The Tax Trap Springs Shut on Romney -- Daily Intel - Itâ€™s all too easy to hyperventilate about the importance of this or that campaign development in an electorate where swing voters are few and pay little attention to the news, but Mitt Romney appears to have blundered his way into a bona fide political disaster with his tax plan. Republican policy elites and fund-raisers fervently believe, for both moral and economic reasons, in the paramount necessity of cutting taxes for the rich. This position is, however, a political trap; the vast majority of Americans want taxes on the rich to be higher, not lower, and the commitment to cutting taxes on the rich further requires larger entitlement cuts or higher middle class taxes, both of which are more unpopular still. From X Isle
The sequel no one saw coming: Sarah Palin to campaign with McCain - Sarah Palin announced Wednesday that she will campaign for Sen. John McCain, her former presidential running mate, as he bids for another term in the Senate. She'll also stump for conservative up-and-comer Rep. Michele Bachmann and Texas Gov. Rick Perry in early 2010.
Joe the Plumber: McCain 'appalled me' - “I asked him some pretty direct questions,” he continued. “Some of the answers you guys are gonna receive — they appalled me, absolutely. I was angry. In fact, I wanted to get off the bus after I talked to him.” From Popper
McCain's Poor Judgment Led To His Capture as a POW - ..McCain was on his 23rd bombing mission over North Vietnam when a surface-to-air missile struck his A-4 attack jet. He was flying 3,000 feet above Hanoi. A then-secret report issued in 1967 by McCain's squadron said the aviators had learned to stay at an altitude of 4,000 to 10,000 feet in heavy surface-to-air missile environments and look for approaching missiles. From Nony
Growing Doubts on Palin Take a Toll, Poll Finds - A growing number of voters have concluded that Senator John McCainâ€™s running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, is not qualified to be vice president, weighing down the Republican ticket in the last days of the campaign, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. From Nony
Fuck John McCain - My friends, I have the experience, I have a plan, I have a big stick, and I walk softly with Ronald Reagan. And Roosevelt and Lincoln are here, too, and a lot of other qualified Americans, who are good Americans, and who know how to fix the problems in America that America has. And might I just mention that I know how to reach across the aisle and say, with full confidence: Fuck John McCain. From Nony
McSame Using Children to fill his crowds now - he's lost - A local school district official confirmed after the event that of the 6,000 people estimated by the fire marshal to be in attendance this morning, more than 4,000 were bused in from schools in the area. The entire 2,500-student Defiance School District was in attendance, the official said, in addition to at least three other schools from neighboring districts, one of which sent 14 buses. From cw
Speaking Truth to Power - Four days until the election and the McCain campaign is sliding from bizarre into utter madness. The latest? The Old Pimp and the Ho from Wasilla are accusing the Los Angeles Times of protecting Barack Obama by withholding a videotape of Obama attending a 2003 party for a Palestinian-American professor and critic of Israel, Rashid Khalidi. From Nony
John McCain Stroke Affecting His Left Eye - Senator McCain's condition seems to have cleared up. I guess he can attend the debate since his face will no longer be a Nixonian debate nightmare. It appears that his condition is stress induced and most likely not a stoke but some sort of Bell's Palsy. Either way, tonight's debate will let all of America get a close and extended look at his face. Frankly, McCain should release his medical records to put an end to the speculation about his health. The combination of his age and Palin's thin record demand nothing less. McCain only let a handful of reporters look at his records for a couple hours and he forbid anyone from making copies. WHAT IS McCAIN HIDING IN HIS MEDICAL RECORDS. AMERICANS HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW.STROKE SYMPTOMS: From Nony
McCains $45 Billion Tax Giveaways to 200 Largest Companies in America - The centerpiece of presumptive Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCainâ€™s economic agenda is massive tax breaks for the wealthiest individuals and corporations in the United States. The cost to the federal budget: an estimated $300 billion a year, according to the Center for American Progress Action Fundâ€™s analysis of the McCain campaignâ€™s public materials.
Possibility of McCain victory Alarms Middle East - MarketWatch - A unique Middle East debating forum has conclusively warned America that a victory by John McCain in the US Presidential election would seriously undermine already damaged relations with the Middle East. ... "Like Bush he wouldn't talk to his opponents and like Bush he shoots first and talks later." From Nony
Palin faces ethics complaint over kids' travel - A new ethics complaint has been filed against Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, accusing the Alaska governor of abusing her power by charging the state when her children traveled with her. From Nony
Rumor has it ... - In Arizona there are rumors flying around that he suffered a fairly serious stroke a couple of weeks ago and Cindy and his handlers have been trying to keep it quiet. He cannot speak normally and he becomes enraged when he cannot find a word or get a sentence out. The story goes that he's spending every hour out of the limelight with physio-therapists and speech therapists to try and undo the damage the Incident caused. Meantime Sarah Palin is out there using the down time for McCain as an opportunity to position herself into national Republican Party politics. Not going to happen. They hate the bitch! But she's trying none-the-less.
