It was nice to see John McCain relax a little last night on Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” after his pander-drenched town hall meeting in Michigan in which he hit some major themes that are red meat to religious conservatives (jailing sexual predators, apppointing constructivist judges). Jon threw the senator some tough questions, including one about McCain denouncing a particular “spiritual advisor” that he has been associated with – namely President George Bush. He managed to duck that one. In fact, McCain generally handled the questions with good humor, including one about choosing HIllary for the Republican ticket in November (which makes a lot of sense when you consider the spin coming out of the Clinton camp these days about Hillary’s appeal to “Reagan Democrats”).
The one unintended gaff came when McCain said he was going to announce his running mate: Dwight Schrute, the sycophantic nut job on “The Office” played by Rainn Wilson. Obviously someone from McCain’s camp thought it would be “cool” to mention a well known TV character that would resonate with “The Daily Show’s” demographic.
Schrute, described by his creator Wilson as a “fascist nerd”, is a curious choice. I know we shouldn’t read too much into this but shouldn’t McCain do a little vetting before choosing a fictional character that has some of the most despicable personality traits and political views found within his own party? His choice was an insightful bookend to the town hall meeting he moderated earlier in the day.
At Oakland University, McCain voiced his opposition to human trafficking and child pornography (tough issues to be get behind!) and emphasized his preference for appointing justices in the mold of Alito and Roberts – strict law and order policies that would appeal to the rules-obsessed Schrute.
Come to think of it, maybe it wasn’t a staffer who encouraged McCain to mention Schrute. Maybe McCain was inspired by one of Dwight’s many rants, including this one that might give a clue as to McCain’s true feelings about Hillary:
“Women are like wolves. If you want a wolf, you have to trap it. You have to snare it and then you have to tame it. Keep it happy, care for it, feed it. Lovingly. The way that an animal deserves to be loved. And my animal deserves a lot of loving.”
Or maybe, it was this speech from Dwight that McCain thought might pertain to a certain Vietnam war hero …
A hero kills people, people that wish him harm. A hero is part human and part supernatural. A hero is born out of a childhood trauma, or out of a disaster, that must be avenged.