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John McCain Couldn’t Agree More With Western Pennsylvania Hater John Murtha

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This is like when somebody says “you can’t underestimate the importance of thing X” when they are trying to suggest that in fact you can’t overestimate the importance of that thing, it is so very important. Only this is worse times a million, because John McCain says in two different ways that his proud Western Pennsylvanian supporters are racist rednecks. (The crowd, to their credit, gives a collective “Whaaa?”) Then he makes up for it by saying, twice, that the region is so very patriotic. FETCH THIS GENTLEMAN A PILLOW AND A GLASS OF WARM MILK. [YouTube]

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  • MargeSimpsonsBlackFriend

    You can almost hear the theme from Looney Tunes.

  • jbd

    Truth to power, Walnuts. Truth to power.

  • ph7

    Do you think Cindy ever has sex dreams where she’s the First Lady, but she is undressing for her husband and Commander In Chief BARACK?

  • Carrie_Okie

    A Reagan moment to be sure.

  • PoliticalGraffiti

    that fat white kid in the red hat pretty much epitomizes western pennsylvania

  • Q2

    Obama. Ha! The drug addict! The wounded soldier snubber! The celebrity! The terrorist! The whitey hater! The Muslim! The liberal! The wealth redistributor! The Socialist! The Marxist! The Communist! The anti-American! The election stealer!

    What’d I leave out?

  • Terry


    Undressing for her husband? How many years do you think it’s been since she’s done THAT? Girlfriend lives out west and McCain lives in DC.

  • askwhipple

    Patriotic and God-luvin…I couldn’t disagree any less…

  • Darehead

    In paraphrase: “I couldn’t disagree more than to agree with you that I disagree in agreement that Pennsylvania is the most [and here’s the best part] FU@%..patriotic part of the country…”

    I think he was about to say the F-word — anyone agree?

  • Serolf Divad

    This is totally unfair… the guy’s like 102 years old and senile and was probably wetting his Depends when he said that. You shouldn’t laugh at old people like that. One day you too will be 102 years old standing outside your Ziggarut giving a speech while running for president of UR of Chaldea and totally get confused about whether you are supposed to hate of like your supporters.

  • WadISay

    Cindy is signing facial reactions, for the emotion-impaired.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Is it just me or has Cindy gotten scarier as the campaign has gone on? She was attractive in a brittle WASPY kind of way. With her new wavy ‘do, she’s looking like a scarecrow.

  • Harmless

    John McCain knows what it’s like to be trapped in a statement for FIVE AND A HALF YEARS!

  • loquaciousmusic

    Is that Shelly Malkin standing behind him in the video still?

    (Not the fat white guy.)

  • queeraselvis v 2.0

    To gloss on the late Ann Richards, “Poor John. He can’t help it. He was born with a silver boot up his ass.”

  • nurple

    When I’m 102, I will have a sexy robot nurse.

  • ForTheTurnstiles

    Cindy must have a belly full of percosets to keep a straight face going here.

  • Mr Blifil

    It’s an honest disagreement if you can’t agree where disagreement about agreeing to disagree might be disagreeable to some, especially when patriotism and God-lovingness are being considered within the patriotic, God-loving framework of agreement over what constitutes patriotic God-loving behavior. I thing we can all agree on that point, if only to be agreeably agreeable. Maybe you disagree.

    Seriously, how do you go through such an elaborate set-up only to fuck up the joke that badly? This is the wit that dazzled the US press corps? Do any of these motherfuckers EVER get laid? Because their entertainment threshold seems to be set on “retard.”

  • Giant Robot

    He’s obviously no match for Putin.

  • Vewol Mevemont

    Who put this partially chewed food in my mouth?

  • Giant Robot

    I thought the commies programmed him to fuck things up AFTER he got elected. WTF

  • Darehead

    [re=142689]ForTheTurnstiles[/re]: She’s on vacation. That’s an android stand-in.

  • worrierqueen

    What time is he expected back at the retirement village? There’s custard tonight.

  • Special Agent Jack Mehoff

    [re=142675]Q2[/re]: You left out a comment about this McCain video, for starters.

  • DoctorCulturae

    [re=142679]Darehead[/re]: Agreed. He’s more vulnerable, less guarded, distracted. Was he going for “‘effing’ patriotic?” Likely!

    Also, Ms. Cindy’s face is the true sign of what is going on with their campaign. Check out the thumbnail. It is as though someone has photoshopped a masculine face on a body with a red dress and blonde doo.

  • irisheyes

    I could not disagree more with our editors for posting this video clip. Their agreement with the Senator who is disagreeing with the Obama supporters as to the patriotism and God lovingness of Western Pennsylvania, is obvious and I agree wholeheartedly with them.

  • Dientes

    Walnuts! hates the Amish.

  • kapish

    The only way younz in Da Burgh can redeem your reputation anat is by voting for Barry.

  • Tarheel

    They put Cindy so close behind him so whenever he glitches up like that she can hit his back until he starts functioning properly again. If you don’t get him on track quickly enough, you have to take out his cartridge and blow on it before reinserting.

    /not a dick joke.

