Like the old, stuttering lookout in Mel Brook's Blazing Saddles, John McCain warned America that the possible new president is "a ...ni...ni... THAT ONE!!!"
In the most impersonal and de- NIG- rating, should we say lynching of an opponent in a Presidential campaign since Catholic Al Smith was called an enemy agent from Vatican City, John McCain branded himself with a burning cross.
McCain apologists rushed to the media mikes to reinterpret what debate history will record as a monumental gaffe comparable to Nixon's five o'clock shadow and Qualyle's Kennedy miscomparison.
One McCain cosmetologist suggested that the distinguished Senator from Arizona was offering an affectionate reference. Another Republican hireling offered that it was an actual complement cleverly playing on Obama's fun nickname of " The One " among his many friends on the right side of politics.