Quote Of The Day

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in History, McCain, Media, Rove

“Mr. McCain is the most private person to run for president since Calvin Coolidge in the 1920s. He needs to share (or allow others to share) more about him, especially his faith. The McCain and Obama campaigns are mirror opposites. Mr. McCain offers little biography, while Mr. Obama is nothing but.”
- Karl Rove in a WSJ editorial today.

Hmmm…

Quick survey…raise your hand if you knew WELL before this campaign that McCain was shot down in Vietnam and suffered for years in a POW camp? All of you? Okay, good.

Rove knows very well that McCain’s personal narrative has been public knowledge for quite some time now, but that won’t stop the architect from trying to build yet another false premise…that of McCain as the “Un-celebrity.”

By the way, I have absolutely NO problem with John McCain being the political celebrity he is. Honestly, I don’t think he’d be the candidate this time around if he hadn’t been this well known. It definitely gave him a leg up on that massive field of Republican candidates. But it’s laughable to suggest that McCain is “most private person to run for president since Calvin Coolidge.” I mean…come on…

One last thing…click through to read a list of all of the television and movies John McCain has appeared on as “Himself”, including the wrestling program “WWF Raw is War”, the sitcom “The Tony Danza Show” and the film “Wedding Crashers.”

Courtesy of IMDB

“Today” …. Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
… aka NBC News Today (USA: promotional title)
… aka The Today Show (USA)
– Episode dated 21 July 2008 (2008) TV episode …. Himself
– Episode dated 28 December 2007 (2007) TV episode …. Himself

“Late Night with Conan O’Brien” …. Himself / … (3 episodes, 2004-2008)
… aka Late Night with Conan O’Brien (Australia)
– Episode dated 18 July 2008 (2008) TV episode (as Senator John McCain) …. Herself
– Episode dated 25 May 2005 (2005) TV episode …. Himself
– Episode dated 27 May 2004 (2004) TV episode …. Himself

“Entertainment Tonight” …. Himself (2 episodes, 2008)
… aka E.T. (USA: informal title)
… aka ET Weekend (Australia: weekend title)
… aka Entertainment This Week (weekend title)
… aka This Week in Entertainment (USA: weekend title)
– Episode dated 4 June 2008 (2008) TV episode …. Himself
– Episode dated 9 May 2008 (2008) TV episode …. Himself

“Saturday Night Live” …. Himself / … (2 episodes, 2002-2008)
… aka NBC’s Saturday Night (USA: first season title)
… aka SNL (USA: informal title)
… aka SNL 25 (USA: alternative title)
… aka Saturday Night (USA: second season title)
… aka Saturday Night Live ’80 (USA: sixth season title)
… aka The Best of Saturday Night Live (USA: rerun title)
– Steve Carell/Usher (2008) TV episode (as Senator John McCain) …. Himself
– Senator John McCain/The White Stripes (2002) TV episode …. Himself – Host

“Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” …. Himself (1 episode, 2008)
… aka Live with Regis (USA: new title)
… aka Live with Regis & Kelly (USA: new title)
– Episode dated 14 May 2008 (2008) TV episode (as Senator John McCain) …. Himself

“The O’Reilly Factor” …. Himself (4 episodes, 2005-2008)
– Episode dated 9 May 2008 (2008) TV episode (as Sen. John McCain) …. Himself
– Episode dated 8 May 2008 (2008) TV episode (as Sen. John McCain) …. Himself
– Episode dated 27 December 2007 (2007) TV episode (as Sen. John McCain) …. Himself
– Episode dated 26 July 2005 (2005) TV episode …. Himself

