John McCain: The ‘Low-Information’ Candidate

I was requested to re-post this article that was written during his Presidential run against President Obama – VAC
30 October 2008

Weapons-grade contempt

One need not be detective or forensic scientist to determine the extent of the weapons-grade contempt emitting from John McCain.  The list of recipients is endless.  While the non-stop tirade begins and ends with the “media” it’s the other accusations that are startling reminders of John McCain’s profound lack of leadership skill, his shudderingly feckless statesmanship and his blatant and purposeful dishonesty in his campaign rhetoric.  McCain’s lead among low information voters is not only because he has pandered to them by appealing to the remnants of our National disgrace, but the fact that he is the ‘low-information’ candidate.

Meanwhile, moving in a consistent and progressive manner, Barack Obama does not respond to McCain’s routinely personally offensive talking points.  In fact, Obama never mentions Sara Palin, and only mentions McCain’s name when associating him with policies that he’s supported.   No personal attacks, no inferences of subversive activity.  Most surprisingly, McCain who has staggered through some very questionable professional relationships, has apparently not sobered up enough to realize that he has probably finished himself as an American statesman, period.

Lost the Media Friends

John McCain, of late, has complained about the press – something he didn’t generally do.  The problems between McCain and the press occurred in a number of events with different people that decided that it was time to ask John McCain real questions since he was waging a war against the survivor of the modern history’s longest Democratic race.  There was much more on the table and without question demonstrable differences between the candidates in demeanor, education, life experience and political experience.

Apparently though, John McCain’s witty remarks and warm gestures to junior and senior journalists, treating them like the neighbors puppies, was not going to sell this time around.  There was a public demanding information – and McCain had a endless stream of banalities, slogans and generalizations – but often his facts were wrong at the first, second and even third attempts and reexplaining himself.  Each juncture resulting in another journalist losing their seat on the McCain traveling press corps for asking a question that was not on the McCain preferred question list.  While there is no real list – one would surely realize when they asked a question that didn’t appear on the non-existent list as the Straight-Jacket Express would figuratively leave them sitting in the middle of nowhere while it sped away.

Not Mavericks – Desperadoes

The most remarkable example of how John McCain equates campaigning to war.  Most clearly he’s adopted a plan that isn’t from the ‘Dao of Strategy’ but only from the ‘Dao of War.’  In doing so he has conflated military actions with political campaigns and he and his minions have set their sights on destroying Barack Obama.  While it’s true, politics does use military terminology, including the word campaign, it is about ideas – not blood. The critical mistake he’s (McCain) made is that it is quite apparent that the American public does not aspire to be like John McCain, but are more attracted to the persona and temperament of Barack Obama.

This goes to one central point – that being the primary obligations of the next President.  Team builder, confidence builder, critical thinker, calm and careful consideration and a keen intellect.  With all due respect, as shamefully small as that amount may be – John McCain possesses none of these qualities.  Obama rises to all of them and it simply means there is no choice for the American electorate to make – John McCain has made that most emphatically clear.

Just Do It

It has been my pleasure to talk with readers, friends and loved ones. A very few in disagreemnet with my judgment, and to them I simply state – it’s time to give it up.  I heard the story about life-long Republican support, frankly there have been enough career politicians that are Republicans and supporting Obama to shatter your argument.  I’ve heard about silly ramblings about free-lunches.  Sadly, there is no shred of truth to equate Obama with free-lunches, that is a silly argument that Herbert Hoover will forever have as a legacy.  And lastly, it was a collective hubris that got us into this mess.  It was many of us thinking that we were more important than our neighbor and going to great lengths and expense to prove it – so much in fact that we’ve consumed ourselves into a very unhealthy state.  Our egos are long out of the reach of our economics and our faith in religions that preach about walled communities have created division where there was none.  It is time for us to act like intelligent beings that hope to heal society so that there is an equality in opporunity.  In that case our next discussion will be about personal responsibility – but now is not the time for that discussion to be the focus.  You know that the right thing to do – even if you have a lot invested in thinking otherwise.  Just do it and stop wasting your energy on your ego – just pitch in – we need to do this together.

