Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds

A Generational Debate

By       Message Peter J. Burns       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   No comments

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; ; ; , Add Tags  (less...)
Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 1   Well Said 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

Author 21410
- Advertisement -

Friday's presidential debate highlighted two things.  First, Barack Obama indeed has the experience, knowledge and fortitude to be a great American president.  He politely considered McCain's attacks, then confidently countered them.  He presented the issues and his determined plans to solve them.  Agree with it or not, he has a new, forward-looking strategy. 

Secondly, the debate showed that John McCain is a shadow of his former self.  This is not because of his years.  It is because he has lost touch with America.  He thinks we are still in the 20th Century.  He thinks we are still in Vietnam.  But even more regretful, Sen. McCain has lost touch with himself.  He still calls himself The Maverick, but he knows it doesn't ring true.  Not after he caved on tax cuts, caved on religious fundamentalists, caved on his running mate.  Throughout the debate, McCain couldn't bring himself to even look at Barack Obama.  McCain spent a good part of the debate grumbling into the podium.  At first I thought it was because McCain was angry, but then it became clearer.  He couldn't face his opponent because he can't really face himself--the compromised version of himself. 

This campaign and the Republican Party have done what the North Vietnamese could not.  They turned him.  They broke him.  Obama is a lean, strong reminder of the sort of tenacious achiever McCain used to be, of the Maverick he once was.  And McCain couldn't bear to face that reality. 


- Advertisement -

Must Read 1   Well Said 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

Born and raised in Illinois. Educated and expanded thoroughly in the great nature of Oregon. Stretched, twisted and torn in every direction living abroad. Currently residing in Tucson, Arizona.

Peter J. Burns Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

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

McCain's Maverick Eye and A History of Presidentia Infirmity (revised)

Burmese Not Waiting for American Heroes

Was Palin Flirting With Every Man in the U.S., or Just Me?

Palin = Quayle