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Nov 06 2008

What happened to John McCain?

Published by under Current Events

When J-bird and I were up north, the conversation veered into politics, and Dr. Mom remembered that I had not always been the fervent Obama supporter that I ended up being.  I had a hard time believing that, but no, she reminded me that in the early days of the campaign I said I’d never vote for Obama.  He was too inexperienced, too new, too raw.  I was impressed with him as a Senator, but felt he was unready to go further.  As a matter of fact, way back then, I was leaning more toward McCain than toward any Democrat.

I used to really like Sen. McCain.  Several years ago, when the Republican party had completed its transition into our evil robotic overlords, John McCain seemed like a relic from the Old Guard of the GOP.  He was a Republican the way that I wanted the Republicans to be: fiscally conservative, in support of small government, and unafraid to cross party lines when things got too far from where he felt he could comfortably stand.  The Man never liked him, feeling that McCain tried too hard to please everyone and therefore had none of his own opinions, but what he saw as unrepentant kow-towing, I saw as impressive moderation in a time when the two parties were polarized.  I especially liked his willingness to be outspoken in his disagreement with many of the President’s policies, which he felt went too far.  Of course I didn’t agree with 100% of his policies, but I don’t 100% agree with Sen. Obama, either.  I never expect to find a politician who shares all of my views, I just expect to find someone who I feel can do a good job.  And back then, I felt that McCain could do a good job.  I felt that way up until he decided that he wanted to be President.

For some reason, John McCain, arguably the most popular politician in America, felt that in order to run for President, he had to change who he was.  I guess he didn’t want to be passed over by his party, a party which seemed to me to be swinging out of control.  And unfortunately for him, the leader of his party was George W. Bush, a man he had been criticizing for years.  So, John McCain bit the bullet and kissed ass.  Or at least, that’s what it looked like to me.  The picture that the Democrats point to with barely concealed glee – that of McCain snuggling up to the President’s chest – put a bitter taste in my mouth.  As time went on, things got worse, and McCain became to me an unrecognizable figure.  He went from being the voice of reason in the Republican Party, to just another voice box droning out the same old party bullshit I was hearing from those I had come to loathe.

His choice of running mate I found appalling.  I realize that hardly makes me unique, but I was expecting him to choose someone who was more in line with the moderate stances and need for reform that the old McCain would have chosen.  That he chose a woman was nice – that the woman was Sarah Palin was. . . repugnant.  It was like a joke – or an insult.  I knew that McCain was anxious to pick up Clinton supporters who swore they’d never back Obama, but did he really think that those supporters would rally to any woman, as long as she was a woman?  Could he have found someone more unlike Hillary Clinton?  I couldn’t even understand why Republicans rallied to her.  She was ridiculous.  They deplored Obama’s lack of experience, but clustered around Palin as though being a mayor and a two-year governer made her an elder statesman.  And they protected her from the media as though she were a delicate flower – or a bomb waiting to explode.  Never has so much been said about someone who we saw so little of.  All we got of her were glimpses and sound bites, and those were enough to horrify a goodly number of people, including many Republicans.

I saw an interview today in which Sarah Palin was described as a “Hail Mary play”, but it seemed to me more like McCain was trying to shoot a slam dunk with a hockey puck.  Yes, it’s technically feasible, but it’s retarded and in the end won’t count.  As the months wore on, McCain got weirder and weirder.  He had always been so open with the media, but suddenly he shut down.  He had been generally accessible to the public, but he was getting meaner.  He had been praised for his thoughtfulness and his bridge-building, now he seemed determine to widen the gap many Americans were already feeling until it was a gaping wound.

By the time Barack Obama won the nomination, I had already left the McCain campfire.  He was no longer anyone I recognized or wanted to see win.  I didn’t see the old John McCain again until he was giving his concession speech Tuesday night.  It was as though the bowels of the Republican party had vomited up the guy they swallowed months ago, and here he was:  looking tired, confused, worse for wear, but willing to do what he had to do.  He conceeded with grace and honor, giving a speech in which he implored his supporters to work with the new president.  He tried to calm the seas that he himself had stirred up.  He attempted to urge unity, but it was too late.  Bizarro McCain had done too much damage.

