The McCain Campaign: All Positive, All the Time


Remember when John McCain was piously intoning that he didn’t want a campaign based on character attacks and baseless accusations? You know, he wanted to elevate the discourse in American politics.

Unfortunately, his campaign has been rather Rovian of late, extending to his attack on the choice of Joe Biden as Barack Obama’s running mate. Instead of taking one moment to welcome Biden to race and expressing hope that the campaign would be a spirited but fair one, McCain offered this:

"There has been no harsher critic of Barack Obama’s lack of experience than Joe Biden," McCain campaign spokesman Ben Porritt said in a statement.

"Biden has denounced Barack Obama’s poor foreign policy judgement and has strongly argued in his own words what Americans are quickly realising – that Barack Obama is not ready to be president."

Wouldn’t it be great if a Republican candidate for president could run on their own merits for once?

Personally, Biden wasn’t my first choice, but I think he is a good one. I look forward to him debating Mitt Romney or Joe Lieberman. 🙂

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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