I Don’t Think I Like Him Much, Do You?

My God if I never have to sit through another Town Hall with John McCain it will be too soon! Holy crap, this was the worst TV pilot ever…!

So, here’s the deal:  Obama did well, by which I mean he was predictably all Obama-like, same-old, same-old, he looks like he could do the job okay.  He looks like an acceptably intelligent guy, who is not a hothead or a recalcitrant ideologue.  And McCain. Is. Just. Pissing me off, now!  I mean why the hell is he even running?  Just to gain “victory” in Iraq?  Is Obama dangerous to America’s interests, for real?  Could he not do the job, is that what we’re saying?

Let’s suppose they would each do a fairly passable job, within a fairly confined range of good policies and dumbass fuck-ups.  Now who would you vote for?  But uh-oh, wait a minute…I actually have ZERO confidence in McCain’s ability not to make things a whole lot worse, in a whole lot of a hurry.  McCain is real old, but strangely nothing about him seems quite so ancient as his use of the Bush-league bullshit rhetoric that unseated him in the Republican runoff lo these many disastrous years ago, when I liked him a lot better than I do now.  It is the language of state-bankrupters, reputation-killers, liars and fakers.  It is the cant of the…

Well, this is still basically a PG-rated blog, so I won’t say what it’s the cant of.  But it is.  And that’s not too cool.

Christopher Hitchens, the journalistic equivalent of Dennis Miller, once opined in his dry and brilliant way
that electing John Kerry as President instead of George W. Bush would have led to Hieronymous Bosch-like scenes of Americans being driven through the streets by Islamic terrorists wielding fiery cricket bats, always paddling, paddling, paddling…what America really needed, he insisted, was a Chief Executive who was dumb enough to do the job.

He was full of shit then, like McCain is full of shit now.

Poor Hitch:  such a fine mind, but it seeks out the going ideological crutch like a baby elephant’s trunk seeks out its momma’s tail…a flaw all the more tragic, for being so mysterious.  But McCain inspires rather less sympathy:  he’s declared the kid gloves off, but I think what he really meant to say is head injury on!! Flame down! He’s not making sense any more.  He’s in too deep.  He’s fucked it up.

He’s fucked it up.

And what moronic Krishna, you have to wonder, is whispering in his ear to commit to this battle with such Daliesque weaponry?  Obama talks about America leading its friends and allies;  McCain, in response, brandishes a fish.  And delivers, not a speech, but an ululation.  If a stutter can really ululate.

How is this happening?

I’ve expressed some sympathy for McCain in the past, but…after forty, every man’s responsible for his face, you know?  And this campaign just hit forty, I’m sorry to say.  I find it incredible that McCain prefers this Town Hall format, a format in which he looks like a damn fool half the time, and an old damn fool the other half.  Hey, my Dad is McCain’s age:  he thinks he’s too old.

All the old guys I know, who are McCain’s age:  they all think he’s too old.

He’s too damn old.

And my natural sympathy for him does not extend to giving him a pass on making crooked remarks in the name of “at the end of the day, it’s a game we’re playing.”  This is not Survivor:  President.  Obama keeps saying he substantially agrees with McCain on this thing and that thing, only minus the short-sightedness.  This is a great note for Obama to hit:  he agrees with McCain on a lot of things.  And so what does this mean?

It means McCain agrees with Obama on these same things.

But you’ll never hear him say that.  And that right there is where the fucking unforgivable dishonesty lies.  Obama is saying that while he may have a healthy ego, that doesn’t mean he can’t listen.

McCain is saying that his ego is practically shot to pieces by this time, so he won’t.

And I liked this show better the first time it toured, when it was called Bob Dole.

Against all reason, I still like Bob Dole.  Like Norm MacDonald, I’d have a beer with Bob Dole…and if he’d let me, I’d pay for the both of us.

But at this point, I don’t think I’d let John McCain buy me a bottle of Armagnac.

If the kid gloves are to be off, let them be off.  I used to like John McCain.  I may like him one day in the future.

But today he made me look at him doing his Town Hall act.  And today I blame.

Today I blame.

Now go read Peter B. Gillis’ latest, if you please:  on how a young Earth makes a sad universe, with sad and depressed people and stars in it.  And tell me you don’t feel like rising up and making a change.  This is the worst children’s story ever. Sarah Palin (who as I believe I’ve said before, I wouldn’t trust to match my socks) can see the frickin’ Northern Lights from where she is.  She can see all the stars, not just some.  She can see everything.

But only, I guess, if she looks.

I have just about had it with this American election.  This shouldn’t have happened.  It’s extremely frustrating.

