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October 9th, 2008
04:10 PM ET

Obama's race is receding

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Joe Klein
Time.com

We are witnessing something remarkable here: Obama's race is receding as he becomes more familiar. His steadiness has trumped his skin color; he is being judged on the content of his character. But there is a real challenge — and opportunity — inherent in his success. Obama has taken some inspired risks in this campaign. His willingness to propose more governmental control of the health-care market is a prime example. But he has also been very cautious, a typical politician in many ways. The most obvious is in his resolute unwillingness to deliver bad news or make any significant demands on the public. Neither he nor McCain had anything but platitudes to offer when asked what sacrifices they would ask of the American people. Worse, when Brokaw asked if he thought the economy was going to get worse before it gets better, Obama flatly said, "No. I'm confident about the economy."

That was, no doubt, the politic answer. But not the correct one. Obama was underestimating the public's capacity to hear the truth — which is odd, since the national desire for substance, the unwillingness to be diverted by "lipstick on a pig" trivialities, has been so striking in this campaign. Everyone knows this recession is going to hurt, that there will be a price for our profligacy and that some hard shoveling will be necessary to get out of this hole. Indeed, that knowledge is what has made Obama's success possible. But if he wants to do more than merely succeed, if he wants to govern successfully, he is going to have to trust the people as much as they are beginning to trust him. After years of happy talk from politicians, that is the change we really need.

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  1. haley cain

    I need to know the truth about the followingand their relationships with Barack Obama:
    ACORN
    Saul Alinski
    William Ayers
    Franklin Raines
    Pastor Wright
    Rashid Khalidi
    Raila Odingo
    Once these are explained and proven to be non-issues, maybe i can vote for him.

    October 9, 2008 at 6:38 pm |
  2. Mich

    Obama has been much the gentlemen in his tv ads to say the least. He gets his jabs in, but doesn't do the overkill. McCain is anything but a gentlemen. He couldn't win the last time he ran for President, hopefully his record with that will stay the same.

    Interviews with Palin are just like watching Tina Fey on SNL. They are twins. Palin just isn't that savy when it comes to politics. When you govern more polar bears than people...well you get the idea. I really thought after here failed interviews she would call it a day and jump a plane to Anchorage and say "forget it."

    I have worked hard this election to sign up the young people that wouldn't normally vote. Its amazing how many did sign up. They are excited about being hopeful that Barack Obama will be the next president.

    I can't imagine how overwhelming the job is going to be. 4 years is a blink in time considering what a hole our enconomy, health care and life in general to dig out of it. We send money to China for petes sake! Lets stop that! If all things that everyone wants doesn't get done in those 4 years, which would be virtually impossible, it will be considered a failure. Personally the last 8 years can't compare to any failures that the future holds. Patience and support... thats all we can give.

    October 9, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  3. Didi

    Obama has the temperament to be president, that's why people are looking past race. We need a steady hand, not an erratic one.

    October 9, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  4. Lisa M for Obama BIG TIME

    Barac Obama is the ONLY HOPE for our nation at this point. For all of the sad little people who continue to cling to McCain, you are pitiful! Get real and get honest with yourselves and WAKE UP to how dangerous John McCain really is!!!

    October 9, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  5. Pat in Canada

    I certainly hope Obama becomes the next president of the USA. (Wish he was running for Prime Minister of Canada.

    I heard John McCain on TV today put down the healthcare plan of Canada. He just does not get it. Barack and Hillary do!

    I feel terribly for those how have to pay for health care in the USA. Although our plan is not perfect, sometimes waiting lists can be a issue, but when Canadians need health care, they get it. A doctors appt., surgery, diagnostics, we pick up the phone and make the appointment never worrying about payment. We are truly lucky. Say what you like Mr Cain, but Canadians are grateful for our health care system and hope one day Americans will have that same priviledge.

    I think it is terrible how McCain, Sarah and now Cindy have conducted themselves. No class what so ever!

