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Poor Ol’ Joe the Plumber: McCain’s New Poster Child

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At long last, John McCain has found a star upon which to hitch his wagon: Joe the plumber — poster child for the downtrodden wealthy. Joe couldn’t have arrived at a more opportune time. With McCain’s campaign wagon reduced to a wheel-less junkyard contraption, drawing little more than scorn and pity from the masses, the old maverick was in sore need of a lift. Through Joe the plumber, McCain hopes to scare us so bad, that we’ll forget, once and for all, that his campaign is little more than a shoddily repackaged version of the Bush Administration. 

To do this, McCain will need to simultaneously inspire and scare the bejeebers out of us, in a Berlin Wall-esque fashion, to help us realize that we — each and every one of us — are  Joe the plumber. It is our noble and heroic struggle for the American dream that is being squashed by the evil, socialist/commie terrorist Obama, who is secretly scheming to funnel the wealth of hard-working Americans straight into the pocketbooks of cadillac welfare queens. It’s a tall order, to be sure, but if ignorant greed prevails, McCain could soon see a bump in the polls.

The whole thing started when Joe the plumber ostensibly** approached Obama in Ohio and posed the question that has been plaguing so many middle-class Americans during these troubled times: “I’m getting ready to buy a company that makes $250,000 to $280,000 a year. Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?”

Obama acknowledged to Joe that, yes, that may very well be the case. Before the two men parted, Joe the plumber voiced his support for a flat tax. It is only natural that Joe the plumber would be in favor of a tax that — according to factcheck.org, benefits the wealthiest people in the country, while penalizing lower and middle income wage earners. According to Treasury Department figures (see table, left), Joe the plumber would see a 7.6% decrease in taxes, while those earning between $15, 000 and $200, 000 per year would see a .02% to 4.3% increase in their taxes.  

Alternately, under Obama’s tax plan, Joe the plumber would see a relatively modest tax increase. Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC, punched the numbers and found that — assuming that Joe’s entire taxable income comes from his plumbing business — Joe would see an increase from 33% to 36%, for a tax rise between $0-$900 per year. This amount could hardly be blamed for thwarting Joe the plumber’s aspirations to buy a company that makes between $250,000 to $280,000 per year. But, if John McCain plays his cards right, he may be able to use Joe’s plight to “grow” his campaign’s numbers in the polls. 

In the coming weeks, we can expect to hear less about Ayers and terrorism, and more about Marxism. After all, it was Obama and his socialist lending practices that led to the Wall Street crisis. Heaven knows, it was not the reckless policies of the past 8 years, nor the Bush-McCain deregulation orgy.  So get used to words like: socialism, communism, spread the wealth, tax and spend liberals, hard-working Americans, class wars (huh?) and maybe even a welfare buck or two thrown in for good measure. McCain is depending on the fumes from these words to drive his defunct campaign to the finish line, come election day. 

Will the tear-jerking tale of Joe-the-plumber inspire very many of the 95% of Americans who make less than a quarter-million dollars per year (and who would receive some sorely needed fairness and relief under Obama’s tax plan) to vote against their own best interests? It’s entirely possible, if the past 8 years are any indication. But if the past two months are any indication, it’s also possible that Americans have wised up. Regardless, McCain is banking on the stupidity of the American people. From the looks of his campaign and his support base, it appears that’s all he has left to him.       

 

For more reading:

**Washington Post: Joe the Plumber: Not a Licensed Plumber — Joe the Plumber is not exactly a plumber, he’s “not even close” to making the kind of money that would result in higher taxes from Democrat Barack Obama’s proposals and has such an aversion to taxes that a lien was filed against him by the state of Ohio.

Wall Street Journal: Fair Tax, Flawed Tax: Does adding 30% to the price of every house sold sound like a good idea to you? by Bruce Bartlett, deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for economic policy from 1988 to 1993.

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The Yellow Pad Mystery: What was McCain furiously scribbling?

