So Barack Obama claims divine providence and John McCain enthuses about our Christian nation. Neither of these guys are particularly religious. Believe it or not, that doesn't bother me. Being a big, fat phony bothers me, though.
That politicians are weasels is not a new development. What's humorous for these particular politicians is their supposed revolutionary nature, but here Obama and McCain are, resorting to religion. For both, it's a tough sell. Obama is a typical Northern progressive. McCain fancies himself the maverick. One is paper paste bland and one is a fiery independent. Both will say anything to get elected.
It is impossible anymore to get a true feel for someone. Between the candidate's posturing and message control, 30 second debate answers, and the press' skewed and biased reporting, people are left to follow their gut instincts. Here's mine:
- Hillary is shrill, determined, and domineering
- Romney is poster boy perfect and a little scary
- Thompson (Fred) is homespun, sensible, and old
- Obama is charismatic, self-important and inexperienced
- Giuliani is feisty, authoritarian, and intense
- Edwards is superficial, smarmy, and vapid
Still, it feels like they've all focus-grouped phrases and sentiments and come to the conclusion that certain words make a big difference so we'll say them over and over even if it doesn't make a hill o' beans difference. The candidates want to be mysterious and cover their true natures.
That's the real thing: if they're their true selves they won't be elected. Would any of these candidates be elected if they were their true selves? We'll never know.