Monday, May 5, 2008

The Old Man and the Electorate

I don't know why this wasn't a bigger story--that John McCain manipulated footage of himself walking through an Iraqi marketplace (in reality, he was flanked by 100 guards, and a few helicopters to boot.)

But watch the video. It's more than the fact that he's manipulative, because, well, he's a politician, and sadly that's still par-for-the-course behavior (Democrats and Republicans alike.) It's the press conference he held that struck me. He looks and sounds old; his voice is tired and monotonic; and he appears to not be speaking sincerely but rather reading prepared statements he obviously didn't browse beforehand.

Is this who we really want to lead our country in 2008? A bumbling, out-of-touch old man who has gone from criticizing Bush Jr. to embracing his endorsement? He probably couldn't cross the White House lawn without stopping a couple times times because "Goddammit I need to sit down." Later he'd watch CNN and complain about all the confusing text on the screen.


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