I thought McCain came out throwing, and landing, punches. That was what he really needed to do. If he’d been doing that all along, he might have had more success, but this is the last debate, so not much chance that this will be his “game changer” which is the new favorite phrase.
I’m surprised that anyone is still on the fence about these two guys. They are quite dissimilar. In 2004, Kerry and Bush had voted similarly on a number of issues, even though Kerry was far more liberal than W. They also had similar wealthy upbringings and had been members of Skull and Bones. However, McCain and Obama don’t have many similarities other than a delusion of grandeur that anyone requires when running for leader of the free world. Everything about them, from their upbringing, their paths into politics, their education, their skin color and their plans for the future of the country are different.
However, I do understand that it’s a lot to muddle through and people may feel differently about several different issues, making a choice between the two tough to decide. Obama, while getting most of the support so far, is yet to get people decidedly in his corner. I’m not sure what he needs to do to accomplish that, but needless to say, on November 4th, people are going to choose one way or the other. I wonder how much of this is “the Bradley effect.” I wonder if people not committing to Obama is a matter of race, or of the fear that has been engendered about him being an Arab, or a muslim, or even a terrorist. I’m not saying it is, it’s just a thought.
Because this is a tough election with so much at stake, everything is being analyzed, down to the demeanor of the candidates. McCain is snarky and angry-looking. Obama is calm, collected and appears conceited. There was even an analyst on CNN this morning who looks at facial expressions and analyzes what they mean and how people interpret them. So what does the picture below say about McCain?
The election is still a toss-up and at 19 days to go, it’s nerve-wracking. I think it might be worse than the Bush/Kerry countdown 4 years ago. But let me throw you a bone. If one of your issues is education, the education advisers of both campaigns will debate live at Teacher’s College in Columbia University next week. You can register to view the debate live, here.
Don’t say I just wax poetic. I give you information you can use.