7.16.2008

Confused John

Now, I get confused a lot, but here's the thing: I'm not running for president. Steve Benen compiles an alarming list of items John McCain's having trouble keeping straight:

* McCain continues to believe Czechoslovakia is still a country.

* McCain has been confused about the difference between Sudan and Somalia.

* McCain has been confused about how many U.S. troops are in Iraq.

* McCain has been confused about whether the U.S. can maintain a long-term presence in Iraq.

* McCain has been confused about the source of violence in Iraq.

* McCain has been confused about Iran’s relationship with al Qaeda.

* McCain has been confused about the difference between Sunni and Shi’ia.

* McCain has been confused about Gen. Petraeus’ responsibilities in Iraq.

* McCain has been confused about what transpired during the Maliki government’s recent offensive in Basra.

* McCain has been confused about Gen. Petraeus’ ability to travel around Baghdad “in a non-armed Humvee.”

* McCain has been so confused about Iraq, in November 2006, he couldn’t even do a live interview about the war without reading prepared notes on national television.

* McCain has been confused about his vote on the Kyl-Lieberman amendment on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

* McCain has been confused about his position on contraception.

* McCain has been confused about what the Internet is.

* McCain’s confusion about economics has been breathtaking.

* McCain has been really confused about how the Social Security system works.

* McCain is confused about how his own energy policy works.

3 comments:

Bobby said...

cough Surely you do not take this seriously? *No one* can have all the answers, all the time. Anyone that claims to do so--or expects someone else to do so--needs a better grip on reality.

Paul Schmelzer said...

are you serious? more importantly: are you of voting age?

Bobby said...

Aye, that I am, on both counts.

Admittedly, presidential candidates should be carefully scrutinized; however, media personalities become purveyors of opinion instead of news when scrutiny is carried out to the nth, embarrassing degree.

Perhaps my age is showing, but once upon a time media would gather and report news, allowing individuals to draw their own conclusions. Now, media tends to analyze, criticize, filter, edit and sometimes artifically enhance information before spoon-feeding it to the public in carefully selected and timed sound bytes. In my humble opinion, that's brainwashing.