Monday, September 29, 2008

Too Easy to Make This Hard.

After watching the debates Friday evening I was fuming. I wasn't angered by Obama, but rather by McCain's ineptitude. John McCain needs to go on the offensive with Obama, not be his friend. Obama has so many skeletons in his closet that he could start an army of the undead, yet, McCain seemed to take the high ground and not mention them. John McCain needs to reach back for that soldier's attitude. He needs to go after Obama.

With a law degree under my belt, and having been in debates for the better part of my life, it was easy to see that Obama is a skilled debater. McCain is not. McCain should have addressed the bailout by explaining why he needed to go to Washington. He should have explained that before spending $700 billion in taxpayer money, he wanted to see if there was an alternative way of raising the money. He should have said that he is the one that has a history of reaching across the aisle to bring the sides together and this was needed. He should have also said that Obama probably was not needed since he has no history of bipartisan politics and then mentioned his 97% party line voting record.

McCain also should have had folded in his coat pocket a copy of his failed bill from 2005 which called for reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. When Obama made his quip about Obama having warned about FM and FM, McCain could have pulled that out and said, "Senator Obama warned, but took no action. I took action and Senator Obama voted against it." The election would have been over right there.

McCain should have used Obama's quote about US soldiers bombing and killing innocent civilians against him. He should have drawn on Obama's relationships with persons of questionable character. As Glenn Reynolds said on Instapundit, "its a target rich environment."

So Senator McCain, if you want to win this election, you need to be much better prepared. You need to be more aggressive. You need to harp on the negatives of Obama and make people affraid of him. I know I am affraid of him, it should be like shooting fish in a barrel.

1 comment:

Kate said...

Now see, I came away with a different perspective. True, McCain should have done much better, but I don't think BO did all that great either.

I think McCain was a lot more sincere, but then, that's not surprising. BO's sincerity ends when he opens his mouth. And it's possible that McCain was tired. I mean, he was actually doing the job Arizona hired him to do, where as, Obama had been practicing for the debate.

I just hope that people will start seeing through the shellac very soon.