The Letterman story has been talked about in several GD and Pit threads, but hasn’t had it’s own dedicated thread yet.
Trying to divine Dave’s real feelings on political matters is futile. He knows he has to appeal to the fat part of the bell curve. He’ll make jokes but then he’ll generally compliment the people he jokes about.
However, because futility doesn’t bother me here are some impressions:
–He wants dignified and capable people for president and VP.
–He never cared for Quayle. They were both from Indiana, and Dave saw him as a rich, mediocre, frat boy.
– He knows Palin isn’t qualified.
–He thought Bill Clinton hurt the dignity of the office. Cigar fucking and all that.
–Like most Americans, he understands that GWB is a bumbling mediocrity.
–He has liked McCain on a personal level for a long time, but…
Thought the " campaign suspension" was goofy.
Thought the Palin nomination was bizarre.
Might have thought the Paris Hilton ad was ungallant.
Might have some authentic concerns about McCain’s age.
…and he was authentically pissed when he found out, mid-show, that McCain had basically lied to him. And I use the qualifier “basically” only because I don’t know exactly what excuse McCain had given him on the phone that day.
I’m not sure what to make of Olbermann filling in for McCain. Even though it’s hard to come up with a last-minute featured guest, you’ve got to think that Dave was giving McCain two fingers in the ribs. But I think it was just playful funning, until the shots of McCain getting his make-up applied came onto the control room feed.