McCain Flips Out on Leno

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If you had
any doubts about John McCain's sanity, watch
this YouTube
of part of his appearance on the "Tonight
Show with Jay Leno" on Monday, Aug. 25. It begins with
Leno asking about all the houses owned by Cindy and John McCain.
Typical of Leno, it's a pointless question asked only because it's
currently in the news. But is this the most important question to
ask of the man who might be the next president?

Yet the question
elicits, in mere seconds, all you need to know about why John McCain
should not be president. At about the 15–16 second mark in
the YouTube,
where McCain says "yet, um," he gets that look on his
face where you know he's insane. He really, really wants to say:
It's questions like that, Jay, which show me why, when I become
president, I'm going to push the nuclear button and blow up the
whole world!

The next part
of McCain's answer also is revealing. He says: "In a moment
of seriousness, I spent five and a half years in a prison cell,
without a — I didn't have a house. I didn't have a kitchen table.
I didn't have a table. I didn't have a chair. And I spent those
5-1/2 years…"

At this point,
about 29–30 seconds into the YouTube, he gets that Armageddon
Crazy look again.

He continues,
"…not because I wanted to get a house when I got out."
Then he talks about his father-in-law, a World War II veteran, who
built the family's beer-distributorship fortune, and Cindy's "humanitarian"

Leno didn't continue with the obvious question: Why do you always
bring up your history as a prisoner, and what does it have to do
with this issue?

But let's return
to McCain. He should have stuck by his and his wife's right to own
as much property as they wished. Or he might have quipped, Jay,
for every house we own, you own several dozen luxury and antique
cars in Jay Leno's

Two more things
are worth observing on McCain's Leno appearance. He also mentions,
at about 58 seconds in the YouTube, that his wife "is now in
Georgia, as we speak, looking at the humanitarian aspects of the
results of this Russian invasion."

Leno, again,
misses a chance to ask the pertinent questions: Didn't Georgia
start the war by invading South Ossetia? And what about Neocon
Randy Scheunemann, a paid agent of Georgia, and the top foreign-policy
adviser to the McCain campaign? Is he behind your Georgia obsession?

Leno might
have read from Pat Buchanan's LRC

From January
2007 to March 2008, the McCain campaign paid Scheunemann $70,000
— pocket change compared to the $290,000 his Orion Strategies
banked in those same 15 months from the Georgian regime of Mikheil

What were
Mikheil’s marching orders to Tbilisi’s man in Washington? Get
Georgia a NATO war guarantee. Get America committed to fight Russia,
if necessary, on behalf of Georgia.

The YouTube
breaks off here. But I watched the show as it aired on broadcast
TV, and at the end Leno asked about the crashing value of the U.S.
dollar, quipping that it's become like the Mexican peso. (Actually,
the dollar has been declining
in value
even against the peso — but never mind!)

McCain shifted
the topic to high energy prices. Maybe that's how he sees inflation,
confusing the symptoms (high oil and gas prices) with the real diseases
(inflation and war). He said America needs to end its dependence
on foreign energy sources through more drilling here in America
and developing nuclear power.

As McCain
last December, "The issue of economics is not
something I've understood as well as I should. I've got Greenspan's

In fact, higher
energy and other prices are caused mainly by the dollar's demise
from the inflation created by his beloved Alan Greenspan, the former
Federal Reserve Board chairman. Other inflation culprits include
current Fed Inflationist-in-Chief Ben Bernanke, and President Bush,
who appointed both of them and stands by them.

McCain also
might be loath to bring up inflation and the gold standard — the
only cure to inflation — because Ron Paul kept bringing up those
topics in the Republican
primary debates
. Better to stick to drilling and nuking.

The second
cause of high energy prices is Bush's wars in the Middle East, of
which McCain is the top cheerleader. Not only have the wars disrupted
energy supplies, but the wars' cost — as high as $3 trillion–$5 trillion
just for the Iraq War — pushed Bush and the rest of the government
to pay for the wars through the hidden tax of inflation instead
of open increases in tax rates.

From the time
kings and emperors clipped
, inflation has been used to pay for wars, especially long
ones like the Iraq and Afghan wars (and potentially an Iran War).
Many Americans still remember how war-inflation was used in the
1960s–1970s to pay for the Vietnam War, causing the stagflation
of the 1970s.

McCain appeared
on Leno's show during the Democratic National Convention as counter-programming
to cadge votes. But despite Leno's soft questions — or because of
them — the real McCain was on display: obsessed, ignorant, insane.

27, 2008

Seiler [send him mail]
was an editorial writer at the Orange County Register for
19 years and a Russian linguist in the U.S. Army, 1978–82.
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