When George W. Bush decided to sink to the depths and insinuate that Barack Obama and the Democratic party are the equivalent of 1930s Nazi appeasers, that was bad enough.
But to see John McCain slither out from under his rock to lob the same accusations at the Democratic candidate was too much… and also opened the door to some fun at the candidate’s expense.
“Hello, Senator McCain’s office.”
“Hi there. My name is Brendan Skwire. I’m a Republican calling from Pennsylvania, and while I have already expressed my outrage with Senator McCain to my Senator, Arlen Specter, I felt I needed to get a message to the Senator himself.
“I’m speaking of course of your boss’s despicable attack on Senator Specter, using Obama as a distraction. This is what he said:
‘It does bring up an issue I will be discussing with the American people, and that is why does Barack Obama, Senator Obama want to sit down with a state sponsor of terrorism?…
‘What does he want to talk about with, with [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad who said that Israel’s a stinking corpse, who said that he wants to wipe Israel off the map, who’s sending the most explosive devices into Iraq, killing Americans? The point is that peace through strength is the way we achieve peace in the world. That’s the point. I will debate this issue with Senator Obama throughout this campaign.
‘I think Barack Obama needs to explain why he wants to sit down and talk with a man who is the head of a government that is a state sponsor of terror that is responsible for the killing of brave young Americans and wants to wipe Israel off the map and denies the Holocaust.’
Now listen: Senator Specter has worked very hard in the service of Mideast peace by traveling to Syria to meet with the Assad government at least 17 times, and Pennsylvania Republicans don’t take kindly to the Senator attacking his service using Obama as a surrogate. Arlen Specter has been in the Senate 26 years, I think that’s a bit longer than John McCain. Does Senator McCain really think that Arlen Specter is a Nazi appeaser? Well?”
“Umm… thanks for your call?”
“Are you going to pass my message to the candidate?”
“And by the way, this nonsense about not negotiating with terrorists? Maybe Senator McCain has forgotten, but our greatest president ever, Ronald Reagan, negotiated with terrorists: he ended the Iran Hostage crisis by trading arms for hostages, and then using the money to help the Freedom Fighters in Central America…”
But by then she’d hung up the phone.