Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Round 2 Goes to Obama

After a much anticipated and long awaited second debate, Barack Obama and John McCain went at it again, this time from Nashville, Tennessee.

In a debate that was supposed to be focused on domestic policy, the struggling economy was the main issue at hand, taking up over half of the 90 minutes. Entitlement reform, health care and energy policies were top questions.

John McCain needed just about a miracle in this debate to regain any ground he has lost to Obama. There were no such miracles.

Again, John McCain relied on his library style whisper talk, a condescending tone that is becoming more difficult to stomach. He didn't attack Obama the way he had planned, never once taking off the figurative gloves for battle. He failed miserably on a few jokes that left the crowd silent while crickets chirped in the background.

Barack Obama, the next president of the United States, was once again cool as a cucumber while actually answering the questions asked and slamming McCain when necessary. Just like the first debate, McCain tried telling the American people that Obama's tax plan would hurt the country and how Obama's health care plan is garbage.

Again, McCain had no idea what he was talking about. Again, John McCain tried smearing Barack Obama's good name. Again, he failed miserably.

At one point, McCain pointed to Senator Obama and referred to him as, 'that one.' Ouch. That is disgustingly hate-filled and borderline racist. You have to be truly immature and ignorant to say something like that. Obama didn't let it bother him and went on linking McCain to George W. Bush.

McCain said over and over again, 'my friends.' But he failed to mention the middle class for the second straight debate. So who are these friends he is speaking to? Oil companies? Wall Street executives? George W. Bush? Surely not "Joe six-packs" and hockey moms.

McCain also suggested that Barack Obama simply doesn't understand, again. This time, Obama made McCain eat those pretentious words by saying, "Senator McCain, in the last debate and again today, suggested that I don't understand. It's true. There are some things I don't understand. I don't understand how we ended up invading a country that had nothing to do with 9/11."

When it came to health care, moderator Tom Brokaw (who did a mediocre job) asked the two candidates if health care is a right, responsibility or a privilege. McCain said responsibility but failed to respond why it is a responsibility. Obama said health care should be a right. I agree.

This is an incredibly wealthy nation and millions of people don't have health insurance... millions. It doesn't make sense.

Obama showed us last night that he is the man for the job. Every poll out there showed Obama winning last night. Obama is opening up his lead in numerous battleground states and the leads will only continue to grow. Things are looking bad for McCain and I can promise you his campaign will only get uglier and more hate-filled in the next few weeks.

The next debate will be at Hofstra University in New York. Tom Brokaw won't be there. Hopefully McCain won't be there either. Maybe he'll realize that his campaign is a joke and that people see through his hateful, ignorant, Bush-like rhetoric and failed ideas. I doubt that will happen. He'll be there. And just like last night, Obama will be prepared.

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