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Old 09-09-2008, 09:19 AM
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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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.

Not that Barack Obama lacks a healthy opinion of himself, mind you. And no one wants the next president to be paralyzed with insecurity, or to doubt, even for a minute, that he's the right man for the job. But after ridiculing Obama as a preening celebrity, if not a self-proclaimed messiah, McCain is campaigning on a platform that can be summed up in three words: me, me, me.

Much has been made of the fact that he's a Republican running on a pledge to clean up the intolerable, unforgivable mess created over the past eight years by a Republican president -- and, for much of that time, a Republican-controlled Congress in which McCain himself had great power and influence. It's amusing to listen to a man in his fourth term in the Senate (after two terms in the House) rail against evil "Washington," as if he weren't one of this modern-day Sodom's most prominent denizens.
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Old 09-09-2008, 09:24 AM
Location: Port Orange, Florida
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Originally Posted by goldengrain View Post

I love this part
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.
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Old 09-09-2008, 09:27 AM
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John McCain is running against himself! I love it!

In the end, we won't be fooled. They will be old news and Obama and Biden will be in the White House.
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