Bil Browning

John McCain disses David Letterman; Letterman responds

Filed By Bil Browning | September 25, 2008 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Media, Politics
Tags: David Letterman, economic crisis, election 2008, John McCain, Late Show with David Letterman, Letterman, McCain campaign, Sarah Palin

While John McCain was scheduled to appear on last night's Late Show with wheresmccain.jpgDavid Letterman, he canceled his appearance at the last minute citing his decision to suspend his campaign and claiming he was "racing for the airport." Dave ripped McSame a new asshole for the campaign's obvious lack of faith in Sarah Palin and called out the pandering politician for his slimy political ploy.

"But here's what you do when you're running for campaign in the middle of an economic crisis... You're a fourth term senator... you go back to Washington, you handle what you need to handle. Don't suspend your campaign. You let your campaign go on shouldered by your vice-presidential nominee, that's what you do... You say 'I gotta get back to Washington to save this country!' Good for you! 'And while I'm gone, campaigning in my stead will be my great running mate from the state of Alaska, Sarah Palin.' And she comes out and campaigns. What happened there? What's the problem? Where is she? Why isn't she doing that? Something has gotten to him. This doesn't smell right. This is not the way a tested hero behaves."

But wait until you see Letterman's reaction when he finds out that McCain is giving an interview to Katie Couric instead of "racing for the airport." Video after the jump.

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Is there anyone left in the nation who seriously believes that John McCain isn't attempting to use this mess he helped create for his own personal political gain? Does anyone still think that Sarah Palin is qualified to run our country if she can't campaign for a few days without Big Daddy McCain around to chaperone?

And just for fun, Letterman's Top Ten list from last night:

10 Questions People Are Asking John McCain

10. I just contributed to your campaign - how do I get my money back?
9. Hi, this is Sarah Palin. Does this mean I'm Parsi'dent?
8. Can't you solve this by selling some of your homes?
7. Hi, this is Clay Aiken. Is McCain single?
6. Do you still think the fundamentals of our economy are strong, genius?
5. Are you doing all of this just to get out of going on Letterman?
4. What would Matlock do?
3. Hillary here, my schedule is free Friday night.
2. Is this just an excuse to catch up on napping?
1. This is President Bush, what's all this trouble with the economy?

But the icing on the cake? It looks like the Senate has already come to a compromise. They are meeting at 10am EST to finalize details. Will McCain even be back in Washington in time for the meeting? What time does that Clinton Global Initiative end?

As Rep Barney Frank points out so succinctly:

Democratic Rep. Barney Frank said on Wednesday Democrats had reached an agreement on a financial bailout plan, and there would be enough votes to pass it and send it to President George W. Bush to sign into law.

"We now have between House and Senate Democrats an agreement on what we think should be in the bill, and we have a meeting scheduled at 10 a.m. tomorrow to meet with the Republicans," said Frank, who chairs the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee.

Frank took a dig at Republican presidential nominee John McCain, who has interrupted his campaign to return to Washington on Thursday to help work on a bailout bill.

"All of sudden, now that we are on the verge of making a deal, John McCain here drops himself in to help us make a deal, Frank said. "I really worry about the politicalization."

So do I, Barney. So do I.

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This - a stunt, McCain has no understanding of economics plus he has the nerve to get economic advice from phil gramm lol?

and mccain has been on late show 14 times 13 more than obama and the number of cars he owns - who the rock star?

Don't forget that he hasn't voted in the Senate since April. Suddenly he remembers the job he's being paid to do?

S Brian Walters | September 25, 2008 12:18 PM

I love Frank's quote in this article at MSNBC

"'We’re going to have to interrupt a negotiating session tomorrow between the Democrats and Republicans on a bill where I think we are getting pretty close, and troop down to the White House for their photo op,” Frank said."

I was watching Letterman last night and once it became apparent where the night was headed, I glued myself to the tube. I don't believe I've laughed as much or had a better time watching that show in years.

The first YouTube posted cuts out the bit where Letterman points out that McCain was going back to Washington to fix something that he should have fixed as a sitting senator for the last several years. And, Letterman added, that maybe if McCain hadn't taken two years off from being a senator to campaign for the White House, maybe this financial situation wouldn't need saving.

Frankly it was the best time I've had watching any late night show in years.

I usually watch Leno, but Keith Olbermann gave a heads up on his show about the ensuing hilarity. All I can say is, *never* piss Dave off!!

If McCain loses this election, Letterman could very well have made the difference. He'll certainly be glad to take credit for it. And how perfect was it that they replaced McCain with his chief antagonist, Olbermann?

My favorite Frank quote about this McCain nonsense is that it's the longest Hail Mary pass in the history of football, and in the history of Marys.

I didn't get to see it since I fell asleep, but Jerame tells me that Craig Ferguson also gave McCain hell over "suspending" his campaign.

I didn't see Dave on the air, but have seen YouTube excerpts, and indeed it makes for some extremely fascinating viewing! Highly recommended.

My respect for Dave has gone way, way up. (While I've always appreciated that he's less homophobic than Jay or Conan.)

He had every right to be pissed.

He was lied to.

by a Hero.


Hmmm. If he lies about something as little as this...

Worry about the politicization? How is any part of this problem not political?

For three decades we've listened to the Gospel of Deregulation sold to us as the savior of the economy. People swallowed it and it was 100% political - we knew it would fail and it did.

Ugh, so frustrating, what with Barney thinking that we need to rush that money out. Willing to backstab the American people, once again.