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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Why Nash McCabe?

One of the things that I really hate about a lot of debates is when the moderators get some rube to ask a question so silly and asinine that even clowns like Stephenopalous and Gibson wouldn't ask it. Of course, it's not that they don't want it asked, just that it's so stupid that they don't want to ask it themselves. So they launder it through some yokel that they get to read it in a video.

Such was the case last night, when that most important of topics flag lapel pins was brought up. Gibson & Son got some real down-home looking Latrobite to ask Sen. Obama whether he "believes in the flag?" After everyone picked up their jaw off the floor, Obama answered along the lines of how he loves this country and only in America is his story possible yadda yadda yadda.

But I was wondering "Where did Gibson & Son find little old Nash McCabe to carry their water?" I certainly wasn't aware of a general call for questions from the public. Did Nash McCabe call up Gibson & Son and say "Hey, have I got a killer question for you!"

So I googled Nash McCabe, and the first hit was this story from the NY Times from April 4th.

LATROBE, Pa. — Ask whom she might vote for in the coming presidential primary election and Nash McCabe, 52, seems almost relieved to be able to unpack the dossier she has been collecting in her head.

It is not about whom she likes, but more a bill of particulars about why she cannot vote for Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.

“How can I vote for a president who won’t wear a flag pin?” Mrs. McCabe, a recently unemployed clerk typist, said in a booth at the Valley Dairy luncheonette in this quiet, small city in western Pennsylvania.

Mr. Obama has said patriotism is about ideas, not flag pins.

“I watch him on TV,” Mrs. McCabe said. “I keep looking for that lapel pin.”
Here's my hypothesis of how this went down.
  1. NY Times reporter is doing a "man-on-the-street" story about PA voters.
  2. Said reporter goes to the Valley Dairy luncheonette in Latrobe PA.
  3. He interviews Nash McCabe, who speaks eloquently and at great length about the unfortunate absence on Obama's lapel.
  4. McCabe's clever opinions are published in the NY Times on April 4th.
  5. Gibson & Son (one or the other, perhaps both) read the story and hatch devious plan to make PA voters look like idiots and fling right wing manure at Obama, in one fell swoop.
  6. ABC news contacts McCabe and gets her to ask her "question" on camera for the primetime debate.
  7. Nation watches debate; collectively goes bald after pulling our hair out for 2 hours.

Is anyone else curious who read that NY Times article and thought "Gee, that would be a great question for this debate coming up!"

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