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McCain Spokesman's Retort: Obama Lives in "a Frickin' Mansion"

By Michael D. Shear
SEDONA, Ariz. -- A spokesman for Sen. John McCain vowed to retaliate against today's story about how many houses the GOP candidate owns with a renewed focus on Sen. Barack Obama's ties to a Chicago developer and charges that Obama is an elitist.

"We're delighted to have a real estate debate with Barack Obama," said spokesman Brian Rogers, adding that the press should focus on Obama's house. "It's a frickin' mansion. He doesn't tell people that. You have a mansion you bought in a shady deal with a convicted felon."

The felon reference was to Tony Rezko, a former Obama friend and financial backer who was convicted on fraud and bribery charges this year. Rogers vowed to intensify efforts to link Obama to Rezko in the coming days.

"That's fair game now," he said. "You are going to see more of that now that this issue has been joined. You'll see more of the Rezko matter from us."

The McCain campaign was in full damage-control mode as the housing story took off today. Rogers tried to play down the story, saying that reports of the many McCain houses were overstated.

"The reality is they have some investment properties and stuff. It's not as if he lives in ten houses. That's just not the case," Rogers said. "The reality is they have four that actually could be considered houses they could use."

Those four include an apartment in Arlington, a ranch in Sedona, and two condos, in California and Phoenix, he said. The others include "some investment properties and things like that."

He also added: "This is a guy who lived in one house for five and a half years -- in prison," referring to the prisoner of war camp that McCain was in during the Vietnam War.

Rogers called the house story "by far the most personal attack" of the campaign, and said "it comes from a candidate who said he was against this kind of thing."

He predicted that the story would not "stick" with the American people.

"In terms of who's an elitist, I think people have made a judgment that John McCain is not an arugula-eating, pointy headed professor-type based on his life story."

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This Arugula eating line is bordering hilarious. WTF, what are they gonna do next, examine each dish he orders? peanuts vs cashew, unamerican? the house count was VERY RELEVANT . it shows how out of touch the married to the beer mafia old man is. How completely out of touch do you need to be not to know how many houses you own? think about it, even Holywood celebs know how many houses they own. How do you expect this old/senile man who cannot even tell you how much he own, can't even tell you how much a loaf of bread costs these days, to solve your everyday problems?
Please America, wake up, get over your xenophobic mentality and give change and hope a chance. We need to heal. We definitely don't need another bush term.

Posted by: voter in pa | August 25, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

WV bob, it'd be nice to be able to spell the man's name. you do plan on voting for him, right?

Posted by: voter in PA | August 25, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

This talkback site is sadly typical of the petty, name-calling spitting contests that pass for political discourse in so many national discussion forums.

I guess that McCain and Obama's policy differences are just too subtle for the average American to appreciate, or else no one really cares. After all, the biggest issue of our times just a couple of years ago, the Iraq war, is finally about to be resolved, and the unemployment rate is still only about 5%, and inflation is still only about 3%, and the subprime loan debacle is running its course, so what's left to discuss?

A nation's education system should teach people to think. Ours has done rather poorly at this task, to judge by the internet. Education is one of the greatest issues of our time and I wish the candidates and the public would direct more attention to it.

Posted by: Terry Traub | August 25, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I don't have a problem with some entrepreneur who is intelligent and talented enough to make enough money to buy as many houses as they like. What I have a problem with is a senator making so much money pimping my country to lobbyists that he can't keep track of how many houses he owns and then claims to be in touch with the people.

Here's how I feel: if you can't maintain your lifestyle on a politician's salary, DO NOT become a politician. I will not vote for you.

Posted by: Casey | August 22, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Spoken like a true Liberal/Socialist: "He shouldn't have so much money that he can buy houses that he's not even going to live in!!" --Posted by: Rebecca | August 22, 2008 10:59 AM

Isn't the Politico question like asking a middle-class person how many stocks they own? I'm sure he has a number of investments, which is what a smart person would do with their money. I'd rather vote for someone who understands investments.

Posted by: Guy | August 22, 2008 1:12 PM
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Way to go, Guy! You have encapsulated more stupidity and nonsense into a smaller space than I would have thought possible. Let's take a look at some of your blather:

"Spoken like a true Liberal/Socialist" -- Yes, indeedy, one must be a "Liberal/Socialist" to feel that someone who can't keep track of how many houses he owns is out of touch with the general public.

Did you capitalize and join "Liberal/Socialist" because you (a) think they are the same thing, (b) believe that's the name of a political party in the US, or (c) are just incapable of anything other than lame attempts at stereotyping?

"Isn't the Politico question like asking a middle-class person how many stocks they own?"

No, it isn't. Unless you think (and maybe you do) that stocks costs the same as houses and are purchased in the same way.

Furthermore, most middle-class persons don't own ANY stock. Fewer than half of American households own stock; the wealthiest 20% of households own over 90% of all stock value. See here: http://www.epi.org/newsroom/releases/2006/08/SWApr-wealth-200608-final.pdf

"I'd rather vote for someone who understands investments."

That sounds like a very reasonable position to take. So what in the world makes you think that such a person has any relation to John McCain, who doesn't know the difference between Sunni and Shia, who believes that Iraq and Afghanistan share a border, who thinks that Czechoslovakia is still a country, who said that Vladimir Putin is the president of Germany, and who said that HIS WIFE keeps track of their money and investments?

The real question: is McCain out of touch, stupid, senile, or some combination thereof?

No wonder you like him.

Posted by: DavidinNYC | August 22, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Spoken like a true Liberal/Socialist: "He shouldn't have so much money that he can buy houses that he's not even going to live in!!" --Posted by: Rebecca | August 22, 2008 10:59 AM

Isn't the Politico question like asking a middle-class person how many stocks they own? I'm sure he has a number of investments, which is what a smart person would do with their money. I'd rather vote for someone who understands investments.

Posted by: Guy | August 22, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Some people I talk to see this as Obama trying to get the working class to hate the wealthy. That could be said about it I will agree. But honestly I see it more as Obama making the issue that he either

A) Couldnt remember how many houses he owned.

