Posts tagged ‘John McCain’
Looks like the guilt by association game may have blown up in John McCain’s face this time. Sarah “you betcha” Palin and Rudy “9/11″ Giuliani deliver what they think is a one-two punch associating Barack Obama to Rashid Khalidi, a Columbia University scholar with a pro-Palestinian reputation and thanks to Rudy, adding the detail that William Ayers also contributed to Khalidi’s research.
Ehhh, problem. McCain’s own International Republican Institute gave Khalidi LOTS of money. Ayers gave Khalidi comparatively less money. But ah, McCain and Ayers fund the same guy. Watch Keith Olbermann connect the dots while pointing out what Keystone Kops the McCain campaign staff must be. (As an aside, notice how Palin mispronounces Khalidi, saying “Khaladi” and then the crowd of yahoos, who don’t know Khalidi from a hole in the head, upon hearing the Arab name exude a collective “ooooooooo”. And to think these folks are allowed to vote.)
Mmmm, who’s paling around with terrorists now, Senator McCain?
I’m sure many of you have heard about John McCain’s brother Joe’s verbal scuffle with a 9-1-1 operator while stuck in northern Virginia traffic. It got me to thinking about what song John McCain might be inspired to sing on the subject so I put together this little ditty.
To be sung to the tune of “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” by Bobby Scott and Bob Russell, most famously performed by The Hollies.
The road is long with many a winding turn.
The taffic’s jammed up from here to who knows where.
But for Joe, this is an emergency.
He’s an asshole. He’s my brother.
See Joe is stuck in “commie Virginia“.
He’s got to get where folks cheer guns and prayer.
Joe McCain is a REAL American.
He’s an asshole. He’s my brother.
The cars won’t move, so Joe dials 9-1-1.
You think this is fair? Tell Joe. He don’t hear.
“Time is money and I’ve got special places to go.”
He’s an asshole. He’s my brother.
The operator asks Joe to get off the line.
“They’re people out there who really need care”
So Joe hangs up, but not without a rude “f&*k you.”
He’s an asshole. He’s my brother.
The race was long. I don’t stand a chance to win.
My brother the creep, just wants to bang my veep.
But the fruit don’t fall very far from the tree.
He’s an asshole. He’s just like me.
He’s an asshole. He’s my brother.
Several months ago, I attempted to make it clear to women voters one good reason they should not be supporting John McCain. I received outraged defenses of McCain saying that his misogyny was only documented in one book with no substantiation.
Well folks, I can’t swear in a court of law that John McCain once called his wife a c**t (c-u-Next-Tuesday), but I sure have video taped evidence that the word is pretty close to the top of his list. There’s nothing like a slip of the lip to give insight into your true vocabulary.
I probably don’t need to worry as much about women voters as I did back when I wrote my first post. Most of the members of the John McCain Female Woman Hater’s Club have been discredited or criticized in one way or another since then (hey Carly, find any new work yet?). And of course one major development since my first “final” plea was the emergence of Sarah Palin who skyrocketed and then crashed and burned.
Still, for those few women who are still considering supporting McCain/Palin, I suggest you show today’s video to your daughters and then find an answer when they ask “Mommy, what did he say? What’s a c**t?” While you’re at it, you might also want to explain to them why Sarah “Hockey Mom” Palin gets a $150,000.00 clothes budget while their real hockey Mom is shopping at Target.
Who, you might ask is Sylvester McMonkey McBean? Anyone who has read Dr. Seuss stories to his or her child probably knows who he is. So why when we have two wars raging and an economy in collapse, why when I aspire to be a serious blogger would I invoke the name of a Dr. Seuss character in this post? Mr. McBean is not just any character. He is a character at the heart of our current national drama.
Tonight on MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann”, the host gave one of his “special comments”. His focus was on this new Republican trend of labeling people pro-American or anti-American, or as Sarah Palin put it, part of “the real America” vs not part of it. So where might you ask is the intersection of a Keith Olbermann special comment and a story by Dr. Seuss?
In Dr. Seuss’ “The Sneetches” we encounter a population of creatures who are more or less identical but for one thing. Some of the sneetches have stars on their bellies and some do not. The “star-bellied sneetches” claim superiority over the bare bellied ones. This simple tale has always encapsulated for me a philosophy about the human condition. Take any set of humans, no matter how seemingly similar, and they will find a means to discriminate among each other and sow the seeds of discord. It happens between whites and blacks … it happens between dark skinned blacks and light skinned blacks, and so on. Each time you think you’ve got a group of people who are more similar than different, they discover a way to find a meaningless difference about which to segregate.