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Twice now in the debates, McCain has entered the stage, done the obligatory handshake with Obama, then scurried over to his yellow pad and furiously scribbled …. What? What in the hell was he writing?

I could tell, just by his demeanor, that it was very, very important, if not vital.

What was it? I spent several days pondering this after the 2nd debate, then finally let it go (more important things to think about), but last night, he did it again. If anyone knows, please share. I haven’t a clue.

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October 16, 2008 at 7:32 am

Speaking of Teddy Roosevelt…. Quotes you WON’T hear McCain repeating

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McCain takes pride in his self-anointed similarities to his hero, Teddy Roosevelt, and even quoted him the other night, saying “Walk softly, talk softly but carry a big stick,” while chastising Obama for some perceived foreign policy faux paux. Teddy Roosevelt’s original quote read like this:

I have always been fond of the West African proverb: ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.’ TR, 1901

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Barack Obama’s response to McCain went like this:

In the spirit of Teddy Roosevelt-ness (much as I don’t share McCain’s romance** with Roosevelt’s “big stick” approach to interventionalism in Latin America, which has been used to justify covert wars, U.S.-installed puppet regimes, death squads, human rights abuses and to otherwise rape, pillage, swindle and rob the citizens of these countries) I thought I’d toss out a few more Teddy Roosevelt quotes. Only, you’re not likely to hear McCain repeat these on the campaign trail, although Obama could do so, in all honesty:

If a man does not have an ideal and try to live up to it, then he becomes a mean, base and sordid creature, no matter how successful. — TR, 1915

An epidemic in indiscriminate assault upon character does not good, but very great harm. There should be relentless exposure of and attack upon every evil practice, whether in politics, in business, or in social life. — TR,  1906

I have a perfect horror of words that are not backed up by deeds. — TR, 1915

No man can lead a public career really worth leading, no man can act with rugged independence in serious crises, nor strike at great abuses, nor afford to make powerful and unscrupulous foes, if he is himself vulnerable in his private character. — TR, 1913

Let the watchwords of all our people be the old familiar watchwords of honesty, decency, fair-dealing, and commonsense. We must treat each man on his worth and merits as a man…..The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon the welfare of all of us. — TR, 1903

I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life; I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well. — TR, 1910

The object of government is the welfare of the people.  — TR, 1910

This country has nothing to fear from the crooked man who fails. We put him in jail. It is the crooked man who succeeds who is a threat to this country. — TR, 1905

It used to be that, even as I opposed Republicans, I could often find common ground in my respect for their intellect, their character, and the sincerity of their ideals. This has not been the case in recent years. John McCain’s character represents such an extreme departure from these traits, that he has become a shame to his party — past, present and future. That his campaign actively promotes and embraces ignorance, lies, bluster and sordid values — while ridiculing intelligence and higher ideals —  only shows his profound lack of qualifications to elevate the country he sought to lead. 

The national polls reflect this, as does this interesting internet survey, titled, IF THE WORLD COULD VOTE ?  Although only 157,194 votes have been cast (as of this hour’s updated numbers) these votes came from a total of 186 countries. So far, Obama wins by 100% in many of the countries, and is in the 90% range in most countries. Seems not all the world is as enchanted as John McCain is in the unilateral, big-stick, Bush Doctrine bullying we’ve all been subjected to over the past 8 years.

 

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** For more reading on McCain’s activities with the Monroe Doctrine and the Bush Doctrine (aka “palling around with terrorists” in Latin America and Afghanistan), these links are a good starting point. 

Huffington Post: McCain linked to private group in Iran-Contra case – GOP presidential nominee John McCain has past connections to a private group that supplied aid to guerrillas seeking to overthrow the leftist government of Nicaragua in the Iran-Contra affair. McCain’s ties are facing renewed scrutiny after his campaign criticized Barack Obama for his link to a former radical who engaged in violent acts 40 years ago. The U.S. Council for World Freedom was part of an international organization linked to former Nazi collaborators and ultra-right-wing death squads in Central America. The group was dedicated to stamping out communism around the globe.

