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McCain Texas Fundraiser Back On, Sans Oilman

Updated 4:37 p.m.
By Juliet Eilperin
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) has decided to hold a fundraiser initially sponsored by a controversial Texas oilman later in the summer at a different venue, according to an aide who asked not to be identified.

McCain had planned to hold a joint fundraiser with the Republican National Committee on Monday at the Midland, Tex., home of Clayton Williams, who ran for governor of his state in 1990. But after reporters from The Washington Post and ABC inquired Friday about a remark Williams made comparing rape to bad weather -- "As long as it's inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it" -- the campaign cancelled the fundraiser. Williams has apologized for the remarks.

This morning, a McCain aide confirmed in an e-mail that the contributors who had already made a combined donation of at least $300,000 to the event would have another chance to meet McCain.

"The event at Williams' home on Monday has been cancelled and there will be another Midland event for supporters at a public venue later this summer," the staffer wrote.

According to the McCain aide, "Mr. Williams will not be attending the Midland event later this summer."

For more on this story, see McCain Says No to Returning Funds Raised by Controversial Oilman and McCain Cancels Fundraiser with Oilman Who Joked About Rape.

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Posted by: LosAngeles | June 27, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

If McCain's buddies like to rape women and joke about it and McCain calls his second wife, 22 years his junior, a "cun*", how many women supporters of Sen. Clinton -- or ANY women in this country -- do you think will vote for such a violent slimeball?
Posted by: Christians Against McBush
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"Christians" Against McBush????????????

Believe I would change that name. It doesn't match the rhetoric.

Posted by: Chief | June 16, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

at least 14 Republican members of Congress have refused to endorse or publicly support Sen. John McCain for president, and more than a dozen others declined to answer whether they back the Arizona senator.
Posted by: Julie

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Sound's like a good reason for an ex.Dem moderate voting for him.

Tell you what. I'll bet the ranch when it comes down to McCain and the new liberal loser, Obama, those same Repubs will support McCain. Nothing like a good liberal to stir up the Repubs, or Independents.

Posted by: Chief | June 16, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Tish in NC | June 16, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Does McCain have any relatives in Vietnam?

Posted by: MissClarity | June 15, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

If McCain's buddies like to rape women and joke about it and McCain calls his second wife, 22 years his junior, a "cun*", how many women supporters of Sen. Clinton -- or ANY women in this country -- do you think will vote for such a violent slimeball?

Posted by: Christians Against McBush | June 15, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Who can blame McCain for any decision he makes. You know like the one to reach out to former Clinton supporters. He reaches out to their neediness and it's like putting a price on the meat of a dead carcus.

Posted by: MissClarity | June 15, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

There are lot of thing being said on Race . Acadmeically, Race is not real.. If you want proof ,please watch Dr. Spencer Wells documentary "Journey of Man", it clearly and scientifically proves that We all evolved from African Continent... Blacks,Caucasian,Asians and all other people are part of one family.

Posted by: Sam69 | June 15, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

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Oh my gosh! I grew up in Texas and that comment by Clayton Williams -- stupid and boorish as it is -- was made in the late 70s!! My favorite governor Ann Richards used it to knock Williams out of the gubernatorial race, but for heaven's sake, the man made the comment 30 years ago. A lot of our society has changed in 30 years.

Posted by: LonghornMama | June 15, 2008 2:37 PM "

But Williams is still Williams. And he still said what he said. And McCain still called his wife a c**t, and it wasn't 18 years ago. And McCain is still hoping to override Roe v. Wade.

Posted by: tom | June 15, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

At least twenty-six PROMINENT Republican Congressmen and women REFUSE to endorse McSame:

GOP Lawmakers Refuse To Endorse McCain

At least 14 Republican members of Congress have refused to endorse or publicly support Sen. John McCain for president, and more than a dozen others declined to answer whether they back the Arizona senator.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/06/11/at-least-14-gop-lawmakers_n_106646.html

Hmmm, these PROMINENT Republicans are much more PROMINENT and much greater in number than those so called PROMINENT Democrats (DINOs) and Independents who support McSame.

Posted by: Kevin Schmidt | June 15, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

The President holds several titles, but Pastor in Chief is DEFINITELY not one of them!

Posted by: B.E.S. | June 15, 2008 7:33 PM

Dubya is also not the Anti-Christ in Chief, dick Cheney holds that position.

Posted by: Kevin Schmidt | June 15, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

fribbly, when did the Democrats call for bush's impeachment immediately after he was elected? And when did the Dems control Congress prior to 2007? Do you base your dreams on reality or illegal substances?

Posted by: mike l | June 15, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Truthhurts:

I never heard of any of those Prominent Democrats and Independents who have joined Citizens for McCain:

I lived in California, Michigan, Virginia and Florida. The offices and positions they held/hold look minor

Posted by: Anonymous | June 15, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Yes indeed, Obama must be a Muslim since he doesn't recite or know the Koran, doesn't pray 5 times a day while facing Mecca, doesn't observe Ramadan, doesn't eat Hallal, goes to a Christian church instead of a mosque, was brought up by Christian mother and grandparents, shaves, encourages his wife's business career, and (horror of horrors!) takes his oaths on the Bible. Gosh darn it, he's almost as Muslim as George Bush!

But more importantly, who gives a you-know-what? In the AMERICAN Constitution, FYI, it explicitly states that there shall be no religious test for public office. Even if, in the future, a Muslim or even an Atheist does want to run for President -- why should their religion matter? The President holds several titles, but Pastor in Chief is DEFINITELY not one of them!

Posted by: B.E.S. | June 15, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Hey truth hurts,

I think you missed the dogcatcher from East Bumscrew, Alabama in your list of *ahem* prominent Democratic defectors.

Here's the truth that hurts: A partial list of Republican members who have not endorsed or publicly backed McCain include Sens. Chuck Hagel (Neb.) and Jeff Sessions (Ala.) and Reps. Jones, Peterson, John Doolittle (Calif.), Randy Forbes (Va.), Wayne Gilchrest (Md.), Virgil Goode (Va.), Tim Murphy (Pa.), Ron Paul (Texas), Ted Poe (Texas), Todd Tiahrt (Kan.), Dave Weldon (Fla.) and Frank Wolf (Va.).

According to this article in The Hill

http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/new-gang-of-14-wont-back-mccain-2008-06-11.html

at least 14 Republican members of Congress have refused to endorse or publicly support Sen. John McCain for president, and more than a dozen others declined to answer whether they back the Arizona senator.

