Dear Senator Obama,
I watched the Saddleback Forum on CNN last night, because I was curious to see how you and Senator McCain would do in that type of setting. I am an Independent voter with Democratic leanings, so this should have been a cake walk for you. It was not.
You bored me. Your answers did not come across as thoughtful and nuanced. They sounded rehearsed, practiced, and careful. I yawned and lost focus and contemplated changing the channel to see what the Olympic athletes were up to. I didn’t hear anything new from you, and, dude, I’m sorry, but your ears looked huge at that angle.
McCain cleaned your clock, Barack. He came out there and seemed so at ease; his confidence drew me in immediately. You got owned, plain and simple. His answers were quick and to the point. His response on the most gut-wrenching decision he ever made (to remain a tortured POW rather than go free ahead of others who were captured before him) made your response to that question (deciding whether or not to cast a Yea or Nay vote on the Iraq war) seem pitiful and minute by comparison. The breadth of his life experience helped him win the day. Suck it up and move on, my friend.
But no, today there is hand-wringing and protest over whether or not McCain had an unfair advantage because he wasn’t literally placed within a “cone of silence.” Oh, puh-leez. As if having a one-hour heads up is going to make that much of a difference in how either of you were perceived. His camp claims that he did not listen to the broadcast, but even if he did, that’s not going to change the fact that he did well and thrived under the same format in which you stumbled.
There’s even some “proof” on YouTube that shows McCain answering a question before Rev. Rick Warren fully asked it. Problem is: I watched that forum live, as it unfolded, and I remember full well that Warren mentioned what he was about to ask before actually posing it in the form of a question, so McCain did not “read minds”….he simply LISTENED and was succinct in his response. No matter how the kiss-ups try to edit that clip, it won’t change that. Nice try, though.
Please, stop the bellyaching, and start prepping for the debates. Something tells me you’re gonna need it.
To read transcripts from the Saddleback Forum, click HERE. The exchange in question happens in Part 5, about halfway down the page.