Well — obviously I don’t. But I would if I could, and here’s why:
I like his steadiness, I like his ease with issues, I like most of his proposed policies, and most importantly, I don’t like his opponent.
More precisely: I don’t like the way John McCain has let his campaign be run.
I don’t like the fact that he has surrounded himself with neocon ideologues. I don’t like the fact that he has taken to pampering his party’s extreme right. I don’t like the fact that instead of explaining his policies he has chosen to attack his opponent. And I’m livid that in a fit of populist lunacy he allowed his advisers to pick a vice-presidential candidate who not only is clearly not up to the task but who is also a nepotist, a stretcher-of-the-truth and someone who in my neck of the woods would be called a religious nutjob.
In fact, it’s not only McCain’s campaign I dislike, it’s the man himself. I don’t like his obvious volatility. I don’t like his gambles. And I don’t like the narrative he peddles. Yes, he was shot down and endured torture, and deserves to be called a hero. But try as I might, I can’t find any evidence from his long career of him actually being in charge of anything. As a former magazine editor, I’ve probably made more executive decisions than John McCain. Yet, he keeps presenting himself as experienced, as if flying a warplane would give you the people skills and capacity for lateral thinking necessary to run a superpower.
I wish Americans would’ve been presented with more choice. And I don’t mean a third party. I mean a serious conservative candidate with ideas, charisma and fortitude to stay afloat in the Sargasso Sea of neocon garbage. But that was not to be, and judging by the calls for Palin 2012, it won’t happen in the near future. So, my friends, you know what to do. Don’t let us down.
Pledge to my nonpartisan readers: After Nov. 4, this blog will revert back to being nasty and cynical towards the U.S. administration regardless of its colour.