Are you really unable to comprehend the difference between 20 years of association with people who have lead lives that are way more than questionable and happenstance?
I do know the difference and I know I have been making light. The point I am trying to make is associations don't really define a person. All of us have associations that could be called questionable. Since I have a business here in my town I have to deal with a lot of people I might not otherwise deal with. Some I find things about later on. The reason I now know the guy I bought my house from is on the sex offender is because one of my employees was looking at the list and started asking me if I knew certain people on the list. It is broken up by town so there aren't that many in each town. I was shocked at how many people I know on the list and some I know very, very well. I also was involved in drugs in the 70's and had some pretty sleazy cohorts back then, and if I am defined now by my associations, then I am pretty much screwed.
Obama is no messiah, and anyone that really thinks that is out to lunch. But you have to admire a guy who comes up from pretty much nothing and becomes a very bright, articulate and thoughtful person who is obviously talented. The fact that he is even in play politically is an accomplishment. How many kids in single parent families end up not only on the good side of the tracks, but passes well beyond anyone in his community? That is exceptional. I can ask the same question of McCain and Palin, what have they accomplished? I know what they have accomplished, but aside from McCain living through the war as a POW, what else has he accomplished that is that remarkable? He has been a good public servant, isn't that enough? He loves his country. For me, loving your country is what matters most. I don't have a problem with McCain having different views from mine, although many I share with him, many I do not share with Obama, but many I do. We are not bad Americans because we disagree on how and to whom we give the power to lead the country.