    Obama/Biden – Simply put... I just trust them. They are real

    October 9, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  6. Armand

    CNN viewers and readers should take a good look at how they express themselves on the comments to this article. As some readers were writting about Obama's well being, let's also hope that nothing happens to the McCains and the Palins given that the Democrats have made them out to be such nasty persons, racists, hate mongers, fanatics, dishonest, liars, etc. I'm sure there are enough crazy people out there reading and listening to those kind of comments and considering what they could do. The negativism is on both sides and should stop.

    October 9, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  7. Armand

    Is it a fair argument to say that to most Americans race is not an issue when the polls show that Obama gets the vote of 9 out of 10 blacks. I still haven't seen any proposal from Obama that is well explained enough to convince me as a voter that he'll fix the problems he says he'll address (the econmy, health care and the wars on Iraq, Afghanistan and terror. I'm still not convinced by McCain either, but at least he has presented proposals that are detailed enough to evaluate. Let's hope that in the next 4 weeks Obama and Biden explain fully what they'll do and how they'll do it without raising our taxes.

    October 9, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  8. Greg

    If you watched the Ohio focus group on CNN the night of the debate, and saw how positive reactions to Obama were overall compared to McCain, then you would see race is probably an issue.

    After many flatline reactions to McCain, and a substantial overly positive reaction to Obama, I still cant figure out how 15 of the 25 people would vote McCain if the election were today.

    October 9, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  9. Armand

    If Obama is elected, he'll probably have full support of Congress. Once he raises taxes on the top 5% or the rich and still cannot implement his big spending programs because of lack of resources, then he'll tax the other 95% and fail misserably on his campaign promise. It happened with Clinton and it'll happen with Obama....guaranteed!

    October 9, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  10. Rachel Farris

    I am a senior and I am voting for Obama. McCain up side of him is like an old toad croaking on a lily pad and his sidekick is as bad with her cutesy little winks. She needs to cut the crap and admit she doesn't qualify. I think Obama will do a great job because he is smart enough and his wife will make a perfect first lady. They are a great family and I wish them all the luck and that God Blesses us all with his winning the Presedency!

    October 9, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  11. Betty

    I think it is horrible that the Repugs are playing the race card...but I guess they don't have much else to work with. McCain is a bitter angery little man, Sarah is a dimwit, Cindy Lou is back on drugs and
    Todd (the great white hunter) abused his power to get an officer fired. What a slimy bunch.

    October 9, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  12. Daron

    There's absolutely nothing wrong with a black man leading our country as its President..providing of course he's a CONSERVATIVE!
    (Note..I didn't say Republican)

    October 9, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  13. Mindy Chatsworth, Ca.

    I think that the irresponsible and outrageous attacks on Barack Obama by the McCain/Palin ticket must cease immediately. They don't seem to realize that Obama is not the terrorist, THEY are! They are deliberately inciting hate and threats from some people who don't need much to push them over the edge. This is the most shameful, despicable campaign I have ever seen in my lifetime.

    McCain has nothing of merit or worth to offer the American people in this time of crisis. He can only spread fear with his petty tirades. I lived through the assassination of three great men. I don't wish to ever have to experience anything like that again. God forbid something happens to Obama because of the venomous comments coming from both John and Cindy McCain and Sarah Palin, then they will bear the responsibility for any acts of violence. They have opened the door with their borderline lunatic rantings about not taking care of our brave soldiers, supposedly associating with terrorists from the 60's, and the repeated use of Obama's middle name in a not-so-subtle attempt to link him with Saddam Hussein.

    I am appalled by this behavior. I sincerely hope that the American people can exercise wisdom and judgement in the face of this barrage of bigotry and hatred. They should reject McCain and his "sidekick" Palin. Enough is enough!

    October 9, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  14. Ron in GA

    Todd- yes McCain is doing all those things. Look at his rallies and back at the convention. It was a WASP reunion!! I fear that when Obama wins, the crazies will come out of the woodwork. I suspect we'll see at least a few assassination attempts before his first year is over. On a positive note, I think if his plans work and the economy improves, many of the Doubting-Thomases may actually face their racism and realize they are wrong.

