Daily archives: October 7th, 2008

McCain Calls Obama “That One!”

I’m giving this space to David Plouffe, Barack Obama’s campaign manager:

Barack Obama won a resounding victory in John McCain’s favorite debate format because he made the case for change that will rebuild the middle class. The American people asked tough questions tonight, and only Barack Obama was in touch with their struggles and offered clear and passionate answers about creating jobs, reducing health care costs, cutting taxes for 95% of working families, and responsibly ending the war in Iraq. John McCain was all over the map on the issues, and he is so angry about the state of his campaign that he referred to Barack Obama as “that one” – last time he couldn’t look at Senator Obama, this time he couldn’t say his name. The McCain campaign said, “if we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.”

“That one?”

That “what”, John?

Was this a racist statement?  Did he mean, “That black guy?”

Maybe not.

I agree with Plouffe.  Barack won this one hands down.

The polls should reflect that over the next week or so.  Barack will gain ground.

McCain Continues to Lie About Obama’s Pakistan Policy

Senator McCain has consistently mistated Senator Obama’s policy on Pakistan.  Obama has repeatedly stated that Al Qaida is the target, and if Pakistan can’t or won’t pursue Bin Laden or Al Qaida, then the United States must.

That’s it.

John “Bomb-Bomb-Bomb, Bomb-Bomb-Iran” McCain keeps saying Barack wants to invade Pakistan.

Horribly off base, John.

Barack Obama can see gray.  Barack Obama is demonstrating a clear ability to under the complexity of many issues.  McCain barely comprehends his own sound bites.

Mike Kean, a friend of mine writing from the University of Illinois, pointed this out as well, “Obama simply answered the question about going into Pakistan by saying that if the Pakistani government was incapable of fighting Al Qaeda, he would support sending troops across the border to fight them. Then, McCain spent his entire response going on and on about Teddy Roosevelt saying that he needs to talk softly and carry a big stick and claiming that Obama was saying he would invade Pakistan. That’s not at all what Obama was saying. Then Obama had a rebuttal, repeating what he already said, and McCain came back and said the same thing again, blatantly misrepresenting what Obama. I dont know what’s worse: whether McCain thinks that the American people wouldn’t notice, or that most Americans probably didn’t notice what McCain was doing.

“All around this campaign has been frustrating as hell throughout the whole damn thing.”


Debate 2: Tom Brokaw Treats Obama as the Hired Help

The second Presidential Debate is still in progress, about 55 minutes in.

Look, we all know Tom Brokaw favors John McCain, but he has repeatedly scolded Senator Obama so far as if he was talking to the hired help.  The most obvious was a few minutes ago when he reminded Barack that there are lights on stage that tell the speakers when to stop.  Barack laughed politely in response.

Senator McCain is talking right now.  I’m looking at a red light.  McCain has talked well past the red light.  McCain stops.  Nothing from Brokaw.  Instead, another softball lob to McCain about health care.

Barack is talking about health care. Brokaw is trying to interrupt him, “Senator, we have to move on now.”

Does Brokaw have a book coming out about McCain?

ADDENDUM: 1 hour 23 minutes in, Brokaw thanks McCain for speaking, invites Obama to respond by saying, “Senator Obama, we’re winding down so we have to keep track of the time.”

Now Senator Obama is concluding his remarks, and Brokaw just cut him off again.  McCain consistently gets a free pass.