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GOP Brings Back the "Bitter"

By Ed O'Keefe
A new 60-second radio ad paid for by the Republican Party of New Mexico cites Barack Obama's "bitter" comments from early April while attacking his energy proposals.

"High gas prices. Pain at the pump. An energy economy in turmoil. What's Barack Obama's energy solution? Nothing but a bunch of hot air. Really. Barack Obama wants you to inflate your car tires," the ad states. "This is the same Barack Obama who told a crowd of wealthy San Francisco liberals that people who live in small towns cling to their religion and guns because they're bitter."

The ad concludes: "Barack Obama: a really inexperienced politician whose hot-air solutions are out of touch with New Mexico."

The ad will air in the Roswell, Carlsbad, Hobbs, Clovis, Portales, and Farmington radio -- not exactly high-price markets, but home to the rural voters the state party hopes to reach. The state party has no current plans to air other advertising in support of McCain, according to state party communications director Shira Rawlinson.

The ad comes on the heels of heavy McCain campaign advertising in the "Land of Enchantment." The political ads database shows that the McCain campaign has aired at least 23 TV and radio ads in New Mexico, while the Obama campaign has aired at least 12. McCain's radio spots in the state have been mostly in Spanish, and include a message that touted his conservative values and Christian faith.

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First, the economy went to hell in a hand basket AFTER the Democrats took control over congress in 2006!
And then we have Obama worried about McCain and houses....does he think we forgot about 20 YEARS of racism through Wright? And he wants to talk about McCain not connecting with AMERICANS! Dies he mean G D Americans or hateful "typical white person" Americans? Catholics? Jews? Italians? ALL were mentioned by this "Black Liberation Theology."

We need a commercial showing the "Uniter" sitting in Uncle Wright's church listening to HATE about 88% of Americans. And Mrs. Uniter reading her college thesis and talking about mean America and being proud of her country for the 'first' time in her mid 40's! And Obama thinks that he REPRESENTS mainstream America???

HYPOCRITE - and that is the understatement of this political century.

NO Obama.

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Posted by: christian | August 22, 2008 7:08 AM | Report abuse

What I don't get is how the GOP can just lie like that. Weird.


Posted by: Jefferson2008 | August 21, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Working people of America, it's not about the messager, but the message. John McSame has already said he's fighting for the rich. Meaning, if you don't make at least a million dollars, he's not your man.

Posted by: LOYALTY | August 18, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama, the media will defend you y\to your death, but understand this. What you say will come back to haunt you and it does. If you should become president and the stuff said on the campaign trail is brought up you have to actually adress and act on it. CHANGE has to mean something the populace approve of or you'll get cooked.

Posted by: john smith | August 17, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Ever hear the oil companies saying that we need to be drilling more or building new refineries? No. They have the leases that they aren't drilling on and if there are more refining capabilities it doesn't give them reasons for price hikes.
The U.S. at most can supply only 4% of world supply with all the oil not yet extracted . That hardly has the capability of easing supply.
On top of that the oil goes onto the world market where the same speculators and OPEC will adjust the price as they see fit. the U.S. can have no influence when holding such miniscule amounts of this particular resource and the quicker Americans realize that reality the better.

Posted by: BDR | August 16, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Did we not hear MacSame surrogates calling Americans whiners? The guy is so old that he does not remember what he said, let alone what his surrogates say. This is the President Americans would love to have as their commander in chief!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 16, 2008 7:49 AM | Report abuse

That is all the GOP has, nasty ads.I think
they are the bitter ones.They have a canidate who can't remember what he is saying. Maybe they should have nominated the old Mccain.Her memory seems better than Johnny boy.

Posted by: pokeymompokey | August 15, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I am so sick and tired of hearing about how if we just "drilled here and now," our energy crisis would go away. People who think that more drilling on the outer continental shelf and in ANWR would give people a crumb of relief at the pump are deluding themselves. And shame on the politicians who spread this false argument.

