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Superstitious Politicians
Posted by: Jon Henke on Wednesday, February 20, 2008

MyDD's Todd Beeton thinks he has an angle of attack against John McCain. Noting McCain's acknowledgment that he can be superstitious, Beeton writes...
Does this strike anyone else as particularly creepy and actually a real liability for a presidential campaign? McCain is fond of mentioning his superstition on the trail and I welcome it, because the more he does so, the more he's going to give the impression that he'll make presidential decisions based on superstition rather than on sound judgment. This could really bite McCain in the ass and in fact, I look forward to making sure it does so.
Ok, let's have a conversation about that.


"But," you might argue, "Bill Clinton isn't running for President now, when Todd Beeton has discovered the 'real liability' of superstition, and it's potential impact on Presidential decision-making." "We're not talking about the 90s," you might go on to say, "we're talking about the next President of the United States. With stakes that high, can Todd Beeton afford to less superstitious asses go unbitten?"

You'll be unsurprised to learn that I'm glad you brought that up!

Two weeks ago, Beeton wrote "I'm Voting For Hillary Clinton". He did this, despite Hillary Clinton's clear record of giving the impression that she'll make presidential decisions based on superstition rather than on sound judgment. This is, as we now know, a real liability!



Indeed, in what Todd Beeton could only consider a shocking admission of the role of superstition in the decision-making process of a Clinton White House, Bill Clinton has acknowledged not having discussions with Hillary Clinton about his potential role in her administration because "I am superstitious."

But Todd Beeton is an honorable man, so I am sure he's not just trying to invent a story to score political points. I eagerly look forward to seeing him make sure this bites both McCain and Clinton.
 
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Does this strike anyone else as particularly creepy and actually a real liability for a presidential campaign? McCain is fond of mentioning his superstition on the trail and I welcome it, because the more he does so, the more he’s going to give the impression that he’ll make presidential decisions based on superstition rather than on sound judgment. This could really bite McCain in the ass and in fact, I look forward to making sure it does
Talk about a reach that only a politics-obsessed hack could come up with.

Someone needs a life....
 
Written By: shark
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When you believe in things that you don’t understand, then you suffer.
Superstition ain’t the way.
 
Written By: J Sterlace
URL: http://qando.net
When you believe in things that you don’t understand, then you suffer.
That’s certainly true. Many people believe government can fix everything, without understanding how.
 
Written By: Steverino
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Cool song...

But really, we should all know it’s only a liability for Republicans, because, well, nothing is a liability for a Liberal, except being a Republican.

Everything else can be ignored/forgiven.
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com
Folks, these are the Clintons, we’re talking about.
They might be superstitious. But their talk of superstition may simply be another dodge to get out of answering the question. Do you really believe that Billy Jeff hasn’t thought long and hard about what he wants to do if he gets into the White House again?
Also, McCain’s superstitions seem to go a bit beyond just refusting to talk about possible victory. If Hillary refuses to go anywhere without her lucky feather, then I’ll believe she’s superstitious.
And McCain’s rituals are all cited from a piece written before the 2000 SoCarolina primary. Perhaps he’s figured out they don’t work in the interim.
 
Written By: kishnevi
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wow instead of calling out how mcain is not a real conservative all i hear is whining about the same old bilary.
 
Written By: SLNTAX
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" But their talk of superstition may simply be another dodge to get out of answering the question"

Bingo. It is very bad luck for any politician to take a definitive position on any issue. The idea is to slither through all the questions without giving an answer that will limit your appeal to any particular group, and using superstition in a half serious, semi humorous way works well and also has the added benefit of making you seem like just one of the folks.
 
Written By: timactual
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I’m superstitious that McCain may have been sleeping with a lobbyist.
 
Written By: mkultra
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That’s a lot of research to have to dredge up to make someone’s argument look stupid. Thanks for the slogging.

MK Ultra, I believe that a candidate’s sexscapades and drug use are now verboten topics in elections, no? I mean porking an intern isn’t just as bad?
 
Written By: Harun
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How many times has MK used some version of
Do we not remember what happened to McCain in 2000?
to attack the evilness of Bush/Rove?

Now MK wants to use an 8 year old tabloid rumor (from the 2000 campaign) to attack McCain?

Any "outrage" or moral lectures from MK are a complete joke. MK is scum.
 
Written By: JWG
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NOTE: I deleted the spam comment. Since the couple follow-ups no longer made sense without the original spam comment, I deleted them, too. Sorry.
 
Written By: Jon Henke
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Hmmm, I think everyone’s missing the real story. Didn’t you notice the blatant act of plagiarism? Stop the Presses, She’s ripping off Bill!
 
Written By: Pedro the Illegal
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