Sunday, October 12, 2008

Election Flotsam

Just a couple of things you might have missed.

  • First, if you want to see something really bizarre and pathetic, here's a video of one of the most, well, bizarre and pathetic Freudian slips I've ever seen.

    You and I together will confront the ten trillion dollar debt that the federal government has run up and balance the federal budget by the end of my term in office. Across this country this is the agenda I have set before my fellow prisoners and the same standards of clarity and candor must now be applied to my opponent.
    Presumably, he meant to say "my fellow Americans" instead of "my fellow prisoners." But, you know. He's tired and stressed and frazzled with campaigning, he's no doubt painfully aware of the grievous errors he's made (even as the worst of them is standing proudly behind his right shoulder there), and most polls are incontrovertibly showing his ass being kicked by Obama. Any unresolved post-traumatic stress he's got roiling around in his head is bound to start sloshing out. It's not pretty. Not at all.

  • In light of the McCain camp's blatant pandering to the vile drooling knucklewalkers that make up the current Republican base, David Brooks' column on right-wing anti-intellectualism is a mighty interesting read.
    The political effects of this trend have been obvious. Republicans have alienated the highly educated regions — Silicon Valley, northern Virginia, the suburbs outside of New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Raleigh-Durham. The West Coast and the Northeast are mostly gone.

    The Republicans have alienated whole professions. Lawyers now donate to the Democratic Party over the Republican Party at 4-to-1 rates. With doctors, it’s 2-to-1. With tech executives, it’s 5-to-1. With investment bankers, it’s 2-to-1. It took talent for Republicans to lose the banking community.

    ... [Sarah Palin] is another step in the Republican change of personality. Once conservatives admired Churchill and Lincoln above all — men from wildly different backgrounds who prepared for leadership through constant reading, historical understanding and sophisticated thinking. Now those attributes bow down before the common touch.

  • According to, North Carolina is polling blue. North Carolina.


An Briosca Mor said...

He's not tired and stressed and frazzled with campaigning, he's all flustered because he so badly wants to jump the bones of that hot babe standing behind his shoulder. (His left shoulder, that is, lest there be any confusion about that.)

There's a very interesting profile of McCain that was in Rolling Stone recently. Apparently the guy has scored more tail over the course of his career than Bill Clinton and Teddy Kennedy combined. But that's not the damning part of the profile. Rather, it's stuff like this:

In its broad strokes, McCain's life story is oddly similar to that of the current occupant of the White House. John Sidney McCain III and George Walker Bush both represent the third generation of American dynasties. Both were born into positions of privilege against which they rebelled into mediocrity. Both developed an uncanny social intelligence that allowed them to skate by with a minimum of mental exertion. Both struggled with booze and loutish behavior. At each step, with the aid of their fathers' powerful friends, both failed upward. And both shed their skins as Episcopalian members of the Washington elite to build political careers as self-styled, ranch-inhabiting Westerners who pray to Jesus in their wives' evangelical churches.

In one vital respect, however, the comparison is deeply unfair to the current president: George W. Bush was a much better pilot.

Does this country really want the crown of Worst. President. Ever. to be passed on so soon again? I think not.

Rob said...

Yeah. I don't know. I think it's important for people to not buy into the war hero mythos for anybody, but I hesitate to go rattling skeletons in closets about things that happened that long ago. I'd hope the many indescretions and mistakes in my past don't denote deep tragic flaws in my moral fiber, even if they do destroy my chances of ever running successfully for office. I'm willing to cut McCain and GWB some slack for their irresponsible youths.

What's more telling for me is how they've dealt with their various issues in adult life. This video makes me wonder how much of John McCain's subconscious may still be in that cell in the Hanoi Hilton. How much unprocessed fear and rage is he carrying around from that time? We've all seen what happens when an untreated alcoholic with major parental issues gets control of the executive branch. I think that's peanuts to what we might get with a president that has a seething case of PTSD.

An Briosca Mor said...

Well, if Rolling Stone is to be believed, the pattern of indiscretion (and the scoring of massive amounts of tail) has not been limited to McCain's youth. The myth and the reality have always been at odds. The horndogging doesn't bother me (indeed, at his age I'd rather have a horndog than the next Viagra spokesman a la Bob Dole in high office) but it's rather ironic (to say the least) that McCain is going around trying to cast doubts about Obama because "we don't know who he is."