It’s been a while since I issued a MEREDITH VETO. I’ve been sitting on one for a time because it seemed to vanish of its own accord. Unfortunately, it reared its ugly little head again this morning and the time to act presented itself.
The handlers of presidential candidate Barack Obama must think they hit rhetorical pay-dirt with the phrase “I’d love to have that debate.” Other modifications of the phrase dot the landscape of Obama speeches: Let’s have a debate, I’d love to debate McCain on that, etc. It used to be a common inclusion in his verbal arsenal. It’s even a title of one of the blogs on Obama website.
The most famous “let’s have a debate”, however, came from Hillary Clinton last February during her now infamous “Shame On You, Barack Obama” attack before the Texas and Ohio primaries in which she said, “Meet me in Ohio, and let’s have a debate on your tactics.” Of course, as we now know, it was Hillary’s tactics that fell short and I couldn’t be happier with that outcome.
I imagine the reason we haven’t heard too many “let’s have that debate” comments from the Obama camp is due to the repeated calls by McCain for those ridiculous town hall meetings he knows would never be approved and most likely wouldn’t approve of them himself if Obama had come forward with the suggestion. If Obama had continued to pepper his speeches with the “I’d love to have that debate,” McCain could easily have turned it around on his opponent.
The reason, however, I’m relegating the “Let’s have a debate” comments to the MEREDITH VETO category is simply that Obama is having the debate. Right now. Every time he gives a speech or interview. The debate is happening right now. That’s what a presidential campaign is – an elongated debate during which the candidates give there points and counterpoints about the issues concerning voters at the time. I even had to use rocket science to figure that one out.
If I were a member of the McCain campaign – which would indicate I’d committed some heinous, unforgivable sin in a past life – I’d instruct my candidate to respond to Obama’s next “I’d love to have the debate” with a simple, “Um. We are, dipshit.” Using a most presidential tone, of course.