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Old 09-28-2008, 11:17 AM
 
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Alter on McCain's "Character" | Newsweek Voices - Jonathan Alter | Newsweek.com
There's a big difference between the two. "Character" connotes moral courage and fortitude, which McCain once possessed but now seems to have misplaced. By contrast, "a character" is merely a person with an instinct for eccentric self-drama that can be amusing or disturbing depending on the circumstances.
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This McCain commits alarming gaffes (insisting that he hadn't read Henry Paulson's bailout plan when it was only three pages long); engages in rash scapegoating (calling for the chairman of the SEC to be fired); launches almost comically hypocritical attack ads and wraps himself in "Country First" while playing every political angle, like idly threatening to skip the Mississippi debate.
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I wasn't shocked to learn from a friend of Paulson's, who didn't want to risk his friendship by being identified, that Paulson thinks Obama is much more impressive than McCain in their private talks. (Not that Paulson is as much of an authority on all things financial as he thinks he is.) And it's hardly surprising that the country's last remaining financial grown-ups, Paul Volcker and Warren Buffett, are strongly pro-Obama.

Of course, McCain doesn't much care about the respectable opinions of fuddy-duddys (unless they're Henry Kissinger).

"I'm Luke Skywalker getting out of the Death Star!" he said in 2000.
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Old 09-28-2008, 11:19 AM
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McCain has lost whatever trace of ethic, decency, and honor he once possessed.
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Old 09-28-2008, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Bay Area
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McCain has lost whatever trace of ethic, decency, and honor he once possessed.
I totally agree. I actually lost soooo much respect with him after he picked Palin as his running mate.

Then the whole cancellation of the debates was what I believe was a political stunt really pushed me over the edge into really believing he's just another politician with no character at all. I don't even think he ever was a character to begin with- his personality has always been a big snooze. Him marketing his POW experience for political gain is pretty pathetic also.
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Old 09-28-2008, 11:30 AM
 
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Is grandpa a man of character or a character. If you are now a character and use to be a man of character or you now a characteristic has been? Did McCain lose his soul when out of desparation he bought in Steve Schmidt and the other Rove clones?
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Old 09-28-2008, 11:37 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Is grandpa a man of character or a character. If you are now a character and use to be a man of character or you now a characteristic has been? Did McCain lose his soul when out of desparation he bought in Steve Schmidt and the other Rove clones?
I don't know what has occurred w/ McCain. The guy I watched for the past 20 plus years was witty - yes, ascerbic wit at times . . . and he was often a rogue w/in his own party . . . but he also knew how to cross party lines and be bipartisan . . .

These days . .. I dunno. He just seems like a caricature of himself, LOL. I guess he has been told to "reign it in" w/ the humor. He seems grumpy, prickly and old. Just kinda - recycled. A second hand version of what he used to be. Of course, I think the media has helped push that worn out image . . . but something fundamental seems to have been lost w/ McCain's public persona. Not sure what it is, but I find it perplexing.
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Old 09-28-2008, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Tough question--can I use my phone-a-friend option?
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Old 09-28-2008, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Tough question--can I use my phone-a-friend option?
OK, my phone-a-friend and I agree. We'll pick "just--a character!"
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Old 09-28-2008, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Alter on McCain's "Character" | Newsweek Voices - Jonathan Alter | Newsweek.com"I'm Luke Skywalker getting out of the Death Star!" he said in 2000. [/indent]
LOL, I think that's still how he sees himself...

Great article, BTW
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