In my unabashed admiration for Gore Vidal, I wanted to point you toward his most recent articulation, John McCain in the Echo Chamber. The first paragraph goes something like this:
October proved to be the cruelest month, for that was the time that Sen. McCain, he of the round, blank, Little Orphan Annie eyes, chose to try out a number of weird lies about Barack Obama ostensibly in the interest of a Republican Party long overdue for burial.
Amidst a barrage of baseless, shameless and dangerous attacks by the McCain Campaign against Barack Obama, News sources, reporters, anchors and journalists have started to actively show their disgust with McCain’s Campaign and started calling out these accusers, asking for proof, evidence, names… And, of course, there is none to give. So John McCain and his very desperate, frightened band of “Freedom Fighters” are finally being called out and showing us that they are no more than men and women who have sacrificed the last of their integrity to the cause.
Watch as CNN’s Rick Sanchez calls out McCain spokesperson Michael Goldfarb on his accusation that Barack Obama has “anti-semitic” ties. Goldfarb all but shits himself. Brilliant…
The Connecticut co-chair of McCain’s campaign, Rep. Chris Shays, said today about Sen. John McCain:
“I just don’t see how he can win. He has lost his brand as a maverick; he did not live up to his pledge to fight a clean campaign.”
According to Yale Daily News, Shays laid much of the blame on the far right, which, he said, has “hijacked” the Republican Party, threatening to walk out if its demand are not met — despite being in the minority.
I’m voting for Barack Obama this November for a very simple reason. It is hard to imagine a more disastrous presidency than that of George W. Bush. It was bad enough that he launched an unnecessary war and undermined the standing of the United States throughout the world in his first term. But in the waning days of his administration, he is presiding over a collapse of the American financial system and broader economy that will have consequences for years to come. As a general rule, democracies don’t work well if voters do not hold political parties accountable for failure. While John McCain is trying desperately to pretend that he never had anything to do with the Republican Party, I think it would a travesty to reward the Republicans for failure on such a grand scale.
McCain’s appeal was always that he could think for himself, but as the campaign has progressed, he has seemed simply erratic and hotheaded. His choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate was highly irresponsible; we have suffered under the current president who entered office without much knowledge of the world and was easily captured by the wrong advisers. McCain’s lurching from Reaganite free- marketer to populist tribune makes one wonder whether he has any underlying principles at all.
America has been living in a dream world for the past few years, losing its basic values of thrift and prudence and living far beyond its means, even as it has lectured the rest of the world to follow its model. At a time when the U.S. government has just nationalized a good part of the banking sector, we need to rethink a lot of the Reaganite verities of the past generation regarding taxes and regulation. Important as they were back in the 1980s and ’90s, they just won’t cut it for the period we are now entering. Obama is much better positioned to reinvent the American model and will certainly present a very different and more positive face of America to the rest of the world.
Meanwhile, 13 year old Elizabeth Conway of New Hampshire has managed to interview both Barack Obama– for what she termed an “awesome sit-down interview”–– as well as John McCain for Scholastic News. When asked whom she liked best, Conway responded:
“It was exciting to meet Obama and McCain, though I interviewed McCain so many times he starts to notice my red shirt, because I have a uniform, and says ‘I’ve answered her questions before.’ It’s almost like he’s a little grumpy with me now.”
Okay, so she’s no Fukuyama, but hey, she’s 13 and got a one-on-one interview with Obama! That’s pretty cool… And speaking of one-on-one interviews with Obama, you can watch a piece of Jon Stewart’s one-on-one with the man himself right HERE.
Let us know in the comments section whether you think the below John McCain ad is a truthful and accurate portrayal of Barack Obama’s foreign policy, or whether it’s another example of just how shockingly low John McCain has fallen and an embarrassment to all Americans.
In the final week of the election, John McCain continues his almost unbelievable descent into the darkest, most shallow recesses of America. Now famous plumber without a license, Samuel Wurzelbacher (aka Joe The Plumber), has been on the campaign trail with Sen. McCain. And not only has Mr. Wurzelbacher been offering up his political 2-cents, but Mr. McCain has been agreeing with him. And what have the two “foreign affairs experts” been agreeing on? That “a vote for Obama is a vote for the death of Israel.” Yes, that’s right, while Mr. Wurzelbacher waxes poetic about the demise of Israel at the hands of Barack Obama, Mr. McCain’s response has been:
“While he’s clearly his own man, so far Joe has offered some penetrating and clear analysis that cuts to the core of many of the concerns that people have with Barack Obama’s statements and policies. Whether it is Obama’s willingness to sit down unconditionally with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, or his plans to redistribute the paychecks of hardworking Americans, there is good reason to question the judgement that Obama would bring to the Oval Office.”
Watch Fox News’ Shepard Smith’s open disbelief as he interviews Joe The Plumber ending his interview by turning to the camera and, almost completely at a loss to fathom the ignorance and dangerous accusations of Mr. Wurzelbacher, state:
“I just want to make this 100 percent perfectly clear — Barack Obama has said repeatedly and demonstrated repeatedly that Israel will always be a friend of the United States, no matter what happens once he becomes President of the United States. His words. The rest of it — man… some things — it just gets frightening sometimes. We’ll be right back.”
In an interview with CNN, an anonymous McCain advisor was quoted as saying about Sarah Palin:
“She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone. She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else. Also she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: divas trust only unto themselves as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom.”
To add insult to injury, in Mike Allen’s Playbook at Politico.com, another anonymous McCain advisor called Sarah Palin “a whack job.”
I wonder how long it took them to figure that out…