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Friday, October 3, 2008

Palin Rides Again

The dust from the Ifill-tainted Vice Presidential Debate has settled and Palin proved her mettle to many who thought she was out of her depth and in deep trouble. For the time being, at least, she has risen to the occasion. Now the Republicans, especially John McCain, must take off the gloves now and go in for the kill. He must connect Obama to losing the war against terror, the financial crisis created by the mismanagement of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in which Obama is inextricably linked, and Obama's association with disreputable characters whose dislike for the country is apparent. If you watched you already know that Biden fumbled his way through and Palin deftly moved the discussion to her advantage at every turn. Conservatives can only hope that McCain finally gets it. He will not get a break from a press that is in the tank for Obama. They do not like him and they will not be fair. The Democrats, who used to love McCain, hate him too. If you carefully examine McCain's bi-partisan efforts (McCain-Feingold, McCain-Kennedy) you will see that he merely conceded 90-percent of his conservative principles to sign a liberal bill. Liberals gave up very little in those two bills as evidenced by the democratic 527 movement and the continued obstruction of immigration reform and the border fence. At any rate I hope someone on McCain’s staff can get through to him. He must press Obama on Tuesday. He must highlight Obama’s anti-American comments and ask for an explanation. He must explore Obama’s relationship with the Chris Dodd, Barney Frank and Franklin Raines, and their complicity in blocking reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. And last but not least, McCain must make Obama explain how he will change what he has called the “failed financial system of the last eight years.” In case you missed it that system is capitalism and it has made America the most prosperous and innovative nation in the world. Despite our current financial woes the poorest people in America live better than 75 percent of all the people in the world. McCain can not afford to think that Obama and his supporters will be fair. They will cut his throat if they get the chance. He must do the same.