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03 September 2008 @ 09:55 pm
Some days it's not worth chewing through the leather straps  
I had a conversation with a coworker today about why I was "sorta" okay with McCain as a presidential candidate up until he nominated Sarah Palin for VP. Sure, he's crazy, and a maverick, and all that, but the crux of the issue for me is that when the red phone lights up at 3 AM, I don't want McCain's first response to be DYING followed by her picking up that phone. There is no governorship, let alone PTA meeting, that can prepare you for the grand game of thermonuclear war which the Russians have so indelicately dusted off from the top of the credenza. I wanted to shake him and say, "You're smart! You write safety-critical software! You should have enough critical thinking neurons left to see through their partisan BULLSHIT!".

His response was that Obama's a tax-and-spend liberal Democrat, which means that his taxes would get raised to pay for universal underwater basket-weaving Headstart for gay liberal spotted owl-whales who want to take his guns away so they can get married and give themselves universal methadone coverage (or somesuch - I may be exaggerating).

WTF?!
 
 
 
Moxie Crimefighter: eyedrowdancer on September 4th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
AGREE
Bill Daytonjohnnycoup on September 4th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
That's priceless. All I've heard about all day is John McCain dying. He's an old 72...
lyght on September 4th, 2008 11:05 am (UTC)
What part of "I will cut taxes for 95% of working Americans" equates to tax-and-spend?

Oh yeah, that top 5% income bracket that your acquaintance seems to be aspiring towards. As if anyone in that bracket couldn't basically live off their interest income if they wanted to.

Reminds me of an MSN headline I saw recently: "Crybaby capitalists whine for more."
(Anonymous) on September 4th, 2008 11:38 am (UTC)
Well, I disagree that a governor can't be prepared to handle foreign relations. I don't think THIS governor has demonstrated that she can handle foreign relations though. She's going to have to prove it because from what I have seen there is no evidence on the record. And like you point out, McCain is very old. It is possible that she won't be able to pick up much more before he dies. I was more disappointed because she doesn't seem to have any economic expertise that McCain lacks. And she's seems to be a fundie.
Gostor of Wafflekaulis on September 4th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
You see, he's an optimist (that 3 AM call will never come, and he will one day ne in that top income bracket) and you aren't.
Josiah Carlsonchouyu_31 on September 4th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Just because someone is good at their job, and part of their job is critical thinking, doesn't mean that critical thinking extends beyond their job.

I'll not point out the obvious examples.
iophaiopha on September 4th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
Frankly, I prefer tax and spend to the Republican alternative, which seems to be borrow and spend even more, creating a huge trade deficit and increasing monetary debt.
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Nightwalkerhalfawake on September 5th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
Sure, he's crazy, and a maverick, and all that, but the crux of the issue for me is that when the red phone lights up at 3 AM, I don't want McCain's first response to be DYING followed by her picking up that phone.

Yeah, that is definitely worrisome. I'm not wild about the thought of McCain being president, but I like him better than his VP choice. At least I think, these days McCain is looking less and less appealing anyway.