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On Thursday night, Senator John McCain finally made his way back to The Late Show with David Letterman. As you might remember, late last month, Senator McCain snubbed Letterman, canceling at the last moment, claiming he had to “rush back to Washington” to deal with the Wall Street crisis, only for Dave to discover McCain was actually just around the corner a few blocks away doing an interview with CBS News anchor Katie Couric.

Dave made good use of the time since being stood up, attacking McCain mercilessly for being unable “to do two things at once”, for “lying” to him, for not “sending his running mate Sarah Palin in his place”, and Palin’s inability to fill in for McCain on a simple talkshow (let alone as President). McCain’s excuse for not showing up last month: “I screwed up.” I desperately wanted Letterman to follow up by asking McCain just “how” he “screwed up” and force him to give an “unscripted” response. Sadly, Dave never did.

You can watch the full interview on YouTube here:
Part 1

Part 1 of 4

Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

But Letterman did what no moderator did in three debates had done… ask McCain about his association with G. Gordon Liddy, the infamous lead Watergate Burglar for President Nixon in 1973 turned Right Wing radio show host, in response to the “William Ayers” question. The Senator has appeared on Liddy’s radio show no fewer than six times. Dave even noted McCain “attended a fund raiser in [Liddy’s] home”, just as he has been attacking Obama for doing with Ayers in 1996.

When Dave sprung Liddy on McCain just before the commercial break, McCain (tongue-in-cheek) played dumb. When they returned from the commercial a few minutes later, McCain (having had time to think up a response), defended his association with Liddy on the grounds “He has served his time” (unlike Ayers, who was never convicted). He then accused Ayers of saying “on 9/11, he wished he had bombed the Pentagon”. Please note that during the disastrous 1994 “Branch Davidian” siege in Waco, Texas, Liddy was explaining “how to kill ATF agents” on his radio show.

The utter hypocrisy of McCain/Palin and their supporters for accusing Senator Obama of “paling around with terrorist(s)” because he served on a Board with Bill Ayers and “attending a fund raiser in his home”, all the while defending McCain for “paling around with convicted felon Liddy” and “attending a fund raiser in Liddy’s home”, is palpable.

It was great to finally hear someone confront McCain on the subject. Too bad it wasn’t during the debates.