Case in point: according to our own Department of Energy, we use 21-22 million barrels of oil a day. That is around 25% of the total world's daily oil consumption of 86 million barrels, by the way.

Now, in its survey of U.S. oil supply, the U.S. Geological Survey puts our total "undiscovered technically-recoverable oil resources" -- that is, the amount of oil that they are reasonably-sure exists and can be extracted from federal land -- at 45 -50 billion barrels. Sounds like a hell of a lot of oil right?

Not really. Assuming that every drop of that oil is recovered (which is a generous assumption given historical oil recovery rates) that is only enough oil to fully supply our current petroleum demand for around 6 years!

And, because this theoretical 45 billion untapped barrels wouldn't come online at the same time, they would be extracted over a period of many years, and probably -- according to our own Department of Energy -- not have any significant effect on the price of gasoline or heating oil whatsoever.

So, is it worth it to risk a spill and endanger the coastal areas of California, New Jersey, Florida, Virginia, and others -- prime tourist destinations, whose economies are dependent on tourism -- for a few years of oil?

Some would say yes, but I think that this is a total lie of a policy. Other than the psychological benefit of saying that we are drilling everywhere, it would likely have no effect whatsoever on either our dependence on foreign oil (we import around 60%) or the price at the pump.

Instead of promoting this lie, we should be embarking on an ambitious program of renewable energy and energy efficiency. We have technology today for cars to get 100+ miles per gallon (plug-in hybrid vehicles). We can promote advanced R&D of alternatives to petroleum-based plastics, which are sorely needed. We can also greatly-promote solar, wind, and geothermal energy sources -- all domestic sources of energy which will create jobs right here in America. Hell, while we're at it, we can even talk about building new nuclear plants for all you pro-nuke people out there (so long as we can find a solution to the ongoing waste problem).

There is truly, so much we can do, if only we had the political will to tackle the problem honestly. How sad that so many have let the oil companies and a handful of (mostly Republican) politicians deceive them into thinking that we can drill our way out of this problem, because we can't.

The Democrats, as far as I can tell, haven't put up much of a fight against this dirty lie, and for the badly-damaged Republican brand, this is the only domestic issue they think they can win on.

Posted by: Seth | August 15, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

That is all the GOP and Mcsame got.They certainly have no policies for this country.They plan to keep using Bush's failed policies. Look were it has us today.
We have no credibility around the world. And Bush and his cronnies knows it too. Looks like they gave all the power to Russia.Jonh Mcsame made promises to the president of Georgia, and look what has happen. Hey Mcsame Georgia wants their money back. It will all come out in the wash. The president of Georgia is angry and he will talk. Just wait. We will see what Mcsame got for his broken promises.
I bet he pushed this to make him look better as a canidate, but it back fired. It
will all come out people. Just watch .

Posted by: tygirl | August 15, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

For Reality Check: Yeah, I get it. Oil is in a world wide energy market. When energy demand goes up, as in India and China, prices go up. When energy supply goes up, as in more drilling & more pumping, or adding nuke plants, or adding wind farms off Cape Cod, prices come down.

No one who has not read Dr. Thomas Sowell's great book, "Basis Economics," and passed a test to prove it should be allowed to hold office or graduate from college. Or maybe even vote.

Supply and demand. It's not just a good idea--it's the law.

Posted by: TartanMarine | August 15, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Reality check - any oil that is pumped from anywhere goes on the open market. Just because it comes from the United States does not mean that we automatically get it. Does anyone understand this?

This is a world-wide market, not one for just one country. We have no say over who buys it, be it China, Russia, Japan, Italy, England or the United States. It goes to the highest bidder - get it????

Posted by: Utahreb | August 15, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that Obama is so keen on inflating tires, but has spoken vehemently against any proposal that would provide relief at the gas pump. If he cared about the cost of gas, then why is he against the tax holiday? Why has he opposed increasing our nation's oil production through off-shore drilling?