“The Daily Show” …. Himself (12 episodes, 2001-2008)
… aka A Daily Show with Jon Stewart (USA: new title)
… aka Jon Stewart (Australia)
… aka The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (USA: new title)
… aka The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Global Edition (International: English title: cut version)
– Episode dated 7 May 2008 (2008) TV episode (as Senator John McCain) …. Himself
– Episode dated 16 August 2007 (2007) TV episode …. Himself
– Episode dated 24 April 2007 (2007) TV episode (as Sen. John McCain) …. Himself
– Episode dated 24 July 2006 (2006) TV episode (as Sen. John McCain) …. Himself
– Episode dated 4 April 2006 (2006) TV episode (as Sen. John McCain) …. Himself
(7 more)

“WWF Raw Is War” …. Himself (1 episode, 2008)
… aka Raw Is War (USA: short title)
… aka WWE Monday Night RAW (USA: new title)
… aka WWE Raw (USA: new title)
… aka WWF Raw (USA: new title)
– Episode dated 21 April 2008 (2008) TV episode …. Himself

“The View” …. Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2008)
– Episode dated 10 April 2008 (2008) TV episode (as Senator John McCain) …. Himself
– Episode dated 8 November 2005 (2005) TV episode (as Sen. John McClain) …. Himself

“Late Show with David Letterman” …. Himself / … (8 episodes, 2001-2008)
… aka Late Show Backstage (USA: title for episodes with guest hosts)
… aka Letterman (Australia)
… aka The Late Show (USA: informal short title)
– Episode #15.90 (2008) TV episode (as Senator John McCain) …. Himself – Guest
– Episode #15.41 (2008) TV episode …. Himself – Pre-taped segment/’Late Show Candidate Spotlight’
– Episode #15.40 (2008) TV episode …. Himself – Pre-taped segment/’Late Show Candidate Spotlight’
– Episode dated 28 February 2007 (2007) TV episode …. Himself
– Episode dated 9 February 2006 (2006) TV episode …. Himself
(3 more)

“IFC News: 2008 Uncut” …. Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
– Episode #1.10 (2008) TV episode …. Himself
– Introducing the Circus (2007) TV episode …. Himself

“Larry King Live” …. Himself (9 episodes, 2004-2008)
– Jon McCain (2008) TV episode …. Himself
– With President Bush address Tonight (2007) TV episode …. Himself
– Sen. John McCain (2007) TV episode …. Himself
– Sen John McCain (2007) TV episode …. Himself
– Episode dated 10 January 2007 (2007) TV episode …. Himself
(4 more)

“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” …. Himself / … (10 episodes, 2001-2008)
– Episode dated 31 January 2008 (2008) TV episode …. Himself
– Episode dated 29 August 2007 (2007) TV episode (as Senator John McCain) …. Herself
– Episode dated 28 August 2007 (2007) TV episode …. Himself
– Episode dated 7 August 2006 (2006) TV episode …. Himself
– Episode dated 18 April 2006 (2006) TV episode …. Himself
(5 more)

CNN/YouTube Republican Debate (2007) (TV) …. Himself
“On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren” …. Himself (1 episode, 2007)
– Episode dated 20 September 2007 (2007) TV episode …. Himself

Darfur Now (2007) …. Himself

“The Situation Room” …. Himself (1 episode, 2007)
– Episode dated 5 July 2007 (2007) TV episode …. Himself

The World Awaits: De La Hoya vs. Mayweather (2007) (TV) (uncredited) …. Himself – Audience Member

“American Morning” …. Himself (1 episode, 2007)
– Episode dated 1 May 2007 (2007) TV episode …. Himself

“The Michael Smerconish Show on MSNBC” …. Himself (1 episode, 2007)
– Episode dated 24 April 2007 (2007) TV episode …. Himself

“Face the Nation” …. Himself (4 episodes, 2006)
– Episode dated 24 September 2006 (2006) TV episode (as Sen. John McCain) …. Himself
– Episode dated 9 July 2006 (2006) TV episode (as Sen. John McCain) …. Himself
– Episode dated 7 May 2006 (2006) TV episode (as Sen. John McCain) …. Himself
– Episode dated 15 January 2006 (2006) TV episode (as Sen. John McCain) …. Himself

