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McCain Cancels Fundraiser with Oilman Who Joked About Rape

By Juliet Eilperin
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Friday suddenly cancelled an upcoming fundraiser at the home of a Texas Republican after media outlets began asking the campaign about comments the host made while running for governor in 1990.

Clayton Williams, who ran unsuccessfully against the late Texas Gov. Ann Richards (D), sparked controversy nearly two decades ago when he joked women should give in while being raped. "As long as it's inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it," the oilman remarked at the time.

Williams -- who was planning to hold a reception for McCain at his home Monday -- also suggested at the time that he would campaign against Richards the way he treated the cattle he owned, vowing to "head her and hoof her and drag her through the dirt" like a cow on his ranch.

(Williams' remarks were aired by Richards in the 1990 campaign ad above.)

Both ABC News and The Washington Post contacted the McCain campaign Friday about Williams' past remarks: initially the presumptive GOP nominee's aides questioned whether the story was newsworthy, but by the end of the day they announced the reception was cancelled.

"These were obviously incredibly offensive remarks that the campaign was unaware of at the time it was scheduled," wrote McCain spokesman Brian Rogers in an e-mail, adding that Williams apologized for both comments after saying them. "It's positive that he did apologize at the time, but the comments are nonetheless offensive."

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund, which has sharply criticized McCain for his opposition to abortion rights and other family planning programs, first contacted the Post about Williams' remarks. The group's president, Cecile Richards, is the daughter of the late Texas governor.

"It's shocking that John McCain would choose to fundraise with Clayton Williams, who made his political career saying completely inappropriate and disrespectful remarks about women," Richards wrote in an e-mail. "This is a real misstep for the McCain campaign, who is having a hard time getting support from women."

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Finally, a fair fight. Obama's Grassroots' Army vs McCain's "entitlement" supporters. This is good.

Obama '08

Posted by: DocMobley | June 17, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

It sure looks like it's hard finding wealthy republicans in TX who aren't jerks.

Posted by: Dizz Quixote | June 17, 2008 6:22 AM | Report abuse

No harm being associated w/ Mr. Clayton W. Williams, Jr. "Claytie" is a revered Texas wildcatter with a string of real successes in Telecom, NG pipeline infrastructure, and O&G exploration during a period when the majors had folded up their domestic US exploration programs. CWWJ has the misfortune of being remembered for his gaffe, but he has the grit to stick to his guns when the bottom dropped out of the oil mkt and continued to produce when it was $13/bbl.

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In Texas, the only thing Claytie Williams is remembered for is destroying his campaign with his own mouth.

Posted by: M3Man | June 14, 2008 10:59 PM

Posted by: HoopGuy | June 16, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Jesus Christ save me, this happened 20 years ago in Texas and has absolutely nothing to do with Mccain or Obama now. Some people are just hard up for any trash they can come up with about any candidate.

Posted by: Kurt | June 16, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

The media should be dragging Senator McCain thru the mud over his affiliation Clayton Williams. Senator Obama was ridiculously chastised over his affiliation with Reverend Wright. Senator McCain deserves no less treatment at the very least since Mr. Williams's remarks were horrendous and disgusting; and that's an understatement. Perhaps we should put Mr. Williams behind bars and see what he thinks when one of the prisoners rapes him. I for one will gladly tell him to sit back and enjoy it. Burn in hell Mr. Williams!

Posted by: Jeremiah | June 16, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Please, whomever made that sweetie comment. White women, especially in the south, call people sweetie. I've been called that in restaurants all the time. Are they being sexist to me as a man, and that's ok for a woman to call a man sweetie? Puh-lease. Get to the real issues.

McCain is an angry man that should not take the leadership of this country. The world does not respect America now, and McCain will not be the one to turn America's image around.

Posted by: Soji | June 15, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

You are talking about the rematch with the first round knock out. You need to learn a little about boxing history if you are going to comment. Clay was already the champion and certainly not a 6 to 1 under dog.

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One half of the people voting for McCain will do so because they want him...the other half would vote for anyone but Obama for good and not so good reasons...did you ever see a slow motion film of that Cassius Clay punch that knocked out Sonny Liston? It never happened...all staged...you won $18,000 on a fake...now you seem to be backing a fake....Chris Mathews can tell us about the shivers he gets up his leg when your actor talks, but it doesn't make him one iota more qualified to run this country...in my view he hasn't enough experience, period...maybe that's why he complimented President Reagan during the primaries...he admired his rise to power on acting ability...but Reagan had executive experience as well...small matter of running California....yes, one or two more terms in the Senate and Obama will be able to throw a real punch with something behind it.

Posted by: Scott | June 15, 2008 12:42 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 15, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

See, Deanna and JohnT, I have 3 girls, and I call THEM "sweetie" all the time, but they're children...when an adult calls another adult he's not related to or involved with romantically, "sweetie", it's demeaning...analagous to a white person referring to an adult black male as he would to a child...sexism is just as bad as racism...
I suppose that might be one of many reasons Debra Bartoshevich , the Clinton delegate is leaving the Democrat allegiance for Sen. McCain...no "raving lunacy" here John...

Posted by: Scott | June 15, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Hey Obamaniacs: See Story Below....ooooh that must sting...see sexism is as bad a racism...remember when Obama referred to that reporter as "Sweetie"?...The "S" Word....well, the chickens have come home to roost...

by Frank James

Why did Sen. Barack Obama refer to a reporter during a Michigan campaign stop as "sweetie?"

Was it an attempt by the Democratic presidential candidate to show his affinity for blue-collar folks by attempting to sound like a waitress at a diner?

In the same vein, was he trying for a little machismo in front of the male workers at a Sterling, Michigan auto manufacturing plant he visited today?

