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Report: McCain Feels "Gay Sweaters" Helped Undo Campaign


Oh man.

Radar reports: "In the final days of his imploding candidacy, John McCain has taken a page out of Richard Nixon's play book, finding increasingly bizarre explanations for his political failures. Strangest of all: He reportedly feels his handlers forced him to wear 'gay sweaters.' According to one insider, the knit-picking was the crescendo of a tirade by the Arizona senator, in which he blistered aides about the minutiae of the campaign. While many septuagenarians live in a perpetual state of sweater weather, McCain reportedly declared his frustration with being told to don the perceived homosexual outerwear in order to look younger and more approachable. 'He wasn't happy being dictated to. The sweaters were part of that,' the source says."

Actually, this look was more likely the real culprit:


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  1. Excuse me, but what the f**k is a "Gay Sweater?" Is that like a Jewish Sweater or a Black Sweater? How psychotic is this man?

    Posted by: N. | Jul 11, 2007 12:28:42 PM

  2. HAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh, Andy... I love you...

    Posted by: virgoboy | Jul 11, 2007 12:29:08 PM

  3. senile...old...turd

    Posted by: steven | Jul 11, 2007 12:35:45 PM

  4. It's not 'gay sweaters' that did him in, it's his constant butt kissing of Bush and pumping up this insane war.

    Posted by: Virginia | Jul 11, 2007 12:43:14 PM

  5. How does that psycho know the sweaters were gay?

    Posted by: shane | Jul 11, 2007 12:47:31 PM

  6. Or it could be that he's a fucktard asshat with no clue.

    Posted by: monkey | Jul 11, 2007 12:55:37 PM

  7. Dude looks like death warmed over, even more so than Chertoff.

    Posted by: davefromtampa | Jul 11, 2007 12:57:01 PM

  8. I think he just meant they were too informal, but it's an annoying connotation nevertheless. Among conservatives his support for the war was a plus, but his stand on other issues, like immigration (for) and free speech (against), not to mention his age and cancer, were strong negatives.

    Posted by: anon (gmail.com) | Jul 11, 2007 12:57:19 PM

  9. MEMO

    Date: 11 July 2007
    To: All presidential candidates
    From: The American people
    Re: Gay sweaters

    The death-knell for any political campaign appears to be when the candidate's advisers spend valuable time and attention focusing on fashion and accessories. Recent studies have shown that emphasis on sweaters or strange Gilligan-like hats reveals a clear effort to avoid discussion of more substantive issues. This is likely a secondary complication resulting from total disconnect from the will of the electorate.

    Posted by: Brian | Jul 11, 2007 1:00:49 PM

  10. McCain is so smart. I'm so proud he's my Senator! And he's totally right, I've never voted for him because of his homosexual socks, lesbian slacks, and transgender ties.

    Posted by: homer | Jul 11, 2007 1:07:34 PM

  11. Now, if only we can extract Jon Stewart from McCain's butt we could actually move on from this crazy old man to the other candidates.

    I mean, c'mon Jon, why the hell do you ALWAYS pull a Larry King (ie, lob the easiest of softball questions, if any) when you "interview" McCain? You often skewer him in news segments, but in person, it's kid gloves all the way.

    Posted by: tjc | Jul 11, 2007 1:12:26 PM

  12. John McCain who recently said that he doesn't know where he stands on HIV, doesn't belong in a "gay sweater", he belongs in a "straight" jacket.

    McCain is more concerned with going to Bagdad to purchase rugs for his Arizona home.

    I say good riddance to bad rubbish.

    Jack Jett

    Posted by: Jack Jett | Jul 11, 2007 1:25:29 PM

  13. Everyone knows it was really the brown shoes / black belt combo that did him in. Or maybe it is that he has gone from being a free thinking independent to a lockstep war monger who now kisses up to the religious right for votes.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 11, 2007 1:38:06 PM

  14. Hasn't he been to a party with any gay men lately? We stopped wearing sweaters years ago in favor of bright, patterned "party shirts!"

    Posted by: David in KC | Jul 11, 2007 2:00:26 PM

  15. No, the falling popularity couldn't possibly have anything to do with the fact that he's George W. Bush's lapdog. Or that his 'Straight-Talk Express' has become the 'Pandering-Limited.' Or that he's senile enough to actually believe they'd let him visit a real Iraqi market (sans pre-screened marchants, attack helicopters, anti-aircraft guns, and 100 sharpshooters).

