February 6, 2008, - 12:48 pm

John McCain Versus the Lawyers . . . Or Not

By Debbie Schlussel
If you’ve been watching a lot of TV coverage of the Presidential race, you’ve probably seen footage of John McCain telling a lawyer joke (the video is posted below, and the lawyer joke starts at about 1:10 into it). It’s been bothering a lot of lawyers (not me, though).
McCain is proud of the fact that of the major, viable candidates, he’s the only one without a law degree. As a lawyer who readily admits that my professional colleagues contribute to a lot of the problems in America, normally I’d say that’s an asset. We had a lawyer–actually a husband and wife lawyer team–running the country for eight years, and I don’t wish a return to those days.

McCain Comedy Routine Needs a Lotta Work

The problem is that John McCain hasn’t exactly been against the lawyers in recent years. As you’ll recall, he was a strong supporter of ganging up on big tobacco. Who benefitted? The lawyers. And not just any lawyers, but the litigious lawyer fatcats who create an annual $10 billion plus tax on America. And he supported all kinds of other laws that help lawyers file more lawsuits . . . whether it’s campaign finance reform (a current lawsuit against people who made an anti-Hillary movie) or his opposition to Gitmo and torturing terrorists (that benefitted the ACLU and Islamist variety of lawyers).
So while John McCain–with whom I have many problems, but whom I’d much rather have than Cankles or Honorary NOI Minister Hussein Obama–may repeatedly use this tired, hackneyed joke to try to differentiate himself from both catfish and lawyers, his legislative career tells us otherwise: He’s in bed with the lawyers.
(President Bush also played the anti-lawyer game. But in office, he hired a bunch of incompetent lawyers to run important programs for which they were woefully inept–remember Michael Garcia and, now Julie Myers, at ICE? Michael Chertoff . . . Hello? You think McCain will be different? Or Romney?)
Let’s hope that this will change, once he’s in the White House. But don’t count on it. We basically have all lawyers–including honorary lawyer who doth protest too much, John McCain–running for Prez.
And that’s not a good thing. You remember what Shakespeare wrote about the first thing to do . . .

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7 Responses

McCain is DOA. In a race against a Democrat, the real Democrat will win over the fake one every time. You can bend over for Ted Kennedy all you want, but in the end, Ted is going with Obama.
Forget what the polls say now. McCain is not gonna beat anybody. He’ll get Bob Dole numbers.
The next four years will be a disaster of Jimmy Carter proportions. Watch your money and pray for what’s left of Israel.

barrypopik on February 6, 2008 at 1:19 pm

I despise John McCain, but I’ve come to the conclusion that we are better off with him than without him if he is nominee. I believe there is too much at stake with congress already in control of both houses. Debbie, what is this lawsuit you are talking about involving an anti-Hillary movie?

metal321 on February 6, 2008 at 3:25 pm

Found a story about it. This is an outrage. Man, what I would like to do to McCain. I don’t give a rat’s you know what about his so-called war hero status. I am sick and tired of having to kiss the ass of ‘war heroes’ like John McCain and John ‘traitor’ Kerry.
http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-movie5feb05,0,5831600.story DS]

metal321 on February 6, 2008 at 3:34 pm

A quick note about the Shakespeare quote. It’s actually taken out of context. while most people think it is Shakespeare saying that he can’t stand lawyers, the line is part of a discussion about the best way to revolt against the King. In other words, because lawyers might be able to catch onto the scheme, they have to be done away with before anyone else.

Hourman on February 6, 2008 at 4:38 pm

Yeah, the Shakespeare’s out of context — but this isn’t:
“And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.”

DocLiberty on February 6, 2008 at 8:39 pm

McCain, Huckabee, Obama, Clinton ????
The correct answer IMHO is “none of the above”. There is not a dime’s worth of difference between the Democrat and Republican parties. The U.S.A is in desperate need of a viable third party. Perhaps the 2009 election will give the Libertarian Party the push it needs for 2012. I look for the DOW to drop down between 7,000-8,000 before this “perfect storm” for financial disaster is over. The economy will continue on a downward slide until our country comes back in line with the Constitution upon which is was founded. The federal government is becoming a central clearing house for the redistribution of wealth. Free market capitalism is being replaced by fascist socialism. (Fascism is an authoritarian political ideology that considers the individual subordinate to the interests of the state, party or society as a whole. Socialism refers to a broad array of ideologies and political movements with the goal of a socio-economic system in which property and the distribution of wealth are subject to control. This control may be either directly exercised through popular collectives or indirectly exercised on behalf of the people by the state.)

ParaLyzer on February 6, 2008 at 9:35 pm

John McCain is a Clear and Present Danger to our Constitutional Republic.
He has so many ties to the Illegal Alien lobby that it makes my skin crawl to think what he would do with Executive Orders to bring about his Amnesty plan, even if we were to once again swarm the congressional switch boards.
Michelle Malkin had a whole series of articles about why open borders Juan McCain would be a disaster for this country because of people like Juan Hernandez and Jerry Perenchio, the owner of Spanish Language network Univision. He has appointed these open borders radicals to the inner circle of his election campaign.
Read this article that proves Juan McCain has morphed into a Traitor to this country, would sell out America to the Reconquista’s and support the unconstitutional merger of Mexico, Canada, and the USA into the NAU:
Sadly, the Rockefeller elitist wing of the RNC has sold conservatives out and will sell America out if the former POW is elected to the Presidency.
The prospects for America are looking dim indeed with our choices for President in 2008.
I am afraid that if any of the three nominees were elected, we may not be able to recover from the damage that would be incurred.

ScottyDog on February 9, 2008 at 1:05 pm

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