  • The Church of Realism

    The best part was the confusion of the audience when they were uncertain about clapping and cheering for being called racist bastards by McCan’t….oops fergot my hood dagnabit.

  • The Church of Realism

    [re=142686]loquaciousmusic[/re]: Can’t be, she doesn’t show up in film or reflect in mirrors…

  • grendel

    That Joe Biden is a gaffe a minute… wait… this was who? Oh, jeebus…

  • WadISay

    Only 13 more days and John McCain can begin the campaign to restore his dignity.

  • Spackle Camshaft Palin

    It’s true. Every Obama supporter I know just spends a;; their time talking about how they love God more than western PA does. It’s starting to get on my nerves, really.

  • PengIn

    Does patriotic mean alcoholic? If so, he’s nailed it.

  • fupduk

    [re=142684]ManchuCandidate[/re]: she’s boosting her vicodin with 30mg oxies these days

  • Giant Robot

    [re=142690]Mr Blifil[/re]: Seriously, how do you go through such an elaborate set-up only to fuck up the joke that badly? Easy. You just spend years of your life saying things that are totally illogical to pander to people that you don’t even like that much. This ensures that your speech will be filled with Freudian slips and embarrassing brain farts like, “My wife is a cunt.” and “I agree that you are a racist supporter of my racist campaign.”

  • grendel

    [re=142695]Giant Robot[/re]: Programming breaks down after 30 years or so

  • Makeithurt

    Free Cindy! She wants brunch. She wants her afternoon facial. She misses Miguel the pool boy and his talented hands. She missed Bryant Park. Free Cindy! Those Vicodin aren’t going to eat themselves. Free Cindy!

  • ForTheTurnstiles

    [re=142726]Giant Robot[/re]: I do wish someone would bring up that “agents of intolerance” video and smack it around some.

  • Sussemilch

    My opponent says I’m a crusty curmudgeon with the brain of a starfish and I COULDN’T AGREE MORE!

  • TGY

    [re=142684]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Poor Cindy, if she’s not high to the eyeballs, she should be.

    This is like when somebody says “you can’t underestimate the importance of thing X” when they are trying to suggest that in fact you can’t overestimate the importance of that thing

    You confuse me. Are you trying to say that you can misoverestimate the importance of a thing?

  • bearbait

    I could care less.

  • ForTheTurnstiles

    [re=142732]ForTheTurnstiles[/re]: Here’s something close.

  • TGY

    Also, the woman to the left of him has the sublimity of hotness. I bet she’s a paid cheerleader, as she doesn’t fit the requirements to go to a McCain rally.

  • Hairy Reed

    [re=142688]nurple[/re]: I hope you’re not referring to Cindy?

  • Borat

    Why does anyone standing in a photo with Walnuts immediately look crazy and a bit stupid?

    I’d like to see those people in separate photos to study if Walnuts has some kind of crazyness/stupidity magnifying effect. (And if the same subjects are standing next to Caribou Barbie how does this impact the effect?)

    I smell a great PhD thesis for you students out there…

  • BobLoblawLawBlog

    [re=142684]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Nope, not just you. I think Meghan’s been sucking the fat out of her.

  • HuskyMescan

    That night was a Vicodine double-dose night, my friendos.

  • el_chupacabra

    and i would like to add that San Dimas High School Football Rules!

  • Servo

    Hey, Pittsburgh! McCorpse hates the Steelers, Palin hates the Penguins, and Cindy wants to buy out PBC and close it’s doors. Remember, Repubs think the sons and daughters of steelworkers are dirt, like their parents.

  • BobLoblawLawBlog

    Ben Smith has an excerpt from he Draper piece:

    You’re welcome.

  • HuskyMescan

    [re=142739]TGY[/re]: Of course, that was the first thing I noticed. The second thing was that she has brown skin and nipples (my favorite). Yeah, she’s a plant.

  • run_said_ran


    Just a shot in the dark here .. but uh:

    The fact that Obama is in fact the antithesis of your inane babbling;
    The President of the UNITED States; and
    Uh … any relevancy your slander has in respect to your Overlord’s lurve of rabid racists?
    Call me!

  • Servo

    Looks like your comment was slightly misread.

  • The Church of Realism

    [re=142758]el_chupacabra[/re]: Mr. McCain, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  • Min

    [re=142684]ManchuCandidate[/re]: I was thinking the same thing. And I don’t think she looks very healthy. Granted, she may just be sick of this campaign…

  • Kingbee

    I couldn’t agree more with disagreeing with agreeing to patriotic god-loving oh god get me out of this W. Pennsylvania hell-hole.

  • Servo

    She’s a Pitt med student patiently waiting for a tissue sample.

  • bmannes

    Paging Dr. Freud.


  • PineyWoodster

    Who’s the young brown chick on the left side of the pic?

    I’d hit that.

  • Q2

    [re=142784]run_said_ran[/re] wrote “call me.”

    OK. Misread. I call you a Moran.

  • WagTehGod

    [re=142695]Giant Robot[/re]: It’s the witches’ curses at work …

  • NoWireHangers

    Oh, that WALNUTS!

