The Fundamentals Are Fundamentally Wrong!

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by Hamilton Carnard
Sunday, 05 October 2008

Hamilton CarnardThe 2008 presidential contest has evolved into a single-issue campaign in the quest for the White House. That is to say: Who Can You Trust?

In terms of credit and credibility, Bush totally forfeited his public trust with the numerous fabrications, and prefabrications, underlying his hell-bent rush to prove his mettle by invading Iraq on the thinnest of premises, under the falsest of pretenses. His buddy and political ally, Mr. McCain, has fared no better considering his judgment on this issue, and has sadly reached a point lately where much of the public seriously questions whether you can believe anything that comes out of this man's mouth, whether it's his groundless attacks on Mr. Obama or his bungling of the bailout.

Apparently, all is fair in love and war, and also when competing for the high honor of becoming our next president and commander-in-chief.

"You dishonor this nation, Sir, when you select a running mate soley on the basis of having found yourself running behind your opponent in the polls. When one adds your awkward 'senior moments' to Ms. Palin's embarrassing 'junior moments,' the math does not readily place your ticket in the winning column. This just may not be your moment."

Mr. McCain's ploy of the week, declaring himself "leader of the pact" in respect to perceived progress (there was none) getting a bailout agreement through Congress, was just another egregious spin in a campaign with so many twists and turns the electorate is getting dizzy already trying to make sense out of all the nonsense. When he sent up a Hail Mary and threatened to cancel the debate, he got back a Hell No for an answer, which was as it should be. Face it . . . the American people may be stupefied by numerous clumsy attempts to capture the buzz-- but they are by no means stupid.

"You dishonor this nation, Sir, in the blatant attempt to convince a wary America that you are a supporter of market oversight and a believer in the importance of regulation when it comes to our banking system. Barring a last-minute conversion, your lifelong political stance on this issue has been one with the standard party line: the less regulation, the less government, the better."

We cannot know just how many "hail Marys" Mr. McCain has to throw up before it is clear that the time-honored phrase, "hail to the chief," just does not fit after also taking into account campaign tactics and personal countenance on the campaign trail, coupled with a boorish behavior during the first debate. The laws of gravitas tell us we need a president who is proficient at multi-tasking (one less prone toward multi-tsking when things go awry), one whose temperament matches the leadership challenges ahead for America. Most of us know deep inside that one can be mellow and dramatic at the same time, compassionate and compelling in the same breath, and strongly competitive without being excessively callous and calculating. The true measure of a man is what is at the root of this discussion.

"You dishonor this nation, Sir, when you stoop to the very same low-road tactics used against you by Mr. Bush & Company, especially considering your "straight-talk" promise to do just the opposite in this presidential contest. Instead, what you have provided the youth of this country is a "roll-over model," one that betrays the deep trust many invested in your now-altogether-dead campaign pledge. You have said repeatedly that this country is bigger than you, or your campaign. An understatement, as it turns out, but one we can now all agree with."

On a personal note, I attended a rousing rally for Mr. McCain in 2000 in California and admit I was favorably impressed. But you have to know when to hold 'em, and know when to scold 'em. Things change. People change. And it is the next president's challenge to make sure the electorate does not get short-changed concerning the things that most matter. Not this time.

Furl it!