I'm sure that the former sheriff of some county in FL will have far more impact on Obama's chances than currently serving Congress members of McCain's own party will have on his.

I'm sure McCain isn't worried that Tom Tancredo said "I don't like McCain. I don't like him at all."

Or that Sen. Thad Cochran said "The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me."

Even John McCain's OWN MOTHER said the party's base doesn't like him and would have to hold their nose to vote for him!

John McCain. A Republican only a mother could love.

Posted by: Julie | June 15, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow...as if what one campaign contributor said 18 years ago has any bearing on the candidate. If so, Obama has lots of 'splaining to do, give the kind of hateful and offensive remarks on this forum from his supporters.

And a Texas Oilman is evil? Tell you what, let's string 'em all up, shut down domestic production, and send all of our dollars to Chavez, Russia, and Aramaco.

Bash McCain if you like for his lackluster support of alternative energy, but Obama's corresponding lackluster support for improving domestic production and refining isn't going to help us out either.

Posted by: Jon in TX | June 15, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

White Trash Nightmare:
A Black President
A Black Attorney General
A Black Head of the FBI

As a white guy, I can't wait for this to happen. Sometimes
Lets send the white trash back to Europe, where it came from!

Posted by: Bob North Smithfield | June 15, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Prominent Democrats and Independents who have joined Citizens for McCain:

Former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson (Arizona)

Former Arizona State Legislator Phil Hubbard (Arizona)

Mammoth Mayor Craig Williams (Arizona)

Former Arizona LULAC Director Ray Gans (Arizona)

Democratic 25th Precinct Chair Silverio "Silver" Salazar (Colorado)

Adviser to Democratic Presidential Candidates and Georgetown University Professor Robert Lieber (District of Columbia)

Blogger on HillaryClinton.com Renee Slater (Florida)

Former Sheriff of Highlands County Howard Godwin (Florida)

Jewish Outreach Adviser to Senator Hillary Clinton Rabbi Cheryl Jacobs

Georgia Political Director for Gore-Lieberman '00 Joseph O'Farrell Jr. (Georgia)

Former Democratic Des Moines County Chair Bruce Shulte (Illinois)

Former State Representative Brian Golden (Massachusetts)

Commander of Newport Memorial-VFW Post 1119 Francis Harding, Jr. (Maine)

Former Palmyra Budget Committee Member Herb Bates (Maine)

Former Lt. Governor and State Supreme Court Justice Alexander "Sandy" Keith (Minnesota)

Former U.S Representative and 2002 Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tim Penny (Minnesota)

Former State Representative Steve Wenzel (Minnesota)

City Clerk Judi May (Mississippi)

County Supervisor Gary Dearman (Mississippi)

Alderman Bill Mosby (Mississippi)

Former State Representative Jim Gamache (Missouri)

Presiding Commissioner in New Madrid County, Clyde Hawes (Missouri)

Former Concord Mayor Bill Veroneau (New Hampshire)

Former Democratic Mayor of Waterford Township George Fallon (New J ersey)

Former Democratic Committeeman in Warren Township Jeffrey Golkin (New Jersey)

Former State Chair of Environmentalists for Clinton-Gore 1992 Roberta Weisbrod (New York)

Former Majority Leader in the State Senate David Carlin (Rhode Island)

Former Texas Democratic Party Chairman Roy Orr (Texas)

Elected National Delegate for Senator Hillary Clinton Debra Bartoshevich (Wisconsin)

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Frye (West Virginia)

Posted by: Truthhurts | June 15, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans think that they can run the same campaign as the Tennessee republican party runs over the whole US..

Just one big difference..

Most Americans dont live in the Jeff Foxworthy realm of chicken fightin trailer house livin snake handlin churches and marrying your cousin of the rural south.

American voters have finally caught on!!

Obama '08

Posted by: EddienTexas | June 15, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Claytie's remark about rape and rain was fourteen years ago, when he was the GOP candidate for governor running against Anne Richards. Many people attributed his loss to the remark, (and other, similar incidents), which led Republican women to stay home or not vote.

Posted by: X-Texan | June 15, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

McSAME and I do share one quaility

WE BOTH LIKE OUR WOMEN ON THE SLEEZY SIDE!

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

Money talks, bullshame walks towards it.

Posted by: Michael1945 | June 15, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Equal Pay, remember that while playing face for certain women Maverick McCain! =)

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Posted by: roni | June 15, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

McSame, "If you think 1929 was great year, vote McSame"

Posted by: Anonymous | June 15, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

fribbley said
If Democrats win the presidency, then Republicans need to start rallying together and clamor for impeachment of Obama and plan how to trip up and thwart the Democrat agenda in Congress, just like the Democrats did immediately after Bush was elected.
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looks like at least he knows McCain is TOAST.. the only thing wrong with what he said is "IF"

Obama '08

Posted by: EddienTexas | June 15, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

"McCain had planned to hold a joint fundraiser with the Republican National Committee on Monday at the Midland, Tex., home of Clayton Williams, who ran for governor of his state in 1990. But after reporters from The Washington Post and ABC inquired Friday about a remark Williams made comparing rape to bad weather -- "As long as it's inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it" -- the campaign cancelled the fundraiser. Williams has apologized for the remarks."???

"Williams has apologized for the remarks."

So what's wrong with just taking the money out of sight of the public... maybe the guys behind the "Muslimgate" and "Whiteygate" propaganda campains could arrange a meeting with Williams, McCain, and a Pastor. If it's OK with Jesus and we're a nation under GOD, then who am I to criticize a Republican fellow American?

I apologize.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 15, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

To Scott in NC... You have been most helpful in explaining the statement. But come to think of it, if rape is inevitable, what is the victim supposed to do while it is happening? Rape is a crime, and there is no excuse about it. The victim should file a police report after the crime, but while the crime is happening, what else can the victim do? Except that it is a fact that some get offended by the statement, it seems that the statement is quite rational.

Let's change the situation... for those kids who don't like going to school, one can say, "Since school is inevitable, might as well learn math/science/etc." Another example, "Since death is inevitable, might as well live life to the fullest/enjoy the present." "Since almost every food might give you cancer, might as well eat what you want." Don't you think that these are very sensible statements?

Posted by: VVV | June 15, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse


If McCain and his campaign can't plan/run a fund raiser without looking like goofy idiots,

tell me he can run the country?

Posted by: lorilee | June 15, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

If Democrats win the presidency, then Republicans need to start rallying together and clamor for impeachment of Obama and plan how to trip up and thwart the Democrat agenda in Congress, just like the Democrats did immediately after Bush was elected.

