Voter to McCain: Did you call your wife a c*nt? Update: Questioner signed in as HuffPo contributor

posted at 9:01 pm on May 1, 2008 by Allahpundit

Oh, the screeching, the wailing, the wall-punching outrage if a conservative had put a question this obnoxious to a Democrat. HuffPo, bless its withered heart, describes our interrogator as a “Baptist minister” but read further into their blockquote and you’ll see he’s a former campaign worker for Joe Biden. The peg here is an anecdote from lefty journo Cliff Schechter’s book, “The Real McCain,” alleging that Maverick once dropped this term of non-endearment on his wife in front of reporters. The story’s been circulating in nutroots circles for months, decked out in the trappings of a “legitimate” campaign issue to disguise its real purpose. They do the same thing when outing closeted gay Republicans, framing it as a question of hypocrisy when what they’re really after is the salacious public humiliation that comes with any sex scandal. Same with this: They’re hot to show that Maverick’s a prick and a bad husband, but rather than just circulate the story with that explicit goal, they adorn it with the stupid “substantive” pretext that it speaks to McCain’s temper, as if him acting boorishly towards his wife means he might fly off the handle one night as president and push the button. It’s their way of flattering their own supposed progressive virtue, just like when they pronounced themselves starved for policy questions after the 21st debate of the campaign.

The irony? If they wanted an insight into McCain’s temper, they got one. Click the image to watch and see if any buttons are pushed.


Update: Further to the point that if the ideological roles were reversed here the left would be having itself a conniption, imagine if the questioner had been affiliated with, say, Instapundit or

In an interview with, Parrish said his intentions were simple in posing the question to McCain. The former Joe Biden campaign worker stressed he is very concerned about the Republican presidential nominee’s temperament.

“We have a man whose temper can get the best of him,” Parrish said. “What I am worried about is his temper. Our country is in a serious crisis. This election is the most significant one since 1860. It appears America is asleep — so I stood up and asked the question.”

Parrish signed in as a Huffington Post contributor and was taking pictures at the town hall meeting.

Note that HuffPo itself excerpts portions of this story from Iowa Politics — and conspicuously leaves off just before the paragraph where IP identifies the questioner’s affiliation.

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What you are smelling is the stench of sheer desperation from the Democrats.

They know the only way either of their candidates have a shot at winning is through scorched earth policy of the politics of personal destruction. Unfortunately for them people from both parties have tried to destroy John McCain for the last 30 years and there isn’t anything that they haven’t already tried to use on him.

The Democrats are being consummate fools if they do not kick their nutroots to the curb and do it fast. These people are stupid and their antics will only serve to turn a very negative spotlight on the entire Democratic party, it’s presidential nominee and those who are “down ticket”. The fires they are trying to gleefully start with the idiotic antics of this PuffHo tard will blow back on them tenfold.

Nahanni on May 2, 2008 at 11:52 AM

I hit the clip link and ended up at huffpo, where I read a couple of the comments. Excuse me while I go take a shower and delouse.

AnotherRightWingConspirator on May 2, 2008 at 12:08 PM

addressing mental health–get some help, you poor bastard! At least the guy should have admitted HE calls his abusive wife that, rather than stumbling all over McCain.

BTW, a previous day’s post regarded a snarky editorial from an American N/W elitist vs. the Great Southwest as though good for nothing but to be removed from existence.

Concerning the history of the Great American Southwest, I came across this historical excerpt reprinted in 1930 Oklahoma regarding those who pioneers:

She (Grand) is peopled by a high class of moral citizens easily distinguished from the common run of mortality by their intelligence, push, and enterprise, a characteristic of every true westerner. “It is their intention to make Grand the manufacturing center of Oklahoma, and a seat of learning rivaled by none . . . .”
Chronicles of Oklahoma, Dec.1930

So again, the N/E “elite” separatist view expressed his own self doubt, his own insecurity, that he may well be bested by the Southwest just as Europe was bested by the great American Revolution outcome. Therein, any propaganda promoting a “longing” in America to replicate Europe is absolute malarky! Someone recall the well written intellectual who wrote this past year that Europe needs to no longer “play” the parenting role to America, but recognize the American Constitutional way as longer lasting than any of Europe’s governments, and to respect that American tradition above socialism’s follies.

maverick muse on May 2, 2008 at 12:09 PM

Huffington and her slimy gaggle of followers are pigs . . . there is simply no other explanation.

rplat on May 2, 2008 at 12:11 PM

Socialism’s follies in America feature NATIONAL HEALTH CARE. That socialist care actually promotes the demise of personal responsibility, particularly excusing such crude behavior as demonstrated in the link’s questioner. With socialism, the worst becomes the norm enforced.

maverick muse on May 2, 2008 at 12:14 PM

Baptist minister.
Abusive wife.
Mental health issue.

One of his assertions, at least, was correct.

unclesmrgol on May 2, 2008 at 12:17 PM

That’s a “Baptist minister”?