“This Week” …. Himself (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
– Episode dated 17 September 2006 (2006) TV episode (as Sen John McCain) …. Himself
– Episode dated 13 August 2006 (2006) TV episode (as Sen John McCain) …. Himself
– Episode dated 2 July 2006 (2006) TV episode (as Sen John McCain) …. Himself
– Episode dated 26 February 2006 (2006) TV episode (as Sen John McCain) …. Himself
– Episode dated 18 December 2005 (2005) TV episode (as Sen John McCain) …. Himself

“Meet the Press” …. Himself (6 episodes, 2003-2006)
… aka Meet the Press with Tim Russert (USA: complete title)
– Episode dated 20 August 2006 (2006) TV episode (as Sen. John McCain) …. Himself
– Episode dated 2 April 2006 (2006) TV episode (as Sen. John McCain) …. Himself
– Episode dated 4 December 2005 (2005) TV episode (as Sen. John McCain) …. Himself
– Episode dated 19 June 2005 (2005) TV episode …. Himself
– Episode dated 6 June 2004 (2004) TV episode …. Himself
(1 more)

“Hardball with Chris Matthews” …. Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
– Episode dated 14 July 2006 (2006) TV episode …. Himself
– Episode dated 1 March 2005 (2005) TV episode …. Himself

“CNN Live Today” …. Himself (1 episode, 2006)
– Episode dated 8 June 2006 (2006) TV episode …. Himself

Port Town (2006) …. Himself

2006 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner (2006) (TV) …. Himself

Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater (2006) …. Himself

“Tavis Smiley” …. Himself (1 episode, 2006)
– Episode dated 6 January 2006 (2006) TV episode …. Himself

“The Tony Danza Show” …. Himself (1 episode, 2005)
– Episode #2.55 (2005) TV episode …. Himself

“Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith” …. Himself (1 episode, 2005)
– Episode dated 10 November 2005 (2005) TV episode …. Himself

“The Charlie Rose Show” …. Himself (1 episode, 2005)
… aka Charlie Rose (USA: new title)
– Episode dated 31 October 2005 (2005) TV episode …. Himself

“ESPN 25: Who’s #1?” …. Himself (1 episode, 2005)
– The Best World Series (2005) TV episode …. Himself

“Beyond the Glory” …. Himself (1 episode, 2005)
– Ultimate Fighting Championship (2005) TV episode …. Himself

Wedding Crashers (2005) (uncredited) …. Himself

“NBC Nightly News” …. Himself (3 episodes, 2005)
– Episode dated 27 May 2005 (2005) TV episode (as Sen. John McCain) …. Himself
– Episode dated 26 May 2005 (2005) TV episode (as Sen. John McCain) …. Himself
– Episode dated 18 May 2005 (2005) TV episode (as Sen. John McCain) …. Himself

“ESPN SportsCentury” …. Himself (1 episode, 2005)
– Pat Tillman (2005) TV episode …. Himself

Missing, Presumed Dead: The Search for America’s POWs (2005)

Why We Fight (2005) …. Himself
… aka Nerf de la guerre, Le (France: TV title)

“60 Minutes” …. Himself (1 episode, 2004)
… aka TV Land Legends: The 60 Minutes Interviews (USA: rerun title)
– Episode dated 31 October 2004 (2004) TV episode (as Sen. John McCain) …. Himself

“Paula Zahn Now” …. Himself (3 episodes, 2004)
– Episode dated 28 September 2004 (2004) TV episode …. Himself
– Episode dated 7 June 2004 (2004) TV episode …. Himself
– Episode dated 23 April 2004 (2004) TV episode …. Himself

“ABC Evening News” …. Himself (1 episode, 2004)
… aka ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings (USA: long new title)
… aka ABC World News with Charles Gibson (USA: new title)
… aka ABC WorldNews Tonight (USA: new title)
… aka Peter Jennings with the News (USA: new title)
– Episode dated 8 April 2004 (2004) TV episode (as Sen John McCain) …. Himself

