Rising tensions and fierce rhetoric served as the backdrop to the second Presidential debate.
Sen. John McCain’s Machiavellian rhetoric to paint Sen. Barack Obama as this dangerous “other” has gotten so insidious, that the call of death threats to the Illinois Senator can be heard from the voices of their supporters…all while McCain idly stands by.
The Obama camp countered the character attacks by raising McCain’s role in the Keating 5 with a short documentary. McCain’s past of stifling economic regulation while having his pockets lined with lobbyist wealth is a legacy that continues today. McCain’s campaign is run by the major lobbyists and his former chief economic advisor Phil Gramm, who called us a nation of whiners, was an architect of the deregulatory policies that led us to our current financial crisis.
Now, the second debate: a town hall style which McCain has been crying for throughout the election. It was a format that was supposed to favor McCain. But it was Obama that established further credibility as commander in chief with his empathy for the middle class, swift refutations of McCain’s false assertions, economic vision, and foreign policy wisdom.
McCain managed to make condescending arguments without factual support. He consistently attempted to diminish Obama and called him “that one”…terminology, intentional or not, that fits the pattern of his campaigns recent tone. Thankfully, the character smears managed to stay out of the debate.
Although McCain claims to put “country first,” it’s Obama who put the concerns of the nation foremost…ahead of campaign attacks and personal ambition. He has shown grit under the endless attacks from his political rivals.
But the new malevolent intent of McCain camp is the last straw. It is time to come to Obama’s defense. We will not be divided. We will not be conquered. We are one hope that will carry Obama to the White House.