Needless to say, a lot of women and even some men aren't going to like
(yes Deanna...I do.. I have a wonderful family and a thriving business..you can wish me a Happy Father's Day if you like)
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Delegate's reversal stuns party
Wisconsin Democrat now publicly supports McCain
By CRAIG GILBERT
cgilbert@journalsentinel.com
Posted: June 14, 2008
Washington - As an avid supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primaries, Debra Bartoshevich is not alone in her frustration over Clinton's defeat.

She's not alone in refusing to support Barack Obama.

And she's not entirely alone in saying she'll vote this fall for Republican John McCain instead.

But what makes her unusual is that she holds these views as an elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Denver this summer.

"I'm sure people are going to be upset with me," said Bartoshevich, a 41-year-old emergency room nurse from Waterford in Racine County, and convention delegate pledged to Clinton.

Joe Wineke, chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, reacted with disbelief when first told Friday afternoon that one of his state party delegates is now a McCain supporter.

"Not a delegate? To the national convention?" said Wineke, who was getting ready for the start of the Wisconsin state party convention Friday in Stevens Point.

"We have a Clinton national (convention) delegate who says she's voting for John McCain?" Wineke repeated, for clarification. "I've never heard of such a thing."

Posted by: Anonymous | June 15, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Let people like Scott post all their raving lunacies all day. Come November, we shall see which party is deeply into minority status in Congress and has lost the presidency. Huff and puff all you want in between now and November, in will be so much sweeter to see your foaming mouths and mea culpas when as you get relegated to minority party status. And seeing the stuff you continously post, it is well deserved.

Posted by: JohnT | June 15, 2008 2:52 AM | Report abuse

Does poor SCOTT do anything all day other than sit and post post post in a sad attempt to color McCain any other color than he really is?
McCain left his CRIPPLED wife for a rich, younger woman and married her 1 month after his divorce. He calls women vile names, including the rich wife, and he can't remember his own name. My Dad is the same age and no one will even ride with him when he drives....
Go ahead SCOTT LOL Post all day. See ya in November.
You can't make a silk purse out of a John No Integrity McCain sow's ear.

Posted by: Deanna | June 15, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

"Chipping away eh?" ....WOW!
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Delegate's reversal stuns party
Wisconsin Democrat now publicly supports McCain
By CRAIG GILBERT
cgilbert@journalsentinel.com
Posted: June 14, 2008
Washington - As an avid supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primaries, Debra Bartoshevich is not alone in her frustration over Clinton's defeat.

She's not alone in refusing to support Barack Obama.

And she's not entirely alone in saying she'll vote this fall for Republican John McCain instead.

But what makes her unusual is that she holds these views as an elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Denver this summer.

"I'm sure people are going to be upset with me," said Bartoshevich, a 41-year-old emergency room nurse from Waterford in Racine County, and convention delegate pledged to Clinton.

Joe Wineke, chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, reacted with disbelief when first told Friday afternoon that one of his state party delegates is now a McCain supporter.

"Not a delegate? To the national convention?" said Wineke, who was getting ready for the start of the Wisconsin state party convention Friday in Stevens Point.

"We have a Clinton national (convention) delegate who says she's voting for John McCain?" Wineke repeated, for clarification. "I've never heard of such a thing."

Posted by: Scott | June 15, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

One half of the people voting for McCain will do so because they want him...the other half would vote for anyone but Obama for good and not so good reasons...did you ever see a slow motion film of that Cassius Clay punch that knocked out Sonny Liston? It never happened...all staged...you won $18,000 on a fake...now you seem to be backing a fake....Chris Mathews can tell us about the shivers he gets up his leg when your actor talks, but it doesn't make him one iota more qualified to run this country...in my view he hasn't enough experience, period...maybe that's why he complimented President Reagan during the primaries...he admired his rise to power on acting ability...but Reagan had executive experience as well...small matter of running California....yes, one or two more terms in the Senate and Obama will be able to throw a real punch with something behind it.

Posted by: Scott | June 15, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

One half of the people voting for McCain will do so because they want him...the other half would vote for anyone but Obama for good and not so good reasons...did you ever see a slow motion film of that Cassius Clay punch that knocked out Sonny Liston? It never happened...all staged...you won $18,000 on a fake...now you seem to be backing a fake....Chris Mathews can tell us about the shivers he gets up his leg when your actor talks, but it doesn't make him one iota more qualified to run this country...in my view he hasn't enough experience, period...maybe that's why he complimented President Reagan during the primaries...he admired his rise to power on acting ability...but Reagan had executive experience as well...small matter of running California....yes, one or two more terms in the Senate and Obama will be able to throw a real punch with something behind it.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 15, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

In Texas, the only thing Claytie Williams is remembered for is destroying his campaign with his own mouth.

Posted by: M3Man | June 14, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

It's early sit back and make some popcorn.

I am not happy with either one of these clowns be it Sweetie or Grumpy. But don't underestimate old man McCain. This was the guy who didn't have a snow ball chance in the republican primary..lost all of his money..had no support..no funding..no staff on the ground...should go home and pull out. Remember all of those bright journalists saying his campaign was dead?

Posted by: Linda C. | June 14, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a dinosaur. He claims to be a maverick. Bush claimed to be the compassionate conservative.

Compassionate about his conservative views. Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on all your Republicans. Fool us three times, shame on the rest of us.

