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‘Country First’ John McCain Sticks To Story: Sarah Palin Was ‘Best-Qualified’ Candidate

So did you all like Game Change? Well Sen. John McCain simply did not care for it, despite having not seen it, from what he heard! Speaking to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, he reiterated the cold FACT that half-term Alaska governor Sarah Palin was the best-qualified candidate for vice president on his team of mavericks, mostly because of her ass. But Chris Wallace pushed back! What would you say to campaign strategist Steve Schmidt, who babbled to anyone who’d listen that Palin “had trouble with the truth,” henghhhhh, John McCain? Henghhhhh? McCain then dropped a positively chilling, “I regret that he would make such a statement.” In other news, Steve Schmidt was found murdered in his bed last night by person or persons unknown.

But even more important to McCain than defending Sarah Palin’s honor is, naturally, defending his own. McCain had issues with being portrayed as having a salty mouth! And guess what! He denied it! “I don’t use coarse language very often,” he sniffed, right before snarling offstage at his wife, Cindy, calling her a trollop and a cunt.

For what it’s worth, regarding Game Change, your editrix found Julianne Moore’s depiction of Palin completely overrated and the worst part of the film; it was a Church Lady stick-up-ass persona totally lacking Sarah’s earthy sensuality and Burger King appetites. While your mileage may vary, Palin is a woman men respond to, as seen here:

[CrooksandLiars]

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149 comments

  1. nounverb911

    Doesn't his choice depend on what his definition of "Best" is. Such as McCain thinks he was the "Best" pilot in the Navy.

    1. actor212

      Hey, the man crashed TWO planes, and took out part of one aircraft carrier.

      He was better than the entire North Vietnamese air force!

    2. BerkeleyBear

      Outstanding would be a much better descriptor for both – as in, he had an outstandingly poor record as a cadet and pilot, and Sarah had the most outstanding curves of any of the potential VP picks (Jowly Joe just can't fill out a swimsuit anymore).

    3. NewtsChicknNeck

      no.no.no. tom cruise was maverick. and the best fighter pilot in the navy. and gay. wait, duke cunningham was really an adviser to that fucking movie? oh, of course he was.

      1. PuckStopsHere

        Dude, Kenny Fucking Powers was Maverick. They totally cleared that up at the funeral last night…

  2. Come here a minute

    There is nobody better qualified to make John McCain look like a policy wonk by comparison.

    1. BerkeleyBear

      Yeah, her babbling does make you appreciate that "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb bomb Iran" is a nearly coherent (if completely deranged) message.

  3. freakishlywrong

    In other news, Steve Schmidt was found murdered in his bed last night by person or persons unknown.
    Actually, his fate is even worse. He's on Mornin' Blow every fucking day.

  4. actor212

    Dear John,

    You DO realize your entire political legacy will ignore McCain/Feingold, the fact you got screwed royally in the 2000 primaries and your entire career as a Senator and "maverick," and will focus on your choice for Veep in 2008.

    Right?

    I bring that up, cuz that would make me kill myself…not that I wish that on you, no sir! This is the kinder gentler Wonkette!

    1. freakishlywrong

      I thought the same thing. A shrill and strident mean-girl albatross wrapped round his entire career.

    2. ttommyunger

      Oh, I don't know. I still have fond memories of him groveling after getting caught with his hand in the Silverado S&L Cookie Jar.

  5. BaldarTFlagass

    "You must be here to fix the election."
    "Lord. You can imagine where it goes from here."
    "He fixes the election?"
    "Don't be fatuous, Jeffrey."

    Julianne will always be Maude to me.

  6. Fare la Volpe

    "I don't use coarse language."

    Which is why you called your wife a cunt while your mic was still on.

  7. Schmannnity

    If she was the "best qualified person," doesn't that mean that he thought she was more qualified than Mitt?

  8. prommie

    What, you were expecting Bullworth? McCain had the press so charmed with his "straight talk," didn't he? Even my idol DFW fell for it. Fucking scumbag.

  9. Mojopo

    Mmm, Burger Thing. I haven't have a whipper with cheez in ages. Now I want.

    Thanks for the transition from ass to anus burgs.

