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Wiley Maverick Draws First Blood

From the first opening statements to the last closing remarks John McCain beat Barack Obama to the draw took the initiative and landed many blows to come out on top in this first of three debates.

McCain channeled his bipartisanship credentials right off as he announced his sympathy and best wishes for Ted Kennedy’s “The Lion of the Senate” hospitalization. It didn’t come off as a cheap parlor trick either as McCain repeatedly reinforced his “reputation for reaching across the isle to build consensus and do what is right for the country.” Point for bipartisan lip service.

Close on the heals of his opening, McCain spoke about Obama’s earmarks and how he brought home the pork to Illinois during his first three years in the Senate. McCain grabbed the initiative and tempo of the debate and he never let it go. Point for earmarks.

McCain made numerous references and shared anecdotal examples of how his many years of experience brought him into contact with numerous world leaders. He spoke with first hand knowledge about his travels abroad. Time and experience does count and it showed in McCain’s command of world events. Point for experience.

McCain landed many blows on Obama and showed a touch of contempt. He repeatedly said how Obama does not understand. Point for McCain on toughness, rudeness and a mastery of Rovian approach to political discourse.

McCain demonstrated his points and reinforced what he wanted to convey through his words, actions, talking points and body language.

Obama was professorial and gentlemanly. Obama repeatedly said he agreed with McCain. This examplfies Obama’s quest to build a consensus. Consensus requires a true bipartisan approach to problem solving. Unfortunately for Obama his agreement with McCain’s positions appears to reaffirm McCain’s correctness and ability to lead with sound judgment and experience.

Obama looked the cool and collected CEO wishing to delegate and optimize the strengths of his staffs abilities and ideas. He is perfectly capable of taking charge and managing the complexities of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Unfortunately for Obama, CEO’s are not the current flavor of the month.

Obama failed to draw significant differentiation between his positions and McCain’s. He failed to effectively tie McCain to the failed policies of the Bush Administration because he was too busy defending himself from McCain’s offensive initiatives. Americans like aggressiveness. Republican’s have taught Americans to be suspicious of elitist egghead professors who sip Chardonnay and eat arugula sandwiches.

Obama failed to effectively link the devastating economic meltdown with Republican tax cuts, failed oversight and our country’s singular focus on the war on terror. In foreign policy Obama failed to address how this administrations failure to engage has led to our isolation and escalation of world problems and challenges to America.

In Obama I see some similarities with Adlai Stevenson. I hope I am wrong. America’s love for warriors and maverick action figures is evident. All one has to do is to walk down the toy aisle of any big box retailer to see the extent of our ravenous consumption of hero totems and the deep need to venerate them as objects of worship.

In substance there is not much difference between the two candidates and their parties position. Thats a big problem for the democrats if they hope to overcome the headwinds blowing against Obama’s candidacy. Those being Obama’s race, the democrats identification with bailing out the fat cats on Wall Street and the republican continual appeal to nationalist sentiment and expressing that sentiment with militarism and jingoism.

Song: Beach Boy’s Barbara Ann

Risk: The Presidency of the United States

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September 27, 2008 - Posted by | elections, McCain, Obama, pop, republicans | , , , , , , , , ,

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