You’d expect the Barack Obama and John McCain to make the debate inconsequential drivel and quibbling, but Bob Schieffer! Of all people, BOB SCHIEFFER!
The CBS newsman thought it would be more relevant to talk about the negative campaigning, instead of the issues.
From the debate transcript:
“SCHIEFFER: All right. We’re going to move to another question and the topic is leadership in this campaign. Both of you pledged to take the high road in this campaign yet it has turned very nasty.
SCHIEFFER: Senator Obama, your campaign has used words like “erratic,” “out of touch,” “lie,” “angry,” “losing his bearings” to describe Senator McCain.
Senator McCain, your commercials have included words like “disrespectful,” “dangerous,” “dishonorable,” “he lied.” Your running mate said he “palled around with terrorists.”
Are each of you tonight willing to sit at this table and say to each other’s face what your campaigns and the people in your campaigns have said about each other?
And, Senator McCain, you’re first.”
No, Schieffer, you’re first.
Grab your CBS coffee mug and your framed photo with Yasser Arafat; you’re done as a credible newsman. You successfully turned the last presidential debate into a whose-feelings-are-hurt-more contest.
(Note: The contest had no winners.)