B)Was to much of a coward to fess up.

C)A mixture of the two.

Posted by: Richtor Storm | August 22, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

to use abortion - especially by men - is wrong! It is proven that the more responsible, educated people (WOMEN) are to abortion the less likely women have one. Obama is not responsible for the abortions that take place presently or in the past. It is about freedom of choice. and i dont see you standing in front of clinics willing to adopt these "fetuses" - until you house and care for all the "murdered babies" shut up

Posted by: sadja | August 22, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

So Ahab McCain, the Senator and son and grandson of Admirals calls the Black guy an elitist? I'm a third-generation seafaring man just like Sen McCain. Unlike him, My Dad and granddad were Able Seamen sailing before the mast and I was a tin-can sonarman hunting the great steel whales. Like the sailors in Father Mapple's Sermon, I have marked McCain as a Jonah, a jinx, a hoodoo, bad luck incarnate. Death and ruin have followed him through his entire career. Just ask the crewmen of USS Forrestal or the people who had money in Lincoln Savings and Loan.

Scarred body and soul like Ahab, he is chasing his white whale of the Presidency. And he'll chase it around Good Hope and around the Horn and around the Norway Maelstrom and even around Perdition's Flames before he'll give it up.

Posted by: Ishmael | August 22, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

So, NOT the most personal attack and not started by Senator Obama, but by McCain's normal inability at answering any question.

By McCain's standards Obama isn't even rich, with only $800,000 in assets (compared to his $36,000,000) it's far short of his 5 million definition of wealthy.

Posted by: segsig | August 22, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

As if saying his other houses are just investment properties is some kind of excuse!! He shouldn't have so much money that he can buy houses that he's not even going to live in!!
When there are so many Americans working just as hard (harder!) than McCain every day and night who can't even afford to feed their children, and McCain, instead of helping them, doesn't even know what to do with all his excess cash! Is THIS the shining example of morality and truth that we want to lead our country??
Unfortunately enough for John McCain, elitism isn't about arugula or the shape of ones head- it's about an arrogant, exclusive, selfish mindset that could never relate to ordinary Americans or owning only what you need.
One would think living in solitary confinement for so many years would awaken someone to what's really important in life- family, love- and make someone distance themselves from superficial needs. However, even all those years in Vietnam weren't enough to get through to John McCain!! He came back home to America and bought 7 houses. It's despicable.

Posted by: Rebecca | August 22, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

So I guess now old John thinks that the U.S. military is surrendering to the terrorists for signing off on an Iraq pull-out plan. Perhaps next year he can move to the nation of Georgia and take command of a special Georgian unit to ride into Iraq and really give it to those terrorists. He can have Cindy buy him an authentic Napoleon suit and a grand steed.

Posted by: Old John Complain | August 22, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Bostondreams:

Would it "matter" if he were a secret Muslim, lying about being a Christian, just so he could gain access to America's nuclear arsenal to kill us all?

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 2:59 PM

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Wow, JakeD. You are one PARANOID mo-fo! Do yourself a favor, take your duct tape, plastic sheeting, binkie and blankie and go hide under your bed. Don't worry, we'll protect you from your paranoia ... talk about RepugliCANT propoganda and you buy it, hook, line and sinker. You can go get that "SUCKER" tattoo across your forehead now.

Posted by: Veronica | August 22, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Guess some here missed the memo that OBAMA WASN'T INVESTIGATED IN THE REZKO DEBACLE.

Was he ever subpoenaed? NO.

Was he ever proven to be involved? NO.

Was he ever interrogated by investigators? NO.

Now, McBush ... KEATING FIVE. USS FORRESTAL.

Desperate means calls for desperate measures ... ahhhhh ... the odorous stench of RepugliCANT desperation ... REFRESHING!

Posted by: Poteet | August 22, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

McCaine wil cut out waste so hold your ass Washington DC

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

I am VOTING the way RUSH LIMBAUGH TELLS ME TO!

Posted by: Agent0317 | August 22, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA is losing it...it seems he see's MCAIN closing in and can't take the heat.
I know my working Bros's here in WV are not voting for him we are voting MCAINE.

MR MCAINE was a war hero, and he is a good man. He is like our Democrates here in WV.

Posted by: WV BOB | August 22, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Maybe we should elect a person who has nothing...ya know...someone who rents a place?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

The most I have ever made in a year is $42000.00 and I at one time owned 5 houses.

Posted by: mike | August 22, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

rezko and ayers are on the table? sounds fair. let's bring in all the hoodlums from mccain's past as well: charles keating, bill bonnano, even his father-in-law, jim hensley. i'd love to hear all about them in this election cycle. and yes, i am trolling, but just this once.

Posted by: homer | August 22, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

You can tell you guys are from DC. You people are so much more sophisticated than the rest of us. EXcept.....

Unless billions of dollars were rolling in there from goverment jobs....you would be standing in a free soup line.......and yes...it would change your political view because you would have to use some common sence to survive. (That means you would become republican)

Posted by: Mike | August 22, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

McCain couldnt manage the local Mcdonalds. The RNC wants him for his puppet abilitys., Oh yeah Mitt Romney is a puppet too. I was a republican until my party got hijacked bought and paid for by the RNC. I am an independant now. I liked Huckabee because he seem to care about the working class, and fixing the economy with real issues. But I dobt I will vote for McCain. I will vote for Obama or Barr. McCain is too old, he will just be a puppet. No more puppets. We need a president that actually will lead by his convictions. McCain changed on every position, just so the RNC would prop him up. http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: DAN LATHEM | August 22, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

I guess McCain does have alot in common with Bush, it seems he might have an old DUI.
http://www.mccanes.com/duihelpguide.html

Posted by: John | August 22, 2008 7:56 AM | Report abuse

The republicans are in so much trouble they are tyring to make a movie about Obama's teen years. http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: Pete | August 22, 2008 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Is this really newsworthy? It would be nice if the Washington Post did not cover such fluff and perpetuate this ridiculous story.