That’d the the equivalent of Jeremiah Wright as a Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan…

newton on May 2, 2008 at 12:20 PM

My, my…a ‘Baptist minister’ (and HuffPo contributor) used that word to bait McCain. People ‘of the cloth’ are coming unraveled more and more everyday while the lefties are just being themselves: nutjobs.
I did a google search to find a picture of this asshat and guess what? I couldn’t find any. Gee, I wonder why…
Have any of you folks had any luck?; maybe they have a picture of him somewhere with a black box over his beady little ‘Christian’ eyes.

Christine on May 2, 2008 at 12:45 PM

When the folks on the left say something unseemly they are just expressing themselves. HRC and BJ are well-known spewers of obscenities and Obama cloaks his Marxist racism in flowery language as if we wouldn’t feel it, but all that’s ok ‘cuz they are Demos.
Has anyone found a picture of Marty Parrish? I tried but couldn’t find any…strange, huh?

Christine on May 2, 2008 at 12:51 PM

“The former Joe Biden campaign worker stressed he’s very concerned about the Republican presidential nominee’s temperament”. I guess Marty wouldn’t be worried about flying ashtrays and lamps if Herself got the nomination. Or, say Michelle Obama’s scary countenance turning into violent acts.
Methinks Marty doth project too much–for someone who is so concerned about McCain using the worst word you could call a woman–and then hurled it at McCain for all the world to hear. Hypocrite doesn’t sum it up, sicko comes closer.

Christine on May 2, 2008 at 12:58 PM

I’m glad you brought up Carol McCain. Where can I find her positive feedback for her unstable, cheating husband?

Carol McCain was married to Bill Clinton?! Who knew?

jl on May 2, 2008 at 1:02 PM

There’s an old story about Lyndon Johnson from his days as a Congressman from Texas. The story is that he told his campaign manager to start the rumor that his opponent had sexual relations with pigs. The manager responded “But that’s not true!” LBJ said, “Yeah, but I want to see him get up in public and deny it.”

That’s why McCain can’t answer that question, regardless of how untrue it is. Because then the story becomes “John McCain Denies Calling Wife Obscene Name”, with the built-in implication that he did.

jl on May 2, 2008 at 1:07 PM

Marty is an Obamaniac now. He is stealthing his support for Barack with mention of Biden for some strange reason. I wonder why?

unclesmrgol on May 2, 2008 at 1:09 PM

McCain extricated himself from that situation very well.

All thing’s considered though, there’s really no point in taking the high road with these people. Just upbraid them with a “Get lost dumbass” and move on to the next question.

Mike Honcho on May 2, 2008 at 1:35 PM

I’m glad you brought up Carol McCain. Where can I find her positive feedback for her unstable, cheating husband?

Valiant on May 2, 2008 at 11:10 AM

Try the internet, it is something you may know about. You have a stupid habit of being coy…it is not my job to fully educate you, unless you want to pay me.
This will help from Nicolas Christoff (not a friend of McCain)

So John and Carol McCain managed to remain friends, and she has backed him in all his campaigns.

”I’m crazy about John McCain and I love him to pieces,” Carol McCain said, ”but I’m just not going to do any interviews.”

Now this is where Valiant, if he were a person of honor, would say, you’re right, McCain is a man of honor towards women,I can find nothing otherwise.
But you won’t because you are who you are, a little mini muck raker.

right2bright on May 2, 2008 at 2:03 PM

jl on May 2, 2008 at 1:07 PM

Ace of Spades figures McCain’s non-response as admission of guilt, though it had no bearing one way or another. I would not assert that “meaning”, though. THIS is the prime example of refusing to dignify such an assertion with a response. Personally and professionally, McCain responded correctly, spot on. McCain also proved his ability to NOT succumb to angry outburst when provocated by the lowest and meanest trigger. So McCain came out smelling like a rose in a very Presidential manner.

maverick muse on May 2, 2008 at 2:24 PM

Its interesting how the minds eye pictures/defines folks you encounter on the net. For me I see the Kos crowd as kids, granola chomping greenies and memebers of the amateur anarchists of america that have yet to mature, land a real job and raise a family. Regardless of their rhetoric I tend to be much more tolerant and benevolent towards them (I have children in college). The Huff & Puff crowd represents the true enemy of this country; vile self righteous bomb throwing Asshats, socialists, elitist that have succeeded in the very system they now despise. Then there’s fearless leader Arianna, the Soros tramp, I’d like to see someone Huff up a generuos serving of lung butter in her direction! Petuwee…..

Oh ya, McCain played it very well!

dmann on May 2, 2008 at 2:27 PM

I applaud McCain for playing that very cool.

But if McCain had gone over there and stomped that guy’s guts out and then pulled the spine out from his pulpy remains, well, that would have been cool too.

Et tu Brute on May 2, 2008 at 2:37 PM

All thing’s considered though, there’s really no point in taking the high road with these people. Just upbraid them with a “Get lost dumbass” and move on to the next question.

