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Time To Take Grandpa's Car Keys Away

You know what I think about Sarah Palin? I think McCain knows, in his gut, that he put somebody unqualified on the ballot. He knows that in his gut, and when this race is over that is something he will have to live with... He put somebody unqualified on that ballot and he put the country at risk, he knows that.

Except, that's not just what I think. It's what Bush-Cheney strategist Matthew Dowd said today. So let me put it in quotes:

"[McCain] knows, in his gut, that he put somebody unqualified on the ballot. He knows that in his gut, and when this race is over that is something he will have to live with... He put somebody unqualified on that ballot and he put the country at risk, he knows that."
The choice of Palin is all you need to know when you step into the voting booth in a couple of weeks. Bill Ayers is a piece of shit and so is Jeremiah Wright. But Barack Obama isn't proposing to put either of them one 72 year-old heartbeat away from the nuclear codes.

It's John McCain who endangered the country he loves. And I don't know if it was sheer petulance on his part (my earlier guess) or Christopher Hitchens' guess, diminished mental ability:

Last week's so-called town-hall event showed Sen. John McCain to be someone suffering from an increasingly obvious and embarrassing deficit, both cognitive and physical. And the only public events that have so far featured his absurd choice of running mate have shown her to be a deceiving and unscrupulous woman utterly unversed in any of the needful political discourses but easily trained to utter preposterous lies and to appeal to the basest element of her audience. McCain occasionally remembers to stress matters like honor and to disown innuendoes and slanders, but this only makes him look both more senile and more cynical, since it cannot (can it?) be other than his wish and design that he has engaged a deputy who does the innuendoes and slanders for him.
Whatever is going on with McCain, it is increasingly clear that he should not be our president. Our hero, maybe, even now, but not our president.

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“Time To Take Grandpa's Car Keys Away”

  1. Blogger Transplanted Lawyer Says:

    Well, if the criticism is that McCain is stressing things like honor and decency and Palin is the attack dog, that's part of the game. And we all knew he'd have to pick someone that the fundies were going to like. Granted that wasn't necessarily Palin.

    But, it doesn't much matter. The game is over. The economic meltdown happening so soon before the election doomed the poor guy. He had a fighting chance until the fan got hit on Wall Street. He's showing signs of the dignity and class that made him an attractive candidate again; I say, reciprocate and let him go off quietly into his remaining years in the Senate and thence to a well-deserved retirement in his many, many houses.

  2. Blogger gmoonster Says:

    Does Obama have a lot more experience than Palin? Palin served on the city council for 6 years, Mayor for 6 years, chaired the Alaska Conservation Commission, I think 2 years, now she's been Governor for 2 years. During that time, she's had the guts to take on the good 'ol boys club in the political and big oil world.

    Now, lets look at Obama. Elected to the State Senate running unopposed and stopping the competition from even getting on the ballot (with help from notoriously wonderful and clean Chicago machine). Never once showed any courage to do the right thing, fearing even to take a position on many votes, often just voting "present". He went along to get along and was passed along inside the Chicago machine. A few of his political allies are under investigation or may soon be. Oh, you haven't heard about that?

    He got elected to the US Senate 4 years ago, but has been running for President for 2 of those years.

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