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Mean Mr. McCain

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Originally published on on Wed, 07/30/2008 – 9:40am

His sister Pam works in a shop
She never stops, she’s a go-getter
Takes him out to look at the queen
Only place that he’s ever been
Always shouts out something obscene

Mean Mr. Mustard, John Lennon/Paul McCartney, 1969

In the Beatles song, “Mean Mr. Mustard,” he never really seemed that mean. The above lyric was the meanest thing in the song.

If you were to write a parody song about John McCain, you couldn’t help but borrow from this song. After all, we know McCain has a temper and has showed it in far too many fashions. If voters wanted to have a beer with Bush, they would be afraid to try and retrieve the tennis ball that went over McCain’s fence.

David Letterman has for months poked fun at McCain’s age, portraying him as the guy who yells at kids to get off his lawn. Whether that is literally true, McCain has now morphed into Letterman’s perception.

And it’s not just late-night comedians. As Brent Budowsky pointed out recently:

In recent days McCain has accused Obama of supporting genocide, wanting to lose the Iraq war, and now possibly creating a world depression. There is an anger to all this, an emotional and intellectual distemper, and an intolerance of alternate opinion that has deeply troubled his Senate Republican colleagues for many years.

There is an irrational anger to this, a stability meltdown under the pressures of a campaign, that leads McCain to attacks that I have called short-pants McCarthyism. Supports genocide? Wants to lose the Iraq war? Will cause a world depression?

These are the weird, strange and ridiculous charges of an angry candidate lashing out without regard for truth, dignity, common sense or the normal civilities even in our lower-standard national politics.

As Sridhar Pappu observes the transformation of John McCain: “It was, in many ways, an Anakin Skywalker moment for McCain. Whatever good, decent qualities he’d brought to the 2000 race had been wiped away, eclipsed by a new figure we’ll call Darth McCain.”

You know you’re angry when you are a Republican candidate and you diss a reporter — not from The New York Times but from The Wall Street Journal.

The gaffes, the incompetence of the campaign — none of those things seem nearly as dangerous as a presidential candidate who comes across as mean. Not the kind of mean you might want in dealing with other countries, but mean to people on his side, such as his wife.

With deep apologies to Lennon and McCartney, here is my attempt at a parody verse:

Mean Mister McCain oh so ignored
Trying to run as if he isn’t bored
Says with glee he doesn’t know the economy
Showing off his brand of pain
Saying Obama would lose a war to win a campaign
Such a mean old man
Such a mean old man


Written by democracysoup

July 30, 2008 at 9:40 am

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