And now back to MGK.

7 responses to “I Don’t Think I Like Him Much, Do You?

  1. I used to like McCain, too. He was always nicely moderate — my favorite kind of Republican. However, the age and health issues aside, this campaign seems to have brought out an ugliness in him I’ve never seen before. Where’s the intelligent man who used to carry on genial conversations with reporters, who used to joke with David Letterman, and who once burst out laughing when Jon Stewart asked him point-blank if Bush was insane? THAT man was human, and I haven’t seen him in a very long time. More importantly, that man seemed intelligent and genuinely interested in making the USA a better place. The man I see on TV now may look like John McCain, but there’s no enthusiasm, joy, or even intelligence on display. It’s as if he’s just going through the motions, hoping this will all be over soon. Not the sort of man I want sitting in the White House.

    John McCain’s been replaced by a Skrull! ;-)

  2. “Obama talks about America leading its friends and allies; McCain, in response, brandishes a fish.”

    One of the best lines I’ve seen about the whole contest so far. I actually laughed out loud with that one. Interesting that it comes from a Canadian. :)

  3. What you’ve just seen is the best the Republican campaign machine can offer. Which should give us pause. Didn’t they solicit millions for think-tanks and research projects these last years? Where was the analysis, the new thinking, the sober reevaluation of affairs? The answer is: in a few respectable, closely-edited journals read by a handful of specialists – which were lying disregarded in a corner, while the electoral numbers men and the public relations staff were intent on pumping a little more energy, a little more edge, into their old brand image. They didn’t give McCain a lot to work with – and I presume McCain’s standing as an intelligent, responsible politician has been justified over the years. They bet on the suggestibility of the American public, and they’re paying the price.

    Mind, I don’t know how much better the Democrat campaign machine would have done, absent Obama. I think the party has been reeling for years, as everyone they promoted on the basis of seasoned intelligence flopped, and everyone the Republicans promoted on the basis of earthy realism and a heart of oak succeeded. They were down to some godawful psycho-social “framing” nonsense – a supposedly elevated grade of PR snake-oil – in the end. But at least when Clinton and Obama faced off in the primaries, it was about Iraq and health-care. That’s the quality of debate the poor Yanks should have been able to expect today.

    In regard only of comparing the candidates: when faced with a Gordian knot, and aren’t they all, McCain would be more likely to take out his sword and go WHACK, while Obama would be more likely to organize a working bee to unravel the thing systematically. Sometimes the former may be the right answer – that’s what Hitchens was saying. I think the latter is crucial for the long haul, when there will be another knot to deal with and then another. The Republican campaign epitaph goes, they persuaded themselves that they needed Alexander of Macedon, and John McCain stepped forward.

  4. Purely off the top of my head:

    What if the Republicans figure that the next four years are going to suck no matter what anybody does, and there’s no point in wasting decent presidential material on this election? So they’ll let McCain and Palin beat their heads against the wall; no big thing, they’re just cannon fodder. Meanwhile, the Democrats have fallen for it, and are pouring their best candidate, Obama, down the rathole that is 2009-2012. Obama will win, will take the blame for the next disastrous four years, and will never be President again, and the Republicans will regroup and come up with a real candidate for 2012. See this article (http://www.boingboing.net/2008/09/16/caligula-for-preside.html) for more (it’s the stuff on George Prescott Bush at the end that I have specifically in mind).

  5. McCain hasn’t changed. This is how he always was. The difference is that for all these years he was built up by a fawning press who chose not to report what many of them already knew. It’s coming out now not because the news media have had a sudden attack of remorse or because his behavior has become more egregious, but because its already clear he’s likely to lose. If polls had McCain in the lead, the mainstream media narrative would still be mythologizing him the way they did up until last year.

    This widely-linked Rolling Stone article contains several revealing anecdotes and specific details I’d never heard before…but the broad strokes were being discussed for years.

  6. John McCain is not the “man of principle” people believe. He will take _any_ position, on any issue, at any time. He’s decried torure, then he voted to continue to allow waterboarding. He’s for diplomacy with hostle foreign powers before he’s against it. Wiretapping is bad, then it’s good (not thatObama gets a pass on that issue). If even half the claims made in the Rolling Stone article are true, McCain’s even slimier than I thought.

  7. Okay, I just read that Rolling Stone thing.

    It makes a person irritated, doesn’t it?

    Now I’m trying to imagine a similar expose of Obama. Hmm…

    Just not seeing it.

    Damn this McCain character anyway. I mean I can live with a guy who’s basically just a politician, playing politician’s games and making politician’s choices, but…like Mike said, if even half that stuff is true…

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