Thursday, October 16, 2008

INTERVENTION?

Was anybody else as creeped out as I was by McCain's use of "INTERVENTION" in the following exchange during the debate last night:

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Bob Shieffer: ... Sen. McCain, your commercials have included words like "disrespectful," "dangerous," "dishonorable," "he lied." Your running mate said Obama "palled around with terrorists." Are each of you tonight willing to sit at this table and say to each other's face what your campaigns and the people in your campaigns have said about each other?

John McCain: Well, this has been a tough campaign. It's been a very tough campaign. And I know from my experience in many campaigns that, if Sen. Obama had asked -- responded to my urgent request to sit down, and do town hall meetings, and come before the American people, we could have done at least 10 of them by now. When Sen. Obama was first asked, he said, "Any place, any time," the way Barry Goldwater and Jack Kennedy agreed to do, before the intervention of the tragedy at Dallas. So I think the tone of this campaign could have been very different...

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It just seems so creepy for him to call JFK's assassination an "Intervention".

Maybe it's just me....but it sure seems like an odd word to use, especially since the question pertained to negative campaigning which we have seen has inspired some truly hateful audience responses that I won't repeat here.

And BTW, if we had had to endure 10 of those phony town halls as McCain was pushing, I think we'd all need an intervention by now.

15 comments:

HelenWheels said...

WOW, good catch, I missed that (I was live-blogging it at Enigma's). And I paid more attention to the idiotic response of "if Obama would have done the townhalls" in response to a question that had nothing to do with that. I mean, was McLame saying that if Obama had done what McLame demanded, then he would not have started his hate rallies? Ridiculous.

So, he literally called JFK's assassination an intervention. That's unbelievable. This needs to get passed around for sure. Thanks for posting it.

I am astonished anyone (hello, Andrea Mitchell?) thought McLame won!! Holy crap, the guy hung himself on the abortion segment, and that's only one example of where things went horribly wrong for him.

D.K. Raed said...

Helen:
I hate to say it, but to me it was like he was threatening Obama for not going along with all those townhalls. He almost seemed to be calling for another "intervention". Whoaah, SICK!

I can't "live blog" with you guys at Enigma's because I am a dinosaur without a laptop! I always go read all the comments after I finish watching.

HelenWheels said...

D.K., I am just fortunate that I have my PC near my TV. I do have a laptop but I don't use it but now that you mention it, I may. But d'oh! Now the debates are over!! Damn...

eProf2 said...

I'm going to defend McCain on this one if my theory is right: He used "intervention" because he didn't want to use "assissination" for fear his crowds would follow the word to its conclusion and use it against Obama. Am I being generous or what?

HelenWheels said...

eprof2 I would only hope that's why he chose more "delicate" language. But what a weird choice.

eProf2 said...

Agreed, helen, but then what isn't weird about McSame?

HelenWheels said...

Ya got me there. That guy is a mental case, alright.

D.K. Raed said...

Helen:
I can hear the TV from my computer, but not see -- and as we know with debates, the visuals count!

EProf:
Yes, you are being generous and very calming ... but you did not talk me down (as Rachel Maddow says). I think McC was using "intervention" in a deliberate manner, like the JFK presidency needed to have an intervention because it was getting out of hand. (now I sound like Oliver Stone, probably cuz I want to see "W" next week) ...

D.K. Raed said...

Helen & EProf:
yup, wierd and mental, that about sums it up! Thank you guys for trying to help calm my nerves.

HelenWheels said...

Hey D.K. Keith Olbermann reported that Joe the Plumber is related to A Robert Keating but not THE Robert Keating... rats. But I still say he was a plant. Otherwise why did he LIE to Obama about buying a business? Or maybe he's an asshole. Either way, it still backfired on McCoot.

D.K. Raed said...

Helen, I haven't seen Olbermann yet. Did you mean Charlie Keating?

I don't speak German, but I've decided his name, Wurzelbacher, might mean "weasel supporter"!

Fran said...

McCain needs a freth of bresh air-- maybe he will just put on his nuclear pants & walk on outta there?

Town Hall meetings. Ugh!
McCain was sitting on his ass, golfing or something while Obama had to go through the whole ordeal with Clinton.

Obama needed a break- he has a family & kids, he needed time to get his campaign strategy together, and take a breather.

If we can barely stand to watch McCain in 3 debates, could you imagine how revolting a 10 city tour with him would have been like?
Besides-- who would babysit Palin????

The intervention remark was foul.

Oh I just hope McCain loses definitively.

He really needs to retire.

D.K. Raed said...

Fran:
EK & I had our own debate over McCain's mangling of "breath of fresh air". I was positive he had said BREAST of FRETH AIR. I was thinking he's been having a breast fixation thinking about sarah's baby! uggghhhh ...

The electoral college map is looking very good for a massive Obama sweep ... another reason I'm starting to worry.

enigma4ever said...

wow...I had not realized the exact phrase he used, I thought it odd that he brought it up...at all..and totally inappropriate...but now that I see what he said..and the tongue thrusting...I really do think he has brain mets...

D.K. Raed said...

Enigma,
I just read a Joe Klein article on Time.Com where he calls McC "incoherent" and "loony" and a "mud tornado". Brain mets .... wow, that would be awful, he wouldn't even know he was acting wierdly, would he. Instead, he'd just get angry at everyone else, which is pretty much how he's acted his whole life.

His use of "intervention" gave me a cold chill down my spine (to quote Cindy McCain, the Ice Princess, who could not possibly look any colder). I believe Intervention is a CIA code word, same as Sanction.