Man of the times

“And I regret some of the recent behavior Russia that has exhibited, and I’ll be glad to talk about that later on including reduction in oil supplies to Czechoslovakia after they agreed with us on a missile defense system, etcetera.” — John McCain, 2008-07-15. Still, he’s learning to use The Interwebs. Right now if he needs to see a web site or e-mail he has his staff show it to him, because he can’t operate a web browser.


“I thought Mel’n’Omar was a middle eastern comedy double act until I heard about John McCain’s colon.”

A wide spectrum of evil

Reporter with CNN press pass arrested for asking Rudy Giuliani a question. Mitt Romney calls for doubling the size of Guantanamo. It’s pretty scary when John McCain is left sounding like the reasonable one.

“La la la la la!”

First we had an election landslide against the Republicans, in which the Iraq war was the #1 concern of voters. Then we had an Iraq Study Group. It was described by the mainstream media as “bipartisan”. Here’s what “bipartisan” actually means: Chairman James A. Baker III—Chief of Staff, Reagan; Secretary of State, Bush I. Co-chairman Lee H. Hamilton—allegedly a Democrat. As chair of a previous Select Committee, he chose not to investigate Reagan or Bush I for their roles in the Iran-Contra scandal.

John McCain, man of principle

John McCain, official apologist for the Republican Party, has apparently decided that he backs Bush’s decision to operate above the law and let the NSA spy on Americans with no warrants or official oversight required. He just, you know, wants to hear a good reason why Bush needed to ignore the law. Then it’ll all be all right.

FYI for John McCain supporters

When John McCain said he was against a federal ban on gay marriage, a lot of people thought that meant he was a moderate and a supporter of equal rights who just couldn’t say so for political reasons. Well, no. It turns out he just thinks gay marriage and domestic partner benefits should be constitutionally banned at the state level instead. Which is what he said, albeit omitting spelling out his full thoughts in order to allow wishful thinking.

John McCain

Something to remember next time you’re tempted to view John McCain as the acceptable face of the Republican Party: A last-minute amendment added by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., would require the Department of Homeland Security to create an “integrated screening system” inside the United States. McCain envisions erecting physical checkpoints, dubbed “screening points,” near subways, airports, bus stations, train stations, federal buildings, telephone companies, Internet hubs and any other “critical infrastructure” facility deemed vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

Is it safe?

Jimmy Carter has written a letter to Zell Miller, who treated us all to rabid anti-Kerry rantings at the Republican National Convention last week: Perhaps more troublesome of all is seeing you adopt an established and very effective Republican campaign technique of destroying the character of opponents by wild and false allegations. The Bush campaign’s personal attacks on the character of John McCain in South Carolina in 2000 was a vivid example.


After comparing [Rush] Limbaugh to a “circus clown,” the Arizona Republican [John McCain] apologized. “I regret that statement,” he told an interviewer on Fox News the other night, “because my office has been flooded with angry phone calls from circus clowns all over America. They resent that comparison, and so I would like to extend my apologies to Bozo, Chuckles and Krusty.”