November 12, 2008

Ugh! I have to do a second Leno post in a row!

McCain on Leno. Highlights:


1. The band plays "Everyday People." Why?
There is a blue one who can't accept the green one
For living with a fat one trying to be a skinny one
And different strokes for different folks
And so on and so on and scooby dooby doo-bee
Oh sha sha - we got to live together
An ode to racial progress, so, I think the "Tonight Show" band is saying: It's so great that you lost! Scooby dooby doo-bee that you lost! Or is it just that we all need to get along, to make nice now that the election is over? We got to live together.... and it will be so much easier because you lost!

2. McCain makes that old, old slept like a baby joke.

3. McCain is looking lively and jovial. What else can he do? He must play the good sport, and his interest now is to preserve and build his reputation for history.

4. And he ought also to help Sarah Palin. What did he say about her? (It didn't make the highlight reel above.)
"She inspired people. She still does. And look, I'm — I couldn't be happier with Sarah Palin. And she's going back to be a great governor, and I think she will play a big role in the future of this country"....

McCain said Tuesday night that his party "has a lot of work to do," and he predicted that new leaders like Palin would help carry the party into the future.

"I really believe that Sarah Palin is amongst some, like Tim Pawlenty and Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, there's a group of young Republican governors and — mainly governors, but also some in the Senate — that I think are the next generation of leadership of our party," he said.
I'd say that's too bland, lukewarm, and Pawlenty-Jindal diluted. He owes her more.


Chris said...

Owes her more? She publicly embarrassed him and single-handedly derailed his campaign! Bland cordiality is more than she deserves, and I bet even THAT stuck in his throat.

Darcy said...

You got it right, Ann. I was looking for a lot more, but I'm suddenly not surprised at McCain's coming up short here. :)

By the way, the LA Times blog had an interesting entry about the Cameron piece on O'Reilly's show. It was a follow up with Greta criticizing the piece, and some additional insights from Greta about how Cameron feels the piece came off.

Also, (Ha! I love to start a sentence like this now. :)) when Camille Paglia does a better job of defending your V.P. choice, you pretty much sucked at it.

Unknown said...

Or, just perhaps, unlike some would act upon losing a campaign, he's really just a good sport and is actually in a good mood.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

McCain is a tool and always has been. He should be defending Palin, whether he likes her personally or not. After all....HE was the one who drug her out onto the public stage so that she could be treated like trash by the media and even by some of his own people. Palin didn't lobby for this position, but once in the slot, she performed like a trooper, going from place to place tirelessly. Even if people don't agree with her message, you can't deny she gave 100% in the effort.

The fact that he isn't standing up for her says a lot about McCain's character and it isn't good.

Simon said...

He thinks that they inspired some people and that's what's important. Aw. That's nice. Of course, when I think about an election, I tend to think that winning is is more important.

Wren continues to cling, bitterly, to the ludicrous theory that Palin was a net drag on the ticket rather than the reason that McCain got within striking distance. He's not the only one to do so, of course, and I have to assume these people are compensating for something. As Paglia says today, these critics of Palin - Wren and those like him - have been consummed by "irrational emotionalism and at times infantile rage," behaving "atrocious[ly] and at times delusional[ally]," in a "grotesque lock-step parade of bourgeois provincialism, shallow groupthink and blind prejudice."

Unknown said...

When I saw the song title, "Everyday People," I thought of Joe the Plumber.

Ann Althouse said...

"She publicly embarrassed him and single-handedly derailed his campaign!"

If so, that's totally his fault.

Darcy said...

Ha! Thanks for linking it, Simon.

Palladian said...

"When I saw the song title, "Everyday People," I thought of Joe the Plumber."

Haha! Poor Joe! Ol' Joe's really in for a thorough financial colonoscopy now that Hopenchange won, isn't he? Forget about that plumbing business and get ready to be audited for the next 4 years at least, Joe! That'll teach you to ask questions of the Messiah, you miserable redneck!

And that cunt Palin is in for it too if she ever DARES try to bat with the Big Boys again. This government thing is a man's game, honey. A Harvard man's game. The audacity, the presumptuousness of that uppity redneck cunt to pretend she had what it took to play in the Big Leagues. We're hip urban sophisticates here, honey. Ask anyone... even Peggy Noonan, for Christ's sake. You don't belong! Even McCain is realizing that now that his staff has had a chance to reason with him. Leave your new, illegally-purchased clothes in the bin here, and march yourself, your knocked-up daughter and your retarded "son" (or whoever's son it is) back to your trailer in Walmart, Alaska or whatever hellhole you and your nightmare brood are from and don't ever darken our expensive travertine doorsteps again.

Trooper York said...

In a lesser known quote, the great baseball manager Leo Durocher once said "Show me a good loser and I will show you a loser."

Trooper York said...

Leo was famous for two other things.

His knock of Mel Ott who was managing against him. He looked at him and said "Nice guys finish last."

And getting the shit kicked out of him by Babe Ruth when he stole the Babes watch when Leo was a rookie shortstop on the Yankees.

Darcy said...

Too good, Palladian.

rcocean said...

Of course McCain is jovial. He's 72 years old, has a lifetime Senate job, owns 10 houses and a pretty wife.

