Wednesday, April 09, 2008

McCain Has A Big Problem With Reality

Senator John McCain was asked how he intended to balance the budget should he be elected President, and told the world that he would follow the example provided by Ronald Reagan.

This is just the latest in a long series of statements by McCain which prove that the Republican nominee for President of the United States suffers from one of the most severe cases of cognitive dissonance ever presented. After being called out for associating Al Qaeda with Iran, rather than correcting an obvious mistake the McCain camp has set about trying to prove the un-provable. Just today McCain was on Fox and when asked about this basic contradiction between the facts and his rhetoric he chose to further the dissonance by asserting that Al Qaeda was not operating in strictly Sunni areas.

A severe case of cognitive dissonance may explain McCain's long held and fiercely defended view that torture should not be used by Americans, followed by his call for the President to veto a bill which would have outlawed various forms of torture. Only rapid onset of cognitive dissonance explains McCain's transition from a positively disdainful attitude about the likes of Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell in 2000, when he called them agents of intolerance, to his modern day embrace of the very same personages. Only uncontrolled cognitive dissonance can explain McCain pointing to Ronald Reagan, under whose signature the budget deficit exploded (which I will remind the reader occurred after Reagan made a huge issue of the piddling deficit under Jimmy Carter in the 1980 election) as his model for balancing the federal budget. If you thought W. Bush was bad, imagine McCain exploding the deficit multiple times over what Bush oversaw!

We can only hope McCain's outlandish rhetoric of late is cognitive dissonance, because if he really believes what he's been saying then he is completely out of touch with reality. Frankly I find that prospect to be a bit worrisome in a person who has a good chance to be the next President. If there is a third choice to explain McCain's recent behavior beyond the complete onset of cognitive dissonance and or just believing in a completely irrational reality of his own creation, I don't know what it could be.

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