Posted by: Bob | June 14, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

But what has Mccain done to effect those numbers? Nothing, they just take place in a vacuum, they just happen. The term "Chip away" is meant to be just that. Obama will make a concerted effort to make it happen. Mccain won't or can't. Will it work, who knows but it will work better then doing nothing. years ago I used to hang around the 5th St. gym in Miami doing a little boxing. Cassias Clay was training there at the time before the Liston fight. (I am giving away my age) People thought he was a joke, no punch, couldn't take a punch they all had their theories. I used to sit and watch him and I thought from the beginning he was the real deal. So much so I bet $3000.00, a lot ot money to me at the time, on Clay. Clay was a 6 to 1 under dog. I have the same feeling when I look at Obama, I've met him by the way, I was introduced to him about two years ago. He is the real deal in my opinion and I hope I am right because we need someone who is the real deal right now.

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fyi: June 13, 2008
Gallup Daily: Obama 46%, McCain 43%Obama's lead shrinks slightly compared with earlier this week USA Election 2008 Gallup Daily Americas Northern America PRINCETON, NJ -- Barack Obama leads John McCain in national registered voter preferences for the election, but by a slightly narrower margin than he had earlier this week, 46% vs. 43%.
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SEE? NO BOUNCE...WHO'S CHIPPING AWAY AT WHOM?


Posted by: SCOTT | June 14, 2008 5:26 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see what happens. If Mccain pulls off some kind of rope-a-dope it will make political history because I don't think anyone regardless of the polls gives him a chance. He will look like a genius. The thing is, with out knowing what it is, we know Obama has a plan of some kind. He hasn't made a bad move since this thing began, it has played out like a script. We have to believe Obama has an end game already in place. I used to play professional football and I can tell you, there is no substitute for preparation. I always knew when we were going to lose you could feel it even before the game. If Mccain wins it will have to be solely because the public want him, not because of any clever campaigning on their part. Their campaign is a complete mess. If they win in it will be in spite of themselves. In spite of a bad run campaign and a weak throw away candidate. Hard to believe, it will just have to be enough loyal republicans to support them. It certainly won't be because they have the best message or candidate.

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My point is, that there was no BOUNCE of 10-15 points for Obama, which was universally predicted to occur immediately after the primaries were over...SURPRISED?WHY DIDN'T IT HAPPEN? Because of McCain the candidate, his experience and everything he represents...for better or worse. No other Republican could even come close...Obama would be bouncing through the roof against any other candidate...the mobilization will come, and when it does, you and yours will be surprised again. It's not how you start, it's how you finish.

Posted by: Scott | June 14, 2008 5:05 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

fyi: June 13, 2008
Gallup Daily: Obama 46%, McCain 43%Obama's lead shrinks slightly compared with earlier this week USA Election 2008 Gallup Daily Americas Northern America PRINCETON, NJ -- Barack Obama leads John McCain in national registered voter preferences for the election, but by a slightly narrower margin than he had earlier this week, 46% vs. 43%.
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SEE? NO BOUNCE...WHO'S CHIPPING AWAY AT WHOM?


Posted by: SCOTT | June 14, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

My point is, that there was no BOUNCE of 10-15 points for Obama, which was universally predicted to occur immediately after the primaries were over...SURPRISED?WHY DIDN'T IT HAPPEN? Because of McCain the candidate, his experience and everything he represents...for better or worse. No other Republican could even come close...Obama would be bouncing through the roof against any other candidate...the mobilization will come, and when it does, you and yours will be surprised again. It's not how you start, it's how you finish.

Posted by: Scott | June 14, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

When is all this mobilization going to start? So far there is no evidence they are doing anything. The clock is running, it takes time just to get your offices open and staffed as well as put together a ground team and accomplish anything of any value on a local level. They are so many months behind there is just no possible way to do it. What they have now is all they are ever going to have and Obama will be chipping away at that. All they have is todays polls, hope and nothing else.

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AND STILL HE'S LEADING OBAMA IN 2 FLORIDA POLLS BY DOUBLE DIGITS...SEEMS THE PEOPLE OF FLORIDA DON'T WANT A REHEATED LIBERAL WHO CLAIMS HE REPRESENTS SOMETHING NEW...BUT, I AGREE IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE FOR OBAMA IN FLA ONCE MCCAIN EVENTUALLY GETS FULLY MOBILIZED...THANKS.

Posted by: SCOTT | June 14, 2008 4:30 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Florida is just a example of what they are doing and you can expand that everywhere. Will they win, who knows but Mccain defiantly has an up hill fight and he hasn't even begun. What are they waiting for, do they even know how? When do they plan on starting, or are they going to continue the silly town hall meeting, talking to like 200 people? Is that their magic plan, secret weapon? Come on, even if you are a Republican you have to be watching this and saying to yourself WTF, is my party a bunch of idiots. Why won't they get to work. The answer is, they don't know how. They have been making it up as they went along for months.

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....AND STILL HE'S LEADING OBAMA IN 2 FLORIDA POLLS BY DOUBLE DIGITS...SEEMS THE PEOPLE OF FLORIDA DON'T WANT A REHEATED LIBERAL WHO CLAIMS HE REPRESENTS SOMETHING NEW...BUT, I AGREE IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE FOR OBAMA IN FLA ONCE MCCAIN EVENTUALLY GETS FULLY MOBILIZED...THANKS.

Posted by: SCOTT | June 14, 2008 4:30 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

No, not a very big threat, not when you compare it to the USSR with a thousand nuclear missiles pointed directly at us.. I notice you used an economic threat as your example. That is what I was saying. They can't invade our country, like Hillary said we could make them disappear, they know that. But they can try to effect us economically as in your oilfield example. Hell they could win, who knows. Just because we have weapons and armies doesn't mean we can't be starved to death so to speak. Most would say we are hardly even a world power anymore depending what you define as a world power.

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Hey anonymous...this ain't no airshow...one nuclear device on a major Saudi oilfield and will be paying $100 on Ebay for a gallon of gas! The Iranians are the major supporters of terrorism in the Arab world moron...you don't need a Sopwith Camel to drop "the bomb"...just some Samsonite...no "tiny threat" eh?

