Manipulative, double-faced, unethical, ruthless, power-hungry, insincere, dishonest, untruthful — if you watched the debate on Friday, you know who I mean. McCain wasn’t able to look directly at Obama; he smirked and grimaced whenever the Illinois Senator spoke, clearly thinking of him as “uppity”; he uttered several outright lies; and he sounded like a wind-up toy when he repeated many times “He (Obama) doesn’t seem to understand…”. For quite a while now I’ve wondered whether McCain is real or rather a well designed robot; he could be right out of an “Artificial Intelligence” movie.
And his vice-presidential choice? More nasty news about Palin’s underhanded and treacherous way to handle politics in today’s Washington Post. As governor of Alaska, she isn’t supposed to officially advocate a ballot initiative, so, at a press conference that she had initiated, she said: “Let me take my governor’s hat off for just a minute here and tell you, personally, Prop. 4 — I vote no on that”. And sure enough — Prop. 4 lost.
Why would a presidential candidate in his right mind pick a dimwit like her? Well, a lot of guys give a pretty face a lot of slack. Pakistan’s new president, Asif Ali Zardari, called her “gorgeous”, and added: “Now I know why the whole of America is crazy about you.” “You are so nice,” Palin said, smiling. “Thank you.” — Don’t believe it? Read more at cnn.com. Never mind that she hardly knew his name or may be hard-pressed to identify the capital of his country.
Not only in Islamic countries, also in our relatively enlightened U.S. of A. does one come across this attitude — I encounter it frequently here in New Mexico: decision-making is better done by the guys; females should be ornamental and pretty to look at. Probably, it’s hormones. McCain’s wife Cindy is 18 years younger than he is; in her case, being an heiress comes in handy, too. At the Republican National Convention she wore an outfit estimated to cost about $300,000 — Vanity Fair lists what this amount of money means to most Americans.
Another reason to pick somebody like Sarah Palin may be Dick Cheney, perceived to be the evil mastermind behind the lamest of ducks who sits in the White House (actually, I love ducks. Please substitute blockhead, dolt, numskull). Wanting to distance himself from the current administration and its dismal ratings, McCain chose somebody as far removed from Machiavellian Cheney as possible. The Republicans are already working hard to lower expectations for Thursday’s debate, so that she’ll look brilliant if she manages to utter a coherent sentence. The Obama camp tries to counter by calling Palin a “Terrific Debater” — causing some chuckles.
The Republican candidates think the American people are stupid, and it’ll all depend on whether they’re right. Matt Taibi, who writes for RollingStone.com, doesn’t offer much hope:
The truly disgusting thing about Sarah Palin isn’t that she’s totally unqualified, or a religious zealot, or married to a secessionist, or unable to educate her own daughter about sex, or a fake conservative who raised taxes and horked up earmark millions every chance she got. No, the most disgusting thing about her is what she says about us: that you can ram us in the ass for eight solid years, and we’ll not only thank you for your trouble, we’ll sign you up for eight more years, if only you promise to stroke us in the right spot for a few hours around election time.
Read the rest of the article — it’s excellent.
And still, maybe it’s not all lost yet. Encouragement comes from strange places, as in the case of A Conservative for Obama, an article from a Dallas/Fort Worth website. The author, Wick Allison, states that the Republican Party has literally sold out the values that he holds dear, being a Conservative. And he closes with: “As a cause, conservatism may be dead. But as a stance, as a way of making judgments in a complex and difficult world, I believe it is very much alive in the instincts and predispositions of a liberal named Barack Obama.” If nothing else, this article helps to redeem (at least, some) conservatives.