The John McCain Moment

Falling through the universe at the speed of life

By David Glenn Cox

Boom, here it is. The Yellowstone caldera, 9-11 and a comet all on Super Bowl Sunday. The turnout for the Presidential election is estimated to be the highest since William Jennings Bryan took on William McKinley in 1900 in a rematch of 1896. One hundred and sixty million votes or almost three quarters of all who are eligible are expected. There are only two ways in politics to get that sort of turnout. Plan one involves solving poverty with social programs. Bringing about world peace, solving the climate crises while offering a free college education and healthcare. That would probably get you a sixty to seventy percent turnout, if the weather is nice. Plan two – be Donald Trump.

Ask an American what he likes, and he’ll smile. Ask him what he hates, and his eyes will bug out. Anti-war, anti-environment, anti-abortion, anti-gun, anti-regulation, anti-tax, anti-vax, anti-government and anti-American. This was 2016 in a nutshell; Trump represented the I hate everything and everyone movement. Hillary Clinton represented everything they hated as well, especially Hillary Clinton. It was sort of like Big Brother running against Goldstein. She was the avowed enemy of the entire flat earth society.

I think it is probably plan two. There are two rules when betting on College Football, never bet on Alabama. Rule two is never bet against Alabama. Just when you think they can’t lose, they lose. That’s how I feel about this election. I believe that tens of millions of Americans have had enough of this non-sense and are about to give Donald Trump the spanking his Momma should have given him a long time ago. Most people aren’t political, most people don’t grow up in rabid political families. They don’t write letters to the editor, but they do know bullshit when they see it.

The first returns are in: Joe Biden takes Dixville Notch, New Hampshire unanimously, winning all twelve votes. Trump received two votes there in 2016 and has managed to cut his support by around 100%. Two people were willing to take a chance on Trump 2016, and two people had changed their minds by 2020.

Math can be confounding, “If you win state A. by ten thousand votes on low voter turnout with a highly unpopular opponent how many additional votes will you need to win with a popular candidate in a historic turn out? In Florida’s early voting there are almost equal numbers of Republican and Democratic ballots but there are two million no party affiliation ballots, and I think a lot of those Independent ballots are going the Dixville Notch route. They tried him and do not like him.  I think about my Aunt Dorothy the stiff formal Aunt. She might agree with every word coming out of Donald Trump’s mouth but would never, ever vote for someone with such a foul mouth. Wrapped up with her stodginess was a belief in honor and fair play. “If he talks about other people like that, what’s he saying about you when you’re not around?”

Any man married three times ought to know what happens when you anger women. As a general rule putting children in cages and separating mothers from their children is a good way to put yourself at odds with the female electorate. But that isn’t the issue, the issue is respect and it’s a problem for the entire Republican Party outside of the Stepford community. The original Honda Civic was designed from a blank sheet of paper to appeal directly to American working women. This wasn’t your father’s Oldsmobile this was your Mom’s Honda. Honda figured it out long ago, these women have jobs and income, and they have opinions about what kind of car they want to drive. Listen to them and grow rich.

My sister was in law school and Aunt Dorothy bragged to her friends. “My niece is going to be a legal secretary!” The idea of a female attorney in the 1970s was an anathema to her. Today no one thinks twice of a female physician or attorney or bank president. So, call her sweetie at your peril! Watching Kamala Harris on stage during the debate and every time Mike Pence talked over her. Kamala Harris flashed a message with her eyes to every woman in America. “See, he’s doing it again!” Debating a man who refers to his wife as “Mother” might keep Freud’s interest but the Bible toting tough guy doesn’t want to be alone in a room with a woman because? He’s afraid he can’t control himself? He’s afraid she can’t control herself, or “Mother” wouldn’t approve? Any way you slice it there is a weird unhealthy psycho-sexual dynamic going on here regarding women that would make you afraid to open the bedroom closet.

I believe with all my heart that Donald Trump is going to be beaten like Herbert Hoover in 1932. I cannot fathom millions of Americans spending hours in line to support someone so obviously overwhelmed by the office. Positions and policies aside, this is the gang that can’t shoot straight. “We only left our supporters standing on the freezing tarmac once. Okay, twice, but it was a busy week.” Did you hear the apology Trump made to those hospitalized for hypothermia? Of course, you didn’t, he didn’t make one.

I want to believe America is ready for its John McCain moment. During a townhall an elderly woman said, “Barack Obama is a Muslim.” To his eternal credit and political detriment McCain replied, “No he’s not, he’s a fine man.” This earned John McCain the title RHINO for the rest of his days. He had a chance to be a racist and didn’t take it. He put honor and credibility over political clown show at great personal cost. Churchill once said, “American’s can always be counted upon to do the right thing, after they’ve tried everything else.”

“Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

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