Barack vs. The Volcano (Redux)

The Candidate is the Campaign, Period

…inexplicable disassociation with current events, stunningly inadequate communication skills, dubious team building expertise and an endless stream of banalities…

McCain’s campaign deserves the ‘Ship of Fools’ moniker, and they prove it daily – not only in the fact that they defy reason in the overtly fictionalized representation of the Senator’s leadership skills, but with their flagrant disregard for facts.  The campaign’s message is confusing hot air and ash; noxious, dirty and deadly.  The representations of the future are in direct conflict to McCain’s past record. In fact, many of the conflicts have been navigated by McCain within a single news cycle – whereby he reverses course on his own comments within hours of his original.  We’ve said it before, McCain does more about-faces in a day than a Naval Drill Team and it is hardly understandable how he hasn’t screwed himself into the ground where he stands.

The McCain Volcano is replete with a cast of the ‘Usual Suspects’ that make Keyser Söze seem like Captain Kangaroo.  It’s not just that they  represent the ruling class that created the volcanic cone that is impacting America, but because their ideological scam has devalued the American worker and fleeced the National wealth.  A re-distribution of wealth that not only has devalued currency but has gambled the American legacy by decimating the US Military, inspired greater global terrorism in a manner most fiction writers wouldn’t have felt was believable and created the necessity of corporate welfare that is undeniable, yet is placed directly on the shoulders of an abused middle-class.

Yet, without skipping a beat, John McCain goes news cycle after news cycle displaying an excess of poor leadership style, inexplicable disassociation with current events, stunningly inadequate communication skills, dubious team building expertise and an endless stream of banalities, slogans and staggering contradictions.  However, the patented GOP response to what must be global observations of McCain is always preceded with an attack on Barack Obama.  This is the sensibility that riots are made of – not important political decisions.  The mere fact, that Phil Gramm (the birth parent of the Financial Services Modernization Act which abrogated Glass – Steagall) is an economic adviser and former co-chair of the McCain campaign should be reason enough for any reasonable human being from disregarding McCain as an option in November.  When punctuated with McCain’s stating that he’s not for the privatization of Social Security this week, after a decade of his vociferous support for privatization should shake even those that haven’t been paying attention to politics.

Even GPS Can’t Locate McCain positions

…it is unquestionable that John McCain is the Republican stooge who permitted his campaign to chose a VP running mate for him that was certain to distract the electorate…

“You can’t make this stuff up” was almost an appropriate sub-text for every McCain speech in the past week.  It was expressed by journalists, journo-tainers and the Obama campaign.  It was irresistable, as was the line that Obama worked into every speech declaring that the ‘Ole boy network was a McCain staff meeting.’  Truly, even those not enamored with shtick could resist broadly smiling each time it was repeated.

McCain would literally contradict himself within hours of taking a position. While great fodder for news / opinion / comedy – John McCain’s campaign activities are not just confined to the US airwaves but are making US Politics the laughing stock of the world we so desperately need to re-engage in a healthy way.  Imagine a President John McCain addressing the UN while the suspicious membership recall his attempts at detente by quipping ‘Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran’  Just think about a man who has claimed in a Nationally broadcast interview “I know how to win wars!” as though the empty words had value.  He, to this day, he has not been challenged by the corporate media with access to him to back up that claim.  It is not only a sad commentary on John McCain’s grip on reality, but a revealing glimpse of the corporate media’s dubious attempts to keep the game going as long as possible.

After the disgrace that was billed as the Republican Convention, not limited to but including highly questionable police activity and the jailing of credentialed US Press journalists and the vile words of the resentful bridesmaids – it is unquestionable that John McCain is the Republican stooge who permitted his campaign to chose a VP running mate for him that was certain to distract the electorate from the facts and potentially build support.

Skill with Hope, Faith and Charity

When the talking heads and paid political analysts (even the friendlies) called for him to get into the street fight – he acknowledged their concern but won their respect for not blackening his own eyes with his own knees

It is our opinion that the premiere qualification for a presidential candidate is their ability to lead.  The skills required are a nimble mind, an ability to assemble heroic teams and reduce complex problems to a series of actionable events.  This is commentary and not a campaign ad – but Obama detractors have engaged in propoganda that borders historic proportions in order to disavow his accomplishments and the McCain campaign has engaged in politics that rival the disinformation of the current Bush administration.  In fact, Bush political operatives have been engaged by the McCain campaign in successful recruiting effort that the US Army wishes it could accomplish.

