the Wall Street / Tech / Banking industry and the Republicans to the Security / Prison / War Industry. Of course there is no essential disagreement between these two clusters: there are just small ideological differences, but they express themselves wonderfully in the TIES these gentlemen wear during the debates.
In the first debate Obama wore this rather curious tie:
It was a high-tech tie that glittered every time the camera moved. Of course in the color of the North, since the traditional division must be still emphasized. It was a weird choice of tie, not because it looked high-tech, but because it glittered so damn much you could hardly focus on the natural shine of Obama’s smile. Needless to say, Obama lost this one.
Romney wore a traditional slanted conservative redneck tie in debate 1:
Now, what is REALLY weird and philosophical? Check this out: during the second debate they simply switched roles:
Obama suddenly wore a conservative, modest, non-shiny dark red tie.
And Romney decided to go for a blue tie, with his traditional slants.
This time general consensus was that Obama won the debate. Which begs the question if winning the debate isn’t mostly about wearing the red tie. I find it really odd that these candidates simply switched ‘tie-roles’ in the next debate. It signifies in my opinion that there is very little ‘voter loyalty’ in the States now, and both parties more or less play both fields, it has become a form of universal tribalism: wear the colors of the other tribe as well.
I predict that Tomorrow there will be a ‘Tie conflict’. I am sure both campaign teams will want their candidate to wear the winning red tie. Whomever comes out tomorrow wearing the red tie will probably win the elections. In a world dominated by the visual cortex, philosophy is the answer: observe, analyse, and predict. We will see if soon if my theory was correct. Unless they both come out with a red tie tomorrow, or a blue one. But I believe that the campaign managers will never allow this: it has to be either red or blue. The gullible voters would get seriously confused if one of them came on stage wearing a purple tie.