In just fifty three days, on November 4th 2008, America risks witnessing the prospect of seeing an unqualified, academically challenged, age challenged, knowledge challenged, work ethic challenged, temperament challenged, ego inflated, disingenuous, warmongering and always reckless John McCain, elected as the Republican President of the United States of America.
Although McCain has been in the Senate since 1987 people don’t really know the real McCain. He has promoted an image. That image is tarnished, but it needs to be completely stripped. Personally I would begin by painting McCain as the crazy Dr Strangelove character he threatens to be. Remember the movie and the role played by Peter Sellers? This is no movie.
John McCain you are a clear and present danger to the United States. The Republican convention was conducted in an atmosphere more reminiscent of Germany’s Nuremburg SS & SA rallies of the 1930’s under Adolf Hitler. It was an ominous spectacle. We must not forget the gawking, mocking performance of Mr “Rude”Guiliani and the new sop aimed at the women of America, Ms Predator Palin.
New Jersey’s call bought the house down.”Madam Chairman, the great state of New Jersey with 127 votes casts all 127 votes for the next President of the United States, Senator Barack Obama! The place exploded. Thousands of “Yes we cans” drowned out the speakers. When things settled, New Mexico followed and after the earlier stuff up in the NM Primaries when three ballot boxes went missing for two days, I was keen to hear their vote. It didn’t happen.
I am sure Bill Clinton will revel in the limelight on Wednesday. He could do the campaign a big favour if he rips into John McCain with no holds barred. Maybe Barack has this role planned for him. Barack wants to win, he doesn’t mind sharing credit. On Thursday Barack Obama will have to deal with specifics and show people what he will do for them and the country. He must layout in strong words what America will look like under McCain, domestically and internationally.
Giving Bill Clinton a speaking role has provided him with an ideal platform from which to damn Obama with faint praise. In effect to do a Mark Antony. Clinton with his gift for words (truth never gets in the way) could undermine Obama so surgically in the eyes of near recovering Hillary supporters and superdelegates as to suggest that having her name placed on the roll is evidence that the nomination process remains open.
Where has the “US leads the way” spirit of the 1960’s America gone? The “we can do anything attitude” that made America the envy of the world? The smiling faces, the confident walk, the pride in one’s country. An America which demanded, sought and sweated for a better life and achieved it with one income per family in record time, after the horrors and sacrifices of World War two.
Meanwhile on the other side of the ledger it was just the opposite. Democrats were becoming very excited indeed. Barack Obama the “Yes we can man” was breaking all sorts of new fundraising records and gathering crowds never seen before in American politics.The former Republican Senator, Bob Dole interviewed on MSNBC snidely called them,”A cult led by some sort of a Pied Piper”.”It won’t go anywhere” he predicted.
Now that Democrat Senator Barack Obama has returned to the United States from his week long sojourn through the theatres of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, including meetings with the leaders of Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, France and Great Britain and addressing a 200,000 strong public rally in Berlin, it is time to take a closer look at the qualifications of his opponent, the Republican Senator for Arizona, John McCain and another former Republican for fair measure.
Two Clinton supporter group’s convention plans are now well and truly out there and alive and well. To remain involved in the Obama campaign and be credible, Hillary Clinton must now do a number of things quickly or risk destroying any chance Senator Obama has of regaining the White House for the Democratic Party in 2009. Is this her 2008 goal?