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August 07, 2008 05:35 PM UTC

Wadhams To Shove Ads Up McCain's Ass?

  • by: Colorado Pols

“This guy was fundraising…and missing votes. That is reprehensible.”

That was Bob Schaffer campaign manager Dick Wadhams’ justification for his now-infamous assertion that Schaffer was going to “shove a bunch of 30-second ads up [opponent Mark Udall’s] ass on ‘this issue’ over the course of the campaign.”

The ‘issue’ was, if you recall, missed votes on energy.

Better keep those latex gloves handy, Dick, as the AP reports:

Republican candidate John McCain on Wednesday called on Congress to return from its summer recess to address immediately the U.S. energy crisis, though he missed numerous energy-related votes in the Senate last year.

McCain, campaigning on energy and economic issues in southern Ohio, said that as president he would tell members of Congress “not to leave town, not to take their vacation or pay raise” until they passed legislation to ease the burden of high energy prices on consumers.

The idea of forcing Congress to deal with energy issues could open the Arizona senator to charges of hypocrisy. The liberal-leaning League of Conservation Voters gave McCain a “zero” rating for 2007, saying he had missed all 11 votes related to such critical energy topics as automobile fuel economy, offshore Virginia drilling, refinery construction, renewable electricity mandates, energy efficiency, liquefied coal, support for biofuels… [Pols emphasis]

Lesson: sometimes, context is the biggest pain in the ass of them all.


34 thoughts on “Wadhams To Shove Ads Up McCain’s Ass?

  1. This snippet of the story actually goes easy on the absentee Senator.

    McCain skipped 400 votes and cast 231.

    That means he was a no-show 63.4% of the time. I don’t know about you, but that would have gotten me fired.

    McCain was MIA more than anyone else, including Tim Johnson of South Dakota who was out with a brain hemorrhage.  

    1. That is a startling statistic–he missed more votes than a senator who was hospitalized for a good part of his term.

      Frankly, given the way he votes, I wish McCain would have missed 100% of the time.

    2. Obama’s missed voting statistics? That might be an interesting comparison. Even if they’re close they could present it as a percentage, i.e. “Obama was present for 50% more votes in the Senate than John McCain. McCain was absent 64% of the time. If John McCain took this much time off work during this year’s session of Congress, how can we expect anything to get done if we put him in the White House?” Then show the clip from the ad: McCain saying “Get back to work!”

    3. When I was still in CO and when I’d check the paper to see who voted how on what, TT’s vote was mostly N/A or whatever term they used for “Absent.”

  2. I don’t want to image Wadhams shoving anything up anyone’s ass. This is almost as creepy as McCain auctioning off his wife to a bunch of bikers.

  3. Everyone needs to chill on this. It’s an unfair criticism of someone running for President to say they’ve missed votes, because they’ve been busy campaigning as far back as early 2007.

    Remember when conservatives criticized Kerry for being absent during the 2004 race? That was a cheap shot, too. Not a very clever criticism people.

      1. First, Udall made a public promise to be there for that vote (not to show up when it’s scheduled – but to vote on that item).

        Second, Udall has been claiming the reson he hasn’t been out meeting the public is that he’s been busy doing his job as a rep.

  4. When Obama votes he says, “Present”.  Real smart guy!

    When you are running for President you will be absent from votes.  How many votes did McCain make that he said Present…none I would bet.

    The Truth:

    You all are still mad about Udall missing that important vote…which he did or did not miss.  

    No matter what you try to do Udall got hurt by that little incident and bitching about Wadhams and McCain will not change it.

    1. This is the second time I’ve seen sjintheloo assert that Obama only votes “present.”  Certainly, he has missed a lot of votes in the past 1 1/2 years.  But, when he votes, he tends to vote “yes” or “no” – see especially 2005 and 2006 at the link.

      I don’t expect a retraction from sjrevelsinignorance, though.

    2. “You all are still mad about Udall missing that important vote…which he did or did not miss.”

      You and I and everyone who posts on this blog knows Udall DID NOT MISS THE ACTUAL VOTE.  He missed the preliminary vote.

      Stop being purposefully stupid.

          1. I just don’t think much of him. Haven’t for the last 2 years. But he is clearly better than Schaffer.

            As to the 2 votes, this is from the Denver Post

            Though Udall missed the vote on the original resolution Wednesday — breaking a promise he’d made in a debate this week between Senate candidates — House Minority Leader John Boehner called for a recorded vote rather than the usual voice vote for Friday’s motion to adjourn the House. The resolution passed anyway, 213 to 197, and lawmakers are now off until Sept. 8.

            1. Thanks for showing the Denver Post article. I wasn’t sure what to think about the voting situation (whether the second vote was a ploy or not) But it’s good to see that it was. Therefore, while Udall still broke his promise, he had the chance to make up for it. He still deserves a ’15-minute hate’ of sorts for breaking his promise, but he made the right move, eventually.

    3. I think “present” should be considered a legitimate vote, no matter who it’s coming from.  I’ll admit to supporting Obama, but I take this position, not as a defense, but as an affirmative endorsement of a middle path.  

      A ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ can be as politically expedient yet as contrary to common sense as a ‘present’ vote. Vice versa too — ‘present’ can have legitimate affirmative effects.  For example, one can permit a prevailing sentiment to win the day despite strong reservations that don’t rise to the level of opposition, thereby diminishing the claim of mandate by the winning side.  

  5. The people will only remember that Udall Missed a vote on Pelosi turning off the lights and not caring about the vote on Drilling.

    It is what the people remember that matters.

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  6. I am glad to see Mccain is trying to do his part by getting congress to actually do something. This will help the American people while Obama has taken no action and uses only words.  

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