Several times John McCain got lost in his own words today while appearing on what had always been a familiar show in the past. Meet the Press is a regular haunt for the old warrior. He should have been comfortable on the set.
Maybe it was fatigue, maybe it was age. But several times he fumbled with words as he struggled to keep his thoughts on track. The final slip came when he tried, and failed, to name the five former secretaries of state who have endorsed him. Twice he tried to dredge up the name of George Shultz. And twice he lost the thread. In the final attempt, McCain again named four but the fifth eluded his recall and ended with his voice trailing in despair, “and one more.”
As host Tom Brokaw was laying out the next question, McCain blurted out “George Shultz. It was George Shultz.” Obviously he was not listening to Brokaw but rather, he was struggling to close the open gestalt in his head.
Each of us of a certain age have experienced the same kind of stumble. But not on Meet the Press. And not while running for the highest office in the country.
McCain and I are about the same age. He’s old. And Sarah Palin could be next in line.
I don’t want Sarah Palin to be a melanoma away from being president. Nor a heartbeat. Nor a stroke.
I don’t want that woman anywhere near the White House.