Sehari menjelang Pilpress 2009. Rasanya tidak jelas. Seperti sedang menghadapi hari Minggu, menunggu jawaban dari sang calon pacar yang baru saja ‘ditembak’ tadi malam. Tidur tak enak. Makan tak enak. Hanya akan segera teratasi kalau si ca-car (calon pacar) segera memberi jawaban. Ya atau Tidak. Apakah terpilihnya presiden ‘baru’ akan membawa perubahan positif? Atau Tidak? Kita hanya tahu setelah 5 tahun ke depan, karena janji-janji seratus hari, atau duaratus, atau tigaratus, ataupun kontrak-kontrak politik ‘kosong’ tidak akan berdampak apa-apa. Bukannya pesimis, tapi begitulah biasanya. Semoga Pilpres kali ini tidak menjadi biasanya.
Sementara itu, nikmati saja tulisan WImar dari Perspektif Online-nya, yang kami kutip beberapa paragraf di antaranya berikut ini. Selamat Memilih!
While becoming election landmarks, presidential debates leave voters unmoved
By: Wimar Witoelar
Now that the campaign subsides, pundits and political scientists will study the official Presidential and Vice Presidential debates for a long time. Did the five presidential debates and the two vice presidential debates change voters’ minds? Probably not, as not much substance was put forward in the debates. The candidates are not people who have had much practice debating. Megawati never had to debate as her silence is her most effective political weapon. SBY does not debate; he courts people with politeness and presence. Jusuf Kalla will debate but his forte is making deals based on shared interest.
Whatever the virtue of that debate, television viewers delighted at the spontaneous moment which came as a welcome sprinkle of fresh water in a long dry debate. A more substantial moment came towards the end of the last debate when Jusuf Kalla chided SBY for a campaign ad exhorting a single-stage election, alluding to a strong majority win the SBY-Boediono ticket. Kalla said that was not a friendly ad, and SBY simply said, “That is not our ad.” Kalla jumped in like a fighter pinning his opponent to the ropes. “So you say that ad is illegal?” The exchange was brought to a tie by SBY just looking at Kalla with an expression close to disdain.
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