OK, So That Was Boring

There were no fireworks, no major gaffs, and no great revelations. We Obama supporters are still Obama supporters, the McCain supporters are still McCain supporters, and according to my daughter, Sarah Palin is still a “moose killer.” It is interesting to me how the two sides can watch the same debate and each come out thinking that their candidate slam dunked it. Yes, both side are delusional – myself included.

Here are my few observances from last night’s debate. Yawn Bush is boring First, if John McCain says “my friends” one more time, I am going to go postal. I counted nineteen times last night alone! It is a stupid phrase and sorry, most of us are not your friends.

Second, Obama needs to use people’s names more. When asked questions by the audience he only referred back to that person by name a few times. Bad form.

And speaking of bad form, thirdly, John McCain needs to shake Obama’s hand! He dissed Obama again last night after the debate when they were in the audience. Cindy McCain ended up shaking Obama’s hand, but John McCain turned away. Rude – just as he was rude by walking around trying to distract people while Obama was talking.

Fourth, Barack knows his ears are big. When the “wet behind the ears” comment was made, he should have gone for it and joked about how much water could be behind there! It would have been funny and maybe put everyone at ease a little more.

Fifth and finally, poor Tom Browkaw was powerless. Heck, they even stood in front of the poor man’s teleprompter at the end of the show. For goodness sakes guys, show the guy some love. Or at least a little respect.

So, what are your thoughts? What were your impressions? Did you rip a bumper sticker off your car last night? Or did you stick a new one on? Me? I stuck a new one on . . . . my wife’s car.

Up For Debate

Tonight is another big night. Probably not as big as last Thursday, but it should still be interesting. I am referring of course to the Obama – McCain debate from Nashville this evening. The community forum style is supposed to be McCain’s strong point, but I really have to wonder about that. If he show the same sort of smugness and aloofness that he exhibited during the first debate then he could have real problems.

Barack Obama and John BidenIt seems to me that McCain, and certainly Sarah Palin, tend to respond to questions with pre-packaged stump speeches. They do this instead of actually answering the questions. If John McCain does this tonight with people who are going to ask pointed and hard-hitting questions, then he is going to have real problems. He must be sincere, answer the questions, and not be belligerent or his campaign will sink farther down than it already his.

For his part, Barack Obama needs to open up a bit, be less academic, and come across as not only smart but someone who cares about all people. He needs to strongly make his case that the middle class has been footing the bill for big business for far too long, and that it is the sons and daughters of that same middle class that are being sent off to fight and die in foreign lands. Fight and die primarily for the failed policies of the Bush administration and for oil that goes to profit the big business that are robbing us blind. If he can make that case in a sincere and straightforward manner, then he could wrap up the race tonight.

Here is hoping that the latter is what happens. We need change and change of the right sort. We need to put the concerns of the middle and lower classes back in the White House, and Barack Obama is the candidate to do that.