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Friday, March 21, 2008

2008 Elections: Experience or Senility?

McCain's foreign policy gaffe in the Middle East caused us some concern. But we understand that he might not be the brightest bulb in the chandelier.

But how clueless do you have to be to refer to Purim as "the Jewish version of Halloween"? In Israel, yet. Oy, gevalt, oy vey is mir.

Isn't this the same guy who touts his Christian credentials and goes around kissing the asses of the religious right? Even we, atheist as we are, know the Book of Esther from which comes Purim, fer crying out.

The thing that worries us is &mdash is this just one in a series of gaffes? Or is McCain borderline senile?

Sure, his mother's long-lived and still pretty sharp in her 90s, but there's no guarantee that he takes after Mom, and not his dead-as-a-doornail Dad. John Sidney McCain Junior died at the age of 70, according to Wikipedia. His grandfather, John Sidney McCain Sr., died at the age of 61. The McCain men don't seem to have the longevity gene. Although it's still possible that John Sidney III got it from his Moms.

But more worrisome than death of the body is death of the brain. He's flummoxed by questions on the economy, and jokes about them. Hint: the economy is not a joke to those of us who are hurting, Senator. He has an explosive temper. And all his vaunted "experience" did not imbue him with the judgment to recognize Ahmad Chalabi as the con-man and double- or triple-agent that he is, nor to see through Bush's 900-plus lies about Iraq.

Getting taken in once or twice, we understand, but 900 times? And this is not like Bush's famously hostile relationship with Democratic politicians &mdash McCain celebrated his birthday with Bush (yeah, while people were drowning in NOLA, our dumbass Pretzelnitwit was horsing around with McCain &mdash doesn't look good for either of them). Then there's the S&L scandal thing. He was deeply involved in that.

Plus he wants to privatize social security. Hello, the stock market just exploded pretty spectacularly. Better come up with a new plan, John.

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