Friday, February 01, 2008


I'm a little worried.

It looks like the GOP may have found its great white hope. It is telling that the first two Republican governors to endorse John McCain were California's' Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger and Florida's Charlie Christ, the two party "centrists" that put the greatest distance between themselves and the Bush mob early on. Mark my words, everything that comes out of the mouths of the remaining Republican candidates will continue to evoke the nostalgia of the ultimate anti-Bush,
the Alzheimer's Presidency of Ronald Reagan, the man who christened the corporatist ship-of-state, who with his avuncular, B-movie actor's charm, convinced a sizable share of America that government was the problem, not the solution (and never asking what that made him by association) while giving the CIA leave to smuggle and sell crack to fund the Contras. Yes, we can be entertained at least until "super" Tuesday (Super Bowl, super rich, super size me - what is it with us friggin' Americanos?) by McCain, Romney and Huckabee all trying to out-Reagan each other, while Ron Paul does his strange, Libertarian version of Dennis Kucinich. My guess is the nomination is McCain's to lose.

Whatever lingering respect I had for John McCain was lost when I watched him climb in George W. Bush's lap after being eviscerated by the Rovian slime machine during the 2000 primary season. It was at that point, in his hunger to one day occupy the Oval Office, that McCain stopped being his own man.

So why I am worried? Because I don't think Hillary Clinton can defeat John McCain. If Clinton is crowned as the candidate of the Democratic party, I fear that many young people, for whom Barak Obama represents their future, will sit this one out. I fear that some progressives, who see a palpable difference between Barak and Hilary, but not necessarily between her and McCain, may too. And the independents, who loathe the Clintons almost as much as their Republican half-siblings, will rationalize their votes for McCain. And meanwhile, the GOP war machine, aided and abetted by Rupert Murdoch, engineered by Karl Rove, will do what they do best. They may not even have to steal this one.

And what would a McCain presidency portend for the nation? Less jobs. More wars. The real McCain?


David H. Mirsky said...

Your comments do not represent the views of all Mirskys, many of whom, like myself, admire John McCain for his heroism, his intelligence, his independence, and his devotion to our country.

Avram Mirsky said...

Thereby just proving my point, sir.

David H. Mirsky said...

If readers of this blog would like to obtain the most pertinent information available about John McCain, they should go to one of his town hall meetings.

If you want to know who is supporting him and why, and if you want to learn about his positions on the issues, you should visit

If you can't go to a town hall meeting, and you really want to know the man, watch him being interviewed on live television shows like "Meet the Press".

I live in New Hampshire, so I've been fortunate enough to meet him and speak with him on more than one occasion.

I became familiar with John McCain by watching him and listening to him in person, beginning with a town hall meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, during the 2000 presidential campaign. I have observed him and I have spoken with him during the current campaign. I have observed his responses to all kinds of questions and challenges, from voters, from opposition staffers, from the press. That is how I came to formulate my conclusions about the man. I also looked into the details of his period of captivity as a POW in North Vietnam.

If you want to know what I think about him, and what I have observed of him, you should visit

I'm not aware of any real information that has been imparted by this article.

Anyone with a laptop can post any kind of smear against a public figure that they may dream up.

Avram Mirsky said...

Mr. Mirsky,

I am not as ignorant a player as you snarlishly suggest. I HAVE read Mr. McCain's stand on the issues, and while I agree he does break from the current Republican party leadership on some issues of significance (as does Ron Paul - though the latter does so on many more incidentally), his cheer leading of American hyper-militarism, hegemony and empire is repugnant to me. Likewise his slavish devotion to the Reagan "revolution," where all of our nation's current problems began, is unacceptable to me. That the man has been in public service as long as he has without a whiff of scandal is admirable. Score one for the home team.

My blog is not a news report, sir. It is my opinion, just as your comments and your own blog (enjoyed my visit) are your opinion. I do not make any claims for it as anything else.

I snippet from one of your posts caught my attention. "I had to admire the current president for his fortitude, and for the fact that he continues to sit at that desk, alone, pursuing a course in which he believes, in the face of great unpopularity, without giving in to doubt or fear."

Those qualities are not marks of strength. They are at best signs of immaturity and at worst, of mental illness. That you find this admirable means only that you and I live in two very different worlds.

David.H.Mirsky said...

Thanks for reading some of my work. I will keep reading yours. It's okay to be from different worlds as long as people are willing to communicate.