And the "Maverick" is back. McCain can now be McCain. No more pandering the Right-wing, its back to his true friends, Joe Lieberman, Ted Kennedy, and the DC press corps.

Beth said...

McCain's weak cheering of Palin is just evidence that Jindal was smart to say "no thanks" to McCain's courtship.

Thomas said...

He said enough. The race for the 2012 nomination has begun, and McCain is properly letting that play out.

MadisonMan said...

going from place to place tirelessly.

You mean store to store, but otherwise, I agree. She did everything any VP Candidate is asked to do.

I'm curious what you think McCain should be doing that he's not. My own opinion is that the sooner the Election of '08 is relegated to the ash bin of history, the better for Sarah Palin.

Richard Dolan said...

This may be the case where less really is more.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

I'm curious what you think McCain should be doing that he's not.

First of all she didn't go shopping. The campaign aides bought the clothing. I hope you were joking because if you weren't my estimation of your intelligence and integrity is sadly diminished.

As an employer, if I have an employee that is being "unfairly" and "unreasonably" targeted or subject to a campaign of character defamation, I would stand firmly behind that employee and defend her/him. To do otherwise shows a lack of morals in myself and also reflects badly on my own decision making as the person who hired that employee. If the dissention is within my own business/employees, I would take them all to task and possibly fire the troublemakers.

McCain is not defending Palin from the crude rumors that are being floated by his own employees. He hired Palin. If he can't defend his own employees in a vigorous way and is being Mr. Milquetoast, then what good is he as a Senator representing his own constituents.

Titusisathug said...

My sense is that Mccain really doesn't like Palin.

He does owe her though but I don't think he will lift a finger to help her.

I could be wrong but I think he blames her. But it is his responsibility. He picked her.

Titusisathug said...

I enjoyed watching Palin's breasts on the campaign.

I would like to see more of them.

I want to see her cleavage.

John Stodder said...

I dunno, this seems like a bum rap. McCain praised her repeatedly last night. Leno didn't ask the question directly, which should have been: "Do you believe, as some of your advisors said, that she's so dumb she doesn't know Africa is not a country?" What McCain did do was say, helpfully, that the press represents people as McCain advisors who aren't really as close to him as the press tries to make it out. Translation: The press is lying about who these liars are.

Don't forget, McCain had to put up with a similarly sourced article that accused him of cheating on his wife with a lobbyist. Outrageous as it was, that story played no role in his defeat. Slander comes with the territory, and I think voters actually can sniff it out. McCain might be paying her a much bigger complement by assuming she doesn't need his help. She certainly hasn't asked for it, and seems to be shaking off the story on her own, without whining.

Everything else McCain said about her was laudatory. This is a nothing issue.

Roberto said...

Yeah, just "Everyday People" like John and Cindy.


Dust Bunny says: "After all....HE was the one who drug her out onto the public stage so that she could be treated like trash by the media and even by some of his own people. Palin didn't lobby for this position..."

Oh, YES she did. You really need to read more. There have been plenty of articles relating to how Palin became the pick. And, yes, it certainly was McCain who made her the pick...which became the day he sealed his fate as a loser.

Unknown said...

Best guess is the Mark Salter is the "leaker" who smeared Palin, i.e. the guy who wrote McCain's books and many of his speeches. He's not some "top aid" unknown to McCain, he's one of McCain's best friends.

I don't think we need to guess who McCain would throw under the bus when it comes to taking sides between Salter and Palin.

Roberto said...

There's no telling who the "leaker" is but at this point, especially with the horrible polling relating to Sarah Palin, why not?

McCain has nothing to lose, and anybody who's followed the campaign knows Palin was gunning for her own future from day one.

My prediction: Palin will flame out via more and more revelations, along with Newt and others beating her into the ground to protect their own turf and potential as a candidate.

Roberto said...

thomas: "The race for the 2012 nomination has begun..."

I guess waiting for Obama to actually be sworn in, and to see how he performs would be to much to ask?

I mean, he did win the election.

miller said...

That's true - we should give Bambi a few more days to find another woman to make fun of. He's gone through Hillary, his grandmother, Sarah Palin, and Nancy Reagan.

Can't wait to hear what he thinks of San Fran Nana. Hilarity will ensue!

Salamandyr said...


Don't forget Geraldine Ferraro!

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Oh, YES she did. You really need to read more

Cite some links to the articles then, and I'll be glad to read.

miller said...

It's all good for America now that Bambi's in charge.

Now when he shafts another woman, it's will be good. Because of Him.

"Bambi is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life." -- Hillary Clinton

blake said...

This is also why he would make a bad President. He should be a freakin' human shield for his Veep--the only reason he didn't pull a Mondale.

Accuse Bush of cronyism, laugh when he says "Heckuva job, Brownie", but admit at least that he has the balls to step in front of criticism of the people he hires.

But McCain doesn't really subscribe to the principles that made the Republican party successful once. So it's not surprising that he wouldn't do anything to protect them now. What killed him, when you get down to it, is that he offered not Republican conservatism, but McCain. All you know about McCain is that he'll do what McCain thinks is best. Which might be military aggression, socialism, maybe even nothing from time-to-time, but who knows?

The "erratic" charge stuck because it's true.