Posted by: Fribbly | June 15, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Ron,

Your parents need to take your computer privilages away!

Posted by: EddienTexas | June 15, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

So what? Some dude made a joke and you act like it's a big deal. People waste too much time trying to stir up outrage when none exists. Get over it.

Posted by: SA | June 15, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

If a man makes a derogatory remark against a woman and rape, but he doesn't show up at the fund raiser which he set up for John McCain,
is that woman still a C*U*N*T in john McCain's mind ?

Posted by: Ron | June 15, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

As a commodities/futures trader and broker, we are all contributing endless to Mr. McCain. He's great for us to make money. He's already threatening Iran, and he will never leave Iraq. He's also used bellicose words about Russia, and they already have said (Gazprom) that oil will be $250 a barrel by next summer. Thanks Mr. McCain, because you will definetly help me get my son the new Porsche he wants if you get elected. You'll help fuel the endless rise in gas and commodities prices and continue the ruin of the American economy. But, not for everybody. As for you Mr. Obama, you would restore diplomacy and peace between nations. Your bad for the war business but you will cause the American economy to start booming again. That's OK, I will still make money. But, with Mr. McCain, I can use oil hedge funds to make even more money while the American economy falls apart!

Posted by: Joseph | June 15, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

"Whiteygate"? has the klan lost its birth of a nation touch? get a video of her wearing an Afro on the campaign trail - if you can stand to look while filming it (i suppose your intellegence could get it for you)... Afrogate! I want to see you frenzy over that. (she wouldn't dare... lol)

seriously, may the farce be with you God or Allah or Voll or Zues...

Posted by: steven | June 15, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Though the words of Rev. Wright may temporarily hurt our image of ourselves as a nation, at least it doesn't hurt our national security.

I thought Republicans CARED about national security and a strong foreign policy, yet McCain's main campaign adviser (a role that actually influences and affects us a nation , which is different than the role that Rev. Wright plays) runs a lobbying firm that represents brutal dictators like Ferdinand Marcos and Mobuto Sese Seko along with terrorist rebels like Jonas Savimbi.

These men have been responsible for way more human suffering than anything Reverend Wright has said. They also make our children's world a much more dangerous place to live in.

I don't see why there's not more outrage about this on the Right because you know that if Charlie Black were running Obama's campaign you would all be much more righteous.

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WHY IS CHARLIE BLACK STILL ON MCCAIN'S CAMPAIGN? I'd like to hear the excuses republicans come up with to justify this b/c it seems to be a convenient fact that the media has helped them ignore.

Posted by: Longhorn Mama likes it lying down | June 15, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

To VVV:

You don't get why a comment about rape is offensive? Do me a favor. On Election Day, either go out and get drunk or go out and get laid because there is no way you are qualified to vote.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 15, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

actually ""What we have to do is tell our friends around the world that we will be proud of America because of what we're going to do."" is also a useful comment.

What "we" are going to do if one or the other gets in (space for comments about 2 party system).

Posted by: steven | June 15, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

MUSLIM??????

What is a muslim?

oh I know a muslim and I actually shook his hand once and got his autograph.. his name was

MOHAMMAD ALI - and he threw some real bombs just ask george forman between hamburgers!

Posted by: EddienTexas | June 15, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Sit tight... "Whiteygate" will hit your local YouTube in October.

Posted by: Sandy | June 15, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

"Can we say BUSH CHENEY RUMSFELD COLIN POWEL AND THE USELESS WOMAN WHO HAS ACCOMPLISHED NOTHING PERIOD SECRETARY OF STATE RICE - What a joke!"???


Can we say THE USELESS MAN WHO HAS ACCOMPLISHED WAR PERIOD BUSH, THE USELESS MAN WHO HAS ACCOMPLISHED THE KIND OF SECRECY COMMAND BIN LADEN EXPLOITED PERIOD CHENEY, THE USELESS MAN WHO HAS ACCOMPLISHED REVENGE ON SADAM WITHOUT ENOUGH THOUGHT OF HUMAN LIFE YOU MIGHT MERELY CONSIDER COLLATERAL PERIOD RUMSFELD, COLIN POWEL AND SECRETARY OF STATE RICE - What a joke! ???

I mean they did help you out didn't they K?

Posted by: steven | June 15, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Interesting how the GOP is quick to bounce and viral Michelle Obama's comments... Well recently, John McCain claims "it's tough, it's tough in some respects" to be proud of the United States" - Question? What will the GOP say to that. Read more about McCain's comment here: http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/06/14/mccain-it-can-be-tough-to-be-proud-of-usa/

Posted by: Thetruth | June 15, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

All white folks is racist. If you vote McCain you are racist. POINT BLAINK!

Posted by: Lakisha | June 15, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Ooooh, those scary black people. Now they are starting to think they are better than us white folks! Kinda looks like they are a lot better than those of us who get our entire lives off talk radio. Has that dang Rush steered us wrong?

Posted by: ericmiami | June 15, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I also think Obama is a Muslim. He only joined Trinity Church because he had to be electable in Chicago.

Posted by: Rahiq Syed | June 15, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse


In short, the theory of the new racism holds that some blatant forms of racism have declined in recent decades, and the label "racist" has become something that most individuals want to avoid. However, even while trying to avoid the label of being "racist," individuals continue to hold deep, underlying negative stereotypes and feelings toward African Americans and other ethnic minorities. These more hidden stereotypes are symbolized in coded political views that seem to uphold respectable values, but continue to support institutionalized forms of racism. excerpt from what was Written by ...At the request of the American Psychological Association
Public Interest Directorate

Posted by: steven | June 15, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

The supposedly offensive quote was "As long as it's inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it."

If one were to analyze this, I am clueless why it is offensive. All I read if that if something you don't like is going to happen anyway, you might as well make the most of the situation. I know that some feel offended by the statement, but can anyone explain why?

Posted by: VVV | June 15, 2008 4:34 PM
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You missed the offensive setup part of the joke, which is that women should give in while being raped.

If you're a guy and still don't get why this is offensive, try it on your wife or girlfriend. Be sure to have your bags packed, wear your best running shoes and a bullet-proof vest, and have a good divorce lawyer lined up in advance.

Or if you're a Republican fund raiser, don't worry, they still want your money and you don't have to go through all the bother of entertaining the candidate at your house.

Posted by: Scott in NC | June 15, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

BTW just for the record I am lilly white freckles and all and the son of a former KKK officer.

