Oregon writer, Rain Trueax, and Oregon painter, Diane Widler Wenzel co-author Rainy Day Thought. Diane generally posts on Wednesdays and Rain on Saturdays. There may be extra days or changes as situations warrant. Comments are always welcome and appreciated as it turns an article into a discussion.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Did you think a maverick is good in a leader?

If there are any McCain supporters still reading here, please help me understand how you can possibly support this man after the latest irresponsible, weird behavior?

You still like the idea of a maverick? Do you know what a maverick is? It is a calf without a mother, who has not been trained by the herd how to behave. It's a disruption, something running around with no idea where it belongs, or where it's going.

John McCain has shown us over and over how unreliable he is. He runs off half cocked, says things without thinking, wants to do this and then that. He's for something until he's against it and then back for it.

Last summer it was suspend a gasoline tax that pays for our road work which is mostly done during the summer and has a budget that doesn't have room to keep going without incoming funds. So let's see: people could drive their cars farther but wouldn't have repaired roads on which to do it?

Then there was the Sarah Palin choice for veep. If Republicans cared about their country, wouldn't they have laughed this choice out of the convention center? Instead, they were told small town American experience mattered more than anything like good judgment, a diverse life experience, a quality education, or being intelligent. Their egos went rah and still do when she tells them how exceptional they are.

The right wing loved that she is a religious extremist who believes the earth was created a few thousand years ago, that witches should be driven out of African villages, that god is speaking to George Bush and her too; and that she believes in right to life proving it by living it for her daughter and herself. It no longer mattered that McCain had been saying he'd pick someone experienced in foreign policy. Never mind anything. The maverick had spoken and chosen another maverick.

Then there's his reaction to Georgia being attacked by Russia. Yes, bad situation but we are all Georgians? If he had had the presidency, what would his statement have meant? What was he thinking? Never mind, that's why he's a maverick. He isn't supposed to think before reacting.

Never mind all his mistakes about countries. The world is used to us having an ignorant president with no clue that Spain is an ally or who Sunnis and Shiites are.

He condemns golden parachutes for failed CEOs. When they ask him (logically) what about the one for Carly Fiorina, who was fired by Hewlett-Packard and walked off with a huge golden parachute from a company she put in terrible financial condition, he says she did a good job! Does he have a clue that she was fired, that she got that payoff because these things are negotiated by the corporate boards and they all get them-- failed or not? Those parachutes are bad for somebody else but not her because she's his adviser and lovely to look at? Does he understand any of that or just lie about everything and he's always gotten away with it?

Is John McCain a pathological liar? Does he know when he lies? Can anybody trust anything he says? When he told David Letterman he had to cancel his appearance because he would be on a plane back to Washington to save the country, didn't he know Letterman would find out about his lie?

If you accept an invitation to a dinner party, get a better opportunity, turn down the first to go to the second, you better be sure the first can't find out what you did. When Letterman found out, he evidently was on the air and didn't mind letting everybody else know by sharpening his wit. How many have covered up for McCain instead?

The whole thing was triggered because McCain suddenly (after polls show him dropping) decided he has to run back to DC and solve the whole bail-out problem. Time out for the debate on Friday and also all campaigning (but Republican attack ads can, of course, continue to run)! You know presidents have run for office and debated even during wars. But not the maverick. It was another impulsive without thinking decision.

The day before he had said he wasn't sure how he'd vote on the bail-out. Now he's going to head back to DC to solve the entire mess. Oh and his plan would involve delaying the Palin/Biden debate. No surprise they'd want to do that. They still aren't letting her face anything but carefully controlled interviews.

This man is ready for a nervous breakdown, not the presidency of this country!

Surprisingly, the conservative, George Will Agrees with me: McCain loses his head... and this was before the latest proof.

What Will said, that resonated the most with me and should with you, was, "It is arguable that, because of his inexperience, Obama is not ready for the presidency. It is arguable that McCain, because of his boiling moralism and bottomless reservoir of certitudes, is not suited to the presidency. Unreadiness can be corrected, although perhaps at great cost, by experience. Can a dismaying temperament be fixed?"

The answer is obvious-- no, it cannot!

For a laugh, here is the clip from Letterman:


Darlene said...

As usual, Rain, this post is so well thought out it should be syndicated. Thank you for your insight.

gyma said...

It would be funny if it weren't so serious.

Great post, Rain!

Ingineer66 said...

George Will is correct. But who are we going to get to be President besides Obama and McCain. If only there was a Republican running this time.

Sylvia K said...

You're right as always and it would be a hoot if it wasn't serious reality. I'm so sick of politics, but can't let go, afraid if we all get so sick we stop trying to tell it like it is, we'll end up with McCain for sure.
And that is one scary thought.

Anonymous said...

I'd say that definition of a "maverick" is right on the mark in relation to McCain.
Saw the Lettermen clip all day....it's priceless!
And....how about now....now that McCain bopped into DC. Seems the entire media is slamming him for screwing up a plan, that at 1:30 this afternoon, looked pretty good to go by BOTH Democrats AND Republicans. But Saint McCain arrived on the scene....and everything is NOW back up in the air. What a guy!

Anonymous said...

PS.....Since McCain THINKS he walks on water....I've decided to start calling him Moses McCain.