A simple count of the phrase "my friend" in the second presidential debate transcript tells the story: McCain - 22 Obama - 0
Fear and pride. The Ministry of War and the Ministry of Truth. These are the tools of the grand Old party.
Barack Obama was his usual eloquent self for most of the evening. I had to chuckle at his vehement assertion that no other country in the country could have provided him the opportunity to achieve what he has already achieved by making it this far in the United States' election for President. I'm also inclined to agree.
I found John McCain to be as flat as ever. Barack started passionate and strong. It appeared John was even sucking the life out of him as well as the debate wore on, however. Once again I found McCain's talking points reeking of rhetoric and replete of substance.
Once again it was terribly easy to pick out the phrases and anecdotes that each candidate had made a point to themselves to bring up. I was a bit embarrassed for John after his hair plugs joke died right there on the stage with him. Was that really the creme de la creme, John? Couldn't think of anything better? Depressing.
And then there's McCain on Bin Laden- " I'll get Osama bin Laden, my friends. I'll get him. I know how to get him.
I'll get him no matter what and I know how to do it." Care to enlighten anyone else, John? "But I'm not going to telegraph my punches, which is what Sen. Obama did." Oooh... touche, John, touche.
One point I would like to emphatically disagree with both candidates on: Russia. In response to Tom's "yes or no" question to the effect of "Is Russia evil?" there was only one right answer - an emphatic
Anyone with a lick of diplomatic sense should realize that these words will be read by the leaders of the world. Particularly, as was made such a point of, anyone with a KGB mentality like Putin's. Where was the "We will work with the Russians as we move forward. We all must understand that every nation has it's own interests at heart, to ignore these facts in favor of a naive utopian worldview, while taking care to not cloister oneself into an isolationist paranoid worldview, is critical. What we all must work towards is the sentiment that when one progresses, we all progress. We must work to make that true, and true for everyone."
To label Russia anywhere near the "Axis of Evil" would be a detriment in every political facet that is racing through my mind. Sayin "Yes" would be so stupid that the answer to Tom's question should be rhetorical. And yet there was each candidate doing a tippity tap dance. Why? Because saying "No" might get you labeled as "soft." So they danced... with a "yes, Russia is evil" being a geopolitcal nuclear bomb on one side and the "No" being avoided thanks to votes and their voters. The answer, gentleman, was "No."