Well, I'm trying to keep up on my presidential nominees and the tactics of their parties and supporters.
I watched the Saddleback Presidential Candidates Forum a couple of weeks back (transcript
). Overall I was impressed with how Pastor Rick Warren conducted it. Frankly I think it's pretty sad that he ran a better Q&A format than anything I've seen in a while. That isn't a dig on him or the fact that it was done by/in a faith-based environment. In my mind it just shows how tainted and skewed our other formats have become. If this is what it takes to get some good answers to some important questions, then by all means I hope Pastor Warren continues to do what he has done. Now, while this time it seems to have worked due to the openness each candidate has regarding their faith, I would hope that even an atheist candidate would be able to do the same thing. Sure, they might not have great answers for the faith based questions but it could be interesting to see how they would answer such questions, not to mention being able to handle questions that reflect the views of the overwhelming majority of our nation (a belief in a higher power).
If you didn't watch the broadcast I really do suggest you read the transcript as all the questions were not faith-based. Plus you can see if your preferred candidate broke from the mold at least. In that sense I don't think either candidate really did. Obama's answers were not overly "specific" and were quite long explanations as he would tend to speak on how issues can sometimes be seen differently, or are seen differently. McCain's answers were usually short and to the point with what I saw as no "consideration" of other views. So, each was the epitome of "liberal" and "conservative"...which I really don't like. However, I do have to say that hearing Obama's expansion on some things was interesting since in a couple of cases how he appears to have processed certain issues is similar to how I have. Of course, those are the issues that in my mind can never be "done" as they will change and evolve with society (be it domestic or global).
Then I watched Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention. I didn't watch anyone else's. I actually wasn't planning on watching his speech but I got home in time and it was being broadcast in HD, so why not (transcript
)? I have to say that the man is one heck of a speech giver. I can see why so many people get pumped up and energized when they hear him talk. How he talks and what he has to say many times can get you swept along. Still, taking out the momentum he seemed to have I'd say it was a decent speech. The part I actually liked hearing was when he talked about how citizens have to do their part too, that it just can't be the government taking care of things. I actually chuckled a bit when I heard that because in my mind it struck me more as something that a Republican would say. Actually, there has been a lot about this presidential race that has struck me as "opposite." Which brings me to McCain's vice-presidential nominee.
A quick impersonation of hypocrisy in my eyes: Listening to McCain, his supporters and others refer to Obama as inexperienced (OK, some of Obama's current backers did it for a while too) and railing on that point, then stopping and saying, "Oh, by the way, we'd like you to meed out VP candidate!" Talk about being stunned by the out and out hypocrisy. Sorry, some stuff I can't turn away from. Oh, and please know that I do believe that being a leader doesn't necessarily mean you have to put in the time. Some people are just natural. That could turn out to be the case for Obama or Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as VP. You just have to look at our current president to see the opposite, which is that years of experience don't necessarily indicate jack. But back to the current race.
So, we've just found out that Palin's 17 year old daughter is pregnant
. A possible attack opportunity for Obama? No (supposedly). He's holding firm in his stance that family is off-limits, even going as far as to say that if he finds out that anyone in his campaign was, or ever is, involved in making this kind of stuff political they would be fired
. That's great, right? Well....kinda.
You see, I'm glad Obama said what he said. The problem? As he has called "back off" to the media and his backers going after the subject of Palin's daughter's pregnancy, the people who are FOR McCain and Palin don't tend to see it the same way. Now, I'm not talking about the crap they've dealt out in the past regarding Michelle Obama, I'm talking about how THEY are politicizing Palin's daughter's pregnancy. My favorite of course is Focus on the Family's James Dobson
. My favorite quote by him? "Being a Christian does not mean you're perfect. Nor does it mean your children are perfect. But it does mean there is forgiveness and restoration when we confess our imperfections to the Lord." This from the man who went after Obama for his interpretation of the Bible
. Apparently Mr. Dobson forgot that we aren't perfect during that point, that perhaps Obama made a mistake. He sure as hell appears to think that it's his job to go after Obama. I guess Mr. Dobson doesn't think that either Obama is up to the of confessing his imperfections to "the Lord" or that "the Lord" is capable of dealing with any confessions that Obama may (or may not) offer up.
Oh, and now we have the claims that the Democrats are engaging in sexist attacks on Palin
Well, I need to make sure that I watch McCain's speech this week. Maybe he'll say something that gets my attention and connects in some fashion. After that it's time to watch the debates. Of course I'll get the most from the VP debates. Hopefully Biden will learn from John Edwards' past experience and not comment on Palin's family even if the question "connects" to something in her life.
We shall see though.