Wednesday, February 20, 2008

John McCain's Chelsea Clinton joke

When I saw John McCain stand by chuckling as his wife took a swipe at an impromptu misstatement by Michelle Obama, I was reminded what a creepy jerk John McCain is.

Let's recall John McCain's infamous joke about Chelsea Clinton, rendered before an audience when Chelsea was about 18 years old:
Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?
Because her father is Janet Reno
--John McCain, 1998
This was emitted by McCain in a speech before an Republican crowd--it was no slip. It was something McCain found funny and wanted to to share with his friends.

Even worse, consider the chain of conscious affirmation that led McCain to speak that joke publicly. Someone relayed this to McCain, thinking John would be the kind of person who was receptive to this joke. McCain was so receptive that he remembered that quip and repeated it in public. He was speaking to a Republican crowd, which he felt was the sort of crowd who would appreciate this kind of comedy.

No slip, no accident, no misstatement.

When caught, I believe he eventually apologized to the President. No telling how many times he told that joke and beamed at the laughter before he was caught.

Your Republican nominee, folks.

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