Hope:  Barack Obama adopted the word ‘Hope’ as an operative tool over a decade ago – it wasn’t born of a campaign. While there have been numerous accounts of it’s importance and volumes written mocking the emblatic overtone – it is overwhelmingly apparent that this is a fundamental precept of what makes Obama tick.  In contrast the McCain campaign has posited that Hope is not enough – even though it is abundantly clear that the Obama campaign has admirably operated with a positive mental attitude throughout the campaign.  The importance of this is evidenced in the fact that the current presidential race has been observed by many as being pivotal in the history of the USA and the Democratic contender rose from the ranks with a grassroots political organization that has out-raised any US Politician in history and defeated the tenured Democratic political machine in accomplishing the Party’s nomination.

Faith:  While this is of the most personal individual freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution, Obama’s faith has been challenged continuously with disturbing allegations.  Some of these allegations still being hoisted by still employed yet hardly relevant paid propogandists posing as commentators, are offensive not only to Obama, but to many Americans that are not fundamentalist Christians.  There is no question that these businesses celebrating non-profit status have provided cover for political operatives intent on tainting Obama.  To his credit, Obama has run the gauntlet of incomprehensible assertions with aplomb.

Charity:  This is the most evident of all the attributes of the Obama campaign.  Even when the neophyte political activists, supporting Obama began to call for his head-on-a-stick, because of his skillful manuevering of positions placed in his path by a concerted effort of the Republicans in Congress – team Obama managed to get the activist leadership to focus on singular actionable event that was more important – that being winning the election.  He did it without creating huge or lasting divisions.

When the talking heads and paid political analysts (even the friendlies) called for him to get into the street fight – he acknowledged their concern but won their respect for not blackening his own eyes with his own knees and patiently permitted the opposition to choke on their own hubris.  He has repeated this throughout the campaign and his control under fire has stunned the McCain rioters.

John McCain : Maverick or Desperado ??

What a pain in the ASCII

Wait Mom!!  I'm reading The Almost Daily Binx !!

Wait Mom!! I'm reading The Almost Daily Binx !!

he hasn’t taken a 20 minute break in the last 10 years to understand the exponential reach of an Internet browser

While we take a few moments (very few indeed) to ponder the question of which cowboy nick-name is more suitable for Sen. John “Loop-hole” McCain, let’s also consider that in the year 2008, the Senator confesses that he actually does not have much experience in functioning on the Internet.  This, singularly, is one of the most astounding admissions conceivable.  It is the equivalent of a public official in the 1940’s not being familiar with ‘how to use a telephone.’

Interestingly enough, John McCain could really use the Internet, if nothing else, to put at his fingertips, information that has seemed to escape his reach.  Even if just used as a safe-guard against a bad memory or keeping up with current events, the tools available would likely prevent pandering gaffes such as when the

If I go out there they are going to ask me more questions.  Can't we go for ice cream?

If I go out there they are going to ask me more questions. Can't we go for ice cream?

confused Senator told a Pittsburgh CBS News Affiliate reporter that he told his North Vietnamese captors the names of the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line, when interrogated about the names of those in his unit. Of course, the surroundings may have been responsible for McCain’s error, or perhaps some confusion over Pittsburgh and Green Bay, Wisconsin, or perhaps John McCain’s desperation.  Nonetheless, there is ample evidence that McCain had, until that day in Pittsburgh, told the story differently – in fact – the offensive line of Green Bay. We’re not suggesting that Senator McCain is a liar, after all, his POW status alone apparently permits him to manipulate the truth, by-pass press scrutiny and claim super-veteran status over we mere veterans – but we are suggesting that he’s often … confused.

While the corporate media lines their articles and commentary with pillows for the elderly Senator – there is still no evidence forthcoming that John McCain has experience in team-building or capacity for leadership in any manner.  Simply stated, to the extent that he hasn’t taken a 20 minute break in the last 10 years to understand the exponential reach of an Internet browser, is mind-boggling.

Straight-talk ?

Binx101 ??  I hate him ... hate him !  Hrrrrrmph !   Ah !

Binx101 ?? I hate him ... hate him ! Hrrrrrmph ! Ah !

we plead for pedestrians to consider the McCain ‘ride’ the “Straight-Jacket Express.”

