Friday, October 17, 2008
John McCain gets owned by David Letterman
Letterman nails McCain on Sarah Palin and association with G. Gordon Liddy
by Larry Simons
October 17, 2008
On Thursday night’s Late Show with David Letterman, Senator and Presidential candidate John McCain finally appeared with Letterman after snubbing him in late September. Dave immediately pulls out his guns and questions McCain on several issues and talking points of McCain’s campaign over the past year.
Here’s a few of the issues that Letterman raised: (my response in purple)
Catching bin Laden (addressing McCain’s statements that he “KNOWS how to get bin Laden)
Letterman: You said you knew how to get Osama bin Laden….how would you get bin Laden, let’s just start there.
McCain: Obviously, first of all you don’t want to say exactly…because I know what we need to do.
(So, we are just supposed to believe you when you say you can get bin Laden? Oh, I see. You know what we need to do? Why do you have to be ELECTED in order for you to share this information? So, in other words you’re saying, “Elect me and I’ll give you the info to get bin Laden; if you don’t elect me, I won’t tell you how so one of the world’s most dangerous terrorists will still be free because YOU didn’t elect me! If he attacks again, it’s YOUR fault, Americans, for not voting for me")
Then, McCain, just minutes later says, “I think I know because of my many years of being involved in these issues…” Come on McCain, do you know, or do you think you know? Which is it?
Letterman brings up the issues surrounding McCain’s supporters and the things they yell out about Barack Obama at McCain’s rallies.
McCain says this, “You know what’s being shouted out at his rallies?”
(Not “terrorist”. Not “kill McCain”)
Then McCain says, “There’s always a few fringe people who will abuse their constitutional rights who will show up at these kinds of things, and you’ll get that fringe element”
(I’ve seen the videos, which I have posted here on earlier posts. It’s way more than a fringe element…it’s nearly every single person there yelling out something racist or obscene)
Letterman: Had you spent time with her?
McCain: A couple of times, I’d met with her. I didn’t know her real well but I knew her reputation and I didn’t know her well at all. I didn’t know her well at all. I knew her reputation as a reformer...
Letterman: ...if you are unable to fulfill your office, we get a 9/11 attack, Sarah Palin is the president who leads us through that.
McCain: Sure. She’s been the governor of a state with 24,000 employees....
Letterman: Let me just get back to my question. Well, I mean, either you’re right or you’re wrong. You know what you’re talking about or you don’t know what you’re talking about. But I’m just telling you from my perspective that I thought, Oh, oh my God. I’m sure she’s a lovely woman. I’m sure she’s done a great job in Alaska. But in terms – this country. I’m 61. I’ve never seen it in this big a mess. I’ve seen economic problems. I’ve seen war. I’ve never seen a combination of things quite like this. I’ve never seen the free fall diminishment of the impression of the United States around the country. I’ve never seen anything like this. I have a four-year-old son. I wonder what the hell, is it going to be 160 twenty years from now on his birthday? So I’m thinking, alright, this is a pretty important job.
McCain: But with all due respect, she’s had the leadership experience that’s necessary to run bureaucracies, to reform…And because she was not known inside the Georgetown cocktail circuit, doesn’t matter to me.
Letterman: Let me ask you a question. In your guts, in your stomach – you’re a smart, tough, savvy guy –...If I were to run upstairs, wake you up in the middle of the night, and say, "John, is Sarah Palin really the woman to lead us through the next four, eight years? Through the next 9/11 attack?"
McCain: Absolutely. She has inspired Americans. That’s the thing we need. We need inspiration now....But I think America is crying out for change. And she represents the kind of change that we need.
(Bullshit McCain! Fuck inspiration, we need a complete overhaul of Washington and to elect people who will not drive us deeper and deeper into what has placed us in the shithole we are currently in! The war and the economy are the two biggest issues in this campaign, and you and your ditzy librarian from Alaska are the biggest insults to the change that is needed. Plus, who has she inspired? Mindless religious nutballs?)
Letterman: No, no. I’m just getting started! Now she’s also, she’s the one, I think who says that Barack Obama pals around with terrorists. Has she in fact said that at rallies?
McCain: I don’t…yes. And he did. And refused to acknowledge the fact.
Letterman: Who did he pal around with?
McCain: William Ayers who said on 9/11 that he wished that he’d bombed more. OK? His wife was on the Top 10 of FBI’s Most Wanted.
Letterman: But this all took place…when he was active, Barack Obama was eight years old.
McCain: Eight years old. And Mr. Ayers in 2001, September 11, 2001, said, "I wished I had bombed more." It’s an unrep—
Letterman: But what is that relationship?
McCain: It’s all we need to know. Senator Clinton said, "We need to know about the relationship." First he said he was just a guy in the neighborhood. And so it’s a matter of trusting the word of someone....
Letterman: But did you not have a relationship with Gordon Liddy?
McCain: I met him, you know, I mean…
Letterman: Didn’t you attend a fund raiser at his house?
McCain: Gordon Liddy’s?...
McCain: I know Gordon Liddy. He paid his debt. He went to prison, he paid his debt, as people do. I’m not in any way embarrassed to know Gordon Liddy. (despite him being a convicted criminal in the Watergate scandal) And his son, who is also a good friend and supporter of mine.
Letterman: But you understand that the same case could be made of your relationship with him as being made with William Ayers.
McCain: Everything about any relationship that I’ve had I will make completely open and give a complete accounting of. Senator Obama said that he was a guy who lived in the neighborhood. OK, it was more than that.
Letterman: They served on a committee at one point
McCain: Yeah, they gave $230,000 to ACORN…which he’s now involved in one of the great voter frauds in history
(Hmmmm, then why was YOU (John McCain) the keynote speaker at an ACORN rally in 2006?)
Here is Olbermann’s story on McCain’s ACORN involvement
Here is the entire interview