Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

McShameless’ John Lewis Pander

John Lewis

McCain raised some eyebrows when he rattled off John Lewis as one of the people who he would seek counsel from were he to be president.

Three whose counsel Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., would seek: Gen. David Petraeus, “one of great military leaders in American history who took us from defeat to victory in Iraq”; civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, “who can teach us all a lot about the meanings of courage and commitment to causes greater than ourself”; and his economic adviser and eBay CEO Meg Whitman.

Like so much else associated with McCain, it was a shameless pander:

Central in McCain’s telling was John Lewis, a man of just 25 who was at the front of the march and absorbed the first blow. Millions of Americans, McCain noted, “watched brave John Lewis fall.”

But even though McCain has now repeatedly cited Lewis as a role model and potential adviser, McCain has not established a relationship with the Georgia Democrat in the 22 years they have served in Congress together. At the time of McCain’s Selma speech, a Lewis associate told my colleague David Corn that McCain has never been close to Lewis. Lewis was not told about McCain’s speech in Selma in advance, nor was he invited to attend.

In response to McCain’s latest invocation of his name, Rep. Lewis said in a statement requested by Mother Jones, “I cannot stop one human being, even a presidential candidate, from admiring the courage and sacrifice of peaceful protesters on the Edmund Pettus Bridge or making comments about it.” But, he added, “Sen. McCain and I are colleagues in the US Congress, not confidantes. He does not consult me. And I do not consult him.”

Perhaps McCain should have consulted Lewis before he voted against the Martin Luther King Holiday. Lewis is of course a Civil Rights legend, and the fact that McCain would massively overstate their relationship is pathetic.

August 19, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,


  1. Ha, McShameless.

    Comment by dansac | August 19, 2008 | Reply

  2. McSurge is on this “surge” trip again and it’s funny how he has nothing to offer the people and yet they will still vote for him instead of the “black” guy. I just don’t understand!

    Oh and Countdown with Keith Olbermann was great on his “special comments” segment. A must see!

    Comment by trellskig | August 19, 2008 | Reply

  3. YES! McShameless. Someone should spray paint that on his straight talk express.

    And Keith telling someone of McCain’s ‘seasoning’ to grow up — Priceless. His best special comment since he told Bush to ‘Shut the __ up!’

    Comment by taylor Siluwe | August 19, 2008 | Reply

  4. John McStooge and John (Clue-less) Lewis

    Comment by Turban Joe Balasootoe | October 21, 2008 | Reply

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