The Sequel

by digby

Straight Talk McCain unveils his secret plan to end the war:

"One of the things I would do if I were President would be to sit the Shiites and the Sunnis down and say, 'Stop the bullshit,'" said Mr. McCain, according to Shirley Cloyes DioGuardi, an invitee, and two other guests.

You've got to love the Republicans. Their solution to everything is to say they will knock some heads together and "stop the bullshit." Just trust them.

This one's my favorite, from Junior in 2000:

Bush said today that he would bring down gasoline prices by creating enough political good will with oil-producing nations that they would increase their supply of crude:

“I would work with our friends in OPEC to convince them to open up the spigot, to increase the supply. Use the capital that my administration will earn, with the Kuwaitis or the Saudis, and convince them to open up the spigot.”

How's that working out for everybody?

It's nice that these tough guys like to pretend that they can rule the world with their impressive codpieces, but I think we've had enough of this impotent GOP posturing. McCain was a very tough guy years ago, but now he's prostituting himself to the rightwing and believing his own hype.

As Ezra says:

Woo! That's bracing stuff! And then, after the hasty consultations with translators to make sure he actually said that, the participants would stare at him quizzically, wondering what the straight-talk solution to oil sharing, political representation, entrenched hatreds, and varying conceptions of secularism will be. So what is it? McCain demands that they "stop the bullshit." What are his next ten words?

Exactly. It's funny, but it's just possible that George Bush's failure using a faux McCain image has ruined it for John McCain. That ballsy fighter jock thing just doesn't have the same resonance it used to have. McCain's playing the lead in a cheap sequel of his own story.