(Previous Oopsapaloozas here.)
Wow. Just when you think the gaffes and missteps will die down, a few hundred thousand crop up again. It's just a whirlwind of misinformation and mistakes with this man, isn't it? Reminds me of Bush.
Then again, "John Bush" is his own man. Tom Ridge said so:
McCain gives Palin the ole elevator eyes, stopping at the booty floor:
Photo credit: Talking Points Memo.
During his acceptance speech, McCain inexplicably stands in front of a California middle school, and not one of his many mansions. Maybe they mistook Walter Reed Middle School for Walter Reed Medical Center? Oops.
While Sarah Palin was busy celebrating $11.9 million in earmarks she procured during 2000-2003 as mayor of 5,500-person Wasilla, Alaska, McCain was busy criticizing those exact earmarks. Way to "reform" a "broken Washington," you outsider candidates, you! Oops.
And way to vet your VP pick, McCain! You did vet her before you called to invite her on the ticket, right? Like, before she joined your ticket?
So much for Sarah "Barracuda" Palin. She's such a barracuda (or was it lipsticked pitbull?), no press is allowed to talk to her outside of a scripted scenario. That's some scary barracuda--did the GOP have to rip off Ann and Nancy Wilson to try pumping up the VP?
The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission...
Sarah Palin's views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song 'Barracuda' no longer be used to promote her image. The song 'Barracuda' was written in the late 70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women. (The 'barracuda' represented the business.) While Heart did not and would not authorize the use of their song at the RNC, there's irony in Republican strategists' choice to make use of it there.
Oops, maybe should've cleared the rights to license that song at your convention first, McCain campaign.
Meg Whitman, affiliated with the McCain campaign, dares speak common sense and suggests it's perfectly legitimate for journalists to vet McCain's VP pick Palin.
Oops, she's being reasonable and going off message. Someone clue her in that McCain, who couldn't bother to vote in favor of the (Lilly Ledbetter) Fair Pay Restoration Act (and will be given another chance to do so when the Senate re-opens the vote in September, 2008), is now suddenly the anti-sexist firebrand. *snort*
Even die-hard conservatives were puzzled by McCain's judgment in selecting Palin to be his VP:
I guess even right-wing pundits can be correct once every so often. Though I'm sure the McCain campaign wishes it wasn't broadcast on air to several million people. Oops.
Finally, there's nothing like a bit of truthful backchatter: conservative apologist and speechwriter Peggy Noonan says McCain's campaign is "over." (Go here for the transcript of the live-mic'd conversation.)
Oops, someone tell McCain!
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