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The McCain Impotence Meme

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Via TeddySanFran @ FDL, the question everyone should be asking right up to election day:

So, the question is: will the ad run on Monday?

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Is John McCain powerless? Is he impotent?

Bwahaha. Yes, these are important questions. I hope that some of our more accessible talking heads *cough* Ezra *cough* will be able to raise them on the air. As in:

Really, what people are asking right now is, why hasn't McCain been able to gain traction with Democrats? Are we looking at an impotent campaign here, you know, one that's never going to get any stronger towards November?

or

Well, McCain's been taking criticism lately, and he hasn't shown that he's really strong enough to deflect any of it... is this the emergence of an impotent candidate?

or

"Say, do you think McCain takes Cialis because he's impotent?"

You get the picture. Simple yet devastating. Can we pull it off?

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Submitted by vastleft on

I think McCain has more than enough testosterone to bomb-bomb Iran. Unlike HRC and Obama, he's prepared to do that regardless of whether Iran develops nukes and/or attacks Israel.

The way we can and should win is by repudiating the Bush Doctrine, not by appealing to ageism.

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Submitted by joc on

Also, repudiating the Bush (Republican) Doctrine pays benefits down the ticket as the local Republicans are also tied to Bush for their actions during this administration.

Much as I want McCain to lose, and wouldn't be averse to him taking some hard attacks, it is better for the party as a whole to paint the Republican Party as the problem and not just McCain's inabilities to get things done.

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Submitted by wasabi on

I really think we need to stay well away from the "he's so old" meme. Incompetence, yes. Hammer away on that.
I think if Obama is successful in getting the nomination, he will really have to work hard to win over the "seasoned voters", because in their eyes, he has little experience. Any mention of impotence or his age would backfire with this critical age group.

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Submitted by bringiton on

Just as soon as it was raised.

No escaping the ageist meme, anymore than race or sex. As a campaign tactic, this can be left with the nightime talkshow hosts, nightclub comedians and the watercooler circuit; it will propogate all by itself.

The more sophisticated of us should focus instead on how dangerous McCain, and his policies, are for the country and the for world. Tie him to Bush, the disaster that Bush and Republicans have created, and force him to deal with realities that he can't brush off.

He can joke about his age and disarm those attacks, but there is nothing funny about war and death or unemployment or poor education or the housing debacle or Katrina or...well, you name it. This election can be won strictly on the merits.

No need to point out that when the phone rings at 3AM, McCain will be awake and in the bathroom - again.

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Submitted by admin on

Personally, I have no problem with a layered architecture of polemic.

And it's one thing to be impotent -- that can happen to anybody. But to be impotent and pose as macho is quite another. (I always thought that was what the whole Vicki business was about.) Take it from an old white male...

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Submitted by myiq2xu on

is pretty good - "Ask my mom what she thinks."

People are living longer "productive" lives, and his calendar age isn't as relevent as is once was.

Some memes (age, impotence) are best left to comedians. They can say things the rest of us can't.

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Submitted by admin on

McCain's impotence has nothing to do with his age; it has to do, possibly, with his personality structure. Or, more likely, it's a side effect of medication, or a medical condition, that we're not being told about....

Or, to put this another way: The question of McCain's er, internal pressure is not one that he can refer to his Mom. At least, we can hope not.

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Submitted by scarshapedstar on

I think McCain has more than enough testosterone to bomb-bomb Iran.

Well, that's the thing. The Madman Theory still appeals to a lot of people, e.g. Bush's remaining base of support, and McCain has been pretty shameless about his nods and winks to them (bomb-bomb Iran, ten thousand years, et cetera). I would want this meme deployed primarily on Fox News, if that's even possible.

I'm not saying it's nice, but given the ridiculously slanted media coverage he's going to get, we will have to fight Mr. Subliminal with Mr. Subliminal. I really just don't see any other way to avoid a repeat of 2000 and 2004.