To quote ourselves, John McCain has more about faces than a Naval Drill Team.  His campaign ship-of-state is apparently structured in the same manner as a Jenga game and is routinely lying in ruins, though quickly reassembled to catch the breezes from the next news cycle. Sending out his aggressive surrogates to criticize Obama at all costs and to explain why Obama is wrong.  This practice has back-fired a number of times, but nonetheless, Team McCain’s commitment to developing the most despicable and shameful Presidential campaign in the history of the United States is apparently a goal they may have in the bag.

The only time that he seems somewhat competent is when he is mouthing the central points of scripts

The 2009 Straight Talk Express

The 2009 Straight Talk Express

provided by his handlers and confidants.  However, he appears to be most confident when he occasionally goes renegade and terrorizes the public with his alleged keen vision and commentary. Apparently his admirers appear to become nervous these days, as he flashes, what can only be described as a ‘creepy smile’ while he displays the same lack of statesmanship as his chief supporter, George W. Bush.

Senator McCain has now turned the political campaign gaffe into an art-form, considering that he has made them almost daily for the last 2 months.  While the corporate media is either ignoring, downplaying or in the case of CBS news interview with Katie Couric simply editing them out of the story – true excitement seems to fill the air when the sometimes feeble Senator gets things right.  This in itself may be a part of the GOP strategy of sensory overload.  But nothing is more thrilling, as an observer of human behavior, to experience John McCain master the George Bush technique of answering a different question than what was asked, be completely wrong in his assessment, or punctuate his answers with strange facial expressions or ill-timed creepy smiles.

We can only consider his departures from already hackneyed and uninspiring platitudes quite thrilling – in a morbidly curious sort of way – and we plead for beleaguered pedestrians to consider the McCain ‘ride’ the “Straight-Jacket Express” and a very dangerous option.  Dangerous in the sense that John McCain is desperate – his campaign is depserate – and – his party is desperate.  He is truly … a Desperado.

Obama / McCain : ‘Survivor – D.C.’

Challenge One:  The American Polls

"I like to do this with my thumbs"

"I like to do this with my thumbs"

the ‘Top-Gun’ accolade, Maverick, has many people believing that John McCain is actually Tom Cruise, and they don’t realize that he’s really the old guy on the TV News

Generally, polls across the country reveal Senator Barack Obama trending ahead of John McCain, despite some of the peculiar polling techniques.  By peculiar, we mean those polls that are designed to influence the outcome by employing the Socratic method of deduction.  Remember, telephone polling has the additional advantage of directing ones answer by the vocal inflection of the questioner.  Think we’re fooling? – take a few of those polls the next time you find yourself dodging your caller-ID as though you were dashing through the defense on the way to goal line.  Sooner than later you’ll get a list of questions that appears to have the answers built-in.

Even in the face of some less than truthful pollsters – Obama’s surge (pardon the expression) is evident and has the long-toothed McCain elders in a huddle in order to throw as much cold water on Obama-mania as they can.  The plans, as we have observed, include heavily quoting the Republican demographic that is largely influenced by political street-money, that is to say, those that vote in order to receive the pancake breakfast, bus ride and the day-trip to the Casino, including buffet vouchers.  Traditionally this is the voting demographic that has put McCain ahead of Obama polls querying military leadership and terrorism management.

Of course, the McCain fictional depictions, while not exhibiting the chutzpah of the current Commander-

"Call me Mav"

"Call me Mav"

in-Chief’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ aircraft carrier one act stage play, are still propaganda of the highest order.  While retired General Wes Clark got hammered for explaining that John McCain has no bonafides when it comes to military knowledge or experience, we’re still forced to ask the questions:

Wouldn’t a pilot that wasn’t shot down be a more likely celebrated authority?

Why does being a prisoner of war, as horrifying and breath-taking a sacrifice as that may be, denote military knowledge or diplomatic skill??

We’re still convinced that the lifting of the ‘Top-Gun’ accolade ‘Maverick has many low-information individuals confusing John McCain with Tom Cruise, and they don’t realize that he’s really the old guy on the TV News that appears to be a little dazed when asked questions at news conferences.

Challenge Two: Keeping McCain Looking Viable to Meet Ad Sales Projections

the case of John McCain, it’s more like ‘Week-end at Bernies’ since eventually, McCain will never stand up on his own.

