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September 24, 2017

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McCain's sharp tongue means Obama could lose

All summer long, Republican John McCain has been chipping away at Democrat Barack Obama's lead in the opinion polls. The latest surveys show the two candidates in a statistical dead heat in their quest to be the next U.S. president.

How can this be? President Bush's approval ratings have been abysmally low for a very long time, and disgust with the Republican administration in power is palpable at home and around the world. Add to that an economy in trouble, rising unemployment, and more home foreclosures every day.

All this is not the end of Republican woes this election year. Three Republican candidates for congress in so-called safe electoral districts were defeated by upstart Democrats in special elections this spring. Eight sitting Republican Senators have announced they will not attend the Republican convention, which speaks volumes about loyalty to the administration and the party's candidate.

Experts have predicted a big win for the Democrats in the Congressional elections in November, with major gains in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, yet Obama has been unable to turn contempt for President Bush into a clear lead, if the polls are to be believed.

No doubt there are many reasons for this, race and inexperience among them. Certainly it is not Obama's positions on the issues that are dragging his candidacy down. It's the way he talks about them. What strikes this observer as the major cause of Obama's failure to take a commanding lead in this presidential race is not substance, but style. It's how he explains his positions like a professor when voters want to move on to really forceful new sloganeering.

Look at McCain's style. Count how many times he says "my friends" when telling a story, answering a question, or denigrating his opponent. Listen to the crisp sharp statements he makes. He says that an unborn child's rights begin the moment of conception. He asserts that he would chase down evil to the ends of the earth and defeat it. He states that he doesn't want to raise anybody's taxes; wasteful spending must be cut. Right on the mark with a simple, straightforward solution powerfully expressed every time. He makes his points and elaborates with wonderful stories, suggesting they illustrate what kind of president he would make.

Each of these sharply defined positions has profound implications for America's future. Does the government have the right to force women to carry unwanted sperm and egg to term; under what circumstances? Does the U.S. have the ability to judge for the world what is evil, and the will and resources to counter it everywhere at whatever cost? How will America pay its way, by borrowing from China until it lends no more?

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