Like the rest of the country, I have no doubt that my guy won Tuesday’s debate with John McCain. Like David Broder, however, I was terribly disappointed with the lack of real answers from either candidate:
John McCain and Barack Obama have been asked twice — once in the Mississippi debate and again on Tuesday night — what their priorities would be. McCain flat-out refused to choose, arguing that the United States can do it all. Obama mentioned energy, health care and education, but did not acknowledge that he might have to choose among them.Similarly, they declined to spell out what sacrifices they might have to ask Americans to make, beyond moderating their energy use or easing their demands for Washington-financed projects.
It was a stunning rejection of reality.
I keep telling myself that Obama is currently in the hands of the “professionals” who run campaigns for a living, and that those folks are convinced we’re ahead and don’t want to do anything rash. But this guy is going to disappoint me monumentally if he doesn’t get brutally honest with the American people in his first 100 days, and tell us that we are going to have to make some sacrifices. Again, Broder:
To govern is to choose, and next year, the trade-offs will be much tougher than usual because of the mess the Bush administration is leaving behind. At a moment when few Americans can muster much confidence in the leaders in Congress or the White House, McCain and Obama have used two of their three debates — three hours when they had the attention of millions of voters — to conceal more than they revealed about their agendas.