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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Class act

Reportedly, McCain has already created an ad designed to be released after Obama's acceptance speech tonight. I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt, and assume sincerity (while remembering that there are always personal motives). Still, I've never heard of anything like it, and wanted to say straight out that it is the kind of political discourse I pray for.

JOHN MCCAIN: Senator Obama, this is truly a good day for America.

Too often the achievements of our opponents go unnoticed. So I wanted to stop and say, congratulations.

How perfect that your nomination would come on this historic day. Tomorrow, we'll be back at it. But tonight Senator, job well done.

I'm John McCain and I approved this message.


Anonymous said...

Well, I see two possibilies:

1. McCain's sincere;

2. McCain's at least partially insincere but highly shrewd.

Either way, it's obvious that he thinks this is the sort of message that America wants to hear from the Republican candidate for President today.

And either way, it's not a bad reflection on him -- or on this moment in American politics.

Sometimes dreams do happen. If you make them happen. And that is the American Dream -- Martin Luther King's, Barack Obama's, John McCain's, everybody's. To dream while wide awake and work to make it real.

Ad astra per asperam.

--Erich Schwarz

Anonymous said...

of course immediately
he turned around
before the night was over
and released an attack
on the basis of Obama's speech . . .

Mark Jones said...

I think it's entirely possible that a) McCain sincerely believes that a black man being able to become a national candidate for POTUS is a great moment in American history, AND that b) this particular man's political views are not in the nation's best interests.