Shorter John McCain:
I’m such a great advocate for special needs kids that I think autism is the same as Down syndrome.
“parents come with kids, children — precious children who have autism. Sarah Palin knows about that better than most.”
The rest of John McCain’s debate performance roughly matched that level of sensibleness.
Bonus shorter McCain:
Barack Obama is being disrespectful to veterans in questioning the morals of my supporters who call for Obama’s political assassination.
In other news, John McCain didn’t have the courage to either repeat the claim that Obama pals around with terrorists, nor to denounce those, like his running mate, who make such claims. “So the point is — the point is that I have repudiated every time someone’s been out of line, whether they’ve been part of my campaign or not, and I will continue to do that.” Bullshit.
Voters didn’t buy the BS. CBS sez undecideds broke 53%-22% for Obama, CNN has it 58%-31%, and MediaCurves has it 60%-30%.
I also have to ask what McCain’s problem is with astronomy? In two successive debates he’s complained about money given to replace the Adler Planetarium’s new star projector, a replacement for a 40 year-old piece of equipment that couldn’t be repaired any more.
Finally, why does McCain oppose nuclear safety? Why did he scoff “Sen. Obama will tell you, in the — as the extreme environmentalists do, it has to be safe.” When he talks about “building 45 new nuclear plants, power plants, right away,” that’s madness. We haven’t built a new nuclear plant in 30 years here. The capacity doesn’t exist to produce the necessary parts and equipment for 45 new plants, and the facilities to produce those parts and equipment are all in other countries. Wind, solar, and other alternative energy sources can be produced domestically, and using equipment built in America. We can’t do that with nuclear, at least not on any reasonable timeline.