Almost everything has a shelf life nowadays. You know the "best by" stamp on most perishable goods. Heck even cans of soup have expiration dates. They might last a little longer than something like milk or yogurt, but they still expire. John McCain is like a can of soup, his "best by" date has finally expired. Yes it lasted a little longer than most others, and it's been on our shelf for as long as anyone can remember, but no one ever took it off the shelf, and gave it a try. And now... it's time is up.
I'm sure the first thought is this has something to do with his age. Trust me, it doesn't. It has nothing to do with the expiration date as it relates to his age, but his ideas. His ideas have expired.
A quick read of our local newspaper this morning brings this to life so clearly.
Campaigning in Seattle, in front of nearly 500 (yes 500) people in a ballroom (yes a ballroom) at the Westin Hotel, Senator McCain says "I will get Osama bin Laden". Now, hasn't that communication style expired? Hasn't that quote seen it's "best by" date? Don't we deserve better than that, fresher, an idea with a longer shelf life? Yes we do.
Conversely, campaigning in Seattle on that same day, Senator Obama, in front of more than 18,000 (yes 18,000) at Key Arena (yes an arena) said "the last thing we need is the same old folks, doing the same old things, over and over again". Now that's got some fresh shelf life!! Yes it does.
Yes we can!