Obama's attempts to "get tough" with McCain last night reminded me of that annoying kid in school who thought he was a bad ass as long as the rules were stacked in his favor and he never really had to follow through on his false bravado.
Like the kid who never shows up at the appointed location for the after school showdown, he's been dodging debates with McCain all summer. Yet last night he was talking as if he was ready to throw down anyplace, anytime:
If John McCain wants to have a debate about who has the temperament, and judgment, to serve as the next Commander-in-Chief, that's a debate I'm ready to have.
McCain should have followed up today by politely asking, "Okay, how does next Friday work for you? Not good? The following Monday, Tuesday...."
And after chucking a bunch of stones at McCain in the speech he tried to change the rules: "I call no more no rock throwing."
Because one of the things that we have to change in our politics is the idea that people cannot disagree without challenging each other's character and patriotism.
When Obama attacks McCain it's just two people disagreeing. When McCain attacks Obama that's challenging his character and patriotism.
Fate usually caught up to those annoying kids in school and eventually they got their comeuppance. Let's hope Obama gets his, sooner rather than later.