    October 9, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  15. Ursula

    Obama will get my vote this time. Over the last 8 years, being in Palm Beach County, FL I have witnessed pure hatred from the republican party. From watching republican operatives harrass Jessie Jackson to having my own vehicle destroyed because I had a John Kerry sticker on the bumper and now I am seeing this terrible behavior again. McCain shouldn't do this to this country. It is his responsibility to keep his flock calm and he isn't doing the job. He has started the same tactics that Bush was doing and we really don't need this with everything else going on in the world.

    Someone needs to wake up and put an end to this madness!

    October 9, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  16. Sandra

    Why is race always brought up? I won't vote for him and it has nothing to do with the color of his skin. I won't vote for him because he's a DEMOCRAT!! Democrats are tax and spend. Obamas record proves that and nothing is going to change. Does anyone really think only the "rich" people will be paying more? His many tax increases will cost jobs, not create jobs. Why is he put on a pedestal? Does anyone really believe in this promise of change??

    October 9, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  17. Nicole Harris

    I am for the first time actually paying attention to politics and to the next Presidential race. I am for Obama all the way, and I'm going to list why #1, I'm ready for change 2# People are now all suddenly talking about if you are voting for Obama you are giving up your American values? You know what I value is that my FOUR FEATHERS such as MARTIN LUTHER KING and MALCOM X died just for Obama to have this chance. The world need to open there eyes and realize The the Great Almighty America is changing as you can see it is also suffering? Why because of the lack of good judgement from our so called leaders of this country and poor judgement from the American people. If you take a look back in the history of America when we the African America people when GIVING A CHANCE we can DO GREAT THINGS.

    October 9, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  18. George

    VOTE, Obama supporters!!!! Tell 30 people you know to vote this NOV.

    October 9, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  19. Todd Cotts

    Is McCain a racist? Is McCain supported by the KKK? Is his hate for Obama based on the fact that Obama is half African-American? Is he inspiring a resurrection of hatred for anything that is not the WASP ideal for a strict conservative Christian society that doesn't tolerate anyone not subscribing to their ideals? Will those heard screaming "terrorist" and "kill him" from the rallies held by John McCain soon bear arms to defend their ideals?

    John McCain is wrong...wrong about America...wrong about the liberty and justice for all that he fought for and was a prisoner of war for. Shame on you John McCain!

    October 9, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  20. gene

    there is alot of people during the eletion that the only thing they see is a black man..look at mccain/palin rallies these rep. are mad and have hate for obama..because he is black,,look at the man in mccain rally,,saying how can you be losing against that,,sounds like mccain at debate..that one.. if all mccain/palin has is hate we are in alot of trouble...go to one of mccain /palin.rallies and listen to the threats you hear from the crowds...some even threaten obama lives....

    October 9, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  21. Jan from Wood Dale IL

    Obama is a very gifted and nuanced speaker. He is a master of perception. In his booming voice, he tells everyone that he will withdraw the troops from Iraq. Then in a much softer voice, explains he will leave about 50,000 in Iraq. In his booming voice, he tells everyone that he will create 5 million new jobs. In a softer voice, he explains that it will happen over the next decade. In a booming voice he promises affordable health care for everyone, but doesn't indicate what he considers "affordable".

    People tend to hear only the first part, but fail to hear the rest. It's all a matter of perception, and Obama has mastered the technique.

    October 9, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  22. Tasha

    Hi Anderson,

    I just wanted to comment on all of the negativity and hatred that’s taking place at McCain and Palin rallies. It’s disgusting and beyond disrespectful that these two continue to allow their supporters to spew hateful comments about Barack.

    And as the media, I think 360 and other news outlets have a responsibility to discuss this, and send a message that this will not be condoned, I mean come on… with statements being yelled from the crowd “Kill Him” and “terrorist” is upsetting, very dangerous, troubling, un-American and they need to Stop! Voters will not stand for this. Anderson, please… discuss this tonight, everyone that I’ve been in contact with, both republicans and democrats have said there is no room for this type of racist campaigning.

    October 9, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  23. Greg

    lampe...
    Hey McCain said he will do it across the board without raising taxes. So if we can't believe Obama will raise it on one end and lower it on another along with removal of that Bush Tax break then I guess it is 10 fold for anyone who believes McCain deserves what they are going to get right????????