Huffington Post: Why McCain’s time with the U.S. Council for World Freedom matters – The USCWF was founded in Phoenix, Arizona in November 1981 as an offshoot of the World Anti-Communist League. The group was, from the onset, saddled with the disreputable reputation of its parent group. The WACL had ties to ultra-right figures and Latin American death squads. Roger Pearson, the chairman of the WACL, was expelled from the group in 1980 under allegations that he was a member of a neo-Nazi organization.

The terrorist tactics of Sarah Palin & John McCain — It’s time to tell the media: “Enough is Enough!”

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John McCain vowed to take the gloves off during last night’s debate. To the disappointment of some, he didn’t. What seems to have escaped the media radar is that the McCain campaign had already taken the gloves off 4 days earlier. It is the nature of chickenshit men to only attack their opponents from behind. Hatred flourishes in dark places. Brought into the light of a public forum, the shamefulness of their acts becomes glaring. Even John McCain, in his most desperate hours, couldn’t bring himself to stoop to the level of his running mate, who has shown that she has no shame.    

 

The difference between Sarah Palin and William Ayers

There are those who think it is sometimes justified to commit violence for a cause. You could run the full gamut — from the Battle of Lexington to the war in Afghanistan, from militant anti-abortion protesters to militant anti-war protesters, from the suffragette movement to the civil rights movement (although, in that latter set, it bears mention that the violence was committed primarily by angry men and angry whites, respectively, against women and black protesters), and from Carrie Nation to William Ayers. I abhor violence. It is not my intention here to promote, excuse or argue the worthiness of any violent act over another, no matter how noble some may view the cause.    

Our history is equally pocked with instances of individuals and groups committing or urging violence out of a sheer hatred — born from ignorance and fear of other individuals and groups — which is not a noble cause by any standard, but is a sickness: from slavery to the Trail of Tears, from the KKK to neo-Nazis, from Charles Manson to Timothy McVeigh. The McCain campaign belongs in this group.  

To the extent that, at times in our history, this sickness has erupted into violence, we carry a collective wound that is continually re-injured, never quite healing. A source of shame for some, and a source of unresolved rage for others, this wound is part of our national consciousness. In some, it exists right beneath the surface, like an inflamed boil, ever on the verge of bursting into a poisonous flow of pus. In hard times, the rage and hatred are more easily provoked, requiring only a slight pricking of the surface to start the flow. Sarah Palin– on behalf of the McCain campaign — has taken a surgical needle to this wound, urging — nick by nick, code-word by code-word — the poison to the surface. 

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

The media are taking their cues from the American public on this. In the absence of our protests, they will likely continue airing, without counterpoint, the hateful, race-baiting, violence-inciting stump speeches of Sarah Palin and the McCain campaign. It is odd that, only during a presidential campaign, would such vitriol be broadcast, daylong, into our living rooms — as if the implications of Sarah Palin’s speeches were as benign as a rant on taxes, health care or energy independence.  At no other time would a public figure be allowed a national forum to incite violence. 

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I urge all people of good conscience to write the media. Send an outpouring of protest against the unchallenged airing of this dangerous vitriol. You need write no more than a sentence. Less is more. Just remember to be courteous, respectful and succinct (admittedly not my forte). Below is a list of media contacts, from the Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) site. If you’re at a loss for words, feel free to borrow some of mine, below, changing them as you see fit.

