Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Saddle Back Civil Forum
I'm stealing that move of McCain's. Look at that expression. Amazing.
I am almost through watching the Civil Forum put on by Rick Warren at his megachurch in California. I think if you are going to watch one speech or debate (which this will probably be the closest we ever get to one) it should be this one. Warren asks some real tough questions and asks Obama at one point, "now I don't want your stump speech, let's get beyond it for a little while," quite the bold assertion. After watching it though I can see why Investor's Business Daily called it one of the most lopsided "debates" of memory. McCain was so personal and honest, going straight to the heart of the questions, while Obama had more of a hard time articulating what it is really that he thinks, which was of no surprise to me. It is also why Real Clear Politics said "It is now clear why Barack Obama has refused John McCain's offer of joint town hall appearances during the fall campaign. McCain is obviously better at them."
I have wanted so bad to believe in "change", but this forum just confirmed all of my fears and actually gave me a little encouragement for simply voting against the lesser of two disappointments.
Real Clear Politics made this statement: "What took place instead under Warren's precise and revealing questioning was the most important event so far of the 2008 campaign -- a performance every voter should seek out on the Internet and watch."
If you have an hour or so, it really is worth your time.