Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Stupid, full of shit, and fucking nuts.


Some people, George Carlin once observed, are just stupid. Others aren't stupid, but they are full of shit. And some people, he added, are fucking nuts. "Dan Quayle is all three! All three! Stupid, full of shit, and fuckin nuts!" (Fortunately, you can listen to the routine here rather than relying on my description). It seems to me that John McCain, the current leader of the polls and beneficiary of Clinton's berserker strategy, fulfils this trifecta and more besides.

I don't suppose I have to prove this, but let's quickly review. He promises 100 years in Iraq. McCain wants to "bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran". He was against torture, but then voted for it. He used to castigate Jerry Falwell, then the demented preacher became one of his biggest campaign assets (until he snuffed his lid). He backed election campaign reform legislation, put his name to it, then backed off. He has repeatedly insisted that Iran is supplying Al Qaeda, and when anyone points out how stupid this is, his face goes blank. Eventually, he had to get Joseph Lieberman to whisper the correct script in his ear when he went off focus ("uh, sorry, extremists, not Al Qaeda"). One of his major campaign backers is, of course, the ranting antisemite, misogynist, Islamophobe, homophobe, and supporter of God's punishment in New Orleans, Pastor John Hagee. Everyone is against him, and he's going to kill them. And he's been hanging around with this sleazy crackpot. One could go on.

Well, here is his latest disreputable supporter: rumour has it that Hitchens is supporting McCain in the upcoming elections: "And from what I hear, you're backing McCain, a man you once told me was a bandit that the Vietnamese had every right to shoot down. Now that he wants to kill Arabs and Persians (and God knows who else) for the next 100 years, he's acceptable to you? Any old mercenary in a shit storm? Where the fuck is this going? How does it end?" Answer: it doesn't.