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21st August 2008 Charles J. Brown
10:38 pm

McTV Cribs: Politco Uncovers More


When I was in graduate school, two of my friends and I lived in an apartment known as Chateau Villa.  Or as we called it, House House.

If McCain had lived there, it would have been House House House House House House House House.

Anyway, I think the McCain people are panicking.  So far today, I’ve seen

one,

two,

three (referring to Obama’s home as “a frickin’ mansion”)

separate statements from spokesdroid Brian Rogers.  And as I predicted here, the McCain campaign already is playing the POW card:

“This is a guy who lived in one house for five and a half years — in prison,” referring to the prisoner of war camp that McCain was in during the Vietnam War.

And it’s not over yet — here’s the latest from Politico:

John McCain’s family owns at least eight properties — not the seven Democrats are alleging or the four McCain’s staff identified — according to a Politico analysis of property and tax records, as well as interviews.

The presumptive Republican nominee, though, may have some wiggle room in explaining why he couldn’t immediately provide an answer when asked by Politico how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, own. Sen. McCain himself does not own any of the properties. They’re all owned by Cindy McCain, her dependent children and the trusts and companies they control.

Brian Rogers, a McCain spokesman, did not question Politico’s analysis, but said his boss’s bungling of the how-many-homes question is a nonissue.  “Voters care a lot more about candidates’ personal ethics than about how many houses or residences or doghouses that John and Cindy McCain own,” he said.

Whoopsie!  I think that’s statement number four.  Not that they’re worried or anything.

I wouldn’t want to be in Mr. Rogers’ shoes right now.  He’s beginning to sound like Kevin Bacon at the end of Animal House, screaming “everyone stay calm!!!” over and over again, getting more and more hysterical in the process.

One common theme in this tidal wave of Rogersian retorts is Tony Rezko:

[Rogers] questioned efforts by McCain’s Democratic rival, Barack Obama, to exploit the issue, given that Obama benefited from a 2005 land deal with the wife of convicted Chicago businessman — and former Obama fundraiser — Tony Rezko that expanded the Obama family’s newly purchased $1.65 million homestead.  “The reality is that Barack Obama purchased his million-dollar mansion in a shady deal involving a convicted felon, and it raises questions about his ethics and judgment,” said Rogers.

The problem for the McCain campaign is that the Rezko issue is old news, having pretty much played out during the primary.  Sure, their lickspittle surrogates Fox News, Washington Times, Rush Limbaugh and their ilk will go along with their messaging, but I have my doubts that the MSM will buy the ethics ploy.

Furthermore, do they really want to open that door?  Are they sure there are no skeletons in the one of the many closets now owned by the McCains?  Are they absoutely positive that Cindy’s family never did anything unethical?  I’m not suggesting that they did do anything wrong.  But playing the ethics card is basically a dare to the media to “bring it on.”

And sooner or later, the rich girl quotes from Cindy are going to start to do damage.  Take this one, for example:

When I bought the first [condo in Coronado, outside San Diego], my husband, who is not a beach person, said, ‘Oh this is such a waste of money; the kids will never go,’” she said in Vogue. “Then it got to the point where they used it so much I couldn’t get in the place. So I bought another one.”

Oh Cindy, you wacky wacky spoiled princess, you.  Such a kidder!

I loved Hilzoy’s take on this today:

Just the other day I asked myself: self, how many pens do you have? And honestly, I just couldn’t remember. Did I or did I not put a ballpoint from the Karachi Sheraton in my briefcase by mistake? And what about the one that sort of exploded the other day while I was checking my phone messages: did I actually throw it away? And the one I bought in a moment of folly back in the 80s, the one with the sparkly green ink that has completely dried up because I never actually used it: is it still lurking somewhere in my office?

That’s how the super-rich think of real estate:  interchangeable objects to be used and then discarded.  At least that’s what I said to Molly while we were driving to our chalet in the Adirondacks last week.  Or was it the week before, when we were visiting our beach house in Tahiti?

I can never keep those damn houses straight.

If the number of McCain mansions keeps growing, Mr. Rogers is going to have to find a different neighborhood, one that doesn include increasingly monotonous attacks on Obama’s character.

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