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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. Yeah, is there anything more ridiculous than someone who WAS tortured kissing the arse of someone who thinks doing that is ok? Time for McCain to dress in black knee socks and white Reeboks and plaid shorts and go home and think about how he lost his once-deserved respect.

    Posted by: Malibu Boy | Jul 11, 2007 5:25:00 PM

  2. Matt, if he can make fun of his sweaters then we can make fun of his hat. He could have used several adjectives to make the point that he didn't like the way he looks in the sweaters, but he chose to use the term "gay" as a pejorative - just like highschool kids do. "That's so gay!" He could as easily have said "stupid-looking" or "ridiculous" or "silly" and made his point. Instead, he uses a loaded term and estranges himself even further from the gay community.

    And I doubt that his time as a POW was the only exposure he had to the sun. He's from freaking ARIZONA, isn't he? How many golf games has be played? Has he ever worn sunscreen?

    McCain long ago spent any political capital he had as a former POW and as a Vietnam Vet by siding with the chickenhawks and draft-dogers in their campaign for torture and war. As someone who did suffer from torture inflicted on him by the VietCong, McCain should have been leading the fight against torture and should have called Gonzo out on his calling the Geneva Convention "quaint".

    The "kid gloves" approach to McCain because of his veteran and POW status is over. He's squandered his reputation and now everything is on the table.

    Posted by: Jonathon | Jul 11, 2007 5:29:12 PM

  3. A LOT of gay people, myself included, also use the word "gay" like high-schoolers do, and we also don't blow a gasket when people use the term "homosexual." I can understand why people might feel the way they do about that, but I also think it's much easier to go through life with a good sense of humor about one's self, and without our first waking thought being about how we're going to be offended today.

    If gays collectively had thicker skins, I think we'd make political and societal progress more quickly, but there is a Chicken Little aspect to this grievance culture that we've subscribed to. If EVERYTHING is offensive, then nothing is.

    Posted by: Matt | Jul 11, 2007 5:42:01 PM

  4. Matt, Rosa Parks called. She begs to differ with your assertion that having a thicker skin speeds political/societal progress.

    Posted by: 24play | Jul 11, 2007 5:52:41 PM

  5. Rosa Parks didn't whine and bitch; she took action.

    Posted by: Matt | Jul 11, 2007 6:11:11 PM

  6. Matt, nobody needs to take action against McCain. He's finished. Now it's just a question of who wins the office pool.

    And in case you haven't noticed, a lot of people on this here blog thingy back up their whining with action, making phone calls and dashing off letters to whatever politician/entertainer/suit is making homophobic remarks, discriminating against us, or otherwise trying to keep the gays in their place. You'll have to forgive them for not having thicker skins.

    Posted by: 24play | Jul 11, 2007 6:24:18 PM

  7. I wish I had sweater gaydar! Too often I buy what I think are totally butch sweaters and before I know it they are all over that fuscia cable knit v-neck number in a dark corner of my closet.

    Posted by: DJSauvage | Jul 11, 2007 9:13:08 PM

  8. Gay sweater? I think it was more likely his queer views on the Iraq war. Like wanting to continue it indefinitely.

    Posted by: jessejames | Jul 11, 2007 9:56:43 PM

  9. It's the purple hat with the triangular A that did it.

    Posted by: John in SF | Jul 11, 2007 10:08:47 PM

  10. smartest campaign move he ever made = throwing in the beach towel. musta realized no one is apt to cast a vote for a corpse.

    Posted by: sean | Jul 12, 2007 3:12:33 AM

  11. The purse and shoes didn't match.

    Just thought.

    Posted by: Dr. Pat | Jul 18, 2007 3:30:53 AM

  12. What can you say about Conservatives that has not been said about hemorrhoids? No matter which way you look at it they are a pain in our butts! McCain is no exception and in fact is a bigger fuckhead than most!

    Posted by: CK | Jan 30, 2008 7:47:01 AM

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