The GOP announced that on Election Night in Phoenix while the Repubs are at one of the big resorts in the ballroom waiting for the results of the election to come in - McCain will not be with the people in the Ball Room but will rather be camped out on the lawn with a few reporters and a handful of close friends. Is this to avoid public humiliation or is it to keep people from seeing the results of his recent stroke by getting too close to him? Lot's of speculation about what that really means. There are rumors that he cannot reliably recognize people without being coached and they don't want the supporters and the public to know how far gone he really is!
Every since he brought Sarah Palin in as the VP - he's been going down hill in ways no one ever expected. Almost as though she's causing this stuff or casting spells on him or drugging his food or something! The man is not in good health and is 73 years old. The "vigorous" outward appearance has been replaced by a confused, cranky old fart and his closest friends don't want the world to see that side of him as he's loosing on Election Night. We're betting he'll be checked into the Mayo Clinic by November 5th and they'll make an announcement about his health taking a sudden turn for the worse just after the election. If the Stroke Rumors are true - they can only hide it from the public for so long! And it's not the first one he's had, by the way. From Nony
McCain Is Too Senile to be Running Anything - McCain has trouble remembering his own endorsements. With less than 10 days to go, this is not exactly the best way to instill confidence in his mental capacity, which has already seriously been called into question after his selection of Sarah Palin as VP.
McSame - Hiding the evidence - John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn't return home. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books. From cw
Congressman says McCain 'sowing seeds of hatred' - In a statement issued Saturday, Lewis said McCain and running mate Sarah Palin were "sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse." He noted that Wallace also ran for president.
Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and veteran of the civil rights movement, says the negative tone of the Republican presidential campaign reminds him of the hateful atmosphere that segregationist Gov. George Wallace fostered in Alabama in the 1960s. From cw
If This Gets Out, McCain is Done. Period. - For those of us following the election, it's become clear McCain's final strand of hope over the last couple of weeks has been calling Obama a socialist. This tiny, tenuous foothold was given to him by Obama when he said the phrase, "spread the wealth" when talking to the now famous Joe the Plumber.That's it. That's what McCain has at this point. And he's been trying to ride it all the way to election day.And it's also why the following quote, if effectively communicated, equates to the end of McCain's campaign. Quite simply, McCain was asked at a townhall meeting if it was fair for the rich to pay more in taxes. Here's was his answer: "When you reach a certain level of comfort, there's nothing wrong with paying somewhat more." From cw
Obama's Lead Edges Higher - Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Friday through Sunday gives Barack Obama an 11 percentage point lead over John McCain in the presidential vote preferences of all registered voters, 52% to 41%. From Nony
Florida GOP Red With Dismay - Tom Slade, a former Florida GOP chair, was getting about five calls a day last week from fellow Republicans saying the same thing: "Do something." The source of their alarm was the seemingly perilous condition of Sen. John McCain's campaign in the state. After leading for months in Florida, recent polls show him trailing Sen. Barack Obama by about five points. From Nony
Racist Obama Effigy Hung In Ohio - A local station runs a disturbing story about a Ohio resident named Mike Lunsford who has hung an effigy of Barack Obama in his front yard. Lunsford freely admits that he is against Obama because of his race. From Nony
John McCain is One of the Worst GOP Presidential Candidates - The Republican party has offered up some pretty lame presidential candidates in the last hundred years. There was Richard Nixon, perhaps one of the most awkward politicians in American history, Bob Dole, with his strange penchant for referring to himself in the third person, George H.W. Bush with his disdain for politics and who can forget the hapless Gerald Ford who had a hard time disembarking from airplanes.John McCain may be worse than all of these. But that may not stop him from winning this race. From Nony
Gallup Daily: Obama Retains Significant Lead - PRINCETON, NJ -- Barack Obama's advantage over John McCain in the presidential race has again widened to 10 percentage points among registered voters, 52% to 42%, in Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Oct. 16-18.
