Stewart: McCain's 'dick fingers' can 'be applied to any issue'
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Wednesday October 29, 2008

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Jon Stewart tackled several of Senator John McCain's recent gaffes on Tuesday, from his inability to recall which five former secretaries of state have endorsed his candidacy to his excessive use of air quotes.

Appearing on Meet the Press, McCain struggled twice through the list of "Jim Baker, Henry Kissinger, Al Haig, Larry Eagleburger," before being forced to give up and conclude merely, "and one other." He did recall later in the program that the final name was that of George Schultz.

"The nice thing for McCain is that he hasn't let his exasperation turn to bitterness," Stewart commented. "He's merely turned it into sarcasm."

Stewart illustrated this point with a number of clips of McCain using two-fingered air quotes to express his doubts about the validity of such phrases as "spread the wealth," "fairness," "tragedies," and "middle class."

"But McCain's 'air quotes' -- or 'dick fingers' as we call them -- don't just apply to energy independence or assault weapons or economic policy," Stewart noted. "They can really be applied to any issue."

Stewart then presented one more clip, of McCain using air quotes to decry Barack Obama's concern for the "'health' of the mother."

"That's been stretched by the pro-abortion movement in America to mean almost anything," McCain asserted. "That's the extreme pro-abortion position -- 'health.'"

Samantha Bee joined Stewart at that point to exclaim, "Thank you, John McCain, for finally exposing the seedy underbelly of the women's 'health' scam! Let's face it -- women love abortions and will do anything to get one, the later the better."

"John McCain has finally put the concerns of women where they belong -- in derisive air quotes," Bee continued, assuring Stewart that she thought McCain was being perfectly reasonable.

"It's about equality," Bee explained, "and I'm sure if John McCain was raped and had a baby growing in his penis, he would want it publicly discussed at the same level of abstraction, without concern for his specific 'life' -- or 'penis.'"

This video is from Comedy Central's The Daily Show, broadcast October 28, 2008.

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