Before heading to bed early this morning, I was left with two pieces of information: The emergency Wall Street bailout-proposal meeting between George Bush, congressional leaders, and the Democrat and Republican presidential candidates stalled amid bipartisan bickering. And McCain’s camp repeated itself — no agreement, no debate.
The first news I heard three hours later appeared in this morning’s Baltimore Sun: “McCain appeared to hint …that he would be at the debate, saying it was ‘very possible’ enough progress would be made on an bailout agreement for him to fly to Mississippi today.”
Is this guy a purely political hack or what? McCain, the self-styled “maverick” is nothing more than a grandstander. This week, he has been in rare form: getting caught in a blatant lie to TV talk-show host David Letterman, bum-rushing his opponent over a discussed joint statement regarding the financial crisis, announcing the immediate suspension of his campaign — without actually suspending operations, and now this will-he-or-won’t-he debate business. McCain’s words and acts don’t gibe, and if that is not an indication of being unfit to serve as president, I do not know what is.
The man simply cannot be trusted. I fully believe McCain never intended to miss his face-to-face with Sen. Barack Obama. All of this is a big political scheme to him, a Rove-style game to get what he wants — the presidency.
Remember that this man admitted the truth in his 2002 autobiography, Worth the Fighting For. At the time, shortly after his 2000 primary-election defeat at the hands of the Bush Brothers Banana Republic, McCain wrote, “I didn’t decide to run for president to start a national crusade for the political reforms I believed in or to run a campaign as if it were some grand act of patriotism. In truth, I wanted to be president because it had become my ambition to be president. I was 62 years old when I made the decision, and I thought it was my one shot at the prize. . . . In truth, I’d had the ambition for a long time.”
Apparently, he still does. Now 72, this likely is McCain’s last shot, and his actions are not those of a man who finally found a true calling to run. The senator’s bid looks, feels, and smells like it’s about nothing more than winning the presidency at all costs and no matter who gets hurt — just because he wants to be president. To hell with all else, and woe betide those who would get in his way.
In early summer, after McCain condemned his Democrat rival for having “ambition,” the Obama camp accused McCain of putting his lust to win the White House ahead of his own integrity. The Republican seems to be doing everything within his power to prove that Obama’s charge against him was justified. At this point, what’s real is easy to see: John McCain is beyond caring about the country or the American people or truth. He wants to be president, and he will say or do anything — even at the expense of whatever remains of his character — to make it happen.
Is John McCain the maverick and hero who will restore America’s greatness? No. McCain is a pathetic, desperate, selfish man. He certainly is not the change this nation needs.