Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Just Plain Sleazy

At this point likening John McCain to a morally bankrupt used car salesman is an insult to morally bankrupt used car salesmen the world over...but it's telling: John McCain is a person so blinded by his own ambition that he will literally do anything to get elected--anything.

And he's managed to find a running mate of equal moral bankruptcy.

Come to think of it, this is a "values" election after all--it's the values of decency versus the values of, well, used car salesmen (or used war salesmen if you prefer). And whenever I manage to stomach either McCain or Palin for a few moments, I can't help but think of the Hunter Thompson conclusion to Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail:

This may be the year when we finally come face to face with ourselves; finally just lay back and say it -- that we are really just a nation of 220 million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns, and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.

The tragedy of all this is that George McGovern, for all his imprecise talks about "new politics" and "honesty in government," is really one of the few men who've run for president of the United States in this century who really understands what a fantastic monument to all the best instincts of the human race this country might have been if we could have kept it out of the hands of greedy little hustlers like Richard Nixon.

McGovern made some stupid mistakes, but in context they seem almost frivolous compared to the things Richard Nixon does every day of his life on purpose, as a matter of policy and a perfect expression of everything he stands for.

Jesus! Where will it all end? How low do you have to stoop in this country to be President?

John McCain has almost managed to make George W. Bush look honorable.

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