The YouTube election

Orange County Register
by Steven Greenhut


After speaking to a group of veterans in South Carolina last April as part of his ‘Straight Talk Express,’ Sen. John McCain was asked by an audience member when the United States would send an ‘airmail message to Tehran.’ The senator stopped for a moment, then reminded the audience of ‘an old Beach Boys song, Bomb Iran: ‘Bomb, bomb, bomb … bomb, bomb Iran.’ He sang those words to the tune of Barbara Ann. No doubt, McCain, the eventual 2008 Republican presidential nominee, was just trying to be funny (albeit in a stupid way for a man who hopes to one day have his finger on the nuclear trigger) after being asked a provocative question, but long gone are the days when a misstatement or joke will fade into oblivion. The video cameras were rolling, the liberal group began running ads using the clip, and anyone with a computer can still watch the senator sing that silly song by going to and typing in ‘McCain’ and ‘Bomb Iran.’

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