Oh...that's right, because those actions are "pandering" to voters and wouldn't really reduce gas prices that much. Of course, to multi-millionaire Obama any reduction in gas prices doesn't mean much.

Posted by: NoObama | August 14, 2008 10:04 PM


How about because gas tax holidays don't work? (They tried it in Chicago..Big oil pocketed the difference) And if you live in the DC MEtro area, you know how bad traffic is? Can you see the entire infrastructure of the highway system that needs work? How many pot holes do you see in the spring? Do you know where all that money comes from to fix these things? GAS TAXES! So, save .18¢ a gallon, and spend $500 to fix the front end of your car. Or see a bridge collapse because there's no money to fix it.

Gas prices in the US have been much lower than in Europe for years. We have had it good, but that is over. If we don't come up with some way to wean ourselves off oil, we are doomed. Wake up and smell the coffee. Pandering is what McCain is doing. He was against offshore drilling, now he is for it. Why? Donations by big oil to his campaign!

If you want the truth about what each candidate says, go to They research everything that they say, and find out if it's true or not.

Posted by: Jamie | August 15, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Democrats for McCain.
Remember what they did to Hillary!
Let's sit this one out and come back strong in 2012!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 15, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

alex, thanks for the fiction novel. But most readers won't bother reading past the first word-- "McCain't." They'll automatically assume that the rest of the long, long post is equally cleverless.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 15, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I've been around for a long time and I've never seen such protests from the press about political ads. This is pretty mild stuff compared to some ads of the past, but that was when the press was at LEAST feigning impartiality, but now all pretense is gone. This constant whining about their man being picked on is embarrassing.

Posted by: robtay | August 15, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

McCaint at 71, he apparently decided "now or never" and seems to have sold his soul, suddenly adopting a bunch of boilerplate conservative positions he was brave enough to resist 8 years ago.

Now, conveniently, he's even claiming to be a Baptist instead of an Episcopalian.

It didn't look like anyone was buying it for a while there, but danged if he hasn't come back and pretty much sewed up the Republican nomination.

McCaint went from front runner to 3rd or 4th in various polls, spent all of his huge pile of cash and lost most of his staff, and worked his way back into a dominant position.

John McCaint grew up Episcopalian. He went to an Episcopalian high school.

For at least 15 years, he has been listed as an Episcopalian in authoritative directories such as the Almanac of American Politics and Congressional Quarterly's Politics in America 2008. He told a reporter from McClatchy News Service in June 2007 that he was an Episcopalian.

Suddenly, in September 2007, he's campaigning in South Carolina, the heavily Baptist state where George W. Bush barely managed to stop McCaint's presidential campaign 8 years ago. And guess what? McCain tells a reporter "By the way, I'm not Episcopalian. I'm Baptist."

When pressed, he said he's attended the North Phoenix Baptist Church in Arizona for more than 15 years, though he has never been baptized in that church. Now see, that's exactly the problem. Baptism is kind of a big thing in the Baptist Church. (That's how they got the name.) No baptism, not Baptist.

Anyway, details aside, this is one very clear indication of how McCaint has changed.

Now, he's just another hungry politician, happy to pander if it helps him win. Which eliminates the very reason people were excited about him in 2000 -- his honesty.

Founding Member of the Keating Five
Back in the old days, defendants in famous trials got numbers -- the Chicago Eight, the Gang of Four, the Dave Clark Five, the Daytona 500.

McCaint was one of the "Keating Five," congressmen investigated on ethics charges for strenuously helping convicted racketeer Charles Keating after he gave them large campaign contributions and vacation trips.

Charles Keating was convicted of racketeering and fraud in both state and federal court after his Lincoln Savings & Loan collapsed, costing the taxpayers $3.4 billion.

His convictions were overturned on technicalities; for example, the federal conviction was overturned because jurors had heard about his state conviction, and his state charges because

Judge Lance Ito (yes, that judge) screwed up jury instructions. Neither court cleared him, and he faces new trials in both courts.)

