Saturday, October 18, 2008

Memo to John McCain: Never blow off a talk show host - the G Gordon Liddy edition


I almost feel sorry for John McCain.

Okay, I lied. I don't feel sorry for him at all, Karma's a bitch, eh John?

Not content with endlessly going after McCain following his "I have to cancel the show, Dave! The economy needs saving!" debacle, Dave Letterman crushed the Senator from Arizona like a bug in his show last night.

Here's Keith Olbermann's take on it:

And here's a bit more on the G Gordon Liddy grilling - ouch! Check out McCain's "deer in the headlights" moment after Letterman asks him whether Liddy hosted a house party for McCain (he did):

I'll let Carl Bernstein tell you a little more about the relationship between G Gordon Liddy and John McCain:

Does John McCain "pal around with terrorists?"

Certainly McCain's continuing "association" and relationship with the convicted Watergate burglar and domestic terrorist G. Gordon Liddy might suggest that is the case, if we are to apply the standards drawn by the McCain campaign.

In 1998, Liddy gave a fundraiser in his Scottsdale, Arizona home for McCain's senatorial re-election campaign -- the two posed for photographs together; and as recently as May, 2007, as a presidential candidate, McCain was a guest on Liddy's syndicated radio show. Inexplicably, McCain heaped praise on his host's values. During the segment, McCain said he was "proud" of Liddy, and praised Liddy's "adherence to the principles and philosophies that keep our nation great."

Which of Liddy's "principles and philosophies" was McCain referring to? Liddy's advocacy of break-ins? Firebombings? Assassinations? Kidnappings? Taking target practice with figures nicknamed Bill and Hillary?

During the same period that Bill Ayers was a member of the Weather Underground, Gordon Liddy was making plans to firebomb a Washington think tank, assassinate a prominent journalist, undertake the Watergate burglary, break into the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist, and kidnap anti-war protesters at the 1972 Republican convention.

Re: Liddy's "continued success and adherence to the principles and philosophies that keep our nation great:" Did McCain mean to include Liddy's instructions to listeners of his radio show in 1994 (around the time Ayres and Obama were on a board together discussing education programs and other plots) on how to shoot Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents (aim for the head)?

If ATF agents attempt to curtail a citizen's gun ownership, Liddy counseled, "Well, if the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms comes to disarm you and they are bearing arms, resist them with arms. Go for a head shot; they're going to be wearing bulletproof vests."

More recently, Liddy explained making the Clintons objects of shooting practice: "I did relate that on the 4th of July of last year, when I and my family and some friends were out firing away at a properly-constructed rifle range and we ran out of targets, and so we - I drew some stick figure targets and I thought we ought to give them names. So I named them Bill and Hillary, thought it might improve my aim. It didn't. My aim is good anyway. Now, having said that, I accept no responsibility for somebody shooting up the White House."

And in case you've forgotten, here's how Letterman reacted on his show the day that McCain was a no-show:

Media commentary on last night's McCain mauling:

More background on McCain's relationship with G Gordon Liddy:

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Stop Smoking said...

Letterman at his very best!!! Especially in the 2nd half of the McCain interview! Good to see that both -at least somewhat- kept their sense of humor in all of this though

webweaver said...

I agree!

Isn't it ironic that apart from Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, the only people in the traditional media that are actually calling McCain on any of his bullshit are the comedians and the talk-show hosts?

I'm thinking of Letterman, (most of) the ladies on The View, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert...