Category Archives: McCain’s Authenticity

The Joy of Not Knowing Things When No One Else Does Either

If politicians know one thing, they know this. Explaining things that you yourself don’t understand can get you in trouble – explaining economics, for example.   People listen politely, then someone in the back, sensing that they’re hearing nonsense, smiles. … Continue reading

Posted in Character, Complexity, Economic Issues, Economic Meltdown, Elitism, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Lying to Win, McCain's Authenticity, Obama, Obama Too Cool, Palin Lies, Palin Unqualified, Qualifications to be President, Sarah Palin | Leave a comment

Not to Worry

Friday, September 5, thing were supposed to settle down. The political conventions were finally over, capped by John McCain’s workmanlike speech – long on character (he has it, he says), and short on the issues. In fact the issues didn’t … Continue reading

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Exasperation in the Heartland

So commentary resumes here after a week in the dead center of America, or at least Cincinnati – close enough, what with a few hot summer evenings at the Great American Ballpark (really), watching the oldest team in professional baseball, … Continue reading

Posted in Heartland Voters, McCain the Warrior, McCain versus the Facts, McCain's Authenticity, McCain's Palin Gamble, McCain's Service, Ohio Rejects McCain, Palin Scandals, Palin Unqualified, Proctecting the Tribe, Sarah Palin | 1 Comment

Assuming People Are Impressed by Empty Bluster

Okay, sometime in the seventies, with the rise of the sort of pop psychology that centered on authenticity, openness and issues of self-esteem, it became conventional wisdom that suppressing your feelings would likely kill you. It was important to vent … Continue reading

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