McCain Just Says What Many Republicans Are Thinking

Our friends at “The Fix” have more on Sen. John McCain’s Senate Floor speech deriding the Tea Party and its Elected official followers:

Arizona Sen. John McCain’s floor speech on Wednesday denouncing the negotiating tactics of some tea party-aligned Members of Congress raises the question as to whether the famed maverick is back to his old tricks.

McCain derided the idea – pushed by some tea party-affiliated members like Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)- that raising the debt ceiling should be tied to adding a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, a proposal that lacks majority support in the Senate. (McCain supports the idea.)

He called such an argument “foolish” and bizarro”, adding that to portray the balanced budget amendment as a possibility amounted to “deceiving many of our constituents.” He also quoted extensively from a Wall Street Journal op-ed that compared tea partiers to “hobbits”.

The tea party responded in kind; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul deadpanned that he’d “rather be a hobbit than a troll” while 2010 Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle said that “it is the hobbits who are the heroes and save the land.” Um, ok.

You’ve got to love that last quote from Sharron Angle, one-time Tea Party darling but also example #1A for how the Tea Party is killing Republicans (it was her ridiculous U.S. Senate campaign in Nevada in 2010 that made it possible for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to escape what looked to be a losing re-election bid).

This Week’s Fact-Free Accusation: Illegal Immigrants Now Cause Fires

As The Los Angeles Times reports, add another complaint to the frenzy over illegal immigrants and the “damage” they cause:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Monday defended his statement over the weekend that illegal immigrants were responsible for some Arizona wildfires, citing congressional testimony and published reports to back his claim.

Speaking from his home state Saturday, McCain said there was “substantial evidence that some of these fires have been caused by people who have crossed our border illegally.” He didn’t specify what evidence, however [Pols emphasis]

…Speaking on the “Imus in the Morning” show Monday, McCain stood by his statement.

“I was briefed by the Forest Service about the fact that illegal immigrants sometimes start these fires,” he said. And there has been testimony by service officials that “large numbers of warming and cooking fires built and abandoned by cross-border violators have caused wildfires that have destroyed cultural and natural resources.”

He also cited a Los Angeles Times report backing his claim, though it was unclear which story he was referring to.

Imus challenged McCain, though, saying the reports don’t prove illegal immigrants were responsible for the so-called Wallow blaze raging through eastern parts of the state.

McCain said he never was referring to the specific fire in his remarks. [Pols emphasis]

First off, kudos to Imus for not just nodding at McCain’s claims and actually challenging what he had to say.

Perhaps McCain is referring to the same band of invisible illegal immigrants whom Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler “almost certainly” have voted in past elections, despite a complete lack of evidence that this has ever happened in Colorado. And not that they haven’t looked — Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner — a Republican in a heavy Republican county — recently went public about her concerns that the SOS office doesn’t seem to have any records of any illegal immigrants having voted in Colorado, although that’s not what Gessler has told Congress and anyone else who will listen.

Look, illegal immigration is an important issue that deserves a serious discussion. But we can’t have those discussions when elected officials are always tossing around unconfirmed accusations about illegal immigrants casting ballots, causing fires, and beheading people in the desert. None of this does anything to address the actual problem of illegal immigration, and it devolves the entire discussion into a silly game of finger-pointing. What difference does this make, anyway? Are illegal immigrants known to be less careful with matches than legal residents? Can we now classify illegal immigrants as a “fire hazard?”

In our view this isn’t about defending or opposing illegal immigrants. This is about something much more fundamentally important — elected officials should not be allowed to just toss out harmful accusations against anybody without proof.

If McCain had accused an individual person of setting these fires, people would be elbowing each other trying to be the first to condemn his remarks. If McCain had said, I’m told that Ed Smith of Tucson set these fires. I don’t have any proof, but I’m pretty sure. — he would be absolutely roasted (pun intended) by the media and opinion makers on both sides of the aisle. But if he makes a baseless generic accusation against a faceless group of people — like illegal immigrants — then it’s not as big of a deal somehow. Yet it is still so very wrong, and so very irresponsible.

Perhaps this is all just a misdirection ruse so that people won’t realize that U.S. Senators actually set the fires in Arizona. We don’t have any proof of that, but we read it somewhere in a newspaper once, and this guy who we think works for the government confirmed the story.


You’re One To Talk

Whatever desire that Democrats may have to bring Senate candidate Jane Norton down to earth should not permit subsidizing the rants of Colorado’s greatest embarrassment since John Chivington. Noting very, very briefly what the Denver Post reports:

Former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton will announce her candidacy for the U.S. Senate today, much to the chagrin of retired U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo.

Tancredo said he would not have had a problem if Norton earlier this year had called fellow Republicans statewide to say she wanted to run for the office and outlined her reasons.

