So… conservative Republican John McCain decided to resurrect the "attack them as Liberals" approach in his debate against Barack Obama. McCain stretched the truth on Friday when he said "Senator Obama has the most Liberal voting record in the United States Senate." Neocon pundit William Kristol confirmed the strategy in his column in the New York Times yesterday, stating that attacking Obama as too liberal is "How McCain Wins."
If I were Obama, I would shove it right back down the throat of the churlish and childish McCain during the next debate with this quote from John F. Kennedy (Sept. 16, 1960):
What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label "Liberal?" If by "Liberal" they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer's dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate that we are not that kind of "Liberal." But if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties — someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal."
If you watched the debate on Friday, read the bold-faced portion above and tell me which candidate is better equipped to handle the challenges of the 21st century and which candidate is more interested in reigniting the culture wars and refighting the Cold War.
*For the audio of JFK's speech click here.