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Juuyeaah writing a memoir is soooooooo brilliant. GREAT MEMOIR hhhuunnnn. Nuuuuhhh nuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Nuuuuuuuuuuuhhhrrrrrrrrrrr.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 21, 2008 10:53 AM

The issue isn't about who is richer. It's about McCain being out of touch. He thinks the economy is fine, that $5M/year is middle class, and doesn't know how many houses he owns.

Posted by Gabriel | August 21, 2008 10:56 AM

Writing a memoir or being a golddigger?

Posted by Same level of shame. | August 21, 2008 10:57 AM

It's good if Obama can keep spinning themes out of this. This could be a gift that keeps on giving. To wit:

1) McCain is really old and forgets stuff.
2) McCain has had a pretty easy life inside the Senate bubble.
3) Life keeps getting easier for the rich, especially with all the help the Republicans give.
4) Working your way to wealth is good.
5) When Democrats are in office, the non-rich do pretty well.

All the above have the virtue of being true. Then it's time to give people the thought of McCain hovering over the nuclear button, trembling and sweating with rage.

Posted by Andy James | August 21, 2008 11:01 AM

Obama should hold a press conference in front of every house that McCain owns.

His campaign should issue a commercial with clips of McCain talking about $5 million marker.

Obama should be proud to help America understand that McCain is the representative of elitism and divisive politics.

If not now, when?

Posted by patrick | August 21, 2008 11:11 AM

A little off topic, but does Hawaii even have private beaches?

Posted by Porkchop Sandwiches! | August 21, 2008 11:12 AM

I'm with #8. My understanding is that the state of Hamaii recognizes all its beaches as public.

Posted by I'm Black! Really! | August 21, 2008 11:23 AM

Heck, you expect McCain to keep track of how many houses he owns?

He can't even remember if being rich is $5 million a year or $8 million a year.

So to all you strapped $4 million a year earners - McCain thinks you're Middle Class.


Posted by Will in Seattle | August 21, 2008 11:24 AM

@6, @7: they are all public. Access can be a challenge sometimes, but they are all public. The only exception I can think of is Ni'ihau, which is entirely privately owned and is restricted to native Hawai'ians only.

Posted by Fnarf | August 21, 2008 11:28 AM

it seems that being well off doesn't automatically get you labeled as elite and out of touch. both bush and clinton are wealthy, but they get passes on not being elite. i almost think mccain not knowing the number of houses he has isn't as bad as him having $500 loafers (in the eyes of the average voter).

because said fictional average voter is concerned with the candidate being "on of us". is he "one of us" or not? obama already has an uphill battle with this crowd. on the bright side, bush beat mccain eight years ago because mccain isn't as likable - if you can imagine it!

the trick to convince that type of voter that he's not one of you...

i really couldn't care less about using how many houses john mccain owns as a tool to evaluate his economic policy. if anything, it's a sign of his success-in-law.

john mccain says the economy is fine... but ask yourself... is it?

john mccain says the war in iraq is going well... but ask yourself... is it?

john mccain paints obama as an out-of-touch elitist... but who is wealthier? try walking in his shoes indeed! you cannot afford to.

no, john mccain already has seven houses he cannot manage to keep track. let's not give him an eighth he can't manage...

also, it'd be great if obama could get mccain to blow his top in a debate. it might backfire and paint mccain as more human. but i'm thinking he'll say something that will get him into hot water.

Posted by infrequent | August 21, 2008 11:31 AM

Americans Vote for millionaires/billionaires to govern them and then whine and bitch about how the rich live and govern! Well fuckin gheezuz keerist how dumb can the American populace get? When some low brow working class person runs for office no one takes them seriously because they don't seem to have the right background. What will it be America, rich folks running the show or the common man? You get to vote on that.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | August 21, 2008 11:44 AM

only a simpleton thinks the at large American cares how many houses rich people own

and marying money is considered very wise, lots of good terms for it and she is fuckable to boot

this seems to be the original amateur hour hour when it comes to political discourse

Posted by Sam | August 21, 2008 11:46 AM

Which is worse? Not remembering the number of homes you own or not remembering hearing seething anti-American racist rhetoric from your preacher for the last 20 years?

Posted by raindrop | August 21, 2008 11:48 AM

If this critique of McCain being Richy McForgetsalot can be tied in to actual policy -- the effect eight years of Republican tax-everybody-but-the-rich-while-running-up-enormous-deficit policies have had on the working class, then it will be a slam-dunk. Pointing out the obvious fact that the policies McCain is championing have been tried and failed miserably and tying that in with the character attacks that the American electorate can't seem to get enough of is a winning strategy.