Instead, he charged that Norton in recent weeks got talked into running by Arizona Sen. John McCain, a Norton family friend and political ally.

“Does John McCain have a right to do that? Sure. Do I have a right to (complain) about it? You bet,” Tancredo said in an interview Monday night. “Jane Norton is a nice lady who I like. End of story. But I fear she is not ready for prime time.”

Yeah, we’ll remember that next time you run for President on the “Send ‘Em Back” ticket. And why do we have the feeling that Tancredo wouldn’t be nearly so angry if McCain had suggested that he should run for Senate?

At least Post reporter Lynn Bartels had the sense to edit Tancredo for the print version, in the first version of this story he asks, “Do I have a right to bitch about it?”

If the messenger makes your skin crawl, it’s really hard to listen to what they say. Almost makes us wonder if he’s learned his lesson from the Sonia Sotomayor burn and is now using his ignominy to inversely boost the team…

You’re right. Not nearly smart enough for that.

In Defense of Sarah Palin

( – promoted by Colorado Pols)

It should now be clear to everyone across the political spectrum that Sarah Palin was a disastrous pick for the VP slot. Most of us saw that before the election, which is why Palin went quickly from having superstar status to being a serious drag on the McCain ticket. But the evidence coming out in the days after the election of her profligacy, lack of basic knowledge about things like NAFTA and Africa that a C-student in American Government would know, and reports of her serious attitude problems, it should be utterly clear to even hyper-Republican partisans that Palin was the worst possible choice.

But here’s the problem: all of this evidence now coming to light is coming from hyper-Republican partisans. In fact, it’s coming from the same partisans who picked her in the first place, in a bizarre attempt to cover their own backsides. These are smart people; they should understand that in a circular firing squad, the backside is not the side they should be worried about.

It’s not Sarah Palin’s fault that John McCain picked a “Wasilla hillbilly looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast.” If you don’t want a Wasilla hillbilly, you don’t hire one to be the VP candidate. Sarah Palin is who she is. She didn’t become who she is over the last nine weeks.

Choosing the Vice President is the single most undemocratic step in our electoral process. The VP candidate is not vetted by the voters in any kind of primary campaign. It’s a step that should be completed with care and precision, and it wasn’t.

Sarah Palin was John McCain’s choice. John McCain should rein the people who would trash talk her as the reason he lost. She may be, but they picked her. She may be a corrupt moron, but she was their corrupt moron. Pulling a slash-and-burn on her now serves no purpose. It’s not going to save anybody’s reputation. They should be looking at themselves, not at her, for answers about their colossal failure.

As McCain Cuts Spending In Colorado, His Poor Spokespeople Stammer On

As The Denver Post reports, John McCain’s campaign is cutting back in Colorado…just like every once-competitive tight Republican race:

Despite assertions that it was not cutting back on resources in the state, John McCain’s presidential campaign has drastically slashed television advertising at Colorado’s big three stations.

At the same time, national Republicans have canceled $600,000 worth of ads supporting incumbent GOP Rep. Marilyn Musgrave’s re-election bid. And the campaign arm of Senate Democrats pulled out of the Mark Udall-Bob Schaffer race, where recent polls show Udall, a Democrat, with a wide lead. Colorado’s days as a battleground state for the Nov. 4 election may be waning.[Pols emphasis]

McCain, who trails Barack Obama by an average of 5 percentage points in Colorado polls, this week bought a total of $305,550 worth of ads at KUSA-Channel 9, KCNC-Channel 4 and KMGH-Channel 7, according to records. That is a 46 percent decrease from the week before and a 56 percent slide from two weeks ago…

…”What this means is that the McCain campaign has sparse resources and is beginning to write places off,” said Jennifer Duffy, managing editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. “Colorado polling is consistently looking bad for McCain. So it doesn’t surprise me that they are putting their resources elsewhere.”

You have to feel sorry for the McCain spokespeople at this point, because they’re left sounding a little like the old Iraqi Public Information Minister:

Members of both the local and national McCain campaign have repeatedly denied they would – or did – shift or cut back on resources, including ads, in Colorado. When asked about the drop at the three stations Wednesday, Tom Kise, spokesman for the campaign, refused to answer the question and instead discussed the ads themselves.[Pols emphasis]

“We are not pulling ads and will be on the air in Colorado through Election Day. While we won’t be discussing specifics of any buy, we reserve the right, like all campaigns do, including the Obama camp, to make strategic moves on a daily basis with our paid media efforts,” Kise said.

Not only are we not cutting back our ads, we’re actually winning in Colorado. In fact, we’ve already won. You just haven’t been told yet.

