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McCain Camp: 'Obama Has Played the Race Card'


Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), left, huddles with campaign manager Rick Davis on their charter plane in this February 2008 file photo. (Associated Press)

By Juliet Eilperin and Jonathan Weisman
Raising a politically-explosive issue for the first time this election, Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) campaign accused Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) this morning of invoking the specter of race in order to bolster his electoral prospects.

The charge came in reaction to comments the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee had made at three separate stops in Missouri Wednesday, where Obama suggested Republicans were trying to scare voters away from him.

"So nobody really thinks that Bush or McCain have a real answer for the challenges we face, so what they're going to try to do is make you scared of me," he told voters in Springfield. "You know, he's not patriotic enough. He's got a funny name. You know, he doesn't look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills, you know. He's risky. That's essentially the argument they're making."

McCain campaign manager Rick Davis countered this morning with a terse but harsh statement: "Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck. It's divisive, negative, shameful and wrong."

Obama was inside the Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, talking to flood victims when the McCain campaign statement came out.

"Barack Obama is going out every day talking about the struggles of Americans, the struggles of Americans losing their homes and their jobs, and all John McCain can talk about is Barack Obama, because he doesn't have anything to say about the people of this country struggling in this economy," said campaign spokesman Linda Douglass, adding her candidate was not playing the race card when he made his remarks yesterday.

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Posted by: JenBiskiminEedgkb | August 7, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Lucy wrote:

"Attached is a link to an ad that McCain launched against Obama in June 2008. You decide who played the race card first!"

1. Again, the race card issue as far as McCain is concerend is a no longer an issue. Obama's campaign was asked to produce a single evidence if McCain used the race card, but they could NOT because there is none.

Thus, Obama has abandoned the claim that McCain used the race card.

Obama says: "In no way do I think that John McCain's campaign is being racist, I think they're being cynical."

2. Further, the context of the ad that is conveniently touted as "$100 bill" (there are other hyperboles such as Mt Rushmore & Statue of Liberty) is not about race but about about Obama's "change" mantra associated with his "arrogance" on changing the presidential seal.


Lucy wrote:

"My question is why haven't the news media brought this ad up?"

1. First of all, Obama himself did not bring this up as evidence that McCain is playing the race card. Obviously because he knows it is not. So, why question only the media and not question Obama?

2. Second, about the media not bringing it up. But of course it's the liberal media on the side of Obama. They don't want to embarass Obama by reminding the American people that Obama changed the presindetial seal.

Lucy wrote:

"It's clear to me that this year voters are going to have to take the initiative to be more responsible and diligent about seeking the truth from a lie ourselves>"

I appreciate that you are interested of the truth. Here it is:

3. Again here's Obama:

June 2008, Florida

OBAMA: "WE KNOW WHAT KIND OF CAMPAIGN THEY'RE [Republicans] GOING TO RUN... THEY 'RE GOING TO MAKE YOU AFRAID OF ME. He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention HE'S BLACK? He's got a feisty wife."

In other words:
THEY [Republicans] ARE GOING TO RUN A CAMPAIGN THAT IS GOING TO MAKE YOU AFRAID OF ME. They will say, "HE IS BLACK".


That is the truth. Can't accept it. You ar blinded by the "light" of "the one."

Posted by: ramar | August 4, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Lucy and others have pointed to McCain's $100 bill ad as playing the "race card". Check the link on Lucy's post to check it out. The ad points out what Obama has really changed - the presidential seal. It then goes on to ask what more he will change - Mr. Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, and the $100 bill. This ad speaks to his pretentiousness, and it seems to be a big stretch to see it as racist. I'm sure Reverend Wright could make that stretch, but I can't.

Posted by: MikeS | August 4, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse


Attached is a link to an ad that McCain launched against Obama in June 2008. You decide who played the race card first!

http://www.jedreport.com/2008/08/setting-the-rec.html

My question is why haven't the news media brought this ad up? It's clear to me that this year voters are going to have to take the initiative to be more responsible and diligent about seeking the truth from a lie ourselves. After the election the american people will decide which news we will tune into. Ratings will definitely fall.

Posted by: Lucy | August 4, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, Obama hasn't much to say other than it's everyone else judging him based on race. Only he brought up race, and he's done it constantly.
McCain has only spoken about Obama's out-of-touch policies; and he's right. Obama's done little else but deflect from Reverend Wright by denying and pointing fingers. The Philadelphia speech was to be about his relationship with Rev. Wright, not the country's issues with race.
His wife's thesis findings did not support her theory that Princeton was racist, her proudest moment was that her husband won Wisconsin? That made her PROUDER in her country?
Obama's "guns and religion" comment, his "typical white grandmother" comment shows him to be little else than someone hoping to play the race card into a bid for higher office.
Aside from that, his policies are weak and he flip-flops on nearly everything without a decent explaination as to why he's changed his stances. His avoiding the Landstuhl Army hospital by claiming he would not use the troops as a political stunt was weak too. He did want to use them as a stunt until he was told he couldn't bring in his own photographers. McCain went to Landstuhl his last ime out and felt no need for big publicity; not that the media would have publicized it anyway.
As much as some of the media wants to paint Obama as the next JFK; as much as the Democratic party needs to trot out the "next JFK" it won't work. Obama is no JFK and JFK wasn't all that great to begin with.
Get past the nice appearance facade and the speeches that more and more come off like a Sunday morning minister trying to work the room and get to something real. Obama is nothing more than an empty suit...

Posted by: gmead | August 4, 2008 4:15 AM | Report abuse

The issue here is: Who is playing the race card? Obama or McCain.

1. McCain is already out of the question as confirmed by Obama himself.

Florida, August 2008

OBAMA: "In no way do I think that John McCain's campaign is being racist, I think they're being cynical."

Now, cynicism is another issue, debatable in another day. Let's stick to the "race card" discussion.

2. Some posters here are saying that the "$100 bill" ad is the one Obama is talking about as a race issue. I am sorry but this is non-sequitur. The conclusion doesn't follow from the ad's context (premises).

The ad is a satire about Obama's "change" mantra. That is, if he changed the "presidential seal," what else will he change? Statue of Liberty? Mt. Rushmore? Benjamin Franklin?

Of course, these are all "hyperboles" since none of them can be "actually" changed. This is about Obama's "arrogance" but not about "race".

Of course the ad is conveniently ignored by the liberal media because they don't want to bring the embarassing "presidential seal" back into discussion.

3. Again here's Obama:

June 2008, Florida

OBAMA: "WE KNOW WHAT KIND OF CAMPAIGN THEY'RE [Republicans] GOING TO RUN... THEY 'RE GOING TO MAKE YOU AFRAID OF ME. He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention HE'S BLACK? He's got a feisty wife."

In other words:

They [Republicans] are going to run a campaign that is going to make you afraid of me that I am black.

Now if that is not a race card, then you are blinded by the "light".

Posted by: ramar | August 3, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

BTW, which is more arrogant and presumptuous: "We are the ones we have been waiting for" (courtesy of Obama) or "The American president America has been waiting for" (courtesy of McCain)?

Posted by: Thomas | August 3, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Here is a link showing the McCain $100 bill with Obamas face on it:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/8/1/1530/76444/601/560793

"McCain: American Hypocrite"

Posted by: Thomas | August 3, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Race card by Obama camp will not work any more.. :) People understand their deception.. and Dems are stuck with a flawed candidate and his radical ties with Pastor wright, anti-american wife, slum lord rezko, auchi..list goes on :) its sure they lost fall election. How stupid is that? This was a golden chance for easy victory had it been any other candidate.

Posted by: It will not work any more | August 2, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

i dont know if you libs out there noticed but its a race between obama and MCCAIN not bush furthermore if you look into what obama says its crap he flips and flops every other day the problem is people are gullible so they believe his soaring speeches (and of course his national apologies who the hell does he think he is?!)

Posted by: dave | August 2, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Ramar got it exactly right. Axelrod's explanation that Obama wasn't referring to race rings hollow. In addition to Ramar's direct comparison of his two nearly identical statements, one must consider why would he directly say Republicans would question his patriotism and his funny name and then use an indirect reference to his not looking like people on our currency? Did he really mean he looked young or didn't have a powdered wig? I, for one, am not that naive. Also, remember his "cling to their guns" statement, which included the comment that rural folks didn't accept people who weren't like them.

Second, others have commented that Obama was just mentioning that he is African American. If that were the case, there would be no problem. But what he said was that Republicans would try to make people afraid of him because he is African American. That is a whole different matter and is clearly beyond simply mentioning his race.

Obama is also making an accusation with no real basis in fact. John McCain's camp hasn't made Obama's race an issue. The gist of Obama's statement is "those racists are going to get me", although he said it more "artfully". Isn't this pretty similar to the paranoid rhetoric from Reverend Wright?

Posted by: MikeS | August 2, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Campaign commercial with two blond, white women followed by an image of Barack Obama. An uncomplementary picture of Obama's face on a $100 bill, the "Who does this guy think he is?" implications by the Mcain campaign, "The One", the emphasized "Hussein" in countless messages. The race card is being played by the Mccain camp as it is all they have to run on as Obama is a superior candidate in every way. Unlike Kerry and what he faced from the Swift boat liars Obama is going to defend himself and not let the smears and the lies take over.

Posted by: Tiredofgreed | August 2, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

As evidenced from Obama's own words, it's a race card after all. If one can't see the obvious, either he or she has an agenda or is in denial. Read carefully Obama's claims, side by side:

(1) Missouri, July '08
(2) Florida, June '08

(1) What they're going to do
(2) What kind of campaign they're going to run

(1) is make you scared of me
(2) to make you afraid of me

(1) he's not patriotic enough
(2) he's young and inexperienced

(1) he's got a funny name
(2) he's got a funny name

(1) he doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.
(2) did I mention he's black

Out of context? We'll let's see the context.

July 2008, Missouri
OBAMA: "What they're [Republicans] going to try to do is make you scared of me. You know, he's not patriotic enough, he's got a funny name, you know, he doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills."

June 2008, Florida
OBAMA: "We know what kind of campaign they're [Republicans] going to run. ... They're going to try to make you afraid of me. He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black? He's got a feisty wife."

Below is not only out of context but rather wide stretch of the imagination:

July 2008
AXELROD (Obama's Strategist) EXPLAINS: "He [Obama] does this in a self-mocking way: 'Look, I know I'm not from central casting when it comes to presidents of the United States. I am new. I am relatively young, I haven't spent my life in Washington. And yes, I am African American, and that will be some fodder."

Why can't one see the obvious?

1. One sees the evidence in the lens of a certain worldview with specific agenda, thus explains it away.

2. Or, one is in denial of the truth, thus ignores it.

Now, which one are you?

Posted by: Ramar | August 2, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Here is a link showing the Mccain $100 bill with Obamas face on it.


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/8/1/1530/76444/601/560793

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Mccains campaign actually did put Obamas face on a hundred dollar bill and that is what Obama was referencing but the media refuses to report it. The corporate media is our biggest problem in this country. Make sure you verify information yourself because the media won't.

Posted by: Tiredofgreed | August 2, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I find this whole discussion of the race card to be nothing more than pure asinine, over-politicized garbage. John McCain has taken a leave of his senses, and is making up something to divert America's attention from Obama's message on the economy.

America elected George Bush to two terms, and now I know why. The American people will fall for anything; elect John McCain and see what you get. I bet it will pale in comparison to anything that you have dreamed up that might happen under Barack Obama. John McCain will be a nightmare as president.

I can live with Barack Obama or John McCain being elected, but I know that America and the world will be better off with Barack Obama. Look at your present economical situation and throw in world affairs, and determine if you are better off now than you were before Bush. Now, add to that four more years of our current situation, and tell me that you shouldn't be more afraid of John McCain.

Concomitantly, stop looking for reasons to vote against Obama, and look at the reason to vote for him, four more years of the same old failed policies. I know I don't care for four more years of America's current situation!

Posted by: gmillner | August 2, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Osama has a "funny name"? What? His name is Hussein Osama. There is Nothing Funny about that.

Osama shouldn't even be in office, he hi-jacked his first office. A technicality on the nomination ballet, seems that petitioners need to sign in cursive and can NOT print their name, Ask Osama.

He does pull the race card and he really shouldn't because Whites made America, Whites have many Multi-Billionaires in America (Blacks still have NEVER had an African-AMERICAN Multi-Billionaire in U.S. history), Remember his Church! Didn't Reverend Wright say that America made Aids too! Much like the president of Iran.

If you NEVER had a Multi-Billionaire in U.S. history, you can't run a Multi-Trillion Dollar Country.

McChange 08'

He needs to stay away from the idiot conversation of names and physical appearances! That is just retarded, Hey Osama! Go see our injured Troops you "Patriot". Being President is NOT about the cameras!

Posted by: Not a Pawn to ObamaCon! | August 1, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Race is a non-issue. Of course Senator Obama is black. Everyone who owns a color TV know that. It is totally unimportant to me whether our president is black, white, red, green, or purple. I care about what our new president will do for our people, our country, and our planet. Give me a leader who cares about the people, all people, and who will fight to better our lives. I'll take Barack Obama any day over John McCain. I'm drawn to people who try to focus on the issues, who will work to show our allies that we are still an honorable people, and will strengthen our position in the eyes of the world.
We do not need an angry man whose best chance to win the election is by slinging mud on his opponent. We do not need McCain.
We deserve better. Vote for Barack Obama for a better tomorrow.

Posted by: CynPro | August 1, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

That was a GREAT Los Angeles Times article -- too bad they won't allow unscreened comments on their web site -- it seems as if some of you offended the reporter's delicate sensibilities. Only a select "few" of us ventured toward rational discussion of Obama and his overseas travels. The rest of you should be ashamed!

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Dianne72 for getting a SHOUT OUT in the LA Times!

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-onthemedia31-2008jul31,0,3001043.story

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

This race stuff is just a smokescreen. If McCain wins then the Presidency will be compromised, yet again, by mob connections and leverage.

http://www.ronpaulwarroom.com/?p=4061

McCain's father-in-law and JFKs dad had quite a bit in common.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, which they have no problem using against fellow citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

No need to worry about health care if Obama wins, the USSA will be a socialist country, just as the USSR was. We will all have free health care, standing in long lines, hoping to live long enough to finally see the doctor. But not to worry, there will be hearses there to pick up the ones who fall dead in the lines, we won't actually rot there. Oh yes, the USSR had long lines at the 'supermarket' too - well, they weren't really super, they actually were food warehouses. Only a certain number were allowed in at a time. When a person left, another was allowed in. Doesn't this really sound exciting? I can hardly wait. GO OBAMA !!!!!!!!

Posted by: Reese | August 1, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse


MCCAIN BROUGHT UP RACE ? ? ?

Obama brought up the race issue by saying McCain would bring it up and even predicted what McCain or his team would say. To quote:


"So nobody really thinks that Bush or McCain have a real answer for the challenges we face, so what they're going to try to do is make you scared of me," he told voters in Springfield. "You know, he's not patriotic enough. He's got a funny name. You know, he doesn't look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills, you know. He's risky. That's essentially the argument they're making."

Posted by: Billw | August 1, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

McCain and the "Race Card"


There are a number of negative issues in Senator McCain's newest television ad. This ad refers to Senator Obama as "the biggest celebrity in the world," who lacks experience to lead the world. In the summation of this ad is we see the words MORE FOREIGN OIL next to a picture of Senator Obama. FOREIGN one of the hidden messages in this ad, and now McCain wants us to drop our heads on this latest ad and pretend that we are dumb.
In 1983 McCain voted against the MLK holiday.
In 1990 he voted against civil rights legislation.
In 2000 McCain was asked should South Carolina be free to fly the Confederate flag from state buildings he said yes.
2008 John McCain endorsed a proposal to ban affirmative action programs in his home state of Arizona.

We do understand John McCain's messages!

Renee

Posted by: Renee | August 1, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

swiftboater:

That was the fake JakeD.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama is faking it.

Here is one from his Berlin rally.

'I came to you not as a President's candidate but as a citizen of the world': it was lifted from movie ARMAGEDDON


THOSE WHO CAN NOT DO, TEACH

Posted by: pete | August 1, 2008 10:56 AM

Wonder where Ronnie Raygun stole it from? St. Ron also uttered a very similar note.

Posted by: JDB | August 1, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

McCain is not a very bright person nor is he a very ethical man (cheating on his first wife, Keating Five..to name just two examples). He flip flops depending on what the political weather and he'll continue to follow the failed Republican domestic and foreign play-book. He hasn't cast a vote in the Senate in months and months. Now, he's become so low that he's in bed with Rove spawn and running political attacks that are based on lies. Shame on Mr Not So Straight Talk.

Posted by: mimi | August 1, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Well in that case, they should have put Cindy McCain in that ad and that would make three (3) "bimbos!" LMAO

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

RE:
obama with two white girls...

Posted by: wakeup123 | August 1, 2008 8:40 AM

No it is not 'with two white girls', it is 'with a bimbo and then with another bimbo' .

You are a gender-biased racist.

Posted by: pete | August 1, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

McCain, his campaign and his supporters look pitiful..I repeat absolutely pitiful....It is not a secret or some sort of code that Obama is black, it is not a secret that Obama "doesn't look like the other presidents on the dollar bills" that we have seen. It's a fact that the 527's which seems to be the McCain camp is trying to scare the American people. That's what the republicans do, they scare the un-educated, and the retarts. That's why we are fighting a war in Iraq because idiots some how and some God forsaken way confused Iraq with Osama Bin Laden. The republicans use their base and the uneducated voters at their disposal. The sad thing is that it seems to be unfortunately, the hateful racist voters who are affected by this nonsense and their scare tactics the most. I really feel sorry for them because they are obviously way too stupid to come out of the rain...is that why they are classified as "Appalacians" code word for racist rednecks. What a sad day in America. Shame on you people!

Posted by: Kim | August 1, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Why are we still talking about the Clintons. They are washed up! They are finished...If Hillary were to run again in 2012, she still wont win because the voters that didn't like her then and didn't trust her plans or vision saw right through her and Bubba and we won't vote for her in 2012. We are tired of the Bushies, the Cheynies and the Clinitonites. This is a new era and the 21st century. It's time to move on. If Hillary rejected supporters (which seem to be a very small insignificant number because polls show that a very large significant amount of them are voting for Obama) is so upset, why don't you retire her debt. She has lost millions running a pathetic and dirty campaign. Why don't you rejected supporters help retire her debt. All you do is complain, complain, complain. The democratic party is unifying and those that still have issues will have to deal with them. The smarter vorers understand what's at stake. The idiots, on the other hand has displaced anger and think they are hurting others when they are only hurting themselves. If you don't want to take back the country from the hoodlums rethugs that have stolen it, then shame on you. Sit in a corner, and pout like an idiot while the rest of the smart Americans move on with the business of the country.

Posted by: Lucy | August 1, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Why are we still talking about the Clintons. They are washed up! They are finished...If Hillary were to run again in 2012, she still wont win because the voters that didn't like her then and didn't trust her plans or vision saw right through her and Bubba and we won't vote for her in 2012. We are tired of the Bushies, the Cheynies and the Clinitonites. This is a new era and the 21st century. It's time to move on. If Hillary rejected supporters (which seem to be a very small insignificant number because polls show that a very large significant amount of them are voting for Obama) is so upset, why don't you retire her debt. She has lost millions running a pathetic and dirty campaign. Why don't you rejected supporters help retire her debt. All you do is complain, complain, complain. The democratic party is unifying and those that still have issues will have to deal with them. The smarter vorers understand what's at stake. The idiots, on the other hand has displaced anger and think they are hurting others when they are only hurting themselves. If you don't want to take back the country from the hoodlums rethugs that have stolen it, then shame on you. Sit in a corner, and pout like an idiot while the rest of the smart Americans move on with the business of the country.

Posted by: Lucy | August 1, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Obama is faking it.

Here is one from his Berlin rally.

'I came to you not as a President's candidate but as a citizen of the world': it was lifted from movie ARMAGEDDON


THOSE WHO CAN NOT DO, TEACH

Posted by: pete | August 1, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I just heard that another 51,000 Americans have lost there jobs, Millions of Americans do not have health care, an obsolete energy plan, and many other important issues not talked about by McCain. It is as if McCain has realized that he cannot compare with Obama on the issues, so his only hope of winning is to start trying to define Obama as an Elitist, Risky, Unpatiotic, frivolous and dangerous. McCain vowed he would run a clean & honorable campaign and make the distinction between himself and Obama on the issues. In the last couple of weeks the ads and statements out of McCain's camp has been distorted,twisted, dishonest, outright lies & unethical. The MSM has also some blame to share for reporting untruths without a disclaimer i.e., "We cannot vouch for the truthfullness of this Ad". I was really hoping that the debates would be interesting and that the battle would be about issues, I know that won't happen now. How could Obama have a battle of wits with McCain, when McCain is acting like a senile idiot!

Obama 08

Posted by: Elitist | August 1, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

obama with two white girls, play that race card mccain, i will not vote for the racist old, big knot on side of face mccain

Posted by: wakeup123 | August 1, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Obama is very afraid of the CLINTONS! he knows every time he stands next to her he shows the country just how nieve, his lack of knowledge for solutions and experience. Sadly Senator Clinton is just what this trouble economy needs ASAP, not a President elected on skin color and media pushed!

We all knew this week Obama camp would start crying Race look at him slipping in the polls, same thing happenend before SC, even Blacks Like Jesse Jackson are ashamed of him they know what Obama is doing and all the while using race to win an election and at the same time talking down to his black supporters like they are uneducated non-working lazy folks who are more interested in Bling, not supporting their children.(per Barrak Obama 3/2008) and his black supporters are lovin the black guy slap down!

What a difference 48 hours makes. With the release of the Gallup/USA Today shocker yesterday afternoon showing McCain leading by 4 points among likely voters, coupled with Rasmussen tightening down to just a 1-point Obama lead today and Gallup's tracking poll falling back to 6-points, Obama's lead in the RCP National Average is back down to 2.5% - the tightest it's been since June 7.

American news media has a coverage problem, with this fact as the most quantifiable symptom: The Tyndall Report, a news coverage monitoring service that has the broadcast networks as clients, reports that three newscasts by the traditional networks -- which have a combined audience of more than 20 million people -- spent 114 minutes covering Obama since June; they spent 48 minutes covering McCain.

Truth is American people have not been sold on Obama, who has a modest lead in the poll: There are plenty of signs that Obama hasn't closed the deal; if anything, he's simply grabbing on to the reverse Bush coattails at the moment. A majority (55%) think he would be the riskier choice for president, less than half of respondents say he doesn't share their values and background, and McCain clobbers him on experience and commander-in-chief questions. This election, in fact, has become a referendum on Obama: 51% say they are focusing more on what kind of president Obama would be, versus just 27% who say they are focusing more on McCain.
More...
The Arizona Republican senator has an 11-percentage-point advantage over Obama when voters were asked which candidate's background and set of values they identify with more--58% said that candidate was McCain, while 47% said Obama. 43% said Obama does not represent their values.

Time for Obama to call Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!and FAST

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

IF IT WAS NOT FOR HIS SKIN COLOR we would be saying Obama who? The race card was played early on when he was losing badly, David Axelrod and Michelle Obama turned this into a race on race early on, why? because they know it works in America... I have to agree with the self proclaimed american white hater Michelle Obama,especially after the treatment of Senator Clinton, in fact the treatment of ALL OTHER candidiates rep and Dem buy the media like CNN & MSNBC coroniating Obama since SC, that "I too am not so proud of our country" and frankly ashamed of the DNC!

Im a dem but I will support Mccain the lesser of two evils, I have no doubt he loves this country and is experienced to lead.
Obama only govern experience is less than two years, send him back to Oprah show

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 7:23 AM | Report abuse

What is wrong with the Americans? Why can't Americans and the media investigate all of Obama's stories and relationships? The media should be making an issue about them. Obama is applying for the most challenging job in the "world".

Thank God McCain has the courage to stand up for Americans with his ads.

Just one of many issues surrounding Obama is enough for me and my community.

Obama has minimal government experience, an anti American Pastor as a mentor, many co workers that are radical leaders, a non practicing Muslim father and an Atheist as a mother. Obama is a fast talker, flip flopper and an empty suit running for President: The media and the authorities should be investigating this man.

Just knowing that Louis Farrakhan, anti Semitic, radical, Nation of Islam leader supports Obama should be enough to make our hair stand up on end.
Watch Louis Farrakhan and his followers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7QUftErt_M

Farrakhan held a rally with 20,000 Islam members in Chicago just a few months ago.

Many questions need answering. One might be: If Obama's father was a non practicing Muslim, how do the international Muslim nations view Obama?

Why shouldn't that be a proper question to ask Obama? Obama is running for President, not American idol. I would ask the same of McCain.

Obama is risky and scary. The media should be investigating Obama's relationships with radical leaders and anti American supporters as much as they should be reporting about a nominee that was being supported by the KKK.

The reason Clinton supporters will not vote for Obama is because they are embarrassed of him, his life, his unfair tactics and his beliefs. And they still don't know all about him.

1. They don't want a candidate that has been in a twenty year relationship with Reverend Wright and the Trinity United Church of Christ.

2. They don't' want a candidate that has a twenty year relationship with Father Pflaeger as his compass in life

3. They don't want a candidate that went to a church that supports Louis Farrakhan, an anti Semitic racist.

4. They don't want to defend Black Liberation theology.

5. They don't want a candidate that lies about his relationship with Tony Rezko, the Syrian Criminal that sold his property to Obama and supported his campaign.

6. They don't want a candidate that could work with a domestic terrorist, William Ayers.

7. They don't want a candidate that Hamas supports.

8. They don't want a candidate that Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam support

9. They don't want a candidate that has a wife that has just now realized she was proud of our country.

10. They don't want a candidate that denies Florida and Michigan their voices

11. They don't want a candidate that mentions 57 states in his speeches. 50 states in the USA and 57 states in the Nation of Islam (IOC website)

12. They don't want a candidate that fights unfair and steals Michigan delegate votes from his opponent.

13. They don't want a candidate that is inexperienced.

14. They don't want a candidate that considers it a loss to not to be able to attend his anti American, racist Church.

15. They don't want a candidate that has a "non practicing" Muslim father, but avoids the entire discussion of his father.

16. They don't' want a candidate that won't debate

17. They don't' want a candidate that misleads the youth with an 'Obama girl and her behind in their face"

18. They don't want a candidate that says he's an African American and missed the MLK Remembrance Day and the Louisiana Black Caucus meeting

19. They don't want a candidate that enjoys laughing at sexism

20. They don't want a candidate that switches his position on gun control, FISA, the war in Iraq, religion and government....

21. They don't want a candidate that showcases his daughters on TV shows.

22. They don't' want a candidate that has poor judgment.

23. They don't' want a candidate named; Barack Hussein Obama

24. He is embarrassing.

25. He scares them to death.


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Posted by: wwxf14knzq | August 1, 2008 4:35 AM | Report abuse

Obama's plan to win the election by: "Doing anything, Saying Anything, and using everything to his advantage including RACE". Since he's enter everyone has given him a pass starting first with the media, then the people, and also the DNC. Funny thing is this Black people will make a small precent of the voting block in 2008, that's a given! Next, in order to capture of voters racially Obama will start downing the Black Race (Which he has done already)! Everyone wants that special place in the history books if your on a ego trip so Race has already been invoked when he uses the phrase "We're going to make or change history!" The real problem is here Obama has no real plan of his own, haven't even been in Washington long enough to see how things work. He speaks of CHANGE as if he has the plans to do it (I think NOT). On the other hand McCain truly has good points and bad points as well. His biggest one is Black People don't see him doing a thing for them! Either way both of these Candidates want to allow "Illegals a Free pass to citizenship even though they have broken laws to get here. Both have little respect for the American people as a whole, with no real plan of strtaightening out the "Free Trade", free trade has always ment the bottom half of America will get screwed! Finally, which one is better? Neither!!!!!!!! Which one should the people vote for? Well that's a simple but easy task, write the person you feel would be the best in the blank! That will show the DNC, RNC, Media, and last Capitol Hill that America is fed up with Government at its best! But please, whatever you do, see Obama for what he is! The SNAKE in the grass or whether you feel he's the Anti-Christ, however as for more then just the CHANGE MESSAGE before casting a vote for him!

Posted by: CashNDC | August 1, 2008 3:55 AM | Report abuse

This is the kind of stuff you post when things get out of hand.

NaNa,Na,NaNa Barack played the race card.. NaNa,Na,NaNa Barack played the race card.. NaNa,Na,NaNa Barack played the race card.. GoGoGaGa MaMa DaDa? Yes son, this is called politics. This is how Americans pick a president.

Posted by: HemiHead | August 1, 2008 3:36 AM | Report abuse

Check out:
http:www.electoral-vote.com

THIS is why it is to John McCain's advantage to make sure race continues to be a discussion point. When you come right down to it, I reckon most white Americans are going to be uncomfortable actually voting for a black president but the McCain compaign hasn't bveen very successful so far in bringing out that fear.

Posted by: WackoJacko | August 1, 2008 3:28 AM | Report abuse

All the blowback supporting McCain begins with the argument that Obama somehow is accusing McCain directly of injecting race. He does not do so. But, anyone who thinks that McCain's supporters will not play that card -- and that Obama should not try a pre-emptive strike against it -- only has to look at Fox News. "Baby mama"? "Terrorist fist jab"? And McCain smugly sits by watching these attacks going on -- maybe speaking up against one in ten in order to try to perpetuate his image of being above the fray. Yet the Republicans still sell their "If Obama wins can they still call it the White House" t-shirts. And the Jake Tappers and their ilk who whine simply cannot freakin' read a simple sentence and assume it attacks McCain's own ads. Why does McCain do it? Simple. "I'm not going to bring up the race of my opponent or anything about his race just because he talks about his race, cuz it's not about race." And, suddenly, it's about race again.

Yet, while McCain whines about something that Obama said about someone else, he gets a free pass by essentially calling Obama (and the other 75% of the world who wants a timetable) traitors as "willing to lose a war to win an election."

Posted by: UrsaM | August 1, 2008 3:22 AM | Report abuse

Unbelievable thread, but I guess it mirrors how we are as people. Possibly 10% of posters are actually reading anything anyone else writes. A bunch foolishly assume that anyone will bother reading their long or repasted postings, and a larger group than that believes anyone is reading anything this long - literally more than 1,000 postings.

My advice to all of you, who have more time on your hands than you know what to do with, is to think about doing something meaningful for your candidate. Sitting at your computer, typing away to no one in particular is hardly an effective campaign technique.

Posted by: Bemused ObserverT | August 1, 2008 3:13 AM | Report abuse

All the blowback supporting McCain begins with the argument that Obama somehow is accusing McCain directly of injecting race. He does not do so. But, anyone who thinks that McCain's supporters will not play that card -- and that Obama should not try a pre-emptive strike against it -- only has to look at Fox News. "Baby mama"? "Terrorist fist jab"? And McCain smugly sits by watching these attacks going on -- maybe speaking up against one in ten in order to try to perpetuate his image of being above the fray. Yet the Republicans still sell their "If Obama wins can they still call it the White House" t-shirts. And the Jake Tappers and their ilk who whine simply cannot freakin' read a simple sentence and assume it attacks McCain's own ads. Why does McCain do it? Simple. "I'm not going to bring up the race of my opponent or anything about his race just because he talks about his race, cuz it's not about race." And, suddenly, it's about race again.

Yet, while McCain whines about something that Obama said about someone else, he gets a free pass by essentially calling Obama (and the other 75% of the world who wants a timetable) traitors as "willing to lose a war to win an election."

Posted by: UrsaM | August 1, 2008 3:07 AM | Report abuse

I'll tell ya what Bigdaddy, If our wages keep going down, and the cost of everything in the world keeps going up, the top is going to blow right off the whole thing. You mentioned something about tax breaks to keep companies in the U.S. I thought our government gave them tax breaks to help them leave. I think that companies should have to employ people in this country if they want to sell their products here. Their not going to get away with using child labor and no environmental laws forever. Look what their cheap labor and cost cutting have given the American people. Drugs that are killing people. Food that is killing pets. Toys that are toxic. Ya know the FDA use to keep us safe with a few million dollars. Now it costs a few hundred million dollars and American taxpayers have to pick up the tab because some greedy company wants to use cheap labor in another country. I don't think so. This is highway robbery. I don't really care what happens. I own an acre of land in SC with a 68 foot two bedroom trailer on it and it's paid for. My bills can be paid by working part time or doing temp work. The only problem I see is health care. The way things are now it can put you in the poor house overnight. I just don't want to see this country sold off by a bunch of criminals. You know what I'm talking about. Trade is one thing but destruction is another.

Posted by: HemiHead | August 1, 2008 2:39 AM | Report abuse

B-d,

We have private equity markets to thank for the destruction of massive sums of capital with the subprime crisis.

Were it not for taxpayer money and the current bailouts, the current crisis would have lead to a massive financial melt-down with the Bear Stearns collapse. It still may happen.

I would consider those wild swings to be more than cyclical events -- they produce huge inefficiencies of their own.

To return to the original topic:

Did private equity markets build the Interstate Highway system?

No.

Did private equity markets come up with an idea like the internet -- something that was a throw-away idea initially?

No.

How do you think U.S. drug companies would fare if it wasn't for initial taxpayer R&D at the development stage?

My guess is that we would probably have nice erection drugs -- but market incentives just don't exist for a wide range of potential ailments. At least not at the development stage.

Government may not be efficient in all areas, but in terms of laying the ground-work for economic growth there's a lot more to it than just cutting taxes and letting markets work their magic.

The most productive period of growth in this country this century occurred after WWII at a time of extremely high taxation.

Even during the Clinton years even those at the top of the income scale saw very good returns despite the fact that top income earners were being hit with a 40 percent tax.

Bush-McCain economics may create wealth for those at the top of the income scale over the short-term, but the long-term dividends stink. Huge disparities in wealth create their own set of inefficiencies.

Posted by: JP2 | August 1, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

Obama didn't mention race. So how is he playing the "race" card? Raising the issue of race does not help Obama and he knows it. It does help McCain, and he knows that too. What amazes me is how little attention the media pays to what Obama actually said, how willing they are to repeat McCain's talking points.

Posted by: pj | August 1, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

as far as inventions go..the US has been the leader in technology over the last 70 years because of....ummm....wait for it.......WAR. they invest in technology to fight wars. lol

as a US patent holder in advanced nueral simulations (jointly with my india co-workers with 2 phds from IIT), i can tell you the R&D is getting poured into India and China where they produce 2x as many engineering graduates from college a year than the us...

Posted by: bigdaddy | August 1, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

i never said i liked India and China outsourcing - but the government cant stop multinationals from going out of the country...oh wait they could entice them through tax incentives, but that is heresy here.

IIT (india Institue of Technology) is five times harder to get into than MIT. China is a cesspool, so is bangalore, mumbai, chennai - been to them all. you are missing the point here....amazon, citibank, dell, apple, boeing, GE, you name it....HUGE presence in India/China. they have the fastest growing middle classes in the world.

adam smith figured out comparative advantage long ago...i hire folks in India for 15 cents on the dollar here cause it make economic sense. china 9 cents on the dollar. i can be 500 percent wrong and it still makes sense economically.

it is not that i like it. just pointing out the law of large numbers and showing that it is bigger than any single candidate...

Posted by: bigdaddy | August 1, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Ya know what Bigdaddy. I could care less about McCains service to this country. You praise a guy that did nothing but crash planes and get captured for the whole war. He voted No to finding POW's in Nam, and has constantly voted against health care for our troops. He's totally worthless. There's even a Vietnan vets against McCain group that can tell ya all about his war lies. As far as NAFTA goes Clinton may have started it but Bush turned it into a fire sale. If you think the people of India are so smart why has all the top technology been invented in the United States. As far as them being better workers, your out of your mind. I've worked with people from India before, so lay that BS on me. The reason why I want Obama to be president is because he'll get us out of the stone age when it comes to energy. He'll let cars other than gas powered ones be sold to the public in the U.S. He wants us to be competitive in trade deals not always lose out. Ya know I don't get you. You like the fact that America is being sold off. You sound like you like it. If you think China is going to come out of this without a worry in the world, look up "Chinas shame" on You Tube. That place is a cesspool.

Posted by: HemiHead | August 1, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Big Daddy:

Nice that you read newcarpark.com; please take note - there is no study showing that the Hummer creates less pollution than the Prius; any electric motor uses the same mine that extracts the nickel (nickel and copper come from the same ore, as a general rule. The Canadian mine extracts 4:1, nickel to copper).

If you want to conserve, ride the bus. Better - ask your community to invest in the most reliable, and least energy intensive transportation. That would be street rail (street cars). GM lobbied them out of existence in the US of A, but we should be looking into adding them to the urban transportation mix.

Have you considered Boone Picken's project? It makes sense - the wind farm part, at least. Boone is out to lunch on the natural gas piece.

Which candidate speaks to these issues? Well, I am disappointed in both, but so far Obama is more in touch with reality. That is one reason I support him. He is also able to listen to others, and when reason compels to change his mind. That is not the same thing as changing your mind to get nominated (like Jingo John McSame).

One more thing. I think the Dems should put together an ad depicting Jingo John as a really OLD guy... like he is (frankly, watching him the other day I was concerned that me might not make it to the election. You seem to be attached to his campaign... is there something seriously wrong with him? Would he like me to send Pastor Hagee to pray for him?). It would be really subtle, with no direct statements, but by juxtaposition would show him creaking along while other white guys are vigorous, and can actually remember where they are, and that Iraq does not border Pakistan.

Your guy is in trouble, BD... Oh, and read JD2's response as to why to vote for Obama. I second that motion.

Posted by: cwcrosby42 | August 1, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

read Kurzweil's "the singularity" the pace of technology change is now advancing logarithmically - the cost to move the bar is going way down...you are going to tell me the DoD is more efficient at returning investment on capital than the equity markets? come on!!!

the internet was started to facilitate the sharing of files across a network for the DoD - you dont think that would have happened without the governement? really? that is very narrow thinking...interestingly...the governement holds NO patents. hmmm

Posted by: bigdaddy | August 1, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

I bet the McCain camp is trying to increase their fund raising for the month, which is why there has been a flurry of activity this past week.

Obviously, the McCain camp is trying to score as many political points prior to the Olympics start. Problem is, people will likely forget them in the interim.

My roommate pointed out something interesting-in that film of George Bush sr and McCain at Kenneybunkport recently, it was McCain who looked older. ^_^

Posted by: Brian J | August 1, 2008 1:23 AM | Report abuse

umm...no market acts in 3 month increments. they act 24 hours a day around the world in near real time.

50 billion dollars? seriously? where do you work? that is a teeny tiny investment and not even the size of top 100 mutual funds. BTW - funding the DoD is a very republican thing to do.

I work at a privately held company and we spend 4 billion a year on technology - so, the 50 billion in R&D is a drop in the bucket. DARPA is more about building the next best spy tool to use under the new Patriot Act. Reagan's STAR WARS program had more impact to the telecommunications field once the details were available under Sunshine laws.

I am 40, you keep saying ten years to live, wtf are you talking about?

Posted by: bigdaddy | August 1, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

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

The DARPA-energy fund is something like a $50 billion venture. That's smart money.

For perspective:

How much money did taxpayers spend on the internet development in DARPA? Even if you factor in all of the still-born projects that one project has transformed the U.S. economy in a positive way.

Private investment may have taken the technology to another level, but it was the initial government spending that created the technology.

Relying solely on private industry to develop technologies ensures that the U.S. gets its tail kicked by the rest of the world.

The market acts in 3 month increments based on quarterly returns -- few companies can pour R&D money into projects with an eye towards a 5 to 10 or even 20 year horizon. That's one area where the public sector kicks the private sectors back-side. Already you have countries like Germany which invest state money developing wind power -- they're ahead of the curve. You even have a country in the Persian Gulf like the UAE pouring massive sums of government money into alternative energy R&D. There's a good reason.

If the Interstate Highway system had relied on private toll roads it never would have happened.

Once again -- that's a program that has revolutionized the economy and paid huge dividends for taxpayers. The program was massive, but it's paid for itself many times over in terms of job creation and economic growth.

Under McCain we have more bridge collapse, because of stupid ideas like a "gas tax holiday". Once again, for someone with a 10 year life horizon maybe that's a risk that a person is willing to take. For most Americans though, its acting in our self-interest to think about long-term consequences.

As far as Iran goes, the fact that Obama was a state legislator isn't the point. He's cut deals at the Senate across party lines forging some unlikely coalitions. If it comes to a war with Iran, I'd much rather have the ground-work laid for a successful operation with at least European support. I would be willing to bet the farm that Obama can get us there.

With McCain we're getting our back-sides handed too us, because just like the current Iraq invasion -- unlike the one undertaken by George H.W. -- we're footing 95 percent of the costs and providing an even larger commitment in man-power. Given the currently stretched nature of the military that's a recipe for an even greater disaster. In other words, it's not really much of a strategy. Just more stupid tactical thinking.

Posted by: JP2 | August 1, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

crime family? i thought it was beer. anyone know how kennedy's amassed their wealth? running booze in prohibition.

patriotic my arse.

Posted by: rumbles | August 1, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

McCain married into a well-known, wealthy crime family.

He is compromised. He can't be POTUS.

All sorts of wise guys have leverage against his kids and him.

Google: McCain married into a crime family

If you people were really Patriots, you really wouldn't want a President with deep mob ties. Not cool.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 1:08 AM | Report abuse

ok this was fun kids...final thoughts.

i think it will be a real horse race in november - only like three states will matter and decide it. hopefully the same shambles in FL and OH wont decide it - that was embarassing for us as a country.

i dont think Obama would be BAD, i just think he has NO chance of being great. on the balance, my views fall with conservatives.

thanks for the dialogue...we will both vote...and cancel out each other (so you dont need to....lol).


Posted by: bigdaddy | August 1, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

perfect...proved my point here. obama should do what with tehran? leverage his state legislature experience on transparency in government? lol

btw - DARPA is a joke...the venture capitalists are much more efficient than government at making investments in technology. the NSA outsource the VS technology work caused they were bad at it.... www.inqtel.com

the DARPA funding wont amount to jack sh*T

Posted by: bigdaddy | August 1, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Ode to McCain

There was a man named John McCain,
People said from dirty politics he would refrain,
Before too Long,
We saw that they were wrong,
Compared to his predecessor Bush he is the same.

Posted by: Truth Teller | August 1, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

JP2,nice post. It's about time somebody said something with meaning.

Posted by: HemiHead | August 1, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Mofaz conveys 'strong concerns' over U.S. diplomatic engagement with Iran

By Reuters

Tags: U.S., Iran, Israel

Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz raised "strong concerns" on Thursday during his meeting with senior U.S. officials in Washington over the administration's recent diplomatic overtures to Iran, which many believe is seeking nuclear weapons. .....


Elaborating on a now standard Israeli call, Mofaz said during his Washington talks that "all options against Iran should not only be on table, but prepared," Somech said.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1007710.html


Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

JP - first - props for a response. geez i thought all the lefties went to bed or to plug in their prius or something

second...obama might have an OK state record...that doesnt play on the international scene. Kim (N.Korea) will slit his throat first chance he gets.

the top 1% already bear 50% of the personal income tax collected in this country, but rarely use the services like the masses. that feels like a redistribution of wealth already.

if those are the only three reasons? transparency, nuclear proliferation work and a market based (gee, that sounds republican) economic policy...that is not presidential material. did you vote for nader? lol

btw - i am 40. i am in top 2 % income. grew up below the poverty line.

Posted by: bigdaddy | August 1, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse


ODE TO OBAMA #2

The honeymoon is over with Obama...
It's the end of a poorly written drama.
He's becoming a clown...
So his ship will go down,
And his supporters can run home to their momma.

Posted by: Billw | August 1, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

I'mmm back..

hemihead..still cant answer the question huh? the country is being sold piece by piece starting with NAFTA under clinton. China is the single largest holder of US debt, that is why the currency is devalued and it feels like we are being taken down piece by piece.

still cant answer why obama? you shouldnt need a multiple degrees to know why you are voting for someone. let me tell you why i think you are voting for him....you are scared. and you should be. the indian and chinese government are sucking the jobs out of this country (there are macdonalds where the drive through order is taken by someone in india via VOIP because they are faster and more accurate). the US economy as measured by the GDP is 40% services - we dont produce/manufacture what we used to. the jobs for the working families are going offshore...there are lax labor and environmental laws, cheap labor and the interenet makes many things possible.

but guess what...obama is not going to change that. he is going to stroke the muslim nation into being nicer to us, so we feel less scared and uncertain. obama has NOT international experience. no diplomatic integrity.

so since you cant answer why obama (why not? or he's not mccain is a lousy answer), i will answer why McCain.

McCain has put his life on the line for this country. He has raised his kids to beleive in this country and to serve it with honor in the military (his son just went to iraq/afghanistan).

McCain wants me to have more of the money i earn because he beleives i know best how to provide for my family, not the government.

McCain will appoint conservative SJC should one retire. Can you imagine a Malik Hassad Srinivas Venkatesh as a SJC?

McCain has dedicated his life to this country. THe man did hard time in a POW camp...he has strong convictions.

Posted by: bigdaddy | August 1, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Looks like McCain pissed off Hollywood with his Spears and Hilton add. Whats really funny is Hilton's parents gave the 4600 max to McCain's campaign. Looks like John-boy put his foot in his mouth again. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/celebrity/la-et-cause1-2008aug01,0,6719362.story

Posted by: HemiHead | August 1, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

B-d,

Why would Obama make a great president?

First, I'm not convinced that Obama will be a great president. I think he has the potential to be a very good president. I also think he will be head and shoulders above McCain -- at least from where I sit.

I'd preface this by saying that McCain is likely to be a "better" president if you are within the very top of the income scale (e.g. within the top 5 percent -- even more so if your in the .001 percent range).

He will be much "better" if you fall within that income category and anticipate leaving this good earth sometime within the next 10 to 15 years.

The full brunt of problems that we face -- economic and ecological -- probably won't come into play for a another decade. But for someone with a short-horizon and no sense of social responsibility -- I could at least understand the vote on the basis of self-interest.

If someone falls outside of that narrow group, Obama is the better choice.

What is it about Obama's profile that makes him potentially a better president?

Part of it is vision.

The first major selling point of Obama's candidacy for me was his 2002 speech opposing the Iraq War.

What sold me on the speech was not his opposition to the war -- it was the way that he prioritized threats and anticipated likely outcomes of an invasion.

In that speech he highlighted energy dependence issue as an area where we needed to focus attention -- keep in mind this was in 2002. He stated correctly that the Iraq War invasion might move quickly, but that we were likely to be bogged down in a long-term occupation with open-ended costs which would distract from the fight in Afghanistan.

In hindsight, I give him credit for his judgment.

I dock a half point, because his read on the situation didn't involve the kind of intense political pressure that a sitting Senator or Congressman would have faced. Nevertheless, his read on the situation was sound -- more so than a lot of so-called Washington foreign policy experts and politicians who allegedly had access to "better" information.

I give Obama credit for making the energy independence issue a focus of policy-making since arriving in the Senate.

He got some flack for signing onto the 2005 Energy bill during the primary, but it was, in part his compromises that helped to substantially increase investments in alternative energy sources.

Obama has also showed some forward thinking in terms of some of his other policy areas.

1. Transparency in government -- which is a big factor in wasteful spending and bad legislation.

He demonstrated a commitment to this issue as a state legislator -- and did some excellent work. While in the Senate he's done some good work including helping to forge a compromise on the Coburn-Obama earmarks bill, which has provided some increased transparency.

Obama and some of the new Democratic Senators stood at odds with the party leadership preventing the bill from becoming too watered-down. It's a good unsexy piece of legislation.

2. Obama also gets credit for honoring a pre-election commitment on nuclear proliferation issues. He worked with Sen. Lugar in forging the bill over the course of two years. It was Obama's relationship with Sen. Coburn which helped to remove Coburn's hold on the measure -- getting a good and necessary bill passed through Congress (the Nuclear Non-Proliferation initiative). Once again, not exactly sexy legislation, but the kind of smart policy that advances national interests.

3. In terms of long-term policy Obama's economic approach will create more growth than McCain's and it will create smaller deficits.

I should add that I'm someone who doesn't think that all government spending is bad -- I think there are some big government programs that have yielded huge dividends (e.g. the Interstate Highway Act and the GI Bill to name a couple).

Obama's approach on energy independence -- creating a DARPA-like investment fund, which combines federal and private funding for R&D into new energy technology strikes me as a great idea. e.g. a path that holds some promise to create domestic industries and to reduce foreign dependence on energy sources.

It's worth keeping in mind that the internet was originally a tax-payer funded project conceived as a result of DARPA.

So yes, taxpayer dollars properly directed can completely revolutionize the economy in a favorable way.

On energy and technology issues Obama seems to be much more forward thinking than McCain, so I see this as a big plus in his favor.

In terms of foreign policy, Obama's approach strikes me as making better long-term strategic sense. He was right on Iraq -- which has been a huge drag on the economy and a huge strain on our military. His position on Iran and Afghanistan has been reasonable as well. Obama's history as a legislator has been that of a coalition builder, so I'll have the ability to strike a better balance on cost-sharing of future military adventures (if it comes to that).

In terms of economic policy, I have more confidence in Obama's team than McCain's. Obama is pulling from the U. of Chicago which has a conservative tradition -- I think they'll take pragmatic, market-based approaches to problems -- but that they'll strike a better balance in terms of long-term growth strategies and in terms of middle class pocket book issues.

McCain's approach simply seems to be cut taxes at the top, cut some domestic programs -- ramp up military spending and pile up even bigger deficits.

McCain's de-regulation policies I see as short-sighted and with more hidden long-term costs (case in point the Savings and Loan and subprime debacles).

The fact that McCain would bring a guy like Phil Gramm on board strikes me as a slap in the face of ordinary American taxpayers and investors.

Gramm's removal of banking regulation in 1999 -- with Clinton White House approval -- allowed the financial sector to produce some short-term gains, but have also undermined confidence in U.S. markets. Ordinary tax-payers are left holding the tab. I see a fundamental approach with that style of governance.

One area where I give McCain some credit is that he opposes tariffs on Brazilian sugar ethanol. Both McCain and Obama are playing domestic politics with this issue -- McCain in the sense that he's not highlighting the issue, because he fears alienating voters in the heartland. Obama's position seems to be almost entirely political calculation. He's on the wrong side of the issue.

In talking about trade-offs though, Obama should on balance be much better for the middle class -- his stance on sugar ethanol notwithstanding.

Some thoughts off the top of my head.

Posted by: JP2 | August 1, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

I'm not the one that said I have several degrees. Also. I don't know how to type fast, and only went to school for eight years. Bigdaddy. I don't know if Obama would be a great president. One thing I do know is that McCain would be a lousy president. This country can't continue the way it has for the last eight years. Everything McCain use to stand for went out the window when George Bush took over his campaign. I may not be educated, but I'm smart enough to know when my country is being sold off piece by piece. I'm smart enough to know that our government is not for the people. Their stealing money left and right and leaving us holding the bag. Why would anyone in their right mind vote to keep these people in office. Do you think it's funny that the Brooklyn Bridge is up for sale. Every state is broke and laying off people by the thousands. Why don't you tell me why McCain would be a good president. Is it the nuclear dump he wants to turn the U.S. into. Or is it the backroom trade deals that put thousands of Americans out of work while filling his pockets.

Posted by: HemiHead | August 1, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

If I disagree with or decide to vote for a candidate other than Obama I am a racist,If on the other hand I support Obama for no other reason than he and the "tooth fairie" are going to cure our energy problems, terrorism will be gone because Obama will give Osama a hug and feel his pain, if I believe this I am brilliant(and a democrat).
And they call us conservatives stupid

Posted by: DJM | August 1, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse


JackESpratt:
"Pull down the Obama's Race Card pants"

Obama already showed his morning glory. He's trying to pull his pants back up as we speak.

Posted by: Billw | August 1, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

i would figure, that the bloggers of the washingtonpost.com would be able to articulate why Obama would be a great president. i will stop asking, since no response is a response - there are no reasons he would make a great president.

i respectfully bow out of this blog for now. for those folks who were here for a while and read my posts and got a smile from them and were provoked to reply - thanks. clean debate is what makes this country great. for those that were offended - too bad for you - you should have debated me.

>>>>>>>>>

YOU NEED TO GET AN ANSWER WHY Obama WOULD MAKE A GREAT PRESIDENT - Its kind of the only question that matters and not having an answer is bad.

ALSO - i dont support the comments on swinging from trees or racism, that is too far for this forum - those fools should goto kkk.com or actually goto jonestown for some koolaid.

bigdaddy, standing by

Posted by: bigdaddy | August 1, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

As one who has gotten about 5 of those fraud emails, they ALL describe what Obama suggested. He's been called a Muslim and an Arab. And two of the emails are titled, 'scary'.

Obama couldn't have been more accurate. If McCain wanted to show real character, he stand against these tactics coming from within his own party. The irony, of course, is McCain suggests he isn't afraid to take on people in his own party. It should be easy to stand up against the racists in his own party. Shameful John.

Posted by: AL | July 31, 2008 11:59 PM

How can you blame these kooky emails on John McCain? Is Obama responsible for Ludacris' racist song, or Jay-Z's rantings?

Again, a double standard.

Posted by: samantha98 | August 1, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

SteveCO et al we should look at issues

Taxes: Obama says he will cut my taxes since he supports such cuts for "working families" (I hope a two teacher familiy counts as that) though he will repeal the Bush tax cuts first which will result in a net increase on the amount of taxes paid. He also did choose to vote no on a measure that passed kept my family from paying an additional 2000 a year through the alternative minimum tax. Furthermore suggest raising the capital gains tax (as a punishment to super rich hedge fund folks) but for my famliy it just means a higher tax burden for family like mine that have started investing early in life.

In a tight economy I prefer more money in my pocket. I choose McCain.

Energy: I'm troubled by Obama, Pelosi, Reid, etc etc etc that complain about all the oil speculators as the major culprits for high prices. That is to say that perception of what the future holds is the key to prices. So we should being policies that "punish" them. That doesn't deal with the problem. We should do something like drilling, or maybe even just saying we should drill like by rescinding an executive order banning offshore drilling - oh wait - Bush did that and oil and gasoline prices have dropped ever since. The "we won't get any oil from offshore efforts for 10 years" argument is flawed. First off not all areas would take 10 years to increase supplies. Secondly, if we were able to see a downward push on prices from just saying we would advocate NOT NOT drilling anymore, imagine the effect if we took positive actions moving forward with oil exploration.

McCain clearly has issues in this area with his previous stance on drilling in ANWR, but I feel as though his overall energy view incoporating everything from clean coal to wind to nuclear power (which creates no greenhouse emmisions) makes me feel he's the way to go. I rememeber watching the press conference Obama has with the French president last week and hearing Obama talk about all the great ideas they'd talked about KNOWING nuclear power would have come up in an energy discussion (France gets 80% of the electricity from it - we get 20% of ours from it) and knowing Obama wouldn't mention it specifically since anti-nuclear seems to be a tenet of the democratic philosophy. This will be a good thing to watch Obama/McCain spar about in the debates. I'm very anxious to hear Obama explain why we shouldn't have more nuclear with all its greenhouse-less benefits while supporting wind, etc for that reason.

Iraq/Afghanistan: Surge worked; McCain supported it when few did; Obama opposed it; still can't bring himself to say the words "the surge worked"; Obama says we should have put the troops in Afghanistan instead because that's where the problem was/is - though he NOT ONCE advocated such a position around the time of the surge (it's total political hindsight). All the "get the troops out" out makes me giggle to since all five of the brigades sent in for the surge have been subsequently redeployed because of their success.

In the end I'm not terribly enthusiastic about either candidate because they have both wiggled on positions though to me Obama comes across as more likely to shift positions - and to my view still usually end up in the wrong place (to my way of thinking).

McCain/Palin 08!!!!!!

Posted by: JP | August 1, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

A few election cycles ago we heard the word "Gravitas" about 50 times a day from every Democrat that could get in front of a camera,interestingly this election the word seems to be stricken from their vocabulary. I wonder why

Posted by: DJM | August 1, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

As one who has gotten about 5 of those fraud emails, they ALL describe what Obama suggested. He's been called a Muslim and an Arab. And two of the emails are titled, 'scary'.

Obama couldn't have been more accurate. If McCain wanted to show real character, he stand against these tactics coming from within his own party. The irony, of course, is McCain suggests he isn't afraid to take on people in his own party. It should be easy to stand up against the racists in his own party. Shameful John.

Posted by: AL | July 31, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse


somerseten:
"Running smear ads is a true test of character for John McCain."

Attack the ad instead of it's contents, which are facts. Fairly typical for Obama supporters.

Posted by: Billw | July 31, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Clearly the Republican Party's new mantra should be "No Idiot Left Behind."

Posted by: RGray | July 31, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama and his goons have played the race card throughout the primary, and now in to the general. One cannot criticize Obama without being deemed a racist. This is ridiculous, and a double standard. If Obama was white, he wouldn't be where he is. Just ask John, Joe, Dennis, Hillary etc........

Posted by: samantha98 | July 31, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

see that is the difference i guess in conservatives and liberals..." Obama offers something unknown which can be scary, but sometimes need to be done. Bush was an unknown also, but there is no way in hell Obama is going to the same thing as Bush, hopefully just the opposite, and that can't be all bad."

so, lets gamble a little more, why not obama? now that is a campaign slogan if i ever heard one.

see, i am not willing to take that gamble, too much at stake. that is why i am a conservative i guess.

fourth time asking in last hour...HEY LEFTIES>>>>


TELL ME WHY OBAMA WILL BE A GREAT PRESIDENT (without putting down republicans, tell me).


Posted by: bigdaddy | July 31, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse


Gb, re Obama playing the race card:
"Good for McCain, he caught on the this slimey game fast."

Yea!!! Go McCain. The Obama honeymoon is over.

Posted by: Billw | July 31, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe John McCain is attacking Obama when we all know it was Karl Rove in an Obama costume that made those statements

Posted by: DJM | July 31, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

All OBAMA needs to do is just open up the conversation that McCain's supporters and the media has glossed over all this year.

Let the American people wonder about McCain's state of mind. He doesnt have the temperament to be commander and chief of these United States. Seriusly.

He's mean. ill tempered. Grumpy. Off the hell kilter and whatnot. ODD. Something ain't right. It needs to be addressed.

Posted by: llewis40 | July 31, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

JakeD wrote:

I am proudly voting for McCain this November.

Obama will be swinging from a tree when this is over.
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You must also be a staffer on McCain's campaign, maybe even a family member. At least you sound like one.

I know the McCain's win or lose will be hoping for your second sentence to come true. As crazy as you sound, you and McCain's actually hope for sick stuff like that to happen.

Posted by: swiftboater | July 31, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain is (again) demonstrating why he doesn't have the temperament or ethics to be CinC.

Posted by: mimi | July 31, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

We know what we are going to get with McCain, more of the same with the Republicans and Bush. Obama offers something unknown which can be scary, but sometimes need to be done. Bush was an unknown also, but there is no way in hell Obama is going to the same thing as Bush, hopefully just the opposite, and that can't be all bad.

