My friends, the end is in sight.

October 08, 2008 by susan
Old McCain, devilish cindy

Yes, Obama was terrific last night, transcendent I thought, and I don't always think that of my candidates. His previous tendency to pause and hesitate were gone, his answers were clearly phrased and well-organized. (Hey Hillary, thanks for all the great prep work. I mean that. I think she made him a much better candidate.)

I loved it that he didn't scribble notes while McCain wheezed on like the crotchety bitter man he's become, but instead sat very still and listened closely. No smirks, no eye-rolls, no sighs, just an "I'm listening" sort of smile, the kind you might affect at a dinner party when the person next to you turns out to be an over-served windbag who specializes in stating the obvious. Or the smiley neutral face you put on when your teenager tells you about the Jello shots party she had in the basement while you were away, after you've promised her you won't be angry as long as she tells the truth -- but you're thinking, "You sneaky little creep." Okay, Obama looked like he really was paying attention but he might have been thinking the sneaky creep thoughts.Lots more.

And the note-taking now looks totally bogus. What used to look like a "gotcha" moment -- the savvy one who's jotting down the erroneous comments of his or her opponent -- now looks like a phony-baloney ploy, thanks in no small part to Sarah Palin's frenetic scribbling in her so-called debate. (Wouldn't you love to see what she was writing? Does someone save those notes for the archives?) McCain's left hand crabbing across the page was surely a tactic to keep him from glowering at the camera, but it seemed really out of place in the more casual town hall forum. (And aren't left handed people usually creative and smart? Wha' happened?)

McCain took a thumpin' last night all right. The maverick has now been branded: Angry old man. His images were ancient -- Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Tip O'Neil, the cold war KGB in Putin's eyes, even Vietnam. And his swipes at Obama were mean and irrelevant, his attempts at jabbing with humor (hair implants?) weren't funny, his anger palpable. He went from swagger to slump when Obama pulled out the Bomb Iran song. And as we know, he ignored Obama after the debate, and left the arena as quickly as he could, the little blue ice chip mincing along behind him.

What all along promised to be a hard-fought and intense campaign has now become an incredibly bitter one as well. Some of this is due to John McCain's long-rumored bad temper, his fits of pique, and his desperation.

But the one who's really changed the tone is Sarah Palin. She's like the popular cheerleader who really doesn't understand the game on the field, but has mastered the back-stabbing game off the field. For all her flirty and folksy hockey mom talk, she's serving up hatred and fear and lies at every stop. She's the one goading John to take off the gloves, to play dirty, to win at any cost. And like any old man bamboozled by a younger ambitious woman, he's unable to resist.

But at least in football, if the quarterback were injured, no one would ever consider sending the cheerleader in to call the shots. Not even if the smitten quarterback insisted she had a great arm.

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naomi dagen bloom (not verified) | October 8, 2008 - 8:28pm

and that photo of mc pain and adoring wife is chilling. thank you for your take on obama, our candidate who is going to win. and will inherit the dirt pile (talking nice here) the repubs have left us, our children, and grandchildren.

pleased that obama is thinking about ways each of us will be asked to put energy into the solution.


TropiGal (not verified) | October 9, 2008 - 12:45am

That was smartly written, Susan. I like the incisive reasoning, and the tone that managed to escape mirroring the hatred and bitterness of the McCain-Palin ticket. I loved the analysis of the old man smitten with the cheerleader. She's a doozy, as my folks used to say.


barbara says (not verified) | October 9, 2008 - 5:55am

Didn't see the debate. This replayed it for me. Booyah and thanks.


Anon 1 (not verified) | October 9, 2008 - 7:52am

You might want to keep the party hats and ballons in the closet for awhile, lest you look foolish.


susan | October 9, 2008 - 12:48pm

Trust me, we don't even have the balloon and hats on order. We know how your side fights to win by hook or by crook, mostly by crook. Think purging voter registration lists, shorting the number of voting machines in heavily Democratic districts, the voting machines themselves, and as last resort, the Supreme Court. And we don't underestimate the effectiveness of deceitful and divisive campaigns like the one John McCain and Sarah Palin are running.

