Proof of why John McCain is no longer permitted near the press. He’s gotten old, fast.

McCain is barely coherent in this interview that Joe posted earlier. He looks terrible, sounds worse, and repeats the weird line about Palin being a national security expert because she lives close to Russia. That’s as ridiculous as Joe and me claiming that because we live near the Chinese Embassy we’re China experts.

But what’s more important is that in watching this video you can see why the McCain campaign doesn’t let Mccain talk to the press any more. Why the McCain campaign is using Sarah Palin as a virtual human shield for John McCain, bringing her to every event to deflect attention away from McCain. Why the McCain campaign is bringing up so many distracting issues like lipstick and pigs and lies about the Bridge to Nowhere. They’re desperately trying to deflect our attention away from the fact that John McCain got old some time in the last year or so, he’s no longer the quick, smart, energetic man he once was. And it would scare the voters to see what he’s become. So they hide him. Yes, you’ll notice that later on in the interview, when McCain gets angry, he kind of wakes up and his answers become more coherent. Sometimes McCain is his old self, albeit an older version, but lots of times he’s someone else entirely. Are we really going to have a president who’s coherent and alert half the time, but the other half is confused, bumbling, and somewhat incoherent?

CBS News’ blog picks up on the video, and eviscerates McCain for it.

[REPORTER] “Well, you say you’re sure she has the experience, but again, I’m just asking for an example,” Caldwell said. “What experience does she have in the field of national security?” McCain responded:

[MCCAIN] “Energy. She knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America. She’s a governor of a state where 20% of America’s energy supply comes from there. And we all know that energy is a critical and vital national security issue. We’ve got to stop sending $700 billion of American money to countries that don’t like us very much. She’s very well versed on that issue.”And, uh, she also happens to represent, be governor of a state that’s right next to Russia. She understands Russia.”

I’m afraid this is just embarrassingly incoherent. First, the notion that Palin’s proximity to Russia counts as national security experience continues to be unusually stupid, even for McCain.

Second, “Energy” is not a response to the question, “What experience does she have in the field of national security?”

And third, to insist, publicly and on the record, that Sarah Palin “knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America” is, quite literally, laughable. We are, after all, talking about a politician who isn’t sure about the human impact on global warming, and hasn’t demonstrated any real expertise on the issue. Ever.

CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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