Thursday, August 28, 2008
John McCain is not my friendI understand that John McCain intends to be on air tonight, offering a rebuttal to Barack Obama's nomination acceptance speech. I cannot remember any previous presidential candidate stooping this low - not even Dick Nixon - but McCain's lust for higher office long ago overcame any pretense of wholesome inhibition.
No point in crying foul, despite the break with traditional courtesies, as this is the same McCain who tried to upstage Obama's big night when he clinched the nomination weeks ago. The same McCain who claimed Obama would lose a war to win the presidency, and then looked us in the eye and said he never challenged Obama's patriotism. The same McCain whose sense of honor does not stand in the way of using his POW experience as a shield against any inconvenient question. The same McCain who has abandoned his convictions about tax fairness, immigration, and religious intolerance in order to curry favor with the Bushies.
This guy may have been a war hero once upon a time, but he has transformed himself into an arrogant and unprincipled creep.
Surely whatever McCain does tonight, we can give it back to him twice-over next week. I hope the Obama team is ready to pay him back in kind.
UPDATE: Seems like it was all an attention-getting mind-game from the McCain camp. Doesn't make him less of a creep in my book.
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That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse."
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