McCain. Downward Spiral

He ran into the room, leaning the door shut behind him. What's going on, he thought? his mind raced with his pulse. Calm, be calm.


McCain surveyed the room. Empty. Double beds, standard room in the Biltmore, Scottsdale. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Fucking Wright, McCain thought to himself. The room was cramped, poor natural light. Wright always designed for what looked right, not what felt right. This room didn't feel right. His friends were here, fellow Republicans. Smart, thoughtful men, smiling at him. As McCain turned away, he caught out of the corner their smiles hardening, fading. He quickly looked back at them, but they were gone.


A pounding came from the hall. She found me, he thought. Opening the door, McCain peered out, and quickly ran across to another room, trying to ignore Palin standing in the darkness. This room was dark, but he could hear voices. Conservative pundits. Singing his praises. But when he flipped on the light, nothing. Except for a moment, McCain could swear he heard them. Swearing.


More pounding, shaking the room. He ran out, not even looking at her standing in the hall, laughing. He ducked into another room. This one was less cramped. He recognized it. The Presidential suite. He remembered staying here once, back when he was.. oh no.


Sitting in the corner, was John McCain from the year 2000. He looked angry. 2008 McCain took a step toward him, trying to focus. 2000 McCain turned the floor lamp off, bathing the room in moonlight. 2008 moved to the lamp, and switched it back on. 2000 McCain was gone. Dammit, 2008 McCain thought. He took his reputation and integrity with him.


The pounding grew louder. She was just outside the door. Knowing there was no escape from her, Mccain sat down, and switched off the lamp. The chair was still warm.


Larger one here.


  • Mark Hammermeister 7y

    And then what happens??!?!?!? I'm scared...
  • Mike Van Horne 7y

    Derek, I have to thank you for brightening up this political season for me. I'm just so flipped out about it that I stopped watching the news many months ago to save some sanity for what my real passions are and the reason I even have a flickr account: creating and sharing art. This is a s far as I've gotten with my political statement this go around:

    Thanks to you and thanks to flickr that I can pull my head out of the sand to take a peak at your great work. Enjoy the election, if you can.
  • The Searcher PRO 7y

    You're very welcome. I too get very stressed when faced with the political news. But that fear, anger, frustration, hope, and bewilderment happen to be great fodder for artistic expression. So I can work out my stress on paper, and not have my head explode.

    If it helps other folks' heads from exploding too, then all the better.
  • Jason 7y

    As an outsider to the intricacies of US politics, the choice of Palin as a deputy is bewildering.

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • The Searcher PRO 7y

    That's because she's not a "deputy". In the sense that she actually has any authority or responsibilities or anything. her only two job requirements are: to give the tie-breaking vote in the senate, if that's ever needed.

    oh, and to replace the President if he can't fulfill his duties. Like if they're really old, or have a history of cancer or something.

    So it's not like it's a critically important position or anything.
  • Jason 7y

    lol :-)

    Maybe we could lend you Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London. He is a lovely bloke, but his good natured bumbling toff act might make Palin look better.

    But then again he is actually scarily intelligent, so maybe not...

    Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)
  • Salome's View 7y

    This is funny and scary at the same time. I do want to hear the rest of the story. Thanks for the chuckles and white knuckles. I know, but I couldn't resist. : ))
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