John McCain loves the Packers. Or the Steelers. Or maybe Kenny Walker?

In his own form of shameless pandering, John McCain told a Pittsburgh news reporter:

“The Steelers really made a huge impression on me — particularly in their early years…When I was first interrogated and really had to give some information because of the physical pressures that were on me, I named the starting lineup — defensive line — of the Pittsburgh Steelers as my squadron-mates!”

Funny, because the Pittsburgh Steelers were one of the worst NFL teams in 1967, going 4-9-1. More importantly, though, McCain’s autobiography says that he instead named the starting lineup of the Green Bay Packers, who were fresh off winning the first two Super Bowls. Despite a spokesperson, saying it was a ‘memory lapse’, you have to believe that this is the worst form of pandering – you aren’t even lying about policy, you’re lying about sports!

Perhaps when McCain decides to actually come to Kentucky for a fancy fundraiser, we can ask him if he knows the starting lineup from the 1966 Kentucky basketball team, or maybe if he knows who the Unforgettables are? He may be too old to remember who they are, but I bet he named them as his squadron mates in a prison camp.

Karl Rove is above the law

Or at least he thinks so. Yesterday, Rove was subpoenaed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee about the politicization of the US Justice Department. Guess what? He didn’t show – he was out of the country. He claimed executive privilege, by virtue of being a ‘close advisor of President Bush’ – which the Judiciary Committee promptly voted 7-1 in favor of declaring such a claim invalid. The Committee plans to hold a contempt hearing next week. So does that mean he’ll go to jail?

“I personally believe, yes, absolutely. Anybody who scoffs at the law and who has committed an offense that is punishable by jail time should be put in jail,” said Linda Sanchez (D-CA), chair of the Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, during an interview on MSNBC last night. Will this actually happen? Most would guess probably not, but we can always hope. He sure as hell deserves it.

Also, wouldn’t it be safe to say that fleeing the country and avoiding a subpoena through a false pretense is an admission of guilt? I’d say so. And we thought the world would get better when Karl Rove quit.