5 thoughts on “One of these two men

  1. Yeah, I was going to agree with Riley on this one, and mention that, when taken in context, it’s obvious McCain was just parroting some more talking points about how we need to “kill the bill” and not really offering anything new or constructive in this serious discussion.

    But then, I realized: this very post is what’s wrong with this debate. Republicans are out there bitching and complaining about how mean Barack Obama was to their guy when the rest of us really don’t care. What the American people care about is meaningful reform that helps to make our health care system more efficient.

    That’s what I would have like to see from John McCain instead of his Eric Cantor/John Boehner talking points. John McCain used to care about us, ways to improve life for Americans. Now he seems to mainly care about making sure Republicans win points in November.

    It’s also what I would have liked to see from your posting instead of more complaining about “style” and “process.” Our country has suffered tremendously from the lack of constructive conservative input in this debate. The feeling that a lot of people get is that conservatives have no interest in reform at all, that they’re fine with the system just the way it is.

    In the meantime, the rest of us are just trying to figure out how to keep our businesses in the global market when our employees’ healthcare premiums double again in the next few years… …and when our Japanese competitors’ premiums will not.

  2. I’d just like to say that I saw this exchange in context and McCain was making the same points that Eric Cantor had just made and Mitch McConnell before him. I think Obama heard McCain going into the same routine (hence the not looking at him) and then responded accurately saying, “Hey we could just repeat our talking points, or we could get down to business and discuss some specifics, so lets go.” I didn’t think it was disrespectful at all.

  3. Describing McCain as a doddering old fool is a kind,
    accurate and apt assessment.
    It’s also based upon his demeanor,
    not some fantasy Wally dreamed up to marginalize the President and forgive his Candidate.
    Tacit insult that assumes the reader is already allied,
    is worse than an accurate though unflattering appraisal delivered with examples.

  4. One of those men is charged with improving the lives of Americans based upon his ideas delivered during his campaign,
    the same campaign he won.
    The other is constantly being forced to contradict himself by his party who will not allow any of the ideas he has championed in the past to see the light of day.
    One is attempting to lead through an impasse known as bipartisanship.
    One is a doddering old fool who is quickly losing touch with reality – witness his continued bluster over Obama’s agreement with one of his statements,
    his backtracking on Medicare and DADT policy, and Afghanistan.
    One is there to make policy,
    the other is there to spew weak excuses for the status quo – a status even he admits is unsustainable.
    As usual, Mr. Wally makes it far too easy to un-do his poorly based point.
    Whatever that was.
    I really wish a Rightie with brains would step up to the discussion.
    But McCain ain’t him.

    • In the first actual televised hearing on President Obama’s health care plan, Senator McCain voiced concerns of roughly half our nation’s people. And while he spoke our President Obama didn’t have the decency to even look at Senator McCain, nor appear to even be listening as he flipped through some papers.

      I think people get my point and I managed to get it said without any name calling. Senator McCain brought issues up and President Obama arrogantly ignored both the message and the messenger.