Archive for October 9th, 2008

DON’T TOUCH ME!!!

Still waiting for McCain to have one of these meltdowns in front of a camera…  This one comes secondhand by way of Michael Kinsley:

McCain’s game is craps. So is Jeff Dearth’s. Jeff was at the table when McCain showed up and happily made room for him. Apparently there is some kind of rule or tradition in craps that everyone’s hands are supposed to be above the table when the dice are about to be thrown. McCain—“very likely distracted by one of the many people who approached him that evening,” Jeff says charitably—apparently was violating this rule. A small middle-aged woman at the table, apparently a “regular,” reached out and pulled McCain’s arm away. I’ll let Jeff take over the story:

“McCain immediately turned to the woman and said between clenched teeth: ‘DON’T TOUCH ME.’ The woman started to explain…McCain interrupted her: ‘DON’T TOUCH ME,’ he repeated viciously. The woman again tried to explain. ‘DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU’RE TALKING TO?’ McCain continued, his voice rising and his hands now raised in the ‘bring it on’ position. He was red-faced. By this time all the action at the table had stopped. I was completely shocked. McCain had totally lost it, and in the space of about ten seconds. ‘Sir, you must be courteous to the other players at the table,’ the pit boss said to McCain. “DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? ASK ANYBODY AROUND HERE WHO I AM.”

This being Puerto Rico, the pit boss might not have known McCain. But the senator continued in full fury—“DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU’RE TALKING TO? DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?”—and crisis was avoided only when Jeff offered to change places and stand between McCain and the woman who had touched his arm.

What is bothersome about this story, if it’s true, is only partly the explosive anger. More, it’s the arrogance. At the craps table, who cares who he is? And there’s the recklessness of such a performance in a casino full of journalists (unless McCain absolutely couldn’t control himself, which is even scarier). But this gamble paid off. Although there were published reports that McCain had gambled late into the night, which properly treated that matter as charming, this particular episode has gone unreported until now. Maybe no journalist saw it. Or maybe this illustrates the unwritten rule of political journalism that all human-interest anecdotes must reaffirm a previously established belief. Arrogance is something McCain is not known for. Quite the opposite. Logic might dictate that an anecdote showing that, say, Obama has webbed feet would be more interesting than one showing that he is a skinny guy with big ears. But that’s not how it works.

Kinsley is definitely on to something with his last point.  The media has its preferred narrative, and tends to downplay and disregard stories that don’t fit it.  What’s remarkable is that after 8+ years, the media has finally moved away from its “John McCain is an honorable straight-talking maverick” narrative.  Of course, he had to bash them over the head with his dishonorable, dishonest self for about a year first, but I’d still call that progress.

I still want to see him blow up on teevee, though.

(h/t Blue Texan)

October 9th, 2008 at 08:57pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,McCain

Vintage Grand Prix Chrome Photoblogging

I love all the shiny polished chrome on the vintage cars, and the distorted reflections that come with it. The Catch-22 is that it’s hard to keep my own reflection out of the picture, but I think I mostly managed to do so with these:

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October 9th, 2008 at 11:31am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

What Worries Lieberman

Joe Lieberman’s worldview in a nutshell:

ASHLEY MARTELLA: Alirght, Iran has sworn to exterminate Israel as well as attack the United States. Does Barack Obama have the right stuff to bomb Iran if it came to that level?

SEN. JOE LIEBERMAN: Well, I worry about that. I worry that Sen. Obama’s world view is naive. Sen. McCain has been around awhile. He’s learned some things. I’ve traveled the world with him a lot. He’s, he will be the kind of president who our allies will trust, but who our enemies will fear. And in a dangerous world, al Qaeda, Iran, Iran trying to get a nuclear weapons, we want a president who our enemies will fear. I don’t believe that Sen. Obama will be that kind of president.

I share Lieberman’s faith that John McCain has the right stuff to bomb Iran, so much so that he wouldn’t even need a reason.  Only I don’t think that that’s a good thing.

October 9th, 2008 at 07:32am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Foreign Policy,Iran,Lieberman,McCain,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Wankers,War


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