Posted by: Scott | June 14, 2008 3:56 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

....AND STILL HE'S LEADING OBAMA IN 2 FLORIDA POLLS BY DOUBLE DIGITS...SEEMS THE PEOPLE OF FLORIDA DON'T WANT A REHEATED LIBERAL WHO CLAIMS HE REPRESENTS SOMETHING NEW...BUT, I AGREE IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE FOR OBAMA IN FLA ONCE MCCAIN EVENTUALLY GETS FULLY MOBILIZED...THANKS.

Posted by: SCOTT | June 14, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

He has had four months to get organized and he hasn''t done anything. Oh, you mean he should use the Rudy game plan, yea, good plan? I think you can look at their current organizing and use that as a idea of how incapable they are. You are already seeing the best they have and it isn't very good. Dopy town hall meetings no one cares about but them. They don't even know what they are doing. Obama has been a year ahead of them, long before he was the nominee. If he had lost to Clinton then it would have been morphed into a Clinton campaign. Either way they were not letting a republican get ahead of them in organizing. The Republicans might just as well be playing a different game they have so little idea how things work now. It is old time grass roots politics combined with modern day technology. The Obama campaign has rewritten the books on how a political campaign is run. Mccain is in a game he doesn't know how to play anymore and he doesn't even know the rules. He is in todays politics nothing more the a stumblebum, a joke, a throw away candidate by the republicans in an election they don't expect to win anyway.

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Hey xxxxxxxxxx: looks like John McCain is dfoing pretty well, according to Realclearpolitics, wait till he gets orgaized in Fla...

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Hey xxxxxxxxxx: looks like John McCain is doing pretty well, according to Realclearpolitics, wait till he gets organized in Fla...

RCP Average 03/15 - 05/20 -- 48.3 40.0 McCain +8.3
Quinnipiac 05/13 - 05/20 1419 RV 45 41 McCain +4.0
Rasmussen 05/19 - 05/19 500 LV 50 40 McCain +10.0
PPP (D) 03/15 - 03/16 618 LV 50 39 McCain +11.0

Hey anonymous...this ain't no airshow...one nuclear device on a major Saudi oilfield and we will be paying $100 on Ebay for a gallon of gas! The Iranians are the major supporters of terrorism in the Arab world moron...you don't need a Sopwith Camel to drop "the bomb"...just some Samsonite...no "tiny threat" eh?

Posted by: Scott | June 14, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey xxxxxxxxxx: looks like John McCain is dfoing pretty well, according to Realclearpolitics, wait till he gets orgaized in Fla...

RCP Average 03/15 - 05/20 -- 48.3 40.0 McCain +8.3
Quinnipiac 05/13 - 05/20 1419 RV 45 41 McCain +4.0
Rasmussen 05/19 - 05/19 500 LV 50 40 McCain +10.0
PPP (D) 03/15 - 03/16 618 LV 50 39 McCain +11.0

Hey anonymous...this ain't no airshow...one nuclear device on a major Saudi oilfield and will be paying $100 on Ebay for a gallon of gas! The Iranians are the major supporters of terrorism in the Arab world moron...you don't need a Sopwith Camel to drop "the bomb"...just some Samsonite...no "tiny threat" eh?

Posted by: Scott | June 14, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Mccain better read this.

Mccain just doesn't get it. I don't think he even has a campaign office in Florida yet and Obama has been mobilizing here for a year. Mccain's campaign just don't have a clue. While they are trying do dig up dirt, Obama is digging up votes. While Mccain is talking to 200 in his silly town hall meetings. Obama reaches out to tens of thousands, maybe hundreds, both personally and through grass roots organizations. I have seen it. Within a 25 mile radius of me there are over 2000 people on the ground already working. Mccain doesn't have that many in the whole state of Florida yet. Mccains team does understand how the game is played todays.


http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/elections/sfl-flbobama0614sbjun14,0,4104965.story

Posted by: xxxxxxxxxx | June 14, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

They are a small threat, You may see more military might at an air show. You have to keep things in perspective and not be afraid of your own shadow. The only threat to our country is economic and that will be the basis of world war three. The only shots fires will be financial.

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WAIT...ISN'T THIS STORY ABOUT THE CANCELLATION OF A FUND RAISER?...OR DID I GET THAT WRONG?....IT ISN'T ABOUT A 20 YEAR ASSOCIATION WITH WILLIAMS....OR ARE YOU SAYING WILLIAMS HELPED MCCAIN BUY A BIGGER SIDEYARD TO HIS HOUSE?...OR THAT WILLIAMS COMMITTED FELONIOUS ACTS WHILE RAISING MONEY FOR MCCAIN?....NO, THOSE "BONEHEAD MANEUVERS" REFER TO THE BRILLIANT OBAMA AND HIS MAGNIFICENT CRESCENDOING CAMPAIGN...REALLY WASHINGTON POST, WHY DON'T WE STAY ON THE ISSUES...LIKE THE GROWING THREAT OF IRANIAN NUCLEAR CAPACITY WHICH OBAMA REFERS TO AS A "TINY THREAT"...MAGNIFICENT!

Posted by: SCOTT | June 14, 2008 1:52 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Uhhh, who was saying something about O'Bombanation's gaffe with the Ethnic Cleansing Murderers at "Planned Parenthood"?

The Details are a little foggy, but I believe it had to do with Planned Parenthood soliciting Money to Kill Minority Children specifically-By request!

Some group to have on your side there "Barry"!

THEN, Ms. Richards;

What do you say to a Woman with two Black Eyes? ;~)

TEXAS, is a Hard Land, with some Hard People that conquered it! The Humor can be considered a little rough at times too.

PC is something we consider a passing phase, or fashion.

