Ok, I’ve tried so hard to not rant political here. That’s a huge reason why I’ve been so silent lately. If you can’t say something nice…sigh…
Can Senator McCain walk and chew gum? Think and talk? Pat his head and rub his tummy? I mean, I know men have a much harder time multi-tasking than women (example one: my husband), but surely a man who is a candidate for the highest office in the land could manage a few things at once! Suspending his campaign and avoiding the debate? Are you kidding me???? Yes, running for President takes an enormous amount of time. And, yes, the economy is tanking badly (I won’t look at my retirement account right now; I’m afraid I’d hurl on my laptop and frankly, it has enough problems). But this is someone who is interviewing for the most important job in the country, and he’s yelling “Time Out!!! I can’t do both right now!!!!” That does not inspire a whole lot of confidence. I want someone as President who can handle multiple crises at the same time and not lost his/her cool. To keep his/her head when everyone around is losing theirs. By suspending his campaign (and calling for his opponent to suspend his), Senator McCain lost his head. Not.Cool. Calling for the debate to be postponed (which is campaign-speak for cancel…or cancel the VP debate next week so there can still be three Presidential debates), is Not.Cool.
Finally, my largest amount of anger has to do with lying. I was a fervent supporter of Bill Clinton until the idiot lied. I thought John Edwards would make a fanfreakingtastic Attorney General until the idiot lied. Tell me the truth, I can handle it. But lie to me, and you’ve lost me and my respect. It’s a small thing, but last night McCain was supposed to be on David Letterman. He called before the show taped and bailed, claiming he was rushing back to DC because of the economic crisis. He lied. He went on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric instead. As of this morning he was still in New York. Did he really think he wouldn’t get caught lying? Really? Yes, it’s a small thing, getting out of a late night talk show, but he lied. Is that really someone we should have in the Oval Office? A liar? Who would lie about something so small and assume he wouldn’t get caught, when it was inevitable that he would? Are you kidding me?
So any respect I ever had for McCain (which, several years ago, was not unsubtantial) is gone. He is not trustworthy, I think his judgment is less than stellar, and…sigh…he is not appropriate for the highest office in the land. For if we truly believe that leadership comes from above, do we really want to follow his lead?