You know, I've been thinking...The GOP this election cycle has had a nasty habit of sitting on their hind ends about key issues.
During the primaries, I was an avid Fred Thompson supporter. And in September of '07 he held 25% of the support, and rising fast as Giuliani was slowly falling. And what did he do?
NOTHING. While the GOP held a debate, he went on late night TV, and allowed "Tax Hike" Mike Huckabee to establish himself as the evangelical candidate.
From that point on, Thompson couldn't get any more traction and faded into the dark. That was missed opportunity number one.
Now, enter John McCain and the Obama and Fannie Mae, William Ayers, Franklin Raines, Reverend Wright connections. Again, the GOP sat on their fat tails thinking that they didn't need to bring those forward. It got so bad that during the debate, on the first question, Obama made a comment about how Republicans for the last 8 years had deregulated companies.
WHAT?!! This was a fat hanging curve...no, it was a FRICKIN BALL ON A TEE! Republicans called for stricter regulation of Fannie Mae 17 times, EVERY TIME blocked by Democrats, even after Fannie Mae was discovered to be involved in a $10.6 BILLION accounting scandal.
And you know what happened? McCain didn't swing and miss...He's the only person to ever strike out in T-Ball on a CALLED STRIKE. The man didn't even swing!
Yes, he brought it up later, but that was late in the debate when Obama had already gotten into a groove. McCain could have had him against the ropes right off the bat, but he waited. That debate could have become a very significant swing in the polls, but instead, since the debate, Obama has increased his average lead to 7.1%, and now almost has a true majority.
All of this sitting on their tail-end has got me really frustrated, and I'm not alone.
And I have to say, although I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR OBAMA;
Bob Barr is looking more and more appealing every day.