“ABC News Nightline” …. Himself (1 episode, 2004)
… aka Nightline
– Episode dated 5 April 2004 (2004) TV episode (as Sen. John McCain) …. Himself

“Arizona Highways” (2004) TV series …. Himself (unknown episodes)

“Listen Up! Charles Barkley with Ernie Johnson” …. Himself (1 episode, 2002)
… aka Listen Up! (USA: short title)
– Episode #1.1 (2002) TV episode …. Himself

Lewis Black: Taxed Beyond Belief (2002) (TV) …. Himself

Return with Honor (1998)


This entry was posted on Thursday, August 7th, 2008 and is filed under History, McCain, Media, Rove. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

14 Responses to “Quote Of The Day”

  1. Susanna K. Says:

    What stood out to me about that quote was Karl Rove’s grammar. How about “He needs to share… more about himSELF.”

  2. Ed in NJ Says:

    McCain is the true empty suit. He’s never held a job in the public sector in his life, all his money and houses comes from his wife. His whole false maverick persona is built on TV appearances and political calculation.

    This just shows how out of touch Karl Rove is these days. Does he really want the media peeling back the public image of John McCain, and looking into his various scandals, his hypocrisy on campaign finance reform, his multiple mansions and $500 shoes, or his less than stellar navy academic and performance record?

  3. rusty075 Says:

    Odd that Rove would suggest that McCain be more open, “especially about his faith” considering that McCain changed religions specifically to help his bid for president. Going back to his Air Force days he listed himself as an Episcopalian, but starting in September of 2007 he began insisting that he is, and always has been, a Baptist. (even though he’s never been baptized, which is kinda a big deal for Baptists) I’m sure that flip had nothing to do with shoring up support amongst the religious right, right? Changing from the progressive, liberal (relatively) Episcopalian to the ultra-conservative Baptist is perhaps the most callous of McCain’s various abandonments of his previously held principals in this last-ditch effort to become president. It’s one thing to tweak your stand on political issues, but to change you religion to help you become president?

    No, the only time McCain is going to bring up religion in this campaign will be in regards to Rev. Wright.

  4. kranky kritter Says:

    Ed, it strikes me as extremely ugly to suggest that someone who served in the military and was prisoner of war is an empty suit. I am now inclined to consider anything you say here as the easily dismissable rantings of rabid partisan.

    Justin, I think you’re making a GREAT point about McCain and all the time he has spent leveraging celebrity. It’s quite clear to me that Rove and his ilk are eager to portray McCain as the humble everyman Joe-Bag-of_Doughnuts in contrast to Obama.

    But its pretty much a big lie. McCain has been glad-handing his way round the pop culture for quite some time now.In that time, he has not received the depth or breadth of celebrity that Obama has, but clearly it’s not due to a lack of trying. So all you folks out there gobbling up JohnMcCain’s “harley davidsons make the sound of freedom” bullshit need to take a second look.

  5. Jazzy Says:

    Rusty,

    You just proved the whole point of Rove’s claim. John McCain was never in the Air Force. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and former Naval Aviator. You have so much knowledge on random bad parts of McCain and yet fail to know even the most basic knowledge about the man.

    I agree with Rove on this point. McCain has one of the greatest recent American war stories. It is on the same level as Admiral Stockdale or Colonel Ripley, yet he refuses to talk about it with the American people. Why is up for debate.

  6. ExiledIndependent Says:

    There’s a difference between being in the public eye and being open about oneself. We see celebrities with much more frequency than McCain or Obama, and we don’t know what their personal beliefs necessarily are, who their favorite teacher was in elementary school, did they cry when they watched Old Yeller for the first time. We shouldn’t confuse (and as Americans we do it too often) familiarity with intimacy or closeness.

    And Justin, I love the way you push the MEME that McCain is just as much a celebrity as Obama. Subtle, but nice.

  7. The Independent Torch Says:

    No.. he really is a privacy minded individual. Just because he’s been on CNN 24/7 since December doesn’t mean he’s given the public a real insight into who he is.

