Friday, July 25, 2008

I'm worried about John McCain

Seriously. I don't know if it's his age or what, but I think his mind might be going. I actually started wondering about this last year, when he began changing his positions on a bunch of things. I don't necessarily have a problem with that in itself. I expect politicians to pander. (Although McCain's main appeal used to be that he didn't pander as much as everyone else -- but 2000 was a long time ago.) Sometimes, though, I got the feeling that he didn't remember that he used to have a different opinion.

But lately he seems to be having some real problems. He's said a lot of weird stuff. Just in the past week, besides more or less calling Obama a traitor, he criticized Obama for traveling overseas during the election campaign even though he himself went to South America this very month and has apparently visited 12 countries while he's been a candidate, criticized Obama for giving a speech in a foreign country even though he himself made a speech in Canada just last month, seemed to forgot the existence of the war in Afhganistan....

I don't know what's going on. I mean, did he actually forget that he'd just been to South America and Canada? Is he OK? Is nobody else wondering about this?

Because if he was my dad and acted like that, I'd be thinking about an intervention, getting him to see a doctor for a neurological workup or something. Seriously.


  1. I'm concerned your blood pressure isn't high enough, so I thought I'd suggest this movie review of Dark Knight as light reading. You may have a thought or two about the piece.

  2. I think philosophically the movie is all over the place. Sometimes it's fascist (in the colloquial sense), sometimes it's liberal, sometimes it's libertarian. I think it probably takes an agenda to miss that.

  3. I haven't seen it yet. I see movies slowly and rarely, and my favorite superhero movie is still Condorman. I'm also not well entertained by violence, even implied, which makes me largely incapable of appreciating movies with greater depth than Better Off Dead. But I really enjoy reading conflicting reviews of movies and trying to figure out what the movie must be like, based on the commentary. With the WSJ and BCC reviews on top of the others I've seen, the entertainment value of the reactions to the reviews is plenty enough to keep me amused.

  4. That's an interesting take on the Batman . . . but in the end Batman doesn't break his one rule - the thing that separates himself from those he hunts. That's where he and Bush are much different, Batman has a moral code of conduct.

  5. Ben,
    You might like this.

    If I were forced at gunpoint to interpret the movie as a post-9/11 allegory, I'd say Batman is the CIA (working in darkness, willing to break the law), Harvey Dent (while sane) is the FBI (straight arrows who believe in using legal methods), and the police (minus the corruption) are the military (kind of a mixed bag).


What do you think?