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McCain = McSane?

As one analysis after another shows Barack Obama slowly gaining ground and a lead over John McCain, some "conservatives" can see the writing on the wall, and they don't like the message they're reading one bit. In fact, the low-information voters who now constitute the Republican base are downright frightened, upset, and angry about the prospects of an Obama Presidency.

Per a CNN article today:

At a rally in Minnesota on Friday, a woman told McCain: "I don't trust Obama. I have read about him and he's an Arab."

McCain shook his head and said, "No ma'am, no ma'am. He's a decent family man...[a] citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues. That's what this campaign is all about."

One man at the rally said he was "scared of an Obama presidency." McCain later told the man he should not fear Obama.

"I want to be president of the United States, and I don't want Obama to be," he said. "But I have to tell you, I have to tell you, he is a decent person, and a person that you do not have to be scared as President of the United States."

McCain's response was met with boos from the crowd.

You read that right; McCain's own supporters booed him when he tried to inject a small dose of sanity into the discourse Americans are having as to who our next President should be. For the moment, John McCain looks like John McSane. John McCain should be commended for stating the obvious, but then why does the obvious need to be stated?


Perhaps it is because for decades now the Right in America has done everything in its power to divorce itself from a reality that it finds inconvenient to the propagation of a mythic image of its own righteousness and grandeur. Apparently, enough people limit their intake of (mis)information to the likes of FOX News, papers like the Washington Times, websites like WorldNetDaily, and the rantings of Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and Michael Savage that they actually believe wholeheartedly that Barack Obama is some sort of Muslim America-hating Manchurian Candidate.

This is what the conservative movement has come to; the supplanting of meaningful dialogue about the most important issues facing Americans with fabricated bullshit designed to convince enough intellectually challenged voters to cast their votes in "defense" of a nonexistent threat to elect a body of politicians who will work hand-in-hand with corporate elitists whose quest for wealth and power puts their interests in direct conflict with the economic interests of that same body of voters.

Of course, the problem with building a political movement on deceit is that eventually reality will rear its ugly head. How many of the Republican politicians elected since Ronald Reagan were elected by voters who bought arguments about "values" only to, in fact, have elected a body of politicians who sought to deregulate oversight of business practices which have led to the virtual evaporation of wealth that we are now witnessing in the binary meltdowns of the credit and housing sectors? Congratulations, Republicans, you've earned this. Mission accomplished, indeed. Ironically, it now looks like it might be the Republicans, and the McCain quest for the Presidency, who will pay the ultimate political price under an Obama Presidency.

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