Peggy Noonan's column in Saturday's Wall Street Journal talked about letting the real John McCain just be himself. We all know politicians are carefully packaged for our consumption. Some have handlers that do it better than others. McCain, thus far, hasn't done so well. He's gone from everyone's "darling" to what often times appears to be a little more than a confused old warrior searching...just searching.
My readers know, though a long time Republican, McCain is not my choice for President. There seems to be an underlying mean spiritedness about him thinly disguised as humor. I don't think sarcasm plays well in a Presidential election. I don't care for the way he dismisses Obama. They may be polar opposites as to their attitudes on the issues, but Obama is the Democratic nominee and deserves at least a modicum or respect for that achievement.
According to Ms. Noonan, his friends love the "unplugged" version of McCain. The one where he "jokingly" suggested Brooke Buchanan, his spokeswoman, has money hidden in the Caymen Islands obtained from dealing drugs. That she is Pat Buchanan's illegitimate daughter (Buchanan has no children) and that she is "bipolar", a "drunk" and is "just out of Betty Ford".
Ms. Buchanan was apparently present when these comments were made and just rolled her eyes. I would suppose you could get so used to it, how it may appear to others may not occur to you.
Maybe it's just me but when every utterance that comes out of Imus's mouth, in jest, is scrutinized to the point his job is constantly in jeopardy I should thing the same should hold true for a Presidential candidate. Oh, he was just joking. It's his sense of humor.
Just ask him. But how are the rest of us supposed to know?