McCain: Complete A**hole

So Mr. Normal American doesn’t know how many houses he owns.  (Seriously.)  And when Obama goes after McCain for not knowing even the most basic facts about his red blooded, certainly not elitist personal finances, what’s the McCain campaign’s response?

Does a guy who worries about the price of arugula … really want to have a debate about who’s in touch with regular Americans?

You know…

With my use of bombastic rhetoric and whatnot, I realize that people think I’m being unfair to Republicans.  And I know people will complain — like it’s not obvious — that I didn’t use the McCain campaign’s full quote on the matter, and that’s somehow unfair, and yadda yadda yadda…  But seriously, the guy’s being a sanctimonious asshole.  He’s talking about Obama eating arugula as a way to station himself as a warrior against elitists; a common man — but he doesn’t know how many houses he owns?  Are you fucking kidding me with this bullshit?  

There are also musings that McCain wants to bring up Obama and Rezko again.  It’s funny how the Rezko issue has been covered to death (only to find that there’s not much to it), yet wingers will still claim that the media has somehow been easy on Obama — while totally ignoring McCain’s crooked past. Yeah, Rezko is bad what about Charles Keating?  Back in 1987, McCain was part of a group of senators that Keating made a heavy amount of donations to, and in turn these senators pressured federal investigators to stop investigating Keating’s company, Lincoln Savings and Loan Association.

A funny thing happened to Lincoln Savings and Keating a couple years later…

Lincoln stayed in business; from mid-1987 to April 1989, its assets grew from $3.91 billion to $5.46 billion. During this time, the parent American Continental Corporation was desperate for cash inflow to make up for losses in real estate purchases and projects. Lincoln’s branch managers and tellers convinced customers to replace their federally-insured certificates of deposit with higher-yielding bond certificates of American Continental; the customers later said they were never properly informed that the bonds were uninsured and very risky given the state of American Continental’s finances.

American Continental went bankrupt in April 1989, and Lincoln was seized by the FHLBB on April 14, 1989. More than 21,000 mostly elderly investors lost their life savings. This total came to about $285 million. The federal government was liable for $2 billion to cover Lincoln’s losses when it seized the institution.

Keating was hit with a $1.1 billion fraud and racketeering action, filed against him by the regulators. Asked whether his contributions had bought him influence, Keating said: “I want to say in the most forceful way I can: I certainly hope so.”

So Obama was friends with a slumlord, and McCain was friends with an individual who was solely responsible not only for costing the federal government two billion (in 1989 — that’s nearly $3.5 billion in 2007 dollars), but he trashed the life savings of 21,000 elderly people — people who can’t even work to recoup the costs of this asshole’s greed.  So go ahead McCain, whip out Rezko again, because I’m sure all of America wants to be reminded of the company you keep on your private Bahaman vacations:

McCain, his family, and their baby-sitter had made nine trips at Keating’s expense, sometimes aboard Keating’s jet. Three of the trips were made during vacations to Keating’s opulent Bahamas retreat at Cat Cay.

Which is ironic, because one part of McCain’s attack on Obama that I didn’t quote was this:

Does a guy who made more than $4 million last year, just got back from vacation on a private beach in Hawaii and bought his own million-dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon really want to get into a debate about houses?

McCain…  What a hypocritical, total fucking douchebag this guy is.  If I were making any decisions on the Obama campaign, I’d send a team to Irvine, CA, where Lincoln Savings used to be, and interview either people who lost their investments in Lincoln, or relatives of those aforementioned people.  Have them discuss their hardships on camera, make a commercial out of it.  Then air that commercial during the GOP national convention — just for good measure, have Obama make a speech about the issue in Irvine a day after McCain has confirmed the nomination.  The supposed Maverick wants to play hardball? Fine.  Let’s punch that fucking smirk right off his face. 

2 Responses to “McCain: Complete A**hole”

  1. radical_Moderate says:

    Keating is bad, but it isn’t the only time ol McSame has acted with a seeming inpropriety. Take the case of Donald Diamond, “who has raised more than $250,000 for the (McCain) campaign, made a $20 million profit on a land deal that was made with the help of McCain’s senate staff. And McCain has done more than just open doors for Diamond. Over the years he has either sponsored or co-sponsored bills that authorized federal land swaps that were to the advantage of Diamond, one where the government paid him $23 million for land appraised at $5 million. And yet, according to a McCain spokeswoman, he “had done nothing for Mr. Diamond that he would not do for any other Arizona citizen.” Yes, just another average Joe who happened to donate over $55,000 to McCain campaigns, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for his presidential bid, vacationed with him in the Bahamas and attended World Series games together…just another Arizona citizen—Washington Post.”

    As for elitism, what could be more elite than cindy’s comment that the “only” way to get around in Arizona is by private plane, not to mention racking up $750,000 in a month on just one of her credit cards, and McCain’s $525 shoes. The press does give some play to these stories, but either the Democrats don’t expoit them or, the more sinister explanation, the American public doesn’t care about this sort of elitism because McCain and wife are white and therefore not “uppidity” or maybe it is the Fact that McCain plays the Hanoi Hilton card (despite his denials of doing so) at every opportunity, and somehow that exempts him from the standard held to the Obamas. It is truly stunning that McCain can get away with claiming $5 million as being”rich,” and that his chief economic advisor can claim that we are in a “mental recession” and characterizes Americans as a bunch of “whiners”, and yet that none of this appears to resonant with a public that has turned (at least according to the pollsters) against the Republicans is mind boggling.

  2. tas says:

    I think these stories about McCain don’t receive much play because Obama’s campaign has tried not to focus on negative attacks. I mean, I hadn’t heard about Donald Diamond until your comment — the Obama campaign certainly hasn’t made any issue of it. And our wonderous media, being as liberal as ever, won’t touch the story as much as the grope stories about Rezko or Pastor Wright. I mean, how come I know who Obama’s pastor is yet we hardly hear anything about McCain cheating on his first wife then dumping her to marry the richest woman in Arizona?

    But when a guy can’t remember how many fucking houses he owns, all bets are off. That’s a story too ridiculous for the media not to cover. And the wild haymaker responses from his campaign are even worse… Claiming this is an attack on McCain’s wife. Fucking please. The finances of a wedded couple are joint; and besides that, these fucking assholes can’t stop talking about how unpatriotic Michelle Obama is. Fuck them. I think we’re about to see where the line between not wanting to run a negative campaign, and not taking a sucker punch without striking back, is drawn.

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