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McCain Only "Postpones" Event By 'Rape Joke' Fundraiser

On Saturday, Nicole reported that John McCain abruptly canceled a fundraiser when he learned that the Texas oilman hosting the thing once made a taste

On Saturday, Nicole reported that John McCain abruptly canceled a fundraiser when he learned that the Texas oilman hosting the thing once made a tasteless joke about rape.

Sen. John McCain on Friday abruptly cancelled a Monday fundraiser that had been scheduled at the home of a Texas oilman, after ABC News contacted the campaign inquiring about a verbal blunder the Texan made during an unsuccessful 1990 campaign for governor.

Clayton Williams stirred controversy during his 1990 campaign for governor of Texas with a botched attempt at humor in which he compared rape to weather. Within earshot of a reporter, Williams said: “As long as it’s inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”

Well, now it turns out that the McCain campaign didn't "cancel" the event; they just postponed it:

PR compromise

Late Saturday afternoon, a McCain aide confirmed to the Chronicle that the Midland event had been postponed but had not been taken off the calendar. The compromise allowed McCain to say he had not held a fundraiser at Williams' house; it gave Williams an opportunity to say that the event he organized had not been canceled.

PR compromise, huh? I guess the joke is only disgusting enough to temporarily distance yourself from it. Classy.

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