Though he was not convicted of anything, McCaint intervened on behalf of Charles Keating after Keating gave McCain at least $112,00 in contributions. In the mid-1980s, McCain made at least 9 trips on Keating's airplanes, and 3 of those were to Keating's luxurious retreat in the Bahamas.

McCaint's 2nd wife and father-in-law also were the largest investors (at $350,000) in a Keating shopping center; the Phoenix New Times called it a "sweetheart deal."

In 1995, McCaint sent birthday regards, and regrets for not attending, to Joseph "Joe Bananas" Bonano, the head of the New York Bonano crime family, who had retired to Arizona.

Another politician to send regrets was Governor Fife Symington, who has since been kicked out of office and convicted of 7 felonies relating to fraud and extortion.

McCaint has a reputation as a politician who has difficulty keeping his pants zipped, according to Republican sources. He acknowledges that his adultery broke up his first marriage.

His second wife Cindy, the daughter of a wealthy Budweiser beer distributor, was addicted to prescription narcotics and even stole hard drugs from a medical charity that she ran.

McCaint acknowledges that she didn't want him to run, and only agreed once he promised that she doesn't have to go to New Hampshire or Iowa.

McCaint will soon squirm in his empty suit and $500+ shoes when he is asked this question...You were Episcopalian why are you a Baptist now...please explain??

Posted by: AlexP1 | August 15, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

if these blogs are the quality of voters in the great land of America I am disillusioned.I fought in Vietnam in 1966 alongside of Americans who won mire admiration and respect but these blogs do nothing to bring respect now.The world needs a strong America the quality of these blogs does not give me the confidence that is what we will get from the voters in this great land

Posted by: Disillusioned Aussie | August 15, 2008 7:52 AM | Report abuse


Campaign bio is his "historical fiction" autobiography with "composite characters"

Repaints campaign airplane with "Air France One"

Affixes his presidential-seal-looking campaign seal to gate outside his home

Flies a silk campaign "flag" with Indigo and Alizarin Crimson stars and stripes on it - and only one star

Summer strategizing and positioning is about whether to allow convention delegates to actually vote

Rural state stump speech describes his "class based" affirmative action in which someday bitter white rural voters, too, will shop Whole Foods

Convention night "fist bump" knocks runner up candidate off the stage

Some convention concessions labelled "Typical White Food" sell beer and hot dogs instead of wine and crudites

Picks his wife as VP because Obama-Obama sounds twice as good

Immediately after nomination starts work on his "historical fiction" presidential memoir with "composite characters"

-- AsperGirl

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 15, 2008 7:21 AM | Report abuse

These idiots act like Democrats can't have Bibles or guns...."I got my Bible, I got my gun...", how about a little education to go along with that so you don blow your sister's head off while raping her as you read Deuteronomy?

Posted by: US War Veteran | August 15, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: JR, Boston | August 14, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

A McSame administration could mean war with Iraq, Iran, and Russia. Bring on the draft!!!

Posted by: igsoper | August 14, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey, it's all they've got. They surely can't run on McCains positions on the issues because he can't remember them from one day to the next. He's probably still sportin' a woodie over playin' president with the georgia issue. Boy, that reaction was enough to scare me! No way McCain.

Posted by: Not fooled | August 14, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

know when you

value ability as much as you value appearances....

then you'll be worthy of having the vote...

until then , to me , you're still primitives w/o fire....

opinionated savages....that shouldn't have the right to vote.

Posted by: let me | August 14, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

McBush is really a lying piece of sh!t. Obama's suggestion to inflate tires will save gas and energy while other options are explored. McBush would have been a good president in 2000, but the lying panderer has spent the last 8 years with Pat Robertson's Dick in his mouth. He must really love the taste of Evangelical semen, because he's swallowed the ChristoFascist man batter load.

If you voted for George Bush, I hope you get anally raped.

