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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

John McCain on Condoms: Uh, Well, Ur, Um....

John McCain doesn't know if condoms stop sexually transmitted disease. In fact he doesn't seem to know much of anything on this issue, or related ones.

Don't believe me. Check this puppy out. Seriously, go read it, it doesn't do justice to just read some snippets. You absolutely must read the whole story. It's ok. I'll wait.

For those of you who are too lazy to read the whole thing, here's the gist of it. While cruising on the Straight Talk Express (Yes, it's back in full force) McCain was asked if he believed condoms stop sexually transmitted diseases. His response? Pause, stumbling, grasping for words, followed by a "I've never gotten into these issues or thought much about them." He then asked an aide for a piece written by Senator Tom Coburn on this issue, so he could consult it for guidance only to find out that "we've lost it."

Seriously? Really? You don't know if condoms prevent STD's? I mean I'll give you some credit that condoms don't prevent all STD's (i.e. HPV) but I really am baffled as to why John McCain could not give a straight forward answer on this. Does he really not know? Or was he worried that saying that condoms do prevent STD's would anger religious conservatives who promote abstinence only policies?

Of course this story opens up to the broader story. That story being, "What the hell happened to John McCain?"

Remember in 2000 when McCain separated himself from the right-wing declaring individuals such as Jerry Falwell "Agent of Intolerance" only to declare last year (on Meet the Press):

RUSSERT: Do you believe that Jerry Falwell is still an agent of intolerance?

MCCAIN: No, I don’t. I think that Jerry Falwell can explain to you his views on this program when you have him on.

Wow. Any thoughts on this one?

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Anonymous Jono said...

Hey, remember that time Bill Frist (a Doctor, mind you) hemmed and hawed over whether or not AIDS could be transmitted via tears? Yeah, that happened, too.

McCain sold his soul before the 2004 election. He spent 4 years disagreeing with Bush on just about everything, and then became his No. 1 fan. What a maverick!

2:44 PM

Anonymous quixotickumquat said...

There is the possibility that before the '04 election the GOP replaced McCain with a programmable android. Otherwise, Bora at Blog-around-the-clock, has produced a testable
theory of the McCain-behavior model.

3:43 PM

Anonymous Dr. Bombay said...

Possible explanations include:

1) He really did go nuts in the Hanoi Hilton;

2) The strain over the Bush Campaign push polling him in South Carolina finally caught up with him, and he is now baffled by simple questions;

3) He's an idiot who has gotten a pas until now because the media wants to make sweet, sweet love to him.

4:06 PM

Blogger (A Little) Gris Gris said...


4) All of the above.

4:09 PM

Blogger Fumbles said...

What the hell!?! I am so tired of being disapoint and underwhelmed by presidential candidates. Can I just vote for Scooter and Lulu and call it a day?

5:35 PM

Blogger Amanda said...

Speaking of Scooter (or something like that)...

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear Scooo-ter,
Happy Birthday to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8:04 PM


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