I don't care how many houses each has. To me, they are both elitists. They have power and privilege no average American is familiar with. So who cares if one is slightly more elitist than the other.

Posted by: Ben | August 22, 2008 7:21 AM | Report abuse

McCain misses the point!!! Can we REALLY trust the mental facilities of a man who is so unaware of his OWN finances to run OUR finances of the Greatest Nation on earth???? It is either deceit or ignorance, either way NOT "Presidential".

Resko went NOWHERE, shall we bring up the KEATING FIVE - or - how about Donald Diamond? In particular McCain's effort to help his AZ "campaign fund angel" acquire land at Ft Ord, CA, in 1999 for $250,000 and two years later sells it for $20 MILLION . . . wish MY Senator could help me get a deal like THAT!!!!

Posted by: Jess Wonderin | August 22, 2008 3:12 AM | Report abuse

McCain misses the point!!! Can we REALLY trust the mental facilities of a man who is so unaware of his OWN finances to run OUR finances of the Greatest Nation on earth???? It is either deceit or ignorance, either way NOT "Presidential".

Resko went NOWHERE, shall we bring up the KEATING FIVE - or - how about Donald Diamond? In particular McCain's effort to help his AZ "campaign fund angel" acquire land at Ft Ord, CA, in 1999 for $250,000 and two years later sells it for $20 MILLION . . . wish MY Senator could help me get a deal like THAT!!!!

Posted by: Jess Wonderin | August 22, 2008 3:12 AM | Report abuse

So much jealousy by the Corn Dog left. You people need to do some research but you can't, Obama is a nobody Commie.

Posted by: Carole1 | August 22, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and to everyone invoking the name of Rezko, do a web search for "Keating Five"

Not sure McCain wants to go down that road....;-)

Posted by: A Hermit | August 22, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse

"What's this about McCain being a POW?

I'd never heard THAT before.

Was he tortured, too?"

Posted by: Bush Is The Best!

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Under the new Republican rules, approved by John McCain, he was not tortured, merely subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques...

Posted by: A Hermit | August 22, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

What's this about McCain being a POW?

I'd never heard THAT before.

Was he tortured, too?

Posted by: Bush Is The Best! | August 22, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

This Brian Rogers spokesguy sounds like a class-A d-bag. McCain probably chose him for his short fuse, which makes McCain himself look placid in comparison.

And really, the "he lived in one house in prison" remark is the best POW reference I've heard all day (I would say all week or so far, but the POW references come fast and furious).

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Obama lives in a "fricking mansion?" Well that's a snide comment if I ever heard one. The pieces are starting to fit. It is John Sidney McCain, III, and not Obama, who is that elitist that Karl Rove told us he was going to introduce us to. The guy hanging at the country club with the beautiful chick and getting off a quick joke about everything and everybody.

Is the rest of John McCain's campaign going to be a series of zingers, jokes and clever retorts, with Cindy on his arm and living the easy, breezy country club life?

Posted by: Mary | August 21, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Why is the press overlooking that idiot Obamas shady deal with Rezko.
Here a crook
their a crook
Every where a crook-crook
Old McBama had a deal
with a crooked, crooked bent nose.

Posted by: bill rind | August 21, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

old McCain had a house

and a house house here
and a house house there
here a house
there a house
everywhere a house house

Posted by: mark | August 21, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I guess John forgot about the houses like he forgot he was married and had a child when he met Cindy. Let's see....15 years younger, blonde, and worth a 100 million. Nice morals John.

Posted by: AZRobert | August 21, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Andrew Sullivan, a conservative columnist, made an interesting observation yesterday.

The Bush Administration and the new John McCain would not consider what happened to John McCain as a POW to be torture. It doesn't fit their definition of torture. Remember, McCain voted to allow the CIA to employ techniques that used to be called torture but now go by the Orwellian "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques."

Posted by: Sandy | August 21, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

McCain has done nothing for AZ in all his years in the Senate. I guess he forgot about the houses like he forget about his wife and kid when he was shacked up with Cindy before he got married.

I guess thats another prisoner of war thing.

Posted by: AZRobert | August 21, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Firmbeliever thinks McCain volunteered to remain a POW so another prisoner could go home. Is that another part of the myth? McCain was offered release but refused it. There's never been anything about another prisoner being released as a result.

Here's an opinion posted on Military.Com written by an Academy classmate and fellow POW. The author was held for 8 years. So he has a unique perspective on McCain and he says:

Why I Will Not Vote for John McCain
Phillip Butler | March 27, 2008

As some of you might know, John McCain is a long-time acquaintance of mine that goes way back to our time together at the U.S. Naval Academy and as Prisoners of War in Vietnam. He is a man I respect and admire in some ways. But there are a number of reasons why I will not vote for him for President of the United States.

Reason #3:

3) John was offered, and refused, "early release." Many of us were given this offer. It meant speaking out against your country and lying about your treatment to the press. You had to "admit" that the U.S. was criminal and that our treatment was "lenient and humane." So I, like numerous others, refused the offer. This was obviously something none of us could accept. Besides, we were bound by our service regulations, Geneva Conventions and loyalties to refuse early release until all the POW's were released, with the sick and wounded going first.

http://www.military.com/opinion/0,15202,164859_1,00.html

It often seems that McCain was the only POW to suffer. Unfortunately, there were hundreds.

His constant use of his POW status, whether in polishing the myth, or deflecting criticism is becoming unseemly.

Posted by: Sandy | August 21, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

The Obama cult has proven at least one of my theory's and that is you can not debate stupidity!

Is it any wonder that the Democratic Party is the choice of Felons?

God (or whatever belief) please save this Country.

Posted by: Fed Up With Stupid People! | August 21, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

"Gigolo John" McCain ditched his disabled first wife for a younger, prettier, wealthier Barbie Doll (some 18 years his junior).

It was Sudsy Cindy's money (currently estimated at $100+ million, with an annual income of $6+ million) and her family's political and mob connections that got McLame elected to Congress.

The only non government-issued paycheck McSame has ever earned came from his father-in-law (when "Gigolo John" was employed as a Public Relations hack at his father-in-law's beer distributorship).

