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Vote McCain off the island

By Kimberly

Technically speaking, I am assuming that one of “the three main presidential candidates” we are to comment on would have to be Ralph Nader, but for the sake of entertainment purposes I’ll pretend that we are talking Mac, Barack and Hil. Of this universe to choose from, I would vote McCain off the proverbial island.

“But what do you have against McCain and the Straight Talk Express — what a maverick!?” you might ask. First, I want to acknowledge John McCain’s service as more than admirable and he seems like the kind of loving grandpa who would give a kid a shiny roll of Arizona quarters and candy dots. Aside from the obvious quips about senior moments, a speculative run with Lieberman or Romney, keeping us in Iraq for 100 more years, his poor choice in karaoke humor, and lack of any support for national homeowners insurance reform, I want to focus on the rampant hypocrisy already appearing in campaign when it is convenient and beneficial to him.

(continued) One example that flew under the radar is last week’s story that broke on March 21 from the Washington Post on McCain breaking the FEC’s presidential public financing limit for primary spending. “So what?” you say, “he only exceeded the limit by $5.4 million, plus he filed on Feb. 6 to withdraw from the program. It’s not his fault the FEC commission doesn’t have the resources to grant or deny his request.”

Hey, I can’t blame a guy for trying to get ahead. McCain clearly agreed to be a part of the public funding program to raise extra cash when we all thought his campaign was broke last summer (not to mention the “holier than though” image of actually trying to engage in campaign finance reform). But after he gained momentum following Super Tuesday, his Republican opponents dropped out, and he received Bush’s endorsement, McCain simply could not be bound by measly public finance limits so he bailed. All this I can get over.

But what drives me up-the-wall bonkers is McCain then turning around trying to bring down untouchable Barack Obama, shaming him for backing off of a pledge for public financing on Feb. 20 — a full 14 days after McCain himself allegedly withdrew himself from the FEC public financing program!!! "I committed to public financing. He committed to public financing. It is not any more complicated than that," McCain said. "I hope he will keep his commitment to the American people."

In essence, McCain is not the authentic, straight shooting candidate he bills himself to be. I think America is sick of hypocrisy and doublespeak, placing a high demand on transparency, honesty, and a focus on the issues. To this, I say “All aboard!”

Tags: john mccain , straight talk express , public financing , kimberly reynolds

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