Thursday, June 5, 2008
If only Vader could have harnessed the power of the Force and not let the power of the Force harness his soul. That's the thought I have when I see John McCain speak these days. If only he hadn't been seduced to the dark side by Karl Rove, he might have made a great president. Instead, Rove accomplished something that no North Vietnamese waterboarding torture could do: make McCain compromise his principles. McCain had his chance back in 2004, when he could have paired with Kerry and ended this madness, but he didn't have the vision, and as much as it pains me to suggest, the heart, to do what his country needed him to do. And now he is a shell of a man. Once a maverick, now a crony. Talkingpointsmemo.com has a video of him speaking after Obama's victory speech. This thing is sad.
Although the appearance thing is a pretty big deal in terms of electability, I hope we don't get too deep into this narrative about how perfect Obama is and how flawed McCain is. That's boring and it doesn't focus attention on the more important policy differences between the two. Plus, and I hate to say it because I don't want to wish anything bad on anybody, but history tells us that in order to crucify a brother, you've got to raise him up first. The more the public understands him as flawless, the harder people are going to be when they eventually become aware of his flaws. Even if/when Obama becomes president, he's going to have quite a job in front of him. If you haven't noticed, the country has fallen into a bit of disrepair. He's going to take a lot of heat for stuff that's not his fault and he's going to have to deliver a lot of painful news to a citizenry that's not used to politicians asking them for actual sacrifice.
And on a separate note: I heard that Obama was about to put his foot in Joe Lieberman's ass in front of a bunch of reporters. I have to say that Senator Obama has my full support.
That dude is a straight snake. One of Al Gore's worse mistakes was picking him for VP. I don't think we fully understand the ramifications of Lieberman's presence in that election. Watch that recount movie on HBO for a reference point, but I tend to think he really did sell Al Gore out. This history should further caution Obama about who he chooses for VP. He's got a lot of options.
By the way, one of them is not Hillary. Why? Plenty of reasons, but reason #1 is Michelle Obama. Can you imagine her and Hillary in the White house together? Michelle don't need nobody looking over her shoulder, criticizing her choice of curtains for the White house. So what if the drapes is going to be kente cloth? That's the last thing we need: Obama's trying to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians and he gets a call because Hillary Clinton done got hit upside the head with a shoe. Not a good look.
Speaking of ghetto, didn't Clinton and them steal some furniture before they left?