Tuesday, September 09, 2008

McSame? More like McEvenWorse.

Saint McCain's halo is actually the leftover ring of a giant, used Moose condom.

Eugene Robinson - McCain as Messiah - washingtonpost.com
John McCain is no silver-tongued orator, as he proved in St. Paul, but it's hard not to be stirred when he speaks of wanting only to serve a cause greater than himself -- until you take a closer look and see that he's running one of the most egocentric presidential campaigns in memory.


I'm not being disingenuous. I know that party platforms aren't as important as they once were. But McCain's apostasy on these hot-button issues has to be considered alongside the stunning charges he leveled against his own party in his acceptance speech. "We were elected to change Washington, and we let Washington change us," he said. "We lost the trust of the American people when some Republicans gave in to the temptations of corruption. . . . We lost their trust when we valued our power over our principles."

I can't argue with any of that. Those sound like great reasons to throw the Republicans out of town and give Democrats a chance to lead. But John McCain is arguing that he should be elected in spite of his party's many failures because, well, he's John McCain. He's special.

"I'm not running for president because I think I'm blessed with such personal greatness that history has anointed me to save our country in its hour of need," McCain said in accepting the nomination. But this line -- which I took as a continuation of his attempt to paint Obama as some kind of self-proclaimed Chosen One -- came right after a lengthy recounting of the horrors McCain lived through as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. In effect, he had used his personal experience to anoint himself.

JUDGE: Your client stands accused of rape, murder, robbery, and barbecuing babies in his basement. How do you plead?
LAWYER: Not guilty on account of my client wuz a POW.

That's not shameless megalomania we can believe in.

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