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The Racist Wit & Wisdom Of John McCain

John McCain continues to argue that he has some longer record on Capital Hill that better qualifies him for public office. Yet few know that an ugly part of this record is John McCain's long history of telling bigoted, racist and homophobic jokes at Bullfeathers lounge in Washington, D.C. to his friends over drinks. McCain also has a long record of opposition to virtually every piece of legislation dealing with civil rights, the Martin Luther King Holiday or Gay rights as well.

McCain loved to make African Americans, Vietnamese, Gay citizens, Hispanics the blunt of his racist jokes with friends at Bullfeathers, using blunt language like "fag", "queer", "nigger", "spic", "wetback" or "gook" in his jokes at Bullfeathers. Yet McCain lies to the public and now claims that he has no racist instincts. Yesterday, one of his campaign managers, Senator Lindsay Graham(R-SC) also lied to the nation about McCain's long history of racism on FOX NEWS SUNDAY claiming that McCain hasn't a "racist bone in his body". Yet the jokes of John McCain and his voting record on civil rights issues certainly prove that Senator Graham is clearly not telling the truth.

Here are some quoted jokes from John McCain overheard in public at Bullfeather's. You can be your own judge of whether John McCain is a bigot and racist:

"Two dykes are talking at a bar and one leaves. As she walks towards the door, the other watches her leave and says out loud: "God, I'd love to eat her out".

Two men are standing nearby and one turns to the other and says: "I'd like to do the same. Guess that makes me a dyke"----John McCain

"Why does Mexican beer have two "x's" on the label? Because wetbacks need two cosigners"----John McCain

"Did you hear the one about the woman who attacked on the street by a gorilla, beaten senseless, raped repeatedly and left to die. When she finally regains consciousness and tries to speak her doctor leans over to her her sigh contently, "Where is that marvelous ape?"----John McCain

In fact, jokes about rape are another common theme in the jokes by John McCain overheard by patrons at Bullfeathers lounge. McCain is strangely attracted to finding humor in violent sexual assaults against women.

At times, McCain is far less than trying to be funny. Such as this quote that sums up the real John McCain political philosophy:

"I play to win. I do whatever it takes to win. If I have to fuck my opponent to win I'll do it. I won't give it a second thought".----John McCain

In addition to being a ruthless and caustic politician, McCain has long held bizarre views, calling respected South African leader Nelson Mandela, "A terrorist", offered some support for White Supremacists George Wallace, Jr. and former KKK leader David Duke, and calling the children of divorced fathers, "tar babies". For 27 years, McCain continued to use the ugly term, "gook" to refer to all Asians, and not just those Vietnamese who mistreated him as a POW.

After a week of running some outrageous personal attack ads against Obama that avoided issues and were simply personal attacks in nature, racist candidate McCain has now pulled even or slightly ahead in the presidential race according to new polls by Gallup and Rasmussen. Racist candidate McCain, needs to be taken at his word when he claims that he plays "to win" and will "do whatever it takes to win". With his personal racist sentiments it must be highly personal for McCain when his opponent is a well educated, handsome, young African American, which reflects the type of highly personal nature of the attacks ads that racist candidate McCain is using to destroy his opponent. McCain has always made race an issue during his entire career as a politician. And 2008 is unfortunately no exception for McCain. Same old McCain. Same old racism.

(A very important personal note here. I'm very unhappy at some of the language of John McCain here. And I'm deeply sorry that I have to reprint such language here on this blog that strives for top quality and makes every attempt to avoid anything of any offensive nature. But for important journalistic accuracy sake, the quotes of John McCain are used here in their complete entirety because of their serious newsworthy value. I am deeply sorry if anyone is offended by the use of such language as a part of legitimate news coverage. However, the actual full quotes of John McCain are important information for voters to consider before they cast a vote this November.----Paul Hooson)

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Comments (17)


We are who we are. Events shape us. I am not defending any of the racist/sexist crap Sen. McCain has said; but there is only one candidate running from his history. It is Sen. Obama.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Oh, John McCain is running from his racist rantings of the past, I guarantee.

Unfortunately, paper has a long memory, and enough of McCain's racist remarks are still around to haunt him.

You know it's a problem when multiple McCain surrogates deny that he's a racist. Lieberman made the same statement as Sen Graham just yesterday, saying McCain doesn't have a bigoted bone in his body.

Watch in the coming weeks and months -- you'll see a lot more about the very racist John McCain as the campaign evolves.


Linkage Paul?

If you are going to repeat Doug Thompson's claims, you could at least nod to the source. Unless hanging out at DC watering holes is on your long list of accomplishments and you are relaying your own experience...

Here are some quoted jokes from John McCain overheard in public at Bullfeather's.

You write an article calling someone a racist based SOLELY on a conversation someone (God knows who) allegedly "overheard in public". Worse still, you can't even provide a link to whomever is making this wild-haired claim.

That's sound sourcing there, Hooson. Sound sourcing indeed. But you go ahead and write about it anyway.

There's the real joke.


It's Doug Thompson, or someone repeating Doug Thompson. Sloppy.