  10. anniegetyerfun

    Well, to be perfectly fair, by "better qualified", McCain might mean, "Sure, maybe we didn't vet her carefully enough, and it turned out that she was a stupid, unpredictable hilbilly, but trust me, when we vetted the male candidates, there were more rent boys in every story than you could shake a stick at! Of course, the biggest problem with rent boys is that they PREFER to have a stick shaken at them. Ahem. So, really, she WAS the best choice from the Republican Party."

    Low bar and all.

  11. KeepFnThatChicken

    But even more important to McCain than defending Sarah Palin’s honor is, naturally, defending his own.

    How do you defend the non-existent? And we're talking about Sarah's; he has mortgaged his honor a few times… but he still has equity in it.

  12. SorosBot

    She was the best qualified candidate to run against; Obama and Biden must still be thankful for the day McCain picked the idiot and doomed any chances he had of winning the election.

    1. Dashboard_Jesus

      In all fairness to Gramps he didn't have a snowballs chance in Yuma, AZ of winning in '08 after the 8 years of death & destruction of the Cheney administration, so $carah was kind of his "Hell Mary" pass and the grifter delivered, in spades! And then for the next 3 years the Snowbilly quit and grifted her way across 'Merka…the END!

      1. LesBontemps

        Might be mistaken for a spoken word thing. The Quivering Goiters Sprout Lips and Sing may be both more accurate and more terrifying.

  13. SayItWithWookies

    We forget that at the time, no Republican wanted the job. And Lindsey Graham, IIRC, told McCain that choosing Joe Lieberman would cause a mutiny amongst Republicans. If Sarah hadn't accepted the offer, John's next choice would've been a car salesman from Dallas who had once run for city council.

  14. LesBontemps

    If by "best" you mean "worst" and by "qualified" you mean "incompetent." Today is opposite day!

  15. Smithboy

    Sarah Palin was hand picked by Bloody Bill Kristol of FOX NEWS and the Weekly Standard. Kristol and his neocon cabal wanted another GW Bush in the White House, just in case their seventy something candidate, John McCain would win the election and then pass away.

    On a cruise to Alaska, Kristol paid a visit to Palin and saw she was an empty vessel who could be manipulated to wage proxy wars for Israel and continue pushing their Project for a New American Century policy which basically meant waging war against Iran. That's why she was picked as VP. candidate

    1. UnholyMoses

      Beautiful and wholly accurate analysis.

      **polite applause**

      The role Billy Wrong About Everything All the Time Always Forever Kristol played in her being selected is the truly under-reported part of the whole abortion of a candidacy the McCain team ran.

      It's actually quite chilling to think of the influence the PNAC crowd would've had if McCain had won …

    2. Nostrildamus

      According to "Game Change" (the book), McCain's longstanding wish for Liebermann was nixed at the last minute, so they had like 3 days to do a VP search from scratch. An aide was desperately cruising the net for videos of female Republican officials and came up with Palin. She had youth, charisma and was hard Right – big wins for an old, crotchety, moderate desperately needing to stir the base for donations. SP aced the interview and they simply didn't have time to vet her properly. Kristol's starbursts had nothing to do with it.

      1. fuflans

        i've heard / read a slightly different take.

        mccain wanted either liebermann or pawlenty and was putting up quite a fight. when the 'powers that be' nixed either (too reasonable, too moderate, too like jammikin), he threw a hissy fit and accepted SP in a fit of pique (and yes, she was 'found' on that kristol / alaskan cruise from hell – which i believe wonkette actually covered).

        then he paid for it.

  16. DemmeFatale

    Earthy sensuality?! You're kidding, right? (I can't tell.)
    The only problem with Julianne Moore is that she was WAY too beautiful to play Sarah.
    I know Sarah's attractive, but c'mon!

    1. KeepFnThatChicken

      Sarah was attractive until I found out she was a pageant person. That made her fugly to me. Pageant people can be disturbingly horrible, inside and out.

      1. anniegetyerfun

        Hey, I'm a pageant person! My talent involved pingpong balls, and brought down the house every time.

        What? Oh.

