This campaign season however, it's his jokes that are getting headlines. The media frequently discusses his self deprecating jokes which are apparently "endearing." I find this interesting because most of the jokes that I have heard from him are downright mean.
I think we can all agree that there are certain jokes which can be deemed off-color, not funny, or not appropriate. Those jokes are in one league. However John McCain's jokes are plain ol' mean.
Which jokes am I discussing? Many.
In 1986, Representative John McCain was accused of telling this joke:
Did you hear the one about the woman who is attacked on the street by a gorilla, beaten senseless, raped repeatedly and left to die? When she finally regains consciousness and tries to speak, her doctor leans over to hear her sigh contently and to feebly ask, "Where is that marvelous ape?"
Yes, you were correct. John McCain, presumptive Republican candidate for president was accused of telling a joke about a woman enjoying rape by an ape. WHAT!? Let's ignore the fact that like other McCain jokes, it just not funny. IT'S OFFENSIVE. I'm not going to discuss how disgusting joking about rape is. Evidence? Yeah we got that too.
I said that John McCain was accused of saying this. Who was he accused by? Well it was published in the Tucson Citizen. The response of the campaign at the time was that John McCain didn't recall telling the joke. Hmm? The McCain campaign didn't deny that he told the joke, they denied that McCain remembered telling the joke. Who did remember him telling the joke? Bruce Wright, "a former aide to Rep. Morris K. Udall, D-Ariz., ... and Leigh Larson a Nogales lawyer.
At the end of the article, we learn about another joke that McCain told. Again from the Tucson Citizen:
McCain sparked a controversy early in his Senate campaign with another "joke," when he referred to the retirement community of Leisure World as "Seizure World."
Seizure World? Really?
The jokes didn't stop there.
In 1998, John McCain made a joke that began "Why is Chelsea Clinton so Ugly?" For the Record Chelsea Clinton was 18 and entirely out of the media spotlight (as much as a first daughter could be).
Fast forward to this campaign season.
In 2007, John McCain jokes that the solution to problems in Iran is to "Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran."
In 2008, he jokes about beating his wife.
He jokes that maybe American cigarette sales are our method of killing Iranians, all Iranians.
Not only does John McCain have a bad sense of humor. He doesn't seem to understand that rape, seizures, war, killing civilians, lung cancer, and domestic violence are not funny to Americans.
Let me make it clear. It's not that John McCain told these jokes once. No, John McCain has shown a trend of jokes that show a disgusting dark side. The media should be reporting this. Americans wouldn't be laughing.