    Nah, that can't be it. Must be the gay sweaters!

    Posted by: John | Jul 11, 2007 2:01:42 PM

  16. Just wrote a post about the Sweater Girl:


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 11, 2007 2:32:55 PM

  17. McCain has totally flipped out. He's too far gone for anyone to rescue. Keep in mind that his sole motivation for years and years and years was to be president. He wants to be president so bad he can't stand it. Now that his final campaign has already run itself into the ground, months and months away from the first primary, this angry, desperate man is lashing out at any- and everyone. He's crazy. He's toast. It will be nice to see him drop out of the race soon. It will be even nicer to see him leave the Senate - or better yet, be kicked out of his seat by the people of Arizona and replaced with a good progressive who can work to undo the damage that McCain has helped to create over his many years in public service.

    Good riddance to you, John. Enjoy your retirement.

    Posted by: Jonathon | Jul 11, 2007 2:43:14 PM

  18. too funny... nice call on that one Andy !!

    Posted by: A.J. | Jul 11, 2007 2:45:52 PM

  19. I'm a McCain hater from way back, but it's pretty shitty of you to attack him with that photo of him in the wide-brimmed hat, which he wears because of the skin cancer he got on his face ...

    ... cancer that, by the way, many believe he got because of his years of being kept in a cage outdoors in a Vietnam POW camp.

    But liberals only remember McCain's war hero status from when he was a "maverick" Republican instead of an unpopular supporter of the war.

    Posted by: Matt | Jul 11, 2007 2:59:41 PM

  20. Oh

    So it had nothing to do with his age (latest polls show americans will not vote for someone over 70 and he is like 71), nor the fact that he has been the loudest supporter of bushco status quo in Iraq.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 11, 2007 3:10:33 PM

  21. Shut your flabby hole Matt, your self-righteous flagellation is getting old...

    As for McCain, ROTFLMAO! If there was ever a question as to whether or not McCain was EVER competent to be President, I think this ridiculous obfuscation of responsibility and finger pointing on his part for his own self destruction answers the question...

    Posted by: Robert In WeHo | Jul 11, 2007 3:11:30 PM

  22. So we're supposed to feel sorry for McCain because he supposedly got cancer from being kept in a "cage outdoors" in Vietnam?

    I thought that McCain himself has always said that he never wanted anyone to feel pity for him because of the time that he spent in the Hanoi Hilton.

    Posted by: Frank L | Jul 11, 2007 3:12:30 PM

  23. I can just imagine it: after a long day of campaigning, McCain returns to his hotel room to find his sweater getting fresh with a newly pressed pair of dress pants. How else do you tell your clothes are gay if you don't catch them in the act?

    Posted by: Thomasina | Jul 11, 2007 3:18:20 PM

  24. Matt, McCain forfeited all the respect I had had for him as a highly decorated former POW when he compromised (completely caved, actually) and signed off on Bush/Cheney's plan to continue torturing prisoners—and grandfathered in pardons for any and all government figures who had been authorizing or conducting torture prior to passage of the "compromise."

    It didn't help that he cynically used the whole discussion as a photo op ("Look at me, I'm against torture!"), and continued to do so even after he caved ("I just got the administration to ban torture! Not.").

    There can be no compromise on an issue like torture. And when you're the highest elected U.S. official who actually has a history as a tortured POW, caving on this issue shows an utter lack of integrity.

    That's the day the maverick died.

    Posted by: 24play | Jul 11, 2007 3:20:54 PM

  25. Thomasina, thank you for responding more respectfully some of Andy's other commenters tend to.

    I didn't need to "lose any respect" for McCain because I never had much for him to begin with, although I do and will always think he is a war hero. I used to work in the Senate and saw him many times close-up, and often behind closed doors, and he's every bit the asshole he's portrayed to be. And it's clear from the stories that are coming out about his entire staff deserting him that his temperament and his treatment of people have a lot to do with that.

    My point, again (for those who weren't paying attention), is that it's low-class to make a cheap point about someone's appearance when that appearance is based on protecting one's self from a recurrence of cancer. That's all.

    There needs to be a little more sensitivity about our fellow human beings on blogs, no matter how much we may disagree with them politically.

    Posted by: Matt | Jul 11, 2007 5:21:54 PM

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