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The Real John McCain in Radar — He Likes Lost and Dexter!

Ooh, don't get excited — I'm not insinuating John McCain is a lady, merely that given this awesome interview in Radar this month by Ana Marie Cox (the original Wonkette) that he deserves the space on the cover instead of Shannen Doherty. So I thought I'd just adjust my cover to my liking.

Cox asked McCain all manner of questions with an emphasis on the pop culture that is less fluffy than you'd think. I mean, we've heard him talk politics for eons. His less practiced answers about TV and movies? I think pretty telling. Like his love of the zombie movie 28 Weeks Later that has oblique references to Guantanamo and a post 9/11 world? McCain shrugs and says, "A lot of those zombie movies are political, you know." Here are the answers I filed away for future reference:

  • On Dexter being one of his favorite TV shows: "I think it's a very good series. I enjoy Dexter; I enjoy The Tudors. You know, I think I'm pretty normal in my tastes.... Lost, I also like Lost. And Prison Break. I think it's a shame when the guys get out of prison. I thought The Wire was an excellent series. I've also heard that John Adams is excellent—that's my next viewing assignment." [Ed. note: I love Lost too! We could totally have TV night together.]
  • On heated discussions with Jon Stewart: "Hey, I don't disrespect the guy. He feels passionately about issues. A lot of times he covers it up with humor, but you can detect there's an intensity there that suggests he's very concerned about America and its future."

To see what else he had to say,


  • On why he does the late-night shows: "One reason I like to go on those shows, particularly ones like Leno or Letterman, is that they help you reach a wide viewing audience that otherwise would not be paying attention to the political scene—people who would never be exposed to the Sunday-morning shows or other programs that politicians traditionally are on."
  • On friends on the left changing now that he's running for president: "Political campaigns are a tough business. I understand that. If you start taking offense or say, "Oh, that's unfair," or all that, you head down a slippery slope. Frankly, if I were getting upset ... you just gotta move on."

Check out the whole piece to see what he digs about Dexter — maybe that can be his Halloween costume? That'd be pretty scary, though I don't know if it's any spookier than this option. . .

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foxie foxie 8 years
Harmony, my sailor husband is 26 years old and tattoo free! He's such a goody goody. =P
prncssann1 prncssann1 8 years
Even though the comment by PinkNC was made quite awhile ago, I am so appalled by it that I want to respond...I cannot believe you had the nerve to call John McCain a "lost man" and say that "he needs to be in a retirement home". That man fought and sacrificed for our country and our freedom and you need to show some respect for him. Do you know why he can't raise his arms very high when he waves? It has nothing to do with his age, It's because they were so badly broken during his time as a P.O.W. That happened to him for YOU! I realize that if you read this you will probably just roll your eyes and laugh, but I sincerely hope that one day you will understand that freedom is not free, and be grateful for those who fought and are still fighting for it.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Every time I scroll down the page and see that picture I get really freaked out.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
That's so true about the Navy! Everyone has tats. If you go more than a week out of bootcamp without being inked I'd be impressed. I have 3. :oops:
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
karissajill... I would say 80% of naval officers have a tattoo of some kind. They just aren't exposed.
michlny michlny 8 years
He seems like a genuinely good guy. I mean, everyone (Biden, Clinton, et al. ) says they like the man.
foxie foxie 8 years
Well I DO love a man with tattoos....
karissajill karissajill 8 years
Have you ever seen an Officer and a Gentleman? A officer wouldn't be caught dead with a tatoo... at least back in the day.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
would that make you vote for him fox ;)?
foxie foxie 8 years
It would be awesome if McCain had sleeves... even just half sleeves.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
That's so funny how many people are dressing up as Palin for Halloween. (This isn't random, it's from the link at the end of the post!) I actually thought about it before I knew anyone else was, and I was feeling all proud of myself for thinking of it, and then I realized everyone else on the planet was doing it. But my friend suggested I dress as Palin, and Manfriend go as Tom Cruise's character from Top Gun...Maverick!
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
Me too, hausfrau. It's kind of a Navy standard to have at least one... I, too, liked what he said about Jon Stewart. I see the same things... you can tell when he has a guest on that has something important or relevant to say it takes a different tone than his Hollywood interviews.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Every military guy I've ever met has ink. So, what is it, McCain? Spill!
foxie foxie 8 years
He is also a Curb Your Enthusiasm fan. Awesoooome!
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
Yay I like Lost and The Wire too!
wildegurl wildegurl 8 years
I actually like what McCain said about Stewart... too bad McCain ditched Letterman after he gave that comment about late night shows...this must have been before that incident, obvs.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Id be kinda surprised if McCain didn't have any ink!
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
Why do women in the Hollywood scene love to take photos with their ass, or part of it, nearly showing. They will pull their skirt up their leg as high as they can get it. That is NOT necessary. And as for McCain, I will always say that he's a lost man. McCain needs to be in a retirement home.
piper23 piper23 8 years
Thanks for the link, Citizen. Good article. But I guess I enjoyed it because I like McCain, not that one.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 8 years
This just occurred to me re: Shannen's ankle tattoo--do we know if McCain has any ink? An anchor on his bicep perhaps? Hmm...
bluesuze bluesuze 8 years
AAACcckk! That picture almost made me spit out my hot chocolate! Can't handle McCain with a miniskirt this early in the morning :ROTFL:
stephley stephley 8 years
Sheesh, I'm not sure I care what That One likes to watch on t.v.
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