Friday, September 26, 2008

McCain v. Obama --- First Impressions

Watching John McCain debate Barack Obama is maddeningly frustrating. McCain doesn't seem to understand that his job in the debate is to take down his opponent. So far, only Obama seems willing to strike blows against his opponent. Obama interrupts McCain and contradicts him when McCain says something critical. McCain sits back smiling when Obama says something about McCain and doesn't respond during his own time. Obama looks ready to fight. McCain doesn't.

When asked how each candidate would reduce spending because of the money needed to be spent for the current bailout. Obama answered the question by listing all the priorities he wanted to spend money on and then said he'd get rid of programs that don't work. Whatever. McCain said nothing.

When moderator Jim Lehrer pressed both candidates to answer his question, McCain said he'd be in favor of a freeze on most federal spending. Obama quickly criticized that as using a hatchet when a scalpel is needed. McCain again made no response. What he could have said is something like this: "Senator Obama has been given several opportunities now to tell us what spending he'd cut or put off. Instead, he's told us what he'd spend more money on. He criticizes a freeze as using a hatchet when a scalpel is needed. With all due respect, Barack, you're not even willing to pick up a pocketknife."


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