The most astute label I've seen in the political news today is that of "running mate" for Sarah Palin.
A hurricane hits the gulf coast. Pretty bad disaster. McCain cancels half the Republican convention. (How much do you want to bet that if it was an earthquake in Hollywood, the Republican convention would have gone on as planned, possibly even adding a few parties?)
A financial crisis hits the country. Pretty bad disaster. McCain calls for a cancellation of his debate with Obama to solve the crisis.
I recently heard someone say McCain "kicks ass." More like hauls ass. Every time there's a crisis, he cancels everything that he's committed to. How can a guy who's always running away run a country? Certainly there are times to cancel things. An entire American city destroyed by flooding? Yeah, probably canceling your vacation would be a good idea. Two buildings destroyed in terrorist attacks? Yeah, maybe cancel your reading to an elementary school class.
A financial crisis that many experts had predicted for years? Holy crap! What a surprise! A real shock! We didn't see this coming! But... but... but... even though we helped create it, and we didn't see it coming, we can fix it if we just... cancel the debate!
McCain is running, all right. Running from the issues. Running from discussion. Running from Obama. His only desperate hope of winning is to keep the American people afraid and ignorant.
Reagan was a true kick-ass Republican at a time when kicking ass could still accomplish something. Bush and his inner circle were truly adept at misinformation and fearmongering. McCain wants to be kick-ass but it comes off phony, and besides kick-ass is not what the country needs right now. And he's a lousy liar, to boot. He's a clumsy and less believable version of George W. Bush. He's like John Kerry, only older, and he voted against Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
The one thing the electorate wants to see is a debate between the candidates. Finally see them side by side, answering the same questions, going head to head. (OK, we also want to see a Biden-Palin debate. I think it'll be a lot like if Jim Lehrer was a house guest on Big Brother. I wonder if they could have the debate in the hot tub? That would probably favor Palin.)
By the way, a $700 billion bailout sounds like a lot of money, doesn't it? But we've spent nearly that on destroying and then failing to rebuild Iraq. I'm just sayin', is all.