John McCain on The Late Show

We’re pretty much all Obama fans at Celebitchy, but I have to say I kind of like John McCain. I wouldn’t vote for a guy who would keep the troops in Iraq probably indefinitely, but I’ve often wondered what would have happened if McCain had secured the Republican nomination instead of Bush in 2000. He’s a lot more moderate and seems a hell of lot less obstinate. He’s also a cancer survivor, a decorated war hero who spent five and a half years in a POW camp and he has over 20 years experience as a senator. I think it’s not much of a logical leap to assume that the fate of America and the entire world would have been a lot rosier post 9/11 under McCain instead of Bush Jr. My response to a possible McCain presidency is a shrug, and we’ve certainly seen that there are much worse things that could happen.

We covered Obama on “The View” and Hillary on “Saturday Night Live,” so it’s only fair that we give McCain some coverage for his talkshow circuit interviews too. He was on The Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday night and he managed to poke fun at himself and generally come off as the decent guy he is. Damn him for being likable.

McCain walked on during Letterman’s monologue and responded to some jokes Letterman made about him. Letterman said McCain was like an old dude who worked at a hardware store and then McCain said Dave looked like a threat to society:

During Dave’s monologue, he goes off in the familiar tangent about Senator McCain: “How about that John McCain? McCain looks like the guy at the hardware store who makes the keys.
McCain looks like a guy who can’t stop talking about how well his tomatoes are doing.
McCain looks like a guy who goes out to but turpentine.
He looks like a guy who keeps growing hair out of new places.
McCain looks a guy who points out the spots they missed at the car wash.”

And then . . . . Senator John McCain walks out and stands beside Dave.
McCain: “You think that stuff’s pretty funny, don’t you?
Well, you look like a guy whose laptop would be seized by authorities.
You look like a guy caught smuggling reptiles in his pants.
You look like a guy who neighbors later say, ‘mostly kept to himself.’
You look like the night manager of a creepy motel.
You look like a guy who enjoys getting into a hot tub and watching his swim trunks inflate.”
And then he exits. Paul and the band play “Soldier Boy.”

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Here’s the clip of that segment:

And during his interview later in the show, McCain outlined his position on different issues that are important to the country, namely the economy and Iraq:

The Senator is looking forward to becoming President for many reasons; one being so he can see himself on “Great Moments in Presidential Speeches” every night.
With a camera on you 24/7, it’s not too surprising to find verbal screw-ups of a President from time to time. But with GW, it’s so easy.
Issues discussed:
The economy
– the problems are very serious
– millions in danger of losing their homes
– it’s important to get the lenders and the borrowers together to make a plan on how to fix their problem. A solution will benefit both.
– We need to re-educate our out-of-work workforce. We need to redesign our education system to fit today’s needs.
The War in Iraq
- The war itself was not a mistake, but it has been mismanaged.
- Any troop withdrawal should be driven by events on the ground and not by politics
Our respect around the world
- it’s down now, but it will come back. For example, the new France president Sarkozy is a big supporter of the United States

And the Senator promises to run a civil, clean campaign without the attacks and name-calling. It’s what the American people want and expect. Dave differs on this. The more attacks and dirty tricks in the campaign, the better. Dave can’t get enough of the good stuff like that.

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In my opinion, America definitely needs the reform that would come with Obama as president. I’m not for Hillary and think she should step down after that bullshit Bosnia sniper story. She still has a lot of support and many people admire her stance on important issues and think she has the experience to effective run the country. In my opinion she’s only dividing the party, but time will tell. McCain isn’t a terrible alternative though. He wouldn’t make a bad president, I just don’t think he’d make enough of the changes the country so badly needs. It’s too bad he’s likable and normal though.

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  1. UrbanRube says:

    I think McCain is more in line with the Bush/Cheney agenda than he’s letting show for the masses right now, but I do have some respect for him. He did suffer as a POW and survive and thrive later on in life (must be tougher than anyone can imagine), and he did call the Bush campaign on the carpet when they ran that pack-of-lies Swiftboat ad to attack Kerry’s service in Vietnam. At that time he said that Bush ought to personally apologize for those ads. And McCain has publicly said, as a former victim of torture, that the United States has no business torturing anyone, even in what we claim is our defense against terrorism.

  2. MSat says:

    Here’s what I like about McCain: yes, he is a Republican, but he doesn’t let the party dictate every single thing he does. He’s his own man. He has come out against decisions made by the Bush administration just as often as he’s disagreed with a Democrat. He won’t be pushed around by anyone. That is rare from a Republican or a Democrat. It’s the same reason people like Obama. With both these guys, you get the feeling that they aren’t going to be anyone’s puppet And boy, do we need that right now.

  3. Anonymous says:

    McCain has a credibility in the world that Obama will not have for another 10-15 years, if ever.

    Added to the fact that Obama has proposed almost $1 trillion…yes $1 trillion in new spending makes me want to keep him far away from my wallet. McCain has never,in 22 years, attached an earmark to a spending bill. The best way to fix the economy is to let people keep their money, not to let the government take it and try to “fix” a problem. The economy has been solid and experiencing record growth for 6 years – this downturn is a readjustment and highlights some regulatory changes that are needed – not new spending

    Hillary – no one would be listening to her if her last name wasn’t Clinton. They had their chance, they screwed it up, it’s time to move aside. The Bosnia thing was hilarious – if you’ve ever been shot at, there is no way you “misremember” that experience