That’s Right Nate

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Democrats Don’t Respect Elderly

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I have 26 years to go before I am a senior, but the treatment of the elderly by the Democrats and their lackeys in the Mainstream Media in this election is sickening.  They say McCain’s slip ups about Shiites and Sunnis are “senior moments.”

They say that this exchange between McCain and a journalist in Iowa shows he is beginning to suffer alzheimers:

Reporter: “Should U.S. taxpayer money go to places like Africa to fund contraception to prevent AIDS?”

Mr. McCain: “Well I think it’s a combination. The guy I really respect on this is Dr. Coburn. He believes – and I was just reading the thing he wrote– that you should do what you can to encourage abstinence where there is going to be sexual activity. Where that doesn’t succeed, than he thinks that we should employ contraceptives as well. But I agree with him that the first priority is on abstinence. I look to people like Dr. Coburn. I’m not very wise on it.”

(Mr. McCain turns to take a question on Iraq, but a moment later looks back to the reporter who asked him about AIDS.)

Mr. McCain: “I haven’t thought about it. Before I give you an answer, let me think about. Let me think about it a little bit because I never got a question about it before. I don’t know if I would use taxpayers’ money for it.”

Q: “What about grants for sex education in the United States? Should they include instructions about using contraceptives? Or should it be Bush’s policy, which is just abstinence?”

Mr. McCain: (Long pause) “Ahhh. I think I support the president’s policy.”

Q: “So no contraception, no counseling on contraception. Just abstinence. Do you think contraceptives help stop the spread of HIV?”

Mr. McCain: (Long pause) “You’ve stumped me.”

Now this is beyond disrespect. You could find moments like these for any candidate and certainly for any candidate of McCain’s age, but there are certain responsibilities the press has when dealing with any Presidential candidate:

Remember that the candidate might be feeling confused, anxious, irritable and depressed, and suffering from low self-esteem.

 

Rely on the four Ss: Simple, Slow, Show and Smile.

 

  • Simple—Use simple words and simple sentences.  And give instructions one step at a time.  Too much information can be overwhelming for a candidate. 

 

  • Slow—Speak slowly, and allow enough time for the person to understand each thought or question. 

 

  • Show—Show the candidate what you are saying; don’t just say it.  Use body language, facial expressions and talking points to tell your story so the person can benefit from your words and your actions. For example, point to objects or demonstrate an action, such as not raising taxes.

 

  • Smile—A smile sends a powerful message of reassurance. Be conscious of your facial expressions. Using facial expressions to show that you are friendly will help the candidate better understand the tone of the discussion.

 

Speak in a tone that is calm and reassuring.

 

Make certain that the candidate has the best chance of seeing and hearing you. This involves checking that the person is wearing glasses and hearing aids, if necessary, and that talking occurs in a quiet environment.

 

Approach the individual from the front. It may startle and upset him if you touch the candidate or draw near from behind.

 

Before asking the candidate to do something, address him by name to get his attention. While you are speaking, maintain eye contact to help him focus.

 

Ask only one question at a time and allow time for an answer. If he does not seem to understand, repeat the question using the same wording. If this does not work, after a few minutes, rephrase it.

 

Allow the candidate adequate time to respond in conversation or when performing an activity. Rushing will increase confusion.

 

If the candidate repeatedly asks a question, keep in mind that he cannot remember the response you have just given him. Instead of answering the question after a second or third repetition, reassure the politician in some way-everything is fine, you will be with him, you will help him.

 

Eliminate distractions, such as the TV or radio, when talking to the candidate.

 

Avoid statements that sound negative. For example, instead of “Don’t cut and run,” say, “Stay in Iraq.”

 

Use humor whenever possible, though not at the politician’s expense.

 

Break down all tasks into simple steps. Tell the candidate one step at a time what to do. Giving too many directions at once or too quickly will increase confusion. If the politician gets upset and becomes uncooperative, stop and try again later.

 

Keep on talking, even when a candidate may no longer be verbal. Chat about things that mattered to the person and mention names of donors and lobbyists. Even if communication is one-sided, it can loudly show that you care.

 

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Written by thatsrightnate

April 10, 2008 at 9:20 pm

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  1. Bashing McCain on his age is a surefire way to upset the most reliable bloc of voters in this country – seniors.

    Ben Keeler

    April 11, 2008 at 12:12 am

  2. Oh yes, if they remember this the Dums are in real trouble. Some of these comments cut across the proverbial front lawn of seniors in this country and they won’t put up with that.

    thatsrightnate

    April 11, 2008 at 5:22 am

  3. I’m only a few years short of being a senior, Ben. Like most people in my generation I’ve gotten a very close look at how age affects the mind. We’ve taken care of our parents, and spent a lot of time with aunts, uncles, friends who have been part of our lives forever. We’ve even worked with people who, determined to continue working into old age, begin doing some pretty strange things. Not everyone’s mind is ever affected, but if you live long enough, an awful lot are. It’s not all Alzheimer’s either. There are all kinds of dementia. And it’s very gradual. Most people I’ve known at McCain’s age seem fine. As far as I know they are fine unless they actually do have Alzheimer’s. But it’s all too often a very short trip down the road to making the occasional out of character decision, forgetting things that are important, things like that. Like it or not, McCain’s age is a legitimate factor, as much as if he were too young or too inexperienced.

    zenyenta

    April 11, 2008 at 5:25 am


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