Ok, so between now and April 22nd's Pennsylvania primary Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will be garnering much of the media's attention as they slug it out more fiercely than Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in 1975's famed "Thrilla in Manilla." But while the Fourth Estate fixates on this Democratic bloodbath, we suggest our friends in the mainstream media focus perhaps a little of its attention on the shortcomings and overall negatives surrounding the campaign of Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee. Here's a few morsels for the press to consider:
1-Bush's endorsement: congratulations, Johhny Boy. You just got a thumbs up from the worst president in U.S. history. What should American voters make of that?
2-He's a flip-flopper: it's one thing to practically make-out on stage with Bush. It's another to reverse course and stump hard to make permanent his tax cuts for the rich. How should this play in middle-America?
3-He's a self-proclaimed economic novice: is he the best we can get when the nation is in recession; has record home foreclosures; is reeling from a housing and credit crisis; is saddled with record debt, oil and gas prices; and experiencing anemic growth and employment?
4-He's rabid hawk: the scrappy little POW Vietnam vet seemingly never met a war he didn't like. He's said we should keep U.S. troops in Iraq for 100 years; he callously/cavalierly mangled a Beach Boys classic and sang "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran..." when asked what we should do with the third partner in Bush's Axis of Evil; and his new web ad features Winston Churchill rambling about "never surrendering." You get the feeling McCain's next ad will warn of the real threat from the "Japs." Do we really need/want another reckless cowboy in the White House?
5-Questionable ethics: remember the Keating Five? How quickly we forget. Not a proud moment in the self-serving Senator's political career. Why don't we see more written about what a phony he is?
6-Bad temper: his anger-management issues are legendary. He's a guy who will ruthlessly skewer staffers and then end up apologizing profusely. Did you happen to catch his version of the mile-high club Friday when he verbally undressed the NY Times' Elisbeth Bumiller aboard the airborne Nasty-Talk Express? Seems like the curmudgeonly right-winger didn't like being asked about his 2004 vice-presidential flirtation with Democrat John Kerry. I guess when a chunk of your own party hates you for allegedly not being conservative enough, being Kerry's boy is not a timely thing to have to defend against. Do we really want an angry president?
7-Definitely won't be voted Mr. Congeniality by his peers: McCain has the dubious distinction of being disliked across both sides of the aisle. Is he a "maverick" or simply an angry old dude who seems to piss a lot of people off?
8-Age: McCain would be the oldest president in U.S. history. How will this affect his ability to be the leader of the free world?
9-Health: he's recovering from bouts of skin cancer in 1993 and 2000, and no one knows today's status of his condition, as his health records have remained private. He suffered from Melanoma, the least common form of skin cancer but the most lethal. Do we not have the right to know more about the seriousness of this, and perhaps other, health conditions of what would be a 72-year-old president?
Never mind the Democrats. It's time to expose McCain for what he is, warts and all...