Posted by: RAT-The | June 14, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

WAIT...ISN'T THIS STORY ABOUT THE CANCELLATION OF A FUND RAISER?...OR DID I GET THAT WRONG?....IT ISN'T ABOUT A 20 YEAR ASSOCIATION WITH WILLIAMS....OR ARE YOU SAYING WILLIAMS HELPED MCCAIN BUY A BIGGER SIDEYARD TO HIS HOUSE?...OR THAT WILLIAMS COMMITTED FELONIOUS ACTS WHILE RAISING MONEY FOR MCCAIN?....NO, THOSE "BONEHEAD MANEUVERS" REFER TO THE BRILLIANT OBAMA AND HIS MAGNIFICENT CRESCENDOING CAMPAIGN...REALLY WASHINGTON POST, WHY DON'T WE STAY ON THE ISSUES...LIKE THE GROWING THREAT OF IRANIAN NUCLEAR CAPACITY WHICH OBAMA REFERS TO AS A "TINY THREAT"...MAGNIFICENT!

Posted by: SCOTT | June 14, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

This is not going to help McCain win over Hillary's feminists. Now McCain's campaign is able to find any dirt on the other side ... aren't they googling around for that? So why can't they vet their own? Too busy probably. Raising money probably. Courting the Clinton voters. The only thing that will get him those voters is running as her partner. She might want first chair tho.

Posted by: Gaias Child | June 14, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

He already has a history, no one needs to dig up anything. The problem is, the public has a short attention span and anything talked about now will be long forgotten by November. You have to remember this is not a primary season with a new election every week and an ongoing campaign. This vote will be taken in one day in November and it has to be closer to then before you really go after the opponent or it just won't be relevant. Mean time the candidates talk to the people and build a following. Obamas campaign is masterful and will finish with a Crechendo. Mccain is just stumbling around looking like they don't even know what they are doing. They haven't even opened field offices yet or put together teams on the ground. Mccain still thinks this is the primary season I guess. He is getting buried already and doesn't even know it yet. Mccain is talking about ten town hall meetings now, five months out from the election, is he crazy? No one will even remember what they talked about by then. Obama has this guy in his pocket with out a doubt and he knows it, he will play his cards when he chooses. The Obama campaign has not made a wrong move since this thing started and they know how to play Mccain. This guy is toast, trust me.


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Alright for Washington Post!

Give us some more light on our hero/Maverick! I'm not saying to get lopsided, but PLEASE shed some serious light on this man as Obama and Hillary has had light shed on them, especially Obama.

Now, excuse me while I lift my bottom lip. This is very shocking. That man had no shame, but smiled with his comments. That is terrifying. Is there coverage on this man to show his recent improvement in character possibly? I'm open for a balanced view of this man and not just his insulting history. What does McCain think of it though?

Posted by: Obama2008 | June 14, 2008 12:52 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Sickened by your news. A great reporter passed, an election is coming and they grab on to CRAP , A politician in trouble, well who in the hell cares. Sleazy like his mate, but that is the news in Canada and possibly in AMERICA. You people don't get it yet. Stir some hell. Bless the America people I knew so many years ago.
Who in the hell am I, to speak for The American people. All is blocked I guess????. JUST A FRIEND WHOM NEEDS YOU, AND YOU NEED US.
And may his god give his family strength. I know he has.

Posted by: justadad55+ | June 14, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

These are serious times and I can assure you no election is going to be decided on those kinds of things. The public is already jaded to the new internet type of politics of rumor and innuendo, they stopped listening long ago. So unless you have something relating to off shore bank accounts, back room bribes, the election will be decided on the issues and where the candidates stand. I am afraid your candidate stands on the side that 79% of the public rejects.

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What about Rezko, Wright, and Father Pfleger.

Father Pfleger last July invited Farakkhan to his his church and warmly praised him.

Then two months later Obama invites Pfleger to Iowa to hold religious events and campaign with Obama.

Did Obama not know about google.

Did Obama not know about google when Rezko was under investigation. Rezko had been named in many chicago papers for wrongdoing. Yet this who Obama does a sweetheart land deal with.

I know this is a partisan site but when your candidate is Obama it takes some nerve to talk about vetting.


You have a candidate who had 20 year relationships with Rezko, Wright and Father Pfleger.

After the Wright national press club appearance it was Father Pfleger who acted as a moral compass to these people.

What about Obama having Tony Rezko raise 250,000 for him. This was when Rezko was under investigation. This was all over the chicago papers. Not some incident from 18 years ago. Then Obama lies about how much Rezko raised. He lied about never seeing him at a party. He said he couldn't remember if he was under investigation at the time. Another lie. He said he couldn't produce what meetings he had with him in the state senate because he didn't keep any records. He said he couldn't remember if he called him the day he bought the house. He not only called him they went togetherr.

This is utter hypocricy. Talk about living in a glass house.

You make it like your candidate is a saint. He is a punk.
Posted by: Jason | June 14, 2008 12:38 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Alright for Washington Post!

Give us some more light on our hero/Maverick! I'm not saying to get lopsided, but PLEASE shed some serious light on this man as Obama and Hillary has had light shed on them, especially Obama.

Now, excuse me while I lift my bottom lip. This is very shocking. That man had no shame, but smiled with his comments. That is terrifying. Is there coverage on this man to show his recent improvement in character possibly? I'm open for a balanced view of this man and not just his insulting history. What does McCain think of it though?

Posted by: Obama2008 | June 14, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

What about Rezko, Wright, and Father Pfleger.

Father Pfleger last July invited Farakkhan to his his church and warmly praised him.

Then two months later Obama invites Pfleger to Iowa to hold religious events and campaign with Obama.

Did Obama not know about google.

Did Obama not know about google when Rezko was under investigation. Rezko had been named in many chicago papers for wrongdoing. Yet this who Obama does a sweetheart land deal with.