Ontario police arrest man in GOP voter fraud case - The owner of a firm that the California Republican Party hired to register tens of thousands of voters this year was arrested in Ontario over the weekend on suspicion of voter registration fraud. From Olga
McCain's Sodomites & More Republican Slime - The first Barney Frank scandal involved a sodomite prostitution ring operating out of Barney's Washington apartment. Barney wasn't implicated, of course. It is true that his partner in buggery at the time was running the ring, and customers were going in and out, but Barney "didn't know," which if true proves he is stupid enough to be a Member of Congress. How many people would "not know" if their bedmates were running prostitution rings out of their apartments? Voters in his Taxachusetts district keep sending him back to Washington, which means either that they are stupid degenerates themselves â€“ remember, they are Yankees â€“ or that they cleverly do so to keep him at a distance. From Nony
Joe The Plumber And Liberal Conspiracy Theories - Joe Wurzelbacher, the plumber so often referred to by Sen. John McCain in the third and final debate had better learn to shut his mouth. The more he speaks publicly, the more he looks like the GOP plant liberal blogs are starting to claim that he is. ... Keep watching this story because if it proves true that "Joe the Plumber" is the wealthy, Republican regular the liberal blogs are claiming he is, the McCain campaign could go down as the most corrupt and inept in history.
Joe the Plumber was once Joe the Alaskan (are you surprised?) - Long before he was "Joe the plumber," Joe Wurzelbacher lived in North Pole and Eielson Air Force Base outside Fairbanks, according to Alaska public records. A family member says Wurzelbacher came to the state in the mid-1990s and stayed about four years â€” long enough to have the son who can be seen standing next to him in the now famous YouTube clip of Wurzelbacher grilling Sen. Barack Obama about taxes. From Nony
Two Families Named McCain - WSJ.com - Ms. McCain and her siblings are descended from two of about 120 slaves held before the end of the Civil War at Teoc, the Mississippi plantation owned by the family of Republican nominee John McCain's great-great-grandfather. From Nony
GOP mailing depicts Obama's face on food stamp - The latest newsletter by an Inland Republican women's group depicts Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama surrounded by a watermelon, ribs and a bucket of fried chicken, prompting outrage in political circles.
`Joe the Plumber,' Obama Tax-Plan Critic, Owes Taxes - ``Joe the plumber,'' the Toledo, Ohio, man whose complaints about Barack Obama's tax plan were highlighted by John McCain in the final presidential debate, owes the state of Ohio almost $1,200 in back income taxes.According to records on file with the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, the state filed a tax lien against Samuel J. Wurzelbacher for $1,182.98 on Jan. 26, 2007, that is still active. From Nony
Joe the Plumber related to Charles the Crook Keating. Oops. - Turns out that Joe Wurzelbacher from the Toledo event is a close relative of Robert Wurzelbacher of Milford, Ohio. Who’s Robert Wurzelbacher? Only Charles Keating’s son-in-law and the former senior vice president of American Continental, the parent company of the infamous Lincoln Savings and Loan. The now retired elder Wurzelbacher is also a major contributor to Republican causes giving well over $10,000 in the last few years.
He ended up being another prop for the Mccain camapign...If you saw him on Fox news the day before you would know he was a plant From Nony
Attacks by McCain Turn Off Voters - The McCain campaignâ€™s recent angry tone and sharply personal attacks on Senator Barack Obama appear to have backfired and tarnished Senator John McCain more than their intended target, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll has found. From Nony
Resignation letter from the McCain Palin Campaign - My Friends,Over the past few days I have come to realize that my campaign for President has devolved into a national disgrace. The negative campaign tactics I have unleashed are dangerously dividing our country while fueling religious and racial hatred along socio-economic lines. In my ruthless attempt to win the Presidency at any cost I have abandoned any principles of decency I once had and am now only a shadow of my former self to everyone who knows me or thought they knew me, or once respected me. Also I have come to realize that my unfair and disgustingly false attacks on Senator Obama's character, which were thinly disguised attempts to link him and his wife Michelle to Muslim terrorists, have been the last thing anyone who claims to be putting "Country First" would do. From Nony
McCain booed after trying to calm anti-Obama crowd - The anger is getting raw at Republican rallies and John McCain is acting to tamp it down. McCain was booed by his own supporters Friday when, in an abrupt switch from raising questions about Barack Obama's character, he described the Democrat as a "decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared of as president of the United States."