Posted by: Phuque John McBush | August 14, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

A far better McCain video

Posted by: walker1 | August 14, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse


Dems for McCain - NO Hussein!

Posted by: zazzle | August 14, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

The surge is working? The little people are whiners? Social Security should be privatized, even though the stock market is tanking? John McCain is the only one who can win the Vietnam war?

Fear and smear is all they got. The Republican party has finally painted itself into a corner it can't squirm out of. Couldn't happen to a nicer group of crooks, bigots and liars, as a matter of fact. I'm sure come December we'll have a whole stadium full of Monday morning Republican quarterbacks.

Sucks to be them, eh?

Posted by: Fox Noise Channel: Alert! | August 14, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I live in a small city, not a small town; I'm a upper middle class white elderly woman who is bitter about the Bush/GOP/McCain policies which brought us a war we've charged to our children and grandchildren. I'm bitter about economic policies which favor the oil companies, big business, and war contractors. I still go to church. I don't own a gun. But I sure am bitter. And I don't mind if either candidate makes note of the fact.

Posted by: Ceee | August 14, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

"High gas prices. Pain at the pump. An energy economy in turmoil. "

No reason to be bitter at all. Those damn San Francisco LIBERALS!! Don't they know that this is a mental recession!!!

Posted by: el_barto | August 14, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

To the Clinton supporter on this forum:

Posted by: Yes He Will | August 14, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey Scott,

Can you, or any Republican for that matter explain something to me?

In the real world, not the make-believe world of play money and theory, can you tell me how you cut taxes, go to war, and pay your bills?

Just explain it to me. I know taxes are the bogeyman, and there's never a good time for them. Either we'll spiral into a depression, we need "tax relief", or we'll lose our estates, but with all due respect
I'm trying to figure out how I'm gonna tell my kids they have a $30K debt to pay because they weren't born fifty years ago.

$9.4 trillion people. Time to wake up.

Posted by: Scotty | August 14, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Millie fantasized:
"Why does Barama, his nutty wife and pastor, keep disrespecting white people? What's that about?"

Maybe it's becuz you keep making fun of his name and the people he cares about. (by the way, that's not his pastor anymore, unlike Grandpa Simpson, who still has lobbyists running his campaign after he said he got rid of them.)

Posted by: Anonymous | August 14, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

OK all, now I am through my sarcasm, and for those I offended, I appologize. It was a bit of satire based on some of the horrific things in the last few weeks.

Its true I am bitter.

But I am not a Republican. So I don;t go out brandishing my weapons as a way to solve bitterness.

Posted by: TortFeezer | August 14, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm impressed NM GOP! You managed to fit every attack you have in one radio spot.

Unfortunately, it's garbage. Much like your candidate and message.

Is there a message by the way? Oh wait, there is! "The country is worse off than it was four years ago."- JOHN MCCAIN.

Posted by: KS Dem | August 14, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I own guns.I own a pickup, and yes, I am bitter. I am bitter because I am an educated xer whos real income has declined by more than 10% under Bush. I am bitter becuase I am a women and we have gone backwards thanks to the religious freaks. I am bitter because all the old farts combined with the older Boomers to vote for the salt of the earth sterling Republicans like Reagan, and went on a borrow and spend frenzy they now expect me to bail them out of. I am bitter because I bought a house well within my means, and I cut back and cut back to keep myself in the black, to watch tax break after tax break go to the thieves, the bad borrowers, and the 'families' who have kids they can't afford but are' christian.

But I am not stupid.

The gays didn't do this, the blacks didn't do this, the 'libs' didn't do this, Hillary didn't do this.

White fat, angry selfish white hypocritical christian males from the GOP did this. Greedy Old Plutocrats. All those sacks of crap like Gramm did this.

When the shooting starts, I won;t be shooting gays, blacks, 'libs' or Hillary. I'll be shooting the real culprits.

