Saturday, October 04, 2008

Obama Up, McCain Down: It's Gonna Get Ugly

Obama keeps gaining momentum. McCain, in desperation, decides to go completely negative between now and election day. In fact, 100% of McCain's ad expenditures are now going to negative spots. Batten down the hatches, a whole lot of shit is about to be slung by the Rethugs. Expect to see the abortion card, the "he's the most liberal senator" card, the "tax and spend" card, the guilt by association card (Bill Ayers, Rezko, Rev. Wright, etc.), and, of course, the race card all played in the worst way. Let's hope that the American people have learned a thing or two from the last couple of elections and will repudiate this slime barrage. Gross.

Whatever credibility and honor McCain might have had at one time in his career, it is all gone now as he shows a willingness to sink to any depth to win office. In actuality, an article by Tim Dickinson in the latest issue of Rolling Stone makes clear that McCain's "maverick" reputation has always been a bunch of horseshit. In an essay titled, "Make-Believe Maverick," Dickinson writes, "A closer look at the life and career of John McCain reveals a disturbing record of recklessness and dishonesty." He goes on,

This is the story of the real John McCain, the one who has been hiding in plain sight. It is the story of a man who has consistently put his own advancement above all else, a man willing to say and do anything to achieve his ultimate ambition: to become commander in chief, ascending to the one position that would finally enable him to outrank his four-star father and grandfather.

In its broad strokes, McCain's life story is oddly similar to that of the current occupant of the White House. John Sidney McCain III and George Walker Bush both represent the third generation of American dynasties. Both were born into positions of privilege against which they rebelled into mediocrity. Both developed an uncanny social intelligence that allowed them to skate by with a minimum of mental exertion. Both struggled with booze and loutish behavior. At each step, with the aid of their fathers' powerful friends, both failed upward. And both shed their skins as Episcopalian members of the Washington elite to build political careers as self-styled, ranch-inhabiting Westerners who pray to Jesus in their wives' evangelical churches.
This is a must-read. Pass it on...

If you want to read a full-length book debunking McCain's Maverick image, click here. In it, the author points out, "that McCain has no problem whatsoever being a nasty if not a devious s.o.b. when he sees doing so as necessary to serve or accomplish a greater cause." Hell, even Republican and former Nixon administration official, John Dean, calls McCain a "kleptocratic opportunist."

The prospect of McCain/Palin in the White House is scary. Seriously. Spread the word...

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