Sunday, August 17, 2008
Did Obama Blow the Saddleback Forum?
I recorded last night's revival meeting between Obama and McCain. But when the time came to watch it this morning after about ten minutes I gave up.
The sight of two men fighting for the top job in the most powerful democratic country on earth trying to convince people that God is on their side made me dizzy with disgust.
So I read the transcript instead.
And now I have a few questions....like why did Obama bother? Where did he think he was?
For better or worse, Obama seems to have chosen to treat this event as sort of an intimate evening with Rick Warren — that just happened to be nationally televised. McCain, by contrast, treated it as a straight campaign event: he had his stump speech talking points ready, and he was eager to cram as many of them into his 50 minutes as possible.
And does Obama REALLY not know the difference between a baby and a blob?
WARREN: ....... Now, let's deal with abortion; 40 million abortions since Roe v. Wade. As a pastor, I have to deal with this all of the time, all of the pain and all of the conflicts. I know this is a very complex issue. Forty million abortions, at what point does a baby get human rights, in your view?
OBAMA: Well, you know, I think that whether you're looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade.
Really? But isn't the Prezeedent supposed to know EVERYTHING?
I suppose the evening wasn't a total bust. Americans got yet another example of why John McCain would make such a dangerous President.
But even then I wonder.
In a television/YouTube age it's the simple message that counts. It makes you look like a strong leader. Think Harper and Dion in this country. With his pro-choice stand Obama never had a chance of changing many Christianist minds.
But did he lose the support of other undecided Americans by sounding ....to them... like a wanker? Instead of the Strong Leader they crave. Did he try to please everybody and end up pleasing only his own supporters?
Quick first impressions: Obama spent more time trying to impress Warren (or to put another away) not offend Warren while McCain seemingly ignored Warren and decided he was talking to folks watching on TV. The McCain way of handling this forum is usually the winning way. Obama may have had more authentic moments but McCain was impressively on message.
Don't get me wrong, this will play well with some but McCain's directness and snappy answers that were on message allowed him to look commanding on that stage.
Which is the LAST thing we need. My conclusions?
The United States is the closest thing to a scary theocracy in the democratic world.
After a slow start, John McCain is now ready to go down on his knees and blow the religious-right all the way to Moscow. i.e. do ANYTHING to win.
Nobody ever got anywhere in Amerika overestimating the intelligence of the American people.
And with less than three months to go, unless Obama sharpens up his act and quickly.
We could all be heading for The Abyss ......in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Faster than God can count...