Angry Republicans Angry at McCain

From The New York Times:

After a turbulent week that included new disclosures about Gov. Sarah Palin and signs that Senator John McCain was struggling to strike the right tone for his campaign, Republican leaders said Saturday they were worried that Mr. McCain was heading for defeat unless he brought stability to his presidential candidacy and settled on a clear message to counter Senator Barack Obama.

Again and again, party leaders said in interviews that while they still believed that Mr. McCain could win over voters in the next 30 days, they were concerned that he and his advisers seemed to be adrift in dealing with an extraordinarily challenging political battleground and a crisis on Wall Street.

The expressions of concern came after a particularly difficult week for Mr. McCain. On Friday night, new questions arose about his choice of Ms. Palin as his running mate after an investigation by the Alaska Legislature concluded that Ms. Palin had abused her power in trying to orchestrate the firing of her former brother-in-law, a state trooper.

“I think you’re seeing a turning point,” said Saul Anuzis, the Republican chairman in Michigan, where Mr. McCain has decided to stop campaigning. “You’re starting to feel real frustration because we are running out of time. Our message, the campaign’s message, isn’t connecting.”…

…The difficulties of the McCain campaign have led some Republican leaders to express concern that he could end up dragging other Republicans down to defeat. “If Obama is able to run up big numbers around the country, the potential for hurting down-ballot Republicans is very big,” Mr. Anuzis, the Michigan party chairman, said.

One sign of that has emerged in Nebraska, where Representative Lee Terry ran a newspaper advertisement featuring words of support for him from a woman identified as an “Obama-Terry voter.”

Colorado’s own Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams takes his shots at the McCain camp as well. You know, because he’s run such a brilliant campaign for Bob Schaffer and all:

But no subject has more divided Republicans than the one that has been a matter of disagreement in the McCain camp: how directly to invoke Mr. Obama’s connection to his controversial former minister, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., and William Ayers, a member of the Weather Underground who has had a passing association with Mr. Obama over the years.

In Colorado, a traditionally Republican state that Mr. McCain is struggling to keep in his column, the party chairman, Dick Wadhams, urged Mr. McCain to hit the issue hard, arguing that it was fair game and could be highly effective in raising questions about Mr. Obama in the final weeks of the campaign. He said he was surprised Mr. McCain had failed to do so in last week’s debate.

“I think those are legitimate insights into who Senator Obama is,” Mr. Wadhams said. “I do not think it is irrelevant to this election.”

But Fergus Cullen, the Republican chairman in New Hampshire, said Saturday that he thought it would be a mistake for Mr. McCain to go down that road, warning that it would turn off moderate voters in his state who have a history of supporting Mr. McCain.

Obama Outspending McCain 3-1

From “The Fix”:

Barack Obama is outspending John McCain at nearly a three-to-one clip on television time in the final weeks of the presidential election, according to ad buy information obtained by The Fix, a financial edge that is almost certainly contributing to the momentum for the Illinois senator in key battleground states.

From Sept. 30 to Oct. 6, Obama spent more than $20 million on television ads in 17 states including more than $3 million in Pennsylvania and more than $2 million each in Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania. McCain in that same time frame spent just $7.2 million in 15 states. Even when the Republican National Committee’s independent expenditure spending in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin is factored in (a total of $5.3 million), Obama still outspent the combined GOP forces by roughly $8 million in the last week alone.

More after the jump…

The spending edge enjoyed by Obama has been used almost exclusively to hammer McCain as both a clone of the current president and someone who is out of touch on key domestic issues — most notably the economy. The assertion of Obama’s spending edge has coincided with the collapse of the financial industry and a refocusing by voters on the economy to turn the election from a toss up to one in which the Democratic candidate has moved into a discernible lead.

While the struggles of McCain and his party over the Wall Street bailout bill that passed Congress last week after much sturm und drang have been well documented, the practical political impact of Obama’s decision to forego public financing for the general election and McCain’s choice to accept the $84 million in public funds has not been as fully explored.

Obama’s fundraising machine has continued to churn in recent months — bringing in $67.5 million in August alone and ending that month with more than $77 million on hand. (Reports for September are not due at the Federal Election Commission until Oct. 20.)

Obama’s ad spending strategy has been based on the idea of stretching McCain to the limit in a series of non-traditional battlegrounds (Indiana, North Carolina, Colorado, Virginia), knowing that such an approach would force the cash-poorer Republican’s hand at some point. [Pols emphasis]

That decision paid off last week when McCain pulled down his television ads in Michigan, a move due in large part to the prohibitive cost of continuing to run commercials in the Wolverine State. A look at advertising in the last week in Michigan showed Obama dropping nearly $2.2 million as compared to $642,000 for McCain and just over $1 million by the RNC — a difference of nearly $600,000 in favor of the Illinois senator.

