I hope my last post makes clear what I think the 2008 election is really all about. It’s about Barack Obama. Obama is the only interesting choice, but I am uneasy about him, as are many Americans.
John McCain is a safe choice, but a most unsatisfactory one. He’s safe enough to function in this election as the default. If Obama lays an egg, we’ll get McCain, and he’ll be no worse and probably a good deal better than what we have now. But most of us would be disappointed, wouldn’t we? We are rooting for Obama to succeed, but not betting everything on it.
I have my own list of things Obama has to do and other things he has to avoid. I’m sure you have yours. I’m sure mine isn’t like yours, but I’d enjoy reading yours, and I’ll keep adding to mine:
- Don’t be too liberal.
- Don’t do class warfare.
- Don’t be naive on foreign policy.
- Don’t pretend it’s the 1930s or the 1960s.
- Don’t let your past campaign rhetoric stand in the way of doing what’s right in Iraq. Go there and come back with a new message.
- Don’t let yourself get rolled by the unions. Make them shape up first.
- That goes double for the public employee unions.
- You’ll probably get away with breaking your word on public financing of campaigns. Don’t get cocky.
- Don’t be too clever by half. Telling McCain you’ll meet him at a town-hall forum on the night of July 4th and only then is infuriatingly disingenuous.
- Do more town halls. If your advisors tell you this isn’t your best format, tell them “Practice makes perfect.”
- Don’t play the race card.
- Don’t get pissed off when the media starts getting tougher on you. If they ever do.
To be continued….