The Audacity of….McCain

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Let me get this straight. Arizona Sen. John McCain, age 72, a 26-year veteran of Congress, and President George Bush’s legislative twin brother, the man who has for months repeatedly condemned Sen. Barack Obama’s message of CHANGE as grossly inferior to his decades of EXPERIENCE–yes, that McCain–is now saying that he is the change candidate? It appears that McCain and his strategists, as they were beginning the RNC Convention behind in the polls and on the wrong end of an “enthusiasm gap” between the constituencies of the two major parties, decided that since it doesn’t look like they can beat Obama and the Democratic Party’s change message, why not just imitate it?

The Dems made history by putting forth history-making candidates, including Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton (not to mention Bill Richardson, the first Latino of a major party to make a run at the White House). McCain mimics, by selecting Sarah Palin as his running mate–even though based on their resumes, Palin is strictly minor league compared to Clinton, and at least a half dozen other women in her own party, most of whom knew next to nothing about her only few months ago. Of course, despite the selection of Palin, the GOP is as diversity-challenged as ever, with women making up only a third of their delegates and black Americans representing less than two percent (versus more than 50 percent and about 25 percent, respectively, among the delegates at the DNC convention).

The next thing you know, McCain will actually try to engage in public displays of affection between himself and his wife, Cindy McCain, in an effort to capture the authentic and loving romance evident in Obama’s interaction with his wife Michelle. (Mrs. McCain looks absolutely like a third wheel now that Palin is on the scene. Earlier today, at the running mates’ first campaign appearance since the convention, McCain followed Palin closely as they left the stage, with Cindy trailing behind–a literal afterthought. You know Obama would never have done Michelle like that!)

Obama and the Democrats use their convention to demonstrate that they totally understand America’s justifiable dissatisfaction (given the Iraq War, record levels of unemployment and home foreclosure and the wreckage of the domestic economy) and desire for change. McCain and the Republicans mimic–even though he really doesn’t “get it” (“our economy is fundamentally strong”), his acceptance speech at the GOP convention declares that he is the candidate of change, despite the fact that he is a veteran of Washington who supported the economic policies that has placed most Americans, and the middle class in particular, under such economic stress.

It’s one thing to imitate, quite another to actually duplicate. Palin may be great at dressing mooses (or moose, or whatever.) Most Americans have no idea exactly what that entails, but they do know that putting a dress on a moose doesn’t mean it’s no longer a moose. The selection of a younger woman as a vice presidential candidate

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  • Jim DESantis

    Dear Sir,
    It seems like your the one with the audacity to say whats right and whats wrong. And Im speaking as a democrat. First of all dont come across that Senator Obama is a much more loving husband then McCain. You know nothing of what goes behind closed doors, just because he lets his wife walk along side of him.
    Secondly Blacks across America have worked and struggled long and hard to be accepted into the main stream of the Americas, and the first thing Afro-Americans did, was to make certain they were dis-engaged by calling themselfs “Black American”. I am of italian descent and I have never referred to myself as Italian American. I am an American, period.
    The idea of a separate union such as the “Black Enterprise”, along with the other organazations which distingquish itself as a lone community for the blacks, is infact racists to me and many white Americans. I am now judging you by your character, not by the color of your skin.

  • Mary

    Mccain will tell us anything he thinks we wants to hear between now and November. Isn’t this what they Did to Kerry. Shame on you Republican. Did you the media turn Obama upside down and flip him on his head. Is there a double standared for Palin.

    Please let’s not forget the Katrina diaster, non voting for Martin Luther King holiday in the beginning by Mccain, and all the other issues he stood by Bush on. And the news refused to list those concerns, are you sure some of you are not running for president?