One reason I haven’t posted (besides the four ever-present reasons to whom I’ve given birth) is because I’m trying to fathom exactly what’s going on economically in our country. This crisis is huge, complicated and difficult to understand. It is so easy to manipulate statistics to paint one party or the other as culpable, and so difficult to untangle the web of half-truths and misrepresentations and truly understand what happened, why, and who is to blame.
This morning my local paper carried a story (I think it was from the Washington Post or LA Times or some other big paper, as a lot of the New Mexican‘s articles are; it’s too late and I’m too tired to look it up) that flat out accused John McCain of playing politics when he suggested postponing the debate and returning to Washington to get this dreadful financial mess sorted out.
What struck me about the article was (a) how a front-page story — ostensibly news reportage — was in truth a blatant opinion piece, and (b) how utterly unfathomable it was that the writer of the article would not even consider the possibility that McCain was in earnest.
This financial catastrophe is a national emergency. Why is it so inconceivable that John McCain would perceive it as such, and believe that his obligation as a U.S. Senator was to get back to Washington and do his job trying to resolve it?
I’m pretty cynical. I tend to look for the ulterior motive in all things. But this time, I really do think that John McCain is telling the truth: I think he’s concerned about our country, and doing what he thinks he ought to. Politically, what he did was foolish. When I heard it, I thought, “Oh, no! He can’t!” But he didn’t think about politics first; he thought about our country. Because of that, I’m glad he’s our nominee. I just hope it doesn’t cost us the election.