The only thing that makes us look foolish is that we dust ourselves off and come back for another round against those who have no honor, no idea of how to run the government they scorn, no regard for anyone's well-being but their own, no concern for the environmental degradation they're causing, and no moral compunction about dumping their debts onto everyone else, including their own children and grandchildren.
My friends, I'd rather be a foolish and patriotic supporter of Barack Obama than a cynical and selfish booster of John McCain.
And though it will grieve me beyond measure if we loose to such dishonest and divisive opponents, and though we will watch our country spiral irrevocably down the sinkhole that George Bush has created, I will know that for a brilliant moment America had one last chance, and that millions and millions of us were part of that moment, and that we did the honorable and right thing.
And you will have to claim your own hollow victory.


Anon 1 (not verified) | October 9, 2008 - 1:27pm

Suit yourself, but your words are hollow...and too numerous.


susan | October 9, 2008 - 2:08pm

Always too numerous, got me on that one.


dk (not verified) | October 9, 2008 - 5:50pm

Now that McCain looks like a silly old man, let's keep him that way. Mock him. Mock him hard.

These are good examples:

Fixin to Vote Rag:

McCain's Denial



leftymn (not verified) | October 11, 2008 - 10:24am

keep up the hope anon1....

McShame is losing the independents and Obama is now leading every demographic nationwide, I think he has swung the over 65 group in 3 weeks by nearly 10 points. That was the only group he was winning in. People see one candidate is looking and acting Presidential, the other is erratic, spiteful and "me first" as he has always been.

I assume he has an October surprise waiting.

Perhaps it is some hidden "surge" of new Republican voters in Pennsylvania that we dont know about? (500,000 new Dem registrations, a net loss of about 38,000 Republican voters since Jan 1)

Or the masses of independents who are going to rally in the booth against the "Arab" Obama. ?

I don't have the party hats and balloons ready, but I think it is prudent to have a bottle of champagne chilled.(works well in a victory or a loss).


dkny (not verified) | October 14, 2008 - 11:50am

It's not my bent to quote scripture at you, but here goes:

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report: If there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things".
St. Paul, to the Phillipians? (or someone)

Seems like what Obama does, and has been doing, all along.

From my perspective:

Whatsoever things are lovely: In NY, where I live, the mood has never been more enthusiastic for any election I can recall. Workers in the nursing home where I work are sporting and swapping Obama buttons, talking excitedly of the debates, yes, the issues, and even organizing a bus trip to PA to help register voters, instead of the usual monthly bus trip to Atlantic City to gamble. This crowd is usually in the "aw, politicians are all the same" camp. The new spirit is lovely to behold.

Whatsoever things are of good report: The news: The polls go up and up almost daily, and almost everywhere, for the Obama and the Dems. Yesssss!!!

Gordon Brown leads the way sure footedly and eloquently, proclaiming that government needs to be the secure rock for
us, individuals buffeted about in the whirlwinds of this economic mess. Hooray for Govmint! And yes, we'll soon have our own surefooted and eloquent leader, right here in the USA. (Although there's something extra fatherly/reassuring about that British accent)

Paul Krugman wins Nobel. PK, god bless him, has always been a voice of reason and wisdom - good to see such merit rewarded.

If there be any virtue... McCain defends Obama as someone we needn't fear, good and decent man,etc. And Obama thanks him for saying same. Even though the motivation was probably that "otherizing" Obama wasn't working, and that civility polls better, for both sides, well, good. Let's hear it for civility polling better. Civility (and manners) on Obama's part have been working in this election cycle Let's follow his lead. It's said that indifference, not hate, is the opposite of love. So if we show indifference, not only is it more civil, but........well, you get it.

So, brethren, end of epistle for the day, "think on these things".

(Had to write, when I saw that another "dk" wrote above, urging more mocking of McCain. That wasn't me)