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Maybe John McCain Should Stay Away from Jokes

BY TAYLOR MARSH

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Backfiring is only half of it. Ah, the 1980s. What memories. For John McCain, resurrecting them right now is turning into a nightmare.

It started with a blog post entittled The
Comedy Stylings of Shecky McCain
, which I was emailed late yesterday. The
content defied all imaginings. Well, not really. I chronicled what
McCain had to say about Hillary before he needed her votes
a while back.
But this latest story circulating was one for the books. Think
Progress
picked it up. So did Huffington
Post
.


… In an appearance before the National League of Cities and Towns in Washington
D.C., McCain supposedly asked the crowd if they had heard “the one about
the woman who is attacked on the street by a gorilla, beaten senseless, raped
repeatedly and left to die?”

The punch line: “When she finally regains consciousness and tries to
speak, her doctor leans over to hear her sigh contently and to feebly ask,
“Where is that marvelous ape?”

… The Huffington Post reached out to the original
reporter in that story
, Norma Coile (who after talking to multiple sources
months after it was told wrote about the response to the rape joke in the
Tuscon Citizen) to find out if she thought it was true.

“I’m not sure exactly what the wording was of the joke, but something
was said. Some joke involving a rape and ape was said. Enough women repeated
it to me at the time and the McCain campaign had a non-denial denial,”
said Coile, now with the Arizona Daily Star. “It came after his ‘Seizure
World’ joke, in which he referred to the [retirement community] Leisure World
as Seizure World… I just think it reinforced this idea that John McCain
is humor-challenged. Whatever his qualities, he seems to have a tin ear for
how these jokes will go over.”

Ya think?

Hey, no problem, because the genuflecting national press will cover
for him. John was only kidding.

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