Saturday, July 26, 2008

Washington Post calls out McCain for excessive negative attacks

The Washington Post's editorial board says that "John McCain falls short of the standard he set by impugning Barack Obama's motives."
"What a welcome change it would be were presidential candidates in our time to treat each other and the people they seek to lead with respect and courtesy as they discussed the great issues of the day," Mr. McCain wrote in a letter to Mr. Obama proposing weekly town hall meetings. With these latest comments, Mr. McCain falls short of the standards he set out.
You can read the entire opinion piece here.

1 comment:

JTylerBallance said...

During the Dole-Clinton race, Bob Dole spent much of the campaign acting like the collegial Senator that he was. He was so collegial, that he forgot to campaign against Bill Clinton.

If anything, John McCain is being too collegial towards Obama. Senator McCain needs to set aside that Senate-bred collegiality, and forcefully enunciate how his ideas contrast with the vacuous feel good rhetoric used by Obama.

Americans do not want mud-slinging, character assassination or whisper campaigns spreading innuendo. Our citizens want and deserve a side-by-side comparison and contrast between what these two men represent and the concrete program agendas that they advocate.

From what I have learned, John McCain will be a good, perhaps even great President, whose political judgment will please both Republicans and Democrats. He will be fiscally responsible and will cut out much of the so-called pork-barrel spending, but he will be socially responsible to ensure that those who genuinely need government help get improved services.

From what I have learned of Obama, once we get past the feel-good rhetoric of "Change" and "Hope" there really isn't much there. Worse, is that Obama, while liked by the Left in Europe, is seen as a total pussy by those who will attack our citizens here and abroad. For example, Clinton was seen as weak and we got the attack on the USS Cole, Bush was, at first seen as a wimp like his dad, and we got 9/11 (there is still debate about this was inside or outside terrorism), but the bottom line is that perception of the President, especially abroad, becomes reality. John McCain is respected by our allies and feared by our enemies.

I wish that I could have flown in his squadron. John McCain would have been a great wing-man, whom you could always depend on to make the tough call and do the right thing.