McCain Makes Palin Sized BlunderOctober 1, 2008
You read that right, a big one. No, no, no, not the whole flippin’ n’ floppin’ he’s been doing, or his choice in VP candidate, or even all those silly and unnecessary lies he spouts–although those are all worthy of some time and space. This one is one of those basic, ‘my 14 year old nephew knows that this is wrong’ type blunder (smart kid, knows all the capitals and countries in the world and can tell you some basic facts about the country-but not in a geeky way).
Anyway, you’re dying to know what it is, so I’ll just quote Senator McCain…
I think the single biggest issue is to get our economy going, and a key element of that is creation of jobs, with alternate energy, clean coal, wind, tide, solar, automobiles that run on flex-fuel, hydrogen, and batteries. Making use of the coal reserves in Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The world’s largest oil reserves are in the United States of America. And nuclear power. Nuclear power…we can build 45 new nuclear power plants by 2030 and create 700,000 new jobs. We’ve got to put Americans back to work.
John McCain, 9/29/08
I know what you’re thinking, “What the heck is wrong with that guy!?” …and he didn’t correct himself, his campaign had to cover for him (as usual) hours later.
Senator McCain freely admits why he lies, and why he flip flops:
Anyway, let’s have some fun and fact check McCain, even though we know he is dead wrong, like anyone over the age of 14 would. The US, the largest oil reserves in the world? Where could we get some decently reliable info on that? Some info that maybe a Senator and two time presidential candidate would possibly have access to? I know, the Department of Energy!
Here you go, these are the latest estimates from the Energy Information Administration, a part of the DOE.
|(Billion Barrels)||(Billion Barrels)||(Billion Barrels)|
|Country/Region||BP Statistical Review||Oil & Gas Journal||World Oil|
|Year-End 2007||January 1, 2008||Year-End 2006|
|United Arab Emirates||97.800||97.800||70.560|
Oh my! Who would have possibly ever thought that Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, UAE, Venezuela, Russia, Libya, Kazakhstan, and Nigeria all have more oil reserves than the US!? Gosh, I don’t know…maybe anyone who’s been paying attention for the past 50 &*(%|n’ years!
His supporters will no doubt say something to the effect of “Well, c’mon, of course he didn’t mean that!” Well, then, what did he mean? What did the guy who wants to be President of the United States mean? Coal reserves? If he meant coal reserves, then the question of his mental acuity has to be taken into consideration. He had just mentioned ‘coal reserves’, so what’s with the flub?
Is this guy all there? Has his age caught up with him? Are we looking at a guy who is thinking like Reagan was in his last couple years in office (no offense, President Reagan not only seemed off kilter the last couple of years in office, but the onset of fairly severe Alzheimer’s wasn’t that long after he left office)?
Along with all of the very bad tactical mistakes, misstatements, blunders, and obvious flip flops (within hours of each other), Senator McCain is making a very good case for being mentally drained, or, unfortunately, not mentally capable to be in a very challenging and fatiguing job.
Look back on his campaign and ask yourself whether he is thinking clearly, or is he really this much of a flip floppin’ bumbler? I don’t know the answer, but neither one is good.