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Monday, July 21, 2008

Maverick Moment of the Day

posted by on July 21 at 10:15 AM

The article is titled, “After 2000, McCain Learned to Work Levers of Power,” and it’s full of maverick moments, including this one:

Senator John McCain was all but a sworn enemy of Senator Trent Lott, the former Republican leader.

Mr. Lott had quashed Mr. McCain’s most cherished legislative goals. And, worse, Mr. McCain believed that in the 2000 Republican primaries, Mr. Lott had spread rumors about his colleague’s mental stability on behalf of his rival for the nomination, George W. Bush.

But when Mr. Bush turned on Mr. Lott in 2002, helping to push him out of the leadership over a racially insensitive remark, Mr. McCain saw a shared grievance and found an opportunity. He leapt to Mr. Lott’s defense, urging Republicans to stick by him.

“He said, ‘I know how you are feeling; you have been treated unfairly,’ ” Mr. Lott recalled. “I am a grateful guy, and I will never forget it.”

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Lott:"“I am a grateful guy, and I will never forget it.” " Presumably McCain didn't forget either.

Wow, even the "maverick" plays the "new politics" of "payback" and IOU which we celebrated Gregoire and Obama for playing.

What a stunning proof of the shrewdness and "smaerts" of our candidate, Obama, to find that his techniques are so widely emulated. Maybe this whole "vaof bank" thing can spread to pretty much all politicians!

Or even, you and your friends! You know, like if someone helps you in your garden, you might "return" the "favor" through an unspoken "exchnage" -- you don't need a written IOU either!

Wow. I'm going to go try that, too!!

Meanwhile I hope Slog kleeps us posted on this new spreading "new politics" phenomenon.

I think I even saw it in the Mongol movie, where Temudgin gave a fur or something to his blood brother or distant relative or something -- and then his relative helped him out in a war!!!!

Posted by PC | July 21, 2008 10:27 AM

racially insensitive remarks huh? as i recall trent lott essentially lamented the fall of forced segregation. thats a little beyond 'insensitive', it's more like praising hitler while touring auschwitz...

Posted by douglas | July 21, 2008 10:32 AM

Good God, Republicans suck. How can they even stand to look at themselves in the mirror?

Posted by ugh | July 21, 2008 10:34 AM

Didn't John McCain adopt Strom Thurmond's black love child?

Posted by DOUG. | July 21, 2008 10:36 AM

We won't support ball-less NO-Bama and will re-defeat him in November!!!

Posted by clintonsarmy | July 21, 2008 10:48 AM
Posted by Cow | July 21, 2008 10:55 AM

To be fair, Lott remarked that Strom Thurmond would have made a great President in 1948 (at Strom’s birthday party/retirement event) who was running on the ‘State’s Rights’ party opposing desegregation and therefore by inference was racially insensitive. (Thurmond only got 7% of that vote.)

Lott immediately apologized.

So considering the race card banter being constantly volleyed by the likes of Imus, Rev.Jackson, Rev. Wright, and Michelle Obama, McCain was accurate in saying that Lott had been treated unfairly.

Posted by raindrop | July 21, 2008 10:58 AM

I think clintonsarmy just keeps that response in a text file on her desktop, probably labelled it I_reject_reality.doc. Maybe she's super L337 and wrote a script that auto-posts it. It would be clever if it weren't retarded. I'm not trying to feed the trolls, because I 100% intend to not answer any follow up.

Oh and PC = susanUNPC = possibly clinton's army. I'm still working with the Kremlin on that last one.

Posted by bearseatbeats | July 21, 2008 11:47 AM


No, he said the country would have been better off if Thurmond had been elected president. It was a clear dog whistle: if those uppity negroes hadn't demanded equal rights, everything would be perfect. Republicans have been pulling that shit for decades and Lott was one of the few stupid enough to spell it out so clearly that it couldn't be ignored.

Posted by keshmeshi | July 21, 2008 12:39 PM

@1 You're right of course. You help someone out and can typically expect some help in return. However, when you help someone out who stands in opposition to your own moral code (say, by supporting an obvious racist scumbag) because of what you think they can do for you that's where he crossed the line.

Let's say the KKK owns land next to my house that I want. I help the KKK out with, let's say, getting permits for their latest rally because they'll probably give me that land in return. Is that an understandable you wash my back I'll wash yours relationship? Yes. Is it still morally reprehensible? Absolutely.

Posted by Colin | July 21, 2008 2:16 PM

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