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Obama Campaign Launches 'Low Road Express' Site

By Jonathan Weisman
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Battling what campaign aides called John McCain's "gutter distractions," Sen. Barack Obama launched a new website dubbed "The Low Road Express," designed to counter a wave of new attack ads against him.

On a campaign conference call, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe called this "an election of great consequence" and accused McCain of making a calculated decision to pivot to "character assaults and negative ads."

Plouffe did not directly address the McCain campaign's charge that Obama had "played the race card" by saying the Republican and his allies would use Obama's appearance and name to "scare" voters.

Over past months, Obama has warned that unnamed opponents would use such tactics, but earlier this summer, he began to label those forces "Republican" and yesterday, he specifically said such tactics would come from McCain.

Asked what instances Obama was referring to, Plouffe demurred before replying, "What we're seeing out of the McCain campaign, the Republican Party and some of their allies have been some very aggressive charges."

Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of the former Republican president and a lifelong Republican, joined the chorus denouncing the recent McCain ads on the campaign call.

"Ordinary voters are tired of these Swift-Boating attempts to bring out the negative side," she said. "The issues are just too big right now."

By Web Politics Editor  |  July 31, 2008; 5:05 PM ET
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No, Anonymous (and insomniac?) at 3:01 AM, that isn't an oxymoron -- I graduated at the top of my class from Stanford Law School -- how about you?

Posted by: JakeD | August 4, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

America deserves an intelligent, honest, vibrant, caring leader. Obama 08 Posted by: Elitist | August 1, 2008 11:04 AM ******bama is not intelligent he's crafty & a damn good liar! Since when is honesty defined by saying one thing & doing another? vibrant doesn't mean intelligence,he needed drugs to get thru life before how do you know that he's still not doing that? caring-how many people has bama thrown under the bus, he cares for himself & noone else, he has proven that time after time! you bamabots know all this & that's the reason you can't discuss any issues without bashing others! The black revolutionists are starting to see what this joker is all about, next you'll say they're racists against blacks that they're starting to "act white". bama started the race card from day 1 by disavowing his other heritages in favor of his blackness (50%white, 43.75%arab, 6.25%black) & now he's throwing the blacks under the bus. Kenya classifies bama, his father & all paternal ancestry as Arab-African, not black....his White grandparents are communists & his paternal family are radical muslims; he is just like them hates the U.S. & what it has always stood for. nobama'08 or EVER!

Posted by: caroltate2 | August 3, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Navy Veteran | August 3, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

hello yu there

Posted by: uiriami | August 2, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"This I believe is something that thinking McCain supporters should consider."

Posted by: DD | August 1, 2008 4:04 PM

Thinking McCain supporters, you won't find them here.
Isn't that an oxymoron?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 3:01 AM | Report abuse

Why not just cut the crap and call it the "Hissy Fit Express"? I think that pretty much sums up this utterly embarrassing series of ads from John McCain.

Posted by: davestickler | August 1, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

...Is this mike on? Testing one, two...

Hey Brave Anonymous Poster at 1:02pm- Are you on sedatives? Rezko borrowed money from Auchi who was Saddam Hussein's money launderer in London and Rezko's wife used it to purchase the land adjacent to the house Obama was buying SIMULTANEOUSLY, OVERPAYING FOR THE LAND WITH IRAQI BLOOD MONEY, SO OBAMA COULD UNDERPAY FOR THE HOUSE....now, again- how is that different from Stevens?

Posted by: Scott | August 1, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Heeheehee! We've come along way in American! Now Republicans argue that if Obama reminds everyone that he is BLACK its an unfair advantage!

Not this time. Not this year.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | August 1, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama Aide Concedes 'Dollar Bill' Remark Referred to His Race
Obama Strategist Calls McCain's Attack Ad Insulting; McCain Camp Defends It
By MARK MOONEY
Aug. 1, 2008

RSS Sen. Barack Obama's chief strategist conceded that the Democratic presidential candidate was referring to his race when he said Republicans were trying to scare voters by suggesting Obama "doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills."

A key strategist for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., says the candidate's reference to faces on the dollar bill was indeed an acknowledgement of race and its role in the presidential campaign.
(ABCNews Photo Illustration)The comment had triggered a charge Thursday from Sen. John McCain's campaign manager that Obama had "played the race card... from the bottom of the deck."


Playing the Race Card
Obama's camp initially denied the remark was a reference to Obama's race.

Obama is poised to become the first black man to be the presidential nominee of a major political party when he claims the Democratic nomination on Aug. 28 -- the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

He was referring to the fact that he didn't come into the race with the history of others," Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said Thursday. "It is not about race."

But Obama's chief strategist, David Axelrod, acknowledged on "Good Morning America" Friday that the candidate was referring, at least in part, to his ethnic background.

When pressed to explain the comment, Axelrod told "GMA" it meant, "He's not from central casting when it comes to candidates for president of the United States. He's new to Washington. Yes, he's African-American."

That seemingly obvious reference sparked the first real fireworks between the two camps as backers of both candidates accused the other of trying to subtly inject race into the presidential contest.

Posted by: Its about RACE stupid | August 1, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Celebrity is not a reason to vote for or against anyone. We need a leader. Someone who understands and does something about the important issues. John McCain's ad is a bad one because it diverts our attention from the economy and healthcare and other pressing issues.

His ad is no different than the protesters shouting at Obama. They are both distractions. We can not stop focusing on the things that need fixing for anything that is unessential to the well being of the country.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

"Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of the former Republican president and a lifelong Republican, joined the chorus denouncing the recent McCain ads on the campaign call. "

This I believe is something that thinking McCain supporters should consider. Your party is at a crossroads. The irrational wing, the Bush, Delay wing that has used values issues rather than policy wing, is in charge. They favored attacks rather than to promote their candidate. I was registered Republican in 2000 though I was really more independent. I voted for McCain in 2000. This year I favor Obama.

The real John McCain the one before 2004 is the kind of candidate that should be running today. He is not running that way because the wrong people are in power.I should be at least considering John McCain. and I am not because Bush's influence must be purged from the party.

That element needs to be cleared out and a defeat of John McCain will do that. I believe that the most important thing you can do, if you do not believe in Obama, is to vote for Ron Paul or Bob Barr, though I think Paul sends a better message. That vote is more specific to the message you need to get across that the America that Bush has projected is not the America we want. We want low taxes, but fair taxes. we want to contain spending and without that we can not cut taxes. Deficits count. McCain on the economy is a continuation of George Bush.

Republican leaders need to know that the message of working together with the opposition to solve problems is what our country wants. McCain's ads says that that is not his concept of good government

Posted by: DD | August 1, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

To listen to my parents talk, Franklin Roosevelt was indeed their "CELEBRITY". He was apparently popular here in the US and abroad. Take note of the nations that became our allies in WWII. And, by the way, he delivered a damned good speech. He was the kind of speech maker that gave hope, confidence and strength to an entire nation during some horribly difficult times. He did NOT play on their fears. One of the common threads among the great U.S. presidents and world statesmen were their abilities as great speakers and orators. I'm talking about Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and now--Barack Obama. Yes, give me a President of the United States that can inspire the nation and the world with his words. How dumb is it for some to criticize that ability. Yes, give me a President of the United States that exhibits some "CELEBRITY" together with his intellect and great judgement.

Posted by: Greg | August 1, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

rHey Brave Anonymous Poster at 1:02pm- Are you on sedatives? Rezko boorowed money from Auchi who was Saddam Hussein's money launderer in London and Rezko's wife used it to purchase the land adjacent to the house Obama was buying SIMULTANEOUSLY, OVERPAYING FOR THE LAND WITH IRAQI BLOOD MONEY, SO OBAMA COULD UNDERPAY FOR THE HOUSE....now, again- how is that different from Stevens?

