With the State Fair, Olympics, Baseball, and school starting back up you may have overlooked the Showdown at Saddleback this weekend. Both John McCain and Senator Barack Obama attended the event hosted by Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life.
Mega Pastors like Warren and Joel Osteen get under my skin a bit. The Cross is no where to be found in Osteen’s coliseum, but there is a big globe. Now don’t get me wrong, I appreciate their uplifting message, but sometimes it seems to me that they don’t confront immoral behavior, they instead ignore it and focus on God’s love. I believe that it’s good to be held accountable. I guess to me it would be like the State of Iowa not having an Auditor like Dave Vaudt, which means the Governor and Legislature could go around and tell people how great the state is financially when that is indeed not the case.
I have to admit I was really impressed with McCain on Saturday night. He was decisive, conservative, and showed that he is ready to lead. Obama on the other hand was tentative, when asked about abortion he said it was above his pay grade, and his answerers were that of a light weight if you ask me. When you run for President there is nothing that’s above your pay grade Senator Obama. Could a President Obama send in our troops to a deadly situation? Isn’t that above his pay grade?
Obama is nothing more than the cool High School jock who succeeds at everything. He’s got the good looks, he speaks well, gets good grades, dates the cheerleader, and was the Homecoming King. But just like in real life the Jock and Cheerleader don’t find the real world to be as easy to navigate as High School was. High School for Obama was his time as a State Senator and US Senator when he could vote present on a tough vote, you can’t pass the buck when you are the commander in chief.
As I said above McCain impressed me, but again shows how frustrating he can be. Last week he’s floating out the possibility of tabbing a Pro-Choice running mate, on Saturday he was the candidate I’ve been waiting to see, and in a week or two he will probably tell me that Joe Lieberman is his VP pick, which will force me to walk away all together.
McCain needs to follow up Sabbleback by picking a strong conservative Republican to be his VP.