Blue Ridge, to be exact. For those who aren’t aware, there is a beautifully modest retreat atop of this mountain called Little Piney Cove – home of the legendary Rev. Billy Graham. And he had a visitor recently. Well, several if you include the press corp and secret service.
So, John McCain has heard enough about Barack Obama, ‘Operation Joshua Generation‘ and his – um, you know – brilliance to court the evangelical vote while McCain sits in Arizona thinking about Geritol, Bayer and the absolute best part of his ticket, Cindy. Ahhhh…
COUGH… er, um, as I was saying… COUGH… McCain gets in a plane and then a SUV to visit with Billy Graham and his son, Franklin. Now, the elder Rev. Graham has forgotten more than people will ever learn about diplomatics, but one thing that is engraved in the back of his medulla is NIXON.
Suffice to say, McCain was not going to leave the apex of the Blue Ridge with a signed endorsement, but Lord knows he was praying long and hard for at least a bumper sticker, “Billy Hearts Johnny.”
He does his best though. Regaling memories of his Naval admiral father, his wonderful mama and his truly phenomenal and heroic experience as a POW (God bless him alone for that), he was on a mission to stroke the embers of Americana and earn a fiery “This is the man” from Billy Graham. But not so much.
I do love this quote though from the NY Times story linked above:
Mr. McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, had requested the meeting with the Grahams. He called his hosts “great leaders” and said they had had “an excellent conversation.” In response to a reporter’s question, he said, as if slightly surprised: “Oh, I didn’t ask for their vote.”
Hey, uh, Sen. McCain. Since you are that close to God in the mountains and all, did you hear the thunder crack as you told that lie? I’m just wondering. Oh well, it’s about time. You gots some ground to catch up on. Will it be too late? M.O.V.E. ON!