    You can't have it both ways. Obama is the one for America right now.
    Our YOUTH are there with him to be inspired and motivated by him.
    His election will begin a new chapter in American History that is positive.

    McCain/Palin are showing they cannot be trusted. Look at how extreme they have gone with their messages of hate and division.
    If they can't keep their word on a simple promise like that what can they keep a promise on????

    October 9, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  24. chris gardner

    Good point politicians NEVER EVER tell you the truth...just like you showed with there answers........ We will prolly never have a president that does....... just the way it is..

    October 9, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  25. Ron in GA

    It really seems that race isn't affecting voters nearly as much as many worried early on that it would. Older voters who grew up in a more racially segregated time may still consider it an issue, but I'm feeling much less emphasis on it as you talk to younger and younger voters. This campaign has, by necessity, become about issues that directly impact individuals that are much more important than ethic heritage. This is clearly a race where age, gender, and race are being eclipsed by the economy and foreign policy issues. Judging from the turnout I've seen in early voting in my district, most people have already made up their minds and are going to the polls. The McCain camp needs to let the hyper-emtional diatribe go and focus on the real issues. The only hope in this election is to have a plan that people can feel good about, regardless of race or gender. The most focused, calm, reassuring candidate will ultimately win this race.

    October 9, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  26. Amased Steven

    Do you think McCain campaign is right to do this... Wow.. if Obama was doing these attacks of character and a man, he would be hammered in the media.... How come we are editors are allowing this news to keep happening, they are doing everything but calling a the N-word at McCain's tour and not him his wife or Sarah are correcting this a police men in uniform gets on stage to call him out wearing the uniform... so I guess I should trust that cop right not think he is a racist right/ Why? he should his true color and we laugh like its ok... I expect better for those wanting to run those country and if McCain is like this I am glad i am not voting for him because he is a un-american because he allowing comments to take place.. Will someone please call it like it is racist politics and white media some white media not all white media but i am witnessing with my own eyes how we are going backwards instead of forward with this type of politics and media allowing this to take place... wow

    October 9, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  27. deborah

    i was at the rally where the lee county sheriff went over the line.as a sheriff he should not have been so racist..i believe he should not be anywhere around obama if he comes hear again..he cannot be trusted to protect obama/biden.i also believe he should quit or the gov.should ask f.d.l.e.to investagate this sheriff

    October 9, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  28. Terra Hoskins

    Well, if he's not speaking frankly to the American people now, what makes you think he will? If he demonstrates "resolute unwillingness to deliver bad news or make any significant demands on the public" while he's campaigning, why would that change if he's elected? This is the dating period, when the candidates are wooing us. Allegedly.

    Oh Joe. It's like when you see all of this potential in a new boyfriend or girlfriend and they never grow into this person you believe they can be. Accept it. What you see is what you're going to get.

    October 9, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  29. Maureen / Newman, California

    People like Cindy in GA would love for racists to decide this election. The FACT is, Obama was ELECTED the Democratic Nominee for President of the United States. Intelligent, informed, openminded people by far outnumber the ignorant Archie Bunker's of America.

    October 9, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  30. rick in fl

    last week at palin speech in jax.fl. i hear alot of death threats against obama from the crowd....this hate speech needs to end before someone get hurt....i reported this to the police and secert service...look at the anger in most of mccain/palin events..

    October 9, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  31. Presley

    Why is it every Presidential Election season, the public contracts ALZHEIMERS!?
    None of the posturing and rhetoric is NEW!
    None of the half truths and promises o'plenty are NEW!
    It happens like clock work, like it or not, it's one thing that will not CHANGE.
    It doesn't matter who you support either, naivety = cynicism, period.

