With a month to go the two campaigns are launched on different trajectories.
Obama is calling attention to our financial crisis and the need for the financial regulation opposed by McCain over his entire career. His is also calling attention to McCain’s recent erratic behavior, something that has deeply troubled conservatives lately. He is focusing on the present and on facts that we ought to be grappling with.
McCain increasingly looks like a battle weary veteran spouting obsolete policy, howling like Lear in the wind. His voting record is the story of the deregulation that brought us this financial crisis. His health care plan is widely discussed as a boon to business and a gift of deregulation to the insurance industry, leaving consumers with health issues like stockholders in the market. Despite the fundamental problems with our economy, McCain has refused to back off his commitment to dramatically increase defense spending and to wither governmental revenue by deepening tax cuts. Even before the current crisis experts were decrying this proposal as burying us further in national debt.
McCain is compelled to dissemble his voting record and obfuscate policy. Like our current president McCain will stay the course on his policies but he cannot — without disastrous consequence — clearly articulate those policies.
The only course left to him is the road most traveled by his predecessors. His camp must forage in the past for bromides used by Reagan to rally support and engage in the sleazy practice of demagoguery, fear and hate mongering. The self described “mavericks” have leaped into perhaps the oldest political cesspool.
Sarah Palin this weekend has been shrieking that Obama associates with terrorists and is not a real American. CNN looked into these “charges” and found them utterly without merit. It seems a bit odd to dignify such things with inquiry but I applaud CNN’s acceptance of the role of responsible medium and refusal to be a propaganda organ.
I trust that, as the McCain camp embraces its end justifying the means abandonment of integrity, that other media will follow CNN’s lead and not give demagoguery the appearance of legitimacy by merely reporting its as news.