A Creepy Freudian Slip

Okay, everyone makes mistakes, that’s a given.  We all sometimes say one thing, but mean the other, we all sometimes get the word wrong, or stumble.  But this has got to be single handedly the creepiest Freudian slip of all time:

Across this country, this is the agenda I have set before my fellow prisoners. And the same standards of clarity and candor must now be applied to my opponent.

This from Senator John McCain on the stump. 

I hate to be one of those guys that blows minutiae out of proportion, and had McCain replaced “Americans” with one of 99.99% of the other words in the English language, I probably wouldn’t even bother.  But “prisoner,” is just outright eerie; it has the feel like we just got a peek up McCain’s Orwellian skirt or something.

With Senator McCain’s health already nibbling at the back of many voters’ minds, and his history as a Prisoner of War, this simply doesn’t play well.  It’s almost as though McCain never left the Hanoi Hilton, or at least it feels that way.  Worse, it gives the impression that his mind is going on him, and he’s temporarily reverting back to that period in his life.

I’m no psychologist, mind you, I’m just telling you how it plays to an average layperson who doesn’t know what’s going on.  Everyone makes mistakes, but that specific mistake is simply too pregnant with coincidence for the average person to ignore.  Given that McCain’s reputation for temperament is already at risk, this isn’t going to help him any.

3 Responses to “A Creepy Freudian Slip”

  1. Kathy says:

    He didn’t even hear what he said. That’s even weirder.

  2. Craig says:

    Good grief! Can we have the election tomorrow and end this silly season of “political commentary” from the blogosphere. When people start trying to convince each other of the validity of verbal slips that EVERYONE is guilty of, then its time to power off the computer.

    Then again, Obama may have really meant it when he introduced Joe Biden as “our next President”, and when he said that 10,000 people died in the Kansas tornados this past Spring, and when he acknowledged the presence of all our “fallen” war heros at a rally, or that he has been to 57 States.

  3. opit says:

    McCain isn’t right in the beanie : but in this case I think the truth came out. It’s just a bit ‘before the event’.
    Bu$h has more power in place than people realize : and a schedule for its use.
    The wars have been a fine distraction : it will soon be time to ‘bring the boys home’ – just not to the retirement you expected. That includes the mercenaries too : though there are lots of them in the US already.
    Rome never allowed the legions in the city.
    Dictatorship is an outrageous guess, of course.
    Do you follow group news sites like Current or Real News ? Special Weapons are the rage : spying and incitement to ‘report’ on suspicious people are escalating. Orwell and Huxley had it nailed.
    Naomi Klein has a new movie on Oct 21 to further outline our peril.

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