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The Queen and the Two Jokers

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." - Philip K. Dick

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Long Story Short: McCain hiding behind Palin's skirts.

In the run-up to the Democratic National Convention the common wisdom was that Barack Obama was going to have to attack McCain's political record with both barrels, pointing out the glaring inconsistencies between the McCain of today and the McCain of the previous 25 years. To those of us who have been following the charming story of the Crankiest Little POW knew it'd be like shooting fish in a barrel.

That's why the pick of Sarah Palin was a brilliant masterstroke by Karl Rove. By picking this total trainwreck of a veep almost all coverage of Obama and McCain hit page 26... actually, 26B, right after the humidity levels and pollen counts. Hardly a day has gone past that some new outrage about Li'l Miss Mooseburger hasn't come to light. There's almost nothing in her resume that didn't stretch the truth and, sometimes, blasted it into its component parts. The stories almost wrote themselves.

Now the Republicans have gone one better by telling the press they can't interview her, except on rare occasions. This was intended to intensify the focus on Palin, as though she's some kind of, oh, I dunno.... celebrity or something. John McCain could now almost literally fry kittens on the tailpipe of the Straight Talk Express and the press wouldn't give him a second glance.

I wish reporters were half as intelligent as Barack Obama who, when recently asked about Miss Wasilla, responded that she wasn't important, that John McCain was his opponent. Like I said, dats vun schmott guy.

Keep in mind, John McCain is in terribly poor health. He only makes one appearance a day because that's all he can physically endure. If he wins the election he will have to fight the wrath of an incensed, Democratically-controlled House and Senate, and everything he does will find fierce opposition. It will certainly wear him down and it may just kill him, which means say hello to President Palin.

Actuarially speaking, Big John's not a safe bet to be around in four year regardless of his political status. This is no secret.

As gruesome as that may sound, that may JUST be Karl Rove's ultimate plan. Can you imagine this vindictive, scheming woman suddenly thrust into the position of the presidency with the last, theatrical gasp of the John McCain still hanging in the air? And Karl pulling the strings?

Fucking shoot me.

But if enough Democrats arrive at the polls to overwhelm the computer-controlled chicanery instituted by Karl Rove's boys in Florida, Colorado and Ohio then Mr. Obama wins the election. At which point John McCain will simply drift away as an elder statesman at the helm of a diminished party that is fitfully writhing in the death-grip of a self-inflicted wound.

As for Ms. Palin, she will return to the frigid obscurity from which she sprung. And good riddance.

But lest you think I am only critical of Republican politicians I'd like to take strong issue with something Mr. Obama recently said in front of an audience in Indiana in response to the many fabrications being repeated by his Republican counterparts.

Said Mr. Obama, "I mean, come on, they must think you're stupid."

Next time, Senator, please leave out the "must".

Thank you.


One extra little note:

You are going to be reading a lot of strangely-written posts on blogs and other places on the 'net supporting the unsupportable views of John McCain and Sarah Palin. Keep in mind we already know the neocons have a well-funded cadre of individuals whose sole job is to raise fear, uncertainty and doubt in public forums.

Find the truth for yourself. It's out there.


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