McCain’s “Housing Problem”

That John McCain can’t recall how many houses he owns really shouldn’t be a big deal. Nor should it matter that he wears expensive Ferragamo loafers, cheated on his first wife, committed bigamy and was deeply involved in a huge corruption scandal in the past. After all, everyone knows that big houses, expensive haircuts, marital infidelity, and so on are only significant when talking about Democrats. Come on folks, get with the program!

If we’re to believe John Hinderaker (“Hinkdrocket”) at Powerline, McCain’s asceticism and complete disinterest in worldly possessions actually makes him something close to being a saint. “If a reporter asked me how many ties I own, there’s no way I could answer. Just like McCain, I’d tell him he has to ask my wife. Likewise if someone wants to know how many Wii games my kids have.”

This and other hilarious responses from around the wingnuosphere have been compiled for your amusement by jokers at Sadly No!

17 Replies to “McCain’s “Housing Problem””

  1. While I know the neocon collective will howl over this, the real reason this is an issue is because they have been painting this “celebrity” sketch all month.

    Because the ultimate celebrity quote would be some ditz (and I’m not actually talking about the prominent blonds highlighted in ads recently) in an interview going, “Gee, I don’t know. I don’t really pay attention to how many homes I own. Do most people know that? How bizarre. Why do you ask?”

    Ok, so he didn’t say that exactly. No, in senior moment fashion, he just got all flustered and looked around for his water while asking the staff (nursing home staff perhaps?) to help out with that one.

    I realize how nasty this all sounds, but it’s what I’m feeling so letting it rip. I spent years admiring John McCain on some level. That’s all but evaporated in the past month.

  2. It’s always the particular context of the Republican who ventures a defense of their godly political masters that is so startling. It’s not that someone made a fatuous comparison to tie ownership to rationalise McCain’s senior moment, something we would expect from NB Toree Laydee or Trustee Toree, or any number cretins, but that it comes from a lawyer writing for a blog that Time magazine named “blog of the year” at one point.

    I could see myself doing the exact same thing only with the awareness that I was trotting out a line of bullshit I knew only stupid people would believe. With Hinderaker, I’m not so sure, although that would be the most charitable speculation; that he’s a manipulative liar, as opposed to merely insane.

    Mostly however, I just wouldn’t disgrace myself by advancing an explanation so elaborately inane.

  3. Wow, is American political discourse ever bankrupt.

    With all of the issues facing that country these days what are the big issues in this campagne?

    Senator Obama’s “celebrity” status and the number of houses Senator McCain owns.


    You know, it would almost be comical if America did not own 10s of thousands of nuclear weapons and if Canada did not share such a honking big border with the United States.

  4. It really shouldn’t be a big deal, but McCain’s team has been wallowing in the mud for the past month, so… what goes around, comes around.

    Not only that, but it puts lie to the ridiculous myth that McCain is some kind of “ordinary” guy compared to Obama who, if we’re to believe the GOP attack ads and howling monkeys of the right-wing, is an “arugala eating, pointed-headed elitist” or whatever.

  5. Not only that, but it puts lie to the ridiculous myth that McCain is some kind of “ordinary” guy compared to Obama…

    It’s astonishing how, in that supposed meritocracy, people like Clinton, Edwards and Obama, who, for the most part transcended their fates, are denigrated for being elitists while heiress-marrying opportunists and privileged wastrels are celebrated as “jes’ plain folks.” I’ve yet to understand how that works, although I imagine it’s rooted in America’s inability to talk frankly about class.

  6. It’s a perplexing double-standard, to be sure.

    It must be a remnant of the small-town injunction against “puttin’ on airs,” that’s so far removed from its original context that no one knows what an “air” is anymore. So elaborate pantomimes of brush clearing millionaires and Hollywood actors riding in red pickup trucks are considered authentic gestures, whereas speaking in complete sentences is foppish affectation.

  7. Kind of like Bush 41 didn’t know how a grocery store scanner worked or the price of a loaf of bread. It could resonate like that…

  8. Ti-Guy,

    Your observations today are just so spot-on. Wish you could sneak into the home of some prominent US “opinion writer extraordinaire” (take your pick) and draft an expose for publication about what passes as “ordinary folk” these days in the US consciousness.

    Seriously, it would be a great contribution to the election about now. I’d love to see that tossed about in the public discourse.

  9. Oh my gosh, this is just too funny:,0,1254408.story

    So apparently McCain is staying quiet on the whole matter now that he’s on vacation, but he did venture out in a motorpool from one of his lovely homes in Sedona, AZ, to grab a large cappuccino.

    Too bad there aren’t any lakes large among the red rocks of northern Arizona. Otherwise, he could have taken in an afternoon of windsurfing ; ).

  10. I blame the media, especially the “puffed and powdered” elite of the punditocracy who really should know better but consistently weave the kind of silly narratives that result in the absurd inversion of reality that Ti-Guy alludes to above.

  11. “Does a guy who made more than $4 million last year, just got back from vacation on a private beach in Hawaii, and bought his own million-dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon really want to get into a debate about houses?” McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said in a statement. “Does a guy who worries about the price of arugula and thinks regular people ‘cling’ to guns and religion in the face of economic hardship really want to have a debate about who’s in touch with regular Americans?”

    He “worries about the price of arugla”? LOL How pathetic.

  12. Wish you could sneak into the home of some prominent US “opinion writer extraordinaire” (take your pick) and draft an expose for publication about what passes as “ordinary folk” these days in the US consciousness.

    I wouldn’t know where to start. The issue of class in the US mystifies me. Me, a hick from Northern Ontario.

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