Posted by: Scott | August 1, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

The people that think that McCain is a puppet and that Obama is not must be completely blinded by their own bias. If anybody has proven that they aren't a puppet, it's McCain. Obama is movie star who will sell America out for the leading role. All of the presidents to date, especially those before WWII are the reason our country is what it is! I'm not buying into change, when we should just go back to the policies we've forsaken. Those were the policies that made us the most powerful nation in the world. Adapt, yes. Change, no way!

Posted by: Jeremie | August 1, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I thought John Edwards was too busy ducking National Enquirer reporters at hotels?

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the reason why the Straight Talk Express is heading for the gutter is that Dr. Schmidt has mistakenly sliced off a chunk of Grampa's integrity.

Maybe it's to call a trial lawyer - I think Edwards is available.

Posted by: Reginald Avery Wilkins, Ph.D. | August 1, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

On the subject of the low road- when McCain broke his oath with his first wife, it turns out that he doubled down on the selling of his soul by marrying into the mob and going into Republican politics.

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

I don't know how much lower you can get than that.

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

The pitiful structure, tone, and quality of McCain's campaign simply supports the Obama claim that " A Change is Needed". In fact, the behavior of the Republican thugs that are now "running McCain" tells us that a change is "NECESSARY". Just because I'm a White, non-college graduate that earns only $35,000 per year, McCain can't scare me into voting for him and the thugs he has now associated himself with. Really, how utterly stupid is he?

Posted by: Greg | August 1, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Maryann, but there is stupid on both sides. What did McCain mean when his first ad said "The American President Americans Have Been Waiting For"? What was the implication there? Could it be that the alternative candidate was not "fully" American? If not, then why say it?

Posted by: WTF | August 1, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Why are our politics so depraved that we end up talking about Paris Hilton and who played the race card first? This is not going to address our budget deficit, our devaluing currency, energy problems, climate change, or foreign affairs. These political arguments should be ridiculed and shunned for the stupidity they represent. Why must we constantly resort to addressing these idiotic nonissues? When we opine on this BS we are just as bad as these hacks who call themselves political journalists Is my country really this dumb?

Posted by: WTF | August 1, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Why are our politics so depraved that we end up talking about Paris Hilton and who played the race card first? This is not going to address our budget deficit, our devaluing currency, energy problems, climate change, or foreign affairs. These political arguments should be ridiculed and shunned for the stupidity they represent. Why must we constantly resort to addressing these idiotic nonissues? When we opine on this BS we are just as bad as these hacks who call themselves political journalists? Is my country really this dumb?

Posted by: WTF | August 1, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

McCain's Campaign = Pig's slop! Yuck! What a Pitiful bunch of Republicans. The most pathetic of all is how the Neocons are using such an empty suit like McCain whom the Neocons knew had no morals and would sell his soul to the devil him,herself to be the President of the U.S.A. would take their bait. So they use the pathetic old goat to push their agenda. I must admit, they cleverly put the dumbest and most useless piece of crap in the forefront. I guess that's the rethugs way of getting McCain back for 2000. Wow, payback's a real itch!

Posted by: Lucy | August 1, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Please someone tell me what aggressive charges they are refering to? The comparision to Paris and Britney? Yeah, THAT's an agressive charge. Is it calling Obama inexperienced? It can't be race. We're all aware the only person making that aggressive charge is Obama himself: "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?'"

Guess he couldn't wait any longer for 'them' to bring it up and so has had to give himself the 'race bump'? Such a drag that he was called out on it.

What a joke. He is coming off as the biggest whiner on the planet.

Posted by: Maryann | August 1, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

PRINCETON, NJ -- According to Gallup Poll Daily tracking from July 29-31, John McCain and Barack Obama are now tied at 44% in the preferences of national registered voters.
This is not much different from the results reported in Gallup Poll Daily tracking on Thursday, when the two were nearly tied with 45% for Obama and 44% for McCain. However, it is a substantial turnaround from earlier this week when Obama held a statistically significant lead coming off his high-profile trip to Europe, Afghanistan, and the Middle East.

Obama and McCain were closely matched in each of the three nights of interviewing included in today's result, with neither candidate ahead by more than three percentage points. This suggests that the recent surge in voter support for Obama has truly subsided.

The contrast between Obama's recent advantage over McCain (ranging from six to nine points) and today's result is particularly notable because this is McCain's strongest showing in over a month. The last time Gallup found the race exactly tied was in late June. By contrast, in the weeks just prior to Obama's overseas trip, he had led the race by an average of four points.

How pathetic Barry is. After everything that Bush and the GOP have done to this country, Barry is only tied with McCain. What does that say about the One?

Posted by: Jack Straw | August 1, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

There is little doubt that John McCain is desperate. It is sad. I supported McCain in 2000. Had been a republican for 50 Years. At that point I had a great deal of respect for him since he seemed to be a republican who had enough guts and brains to speak out about some of the tawdry ways of the GOP.

Times have changed and John McBush has changed. His ego and ambition to be president has caused him to sell his soul. Where he used to talk about respectable campaigns he is the first to take the low road. The charge that Obama played the race card is laughable. McCain's campaign is obviously the one playing the race card and proud to do it. Now they can line up every racist and KKK member in the country as their hard core.

Having grown up in the south and having actively participated in politics during much of the change over to the GOP, I think that I have a good feel for what the the folks are thinking. Unfortunately,
there are still a lot of racist in the south, otherwise there wouldn't be any significant republican sentiment in the area. In this area, the GOP race card is well known and it was of course the first fear campaign they used. So it is apparent that the decent people in this area are going to have to work double time or the same old politics, and the same old sorry politicians will win.. . . .

One of the the things that most concerns me has been the baseless charges strategy that the McCain campaign started about a month ago. They are intent on filling the air with endless, baseless charges and hope that each one finds a nutty segment of the electorate that will swallow.

The elitist charge, probably one of the most hypocritical I can imagine, seems to have been the first. It is hard to imaging anyone dumb enough to accept that line. Since McCain came from a long line of four star admirals went to Annapolis and Obama from a single mother it was the height of idiocy.It must have been the Harvard law school thing.
But the McCain folks are well staffed with low road advocates. The neocons, probably the closest relatives to the fascist we have seen in the US, addapt well to the "Big Lie". You can see it in the forefront when the talk shows have a McCain spokesman. They talk, talk, and talk, never letting anyone else have a chance to reply. It is nothing but a determined plan to make sure that a rational position is never expressed. What disturbs me is that commentators generally sit by and never control the discussion. But the McCain folks do not seem to mind coming off as rude. winning is everything to them,

Posted by: Jim Reed | August 1, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

PTR....Good answer. Just wanted to hear you say it. :~)

Posted by: Kim | August 1, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Kim, the audience are right leaning independents and Reagan Democratsm, of course. 8~)

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

PTR...From your perspective, who do you believe was the "targeted audience" which he has obviously reached, although I have an idea?

Posted by: Kim | August 1, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Kim:

I'm not going anywhere. I'm just making the point that had McCain's handlers used two black women the message would have missed his target audience. Period.

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

Scott....Duh, Stevens is different from Obama because Steven's used money from reputted mob bosses and crimminals to build a rap a round porch and put thousands of those $$$ into a home which with is fingers crossed behind his back and lying on federal documents about where he got the money from. Rezko donated money to a campaign which was documented and given to charities...Obama didn't lie to the Feds and on FEderal documents that he never recieved money. Stevens Lied knowingly and willfully...Big difference...the same way McCain lied and got the federal loan money for his campaign. Those rethugs seems to lie and steal...the same way the current Bush administration has sat in the white house for 8 years abusing executive power and robing and raping the American people. He and the rethugs have literally gone into the American people's home and took everything from us starting with our family members fighting a war which was all based on a lie and murdering over 4,000 American soldiers, deception in mortgage and lending practices, foreclosures, greed for oil, economy is screwed, squandering money and sending all of our jobs overseas, no jobs, recession, the American budge had billions of $$ and very little debt. These pitiful crimminals have robbed and raped America blind. What really burns me up is that people like you try to defend these crimminals. That my friend, is unpatriotic.

