Sunday, August 3, 2008
Obama is chicken
The Associated Press: Obama backs away from McCain's debate challenge: "WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic candidate Barack Obama on Saturday backed away from rival John McCain's challenge for a series of joint appearances, agreeing only to the standard three debates in the fall.
In May, when a McCain adviser proposed a series of pre-convention appearances at town hall meetings, Obama said, 'I think that's a great idea.' In summer stumping on the campaign trail, McCain has often noted that Obama had not followed through and joined him in any events.
Obama's reversal on town hall debates is part of a play-it-safe strategy he's adopted since claiming the nomination and grabbing a lead in national polls."
He doesn't have much of a lead and it is shrinking. The reason he is backing down from the town halls and will only do three conventional debates with zero town halls is simple: he is a lightweight who knows McCain would clean his clock, and he is afraid (with good reason) that he will make gaffes that will expose his glib, superficial, shallow political persona for the charade it is.