A metaphysical, philosophical and psychological comparison of the candidates
Describe in one word:
If his national defense policy was a martial art:
--Obama: Tai Chi
If his administration was a meal:
--McCain: Steak, potatoes, broccoli (because it’s good for you), side of horseradish
--Obama: Tofu and bean sprouts
If his administration was a drink:
--McCain: Microbrew beer or aged whisky
--Obama: French wine or mineral water
Star who’d best portray his personality in a movie about the election:
--McCain: Clint Eastwood
--Obama: Woody Allen
Most political-valuable trait:
--McCain: Got into Annapolis because father & grandfather were admirals.
--Obama: Got into Harvard because of affirmative action.
Most courageous moment:
--McCain: Flying fighter-bombers off aircraft carriers into combat, surviving five years of torture as a POW, and refusing early release, as it was against the POW’s code.
--Obama: Making anti-war speech to anti-war crowd in Chicago, when most national Democrats were supporting Bush on Iraq.
Ego book he wrote:
--McCain: Tribute to his family’s and his own service in the Navy and to patriotism. (Faith of My Fathers)
--Obama: Two tributes to himself (Dreams of my Father and The Audacity of Hope)
His election would most please:
--McCain: Veterans who served and love America
--Obama: Europeans and Muslims who loath America
President he’ll be most like:
--McCain: Teddy Roosevelt
--Obama: Jimmy Carter
--McCain: Keeping America safe, rebuilding the economy
--Obama: Helping the disadvantaged, the poor, the Chicago machine, the union bosses and the trial lawyers.
Person he wishes he never met:
--McCain: Charles Keating
--Obama: Three-way tie: Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko, Rev. Wright
--McCain: Free enterprise and free trade
--Obama: Spread the Wealth Around
Made his political reputation:
--McCain: Opposing his own party on things like stem cell research and earmarks.
--Obama: Giving a great speech at the Democratic Convention in 2004, when he was still a state senator, and writing two books about himself.
If only one group could vote, who would the candidates chose:
--Obama: Welfare recipients
Position on Islamic Terrorists
--McCain: Hunt them down and kill them
--Obama: “If the political winds turn ugly, I will side with the Muslims.” (Dreams of my Father.)
Promise he can’t keep:
--McCain: Will Veto any bill with earmarks. (A Democrat controlled Congress can make every bill, for defense, education, etc. full of earmarks for favored legislators.)
--Obama: Will cut taxes for 95% of the people. (About 30% don’t pay taxes.)
--McCain: Will probably lose because Sarah Palin is viewed as unqualified, though she has more executive experience than Obama and Biden combined.
--Obama: Will probably win because the mortgage crises, led by Fannie Mae, collapsed the economy, though he supported Fannie and took the second most money in political contributions from Fannie employees/PACS, while McCain sponsored legislation in 2005, S-190, to better regulate Fannie.
If he loses, will blame:
--Obama: Racism, the Clintons
People who know the candidate best:
--McCain: His fellow POWs
--Obama: Mayor Daley, Sen. Emil Jones, Tony Rezko and other fellow members of the Chicago political machine
In 50 years, will be remembered as:
--McCain: American patriot and hero
--Obama: Pop-culture icon