I am a little bewildered at the recent news articles that have Obama screaming that McCain will "attack" him on character, rather than policy. As though that is "hitting below the belt."
No, Senataor Obama, it is not. Because the person who occupies the Oval Office has to offer more than policies on foreign trade, domestic oil, health care, etc. Every candidate for the office does.
But this is where the viewpoints of conservatives and liberals differ widely. In the past, we often saw the bumpersticker, "No One Died When Clinton Lied," as a means of justifying the fact that the President of the United States committed perjury. It's okay, no one got hurt . . . and stop being so judgmental.
But for many Americans, character counts and if there is a flaw in a person's character that could have an impact on his or her role as an elected official, I would like to know about it. These candidates are not political machinery, but human beings, and while there is no expectation of perfection, there is an expectation that they have integrity, honesty, and morality.
So bring on the character "issues." I read this morning that Obama said if Palin doesn't back down, he is going to bring up "The Keating Five." Of course, in saying that, he already did and there was never a moment of doubt that at some point in the election, that would come up. It hasn't so far because in this final stretch, that is precisely when character comes into play.
And John McCain acknowledged his role in l'affaire Keating, and was reprimanded for his poor judgment back then, and publicly admitted that he made a mistake. And did not repeat it.
During the Saddleback Church forum, the two candidates were asked, "What is your biggest regret?" John McCain cited the failure of his first marriage, and took the responsibility for that. Barack Obama said it was his teenage use of drugs and alcohol. The former brought up a decision he made as an adult, while the latter one that he made as a child. It is a telling difference.
Senataor Obama, character counts. Be ready to have yours scrutinized. And not by John McCain, but by me and the American people.