Can You Sincerely Acknowledge One Strength of the Candidate You Don't Support?
In his latest column, the professional Republican supplicant Thomas Sowell sacrifices accuracy to the altar of partisanship. Sowell highlights Barack Obama’s peripheral role in the “Bridge to Nowhere” but neglects Sarah Palin’s central role in the same affair. Sowell contends that Obama is different from “liberal left politicians” only in “his rhetoric,” completely ignoring Obama’s actions to support conservative policies on missile defense, offshore oil drilling, government subsidies to churches and warrantless wiretapping.
You know, I believe John McCain is too erratic in his personal behavior and judgment to be President, but that doesn’t mean I can’t acknowledge his admirable positions on earmarks and campaign finance reform. Yes, I like them. I think Sarah Palin is unprepared for the presidency, but I can tell you I admire her support of funding for special needs children. Yes, I like that. Only someone who doubts the strength of his political patron would willingly obscure the truth regarding his patron’s opponent. Thomas Sowell looks woefully insecure, and his insecurity trumps his integrity.
How about you? Can you manage to sincerely acknowledge one nontrivial strength of a presidential candidate you oppose? Or does your insecurity trump your integrity?