McCain can't remember how many houses he owns

I didn’t see a thread for this, and I do enjoy a good Republican hypocrisy pile-on:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in an interview Wednesday that he was uncertain how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, own.
“I think — I’ll have my staff get to you,” McCain told Politico in Las Cruces, N.M. “It’s condominiums where — I’ll have them get to you.”

Elsewhere I’ve read that the Democrats are planning a pretty quick offensive on this. I’m not sure what it will get them, I’ve always felt that theres an unspoken comfort with aristocracy in America.

I suppose McCain could have probably figured it out, but he would have had to start counting on is fingers, and it would look really bad had he ended using all of them.

Guess we’re going to find out.

Pretty tame, somewhat convoluted and nowhere near visceral enough.

Yes, but John McCain eats only iceberg lettuce in his 7 houses, whereas Obama eats arugula in his giant house.

Who would you rather eat a salad with?

I have to admit that I find the Democratic attack ads oddly polite. I don’t think it helps.



Do you know how many houses you own, Bob?

I suspect somebody in the Obama campaign is rubbing their forehead mumbling “uh, guys, are real estate issues really something we want to make a focus of in this campaign?”

Maybe he doesn’t remember because it’s his wife’s money.

Hrm. More proof Obama is more concerned about things that will make him President then really representing the people.

Obama has a “when I become President, I’m going to” plan hidden away somewhere in his brain. If he becomes President, I expect that he’ll be doing a lot of major things that nobody would expect from how he’s presented himself. It remains to be seen if it’s good or bad.

Not sure that’s the greatest ad but I do think that Obama is right to start pushing McCain further on economic issues. McCain has been tracking up on economic issues based pretty much solely on this stupid off-shore drilling non-issue. I think Obama needs to bring attention back to all the other things that went wrong with our economy during Bush’s tenure.

That was the McCain response as well, which is why I made the salad comment.

I guess an inane attack deserves an inane response, but seriously, why not? Hypocrisy has never stopped republican attacks from working. Let’s recall the Vietnam-dodging Bush’s attacks on Kerry’s actual service in Vietnam. Or, more appropriately, his attacks on McCain’s military service in 2000.

And as it turns out, he would have. Used them, that is, since he apparently owns ten houses. Good thing the Vietcong didn’t chop off one of his fingers, or he would have had to remove a shoe.


I’m in a strange mood today, but why do we blame the politicians?

Why not blame the public that keeps voting based on these ridiculously-transparent attacks?

Because it doesn’t accomplish anything. We can’t try to elect a new public. We can try to elect political figures who inspire better politics.

Obama, obviously. Iceberg lettuce is nasty.

Doesn’t that kind of destroy the reason for having a democracy in the first place? If people can’t to be trusted to make informed decisions, what’s the point of letting them have power?

Worrying about people being stupid could at least lead to support for educating them. Simply hoping that the mainly misinformed people will happen to elect someone benevolent does seem a bit optimistic. You might as well discard the resource-wasting election process and implement a proper aristocracy.

It’s the fear of stupid people that caused the Founding Fathers to create the Electoral College.

The Obama campaign is also doing phone surveys in Florida and Pennsylvania today asking people if they can remember how many homes they own. The results are going to be used for a second ad.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, democracy simply doesn’t work.

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