the new john mccain

9 years ago

last night's debate needed to happen.

after a town hall meeting last week that was a complete snooze (sorry, but it was)--i don't think i was alone in hoping that the final presidential debate would bring some of the issues to the table that have been neglected in light of the current economic crisis.  it was also time to address the (very large) elephant in the room of negative campaign ads and accusations of "domestic terrorism" being made at mccain-palin rallies across the country.  accusations that are indicative of the new tenor of john mccain's presidential campaign.  indicative of a whole new john mccain.  

over the course of the last several months i have watched the transition of senator mccain from a thoughtful moderate into everything that terrifies me about the republican party.  this transition has taken  him from the days of the straight talk express and reaching across the aisle into new and uncharted territory.  to a place where reason is left behind in favor of abstract concepts like "honor" and "patriotism."  last night's debate featured the "new" john mccain...aggressive, sarcastic and accusatory.  a man who has completely given up the ghost of bipartisanship in favor of the pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps, gun-toting, anti-tax, big corporation politics of the worst of the worst in the republican party.  the moment in which i saw this most profoundly, and that is the most troubling to me as a young woman, was during the candidates discussion of abortion.

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