Now lets talk issues,

It is said Obama has no "BUSINESS EXPERIENCE"

Well seem as far as I can tell he has ran a quarter of a billion dollar business which is his campaign pretty dang good. I even think it is about the only Campaign that didnt go bankrupt except those that couldnt even get their campaigns off the ground like BILLIONAIRE Romney.

Obama cant take credit for everything but he can definately take credit for knowing TALENT that he needs to advise him. Can we say BUSH CHENEY RUMSFELD COLIN POWEL AND THE USELESS WOMAN WHO HAS ACCOMPLISHED NOTHING PERIOD SECRETARY OF STATE RICE - What a joke!

Next ISSUE PLEASE?

Obama '08

Posted by: EddienTexas | June 15, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

"What is racism?
Racism is racial prejudice that has been incorporated into the activities and procedures of major institutions, corporations, social systems (such as those related to housing, education, and health), and other arenas of major social activity (such as politics, the media, finance, and banking). Racism serves both to discriminate against ethnic minorities and to maintain advantages and benefits for White Americans. excerpt from what was Written by ...At the request of the American Psychological Association
Public Interest Directorate

long live judeo-christian white supremacist religious extreemism, right whitey er European-American er or what ever group you think you are in - because of the color of your skin...

may the farce be with you

Posted by: steven | June 15, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting that the article doesn't mention WHEN this statement was made. It was 18 years ago. 18! Of course, if this HAD been mentioned, the article and all the hoopla would have seemed really silly.

Thus, it wasn't mentioned.

Posted by: Factman | June 15, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama visited me in the hospital after my brain surgery. He made me proud to be white.

Posted by: Eric Linus Wallgren | June 15, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

did i see some mental slave and economic slave to the dollar, environmental extinctionist slave to irrational religious bigotry declair that someone "should be grateful to the whites for ending slavery"?

Posted by: steve | June 15, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

jhbyer -

This is a fitting quote, because this scorched earth approach is what the rational Democrats will do to the confederacy of idiots, including my fellow Texas, voting for McBush and McCornyn this year. The people who helped propel Bush into office and issued in our national nightmare will not be spared.

"If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent Texas and live in Hell" is a famous statement of U.S. General Philip Henry Sheridan in 1866.

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Wikipedia

Philip Henry Sheridan (March 6, 1831 - August 5, 1888) was a career U.S. Army officer and a Union general in the American Civil War. His career was noted for his rapid rise to major general and his close association with Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, who transferred Sheridan from command of an infantry division in the Western Theater to lead the Cavalry Corps of the Army of the Potomac in the East. In 1864, he defeated Confederate forces in the Shenandoah Valley and his destruction of the economic infrastructure of the Valley, called "The Burning" by residents, was one of the first uses of scorched earth tactics in the war. In 1865, his cavalry pursued Gen. Robert E. Lee and was instrumental in forcing his surrender at Appomattox.

Posted by: aurum79 | June 15, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I agree, I think Mrs. Obama's "whitygate" will be explosive and expose her for what she truley is.

Posted by: Sandy | June 15, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I could never vote for Barry Hussein because he has renounced his Muslim faith.

Posted by: Nadeem Zakaria | June 15, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

You can always tell a Texan... you just can't tell him much...

Posted by: OldUncleTom | June 15, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I wonder when Michelle Obama's "whitey" tape will surface. I think the Republicans will release it in October. It would not make sense to release it now. I know the Obama people dimiss it as a hoax but that's what they want you to beleive. Michelle Obama is a race baiter. Did you hear her speech in NC? She kept saying throughout her speech that "They" are raising the bar. "They" keep moving the goal post. "They" don't want to see you succeed. ("They" = "Whitey") Everytime she would say one of these lines you would hear the audience reply, "uh huh, dat's right", "amen", "i heard that (obviously a black audience).

Posted by: Nadeem Zakaria | June 15, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

>> a degree from an Ivy League college does not giarantee that the degree bearer has leadership ability or even an ounce of common sense>>


When you learn to spell guarantee, then you can lecture us on education!

Posted by: freerider | June 15, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Totally agree with EddienTexas! McCain gets away with being a nasty SOB because he was a POW! No one else could survive voting against the GI bill or saying it's not too important when the troops come home.

Everybody says "McCain is a hero so we know he supports the troops." Ummmm. Not so much. What we know is that when he has the opportunity to vote for things that will help them, he does not. He is OK with extended tours in Iraq and them not having the same GI benefits he had.

Posted by: freerider | June 15, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

"Obama's supporters will absolutely do him in before November. Instead of being able to have a conversation on the issues, they reach for the one thing they know how to say, "racist." Of course, I didn't want to vote for George Bush...I guess that made me "Anti-Texan..." Oh wait, I am from Texas, so that doesn't work. When I almost threw up having to select John Kerry over George Bush, I guess that made me "Anti-Irish..." Oh wait, I'm that too. People who have voted for President more than once have a whole different basis for their choices than skin color. In fact, I work in entertainment and being bi-racial is the absolute rage, so if it's pure skin color, I'm in love with Obama, okay??"

Posted by: LonghornMama | June 15, 2008 3:40 PM

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You forgot to include: if you don't vote for Obama, then clearly you are uneducated and against progress.

I love how Obama fanatics love to throw around the word "educated" as if it means anything. They only need to look to George W. Bush to realize that a degree from an Ivy League college does not giarantee that the degree bearer has leadership ability or even an ounce of common sense.

Posted by: Tirade | June 15, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

btw: Condi would be a pretty good pick for Obama - Obama-Rice: (or McCain - McCain-Rice) She would still have to keep her hair straight, but Michelle could probably wear her's natural...

One of those candidates will command the attention of the Press - instead of letting the press, polls, oilmen, lobbiests, and white supremacist religious zelots lead them around (although I'm sure McCain will by defalt be their leader if Obama fails to lead them out of the Great State of Supremacy and into the United States of America.)

I know the farce is with you.

Posted by: steven | June 15, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Screw you American First. You should be grateful to the whites for ending slavery.

Posted by: Bud | June 15, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

IM SICK OF THIS MCCAIN HERO CRAP!

The guy only spent 20 hours in enemy territory and prob only half that under enemy fire! There were guys in the invasion of Granada that was under fire a lot longer than him!

He was not much of a pilot and FAR FAR FAR from a TOP GUN and his own recklessness and incompetence is the only reason he can brag about being a POW!

