"Let McCain be McCain"

"Let McCain be McCain"

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I just blogged, in The Huffington Post a piece to that effect, where I discuss ongoing unsavory behavior among the influence peddlers handling McCain, and suggest that he needs to be himself:

You look closely at the people pulling the strings on McCain, and you can see that his campaign is run by influence peddlers. He is being fed scripts by hacks that have managed to exploit registration loopholes, while the legitimate lobbyists on his campaign team are being asked to step-aside. The most influential members of McCain's entourage now include people like Charlie Black, McCain's Senior Political Advisor, whose firm has represented shady characters like Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos as well as unscrupulous private security contractors such as Blackwater Worldwide.

I feel that people who claim that McCain is "confused" are not looking at the whole picture. When you're trying hard to recite memorized lines, it's easy to confuse facts like Shia vs. Sunni Muslims, or the actual vs. the predicted affect of the new GI Bill. This isn't genuine confusion; it's just hard to remember lines, especially when they go against your better judgment.

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Neil in Chicago

Why do you assume that's not the real McCain?
It's consistent with his entire career. His ignorant, opportunistic reversals can come so fast that there are recordings of him directly contradicting what he'd said ten minutes before in the same interview.
For all the "maverick" bs, his Senate votes have been with the Bush Administration 85% to 95% of the time.

Michael Olsen Craig

Your point is important, and relies on the idea of being able to track such conversations.
In an important way, who we are is the network of conversations in which we take part. If those networks are made up of rehashed or re-iterated conversations that are first put forth by others, then who we are is limited by those whom influence what we say. As the saying goes, "garbage in, garbage out." Even if we are reiterating useful tidbits, it's probably better, but we still aren't expanding the conversation.
When we say things that are our own invention, introducing new ideas into the conversation, then (a) we have to strive to make them understood, and (b) we are expanding the network of conversations. But we must also be ready to converse, not just monologue, about them.
This is one one the important reasons I like Obama. He is expanding the conversation…

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