The Eclectic Quill

July 25, 2008

Grumpy Old Man

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kelly @ 5:18 pm

At the beginning of the political season I was hoping that John McCain and Barack Obama would win their respective nominations. I was hoping for this because I feel that the American political landscape seems to be more and more dominated every year by antagonism, hate and hostility. With every election it appears  that the candidates are running against the other, not for the office. It has driven a large rift down the middle of the nation. I thought that both Obama and McCain would be willing to run positive campaigns and that this might bring a healing to political discourse in this nation. Sadly I was wrong.

This week John McCain continues his vitriolic attacks on Barack Obama. He has elevated his attacks to a level that perhaps none have before, stopping just a nickel short of flat out accusing Obama of treason, of throwing the war to win the election. In many ways the media has glossed over this accusation as though it is hardly worth mentioning. According to John McCain Obama is willing to "lose a war in order to win an election." This goes beyond a critique of policy, it even goes beyond an attack on character. It extends into the basic patriotism of Obama. It is probably about the most egregious accusation that you can level against a political opponent. Consider for a moment—he’s accusing Obama of wanting to lose a war. Does this rhetoric sound familiar? Bush, prior to the war, was use similar binary logic in saying, "You are with us or you are with the terrorists." So what has turned McCain into such a grumpy old man?

It seems the more McCain blunders through his campaign the more spiteful he gets towards Obama as though his mistakes are somehow the fault of the presumed Democratic nominee. Incredibly, the more he attacks and then defends his blunders, the more he resembles the straw man he erects. The irony surrounding his recent gaffes seem to have escaped the media. First, he opens up the week complaining about media bias, then it turns out that the infamous CBS actually protected him by splicing in a different answer to the question he was asked. As it turns out the first answer demonstrated that he didn’t have a grasp on when the surge started. Then in the explanation days later he demonstrated that he didn’t know what the surge was. What makes this all the more ironic is that all of this was a result of his explaining how Obama didn’t have adequate understanding of the situation in Iraq. Now it turns out that the irony gets even better. In the same interview, apparently McCain thought that Obama did not appreciate the significance of the "first major conflict since 9/11." The beauty of this is that Obama’s actually not saying that the surge "didn’t work" in the sense that some of the neocons are painting. His argument is that the surge detracted from what should have been the priority, which is Afghanistan.

So let’s wrap this up.

  1. In saying that Obama didn’t understand the history of the surge, McCain got the history wrong.
  2. In patronizing fashion, McCain later went on to explain what, "the surge" was, and showed he didn’t know what it was.
  3. In saying Obama didn’t appreciate the importance of the "first major conflict since 9/11" McCain forgot about the first major conflict since 9/11 vindicating Obama’s claim that "the surge" distracted from Afghanistan.

No wonder McCain’s so angry, some rambling old coot is ruining his chance at getting elected!



  1. McCain is a total tool. I know that’s childish but it’s the best way to describe that crotchety old kook.

    Comment by Karmic Boomerang — July 26, 2008 @ 11:22 am | Reply

  2. I thought, too, that McCain would run a clean campaign. he’s not and, worse, it’s showing him to be the fool. Lies don’t work, John.

    Comment by ShakySpker — July 26, 2008 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

  3. grumpy old men are the worst. i’m voting for the black guy too.

    Comment by neill — August 18, 2008 @ 6:12 pm | Reply

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