Sunday, August 24, 2008
Time For Obama To 'Change' Course
Despite my discomfort with the way Barack Obama has been conducting his campaign, I have spent the past 6 weeks articulating a defense for him, primarily on blogs at the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. I figured that would get more play than merely just posting here, but I think it is important to keep this site up as well. For the run-up to the election, I am hoping to post regularly.
Today, Frank Rich has an op-ed piece titled, "Last Call For Change We Can Believe In." In it, Rich calls for Obama to be more aggressive in taking on John McCain. As is often the case with Rich, he hit a bulls-eye.
I posted the following in their 'comments' section:
If John McCain is going to continue touting foreign policy experience, shouldn't we demonstrate the result of his expertise?
Where are the quotes about how we would be greeted as liberators and how Iraqi money would finance the invasion?
Where are the misquotes on an alleged Iraqi-Pakistani border and his cluelessness over sunni and shia differences?
They are being obscured because Obama is falling into the Kerry trap...playing defense.
The game in politics is won on offense and it needs to be McCain who should be defending the GOP policies of the past 8 years to justify being given 4 more.
The fact that the mainstream media uses the term 'war hero' to gloss over anything that would tarnish the true McCain image, is the biggest joke of the campaign coverage thus far. As if they ever did that for John Kerry.
The very fact that McCain borrowed the Solzhenitsym cross-in-the sand story and the media has left it unexamined tells you all you need to know about the different levels of scrutiny for the 2 candidates.
The only solution is for Obama to constantly be on the attack with McCain. Not a personal attack, but an attack that reveals how wrong-headed McCain has been on policy, issues, and 'facts,' using his own statements against him.
If Obama does not force the issue and play offense, the media will not follow-up on McCain's errors and mis-statements on their own. We have seen that.
If Obama continues to merely fend off attacks, this race is over. I am hoping for a 'change' in that regard.