GOP overplayed the hate card! It's out of control now From Nony
An Ambien amnesia presidency - McCain's Addiction - So what exactly is going on with John McCain's health? John posted yesterday about McCain's "energy" drink and mentioned that McCain was taking Ambien. McCain's Ambien drug use isn't new, it's been covered by ABC News here, but in the flurry of the Democratic primary, I missed it. Reading it yesterday for the first time, my jaw dropped. From cw
Critics call McCain housing plan 'half-baked' - John McCainâ€™s surprise policy offering Tuesday night to have the government buy bad mortgages is bold, sweeping and, well, a bit perplexing to nearly everyone.From economic experts to political pundits, from liberals to conservatives, the proposal has been greeted with a collective sense of puzzlement that is raising questions not only about the substance of the plan, but of the seeming hastiness surrounding its rollout. From Nony
NAVY MAN MAC LOOKS LOST AT SEA - New York Post - NASHVILLE - And that was supposed to be the platform where John McCain would shine the brightest?For months, he begged Barack Obama to join him for weekly town-hall debates like the one here last night featuring the give-and-take between undecided voters and the candidates. From Nony
Country First - John McCain claims--and has claimed at least twice before last night--to know how to catch the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks. And he's sure he can do it. But he's gonna keep it a secret that he won't share with anyone unless he's elected, and only then will he implement it. You know, responsibly.Yep, this is the guy whose entire campaign is built around the motto of Country First. From Nony
The Real John McCain : Rolling Stone : National Affairs Daily - With one debate in the can and the election a mere five weeks away, the new issue of Rolling Stone focuses on John McCain. When Rolling Stoneâ€™s Tim Dickinson took a closer look at the self-proclaimed â€śmaverick,â€ť he found a disturbing careerâ€™s worth of recklessness, dishonesty and reversals. Click below for the complete story, as well as a run-down of the McCain campaignâ€™s double talk. From Nony
McCain Rewrites Palin's History, by Rep. Les Gara - Over the past few weeks we Alaskans have been scratching our heads over the interesting claims the McCain campaign has made about our Governor. A lot of them have been news to us. Governor Palin's nomination to the McCain ticket has created unusual common ground for Alaskans. Whether we support her or not, we've been furrowing our eyebrows a lot lately as we watch the McCain campaign re-write Alaska history. From Nony
McCain takes credit for bill before it loses - Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his top aides took credit for building a winning bailout coalition hours before the vote failed and stocks tanked. The rush to claim he had engineered a victory now looks like a strategic blunder that will prolong the McCain's campaign's difficulty in finding a winning message on the economy. From cw
The Ugly New McCain - Following his loss to George W. Bush in the 2000 South Carolina primary, John McCain did something extraordinary: He confessed to lying about how he felt about the Confederate battle flag, which he actually abhorred. "I broke my promise to always tell the truth," McCain said. Now he has broken that promise so completely that the John McCain of old is unrecognizable. He has become the sort of politician he once despised.
And I always thought Richard Cohen was a republican! From Nony
Sell! Sell! McCain is tanking! - JOHN MCCAIN'S move to suspend his campaign and TV spots and to dodge tonight's debate is a panic attack, not cagey tactics. Place your "sell" order now. His poll numbers are tanking, fewer and fewer Americans believe Sarah Palin is qualified, and his campaign manager has been exposed as a well-paid lobbyist for bankrupt Freddie Mac. From Nony
Liberal PACs Ready Attack Ad on McCain's Health - Two liberal groups â€“ one of them directed by a brother of the Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean â€“ will begin running a graphic attack advertisement Thursday morning raising questions about Senator John McCainâ€™s health. Showing vivid and unflattering images of the fresh scar that appeared on Senator McCainâ€™s face immediately after his last operation for melanoma skin cancer eight years ago, the commercial ends with a screen headline that reads, â€śWhy wonâ€™t John McCain release his medical records?â€ť (Mr. McCain, 72, did invite a limited group of reporters to inspect more than 1,100 pages of his medical records in May, though he gave them only a three-hour window in which to review the documents.) From Nony
McCain's left eye droops: Is a stroke the real reason why McCain has suspended his campaign? - Republican Presidential candidate John McCain's left eye appears at times smaller and lower than the other. Some say that this is a sign that McCain has had a stroke. Most people saw McCain's announcement to suspend his campaign in order to work on the ongoing financial crisis to be suspicious, considering that economics is McCain's weakness. Some saw it as a publicity stunt to paint McCain as a noble politician who was putting the country's well-being before the campaign. Some read it to mean that McCain was not prepared to for the upcoming foreign policy debate with Barack Obama. Now add another possible ulterior motive to the list: John McCain is not 100% well and needs a break from the rigors of campaigning. With some people already questioning whether McCain is too old to be President, McCain's camp did not want to admit that McCain was ill and made up this reason instead. From cw
McCain's Recent Drooping Eye: Video Evidence - I think it's fair to question John McCain's health as he seeks to put himself one heartbeat away from a Sarah Palin presidency.In an earlier comment kossack red 83 showed the following two videos: one from yesterday's announcement, and another from two weeks ago. The difference in his left eye and forehead in these two videos is remarkable. From cw
‘Cut his mike,’ producer suggests - The Keating Five scandal, and John McCainâ€™s role in it, has received relatively little mention in presidential campaign coverage, and at least one Fox News host seems dedicated to keeping it that way.Appearing Thursday morning on Fox From cw
McCain Aide's Firm Was Paid by Freddie Mac Through August - One of the giant mortgage companies at the heart of the credit crisis paid $15,000 a month from the end of 2005 through last month to a firm owned by Senator John McCain’s campaign manager, according to two people with direct knowledge of the arrangement.
