Incidentally, yesterday one of those Secretaries of State, Lawrence Eagelberger said of Palin, “of course” she’s not ready to be president, adding “I devoutly hope that [she] would never be tested.”
Meanwhile, McCain claims that Palin has been a “uniting force” for the Republican party. Where’s that dream world, and why can’t I ever visit that kind of utopia? I once saw this documentary on Ronald Reagan. It said that he was the child of alcoholics, and went on to point out that those kind of people tend to invent their own realities as a coping mechanism. Thus they believe their own lies. I’ve thought of that line often these past few months. I just wonder if that kind of upbringing is what’s behind the selling of these lies.
Speaking of “senior moments,” yesterday McCain called Joe the Plumber a “true American hero.” WHAT??? Is he a firefighter? A soldier? A police officer? No. He snakes the drains of Ohio. He happened to ask Obama a question that has given McCain a rallying cry, even if it is a whopper of a lie. And now, Joe the Plumber is in talks to become Joe the Country Singer…no wait, wait, he’s Joe the Book Author…no wait, wait, he’s Joe Might-Run-For-Congress…no, make that Joe Just-Hired-Eddie-Money’s-Publicist. Actually, he’s plain old Joe Who’s-Milking-These-Fifteen-Minutes-For-All-They’re-Worth. And that truly is the American Dream of the 21st-Century.
If Joe the Plumber is an American hero, then this country really is going down the toilet in a swirling stew of turd.
On last night’s Countdown, Keith Oldbermann referred to McCain’s campaign staff as a “clown college.” YES! Who are these bozos? Who’s telling McCain to keep pushing Joe the Plumber? Why aren’t they encouraging crowds at their rallies to vote early like Obama is? Where is the loyalty? That staff has more leaks than a cheap diaper. Who releases an “internal poll” six days before the election? It’s mind-boggling. Ideals aside — the ultra-poor running of McCain’s entire campaign is reason enough not to deserve the presidency. They are as clueless as the current president.
And another thing that really bothers me: McCain never talks about the economy, or the middle class, or education. His message is exclusively about the other guy. But I want to know, Senator McCain, what are you really going to do for the country? Which direction do you want to take us, and how exactly are we going to get there?
On a completely unrelated note: This is the 100th post on this blog.
I went to school today to help out with the Book Fair. My kids have been educated in a Montessori program, and between the two of them, this is the sixth year that we’ve been working with their teacher. (The program runs three years, and they stay in the classroom mixed with 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s. It’s awesome.)
So anyway, I have a pretty good rapport with the teacher. I forget how we started talking politics. It’s been years. Maybe it started with the war, or with the 2004 election, but in terms of political ideals, she and I are fairly simpatico.
There’s also an assistant teacher in the classroom, and I have a good rapport with her as well. I’ve always thought she and I are very much alike. We have the same kind of fashion sense, for better or worse. We both are the type who seeks the solace of comfortable shoes. Today she was even wearing a fleece jacket from Lands End that is the same color and style as one that I have. We’ve laughed together, confided in each other, etc.
So, as we walked with the class, back from the Book Fair, I said something about Obama, and she made a counterpoint about McCain. I thought for a second about what she had said, and what it might mean. She fell back among her students to tend to one of their needs, and Clooney whispered in my ear, “She likes John McCain.”
And I respect that…in theory. But in my heart, I felt a wedge, like suddenly there was this huge difference, this area that had to be avoided or guarded.
This is coming also on the heels of an experience I had on a moms message board. Political discussions have been heated on the boards, nothing derogatory, though some of the McCain supporters have complained. I think they mostly have felt ganged-up on, as the bulk of the comments were made by Obama supporters. Though, to be fair, the Obama supporters were just pointing out inaccuracies in the McCain supporters’ posts about things like Obama’s ties to Islam and terrorists, the definition of socialism, etc.