  • NoWireHangers

    I also love how easy it is to trick mouth breathers as long as you’re a Republican:

    “I hate you all!”
    “Erm, I mean I hate you and my opponent hates–”
    “I mean that I hate that I love you so much!”
    “I mean that, my friends.”
    USA! USA! USA!

  • Cookie Guggelman

    Walnuts Johnson is right!

  • iolanthe

    [re=142689]ForTheTurnstiles[/re]: It’s not just Percoset, although I’m sure she’s tossing ’em back. If I had to campaign like this poor bitch does, *I’D* be snarfing down las drogas like William S. Burroughs.

    Damn. Watch it with the sound off. Cindy looks tired and sad and angry. Quietly seething. She hates John McCain, she hates all these odoriferous stupid rednecks, and she *really* hates the fact that she’s put up with this assbag and his shitty temper for all these years, and *she’s not even going to get to be First Lady* ’cause he fucked it up.

    Way up.

    Oh, to be a fly on the wall in the McCain household on November 5th.

  • Vewol Mevemont

    [re=142784]run_said_ran[/re]: Was that performance art, or did you really not get his post?

  • iolanthe

    The cute Asian/South Sea Islander chick is a *lot* more animated about John and his speech than Cindy is.

    I’m guessing that was the one cute girl at the entire rally, which is why they put her up on the podium.

  • fuckinredneck

    Walnuts’ sekret in-ear transmitter is on the fritz! DAMN YOU, MOTOROLA! DAAAMNNNN YOUUUU!!!

  • Miller

    The funny thing is, that Murtha was perhaps underselling his home turf. Washington county, which is south of Pittsburgh, has just one of the highest concentration of Klan members in the US today. Its an exceedingly racist place and Murtha ought to know, he represents some of them.

  • Gopherit

    Freud is a bitch, isn’t he Grampy?

  • Dave J.

    So Senator McCain, are you saying that Western Pennsylvania is more patriotic than your home state of Arizona?? Hmmmmm?

    Cindy claps at the end the way an asshole baseball dad claps for his kid after he fouls of a pitch after whiffing on the first 12.

  • Citizen Kang


    Are you kidding? When their anniversary comes up Cindy takes two Percoset and washes it down with some Thorazine. By the time citizen/sailor McCain is done, Cindy is still in the middle of her plantation dreams with teh swarthy coloredz. In John’s defense, he’s thinking about Palin the entire time. Todd Palin…he is a Republican after all.

  • huffybike

    Takes some doing to make your own supporters at your own rally boo YOU:

  • Itsjustme

    [re=142739]TGY[/re]: I was thinking she was the reason for his gaffe. Flashbacks and everything.

  • OzoneTom

    [re=142913]iolanthe[/re]: Maybe she’s the Senator’s new “niece”…

  • Scarab

    “Spider… I thought you said, I’m OK Spider… no, I thought you said I was OK Spider.”

  • Scarab

    [re=142837]Cookie Guggelman[/re]: LOL

  • run_said_ran


    Obviously. I’ll take the moniker of moran today.

  • run_said_ran

    [re=142902]Vewol Mevemont[/re]:

    I really didn’t get it the first time about. Lesson learned: Do not attempt patronization without your first cuppa.

    I pretty much went off the intent to curtail silly Repug smears. I can’t be blamed entirely people, I watched a Palin rally on YouTube before fleeing to Wonkette. Thus, moranik behavior.


  • whatever_dc

    can’t you just hear david letterman saying: HUHHH???

  • iolanthe

    [re=143046]OzoneTom[/re]: or perhaps the pretty brown girl is the replacement, from Central Casting, for that woefully non-photogenic Bangladeshi daughter …

    Man, I wonder what stories that poor Bangladeshi kid is going to tell us in the years to come.

    Maybe Cindy’s Dad will buy her off, like they all bought off Carol Shepp McCain.

  • Local Moran



  • Mo MoDo

    Cindy is nodding her head like Ed McMahon about to laugh at one of Johnny’s jokes.

  • timeless

    Even after watching all of Palin’s interviews, that was painful to watch. Way to choke, McCain.

  • warreno

    [re=142672]ph7[/re]: Actually, those are my dreams.

  • teebob2000

    I know it’s stupid, but I keep watching this clip over and over and over again, laughing my fool ass off.

  • Sid Kitty

    Laughed so hard I almost wet myself first time I saw it!!! This has gotta be the juiciest McCain blooper to date. Look closely and you can almost cacth a look of horror in Cindy’s eye despite she’s had so much botox she is incapable of any facial expression. It’s so f*cking funny it’s almost painful to watch.

  • worrierqueen

    [re=142833]NoWireHangers[/re]: absolutely brilliant. Sums up all their (soon to be torchlit) rallies. Sarah’s God help us all.

  • palmerdawg

    Cindy’s 5 pounds above organ failure, jeezs somebody, anybody get her a sandwich PLEASE!

  • palmerdawg

    I would tap that sexy repug’s ass, you know, the one behind McNutz……… no god, not Cindy. Yeah that brown sugar.