Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Some pre-debate thoughts as the final debate starts up

Well, the third, and final, presidential debate between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain has now started. I don't believe in live-blogging the debate, since I am a small blogger and even I can't keep up with the give and take between the candidates, presenting their own spin on the issues. In addition, I'm currently listening to the debate on the radio, after which I will watch the debate through both TV and online video. But that will be after the debate is finished.

So here we are on this final debate. Looking at some of what the political pundits have been saying, this is John McCain's big make or break his presidency debate. McCain is down in the national polls, and in a number of state polls. The McCain campaign has been spending a huge amount of time, and money, engaged in negative attacks against Obama. And in the past month, nothing seemed to have worked for the McCain campaign. Listening to the debate now, it appears that all that John McCain can do is continue his negative attacks against Barack Obama. I'm not sure that will help John McCain's presidential ambitions. Ever since John McCain announced his candidacy, he has been running a campaign based on either his experience, his extreme support for the Bush war in Iraq, his support for extending the Bush tax cuts--in effect, John McCain is running for President Bush's third term. McCain has even employed, not just the lobbyists, but also Karl Rove's political team, from the Bush campaign, to run his own campaign. And John McCain is running this campaign against an overwhelming tide of Americans that oppose the direction this country has been taken to, under the eight years of this Bush administration. John McCain has only started talking about "change" since the general election started, even as Barack Obama has been talking about change since the first day Obama announced his candidacy. I honestly do not know how John McCain can overcome insurmountable obstacle. Maybe if John McCain fires his lobbyists, renounces his current domestic, economic, and foreign policies, and agree with the Democratic Party platform, then perhaps John McCain would have a chance to win the Oval Office he so craves. But that would mean that John McCain would turn into Barack Obama, and Barack Obama would have to be smoking a joint during the debate, while falling flat on his face in order to turn people away from Obama and back to McCain.

I seriously doubt that is going to happen.


angelin said...

We must respect the winner’s right to govern. Remember, the greatest empires fell due to internal collapse, not external pressures. Americans must prevent this.Both candidates are good, decent men. They love their country, and their families. They are good husbands and fathers.
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Eric A Hopp said...

Hello Angelin:

And thank you for your comment. We must respect the winner's right to govern? I'm not sure what you are trying to say here. Are you saying that I do not respect whoever wins or loses this debate? Or whoever wins or loses the presidential race? Or are you saying that I do not respect John McCain as a patriot? Husband? Father?

I'm not questioning John McCain's patriotism, his military or Senate career. I've seen plenty of articles that have investigated McCain's military career, and his POW status, but I have refused the enter into that debate. I haven't gone into McCain's senate career as thoroughly as I should have been--especially his involvement in the Keating Five scandal, considering how the Keating Five gave us the collapse of the savings and loan industry, and how we are now faced with another financial collapse in the banking industry.

But I do have some serious criticism of John McCain's ability to lead this country as president. I have serious criticism of McCain's political policies, and how they are almost completely similar to George W. Bush's political policies. I believe that a John McCain administration will become a huge disaster for this country. And so I have been writing extensively about John McCain, and his campaign, examining the news that takes place daily. And at this moment, it appears that John McCain and his campaign has been self-destructing in a huge train wreak, where all they can do is engage in negative smear attacks against Obama, while the American people are clamoring for talk on the issues in an election year fraught with enormous economic and foreign policy problems. That is why Barack Obama is nationally ahead of John McCain by around 10 percentage points, and has taken the lead in such crucial states as Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Will Barack Obama win the election in the next 20 days? I don't know yet. But it is increasingly appearing that Obama will have a big enough lead to possibly carry him into the White House.

Until Election Day is over, and we have either a president-elect Obama, or McCain, I will continue to criticize John McCain's candidacy for the White House.