(Editorial note: After this week's primaries FINALLY ended this Obama-Clinton prize fight, there can be no disputing the fact that Barack Obama is the Democratic Party's nominee for President. I now digress from my normal aviation posts to slide into a long-overdue piece on the most important election this country has held in decades. To my flying friends, hang with me through this one and I promise to be back to aviation tomorrow. And if you are a right-wing Bush lover, you might just want to click out of this page now and go back to rushlimbaugh.com to avoid popping a clogged artery - dan)
Is it November yet? That is a question so many of us have been asking lately. And now that we know the players for the upcoming Presidential contest – Obama vs. McCain – we can now start the process of repairing our economy, our world reputation, our FAA, our environment, our street cred, our moral compass, and everything else that has been tarnished during Bush's two terms. And as if anyone needs a reminder of the daily scandals that have plagued this great country while the GOP was ruining their brand, here is the latest, from abcnews.com:
"Indicted Saudi Gets $80 Million US Contract - The US military has awarded an $80 million contract to a prominent Saudi financier who has been indicted by the US Justice Department. The contract to supply jet fuel to American bases in Afghanistan was awarded to the Attock Refinery Ltd, a Pakistani-based refinery owned by Gaith Pharaon. Pharaon is wanted in connection with his alleged role at the failed Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), and the CenTrust savings and loan scandal, which cost US tax payers $1.7 billion."How many times in Bush's two terms have we seen these same kinds of headlines? Had I not awoke to more of the same questionable crap from this administration, I would not have chosen to write this post. But they just keep playing their Good Ol' Boy games, and We, the People, are pissed. I join the majority of Americans when I say it's time to play hardball with these guys.
As we Democrats begin to rally around the young Senator from Illinois, we could not be happier about his GOP opponent. The honorable Senator from Arizona looks more and more like a respectable and decent guy with a genuine record of courageous service to our country who ought to be thinking about life at Retirement Ranch instead of running for President.
Over at one of my daily stops, Firedoglake, Christy Hardin Smith describes Senator McCain's speech yesterday in Louisiana, and nails just about everything there is to say about the candidate:
"Sen. McCain's makeup was dreadful -- it was the sort of caked on look you expect at Aunt Gertrude's wake, not on camera for a major address. He looked pasty at the sides, flushed at the front, and as though they had spackled White-Out under his eyes to cover the bags and dark circles to try and make him look less exhausted and worn. And he was sweating on his forehead and cheeks, which means someone didn't pay attention to the temperature inside well before he came out to speak. It was not HDTV friendly, let me tell you."And while Senator Obama has been drawing up to 75,000 people to rallies, Senator McCain – now the chosen front man for the conservative movement in this country – isn't exactly packing them in. Again, Hardin Smith nails it:
"Moreover, it looked like they were having a rally in someone's basement, and they couldn't muster up more than a hundred or so dudes from the local monster truck rally or honky tonk. The lighting was abysmal -- it's top down, which makes McCain's neck look even more craggy than it already did in contrast to the smoothed and polished skin on his shiny forehead. My favorite part was when McCain talked about being disappointed in the Bush Administration's implementation of their Iraq strategy being a failure and maybe two people clap. Hilarious."So it begins, the thrashing of George W. Bush's vision of Republicanism that he and his one-percent buddies have forcibly shoved down our throats. If Senator McCain is the best the GOP can do to put forth a serious candidate for the office of President, they really need to consider purging their party leadership. Surely there is a young, sharp Harvard graduate with spunk, money, ethics and perfect hair that they could trot out as the guy who can hold on to the White House for them in November. But noooo, all they could find in the Bush Fan Club from throughout these 50 states is 72-year-old McCain, a man so loathed by the right that their base actually gets nauseated at the notion of voting for him. Such a pathetic ending to Bush's reign.
Thanks for letting me gloat for a bit. Now back to our regularly scheduled aviation programming...