"Country First" and John Wayne Gacy
First of all, could I say, in the spirit of a new kind of politics, country first, my ass!
Everytime you see a McCain sign proclaiming "Country First" at the Republican convention or on the campaign trail, it should immediately remind you of his pick of Sarah Palin to be his vice president and how that alone makes the notion ridiculous.
McCain's new slogan is an extention of his charge that Obama puts politics ahead of his country. He even said, disgustingly, that Obama would rather lose a war than an election. McCain even accused Obama of having "ambitions" to become President! (Horrors! Thank goodness McCain, who's been trying for the White House since before a lot of Americans were born, doesn't have any ambition to become president. Come to think of it, in light of his recent actions, maybe he doesn't.)
McCain is trying to say that he, unlike Obama, will always put what's right for the country ahead of politics. He'll be guided by what's best for the country, not cynical political ploys, he insists.
As I noted in a response to a comment, McCain's choice of Palin proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that "Country First" is just another cynical and meaningless slogan. The reason is obvious.
No one who takes the stewardship of this country in the least bit seriously would have picked someone like Palin. I don't care how many goofy ways they conjure up to somehow pretend it was in the least bit responsible, it's all transparently false or downright laughable.
The woman is NOT, will not be, and can not possibly be considered by any rational person qualified to lead this nation at any time, let alone one so fraught with danger and complex foreign policy questions.
This is how it is:
McCain is like a soon-to-be father who walks around loudly proclaiming that, unlike other fathers (hint, hint), they will ALWAYS put their children's welfare first, always keep them safe, and that their precious children's well-being and success is their only priority. "My children FIRST!"
What a reassuring notion. So nice to know he'll be so committed.
Then when the blessed event happens, he announces that he's picked John Wayne Gacy as the kids god-father. (in case anything happens to him.)
That is exactly what McCain has done to this country with his reckless entirely politically motivated pick of Palin for the sole purpose of trying to energize the religious right and cynically try to garner the votes of disaffected Hillary supporters (the "cracks" as they're known.) as if they're mindless ditzes who will vote for any woman, no matter if she's 180 degrees from them politically.
When the choice of Palin was announced, the first thing the McCain campaign was asked, repeatedly, was, "Are you SURE you vetterd her? Checked her out completely?" With each new stunning revealtion about Palin, the McCain campaign is asked again, "Are you SURE you vetted her?". The answer is always yes. But I don't think anyone believes it. How could you?
P.S. I find it interesting to see a favorite Republican talking point for inexplicable and indefensible actions by their leaders return after the Palin pick.
Every time Bush would do something inexplicable and reckless, they'd all in a chorus describe it as "BOLD". Remember, "bold" = "I have NO CLUE why they did this and can not for the life of me come up with a rational explanation that wouldn't be embarrassing." Of course, that does not stop many of them from trying. And embarrassing themselves. Sure, it's no fun to sell off your integrity and dignity before a national audience, but the pay is good and the perks are great. And there might be a plum position in it for you.
Watching coverage these last few days, I can't COUNT the number of times I've heard Republican shills use that term to describe a choice that I'm sure leaves even their heads pounding.
If McCain announced he was going to jump up and touch the moon from a trampoline, they'd say it was a "bold." idea.