Time was when I honestly thought John McCain would run a respectful campaign for the presidency -- as he promised to do, mind you.
Now I'm starting to think that just about any of his former opponents -- maybe even Huckabee! -- would have kept things a little cleaner.
Of course the press is abounding with reports of "hate" growing in the McCain-Palin crowds, and I've spent the morning reading commentary and analyzing videos.
McCain seems to be getting some sort of credit -- "extra credit," perhaps -- for trying to tone things down on the angry, racist bent of his latest crowds. But listen to the actual text above of his half-hearted "defense" of Obama, first on the question of being "scared" by an Obama presidency:
"He is a decent person, and a person that you do not have to be scared as President of the United States."
McCain is clearly ill at ease here, or else is taking lessons at the Sarah Palin School of Syntax.
After being booed, his follow-up suggests he may also be studying at the Sarah Palin School of Incoherency, G-droppin', and Folksiness:
"Now, I I just, now I just, now, now, look, I, I, if I didn't think I wouldn't be one heckuva lot better president, I wouldn't be runnin', okay?"
What does that have to do with anything? I almost feel sorry for you, Johnny, because I'm not sure you expected to end up running this type of town hall meeting. But when you play with fire, you get burned.
And you end up having to deal with inconvenient side effects, like the most horrifying question yet asked in public by anyone during this campaign:
"I cannot trust Obama. I have read about him, and he's not, he's not...he's an Arab."
First, notice McCain's nodding understanding after the first phrase. Then his supposed "high road" reaction:
"No, m'am, no m'am, he's a decent, family man citizen..."
That totally idiotic, racist question should not have been dignified with a response and McCain should have said so in no uncertain terms.
And this is being billed as defending Obama? Giving this lady the subtext that an Arab, of course, can't be "a decent family man, citizen?"
I guess he's just doing the best he can. But it's sure not good enough.
So John, why don't you save what little is left of your much-touted honor and drop out now -- and take Caribarb Boobie with you?
Oh and hey, John, can I call you Jack? Because I can't wait to see you hit the road.