Think Progress » McCain campaign: McCain’s rape joke is ‘a good example of McCain being McCain.’

Think Progress » McCain campaign: McCain’s rape joke is ‘a good example of McCain being McCain.’
McCain campaign: McCain’s rape joke is ‘a good example of McCain being McCain.’»

Today in the Politico, Ben Smith tracks the numerous offensive jokes — often aimed at women — that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) loves to tell on the campaign trail. Though the campaign said McCain “didn’t recall” telling a joke during his 1986 Senate race about women loving rape, the campaign insisted these offensive jokes proved McCain was “authentic” and showed “McCain being McCain”:

“He’s long said that he’s said and done things in the past that he regrets,” [McCain spokesman Brian] Rogers said. “You’ve just got to move on and be yourself — that’s what people want. They want somebody who’s authentic, and this kind of stuff is a good example of McCain being McCain.”

The mainstream media has also gushed over McCain’s “trademark wit,” declaring that a joke about blowing up Jon Stewart with an IED “makes him seem much more accessible” because “everybody likes a guy with a good sense of humor.”

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