Category Archives: McCain

Mid-Week Update

Finally found a few moments to wade through the wonderful world of blogging, and stumbled on a few things that really caught my eye.  I know I’ve been bad about updating lately, and I apologize.  Now, start reading.  And, don’t be afraid to leave a comment along the way.

English Only Rule Aimed at High School Valedictorian

The folks of Terrabone Parish in Louisiana want to cultivate their image as being backwards. Their lack of values are showing. Now they are set to require all speeches be made in English after the Valedictorian included a sentence of Vietnamese in hers — she did so to honor her parents, proving her own strong values.

McCain gets ‘visibly angry’ when challenged on whether military experience prepares him to be president.

ABC News’ David Wright reports that when he asked John McCain to “explain how his Vietnam experience prepared him for the presidency,” McCain “became visibly angry”: McCain became visibly angry when I asked him to explain how his Vietnam experience prepared him for the Presidency. “Please,” he said, recoiling back in his seat in distaste at the [...]

Bush Stimulates The Porn Industry With His Economic Package

When President Bush announced his economic stimulus in January, he bragged that his package was the “right size” and would “boost” the economy: I am pleased that this agreement meets the criterion that I set forth last week to provide an effective, robust, and temporary set of incentives that will boost our economy and [...]

The ‘bama Bounce

Going into the weekend, we have new numbers to play with:

Poll: Obama Vaults To 15-Point Lead Over McCain

Barack Obama might just be getting his post-primary national bounce. A new poll from Newsweek gives him a 51%-36% lead over John McCain, up from a 46%-46% tie a month ago. Obama is helped by some key statistics. Five-five percent [...]

An “Oooops” From The Other Side

Well now!  Another old video.  Another old comment.

John McCain: I Didn’t Really Love America Until…

Dan Abrams has uncovered a video of John McCain saying… “I really didn’t love America until I was deprived of her company.” This has the potential to upend this campaign. Given the criticism of Michelle Obama’s remarks about pride, how can the right still press the patriotism of the Democratic candidate’s wife when the Republican candidate himself [...]

McCain’s VP Short List

I was pointed to this article by a regular reading of my blog. It’s certainly interesting and is one that I missed when skimming through bloglines last night.

Is Bobby Jindal — Who May Be On McCain’s Veep Shortlist — An Exorcist?

Bobby Jindal, the 36-year old governor of Louisiana, is being taken seriously by the national press as a candidate on the shortlist to be John McCain’s Vice President. No one doubts that he’s a political prodigy — his impressive resume [...]

Quote of the Day

“It’s not too important” Go figure.

100 Years

Matt Lauer asked John McCain this morning if he now had a better idea of when U.S. troops could come home from Iraq. “No,” McCain said, “but that’s not too important.” 100 years redux? Actually, yes, because McCain said [...]

UPDATE: Ex Post McCaino

The McCain campaign is hitting back hard against Democratic criticism of his “not that important” quote this morning on Today. But as often is the case with McCain, the explanations of what he said are even sillier than the original [...]

Today in McCain-Land

It’s all about the military, via Brilliant at Breakfast. And, it’s about much more than McCain. Click. It’s worth it.

Where are these troops going to come from, hmmmm???

John McCain, looking scarier by the day, tells Brian Williams in no uncertain terms that he is ready to commit as many troops as needed in Iraq for as long as it takes: [..]

Piling On

My goodness, the blogosphere is really piling on John McCain today. See the post below. Then note this:

The Video Doesn’t Lie

Sen. John McCain told Newsweek that he did not deliver a line in his prepared speech last week that criticized the media for not fairly covering Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential [...]

Yup. That’s what he says. Let’s go to the videotape. Click the link above.

Just Saying “No”

Both candidates, McCain and Obama, are giving moderated townhall discussions a “thumbs down”. That says a lot about their distrust of the media.

The Townhalls

Ezra Klein coments on the fact that neither Obama nor McCain has any interest in allowing the press to moderate their proposed series of townhall meetings:This is possibly the first time in memory that the media’s actually suffered for [...]

Stormy Monday

Storm clouds back in Arkansas this Monday afternoon. And articles like this one trashing John McCain aren’t going to do much to boost his campaign. Some will discount it, saying it’s from the U.K. It looks to me like the comments from McCain’s first wife are solid. She’s obviously not a happy camper, but her tale justifies her feelings. Assuming, of course, that her version is accurate.

John McCain’s first wife

Huge article from the Daily Mail: “McCain likes to illustrate his moral fibre by referring to his five years as a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam. And to demonstrate his commitment to family values, the 71-year-old former US Navy pilot pays warm tribute to his beautiful blonde wife, Cindy, with whom he has four children. But there is another Mrs McCain who casts a ghostly shadow over the Senator’s presidential campaign. She is seldom seen and [...]

No Kidding

There goes the “talking point”…

Leading surrogate: McCain ‘absolutely’ wants to continue Bush domestic policies

John McCain and his campaign have been working diligently to reject any suggestion that he’d offer another Bush term if elected. Given this, I’m surprised his campaign surrogates haven’t been prepped with better responses to questions like these. The clip shows Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), arguably McCain’s most sycophantic toady, on ABC’s “This Week” earlier today. [...]

You Really Need A Scorecard

Not that the Dems have been easy to follow, but you really do need a scorecard to keep up with John McCain’s positions on key issues.

McCain ‘contradicts precisely what he said earlier’

When the scandal broke over the Bush administration’s policy of warrantless searches of Americans’ phone calls and emails, John McCain took a reasonably sensible position, consistent with a classical conservative, interested in limited government. Just six short months ago, McCain told the Boston Globe that he, unlike the current occupant of the Oval Office, felt compelled [...]

