THE HIDDEN HAND's WINO Talks Politics

Mark Carras of RockMyMonkey.com recently conducted an interview with doom legend Scott "Wino" Weinrich (ST. VITUS, THE OBSESSED, SPIRIT CARAVAN, THE HIDDEN HAND). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Rock My Monkey: I got to ask this question. Senator Dodd, Senator Clinton, or Senator Obama? Who do you think is the best choice, and who do you think has the best chance to win?

Scott "Wino" Weinrich: I think the best choice would be Dennis Kucinich, but I already know he doesn't have a chance to win. I don't think Dodd's in it at all. I think Obama is kind of leading the charge right now, but I think there's always the possibility that what could happen to Obama is what happened to Howard Dean. You know. with Howard Dean, he was like a sure fire bet, and all of a sudden he imploded. I'm not saying Obama is going to implode, but he is pretty inexperienced. I don't know what's going… I'm not saying I wouldn't vote for him. I'm a little bit scared of Hillary. It's a tough one, dude. That's a tough one. That's a real tough question. (laughs)

Rock My Monkey: Honestly, I got to say as a left leaning person myself, I got to say that I'm extremely frustrated and disappointed in the choices of candidates for this round. It pretty much tells me—

Scott "Wino" Weinrich: Right. Kucinich is the candidate. He's the full-on anti-war peace dude from the start. He's the only guy that stood against the war every time. He's a vegan, he's hacked his way out of nothing. But he's so the underdog, it's pathetic. I got to admit, I liked John Edwards the last time around. It's not that I don't like John Edwards still. I think John Edwards would be way better… I just think John Edwards would be better than Clinton. It's not that I don't like Hillary's politics. But I think that she's too fucking establishment. She already is, I think. I mean, I'm going to vote Democratic. I'm going to vote Democratic no matter what. I'm not afraid to say that right now, because anybody that we got is going to be better than their guy. I mean, I used to like John McCain a lot, actually. I was actually torn from McCain, because McCain almost beat Bush. He actually won one of the primaries, remember that?

Rock My Monkey: Right.

Scott "Wino" Weinrich: I was like, fuckin' A man, he's going to fucking beat Bush, and I was really in his corner. But he has just turned into such a freaking hawk, and I just think it's ridiculous.

Rock My Monkey: If we had to have a Republican in the office, I think McCain would be the man.

Scott "Wino" Weinrich: You think he'd be the best one?

Rock My Monkey: If we have to have a Republican in the office, I think McCain would be the best.

Scott "Wino" Weinrich: Yeah, he'd be the best. I think he's fair, and everything like that. But he's like really, truly, still is one of these old-guard conservatives just like my dad. They're born and bred on Ronald Reagan, maybe he had some kind of military past. I don't know. All I can say is it's pretty dang scary right now. The one thing that's really I think the worst thing out of all of this, the one thing that's the worst byproduct of all this, is the fact that all the years of our really, really bad, and pretty much oppressive foreign policy have created the hatred that's against us right now. And that's like something you can't just fucking undo overnight with a press campaign. You can't fucking send, can't fucking send what that one woman that took… She's like the head of a some kind of public relations thing to repair relations with the Middle East. She's friggin' clueless.

Rock My Monkey: Are you talking Condoleezza Rice?

Scott "Wino" Weinrich: No, I'm not talking Condoleezza Rice. She was in Bush's cabinet for a while, and then she retired, and then she got rehired as the public affairs lady for… I think she's State Department, actually, like for Middle East relations. Public relations. I'll think of her name in a minute. She's stayed with Bush her whole career. She's a white lady, mom… Oh, man, I'll think of her in a minute. Once I say the name you'll know who I'm talking about. But what I'm trying to say is that's the one thing, the fact that you keep seeing people like Negroponte and people like that still around. When fucking Chávez calls Negroponte a fucking killer, he's not fucking kidding. Them dudes, Negroponte and all those motherfuckers were all up in Central and South America when all that shit was going on, when we put those people in office that killed Mayans and fucking Guatemalans, goddamn. That's like scary shit. When you look at what happen, I mean, did communism take a firm hold? Does it fucking matter? Who fucking cares? Goddamn.

Rock My Monkey: I got to say, the choices we have as liberals proves that the Democrats have not learned a damn thing about how to get somebody into office.

Scott "Wino" Weinrich: Well, I heard that there's… I guess. I was just thinking about this, too. I was like, you know what, man, it's about time for another fucking demonstration. Then I pick up the paper, and evidently there's a demonstration here in Washington tomorrow. They're actually marching to the Pentagon, and they're following the same route of the historic march on the Pentagon in 1967. I read a whole bunch of history about it in the paper this morning about what happened. Back then the Secretary of Defense, evidently, they were always so beat up in Vietnam, the last thing they wanted to do was fucking have a big confrontation. But I read it was pretty ugly on both sides. Of course later on in the night, after, as soon as the night time came around, that's when the federales came on out and starting busting heads, you know what I mean? Couldn't do it in the daylight. They creep on out. Fucking crazy.

Check out the entire interview in text and MP3 format at this location.

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