The McCain campaign and its supporters in the media are becoming more frantic and more frenetic in these last days - or, as Ms. Palin might say, "the end-times."
It may have started with Palin, but I don't think so. A McCainiac would have had to spoon-feed her the information. Or maybe it started with McCain. The New York Times jumped on the bandwagon along with CBS News and then yesterday, late, AOL News came out with a bitter and caustic piece about it.
"It" is the faux inaugural address that Barack Obama is supposed to have written already, showing, of course, that he so presumptive, is such an elitist, is so anxious to usurp power, that, indeed, he is so power hungry, that, as McCain said before, he's already measuring the drapes in the White House! How dare he?
Well, "It" is all bullshit! The NYT, which may be the place all this BS started, reported that "Mr. [John] Podesta has been mapping out the transition so systematically that he has already written a draft Inaugural Address for Mr. Obama, which he published this summer in a book called The Power of Progress."
Palin, in a very recent speech, said something to the effect that for Mr. Obama to write an inaugural speech before the actual election was highly presumptive, the implication being, again, that there's something wrong with his character.
McCain said, "There's ten days left in this election, maybe Barack Obama will even have his first State of the Union address ready before you head to the polls. I guess I'm a little old fashioned about these things. I'd prefer to let the voters weigh in before presuming the outcome."
What a crock! McCain's "old-fashioned" all right, but only about things that really matter, like taxes, war, health care, lobbyists, and deregulation of the financial institutions.
THE CHARGE THAT OBAMA HAS WRITTEN HIS INAUGURAL ADDRESS IS FALSE!!!!!
This so-called inaugural address was written by Mr. Podesta for a hypothetical "progressive" candidate, and is, in the words of Matt Yglesias, a "literary conceit." Yglesias also says that "The book was in the works for over a year, and the 'inaugural address' section was submitted to the publisher in March before Obama was the nominee and when, indeed, Podesta was supporting Hillary Clinton's campaign."
But, when you think about it, why wouldn't you want your president to be prepared, especially in light of the fact that the polls indicate he's going to blow the old man and his ignorant sidekick out of the water?
Do you think those actors who win Oscars and run up on stage to accept write their acceptance speeches on the trek from chair to podium? If there was a chance you might be elected as mayor of a little itsy-bitsy town in the wilds of Alaska, don't you think you'd want to write down a possible acceptance speech so you don't stand up in front of your family and friends and sound like a total idiot. [I guess that so far as one Alaskan mayor goes, you wait until you're standing in front of the whole world -- then you prove to everyone that, indeed, you are a total idiot.]
So, I hope that Obama's working on his speech. He should be. It will be an important speech. It represents the beginning of a new American dream after the Republican Party completely destroyed the old one!
What we have here is John McCain and Sarah Palin making another false charge against Obama, attacking his character. It isn't true. But even if their "charge" was true, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being prepared for the future. That, contrary to what McCain/Palin snidely suggest, is a plus for Barack Obama.