Aside from my personal opinion about the Republican candidates McCain and Palin, I can't help but recognize that the Repubs are running a crappy campaign.
McCain hinged his campaign on two major points: Honorable military service (while honorable, still sets a ridiculous standard to hold as some kinda meaningful qualification to become POTUS), and experience experience EXPERIENCE. He heavily criticized Obama as an inexperienced celebrity and memorialized that opinion with a ridiculous commercial comparing Obama to Paris Hilton and Brittney Spears. McCain summarily dismissed Obama's campaign theme of "change" with a condescending wave of his little arms.
Fast forward to Sarah Palin - McCain's VP pick. No matter how many times the Republicans stutter through bogus support of Palin's qualifications, the chick is clearly a small-town
pit bull with lipstick hockey mom. McCain grins like a weasel with a hard-on whenever crowds cheer Palin - obviously more on celebrity than substance.
And how does McCain cover for flopping half of his ticket to the unqualified celebrity sect? He changes the foundation of his campaign from EXPERIENCE to the MESSAGE OF CHANGE. Does McCain really wish he was Obama in another life? (I think I just threw up a little in my mouth, but I digress.)
Aside from my personal feelings about McCain and the other Christian Conservative wingnuts who think they speak for Jesus (I digress again), real issues that affect all Americans must have room in these campaigns.
(I won't say anything about McCain spending more time trying to make Obama look bad than making himself look good. That's typical of somebody who sees the other side as having more to offer, but I digress for one last time.)
Associated Press writer Jim Kuhnhenn provides a welcomed look into the truth and fiction that swirled during the Republican National Convention. I invite you to read the article for yourself, but here's an appetizer regarding Republican claims that Obama will raise taxes for working-class Americans:
Obama would provide $80 billion in tax breaks, mainly for poor workers and the elderly, including tripling the Earned Income Tax Credit for minimum-wage workers and higher credits for larger families.
He also would raise income taxes, capital gains and dividend taxes on the wealthiest. He would raise payroll taxes on taxpayers with incomes above $250,000, and he would raise corporate taxes. Small businesses that make more than $250,000 a year would see taxes rise. [emphasis mine]
I just about lost all hope that Americans really care about the issues. I'm losing faith that Americans can't see how the wealthy McCain loves two things more than life itself: protecting wealth for the wealthiest and WAR. Far too many are more concerned with Obama's lapel pin, Michelle's patriotism, Cindy McCain's arm cast and Palin's pregnant daughter. In those cases, I throw my hands in the air and hope that Obama's alleged "celebrity" simply wins over Palin's alleged "celebrity." To heck with rubbing two brain cells together to actually pick the BEST candidate for this country's future.