Just watched the edited highlights of the John McCain – Barack Obama debate on Newsnight.
I couldn’t believe that the Republician representatives on the programme declared that it was a good night for John McCain.
My word! That’s utterly inexplicable.
If that was John McCain on a good night then I’m glad I missed the bad nights!
He really showed his age and his war wounds:- hobbling about the floor and latterly hanging onto his chair towards the end of the debate. I don’t mind his age but it brought home to me how his physical condition may affect his ability to be President. And brings me back to the scary thought of Sarah Palin becoming President, should McCain’s health deteoriate still further.
In fact, McCain’s televisual performance reminded me of the oft-quoted Nixon – Kennedy debate; the perception that Nixon lost against Kennedy due to a bad shave. Neither Nixon or McCain came across as television-friendly.
Its often said that listeners of the Nixon – Kennedy debate on radio scored Nixon higher.
Alas, I doubt even that is true of John McCain.
To me, Obama was more insightful and had more answers than McCain. Even on McCain’s supposed strong suit of foreign policy he failed to hit a blow.
In fact, for someone with a supposed grasp of foreign policy how could he let this statement out of the bag:
“We will be talking about countries sometime in the future that we hardly know where they are on the map”
And by the future, he obviously meant his political future if he was President, so its basically today’s countries with maybe a couple of changes, perhaps.
And if he doesn’t know where they are on a map, how the hell can he have a good grasp of foreign policy?
And if he does have a ‘good grasp’ on foreign policy by American standards, does that mean Obama’s is worse?
Could either McCain or Obama pick out Scotland on a map? Would they be shocked if Scotland was to become independent as the Unionist partisan newpaper The Scotsman recently suggested?
The same link gives Barack Obama as a descendant of King Edward I of England, the Hammer of the Scots. The same king that battled against William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. The same king that on leaving Scotland said:
‘Bon besoiogne fait gy du merde se delivrer’
(‘It was well to be rid of shit’)
I wonder at the end of the debate just who was thinking that?
Or the American public?