The disclosure undercuts a remark by Mr. McCain on Sunday night that the campaign manager, Rick Davis, had had no involvement with the company for the last several years. From cw
McCain's $5,000 Makeup: Will There Be Backlash? - So, John McCain has reportedly paid more than $5,500 to Tifanie White, the makeup artist who works on "American Idol," for similar cosmetic services. It is yet another incident of a politician -- regardless of ideological stripe -- coughing up a lot of money for the sake of good looks. From Nony
McCain camp criticism rife with errors - Sen. John McCain's top campaign aides convened a conference call today to complain of being called "liars." They pressed the media to scrutinize specific elements of Sen. Barack Obama's record.
But the call was so rife with simple, often inexplicable misstatements of fact that it may have had the opposite effect: to deepen the perception, dangerous to McCain, that he and his aides have little regard for factual accuracy. From cw
John McCain's Health Care Plan - Every day, another financial institution shutters its doors. Over 600,000 thousand U.S. jobs have been lost so far this year. Gas, food, and health care prices are through the roof. The writing is on the wall: the American economy is teetering on the edge of collapse, and American families are paying the price.But despite the mounting evidence that deregulation has been a major contributing factor in the current financial crisis, John McCain wants to implement the same, failed Bush-McCain economic policies on our health care system. From Nony
ABC Panel Tears Into McCain - For John McCain, the panel discussion on This Week with George Stephanopoulos could not have been more brutal. Minutes after conservative columnist George Will declared that the Senator was decidedly un-presidential is his unexpected call for the firing of SEC Chairman Chris Cox, Sam Donaldson, the long-time ABC hand, said that McCain's erratic message on the economy again raised questions about his age. From Nony
McCain Secretly Plans New Tax on Middle Class - Although it's not included in the description of his plan on his web site. It is, however, on the site of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit organization that specializes in health policy.I understand McCain neglecting to mention this new tax on the middle class. If I were proposing this shocking tax increase, one that will cost the average American worker an additional $110 a month in taxes out of the blue, I would conceal it as best I could too. From cw
Moron McCain Confuses SEC with FEC - Fumbling, again, some of his economic messaging, McCain confused the Federal Election Commission for the Securities and Exchange Commission during his speech on the housing and financial crises Friday morning. From cw
McCain Seen as Less Likely to Bring Change, Poll Finds - Despite an intense effort to distance himself from the way his party has done business in Washington, Senator John McCain is seen by voters as far less likely to bring change to Washington than Senator Barack Obama. He is widely viewed as a â€śtypical Republicanâ€ť who would continue or expand President Bushâ€™s policies, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. From Nony
WND: McCain fortune traced to organized crime - John McCain's personal fortune traces back to organized crime in Arizona, through his father-in-law, according to a report published by a multi-news agency team called Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. From Olga
Count the Lies - McCainPedia - John McCain may be trying to sell himself as a "maverick" and a "straight talker" who will tell the truth no matter the consequences, but independent, non-partisan watchdog groups aren't buying it. But, since he wrapped up his party's nomination, John McCain has offered more of the same false attacks and smears. To date, independent, nonpartisan fact checkers have published more than 50 fact checks debunking John McCain's lies and distortions.To hold John McCain accountable to his own standard, the Democratic National Committee will count and chronicle the lies here on the McCainPedia's "Count the Lies" page. From Olga
Mr. McCain and the Economy - - John McCain spent Monday claiming as he had countless times before â€” that the economy was fundamentally sound. Had he missed the collapse of Lehman Brothers or the sale of Merrill Lynch, which were announced the day before? Did he not notice the agonies of the American International Group? Was he unaware of the impending layoffs of tens of thousands of Wall Street employees on top of the growing numbers of unemployed workers throughout the United States? From Nony
The Essence of McCain's Health Plan: Don't Get Sick - If your insurance doesn't cover necessary services or if it has onerous deductiles and co-payments, you could still be in a lot of trouble. A sudden medical calamity, whether it's severe injuries from an accident or a heart attack or the detection of cancer, could leave you exposed to financial ruin. A chronic disease like diabetes could force you to make choices between, say, paying your mortgage and paying for the ongoing treatments that will keep you healthy.None of this is hypothetical. According to a recent report from the Commonwealth Fund, an additional 25 million "underinsured" Americans--or nearly half the number of the uninsured--face precisely these sorts of situations. From cw
Media Breaks Up With McCain - Yesterday I wrote about how former media darling John McCain no longer cares what his friends in the press say or write about him."We're running a campaign to win," McCain aide Brian Rogers said last week, explaining his campaign's increasingly dishonest attacks. "And we're not too concerned about what the media filter tries to say about it." From Nony
