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In A League of His Own

In McCain’s case, it was just a tactic to try to distance himself from the Bush administration and its policies

Twenty days to Decision Day

In only two weeks and six days time Americans who intend this time to exercise their right to vote, will elect the 44th President of the United States. The contrast between the Presidential candidates Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain, could not be more stark. A difference which is reflected in the deep divide between their respective running mates, Senator Joe Biden, the Senior Senator from Delaware and Governor Sara Palin of Alaska. 

A Matter of Judgement

In these final days, Barack Obama remains in the enviable position of having a significant financial advantage over his opponent in campaign fund generation.This was no accident. When Obama chose to continue raising funds through direct public donations and McCain opted to accept public funding guarantees of $80 million, supported by big corporation donations and massive Republican party funding, the die was cast. Once again as he  proved so convincingly during the Primaries, Barack Obama had made a sound decision.

Campaign Conduct & Management

As the general election nears its end on November 4, we need only compare how the Obama and McCain campaigns have been conducted and managed, to gain an insight into how their respective White House administrations might operate. 

Launching his campaign from the steps of the old State Capitol Building in Springfield Illinois on 10th February 2007, Barack Obama garbed in a long black overcoat to shield against the freezing winter chill, told the thousands of fans who braved the conditions, that his was an “improbable journey”, a journey for change in the ways of Washington.  Little did he know that his catchcry, the need for “change”, would make little impression on the Republican and Democratic party candidates during the early stages of the Primaries until his message for”Change” began to resonate with the public. In a flash, they all jumped on board his “Change” train. To do this, they had to adjust their positions. That in itself represented change.The tide had turned. Obama’s stock went up, his opponents’ did not.

Not Buying the McCain Brand

By the time the general election arrived, John McCain was also promoting the need for change in Washington. He embraced the concept, not because he saw the need to change anything he had supported previously. Absolutely not. In McCain’s case it was just a tactic to try to distance himself from the Bush administration and its policies. To pull off this charade, he first had to sell the idea that he was best qualified to bring about change in Washington. This silly ploy has not worked. Now even more people are unhappy with McCain’s pretence. Records show that McCain has supported the Bush policies 90% of the time. That’s a tie that really binds. No straight talk from McCain here.

 Obama Skills, Judgement and Integrity

In correctly assessing the public mood and the issue upon which to construct his campaign for “Change”, Barack Obama displayed an uncanny sense of being at one with the people. Such a connectivity is the liveblood of every successful politican. Contrary to the McCain campaign, the Obama juggernaut has been brilliantly managed in every respect, organisationally, financially, managerially, policywise and in it’s tone. The consistent emphasis throughout, has been its determination to focus on the issues with  Barack Obama regularly reminding people that this election is not about him. His key point is that it is about the welfare and the future of the American people. It is all about them. And he makes sure that his supporters understand that he will need their help if they want to bring about real change. A simple but powerful message.

 McCain The Flawed Candidate

Displaying poor judgement, John McCain hired second rate people who appear bereft of  ethics, and it shows. His campaign has a shallow foundation. It is only about himself and  his burning  ambition to become President of the United States. For him it is an insatiable desire and a need to surpass his father’s achievements. It’s about power for power’s sake with McCain the warmonger at the helm. It worries the hell out of people who know McCain personally and this includes many of his fellow Republicans. Fortunately, his performance under pressure during the campaign has exposed his lack of character and ethics. And now for the first time, America and the world is seeing the real John McCain. A man who is prepared to do and say anything to win the White House. A frightening prospect indeed.

Considering McCain’s age, medical condition, lack of knowledge and ability, selfish attitude, temperament and appalling lack of sage judgement, (his choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate being a prime example) McCain must be delusional to even consider contesting such an office. Country first? What a lie. After what we have witnessed, nothing John McCain says can be believed.The US Naval Board knew all about McCain’s flaws  when they rejected his application for promotion, regardless of his father’s senior Naval  rank and influence. They knew John McCain from his A to to his Z, they knew his record and they knew he wasn’t a leader.

An Out of Date Racist Assumption

McCain may have assumed that the keys to the White House were tantalisingly close to being his, when all he could see barring his way was a thin, close cropped bi – racial man with black skin. He would have most certainly contemplated what this meant in positive terms to his chances and Obama’s prospects, at least as far as election to the Presidency was concerned. If so, this would provide further proof of his lack of judgement in these changing times.

