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Saturday, September 20, 2008

The McCain mutiny

Admit it, with the Obama-McCain debate coming up in less than a week, aren't you secretly hoping that McCain will have a meltdown? You know, lash out in anger, have a senior moment, get totally confused (like he did the other day when he thought Spain was in the Western Hemisphere)--sort of the way Captain Queeg did on the witness stand in "The Caine Mutiny"?

Well, I am. And there is plenty of precedent, one of the most famous episodes being his calling a high school student "a little jerk" for asking if he was too old to be president. And remember, this is the guy who will have his hair-trigger finger on the nuclear button.

It might be too much to hope that McCain will show us who he really is next Friday, but nevertheless I am hoping for it. I like suspense, but not during presidential elections--the sooner it's over the happier I will be.

Photo: Humphrey Bogart as Captain Queeg.

1 comment:

Jeff Meredith said...

Having watched the video of McCain calling the student a "little jerk," he was clearly kidding around and playing to the crowd.

You should be equally worried about your boy Obama, as he prepares to woo voters in the 57 states. He has also introduced Joe Biden as the next president (they secretly flipped the ticket on us), and famously claimed that 10,000 people died in a tornado (forget 9/11 and Katrina -- that's the mother of all disasters!). And apparently his parents met for the first time at a voting rights march which was held 4 years after he was born. I still can't explain that one.

Is McCain a little senile? Of course. He would be a terrible choice for President.

Is Obama Dan Quayle II, with a touch of needless lying about his own history (a la Hillary Clinton)? Yes, but the media narrative is already framed around Obama being a great public speaker of high integrity. The chosen story cannot change in midstream.