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Rocktivity: The Rock and Roll Attitude In Action
Posted by rocknation in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Mon Sep 01st 2008, 08:05 AM
In appointing Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate, John McCain has taken his trump card off the table. The only real weapon he’s had is Obama’s youth and inexperience--and he’s flip-flopped by choosing a running mate who is even MORE youthful and inexperienced!

Yes, his primary motive was to seduce the last of the disgruntled Hillary supporters. But in choosing someone who has no foreign policy background, has not campaigned for him, is anti-choice, and is the subject of an ethics investigation, McCain effectively suggests that anyone with a vagina should be acceptable to women voters. Ironically, he and Palin may end up helping the Obama camp accomplish its mission of getting the last of the Hillary supporters to forgive, forget, and unify.

But why didn’t McCain pick a more qualified woman? It’s been reported that many of them are or once were pro-choice, and that those who were asked declined. But there’s a very good reason to believe that McCain didn’t do the actual picking: it’s also been reported that McCain has met Palin only twice previously. If that’s true, it confirms Obama’s contention that the McCain administration will be a carbon copy of George W. Bush’s--right down to powers behind the throne making all the decisions. Indeed, maybe Palin was chosen because a more experienced woman would be harder for McCain's backers to “advise,” especially if he were to become incapacitated.

Which brings us to the bottom line: what if the reason why McCain hasn’t been making the best decisions is because he isn’t mentally capable? His gaffes and senior moments have been politely tolerated and tiptoed around so far (except by talk radio’s Stephanie Miller, who asks, “John McCain: Lying Or Old?”). But surely the Palin selection now obligates us to wonder aloud if we’re witnessing a replay of Ronald Reagan’s creeping dementia, or if McCain’s POW-related post-traumatic stress syndrome is recurring. The issue isn’t his age, but the pattern of confusion, forgetfulness and illogic that he has already exhibited.

If choosing Palin was McCain’s decision, it casts legitimate doubt upon his mental fitness and management skills. If it wasn’t, we should fear that he’d be controlled by the same kind of puppeteers who pull Bush Junior’s strings. If McCain doesn’t realize that Palin takes away his best argument against Obama (too young and inexperienced) and strengthens Obama’s best arguments against him (too out of touch with social reality; too loyal to the neoconservative status quo), then he grossly unqualified for the job of being in charge of the Free World.


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