Although I do not plan to vote for McCain, nor do I believe that he is the most qualified to lead our country in the direction that I want it to go, I did have an expectation that the debate last night was John McCain's opportunity to really showcase his experience in Foreign Affairs. I don't think he did. I give him a C+. How many countries did he name off that he had visited? Do the American people really think that other world leaders will be open to working with him in an ongoing basis? Does he think that he can just continue the Iraq war indefinitely? He seemed to beclinging to a few key points that his puppetry people required him to make. One couldn't have passed a needle through those puppet people's rectum last night - hoping and praying that their man didn't say something stupid or come up with an idea that hadn't been passed through them. McCain was so focused on the points of his advisers, that a few times, he couldn't/wouldn't answer the question that Jim posed to him. Isn't the main point of a debate to answer the question? That's rhetorical, don't answer. Clearly, McCain isn't his own thinker and leader. He doesn't have a plan. His buddies higher than him have a plan - to continue to pad their pockets while the rest of us foot the bill with our tax dollars and to restore God to Government and lead us into the final phase. @@ I think he looked and sounded a bit desperate when he kept trying to hypnotize the viewers with his pitiful one liner that Obama doesn't understand. This is a classic example of the way the Republicans try to convince people with one liners and some take it as the gospel truth. I can just hear them this morning - "Obama Doesn't Understand".....I half expected our republican based county newspaper to have that as the headline this morning but they didn't.
One of our Watch-Party participants said it best - "He's right; Obama doesn't understand and neither do I...how can people continue to believe that horse crap that the republicans keep putting out? No one understands how someone would want to continue with the horrible hand that they've been dealt during the past 8 years. THAT'Swhat Obama doesn't' understand."
Obama was able to show himself as someone who is in the game and Obama was able to one liner over McCain with the "18 billion is a lot but $300 billion is a lot more" comeback. I valued that he had 4 points for the bailout solution but his points where qualifications of a plan and not necessarily a plan itself. At least he answered the questions that were posed to him. His best one liner was the comment about the difference between a hatchet and a scalpel. To me, that points out the difference between an empty promise maker/loose cannon who wants to satisfy others with just doing something for the sake of doing something.........and someone with wisdom that would/could take a serious look at what needs to be done for improvement.
I wished that the camera could have stayed to the back right of McCain a bit more because a couple of times I saw him clinching his fist and shifting his body weight. I would have liked for McCain to have been pressed more so that the American people would have an opportunity to see him have to think on his feet under an emergency pressure situation when publicly backed into a corner. He can't do it. He doesn't have the ability to represent our country in public under pressure without a script. I want his inability to be exposed. I know that he had been warned about his temper and about running off at the mouth and making himself look like a fool. I can't even begin to guess about how much grooming he has had about that.
Obama was calm and clear. I thought that perhaps I might be a bit irritated at his "Let's Be Clear" opener used as often as it was..... but I wasn't. He hasn't changed his tune on anything that he had in his original plan.
My desire for the debate was that Obama would come out so much more clear and so much more as the obvious leader and winner that I believe him to be so that all those Americans who are still undecided wouldn't have any ambiguity with using the evidence to decide. As it stands....they got a little taste but nothing really grand. I think it's a good beginning. Let's see what next Thursday brings.