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 June, 2008


 Highlighting John McCain's Penchant For Making Gaffes

John McCain’s Gaffe Machine
By Al Owens

The Democrats now have a “presumptive” presidential candidate. That means the “presumptive” Republican presidential candidate now has to give speeches and interviews that make sense.

That should generate a wealth of Bushisms, er, McCainisms.

John McCain has already shown a distinct ability to help fact checkers earn their keep.

Back in March of 2007, McCain sauntered through an open market in downtown Bagdad, and proclaimed parts of it provided clear proof the surge was working.

He’d said he could “walk freely” through the place without having to fear getting attacked.

Of course there had been safety in numbers. It was later disclosed McCain had been “walking freely” in the company of 100 American soldiers, and with three Blackhawk helicopters and two Apache gunships flying overhead.

He’d also claimed that Gen. David Petraeus was accustomed to moving freely about the country in an “unarmored Humvee.” Problem is, none of those exist. Petreaus himself had to correct McCain on that one.

This past January McCain got caught twisting the facts again. When a reporter asked him about his previous statements regarding his command of economics, he responded, “I don’t know where you got that quote from. I’m very well versed in economics.”
It turns out that reporter had gotten that idea from some guy named John McCain. “I’m going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. … I still need to be educated,” he’d told the Wall Street Journal in 2005.

I don’t know who to believe, John McCain or John McCain.

Or perhaps, his Naval Academy transcripts, which show he was 894th in his graduating class of 899 back in 1958.
His roommate back then, Frank Gamboa, claims McCain “did just enough to pass the classes he didn't find stimulating." (Like math)

This past April, when McCain tried to apologize for his vote against a Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, he got booed.
It only took fact checkers a couple of minutes to figure out why he’d been booed.

He had come out against it a couple of times - and he’d voted against a commission that would’ve helped states better understand the importance of the holiday. That isn’t to say that McCain ALWAYS makes inaccurate statements that provide amusement for reporters who happen to know better.

What’s that? What about that Iran gaffe? Oh, my conscience just told me I can’t get away with writing a column about McCain’s sometimes distant proximity to the truth, without bringing up that famous Iran flub.

He’d been holding court with a group of reporters last March, when he decided there is a direct connection between Al Qaeda and Iran – even if there is none.

His Independent-Democratic hand puppet, Joe Lieberman, had to correct him on the spot. McCain took the whispered Lieberman advice and told the ready-to-pounce-forcefully reporters, “I’m sorry. The Iranians are training extremists, not Al Qaeda,”

Imagine that? The “presumptive” Republican presidential candidate – one who’d like us all to believe he’s a foreign policy guru – getting corrected in public by a sometime Democrat – in name only. You just can’t make this stuff up.

Even if I could make this stuff up, I wouldn’t have been able to make up McCain’s latest belly laugh producer.

It seems that McCain recently made his second visit to New Orleans. He’s been to Iraq many more times, than he’s bothered to spend time in a part of this country that had suffered nature’s “shock and awe” back in August of 2005.

McCain wanted to let everybody know his Katrina blindness never dissuaded him from offering legislative support by way of investigative commissions that would find out exactly how New Orleans nearly sunk into the Gulf of Mexico.

As a response to a reporter’s pointed question about his lack of support for such measures, McCain shot back, “I’ve supported every investigation and ways of finding out what had caused the tragedy.”

Sorry. He’d been on record voting against five New Orleans related measures.

Stay tuned. It’s a long, long way to November.