what a place to start!
First of all, I’ve supported McCain as a ‘good human being’ since 2001 or so, and was kind of disappointed he didn’t run during the last election.
Obama has also been a favourite – indeed, if i were to choose from the democrats running this year, he is my top pick.
That said, here’s where i stand:
Obama is a ‘personality’. Like Hitler, the ghost of his persona will echo throughout history. His political record is pretty low-key, and he hasn’t had much to say about anything on his platform, but like a revival preacher, he’s got people up and jumping.
McCain has no ‘personality’, at least publicly, other than that of a quiet but solid older guy. He is quick to apologize when the employees of his campaign speak out unfairly, and he has a strong record of not backing down from positions, even when under pressure from his own party.
I’ve admired McCain for his lack of mudslinging. Conversely, I’m generally against the democratic party for adopting mudslining as a core value, and always being quick to place blame on their opponents.
Recently, McCain finally ran an attack ad, likening Obama to Paris Hilton or Britney Spears. bad move, but justified … after all, it is common knowledge among both parties and anyone who cares to listen that Obama is more a face and a voice than a politician. Still, it was disappointing to see McCain sling a little ‘mean’ that direction.
Obama, not surprisingly, responded by putting a little seeds out there:
“So nobody really thinks that Bush or McCain have a real answer for the challenges we face, so what they’re going to try to do is make you scared of me,” Obama said in Springfield, Missouri, echoing earlier remarks. “You know, he’s not patriotic enough. He’s got a funny name. You know, he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on those dollar bills, you know. He’s risky. That’s essentially the argument they’re making.” [from Obama’s comments on 07/30/08in Missouri]
basically, because he couldn’t directly refute that McCain was right about his ‘personality’ status, he decided to lay the groundwork for attacks on his race, his ‘un-patriotism’ and name (the last two had been points on which he was attacked by the Clinton campaign, who stealthily started email fwds and other ‘grass roots’ misinformation campaigns to draw attention to the ONE time obama forgot to place his hand over his heart during the national anthem, and to draw attention to his middle name (Hussein) and attempt to make connections to radical islam by pushing photos of Obama in a turban). For someone who actually filed lawsuits against people for using his middle name, this was an interesting move …
McCain’s campaign manager, Rick Davis responded by saying:
“Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck. It’s divisive, negative, shameful and wrong.”
McCain allegedly later agreed with Mr. Davis’ remarks.
Is there truth to the “race card” accusation? of course there is. It was a non-issue with the McCain group and had not played a part in anything said or represented, until Obama started the ball rolling. It is a divisive, negative and shameful maneuver … people are uncomfortable about race (moreso the ways of dealing with differences more than actual race itself), and by making this a ‘race’ issue, Obama is guilt-tripping you into voting for him, or at least not supporting old, white McCain!
Really, if this were about race (or gender, for that matter!), Condi should be in the running … she’s at least far more qualified than any of the people in either party who are running! (and honestly, regardless of race/gender ‘firsts’, i hope she runs in the next election, because she rocks!)
so here’s our play by play:
1) McCain accuses Obama of being just another personality. [ opinion, but cvan be backed up by political record, number of personalities supporting their buddies, etc ]
2) Obama somehow twists that into an opportunity to bring up race, his “funny name” (to quote he himself), and bring attention to his political faux pas …
3) McCain’s manager says it’s low that he played the ‘race card’ [ Obama played the ‘Race Card’: TRUE ]
and now …
4) Obama releases an ad claiming McCain received $2 Million in campaign contributions from “Big Oil Companies”, and that McCain wants to give $4 Billion in tax reductions to ‘big oil’.
big problem with this: it’s a flat-out lie.
Corporations are not allowed to contribute to candidates, and employees who are eligible to contribute have contributed to Obama as well as McCain.
John McCain has never asked for any tax reductions or special deals for oil companies (he has asked for general tax cuts for all corporations to help build the economy and strengthen job security, AS WELL AS asking to reduce taxes on individuals.)
Currently, next to Japan, The US has the highest corporate taxes of any nation in the world. McCain is simply trying to lower taxes to match other countries in the world.
McCain’s ads have been funny (comparing Obabma to moses, paris hilton, britney spears), but Obama’s are purely dishonest. Do the american people really want a dishonest president in office?