Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Hey John McCain. You Lost.

Granted, he is a Senator, but John McCain seems to have forgotten that he lost the election. A long-term supporter of global-warming legislation, including cap and trade programs, McCain now is on the "Party of NO" bandwagon:

"Specifically, McCain opposes Obama's proposal for a "cap and trade" program, which would set limits on greenhouse gases from power plants, factories and motor vehicles. The plan, which would bring the government an estimated $650 billion, calls for a carbon auction in which polluting companies could buy carbon permits to offset their emissions. The limits get stricter over time, forcing companies to either slash their emissions or buy more permits from the government or from clean companies that don't need them."

Not realizing that it is the President who sets foreign policy, not the Senate, this morning, speaking to Margaret Carlson on Fox, he demanded that Obama "act" regarding the situation in Iran. Saying that "The administration is not going to change their policy of dialogue, etcetera, etcetera and they should be condemned."

Never mind that inserting ourselves into the situation in Iran only puts the protesters in danger (more than they might already be in). If true change is going to occur in Iran, it must come from within to be successful. In 1953, America overturned a democratically elected government. As bad as it was, Iranians believed in their government. For the first time, now they understand the true situation. It's up to them to decide what they want and ask for help if they want it, not have it imposed on them. And never mind that it's Obama's decision, not McCain's.

Leon Paneta, head of the CIA, said of former Vice President Cheney that, "It's almost as if he's wishing this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point."

McCain immediately demanded that Paneta apologize, saying that while he did not approve of the "enhanced interrogation" policies of the Bush Administration, "Never did it cross my mind that Dick Cheney would ever want an attack on the United States of America."

The Republicans are so quick to jump on statements without really listening to what was said, or the context. Paneta's statement was said after Obama's and Cheney's back to back speeches when he was ambushed by a reporter. He didn't actually say he thought Cheney wanted an attack, he said "it's almost as if ..." which changes things completely. It sounds like, it seems like, which are perfectly reasonable conclusions to reach based on the statements made by Cheney over the past weeks and months.

The Republican Party in general and John McCain specifically are in total denial. They have taken Obama's desire for bipartisanship as a sign of weakness. They forget that they lost and seem to believe that the country is really a Christian right, conservative, right-wing nation. That people really want the programs and initiatives that they espouse. They can't figure out that losing elections don't just mean they lost. Losing elections mean people don't want your ideas, your ideology. They seem to think that if they can just speak louder, spend more on advertising, make the Democrats look bad, and somehow gain seats, that everything will be all right. They are totally clueless.

And regarding this Letterman vs. Palin comedy, McCain said,

"I don't understand why Letterman would say that about a young woman. They (the Palins) deserve some kind of protection from being the butt of late-night hosts."
Umm. Maybe she should stop being a public figure and an elected official? Stop putting her kids down on her financial disclosure forms as performing official duties so she can deduct their travel? And anyway, who was that who said extremely cruel things about a 13-year-old Chelsea Clinton?

Can we all say hypocrite? Can we say bitter old man who lost an election because he thought if he picked a woman running mate he could pick up the Hillary votes, and because Bill Kristol thought she was hot that he'd pick up all the Republicans who hated him? This is not a man who has a moral high ground to stand on.

McCain needs to understand that he lost. He looks pitiful when he stomps his feet and demands Obama do it his way. Obama gets to do it any way that he wants. That's what happens when you win the election.

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