A detailed look at campaign spending on ads over the last week shows clearly how Obama is using his financial edge over McCain. In 13 of the 15 states where both candidates were on television, Obama outspent McCain — in some states, drastically.

Total Biden Lie

Biden said McCain voted “the exact same way” as Obama to raise taxes on people making $42,000/year.

That’s a lie. McCain didn’t vote on either bill:

Barack Obama Voted Twice In Favor Of The Democrats’ FY 2009 Budget Resolution That Would Raise Taxes On Those Making Just $42,000 A Year. (S. Con. Res. 70, CQ Vote #85: Adopted 51-44: R 2-43; D 47-1; I 2-0, 3/14/08, Obama Voted Yea; S. Con. Res. 70, CQ Vote #142: Adopted 48- 45: R 2- 44; D 44- 1; I 2-0, 6/4/08, Obama Voted Yea)



Just goes to show: Sarah Palin was right, Joe Biden was wrong!!!

Maverick, maverick, maverick

For future generations following this election, I thought I would post some pictures to illustrate one of the main contentious issues of this campaign: John McCain – maverick or not?




Not a maverick:

Any questions?

Financial Crisis Over? McCain campaign comes to Colorado

( – promoted by Colorado Pols)

“We must meet as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans, and we must meet until this crisis is resolved,” John McCain said.

Well, surprise, surprise: I guess that wasn’t true.

Still, hoping to staunch the bleeding in the polls, Sen. “Hasn’t been to work in DC since April” McCain is bringing his brand of ‘leadership’ to Colorado this Thursday and Friday, the Denver Post is reporting.  

Republican presidential candidate John McCain will make a two-day swing through Colorado on Thursday and Friday, his campaign announced today.

On Thursday in Denver, McCain will hold a “women’s town hall meeting” at the Sheraton Grand Hotel downtown. Doors for the 3:45 p.m. event open at 2:30.

…On Friday, the campaign will move south to Pueblo for a town hall meeting at the Colorado State University-Pueblo campus.

The program at Massari Arena is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., with doors opening at 9 a.m.

More, and a poll, after the fold…

John “Drama Queen” McCain has had a rough week.  He vowed to stay away from the debate until the financial crisis was solved, then quickly backed down.  But not before shipping off an ad to the Wall Street Journal declaring himself the winner in the then-future debate, which was apparently run a day early.  Then those damn voters disagreed, and awarded the win in the debate to Obama.

After the debate, Gov. “Putin-head” Palin was safely sequestered away while her opponent, Sen. Biden was hitting all the networks to give the post-debate spin.

Over the next couple of days his VP pick has been off agreeing with Obama on foreign policy, requiring that Sen. “Grandpa” McCain either babysit her during the round 2 Couric interviews, or insist that having a voter ask the candidate questions is ‘gotcha journalism.’

Then, yesterday, before Wall Street suffered its single biggest set back ever, the McCain campaign issued a press release claiming that McCain’s leadership had caused solved the problem, literally minutes before the deal fell apart.

And that, my friends, is leadership to believe in.

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Fundamentals of McCain Family’s Economy are Strong

The press and the Obama campaign have jumped all over Sen. John McCain for his recent comments about the “fundamentals of our economy” being “strong.”

[T]he Obama campaign quickly jumped on John McCain’s statement yesterday that “the fundamentals of our economy are strong.” McCain made the comment on the same day that two major Wall Street institutions effectively collapsed, and the Obama campaign portrayed McCain’s response as evidence that the Republican nominee is “out of touch with what’s going in the lives of ordinary Americans.”

Perhaps McCain is just confused because, according to today’s Washington Post, the fundamentals of the McCain family economy are stronger than ever. In other words, his wife Cindy’s massive beer distributorship, which has made them millions, is apparently bringing in even more money thanks to Americans reliance on beer to ease the pain of the economic downturn.

More than 16 million barrels of domestic beer were sold in the United States in July, and annual sales through that month are up 1.4 percent, the largest increase since 1990, when the economy was headed toward a recession, according to the Beer Institute. (Yes, such a thing exists. It’s a trade group.)

The uptick is significant for a mature industry with roughly $50 billion in annual sales, particularly as consumers reduce spending on other discretionary purchases, such as venti lattes and designer jeans. Trade groups for the liquor and wine industries report consumption of those beverages has also increased. But beer is America’s most popular alcoholic beverage, claiming more than half the market, and the go-to drink during these times of economic distress.

We shouldn’t hold McCain’s confusion about the economy against him. He isn’t feeling the same economic strain because his family’s business is still raking in the dough. Either that, or he’s drunk…

McCain Created Blackberry; Can’t Use One

Somebody better put another one of John McCain’s policy advisors back on the shelf. As The Associated Press reports:

Move over, Al Gore. You may lay claim to the Internet, but John McCain helped create the BlackBerry.