  17. SorosBot

    Remember how the morons thought just putting a woman on the ticket would cause all of Clinton's primary voters to jump ship and vote for the angry old conservative, because apparently having a vagina means you'll automatically vote for any other person with a vagina,even if she's a moron who is completely opposed to womens' rights? Good call there.

      1. SorosBot

        So the base likes screeching saggy hideous harpies? Imagine how they'd react to a woman who was actually attractive.

        1. Fare la Volpe

          Call her a fat bitch, then retreat to their bunkers to jerk off to her. The know-nothings are a self-loathing bunch.

        2. actor212

          Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Laura Ingraham.

          Need I continue? Hell, if Ann Althouse lost fifty pounds, she could be the MILF of the base.

      1. SorosBot

        And forgot that most of them were just conservatives pretending to be former Clinton supporters to try (and fail) to stir up discord among the Democratic base.

  18. WhatTheHeck

    Best qualified to stir up the “patriotic Americans” to get out of their trailers and vote against the black man.

  19. DemonicRage

    One thing the movie makes clear, Walnuts was dying to have Lieberman available for short notice sleepovers in the West Wing and aboard Airforce 1.

  20. ManchuCandidate

    And I call bullshit on the denials of motherfucking swearing. Walnuts came from a Navy family (or perhaps THE Navy family) and there pretty much ain't no fucking asshole squid worth their fucking salt that can't fucking swear to peel the goddamn paint with their motherfucking swears.

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      I took a summer college course (Western Civilization Part One) about two months after I got out of the navy, having spent 3 years in the fleet; I was one of about 3 guys and 27 bored housewives in the class. Every Friday we would have a class discussion on some assigned reading (Plato, St Augustine, etc). About three weeks in I decided to put my oar in, and started out with something like "This fucking Epictetus guy, I don't quite fucking see where he gets off thinking that fucking Stoics/sages are immune to fucking misfortune just because they are so goddam virtuous" or something to that effect, before I realized where I was and wanted to crawl into the crack between the floor tiles.

      1. proudgrampa

        That's nothing. I remember coming home from college for Thanksgiving, and at the table I said, "Please pass the fucking butter."

        1. JerkCade

          True quote from my nephew, who was 6 on the morning in question:

          "Merry Fucking Christmas, everybody!"

          and then went on to burst into tears when we all looked at him, mouths agape.

    2. ttommyunger

      True enough. The Army and Corps aren't bad tutors in that skill-set either. It's been forty years and I still practice the profane arts, and it is an art form when done right. I've had lousy profanity-laden ass chewings from such luminaries as Capt. Frank Libutti (who went on to retire from the Corps as a Lt. Gen) and wonderfully imaginative and colorful ones from salty Corporals who never made (or kept) a higher rank. I know, it's a crutch; but I fear I'm doomed to die a verbal cripple.

      1. BaldarTFlagass

        I'm sure I've said it here before, but one of my favorite bathroom graffittis ever is "Obscenity is the linguistic crutch of the illiterate, motherfucker."

        1. ttommyunger

          A keeper. And: a proper ass-chewing isn't authentic unless one can detect the unmistakable smell of Brimstone in the area.

  21. Terry

    I watched Game Change. My problem with it was that Schmidt and Nicole, and whomever that was that Jamie Sheridan was playing, was that from about midpoint in the show they all sort of gave each other looks. "OMG, what have we done?" "OMG, is she really this stupid?"

      1. Terry

        Because that bunch lacked the self awareness to realize that she was a bad pick until they lost. They picked her because she was female and more hard core conservative in some ways than McCain, looking to shake up the race and steal Obama's thunder. They got a stupid, mean woman who has no idea about team and supporting the top of the ticket. They got someone who was wholey unqualified to be vice president, let alone president. Schmidt and Wallace were advisors to the book and move and I thoroughly believe that they tried to cast themselves and their actions in the best possible light.

        That, and it made for lazy storytelling. Palin does something. Schmidt/Wallace/other staffers grimace and look at each other. It's boring in a film after the first dozen or so times they do it.

        1. Chet Kincaid

          Do you really think they didn't realize she was a bad pick until after the election? I don't see how that is even possible, after the 2 interviews and the Tina Fey thing and the bottomless stupidity she was reportedly displaying behind the scenes. Sure, they may have lied on TV during the campaign season, but they knew they had fucked up. Remember, they were leaking all kinds of crap fingering her for blame in the closing days before the vote, too.

