BOW Award Time

September 13, 2008

About midway through this week I received a nomination for this week’s BOW (Buffoon Of the Week) Award from a friend of mine.  The nomination was for Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Joe Biden, who was at a rally (I’m not sure where) and he introduced a state senator by the name of Chuck Grahm and told the guy to stand up so that he could be acknowledged by the crowd.  Problem was, Chuck Grahm is in a wheelchair.  Clearly Biden didn’t know this and when he realized it he was suitably embarrassed (Google Joe Biden and Chuck Grahm and you can see video of the whole thing, and also read a bunch of comments from wingnutters calling Biden awful things).  Clearly Biden’s advance staff screwed up, and clearly Biden should have done his homework on the guy.  but he recovers well in the video and pokes fun at himself.  Yes it was stupid, which is why it’s a nominee.  But it doesn’t come close to winning.  Why?  Because as this week’s BOW Award will show, it’s more than just stupidity that I’m trying to get at with these awards.  It’s stupidity combined with malice or prejudice.  It’s out-and-out lies.  It’s all the stuff that makes politics in America these days so infuriating.  Maybe buffoon isn’t quite the right word.  Yeah, Biden’s a bit of a buffoon in this instance.  Maybe the right word is shithead.  But this is a family blog, and I really don’t want to be giving away SOW Awards every week….

So this week I’m giving the BOW Award to John McCain and Sarah Palin.  Yep.  Just gave away the punch line didn’t I?  Well, not entirely.  Because I really don’t know what to give it to them for.  They did so much this week that was worthy of the award.  It seemed like everything they did and said was so egregious, I just don’t know which act of buffoonery to recognize.

Do I give it to Palin for lying again and again and again about the Bridge To Nowhere project in Alaska, which she supported before she decided that it would be politically expedient to oppose it?  She keeps giving us that same line:  “I told Congress ‘Thanks but no thanks on that Bridge to Nowhere.'”  McCain keeps on repeating it too.  And of course, it’s just not true.

Do I give it to her for lying again and again and again about being some kind of fiscal reformer who rejects federal pork in the form of earmarks?   She’s going to shake things up when she gets to Washington.  That’s what she tells us.  She doesn’t play those old games.  That’s why it’s so cool that she’s against those earmarks.  Except that this isn’t true either.

Do I give it to her for lying about the one foreign travel experience she has on her wafer-thin foreign relations resume?  See, aside from claiming that Alaska’s proximity to Russia gives her knowledge of foreign affairs, she has also claimed that her trip abroad in 2007 to visit Alaskan National Guard troops stationed overseas was an important experience for her.  She claimed to have gone to Ireland, Germany, Kuwait, and Iraq.  But Palin’s staff has now had to clarify this claim twice, and it now turns out that she never went to Iraq as she originally claimed.

Do I give it to John McCain for stating with a straight face that Barack Obama is to blame for the attacks that Republican speakers at last week’s party convention leveled at the Democratic nominee’s experience as a community organizer?  Yes, he did say that.  It was Thursday night during the CNN forum on service.  McCain, who had been touting the importance of service to community and country, was asked about the derogatory remarks made by, among others, Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin about that chapter in Obama’s life.  And McCain said, “I think the tone of this whole campaign would have been very different if Senator Obama had accepted my request for us to appear in town hall meetings all across America, the same way Jack Kennedy and  Barry Goldwater had agreed to do so. I know that because I”ve been in enough campaigns.”  Watch the clip here.  Talk about blaming the victim!  He goes on to excuse Palin’s remarks and then distance himself from them.  He’s a pretty good contortionist for a guy his age.

Do I give it to the McCain-Palin Campaign for its disgusting and dishonest campaign ads which tried to suggest that Barack Obama had once supported comprehensive sex education for kindergarten age children?  The ad is false on so many points that it’s hard to know where to begin in refuting it.  The bill would not have given “comprehensive sex education” to kindergartners, but would have offered “age appropriate instruction” in large part to help young children know how to recognize and avoid predatory sexual behavior in adults.  The ad also claims that this bill was Obama’s only legislative achievement in the Illinois Senate, which is patently false.  For more information on the bill and this misleading ad, go here.

Do I give it to the McCain-Palin campaign for lying again and again and again about Barack Obama’s tax proposals?  Contrary to what they’re saying, Barack Obama’s tax proposals will benefit far more lower income workers than would the McCain-Palin tax plan, and it would lower taxes on the vast majority of Americans.  Only those with an income above $227,000 would see a tax increase under Obama’s plan.  This isn’t just me saying this.  Check this out.  But of course, facts don’t seem to get in the way of the McCain-Palin lie machine.

And that’s pretty much the point of this week’s BOW Award.  John McCain promised us a different kind of politics.  Bull.  McCain and Palin are lying all the time right now.  It’s really quite remarkable.  And to my surprise and satisfaction, news outlets are finally starting to call them on it.  So this week’s BOW Award goes to John McCain and Sarah Palin, for their apparent inability to tell the truth.  Take a BOW there guys; you’ve earned it.  And by all means keep on telling those whoppers.


5 Responses to “BOW Award Time”

  1. Alex Pendergrass said

    Another great one!

  2. Steph said

    I thought of the BOW award this week when the whole “lipstick on a pig” silliness came about. It seems pretty clear, at least to me, that Obama wasn’t talking about Palin, and McCain himself has used the same phrase during his campaign. It seems they were extra busy this week.

  3. davidbcoe said

    Thanks, Alex.

    Yeah, Steph, I have to admit that I forgot to include the lipstick on a pig thing. That was definitely worthy of a mention, but I was rushed and I left it out.

  4. Lara said

    The problem is that they could win it every week.

  5. davidbcoe said

    Very true, Lara! I’ll have to look extra special hard for other sources of buffoonery. Fortunately, the Bush Administration is still in power…. (There’s a sentence I never thought I’d type.)

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