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Take me off your Rolodex, John

Funny how I sent some money to presidential candidate John McCain, and I continue to get emails from senate candidate John McCain. I suppose no wise politician abandons a good mailing list.

Anyhoo, I got a long chatty email from my bud John today, all about what a splendid job he’s doing fighting off the evil Obama administration.

And then he gets to the pitch:

But, today, my ability to fight for our country and the values we share is in jeopardy. I am in the middle of the toughest reelection battle I have ever faced. My opponent is aggressively raising funds to run ads attacking my record of service and dedication to our country. I will not stand for these attacks and will respond to them swiftly with your support. Our campaign will make our next purchase of radio and television ads by April 30th and I once again need your help. An immediate donation of any amount will enable me to fight back against these attacks.

What’s missing? Yeah…any indication this is a primary election and the dude he’s up against is a Republican. And why McCain might be a better Republican than the other guy, who would presumably have voted against O-care too.

It’s not that McCain isn’t a deeply committed ideologue. It’s that his political divide is the John McCain camp versus the People Who Piss Off John McCain camp. And there are more Republicans than Democrats in that second party.

Oh, but it pleases me that the only sponsored link I get when I do a Google search of “McCain” is a pointer to McCain Rustic Oven Chips.

It’s my IP address.


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: April 21, 2010, 11:42 pm

Oooh, the Rustic Oven Chips site has this great higher/lower game, where you have to figure out which of two meal choices is “healthier.” I mean, wow, those are really tough choices, that make you think hard.

Although I did notice a subtle pattern. . .in fact, TWO subtle patterns. . .that an uncouth person might use to cheat and not really think through for herself whether fish and chips is healthier than chicken curry over plain rice. . .

So, are McCain’s Rustic Oven Chips any good?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 22, 2010, 12:00 am

Yeah, but that Flash animation of the farmer is HELLA creepy.

Ummm…no idea. We occasionally buy their regular oven chips — which are exactly like every other frozen french fry, ever — but we’ve never bought the rustic ones. I think it just means they leave the skins on.

Comment from EZnSF
Time: April 22, 2010, 12:25 am

Criminy. My mailboxes are stuffed with beggar politicos.

Two years of presidential elections and fighting the fallout, three tea party rallies, a couple hundred bucks to Benishek in MI, Brown in MA, and John Dennis in my own back yard, endless news reading, and seven more months to November! And I’m thinking of volunteering for a local campaign.

It’s enough to make me go Anarchist.
Or I’m a masochist…

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: April 22, 2010, 1:23 am

“the People Who Piss Off John McCain camp. And there are more Republicans than Democrats in that second party.”

I actually doubt that. I suspect there are a lot of Democrats whom McCain actually despises. He just doesn’t say anything about it. What would be the point of his ranting against Waxman, or Waters, or Franken, or Deval Patrick, or Biden, or Leahy, or Kucinich? He’s already written them off as idiots and scum.

He’s self-righteous and gets bent out of shape when a Republican challenges him because Republicans are supposed to be Good Guys and Good Guys by definition agree with him.

Comment from armybrat
Time: April 22, 2010, 1:43 am

my folks live in AZ. they said the best characterization of Mcpain they ever read was “he runs as a conservative when he’s up for re-election in his state, he runs for the center when he wants a national office and he votes as he pleases when his office is secured.” And that from a “friendly” AZ paper. I’ve sent money to JD Hayworth in the prospect of retiring this POS once and for all.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: April 22, 2010, 2:02 am

I see where Juan Antonio Samaranch has won the Gold Medal for holding his breath.

It was at 1.25pm Barcelona time on 4/21.

smedleythebarbarian picked him at 11:05 pm UK time April 20, a bit more than 13 hours earlier. He’d been in the hospital since Sunday. Does it count?

Like most of the top-level people in the Olympic organization, he seems to have been a nasty bit of work; he was, among other things, a genuine fascist (member of the Spanish Falange).

Comment from C Sherman
Time: April 22, 2010, 2:16 am

I live in Arizona and have previously voted for McCain. Never again. And I have yet to find anyone in my admittedly conservative circle of friends/acquaintances/people-I-meet-in-the-street who is willing to vote for him again. Damn right he’s in the political fight of his life…he is so endangered that he was running ads against Hayworth for two months before J.D. officially announced he was running! McCain is political dead meat, and I’m just hoping that Sarah Palin will cut him off before she gets dragged down by her support of his campaign. Loyalty is admirable, but there has to be a limit…


Comment from Mija Cat
Time: April 22, 2010, 2:28 am

McCain e-mails me also. Unfortunately, I don’t have a blog, so can’t mock the shi’ite out of him and call it an article.


