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Sunday, June 29, 2008

And THIS guy is trying to paint BARACK OBAMA as the elitist??
Posted by Jill | 7:04 AM
As if it weren't bad enough that the McCains, like a pair of desert Leona Helmsleys, believe that only the little people pay taxes, it seems that last week John McCain did his best impression of George Herbert Walker Bush when the latter expressed amazement over a supermarket scanner:

John McCain kind of stepped in it the other day, here in California, but luckily no one noticed. He was being driven from John Wayne airport to a fundraiser, and he took a quick call from Martin Wisckol of the Orange County Register. Wisckol asked him a series of softball questions so tedious McCain's driver had to crack the window so the breeze would keep him from passing out, but then this:

WISCKOL: I'd like to ask you a couple questions suggested by voters here. They're not reporter-type questions.

McCAIN: Sure. It'd be a pleasure.

WISCKOL: 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. I've had hundreds and hundreds of town hall meetings, many as short a time ago as yesterday. I communicate with the people and they communicate with me very effectively.

But hey, he is "aware of the people" in the same way he is "aware of the internet" (and presumably its traditions), so that makes it all OK. That his campaign staff does the Google for him because he doesn't know how to use a computer (something even my 81-year-old mother does) and that the Secret Service pumps gas for him and that he paid $273,144 in 2007 in wages for his household staff is immaterial. He's just like the rest of us, while the black guy who was the son of a single mother and who went to college on scholarships and who's married to a woman whose father was a blue collar worker who went to work every despite having multiple sclerosis is the elitist.

In the same world where Chris Matthews and the late Tim Russert were just regular guys despite that their social lives all took place within Beltway circles and George W. Bush was a roughhewn Texas rancher instead of the Spoiled Brat of Kennebunkport. You know, that world of pure imagination:

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Blogger Dan said...
Well, that would be pretty damaging if how you were spinning the article were true. *Ahem*.

""The price of a gallon of gas in America stands at more than four dollars. Yesterday, a barrel of oil cost about 134 dollars" said McCain. "And various oil ministers and investment firms have confidently informed us that soon we can expect to pay 200 dollars for every barrel, and as much as seven dollars for every gallon of gas."


McCain's point -- and it's pretty obvious reading the article -- is that it doesn't matter if gas was 4.55 or 4.25 a gallon the last time he pumped his gas. What matters is that he hears about high gas prices from concerned citizens.

FYI, it's also true that the supermarket scanner incident never happened:


Read TFA, and you'll see those conservative slave-drivers at Newsweek even agree that this is an urban legend.

In other words, hardly brilliant, but then again, you did post that at 7am, so maybe you hadn't had breakfast yet.