Unable to clearly articulate his plan for America other than resorting to such cliches as being "pro growth and pro jobs" - whatever the hell those rhetorical placebos mean - McCain's only other non-radioactive bid to stroke the voters is that he is, um... tested. Surely no one would discredit his POW experience, but he is in fact saying that any POW- and there were many - is prepared to be president. I think not. No more so than Sarah Palin is prepared to be president. Since she was summarily added to the ticket she has proved to be no more than an anatomical expression for leering guys and a vacant substitute for Hillary Clinton as a not so subliminal walk-on role for the benefit of the ladies in her audience.
In the final days, the McCain camp's rap sheet on Obama has included outrageous charges that he threatens to bring on a Holocaust (courtesy of a rightwing Republican Jewish organization), that he would be a threat to the peace and tranquillity - with maybe even bodily harm - to your family and mine (you must know the origins of those fears with an African-American challenging McCain); that Obama favored criminals over cops; that he was not an American citizen (don't kid yourself, folks; this is as racist as it gets without mentioning the n-word. )
The GOP has fallen so low into the muck that the Rep. John Boehner, the Republican minority leader from Hamilton, Oh., didn't hesitate to refer to Obama as "chicken shit". Boehner? Wasn't he the guy who was seen passing out lobbyists' money on the House floor?
However Tuesday's election turns out, neither McCain nor his party deserve to win. The antagonists in this race would need more than $150,000 for clothes to freshen up their images after giving their brand of moral values a bad name, not only in America but to a watchful world whose support the U.S. will desperately need in the months and years ahead. The only good news landing in the Democratic camp from their adversaries is that some guy named Cheney heartily endorsed his friend, John McCain. With friends like that, you don't need many enemies.
Hemingway once described courage as "grace under pressure." I didn't see any of that in McCain's frantic appeals to our worst instincts as we headed to the polls. No honor. No decency. Even for the hysteria of ugly politics, it was despicably out of bounds.