Unfortunately for McCain, he did little to stop the thieves who took his honor and reputation and tossed it out like so many discarded items for a yard sale, figuring that Americans could once again -- one more time -- be fooled into voting their fears. But what they really did was take the one Republican who may have had a legitimate shot at surviving the disaster that has been the Bush administration and strip him of the basic appeal he once had for people looking for someone who could lead.
This may be true. But I would ask the same question back at the Obama crowd. Who stole Barack? The honest guy who wants to change the way Washington does business, if that person exists, now lies and manipulates with the best of them.
Soon, the 'Straight Talk Express' will bank west and head for the Arizona desert and election eve. And John McCain will sit up front, staring out the window, exhausted, as the plane crosses the land he loves and the people -- millions of them -- he failed to connect with because while he was once indeed a prisoner of war, he has spent the last ten weeks letting himself become a prisoner of the past.The difference between McCain and Barack is McCain's discomfort with lying. Barack is a actor who, unqualified and unprepared for the job on any rational level, is playing president, and he does it beautifully. He lies about anything and everything, and he does it with the poise and calm that people expect in a president. He says whatever necessary without conscience. McCain lacks this ability - he plays the modern game of politics with discomfort - a reflection, one might speculate, of an old fashioned maverick - so he is analysed and chastised, while Barack is deified by the good government crowd.
Isn't it ironic?