Last night I…

October 28, 2009 at 9:20 pm 3 comments

said “this is so cool” about fifty million times.

You see, last night was the Karl Rove/Howard Dean debate over healthcare.  The one that I got up early for VIP tickets for.  And I wound up sitting in the center of the front row. 

And the moderators asked a question I submitted; Rove enthusiastically said I was exactly right and then, after I met him at the reception, proceeded to call me “Megan who asked my favorite question” for the rest of the night.

Really, it doesn’t get much better than that. 

The debate itself was quite fun.  I guess I wasn’t sure what to expect – maybe something like the Oxford-style debate held earlier this year, with a panel of student and professors who debated the government bailouts.  I was a little worried that I wouldn’t follow everything, because I’ve been kind of lazy when it comes to researching the whole healthcare bill and hype and reform.

I didn’t need to be worried.

First, the debate was awesome and highly entertaining.  Secondly, it was more of a show than an actual informative event: they didn’t really explain what all is exactly in the bill; Rove just kept repeating that we shouldn’t turn the entire system on its head and duplicate the (broken and failing) Medicare system for the whole population; I’m not even sure what Dean’s points were: he seemed to get off-topic sometimes.  He kept pointing to the healthcare reforms instituted in Vermont (where he was previously governor) and saying how well they worked, but never quite responding to Rove’s pointed criticisms.

In general, Karl Rove spouted statistics and hard facts and figures; Howard Dean kept claiming those stats to be false but never actually backed that up with his own figures.  He was more passionate, though, and also didn’t seem to realize it was a healthcare debate. (He asked during the debate if there were any questions that did not pertain to health care – and suggested he really wanted to talk about climate control – and apparently asked the same question about four times before the debate began).  But those two are really quite funny together – they’ve done this before, they know exactly how the other is going to respond.  Dean repeatedly interrupted Rove; sometimes the two would have a civil shouting match and entirely ignore the moderators.  At on point, when the validity of his statistics was called into question, Rove promised to publish the poll in his next column for the Wall Street Journal, which Dean insisted he hadn’t read for twenty years.  They picked this back up at the very end of the VIP reception, in the middle of picture-taking – it was a sort of “smile, smile, insult, smile, insult” thing going on that was quite funny.  (“People only read the WSJ to confirm their own biases!  I haven’t read the opinion pages for twenty years!” claims Dean, while Rove fires back, “Oh, but you have read the Journal because you’ve written letters to the editor!”)

I think they were having fun.

I know I certainly was! 

And if you still want proof – well, here’s a blurry cell phone picture:

                                                                                                          Karl Rove and yours truly!

And happily, I was sitting next to Anthony, who also repeated “This is so cool!” about fifty million times, so I didn’t feel stupid.

And in other news, today is my baby girl’s fourth birthday.  Except, of course she’s not a baby any more (as she will emphatically tell me whenever I slip).  I can’t even imagine how different our lives would be without her – happy birthday to my sunshine of a sister!  I still remember how excited I was as Katie and I took turns calling everyone we knew from the hospital with the news that it was a girl.  Everyone was happy, and oohed and aahhhed, but only my twin Mellie responded with the enthusiasm I thought appropriate: screaming on the other end of the phone. 

Happy birthday to that reading and dancing little girl out there!  I know she’s twirling around and eating cake and generally having a ball.

wishes & love,



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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jessina  |  October 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Okay, that IS so cool! 🙂 And I’m curious…what was your question?

    Aannd…happy birthday to your girlie! I can’t believe she’s four!

  • 2. Janine  |  October 29, 2009 at 3:01 am

    thats AWESOME!!! sounds like a lot of fun! 😀

  • 3. Joanna  |  October 29, 2009 at 11:47 am

    OOh, how exciting, my dearie!! I’m so proud of you for having a question and all.

    Yes, I was thinking how I couldn’t believe Cuteser is so OOLD. Wow.



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