July 17, 2008

Really, do we want a president who knows the difference between countries that do or do not exist?


Caught by Nooncat, bank clerk breaks out of cone of silence on secret bank accounts in Lichtenstein and fingers wealthy tax dodgers, triggers investigation to include the bank McCain's chief financial policy advisor lobbys for.

Poor Grandpa McCain. People are now getting on his case simply because he is in the habit of not only making stupendous and disturbing blunders when he speaks, but makes the same mistakes repeatedly, even after they're pointed out.

Of course, the guy who professes to be a foreign policy "expert" clearly didn't know the difference between the two factions warring in Iraq. (Sure, lots of people don't know the differences between Sunni and Shia, but are these people running for president as a seasoned expert on the situation?)

He got them all mixed up several times to boot. Not really conducive to confidence.

He's bollixed up several other things that even casual observers or marginally well-informed people realize are dead wrong.

His latest? Continually referring to a country which hasn't existed for about 10 years, Czechoslovakia. (Those paying attention may recall that it peacefully split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia 15 years ago after the fall of the Soviet Union, which McCain has also referred to as if it still existed.)

Some cynics might take all this as evidence that McCain either A. Doesn't really know what the hell is going on, but just tries to pretend he does. Or B. McCain's brain is turning into Swiss cheese, or as one surrogate put it, he's having some "senior moments".

Now I'm sure that McCain is just as well-versed in foreign policy as the myth his campaign tries to enforce. It's just that he's not so hot on things that have happened in say, the last 35 years.

McCain, when asked, revealed that he still doesn't know how to get on "the internets". He has staffers do it for him.

Word is that they'll soon introduce him to CB radios and then work from there.

I have every confidence he'll get it eventually. Maybe by the time he's 97. Which isn't that far off, my friends.

Even his top surrogates are acting a bit odd.

Carly Fiorina, the perfectly coiffed disgraced and fired former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, was on "Meet the Press" last week.

She was asked about McCain's long-time pal, Phil "Deputy Dawg" Gramm, former Texas senator turned lobbyist for gigantic Swiss financial concern UBS Warburg, a company who collaborated with the Nazis and which the FBI is investigating for costing the U.S. billions in taxes by providing tax evasion schemes to wealthy Americans.

Gramm by all accounts was the prime shaker responsible for pushing massive deregulation in the financial sector which allowed the mortgage crisis to occur. As you know by now, Deputy Dawg, sitting on hundreds of millions of dollars himself, lectured us peons, telling us all that the dire financial threats we face is, in fact, all in our heads, and we should just shut up about it.

Since McCain has admitted that he really doesn't "get" economics and would rely on advisers, and that Gramm is his sole economic advisor, this reveals the "let them eat cake" philosophy we'd get in a McCain administration. This doesn't play too well in Peoria. (or anywhere else.)

So Fiorina, in her carefully crafted low tones (what is it with these creepy people who talk so softly? Cheney, McCain, Fiorina? When they start that soft, fake reassuring tone, you know they're lying.) attempted to dismiss this story by condescendingly reminding moderator Tom Brokaw that "the people" really don't care or even listen to surrogates of the candidates, they're more concerned with what the candidates themselves have to say.

Brokaw, to his credit, immediately reminded Ms. Fiorina that she herself was a campaign surrogate, and that he hoped people would listen to what she had to say.

And this is the woman that they trot out as their best surrogate?

Ever get the creeping suspicion that the goal of the McCain campaign really ought to be just to keep it from being too large a blow-out in November?


At 7/18/2008 3:26 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

You mean you don't like it when people talk in a soft tone of voice?

At 7/18/2008 5:43 PM, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Couple of thoughts:

First Possibilities A and B are not mutually exclusive. We could have a two-fer going on here.

Carly's in touch with real people. She hires private investigators to read their email and then expenses it to the corporation.

At 7/19/2008 2:23 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

No, that's not what I meant to imply. I don't like it when people shout, like Matthews sometimes and that nut Cramer...

