You can't vote for him for president. The job will kill him.
I'm much more a 'splainer than a predictor, but John McCain is 72 years old now. The oldest president we ever had at his first inauguration was Ronald Reagan at 69. Some may want to canonize him now, but he was showing signs of senile dementia long before he was officially diagnosed. Margaret Thatcher wrote that his need for having things written on 3x5 cards was pathetic. His defense for Iran-Contra was that he was an old man who forgot stuff.
Second oldest president at inauguration was William Henry Harrison at 68. He died within weeks of inauguration.
Third is 65 year old James Buchanan, the president before Lincoln. Historians agree he was worse than useless.
There were two presidents who were 64 at their inauguration. Zachary Taylor died a year into his term. The other 64 year old was George Herbert Walker Bush. To be fair, the problems he had did not have much to do with age.
But McCain is eight years older than Bush the Elder was when he took office, and as Indiana Jones cleverly said, "It's not the years, it's the mileage." McCain is not just 72 years old. Six of those years were spent malnourished and tortured. See his victory salute in the picture above? That's about as high as he can raise his arms. Physically, he's in a world of hurt. As for his famous temper, that is a symptom of post traumatic stress disorder. Of all the slurs thrown at him by Bush and his team in 2000, the one that rings true is that six years in a prison camp have made him too unstable to be president.
I do not say this to mock his service. War is hell, and being held prisoner by a country that doesn't uphold the Geneva Conventions is among the worst hells imaginable. It would be nice if we could convince Dick Cheney and the people who work for him of this fact, but obviously we can't. The saddest fact of all about McCain 2008 is that he supports our country committing torture on prisoners. If anyone ever walked away more ignominiously from a principled stand, I can't think of who it would be. Even Peter denying Jesus three times did it under fear of death. What does McCain fear as he agrees to put other men in the torture chair? Not getting elected? Losing campaign donations?
There was a time after September 11 when I thought of all the people who ran in 2000, McCain would have been the best choice for the job in those circumstances. My friends, that day has come and gone. McCain 2008 has about as much in common with McCain 2000 as Godfather III has in common with the first two films.
Now he's just sad. To his credit, he's the tallest of the midgets the Republicans put up this time around, but that's really not good enough. We can't let him be president. If it doesn't kill him, it will kill us.
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