I voted for John McCain in the primary earlier this year, mainly to do damage to any momentum Mitt Romney might attain in the nomination process. Romney comes off as genuine as a wax museum figure to me. I remain undecided today as to who I will vote for in the November election. I am tempted to take Ron Paul's advice and vote for some third party candidate. But today the McCain campaign pissed me off. By disingenuiously attempting to frame a very common political expression as a personal attack by Barack Obama on Sarah Palin, McCain lost points with me and, I hope, every thinking American. I found Obama's response to be appropriate today as he spoke in Virginia...
"Some of you may have -- I'm assuming you guys have heard this, watching the news. I'm talking about John McCain's economic politics, I say, "This is more of the same, you can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig."
"And suddenly they say, "Oh, you must be talking about the governor of Alaska."
[Laughter from audience]
"See it would be funny, it would be funny except -- of course the news media all decided that that was the lead story yesterday. They'd much rather have the story -- this is the McCain campaign -- would much rather have the story about phony and foolish diversions than about the future.
"This happens every election cycle. Every four years. This is what we do. We've got an energy crisis. We have an education system that is not working for too many of our children and making us less competitive. We have an economy that is creating hardship for families all across America. We've got two wars going on, veterans coming home not being cared for -- and this is what they want to talk about! this is what they want to spend two of the last 55 days talking about.
"You know who ends up losing at the end of the day? It's not the Democratic candidate. It's not the Republican candidate. It's you, the American people. Because then we go another year or another four years or another eight years without addressing the issues that matter to you. Enough.
"I don't care what they say about me, but I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and swift-boat politics. Enough is enough."
If McCain doesn't soon turn the focus of his campaign away from building a personality cult and back onto some issues then he's lost my vote.
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