The Ten Things We Now Know About McCain
by GRO, Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 04:35:29 AM EDT
What does the Palin selection tell us about John McCain?
One - He makes critical decisions impulsively and with limited information
Two - He holds the majority of his fellow Republicans in low regard
Three - He believes most women are identity voters and not issues voters
Four - He intends to pander to Christian conservatives
Five - He is not committed to his own platform
Six - He puts ambition before country
Seven - He doesn't value foreign policy experience
Eight - He values labels over contents and style over substance
Nine - He is not forthcoming to the American people
Ten - He cannot even decisively lead his own campaign
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What does the Palin selection tell us about John McCain?
One - He makes critical decisions impulsively and with limited information:
He chose Sarah Palin after a fifteen minute discussion and only after pulling the trigger were operatives dispatched to Alaska to do the real research on her. Is this the same decision making process he will bring to questions of WMDs , three AM phone calls and cabinet appointments? Will a fifteen minute conversation be good enough to chose his Secretary of State or Attorney General? Can we expect four more years of critical decisions made with some other part of the anatomy than the head?
Two - He holds the majority of his fellow Republicans in low regard:
The choice of Sarah Palin sends a loud and clear message from Senator McCain - he does not trust more experienced and well-known members of the Republican Party. He does not trust any one of the hundreds of more qualified Republicans to reform Washington or act with integrity. This does not speak well for those Republicans senators, representatives and governors seeking reelection this year.
Three - He believes most women are identity voters and not issues voters:
In choosing a woman who stands in direct and radical opposition to the Clinton platform, especially on women's issues, McCain projects the assumption that all female candidates are interchangeable in women's minds and that a majority of women would vote on gender and not substance. Palin's introductory statement to the country about the "18 million cracks in the glass ceiling" and her assertion that women were still in this race assumes a female herd mentality driven only by the smell of estrogen. Never before has a candidate shown such cavalier dismissal of women as thoughtful decision makers. Shame on you, John McCain.
Four - He intends to pander to Christian conservatives:
Clearly, the only clear benefit of the choice has been the energizing of the Christian conservative base. Can we expect the same sort of pandering to extremists in judicial appointments from President McCain? Is it fair to assume that as his administration neared reelection he wouldn't feel compelled to again grasp for conservative Christian support through cheap tricks akin to Terri Shievo, stemcell research bans and redefinition of birth control as abortion? Should we expect less and not more separation of the Christian church and the American state?
Five - He is not committed to his own platform:
In the event of his dying in office, is John McCain comfortable with a Palin Administration (shudder!) that would drill in Anwar, disinvest in alternative energy, deny the science behind global warming and push for Creationism in public schools? Or does he simply not give a damn about America after he's gone? Do we even know Palin's positions on immigration reform and the rest of McCain's "maverick" moments?
Six - He puts ambition before country:
Clearly, the Palin choice was made for political expediency and not for the welfare of the country. To date we've heard nil of what unique attributes, acumen or skills Palin would lend the country beyond her sadly limited "executive experience" and reputation for shaking things up. In these most troubling times for the nation and world, is it fair to put the country through the ordeal of "coming to know and love" our VP, or would "country first" demand a steady trust hand at the wheel from day one?
Seven - He doesn't value foreign policy experience:
Because if he did, he would have chosen a VP who had it. In this complex world, with two wars to fight and end and a stretched military, with the very real threats of nuclear terrorism, Soviet expansion, a crisis in the Sudan, with shifting concerns about Iran, China, North Korea and Palestine, how could McCain hire someone to step into his shoes with no grounding, no study, no grasp of foreign affairs?
Eight - He values labels over contents and style over substance:
Every time we hear the disingenuous phrase "executive experience" and imagine Wassila City Hall it is confirmed for us again that labels matter to the GOP and the real life experiences behind those labels do not.
Nine - He is not forthcoming to the American people:
He knew about all of the unfolding Palin controversies but made the decision that we should know when and if we find out.
Ten - He cannot even decisively lead his own campaign:
His first choice was Lieberman and yet he couldn't have his first choice and went with Palin. Apparently the buck doesn't stop with John McCain. Unlike Barack Obama, who made a difficult choice in the face of extreme pressure, McCain buckled to the will of his campaign advisors. Unlike Barack Obama, who chose to work to win back disaffected Clinton supporters, McCain chose to pander to disaffected Christian conservatives and deny his own first choice.
One man shows the courage and integrity not only to lead but to truly put country first. The other? Not so much.