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John McCain has a problem with his supporters: there is a segment that is intent on saying lots of dumb and stupid thing, no matter how much damage it could do to his campaign, in the name of "speaking truth to power". This has happened so frequently that the Maverick from Arizona is no longer taking questions from his audiences in his signature "Town hall meetings" with his supporters. Hell, he is no longer doing the Town hall thing at all anymore:

The town hall format was supposed be the Republican nominee’s favorite campaign forum, highlighting his shoot-from-the-hip style, his broad knowledge on a slew of issues and his irreverent wit. He loved it so much that he challenged Obama to a string of town hall debates.

But with their potential for amplifying unscripted outbursts and attention-diverting disasters, the microphones at high school gymnasiums and basketball arenas across the swing states have gone silent during the final stretch of the presidential campaign. McCain, a man who has prided himself on discussions with the common man, has not entertained a single question from audience members since Oct. 10, when he faced a belligerent crowd in Lakeville, Minn., that at times turned against him.

The disappearance of the town hall format from McCain’s campaign is striking, political observers said, offering a vivid example of how a signature strength became a potential liability and was abandoned. (Obama, too, has done away with the town halls, last taking questions from voters on Sept. 12 in New Hampshire.)

“The town hall format proved to be a little embarrassing for the campaign, and it built a negative picture about what this campaign is all about,” said Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, adding that the encounters were “too costly.”

Over the past few weeks, McCain has replaced his beloved town halls with large rallies, press statements delivered at factories and in hotel ballrooms, “town square” stump speeches given in the center of small towns, and stops at restaurants and other local landmarks.

Cause straight talk is only allowed one way at McCain rallies, and god knows we don;t need anymore crazy people making McCain look bad. The man does have Sarah Palin as a VP after all.

But McCain is not the only one having problems with his supporters. Obama has his share of people saying stupid shit on his behalf. Take Erica Jong for example, and the crap she said to the itlaian publication Corriere Della Sera.

"The record shows that voting machines in America are rigged."

"My friends Ken Follett and Susan Cheever are extremely worried. Naomi Wolf calls me every day. Yesterday, Jane Fonda sent me an email to tell me that she cried all night and can't cure her ailing back for all the stress that has reduces her to a bundle of nerves."

"My back is also suffering from spasms, so much so that I had to see an acupuncturist and get prescriptions for Valium."

Oh no. Naomi Wolf is worried? Erica had to go to an acupuncturist? Jane Fonda is suffering back pains from stress and sleep-less nights filled with crying from the possibility that McCain might win? Quelle Horrore.

That is not all though. Not only will a McCain Presidency mean that Jane Fonda's back might never heal, it could actually spark a second american civil war. Oh yeah.


"If Obama loses it will spark the second American Civil War. Blood will run in the streets, believe me. And it's not a coincidence that President Bush recalled soldiers from Iraq for Dick Cheney to lead against American citizens in the streets."

And here we all thought he was pulling out of Iraq. That shrewd Bush. He is so smart, even thought he is "the dumbest President ever"™.

By the way, is anybody else laughing at the image of Dick Cheney leading american soldiers into battle against american citizens in the street? Why didn't she add that he would be wearing a Nazi uniform, a monocle and smoking a cigar when he is leading the SS troops while she is at it? Cause yes, a man who never went into combat and has a bad ticker is the right man to lead soldiers against the citizenry. Honestly Erica, if you are stupid enough to think this is an actual possibility, then you really did need that valium. Can I also recommend Prozac? Just a thought.

And last but not least, there is a Texas man who committed suicide , and the only thing he wrote in his suicide note was for Obama to hep his family. Now that's a believer, don't you think?

Comments

  1. Hairy looking, isn’t it? Anybody who tells you they know how this election will turn out, is lying.

    I’m going to go vote. I know my vote won’t count, and I will, on Nov. 4, remind several people who do not support my candidate to vote, as well.

    Whatever the results are, I will support the elected president of this country, and I will do it even if there are substantial questions about election fraud.

    During this election, our electoral system has been attacked by people of ill will intent on fraud. I will see to it that, in my state, the voter registration rolls are auditable and a paper-ballot/scanner system will be reintroduced in my state in time for the next set of elections (2 years).

  2. The scary thing is the fact that medias allow loons like these (from all sides) to expose their lack of sanity to a broad, sometimes nationwide audience… A bit of self-reflective perspective from the medias would be in order, lest they be a part in this deterioration of reason in the political discussion!

  3. Great examples of one of the biggest shortcomings of our electorial process. Its the loons of the far right and far left that get the ink and airtime. The press always picks out some wacko and high lights hids/her statement as representative of the whole. Helps ratings and get s advertizing, ya know.

    Then the opponent quickly incorporates said wacko statement into its promos. Then the poor victim of his own people is forced to distance himself from said wacko, and if it isn’t done just so, he is than lambasted by his own people for “equivocating.”

    Then the press plays him up as weak. . . or as being too PC. . . . .or as playing to the missle. . .. . . or some other manipulation.

    All of this distracts from real issues and real debate. And as pointed out by SM, it causes the nominees to distance themselves from the very people they are charged to represent.

    Makes democracy kinda messy.

    Amazing that it is so successful.

  4. oops, should read “middle” not “missle”

  5. Idiots abound.