Monday, August 18, 2008

A final* word about Saturday night's fauxrum

P.M. Carpenter

Saturday night, at holy man Rick Warren's Saddleback megachurch, Barack Obama was circumspect, nuanced and informed. John McCain, by comparison, was blustering, simplistic and shallow -- as well as the clear winner.

It was a cringe-worthy two hours, both of which demonstrated why Republicans, despite all their liabilities, win national elections. While the Democrat is loquaciously appealing to reason, the other guy is busy with concise pandering and the amputation of logic. Accordingly, McCain was in top demagogic form Saturday night, while Obama seemed to have learned little about the importance of occasionally stooping low, and being brief about it.

Voters -- most voters, anyway -- don't want a parade of circumspection, which is what Obama too often offered. They want self-confident action, which is what McCain offered. And never mind how his empirical record of manly action has actually unfolded.

[...]...virtually all of McCain's judgments were wrong.

But you know what? He laid them on the public with forceful self-confidence and precise reassurances that he knows thine enemy. And that -- not the actual record -- is what enthralls the electorate. "He has the personality of a fighter pilot: when somebody stings you, you want to strike out," related retired and former McCain-supporter Gen. John H. Johns to the Times. "Just like the American people, his reaction was: show me somebody to hit."

There's more, but that's the gist of it. Muleheadishness, lies, and certainty trump good thinking every time, especially in the biased wingnut christowhackjob capital of California that has always been Orange County. Obama never stood a chance in that arena unless he turned white and water into wine. Maybe not even then unless he wanted to smite some evildoers. Fuck that 'turn the other cheek' and 'least amongst us' nonsense, we're KKKristian Amurrikans, dammit!


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