By age, John McCain has a one in seven chance of dying in office. I repeat, one in seven. Actually, as we all know, his chances are worse than that: as a former POW, who had suffered years of poor nutrition and lack of medical care during his internment, his odds must be worse. According to Bob Burnett of the Smirking Chimp, McCain,
"has survived several plane crashes and skin cancer. His paternal grandfather died of a heart attack at age 61 and his father succumbed at age 70"
But hold on just a second, it gets worse:
"Given his health history, there's a significant possibility McCain will suffer a debilitating stroke in office. Writing in Free Ride: John McCain and the Media, David Brock and Paul Waldman document McCain's explosive temper. Recently, observers have noted his erratic conduct on the campaign trail. CNN reporter Jack McCafferty observed: '[McCain] no longer allows reporters unfettered access to him aboard the Straight Talk Express for a reason. He simply makes too many mistakes. Unless he's reciting talking points or reading from notes or a TelePrompTer, John McCain is lost.' "
The 1,173 pages of McCains medical history were exposed to the prying eyes of a handful of journalists over a period of three hours, with no allowance for photocopying. Sanjay Gupta reported later there was no "smoking gun" to reveal McCain's poor health, but, as Frank Rich noted in his New York Times op ed piece, "Gupta wrote there was hardly any information on McCain’s mental health."
Lastly, my friend and inspiration, Dal Raiford heard from his impeccable source (ammo surfers--don't ask):
However you slice it, worse than a one in seven chance of dying in office is enough reason for any undecided voters to consider that a vote for McCain would become a vote for Palin.