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Playing The Age Card

Well, it looks like this is something to look forward: Any time a Democrat says that McCain literally doesn’t know what he’s talking about, the media, Republicans and the McCain campaign are going to cry ageism:

I can appreciate the fact that the McCain campaign and Republicans in general are a little touchy about the senator’s age — running to be the oldest president in U.S. history will do that — but that’s no reason to characterize every critical adjective in the language as some kind of slight about McCain’s septuagenarian status.

Poll after poll shows that more voters trust Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on matters of national security than they do Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois. Hoping to bridge that chasm, the Obama campaign and Democrats harped on comments McCain made on the Today show this morning, repeatedly calling the 71-year-old presumptive GOP presidential nominee “confused,” seeming to feed into concerns voters might have about the Arizonan’s age.

After McCain said this morning that it’s “not too important” when U.S. troops come home from Iraq, Obama aide Susan Rice said on a conference call that McCain’s comments reveal a “real confusion and lack of understanding of the situation in Iraq” and the larger region. She added that McCain’s series of errors of fact and judgment are “reflective of a pattern of lack of understanding and lack of strategic depth.”

Reporters, apparently having internalized McCain’s talking points, asked Rice if she was attacking McCain’s age by calling him “confused.” She responded, “[W]hat I meant by that is very simple — on critical, factual questions that are fundamental to understanding what’s going on in Iraq and the region, Sen. McCain has gotten it wrong. And not just once but repeatedly.”

This comes a month after Obama, responding to an ugly attack by McCain about Hamas, told CNN, “[F]or him to toss out comments like that I think is an example of him losing his bearings as he pursues this nomination.” McCain, Lieberman, and their GOP allies said this was a shot at McCain’s age.

Look, this is silly. Every criticism is not a veiled reference to McCain turning 72. “Losing his bearings” has nothing to do with age — it refers to someone who has lost their way. They’re off track. They’re moving in the wrong direction. Likewise, people of all ages get “confused.”

Maybe McCain and the media can draw up a list of acceptable adjectives that McCain critics can use?


Tell you what, reporters and McCain campaign, pick a better adjective for us. “Confused” sounds like an attack on his age? Fine. You tell me. Befuddled? Bewildered? Baffled?

The problem isn’t that McCain’s critics are picking loaded terms; the problem is McCain doesn’t seem to know what he’s talking about when it comes to his signature issue.

Why we’re not supposed to mention this is a mystery. I guess I’m confused.

Of course, it’s not about word choice, it’s about making Democrats afraid to point out that McCain is either lying, stupid, or flat-out crazy, which he often is.  Take that line of attack away, and what do we have left?

June 11th, 2008 at 08:46pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,McCain,Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

I’m Not Sure What’s Scarier…

That McCain would love to have Cheney serve somewhere in his administration, or that he said that he probably wouldn’t want him as vice president because “He and I have the same strengths.”

That’s just what we need in our next president, someone with the same skill-set as Dick Cheney.

June 11th, 2008 at 06:46pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Cheney,Elections,McCain

B&W Urban Photoblogging

More photos from under the highway sign…

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June 11th, 2008 at 11:36am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

Just what the world needs…

(By Carroll Keener)

A renegade biologist announced that he not only cloned the world’s first human, but that he successfully cloned Richard Simmons.

Dr. Nunzio Altiplano, a well-known fertility expert, made the shocking announcement in London recently, claiming that a likeness of Richard Simmons – identical down to the smallest cell – is currently thriving in its crib at the doctor’s secret laboratory somewhere in the Canary Islands.

“This is an enormous breakthrough,” gushed Dr. Altiplano.

“Not only have I duplicated a human being for the first time in world history, I have duplicated a great human being.

“I have set the guidelines for all future human cloning – to propagate only the best in mankind.”

Altiplano, who was in London to visit Dolly the sheep, said he first hit on the idea of cloning Richard Simmons while doing sit-ups to the chatty celebrity’s workout video, Sweatin’ to the Oldies.

“It struck me that this was a man,” explained Dr. Altiplano, “the kind of man the world needs more of.  His incredible wit and sagacity made me see that there should be more men like Richard Simmons – many more.

“And I intend to make many more clones of Richard – an army of them – to help the world.”

The cloning was denounced by the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) in England, whose members have publicly referred to Dr. Altiplano as “a madman” on more than one occasion.

“They said that Napoleon was mad,” responded Dr. Altiplano.  “They said Hannibal was mad, and that Caesar was the maddest of them all!

“I say let time decide who is right.”

Um, does anyone else think that it sounds like Dr. Altiplano intends to use his army of Richard Simmons clones to conquer the world?

June 11th, 2008 at 06:56am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News

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