by the Sandwichman
John McCain on Sarah Palin's foreign policy credentials: "She knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America."
It would unduly dignify the above statement to call it a lie. Think about it. Telling a lie implies an intention to deceive the listener. But the point of McClain's claim is not to persuade people that Palin has credentials she doesn't have. The claim is too utterly outlandish.
Its purpose is to mock the presumably communicative function of language. It's function is as a metacommentary about the meaninglessness of credentials ('badges') and democratic discourse in a spectacle of succession whose outcome has been already been determined. That is to say:
Reporter: 'If you're the police where are your badges?'
McCain: 'Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!'
Has Barack Obama formally been advised of the outcome of the election, its inevitability and of the campaign ground rules from here on out to insure that "nobody gets hurt"?