Drunk on an hour or so of whatever that presidential debate was, we settled into the absolute horror that not only is this America and our election but also that: oh no please no this is real life it really really really is the real world and everything we’ve done to save it from whatever it has been and continues to be and will become has been such as disaster that we were so relieved to see something bright and shiny. Not literally shiny, but undecided voter Ken Bone’s bright red sweater was so pleasantly distracting and delightful that oh man. It’s nice to just be entranced by something that isn’t, you know: everything that had happened up until that point.
Is embracing Ken Bone in the second presidential debate embracing nihilism, in which we disregard the nightmareish election and all that we stand for that’s created a climate in which it’s possible? Or allowed it to be hoisted upon us? A nihilistic respite after we’ve been wading through this election from months and months to find solace in the cable-knit sweater of an someone who’s strangely undecided (because honestly that’s so weird and foreign too)? Or is Ken Bone actually inside all of us, our moral compass in a way out of these dark, scary waters?
Because besides his affordable menswear, he delightfully asked one of the few (only?) questions regarding policy during the debate: “What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job loss for fossil power plant workers?” Plus, footage from the debate shows Ken Bone taking flash photos on his disposable camera. Which might not normally necessarily be a fiery anti-internet political stance, but this isn’t a necessarily normal election.