At least that’s the contention of a top McCain policy adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin. Waving his BlackBerry personal digital assistant and citing McCain’s work as a senator, he told reporters today, “You’re looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create.”[Pols emphasis]

McCain has acknowledged that he doesn’t know how to use a computer and can’t send e-mail, one of the BlackBerry’s prime functions.

Holtz-Eakin’s argument is similar to one advanced by Gore, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2000. Gore once boasted about “taking the initiative to create the Internet” through technological and educational policies. He later was mocked for claiming to have invented the Internet, although he never made such a claim.

Wow. McCain created the Blackberry? This could be one of those seminal campaign moments where the candidate goes from respected to mocked, bringing up – again – stories about how McCain admits to not even knowing how to use a computer.

McCain is pretty old, so maybe the advisor meant that he invented the actual blackberry – you know, the fruit.

John McCain states that he’s divorced from people’s day to day challenges

Over at the Huffington Post, there’s a clip of John McCain admitting he’s out of touch.

Of course, this was an attempt to relate to people and reinforce his “outsider” status.

But the truth is, someone who has been in Washington since 1982 is not an outsider. For McCain to platform on a campaign of change is disingenuous and an obvious stategic campaign ploy.

Prior to 2000 it would have been easy to believe the “Maverick” argument. But looking at his record for the past 8 years, he has moved from someone to be admired from both sides of the isle to partisan soldier. His uncritical support of the invasion of Iraq while Osama bin Laden was still free is the ultimate proof.

It’s too bad.  I, like so many folks I know, was shocked when he was defeated by George W. Bush in 2000. I never expected him to collapse politically and surrender to the Bush administration.

Is McCain Out?

There have been rumors on the internets about “Sarah, Sarah, Sarah” replacing McCain at the top of the ticket.

I wrote my prior column, suggesting John McCain replace Sarah Palin, before Palin’s speech last night.

After watching her speech and sleeping on it, I now think that perhaps Palin should replace McCain.

She would actually make a more attractive candidate if the national Republican Party ever returned to the small-government ideals that she espouses

It’s speculation of course, but with his age, failed judgement, problems with the truth, should Sarah Palin replace George.. I mean John McCain at the top of the ticket?

Palin for President!

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McCain Ad Bashes “Disrespectful” Obama

According to Colorado Independent, a new ad running in Colorado is bashing Barack Obama for being “disrespectful” toward Sarah Palin:

That 9/11 Truce didn’t last long.

The McCain campaign began running a TV ad Thursday in Colorado that raises the question: Is John McCain engaged in a high-stakes game of limbo? As his campaign since the Republican National Convention piles outright lies upon scurrilous outrage upon gross distortion, it remains to be seen just how low he can go.

“Lashes Out,” the latest 30-second ad from McCain, provides the answer. The ad menacingly accuses the Obama-Biden campaign of being “disrespectful” toward Sarah Palin. You can hear the announcer’s lip curl as she ticks off a litany meant to portray Barack Obama and Joe Biden as patronizing sexists.

Our favorite citation attacks Obama for calling Palin a liar, but the citation just shows this: “…lying…”

Context? We don’t need no stinking context!

Call the Spade a Bloody Shovel

Crossposted from MY LEFT WING

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To call a spade a bloody shovel means more than speaking plainly; rather, it means saying something that is true but unpalatable — or impolitic.

During an otherwise stellar appearance on David Letterman’s show last night, Barack Obama missed an opportunity to deliver a kidney punch to John McCain. In my view, this missed opportunity vividly exemplifies a weakness in the election style Democrats have used over the past three decades.

(I’m not saying Obama’s campaign exemplifies this style; to the contrary, despite a few missteps — and who among us could do better? I submit that, given the fact that Barack Obama has steamrolled over every obstacle thus far, this man just might know better than anyone how to correct the Democratic Party’s mistakes of the past and finally, FINALLY beat these bastards in this rigged game. But I’m making a point here, so… bear with me.)

Letterman asked, and I’m paraphrasing,

“If you’d been able to pick your Vice-Presidential running mate after McCain picked Palin, would you have chosen differently?”

Obama answered — and again, I’m paraphrasing:

“I chose the person I want in the room with me, giving me wise advice and different points of view…”

Intelligent, cogent and sincere.

But I think he should have phrased it thusly:

“Maybe this is another difference between Senator McCain and me:

I didn’t pick my running mate because I thought he would help me WIN; I picked him because I thought he would help me GOVERN.”

Stark, simple and true. Did John McCain pick Sarah Palin because he thought she was the best of all possible candidates for the role of Vice-President in a McCain Administration?

The very suggestion is a joke. Nobody could make that suggestion wit a straight face unless he worked for McCain or Fox News. McCain picked Palin to help him win the election.

