Can John McCain Make It . . . Again?

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Cross-posted at the Truth About McCain blog.

John Sydney McCain III (hereinafter "JiSM"), Yahoo News reports, has had skin McCancer three times, (hey, talking about JiSM makes me tasteless) and gets check-ups in Nevada every three months to make sure the cancer hasn't come back.  In fact, he was in Nevada today to have a

small patch of skin removed from his face and biopsied as part of a regular checkup with his dermatologist.  ( . . . )  The fair-skinned Arizona senator, who suffered severe sun damage from his 5 1/2 years in Vietnamese prison camps, gets an in-depth skin cancer check every few months because of a medical history of dangerous melanomas." Yahoo News

The New York Times said Sunday,

"Along with his signature bright white hair, the most striking aspects of Senator John McCain's physical appearance are his puffy left cheek and the scar that runs down the back of his neck. New York Times

We all are aware of the normal actuarial risks of being seventy-two years old now, and seventy-six years old when and if his first term expired before he did.  However, if elected JiSM would treat the public to a "does he have cancer or doesn't he" check-up every three months.  In fact, he'll be getting another check-up like this around November 28.

Everyone's days are numbered, but John McCain's days are more numbered than most everyone else's.  Shouldn't we know what his November 28th 2008 check-up will say before we risk electing him president on November 4?  

Elizabeth Edwards' possibly terminal cancer became a big issue in the Democratic primaries.  Can John McCain's candidacy survive that kind of scrutiny of his health conditions, particularly the risk that cancerous lesions will appear on his face?

What kinds of fluctuations in the markets could we expect on a quarterly basis before and after John McCain's check-ups?  If John McCain were elected president, how much of his face would have to be cut off before . . . 2012?

Let's, be realistic, though. Ronald Reagan was 175 years old when he was elected president; was shot; underwent operations for bowel polyps; and probably spent most of his presidency with early Alzheimers Disease.  When many of us thought he was nodding meaningfully, some of us knew he was nodding portentously.  But he still survived to make liberals miserable for eight years.

Tags: cancer, mccain, melanoma, obama (all tags)

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6 Comments

Re: Can John McCain Make It . . . Again?

"Let's, be realistic, though. Ronald Reagan was 175 years old when he was elected president..."

Was he now?

I think we're overdoing our "concern" for Senator McCain's health.  This can be dealt with.  I'm not saying it isn't an issue.  It is.  However, there are certainly more virulent forms of cancer.  If he's careful, he can deal with this pretty well.

At least he's being open about it.

by Reaper0Bot0 2008-07-28 07:33PM | 0 recs
Re: Can John McCain Make It . . . Again?

He's not being open about it.  You know the medical records that all presidential candidates release?  His came buried inside 600 pages and his campaign only allowed the press three hours to look at it.  And no photocopying.

by Jess81 2008-07-28 10:51PM | 0 recs
this may be the GOPs dream

as it is an easy way out of having impotent McCain as their nominee. This could be their excuse to get McCain to step aside and let Mitt Romney take the spot. I don't know whether to hope McCain leaves or not.

by Lakrosse 2008-07-28 07:36PM | 0 recs
I'm going to be honest with you here...

Much as I dislike John McCain, I can't get behind calling him "JiSM."  It pisses me off when righties (and PUMA types) call Barack Obama any number of derogatory names, and I'm a big fan of the "do unto others" thing.  Sen. McCain has enough problems - his hatred of women, his love of war, etc. - that simply calling him "Sen. McCain" is enough of an insult as is.

by mistersite 2008-07-28 07:38PM | 0 recs
Re: I'm going to be honest with you here...

Plus, the substance in question has some positive connotations.  I get the irony.  I can't think of a less erotic image than the Republican candidate.  But I believe in keeping the sexy stuff sexy.  I don't even like using 'f**king' in a derogatory manner.  Not because it's crass, because it misrepresents something positive.

by Strummerson 2008-07-29 07:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Can John McCain Make It . . . Again?

I've had basel cell carcinomas in my 40's.  I've had a malignant melanoma with no reoccurrence in the past 6 years.  It would appear you need to educate yourself a bit more on skin cancer.

John McCain is taking good care of himself by having regular quarterly check-ups with a Dermatologist.  Because he is, he'll eventually die of something - but it won't be skin cancer.

by cameoanne 2008-07-30 05:54PM | 0 recs

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