If you try sourcing any of this garbage you bounce from one wacky liberal site to the next until finally you get to "not found".
Mr. Hooson needs to provide proof of this nonsense or remove it.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Here's a first-hand account from a Capitol Hill Republican insider and Chief of Staff who sat with John McCain at Bullfeathers and heard some of McCain's racist remarks.

As a Capitol Hill chief of staff, I often drank at Bullfeathers and was invited to join the throng at McCain's table one evening. A few minutes listening to the racism, bigotry and homophobia of the Arizona Congressman told me all I needed to know.

McCain loved to tell jokes about lesbians, blacks, Hispanics and the Vietnamese community that occupied a large section of Arlington County, Virginia, just south of the District of Columbia.

Of course, McCain didn't use polite language in the jokes: He used names like "fags" or "queers" or "dykes" or "niggers" or "spics" or "wetbacks" or "gooks."

San Francisco Chronicle - back in 2000:

"I hate the gooks," McCain said yesterday in response to a question from reporters aboard his campaign bus. "I will hate them as long as I live."

These quotes are all over the web, Denise - maybe you can tell us why you choose to ignore them?


The "I hate the gooks" quote has been around forever. Maybe if you couldn't comb your own hair or raise your hands because of torture, you might understand. And McCain's teeth? He can thank them for that as well. Odd, his former captor SUPPORTS him.

Your first source? Don't make me laugh. It was the same one that long winded Paul used.


I'm sure I can find a link to a McCains remark somewhere ... trouble is everytime I try to search for "racist remark presidential contender" I keep getting links to Lude and the Hon. Rev. Wright ...
must be something wrong with Google ...

Lee Ward:

"Maybe if you couldn't comb your own hair or raise your hands because of torture, you might understand"

So you don't deny he's a racist, you just want everyone to believe he has a good reason for his racism?

Racism is racism. It's a character flaw -- but it isn't universal. Some can rise above the anger, keep it under control, forgive, move on - seek out their higher power or whatever -- but move on.

Not Jumpy McCain. He's still shell shocked and out of control when that button is pushed.

Racists are inherently dangerous leaders because there is a part of their character they can't control.

So you don't deny he's a racist, you just want everyone to believe he has a good reason for his racism?

With a post so poorly sourced, you like a fool even attempting to defend Paul's garbage.

Even if the source were remotely valid, the MSM would be all over it--long before either you got to it.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Aside from the usual arm waving and name-calling I don't see anyone suggesting that either of these reports of racism are inaccurate.

"The "I hate the gooks" quote has been around forever."

It's an oldie - 2000 presidential campaign - but it's a goody, so I'm expecting a comeback.


Good grief Lee, you are looking even more pitiful than usual.
I am guessing you weren't even born during Vietnam. I know people who are still so bitter they won't see any thing in that remark. McCain had a right to his feelings and he certainly has grown since then.

Michelle and Zer-0 don't seem too fond of Caucasians, maybe we should start a bunch of Internet rumours about them?
No, we won't; they will implode on their own!

Peter F.:

Aside from the usual arm waving and name-calling I don't see anyone suggesting that either of these reports of racism are inaccurate.

The utter lack of verifying the authenticity and accuracy of Hooson's source and of the actual jokes (excluding the "gooks" one because it IS verifiable) by default and with absolutely certainty calls into question the truth and accuracy behind the "report". I'm strongly stating that Hooson's source IS definitely inaccurate...well, bullshit.


Soooo, after being captured, imprisoned and totured by the North Vietnamese, he admits that he hates them and uses a nasty word to describe them.
From the same article Lee cites in his second link:

"I was referring to my prison guards," McCain said, "and I will continue to refer to them in language that might offend some people because of the beating and torture of my friends."
McCain made it clear that his anger extends only toward his captors. As a senator, he was one of the leaders of the postwar effort to normalize U.S. relations with Vietnam.
Campaign officials do not expect the controversy to hurt McCain, either in tomorrow's South Carolina primary or later in the campaign.
"If people understood the context, they wouldn't be upset," Mike Murphy, a senior adviser to the campaign, said last night.
But the racial slur used by the senator has a long, painful history that is felt by many Asian Americans.

In context, it is understandable.

Using the same logic, how does this compare to those that throw around the terms hicks, rednecks, fundies, white trash, trailer trash and the like?

For the first link, however, it is just the repeat of Thompson's claims. If this was a regular occurence in a public place, you'd expect somebody else besides a former opposition staffer to have heard it as well.

Unless there is a conspiracy! (cue dramatic music)

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

In context racism is acceptable?

No. Standing in the United States in the year 2000 and calling Vietnamese "gooks" is not acceptable, and pointing to something that happened thirty years earlier does not excuse it.

If McCain was a racist in 2000 he's still a racist today.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:
Racism is racism. It's a character flaw -- but it isn't universal. Some can rise above the anger, keep it under control, forgive, move on - seek out their higher power or whatever -- but move on.

Still true.

Every racist got that way for a reason, but the reason does not change the fact that it's racism.

Reverend Jeremiah Wright got to be a racist by being discriminated against for decades as a black man in America. Does that excuse his racism? Not for a second.





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