McLame now enjoys Sudsy Cindy's fortune, houses and private jet.

Left to his own devices, he turns to shady deals and dubious financial contributions from people like Keating and Paxson and from the companies that came under his purview when he was Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee.

As Frank Rich wrote in Sunday's New York Times:

"But we still haven’t been inside Cindy McCain’s tax returns, all her multiple homes or private plane. The Los Angeles Times reported in June that Hensley & Company, the enormous beer distributorship she controls, “lobbies regulatory agencies on alcohol issues that involve public health and safety,” in opposition to groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The McCain campaign told The Times that Mrs. McCain’s future role in her beer empire won’t be revealed before the election.

"Some of those who know McCain best — Republicans — are tougher on him than the press is. Rita Hauser, who was a Bush financial chairwoman in New York in 2000 and served on the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board in the administration’s first term, joined other players in the G.O.P. establishment in forming Republicans for Obama last week. Why? The leadership qualities she admires in Obama — temperament, sustained judgment, the ability to play well with others — are missing in McCain. “He doesn’t listen carefully to people and make reasoned judgments,” Hauser told me. “If John says ‘I’m going with so and so,’ you can’t count on that the next morning,” she complained, adding, “That’s not the man we want for president.”

"McCain has even prompted alarms from the right’s own favorite hit man du jour: Jerome Corsi, who Swift-boated John Kerry as co-author of “Unfit to Command” in 2004 and who is trying to do the same to Obama in his newly minted best seller, “The Obama Nation.”

"Corsi’s writings have been repeatedly promoted by Sean Hannity on Fox News; Corsi’s publisher, Mary Matalin, has praised her author’s “scholarship.” If Republican warriors like Hannity and Matalin think so highly of Corsi’s research into Obama, then perhaps we should take seriously Corsi’s scholarship about McCain. In recent articles at worldnetdaily.com, Corsi has claimed (among other charges) that the McCain campaign received “strong” financial support from a “group tied to Al Qaeda” and that “McCain’s personal fortune traces back to organized crime in Arizona.”

Posted by: pali2500 | August 21, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

The senile, little fraud in a moment of dementia couldn't remember how many houses he owns? Grandpa McBush, it is time for a new home, a Nursing Home. Get ready for adult diapers and the care you so desperately need, punk. Barack is going to kick your broken down, deranged, shriveled up, white butt.

Posted by: shiva7 | August 21, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Is Obama an idiot? He's acting as if owning several homes is a bad thing. If I were McCain I would boast about it. I personally would love to own several investment properties. As long as McCain's investment are legit there are no problems. On the other hand I wonder if Obama's investments are legit?

Posted by: James | August 21, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know why McCain is known in
the mulitary as the "songbird"?

Posted by: Ruben Luna | August 21, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

The issue is how many houses McSame owns and whether that makes him an elitist who does not understand the pain of those who are struggling to make ends meet. Tony Rezco received justice and there has never been even an ounce of proof that Obama did anything illegal or improper concerning his house purchase. Typical neocon reaction. Lie, distort and call names. Rush Limbaugh and Fox News will join the team but most of America knows better. McSame is an elitist. It is as simple as that. If you are rich or benefit when the country is at war, McCain is you man. If those conditions do not describe you run from this man as fast as you can!

Posted by: cdgsainesville | August 21, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

McCain was a war hero in Vietnam. But when he returned, divorced his wife and married into an organized crime family he showed remarkably poor judgment.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Hensley#Early_business_career.2C_legal_issues

Maybe he went a little crazy. That happens in war. And that's why wars should not be entered into lightly, and why warmongering old fools shouldn't be President.

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 21, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

So volunteering to stay in that hell hole of a POW camp so that a fellow US prisoner of war could go home doesn't rank on liberal's list of sacrifices a hero makes in time of war? Why am I not surprised? I'd like to see the poster who said that volunteer to stay in the Hanoi Hilton and be tortured for 3 more years and scarred for life! Liberals make me sick.

Posted by: Firmbeliever1 | August 21, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait until McCain had the Rep nomination and the gloves really come off.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/17/opinion/17rich.html?_r=1&ref=opinion&oref=slogin

Read this article. It's title is "The Candidate we Still Don't Know", and it is a shot across the USS McCain. Not only is McCain losing it- “McCain frequently forgets key elements of policies, gets countries’ names wrong, forgets things he’s said only hours or days before and is frequently just confused.” - but the press has the dirt on him. And it looks like they are going to go with it.

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 21, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Since when does being shot down and squealing like a rat under "enhanced interrogation" make one a "war hero"? Doesn't being a war hero require some actual heroics? Maybe shooting down enemy planes instead of being shot down? Not cracking under pressure? But what would you expect from a party-boy admiral's son who graduated in the bottom of his class? Oh -- I know -- cheating on your wife with a beer heiress -- and not being able to remember how many houses you own!

Posted by: Bonobo | August 21, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

This thread has slowed down considerably. Probably won't break the record now.

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Do all POW's feel entitled to demand free passes based upon their POW status?

There are many people who serve this country. They sacrifice their lives, their limbs, their financial health.

I've just not heard of other POW's who constantly promote their POW status for advantage.

Is this odd to you, too?

Posted by: Quin Dwyer | August 21, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

McCain calls lobbyists 'birds of prey'? If that's the case then McCain is the 'Birdman of Washington.'

Posted by: Woody | August 21, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Why dont they ask Osama how many mosques does he own? Hes a no good terrorist like his daddy before him, a jew hating muslim!

Posted by: Like Ill tell you | August 21, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama's House is 3000 sq feet. Hardly a mansion.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse


VOTE FOR ME AND I WILL SEND YOUR JOB TO CHINA!!!

My name is John McCain and I approve this message.
John McCain - The Mandarins Candidate – Go China!

Posted by: Peb | August 21, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

...look, very seriously, all you McCain fans are going to find out yet again why he lost the Republican nomination twice.

And what that says about his chances in the general election.

