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Why You Can’t Teach A Pig To Sing . . .

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The often used cliché that you can’t teach an old dog a new trick would suffice in most situations but not in the case of John McCain. For the obstinate Republican Presidential candidate a better one comes to mind.

“Don’t try to teach a pig to sing.”

One . . . they don’t know how.

Two . . . they don’t want to learn.

Third . . . and if you persist in trying to teach them, you will only irritate the pig.

The often maligned campaign of John McCain, with its erratic shifts on what it should stand for, illuminates a distorted picture of the self appointed maverick now cast as a sidekick to his Vice Presidential running mate Sarah Palin.

The surprise pick of Sarah Palin, which was heralded at the time, was John McCain’s strategy to win over disenfranchised woman voters who were upset with Barack Obama for not picking Hillary Clinton as his running mate.

Palin electrified the Republican ticket, until several interview gaffes with the media revealed that she couldn’t answer a question directly. Not because Palin was being evasive as most politicians are, but due to the fact that she did not possess the facts by which to answer.

Case in point: Katie Couric asked Palin to detail her experience on foreign policy. Palin explained that Alaska’s proximity to Russia made her more than qualify on foreign policy matters.

John McCain denounced the interviews as an attempt by the media to trick and discredit his running mate since as he put it, they are enamored with the celebrity status of Barack Obama.

On the issue of why his campaign decided to stoke the flames of division, racism, smears and slander by linking Obama to Bill Ayers.

Although the despicable acts that are attributed to Ayers and his Weather Underground cohorts were committed when Obama was eight years old, McCain is quick to point out Obama’s association with Ayers as an error in judgment, but he’s never mentioned the fact that the school reform board that both men served on was funded by Republicans tied to him.

One of John McCain’s ads used the line: “When it’s convenient…” The ad then goes on to say that Obama suffered from “blind ambition” and “bad judgment” in his association with Ayers.

Sadly McCain has forgotten that when one stokes the flames of anger and division, the embers of such discord usually returns to the originator.

When it’s convenient, the McCain’s will bend the truth to suit their political agendas. An example of this was when Cindy McCain warmed up the crowd at an anti Obama rally.

“The day that Senator Obama decided to cast a vote to not fund my son when he was serving sent a cold chill through my body,” Cindy McCain told a crowd of several thousands, speaking in advance of Palin and her husband. “I would suggest Senator Obama change shoes with me for just one day and see what it means to have a loved one serving in the armed services.”

What Mrs. McCain failed to mention was that her husband John voted exactly the same way as Obama.

How convenient?

McCain follies:

1.Picking Sarah Palin to be his running mate without the conducting the proper vetting process. Is this the same Palin who has been accused of ethical misconduct? Wonder how John McCain would label this one … blind ambition or bad judgment?

2.With Obama eclipsing him in the polls, McCain decided to run negative ad campaigns linking the Illinois Senator to 1960 radical Bill Ayers. McCain often accuses Obama of being out of touch with Americans. But at a time when Americans are trying to contend with losing their homes and Bush’s failed economic policies, McCain wants the middle class to forget that he supported many of Bush’s policies and hopes that they’re blinded to the fact that he offers much of the same. Is this blind ambition or bad judgment?

John McCain, the self proclaimed maverick has been reduced to a cantankerous old curmudgeon spewing negativity because he’s out of touch with Americans who are embroiled in an economic nightmare. He offers no solutions and only advocates the same failed policies of the Bush administration.

McCain epitomizes a man who time has passed by but unable to come to grip with senility, still pushes outdated ideology to deal with an ever changing world crisis.

“Across this country this is the agenda I have set before my fellow prisoners and the same standards of clarity and candor must now be applied to my opponent.”

Clearly McCain meant to say Americans but as I alluded to earlier:

“You can’t teach a pig to sing . . .”

Bradley Booth/Freelance Commercial Writer/Author


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