POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Herbert (NYT): McCain still doesn’t get it

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 28, 2008

Bob Herbert writes in the NYT …

  • This election is hardly over, despite the impulse of the pundits to write the McCain campaign’s obituary. 
  • But Senator McCain has diminished his chances of winning the presidency in many ways, the most important of which was his failure to grasp the most significant new trend in American politics.
  • Senator Obama was perfectly suited to this new approach. He told the crowd that trekked through the cold and snow to hear his victory speech at the Iowa caucuses:
  • “You said the time has come to move beyond the bitterness and pettiness and anger that’s consumed Washington. To end the political strategy that’s been all about division, and instead make it about addition. To build a coalition for change that stretches through red states and blue states.”
  • John McCain didn’t get it.
  • Mr. McCain must never have noticed that the public turned overwhelmingly against the Bush administration because of its repeatedly demonstrated incompetence. Now here is Senator McCain, in the midst of a national crisis, with a running mate who is demonstrably incompetent to serve the nation as its president.
  • Ms. Palin is a walking affront to the many Republican women (not to mention women in general) who are, in fact, qualified to hold the highest office in the land.

Read the entire article at … http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/28/opinion/28herbert.html?_r=1&ref=opinion&oref=slogin

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