I bought into the respect thing and since I respected him I went and did some research on him. Dang shame others wont do that!

Posted by: EddienTexas | June 15, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

For all you people whining about Obama's bitterness comment check out what he said in Texas in February: he told the mostly black audience to take responsibility for the education and nutrition of their children, and lectured them for feeding their children "cold Popeyes" for breakfast.
Today he assailed black fathers for not being responsible.
Quit trying to tell me the man doesn't stake out a position or is an "unknown."

P.S. Obama wants to president and he's no happier about Reverend Wright's slide into lunacy than anyone else.

Posted by: DSid | June 15, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

bigdig 1965,

I can see you subscribe to the GOP rumours list, as usual you are to lazy to look up things yourself. I have listened to Rev. Wrights so called infamous speech. If you listen to the whole speech you wont find anything offensive. So what he said God ***** America, if i was an African American i would say the same when they fought for our country and they came back and couldnt vote. So where is your outrage for McCain sucking up to Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell? The same two who used a tragedy in our country to say this was gods way of punishing us for being tolerant to homosexuals instead of it being a terrorist attack. So keep your head in the sand and vote Republican, so when gas prices go higher keep your complaints to yourself...

Posted by: American First | June 15, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is "Bush on steroids" according to Republican Pat Buchanan.
More Bush, more Bush, more Bush!!! Vote McCain in November!!!!

Posted by: Doug | June 15, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Bend over, grab your ankles, and enjoy it, Clayton.

Posted by: RBS | June 15, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

1000 historians agree: McBush doesn't have a chance in heck to win this thing. So he can take money from people who joke and laugh about raping women all he wants. He ain't gonna win.

Posted by: Boo Boo Benson | June 15, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

"If one were to analyze this, I am clueless why it is offensive. All I read if that if something you don't like is going to happen anyway, you might as well make the most of the situation. I know that some feel offended by the statement, but can anyone explain why?"

Ha Ha Ha --- let me guess --- Republican? Libertian [Republican in new clothes]? --- I couldn't agree with you more my friend! I think we should all enjoy a good raping every now and then...NOT!

Posted by: nathan | June 15, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I am clueless why it is offensive... can anyone explain why?

Posted by: VVV | June 15, 2008 4:34 PM

You don't need an explanation, you need to spend some time in prison as some lifer's b1tch and experience being raped for yourself.

Remember, just lie back and enjoy it!

Posted by: Kevin Schmidt | June 15, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

This is partly why some former Texan once said: "If I owned hell and Texas, I'd live in hell and rent out Texas."

Posted by: jhbyer | June 15, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Well, well. Eilperin can't cut it with her Gorebal Whining propoganda. Now she's moved on to sliming Sen. McCain. Sen. McCain very quickly cuts people loose who make outrageous statements or do outrageous things.

Let's contrast this with Sen. Obama. He hung round with Rev. Wrong for 20 years before he reached his epiphany that he needed to distance himself from Rev. Wrong. I don't see Eilperin noting the tardiness of Bozo Barry to see the light.

But since we are talking about Bozo Barry, let's look at what he just recently decided that he doesn't believe anymore. This is from that church that Rev. Wrong was a "pastor" of.:

" We are an African people, and remain "true to our native land," the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. "

In my estimation, we are Americans. Everyone who is here today was either born here, or emigrated here. Nobody alive today was brought here as slaves. Everyone here today was either born free here, or came here to enjoy the freedom that exists in the US.

As for the comments concerning racism, the last time I checked the Civil Rights struggle was WON in the 1960's. Much like Dr. King, I believe we should judge people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.

To me, this "philosophy" plays upon people's prejudices, and to have a man in the Whitehouse who subscribes to these prejudices is very, very dangerous.

VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!

Posted by: bigdog1965 | June 15, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

To outlawtorn103... I think the better statement is that McCaim may lose just, so might as well enjoy the campaign.

I know that many Democrats who liked Clinton for experience are more comfortable with McCain. I have seen many bumper stickers that state "Democrats for McCain". Between their actuations, Obama appears to be more of the traditional politician who would say/do whatever just to get elected. The wierd part about this is that this is exactly how he explained why he was running in the first place. I find Obama very inconsistent. At least with McCain, it seems that the voters know what they are electing. It certainly does not help that Obama has a lot of missed votes in the state and us senates, and that he could articulate his positions of issues. (Obama may be eloquent, but I don't think he is articulate. He is just very preachy.)

Posted by: CP Cook | June 15, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

it is a sad day in America when McCain will not be held accountable for anything just because he was a POW in Vietnam 35 years ago.what about people who died,got maimed,lost limbs and became dependent for survival?He is not the first, nor will he be the last to serve or sacrifice!!! why can't he be held accountable?? This man obviously is having some real problems!!!! does he have dementia ??? not trying to demean the poor man,but how come he now disgrees with most things he claimed he stood for ? Political exingencies ? To win at any cost ? Wake up people, it will be lot more dangerous to allow this man to be commander in chief. At least Obama is still young and has lot less baggage, he has at least proven he can manage people...which is of the most importance in this confused nation of ours.

Posted by: dave | June 15, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

The supposedly offensive quote was "As long as it's inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it."

If one were to analyze this, I am clueless why it is offensive. All I read if that if something you don't like is going to happen anyway, you might as well make the most of the situation. I know that some feel offended by the statement, but can anyone explain why?

Posted by: VVV | June 15, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

This is so ironic.

McCain's run for the presidency is like bad weather. He knows he's going to lose, so he might as well just lie back and enjoy it.

Posted by: outlawtorn103 | June 15, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

LOL, I told you yesterday that today he would forget! LMAO, McBush is such a joke. I doubt he knows which way is up!

JT
http://www.Ultimate-Anonymity.com

Posted by: JOhn thomas | June 15, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Where is McCain's flag pin? And don't say he doesn't need one because he was a POW. That was 35 years ago. If we have to prove our patriotism by wearing cheap metal made in China, then he should, too!

Just because he served his country admirably 35 years ago is no reason to excuse him from supporting the new GI bill; it's no reason to assume he cares about these troops when he casually shrugs off and says it's not too important when they're coming home.

McCain gets too much benefit of the doubt on critical issues because of something that happened to him 35 years ago. He's a mean-spirited old man who has yet to show a hint of compassion for anyone less fortunate.

Posted by: freerider | June 15, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

That's just the way those hick republicans talk down there.

He was just thinking about his daughter when he said it.