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

Hey BRAVE anymous poster....ask someone to read you the NY Times public editor's apology for his paper's running with the story....

Posted by: Scott | August 1, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Scott....what ever happened to the young, blue eyed blond anyway? Seems she just dissapeared, never to be seen again. My bet is that she'll resurface after the election is over. Sort of like how Cindy McCain surfaced before McCain kicked his 1st crippling wife underneath the bus. That is a fact now isn't it? Wouldn't want to quote any rumors. This was reported by high ranking republicans including the Reagans themselves. Might want to do some fact checking....

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Kim, Rezko was indicted 6 times recently, that's VERY DIFFERENT than loobying for issues with which Kim disagrees. Let me remind you of that. What about my issue Kim? How is Stevens different than Obama?

Posted by: Scott | August 1, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

bKim, Rezko was indicted 6 times recently, that's VERY DIFFERENT than loobying for issues with which Kim disagrees. Let me remind you of that. What about my issue Kim? How is Stevens different than Obama?

Posted by: Scott | August 1, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

PhilTR.....would that audience happen to be a very "Apalachian" audience who are racist bigotts and would definitely have a problem with Obama being compared with two famed white bimbos? That ad could be viewed in many negative ways. Obama did well to comment on it. It was tasteless and classless. But when you state that he should have been with "..Paula Abdula or Whitney Houston although they had legal problems...." I am not quite understanding where you are going with that one? That ad would have been percieved in a negative way as well.

Posted by: Kim | August 1, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Scott....I just wanted to give you a friendly reminder that when you start throwing out names like Rezkno, etc...McCain has individuals that are ACTUALLY his campaign folks who have ties to lobbyist and terrorist and have actually attacked the american people with stupid accusations and crooked business deals. So I just thought that I would warn you not to go there. Sorry if it the dirt got underneath your fingernails...

Posted by: Kim | August 1, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

....AND MAKE ANONYMOUS POSTS

Posted by: Scott | August 1, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

The fault in hypocricy is apparently as simple as quoting a mud slinging NY Times article that the paper's own editor disavowed while making an accusation of mudslinging....but you don't see that, that's why you drink the corn ethanol kool aid.

Posted by: Scott | August 1, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Republicans love to project on to others their own faults.

Karl Rove style liar move.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Isn't McCain's own daughter a Paris wannabe?

Well, I doubt anyone in the McCain family will be voting for McCain anyway.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Kim: I have an uncomfortable feeling that because the women were white the ad was targeted at a very specific audience. This was a very clumsy and obvious attempt to stir up bad feelings. Of course Barack did himself no favors in reacting the way he did. The McCain camp reacted to his reaction in clas ical Rovian style.

Posted by: PhilTR | August 1, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey Kim,
Address the issues or you yourself are doing what you are accusing me of doing...slinging mud....whatever happened to that sleazy NY Times story of Febuary that the Times own Public Editor disavowed IN PRINT? You are pathetic in your hypocricy...like Obama against global warming, but for corn over sugar cane ethanol....pathetic, the latter has 1/8th the carbon footprint. Issues Kim, it's all in the issues

Posted by: Scott | August 1, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

McCain is about as low as you can get....and getting lower now than he is a puppet to Karl Rove, Bush, and Cheney.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Hey Kim,
Adress the issue or you yourself are doing what you are accusing me of doing...slinging mud....whatever happened to that sleazy NY Times story of February that the Time own Public Editor disavows IN PRINT? You are pathetic in your hypocricy...like Obama against global warming, but for corn over sugar cane ethanol....pathetic, the latter has 1/8th the carbon footprint. Issues Kim, it's all in the issues.

Posted by: Scott | August 1, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Scott.....until McCain stops sleeping in the bed with lobbyist (I mean literally), please don't sling mud....or is it just that the American people are psychologically hurting as McCain's strategist puts it. McCain's senior strategies has ties to Terrorist and are literally on their payroll. This is a fact. Remember Charlie Black. So I would advise you not to sling mud. Are the McCain supporters just as pitiful as the McCain campaign? Geez!!

Posted by: Kim | August 1, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

PhilTR.....In essence the McCain Camp picked to retarded bimbos with legal and drug issues as well. Heck, one just gave up her kids because she isn't mentally stable enough to care for them. Paris Hilton is an ex-con. This is pitiful on the McCain camp's judgment.....just shear pitiful

Posted by: Kim | August 1, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey Christopher London- Who WAS that grey haired guy carrying his valet bag over his shoulder alone on a commercial flight to New Hampshire last December? It wasn't you Barack Star....it was John McCain who stood up alone to hold 100s of town hall meetings and turn around his campaign after his support of that same surge, which has improved conditions in Iraq enough to now allow your candidate to finally visit in safety, threatened to sink his candidacy. His will be the greatest turn around in American Presidential political history...and He will be responsible for turning it around....or don't you watch the news?

Posted by: Scott | August 1, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

McCain has sunk so low, that even the "low road" is too high for him.

McCain is off the road, and sinking in a cesspool.

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

Thanks Ted Stevens for bringing the ethical debacle of a Senators home being his castle back to the fore. The analogy is so simple, it begs making: Stevens is to Allen as Obama is to Rezko. It is as crystal clear as the comparison between having the audacity to claim the mantle of "change" and supporting pork and carbon producing corn ethanol over 8 times more efficient sugar cane ethanol. Hey Barack, how is that cheap side yard working out for you? Just thank Tony (and Nadhmi Auchi the Iraqi money launderer he borrowed the money from)....oh, you probably already did. I will thank Ted.

Posted by: Scott | August 1, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I'll have to admit that it was a stroke of shear stupidity for the McCain handlers to put two white women in their 'rock-star' ad. Of course they knew what they were doing. They could have used two black women like for example Paula Abdul and Whitney Houston both of whom are 'rock-stars' with legal problems. Instead they stupidly pick two white women. To top it off Paris' grandfather is/was a McCain supporter. Stupid is as stupid does.

Posted by: PhilTR | August 1, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I was talking to a guy working on my sidewalk about the upcoming election and he actually believed that Obama was a converted Muslim and the whole republican spiel, I couldn't believe anyone actually believes that bull.
That said, I continued talking to him in a normal manner, and really enjoyed the conversation. We are ALL Americans and that, to me, means that we don't all have to agree. I don't take it personally when someone doesn't agree with me, that's just life.
One thing I said did make him rethink his vote though... McCain spent a lot of time being tortured in a POW camp and I asked him how that would affect his ability to lead. There are lifelong psychological issues that stem from imprisonment and torture, and I personally would like a president that has a clean bill of mental health as well as physical.
Before anyone goes on and on about how horrible I am and whatnot for bringing up war trauma, my dad. who was a military police officer in the marines, and served three years in Vietnam as such is the one who brought this to my attention. He pointed out that back then when guys were sent home they didn't have support groups or help in general with readjustment or psychological trauma. many were actually treated very badly by people who were against the war. Those two factors played heavily into the numbers of homeless Vietnam vets on the streets today.

