Better than He Is

The quote below from The New Republic is a more expanded version of a “Quote of the Day” from the Dish:

Tyrants and génocidaires would sleep less soundly during a McCain presidency. And yet it is impossible any longer to ignore the contradiction between the nobility of his past and the ignobility of his present. He is abstracted, dispersed, out of focus, Stockdalesque, mentally undone. Often he sounds simply unintelligent. I would be more affected by his championing of soldiers and veterans if it were not also the championing of people like himself: solipsism is a common effect of solidarity, and McCain’s sense of reality seems to be narrowing. The financial crisis harshly exposed these limitations: it made McCain more dogmatic and more doctrinaire, with his wild refrain about tax cuts and his unmaverick-like refusal to examine his party’s cult of corporations. His economics refuted his compassion. McCain feels with his heart, but he thinks with his base. And when he picked Sarah Palin, he told the United States of America to go fuck itself. I used to think of my dilemma this way: Obama’s conception of America is better than he is, McCain’s conception of America is worse than he is. But McCain is looking more and more like his America, which is Bush’s America: a country of capitalists and Christians. I do not know how to explain what has become of him. But the more I regard him, the more I recall Gene’s ominous words. You vote for the man.

Though I like the “told the United States of America to go fuck itself” line very much, I thought the far more important line was the next one: “I used to think of my dilemma this way: Obama’s conception of America is better than he is, McCain’s conception of America is worse than he is.”

That, ladies and gentlemen, hits the nail on the head.

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