It was a well practiced speech and went fairly well for John McCain. There was one line, however, that stirred up so much disgust I walked out of the room. In touting his experiences as a prisoner of war, where he had admitted to being a hot shot prior to being captured but had changed into a better man because of it, he said, "I was never the same again. I wasn't my own man anymore. I was my country's."
How quickly one forgets. The picture is of his wife at the time, Carol, as she looked after her accident. Note the crutch? He had cheated on her, dumped her and married Cindy a month afterwards after she had waited all those years of his captivity no doubt praying for his well being and eventual release. This, to me is the height of self-indulgence that is indicative of his maverick persona. I don't find him a man of conviction nor one of character no matter how much he suffered as a prisoner. If anyone should have been empathetic to suffering, regarding Carol, you'd think it would have been John. That was apparently not the case. How one conducts personal relationships is reflective of character. I find John McCain lacking.
As for Ms. Palin, there is so much on the Internet debunking the rose colored image we have been provided, I don't have anything more to add. One thing, however, when it is said that if a man with five children had been the nominee, nothing would have been made of it. That is a totally ridiculous premise and those touting it should be ashamed.
The only men with five children who have a right to defend or deny that premise are stay at home dad's who have taken on the child rearing responsibilities. Family Phil , care to comment?
Now the campaigns will move forward. All I ask from here on out is quit insulting my intelligence.