September 26th, 2008

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Heroes

You know, David Letterman said that John McCain might be the only hero he has ever met. Seriously, I doubt it; it’s just that the other heroes don’t brag.
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McCain wins!

McCain wins the gold medal: tonight John McCain moved ahead of Ross Perot in surrealness of presidential candidate.

Let’s see, he said that General Petraeus was like Osama bin Laden. He said he looked into Vladimir Putin’s eyes and saw ‘K-G-B’. Other stuff like that—plus he looked like a maniac.

Obama looked great!
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Two things really surprised me during the debate

McCain truly surprised me twice tonight. One was that some subject, I wish I could remember which, nearly made McCain explode. Kristy can’t remember what it was, either. It was inexplicable to me.

The other was that, as I could hardly believe, John McCain didn’t know what ‘strategy’ means in a global context. The man is ignorant of the military arts; his comprehension is below that of a child playing Risk. This really surprised me.
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Thom Hartmann surprised me today (in a good way, an excellent way)

Thom Hartmann has again and again said that Obama needs to learn how to give soundbites and zingers, that this is how you have communicate. Furthermore, Hartmann usually has given examples of what he was talking about—usually terrible. Don’t hire this guy to be your punchline writer.

Today, however, Hartmann related how it occurred to him that maybe Obama should just be Obama. Hartmann had thought back to Kennedy, and how Kennedy communicated, and it was intelligently, like Obama.

He probably should have gone further still, back to the Eisenhower speeches he so likes—the cross of iron speech, especially (which I have copied under the cut). It’s not soundbites, it’s not zingers, it’s intelligent communication.

Welcome to clue, Thom Hartmann.

Welcome to the ignorance and defeat, John McCain—the ignorance and defeat of someone who went to war and liked it, who made his part in war a bragging point—who loved war all the more when he was too old to do anything in war but give orders.


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