Posted by: KAckermann | June 15, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Contrast -
Meeting with oilmen to get a campaign handout,
and
talking to arenas and managing a campaign that is financed with a string of contributions from the public.

There is one well organized and possibly inspiring candidate in this race.

Posted by: JM | June 15, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

"McCain has shown incredible brilliance politically, but has really made many Americans suffer in the Process. It is a CRYING Shame, so many people are WILLING to let the Socialist Dimocrats PULL THEIR GARBAGE! I'd Never, and Won't ever support Lawyers who can only dissect other people's ideas, to somehow act like they are anything other than Idea thieves and Con-Men!"

Wow, you are a typical Repukeliscum - dumb as a box-o-rox, and stupid besides.

McCain has shown himself to be the most incompetent modern candidate I have ever seen. Despite 2 months to campaign while the Democrats fought, he did nothing. His proposals are stupid (that's why you like them), and they are exactly the same as Bush's failed, idiotic policies.

Tell me, why are Repukeliscum today so moronic?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 15, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

That this "oilman" would joke about rape during a gubernatorial election is troubling. I'm also troubled by the "joke" I recently read about where McCain sang a parody to the Beach Boys' song "Barbara Ann" last year. He sang "Bomb Iran, Bomb Iran." Furthermore, I don't know if it's true but I read a post on a comment board about McCain telling disparaging jokes about Chelsea Clinton a decade ago. How is it that the media let's this stuff slide?

Today the NYT is running an article that raises other issues about McCain's worldview based on his POW experiences (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/15/us/politics/15pows.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5087&em&en=f59ad525c03b519f&ex=1213675200). In this article it seems that the "tough resisters" and other Vietnam Vets are arguing that US anti-communist policy is Southeast Asia was to support our freedoms, includine the freedom of speech. On the other hand, they say that war protesters, who were exercising their rights to speak freely, and sympathetic politicians, undermined their abilities to resist their captives and preosecute the war.

They further argue that the government and the military should have been given more of a chance to explain that their strategy in Southeast Asia was a sound one. Well, this would have been hard given the lies that were coming from the military and the White House.

So McCain's point is that the American public and our political leaders should have been silent in the face of official lies even though these were among the rights he was fighting for. This makes no sense. His view of the Vietnam War is as warped as is his view of current American foreign/military policy in the Middle East.

He has constantly violated his own principles. he criticizes the influence of special nterests in Washington yet cosies up to lobbyists. And he has pandered to everyone of the right who he once rejected. He was labelled a "tough resister" as a POW in Vietnam, yet even the tough resisters signed confessions and made recordings. I don't see that much forgiveness in McCain, he doesn't understand Christian foregiveness.

The more I learn about this man the less impressed I am. Vietnam had NO ROLE in defeating communism. There is no justification at all for the 2 million plus people who died in Vietnam and in the subsequent killing fields of Cambodia.

Posted by: faithfulservant3 | June 15, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

John McCain has the same disregard for he constitution as George Bush. He rejectted the supreme court's decision to protect habeas corpus. John McCain has the same disregard for civil rights as George Bush. He said, "I'd spy on American's without a warrant too". John McCain has the same disregard for our soldiers as George Bush. He said of bringing troops home, "that isn't very important". But the Washington Post is focused on non-issues they know McCain can spin his way out of. Why does the Washington Post ignore John McCain's serious problems and focus on tabloid garbage? Because they are trying to get him elected.

Posted by: Kevin Morgan | June 15, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Chris Fox- Agreed!

However, consider this:

The Dimocrat Socialist Party, for the last 10 Years at least, has run on a Platform of what they would do differently, than what the Republicans are actually TRYING to do!

It is an old worn out game at this point.

The one Party trying to drive, and the Others getting a free-ride, while trying to Drive from the Back-Seat, in 20-20 Hindsight!

Simply put, the Dimocrat Stance is their improved Modification of the Republicans!

I want NOTHING more, than for McCain to get Mitt Romney on board, share the Inside info McCain has as a Senator with Him, and start IMMEDIATELY making the necessary Tweeks needed to get things Fixed with this Economy.

BUT, that, would only allow more of the GARBAGE being pulled every time McCain has tried recommending anything substantial!

As long as we are having to suffer the delays, the "Empty Suit" has NOTHING but hollow Empty Rhetoric!

Another month of "Change-Change-Watch me Change!" without having any Republican Suggestions to talk about how he'll "Change" them, will get very OLD!

McCain has shown incredible brilliance politically, but has really made many Americans suffer in the Process. It is a CRYING Shame, so many people are WILLING to let the Socialist Dimocrats PULL THEIR GARBAGE! I'd Never, and Won't ever support Lawyers who can only dissect other people's ideas, to somehow act like they are anything other than Idea thieves and Con-Men!

This Country cannot afford to wait much longer without some MAJOR adjustments!

Posted by: SAINT---The | June 15, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Watch McBush select Mitt Romney for his Veep. Younger, smarter, more likable, and richer!

Posted by: Daddio on the Paddio | June 15, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

"about a whole new level of Social Security and income taxes"

Exactly what is the Obama plan? Do you know what his proposal is? Since you work in entertainment, it won't be a problem for you, since his plan extends the tax ceiling from roughly 80K to 120K. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett and a whole bunch of smart people who make more than you do are in favor of this plan. I am too, although it will cost me some (not much, but I am over the ceiling).

So, since your understanding of the Obama plan is so poor, you should read up on it. It's a sound, sensible plan, and will ensure that Social Security is adequately funded.

Posted by: POed Lib | June 15, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the democratic candidate. He will be nominated at the convention and he will be a great nominee to take on McNasty (his nickname in high school). Obama is a better candidate and a savvier politician than the dumbass who graduated at the bottom of his class (and then only because of family connections).

Posted by: freerider | June 15, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: tomabrahams | June 15, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, this is the candidate who's trying to win over the disaffected Clinton supporters.

Lay back and enjoy your rapings, women, and then don't even THINK about ending the pregnancy that results from it.

McCain/Huckabee: the right choice in 1908.

Posted by: B2O2 | June 15, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Chris, I get your stats. Yours are from Rasmussen. I was going off the daily Gallup. But thanks.

