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The Dems Focus on McCain’s 13 Cars

So it turns out John McCain and his family own 13 cars. The Dems are focusing intently on that partucular nugget for 2 major reasons. Firstly, because McCain previously said he “bought American literally all [his] life.” That highlights a disconnect, even if the cars really don’t belong to John McCain himself. Even if it’s not true, it’s a powerful image. For Example: “Not only does he buy Non-American…he has 12 non-American cars”

But all of those cars except the American-made 2004 Cadillac CTS are registered in his wife’s name. His wife is a wealthy car enthusiast/amateur race car driver and heiress to some of that deliciously thirst-quenching Anheuser-Busch money. So most likely, John has nothing to do with those other 12 cars (besides his Caddy).

Secondly, the Dems are trying to make the point that McCain is wealthy. Of course, we all know he’s wealthy, but the Dems want to show that McCain is gratuitous. They can undermine his “straight-shooter” image is they successfully link him with an excessive display of wealth.

Does it really say anything bad about him as a politician though? Not really, I mean, realistically, owning 13 cars just means he’s pumped more money into the US auto industry than Obama has. But people don’t see it that way. Human beings hate gratuitous displays of wealth, it’s one of those universal innate things that runs across all cultures. If the Dems can make this 13 cars thing stick and keep it around for a while, then they have a powerful tool to use against McCain.