Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds

McCain vs Obama Final Debate Deconstructed

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 2 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags  (less...) Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H3 10/16/08

Become a Fan
  (9 fans)


Obama vs McCain Final Debate Deconstructed
 

For the last six weeks, John McCain has been flailing about from demeanor to demeanor, gimmick to gimmick and attack to congeniality to attack trying to find the answer to the Obama surge, see http://www.opednews.com/articles/McCain--Which-John-McCain-by-Steven-Leser-081014-107.html . In this debate his challenge was to understand what mattered to those who will decide this election and appeal to them on that basis. He did not come close to doing that tonight.

This election has become about the economy, mortgages, jobs and fear about financial futures. The swing voters are of the opinion that deregulation and other Republican economic initiatives are a big part of the cause of the problems we are facing. I and other Democrats agree, Republicans and Libertarians disagree with that, but the rightness of it isnt the issue. That is what people believe. Since McCain has been for the typical Republican economic platform, he had to prove to people that he would chart a new direction different from what he has done in his past.

Instead, we saw the same Republican talking points we have seen for the last seven presidential elections. We saw the same kinds of attacks we have seen periodicall throughout the campaign. The people who are going to decide this election dont care at all about any of that. We also saw a continuation of McCain's erratic behavior. McCain did an amazing 180 within two of his sentences at one point of the debate. Here is the actual snipped of the transcript showing what I mean:

Schieffer: All right. We're going to move to another question and the topic is leadership in this campaign. Both of you pledged to take the high road in this campaign yet it has turned very nasty.

.
.
.

McCain: ... unacceptable. So the point is -- the point is that I have repudiated every time someone's been out of line, whether they've been part of my campaign or not, and I will continue to do that.

But the fact is that we need to absolutely not stand for the kind of things that have been going on. I haven't.

Obama: Well, look, Bob, as I said...

Schieffer: I mean, do you take issue with that?

Obama: You know, here's what I would say. I mean, we can have a debate back and forth about the merits of each other's campaigns. I suspect we won't agree here tonight.

What I think is most important is that we recognize that to solve the key problems that we're facing, if we're going to solve two wars, the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, if we can -- if we're going to focus on lifting wages that have declined over the last eight years and create jobs here in America, then Democrats, independents and Republicans, we're going to have to be able to work together.

And what is important is making sure that we disagree without being disagreeable. And it means that we can have tough, vigorous debates around issues. What we can't do, I think, is try to characterize each other as bad people. And that has been a culture in Washington that has been taking place for too long. And I think...

McCain: Well, Bob, you asked me a direct question.

Schieffer: Short answer, yes, short answer.

McCain: Yes, real quick. Mr. Ayers, I don't care about an old washed-up terrorist. But as Sen. Clinton said in her debates with you, we need to know the full extent of that relationship.

Next Page  1  |  2

 

http://www.ibtimes.com/blog/steven-leser_103/bio/

A political blogger for the International Business Times, Steve Leser is a hot national political pundit. He has appeared on MSNBC's Coundown with Keith Olbermann, Comedy Central's Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Russia Today's (RT) Crosstalk with (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

McCain Campaign Violated McCain-Feingold law with Palin Clothing Purchases

McCain attacked 18 year old Chelsea Clinton in 1998 now says Palin's family & kids are off limits

McCain says "Horseshit" on National TV During Debate

North Korea – Impending Missile Launch May Require US Military Action

Palin: Drill Baby Drill, but blame Obama for the Spill!

Palin to McCain - Oops I did it Again

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
8 people are discussing this page, with 16 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

Who gives a damn what either of these sock-pu... by Mr M on Thursday, Oct 16, 2008 at 8:38:58 AM
Can you answer me that?... by Steven Leser on Thursday, Oct 16, 2008 at 9:21:53 AM
Do you think your non--participation will help any... by John Lorenz on Thursday, Oct 16, 2008 at 9:41:10 AM
We're already a banana republic.... by Richard Volaar on Thursday, Oct 16, 2008 at 11:18:34 AM
I was here in New Orleans after Katrina, and if yo... by Mr M on Thursday, Oct 16, 2008 at 12:58:28 PM
Mikey did not like anything---remember--"let ... by virginius "gin" arnold on Thursday, Oct 16, 2008 at 9:56:14 AM
The swing voters are of the opinion that deregulat... by steve scheetz on Thursday, Oct 16, 2008 at 11:29:20 AM
... is that if McCain believes it to be a lie, he ... by Steven Leser on Thursday, Oct 16, 2008 at 11:57:41 AM
I didn't support McCain before he was the nomi... by steve scheetz on Thursday, Oct 16, 2008 at 5:06:44 PM
what % of the people who comment here actually hav... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Oct 16, 2008 at 11:41:39 AM
My available assets include $11,000 in my 401K and... by Steven Leser on Thursday, Oct 16, 2008 at 12:01:45 PM
Mark, you make some good points why you support Ob... by virginius "gin" arnold on Thursday, Oct 16, 2008 at 1:02:48 PM
I have also been dead broke---that is everything g... by virginius "gin" arnold on Thursday, Oct 16, 2008 at 1:09:24 PM
there are still optimists in this country. I ... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Oct 16, 2008 at 6:50:33 PM
Mark, your story is very powerful and one that nee... by virginius "gin" arnold on Friday, Oct 17, 2008 at 9:29:30 AM
THIS IS NOT A JOKE...http://www.globalresearch.ca/... by bucketslogg on Thursday, Oct 16, 2008 at 3:25:45 PM