We went to the 9:30 Club last night to see Shudder to Think‘s (ex-)hometown reunion show; more on that later. When we got back to HQ, we discovered a whole host of political crap had descended upon the world in a the few short hours we’d been away from the tubes.
First up, the angry mob that passes itself of as McCain/Palin supporters has finally turned on the man at the top of the ticket. That’s what happens when you stick your hand in the fucking tiger cage, John.
McCain says the bigots have "nothing to fear from a President Obama"; corrects a deranged lady who thinks Barry is an Arab:
Also interesting is this WashPo piece by Harold Ford, Jr.: "I Know What It’s Like to Be Smeared By Your Opponent."
While I am disappointed in McCain’s about-face, I am not surprised. When I ran for the Senate in 2006, my opponent, Bob Corker, also found himself trailing in the October polls. His campaign and the Republican National Committee launched a series of false and vicious character attack ads, including the infamous "call me" ad, in which a scantily clad white woman looked at the camera and said, "Harold, call me."
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Not once did McCain speak out against that ad as he did about the smear against John Kerry. In fact, the first manager he hired for his 2008 presidential campaign was Terry Nelson, the person who produced the "call me" ad. Nelson has such a history of practicing below-the-belt politics that Lee Iacocca, a strong supporter of McCain, wrote in his book "Where Have All the Leaders Gone?": "What does it say about John McCain that he’s willing to make that kind of person the head of his team?"
What kind of person, indeed. A word of wisdom for our no longer venerable elder: you can’t summon the Shadow without unleashing forces not keen on being controlled. Read some fucking Jung, man. Crack a history book. If you’re gonna go down this road, you gotta be ready to step up your game, Hitler/Goebbels/Mao/Stalin/Pinochet/Mugabe style. And I just don’t think you have it in you, Johnboy.
In other news, it looks like Sarah Palin is guilty of "abuses of power" in her firing of a state official. As expected, the McCain camp says she’s already been exonerated — by them, no less. I’m sure they’ll now try to spin this as a political witch hunt, which may be difficult considering the investigation was initiated by Alaskan Republicans, and its verdict hashed out by bipartisan committee. But that’s not good enough for our Sarah, doggone it!