Posted by: TortFeezer | August 14, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

For an interesting polemic on Rupublican bitterness see:

Posted by: Broseph | August 14, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

It's hardly surpising that McCain doesn't want people to inflate their tires. After his flip flop about offshore drilling, he got a huge payoff in contributions from Bush's old Big Oil buddies. You know, the crowd that loves it when America wastes gas.

Posted by: Real American | August 14, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

They can bring back Bitter all they want and we will just counter with Gramm calling a the middle class a bunch of whiners.

Posted by: vwcat | August 14, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that Obama is so keen on inflating tires, but has spoken vehemently against any proposal that would provide relief at the gas pump. If he cared about the cost of gas, then why is he against the tax holiday? Why has he opposed increasing our nation's oil production through off-shore drilling?

Oh...that's right, because those actions are "pandering" to voters and wouldn't really reduce gas prices that much. Of course, to multi-millionaire Obama any reduction in gas prices doesn't mean much.

Posted by: NoObama | August 14, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Scott: Nice try. My taxes have only gone up under Bush, and I seem to still be stuck making what I was making under Clinton. That doesn't count the amount of additional taxes I am paying due to inflation such as in sales tax, property tax.....And I didn't pay 8k of taxes on 30k under Clinton.

But you know something? Americans seem to forget you can;t have anything for free. Roads, schools, and wars cost lots of money.

And gosh, how NICE it was to have real wages increasing, instead of always decreasing under Bush. Why, they have declined by 3% since the beginning of the year alone. So that 30k earner just got a 3 thousand dollar additional tax.

Guess those tax cuts didn't buy us anything but stagnant wages and lots of inflation.....

The GOP is crewing this entire nation, and what you show as evidence demonstrates why people like youa re too stupid to know it.

Posted by: TortFeezer | August 14, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the McCain campaign is telling the voters of New Mexico the truth. Obama did in fact say to wealthy San Francisco liberals that people who live in small towns cling to their guns and religion because they're bitter. Sorry folks, but that is what Obama said, so don't criticize anyone but Obama for the stupidity of that.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 14, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't WaPo referring to Obama's recent ads?

Posted by: boomer babe for Obama | August 14, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Of course the GOP will make fun of Obama's comments about keeping tires properly inflated. They're rich enough not to care what gas costs. Read a week or so that it would save the average consumer $500 per year - almost a stimulus package in itself.

No McCain doesn't really understand that. First he grew up in the elite world of Admirals where enlisted men filled the cars with free gas. Then onto the Naval Academy where math seemed to be a problem for him - he was number 894 out of 899 graduates.

Has he ever put air in his tires himself? Does he even know how to do it?

Posted by: Ken | August 14, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Boy! the right-wing neo-Dumbs are really scared.

Posted by: Nelson | August 14, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are bitter because they are too stupid not to follow idiots who will lead them off a cliff.

Posted by: ElectricBill | August 14, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

For all those who feel a Democrat administration/congress will tax use more equitably-
see :
Taxes Under: Clinton 1999 Bush 2008
Single making 30K $ 8,400 $ 4,500
Single making 50K $14,000 $12,500
Single making 75K $23,250 $18,750
Married making 60K $16,800 $ 9,000
Married making 75K $21,000 $18,750
Married making 125K $38,750 $31,250

Posted by: Scott | August 14, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm a WASP, and I can hardly wait to see the U.S. mostly non-WASP. It will be great to see how those corn-fed, hand-spanked Midwesterners feel about being the minority. The U.S. has no claim to being WASP, though small-minded Americans have long thought that way.

Posted by: Peter Fanerk | August 14, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Hello? Proper tire inflation means nothing?

20% of U.S. car tires are under-inflated. Filling them properly would save about 1.4 B. gallons of gas per year. Remember how hard it is to ride a bike with low tires?

1.4 Billion gallons per year happens to be what would come out of "drill, drill, drill, drill" but it would take about 7-10 years.

Get with it. Top up your tires. Save some gas. The money you save might be your own!

It's real. It's not funny. You could look it up if you wanted to.