The recent tone and language of the McCain campaign is inciting a threatening atmosphere of hatred that I fear could erupt into violence. While I would never propose abridging free speech, there is a fine line between the free exercise of speech and the inciting of violence. In reporting on hate groups, such as the KKK  and neo-Nazi groups, I would not expect the media to air their hateful vitriol without a strong counterpoint. While there are many shades of gray between the two, I believe the line between free speech and violence-inciting words has been crossed, when the stump-speeches of a public figure incite the audience to jeer, “Kill him!” and “Terrorist!” and “Treason!” and (to an African American member of the media) “Sit down, boy.” Our country is in a time of crisis, with old and new angers simmering beneath the surface. I fear that, in the near future, the media will be reporting on the repercussions of these destructive speeches. I implore you to, please, exercise responsibility in the reporting of these hateful speeches.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

ABC News
77 W. 66 St., New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212-456-7777

General e-mail: netaudr@abc.com
Nightline: nightline@abcnews.com
20/20: 2020@abc.com

FAIR
112 W. 27th St.
New York, NY 10001
fair@fair.org

 

 CBS News
524 W. 57 St., New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-975-4321
Fax: 212-975-1893

Email forms for all CBS news programs
CBS Evening News: evening@cbsnews.com
The Early Show: earlyshow@cbs.com
60 Minutes II: 60minutes@cbsnews.com
48 Hours: 48hours@cbsnews.com
Face The Nation: ftn@cbsnews.com

CNBC
900 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
Phone: (201) 735-2622
Fax: (201) 583-5453
Email: info@cnbc.com

CNN
One CNN Center, Box 105366, Atlanta, GA 30303-5366
Phone: 404-827-1500
Fax: 404-827-1784
Email forms for all CNN news programs

 Fox News Channel
1211 Ave. of the Americas, New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 301-3000
Fax: (212) 301-4229
comments@foxnews.comList of Email addresses for all Fox News Channel programs
Special Report with Brit Hume: Special@foxnews.com
FOX Report with Shepard Smith: Foxreport@foxnews.com
The O’Reilly Factor: Oreilly@foxnews.com
Hannity & Colmes: Hannity@foxnews.com, Colmes@foxnews.com
On the Record with Greta: Ontherecord@foxnews.com

 MSNBC/NBC
30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112
Phone: (212) 664-4444
Fax: (212) 664-4426
List of Email addressesfor all MSNBC/NBC news programs
Dateline NBC: dateline@nbc.com
Hardball with Chris Matthews: hardball@msnbc.com
MSNBCReports with Joe Scarborough: joe@msnbc.com
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams: nightly@nbc.com
NBC News Today: today@nbc.com

 PBS
2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington VA 22202
Phone: 703-739-5000
Fax: 703-739-8458

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: newshour@pbs.org


National Radio Programs 

National Public Radio
635 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001-3753
Phone: 202-513-3232
Fax: 202-513-3329E-mail: Jeffrey A. Dvorkin, Ombudsman ombudsman@npr.org
List of Email addresses for all NPR news programs

The Rush Limbaugh Show
1270 Avenue of the Americas, NY 10020
Phone (on air): 800-282-2882
Fax: 212-445-3963
E-mail: ElRushbo@eibnet.com

Sean Hannity Show
Phone (on air): 800-941-7326
Sean Hannity: 212-613-3800
James Grisham, Producer: 212-613-3807E-mail: Phil Boyce, Program Director phil.boyce@citcomm.com


National Newspapers

The Los Angeles Times
202 West First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 800-528-4637 or 213-237-5000
Fax: 213-237-4712

L.A. Times Contact Information by Department
Letters to the Editor: letters@latimes.com
Readers’ Representative: readers.rep@latimes.com
The New York Times
620 8th Ave., New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212-556-1234
D.C. Bureau phone: 202-862-0300
Fax: 212-556-3690

Letters to the Editor (for publication): letters@nytimes.com
Write to the news editors: news-tips@nytimes.com
Corrections: senioreditor@nytimes.com
New York Times Contact Information by Department
How to Contact New York Times Reporters and Editors

USA Today
7950 Jones Branch Dr., McLean, VA 22108
Phone: 703-854-3400
Fax: 703-854-2078 

Letters to the Editor: editor@usatoday.com
Give feedback to USA Today

The Wall Street Journal
200 Liberty St., New York, NY 10281
Phone: 212-416-2000
Fax: 212-416-2658

