QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Like a lot of former fighter pilots, John McCain is superstitious. He wears lucky shoes, eats lucky food, makes certain to get out on the correct side of the bed. His pockets are filled with talismans, including a flattened penny, a compass, a feather, and a pouch of sacred stones given to him by an Indian tribe in Arizona. He jokes about all of this, but he’s not really kidding.”
— graph from FNC host Tucker Carlson‘s 2000 profile in The Weekly Standard on Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Yeah, yeah, he’s the guy who hired me. But it’s legitimately a great profile you should read if you have not. McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer this week. The news broke Wednesday night.
McCain cancer diagnosis: The Aftermath
“John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known. Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John.” — Former Prez Obama.
“As he’s shown his entire life, don’t bet against John McCain. Best wishes to him for a swift recovery.” — Former Prez Bill Clinton.
“Karen & I are praying for
@SenJohnMcCain. Cancer picked on the wrong guy. John McCain is a fighter & he’ll win this fight too. God bless!” — Veep Mike Pence.
“Thoughts and prayers with Senator John McCain, Mrs. McCain and family.” — Trump Counselor Kellyanne Conway.
“John McCain is a patriot and a good friend. I’m confident he’ll beat this and be back on his feet soon. Get better John.” — Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).
“Just spoke to @SenJohnMcCain. Tough diagnosis, but even tougher man.” — Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).
“Just 2 weeks ago,
@SenJohnMcCain & I were trekking thru Pakistan & Afghanistan. Trust me, John’s in fighting shape & we’re rooting for him.” — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
@SenJohnMcCain. A hero. A fighter. A friend. Israel is with you.” — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“Not a fan of John McCain’s politics; huge fan of his integrity, bravery, and sense of humor. Get better, Senator. Get better.” — Stephen King, the horror genre author.
“Good to cheer on John McCain to ‘fight’ cancer but please keep in mind that illness is not a sport & to be overcome is not to ‘lose.'” — Joyce Carol Oates, author.
“Idea: The compassion Senators feel for John McCain and his family, but applied to all Americans who have health care needs.” — Vox Executive Editor and abortion lover Matthew Yglesias.
Montel Williams says he knows Sen. McCain
“John McCain is the toughest guy I know. Cancer is in for a fight. My prayers are with you and your family shipmate.” — Montel Williams, former talk show host turned Twitter activist. Also: He supports payday loans.
On anyone trashing McCain this week…
“If you’re writing a tweet about John McCain with the word “but” in it, delete it, then delete your account.” — Cameron Gray, NRA-TV.
The world stands still for O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing
“He managed to stay out of the hole, you must parole,” — Philippe Reines, longtime aide to Hillary Clinton. “There’s a Shawshank Redemption feeling here, OJ seems really comfortable in prison, thrived there. And that looks like a really comfy shirt.”
“White House should air today’s briefing on camera to see if it gets played over the OJ hearing. Ratings battle.” — Ex-IJR reporter Joe Perticone, a freelancer.
“OJ is blowing it. Don’t laugh, don’t lecture the board.” — Bruce Rheins, former deputy bureau chief, West Coast, CBS News. He’s now retired.
“We’ve all been saying OJ Simpson’s name incorrectly. The emphasis, according to the juicy juice himself, is on the j. oJAY.” — Kathleen Gaeta, culture reporter, IJR.
“Thought it was one word – ‘oge'” — Dave Jorgensen, The Washington Post.
“OJ Simpson is a terrific sociopath.” — Yashar Ali, New York Mag contributor.
Gateway Pundit‘s White House Correspondent Is NOT anti-Semitic
“As the grandson of a holocaust survivor and leader in the Pol. resistance – still waiting to heat how I’m ‘anti-Semitic.'” — Lucian Wintrich.
Tiffany Trump goes on a trip that costs taxpayers a shit ton of money… See here.
Gary Busy comments on his wardrobe
“I’ve got my own personality and it lives in my clothes.” — Gary Busey, actor, attendee of Ron Bonjean‘s XMAS party.
Reporters in a pen: Capitol Hill or a party at Tammy Haddad’s house?
“Ridiculous. Senators are negotiating national healthcare policy and reporters aren’t allowed to move out of a 5-foot pen to interview them.” — Politico‘s Burgess Everett.
Ex-MSNBCer Greta Van Susteren craps on her alma mater CNN for ridiculously throwing around the word “EXCLUSIVE.” See here.
Overheard in the Newsroom…
“Fuck this shit.” — Upon O.J. Simpson being granted parole.
What’s CNN’s beef with attractive women?
See Hookstead‘s Hot Take here.
He also pissed off journos with a story on hot Russian models. See here.
And expressed outrage over the new dress code for pro female golfers. See here.