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August 02, 2008

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Before bed, here's some fresh snark.

Saying that John McCain has a patent on the idea of growing up?

I view this as an excuse to never have to grow up, since I can't afford to pay royalties. So if anyone wants to have a snowball fight or open a lemonade stand, give me a call. I'll be free anytime, since you don't have to get a job until you're a grown up.

John McCain just won my vote. ^.^

Was that Washington Post profile written by Salter too?

"Duty, honor, country", my ass.

"Just win, baby!" is more like it.

I expect a McCain administration to attempt to add Al Davis to Mt. Rushmore, and replace 'e pluribus unum' on the coinage with 'winning isn't everything, it's the only thing'.

The lack of insight and banality in the "first draft" of McCain's experiences in Vietnam should come as no surprise.

You don't graduate 894th out of 899 by accident.

It always vexes me that McCain is frequently described in news reports as having written 5 books (and in the primaries that Sen. Clinton was described as having written 2) when in fact they've each written as many books as did Socks the cat. I'm sure they were more involved than Socks was, but based on those two quoted passages maybe McCain wasn't a lot more involved. The worst offender was All Things Considered's report on what Obama's, Clinton's, and McCain's autobiographies told us about them, when only Obama wrote an autobiography, but I've seen at least two or three references to McCain having written five books just in the last week. And yes, on a more topical note, McCain's evident belief that he always not only occupies but defines the moral high ground is distressing. The concept that any aide could write such an unhinged letter and sign it with their boss's name just boggles my mind, especially as it didn't result in any open reprimand. Heck, anyone occupying an official staff position and releasing that letter under their own name would be risking their position with any rational employer.

Very interesting Hilzoy. I’ve said here more than once that I don’t believe McCain has the right temperament to be president.

I guess I’ll change that to Mark Salter doesn’t have the right temperament to have the president’s ear.

"McCain, says Salter, "is not an introspective or contemplative guy. But he has instincts, or a code of behavior, that I guess is a kind of philosophy." "

Well, Salter himself tells us why McCain is unfit to be President. After having a President for 8 years who is neither introspective or contemplative and who states openly he operates from an instinctal level, why should we elect another?

McCain, once revered as a hero, is now regularly mocked as a doddering buffoon on liberal blogs and "The Daily Show" by people--unlike John McCain and Pete Salter--who often have made no sacrifice of their own for America."

(I think he meant Mark not Pete.)

How has Salter sacrificed? Is he an unsung hero of Khe Sanh?

The whole thing is just so childish and navel-gazing. Ugh.

Didn't you know John, thinking things through is for elitists. Real Americans fly by the seat of their pants. (in other words...think with their butts.)

I think my favorite part of that "The one" ad is where they use footage from a speech where I think Obama is making fun of the messianic rhetoric.

After having a President for 8 years who is neither introspective or contemplative and who states openly he operates from an instinctual level, why should we elect another?

Reflection, introspection, the weighing of alternatives. Not manly. Not edgy. No frisson there.

Give us The Triumph of the Gut, Part II.

Half the voters in this country aren't electing a president, they're not even choosing a commander-in-chief -- they're hiring a contract killer.

I'd vote for Socks over McCain right now.

Half the voters in this country aren't electing a president, they're not even choosing a commander-in-chief -- they're hiring a contract killer.

And someone who will give the middle finger to the rest of the world on a regular basis.

Outstandingly great post, hilzoy.

Thanks, felix. And greetings from Dubai. I realized only just now that I have never been here while it was still light before. 44 centigrade. Wow.

Really, though, I just checked in to offer this tidbit, which is McCain's response to Obama's acceptance of the debate format:

"John McCain looks forward to debating Barack Obama as often as possible, but it's disappointing that Senator Obama has refused his offer to do joint town hall meetings. We understand it might be beneath a worldwide celebrity of Barack Obama's magnitude to appear at town hall meetings alongside John McCain and directly answer questions from the American people, but we hope he'll reconsider."

They truly, truly need to learn how not to hit the send key.

"...helped me achieve a balance in my life, a balance between my own individualism and more important things. ... I discovered I was dependent on others to a greater extent than I had ever realized..."

Perhaps it's just me, but it seems odd that the same man who wrote this in 1999 is running today on a domestic platform which places so much emphasis on the individual rather than the group: individual retirement, individual health care financing, etc.

"I realized only just now that I have never been here while it was still light before. 44 centigrade. Wow."

That's not unusual in Phoenix in summer.