    October 9, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  32. Amased Steven

    I am getting sick of the poor way the mcCain team is using anything to try and bring this man down... last time I checked they both have children and I sure this is effectting their children in so many negative names. Why are we allowing the McCain camp to to do this I was taught when i was loosing at something... work harder don;t cheat and try to bring a person down to win... why are we calling what McCain is doing politics... this is hurtful now we are trying to portray him as a non American.... wow... i am embrassed that media, white american and all those who are talking about him the way they are doing We keep saying PA. and all those other states I guess your saying all those states that do not like black people... new spoke people are allowing this and that is dead wrong and if a black man was calling a white man un american he would be killed and shot... and you guys think it ok.. your editors allows the new clips tp come in to shake people up anything to keep him out of the white house.. I am saddend by all of this... speak with black new spokesmen and they are talking about comments he made toward MCCAIN and Why are we allowing this to go on Media , media, white media and anyone who is trying to take the character of a man and turn people against him white people.... and you want to know why our country is in a state that it in because we talk equality and then behind closed doors we talk color and race and that is why we are not true american people we act like we are

    October 9, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  33. Carol

    I heard someone speaking on CNN during my lunch break today. He said something along the lines of, 'If you are in a ditch and someone comes along to try to help you – you don't care if he's white, black, green or striped. We are in a ditch and we need help.'

    So true. McCain/Palin have tried to incite hatred amongst the voters but we've seen that from the Repubs before. We won't get fooled again.

    But, PLEASE, Obama supporters: don't get over-confident. Go out and vote – don't assume we've got it until it's signed, sealed, and delivered!

    October 9, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  34. Alexander

    Race should have no bearing on this election. If their are people in the United States in this day and age that will not vote for a man based on his religion or color of his skin, than this country is in a sorry state indeed.

    October 9, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  35. Rich

    I believe Obama will be open and trust worthy to American people.

    October 9, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  36. Sharon Kitchen

    Alot of people have seen Obama for the leader he is and will vote for him. I know I and my family are.

    October 9, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  37. Betty, Virginia

    I believe in my heart and soul that Barack Obama will make a difference so this republican woman will be voting for him.

    I am sadden to see the fall of John McCain and I believe he made that happen four years ago when I truly believe he sold his soul to Bush/Cheney. In his anger now, I'm seeing a totally unpredictable (he can call it maverick it's unpredictable from where I stand), desperate attempt to grab the presidency of our country.

    Inciting crowds is not the same as inspiring crowds. From where I stand Obama inspires me and McCain is inciting a division that this country truly doesn't need.

    October 9, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  38. JC- Los Angeles

    To suggest that Obama "is being judged on the content of his character" or to suggest that he "is the change we really need" are two of the most hilarious statements I have heard in decades.

    Obama has continually run on change, however, he failed to change the very corrupt, Chicago, Democratic political machine which has pushed him to the brink of the presidency; had he actually enacted change in that cesspool, his messages would have validation.

    As for the content of his character, I can't think of a bigger political animal than Obama; Ayers, Rezko, Rev. Wright and Rev. Pfleger should take any "content of character" conversation off the table.

    Obama's ascension has nothing to do with any tangible accomplishments and everything to do with a lack of quality choices.

    October 9, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  39. Susan

    Okay, you got me. You scared me for I thought "Obama's race is receding", that you meant his lead in this presidential RACE. You meant his ethnic race... sorry I forgot about that. I wish we all could just see people as people and as MLK said only judge people by the content of their character. I leave out the "not by the color of their skin" for it has always bothered me when people imply someone is liked or qualified or seen as good DESPITE the color of their skin... if I were black it would infuriate me, for what is wrong with any color of skin!!!!! The problem is not the color of anyone's skin, anyone's race but rather the sickness that is bred in the minds of people that think things like that stigmatize a person or make anyone inferior or superior on that basis. I hope this next generation seeing a president with a black father and hence a really nicely tanned looking completion, realize that skin color is like eye or hair color and its time we all get over it, and make MLK's dream come true, and stop wasting time on hate mongering like our Ms Palin has been this week, and instead follow both the Obama's and see the good in everyone, have a thick skin and make a positive contribution in the world and if you MUST judge people, judge them on the content of their character, and sadly McCain and Palin et al have shown so little character that I don't even like them as politicians and thank the Obamas for keeping hope alive in this campaign and for making the kind of change we need – in peoples hearts and souls!