This is not as complicated as it may appear.  Briefly speaking, the corporate media machine is hungry for their share of the political booty.  Even if there has already been a trend to permit anti-trust activities and a monopolistic seizure of our national news trust, despite the actual mission of the FCC – the corporate media machine has a voracious appetite and aggressive accountants.  They’ve planned on a field day for Ad sales and profits, so don’t get so baffled when you don’t understand why the corporate media doesn’t squish McCain with a hammer of his own arrogance.

Consider this – a  trendy restaurant is located in the middle of a block in an industrial neighborhood in Any City, USA.  Right next door is a commercial  parking lot, privately owned.  Since most of the area is devoted to small factories, the occupants generally travel by public transportation.  Half of the parking lot revenue is now from the restaurant.  The owner of the parking lot knows that the owner of the restaurant is a creep.  He lies.  He serves substandard food and has paid-off all the health department officials.  Would it be in the parking lot owner’s best interest to publicly demonstrate against the restaurant??  Is it likely he would put signs on the entrance to his parking lot encouraging business to go elsewhere?  Is it likely that he would voluntarily give up 50% of his business?  Just set it on fire ??

Of course not.  Now you know why the media doesn’t challenge John McCain.  Even if it were Mike Huckabee or Andy Dick in the other slot, we’re perfectly confident that the corporate media would create an oxygen rich environment and a series of ‘good-days’ creating an illusion of collusion. Although in the case of John McCain, it’s more like ‘Week-end at Bernies’ since eventually, McCain will never stand up on his own.

Challenge Three:  Spinning Without Getting Dizzy

"Who's the Maverick - You're the Maverick ! ... You're the Maverick !"

"Who's the Maverick - You're the Maverick ! ... You're the Maverick !"

the corporate media newsters are feasting like hummingbirds in a nectar rich garden; or, a food fight at the local reformatory, depending upon one’s broadcast preferences.

Many have heard the sonic boom of talking point volleys, mostly promoted by the corporate media machine, in which opposing political analysts engage in fictional arguments by decrying official knowledge of their candidates’ inner-most thoughts and reasoning.  The campaign of John McCain, not unlike the President’s staff, is characterized by its spring-loaded snarking arrogance, while the Obama team is generally characterized by shrugged shoulders and ever-so-slight grimaces as they painfully endure re-purposed platitudes that require a Sherpa in order to find an relevant talking point.

In the past few weeks McCain challenged Obama to visit Iraq, Obama plans trip, McCain camp accuses Obama of grandstanding, McCain criticizes Obama, then criticizes his own people then criticizes Obama … then adopts Obama’s Iraq strategy and claims original title to it, without breaking stride or changing the dyspeptic look on the collective McCain mask.

Confidantes have revealed that the McCain collective had to throw together some ill-fitting talking points when Obama derailed their war plan by re-assessing his stance on the FISA bill and then opted to take heat from his own side of the aisle rather than to permit John McCain to paint his opposition with a broad brush that was sure to include quotes from Stalin and Hugo Chavez as part of a smear campaign.  In fact, just recently, trying out new lines … McCain implied that Obama was a Socialist by inference, and then when asked directly about it, responded “I don’t know.”  So deep in the bowels of the McCain brain-trust, the mill wheels are turning, refining the wholesome flour in order to bake cakes from the Cindy McCain recipe collection – in the shape of monkey wrenches to hurl at Obama at periodic intervals.  While it’s not the Food Network – the corporate media newsters are feasting like hummingbirds in a nectar rich garden; or, a food fight at the local reformatory, depending upon one’s broadcast preferences.

Challenge Four: Dinosaur vs. Elders

"Light me dude ?"

"Light me dude ?"

They have no ideological differences, although they are very playful in front of reporters and often taunt each other with a wink and a nod.

The Democratic symbol may as well have been the dinosaur since the Clinton administration held the door open while Republican’s cleaned House and grappled a majority in Congress.  Very adept business professionals of the Democratic persuasion figured how they could co-exist, not unlike the manner in which the Vichy co-existed with the Nazis.  Sorry it isn’t pretty but its true.  We refer to these Vichy-crats as dinosaurs, because they are lumbering, nearly extinct and serve no purpose other than to impose themselves and threaten with their largesse.   This is the nearly extinct and panicked wing of the Democratic party that has threatened Obama.  They have done so because they stand a better chance of group success if the Democratic Party remains the way it is – as opposed to being infused with youth, couth and truth.  They share a common DNA thread with their collaborative counterparts of the Republican persuasion – political patronage. Obama is not beholden to them, and as such, poses an ideological / fiscal impasse of life-threatening proportions.  There is a substantial amount of expended ‘Quid’ that will likely not receive its promised ‘Quo’ and the Dinosaurs would sooner collude with the Grand Ole’ Pachyderms than miss on cashing in at all.  The problem is, they ate all their cover so they likely may be taking their lumps or lose

Richard Perle, architect of Iraq invasion and neocon chieftan

Richard Perle, architect of Iraq invasion and neocon chieftan

even more.  These are the people that quietly made millions on welfare spending.

