- married to a brilliant independent woman with whom he has children,
- a member of the United Church of Christ,
- a U.S. Senator,
- a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School
On the other hand, we've already had lots of wonderfully *closet-repressed* high-ranking GOP officials with splendid 'normal' White Anglo-Saxon Protestant names: Mark Foley and Larry Craig immediately come to mind.
Let's not forget that Foley had served as chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, but then had issues with inappropriate IMs to Congressional pages:
Maf54: do you really do it face downLarry Craig...well...let's just say he's got a wide stance on how to punch a deuce in a public bathroom.
Teen: well i don't use my hand...i use the bed itself
Maf54: where do you unload it
Maf54: completely naked?
Teen: well ya
Maf54: very nice
Maf54: cute butt bouncing in the air
full IM transcripts here! yay!
So, in summary, I think we're going to find that campaigns or pundits that try to capitalize on American's heightened sense of xenophobia (good work War on Terror!) may work on those who line up for opening night of a Larry the Cable Guy movie, but on the whole sending the message that he's too foreign or strange or perverted based on the fact that his last name isn't Smith or Johnson or McCain doesn't hold much weight...especially when comparing him to some of the aforementioned examples of GOP moral compasstry (that's my Dubya word for the day...compasstry...it's like saying 'I dun lead my life uzing a shinee morul cumpis)...Rush Limbaugh and vicodin anyone?
Also, just to point out the obvious, these remarks designed to provoke fear in a populace are doing so in a manner that is racist. Come on GOP...you cracka-ass-crackas...if this is the best you can do to deter a vote for Barack, keep it up. We're going to breed you haters out of existence.