The thought of having a bi-racial grandchild like the chosen one can soften even the most hardened wingnuts and make them consider their place in this melting pot we all call home.(Well, most of them. Some are beyond help)
Of course, as is to be expected, it's not all kumbaya moments for Jack McCain and his
"Now this is sad.
On what should be a joyous occasion, Sen. John McCain and his family have to deal with some ignorance.
Sen. McCain happily posted a shot of his 27-year-old son Jack McCain‘s marriage to 29-year-old Bay Area native Renee Swift — they met in Guam while serving in the Air Force Reserves — on his Facebook page. Immediately, Facebookers started posting messages of “congrats!” underneath the picture and photo album. But then the ignorance started.
Commentors brought up Obama, the race of his new daughter-in-law and political leanings under the comment section.
One commenter, Diann Daily, wrote: “No wonder McCain has crawled into bed with Obama…His son married a black girl! McCain is a RINO and a TRAITOR! Eeeewwwwwwwww…..”
And others followed suit, with many calling him a “traitor.”
Then there are comments like these, from George Dwyer, who wrote “Did someone seriously post about this dude marrying a black chick like it was a bad thing? What dimension are you living in? Is it possible to be that ignorant in the year 2013?”
Indeed. The happy couple will honeymoon in Africa before returning to Guam." [Source]
Speaking of wingnuts, one in particular has been making some news over the past few days.
In my country we have a saying that goes like this: "Tief no love fi si tief wid long bag."
I am reminded of Darrell Issa, the face of the republicans when it comes to these manufactured scandals in Washington, when I hear that proverb.
Mr. Issa actually chose to go on national television on Sunday and call the White House spokesperson a "paid liar".
“The administration is still, their paid liar, their spokesperson, picture behind, he’s still making up things about what happened and calling this local rogue,” Issa said." [Source]
Now now Mr.Issa, that wasn't very nice. When you say mean things like that you open up yourself for others to look into your closet.
The person actually making the charges via twitter is a former member of president Obama's "inner circle", David Plouffe.
"Unlike Issa's rhetorical jabs, Plouffe's brush-back pitch at least has the benefit of accuracy. As we discussed a few weeks ago, Issa, the man Republicans have tasked with leading investigations into alleged administration misdeeds, really has spent a fair amount of his adult life as a suspected criminal. This Ryan Lizza piece in the New Yorker from a couple of years ago remains relevant.
"Many politicians have committed indiscretions in earlier years: maybe they had an affair or hired an illegal immigrant as a nanny. Issa, it turned out, had, among other things, been indicted for stealing a car, arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, and accused by former associates of burning down a building."This is generally one of those truths the political world knows, but chooses not to talk about. It's not a secret -- Issa's background is the subject of insider jokes and private chatter -- but it's considered impolite to broach the subject publicly.
Which makes Plouffe's rhetorical shot all the more interesting.
For the record, Lizza's report on Issa highlighted one run-in with the law after another, including arrests and indictments. There are also many suspected crimes -- he's accused of deliberately burning down a building and threatening a former employee with a gun -- which did not lead to formal charges, but which nevertheless cast the congressman in a less-than-flattering light.
The New Yorker report also noted an incident in which Issa was in a car accident with a woman who needed to be hospitalized. He drove away before the police could arrive because, as he told the person he hit, he didn't have time to wait. Issa didn't face charges, but he was sued over the matter, and agreed to an out-of-court settlement." [Source]
Game on Mr. Issa. Now it's your turn to go after that mean Plouffe fellow for defamation. Just remember, the truth is a pretty good defense in these types of cases.
*Issa pic courtesy of litbrit.blogspot.com