Oh, and obviously I'm voting for Obama.
I mean, come on. McCain may have been a good candidate a couple of years ago, but he has blown his political capital and credibility in almost every possible way, the most egregious of which being his choice of Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.
She symbolizes just how far he had to go to pander to the most extreme elements of the Republican right. She also shows how little he knows or cares about women's issues. Her relentless anti-intellectualism is frightening, and the divisive nature of her dialogue is sickening. "The Pro-America" parts of the nation should be rejecting her just as much as those of us who don't believe there is such a thing as an Anti-America part of America.
McCain might have been offended and hurt by the comparisons made between his Post-Palin campaign and the idiom of Joseph McCarthy or George Wallace, but that doesn't make those comparisons any less apt.
That doesn't even take into account the fact that Palin, who he touts as a very capable and ready leader, can't even name a periodical she reads when asked. "Gotcha question," indeed. How would she respond if there was actually a crisis?
I'm not in any hurry to find out. We've had eight years of "gutsy," "folksy" leadership that has been just about the worst eight yeas of leadership in our nation's history. Let's hope we've learned our lesson.