Monday, September 15, 2008


Here's Jake Tapper of ABC behaving much less skeptically than usual:

Assuredly McCain isn't comfortable talking about this -- and the McCain campaign discouraged me from writing about this -- but the reason the aged Arizonan doesn't use a computer or send email is because of his war wounds.

I realize some of the nastier liberals in the blogosphere will see this as McCain once again "playing the POW card," but it's simply a fact: typing on a regular keyboard for any sustained period of time bothers McCain physically.He can type, he occasionally does type, but in general the injuries he sustained as a POW -- ones that make it impossible for him to raise his arms high enough to comb his hair -- mean that small tasks make his shoulders ache, so he tries to avoid any repetitive exercise.

So, OK, I guess I'm one of those "nastier" liberals. But you have to be kidding me with this. I mean, first of all, the McCain campaign totally played Tapper with their big show of anguished "discouragement," but whatever.

The key point is, have you heard? People with physical disabilities far more severe than McCain's are using computers every day. There are friggin QUADRIPLEGICS using computers!

(Computer user Michael Goldhammer, an Oregon man who has no use of his arms and legs, and who is not married to a $100 million beer heiress and therefore has to work for a living)

As you can see, this person, Michael Goldhammer of Oregon, has no use of his arms or legs whatsoever and is still using a computer -- perhaps even sending off an e-mail! -- by manipulating the keyboard and trackball mouse with a sort of pipe or stick he grips in his mouth. You truly have to admire Mr. Goldhammer.

So, sorry kids, but is McCain really complaining that his shoulders "ache"? Hey dude, at least you can, like, feel your shoulders!

Also, what about the thousands of workers who suffer from the "aches" of carpal tunnel syndrome but have to keep on using computers, despite intense pain, so that they can, like, you know, make a living and shit?

Sorry, McCain. Go get yourself a helper monkey. And stop trying to blame all of your blunders, shortcomings, foolish notions, self-satisfied ignorance and perverted lies on Charlie.


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