Election ’08: The Third Round

Last night’s debate confirmed something for me: Barack Obama is a very good politician, certainly better from a technical standpoint than John McCain. Both he and McCain performed well. But Obama was able repeatedly to deflect hard-hitting criticism with a smile or an answer that sounded good. (McCain apparently lacks the verbal dexterity to ask the penetrating follow-up question.)

Though ties ordinarily go to the aggressor (which in this case would be the Arizona senator), Obama wins because he didn’t lose, at least in the eyes of a public that clearly wants the Republicans out of the White House.

Barring a major tectonic change in our country over the next 19 days, Obama will win the presidency. His ascension will mean that most Americans don’t care all that much about:

— proven character and personal heroism;

— a track record of significant accomplishment;

— raising taxes on “the rich” during a recession;

— a bloated government taking and redistributing even more of the nation’s wealth;

— continued high gas prices;

— the unborn; and

— their presidents having significant ties to convicted felons, hate-filled preachers, former domestic terrorists, and voter registration groups up to their petitions in corruption.

That makes me sad for our country. Agreed, John McCain is a flawed candidate. But I’d rather have him and his experience than the personable, smooth-talking liberal from Chicago.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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