They’re Just Like Us

A couple of days ago, my wife was on the computer while I was watching tv.  Out of nowhere she scoffs and says, “Hey.”


“Did you know Sarah Palin had a tanning bed installed in the governor’s mansion?”

Of course I knew; my wife’s nowhere near as freakishly obsessed with politics as I am.  But she just thought it was ridiculous.  Here’s this woman trying to sell herself as an honorary member of the Joe & Jane Sixpack club, yet she has a tanning bed installed in the governor’s mansion.

If she thought that was bad, she just needs to wait until I get home tonight.

My cell phone reception usually sucks.  I won’t say who my carrier is because I just don’t care enough about my cell phone to raise a stink, but suffice it to say that even if I wanted to go without a land line I couldn’t on my current cell phone service because I have to walk outside of my rather small house in order to have a conversation.

If I cared, as I know a lot of you do, about my cell phone reception, I would probably wish I could so something like, I don’t know, have the cell phone company install a tower right next to my house so I could always have perfect reception.  Problem is, I can’t because I’m pretty much a nobody that nobody really cares about.

If, however, my last name were McCain, and my first name were, say, John or Cindy, that would be a totally different story completely.

As the Washington Post reports, the McCain’s were having issues getting cell phone reception out at one of their ranches, so they did what any one of us who were ungodly rich and pretty damn powerful would do; they asked a couple of cell phone companies to build towers at their property.  AT&T and Verizon obliged them, for free.

But wait, there’s more.  Some folks who are obviously in the tank for Obama, ethics lawyers they are called, think there’s a problem here because the McCain’s got two free cell phone towers, and John McCain sits on the committee that oversees the FCC, generating what we in-the-tankers might call a conflict of interests.  Even more, despite claims that John McCain doesn’t do lobbyists, it turns out that quite a few members of his campaign staff used to actually lobby for… wait for it… Verizon and AT&T.

We in-the-tankers like to call this little ethical hiccup a, “ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME?!?!  HE ACTUALLY GETS AWAY WITH CRAP LIKE THIS?!”

One Response to “They’re Just Like Us”

  1. Anon says:

    Marc Ambinder actually talked to Verizon. Their statement makes it clear that there’s no story here:

    Peter Thonis, Verizon’s chief communications officer, e-mails:

    The Washington Post story regarding Verizon providing a cell tower to the McCain Ranch is wrong. Verizon received a request from Mrs. McCain, but declined. Subsequent to that, the Secret Service made a legitimate request for a temporary tower for its work and Verizon complied as is required by our contract with the agency. The Secret Service request, made on May 28, specifically said it needed the service urgently and requested that Verizon “explore every possible means of providing an alternative cellular or data communications source in the referenced area and provide any short term implementation of any type as a solution in the interim.”


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