What Fresh Hell Is This?

January 17, 2008


Let me say that I'm not much of a fan of Senator John McCain.

I mean, I thought he was funny on Saturday Night Live:

But all-in-all I can't say that I'd ever vote for this Senator from Arizona. Certainly not for President.

That being said, I found this news item to be completely and utterly disgusting. It begins with two paragraphs that are all you need to know to lose your lunch (or breakfast or dinner, depending on when you read this):

An anti-McCain group is stirring up past attacks on the Arizona senator in South Carolina, with a negative mailer to 80 news outlets that accuses McCain of distorting his storied military record and time spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

The group, Vietnam Veterans Against John McCain, is a new incarnation of Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry from the 2004 race; it’s run by the same man, Jerry Kiley, 61 years old, of New York. The group was widely viewed as a precursor to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth who famously ran attack ads against Kerry. But while the Massachusetts senator was criticized for not responding quickly or effectively, McCain campaign surrogates condemned the mailer tonight as false and slanderous.

I am sure if you took 30 seconds you can find the mailer sent out. I won't post a picture of it here - I won't be a part of spreading it around the Internets.


Fillippelli the Cook said...

You ever notice how it's mostly the bastion of the right to always worry about "What kind of message this sends to our kids" or "what kids will think" about X or Y, whether it's Bill Clinton lying about getting his knob slobbed or whether getting an HPV vaccine shot will make 11-yr-old girls think they can go boff every truck driver within a 100-mile radius.

But it's okay to pardon a good pal for lying to federal authorities, to fire federal attorneys for not being sufficiently partisan, and to smear decorated veterans with vicious lies. Apparently the kids don't notice those things. Heck, look at all of the slime that goes on in the ranks of the College Republicans. They see how their elders operate and they mimic them to a T, like a 5-yr-old who wants to pound some nails with his toy hammer after watching daddy fix a broken board on the swing set.

While you can find examples of slime on the left-center (e.g., the recent race baiting crap from Clinton's cronies), it's SOP for the family values set.

Anonymous said...

John K. says: LMAO like you ever voted for a Republican for anything. Get real LOL.

Schmuck Shitrock said...

Never voted for Beelzebub, either.

Anonymous said...

John K. says: You voted for Clinton. Same thing. LOL LOL LOL I am the Man!

Schmuck Shitrock said...

What makes you think I voted for Clinton, John? Have you been leaping to conclusions the way you always do? Maybe Rush told you? Maybe it was those voices you hear?

Schmuck Shitrock said...

Wait, I know. Major Andre told you!

Bram Reichbaum said...

Hence the utility of trolls. Whatever you do, make it impossible to focus on the subject matter.

Dayvoe, I recommend enabling registration for comments to the national news posts. I don't know how to hook that up computerlerly, but I'm sure you can find somebody.

Schmuck Shitrock said...

I'm afraid I don't see your point, Bram. Everyone got what he wanted out of this thread.

1. Dayvoe made his point very effectively, which was his goal.

2. Fillippelli posted an insightful ascerbic comment, expanding Dayvoe's point, which was his goal.

3. Our Laughing Chickenhawk (who defines "supporting the troops" as sending them into combat with debilitating wounds in another thread)demonstrated the complete cluelessness of the Wingnut community, which seems always to be his goal.

4. I was given an opportunity to employ sardonic humor to amplify #3, which is always my goal.

Your post, OTOH, pulled us off-point and away from all our goals. Shame. (:^}