I understand that character can be very important in a presidential election, but we are taking its importance way too far this year. “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” Both sides seem to understand this comment. Obama and Palin have praised one local sports team over another, then gone to the other team’s city and done the reverse. That’s just how politics work. What irks me is that McCain chose to attack Obama on this front. Firstly, why did McCain choose such a petty issue to bring up? Has he officially run out of ammo? Secondly, why would he play this card when Palin is guilty of the same ‘taboo?’
The strained personal attacks do not end there. This issue focuses on reporters: lay off of the candidates’ wives! What they choose to do does not speak for their husbands. They will have an effect on the image of America, but anyone who thinks it will be at the same level as Eleanor Roosevelt is dead wrong. This nation is not in need of a den mother; what we are looking for is a strong president. Love is a complex thing and unless their spouses pull off a crazy publicity stunt of some sort, it should not speak for the character of a president.
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