On AAR, Ellen Ratner tells Thom Hartmann that she can’t get over McCain’s ‘That one!’ Thom Hartmann says, uncomfortably, that he wants to be charitable and think that McCain meant that senator. Ratner scolds him, ‘Oh, Tom!’ Hartmann tries another verbal formulation, So do you think he meant ‘that’ black man? Ratner doesn’t answer. Hartmann keeps fishing: Do you think he meant this? Do you think he meant that? Do you think he meant this other thing?
(BTW, if you had to give a ‘feeling’-less verbal formulation, presumably McCain (would have) ‘meant’ ‘that presidential candidate before you’. Noting this only emphasizes how detached from human experience Hartmann’s verbal orientation was.)
I’m still trying to figure out how Tom Brokaw can imagine that VLSI circuitry is made in people’s garages. Of course, I actually do know where he’s coming from, but he’s coming from a fantasy. Silicon Valley is big industry, with some garage-based tendrils; but it’s at its core big industry.
Let me get on the record my interpretation of John McCain’s ‘my fellow prisoners’.
That McCain had a slip of the tongue is unremarkable. That he didn’t notice he had a slip of the tongue also is unremarkable—it happens all the time. I think (hope) it also is unremarkable that McCain refers to his audience as prisoners.
What is remarkable is that McCain refers to himself as a prisoner, because that’s what he was thinking, ‘I am a prisoner’. It’s how he sees himself, how he feels. I don’t think it began with his time as a POW, either; I think it goes back to his childhood, when he already had a rage problem.