Sunday, August 17, 2008

McCain wins big at Saddleback

Read Byron York's excellent analysis at NRO here are some exerts.

The contrast was striking throughout each man’s one-hour time on stage. When Warren asked Obama, “What’s the most gut-wrenching decision you’ve ever had to make?” Obama answered that opposing the war in Iraq was “as tough a decision that I’ve had to make, not only because there were political consequences but also because Saddam Hussein was a bad person and there was no doubt he meant America ill.” But Obama was a state senator in Illinois when Congress authorized the president to use force in Iraq. He didn’t have to make a decision on the war. That fact was a recurring issue in the Democratic primaries, when candidates Hillary Clinton, Joseph Biden, Christopher Dodd, and John Edwards argued that they, as senators, had to make a choice Obama didn’t have to make. And now he says it’s his toughest call.

When McCain got the question, he was able to tell an old story with a sense of gravity and poignancy that he seldom shows in public. He described his time as a prisoner of war, when he was offered a chance for early release because his father was a top naval officer. “I was in rather bad physical shape,” McCain told Warren, but “we had a code of conduct that said you only leave by order of capture.” So McCain refused to go. He made the telling even more forceful when he added that, “in the spirit of full disclosure, I’m very happy I didn’t know the war was going to last for another three years or so.” In one moment, he showed a sense of pride and a hint of regret, too; he came across as a man who did the right thing but not without the temptation to take an easy out. In any event, the message was very clear: John McCain has had to make bigger, more momentous decisions in his life than has Barack Obama.

And here is my favorite McCain closed the deal with this one.

Early on in the questioning, Warren asked each man, “What…would be the greatest moral failure in your life, and what would be the greatest moral failure of America?” Obama answered that he drank and “experimented” with drugs as a teenager, which he attributed to his own selfishness. McCain, on the other hand, said, “The failure of my first marriage. It’s my greatest moral failure.”


At 3:09 PM, Anonymous said...

Watching the Saddleback event was intriguing! Obama came across as a contemplative, intellectual and McCain was back on the Straight Talk Express.

As a registered independent, I have my own preferences, but my mission in this election is to encourage Americans to get good information and then vote their convictions on Election Day.

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At 9:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is why I left the Republican party and re-registered as Independent/nonpartison. The Evangelical's and other religious nut's took over the Republican party. Who are we going to bring in next to question the candidates. Reverand Wright? Reverend Al Sharpton or Reverend Jesse Jackson? This is why we will never see Mitt Romney as VP. McCain's a fricken fake also. War hero? As a formet Vietman Vet myself, McCain needs to be tried as a treasonist. The info as out there. The song bird McCain.

At 8:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we'll see how things go after both are the "official nominees" of their respective conventions. personally, I think McCain has it all over O'Bama in terms of personal qualities, inc.luding integrity. But this election will be all about perception. O'Bama telling people what they want to hear. McCain telling people what he thinks the country needs.

Is that a recipe for election? Who gets elected?

At 9:30 AM, Blogger eastres said...

I fear o'blather's mountain of money will trump mccain's worthiness. That's a cheap out but it can't be ignored.

I don't agree with mccain on everything, expecially closing the borders, but I can handle him being president. O('blather just isn't president material and won't grow in to the job because he's foolish enough to think he's up to the tasks.

At 11:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain wouldn't even be the Republican nominee, if the bigoted Evangelical's would have supported Romney. So, they supported nowhere man the spoiler, Huckelberry, and put McCain, who was a big time loser in 2004, as the Republican candidate. How about ya'll start a third party the Evangelical party, and keep your religion out of politics? That includes the Roman Catholic's, etc. We need to start revoking tax exempt status from these churches that program voters to vote their cause. ie: the Rev Warren's, and Rev Wright's. Now why was there even a political discussion held at Saddleback Church??? Romney received the most votes, as contendor in the primary, and probably would have been the candidate if Chuck Norris and his sidekick Huckelberry (or vice versa) would have kept their faith in the church in lieu of the political arena. I myself was looking for a Presidental candidate that could lead this country, not my salvation. You all elected compassionate consevativism, the last two elections. How about some change? Conservative Republican "Change" without the influence of religion. Keep your faith in your pocket, and vote what is best for America. It's too late now, and we are stuck with McCain. How about the Evangelicals, do something sensable, and endorse Romney as Juan McCain's VP, and maybe... just maybe... we can save the country from becoming "another third world country." Tom Tancredo is my choice for Juan Mccain's running mate, but that's just "smokin' and tokin'" at this point...

At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Conservative Republican "Change" without the influence of religion. Keep your faith in your pocket, and vote what is best for America." From Anonymous

Most of the country's founders were prophesing christians. In fact this country was founded on freedom of expression and freedom of religion. That means we can speak any faith we want. Christian values and conservative values tend to be one in the smae on many issues. I strongly disagree with the above quote from your post. Putting our faith in our pocket will only let the more liberal viewpoints assume greater power. Not good for the country in my view.


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