Creep of the Week: John McCain

By |2008-02-21T09:00:00-05:00February 21st, 2008|Opinions|

{ITAL John, John leprechaun
went to [campaign] with nothing on.
[Religious right] told him what to wear:
[anti-homo] underwear!}
Okay, so I took some liberties with that little grade school ditty there. But I can’t help the fact that it pops into my head every time I see Senator John McCain, the GOP frontrunner for president. By the time this is published he may well be the last elephant standing, though as of press time Mike Huckabee is hanging on, though the only way the Huckster has a chance is if McCain drops dead. Which is a possibility.
Oh, come on now. I’m not making fun of his age. Dropping dead is a possibility for everybody at any time.
Life is short. Which is why I can’t stomach the idea of a continuing Republican reign in this country, especially since the only way to be a winner on the Republican team is to shamelessly pander to the religious right – a group so often wrong about so many things.
Yeah, yeah, Ann Coulter calls McCain a Democrat, but a Democrat McCain ain’t. And for those who want to claim that he’s a moderate Republican, or even that he’s “not bad for a Republican,” all I can say is that he lost all credibility with me nearly a year ago when he was asked by a reporter if condoms helped stop the spread of HIV and he answered, “You’ve stumped me.”
Because God forbid he say something positive about condoms. I mean, that’s practically the same thing as fornicating in public as far as the religious right is concerned.
For those who need further convincing that McCain is not a moderate in elephant’s clothing, I refer you to the automatic mass telephone calls his campaign made to Florida voters last month.
According to Human Rights Campaign, the call, attempting to convince voters that McCain was a better, more conservative choice than Mitt Romney, featured a female voice that said, “We care deeply about traditional values and protecting families. And we need someone who will not waver in the White House: Ending abortion, preserving the sanctity of marriage, stopping the trash on the airwaves and attempts to ban God from every corner of society. These issues are core to our being.”
But wait, there’s more.
“Mitt Romney thinks he can fool us. He supported abortion on demand, even allowed a law mandating taxpayer-funding for abortion. He says he changed his mind, but he still hasn’t changed the law. He told gay organizers in Massachusetts he would be a stronger advocate for special rights than even Ted Kennedy. Now it’s something different.”
Something different, indeed.
“It’s ironic that Sen. John McCain is using the same tactics that George Bush used against him in 2000, surreptitiously trying to exploit anti-gay prejudice for voters,” HRC President Joe Solomonese said. “So much for John McCain being above that.”
On Sunday I was watching a clip about primary results on ABC.com when a newscaster (I don’t know who he was. A middle aged white guy. They all look alike), meaning to say “de-facto, “called McCain the “defective” nominee. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

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