Posted by: whoeveriwannabe | August 1, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

REMEMBER THIS: John McCain is NOT running his campaign. McCain is NOT of sound mind. He is an empty vessel being used by the NEOCONS to take out OBAMA. The "Maverick...War Hero..Naval Aviator" Brand and imagery is being used to draw a contrast with the multicultural Obama. Senator Barack Obama is the quintiessential American. McCain is a 1950's Caricature. The Neocons are hoping that enough Americans vote for the caricature, and the GOP's plan is to carry McCain through one term and have their hand picked V.P. to assume the leadership role when they can no longer hide the fact that McCain is INSANE. This is no joke. It should be a NATIONAL SCANDAL. As stated by Dr. Larry Hunter (former U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Chief Economist): "The Republican Party is a dead rotting carcass with a few decrepit old leaders stumbling around like zombies in a horror version of 'Weekend With Bernie,' handcuffed to a corpse." Arianna Huffington has stated as well, "John McCain is the Republicans TROJAN HORSE." The GOP settled on McCain and pushed him through the primaries with all candidates endorsing him ultimately because the climate of the country would not allow them to put forth anyone else. The GOP Primary was a test run to see who was strongest against the Democrats. John McCain's faux "Maverick" brand was the most saleable to independents and swing Democrats. They just have to keep up the illusion that McCain is not Nuts long enough to fool American voters.

Posted by: Christopher London | August 1, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

John McCain is a racist. Here's the proof:

http://nahnopenotquite.wordpress.com/2008/08/01/proof-m ccain-is-a-racist/

The big question is why isn't the Washington Post making an issue out of this? He routinely used the "g-word" to describe his Vietnamese captors. Forgivable? Read the post. It's not. He's a racist.

Why does the Washington Post protect John McCain?

Posted by: Nah Nope | August 1, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Christopher....thanks for the post...I especially like the quote from Arianna Huffington....

To quote Arianna Huffington, "John McCain is a TROJAN HORSE for the NEOCONS in the GOP." For the GOP to put forth for President a man who is far from intellectually gifted to be begin with, who has a LOW IQ, little intellectual curiousity who may also in fact have lost his marbles is on some level....well, it ought to be a national scandal. McCain never had a full deck to begin with and now even more cards are missing. Simply put, If McCain were a product you purchased at the store you would return it for being defective or broken.

Posted by: Kim | August 1, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

The Mainstream media and McCain's handlers have focused on selling Americans on imagery of the "War Hero...Maverick...Naval Aviator" while hiding, ignoring or at least severely downplaying the disturbing side of McCain, that he is in fact mentally unstable, suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome), alzheimers or the onset of senility. McCain was tortured so severely in Vietnam that he tried to commit suicide. This should raise very real concerns about his fitness for leadership, especially given his age. Perhaps McCain's "Straight Talk" Campaign of 2000 vs. Bush combined with his hosting Media BBQ's at his country homes has so endeared him to those in the Corporate Media that they choose to downplay, disregard or rationalize his consistent inability to recall basic facts, put together coherent responses or randomly lashing out in anger and singing strange songs like "Bomb Bomb Iran" to the tune of the Beachboys Barbara Ann.

Dr. Larry Hunter (former U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Chief Economist): "The Republican Party is a dead rotting carcass with a few decrepit old leaders stumbling around like zombies in a horror version of 'Weekend With Bernie,' handcuffed to a corpse." Through McCain the GOP is perpetrating a FRAUD on the American people. John McCain is merely an empty vessel, a hollow and soulless man for their ideas. People of good conscience whether they be Democrats, Independents and Republicans should not reward the GOP with a vote for John McCain.

Despite McCain regularly wearing Navy ballcaps, posing as a TOP GUN ala Tom Cruise, all evidence illustrates that McCain was a terrible pilot, destroyed numerous military aircraft, nearly flunked out of the Naval Academy (graduating 894th out of 899) where he spent more of his time behind a bar stool than studying and preparing to become a proficient pilot. McCain was more enamored with the title and the trappings of being a 'Naval Aviator' than preparing to be a proficient one...likewise he has been consumed with becoming President for his entire political career but is clearly unprepared. McCain was unprepared for Vietnam and is admittedly unprepared now. To quote Wesley Clark, "Well, I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president."

To quote Arianna Huffington, "John McCain is a TROJAN HORSE for the NEOCONS in the GOP." For the GOP to put forth for President a man who is far from intellectually gifted to be begin with, who has a LOW IQ, little intellectual curiousity who may also in fact have lost his marbles is on some level....well, it ought to be a national scandal. McCain never had a full deck to begin with and now even more cards are missing. Simply put, If McCain were a product you purchased at the store you would return it for being defective or broken.

Posted by: Christopher London | August 1, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

McCrackhead has too, lest people start remembering how he crashed the financial system last time during the Savings and Loan collapse. Google Keating 5....

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | August 1, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

does it concern ANYONE else that the McCains are tied into a lobbying beer distribution business? It's even rumored that Cindy-Lou's dad has ties to the mob! Don't forget for a second who paid for McCracky to get into politics. Dirty, dirty money. And they call Obama an out of touch elitist! Why? Because he's smarter than McCain, and apparently stupid Americans fear intelligence! This election is nastier than any I can remember, and considering the 2004 election, that's saying a lot.

Check this out - a good article by the LA Times concerning the McCains' liability issues vis-a-vis the beer business:

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-hensley22-2008jun22,0,4794559.story

Posted by: LL | August 1, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Paul...."...McCain looked uncomfortable defending the Britney ad....."

I don't exactly agree with that statement. Yes McCain looked uncomfortable because he couldn't defend the Britney Spear's ad. It was baseless and pathetic. It showed that he has no backbone and no vision. It was a swiftboat 527 attack and that's all the McCain Campaign has been doing for the past two weeks. It would do him better, if he would tell the American people what he is for and not what he BELIEVES OR WANT TO BELIEVE Obama is for. That's not what the American people want. They wan't to know how McCain's plans are going to help them. Which McCain doesn't have any answers or plans or vision. Nough said...

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

Obama is not playing the race card...he is not like the Presidents you see on the dollar bills...that is fact, not racist. When people are afraid they often use the obivious to make others fearful. The new adds McCain's campaign are using only goes to show how envious, fearful, threatened they are by Sen. Obama and his campaign. I'm tired of Stedford candidates...acting and looking robotically and using fear, differences, etc. as weapons.

Posted by: AlesterP | August 1, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Swift-boating? Senator, I've seen swift-boating, swift-boating made me see red, senator this is no swift-boating.

In fact calling it that is a bit of the same old politics on your part.

That being said, it was a bit of pathetic campaigning on McCain's part. He looked so uncomfortable defending the Britney ad. I'm sure that like Obama, having repackaged himself so much McCain probably forgets who he is.

But Obama should take heed of the old sports adage, if you let your opponent hang around and hang around ...

Posted by: Paul | August 1, 2008 11:24 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 11:21 AM | Report abuse

You don't like Obama and that is fine, but Mccain just got trapped by Obama and it was no accident. Obama baited Mccain into responding to something they did even do and now go on record they will never do it, have never done it and will never do it in the future. They are now boxed in and the first time anything come up and it will, Mccain will be accused of playing the race card. Obama has just out moved Mccain again, he made a preemptive strike. Obama just plain plays the game better then the Mccain people.
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If anyone is playing the race card, it's the BLACK RACIST Obama! He's been slipping in the polls, so now he's crying for sympathy. And WHY is it that 98% of blacks support Obama, tell me that the biggest racists are NOT the blacks!!

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

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

haven't forgotten the attacks from McCain on Obama's Foreign Policy strategy. McCain called Obama, naive, unpatriotic, dangerous and would not keep America safe. Isn't it amazing that McCain, President Bush,Iraqi Politicians (President, PM),Afghan president,Israeli PM,President, All the European Leaders he visited (Germany, France & England) has the thrown their wholehearted support behind Sen Obama foreign policy. I don''t hear anything more about the Surge. So much for Obama not being fit or ready to be POTUS. That leaves McShame only one route to the presidency. McShame is counting on the voters not being informed, Since McLame cannot win on the issues, he has chosen an unethical road paved with untruths, lies & distortions. McCain new strategy is

"If you can't win thru Brilliance, Baffle them with B-ll S-it"

Not this time, not this year and definitly this presidential election. America deserves an intelligent, honest, vibrant, caring leader.

