Debate reaction from the corner

I didn’t see the debate tonight. They are replaying it on Fox and I’m watching it in my cabin. I muted it because I was getting very frustrated. I had a big problem with McCain as the GOP nominee because he’s not a conservative and therefore will do nothing to defend the conservative position. I went over to National Review’s blog, the Corner, to get the scoop on the debate and found this from Andy McCArthy:

You Guys Are Nuts
We have a disaster here — which is what you should expect when you delegate a non-conservative to make the conservative (nay, the American) case. We can parse it eight ways to Sunday, but I think the commentary is missing the big picture.
Here’s what Obama needed to do tonight: Convince the country that he was an utterly safe, conventional, centrist politician who may have leftward leanings but will do the right thing when the crunch comes.
Now, as the night went along, did you get the impression that Obama comes from the radical Left? Did you sense that he funded Leftist causes to the tune of tens of millions of dollars? Would you have guessed that he’s pals with a guy who brags about bombing the Pentagon? Would you have guessed that he helped underwrite raging anti-Semites? Would you come away thinking, “Gee, he’s proposing to transfer nearly a trillion dollars of wealth to third-world dictators through the UN”?
Nope. McCain didn’t want to go there. So Obama comes off as just your average Center-Left politician. Gonna raise your taxes a little, gonna negotiate reasonably with America’s enemies; gonna rely on our very talented federal courts to fight terrorists and solve most of America’s problems; gonna legalize millions of hard-working illegal immigrants.
McCain? He comes off as Center-Right .. or maybe Center-Left … but, either way, deeply respectful of Obama despite their policy quibbles.
Great. Memo to McCain Campaign: Someone is either a terrorist sympathizer or he isn’t; someone is either disqualified as a terrorist sympathizer or he’s qualified for public office. You helped portray Obama as a clealy qualified presidential candidate who would fight terrorists.
If that’s what the public thinks, good luck trying to win this thing.
With due respect, I think tonight was a disaster for our side. I’m dumbfounded that no one else seems to think so. Obama did everything he needed to do, McCain did nothing he needed to do. What am I missing?

What McCarthy’s words tell me is that McCain was unwilling to change the way he’s approached this election thus far. And that just ain’t going to cut it. I’m afraid the Democrats nominated the weakest candidate they could have and we returned the favor. A pox on both our houses. Whoever gets elected, we’re screwed.

2 thoughts on “Debate reaction from the corner”

  1. Imagine Reagan being in office in 2002 when Bush started understanding that a crisis was looming in Fannie and Freddie.
    He’d have gone on tv several times to explain to the American public the ins and outs of the situation and persuaded us to pressure our legislators to put in some oversight. There would be no hearings to humiliate a regulator because Reagan would have laid the case out and those fools would know it would be futile to try those shenanigans. And we would have been spared our October surprise.
    Suppose, instead of crossover primaries where the left gets to pick our nominee, we had real primaries and we got a real candidate instead of a nice guy who, with his good character and great service, is not our guy and is unable to make the case. And suppose our real candidate was not perfect from the conservative point of view, but chose Palin as his running mate. But I dream.

  2. you know what – it appears to me that we as a nation are screwed regardless who wins. problem is that the way the business cycle goes (assuming we don’t make things worse) whoever wins will probably be looking at a recovering economy and baring any 9/11 type disasters can coast to re-election. That being said both McCain and Obama sucks, the latter more than the former. Yet McCain would continue with the destruction of the Party much like W did. I almost…stressing the word almost…want Obama to win. McCain is something awful. I will vote for him but I’ll be holding my nose.

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