Is there a double standard at play in this election? If so, what is the root of it? I recently returned from a trip to the mid-west and south east United States, where I was astonished to hear racist comments about Barack Obama from educated people who I would have thought might know better. And it got me thinking, what if the tables were turned? What if John McCain had Barack Obama’s resume, and Barack Obama had John McCain’s resume. What would our perceptions of these candidates be under those circumstances? Well, apparently, at least a few other people have been thinking about this.
The 2nd Presidential debate is over. The 24 hour news channels and opinion makers in the papers held two views about how this would play out. First, that McCain was going to go hard on Obama’s character. Second, that McCain would do better than Obama in the town hall format. Pundits were wrong on both counts. In my opinion, Obama walked away with this one.