McCain Loses Debate to “That One”
About 30 minutes into the second presidential debate, I realized that the McCain/Palin campaign had made a fatal error in their
desperate decision to try to portray Barack Obama as a dangerous, stupid, reckless, naïve, elitist, treasonous, socialist Muslim black supremacist terrorist in the final weeks of the election.
By claiming that Obama should not be president because he is a dangerous terrorist, McCain/Palin have set the bar so low that Obama just needs to show up without wearing an explosive vest to deflate what is now their primary attack against him. By not being the scary caricature McCain/Palin say he is, Obama easily surpasses the artificially low threshold they have set for him while simultaneously revealing McCain/Palin as desperate, fearmongering liars. “McCain/Palin: Desperate Fearmongering Liars” — probably not what their campaign would want on their bumperstickers.
Also, you’d think McCain would have realized that his
open contempt for Obama during the first debate, where he refused to even make eye contact with Obama for the entire 90 minutes, went over like a shit balloon and provided further proof that McCain does not have the temperament to be president. So you’d think McCain would be on better behavior this time and show voters that he can be respectful, gracious and classy. You’d think that — but you’d be wrong. Apparently McCain is incapable of being respectful, gracious or classy — he wouldn’t even shake Obama’s hand at the end of the night. How can you claim to be someone who reaches across the aisle when you won’t even reach out your hand?
And you heard it correctly, McCain really did call Obama
“That one”. Guess computer-illiterate McCain missed that email revealing that the real Obama is a person, not an object. Maybe he thought calling Obama “boy” would just be too humanizing. Nothing says “respect” and “class” like referring to your half black opponent as a piece of property. And speaking of property, McCain said to a young black man in the audience who asked a question about the bailout “I’ll bet you, you may never even have heard of [Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac] before this crisis.” Did McCain assume this because he thinks black people don’t own homes or because he thinks they’re stupid? (BTW, my brother noted that apparently no Asians live in the ‘town’ where the townhall debate was held).
There are so many other reasons why McCain lost — his bizarre insistence that offshore drilling and building nuclear plants will fix the economy, that obscure earmarks are ruining America, his horrible jokes, his easily debunked attacks — but I think everyone knows what happened. McCain lost and he lost big.