You thought Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone was rough on Mike Huckabee, his "favorite right-wing nut job"? Get a load of his recent take on John McCain (and the Rolling Stone illustration) -- the "one-time maverick has transformed himself into just another liberal-bashing fearmonger." It's funny, if it weren't so scarily true. Just as, I can tell you, the racist Louisiana residents he depicts are scarily true to life.
Others have focused, with good reason, on Taibbi's take on McCain's revised views on right-wing preachers.
McCain's transformation is so complete that at a recent town-hall meeting in Nashville, when asked to name an author who inspired him, the candidate — who once described televangelists of the Jerry Falwell genus as "agents of intolerance" — put none other than Joel Osteen at the top of his list. "He's inspirational," McCain said.
Standing at the meeting, I didn't write Osteen's name down in my notebook — apparently because my brain refused on some level to accept that McCain had actually said it. Of all the vile, fake, lying-ass, money-grubbing shyster scumbags on the face of this planet, there is perhaps none more loathsome than Osteen, a human haircut with plastic baseball-size teeth who has made a fortune selling the appalling only-in-America idea that terrestrial greed is actually a form of Christian devotion. "God wants us to prosper financially, to have plenty of money, to fulfill the destiny He has laid out for us," Osteen once wrote. This is the revolting, snake-oil-selling dickhead that John McCain actually chose to pimp as number one on his list of inspirational authors. So much for "go, sell everything you have and give to the poor," and all that other hippie crap from the New Testament.