McCain says Obama didn't call Palin a pig - admits lie! - Did Barack Obama really call Sarah Palin a pig, as a John McCain ad leads people to believe? "No," McCain said Monday. The Republican presidential nominee defended the ad anyway, saying Obama "chooses his words very carefully." From cw
McCain has no safe ground left - John McCain has officially run out of safe havens. Following yesterday's brutal smackdown between McCain lackey Tucker Bounds and FOX News reporter Megyn Kelly, John McCain appeared on Morning Joe, an MSNBC morning show hosted by conservative commentator Joe Scarbrough. McCain got pissy at several points in the interview, even going so far as accusing Joe's co-host of being in the tank for Obama. The co-host, by the way, has a brother who works for John McCain's campaign, and even worked for George W. Bush for six years. Conservative columnists in newspapers across the country have taken a shocking turn against McCain, although to be fair they all seem quite varied in their reasonings; the most notable today came from the New York Times in which the author went on a long anti-Palin rant, but certainly did not endorse Obama. From cw
The Ugly New McCain - McCain has turned ugly. His dishonesty would be unacceptable in any politician, but McCain has always set his own bar higher than most. He has contempt for most of his colleagues for that very reason: They lie. He tells the truth. He internalizes the code of the McCains -- his grandfather, his father: both admirals of the shining sea. He serves his country differently, that's all -- but just as honorably. No more, though. From cw
McCain doesn't know what his own committee does. - It's not that surprising that McCain is confused about the Commerce Committee's economic responsibilities, considering that he freely admits, "The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should." From cw
Clinton could use a computer without hands! - President Clinton gazed at a computer screen today at a community center for the disabled and -- using only the movement of his eyeballs -- haltingly typed out a two-word message: ''Good morning.'' From Someone
Empty Seats Greet McCain at Fla. Rally - Republican presidential nominee John McCain held his first rally without running mate Sarah Palin today, and let's just say there were seats available.The McCain "Road to Victory" rally was originally scheduled to be a pancake breakfast, but the campaign said there was such an outpouring of enthusiasm the event was shifted to the 15,000-seat Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.That might not have been the best idea: There were almost no supporters in any of the cavernous arena's 24 upper-level seating sections, and only eight of the 21 sections downstairs held fans. Only four of those were filled, though some supporters crowded around the stage on the arena floor. From Nony
McCain On 'Black Monday': Fundamentals Of Our Economy Are Still Strong - John McCain may want to refine his economic message a bit more during this potentially disastrous week for the financial sector.On the campaign trail in Jacksonville, Florida, the Senator declared this morning that "the fundamentals of our economy are strong," despite what he described as "tremendous turmoil in our financial markets and Wall Street." From cw
Even Karl Rove says McCain is lying - WALLACE: What does McCain do that goes a step too far?
ROVE: McCain has gone, in some of his ads, similarly gone one step too far in sort of attributing to Obama things that are, you know, beyond the 100% truth test. From cw
Flat-out lies finding a receptive audience in morons - The McPalin campaign knows. No need for rumors and innuendoes. It flat-out lies. Repeats the lies. Then lies again when the lies are exposed. There's Palin's lie about the infamous Bridge to Nowhere: She campaigned for it, then kept the $223 million in federal tax dollars when Washington killed its support. Still, she keeps repeating her "thanks but no thanks" line rally after rally. There's Palin's lie about how "we began a nearly $40 billion natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence," as she told the Republican convention, even though not an inch of that pipeline has been built, not an inch will be built for years, and it may never be built at all. There's Palin's lie about being an ethical reformist even though she thought nothing of billing taxpayers for 312 nights spent at home, at $60 a night, on days she commuted 45 minutes to her governor's office in Anchorage.Then there's McCain's fantasies about balancing the budget while cutting taxes, fighting wars and "changing the tone of Washington" while slandering Barack Obama's darkish background. It's what Justice William Brennan once defined, in a different context, the reckless disregard for the truth. From cw
Scales. Eyes. McCain. - In the end, whatever the power of the religious fundamentalist movement that is now the GOP in simply denying reality, reality wins. And the fact that John McCain is now a serial and shameless liar will also sink in. The question before us is not whether this will be one day understood to be true. The question is whether it will be flushed out in time. From cw
Conflict of Interest - Recently the focus of the election has shifted to John McCain's "dirty politics" and his inability to tell the truth. Many have begun criticizing him for this (although still not nearly enough), but they're overlooking his big problem: if McCain starts telling the truth, he will lose.
