Election 2008, Part 2 of 8: A Precipice Of...
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Follow ELECTION 2008 through the journalistic musings of social commentator R. Martin Basso, moderate conservative.
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Basso Archive: Election 2008
Tonight, Senator Barack Obama, the freshman senator from Abraham Lincoln's home state of Illinois, effectively, logically, methodically and unemotionally, if not even unapologetically, delivered upon his promise to rise above his much criticized ‘lack of experience' and delivered a remarkable fact-based knock out punch in his quest for The White House.
Last time, the two candidate's debate was polite and jovial and ethereal in its redundancy. Tonight's somber affair addressed more topical issues that were important and that mattered to all Americans.
Obama, poised and composed came out swinging with a quiet reserve and an evident command of current/political circumstances and geo-political facts. The Illinois' humble reserve was his greatest strength tonight.
When it became evident that, approaching the debate's one hour mark, McCain had only hollow promises of a "better America to come" under his proposed stewardship of these United States, McCain's over-confidence and unyielding talking-head policy parroting a rather 'Bushian' agenda, became his Achilles' heel.
Obama knew all too well, and fully comprehended, the importance of strength in tonight's debate, and he delivered. Obama, suddenly strategy-savvy, clearly capitalizing on a combination of candidate John McCain's lowered guard and over-confidence in the light of his Vice Presidential partner Sarah Palin's recent hand's-down debate victory over seasoned Senator Joseph Biden.
Moderator Tom Browkaw's opening salvo set the tone for the night: "The world has changed a great deal, and not for the better."
In immediate response, each of the two Presidential hopefuls commented poignantly upon their clear and apparent differences and outlooks to this one basic fact.
Republican John McCain expressed that he "has a plan to fix the United States' problems beginning with an Energy Independence vision." A strong and compelling opening statement, but with little other than that, as the remainder of the evening's debate would demonstrate, there was little else to substantiate his vision's claim. The promises and hollow words lacked basic facts, like a handsome skin missing a supporting skeleton to provide it definition.
Democrat Barack Obama responded to Brokaw's left hook by chanting his own equally strong opening debate mantra: "This is the worst financial crisis since The Great Depression and a ‘final verdict' of the failed financial policies of the last eight years."
"Holy God," I thought to myself while listening to the young Senator's opening diatribe. "You'd better be able to fill those trousers with some substance, Barack. THAT was one hell of an accusation."
It was the beginning of tonight's debate. By its conclusion, Obama would not only use a savvy collection of facts and compelling journalistic elements to construct his magnificent political opus, but would leave the heroic and decorated John McCain reeling from the barrage of powerhouse verbal knock outs.
I naturally tend to gravitate towards the conservative side of politics, particularly since I lived a horror show childhood at the hands of extremely liberal parents (reference my JILTED SUPERSTAR Hubpages.com 21 part mini-series), so I went into this debate a bit dubious.
After tonight's display, I am beyond impressed with Barack Obama's performance, as well as genuinely embarrassed by John McCain's.
Tennessee's Belmont University played host the anticipated ‘Town Hall' format Obama/McCain second round sparring debate. Although filled with a several poignant political observations, there was a noticeable absence of the effective lighthearted humor peppered throughout the two Presidential candidate's first debate two weeks ago.
Because each candidate understood the gravity of the debate, as well as the spectacular opportunity that each had to establish a clear lead in the race to the Nation's highest elected position, tonight's events were clearly more subdued.
Tonight there would be very limited room for levity, or elaboration, as was evident in moderator Tom Brokaw's agitation. Tonight's sparring match raised the proverbial political limbo bar: no there would be very few jokes, unlike the nail-biter photo finish of last week's Vice Presidential saber rattling debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin.
With the 2008 Presidential election a month away, tonight, history sat on the precipice of change for ninety minutes. The stewards of this impending change, Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama, were poised to deliver their convincing arguments to an American audience, as well as a transfixed global society.
Although moderator Tom Brokaw probably should have selected someone who wasn't potentially intoxicated to ask Town Hall question #3 during tonight's second debate of the historic 2008 Presidential election year, local resident Teresa Finch of Nashville, Tennessee put it to them plainly, in plain speak; essentially that why should either candidate or either candidate's party be trusted, particularly when "both parties got America into its current mess in the first place?"
Poignant, to say the least.
And with that blunt, albeit glaring reality, the second of 2008's Presidential debates was, after a few wandering, aimless drafting's during the initial introductory warm-up minutes of the evening, finally off to a sprinter's start.
Democratic candidate Barack Obama, realizing that his Presidential campaign's political gate-keepers had clearly dropped the ball in underestimating rival party's Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin in her overwhelming stomping of political powerhouse Joe Biden six days ago, was not about to permit that blunder to go un-avenged.
Obama knew the price that his campaign stood to pay if he failed to deliver a compelling and attainable portrait of leadership and stuck to the one topic to which seasoned rival and Republican candidate John McCain seemed allergic: facts and specifics.
When asked questions McCain seems competent in reciting canned "I am a maverick" and "believe me when I say to you that I can do this" type of statements.
For tonight's debate, vague generalities and nebulous what-if's seemed to be two of John McCain's strongest running promises and political strategies for leading America out of the quagmire that the last several years of ineffective management that has come to reduce The United States of America, globally, to that big bad cowboy bully north of Mexico and south of Canada.
Conversely, Barack Obama gave pointed specifics and intelligent strategies for how to fix these beleaguered United States of America, with non-threatening and wholly inclusive world awareness.
It was a stark contrast and poignant display. In as much, a new cavalier presented a compelling argument in favor of commanding and justifying our nation's need for change.
Sometimes in order to squarely or decisively address change, the course as well as the method by which change is to be accomplished must be believable.
Tonight's debate belonged squarely and decisively to Senator Barack Obama.
And tonight, I was introduced to the precipice of change.
A change we can believe in...
© 2008 - R. MARTIN BASSO & 3 Doves Media
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