This is where our friend Mr. McBean comes in. He offers, for a fee, to provide all the bare-bellied sneetches with stars so they can no longer be discriminated against by the star-bellied ones. Once the deed is done, the “original” star-bellied sneetches, still convinced of their superiority, need a method to stand out and the clever McBean offers, for a fee, to remove their stars, declaring that stars are no longer a status symbol. This attempt to maintain the ability to discriminate goes back and forth with the only one benefitting being Mr. McBean who collects a fee for each star imprint/removal. When the sneetches have exhausted their bank accounts, McBean rides off into the sunset having profited nicely by exploiting the insecurity of the sneetch population.
Which brings us back to Keith Olbermann’s special comment. Over the past few days, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Nancy Pfotenhauer, and Rush Limbaugh have each taken turns at being Sylvester McMonkey McBean. Each of them has attempted to exploit the tensions that exist between various factions of this country to suit their own ends. If you don’t support John McCain, you’re a socialist, an anti-American, a racist (Limgaugh’s charge against Colin Powell). It’s us against them. This kind of rhetoric sows the seeds of an idealogical war, at best and a real civil war at worst. It is a dangerous road that these McBeans are leading us down.
In “The Sneetches”, the creatures learn (after losing all their money) that they are all sneetches, star-bellied or not and that what unites them is much more important than what separates them. In response to the divisive campaign tactics of the McCain team, Obama had this to say today in Tampa, Florida:
There are no real or fake parts of this country. We are not separated by the pro-America and anti-America parts of this nation – we all love this country, no matter where we live or where we come from. There are patriots who supported this war in Iraq and patriots who opposed it; patriots who believe in Democratic policies and those who believe in Republican policies. The men and women from Florida and all across America who serve on our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and Independents, but they have fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a Red America or a Blue America – they have served the United States of America.
We have always been at our best when we’ve had leadership that called us to look past our differences and come together as one nation, as one people; leadership that rallied this entire country to a common purpose – to a higher purpose. And I am running for President of the United States of America because that is the country we need to be right now.
Obama is no McBean. We need to reject those who would tell us that we are a nation divided. We will get the chance to do that on November 4.
(For those who have forgotten the magical story telling of Dr. Seuss, here’s a nice reminder.)
Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a prominent Republican political and military leader endorsed Barack Obama for President. What made the endorsement so powerful was not simply that it was from a long standing Republican, but that it was so well thought out and articulated. Powell hit just about every salient reason for supporting Obama:
The Economy: Powell pointed to John McCain’s unsteady handling of the current economic crisis as compared to Obama’s cautious, reasoned and reassuring approach.
The Vice Presidential Choice: Powell highlighted the terrible example of judgment exercised by John McCain in his choice of Sarah Palin for his Vice Presidential nominee.
A Campaign in the Gutter: In perhaps his most powerful point, Powell discussed his disappointment with the tone of the Republican campaign and the extremes they are willing to go to win. In a statement made after his appearance on “Meet the Press”, he mentioned Minnesota Representative Michelle Bachmann and her recent appearance on MSNBC’s “Hardball”:
Ms. Bachmann is the closest we have come to the fictional Senator John Iselin from the 1962 film “The Manchurian Candidate”, in which Iselin states:
I am United States Senator John Yerkes Iselin, and I have here a list of two hundred seven persons who are known by the Secretary of Defense as being members of the Communist Party!
Ms. Bachmann came off sounding as much a fool as the buffoon Iselin, or his real life inspiration, Joe McCarthy.
Perhaps, Powell made his most convincing observation when he discussed the misconception that Barack Obama is a Muslim and expressed his dismay not so much about the misidentification but about the tacit value judgment being placed on Muslims.
Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer is no. That’s not America. Is there something wrong with a seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing he or she could be president? Yet I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion that he is a Muslim and might have an association with terrorists. This is not the way we should be doing it in America.
I feel particularly strong about this because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo essay about troops who were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay, was of a mother at Arlington Cemetery and she had her head on the headstone of her son’s grave. And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone, and it gave his awards – Purple Heart, Bronze Star – showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death, he was 20 years old. And then at the very top of the head stone, it didn’t have a Christian cross. It didn’t have a Star of David. It has a crescent and star of the Islamic faith.
And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan. And he was an American. He was born in New Jersey. He was fourteen years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he could serve his country and he gave his life.
In contrast to the Republican’s divisive xenophobic approach, Obama has run what Powell calls an inclusive campaign.
In less than 30 minutes, Colin Powell did more to clearly explain the appeal of Barack Obama and the shame of the Republican party than any other public figure to this date.
If you are undecided and still need a reason to vote for Barack Obama, you need only watch Powell’s appearance on “Meet the Press” to arrive at the inevitable conclusion.
