How Team Obama can maintain its lead with two minutes to go
It is the last two minutes in the game. Let us pretend I am the coach for Team Obama. Team Obama, with the blue home jerseys, is up by 10 points over Team McCain in the white visitor’s colors, and a time out has been called. How to maintain the lead is the challenge. Here is how I evaluate the situation.
We have a brilliant quarter back of Elway quality. QB Obama is articulate, with the ability to mobilize his team and to get the crowd at Mile High roaring on its feet. He is young, but he is cool as a cucumber in tight situations and he is smart enough and has the judgment to call plays himself in a no-huddle situation.
Team McCain’s quarterback, John McCain, had shown that in a play action situation, he was not sure whether to run the ball or pass it. He usually relied on last season’s game plans, although that was a losing season.
In the back of my mind I feel reassured about the unforeseen. Injuries could happen and the quarterbacks need to have competent backups. QB Obama had one ready to step in immediately, second stringer Joe Biden, who has 25 years of experience in foreign policy and main street economics.
Team McCain’s backup, Sarah Palin, is a talented rookie, but with no experience and who had joined the team without even going through training camp.
QB Obama outplayed Team McCain in the first three quarters, er debates, even though QB McCain had years of experience and had called a few good earlier plays himself.
Team Obama’s coolness was demonstrated in the third quarter, when we were virtually tied. A thunder storm with epic financial crashes broke out . QB Obama calmly called his team together and came up with a plan to protect taxpayers and mortgage holders. Team McCain and their quarter back, John McCain himself, did not understand the changing conditions at first, claiming that it was not raining. There were fumbles, changing strategies, with QB McCain first calling for one play, then another, trying to show leadership and to rally his team, but in the end, he looked frantic.
It was clear that last year’s game plan of deregulation of the financial markets, as Team McCain’s holdover coaches had advocated, had not kept greed or abuse in check with needed regulation. McCain was philosophically opposed to more rules designed to prevent such unnecessary roughness. QB McCain’s fumbles on the economy resulted in the turnover and the 10 point lead for Team Obama.
Just before the two minute warning and the time out, QB McCain faked a pass toward Joe Plumber and then tried a quarter back sneak. He gained a few yards, but not enough for a first down.
I wonder what QB McCain playing defense would do if we mixed up plays and he had to deal with an offensive line that threw more than one trick at him at once, terrorism and another world financial crisis? He showed an inability to even handle one crisis well. On offense, how much of a play action QB would he be if he had to make some quick judgment calls?
I had already recognized the weaknesses in the McCain team. I knew that McCain was coached by those who oversaw failed tactics in the prior season and that the game plan was essentially the same. They were the same higher taxes breaks for the rich and corporations. . The expected trickle down to the middle class, of the enhanced wealth to the wealthy, not only failed, but it resulted in further impoverishment of the middle class and a $2,000-per-year decrease in family income. Team Obama, on the other hand, used the Clinton years playbook of tax policy, which had given us prosperity and balanced budgets.
Team McCain’s offense on game plans, such as health insurance, sounded good at first, offering a $5,000 credit, but it taxed employers to the tune of $3,500 per employee and taxed the employees health benefits as income. Employer groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce warned that companies would drop health coverage. Team McCain’s plan had no requirements to cover pre-existing conditions and preventative medicine. Thousands under the McCain plan saw that the credits he offered would be inadequate to cover the cost of health insurance, especially if they had any pre-existing problems and that many would not be helped at all.
QB Obama offered the same plan as members of Congress had to everyone not covered by employers insurance and he would require insurers to cover prevention and pre-existing conditions.
Team McCain tried trash talking at the beginning of the fourth quarter when they failed to stop Team Obama on the issue. Perhaps they hoped that they could distract Team Obama so they would take their eyes off the economic ball, and the stands and team owners would feel Team McCain was on the offensive. Team McCain called QB Obama a person who associated with a burned-out radical one minute; the other minute they would accuse him of being a secret Muslim terrorist, and the other minute, claim he was influenced by a Christian minister espousing African American theology. Another trash call was to paint his tax program as socialist, though Obama’s plan was nearly a carbon copy of Bill Clinton’s. The visiting team fans in the stands were whipped into a frenzy, shouting traitor, terrorist, kill him. It was a divisive method of game leadership that nearly caused a riot in the bleachers and never moved the ball.
Quarterback Obama had hushed the crowd and boosted team morale by bringing in the best players on his bench: General in the first Gulf war and former secretary of state (Colin Powell), Clinton era Federal Reserve chair ( Paul Volcker), the most successful market investor in U.S. history (Warren Buffet), former supreme commander of NATO post Sept. 11 (James Jones), and two secretaries of state, Zbigniew Brezezinski and Madeline Albright, among others. Their support was a testament to their beliefs that Obama was neither a terrorist , an angry Black radical, or a threat to the capitalist system. Colin Powell himself asserted that Obama was ready to defend our country against threats to our national security because he had the intellect, temperament, and a great team.
Yes, our assets outweigh the other team’s liabilities, but we still have two minutes left to play and the game now resumes. We have lined out our plays and we have the ball. The deafening roar of the home team fans will be a decisive factor. I know this sounds like it is only a game, but this election will affect our lives for many years.
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