Monday, May 5, 2008

How the Hell did McCain ever get this far?

I got this very entertaining read about McCain from our pal CAFKIA. From The Smirking Chimp.

And, speaking of Ronald Reagan, there’s the small matter of, ahem, age, which makes McCain’s viability even more miraculous. Yes, it’s true that during his presidency the elderly St. Gipper actually introduced himself to one of his own children at a White House function. And also to members of his own cabinet on another occasion. But that’s okay, isn’t it? Should we really quibble over small quantities of senility in a president? I mean, it’s not like we’re talking about a powerful position or anything! It’s not like the dude has to make life-or-death decisions ever, right? Reagan was ‘genial’ and ‘avuncular’, while our vaunted national media was coopted and cowardly, so not too much was ever made out of the very scary fact that there wasn’t necessarily always a president present and presiding over this presidency. That certainly presents a poor presidential precedent, no?

{...} What if McCain’s steel trap is showing some sieve-like qualities these days? A little rust around the edges, perhaps? I mean, think about it. If you’re gonna intentionally lie for personal political gain, it isn’t likely that you’d do it while having Joe “Connecticut’s Regret” Liarman standing over your shoulder whispering corrections into your ear in front of the cameras, is it? This episode strikes me as more (or less) than mere deceit, but rather evidence of McCain’s synapses off taking a bit of a cigarette break now and again.

And yet... Polls show McCain in a statistical dead-heat with either Clinton or Obama as the Democratic nominee. How in the world does that happen?

Well, this country is brain-dead, for starters. People know that they’re really pissed off, but they can’t quite entirely figure out what to be pissed off about. They know, above all, that they’re hurting financially and that’s pretty much most of what counts for them. (You mean there’s still a war going on in Iraq? Oh. That’s in South America, right?) But too many of them haven’t figured out that McCain and his party are absolutely the reason why their wallets have been on a diet for decades now.

Ever so much more. Enjoy.

No comments: