Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Mavericks, yet they can't fly solo!
A maverick, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is "an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party." John McCain and Sarah Palin are self-declared mavericks. So the underlying question, one that I wish Charlie Gibson would ask in his supposed upcoming hard hitting interview with the "barracuda," is why aren't they acting like independent individuals?
Joe Biden began stumping for the ticket, on his own, yes, all by his lonesome, immediately after Barack Obama announced that he was ready from day one. Why? Because he was. He's been on the interview circuit continously while constantly and competently answering the "mean spirited" media's barrage of questions. (Note: He doesn't need democratic traitor Joe Leiberman on his right correcting his answers either.) He has been allowed to answer questions and hit the campaign trail running because he didn't need the coaching, prepping, learning curve, late night, after-the-fact vetting that his counterpart obviously so desperately requires.
Sarah Palin is not allowed to answer questions from the press (supposedly because they pick on her too much, come on, Hillary took a beating and she handled it and she doesn't even shoot or eat moose.) She can't even deliver a Karl Rovian surrogate written speech without John McCain nervously looking over her shoulder. If you don't believe me, go back to one of the videos of his announcement speech after he introduced her (or the photo above.) He's either checking out her ass or reading her speech word for word to make sure she's adhering to it. Neither one is good for the country. Think about it. While you're at it, think about this random, scary thought. If she truly feels that the press is being too hard on her, which she has expressed, what is going to happen when she has to sit down in negotiations with President Putin about power struggles and military aggression. (Surely she knows who Putin is, afterall Cindy McCain bases Palin's foreign policy experience on the fact that Alaska is so close to Russia, I kid you not!) Is her staff, those whom she had not yet fired for looking at her too sternly, going to tell Putin that he is being too mean to her? Seriously. We are not the only country in the world to have a woman or black man in power, far from it, we are just the only ones to make a big deal about it. Gender and race have no place in this election. It is the McCain campaign that is trying to make them an issue so that it will distract us from all of the important issues that he knows nothing about. But I digress and attempt to get back to my point...
What does this all mean? That she is obviously NOT, as in not even close, far from it, eons away, from being the proverbial heartbeat away from the leader of the post Bush free world. Nor is she a maverick. Maverick's are independents. I don't see anything independent about her in the past or more importantly, right now.