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The McCain Meltdown

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I've said it before and I'll say it again. John McCain is using distraction and drama to try to win the 2008 presidential election because he's got precious little else to run on. However, someone should tell him that these high drama politics are beginning to make him look like a total nut. That's what this whole “suspending my campaign” propaganda over the financial crisis was all about...high drama. That McCain has told lies since this campaign's inception is hard to argue. The facts are the facts, and he has been caught in every single one because, frankly, he's not a particularly good liar either. The night he stood up David Letterman, he was supposed to be putting his country first and flying back to Washington because this whole bail out issue had to be resolved immediately. Instead, McCain was displaying his incredible lack of judgment by being a few blocks away being interviewed by Katie Couric. This was a desperate attempt to deflect attention away from his running mate's disastrous interview with Katie Couric earlier that day. To Letterman's credit, he rightfully embarrassed the Senator. Someone called it a 'hissy fit' on Letterman's part but, let's face it, John McCain is a liar and it's time somebody made an issue of it. Do we really need another four years of lying?

He's a liar because the next morning he was still in New York speaking at Bill Clinton's feel good Global Initiative. He wasn't in Washington building bi-partisan consensus, which is the outright garbage he tried to feed the American people. John McCain has absolutely no expertise in economics and markets. In fact, he has not even demonstrated that he understands the Wall Street problem. He has very little to offer in the way of help and members of his own party said that, when he finally did show up, he was more of a hindrance than anything else. The day he announced the “suspension” of his campaign, McCain admitted in an interview that he had not yet read the two-page requisition for slimy Hank Paulson's $700 billion dollar blank check. Well, then, how do you know you have to rush back to Washington? How long does it take to read something like that? If you're challenged, maybe ten minutes. Yet, he wants us to believe he put country first and had to rush back to Washington to solve the problem. He flatters himself because John McCain has proven that he's not the solution to anything.

John McCain is a liar because he looked the American people in the eye and told them he was “suspending” his campaign. He did not suspend his campaign. The bash Obama ads continued to run. His campaign staff continued to go on air with interviews throughout the day touting their selfless maverick candidate. Suspending a campaign means everything stops. What John McCain should have said to the American people was, “I'm down in the polls and I'm a disorganized candidate. I've picked an uniformed, unqualified vice presidential candidate who is embarrassing my candidacy with the interviews she's giving. So, I'm going to go to Washington to try to get some attention and see if I can get this train wreck back on track. Oh, yeah, I also want to try to avoid the debate if I can.” That would have been much more accurate. I mean, if he's driving the Straight Talk Express, let's just be honest here.

The one thing Senator McCain has done is prove that he is no leader. He lacks judgment on all fronts, particularly in choosing Sarah Palin. Most inexperienced people get better as time goes on, but Sarah Palin gets worse. Why? Because it isn't simply lack of experience. She really isn't all that intelligent. She cannot speak to the issues because she doesn't understand the issues. She's also intellectually uncurious. She really doesn't want to learn about the issues; she seems to prefer being fed her talking points. She barely has command of the English language and basic sentence structure. If anybody thinks her interview with Katie Couric was coherent and lucid, I want some of what they are smoking. It was painful to watch from my perspective. I thought Dan Quayle was just about the worst. I was wrong. It can get much, much worse. Oh, by the way, this notion that Sarah Palin represents everyone in small-town America is an insult to those who proudly live there. Some resent the image of Joe Six Pack too. The American people are much smarter and much more aware than Sarah Palin. And gosh darn, they aren't all beer swilling hockey moms and dads either.

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Senator McCain is no leader. Apparently, he has a problem multitasking. He has to suspend a campaign (lie) to go back and deal with the Wall Street debacle? How is he going to run the country? Take a look at the mess his friend, George Bush, is leaving him. We have two ill-advised wars going absolutely nowhere and people dying every day. Now, we're fighting the Pakistanis, our supposed allies in the war on terror. We have economic disaster everywhere, not just on Wall Street. People are losing their homes and jobs at alarming rates. And here we are again capitulating to the fear mongering George Bush has been so adept at manipulating the Congress with. The bail out bill passed without helping the average American. We just bailed out the rich boys so they can continue to amass bad debt. Oh, yeah, and the bill passed because there was an extra billion in earmarks attached to it as a reward, no doubt, to those who changed their votes to "Yeas." No fewer than twelve economists advised against this legislation, but we listened to George Bush instead? We clearly have an energy crisis going on that will need a lot more than the childish “drill, baby, drill” antics on display at the Republican convention. So, how is John McCain going to run this country? I think that's a valid question at this point. If he can't multitask, we're all screwed.

Drama after distraction after drama. From the 'postponement' of the Republican Convention because of Hurricane Gustav, to choosing Sarah Palin, to calling for the firing of the SEC Chairman, to suspending his campaign so he can fly back to Washington and save Wall Street, to not being able to commit to the first debate until the last minute...that's what John McCain is all about. He's like a child who will do anything for attention, even if it's negative attention. It's one thing for a five-year-old to do it. It's another thing for a 72-year-old who wants to be president of the United States to do it. At McCain's age, there's usually something psychologically pathological about it.

One thing has become abundantly clear over the past three weeks. George Will is right. John McCain is not fit to be president of the United States.


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Deb Della Piana is a corporate ex-patriot (30+ years in advertising & public relations) turned activist and aspiring revolutionary. Co-founder of the group #BecomeUngovernable, she invites everyone to stop by the web site, learn about the (more...)

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