POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Egan (NYT): Obama (again) looked like a President

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 16, 2008

Timothy Egan writes in today’s NYT …


  • At a time when a vanquished conservative president is nationalizing the banking system as his closing act, when millions of American lives are going off financial cliffs, when two wars strain the very thought of Pax Americana, we got this media-fed moment on Bill Ayers.
    • “We need to know the full extent of that relationship,” said McCain. Oooooh! That’ll change the election.
    • “It says more about your campaign than it does about me,” Obama replied, professorial as ever.
    • And that was it. Little wonder that independent voters in CNN’s flash poll favored Obama 57 percent to 31.
  • Sometime in the next month or so the real John McCain will reappear. We’ll all welcome back a man of self-deprecating dignity. And we’ll say say good riddance to the man who gave us an unqualified running mate with a witch doctor and a pathological inability to tell the truth about herself.
  • And forget about the Bradley Effect, lying about race. We should be looking at the Reagan Effect: did Obama look like a president, as Ronald Reagan had to to in the last week of the campaign to unseat Jimmy Carter?

Read the entire article at … http://egan.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/10/16/the-deal-sealed/


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