Assclown of the Day
Kudos to Brad Blakeman, who said yesterday on NBC that the real scandal isn't Sarah Palin's $150,000 wardrobe, it's Barack Obama "taking a 767 campaign plane to go visit Grandma."
What a class act, eh? No word, yet, on what Blakeman thought about George W. Bush taking Air Force One from Crawford, Texas to Washington just he could sign a bill jammed through Congress to keep a brain-dead woman alive.
No word, either on the colossal cheating of his man John McCain breaking his own law requiring candidates to pay charter rates instead of first class air fare. McCain got around that rather conveniently: By claiming poverty when his campaign was starved of cash and being (sniff) forced to fly on one of his wife's corporate jets for a song and a dance. Time and time and time and time again.
Which, to Blakeman's cockroach brain, I guess is supposed to make McCain look like a paragon of fiscal responsibility by conspicuous relief, even if one (rightly) discounts the campaign's mantra of McCain flying in coach.
Like Keith Olbermann, I'm still astounded that anyone from the far right would even dare to attack Obama for flying to Hawaii on his campaign jet to visit his gravely ill grandmother, which, to people who don't boast a charcoal briquette for a heart would consider a family emergency. To do so just to defend the RNC spending $150,000 on Palin's family (which had made GOP donors livid with rage) makes it even more rickety as a moral argument.
As Sam Seder says, if the shoe was on the other foot and if some mid-level Democrat took a swipe at McCain for visiting his own mother during a family emergency, it would be "an eight day story." But IOKIYAR.
So let's hear it for the party of family values and Blakeman, a guy who attacks a man for visiting his dying grandmother in order to defend a pack of glorified hillbillies from the klondike who are spending money like, well, drunken sailors.
I wonder if Bristol Palin was bought any maternity dresses?