I know this is a partisan site but when your candidate is Obama it takes some nerve to talk about vetting.


You have a candidate who had 20 year relationships with Rezko, Wright and Father Pfleger.

After the Wright national press club appearance it was Father Pfleger who acted as a moral compass to these people.

What about Obama having Tony Rezko raise 250,000 for him. This was when Rezko was under investigation. This was all over the chicago papers. Not some incident from 18 years ago. Then Obama lies about how much Rezko raised. He lied about never seeing him at a party. He said he couldn't remember if he was under investigation at the time. Another lie. He said he couldn't produce what meetings he had with him in the state senate because he didn't keep any records. He said he couldn't remember if he called him the day he bought the house. He not only called him they went togetherr.

This is utter hypocricy. Talk about living in a glass house.

You make it like your candidate is a saint. He is a punk.

Posted by: Jason | June 14, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, there's a place for Women in the Republican party. Come on in, Clayton will be glad to show y'all around.

Posted by: thebob.bob | June 14, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

What is wrong with being associated with Williams? He is already associated with McCain.

Posted by: g8tr | June 14, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Let's see, Claytie--as we Texans call him--"sparked controversy nearly two decades ago" with his remarks. Wasn't that about the same time that Obama started attending Reverend Wright's sermons? I don't recall hearing that McCain was present at the time Claytie made his comments or that Claytie ever repeated them, yet the Big O continued to attend and contribute to the Trinity United Methodist Church while Wright reiterated his diatribes over and over, without Obama repudiating them.
-Wm Tate,
http://www.atimelikethis.us/

Posted by: Wm Tate | June 14, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I see the Saudis are going to pump more crude now. After sticking us for 31/2 years they'll lower it until after elections. Don't take the bait. Vote Obama.

Posted by: majorteddy | June 14, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

debrazza...shouldn't YOURS be?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Jimbo, Oh you mean it's better to let the Iranians get to the point of actuallly being able to activate a nuclear wepon and then blowing it up rather than trying diplomatically to stop them? THAT it apparently add odds with the CURRENT head of the joint chief staff's opinion (on the record)....how long have you been ignoring him? SURE we can always blow 'em up...but let's elect a President who has experience in Middle East Policy, doesn't minimize the "tiny threat" Iran poses, and isn't the favorite of Hamas!

From The Washington Post 4/26/08
by Ann Tyson
Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said a conflict with Iran would be "extremely stressing" but not impossible for U.S. forces, pointing to reserve capabilities in the Navy and Air Force.

"It would be a mistake to think that we are out of combat capability," he said at a Pentagon news conference. Speaking of Iran's intentions, Mullen said: "They prefer to see a weak Iraq neighbor. . . . They have expressed long-term goals to be the regional power."

Mullen made clear that he prefers a diplomatic solution and does not expect imminent action. "I have no expectations that we're going to get into a conflict with Iran in the immediate future," he said.

Mullen's statements and others by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates recently signal new rhetorical pressure on Iran by the Bush administration amid what officials say is increased Iranian provision of weapons, training and financing to Iraqi groups that are attacking and killing Americans.

Posted by: Scott | June 14, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

I am surprised he cancelled the fundraiser, personally.

Posted by: Susan | June 14, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Should Cindy McCain's Brain Damage Be A Campaign Issue?

I don't know whether Americans care if the First Lady is mentally disabled - that's a question for McCain's pollsters. What I want to know is why McCain would even subject his poor wife to the rigors of a presidential campaign and worldwide scrutiny in the first place. The question speaks directly to McCain's personal cruelty and unbridled ambition.

Although the true extent of the brain damage has not been publicly disclosed, Cindy McCain's 2004 stroke is not a secret.

In a very flattering September 2007 interview in More, Paul Alexander wrote about the stroke damage:

"In conversation, she will occasionally have trouble remembering certain facts, especially from the recent past, and if you look closely you realize she cannot make her right hand into a complete fist, which has affected her handwriting, if not her ability to grasp a gearshift knob. "It's not bad," she says, describing the damage to her hand. "I can function. I have short-term memory loss. I can remember all the major details of my life, but I sometimes can't remember what happened last week."

I suspect that John McCain, viewed his wife's stroke more in terms of how it would affect his bid for the presidency than else.

From a January 2005 Larry King show:

"MCCAIN: I was the one at home that everyone came to to program their computers, fix their phones, do anything electrical, technical, anything on the computer. I can't get near it now. I'm overwhelmed by it.

And it's weird for me. And I might also say, I suffer from migraines also. And your last caller that called in -- and I just had an episode about a week and a half ago, where I didn't know, I thought I was having another stroke. It was a different kind of...

KING: Has the senator been very sympathetic?

MCCAIN: Yes. And I -- please don't -- let me explain that. He was very confused in the beginning. He didn't -- like everyone in the family, how could it happen to my wife? I'm 18 years older than she is. It doesn't happen to someone that's younger than you are. So on his behalf, I think he's trying to understand all this. It's a lot for him to take in."

In October 2007, Cindy McCain was hobbling around South Carolina as the result of a fall down in a Phoenix grocery store. Was her fall caused by her brain damage? Is the question any of our business?

Inevitably, the issue of the extent of Cindy McCain's brain damage will enter the public arena. So far, Mrs McCain has only had to field softballs lobbed at her by sympathetic journalists. Can the McCain campaign limit her public appearances to three-minute soundbites until November? I don' think so, not in today's political environment.

Why, Senator McCain, would you do this to your wife?

