McCain vs. reality
If you can't dazzle them with briliance, baffle 'em with B.S., or so the saying goes.
Apparently this is the essential tenet of the McCain campaign. Really, what else can they do? Argue for more of the same? Good luck.
Sen. John McCain appears bound to come out of this race with his reputation much lower than when it began. His so-called "straight-talk", if it was in the past, has become nothing but inartful and stumbling attempts to fast talk his way out of his repeated mistakes and attempts to deceive American voters.
It's painfully clear though his near daily whoppers and mistakes, and through the fact that even his newly re-jiggered campaign seems as desperate and out-there as ever, that McCain may go on to make the Bob Dole campaign of '96 look brilliant by comparison.
The latest from Mr. "Straight Talk" himself is the effort to treat us like morons and try to conflate and confuse the "surge" to mean essentially everything that's ever happened for the better in Iraq.
McCain has tried to say it happened before it actually did, then that it didn't, and then in a breathtaking exhibition of sheer double-talk, tried to suggest that there was actually a "surge" before the "surge".
Here's the challenge. Watch this report from "Countdown", in particular the clip of McCain trying to "clarify" his remarks (as he so aptly stands in front of a wall of cheese.) and then explain to me just what this "straight talk" means.
Really, just how sad is the McCain campaign when they're forced to resort to arguing endlessly over whether someone supported something that even Grandpa Munster seems hard pressed to even identify. To quote the pitifully delivered catch phrase from McCain's greatest speech, "That's not change we can believe in. (strained chuckle, wooden grin.)" (By the way, this vid still cracks me up, watching right wing commentators left stunned after the speech.)
Feel free to leave your thoughts on this, particularly if you actually think you can make a case that McCain has any clue what the hell he's talking about.
THIS is the guy that's supposed to be such an "expert" on war and foreign policy? He makes it up as he goes along!
After watching McCain's tortured answer in the clip above, I can't help wondering if he took lessons from this famous orator.