McCain’s VEEP Choice: Sanity/Mental Health a Must Consideration


John McCain’s search for a Veep candidate has several unarticulated challenges. 

The biggest one has to do with this week’s news that McCain released his medical records. No sign of cancer (cancer would be for the fourth time).  But McCain said he would not release his psychological medical records, which is problematic.  Cliff Schecter and others have documented the real achilles heel in McCain’s campaign: his questionable mental status.  

The problem isn’t that he has had skin cancer, nor is it his age. hey his mother seems in fine shape; he likely comes from solid genetic stock.

The real question, aside from his policy positions has to do with the fact that he was a POW for five years an in solitary confinement in the hanoi Hilton for 2 years.  No shame here. Quite the opposite. McCain has been heralded for his valor, which seems the defining issue to his candidacy. The problem is that anyone who has been locked in a box for 2 years is likely to have suffered mental damage. No cuts. No sarcasm. But yes, some judgment here.  I would like to know more about this guy’s mental condition before even imagining his hand near the button, let alone in the same room with foreign leaders that he might deign to meet. 

So, while the MSM reports or not on his failure to release mental records, it is exceedingly important that any potential VEEP candidate for John McCain be vetted as to his/her sanity.  This isn’t a matter of political correctness; it has everything to do potentially with securing the well being of the planet.

Along the way, the debate over McCain’s and his potential Veep’s mental health might have the benefit of opening a long closed door about mental health.  Such teachable moments are rare in presidential campaigns, but when they occur, they usually help advance the dialogue.  Were this to occur and were McCain to open his own post Hanoi Hilton case study for public scrutiny, the act would be deserving of praise and commendation.

 

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3 responses to “McCain’s VEEP Choice: Sanity/Mental Health a Must Consideration

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  2. Here’s an important piece of advice: If it looks like it’s going to be McCain/Palin anyway (and that should be a “no brainer” for Team McCain), McCain should announce NOW or VERY SOON, rather than later towards the convention. There’s currently a growing chorus for Obama/Hillary (as VP) ticket (in fact the Dems are likely aware of the Palin phenomenon). If the GOP waits while movement for Hillary as VP grows — even worse until after it is solidified that Hillary will/could be VP pick — selecting Palin will be portrayed by Dems/liberal media more as a reaction by GOP selecting its own female (overshawdoing Palin’s own remarkable assets), rather than McCain taking the lead on this. Selecting Palin now or early (contrary to the punditocracy) will mean McCain will be seen as driving the course of this campaign overwhelmingly, and the DEMS will be seen as merely reacting. And, there’s absoultely no down-side to this because even if Hillary is a no-go as VP for Obama, the GOP gains by acting early. McCain the maverick. Palin the maverick. Do it now!

    There’s no reason, and actually substantial negative, in McCain waiting to see what the Dems do first insofar as his picking Palin as VP, because, no matter who Obama picks, Palin is by far (and I mean far) the best pick for McCain and the GOP, especially in this time of GOP woes. The GOP can be seen as the party of real ‘change’ (albeit I hate that mantra, change, change, bla bla), while not really having to change from GOP core conservative values, which Palin more than represents.

    In light of the current oil/energy situation, as well as the disaffected female Hillary voters situation, and growing focus on McCain’s age and health, Palin is more than perfect — now.

    (Perhaps Team McCain is already on to this.)

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