Sunday, June 29, 2008

Clueless McCain gaffes again

By Libby

Some big buzz coming from this off the cuff interview with the Orange County Register where McCain admits he doesn't have a clue about the price of gas. Just another way he's the McSame as Bush.
WICKSOL: When was the last time you pumped your own gas and how much did it cost?

MCCAIN: Oh, I don’t remember. Now there’s Secret Service protection. But I’ve done it for many, many years. I don’t recall and frankly, I don’t see how it matters.
That doesn't stop him from dithering on about his gas tax holiday that would certainly do more harm than good.
In reality, his gas tax holiday would be worth a mere 60 cents a day for Americans and would be a boon for oil companies and foreign oil-producing nations. It would drive up the deficit. Moreover, the proposal would rob $1.4 billion from “public transportation and severely restrict the industry’s ability to add and improve transit services for a growing number of Americans.”
As usual, John Cole delivers the prime snark on this story along with some pertinent links giving it context, including this one to Booman who unearths the real story in the interview.
MARTIN WISCKOL: Next one from a voter: What will make you different from George W. Bush?

JOHN McCAIN: My vision for America.

MARTIN WISCKOL: Name a couple specific things that will distinguish you.

JOHN McCAIN: Climate change. Spending. The torture of prisoners. There are numerous other issues that we’ve been in disagreement on in the past. Spending is one of the fundamental one. Torture of prisoners. Addressing climate change effectively. Just to name a few.
Booman is right. This is where the focus should be. "John McCain is going around glibbly accusing the President of the United States and the leader of his own party of torturing prisoners." The sad fact is the wise and serious pundits of the media elite will ignore this, excuse the gas gaffe and most probably be praising their favorite barbecue chef for his 'courageous candor.'

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Blogger QueersOnTheRise said...

Well, he doesn't remember what the price was WHEN HE, HIMSELF, went to the station, which was a long time ago. Even I don't actually think think he doesn't know the price today even though it doesn't affect him personally. Almost all of our leaders are a bit out of touch on this stuff though. However, I'm sure Obama has pumped his own gas far more recently. We've got to have better things to nail him on. With all due respect, this is just silly "gotcha" and both sides do way too much of it. For the most part, though, Obama seems to have refrained from it. That's why I find him refreshing. Plus, I'm a gay liberal, so I'll nalturally like him more anyway.

5:16:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

The gas gaffe can be explained certainly. As I said the torture remark was much more telling, but McCain's attitude is material. He knows the rules of the game and he's happy to exploit that sort of silly gotcha stuff against Obama so he certainly should be prepared to accept that sort of questioning a little more civily. It's his attitude of can't be bothered that's disturbing.

6:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As McCain, following his handler's advice, continues to try to distance himself from Bush and Bush policies, we need to stay on top of his actual voting record on these issues because I think in many cases, it will show that he voted for the very things he is now saying he disagreed on. The MSM won't do it and God knows people won't research it themselves so that leaves the liberal news and blogs to expose these lies.

6:34:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Funny you should say that Brian. That's exactly the tack I took when I rewrote this for DetNews.

8:09:00 PM  

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