And to follow up on Lambert: no, no no! Nobody is calling this man impotent! Heavens to Betsy, no. That's an absurd insinuation. We're just saying that his campaign is impotent. His candidacy is impotent. His appeals are impotent. And I think there's serious questions as to whether he'll be able to rise to the occasion and respond to the challenges we'll face in the coming years. Nobody ever said anything about him not being able to get it up!

As a matter of fact, I'm willing to pledge at this very moment that if anyone were to engage in such disgusting ad hominem attacks, I would send out strongly worded emails and voicemails denouncing and rejecting them. To all available media outlets.

But I still believe
And I will rise up with fists!!

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Submitted by myiq2xu on

"And I will rise up with fists!!

takes on a different meaning.

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to we really want to discuss John McCain's now?

Some comedian will say "Well, at least we know what McCain won't be doing to the White House interns."

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Submitted by jeqal on

Well the obvious advantage to being impotent is we will not have to see any dresses go to dry cleaners during his tenure.
I say that is a bonus and likely to garner him a few extra votes.

Democrats never agree on anything, that's why they're Democrats. If they agreed with each other,they'd be Republicans -- Will Rogers

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Submitted by jeqal on

Oh that's good,
That would have helped the Dems in the last few presidential elections anyhow. Luckily Hillary will pass, but will Obama?

Democrats never agree on anything, that's why they're Democrats. If they agreed with each other,they'd be Republicans -- Will Rogers

Submitted by lambert on

1. The perception that McCain is personally impotent is a vile rumor that needs to be debunked at every opportunity, and I pledge to do so -- if only to preseve Vicki's honor (not as a lobbyist, needless to say; that is an entirely different issue).

2. Well done with the anti-Clinton riff, jeqal. I hadn't heard that one before!

3. There's no point not doing something because the Republicans will, hypothetically, respond in this or that way. For one thing, they do what they do regardless.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by scarshapedstar on

I hereby reject, denounce, and disavow -- in the strongest possible way, I assure you -- myiq2xu's juvenile and sophomoric attempts to turn this important election into a penis joke contest. John McCain told me he isn't impotent, and that's good enough for me, and it ought to be good enough for every American. I call upon all the candidates to make their views known as well, to tell the American people that McCain is potent enough, so that we can finally put this behind us.

Because when you put all the partisan bickering aside, at the end of the day, a lot of Republicans and Democrats are concerned that John McCain's base of support isn't getting bigger and stronger, but rather it's getting smaller and weaker. I, personally, have spoken with members of his campaign who say their biggest worry is that their candidate is going to slip out - slip up - at, you know, one of those moments of truth when he needs to stand up and perform. And there's still a lot of time left until we reach the climax of this election, and he's going to need a lot of stamina if he's going to get there as well.

But I still believe
And I will rise up with fists!!

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Submitted by amberglow on

and wilting enthusiasm show that McCain, embarassingly, cannot satisfy the GOP's needs, or deliver the robust, vigorous, and commanding leadership voters are lusting for.

; >

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Submitted by myiq2xu on

now he should withdraw.

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Submitted by myiq2xu on

the duties of the Presidency? Or will he leave the American people unsatisfied?

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Real Democrats aren't afraid of democracy

48 + 2 = legitimacy

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Submitted by scarshapedstar on

While I must condemn your lack of Civility, myiq2xu, the recent polls are indicating that the voting public has become oversensitive and wishes Obama would change his positions immediately because he's really starting to rub them the wrong way. It may not be too late to satisfy them, but he's going to have to put his nose to the grindstone and show some enthusiasm if he wants to keep those creative class juices flowing.

The fundamental problem Obama faces is that he's been using a Unity prophylactic for over a year now, and while this provides excellent protection, the public is starting to wonder why he's still afraid to run a more intimate campaign. Is it just a fear of a longer commitment, or is there something he hasn't told them about?

But I still believe
And I will rise up with fists!!

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Submitted by myiq2xu on

of your argument. I think this discussion should probe deeper and deeper into the meat of the subject until we all come to a conclusion.

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Real Democrats aren't afraid of democracy

48 + 2 = legitimacy