Letters to the Editor: wsj.ltrs@wsj.com
Comment on News Articles: wsjcontact@dowjones.com
The Washington Post
1150 15th St., NW, Washington, DC 20071
Phone: 202-334-6000
Fax: 202-334-5269

Letters to the Editor: letters@washpost.com
Ombudsman: ombudsman@washpost.com
Contact Washington Post Writers and Editors


Magazines

Newsweek
251 W 57th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-445-4000
Fax: 212-445-5068

Letters to the Editor: letters@newsweek.com

Time
Time & Life Bldg., Rockefeller Center, 1271 6th Ave., New York, NY 10020
Phone: 212-522-1212
Fax: 212-522-0003

Letters to the Editor letters@time.com
U.S. News & World Report
1050 Thomas Jefferson St., Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-955-2000
Fax: 202-955-2049

Letters to the Editor letters@usnews.com


News Services / Wires

Associated Press
450 West 33rd St., New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-621-1500
Fax: 212-621-7523

General Questions and Comments: info@ap.org
Partial Contact Information for the Associated Press by Department and Bureau

Reuters
Three Times Square, New York, NY 10036
Telephone: 646-223-4000Reuters Editorial Feedback

United Press International
1133 19th Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: 202-898-8000
FAX: 202-898-8048Comments and Tips: tips@upi.com

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Biden’s Missed Opportunity in the Debate: “Sarah Palin, you’re no Ronald Reagan.”

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It boils down to this:

Joe Biden was equally capable of delivering as knowledgeable, intelligent, insightful and nuanced a discussion of the issues facing our nation and the world 5 days ago, as he was 5 weeks, 5 years or even 25 years ago. Sarah Palin delivered a scripted, well-rehearsed performance last night, nothing more, and it was a performance she was not capable of giving just 5 days ago.

There’s really no more to it than that, except among those who simply *need* to believe that Sarah Palin owns more than an ability to memorize talking points. Have the past 5 weeks not offered enough compelling evidence that, off-script, she is dismally, dangerously unqualified for the job? Much as she tried to chide Joe Biden for referencing the so-called “past” mistakes of the Bush Administration, Sarah Palin’s scriptwriters nonetheless felt the need to validate her candidacy by latching onto the past — namely, the coattails of Ronald Reagan’s legacy.

I would like someone to ask Sarah Palin just what Ronald Reagan meant all those times, when he conjured the vision of that “shining city upon the hill.” And what did you mean, Governor Palin, when you coupled the word ‘exceptionalism’ with that ‘shining city’ last night, as in: “America is a nation of exceptionalism. And we are to be that shining city on a hill“? Do you even know what is meant by the word, ‘exceptionalism‘ in this context? Or would that be “gotcha” journalism to ask you such a question, as when Katie Couric asked, “What do you read?” on the heels of your statement, “The way that I have understood the world is through education, through books, through mediums that have provided me a lot of perspective on the world“?

My educated guess is that Sarah’s answer on the ‘shining city’ question would be the same as her answer to Couric’s question about her reading list: a pause — one beat too long — followed by a mish-mash of hollow words infused with insults against anyone smart enough to know the answer. Lest Sarah be at a loss for words, I’ve done her homework, the same as I did when she asked, “What is it exactly that the VP does every day?” The answer is printed, in entirety, at the bottom of this post.  I offer this, not because I’m a fan of Ronald Reagan — or of exceptionalism — but because, when he conjured the vision of the shining city upon the hill, it was not merely a stage prop. His words were fleshed from a personal belief, born from an established school of thought, about which he knew something. Ronald Reagan not only understood what he was saying. He meant it.    

Sarah proved last night (as she did at the convention) that she is capable of delivering her lines on cue with, alternately, pseudo conviction, curled-lip sarcasm, or a wink and a smile. There are small theatre groups across the country filled with similar talents. What does this have to do with being vice-president of the United States?

