Who do you trust, McCain or Obama?

TigerHawk has an interesting article on Andrew Sullivan’s comments about our recent successes in Iraq.  The article includes this quote from Sullivan:

Of course, this all makes Obama’s 16 month withdrawal timetable more and more feasible. It really now is a question of prudence and strategy in how best to withdraw troops. Do you trust McCain to get them all out swiftly and prudently? Or do you trust Obama to get them all out prudently and swiftly? It’s a judgment call.

Well, gee, let’s see.  I trust Obama to get us out swiftly and I trust McCain to get us out prudently.  How can Sullivan not see the difference?  And who do you trust? 

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  • Zhombre

    With his military background and two sons in uniform on active duty, I have no doubt McCain would be the better CIC. I don’t see that Obama has any understanding of the military, of logistics or strategy and I suspect, at heart, he regards members of the armed forces with same condescension he voiced for those poor rural people clinging to their guns and religion.

  • suek
  • expat

    Can I trust a CIC who tells the enemy what he will do and when–even if he doesn’t mean it exactly?

    Can I trust a graduate of two Ivy Leagues who didn’t bother to read a little of a church’s theology before joining?

    Can I trust a person who provided money to developers and didn’t bother to check on their programs?

    Can I trust someone who was associated with Bill Ayers’s social justice educational philosophy?

    Can I trust a person who has to clarify his remarks hours after making them to negotiate with people who call us the Great Satan?

    Can I trust a leaping lizard who thinks a job is a springboard rather than a place to accomplish something?

    That’s 6 times nope, and I didn’t even have to work up a sweat.

  • Ymarsakar

    And who do you trust?

    You trust the leader of your tribe. Obama’s tribe is not our tribe, but it is Sullivans.

  • benning


  • BrianE

    Except for the McCain-Feingold bill, the McCain-Kennedy bill and the fact that McCain doesn’t particularly like uppity Christians, I’ve always admired John.
    What’s not to like. Being a contrarian myself, I’ve always admired that trait in John.
    His experiences as a war prisoner may have galvanized his black-white thinking (I’m not talking about race here). But to endure the torture, the deprivation, the pain of his experience would require a fundamental belief that he was right and his captors were wrong.
    I do think this propels John’s ability to often stand alone, or against the grain, or against his party or whatever.
    Someone who would go to Detroit and tell them the jobs aren’t coming back and still have a chance to carry Michigan is connecting at a level that the MSM can’t see or choses to ignore.
    We can discount Obama’s claim that he was against the war from the beginning since he didn’t have to push a lever that had political implications far after the vote. It’s certainly easy to say you’re against something when you don’t have to suffer any consequences for taking that stand– and that seems to be the modus operandi of Barack.
    But John said we needed to win the Iraq war when it was seemingly obvious that we weren’t winning, that the American public believed we couldn’t win or that there was even a moral imperative to trying. It was Vietnam all over again.
    And yet, John spoke out. Now there may be cynical people somewhere that make the claim this was merely a political ploy and he knew that Iraq would stabilize and the Iraqi government would take control of their county and the Iraqi army would win battles when he was pleading for the long view of the war in 2005. If this were true his prescience alone would make him the obvious candidate.
    So conservatives will continue to have a love-hate relationship with John. He’s not going to pander to us to get our votes. He may grudgingly recognize a few of our views such as securing the border or expanding domestic oil supplies or maintaining low taxes in a retracting economy– but his core principals remain unshaken– a path to citizenship for illegal aliens, anthropogenic global warming, at some point raising taxes to balance the budget.
    In the end, I trust John and will try and convince my friends and even my enemies that John is the right person for the times. It is the same obstinance that maddens me that also attracts me. I would much rather have a politician tell me to my face that he doesn’t agree with me than one that tells me he feels my pain, and then tells the next group he feels their pain, and the next, and the next until he’s surely paralyzed by all the pain.
    Given the reality of 2008, I think conservatives are deluding themselves to think that a conservative could be elected. There were no Ronald Reagans running and there doesn’t appear to be any on the horizon.

  • http://ruminationsroom.wordpress.com Don Quixote

    Hi BrianE,

    You make an interesting point and, potentially, an important one. The one chance Republicans have to win is based on the fact that as soon as the candidates are nominated, they dive to the center trying desparately to attract the swing voters. McCain doesn’t have nearly as far to travel to get to the center as Obama does and is, therefore, much more credible when he gets there.