John McCain came out of the Presidential debate looking Presidential, knowledgeable, experienced, and a man of sound judgment. Obama came off as repetitive, dangerously inexperienced, and desperately making puerile interruptions.
A few major talking points we should have out of this victory:
When Obama was repeteadly asked what he would cut, he segued into a laundry list, Christmas wish list of everything he would spend on, while not mentioning anything he would cut. Obama did say he would go line by line through the budget, but could not name anything other than the meaningless quadrennial “close tax loopholes” nonsense that is especially meaningless from someone so beholden to lobbyists and reliant on special interests. As Giuliani pointed out, Obama not only did not name any cuts, he actually added several hundred more billion to his already $800 billion in new spending that he has proposed.
Again and again McCain showed his global breadth of superiority over Obama in judgment and experience on foreign policy. Obama’s defeatism in Iraq was exposed as utter nonsense. Obama wants to put more troops in Afghanistan, but did not have a strategy to get the job done, and still wanted to undermine our successes there. The crowning moment was McCain connecting Obama’s stubborn adherence to bad judgment and failed policy to that of Bush. Wow! That was a zinger bound to touch independents who are fed up with Bush.
McCain took the peace mantle from Obama. This is especially important for a lot of independents and moderate Democrats. McCain made the point Obama’s policies will lead to a need to go back to Iraq, that Obama’s strategy has been condemned by our Commanders and political leaders, that our troops have called for us to come in victory so their children will not have to go back there. An Obama administration would be open season on us and our allies, not only in Iraq, but Afghanistan, Georgia, Ukraine, and all our NATO allies.
McCain looked like he could work better with foreign leaders. McCain came across as the more well traveled candidate who knows how to deal with foreign leaders and has built better relationships across the globe that could benefit America. His League of Nations is an idea that should appeal to all those swing voters concerned about rebuilding America’s standing in the world.
5. McCain owned, absolutely owned, Obama on the energy issue. Obama’s opposition to nuclear energy and offshore drilling seemed downright reckless for American independence from foreign energy.
McCain took Obama to task over his willingness to meet with foreign leaders without preconditions, connecting it to the possibility of a second holocaust against Israel. Obama’s prevarications seemed to be pale word parsing and meaningless equivocations, quoting Kissinger, (who has already rebuked Obama as incorrect for so misquoting him), as supporting his “preparations” instead of “preconditions” distinction. McCain laid out the historical background of Obama differed from the sound foreign policy of previous administrations. Obama seemed recklessly and hopelessly naive. McCain crystallized it well stating that he would meet with anybody, but we have to have preconditions first.
On Pakistan and Iran, McCain made Obama sound foolish and ignorant. Obama’s willingness to attack our ally and state that aloud should be alarming even to his own anti-war base.
Of course, Obama’s supporters, such as the partisan hacks of the New York Times, will proclaim his victory. But to still believe the NYT to be an objective and independent organization would require one to be a partisan hack themself. There are fair-minded liberals who will just disagree with us. Those who believe in fairness from the NYT, however, are not fair-minded but taking partisanship to a level of disingenuity.
Yes, today’s polls do not look good. But the ones released today and yesterday took place before the debate. I fully expect McCain to get a “debate bump” in the next few days. Obama should be on the defensive now.