America’s Concern Troll is very concerned and for once, legitimately:
I am one of the journalists accused over the years of being in the tank for McCain. Guilty. Those doing the accusing usually attributed my feelings to McCain being accessible. This is the journalist-as-puppy school of thought: Give us a treat, and we will leap into a politician’s lap.
Not so. What impressed me most about McCain was the effect he had on his audiences, particularly young people. When he talked about service to a cause greater than oneself, he struck a chord. He expressed his message in words, but he packaged it in the McCain story — that man, beaten to a pulp, who chose honor over freedom. This had nothing to do with access. It had to do with integrity.
McCain has soiled all that. His opportunistic and irresponsible choice of Sarah Palin as his political heir — the person in whose hands he would leave the country — is a form of personal treason, a betrayal of all he once stood for. Palin, no matter what her other attributes, is shockingly unprepared to become president. McCain knows that. He means to win, which is all right; he means to win at all costs, which is not…
…And so McCain lied about his lying and maybe thinks that if he wins the election, he can — as he did in South Carolina — renounce who he was and what he did and resume his old persona. It won’t work. Karl Marx got one thing right — what he said about history repeating itself. Once is tragedy, a second time is farce. John McCain is both.
And let us talk about that last part. The "magical apologies" of John Sydney McCain III, self-proclaimed non-elitist [by rule no one named "III" should be allowed to play the "elitist" card]. McCain always seems really sincere when he apologizes. And he regularly apologizes for actions that he took part in long ago. It’s how he sold the whole "Keating 5" experience as an actual victory for…John McCain.
And the media falls for it, hook-line-sinker. Even though it is performance art so cheesy and vile Piero Manzoni would put it in a can.
Tweety Matthews was actually on television decrying McCain’s campaign tactics as beyond sleazy while declaring McCain somehow is unaware of it. James Carville recently did exactly the same thing on CNN.
I imagine the scales will not fall from their eyes even now.
The fact is McCain is counting on his "apologizing" capabilities to kick in to high gear if he can somehow slander and lie his way to winning the election in a squeaker. He’s sold his what there was of his soul so he can win.
Afterwords he believes, win or lose, he can apologize and get back into the good graces of his spurned crushes of the media.
And despite Cohen’s lamentations don’t count out his ability to give a shallow, convincing, hair-shirted performance to the media-whores inclined to want to forgive him. Tom Brokaw is fluffing…his pillows…as you read this.
But as for me, I will respond in that eventuality the same way I respond now, with a well-earned and deserved one-fingered salute.