I don’t know what happened to John McCain.  I have the feeling that he wanted this so badly that he was willing to listen to handlers that were too anxious to cast him as a “real” Republican.  He, the maverick, suddenly was trying to get ahead by being someone he was not, by playing with someone else’s rulebook.  I believe that Obama would have won me over anyway, but if the real McCain had shown up to fight, it might have been a harder decision to make.

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Nov 04 2008

Hope wins.

Published by under Snippets

I’ve been posting things on Twitter all night while I watched election coverage on CNN, but I can’t find anything good enough to say about the news CNN reported at 11 PM, when they announced that Barack Obama would be the next president of the United States.  I’m just relieved, and happy, and excited.  It’s hard to know we still have to wait until January.

338 electoral votes right now, and 51% of the popular vote (according to CNN, anyway).  That’s good enough for me.

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Nov 04 2008

Election Day Madness.

Published by under Pets

I got my civic duty out of the way before 9 AM this morning, leaving me little else to do today except grocery shop and bite my nails as I watch the exit poll results.  My fingers might be down to bloody stubs by the end of the day.  It seems that despite telling myself over and over not to get my hopes up so that I won’t be crushed AGAIN, some hope managed to creep in.  Damn you, Barack Obama and your infestation of hope!  Now I have to stress all day, worrying that my small hope will be for naught, when I could have been a comfortable cynic.

After I got back from the polls, I tried to take a picture of myself wearing my “I Voted!” sticker, so you could all have photographic evidence.  Unfortunately, I was unable to take a picture that didn’t represent me as a triple-chinned albino doofus, so I decided to take pictures of my drunken cat instead.  But once again it was proven that taking pictures of this cat is NIGH IMPOSSIBLE.

First of all, if you sit on the floor, she is instantly all up ons.  I tried to back up, to put her back a few feet, and to wait it out, but once a cat sticks her head to the camera lens and starts to “mark” it, it’s pretty much all over.  Then I thought, “Well, she wants attention.  I’ll pet her for awhile.”  Bad idea.  Because Destiny is like an addict for petting.  She has phases:

Phase 1:  Enjoy the petting.  Purr, prance around, mew happily.

Phase 2:  Get aggressive.  Normal attention is no longer enough.  Head butt!  Head butt!  Grind the side of your face into human’s hand.

Phase 3:  Sloppy drunk.  Drool a lot.  Roll around on the floor.  Slur.

As you can see, it can get ugly pretty fast.

And in case you were wondering what happened to Fate, the non-drunken cat, she is currently hiding under the couch.  She’s probably worried about the exit polls.

(P.S. November 1 was the one year anniversary of me and The Man quitting smoking.  One year!  Crikie!)

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Nov 01 2008

To the retards who stole our Obama yard signs.

Published by under Snippets

You’ve totally changed my mind.  I will now vote for McCain.

Oh wait.

That’s not right.

What I meant was: we’ll get more signs from the Obama office tomorrow, giving more money to his campaign, and we’ll STILL vote for him on Tuesday.

Fucking rednecks.

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Mar 14 2008

Two articles that annoyed me today.

Published by under Current Events

RIAA considers levying a $5 surcharge to internet access to compensate artists for illegally downloaded music. I buy all my music from iTunes, legally. I already pay for it. I don’t want to pay another $5 because someone else doesn’t.

Bush thinks fighting on the front lines would be fantastic. Hey baby, you had your chance to serve in the armed forces when you were in the National Guard. And we all know how that went. Anyway, if you’re so jealous of the awesome experience the troops are having, why don’t you send your girls over to fight? They’re the right age to take part in this “exciting, romantic” experience.

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