Is John McCain Senile or a Sadist?

by: David Sirota

Thu Oct 02, 2008 at 14:12


I've been a bit uncomfortable with the blogospheric questioning of John McCain's health. While I get that he's going to be president and we need to know his physical durability, I don't know - it just creeps me out that people are trying to analyze his facial expressions and impart health symptoms to them a la Bill Frist claiming he could diagnose Terry Schiavo via television. It also makes me kind of queasy to think that parts of the progressive echo chamber seem gleeful at the prospect of McCain being ill.

All of that said, I'd say this is the first real - and legitimately frightening - evidence we have that John McCain may be losing his mental capacities (h/t TPM and Americablog):

Yes, that's right: John McCain is telling the public that a bill he just voted for is "putting us on the brink of economic disaster."

This suggests one of two kinds of mental incapacity: Either McCain doesn't know he just voted for the bill (senility) or McCain does know he just voted for the bill and is proud that he therefore "put us on the brink of economic disaster" (extreme sadism).

Regardless of what you think about either of the candidates' positions on issues, I'd say this video is pretty damn scary in a nonpartisan kind of way. Now maybe McCain just forgot to add in a word or something - but I'd say he needs to clarify the record and reassure people he's mentally OK. By the looks of this video, he really may not be.

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He seems to have misheard the question (0.00 / 0)
Not evidence of senility.

Still, he is clearly been a lot less sharp of late.  Evidence of a slowing down, of mental acuity.  (Still acute, but slower).


The McCain camp often uses that excuse (4.00 / 1)
"John didn't hear the question." I don't buy it. There is a real pattern here that is quite concerning.


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Flailing is the word, I think (0.00 / 0)


"It sounds wrong...
     ...but its right."


pretty funny clip. (4.00 / 1)
sure, he may have misunderstood the question, but tell me what he thought she asked?  seriously, his response makes no sense.  

yeah, I think he mispoke (dropped a word or two) (0.00 / 0)
Because a lot of it does make sense if he is defending his vote for this bill by mentioning how many bad ones he fought against, and he is also saying he voted for it despite its flaws due to the great crisis.  

The interviewer asked her question with at least a double negative, maybe that contributed.

I actually don't find it worrisome.


New Jersey politics at Blue Jersey.


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Think of the Spain interview (4.00 / 1)
where the same explanation was thrown out.  The more it happens, the worse it looks.



John McCain won't insure children


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But what he said was that (0.00 / 0)
The bill he voted for puts us on the brink of economic disaster. So either he's confused, totally deliberately nuts, or there's a better action out there that he knows about but isn't telling anyone. Any of these explanations would be bizarre.  

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Expectations (0.00 / 0)
It's all part of his master plan to lower expectation for tonight's debate so Sarah Barracuda can claw her way back to the top.

No .. (4.00 / 2)
It also makes me kind of queasy to think that parts of the progressive echo chamber seem gleeful at the prospect of McCain being ill.

I don't think anyone is gleeful ... it's the YouTube clips like you, David, posted that make us worry .. it makes us worry why McCain is so afraid to release his medical records ... there is no glee .. just worry that if McCain becomes President(which seems a lot less likely now) .. that were something to happen to him .. we could be stuck with someone woefully unprepared for the task asked of her .. not to mention her being a Darth Cheney in lipstick


Agree (4.00 / 1)
I haven't seen any progressive "gleeful" over the fact McCain may be unfit to be President. If someone can link something to show otherwise, fine but I haven't seen it.

People are worried. Very worried at the prospect of a President Sarah Palin.


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he's just mixing up his words (0.00 / 0)
he definitely meant that he supported the bill because the US is on the brink of economic disaster. very easy to goof I think.

and the occasional facial twitches are just facial nerve damage.

I think McCain is an idiot, but these lines of attack are baseless, and the attacks about his facial twitches are just mean spirited.

Michael Bloomberg, prince of corporate welfare


Nothing New, Though (4.00 / 1)
Seriously, he's been giving garbled or nonsensical answers for quite some time now.  It's just that the Teflon is disintegrating at an exponentially increasing rate.

Previously, the media playing along with anything he said made it easy for him.  Now, not so much.  

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3


Next to Palin (0.00 / 0)
He looks rational and brilliant.  

Sticking with the whole "I'm so heroic I suspended my campaign thing" (0.00 / 0)
Hey, while it wasn't a hit the first time... maybe if he keeps saying it over and over again people will think it was a great idea.

Who knows what's going on in John McAlzheimer's head? (0.00 / 0)
He's already worse than Reagan in his second term. It's sad.

he meant to say (0.00 / 0)
'pulling us from the brink of economic disaster', a phrase I've heard several times during this debate.  He just misspoke.  

Now, why the hell he started it with 'because of what you just said' confuses me.


I think you're right that he meant "pulling us from," not "putting us on"... (0.00 / 0)
But making that kind of simple verbal gaffe frequently is often a sign of oncoming senile dementia.

"A fantasy is not even a wish, much less an act.  There is no such thing as a culpable or shameful fantasy."  -----Lady Sally McGee

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hmm (0.00 / 0)
well wouldn't health be the best explanation for the alleged campaign suspension?  but i find it creepy also - the video about his face doing weird things really creeped me out.  Like really.

Poor guy (0.00 / 0)
Maybe he's just trying to cop Palin's style.  Come on, wouldn't you be jealous if you were running for president and people posted "Sarah!" signs in their yards instead of "John!" signs?  Clearly he just wants to be incomprehensible and cool too.

You owe it to yourself to listen to This American Life's fantastic and common-sense explanation of the economic crisis.

A disastrous slip of tongue? (0.00 / 0)
I learnt a new term a few weeks ago, via these progressive Interwebs. Its called the "concern troll" and it is supposed to denote those people who appear to express concern -- but really aren't according to those using the term. If you think that term is meaningful, then you might wish to reconsider your adoption of the age/health criticism on the basis of this video.

Why? At least by my more forgiving listening, what McCain meant was to say that he voted for this bill because we are/were "at the brink of economic disaster". The host is more to blame as she mixes quotes from McCain and others within her question and ends by asking why he voted for this bill during a financial crisis that "some say ... puts us at the brink of economic disaster". McCain's response, in this context, correcting for the slip of tongue, seems to be that he doesn't like the bill but he voted for it since he agrees with the "some" who believe that "we are at the brink of economic disaster" which, I suppose, McCain considers the greater danger (than voting for the bill).


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