McCain is "at that age" -- you know, male menopause. Let's let the Alzheimer’s slide for the moment and talk about John McCain's obsession with sex.
For a long time, you may have noticed that in EVERY McCain interview or public discussion, this guy manages to slip in some sniggering reference to sex. Sometimes, it's even his "wife", sometimes it's less marital, but there's always one or two moments (senior moments?) when John gets a little lewd.
And now the Sarah Palin VP choice. Well, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn I'm willing to sell cheap to anyone who doesn't sense that there's some serious funny business going on here. The sex variable with Palin is up there in lights, and self evidently it's a variable that ol' John is convolutedly tangled up in.
This doesn't have to mean an affair (although, anything's possible with McCain and sex), but it does mean McCain is consciously using sex as a political weapon.
Now I'm just one American, talking over the electronic fence with my neighbors, but I have a gut feeling (which I usually don't put into words) that all this "sex business", one way or another, is going to blow up in McCain's senior face.
Hey, we're fighting for the life of our country here, so this is not the time for "tact". Hence, to say it straight out, it increasing looks like McCain is in the grip of male menopause and is desperately trying to pretend otherwise.
If you don't like those words, use what works for you, but the heart of the matter is that McCain sees impotency on the horizon (hey, that's just life, that's age) and is apparently determined to publicly and/or privately act like "Mr. Macho" for as long as he can get away with it.
Here's a gentle prediction. Sometime between now and November some kind of "sex scandal" is going to explode in the McCain camp. No one who snickers about sex as much as McCain is going to be satisfied with merely "talking the talk". No, the probability is that he's "walking the walk" and maybe even walking the walk with (how shall we say it?) more than one "companion".
Palin, of course, is improbable (albeit possible), but at the very least she's someone McCain can now ogle at in his leisure and send the message to the world that he has an attractive woman who is abjectly "dependent" on him. Plus, if he's elected, he'll be able to play that macho game for at least four more years . . . and who knows what might happen in the meantime?
However, a more likely scenario is that some woman is going to speak out about how she was abandoned and cast off by McCain. We shouldn't forget that however corporate is the media, they just can't control themselves when it comes to a steamy political sex scandal (assuming McCain isn't steam-less). No, pug, dem, or independent, they're all fair game for a media scandal and IF McCain's compensatory and symbolic Mr. Macho acting out goes public, he will be skewered by the press just as much as any Democrat.
There's really aren't many activism conclusions to be drawn from this, since it all mostly comes down to waiting until MaCain is caught with his public pants down.
However, the more McCain keeps doing his sniggering sex thing during interviews, debates, etc., is the more realistically probable it is that that he will end up sacrificing his shot at the presidency to the God of Eros. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time a man in male menopause threw his life away to play the macho fool.
W. Christopher Epler (Bill)
ps: Look very carefully at the interactions among: (1.) McCain, (2.) his (current) wife, Cindy, and (3) Sarah Palin when they're all on stage together -- and draw your own conclusions.