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McCain Campaign: Obama is Not a Leader Because He Agrees with McCain on Some Things


Why did they delete the word “but” from each segment they showed of Obama agreeing with McCain?

Again, I’m starting to think that the McCain campaign is not even trying anymore.

Feeling Optimistic

For a couple of weeks, I’ve been finally starting to think that maybe we can pull this off and elect Barack Obama as our next president.

This piece by Justin Webb in the Times Online on the end of social conservativism in the US confirms the reasons for my optimism:

It doesn’t matter who wins! Seriously, guys, America is about to become, once again, the coolest place on Earth.

An era is ending. If you still think the US is home to all that is fatty and unwholesome and militaristic and cloth-eared and generally low-grade, and not much else, it may be time to give the Yanks another chance.

Politically, socially, culturally, America is – as we watch transfixed and, in spite of ourselves, impressed – being born again.

Suddenly we are reminded of why 55 million people have chosen to come to America in the roughly 400 years since that journey became possible. We are reminded of why Americans are so deeply, annoyingly, attached to their nation and their system. We are reminded of how vibrant that system can be.


America is imperfect. It has no divine right to be the world’s leading nation. And yet – in this glorious political year – something about it sings.And as the American Olympic team reminded us when we looked at it and wondered at its multicolour, multi-ethnic vibrancy (more than 30 members were born abroad) this nation is ours.

There is nothing wrong in wishing it well.


I’m starting to feel that the America that we and the rest of the world loves and admires is on its way back.

Now let’s get to work.

I Heart Jack Cafferty

Watch the whole video:

Best quote? Cafferty to Wolf Blitzer:

Don’t make excuses for her.

Cafferty is one of the good guys.

Debate Reaction

Interesting. I thought it was a good debate, and though I’m obviously biased, I think it was a win for Obama.

For the last several weeks, we’ve been reminded about the Carter/Reagan debate. Americans were unhappy with Carter’s performance as president, but they felt a little uneasy about a right-winger like Reagan in the Oval Office.

But the two debated and Reagan showed that he was not a drooling war-monger. Rather, he had a sunny disposition and seemed to know his facts reasonably well. They started to feel comfortable with the idea of Reagan as president.

Tonight, McCain got in his digs on Obama. He was a bit surly and arrogant, and MSNBC keeps reminding me that McCain never looked at Obama once.  I keep thinking of McCain’s reaction shots when he seemed to show contempt for Obama and comparing that to when, in one of the Gore/Bush debates, they kept showing Gore sighing in disgust whenever Bush said something stupid or inaccurate (which happened often). But in the end, Bush was perceived to be the winner because Gore showed contempt for Bush.

Obama, on the other hand, demonstrated that he understands the issues and that he has excersied good judgment on matters of policy. Also, hecame across as a genuinely nice guy.

The pundits say that Obama said agreed with McCain too often. I don’t think that’s a bad thing. They don’t disagree on everything and I think it was good for Obama to point that out, especially as voters are telling pollsters that they are sick of partisan BS.

A week from now, I think that consensus will be that Obama won easily, mostly because he showed that he is an informed and thoughtful guy that most Americants can imagine as president.

The Debate?


A Republican rebellion stalled government efforts Thursday to avoid economic meltdown, a chaotic turnaround that disrupted the choreography of an extraordinary White House meeting meant to show joint resolve from the president, the political parties and the presidential candidates. Instead, the summit broke up so bitterly that Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson got on one knee before Democratic leaders in a theatrical attempt to salvage talks.

After six days of bare-knuckled negotiations on the $700 billion financial industry bailout proposed by the Bush administration, with Wall Street tottering and presidential politics intruding six weeks before the election, there was far more confusion than clarity.

So no debate? What does Sarah think?

Reaction to Bush’s Speech

First, he looked as if he had just re-read “My Pet Goat.”

Second, there’s definitely a problem with our leadership when the president tells us that if we don’t do what he tells us to do we will all lose our homes and stand in soup lines. It’s more fear-mongering.

Certainly, the economic situation is serious and action needs to be taken, but Bush just has no credibility when he tries to scare us. Again.


From a post by Andrew Leonard on Salon:

No matter how you feel about George Bush’s credibility, it is unnerving to watch the President of the United States stare his country in the eye and declare that “we are in the middle of a serious financial crisis” and “our economy is in serious danger.”

As a rule, Presidents in moments of national crisis aim to reassure a nervous populace. But on Wednesday night, Bush faced a unique challenge — convincing his country that the United States is in such dire straits that we have no choice but to expeditiously enact the Paulson plan to spend as much $700 billion “so banks and other financial institutions can avoid collapse.”

So — this was no time to channel the ghost of FDR and tell us that the only thing to fear is fear itself. Instead, we were told that we should be fearful, that the “situation is becoming more precarious by the day” and that “the market is not functioning properly, there is a widespread loss of confidence and major sectors of American industry are in danger of shutting down.”