Posted by: jfc1 | August 21, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

"In terms of who's an elitist, I think people have made a judgment that John McCain is not an arugula-eating, pointy headed professor-type based on his life story."

Name calling that would barely pass muster in a high school cafeteria? Is this really what our modern political discourse has devolved into?

Posted by: mthornb | August 21, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with being rich?

Libtards wish to squash the American Dream and make it an American Apathy.

Misery loves company.

I'm proud to be a capitalist. Captialists work harder, contribute more, help more people, share more, and are happier.

It's been documented time and time again.

Liberals are miserable, selfish little weasles.

Posted by: Capitalist | August 21, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

HGG wrote:
"BOTH CANDIDATES ARE RICH!!!"

Not according to YOUR candidate, Multiple McMansions. He said that $5M/year was required.

Posted by: John | August 21, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

""The reality is they have some investment properties and stuff. It's not as if he lives in ten houses. That's just not the case," Rogers said. "The reality is they have four that actually could be considered houses they could use.""

Oh, so they don't use the other 3?

They should just admit that he's filthy-rich and be done with it. Plenty of people have investment properties that they rent out and so forth. This isn't a big issue. Unless you're trying to portray the candidate as someone who is in touch with the average American, financially. Which he is beyond clearly "not".

That would be the case for any Senator...

or any serious candidate for President.

The bigger deal is that McCain is almost completely out of touch with the US economy AND he's freaking 72 years old. You want a 76 year old President? Is he supposed to run for reelection at 76?

You want him to serve two terms and by the end of his 2nd term he's 80 years old?

Posted by: jfc1 | August 21, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Does McCain really want to open Rezko gate? This will bring Obama to talk about Keating 5... yah, that one, the one which McCain was into with his eyeballs, and the one which cost US taxpayers 3.4 billion.

Posted by: David | August 21, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

I guess McCain does have alot in common with Bush, it seems he might have an old DUI.
http://www.mccanes.com/duihelpguide.html

Posted by: John | August 21, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

The republicans are in so much trouble they are tyring to make a movie about Obama's teen years. http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: Kanye | August 21, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow there is just too many OOps and Gaff moments by McCain. We need a new Nominee without so much baggage and who is sharp., instead of slightly senile. I watched video of McCain talking about his failed first marrige at http://www.mccanes.com

Posted by: Kerry | August 21, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is working to make the American Dream a reality for everyone.

Obama was born into a working to middle class family. His mom got him a scholarship to get into a prep high school in Hawaii. He used students loans and worked his way through Columbia and Harvard Law. Graduated with with honors.

John McCain's birth "nobility," got him into the US Naval Academy where he finished at the bottom of his class.

McCain is touting "school of choice" and a voucher program. If there was "equalized" funding for public schools like Obama wants, kids wouldn't have to be bused to other districts.

Obama is also working on lower tuition costs, more student aid, and a reprieve from student loans in exchange for community volunteer service.

Obama also voted to pass increased education benefits to active military and veterans.

McCain said, if education benefits to the enlisted is improved, they won't re-enlist and voted against it. [I believe the bill's been modified and John got on board after the backlash from his military constituency]

McCain doesn't want an improved educational system in the US. He believes there must be an underclass: People who will fight his wars and people to perform service jobs.

And right now, the United States ranks at #19 for educational achievement -- out of 32 countries. While better than McCain's personal ranking, pretty dismal for a super power. It's no wonder why you reach India when you call customer support. It's no wonder why McCain hosts bills that benefit French companies. ...and Americans lose their jobs.

Obama would like to see anyone who's willing to work for it get the same opportunities as anyone else, and get the same opportunities as he.

Say NO! to McShame. Vote Obama!

Posted by: UbetterThink | August 21, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain can't tell you how much rich is and he can't tell you how many houses he owns, well I can tell you from down here in the peanut gallery any one making over $75 thousand and owns more than a 2 bedroom ranch is rich. And tagging Obama an elitist and now crying foul is hillarious. You reap what you sow.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

"Obama has more experience than Abraham Lincoln did!"

Are the Obamabots really using this in their talking points? Do they REALLY WANT TO GO THERE???

- How many courts has Obama cases argued in?

- Did Obama serve in the military in any capacity?

- Has he ever held a private sector job?

In the political machines of the 1800s you had to work 6 times harder than Obama has in his entire life just to get noticed.

If nothing else, Lincoln could speak coherently and eloquently WITHOUT a teleprompter.

Sheeesh....

Posted by: Orion | August 21, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

How many neoliberals out there think that there are many people who invest in many things, or more specfically..have someone do that job for them. The point is..you liberals do not know whether he may have been in between buying/selling some of those houses, and financial advisers are taking care of most of the work for him.

Pretty lame cut by Mr.Obama..it tells the story that he is hurting in the polls and pulling out anything he thinks he can use to his advantage.

Posted by: dcwca | August 21, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

NOURI, if you dont have enough money for your medication, call me, I will see to it that you can get more of your anti-psychotic happy meds. Stop being a menace to sanity and take your meds like you should.

Posted by: THOR | August 21, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

>>WHY CANT THIS 71 YEARS OLD PENSIONER GO AND RETIRED IN HIS 7 HOUSES AND LET THOSE HUNGRY FOR SUCCESS LIKE OBAMA TO SERVE THE INTERESTS OF THE 300 MILLIONS CITIZENS WHO THE MAJORITY HAVE TO PAY MORTGAGES AND LIVE IN A REAL WORLD WHERE EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS!

>>WHY CANT THE MORONIC MCCAIN CAMPAIGN TEAM ADMIT THE NEOCONS 8 YEARS FAILURES FROM ILL ADVISED ADVENTURES IN PLACES LIKE IRAQ TO A CORRUPT STATE OF THE ECONOMY AND LET PROFECIENT PEOPLE CLEAR THIS MESS AND LET THOSE WITH A REAL SENSE OF PATRIOTISM FOR THE MAJORITY NOT JUST FOR FEW DYNASTIES!

