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Classless at the Convention

The Clintons are rocking the house. Biden is sexy and strong. On the whole a classy affair, n’est-ce pas?

Except for one thing: the boorish, repeated reference by Democratic speakers of John McCain’s verbal blunder of not knowing how many houses he has. And the television ads that are running to the same effect.

Please. Just. Stop.

Mentioning McCain’s blunder makes Democrats look petty. It makes the speech-giver look as if he or she doesn’t have anything more important to say. And it makes me cringe.

Money is relative. Our awareness of the things it can buy and how much we own is relative. I’m just guessing here, but I doubt Michelle Obama knows how many very chic dresses she has in her closet. And I doubt I know how many books I have on my bookshelf.

McCain’s inability to remember how many houses he has doesn’t say as much about his wealth and inability to relate to the middle class as it does about his age and his brain functioning.

If the Democrats really want to use McCain’s “I can’t remember how many houses I own” blunder effectively, they should show a little compassion.

Democrats should say publicly, loudly, and often: “We’re all very concerned about John. His inability to remember the number of houses he owns is not, we hope, a sign of any diminished mental capacity. It’s probably just the strain of campaigning and working long hours that is compromising his brain function. Though of course, that’s a concern if he were to become president where long hours and long-term strain are a four-year commitment, but we just hope John can get some rest, and we wish him good, strong, lasting mental acuity.”

That’d be the semi-classy way to dog the guy to death about being so rich, while nailing him about being too old.

But the really classy thing to do would be to simply smile and say “Gee, wish I had that problem.”

Because, really, on one level or another, don’t we all wish we did?

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Posted on August 28th, 2008Comments RSS Feed
2 Responses to Classless at the Convention
  1. Being held hostage in a Blue State
    August 28, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    I believe you are right maybe you have seen the error of your ways and might I ask??

    Is America’s CHICK coming home to roost?? I know I know a low blow, cheap shot, however I could not resist we both know this is politics and giving Obama a shot at the title is as close as it comes it makes no difference how many houses you own, John McCain has never taken the easy way out if you know anything about his time as a POW you know its true. He’s in better shape than most. Additionally regarding all the fuss that he’s a clone of W don’t be fooled over the last 7 years he has played along, politics if you will waiting for this opportunity. W and Rove did him in during the South Carolina primary. The maverick originally a fighter pilot has become an Obama (bomber) pilot. November…..you’ll see

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  2. Being held hostage in a Blue State
    August 28, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    What ever happened to freedom of speech “awaiting moderation” moderation my……………

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