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I just got back from the Talking Points Memo page (http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/) and what they've got there could take the McCain campaign into uncharted waters of campaign goofs.   As others at this site have already noted, he tells a joke that includes the idea that he's thinking about entering his wife, Cindy, into the Sturgis "Miss Buffalo Chip" beauty contest.  When some bright youngster working at an MSM gets a lot at video of that contest, somebody in the McCain campaign is gonna have a bad day.  

Here's how I think that's gonna go - below the fold  

Scene One, Act One:

The Straight Talk Bus, headed to the Sturgis Biker Rally.  

McCain is in center frame surrounded by his staff.

They're fishing around for ideas and one of the brighter ones notices that the biker's have a beauty contest.  He comes up with a line about how McCain is thinking about entering Cindy in the contest so that she will be first woman ever to be both the winner of the Miss Buffalo Chip contest and First Lady.  

Everyone laughs and agrees that it is a killer joke.  It showcases the gorgeous Cindy.  It highlights her future role as a first lady and he gets to tell a cute joke.  They start thinking about the viral video that will come out of this.  The biker boys giving Cindy a big thumbs up and roaring for McCain to be president.  Somebody says this will outdo the Obama Germany videos.  Somebody else says, yeah, and tells McCain to reference Obama in Germany with a remark about how he'd rather hear 50,000 Harleys than 200,000 Germans.  

They chuckle some more and McCain says 'let's git'er done.'  Everybody laughs some more and the camera cuts to the Straight Talk Bus heading on down the highway.

Scene Two, Act One:

The Straight Talk Bus, headed to who knows where...

The mood is glum.  McCain is again surrounded by his staff.  One of them says that at least this isn't as bad as Bob Dole's campaign song, Dole Man sung to the tune Soul Man.   Another one says that there was no way somebody could know that a biker beauty contest worked like that. Somebody says the PUMAs weren't gonna vote for us anyway, this just gives them an excuse.  

Finally, McCain looks up and says, "Oops, we did it again."  

Originally posted to galaxy quest on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 01:58 PM PDT.

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  •  You left out the topless scene, (8+ / 0-)

    where they show the naked women in the beauty contest.
    You don't have to show Cindy, but if she stripped I would.

  •  I think this entire thing is guady and (2+ / 0-)
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    revgerry, Otteray Scribe

    ....strange enough to get some traction in the media.

    You Sacrifice the Thing You Love the Most. I Love My Guitar - Jimi Hendrix

    by jds1978 on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 02:04:48 PM PDT

  •  If this had happened to Obama... (14+ / 0-)

    you left out the scene where Michelle kicks his head off.

    You can never sink so low in life that you can't be a bad example for somebody. - My Dad.

    by briefer on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 02:10:42 PM PDT

    •  You also left out the scene where the Entire Main (2+ / 0-)
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      wenchacha, briefer

      Stream Media, en masse, focuses obsessively and in horror on just what exactly Obama really said about his wife and those hordes of drunken bikers (of whom we would see video loops for days on end), with Scarborough talking for hours nonstop (faster and faster) and Sean Hannity's blood pressure skyrocking so high that he has to be carried off the set on a stretcher, while pundits of gravitas debate what it all means about Obama, his wife, his psyche, his insecurity and/or hubris, the State of the Black Family, the influence of rap music on the fate of Western Civilization, and the eternal question of "Just what ARE Barack Obama's values, anyway?"

      So his candidacy would be in serious trouble even if Michelle hadn't kicked his head off.

      Vote John McCain for a Hundred Year War!

      by Fiona West on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 03:53:43 PM PDT

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  •  people love bikers (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't think most Americans are as offended by the idea of a drunken biker beauty contest as the Kossacks are. Obviously he was joking, but there's nothing about that contest that's inappropriate, it's just a good time for consenting adults. I love how everybody treats these biker chicks like silent suffering victims, after they trek thousands of miles to be at the party. I would like to see somebody tell a biker chick to her face how mindless and exploited she is for entering the contest.

    Do not rejoice in Hitler's defeat, for though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again. Bertolt Brecht

    by Marcion on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 02:11:01 PM PDT

    •  i used to think like that (1+ / 0-)
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      GrouchoKossak

      until I saw the 'contest' videos.  

      •  It's the seniors tour version of Spring Break (6+ / 0-)

        I'd like to own a pharmacy in downtown Sturgis. I could retire on the Viagra sales alone from that event.

        John McCain's Straight Talk Express runs on fossil fuels.

        by Dump Terry McAuliffe on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 02:16:41 PM PDT

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      •  I went to a few of those (4+ / 0-)
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        PhilK, revbludge, codairem, doc superdog

        The contests are the best part. Those chicks are hot and I really see nothing wrong with it at all, they do what they want. Those girls are toughter than you and me combined. But I will review the contest videos at length when I get home anyway. Possibly repreated viewing just to be sure I didn't miss any of the degradation.