Just one more in an endless series of proofs that John McCain’s campaign slogan of “Country First” is an empty, shallow and insulting lie.

Last night, Keith Olbermann exposed another vivid example of John McCain’s craven, wanton priorities:

… Senator McCain said it most concisely in June.

“Look,” he said. “I know the area, I’ve been there, I know wars, I know how to win wars, and I know how to improve our capabilities so that we will capture Osama bin Laden – or put it this way, bring him to justice. We will do it. I know how to do it.”

Sen. McCain seems to be quite serious, that he and he alone, not the CIA, nor the U.S. Military, nor the current President  can capture bin Laden. Thus we must take him at his word, that this is no mere ludicrous campaign boast.

We must assume Sen. McCain truly believes he is capable of doing this, and has been capable of doing this, since last January. “We will capture Osama bin Laden… we will do it. I know how to do it.”

Well then, Senator, you’d better go and do it hadn’t you?

Because, Sir, if a man or woman in this nation, Democrat or Republican, had a clear and effective means of capturing or killing Osama bin Laden… If that person had been advertising his claim, Senator for eight months… But if that person not only refused to go to responsible authorities in government and advise them of this plan to catch bin Laden, but further announced he would not even begin to enact this secret plan to corral the world’s most hated man until the end of next January….

… you are to some degree great or small aiding and abetting Osama bin Laden.

… You, Sir, are blackmailing some portion of the American electorate into voting for your party, by promising to help in the capture of bin Laden only if you are made president!

“I’d rather win an election than catch bin Laden!”

… Senator, as you and your Republicans shed your phony, crocodile, opportunistic tears tomorrow on 9/1 “TM”, in front of the utterly disingenuous banner “Country First,” the fact is, you have shown that it is John McCain first, and the country last.

Now, hopefully most intelligent people can see that McCain’s claim is, indeed, a “mere ludicrous campaign boast,” –most intelligent people probably know that John McCain does not have a “secret plan” to capture Osama bin Laden, and that he is not so despicable a human being as to withhold it on condition of his election to the Presidency…

But Olbermann has a point, and it’s fairly clear: John McCain cares more about winning this election than solving any of the myriad grave problems this nation faces, be they terrorism, a failed economy,  the failing public education system, rising poverty and dismal healthcare… well, we all know what those problems are. And if John McCain truly cared about solving them, he’d be spending his campaign time talking about how he’d solve them, instead of spending it talking about — well, talking about himself and how wonderful he is and Barack Obama and how terrible he is.

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The horrible irony, for liberals and Democrats, when it comes to “playing politics,” is that we constrain ourselves with rules that “conservative” Republicans never follow. A few weeks ago I lamented the differences between the conventions run by Democrats and Republicans, noting:

Here we all are, paying APPROPRIATE TRIBUTE to John fucking McCain and his honourable fucking service to his country, and the horrific tortures he underwent in Vietnam…

And all I can think about now is what the goddamned Republicans would do to him if he were the Democratic nominee. The purple fucking bandaids they’d be parading around at their convention, mocking that service and that torture. The talk radio blowhards’ belittling and questioning of his being shot down.

And, in a personal parallel, I think of my father, and what might have happened to HIM, had he survived and gone into politics as a Democrat. The SAME FUCKING THING that happened to John Kerry, that’s what. And the same fucking thing that WOULD happen to John McCain if HE were a Democrat — the thing that HE CANNOT or WILL NOT see, that his TOTAL LACK of empathy allows him to ignore.

They are fucking SCUM, these goddamned so-called “conservatives.” These motherfucking REPUBLICANS. They will waltz into Minneapolis or St. Paul — which is it, anyway? — and they will puff up their faux-patriotic chests and call themselves “lovers of country” and think THEMSELVES the TRUE PATRIOTS — all the while HATING HALF OF AMERICA.

And the Democrats in Denver will have stood to attention during the raising of the flag and the singing of the National Anthem and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance — and they will have bowed their heads and nodded solemnly – AND SINCERELY — while Democratic politician after Democratic politican reminded them and the national audience that John McCain DOES love his country and DID serve his country honourably and suffer terribly for her…

And next week HORDES of “conservative” Republicans will JEER and LAUGH at Democrats and BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA and his RADICAL WIFE — those FOREIGN, WEIRD, BLACK BLACK BLACK LEFTISTS — and MOCK their LIBERAL, QUEER, UNAMERICAN-NESS and their LIBERAL, QUEER, UNAMERICAN supporters…


And the fucking corporate media will lap it up and stoke the flames and goddamn if half this motherfucking country will go to the polls and vote for John motherfucking McCain and the party of HATE.

