Saturday, September 27, 2008

Obama to Fidgeting Old Fart: "You Were Wrong"

The very end of Obama's statement could have been sharper, but this was quite a good moment from the debate, one that made McCain look as though he wanted to crawl out of his skin:

It's odd how the two candidates have parallel arguments about Iraq. McCain wants to start the clock in 2007 with "the surge" of which he's so fond, and call everyone's attention to Obama's opposition to it (McCain doesn't want to mention his own real-time qualms and doubts about "the surge").

Obama wants to start the clock in 2003, and call attention to McCain's poor judgment from the start. As the war didn't start in 2007 but in 2003, and as the poor judgments over 2002-2007 that necessitated a change in approach in 2007 were the poor judgments of war supporters like John McCain, Obama has this right.

That the arguments are parallel does not indicate that they're equally valid. McCain was wrong and remains wrong.

And Obama was far too generous in not mentioning the most glaring recent instance of McCain's poor judgment, the selection of Sarah Palin for vice president. She is a joke, and not a funny one.

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