There is no way to sugar-coat that. John McCain cannot win this election without deceiving the American people into believing his false accusations against Barack Obama. At the beginning of this race, both candidates promised clean campaigns that focused on the issues. Obama has held his promise; McCain hasn't. Obama has said that McCain would rather lose his integrity than lose this election, and he is absolutely right. John McCain has gone from a man of high integrity, or at least higher than the average politician, to being a sleazy liar who thinks America is dumb enough to believe him. From cw
Greenspan: No McCain tax cuts without reduction - Alan Greenspan says the country can't afford tax cuts of the magnitude proposed by Republican presidential contender John McCain â€” at least not without a corresponding reduction in government spending.
The way things are going, expect taxes to go up! From Nony
From Maverick to Prostitute: The Untold Story of John McCain - As much as anything else, presidential campaigns are won and lost by the media narratives that rightly or wrongly come to define a candidate. In the case of Repubican nominee John McCain, the seemingly unshakable narrative of the political "maverick" could not be further off the mark. At almost every turn, McCain in his eternal quest for the White House has reversed long-held positions, compromised core principles and swallowed his pride in order to curry favor with both the leading lights of the conservative movement and right-wing Republican primary voters. The untold story of campaign 2008 is simply that of John McCain's transformation from maverick to prostitute. From cw
Obama Sign In Yard Stirs Up Neighbors - A sign in one man's front yard has stirred up a controversy in his community. Neighbors of Andy Lacasse said the sign, which reads "Obama Half-Breed Muslin [sic]," breaches the fine line between free speech and inappropriateness. "I got nothing good to say about Obama," Lacasse told News 13. "If I see anybody touching that sign, I got a club sitting right over there."Another stupid racist and proud of it! From Nony
The REAL John McCain: Less Jobs, More Wars. - The Real McCain 2 reached an astonishing 4 million views last week, just as the McCain campaign was trotting out lie after lie at the Republican National Convention. Coincidence? We don't think so. To us, this unprecedented number suggests that the public is desperately seeking the truth about John McCain -- a truth the corporate press still isn't providing. From Olga
McCain gets grilled on 'The View' - This morning, it was a scene on “The View.”
With gender issues and campaign rhetoric reaching a near boil, McCain sat on the hot seat of the couch on this popular daytime talk show. McCain laughed, not flinched, when co-host Joy Behar said off the bat, “I said to him before that I believe that after -- if he's elected, he will go back to the old John McCain that he used to be unless the Republican base has him by the short hairs. “ From CC
McCain celebrating birthday with con man - Although John McCain has made condemning the influence of lobbyists in Washington one of his signature issues, his own campaign is largely run by high-powered lobbyists, including his campaign manager, Rick Davis.The connection with Davis appears to be behind McCain's having spent his 70th birthday partying on the yacht of Italian conman Raffaello Follieri -- who hired Davis's business partner to lobby for him just a few months later -- along with Follieri's then-girlfriend, actress Anne Hathaway. The date was Aug. 29, 2006 and the place was Montenegro, where McCain had traveled with a delegation of US senators to celebrate that nation's independence. From Olga
Campaign of lies disgraces McCain - McCain's straight talk has become a toxic mix of lies and double-speak. It is leaving a permanent stain on his reputation for integrity, and it is a short-term strategy that eventually will backfire with the very types of independent-thinking voters that were so attracted to him. From cw
McCain Campaign Lies About Lies - Itâ€™s time to start using the L-word when referring to John McCain and his campaign for the presidency. Misleading doesnâ€™t quite capture the hypocritical use of distortions to make your opponent appear dishonest, as McCainâ€™s latest ad attempts. From Nony
McCain's Hanoi release footage - Previously unseen footage showing the release of presidential candidate, and then prisoner of war, John McCain to the U.S. Military in Hanoi in 1973.The pictures were found by a Swedish TV journalist who was searching for Vietnam war material in the station's archives.
