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Quote of the Day: McCain says more dumb things edition

In a recent rant about money in politics, a still bitter Sen. John McCain, had this to say about billionaire Sheldon Adleson’s 10 million dollar donation to the pro-Romney Super PAC, Restore Our Future.

"Much of Mr. Adelson’s casino profits that go to him come from his casino in Macau, which says that obviously, maybe in a roundabout way foreign money is coming into an American political campaign," McCain said in an interview on PBS’s News Hour.

"That is a great deal of money, and we need a level playing field and we need to go back to the realization… that we have to have a limit on the flow of money and corporations are not people," he said.

That is one of the stupidest attempts to tie money to a foreign government I’ve yet seen.  And make no mistake, that’s precisely what McCain is trying to imply here.  There is no other reason to bring up the source.  It’s a bit like saying that if Adelson had casinos on the French Riviera that he would be funneling French money into the election.

Hey, McCain, he also owns half of Las Vegas.  Oh, and the “profits”  from “Macau”?  They come from people who have lost money there (and, btw, they’re not all Chinese).

McCain still can’t get over the fact that his attempt to stifle free speech was found to be unconstitutional. 

McCain called the decision "the most misguided, naïve, uninformed, egregious decision of the United States Supreme Court in the 21st Century," and money would be playing a dominant role in American politics for the foreseeable future.

"There will be scandals, there’s just too much money washing around Washington today… I’m afraid we’re for a very bleak period in American politics," he said. "To somehow view money as not having a corrupting effect on elections flies in the face of reality."

His reasoning is a bit like the gun grabbers reasoning that it is guns that are the cause of violent crime, not people.  He believes that if the means of corruption is removed, there’ll be no corruption.

Really?  What is naïve, misguided and uniformed is thinking like that, not to mention repeated attempts to control political speech by this man. 

If there is a Tea Party in Arizona, please, do a Dick Lugar on this guy.


Twitter: @McQandO

12 Responses to Quote of the Day: McCain says more dumb things edition

  • When I read this, I kept thinking … Does McCain think that the earnings from the sale of US exports are somehow ‘dirty’ ?
    If you repatriate earnings or profits from aboard, are all those monies ‘dirty’ ?
    Maybe this explains why Apple and Cisco have so much money offshore.

  • Doesn’t McAnus have a reservation on the ash-heap of history already…???
    He, not unlike Obama in some measure, is an enemy of the Constitution.
    Go.  Away.

  • And furthermore, Ikea employees should not be allowed to vote…

  • Hey, it’s not as if Romney deliberately switched off the credit card verification on his web site so true foreign donations could roll in…..that would be just swell.
    I honor McCain for his long service – he is a true hero. But it comes a time where you’ve overstayed your welcome and need to go, He’s at that point. And his daughter is a pure Erb-level moron

    • He also is hammering on the leaks, He really is a glass half-emptyfull sort of guy.

    • I try to remember having served your country well and honorably doesn’t mean every dumbass thing you ever do afterwards should be overlooked, ignored or forgiven.
      McCain does things as Senator that don’t serve the country well.

  • Somehow McPain has never caught on to this civilian thing and he gets frustrated when his orders are not obeyed unquestioningly.

  • Funny how way back in the 1980’s I thought that McCain was a decent, moderate conservative who was for smaller government. And Rudolph Giuliani was a over ambitious, self righteous ass-wipe.  Now I am convinced that both are exact opposite.

  • I noticed that there was nothing in there about reducing the scope of government to the point where people no longer find it worth investing huge amounts in campaigns.

  • I thought McCain was leading the charge to enable the US government to buy supplies from foreign corporations including the attempt to exclude Boeing from a military project in favor of Airbus.  I’m far more concerned there is direct or indirect foreign financial influence on Mr. McCain at this point.