Watching john McCanin tonight on the news having to defend Barack Obama at his campaign rallies against racist and xenophobic attacks from right wing Republicans really does make you feel for McCain in a big way.
John McCain is not a bad man. Indeed, as Republicans go he is a fair, honest, decent gut with an amazing war record and is known throughout Washington (so the reports say) as honest, intelligent and does his duty without partisan politics getting in the way.
He spoke at the beginning of his campaign how silly comments from Barack Obama's former Paster would not be used against Obama and likewise he said the issue of his son serving in Iraq would also not become a political issue. It is clear he wanted to fight on policies, not personality.
Sadly for McCain, the polls were against him, and in desperation he went for Sarah Palin, a disastrous gaffe which suddenly put in to question his judgement and also made people focus on his health (and age) in a new way. People fear a Palin presidency.
And now, with Republic party bosses pushing for McCain to be more and more negative, with hatred spewing forth from Palin and Republicans across America towards "that Arab" Barack Obama/ Palin goes on about Obama and terrorism, she also goes on about his Pastor whilst John McCain's wife now attacks Obama and brings up her son serving in Iraq. And suddenly John McCain is confronted by people who claim to be his supporters who are the very sort of people McCain has spent his whole political life fighting to oppose.
It's a sad day for McCain. A decent man trapped in a campaign not of his choosing.