>>THESE SCUMBAGS LIERS WARMONGERS CABALS HAVE TO BE STOPPED BY ANY MEANS! THEIR ARROGANCE IS BEYOND BELIEF AND THE SOFTER YOU ARE WITH THEM THE MORE THEY WILL ATTACK YOU LIKE THOSE DOGS THAT NEED TO BE PUT DONW BEFORE THEY DO TOO MUCH DAMAGE!

>>I JUST WISH THE LAZY CORRUPT MEDIA DO ITS BIT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE COUNTRY AND NOT TO ENSLAVE THEMSELVES LIKE MERCENARIES FOR A FIST OF CORRUPT DOLLARS TARNISHED WITH THE BLOOD OF US SOLDIERS!

This person either 1)was drunk
2)isn't aware of spell checker or
3)a 7 year old who can't spell but wants to look tough.

The very reason McCain needs to win...so we don't have cynical, mindless people in charge of our country.

Posted by: dcwca | August 21, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Wow talking about blowing things up out of proportion. I've seen Obama's "mansion", it looks like the houses I see in my own little town on the right side of the tracks.

My grandkids have temper tantrums like the McCain camp, let the sh!t begin

Posted by: MyArse | August 21, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

If you liked George W. Bush, you'll LOVE John McCain.

P.S. John McCain is no Teddy Roosevelt. Teddy was for busting up big corporations and fighting for the common people.

Posted by: Bill P. | August 21, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

People who keep focusing on the NUMBER of houses these RICH CANDIDATES have or HOW MUCH these RICH CANDIDATES paid for those houses are the most IGNORANT voters in this country.

BOTH CANDIDATES ARE RICH!!!

BOTH CANDIDATES ARE RICH!!!

BOTH CANDIDATES ARE RICH!!!

If both candidates are rich, then why in the heck are people fighting over which RICH CANDIDATE has bought the most stuff that ONLY RICH PEOPLE can afford?

BOTH CANDIDATES ARE RICH!!!

Their WEALTH cancels each other's out.

FOCUS ON WHAT THEY BELIEVE about regular Americans' ability to keep their houses, and stop being STUPID AND DISTRACTIBLE!!!

Posted by: HGG | August 21, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

McCain really does have a lot in common with Bush and it isn’t just policies.

McCain benefited all his life from family connections just like Bush.

McCain was a poor student (intellectually challenged) just like Bush.

McCain was a party boy just like Bush.

McCain was a failure as an adult, just like Bush (think of his military record prior to his capture),

McCain came from a life of privilege just like Bush.

McCain’s family has a place in the history of the country, just like Bush.

McCain has a strong, high achieving father in the Admiral. Bush had a strong, high achieving father in the President.

Both would find it difficult to live up to their father’s legacy.

Both have something to prove to the father.

Both have daddy issues.

Evan Thomas wrote yet another fawning profile of McCain and his POW experience in the Feb 2008 issue of Newsweek. I did learn something new. It’s from McCain’s 1974 psych report

Always, the fear of disgracing his forebears hung over him. "He has been preoccupied with escaping the shadow of his father and establishing his own image and identity in the eyes of others," reads a psychiatric evaluation in McCain's medical files. "He feels his experiences and performance as a POW have finally permitted this to happen." Released after the 1973 Peace Accords, McCain returned to the United States a hero. "Felt fulfillment when his Dad was introduced at a dinner as 'Commander McCain's father.' He had arrived," noted the psychiatric report in 1974.

So McCain would be a continuatin of Bush in a lot of ways. One thing they don’t share is a deep religious belief. For McCain, I believe it’s politically expediant to profess faith.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

GOP has buyer's remorse today after the baffled old Grampy couldn't recall how many hoses he owns.

They long for the good old days when their biggest fear was their top candidate in DRAG.

Posted by: mark | August 21, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

IS MCCAIN GOING TO CHANGE HIS FIRST LADY ONCE IN THE WHITE HOUSE AS HE DID WITH HIS FIRST WIFE?

ARE THE NEOCONS SO WORRIED THAT THE LIKES OF BUSH, CHENEY, RUMSFELD AND OTHERS ARE GOING TO BE IMPEACHED AND THEIR ONLY SLAVATION IS THROUGH KARL ROVE AND HIS PROPAGANDA MACHINERY THAT IS CONTROLLING THE SHOW ON BEHALF OF A USELESS AND ABUSED 71 YEARS OLD PENSIONER WHO IS OUT OF TOUCH OF REALITY!

BEOFR EYOU VOTE ASK YOURSELVES:
1) WHO IS REPSONSIBLE ABOUT THE WASTGE OF $70 BILLION A MONTH ON IRAQ FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS.
2) WHO SI RESPONSIBLE ABOUT THE $TRILLIONS IN DEBT!
3) WHO ENCOURAGED AND PROMOTED THE SUB-MORTAGE BUSINESS
4) WHO FAILED TO AUDIT THE WORK OF CORPORATIONS LIKE ENRON
5) WHO IS GIVING NO BID CONTRACTS FOR CORPORATIONS LIKE HALLIBURTON AND WHO ARE MILKING THE US TAXPEYR'S MONEY TO THE EXTREME WITH NO SENSE OF PATRIOTISM!
6) WHO HAS BLOOD ON HIS HANDS FOR SENDING US SOLDIERS TO IRAQ TO SERVE THE INTERESTS OF OILMEN!
7) WHO CAME UP WITH THE SO CALLED PATRIOTIC ACT IN ORDER TO MUZZLE THE RIGHTS OF US CITIZENS!
8) WHO IS CONTROLLING THE MOVEMENTS OF US CITIZENS BY DIFFERENT MEANS IN ORDER TO INTIMIDATE TRUE PATRIOTS WHO ARE CRITICISING NEOCONISM AND THEIR CABALS ALLIES!
9) WHO IS SUBSIDISING FINANCIAL INSITITUTIONS WITH US TAXPAYER'S MONEY THAT WERE GOING TO GO BUST BECAUSE OF THEIR INNEFICIENT MANANGEMENT!
10) WHO WAS CLUELESS ABOUT HIS WIFE ADDICTION TO DRUGS FOR YEARS AND YET THINKS THAT HE CAN DO A BETTER JOB BY LOOKING AFTER THE NEEDS OF 300 MILLIONS CITIZENS!

