John McCain: Tragedy And Farce
Richard Cohen has it right. The John McCain who once admitted lying about his stance on the Confederate flag, the man whose conscience woudn’t let him get away with not telling to truth to the American people, is no more. Not if his performance on “The View” was any indication.
Joy Behar, took McCain to task for some of the ads his campaign has been running. One deliberately mischaracterized what Barack Obama had said about putting lipstick on a pig — an Americanism that McCain himself has used. The other asserted that Obama supported teaching sex education to kindergarteners.
“We know that those two ads are untrue,” Behar said. “They are lies.”
Freeze. Close in on McCain…
“Actually, they are not lies,” he said.
Actually, they are.
Richard Cohen admits to having been a McCain fan, to having been seduced by his previous message of honor over freedom, McCain’s own sacrifices being prime examples. But now, that legacy is “soiled”.
His opportunistic and irresponsible choice of Sarah Palin as his political heir — the person in whose hands he would leave the country — is a form of personal treason, a betrayal of all he once stood for. Palin, no matter what her other attributes, is shockingly unprepared to become president. McCain knows that. He means to win, which is all right; he means to win at all costs, which is not.
We have been cheated on and lied to so many times, as Cohen points out. We have been left in the dust by Watergate, by Vietnam, by Iraq and Afghanistan. McCain was going to be the one to stand up, especially to his own side, and correct the course we were on. He was going to run an honorable campaign. Country first. Does he get another chance to renounce his own actions?
It won’t work. Karl Marx got one thing right — what he said about history repeating itself. Once is tragedy, a second time is farce. John McCain is both.
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