During the Primaries in an attempt to denigrate and depict Barack Obama as a wet behind the ears politician, Mitt Romney said that “change” was what he “carried in his pockets”. Romney didn’t seem to understand that while a measure of sarcasm in politics is to be expected, it doesn’t supplant or diminish a sound idea. In that sense Romney proved that he was more concerned with his own popularity than addressing the real concerns of people. Many politicans fall into the “hubris trap”. Here again Barack Obama shows no signs of such weakness.

Major Differences between the Candidates 

John McCain is so entrenched in the past, that he absent mindedly addressed an audience the other day as “My fellow prisoners'”. No one on the stage commented, but the whole world did after his statement was replayed on TV and written about widely. Everyone knows that John McCain’s stock standard opening is “My friend’s”. He uses it like an emotional crutch, as if when he says it, you instantly become a McCain fan for life. The plasticity of this approach is actually having the opposite effect. Most people resent being taken for granted.

When Barack Obama was discovered canvassing with local branch volunteers in Ohio a few days ago, a lady couldn’t believe who was standing on her doorstep when she answered the door. She was very excited. Her neighbours couldn’t believe it either and they poured out of their houses to greet him. For Obama, as a former community organiser accustomed to canvassing, listening to people and trying to make a difference in their lives, it was far from a new experience. That real life experience contributed to who and what he is. Such a man behind the desk in the Oval Office would indeed be sign of positive change.

McCain in Wilmington

Earlier in the week as reported, McCain spoke in Wilmington. quote: “The national media has written us off,” he said to boos from the Wilmington audience. “Sen. Obama is measuring the drapes and planning with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Harry Reid to raise taxes, increase spending, and take away your right to vote by secret ballot in labor elections.  But they forgot to let you decide.”

With that, he told the crowd, “My friends, we’ve got them just where we want them! What America needs in this hour is a fighter, someone who puts all his cards on the table and trusts the judgment of the American people.”

He exhorted the crowd to “stand up and fight” for the country. “America is worth fighting for,” he said, before the rally ended with the theme song from the movie “Rocky.” “We never give up,” he said. “We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history.” end quote.

McCain needs to retire and seek help after those remarks.

The Home Stretch

As the race enters the home stretch, all of the wishing, the wanting and the waiting will soon come to an end. The big question, with the whole world watching, will soon enough be answered. We know there is no such thing as a certainty in a two horse race, but one thing is certain and that is, America’s desire for change. Only polling fraud as claimed in 2000 and 2004, stands in the way of an Obama Presidency. Let us hope that all Obama volunteers will brace themselves for one final push to deliver the answer to their own prayers and those of people from around the world.

After all of the challenges Senator Barack Obama has faced and met, with rare grace, great focus, humanity and intelligence, it is clear to the world that this man indeed is, in a league of his own.

Yes you can!

Go Obama / Biden



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  1. As always a great article, John!

    On dailykos.com: New Obama Ad:”90 Percent” Eviscerating + McCain “I’m not Bush Ad”.

    Posted by Chi Deva | October 17, 2008, 1:07 am
  2. Dear John,

    Thanks for a wonderful cap to all great commentary you have shared during this campaign. To have a friend of the world like you on our side is MUCH appreciated!

    Best, can’t wait to read your November 5th post!


    Posted by BryAnn B | October 17, 2008, 1:31 am
  3. I have been following this election for a year now and I hope and pray that I will witness a miracle. Only 15 long days remaining and I’m so nervous. Please, help as many people to vote as possible. I wish you well Obama. You and the American people deserve this. I don’t want to see it slip away after almost 2 years of campaigning.

    Posted by Zac | October 19, 2008, 9:42 pm
  4. John, in this article, you reminded me of some of the background I’d forgotten. (Hey, if I can remember my own name today, I’m doing good!). Even better–and the reason everyone should read it–you detailed the critical differences between Barack Obama and John McCain so clearly, especially where their motives are concerned! Concise and telling! I hope every one takes a few minutes to read John’s article! It’ll get them all fired up all over again! We HAVE to make sure Obama-Biden win on November 4! McCain-Palin would be total disaster! Thanks, John, for your insightful observations!

    Posted by Debbie Jordan | October 19, 2008, 10:03 pm