USE YOUR HEAD WHEN VOTING ON THE 4TH NOVEMBER AND DO IT FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN NOT JUST BECAUSE OBAMA IS NOT WHITE!!!!!

Posted by: NOURI | August 21, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

I had to laugh FOX NEWS has McCain's house gaffe story on their site and act as if they've had NO COMMENTS, last I looked Huff Po had several thousand responses.

got denial?

Poor old Fred Barnes was just dancing as fast as he could to try to minimise this HUGE GAFFE of McCain's, even Krauthiemer admitted this is HUGE.

Posted by: mark | August 21, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

The afflicted had already been through the phases of Obama-mania — fainting at rallies, weeping over their touch screens while watching Obama videos, spending hours making folk crafts featuring Michelle Obama’s face. These patients had experienced intense surges of hope-amine, the brain chemical that fuels euphoric sensations of historic change and personal salvation.
But they found that as the weeks went on, they needed more and purer hope-injections just to preserve the rush. They wound up craving more hope than even the Hope Pope could provide, and they began experiencing brooding moments of suboptimal hopefulness. Anxious posts began to appear on the Yes We Can! Facebook pages. A sense of ennui began to creep through the nation’s Ian McEwan-centered book clubs.

Posted by: The Pope of Hope | August 21, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

“Barack Obama ... is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.”
So we don’t have to work to improve our souls. Our broken souls can be fixed — by our voting for Barack Obama. We don’t have to fight or sacrifice to help our country. Our uninvolved and uninformed lives can be changed — by our choosing Barack Obama. America can become a nation to be proud of — by letting ourselves be led by Barack Obama.
John Kennedy, to whom Obama is sometimes compared, challenged the American people to acts of citizenship and patriotism. Barack Obama allows us to feel better about ourselves.
Obama likes to say, “we are the change that we seek” and “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” Obama’s rhetorical skill makes his candidacy appear almost collective rather than individual. That’s a democratic courtesy on his part, and one flattering to his followers. But the effectual truth of what Obama is saying is that he is the one we’ve been waiting for.
Barack Obama is an awfully talented politician. But could the American people, by November, decide that for all his impressive qualities, Obama tends too much toward the preening self-regard of Bill Clinton, the patronizing elitism of Al Gore and the haughty liberalism of John Kerry?
It’s fitting that the alternative to Obama will be John McCain. He makes no grand claim to fix our souls. He doesn’t think he’s the one everyone has been waiting for. He’s more proud of his country than of himself. And his patriotism has consisted of deeds more challenging than “speaking out on issues.”

Posted by: Kristol knows his stuff | August 21, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama, in the course of a stump speech, remarked, “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.”

Michelle Obama’s adult life goes back to the mid-1980s. Can it really be the case that nothing the U.S. achieved since then has made her proud? Apparently. For, as she said later in the same appearance: “Life for regular folks has gotten worse over the course of my lifetime, through Republican and Democratic administrations. It hasn’t gotten much better.”

Now in almost every empirical respect, American lives have in fact gotten better over the last quarter-century. And most Americans — and most Democrats — don’t think those years were one vast wasteland. So Barack Obama hastened to clarify his wife’s remarks. “What she meant was, this is the first time that she’s been proud of the politics of America,” he said, “because she’s pretty cynical about the political process, and with good reason, and she’s not alone.” Later in the week, Michelle Obama further explained, “What I was clearly talking about was that I’m proud of how Americans are engaging in the political process.”

But that clearly isn’t what she was talking about. For as she had argued in the Wisconsin speech, America’s illness goes far beyond a flawed political process: “Barack knows that at some level there’s a hole in our souls.” This was a variation of language she had used earlier on the campaign trail: “Barack Obama is the only person in this race who understands that, that before we can work on the problems, we have to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation.”

Posted by: William Kristol | August 21, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Last October, a reporter asked Barack Obama why he had stopped wearing the American flag lapel pin that he, like many other public officials, had been sporting since soon after Sept. 11. Obama could have responded that his new-found fashion minimalism was no big deal. What matters, obviously, is what you believe and do, not what you wear.
But Obama chose to present his flag-pin removal as a principled gesture. “You know, the truth is that right after 9/11, I had a pin. Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we’re talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest.”
Leave aside the claim that “speaking out on issues” constitutes true patriotism. What’s striking is that Obama couldn’t resist a grandiose explanation. Obama’s unnecessary and imprudent statement impugns the sincerity or intelligence of those vulgar sorts who still choose to wear a flag pin. But moral vanity prevailed. He wanted to explain that he was too good — too patriotic! — to wear a flag pin on his chest.

Posted by: Bill Kristol | August 21, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Keith, Peter, Luke, John, Paul (is Ringo next?):

We are not voting for manager of McDonalds in November.

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

In the words of his own slogan, "we are the ones we've been waiting for," which, translating the royal "we," means: " I am the one we've been waiting for." Amazingly, he had a quasi-presidential seal with its own Latin inscription affixed to his lectern, until general ridicule -- it was pointed out that he was not yet president -- induced him to take it down.

He lectures us that instead of worrying about immigrants learning English, "you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish" -- a language Obama does not speak. He further admonishes us on how "embarrassing" it is that Europeans are multilingual but "we go over to Europe, and all we can say is 'merci beaucoup.' " Obama speaks no French.

His fluent English does, however, feature many such admonitions, instructions and improvements. His wife assures us that President Obama will be a stern taskmaster: "Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism . . . that you come out of your isolation. . . . Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed."

For the first few months of the campaign, the question about Obama was: Who is he? The question now is: Who does he think he is?

We are getting to know. Redeemer of our uninvolved, uninformed lives. Lord of the seas. And more. As he said on victory night, his rise marks the moment when "our planet began to heal." As I recall -- I'm no expert on this -- Jesus practiced his healing just on the sick. Obama operates on a larger canvas.

