Robert's Random Ravings

John McCain

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In 2000, when Senator John McCain (R, Arizona) made his first run for President of the United States, I was intrigued by him. I am most assuredly liberal leaning. But I saw in him someone who acted on principle and not on party. After some very dirty tactics on the part of Karl Rove and George W. Bush, McCain’s campaign did not go very far.

There was certainly a lot to admire about him at the time. He seemed just as willing to work with a Democrat as with a Republican (which is how it should be – when you are elected as the Senator of your state, it is to represent ALL of the people of the state, not just those that share your ideology).

The McCain-Feingold Act was a legitimate attempt (at least I believe it was) to curb the abuses that arose from all of the money being tossed around for candidates. It was a major step. Unfortunately it did not go nearly far enough (though that is more a result of the lack of will on the part of Congress as a whole).

All of this changed in the presidential campaign of 2008. John McCain was a dark horse. He did not seem to have much of a chance of becoming the Republican Party’s Nominee. The initial front runner was Rudy Giuliani. Then Fred Thompson had a bunch of steam behind him and also Mitt Romney. In fact, as most people know, McCain’s campaign was just about dead in the water. Somehow, he survived that and suddenly started surging forward in the primaries, winning enough of them that all of the other candidates finally did bow out.

I wonder what it is that got his campaign restarted. I’m not much of a conspiracy theorist, but it sure seems like he made a deal with the devil in there somewhere. Along the way, he sacrificed any shred of honesty and integrity he had left.

Who can forget him singing in front of a camera singing “bomb bomb bomb Iran.” (Check out a video of it here.) Whether it was meant as a joke or not is beside the point. This is a candidate for President of the United States joking about an unprovoked attack on a nation with which we already have very strained relations.

Or how about when the financial world was collapsing all over the country and he remarked that fundamentally the economy was strong? Then when he realized how wrong he was about the economy and the financial health of the country and its citizens, what does he do? He decides to place his campaign on hold so that he can run back to Washington to save the country. G-d help us. And we wonder why we are in the situation we are in?

Perhaps the biggest blunder of all (and it is the gift that keeps on giving) was his choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate. It seems to me that he did it in his typical way (kind of like George Bush’s “I am the deciderer” days). He wanted to choose Joseph Liberman (who was never more than a step away from John McCain throughout the entire campaign – are you listening Connecticut?????) but was told he couldn’t. So they flew up to Alaska and seemingly within hours of meeting Governor Palin, he asked her to be his running mate. Sure, she gave a great speech at the Republican National Convention. But she was just saying what the people there wanted to here. Easy sell. Once the ticket left the safe confines of the RNC, things got a lot tougher.

This was a woman that would be a step away from the Presidency. And let’s not forget that John McCain is 72 years old – he would have been the oldest first term president in US history. Sure his mother is 90 something – like that matters. He has a history of all kinds of problems, including the melanomas and skin cancers. But be that as it may, since she would be in such a lofty position, it’s only reasonable that the people in the country wanted to know who she was – what her views are, why she would want to be VP, etc. And that’s when things really got bad for the McCain campaign. They basically hid her from any press for a few weeks, literally refusing any and all interviews, until the infamous interview with Katie Couric.

Sarah Palin was folksy and all that – but she was completely ignorant of the world outside of Alaska. When asked what magazines she read, her response was “all of them.” When asked about her experience with foreign policy, she pointed to Alaska’s proximity to Russia. From the start, she screamed far and wide about the liberal media and its bias. And John McCain sat by and reassured everyone that he had made the right choice.

After the election was over, there were a lot of reports about friction between McCain’s staff and Mrs. Palin. When someone is always complaining about how everyone is out to get them, I can understand that. She wanted to give a concession speech on the night of the election, but was not allowed to. This made her angry too.

Last week, she resigned as governor of Alaska saying that she can do more for the state by resigning than by fulfilling her pledge to the people of the state. And what did John McCain say about it?

McCain said he was surprised but not “shocked” by the resignation of his former runningmate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. On NBC’s Meet the Press, the Arizona Republican said Palin’s decision was consistent with his definition of leadership to resign from office mid-term.

-The Huffington Post

He actually suggested that it was the right thing to do? Does this sound like the honorable Senator John McCain we once knew? I don’t think so.

If anyone reading this lives in Arizona, I would suggest to you that it is time for some fresh blood in your delegation to the Senate. John McCain has clearly lost touch with what this country needs now. Elect someone else. For your own sake!

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08/06/2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , | 2 Comments

Sarah Palin

I am trying to figure out what the deal is with Sarah Palin. How is it possible that there are people out there that actually see her as a good thing for the United States or for the Republican Party? During the election season, I really thought that she had a lot of potential. I figured that she was just new and inexperienced and that this would change with time.
I am seeing that this is not the case.

I think that there is a legitimate grain of truth in her contention of being mistreated by the press – but only a grain. There have been some inappropriate reporting and/or comments about her. For example, I think it is grossly inappropriate for anyone to talk about her being “hot” or being a MILF. No one would talk about a male candidate that way. Aren’t we past the sexism and bigotry at this point? We elected an African-American as President. Why is it so much harder to believe that a woman could be elected as President?

That being said, the lack of experience and the incredible ability to live in an alternate universe when it comes to facts is something that absolutely deserves to be addressed. The press should be getting the facts. They should be holding people accountable – both to their pasts and to their promises. If a politician says something that is clearly not true, they should be called on it – whether it is a man or a woman; a Democrat or a Republican; black or white; Christian, Muslim or Jew (and any other groups that I did not mention). That should be the role of the press. Not sensationalizing celebrity deaths or monster pandemics.

Sarah Palin definitely lives in a different “truth” than the rest of us. She goes on TV to tout pardoning a turkey while dozens of turkeys are getting “processed” right behind her. She can look you straight in the eye and tell you that everyone in the media is against her. Or that anyone that says bad things about her is either a liar or someone with an axe to grind. G-d help anyone that gets in her way! She can, with a straight face, quit her job as governor 18 months early while talking about how it is the right thing for Alaska and she does not want to subject the people of her state to a lame duck governor. Oh my oh my. All the while, millions of people are eating it up and continue to see her as the Republican Party’s greatest hope in 2012 and beyond. Wow. How can anyone think that she is a positive thing for the country? Or that she would be a good President? How can we even trust her to finish a job if she were to get elected?

I cannot begin to express how the idea of Palin’s advancement scares me. I thought we were bad off under Bush/Cheney. We have already seen the result of letting someone lead this country based on whimsy and “gut feeling.” For the love of G-d – it must not happen again!

07/12/2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , | 3 Comments