Sure enough, the Republicans remained true to ugly, predictable, hateful form; their convention was an exercise in shameless dishonesty and supposititious patriotism. Given four days to speak to the American people and make their case for John McCain, they chose instead to spend the vast majority of their time mocking, belittling and sneering at Barack Obama — and his proposals for solving this country’s problems and for this country’s future — and, by extension, his millions of supporters.

One of my few complaints about the Democratic convention goes to those rules we liberals always feel compelled to follow:

… to those of us more rabidly partisan among the “ANGRY LEFT,” the myriad acknowledgements of the laudable and honourable service of John McCain to his country were like icepicks to our lizard brains. “NOOOOOO! Kick  him in the NUTS!!!”

I could almost hear my fellow frothing left wingers in their respective living rooms screaming it with me.

My discomfiture extends to the post-convention period; I know I am not alone in feeling heartily sick of hearing Democrat after Democrat acknowledge that “John McCain is a patriot, John McCain loves this country, too — we just have different ideas about how to go forward…” Blah blah blah.

Look, I know the rules. Following them is the liberal, decent, moral thing to do. But there is a difference between (laudably) eschewing the politics of hatred and putrescence the Republicans embrace — and making this perennial decision to PUSSYFOOT around the FACTS because to state them plainly and baldly sounds… not nice.

THE FACTS… are not nice. To state them in the way that I would, and am“These people do NOT love their country” — is the very definition of impolitic. I’m not suggesting that Barack Obama hold a press conference and quote ME.

But these guys are the best and the brightest, right? It sure as hell seems to me that Aaron Sorkin is on the team over there at Obama HQ. Surely he and his staff could craft a plethora of perfectly phrased statements that STATE these ugly facts in words that live in the middle ground between my sort of “These motherfuckers are full of shit” blog-stylings and the last thirty years of failed Democratic discretion.

I am free to let loose all manner of invective on John McCain and the Republicans — and as many can attest, I frequently do. Unconstrained by the rules of politesse or by the common sense required when one’s audience is not merely a relative handful of blog readers but an entire nation, I daily loose my cannons of rhetorical bombast on the mendacious, manipulative, maleficent swarm of miscreants that is the Republican Party and its right wing base of christo fascist neocon zombie brigade (see what I did there?).

Barack Obama and his campaign — being neither insane, self-indulgent nor politically suicidal fools — must to a great degree adhere to the rules of prudence and sagacity that require both expert timing and superb verbal craftmanship as they continue the epoch battle for the future of this nation. To date, they have proved themselves artful and astute…

I only hope that as the McCain campaign and the nest of vipers with whom John McCain has allied himself continue to prove themselves devoid of anything resembling honour, true patriotism or even common decency, Barack Obama and his campaign prove themselves willing to speak not only plain truth but brutal truth when necessary.

Sometimes a spade is not just a spade. Sometimes that spade is a bloody shovel, and you have to be willing to point to it and to the man holding it.

Did McCain thwart DEA investigation of Cindy?

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OpenLeft just broke this story
about a whistleblower who worked with Cindy McCain at her charity. He is coming forward with information about John McCain using his political influence to keep her out of trouble following her prescription drug theft scandal.

Today, Tom Gosinski, her former employee and a close friend of the McCain’s, came out on the record about the entire sordid episode.  And it appears that McCain used his Senate staff and resources to cover up Cindy’s drug use, and potentially to prevent the Drug Enforcement Agency from investigating his wife’s theft of illegal prescription drugs.  John McCain certainly used his political connections to begin a campaign of intimidation against Gosinski, because at the time – this was after the Keating 5 scandal – another major scandal would have derailed his career.  Gosinski stayed quiet out of fear until today; a recent fight with cancer has strengthened his resolve.  

It will be interesting to see if the mainstream media runs with this. More — including a video interview with the whistleblower — available at OpenLeft.

Will this story matter?

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Sarah Palin = Janet Rowland?

Is it just us, or does Sarah Palin for John McCain’s VP remind you a little of Janet Rowland for Bob Beauprez’s Lieutenant Governor in 2006?

If you recall, not long after Beauprez announced Rowland as his running mate, we learned that she had recently compared homosexuality to bestiality. Nobody knew anything about Rowland – including, apparently, the Beauprez campaign – and her selection just highlighted further Beauprez’s disastrous statewide campaign.

Now, Palin is no Rowland, but the former has her own far-right ideas that McCain now has to deal with. As Colorado Independent reports, Palin supported the idea of teaching Creationism in schools when she was asked about it during her campaign for governor in Alaska:

Then in a classic McCain-style back-flip, a few days later Palin tried to take it back…

…She added that, if elected, she would not push the state Board of Education to add such creation-based alternatives to the state’s required curriculum.