He looks pretty good for a guy who's been tortured for 5+ years! From Nony
Whistleblower breaks 15-year silence to allege McCain hid wife's drug abuse - Cindy McCain's addiction to prescription painkillers emerged into public view 14 years ago with a well-orchestrated PR campaign designed to preserve her husband's political future.Aside from a lengthy contemporary investigation from Phoenix's alternative weekly and occasional mentions since then, the addiction back-story -- including ample questions about what John McCain knew, when he knew it and questions over whether he was complicit in the cover-up -- has gone largely untold. Until now.Tom Gosinski, a former employee of the medical-aid charity Cindy McCain used as personal supplier of Percocet and Vicodin, is speaking out publicly for the first time. From cw
McCain Pimps Palin - Republican John McCain seized on running mate Sarah Palin's popularity to raise money for the party, telling donors at a $4 million fundraiser Monday that he's overwhelmed by the buzz she's generating for his White House bid."I'm very proud and I'm very pleased at the enthusiasm that's been sparked," the presidential nominee said. The fundraiser, in Democratic candidate Barack Obama's hometown, followed several days of campaigning in which Palin has nearly overshadowed the head of the ticket. From Nony
Student GOP leader resigns over racist Obama remark - The leader of a statewide group of college Republicans has been forced to resign after posting racially insensitive comments about Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama on the Internet. From Nony
McCain's history of hot temper raises concerns - McCain called Cornyn's claim "chicken-s---," according to people familiar with the meeting, and charged that the Texan was looking for an excuse to scuttle the bill. Cornyn grimly told McCain he had a lot of nerve to suddenly show up and inject himself into the sensitive negotiations."F--- you," McCain told Cornyn, in front of about 40 witnesses.It was another instance of the Republican presidential candidate losing his temper, another instance where, as POW-MIA activist Carol Hrdlicka put it, "It's his way or no way." From Nony
Report: McCain Pushed Woman In A Wheelchair - As McCain continued walking, Jane Duke Gaylor, the mother of another missing serviceman, approached the senator. Gaylor, in a wheelchair equipped with portable oxygen, stretched her arms toward McCain."McCain stopped, glared at her, raised his left arm ready to strike her, composed himself and pushed the wheelchair away from him," according to Eleanor Apodaca, the sister of an Air Force captain missing since 1967.
Palin and McCain's Shotgun Marriage - SARAH PALIN makes John McCain look even older than he is. And he seemed more than willing to play that part on Thursday night. By the time he slogged through his nearly 50-minute acceptance speech â€” longer even than Barack Obamaâ€™s â€” you half-expected some brazen younger Republican (Mitt Romney, perhaps?) to dash onstage to give him a gold watch and the bumâ€™s rush. From Nony
Welcome to Women for John McCain 2008 - Join us at Women for John McCain as we head into this historic election with our heads held high and our feet on the ground for the next President of the United States - Senator John McCain. From Nony
McCain Attempted Suicide Twice - ".....If John McCain has any mental disorders or is under current psychiatric care or medications should be an important and valid issue in this important election. McCain claims that all of his trauma as a POW had left by 1977, yet the fact that he twice attempted suicide according to the 1500 pages of medical reports from his doctors released to the public so far indicates some history of mental health problems that the McCain Campaign should be upfront about." From Nony
SARAH PALIN: XENA OF THE WAR PARTY... THE NEOCONS EMBRACE THE POLITICS OF CELEBRITY - The Palin-mania that is sweeping the GOP reminds me of the publicity surrounding "American Idol," the popular American television program that catapults complete unknowns on to the national stage and gives them a chance at stardom: the anticipation, the gossip, the frenzy (and partisanship) of the fans. In the last days of the old Republic, this is what American politics has degenerated into: "reality" TV.Prior to being plucked from obscurity by the neocons who run the McCain campaign, Sarah Palin was a complete unknown. Today, she is the object of a burgeoning cult that proclaims her to be the virtual incarnation of the Republican renewal. And never did a party require renewal like the GOP. What with G.W. Bush's bottom-of-the-barrel poll numbers, after eight years of nightmarish mismanagement on the home front and frenzied recklessness abroad, dispirited conservative intellectuals and activists have been asking themselves "What went wrong?" Now, they don't have to bother with such worrisome introspection, their identity crisis has been indefinitely delayed, all due to the appearance of a messiah on the horizon â€“ Sarah, the new Wonder Woman of the Right. From Nony
Carter: McCain 'milking' POW time - Former president Jimmy Carter called Republican presidential candidate John McCain a "distinguished naval officer," but he said the Arizona senator has been "milking every possible drop of advantage" from his time served as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. From Nony