Just an an aside - I wrote a note to Sen. Obama a few weeks ago challenging his support of Planned Parenthood - fiscally and missionally. He replied within 24 hours (yeah, it was an aide and not a letter from the man himself, I realize) that his support for Planned Parenthood would continue because):
All women, regardless of the State in which they reside or ability to pay, deserve access to reproductive services. In most cases, these clinics are the sole source of family planning for the women they serve. We can and must do more to ensure that every woman in our country has equal access to quality family planning services, and Title X is a step in the right direction.
I then sent a reply, understanding his support but questioning his BLIND tax support when PP is running such heinous programs as teenwire and takecaredownthere. No reply. This seems to be a Democratic strategy - throw money at it but don't follow up with accountability.
I also wish when these candidates would quite relying on overused soundbites. I wish McCain would quit calling himself a maverick and let others do it. I wish McCain would lay into Obama the senselessness of raising taxes on businesses, the call for greater regulations because they will only lead to business moving themselves out of our country (taking jobs) to places with lower taxes. McCain sited Ireland. Brilliant point but he needs to make it stronger.
Sen. Obama's "I've got a bracelet too" was priceless. I think it typifies the difference between these two men - one leads the other follows. Even the return to Washington was lead by McCain and a day later (and a dollar short) Obama followed. That is what was clear in this debate. McCain is a man of conviction, experience, relationships, and integrity. Obama is new to the scene, well-studied, and a party-man. I think it was clear who holds the victory. But I am biased.