We’ve been duly warned: there will be no more unfettered media access (huh?) to Sarah Palin (even as we were told, just a few days ago, that the McCain campaign was going to “allow” Sarah Palin to “be herself” to America). There will be only scripted speeches, no more of that “gotcha” journalism. 

Here’s the thing. I’m sick and tired of living under a government that operates in secrecy, that censors media access, that denies Americans the right to a transparent government, that gives us, instead, a scripted version of the truth in the form of cooked intelligence, manufactured news, propaganda and lies. On that note, I’m also sick and tired of living under a government that believes the rules don’t apply to them. Censoring the media and making special exceptions to the law were the trademarks of the Bush-Cheney Administration. The McCain-Palin team have shown that they would be no different. 

In the past 5 weeks, alone, we have seen the media censored from covering Sarah Palin, we have seen more lies than we can count — so many, that it has become an embarrassment and a joke, even among the most statured conservatives — and we have seen Sarah Palin thumb her nose at a court order, when subpoenaed to testify in the ethics investigation for her alleged abuse of executive power. This is the foundation upon which dictatorships, not democracies, are built. Ronald Reagan at least understood this much, when he described the foundation of that “shining city upon a hill,” in his speech, below:

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The past few days when I’ve been at that window upstairs, I’ve thought a bit of the “shining city upon a hill.” The phrase comes from John Winthrop, who wrote it to describe the America he imagined. What he imagined was important because he was an early Pilgrim, an early freedom man. He journeyed here on what today we’d call a little wooden boat; and like the other Pilgrims, he was looking for a home that would be free.

I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it and see it still.

And how stands the city on this winter night? More prosperous, more secure, and happier than it was eight years ago. But more than that; after 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true on the granite ridge, and her glow has held steady no matter what storm. And she’s still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home. 

Ronald Reagan, from his Farewell Address to the Nation, January 11, 1989 

It is a genuine source of sadness to many Americans that these words could not be spoken today, except by those blind to the fate which our country has suffered under the Bush Administration. We see, in Sarah Palin and John McCain, a stubborn blindness to this reality. Otherwise, their platform would not be nearly identical to the Bush-Cheney platform. Otherwise, her speechwriters would not have felt it necessary to have her chide Joe Biden for discussing the fatal flaws in the Bush Administration that have brought our country to this sad state. Joe Biden got it right last night when he said, “Past is prologue,” but he missed a golden opportunity to tell Sarah Palin, “Governor, you’re no Ronald Reagan.”

 

 

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Two statues stand outside the National Archives on Pennsylvania Avenue. One is called “Study the Past,” and the other (left) explains why: “What is Past is Prologue.” On display in the National Archives are the  Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights — the cornerstone documents of the United States. 

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Hothead McCain Says “Horseshit” Twice in Debate

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I wasn’t going to bring up McCain’s foul language, but since he did…. Do Americans really want to elect a man to the presidency who is so hotheaded, he can’t even control his tongue during a televised presidential debate, being viewed by the entire world?  

McCain is as notorious for his foul mouth as he is for his knee-jerk temper and hair-trigger rage. And I’m not just talking about the occasional “shit!” many of us might blurt when stubbing our toe on the footboard. I’m talking crude and gross slurs, jokes, epithets, you name it. So, in this sense, I suppose the senator is to be commended for restraining himself from calling Obama by one of the epithets he’s known to employ when speaking, among friends, about African Americans and other “different” people who make up the tapestry of this great nation he so professes to honor and love.

The irony during last Friday’s debate was that Obama’s statement was not actually “horseshit,” as McCain asserted. The fact is, McCain really did refuse to meet with Prime Minister Zapatero in his Sept. 17, 2008 radio interview, as we discussed in a recent post. So McCain’s muttering of the word “horseshit” — not once, but twice — is not as much an indictment on his foul mouth, as on his hair-trigger temper, which had already been seething, barely contained beneath the surface, throughout the entire debate, as we discussed in yesterday’s post. Again, I wasn’t going to bring up his foul mouth, but since McCain can’t seem to control himself, even when in the midst of a foreign policy debate being watched by millions of people around the world, including world leaders ….

