On the campaign trail

The Great Debate on Friday, 26 September 2008

I watched most of the debate between Senator McCain and Senator Obama having the day off and spending only enough time to gather up some veggies from my container garden to take to the Farmer’s Market the next day.  But from what I watched, Senator Obama did undoubtedly hold his own, and in more ways than one.  To put it bluntly, he held his temper in check as Senator McCain began treating a 46 year old man like a child.  A condescending “he doesn’t understand.”  At 46 years old, Senator Barack H. Obama is fully capable of understanding a great deal.  He can understand things sufficiently well enough to either agree or disagree with his opponent in this race to the White House and to express some strong opinions and lay out what he can of policy positions.  That was more than McCain could manage, since he verified exactly why Obama could legitimately run against him as a change candidate.  All of McCain’s years in the Senate, the name dropping of foreign leaders he had met.  Well, his service in the military served him good stead…  Agreed, that Obama never had served in the military, GW by the way had never served on the front lines in a time of war.  But, Captain McCain is not in the position of being the sort of high ranking officer who lays out strategies during acts of wars.  He receives those plans from those who rank higher than he does and then does his best to implement them.  Captain McCain, you are no general.  And you happened to have been among the Monday morning quarterbacks that GW thoroughly detested when it came to advising him as to how to run his war.  Or had you forgotten?  If there was anyone who did not understand, it was GW himself.  What quarrels you did have with him were in the Senate.  Quarrels that you quickly forgot when you hit the campaign trail and after all now, at least, GW is that all time all right guy.  Indeed, you committed to repeating his talking points inclusive of, “The fundamentals of the American economy remain strong,” even as the financial system was starting to buckle under its own weight of greed and the White House started going into a crisis mode.  At the debate then, as you also did on the campaign trail, you were looking for someone to take GW’s place:  “He doesn’t understand,” “dangerous naivety,” “lack of foreign policy skills and even more damaging, lack of knowledge of foreign leaders.”  Oh, by the way, that describes GW perfectly.  By the way, Obama, he’s not GW, thank the Gods.  And it’s time that condescending go along to get along McCain grew up enough to  actually realize it.

You know when a veep pick becomes more trouble than she is worth

When Kathleen Parker of the Orlando Sentinel gets utterly disgusted by the conduct of Governor Palin on the campaign trail.  Well, I have seen sound bites of Sarah Palin in the interviews that she has held with various news casters.  The kindest thing you could say about her is that she sounds exactly like a gushing housewife rattling on and on about hubby and kids.  I guess she holds to the theory that the more she talks and pushes talking points in a most disjointed fashion as possible and as quickly as possible, she can claim a modicum of intelligence, right?  Then it’s McCain this and that, always McCain, not herself, not what she really thinks.  “Airhead.”  The self-styled “conservatives” would consider themselves too kind to put it so bluntly, the (old) left would be way too generous to put it quite like that, but hey, you had to see this one coming when the GOP themselves declared “she’s a mom” as the first criteria of her being a veep.  Given how she holds interviews, that would seem to be her only qualification.  So, you have to wonder about the state of Alaska and its selection of Palin to be governor?  Real lax standards?  She can shoot and field dress a caribou and that makes her capable of holding higher office?  I likely won’t be able to see the debate next Thursday between her and Biden, having to go to work that day,   But this ought to be real interesting.  As for Ms. Parker, nice of her to have seen the light on Governor Palin, any of us feminists could have easily said, “I told you so.”  And political ideology has little to do with it.  Gary Crooks of “Smart Bombs” fame (published Saturdays in the Spokesman-Review:  http:www.spokesmanreview.com/) discussed at length Parker’s and other self-styled “conservatives” not so laudatory reaction to Sarah Palin.

Friendly fire. The reviews are pouring in for Sarah Palin. Here are some thoughts from conservatives: “Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.

—columnist Kathleen Parker

Couric’s questions are straightforward and responsible. Palin is mediocre, again, regurgitating talking points, mechanically, not thinking. Palin’s just babbling. She makes George Bush sound like Cicero.

—columnist Ron Dreher

Need I say more?


2 Responses to “On the campaign trail”

  1. Eric Dondero Says:

    The elitist wing of the conservative movement have always been wary of us libertarians coming into the GOP. Sarah Palin is one of the top elected libertarian Republicans in the country, (along with Idaho’s Gov. Butch Otter, and Cong. Jeff Flake of AZ).

    Of course, she’s going to make some conservatives nervous.

    They are wary of her libertarian cultural views. This is the woman who famously fought back against social conservatives in Wasilla who wanted to run all of the bars and taverns out of town.

    But what she loses from the social conservatives, she gains 10 times over in libertarian votes.

    Figure, Libertarian Bob Barr was polling 6% nationwide in mid-summer, and post-Palin he’s now down to 1%.

    With Sarah Palin, the libertarian wing of the GOP has finally arrived. Of course, that’s going to make some other Republicans nervous.

  2. jeh15 Says:

    I figure that Sarah Palin is libertarian to a point. But, her religion holds that she is opposed to abortion. Libertarians who are wary of too much gvt interference would never care to have it interfere with their beliefs, whether they were pro-choice or anti-abortion. While there is no record that Palin ever pushed her religion while Governor of Alaska, there is every reason that McCain saw her belief as a way to cement his base with the religious activists. And Palin herself, while in interviews has pushed an anti-abortion position. A libertarian would have no trouble recognizing Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution. Religious tests not being required for public office. But, Palin on the campaign trail holds the view that she should indeed recognize abortion as a religious test for public office if it will gain her votes. I am a libertarian Republican if that will tell you anything.

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