Monday, May 22, 2006

McCain Supporters Hope He Lies...

Most Americans complain about the dishonesty (real or perceived) of politicians...but a recent article claims McCain loyal followers hope he's lying. Yes, you read that right.

"All successful politicians must have at least some talent for lying about what's in their hearts and convincing people that it is the truth. But Sen. John McCain has a unique genius for telling the truth from his heart and making people believe that he is lying. And these people are his supporters! They admire him as a straight talker and they forgive him for taking positions on big issues that they find repellent on the grounds that he doesn't really mean what he says.

"Oh, he has to say that to get the Republican nomination," explain many Democrats with a crush on the charming, funny, intelligent and heroic Republican senator from Arizona, and/or a special loathing of their party's own star, the junior senator from New York. "That" might refer to Mr. McCain's strong right-to-life stand on abortion, his strong support for the war in Iraq or his recent rapprochement with the Rev. Jerry Falwell.

These Democrats admire Mr. McCain as a straight shooter among sneaks, a truth-teller amid bull artists. They long, understandably, for some fresh air in the fetid atmosphere of politics.

Even better, he delivers the fresh air without the cloying aroma of piety. He can be pious, but he can also be devilish, and each quality, desirable in moderation, protects Mr. McCain from the danger of excess in the other.

...With Mr. McCain, something more magical is going on. He says plainly that he is for the war, or against abortion rights, and people hear the opposite. It's a gift, I guess...." (source)

As most of you know, I struggle with how I feel about McCain. I would be honored to meet him and am sure I would like him --and I think that he is an incredible human being with integrity and honor... I'm just not 100% convinced he is a good politician/leader... (Also, as I sure you can assume --I'd vote for him in half a heartbeat over Hillary...) This article does open up some interesting possibilities that the "base" maybe shouldn't ignore...

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