John McCain can see outer space from all of his houses.

“I was out of the military for a while before I went to congress. You know that’s an interesting statement, isn’t it? And I have never been an astronaut, but I think I know the challenges of space. And I have never done a lot of things in my life that I think I am familiar with.”  –John McCain

You can see the videos from McCain’s interview with the Des Moines Register (a paper that endorsed him last year) here.

The quote above comes from the “John McCain: Taxpayer financed health care” one. It was part of his response to the question: “Have you always been covered, in your adult life, by a tax-payer financed health care plan?”

Why did he have to talk out of his ass? He really thinks he understands “the challenges of space”? Please. Somebody freakin’ ask him what those are. No, really, I want to hear it. If he chose this to be his argument, somebody should ask him to demonstrate the validity of it.

This wasn’t even the part when he got visibly furious at the very unpatriotic and troops-hating insinuation that His Royal Maverickiness had not been true to his promise of running an honorable campaign and was less than 100% truthful on some of his adds. Watch that one. Then promptly get off his lawn.

What I’m trying to say is, he didn’t seem to be going on angry auto-pilot. So I don’t really get it. Why talk out of your ass and say something laughable when there are far better alternatives?

I agree that, in principle, just because life has put you (with or without your direct involvement) in situation A, it doesn’t mean that you cannot have a decent understanding of the needs of people in situation Not-A. Which really, is all that question was getting at: You have always had health care thanks to the taxpayers, you think you can still relate to those who don’t?

It wasn’t even about the underlying issue of the cynicism of actively trying to deny people a benefit that you’ve always enjoyed (government provided health care). It was just hinting at empathy. And he gave a patently ridiculous answer.

I could see him bullshit his way around the cynicism part because I cannot see one good argument that doesn’t involve him asking (and leading by example) his fellow senators to give up their socialist government health care, which he’s had plenty of time to do and hasn’t. But resorting to such a flimsy argument when it was about the possibility of empathy, I just don’t get it. I guess I really don’t get how this man’s brain works.


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