Posted by: hmmmmmer | July 31, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Hemihead...i hope the United States as we know it does change. we are so far from what our founding fathers intended that we are having to litigate to bear arms, watch gays marry (i am not a homophob, just dont call it marraige) and think protecting the soveirgnty of our nation is bad.

tell me, did you think the response to pearl harbor was unwarranted? what would you have done? what would you have liked to see obama due post 9/11?

Posted by: bigdaddy | July 31, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is the racist it is obvious by the political ads he has runon the television. He should be ashamed to stoop so low as to make race a part of his campaign. With this he is surely to fail in November if not before.

Posted by: Duncan A. Talley | July 31, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Running smear ads is a true test of character for John McCain. A man that wants to tear down others and has nothing to build up is a man that does not deserve to run our great country.

The Republican campaign is disgusting.

Posted by: somerseten | July 31, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

ok..now we are getting somewhere...tradeoffs is what it is ALL about. adam smith figured that out long ago. i am willing to tradeoff some of the less desireable aspects of mccain for the surety of predictability.

can someone please tell me why obama will be a great president...third time i have asked here....what is the matter lefties, finally have nothing to say?

Posted by: bigdaddy | July 31, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Coldcomfort, How do you figure Obama attacked Hillary on race. Hillary's the one with the, White hard working Americans and what not. Besides, Obama didn't say anything it was the press. If you say the press was working for Obama your out of your mind. Can't you see whats going on here. The press played Obama and Hillary big time, but where are they now. Have you heard anything from the press on McCain like they hit Obama and Hillary with. NO. The only reason the press follows Obama around is because their looking for something to use against him. Look what they did to him when he talked about pulling out of Iraq. They twisted his words and wrote it up as a flip flop and change in policy. It's all a line of bull. The main stream press has been consolidated and bought up a long time ago, and none of them can be trusted. They go where the money is. There were hearings for Bush's impeachment and no one will report it. The public has been left in the dark. Everything on TV amounts to nothing. If Bush can trash the constitution and break all the laws we live by without the public knowing anything, something is wrong. We're looking at the end of the United States as we know it.

Posted by: HemiHead | July 31, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

I am proudly voting for McCain this November.

Obama will be swinging from a tree when this is over.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

i agree with GoodbyeJohn. Makes McCain seem more and more like Bush. Loyalty comes first, competence isn't even a consideration.

Posted by: NMAIF | July 31, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

There is no Clinton machine! The Establishment fixed the primary for Obama.

Look at the Congress members who received donations from Obama and then endorsed him - although Hillary had won their state or district!

Obama bought superdelegates!
http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/07/30/are-superdelegates-for-sale

Posted by: Frank | July 31, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Davis is an idiot and clearly doesn't have a clue what matters to most Americans. I'm sure he's very proud of this, but just as his Britney/Paris ad backfired, so will this.

The one thing he has accomplished is to make me lose any respect I had for John McCain. That Mr. McCain would put people like this in charge pretty much says it all.

Posted by: Goodbye John | July 31, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama has brought the issue of race into the campaign so will someone please try to get him to answer whether he presently supports or opposes reparations for slavery?

His friend and mentor Jeremiah Wright is a supporter of reparations.

I believe this is a question Obama cannot find the courage to answer.

Posted by: Interested American | July 31, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama played the Race Card all during the primary WHILE attending a church that promotes race-baiting and hatemongering FROM THE PULPIT. With the media's assistance and the Dem establishment's silence, Obama and his bots FALSELY accused the Clintons of racism!
It was so successful - he's continuing the race-baiting.

Dems for McCain!

Posted by: zazzle | July 31, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

b-d, First praising Edmonton? Now highlighting local issues in Sudbury, Ontario?

Keep this up and you're going to need to re-christen your boat "The Maple Leaf"! Any chance the boat was purchase using the newly empowered Canadian dollar (relative to the U.S. dollar)?

No question that there are environmental trade-offs -- even in the construction of a Prius. The same can be said of materials used in some solar cells.

From a global perspective rather than just a local one -- there's still a lot to be said in favor of the Prius.

To the Canadians credit -- they build a very reliable battery. Expensive, but nonetheless reliable. Local environmental tradeoffs notwithstanding.

Posted by: JP2 | July 31, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Prediction: McCain is Forced to Publicly Apologize to Britney and Paris for His Callous Mockery of the Two

During his defeat of the Clinton Machine in the primary, Barack Obama proved he could take a punch.

The Britney/Paris ad doesn't even count as a solid left jab in this bout. If anything it looks like one of those wild left hooks opponents like Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier and George Foreman threw at Muhammad Ali in desperate attempts to knock the Champ out with one vicious blow. The problem was Ali merely moved his head back an inch or two, the blow missed by that much and his opponents were often left wide open to counter punches. Barack doesn't even have to move his head for this powder-puff of an attack ad.

The aspect that most troubles me about the ad is the fact that McCain has shown that he is willing to drench two innocent bystanders (Britney and Paris) in his filthy political vomit. Barack's in the ring, he's fair game. The two women whom McCain essentially humiliated are not.

Regardless of what one may think of the twosome, neither of whom has made any political comments that I am aware of, they are human beings, American citizens, apolitical civilians.

The callous vulgarity McCain has displayed by airing this ad, the complete indifference regarding how Paris and Britney--real people!-may feel being used as exemplars of Nothingness, that disregard for these two innocent bystanders (in the political realm) exposes what McCain, his campaign organization leadership and Republicans, in general are.

I loathe frivolous lawsuits, but it sure would be sweet if Brit and Paris could launch a defamation suit against the holier-than-thou McCain campaign.

{Late News: It turns out both Paris' father, Rick, and her grandfather, Barron Hilton, are McCain contributors. Reports are that Barron Hilton personally has contacted the McCain campaign to express his outrage at their use and mockery of his grand-daughter in the ad. This one ain't over.]

Posted by: FredrickBernanke | July 31, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Who's this moron: oggtheblog. Get a life, man.

Posted by: What a loser | July 31, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Ok, this is so stupid, Obama says he doesn't look like other candidates for president, well..it's true, no black man as ever gotten this far, how is saying that pulling the race card? What's really happening is that McTwit is attempting to make any mention of a fact that we can plainly see (Hey, he's Black) not be a factor in people's decisions (unless you are a racist redneck who wants to vote for McTwit and it's not like he isn't going to accept the cracker vote) Everytime I see his pasty face I want to put my foot through the tv and that cheesey smile with the "My friends" which translates to " My friends are the guys making 11 billion in gas profits off your backs, lets give them a tax break" I've had enough. Everytime MCTwit takes the low road, I'm sending the Obama campaign 25 bucks. If everytime that idiot opened his mouth people who want to have our serious problems solved by a serious president, gave money to Obama to fight this stuff, maybe politics could be changed, so BO here's my dough. NOW please stop being SOOO nice and kick his pasty butt around, be outraged at his twitness, lies and misrepresenations and don't let him get away with this!!

Posted by: Jacquie1 | July 31, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

I quit the White House so I wouldn't get caught working on campaigns (as I have illegally for the past two decades on a public salary). I told voters in South Carolina that McCain's adopted child was really the illegitimate son of a black prostitute so my Boy George would win the SC primary over McCain. Now I suppose I have to help McCain out to keep his mouth shut so he'll stay a loyal Rethug. Do you think my fingerprints on this campaign are starting to show?

Posted by: Karl Rove | July 31, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

"By the way, you people who are calling McCain a racist do know that he adopted a black daughter, don't you?"

I don't give a damn if McCain lives with the Harlem Globetrotters or in Harlem: he and his Rove-led campaign are trying to scare white voters from Obama because McCain *knows* he has absolutely nothing of substance to add to the campaign, just as Bush had nothing in 2000 and 2004. Don't run on your record, you political coward; don't engage Obama like a man on the issues. Just keep engaging those Swift Boat Weenies for Lies and peck away like a psychotic bird.

Obama said zero about race. Nada. Zilch.

McCain's been waiting to use the race card. He just jumped the gun, and looks more like an irrelevant jerkwad every day. Isn't there anyone with BRAINS on his campaign staff? It's like an Obama spy is setting the agenda for ol' John boy.

Posted by: SteveCO | July 31, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

McCain has truly sullied himself. He has aligned himself with the fear and smear faction of the GOP.
Jon from Chicago McCain's adopted daughter is not black. I believe she's from Bangledesh.

Posted by: Sheila B | July 31, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

hemihead...still waiting...why will obama be a GREAT president?

Posted by: bigdaddy | July 31, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Once again proof that liberalism is a mental disorder!

Posted by: shamik | July 31, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Building a Toyota Prius causes more environmental damage than a Hummer that is on the road for three times longer than a Prius. As already noted, the Prius is partly driven by a battery which contains nickel. The nickel is mined and smelted at a plant in Sudbury, Ontario. This plant has caused so much environmental damage to the surrounding environment that NASA has used the 'dead zone' around the plant to test moon rovers. The area around the plant is devoid of any life for miles.

The plant is the source of all the nickel found in a Prius' battery and Toyota purchases 1,000 tons annually. Dubbed the Superstack, the plague-factory has spread sulfur dioxide across northern Ontario, becoming every environmentalist's nightmare.

"The acid rain around Sudbury was so bad it destroyed all the plants and the soil slid down off the hillside," said Canadian Greenpeace energy-coordinator David Martin during an interview with Mail, a British-based newspaper.

All of this would be bad enough in and of itself; however, the journey to make a hybrid doesn't end there. The nickel produced by this disastrous plant is shipped via massive container ship to the largest nickel refinery in Europe. From there, the nickel hops over to China to produce 'nickel foam.' From there, it goes to Japan. Finally, the completed batteries are shipped to the United States, finalizing the around-the-world trip required to produce a single Prius battery. Are these not sounding less and less like environmentally sound cars and more like a farce?

Wait, I haven't even got to the best part yet.

When you pool together all the combined energy it takes to drive and build a Toyota Prius, the flagship car of energy fanatics, it takes almost 50 percent more energy than a Hummer - the Prius's arch nemesis.

Through a study by CNW Marketing called "Dust to Dust," the total combined energy is taken from all the electrical, fuel, transportation, materials (metal, plastic, etc) and hundreds of other factors over the expected lifetime of a vehicle. The Prius costs an average of $3.25 per mile driven over a lifetime of 100,000 miles - the expected lifespan of the Hybrid.

The Hummer, on the other hand, costs a more fiscal $1.95 per mile to put on the road over an expected lifetime of 300,000 miles. That means the Hummer will last three times longer than a Prius and use less combined energy doing it.

So, if you are really an environmentalist - ditch the Prius. Instead, buy one of the most economical cars available - a Toyota Scion xB. The Scion only costs a paltry $0.48 per mile to put on the road. If you are still obsessed over gas mileage - buy a Chevy Aveo and fix that lead foot.

One last fun fact for you: it takes five years to offset the premium price of a Prius. Meaning, you have to wait 60 months to save any money over a non-hybrid car because of lower gas expenses.

Posted by: bigdaddy | July 31, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Hermihead, if you are going to correct someone else's punctuation and grammar, please make sure that you are also using correct grammar.

The sentence "Where are you from, anyway" should end with a "?" and not a ".".

That is the lack of civility I am talking about.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

This is great! McCain, the "Straight Lie Express", going hysterical and playing the race card as shamelessly as Strom Thurmond or George Wallace. Holy cow, this guy can't keep from imploding before the Repubs even have their convention!

"Old, Misogynistic and Racist": John's new campaign slogan.

Posted by: SteveCO | July 31, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: KGB | July 31, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Bigdaddy, You supposed to cap your IIII's when you start a sentence. With all your degrees didn't they teach you that. Where are you from anyway.

Posted by: HemiHead | July 31, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

What's been quoted here does not sound like Obama was doing any race-baiting. If you want to see race-baiting, just look at how Obama attacked Hillary. But at those times his campaign actually used the word "race-card", in fact the Obama campaign used "Race-card!" so much I thought they were selling programs to NASCAR. . . . . Now that's race-baiting; and Obama showed he was not above using it.

However, this time it sounds like McCain's campaign was gunning for him to use his race-baiting ploy but they jumped the gun, because Obama said nothing to really imply race, in what is quoted here.

But one thing's for sure, as much as I'm not voting for McCain, if Obama does what he did against Hillary, I'm not voting for the pupil of Rev. Wright either.

Posted by: Coldcomfort | July 31, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

By the way, you people who are calling McCain a racist do know that he adopted a black daughter, don't you?

I know Obama's grandmother might have been uncomfortable around black people, but McCain invited one to live in his home.

Posted by: Jon from Chicago | July 31, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

it has nothing to do with being wierd. lol

tell me what obama has done and how he has impacted or will impact this country. try not to talk about what mccain will or wont do..tell me why obama will be a great president

dont quote surveys or polls. i have my opinion based on what i think, not everyone else.

Posted by: bigdaddy | July 31, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Ted Sampley, who? Yeah, whatever...

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JOHN MCCAIN, TRADER TO HIS COUNTRY, COLLABORATOR WITH THE ENEMY, MILITARY DISGRACE.


Ted Sampley, a Vietnam Veteran and former Green Beret, issued a CHALLENGE to John McCain "If you can show us that the information presented in our mailer is untruthful . . . we will Stand Down" This CHALLENGE was issued during an interview with INSIDE EDITION on January 17, 2008.
John, family members of Vietnam POW/MIA(s) have been waiting for more then 14 years for you to have the courage to face them eye to eye in front of the American Public - Here is your opportunity for some "STRAIGHT TALK." Stop hiding behind your fabricated "War Hero" persona. You know we can prove your collaborations with declassified government documents . . . It is time for the American people to get to know the REAL John McCain - the John McCain that the POW/MIA families witnessed during the 1991-93 US Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs .
Bring It On John! HERE IS OUR NUMBER 252-527-0442

Posted by: DDG56 | July 31, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign is right in highlighting the political game played by the Obama campaign. The Obama campaign did it successfully against the Clintons. They gave a racial tone to a number of statements by the Clintons, even though no honest person can deny their track record on this count, in recent history. But this is not surprising at all. It is now well known that Sen Obama and his campaign staff based their political strategy on the 30% of electorate who belong to a particular community, and as they calculated, this community voted overwhelmingly for him (90% or more) after they successfully painted the Clintons as racists, during the SC primary. Sen Obama has always based his presidential campaign on this particular voting block. They will go to any extent to seggregate this voting block, leading to a political and potentially, later on, a social ghettoisation, which they can then use over years for their own political benefits. The same thing exists in countries where sizeable minority communities exist. And look what happens in those countries. This political strategy has its own perils, this ghettoisation to serve the political purpose and the resulting lasting social seggregation will destroy a country's social fabric once and for all. But, the politicians, even though they know the implication, care less, because they know the collective power of a voting block to serve their own political aspirations. It is very unfortunate that this has happened in this presidential campaign, which could have been run successfully on other issues of pressing concern, like the economy.

Posted by: George | July 31, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh my goodness!!! This is ridiculous! I am sick of all this unnecessary talk of anything and everything but the ISSUES. Any attack on Obama or McCain personally is out of order. Any attack on their issues and policies are fair game.

Stop all this madness. Your acting like children. My mother says, " If you don't have nothing nice to say, then don't say anything at all". Try it.

Hillary Clinton supports: I think that the attitude that is taken towards Obama is something that you have to deal with. Personally, I can honestly say it didn't matter to me who won, I was proud that this was an historic race that we should be proud of. Now, if you choose to run over and suport John McCain because of his issues, then you are being hypocritical. Period. Before, when you were supporting Hillary, it was clear that the issues between republicans and dems were clearly different. My quetion is why change a party? The republican party?

Let's face it, Obama and Hillary's issues and policies were similar, compared to McCain. It seemed to me they both wanted to accomplish the same things. A better life for everyone, not just the rich. Right?

I just don't get people being so vicious. So called Christians. Man, what are we teaching our kids.

We should be proud that finally we have a new generation of registered voters that is interested in this political process.

People are not being real.
EVERYONE thinks about race. EVERYONE!! Stop lying to yourselves.
STOP IT!
All the hateful comments in blogs and on the Internet prove to me that racism still and will always exists (unless people admit it), but no one wants to admit it. Why, I ask?
Race is tabu, no one want's to talk about it, because it is a sensitive issue. If it happened to you, you would want someone to listen to your story. Right?
OK. Now what!

Posted by: Ronda | July 31, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

I try to be fair, but it's hard to argue with the facts in this case. The Obama campaign seems to have tired of waiting for McCain to sink to Clintonesque depths of race-baiting, so they anticipated it with Obama's unfortunate and unfair comments in Springfeild. In doing so, they forced the McCain campaign to defend themselves, thus giving Obama's less balanced supporters the chance to wax hysterical about racism despite the fact that McCain's NEVER ONCE MADE RACE AN ISSUE and, for once, a profession spin-doctor's, Davis in this case, comments were spot on and totally accurate: Sen. Obama's comments were, in fact, "divisive, negative, shameful and wrong."

Did the Obama campaign's strategy work?

Scroll down and read some of the other posts to find out ...

Posted by: Andy Boyle | July 31, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

B-d, the Edmonton oil is not shale oil -- it doesn't come from digging deep under the earth's surface and squeezing the oil out of the shale (as would be the case in the Rockies).

Even with oil-sands you're still talking about higher extraction costs than you'd find with the kind of sweet crude that the Saudis are able to pump out of the ground. I'm sure that oil sands extraction is profitable though with $4 a gallon gas.

It still wouldn't solve the transportation energy issue.

The line about the failure of the Prius batteries too is a little bit like the claims about the Chinese drilling off the Cuban cost -- a myth that's pretty easily debunked.

Posted by: JP2 | July 31, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

the most humorous part about all of these posts is that the same people who are stating, based on no evidence that McCain is a racist, have no problem making fun of McCain because of his age.

Last time I checked, the constitution does protect people from discrimination based on age as well as race. I don't think it is particularly useful to advance yourself as a person who is concerned about discrimination while also discriminating against someone based on a protected class status under U.S. law. It is time to learn the constitution, folks, since that is what we are defending.

And no, I am not a Republican or a McCain supporter, I just am someone who wishes for a day when people could actually treat each other with civility, which apparently isn't going to happen in this election cycle thanks to both candidates.

Posted by: las | July 31, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Ahh! Mr. Straight Talk Express slinging the Rovian BS. Hmm, let's play to the racism of a large portion of low information voters (i.e.--the current GOP base) by saying, from thin air, "Obama is playing the race card." Actually, I'm glad he's finally nakedly gone Rovian, because it exposes McLame as nothing but the self-aggrandizing, arrogant bastard hungering for power and willing to do anything to get it that his critics have known for years. Why do you think so many of the ideological nutjobs on the right are suspicious of McLame?? Because he's willing to do ANYTHING to be President. Lie, cheat, steal--hell, even hug Worst President Ever.

So much for the "honorable" war hero who never fails the remind us how much he doesn't like to talk about his internment, as he gets ready to start FOR THE THOUSANDTH TIME the same old war story. Except he can't remember if his fake squadron mates names are supposed to be the linemen for the Green Bay Packers or the Pittsburgh Steelers. I guess it just depends on whoever he's talking to.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

I hear about "race" so much now, I am completely oblivious to it.

Posted by: pgr88 | July 31, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

If he is a genius, how come it backfires on him? The primary is over.
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Barry is indeed a genius. Tell people what your opponent will do before he does it. Then after he does say "i told you so". They don't have hope. They don't want change. Just the same old "swift boat" tactics.

He's a genius and is currently running circles around the McCainanites.

Posted by: DDG56 | July 31, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Big daddy:
You are really wierd... do you ever read anything other than the talking points sent you by McShame's managers? You said, "e. John McCain has been a champion of military retirees in the Senate and believes that it is especially important to ensure retired service personnel enjoy full health care and benefits comparable to that received by retired federal employees. John McCain understands that a key to recruiting and retaining a new generation of American military personnel is demonstrating that our government keeps its promises to retired service members. He will remain an unwavering champion for the rights of military retirees and their families."

Do you not know that McShame voted against Veteran's Benefits and got a 20% rating on Veteran's rights, while Obama got an 85% rating?

You are nuts, man. Go read something.

Posted by: cwcrosby42 | July 31, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama says his comment was not about race?! Then, please, tell us what he meant when he said he did not look like the other presidents.

All the presidents were men; many had dark hair; many were tall; many were thin; some were good looking; and at least a few had big ears. Even if you want to get Clintonesque and try to limit it to the presidents on currency, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Washington cover tall, dark haired, goodlooking, thin man with big ears (I admit you do need to combine some parts, however).

If wants to say he wasnt't talking about race, why doesn't he tell us what he was talking about. It would be the first time he gave a direct answer.

Posted by: Jon from Chicago | July 31, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Cliff...nice, did someone help you right such an elaborate response? how long did it take you to look up where Jonestown was on google earth. easy little fella - eaither get on the dance floor and boogie or step off

Posted by: bigdaddy | July 31, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

I've observed every Presidential election since 1964 when LBJ made a speech that said: "I will not send American Boys to fight in an Asian War (Vietnam)..." By the way, I was an E-4 doing my fatigues in a Laundry Mat in Lawton OK when he said that and I thought he had it about right except he did send us. Then along came "Tricky Dick" who in 1968 said: "I will end this war, now!" Of course that wasn't true and the Democratic Party just about imploded at the National Convention in Chicago. Of course, the "War" was not ended and Kissinger and the Team cut some pretty tricky deals, to include leaving American service members in the hands of their captors (but not the son of Admiral McCain). Dick also as you will remember, decided he would resign the office of President after he was about to be impeached and prosecuted. However, the R's had an answer. Good Ole VP Jerry Ford (Dick Cheney's Buddy) pardoned Tricky Dick and he later became a Hero to the Nation (through great PR work by the RNC), although they have not yet named an Aircraft Carrier after him (i.e., Reagan and H. W. Bush). Then Carter defeated Ford for reelection but Rove or someone like him began the "character assassination" routine, not to mention that Ronny Reagan had cut a deal with the Iranians (you know the guys Dick and King George want to start a fight with before they leave office). Reagan began the "modern era" for Republicanism. He destroyed the economy, organized labor, he encouraged the explosion of Lobbyists and the disintegration of the rule of law (dealt drugs to buy guns for his Fascist buddies in Columbia) and gave us Ole North who is one of the Fox N Patriots). George the Senior then took over. And, lo and behold a deal was worked through the State Department to allow Saddam to take over Kuwait! Whoa, wait a minute! This is War! And we kicked butt! (as now a Lieutenant Colonel, I actually played a small role in that whole thing!) But wait a minute! Bill Clinton came along and defeated George and Mommy! That really pissed off George W. and his pal Dick and his pals. Well, they then started an 8 year investigation of Bill and Hillary that made Ken Star rich beyond belief! Dick and W. now started to plan for their takeover of the US Government! Dick and actually George really didn't like serving in the Military themselves but, they wanted to be the co-commanders-in-chiefs and they were going to teach the world (how the game was really played, none of that "nice-guy" stuff) and that they were now going to rule the USA and everybody else better watch out! Oh by the way, they also decided to destroy the US and it's Constitution, not to mention prove their total incompetence and corruption. Now, we're to the present! Things are bad and getting a lot worse after all these Republican Presidents and it looks like Senator John McCain is their knight in shinning armor. One problem, he's not liked by the Republican base (I won't discuss those folks) and Barak Obama (looks good, sounds good, could be trouble for the folks who now essentially own the US) is who he is running against! Now, the Right Wingnuts thought they were going to have Hillary to kick around some more but that didn't happen, so now they've got to try the Bush Campaigns of total destruction of the voting system in this Country (remember Rove and his guys down in Florida putting a stop to counting the ballots!) It had to go to the Rhenquist, Thomas, Scalia Supreme Court for adjudication! Surprise, surprise, George W. was appointed the "Decider! The problem for Senator John is, W. and Dick have just about destroyed everything good about this Nation! The voters are deeply concerned about Jobs, Housing, Energy, Healthcare and oh yes, THE WAR. How are they going to win this time? Oh, they got a tremendous idea (after talking to Karl; he's not in this campaign), what they'll do is "accuse" Obama of being a "Black Guy" and someone who cannot be trusted by all the white people in this Country (He's "uppity" read: doesn't know "his place, boy!). Wow, Senator John agrees, understanding that if he doesn't cut this guy down to size (he thinks he a "celebrity" after all!) he's going to lose and the Democrats could gain enough seats in both houses of Congress to start fixing all the disasters of the Bush/Cheney/McCain years! We'll just have to wait and see if Senator John and his team can succeeding with a "Swift-Boating" of Obama, it's worked before, and George stole two elections in a row! So, it can be done! Senator John has sent out the orders (W. doesn't like that because he's thinks he's still the CinC!) and the plans have been made and Senator John will be the next President of the United States, if, just if they can replicate the Harold Ford election in Kentucky two years ago, remember the Cooker ads with the "White Girl" calling Harold out! Wow!

Posted by: dunfm | July 31, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Barry is indeed a genius. Tell people what your opponent will do before he does it. Then after he does say "i told you so". They don't have hope. They don't want change. Just the same old "swift boat" tactics.

He's a genius and is currently running circles around the McCainanites.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | July 31, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey Jack E,, I hate to rain on your parade, but 100 times more White people are voting for Obama than Black. I'm white and I would rather die than vote for corrupt McCain. It's to bad you know nothing about your country. If you only knew that it's being sold to the Chinese piece by piece. 100 years American technology has been given away and now we're service boys. You must be a traitor. McCain has told the American people I will send your job overseas. I hope you get everything you ask for.

Posted by: Mike | July 31, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

The race card:

It is apparent that Obama is black. Unless you are blind, in which case we should speak about the disability card.

When McShame uses attack ads to point out by juxtaposition that Obama is black [opposing him to two white bimbos], he tries to do two things. One: he reminds those who are really stupid that Obama is black. Two: he insinuates that Obama is an airhead like those two twits. Of course, he thinks he is being cute, not overtly stating what his ads obviously are designed to do... and so far it looks like it is working.

This appeals to the racist element of his party - what the Republicans call the Southern Strategy. When Barack calls him on it, pointing out that being black is not a stigma, and should not be considered an element in the decision (either being a reason to vote for or against Obama), McShame gets to say, "Obama played the race card."

The fact is that the race card is in play every time Barack Obama goes out in public, or airs a political advertisement. Why? Because, Obama IS black.

Now John McShame gets it both ways. He gets to use the race card, sub rosa. He 'benefits' from it every time Obama makes an appearance, and he gets to call Obama on it when he decries John's disgusting tactics.

I hope we are not so frightened by the looming financial crisis that we take it out on people who look different, or sound different, or have unusual names. If so, we denigrate our heritage as an immigrant nation... the only people who have any right to that attitude are the few remaining Native Americans.

I would enjoy a real discussion on race relations in America, from both candidates. How would McShame deal with the reality of our strained social fabric? Right now he plays to racism by NOT discussing it.

And what about Obama? In Philadelphia, he promised a discussion... I say, "Let it happen."

Until that happens, why are the 'liberal' media playing and replaying that ad, at no charge to the McShame campaign, in the guise of reporting on a news story? John McCain lied in an attack ad is NOT news! They should air an Obama ad every time they air one of his lying attack jobs, and I wonder why the Dems are not suing the be-Jesus out of them because of it.

Posted by: cwcrosby42 | July 31, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Bigdaddy wrote:

"what was the name of the guy in african jungle who passed out the kool-aid to his followers since he knew it was over...?"

Wrong continent you idiot.

Posted by: Cliff | July 31, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

hemi head...i have more than balls. i have a hard charging drive that takes what i want because no one gives it to you. i have multiple degrees in economics and international finance. i have 20 years of business experience working abroad. i have the knowledge that there are hundreds of millions of kids in india and china working and studying harder than our children everyday that will work for 1/30th of the costs with no social benefits from the government at all. i have the forsight to see that it is the simple values and truths that persist over time. strength and honor. patriotism.

the demography of the world is changing...in 30 years it will be called eurabia, the muslims are reproducing 2 times faster than the christians...simple math in 50 years my friend...read "America Alone"...in an uncertain world, stay true the things that made this country what it is...patriotism, volunteer army, family values.

Posted by: bigdaddy | July 31, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Jorge | July 31, 2008 10:39 PM
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http://www.geeknuz.com/nuz/images/2008/03/06/mcbush_2.jpg

Posted by: oggtheblog | July 31, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Minority candidates dont play race cards, only the GOP. The race card is by definition an attempt to polarize and use race as a majority vs. minority to win elections. In reality, McCain is playing the race card.

Posted by: Paul Nolan | July 31, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: oggtheblog | July 31, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

McBush is well on his way to becoming the incredible shrinking candidate, devoid of ideas and reduced to personal attacks on his opponent. Obama may be a little light on the idea side, but as long as he's against what McBush is for, he's got this ex-republican's vote.

Posted by: Jorge | July 31, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Barack: " Michelle, eh..ah...could you shave my back please? I gotta shoot ..eh...ah hoops...eh...oh...tomorrow."

Michelle: " trigger please!!1!!!!! Shave yo own back BIATCH TRIGGER BOY!!!!!!!!!!"

Posted by: La Quanisha and SHIIT | July 31, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlhYJEszRrM&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU9iCANi02o&feature=related

the second one is all you need to know. for all you "haters" out there...grab a rifle and get in uniform OR stop questioning the methods the govt uses to secure your freedom

Posted by: bigdaddy | July 31, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

"El-Barack, could you pass me another banana please?"
JEREMIAH
Posted by: Tree Swinger | July 31, 2008 10:31 PM
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The more Gomer & Jethro campaign for McCain (R-Depends), the sweeter it gets.

Posted by: oggtheblog | July 31, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Bigdaddy, your a sick pup. I'll give you a pass because you sound like you have some balls. But I still say you don't know what your talking about. Did you know that the Brooklyn Bridge went up for sale today because our country is broke. I don't know what kind of leadership you people are looking for. I hope your happy when the U.S. finished.

Posted by: HemiHead | July 31, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

JFK, to whom the Great Black Hope is often compared, would have passed off many of these lame McCain attacks with a witty quip. Obama gets indignant.

Sign of the times. If you elect Obama, don't be looking for humor - especially self-deprecating humor - for the next 8 years.

What the country could use right now is someone willing to take the Presidency and de-mythologize it. Don't count on Barry in that regard.

I am sick to death of George W. Bush but this week I am inclined to think I'd rather see Mr. McCain in the Presidency than Mr. soaring rhetoric thin skin.

Posted by: Is Black Skin Thinner? | July 31, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Looks like McCain struck a nerve and certainly a valid one. This race has been about race [no pun intended] since day one. Every time a criticism of Obama is mentioned, the criticizer is considered "racist". Political forum boards announce anyone "not voting for Obama is a racist". Obama himself flits around the issue as he did with his "doesn't look like the other presidents" statement and let us not forget his "typical white woman" reference to his white grandmother.

Good for McCain! Pull down the Obama's Race Card pants right now - let him know that we all recognize his tactics - and make it a non-issue.

Posted by: JackESpratt | July 31, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

It's already clear by their behavior which presidential candidate will get things done and which is the whiner. McCaine would be worse then Bush. Obama would save America from the Republicans that have run this country aground. Obama is America's last hope for jobs and the Middle Class.

Posted by: Blake | July 31, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Make that racist "tree swinfer" guy stop! Squelch that!!!!!!!!

Scumbag, doesn't he undertand Barack is going to save us like Jimmy Carter did? Duuuuuuuhhhh

Posted by: Scrunchy panties with urine in them | July 31, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

the 2 simian human haters are gonna be on the fast train back to the south side of Cjicago after monkee boy implodes.
Posted by: Junglemonkeee | July 31, 2008 10:28 PM
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Thus does the right wing snare votes for McCain (R-5th choice.)

Posted by: oggtheblog | July 31, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

"El-Barack, could you pass me another banana please?"

JEREMIAH

Posted by: Tree Swinger | July 31, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Its not politically explosive. Its GOP propaganda that the Post and media eats like swil.

Posted by: Paul Nolan | July 31, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

well..its been fun girls, see you ....
Posted by: bigdaddy | July 31, 2008 10:27 PM
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'Bye.

Posted by: oggtheblog | July 31, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

the 2 simian human haters are gonna be on the fast train back to the south side of Cjicago after monkee boy implodes.

Posted by: Junglemonkeee | July 31, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Dumbass Bigdaddy does not know about Jim Jones. Have Mommy change your pull-ups!

Posted by: Boxie | July 31, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

The simian will revert to his true self...a trigger with an N at heart.
Posted by: LeShaunaBannana eater spear chucker | July 31, 2008 10:25 PM
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Sayeth a right-winger reverting to his true self.

Posted by: oggtheblog | July 31, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

well..its been fun girls, see you on the welfare line as i drive by in my pimped SUV getting 8 MPG. btw - do a little reading on the PRIUS...it costs more to make the batteries and dispose of them safely than it would to actually use the gas for the same period of time you owned it - thanks for poisoning the fishery with all that mercury, nickel and cadium.

Posted by: bigdaddy | July 31, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse


John McCain is committed to ensuring that the men and women of our military remain the best, most capable fighting force on Earth - and that our nation honors its promises to them for their service.
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Thats a hot one. Four years in a row he voted against their health care with two wars going on. All John McCain cares about is filling his pockets while selling off our country.

Posted by: HemiHead | July 31, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

cooondog El-Barack Ali Hussein Obama Muhammad
has very thin skin. Hot under his collar, he shows his true HONKEY hating colors.

His undoing is set. The simian will revert to his true self...a trigger with an N at heart.

Posted by: LeShaunaBannana eater spear chucker | July 31, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

what was the name of the guy in african jungle who passed out the kool-aid to his followers since he knew it was over...?
Posted by: bigdaddy | July 31, 2008 10:18 PM
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McCain geography here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC0Y7zMcn_4

Posted by: oggtheblog | July 31, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

1. my boat is too big for the mississippi or to be stopped by a log (you are so small minded)
2. there are no logs 200 miles offshore (unless the decide to skuttle the democratic leadership to put them out of their misery)
3. the fastest location on earth of new millionaires? edmonton, harvesting the shoal that is so (sic) expensive.
4. i will fund the military by cutting social services (like the parks so we can drill oil in them

Posted by: bigdaddy | July 31, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Gee...Obama is right; he doesn't look like any former President in any of those bills.

Crap, the only time I hear the race card being pulled is when the McCain camp accuses Obama of pulling the race card.

It's too bad McCain doesn't have any issues to talk about except "I HATE OBAMA BECAUSE HE'S AHEAD!"

The "Hate Talk Express" is coming to a town near you! Maybe McCain will vacation in Cuba; after all, I hear his wife is doing business with them.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't John McCain look like " Jimmy The Cricket " LOL
Posted by: Tight | July 31, 2008 10:14 PM
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Except that Jiminy Cricket maintained that your CONSCIENCE should be your guide.

Trixie McCain (R-$2) has other guides.

Posted by: oggtheblog | July 31, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

when mccain wins this...ALL deomcrats should find a new line of work or go to europe(france in particular, where it is basically 40% muslim now and run by them). it will be a sad sad day for them Dems...what was the name of the guy in african jungle who passed out the kool-aid to his followers since he knew it was over...?

Posted by: bigdaddy | July 31, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

McBush: shut up. Nobody wants to hear from an old senile jerk.

Posted by: poggy | July 31, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey Bigdaddy, If it's oil you want, why don't you take your boat for a ride down the Mississippi and throw some cotton balls over the side and soak up the oil that Exxon dumped all over the place. Now your talking about turning the rockies into a cesspool so you can drive your boat. I hope you hit a log and sink.

Posted by: Mike | July 31, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Mr. Obama played the race card masterfully, as the old High-School Debate Team did. Imply a negative position, field your opponents' response as an endorsement of that negative position, and imply your superiority from there by denouncing the issue (which you have raised) and assigning responsibility for the issue to your opponent. Any good lawyer will use this tactic. Only this time, it may backfire. After all, has anyone really forgotten Mr. Wright? Frankly even black people are embarrassed by this one! Here is Mr. Obama, chiding them for their lack of responsible family behavior, and then exploiting the biggest reason/excuse for these failings...racism. Tsk, Tsk, Tsk...Mr. Obama is too slick for his own good!

Posted by: Dr. Kondrek | July 31, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the next McCain/McRove ad will be even more asinine than the last. My hunch is yes.These ads galvanize Obama's base, alienate indies, ad speak only to Faux News crazies.

Posted by: Boxie | July 31, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't John McCain look like " Jimmy The Cricket " LOL

Posted by: Tight | July 31, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Bigdaddy -- there is not more RECOVERABLE oil under the Rockies and Alaska than you'll find in Saudi Arabia.

A lot of the potential recoverable oil is shale oil -- which is more costly to extract and can only be justified if the price of oil is high. Even with the high price of oil companies like Exxon are still putting more money into stock buy backs than new exploration. That's saying something.

As T. Boone Pickens said -- it is a fantasy to think we can drill our way out of the current oil problem.

McCain's stance is no different than George W. Bush telling voters in 2000 that he would be able to reduce the price of oil because of his ties to the Saudis. Just another lie being pushed for a price.

What's more under Bush we've already doubled the available federal land for oil exploration -- and yet prices at the pump continue to skyrocket. The fundamentals of an oil based transportation economy are screwed up.

Posted by: JP2 | July 31, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is committed to ensuring that the men and women of our military remain the best, most capable fighting force on Earth - and that our nation honors its promises to them for their service.
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You can not support a military if you do not have a stable economy to fund it!

John McCain needs to also know the basics of Economics.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

... John McCain believes the institution of marriage is a union between one man and one woman ....
Posted by: bigdaddy | July 31, 2008 10:07 PM
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Especially if that woman is a rich, blonde bim who's ready to romp while the OLD wife stays home.

Posted by: oggtheblog | July 31, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

disgusting...disgusting is word reserved for lewinsky's dress, hillary's butt, al gore's teeth as he smiled through that APPLE commercial called a movie, presidential candidates who wont visit the sick troops. mccain is menical, hard charging, like me or not cause i dont care since this is not about a popularity contest...its about a set of values and living them out.

Posted by: bigdaddy | July 31, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

There is something very disturbing about an arrogant, inexperienced, naive, ultra high tax, redistribution of income, one world UN favored, Euro, pro union, liberal Socialist, weak on defense, black liberation, racist church going, Marxist fraud, deceitful, race card playing, political hack having a chance of being President of the US that has an angry equally racist bitter wife.

Posted by: Change This | July 31, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

McCain made an ad ("Seal") showing Ben Franklin's face morphing into Obama's face on a $100 bill. Obama was just describing that ad. McCain asks why Obama brought up the dollar bills. McCain knows why and he and his campaign is taking us all for idiots.

Posted by: William | July 31, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

McCain has been dishonest from the get-go. His checkered career spans decades. There's nothing more to say except that he's an old Republican has-been-there-too-long. Buh, buh, Johnie!

Posted by: Spencer | July 31, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

>>>Right out of the Obama play book. Sounds just like one the excuses Obama gave for not visiting the wounded troops in Landstuhl.

Posted by: rpatoh | July 31, 2008 9:02 PM

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Senator Obama does not have a "play book" for after all he has not been around long enough or have experience enough to have a play book. Senator McCain, on the other hand , has great experience with the Rovian playbook being a victim of it in 2000 and the user of it in 2008.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

The campaign ad that John McCain's campaign played across television screens recently is in some ways very similar to the WILIIE HORTON ads that George H W. Bush used in his 1988 campaign against Michael Dukakis. For those of you who are old enough to remember, the WILLIE Horton ads were meant to challenge Michael Dukakis on prison furloughs. The ads were meant to depict, "Dukakis as weak, handing out "weekend passes for convicted criminals."

Unfortunately, the ad portrayed a BLACK MAN, Willie Horton who was a convicted killer at the time these ads were being played out across television screens across America.

Now, let me be frank, the political ad was ingenious to show Dukakis's weakness on crime and prison furloughs during this time, but please ask yourself one question? Why did the ad have to portray a Black Man as the convicted killer? Convicted killers come in all races, colors, and creeds. We all know the history of this country when it comes to the racial fears towards blacks in general, but more so towards black men.
The ad that John McCain ran on Obama is in many ways a contrast to the Willie Horton ads, however, subtle or subliminal at best.

Basically, the message is the same, which is to incite fear against a man who may or not be qualified, or experienced enough to be Commander in Chief of this country. The ad can be looked at in three ways (1) a man who is experienced which you cannot trust, (2) a black man whom you cannot trust because he does not look like you and me (3) a man who is black, experienced, and you can not trust.

The bottom line, the ad was used in the same old dirty politics that Republicans have used for years; and now John McCain is falling into this same type of campaigning.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

As president, John McCain would nominate judges who understand that the role of the Court is not to subvert the rights of the people by legislating from the bench. Critical to Constitutional balance is ensuring that, where state and local governments do act to preserve the traditional family, the Courts must not overstep their authority and thwart the Constitutional right of the people to decide this question.

The family represents the foundation of Western Civilization and civil society and John McCain believes the institution of marriage is a union between one man and one woman. It is only this definition that sufficiently recognizes the vital and unique role played by mothers and fathers in the raising of children, and the role of the family in shaping, stabilizing, and strengthening communities and our nation.

As with most issues vital to the preservation and health of civil society, the basic responsibility for preserving and strengthening the family should reside at the level of government closest to the people. In their wisdom, the Founding Fathers reserved for the States the authority and responsibility to protect and strengthen the vital institutions of our civil society. They did so to ensure that the voices of America's families could not be ignored by an indifferent national government or suffocated through filibusters and clever legislative maneuvering in Congress.

Posted by: bigdaddy | July 31, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

McCain is disgusting.

Posted by: DisgustedinDC | July 31, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

In a dangerous world, protecting America's national security requires a strong military. Today, America has the most capable, best-trained and best-led military force in the world. But much needs to be done to maintain our military leadership, retain our technological advantage, and ensure that America has a modern, agile military force able to meet the diverse security challenges of the 21st century.

John McCain is committed to ensuring that the men and women of our military remain the best, most capable fighting force on Earth - and that our nation honors its promises to them for their service.

The global war on terrorism, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, threats from rogue states like Iran and North Korea, and the rise of potential strategic competitors like China and Russia mean that America requires a larger and more capable military to protect our country's vital interests and deter challenges to our security. America confronts a range of serious security challenges: Protecting our homeland in an age of global terrorism and Islamist extremism; working with friends and partners overseas, from Africa to Southeast Asia, to help them combat terrorism and violent insurgencies in their own countries; defending against missile and nuclear attack; maintaining the credibility of our defense commitments to our allies; and waging difficult counterinsurgency campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.

John McCain understands national security and the threats facing our nation. He recognizes the dangers posed by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, violent Islamist extremists and their terrorist tactics, and the ever present threat of regional conflict that can spill into broader wars that endanger allies and destabilize areas of the world vital to American security. He knows that to protect our homeland, our interests, and our values - and to keep the peace - America must have the best-manned, best-equipped, and best-supported military in the world.

John McCain has been a tireless advocate of our military and ensuring that our forces are properly postured, funded, and ready to meet the nation's obligations both at home and abroad. He has fought to modernize our forces, to ensure that America maintains and expands its technological edge against any potential adversary, and to see that our forces are capable and ready to undertake the variety of missions necessary to meet national security objectives.

As President, John McCain will strengthen the military, shore up our alliances, and ensure that the nation is capable of protecting the homeland, deterring potential military challenges, responding to any crisis that endangers American security, and prevailing in any conflict we are forced to fight.

The attacks on September 11th represented more than a failure of intelligence. The tragedy highlighted a failure of national policy to respond to the development of a global terror network hostile to the American people and our values. The 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 1998 attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the 2000 bombing of the USS COLE indicated a growing global terrorist threat before the attacks on New York and Washington. On the morning of September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden's declaration of war against the United States hit home with unmistakable clarity.

America faces a dedicated, focused, and intelligent foe in the war on terrorism. This enemy will probe to find America's weaknesses and strike against them. The United States cannot afford to be complacent about the threat, naive about terrorist intentions, unrealistic about their capabilities, or ignorant to our national vulnerabilities.

In the aftermath of 9/11 John McCain fought for the creation of an independent 9/11 Commission to identify how to best address the terrorist threat and decrease our domestic vulnerability. He fought for the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security and the creation of the U.S. Northern Command with the specific responsibility of protecting the U.S. homeland.

As President, John McCain will ensure that America has the quality intelligence necessary to uncover plots before they take root, the resources to protect critical infrastructure and our borders against attack, and the capability to respond and recover from a terrorist incident swiftly.

He will ensure that the war against terrorists is fought intelligently, with patience and resolve, using all instruments of national power. Moreover, he will lead this fight with the understanding that to impinge on the rights of our own citizens or restrict the freedoms for which our nation stands would be to give terrorists the victory they seek.

John McCain believes that just as America must be prepared to meet and prevail against any adversary on the field of battle, we must engage and prevail against them on the battleground of ideas. In so doing, we can and must deprive terrorists of the converts they seek and counter their teaching of the doctrine of hatred and despair.

As President, John McCain will take it as his most sacred responsibility to keep America free, safe, and strong - an abiding beacon of freedom and hope to the world.

John McCain strongly supports the development and deployment of theater and national missile defenses. Effective missile defenses are critical to protect America from rogue regimes like North Korea that possess the capability to target America with intercontinental ballistic missiles, from outlaw states like Iran that threaten American forces and American allies with ballistic missiles, and to hedge against potential threats from possible strategic competitors like Russia and China. Effective missile defenses are also necessary to allow American military forces to operate overseas without being deterred by the threat of missile attack from a regional adversary.

John McCain is committed to deploying effective missile defenses to reduce the possibility of strategic blackmail by rogue regimes and to secure our homeland from the very real prospect of missile attack by present or future adversaries. America should never again have to live in the shadow of missile and nuclear attack. As President, John McCain will not trust in the "balance of terror" to protect America, but will work to deploy effective missile defenses to safeguard our people and our homeland.

The most important weapons in the U.S. arsenal are the men and women of American armed forces. John McCain believes we must enlarge the size of our armed forces to meet new challenges to our security. For too long, we have asked too much of too few - with the result that many service personnel are on their second, third and even fourth tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. There can be no higher defense priority than the proper compensation, training, and equipping of our troops.

Our existing force is overstretched by the combination of military operations in the broader Middle East and the need to maintain our security commitments in Europe and Asia. Recruitment and retention suffer from extended overseas deployments that keep service personnel away from their homes and families for long periods of time.

John McCain believes that the answer to these challenges is not to roll back our overseas commitments. The size and composition of our armed forces must be matched to our nation's defense requirements. As requirements expand in the global war on terrorism so must our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard be reconfigured to meet these new challenges. John McCain thinks it is especially important to increase the size of the Army and Marine Corps to defend against the threats we face today.

John McCain knows that the most difficult and solemn decision a president must make is sending young Americans into harm's way. Having experienced firsthand the brutality of war, as president, John McCain would never make the decision to use force lightly, only when the cause is just, and our nation's values and interests absolutely demand it.

Modernizing American armed forces involves procuring advanced weapons systems that will help rapidly and decisively defeat any adversary and protect American lives. It also requires addressing force protection needs to make sure that America's combat personnel have the best safety and survivability equipment available.

Modernizing the armed forces also means adapting our doctrine, training, and tactics for the kind of conflicts we are most likely to face. Today, American forces are engaged in dangerous operations throughout the world. From Iraq and Afghanistan to Somalia and the Philippines, American forces are fighting the battles of the 21st century against terrorists and insurgents. These asymmetric conflicts require a very different force structure than the one we used to fight and win the Cold War.

The missions of the 21st century will not center on traditional territorial defense or mass armor engagements. Instead, the men and women of the U.S. armed forces will be engaged in, among other things, counter insurgency, counter terrorism, missile defense, counter proliferation and information warfare. This calls not just for a larger and more capable military, but for a new mix of military forces, including civil affairs, special operations, and highly mobile forces capable of fighting and prevailing in the conflicts America faces.

John McCain has worked aggressively to reform the defense budgeting process to ensure that America enjoys the best military at the best cost. This includes reforming defense procurement to ensure the faithful and efficient expenditure of taxpayer dollars that are made available for defense acquisition. Too often, parochial interests - rather than the national interest - have guided our spending decisions. John McCain supports significant reform in our defense acquisition process to ensure that dollars spent actually contribute to U.S. security.

John McCain also feels strongly that our nation's military spending, except in time of genuine emergency, must be funded by the regular appropriations process, not by "emergency" supplementals that allow defense to be funded outside the normal budget cycle. This process gives Congressional committees less ability to closely scrutinize defense budget requests to ensure military funding is being budgeted wisely. It makes possible Congressional pork-barrel spending that diverts scarce defense resources to parochial home-state interests. And it allows the administration to add spending above that set by budget caps, bloating the federal deficit. Budgeting annually through emergency supplemental appropriation bills encourages pork barrel spending. The American taxpayer has a right to expect us to get the most out of each and every defense dollar, especially at a time when those dollars are so critical. Throughout his career, John McCain has fought pork-barrel defense spending that diverts scarce defense resources to parochial, home-state projects rather than addressing the needs of service personnel. He believes that unauthorized earmarks drain our precious defense resources and adversely affect our national security. John McCain will continue to fight pork-barrel spending to ensure that military funds are spent where they are needed most - in support of our military personnel and our national defense.

Taking Care of Our Military Personnel and their Families

Our military personnel and their families deserve the nation's unfailing gratitude, respect, and support. As a former naval officer with a distinguished record of military service, John McCain understands the profound sacrifices made by our men and women who serve in the uniform of our country and their families.

He believes one of America's most solemn obligations is to treat our military personnel with the same sense of devotion and duty as they demonstrate in rendering their service to the nation. John McCain has fought for improved military pay and benefits, and an improved quality of life for military families.

America's deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan rely heavily on Reserve and National Guard forces. John McCain has worked hard to ensure that benefits for deployed Reservists and National Guardsmen are brought in line with our active-duty military forces.

As president, he will make sure that just as we are always proud of our military personnel for what they do for the country, the country can be proud of what we do for them.

John McCain has worked tirelessly to protect increased benefits for America's veterans. He understands that our country has a duty to care for veterans who have honorably served. John McCain will continue to look out for the men and women who have answered our nation's call.

America must never leave its military retirees in any doubt that it will keep its commitments to them for their many years of faithful service. John McCain has been a champion of military retirees in the Senate and believes that it is especially important to ensure retired service personnel enjoy full health care and benefits comparable to that received by retired federal employees. John McCain understands that a key to recruiting and retaining a new generation of American military personnel is demonstrating that our government keeps its promises to retired service members. He will remain an unwavering champion for the rights of military retirees and their families.


Posted by: bigdaddy | July 31, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

McCain=McRove
Pitiful!

Posted by: Boxie | July 31, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again - - these guys learned nothing from the Hillary Clinton campaign. I thought that they had that smart bald headed guy developing strategy. If they think this is going to work - - well, it took Hillary's campaign almost a year to understand. They don't have that long to experiment. Oh well, I say, let's just vote so we can swear President Obama in and move on with our lives.

Posted by: Dee | July 31, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Eric Cantor was mentioned on Hardball as possible VP choice for McAZ.

Neocons really have him in their pockets. The senile should know they will kill him to get Cantor in as president through the back door. Then the nation would be dragged from one war to another to protect our 'best ally'.


Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

It seems like they were waiting to accuse Obama of playing the race card. Playing the race card is telling a jury you were targeted because your black. Playing the race card is suing your employer for discrimination when you were fired for doing a crappy job. Saying "they tell you not to for for me because I don't look like presidents on our currency" is not playing the race card. McCain just looks really foolish.

What a dumb strategic move. Maybe there would have been a good opportunity to play the "he played the race card" card, but this doesn't seem like it. Now that card's played. What's the next big strategic move from the McCain camp? When Obama says, "they tell you not to vote for me because I don't eat dinner at 5". He just played the age card!

McCain & Co. are really listless right now.

Posted by: Cliff | July 31, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Jimbo,, Thank you for telling it like it is. Only the lowest gutter slime would use our troops to win an election. McCain has past the point of no return.

Posted by: HemiHead | July 31, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

there is more oil under the rockies and in alaska than all of arabia...i cant wait to tap into it when mccain is elected..i need to drive my offshore boat and not pay 6/gallon.

Posted by: bigdaddy | July 31, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

To all readers bashing Senator Obama with really stupid comments,

You need to start reading and talking to people smarter than yourselves.

You are not making sense and neither is Senator McCain.

Posted by: JAC | July 31, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Mushbrained racists love the Rovian Goebbels tactics now being employed by McCain; they just turn off their brains, and are happily led by lies. If the voting public is again suckered, then our country deserves it. George W Bush was an immoral idiot in 1999, and guess what, he performed down to his standards (of course Exxon/Mobil rejoices) fools voted for him twice and we all have to suffer from their idiocy. McCain is worse, and will be horrific.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Posted earlier by an anonymous poster:

Quote: "I can't believe I voted for John McCain in 2000 when the Maryland Republican Party allowed Independents to vote in their primary. That John McCain is gone. His spirit is dead. I would never vote for him again. The McCain campaign is a disgrace to all Americans and especially to military veterans, and I speak as a Navy Vietnam vet with two Purple Hearts. McCain turns my stomach."

Good Lord! What do *you* think Obama meant when he voiced the bit about "...I don't look like those other presidents on Dollar Bills"? Especially when it follows upon "I have a funny name" (calling attention to the fact that he is African. American I'm not so sure)' This is a most UNFAIR, vicious, completely FALSE attack that the liberal press is making on McCain, just to perpetuate their STUPID, ill-based, BIASED belief in **their** "messiah". I hope Victor Davis Hanson or better still, christopher Hitchens jumps on this with their incomparable clear-sightedness and Logic!

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What did I mean? Where to begin. First of all, relative to the ill-conceived and probably illegal Iraq War, Victor Davis Hanson and Christopher Hitchens - both intelligent men - are completely bonkers and wrong on this issue, and they have been wrong about everything on this issue since 2002. I have their books in my library. I know who they are. On this issue, I assume both were struck by lightning, golf balls, or perhaps Dick Cheney had micro chips inserted into the backs of their necks. I hope that clears this up for you.

I believe Barack Obama was completely accurate when he characterized this latest low road McCain ad for what it is; an obvious racial appeal to racists and what the media have been referring to lately as "low information voters."

I stand by my earlier statements, i.e., the John McCain of 2008 is a shell of the John McCain of 2000. The McCain of 2000 is a myth, a mirage, a ghost. He's gone.

The straight-talk express now lives in the gutter, and McCain is unworthy to be President of the United States.

And I say that as a combat veteran of the same war McCain participated in, albeit briefly before he became a POW. I am also an Independent/moderate voter, a white male retiree, and someone who has voted for McCain in the past.

If Obama now gets my vote (and financial support) imagine the scope and breadth of support he is getting from the rest of the nation.

I once admired and believed in McCain, but his negative/cheap shot campaign tactics, his myriad flip-flops on substantive policy issues, and his obsioualy declining cognitive ability have changed my feelings about him. His time has come and gone.

In addition, we have not had such an intelligent, idealistic, and gifted politician as Barack Obama since the Kennedys in the 1960s. If we, as a nation, are too naive, racist, and short-sighted to accept and vote for this man, we deserve whatever calamity falls upon us in the next 4 years.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama SHOULD play the ho card:

http://www.campaignmoney.org/files/Its_A_Gusher.pdf

Trixie McCain (R-HO): floppin' for dollars.

Posted by: oggtheblog | July 31, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

mike - did i stutter? mccain loves this country. neither one of us can pretend to know what the full weight of those votes were. what has obama done for this country. tell me...what has he done...nothing of any material substance as mccain.

Posted by: bigdaddy | July 31, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse


NaNa,Na,NaNa Barack played the race card.. NaNa,Na,NaNa Barack played the race card.. NaNa,Na,NaNa Barack played the race card.. GoGoGaGa MaMa DaDa? Yes son, this is called politics. This is how Americans pick a president.

Posted by: HemiHead | July 31, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Stupid is as stupid does and Obama is not stupid. He got as far as the gate in Landstuhl with retired General Gratien that arranged the visit with him. Gratien was told as part of his election staff, he would not be allowed to visit. Instead of leaving his friend, whose blood sweat and tears kept America safe, Obama decided not to go. Leaving the general behind would insult his service to his country. The Pentagon in not allowing Gratien in is at fault. Any mentally sound veteran should be allowed to visit wounded troops not matter who they support. With only two people and all other visits kept on the QT by Obama and Hagel, this was no photo op.

Posted by: Jimbo | July 31, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

This campaign has reached a new low. Some functionary from McCain's campaign can make an unfounded comment and it is the lead story. If this country continues to go to he.. in a handbasket as it has for the last 8 years the media can be convicted as an accessory after the fact. Seriously was there any thing of substance happening in the campaign today?

Posted by: CDgainesville | July 31, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain is trying so hard to rerun the Clinton campaign against Obama that he can't even figure out how to use the right allegations at the right time. Bill's "he used the race card against me' whine doesn't come into play until much later in the campaign. At this rate John will have used the whole Hillary routine before September. I guess John will be hitting bars and knocking back Royal Crown shots any day now.

Posted by: ATP2007 | July 31, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Anon 9:33 -- I am skeptical that some of the posters purporting to be "Clinton supporters" were in fact "Clinton supporters".

If recent history has proven anything true it's that Bush Republicans -- including McCain -- are a little too comfortable lying.

Posted by: JP2 | July 31, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Did I hear you say McCain loves his country. This is the guy that voted NO to finding POW's in Nam and had the records sealed. Voted against health care for our troops four tears in a row while two wars are going on. You must be out of your mind. You would rather vote for a traitor than a black man.

Posted by: Mike | July 31, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

racam_us...typical obama supporter playing the race card.

Posted by: bigdaddy | July 31, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Nothing but dead ender whiners left in Rove's commie GOP.

Vote Republican get Communism
Who'd of thunk it.

McCain has flip flopped his manchurian candidate way to McSame and his only promise is another 4 years of the Same commie Rovian Politics.

All this whining because they are loosing.

Only another 172 days to go. Then the court cases can begin.

And America can have place the hand of its cold hard justice upon Rove's commie GOP.

THE GOP IS DEAD.
The GOP lost the National Security Conservative vote after George Bush and his commie GOP buddies tucked tail and ran from Afghanistan when they had a chance to get Bin Laden. The military on the ground do not forget that kind of REMF FUBAR from the likes of Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush.

After a needless war in Iraq.

NO WMD
NO Link to Al-Qaeda
NO Link to 9/11
That kinda grates on the military.

After outing a US NOC agent Valerie Wilson (nee Plame); you reading this "Traitor Bob"?
That really gets soldiers hackles up.

After no body armor and no Humvee or Truck armor and most of all after a cockroach and rat infested Walter Reed and STILL nobody talking about the real problems of PTSD!

And after the abiding shame of the US nation dragged through the putrefaction of state sponsored torture. Soldiers do not not take lightly to the Flag being dragged through the mud by some commie GOP.

