Stella's comment in the post below - My responses in RED
McCain's inability to stay on-topic at the debate was evident: if he isn't worried about what Obama says to his face, he should be. Preposterous! Obama isn't worthy to shine McCain's shoes. He's out of touch with the middle class. I know plenty of people like John McCain. I know none that are like Obama. I relate more to McCain and Palin. Unfortunately, I know too many blowhard liars like Biden. I mean, Maggie, do you think $5 million per year is a middle-class family? No and neither does McCain. That's a silly statement taken out of context. McCain joked that it would be twisted when he said it.
Obama openly admitted to smoking pot: what does that have to do with the issues. Conservatives attack Progressives when our candidates lie about smoking pot (Clinton), and criticize when our candidates demonstrate integrity, as Obama did. Even Progressives laughed at Clinton's, "I didn't inhale." I don't think telling America that you "did a little blow when you had the money" demonstrates *integrity*. I think it demonstrates poor judgement and should be portrayed as a fault that was overcome.
Speaking of over-the-top, even Karl Rove (c.f. Fox News) and Newt Gingrich firmly stated McCain's attacks have been "over-the-top." Citing Karl Rove and Newt Gingrich, funny! Well, I disagree with both of them firmly.
First, running mate Sarah Palin accused Obama of "palling around with terrorists," a clear reference to Ayers, and suggested McCain would go after Obama in last week's debate.... That drew the ire of conservatives. Said Gingrich: "I can't defend it", referring to McCain's vicious attacks.
Polls have now swung widely to Barack Obama. In desperation, the GOP and McCain have abandoned any pretext of honor and started a smear campaign beyond any in recent memory. Lies being spread about Obama... We're seeing the result of their failed policies, but they will try to convince us black is white, up is down, and day is night in their attempt to maintain power at all costs.
I think his connections with both Ayers and Dorhn are damning statements about his judgement. He is running on character.....he has no record. I don't care what Karl or Newt think of this as a "strategy". It's not a "strategy for me. I find it profoundly disturbing. I think it's important that Americans here who William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn are. Every 9/11 we say "Never forget". Well, it was on a much, much smaller scale, but Americans should also never forget the WeatherUnderground.
The point of the post was that it is ridiculous to insinuate that facing Obama in any forum frightens John McCain.