          1. Terry

            I think they didn't CARE except as it specifically pertained to any bump she could cause in the polls. I also think their main concern with her was that they couldn't control her.

          2. Chet Kincaid

            The stupidity canceled out the bump, and everyone from pundits to my sister-in-law was saying it would be dangerous for this idiot to be anywhere near the White House, months before the election, so they had to have known she would cost them votes.

          3. Terry

            Did you see the movie?

            After she's announced as the VP candidate, almost every scene that Palin is in features her doing something idiotic or being catatonic. Yes, that's probably very, very true. Schmidt, Wallace, and Sheridan's character in each case turn to each other and grimace as if to say "OMG, can she be that stupid?" or "OMG, what have we done?".

            My point is that they do that almost every darn scene. Bad movie making. What was the point of having the actors do the same thing over and over? To me, it seemed like Schmidt and Wallace, as advisors to the book and film, were trying to make themselves look better. That they tried sooooo hard and were so good at their jobs, and yet this putz was dumb and wouldn't follow their advice. There is likely a good bit of truth in that, except I'm not sure that either are geniuses.

            It was frickin annoying in the movie. I sat there trying to guess when and where the grimace and knowing look would be in each scene.

          4. fuflans

            yeah and i remember stuff coming out well before the election about tensions between teams, about sarah being unteachable, etc.

            and i'm pretty sure i read about those leaks here at a minimum.

            though to be fair, terry's right about lazy storytelling.

            for what it's worth, my bff said woody harrelson was the best thing in it.

          5. Terry

            Woody Harrelson was good, except for the grimacing. I forgot it WAS Woody Harrelson.

            The best scene, most viscerally satisfying is when Schmidt/Harrelson tells Palin off right before the concession speech.

            Ed Harris was fine, I guess. He looked the part, but he seemed to be inconsistent in whether or not to play McCain's shoulder stiffness. When he decided to do it, it really was obvious that the physical mannerism had been "turned on".

            I also think they went easy on Palin, despite making her look stupid, provincial, and egotistical.

    1. BigSkullF*ckingDog

      Exactly. Being the most qualified GOP VP candidate is kind of like being king of the re –
      Nevermind.

  22. eaglewon

    Julianne did a wonderful job. Of course those on the right won't like it. But hey, nothing will change the fact that Palin is dumber'n a stick. She was very entertaining, attractive, folksy, but in the end, a scatterbrain. You just can't have that anywhere near the white house. Unfortunately for the GOP, Romney is only slightly better than Sarah.

    1. banana_bread

      I don't know, I think Romney is plenty smart. He's also horrible with people, which is kind of problematic when you're running for President. Palin, on the other hand, is great with people but with the brains of a llama. Since we already had a llama-brained folksy Republican drive this country into the ground, I've gotta say I'd rather have Romney than Palin.

      Of course, I'm just playing devil's advocate here. Obviously my vote is with Barry the Sensual Soul-Singing Socialist.

      1. Terry

        I agree. Romney is smart, definitely smarter than Palin. He's bad with people, as you say, and he also has the handicap of seeking the primary votes of insane people who are far, far to the right of his words and actions in the past.

  23. SaintRond

    Walnuts caught a dose of spiritual clap from that wretched cunt and it's impervious to any treatment and now he gets to scrape before the shrieky one for life.

    1. Terry

      He certainly seems to have given up the idea of the Straight Talk Express. If he was talking straight, he'd admit that he and his staff made a giant mistake and apologize the the country.

  24. Guppy

    It's occurred to me how long it's been since last we truly discussed things up Sarah Palin's ass.

  25. fartknocker

    I thought the movie was OK, although Julianne Moore did cause my faithful house cat to have grand mal seizures. However, I think the best thing I learned is that the new HBO series "Luck" is pretty damn interesting. It's not as good as "The Wire" but I'm drawn to it.

    1. proudgrampa

      "Luck" is pretty cool. Hoffman does a great job of defining a character with a volcanic rage just beneath the surface. And the horse race cinematography is awesome.