Posted by: LonghornMama | June 15, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama's supporters will absolutely do him in before November. Instead of being able to have a conversation on the issues, they reach for the one thing they know how to say, "racist." Of course, I didn't want to vote for George Bush...I guess that made me "Anti-Texan..." Oh wait, I am from Texas, so that doesn't work. When I almost threw up having to select John Kerry over George Bush, I guess that made me "Anti-Irish..." Oh wait, I'm that too. People who have voted for President more than once have a whole different basis for their choices than skin color. In fact, I work in entertainment and being bi-racial is the absolute rage, so if it's pure skin color, I'm in love with Obama, okay?? But there is so much more to consider. Like if you have assets, instead of allowances, you might want to be concerned when they talk about a whole new level of Social Security and income taxes (that's Obama's plan). We need to get back to issues and leave the sophmoric stuff back in the gym locker.

Posted by: LonghornMama | June 15, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Depending on the VP's each chooses , I would not be surprised seeing Republicans nationwide throwing there support across the fence. Clearly there is a huge gap between each candidate agenda. Americans can see through the stale talk of yesterdays conservative and have problems associating this repetitive scene to todays global politics. Americans are leaders and Obama is our leader. The one who will help unite us in the right direction.

Posted by: probonum | June 15, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

After reading the article and most of the comments, I think people missed the major point. He is taking money from an OILMAN! Gas is over $4 per gallon. Under Bush oil went from $25 to $135 per gallon. Come on people get your head out of the shale.

Posted by: SF Values | June 15, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

"Of course that both helps and hurts him except Obama/Clinton have not figured out that it is their desire to be President that betrays them."

What a F.U.CKING STU.PID-A.S.S COMMENT. McStupid is SO DESPERATE FOR THE PRESIDENCY that he is pathetic. He has the MOST BURNING DESIRE OF ANY PERSON IN AMERICA. It's obscene. He has sold whatever modest itty-bitty ethics he has for this obscene lust of his. Now, he has a HUGE STAFF OF PRE-CORRUPTED LOBBYISTS (like that ENORMOUS SACK OF S.H.IT Phil GRAMM), although McStupid pretends that he does not have lobbyists on his payroll - he has at least 200 separate lobbyists.

Try to get you HEAD OUT OF YOUR A.S.S, B.O.ZO.

Posted by: POed Lib | June 15, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

He needs all that money for his rheumatism.

Posted by: JakeD's shadow | June 15, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

It's about who does NOT covet the Presidency that will determine this election... McCain is the best positioned - in that since. Plus he is most comfortable when he doesn't care. Of course that both helps and hurts him except Obama/Clinton have not figured out that it is their desire to be President that betrays them. It makes them rely on their weaknesses right in the middle of the most important opportunities to display their strengths...

Posted by: steven | June 15, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Longhornmama:

Racists always wonder if a black man is the right candidate. Democrats look at him and realize that he has the right stuff. It all depends on what you see when you look at a black guy. I see a great man. You see an inadequate person.

You need to get past your racism.

Posted by: POed Lib | June 15, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

LonghornMama: this is false. Obama has a solid lead over McCain already, 4-8 points depending on the poll. In specific demographics his lead is even more stark, among most everyone but white men, who favor Republicans by 25 points most all the time anyway.

Obama is very much the right candidate, and McCain is very much the wrong one and at a really bad time too

Posted by: Chris Fox | June 15, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

He's still having the fundraiser because he can't afford not to. His campaign is very low on cash, and of the 62,000 who maxed their contributions to Bush in '04, only about 5000 have contributed to McCain at all.

Nobody and I mean NOBODY is excited about voting for John McCain. And as we see more of him, and as the strain of campaigning deepens the lines of weariness, he will do worse and worse.

Posted by: Chris Fox | June 15, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

The GOP and it's pervert partisans have been raping the American people for the last 8 years. So, now they are getting all defensive about it? Rape jokes are WRITTEN IN TO THE GOP Party Platform, for god's sake.

Posted by: POed Lib | June 15, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The thing that is so eerily problematic for Democrats is that Gallup still has McCain and Obama in a dead heat. We have an economy that failing (not flailing, failing), a war that needs to end, global climate CRISIS (check out the 500 year flood event in Iowa), an energy crisis that will force some to choose between medicine and the gas it takes to get to work -- AND YET, Obama can't widen the lead on McCain. That should have the Dems finally scratching their heads and saying, "Did we get the right candidate?"

Posted by: LonghornMama | June 15, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Well, well... I guess it's now time to discuss McCain's "judgment" and his vetting process. What kind of judgment does this show? And is he a true patriot? Does McCain endorse rape? Did he enjoy Katrina?

I'm just saying--if Obama gets the ridiculous questions he got for Jim Johnson, let's spread the BS evenly.

Posted by: Vetting the vetters. | June 15, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Ah, Longhorn Papa -- you're dead wrong. Mr. Ayers made comments about wishing this nation ill as recently as 9/11/2001. He told the NY Times on the occasion of nearly 4,000 innocent Americans perishing that he "wished they had bombed more" -- the WeatherUnderground. So, Mr. Ayers stripes haven't changed, and there is a decided difference between a domestic terrorist and a sexist pig.

Posted by: LonghornMama | June 15, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

As usual, people are not informed. This is basically a gossip column it seems.

Al Franken never made any "remarks" about rape. Someone wrote a skit to be performed on Saturday Night Live that included rape remarks and it included spoof on Andy Rooney of 60 Minutes It was boorish and not funny, it was NEVER AIRED. Franken participated in the skit, and later stated he thought it in very bad taste and a very bad skit, and he apologized for having taken part in it even though it was NEVER AIRED.

Someone did write an article on the skit that was published in a NY magazine, but it was not Franken. Even so, Franken came out against the skit AND the magazine article shortly after the article was published. That was over 10 YEARS ago.


Posted by: Anonymous | June 15, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

If it wasn't for bigotry and sexism, Republicans would have no reason to exist.

Posted by: Scy | June 15, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Not to in any way excuse such an offensive comment, I want to observe that we are not told when the remark was made, or when the apology was issued. Just do your five W's and H here and the readers have a chance of being properly informed.

Posted by: Nat | June 15, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Why are we surprised? McCain is a Republican and he is doing what Repugnants do best, take money from oil men and run a sleazy smear campaign.

Posted by: tjr | June 15, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is still run by the same sexist pigs that have always run it. Notice how few female Republican politicians there are. Notice how little the GOP cares about women's issues. Clayton Williams is a product of a deeply misogynistic GOP culture. John McCain, the man who said that Chelsea Clinton was so ugly that Janet Reno was her father, and who called his wife a c*nt in public, thinks he can woo over disaffected female Clinton supporters. A leopard doesn't change his spots. John McCain only found Williams' comments problematic because they posed a political embarassment. But he really didn't care. Thus he goes on bended knee to Clayton Williams.

