The number one reason that most people eschew entering public office is the invasion of their personal lives. Who amongst us, love that term, could survive a microscopic investigation of their life and not look like a complete (insert your own favorite perjorative epithet)?
Due to our close proximity to the USA, we Canucks are innundated with the agonizing minutae of the Presidential campaign that has already been mercilessly hogging the news for three f*cking years.
The latest smudge on the ridiculously idealistic search for the 'perfect' candidate to rule the most powerful nation in history has landed on the Republican nominee for Vice President Tina Fey..
OOPS I mean Alaskan Governor Palin.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with their system, the Republicans (50%) are generalised as Cranky Rich Caucasian, God fearin', Church Goin', NRA Gun Totin', Right of Attila, American as Apple Pie, Flag Wavin', Military Lovin' Kick Yer Foreign Ass Patriots, and the Democrats (the other 50%) are normal, ordinary, people...
OK, OK, Democrats are a teensy bit more Liberal.
Governor Palin's political trajectory hit a glitch last weekend when it was discovered that Palin's 17 year old daughter is having a child out of wedlock ((GASP!)) but not to worry a shotgun weddin' was hurridly announced.
To his credit, the Democrat's Candidate, and Breath Of Fresh Air, Barrack Obama, has publicly stated that 'talkin' trash' about any of the Candidate's family members is completely out of bounds...
but that hasn't stopped the Press who were bored silly and sidetracked from any getting juicy gossip..I mean hard news...
during the Republican's Self Congratulatory Convention when the Hurricanes breaching the shores of the Southern States preempted most of the hoopla.
Republican candidate John McCain has a very interesting personal life that hasn't seemed to have been picked up by the proparazzi yet? His Prisoner Of War story is well documented and I don't know anyone who could deny his intestinal fortitude..
it is afterall his trump card..
well that and being a notorious against the grain anti-Beltway Lobbyist asskicker.
However, last night on National Television Fred Thompson (who I thought would win the nomination because he was both an Actor and a Senator) injected some rather risqué information about McCain's rebellious antics as a young Naval Officer...
it certainly is the era of way, way, too much information and I believe that it was in very poor judgement to toss out dirty laundry in front of the 'Family Values' crowd.
The political dice that he was rollin', character, was thrown on the table for the Newsarrazi, and McCain's past might not survive the scrutiny of his own party.
Thompson talked about McCain's early career bumps when he was a randy, young, Naval Pilot who dated local strippers..
I imagine this was conceived by the tall foreheads of the GOP as a clever way to preempt any future Newsarazzi attacks on McCain's character?
Anyway it aroused my curiousity and I found all sorts of websites HERE that dissect McCain's personal life in an unfavorable light. Even worse, but funny as hell, are the disturbingly familiar links and Lefty Smartass sendups at DIKIPEDIA
*If you loathe Barry Bonds, you simply must have a lash.
ANYWAY, I knew that McCain's first wife, Carol, was a former swimsuit model who suffered serious injuries in a terrible car accident while McCain was a POW and that she didn't want him to know about it because it might tarnish his resolve to survive...(who amonst us is not feeling a little verklempt)..
what-a-gal, the real deal!
I didn't know that his current wife Cindy (strategically portrayed as a perfect blend of MILF schwing & stony stoicism) was an heiress who inherited and chairs a $100 Million Beer Distribution Company..
to her credit she also does a ton of charitable work but wth nobody will remember that.
McCain married her one month after he moved out.
Now to be fair McCain has admitted that he was a total dick about the way he ended his first marriage and really, he had just survived 5 & 1/2 years of constant torture! Who amongst us could say that such an ordeal wouldn't affect the way they approached a second chance at life? Hmm?
Now it's Palin's turn to be mercilessly plopped under the Newsarrazi microscope and in this vapid culture of Celebrity the great unwashed cry out for dirt, scandal and schandenfreude! Not many people, nevermind egomaniacal Politicians, can withstand such scrutiny, and is it really necessary for our Leaders to be Boyscouts and Girl Guides in their Private lives?
The French certainly don't think so check out President Nicolas Sarkozy!
Ooh la la..
Vive le difference!
What it did make me realise is that we Canadians are mercifully free of such Celebratorial National Enquiries because our Prime Minister is a no-nonsense, charismatically challenged, bland Economist of no fixed idiosyncracies...
other than he will be forever remembered for shaking hands with his children, in lieu of giving them a hug, when he dropped them off at school for a campaign photo op.
So I realised that we Canadians really are different than Americans..we appreciate and prefer bland practical civil servants and abhor and eschew the garish spectacle of the modern American Political process.
Having an uncelebrated whathisface running the Country is not a bad thing...
maybe the Yanks should take a page from our playbook for a change?
Don't you just hate the uber hypocrisy of YOUR Political Process?