Sen. John Sydney McCain has said that his campaign for the presidency of the United States has Obama and the Democrats “right where we want them.”
Upon hearing that remark, I remembered where I first heard it. It was what Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) told the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford) in the closing scenes of their classic film, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”
As you may recall immediately after Butch said, “We’ve got ‘em right where we want them,” he and the Kid walked into a gigantic hail storm of gunfire from the Mexican Army.
Neither candidate in this close race should think they have it made.
If having Obama right where McCain wants him, why does he keep attacking him? Why spend so much time hinting Obama may be anti-American or as Gov. Palin, vice-president candidate says, he “pals around with terrorists”? Call it politics as a seed of fear is planted. Those who fear a black president can now use the excuse, “he might be a terrorist’s friend.” Then they will not be called racist.
Barack Obama made a visit to see his ill grandmother last week. Radio talk show host Michael Savage said he was going to destroy his birth records. Others like him said equally stupid things.
Recently, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin sat for an interview with KUSA, an NBC affiliate in Colorado. She has sat one-on-one with interviewers but never had a news conference, with questions the public has.
In response to a question sent to the Colorado NBC network by a third grader at a local elementary school about what the vice president does, Palin erroneously stated that the vice president is “in charge of the United States Senate.”
The interviewer said to Gov. Palin, Brandon Garcia wants to know, “What does the vice president do?”
Gov. Palin’s response: “They’re in charge of the United States Senate so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom.”
Gov. Sarah Palin herself asked this very question on national television last July. Her answer at that time and later in the vice president debate was wrong too. Apparently, her advisers have not checked with their grade school texts lately. How else could she keep getting it wrong.
Article I of the Constitution establishes an exceptionally limited role for the vice president. giving the office holder a vote only when the Senate is “equally divided.”
For those thinking I am picking on the lady governor, think again. She is one lovely and driven lady. She has put some zing in the McCain campaign. She has much to do with the larger crowds for McCain.
If the person who is just a heart-beat away from the American presidency does not comprehend her future job or even worse, sees it like Vice President Cheney does, she is not yet ready for prime time. Go to the U.S. Senate website and read the role of the Vice President, where it says Vice Presidents preside over the Senate only on ceremonial occasions, and break tie-votes in the Senate.
The two-party system of politics is all we have, but it is better than a one-party government. The country is too big to have only two views of what is going on. More heads are better than one. More parties help keep each other a bit more honest. They learn to work together better. Until we get more choices, we must be thankful for what we have and go vote our convictions.
This newspaper has shared views from both extremes to “who cares” voices. This is meant to make us informed citizens and voters. Now is the time to add it all up, separate fact from rumor, step up and vote next Tuesday.
Enjoy your Halloween candy tonight. You have the candidates right where you want them. Next Tuesday stand in the voting line and be a part of history.
Britt Towery is a former missionary, freelance writer and published author of “Carey Daniel’s China Jewell, story of the Gal from Buffalo Gap.” His columns are published in the Bulletin on Fridays. He welcomes reader feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org. Other columns are available on his Web site, www.britt-