Obama 08

Posted by: Elitist | August 1, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

hello how are you?

Posted by: william | August 1, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

"Which leading Republicans are, as you say, bigots? And what do you base that on?"


Without the bigot vote Republicans couldn't win elections. Bigotry is their unifying aspect.

Posted by: tim | August 1, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

How would Rove or his trainees play the race card?

Why, accuse the other side of playing the race card.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

BTW - why will 99% blacks not vote for a black candidate?
Do you ever see anything other than white, old and middle aged male from the other side - who talks about them and their issues. They have faced segregation and continue to be pushed into lower income neighborhoods with poor schools, high crime, drugs and highest rates of incarceration. Has there been a Republican candidate that has addressed any of the issues that they face everyday.
It is convenient for Republicans to point fingers when we know that plenty of white people will be only vote based on the color of the skin. Clinton's primary run proved that several times.

Posted by: wendynyc | August 1, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

This election is about OIL and OIL lobbyists in the tank for John McCain -
Their tactics are going to be WIN AT ANY COST - they want to keep their oil profits.
WE AMERICANS NEED TO STOP BUYING SO MUCH OIL - START CAR POOLING, DEMAND BUS SERVICES, BUY SMALLER CARS.
When we vote Republican - we are voting against our own interests. Only the top 1% should be voting Republican - because they do not have our interests above their personal interests.
BTW - Rush, Sean and O Reilly are agents of these oil companies and similar corporations - they want them to win so they can go buy FOOTBALL TEAMS while we all struggle to pay our bills.

Posted by: wendynyc | August 1, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

It isn'a a secret how Republican/Rove propaganda works. They use selected wording to define their opponents in their terms and then repeat it 'till it is accepted as fact.

Take the claim that Obama is the most liberal senator. One right wing rag makes that up and then it gets repeated, plugged and quoted as often as possible. People begin to accept that as fact.

Posted by: tim | August 1, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

McCain = Mr. Nasty

Posted by: Flant | August 1, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

If anyone is playing the race card, it's the BLACK RACIST Obama! He's been slipping in the polls, so now he's crying for sympathy. And WHY is it that 98% of blacks support Obama, tell me that the biggest racists are NOT the blacks!!

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

Barack Obama's campaign and supporters finally get tagged for using the 'reverse race card.' It's about time. They got away with the tactic for far too long, starting with Eugene Robinson and others during the Democratic primaries.

Every time someone (starting with Bill Clinton) criticized Barack his supporters would claim racism.

McCain supporters will now try to neutralize the racial attacks coming from the Obama camp.

Posted by: PhilTR | August 1, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

From the article:

Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of the former Republican president and a lifelong Republican, joined the chorus denouncing the recent McCain ads on the campaign call.

"Ordinary voters are tired of these Swift-Boating attempts to bring out the negative side," she said. "The issues are just too big right now."

Earth to Racists & Wingnuts: It's about the issues, stupid. Climb out of the McCain campaign sewer and discuss the issues.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

The One couldn't specify even one negative ad. Can this empty suited wimp get any more paranoid? Welcome to politics Barry. You will be held accountable. A negative ad, as defined by the Barry camp, is one that is not in agreement with Barry's alleged policies or from a reporter who does not support the One.
These ads would also be called racist.

Posted by: Jack Straw | August 1, 2008 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Ted Stevens for bringing the ethical debacle of a Senators home being his castle back to the fore. The analogy is so simple, it begs making: Stevens is to Allen as Obama is to Rezko. It is as crystal clear as the comparison between having the audacity to claim the mantle of "change" and supporting pork and carbon producing corn ethanol over 8 times more efficient sugar cane ethanol. Hey Barack, how is that cheap side yard working out for you? Just thank Tony....oh, you probably already did. I will thank Ted.

Posted by: scott | August 1, 2008 6:18 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Ted Stevens for bringing the ethical debacle of a Senators home being his castle back to the fore. The analogy is so simple, it begs making: Stevens is to Allen as Obama is to Rezko. It is as crystal clear as the comparison between having the audacity to claim the mantle of "change" and supporting pork and carbon producing corn ethanol over 8 times more efficient sugar cane ethanol. Hey Barack, how is that cheap sude yard working out for you? Just thank Tony....oh, you probably already did. I will thank Ted.

Posted by: Scott | August 1, 2008 6:17 AM | Report abuse

RE: straight talk my a**

Why are you still digging? You want to go deeper???

Posted by: imagination | August 1, 2008 5:11 AM | Report abuse

The question is, if Obama becomes president and Congress doesn't agree with him on key issues, is Obama going to call members of Congress racists? Hey, Obama, so what if you're black. Your skin color doesn't matter. What really matters is that you're as good as you make us believe and that you can deliver on all your promises. It is a big turn off when you keep reminding us that you're black. Talk about issues. If you keep using the race car, then you're no different than Jackson or Wright.

Posted by: Ames, Iowa | August 1, 2008 4:02 AM | Report abuse

I think Obama should appoint Ludacris as his new Communications Director.

"Words? Just words? Don't tell me that words don't matter." - Barack Obama

Posted by: Stage Mom | August 1, 2008 12:52 AM

For some reason, I get a good laugh whenever I read or hear Obama's statement about words. Man, Hillary was clobbered hard on this during the primary. Now, for no apparent reason, Obama starts imagining things and telling folks that people are going to attack his character because he's black. This is ridiculous. Stop being paranoid.

Posted by: James | August 1, 2008 3:52 AM | Report abuse

The truth is that McCain married into the mob.

http://www.girlinshortshorts.blogspot.com/2008/02/john-mccain-and-mob.html

He can't be POTUS.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 1:38 AM | Report abuse

They can lunch all the sites they want, But the truth is Obama is the creation of the anti-war crowd and there allies the "STUPID RICH ELITES", plus the :MEDIA" who made him into a "CELB"

The other truth is Peter King and most member of Congress have more experience than "OBAMA". in fact who ever he picks for VP will have more experience than "OBAMA"

He is all talk and very little experience. That is why he was the darling of the Anti-War Crowd and the "STUPID RICH ELITES"

VJ Machiavelli
http://www.vjmachiavelli.blogspot.com

Posted by: VJ Machiavelli | August 1, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Why did the Dingo's eat his first wife?

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

From today's analysis of John McCain (The Curious Mind of John McCain) came this quote from a commencement speech he gave in 1999:

"Enter public life determined to tell the truth; to put problem-solving ahead of partisanship; to defend the public interest against the special interests; to risk your personal ambitions for the sake of the country and the ideals that make her great. Keep your promise to America, and you will keep your honor..."

And not too long ago, Sen. McCain made many promises about his desire to run a respectful, positive campaign:

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - Sen. John McCain called Saturday for a presidential campaign that is more like a respectful argument among friends than a bitter clash of enemies, and said he is better able than either of his Democratic rivals to govern across party lines.
"We have nothing to fear from each other," the Arizona senator said..." April 5, 2008.

And here's an excerpt from the memo the McCain campaign sent out as soon as he clinched the Republican nomination:

To: Campaign Leadership
From: Rick Davis

Subject: McCain Message

Date: 3/11/2008

John McCain is now the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. It is critical, as we prepare to face off with whomever the Democrats select as their nominee, that we all follow John's lead and run a respectful campaign focused on the issues and values that are important to the American people.

Throughout the primary election we saw John McCain reject the type of politics that degrade our civics, and this will not change as he prepares to run head-to-head against the Democratic nominee.

John McCain will continue to run on his principles and will focus on the future of our country. . . .

Overheated rhetoric and personal attacks on our opponents distract from the big differences between John McCain's vision for the future of our nation and the Democrats'. . . .

Throughout his life John McCain has held himself to the highest standards and he will continue to run a respectful campaign based on the issues. . . ."