THE GOP IS DEAD.
The GOP lost the Fiscal Conservative vote after 8 years of NeoConMen philosophy of BORROW AND SPEND, SPEND, SPEND! with which they have INFECTED US businesses and the very citizens of America! The very same sick ideology of DEBT Cheney glorified with his: "Reagan proved that deficits don't matter."Pronouncement.

George Bush and his commie cronies have already left the USA with a TAX DEBT BILL of 9.5 trillion; the equivalent of a second mortgage on every US family, 30,000 dollars for every Man Woman and Child in the USA. And it is expected to reach 10 trillion by the end of the year.

TEN Trillion Dollars of Republicommie back taxes! PLUS INTEREST!

Ten Trillion Dollars that the US TAX payer has been left the bill for!

After PORK SUBSIDIES for the likes of Halliburton, Blackwater and KBR and all those other Republicommie companies that went to Iraq to suck on the US TAX TIT.

After NO BID contracts for Halliburton surely America's biggest ever social security cheque for hard up billionaires who run their own companies into the ground.

After Enron, Abramoff, Tom Delay, Tom Anderson, John G. Rowland, George Ryan, Tom Noe and yes Ted Stevens etc. and the philosophy of flimflam that pervades this Administration.

And After infecting US business with BORROW AND SPEND, SPEND, SPEND! Until US business is bought up by Commie China and under the Sharia Law of Sovereign Wealth Funds.

THE GOP IS DEAD.
The GOP lost the Main Street Conservative vote after the Dollar Depreciation Policy, 130 Dollar Oil, Stocks through the floor, Banks going bust, foreclosures, halving the value of your 401K and pensions, raiding the Social Security and Medicaid savings account.

The DEBT of predatory lending practices.
The DEBT of maxed out credit cards.
The DEBT of rising mortgage interest rates.
The DEBT that created sub-prime.

The DEBT that destroys US companies.

And by infecting America with the NeoConMen's BORROW AND SPEND SPEND SPEND philosophy DEBT on cars, houses, furniture, college, and even your credit card for the groceries,

Shop till you drop! DEBT!

Another THIRTEEN TRILLION dollars of Personal and Business DEBT!

A ZOMBIE GOP based on VOODOO ECONOMICS.

THE GOP IS DEAD.
The GOP lost the Christian Conservative vote after Katrina, Abu Ghraib and when Christians realised the Bush Faith-Based and Community Initiatives program was just a Con.

The Republicommies called evangelicals: "boorish" "ridiculous" "goofy" "nuts" according to David Kuo, a conservative Christian, former assistant to President Bush and Deputy Director of Bush's Faith-Based and Community Initiatives program, in his book Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction.

As David Kuo points out NeoConMen are "cynically hijacking the faith-based initiatives idea for electoral gain," ignoring issues such as poverty, and limiting faith-based grants to organizations that are "politically friendly to the administration." For those who became part of the Republicommie NeoConMen team 8 billion dollars was promised but only about 21 million was ever paid out.

The main people the Republicommies gave money to? You guessed it they were people like Rev. Ted Haggard there to run the Republicommie owned church. Of course he was more interested in paying 200 dollars a go by cash in envelopes to give a gay rent boy oral sex and snort methamphetamine.

THE GOP IS DEAD.
They did it by turning the GOP into the Communist Party.

Everyone can see the Republican party ain't conservative any more, time somebody dug a hole and buried the GOP's stinking slimy commie corpse.

Posted by: walker1 | July 31, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I hate this kind of politics. I am ignoring the news until real issues are discussed.

Posted by: HonestAbe | July 31, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

hemihead...get a grip...the economy is the way it is because of global explosion in china and india..the are huge shifts in the demand supply lines across every major industry...currency devaulation is not something the president controls...its bernake and the Fed working in conjunction with the World Bank and its policies which are not controlled by the President. Correlation is not causality and if you dont know what that means you likely think murders go up with ice cream sales in the summer.

Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats - HL Mencken

Posted by: bigdaddy | July 31, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't vote for McCain if he were the only one running. I am squeaky white and I am ashamed of Bush/McCain. They are the kind who give white people a bad name.

Posted by: racam_us | July 31, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

At least McCain STANDS for something -- doesn't he?

* McCain supported the drilling moratorium; now he's against it.
* McCain strongly opposes a windfall-tax on oil company profits. Three weeks earlier, he was perfectly comfortable with the idea.
* McCain thought Bush's warrantless-wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.
* McCain defended "privatizing" Social Security. Now he says he's against privatization (though he actually still supports it.)
* McCain wanted to change the Republican Party platform to protect abortion rights in cases of rape and incest. Now he doesn't.
* McCain thought the estate tax was perfectly fair. Now he believes the opposite.
* He opposed indefinite detention of terrorist suspects. When the Supreme Court reached the same conclusion, he called it "one of the worst decisions in the history of this country."
* McCain said he would "not impose a litmus test on any nominee." He used to promise the opposite.
* McCain believes the telecoms should be forced to explain their role in the administration's warrantless surveillance program as a condition for retroactive immunity. He used to believe the opposite.
* McCain supported storing spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Now he believes the opposite.
* McCain supported moving "towards normalization of relations" with Cuba. Now he believes the opposite.
* McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Hamas. Now he believes the opposite.
* McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Syria. Now he believes the opposite.
* He argued the NRA should not have a role in the Republican Party's policy making. Now he believes the opposite.
* McCain supported his own lobbying-reform legislation from 1997. Now he doesn't.
* He wanted political support from radical televangelists like John Hagee and Rod Parsley. Now he doesn't.
* McCain supported the Lieberman/Warner legislation to combat global warming. Now he doesn't.
* McCain pledged in February 2008 that he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Specifically, McCain was asked if he is a "'read my lips' candidate, no new taxes, no matter what?" referring to George H.W. Bush's 1988 pledge. "No new taxes," McCain responded. Two weeks later, McCain said, "I'm not making a 'read my lips' statement, in that I will not raise taxes."
* McCain is both for and against a "rogue state rollback" as a focus of his foreign policy vision.
* McCain says he considered and did not consider joining John Kerry's Democratic ticket in 2004.
* In 1998, he championed raising cigarette taxes to fund programs to cut underage smoking, insisting that it would prevent illnesses and provide resources for public health programs. Now, McCain opposes a $0.61-per-pack tax increase, won't commit to supporting a regulation bill he's co-sponsoring, and has hired Philip Morris' former lobbyist as his senior campaign adviser.
* McCain has changed his economic worldview on multiple occasions.
* McCain has changed his mind about a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq on multiple occasions.
* McCain is both for and against attacking Barack Obama over his former pastor at his former church.
* McCain believes Americans are both better and worse off than they were before Bush took office.
* McCain is both for and against earmarks for Arizona.
* McCain believes his endorsement from radical televangelist John Hagee was both a good and bad idea.
* McCain's first mortgage plan was premised on the notion that homeowners facing foreclosure shouldn't be "rewarded" for acting "irresponsibly." His second mortgage plan took largely the opposite position.
* McCain vowed, if elected, to balance the federal budget by the end of his first term. Soon after, he decided he would no longer even try to reach that goal.
* In February 2008, McCain reversed course on prohibiting waterboarding.
* McCain used to champion the Law of the Sea convention, even volunteering to testify on the treaty's behalf before a Senate committee. Now he opposes it.
* McCain was a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants' kids who graduate from high school. Now he's against it.
* On immigration policy in general, McCain announced in February 2008 that he would vote against his own legislation.
* In 2006, McCain sponsored legislation to require grassroots lobbying coalitions to reveal their financial donors. In 2007, after receiving "feedback" on the proposal, McCain told far-right activist groups that he opposes his own measure.
* McCain said before the war in Iraq, "We will win this conflict. We will win it easily." Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was "probably going to be long and hard and tough."
* McCain said he was the "greatest critic" of Rumsfeld's failed Iraq policy. In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as "a mission accomplished." In March 2004, he said, "I'm confident we're on the right course." In December 2005, he said, "Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course."
* McCain went from saying he would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade to saying the exact opposite.
* McCain went from saying gay marriage should be allowed, to saying gay marriage shouldn't be allowed.
* McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as "an agent of intolerance" in 2002, but then decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans "deserved" the 9/11 attacks.
* McCain used to oppose Bush's tax cuts for the very wealthy, but he reversed course in February.
* On a related note, he said 2005 that he opposed the tax cuts because they were "too tilted to the wealthy." By 2007, he denied ever having said this, and insisted he opposed the cuts because of increased government spending.
* In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending "dirty money" to help finance Bush's presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.
* McCain supported a major campaign-finance reform measure that bore his name. In June 2007, he abandoned his own legislation.
* McCain opposed a holiday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., before he supported it.
* McCain was against presidential candidates campaigning at Bob Jones University before he was for it.
* McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he's pro-ethanol.
* McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.
* McCain decided in 2000 that he didn't want anything to do with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, believing he "would taint the image of the 'Straight Talk Express.'" Kissinger is now the Honorary Co-Chair for his presidential campaign in New York.

Posted by: oggtheblog | July 31, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

so if mccain's campain is saying all these things (he's risk, he has a funny name, he doesn't look like the presidents on dollar bills), how is obama suppose to respond? he was just pointing out what mccain's campain is trying to do. i don't see how that is playing the race card. if anything he is pointing out that they have played the race card.

Posted by: fds | July 31, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse


Obama played the race card waaaay back in Iowa when he trotted Oprah out.

He played the race card when he wasn't doing well among black voters in SC and he accused Bill Clinton of being a racist. He did it through his surrogates but we all know Obama's campaign not-at-all-different game by now.


Obama is BANKING ON BLACK "GIMMIE" DON'T HAVE TO WORK FOR THEM VOTES.


Blacks know it. But intelligent blacks like Whoopie and Maya know better. They can see through this hoodwinking sly done nothing.


Obama thinks he DESERVES the votes of blacks.

Obama thinks he DOESN'T HAVE TO EARN THEM.

THEY OWE HIS BLACK HALF THEIR VOTE.


SMALL TOWN BITTER WHITE FOLK KNOW OBAMA IS A GAME PLAYING RACIST

SMALL TOWN BITTER WHITE FOLK HAVE HIGHER STANDARDS THAN JUST THE COLOR OF ONE'S SKIN FOR THIS JOB

AND THEY ARE CLINGING TO THOSE STANDARDS


GOD BLESS AMERICA


NOVEMBER = NOBAMA

THE HILLARY TRASHING DEMOCRAT BOYS CLUB HAS DONE IT AGAIN

A LOSER


Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

"so what they're going to try to do"
What they're GOING to try to do. When the McCain campaign suggest that Obama is saying "they ARE" no going to is a significant difference. Does anyone remember Harold Ford? Do we not believe that McCain's campaign negativism will not play the race issue? Come on. Be real. Of course they will. And they lied about Langstuhl. and will continue to lie.

Posted by: Denver, CO | July 31, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I like that...
Obam ME...Obam Me...Obam Me...Obam me me me...

Posted by: Tyger | July 31, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Here's what will happen in November:

All of the Losers that saddled America with "W" the Worst President Ever will support McCain...and the rest of America won't.

Losers just LOVE pain...and hate America so much they want the rest of us to pay the tab for it. They're worse than the worst welfare queens.

Posted by: wilder5121 | July 31, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Typical Obama supporter: Blah, blah racism, blah, blah, bigots, blah, blah, racism.

Obama supporters remind me of the Religious Right from 2000. Humorless, intolerant bigots. Question their candidate and you're a religious bigot. This time around, you're a racist.

Posted by: grunk | July 31, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

It is truly sad to see McCain, the Vietnam war hero, jump into the mud and use a cheap attack on Obama presidential persona using a Paris Hilton comparison. McCain time and again accuses Obama of flaws McCain himself has: 1)He says whatever in an effort to become president, just consider what he stood for in 2000 compared to now; 2)McCain has bad judgement: don't take my word for it, it was the ethics senate committee that reach that conclusion after his helping his patron Charles Keating in the 1980's; and of course we have his bad judgment in supporting the invasion of Iraq

Posted by: BobBrown | July 31, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Obameeeeee...playing the race card? No! Just No! As in NO Way! Most poker players use a card they own. I guess Obameeeee can't play poker either.

Posted by: Pansycritter | July 31, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain's America.

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, which they have no problem using against fellow citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!

Posted by: HemiHead | July 31, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Notice how sensitive they are when you point out he's an air-head like Paris Hilton, or rock star vapid like Britney? ...
Posted by: Eyes-Wide-Open | July 31, 2008 9:32 PM
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Shouldn't McCain kinda stay away from the stupid-rich-blonde-bimbo angle?

Posted by: oggtheblog | July 31, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

joet wrote: How about I see all the radical leftists that Obama has surrounded hisself with?
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WOW! Caroline Kennedy, Warren Buffet, Al Gore, etc..radical leftist..you really are an out of touch psycho.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

mccain or obama? hmm...take the guy who put his life on the line between 22 and 35 and did hard time in a prison camp OR the guy who was running around smoking cigarettes, attending muslim rallies or visiting one of his three step brothers because his mother couldnt find and keep a man (you think obama might have some attachment disorders from that?).

easy choice...McCain loves this country and would have died for it...you think Obama once considered even signing up for reserves even?

I voted for Bill way back when...for the same reason, i thought he loved this country.

Posted by: bigdaddy | July 31, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

McSame's camp seem to be sounding panicked.

Lots of commie GOP whining going on.

Who'd of thunk it?

Vote Republican get communism.

Posted by: walker1 | July 31, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

KP wrote: Watch Obama's #s drop further when he announces his VP selection, and Hillary supporters who were holding out for some acknowledgment say bye-bye Obama.
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Hillary supporters should be ostracized and shipped off to a deserted island. Their behavior is despicable and not worthy of anymore attention then they have already gotten. Hillary loss the primary because she was a habitual liar and she ran a bad campaign. No onw should be blamed for Hillary's loss she and Bill did it to themselves. They were too over confident and did not have a plan B.. She was so sure that she would be the nominee and it seems like so did you.. the shock hasn't worn off and you are living your life in the past. You are going to be a whole year older soon and you will have nothing but your whining as memories for the year you lost while the world and Hillary were moving on.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Anon 9:15 PM -- that's flatly untrue.

On tax policy we have McCain making a 180 on the Bush tax cuts. He said in 2001 that the tax cuts were skewed too heavily towards the top .01; and in 2003 that we don't cut taxes during a time of war.

McCain now even goes beyond the Bush tax cuts giving even more handouts to the top .01 percent.

These are the same tax cuts which have contributed to a doubling of our national debt in short 8 years. These are the same tax cuts which do nothing to increase middle class wages and do even less to help middle class families bottom lines when taxes are due.

On foreign policy we have more of the McSame in terms of engaging in wars that make big oil and global dictators rich, but do nothing to advance our security. McCain's policies are Bush's policies (although McCain has jumped on the Obama bandwagon on timetables, securing loose nukes, Afghanistan, and energy security issues that Obama was talking about in 2002 and 2003 when McCain was telling the American people that the Afghanistan war was effectively over).

In terms of ethics we have a candidate who was involved in the biggest banking scandal since the Great Depression in John McCain (the Savings and Loan scandal).

This is the same guy who brought a key player from the second largest post-Depression banking disaster on board as a key economic adviser (Phil Gramm and the subprime crisis -- although the final tally on this one hasn't come due yet).

On social security and health care McCain is literally serving up the same old tired Bush ideas, which will benefit some of the GOP's underwriters, and will come at the costs of the interest of the majority of Americans.

The man's track record stinks, which is probably one reason that McCain is running away from his record.

McCain's economic policies primarily benefit himself and Cindy.

Obama's economic policies are targeted to the middle class and future generations. That's the biggest issue in my mind this November.

If people want another 8 years of Bush's economic and foreign policies -- vote for McCain.

If people are tired of declining middle class wages, and reckless economic and foreign policies -- if they are sick of corrupt lobbyists writing policy that is at odds with the interest of future generations and the middle class -- Obama at least offers the promise of something different.

I'll take promise and a good track record -- even a short one -- over a reckless track record from a career Washington politician.

Posted by: JP2 | July 31, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Hillary gave up, would not attack when Obama used the race card. Obama is not black, his wife is. Where is she? Where is the fam? Bakin' cookies and pressing shirts..she's the lady.

Notice how sensitive they are when you point out he's an air-head like Paris Hilton, or rock star vapid like Britney? More fun than most. I guess when you actually compare Mr. Rock Star to rock stars, its not really Whitehouse material.

Posted by: Eyes-Wide-Open | July 31, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

your right, his biggest problem is that he not black, otherwise he'd be another Kerry... and fade away into an boring sunset.

3/4 of his superstar power is his color and the glass ceilings he is thankfully breaking.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama is desperate to get vote, so he is playing the race card. If your white, and don't vote for me your a racist. What a joke. How about I am not a Marxist, socialist? How about I am not for giving universal healthcare to illegal aliens, like Obama wants to do.

How about I believe the Supreme Court was correct in its 2nd Amendment case?

How about I understand supply and demand, and want offshore drilling for more oil?

How about I see all the radical leftists that Obama has surrounded hisself with?

How about I think he was wrong about Iraq, and he is so "The One" that he will not even admit he was wrong?

How about I don't think we should talk with terrorists, but send them to Allah?

Posted by: joe t | July 31, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

>>Stop posting your lies. You make me sick!

Posted by: HemiHead | July 31, 2008 9:24 PM

Obama's latest excuse: "They told me that I shouldn't visit the wounded because I look like a monkey and they might mistake me for Bush."

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

McCain gives great "negative." At this stage in his life, cranky as he is, it's the one thing he does really well anymore.

Posted by: fzdybel | July 31, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

I am a Democrat, but I think John McCain would make a great president. . .
of AARP

Posted by: BHO Jr. | July 31, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

JakeD says, "Big_Luva:

Maybe you read one of the fake JakeD posts?"

And which ones would those be? The ones written by the JakeD wearing the white sheets and white cape, or the posts written by the JakeD with the white sheets and cape on a hanger in the closet, or at the cleaners?

Posted by: Big_Luva | July 31, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Hahahahahaha...so Obama has his lackeys out begging for money because Obama played the race card AGAIN and got caught.

Yeah, I'll run right over there and donate to the schmuck. His biggest problem is he's not black so SHUT UP

Posted by: Gal4Hil | July 31, 2008 9:21 PM


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Hahahahahaha...so Obama has his lackeys out begging for money because Obama played the race card AGAIN and got caught.

Yeah, I'll run right over there and donate to the schmuck. His biggest problem is he's not black so SHUT UP Putz.

You have no card up your sleeve, an Ace of Spades is black, something you wouldn't understand.


Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Straight talk in action: a Republican strategist tells BusinessWeek that John McCain was planning an attack ad against Barack Obama whether or not the Democrat visited wounded troops in Germany:

What the McCain campaign doesn't want people to know, according to one GOP strategist I spoke with over the weekend, is that they had an ad script ready to go if Obama had visited the wounded troops saying that Obama was...wait for it...using wounded troops as campaign props. So, no matter which way Obama turned, McCain had an Obama bashing ad ready to launch. I guess that's political hardball. But another word for it is the one word that most politicians are loathe to use about their opponents--a lie.
Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that McCain's ad accusing Obama of not caring about the troops was not supported by facts.

Posted by: Oscar | July 31, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

"I don't got no 50 dollars because obama refuses to allow off-shore drilling.

Posted by: Out of Gas | July 31, 2008 9:15 PM "

They pay you fifty dollars for drilling offshore?

Posted by: tom | July 31, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Rpatoh,,, Your a liar. Obama never brings the press to visit troops. Your so full of yourself With your Dr. this and Dr. that. Campaign rules say your not allowed to bring the press to the hospital. Why don't you listen to what the press had to say. They already said they were told to stay at the plane while Obama visited the troops. The pentagon had to open their big mouth and put Obama in a Dammed if ya do Dammed if ya don't position. Either way McCain would've had something to say. Stop posting your lies. You make me sick!

Posted by: HemiHead | July 31, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

I guess the truth hurts..McCain is playing gotcha politics and whatever Obama says will be used against him.. It is a sad day for America and in America when you have a senior Senator running a non-issue oriented campaign based on bull droppings.. If the shoe didn't fit McCain he would have laughed it off but you see the intent of the comment was to bait Senator Obama into explaining and telling the truth about McCain's tactics and then McCain canned response was that Obama was out of order by playing the race card...give me a break.. McCain needs to retire at Shady Pines and enjoy his senior years..

Posted by: lg | July 31, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

We Hillary supporters endured these scummy accusations over and over again from Obama during the primaries. Hillary couldn't fight back, because her party wouldn't let her. Well, in the GE, the Republicans don't have such concerns, and there won't be any spineless Superdelegates to drag a losing, limping Obama over the finish line.

Hats off to Steve Schmidt and the McCain campaign for preemptively outmaneuvering the race baiting scumbags at the Obama campaign. Even Obama supporters had to concede on CNN that Obama had made a factual error:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc4Re_ai01I

Watch Obama's #s drop further when he announces his VP selection, and Hillary supporters who were holding out for some acknowledgment say bye-bye Obama.

Posted by: KP | July 31, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Man this commie GOP are realy desperate.

Only 172 DAYS, 2 Hrs and 39 Minutes to go.

Whine all you want commie GOP, out on your ear soon.

Then, when pardons are off the table, let the court cases begin.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama's tires are under-inflated.

Posted by: Fightertom34 | July 31, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Let me set you ridiculous Obama voters straight.

Americans will NEVER elect a president who's a lawyer from Illinois who only served in the state senate for a few years, and only served a single term in the US Senate. Particularly one with an Islamic sounding name. So what if he gives great speeches. Who cares...NEVER gonna happen.

Oh...wait a minute. Now I remember...

America already did. I forgot about Abraham Lincoln.

Never mind.

Posted by: wilder5121 | July 31, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Raising a politically-explosive issue for the first time this election, Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) campaign accused Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) this morning of invoking the specter of race in order to bolster his electoral prospects.

He is the frontrunner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Why would he need to "bolster his electoral prospects"? In contrast, John McCain needs these nasty ads to gain attention so that he remains relevant.

By the way, antiterror groups would have a field day on these boards. Overt racism is an act of terror.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse


Show McNasty what you think of his stupid commercial by going to BarackObama.com tonight and donating $50.

....................................

I don't got no 50 dollars because obama refuses to allow off-shore drilling.

Posted by: Out of Gas | July 31, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is doing what he must. He has has to play the race card, for anything else will not work.

Posted by: Oscar | July 31, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

>>"So nobody really thinks that Bush or McCain have a real answer for the challenges we face, so what they're going to try to do is make you scared of me," he (Obama) told voters in Springfield.

Hmmm...without a shred of evidence.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Great idea Patrick.

Posted by: JP2 | July 31, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

We, the real American people, will lynch traitor Barack HUSSEIN Obama in November, and true American Hero John McCain will bring the rope himself.

McCAIN'08

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Fortunatus wrote:

Why did Obama play the race card? Is he not a Sen. from Hyde Park-Kentwood, Chicago? Is that not where Louis Farrakhan the founder of the racist Nation of Islam lives and works?

My Comment:

Its also the home of the various professors of the University of Chicago school of economics.... the right wing economic theory. It was the home of A. Scalia. That's a silly argument.

And it undermines all of your comments.

Posted by: Hyde Park Kenwood | July 31, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Show McNasty what you think of his stupid commercial by going to BarackObama.com tonight and donating $50.

Posted by: Patrick | July 31, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Both candidates are talking about major issues:

Obama wishes gas prices hadn't risen so fast, McCain wants to do something to lower them.

McCain wants to leave income taxes where they are, Obama wants to raise them to where they were before the Bush tax cuts plus raise social security taxes.

McCain wants to win the war in Iraq, Obama wants to surrender there so he can redeploy the troops to Pakistan.

Obama wants the United states to buy food for the rest world, McCain wants Americans to be able to feed themselves.

Posted by: rpatoh | July 31, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

McCain married into the mob.

http://www.girlinshortshorts.blogspot.com/2008/02/john-mccain-and-mob.html

He can't get elected.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama is insane.

Posted by: Mainer1776 | July 31, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Show McCain what you think of his stupid commercial. Go to
https://donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/deadlinemidnight2?source=20080731_BO_D2_X

Posted by: Patrick | July 31, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

It's a bit rich to accuse Obama of playing the race card when you've got the Republicans playing the he's-not-like-us card day in, day out. These guys are shameless, and the media should be embarrassed to be taken in by it. When Obama attacks Mccain, it's on the issues, and to defend himself; when McCain attacks Obama, it's all about Obama's character, his patriotism, the fact that he's "different". As Obama said, the Republicans have nothing new to offer, so that's why they're playing this game. Same old politics.

Posted by: Mark O | July 31, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

If you've had enough of McCain and his stupid attack commercials, here's a nice direct way to express your feelings. You get to see a great video clip of Obama's speech today as a bonus.

https://donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/deadlinemidnight2?source=20080731_BO_D2_X

Posted by: Patrick | July 31, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

NObama is a master card player - race,sex, he can play em all. Just ask Sen Clinton. SHe still has n't understood just what hit her.

As if he needed any help, the entire prostitutedom (er. media) is behind him. The deal the cards for him, paint the cards for him, just whatever he needs..

Sen McCain better be careful. Otherwise NObama will steal the White House, just as he stole the nomination.

Posted by: intcamd1 | July 31, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I was right on the surge. I listen to our commanders, Obama does not. I'm right and he wants to lose wars and hates our troops by not seeing them in Germany. I compare him to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. The surge caused the Sunni to turn on Al Qaeda. The only thing McCain was right on was the surge. Wrong everywhere else. Voted against Powell on Somalia, against Shinseki on Iraq, got our best military tactician Adm. Fallon fired with his Iran is a grave threat, did not support the drawdown in Iraq and buildup in Afghanistan recommended by Mullen and the joint chiefs. Al Qaeda is not in Iran. Iraq was not a good idea nor central to the war on terror. Iraq and Pakistan do not share a border nor does the Czech Republic exist. Voted against educational benefits for returning warriors. Wants to slowly withdraw in Iraq while building up Afghanistan with 12,000 on stop loss. Obama questioning whether a plan would work by an insurgency expert with a chest full of medals was stupid. Other than that, he has been right.

Posted by: Jimbo | July 31, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

>>No better way to do something distasteful than to accuse your opponent of doing it first.

Posted by: Caryl S. Foster | July 31, 2008 8:57 PM

Right out of the Obama play book. Sounds just like one the excuses Obama gave for not visiting the wounded troops in Landstuhl.

Posted by: rpatoh | July 31, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Even though obama has lied here, it would best suite him from here on out to ignore the whole subject. McCain might have got a point, or maybe it's even, but from here on if McCain keeps jabbering and obama zips it, it goes against McCian. It would do well for McCain to zip it also after today on these particular incidents. Wait for new ammo. Talk about the issues, which McCain is sorely avoiding like a wet turd.

Posted by: DogDays | July 31, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

McCain now has to find a way out of the latest mess he's in; his wife is doing business with Cuba. McCain might be able to use the senility defense; other than that, he knew about it.

Now he's trying to accuse Obama of puling the race card; apparently Obama says he doesn't look like the President on the dollar bill. Of course he doesn't; in fact, he doesn't look like ANY President on ANY bill. McCain would look kind of like Washington if McCain had more hair on the back end of his OLD skull. And as usual, the Republican in-bred fools jump all over Obama for pulling the race card. The only group I hear pulling the race card is the McCain camp when they accuse Obama of pulling the race card.

Now the GOP is blaming high gas prices on Obama. Hmmmmm...don't know how they can tie that to Obama. All of a sudden, Iraq is pumping the highest per barrel output than they ever have. Gee...it's magic!

The Republican party is panicking, McCain is panicking, and Obama is looking better every day thanks to McCain.

Obama was in Europe and looked Presidential; McCain looked like a doddering old fool. And the Republicans can't stand the fact that McCain can't separate himself from Bush.

Why do Republicans hate the United States so much?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign has moved from attempting to subliminally get its "message" across to directly putting it in America's face. No better way to do something distasteful than to accuse your opponent of doing it first.

Posted by: Caryl S. Foster | July 31, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

This amounts to the same thing Hillary did when she started crying in public for votes. One day she's slinging back shots in a bar saying she'll bomb Iran, the next day she's balling her eyes out on the street looking for votes. It's time to move past the 2nd grade people. McCain is counting on dumb down Americans to pay attention to the headlines, not the facts.

Posted by: HemiHead | July 31, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

It's not because of race:

Today, Dr. Danny Jazarevic, who served as the Chief of Trauma, Critical Care and Vascular Surgery at Landstuhl, issued the following statement on Barack Obama's canceled visit to Ramstein and Landstuhl:

"Last week, Senator Obama skipped a visit with wounded U.S. troops at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany because the Pentagon would not allow campaign staff or media to accompany him into the hospital. I served as director of trauma surgery at that hospital for nearly four years and saw the effect that a visit from a celebrity like Senator Obama could have on morale. During that time, I do not recall a single member of Congress canceling a visit with the troops despite being just a few hours away, but Senator Obama seems to have been more concerned with how the visit would affect him than how it would affect the soldiers recovering from wounds received in the service of their country."

Dr. Danny Jazarevic served as the Chief of Trauma, Critical Care and Vascular Surgery at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. In 1984, Dr. Jazarevic joined the United States Army and later the Florida National Guard. He has since served in Honduras, Africa, Saudi Arabia, Bosnia, and Iraq. From December 2002 through January 2006, Dr. Jazarevic was assigned to the U.S. Army Hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, where he served as Chief of Trauma, Critical Care and Vascular Surgery. During this period, he deployed to Iraq numerous times, including with the 101st Airborne Division Forward Surgical Team and as Director of Operations for the 44th U.S. Army Medical Command. He is currently the Chief Trauma Surgeon at a civilian medical center in Florida, and also serves as a full Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Dr. Jazarevic has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

Posted by: rpatoh | July 31, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

We Clinton supporters experienced pretty starkly what sort of low down bacteria Obama and his campaign team are.

Posted by: Obama the race baiter | July 31, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Attacks devoid of substance? A candidate who can't articulate a positive vision? A litany of personal attacks from Washington lobbyist insiders?

Sounds like a typical GOP campaign of sleaze and smear.

If the GOP and McCain had a track record to run on, it would be running on the issues and its track record.

The fact that it isn't speaks volumes.

McCain continues to lower the bar and degrade himself. I voted for him in 2000, but I do not recognize this guy. He has lost his bearings and his moral sense.

Posted by: JP2 | July 31, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a liar. saying that some people wouldn't vote for him because he doesn't look like the Presidents of the past. Everybody knows that he and Bush both look alike. They look like monkeys. Obama tries to avert attention from this similarity because he knows how much it upsets the MoveOn.org crowd.

Posted by: rpatoh | July 31, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign needed to hit hard after Obama's "Low Road" ad. Playing the race card is low, and it's nothing new to the Obama campaign. Criticizing his Iraq war rhetoric as a "fairy tale" was called racism. Going on the trail and talking about hypotheticals has no place in the new politics. Point. McCain.

Posted by: Hope Floats | July 31, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

To those who say Obama wasn't playing the race card here---well, what do you make of a comment he made a month ago at a fundraiser in Florida? It sounds awfully similar, and it very clearly plays the same race card:

"The choice is clear. Most of all we can choose between hope and fear. It is going to be very difficult for Republicans to run on their stewardship of the economy or their outstanding foreign policy. We know what kind of campaign they're going to run. They're going to try to make you afraid. They're going to try to make you afraid of me. He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black?"

Posted by: commenter | July 31, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Really, I didn't know McCain was Black. Dang, he must die his skin or something.
;-)

Posted by: nestmaster | July 31, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama did say... they will lett people know my name sounds funny (a race-religious attack) and that he doesn't look like men on greenbacks (A race and age/experience attack).

He did accuse of the republicans will do, are doing this.

And some people in McCain's camp are doing this, but low level and on the outer fringes.

McCain would never do it at this point.

Obama brought it up, but denies it had anything to do with race, but it did.

Both look bad when not talking about the issues.

Posted by: DogDays | July 31, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

It seems John McCain is just a sniper looking for reasons to fire off at Obama. A mature and seasoned politician as he claims to be, who has the interest of the electorate at heart, discusses ideas to make their life better, as oppossed to spending his time looking for confrontation. His general attitude towards Obama is an insight into how meddlesome an administration he will run when he becomes president, much like the current administration.

Posted by: Cook | July 31, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

2 quick videos, one Obama and one McCain. Is it me, or McCain can't even hide the fact that he is reading.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2008/07/31/VI2008073101246.html

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

more bad news for Obama.....another one of his buddies, some idiot rapper named Ludacris(ya got that right) has released a song talking about "painting the White House black, and a bunch of other usual racist rap garbage. Fox is airing the song regularly(CNN is not, of course). Aside from the fact that the song is atrocious(as usual, its on the level of a fourth grader), its par for the course from these black retard rappers. McCain needs to show the American people that Obama has an association with these racists like Wright and Ludacris, and leftist idiots like Flaeger and Ayers

Posted by: lucasjax | July 31, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

It seems John McCain is just a sniper looking for reasons to fire off at Obama. A mature and seasoned politician as he claims to be, who has the interest of the electorate at heart discusses ideas to make their life better, as opposed to spending his time looking for confrontation. His general attitude towards Obama is an insight into how meddlesome an administration he will run when he becomes president, much like the current administration.

Posted by: Cook | July 31, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

John McCain bless his heart. I see that little blue pill is kicking in, of course with the blood flowing to the other head his brain has turned to mush. Clean Campaign? American deserves it? Straight talker? Really

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

John McCain bless his heart. I see that little blue pill is kicking in, of course with the blood flowing to the other head his brain has turned to mush. Clean Campaign? American deserves it? Straight talker? Really

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

"Race is now out on the table and the question is whjether or not most american voters will feel comfortable with a black man as their leader especially if he lets his hair grow out afro style."

I would not be exactly comfortable with John McCain growing his hair down to his waist either. Can't help but see a bit of racial tinge in this comment...

Posted by: John M. | July 31, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey, John, what a brilliant strategy! Connect up Obama in the redneck mind with two well-known promiscuous blonde bimbos (thereby dragging in the notion of miscegenation), and then deny any racist intent and accuse Obama of "playing the race card!" How to throw dreck at your opponent while seeming to keep your own hands clean.

Posted by: oldhonky | July 31, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

I'll quote Marc Ambinder of the Atlantic:

McCain's campaign is trying to play the aggrieved victim card, trying to generate the type of outrage that legitimately follows when the "race card" is played illegitimately. Also, by putting on their poker face a day after the Britney/Paris ad, McCain's campaign might be trying to associate criticism of McCain's tactics with the allegedly laid down race card. McCain's aides have been waiting to use this "race card" card for a while, saving it up like one of those Uno Draw Fours.

Posted by: vwcat | July 31, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

NaNa,Na,NaNa Barack played the race card.. NaNa,Na,NaNa Barack played the race card.. NaNa,Na,NaNa Barack played the race card.. GoGoGaGa MaMa DaDa? Yes son, this is called politics. This is how Americans pick a president.

Posted by: HemiHead | July 31, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

I hope McCain, the old fart, croaks before November. He looks like he is half dead already.

Posted by: mitz | July 31, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

It seems John McCain is just a sniper looking for reasons to fire off at Obama. A mature and seasoned politician who has the interest of the electorate at heart discusses ideas to make their life better, as oppossed to spending his time looking for confrontation. His general attitude towards Obama is an insight into how a meddlesome administration he will run when he becomes president, much like the current administration.

Posted by: Cook | July 31, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Actually Mcane does not have to do a darn thing. Obama has shot himself in the foot one to many times and we the people are sick of him and his crowd! Sorry but that is the bottom line, well the winning line is "when we get into the White House we will paint it BLACK" Now that sure is a vote winner eh. Just one more of Obamas pals that went under the bus today!
Wonder why this was not on YOUR cable TV? Not any where in this paper either hmmmm wonder why???

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

It seems John McCain is just a sniper looking for reasons to fire off at Obama. A mature and seasoned politician who has the interest of the electorate at heart discusses ideas to make their life better, as oppossed to spending his time looking for confrontation. His general attitude towards Obama is an insight into how a meddlesome administration he will run when he becomes president, much like the current administration.

Posted by: Cook | July 31, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

I've been waiting for this. Its classic republican strategy:

1) Determine an underhanded plan.
2) Wrongly accuse your opponent of the same underhanded thing.
3) Execute the plan and claim your opponent did it first.

Obama is right to just ignore it. Its bait thrown out by the Atwater/Rove trained goons in the RNC. Just let it lie there and stink up those who put it there. But it is a preview to step 3, when McCain lets loose with some subtle racist attacks, all ok because Obama did it first!

Look for the attacks to come next week while McCain's false charge is still in people's minds. There repubs are so predictable.

Posted by: Fate | July 31, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

mccain is desperate. i do not think the race card was played what Obama said is the truth he does not look like anyone on dollars bills and mccain is trying to portray Obam as somebody other than an american, somebody scary when in fact mccain is the scary one even scarier than bush. mccain lies from one campaign stop to the next.

Posted by: Troy | July 31, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

The only group I hear puling the race card on a daily basis is the McCain camp and Republican supporters who post on WaPo.

As for McCain, now we come to find out his wife is dealing with Cuba. I wonder if McCain will use the senility defense.

Posted by: Michael | July 31, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

JOHN HATCHER,

ONLY A BLOOMING IDIOT AMERICAN-OR A FOREIGNER- WOULD HAVE THOUGHT ANYTHING DIFFERENT THAN THE DIFFERENCE BEING SKIN COLOR WHEN BARACK OBAMA MADE THE MENTION OF HIM BEING DIFFERENT FROM LEADERS ON OUR MONEY NOTES.

OBVIOUSLY YOU AREN'T A NORMAL AMERICAN.

Posted by: OH GOD GET REAL | July 31, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama playing the race card. Seems like I heard that refrain before. Obama and his campaign played that card against Clinton during the primaries and it worked because of the apportionment of the delegates in each state and the minority vote was significant to the outcome of those elections. However, Obama playing the racecard again in the General Election is not going to give him significant numbers. In fact, it might turn off voters who were on-the-fence. Obama won't get Republicans that way and he may lose what few Hillary supporters who were going to vote for him. (He'll rub salt in the wound). I think it might backfire on Obama and his camp. Time will tell.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, negative campaigns work in American politics. George Bush used it against Al Gore and John Kerry; he was elected twice.Now, John McCain is proving that he is continuing the same dirty politics. His message is still unclear about the economy, foreign policy, etc. John McCain and George Bush are like fingers on the same hand. It's not necessary for Senator Obama to respond to every negative ad. Rather, he needs to continue his consultations in domains such as the economy, foreign affairs, war in Iraq, and Afganistan. As the Fulani of Guinea say, "The croak of frogs doesn't prevent the elephant from drinking in the river."
Guy at guyblaise.com
Guy Blaise

Posted by: Guy Blaise | July 31, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Just adding my vote to you bickering mobsters. I'm gonna vote for McCain come nov & am also pretty enthused about race now being an open issue.

Posted by: hi folks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! | July 31, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Presidents Washington, Lincoln, Jackson, Grant, and non presidents Hamilton and Franklin are on most of the US bills.
How does the apprearance of each of these men differ from Barack Obama ?
One difference: Obama is young, the men on the currency are not, McCain is not.
However the older man, McCain, quickly saw the difference as a difference in color,
Obama did not insinuate that color was the difference, McCain did. .

It was McCain who played the race card, not Obama.
McCain assumed that the difference was color, belying a racism that pervades the nation,
then he blamed Obama for doing what McCain did. Obama trumped McCain's race card with the senility card.

Posted by: John Hatcher | July 31, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Condi/ Colin 08!

Posted by: Rex | July 31, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Rick Davis has Obama by the throat; McCain himself has Obama by the left arm; the couple new hired, old Karl Rove accolades each has Obama by a leg. Fiorina has Obama by the right arm.

Two big 300 pounder assistants jump on skinny bone Obama's back. A few more nameless Patriots pull on Obama's coattails.

Some woman starts unbuckling Obam's belt (I'm not sure if she's a black or a white woman, as I am seeing from her behind. But she has a "A Clinton Supporter" sign on her back...)

And, guess what?, Obama is starting to tire out, barely able to put one foot beyond the other, as he tries to move forward.

All of us are standing in observation, with some clapping, saying "Look at the strong young Black man! He's dragging the whole opposition team by himself. Is this for real? Is he thinking he's gonna make it to the end, being the first?"

Others, they shout: "Down, Hussein Obama, down. Down, Hussein Obama, down!" and then they switch to: "Ma-Cain; Ma-Cain; Ma-Chain; Real Patriot; Real Patriot; Real Patriot!"

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

what a crock. Obama uses this line all the time to warn people not to fall for republican tricks.
What McCain is doing is character assasination.

Posted by: vwcat | July 31, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Here's the bottom line:

All of the morons who supported eight years of failure, corruption, and incompetence under George W Bush will be voting for McCain.

And the vast majority of Americans will not. But as time goes on, they'll keep thinking about this fellow with the dark skin, curly hair, whose middle name is Hussein, who grew up partly in Indonesia, and has popped on the scene relatively recently. Little nudges in the media and from John McCain's campaign will begin to trigger nagging doubts in their heads. The doubts, while small, will be enough that on election day the majority of non-black Americans will do exactly what the majority of non-black Californians did when black American Tom Bradley was running for governor (and ahead in the polls). In short, they won't be able to vote for a black person.

The majority will vote for McCain. And that's how John McCain will become president, not by using any creative new strategy to get elected, but by following a time worn tactic that has worked before and can easily work again.

Bottom line: John McCain will be the next president of the United States.

It's that simple.

Posted by: Kerry C | July 31, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

McCain's next ad will say, "I'm rubber and you're glue. Whatever you say bounces off me and sticks on you."

Posted by: Electric Bill | July 31, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama got away with it against Senator Clinton and President Clinton so now that he's not winning he's trotting it out again to use against McCain. Its awfully passive aggressive of Oh Holy Chosen One!!

Posted by: Katy | July 31, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Barry has decided on his VP. Britney Spears.

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I thought Petraeus was trying to hook up with McCain?

He's a Democrat now?

Oh, those girls.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

This is the Obama game plan. He gets to play the race card and he is the "Decider" who sets the rules. With this game plan he did Mrs Clinton in. Hillary could not fight back as all "Democrat big wigs" shut he down. Too back for Obama, the McCain does not have to kowtow to the bigited big wigs in the Dem. party.
Good for McCain, he caught on the this slimey game fast.

Posted by: Gb | July 31, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Here's the bottom line:

All of the morons who supported eight years of failure, corruption, and incompetence under George W Bush will be voting for McCain.

And the vast majority of Americans will not.

It's that simple.

Posted by: wilder5121 | July 31, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

To the person who signs themselves: A Real Patriot.

Sir/madam, may I quote what you've said: "Is this really what you McCain supporters want? This much division? This much recrimination between Americans? Finger pointing? Scorn? Just who is putting their campaign before the best interests of the country? "

I believe you must be a recent immigrant only because our American politics have very little (a few exceptions) about putting the country first. Mostly this is a game about acquiring power. Basically (again, a very few expections) any trick under the sun is fair game. The goal is merely to win, nothing more, nothing less.

May the best trickster once again win the 2008 presidential election. God bless their little sneaky brain.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Why are you people talking about this nonsense. I see posts that say look, CNN confirmed it, Obama played the race card. CNN also chalked up the hearings to impeach Bush a waste of time that would never go anyhere. While showing clips from the hearings they put the letter D for democrat under the rebublicans names that said Bush was a failure. Then had the nerve to show Bush holding a newborn baby like he was a decent American. Even if Obama played the race card, so what. Now what. McCain's been slinging mud for months. Grow up.

Posted by: HemiHead | July 31, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I had some mild hopes for The Great Messiah Obama, but he's turned out to be a slithering little wimp. Of coarse he's playing the race card - every chance the little purple lipped freak gets.

Posted by: muskrat | July 31, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

"Race card or NO....Barack Obama's mother is WHITE. His grandmother is WHITE...how can he be against WHITE PEOPLE? That would be like self-hatred. He's not even an African-American....he is not a descendant of slaves so what RACE CARD is McCain speaking of? More Repub lies...and lies...and lies....and lies...."

Yeah, it's kinda funny how everyone talks about Obama and race when he's half-white. And when he's repeatedly talked in reverence about his white mom, and in some respects about his white mom's family. I guess he's not white enough for people to consider him anything more than a black guy who's only goal is to consistently bring up his black-ness. It's almost like we're back in the 1800s with the 1/16 rule. >__>

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Wake up Senator McCain and show yourself to be a leader and I might vote for you. However, so far, your campaign has only proved that you can slink into the gutter with all the other dirt and say anything to be elected. That's not leadership. That's just sad.

Posted by: Derek | July 31, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't pick on MoveOn. We have more than three and a half members from every type American imagineable. We're just learning how to crush cars!

Posted by: bob II | July 31, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

As an American who doesn't like things swept under the carpet, I am ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED with the turn of events over the last 2 days:

Racial Issues Return to the the Campaign

By Katharine Q. Seelye

The McCain campaign's accusation that Senator Barack Obama is "playing the race card" brings the race issue out in the open while allowing the McCain team to say it has not made the first move -- a strategy we saw to some degree in the Democratic primaries.

Whether that works or not, this will mark the day that race officially became an issue in the 2008 general election.

Posted by: Thick skinned & ready to roll | July 31, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Of course John McRove is trying to make people afraid of a black man as president. Only a dimwit would argue this!
the surprising thing to me is that these poeple contiue to be refered to as conservatives. Bush/Cheney/McCane.. these people are not conservatives by any stretch of the imagination. They're like the robber barons except with corporate clients. Let us please call them what they are - republicans not conservatives!

Posted by: Michael | July 31, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I find it shameful that Obama supporters talk about Cindy McCain they way they do. She does not spend 750,000 a month on herself, and they would know that if they knew Cindy. Cindy has a program called Operation smile and she helps at least 115,000 minority children in counties such as Africa. Operation Smile helps children in 126 countries to have the operations to correct Cleff Palettes. These children would die without the help of Operation Smile. Everything any of you think you may know about Cindy is an outright smear campaign. What have any of you spent to help the poor and suffering children around the world?

Posted by: Denise E. May | July 31, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

John McCain's now totally toxic campaign has abruptly become so disgracefully unAmerican, unChristian, and loathsome that a skeptic cannot help but wonder whether his new Rovian handlers are deliberately sabotaging him in order to make room for another candidate such as Jeb Bush.

Posted by: Northernliberal | July 31, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Are there no depths to which the Mc Cain campaign will not go to win votes? To accuse the black guy of racism is nothing but a cheap, lowhanded way to try to get dumb white trash to think about the race issue and play upon their prejudice.

Screw you, Mc Cain, you despicable piece of trash.

Posted by: LH | July 31, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Some of you are saying Obama is playing the race card, other ones are blaming McCain. As I see it why does it matter. Race is now out on the table and the question is whjether or not most american voters will feel comfortable with a black man as their leader especially if he lets his hair grow out afro style. Its a valid question and needs to be debated , not swept under the table. I don't care whether Obama or McCain started the discussion all I care about is that it becommes really clear to each and every American how they will feel if Obama becomes president and has a natural hair style like an afro while he represents us. Think about it that's all either McCain or Obama want you to do.

Posted by: Victor Benol | July 31, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

John Mccain is just mad because he's going to be upstaged once again at the convention. So now he's trying to attack Obama's popularity because he's not popular with his own base. Mccain is really acting like an old grumpy man. No Mcangry.

Posted by: Maria | July 31, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

"I don't expect McCain to get more than 2-3% of the African-American vote regardless."

I had the same exact thought. Maybe McCain drops from 4% to 2%. This is much less electorally risky for McCain than for Clinton as long as Republican surrogates keep on message.

Posted by: John M. | July 31, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

I was golfing yesterday, so that probably was the supposed fake JakeD(s). See ya!

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about the race card but Mccain has been playing the disability care for his entire career. No one dare tell the truth or challenge the war hero or say anything bad or he will tell you how his arms hurt or something. He gets away with murder, why, Hell, he's disabled. At one of his town hall meetings he even paraded around an half blind demented read war hero with all his medals on. He has been hiding behind his disability for so long I was actually glad in 2000 Bush went after him. Enough is enough he had been living off his hero stuff with no political substance what so ever long enough. Much of his past in unable to substantiate. He can not account for most of his medals. They were just handed to him because of who his father was.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

LOL, Jake. No 'panties in a bunch' here... I was simply being confrontational in response to some of your equivocation. Again, the supposed fake JakeD from yesterday confused things. Go where you like... I have no further questions for you, and it was you in the first place that challenged me to question you. I sincerely doubt either of us get all that rattled from our little exchange.

Posted by: ErrinF | July 31, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

You're welcome. Have a good night : )

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

It should not come as any surprise to us that Obama is making these comments. Obama does not actually have a candidacy based on an agenda (we have seen how easily he changes position based on who he thinks is listening). He has a candidacy based on the desire to become president. As a hollow man of this nature, he is extremely useful for people like the MoveOn.org. For Obama, the discussion of race is merely a strategem to get elected, which is why he brings it up with the president's comment. Of course, the intent is to draw McCain into the middle of it and then protest that there was no racial implication. Unfortunately for Obama, McCain is no Hillary in that he need not fear alienating the left-wing of the Democratic party which is always ready to bandy about racism charges and he has no fear of stabbing directly to the heart of Obama's deceit. Obama's people also overreach in their assumptions that people will not catch on to their ploys. They have used the same ploys too frequently. After all, Obama said essentially the same kind of things several times today. Clearly an orchestrated gambit. As I said earlier, Obama cut his teeth on the use of race for political ends. In this regard, he has only himself to blame when the tactic leaves him with egg on his face.

Posted by: ConcernedCitizenX | July 31, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Tracy-Chicago:

To be fair, Pelosi and Reid were "offically" neutral during the primary.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

More "he said, she said" that the sensationalist media uses to satisfy their advertisers.

What's the big deal here? Senator Obama is bi-racial, and exit polls have shown that some people won't vote for him because he's not white. McCain and his puppets have been exploiting this with their "arrogant" and "elitist" labels, other versions of the word "uppity" which has commonly been used to describe African-Americans who didn't "know their place".

If the media wants to elevate our country and the democratic process, they will ignore the bickering and focus on substance.

Posted by: bam | July 31, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

How dare Obama point out what is being posted on blogs and viral emails. "Terrorist fist bumps" 'secret racist/muslim/socialist' should only be kept in these type of forums.

Posted by: Sarcasm | July 31, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for accepting my apology for the confusion, Jake. I actually can relate to where you are coming from, only I'm kind of the inverse to you in that I am independent and progressive. My biggest problem is the hypocrisy of the two-party system in that the conservatives and liberals are strange bedfellows. The Bush years have made me even more anti-Republican because of the way the GOP party basically riled up and used their base but gave nothing back in return except more Democrats in office. I don't particularly like the further shift to the left this country is about to take (I'm a progressive libertarian, not a socialist type progressive), but I do like the thought of Barack Obama being president because he is basically an outsider, a 3rd party type candidate that won a major party's nomination. That to me is impressive, plus I think history is on his side, that change is necessary. Should McCain somehow win the White House (something I highly doubt will happen, and I did call 2006 exactly except for Harold Ford's losing bid), I can live with that as long as he takes up the mantle of reformer and doesn't just give that lip service. Thing is, this is another anti-Republican year, and McCain will not be winning the White House come November.

Posted by: ErrinF | July 31, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama has been playing the race card since Day 1!! It worked during the primary ONLY because the Media Hates hillary with a passion AND probably 90% of Blacks are Democratic. What he and his "brilliant" handlers have forgotten is that McCain can only hope to garner about 5 -10% of the Black vote anyway and this strategy of calling out "perceived racial slights - whether spoken or no - will make Obama look like the loser he should have been when he was out-debated by Hillary each and every time.

I for one will be voting Republican because the shenanigans that the Democratic leadership (Pelosi, Reid et al)and the Media pulled to get this vapid, empty-suit, "unvetted" candidate in as the Democractic nominee - vs. someone who was infinitely better qualified turns my stomach!

Posted by: Tracy-Chicago | July 31, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Quote: "I can't believe I voted for John McCain in 2000 when the Maryland Republican Party allowed Independents to vote in their primary. That John McCain is gone. His spirit is dead. I would never vote for him again. The McCain campaign is a disgrace to all Americans and especially to military veterans, and I speak as a Navy Vietnam vet with two Purple Hearts. McCain turns my stomach."

Good Lord! What do *you* think Obama meant when he voiced the bit about "...I don't look like those other presidents on Dollar Bills"? Especially when it follows upon "I have a funny name" (calling attention to the fact that he is African. American I'm not so sure)' This is a most UNFAIR, vicious, completely FALSE attack that the liberal press is making on McCain, just to perpetuate their STUPID, ill-based, BIASED belief in **their** "messiah". I hope Victor Davis Hanson or better still, christopher Hitchens jumps on this with their incomparable clear-sightedness and Logic!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

John M.:

I don't expect McCain to get more than 2-3% of the African-American vote regardless.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Why does the media insist on making this the dumbest election ever? From Rev. Wright to Britney Spears, when is the debate going to be about substance? Other than gimmicks like off-shore drilling and gas tax holidays, there has been little if anything written about policies in the last two months (by the way, affirmative action quotas have been unconstitutional for at least two decades, arguably longer). Stop the beauty contest and horse race bull and get to the issues.

Posted by: WTF | July 31, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

ErrinF:

I just want to warn you that we are going out for dinner in a little while -- if that's OK with you (and Lance) -- just don't let the fake JakeD get your panties all in a bunch.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Shorter version: McCain and his campaign of DC-based lobbyists have no positive vision for this country.

The upshot for Davis is that -- if the McCain campaign falls short -- he can always emigrate to Russia and cash in on the work that he's done for Putin in the Ukraine. McCain's other advisers can also find work outside of this country working for the foreign dictators who have made them rich over the past several years.

There's a reason that McCain's is more popular in Russia than Obama. Our adversaries couldn't pick a more amiable and clueless ally.

Posted by: JP2 | July 31, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

The phrase dealing the race card "from the bottom of the deck" entered the national lexicon during the O.J. Simpson saga. Robert Shapiro, one of Mr. Simpson's lawyers, famously declared of himself, Johnny Cochran and the rest of the Simpson defense team, "Not only did we play the race card, we dealt it from the bottom of the deck."

Subconscious, a coincidence, or a deliberate attempt to gin up the race-baiting while pinning it on your opponent?

I can tell you right now how it will be received in the black community....

Posted by: John M. | July 31, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

The Republican party accusing the Democrats of using race to win elections?? Sounds like Rush Limbaugh accusing NPR of beating down liberals.

What a sorry excuse for a Presidential candidate is John McCain. If he wins, the nation is doomed to the same fate as the Soviet Union. We're about broke so we're almost there after 8 years of Bush. Four years of McCain and his cronies, including the tax cheating UBS crowd steered to tax cheating places by Phil Gramm and his crowd will put the final nails in the coffin.

Posted by: Buck Bartard | July 31, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Race? What about the "race" of old, flabby Republican white guys? They are a breed half way to extinction.
My daughter is 19, blue eyed and blond. She has no idea what pukes like McCain are talking about. She is the future of this once cracker country. Go Barack!

Posted by: mikie44 | July 31, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

fortunatus:

You "ran out" at about word 3. I live in the Hyde Park/Kenwood area. It is NOT racist!!! We have a melting pot of all types/races/creeds/socio-economic levels.. Furthermore, you OBVIOUSLY don't live in IL if you think that ONLY the citizens of this area within the City of Chicago could possibly out-vote the ENTIRE State of IL and elect a Senator. Call Obama out on the Stupid S&*T that he says - but not the neighborhood that he happens to live in.

Posted by: Trace - Chicago | July 31, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

8 years of Bush is not going to be followed by 4 years (or more) of John McCain. NEVER in American history has such a disasterous presidential term been followed by another presidential term from somebody in the same party as the disaterous president. It just doesn't happen that way in a two-party system. The Republicans are in for an even worse year than 2006, as the majority of the general electorate has strongly soured on the GOP. The race card is irrelevant.

Posted by: ErrinF | July 31, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

I accept your apology.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Why did Obama play the race card? Is he not a Sen. from Hyde Park-Kentwood, Chicago? Is that not where Louis Farrakhan the founder of the racist Nation of Islam lives and works? Didn't Obama's pastor of 20 yrs say that the "white government of America started AIDS?" Obama may be half white, but his peers, friends and wife show an attitude of racism. How did Obama get elected to be a Sen. in one of the most racist and liberal communities in the U.S.? Obama must have shared some of the same views as the locals, to have been elected as a Senator. Where did these views go when now running for President? The race card had to be played by Obama, because this makes him a victim. And this is how he got to be where he is now, by playing this kind of hand. He may make all these great speeches about how we can end racism, but yet he keeps it alive. Pastor Wright said it best " Obama is a politician", and all the Demcoats think that Obama will do and be anything different then being a politician, are crazier then Louis Farrakhan.

Posted by: fortunatus | July 31, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the judge shot down Bush's law that frees himself of murder to rule the world. Can you imagine passing a law to free yourself of war crimes. He must have gotten that Idea from playing monopoly as a child with Pa Pa Bush. I'll bet he still has a pocket full of get out of jail free cards.

Posted by: Mike | July 31, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama's Rev. Write says White people are evil. His wife is finally proud of America. Obama has anti American friends. Obama is ashamed of his Muslim name. Obama would not allow Muslim girls be behind him during his speeches. Obama would not visit wounded solders because he was not allowed to use them as propaganda. Race was the big issue during the democratic primary. Now Obama is HOPING the Republican Party will use race as a scare tactic. F Obama!

Posted by: BILL CLINTON | July 31, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Finally, some upfront answers from you, Jake. It's hard to tell with people faking at being you here. I take back any 'insinuations' on my part, though I still don't get why there was hesitation on your part. Again, I'll chalk it down to the fake JakeD who muddied the waters between us yesterday. That guy made you look like a paper tiger, which is why I had the impression. No further questions at this time, though I would like to state that it is better to answer things without equivocation, especially when challenging others here to question you with their canards.

Posted by: ErrinF | July 31, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama is an unlikeable arrogant Socialist. He is an ass. Pure and simple.

Posted by: Change This | July 31, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

The irony of this is that most political "pundits/experts" have said that in order for John McCain to win this election, his campaign would have to make this election be a referendum about Obama. And this is what Mr. Obama is pointing out with his remarks. Instead of using a big fancy word like "referendum", he uses verbage that could be understood by a 10th grader. The problem with that is that those terms can be interpreted in several ways. Thus the McCain camp knowing that most of the electorate has a 10th grade understanding of issues they squawk out the term "race card". All the while the media was the first group to inject the terms "race" or "racism" overtly into the public discourse.

Posted by: Irony | July 31, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

ErrinF:

Just go ahead and ask then. I am not here to change any votes.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

"so obviously a paper tiger"?

Ouch, now you've gone and hurt my feelings, ErrinF. If you (or Lance) really think I haven't posted on this thread enough, please let me know.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama takes the high road, McCain takes the ditch. I pray to God this dirty dealing desperate geriatric doesn't lie and smear his way into office.

