There’s an old aphorism that our opinion of someone’s intelligence tends to be directly proportional with how much they agree with you. On that scale, I have decided that Senator John McCain is a genius that makes Stephen Hawking look like Ernest P. Worrell.
First up, let me say that this is in no way an endorsement of McCain. I have quite a few issues with him, the most significant one being that wholly-unconstitutional and despicable McCain-Feingold Act, that wholesale assault on free speech — especially mine, as a mostly-political blogger. For that and that alone I don’t think that I could ever vote for the man.
So while there is pretty much no way the man could ever have my vote, he certainly is starting to win my affection.
McCain has started speaking more and more “off the cuff,” and seems more relaxed and free-wheeling on the campaign trail. It’s almost as if he’s decided “there’s no way in hell I can win this, so I’m going to go out in style and at least have a little fun.” There have been numerous examples of this, including his tendency to burst into song in public — both his renditions of the works of Barbra Streisand and his stirring version of “Bomb Iran.”
But recently, McCain shows just how brilliant he is when he praised my plan for a new Alliance Of Freedom.
Of course, McCain is still a politician, so he both 1) omitted to give me credit for my idea and B) renamed it as a “League of Democracies,” but I can forgive him. After all, there’s an old saying that “there nothing a person can’t accomplish as long as he doesn’t insist on taking the credit,” and I think that the idea is a bit more important than my ego gratification.
John McCain. If elected, he could be the most intelligent man to sit in the Oval Office, but he’d most likely get there without my vote.