The contrast of McCain and Palin worked well for the Republicans. The Obama camp is driven back onto attacks and disparaging comments whilst McCain tells the world he wants to work with Democrats for the change America needs and Washington will have to accept.
I heard McCain speak at the Conservative Conference when he joined us there. His speech made me appreciate how good David Cameron is as a public speaker! Last night he performed so much more effectively. His quiet lack of oratory was persuasive, followed by a crescendo in his credo which stirred the audience to enthusiaism.
The problem with all moderrn politics is Who will deliver? So much money is raised and spent on judging and polling the public mood, that you would expect both sides to know what the public wants. Of course electors want change, because the economies of the world are weakening and people are getting hurt. Of course many electors want politicans who will stand up to big government, and tame it to work for us. Of course sensible people are against war, and want the West to win more friends to its causes without having to exchange bullets. Mc Cain captured all that, thanks to the great words he and Palin delivered. They can afford the best in speech writers – as can Obama. The issue for both camps is can they deliver the policies that will make them come true?
Obama’s early brilliant rhetoric of change is looking stale, as the reality of more spending, more laws and bigger government emerges from beneath the noble aspiraiton to improve the lot of the people. Palin’s language that she will help tame the Washington bureaucracy looks fresher, because she has just arrived on the scene. McCain promised last night to unleash Palin on Washington. He promised smaller government and lower taxes. Can they deliver?
The race is still close. Both sides show what you can achieve in politics if you research the mood well and use words well. People can become interested and enthused. Whoever wins then has a far more difficult task. How can they make modern bureaucracy bend to their will, to get more out of it for less cost? If the winner cannot do that, the public will feel let down all over again. Can either side make a difference to the Credit Crunch and the economic troubles? Neither has so far come up with a plan which makes any sense. At least McCain’s wish to curb spending and the public deficit would help.