Tuesday, October 14, 2008

McCain, Channeling Clinton, Vows to Fight On

The polls continue to move towards Obama, and McCain's campaign has not created any traction whatsoever. Many factors have caused McCain's implosion, including the economy and his own failed campaign strategies. Yesterday, however, McCain announced that he would turn up the heat. Doing his best Hillary Clinton impersonation, McCain delivered a fiery speech in which he vowed to continue "fighting" for the American people, despite the fact that the media have already called the race. McCain swept the crowd into a "John McCain, John McCain, John McCain" chant by telling them the race was in fact not over and that the media do not listen to the voters. This worked well to lift the spirits of his supporters, but history suggests that McCain faces an insurmountable task. And while he gave a version of Clinton's "fight-on" speech, he did not do so as effectively as she. Both Obama and Clinton are far better speakers than McCain, which makes his comeback more difficult. But this has been one of the most unpredictable races in history. Nothing is certain.

You can watch the speech


aSeaNamedSolaris said...

Hey, Professor,I think John McCain is just tired and wants this whole thing to be over with. Let Barack Obama win so John McCain can go back to his 19 or 20 houses :) On the other hand the stakes are exceedingly high for Mr. Obama. The Bush administration has left one nasty trail of trash for the next President to clean up. I fear that Mr. Obama may end up like Corey Booker in Newark. There can be quite an explosion Not to mention that Mr. Obama seems like a Reagan Democrat or a centrist, I am waiting with baited breath to witness his presidency.

aSeaNamedSolaris said...

Gee whiz, I meant there can be quite an explosion when reality collides with idealism.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Reality colliding with idealism -- yes! I have witnessed starry-eyed academics, who really should know better, place all of their emotional and intellectual capital in the hopes of an Obama presidency. As trained historians, political scientists, and legal academics, I thought that they would appreciate my healthy dose of cynicism, but I guess they watched too much Bush over the last 8 years.

Frankly, avoiding him has allowed me to approach the current race with some detachment. I have always been progressive, so I did not need Bush to spark outrage over conservatism. The issues today are about the same as in the past -- poverty, racism, sexism, imperialism, homophobia. A Democrat is a welcome change from a Republican, but Obama has not convinced me that he is a liberal as Daily Kos, Huffington Post, MoveOn, and the National Journal portray him.

Also, the pitiful state of the economy will preclude a lot of new social spending. Universal health care might remain a dream, rather than a reality.

As usual, thanks for your comments!

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