Of course, their counterparts, a group of neoconservative cowardly oligarchs that have as much to do with freedom as the first slave traders that ever set up shop on shores of Ivory Coast.  This group of miscreants developed liver spots on their pasty skin when they were in grammar school as their own physiology was repulsed by the damage they could cause humanity.  This is the group of Americans that refer to their employees as their people – not because its trendy – but because they own them, or at least believe they do.  The play very well with the Dinosaurs because they  consider themselves ‘special needs’ of a pedigree, even if it is not the same pedigree.   They have no ideological differences, although they are very playful in front of reporters and often taunt each other with a wink and a nod.  These are the people that vociferously protest the departure of American forces from Iraq, because of the billions of dollars at risk if they aren’t able to secure their portion of the oil booty – and – how complicated it all becomes if the American taxpayer won’t provide 100 years of security forces in order to protect their (the oligarchs) wealth in the region.

UPDATE:

Challenge Five: Making Confidential Plans for State Visits to Foreign Lands Without John McCain Leaking Them

McCain may have subconciously been trying to go for a more complete cancellation

As though ripped from an old Twilight Zone episode – earlier today – it was reported that John McCain was publicly discussing the confidential plans of Obama and other members of the US Senate and their expected visit to Iraq.  Obviously, not eager to have Obama receive the lion’s share of the press while making an historic visit to the region that American lives are threatened daily, and the region of a conflict central to his campaign for President, John McCain had a senior moment and revealed details of the trip publicly in a most sophomoric display featuring his trademark poor judgment and loquaciousness.

Apparently, panic has consumed the McCain campaign as they scurry to divert attention from the national press and corporate media in covering the European and Iraq visits by Obama.  While the White House was unsuccessful in getting Obama’s Brandenburg Gate gig cancelled – McCain may have subconciously been trying to go for a more complete cancellation by revealing facts that had not been shared publicly about the timing of the Obama contingent’s itinerary.  There was no response avialble from the Obama camp at the time of this article.

John McCain: Owned by the NeoCon Empire

15 Mar 08, The Almost Daily Binx, San Jose, CA – by Binx101

McCain Town Hall Meeting – Set Ups

“… Strawman dialogue currently under development at NeoCon hate laboratories …”

The NeoCon extreme right is going to start with their own version of  the ‘Kitchen Sink’. mccain-passing-the-buck.jpg For example – John McCain’s meeting in Pennsylvania  – fears that al Qaeda or another extremist group might attempt spectacular attacks in Iraq to try to tilt the U.S. election against him.  This was in response to an obviously planted question in Springfield, PA, regarding whether or not McCain is concerned about foriegn extremists helping get Democrats elected in the US.  Yes… read it again …. that’s what we wrote.

American’s better get used to this type of new Strawman dialogue currently under development at NeoCon hate laboratories all over the US.  This is only the beginning.  We haven’t even gotten to the actual contest … this is just the warm-ups.

McCain – Unfit for Presidency

“A combat pilot and a descendant of a long line of distinguished Naval heroes notwithstanding, we think John McCain is demonstrably unfit to be President.”

John McCain vociferously contested US use of torture, but then, as if out of the blue, changed his tune and voted against the torture ban.  Why?

The answer isn’t complicated at all.  In fact, its very simple.  John McCain has written in his own memoir and has been endlessly quoted about his personal experience, having broken warningmccain.jpgunder torture.  But alas, he’s also been very clear in repeated statements that torture does not work.  Okay then, which is it?

Our vote is that McCain is Mad.  Not Mad as in angry, not Mad as in Mad Magazine … no were thinking of  Mad as  in the Tin Foil Hat denomination. He’s a man of extremes.  Black or White.  ON or OFF.  Hot or Cold. Angry or Smiling. And subject to change his mind at the drop of hat, but more likely at the drop of check or endorsement.