Posted by: Kevin Morgan | July 31, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Actually, what I'd really like to ask JakeD is how he thinks his shenanigans are going to prevent the Democrats from taking more of the House, more of the Senate, and all of the White House come November. People like him were their own worst enemy in 2006, and I just don't see them acting any differently in 2008. You think they'd shift strategy after such an electoral bloodbath as 2006, but no... at least not in JakeD's case.

Posted by: ErrinF | July 31, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Barry has decided on his VP. Britney Spears.

Posted by: Jack Straw | July 31, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Todd:

Wishful thinking AND there's no re-shuffle once the Race Card has been played ; )

ErrinF:

I haven't "changed my tune" or "shifted strategy" at all -- as long as you answer my questions, I am more than happy to answer your questions -- common courtesy, I call it.

As for your prior set of questions: I rarely watch FOXnews or Bill O'Reilly (since I prefer C-SPAN and getting my news on-line); the most I've seen of Bill has been on The Colbert Report -- seems like a nice guy, except for that expletive-deleted rant of his. Other than that, I probably agree with Papa Bear more than not. I am definitely conservative, but still a registered Independent, so that's no coincidence, I guess.

In the last 8 years, I voted for George W. Bush twice -- so that equals 100% for President -- but I did vote for a pro-life Democrat in Congress too. I live in San Diego (another coincidence, I guess ; ) Did you hear that Arnold may run against Boxer? Although it may shock you, I actually voted for Barack Hussein Obama in the primary.

Overall (some offices are obviously non-partisan) my votes are probably evenly split between the GOP and third party candidates at 40% each, with 20% Democrat -- but, that's among ALL candidates, including local races -- as I already told you, the last Democrat I voted for President was Kennedy.

Let's see, what else: I think Bob Barr is a traitor, I'm a Sagittarius, and -- God willing -- I will be voting for McCain (certainly not Nader, although I appreciated his assist in Florida 2000 ; )

Any more questions?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Let's see a show of hands of all the white people who are going to vote for Obama so they won't be called "racist". Come on, get 'em up. Don't be ashamed to be gutless. No, no, not just Dimocrats. You, too, "Independents". What? Aren't there more of you than THAT? They're not going to like this back at the Trinity chapter of the Mystic Knights of the Sea lodgehall.

Posted by: Dimslie | July 31, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse


This is clever: "Race Card Enters the 2008 Election."

How? McCain plays it. And how does he play it? Genius. Accuse Obama of playing it.

Judging from some of the nincompoops on this board, it's so easy. Throw out an accusation, then watch the rubes lap it up and regurgitate back.

Obama played the race card!

Only he didn't.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

True, Lance, but my confronting him usually leads to him vanishing then claiming it was a fake JakeD all along posing as him. Quite a character... he's entitled to his views, troll or not. I just like giving him such tough scrutiny because he is so obviously a paper tiger.

Posted by: ErrinF | July 31, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Where did Obama mention race?? His race is kinda obvious, don't you think? All he's saying is, count on McCain's anonymous supporters to scare voters about electing a black man. From past experience with Republicans, who think nothing of fabricating entire issues and lying about them, Obama didn't go far enough. McCain's friends will pain Obama as the Antichrist who will lead the entire world to blow up in 2011.

Posted by: Gary W | July 31, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I think that the Republicans are trying to scare the public, whether it is race or any other issue. When the Repubicans take the low road of negative politics, they can hardly accuse the opposition of pointing out the fact that they are using negative politics. The Republicans obviously do not understand that negative politics takes on racial overtones just because of who Barack is. It is the the Republicans who are using race subtly in their overall strategy to scare people away from Obama. I am a southern white, senior citizen, and I see this for what it is. You do not have to spell it out for me. Republicans have been playing this type of politics in the South for many years now. In fact, these same people are reporting in the press that Obama will lose the South because when more blacks show up at the polls, the whites tend to vote more solidly white. It is hard to make other than racial interprestations out of these kind of comments.

Posted by: Earl C | July 31, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

ErrinF, you shouldn't engage trolls like JakeD. They just want to bring you down to their level because, like all conservatives, all they understand is conflict. If we ignore them, maybe they'll go away. Regardless, they've got less than 100 days until their sad little cookie-cutter world comes crashing down on them and the rest of us are free.

Posted by: Lance Monotone | July 31, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

IS McCAIN'S CAMPAIGN GETTING TORPEDOED BY HIS OWN SUPPORT SYSTEM?

http://pacificgatepost.blogspot.com/2008/07/more-evidence-that-republicans-dont.html

It sure looks like it.

Posted by: PacificGatePost | July 31, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted earlier:

"Excuse me. The race card entered politics when Obama became the nominee.

The McCain ad with Spears and Hilton, two white blonde young female celebrities, is racist. It is suppose to be for the so-called working class voters but it is subtle racism and goes to the same racism that was at hand in Harold Ford's campaign and the Willie Horton ads.

If the campaign truly wanted to choose celebrities and/or rock stars there are plenty of stars who have greater name/face recognition: Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, etc. - notice something different about these people-not young white blonde females.

This is not presidential but I don't hear the main stream media questioning how he's not looking/acting "presidential". Can you say double standard? Shame on McCain and shame on you for pretending this ad was anything but racist."

This (above) post is outstanding, and dead on accurate. I can't believe I voted for John McCain in 2000 when the Maryland Republican Party allowed Independents to vote in their primary. That John McCain is gone. His spirit is dead. I would never vote for him again. The McCain campaign is a disgrace to all Americans and especially to military veterans, and I speak as a Navy Vietnam vet with two Purple Hearts. McCain turns my stomach.

Posted by: maxfli | July 31, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

[QUOTE:]

"Why won't Barack debate publicly with McCain? Because HE'S A LOSER!!

Go McCain, send Barack back to Chicago to be with Ayers, Wright, Rezko, and a pack of smokes.

Obama's strongest abilities are hiring the bands to play at "free food and beer" concerts to attract the media and people to his dull speeches.

What a loser."

Posted by: Dirk | July 31, 2008 6:53 PM


Right on, Dirk! Couldn't say it better myself!

Posted by: Gerrie C | July 31, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Well, how about that. KKmcKain got caught playing the race card. Who would have thought it. Next KKmcKain will be saying Obama fathered two black children.

I guess when the KKmcKain's campaign has nothing to say, they resort to what worked in the past. Race alway sells in KKmcKain's world.

Posted by: KKmcKain | July 31, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I think the republicans missed something. John McCain don't represent the republican party. The good things John McCain use to stand for went out the window when he took up with Bush and started selling off America to keep the ruling class rich. I can't believe you people don't see whats going on. Most of the republican pary don't want anything to do with McCain. Can't you see your country is being sold off. I think we have a bunch of paid commies posting on the board.

Posted by: HemiHead | July 31, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Republicans will say anything to win an election. I have absolutely no respect for any of them, including John McCain. I thought he stood for something different, he's just a flip flopping bitter Vietnam vet.

It's not Obama's fault you're behind in the polls, your message sounds eerily familiar to Americans.

Posted by: Dynamite | July 31, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Race card or NO....Barack Obama's mother is WHITE. His grandmother is WHITE...how can he be against WHITE PEOPLE? That would be like self-hatred. He's not even an African-American....he is not a descendant of slaves so what RACE CARD is McCain speaking of? More Repub lies...and lies...and lies....and lies....

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Even CNN confirms that Obama used the race card. This is not the first time he used race as an issue.

Posted by: Clinton | July 31, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama can't recognize racist views, anti-American views, after 20 years of hearing racial and anti-american rantings from his church and pastor. He's been brainwashed by 20 years of the "Wright Stuff".

With Obama, it's not about race. It's about the ability to make decisions. The ability to see, hear, and understand the events around you and the ideas that are being put forth by your council, your peers, your advisors.

If you lie down with dogs, you're going to come up with fleas. And maybe ticks, ringworm, and who know what else when you do it for 20 years, you may even howl at the moon.

Posted by: LJ Blue | July 31, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

You must be confused Truthteller? Alexander Hamilton had a French mother and Scottish father. Check the web, encyclopedia or a history book. Or look at a $10 bill and Obama's point is clear.

Posted by: WJL | July 31, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

We don't care if Barrack is Black, Purple, green, or short and grey with big eyeballs!

He will do exactly the opposite of what needs to be done at this time.

For the next 8 years we will need a strong military or face great peril.

Posted by: Rex | July 31, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

We don't care if Barrack is Black, Purple, green, or short and grey with big eyeballs!

He will do exactly the opposite of what needs to be done at this time.

For the next 8 years we will need a strong military or face great peril.

Posted by: Rex | July 31, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

ErrinF:

I have answered every question you have asked, up to this point -- unless you have a specific question you think I've missed -- please don't insinuate otherwise. However, you have not yet answered my question: "How about you?"

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 6:55 PM

Jake, you were the one that wanted me to throw 'canards' at you yesterday, Jake, acting as if you are a very open, upfront guy. But I called you on that, and you have been dodgy. You are still being dodgy. Seriously, why have you changed your tune? Why do you act like one day you will answer any question, and then the next day you start throwing out qualifiers for what questions you will answer. Whether or not I have answered your question does not excuse you from further dodging mine. I am not insinuating anything when I put forth that your actions speak louder than words. That all it took was a couple more canards thrown at you to suddenly shift strategy is very telling. You're a little too much the sophist, not unlike Bill O'Reilly.

As for me, I am an independent voter, but I live in Los Angeles Ca, which means a Democrat wins no matter what, except for occasionally with the governor slot. The only Democrat I have consistently voted for is Barbara Boxer. Beyond that, I tend to vote Libertarian or Green, though I tend to like the Green party candidates a lot more than the actual Green party. Oh ya, and I am known to be anti-Democrat, especially over at a website called the DailyKos.

There you go, Jake. An upfront answer from me without any shiftiness. Care to respond in kind, or is a fake JakeD going to disappear again claiming to be you?

Posted by: ErrinF | July 31, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me. The race card entered politics when Obama became the nominee.

The McCain ad with Spears and Hilton, two white blonde young female celebrities, is racist. It is suppose to be for the so-called working class voters but it is subtle racism and goes to the same racism that was at hand in Harold Ford's campaign and the Willie Horton ads.

If the campaign truly wanted to choose celebrities and/or rock stars there are plenty of stars who have greater name/face recognition: Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, etc. - notice something different about these people-not young white blonde females.

This is not presidential but I don't hear the main stream media questioning how he's not looking/acting "presidential". Can you say double standard? Shame on McCain and shame on you for pretending this ad was anything but racist.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Has Mr. Obama begun to worry about his picture on the new dollar bill already?

Posted by: qhung | July 31, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Dems have been playing the race card for several decades, if you opposed them, they hit the racist label,. well now no one is listening, and NOBAMA's curious "expalnaition" of what he was insinuating is curious-er and curious-er...kind like his G'ma was a "typical White Person"

Posted by: SpearsTX | July 31, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Dirk:
"Go McCain, send Barack back to Chicago to be with Ayers, Wright, Rezko, and a pack of smokes."

For those who may have missed it before:

Now some think Obama's a white knight,
And it's true that he is fairly bright.
Bright enough to climb
Up the ladder with slime
Like Rezko, Ayers, and Wright,

Posted by: Billw | July 31, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

What's happened to the old McCain--you know, the one with ethics?

Posted by: binkynh | July 31, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Maybe next week we can sell the Manhattan Bridge. When people can't afford the toll that the Arabs put up, we can go back to pulling a raft across by rope. This is just to much. WAKE UP PEOPLE!

Posted by: HemiHead | July 31, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

This day-to-day horse race stuff is cool and all, but the simple fact of the matter is that John McCain doesn't stand a chance of winning the presidency. It is not about race, it's about the party's brand name value. Thanks to Bush and co, the Republican party is in the crapper with the swing voters. It's not rocket science... come election day, the conservative voters will come out and vote Republican, the liberal voters will come out and vote Democrat, and the independents will decide the race as the always do, what with the two major parties being somewhat equal in number of registered voters. That middle swing vote is not rocket science. It always comes down to the lesser of two evils... McCain will be dubbed the greater evil, as nobody wishes to risk another 4 years of having a Republican president, and Obama will be voted into office. NEVER in American electoral history has a president as unpopular as Bush been followed by a president from the same party. That's just not how the two party system works. It's a done deal, as history is on Barack Obama's side.

Posted by: ErrinF | July 31, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

People! It doesn't matter that Obama is black, McCain married into the mob. Hello!

http://www.girlinshortshorts.blogspot.com/2008/02/john-mccain-and-mob.html

That's a little worse than being black...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

McCain is shaping up to be a better Bush than Bush was!

Poor America is about to be slaves to their debt to China. Perhaps Americans can start making cheap products for China. A little work for those Fat Republicans might be a good thing.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse


Rex:
"Obama just baited McCain."

No, saying your opponent will bring up the race card IS bringing up the race card.

Posted by: Billw | July 31, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Dear Media,
Please see this issue for what it is: a total fabrication. Don't take McCain's bait. Don't go down this road. I know, wishful thinking.
Todd
Wheaton, IL

Posted by: Todd, Wheaton, IL | July 31, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

ErrinF:

I have answered every question you have asked, up to this point -- unless you have a specific question you think I've missed -- please don't insinuate otherwise. However, you have not yet answered my question: "How about you?"

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Why won't Barack debate publicly with McCain? Because HE'S A LOSER!!

Go McCain, send Barack back to Chicago to be with Ayers, Wright, Rezko, and a pack of smokes.

Obama's strongest abilities are hiring the bands to play at "free food and beer" concerts to attract the media and people to his dull speeches.

What a loser.

Posted by: Dirk | July 31, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey,,, The Brooklyn bridge is for sale. Can you believe it. You Obama bashers are a joke. Our banks are owned by the same people Bush is fighting. How stupid have the American people become. Arnold has to lay off 22000 public workers because our country is broke. Vote McCain,, he'll have you living in your car in no time at all. Your like a bunch of sheep following the master. The Brooklyn bridge for sale, I can't believe it.

Posted by: HemiHead | July 31, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama and his supporters ALWAYS accuse opponents of racism, if they don't agree with him. Seems to me Obama is the racist for bring up the subject of race as a defense.

It's a Democratic re-run of the Rove tactic that Bush supporters used in 2001 and 2004.
If anyone disagreed with them, you were branded "unpatriotic" or "unamerican". Same thing here with the Dems with the "racist" label, also called "white guilt" used against Obama critics.

Posted by: CR | July 31, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous at 6:48 PM:

Where does it say in the Constitution he can't be President because he's married into the mob?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Jake, your answers are a little on the dodgy side, what with me having to ask them three times over the span of two days to get an answer from you, and still not a clear one.

You have an obvious right wing slant, yet you try to pass yourself off as some sort of impartial independent voter. This is straight out of the Bill O'Reilly playbook. Is this mere coincidence? Do you watch FOXnews? What do you think of Bill O'Reilly?

About what percent of the time would you say you have voted Republican in the last 8 years? What percent Democrat in the last 8 years? What percent Independent? And, out of curiosity, what do you think of Bob Barr this year? Would you vote for him or McCain? Clearly, you won't be voting Obama or Nader.

Posted by: ErrinF | July 31, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Borat said..............................
My advice to Obama would be, don't let them bait you. They are terrified of you because an Obama presidency will create an historical tsunami that will sweep them permanently from power and from history. They know that if they lose this one, they will be out of power for a VERY long time.

I do think you are the real Borat! same logic!
Obama just baited McCain. and McCain fell for it.

We are afraid of Obama.
We fear he will weaken the USA to the point where it can not be defended.

Then it will be attacked.

Most of you libs envision the USA being conquered and all the evil capitalist republicans will be gone. A new Global Socialist Utopia will arise. And the world will live happily ever after.

What about the Carbon footprint? my word!

Posted by: Rex | July 31, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Post # 1000 -- it must be a new record -- WOO HOO!!!

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

wilder5121.....Yes she is....is is an old washed up horse sho riding hiefer with an expensive drug problem, spends money wildely, fake charities, no morals or values and she'll give your man a real good b.j. before he goes to sleep.. Betta whatcha!!

I am Cindy McCan't (aka ugly c$nt) and I approve this message....

Posted by: Yep | July 31, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

First Kingfish Wright and now, this. Obama thinks he's going to get enough white guilt votes to win? Talk about poor judgement.

Posted by: Dimslie | July 31, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Look, McCain married into the mob. He can't be POTUS- his family is compromised.

http://www.girlinshortshorts.blogspot.com/2008/02/john-mccain-and-mob.html

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Mccain would have to answer these false attacks during the debates and boy is he going to be in trouble.

Posted by: Blake | July 31, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Do any of you Obama supporters think he won the debates vs. Hillary?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse


Tom A:
"To the libs who are supportive of what Obama stated. Please explain how it isn't racist by Obama to start talking about how he doesn't "look" like others on on dollar bills when no one has even remotely discussed his race."

Good question, but it will fall on deaf ears. Well Obama's may pick it up :)

Posted by: Billw | July 31, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

The problem the republicans are going to face with falsely attacking Obama is during the debates. Its during the debates that Mccain would have to defend and prove the allegations he and his campaign has launched against Obama. I think this will cause a big problem for Mccain because his surrogates are having a problems explaining what Britney Spears and Paris Hilton has to do with gas prices, or universal healthcare. Also, What will Mccain say during a debate once asked why he accused Obama of the current gas prices. Their may be a shift in the polls now for republicans but there will be a even bigger shift during debates when voters find out that Mccain was misleading them for political gain. It would be even worse for Mccain because he's easy to deny or flip flop on any given issue so during a debate I think these false accusations on Obama will come back to haunt Mccain.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

What fluff. McCain isn't playing with a full deck, in fact the race card is all he has. You can hear Obama's comments on the economy at

http://www.democracyfornewmexico.com/

Posted by: NMAIF | July 31, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Racial Issues Return to the the Campaign

By Katharine Q. Seelye

The McCain campaign's accusation that Senator Barack Obama is "playing the race card" brings the race issue out in the open while allowing the McCain team to say it has not made the first move -- a strategy we saw to some degree in the Democratic primaries.

Whether that works or not, this will mark the day that race officially became an issue in the 2008 general election.

The McCain camp no doubt watched the evolution of race as in issue during the primaries, when the Clinton campaign also suggested that the Obama camp made it an issue after the Clintons made some indirect comments that angered many black voters and politicians.

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton had said: "Dr. King's dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It took a president to get it done." And in response to a question about Mr. Obama's expected victory in South Carolina, Bill Clinton noted that Jesse Jackson had won the state in 1984 and 1988, which some perceived as an attempt to marginalize Mr. Obama's win because Mr. Jackson did not go on to win the nomination.

Mr. Clinton later complained in a radio interview that Mr. Obama had "played the race card on me," remarks starkly similar to the McCain campaign's statement Thursday.

The whole dispute had the effect of injecting race into the primary battle, and reminding voters of Mr. Obama's own racial heritage. And that racial subtext was raised anew with revelations about comments by Mr. Obama's preacher, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.

The comments by the Clintons actually may have helped Mr. Obama in some ways, by coaxing key Democrats, like Senator Ted Kennedy, to his side, while energizing black voters in states he won, like South Carolina. But polls suggested a more racially polarized electorate in ensuing battles, particularly in states like Pennsylvania, where the long primary contest was punctuated by the furor of Reverend Wright's remarks.

At the time, Mrs. Clinton said her remarks had been deliberately misconstrued and said that it was actually the Obama team that was trying to make race an issue.

"I think it clearly came from Senator Obama's campaign, and I don't think it was the kind of debate we should be having in this campaign," Mrs. Clinton told reporters.

But the original remarks by the Clintons alienated many Democrats. Representative James E. Clyburn, the South Carolina Democrat who is the highest-ranking African-American in Congress, was among many who expressed disappointment in Mrs. Clinton.

Bill Burton, a spokesman for Mr. Obama campaign, said in January that voters were offended by her words, adding: "I think that Congressman Clyburn and other leaders across the country would take great offense at the suggestion that their response was somehow engineered by this campaign."

At the same time, an Obama aide had written a memo compiling several examples of comments by Mrs. Clinton and some of her surrogates that could be construed as racially insensitive.

"This is an unfortunate story line the Obama campaign has pushed very successfully," Mrs. Clinton said later on "Meet the Press." "I don't think this campaign is about gender, and I sure hope it's not about race."

Mr. Obama said at the time that Mrs. Clinton's words about Dr. King "offended some folks who felt that somehow diminished King's role in bringing about the Civil Rights Act." He added: "She is free to explain that, but the notion that somehow this is our doing is ludicrous."

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/07/31/racial-issues-return-to-the-the-campaign/

The Post v. The Times. Go to it.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I know Cindy McCain regularly spends $750,000 a month on her American Express Cards, and won't wear anything less than $3,000 apiece French designer dresses...but what's this I hear about her being a drug addict who stole drugs from a charity to feed her addiction?

If true, that would be even worse than just being an adulterer who had an affair with John McCain while he was still married to his hospitalized first wife...the one that stuck with him through his ordeal in Vietnam for all those years.

Is it true...is she REALLY as slimy as it appears she is?

Posted by: wilder5121 | July 31, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

The problem the republicans are going to face with falsely attacking Obama is during the debates. Its during the debates that Mccain would have to defend and prove the allegations he and his campaign has launched against Obama. I think this will cause a big problem for Mccain because his surrogates are having a problems explaining what Britney Spears and Paris Hilton has to do with gas prices, or universal healthcare. Also, What will Mccain say during a debate once asked why he accused Obama of the current gas prices. Their may be a shift in the polls now for republicans but there will be a even bigger shift during debates when voters find out that Mccain was misleading them for political gain. It would be even worse for Mccain because he's easy to deny or flip flop on any given issue so during a debate I think these false accusations on Obama will come back to haunt Mccain.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Soldier in Iraq:

You lost BOTH legs in combat?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

First we have a rabid rightie pretending to be a soldier back from Iraq, and now we have a loony lefty pretending to be a soldier back from Iraq. Extreme partisan nutcases of both sides insulting our collective intelligence while at the same time patronizing the real soldiers who are in Iraq in the August heat.

Good thing there is justice in the world... every rabid rightie has been screwed over by the party they so blindly follow the last 8 years. Same goes for the loony lefties. Oh well... some people like being blind lemmings. Especially fanatic partisans. Get a life.

Posted by: ErrinF | July 31, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse


JakeD:
"I guess "a clean and ethical campaign" means DON'T DARE TELL THE TRUTH to them ; ) "

They plot the graph, then adjust the data...

Posted by: Billw | July 31, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

ErrinF:

I am indeed a registered Independent who consistently votes, for Republicans, Democrats, and third-party candidates. How about you?

I predicted the 2006 election based on polling. I was hoping the GOP would keep one House at least, but that pedophile crap tossed them all.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I just came back home from Iraq and have not job, no money, and no legs. I fought a war looking for Osama bin laden and he just wasn't there. He is actually over in Afghanistan. Now I have to go back to Iraq for another 15 months without my darn legs but Prez Bush says I gotta go back. I keep waking up in the middle of the night sweating and scared. The doctor's says that is PTSS and McCain says that I am lying and that there is nothing wrong with me and if I don't go back I don't want to win the war on terror. So now I have to go back and fight with no legs, PTSS, no money to take care of my family, they are back home loosing everything and McCain didn't sign any bills to help soldiers like me. HE was too busy campaigning. What am I going to do? He won't stick to a message to tell us how he is going to help us all, he keeps doing is negatively attacking his opponent. Meanwhile telling everyone that we have won the victory in Iraq. Please Americans help wake us up out of this night mare.

Thanks for listening.

Posted by: Soldier in Iraq | July 31, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Both campaigns seem so muddle headed, (from the TV press coverage, at least) their inability to see themselves, or properly assess their weaknesses, has led them to become very vulnerable, wholly insulated, and therefore, isolated, feeding on hyper-inflated egos, and fear.

But if you're talent was always questionable in the first place, you're pretty much sunk.

You never know how you're being used, particularly if you're not too smart to begin with, you know?

Our national elections are international, really, when the money is traced, it's astounding how many fail to understand the consequences.

Posted by: Chang's Potato Man | July 31, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse


Reply to Rich San Diego, CA:

Good post with facts, but most Obama supporters don't much go by facts.

Posted by: Billw | July 31, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Davis' reaction was over the top, and is going to damage the credibility of the McCain campaign.

This is a short term gain for the McCain campaign on the way to a long term loss.

Posted by: CT Voter | July 31, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

A fake? No biggie. At least I have you here now.

So, whether or not you watched O'Reilly last night, are you a registered independent that consistently votes Republican?

Also, how did you predict the 2006 election? Did you think the Dems would sweep the Congress as strongly as they did?

Posted by: ErrinF | July 31, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Billw:

I guess "a clean and ethical campaign" means DON'T DARE TELL THE TRUTH to them ; )

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I just came back home from Iraq and have not job, no money, and no legs. I fought a war looking for Osama bin laden and he just wasn't there. He is actually over in Afghanistan. Now I have to go back to Iraq for another 15 months without my darn legs but Prez Bush says I gotta go back. I keep waking up in the middle of the night sweating and scared. The doctor's says that is PTSS and McCain says that I am lying and that there is nothing wrong with me and if I don't go back I don't want to win the war on terror. So now I have to go back and fight with no legs, PTSS, no money to take care of my family, they are back home loosing everything and McCain didn't sign any bills to help soldiers like me. HE was too busy campaigning. What am I going to do? He won't stick to a message to tell us how he is going to help us all, he keeps doing is negatively attacking his opponent. Meanwhile telling everyone that we have won the victory in Iraq. Please Americans help wake us up out of this night mare.

Thanks for listening.

Posted by: Soldier in Iraq | July 31, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse


robert bell:
"Mr. McCain promised a clean and ethical campaign;"

There's nothing untruthful in McCain's last two ads. Looks like the Obama honeymoon is over.


Posted by: Billw | July 31, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I remember back a short time ago folks said the because Bill Clinton mentioned Jesse jackoson the Clinton had played the race card. Bull.. let's face reality here. Obama IS the race card. He doesn't have to play it. His oppnents on the other hand have to fight Obama with kid gloves simply because of his color. Obama knows this and has used it to great advantage to skew the playing field.

If yo look at the staistics they tell the sad truth. a MUCH higher % of whites voted for Obama showing that his race has not been an impediment to white voters Black voters on the other hand overwhelmingly voted for Obama and very openly admitted their motivation was the color of his skin. It seems the racism shoe is now on the other foot. I seems that Afro-Americans have learned very little from experience.

Posted by: Rich San Diego, CA | July 31, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Opps, sorry, I did not catch the O'Reilly Show last night -- as I told you before, it was the fake JakeD who claimed "I have to go back to work" on that thread -- did you catch Crosby, Stills, and Nash on The Colbert Report?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I love how John McCain has been moved aside so that his campaign can do all the dirty work. I didn't realize I was voting for Rick Davis as President and Tucker Bounds as Vice-President.

Posted by: ErrinF | July 31, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

To the libs who are supportive of what Obama stated. Please explain how it isn't racist by Obama to start talking about how he doesn't "look" like others on on dollar bills when noone has even remotely discussed his race. They have however discussed his socialist policies and insane positions like inflating up your tires as a plan to confront the gas problem.

Posted by: Tom A | July 31, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

ErrinF:

Yes, I predicted that the Dems would take both Houses in 2006. I also voted for JFK, if that counts.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse


Dr. Don Key:
"Well, it looks like his predictions were right. The new Republiklan ad is as close to Willie Horton as you'll see - the metamessage of the ad is that a vote for Obama is a vote against maintaining white female purity. They don't say that, but that's essentially the point. "

No, they are saying that just because you're a celebrity doesn't mean you're the poster child of virtue. Just because Obama makes an arrogant and premature victory lap and becomes a celebrity doesn't qualify him for President. He still snubbed the troops in Germany and opposes off-shore drilling.


Posted by: Billw | July 31, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

So far, there is nothing McCain has tried against Barack Obama in the general election that Hilary didn't try and fail with. Seems the insiders like McCain and Clinton only know the politics of yesteryear. Little good that will do them this year.

Posted by: ErrinF | July 31, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Actually, it was Obama and his handlers who first played the race card in a desperate bid against Hillary Clinton ... and now they are at it again. Only Obama brings up the issue of race in a negative context, and soon it too will backfire on him. First Obama gets slammed by his own racist pastor and congregation, then his cuddly relationship with a member of the Weathermen Underground, then his dealings with his corrupt housing and real estate buddy Rezko, and now his rapper buddy who is -- now as we speak -- causing the Obama camp to go into a serious case of damage control. This Obama clown is hilarious; I almost hate to see it end. Good riddance.

Posted by: Back From Iraq | July 31, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

I am sick of being robbed and raped by the Rethugs and the Bushies and the Cheynies...they have stolen everything...They have made the middle class, poor. So now there's only rich or poor. I am loosing my house in foreclosure, my children doesn't have any healthcare, my husband and I have lost our jobs (gone overseas), my childrens' education have been left behind and I just don't know what the heck I'm going to do...But one thing for sho' I am scared of that black man tryin' to be my President. I'm just going to keep letting the rethugs rob and rape me, 'cause it just feels good. I just can't bring myself to vote for a negra. So when Pres. Dumb drunk Georgie boy rides out on the rump that he rode into the whitehouse on...Mr.Came will be robbing and raping me next. But I am okay with it. Just as long as we don't have a negra in our White house.

I am Cindy McCain's middle class sister and I approve this message...aka Old c$nt #2) have a great day!

Posted by: Middle Class Person | July 31, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Jake! You catch the O'Reilly Show last night? I hear you two are both registered Independent but consistently vote Republican. Is that true?

Oh ya, and how did you call the 2006 elections? Did you see the oncoming sweep of both houses of Congress by the Democrats that year?

Let me guess... work is going to be calling you any minute, and I won't get any answers.

Posted by: ErrinF | July 31, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

thesuperclasssux:

I haven't seen Rev. Wright lately either -- is that supposed to equate to something nefarous too?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

what chutzpah!

The McCain campaign is accusing Obama of interjecting race into this contest? His comments, to me, seem to be a statement of reality, i.e. the McCain campaign is, in fact, using every kind of code and insinuaton to highlight Mr. Obama's racial makeup vs. old white man McCain.

Why? Because their polling shows that a substantial portion of our population is, in fact, racist and will vote for a black, man when hell freezes over. Their only hope of beating Obama is not on the issues or the qualifications of the respective candidates but to appeal to the basest of instincts and to emphasize fear and loathing.

I am a lifelong Republican who was initially for Mr. McCain, but I have become convinced he has sold his soul for the office he seeks. The Straight Talk Express has morphed into an updated version of Karl Rovian/Swiftboat politics, i.e. do anything, say anything to win even at the expense of ethics and integrity.
Come November I will enjoy voting for Barack Obama for several reasons, not the least of which is that the option will, in fact, buy us another four years not of George Bush but of the people and mentality which his Administration has come to represent: the worst, not the best, of who we are as a nation.

I am not a bleeding heart liberal; simply a citizen who is sick and tired of our elections being conducted by sleazy lowest common denominator standards. Mr. McCain promised a clean and ethical campaign; if that promise is representative of how he would keep his word as President on the issues, we had best not put him in charge.

Posted by: robert bell | July 31, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama played the race card?
So what John?
You knew he had it in his hand.
You knew in time, he couldn't resist.
You just don't know how well he played it.
Cause he played you at the same time.
He knew you couldn't keep your mouth shut about it.

John: Stick to issues of substance. Stick to facts.
If you can't do that, then keep your mouth shut!

Posted by: Rex | July 31, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

bob II:

"Republicans had eight years and they stole the china."

You are aware that the Clintons actually did that, right?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain's only chance is to blacken Obama's reputation and tar his name. His campaign isn't going to be niggardly about using every fuzzy headed analogy it can find that will make these dark points. Just the fact that they pick a ninny like Rick "Bush 2004" Davis to make these accusations shows how deep they are in the jungle, bunny. From now on, these charges will be McCain's linchpin. It's a campaign of a different color from now on!

Posted by: Ken in Tenn | July 31, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Ask anyone from AZ -- McSame is a carpet-bagging adulteror (anybody seen Vicki Iseman lately?), who sold out the state to Big Business interests.

He also crashed just about every plane he ever flew. Some war "hero."

We've had a faux "warrior" prez for the last 8 years -- we don't need another one.

Posted by: thesuperclasssux | July 31, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

You stupid McSamebots don't remember anything, do you?

Clinton already tried the reverse race card against Obama. The problem is Obama is half black and half white, so any thought of accusing him of racism just doesn't register as logical in the minds of most of the voters. That's why the reverse racism smear didn't work for Clinton and it won't work for McSame.

McSame, McSame failed policies as Bush.
McSame failed campaign as Clinton.

Posted by: Kevin Schmidt | July 31, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

My advice to Obama would be, don't let them bait you. They are terrified of you because an Obama presidency will create an historical tsunami that will sweep them permanently from power and from history. They know that if they lose this one, they will be out of power for a VERY long time.

Posted by: Borat | July 31, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ConcernedCitizenX
Hahaha. Funny. Except that Barack's mentor Wright and James Cone are exactly the Afro-centric equivalent of John Birchers. If
you despise John Birchers for their rabid hate, then logically you must also despise Barack's mentor Wright and also Wright's mentor Cone. Now then, oh idiot, maybe someone needs to teach you the English language, because you obviously don't know what the word "mentor" means. It means someone who teaches you how to think and grow your intellect. That means, oh idiot, that the person who taught Obama how to think is a RACIST. Try putting two and two together, oh idiot. You keep coming up with five.
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James Cone wrote his doctoral thesis on Karl Barth, why do you explain to us what a Stalinist Black Panther he was? You are an expert in nothing but stupidity and paranoia. I'd rather have a cindy McCain beer with a guy like Wright than a tool like you. Go back to the 20th century and stay there please.

I pray to God you're not mentoring anyone.


Posted by: Mike in CA | July 31, 2008 5:44 PM
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Wow. Mike. Like, that's real smart of you to point out, like, one tiny thing about, like James Cone's background, when like, there are volumes and volumes of, like, racist ranting from Cone about what he actually believes. Like omigod. Like wow.

James Cone:
"Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community ... Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love."

Many apologists have tried to rationalize quotes like this with postmodernistic contextualizing, but some ideas cannot help but convey the actual mind of the speaker no matter how much they try to cover it up with feel-good nonsense about empowerment. Empowering anyone through the use of hate and divisiveness is just wrong.

There is a lot more about Cone out there, much of it apologetic commentary. But if you read the actual words the man wrote you will see a man who (LITERALLY) sees the world in terms of Black and White. It is inescapable. As for the Marxist link, Cone's Black Liberation Theoology borrowed its social ideas, its hatred of capitalism, its propagandist techniques, and its rejection of logic straight out of the Marxist playbook. It even takes its name from the Catholic Liberation Theology practiced in Central America, which was also Marxist.

Mike go promote your BS illiteracy somewhere else. Hate is hate. Barack has some very sinister people in his background.

Posted by: ConcernedCitizenX | July 31, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

JoeT:

Perhaps you've missed my comments on the "Obama Failed to Visit Wounded Troops" thread?

"Truthteller" (and, now, DDG56 caught in the web):

Did Chernow's extensive research uncovered anything to substantiate claims that Hamilton, by way of his mother, was partly black -- or not?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

To truthteller- Alexander Hamilton is not of mixed race. Where did you get that info.? Would love to know your source.

He was born out of wedlock to a French mother (Huguenot was a christian religious group, not an ethnic one), and a Scottish father.

Your point would be interesting....if it were actually true.



Posted by: VAReader | July 31, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Republicans had eight years and they stole the china. I hope the Iraqi civilian dead share your Republican sense of patriotism. How many news articles have you seen about bloody carpetbagging war profits being banked tax free in the Caymans because Republicans hid a tax break in the Homeland Security Act. How many photos of dead G.I.'s? How many coffins? How many photos of a million dead Iraqis? How many photos of Iraqi refugees? Just another corporate God Bless America corporate gangbang to enrich the wealthiest Americans. You better fetch a brain America, post haste. How many Saudi Arabians have you killed for attacking us on 9-11? Idiots!!

Posted by: bob II | July 31, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

VoteMcGoo wrote:

"McCain doesn't have a plan for:
Balancing the budget" OBama's proposed spending is in the hundreds of billions for which he offers no way to pay it. McCain has a long history of opposing wasteful spending and a far more ballanced approach to the deficit. He's never ever proposed any earmark spending for his own state he's so dedicated to fiscal responsibility. Obama has offered nothing towards ballancing the budget - nothing.

VoteMcGoo also claims McCain has no plan for "Defeating Al Qaeda;" - Uh, McCain advoctate the surge when it was deeply unpopular, risking his career because he knew it was right. While Obama was advising we just acknowledge defeat and get out of there immediately. How is surrendering the battlefield to Al Qaeda a winning strategy?? Because of McCain's leadership, we are now defeating Al Qaeda where Obama called on us to surrender.

VoteMcGoo also claims McCain has no plan for "creating jobs" I'm sorry, did Obama at some point come up with any credible plan at creating jobs? Ever? He hasn't. Well, he did hold both sides of the Nafta issue at the same time, maybe one of those positions would create jobs. McCain on the other hand has proposed off shore drilling (creates jobs) and advocated fiscal responsibility (stabilizes the economy which will create jobs), etc. The President doesn't simply create jobs but providing for fiscal responsibility does create and environment where jobs are created. McCain has advocated that, Obama has not (to the tune of some 600 billion in new spending we cant afford).

VoteMcGoo also claims McCain has no plan for "lowering the price of gas;" Uh, Obama opposes off shore drilling and a gas tax holiday. McCain was open to a gas tax holiday, he also strongly advocates we drill where we have oil in the U.S. Now, finding new oil isn't going to solve all our problems but it will help. McCain has also called on the nation to look at alterntives to make sure we become independent.

Agree with McCain or not, he has proposed things that would help gas prices, Obama has not. I don't think either would solve all our problems, the President simply doesn't have the ability to set the price of gas. But don't lie and say McCain has offered no solutions when you know that is a lie. In fact, the opposite is true.

Oh, and the childish habbit of Obama fans to call their opposition stupid names is really telling about how shallow your level of thinking is on the subject.

VoteMcGoo also writes: "I could go on. But it's simple. McGoo doesn't have ANY substantive plans."

Your 'argument' is a bunch of made up lies and name calling. Wow, that's compelling stuff. Almost as compelling as the utterly childish "All he can do is fling poo at all the normal people who walk by his monkey cage."

Posted by: michaelp0429 | July 31, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Bruce Becker wrote:

McCain has spoken of his own free will about social security and how it might be funded by including additional social security tax on persons making over $250K,
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A common sense statement, one to be explored, at the very least, no matter which candidate advocates taxes as a means of paying for the quality of life we enjoy, as Americans.

I was thinking McCain's campaign reeked of stale Washington lobbyist, his statements so predictable they can be anticipated weeks in advance, McCain sounding just like Cheney, without a dynamic.

Those people neither lead, nor understand government, they cannot even define the function of American government, politics simply another means of self glorification.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Truthteller
You made a great point. Alexander Hamilton's mother is half black. I learned something from you. Thanks.

The self-made man and the immigrant who achieves success are figures dear to American culture; Hamilton, alone among the prominent Founders, was both. Chernow writes, "no immigrant in American history has ever made a larger contribution than Alexander Hamilton." Hamilton, who became one of the first American leaders to call for the abolition of slavery, grew up in the Caribbean slave societies of Nevis and St. Croix. He was the illegitimate child of James Hamilton, the younger son of a Scots laird, and Rachel Faucette, a woman of British and French Huguenot descent who had fled from her first husband. (Chernow's extensive research has uncovered nothing to substantiate claims that Hamilton, by way of his mother, was partly black.) Hamilton and his brother, James Jr., were abandoned by their father in 1765 and orphaned when their mother died in 1767. Hamilton was 12. Sent to New York as a scholarship boy, the orphan from the West Indies flourished at King's College (now Columbia University), penned an anti-British polemic, "The Farmer Refuted," and, when the Revolution broke out, became an artillery captain whose exploits inspired Washington to make Hamilton his aide-de-camp. Hamilton's transformation from outsider to insider was complete when he married Elizabeth "Eliza" Schuyler, a member of one of the richest and most politically influential families in New York.

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So Obama thinks that McCain and the Republicans are trying to make people afraid of him because he doesn't look like the guys on our paper currency. Somebody should tell him that Alexander Hamilton, our first Secretary of the Treasury, Revolutionary War hero and Gen. Washington's aide-de-camp, whose picture is on the $10 bill, was half-black, just like him.

Posted by: Truthteller | July 31, 2008 5:56 PM

Posted by: DDG56 | July 31, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

that would be me. what's your point? you know why you used his middle name, and if you pretend otherwise, no one will ever take you seriously, any more than they did Cunningham, when he claimed to use everyon's middle name without any intent to make a point.

how about McCain's original ad to slam Obama for visiting the troops. real slime there, huh?

Posted by: JoeT | July 31, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

McCain deserves to be put back in his bamboo cage at the Hanoi Hilton and set out in the jungle to rot. That's were he belongs. That reflects the depth of his betrayal for embracing human garbage like Karl Rove and Steve Schmidt. It will not win him the presidency, only a place in the gallery of American rouges and misfits.

Posted by: Borat | July 31, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Is John McCain really that desperate to throw out his pledge of a civil campaign for this "Get off my lawn, kids" crap?

He seems very angry.

Posted by: William | July 31, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Why should Obama playing the race card surprise anyone - all liberals are racists and sexists, totally obsessed with race and gender. It's a standard tactic of the left to divide and conquer, pit groups against one another, and deride anyone who identifies themself as an American rather than some sub-set minority.

Posted by: Sherri D | July 31, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Actually, it was Obama and his handlers who first played the race card in a desperate bid against Hillary Clinton ... and now they are at it again. Only Obama brings up the issue of race in a negative context, and soon it too will backfire on him. First Obama gets slammed by his own racist pastor and congregation, then his cuddly relationship with a member of the Weathermen Underground, then his dealings with his corrupt housing and real estate buddy Rezko, and now his rapper buddy who is -- now as we speak -- causing the Obama camp to go into a serious case of damage control. This Obama clown is hilarious; I almost hate to see it end. Good riddance.

Posted by: Back From Iraq | July 31, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

A better name for this column:

What Random GOP Scumbags Want Reporters to Talk About While They're Supposedly Out on the Campaign Trail.

Posted by: HeavyJ | July 31, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Every time McCain jumps into the gutter, I reach for my checkbook and donate to Obama.

I did too little in '04 because I was sure that reason would prevail. Not this time.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

Posted by: Rwolf01 | July 31, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Well gee, I guess if John McCain says it, it must be true!

Good grief, is there ANY crazy utterance by the McCain camp that the Washington Post won't blithely wave into print?

Posted by: Monk | July 31, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I thought Davis was saying Obama was like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Now he's like George Washington? Why does Davis keep comparing Obmma to white people? Is he playing THE RACE CARD !?????!???!!!!

Posted by: Ken in Tenn | July 31, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I thought Davis was saying Obama was like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Now he's like George Washington? Why does Davis keep comparing Obmma to white people? Is he playing THE RACE CARD !?????!???!!!!

Posted by: Ken in Tenn | July 31, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Who ever posted this knows what their talking about. This is the truth about our country.

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, which they have no problem using against fellow citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!

Posted by: | July 31, 2008 5:46 PM

Posted by: HemiHead | July 31, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

JoeT:

Aren't you the same person who claimed (at 1:19 PM) that I was "a fraud. The only reason to capitalize Hussein is to play to a crowd, and you can't hide behind using other middle names. you are using his for a purpose. admit it or just shut up"?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Rick Davis the campaign manager for McCain said yesterday, THE CANDIDATE McCain DOES NOT SPEAK FOR THE McCain CAMPAIGN...

Posted by: Bruce becker | July 31, 2008 6:03 PM

I think he must believe McSame is Roves commie GOP Manchurian Candidate.

Posted by: walker1 | July 31, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Indeed, when you look at A. Hamilton on a $10 bill you definitely see the resemblance with B. Obama...

Posted by: J.M. | July 31, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

You don't have to be stupid to be a Republican, but it sure helps.

Posted by: branfo4 | July 31, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

So Rick Davis thinks Barack Obama looks like George Washington?

Posted by: Ken in Tenn | July 31, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have a picture of Rachel Faucett Lavien on-line?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

JakeD give me a break. Clinton was really trying to praise MLK, and there was nothing at all aimed at Obama in the whole discussion? then what was the point she was making if it wasn't about why voters should go for her instead of Obama?

and yes, Obama was referring to race regarding the presidents on the currency, not his ears. that's the point. McCain certainly can't directly refer to race, but Obama is exactly right in his remarks (listen to the whole remark, and his earlier prediction of how he would be attacked) make him out to be the scary guy from the scary black church who likes the scary looking black hoodlum rapper. that's not a secret, just listen to the talk shows. they are proud of the fact that that's their strategy, they admit it. why are the posters here denying it?

Posted by: JoeT | July 31, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse


Rick Davis the campaign manager for McCain said yesterday, THE CANDIDATE McCain DOES NOT SPEAK FOR THE McCain CAMPAIGN.

What does that mean, really?

McCain has spoken of his own free will about social security and how it might be funded by including additional social security tax on persons making over $250K, but.... Rick Davis says, we must disregard that comment, as it was not approved.

We now need to wait and see if Rick Davis approves McCain's comments.

What if the 3 AM phone rings? Who is going to answer? The campaign manager?
The mind boggles.

Posted by: Bruce becker | July 31, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Hamilton was born in Charlestown, the capital of Nevis in the British West Indies, out of wedlock to Rachel Faucett Lavien, of part French Huguenot descent, and James A. Hamilton, fourth son of Scottish laird Alexander Hamilton of Grange, Ayrshire. I guess I need to look up "Huguenot" again.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

McCain has come up with his recent negativity because he thinks he has nothing else. He appears to be right.

Posted by: esch | July 31, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I am shocked to see how quickly John McCain has descended into the gutter. Connecting Obama with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton? That IS racist. Just the thing that would appeal to America's deep seated racial fears of black men consorting with white women. Worked great for the racist murderers in Mississippi in the '50s and '60s. This is nothing short of a Republican sponsored media lynching.

Posted by: bignoise | July 31, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

here we go, once again we see carl rove style politics being played by the maverick. mccain should denounce the criminal carl rove (who outed a C I A agent) and is involved in the unlawful prosecution of an democratic govenor. rove and cronies are against everything american, and mccain should not embrace his advise and tactics. instead mccain has praised roves " undeniable gifts and insights " rovian neo zen negative politcs will be rejected by all americans, and since mccain is craven enough to adopt them he should not be taken seriously by americans.

Posted by: jacade | July 31, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know that about Alexander Hamilton!!!

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse


Published: July 30, 2008
Well, that certainly didn't take long. On July 3, news reports said Senator John McCain, worried that he might lose the election before it truly started, opened his doors to disciples of Karl Rove from the 2004 campaign and the Bush White House. Less than a month later, the results are on full display. The candidate who started out talking about high-minded, civil debate has wholeheartedly adopted Mr. Rove's low-minded and uncivil playbook.
In recent weeks, Mr. McCain has been waving the flag of fear (Senator Barack Obama wants to "lose" in Iraq), and issuing attacks that are sophomoric (suggesting that Mr. Obama is a socialist) and false (the presumptive Democratic nominee turned his back on wounded soldiers).

Mr. McCain used to pride himself on being above this ugly brand of politics, which killed his own 2000 presidential bid. But he clearly tossed his inhibitions aside earlier this month when he put day-to-day management of his campaign in the hands of one acolyte of Mr. Rove and gave top positions to two others. The résumés of the new team's members included stints in Mr. Bush's White House and in his 2004 re-election campaign, one of the most negative and divisive in memory.

Almost immediately, the McCain campaign was using Mr. Rove's well-honed tactics, starting with an attempt to widen this nation's damaging ideological divide by painting Mr. Obama as a far-left kook. On July 18, Mr. McCain even suggested that Mr. Obama is a socialist to the left of the Senate's only avowed socialist: Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Mr. Obama's politics are hardly far-left, and anyone who has spent time in a socialist country knows how ridiculous that label is for any member of Congress. It would be bad enough if Mr. McCain honestly believed what he said, but we find that hard to imagine.

Mr. Obama has distorted Mr. McCain's record at times, but Mr. McCain's false charges have been more frequent: that Mr. Obama opposes "innovation" on energy policy; that he voted 94 times for "higher taxes"; and that Mr. Obama is personally responsible for rising gasoline prices.

And Mr. McCain has not stopped there. Taking a page straight from Mr. Bush and Mr. Rove, Mr. McCain has been trying to distract voters from his support for an unending war in Iraq by portraying Mr. Obama as unpatriotic and weak. This line of attack reached a crescendo last week when Mr. McCain fumed and fussed and went to places with European-sounding names while Mr. Obama traveled abroad.

Mr. McCain repeatedly said Mr. Obama "would rather lose a war to win a political campaign" and that he "does not understand" what is at stake in Iraq. He also accused Mr. Obama of canceling a visit to wounded American troops in a German military hospital because news cameras were not allowed. That's a false account of what occurred -- and Mr. McCain ignored Mr. Obama's unheralded visit to a combat hospital in Baghdad.

Like Mr. Bush, Mr. McCain confuses opposition to an unnecessary war with a lack of spine and an unwillingness to use force when the nation is truly in danger. Obviously, Mr. Obama is untested as a commander in chief and his trip was intended to reassure voters. But Mr. McCain is as untested in this area as Mr. Obama, and it is hard to imagine a worse role model than the one Mr. McCain seems to be adopting: President Bush.

Many voters are wondering whether a McCain presidency would be an extension of Mr. Bush's two disastrous terms. If the way Mr. McCain is running his campaign these days is an indication, Americans don't have to wait until next January for the answer to that one.

Posted by: HemiHead | July 31, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

So Obama thinks that McCain and the Republicans are trying to make people afraid of him because he doesn't look like the guys on our paper currency. Somebody should tell him that Alexander Hamilton, our first Secretary of the Treasury, Revolutionary War hero and Gen. Washington's aide-de-camp, whose picture is on the $10 bill, was half-black, just like him.

Posted by: Truthteller | July 31, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

So, Senator Obama, your comments were about age and experience, not race? Senator Obama, you are a liar.

Posted by: William Weber | July 31, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Not just Joe T, but also Matt and zzz1204 (see below).

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

This isn't news. Stop reporting "he said" all the time. Not everything campaigns say should be treated as worthy of ink.

Posted by: Mike | July 31, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Eh, why is this surprising. Obama has been playing this card since the whole Bill Clinton thing. Why would he stop, it is working for him.

I will say this though, it worked alot better in the primary than it will in the general. That is just a simple matter of demographics.

Posted by: DCDave | July 31, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Joe T

Hillary Clinton's comments about LBJ and MLK were NOT RACIST. It had nothing to do with black and white. It had to do with the value of a competent politician who could get legistlation passed IN ADDITION to the value of a great speaker who could move the people. Both, as Clinton argued, were invaluable in making the racial progress of the last 40 years.

She didn't say anything bad about MLK - it was MLK's holiday weekend. She made the comments BEFORE giving a great speach praising how great MLK was - in which she described her father taking her to see a MLK speach, how much it inspired her, how brilliant and right she thought MLK was - how great he was and how he was the reason she first got involved in politics - (she went back to school and aggitated to make sure more minorities were admited).

Saying MLK was great but also acknowledging LBJ's great work on the subject to get the legislation that helped make MLK's brilliant vision start to come to pass WAS NOT A RACIST COMMENT. It doesn't take anything away from MLK.

You are crazy when you argue that it was racist. Your logic seems to be that acknowledging what any white person has done in addition to MLK's great work makes me a racist?????? That's either stupid or the very worst sort of demagoguery.

You have been had by Obama. He's prayed on your fear of racism and frankly you are no longer rational if that's truly what you beleive.

Posted by: michaelp0429 | July 31, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

McCain's an oil idiot. You can understand how America can B-52 a defenseless country who never fired a bullet at us to steal its oil when you see how petrified American idiots are of Barack Obama. Republicans are terrified of the Tella-tubbies because they're harboring a queer and going to march down Main Street and crush their Christmas balls. Stupidy beyond comprehension. They believe a totally unarmed country is a threat to us. Insanity. Magoo is Toast!

Posted by: bob II | July 31, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

So, does McCain DENY that his campaign, including the 527's, has tried to exploit Obama's ethnic background to scare voters? Or is he just snipping at Obama for calling him on it?

Posted by: swalker3 | July 31, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

So McGoo, Krautie, Hiatt, Milbank and the rest of the WaPo are saying what;

That Obama doesn't DESERVE to eat a Burger King Steakhouse burger?

I think this whole line of attack started at the same time the Burger King ads started and McGoo's minions subliminally started to parrot it.

I'm sure of it.

Posted by: VoteMcGooHe's72 | July 31, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

What race card is Barack playing? You must acknowledge that he doesn't favor Washington ($1), Jefferson ($2), Lincoln ($5), Hamilton ($10), Jackson ($20), Grant ($50), McKinley ($500), Cleveland ($1000), Madison ($5000), or Wilson ($100,000). Well maybe a little like Wilson and Lincoln. However, the Department of Treasury could put McCain's picture on the C-note and most people would think it was a picture of a close-cropped Mr. Franklin employed as a new anti-counterfeit measure.

Posted by: fingnutz | July 31, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

"I find it interesting that Sen. Obama says: "You know, he's not patriotic enough. He's got a funny name. You know, he doesn't look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills, you know. He's risky."

And the McCain campaign finds race, where? He doesn't look like all those other Presidents ould be referring to his age, or his ears, lol. But McCain (Herr Schmidt actually) was looking for a way to throw race into the kitchen sink of attacks launched since Karl Rove took over the campaign and, I believe, jumped the shark. He could have at least waited for somebody to actually accuse his campaign of racism. This is a bit much even for Herr Schmidt.

Posted by: straight talk my a** | July 31, 2008 5:36 PM "


STRAIGHT TALK, THE MCCAIN GROUP NEEDED AN OPENING TO INVOKE RACE AND ALTHOUGH WHAT OBAMA SAID WASN'T PERFECT, FOR ALL PRACTICAL PURPOSES IT WAS A GIFT FROM HEAVEN, THE PERFECT TOOL TO RATCHET UP MCCAIN'S SUPPORT. KARL ROVE WAS FAR FROM BEING THE FIRST PERSON TO FIGURE OUT THE IMPORTANCE OF BRINGING OUT SUBCONSCIOUS FEARS IN THE ELECTORATE IF YOU WANT TO WIN.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, which they have no problem using against fellow citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I don't "hate" anyone.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ConcernedCitizenX
Hahaha. Funny. Except that Barack's mentor Wright and James Cone are exactly the Afro-centric equivalent of John Birchers. If
you despise John Birchers for their rabid hate, then logically you must also despise Barack's mentor Wright and also Wright's mentor Cone. Now then, oh idiot, maybe someone needs to teach you the English language, because you obviously don't know what the word "mentor" means. It means someone who teaches you how to think and grow your intellect. That means, oh idiot, that the person who taught Obama how to think is a RACIST. Try putting two and two together, oh idiot. You keep coming up with five.
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James Cone wrote his doctoral thesis on Karl Barth, why do you explain to us what a Stalinist Black Panther he was? You are an expert in nothing but stupidity and paranoia. I'd rather have a cindy McCain beer with a guy like Wright than a tool like you. Go back to the 20th century and stay there please.

I pray to God you're not mentoring anyone.

Posted by: Mike in CA | July 31, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

McCain doesn't have a plan for:
Balancing the budget;
Defeating Al Qaeda;
creating jobs;
lowering the price of gas;

I could go on. But it's simple. McGoo doesn't have ANY substantive plans.

All he can do is fling poo at all the normal people who walk by his monkey cage.

Typical rovian strategy.

Pathetic. America deserves better.

Posted by: VoteMcGooHe's72 | July 31, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

The Democrat Party, the party that gave us Jim Crow laws in the old South where they were the only political party operating after the Republican Lincoln freed the slaves, the Party that undid the progress that the Republican reconstruction made giving freed slaves voting and civil rights, the Democrats who gave the US the Ku Klux Klan an old member of which still sits on the Democrat side of the US senate, is still playing the race card. They played it with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, two of their presidential candidates and are so comfortable playing the race card that they would be lost without it. Now their "post-racial" candidate is at it again. They simply cannot break the habit.

Posted by: mhr | July 31, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I am lonely, and this is the only time I ever have a chance to disgorge for y'all the full complement of vitriol with which I stock my engorged spleen all day, every day. I am not afraid to say that I hate everyone, having gotten to this cranky old age never having had things my way, not once. Sure, I play golf - although not nearly as well as you'd think from how I've been talking it up. I usually shoot in the high 300s, and that's when I cheat. I'm creaky now, so I can't even really cheat that well anymore, but I make that whining breathy noise which usually means that I am either about to mess myself or have forgotten what I was going to say. In either case, people look away to be polite, and I kick my golf ball several feet closer to the hole. Of course, they see that, too, but they can't really do anything about it without confronting me, which gives me another chance to play the age card. Oh, I am so dried-up and bitter! And I smell like stale sheep!

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

if obama is playing the race card.....then whbat is Mc Crappy doing........neg attacks on a person with no substance sounds alot like the masta card......lets just say things and defend them with yep thats accurate porteait of Obama.......the republiscamers whine but they are the ones on the offensive .........he could of been refering to being young while the others on money look alot older than himself.......the McCrabs should of asked for clarity before assuming......now thats judgement.....but we all know who has shown better judgement......even those who are trying to protect their money and don't want higher taxes....................Lastly the media is wasting our time with this race card crap.......McCrap on a veteran is getting old.......I dont care what war time distinguishment he has received he would not have been in that plane 5th from the bottom of the class being a black student.........God Bless Amerikkka

Posted by: Craka smaka | July 31, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

United States Constitution - We the people of the United States


Democrat $24 barrel of oil

DEMOCRAT $1.50 A GALLON OF GASOLINE


Oil was $24 a barrel when democrats left office


A gallon of gasoline was $1.50 when democrats left office


GOP Republicans took office to change oil to $145 a barrel

GOP Republicans took office to change gasoline to $4.50 a gallon


GOP Republican $145 barrel of oil


A gallon of gasoline is $4.50 under the GOP Republicans

Rising Oil Prices Swell Profits at Exxon and Shell

You do the math and decide if Texas oil millionaires warrant investigations to protect the American people.


HOODWINKED
BUSHWINKED
BUSHWHACKED


GOP Republican Wall Street Conspiracy to defraud the American People and steal from the United States Treasury.


GOP Republican abusive power and blind greed run amok to transfer the American economy into the private capitalistic pockets of the super rich who own and run Wall Street.


GOP Republicans are manipulating the market system to make the many (95 percent of American citizens) suffer and serve the superwealthy few (5 percent Wall Street supercapitalists).