The Two Joe’s
The McCain campaign has introduced us to two Joe’s recently. There is Sarah Palin’s Joe Sixpack and now we have John McCain’s Joe the Plumber. An MSNBC pundit last night wondered aloud why the two didn’t seem to resonate the same way.
The answer is simple. When we hear “Joe Sixpack” we imagine a middle aged paunchy, possibly unemployed (or at least underemployed), probably alcoholic average schlub. He is the poor working stiff who needs advocacy from the likes of Sarah Palin. Powerful image. On the other hand, when is the last time you had to pay a plumber? Their hourly rate rivals that of doctors! Sorry …. Joe the Plumber has nothing to complain about, other than paying his fair share of taxes, which he told Barack Obama he doesn’t want to do.
Is Trig Palin Autistic?
Apparently, John McCain thinks so! After citing his running mate Sarah Palin’s affinity for children with special needs, he launched into some gobbledygook about research into autism. I guess someone needs to tell John that Palin’s youngest child, Trig, has Down’s Syndrome. In fact, it is impossible to diagnose autism in infants as the signs of autism don’t manifest until later. Guess he didn’t get a chance to learn much about Trig during that one vetting interview he had with Sarah.
My Liver Ain’t Pretty Enough
While discussing platinum insurance policies, McCain mentioned coverage for “cosmetic surgery and transplants”. Now unless John was talking about hair transplants, I’m not sure how the two items go together. When was the last time you heard a patient complain that their liver just wasn’t pretty enough so they wanted a transplant for a nicer looking one?
So, Who Won?
Determining the winner of these debates has become more of an expectations game than an objective assessment. Many conservatives thought Sarah Palin won the VP debate because she was able to get through 90 minutes sounding more or less coherent. Of course, there was no substance to any of her answers (to her own questions … the moderator was irrelevant) but all the doggone it’s and winks got her through the night.
On that scale, McCain had a good night. Conservatives wanted him to come with a fight and fight he did. Granted, his gun had blanks in it but he got off lots of shots. By that standard, conservative ideologues like Joe Scarborough and Pat Buchannan wet their pants with glee. For fans of Obama, the satisfaction came in watching the bullets bounce off Barack like so many Whammo super-balls. More than in any other debate this season, Obama looked Presidential and McCain looked like a cranky old guy being kept up past his bedtime by an insolent youth.
Unless something goes horribly awry, last night we all just watched the next President of the United States, Barack Obama.
It is amazing how two disciples of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. could end up on such opposite ends of the political spectrum. Two recent statements made by followers of King have, in my view, helped Obama and caused Obama unnecessary grief.
Recently, Representative John Lewis stated:
As one who was a victim of violence and hate during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, I am deeply disturbed by the negative tone of the McCain-Palin campaign. What I am seeing reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse.
During another period, in the not too distant past, there was a governor of the state of Alabama named George Wallace who also became a presidential candidate.
George Wallace never threw a bomb. He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who were simply trying to exercise their constitutional rights. Because of this atmosphere of hate, four little girls were killed on Sunday morning when a church was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama.
As public figures with the power to influence and persuade, Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are playing with fire, and if they are not careful, that fire will consume us all. They are playing a very dangerous game that disregards the value of the political process and cheapens our entire democracy. We can do better. The American people deserve better.
There are those like the terribly thick MSNBC host Joe Scarborough who say Lewis called McCain a murderer. Nonsense! Lewis correctly pointed out that words matter. Politicians need to be careful what they say. When Palin says Obama is “palling around with terrorists”, she makes Obama look like a threat. When slightly unhinged McCain supporters then scream for Obama’s demise, Palin does nothing. How is this any different from George Wallace’s rhetoric giving tacit approval to the racial violence of the 1960’s? Lewis did not say that McCain or Palin were identical in political thought to George Wallace (as has been charged). He said that their rhetoric has the same potential for inciting anti-social behavior as George Wallace’s did.
Unfortunately, for every right-headed supporter of Barack Obama, we can count on a wrong-headed one saying something stupid. Jesse “Hymietown” Jackson has once again revealed his ambiguous attitude towards Jews with the following statement, which he unfortunately pulled Obama into:
The most important change would occur in the Middle East, where “decades of putting Israel’s interests first” would end.
Jackson believes that, although “Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades” remain strong, they’ll lose a great deal of their clout when Barack Obama enters the White House.
Right when there is a good chance of Obama winning Florida, the last thing he needed was this statement by Jackson. It has long been asserted (especially since the Obama castration remark) that Jesse is resentful that his star has faded and that a new black leader has emerged who has made human issues, not simply black issues, the center of his message.
Bottom line … we need to listen to John Lewis. Jesse Jackson needs to keep his mouth shut until after the election.