Biggest Reason to NOT Vote for McCain: In McCain’s Own Words

“We were elected to change Washington; and Washington changed us…”

One of the things that struck me in John McCain’s rather pedestrian speech was that he performed a nationally televised political “mea culpa” on behalf of the Republican Party in attempt to get America to vote for HIM and NOT the GOP.

“We lost — we lost the trust of the American people when some Republicans gave in to the temptations of corruption. We lost their trust when rather than reform government, both parties made it bigger. We lost their trust when instead of freeing ourselves from a dangerous dependence on foreign oil, both parties — and Sen. Obama — passed another corporate welfare bill for oil companies. We lost their trust when we valued our power over our principles.”

Here is a guy who’s been in Washington, a part of the government for 26 years, a guy who has been about as reliable a vote for the Bush administration as one can get, and he was telling the American people that “Okay, NOW I get it!” “If you elect me, THIS time I’ll get it right!” Whoa!

Frankly, I don’t see how he thinks that the American people are going to miss the fact that he has been a part of what he now says is wrong. At least Senator Obama has the plausible excuse that he went to DC, saw what was going on, how things were done and decided to run for President at his earliest opportunity.

I also noticed that the delegates weren’t too happy about this “throwing the GOP under the bus routine.” They sat in silence through most of it, but then dutifully applauded when, after the litany of GOP evils was over, McCain said “We are going to change that.” There have got to be more than a few of them, especially the elected officials who decided to show up to the convention who took real umbrage at whay McCain was insinuating. A prudent man would wonder how well they will help out this “reform ticket” when they get back home.

The other thing I couldn’t help but think was when McCain talked about how he changed as a POW and how he “was never the same again; I wasn’t my own man anymore; I was my country’s.” I thought about how among the very first things this “new man” did – he who had now forsworn any desire to be self serving – was to begin fooling around on the wife who waited faithfully for him while he was a POW and ultimately ended up having affair with an heiress who was almost 20 years younger than himself. How fortunate that his dedicated service to his country included his being an adulterer and marrying a trophy wife with money and setting himself up for a life of ease!

Cynical, I know. But thats what I am.

And I think that a lot of Americans are as cynical, if not more cynical, than I am. We’ll see in a few weeks.

— writeside