Posted by: debrazza | June 14, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama has an interesting new Site: www.fightthesmears.com

Posted by: Kristin2 | June 14, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

This is about on par with Bill Ayers. I couldn't care less, but the media had better grill McCain about this guy as much as they lathered up over Obama and Ayers...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: mpp | June 14, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Scott stop being afraid of Iran developing the "bomb". I satellite guided cruise missile aimed at the Arak heavy water reactor ends Iran's nuclear aspirations. Israel did the same to Saddam's heavy water reactor which ended his program. The ignorant American public is not aware of the heavy water reactor processing needed to make an atom bomb. Adm. Fallon former centcom commander thought of Iran as an ant easily squashed. McSame says he will base Iraq withdrawal on the Joint Chief's recommendations. He voted against Somalia, for Iraq's war and thinks Iran is a grave threat completely at odds with the Joint Chiefs viewpoints. America better wake up to the fact we have had 16 years of presidency that ignored the joint chiefs, we do not need 4 more with McSame.

Posted by: Jimbo | June 14, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Clayton Williams didn't just start, or stop, being who he is. In the clip above, one of the most disgusting things about him is that little grin at the end of the clip that follows his last unsubstantiated slur against
Governor Ann Richards. John McCain very likely knew who the man was and is. And McCain's Texas "daddy" Bush surely knew. So, what does that say about McCain and the people he chooses to associate with.

Posted by: karela | June 14, 2008 7:22 AM | Report abuse

THIS is what makes our choice for President so important this year...someone who thinks Iran is a "tiny" threat and who is the choice of Hamas, or someone who has 25 years of experience at the forefront of National Security...after that, we're arguing over a $700 difference in the size of the annual middle class tax cut: (from this morning's NY Times)

Iran Rejects Anti-Nuclear Incentives


By REUTERS
Published: June 14, 2008
Filed at 4:54 a.m. ET

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Top EU diplomat Javier Solana handed Iran an offer by six major powers of trade and other incentives on Saturday to try to coax it into halting sensitive nuclear work, but Tehran again ruled out any such suspension.

"If the package (from the six powers) includes suspension it is not debatable at all," Iran's government spokesman Gholamhossein Elham told reporters.

"Iran's view is clear: any precondition is unacceptable."

He was speaking shortly after Solana, the European Union's foreign policy chief, presented the incentives package from the United States, China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany to Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

The offer, including civilian nuclear cooperation, is a revised version of one rejected by Iran two years ago and diplomats have played down any hopes of a breakthrough in a dispute that has helped push up oil prices to record highs.

The world's fourth-largest crude producer is refusing to stop activities it says are for generating electricity but which the West suspects are aimed at making bombs.

"Mr Solana handed (Mottaki) the letter of six (foreign) ministers and the EU and also the package," Solana's spokeswoman Cristina Gallach told Reuters by telephone. "The conversation continues."

Elham said Iran would review "any offer based on its international rights" and linked it with Tehran's own package of proposals aimed at defusing the row, submitted to the EU and others last month.

Diplomats say Iran's proposals ignored international concerns about its uranium enrichment program, a possible pathway to atom bombs.

Asked when Tehran would respond to the world powers' offer, Elham said: "We don't know when ... we are waiting for their reply to our package."

SANCTIONS WARNING

Seeking to step up the pressure, the United States and the 27-nation EU have threatened more sanctions if the Islamic Republic does not stop enriching uranium, which has both civilian and military uses.

Solana has said he hopes the incentives package will start a new process for resolving the dispute but that he expects no "miracles" during his brief visit to Tehran.

He said on Friday the offer, which he described as "generous," would support Iran in developing a modern nuclear energy program and also covered political and economic ties.

The United States, leading efforts to isolate Iran over its nuclear ambitions, says it wants a diplomatic solution but has not ruled out military action as a last resort.

On a farewell tour of Europe this week, President George W. Bush said a nuclear-armed Iran would be "incredibly dangerous for world peace" and that "all options are on the table," alluding to military action as a last resort.

The incentives package, hammered out by the six major powers in May, is an updated and enhanced version of an offer spurned by Iran in 2006 that also included wider trade in civil aircraft, energy, high technology and agriculture.

Iran's refusal to stop enrichment, which can provide fuel for power plants or material for bombs if refined much more, has drawn three rounds of U.N. sanctions since 2006.

Solana was accompanied by senior officials from the major powers with the exception of the United States, which cut ties with Iran after its 1979 Islamic revolution.
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Posted by: Scott | June 14, 2008 7:00 AM | Report abuse

Not surprised this guy and McCain would be good buddies.

Posted by: HonestAbe | June 14, 2008 5:39 AM | Report abuse

They weren't aware of his comments??? The St. John Campaign that's been excoriating Sen. Obama for untoward "associations" for the past week on his vetting team??? Dudes, just google the guy's name (you know, you plug in that funny looking thing with keys on it and then .... oh, forget it). I remember Clayton Williams quite well and the ugly, misogynistic campaign he ran against Ann Richards. He originally led by 20 points but his foot in mouth disease ended up costing him big time. And this wasn't the only instance of sexism as he famously refused to shake Richards' hand and touted his candidacy as Claytie v. the Lady. Yeah, Sen. McCain sure is the woman's candidate this year.

Posted by: straight talk my a** | June 14, 2008 3:38 AM | Report abuse

Keep watching and you will see his campaign come together in a Crechendo. Running against Hillary was a different kind of campaign, it was a beauty contest because they both pretty much agree in the issues. He will begin to put meat on the bones now that he is against Mccain but not right away, it is five months till the election. The public have a short attention span, little said today will matter in November. The last few weeks of the election are everything. Some make up their minds the day of the election. His campaign will build. You know he has advisors who have been with him for over a year. One is one of the foremost experts on middle east politics. We already know what a brilliant guy Obama is. When Obama begins to play his cards people will be impressed. He has been educating himself even before he was a serious candidate in preparation for the next few months. When Mccain finally goes into the ring with Obama, and it will be at a time of Obamas choosing, I Obama will make Mccain look like a fool. That is all the public will remember and they will vote.