And he reiterated this approach when speaking to his former high school:

USA Today April 1, 2008
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- John McCain pledged a "respectful campaign" Tuesday against either Barack Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton, but said he is less confident about the influence of outside political groups.
The so-called "527" organizations -- named for the section of the tax code under which they operate -- can "poison the political atmosphere," McCain said during a town hall meeting at his old high school in northern Virginia.

The subject arose when a questioner at Episcopal High School asked McCain whether the prospect of two senators running against each other in the fall might lead to less negativity.

McCain said he hopes so, adding that he respects both Obama and Clinton, and believes they respect him. "Americans want more respectful campaigns," he added. But the longtime proponent of overhauling campaign finance laws said it's very hard to control the activities of allegedly independent groups that engage in negative campaigning."

But it's not supposed to be hard to control the activities of your own campaign, Senator, or of yourself. Sen. McCain you have not kept your promise to America -- a keystone of your graduation advice in 1999, and you have thus lost your honor, which we have always been told is your most precious commodity. You have sold your soul to the devil -- I hope you at least got to play the guitar like Robert Johnson, lol.

Posted by: straight talk my a** | August 1, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Obama still trying to stop water from running....

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

McCain married into a known, wealthy crime family.

He, and his family, is compromised. How can he be POTUS.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Let us hope that Obama will lose.


PUMA!

Posted by: MAx | August 1, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

I think Obama should appoint Ludacris as his new Communications Director.

"Words? Just words? Don't tell me that words don't matter." - Barack Obama

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

I have never been able to vote until this election but in every single election there is always a slew of commercials and speeches that have absolutely nothing to do with the issues of the election, but are simply one candidate pointing out all the reasons that the voter should not vote for their opponent. They usually do not even tell you why you should vote for them. It is so annoying. I do not want to hear what your opponent did fifteen years ago, I want to know what you are going to do about the issues now. I do not think that anyone is surprised that McCain has started attacking Obama's character and I do not mean because it is McCain or because he is republican. I mean because this always happens and I am sure at some point both candidates will have their character questioned. We now live in a time when everyone in the public eye is going to have their entire life scrutinized and they are going to be judged and there is nothing they can do to stop it. I do not think that starting a website was really necessary because most people have already decided who they are going to vote for and this probably will not sway their vote much. As sad as it is the United States is not a country that works together like George Washington had hoped for we vote based on party even if the candidate is not the right person for the job.

Posted by: Catelyn | August 1, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

I thought McCain was better than the typical Republican , but now I see he is just the same, resorting to dirty political tactics and false character attacks since he cannot win based upon his own merits. What a shame.

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

Once Again I would like to thank The Times:

Say What? John McCain, Barack Obama, and the "Race Card"

By The Editorial Board

We know that operatives in modern-day presidential campaigns are supposed to say things that everyone knows are ridiculous -- and to do it with a straight face.

Still, there was something surreal, and offensive, about today's soundbite from the campaign of Senator John McCain.

The presumptive Republican nominee has embarked on a bare-knuckled barrage of negative advertising aimed at belittling Mr. Obama. The most recent ad compares the presumptive Democratic nominee for president to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton -- suggesting to voters that he's nothing more than a bubble-headed, publicity-seeking celebrity.

The ad gave us an uneasy feeling that the McCain campaign was starting up the same sort of racially tinged attack on Mr. Obama that Republican operatives, some of whom work for Mr. McCain now, ran against Harold Ford, a black candidate for Senate in Tennessee in 2006. That assault, too, began with videos juxtaposing Mr. Ford with young, white women.

Mr. Obama called Mr. McCain on the ploy, saying, quite rightly, that the Republicans are trying to scare voters by pointing out that he "doesn't look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills.''

But Rick Davis, Mr. McCain's campaign manager, had a snappy answer. "Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck," he said. "It's divisive, negative, shameful and wrong.''

The retort was, we must say, not only contemptible, but shrewd. It puts the sin for the racial attack not on those who made it, but on the victim of the attack.

It also -- and we wish this were coincidence, but we doubt it -- conjurs up another loaded racial image.

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."

It's ugly stuff. How about we leave Britney, Paris, and O.J. out of this -- and have a presidential campaign?


So Now he's O.J. Simpson. Next their going to call him Voldemort.

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

Thank you, Obama campaign, for this new site.
It will help us supporters to be sensitive to problems that crop up in the media, give us a place to report it and help us to accurately represent your views in these newspapers and in e-mails.
It will be very useful.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | August 1, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Obama "brushed Hillary off" the bottom of his shoe and laughed along with the crowds. Just like they do at Trinity Church.
And then Obamabots wonder why women don't support him.
He's an arrogant despicable con - that's why!

Posted by: JoseyJ | July 31, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

No one has played the Low Road better than Obama!
Obama LIED about his own father to obtain a key endorsement - going around the country spinning a tale about the Kennedys bringing his father to America!
It was all a BIG LIE! - but the Kennedys went along with it too.
Whatever it takes to make their boy into Camelot.

WaPo
http://www.talkleft.com/story/2008/3/30/13655/6958


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

I really hope that Americans are a lot smarter than these polls seem to suggest. John McCain has totally diminished himself with these silly and juvenile attacks on Barack Obama that also contain a lot of falsehoods.

All through this campaign, he has made errors in facts and in judgement. And he insults our collective intelligence by proposing a gimmick like oil drilling, which will not be of any benefit in the foreseeable future or beneficial in reducing gas prices. This country's image has been badly tarnished by nearly 8 years of George W. Bush. And if we manage to elect another idiot--whose maverick image is a media concoction--don't be surprised if other countries think even less of us.

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

Anyone still supporting the racist McCain belongs in the bottom of the gene pool. No self respecting decent American can support for vote for this racist low life anymore. The question you ought to ask yourself is "Are you a racist low life who belongs at the bottom of the gene pool?" If the answer is "YES" you should have no problem supporting the racist McCain.

Posted by: the racist mccain | July 31, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

The same formula that Obama used to defeat Hillary won't work twice. Obama has run out of content and is all pufg. Obama is all glitter and not much else to show. It's not even sure that members of the Democratic Party will vote for Obama in the privacy of the voting booth. I have a prediction: If Obama becomes president, the next US attorney general will likely be black.

Posted by: Matt | July 31, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

One wonders if Obama is comfortable about being black, since Obama has been taped twice reminding his supporters that his opponents will attack him because he is black. No one has made an issue about Obama being black, except Obama himself. And the people that attack Obama along racial lines have been Wright and Jackson. It appears that when Obama runs out of content or talking points, he uses the race card and then denies it. This is unfortunate, because a lot of folks seem to think that Obama can be much better than that.

Posted by: Chris | July 31, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Re: Susan

A "card" is for a game: Being a veteran is not a game. It is real.

Are you kidding me???

Posted by: premier | July 31, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Ok, so let's play devil's advocate here and agree Obama played the race card. So what if he did?

John McCain has played the veteran card for his entire career, basing everything he stands for on his military time and POW status.

I agree with the premise the GOP is trying to make everyone 'afraid' of Obama. They have nothing else to hang on him, so they go for the low blow.

I applaud Obama for staying on the high road.

Posted by: Susan | July 31, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Now Obama played by an "innocent" card!!!

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

Which leading Republicans are, as you say, bigots? And what do you base that on?

Posted by: Sigmond | July 31, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Given his race Obama's candidacy is playing the race card. It is only a negative if you are a bigot such as most of the leading Republicans.

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

Of course Obama is playing the race card. That's why he is dropping like a rock in national polls. Down 8 points in three days. Amazing. Add his arrogance, presumptiveness, and very thin CV and you can see why Americans are getting turned off.

