McCain, asked about Viagra and birth control pills, couldn’t get it up

The eight seconds of McCain’s deer in the headlights expression when asked what he thought about some insurance companies paying for Viagra but not for birth control pills was classic unscripted political theater. His response, basically was that he had an opinion but he’d have to look it up. And this man wants to be president?

Here’s a transcript (see video from Huffington Post) of the exchange aboard his campaign bus, dubbed “The Straight Talk Express”:

Maeve Reston of the L.A. Times: Earlier this week Carly (Fiorina) was meeting with a bunch of reporters and talked about it being unfair that insurance companies cover Viagra but not birth control. And –

McCain: I certainly do not want to discuss that issue.

Reston: But apparently you’ve voted against-

McCain: I don’t know what I voted –

Reston: Voted against coverage of birth control, forcing health insurance companies to cover birth control in the past. Is that still your position?

McCain: I’ll look at my voting record on it, but I have, uh, (5 second pause) , I don’t recall the vote right now. But I’ll be glad to look at it and get back to you as to why, I don’t –

Reston: I guess her statement was that it was unfair that health insurance companies cover Viagra but not birth control. Do you have an opinion on that.

McCain: (after 8 second pause) I don’t know enough about it to give you an informed answer because I don’t recall the vote, I’ve cast thousands of votes in the Senate. I will respond to – it’s a, it’s a-

Reston: Delicate issue?

McCain: It’s something that I had not thought much about and I did hear about her response but I hadn’t thought much. But I will get, I will get back to you today on it.

Reston: Ok

McCain: I don’t usually duck an issue, but I’m, I’ll try to get back to you. (Fox News)

McCain has a memory deficit since he voted against mandating birth control insurance coverage in 2005. This doesn’t seem to be a vote he’d forget. Call it a medi-gap in memory.

Female voters should be made aware of McCain’s rather missionary positions on their rights to control their own bodies.

When he was asked a question with the political red flags Viagra and birth control be became befuddled.

Perhaps the kindest explanation is that his answers were a function of normal aging. Most people have moments like this more frequently as they age.

Or maybe this incident proves nothing more than that McCain is uncomfortable talking about sexual matters. It could be that he takes Viagra himself and had a twinge of anxiety that the reporter had some usually personal (except for Bob Dole) inside the zipper information she might bring up in her next question.

As likely as these possible reasons is the explanation that McCain isn’t in the upper percentile of being intellectually adept when under pressure or feeling irritated. We’ve seen other indications of this in his remarks from “bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” to throwing out the f-word.

I suspect McCain is, in his own way, as intellectually lazy as George W. Bush. I don’t think he is either an analytic or profound thinker.

Since this story is as much about sex as it is about health insurance and McCain’s squirming it is getting a lot of play on television. Unfortunately commentators are laughing about it rather than delving into asking more substantial questions about how it reflects on McCain. But at least as they replay the interview more and more people get to see it.

Hopefully some undecided voters will ask themselves whether the captain of the Straight Talk Express really has the type of intellect to be promoted to commander-in-chief.


Added 7/12/08 “Liar, liar, pants on fire”: The nature and timing of McCain’s divorce from Carol Shepp alienated key friends including the Reagans — and his version doesn’t always match that in court documents. LA Times link

He’s running in part on his history; but can we believe anything this candidate says?

We may never know whether he embellished his POW story. His veracity is thrown into question by his recent Pittsburgh Steelers incident (here’s what the local paper had to say in “McCain’s mind no steel trap in recalling Steelers”: Sen. John McCain stuck his Terrible Towel in his mouth this week.). He really needs Pennsylvania to win so this IS a big deal.

Can we believe this story (from the LA Times article cited above): In 1974, Reagan invited McCain to speak at a governor’s prayer breakfast in Sacramento. The former prisoner of war told the story of a fellow captive who had scratched a prayer on a cell wall. Ronald and Nancy Reagan were reduced to tears. It was “the most moving speech I had ever heard,” Reynolds said.

Comments

  1. Lillibet

    Lillibet Get it up, keep ’em preggers.

    Next they’re going to outlaw women’s “go to work” shoes, or whatever else prevents the state of “non-barefootedness” in the kitchen.

    What’s next?

    Insurance paying for vasectomies, but not tubal ligation?

    It won’t matter, because we all know women have absolutely no right to control over their bodies, nor do they have any right to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Maybe women will be forced to don their very own chastity belts, and hide the keys from the hubbie.

    Now, that’d teach them to treat women without health care parity to control their own biologic destinies.

  2. Hal Brown

    Lillibet – welcome to an old pal. It’s been a long time. Pollchecker: I am turning on MSNBC now hoping to see a video of this.

    Read the rest of what happened from The Washington Post LINK

    The media is starting to pick up this new wrinkle in how clueless McCain is about women’s issues. Check it out here.

    Maybe McCain is really a total prude and his mind goes blank when anybody brings up sex.

    Speaking of sex, what’s with his wife Cindy showing so much cleavage? (Here’s the Google.) I wonder how the press would have reacted if Michelle Obama dress the way Cindy did in her appearance with her husband yesterday.

  3. Hal Brown

    “Liar, liar, pants on fire”: The nature and timing of McCain’s divorce from Carol Shepp alienated key friends including the Reagans — and his version doesn’t always match that in court documents. LA Times link

    He’s running in part on his history; but can we believe anything this candidate says?

    We may never know whether he embellished his POW story. His veracity is thrown into question by his recent Pittsburgh Steelers incident (here’s what the local paper had to say in “McCain’s mind no steel trap in recalling Steelers”: Sen. John McCain stuck his Terrible Towel in his mouth this week.). He really needs Pennsylvania to win so this IS a big deal.

    Can we believe this story (from the LA Times article cited above): In 1974, Reagan invited McCain to speak at a governor’s prayer breakfast in Sacramento. The former prisoner of war told the story of a fellow captive who had scratched a prayer on a cell wall. Ronald and Nancy Reagan were reduced to tears. It was “the most moving speech I had ever heard,” Reynolds said.

  4. pollchecker

    Hal — apparently it is more important that Obama said we should speak a 2nd language than it is that McBush doesn’t know what he said or voted for…regardless of the issue.

    Oh, and here is the new distraction….

    “Sticking A Wrench In The Gearbox” – click here for article

    Want to bet where this got started?(wink)

    By July 25th, it will be refreshing to go to the movies and just watch the new X-files movie…(har,har)…you know…”THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE!” (grin)

  5. Hal Brown

    Well, whatever happens at the convention(s), barring martial law (and lot’s of “I told you so” from the folks who are predicting this), the election will happen and a year or two after that (perhaps much sooner) we will know whose predictions about the candidates are right.

    I think it is just as likely, perhaps more likely, that events and revelations prior to the convention will lead to McCain not being nominated than Obama being replaced by Clinton.

    I bet that many of the Republican power brokers behind closed doors are lamenting that Romney isn’t their candidate.

    And I also bet Mitt himself watches MSNBC to catch the latest left-wing take on McCain’s latest demonstration of his unhinged personality and is sorely tempted to tie one on.

  6. Lillibet

    Lillibet Perhaps he was “assignating” more time to Cindy’s cleavage and blue pill availability, than in studying geopolitical border assignations, err, assignments?

    And Hal, nice to have the box on the desk communicating with CHB again. Nice job you’ve been doing.