A few weeks ago, the moderator got into it and told us all to basically “play nice.” Again though, I want to stress that if anything derogatory was said, I never read it. So then, I guess, one of the McCain supporters posted a thread that asked for responses only from McCain supporters, and the Obama supporters felt slighted. The moderator got involved again and separated us all into our respective corners. Any kind of dissenting opinion is seen as antagonistic, I guess. I think it’s just a shame that this is the state of our political discourse.
Edison and I carved this pumpkin together. We don’t claim to be professionals with the carving knives, but we did have a lot of fun doing it:
What does it say about American media, when David Letterman has to be asking the tough questions? Gotta love Dave for saying what everyone’s thinking to McCain’s face. McCain still gives his stock answers, but Dave still pushes him hard. Make sure you note the song the band plays as McCain takes the stage.
And the other one is done, my friends.
It seems that the handlers of the McCain-Palin campaign are now discouraging reporters from even talking with Palin supporters. I don’t know about you, but inhibiting the freedom of speech in this country is a clear violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and smacks of totalitarianism to me. Is that really what we want in a president?
I think you know my answer.
This from Tampa.
Manfrengensen said last night that we should dress The Princess as Sarah Palin for Halloween. He said he couldn’t think of a scarier costume.
McCain’s got his costume. How would you like to open your door to this guy on Halloween:
After I got the kids situated this morning, I sat down at the computer to read the New York Times. Man, that’s a bummer. I wasn’t in a good mood to begin with. The seeds of a headache germinated steadfastly in my frontal lobe.
The thing that caught my eye was an editorial piece by Thomas L. Friedman called “Dumb as We Wanna Be.” I have to agree with Friedman’s point about Hillary Clinton and John McCain wanting to suspend the federal excise tax on gasoline. It is short-sighted. If anything, we should be making gasoline more expensive, encouraging people to drive less and find alternatives to their cars. We should be investing in mass transit and renewable energy, but instead, politicians are hindering the changes this country needs to make.
My favorite point in the Friedman article:
“Few Americans know it, but for almost a year now, Congress has been bickering over whether and how to renew the investment tax credit to stimulate investment in solar energy and the production tax credit to encourage investment in wind energy. The bickering has been so poisonous that when Congress passed the 2007 energy bill last December, it failed to extend any stimulus for wind and solar energy production. Oil and gas kept all their credits, but those for wind and solar have been left to expire this December. I am not making this up. At a time when we should be throwing everything into clean power innovation, we are squabbling over pennies.”
Read more here:
Right here, in my own state, the legislature recently put the kibosh on a plan to build a wind farm off the coast because it would be “too costly” to consumers. What they believe the price of oil and natural gas is going to be in the next few years, I have no idea, but I do think the myopia of politicians in this country is epidemic.
I think it’s very hard for most Americans to live ascetic lives when it comes to energy, but there are things that we could try to do like insulate our houses better, turn thermostats down in winter, up in summer, carpool, ride the bus when we can, etc . But I also think the government, both local and federal, should be doing more to help us, i.e. providing tax incentives for solar panels and hybrid cars, investing more in mass transit, and the like.
In practice though, there are few options. I’m about to start shopping for a new car. With three kids, all of whom still need booster/car seats, my options are limited if I want to go hybrid. What I don’t get is that Toyota actually makes a hybrid minivan, but they don’t sell it in the US. Why is that?
Price is always a factor too. If hybrids remain so much more expensive than fuel-only cars, how are the majority of drivers going to make the switch?
In other news, there’s an article about cases of child labor discovered this week in China:
Oh, and there was this little tidbit:
“Even factories that supply global companies, including Wal-Mart Stores, have been accused in recent years of using child labor, and violating local labor laws.”
Price, as I said, is always a factor. Everybody’s looking for the lowest prices. No one wants to pay more, regardless of what those extra pennies or dollars get them. I know people around here love their Wal-Mart. Sure their prices are super cheap, but no one cares why they’re so.
I guess I’m just having one of those days where I’m tending to look on the dark side.
But whatever…let’s just go back to talking about a crazy preacher who’s got nothing to do with anything real…
(Hang on until the end — it’s the funniest part.)