GOP Republicans McCain-McBush III Trillion Dollar War Crisis


GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET MILLIONAIRES ARE PAYING THEMSELVES $10,000,000 BONUSES FROM MONEY STOLEN FROM THE UNITED STATES TREASURY, WHILE SENDING OUR AMERCAN JOBS OVERSEAS. RECKLESS OUTSOURCING IS DESTROYING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING AND THE AMERICAN ECONOMY.


No more GOP Republican lies, conspiracies, and grand larcenies.


GOP Republican $155 barrel of oil speculations
GOP Republican $175 barrel of oil speculations
GOP Republican $195 barrel of oil speculations
GOP Republican $215 barrel of oil speculations
GOP Republican $235 barrel of oil speculations
GOP Republican $255 barrel of oil speculations


GOP Republican $4.50 a Gallon Gasoline speculations
GOP Republican $5.00 a Gallon Gasoline speculations
GOP Republican $5.50 a Gallon Gasoline speculations
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When does it stop if ever?


GOP Republican Wall Street Greed Speculation does not work.
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Stop GOP Republican Wall Street oil speculations today


GOP REPUBLICAN Oil addiction has become the new crack drug and we better get off soon


GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET MILLIONAIRES ARE PAYING THEMSELVES $10,000,000 BONUSES FROM MONEY STOLEN FROM THE UNITED STATES TREASURY, WHILE SENDING OUR AMERCAN JOBS OVERSEAS. RECKLESS AMERICAN JOB OUTSOURCING IS DESTROYING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING AND THE AMERICAN ECONOMY.


Nationalize U.S. Oil For National Defense.
Nationalize U.S. Oil For National Defense.
Nationalize U.S. Oil For National Defense.


Clean nuclear electric energy is the answer


We the people of the United States.


BARACK OBAMA WILL bring back our United States Constitution and Rights of the American people. Who is better to save the country than an Ivy League United States constitution professor who loves his country more than GOP Republicans love ill gotten Wall Street speculation money.


GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET MILLIONAIRES ARE PAYING THEMSELVES $10,000,000 BONUSES FROM MONEY STOLEN FROM THE UNITED STATES TREASURY, WHILE SENDING OUR AMERCAN JOBS OVERSEAS. RECKLESS OUTSOURCING IS DESTROYING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING AND THE AMERICAN ECONOMY.


Stop GOP Republican McCain from selling our America.


This remarkable unleashing of deep Democratic energies went hand in hand with clever GOP Republican efforts to subvert the will of the American People, whether by overt corruption or covert manipulation. This corruption or manipulation resulted from the widespread market activity that was incompatible with the good of the American Public. American Citizens were well aware that the voices of the People could be offset by powerful GOP Republican market elites bending the system to serve the interests of the few. The economic power of the GOP Republicans was recognized to be the primary source of Wall Street speculators' corruptions.

Democratic dialogue was motivated by opposition to the market-driven greedy GOP Republicans obsessed with obscene quantity of moneymaking with little regard for the quality of the Public's Democracy. Democratic love of wisdom was contrasted sharply against the GOP Republicans love of money.

Impeach the defunct GOP Republican Party of Wall Street Super Rich Thieves for milking our country the way wolves milk cows. America deserves intelligent and honest leadership demonstrated by scholars who love America, Americans and Our Freedom. America the Beautiful belongs to All Americans and will no longer be the plaything for Wall Street Super Rich GOP Republicans wolves.

Posted by: GOP Republican Get Rich Quick On US Treasury and Sell America Party | July 31, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

McNasty's new tack ain't working. It makes him look silly like standing ALONE in front of Schmidt's Sausage and Holy Gunnery. He appears lost, not unlike his campaign now swinging aimlessly just tying to hit anything they can. America has watch these same Republican crooks, liars and oil thieves lie 9-11 into an international oil heist and MCNASTY has the sausage to say Obama is playing the race card. It is outrageously pathetic. Watch Bubba. Somebody needs to keep a close eye on the psychopath because there is no telling what Oil Bubba will try to do with ninety days left before psycho cracker sets sail on his blood for oil tour. Mr. Magoo is a trainwreck. It is all about oil contracts and it will forever be about getting their bloody fingers on somebody else's oil.

Posted by: bob | July 31, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Don't let anyone fool you - this negativity is coming from both sides. The communications team over at the Obama camp knows exactly what they're doing. They're pushing the envelope far enough to evoke a response from the McCain campaign.

The Obama folks are the ones pushing the racial envelope - because they can get away with it, without anyone really noticing. I have to give them credit. They're quite sly with this stuff.

It's a classic "I am the victim" communications technique.

Posted by: Lisa | July 31, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

"

Obama June 21 said "We know what kind of campaign they're going to run. They're going to try to make you afraid.
"They're going to try to make you afraid of me. He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black?"

YOU KNOW WHAT - I AM AFRAID OF OBAMA. I'M TERRIFIED THAT THIS GUY CAN BE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. HE DOES HAVE A FUNNY NAME AND YES - HE IS TOTALLY INEXPERIENCED!!!

Posted by: Johhny | July 31, 2008 5:27 PM "


JOHHNY, THOSE FEARS ARE WHAT THE MCCAIN TEAM CAN POTENTIALLY BRING OUT IN MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. IT IS THE KEY TO WINNING THE ELECTION BUT IN ORDER TO SUCCEED THE STRATEGY MUST BE IMPLEMENTED VERY CAREFULLY AND IN A MOST SUBTLE WAY.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting that Sen. Obama says:
"You know, he's not patriotic enough. He's got a funny name. You know, he doesn't look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills, you know. He's risky."

And the McCain campaign finds race, where? He doesn't look like all those other Presidents ould be referring to his age, or his ears, lol. But McCain (Herr Schmidt actually) was looking for a way to throw race into the kitchen sink of attacks launched since Karl Rove took over the campaign and, I believe, jumped the shark. He could have at least waited for somebody to actually accuse his campaign of racism. This is a bit much even for Herr Schmidt.

Posted by: straight talk my a** | July 31, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

The thug buffoon McCain and the criminal Right-wing at their best.

Posted by: Raj | July 31, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

It's going to be a long 3 months with this sort of negative campaigning from McCain. Yet, didn't McCain vow to run a clean campaign, free of this sort of juvenile mudslinging, mudslinging that is hardly the hallmark of a true commander in chief? FLIP FLOP MCCAIN STRIKES AGAIN! Is this an example of the infamous "straight talk express?" With McCain, it's more like double talk or triple talk express. He flips, then he flops, then he flips, then he flops, then it's back to flipping again for McCain. He can't seem to keep one story straight, yet he imagines himself, IMAGINES HIMSELF capable of being a leader of the free world. McCain is delusional and clearly has a screw loose. The United States can't afford another delusional president; we've had one the last horrible 8 years with Bush; and McCain himself has said time and time again that he's a-okay with the way things are going in the United States; a-okay with the economy he knows nothing about teetering on the edge of disaster; a-okay with the housing crisis and having flunkies refer to the citizens of this country as "whiners"; a-okay with leaving our troops to die in Iraq for 100 more years; a-okay with the top 1% income earners getting all the tax breaks; a-okay with everything Bush has done, so okay with it that McCain might as well change his last name to Bush. McCain is too arrogant to be ashamed of himself. Yet he ought to be ashamed. If you want this country to go down the drain, you'll vote for McCain. If you want this country to regain its position as a world leader, then you'll vote for Obama. It's that simple.

Posted by: Russell4America | July 31, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

The McCain folks here don't even realize they are proving the point. everything they say is about how scary the strange black kid from the scary black church who listens to the scary black hoodlum rapper is. then they say, "what, me racist?"

McCain has now been caught. He had an ad ready to go slamming Obama for visiting the troops and making a campaign prop out of them. he had to pull it and throw together the one we saw. that explains why it had all the ridiculous lies he was called out on. If McCain was going to attack Obama whether he visited or not, and Obama cancelled rather than get the troops in the middle of the mess, then to me, McCain is the one using them for campaign purposes, and Obama is the one giving them respect.

Posted by: JoeT | July 31, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

"Some of that, I do recall right out of the FOX playbook, which is in complete favor of Republicans, lies, and more lies; they also feed into the depths of hatred and prejudice. Unfortunately, that is out there."

NOT ONLY ARE THOSE FEARS OUT THERE BUT IF JOHN MCCAIN CAN EFFECTIVELY TAP INTO THOSE FEARS THERE IS NO DOUBT AT ALL THAT HE WILL WIN THE ELECTION AND THEY WOULD BE FOOLS TO FOLLOW ANYTHING BUT A WINNING STRATEGY.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl, there is nothing racist or "white hating" about Ludacris' lyrics.
At least the ones you referenced.
They are pretty clever, if you like rap music.

How is mocking Jesse Jackson and tellin black folks to "get off their a__ and vote" white hating?

Are, is there some secret you hold that deserves the ire, and are therefore paranoid?

First it was the blues, jazz, then soul, now rap....those darn blacks with their "music" is gonna ruin this country!!!
LOL

Posted by: D | July 31, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, I am sure you remember Bill Cunningham introducing John McCain back in February. Then, McCain eager to keep his clean image, repudiated and apologized as soon as he took the mic. Now he is the one approving his recent "Celeb" ads.

Posted by: Tim | July 31, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

The obama camp is playing a southern racist game. Both blacks and whites ply it but is mostly a sourther thing.

The racist ( black or white) provoke and prevoke but coverrtly, then the target responds and they play the victim. This is Obama to a T.

McCain's camp apprently does not know it.
They better wise up really quick.

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | July 31, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse


why is it....

that every time you see mccain on television someplace, that cindy is not more than 5 feet away from him?

is cindy always present just in case john takes a crap in his pants???

i don't know if i would want an incontinent president.

Posted by: BOB | July 31, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

"Let's see, McCain releases a commercial linking Obama (the Black guy) with two promiscuous White girls.

And he accuses Obama playing the race card first?

New McCain commercial should say:
Vote for McCain, and not the jigaboo."

THE STRATEGY ONLY WORKS WHEN IT IS KEPT VERY SUBTLE. WHETHER OR NOT OBAMA ACTUALLY BROUGHT UP THE RACE CARD, MCCAIN SHOULD KEEP IT OUT IN THE OPEN BUT WITH SUBTLE, SUBTLE ALLUSIONS THAT CAN BRING OUT THE SUBCONSCIOUS FEAR SO MANY NON-BLACKS HAVE CONCERNING THOSE OF DARKER SKIN.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I HOPE OBAMA WINS, THEN WE WILL ALL BE SQUARE AND OWE NO LONGER. OBAMA CLAIMS HE WANTS TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER AS ONE, AS EQUALS, IF THAT'S REALLY TRUE HE CAN MAKE HIS VERY FIRST EXECUTIVE INITIATIVE TO END AFFIRMATIVE ACTION SO WE CAN ALL TRULY BE EQUAL! geez wow what a ludicrous idea for a ludicrous rap melody from obamas talented pal mr ludicrous who he so proudly plugs his ear phone into, or is that rev wright in his ear phone,hhmm well, what's the difference between the two. obama is a wolf in sheep's clothing, he would cringe at such a thought of equality and ending affirmative action, after all what would his friend rev wright or ludicrous think of that?

Posted by: MG2 | July 31, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama June 21 said "We know what kind of campaign they're going to run. They're going to try to make you afraid.
"They're going to try to make you afraid of me. He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black?"

YOU KNOW WHAT - I AM AFRAID OF OBAMA. I'M TERRIFIED THAT THIS GUY CAN BE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. HE DOES HAVE A FUNNY NAME AND YES - HE IS TOTALLY INEXPERIENCED!!!

Posted by: Johhny | July 31, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Filled with an incessant yearning that was difficult for me to define, I put down the bottle of Cialis, put away the prune juice, put away my slippers and put on my outdoor shoes, remembered to check to see that my fly was zipped up and my pants buttoned, donned my California Raisins T-shirt (the one that always make my arms look pale, bony, and atrophied), brushed my tooth, put in the rest of my teeth, remembered my medic alert badge, and went out to the car. After backing through my garage door, I proceed to engage my left blinker so as to turn right out of my driveway, put the high beams on, turn on the AM easy listening station at ear-splitting volumes, and continue at 8-10 mph to proceed to the nearest town, which is 15 miles away down a one lane road. The traffic begins to collect behind me, and I wheeze in pleasure! One young cyclist attempts to pass me, and I deftly force him off the road, although to the outside world I have done nothing more than squint into my rear view mirror as I attempt to maneuver a dried piece of mucus from my eye. "Oh," I think, "I am so petty and conservative!" and an evil gleam comes - slowly - to my eye. Then I must speed up to 15 mph.... I feel my laxative beginning to work. Euuuhhhhhhhhhhhh...Euuuhhhhhhhhhhhh...Euuuhhhhhhhhhhhh... KASPLORT.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Mccain is OLD and Racist...He farts in his sleep and sleeps 12 Hours a day! His wife wears a mask and really looks like Skeletor!!...okay so she does not wear a mask...she just looks like Skeletor with a constant state of Huh look on her face.

He is old! He is too old to lead! He will lead us to old things! His Kool-aid is sour!

See how easy it is to write dumba** comments about people and make them fact

Posted by: Combatting Ignorant Mofos | July 31, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse


how the campaign has panned out so far....

OBAMA - Acts presidential.

McCAIN: - Acts like a friggin little baby girl.

hey john.. did you want your bottle now?

does cindy need to change your diapers?

Posted by: BOB | July 31, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Well, stand by for action because this is going to be a continuous issue all the way through November. Just about anything and everything said or done will have race somehow played into it..

Posted by: Steve | July 31, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

"The filthy republicans will do or say anything in their sad lust for power.

Is ANYONE surprised?"

THE ENDS ALWAYS JUSTIFIES THE MEANS FOR THE INTELLIGENT PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTROLLING POWER. NON-INTELLIGENT PEOPLE NEED NOT APPLY BUT ARE WELCOME TO SNIFFLE AND SNORT IN SELF PITY.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Hey, there CCX, I never said that you were a liar or that Wright, Cone or any of these people you mention didn't say what they said. I'm just saying you are an idiotic paranoid nutjob who lives in some John Birch Society spiderhole.

By your thinking, I can also deduce that because of his 20+ year relationship with Cindy, John McCain will put a beer hall on every corner in America?

Posted by: | July 31, 2008 5:16 PM
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Hahaha. Funny. Except that Barack's mentor Wright and James Cone are exactly the Afro-centric equivalent of John Birchers. If you despise John Birchers for their rabid hate, then logically you must also despise Barack's mentor Wright and also Wright's mentor Cone. Now then, oh idiot, maybe someone needs to teach you the English language, because you obviously don't know what the word "mentor" means. It means someone who teaches you how to think and grow your intellect. That means, oh idiot, that the person who taught Obama how to think is a RACIST. Try putting two and two together, oh idiot. You keep coming up with five.

Posted by: ConcernedCitizenX | July 31, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, McCain releases a commercial linking Obama (the Black guy) with two promiscuous White girls.

And he accuses Obama playing the race card first?

New McCain commercial should say:
Vote for McCain, and not the jigaboo.

Posted by: Dianne72 and JakeD | July 31, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a black liberation Muslim racist. That is what he IS! He is a radical sham!

Posted by: Change This | July 31, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Here are the lyrics to the new Ludacris song that he wrote for his friend Obama. I think it's a pretty good example of how in-your-face and white-hating many of Obama's supporters are. It's a surprise Obama only occasionally says things that reflect the paranoid, resentful, anti-white Afrocentrism that surrounds him.

Lyrics:

I'm back on it like I just signed my record deal
Yeah the best is here, the Bentley Coup paint is dripping wet, it got sex appeal
Never should have hated
You never should've doubted him
With a slot in the president's iPod Obama shattered 'em

Said I handled his biz and I'm one of his favorite rappers
Well give Luda a special pardon if I'm ever in the slammer
Better yet put him in office, make me your vice president
Hillary hated on you, so that bit** is irrelevant

Jesse talking slick and apologizing for what?
If you said it then you meant it how you want it have a gut!
And all you other politicians trying to hate on my man,
watch us win a majority vote in every state on my man

You can't stop what's bout to happen, we bout to make history
The first black president is destined and it's meant to be
The threats ain't fazing us, the nooses or the jokes
So get off your a**, black people, it's time to get out and vote!

Paint the White House black and I'm sure that's got 'em terrified
McCain don't belong in any chair unless he's paralyzed
Yeah I said it cause Bush is mentally handicapped
Ball up all of his speeches and I throw 'em like candy wrap
'cause what you talking I hear nothing even relevant
and you the worst of all 43 presidents

Get out and vote or the end will be near
The world is ready for change because Obama is here!
'cause Obama is here
The world is ready for change because Obama is here!

Posted by: AsperGirl | July 31, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

"He's got a funny name. You know, he doesn't look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills, you know. He's risky. That's essentially the argument they're making." Obama's words, not McCain's.

Since Obama brought it up, he would not be where he is if he was white. Period.

This effort to make any criticism be based on race is absurb! We have a right to hear and know the candidates and Obama wants to shut down the opposing voice.

Obama has been offered the chance to go one on one with McCain to debate the issues and said no. Just think that we could have had these two face to face if Obama was as sure of himself as the media would have us believe.

Luckily, most of us can discern reality from fantasy.

Posted by: anotherview | July 31, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Just further proof that many of those who are voting for Obama are not doing so based on any kind of good judgement.


Posted by: michaelp0429 | July 31, 2008 5:17 PM
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Michael,

Why is it so easy for you to accept and provide criticism justified or imaginary to Obama, but you get in a tizzy when someone does it about Gramps? Double-standard republicans who do not want to play by the rules they invented. If he can dish it, that Father Time should be able to take it.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

"What is wrong with McCain? I mean, he never was going to get my vote, but isn't it strange that the guy insisting that he would conduct a cordial and honorable campaign, falls prey to Nixonian distortions of his opponent."

REMEMBER. NIXON WON. WON BIGTIME. WON THE BIGGEST LANDSLIDE VICTORY (OVER 60%) IN 1972 OF ANY PRESIDENT IN HISTORY. WINNING IS WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

The filthy republicans will do or say anything in their sad lust for power.

Is ANYONE surprised?

Posted by: Kase | July 31, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

To all Obama supporters posting:

It is Obama that has run consistently negative campaigns against his rivals in Chicago, Hillary Clinton and now John McCain. For the first time in the polls, Obama is being tested just a little bit - and he responds with this. That is the ultimate cowardess and negativity. Seems like his massive and arrogant ego are being de-flated alittle bit. This guy is so far from a presidential hopeful its not funny.

Posted by: Johhny | July 31, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I wasn't paying attention, I was too distracted by Sen. McCain's shiny $500 Ferragamo shoes and the latest WaPo LIE about how wonderful the economy is ...

You were saying?

Posted by: Will in Seattle | July 31, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Mr MgGoo wrote:

"McCain's a racist old maggot....he hates blacks and so does his botox, uneducated, empty headed bafoon harlet who stole him from the 1st poor cripple wife...that's why Mr. Maggot calls her an ugly c$unt! That is what he called her!"

The only one showing any hate is you, Mr Mcgoo. Everyone who isn't voting for Obama doesn't hate Blacks. There are real racists in this country, but to accuse McCain of something so heinous just because he is white is every bit as racist of you as you say he is.

What has McCain ever said or done that is Racist?????????????????

And as for his first wife, gee, might it have had something to do with the fact that they hadn't been married for long when he was imprisoned and tortured by communists for 5 years and he returned crippled and she was in a car accident and crippled as well. Plenty of decent, loving marriages have fallen apart over far less.

And his wife is not a harlot or empty headed. Why are you Obamabots such hateful ugly people? What the heck is wrong with you? His wife is very active in many charatable causes as well as a succesful business woman.

"And ugly old maggot"? SERIOUSLY? A Maggot. God, please anyone anywhere please tell me why I should vote for Obama, tell me what his qualifications are - he is intelligent and likeable and reads a great teleprompter, but is there anything else besudes he's a celebrity and you want him so everyone else is a 'monster' or a 'maggot' or a 'racist'. You are crazy and hateful and futher proof that Obama doesn't inspire any sort of unity, he is even more divisive than those who have gone before him.

Oh and for those of you who love to trash McCain for not becoming and Admiral like his father and therefore claim he is dumb - as stupid as that logic is, McCain became the Senate liason and wound up running for Senate far earlier in his career than his father was named Admiral. Not that it matters but McCain has been very successful, both in the military and in his political career.

Just further proof that many of those who are voting for Obama are not doing so based on any kind of good judgement.

Posted by: michaelp0429 | July 31, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Yes it looks like there's some desperation in the Obama camp.

He's dropping in the polls and his response is to play the race card.

What a fool he is to think he can fool the voters with such BS.

Middle America can see it plain as day.

I SAY OBAMA KEEP IT UP!
OBAMA IS HEADED FOR A HUGE LOSS!

GO MCCAIN!

Posted by: DESPERATE OBAMA | July 31, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I wonder why the McCain campaign is so eager to declare that the race card is now in play.... Hmmm.

Why would right wingers want the race issue to be on the table? I just can't figure it out. Probably for some very noble purpose....

Posted by: BB | July 31, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Did everyone forget about the New Yorker with Obama's terrorist wife and the flag burning in the fire place. I suppose he should just sit around and take McCain's BS. In the last few weeks Obama's been painted as someone that's to stupid to lead, hates America, hates our troops, is a terrorist, an irresponsible celibrity, Dr. no on energy, an appeaser, caused high gas prices, blew off a cancer rally to go overseas, the list goes on and on and on. How come I haven't heard anything about John McCain? Mr. Captain America with a halo around his head and a lapel pin. Give me a break.

Posted by: Mike | July 31, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

P.P.S. Mike, ignorance like yours has a cure. It's called education.


Posted by: ConcernedCitizenX | July 31, 2008 5:06 PM
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Concerned Citizen X,

You are as crazy as your posts

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama has ben playing the race card since the primaries against Hillary and is still playing it.This B>S> about a different looking president on our money bills is another example.He is a black racist and his past with the REV proves it.

Posted by: musing | July 31, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Don! You're right, whites are frightened of the prospects that we'll be in the minority. That's why if Mccain wants to win he should play the race card now and try to tap into those fears.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse


Hey, there CCX, I never said that you were a liar or that Wright, Cone or any of these people you mention didn't say what they said. I'm just saying you are an idiotic paranoid nutjob who lives in some John Birch Society spiderhole.

By your thinking, I can also deduce that because of his 20+ year relationship with Cindy, John McCain will put a beer hall on every corner in America?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

The MLK/LBJ remarks were made by Clinton, not Obama (it took the white LBJ to accomplish what MLK just gave speeches about - part of the Obama's just a good speaker line). see how easy it is to be fooled by those who are willing to lie and pretend they aren't?

The worst racist is one who has become clever enough to use it with just enough deniability to get indignant when called on it. let's play endless loops of Rev. Wright and claim its about everything but how strange black church services are.

Posted by: JoeT | July 31, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

What is wrong with McCain? I mean, he never was going to get my vote, but isn't it strange that the guy insisting that he would conduct a cordial and honorable campaign, falls prey to Nixonian distortions of his opponent. Sad to say, he's either under the spell of desperate individuals and constituencies with much to lose and who'll do and say anything to win, or he himself has changed and the distortions and lies are his own. This soon before his own nomination and it's pretty obvious, the wheels seem to be coming off his candidacy.

Posted by: James M | July 31, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Americans...please be afraid of black people. Be VERY Afraid. They are just horrible people and they are beneath us precious, dignified white people. How dare you fools even think about voting one of those people into our White House! How Dare you! We White People have fought long and hard to keep it the WHITE HOUSE! We need a global cleansing where there is not one race that is not bonafide WHITE. It should only be us dignified white folks in this world. We rock!

I am Cindy McCain and I CERTAINLY approve this message....

Posted by: Cindy McCain | July 31, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

response to: (Billw | July 31, 2008 5:09 PM)

Well, it looks like his predictions were right. The new Republiklan ad is as close to Willie Horton as you'll see - the metamessage of the ad is that a vote for Obama is a vote against maintaining white female purity. They don't say that, but that's essentially the point.

Posted by: Dr. Don Key | July 31, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Time and time again, it's the Obamas and their own cohorts who bring up their Afrocentric, paranoid, divisive and inflammatory accusations.

It was after the Rev. Wright videos went viral and Obama said that his grandmother was not much better than Rev. Wright (being a "typical white person") that Obama started having trouble with white blue collar voters. Yet they've spent months going around getting their media friends to post articles about how racist white blue collar voters are.

The narcissistic, grievance-minded, Afrocentric hostility of Obama, his friends and family and his campaign toward his white competitors is really getting to be too much.

No way do we need 8 years of these accusations of racism against any white person who tries to criticize Obama, run against him or oppose something on his agenda. He's too Afrocentric in his focus on his identity as a candidate, too divisive and racially inflammatory in the racist-code-word campaign tactics he's been using, and just otherwise too inexperienced and immature to be the Democratic nominee.

Is it too late to jettison Obama and nominate Clinton?

Like given that he plummets in the polls, for example, under what scenario can we dump the racial preference kid and get a real politician to run as the Democratic nominee. Under what scenario can we get rid of this deluded, narcissistic kid?

Posted by: AsperGirl | July 31, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Artisan1:

Obama June 21 said "We know what kind of campaign they're going to run. They're going to try to make you afraid.
"They're going to try to make you afraid of me. He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black?"

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I am very proud of the fight in his stomach that John McCain has finally taken on. No holds barred and take no prisoners, Mr McCain. Do whatever it takes, stay the course, and we'll salute you come January!

Posted by: The Phoenix (AZ) rises | July 31, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Big_Luva:

Maybe you read one of the fake JakeD posts?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but the fact that Sen. John McCain is the worst offender, using the race card would be the modus operandi of his campaign.
To say that Sen. Obama, is using the race card is an oxymoron, that is like saying because you're Irish you fight and drink all the time.
Wake up, and smell the B.S. that is coming from the McCain campaign, they are not getting the press they once did, they are seeing their "lead" slip away with every passing moment and now they accuse Sen. Obama of using the race card.
Enough with the negative campaigning already. Sen. McCain, is attacking because he cannot drum up the support and enthusiasm of Sen. Obama.
If and I say if, Sen. Obama continues this campaign the way he is doing right now, we will have President Obama at the Nov. elections. Along with this prospect, we will certainly have a Democratic Congress, although what they will be doing is beyond me.
With Rep. Pelosi, as the Speaker of the House, nothing has been done except the will of the shrub and the will of the people has gone by the wayside. I guess someone had to sell their soul for the power that is inherent in the office of the Speaker. I'd rather have a strong opposition, than a willing front for the Republican debacle that has happened for the last 8 years.
Please listen with all your heart, we must as the electorate, choose a third and fourth party, somewhere in the near future. The Democrats and Republicans, have so much in common now it's hard to tell the difference between the two.
Give Peace a chance. Change the system and live free or die.

Posted by: enlightened one | July 31, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Let's cut to the chase. Within half a century, non-whites will outnumber whites in America. That scares the living stuffings out of many white folks. They've already engaged in white flight and registered as Republicans. So the very ethnic composition of America continues to change. In many ways, Obama represents the changing face of the elctorate - younger, more ethnically diverse, and more educated. This year the GOP probably had the worst selection of primary candidates in recent memory. John McCain might have been a good candidate 1-2 decades ago, but he represents the past. He listens to the Beach Boys, and probably on an 8-track cassette. He admits that he doesn't use computers. And he has cancer. It's no wonder that pensioners are voting for him in droves; he looks like a spokesperson for Geritol. Obama has to walk a tightrope - moving to the center to attract Middle America, while not alienating people of color. It would be simply ludicrous to play the race card, since he needs the support of white folks who aren't complete rednecks.

Posted by: Dr. Don Key | July 31, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse


WHO PULLED THE RACE CARD?

mnjam:
"More garbage from the race-baiting Republicans"

Obama pulled the race card, not McCain. He did so by saying McCain would pull the race card by claiming Obama doesn't look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills. Stating McCain will bring up the race card IS bringing up the race card. An extremely provocative and racist act by Obama.


Posted by: Billw | July 31, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Dawn, Obama is losing white woman: you. We'll just have to get by without you somehow. Obama is leading McCain by 22 points among women, which is much better than Kerry. Actually, the one upshot to this McCain slime machine is that he will chase off the PUMA's who almost convinced themselves that McCain was a safe choice. Nope, he's divisive, sexist, warmongering fool just like they always are.

Posted by: Not the same ol' | July 31, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I think the time has come for black theologians and church people to move beyond a mere reaction to white racism in America and begin to extend our vision of a new socially constructed humanity in the whole inhabited world...For humanity is whole, and cannot be isolated into racial and national groups.

-James Cone, 1977

Posted by: MIke in CA | July 31, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

GDR: you really need to watch some Fox News. Obama predicted it perfectly. Sean Hannity is doing exactly what Obama said "they" would do. Tell people how scary he is. Hannity is commending McCain for telling people they have to worry about how "risky" a candidate he is (and get's excited when the polls support it). Hannity is ecstatic to show black rappers and tell white folks they should be afraid of anyone who listens to Ludicrus. Hannity played Rev. Wright forever to scare white folks about Obama. Obama has it exactly right. Of course none of them are dumb enough to actually refer to his race - Obama is saying that that's the real message, not what even they wouldn't be dumb enough to actually say - and he's right there too. you don't play clips of Wright and Ludicrus and pretend you aren't making a subtle race play.

Posted by: JoeT | July 31, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

The Biggest Symbol of Racism in This
Country is a Democrat, Senator Robert C
Byrd of West Virginia, the former KKK
member! I have yet to hear Senator
Obama Denounce Byrd! What a Hypocrite!
Let's not forget Rev Wright and Father
Plegar!

Posted by: ernie from florida | July 31, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

lol, I like how the 105-year-old wealthy white Republican is suddenly the expert on race. Thanks John.

Posted by: Chris | July 31, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

ConcernedCitizenX, you are a ridiculous tool. I don't give two sh*ts about James Cone, and I very very seriously doubt Obama has even heard of this guy. It's idiots like you who take the most extreme and conspiratorial connection and turn it into the most incontrovertable truth. Rev. Wright probably did 100 times more good in his community than you in yours.
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Mike in CA, your ignorance is astounding. You don't even know what I'm talking about. Before you sound off with your ignorant attempt to call extremely well-documented facts "conspiracy theory" you should actually know what you are talking about. People like you, who drink the Kool-Aid unquestioningly, who mindlessly regurgitate the pap they are told, who refuse to educate themselves when serious matters such as the racist Marxism of Barack Obama's mentor Rev. Wright and Rev. Wright's mentor James Cone are brought to light, are the cause of the degradation of our society. You cannot just talk away things that are boldly in print out in the world. If you knew what you are talking about, you would know that Rev. Wright has EXPLICITY STATED that James Cone is his source material for EVERYTHING and this man Wright is Barack's spiritual mentor.
Tell me, oh idiot Mike, if you are Barack Obama and everything your spiritual mentor believes in and preaches comes from someone who has insidiously and deliberately combined Marxist dogma with Black-centric racism and introduced a distorted view of Christiantity that takes this Marxist, racist worldview as its foundation, tell me, oh idiot Mike, how the fact that this man with his views is Obama's mentor does not prove that Obama himself is a racist? Maybe we need to wait for his "presidents" remark?

P.S. Lots of people thought Stalin, Lenin, Mao, Hitler and other despots did good for their community too. It's too bad that's the one part of Wright's background that Obama DIDN'T emulate. Despite ample opportunity. He did diddly squat for his constituents and even let his slumlord pal Rezko ride roughshod over them.

P.P.S. Mike, ignorance like yours has a cure. It's called education.

Posted by: ConcernedCitizenX | July 31, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

JakeD says, "I am white. Care to answer my questio to you now?"

JakeD, that you are white is quite obvious. What is not obvious to you, is the shame other whites feel every time they read one of your comments. Not only are they shameful, that are bigotted in every way. Kind of reminds me of stuff Jesse Helms would say, though he would say it far more gracefully than you. As far as answering your question, nope. To answer a question as stupid as the one you pose, is to dignify it. It is akin to asking someone to disprove Santa Claus.

Posted by: Big_Luva | July 31, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

McCain is trying to start a race riot somewhere, so he can point and say, "Be scared!"

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Randy -- do you even know what a "Marxsist" is? I doubt it and neither of these two people fit the definition.

Goof ball is you. Maybe even a little on the south side of the intelligence quotient.

You might be a Marxist Randy!!!

Posted by: Anita | July 31, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

What else is new?

Obama played the race card against Hillary with that MLK and LBJ business. Then he mentions over and over his "strange" name and his race in his speeches even though he claims to be a post racial candidate.

What a joke!! Whenever he thinks it will help him or when he needs a boost, Obama brings up the race issue and intimates that his blackness will be used against him.

Even though NOONE has done so....Obama keeps bringing it up.

What a loser!! NO OBAMA in November.

Hillary....Still the best.

Posted by: Truth Seeker | July 31, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I think you've nailed it on the head, Randall. This is precisely how McCain is going to end up winning in November-

It's not a complex strategy for McCain - His positions are not as popular as Obama's, so his opportunity to wih is by tearing down Obama's character.

Posted by: Randall | July 31, 2008 5:01 PM

Posted by: dbxxx47 | July 31, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

For years I really liked McCain. Until Obama became the presumptive Democratic nominee. Now I just listen aghast at every flub and fumble and flustered response that comes from McCain. Does he not realize more and more that he's sounding like a doddering old fool? His latest attempt to find some bizarre connection between Obama and, who is it, Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan, is just so sad and so pathetic. Is the McCain camp that desperate? Where I once respected the man, now I just find him embarrassing.

Posted by: Elliesa | July 31, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Based on the great number of childish and hateful comments from Obama supporters here, I have to conclude that most of them are "useful idiots" with no clue as to what's really going on now in American politics. They need a change all right, but I'm afraid there's not much hope.

Posted by: Randy | July 31, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Get real. Obama has done nothing BUT play the race card. He thinks he can garner the sympathy vote with it while reinforcing his status with the black community. What a lot of hooey he spouts.

Posted by: Lilycat1 | July 31, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

"Obama has the anatomy of a looser written all over him. When Obama starts doing pre-empty defences and drum up guilt from the civil war days. Wow, Obama left the first campaign message. Big time!"

To Sylvia Johnsen:

Could you please decipher this meaningless drivel for us? This message is utterly incomprehensible. Mixed metaphor, malapropism, impossible spelling, sentence fragment -- How are we supposed to figure out what you're saying?

Posted by: Fight Illiteracy Now | July 31, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama does not and has never played the "race card." It's a figment of detractors' imaginations. Sure, Obama happens to BE a person of color and his candidacy is historic. Any rational person ought to know that there is no way the media is going to ignore those facts. It's even bigger than the proverbial elephant in the living room. It does not logically flow from that, however, that Obama is deliberately playing the "race card." Because he IS a person of color, everything he says or does is seen through that filter by paranoid eyes.

Posted by: Artisan1 | July 31, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Here's the plan:
First: get the RNC to run a negative ad.
Second: When the Democratic candidate responds, call that "the first ad". It a lie but the media won't check it.
Third: unleash the dogs and run the most negative ad you can.
Fourth: cry foul on the opponent.

That's it. The Republican politics of Lies

Posted by: Dave F | July 31, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I reject the premise of this article, that race has just been made an issue. Barry's been talking about how his opponents (including the Dem Clintons) would use his race and "funny name" (his words) to win the election since last year.

Please cite just one instance when John McCain has insinuated that Barry's race is a reason not to support him?

Barry is pathetic.

Posted by: Ellis | July 31, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Now that OBAMA brought up race as an issue I hope our candidate won't let it disappear and just keep remining us all that Obama brought up race first and so we need to focus on THAT ONE.

Posted by: Beth | July 31, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

What does "playing the race card" even mean? It's negative empty rhetoric much like McCain calling Obama an elitist. This is a presidential election - Everyone involved is elite, all issues are on the table, and it's going to be divisive. Obama has consistently been using this speech to neutralize the anticipated negative attacks by pointing out what the McCain camp may say. There's nothing wrong with that.

Lately, McCain has been rolling out statments/ads that characterize what Obama's doing as negative. Obama's popularity is negative, him talking about what the McCain camp might attack him on is negative, and his meeting with foreign leaders is negative.

It's not a complex strategy for McCain - His positions are not as popular as Obama's, so his opportunity to wih is by tearing down Obama's character.

Posted by: Randall | July 31, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I am so happy that the Republican party is holding their convention in St. Paul. I can't wait to get there. When my plane lands, I am going to hook up in the men's restrooms with all the other God fearing Christian non homosexual men and get into some good old fashioned American felching and glory holing. There's going to be hot man on man action in all the men's restrooms in the airports, bars, hotels, etc. Maybe if I get lucky, I'll get to suck Larry Craig's Dick Cheney.

I use a wide stance too, so make sure you tap back and we can get hot together in man to man action in the airport bathrooms. Afterwards, we can go back to my hotel room and watch my collection of German Scheiße videos.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

XoX:

Well, I don't like loss of innocent human life either way.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I ma red neck cracka and I aint no jacka..my main man is McCame cuz he really like ma otha main man, Bushie Boy...you knowd our current Prez that raped and robbed all those rich middle class people...cuz they ain't do nothin to uz po people in the traila's cuz we ain't got much edumacatchun, we just git by...see, we knowd McCame a long time ago when his daddy was my momma, sista boyfriend, and he use ta sleep wit ma momma round da corner unda dat oak tree with da tire hangin off it!

Signed Shirley McCain-- i is his daughta now!

I am Cindy McCain and I approve this message..the old c$nt!

Posted by: Cindy McCain | July 31, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

LOW-ROAD EXPRESS

Well, that certainly didn't take long. On July 3, news reports said Senator John McCain, worried that he might lose the election before it truly started, opened his doors to disciples of Karl Rove from the 2004 campaign and the Bush White House. Less than a month later, the results are on full display. The candidate who started out talking about high-minded, civil debate has wholeheartedly adopted Mr. Rove's low-minded and uncivil playbook.

In recent weeks, Mr. McCain has been waving the flag of fear (Senator Barack Obama wants to "lose" in Iraq), and issuing attacks that are sophomoric (suggesting that Mr. Obama is a socialist) and false (the presumptive Democratic nominee turned his back on wounded soldiers).

Mr. McCain used to pride himself on being above this ugly brand of politics, which killed his own 2000 presidential bid. But he clearly tossed his inhibitions aside earlier this month when he put day-to-day management of his campaign in the hands of one acolyte of Mr. Rove and gave top positions to two others. The résumés of the new team's members included stints in Mr. Bush's White House and in his 2004 re-election campaign, one of the most negative and divisive in memory.

Almost immediately, the McCain campaign was using Mr. Rove's well-honed tactics, starting with an attempt to widen this nation's damaging ideological divide by painting Mr. Obama as a far-left kook. On July 18, Mr. McCain even suggested that Mr. Obama is a socialist to the left of the Senate's only avowed socialist: Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Mr. Obama's politics are hardly far-left, and anyone who has spent time in a socialist country knows how ridiculous that label is for any member of Congress. It would be bad enough if Mr. McCain honestly believed what he said, but we find that hard to imagine.

Mr. Obama has distorted Mr. McCain's record at times, but Mr. McCain's false charges have been more frequent: that Mr. Obama opposes "innovation" on energy policy; that he voted 94 times for "higher taxes"; and that Mr. Obama is personally responsible for rising gasoline prices.

And Mr. McCain has not stopped there. Taking a page straight from Mr. Bush and Mr. Rove, Mr. McCain has been trying to distract voters from his support for an unending war in Iraq by portraying Mr. Obama as unpatriotic and weak. This line of attack reached a crescendo last week when Mr. McCain fumed and fussed and went to places with European-sounding names while Mr. Obama traveled abroad.

Mr. McCain repeatedly said Mr. Obama "would rather lose a war to win a political campaign" and that he "does not understand" what is at stake in Iraq. He also accused Mr. Obama of canceling a visit to wounded American troops in a German military hospital because news cameras were not allowed. That's a false account of what occurred -- and Mr. McCain ignored Mr. Obama's unheralded visit to a combat hospital in Baghdad.

Like Mr. Bush, Mr. McCain confuses opposition to an unnecessary war with a lack of spine and an unwillingness to use force when the nation is truly in danger. Obviously, Mr. Obama is untested as a commander in chief and his trip was intended to reassure voters. But Mr. McCain is as untested in this area as Mr. Obama, and it is hard to imagine a worse role model than the one Mr. McCain seems to be adopting: President Bush.

Many voters are wondering whether a McCain presidency would be an extension of Mr. Bush's two disastrous terms. If the way Mr. McCain is running his campaign these days is an indication, Americans don't have to wait until next January for the answer to that one.

~ yesterday's lead editorial in the NY Times

Posted by: pali2500 | July 31, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Some of that, I do recall right out of the FOX playbook, which is in complete favor of Republicans, lies, and more lies; they also feed into the depths of hatred and prejudice. Unfortunately, that is out there.

I think it is good for Obama to boldly expose those behaviors, so that people will be aware and make judgments however they will, but at least they have been exposed to those specific behaviors.

I don't find a specific connection of all of that, directly with McCain and his camp specifically. I will have to do some research to find out, indeed.

Posted by: Obama2008 | July 31, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

More garbage from the race-baiting Republicans and their forked-tongue candidate.

It's no accident that the most Republican segment of the electorate are southern white males or that blacks, with or without Obama, vote overwhelmingly Democratic.

Posted by: mnjam | July 31, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

well its my hope that obama wins, then we will be square and owe no longer. obama claims he wants to bring people together as one, as equals, well if that's really true he can make his very first executive initiative to end affirmative action so we can all be truly equal! geez wow what a ludicrous idea for a ludicrous rap melody from obamas talented pal mr ludicrous who he so proudly plugs his ear phone into, or is that rev wright in his ear phone,hhmm well, what's the difference between the two. obama is a wolf in sheep's clothing, he would cringe at such a thought of equality and ending affirmative action, after all what would his friend rev wright or ludicrous think of that?

Posted by: MG | July 31, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh and I don't believe in torture folks. I can't remember what that means but it must mean something because these people are telling me it does mean something.

So don't do what these folks are telling me!!!!

Posted by: My Daddy | July 31, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Michael P.0429. Just keep looking at Obama's smile not his lying eyes.
He has been playing the race card since day one. Not to mention the victim card. His campaign could make Karl Rove blush. And every person that fell for it should live and learn.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

My friend: It won't matter even if there are. We'll be in power.

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I just hope there are no race riots when he loses.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 4:52 PM

Bringing race into the discussion will take more votes away from Obama than from McCain.

John McCain is no dummy here.

Posted by: dark shadows | July 31, 2008 4:52 PM

Posted by: XoX | July 31, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a Marxist, the celebrity darling of leftists, and he is hiding behind his "race card" because he can't stand up to honest scrutiny. Most of his followers are either hardcore socialists or useful idiots.

Posted by: Randy | July 31, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

You knew that Republicans had to play the race card at some point. I was just wondering how long it would take them to use the old Three-Card-Monty approach by accusing the Black candidate of bringing race into the campaign...


Posted by: Ted Frier | July 31, 2008 4:46 PM
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This is the kind of ignorant and dangerous pap that self-righteous apologists for the racism that, YES, is put out by some BLACK PEOPLE. Yes, Virginia, there are black racists. Some of their names are Rev. Jeremiah Wright, James Cone... and now... Barack Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I just hope there are no race riots when he loses.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Bringing race into the discussion will take more votes away from Obama than from McCain.

John McCain is no dummy here.

Posted by: dark shadows | July 31, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Barry utilized the race card 1st in the primaries and hasn't stopped since. In his view if you don't support him you must be racist. He is pathetic and his use of race is getting very old.

Posted by: Jack Straw | July 31, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

The race card that is being played is the bigotry inflamed by the Republican hate meisters such as Carl Rove or his acolytes in the McCain camp. It is a race to the bottom and well within the despicable trend in American politics that includes the famous arms commercial of Jesse Helms and the Willie Horton shots used against Dukakis. The commercial against Harold Ford in last year's election is but another example. These day's the big muddy isn't a river, it's a Republican campaign operation in standard slime mold.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | July 31, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

The Chevvy character is merely sick person. Please don't be offended by his juvenile posting.

As a matter of fact, this guy has not been taking his meds; consequently, he's hallucinating not rational!

Thank You.

Posted by: L. Gibbs | July 31, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Pete Kent:

Agreed -- that also explains why his campaign was more "effective" in open caucus States -- don't forget that early / absentee balloting starts in September too.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of red herrings the "save Obama bunch" is throwing out.

Obama June 21 said "We know what kind of campaign they're going to run. They're going to try to make you afraid.
"They're going to try to make you afraid of me. He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black?"

What a lame excuse for a candidate.

Posted by: GDR | July 31, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama has the anatomy of a looser written all over him.

When Obama starts doing pre-empty defences and drum up guilt from the civil war days. Wow, Obama left the first campaign message. Big time!

Posted by: Sylvia Johnsen | July 31, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse


ConcernedCitizenX, you are a ridiculous tool. I don't give two sh*ts about James Cone, and I very very seriously doubt Obama has even heard of this guy. It's idiots like you who take the most extreme and conspiratorial connection and turn it into the most incontrovertable truth. Rev. Wright probably did 100 times more good in his community than you in yours.

Posted by: Mike in CA | July 31, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

His grandmother was a "Typical white person" -- meaning that most white people are reflectively racist.
"Those people" (Southerners) cling to god and guns (because they are racist).
Now, my opponents (a white guy) will scare you about me looking different.

Umm.... who's the racist?
I submit it's B.O.

Posted by: ster | July 31, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Does Obama not realize that accusing somebody of negative campaigning is itself a form of negative campaigning? When he accuses McCain of the "same old politics" he's merely practicing the "same old politics" himself. Where's the new kind of politician we were promised?

BTW: None of the other 41 people to hold the job looks like George Washington either(although Barbara Bush comes close), yet I don't recall that ever being a campaign issue.

Posted by: Dave H | July 31, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

PauvrePapillon said:
Obama, "'He doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills."'

Robert Gibbs, an Obama spokesman, "He was referring to the fact that he didn't come into the race with the history of others. It is not about race."

If your BS meter doesn't peg on this one, you've definitely drank the Obama Kool-Aid.

Of course Obama was referring to his race. What else about his appearance would be different from other presidents?

It's exactly as Rick Davis has said, "Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck. It's divisive, negative, shameful and wrong."

If Obama can't even campaign without implicitly calling his opponent a racist, what would his administration bring, a politically correct version of the Alien and Sedition Acts? Are we about to lose our First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech under the reign of an arrogant and pompous president who considers anyone who criticizes him to be a racist?
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You said it Pauvre. Barry has skewered himself on this one.

Posted by: ConcernedCitizenX | July 31, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Chevy,

How sick are you to express your severely limited thought process in both racist and misogynous terms. (Misogynous: sick, depraved, chronic hatred of women at an unconscious level that erupts when the perpetrator is on the defensive about something.)

By the way, Chevy, your friends, Rev. Wright and Father Pfleger lived to regret expressing similar hate-mongering attacks in a public forum.

You need to seek help and grow up - soon!

Posted by: ichief | July 31, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Hi I axe you to vote for da brother and not dat white honkey cracker day call McCain

LaKeKa

Chevy - just having some fun

Posted by: LaKeKa SheNiKa | July 31, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Scare tactics DO work.

Bringing race into the picture DOES frighten people.

Posted by: dark shadows | July 31, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

michaelp0429:

Perhaps Nicole is still a teenager and has never seen ANY other campaign?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The "race card" (I think there was thunder when I finished typing that word . . .ooooo anyway . . . ) entered this race when Obama showed his racist, hatred of white Americans. Remember Reverend Wright? Remember how they were so close for 20+ years and then when Wright's racist, anti-American feelings came to light Obama distanced himself from Wright? Well here we have come back . . . full circle. Obama has told all of you who he is. Yes, he then does a 180 and says he is the opposite. But folks those are just words. It is his behavior not under the microscope that tells the tale. This guy is a hater.

Posted by: Fightertom34 | July 31, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse


Dawn:
"Obama is a phony!"

Agreed, and you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Obama's maybe. :)


Posted by: Billw | July 31, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

DemPublicans, Campaign 08:

"Is not!"

"Is too!"

"Is not!"

"Is too!"

"Is not!"

"Is too!"

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Posted by: onandon | July 31, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

You knew that Republicans had to play the race card at some point. I was just wondering how long it would take them to use the old Three-Card-Monty approach by accusing the Black candidate of bringing race into the campaign.

The GOP can't use the ever-famous George Wallace stand in the school house door approach to turn white voters against a minority candidate in 2008. No, playing the race card requires a more subtle and cunning approach. The way to provoke the Great White Backlash against a black candidate is to incite white resentment by suggesting it is really the BLACK candidate who is dragging race into the campaign by making race a reason people should vote for him. It was inevitable that a desperate McCain would use this back-door approach to race-baiting and now he has.

Posted by: Ted Frier | July 31, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Of course, Obama plays the race card. He used it against Hillary. His camp smeared Bill C with it.

He used it to garner almost 90% black support. Michelle used it in NC. "It is our turn now..."

Obama will do anything to get elected. He can play the race card becuase the media is intoxicated on his snake oil and is afraid of being called racists if they tell the truth.

Obama, hypocrite and con man!

Posted by: William | July 31, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

My name is Louise Green..I live on trailer park lane, my live in boyfriend is my sister's baby daddy and my momma ex-husband. I lost my two front teeth fightin' fo' my man! I love McCain 'cuz he hate dem dare gays, and dem dare womens that keeps a killin' dem innocent churen...and he promiz me dat he wont raze my taxis....coast it dont matta none to me cuz I way too dumb ta understand that it will affect my broke behind cuz I'z aint rich...

Posted by: Louise | July 31, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

"I'm beginning to wonder why the McCain camp can't actually focus on the issues. Do they really have no answers?"

Sorry, unlike B.O., McCain can think and speak about two things in the same day. He can talk about the issues (the media doesn't carry it) and also comment about this. He's not dumb.

This was actually predicted by the radio guys (Rush, etc...). They said that B.O. would say that his 'opponents' would remind everyone that he's "different" - and the inference was that his opponents were racist - even if they never said anything. (He did this to Hillary, but not about race.)

Yep, he is predictable. Even Rush Limbaugh said he'd do this weeks ago.

Who's the racist? Sorry, it's B.O.

Posted by: ster | July 31, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama, "'He doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills."'

Robert Gibbs, an Obama spokesman, "He was referring to the fact that he didn't come into the race with the history of others. It is not about race."

If your BS meter doesn't peg on this one, you've definitely drank the Obama Kool-Aid.

Of course Obama was referring to his race. What else about his appearance would be different from other presidents?

It's exactly as Rick Davis has said, "Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck. It's divisive, negative, shameful and wrong."

If Obama can't even campaign without implicitly calling his opponent a racist, what would his administration bring, a politically correct version of the Alien and Sedition Acts? Are we about to lose our First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech under the reign of an arrogant and pompous president who considers anyone who criticizes him to be a racist?

Posted by: PauvrePapillon | July 31, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

It's really very simple military strategy: neutralize and marginalize your enemy and then go on the offensive.

Obama playing of the race card has been going on for as long as the SC primary. this latest formulation is a variation on a theme he has been using since the Fourth of July Holiday.

It is subtly crafted to cower not only the McCain campaign, but the electorate in general.

Putting a McCain sticker on your car should not be tantamount to displaying the Stars and Bars in your truck's rear window (or worse).

Obama is running a craven and dirty campaign.

There will be a Bradley effect in this election. Despite the intimidation tactics the Obamaites use, the privacy of the voting booth remains sacrosanct and many who might have been inclined to vote for him in the first place will not. So great will be their resentment of his scurrilous tactics.

Posted by: Pete Kent | July 31, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Someone else, of course, thought that I Jewish, or my favorite, that I was really "Dianne72", so ...

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

McCain played the race card when he placed Obama in with those two white women. We know what that means in WV. He could have compared him with a male celebrity like wil smith or tom cruise, but no, two white blond womens. Where did we see this before, oh, yes, the Tennesee race with Harold Ford.

Posted by: panchorello | July 31, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

So OBAMA played the race card???? What a bunch of preposterous nonsense from the McCain camp. They have no ideas of their own, so all they can do is attack the candidate that does for anything and everything, regardless of whether there's a single grain of truth in it.

Posted by: aBigSAM | July 31, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

MCCain...Where the hell did I put my damned robe....Cindy you Cu** where is it???

http://kcblueblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/mccain-throws-minority-communities.html


McCain Throws Everyone, Including Son, Under The Bus For Support of KKK and Ward Connerly
Bush-Republican John McCain today threw his support behind a KKK, Ward Connerly backed initiative intended to destroy affirmative action programs in his home state of Arizona; programs that he only months ago supported. You will recall that Ward Connerly and The KKK attempted to push a similar initiative through here in Missouri but the voters of the Show-Me State weren't having anything to do with his racism.

Unfortunately, as The KKK and Connerly get thrown out of one state they try to jump into another and the people of Arizona are their next prey; and apparently Republican John McCain doesn't care; well today's John McCain that is. What was he thinking?

On many occaisions, up until today, the Republican condemned initiatives similar to those of Connerly and the KKK. Here is a small timeline provided by The Daily Kos

1) 1998 in front of a group of Hispanic/Latino business owners in Washington D.C., the Republican condemned similar initiatives by saying "Rather than engage in divisive ballot initiatives, we must have a dialogue and cooperation and mutual efforts together to provide for every child in America to fulfill their expectations,"

2) 1998 Charlie Rose appearance; McCain includes affirmative action in a list of priorities he'd have as President along with stopping children from smoking, national security, and campaign finance reform.
3) At a 1999 townhall, McCain says, "I'm in favor of affirmative action and I support it.

4) At an April 2008 press conference, McCain details his support of affirmative action as being for a program modeled on military affirmative action (but opposes rigid quotas).

Unfortunately that was when John McCain hadn't decided to sell his values for money and political power, and this is now. (video provided by The Daily Kos)
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And guess what....bloggers................ IM NOT LYING LIKE A REPUBLICAN THUG

Posted by: AlexP1 | July 31, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

McCain lost his honor long time ago when he left his crippled first wife in exchange for a golden truckload of Budweiser.

Tragic how far McCain has fallen since 2000, when he used to be regarded as an honorable American. As he continues to regress into this Rovian hole of lies and deceit, most that pay attention are already ready for him to just go away.

Go away, John, your embarrassing those of us who once supported you and talked highly of you.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse


I'm a white man with a funny name. I thought Obama was right. My parents were immigrants from Poland and let me tell you, if you don't think there's an entrenched anglo-white establishment in this country, you're seriously naive.

I'm also fed up with so-called critics of Obama who use some incredibly lame reasons to not support him. Just say you flat out don't like him and get it over with.

Voting Republican this year is against almost everyone's self-interest. Even rich people--they're not as rich as they used to be, are they?

I feel it's a plus that Obama has the candor and intelligence to help us forget George W. Bush was ever President of this great nation.

Posted by: tony the pitiful copywriter | July 31, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

You know Chevvy, maybe if you knew even slightly what you were talking about and your comments actually made sense I would listen to you. But your a f***ing idiot. When he was younger he was called Barry because his own father called him Barry. He then later chose to have people call him Barack, even though everyone knew him as Barry at the time. It's no wonder you like McCain so much, you just keep attacking people too.

Posted by: David | July 31, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Nicole,

If you believe Obama has run the cleanest campaign you've ever seen, you are only seeing what you want to see. That's your wishful thinking, not reality.

He suggested widely for MONTHS that there must be something shady in the Clinton's tax returns because they hadn't released every year since they were in the White House yet. I even wondered what was in there that they were hiding. Then I was shocked to find out 5 days before the Clintons released theirs that Obama was only then releasing his own tax records. For months he railed against them with a whisper campaign - presumed guilt - when he hadn't released his own records.

Then he ran another whisper campaign, saying the Clintons were hiding something because they hadn't released ALL of her records from the white house years despite thousands of pages of records having been released. Finally she released her calendar and he spent weeks telling everyone she supported NAFTA - which all the insiders said she opposed - but Obama argued that because she was in a couple meetings where it was discussed she must have been for it.

Obama pandered to the voters lieing to them telling them she had been for it, then telling them he was against it, then telling the Canadians that all his campaign rhetoric was just campaign rhetoric and not to be believed. SO, he pretended to have the position Clinton really did have and lied to the American people about both her position and his.

He accused Clinton of having a serious issue with honesty - all the while lying to the American people about what he believed (well, maybe it was true that particular day anyway).

He spent a month from 2 weeks before S.C. to well after Super Tuesday calling the Clintons racists. His campaing was pushing a 4 page memo of any comment the Clintons had ever made that could possibly be construed out of context as racist. Then he lied consistently about that until Tim Russert showed the proof on one of the debates.

OBama refuse to acknowledge ANY good that came out of the Clinton years not because it was good for the party, not because it was true, but because he would rather slime a good Democratic presidency than honestly admit anything good about his opposition - because it might lose him a vote or two.

Obama slimes his opposition with one hand but maintains a smile on his face while doing it so people like you who desperately want to believe he is a different kind of politician can con yourselves into believing it is true.

I am also desperate for a different kind of politician, one who is honest and up front with the voters, one who will tell us the bad news and work across the aisles to get things done. Unfortunately, Obama has never done any of that and McCain actually has.

You shouldn't let your own wishful thinking cloud your good judgement, no matter how desperately we need change. We need good, competent change. Clinton was our best choice, McCain is the next best.

Obama might wind up being a great President but we have no reason to believe that besides our own wishful thinking.

Posted by: michaelp0429 | July 31, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

From the very beginning it HAS been a race card. At almost every campaign spot, SOMETHING is brought up of the challenges he faced growing up (no matter how untrue it is)... HOWEVER... something that needs to be thought about here is the fact that we ARE dealing with a "colored" person running for president.. he would be STUPID not to play that card... Even thought he is muslim, has been raised in ways that I do not believe in, if he didnt pull the "color" card he would be an idiot- honestly. And this is coming from a full blooded republican.

Now as far as personal opinion... The comment that was made by the campaign spokes-person is completely billigerent. Maybe she should pull the transcipts of every speech/lectur/ and rally McCain has had- I bet my life its not "all about" Obama.

Maybe you all should just look up "Barrack Obamas not exactly's"- let me know what you think

Posted by: acahall | July 31, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

response to: (Chevy | July 31, 2008 4:34 PM)

Listening to your hackneyed, asinine comments is sickening enough. Don't you get tired of being a waste-of-space little worm?


Posted by: Dr. Don Key | July 31, 2008 4:38 PM

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LOL Listen to the little libbie cry like a baby.

Dr. Chevy - Highly Educted Redneck

Posted by: Chevy | July 31, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Mike in CA:

Did you see my replies to Woodstock?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

McCain lost his honor long time ago when he left his crippled first wife in exchange for a golden truckload of Budweiser.

Tragic how far McCain has fallen since 2000, when he used to be regarded as an honorable American. As he continues to regress into this Rovian hole of lies and deceit, most that pay attention are already ready for him to just go away.

