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The "Oh, crap!" moment in the debate

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published October 18, 2008

Things were going along swimmingly for Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama during last Wednesday's third and final presidential debate, when moderator Bob Scheiffer of CBS asked a question that brought a smile to Obama's face and an "Oh, crap!" look from McCain.

The question was powerfully simple: Why do you think your vice presidential running mate is qualified to be president.

Obama didn't miss a beat as he rattled off U.S. Sen. Joe Biden's qualifications and vast Capitol Hill experience to establish that he is well prepared to occupy the Oval Office. The Democrat particularly focused on Biden's foreign policy credentials and the fact that he is recognized in this country and abroad as one of the most knowledgeable.

Then it was McCain's turn to defend his vice presidential pick, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Talk about straining credulity: She's a maverick; she has taken on members of her own party; she stood up to Big Oil; she's a maverick; she's a Washington outsider; she isn't in the pocket of any special interests in Washington; she's a maverick.

And, McCain added, her husband, Todd, is "a tough guy."

Now, there's a reason for all Americans to sleep well at night. Should McCain win on Nov. 4 and is unable to fulfill his duties as president, Palin will take over — and she'll have a tough guy by her side. That should send shivers down the spine of every terrorist.

If only Obama had been as quick on his feet as McCain.

After ticking off all Biden's qualifications to serve as president, he should have added, "And Joe's wife is real babe. She's hot, man. She sizzles."

Ridiculous? No more so than McCain talking about Sarah Palin's husband.


1Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

We all get it...you hate McCain and all things non-Democratic Party.

Governor Palin is the only candidate of either ticket applying for an executive position with executive experience. (BTW, Senator McCain is the only candidate applying for the Commander-in-Chief job with military experience).
During her time as an executive, she cut her salary from $68,000 to %64,000, she fired her cook, sold the governor's airplane for $2.1 million dollars and HAS ONLY 80% OF THE EXPENDITURES OF HER IMMEDIATE PREDECESSOR (WOW!).

Obama has no military nor executive experience, and barely any Federal legislative experience. Personally, I don't think he's even qualified as the Senate Majority/Minority leader, or even a high level security clearance. He has demonstrated horrible judgment throughout his life, both politically and personally. I am stunned that such a poor choice has made it this far.

Here's what awaits us with a President Obama; policies that divide Americans through the use of the already empty public treasury to buy votes. Penalties for working and rewards for slothfulness. As with most prior Federal income tax hikes, the GDP will fall and the trade gap will rise. More than ever, our socialist government will manage your retirement, health care, and income-earning ability.

Socialism was the allure that unscrupulous leaders used to gain power in 1930-40's Europe and Asia. They tell you that your problems are the result of not having more of what others have earned honestly with their own hands.

The Democratic Party strategy of increasing the numbers of government-dependent for political gain is as effective as it is reprehensible. I wonder what those compelled into government-dependence could have accomplished if encouraged to work hard and be their best...a safer car seat or more fuel efficient engine? We'll never know.

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2cambridge(4150 comments)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

Your right. We should stick with the status quot. What could go wrong?

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3Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

Senator McCain and Governor Palin represent change.

President Obama = second Jimmy Carter term.

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4hausser(21 comments)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

Gov Palin has no executive experience. Alaska shouldn't even be a state. The mayors of most major cities in America have more responsiblities than she has. I think Mayor Williams has to deal with much bigger issues daily than what Sarah Palin has ever had to deal with. When she was mayor of that small town, they had to bring in an administrator to oversee her because of her ineptitude. Any person with average intelligence can tell she's a total idiot. She is beyond stupid. Actually I would rather vote for Tina Fey for VP, then for her. It is a shame,because I actually liked McCain until he picked her. Now I agree with Obama, McCain is out of touch (with reality). I suspect he has early stages of Alzheimers or Dementia and that is why he will not release his medical records.

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5borylie(951 comments)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

Nonsocialist,still trying to convince these people who don't know what the democrat party stands for, to understand you? These people want change? Oh boy(sorry, I mean, man) will they get change and they are not going to like it. Caucasian freedom of speech will be even more diminished and the $250,000.00 and below getting a tax break will drop to any level the socialists decide to, so they can create a true socialist society. If you have your hand out, than you're probably a democrat, if you don't want someone else's hand in your pocket, than you're probably a republican. If you can't think for yourself and need the government to take care of you, you're probably a democrat. If you like being responsible and being able to think for yourself than you're probably a republican. If you think those that have been educated, trained, worked hard, invested wisely, set and reached goals should give you half of their money, than your probably a socialist. If you don't think the government should take half of your money and redistribute it to others, than your probably sane. If that one(oops, sorry can't say that), I mean Sen. Obama wins and he won't, it's because alot of people will quickly educate themselves in the next few days and realize that it's not about the thrill they'll get having their party win, it's what they really believe how America was created and what made it the great country it is today. It was never intended to be a country run by government. The people own the country and the government works for us!

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6bobhogue(102 comments)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

Mr. de Souza is correct.

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7George412(161 comments)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

I agree, Bob, and I'll add that Obama could have and didn't take the easy shots he could have at Palin while McCain, typical of his increasing desperation, went negative again.

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