This is the person McCain thinks should be one heartbeat away from the Oval Office? As a former McCain fan, I’m actually quite sad about this, but his run for President has turned McCain from a maverick to just a mimic for the far right.

Creationism really isn’t an idea you flip-flop about. Either you believe it should be taught in schools, or you don’t. If you even entertain the idea that Creationism is worthy of being taught in schools, you’ve already crossed that line far enough – there’s no going back from there.

Sarah Palin? What Say You, Polsters?

We’re as surprised as many of you to hear that Tina Fey Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is John McCain’s choice for a running mate. Palin is so little-known that the initial AP story about her selection included lines like this:

Congressional Quarterly said her past occupations included being a commercial fishing company owner, outdoor recreational equipment company owner and sports reporter.

Nobody even knows anything about her, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing – but she’s really, really unknown. And what is known about her is that she is involved in a scandal involving a fired state trooper who was in a child-custody battle with her sister.

But the strangest part of the Palin choice in our view is that she doesn’t really stand up as a person who the public could see as PRESIDENT should anything happen to the 72-year-old McCain. She’s only been a governor for 2 years, and in a state that’s basically Canada. It makes it difficult for McCain to rip Obama for a lack of experience when his running mate is the most inexperienced of the entire bunch.

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John McCain’s Housing Crisis

This big (can’t remember how many?) can of worms has been opened and there’s no closing it. McCain’s campaign panicked today and tried to throw everything, including the kitchen sink, back at Barack Obama.

Unfortunately for the McCain Campaign all they have done is opened yet another can of worms after another bigger can of worms. And what’s worse, as Howard Fineman put it, their knee-jerk responses are only trivializing McCain’s POW past. Even one fellow POW believes McCain is doing a great disservice to all POW’s by exploiting his service for political gain.  But I digress.

What’s at issue here is the McCain’s inherited wealth and how that will influence his policies as President. McCain has already flipped flopped on tax cuts for the wealthy, proposed an economic tax plan giving billions to corporations, and what’s worse is McCain has previously brushed aside the concerns of the economy while his economic advisor called Americans a bunch of whiners.

As duly noted, the topic of a candidates wealth was made into a very large issue in 2004 against John and Teresa Kerry. John was teased for windsurfing while Teresa was battered for months to disclose her financial records, which she finally did.

So, if the Republicans believed it be such an important issue in 2004 and John is willing to throw his wife under the bus then it’s time to ask the next question.

Where are Cindy McCain’s financial disclosures?  

Should Cindy Disclose Her Financial Records?

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How many houses does John McCain have?

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From the Colorado for Obama blog.

Today, the Obama campaign released a new 30-second TV ad, Seven, discussing just how out of touch John McCain is with the struggles of everyday people. The ad highlights John McCain’s desire to just offer more of the same economic policies we’ve gotten from President Bush, as just yesterday he declared “the fundamentals of our economy are strong” and lost track of how many houses he owns.

We wanted to share the ad with you:

Share your feelings about McCain’s houses and why Barack will offer the best solutions for America by writing a letter to the editor to a local Colorado paper.  

Among the most compelling yet under-appreciated reason to support the Obama candidacy

King Abdullah II of Jordan spoke last night at the Aspen Institute, and, according to the Aspen Daily News ( here’s what he had to say.  

“If Senator Obama becomes president, I think that America would have a cleared slate. The challenge is that if he does become president, there will be tremendous expectations that this may be something new from America.”

He elaborates …

“I think that Obama would have a honeymoon internationally, but again, expectations would be much higher than they would be for Sen. McCain.”

Of course, “Change” is the theme of the the Obama campaign (and, apparently the theme of the McCain candidacy, if only the kind of change you can believe in).  But the conditions have to be right in order to facilitate any kind of ground shift.  The conditions have to be ripe for change.  

Thomas Friedman in a recent editorial suggested that the international community (and especially the Muslim world) is hungry for an Obama presidency.  

But what King Abdullah implies here is that the conditions for improved diplomacy are bleak for a McCain administration — no “clean slate,” a tepid or non-existant “honeymoon period,” and no “expectations that this may be something new from America.”  

In other words, at least as far as our greatest ally in the Muslim world is concerned, you can’t believe that McCain = Change.  

John McCain channels George Bush

from The Denver Post

The Colorado Democratic Party sent a tracker to video U.S. Sen. John McCain’s press conference at the Brown Palace on Thursday, but the twenty-something Democratic staffer was escorted out of the event by a security agent after being confronted by McCain’s staff.

The Democrats said their staffer initially identified himself to an event organizer when he arrived. When McCain showed up along with other prominent Republicans, a woman who identified herself as McCain’s press secretary first blocked the camera, then instructed the security agent to escort the tracker out of the room because he wasn’t a member of the press.

The article says it all – once again only supporters allowed.