Monday, October 20, 2008

Johnny, Get your wrench!

"Arab and Good Person are not antithetical to one another."
- Ben Affleck on Real Time with Bill Maher 10/17/08

Growing up, I learned the term "back-handed compliment" and John McCain exhibited the epitome of this idiom when he corrected a supporter's accusation of Obama being an Arab.
"No he's not," said McCain. "He's a good guy ... he's not an Arab." Ok, I'll give McCain the benefit of realizing he was correcting the woman with "No he's not" and at the same time trying to reinforce that Obama is a good person instead of being a potential terrorist. I suppose it would be easy for any of us fumble our words and hope that people understand our intent.
Such fallibility has passed my own lips however, I am not running for President of the United States. The person that sits in the hot seat of this universe needs to choose his or her words carefully. Not only did McCain give a back-handed insult to Obama, he insulted every Arab. Way to go Johnny Maverick. Ya might wanna see if Joe the Plumber will take you on as an apprentice because your blunders are landing harder than a caribou hit between the eyes with a 30-ought-six round nose.

1 comment:

  1. Quite frankly, and this is not intended to be a justification or excuse for his recent behavior, but I suspect that two things are going on: (1) this 72 yr old is absolutely exhausted. The campaign trail is taking its toll on him. (2) McCain had to morph himself to gain his party's nomination. This is not the real John McCain that we knew for the past 25 years. He is so out of sorts and manipulated by his handlers that virtually nothing about him seems natural.

    Unfortunately, he is just a figment of the man who he used to be.