But really, I want to talk more about McCain. I used to think McCain was pretty cool. For one thing, you never knew what he was going to do because he really was a maverick with his votes. Sure, a lot has recently come to light indicating that he was plugged into the system of lobbyists more than one might think but the fact is, he didn’t vote along party lines.
That’s what really bugs me about McCain’s presidential campaign. Suddenly he IS towing the party line and doing so aggressively, which is underscored by the sloppy selection of Palin. To me, the whole thing seems forced. He just doesn’t look natural at all going through the typical Republican dance steps. I’m sure he’s doing it because of numbers that suggest the conservatives are uncomfortable with him but who cares? What were they going to do? Vote for Obama? Probably not.
McCain’s biggest strength was that he didn’t fit tidily into Republican/conservative expectations, making him attractive to independents like myself. Before the recent, super-conservative posturing I think McCain would have received all of the conservative votes, as reluctant as they may have been, plus a large amount of the independent voters suspicious of Obama’s posturing.
While McCain’s recent decisions and actions may have solidified the conservative base, I think he may have pushed several of the indie voters closer to Mr. Big Empty himself, Barry Herbert Walker Obama.