Last night, hapless Senator John McCain tweeted:
Last American combat troops leave Iraq. I think President George W. Bush deserves some credit for victory.
I commented on one of my favorite blogs Deus Ex Malcontent:
It’s like giving Billy credit for saving his town from the Gremlins.
“Let me just say, categorically, I’m proud of the people who come to our rallies”.
– John McCain (3rd Presidential Debate, October 15, 2008)
F*ck you, John McCain. You may have served your country with honor, but instead of a venerable hero, you’ll go down in history as a shameful loser. It was your choice.
TIME‘s Joe Klein on McCain and Patriotism, 10/21/08:
Maybe this doesn’t need to be said, but:
Anyone who talks about the “pro-American” parts of the country is making an anti-American statement.
Anyone who talks about the “real” parts of Virginia doesn’t understand that all of Virginia is real–just not the reality as fantasized by the sort of people who see some parts of the country as more “pro-American” than others.
Anyone who describes one part of the country as “most patriotic” has lost all sense of what patriotism means.
(And any congressman who describes his own constituents as “rednecks” and “racists” probably doesn’t have much of a future in politics, no matter how much pork he hauls home. I’m talking about you, John Murtha.)
But, seriously, you have to wonder why John McCain has spent so much time questioning the patriotism of others, especially his opponent, in this campaign. Is it because he once signed a prison “confession” that he considered treasonous? If so, please know that we don’t blame you. You’re a patriot, Senator, and a hero…at least, you were until you started questioning the patriotism of others–by saying things like they’d rather win an election than a war, and by implying that they’re soft on terrorists. Then you became something else entirely. And it hasn’t worked very well, has it?
McCain’s Latest Iran Joke
Responding to a question about a survey that shows increased exports to
Iran, mainly from cigarettes, McCain said, “Maybe that’s a way of killing them.”
He quickly caught himself, saying “I meant that as a joke” as his wife, Cindy, poked him in the back.
Apparently, folks see this as an instance of McCain being a “regular guy who just says what he thinks”, and this is supposedly appealing.
And they were just Iranians. It’s not like we have Iranian-Americans. And even if we did, McCain wasn’t joking about killing them, just maybe some family that Iranian immigrants have back in Iran.
Oh, but it was a joke about cigarettes and how bad they are, and McCain can make that joke because he was a smoker 30 years ago. Well, he could’ve said, “Gee, we want to take away their nukes, not kill ’em all!” But, no, he actually joked about killing them.
Oh, no, don’t criticism John McCain about a joke he made about killing people because he was a POW for 5 years, so he knows all about killing, and is entitled to joke about whatever he wants. Lighten up.
So who out there thinks McCain’s joke was funny?
Yeah, I know this is old news. 16 years old, to be exact. And it’s “gutter politics” to bring it up. But I don’t think “the American people are smart enough to reject” gutter politics, so every bit helps. In particular, if there really are disaffected Hillary voters who think a sexist media doomed their candidate, I surely hope Senator McCain’s now-infamous public remarks to his wife give them pause before they throw their support to him.
And it’s kinda amusing.
NSFW if you’re not using headphones. Contains liberal use of the c*** word.
I made a point to catch the MSNBC debate in Nevada between Obama, Clinton, and Edwards. Earlier in the day, I had sympathized with liberal outrage (expressed in the liberal corners of the airwaves and internet) that Kucinich had been excluded. When watching the debate, I must admit I didn’t mind that he wasn’t there. Sure, he would’ve challenge a lot of what the others said that I personally disagreed with. But one of the three on the dais is going to be the nominee, and I don’t want that one to get any more punches than necessary. I don’t sound like an idealistic liberal when I say that. Debates with eight to ten candidates are ridiculous. A debate with the three candidates with a chance of winning, with few time restrictions and the opportunity for some thoughtful conversation, this was very welcome to me.
I came away with the debate feeling a lot more comfortable with either Obama or Clinton as the nominee than I was before. This doesn’t help my motivation to do much else to voice support for John Edwards. At one point, Obama directed a comment to Edwards, the issue it was regarding I forget, but the message to voters and Edwards seemed to be, “John and I really don’t disagree on anything, and everyone likes me more, so it’s probably time for John to pack it in”. Edwards can’t draw sharp distinctions between himself and the other two without attacking two candidates that come across as excellent candidates, that should be electable despite the doubts that some want to cook up, doubts that I no longer have.
So there are Republicans who say they’d never vote for Clinton? I’m sure there are lots. But how many Republican women are there who secretly relish the idea of having a woman in charge, who will pull the lever for Hillary beyond the curtain and then pretend they can’t stand her to her husband and friends?
There are bigots who will never vote for a black person, so they’ll never vote for Obama. But then there are all these staunch conservatives who get this warm, fuzzy feeling from Obama kinda like they did with W eight years ago. They like the message of a “uniter” even if they’re ignoring his liberal record. They’ll cancel out the bigots.
And then the Republicans really won’t be presenting much of an alternative. Their best chances seems to be John McCain. In a year when the buzz word is “change”, a guy who’s been in Congress for three decades probably isn’t the best embodiment.
Time to look for close to home and see what can be done about unseating Liddy Dole…