        Do not rejoice in Hitler's defeat, for though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again. Bertolt Brecht

        by Marcion on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 02:16:43 PM PDT

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        •  Er... (0+ / 0-)

          Haven't you indicated that you don't support either candidate from the two major parties?  Why are you bothering to 'review the contest video' to judge its effectiveness as an attack on McCain.  That would only benefit Obama.

          "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -Ghandi

          by Triscula on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 02:34:33 PM PDT

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          •  you know what (1+ / 0-)
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            Samulayo

            Just because I don't vote, doesnt' mean I don't like to be informed. If Cindy entered that contest, I would have voted for McCain, and I bet I'm not the only one. Opportunity lost, Big Mac!

            Do not rejoice in Hitler's defeat, for though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again. Bertolt Brecht

            by Marcion on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 02:36:59 PM PDT

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            •  I see (0+ / 0-)

              You'd have voted for McCain if his wife entered a topless beauty contest at a biker event.  Cindy McCain's bare breasts trump the economy, foreign policy, and health care.  You should be proud.

              "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -Ghandi

              by Triscula on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 04:12:59 PM PDT

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        •  Though I rarely ride these days, I do still (9+ / 0-)

          own two American bikes, and I'm a woman, so I think I can speak with a little credibility here...

          This is more than just "these chicks are hot".  I'm sure this will bump up some guys' opinion of McCain (hey, red-blooded guy!! woohoo!! and his ol' lady sure is hot for her age!)

          But there are a lot of women in the older demographics (who'd be more in the McCain camp) who get fed up with their husbands' old goat behavior.  If they see footage of the contest in all its glory, McCain's suggestion that his wife could join in will be an absolute turnoff... especially if you think of it in light of him already dumping one wife for a younger, hotter one.

          McCain keeps doing his best to narrow his base by turning off one group after another.

          Now, go spread some peace, love and understanding. Use force if necessary. - Phil N DeBlanc

          by lineatus on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 02:40:21 PM PDT

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    •  Yeah, and Cindy should show her tits, too. (0+ / 0-)

      After all, everyone likes tits, everyone likes hot women.  I'd like to see anyone tell her to her face that she's a trollop, someone other than John himself, because she's his woman so it's cool.

      "For a man who will turn 72 this month, he's a surprisingly immature politician--erratic, impulsive and subject to peer pressure"-Newsweek.

      by Inland on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 03:12:23 PM PDT

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    •  This has to be microcast... (1+ / 0-)
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      Marcion

      ...NOT to the people who see the biker as a rebel - but to the Security Mom crowd.

      One of the nightmares of a suburban lifestyle is seeing your children class sink - did we move to this suburb and this school district to have our daughter become a biker chick?

      It's a thousand times more likely your children will go into a subculture the suburbs disapproves of than they will be killed by terrorists.

      9-11 changed everything? Well, Katrina changed it back.

      by varro on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 03:44:55 PM PDT

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  •  It will only be a disaster (3+ / 0-)
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    if the story gets picked up and put out there by the corporate media.  I'm not going to be holding my breath.

  •  I would kill ... (2+ / 0-)
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    revbludge, doc superdog

    For a 'show us your tits' chant video to crop up ...

    Dear Democratic Party: Win This One or Just Disband

    by Tuffie on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 02:15:42 PM PDT

  •  I didn't watch the clip on the frontpaged diary. (0+ / 0-)

    It doesn't really seem like a blunder to me, at least not something that would make McCain lose his footing.  It was just a stupid thing to suggest, and because it was McCain, it's alright.  They'll be out by the droves saying that the Dems are making a mountain out of a mole hill again.


    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 02:20:53 PM PDT

  •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

    The clips of the "simulated 69" competition and the "banana mouthing" competition are particularly cogent.  I doubt that any of the corporate lackey networks or the cable shows -- even Olberman -- would have the ovaries to show those clips to their audience.

    It might be funny to pass DVD's of this out to Christian Right churches on Sunday, though.

    This aggression will not stand, man.

    by kaleidescope on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 02:20:55 PM PDT

  •  Maybe Cindy'd rather enter (3+ / 0-)
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    the Buffalo Chip Pickle Lickin' Contest...

    Restore constitutional government in America. Impeach Bush and Cheney.

    by revbludge on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 02:21:05 PM PDT

    •  perhaps Larry Craig could enter with her..... (2+ / 0-)
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      When we become disenchanted with the purity of Sen. Obama, let's think of John Roberts and Sam Alito when we think of the alternative.

      by Dave from Oregon on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 02:31:37 PM PDT

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    •  wow (1+ / 0-)
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      revbludge

      That's hot. We are lucky Cindy didn't enter, the election would have been a McCain blowout, this is the one thing that could lose Obama the youth vote. And once again, the Ameircan public is denied vital information and I will have to vote in complete ignorance of the respective first ladies' deepthroating skills.

