I think my biggest problem, if I ended up being a reporter on the campaign trail would be not being able to restrain myself from screaming "Shut the fuck up and wipe that smirk off your face you two-faced cocksucker!" And then there'd be all the Secret Service dudes and the thrown out on your ass thing and generally a whole lot of controversy.
Now, one of John McCain's advantages is that he's supposed to be smart and experienced in matters of foreign policy. So wouldn't someone that smart know a little bit more about, oh, I don't know, the governmental set up of one the world's major players? Especially when we basically laid out a red carpet for them to stomp our guts out in their backyard?
But no, ask any average American, and they'll tell you who the leader of Iran is. You know what Joe Klein should do? Go around and ask average Americans that very question. Walk into McDonald's and shopping malls and those monumentally depressing office parks scattered around the country. I'd say at most, 30 percent will tell him Ahmadinejad, 50 percent won't know, 5 percent will tell him the mullahs and 15 percent will tell him it's really Barack Obama.
But leaving that little intellectual exercise behind, it's...well, I was going to say disappointing, but I think that's too soft on McCain. It's frustrating and terrifying to think we'll end up with another president and another administration who are in the business of "creating their own reality." In fact, having just read the Ron Suskind piece about that while searching for the quote, let me all remind you just how scary the prospect of proud ignorance in the White House is:
The aide said that guys like me were ''in what we call the reality-based community,'' which he defined as people who ''believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued. ''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.''John McCain, a man who only five years ago said Iranian moderates weren't good negotiating partners because the mullahs run everything there now laughs off the proposition that a guy called the Supreme Leader isn't really running the country. I guess we here in the reality based community are still going to be left out in the cold.