Senator Obama, you gave a great speech tonight. You proved, once again, that you read a teleprompter much better than John McCain. The setting you gave it in proves that you believe you are destined to be president more than anyone has ever believed that about themselves. But when it came down to what you were actually saying, I would like to submit the following rebuttal.
You say: "One of the things we have to change in our politics is the idea that people cannot disagree wiithout challenging each other's character."
Then you go on to make the following statements:
"John McCain doesn't get it." "John McCain says that he will follow bin laden to the gates of hell, but he won't even go to the cave where he lives." "Unlike John McCain, I won't give tax breaks to corporations who ship jobs overseas." "What does it say about your judgement when you vote with George Bush 90% of the time?" "We love this country too much to let the next 4 years look like the last 8." "The failure to respond is a direct result of the failed policies of George W. Bush." "We are better than the last 8 years. We are a better country than this."
You claim you will cut taxes for 95% of "working families" (whatever that means... I assume there's a reason you don't say you will cut taxes on 95% of all Americans). You also have consistently talked about the ill-effects of our deficit. Yet you make the following promises:
1.) Invest $150 billion in renewable energy.2.) Pay for education while "increasing the standards and accountability" of teachers (you might not want to bash Bush with plans like this).3.) Pay for health care for all.4.) Mandate more paid time off for employees.5.) "Protect social security (more $$$)
There are many other promises you are making that were not outlined tonight, but how in the world do you think you will pay for this? By "closing corporate loopholes and tax havens" and by making Americans "sacrifice" at home? Sure thing.
I particularly like your words about foreign policy.
"My call for a timeframe to remove our troops from Iraq has been echoed by the Bush administration."
Excuse me??? You were calling for a timed withdrawal from Iraq a looooong time ago when we were struggling in Iraq (or "losing the war" as you put it). PRESIDENT Bush (please give him the respect he deserves) went with John McCain's plan to increase the number of troops and only now that we are WINNING the war in Iraq is he talking about pulling our troops with the appropriate benchmarks on the ground. How can you construe that as people cming around to your point of view?
Oh, and how about this quote:
"You don't protect Israel and deter Iran just by talking tough in Washington."
Followed closely by this one:
"I will renew the tough, direct diplomacy that can prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons."
Ok, so Bush and McCain have got Iran surrounded by the greatest military force in the world and are pushing international sanctions on them and your plan (in that second quote) is to talk tough to Iran through "tough, direct diplomacy" which is EXACTLY what you said we shouldn't do in that first quote? It amazes me that you can get away with making those two statements within seconds of each other and you don't get laughed off the stage. Congratulations on that. Seriously. That is quite a task.
Finally, after a speech in which you took McCain to the woodshed with false and twisted attacks at him, you then go on to say this:
"If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from."
Well Senator, you are right... you don't have a record to run on and your speech was one of the most far-left socialist speeches I have ever heard. You did an excellent job of wrapping your bag of crap up in a nice package to make people think that it isn't a load of crap. Unfortunately, you can't mask the smell forever. You'll get a bounce from this convention, but it will be very short-lived. I am guessing that Senator McCain is up by 3-4 points within a week.