Posted by: dms358 | August 14, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

This is why the GOP is "bitter":


The rapidly changing face of the American people is revealed in new census projections that predict that groups that are now labelled minorities will form the greater part of the country's population by 2042.

According to the US census bureau, the dominance of non-Hispanic white people, who today account for two-thirds of Americans, will be whittled away, falling steadily to less than half in 2042 and 46% by 2050. In the opposite trajectory, those who describe themselves as Hispanic, black, Asian and Native American will increase in proportion from about a third now to 54% by 2050.

Such a rapid demographical shift is in tune with trends that have been seen for some time, but it is happening much faster than experts had predicted even four years ago.

Demographers see it as among the most intensive changes of a country's racial and ethnic make-up in history, every bit as dramatic as the huge influx of Italian, Irish and east European immigrants that transformed the US in the early 20th century.

"The new projections move up some of the changes that are happening. The minority population now will become the majority eight or nine years earlier than we had thought," said David Waddington, who heads the census bureau's population projections team.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 14, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

These attack adds might very well be having an effect: in the same way as Dick Morris’ early-on adds helped shape perceptions for Bill Clinton’s ’96 campaign.

Posted by: Howlingbec | August 14, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Bitter? You're doggone skippy I'm bitter.

I am bitter at 4/gal gas.

I am bitter at the war in Iraq

I am bitter at eight years of Bush

I am bitter I voted for the man.

I won't make the same mistake again.

No McLame, ever!

OBAMA '08!

Posted by: Black and Bitter Like Coffee | August 14, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Why does Barama, his nutty wife and pastor, keep disrespecting white people? What's that about?

Posted by: Millie | August 14, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Magoo who's 72 and delusional has no idea what time zone he's in much less who the president is because John Boy is threatening Russia. He should hush but don't have a war and count out John Boy, 72-year-old crazy man with no hair who sings about killing Iranians, our buddies in 1971 when they were training on our F-4's. John Boy's America funded Saddam from 80 to 88 to kill Iranians. Mr. Magoo has no clue because he's 72!

Posted by: bob II | August 14, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't even know what McCain stands for anymore, has he or the Republican Party ran even ONE positive ad this election cycle?

I guess when you have spent the last seven years screwing up everything you've touched (Bush) and you're a Congressman who has lockstepped with Bush on every single one of these disasterous decisions (McCain and most of the rest of the Wingnut Congressman), then I guess that's all you've got to offer.

John McCain: "Less Jobs, More Wars"

Posted by: Bu$h Wacked | August 14, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

im bitter. im bitter they keep trying to establish a theocratic religious christian state. im bitter they support corporations over working families. im bitter they left me out of the "stimulus package" given ive been unemployed nearly a year. im bitter they started a war without giving the american people the real information. im bitter theyve abused the constitution. im bitter theyre hypocrites on social issues. im bitter they're corrupt. im bitter they're racists. im bitter they keep trying to keep political power at the expense of the real majority.

Posted by: angry dem | August 14, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

The GOoPer's are such idiots.
People are BITTER and they're sick and tired of rich Rethuglicans like Bush and McCain providing tax cuts for the richest 1% of Americans, tax cuts for big corporations, tax cuts Big Oil companies and starting an uncalled for pre-emptive wars (Iraq), while our economy is tanking

Who's the out of touch "Elitist" again?
Watch for yourself:

Come 2009, the Republican Party is going to have a new and well deserved title:
4th Party Gadflies!

Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | August 14, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

The guy who went into the Democratic headquarters and murdered.
He wasn't bitter.
The guy who went into the church and killed the "liberals".
He wasn't bitter.
For sure.
They weren't.
They weren't bitter.
Not at all.

Posted by: TomHERE | August 14, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Early April?

Why that was the Stone Age! Obama has evolved since early April 2008! Ask Jeremiah Wright and Kwame Kilpatrick if you don't believe me!

Ask Jesse! Ask Al! Ask the libby pundits!

