Barack Hashem! He awakened! Now if he could stop talking like an analyst instead of somebody who wants to change the country, he'd be in even better shape. The country will grow tired of the daily click-clack about Sarah Palin after a little while; do not underestimate the shortness of the attention span of the American public. But after a time, when the luster and lipstick wear off of Mrs. Palin, people will return to some semblance of reality-based rationales, and will look around them in horror at the condition the party of McCain/Palin has left the United States of America in. They are "change-agents" like I am the reincarnation of Edmond Dantes.
Barack doesn't need to overreact here. Some righteous indignation is a good thing, when your opponents are running a campaign as if it were written and directed by George Orwell or Josef Goebbels: Lie after lie after lie. All verifiable lies. And the sad thing is that McCain can't remember more than his five talking points, and Mrs. Palin has been the victim of an "extraordinary rendition" - they are too afraid to let her wander off of those same talking points. So whenever they can, they are forced to distract the attention of the public, egged on by a media that is afraid of its own shadow, from the real issues that all of us face on a daily basis, floating faux outrage at "pig with lipstick" to define "change" under McCain/Palin vs. that of George Bush. It IS a pig with lipstick. Look around you. You are in a pigsty called America right now. If we choose to elect John McCain, then this country will at last get what it deserves. The chickens will come home to roost and the lipstick WILL come off, and that's what we'll have: the same old pig we are stuck with now. I mean no insult to my porcine friends by lumping them together with Mr. McCain and Mrs. Palin. Really I don't.
By the way, has anyone asked Mr. McCain why he is holding out information on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden? Seems that he's basically using the fear of further terrorism led by bin Laden as extortion of the American people. "Elect me and I'll find bin-Laden". Well, if in fact Mr. McCain knows where bin Laden is, why is he waiting to tell us all - or more importantly share that information with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff? Is the deal that ONLY in the event that we elect him will he, McCain, deign to tell us where bin Laden is located? As a Senator, Mr. McCain is required to uphold the Constitution and to protect and defend it. Not to tell the proper authorities NOW about the whereabouts of bin Laden, assuming he can remember, is treason. Then again, a guy who doesn't know how many houses he owns cannot but have a difficult time trying to remember the exact whereabouts of a cave in Northeastern Pakistan.
Obama Gets His Message Out -- Loudly
NORFOLK, Va. — Barack Obama is known for his eloquent speeches, but as he tries to regain his poll lead and beat back an energized Republican ticket, he is adding something to his delivery: volume.
Obama has uncorked some thunderous lines in recent campaign stops, showing a measure of emotion he seldom has displayed. His speeches now are laced with indignation as he argues that anyone who sees John McCain and Sarah Palin as vehicles for change is being duped.
At high decibels, he pressed his point Monday that people could pay a heavy price if they make the wrong decision Nov. 4. At stake are constitutional liberties that can mean the difference between freedom and unjustified imprisonment, he told the crowd in Farmington Hills, Mich.
"We may think this is Muhammad the terrorist; it might be Muhammad the cabdriver. You may think it's Barack the bomb-thrower. But it might be Barack the guy running for president," he said, referring to the Bush administration's arrest and detention policies toward terrorism suspects.
Then, the loudspeakers really began to quake.
"Don't mock the Constitution. Don't make fun of it! Don't suggest that it's un-American to abide by what the Founding Fathers set up! It's worked pretty well for over 200 years!"
Finally, he said disdainfully of the Republicans: "These people."
Feistiness is what many Democratic elected officials have longed to see. At the Democratic convention in
That they're seeing. Compare the Obama today with what voters saw before the Democratic and Republican conventions: Campaigning in Montana on the Fourth of July holiday, Obama also talked about the right to challenge one's detention but said it in terms that were not only milder but also more abstract. Sounding more like the constitutional law professor he once was, he made no attempt to humanize the issue.
Although he is turning up the volume, Obama has stayed under control. If he shows too much temper, he risks looking rattled and perpetuating the sideshow, which could distract voters from the slumping economy, rising gas prices and other issues where he feels he has an advantage.
By contrast, McCain seems to be moving in the opposite direction. Once known as a free-wheeling candidate who liked to mix it up with the public and media, McCain has become far more scripted since reorganizing his campaign in July.
He is increasingly controlled, seldom deviating from his basic talking points. He rarely presides over unscripted town hall meetings, which he once called "the essence of democracy." He has not held a news conference in nearly a month.