    October 9, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  40. Lesley

    I wouldn't call it happy talk. We are getting the bad news in droves from the media and are even able to call in our questions and have them answered by experts on CNN and other shows, which is terrific. But we do need hope and vision as well, and that is what Obama offers, tempered with ideas that will strengthen the economy and fix business as usual in Washington. Nothing can be changed right at this moment, but we do need a plan and someone telling us to be calm, that there is a way out. That's how I interpret Obama's words.

    October 9, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  41. Nurul Aman

    Joe- I can't agree with you more on your intriguing remark that Sen. Obama has been way above his background on race. He is being judged by American voters of 2008 on his remarkable talents and effective vision for the continuation of our economic prosperity in these uncertain times. His substantial performance in both the debates reflects his in-depth savvy on foreign policy and domestic economic crisis. He brilliantly delivered his responses with effective ideas and substances, which have had no match with erratic words from Sen. McCain. We voters know that very well and understand the limitations of Sen. McCain's ability to lead the country.

    I like to quote from my college going son, Sami, saying, "No one should ever underestimate the voters about their knowledge and understanding the quality of leadership of the Presidential candidates, while deciding to cast their votes". With the same token, I am proud to extend my son's remark by supporting Sen. Obama not because his background of American, but his outstanding competency and quality of leadership to take this country to lead to the next level.

    October 9, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  42. Pat

    OBAMA / BIDEN 08
    THE ONLY CHOICE for Ending The War, Restoring America, America's Middle Class, America's Image. McCain is a Bush and Palin is Cheney. Do you reall want a set of Look Alikes/Act Alikes for another 8 yrs!

    October 9, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  43. Rose from Calif

    I am very upset about the RACIST outbrust that the McCain/Palin are bringing to their campaign! Yesterday a sheriff of Lee County, in Florida speaked for McCain/Palin, wearing his uniform! Not, only that Sarah Palin have really gotten these unstable people all wild-up with HATE. Calling Senator Obama a TERRORIST ect! Please to the McCain/Paline people they need to tone down the lies. Or something BAD is going to happened!

    October 9, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  44. Cindy

    Unfortunately I don't think that you are right that Obama's steadiness has trumped his skin color. While it may have helped with some people there are many others who will never get passed his race. They won't admit it to you or in polls but when they go to vote it will be first and foremost on their mind. Racism is alive and well and Obama won't change that.

    When has Obama ever been honest with the people? He has to make three or four statements on an issue before the real truth comes out on what his stance is on it or what his past is.

    Cindy..Ga.

    October 9, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  45. Bru

    We need more courage and strength from Obama...he can't be always stay in the 'Present' state, playing safe and sitting on the fence swinging his feet until he wins the election – kinda wimpy sounding. We need more gumpf and thunder...more leadership and balls...
    Reckless McCain, Reticent Obama...where's Hillary?

    October 9, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  46. Gretchen Mahin

    It is a wonderful reality that Barack Obama is being recognized for his many abilities: intelligence, negotiating, listening and seeing the big picture and thinking through the small pictures or small steps to reaching goals for our country.

    October 9, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  47. lampe

    anyone, who stills believes that this man is going to cut your taxes, deserves to get exactly what he is going to do for us, which is nothing.

    October 9, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  48. Alex

    Hey Joe,
    I doubt that Obama's race will become the deciding factor. People may be getting used to him, but I believe voters are starting to distrust John McCain (like me) because of what he said when he started this campaign...ie. he was going to conduct a "clean" campaign and he would veto any legislation with porkbarrel spending. McCain has gone south on both those promises and he's showing he is nothing more than another politician who says one thing and does another to suit his needs. I supported McCain when the camapign started, but not anymore. The man lacks "character."

    October 9, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  49. Mike in NYC

    The real challenge for the next President will be to manage, if that's possible, the social strains resulting from a major, possibly prolonged downturn.

    The American standard of living is destined for a permanent downward adjustment. The size of the national "pie" will shrink as we, hopefully, learn to live within our means, and everyone will demand what they think is their share. The expression "one US" will have little meaning.

    October 9, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  50. darren

    why is okay for a black man to fight and die for his country but not okay for him to be president ?

    October 9, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
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