While Barack Obama gets attacked by the media for calling small town folks "bitter," the fact that John McCain reportedly called his wife a "trollop" and a "cunt" is apparently much less newsworthy.
Now, obviously, the second word is not very nice. But "trollop?" Really? When's the last time you heard anyone younger than 95 use that word? (I actually kind of like it, though. I may try to work it into my vocabulary.)
First, a bit of background. Cliff Schecter, in his new book The Real McCain, reports that back in 1992, after being teased by his wife about his thinning hair, McCain's "face reddened" as he turned to her and said, "At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt." The exchange was witnessed by two McCain aides and three reporters, who didn't report it at the time, apparently concerned about the toxic language.
The story was widely reported last month and there was some buzz in the blogosphere, but the whole episode faded away pretty quickly. After it was initially reported, McCain spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker denied the story, calling the book "trash journalism."
Enter Marty Parrish, a Democrat and ordained Baptist minister who used to work for Joe Biden. Parrish decided to ask McCain the question that the press is apparently too timid to ask. He confronted McCain at a town hall meeting recently, asking him straight out, "Is it true that you called your wife a cunt?" (Watch the video here.)
Now whatever you may think about the question, you have to admit that's pretty ballsy. After an audible gasp from the staid Republicans in the room, McCain deftly avoided answering the question by, in his best imitation of a pot calling a kettle black, scolding Mr. Parrish for using such filthy language, and watched as the offending questioner was whisked out of the room by the cops and questioned by the Secret Service. Oh, maybe you haven't heard. Free speech is dead in America. Vastly overrated, anyway, in my opinion.