IN DEFENSE OF MC CAIN

by MullOverThis

Folks need to stop fussing about Republican John McCain and his recent campaign decisions.  With all sparring aside, no one can really blame McCain for attempting to “suspend” his campaign in order to dodge last week’s presidential debate at Ol Miss.  McCain knows he does not have the presence to appear before the public against Obama.  While Obama poignantly referred to “John” over and over again, John kept talking to the moderator, and barely ever looked over at Obama.  John’s body language spoke volumes:  “I know you don’t think I should even be listening to you, junior senator.”  Senator McCain’s shut-down demeanor towards Obama didn’t move Obama at all.  Obama’s smug incredulous look wreaked of his superior arrogance bred out of intellectual superiority.

Although there was clearly no winner, per se, McCain and Obama did hold their own.  In other words, should most people just read the transcript, content-wise, no one prevailed against the other.  Voters just have to decide who will represent their best interests in leading this nation.  However, too  many people are moved by the “swagger” of Obama or the subtle I-know-so-much-more-than-Hussein-does by McCain’s  constant “see, what Obama does not understand is…” editorialization.  McCain was passionate about the foreign policy exchange and tried to convince the masses that we should relish his expertise as opposed to Obama’s in dealing with foreign affairs and nations.

My favorite part of the debate was when Obama, obviously tired of John McCain’s story-telling drama, made reference to his bracelet from a mother of an Iraq soldier. 

Obama ought not attempt to counter-lullaby the people.  That’s McCain’s card, which he pulled from the deck of tricks within the first 2 minutes of his speech.  The entire debate began in the context of Senator Ted Kennedy’s condition.  That was a genius move to show how compassionate McCain really is, unlike the reality of his image born through complete cuss-outs and intemperate behavior. 

The recent polls may show Obama had an edge in the debates, but these results really reflect the greater approval Obama has right now.  Most people know who they preferred before the first question was asked. As long as the favorite did not flop, the favorite won.  Now, McCain has to figure out what his next super-hero stunt will be to defray Obama’s lead and momentum on the campaign trail.  Each major crisis–from Galveston to the Lehman crash–warrants McCain’s country-first postponement, or suspension of regular campaign and party activities.  This approach would have been nice for Condi and President Bush to take when Katrina hit.  Condeleeza’s shoe shopping trip could have certainly been delayed, but who could care about New Orleans when in the heart of the NYC Fifth Avenue shoe mecca?  Clearly, McCain is a prioritizer who needs to focus, focus, focus while Obama is a multi-tasker. 

 

Friends, you will have to decide which leader has the sensitivity to muddle through near-chaos and STILL get the job done.  McCain’s debate performance has proven that he can campaign beyond the hook of his POW Vietnam experience and address the real issues, one by one.

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-poll29-2008sep29,0,57477.story

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