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Dazed & Confused

Friday, Sept. 05, 2008 3:54 AM

In a speech that critics have labelled bland and uninspiring, John McCain accepted the nomination of the Republican Party.

Right off the bat, McCain starts negating elements of his own campaign. He talks about the struggles of one Pennsylvania couple, pointing out that the husband is a fundraiser for the mentally and physically disabled - in other words, a community organizer. But we all know community organizers don't do any real work; Sarah Palin said so.

McCain talks about wearing a bracelet in memoriam of an Iraq War veteran, to remind him of sacrifice - but, surely, a man as patriotic as McCain, a former POW, even - would never forget such a simple lesson, right? (Or forget to wear his frigging flag pin.)

McCain tries to redefine the principles of the GOP, and ends up stumbling into a minefield of phrases which have been used by the Bush Administration to cover up their misdeeds: culture of life, personal responsibility, rule of law, legislating from the bench.

McCain lies when he says Obama thinks we can achieve energy independence without drilling and without nuclear power.

Obama, last Thursday: "As president, as president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power."

McCain positions the United States as facing threats not only from Iran, but Russia. He talks about knowing how the military works, yet he was near the bottom of his Naval Academy class (894 out of 899).

He assures us he knows how the world works, and knows good from evil. Except he seems confused about those whom he once labelled, 'agents of intolerance,' confuses major religious sects, and mangles borders.

Hardly an inspiration.


McCain also got punked by protesters from Code Pink, plus an Iraq War veteran.


A telling Freudian slip by former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. Asked to explain what makes McCain's talk of change different from the talk of the past eight years, Ridge answered, "John Bush ... John McCain is his own man ..."

Apart from the slip, it's not even an original thought, as it's the same line of crap Joe Lieberman pitched earlier in the week.


Cindy McCain's darling little outfit that she wore on Monday is estimated to have cost around $300,000, including the shoes and accessories.

But Obama is the elitist.


More family values from Wasilla, Alaska: the Matanuska-Susitna area is the methamphetamine capital of Alaska.



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