We should be very afraid of a McCain presidency.  If one thinks that George W. Bush was the perfect front man for NeoCon masters – he’s a total amateur next to this genuine war survivor – who has actually done the things that Bush imagines he’s done himself.  He’s been in command.  A combat pilot and a descendant of a long line of distinguished Naval heroes notwithstanding, we think John McCain is demonstrably unfit to be President.

He’s changed his opinions with reckless abandon.  Can you imagine anything more clearly representative of dementia than John McCain, a tortured prisonerjm.jpg of war,  reversing himself and embracing torture as a viable tool of Democracy.  We can’t.  Further, we think its the big tip-off that the man has gone totally mad.

We’re not fooled by set-up Town Hall questions or an enthusiastic group of Neanderthals that think that we should occupy Iraq for the next 100 years.  Sorry – thanks for your service – but with all due respect – take a seat.

Obama Connects the Dots : Clinton Draws Distinctiions

Party platform, notwithstanding, there is a lot of difference between the approaches of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. So much so, that this may very well be the most important popularity contest of all time. The breakdown of voters displayed by CNN is most revealing (for popularity purposes that is) even if the broadcasters are rightfully struggling to explain them. CNN has done the most to put the information in a simple and useful form. See the <CNN Election Center – Wisconsin Results > Likewise, John King, CNN Political Analyst did a nice job in explaining the trend lines and what they mean. He compared it to an investment in a 401K and it was actually a very simple an effective explanation. No doubt, in a society of diverse opinion, access and potential influence, someone will decry “foul.” Nonetheless, The Almost Daily Binx applauds CNN for delivering useful information in an effective manner – despite the fact that they domicile Larry King.

That brings us to the central point. It seems as though Barack is energized beyond the confines of the typical candidacy, is connecting with most young people and according to much of the information – white males in comparison to Hillary. Hillary commands leads, although narrow, over women in general but the definitely the 60+ group.

That being said, Obama is generating excitement and for the most part – Hillary is generating a lot of mixed activity. Now this isn’t a landslide but if Obama continues to trend in this manner, there won’t be any need for the convention other than unifying the party.

Wait! Unifying the party ?? No easy task.

The Democratic Leadership Committee is dysfunctional – The Democratic National Committee is all about seniority and a ledger of favors – general party politics accounting that is – Hillary Clinton for President is all about DLC/DNC and Obama for President is comparatively brand new. We’ve seen what the ‘party’ will do to those that don’t fall in line. I’ll bore you to tears with stories of them leaving Kucinich to face well funded opposition in Ohio … and what they did to Paul Hackett when he didn’t yield to the DLC and ran in Ohio. He lost to Jean Schmidt by 3.5%. He got no help from the national Democratic Leaders such as Schumer and the DLC crowd that support Hillary. With even a modicum of help – Hackett would have had a great victory -but – they didn’t like his anti-war comments and he didn’t seem like the kind of card carrying party guy the leadership was counting on … so … what to do ??? Nothing else to but – get the Republican elected. They’ve done it more than once. They even managed to assist the Republicans in getting Lieberman re-elected in Connecticut after he didn’t get the nomination by not kicking in to the race because it’s wasn’t important enough. Every wonder how Russ Feingold feels about that ??

Well, The Almost Daily Binx has great hopes for the next Presidential election if the Democrats don’t implode and rig the nomination for Hillary and cause a breaking of the party – don’t count on it – but don’t rule it out. If she were an apparent front runner – that would be something else. But, with the former President as her bull-dog and the coffers and support of the DLC at her aid – Harold Ford, Jr. falling over himself because of his aspirations in a Clinton White House – and the fact that Obama’s message is unifying in contrast with Hillary’s polarizing tendency – not to mention that Clinton represents the AARP version of politics and not the energized set – its starting to become clear that Obama’s plan to simply ignore the fact that Hillary is running is a useful tactic. It certainly has the Republicans energized because they want to run against Hillary. Simply stated, its their only chance to potentially win. Our opinion is that Hillary is beatable by a Republican – Barack is not. Then again – we’re only virtual.