      Do not rejoice in Hitler's defeat, for though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again. Bertolt Brecht

      by Marcion on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 02:35:30 PM PDT

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    •  All kinds of "taste"-ful events at Sturgis. (2+ / 0-)
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      revbludge, artmartin

      Now, go spread some peace, love and understanding. Use force if necessary. - Phil N DeBlanc

      by lineatus on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 02:44:55 PM PDT

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    •  Is this what spring break is like? (1+ / 0-)
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      revbludge

      Except that the people are old and unattractive?

      "For a man who will turn 72 this month, he's a surprisingly immature politician--erratic, impulsive and subject to peer pressure"-Newsweek.

      by Inland on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 03:14:02 PM PDT

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  •  People seem to think that (4+ / 0-)
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    revbludge, cassidy3, justCal, jds1978

    showing dominance of and contempt for women is a bad thing for McCain.

    It's what his base wants.

    Of course Obama wouldn't treat Michelle that way.

    That's the point.

  •  Let's use this to bring up Mrs. McCain #1 .... (0+ / 0-)

    After her accident she was no longer beauty contest material so he dumped her.

    Someone should dig up his original marriage vows.  Did he rewrite it to read....

    "Until death or disfiguring accident do us part"

  •  has the MSM picked this up? (0+ / 0-)

    I haven't seen it outside of a few blogs: here, Huffingtonreport, rawstory, and a couple others.

    When we become disenchanted with the purity of Sen. Obama, let's think of John Roberts and Sam Alito when we think of the alternative.

    by Dave from Oregon on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 02:29:33 PM PDT

  •  This is (1+ / 0-)
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    revbludge

    a great diary galaxy - I fixed your tags - you might want to think about correcting spelling of disaster however :)

    Ability is what you're capable of doing..motivation determines what you do...attitude determines how well you do it.

    by MA Voter on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 02:37:42 PM PDT

  •  Barnicle mentioned (3+ / 0-)
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    it on Hardball today...showed the clip of McCain proudly pointing out Cindy on stage and then opined that suggesting your wife enter a topless beauty contest may no go over well with the religious right. He did no dwell on it but did give mccain a little crap about it.

    I noticed over on Talkleft the usual gang of ''feminists/HRC folks'' for the most part said that folks have to get a sense of humor when McCain kids around like this....hmmmm... I suspect if Obama did it , it would be a hanging offense.

    •  How about the Security Moms? (0+ / 0-)

      See upthread - I don't think suburban moms really want their daughters to become biker chicks, or their sons to fraternize with them.

      9-11 changed everything? Well, Katrina changed it back.

      by varro on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 03:48:22 PM PDT

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  •  I suspect topless Cindy would drive more votes (1+ / 0-)
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    GrouchoKossak

    to Obama...so I'm not sure why a United States Senator running for President of the US would suggest his wife bear her breasts to a throng of drunken bikers...it just doesn't make sense...unless, of course, Cindy's breasts are those of a 22 year old.

    Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 02:48:30 PM PDT

  •  Stuff like this is irrelevant.... (0+ / 0-)

    I don't want McCain to win.  I think Obama is a once-in alifetime candidate with the greatest potential for success since JFK, and I support him wholeheartedly even if we don't agree on every issue.  I do think that  picking on McCain's stupid gaffes such as his Mis Buffalo Chip comment is a waste of time.  It cheapens the entire process, to the point that the electorate just gets fed up and stays home.  

    Let's stick to the real issues, people!  We're winners on those 9 times out of 10 with these GOP bozos!

    GOBAMA!

    •  please continue (0+ / 0-)

      and share your views with Rush, Hannity and the winger crowd.

      Get them to see that picking on stupid gaffes is a waste of time.

      •  We don't need to stoop to their level. (0+ / 0-)

        Stay above the crap.

        •  Kerry stayed above the crap. (0+ / 0-)

          And we got another 4 years of W.  

          •  Reporting for Duty! (0+ / 0-)

            Kerry didn't show his boobs he was a boob.

          •  Kerry refused to attack Bush's true faults... (0+ / 0-)

            The nature of the beast.  Playground-level attacks by Rush and Sean and those other FauxNews tools work because their intended audience is suseptible to them. Those that tend to vote GOP refuse to use their own brains. They're infants.

            Kerry, however, tried to stay above the fray, but then also failed to attack Bush on Iraq false intel, "Stay the Course", Valerie Plame, "Dead or Alive", "Bring 'em on", presidential power grab, corruption in the administration, etc.  He failed to attack Bush during the debates.

            Kerry lost because every time he opened his mouth, 2/3 of the country fell asleep. He failed to inspire.

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