      1. DemmeFatale

        Yep.
        I'm having to concentrate very hard, cause there is a lot of vocabulary I don't know, but it's worth it.
        Hoffman, Nolte and Farina seem to wear their roles like comfy old slippers.

  26. Chet Kincaid

    Yep, best qualified! And Walnuts conveyed as much on national TV, a couple of days before the election, standing next to Tina Fey on SNL while she eviscerated his running mate! Kinda late 4 years later to try and put a fig leaf on that shit!

    1. GeorgiaBurning

      That he learned at Canoe U- NEVER admit to a mistake in judgement if you can blame something else.

  27. ttommyunger

    One, I don't mind Walnuts staring. She has, in my opinion, excellent climbing gear. Two, judging from her reaction to his close-in comments, I'd say his breath on a good day would knock a buzzard off a gut-wagon.

  28. MarionNYNY

    He seemed to have a strange look in his eyes as he spoke. Not so much like he was lying, more like he had been programmed to give those answers. Dare I say it, brainwashed.

  29. NewtsChicknNeck

    a bunch of non-denial denials from the old man. at least he can still correctly do that.

    it's "based on a book," "completely biased," with "unattributed quotes." never does he say it's wrong or even "inaccurate."

    finally, is it just me or is chris wallace consistently a somewhat decent interviewer? granted, going after mccain still makes for good TV for wingnuts. it's easy to see why mccain and lieberman are buds. they're both shitbag whores who are despised by everyone else regardless of party affiliation.

  30. ChessieNefercat

    It's impressive how he sticks to this claim, considering the odds of a tragically short term in office, and surprise!, a Palin presidency is born!

    Someone should tell him he's not in danger and can say what he really thinks as he is not the President. Oh wait, the one thing the Arctic Dunce has never quit is a grudge.

  31. Steverino247

    Dear John,

    Within an hour of the announcement of your selection of Sarah Palin as your running mate, I received about ten phone calls from Republican friends. Each call went like this:

    Hello?
    Tell me about Obama.
    Oh, hello (name of Republican friend).

    Every political analyst in the country did a spit take when they heard the news. The guy on KNX 1070 in Los Angeles was almost speechless and then said it was either a brilliant move or a huge mistake and we'd all have to see how it turned out.

    Well, we know how it turned out. The Republicans haven't had a decent candidate for President so far this century and that's a trend not likely to change anytime soon.

  32. NewtsChicknNeck

    Leave John Sidney McCain III alone goddammit!! No one knows what "qualifications" he was looking for. Now consider the list:
    1. Tits? (Check…although same could be said for Newt or chrischristie.)
    2. Bible-beater with tongue-speaking capabilities? (Check.)
    3. Able to speak in coded racism? (Check-plus.)
    4. Tits? (Check.)
    5. Paper-thin resume and from some backwater, a/k/a a D.C. "outsider"? (Check.)
    6. No interest in governing (or interested in governing very poorly)? (Check-plus.)
    7. Tits? (Check.)
    8. Does she have tits? (Check.)
    9. Poorly educated gun nut who's anti-choice (preferably with a shit-pot of kids)? (Check.)
    10. What about tits? Does she have them? (Check.)

    As you can see she was perhaps the only person in the world to meet these qualifications and be employed as something more than a Denny's night manager or a preacher's wife.

  33. BarackMyWorld

    I wonder if Tim Pawlenty liked the movie, seeing as how he was presented as someone who was "ready to be president."

  34. glamourdammerung

    I will admit that even though I think that McCain should have been left with his pals in North Vietnam, I am forced to agree that Palin probably does have a better ass than Lieberman.

  35. lochnessmonster

    So what does Sarah Mama Grizzly Bear Lipstick on a Pitbull Palin have on him that he keeps saying she was qualified?

  36. mermera

    Why does no one say that the Republican Party DID NOT want the presidency in the last election?

    Answer:

    Who cares? and they are doing it again….

  37. Biel_ze_Bubba

    You're ignoring the unstated qualifier: Best qualified of the Republican candidates for the job.
    Still totally ridiculous, but at least you can understand how he might have been fooled.

  38. Fare la Volpe

    I'd vote for Regina George. She may be a manipulative bitch, but at least she doesn't quit halfway through.

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