I know he’s too easy a target, but this has to be said.
First of all, I have to tell you that I like John McCain. I have for a long time. Not in a political sense, but as a person. He’s pretty interesting, and you couldn’t make up his life story.
I was okay with him nailing the GOP nomination. Considering some of his rivals, I was actually really okay with it. And I overlooked a lot of his gaffes and goofs over the ensuing few months, because he’s John McCain and you have to expect those.
Even his pick of Sarah Palin as his running mate didn’t bother me, for two reasons: I know he wanted Joe Lieberman (which would have been very cool from a news junkie’s point of view) and I know he begrudgingly accepted Sarah on orders from the secret high council. Plus there was the added bonus of Sarah Palin being ready-made for satire and makefunnery.
I even took the lies in stride, because it’s a presidential race and he’s a Republican, so it’s part of the game.
No, what finally landed McCain here was his decision yesterday to suspend his presidential campaign in order to, uh, go to Washington and help fix the economic meltdown crisis.
I have chosen to take this decision as proof of McCain’s moronity. Remember, a week ago he said everything was okay. “The fundamentals of our economy are strong,” he said. Now this.
He wants to call off his debate with Barack Obama — hey, I’d be scared too, John — and it looks like Sarah won’t debate Joe Biden, either … again, some great TV that won’t happen. It’s like last year when the writers’ strike shortened all those TV shows’ seasons and I never got to see what happened on Private Practice.
If you want to be president, you have to be able to multitask. You don’t call off your campaign to go on some vague economic rescue mission. George W. Bush managed to get re-elected with a couple of wars going on, and if he can do it, McCain can. But he won’t. He finally, irrevocably proved himself to be a moron.
I guess they’ve all just decided it’s a losing proposition no matter what they do. It’s Obama’s year, and that’s pretty obvious, and fine by me. A few weeks from now, McCain will be back in the senate, Sarah will be hunting and I’ll still be Canadian. We have our own federal election in full swing right now, but man, it just isn’t that interesting compared to the States.
P.S. I’ve never actually seen Private Practice. Honest.