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To (blank)June 14, 2008 1:18 AM. It is kind of awkward replying to nothing particular when it just repeats what it has said before.

To some extent Obama has been the same person but the same person just offers flowing oratory. Obama never changes his stands because it is very rare that he takes one personally (excluding programs outlined on his website which are written by policy wonks and which can be changed as circumstances change)

Go and listen to an Obama speech and get past the flowing oratory and analyze what specific things he is actually saying other than McCain is a third term for Bush. If you are honest you will find little.

Anyway this is a lot of time to waste to responding to nothing.

Have a good weekend, (blank)June 14, 2008 1:18 AM.
Posted by: danielhancock | June 14, 2008 1:32 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 2:26 AM | Report abuse

To (blank)June 14, 2008 1:18 AM. It is kind of awkward replying to nothing particular when it just repeats what it has said before.

To some extent Obama has been the same person but the same person just offers flowing oratory. Obama never changes his stands because it is very rare that he takes one personally (excluding programs outlined on his website which are written by policy wonks and which can be changed as circumstances change)

Go and listen to an Obama speech and get past the flowing oratory and analyze what specific things he is actually saying other than McCain is a third term for Bush. If you are honest you will find little.

Anyway this is a lot of time to waste to responding to nothing.

Have a good weekend, (blank)June 14, 2008 1:18 AM.

Posted by: danielhancock | June 14, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Mccain can't take a crap without a poll. He changes his stance every five minutes. Obama is Obama and seems to be the same guy day after day. The polls were against him on the gas tax thing and he stuck by his guns. Like his message or not at least it stays the same.

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All candidates including Barack Obama are poll driven to some extent. Obama's problem is that he has not gotten past the hope and change oratory and into serious discussion of issues. There can be only so much sizzle. Eventually there has to be a steak.

Posted by: danielhancock | June 14, 2008 1:03 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Remember Hillary saying "Obama you should be ashamed of yourself". Do you remember what she was referring to? Neither do I. These meaningless one day stories have the candidates afraid of everything. They don't mean anything. One of these candidates are going to have to be the first to show a little spine and stand up to these BS meaningless stories and say, this is a none issue. They are letting the media tell "them" what they are supposed to think. Mccain is saying we need to stay in Iraq because we don't want to lose face. So people are supposed to die over his ego? Is he crazy? Is that all he cares about, what people will think? Mccain functions from fear and ego not logic.

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Hmm another non-story to get the candidates and their campaigns jumping at shadows (from 20 years ago).

Posted by: Piter | June 14, 2008 1:02 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Let's face it, McCain is a scumbag who enjoys associating with rich scumbags. This is just the latest episode. There will be lots, lots more.

Posted by: David S. Robins | June 14, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

All candidates including Barack Obama are poll driven to some extent. Obama's problem is that he has not gotten past the hope and change oratory and into serious discussion of issues. There can be only so much sizzle. Eventually there has to be a steak.

Posted by: danielhancock | June 14, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Hmm another non-story to get the candidates and their campaigns jumping at shadows (from 20 years ago).

Posted by: Piter | June 14, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

If he is so incredibility weak as a candidate, how can he be a president. Every once and a while you need to actually make a decision that doesn't have anything to do with a poll. He is a totally spineless person.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Mccain lives by the polls, this guy doesn't have the balls to ever make a decision, he never has. He won;t know if he is coming or going in three months. He changes positions every five minutes. Just tell him what you want to hear and he will be more then happy to do so. He is too afraid to do otherwise.

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If McCain is just going try to be Obama lite than what is the point in voting for him or what is the point in him running at all. Come on John, we want to support you so give us a reason.

Posted by: danielhancock | June 14, 2008 12:47 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

If McCain is just going try to be Obama lite than what is the point in voting for him or what is the point in him running at all. Come on John, we want to support you so give us a reason.

Posted by: danielhancock | June 14, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

What a hypicrate. He is a wife beater so what is he so offended about.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Mccain is scared to death. He thinks everything is a minefield and he is too afraid to take a step. He better get used to it because with the net this stuff is going to keep coming up and he is going to have the balls to not be so easily scared off. When is he going to think for himself and not let the press make his decisions for him. Funny thing is, For a guy who in public refers to his wife as a "cu*t", this sounds like something he would say himself.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Oh come on John McCain, show a little backbone. That joke occurred 18 years ago and Clayton Williams was quoting Dorothy Parker to describe the weather conditions at a campout he was having. Maybe the joke was not in good taste but I don't think he should be castigated for life for it. Come to think of it, McCain is only hurting himself because he needs all the money he can get.

Posted by: danielhancock | June 13, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure he didn't make the appearence after article came out, but you can bet your bottom dollar that he took the money.

McBuch is a bigot. His attitude towards women, is just as well know as his temper.

I can't wait to see the debate. McBush is going to loose his cool, act superior and show his true colors.

Posted by: Debi 56yr w/ObamaFan | June 13, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

...and I am an Obama supporter!

Posted by: Daddio on the Paddio | June 13, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

jhbyr

"I'd forgotten how mean men can be..." WOW. How utterly sexist is that comment! You MUST be a Clintonian...

Posted by: Daddio on the Paddio | June 13, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Unlike the supposed sexism lobbed at Hillary by the media, which, in fact, paid tribute to her strength (do we want a ball breaker for POTUS? Yes) this is butt-ugly stuff.

I'd forgotten how mean men can be, and what a pioneer Ann Richards was in her day. McCain has enough mud on his face from personal sexism without this guy bringing him down.

Posted by: jhbyer | June 13, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

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