McCain is coming off the rails, ball bearings flying everywhere

New McCain Ad Bashes Obama for Not Visiting Troops Using Footage of Obama Visiting Troops.

There’s not much I can really add to that. If John McCain was running this campaign any more incompetently, he’d be better off handing the reins to a chimpanzee. Maybe he already should.

The past few days have seen so many dishonest attacks by McCain against Barack Obama — not visiting the troops, wanting to end the war for purely political reasons — that it really tarnishes that whole “Straight Talk Express” sheen he had going for him. Without that, what else can he possibly sell the American people on? The huge similarities between his positions and George W. Bush’s?

8 Responses to “McCain is coming off the rails, ball bearings flying everywhere”

  1. jeem Says:

    Perhaps they’re trying a bold new political strategy: pathos. If enough people feel sorry for poor old John McCain, then maybe – just maybe – they’ll vote for him. (Hey, it’s one approach Barack Obama certainly can’t take.)

  2. Kelly Martin Says:

    McCain is seeming increasingly senile to me. But that might just be me.

  3. Cyde Weys Says:

    No Kelly, I don’t think it’s just you. He is going to be 72 very shortly. I don’t know why anyone who says this is lambasted in the media for it, but 72 is simply too old to be president. Senator, sure. But the presidency has a bunch of unique demands associated with it that don’t go well with advanced age.

  4. Ed Says:

    I still had some respect for McCain but after knowing that and watching this ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHXYsw_ZDXg ) I completely lost it.
    America, we (the rest of the world) are watching you. Don’t disappoint us, please ensure you choose the correct president this time.

  5. drinian Says:

    Cyde: McCain is roughly the same age that Ronald Reagan was when he entered office.

    That being said, I think Reagan had much better control of his henchmen than McCain does. Whoever is running his PR department is out of their mind.

  6. Cyde Weys Says:

    Ronald Reagan isn’t a good example to bring up, because he’s proof positive that electing an old president is a bad idea:
    1. He sure as hell wasn’t a good president. Despite being lionized by Republicans, he was responsible for a huge raft of policies that many liberals/moderates consider absolutely terrible. He created record (for the time) budget deficits.
    2. In his later years he was losing it from Alzheimer’s. We were lucky a national emergency didn’t come up where this hurt us too badly, but voting in McCain would be exposing us to more of the same risks.

    72 is just too old.

  7. drinian Says:

    I’m not entirely sure how those policy choices, however wrong they were, were related to Reagan’s age. Actually, quite the opposite, Reagan was remarkably good at selling his plans to the American people, being the “Great Communicator” and all that.

  8. Cyde Weys Says:

    drinian: No, they don’t have much to do with Reagan’s age, but I brought them up because they don’t serve to convince me in the slightest that Reagan did a good job. If you want to convince me that old presidents aren’t bad, point to an old president who did stuff I agree with :-D