Posted by: DaTourist | August 14, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Why does Obama talk on such gay and intimate terms with the San Francisco Democrats?

Why is Obama so stilted and awkward when he speaks in West Virginia, or may have to visit wounded soldiers in Landstuhl Hospital?

Why, oh, why," I ask myself, "is Obama like that?" I don't think it's genetic. Colin Powell and Condi Rice aren't like that.

Posted by: DaTourist | August 14, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I got my Bible!

I got my guns!

And I am bitter, bitter, bitter against the Fresh One from Chicago!

Posted by: DaTourist | August 14, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats have plenty of ammo. As always, aimed right at their own foot. Ready, fire, aim.

Posted by: Ronald Raygun | August 14, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Haw! Haw! Haw!

Obama said it! It's on the record! Obama doesn't deny it! The POST doesn't deny it!

Obama can't unsay it if the POST attaches a vacuum cleaner to his rear end!

Posted by: DaTourist | August 14, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

"The AP reports that the McCain campaign is actively limiting their candidate to national reporters and even voters. Why is that? Do they not want the public to catch on to the fact that something is not right?"

A September surprise? Actually nominating Huckabee or Romney, when John is declared to be withdrawing because of health concerns?

Posted by: | August 14, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are running out of ammunition.

Posted by: Patrick | August 14, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Walker1: Texas Anger.

You're losing it.

Posted by: John Wayne McCain | August 14, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

The AP reports that the McCain campaign is actively limiting their candidate to national reporters and even voters. Why is that? Do they not want the public to catch on to the fact that something is not right?

Posted by: justThinking | August 14, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

As usual this commie GOP whine because they are loosing.

The Reason they are loosing is because is because no patriotic American wants anything more to do with this commie GOP.

Rove's commie GOP is DEAD.

The commie GOP Is Dead Because:
The NeoConMen killed it.
They killed it with lies.
They killed it with graft.
They Killed it with flimflam.
They killed it with Katrina inaction.
They killed it by ripping up the US constitution.
They killed it by taking away the USA's freedom.
They killed it by destroying the American dream.
They killed it by taking away the US citizens privacy.
They killed it with state sponsored torture.
They killed it with traitors.
They killed it with strategic blunders.
They killed it with a misbegotten war.
They killed it with shame.

Every one of them a nail in the commie GOP coffin.

And finally they have tried to take the USA down with them with DEBT.

The Reason US citizens no longer want anything to do with the commie GOP is because it is no longer conservative.

The Republicommie party has been acting like a kid at the mall with their parents credit card.

All Part of the putrid 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 jnr. 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!

And McSame is going to contuinue driving America into the ground, because just like Bush, McSame is a puppet. He has to have people on his shoulder telling him what to do.

And it is going to be the same people in the commie GOP who use McSame as yet another glove puppet president.

The same commie GOP people who sold out America to OPEC and commie China; who ran America's economy into the ground; who tucked tail and ran from Afghanistan when the troops had Osama in their cross hairs.

All that is left in this commie GOP is the Whining Zombies of Voodoo economics.

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

Posted by: walker1 | August 14, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Teknikaly Borak Obamma is write. Yoo wood be surprized how much gas you wood save just by inflating your tyres to the proper pressure and unloading your trunk. Yoo could get as much as an extra 2 or 3 gallons more from a tankful.

Posted by: Lt. Rip Masters | August 14, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

God, the republicans have nothing. This is like a joke. The public are beginning to just laugh at Mccain he is a ridiculous with no message.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 14, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

It is disturbing that McCain seems to be adopting many of Hillary Clinton's and Mark Penn's lines of attack. Not only did those tactics fail, they distracted from the real issues.

Posted by: Kristen | August 14, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Good going McCain! Keep it Up! Do not let the voters forget his REAL rhetoric for the past years instead of his reading from a teleprompter rhetoric for a vote!

Posted by: DEM now IND | August 14, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

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