In an interview with Charlie Gibson, Obama commented on McCain’s character attacks over the last week and notes that McCain did not have the sack to say it his face during tuesday’s debate:
I find this comment rather intriguing, and uncharacteristically frontal for Barack Obama. I have to wonder what his intent is. It’s like he’s directly daring McCain to bring up the swiftboat stuff during the last debate.
Could Obama be attempting a rope-a-dope here? Is he intentionall baiting McCain to go personal during the debate for some kind of tactical reason. It feels to me like he’s almost challenging McCain’s manhood. “Say it to my face, punk.” He’s almost leaving McCain no choice but to do it. If he doesn’t, then Obama can really call him a little bitch after the debate, and he won’t exactly be wrong.
But why would Obama want McCain to bring the Ayres garbage into the debate? That’s what intrigues me. Has he got something for John McCain’s ass? Or does he just know that it’s a losing move for McCain? The polls show that people respond very negatively to personal attacks during the debates. McCain has enough of a problem with his inability to look Obama in the eye, with his barely contained resentment, with “that one,” etc. Is Obama putting McCain in a position where he has to either look like an asshole or be called out as a pussy? I think maybe he is. If so, I think it’s a brilliant tactic.