Posted by: Sigmond | July 31, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Watch how many times the supporters of Obama call McCain old, demented, cranky. Isn't that some type of "ism" by the PC taliban? I say if McCain is so old and demented, then why isn't Obama rushing to debate him and have a side by side comparison? Because . . . no teleprompters, no cheering groupies. Intimidating Hillary and Bill worked in the Democratic primary, but the BO crew is going to have to finally prove that a 1st term senator deserves to be president. It isn't going to be given to him on a silver platter because he thinks it should be. No whining, no having others do your dirty work. Expecting any less a presidential candidate would be racist.

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

How is he NOT playing the race card? He did the same thing against the Clintons in the primary. Even Bill Clinton was quoted as saying Obama had played the race card. He give a "major" speech on race and in the past two weeks has referred to the fact that he looks different than the "typical" president. Even this week he brought up the topic of reparations while pandering to minority journalists, saying:
"I personally would want to see our tragic history, or the tragic elements of our history, acknowledged, I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it's Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds."

Posted by: Clugs | July 31, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Yawn. It is campaign season, spin, twisting and other tactics will happen. I do not care what side it comes from.

Wake me up when election day is here.

Posted by: Jack | July 31, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

John Mccain is also the one who said" Blacks, although he didn't say blacks, in viet nam were good for finding land mines.

nnnnnnn

McCain is so old that he still remembers the day when America lynched uppity n*gros like Obama. No wonder he's a racist.

Posted by: the racist mccains | July 31, 2008 9:01 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

What, have you been on another planet? All he talks about is his being tortured, in his ad;s he talks about having his feet stabbed with knives. Oh please feel sorry for me, I am above criticism because I am disabled. It is implied has been since he has been in public office and the media goes for it and have for 26 years. His bullsh&t hero he has been hiding behind is used up.

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"Mccain has been playing the disability card for his entire career.'

I've never seen or heard McCain refer to his disabilities or for him to seek public sympathy for it. Can you cite an example for what you refer to as McCain "playing the disability card"?

Posted by: Sigmond | July 31, 2008 8:54 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 9:11 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 9:10 PM | Report abuse

only racists vote for mccain. mccain calls the racists 'his base'. mcCain thanks God everyday for racist people.

Posted by: The racist mccains | July 31, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey genius..Obama was the one who referred to himself as " not looking like those other presidents on the currency".. Tell us what McCain said that was racist. Thanks.

Posted by: Sigmond | July 31, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

McCain is so old that he still remembers the day when America lynched uppity n*gros like Obama. No wonder he's a racist.

Posted by: the racist mccains | July 31, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

WHAT DID I TELL YOU???? I WROTE HERE A WEEK AGO THAT McCAIN IS A RACIST AND IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE HE PLAYED THE RACE CARD!!! NOW DO YOU BELIEVE ME???

McCain had to play the race card because Obama is better person than him in every aspect.

McCAIN TROLLING FOR THE RACIST VOTE.

Posted by: The racists mccains | July 31, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

considering that Obama has lost 8 points in the latest Gallup poll over the past three days, I would say the McCain campaign is either doing well or the Obama campaign is doing poorly.

Posted by: Sigmond | July 31, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

"Mccain has been playing the disability card for his entire career.'

I've never seen or heard McCain refer to his disabilities or for him to seek public sympathy for it. Can you cite an example for what you refer to as McCain "playing the disability card"?

Posted by: Sigmond | July 31, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Another day it is all Obama all the time and Mccain is off message. Where is Mccains campaign did he leave it somewhere. Obama is suckering him into attacks and staying off message. Did they watch the Hillary campaign? Today Obama baits them into saying he is playing the race card? Don't they remember what happened to Bill Clinton? Obama is in control of everything happening and Mccain doesn't even know it. Every single day Obama controls the message.

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You Obama fans are pathetic. You have the most favorable press coverage in history and you still have the audacity to whine about the opponent's commercials. Could it be that your inexperienced, socialist leaning candidate isn't as popular as you think?

Posted by: J Snyder | July 31, 2008 8:46 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain is resorting to the gutter, plain and simple. Frankly, this is not necessarily new for him. While he might have talked in the past about running a clean campaign, he has always been bitter and angry. He has always lashed out at others. Why else would people in his own party say that they were afraid to have him anywhere near a trigger.

Posted by: michael stehle | July 31, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

So McNasty broke his oath, cheated on his first wife and ditched her for a young, rich daughter of one of the top crime families in Arizona.

Then used her money and connections to partner with the likes of Duke Tully (and there's no way McCain wouldn't have known that Tully was a lying scum) and enter Republican politics to do Charles Keating and John Helmsley's bidding.

Ain't that America.

We need to vet our Presidential candidates better.

We can't have a mobbed up family in the White House. They are compromised.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Sorry but as it stands right now Obama would have about 300 electoral voted. Dream on.

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All the polls say it's even, and some even say that obama is winning. but what they are talking about is popular vote. what counts is electoral vote. look it up if you don't know what I'm talking about. you will all see that mccain will win about as bad as bush beat kerry ferry in 04. sorry to disappoint you before the fact, but alot of people saying they are going to vote for obama have commited felonies and can't vote.

Posted by: Aaron Franklin | July 31, 2008 8:22 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

You Obama fans are pathetic. You have the most favorable press coverage in history and you still have the audacity to whine about the opponent's commercials. Could it be that your inexperienced, socialist leaning candidate isn't as popular as you think?

Posted by: J Snyder | July 31, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about the race card but Mccain has been playing the disability card 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 real war hero with all his medals on exploiting him. 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 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Wow this McCain Campaign which said it would stay positive and discuss the ISSUES that are biting this nation in the ASS has really let us down. They have flat out run out of ideas. McCain's Campaign just goes to show who is really nor ready to be president. Is it Obama who discusses in all his ads and speeches, the problems which have to be faced , or McCain who in all his ads and speeches just tries to knock down Obama, through name-calling and ignorant, childish remarks! I hopr the people of this nation see what the once great John McCain has become, and vote for Obama. for the good of the nation do not vote for this Lobbyist controlled old-timer. PLEASE!!!!

Posted by: Dale | July 31, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

How ironic that Obama's 'Low Road Express' website proceeds to do exactly what it is accusing McCain of, making gutter distractions instead of talking about what really matters.

Posted by: No Change, No Hope | July 31, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

It's not up to McCain to apologize or correct Obama's comments. Obama stating that McCain will attack him because "he doesn't look like other Presidents on our currency" is a bait and Obama should be called on it. This is one reason Obama has lost 8 points in the Gallup poll in the past few days

Posted by: Sigmond | July 31, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

All the polls say it's even, and some even say that obama is winning. but what they are talking about is popular vote. what counts is electoral vote. look it up if you don't know what I'm talking about. you will all see that mccain will win about as bad as bush beat kerry ferry in 04. sorry to disappoint you before the fact, but alot of people saying they are going to vote for obama have commited felonies and can't vote.

Posted by: Aaron Franklin | July 31, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Once McCain notices that the desperation tactics succeed only very briefly even in politics, he might have second thoughts. Negative can work briefly and then it loses, especially as the Obama campaign corrects the garbage quickly. Let's hope for something better from McCain who should be behaving and thinking better than the voters are seeing.

Posted by: Eugene | July 31, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

I wonder when we will have an adult debate with out the name calling. How can we be a beacon to the world if we continue to act like children. The greatness of our nation is not our military, but that we can have an open debate to air out our difference, then after its over come together as Americans.
If we don't we become no better then dictator nation we despise.

Posted by: Erv | July 31, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

That is the fake JakeD. I would never threaten any President-elect (it is specifically against the law too ; )

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Mark my words: Barack Hussein Obama will NOT be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 5:49 PM

Mark my words, Obama will get the JFK treatment when he wins on November 4, 2008.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 7:28 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 overtly into the public discourse.

Posted by: Irony | July 31, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama has always labeled anyone who does not support him as a racist.