Posted by: Elrod | June 15, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

"For heaven's sake, the man made the comment 30 years ago. A lot of our society has changed in 30 years."

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Yet so much has stayed the same. You should extend the same courtesy to Obama when the right ties him to William Ayer's comments which were made over 40 years ago.

Posted by: Longhorn Papa | June 15, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Even as a Democrat, I have the humility and the sense to criticize my own party when they have not acted ethically. I condemn Al Franken for his cavalier comments about rape and women.

Yet, I rarely ever see Republicans do the same thing. Instead they defend their party right or wrong. It's this sense of righteousness and outright ignorance that drove our country into a war that we cannot afford, a war that has decreased our standing in the world, helped terrorist recruitment, and made our children's future more uncertain.

We should have enough faith in our nation to know when actions are wrong period. This judgment should not be colored by which political party we are affiliated with. To this extent, everyone should deplore the words of Clayton Williams and ask McCain to return his tainted money.

Posted by: Alabama for Obama | June 15, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Though the words of Rev. Wright may temporarily hurt our image of ourselves as a nation, at least it doesn't hurt our national security.

I thought Republicans CARED about national security and a strong foreign policy, yet McCain's main campaign adviser (a role that actually influences and affects us a nation , which is different than the role that Rev. Wright plays) runs a lobbying firm that represents brutal dictators like Ferdinand Marcos and Mobuto Sese Seko along with terrorist rebels like Jonas Savimbi.

These men have been responsible for way more human suffering than anything Reverend Wright has said. They also make our children's world a much more dangerous place to live in.

I don't see why there's not more outrage about this on the Right because you know that if Charlie Black were running Obama's campaign you would all be much more righteous.

Posted by: revskg | June 15, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

It's unfortunate that people discuss idiotic remarks made by both sides of the election aisle intead of discussing what the prospective nominees stand for.

The next president's platform and what he wants will determine the future of our country not how old a candidate is or if a candidate attended church /

Posted by: Arnold | June 15, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Sure is a lot of disrespect for a man who has given his entire life to this country. They make fun of his disabilities. Injuries he sustained protecting their freedoms.

Posted by: mrjerbub | June 15, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing to see what McSnake tries to get away with, and how. Straight Duck Express rolls on through Texas.
Who is this eloquent "Jason' fellow? FBI, please take note.

Posted by: JMFulton, Jr. | June 15, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

For those of you McBush supporters quoting the Bible, try this quote:

"But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you." (Luke 6:27-28).

You ought to try it sometime.

BTW I am a WASP, a 24-year retired military officer, and a lifelong 'R' who will NOT vote for ANY 'R' in November. And you have earned it!!

Posted by: swanieaz | June 15, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Uhhh...SAB, McCain did not cancel this fundraiser. Read the article.

Posted by: SAB is wrong. | June 15, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

McBush (or McFlipper or McSame if you prefer) is gearing up for a huge loss.

In fact, he is having the fundraiser for ONE REASON - he doesn't HAVE ANY MONEY. Barack has nearly an order of magnitude more money than McBush. (For you McBush supporters, that means if McBush has $10M, Barack has $100M - get it?).

Posted by: swanieaz | June 15, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

THE FUNDRAISER ISN'T AT THE HOME OF THE OILMAN.

THE FUNDRAISER IS WITHOUT THE OILMAN.


OBAMA HAS PINK CODE AS A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR.

OBAMA IS HELPING RAPE JOKER AL FRANKEN.

Posted by: Jason | June 15, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

It's unfortunate that we must drag things up from 18 years ago. It's even more unfortunate that so many people who call themselves Christians do not understand the concepts of foregiveness and mercy.

Mr. Williams remarks were beyond the pale when he made them, he apologized more than once, lost the election he spent millions to win (his own pocket money). Isn't it time we give the guy another chance to prove he's learned his lesson? It was 18 years ago.

Why do all the perfect people of the U.S., and there are apparently many, seem to think anyone (except themselves of course) who makes the slightest mistake should be punished every day for the rest of their lives -- if they dare to continue living? I don't especially care for Mr. Williams, but I think everyone deserves a second chance once they've paid for their mistakes. I voted against him when he ran for TX governor.

Frankly, I don't like either presidential candidate this year and it seems to me we have to choose between the lesser of two evils. I will vote for Nader.

Posted by: Clark | June 15, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if he were being raped whether he would just lay back and enjoy it?

Posted by: VGB | June 15, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

McCain is holding a fundraiser in midland. All his supporters from that part of texas are coming.

Al Franken made rape jokes and the dems ran him for senate.

The fundraiser is not now involved with the oilman.

Obama loves rape joker al franken.

Obama loves father pfleger.

Obama loves rezko.

Obama loves Wright.

Obama's church mocked hillary.

Obama called the man who mocked Hillary his moral compass.

Obama has almost all men on his staff.

Posted by: Jason | June 15, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Shameful. McCain is selling his reputation off on a weekly basis. He can kiss the female vote good bye for good.

Posted by: Truth | June 15, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Oh my gosh! I grew up in Texas and that comment by Clayton Williams -- stupid and boorish as it is -- was made in the late 70s!! My favorite governor Ann Richards used it to knock Williams out of the gubernatorial race, but for heaven's sake, the man made the comment 30 years ago. A lot of our society has changed in 30 years.

Posted by: LonghornMama | June 15, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Do you expect anything better from a Texas oilman?

Posted by: snoweer | June 15, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Why don't you just sell your soul to the devil, McCain. This kind of thing speaks volumes about your character.

Posted by: dlaurels | June 15, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

McSamus McAnus, the confused candidate of the Republican party has no more shame than Dick Cheney.

Posted by: majorteddy | June 15, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I think the media desparately needs some hit pieces against McCain like they dug uo on Obama - Wright, Ayers, etc

Posted by: volunteer | June 15, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

You guys are dopes if you think that John McCain personally schedules these events, as compared to BO who chose to attend a church where his preacher proudly screams racial slurs and makes other inflamatory remarks. The key is, how does the candidate respond once the candidate finds out there is a problem. Obama made excuses and continued at his church. McCain cancelled the fundraiser. BIG difference.

Posted by: SAB | June 15, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

We fishermen have a term for what McCain is doing it's called "bottom feeding." It's what large lazy catfish do when they're unable to catch a decent dinner elsewhere.

Posted by: JBD | June 15, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

whats new, after all he McSame

Posted by: GHM | June 15, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

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