“Gotcha” Politics

Over the last few weeks I’ve been following the presidential race and have come to the conclusion that in the dog days of summer before the conventions and before vice presidential candidates are announced, its all “gotcha” politics.

I’m kinda sick of both campaigns taking umbridge when the other side does something either insanely stupid or says something off the cuff (and more than likely off the record). Everyone is looking for the chance to be wronged and offended. From cutting balls off to a nation of whiners, I’m tired of it.

I understand the power of the soundbite. It is almost always devoid of context or the context is dropped onto it by the “reporter” or “teleprompter reader,” which is always set to a biased agenda. And no, I’m not just a fan of it when it works for my guy.

McCain’s 100 years in Iraq gaffe was only in terms of troops in Iraq like we have troops in South Korea. Honestly, I don’t really care if we have troops in Iraq like we have troops in South Korea and if they stay there 1000 years. It probably won’t happen like that, but I understand the fucking context.

Context is everything. General Wesley Clark’s line about how getting shot down during Vietnam does not prepare one to be president of the United States is a.) absolutely correct and b.) out of context when his line is the only one used. Bob Schafer, during the conversation with Clark about experience and how McCain doesn’t necessarily have a great deal of leadership experience said, “But he got in a plane and got shot down.” In response to that line is where we get Clark’s answer.

Both campaigns are playing a game of “He said, She said” and I’m over it. I don’t want to go read the updates at factcheck.org just to understand the context above the fucking soundbite.

Wake me up when McCain picks the governor of Florida who’s not really gay (wink, wink, nothing wrong with it except when you’re a Republican) as his Veep and Obama does the unthinkable and chooses Al Gore as his running mate. Or something.