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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, 07:05 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 heís had is Obamaís youth and inexperience--and heís 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 didnít McCain pick a more qualified woman? Itís been reported that many of them are or once were pro-choice, and that those who were asked declined. But thereís a very good reason to believe that McCain didnít do the actual picking: itís also been reported that McCain has met Palin only twice previously. If thatís true, it confirms Obamaís contention that the McCain administration will be a carbon copy of George W. Bushís--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 ďadvise,Ē especially if he were to become incapacitated.

Which brings us to the bottom line: what if the reason why McCain hasnít been making the best decisions is because he isnít mentally capable? His gaffes and senior moments have been politely tolerated and tiptoed around so far (except by talk radioís Stephanie Miller, who asks, ďJohn McCain: Lying Or Old?Ē). But surely the Palin selection now obligates us to wonder aloud if weíre witnessing a replay of Ronald Reaganís creeping dementia, or if McCainís POW-related post-traumatic stress syndrome is recurring. The issue isnít his age, but the pattern of confusion, forgetfulness and illogic that he has already exhibited.

If choosing Palin was McCainís decision, it casts legitimate doubt upon his mental fitness and management skills. If it wasnít, we should fear that heíd be controlled by the same kind of puppeteers who pull Bush Juniorís strings. If McCain doesnít realize that Palin takes away his best argument against Obama (too young and inexperienced) and strengthens Obamaís 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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