Doesn't this man get it? He's supposed to be aggressively confronting McCain about life and death national/international issues, not telling the world over and over again how much he AGREES with McCain!
If we took a poll, I bet the vast majority of Democrats (especially progressives) would think THERE IS NOTHING IF LIFE Obama would "take off the gloves" for.
So what's the deal with this guy? Is he neurologically unable to be confrontational about ANYTHING? Maybe his endocrine system is defective and there's a smiley face on his adrenals.
All and all, the debate didn't really lose any ground, but neither did it gain any significant ground. No, it was more like an academic debate (at least on Obama's side). Gentlemanly conversations with a man (McCain) who is WW3 incarnate. Gentlemanly conversations with a man who just picked a religious fanatic to be his VP who honestly thinks the Earth is a Motel 6 she's just passing through on her way to comic book salvation or damnation. Gentlemanly conversations with a man who is so obsessed with sex he can't get through a single interview without making lewd and sleazy remarks, e.g., the topless beauty queen contest he suggested his wife participate in ON TELEVISION. Gentlemanly conversations with a man who is a kind of Alzheimer's God of War.
But a thousand times more important than the male menopause moments, is why isn't Obama passionately and patriotically confronting what's left of McCain with THE ISSUES?
You know, "the issues": like global warming and tax breaks for multimillionaires and billionaires, and the Iraq money cow oil for elites, and the rape of Mother Nature by devils for hell Texas energy corporations, and the trashing of environmental protections, and the stealing of retirements and heath care programs from the working class (hey, Obama, remember the working class?), and the total lack of national monitoring of giant pharmaceutical companies who now are free to make ANYTHING and claim it is "medicine" (yeah, in your dreams), and the overwhelming evidence that the fascist Republicans are already stealing their third Presidential election. And on and on and on.
Thank God the jury is still out and maybe Obama will surprise himself and start fighting the good fight for America. The operant word here is "fight" but so far it has NEVER played any significant role in the speeches and strategies of Barack Obama (and his criminally brain dead "advisors", who when they appear on talk shows always speak in hushed voices about pap and timidly stay light years away from the core issues of this election.)
So what do we do? We've got this guy who Progressive Americans got through the primaries, even though he has never said ONE positive thing about liberals and progressives the instant he became a candidate. Hell, he publicly agrees more with McCain than dreadful left of center Democrats.
OK, OK, no question, sometimes you have to play convoluted political chess, but equally, sometimes you DON'T have to play convoluted political chess. Said differently, sometimes you have to shoot from the hip and stand up and fight for the highest values of humanity (survival comes to mind).
THIS IS NOT COMPLICATED. It's called patriotism. Maybe we better say that again. It's called patriotism and it has NOTHING to do smiley faced academic conversations.
Even barnyard animals know the "bail out" insanity is 100% the result of George W. Bush's astronomical tax breaks for the vampire rich, combined with TRILLIONS of hard earned working class money to finance Iraqi money cow oil wars for the Greek God like elites (1% or less of our population). SO WHY DOESN’T HE TALK ABOUT THAT?
How could it be simpler? America would mutate into a healthy financial country literally overnight if (1.) the Iraq money cow oil war for the elites was stopped, and (2.) the astronomical tax breaks for the elites was also stopped -- but you NEVER hear any Obama talk about ending either of these atrocities!
Self evidently, so long as this obscene war continues and so long as the obscene tax breaks for the elites continues, it's going to be 100% up to the so called middle and lower classes to save Bush and supply even more trillions to the obscene elites.
So, what's the bottom line? The bottom line is that Barack Obama is going to be one of the most hated names in American history if he doesn't find the grit, courage, and wisdom to confront the living s___ out of fascist McCain in the next debates.
Will he take off the gloves and be a patriot, or will he continue to be an incarnation of the 2004 Congress (who just passed the “bail out” bill)?
It's like half time in a high school football game in which one team has consistently played dirty and cheated nonstop. The moment of truth is will the other team who is playing by the rules (e.g., constitution and laws) rise to the occasion and "take off the gloves", or will they be nicey nice and try to have academic conversations with people who are literal barbarians.