Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Week in Politics: Obama Wins Going Away

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that Barack Obama's Middle Eastern trip has been a huge success. The man is smart and savvy, unlike the current occupant of the White House.

Meanwhile, John McCain has been making misstatements and foreign policy gaffes, continuing a string of campaign flubs that undermine his supposed strength as a candidate. The guy gets easily confused, not a quality anyone wants in a president.

Some wags have started calling the McCain campaign "The Double Talk Express."

The election is still months away, but if this trend continues McCain's chances of beating Obama will go from slim to none.

6 comments:

Dan Paden said...

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that Barack Obama's Middle Eastern trip has been a huge success. The man is smart and savvy...

I suppose it's all in the quotes you hear and read, or your evaluation of them, as I didn't get this impression at all. Everything I heard the Senator saying made him sound like a low-grade moron with no understanding of what was going on around him.

Not saying that he is such, just that that's what the quoted material I heard made him sound like.

Tulsan said...

I guess it a matter of perspective. My impression is just the contrary.

Maybe Obama has gotten dumber since his summa cum laude graduation from Harvard, and maybe McCain has gotten smarter since his bottom of the barrel finish at West Point and flight school.

But from McCain's confused rhetoric these days, it doesn't appear so.

Dan Paden said...

Oh, I'm not impressed with McCain,either. I'm convinced that he's no smarter than Senator Obama.

For me, this election is a sickening choice between two men,each of whom have terrible ideas and,in my opinion, no depth whatsoever.

If y'all had run a JFK, I woulda probably voted for 'im, so intensely do I dislike Senator McCain's positions and so lightly do I esteem his intellectual prowess. But no--you had to go and run someone who's actually to the left of John Kerry.

Shoot, until you up and did it, I didn't think it could be done. Not outside the former Soviet bloc, anyways...

Tulsan said...

McCain is a lousy candidate and Obama is a good one. However, even if their qualities were reversed (not their parties), I would still vote Obama. No way would I vote to enable the rotten, stinking GOP to wreck the country for another four. And I am hardly a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat. I doubt the GOP will get my vote for at least a generation, if ever.

Dan Paden said...

McCain is a lousy candidate...

As previously noted, we agree on this.

...Obama is a good one.

And here, obviously, we will continue to disagree.

No way would I vote to enable the rotten, stinking GOP to wreck the country for another four.

I'm not exactly wild about the idea, either. The difference here is that I see the damage done by the Republican Party as having resulted from their embrace of policies historically more associated with Democrats--that is, bloated government, reckless spending, military interventionism (Both world wars, Korea, Vietnam, for example, having been the result of Democratic policies, in my opinion--though I will concede that the GOP is by no means blameless in this area, it is undeniable that over the majority of their history, they've been more associated with isolationist ideas), free trade, etc.--and therefore, I can't help but see this election as yet another in a series of choices between a Republican who doesn't even understand his own party's heritage and a Democrat who fully embraces his. The Republican is marginally better in my eyes, in the sense that I think his presidency will be less of a train wreck than Senator Obama's (though I still fully expect a train wreck) and I will vote accordingly.

I doubt the GOP will get my vote for at least a generation, if ever.

:) Tulsan, I had to chuckle. I'm almost forty-six; I've gotten the impression that you are of similar age. Will either of us even be alive in another generation?

Tulsan said...

Might have another generation left in me.

Sounds like you might enjoy a return to the Clinton years, when the budget was taken seriously.

But seriously, the heterogeneous and fractious nature of the Democratic party looks pretty good after seven years of unified but delusional ideology, cynical looting of the Treasury, and making a shambles of both domestic and foreign affairs.

The GOP is clearly more suited to crying and moaning from the sidelines than running the government. If "government is the problem" is your mantra, you aren't going to be very motivated to make it work, are you?

I dare say St. Reagan himself would be horrified if he could see the ossified remains of his party today.

Best to make sure your would-be saints are firmly planted before giving them their halo. Then they can't talk back when you appropriate their aura.

Did I mention that I don't like the modern GOP?