Comment from PatAZ
Time: April 22, 2010, 3:42 am

Like CS, I also live in Arizona and have held my nose and voted for McCain in the past. The only way I will vote for him again is if he wins the primary, but I’m certainly hoping that won’t happen. He has proven his RINO status. I get recorded calls from him on a regular basis.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 22, 2010, 11:59 am

Oh, I’ve got you all beat in the “hold your nose and vote” Olympics — I held my nose and make a mark for Lincoln Fucking Chafee in the general election because all those bastard RINO moderates called me a sorehead and a crybaby.

What was it, two weeks after he lost that he left the GOP?

Comment from Former Lurker
Time: April 22, 2010, 3:19 pm

I’ve always thought that “rustic” things sound too much like iron sitting out in the rain too long. I can’t seem to get past thinking about eating little particles of iron oxide and just go ahead and eat rustic chips, etc.

Anyway, I’ve decided that if John McLame sends me anything begging for money, I’m going to send him $500 – in Monopoly money. I think it would be way too funny if he received millions and millions of dollars in play money.

Comment from bad cat robot
Time: April 22, 2010, 6:36 pm

McCain’s check must have cleared with the bulk mailer he’s got on retainer. I got a densely worded missive from him yesterday via Americans Against Government Waste with one of the fake worry-generating surveys smushed on top of a donation plea. I sent it all back with a note informing him I was very *disappointed* to see him employing the same idiotic tactics as the RNC, who ALSO don’t get money from me. If he tries this again the snark level will be increased to “leave no evidence” but I’ll let him off with a warning this time.

Speaking of waste, it can’t be cheap to mail four full sheets of paper plus envelope. And the only way he could have gotten my address is from my donation to *Palin*, and it is really dumb of him after his behavior to her to expect I would give him ten cents.

Comment from Dawn
Time: April 22, 2010, 8:05 pm

I just heard an opponent of McCain speak last night. Jim Deakin. I wonder what makes the little guys run? The psychology of it fascinates me.

Comment from Bill (still the .00358% of your traffic that’s from Iraq) T
Time: April 22, 2010, 8:33 pm

The up-side of being in Iraq — I *don’t* get whining donation requests from John McCain.

I *do* get whining cartoon requests from certain individuals, though…

Comment from Elphaba
Time: April 22, 2010, 9:04 pm

Hmpfff. A day late and a damn dollar short! McCain was in the political fight for his life when he was running against BHO, and he refused to use the overwhelming mountain of negative evidence against his foe, and he took it in the teeth. He’s a schmuck…well meaning, maybe–but still a schmuck.

Comment from Allen
Time: April 22, 2010, 9:57 pm

Well, Hayworth and McCain both have something in common. McCain had Charles Keating as a friend, and Hayworth had Jack Abramoff. The only thing I can’t decide is which one is the lever and which one is the fulcrum. But one thing is clear they’re both the simplest tools known to humanity.

Comment from bad cat robot
Time: April 22, 2010, 10:06 pm

“I *do* get whining cartoon requests from certain individuals, though…”

Can’t be me. I just make pointed, truthful observations. And snarky insinuations. You mean someone *else* reads Argghhh-onauts? Your readership has doubled!

Comment from Dawn
Time: April 22, 2010, 11:30 pm

Hayworth + Abramoff, yea but no.
I personally heard Hayworth’s answer for the Abramoff charge and I believe him.
If I have to hold my nose and vote for McCain one more time, I think I’m going to move to Texas.

Comment from Mazzuchelli
Time: April 23, 2010, 6:11 pm

The one good thing about the Kenyan savior is he has forced me into action within local politics. A caution, the amount of political solicitations I receive now as a Republican delegate is about triple what was received before. And, this is a sparsely populated state.

Comment from Greg
Time: April 26, 2010, 11:31 pm

Check out this blog on McCain by Malkin: http://michellemalkin.com/2010/04/23/john-s-mccain-will-you-please-go-now/

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