I know I get tired of hearing this. It's getting to be like a noun, a verb, and anyone who doesn't support me is a racist. It's on the 6 o'clock news every night. He says it way too much.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama is baiting opponents into race issues. Americans see this and this is why Obama has lost 8 points in the Gallup poll in past few days alone.

I don't recall Mccain or anyone else other than Obama saying " he (Obama) didn't look like those other Presidents on our currency".
What was he referring to, do you suppose? Was he referring to his big ears?

Posted by: Sigmond | July 31, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I thought the rules in Race Card's is the white guy can't throw out the first race card?

If McCain's staff keeps this pace up they are going to run out of dirty tricks way before the general election. McCain should consult with his campaign staff and advise them they are in it for the long haul.

Posted by: Humpty Dumpty | July 31, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

A sure sign of desperation by the McCain handlers.

Posted by: thebob.bob | July 31, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

The Low Road Express - built by John McLame, the Republican Party, Karl Rove, and the Bushie evil Nazi propagandists. What a group. I do not know how any good person could back McSleezy and the GOP slime buckets. UGH!

Posted by: Torquemada | July 31, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Google: "John McCain" and "Kemper Marley"

Google: "John McCain" and "Duke Tully"

You take the low road, we'll take the high road, and we'll get the WH before ye...

John McMob will never be POTUS

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm lovin' it. "THE LOW ROAD EXPRESS"! LMAO! Go get'em Obama! Don't let Karl Rove's protege live up to his mentor's intentions!

Not this time! Not this year!

As more news of record oil profits roll in from the big oil companies, McCain is going to be more and more on the defensive.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 31, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Issues
McCain will make taxes $500K lower for persons making $3 million a year than Obama will.
Obama will end all taxes on Senior citizens making under $50K and McCain wont.

Obama will end all taxes on persons below the Bush federal poverty line and McCain wont.

McCain wants the CIA to torture 'suspects'. Obama doesnt.
Obama wants suspects to be charged with a crime and be given access to any evidence against them and to be allowed to cross examine witnesses, like the Constitution provides for us, or rather, provided. McCain doesnt.

Posted by: Bruce becker | July 31, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

P.S. to David:

For the record, I don't think that Barack Hussein Obama himself has ever called anyone a "racist" using that word. He's too smart for that.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I am NOT calling for it.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 6:12 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 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama has always labeled anyone who does not support him as a racist. I can see that he isn't white - so what. I dislike him for other reasons. His "HOPE" and "CHANGE" campaign sounds like the bumper sticker mentality that GW Bush perfected - "Support the troops" and "Cut and Run". His "wait 'til they get a load of me" and "I embody the change that everyone has been waiting for" sounds childish and naive. His celebrity solved no problems of his constituents in Chicago or Illinois - what makes him think that his handsome grin and MLK Jr. impersonation is what the US needs now.

Posted by: David | July 31, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

There is NO rational scenario whereby Obama is sworn in as President SOONER than January 20, 2009.

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They why do you keep calling for it?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

nclwtk:

We'll have to agree to disagree then : )

gocart mozart:

See MY prediction, below.

Anonymous at 5:54 PM:

There is NO rational scenario whereby Obama is sworn in as President SOONER than January 20, 2009.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

As long as the guy who ditched his first wife, married into the mob, and then went into Republican politics appoints another Roberts or Alito to the Supreme Court, I think he's fine ; )

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

jake d - McCain hit back. The only one mccain is hitting is himself riht on the head. He is so confused he doesnt know who he is - mr straighttalk express certainly is retired, now its I am proud to be a sleazebag and I want fellow american sleazebags to support my campaign to continue pushing the great Republican way.
If they had any morals they would be ashamed of themselves but I guess they like it in the gutter

Posted by: nclwtk | July 31, 2008 5:55 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?"

Another accurate prediction by Obama. That somes up the entire McCain campaign on one sentence. McCain has no honor, or ideas. Fortunately he is also incompetant and the public is begining to see through his dishonesty.

Posted by: gocart mozart | July 31, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Mark my words: Barack Hussein Obama will NOT be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009.

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I also agree that I hope it is much sooner - we can't wait until Jan to get these terrorists out of office!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

What do you expect from a guy who ditched his first wife, married into the mob, and then went into Republican politics.

http://www.girlinshortshorts.blogspot.com/2008/02/john-mccain-and-mob.html

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

"Cooked" Express:

Mark my words: Barack Hussein Obama will NOT be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

"Crooked Express" is more like it.

Has any candidate in history Flip Flopped more than McCain?

Has any candidate in history Lied more than McCain?

Has any candidate in history been more negative than McCain?

No.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

LOL!!! Well, can we all agree (at least) that the RACE CARD has been played -- there's no re-shuffle allowed -- let the thread begin as to which side played it first ...

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

We all knew that McCain was going to play the race card against Obama, just like Hillary did against Obama. I'm glad that Obama hit back.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I predicted long ago that it wouldn't take long for McCain to play the race card. Here we are folks!

Posted by: Playa | July 31, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't offend me -- claiming that McCain is doing that, however, is playing the race card -- no doubt about that.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Some honor McCain has....playing the race card against a black candidate, scraping the bottom of the gene pool for votes.

Posted by: Paul | July 31, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

"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?"

JakeD, if this offends you, if you feel this is playing the race card, then it says a lot about you, not Obama.

Posted by: Julian | July 31, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

When the McCain campaign says the "AMERICAN PRESIDENT AMERICANS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR," Fox News repeatedly confuses Obama and Osama in their graphics, and every other word is Hussein out of surrogates and bloggers, how can you say the Republicans are not using xenophobia?

Posted by: WTF | July 31, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

That's another fact check site launched by the Obama campaign. Either he has some serious credibility issues or the McCain campaign/GOP attack machine is just that tough.

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

Posted by: matt | July 31, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

JakeD....I can cut and paste too, moron.

'Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of the former Republican president and a lifelong Republican, joined the chorus denouncing the recent McCain ads on the campaign call.

"Ordinary voters are tired of these Swift-Boating attempts to bring out the negative side," she said. "The issues are just too big right now."'

Posted by: Playa | July 31, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Of course I read it, specifically:

"Plouffe did not directly address the McCain campaign's charge that Obama had "played the race card" by saying the Republican and his allies would use Obama's appearance and name to "scare" voters.

Over past months, Obama has warned that unnamed opponents would use such tactics, but earlier this summer, he began to label those forces "Republican" and yesterday, he specifically said such tactics would come from McCain.

Asked what instances Obama was referring to, Plouffe demurred before replying, "What we're seeing out of the McCain campaign, the Republican Party and some of their allies have been some very aggressive charges."

As I said, I'm glad McCain hit back.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

The title for this article should have been: "EVEN REPUBLICANS TIRED OF McCAIN'S RACIST ATTACKS AGAINST OBAMA"

Posted by: Playa | July 31, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Cut the cr@p, JakeD. Even republicans are getting fedup with McCain's racist attacks. Did you read the article above? I doubt it, loser.

Posted by: Playa | July 31, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Playa and Julian:

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 5:17 PM | Report abuse

McCain should rename his bus to the 'Racist talk express' from straight talk express, because it's all racist talk coming from his mouth nowadays.

Posted by: Playa | July 31, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

kudos to republicans like Susan Eisenhower who are trying to regain their party from the racist filth that currently occupy it. McCain should be ashamed of himself.

Posted by: Playa | July 31, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan Weisman,
Wow John, after making up personal attacks on Obama you have a new fan. McCain troll extrodanaire JakeD. I bet you will get to sit in the special press seat in front of the low road express.

Posted by: Julian | July 31, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

You know McCain hit bottom when even republicans like Susan Eisenhower criticizes his campaign tactics. We democrates always knew McCain was a loser.

Posted by: Playa | July 31, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

We all knew that Obama was going to play the race card against McCain, just like he did against the Clintons. I'm glad that McCain hit back.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

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