Friday, October 24, 2008

The good news: I now have two Democratic candidates to choose from.

So now that McCain has co-opted every meaningful platform plank from the Democratic agenda and claimed it as his own, Democratic-minded voters have two presidential candidates to choose from: Obama or McCain, since they're both basically running as Dems now. This became all the more clear yesterday when Uncle Fester (as Bill Maher calls McCain) finally bit the bullet on The Last Taboo by openly trashing a sitting president from his own party. I suppose he felt he needed to Judas/Brutus the president once and for all in order to take the wind out of Obama's incessant cries of "Do you really want four more years of George Bush?" in these critical last 10 days. (And to be honest, I think Obama needs to get off that now. Enough already, Barack. Go after John McCain for being John McCain. You've got plenty of ammo to work with.) So that's the good news.

The bad news is that McCain also continues to run as a Republican, embracing most of the ideology with which the GOP has historically been identified. And he doesn't seem to give a damn about reconciling any of the obvious philosophical incongruities that result.

I...don't quite know what to say anymore. I'm almost speechless, which is not a good thing for a writer/blogger. I've said this before on SHAMblog, in each case thinking I'd just witnessed the nadir in McCain's I'll-Say-Anything-To-Get-Elected-Before-I-Die campaign. Yet he always manages to outdo himself next time. Like, say, yesterday: After attacking Bush in the morning, he actually did himself one better by attacking Barack Obama as "four more years of George Bush" in the afternoon!

McCain apparently doesn't care if something he says on Tuesday bears no political resemblance to what he said on Monday. Moreover, if he blurts something that seems to gain the slightest bit of traction, it becomes his entire new campaign strategy (a la Joe the Plumber). Maybe I just haven't been watching closely enough, but in 40 years of observing national elections, I have never seen anything quite like it. I'm not talking about the sleaze factor, per se, because sleaze has always been with us; as actor/activist Ron Silver astutely pointed out the other night on Larry King, there was a time in American politics when candidates used to publicly impugn the sexual mores of each other's wives (although who knows, that may still be forthcoming from McCain if he thinks he can get away with it). I'm talking more about insanity. I'm talking about speeches that aren't even internally consistent, or that contradict what McCain said just a day or so earlier. I'm talking about statements and accusations that display a total disregard for truth, or coherence, or logic, or facts. Does the man have no shame left at all?

As I see it, there are only a few things left for McCain to say, and we'll probably hear them soon:

  • that in this, the Year of the Woman, John McCain is actually the first female presidential candidate. (For the record, Sarah Palin is in truth a man who has not yet completed gender-reassignment surgery.) Yes, it's true. She's been hiding it up to now, even from Cindy, but it's time to come clean with America, because women voters at long last deserve to see "one of their own" in the White House.
  • that those rumors about Barack Obama being an alien are true...not in the sense that he was born in Africa, but in the sense that he was hatched on Uranus.
  • that Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, FDR and Ronald Reagan all came to McCain in his sleep and assured him that he was the man, the only possible person, to lead America out of the mess it's in; and even though none of those former presidents can be here now to affirm that, all have agreed to show up for McCain's inauguration, should American voters give him the honor of being their leader
And how would McCain reconcile his being "the man" with his also being "the first woman," as above? Why bother! He doesn't reconcile anything else, does he?


Anonymous said...

I think you must have been secretly reading Robert Ringer's blog. For months now he has been labelling both candidates 'Mcbama' --just pre-fixing a J or a B to differentiate between the two. And this heresy from a lifelong Republican and laissez faire capitalist!
Let's hear it for heresy.

Cosmic Connie said...

Well, the Libertarians, among others, have long referred to the US's political party as the Demopublicans.

Anyway, I've already cast my vote; Ron and I went for early voting yesterday. We just couldn't wait.

And now we breathlessly await as the race just becomes crazier and crazier...

Steve Salerno said...

Connie: Geez. So that means McCain already has at least two votes, huh?

RevRon's Rants said...

Bite your tongue, Salerno!! :-)

Lana said...

Connie, I hope you voted for me. Are you still on for Press Secretary? Is Ron still available to intern?

Anonymous said...


