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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Attn: Michelle Malkin Followers: Ed Morrissey Has Your New Talking Points Ready

It's only been within the last few years that I have been active in the 'politcal' realm of social disource. That being said, there are still a few of the 'players' on the opposite team's roster that I am not quite familiar with. This is, for lack of a more appropriate way of describing it, nothing that I should be found at fault for.

The reason that this is true can be seen on several levels. The shear volume of pundits, reporters, bloggers, reactionary prattle-heads, talk-show hosts, and mindless droogies are too vast in number to keep track of them all. But, you can eliminate a large percentage of them simply because they are vomiting-up what they are fed on a daily basis.

Now that that is out of the way, let's take a look at one of the 'feeders' and what they have to say about The McCain's delinquent taxes.

From Michelle Malkin's HotAir site:

After seeing the joy from the Leftosphere over a Newsweek story regarding Cindy McCain and property taxes, I have to shake my head in amusement. They seem very excited that a property held in trust for Mrs. McCain had four years of back taxes due, and somehow equate that to John McCain and the presidential campaign. When one looks into the Newsweek story, it rapidly becomes a nothingburger....

Cindy McCain keeps her finances completely separate from those of her husband in accordance with a pre-nuptial agreement. At her own expense, she set up a trust to house her elderly aunt in a La Jolla condo, which (being from SoCal myself) I can assure readers is a pretty generous gesture. Like most people, she arranged to have property taxes through a third party; most of us have an escrow company making the payments through the mortgage bills, while she had the trust do it. Unfortunately, the trust gave the county the wrong address and didn’t receive the bills to pay them, and didn’t follow up. Since Mrs. McCain doesn’t live at the property, she didn’t know a problem existed.

Once again, we go back to the proto-typical argument that 'I didn't know there was a bill there.'

Ed Morrissey is quick to point out that Cindy McCain's 'trust' was responsible for paying the taxes. This is true. But this doesn't remove the fact that the house is in The McCain's ( that's plural, people ) name.

And yes, you can present the argument that there are other people responsible for paying the bills, but this has been going on for 4 years.

More so than that, this Morrissey character seems to think that there is no fault with regard to Cindy McCain, her 'trust', or her husband AT ALL in this matter. He would prefer to jump right in a talk about Al Franken's tax problems.

I'm not a tax attorney, and don't pretend to understand the tax code, how it applies to everyone - whether you're a comedia-turned-senatorial-candidate or a woman that is heiress to a beer fortune who happens to be married to the guy that is representing the Republican party in this years Presidential election - or what constitues default, delinquency, or both. But, what I do know, is that after reading Morrissey's blog on HotAir, he is quite dismissive of the whole episode.

It's as if he's saying, "Oh, it's not an issue at all. They didn't pay for four years, didn't pay the full amount due, will be delinquent on that by July first, and this doesn't reflect at all on John McCain's ability to lead America or how he and his cabinet would help our struggling economy. Let's talk about something else."

Morrissey is purporting to represent a webiste where Michelle Malkin ( and other bloggers ) have recently come out against a Congresswoman from California ( who just happened to be a Super-Delegate for Hillary Clinton ) for defaulting on her mortgage and taxes. So, why the dismissive stance with regards to McCain?

The question doesn't need to be asked as much as I shouldn't have to answer it. Michelle Malkin, her followers that wait with baited breath, and whomever this Ed Morrissey guy is don't care what McCain does or doesn't do. However, if it somehow affects their bottom-line, their ability to function in the socio-political world, they would be all over it like a desperate man chatting up the last bird after hearing last-call at the local bar.

You see, people like Malkin, Morrissey, and those that they pretend to be aligned with them sold their souls long ago for their 15 minutes of fame. I use the word pretend, because at the end of the day, if you honestly believe that for one second, they would hesitate if told "you either cut ties with your "associtates" or you're gone", then you are far more ill-informed than most.

You might think that I have gotten off track more than once in this piece about Morrissey and how his excuses fall flat - but it's not just about him. It's about the "oh, nevermind that" attitude that is so common-place in politics, in our everyday lives. Far too many people are being lead to use an "easy-response" rather than finding a legitimate answer for issues such as this.

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