Debate One . . . and the winner is . . .
This first debate was initially about . . . whether John McCain would actually show up. Well, he did. Since it dealt with his supposed strength, foreign policy, I imagine that he was supposed to wipe the floor with Obama, that poor inexperienced foreign policy novice. He didn’t. Mind you over half the debate was actually about finance, about which McCain is the novice, except when it comes to cozy relationships (remember McCain and the “Keating Five” scandal?).
McCain’s’ main argument was that Obama is dangerously naïve when it comes to serious stuff like war and peace, whereas he is ready to step in and assume command with no training. The problem with his argument is that he has an actual record. We know that he was wrong about Iraq, and wrong about Afghanistan. Those wrong-headed decisions on his part, which he still refuses to face up to, represent the real danger to our country. It leaves me breathless, hearing him tell us how experienced he is. Is Iran next on his list of countries to invade? Is that really his main foreign policy position—when in doubt INVADE?
And then, talk about dangerous, his selection of Sarah Palin as his VP running mate is perhaps the most dangerous and reckless decision any presidential candidate has ever made. Sarah Palin makes Dan Quayle seem almost reasonable. We know that Sarah knows nothing--she seems to have spent her lifetime avoiding any serious studying. We also know that she thinks it’s ok to appoint her high school chums (who also don't know anything) to high level government positions. We also know that McCain himself would flunk any test of reasonableness on appointees, given his closest advisors—I shudder to think about the state of our economic health with Phil Gramm at the helm of the Treasury, especially given the fact that McCain himself has told us he knows little to nothing about the subject.
So, did the debate settle anything? Probably not. Everything we know about McCain was on display. Obama scored no knock-out blows, but McCain failed to dent the Obama armor.
McCain seems, increasingly, just a very old man, way past his prime, and ready to relax and retire to one of his seven homes.
Which makes his choice of Palin even scarier.