While I was out and about early voting today, Bill and Barack were down the block. Well not exactly. Bill was on the stump for Clinton in downtown Fort Worth, while Barack’s people were opening headquarters within walking distance, in a tiny space that shouted economy as you approached it. After signing up for volunteer work on Wednesday prior to Obama's rally (first one) in Fort Worth Thursday, I went home and watched the (last) debate between these two opponents.
They Began by Talking Health
It was the first 16 minutes of the debate about something that has not yet materialized: UHC, or universal health care, or whatever acronym will evolve from the next administration, that some have criticized. Why go on about fighting for the people over something they have not yet won FOR the people?
Tim Played the Wright Card
Tim Russert hosting alongside Brian Williams (MSNBC) asked about the connection between Obama’s Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Minister Farrakhan. He said that he has denounced Farrakhan in the past strongly and did not invite nor accept his help or endorsement. He went so far as to say that one cannot censor another person and keep them from saying that "you're a great guy." Censor is a dirty word among liberals no doubt. But come on people, domestically we have bigger fish to fry than whose church one attends.
To make the situation worse, Clinton chimes in with her two cents even though nobody asked her. She quickly began to recount her experience in New York with a party that was strongly Anti-Semitic in of all places New York. This interjection brought out the “look at me” side of Hillary. She said that she roundly rejected them and their position. She indicated that rejection was stronger than denouncing. Obama deflected this arrow by agreeing and then said that if rejection is stronger than denouncing (laughter from audience) then he will both “reject and denounce” Minister Farrakhan’s stance on Judaism. There was applause for this agreement.
Question posed: Who circulated the “dressed” photo of Obama wearing traditional Kenyan garb? Clinton disavowed any knowledge of the photo and Obama took her word for it. But haven’t we all done this when visiting foreign countries? I know I have. Religious arguments will get us all in trouble rather than together. People will be quick to use the h-word and no one will get anywhere when pejoratives such as heretic, atheist, and Muslim (as dirty word) are thrown around. If I were a practicing Muslim I would be not be happy with that characterization.