Posted by flamingbanjo | August 21, 2008 11:50 AM


They might not care how many houses a rich person owns, but, I'll be they care about the fact that rich person's memory is so faulty he himself CAN'T REMEMBER how many houses he (i.e. his wife) owns.

Posted by COMTE | August 21, 2008 11:52 AM

@9: "native hawaiians" as in you were born there (which would include many ethnicities), or that you have to be 100% polynesian? that's a pretty remarkable (and lawsuit-baiting) admission policy.

Posted by max solomon | August 21, 2008 12:08 PM


If I were Obama, I'd move heaven and earth to delay announcing my VP choice until Monday.

You really want this story to hang in the news as long as possible.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | August 21, 2008 12:09 PM

Obama needs to hit back on those vacation Hawaii charges too. Last I checked vacationing with you under-12 year old kids to see your housebound 86 year old grandmother isn't a bad thing. Plus, Hawaii ain't exclusive for American travellers anymore John. It probably ranks 3rd after Disneyland and Vegas as All-American vacation. You're showing your age if you think Hawaii is "elitist". Maybe in 1950 it was.

Republicans scream against class warfare because they know it works wonderfully. They've used it effectively for 25 years with "intellectual elitism" instead of good old-fashioned class warfare. As many ads featuring Cindy McCain's flippant remarks about buying a private jets or McCain saying you have to have 5 million to be rich as possible for the Dems I say. The fact that Obama is rich is irrelevant (populist champion of the working man FDR made Obama look like a pauper), the narrative needs to be spun that McCain/Bush are completely callous and removed from the economic recession.

Posted by Jason | August 21, 2008 12:19 PM

Barack has never said he wasn't rich, but he did grow up poor, which is more than can be said for McCain, Cheney, and Bush.

Posted by elswinger | August 21, 2008 12:21 PM

@2 and @5 tied for the win.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 21, 2008 12:22 PM

It looks like an easy win for Obama, but the blowback potential is substantial.

1. McCain's detailed accounting will show the answer to be less clear-cut and more sympathetic than the flash impression (which may nevertheless catch on with late night comedians).

2. Obama went off base saying he only "has" one house. (He has more than one home.)

3. The previous Democratic nominee was in a situation very similar to McCain's -- only on a much higher plateau. (Likewise many of the figures that will mount the podium in Denver next week.)

4. Playing the "common touch card" drags the spotlight to themes on which McCain may score more heavily than Obama.

Posted by RonK, Seattle | August 21, 2008 12:26 PM

@16, I'm guessing the keyword there was "private", as in "not government owned", as in "you must be a scientologist to visit the scientologist ranch". If it's private, they can admit whoever they please on whatever racist criteria they choose.

Posted by keyword: private | August 21, 2008 12:44 PM
bush beat mccain eight years ago because mccain isn't as likable - if you can imagine it!

I can imagine it. On a personal level, Bush is a very likable guy, at least according to people I know who have met him. Sociopaths can be very charming.

Obama should figure out a way to work the $5 mil remark from McCain into the debates. Something like, "Well, since I only made $4 million last year, according to Senator McCain, I'm not rich."

Posted by keshmeshi | August 21, 2008 12:47 PM

The straight talk express bus tour of the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous featuring the homes (including beachfront condos) of the John and Zsa Zsa McCain.

How many American "whiners" will tune in to watch? How many people will get at least somewhat disgusted with McCain as he starts to get defensive and angrier at Obama for highlighting his opponents achilles heel.

McCain set the standard. Now he has to live with it.

Posted by patrick | August 21, 2008 12:49 PM

What I wanna know is when the 3:00 a.m. phone call comes in, how are they gonna know where to route it?

Posted by NapoleonXIV | August 21, 2008 1:00 PM

infrequent @10: "john mccain already has seven houses he cannot manage to keep track. let's not give him an eighth he can't manage"

That is a great fucking tag line. The Obama campaign should so totally use some iteration of that in their ads.

Posted by gnossos | August 21, 2008 1:13 PM

@16: the island is 100% privately owned by one family.

And restrictions on native lands are not "racist"; they are cultural preservatives. Hawaiians in this context are similar to Indians on the mainland, who get to say what happens on their reservations.

Posted by Fnarf | August 21, 2008 1:14 PM

@13: Ouch. That is the sickest burn on Obama yet.

Please don't let the Republicans use that quote, k?

Posted by Original Monique | August 21, 2008 2:13 PM

@27: where did i say it was rascist?

Posted by max solomon | August 21, 2008 5:01 PM

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