BELOW: McCain apparently has a history of hurling barnyard excrement at people who disagree with him or otherwise annoy him. In the first video below, he hurls chicken shit, plus the F-word at a fellow Republican senator during a heated debate on immigration reform in May 2007. In the second video, McCain at least checked his profanity at the door, but not his temper. The NYT reporter in this April 2008 video is to be commended for her bravery. Lesser journalists might have slinked under the nearest seat.

A former Capitol Hill chief-of-staff, Doug Thompson, went on the record to make public some of the jokes he heard Senator McCain tell to his drinking buddies at Bullfeathers, the popular Capitol Hill watering hole (see quotes, below, sourced “DT”). Thompson has, in turn, been widely slandered by Republicans as being a liar. Thompson stands by his version of history, as heard by his own two ears on many occasions, including time spent, by invitation, at McCain’s own table. According to Thompson, McCain didn’t use polite language in the jokes: He used names like “fags” or “queers” or “dykes” or “niggers” or “spics” or “wetbacks” or “gooks.” Below, you will find a litany of other examples of McCain’s foul food for the soul.    

WARNING: Some of these are really, really gross, vulgar, crude and offensive. I repeat these here, because they are an established part of John McCain’s record that is not as well known as it should be. My opinion is that these belong in a nuclear waste repository. Hopefully, statements like these will one day be erased from our national psyche, as we retire men like John McCain from the world stage. 

I hated the gooks. I will hate them as long as I live. — John McCain, 2000 (Note: after using this term for 27 years, McCain retired it during his presidential campaign, in the wake of public criticism

For me to stand here and say I’m going to declare divorces invalid because of someone who feels they weren’t treated fairly in court, we are getting into a tar baby of enormous proportions and I don’t know how you get out of that.” — John McCain, 2007

Two dykes are talking at a bar and one leaves. As she walks toward the door, the other watches her leave and says out loud: “God, I’ve love to eat her out.” Two men are standing near by and one turns to the other and says: “I’d like to do the same. Guess that makes me a dyke.” — John McCain 1980s (DT)

Question: Why does Mexican beer have two “X’s” on the label? Answer: Because wetbacks always need a co-signer. — John McCain 1980s (DT)

ABOVE: John McCain stereotypes Irish as drunks in this joke, just last week, on Sept. 21, in Scranton, PA

Did you hear the one about the woman who is attacked on the street by a gorilla, beaten senseless, raped repeatedly and left to die? When she finally regains consciousness and tries to speak, her doctor leans over to hear her sigh contently and to feebly ask, ‘Where is that marvelous ape?’ — John McCain (DT) (see also Keith Olbermann’s comment here on this joke and others).

Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because Janet Reno is her father. — John McCain 1998 (DT)

ABOVE: McCain joins in the spirit of the “How do we beat the bitch?” question in November 2007

I play to win. I do whatever it takes to win. If I have to fuck my opponent to win I’ll do it. If I have to destroy my opponent I won’t give it a second thought. — John McCain, spoken before a gathering of GOP operatives at the National Republican Senatorial Committee where McCain outlined his campaign strategy in his senate race (DT)

 Do you know the best thing about having Alzheimer’s? You get to hide your own Easter eggs. — John McCain, spoken at a GOP fundraiser, shortly after Ronald Reagan announced he had Alzheimer’s Disease (DT)

ABOVE: McCain jokes about killing Iranians, July 2008. This video is followed, below, by his infamous “Bomb, Bomb Iran” joke, told in April 2007.

ABOVE: Here is a similar joke, this time a joke about bringing IEDs onto the Daily Show, which many found offensive, considering that American soldiers face the not-so-funny risk of being blown up by IEDs, better known as roadside bombs, on a daily basis.

