As the hour of the final Presidential debate draws near, Americans can rest easy that the nigh on surfeit number of these candidate forums have>"/>
As the hour of the final Presidential debate draws near, Americans can rest easy that the nigh on surfeit number of these candidate forums have come to an end. For 2008 at least.
The one thing we know about Sen. Barack Obama – and after more than two years America still knows very little about the man’s history – is that he isn’t at all comfortable with debates.
Far better to stick to scripted speeches and teleprompters in front of adoring masses who unquestioningly believe that saying “Change” amounts to political leadership. During his two debates with John McCain his main theme was tying the Arizona Senator to the Bush administration, blaming the tandem for the economy, energy prices and the war in Iraq.
Because liberating a country that contains the most important city – politically – in the Muslim world, creating a democracy in the Middle East and ensuring that its 28 million citizens aren’t being consigned to rape rooms and torture cells by a family of Tikrit goat herders is somehow a big mistake.
John McCain’s past two performances have been somewhat bland. Which runs according to form for the Maverick; who is historically hot and cold during the past two years.
Too much is often made of these debates. Those viewing are generally more likely to be of the mindset of sports fans cheering on their favorite team rather than undecided voters seeking to educate themselves.
But for McCain, the general feeling is something, anything needs to be done to create the political schwerpunkt necessary to carry through his final offensive.
A lot of groundwork has been laid for success. Selecting Gov. Sarah Palin shored up his support with the Republican base. His running mate is probably the only thing keeping the GOP candidate’s campaign afloat.
Obama’s past as a “community organizer” is finally coming back to haunt him as news continues to come out tying him to the corrupt Daley Machine in Chicago, ACORN and radical activists in South Chicago. Obama is the second largest recipient of campaign contributions from Fannie Mae. Its disgraced former CEO James Johnson headed up his Vice Presidential search committee.
However, McCain frittered away his main chance, supporting the $850 billion Bailout package put together by the Bush Administration, the Democrat Congress and supported by Obama. Americans would be carrying him on their shoulders into the Oval Office if he had opposed the unpopular legislation.
For McCain to win tonight’s debate – and the election – he needs to accomplish three things. Tie Obama to the bad economy and high energy prices via overregulation and shady campaign payoffs, convince Americans that he was wrong not only with opposing the Surge but opposing the liberation of Iraq (see above) and McCain has to remind Americans of Obama’s inexperience and unsavory past.
Example: Quick. Off the top of your head. Name one piece of legislation Barack Obama has passed.