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McCain: The Experience to Mislead a Great Nation

Somehow I must have pissed off my mail carrier because all he left me this morning were two campaign flyers.  Both from the McCain Campaign.  One calls Obama a liar and the other says Obama is “dangerously inexperienced.”

I don’t know whether Obama is anymore of a liar than the rest of us folks, but I suspect the McCain Campaign isn’t the most reputable source I can find to answer that question.

The other flyer — the “dangerously inexperienced” one — makes me grin.  It wasn’t too long ago that Mr. McExperience himself looked like a reckless drunk emptying a hair trigger pistol when he was confronting the first days of the economic crisis, while Obama came across calm, in command of himself, and calling his shots.  So, I’m thinking McCain has never studied economics.  And that makes me wonder what McCain did with all those years he was gaining the experience to mislead a great nation.

I used to be kind of fond of John McCain.  That was before I noticed he runs an unusually dishonest, reckless, and mean spirited campaign.  Who wants a country governed like that?

12 thoughts on “McCain: The Experience to Mislead a Great Nation”

  1. Like Ted Kennedy, McCain belongs in the Senate.

    Unlike Ted Kennedy, he hasn’t figured that out yet.

    @ Meleah – hear, frakkin’ hear.

    – M. \”/

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  2. Despite the difference in their appearance, they both came to same conclusion—voting for a billion dollar bailout of corporate speculators and a complete sell out of the American people.

    Make no mistake—the differences between Obama and McCain are largely a matter of appearance.

    Foreign relations will still be a nightmare with Barack Obama, given that he’s stated openly he has no problem unilaterally invading Pakistan. McCain agrees but doesn’t think we should be talking about it (hence his censure of Palin’s comments earlier last month). Iran is going on the back burner for now. I predict it’s Pakistan that’s coming to fore, regardless of who wins the election.

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  3. Hi Kimchi! Welcome to the blog!

    You know, the last time I thought it made little or no difference which candidate was elected was way back in 2000 when the choice was between Bush and Gore. Nowadays, I think it can make a world of difference — even despite that their policies might be similar in some ways. A great deal seems to depend on the intelligence, temperament, values, and character of each candidate. And in those respects, I think there’s quite a difference between John McCain and Barack Obama.

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  4. Thanks, Paul. 🙂

    I agree that temperament and personality certainly play a factor, but I think you are overstating their importance. However, how are we to assess their character? From television ads? From carefully formatted and heavily edited interviews? From speeches that neither candidate actually wrote themselves? Ultimately the real character of the candidates is inaccessible to us—which is why I’m wary of voting for somebody based solely on “character”. Remember, Bush was elected on the basis of his “character”, not his policies—people thought he’d be a nice guy to have a beer with.

    Ultimately perhaps the best test of character we have are looking at voting records. Voting records do not lie, unlike the media. And the voting record shows that on many crucial issues such as defense, the environment, civil liberties and the economy, both candidates are quite close to each other. And ultimately, since it is legislation and the mood of the President which determines policy, this should really be our focus, don’t you think?

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  5. Good points! But I think we need to look at many things about a candidate — no one aspect of him or her is by itself enough. So, while a candidate’s voting record is quite important, so is what we can dig up about their temperament, etc.

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