And I don't mind soft tones of voice, but when it's false and meant to disguise the nastiness of what they're saying, such as with Cheney and Fiorina, I find it creepy.

You know what I mean? Someone that appears to be oozing civility and calm while they're peddling snake oil.

People like this are fakes.

While the act is all sweetness and calm, you KNOW that they'd cut your throat in a heartbeat the next moment if it would get them ahead.

In a way it's condescending. It just bugs me.

At 7/19/2008 2:24 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Yep, Carly's "just folks". Hell, she started out as a receptionist, don't ya know?

I'd hate to see the bodies left in her wake.

At 7/20/2008 7:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


You think that McCain is fake, yet Obama is consistent and real?
Might I remind you of Wright, Flager, Ayers, Michele, hundreds of 'present' votes, etc.?

I'd suggest that Obama has one great smoke-screen going. And if Obama ain't selling snake oil, I don't know who is.

At 7/20/2008 4:03 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Obama is not all bullshit like McCain. He hasn't voted AGAINST legislation he himself sponsored like McCain. He doesn't get "confused" about who we're fighting in Iraq.

And furthermore, each and every one of those things you cite as supposed evidence that Obama is "snake oil", are nothing but manufactured spin by the right.

Every single one, showing me that you must be none other than Mowen himself, since that's your M.O.

You cite right wing spin as if it were God's truth, then base your arguments on false asumptions and distorted views.

Wright: non-issue completely. His pastor does NOT represent the way Obama thinks. The very effort to suggest so is juvenile and dishonest.

It could be argued that Obama was quite principled and displayed admirable loyalty when he didn't immediately dump Wright, like McCain or others would have done. But when it got worse, he HONESTLY had to completely distance himself and condemn Wright.

No "snake oil" there.

Let's see.. Flagler? What the hell? You're trying to bust Obama for a damned GUEST PREACHER who gave a sermon in his FORMER CHURCH after Obama was long gone? Good luck, Chippy. That's not even within 500 miles of "snake oil." It had nothing to do with Obama WHATSOEVER.

However, McCain explicitly stating that a fruitcake like Rev. Parsley or whatever his name is was a "great American leader" and his "spiritual guide"... when the guy rants and raves about how America was founded for the purpose of eliminating the Muslims... then, yeah, that's a big problem. Yet you have the nerve to try to nail Obama with a pastor that has nothing to do with him AT ALL?

And what about the latest? McCain's embracing this old senile jerk who was a member of the Swift Boat liars, who McCain featured in one of his campaign ads, who recently stated that the "Muslims want us to kneel and then kill us." and McCain refuses to disavow this moron?

Is that what you call "straight talk" Mowen? Is that the ignorant and paranoid sort of twisted thinking you endorse?

Ayers? Ah yes.... a former radical in the 60's, NEVER charged, never mind convicted, of any crime. Who has over the decades since become and important and respected community leader in Chicago, and who happens to live near Obama.

Again, is this a damn joke? What's with you people? "Snake Oil"? Not!

What's wrong with Obama's wife? What's your problem with her, aside from the fact she's not white and a Stepford wife like you prefer?

Because she mispoke while trying to say that she was more proud of her country than she'd ever been at the way they'd responded to her husband's candidacy?

Again, a gaffe. Good luck. Want to hear a list of McCain's gaffes that make that look minor? And he's actually running for president. In case you hadn't noticed, Michelle Obama is not.

And if trying to make it an issue that Obama voted "present" many times is all you've got left, then you might as well throw in the towel right now. Seriously.

McCain freaking DIDN'T VOTE on several key votes recently, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME CONDEMNING OBAMA for his votes!

That's right. Obama returned to DC in order to vote on controversial measures, thus having the courage to do so, such as his vote in favor of the FICA statutes... and McCain has the nerve to attack him for his vote, WHEN MCCAIN FREAKING DIDN'T EVEN VOTE!!

He took the cowards way out and simply didn't weigh in at all.

Good luck with your guy Mowen, you're going to need it.

And banking on the fact that Americans are utter morons has been a winning bet in the past, but I'm not so sure you can play that game again.


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