I know, I know, I know!
Look, I realize most of you probably aren’t happy to see my political soapbox sitting here, but really, if given a choice, would you rather I wrote about yeast infections, my recent Nintendo exploits, or politics?
Yeah, that’s what I thought you’d say.
So. Sarah Palin. I suppose it’s possible the Republican Party has decided their threadbare sheep’s clothing has finally lost its usefulness and that aggressively extolling the virtues of drilling and killing would be a more successful campaign strategy, but that’s probably far too easy an explanation. I seriously doubt an unknown like Palin has enough going for her to be worth throwing away decades of painstakingly cultivated sophistry.
No, I think McCain’s job offer to the Alaska Governor was motivated primarily by an insultingly misguided opinion of female American voters. There are other factors, I’m sure, and I suspect they all stem from a single, more fundamental reality: the failing mental faculties of a venerable former prisoner of war.
Eight years ago, when Dubya was quickly slithering his way to the Republican nomination, I wanted very badly to believe that McCain would make a good president. I had no intention of voting against Gore, but I felt that if he lost the election, things would be alright as long as McCain had gotten the nod over Bush. I realize now just how wrong I was. Despite all the immense failings of the Bush agenda – America’s record deficit, the systematic deconstruction of our civil rights, the disenfranchisement of our once loyal allies, American jobs migrating overseas, and on and on – I’m convinced McCain could and certainly would do a hell of a lot worse. Not just because he’s another might-is-right Republican, but because he’s another might-is-right Republican who is losing his frelling marbles!
To illustrate, let me just posit a few questions.
♠ During campaign stops, McCain isn’t shy about utilizing the political benefits of his Hanoi Hilton experiences (the two most significant and enduring points being that he was taken prisoner and that he was severely beaten), but how is the fact he failed his mission and was resultantly captured by the enemy and savagely tortured a good reason to vote for the man for president?
♠ Blatantly changing the details of one’s masturbatory war stories for the obvious purpose of pandering to whatever group is being addressed at the moment smacks of deliberate dishonesty, but since McCain now claims his embellishment in Pennsylvania was an honest mistake and that he actually forgot the details of an unforgettable experience (one he has previously recounted a gazillion times), then isn’t a loss of mental faculties the only other logical assumption?
♠ The Military Commissions Act (MCA) gives the president the sole power to decide what methods of interrogation violate the Geneva Conventions. We all, including John McCain, are aware of this administration's views on torture. So, considering McCain’s accounts of the brutal interrogations he endured and how he later spent years using that experience to elevate himself as the Great American Opponent of Torture, is it unfair to wonder what’s wrong with his gray matter when he roundly endorsed the MCA?
Seems to me that, for all intents and purposes, it’s pretty much the same as Reagan’s re-election in '84, when it was HW who was really being elected. Good thing for us all there’s not a chance in hell things will turn out the same way this time around.