Obama vs. Hillary McCain – How Barack Saved My Gnocchi

Yesterday, I spent the better part of the day preparing a nice dinner for a family birthday gathering. The Osso Buco was led by a modest serving of Gnocchi con Pesto Crema. Now every knowledgeable cook knows that Idaho potatoes are a wonderful ingredient for light and airy Gnocchi, providing a little care is used in the preparation.

Miraculously, I was able to accomplish this task while listening to alternating streams of Hillary and McCain employing sub-sonic technique in order to hammer Barack Obama for being an eloquent purveyor of his vision and hopeful for America’s future. They systematically ignore the fact, that he’s called on American’s as volunteers and as part of a civilian corps in order to accomplish a great deal of the ‘hope’ segment of his wish list. Further to that end, the corporate media has not been very enthusiastic about portraying his call for volunteers, national service and education – and rather, prefer talk about the battles between Hillary vs. McCain, Hillary vs. Barack.  They (Clinton and McCain camps) call on Obama for substantive examples of his plan – yet he delivers them in every speech – and Hillary, McCain and the corporate press ignore the dialog in the manner of strawmanesque politics.

Clinton and McCain have systematically ignored the central point of Obama’s campaign and have been most deceitful and dishonest. I don’t use these words lightly. Along with our current White House – I consider Hillary Clinton to be as accomplished a liar as Bill Clinton and John McCain. Or as I like to think of them – ‘Hillary McCain’. I do not recommend executing delicate maneuvers in the kitchen with very sharp cutting implements or boiling water while listening to the ‘Hillary McCain’ speechify.

Add Chris Matthews to this mix and I’m turning into a screaming lunatic actually jumping off the ground because my hands are full of hot potato, egg and flour, preventing me from slamming them into my butcher block mis en place. Matthews, the gossip lummox of tabloid TV clearly in need of emergency psycho-therapy, begins to talk of sensations up his leg when he hears Obama speak. Dry heaves notwithstanding, his curious comment stirs up more distraction from the central point.

Now I must remove the small bloody potato area from the pile of freshly flaked Idaho, bandage my finger and get back to work before my mixture cools too much. There’s parsley caught on my shoe and I’ve nearly twisted my ankle on the last three-foot leap off the ground. There’s a good chance this is all going to be stored in the garbage pail until trash day. Nonetheless we persevere while the aroma of the braising Osso Buco begins to tamp my Calabrese genetic predisposition for Vendetta.

Hillary McCain is ready on day-one. As crazy Uncle Nunzio always says, “Stockholm syndrome – they love each other”. In fact, if they don’t love each other they should – because they can reinforce each other’s arguments and stir up anti-Obama sentiment by agreeing with each other. Obama has to run against both of them right now (three if you consider Bubba,) which really makes them one. Add a few dashes of Matthews mind-boggling adoration when Hillary McCain, with a back-drop of Octogenarians in order to feel youthful, calmly announces, with the voice of an undertaker – Hope …. is Dead … don’t listen to Obama. Me and even the guys behind me from the Washington Mutual commercial … we know … Hope is Dead. Obama is a dreamer. We know hope is dead … We killed it !

Hillary McCain – Same Ole, Same Ole – the way you like it.

By this point I’ve realized that my fancy Bluetooth set-up, permitting me to select stream audio to tether-free speakers may be more dangerous than I had considered. I’m muttering incessantly like Darren McGavin’s character fixing the coal furnace in ‘A Christmas Story” while negotiating several near misses with a large pot of boiling water. At one point, I’m so distracted that I nearly reach into the oven without oven mitts in order to check on the Veal. I realize I need change, I want change … I must have change.

When I return from my home office, the stream is now Obama. I have set the next 4 pod casts of Obama. I start to get calm. Its hard to not notice how important he believes words are – because he choses them well and speaks them most believably.

Hillary McCain is quietly reduced to a scab  now forming on my thumb and small bit of bloody potato dough in the bin. Even Matthew’s earlier Larry Craig-ish proclamations and those famous south-paw dubs suggesting Obama’s speeches are ‘lofty,’ can’t harden my grip on the gentle touch needed to make those airy pillows of potato pasta. The fork tines have created the perfect sauce catching ridges for the creamy Pesto mixture that will be lightly tossed with the Gnocchi before plating. The atmosphere is calm, the timing is perfect and mood is set.

I’ve decided that I’ll listen to the rest of the Hillary McCain bluster while I split some logs later. At least I can put them to good use.