Thursday, August 21, 2008

John McCain: A Kept Man of the People

Oops. Looking at the "Most Popular News Stories" in Yahoo first thing this morning, I see a big blasting headline at the top saying "McCain not sure how many houses he and his wife own" as well as another story from Politico, which are both repeated on the page a few times. Ha ha!

And the lead paragraph, which you might already have seen just gets worse:

Days after he cracked that being rich in the U.S. meant earning at least $5 million a year, Republican presidential candidate John McCain acknowledged that he wasn't sure how many houses he and his wealthy wife actually own

Yikes! That's rough. He and his wealthy wife. And what's up with them mentioning that the wife's wealthy, rather than that both of them are wealthy? It's one thing if they were recently married, but they've been together for a long time. At this point, they're a wealthy couple.

And I'm having trouble parsing this one to see if it helps or hurts him more. On the one hand, I guess this makes him look better because I suppose you can still be a man of the people as long as you're a kept man. Because I mean, who amongst us doesn't have a wealthy wife to buy us $500 shoes? But really, that can't be quite what McCain is going for either, right? For as much as McCain never emphasizes his bio as a POW, he really really really never seems to emphasize the fact that his second wife is rolling in beer money. I guess there are some parts of his life he likes more than others.

And so I suspect that right about now McCain's handlers are probably reaching for the heart pills (for John) and the Maalox (for themselves) as he's probably having a real shit-fit over this one. If only they could have stopped at six houses, right? So I'm guessing that any second now they'll be sending out their minions to put out the line on how POW's should never be expected to count their own houses, along with a veiled hint on how Celebrity Obama will be burgling your own home if you keep asking about McCain's.

I can see the Fox News crawl on this already: Is Obama too famous to rob your home?

The answer: No.