Saturday, May 10, 2008

Who did McCain vote for?

Now this is a fun story, isn't it? Ariana Huffington of the Huffington Post claims that at a dinner at Candice Bergen's house shortly after the 2000 election, John McCain told fellow guests that he had not voted for George W. Bush. Huffington has also dragged out two witnesses at the dinner who say the same thing.

I think we can assume that McCain said what the three of them say he said, even though McCain now vociferously denies it. So the real question is whether it was true or not. Either way, McCain is disqualified to be president: If he really did vote for Bush but didn't want to admit it in front of a Hollywood crowd, then he doesn't have the courage of his convictions and he showed very bad political judgement; if he didn't vote for Bush but now denies that he didn't, and nevertheless publicly supported and campaigned for him in 2000 and 2004, then he doesn't have the courage of his convictions and he showed very bad political judgement. Wait, didn't I just say that?

An interesting question is who he voted for in 2000 if he indeed did not vote for Bush. Himself as a write-in candidate? Al Gore? If he voted for himself, bad political judgement; if he voted for Al Gore, the once hapless and uninspiring presidential candidate now turned global warming Nobel laureate Oscar-winning hero, perhaps he had slightly better judgement. But then, if Al Gore had had the judgement about what Americans are looking for that Barack Obama seems to have, he would have become president without any help from McCain.


GM Roper said...

The third possibility is that he did vote for Bush and the folk at huffington post aren't telling the truth... gee, folks on the left telling lies? Hard to believe.

On the other hand, I'm not real happy with any of the three front runers.. are you Michael?

Michael Balter said...

GM, to me the most interesting question right now is not so much which of the three would make the best president, but which one brings out the best in the American people rather than the worst. In my view, that would be Barack Obama, hands down.

GM Roper said...

Michael. Interesting outlook, on the other hand, I'm old enough to remember JFK's Presidency and lived in DC the last two years of it. He was great at bringing out the best in folk, but not a good president by any stretch though he did a few really good things. Don't believe the Camelot hype, it wasn't like that at all.