The DNC almost made my head explode. In his landmark speech designed to shake the world, Barack Obama found room on his priority list to include an admonition to keep our toys safe.
And here I am thinking that a terrorist-delivered nuclear device triggering an electro-magnetic pulse that wipes out our entire national electric grid, communications systems, and transportation infrastructure, not to mention our food supply, was more important. How silly to have worried.
Back to Obama. Having reassured the nation of the beneficence of his oversight, with about 150 days in session in the senate on his resume, and no executive experience at all, his campaign rolls down the trail one day later, decrying the VP choice of John McCain as short on experience. (Heads up: she's the Governor of our most energy-strategic state, her trajectory has included almost entirely executive experience, and she has already cleaned up a garbage dump of corruption in her own party...the kind of corruption Sen. Obama simply glanced away from and whistled past in Chicago on his path to political prominence.)
Sarah Palin is inexperienced? No, she's impressive, accomplished, smart, and threatening to every Democrat who didn't expect McCain to play such an ace. And it may be too counterintuitive for them to notice, but when the Obama campaign goes after her for "inexperience," even though their analysis is weak, aren't they actually legitimizing the same criticism of Obama?
Whatever the case, I am sure of this: John McCain, after being tortured for years and locked, bones broken, in dungeons by hideous captors who used every inhuman tactic imaginable to destroy his spirit and crush his dignity, survived with his mind and spirit strong. And then he emerged magnanimous and ready to serve for the next 30 years and more. He would never entertain a grand vision of American greatness that has room on its priority list for that transformative aspiration to "keep our...toys safe.”
What he will entertain, and not over tea with mad dictators, is a successful execution of the security, war, and economic challenges of this perilous moment.
Think about that, as you tuck in your toys.