The Next Big Argument

You’re going to hear it, over and over again, during the Presidential Campaign. You’ll hear it from friends and relatives. You’ll hear it on radio talk shows. You’ll see it on TV. Logic? Not so much. Emotional? Very much so.

Mike Signorile tries to bore into the ‘if not Hillary, I’m voting McCain’ logic

It was a difficult day on The Michelangelo Signorile Show yesterday, as Mike spoke with several angry callers who are ready to vote for John McCain before casting a ballot for Barack Obama. In the clip below, the caller cites a few reasons I’ve seen out there, including: [...]

Is He REALLY a Presidential Candidate?

John McCain had a rough Wednesday. Seems he didn’t come across as the most knowledgeable candidate around.

McCain’s Day Marked By False Statements And Gaffes

A series of misstatements and verbal gaffes hampered Sen. John McCain on the day that unofficially marked the beginning of his general election campaign against Barack Obama. Appearing at a press conference in Louisiana on Wednesday, McCain claimed [..]

He Needs To Learn Math

It’s really not that tough, adding and subtracting numbers.  School kids do it all the time.  Shouldn’t the man who wants to be president be able to?

McCain says we’re back to ‘pre-surge levels’ in Iraq. No we’re not. 2/3 of the surge troops are still there.

It’s kind of scary that John McCain, who keeps talking about how many trips he’s made to Iraq, doesn’t even know how many troops we have there. Yesterday, McCain told an audience in Wisconsin that we are back to pre-surge troop levels in Iraq…..Actually, Mr. Magoo, two-thirds of the surge troops are still in Iraq.
Let me walk you through this [...]

Response from the McCain camp? Condescension:

McCain Campaign Responds To Senator’s Inaccurate Iraq Statements: ‘So What?’

Yesterday at a townhall meeting in Wisconsin, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) claimed that troops in Iraq are already down to “pre-surge levels”: So I can tell you that it is succeeding. I can look you in the eye and tell you it’s succeeding. We have drawn down to pre-surge levels. Basra, Mosul and now Sadr city [...]

Maybe the voters ARE paying attention:

Poll: McCain’s Advantage Over Obama On Iraq Evaporating

With Barack Obama and John McCain battling again today over foreign policy, the question is worth asking: Which candidate is actually winning the argument over Iraq right now? The new Pew poll we posted on yesterday has some fascinating numbers [...]

McCain and The General

Ah, yes, yet another example of a campaign spiraling out of control.

The U.S. military ‘must remain apolitical at all times’ — but McCain didn’t get the memo

In the coming issue of Joint Force Quarterly, an official military journal widely distributed among officers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff writes a welcome but unusual open letter to everyone who wears an Armed Forces uniform: stay out of the political arena during the election season. “The U.S. military must remain apolitical at [...]

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John Hagee Speaks

The man has a way with words, I have to give him that.

Top Ten Hagee-isms: New and Improved

Just click and read.  It speaks volumes about the man.

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Does It Seem To You…

….that all of the presidential campaigns have “issues”? Clinton has her “hang in there” syndrome.  Obama has his series of gaffes.  McCain?  Well, let’s just call it a “people problem”…

Warning: Schadenfreude Ahead!

MSNBC (h/t): “Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain’s national campaign general co-chair was being paid by a Swiss bank to lobby Congress about the U.S. mortgage crisis at the same time he was advising McCain about his economic policy, federal [...]

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McCain and Immigration

It’s getting really tough to keep track of what John McCain thinks about immigration reform.  If you think you understand where he stands, you’d better think again.

McCain spins like a top on immigration flip-flop

John McCain’s incoherence on immigration policy has quickly gone from problematic to humiliating. The poor guy has spun himself into a box he can’t seem to get out of. Just Thursday, in a relatively high-profile speech in California, McCain went back to the position he’d given up to win the Republican nomination. McCain boasted about having [...]

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This is a big festival weekend around these parts. Riverfest attracts hundreds of thousands of people during a three day run.  Turned on the TV this morning and saw one of the local weather folks saying there have been seven consecutive rain-free Riverfests and he thought this year could be number 8. OOOPS! Got the lawn mowed just in the nick of time this afternoon, then the skies opened up.  I mean it was a downpour! Sure glad we weren’t in the crowd down by the river!

Interesting situation out in Arizona that says much about the President and John McCain. Let’s just call it another “OOOOPS”.

Saturday Schadenfreude.

From TPM: A planned mega-fundraiser for the GOP, featuring President Bush and John McCain, has now been scaled back in the face of a daunting problem: Too few people actually wanted to buy tickets. According to the Phoenix Business Journal, [...]

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Holiday Weekend

It’s Saturday morning and a holiday weekend here in the states. That means I’ll probably be spending more time with family things than kicking around here. Stop by whenever you get a chance – we’ll certainly try to chase down the big stuff and make sure you’re aware of it.

I find myself fascinated by the way even the Conservative bloggers are piling on John McCain for an ever-growing list of issues:

McCain Hates “Obscene Profits” And Would Be Willing To Look At A Windfall Profits Tax

…Someone should ask McCain the following questions: How much profit does it take before the level of “obscene” is reached? Why should the government  [...]

Speaking of gas prices:

Energy Expert: $12 and $15 per gallon gas not far away

On CNBC’s Squawk Box Tuesday, energy analyst Robert Hirsch warned that $4.00 per gallon gasoline will be viewed in the not-so-distant future as “the good old days” because $12 and $15 per gallon is not far away…Business and Media: “[T]he prices that we’re paying at the pump today are, I [...]

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