“Sarah and I are going to get on that chopper and ride it right to Washington and raise hell when we get there.” John McCain told a crowd of working-class voters in Media, PA on Sunday. He’d just been presented with the POW/MIA tribute chopper seen here by its builder, Paul Teutul of Orange County Choppers. But just like OCC’s bikes, politics is about show, not go. There were a few problems.
>Despite attending the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota, John McCain
doesn’t know how to ride a motorcycle. While it appears that Sarah
Palin might, there wouldn’t be room for McCain to ride pillion, as the
POW/MIA chopper is a single-seater.
Even if one of them could ride it, it’s extremely unlikely that the
pair would make the 128-mile ride from Media to Washington. The
hardtail custom was built as a show bike, meaning its riding position
is untenable for anything over a couple of minutes or a couple of miles
an hour for riders in good health. McCain’s degenerative arthritis
would most likely mean he’d be unable to control the bike at all, while
its lack of rear suspension would aggravate his enlarged prostate.
Taking all of this into consideration, the campaign’s staffers quietly
took Teutul aside after the event and told him thanks, but no thanks.
The POW/MIA chopper will remain in the possession of Orange County