BELOW: Listen to McCain’s March 2008 response to those who criticized his above jokes. Specifically, he said, “When veterans are together, veterans joke, and I was with veterans, and we were joking. And if somebody can’t understand that, then my answer is please get a life,” an explanation he was to repeat several times on the campaign trail.

Three reporters from Arizona, on the condition of anonymity, also let me in on another incident involving McCain’s intemperateness. In his 1992 Senate bid, McCain was joined on the campaign trail by his wife, Cindy, as well as campaign aide Doug Cole and consultant Wes Gullett. At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain’s hair and said, “You’re getting a little thin up there.” McCain’s face reddened, and he responded, “At least I don’t plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt.” McCain’s excuse was that it had been a long day. If elected president of the United States, McCain would have many long days. — from the book, “The Real McCain” by Cliff Schecter

 

ABOVE: Racial innuendo against African Americans (Tiger Woods = black man = Barack Obama = not someone you’d want your white sons to emulate) made during a McCain event in April 2008. The maverick didn’t see fit to dispute the racist remark. 

ABOVE: Here, McCain takes a more subtle approach in his infamous “celebrity” ad. Whether or not this was intended to be racist remains a topic of controversy. 

LASTLY, in the “lie down with dogs, you get fleas” category, here’s is a 2007 radio commentary on McCain’s choice of advisers/managers for his presidential campaign.

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My friends (as John McCain is fond of saying) when you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Or — to put it more succinctly and within the context with John McCain’s world view — when you’re a horse’s ass, everything looks like shit. With friends like John McCain, do the people of this country really need enemies?

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For more reading on McHothead’s temper:

Washington Post: McCain: A Question of Temperament

Huffington Post: McCain Gets Testy with Des Moines Register (Check out the videos and story from McCain’s interview with the Des Moines Register this past Monday — a mere 3 days after the debate, on Sept. 29th. It seems the old guy’s struggling harder each day to keep his rage to a simmer)

Where in the Heck was Sarah Palin?

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Oh.

She was in a bar in Philadelphia, enjoying a debate-watching party (invitation only). According to Jonathan Martin at Politico (from whom I’ve shamelessly lifted much of this post) the revelers inside watched the debate on widescreen, while protesters gathered outside, setting off flares and carrying signs that said things like:

 McSame/Failin’

Hey Hockey Mom — keep the puck out of PA

Just like Bush in lipstick

To this, I might add:

Flailin’ / Failin’

When Sarah emerged from the bar, she was met with a harsh chorus of boos from the protesters. As she entered the motorcade to head back to her hotel, one man’s voice cut through the din of the crowd.

“I can see Alaska from Walnut Street!,” he yelled.

Meanwhile, back at the debate in Oxford, Mississippi, Joe Biden was on hand to give post-debate comments, as was Rudy Giuliani, McCain’s sidekick for the occasion, presumably standing as a surrogate for Sarah, whose gag order was reinstated after her Katie Couric interview earlier this week.

Sarah did nonetheless give an impromptu speech during the height of festivities at the bar:  

Thank you. Thanks for inviting us into The Irish Pub and we know this is going to be a great night for our ticket. Thank you for being here for rooting on John McCain tonight in the debate even, you guys, thank you. Yeah.

Great to be here in the city of brotherly and sisterly love. Thank you and we feel that. And truly all the support that you’re providing us in this area that is so paramount to victory on November 4th. We thank you so much for all your support. Hope we all get around to meet each and every one of you so I can personally thank you guys for the support that you’re showing and for being so reform-minded and knowing that we have opportunity to put government back on the side of the people and shake things up in DC.

And for that I thank you for being on the team, and hopefully we can bring more people from this area on that team, you guys, truly. As our mission, getting to dc shaking things up, working for you. John McCain and I will never forget whom we are working for is for you. So we love you guys, city of brotherly love. Thank you.

Always, always on top of her game, that Sarah.

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September 27, 2008 at 2:44 pm