We understand it might be beneath a worldwide celebrity of Barack Obama's magnitude to appear at town hall meetings alongside John McCain and directly answer questions from the American people, but we hope he'll reconsider.

Are they fscking kidding me? I mean seriously, I laughed out loud. Obama was right: is this the best they've got?

This is the sort of catty, pissy, peevish, too-clever-by-half crap you write in a thread dedicated to flamewars, or when you're posturing in a forum or comments section and using flaming as performance art. This imbecile is running his boss's campaign as if he thinks he's on the Public channel arguing over whether Han or Greedo shot first and whether they use Macs or PCs to run the Matrix.

Obama was right: is this the best they've got?

And McCain is right -- it's probably good enough.

We live in a very sick polity.

And McCain is right -- it's probably good enough.

I don't think so. Not this time. I think the breadth and depth of the revulsion the Republican brand is creating across the country is being significantly under-reported, mainly because so many of the media gatekeepers are either demonstrably in the tank for McCain or have a vested interest in keeping the race close. I think the vile campaign McCain's running is certainly enough to have some effect, but it's not enough to stop the wave. They simply don't, and can't, see it coming.

They just ran the ad on ABC's This Week, as free media for discussion, btw.

I don't think so. Not this time.

I'm a firm believer in the three-pope theory.

Catholics maintain, with some justification, that major changes in the Church have to go through three popes.

Pope 1: Never -- you'll never see X! It is, and always will be, contrary to the immutable teaching of Mother Church.

Pope 2: Never -- you'll never see X while I'm alive!

Pope 3: X is, and always has been, the immutable teaching of Mother Church.

I think, with reference to GOP-media incest turning on the parties in the menage, that we're at Pope 2.

Re what Gary just mentioned. I watch limited TV of any sort, other than USA network on Friday nights, so would like imput from others. How many of McCain's ludicrous ads have been given free publicity on major media forums versus how many of Obama's, which are not ludicrous?

McCain's petulance and wingeness is the voice of a little privileged white boy who had been raised to expect certain things as his natural right, who had been told that, to receive what he deserves, all he had to do was be upstanding, to act according to The Code, and just be John McCain. Now, decades later, the little boy feels betrayed BY HIS ELDERS, HIS VERY COUNTRY, and he reacts with blind, unthinking fury.

I'd guess that something similar is beneath the resentful, furious tone in the conservative legal discourse that Publius drew our attention to in a recent post.

McCain is a figure from an old-fashioned America that is out of fashion in our most cosmopolitan precincts -- the America of "Gunsmoke" and Gary Cooper, not "The Daily Show" and George Clooney.

Yes, you'd never catch John McCain appearing on The Daily Show on eight separate occasions.

Yes, you'd never catch John McCain appearing on The Daily Show on eight separate occasions.

13, actually.

"and ask yourself: what kind of person would think that Obama describing his transformation from a selfish young man to an adult who sees the need for a larger purpose counts as "stealing from McCain's oeuvre""

Thank God they never passed the "Augustine intellectual property act" of 420 BCE, or McCain wouldn't have a campaign at all.

Obama knows kung fu.

McCain does not know anything about the Economy, where Iraq, Iran, Pakistan or Afghanistan are in relation to each other, the different between the Shiites and Sunnis or anything else.

What is Amazing is how anyone can be an Senator for so many years and know so little, about so much!

McCain is too Stupid to be an Senator, too Stupid to be President and too Treasonous to be an American! My Friends.

McCain's Hispanic Outreach person Juan Hernandez was a Cabinet member in Mexico's Vicente Fox's government and VP of the racist hate organization La Raza (The Race) & is openly for Reconquest of the American Southwest!.

Some of his comments.

“We have recognized that the Mexican population is 100 million in Mexico and 23 million who live in the United States…We are a united nation.”

Mexican immigrants “are going to keep one foot in Mexico and are not going to assimilate.”

Mexico's total economic policy is to send their Criminals and Uneducated peons to the US for Tax payers to support as they cost tax payers Billions sucking at the trough of public Welfare & for their free Medical & Schooling, while Killing, Robbing and Raping Americans citizens by the 10,s of thousands, for Businesses to Exploit and Profits from, and Corrupt Politicians to Pander and Cuddle for votes, while ignoring our Constitution against Invasion, the Rule of Law & their Oath of Office!

Apparently McCain agrees with his adviser about the Reconquest of the Southwest and the Colonization of American, or he would support our Constitution against Invasion, the Rule of Law, and Honor his Oath of Office, instead of rewarding the Invading horde & he would get another adviser!