Go away, John, your embarrassing those of us who once supported you and talked highly of you.

Posted by: L. Gibbs | July 31, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Here is what Rannesh Ponnuru posted earlier today:

"Three times on Wednesday, Obama said that the Republicans were running against him by saying that "he doesn't look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills." McCain's campaign hit back hard, saying that Obama had "played the race card." An Obama spokesman now says that Obama was making a point about the experience issue: He was talking about the way that Republicans are attacking him for not having as much as previous presidents."

"Sure. In June, Obama had this to say: "We know what kind of campaign they're going to run. They're going to try to make you afraid. They're going to try to make you afraid of me. He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black?"
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Obama's not that different than his grievance-minded, racist wife Michelle or the paranoid racists he hung out with for 20 years at Trinity Church. He's just a great actor and a gifted talker. If that's how their minds work, people can learn to be great phonies and actors with affectations of elitism at Harvard.

Posted by: AsperGirl | July 31, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

McCain's a racist old maggot....he hates blacks and so does his botox, uneducated, empty headed bafoon harlet who stole him from the 1st poor cripple wife...that's why Mr. Maggot calls her an ugly c$unt! That is what he called her!

Posted by: Mr. McGoo | July 31, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

By the way, Barack Obama was at the Czech and Slovak Museum in Iowa this morning. McCain should stop by to learn that they have been TWO DIFFERENT COUNTRIES since 1993.

Maybe there's an Iraq museum McCain could visit in as well. There, he would learn that

- Iraq does not border Pakistan;
- Sunni is not Shia;
- The Anbar Awakening started before the surge.

And we're supposed to believe that McCain is some kind of expert on international relations? That's just insulting. He clearly doesn't know what he's talking about.

John McCain = UNQUALIFIED for the presidency.

Posted by: William J. | July 31, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Why I didn't make 4 star like my father?

Maybe because I was too stupid. But I thank him for getting me the pilot job!! OOPS I got shot down and almost sank a carrier.

Vote for me.

Posted by: My Daddy | July 31, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Race SHOULD NOT have anything to do with this election.
It's a Presidential Election, NOT a Civil Rights Movement ~Right?

Race SHOULD NOT have had anything to do with the Democratic Primaries. Unfortunately, race was a constant undertone throughout the primaries; part of the Obama strategy.
Remember Geraldine Ferraro?
Remember his Pennsylvania speech? Remember how one comment made by Bill Clinton turned him into a racist and a bigot?

What Barack said yesterday in Missouri was the beginning of the same thing he and his campaign accomplished in the primaries.

It is a diversionary tactic. It is unfair, wrong and appalling. .... taking advantage of the average American.
Some call it white guilt.

Barack said it best himself:
"transparent" & "bamboozling".


Posted by: Truthfully | July 31, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

LaKeKa:

I just can't believe that ANY African-American would spell "ask" as "axe".

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Okay...Okay...

McCain...is old
McCain...is stupid
McCain...cant read a globe
McCain...is white
McCain...has a plantation in his history
McCain...is a Mason
McCain...has a rich wife
McCain...looks horrible
McCain...waves his arms like a doll "try it"
McCain...is a liar
McCain...is an RNC book licker
McCain...has no soul
McCain...cant dance
McCain...will die soon by natural causes
McCain...will have an ugly corpse
McCain...his wife will marry a rock star after his passing

Posted by: AlexP1 | July 31, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Its dudes like you who see everything racist terms that are part of the problem. Woodstock has got a point. The language we use is a reflection of society.

Uh, wasn't he the one who said Asians should go back to Asia??? If can enlighten me on that point please and its reflection of society? I don't care about race pride one bit.
Maybe the white pride folks can have a sit down with the white supremacist folks and iron this one out.

Posted by: Mike in CA | July 31, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Once the video showing McCain at an Arizona KKK meeting, with his full Klan Leader robes on (hood in hand), these ads might change a little bit.

Posted by: Diana72 | July 31, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Myron:

No one said that Obama's positions are the same as Ms. Spears -- to be blunt, I'd rather have her elected President than Obama -- the ad was comparing their CELEBRITY status. Are you saying that Obama is not a bigger celebrity than Britney?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Hi myname is ShamiKa LaKeKa and I axe you to vote for da brother

LaKeKa

Posted by: LaKeKa | July 31, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

McSame struck first with the ignorant racist commercial with Spears. I heard Obama say the different than the presidents on the bills and I have to say it thought of old gray haired men.

Posted by: hmmmmmer | July 31, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Chevy....it took an old trailer parker cracker like you to get angry at a beautiful sweet intelligent educated white women like Obama's mamma....Go somewhere and find your front teeth! ROTFLMAO

Posted by: Obama's mama! | July 31, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Real liberals and black people everywhere, anyone who cares passionately about treating ALL people equal should be OUTRAGED by Obama's misuse of the divisive issue.

Posted by: michaelp0429 | July 31, 2008 4:21 PM
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The argument was (numerous) scare tactics employed by his opponent. Not race. He's used the analogy of the dollar bills on several occasions, and the fact is he doesn't look like former presidents, does he? Do you? I never heard any claims of a race card before now. Why is that? Silly argument.

Also, confirm that I have this right. You are the DECIDER of who is a "real liberal" and who are "black people"?

Posted by: michael4 | July 31, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

response to: (Chevy | July 31, 2008 4:34 PM)

Listening to your hackneyed, asinine comments is sickening enough. Don't you get tired of being a waste-of-space little worm?

Posted by: Dr. Don Key | July 31, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

This is rich, racists complaining about the race card.

Posted by: knowitall | July 31, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Sequoia uses all of the distortions and twists and turns common to Obama supporters in their lame excuses for The One. Unfortunately, Sequoia, you probably didn't bother to read Princeton historian Sean Wilentz's carefully reasoned and documented debunking of the Obama camp's repeated injections of the race card during the Democratic primary: http://katalusis.blogspot.com/2008/03/obama-teams-strategic-use-of-race-card.html

I seldom agree with Maureen Dowd, but in her latest column in the NY Times she concluded by mentioning Obama's "cunning" intelligence, and that's one time when she nailed it.

Sequoia, get this and get it now: you can't snow everyone who legitimately criticizes your Obama, your idol.

Some of us know better.

Posted by: ichief | July 31, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

He's... he's BLACK

Waaaaahhhhhh

Waaaahhhhhhh

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse


That was a fake Billw post at 3:54.

Posted by: Billw | July 31, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

MINUTES OF GOP STRATEGY MEETING:

Suggestion: "Should we run on the economy?"

Answer: "Can't. Unemployment is at 5.5% and is on the rise, $4.00 a gallon for gas, we've got a mortgage meltdown, stocks plunging, and our debt to China is at an all time high."

Suggestion: "Let's run on foreign policy."

Answer: "War still going in Iraq, Afghanistan, bin Laden's still at large, and our allies are deserting us right and left."

Suggestion: "Let's go back to the basics, and say we're for small unintrusive government"

Answer: "Can't. Warrantless wiretaps, eavesdropping on our citizens, earmarks, runaway spending on our watch."

Suggestion: "I know, let's call Obama a 'tax and spend liberal.'"

Answer: "Nah... 'liberal' isn't a dirty word anymore."

Suggestion: "Well, let's paint him up as an 'elitist.'"

Answer: "He plays basketball and doesn't wind surf."

Suggestion: "I got it! Let's just say if he's elected, 'gay Islamic terrorists will come for your guns and bibles.'"

Answer: "We tried that in 2006. It didn't work."

Suggestion: "Let's go after his association with Rev. Wright, Tony Rezko, and William Ayers."

Answer: "Then we'll have to explain McCain's association with Rev. Hagee, Lobbyist Black, Jack Abramoff, Tom Delay, Mark Foley, Larry Craig, Charlie Black, Phill Gramm, Dick Cheney, and let's not forget the worst criminal of all, George W. Bush."

Suggestion: Let's accuse HIM of playing the race card.

Answer: You might be on to something. There's enough nutcases out there that would love to embrace such nonsense, especially our bloggers that don't care about trivial matters such as truth and integrity.

Suggestion: "Do we still have our contacts on the Supreme Court?"

Answer: "Yes, but that will only work if it's not a landslide. Let's face it. We're rapidly running out of options."

Posted by: McCain_08 | July 31, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I didn't realize graduating from Harvard automatically made someone an arrogant douche who thinks he's already president.

Posted by: | July 31, 2008 4:31 PM
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Ya, Bush really is a douche! Now's the time to tell him the party is over.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous at 4:31 PM:

I never said it did -- again with the language though -- graduating EDITOR OF THE LAW REVIEW from Harvard automatically makes that person NOT an "intellectual idiot" (which is the post I was responding to, thank you very much).

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Democrats are the worst bigots in the country, because while they practice reverse race discrimination they call everyone else a racist.

Boo hoo hooo
I'm Black, give me your sympathy vote

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Which candidate is really like Britney?

Here is video showing both Britney and McCain expressing their complete confidence in George W. Bush:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPEV6twzxmE

Posted by: Myron | July 31, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

So it comes down to whatever? Just ask my campaign manager what I should think. I don't know --- why do you ask me these questions? I just want to represent Arizona.

And if my memory is correct I almost sent a carrier down before I was shot down. Oops I almost gave that away. Shucks vote for me. I'm a good person.

Posted by: McCain Whatever | July 31, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

The reason why some of you Obama supporters are saying that the McCain campaign "sickens" you is because you can't ignore the obvious fact that ever since John's campaign started going negative, his poll numbers started going up. At the end of the day, it's not the "means" that count, but the "end result"

Posted by: amused=============== | July 31, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey all you McCain defenders out there, please tell me how Obama is responsible for the cost of gas and oil going up. Yeah defend that!!!

Posted by: David | July 31, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

"So nobody really thinks that Bush or McCain have a real answer for the challenges we face, so what they're going to try to do is make you scared of me," he told voters in Springfield. "You know, he's not patriotic enough. He's got a funny name. You know, he doesn't look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills, you know. He's risky. That's essentially the argument they're making."
___________________________________________________

All I see here are facts. He is not making it a race issue. He is just putting to the forefront the Republican agenda before they have an opportunity to do so. It is like defanging the snake before it has a chance to bite you.

Fact is, race should be irrelevant in this election. The Republicans have done all but destroy this nation under the shadow of "frear". Well, guess what, American's are not afraid anymore.

American's will not look to the party that destroyed our standing in the world, ignored our economy and shipped American jobs overseas, to fix the problem.

Republicans are the most Anti-American group around, if you had to measure them by their actions.

No, Barrack should remain steadfast in calling it like it is.

No matter what, something fundamentally different is what American requires.

Posted by: Concernedaboutdc | July 31, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

When I get my foot up the crack of that old goat McCain's lying, yellow teeth behind, I am going to kick him way back to Vietnam....The old bamboozzle!

Posted by: Old Goat | July 31, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

When I get my foot up the crack of that old goat McCain's lying, yellow teeth behind, I am going to kick him way back to Vietnam....The old bamboozzle!

Posted by: Old Goat | July 31, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

FACT: Muslim Racist Barry Obama hawked a LUGGI at our wounded men in uniform because he couldn't get a photo op to say "Hey, Look at me"

DEM News the media will not print.

Muslim, Racist, Barry Hussein Obama is the DEMS first Black presidential candidate and it was created by a white woman who was all horned up one Night and decided to have a one-night Hump in Africa to a native tribesman who had multiple wifes.

It's important to bring this to light because the final product (Barry) is the sum of it's parts. And the parts ain't lookin all that good.

Chevy - Bringing you up-to-date DEM News


Posted by: Chevy | July 31, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama did not play the RACE card. He just gave a speech.

If only McGoo could give a speech - wouldn't that be something to see.

Posted by: VoteMcGooHe's72 | July 31, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Baseless claims from a McCain campaign, that is quite frankly, has gotten ugly all around. The Republiklan's newest ad is as close to Willie Horton-type tactics as you will ever see. Simply juxtaposing Obama with Britney Spears/Paris Hilton has the safe effect of the Willie Horton ad.
Segregationist Republicans at FOX News and in Congress simply could not handle a minority or woman in the White House. Their claim that somehow Obama plays the race card is 100% baseless and illogical because it is (mostly White) Middle America that Obama essentially has to win over, to win the election. Of course, since the end of the Civil War, the Democratic Party has essentially become the party of Lincoln. And yes, Obama had a black African father and a pearly-white Kansas mother. That is common knowledge. But one of the very reasons that Obama is at the top of the Dem ticket, is that he's not Jesse Jackson. He's not somewhere in left field putting ideology before reality. The bottom line is that if enough Republicans and Independents vote for Obama on November 3(?), the day will be his. Alienating 80% of the country would be as divisive as the tactics of Jefferson Davis, George W. Bush, and Karl Rove. And quite frankly, it wouldn't make much sense.

Posted by: Dr. Don Key | July 31, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Ya know what's funny?

It took a low-life white woman to create the first black presidential candidate.

How sick is that?

Chevy

Posted by: Chevy | July 31, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I want a white appreciation month.

Posted by: Iaviodthesunsoiwillnotdarken. | July 31, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

the comments here just prove that you can play the race card and not only deny it, but accuse the other side of doing it when you get called on it, and get away with it, at least for a while.

Watch Sean Hannity (if you can stand to) and listen to him gush about McCain's scare Americans about Obama by planting doubts about his religion, his pastor, his patriotism, his favorite rappers, etc. you can't tell people they should be afraid of Obama because he likes Ludicrus, or might really support that scary rev Wright and pretend there isn't a racial element to it. let's play tapes of black rappers and tell american's we don't know who Obama really is and pretend there's nothing racial about it, and get all righteous when anyone suggests that there really is something racial about it.
what a bunch of hypocrites. of course McCain hasn't actually said Obama is black, don't vote for him. he just dances all around it and knows the folks will get the message.

Posted by: JoeT | July 31, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a racist babbling old goat who can't even measure up to Obama's size 11 shoes...Yeah, that's right Obama is a much bigger, intelligent and yeah, black fine man with a bright future for America...can someone please pass Mr. lying behind McGoo some depends.....

Signed....I am BLACK AND I AM Proud!!!

Posted by: Say it Loud! | July 31, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

If you look at pictures of Stalin he appears darkish - so maybe there is a connection between he and the socialistic minded 'bama....?? I don't mind charity, but as the adage goes it starts at home. Why should I divvy my hard earned cash with those that regardless of all of the federal unemployment benefits extensions, federal retraining programs, federal housing bailouts, and other federal handouts, which come out of my tax dollars, cannot get off their can and get a job and pay their own taxes. Duhhh - communism.... we love you so much I am building my campaign platfrom on it plank by plank, or so I hear the mantra from the dark side... Yeah - there really is no race card being played - the entire game is about socialism not democracy.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama is awful:

I read everything -- doesn't mean I like it -- why can't you at least try communicate in a civil manner.

gbooksdc:

I'm doing good -- although we had ourselves some shakin' going out out here -- as for the middle names, I probably would still have brought it up, but I agree I may have been the only one ; )

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Kiss the last bit of hope for electing Obama goodbye.

Posted by: donedeal | July 31, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

ONCE AGAIN, The "Grey Lady" gets it RIGHT.


http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/30/opinion/30wed1.html?em

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I didn't realize graduating from Harvard automatically made someone an arrogant douche who thinks he's already president.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I get my hands on Obama I'm gonna go wailin on his racist lyin ass

I've had it with his racist remarks and lyin.

Chevy

Posted by: Chevy | July 31, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse


2. Barack Obama is a BIGGER celebrity than Britney Spears and Paris Hilton -- we all get it -- but is he really any more qualified to be President than either of them?


No, we don't all get it. Not one bit.

Posted by: Mike in CA | July 31, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Wow,,, That's playing the race card. What will McCain think of next. Every dam day McCain puts new adds on TV that are 100% lies, God forbid should Obama respond. The press, our government, all feed us a line of Bull every day to string us along. Look what these people did to our country. We are hated by everyone. Everything Bush wants he kills for. He's trashed the constitution and broken all the laws of this country, but no one seems to care. It's amazing how people continue to label Obama a traitor while these criminals in Washington destroy us. All the info is out there. All you have to do is look.

Posted by: HemiHead | July 31, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse


TYPICAL OBAMA SUPPORTER RESPONSE TO MC'CAINS FACT-FILLED ADS

John McCain is not a hero, he is a gigolo
This way-too-old warmonger
HE IS A LOSER!!!
McCain is taking the low road.
He's being pathetic
THE DUMB AZZ
Do you really want a crook for President??
Your moronic post
McCain is trying to resurrect Nixon's race based politicking

Posted by: Billw | July 31, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chevy....life has actually taught me quite the opposite....the whiter and lighter.....the more ignorant and uneducated....just take a look at yourself..

Posted by: Mary | July 31, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are DUMB

Obama is BLACK

I'll throw my lot in with the black man.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain is going senile. Why else has he failed to actually release his medical records?

Posted by: John | July 31, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Note:

* Postings that talk about issues are almost exclusively ignored on this board.

* It's the "race issue" that's getting all the interest and feedback.

Posted by: ()()()() | July 31, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Ramesh Ponnuru just nailed Obama. He proved that Obama's denials are baseless. He produced a version of Obama's little riff in which he said "Did I mention he is black?" Check it out:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/community/groups/index.html?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3aa70e3396-6663-4a8d-ba19-e44939d3c44fForum%3a5543a34c-af92-4736-b81b-4aad0ab02e2eDiscussion%3a5b4af94b-0e71-4927-aa59-24a39e2294ce

Posted by: Obama Nailed! | July 31, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

If you don't like it, don't read it.

Posted by: Obama is awful | July 31, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

The McCain Campaign sickens me. All I heard through the primary season was integrity and speech about having an Honor Code, well that was all talk. All I have seen from McCain, and the General Election hasn't even started yet, is divisive attacks and a complete lack of integrity. I really used to like McCain even though I didn't agree with a lot of his policies, but now all I see is a grouchy old man who's mad because the young guy might steal his dream. Not to mention that he's into gimmicks and has sold out to the oil companies. Screw McCain!! Obama 08!!

Posted by: David | July 31, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama used up all his "free" race cards playing them against the Clintons.

Obama's been the boy crying "Wolf".

Now, whenever McCain accuses Obama of making specious accusations of racism, half the Democrats who were paying attention during Primary season will agree with McCain.

Posted by: AsperGirl | July 31, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Dawn:

Did YOU graduate from Harvard Law School?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

JakeD --

How are you? NOW's the time to stay in, it's so hot out. I've stopped hitting the comments sections, because they just are filled with hate-filled screeds or campaign-paid propaganda (haven't seen iowatreasures or svreader anymore, I bet). Waste of time.

This one caught my eye, though. I idly thought as I watched a McCain ad a few days ago, "I wonder if they're running that (horrible) picture" to remind he's black?" Well, it's a staple to run a horrible picture of your opponent, and it's a staple to misrepresent his stand, so I let it go. But the GOP has allowed the perception to develop that it is somewhat racist. The GOP chose to stand against affirmative action, chose to be "tough on crime" (code words for anti-black), anti-welfare (ditto), etc. That's WHY these attacks have traction. With Clinton's civil rights record, she had to come out and SAY "hardworking white people" -- a statement for which any Republican would have been CRUCIFIED before began to admit she was playing on racial division.

Ah well, enough of this, I'm going back to scouring for the latest in pre-deadline trade news (which is what brought me to WaPo; the story is Hanrahan may get traded to the Wite Sox). Stay well, my man.

PS As for the "I used everyone's middle name" bit -- c'mon JakeD, you're not fooling anyone. "Sidney" and "Diane" do not raise the same specters that "Hussein" does. If his middle name's Chad or Douglas, it NEVER gets mentioned, by you or anyone else.

Posted by: gbooksdc | July 31, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, you know, just doesn't have the same affect as when Obama flips on issues. Why is that?

----

Its when it becomes a pattern that its a problem - thats why McCain is so scary....he doesn't solidly stand for anything anymore.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Mike in CA,

Its dudes like you who see everything racist terms that are part of the problem. Woodstock has got a point. The language we use is a reflection of society. I'm not white (Samoan), but the fact a white dude can't say he's pride to be white, when other race can points at an inequity. I'm not patriotic by any means (haha, if there's a draft, I'm going to Mexico), but at the end of the day we're all Americans. I could care less what your race is. Just as long as people are cool people thats what matters. Same thing for the getting into school or finding a job. The job should go to the best person. When I'm out in the water, the ocean doesn't care about my ethnicity. As long as I can rip it, its all good, but if I can't and I'm just fixated about being a certain ethnicity, its gonna look ugly. Transcend all this racist bs brother, and trust me, your life will be a lot better.

And yea Obama is race baiting, but I think the dude is confused about his identity. Barry/Barak should figure himself out b4 he tries to be pres.

Posted by: SoCaL | July 31, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama is awful:

That kind of language is unnecessary.

Fake JakeD:

I'm too old to be scared of anything anymore ; )

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

"Meanwhile, the neocons get McCain to stupidly justify his "expert" version of whatever US Foreign Policy Lieberman whispers into his ear on grounds that "it's good for Israel." So, we must shed American blood and treasure in the Middle East; why? "Because it's good for Israel." This triangulation: (a) slander Obama as a secret "Islamofascist," (b) support McCain because he's willing to continue spilling blood and treasure in the Middle East because, McCain sais, "whatever is good for Israel is good for America," and (c) injure all Jews who dare to question this ideology by calling them "self hating Jews" and slander goyim who oppose it as "anti-Semites" while claiming to speak for all Jews and forming an alliance with weirdos "Christian Zionists" like End of Times Rev. Hagee......this kind of Leninist "polarization," the neocons think will bring them power, wealth and recognition by Israel, the nation of "mesh-hood," as "mensch.""


http://www.forward.com/articles/13836/

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

"I've now been in 59 states, I think one left to go. Alaska and Mexico" Barry Obama - LATimes

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/05/barack-obama-wa.html

Just Brilliant!

Chevy - Highly Educated Redneck

Posted by: Chevy | July 31, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama is an intellectual idiot....

Posted by: Dawn | July 31, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Here's your man in action...McCain and the
"Double Talk Express"...coming to a mattress factory near you....snooze.....

www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com/archives/9111.html

Posted by: AlexP1 | July 31, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have nothing good to say about themselves, so they have to try to "Swiftboat" people with lies.

American Terrorists = Republicans (Fear/Terror is all they seem to know!)

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

* McCain has changed his economic worldview on multiple occasions.
* McCain has changed his mind about a long-term U.S. military presence...


Posted by: AlexP1 | July 31, 2008 4:23 PM


Yeah, you know, just doesn't have the same affect as when Obama flips on issues. Why is that?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

BHO (Bone Headed Obama) is a bundle of hypocrisy and a WOLF in Sheep's' skin. Here are some of BHO's lies, misjudgments and boneheaded decisions and flip-flops.
• BHO has AUDACITY TO HOPE that Americans will not look at the character of the person to be president and he will be able to mislead them with his smoke and mirror tactics and speeches.
• BHO claims to have good JUDGEMENT, but contradicts himself by keeping relationships with anti-Americans, terror-mongers and racists for 20+ years
• BHO claims to be the MESSIAH of HOPE, but says 'people cling to religion and cling to guns' out of frustration. Is BHO equating Americans to 'terrorists' where the terrorists usually claim that they 'cling' to religion and guns out of frustration and economic woos?
• BHO claims to be a UNITER, but always tried to divide America on RACE and ECONOMIC INEQUALITIES. He played race cards against Bill, Hillary, his own grand mother and now our war hero McCain.
• BHO Says he is PRO-LIFE, but also said that he would not PUNISH his daughters with babies.
• BHO claims to be INTELLIGENT and EXPERIENCED but proves that he is DUMB and NAÏVE by rolling out plan WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING the real situation by visiting the war zone and getting briefed by the Generals on ground who know the best.
• BHO talk about leveling fields as a non-politician. BHO entered public office not by leveling the playing field, but by clearing it. BHO back stabbed his friend and mentor Alice Palmer by nullifying Palmer's nominating petitions, forcing her to withdraw.
• BHO was DEFENDING Wright's anti-American, racist rants until his lack of credibility was exposed by Mr. Wright when he said "Obama had to say what he said as a politician", thus bringing BHO down to the ORDINARY politician level where he really belongs.
• BHO claims to be 'TRUE', but he is full of lies like - he never opposed hand guns, He never heard Mr. Wright making the incendiary quotes, He never said - he will not wear flag lapel pin, He is against NAFTA but had his adviser meet privately with the Canadian government to assure them he didn't really mean what he said about NAFTA and the list goes on and on
• BHO wants us to BELIEVES in CHANGE, but the kind of CHANGE he is really talking about is to go down to his knees to negotiate unconditionally to Iran's Ahmadinejad, Hamas and other terrorist groups.
• BHO's claims to be a STRONG speaker - but only when he is reading a teleprompter. Look at his goofs when there is no such aid available - "I have been to 57 states and 1 to go" or "veterans who lost there lives, some of which are in the audience" or "Arabic translators taken from Iraq and sent to Afghanistan" or "he'd like to meet with "President Maliki" when he travels to Iraq.
• BHO is TOUGH enough to throw his grand mother under the bus, but he neither has GUTS to repudiate his anti-American, racist pastor nor has GUTS to vote NO to stop Adult Porn Shops from opening up next to our children's schools.
• BHO took 20 years to finally accept that his pastor is an anti-American. BHO is an opportunistic liar.
• BHO Claims to be a PATRIOT, but refuses to wear flag lapel pin and his wife Michelle says: For the first time in her adult life she is proud of this country and America is a mean country
• BHO claims to be the better Commander-in-Chief, but how can he get that position if he can not even obtain the Top Security Clearance?
• BHO says WORDs MATTER, but is always short of words and steals them from others and constantly demands the people whom he insults to give him the benefit of the doubt for his misspeaks.
• He says he is Washington Outsider, but admitted in the debate that his campaign played negative tactics against Clinton in PA. BHO has more Washington Insiders endorsing him thus OWEs to them something that will MAKE HIM BIGGEST WASHINGTON INSIDER.

Posted by: CJ | July 31, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I love the guy and all we did in the campaign. I even have an autographed picture signed by his wife. Isn't that enough to vote for us??

Posted by: McCain 2008 | July 31, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Mccain is out of his cotton picking mind!He is crying foul because he got caught using the race card with his ad.It is the same kind of ad they used on Harold Ford.

Posted by: RENEA1 | July 31, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama sucks Michelle's stick....

Posted by: Obama is awful | July 31, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

* McCain's first mortgage plan was premised on the notion that homeowners facing foreclosure shouldn't be "rewarded" for acting "irresponsibly." His second mortgage plan took largely the opposite position.
* McCain vowed, if elected, to balance the federal budget by the end of his first term. Soon after, he decided he would no longer even try to reach that goal.
* In February 2008, McCain reversed course on prohibiting waterboarding.
* McCain used to champion the Law of the Sea convention, even volunteering to testify on the treaty's behalf before a Senate committee. Now he opposes it.

Posted by: AlexP1 | July 31, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

The GOP are called bigots, but ever since the Dem primaries ITS BEEN ALL DEMOCRATS INJECTING RACE AND RACISM INTO THE CAMPAIGN.

DEMOCRATS = REVERSE RACISTS = HYPOCRITE BIGOTS

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

John McShrub. Too old. Too stupid. Too crooked.
Yep, he could get elected. Just ask traitor Rove what he should do next.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

seems to me that some people are going to be able to get away with things that others would not. McCain is getting a little bit of flack over his celebrity ad but you can be sure that if Obama ran an ad with a bunch of Septuagenarians in it and made the point that McCain is old that he'd be lambasted. There's not much Obama can do. Any time anything remotely racial is brought up he is going to be accused of playing the race card. His advantage is that no one will hold playing that accusation as anywhere nearly as devastating as they would if McCain played the race card. Its just a fact of life. Both sides will whine and cry about it and neither of them has a valid point.

Posted by: Sean D | July 31, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Mike in CA, you are an ignorant fool. The Marxist connection is explicitly stated in the writings the Black Liberation Theology of James Cone and Rev. Wright. It is not made up, nor is it an interpretation. You should read up on things people point out to you before you show your illiterate underpants. Rev. Wright's mentor James Cone has his viewpoing and writings all over the Web. Check it out.

As for the early influences, again you are a fool. Obama deliberately chose Trinity and deliberately chose Wright as his mentor. Wright's entire worldview IS the Marxist, racist Black Liberation Theology of James Cone. If you do not believe it DO YOUR HOMEWORK.

Posted by: ConcernedCitizenX | July 31, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Careful, Jake, as much as I dislike your politics and behavior here, I have to caution you against outing yourself on-line. There's a lot of sick people out there. Play it safe.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like 'race' just became an issue because the Washington Post--as always--has done little but parrot McCain talking points as if they were reporting a story. No context, no research, no analysis, no rebuttal (if warranted). Just a flashy headline and no substance.

McCain is still in this race because the media has willingly served as Tucker Bounds' bullhorn.

Posted by: William J. | July 31, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Chevy:

To be fair, both candidates have made gaffes on The Trail. I don't doubt that Obama is smarter than McCain. I mean, McCain is not the one who graduated Editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

* McCain has changed his economic worldview on multiple occasions.
* McCain has changed his mind about a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq on multiple occasions.
* McCain is both for and against attacking Barack Obama over his former pastor at his former church.
* McCain believes Americans are both better and worse off than they were before Bush took office.
* McCain is both for and against earmarks for Arizona.
* McCain believes his endorsement from radical televangelist John Hagee was both a good and bad idea.

Posted by: AlexP1 | July 31, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Growing list of McCain flip flops (not yet had time to add the dozen or so in the last few weeks):

National Security Policy

1. McCain thought Bush's warrantless wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.

2. McCain insisted that everyone, even "terrible killers," "the worst kind of scum of humanity," and detainees at Guantanamo Bay, "deserve to have some adjudication of their cases," even if that means "releasing some of them." McCain now believes the opposite.

3. He opposed indefinite detention of terrorist suspects. When the Supreme Court reached the same conclusion, he called it "one of the worst decisions in the history of this country."

4. In February, McCain reversed course on prohibiting waterboarding.

5. McCain favored closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay before he was against it.

6. When Barack Obama talked about going after terrorists in Pakistani mountains with Predators, McCain criticized him for it. He's since come to the opposite conclusion.

Foreign Policy

7. McCain was for kicking Russia out of the G8 before he was against it.

8. McCain supported moving "toward normalization of relations" with Cuba. Now he believes the opposite.

9. McCain believed the United States should engage in diplomacy with Hamas. Now he believes the opposite.

10. McCain believed the United States should engage in diplomacy with Syria. Now he believes the opposite.

11. McCain is both for and against a "rogue state rollback" as a focus of his foreign policy vision.

12. McCain used to champion the Law of the Sea convention, even volunteering to testify on the treaty's behalf before a Senate committee. Now he opposes it.

13. McCain was against divestment from South Africa before he was for it.

Military Policy

14. McCain recently claimed that he was the "greatest critic" of Rumsfeld's failed Iraq policy. In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as "a mission accomplished." In March 2004, he said, "I'm confident we're on the right course." In December 2005, he said, "Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course."

15. McCain has changed his mind about a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq on multiple occasions, concluding, on multiple occasions, that a Korea-like presence is both a good idea and a bad idea.

16. McCain said before the war in Iraq, "We will win this conflict. We will win it easily." Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was "probably going to be long and hard and tough."

17. McCain has repeatedly said it's a dangerous mistake to tell the "enemy" when U.S. troops would be out of Iraq. In May, McCain announced that most American troops would be home from Iraq by 2013.

18. McCain was against expanding the GI Bill before he was for it.

Domestic Policy

19. McCain defended "privatizing" Social Security. Now he says he's against privatization (though he actually still supports it.)

20. McCain wanted to change the Republican Party platform to protect abortion rights in cases of rape and incest. Now he doesn't.

21. McCain supported storing spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Now he believes the opposite.

22. He argued that the NRA should not have a role in the Republican Party's policy making. Now he believes the opposite.

23. In 1998, he championed raising cigarette taxes to fund programs to cut underage smoking, insisting that it would prevent illnesses and provide resources for public health programs. Now, McCain opposes a $0.61-per-pack tax increase, won't commit to supporting a regulation bill he's co-sponsoring, and has hired Philip Morris' former lobbyist as his senior campaign adviser.

24. McCain is both for and against earmarks for Arizona.

25. McCain's first mortgage plan was premised on the notion that homeowners facing foreclosure shouldn't be "rewarded" for acting "irresponsibly." His second mortgage plan took largely the opposite position.

26. McCain went from saying gay marriage should be allowed, to saying gay marriage shouldn't be allowed.

27. McCain opposed a holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. before he supported it.

28. McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he's pro-ethanol.

29. McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.

30. In 2005, McCain endorsed intelligent design creationism, a year later he said the opposite, and a few months after that, he was both for and against creationism at the same time.

Economic Policy

31. McCain was against Bush's tax cuts for the very wealthy before he was for them.

32. John McCain initially argued that economics is not an area of expertise for him, saying, "I'm going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues; I still need to be educated," and "The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should." He now falsely denies ever having made these remarks and insists that he has a "very strong" understanding of economics.

33. McCain vowed, if elected, to balance the federal budget by the end of his first term. Soon after, he decided he would no longer even try to reach that goal. And soon after that, McCain abandoned his second position and went back to his first.

34. McCain said in 2005 that he opposed the tax cuts because they were "too tilted to the wealthy." By 2007, he denied ever having said this, and falsely argued that he opposed the cuts because of increased government spending.

35. McCain thought the estate tax was perfectly fair. Now he believes the opposite.

36. McCain pledged in February 2008 that he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Specifically, McCain was asked if he is a "'read my lips' candidate, no new taxes, no matter what?" referring to George H.W. Bush's 1988 pledge. "No new taxes," McCain responded. Two weeks later, McCain said, "I'm not making a 'read my lips' statement, in that I will not raise taxes."

37. McCain has changed his entire economic worldview on multiple occasions.

38. McCain believes Americans are both better and worse off economically than they were before Bush took office.

Energy Policy

39. McCain supported the moratorium on coastal drilling; now he's against it.

40. McCain recently announced his strong opposition to a windfall tax on oil company profits. Three weeks earlier, he was perfectly comfortable with the idea.

41. McCain endorsed a cap-and-trade policy with a mandatory emissions cap. In mid-June, McCain announced he wants the caps to be voluntary.

42. McCain explained his belief that a temporary suspension of the federal gas tax would provide an immediate economic stimulus. Shortly thereafter, he argued the exact opposite.

43. McCain supported the Lieberman/Warner legislation to combat global warming. Now he doesn't.

Immigration Policy

44. McCain was a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants' kids who graduate from high school. Now he's against it.

45. On immigration policy in general, McCain announced in February 2008 that he would vote against his own bill.

46. In April, McCain promised voters that he would secure the borders "before proceeding to other reform measures." Two months later, he abandoned his public pledge, pretended that he'd never made the promise in the first place, and vowed that a comprehensive immigration reform policy has always been, and would always be, his "top priority."

Judicial Policy and the Rule of Law

47. McCain said he would "not impose a litmus test on any nominee." He used to promise the opposite.

48. McCain believes the telecoms should be forced to explain their role in the administration's warrantless surveillance program as a condition for retroactive immunity. He used to believe the opposite.

49. McCain went from saying he would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade to saying the exact opposite.

Campaign, Ethics, and Lobbying Reform

50. McCain supported his own lobbying-reform legislation from 1997. Now he doesn't.


51. In 2006, McCain sponsored legislation to require grassroots lobbying coalitions to reveal their financial donors. In 2007, after receiving "feedback" on the proposal, McCain told far-right activist groups that he opposes his own measure.

52. McCain supported a campaign-finance bill, which bore his name, on strengthening the public-financing system. In June 2007, he abandoned his own legislation.

Politics and Associations

53. McCain wanted political support from radical televangelist John Hagee. Now he doesn't.

54. McCain wanted political support from radical televangelist Rod Parsley. Now he doesn't.

55. McCain says he considered and did not consider joining John Kerry's Democratic ticket in 2004.

56. McCain is both for and against attacking Barack Obama over his former pastor at his former church.

57. McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as "an agent of intolerance" in 2002, but then decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans "deserved" the 9/11 attacks.

58. In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending "dirty money" to help finance Bush's presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.

59. McCain was against presidential candidates campaigning at Bob Jones University before he was for it.

60. McCain decided in 2000 that he didn't want anything to do with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, believing he "would taint the image of the 'Straight Talk Express.'" Kissinger is now the honorary co-chair for his presidential campaign in New York.

61. McCain believed powerful right-wing activist/lobbyist Grover Norquist was "corrupt, a shill for dictators, and (with just a dose of sarcasm) Jack Abramoff's gay lover." McCain now considers Norquist a key political ally.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

The neocons will say or do anything to retain power.

Posted by: michael4 | July 31, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Didja hear the one about the two uppity old white guys?

Posted by: NoVA | July 31, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

"I've now been in 59 states, I think one left to go. Alaska and Mexico" Barry Obama - LATimes

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/05/barack-obama-wa.html

Just Brilliant!

Chevy

Posted by: Chevy | July 31, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm Black, pity me

I'm Black, give me a pass

I'm Black, do me favors

I'm Black, give me your sympathy vote

THE NEW OBAMA PLAYBOOK
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HA HA someone on this post is plagiarizing me

Posted by: Tony V | July 31, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I know you're cross, just reading your words.....

"

Senator McCain, what are your plans for peace, prosperity, health care, education, and the environment? And why haven't you done anything in 30 years in congress other than campaign finance reform, which you did to whitewash your Keating past?

McCain: "The answer to that, my friend, is quite simple.... Obama is BLACK!"

Posted by: | July 31, 2008 4:15 PM "


.... but you've gotta admit it was a damned smart move by the MAC. P.S. Don't be a sore loser

Posted by: Mac-the-Knife | July 31, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Patriots: Clinton was telling white america to ignore Obama's victory in SC because it was just another example of blacks voting for blacks, so that even Jesse Jackson can win SC, and you don't think there's anything racist about that at all, just a bland statement of facts? talk about a state of denial.

Posted by: JoeT | July 31, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama played race card against Hillary and Bill. He played it against his own grand mother. Now he is playing it against McCain. There is no surprise. He is racist but the media is trying to paint him as post-racist candidate. His propaganda machine reminds me of the german propoganda machine before the world war II.

Posted by: CJ | July 31, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

* McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Hamas. Now he believes the opposite.
* McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Syria. Now he believes the opposite.
* He argued the NRA should not have a role in the Republican Party's policy making. Now he believes the opposite.
* McCain supported his own lobbying-reform legislation from 1997. Now he doesn't.
* He wanted political support from radical televangelists like John Hagee and Rod Parsley. Now he doesn't.
* McCain supported the Lieberman/Warner legislation to combat global warming. Now he doesn't.

Posted by: AlexP1 | July 31, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama just described exactly what the Rovean McCain campaign is up to - swift-boating.
Well, Americans won't believe it anymore. THe more I see it, the more I travel with Susan Eisenhower, Chuck Hagel, and other independent centrists over to Obama's camp.
In Canada's most recent election, Paul Martin lost the election by being negative. Times change. McCain goes Rovean and loses because of it.

Posted by: Popeye | July 31, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama transcends nothing. He is typical dirty Chicago pol......

Posted by: Dawn | July 31, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

To those who argue Obama didn't play the race card in that speach:

Obama accused the Republicans of trying to 'scare' the American voters because he doesn't look like all the other presidents on dollar bills. What the heck do you think he was talking about??? Was he accusing them of trying to scare voters because he is too tall? Because he has a prettier smile than other presidents? Because he dresses differently?

Of course not, he accused them of trying to scare the American voters because he is black. Were his charge agains the Republicans in any way accurate I'd be outraged at the Republicans. Outraged at McCain.

But McCain has done no such thing. He hasn't touched Obama's race because it shouldn't be an issue.

Obama, however, played the race card accusing his oppostion of being racists - which is a very serious accusation to make.

This isn't the first time either. When he and his campaign were losing against Clinton, after NV and NH he pulled out the race card and went on the attack in S.C. telling every media person he could find and millions of voters that the Clintons, who have spent their entire lives working for all the equality Obama preaches about, racists.

He demogagued the black people everywhere and all liberals - myself included - because he preyed on our very real and very natural aversion to anyone who would ever be a racist. It worked, he rallied the black vote to his defence to the tune of 90% and liberals as well. The only problem? His charges were made up and designed solely to play to our fears so we would defend him at the polls.

It was shameful then, it is shameful now.

He's employing the same sort of Demogageury that real racists have employed in this country for decades only on the opposite side. He's using decent people's aear of and animosity towards racism in this county - a noble sentiment - to scare us into voting for him by making up charges of racism against his opponents.

I would never ever support any racist. I want to see our first black president as much as anyone. I come from an interacial family. But the problem with Obama's tactics is the decent honorable people Obama is attacking as being racist aren't racists. He is doing nothing to fix the problem and make us a post racial America, instead he is using the charge racism as a fail-all weopon to attack anyone who shows the audacity to disagree with him.

Decent Americans everywhere take that charge very seriously and the man who would unite us all has no business throwing it around to vilify people who have done nothing racist in this campaign whatsoever. THAT is divisive - every bit as divisive as if McCain were to actually insinuate anything bad about Obama's race - which he has not done.

If McCain were to come out with any racist statements, try to demogague on the issue to get white people to vote for him I would be every bit as outraged as I am when Obama tries to make people vote for him by demogaguing on the other side of the issue.

It's disgusting and craven and further proof that this man will do or say anything to con us into voting for him. He's gone so far as to level the most serious charges against his opposition even when they are patently false and he knows it.

Black people and liberals across this country have been had by this guy. Decent honorable people like the Clintons and McCain have been labeled racist merely because they are white. That will never lead us to a post-racial-divide America.

Real liberals and black people everywhere, anyone who cares passionately about treating ALL people equal should be OUTRAGED by Obama's misuse of the divisive issue.


Posted by: michaelp0429 | July 31, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

"I went to Ivy League undergrad".... LOL
What a loser!

Posted by: JakeD's shadow | July 31, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Ok...now I'm Mad...


* McCain supported the drilling moratorium; now he's against it.
* McCain strongly opposes a windfall-tax on oil company profits. Three weeks earlier, he was perfectly comfortable with the idea.
* McCain thought Bush's warrant less-wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.
* McCain defended "privatizing" Social Security. Now he says he's against privatization (though he actually still supports it.)
* McCain wanted to change the Republican Party platform to protect abortion rights in cases of rape and incest. Now he doesn't.
* McCain thought the estate tax was perfectly fair. Now he believes the opposite.

Posted by: AlexP1 | July 31, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Ok...now I'm Mad...


* McCain supported the drilling moratorium; now he's against it.
* McCain strongly opposes a windfall-tax on oil company profits. Three weeks earlier, he was perfectly comfortable with the idea.
* McCain thought Bush's warrant less-wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.
* McCain defended "privatizing" Social Security. Now he says he's against privatization (though he actually still supports it.)
* McCain wanted to change the Republican Party platform to protect abortion rights in cases of rape and incest. Now he doesn't.
* McCain thought the estate tax was perfectly fair. Now he believes the opposite.

Posted by: AlexP1 | July 31, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Join Active Young Americans against Obama. Get your news from a credible news source, not MSM. Obamatards are part of the machine, rock against them.

Posted by: Rock Against Obama | July 31, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Woodstock said:
I'm proud to be black = okay statement.

I'm proud to be Latino = you must be an illegal immigrant.

I'm to be Asian = go back to Asia.

I'm proud to be White = you are a white supremacist.

I think there's a problem with race relations in America.


Whites have operated from a position of power and authority since, oh, the 17th century in this country. White pride is implicit in everything from the Constitution to every president to Wall Street. And what's up with "you must be an illegal immigrant" or "go back to Asia"?

If you think race problems in America boil down to not being able to say that you are proud to be white, you've got it pretty damn good, that's for sure.

Posted by: Mike in CA | July 31, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Peter:

No wonder you are confused. Here's what McCain has been actually saying:

1. Barack Obama is responsible for high(er) gas prices because he refused to cut the gas tax or support drilling. Do you want higher or lower gas prices?

2. Barack Obama is a BIGGER celebrity than Britney Spears and Paris Hilton -- we all get it -- but is he really any more qualified to be President than either of them?

3. Obama, by FALSELY CLAIMING McCain is making fun of his name or trying to scare you by pointing out he looks different than WHITE Presidents is, indeed, "playing the race card"

Next canard?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Life has taught me the darker, the dumber.
just employ that concept when voting for president.

Here's a little proof:

"I've now been in 59 states, I think one left to go. Alaska and Mexico" Barry Obama - LATimes

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/05/barack-obama-wa.html


Posted by: Chevy | July 31, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget what Karl Rove said about McShame while running Bush's campaign: "McCain was quoted as saying 'O.K, I'll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital' four days after his capture and later signed a confession declaring himself a war criminal. And although McCain refused an early release, the word is that he was ordered to do so by his U.S. POW commander... But based on the facts, he's not a war hero. And it speaks poorly of him to let his handlers promote him to the public in that way." That warrants him as a pseudo war hero. He was also born on non US soil--he's NOT qualified to run or be our president.

Posted by: Maddi | July 31, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama is losing white woman to McCain...how sad is that?

Posted by: Dawn | July 31, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I love how the media focuses on everything other than the glaring problems we have in this country. Saying Obama plays the race card is just plain ridiculous. The man has trancended all of that and has run the cleanest campaign I have ever witnessed. The media is so owned by Corporate America, and their fiscal responsibility to make this a story line for ratings is so obvious. The traditional print and TV media in this country are a complete and utter disgrace and I am very discouraged when I cannot trust any news source for accurate information.

Posted by: Nicole | July 31, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Just FYI;

McCain's paid posters have been told the following:

We all know that Obama is ahead in the polls by 130 electoral votes. So now we have to pull out all the stops. Racism, war veterans - it doesn't matter. Pull out all the stops.

Just smear Obama anyway you can. Start any rumor, any smear, gin up the fear of terrorism. Just TAKE HIM DOWN.

If this doesn't reverse McCain's slide in the polls then McCain has even more drastic attacks in the works.

Posted by: Heer | July 31, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm getting an advanced degree prick. So before you go out like every other Obama supporter thinking you're better than anyone else, think you should check who you're up against. I went to an Ivy League undergrad, but I don't have the pretentious attitude you do. Funny thing is, the people who always try to attack others intellect are often wanting in intellect themselves. As I said before, have fun with your pathetic life loser. Your candidate is going to lose and your life is still going to suck. Thine ignorance is most unbecoming of thee, and I'm beginning to think you must be the descendant of some mongrelized dog. Bye loser. Go report to the higher ups and tell them that your bs isn't working and you need remedial training. What a joke.

Posted by: Former Obama worker | July 31, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse


Change This:

The theme of your post will become more widespread and accepted shortly. It's beginning with the last two McCain ads. The honeymoon with Obama is over.

Posted by: Billw | July 31, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I don't know whether it's the McCain or the Obama campaign who should be blamed (I say credited) with playing the race card and bringing up the issue of race in this campaign. Whoever it was the world owes them a great debt. Finally the world will get to see the true ugliness of America told in the words of the countless thousands of racist Americans. The world needs to see not how America hopes itself to be or pretends but rather, how we actually are. This election most certainly is about race but all that was largely hushed up until now.

Posted by: Watchful Eyes | July 31, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Even if that's true, the fact remains that your name is NOT Jake M. Dort.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

He's the candidate of everyone that has and might have memory loss. He'll fight for you. Maybe if he can remember!!!

Posted by: DC McCain | July 31, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

"This readers' comments section is a sad commentary on the state of America and the bitterness of its citizens. Truly, if this is the pulse of the people, America has far more serious issues than high gas prices and dwindling wages. I think about what my grandfathers fought for in Normandy, and sure isn't this."

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gee, I wonder why I'm bitter, oh..yeah...hell, the state of the Union sucks.

"I'm a uniter, not a divider..."
-George W. Bush

(just another damn broken promise)

Posted by: jlm062002 | July 31, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain, what are your plans for peace, prosperity, health care, education, and the environment? And why haven't you done anything in 30 years in congress other than campaign finance reform, which you did to whitewash your Keating past?

McCain: "The answer to that, my friend, is quite simple.... Obama is BLACK!"

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama played the race card throughout his camppaign with Hillary, so this is nothing new. He is very calculating and manipulative in how he plays it. Many of Obama's supporters also play the race card by branding everyone who is not supporting Obama a "racist," which I find despicable. Racism is an ugly thing and I will fight against it wherever it rears its head. However, I will not be voting for Obama for what I consider very legitimate reasons...reasons that I would stand by if Obama were any color, gender, or age.

Posted by: Debbie | July 31, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Why does the Socialist Obama have a difficult time giving credit to this country for our success in Iraq and actually apologizes for America to Euros? He cannot bring himself to acknowledge the surge has proven successful, he was wrong and that the US made that success possible. He can't do it.

It is very telling of this guy. He is a fraud, a fake and Soros puppet. He is an empty suit. He is arrogantly disgusting.

Posted by: Change What | July 31, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

So far hasn't offered much policy. Okay, he flopped a bit on the capital gains tax, etc. but his campaign isn't about what he'll do for America. His campaign is about attacking the other candidate. Its worked so far.

Posted by: Rock | July 31, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

It is really sad to see McCain sink so low. He has sold his soul to the Rove apparatchiks that he has hired. Shame on you, brother John, you have not only lost your way, but your moral bearings also. You are naught but the very guano that impuned your life, children, and history in Carolina in 2000. You are converting a close race to a Democratic landside because these lies will come back to haunt you once the C3's start throwing your lies back at you.

Posted by: LawyerTom1 | July 31, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

What about McCain playing the military card? McCain's been exploiting the troops for political expediency and know one calls him on that.

Posted by: Jeremy | July 31, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I am sick of John McCain saying one thing. But he attacks big time!! He is running "Karl Rove Campaign!!!" This man is mean, grumpy, explosive lier. And I am Republican!! This long time Republican is leaving party. McCain should scare each and every voter in US!!!! How can anyone vote for a man who is one of Keating Five, involved in physical & verbal altercations with fellow senators(had to be broken up- witnessed, at campaign or party function got angrily verbal at his wife and called her "cu--t", etc???

This man lies, flip flops, forgets things, and attacks all time. All proven and verified.

News - please attack this man for who and what he really is!!! He could even be worse than Bush!! He claims honesty -- HA!!! Not true!! Check the facts!!

Posted by: Sharonklim | July 31, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

To the unemployed loser, aka 'Former Obama Exployee'

There were 10,000 people who applied to the Obama Fellows Program. 3,600 were accepted.

Point is, you are too dumb to have ever worked on the Obama campaign.

And to think that you could get on this forum and lie about it not only establishes your lying, cheating, stealing Republican bona fides but it also exposes you as DUMB.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a fake JakeD! How dare you? I just express the ugly truth that you really think, but are just too yellow to actually post. It's not I'm laying claim to vast trove of JakeD accomplishments here: just using your banal screen name to point out what an a-hole and hypocrite you are.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

ivote2: you fell for it. Clinton tells folks to dismiss the South Carolina results because even Jesse Jackson won South Carolina, and then not only denies that that's playing the race card, but claims that Obama was playing the race card by calling Clinton for doing it. think.

Posted by: JoeT | July 31, 2008 4:07 PM


Clinton was stating a fact, or dare we say it - the truth. Jackson did well in SC and lost the election. You want an honest discussion about race? African Americans vote for African Americans.

Obama tries to get people to believe that Republicans are going to paint him the "black" candidate, the "odd" candidate - where's the truth in that? Where are the facts?

This is just typical Obama b$llsh#t. Heard it from day one and its getting tired and old.

Posted by: Patriots Against Obama | July 31, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

The strange mind of John McCain. What will he come up with next? He has a hard act to follow after the last several weeks.

Lets see if we can predict the next "logical" complaint from his campaign:

1. Barack Obama is responsible for high gas prices.

2. Barack Obama, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton are really one and the same person. Obama just dons a blonde wig and just dresses a little differently on occasion.

3. Obama, by saying he has a funny name and looks a little different than past presidents is, somehow, "playing the race card." - Ooooohhh!!! Very Bad!!!

4. Hmmm? How to predict the next logical complaint from McCain?...Wait. I GOT IT!!!

Barack Obama paid the lead singer of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, and Bruce Springsteen to have them publicly endorse his campaign and is ONLY drawing huge crowds because he's offering free tickets to their concerts!

McCain will call Obama out on this tomorrow! How dare Obama try to get away with this!

Posted by: Peter | July 31, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

It's about time McCain came out and "straight-talked" the slimy race card (specious accusations of racism) that the Obama camp smears around itself.

Obama is a smug empty suit who goes around subliminally pushing the same grievance mentality that his wife has, except Obama, being rhetorically gifted, does it with code words:

"So nobody really thinks that Bush or McCain have a real answer for the challenges we face, so what they're going to try to do is make you scared of me," he told voters in Springfield. "You know, he's not patriotic enough. He's got a funny name. You know, he doesn't look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills, you know. He's risky. That's essentially the argument they're making."

It's about time McCain came out and bit** slapped that race card playing hypocrite. I wonder if that trash-talking South Side wimp will have the cojones to admit to the sleazy, racist tactics his campaign has been using all year. Like against the Clinton supporters.

Posted by: AsperGirl | July 31, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I used to work for the McCain campaign. They paid me to sit in a room and troll the comment pages and make pro-McCain and pro-Bush comments.

They were all fake. We would sign on with multiple screen names and hit all the sites in rotation.

The goal was to push the talking points of the day.

We even got the same Bush talking points that Novak, Krautie, Hiatt and the rest would base all their stories on.

It is all fake. They are all a bunch of liars.

Believe me, for I am telling the truth.

Posted by: Heerman532 | July 31, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow....is it me or is everyone "angry" on this issue..

Anger, hate, division, racism, reverse-racism, etc...etc...

What happened when those bastards flew planes in to 3 building and in a corn field in our nation...

We we at one time we were "United" in these 50 states...wha happened???

Are we truly all so blind and stupid to let go of all this hate....has been been enough blood spilt on this country already...

"Was not this counrty founded on the premise of ..."We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..."

But here is where are we now over 230 years later...

....fighting an "occupation" and murdering and wounding of church parishoners,..... killing innocent Amish children,

Shame on all of us...we are all not the same...and if we were there would be no use for politicians......

DC..."this town needs an enema".
...."The Joker"

Posted by: AlexP1 | July 31, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Yar - couldn't have put it better myself. I'll still vote for him because he's a hell of a lot better than McSnoresalot, but this, plus FISA, plus his penchant for victory laps before there's been a victory have me suspending my active support. If he shapes up I'll go back into the trenches for him, but I can't convince anyone until I'm convinced myself.

Obama's human. He's imperfect - good, but imperfect. That should inspire a certain humility in him that seems to be lacking. The gods have ways of creating humility in those who lack it - ways that take the innocent along with the guilty. We've already suffered through eight years of hubris. If Obama's serious about change, that's as good a place to start as any.

Posted by: treetopflyer | July 31, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Quote: "We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!"

Hey, don't confuse all those bigots and supremacists with facts! They'd much rather wear blinders have a continuation of the policies of the dumbest and most dishonest president in U.S. history.

Posted by: Common Sense | July 31, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Promises,promises: Here's why the ads with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton are relevant: Like Obama they are media creations and hyped "stars" with no experience or depth or real accomplishments or achievements who acieved fame without doing anything to benefit humanity.

Posted by: Chrissy | July 31, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Rise Against the Obama political machine, the biased Leviathan media, and his brain-washed lemmings.

Rage Against Obama's Machine.

We're sick and tired of the lies. See past the fog. Rise Against.

Posted by: Rise Against | July 31, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that McCain can point to his age over and over again, but Obama can't point to his race? Is McCain playing the age card when he says he's older than dirt? Was McCain playing the age card when he pretended to fall asleep on Jay Leno? Why is McCain held to such a lower standard than Obama?

Posted by: jc | July 31, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

21st century American racism is so subtle that those who make racist comments don't always know it. I doubt that McCain is racist himself, but the whole focus of his campaign is that Obama is not qualified. That's an arbitrary response many whites use to deny people of color opportunity. The qualifications for president are actually pretty low, and McCain is the only candidate whose qualifications can be questioned.

Subtle racism is even more insidious and the Republicans use it all the time. For McCain to suggest Obama played the race card is absurd. He clearly has a rudderless and desperate campaign that even Republicans are not inspired by. The background of these candidates clearly shows which one has been on the wrong side of the race issue.

Posted by: Dean N | July 31, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

During the primary season, no matter what Clinton or her supporters said, the Obama campaign and a very friendly MSM were quick to cry "racism."

Obama is using the same tactic now.

He charged racism without any quotes at all - he just accused the McCain campaign for what he thinks they will do in the future.

Obama is a slick Chicago pol, and David Axelrod is a slick Chicago consultant.

They are the ones playing hardball.

McCain's Celeb ad doesn't disturb me at all. In essence, it's true. Obama has become a world-famous rock star, but he may not be ready to lead.

Don't get me wrong. I prefer Obama to McCain, but I'm under no illusions, unlike his primary supporters who look on him as the Second Coming.

Posted by: myskylark | July 31, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain and the mob-

http://www.girlinshortshorts.blogspot.com/2008/02/john-mccain-and-mob.html

Part of the reason Reagan had an easy re-election in '84 was that Ferraro, who has serious mob ties, wasn't properly vetted.

Looks like John has got some explaining to do. His wife's family is compromised.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Quote: "We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!"

Hey, don't confuse all those bigots and supremacists with facts! They'd much rather wear blinders have a continuation of the policies of the dumbest and most dishonest president in U.S. history.

Posted by: Common Sense | July 31, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

My boy was Obama, but then I woke up.

Hope you do too.

And I used to be like you. But here's a thing. When the election is over, and trust me, Obama's gonna lose. Your life is still going to suck, you're still going to be a loser, but they'll always be another demagogue to follow. Believe me, there's always another one. And there's always nuts like you who are tired of their vanilla suburban lives looking for some kind of novelty. Here's a tip for you, why dont you go out and actually do something to improve yourself instead of sitting here calling people names. Absolutely pathetic. Later dude.

Posted by: Former Obama worker | July 31, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

ivote2: you fell for it. Clinton tells folks to dismiss the South Carolina results because even Jesse Jackson won South Carolina, and then not only denies that that's playing the race card, but claims that Obama was playing the race card by calling Clinton for doing it. think.

Posted by: JoeT | July 31, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

This readers' comments section is a sad commentary on the state of America and the bitterness of its citizens. Truly, if this is the pulse of the people, America has far more serious issues than high gas prices and dwindling wages. I think about what my grandfathers fought for in Normandy, and sure isn't this.

