One of my Twitter pals,
@rousseau_ist, surprised me with this tweet today in response to my post John McCain’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Joke:
“I ran into McCain at the Alfalfa Club a week Saturday. I can affirm, he is still crusty”
…followed by this:
I’msorrywhat? I thought maybe it was a joke, so I asked, “Seriously?”
— Rousseau_ist (@rousseau_ist) February 4, 2013
Via an email from Rousseau, with permission:
The Alfalfa Club dinner was a big deal with Occupy DC, last year. There were young protesters dancing naked in the streets for the 2012 gathering.
This year, there were four representatives from Anonymous and a handful of independent journalists from the DC Media Group. When Sen. McCain came out with 3 or 4 of his friends/bodyguards, some were yelling about economic inequality.
I ran up in front of him and asked, “Sen. McCain, what your your thoughts on the current state of economic inequality?”. His response was, “I don’t care, nobody cares.” 2 or 3 of the people walking with him echoed “Yeah, nobody cares” like a bunch of ‘yes men’. All of them grunting in agreement.
I have photos of Joe Leiberman, Gen. Colin Powell, Andrea Mitchell, Alan Greenspan, and more. Unfortunately, the quality of the McCain photo is the worst of the bunch because they were moving to fast. Oh, wait… no Rep. Paul Ryan’s photo came out worse then McCain because Ryan dove into his car and sped out of the parking lot like it was a drag race.
Cranky McLowbrow strikes again. Honestly, the next time someone tells me they used to think he was pretty decent guy, but gee, he’s changed, I’ll scream. Or I’ll simply remind them for the umpteenth time about the Keating Five, his infidelity while his wives were either sick or disabled, and his recurring anger issues.
UPDATE: If you’re like me, you weren’t familiar with the Alfalfa Club. According to Wiki:
The Alfalfa Club is a Washington, D.C. social organization that exists only to hold an annual banquet on the last Saturday of January. The club’s membership, which numbers about 200, is composed primarily of American politicians and influential members of the United States business community, and has included several Presidents of the United States. The group’s name is a reference to the plant’s supposed willingness to do anything for a drink.
The president is usually asked to deliver remarks at the dinner. President George W. Bush spoke at the Alfalfa Dinner each year of his presidency; the Alfalfa Club was one of only three clubs that his father, George H. W. Bush, was a member of as president. [...]
The club was founded in 1913 and its function was to celebrate the birthday of Confederate Civil War General Robert E. Lee; it did not admit blacks until 1974, or women until 1994. In 2009, President Barack Obama spoke at the club’s annual dinner, saying “this dinner began almost one hundred years ago as a way to celebrate the birthday of General Robert E. Lee. If he were here with us tonight, the General would be 202 years old. And very confused.”
In 1986, William H. Rehnquist‘s membership in the club became the subject of discussion in a Senate Judiciary hearing after Rehnquist was nominated to be Chief Justice. He described the club as one that “met once a year to listen to patriotic music and ‘hear some funny political speeches’” and said “he did not think his membership in such a once-a-year group violated the canons of judicial ethics.” [...]
In 1994, the club admitted its first women members—Sandra Day O’Connor, Elizabeth Dole, and Katharine Graham (whose father had also been a member)—in response to a 1993 boycott by President Bill Clinton. Clinton’s boycott had been the first by a U.S. president since Jimmy Carter.