In one of the most important elections of this generation, one would expect that both teams would address the issues facing America seriously; but while Obama has done this and tried to focus the campaign on the issues alone, McCain’s has resorted to baseless attacks, gimmicks and an immature copycat campaign: Is this all the GOP have to offer?
Obama: During his historic acceptance speech in Denver, “Change doesn’t come from Washington, it comes to Washington”.
McCain: In his desperation to take away the glory and press attention from Obama’s speech, announced his choice of VP the next day with, “Change is coming to Washington”. (Didn’t see that one coming)
Obama: His fundamental/consistent campaign message: “A Change We Can Believe In”.
McCain: Responds with new slogan: “Change We Can Believe” (Er, really...?)
Obama: “McCain’s not change, it’s just more of the same”
McCain: Responds with: “Obama’s not change, it’s more of the same” (That’s somewhat hard to believe...)
Obama: “McCain is like Bush”
McCain: Responds with....“Obama’s like Bush” (Ok, now McCain is just plain crazy)
Perhaps, this mimicry would be somewhat cute if McCain was 7 ... but he is 72. And running for Presidency. So it’s just tragic. Add gimmicks like Joe the Plumber, a man who earns between $250,000 and $280,000, and McCain’s ‘straight-talk express’ drives further into the farcical lane. To then have the cheek to present this attention-seeking man as a representative of the struggling middle-class is just insulting, and one can see how out of touch and patronizing McCain actually is.
It is common knowledge that McCain has voted with Bush 90% of the time, a disasterously incompetent presidency both domestically and internationally by anyone’s standards. By voting overwhelming in support of Bush’s policies we can infer that he must agree with him on the whole, which implies that he is like him. But McCain continues to argue in the face of incriminating evidence, disputing that this makes him one and the same. Why? Because apparently he puts up a bit of a fight before giving in - he’s a ‘maverick’ don’t you know and he ‘has the scars to prove it’.
“I’m not George Bush”, insists the man who gave Bush an ecstatic big hug, as if it was 1979, his sick wife was at home and Bush was a leggy, rich blonde he was pursuing on the side. Oh, that actually happened...? What were the odds of that. His ex-wife commented, somewhat charitably, of that time; “My marriage ended because John didn’t want to be 40, he wanted to be 25”. Judging by the standard of his campaign, it looks like 25 has now become 5.
During these difficult times, when people are looking for a mature leader to take America forward, his ugly tactics aside, McCain is coming across as having something akin to a child’s mentality (don’t get me started on his “Bomb, bomb Iran” ditty). Who is running McCain’s campaign....a kindergarten group? It would appear that the GOP dramatically cut costs of their marketing team so they could increase funding towards Palin’s ever expanding wardrobe - at a cost of $150,000.00 for six weeks, making Palin look the part clearly doesn’t come cheap. But somehow her verbal attacks always do.
While Obama/Biden have run an impressive and convincing campaign focusing on their message and policies, McCain’s campaign seems to have predominantly focused on throwing outrageous slurs and debunking Obama’s messages. What are the messages McCain is running on? He must have a comprehensive manifesto underneath all the negative attacks and fear-mongering...surely?
At first his predominant message appeared to be experience, until he noticed people were rallying to Obama’s message of change, so then of course it was change, but then he realised as a Washington insider, change alone wouldn’t cut it, so he added reform to the mix, but then his 90% siding with Bush’s policies and Palin’s ethics violations in Troopergate discredited that claim somewhat....And so apparently he’s back to change, with the phrase ‘maverick’ and ‘has the scars to prove it’ thrown in for good measure – alot.
Desperately short of socially acceptable names to throw at Obama, they have now resorted to socialist. “He’s a socialist”. cry McCain/Palin of Obama, as if ‘spreading the wealth’ was a dirty phrase (only to the wealthy top 5% one would presume) – they may as well just say “Don’t trust him, he will give you more opportunities to earn more and you know how you all have become comfortable being poor – just stick with us and you can continue to struggle”. What has McCain got against his middle-class “friends” – they are his “friends”, right? He can’t be calling them his friends to condescend them, can he? Surely not.