Posted by: just sad | July 31, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

"Meanwhile, the neocons get McCain to stupidly justify his "expert" version of whatever US Foreign Policy Lieberman whispers into his ear on grounds that "it's good for Israel." So, we must shed American blood and treasure in the Middle East; why? "Because it's good for Israel." This triangulation: (a) slander Obama as a secret "Islamofascist," (b) support McCain because he's willing to continue spilling blood and treasure in the Middle East because, McCain sais, "whatever is good for Israel is good for America," and (c) injure all Jews who dare to question this ideology by calling them "self hating Jews" and slander goyim who oppose it as "anti-Semites" while claiming to speak for all Jews and forming an alliance with weirdos "Christian Zionists" like End of Times Rev. Hagee......this kind of Leninist "polarization," the neocons think will bring them power, wealth and recognition by Israel, the nation of "mesh-hood," as "mensch.""


http://www.forward.com/articles/13836/

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

John McCain said repeatedly that his campaign would be focused on the issues and that he would avoid the tactics that Rove used against him (McCain) in 2000.

Well?

What does Paris Hilton or Brittany Spears have to do with the issues? What about the debunked smear regarding the hospital visit in Germany? Now he says Obama is playing the race card. What happened to your PROMISE John McCain!?

Posted by: Promises Promises | July 31, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Is this really what you McCain supporters want? This much division? This much recrimination between Americans? Finger pointing? Scorn? Just who is putting their campaign before the best interests of the country? Just like Viet Nam, ask yourselves, are you destroying the village in order to save it? America needs to be united and strong, but how can it be when the terms of victory for too many Republicans are how the rest of us are traitors, appeasers, tree huggers, whatever? How much legitimacy should I accord a government that comes to power demonising me and, at minimum, a strong plurality of my fellow citizens? This has been the pattern of politicking for too long, and too many who have a vested interest in the horse race don't care, or even think this is an appropriate way to campaign.

I beg you to ask yourselves whether this sort of sleaze benefits anyone in the long run. I would submit that it does not, and, at least this time, is one of the big reasons I've been supporting Obama from the beginning: because he begins from a place of mutual respect with his opponents. He has not insulted McCain. He has not questioned McCain's patriotism. He's scored a few zingers in the course of politics as usual, but he has exhibited nothing like McCain's ugly contempt for his opponent.

Every day, the choice becomes more stark for the United States: do we allow ourselves to become a house divided (in the words of a great REPUBLICAN President) with all that that entails? Or do we come together as Americans and work out real solutions to our very real problems? The choice is ours this November. I ask only this: vote for the best person for the job.

Posted by: A REAL Patriot | July 31, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

This way-too-old warmonger is a petty little piece of lifeform. May the United States of Arrogance refrain from making the same mistake it made in the previous two presidential elections. I have no love for bo, but I don't want a "w"/DICKY man in the White House. WAKE UP USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TFL, Ken

Posted by: Ken | July 31, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

This is the same McCain who called out GWBush for smearing him as, among other things, the father of a black child by a black prostitute in SC in 2000? He knows better than anyone that Obama is right--- race-baiting is standard procedure in GOP election strategy.

Posted by: dmw | July 31, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Supposed 'Former Obama Worker'

You are SO dumb. Just because Republicans don't have a bs meter doesn't mean the rest of us done.

Stupid, stupid, little man. McCain is like you, I guess... Do what you gotta do- but your boy's going down.

And probably on you...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

A word to the wise-

Long postings are read by virtually nobody

Posted by: FYI | July 31, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Exactly, look below at so-called "former McCain worker." Those at the Obama camp are rich latte liberals who have nothing better to do. Watch for these folks.

As I said before, most of the comments are by the same person.

Posted by: Former Obama worker | July 31, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Boy,I am loving it American going at e other.The like of David shuster.It is going to be a civil war,Acan style.Heee heee.....

Posted by: mink/celes | July 31, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Woodstock:

I'm still here (so are the fake JakeDs ; )

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Why won't Obama the fraud produce a valid birth certificate and evidence he signed up for the selective service? Who is this flake anyway? What a joke.

Posted by: Sue | July 31, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

This flap and the "East Africa" thing I brought up earlier (Gulf War I), got me thinking - the problem with good causes is it attracts people who think that just because they support a good cause it means they don't have to make a good argument. Far from joining to support the cause, they join it so it can support them - provide meaning they've been missing from their lives. They expect to be carried along on the tide of their cause's rightness, thus weighing it down with their own moral and intellectual laziness.

People who know their cause is evil, on the other hand, have to work like the very devil to come up with a convincing argument. Maybe that's why the devil wins so often, is because he ends up working harder, albeit for evil ends.

Posted by: treetopflyer | July 31, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm proud to be black = okay statement.

I'm proud to be Latino = you must be an illegal immigrant.

I'm to be Asian = go back to Asia.

I'm proud to be White = you are a white supremacist.

I think there's a problem with race relations in America.

Posted by: Woodstock | July 31, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I used to work for John McCain. He made rape jokes and called me a c$nt.
I quit then.


Posted by: Former McCain worker | July 31, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I think that many of McCain's positions that are credited with principles are in fact positions that came about because of his very limited intelligence! The man does not know anything about the Economy, where Iraq, Iran, Pakistan or Afghanistan are in relation to each other, the different between the Shiites and Sunnis or anything else. What is Amazing is how anyone can be an Senator for so many years and know so little, about so much!

McCain is too Stupid to be an Senator, too Stupid to be President and too Treasonous to be an American! My Friends.

McCain's Hispanic Outreach person Juan Hernandez was a Cabinet member in Mexico's Vicente Fox's government and VP of the racist hate organization La Raza & is openly for Reconquest of the American Southwest!.

Some of his comments.

"We have recognized that the Mexican population is 100 million in Mexico and 23 million who live in the United States...We are a united nation."

Mexican immigrants "are going to keep one foot in Mexico and are not going to assimilate."

Mexico's total economic policy is to send their Criminals and Uneducated peons to the US for Tax payers to support as they cost tax payers Billion sucking at the trough of public Welfare & for their Medical, while Killing, Robbing and Raping Americans citizens by the 10,s of thousands, for Businesses to Exploit and Profits from, and Corrupt/Pandering Politicians to Pander and Cuddle for Latino votes, while ignoring our Constitution against Invasion, the Rule of Law & their Oath of Office!

Apparently McCain agrees with his adviser about the Reconquest of the Southwest and the Colonization of American by the invading horde, or he would get another adviser! McCain is an ex-hero and now American traitor like Benedict Arnold and should be attested, tried for treason, gave a fast but fair trial then an public execution on National TV!

Posted by: sadbut true | July 31, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse


sadbuttrue"

You said it all, but unfortunately Obama will still have support due to racism, many young people who see him as hip and cool, and lots of females who like his looks and charisma. In other words the support of lightweights.

Posted by: Billw | July 31, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I used to work for the Obama campaign.

I sat in a room for about 8 hours of the day and went to sites like WaPO and came out with countless fake aliases either pretending to be someone from the GOP or I was a random person (e.g. Mike from wherever, Ohio voter, Annie and then some number).

We did this to give the illusion that people had certain views and/or to give momentum to the campaign. I can guarantee that well over half of these comments are fake. They are made by people like myself who worked/used to work for the Obama campaign. Some of them will start off like, I used to be a Republican, but now, etc. Or they will be flat-out attacks. They may seem like multiple people, but they are just one.

Posted by: Former Obama worker | July 31, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

The Mccain camp is trying to play down the popularity of Obama. There trying to attack him of being a celebrity because the convention is comming up and once again Obama is going to upstage Mccain at the Democratic convention. Mccain will not be able to top Obama's message or the screaming supporters, therefore, the Mccain camp thought is was a good idea to call Obama a celebrity. The fact is were supporters of Obama's and we support him because of what he stands for and the vision he has for the future. I'll advise Mccain to find a vision and a message to compete instead of attacking Obama with false charges and stupid attaks.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

There is something very disturbing about an arrogant, inexperienced, ultra high tax, redistribution of income, one world UN favored, pro union, liberal Socialist, weak on defense, black liberation, racist church going, Marxist fraud, deceitful political hack having a chance of being President of the US that has an angry equally racist bitter wife. Very unlikable!

Posted by: Change This | July 31, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a manufactured candidate bought and paid for by George Soros and MoveOn.org. He has been propped up by the Democratic bigwigs, and is being sold by the biased MSM. Obama is a racist fraud. He comes from the cesspool of dirty politics in CHicago known as the Illinois Combine. His wife had her hands in the cookie jar as well working for Mayor Daley. The Obama bullies cannot handle this truth......Obama is a phony!

Posted by: Dawn | July 31, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

and he said "and he's black", that was how he finished the sentence in the article

it is not the first time the Obama campaign has raised the race issue and used it to manipulate news reporting of him, it's an advantage when he needs it otherwise he acts white to get the whites, and black when he needs the blacks

people he is just a MAN, just like McCain but with the secretiveness of Bush

so bla bla bla bla bla

whats new? Nothing

two very grumpy men over reacting to everything the other one says, sounds like two boys in a sand box - WHERE IS THE CHANGE?

Posted by: lucci8 | July 31, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

"Looks like every time The Great Messiah Obama has a tough week, he pulls the race card. I had hope that he was above it, but if this clown gets elected, it'll be 4 years of Sesame Street lectures on race relations - I can hardly wait."

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Actually, it was McCain's camp who brought up the race card. There was nothing about race on Obama's speech--I believe what we was talking about was the right demonizing the left (e.g. the old "liberals are socialists who want to turn you gay, make have an abortion, make you renouce god, etc...)

Posted by: jlm062002 | July 31, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is not a hero, he is a gigolo, adulterer.
www.nolanchart.com/article2957.html

You orchestrated his plane crash as prisoner of war. He is no hero, he is thug and liar.
Everyone except him disclose his military record and he still would not make it public. No wonder what will happen if that comes out!!!
If you watch him closely, he's got a split tongue and if you come near, he will suck the life out of you.

Why does it come to "The Democrate & The Republicans" Don't you guys have any common sense. The stupid and narrow minded Americans who voted for the Texan baboon in 2000 still do not see anything wrong with the baboon's regime and neither with McBush's policies either. What a shame? What a waste of your lives.

The baboon's soldier's can never think straight and will never be able to differentiate between right and wrong. Lazy life has given them the freedom to go for their monkey leader.

Ever thought of spending rest of your lives in Gitmo, being tamed by the lewd soldiers. Think about it, atleast worth a thought than living like a pig here!!!

Posted by: Jeet | July 31, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

The Old Maverick is a HERO!!!I don't care if his current wife looks like a botoxed Paris Hilton and has even more money. All American Presidents should be fighter jocks like our War President because driving around in an airplane (more or less successfully) is the ultimate qualification for higher office. The last thing we need right now is a "risky" president that is a gut player, if you know what I mean.

Posted by: branfo4 | July 31, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

2000 John McCain = Maverick
2008 John McCain = Hack
2009 John McCain = Senator of Arizona and still a hack.

Posted by: JakeD's shadow | July 31, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama consistently played the race card in his campaign against Hillary. While neither Clinton nor McCain have said anything about Obama's race, he has been using similar lines on the stump since January, falsely accusing his opponents of trying to "scare" voters by pointing out that he is black. Wake up, Obama. It was one of your own supporters, Ludacris, who said that when you get elected "we are going to paint the White House black." It is the arrogance of Obama and his "posse" that is scaring voters and the idea of a President who has been a Senator for less than four years and who was a part-time law professor for the 12 years before that.

Posted by: ivote2 | July 31, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Well, I for one am just so happy that dear little Cindy told everyone how "my husband will not be running a negative campaign, it will be based on facts and issues only".
Note to Cindy: Uh, didn't work dear!

Posted by: Sue F | July 31, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Well, I for one am just so happy that dear little Cindy told everyone how "my husband will not be running a negative campaign, it will be based on facts and issues only".
Note to Cindy: Uh, didn't work dear!

Posted by: Sue F | July 31, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have used race to dodge accountability since they took office.

Recall Claude Allen anybody? He was the pre 9/11 excuse for domestic policy before getting busted pulling a credit card scam at Target.

Recall Condi's performance at NSC in the runup to the war anybody? Memos like "Al Qaeda determined to attack U.S.".

Now Condi covers for the inept State dept who's only agenda is day-to-day fodder for domestic political attacks.

Colin Powell realized he was a pawn and quit.

Shameful really.

Posted by: Heerman532 | July 31, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama clearly warned his audience that the McCain camp would try to scare voters that he is a black man, a dangerous one.

There is no other way to slice it, too bad the Obama camp is trying to explain it meant something else, that is a lie.

As, for the truth of it... we can all imagine McCain himself, never going there, we can imagine his first and second tier people not going there, but we can imagine his third tier people taking on that task (Hardcore RNC-ers, Limbaugh-Hannity etc...)

Time well tell... but obama should not say stuff like this unless he's willing to own up to it.

and I am one who will vote for Obama, "Just can't hang with McCain." no matter what.

But, here Obama has tripped over himself and let McCain dunk one on him.

Posted by: Yar | July 31, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse


I love the way people like "ConcernedCitizenX" so selectively choose who Obama was so influenced by in his life, as if you really know the first thing about Obama and the people he has been around in his life. You act like the only person he ever knew was Rev. Wright.

And this stupid Marxist argument is so incredibly stupid and uncreative. The Berlin Wall fell in 1989, you bozo!!!

Posted by: Mike in CA | July 31, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Came wrote:

Barak is not black. He's the color of dung.

McCain is not white, but some pasty color.

Race should be irrelevant in this election, but the media has made it one. And the media and Obama are like buds. Stupid Americans are buying into this horse doodoo.

Rofl. Thats comedy. Sweet.

Posted by: Woodstock | July 31, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Well, if he has, he didn't initiate it. Hillary's camp has referred to it often enough, as have many conservative pundits. Black leaders, themselves, have injected the race card, for and against him. We Americans still have many, many conscious, much less sub-conscious issues with race. Why doesn't McCain con sider a black Republican as a counter to the issue? Condi would be a good choice. Let us not let an opportunity to get all of this by us pass. McCain might attract more of the disaffected feminist vote with her on the ticket.

Posted by: ChuckB | July 31, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

When has John McCain EVER said anything about Obama's color? Didn't he rail against Republicans in S. Carolina for anti-Obama ads? Didn't he fire a staffer for putting anti-Obama info on the internet? It is Obama who plays the race card...first against Bill Clinton (who as president did more for black people than any other president since LBJ) and now at McCain, who is a war hero and has an adopted daughter of a different race. Enough already. Barack Obama is common and classless and if we as a country need to elect a black person to feel less bigoted then let's have the wisdom to elect someone who is accomplished and dignified (Rice, Powell, Steele,)not this empty, fatuous, fist bumper and his unpatriotic wife.

Posted by: maureen rehg | July 31, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama's Euro Socialist One World Tour was a BUST! Now that the campaign is beginning to feel desperate it is time to play the race card. A weak and feeble move by a weak and utterly deceitful candidate from the Socialist Liberal Party.

Posted by: Change This | July 31, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

The Mccain camp are frustrated and angry for sure. It is very early, and the Mccain camp is showing signs of a melt down. Mccains advisors, Graham, Tucker, Davis, all are very negative and frustrated people. Their tone concerns me. They are definately showing signs of weakness, and a deep fear of Obama. This whole celebrity thing the Mccain camp is trying to use against Obama is so stupid. It only shows that their jealous of the Obama's crowds and popularity and it shows that it clearly got under their skin. Mccain and his camp need to stick to the issues and get a real plan and message because right now Obama is looking like the candidate with experience.

Posted by: Drew | July 31, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Heard an NPR sound bite this a.m. of Obama campaigning: "They're gonna tell you I don't look like all those other guys on the dollar bills who were President."

What could he possibly have meant? That he has negroid rather than caucasian features?

Which McCain operative has ever said Obama doesn't "look" Presidential/white?
Or has Obama made this up? And if so, why? Race card??? Naaahhhhhhhh!

Posted by: Mark Tillman | July 31, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

John McCain will make great president.

He was a Navy pilot and he crashed but 5 planes and only twice did the Navy find him to be the cause. And of the last six men in his class, he was the best. He was able to memorize the names of his fellow prisoners of war, more than 100 names.

And I am proud to say that none of the men below McCain at the Academy, none of them were of the negro race.

Vote for McCain. He is the only candidate for president who wears a Navy cap.

Posted by: billw | July 31, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

its high time race was made an issue of this campaign

Posted by: Jerry S Jr | July 31, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

GOP REPUBLICAN MCBUSH TAX BREAK FOR THE SUPER RICH
Let's call this trillion-dollar giveaway what it is - the Paris Hilton Tax Break. It's about giving billions of dollars to billionaire heirs and heiresses at a time when American taxpayers just can't afford it.

The Republicans have brought out the Paris Hilton Tax Break in June because they're eager to make it an election issue in November.

And I think that's fine. In fact, I'm eager for the American people to choose. Because if people want their government to spend one trillion dollars - an amount more than double what we've spent on Iraq, Afghanistan, and the War on Terror combined - on tax breaks for multimillionaires and multibillionaires, than the GOP Republican Get Rich Quick By Selling America and Robbing the US Treasury is your party.

If the American people want to borrow billions more from the Chinese, spend billions more in taxes to pay the interest on our debt, and watch billions cut from health care and education and Gulf Coast Reconstruction, then the Paris Hilton Tax Break is your tax break

Barack Obama takes the high road, while McCain swims in the sewer.

Growing Foreign Stake in U.S. Banks and outrageous oil prices compromise our national security

GOP Republican Wall Street Speculators Selling America To High Bidding Foreign Governments and Billionaires Compromises Our National Security

The nation's biggest financial firms, battered by huge losses in their mortgage businesses, are relying on an enigmatic source for cash: foreign governments in the Middle East and Asia.

Citigroup sold a 7.8 percent stake in the company worth $14.5 billion to a group of investors, including the government of Singapore and Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, as it revealed a colossal $10 billion loss. Merrill Lynch reported a massive loss, said that it sold a special class of stock worth $6.6 billion to funds managed by South Korea and Kuwait.

U.S. Banks have sought help from foreign government investment pools, known as sovereign wealth funds.

The worsening credit crunch in the United States has left domestic financial institutions with little choice but to seek help from foreign governments that have been enriched by the surge in the price of oil and the trade gap between the United States and Asia.

Once satisfied with holding safe bonds such as U.S. Treasurys, these countries now are stockpiling some of the largest investment funds in history and are looking for bargains in the ailing U.S. financial sector. Sovereign wealth funds have invested more than $40 billion in Wall Street's biggest names, including UBS, Morgan Stanley and Bear Stearns.

The rapid rise of these funds represents a fundamental shift in financial power away from the United States. And their growing clout is causing concern on Capitol Hill.

"As investments by sovereign wealth funds in American companies increase and the specter of control and undue influence by government entities looms. "We should be keeping a watchful eye on these investments as they increase in size and scope."

A major issue for lawmakers is the transparency of these funds. Some, like Norway's, which has $350 billion, are upfront about their activities. Others, such as the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority's $875 billion fund, which is the World's largest, are more secretive.

Sovereign wealth funds recently have preferred to make passive investments that do not allow them to have any say in management decisions.

They don't want to worry the markets. "But you have to ask the question: 'What do they really want?' And that's the mystery behind these funds, we don't know who runs them."

Lawmakers reacted strongly against a Dubai firm that wanted to buy U.S. seaports in 2006 and a state-run Chinese firm that tried to take over a U.S. oil company in 2005. But since those incidents, sovereign wealth fund managers have become more savvy in their dealings with Congress by hiring lobbyists and by keeping their stakes low enough that they don't trigger reviews by regulators.

Little furor erupted last summer when Dubai paid $825 million for U.S. clothing retailer Barneys New York in June and followed with a 19.9 percent stake in the Nasdaq Stock Market.

The greater concern is the economic weakness that has eroded the power of the U.S. banking system.

GOP Republican on the Senate Banking Committee, has asked the Government Accountability Office to study the emergence of sovereign funds. GOP Republican recognizes the important role that foreign direct investment plays in the U.S. economy, and he welcomes such investment though it compromises our national security.

About two dozen countries have established sovereign wealth funds, including Libya, Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Australia. While precise data about these funds are difficult to obtain, GOP Republican Wall Street analysts agree that their value Worldwide has reached $2 trillion and is likely to grow at least fivefold by 2012.

Notable funds include Norway's, which is viewed as a model of transparency and governance. Its managers have been actively advising several nations, including East Timor, Bolivia, Nigeria and Russia, which are starting funds. The Kuwait Investment Authority, a longtime investor in Chrysler, and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority are also respected for their acumen and size.

China's source of money is its trade surplus with the United States and other countries. In the past, China poured much of its surplus of $1.3 trillion into U.S. Treasurys. Now it is seeking higher returns and a more diversified investment strategy. On Sept. 29, it took $200 billion from its surplus and launched a sovereign wealth fund. One of the fund's first moves was to invest $3 billion into one of GOP Republican Wall Street's biggest names, private-equity giant Blackstone.

Sovereign funds' activity has demonstrated that they are primarily focused on maximizing profit by any means. They are not investing in the United States as "a goodwill gesture, but they are not doing it as foreign policy either -- they are doing it to make obscene quantity of money at the American taxpayer (U.S. Treasury) expense."

What Are the Consequences of a Government Bailout?

Paying for GOP Republican Wall Street Losses:
A bailout would potentially put taxpayers on the hook for billions to offset Fannie's and Freddie's losses.

National Debt
It would most likely make it more expensive for the United States government to borrow money in the future, since the government's potential obligations, which currently stand at $9 trillion, would rise by an additional $5 trillion.

Investors Suffer
Shares of Fannie and Freddie would probably be worth little or nothing.

Posted by: GOP Republican Get Rich Quick By Selling America and Robbing the Treasury Party | July 31, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Lost my vote! McCain's descent into the sewer has been astounding to watch. Whatever respect he may have earned earlier in his life deserves to lost. I find the old, grumpy, arrogant, angry act hard to stomach but what I find most disturbing is his outright dishonesty.(http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/personalities/john-mccain/) .

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

He has been playing the race card since day one because he knows the supplicants in the press won't call him on it. The press is so petrified of the race card they have tossed out what little integrity they ever had. Ever since the US MSM ducked under the bed for the Danish Mohamed cartoons controversy and abandoned their fellow journalist who faced the worst kind of attack on freedom of the press in the last century, it has been quite obvious there is no such thing any more as an intrepid journalist. They are all cowards and none have the nads to take on Obama.

Posted by: Tom | July 31, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

As everyone but politicians & the Media knows, Action talks, Bull Sh-t walks! Barrack sit at the feet of his friend and Mentor for 20 years, supported him with his money, his family, subjected his children to his hate filled rants and listened to hate whites, Jews, American, hate everyone with the exception of Blacks and Muslims!

All the pundits, talking heads, Liberal arguments and warm tingling feeling below their waist or speeches wrote by speech writers and read by Barrack cannot change the facts.

Barrack & his wife are American hating, Black Power Racist proven by 20 years of attendance & support in the Church of Hate and backed up by Barracks words in Dreams of my Father!

Now, he says it was repugnant to him and he does not endorse it or agree! It is 20 years too late for anyone with an brain to accept. Either Barrack is lying or he has an serious mental problem! No one in their right mind would sit in an church like that for 20 years and support it every way possible, unless they agreed with the message or they were crazy!

Just imagine, if an White Republican politician had sit at the feet of his Friend and Mentor in an Baptist Church for 20 years and listened to him preach, rant and spew out racist hate bile against everyone and everything except Whites and Baptists.

Oh, The Outrage, the Moral Condemnation, The Media, Blacks leaders & all the Black Rev's crawling out of every cracker jack box, the Liberals and Democrats would be squealing like pigs caught under the gate! The squealing would be heard around the world and seriously threaten the collective hearing of the Nation! Republican politicians chiming in loudly to prove how politically correct they are.

Every one of the known and unknown in the universe would be calling for his head, no punishment would be enough, resigning from office would not be enough, the poor follow would have to change his name, travel incognito, flee the country with his family! The IRS and FBI would be investigating the church, the church closed and all its members disbanded and scattered to the four winds!

What does Barrack, the Magnificent (May Peace be upon Him) have to do? Why just make an nice little speech blaming it all on his little old white grandmother, just throw her under the bus of his racist prejudice and if that is not enough, just whites in general!

But Wait, that speech was for the Rev. Wright and his hate rants, Not why Barrack the Chosen one, the scion of the goat lover, the deserted son of the typical black father, the one that has came to lead American and the world to the promise land. Barrack the deaf one sit in the church for 20 years and listened to his Friend and Mentor spew out hate Rants. That He, the Super Ego, found repugnant and disgusting but with just one little speech and never answer why the Magnificent One and his wife (may Peace be upon them) has so much hate or poor judgment and all is right and forgiven in Barrack land!

If nothing else this campaign has Exposed the racism of Blacks and the total Blinding, Unbelievable Hypocrisy, the like of any Balance or Morals that the Liberals, Democrats, and Media have! They have been exposed as Lying, Deceitful, Bigoted Hypocrites, Unable or Unwilling to face or to tell the truth!

Posted by: sadbuttrue | July 31, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse


mjo757
"If you are gonna bring up Wright then you might as well bring up John Hagee"

But was he anti-Anerican?

Posted by: Billw | July 31, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama can't talk about any past accomplishments or achievements. Obama can't talk about how he improved the lives of his constituents in Chicago. Obama can't talk about how improved the healthcare, poverty rates, crime, education system of his Chicago district.

So since he can't talk about anything positive he's done, he just has to make stuff up about what he imagines in his mind.

Posted by: Chrissy | July 31, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Actually, McCain got the pass on Keating because he was a senator, and the senate did the investigation, and also because his wife's dad has deep mafia ties to Kemper Marley, Gus Greenbaum, and Meyer Lansky.

How else do you think they got mixed up in the liquor, and other, rackets?

Wild, wild west baby!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Message to McCain campaign: Don't focus on issues cuz its rhetoric and emotion that WINS ELECTIONS.

John McCain... our next president and man for the ages!

Posted by: Friendly Advice | July 31, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

When are the journalists/commentators going to realize that the public IS NOT INTERESTED in this garbage. Come on do your jobs and report the issues so we can make informed decisions and stop playing these childish games.

We are fed up with this nonsense and are holding each and everyone of you accountable !

There will be heroes and villains in the media when this campaign is over. Each of you should reflect on your obligation to provide information to the American people and then... Determine where you stand.

Posted by: nerakami | July 31, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

It appears that Mr. Obama brings out the worst in people. He is an insult to MLK, Jesse Jackson, Civil Rights, and yes, will set back race relations for a very long time. He actually believes he is the chosen one......HOW???? scarry is that??.....

Write In Hillary Clinton 2008

Posted by: librairie | July 31, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Barak is not black. He's the color of dung.

McCain is not white, but some pasty color.

Race should be irrelevant in this election, but the media has made it one. And the media and Obama are like buds. Stupid Americans are buying into this horse doodoo.

Posted by: Came | July 31, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama's comments can't be viewed as anything but divisive. He suggests that American voters may not vote for him because he has a funny name or looks different than past presidents. He then mixes his arguably questionable patriotism and the risks of his unqualified, inexperienced candidacy into that stew of narrow-mindedness as if it's all the same thing. The conclusion is that, if you don't believe in him, if you don't think he's got the chops to be president, it's just the same thing as having issues with his ethnic identity.

It is simply not the same thing. Obama is asking Americans to take a huge risk in voting for him. He has acheived little more in his life than an untempered and passionate ability to talk and write about himself. His ideology on most issues appears to be unfocused and ever-changing. His experience and accomplishments are non-existent. His integrity is questionable. His hubris is astonishing. His willingness to use his racial background as an advantage - or a scapegoat - as it suits the rhetoric is deplorable.

It disgusts me to to think that amongst the millions of intelligent, rational, accomplished, dignified black people in America, this pompous ass is the one destined to go down in the history books as the first serious black candidate for presidency. If he actually acheives the office, he'll set racial relations - and black political accomplishments back by decades.

Posted by: Lynn | July 31, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"The McCain ad used two white women to personify celebrity. They could have used Tom Cruise or George Clooney, but no, they juxtaposed a black man with two white women."

Or they could have used black celebrities such as Whitney Houston, in which case you would have said they were appealing to the stereotypes of blacks as self-destructive coke-bingers. Again, this is the same no-win game of accusation played by the Rovians. It's as stupid and unnecessary as the claim during the first Gulf War that Iraq was East Africa - a bogus argument weighing down a legitimate protest or movement.

Posted by: treetopflyer | July 31, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

In point of fact, for the duration of his political career, Obama has been acutely aware of the value of using race to polarize politics. Although his supporters (including media supporters) keep trying to exclude discussion of Obama's background at Trinity United Church of Christ, it important to understand how the political use of race dates at least as far back as Obama's choice to join Rev. Wright's Trinity UCC.

In choosing Trinity, Obama made a choice to align with a church that epitomizes the emphasis of race in all social enterprises, including politics. He did so in order to get the support of an African-American community that had nothing to do with his own background (remember, Obama does not count any African-Americans in his own heritage). The only thing Barack Obama had in common with other members of Trinity was the color of his skin. Even at the beginning, Barack Obama was playing the "race card" for his own gain.

Barack needed Trinity to provide him with the community base he lacked from which to launch his career in politics. In joining Trinity, Barack aligned himself with Rev. Jeremiah Wright as his mentor. Far from the "out-of-context" interpretation that people who try to minimize the Wright connection espouse, Rev. Wright has from the beginning of his career as a preacher consistently advocated the Black Liberation Theology of James Cone, a so-called theologian who espouses a radical Marxist and racist reinterpretation of Christianity wherein Christ is the archetypal victim identified with the black man fighting against the oppressive other, the white man. This stands in contrast to traditional understandings of Jesus as a self-assured man preaching against hypocrisy and sin IN HIS OWN COMMUNITY. The entire thesis of Cone's "theology" is a racially-based "Us vs. Them" worldview in which he explicitly states that logic should be thrown out of the discussion because logic is based on the worldview of the oppressor. So a context is created in which it is impossible to argue. Over and over Rev. Wright has explicitly stated that James Cone is the basis of his preaching and over and over James Cone has pointed to Trinity as the prime example of his belief system in action. It is useless to say that Wright was an isolated figure in this drama, since Cone has stated he expects the Rev. Moss to continue in the same vein (and Rev. Moss has shown that he is consistent with this wordview).

It is important to understand all of this because it is important to note that Barack Obama cut his political teeth on the politicization of race and the use of the "race card" in every possible arena. It is, in fact, one of the things he knows best. It is useless for his people to argue that he does not mean to imply a racialist interpretation when he makes comments about the look of the presidents on our currency. It is, in fact, the only rational conclusion and the one that is most consistent with the worldview that formed the foundation of his political career. Of course, Barack cannot use the overt statements of Wright and Cone, as these will alienate large numbers of Americans. So he uses a subtler tactic designed to push all of the right buttons without the rabid foment of his mentor.

It is important for the electorate to understand that Barack Obama is neither innocent nor naïve in the use of race for political ends. It is, in fact, one of the specialties of his operation. It is done with skill through innuendo and reference in such a way as to set up any critic for charges of being racist themselves. This is all part of the strategy. Obama's strategem exploits the fear of being labeled a racist to turn the listener to his cause. The wedding of Marxism and racism that took place in Cone's work and Rev. Wright's preaching has refined this tactic to its present insidious form in Obama's campaign. The strategy of making critics into outsiders and throwing logic out of the picture has long been used by Marxist revolutionaries. By adding race into the mix, Wright, Cone, and now Obama believe they have devised a silver bullet for their opponents.

But we must understand carefully that this strategy for power is based not on the healing of racial divides but on the exploitation and exacerbation of racial fears and hatreds for personal and political gain. This is wrong and, some might say, downright evil.

America needs to make a choice for her next leader. In that choice, we must be wary of those like Barack Obama use society's ills for their own betterment. It is not in his interest that we "all get along". Rather, like Wright and Cone before him, Obama believes in the age-old adage "divide and conquer". Unfortunately in this case, it is America that he wants to divide. This must not be allowed.

Posted by: ConcernedCitizenX | July 31, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Ceee wrote:
The McCain ad used two white women to personify celebrity. They could have used Tom Cruise or George Clooney, but no, they juxtaposed a black man with two white women. These sophisticated ad manipulators were trying to stir up a racial brew. It was the 2008 version of the Harold Ford attack ad. McCain has lost all credibility in my view. He has become a bottom feeder.

THANK YOU!!!!! Finally someone said it. Why the MSM is not mentioning this angle is beyond me as it is so obvious.

Posted by: Mike in CA | July 31, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Yes Obama, this is the best they can come up with. They are fighting for their lives. And no its not worthy of the American people.

"Given the seriousness of the issues, you'd think we could have a serious debate," Obama said. "But so far, all we've been hearing about is Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. I mean, I do have to ask my opponent, is that the best you can come up with? Is that really what this election is about? Is that what is worthy of the American people?"

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/07/obama-asks-mcca.html

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

McCain's camp is way too out of touch.

Posted by: jlm062002 | July 31, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

A wise man once said " I have a dream that my four little children will live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character". That is why I am voting for John McCain. His character is beyond question. My Mom also told me that you are known by the company that you keep. Looking at the company that Mr. Obama has kept over the last 20 years I believe that she was correct. I don't dislike Mr. Obama, but I question his judgement. It is also appearant by his statements that he believes in a one world government and socialism. These ideas are not for me. I prefer that the office of President be held by one party and that at least one house of the legislative branch be held by the other party. It looks like the Democrats are going to secure a big majority in both houses of the legislature, so I want a Republican in the White House. Our system works best when we have that kind of balance.

Posted by: G Macquire | July 31, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Looks like every time The Great Messiah Obama has a tough week, he pulls the race card. I had hope that he was above it, but if this clown gets elected, it'll be 4 years of Sesame Street lectures on race relations - I can hardly wait.

Posted by: muskrat | July 31, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

What do you call a black man with a Harvard Law degree?


A ni%%er?


Nope. President of the United States.


Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone seen McCain's new Brittany / Paris ad? Talk about race card!!!
McCain's "civil" campaign is getting a little old. Obama can't sit there and take it like Kerry did. It is sad that the Dems have to lower themselves to the repubs level, but it has been proven that they will lose to even a much inferior candidate if they do not.

That being the case, have you heard that McCain fathered an illegitimate black child?

I also hear he was the real culprit in the Keating 5 S&L scandal. He got a free pass because his daddy was a big shot.

Posted by: McShame | July 31, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Magoo has no shot at winning this election. Republicans has spent eight years letting bin Laden run away, creating the largest debt while stealing the silver from the cabinets, they are going to prison, slaughter chillen in a defenseless oil reserve for the glory of god and Halliburton. They torture, they kill and they run around the flag talkin bout law and order. They need to be neutered and their 72-year-old racist slug murdering Iraqis to better their lives needs to go sleep on a park bench with snot running down his Republican nostails.

Posted by: bob II | July 31, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

The race card? Are people even serious. As if it is some kind of weapon in Obama's arsenal for him to play up that he is black. The facts are pretty obvious: There have been exactly zero black U.S. presidents; 76 percent of Americans are white and roughly 12.4 percent are black. Somehow I doubt being black in the U.S. guarantees votes. And since Obama is the first truly viable black presidential candidate in American political history, I think race is an issue that is unavoidable. It would be about time racial issues were seriously and thoughtfully talked about instead of being ignored like all the other WASP presidents have done.

Posted by: Aaron | July 31, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Nader is the American people.

Posted by: ClintonforNader | July 31, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Now I understand why Mccain's campaign is so negative and angry. Today on MSNBC, Andrea Mitchell interviewed Rick Davis of the Mccain campaign and he spoke so angrly d throughout the whole interview. Andrea Mitchell was trying to respond and Rick Davis wouldn't let her get a word in. Then Rick blamed the media for his comments on what Obama eats. Stating that the media writes about it so why is it an issue if they put into the public domain. The question is, why was Obama's eating habits an issue or of importance. Instead Rick blamed the media of reporting on what Obama likes to eat but it was the Mccain campaign spinning it into a negative thing and thats the point Andrea was making. The Mccain campaign is very angry. Mccain is showing allot of anger on the stump, their ads are laughable their so stupid and misleading, and his surrogates are frustrated and shows a lack of showmanship. I don't understand why the Mccain campaign is so angry because Obama is the candidate of change its a limit to what and how he attacks his opponent. Unlike, a Hillary Clinton vs. Mccain. I think the Mccain camp is very frustrated because of Pres. Bush and John Mccain. Pres. Bush the leader of the republican party has made it difficult for all republicans and John Mccain and all of his mistakes, gaffes and inablilty to energize his base. Therefore, the Mccain camp is exercising their frustrations on Obama with silly ads and angry meetings and conversations. The problem is, the Mccain camp is showing how incompedent a Mccain presidency will be due to all of the challenges we face in the 21st century and their already frustrated before the election begins. Is that what we have to look forward to a new, angry Mccain administration?

Posted by: Bill | July 31, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess Obama is just going to have to come right out and say it....He's black and McCain is white.

Posted by: Diane | July 31, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Jerry wrote:
Goodness, how could anyone refer to Obama as a racist. I mean look at his friends. Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farakhan, and then look at his business partners, people who bombed the Pentagon, Tony Rezko, etc. And you still trust him. Stupid is as stupid does.
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Don't forget McCain's buddy/pastor! Sorry I am posting this again. Just can't stand the hypocritical selectiveness of some supporters!
Hagee on African-Americans
The San Antonio Express-News reported that Hagee was going to "meet with black religious leaders privately at an unspecified future date to discuss comments he made in his newsletter about a 'slave sale,' an East Side minister said Wednesday." The Express-News reported:

"Hagee, pastor of the 16,000-member Cornerstone Church, last week had announced a 'slave sale' to raise funds for high school seniors in his church bulletin, 'The Cluster.'

"The item was introduced with the sentence 'Slavery in America is returning to Cornerstone" and ended with "Make plans to come and go home with a slave." [San Antonio Express-News 3/7/96]

Hagee on Catholicism
"Most readers will be shocked by the clear record of history linking Adolf Hitler and the Roman Catholic Church in a conspiracy to exterminate the Jews." [Jerusalem Countdown by John Hagee]

Hagee on Women
"Do you know the difference between a woman with PMS and a snarling Doberman pinscher? The answer is lipstick. Do you know the difference between a terrorist and a woman with PMS? You can negotiate with a terrorist." [God's Profits: Faith, Fraud and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, Sarah Posner]

"[T]he feminist movement today is throwing off authority in rebellion against God's pattern for the family." ["Bible Positions on Political Issues," John Hagee]

Posted by: mjo737 | July 31, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

What have McCain/Repubs been saying... he's risky, you can't trust him, he's too young, he might be muslim, he's not patriotic. HE'S NOT LIKE YOU AMERICA. And what is more American than the old white men stamped on our money. Republicans are exploiting the fear of white americans. That is what Barack was saying and that is what they continue to do with this latest media ploy.

Posted by: Fed up with this election | July 31, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I think that many of McCain's positions that are credited with principles are in fact positions that came about because of his very limited intelligence! The man does not know anything about the Economy, where Iraq, Iran, Pakistan or Afghanistan are in relation to each other, the different between the Shiites and Sunnis or anything else. What is Amazing is how anyone can be an Senator for so many years and know so little, about so much!

McCain is too Stupid to be an Senator, too Stupid to be President and too Treasonous to be an American! My Friends.

McCain's Hispanic Outreach person Juan Hernandez was a Cabinet member in Mexico's Vicente Fox's government and VP of the racist hate organization La Raza & is openly for Reconquest of the American Southwest!.

Some of his comments.

"We have recognized that the Mexican population is 100 million in Mexico and 23 million who live in the United States...We are a united nation."

Mexican immigrants "are going to keep one foot in Mexico and are not going to assimilate."

Mexico's total economic policy is to send their Criminals and Uneducated peons to the US for Tax payers to support as they cost tax payers Billion sucking at the trough of public Welfare & for their Medical, while Killing, Robbing and Raping Americans citizens by the 10,s of thousands, for Businesses to Exploit and Profits from, and Corrupt/Pandering Politicians to Pander and Cuddle for Latino votes, while ignoring our Constitution against Invasion, the Rule of Law & their Oath of Office!

Apparently McCain agrees with his adviser about the Reconquest of the Southwest and the Colonization of American by the invading horde, or he would get another adviser! McCain is an ex-hero and now American traitor like Benedict Arnold and should be attested, tried for treason, gave a fast but fair trial then an public execution on National TV!

Posted by: Black Saint J | July 31, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Imagine if all the Latinos or Asians got together behind one candidate and got the liberal establishment to support them.

Posted by: Prez Dent | July 31, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

As they said in Blazing Saddles:
[Gabby Johnson (on the roof of the church) spots the new sheriff riding into town]
Gabby Johnson: [shouting] The sheriff's a ni%%er.
[the last word is lost in the peal of a church bell]
Harriett Van Johnson: What did he say?
Dr. Sam Johnson: He said the sheriff is near.


Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Even IF you interpret Obama's comments as "playing the race card," he is not alluding to the race issue to gain votes because of his race (those folks are already solidly in his corner). Very few people will vote for Obama out of "guilt" due to his race. He is EXPOSING the "card" to defend himself against the "risk" argument against him that has always included, in part, the implication that he is a black man with a secret agenda (e.g. Rev. Wright, McCain not rejecting the "Muslin" slurs and repeating the false statement that Obama he is the "most liberal" senator, etc. - see some comments before this one). It is Davis /McCain who are improperly playing the race card -- and bringing it up as part of McCain's recent sleazy tactics.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Well that's it... McCain tipped his hand. NEO-CONS are now grasping at straws to save themselves from a fall to oblivion off of the cliffs of reality.

We're voting the criminal Dinasaurs out of government and voting intelligence, ethics, and progress into the Presidency!

Vote Obama in 08'

Posted by: JBE | July 31, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

John McCain's talk about running a clean, respectful campaign is just so much horse-bleep. The Republicans are beginning to get desperate, and that means they will use every trick in the book to try to scare people away from voting for Obama. One of the very best Republican campaign tactics is to accuse the Democrats of doing whatever it is the the Republicans are about to do themselves. Gonna lie about your opponent? First call your opponent a liar. Gonna play the race card? First accuse your opponent of doing it. Gonna use class warfare? First, accuse your opponent of doing the same. Gonna play on the electorate's fears or malign the other candidate's patriotism? Accuse your opponent of fear-mongering or flag-waving. Isn't it about time we wised up to this?

During the last eight years the Republican Party has betrayed its own ideals, and has failed the country in nearly every important area of governmental responsibility. Face it, the GOP is morally and intellectually bankrupt. It takes a spectacular talent for self-delusion to argue that these people deserve another chance to screw up again.

Posted by: Stefan | July 31, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I am so happy that Republican party is holding their convention in St. Paul. I can't wait to get there. When my plane lands, I am going to hook up in the men's restrooms with all the other God fearing Christian non homosexual men and get into some good old fashioned American felching and glory holing. There's going to be hot man on man action in all the men's restrooms in the airports, bars, hotels, etc. Maybe if I get lucky, I'll get to suck Larry Craig's Dick Cheney.

I use a wide stance too, so make sure you tap back and we can get hot together in the airport bathrooms!!

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Preview your Comment


Change is never easy. Neither is giving up on ones prejiducess, but take it easy folks...... some of the individuals on this blog just want it to be a "black aginst white" affair and its suppose to be a "Republican againt Democrat" affair. Please folks lets not go out of our way to be ugly to one another......... Some truths about America's history people don't like to remember and think they don't matter in present day, when its obvious they do(esspecialy according to how some folks on this blog write) and will continue for years; If it didn't matter why would Congress aplogize about slavery and Jim Crow law!?

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Posted by: JakeD's shadow | July 31, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

A LOYAL BLOG READER WRITES:
"Enough with all of the name calling and pointless advertisements. Why can't Americans see through this mess for what it is and focus on issues."


REPLY:
We can't see through this mess because we're too busy earning our monthly pay.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Let's see....a mixed race man plays the "race card"? Oh yeah...a so-called "post racial" candidate (so labelled by the media) plays the "race card"? McCain is so desperate to outdo his father and grandfather, and all those other patriotic McCains, he will say anything put in his mouth by the same handlers that assured Bush his "selection" and "re-selection". While I submit that this years election doesn't have much of a good choice, at least I am looking for honest campaigning. McCain certainly is coming across like a bitter old swabbie. Not only that, he is so comical, that Tim Conway will have little problem playing him in the movie.

Posted by: Kibbitzer | July 31, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I like Obama.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

No offense to Senator Clinton supporters (who should be supporting Senator Obama), but Senator McCain is falling into the same campaign profile she had. No consistent message and reacting to everything Senator Obama and his campaign is doing.

Posted by: CitizenAJ | July 31, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe how many idiots have commented so far on this post. Must be the

Posted by: The Hammer | July 31, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

So if Hillary was the Dem nominee and she spoke to the fact that she is the fisrt woman, would the desparate McCain camp accuse her of sexism?

Someone please tell John McCain to concentrate on his Bucket List if he's unable to find his former integrity?

Posted by: Moderate Voter | July 31, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Typical Obama supporter. Not only does this LOSER make tasteless comments online, he/she does so anonymously. Obama, think you should try to appeal to a more tactful, educated, logical crowd. Your supporters are definitely found wanting. And to the anonymous poster, good luck with your insecurities and leading such an empty, meaningless life. xoxo.

Posted by: Gossip Girl | July 31, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Message to McCain campaign -- start trying to come up with reasons that someone would vote for you.

The independent people don't care about Brittany or Paris. The independent people care about what you offer to solve problems not issues.

Problem number 1: the debt and deficit spending (PAYGO!!!!!) No more VOODOO. Just let everyone in on how you intend to keep our children out of a calamity down the road. Bush 41 did it. The contract with America reinforced it!!!! You voted to extinguish it. Was it a mistake and do you repudiate your vote after you have witnessed the results? Do you think that revenues should equal expenditures? Do you believe in fiscal responsibility?

Problem number 2: THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM (GWOT). Do you really think that Iraq is a place worth throwing down your sword? We don't care about whether surges worked or didn't work. What would you do (and how do you think about it in terms that simple human beings could understand -- maybe something better than kill them all) in setting policy that would prevent more desperate people giving up hope for their future to kill as many human beings as they can (our forces being included)? Can you bring yourself to think that maybe it's not a GWOT but an effort to rid the world of homicidal nuts?

Problem number 3: Health Care. This problem's universal. The age curve has shifted to the right and continues to shift to the right every year. Is it right that someone that's paid their taxes their entire life would have to forfeit their possessions because they couldn't pay hospital or drug bills? What policy do you advocate that would take of those who aren't quite as fortunate as you or I so that those people could go to doctors once or twice a year instead of the emergency room ten or twenty times in the same time-frame? And how would you present a policy to the American people on this problem that presents a person some reassurance that they won't lose the farm just because they got sick?

Dear John McCain campaign -- you have said nothing about your ideas. Get off the vote for me because I'm not him. Tell me how you intend to solve problems!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

The only one injecting race campaign is Obama and his minions. Look at the facts. Obama said the Republicans are going to make an issue of the fact that he doesn't look like the people on dollar bills.
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Obama said that, so we discount all of the previous attempts and attacks to this point from the right? If Obama falsely accused McCain is one thing, but race has been an issue in this race since day one. TN has been doing nothing but Race Baiting and JSM doesn't have anything to say about it.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Schwarzenegger, who is angling for a job in an Obama administration, knows what time it is.

"I would take his call now, I will take his call when he's president"

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D928VREG0&show_article=1

"when he's president"

Get used to it, knuckleheads.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Race card! Dr. King's favored Field Lieutenant, Hosea Williams, taught: Black folks do not see racism as a game, only white racist play race cards.

Posted by: Steve Swimmer | July 31, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

You're not a REAL stud unless you post name, address, bank account number (with pin), social security number and mother's maiden name. Man up, Robert

Posted by: John M Girly Man | July 31, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

As everyone but politicians & the Media knows, Action talks, Bull Sh-t walks! Barrack sit at the feet of his friend and Mentor for 20 years, supported him with his money, his family, subjected his children to his hate filled rants and listened to hate whites, Jews, American, hate everyone with the exception of Blacks and Muslims!

All the pundits, talking heads, Liberal arguments and warm tingling feeling below their waist or speeches wrote by speech writers and read by Barrack cannot change the facts.

Barrack & his wife are American hating, Black Power Racist proven by 20 years of attendance & support in the Church of Hate and backed up by Barracks words in Dreams of my Father!

Now, he says it was repugnant to him and he does not endorse it or agree! It is 20 years too late for anyone with an brain to accept. Either Barrack is lying or he has an serious mental problem! No one in their right mind would sit in an church like that for 20 years and support it every way possible, unless they agreed with the message or they were crazy!

Just imagine, if an White Republican politician had sit at the feet of his Friend and Mentor in an Baptist Church for 20 years and listened to him preach, rant and spew out racist hate bile against everyone and everything except Whites and Baptists.

Oh, The Outrage, the Moral Condemnation, The Media, Blacks leaders & all the Black Rev's crawling out of every cracker jack box, the Liberals and Democrats would be squealing like pigs caught under the gate! The squealing would be heard around the world and seriously threaten the collective hearing of the Nation! Republican politicians chiming in loudly to prove how politically correct they are.

Every one of the known and unknown in the universe would be calling for his head, no punishment would be enough, resigning from office would not be enough, the poor follow would have to change his name, travel incognito, flee the country with his family! The IRS and FBI would be investing the church, the church closed and all its members disbanded and scattered to the four winds!

What does Barrack, the Magnificent (May Peace be upon Him) have to do? Why just make an nice little speech blaming it all on his little old white grandmother, just throw her under the bus of his racist prejudice and if that is not enough, just whites in general!

But Wait, that speech was for the Rev. Wright and his hate rants, Not why Barrack the Chosen one, the scion of the goat lover, the deserted son of the typical black father, the one that has came to lead American and the world to the promise land. Barrack the deaf one sit in the church for 20 years and listened to his Friend and Mentor spew out hate Rants. That He, the Super Ego, found repugnant and disgusting but with just one little speech and never answer why the Magnificent One and his wife (may Peace be upon them) has so much hate or poor judgment and all is right and forgiven in Barrack land!

If nothing else this campaign has Exposed the racism of Blacks and the total Blinding, Unbelievable Hypocrisy, the like of any Balance or Morals that the Liberals, Democrats, and Media have! They have been exposed as Lying, Deceitful, Bigoted Hypocrites, Unable or Unwilling to face or to tell the truth!

Posted by: Black Saint J | July 31, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

How pathetic and sad that the maverick of 2000 has belly flopped to wallow in the mud with the usual cast of Republican PIGS, CRIMINALS. Conservatives, Necons and the Republicans have fattened themselves at the public teat and have destroyed this country. How did it come to pass that conservatism in the 21st Century came to embrace criminality and treason?

Posted by: John McCain is a Pitiful Piece of Sh!t | July 31, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Senator Obama is not injecting race when he says, "they are going to say I don't look like those other guys on American currency", he is saying that is EXACTLY what some 527 group is going to spread and some have already spread on the internet. Oh no, it will not be a public commercial,because then the GOP would be accused of playing the race card, rightfully so, but it will be on internet sites and spam e-mails.

Again, no minority who is running for a position where he has to depend on votes on ALL of America wants to play, inject, have issue with race. That person will lose! Lets just call it what it is, Senator Obama is cutting the head off before it bites. Enough said, thus the reason he distanced himself from ludicrous Ludicrous. What a moron!

Posted by: CitizenAJ | July 31, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama is a racist, and has used the racist card since the beginning of the campaign and consistangly has used the race card to bolster himself. He was also a misogynist while running against Hillary Clinton. Mr. Obama has no experience and needs to have 300!!! foreign advisors. THAT!! shows how little Mr. Obama actually knows. THAT comes from NO EXPERIENCE, and you add all that up, and you see you have a candidate that has to use EVERYTHING he can to win, because after all is said and done and millions upon millions of dollars have been spent, Mr. Obama still CANNOT carry a lead. This is because he has no experience, and the people of this country want to vote for someone that knows what the hell they're doing....Unlike the mistakes made with GWB for 8 years, who had NO EXPERIENCE like Mr. Obama.
***WRITE IN HILLARY CLINTON
the TRUE HISTORICAL VOTE Candidate for the Democratic Party!!! This is the LEGITIMATE CANDIDATE.....18+ MILLION PEOPLE KNEW THAT!

Posted by: librairie | July 31, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

And, what, McCain doesn't have a race? He can play the race card too, all he wants!

Posted by: Chlo | July 31, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I have never seen so much ignorance among "intellectuals." This election is truly showing this country's true colors.

Retirement in the Carribean is sounding better and better.

Posted by: Can I just vote already... | July 31, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

JakeD has disappeared. Haha, guess we chased him off. He's currently receiving counseling over his racism to Asians, Latinos, and Native Americans.

Posted by: Woodstock | July 31, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama is, as Sam Houston said of Jeff Davis, "as cold a a fish and as ambitious as Lucifer."

Obama--a smart huckster lawyer from the liberal bastion of Harvard Yard--has systematically developed a career based on cynical political connections of the likes of Tim Ayers, Rev. Wright and now the inestimable rapper Ludacris (who basically refers to white women as bit#%es and suggests McCain should be paralyzed).

Then Obama purposts to lecture us all about how we might not vote for him because his name is different or because he doesn't "look like" all the dead presidents on our money.

As a biracial myself, I believe that Obama's record is an insult to the memory and true tradition of Dr. King. If Obama is elected president, he will set back race relations for twenty years (and I don't even take into account the corrosive effects of his wife, Michelle's negative attitude).

Posted by: tim2345 | July 31, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

White people, let's not let that smart alec elite Nigra Muslim Communist take this country over. White Christians cant afford to turn over the country to the blacks. John McCain represents white Christians everywhere. God Bless him.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Gossip girl, come on up and get your sign too!!!

I TOO AM AN IDIOT!!! PUNCH ME!! LOLOL


LOSER!!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

This is possibly the lamest news article I will read all day... McCain says Obama is "playing the race card" for alluding to the fact that he might be... I don't know, not white?

If he were running against Clinton, would he say she was "playing the woman card" if she ever mentioned her womanhood?

I really hope Americans prove themselves to be smart enough not to get obsessed with this.

Posted by: Elizabeth | July 31, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Bringing race up in this election is more likely to help John McCain than Barack Obama, so probably it was good that John McCain brought it up so strongly today.

Posted by: Terry | July 31, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

The McCain ad used two white women to personify celebrity. They could have used Tom Cruise or George Clooney, but no, they juxtaposed a black man with two white women. These sophisticated ad manipulators were trying to stir up a racial brew. It was the 2008 version of the Harold Ford attack ad. McCain has lost all credibility in my view. He has become a bottom feeder.

Posted by: Ceee | July 31, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Its well known that Barak Obama is a racist. It's also well known that Barak Obama is nefarious charlatan. The dude is a joke. I think he should be in rehab over his confused identity. Barry/Barak needs to get a grip.

Posted by: Gossip Girl | July 31, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

DEB, here is your sign too, wear it proudly!

I AM AN IDIOT!!!!!! PUNCH ME!!! LOLO put that on your shirt love, you're worthless

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Enough with all of the name calling and pointless advertisements. Why can't Americans see through this mess for what it is and focus on issues.

Really, what danger could Barack Obama be to the U.S. that President Bush hasn't already been and that John McCain hasn't vowed to continue?

Our economy is in shambles. Tax cuts are what have gotten us here. You argue fiscal restraint could solve that? Open your eyes, it is sound theory, but look at the application. The idea of foreign oil, what? What kind of gas does your car use, foreign or American? Follow, drilling will benefit the oil companies. Oil found in America will be sold to the highest international bidder. We don't own it, the companies we allow to drill for it do.

Posted by: Troy | July 31, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

The ad that Mc Cain put up with Obama and the lily white Spears and Hilton is just like the one put up by these same people in Tennesee with Harold Ford and the white woman. They both try to show the scarey Black man and the lily white woman and try to slyly tell you to "be afraid, very afraid",this is McCain practising racism, and it is shameful.

Posted by: Donna | July 31, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

McCain is getting unhinged! The dude is loosing it. Hybrid of flaws--age and ambition-- are completely blinding this senile. Too bad McCain didn't beat Bush in 2000; apparently that loss did something to McCain's psyche because he went from an honorable man to a lowlife!

Posted by: L. Gibbs | July 31, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Obama was accusing the Republicans of racism. They were implying that you can't trust him. He is different, he is not a true American. He is not a WASP. Was it specifically about race no but was it a plea to those who could be stimulated by race yes. Recent polling has shown that race is not as important an issue as it was in Feb. The Republicans need it to be and this is their response.

Obama's perspective is a good one. Blame it on the politics that brought us George Bush, the old politics, the politics that has failed.

If McCain only stood for something, had a reason to get into office other than to assist the Washington lobbyists. There is only a limited number of ways you can say that McCain has no ideas. That he does not recognize many problems let alone theirsolutions.

Posted by: Ronnn | July 31, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Calling the McCain celeb ads racist because they juxtapose Obama against white blonde bimbos is ridiculous. What would you have said if black celebrities had been used instead, such as Whitney Houston? That McCain was resorting to black stereotypes, that's what. Black, white, no matter what he does McCain loses, right? Isn't that the BS Rove tactic their camp is trying to pull on Obama? C'mon, be better than that.

The ads aren't racist. They're pathetic, desperate and whiny - but they're not racist.

Posted by: treetopflyer | July 31, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse


Jerry:
"Goodness, how could anyone refer to Obama as a racist. I mean look at his friends. Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farakhan, and then look at his business partners, people who bombed the Pentagon, Tony Rezko, etc. And you still trust him. Stupid is as stupid does."

Don't forget, he also noted his animosity toward his mother's race in his book.

Posted by: Billw | July 31, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Silly me, I thought Obama's comment about not looking like the men on the dollar bills was a poke at McCain's age.

This NEW McCain is a bit hard to take. He does come off bitter and jaded. He's allowing his new Bush/Cheney army run his campaign and I don't believe it helps him.

Posted by: Heather | July 31, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

UNINFORMED AND GULLIBLE. Are you kidding me????Saudi Arabia attacked us and Republicans attacked Iraq and kill their own children for oil contracts, NOW who is uniformed and gullible? You could not be any dumber. McCain is writing a book about how to be a loser, a child bombing, lying, oil stealling loser who created the largest debt in national history writing bad checks to fetch oil for idiots!!

Posted by: bob II | July 31, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I love that cranky Senator John McCain with every ounce of my wrinkled, crabby, constipated, closed-minded, racist, and anti-intellectual body. It makes me shiver to imagine him wearing a truss, and even more to imagine him taking it off and giving it to me to chew on. Mmmmm.....

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

John M = "Girly Man"

Posts racists statements, but refuses to sign his real name.
Be a man dude! Stand up for your right to be part of the KKK!

