POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Tom Friedman: Barack Obama is talking about issues that matter; John McCain is not

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 14, 2008

Tom Friedman writes in today’s NYT …

  • John McCain’s campaign is now built on turning everything possible into a cultural wedge issue, no matter how stupid it makes the voters and no matter how much it might weaken America.
  • In order to disguise the fact that the core of his campaign is to continue the same Bush policies that have led 80 percent of the country to conclude we’re on the wrong track, McCain has decided to play the culture-war card.
  • Obama may be a bit professorial, but at least he is trying to unite the country to face the real issues rather than divide us over cultural differences.
  • the issues Obama is focusing on in this campaign — improving education and health care, dealing with the deficit and forging a real energy policy based on building a whole new energy infrastructure — are the only way we can put steel back into America’s spine.
  • John McCain is campaigning on having Sarah Palin “reform” Washington — as if she has any more clue how to do that than the first 100 names in the D.C. phonebook.
  • Unless we make America the country most able to innovate, compete and win in the age of globalization, our leverage in the world will continue to slowly erode.
  • Those are the issues this election needs to be about, because that is what the next four years need to be about.

Read the entire Tom Friedman column at … http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/opinion/14friedman.html?hp

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