Category Archives: McCain

Changing Expectations

We Americans are a funny lot – we like exceptional people, the extraordinarily talented entertainer, the artist who moves us all, or the athlete who does the impossible at just the right moment, sinking that shot at the buzzer or … Continue reading

Posted in Anti-Intellectualism, Conservative Anti-Intellectualism, Dumb is Good and Smart is Bad, Elite is Good, Elitism, McCain, Obama, Obama as Role Model, Obama as the Grown-Up, Obama Calm and Steady, Obama's Professionalism, Palin Unqualified, Sarah Palin, Thoughtlessness as a Virtue | 1 Comment

The Eve of Destruction

Monday, November 3, 2008 – the day before the presidential election – and there was almost nothing left to say. Either Obama would win (likely), or McCain would win (unlikely), or there would be a tie and House of Representatives … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Sullivan, Edmund Burke, McCain, McCain the Drama Queen, Obama, Obama as the Grown-Up, Obama Calm and Steady, Obama the Conservative, Obama the Gentleman, Republican Civil War, Republican Party Breaks Apart, Sarah Palin | 1 Comment

Getting Over It

As the 2008 presidential campaign was drawing to a close anyone could see the candidates were getting down to the basics – all the variations on all the themes has been tried and what didn’t work was dropped. There wasn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Joe the Plumber, McCain, McCain and Entitlement, McCain and Vietnam, McCain Hot - Obama Cool, McCain Unleashes Our Demons, McCain's Anger Problem, McCain's Dark Tactics, McCain's Lost Honor, McCain's Recklessness, McCain's Sleazy Campaign Ads, Obama, Obama Calm and Steady, Obama the Socialist | 1 Comment

The Kids at the Door

The Friday night before Election Day, 2008 – Halloween night, everyone in clever costumes, or cute costumes, or sly and hip costumes, or just clad in some sort of ironic outfit, intending to puzzle you, as what they’re wearing may … Continue reading

Posted in Iraq War: Pointless not Hopeless, McCain, McCain and Vietnam, McCain Unleashes Our Demons, McCain's Cartoon View of the World, McCain's Service, Obama, Obama Inclusive | Leave a comment

For the Discriminating Voter

As is obvious to even the most casual observer – yeah, you hate that sarcastic and arrogant opening – the current presidential campaign now winding down can easily be reduced to a choice of two general ways of dealing with … Continue reading

Posted in Accepting Ambiguity, Discriminating between Good and Evil, Inclusion as Policy, McCain, McCain and Exclusion, McCain's Cartoon View of the World, Obama, Obama Inclusive | Leave a comment

Run Charlie Run

There’s more than you’d ever want to know about the Temptations here – but if you’re of a certain age you remember their amazing, and long, 1972 hit, Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone. One version was seven minutes long, and … Continue reading

Posted in Cynicism is not Realism, McCain, McCain Calling Obama Names, McCain Cannot Close the Deal, McCain Hot - Obama Cool, McCain's Anger Problem, McCain: Hot-Head, Obama, Obama Calm and Steady, Obama's Infomercial, Race and America, Race and Politics, Run Charlie Run, Solely Negative Campaigning, The Temptations | Leave a comment

Winning by Provoking Unforced Errors

Of course the end of the presidential campaign each four years means we get those sports metaphors – a candidate really hit a home run with some pithy remark that clarified everything and left his opponent with nothing to say, … Continue reading

Posted in Attack Politics, Catch-22, Forcing Errors, Joe the Plumber, McCain, McCain Hot - Obama Cool, McCain Lacks Maturity, McCain Traps Himself, McCain's Hail Mary, McCain: Hot-Head, Obama, Obama as the Grown-Up, Obama Calm and Steady, Republican Civil War, Straightforward Non-Campaigning | Leave a comment