I almost never watch TV – but made an important exception last night.

I was surprised how well McCain handled himself in the first Democratic debate – how prepared he seemed – and how strong.  That said, he only left me more convinced that he’s the wrong choice for America and the world.  He repeated the same “points” over and over and over.  Kept emphasizing his “experience” – like this gives him the edge in the realm of good judgment.  Ummm… didn’t he have all this “experience” when he supported Bush’s ill-conceived invasion of Iraq?  Didn’t he have all this experience when he claimed the war would be quick and easy, when he said we knew where the weapons of mass destruction were, and when he said we’d be greeted as liberators?  Does McCain have more experience than either Nixon or Cheney had when they took office?  Did their “experience” make them pillars of good judgment?

And I’m offended that McCain pulled his POW stint out of the bag at the end.  How being imprisoned – unjustly or not, in service of your country or not – makes you qualified to be President, I’m not sure.  I spent more years unjustly incarcerated than McCain did and I’m not qualified to be President.  Maybe when McCain figures out that tax cuts for the rich aren’t an economic panacea (except, perhaps, for the richest), figures out that invading Iraq didn’t do a goddamned thing to protect anyone from terrorism or WMD, and figures out how many houses he owns … maybe then I’ll believe he’s the best choice to resolve our foreign policy and economic nightmares.

McCain claims to be bold.  But Bush has been bold, too.  Combine boldness and bad judgment and you can fuck up a whole lot in a very short time.  We’ve had eight years of that already.

And don’t forget McCain is the guy who less than two weeks ago said that “the fundamentals of our economy are strong.”  He’s also the guy who told the Wall Street Journal less than a year ago that “I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated.”  McCain: wrong about Iraq from the start, admittedly weak on the economy, and likely to tilt the Supreme Court (which gave Bush victory over Gore) further to the right.  Yet folks will still vote for him.  I just don’t get it. 

Here’s a piece of last night’s debate, in case you missed it.  You can find more at You Tube.

If you don’t vote for Obama, don’t vote at all, or end up voting for a third-party candidate, you’ll make it that much easier for McCain to win.  That half of America seems content letting (or helping) that happen scares me to death.

For a CNN analysis of the debate, follow this link:

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