A lot has happened in the presidential campaign this week and I’d like to take a moment to comment.
First of all, I was pleasantly surprised by Obama’s selection of Biden as his running mate. Biden would have been my pick, too. I just like the guy. Some criticize him for some of his gaffs, but I find his openness and honesty to be refreshing. He’s extremely knowledgeable and tough. He’s much closer to the average working stiff than to corporate executives. Some criticize him for being involved in the revamp of bankruptcy laws to the benefit of credit card companies. Frankly, I think that law was a good thing. Anything that imposes more discipline and responsibility on the handling of debt is a good thing. Ben Bernanke could use some lessons in that. In my opinion, Obama has passed his first real test of judgment – the selection of a VP – with flying colors. I knew all along that he would never pick Hillary – primarily because of her husband. If he had, Bill would have been constantly upstaging him. Following every Obama decision, reporters would have run to Bill and asked if that’s what he’d have done. Sure, they’ll still do that, but without being linked to the White House, no one will care what he thinks. By the way, Biden hit one out of the park with that speech last night. And, if I was the Republican VP candidate, I wouldn’t look forward to debating Biden. He’s really a pro in the point-counterpoint formats. I look for a really incredible speech by Obama tonight.
And I must say that I’m impressed with the McCain campaign’s tenacity in going after Obama with their ads. He clearly has a well-run campaign and is ceding nothing to Obama. But I think his economic message is out-of-step with the times and I think that he’ll wilt in the debates. One thing I’ve noticed is that McCain is constantly reading from notes during his stump speeches while Obama never does, seemingly speaking from the heart instead. To me, this displays a better grasp of the issues and an intellectual lightness of the feet that will serve him well in the debates.
Hey, regardless of who wins, we’ll clearly have a much better president that we’ve had for the past eight years. At least we’ll have someone who can construct complete sentences and deliver a speech without an arrogant smirk on his face.