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Huggy Bear or Sickly Bear?

chicago dyke's picture

So we'll never get the racists/sexists to vote for this year's Dem. But dood, I missed this one. Cliff:

McCain's most recent exams show a range of health issues common in aging: He frequently has precancerous skin lesions removed, and in February had an early stage squamous cell carcinoma, an easily cured skin cancer, removed. He had benign colon growths called polyps taken out during a routine colonoscopy in March.

The SCLM buried that one, I'm sure. You can still do your part, tho. Seriously, being "weak" is a great sin to the minds of the rethug Base. McStain is tired, sick, and weak. Again. Remind your neighbors and friends today: he's not Fit to Lead, and it's time for some new, fresh blood to be in charge.

Update: pass these around today. heh.

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Submitted by Aeryl on

But can't we attack him on competency or his policies, vs his health. I mean I know older voters have been thrown off the bus :), but this will send them right into McCain's (wrinkled and saggy) arms.

My stepfather has carcinomas, and he's still competent. Hell my boss at work, who's only 36 has them. I just don't necessarily think they are a disqualifier for the presidency, plus this line of attack gives an opening for McCain to BS about the "wonderful" US healthcare system.

Bill Clinton for First Dude!!!

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Submitted by Swift Loris on

...for being responsible about one's health. The removal of benign polyps during a colonoscopy before they have a chance to become malignant is a Good Thing. As long as he continues to have regular colonoscopies and have polyps removed, he is far less likely to develop intestinal cancer. Squamous-cell carcinomas, likewise, are a threat only if they aren't removed early.

Both polyps and squamous-cell carcinomas are very common. They're a problem only if they're not discovered and removed promptly.

The real threat to his health is the recurrence of melanoma. Apparently he's checked for melanomas every couple of months, so any that appear can be dealt with before they metastasize.

Bottom line: Making a big deal of the polyps and squamous-cell carcinoma as if they were a serious negative where his health is concerned isn't a good tactic, because it's too easily refuted, as I just did above.

But it wouldn't hurt to express approval of the fact that McCain has himself checked so often. It doesn't involve any misrepresentation, and it makes you look good because you're supporting taking responsibility for one's health--while at the same time subtly reminding folks that McCain is at significant risk, or he wouldn't have to undergo such frequent checks.

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Submitted by amberglow on

that his beyond-excellent care--all govt-provided AND SOCIALIZED!--is why all these things are taken care of and solved--and why he's alive and healthy at 70+.

50 Million Americans have nothing, and the rest of us have something far less than what he gets.

(of course, we don't have a candidate pushing for true univ. health, so maybe that's lost as an issue too -- tragically.)

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Submitted by OxyCon on

...does tend to cause skin cancer in light skinned individuals.
Cliff Schecter has managed to lower himself beyond even Michelle Malkin. What did he do? Live in the dumpster behind McCain's house for a year looking for this garbage?
Let me know if McCain has been hanging around with people who hate America for 20 years. Then I might change how I feel about him.

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Submitted by zuzu on

Seriously? After all the misogyny and accusations of race-baiting during the primary?

Old people already aren't voting for Obama, and unlike youth, senior citizens are reliable voters. Imagine how much they'd want to vote for Obama if he started ageist attacks on McCain. And McCain's not shy about calling him out on that bullshit, either.

Elizabeth Edwards had the right idea on this -- don't attack him for being sick, attack him for putting forward a health-care proposal that wouldn't even cover him because he has a pre-existing condition.

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Submitted by Swift Loris on point out that he's vulnerable to melanoma. His health is excellent. The only age-related condition he has is degenerative arthritis, and that's no impediment to carrying out presidential responsibilities.

On the other hand, generally speaking, race and sex are entirely unrelated to the ability to perform well as president, whereas in some circumstances, age could be a limitation.

In my understanding, ageism has to do with invoking age as if it were a limitation when there's no basis for doing so. Legitimate concerns about age aren't ageism.

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Submitted by Davidson on

If Obama is foolish enough to attack McCain on the age/health issue, he can easily be countered with the fact he started smoking as a teen and only recently stopped. I wouldn't be surprised if McCain is, at least, as healthy as Obama if not more so. Not to mention, Obama's propensity for gaffes (57 states!) doesn't allow him any room to charge McCain with "losing his bearings."

With regards to turning this into a health care issue: Obama has made that issue a non-starter against McCain since he did everything he could to undercut any attempts at universal health care (Yes, Clinton proposed insurance rather than health care but it would've put us on the right path). Also, he refers to his plan as "universal," which sets him up nicely for McCain.

We all know the only way any Democrat could beat McCain would be on the issues. Good thing we're (apparently*) going with the substance-free wonder.

*Damn it, I'm going to hold out one last flicker of hope that the Democratic Party doesn't decide to commit political suicide. I held out hope in Florida in 2000 until the last dog died and although it was a brutal letdown, I have to try again. Fuck me!

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Submitted by amberglow on

it's so true--and it's gonna ensure our loss--no matter how bad our candidates have been in the past, we had our strong foundation of issues and substance and policies that helped people--now we don't even have that.

Submitted by cg.eye on

that's the danger.

The mind that sees no contradiction on using his wife's cash covertly to run for the Presidency?

The second, third, fourth and fifth chances both of them got concerning medical care and rehab, that they actively seek to deny the rest of the country?

The disconnect that he would pursue a sane foreign policy in Asia, when he still uses the slur "gook" to thrill the boyz on the bus?

And, the whole Keating Five sitch, which pales in comparison to the present unpleasantness? He has so many financial skeletons in his closet that he'll have to sell out America to bail out the banks.

*These* are points of attack that don't push senior voters away from Obama more than he already has allowed.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

and i think you all utterly missed my point. of *course* you are offended and unwilling to attack a person for an irrelevant condition/factor such as a controlled medical condition. i didn't mean for this information to sway you.

i mean for it to remind various rethugs, to whom Strength is All, that HuggyBear is "weak." how dare he allow a disease to attack his wholesome white amurkin flesh? when all good rethugs know that Real Men Don't Get Sick, and if they do they never talk about it, and if they do it's only to say, "it's just a fleshwound."

yes, it's "wrong." so i'm the sin eater here, ok? all's fair in love and war, and i surely don't love Huggy Bear. so i'll war on him. i hope you can still respect me in the morning. even as i kick down the "weak" like mccain. /googlebomb/

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Submitted by Sarah on

and as a vet, somebody over 45, and somebody with a chronic condition (actually, two of them -- diabetes and arthritis) I have to tell you, this sort of thing makes me less unsympathetic towards Senator McCain.

The guy's a lot of things. "Weak" is not on any list relating to physicality.