Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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Ok, let's handicap the match. McCain is a crafty old bastard who now seems capable of substituting spin when truth is inconvenient. He has thirty years of debate experience in both the US House and the US Senate. He is known as the master of the political gimmick, a razzle-dazzle campaign style that has got him thru thirty years of elections, where he constantly is pulling some kind of stunt to keep the race competitive even when he is on the losing side of public opinion and issues. So he will pull a rabbit out of his hat somewhere-advantage McCain if Obama goes blank-faced.
McCain's weaknesses are: #1 McCain, if he gets pissed off about something, is a very unpleasant man, and seems to have a problem in that TV magnifies his unpleasantness to the point people who have seen it recoil from him. His emotions take charge of his intellect. While such behavior has struck fear in the hearts of fellow Senators, a public display can doom his campaign. If Obama can piss him off, advantage Obama.
#2 McCain is old, four years older than Reagan was at this point. If McCain looks like the same old same old and Obama doesn't come across as some neophyte, advantage Obama.
#3 George Bush. I think Bush has finally crossed from "disapproval" to "visceral hatred" in the eye of the general public. If Obama can tie Bush around his neck, advantage Obama.
#4 The issues. McCain is not a policy wonk. He's always left the crap to his staff. McCain is a personna guy, and when it works, it's political dynamite, the war hero, the POW, the gritty tough little son of a bitch. But if things get too deep for him, he looks a little dumb. Advantage, could go either way.
Ok, now I'll let the right wing nut squad make a similiar list for Obama.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address