It is almost election time. You know how you can tell?
The ads are on the TV. The signs are on the telephone posts. The candidates are on the buses. And the messages are getting on your nerves.
It doesn’t matter to me who you vote for this year (although I’d hope you would not vote for the McCain/Palin ticket!).
In my opinion, Obama represents the kind of hope and vision that Kennedy must have represented to folks back when he ran. I haven’t seen anyone with this much charisma run for President in my lifetime. Bill Clinton was pretty close, but I think Obama may be even more larger than life. Now, does that mean he’s qualified to be President of the United States? Well, maybe not that alone. But to me, he represents the best option for the job.
Eight years ago, I liked McCain. McCain was a different kind of politician. He often crossed party lines and didn’t worry about the bashing he’d take from his fellow Republicans for doing so. That is exactly the reason that you heard so many hard-core Republicans saying they would NOT vote for him if he won their party’s nomination. But, somewhere along the way, McCain did a big ol’ flip-flop. He decided to walk the party line in order to appeal to the more conservative Republican base.
And as if that wasn’t enough, he decided to pick someone as his VP candidate that was even more conservative that HIM! Now, nevermind whether she is truly qualified or not. She’s “exciting”.
Now, there’s a difference between “exciting” and charismatic, and it doesn’t mean squat to be either one if you don’t have some substance to back it up.
This choice by McCain, in my opinion, shows a complete lack of judgement and is more proof than anything he’s done so far that he does not need to be the President.
The thing that is so astounding about this pick, however, is the level of hypocrisy that has emerged from all of the Republican talking-heads. If Obama or Biden had a daughter who was 17, pregnant, and unwed, the Republican spin machine would be tearing her apart. But with Bristol Palin?? Leave that poor girl alone!! As a VP pick, they didn’t think the Governor of Virginia would have been a wise choice for Obama…too inexperienced…but Governor of Alaska?? SURE!!
Don’t believe me? Well, I’ll just let Mr. John Stewart say (and show) it far better than I ever could.