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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

That John McCain Can Sure Play A Mean Game of Pinball

The classic, comedic definition of chutzpah is the guy who murders both his parents, goes to trial, and throws himself on the mercy of the court because he’s an orphan. A new, political definition would be John McCain going after the Hillary Clinton vote.

There are actually two different Clinton votes. One is the blue collar vote that Hillary got in places like Pennsylvania and Ohio. To reach them McCain is stumping at factories and trying to convince working stiffs who are fighting foreclosure that he’s just like them and can understand their pain in this economy. Right – when he finishes figuring out how many houses his heiress wife owns maybe somebody will believe him.

But the more ridiculous height he’s soaring to is attempting to convince the middle-aged, white feminists that he is their logical alternative to Hillary Clinton. He’s even got a commercial out with supposed Hillary supporters who’ve never voted Republican before but who will proudly vote for him. That must be because he and Hillary are so close in what they stand for.

Except for the part where he has a lifelong anti-abortion voting record, is on record that he would appoint more judges like Alito and Roberts, who would overturn Roe v Wade, and doesn’t support universal health care reform. And it must also be for his strong opposition to legislation that would give women equal pay for equal work (see here for his real legislative record on women's issues). Yeah, he’s everything a supporter of Hillary Clinton would want in a presidential candidate.

In fact, when I look at the so-called Hillary supporters in his commercial all I can think is, honey if you’re proud of this, you don’t know what the hell Hillary Clinton really devoted her life to fighting for. Oh, and John McCain is playing you and the other PUMAs harder than a pinball machine in a juke joint.

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