McCain is an ex-hero and now American traitor like Benedict Arnold and should be attested, tried for treason, gave a fast but fair trial then an public execution on National TV!

Barrack the Great One------------------------------

As everyone but politicians, Liberals & the Media knows, Action talks, Bull Sh-t walks!

Barrack sit at the feet of his friend and Mentor for 20 years, supported him with his money, his family, subjected his children to his hate filled rants and listened to hate whites, Jews, American, hate everyone with the exception of Blacks and Muslims!

Barrack & his wife are American hating, Black Power Racist proven by 20 years of attending & supporting the Church of Hate and backed up by Barracks words in Dreams of my Father!

All the pundits, talking heads, Liberal drivel and warm tingling feeling below their waist, cannot change the facts.

Now, he says it was repugnant to him and he does not endorse it or agree! It is 20 years too late for anyone with an brain to accept. Either Barrack is lying or he has an serious mental problem! No one in their right mind would sit in the church of hate for 20 years and support it every way possible, unless they agreed with the message or they were crazy!

What if an White Republican politician had sit at the feet of his Friend and Mentor in an Baptist Church for 20 years and listened to him preach, rant and spew out racist hate bile against everyone and everything except Whites and Baptists.

Oh, The Outrage, the Moral Condemnation, The Media, Blacks leaders & all the Black Rev's crawling out of every cracker jack box, the Liberals and Democrats would be squealing like pigs caught under the gate!

Republican politicians chiming in loudly to prove how politically correct they are.

Every one of the known and unknown in the universe would be calling for his head, no punishment would be enough, resigning from office would not be enough, the poor follow would have to change his name, travel incognito, flee the country! The IRS and FBI would be investigating the church, the church closed and all its members disbanded and scattered to the four winds!

What does Barrack, the Magnificent (May Peace be upon Him) have to do? Why just make an nice little speech blaming it all on his little old white grandmother, just throw her under the bus of his racist prejudice and if that is not enough, just whites in general!

But Wait, that speech was for the Rev. Wright and his hate rants, Not why Barrack the Chosen one, the scion of the Muslim goat herder, the deserted son of the typical black father, the One We have waiting for to lead American and the world to the promise land. Barrack the Great one sit in the church for 20 years and listened to his Friend and Mentor spew out hate Rants. That He, the Supreme one, found repugnant and disgusting but with just one little speech and never answer why the Magnificent One and his Wife (may Peace be upon them) have so much hate and all is right and forgiven in Barrack land!

If nothing else this campaign has Exposed the racism of Blacks and the total Blinding, Unbelievable Hypocrisy, the like of any Balance or Morals that the Liberals, Democrats, and Media have! They have been exposed as Lying, Deceitful, Bigoted Hypocrites, Unable or Unwilling to face or to tell the truth!

BS J, you should probably clean up the grammar and spelling mistakes in those comments before you copy/paste them again.

Maybe I'm showing my age, but I thought Nixon was "the one."

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Maybe I'm showing my age, but I thought Nixon was "the one."

God, in his infinite wisdom
Put Richard Nixon on this earth
To bring to us his heritage
One of priceless worth

A courageous leader
And a blessed man
Surely in God’s plan

His heritage is from Heaven
And the magic from above
The rapture of music and melody
Of culture and of love

Yes, God, in his infinite wisdom
Put Richard Nixon on this earth
To bring to us his heritage
One of priceless worth

A leader with endless courage
A miracle you might say
And all who have met Nixon love him so
The genius of his way

God, in his infinite wisdom
Put Richard Nixon on this earth
To bring to us his heritage
One of priceless worth

--

can be found on The Makers Of Smooth Music

Thank God they never passed the "Augustine intellectual property act" of 420 BCE

CE rather than BCE, surely.

Depends how good their prophet-margin was.

Jes- That pun made me physically ill. ^.^

""John McCain looks forward to debating Barack Obama as often as possible, but it's disappointing that Senator Obama has refused his offer to do joint town hall meetings. We understand it might be beneath a worldwide celebrity of Barack Obama's magnitude to appear at town hall meetings alongside John McCain and directly answer questions from the American people, but we hope he'll reconsider.""

Y'know who I bet an answer like this would really piss off? John McCain.

BS J, you should probably clean up the grammar and spelling mistakes in those comments before you copy/paste them again.

Not to mention actually reading / listening to / learning about any of the malarky he posted.

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