Let the record reflect that Barack Obama made the approach to John McCain tonight.
As the two shared the Senate floor tonight for the first time since they won their party nominations, Obama stood chatting with Democrats on his side of the aisle, and McCain stood on the Republican side of the aisle.
So Obama crossed over into enemy territory.
He walked over to where McCain was chatting with Republican Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida and Independent Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut. And he stretched out his arm and offered his hand to McCain.
McCain shook it, but with a â€œgo awayâ€ look that no one could miss. He tried his best not to even look at Obama.
Finally, with a tight smile, McCain managed a greeting: â€œGood to see you.â€
Obama got the message. He shook hands with Martinez and Lieberman â€” both of whom greeted him more warmly â€” and quickly beat a retreat back to the Democratic side.
I want to do what little I can to make my country truly free,
to broaden the intellectual horizon of our people, to destroy the
prejudices born of ignorance and fear, to do away with the blind
worship of the ignoble past, with the idea that all the great and
good are dead, that the living are totally depraved, that all
pleasures are sins, that sighs and groans are alone pleasing to
God, that thought is dangerous, that intellectual courage is a
crime, that cowardice is a virtue, that a certain belief is
necessary to secure salvation, that to carry a cross in this world
will give us a palm in the next, and that we must allow some priest
to be the pilot of our souls.
Robert Green Ingersoll – “Some Mistakes of Moses” (1879)
Barring the rearing of Putin’s giant disembodied head over Little Diomede Island, it appears that we’re actually going to have a debate tomorrow night. After the first interview with Katie Couric aired last week I was certain that the McCain campaign was going to attempt to pull a stunt to bypass the VP debate. After posting about that, more clips from the Couric interviews kept coming out with each one making Palin look like she isn’t even qualified to get accepted into a high school academic civics class, never mind the Presidency of the United States.
I’m not really one for conspiracy theories, but part of me is still convinced that something will happen to prevent the debate from going on. (ie. a tragic moose hunting accident, The Large Hadron collider needs our foremost energy expert to fix it, The Rapture) It’s just extremely difficult to believe that after the recent Couric massacre, they’re excited about having Palin out in a debate that could have the ratings equivalent of the M*A*S*H finale.
The flip side is that they really have no choice. McCain has certainly gambled a lot in this campaign even going so far to put a big chunk of chips on the table and suspended his campaign for a heroic charge back to Washington that couldn’t have fallen apart any faster if it had been led by General Pickett. It looks like he’ll plunk a few more chips down and send Palin out to sink or swim. They’ve already built their defenses and if she fails badly they can blame those pesky Gotcha debate questions asked by black moderator Gwen Ifill who is currently writing a black book about black political movements including the black campaign of black Barack Obama. Oh, and did we mention that she’s black, possibly a Muslin. Black!
I’ll turn on Cynichat for the debate. At the moment I don’t have any predictions on what to expect. I agree with those who say that Palin has lowered the bar to the point that all she has to do is not pass out and it will be a success but at the same time those Couric interviews just brutal. Of course if Biden comes off too aggressive he could look like a bully, but not aggressive enough and ….. I don’t know what to think anymore. Pass the popcorn.