Kent Bush: McCain hopes voters elect the danged incumbent

Kent Bush

My wife and John McCain have something in common.

My wife always comes out of the bedroom on Sunday mornings to ask me which of two different shoes looks the best with her Sunday best.

I always just say "the one on the right" so that we can get to the church on time. I'm a guy. I don't care what shoes she wears. I just care that she wears them -- quickly.

Unfortunately, that seems to be the same consideration McCain's campaign staff gave to approving his latest commercial.

I wish my wife paid me as well as McCain pays his staff to lie to him.

The commercial starts out with the 2008 Republican candidate for president walking along the U.S. border with Mexico with Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Arizona.

The two men begin the most petrified dialogue in the history of film. The acting is so bad that if it were a horror movie, McCain would certainly be the first one killed by the villain.

McCain describes a list of crimes.

"We're outmanned," the good sheriff says.

The sheriff goes on to tell McCain that his plan for controlling illegal immigration is "perfect" because it brings together many branches of law enforcement.

"And complete the danged fence," McCain mumbles in a monotonous tone.

I can just see the staff with McCain in his tour bus watching the finished commercial. He drops the "danged fence" line and they erupt.

"That's great, boss," one gushes. "Homerun! That's campaign gold!" a second sycophant says.

In reality, it was the worst thing he's said since 2008, when he said, "She's not from these parts and she's not from Washington. She stands up for what's right and doesn't let anyone (not even her running mate) tell her to sit down. I am very pleased to introduce to you Sarah Palin."

McCain is not immune to bad decisions based on bad advice from his campaign staff. This commercial says something about the race for the Republican nomination in Arizona: Something is starting to scare McCain.

First Marco Rubio turned Florida's Republican governor into an Independent candidate for Senate.

And after what happened in Utah with Tea Party candidates knocking off a three-term Republican senator, the former leader of the GOP pulled out the big guns.

The latest results have shown that the Tea Party candidates are successfully cannibalizing conservative congressional opponents. But it remains to be seen if they can win over enough independent and Democratic voters to make a difference in November.

McCain has seen the political prowess and is pandering to the prejudiced plurality of Arizona voters.

Apparently, McCain thinks if he calls for completing the danged fence that the ultra conservative voters will forget all of those danged votes he's made in the Senate and re-elect the danged incumbent.

Kent Bush is publisher of the Augusta Gazette in Augusta, Kan. Contact him at publisher@augustagazette.com.