    For example, he wanted to keep his POW records private so badly that he sealed access to certain POW records for everyone.. .pissing off lots of veterans in the process. See here for their reactions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBiti-ZbeO0
    The public just knows that he was a POW for years and doesn’t know if the rumors that he made anti-american propaganda tapes is true or not. He could open up POW records and end the rumors..

    Another example is the misunderstanding by the public that he is a typical average guy. He’s not. He doesn’t let the public see him surrounded by the vast wealth that he enjoys.

    There’s also the public misconception that he’s the “maverick” .. because in past years he went against the Republican status quo. He’s flip-flopped on almost every issue he had with the party and now tows the line for them. Go watch some clips of him from 2000 compared to the John McCain of today: http://therealmccain.com/

  8. Justin Gardner Says:

    And Justin, I love the way you push the MEME that McCain is just as much a celebrity as Obama. Subtle, but nice.

    If you don’t think John McCain has purposefully and methodically crafted a “maverick” image for himself so he could run for president in 2000 and 2008, you’ve got some serious blinders on.

    McCain is one of the few true political celebrities out there, and that’s been the case long before we even knew who Barack Obama was.

    As I’ve said, I don’t begrudge him this, but when he starts talking about how somebody else is a celebrity and that’s why you shouldn’t vote for him? Come on…you’re telling me you don’t call BS on that?

  9. Rich Hudson Says:

    >Mr. McCain offers little biography, while Mr. Obama is nothing but.

    And McCain says nothing but lies and baseless character assassinations, while Mr. Obama is nothing but the actual issue.

    But at least Rove’s consistent — it’s only a short jump from “most private president” to “most secretive president.” As if keeping things from the public is a good thing.

  10. wcf Says:

    Republicans create and live in their own reality, which has absolutely nothing to do with facts. Rove is the supreme master of that alternate reality.

  11. J. Harden Says:

    I think is point is not that Obama is a celebrity so don’t vote for him. I think his point is that Obama is nothing but a celebrity, so don’t vote for him.

  12. Justin Gardner Says:

    I think is point is not that Obama is a celebrity so don’t vote for him. I think his point is that Obama is nothing but a celebrity, so don’t vote for him.

    Well, that’s obviously false too. Either way it makes McCain look foolish for creating the ad.

  13. Justin Gardner Says:

    And McCain says nothing but lies and baseless character assassinations, while Mr. Obama is nothing but the actual issue.

    Rich, I’m guessing you were being facetious with this, yeah?

  14. Another Twit Says:

    @kranky kritter

    Ed, it strikes me as extremely ugly to suggest that someone who served in the military and was prisoner of war is an empty suit.

    It strikes me as extremely surprising that you would assume that military service and being a prisoner of war qualifies someone to be president in any way. While I do not believe that McCain is an empty suit in any way, I can’t help but be confused by those that use his military service record as an example of his intelligence or effectiveness as president.

    There are plenty of other examples one can use to point out McCain’s potential as our future president. If you don’t, however, I might be forced to “consider anything you say here as the easily dismissable rantings of rabid partisan.” [sic]

Leave a Reply


NOTE TO COMMENTERS:


You must ALWAYS fill in the two word CAPTCHA below to submit a comment. And if this is your first time commenting on Donklephant, it will be held in a moderation queue for approval. Please don't resubmit the same comment a couple times. We'll get around to moderating it soon enough.


Also, sometimes even if you've commented before, it may still get placed in a moderation queue and/or sent to the spam folder. If it's just in moderation queue, it'll be published, but it may be deleted if it lands in the spam folder. My apologies if this happens but there are some keywords that push it into the spam folder.


One last note, we will not tolerate comments that disparage people based on age, sex, handicap, race, color, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry. We reserve the right to delete these comments and ban the people who make them from ever commenting here again.


Thanks for understanding and have a pleasurable commenting experience.


Related Posts: