Tonight we're due for our second Presidential debate, this time in a "townhall" format with the venerable Tom Brokaw moderating. It's John McCain's preferred format - he's better with the honest ad lib and the quick retort than he is with a set speech - and it's only 30 days out from election day. It seems like a critical moment of decision for the McCain campaign, and discouraged conservatives are shouting that it's time for McCain to "take the gloves off" and take the fight to the enemy, leaving Obama bloodied and broken. If such an outcome is possible and if the McCain campaign has any hope of victory, this seems to be the most opportune time to hit Obama and hit him as hard as possible.
McCain loves consensus and compromise, but in this campaign he has been too merciful to his opponent and too gentlemanly in his criticisms. He has avoided certain controversies and certain topics, and refused to take certain lines of attack against Obama and against the Democratic party in general. Such caution is understandable if he is concerned about being able to work with Democrats once he is in the White House, but he seems to be forgetting that he won't be in the White House at all if he doesn't win, and he's not going to win the election unless he starts playing hardball. We're past the point of collegial rhetoric. It's time to take out the bats and start breaking some knees.
If McCain seriously intends to win this election, there are heretofore taboo topics which absolutely must be raised in this debate. There are names of people and of organizations which must be named and forbidden words which must be spoken. These include:
• ACORN. The new Federal Electoral Fraud Task Force launched a major raid on their headquarters in Las Vegas today. That gives McCain a reason to mention them and to go into some detail on Obama's history as a paid activist working for ACORN front group Project Vote, as an ACORN trainer and as a lawyer working for ACORN's housing program which is suspected of massive misuse of federal funds. The "community activism" of which Obama is so proud was mostly on behalf of ACORN and related groups whose goal is to disrupt the electoral process and promote massive voter fraud, using money taken from the taxpayers under false pretenses. During this campaign Obama was caught making illegal payments to ACORN. A reckoning is coming for ACORN and Obama needs to account for his connections to them.