McCain: “I am an illiterate” (Part III)

Some month ago, when asked what kind of computer he used John McCain responded:

“Neither. I am an illiterate who has to rely on my wife for all of the assistance I can get.”

Now the McCain campaign has suggested that Grandpa McCain doesn’t use the computer at all:

…this morning at the Personal Democracy Forum conference, Mark Soohoo, speaking on behalf of the the Arizona senator’s Internet team, was asked whether McCain even uses a computer.

His response: “You don’t need to use a computer to know how it shapes the country.”

Really? The Republicans expect Americans to seriously consider a candidate that doesn’t use a computer?

Soohoo may be right that you don’t need to use a computer to understand its cultural and economic impact.

What bothers me is what this says about McCain’s intellectual curiosity—specifically, his lack thereof. Are we really going to elect into the most powerful office in the world, a man who shows no interest whatsoever in the most powerful product of human collective culture?

And haven’t we just experienced a painful lesson from electing a President who lacks any vestige of intellectual curiosity?

Comments

  1. 2

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    President McCain trying to nuke Iran:

    “So long, Axis of Evil! 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 … ? Hunh. I’m going in circles. Let’s try again … 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 6, 6 …? Hey, can someone tell me what comes after 6?”

  2. 3

    ByeByeGOP spews:

    AND he’s planning a GOVERNMENT give away using the Internet! I thought so-called conservatives didn’t like big government? Oh I forgot – they only want big government when they run it!

  3. 4

    Daddy Love spews:

    You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

    But you do need one to know that a Cat 5 hurricane will overtop the levees in NOLA.

    McCain thinks all issues are so simple he can just send in the friggin’ Navy and he will solve it. He’s a dolt. And an old one.

    Vote for the guy who not only graduated from college, but also taught there. Vote for Barack Obama.

  4. 5

    michael spews:

    So McCain, for example couldn’t wake up in the morning and think, “Hmm… I wonder where the CPI’s at” and just look it up himself. Yeah, I don’t think that’s what I’m looking for in a president.

    Checkout the CPI’s increases in transportation and food costs.

    http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm

  5. 6

    Daddy Love spews:

    How can we trust Republicans to even try to “keep us safe” when they admit that terrorist attacks are good for their candidates and their electoral chances?

    I say, vote for the people who don’t think it would be a good thing for terrorists to attack. Vote for Democrats.

  6. 7

    YLB spews:

    McCain, like Dino Rossi, is a Republican.

    And Bobby Jindal is a nutcase Republican. The bloom has certainly come off him:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/us/24jindal.html

    I hope the Republican McCain puts him on the Republican White House ticket.

    I mean this Republican guy (Jindal) DOUBLED the salary of politicians in Louisiana.

    Not even that Republican Dino Rossi made that mistake.

  7. 8

    correctnotright spews:

    Wow – McCain IS really out of it. guess he really doesn’t use the “internets”.

    Even more disconcerting is his lack of knowledge of foreign affairs – supposedly his strong point. Not knowing the difference between shia and sunnis – something they teach in eight grade social studies – is not just an embarassment, it is a debacle.

  8. 10

    rhp6033 spews:

    Here’s how the big Telcom companies hope it works out, if McCain is elected:

    Pres. McCain: “Okay, what’s the deal about this Net Neutrality bill. Why is the government regulating basketball?”

    Advisor (& Compcast Lobbyist): “Well, Mr. President, it isn’t about basketball. It’s about the internet. And the most important think you have to know is that the internet is broken. Dead as a doornail. Needs to be fixed.”

    Pres. McCain: “Broken? How is it broken?”

    Advisor: “Well, you’ve heard about all those pesky computer virusis, haven’t you? And identity theft? And sexual preditors using the interent? And all that filthy pornography? And all those clueless people posting maliscious lies and gossip about their government leaders, without any fear of the consequences?”

    Pres. McCain: “Well, yes, I have heard about those things. So this bill will stop that?”

    Advisor: “Absolutely not. In fact, it’s exactly the wrong way to go. We need to veto that bill. Put a big fat stamp on it that says ‘rejected’.”

    Pres. McCain: “So how does that fix the internet?”

    Advisor: “Well, that’s the next step. The problem is that just about ANYBODY can post things on the internet. You have to do more work to get a driver’s license than you do to have a website! Posting things on the internet should be a priviledge, not a right. After all, it’s owned by the government, the government should make sure it is used properly!”

    Pres. McCain: “And how do we do that?”

    Advisor: “Well, we begin by putting somebody in charge of the internet. You know, requiring a license before anybody can get a domain name. Somebody has to control that. You need a big company already knowledgable to do that. I have the bid qualifications right now. Only Comcast meets those requirements, but perhaps in the future others could bid also….”

    Pres. McCain: “So how would Comcast fix the internet?”

    Adviser: “Well, we start with the application process. We need to check criminal records. We need to see if they have a history of disrespect for their leaders. Then they have to pay a hefty “user fee’ to pay for this oversight, which will also have the benefit of keeping out the riff-raff. I’m thinking that by the time they are done, there will be only 20 or 30 companies on the internet, tops. Everybody else will have to post their news, opinions, and sell their products through those licensed companies. And we… errrr, Comcast would police those postings to make sure they comply with our “terms & Conditions”, and kick anybody who violates those T & O off the internet, for good.”

    Pres. McCain: “Sounds good. Put the interent out to bid right away. I never liked the idea of the government being involved – this should be a private enterprise thing, anyway. Besides, if people don’t like it, they don’t have to use their computers. I don’t, and I get along just fine!”

  9. 11

    Daddy Love spews:

    8 CNR

    You have to remember, when John McCain was in 8th grade, Muhammed has just fled from Mecca to Medina.

  10. 12

    Daddy Love spews:

    7 YLB

    Of course, we didn’t make the mistake of electing DR to the Governor’s Mansion.

    Jindal is weird. Not only is he a Mel-Gibson-style conservative Catholic who thinks that some Protestant denominations “can hardly be called Christian,” but also, in absolute disobedience to the clear teachings of his own church, he performed an “exorcism” while in college (only priests, and indeed then only certain priests, are allowed to perform the rite).

    He won’t last, I predict. Yet another shoe will drop.

  11. 13

    Blue John spews:

    Since this a McCain thread and I hate to feed the conservatives, but in fareness,McCain is doing this better, in my opinion.
    McCain has captured the Energy Talking Point with his proposals to

    Republican John McCain said Tuesday the federal government should practice the energy efficiency he preaches, pledging as president to switch official vehicles to green technologies and do the same for office buildings.

    The Arizona senator proposed a $300 million prize for whoever can develop a better automobile battery, and $5,000 tax credits for consumers who buy new zero-emission vehicles.

    All I see from Obama, is to haltingly complaining that McCain’s solutions won’t work.
    I wished Obama would come out, acknowledge that McCain has some good ideas, cherry pick the best of McCain’s points and pile on his own suggestions, but I’m not hearing ANYTHING from Obama but it won’t work and all we must do is conserve. Obama is looking defeatist by comparison.
    Let the feeding frenzy begin…

  12. 14

    ByeByeGOP spews:

    Why would President Obama want to suggest a big fat government program? That would be fuel for the so-called conservatives. Oops – I guess they don’t mind when it’s a big fat government program suggested by a republican.

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    Blue John spews:

    Would the so-called liberal media be able to say Obama was suggesting a big fat government program, if it was also McCain’s program?