Thursday, July 10, 2008

McLame’s Unsettling Sense of Humor

Sometimes I really feel bad for the guy – it must be miserable to go through life without a decent sense of humor. Then I remember that he’s a shameless panderer who has sacrificed all his principles to get in good with the fundies of the far Right. The last time I recall McCain trying to be funny, it had something to do with bombing a Middle Eastern country. Hilarious, yes? Nothing more entertaining than violence and death!

Oh, and I almost forgot – there was also this clip from a press conference a couple of days ago:

HAH! Killing Iranians – classic comedy! The press certainly seemed to think it was funny, so at least he got some gratification out of it. And now it would seem that one of his surrogates has said something rather… insensitive about the people of the nation McCain wants to run. Apparently, those of us who are a trifle concerned about the fact that we’re paying over $4 for a gallon of gas are just a bunch of mentally depressed recessed whiners:

Oh, really? So I guess I was just imagining these gas prices?

Clearly, I’m hallucinating; unfortunately, so is my bank account: Therein lies the real problem.

Gramm’s comments might not be so disconcerting, were it not for the fact that he’s McCain’s economic advisor. The man seems to think that this nation’s financial distress has become some sort of bizarre mental pathology, rather than cold, hard fact. The idea that McCain hired someone so startlingly out of touch and (dare I say) elitist is frightening. Gramm refuses to retract his remarks, but he’s trying to weasel out of them by saying he was only talking about our nation’s leaders. On these matters, our leaders take their cues from the people they represent, and frankly, I’m feeling pretty whiney about the fact that I’m paying more for everything from a carton of milk to a sack of cat food. I’ve had to give up my snobby, elitist lattes, and it looks like my wine is going to be next.

McCain quickly attempted to distance himself from Gramm’s remarks:

McCain slammed economic adviser Phil Gramm for his “mental recession” and “nation of whiners” comment. He said he didn’t agree with him and even proposed a position in a McCain administration -- ambassador to Belarus, “though I’m not sure the citizens of Minsk would welcome that,” McCain said.

Oh, good. Another bad joke. At least our nominee has a real sense of humor:

I have to admit, I chuckled at that. As a graduate student in psychology, I find that the idea that McCain’s economic advisor would try to psychoanalyze us for not enjoying paying way too much money for everything is simultaneously appalling and humorous. Determined to stay the course, McCain follows up one bad joke with another:

”You’re talking about Dr. Phil,” McCain said, adding about Obama, “He’s Dr. No. He’s Dr. No on energy. ” McCain then ticked off the energy proposals in which he and Obama disagree on implementing. “My response is I speak for me. … He’s Dr. No.”


Huh... I dunno, guys, I’m just not seeing it. Maybe if both photos were in black and white?

Ahhh, there we go. That’s much more like it. Wait… not really. Amusingly enough, it isn’t as if this is the first time McCain has used this not-so-clever analogy. He’s been going at it for awhile. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m starting to think McCain should stick to the dry, dull, pandering monotone at which he’s become so adept.


Anonymous said...

Ha! I love it. Welcome back.

sricki said...

Thanks, Psychodrew. I'm back in town but not fully functional on MyDD yet. My head hurts too much (probably too many margaritas). Screw 'em for the time being.

Loved your diary, btw.

Anonymous said...

MyDD is rough tonight, not good if you are in margarita recovery.

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