A Boone for McCain

The McCain camp has a problem with one Boone, but they can substitute with another.

McCain’s campaign has taken the hard line position that we can drill our way out of our oil problem. In fact, VP pick Sarah Palin has said, “I beg to disagree with any candidate who would say we can’t drill our way out of our problem.” Oil billionaire T Boone Pickens holds the opposite view and has promoted his own ideas about our energy future, stating, “I’ve been an oil man all my life, but this is one emergency we can’t drill our way out of.”

Well, if one Boone won’t cooperate, there’s always another. Enter Pat Boone, the American Idle of McCain’s generation. Boone is attending the GOP convention, and was interviewed by CNN, apparently starved for legitimate news. The results of the interview are amusing.

Here are a couple of excerpts:

CNN.com: What do you think of the McCain-Palin ticket?

Boone: Very strong. … Sen. Obama, I think, showed his lack of judgment by not choosing the best-qualified woman that he could have chosen as his running mate, one who had already proven able to get 18 million votes. He passed, and he took Joe Biden, who has been in the Senate longer than McCain, which doesn’t bespeak change. Meanwhile, McCain chooses a highly qualified, attractive woman, and I think it just shows that the “Big O,” or, as I like to think, the “Big Zero,” has missed his golden chance. I think he will lose because of this.

Fact check #1: “Change” pertains to a shift from the status quo, and has nothing to do with experience level.

Fact check #2: It’s true that Obama chose a man instead of the best qualified woman. This in and of itself does not render his decision faulty. On the other hand, McCain bypassed many Republican women with far stronger qualifications in order to pick the comparatively lightweight Palin. This is a direct reflection of a poor decision-making process.

Fact check #3: Boone’s implication that Palin is worthy because he finds her attractive is, itself, blatantly sexist.

CNN.com: Is it a good idea for Hollywood to get mixed up in politics?

Boone: I think it is as long as whoever the entertainer is — a citizen like anybody else — does think through what he’s going to say or what he’s going to support. He or she. To just use celebrity to push some trendy notion without really thinking it through is not helpful. And, because of that, I don’t think that most of the public cares about what an entertainer thinks, including me. But if you’re going to voice an opinion, it ought to be considered.

Physician, heal thyself.

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