Posted by: Robert Blanchard North Smithfield RI | July 31, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The only thing that McCstank is taking serious is the fact that THIS IS HIS LAST CHANCE! He know's this and that's why he has turned into minibush! It's better to be thought of as an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt, McCstank opened his mouth a long time ago so we all know just how STUPID he is!!!! What he will be like a thousand years old after this election period! Old shriveled up, little white haird raisin. When did being a confessing P.O.W qualify anyone to be president. He spews this garbage about knowing how to win a war, NO HE KNOWS HOW TO BE A P.O.W and a confessing one at that!!! Pallllleeeeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzzz, HE IS A LOSER!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Gobama,

You are using a typical Obama ploy. You accuse others of being racist when they say they are not voting for Obama. Seriously, I know you can do better than that. Look at what Desi Pride wrote. He said he was at first excited about the Obama campaign because he's Sikh and he thought it would be cool if someone with the name Barak Hussein Obama would be president. His enthusiasm changed to disgust when the Obama campaign had a Sikh woman removed at an Obama rally/speech because he was in the camera view and they thought it would look bad for Obama. Also, if your staff does something, you're responsible. In the business world, its called respondeat superior. You are responsible for the actions of your employees when they are doing their work. Obama was responsible for his staff's racist response. They did it to further his image. He is responsible.

Posted by: WahooWa | July 31, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

If we can simply arouse the inner racism found in the majority of Americans so that it comes to the forefront, John McCain wins, hands down. Today's McCain campaign strategy is a brilliant move.

Posted by: "repub" 4 life | July 31, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

What is this "specter of race" thing, exactly?

Posted by: viola | July 31, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

NO-bama did NOT win the Democrat primary .. he was "selected" by the far-left-wing of the Party ... neither candidate got the delegates to win without the super-stupid-delegates!
McCain '08
Hillary 2012!!!

Posted by: Francisco Cardenas | July 31, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Well, well, well, isn't that interesting? Obama is a racist, declares the person who calls him a "NI***R. Is DEB even aware of how stupid he is. Then DEB is topped by JakeD, who chastises him for his statement, but what is most interesting is what he chastises him for. Was it because his use of the term, "NI***R, was itself the height of racism? Because it is offensive, inappropriate or simply childish? No, it is because it is "unnecessary". So, in other words, in order to deal with those "NI***RS", it is not necessary to actually use the word. Not only is it unnecessary, it exposes us for who we really are - disgusting racists. What you should do is just dance around it like the rest of us, INCLUDING THE McCAIN CAMPAIGN, do. We all understand the coded language, and we can avoid the opprobrium of being labeled racists. GET IT NOW. Hide your true face, and WE WIN!!!

Posted by: Marecek | July 31, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

You're so gay, you prick your finger if you stick to your knitting;
You're so gay, Dick Cheney has a hard time with you;
You're so gay, you probably think this song is about you, don't you, don't you;
You're so gay, you gave Ann Coulter The Order of the Coif;
You're so gay, only Katie Perry's hairdresser knows for sure.

Posted by: Sanctimonious Glee | July 31, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Here's a clue sequoia. Obama has a pattern of trying to stir up emotions and resentments. He does this by claiming some unknown and unspecified "they" are against him and are trying to "diss" him. He did this in SC. He doesn't have the courage or the honesty to say who these people actually are or cite any evidence. He just throws out vague accusations that the uninformed and gullible believe without any critical thought.

Posted by: Chrissy | July 31, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

John McCain has allowed someone to take over his campaing and turn it into a name calling catastrophe. I don't think it's going to work. I am a white southern liberal Democrat from Mississippi and just the older person who isn't supposed to support Obama. I grew up with racism. I know all about it, its stench and the innate stupidity associated with it. John McCain needs to discuss something about a billion dollar a week oil colony for his Republican oil bud Ray Hunt of Hunt Oil and why he will live long enough to govern. He's being pathetic and the entire world's watching him be a disgrace!

Posted by: bob II | July 31, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

The fact that McCain is accusing Barack Obama of playing the race card, while McCain and the GOP are releasing daily attacks on Obama's patriotism and trying to get affirmative action on the ballot in swing states, is just downright comical.

Aside from DRILL and SURGE, McCain hasn't talked about anything for the last month except Barack Obama. His campaign slogan: Not Barack Obama. I used to kind of like him, but now he's just pathetic.

Posted by: Getting sadder by the day | July 31, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

You'll have to speak up, you little jerks. I'm older than time, and I'm really not sure what day it is, and I haven't moved my bowels in a long time. Oh, in case you haven't noticed, I'm actually bald. The strands of white yarn glued to my scalp are for the camera. What? I said I was bald! What else do you... Oh, OK. The chicken, with a container of milk, and lime Jell-O for dessert. And is it Bingo night in the lobby tonight? Tomorrow night? As I was saying, I'm actually bald, and tomorrow I'm going to play Bingo with milky chickens. So vote for me! What? The chicken, with a container of milk, and lime Jell-O for dessert. I'm older than time.... and that's because I AM a chicken! Lime Jell-O on Bingo night! Bing lime-o on Gelling Night! What? Yes, hello, Mrs. Roosevelt...

Posted by: John McCain | July 31, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

This one's not looking good for Obama! He's already bactracking, saying only that McCain is taking the low road. Obama is not WRIGHT for America, and hat tip to www.notwrightforamerica.com for jumping on this one!

Posted by: Gypsy Man | July 31, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

4 all of you that agree with the McCstank comments about Barack remember this, your boy CANT TALK ABOUT ANYTHING OTHER THAN BARACK because if he did, HE WOULD LET THE WHOLE WORLD KNOW JUST HOW STUPID HE REALLY IS. LET HIM TALK ABOUT OBAMA, EVENTUALLY, THE DUMB AZZ WILL COME OUT IN FULL FORCE! HE IS SUCH A LOSER!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Good to see that McCain is finally beginning to take this contest seriously!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Boston Beans | July 31, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

This is also the same McCain who was involved up to his neck with the Keating five and the savings an loan debacle for which he barely avoided going to jail. The savings and loan crimes were like all the other crimes the repugs are involved in. Enron, and now the Mortgage crises. You know, the ones where the rich get richer and the taxpayer has to pay to bail them out!! John McCain the poster boy for all
these guys. Do you really want a crook for President??

Posted by: Donna | July 31, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Desi Pride,

I remember the incident you're talking about. What isn't revealed was that it wasn't Obama who had the Sikh woman removed, but people working for his campaign. So, its absurd for you to come here and criticize Obama for that. Also, I'm beginning to think you're one of those closet racists who look for any reason not to vote for Obama. The world knows of the strife between Sikhs and other groups. This isn't Punjab buddy, get with the program.

Posted by: Gobama | July 31, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

One of the many paradoxes of this campaign is that my conservative friends used to speak with great conviction about how racism was ancient history. But now that they are trying to win an election they are singing a different tune.

Republicans have no morals and no backbone.

We're white, we should just blow up all the brown people and take their sh*t.

Talk about old world thinking.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

This white woman will NEVER vote for Obama. Not only is he playing the race-card, he is a sexist!

Posted by: Dawn | July 31, 2008 2:59 PM

Dawn,
Your moronic post do not impress ANYONE and no one cares who you vote for. You're just another sad, ignorant "white woman". Fortunately there are enough smart white women out there having families and voting on REAL issues so eventually your kind will be bred out of civilized society.

Posted by: TJ WILLIAMS | July 31, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

If what I read in the news this morning about Obama addressing a group of African American journalists in regard to reparations for Native and African Americans, then I'd say that he is most definitely pulling the race card.

Posted by: Kathy | July 31, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Yakity, Yak, Yak, Yak. I can only encourage some of you to make a trip to your local store and stock up on crayons because when November 5th arrives you will be asked to go color.

Posted by: CrayolaCrayon | July 31, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Out of desperation, McCain is trying to resurrect Nixon's race based politicking--Southern Strategy! The media has the responsibility to put this in context and inform the public the historical parallelism of McCain racist shenanigans.

Posted by: L. Gibbs | July 31, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

-- Obama is running a smart, dignified campaign and is winning. --


"So nobody really thinks that Bush or McCain have a real answer for the challenges we face, so what they're going to try to do is make you scared of me," - "You know, he doesn't look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills"

Problem: John McCain has never said or
inferred, any such thing. Neither did Hillary,
whom was also charged by Obama's liar
staff, as making racist remarks.

Some dignity and credibility. Obama is a
demagogue politician, who lied about being
unaware of his reverend's divisive views for
20 years.

Additionally, Obama has zero standing on the
economy. That is why he is not blowing McSame
out right now.

Revolt at;

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Nobama


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Posted by: RG | July 31, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

JakeD is a Clinton plant. And as someone mentioned earlier, JakeD is a racist. He doesn't like Mexicans, Latino, and Indians.

Posted by: Gobama | July 31, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse


BOTTOM LINE HERE AND ON OTHER BLOGS

Obama has finally been called out in McCain's ads for his improper behavior and grandstanding. This has the Obama fans out in force crying foul. They yell about unfairness, call names, and such but cannot refure the facts. Too bad for them.

Posted by: Billw | July 31, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The same guy who did the Harold Ford commercial with the blonde bimbo who says 'call me', does an ad for McCain showing Obama juxtaposed with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton--yeah, they weren't playing the race card. And just like the Clintons did when they used race; McCain turns around and accuses Obama of playing it. Too bad McCain didn't beat Bush in 2000; apparently that loss did something to McCain's psyche because he went from an honorable man to a lowlife!

Posted by: sueb | July 31, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I'm an Independent, but I have to say that Obama supporters seem to be the real uneducated folk here accusing others of being uneducated. Here's a classic example:

JOHN MCCAIN, TRADER TO HIS COUNTRY, COLLABORATOR WITH THE ENEMY, MILITARY DISGRACE.

Maybe you should go back to elementary school. "Trader" - seriously. If you're going to accuse people of being uneducated, try being educated yourself. Same goes for Obama. If you're going to accuse someone of being a racist, you should at least not be racist yourself. Good luck all.

Posted by: Dick n Bush | July 31, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

sinz52

Hey twit. Maybe when writing "we whites"
better make that "low class whites like me"..sted painting us all with your ugliness.

And after that hairy little rant of yours, maybe add dumb to it as well.

Posted by: disgusted | July 31, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

That was a fake JakeD at 3:17 PM.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama was correct yesterday, when he said the McCain camp was trying to scare people away from his candidacy. How else could you explain the inane ads the McCain camp has been putting out? How else could you explain the comments made by McCain himself?

This 'kitchen sink' crap cost Hillary the nomination and it will cost McCain as well. I am so pleased to see my candidate staying in the realm of adults and sticking to the high road.

McCain has nothing. Nada. So, like a child, he is finger-pointing and name-calling. Nee nee nee nee nee nee! You're a celebrity! You're playing the race card! You want to lose the war!

Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic.

Posted by: Susan | July 31, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse


McCain's recent ad lumping Barry in with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton was totally right on.....The only reason why Barry has any success at all is because of Oprah. He's the Oprah candidate.

Barry does not want to drill for oil!
He does not want nuclear power!

All Barry wants to do is raise taxes all over the place--the guy is a stinkin' loon!

Posted by: charko825 | July 31, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Out of desperation, McCain is trying to resurrect Nixon's race based politicking--Southern Strategy! The media has the responsibility to put this in context and inform the public the historical parallelism of McCain racist shenanigans.

Posted by: Leslie Gibbs | July 31, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Goodness, how could anyone refer to Obama as a racist. I mean look at his friends. Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farakhan, and then look at his business partners, people who bombed the Pentagon, Tony Rezko, etc. And you still trust him. Stupid is as stupid does.

Posted by: Jerry | July 31, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I think that it is time to start to attack McCainsmorals and ethics. After all ,didn't he toss his first wife who faithfilly waited for him and raised his children while he was a POW and who was also a cripple because of an accident under the bus when a better opportunity came along? He is an opportunist who saw a chance to MOVE UP from a crippled wife and family to a millionaire's daughter, who has been supporting him ever since. and a moral degerate. I think that the American public should be made aware of this every day. He is not an honorable man except in his own warped mind.

Posted by: Donna | July 31, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Can't we just talk about the issues? Why must modern campaigns always resort to these bottom-feeding tactics?

Posted by: Dan in Portland OR | July 31, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

MGK, scare tactics work whether you approve of them or not.

Posted by: snickers | July 31, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I read Obamas comments-he has said the same thing before. Is this a race card?

This WASP doesn't think so-he is just telling the truth-going back to Nixon the Republicans has use hot button issues to win. Race has always been in the mix. Remember the Southern Strategy?
Karl Rove has even improved on Lee Atwater and the Willie Horton ads.

His minions are now running McCain and causing him to sink lower and lower. This tactic by McCain is typical of his present aura- a mean, sarcastic dishonorable man stuck in the past with delusions of granduer and no new ides- only the old ones that have already failed.

Posted by: toldyouso | July 31, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign is simply making this false accusation so that when they start overtly pulling the race card, they can say "He did it first."

Another day, another round of lies from the Mr. Magoo camp.

Posted by: lgherb | July 31, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

It is convenient for John McCain III to publicize his lineage back to his father and grandfather, who were both Admirals. But his grandfather's father was also John McCain, so Mac should be a IV.

And of course, his father, was William Alexander McCain (b. North Carolina, 1812 - d. 1863), Confederate States Army, owned a 2,000-acre plantation in Carroll County, Mississippi and 52 slaves.

Yup, the decendent of a Mississippi plantation slave master may very well lose the presidency to a black man...

And, of course, as we get closer to the election and the elbow really start to fly I'm sure we are going to be hearing a bit more about the origins of the Hensley fortune...

This, of course, was supposed to be an honorable election, but it is slowly devolving into a typical campaign.

And McCain is going to get his a$$ kicked.

Watch your six Mac, Perot's gonna administer a little southern justice on ya!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Over and over again, we're hearing the same crap from the McCain campaign and McCain's supporters:

"White Americans, you can deny it all you want, but you know you're all a bunch of racists. Stop denying it, put down your PC rhetoric, and join us under the cross."

Well, let me disabuse you McCain supporters of THAT notion, right now.

We white Americans have TONS to prove to the entire world - no, make that tons to APOLOGIZE FOR. To America's blacks, to the French, to the Germans, to the Japanese, to the Native Americans, but, McCain supporters, thankfully not to you.

Don't even try to lay a "white pride trip" on our heads. This ain't 1980 anymore, and most of America is not Knoxville or Gulfport.

The more you play that line, the fewer educated votes you will get.

We've had it with that crap.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama supporters think America is racist, uneducated, and stupid. That clearly makes America want to vote for Obama. When you're done sipping your latte, maybe we'll talk about how you are the problem with America.

Posted by: Trovata | July 31, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Leave Obama alone video. Check it out.

http://www.slatev.com/player.html?id=1701226987

Posted by: DDG56 | July 31, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

OK, Robert Blanchard... you're quite the stud for posting your name and city on the blog. Unfortunately you don't exactly elevate yourself in the grand scheme of things when you praise yourself for being for... well, what I'm not sure... and against racists (the bar's set pretty low on this blog-better have a lot of ammo), trailer trash (I guess you live in a regular house) and anything else that doesn't meet your norm. Break the code, dude. Your form of intolerance is just another form of...intolerance.

Posted by: John M formerly John | July 31, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

The irony in the race issue is that Obama's buddy -- Reverend Wright (or as I prefer to call him, Reverend I Am Always Right, because his ego is overgrown) -- is the biggest racist in the game. Reverend Wright hates America and has said hateful things about America's white population. Obama may have left his church, but no one can convince me for a minute he and Wright are not still buddies and share similar views.

Posted by: James Easterly | July 31, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

It's more than a little scary when you realize how many Kool-Aid drinkers are out there. The Dems have said McCain is just like Bush, with not a shred of evidence and the Kool-Aid drinkers just say, "Pass me another glass, please." Good Lord, Can't you people grow a brain?

Posted by: Jerry | July 31, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

After his tour on the USS Forestal, McCain volunteered for more bombing missions on board the USS Oriskany when the air wing of Oriskany is short of pilot. Unfortunately, his plane was shut down while serving on the Oriskany.

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One more thing. McCain had a total of 28 bombing missions before he got shut down.

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In addition, McCain was on track to be an admiral. He retired as a captain 23 years of naval service. I am in the Navy. The captain of my last command took 28 years to make admiral.

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Yes the truth hurts because it turned out McCains' dad and grandad were also in the bottom of the class but the made admirals. The truth is McCain's sons are also in the military. One currently in the naval academy. The other one is currenly in US Marine who just recently completed a tour in Iraq. The truth hurts because Obama cannot use McCain honorable naval service to attack Mccain. Have you ever heard criticize McCain's military career. It is not going to happen because Obama have nothing on Mccain on this one.

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Just exactly what is McCain's heroism ? Getting shot down and captured makes you a hero ? John McCain is a fraud and close scrutiny of his military record will reveal that the only reason he was allowed to become an officer in the Navy was due to his "privileged" military family.
McCain is an old man that is being "whupped" by a new dynamic leader that is exposing him for being just what he is, a Republican hack that has been skating through under the guise of a "war hero." Obviously you're not that smart if you're at the bottom of your college class and you fail i

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

John McCain has gone from accusing Obama of Sabotage, to treason and all sorts.

You know what? Come November one of two will happen to Obama, he will either be President or he is not.

But John McCain will go down in history as an American Hero who used the injury of other American Heroes to play politics.

How else do you describe John McCain accusing Obama of refusing to visit injured troops because there was no photo ops.

Posted by: Raymond Micheals | July 31, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

So the McCain camp is putting the blame on Obama for playing "the race card." I suppose that means making race an issue in the campaign. This is astonishing. Do the McCain handlers think Americans are stupid? The McCain people just orchestrated a major attack on Obama that he was "presumptuous" or out of place in his contact with world leaders. Put aside the substantive point that Obama was rising to the challenge that he was not "presidential" and succeeded in showing that indeed he could command attention of international leaders and the public alike, dwarfing the media attention that McCain could muster with his attempts at negativity.
To me, a white man familiar with the civil rights movement, and to many of my black friends, the smear that Obama is out of place calls to mind this phrase: uppity negro. Yes, it is subtle. But it is real. Just look at the muck, garbage and hate that comes up in the comments to Millbank's piece on "presumption" and you will see the chord that the presumptiveness theme has struck. The McCain message: "Obama stepped out of place. How dare him!" The more subtle, but powerful and intentional underlying association: "How dare that black man step out of place!" Brilliant, really, first to cast racial aspersions without directly saying them -- and then, the very next opportunity, to blame Obama for calling attention to race, as if the McCain people were innocent of racial aspersions, as if it didn't happen, as if Obama is to blame.
By the way, Obama's comments raised the point that yes, he is not white, the first major black candidate for president in American history. And I believe he is correct in seeking some recognition that this may make his success more difficult -- if only because it has not happened before.
These McCain people are dangerous in their hidden and subtle appeals to bias when people do not think analytically and critically. Fortunately, we can recognize the trick. It has 2 steps: 1) plant misinformation, lies, bias or fear, the bigger and the most often possible, the better; and 2) accuse or blame the person against whom you've planted the misinformation of committing that very thing.
And we have opportunities like these, outside the mainstream of the corporate media, to say how we feel, to communicate our ideas, and advance our views. This is not just an election between McCain and Obama, Republicans vs. Democrats. It is a test of democracy, whether and how the public can process and access information and make informed, intelligent decisions.

Posted by: Insighter | July 31, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse


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hussein: "If you don't support me, you are a racist."

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Posted by: ALEX H. | July 31, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

JOHN MCCAIN, TRADER TO HIS COUNTRY, COLLABORATOR WITH THE ENEMY, MILITARY DISGRACE.


Ted Sampley, a Vietnam Veteran and former Green Beret, issued a CHALLENGE to John McCain "If you can show us that the information presented in our mailer is untruthful . . . we will Stand Down" This CHALLENGE was issued during an interview with INSIDE EDITION on January 17, 2008.
John, family members of Vietnam POW/MIA(s) have been waiting for more then 14 years for you to have the courage to face them eye to eye in front of the American Public - Here is your opportunity for some "STRAIGHT TALK." Stop hiding behind your fabricated "War Hero" persona. You know we can prove your collaborations with declassified government documents . . . It is time for the American people to get to know the REAL John McCain - the John McCain that the POW/MIA families witnessed during the 1991-93 US Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs .
Bring It On John! HERE IS OUR NUMBER 252-527-0442

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm proud to be black = okay statement.

I'm proud to be Latino = you must be an illegal immigrant.

I'm to be Asian = go back to Asia.

I'm proud to be White = you are a white supremacist.

I think there's a problem with race relations in America.

Posted by: Woodstock | July 31, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I read Obamas comments-he has said the same thing before. Is this a race?

This WASP doesn't think so-he is just telling the truth-going back to Nixon the Republicans has use hot button issues to win. Race has always been in the mix. Remember the Southern Strategy?
Karl Rove has even improved on Lee Atwater and the Willie Horton ads.

His minions are now running McCain and causing him to sink lower and lower. This tactic by McCain is typical of his present aura- a mean, sarcastic dishonorable man stuck in the past with delusions of granduer and no new ides- only the old ones that have already failed.

Posted by: toldyouso | July 31, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Billw wrote:
Poor judgement, like his friendship with Rezko (crook), Ayers (unrepentent terrorist) and Wright (Farrahkan worshiping racist and anti-American).
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If you are gonna bring up Wright then you might as well bring up John Hagee!
Hagee on African-Americans
The San Antonio Express-News reported that Hagee was going to "meet with black religious leaders privately at an unspecified future date to discuss comments he made in his newsletter about a 'slave sale,' an East Side minister said Wednesday." The Express-News reported:

"Hagee, pastor of the 16,000-member Cornerstone Church, last week had announced a 'slave sale' to raise funds for high school seniors in his church bulletin, 'The Cluster.'

"The item was introduced with the sentence 'Slavery in America is returning to Cornerstone" and ended with "Make plans to come and go home with a slave." [San Antonio Express-News 3/7/96]

Hagee on Catholicism
"Most readers will be shocked by the clear record of history linking Adolf Hitler and the Roman Catholic Church in a conspiracy to exterminate the Jews." [Jerusalem Countdown by John Hagee]

Hagee on Women
"Do you know the difference between a woman with PMS and a snarling Doberman pinscher? The answer is lipstick. Do you know the difference between a terrorist and a woman with PMS? You can negotiate with a terrorist." [God's Profits: Faith, Fraud and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, Sarah Posner]

"[T]he feminist movement today is throwing off authority in rebellion against God's pattern for the family." ["Bible Positions on Political Issues," John Hagee]

Posted by: mjo757 | July 31, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

MCCain Camp = "elitist"=code word for "uppity"=code word for "who does he think he is" code for "that N**** is not as good as me.

The race card has been flung all over this country.

Posted by: TJFRMLA | July 31, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Another scare tactic on the part of McCain & the RNC...unfortunately, with the level of stupidity and insecurity that exist---they just might dupe the American people into believing all the crap that they are trying to sell about BO---stop trying to believe that experience is the determinant factor for employment...pick a president for once...who has the smarts and judgement....don't be fooled yet again by a wolf(Bush) in sheep's clothing. Stop being scared and choose some one who can think and inspire!!!

Posted by: MGK | July 31, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

More of the McSame. FOUR MORE YEARS!!!

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

FYI here's the kind of sentiment (from a previous poster) that the McCain campaign needs to promote and energize in a subtle yet effective way if they want to win this election:

"Over and over again, we're hearing the same crap from the Obama campaign and Obama's supporters:

"White Americans, you're all a bunch of racists. Prove us wrong by voting for Obama."

Well, let me disabuse you Obama supporters of THAT notion, right now.

We white Americans have NOTHING to prove to anyone. Not to America's blacks, not to the French, not to the Germans, and ESPECIALLY not to you.

Don't even try to lay a "white guilt trip" on our heads. This ain't 1960 anymore, and most of America is not Manhattan or Berkeley.

The more you play that line, the fewer white votes you will get.

We've had it with that crap.

Posted by: sinz52 | July 31, 2008 2:54 PM "

Posted by: ifdashoefitsweartit777 | July 31, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey Billw, you want to have a drink after work? I meet all kinds of interesting people on this blog.

Posted by: Leichtman | July 31, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

One more thing. McCain had a total of 28 bombing missions before he got shut down.

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In addition, McCain was on track to be an admiral. He retired as a captain 23 years of naval service. I am in the Navy. The captain of my last command took 28 years to make admiral.

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Yes the truth hurts because it turned out McCains' dad and grandad were also in the bottom of the class but the made admirals. The truth is McCain's sons are also in the military. One currently in the naval academy. The other one is currenly in US Marine who just recently completed a tour in Iraq. The truth hurts because Obama cannot use McCain honorable naval service to attack Mccain. Have you ever heard criticize McCain's military career. It is not going to happen because Obama have nothing on Mccain on this one.

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Just exactly what is McCain's heroism ? Getting shot down and captured makes you a hero ? John McCain is a fraud and close scrutiny of his military record will reveal that the only reason he was allowed to become an officer in the Navy was due to his "privileged" military family.
McCain is an old man that is being "whupped" by a new dynamic leader that is exposing him for being just what he is, a Republican hack that has been skating through under the guise of a "war hero." Obviously you're not that smart if you're at the bottom of your college class and you fail i

Posted by: DDG56 | July 31, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

sinz52: I really feel sorry for idiots like you. And you certainly don't speak for this white person. If your precious racial identity is all you have to cling to then you need to get a life.

Posted by: Reasons why I have no faith in humanity: | July 31, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

hey mccain?

GROW UP.

i've never heard such a whiney little baby in all my life...

"obama did this..."

"obama did that..."

"obama's going to blah blah blah.."

mccain... just STFU and campaign like you aren't a friggin senile old coot.

Posted by: BOB | July 31, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

More of the McSame. FOUR MORE YEARS!!!

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama can grow horns and declare himself Satan and I would still vote for him over McBush...He's nothing but Bush's next coming and will continue taking this country down the same path.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

What Obama has said is that McCain is focusing on painting him as "Other" to the typical American. McCain is trying to frame Obama as a risk and as someone who does not share traditional American values. Obama never claimed that McCain said his skin was a different color. He said quite rightly that McCain is saying that Obama is not presidential material and does not look like the typical American president. People are seeing a race complaint that's not there.

Posted by: RyanTX | July 31, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

This is exactly what Obama did to the Clinton campaign. It says something appearing innocuous in order to get a response, then it will turn around the response as racist. It's a brilliant tactic, but it is at its heart divisive and below the belt. This is how he somehow labeled the Clintons as racists, even though African Americans benefited more under the Clinton presidency than under any other presidency. And this is the man who is bringing change and hope to Washington?

Posted by: PDXEric | July 31, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I have been plagued for a long time with a fungus around the outside of my anus. It makes the hair stick together and makes it difficult to wipe myself clean. It used to happen only in the warm weather but now it is all year long. What do you suggest?

Posted by: Leichtman | July 31, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

In addition, McCain was on track to be an admiral. He retired as a captain 23 years of naval service. I am in the Navy. The captain of my last command took 28 years to make admiral.

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Yes the truth hurts because it turned out McCains' dad and grandad were also in the bottom of the class but the made admirals. The truth is McCain's sons are also in the military. One currently in the naval academy. The other one is currenly in US Marine who just recently completed a tour in Iraq. The truth hurts because Obama cannot use McCain honorable naval service to attack Mccain. Have you ever heard criticize McCain's military career. It is not going to happen because Obama have nothing on Mccain on this one.

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Just exactly what is McCain's heroism ? Getting shot down and captured makes you a hero ? John McCain is a fraud and close scrutiny of his military record will reveal that the only reason he was allowed to become an officer in the Navy was due to his "privileged" military family.
McCain is an old man that is being "whupped" by a new dynamic leader that is exposing him for being just what he is, a Republican hack that has been skating through under the guise of a "war hero." Obviously you're not that smart if you're at the bottom of your college class and you fail in your profession(nabal aviator). How can that be overlooked when assessing John McCain ?

Posted by: DDG56 | July 31, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

theaz (and John M):

I think the most likely explanation is that was, indeed, an Obama voter.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 1:55 PM

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It common knowledge that the Obama campaign has an army of bloggers and many are pretty vile! This Deb poster puts "McCain 08" and many are very stupid mostly I assumed are the college age volunteers, who are computer savvy but politically and historically morons on the facts and relevance of issues.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign offers a nice snapshot of what a campaign looks like when a campaign is operated by Washington insider lobbyists, and a candidate who has nothing to offer at this stage in his professional career but personal vanity.

More of the McSame.

Posted by: JP2 | July 31, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

"The US economy shrank at the end of 2007 and grew less than forecast in this year's second quarter, signaling that the country is in worse shape than investors had anticipated...." -- Bloomberg
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"Exxon Mobil, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, reported on Thursday that second-quarter income rose 14 percent, to $11.68 billion, the highest-ever for an American company...." -- New York Times
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Today's news leads bear mute testimony to the bankruptcy of Republican policies in governing the United State of America. Bush and his band of criminals have damned nearly destroyed our nation.

I will have to pay $4 for a gallon of gasoline in order to drive to a post office and pick up my $800 monthly Social Security check in a couple of days. This, while Exxon Mobil stockholders and executives rake in record $11.68 billion in profits for the second quarter of 2008.

Go figure.

I would have to be mad, indeed, to consider voting for John McCain or any other Republican intent upon continuing Bush administration domestic and foreign policies. Any American on a moderate or fixed income would have to be mad to seek a continuation of the present policies here.

Race is a fact of human life. Any man who cries "foul" when race is mentioned or intimated in a political dialog is a rank hypocrite.

Each time John McCain stands before a red neck audience of VFW devotees, his lily white face aglow, he is playing the race card.

When Barack Obama speaks to a predominantly black congregation at a church and that congregation goes into mantra-like religious exultations, race is a factor.

So what? Again, race is a factor of life.

I am sick of this hypocrisy about race.

The question all Americans should ask themselves is, "which one of these men is likely to spark a new departure, policy wise, and save our nation from the disaster into which Bush has driven it?".

Clearly, Barack Obama is our last best chance to come out of the present long and dark night of the soul into which Republicans and Republican policies have plunged us.

Any thinking American who cares more for the good of his nation than for himself and his own will work for and vote for the election of Barack Hussein Obama in November

Posted by: D. Grant Haynes | July 31, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

re: Desi Pride

Actually, that was done by two very clueless volunteers (a few months ago) who decided on their own to have the two women moved. They were not directed by the campaign or by Obama to do this.

Obama immediately apologized to both women personally when he found out about the incident.

If you're going to try stirring things up, at least get your facts straight.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign has moved from attempting to subliminally get its "message" across to directly putting it in America's face. No better way to do something distasteful than to accuse your opponent of doing it first.

Posted by: Caryl S. Foster | July 31, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

TruthHurts:
"Just exactly what is McCain's heroism ? Getting shot down and captured makes you a hero ? "

Well... it's better than playing politics in Chicago with the crook Rezko, being friends with Ayers (an unrepentent terrorist), and Wright (a Farrahkan supporting racist and anti-American).

Posted by: Billw | July 31, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

There is no WAY I am Dianne72. I don't even know her! She WAS pointed out to me the other day, and I'm like, "Ewww, make it go away." Dude, she's got a NOSE on her, could poke holes in the rooftops of neighboring houses. And she smells like cat litter that's been around all weekend, you know, like when you get in the car and go off to the shore for a weekend, lose all your money and then come home to find out that the cat has had the runs all weekend, and the kitty litter is soaked in thin brown gruel, and your wife is whining because you lost all the money on the blackjack table, of course that's only because Miss Oo-We-Have-To-Get-Back-Tiddles-Will-Be-Lonely wouldn't let you play out that last HAND, the one where everything was finally going your way, and if she'd just been a little PATIENT for once in over 40 years, the weekend would have been PAID FOR, but no, we have to go deal with my wife's pussy. Get that look off your face.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

So, what supposed racially-charged statements did Obama use on Hillary "over and over again" as so many people have pointed out here?

The MLK-Lyndon Johnson thing, well Hillary said that quote HERSELF and Obama didn't call her out on that. That comment of hers offended leaders of the black community BEFORE the Obama campaign jumped in.

Oh, and lets not forget the importance of white-working class voters that she CLEARLY made emphasis of.

Hmm, I guess now Obama will come out and say "black people EVERYWHERE should vote for me", right?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

If you are going to post a racist comment about Barack Obama or his supporters, please be man enough to sign your real name to your comments.

Racists = "Girly Men" = Hide Behind Fake Screen Names

Robert Blanchard
North Smithfield, RI

PS: I am white and support legalized "game killing" of racists.

Posted by: Robert Blanchard North Smithfield RI | July 31, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Yes the truth hurts because it turned out McCains' dad and grandad were also in the bottom of the class but the made admirals. The truth is McCain's sons are also in the military. One currently in the naval academy. The other one is currenly in US Marine who just recently completed a tour in Iraq. The truth hurts because Obama cannot use McCain honorable naval service to attack Mccain. Have you ever heard criticize McCain's military career. It is not going to happen because Obama have nothing on Mccain on this one.

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Just exactly what is McCain's heroism ? Getting shot down and captured makes you a hero ? John McCain is a fraud and close scrutiny of his military record will reveal that the only reason he was allowed to become an officer in the Navy was due to his "privileged" military family.
McCain is an old man that is being "whupped" by a new dynamic leader that is exposing him for being just what he is, a Republican hack that has been skating through under the guise of a "war hero." Obviously you're not that smart if you're at the bottom of your college class and you fail in your profession(nabal aviator). How can that be overlooked when assessing John McCain ?

Posted by: DDG56 | July 31, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama playing the race card only helps McCain. It just reminds a lot of voters that this election will come down to a less-experienced black guy vying for the same job as a more-experienced white guy. And that's a contest McCain will almost certainly win (since 85% of Americans oppose affirmative action). If Obama is as smart as he thinks he is, then he should move on as soon as possible. "White guilt" doesn't work on Republicans and most Independents.

Posted by: rinosaurusrex.com | July 31, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

well the messiah - aka lil hussein obama - keeps talking about how he does not look like those on the dollar bill. sounds like race to me. so lets talk about race - dont care.
i wish i could say if someone does not hire me, or like me, or i get bad grades, ITS BECAUSE IM BLACK!
its get really boooooring.
and all those people on the dollar bill - hey hussein - there is only 1 man on the dollar bill - its washington.
i guess its like those 57 states, and all those men on the dollar bill.
does little hussein know anything about america?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Matt and Joe T:

Please see my posts to zzz1204, below.

Bob:

I accept your apology.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

"The history of the nation is one of white exploitation of blacks. Whites have also brainwashed other minorities notably Asians and Mexicans into being white. Asian are the so-called model minority and will do whatever it takes to please white people and become doctors and lawyers. Mexicans are also on the white man's jock and will mow their lawns, clean their houses, and wash their cars. Black people are the only people to stand up to white exploitation. Say no to white racism, and Asian and Mexicans who support white people."
Posted by: Gobama | July 31, 2008 1:54 PM

Hey, Gobama:
Did Rev. Wright help you write this? Please-just keep on posting you good ole racist rants...and watch Obama's poll numbers continue to drop.

Posted by: Nobama | July 31, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

For the person who stated "we are not going to let you put this guilt trip on us" (referring to race), let me tell you that you don't have to worry about a guilt trip if you are not guilty.

Now in regards to John McCain, his campaign is doing everything it can not to tell with the real issues. Obama has never injected race; and let's get truthful, Obama can't even run has a black candidate. He has to run as an American candidate. So for this rhetoric to enter the picture is unnecessary but it is being utilize to blacken Obama so some of the American people can see Obama's race first.

Now I have a question for McCain, how does bringing up the issue of race lower the gas price? How does bringing up the issue of race stop help the housing market? How does bringing up the issue of race bring our troops home from Iraq. Yes McCain, race has become an issue for you not to deal with the real issues affecting our country!

Posted by: Rev. Weathers | July 31, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I actually agree with both campaigns for a change.

Obama played the race card (although I am not sure what is meant by 'from the bottom of the deck'). Did the McCain camp say anything about his appearance or name?

McCain needs to get on with the reasons we should elect him. He spends almost all his time talking about Obama or what Obama is talking about.

Posted by: Bill J | July 31, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

If the sputtering of Obama supporters we see on this page is any indication, I think Rick Davies has just earned himself a place in the Campaign Managers Hall of Fame.

Those of you who comment on the moral rights or wrongs of what Davies did today by putting Obama's race in the forefront should think for a moment that even when a campaign manager's strategy is transparent as glass, the average American will never realize it.

Most of the voting public are like sheep, easy to manipulate. Ultimately, whichever campaign is most effective in attracting America's sheep over to their side wins the election.

Posted by: ifdashoefitswearit777 | July 31, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Over and over again, we're hearing the same crap from the Obama campaign and Obama's supporters:

"White Americans, you're all a bunch of racists. Prove us wrong by voting for Obama."

Well, let me disabuse you Obama supporters of THAT notion, right now.

We white Americans have NOTHING to prove to anyone. Not to America's blacks, not to the French, not to the Germans, and ESPECIALLY not to you.

Don't even try to lay a "white guilt trip" on our heads. This ain't 1960 anymore, and most of America is not Manhattan or Berkeley.

The more you play that line, the fewer white votes you will get.

We've had it with that crap.

Posted by: sinz52 | July 31, 2008 2:54 PM
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First of all, when you put quotes around something it means someone said it. No one has said that any you know it.

Second, I am white and you don't speak for me and I don't remember the election where sinz52 became the leader of all white people.

Posted by: Evil | July 31, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Mccain once among a group of white vets in LA that in viet nam the blacks were good for finding land mines. I heard this repeated a dozen times by someone who was there. Mccain must be beside himself at the thought of losing to a black guy.

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Fernando F,
Have you heard anything directly from McCain disrespecting Obama because he is black and because he has a funny name? Good Luck.
I know Obama twice mentioned his race will be used case against him since Hillary suspended her campaign. This is not including his spat with Bill Clinton.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

-- Did McCain notice that Obama was actually vetted during the primary's- --

Riight...

See, because Dems in NC were stupid
enough to give Obama a pass after Wright
exposed him as a lying politician whom
knew what Wright's church-of-hate was
about all along, well - ALL of America
will give him a pass in November!

;^)


Plus, Obama's lies about not knowing
about Wright whilst he attended 20 years,
WON'T get brought back up...

Dream on. Obama will be fortunate to
win close, only on historical GOP disfavor.
Hillary, would be leading by 20 points
already. She has standing on the economy,
Obama is a blank slate.

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Posted by: RG | July 31, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Well, Obama is not wrong and is being honest. He is not saying anything that is not completely accurate. What angers most people is it points out their weakness and addresses their fears which the only put them on the defensive side as it reveals denial. Maybe not the best way to win support, though I challenge anyone to say he is not speaking the truth.

Posted by: mjo757 | July 31, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

and you can always tell who is really using the race card. the first person who accuses the other of playing it. just like Clinton in SC. it's so transparent, and, judging from the polls at the moment (McCain gaining) working. at least for the moment.

Posted by: JoeT | July 31, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse


John Yates:
"Why in the world would Obama want to remind anyone of his race by playing "the race card.""

Poor judgement, like his friendship with Rezko (crook), Ayers (unrepentent terrorist) and Wright (Farrahkan worshiping racist and anti-American).

Posted by: Billw | July 31, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, FYI, for finding the exact words. I do like to stay informed. Would that the rest of the posters be as accurate as you in determining who said what about race card, race comments, racists, etc....

Posted by: John M, formerly just John | July 31, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Chrissy cried:

"McCain should call Obama out on his inflammatory rhetoric and demand that Obama specify exactly who Obama claims is trying to "scare" people and demand that Obama back up his inflammatory rhetoric with facts."
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"Inflamatory rhetoric?"

"You know, he's not patriotic enough. He's got a funny name. You know, he doesn't look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills, you know. He's risky. That's essentially the argument they're making." -Barack Obama

OH MY GOD!!!

THAT'S JUST SO INFLAMATORY!!!

You're a moron, Chrissy.

Posted by: sequoia | July 31, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

McCain reeks of desperation.

Posted by: Maria | July 31, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

We have had other young, slim, good-looking presidents. We have had charismatic ones. We have not had a black one (or a woman). Obama's comment is about his race, nothing else.
To deny that is another example of his lack of integrity and a symptom of trying to be whatever will get him elected.
He used the Race Card in the primary against the Clintons, and it worked. Why not keep using it?
He also hides his socialist-leaning past. Why not just admit it and say he has matured politically? Disgusting.
And I am a lifelong Democrat.

Posted by: juan | July 31, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, McCain is so racist that he adopted a child from another country. Give me a break! Obama supporters are a bunch of race-baiting bullies that take marching orders from their race-baiting candidate. This white woman will NEVER vote for Obama. Not only is he playing the race-card, he is a sexist!

Posted by: Dawn | July 31, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Who cares, Obama already suckered them into bringing it up and they went for the bait. Ask Bill Clinton what is going to happen next?

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McCain's people are talking about race. Obama said nothing about race.
Who's using the race card?

Posted by: Jake | July 31, 2008 2:57 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Fernando F,
Have you heard anything directly from McCain disrespecting Obama because he is black and because he has a funny name? Good Luck.
I know Obama twice mentioned his race will be used case against him since Hillary suspended her campaign. This is not including his spat with Bill Clinton.

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What do people mean by "Obama has shamefully used and abused the race card"?
He is black. I have seen white people on TV (old ladies) saying on the record that they won't vote for a black guy because he doesn't trust him. Another old Jew lady says "his name is Hussein". White people mention the race issue and somebody expects that Obama is not going to mention it at all? Come on! Obama hasn't ask for votes because he is black. He is asking for votes even though he is black.

Posted by: Fernando F. | July 31, 2008 2:48 PM

Posted by: DDG56 | July 31, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Just exactly what is McCain's heroism ? Getting shot down and captured makes you a hero ? John McCain is a fraud and close scrutiny of his military record will reveal that the only reason he was allowed to become an officer in the Navy was due to his "privileged" military family.
McCain is an old man that is being "whupped" by a new dynamic leader that is exposing him for being just what he is, a Republican hack that has been skating through under the guise of a "war hero." Obviously you're not that smart if you're at the bottom of your college class and you fail in your profession(nabal aviator). How can that be overlooked when assessing John McCain ?

Posted by: TruthHurts | July 31, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

DARE to rise against the Obama machine.

Posted by: Gorillaz | July 31, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Hillary won more votes than Obama AFTER he played the race card on her (in SC), so I'm a bit puzzled why he thinks it will work in the general election... especially considering that "white guilt" is much less effective on Republicans and Independents (in fact, both tend to be hostile to the notion). This was a big mistake by Obama. He'd be smart to move on.

Posted by: rinosaurusrex.com | July 31, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

This is what I have come to expect from Obama, a do-anything, say-anything to-win candidate with a resume so thin that it will get blown away if someone sneezes.

Just like those months during the primary season when he and his surrogates played the race card over and over again against the Clintons, now he is trying the same tactic against McCain.

This tactic will not work in the GE; it will backfire. We are tired of Obama always pushing his race down our throats. Why is he making affirmative action the # 1 reason to vote for him? Where is his record of accomplishments? Why doesn't he actually do some useful work in the US Senate before running for President?

Obama's overseas trip was a waste of his donors' money. He should have spent the time and money back home, trying to come up with useful and meaningful strategies to reverse the economy. In other words, work hard and learn to be a public servant. Does Obama even know that the President is a public servant?

I don't care much about pictures of Obama and his adoring masses in Berlin. Last I checked, Berliners are not US citizens who would have to live with another inept, self-grandiosing President should Obama get elected.

Posted by: alee21 | July 31, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

McCain's spokesman's statements regarding Obama using the "race card" is a stunning admission of ignorance regarding what the race card is.

The "race card" is not employed when race is brought up to defend the attacks of another, as Obama did. The "race card" is used when one race uses the concept of race as a weapon. Needless to say, that is exactly what the McCain concept did when they accused the Obama campaign of using the race card.

Posted by: Matt | July 31, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

LarryG62: all Obama did was call his opponent on the typical conservative tactic - the oldest in the book. tell your followers that the other guy isn't like you - he's a radical, his friends are scary, he isn't patriotic, you can't be sure his wife loves America like I do. look at his pastor, he says he doesn't subscribe to his views, but hey, you make the call. that's not racist, that's calling out the racist.

Posted by: JoeT | July 31, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I really don't get why anyone would want to vote for this old goat given the status of our nation. McBush backs just about every position Bush is for and just look at where that's got us. It seems like the only people who would want him in office are people who are making above $250K who are scared they might have to pay a few dollars more on their taxes. The other half are ignorant political hacks who simply doesn't understand where each candidate stands and yes you have the blatant racists who make up the rest.

Posted by: Ryan | July 31, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

How many times does Obama have to use the "fear of fear" strategy? He is constantly fishing for someone to take the racial-bait he has placed.

Seems every week Obama is claiming "they will criticize my race, and by the way, did I mention he has a funny name?"

Seems Obama is the only one discussing it.

Posted by: pgr88 | July 31, 2008 2:54 PM
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Really? Who goes on tv and refers to him as Hussein constantly? Who on this website puts that in the comments everyday? He's fishing? He's the only one discussing it? Where have you been?

Posted by: Evil | July 31, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

"You know, he doesn't look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills..." Yeah, he's playing the race card. Obama, either tell us where, when and by whom those insinuations were made or quit making these accusations. They're cheap and unworthy of the candidate you've led your supporters to expect you to be.

Gore lost the 2000 election after having a 14 point lead in the polls because of stupid comments and unnecessary exaggerations such as these. Quit basking in the glow of victory until you've actually had one. It's because of BS like this that I've suspended my campaigning and donations to your campaign. Shape up.

Posted by: treetopflyer | July 31, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

McCain's people are talking about race. Obama said nothing about race.
Who's using the race card?

Posted by: Jake | July 31, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Are you delusional, he already has on paper 300 electoral votes. This election is over. He even leads in Florida a state the republicans were not even going to campaign in because they were so sure of winning it. Florida alone locks it up for Obama. You are watching too much Fox news. You have to pay attention to more then what you want to hear.

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Of course he played the race card. He's dropping in the polls. He didn't get much of a boost from his summer-camp trip overseas, despite a press corps that edited out any bad moments. He has no experience. He's never managed anything. He's never had a real job where he had to produce anything. People are starting to see this. Things aren't going his way, so the race card be put on the table.

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Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

McSleazy is a racist bigot. If you don't believe me, just ask his country club friends in Phoenix how many black people he golfs with. They will respond, "He does not play golf with 'Negroes'."

Vote for diversity, a vibrant President, and fair play......VOTE OBAMA.

Posted by: Torquemada | July 31, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

God wants John McCain to win because he is a good Christian. Even though he is a scum, a do-nothing republican, a flip flopper, a hypocrite, a person with no idea for solving Americas pain, a Bush rubber stamper, a man that never worked in his life because his ditch his sick poor wife for a millionaire Barbie, a man that wears a 500 dollar pair of shoe and says he is one of us normal American, a liar, a cheater, a man that crashed 5 air plans and calls himself a war hero, a man who graduated at the bottom 1 percent of his class, a man that loves to give oil companies tax payers hard earn dollars and now wants to give oil companies the rest of American, a man that has been in congress all his life and now wants to be president and change America, and etc. etc.... I want him to be my president because he is a man of all the above and best of all, a GOOD Christian.

Posted by: L | July 31, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse


valwayne re the race card:
"Its about time the McCain camp called him on it."

Agreed. The honeymoon with Obama is over. I say "Go McCain, go!!!!"

Posted by: Billw | July 31, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

It didn't work for Hillary and it won't work for McCain (identity politics). Americans are finally fed up with the war machine, the corruption, and yes, even the politics of division. We are wise to you, McCain and your Republican dirty-tricks machine. This old-style politics won't work this time. This time America is waking up to the fact that the fat cats have taken over the main stream media and are robbing us blind, of our jobs, of our freedoms, of our country. Let's take it back. Go Obama!

Posted by: lorax | July 31, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

To all americans, vote for Obama, even if you dont like him, even if he is a race card playing, elitist, inexperienced empty suit. Why? To get the bush administration and all those who are controlling policy from behind the scenes out of control of government. They are ruining the country for most of us just for the few to benefit. It is wrong and we have to stop them. If you vote for McCain the bush policies as well as the behind the scenes controlling of our government and tax dollars will continue at our expense. Forget whats wrong with Obama. Bush is far worse. And when you vote for McCain that is who you are voting for, bush's third term. What has McCain or his campaign said that makes you think they are any different? And if so, can you trust them to change anything? We are not sure what Obama will bring but we know what McCain will bring and I am tired of it. At this point Obama could be purple and I would vote for him.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

When was the last time the U.S. elected a black president? Why in the world would Obama want to remind anyone of his race by playing "the race card."

Posted by: John Yates | July 31, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Anybody believing the Neocons won't try to frighten Americans has been asleep since September 11, 2001.

When has being black or even half black in America a plus? When was the last time American citizens felt guilty about any truly dreadful American policy enforced in this or any other country?

http://healinganation.wordpress.com/

Posted by: tankas1 | July 31, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

McCain should call Obama out on his inflammatory rhetoric and demand that Obama specify exactly who Obama claims is trying to "scare" people and demand that Obama back up his inflammatory rhetoric with facts.

Posted by: Chrissy | July 31, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Oh please!!! Obama isn't saying anything that I can't see with my own eyes, "He doesn't look like any other presidents on dollar bills"....DUH!!

How is this playing the race card?? How stupid to even suggest it! So if Hillary Clinton won and said, "I don't look like any other presidents on the dollar bills", then she's playing the gender card?!!

It's obvious she doesn't and he doesn't, I'm so glad I changed my party affiliation from Republican to Independant!! I'm threw, this is stupid!

Posted by: rcamp | July 31, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Over and over again, we're hearing the same crap from the Obama campaign and Obama's supporters:

"White Americans, you're all a bunch of racists. Prove us wrong by voting for Obama."

Well, let me disabuse you Obama supporters of THAT notion, right now.

We white Americans have NOTHING to prove to anyone. Not to America's blacks, not to the French, not to the Germans, and ESPECIALLY not to you.

Don't even try to lay a "white guilt trip" on our heads. This ain't 1960 anymore, and most of America is not Manhattan or Berkeley.

The more you play that line, the fewer white votes you will get.

We've had it with that crap.

Posted by: sinz52 | July 31, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Dumb premise for this article -- the "race card" has been fully apparent in this race since Day 1.

Posted by: fiosboy | July 31, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I appreciate John MCCAIN's newfound energy for doing what it will take to win this election. Go John go!!

Posted by: Sue | July 31, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I am and East Indian. At first I was interested in Obama because I thought it'd be cool if someone with the name Barack Hussein Obama would be elected president. It gave me hope that someone like me with a Sikh name could one day be accepted in American society.

Then I heard that a fellow Sikh woman who was at an Obama rally was told to leave from her seat (she was seated behind Obama) because it would look bad for the Obama campaign. For someone trying to campaign on so-called "post-racial" politics, he is certainly using race a lot. Its also despicable that he had a woman removed just because she was Sikh.

Obama is racist and he's absolutely disgusting. I'm pissed I even gave this guy the time of day. He care about no one but himself.

Posted by: Desi Pride | July 31, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

How many times does Obama have to use the "fear of fear" strategy? He is constantly fishing for someone to take the racial-bait he has placed.

Seems every week Obama is claiming "they will criticize my race, and by the way, did I mention he has a funny name?"

Seems Obama is the only one discussing it.

Posted by: pgr88 | July 31, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

"I think at this point it's safe to say that John McCain is LOSING HIS BEARINGS with respect to the nomination. . ."

Posted by: BHO | July 31, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Little old ladies aren't the candidate whining about race, when it suits him. Any criticism of this inexperienced rookie will be called racist, and you can bet on it. Typical liberal tactic. When you can't win a logical argument, whine about racism. No change there. He's just an empty suit who the media like, but people ought to be scared about him. He is a socialist leaning extreme liberal who will tax, spend and appease ad nauseum. That's why the people ought to be afraid of him. Not because of his color. He's a loser.

Posted by: LarryG62 | July 31, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Ken: not calling anyone stupid, just stating facts. it was McCain's ad that showed a clip of Obama at a gym shooting a basket. that's the basis of the "found time to go to the gym" lie. McCain has already admitted that the "seems he couldn't bring cameras" lie was in fact false. He decided not to go when the Pentagon's statements made it clear that he would be accused of making the troops a prop if he went, and didn't want to do that (McCain and Hannity can deny it till the cows come home, I am positive they would have). It seems (if another poster is correct, I have no idea) that the McCain camp even had an ad ready to go to make that claim if he had gone. those are the facts.

Posted by: JoeT | July 31, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

A vote for McSleazy is a vote for scumbag government - just like we now have with George dumbass Bush and his Nazi propaganda machine.

VOTE OBAMA AND SAVE OUR COUNTRY FROM SLEAZE.

Posted by: Torquemada | July 31, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

ichief wrote:

"Clinton supporters are still shaking their heads in disbelief when recalling the several occasions when the Obama campaign or its supporters accused Bill and/or Hillary Clinton of racism"
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Well, that's very typical of Hillary supporters and their bizarre, alternative reality.

See Geraldine Ferraro.

See "...HARD WORKING WHITE PEOPLE are voting for me!"

I don't think Billary are racists, but they DID very clearly use race as a wedge. Isn't it AMAZING that she said that during a stretch of primaries where race IS very certainly an issue?

You can not deny that with a straight face that Hillary played the race card. It's unbelievable that you would even try.

Posted by: sequoia | July 31, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Uh oh, struck a McTurtle nerve there. Is it because of the illegitimate black child that Bush said McCain had back in 2000? Oh that's right, that was before McCain became Bush's boot licker.

Posted by: Mike McNally | July 31, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

is funny to see how when Obama repeats things that the Republicans are saying, the same Republicans come back saying that those comments are racist. Of course they are racist, and that's why Republicans should stop using them.

Posted by: Fernando F. | July 31, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

How about John McCain discussing his
Arizona MOB connections through his
father-in-law, John Hensley. I would
suggest that more Americans read about
this MOB connection, because it might
raise the stakes jsut a wee bit for the
Former Vietnam Vet Hero. So, how about
it John-Boy?

Posted by: Jet-Man | July 31, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama threw the race card over and over again against Hillary. Nobody should ever forgive him for allowing Geraldine Ferraro to be labeled a racist. And he threw the race card weeks ago with nearly the same statements. Its about time the McCain camp called him on it. Obama is desperately trying to avoid answering any questions. His answer to every tough question is "The republicans are trying to scare you? Nobody has brought up race except Obama....he should be called on it?

Posted by: valwayne | July 31, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

This is truly hilarious. Barack Obama has been using the race card to BOLSTER his election bid. Yeah, because the last time I checked being non-white was a real campaign booster! How utterly ridiculous!

Posted by: Jim B. | July 31, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

"McSleazy is a racist bigot. There is no getting away from that. His country club set believes "Negroes" are the servant class, not the politician class."

This is the same type of crap Obama-bots were spouting against Hillary. It is all about race for them. Obama is a huge hypocrite.

Posted by: hdimig | July 31, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

The folks now supporting Hillary are Republicans in disguise attempting to sow dissension in the Dem's ranks.

Just remember, Hillary lost - she is a loser and will never be in the White House again... thank God!

Posted by: Torquemada | July 31, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Looks like McCain just continues digging his own grave and hammering nails into his own coffin...a couple years earlier than expected.

Look at him. He's already putrefying.

Posted by: wilder5121 | July 31, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, McCain, by being half-black, Obama has played the race card. Oh, the injustice of it all!

Posted by: Sara B. | July 31, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Doc. Obama is playing the race card and he is playing games and he is playing us.

GET TOUGH AND VOTE MC.CAIN

Posted by: pete | July 31, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

More should be done to censor this post. The potty mouths from the Obama camp are ridiculous.

Now, because I feel like it, I will revert to Obamatards tactics - Seriously, go smoke some pot and sip your latte and go back to your boring vanilla lives. Take a practice about reading a real American instead of reading about it in some book. Obama is not the solution, but the problem. He is out of touch with reality and his Hawaii, Indonesia raised butt doesn't understand the plight of the majority of Americans.

Posted by: Kanye East | July 31, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

The Rap on Obama:

http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b148577_obama_camp_raps_ludacris_offensive.html

Like Ludacris says: "Get off your ass black people and get out and vote!" I could not agree more.

Posted by: mplark | July 31, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

True. Honestly, I am not a supporter of Hillary either but I concur Obama won the Democrat primary.


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DDG56:

Too late for that (thankfully).

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Posted by: DDG56 | July 31, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

What do people mean by "Obama has shamefully used and abused the race card"?
He is black. I have seen white people on TV (old ladies) saying on the record that they won't vote for a black guy because he doesn't trust him. Another old Jew lady says "his name is Hussein". White people mention the race issue and somebody expects that Obama is not going to mention it at all? Come on! Obama hasn't ask for votes because he is black. He is asking for votes even though he is black.

Posted by: Fernando F. | July 31, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Paul Nolen, you commented:

"he GOP doesnt have the weight of ideas on its side, it only has the ability to keep people small minded and predjudiced so that the system keeps favoring the rich and powerful."

Sorry sir, but all that matters is who gets the most votes and takes hold of the reigns of power. You'll wring your hands until hell freezes over but it won't matter one iota because your mob won't be in power.

Case closed.

Posted by: Brilliant Maneuver | July 31, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Laughing so loud I'm getting hysterical

Change your name to Im a loser and I'm getting hysterical. I guess when the highlight of your day is trying to antagonize people you don't even know who support obama on a web blog then I guess it does not take much to make you laugh. Go McCain!!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't take long for the Republican Party to revert to type. They like to campaign down and dirty. Donald Segreti all over again. I'm voting for Obama not because he's black not because he isn't black but because he isn't a member of the Party of Bush. Bush grew up an overprivileged fratboy to whom all things came too easy. His family ties eased his way into the National Guard, business, the Texas governship and, by way of his Heavenly connections, to the White House. There, he broke all the unwritten rules, worst of all being politicization of the Justice Department, so that Lady Justice has regained her sight. It may well be that Bush has been played for the fool that he is by the smarter heads of the Far Right, who knew that he didn't care about much and would rubber stamp as his own anything, anything at all, that they wanted him to do. The horrors of the past 8 years has far exceeded even the Nixon White House with its Gilbert and Sullivan guard uniforms and anti-semitic, paranoid president. Oh! to be a human egg at the moment of conception. It gets more rights than an adult human being in the wacko worldview of Bush and His Friends.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | July 31, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Wes in the USAF...

stop sniffing avgas, dude. McCain cares not a bit for you or your buddies. You are so much meat on the hoof for his war machine.

Smarten up and stop mimicking what your commanders say, 'cause they are mimicking what their commanders are saying...

Posted by: Torquemada | July 31, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Come on people. Let's talk about REAL ISSUES. I need to know how John McCain keeps his comb-over in place? Super Glue?

Posted by: The Donald | July 31, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

DDG56 wrote: "If Obama cannot take the heat, step aside and let Hilary run for president."
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Huh?

Obama is running a smart, dignified campaign and is winning.

McCain is running a sleazy, desperate, petty campaign.

It's amazing how deeply your bitter Hillary world really goes. You truly live in an alternatve reality.


Posted by: sequoia | July 31, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Clinton supporters are still shaking their heads in disbelief when recalling the several occasio