mccain, having gotten a pass from the press, is pressed by the women of “the view”

As no one else in the corporate media seems to be capable of asking McCain about the lies he continues to perpetuate about Barack Obama, it’s good to see him being grilled somewhere… It’s just absolutely amazing to me that we’ve gotten to a point in this country where our best investigative journalists are on “The View” and “The Daily Show.”

And, for the record, I very much appreciate Joy Behar for stating the obvious about his long abandoned “maverick” status.

Hopefully the women in the audience remember this exchange when it comes time to vote.

[Thanks to Fritz for the link.]

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  1. monica
    Posted September 14, 2008 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    I liked these comments by Paul Reiser which seemed apropos & a direct response to “the View” segments and McCain’s demeanor:

    “So everyone’s talking about the nasty spike of nastiness in the presidential race — a spike brilliantly orchestrated by the Republican machinery — and Republican John McCain takes a moment to point out that even this is Barack Obama’s fault.

    Y’see, all the crap being thrown at Obama — the fear-mongering, the half-truths, the full lies — all the character assassination hurling Obama’s way, is in fact, his own doing.

    “I think the tone of this whole campaign would have been very different if Senator Obama had accepted my request for us to appear in town hall meetings all over America,” the Senator from Arizona tells us.

    Am I just losing my friggin’ mind? Seriously. I keep looking around the room to see if I’m living in some suddenly altered state where everything we know is now called the opposite, and nobody notices. Or can stop it.

    “I wish I didn’t have to take your lunch money, but you should’nt of hadda brung it.”

    We’re in the 3rd grade again. The skinny, smart kid who just moved in to the neighborhood is getting roughed-up by the asshole bully. The kid who hits you in the head with your hand and says, “Why’re you hitting yourself? Why’re you hitting yourself?”

    “Um, actually I’m not. You’re hitting me.”

    “You calling me a liar?”

    “No, I’m just pointing out that…” SMACK!

    “Why’re you hitting yourself?”

    And there seems to be no one to appeal to. There’re no grown-ups around when you need ’em. No one to step in and say, “Alright, that’s enough now. We don’t do that here, fella.” And in the absence of any authority, the asshole gets to keep doing it.

    “Why’re you hitting yourself? SMACK! Why’re you hitting yourself?”

    From the few minutes of the GOP convention I could stomach watching, all I could think was that Giuliani and Sarah Palin were doing some big-person, lethal version of “I know you are, but what am I?”

    America: “Well, respectfully, Governor Palin, it could be argued that you are, in fact, relatively inexperienced.”

    Her: “I know you are but what am I?”

    “Hm? No, perhaps you misunderstood. We are talking about you.”

    “I know you are but what am I.”

    “Well, Governor, just listening to your speech, you seem awfully caustic.”

    “You are.”

    “And, frankly, a little bitter.”

    “You’re bitter.”

    “I mean, where’s your sense of humility?”

    “I’m rubber, you’re glue. It bounces off me and sticks to you.”

    “My God – you’re… dangerous.”

    “I know you are, but what am I?”

    Maybe that’s the problem. Obama treats us like adults, and McCain’s team treats us like children.

    Obama seeks to inspire and raise us as a nation. McCain’s people want to reduce us to infants.

    Obama asks us to be deep. And courageous.

    McCain prays that we’re simple. And cowardly.

    Now everyone is calling for Obama to “get angry.” “Get out there and frown this way, curl your lip that way, and clench your fist like so.” And, I don’t know….. That’d be cool. Sure. But I don’t think the fix can come just from him. There’s only so much the guy can do. It’s going to have to be us. I don’t know what exactly we need to do, but I know we’ll do it. I have to believe — I mean I really have to believe we’re big enough, strong enough and smart enough to reclaim what’s ours. I love my children too much to let the assholes take over the school yard.”

  2. mark
    Posted September 14, 2008 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Very true.

    In my defense, I didn’t suggest that he should just ‘get angry.’ I don’t think it would help for him to get angry, for instance, to the point of looking un-Presidential. What I want is for him to move further along the continuum. In my opinion, there are a lot of people out there in America who would vote for him if they thought that he could, for instance, stand up to Putin and the other world leaders. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I think that Mccain’s giving him the opportunity to prove himself in that regard. Instead, he continues to write off the lies of the McCain camp, saying that this is the “silly season” in American politics. I don’t want to see rage, but I want him to call a lie a lie.

  3. mark
    Posted September 14, 2008 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    I’m no fan of Bill Maher, but this clip from his show is also kind of interesting.

  4. Meta
    Posted September 15, 2008 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Some in the media are beginning to take notice:

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