McCain Supporter Sees Error of His Ways

Opinionizer Richard Cohen, writing for the Washington Post, says he no longer recognizes the man he once admired:

… McCain has turned ugly. His dishonesty would be unacceptable in any politician, but McCain has always set his own bar higher than most. He has contempt for most of his colleagues for that very reason: They lie. He tells the truth. He internalizes the code of the McCains — his grandfather, his father: both admirals of the shining sea. He serves his country differently, thats all — but just as honorably. No more, though.

I am one of the journalists accused over the years of being in the tank for McCain. Guilty. Those doing the accusing usually attributed my feelings to McCain being accessible. This is the journalist-as-puppy school of thought: Give us a treat, and we will leap into a politicians lap.

Not so. What impressed me most about McCain was the effect he had on his audiences, particularly young people. When he talked about service to a cause greater than oneself, he struck a chord. He expressed his message in words, but he packaged it in the McCain story — that man, beaten to a pulp, who chose honor over freedom. This had nothing to do with access. It had to do with integrity.

McCain has soiled all that. His opportunistic and irresponsible choice of Sarah Palin as his political heir — the person in whose hands he would leave the country — is a form of personal treason, a betrayal of all he once stood for. Palin, no matter what her other attributes, is shockingly unprepared to become president. McCain knows that. He means to win, which is all right; he means to win at all costs, which is not.

Do read it:

The Ugly New McCain

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4 responses to “McCain Supporter Sees Error of His Ways

  1. Excuse me, but since when was McCain “leaving the country” in Sarah Palin’s hands? What a morbid, lugubrious remark!

    Here’s a little quiz for you: What do Alben W Barkley, Charles Curtis, Charles G Dawes, Thomas R Marshall, and Charles W Fairbanks all have in common?

    No cheating! You neither, Richard Cohen!

    What a crock. If you want “dishonest” how about Richard Cohen pretending he was all lovey for McCain.

    McCain is a great American, and to say that Richard Cohen isn’t fit to judge McCain’s character is a great understatement.

  2. She would be a heartbeat away… morbid perhaps, but a valid concern.

    Thanks for your reply!

  3. Heartbeat! How many heartbeats, history fans? I’ll take this as a demonstration that you failed the little quiz.

  4. The fact that those individuals didn’t ascend to the top slot is meaningless. McCain is 72, not ancient, but the oldest nominee ever. He has a history of serious illness and, let’s face it, he has been through a lot. Statistically speaking, there is an increased chance that Palin has a shot at having to step in as pinch hitter. No decent person hopes for that. However, it would be irresponsible not to take that into consideration when deciding one’s opinion as to her fitness to serve.

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