I understand that campaigning is hard work and all, but I’m thinking that Barack Obama needs to hustle back stateside and start getting his face on the evening news. I’m not alone, apparently, as the New York Times reports:
HONOLULU — For the last several days, Senator Barack Obama has seemed to fade from the scene while on his secluded vacation here, as his opponent, Senator John McCain, has seized nearly every opportunity to display his foreign policy credentials on the dominant issue of the week: the conflict between Russia and Georgia.
Only once, at the beginning of the week, did Mr. Obama discuss the fighting in public, when he emerged from his beachfront rental home to condemn Russia’s escalation, in a way that seemed timed for the evening television news. He took no questions whose answers might demonstrate command of the issue.
Can any of his long-time supporters please explain to me why he is doing this? I mean I feel like all of us good liberal democrats are trying our hardest to rally behind him and convince anyone who’s on the fence (like my mother) that Obama’s way better than John McCain.
But Obama needs to at least show up for the party here. Otherwise, I recommend practicing saying “President McCain” without gagging, because it’s a real possibility.