At this point, is there much difference between McCain and Obama?
Bush has already spent all the money, so Obama won't be able to do much with universal health care, public transportation or anything which requires government funding. It's like Bush looted his own castle before leaving.

And McCain's prune juice has been spiked with something - or maybe he's just having a "senior moment" of unending length. We all though Joe Biden was going to be the nutty one - and God knows he's been trying.

I look for McCain to propose to Oprah as part of his "October surprise".

Anonymous said...

I notice that you use the tag "hypocrisy" in every post about McCain. No need to be redundant. Just list "McCain" and we'll know it's a post about hypocrisy.

Elizabeth said...

Three votes (for McCain), Steve. I've voted early too. (Biting her tongue now, as Rev ordered. ;)

Elizabeth said...

I've said this before on SHAMblog, in each case thinking I'd just witnessed the nadir in McCain's I'll-Say-Anything-To-Get-Elected-Before-I-Die campaign.

Oh, but Steve, wait... It was McCain, who accused Obama, just yesterday, of "saying anything to get elected," no? (My jaw is still on the floor.)

And, I kid you not, the verif word is hystr... The gods of blogging are keeping their satirical eyes on us. :)

Elizabeth said...

Oh my. Kathleen Parker is, again, stating the unspeakable obvious -- that McCain chose Palin for her looks:

She also muses on the power of attractive women over otherwise reasonable men, quoting relevant research. [CMC, this one with a shout-out to you and that powerful line of yours (from our memorable spring SHAMblog discussion :).]

P.S. I wonder if the venerable scholar she mentions in the beginning is Charles Murray...

RevRon's Rants said...

"Just list "McCain" and we'll know it's a post about hypocrisy."

Touch a bit of a nerve there, anon? :-)

Steve Salerno said...

Ron, thing is, I wasn't sure if Anon was being sarcastic or supportive in saying that.

Anon, how say you? Did you intend your McCain/hypocrisy swipe at a pat on the back? Or a kick to the groin?

Elizabeth said...

Check this out: McPalin's stylist gets paid more than their policy advisers:

As Joe Biden said, "Don't preach about values; show me your checkbook and I'll know your values" (paraphrased).

In related news, McCain adviser endorses Obama:

and WSJ lists prominent Republicans who support Obama (Ken Adelman included. Ken Adelman!):

Elizabeth said...

Oh, what a Friday...

File this one under "What goes around, comes around."

Today Palin complains of a double standard and unfair criticisms of her (as a woman in politics). She brings up the example of Hillary (sympathetically) as another woman who endured sexist attacks:

Well, somebody better refresh Palin's memory, because not so long ago (but before she was tapped for VP), she had this to say about Hillary and the double standard:

When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism or, you know, maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think, man, that doesn’t do us any good. Women in politics, women in general wanting to progress this country. I don’t think it’s, it bodes well for her -- a statement like that.

So, Sarah, dear, kvitch your whining now. It does not bode well for ya.

Anonymous said...

"Anon, how say you? Did you intend your McCain/hypocrisy swipe at a pat on the back? Or a kick to the groin?'

I'm not the right Anon, but I think you should be flattered Steve. You have someone who dotes on your every blog and word. That takes effort and too much time if you think about it. I would be flattered by the attention.

Elizabeth said...

And to be honest, I think Obama needs to get off that now. Enough already, Barack. Go after John McCain for being John McCain. You've got plenty of ammo to work with.

Steve, I think that you don't give Obama enough credit (JMO). I think he is doing exactly what needs to be done -- and no more. He is the grown-up in this race, faced with a petulant kid who keeps throwing temper tantrums because things don't go his way. There is no need to go after McCain for being the spoiled kid -- that would be too cruel, too easy and too lowbrow. And unnecessary. McCain is doing very well digging the hole under himself, all by himself. I'd say it is enough for Obama to just observe it, dispel the GOP latest smears and lies, and consistently and patiently hammer the message that McCain is a reincarnation of Bush. That in itself is enough -- let McSame finish the job (as he does it pretty well without any help).

Elizabeth said...

Steve et al, this article, by Dawn Teo, is well worth reading:

McCain-Palin and the Lucifer Effect: The Dangerous, Violent Rhetoric Against Barack Obama

See also the comments underneath.