McCain’s dimming star


The China Post news staff

The superstitious Chinese tend to believe that every emperor, king, or potential ruler of a country has a star in the sky. An astrologer could tell the fate of such a potentate by star gazing. For example, Ma Ying-jeou’s star today is no doubt brighter than Chen Shui-bian’s. In the United States, John McCain’s star looks dimmer than Barack Obama’s, especially after the third and last debate on television between the two presidential candidates. McCain, 72, the Republican Party’s standard bearer, was rated as a loser to his Democratic rival Barack Obama, 47.

If McCain loses on Nov. 4, it will not be because his opponent was too strong. It would be hard for any Republican candidate to win the election after an eight-year, disastrous reign by a Republican president. The disgruntled voters are longing for change. The financial tsunami sweeping America and the rest of the world occurred on President George W. Bush’s watch. Who is to blame for the catastrophe? The simplistic answer is Bush and the GOP, whose laissez faire economic ideology is at the core of the financial storm. Obama’s appeal for “change”— change of regime, change of ideology, change of course — is irresistible. “Are you better off today than you were eight years ago?” How many voters would answer yes? “Can we afford four more years of the same?” Obama asked. Although McCain, the self-described “maverick” said “I am not Bush,” he cannot wash his hands clean because of his “original sin.” So, his star is dimming, even with the help of a bright star-running mate Sarah Palin, the young and attractive governor of Alaska.