Thursday, October 02, 2008

Risky Business

Risks. We all take them. But, most of them are not risks that endanger ones own life and others safety. The one thing I have always marveled at is how U.S. Navy carrier pilots deal with risk. Every landing is a disaster waiting to happen. A controlled crash really. At night it is just a gamble on odds that vertigo or worse does not cause a splattering on the deck killing deck handlers, the pilot and others. So, these Navy pilots get used to handling real risks every single day.

Now, think about John McCain. Since he was a carrier pilot he is used to great risk and wasn't afraid to risk his candidacy with his selection of Sarah Palin as his VP running mate. He will find out tonight if that risk was a good one. I actually think the bar has been set so low for Palin that if she just manages to get through the ordeal with out barfing on the air, she will not be hurt too much.

But back to the risk thing. John McCain likes to take them. He was a carrier pilot. I wonder if he really thinks that risk taking as President would be a good thing. It is not just his A-4 Skyhawk jet and his own life that he has to worry about in his decision making. It is pretty much the whole world. I don't think his high tolerance for risk is a good thing. I think it is a very bad thing indeed.
Here is Rolling Stone's look at McCain.

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