Mike Honcho on May 2, 2008 at 1:35 PM

I agree that there is good cause to have responded with a perfect quip, and that McCain was obviously caught off guard with such an out of the gutter question. Had Fred Thompson been there, we’d have heard “the right words” to use. I am disappointed that the audience, in their shock, were quietly awaiting the answer instead of booing the cultural retard. They played the same quiet game as drive by gogglers eyeing a highway accident without the courage to dial 911. Their applause for McCain was polite and uncomfortable. But this pimple imploded on itself, providing another example of liberalism’s ugly mannerisms being accepted as the social norm, protected by “free speech”. Conservatives had better take note and prepare the response that will nip the boogers in their own bud since this experience is merely a token of how things will come to your own life and family in the given liberal society that corners conservatives into captivity.

The conservative community must draw the line. It has been crossed. Then again, McCain is not a conservative. And he walked away from the confrontation, being the progressive that he is. So he wears his rose boutineer, but he’s not inviting conservatives to the platform. Keep those billfolds shut.

maverick muse on May 2, 2008 at 2:42 PM

Someone here lamented the comments and called for all conservative blogs to confine comments to “snark or satire, or to eliminate comments altogther” because the commenters were just too rough and scary.

And I wonder when was the last time that person read comments at Kos or HuffPo. I want to purge my stomach every time I accidentally end up there, which is rare.

Jaibones on May 2, 2008 at 2:51 PM

Biden/Parrish photo at Gateway Pundit

maverick muse on May 2, 2008 at 3:05 PM

right2bright on May 2, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Ouch. That’s gonna leave a mark.

misterpeasea on May 2, 2008 at 3:16 PM

I think Jl nailed it. And I think McCain handled the ‘question’ the only way he could. And once again…it’s the left dragging things into the mud as fast as they can. Surprised? Mmmm…no.

DngrMse on May 2, 2008 at 4:02 PM

“We have a man whose temper can get the best of him,” Parrish said. “What I am worried about is his temper. Our country is in a serious crisis. This election is the most significant one since 1860. It appears America is asleep — so I stood up and asked the question.”

So the Democrats are purposefully trying to get McCain mad..

We saw this with a reporter on an airplane badgering him..

I expect more stuff like this, I know that McCain has refused Secret Service Protection but he either needs to get some Secret Service detail or get some private security, he could even get some from like Rudy’s Security Firm.

Chakra Hammer on May 2, 2008 at 5:18 PM

McCain has never grown up. He still has the ego from his youth. I don’t know which of the three has a bigger ego and which one has the most hate for good common people

PrezHussein on May 2, 2008 at 8:21 PM

He who throws the ‘C’ word at targets cannot take the high ground

Cheese and sleaze

The harlot church rises around us


entagor on May 2, 2008 at 8:26 PM


Glynn on May 2, 2008 at 9:07 PM


Glynn on May 2, 2008 at 9:07 PM

No, he’s a Soros operative, who’s for Obama.

Entelechy on May 2, 2008 at 11:55 PM

May 3, no new thread yet,
reading McCain’s quote made in Phoenix:

My friends, I will have an energy policy that we will be talking about, which will eliminate our dependence on oil from the Middle East that will prevent us from having ever to send our young men and women into conflict again in the Middle East,” McCain said.

So the MSM has stuck on the “war for oil” idea and McCain says he was referencing the first Iraqi conflict over Kuwait.

But I WANT TO KNOW what on earth McCain means, that our only conflict with the Middle East would rest SOLELY on oil? Idiots deny the existing intrinsic threat to the West of Islamofascism! McCain, STFU.

maverick muse on May 3, 2008 at 9:33 AM

Maywood Woman Rescued after Being Held Hostage for Sixteen Days

Last Edited: Saturday, 03 May 2008, 5:31 PM PDT
Created: Saturday, 03 May 2008, 5:10 PM PDT

A 20-year-old Maywood woman rescued from an abandoned South Los Angeles building, where her ex-boyfriend physically and sexually abused her for sixteen days, police said. Porfirio Izaguirre, 35, is being held in the crime.

Los Angeles — A 20-year-old Maywood woman rescued from an abandoned South Los Angeles building, where her ex-boyfriend physically and sexually abused her for more than two weeks, was hospitalized today, police said.

Porfirio Izaguirre, 35, is being held in the crime, Maywood-Cudahy police Chief Frank Hauptmann said.

The woman, whose name was withheld, is expected to be alright.

A friend reported the woman missing April 16, telling police the ex-boyfriend might have something to do with it.

The woman somehow got a cellular telephone on Tuesday and called a friend, telling her that Izaguirre kidnapped her from her Maywood home and locked her in a 12-by-12 room at an unknown location, Hauptmann said.

The woman said she was being starved and thought she was in part of a banquet hall, Hauptmann said. She also described what she could see out of a window.

Around 7:30 p.m. Friday, police working with FBI agents narrowed the possible locations to one on East Slauson Avenue near Mettler Avenue, he said.

As police were about to enter the building, Izaguirre showed up and was arrested, he said.

The woman was found inside.

“The victim was found in a traumatic state due to the ordeal of being held captive for 16 days,” he said. “She was relieved to see that the police were successful in locating her in such a short period of time.”

The victim was taken to the hospital for a thorough examination, he said, adding that “it was apparent that she had been deprived of food and was sexually assaulted numerous times.”

“She’s (the victim) very traumatized by the whole event,” he said.

DfDeportation on May 3, 2008 at 9:47 PM

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