Pigs, lipstick, and foreign policy in Alaska ….

September 11, 2008

Once upon a time, I respected John McCain.  Yes, he was a maverick, and I kind of liked that.  But he’s not a maverick anymore, and as the primaries and campaign has progressed, I’ve lost a lot of respect for him for an uncomfortably increasing amount of reasons.

One big one is how he kowtowed to the religious right very suddenly to secure his election after years of being at odds with them.  Of course, there are the numerous other flip-flops.

But I think the big one is, after calling for a clean election and (briefly) participating in that — and we all knew this was how this would turn out with the Republicans, because this has been their bread and butter  — is the misdirection and false accusations, the bullshit appropriately named “swift boating.”  Let’s make an issue about a non-issue, like Obama’s use of the phrase “lipstick on a pig,” claiming it was directed at Sarah Palin — a phrase that McCain himself used 9 months ago that has been widely shown on video.  (Another excellent video of the double-standard is from Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, via Boing Boing, a must watch).

As for a woman vice-president or president, I don’t give a damn if any candidate is a woman, or if a woman wins.  I do give a damn if someone is qualified or at least shows some guts and hope with new ideas.  I don’t like it when a position is handed to someone we’ve never heard of, and who is made out to be something they’re not by others and themselves.  Palin claimed in her convention speech to have turned down the infamous “bridge to nowhere” from Congress.   According to NPR, she took the money for it, cancelled the project via press release, and used the money elsewhere.  That’s not turning down Congress, but more misdirection.  This lady scares me.

Irony: defending Sarah Palin’s experience while bashing Obama’s lack of experience, in say, the foreign policy field.

Cindy’s McCain’s extraordinary response defending Palin on ABC’s The Week really made my mouth fall open:

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: But she [Palin][ has no national security experience.

CINDY McCAIN: You know, the experience that she comes from is what she’s done in government, and remember, Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia. It’s not as if she doesn’t understand what’s at stake here.

WHAT???  As far as anyone knows, Sarah Palin has never been to Russia.  I live a few hundred miles from Canada.  Can I be an ambassador?

As I’ve said for the past two presidential elections, I’ll be glad when this is over.  I just hope it has a positive outcome and we can get this country straightened out after 8 years of G.W. Bush and company.

Obama might not be able to do much after all these years, but I think he’ll at least try.  I’m afraid that with John McCain, former maverick, it will be business as usual, a deeper hole, and a whole lot more trouble for our country, especially if something happens to him while he’s in office.

Change my ass.

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