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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

That One

posted by on October 8 at 1:50 AM

Wow, I’m not sure I’m convinced that “That One” is a racist statement, but somebody sure is working fast:


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holy crap that's awesome. i so love the speed.

Posted by thickturd | October 8, 2008 1:54 AM

Love it, the taking ownership.

2 comments though:
1. The "O" should be capitalized-- "Thatone", as one word, sounds like his has something to do with scientology

2. Any song ideas around this?
-Mary Tyler Moore theme--substitute "you girl" for "That One".
-"One" by U2, but "That One" for "One Heart" etc.
-Speaking of Heart, how about using a Heart song, since they dissed McCain for using their song? Hmmm.. "Barracuda" is 4 syllables, "That One" is only two, this will be a work in progress

Posted by DoYouLikeFreedom | October 8, 2008 3:03 AM
3 used in most families and offices - it is a term of dissent combined with scathing humor or even endearment ....

get a life

with the global great depression kicking in about the time Obama becomes president, and no one to blame, finger pointing will be stupid, this is going to be a rocky road

expect a run on the dollar sometime soon as all those trillions and trillions and trillions of floating international dollars sell to go to gold

expect states to go bankrupt quickly, as they have no cash reserves ... thousands of smaller cities and counties to follow

expect astonishing cut backs in ALL services provided by state, county and city, no money to pay for them, no new taxes possible

Iceland and Britan are in the process of nationalizing their banking systems - we should follow, not just loan banks money

forms of socialism are at our door, all you newly minted progressives, banking, health care, the collapse of the old style laissez faire economy has opened the door to radical change

get ready for years of economic turmoil in the western style capitalist democracies

in all the chaos, who will buy America for ten cents on the dollar? My guess is obvious, petrol rich purses old money that is secure

Posted by Sam | October 8, 2008 3:55 AM

I totally love it!!! Finally, we have a Democrat and a base in the party that is willing to take the fight to the Republican's. Sure wish Christine Gregiore would do that......

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | October 8, 2008 5:17 AM

That's nothing. There's already an amazing remix video of the incident here:

Seriously, everyone must check it out. It's hilarious.

This video was up on youtube less than 2 hours after the debate ended, Fast as fuck indeed.

Posted by ghostlawns | October 8, 2008 5:30 AM
Posted by Mari | October 8, 2008 5:31 AM

Not exactly the proverbial Carvillian anvil is it, though?

Silly. Try to convince America that Obama is the grownup we want running the country not some aggrieved t-shirt slogan victim.

Posted by Bob | October 8, 2008 6:01 AM

McCain's campaign has the scent of magnolia about it, and last night's comments and behavior didn't help.

Posted by Miss Poppy Dixon | October 8, 2008 6:21 AM

Racist? Oh, please. My neighbors are an old nelly couple in their late '60s who affectionately refer to each other as, "That One." As in, "That One thinks happy hour starts at 4:30!" It goes without saying that they're the most fun neighbors on this dull street.

I'm not surprised some thin-skinned morons want to turn this into something black and white. Anyone who watched the first debate from the opening five minutes KNOWS these two do no like each other and it was simply a matter of McCain being too much of a snob to say Obama's name - an old man diss, if you will. But it has NOTHING to do with black/white, cry-wolfers.

Posted by Mr. Bob Dobalina | October 8, 2008 6:22 AM

It's not necessarily racist. But it is diminutive, which is the point. Was McCain going to refer to himself as "this one"? No, that would sound childish.

Posted by Trevor | October 8, 2008 6:33 AM

"That one" may not be about race, but what it IS about is McCain's intense, childish, personal contempt for for Obama. Whether that contempt is about race, well, you decide.

Posted by Margaret L. | October 8, 2008 6:41 AM

It's meant to be demeaning. McCain should now be called "That old one".

Posted by Vince | October 8, 2008 7:10 AM

I heard an echo of another old cantankerous rich white guy when he said that.

Posted by W.T. Foxtrot | October 8, 2008 7:18 AM

So... "one" is now a racial slur? Am I missing something?

Posted by Jason Josephes | October 8, 2008 7:40 AM

Not racist. McCain's using a Tina Fay line, that's how she refers to the terrible Amy Poehler.

Posted by Dubcek | October 8, 2008 7:43 AM

You can be demeaning without being racist.

Posted by David | October 8, 2008 7:57 AM

come on people. gotham bold.

(ftr, not racist, just petty, dismissive, and maybe forgetful)

Posted by josh | October 8, 2008 7:58 AM

My friend Matt May got one up on Cafe Press last night as well:

Posted by NaFun | October 8, 2008 8:08 AM

He's been called worse. In fact basically called a terrorist by Palin.

"That one" doesn't bother me.

Posted by monkey | October 8, 2008 8:26 AM
Posted by j | October 8, 2008 8:29 AM

"That one" is a phrase often heard in the 1920s or '30s, or in nursing homes. Kind of like saying "medical errors... as they call them." That's what they're called, grandpa. What do you call them?

Some old people pay attention to the change around them and some stay frozen in time.

Posted by elenchos | October 8, 2008 8:37 AM

Endlessly parsing every awkwardly-phrased word your opponent said trying to tease out some hidden bias seems more like a Hillary thing than an Obama thing.

Posted by flamingbanjo | October 8, 2008 8:41 AM

It was probably a brain fart - he couldn't remember what he was talking about.

"That one" is the singular form of "those people" or "you people."

Posted by arborheightist | October 8, 2008 8:50 AM

Ben Smith reports that the GOP are going to try to turn "That One" into an anti-Obama meme:

"The most memorable line of the night belonged to John McCain. McCain pointed out that “That One” vote for the 05 energy bill. Look for Republicans to note in coming days that “That One” also voted for higher taxes at least 94 times; “That One” has associations with unrepentant terrorists, etc…"

Posted by David | October 8, 2008 8:50 AM

"One" could have meant "candidate."

Posted by Jason Josephes | October 8, 2008 9:10 AM

What a wank. If this is the worst that the attack media can pull out on Mr McCain's performance, then I stand by my statement that he did a good job representing himself and his side.

Posted by Seajay | October 8, 2008 9:14 AM

One more vote for "demeaning/dismissive/hostile", not "racist."

Posted by Big Sven | October 8, 2008 9:16 AM

Sounded racist to me when I saw it live, and I was startled by it, but I'm white. I'd like to know how a black man feels about the remark.

Posted by blue barberpole | October 8, 2008 9:23 AM

Racist or not, it was fucking hilarious.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 8, 2008 9:29 AM

"McCain not a racist = victory" is about as low a standard for success as "Palin didn't poop her pants = victory".

Posted by David | October 8, 2008 9:53 AM

Racist or not, the point is that the comment OBJECTIFIED Obama.

McCain has made his disdain for Obama no secret (not looking at him, not referring to him by name); he looks as if he's pissed off that his POW status doesn't afford him instant access to the Oval Office. He has to campaign- and against a kid even!

By referring to Obama as 'that one,' he's referred to him as an object worthy of derision, not a candidate, not a person.

Where's Mudede?

Posted by CM | October 8, 2008 10:03 AM

@CM, #31 - TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!! Could not have said it better myself.

Posted by the nerve | October 8, 2008 11:46 AM

In response to Bob Dobalina (#9), the example of your cute neighbors doesn't really fit. They love each other and use "That one" as a term of endearment. McCain doesn't love Obama. He can barely look at him. Try saying, "You suck!" to your best buddy when he drinks the last shot of whiskey. Now say it to your enemy, for whatever reason. Totally different, you know it.

Posted by David | October 8, 2008 2:07 PM

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