Posted by: I am the Chosen One! | August 21, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Americans are beginning to notice Obama's elevated opinion of himself. There's nothing new about narcissism in politics. Every senator looks in the mirror and sees a president. Nonetheless, has there ever been a presidential nominee with a wider gap between his estimation of himself and the sum total of his lifetime achievements?

Obama is a three-year senator without a single important legislative achievement to his name, a former Illinois state senator who voted "present" nearly 130 times. As president of the Harvard Law Review, as law professor and as legislator, has he ever produced a single notable piece of scholarship? Written a single memorable article? His most memorable work is a biography of his favorite subject: himself.

It is a subject upon which he can dilate effortlessly. In his victory speech upon winning the nomination, Obama declared it a great turning point in history -- "generations from now we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment" -- when, among other wonders, "the rise of the oceans began to slow." As Hudson Institute economist Irwin Stelzer noted in his London Daily Telegraph column, "Moses made the waters recede, but he had help." Obama apparently works alone.

Obama may think he's King Canute, but the good king ordered the tides to halt precisely to refute sycophantic aides who suggested that he had such power. Obama has no such modesty.

Posted by: I am Obama! Hear Me Roar! | August 21, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama wants to speak at the Brandenburg Gate. He figures it would be a nice backdrop. The supporting cast -- a cheering audience and a few fainting frauleins -- would be a picturesque way to bolster his foreign policy credentials.

What Obama does not seem to understand is that the Brandenburg Gate is something you earn. President Ronald Reagan earned the right to speak there because his relentless pressure had brought the Soviet empire to its knees and he was demanding its final "tear down this wall" liquidation. When President John F. Kennedy visited the Brandenburg Gate on the day of his "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, he was representing a country that was prepared to go to the brink of nuclear war to defend West Berlin.

Posted by: Ich Bin Ein Berliner!!!!!! | August 21, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

WHY CANT THIS 71 YEARS OLD PENSIONER GO AND RETIRED IN HIS 7 HOUSES AND LET THOSE HUNGRY FOR SUCCESS LIKE OBAMA TO SERVE THE INTERESTS OF THE 300 MILLIONS CITIZENS WHO THE MAJORITY HAVE TO PAY MORTGAGES AND LIVE IN A REAL WORLD WHERE EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS!

WHY CANT THE MORONIC MCCAIN CAMPAIGN TEAM ADMIT THE NEOCONS 8 YEARS FAILURES FROM ILL ADVISED ADVENTURES IN PLACES LIKE IRAQ TO A CORRUPT STATE OF THE ECONOMY AND LET PROFECIENT PEOPLE CLEAR THIS MESS AND LET THOSE WITH A REAL SENSE OF PATRIOTISM FOR THE MAJORITY NOT JUST FOR FEW DYNASTIES!

THESE SCUMBAGS LIERS WARMONGERS CABALS HAVE TO BE STOPPED BY ANY MEANS! THEIR ARROGANCE IS BEYOND BELIEF AND THE SOFTER YOU ARE WITH THEM THE MORE THEY WILL ATTACK YOU LIKE THOSE DOGS THAT NEED TO BE PUT DONW BEFORE THEY DO TOO MUCH DAMAGE!

I JUST WISH THE LAZY CORRUPT MEDIA DO ITS BIT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE COUNTRY AND NOT TO ENSLAVE THEMSELVES LIKE MERCENARIES FOR A FIST OF CORRUPT DOLLARS TARNISHED WITH THE BLOOD OF US SOLDIERS!

Posted by: NOURI | August 21, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

To be considered black in the United States not even half of one's ancestry must be African black. But will one-fourth do, or one-eighth, or less? The nation's answer to the question 'Who is black?" has long been that a black is any person with any known African black ancestry. This definition reflects the long experience with slavery and later with Jim Crow segregation. In the South it became known as the "one-drop rule,'' meaning that a single drop of "black blood" makes a person a black. It is also known as the "one black ancestor rule," some courts have called it the "traceable amount rule," and anthropologists call it the "hypo-descent rule," meaning that racially mixed persons are assigned the status of the subordinate group. This definition emerged from the American South to become the nation's definition, generally accepted by whites and blacks. Blacks had no other choice. As we shall see, this American cultural definition of blacks is taken for granted as readily by judges, affirmative action officers, and black protesters as it is by Ku Klux Klansmen.

Posted by: Obama's Burden | August 21, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I was a POW, my friends...

What? I've told you that already? Okay!

I'm a maverick, my friends...

Posted by: mac is back! | August 21, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Nor is this concept merely inept phrasing on Obama's part (perish the thought), or hypercritical reading on my part. Obama made precisely the same point a second time in his speech. After establishing his racial bona fides by describing his mixed ancestry,* he again presented himself as the living embodiment of racial healing:
"Throughout the first year of this campaign, against all predictions to the contrary, we saw how hungry the American people were for this message of unity. Despite the temptation to view my candidacy through a purely racial lens, we won commanding victories in states with some of the whitest populations in the country. In South Carolina, where the Confederate Flag still flies, we built a powerful coalition of African Americans and white Americans."
Thus, even as Obama said that it is a mistake to view his candidacy "through a purely racial lens," he boasted that it was he who bound together the races. This is also a "racial lens," although a unifying one, not the divisive one the Wright shouted from his pulpit.
What is apparent is that, through these pronouncements about the transcendent meaning of his candidacy, Obama accepts Andrew Sullivan's hagiographic conclusion that his candidacy is a "transformational one," not because of what he brings to the table, but simply because of who he is. He is the racial messiah, one who, simply by being, will save America from the stain on her soul.
It is, in its own way, a charming conceit. Unfortunately, though, Obama's presidency won't end the moment he is sworn in, with an orgy of racial healing, followed by a fade-out to a glorious sunset. Instead, as he's made plain time and time again, including in his speech on race, once the orgasmic feeling of having elected "the One" passes away, Americans will awake to discover that, in fact, they have bedded down with the same old, same old. This is messianic politics only if ones idea of salvation is the usual Democratic fare of big government, big taxes, and big denial when it comes to the realities of World War IV.

Posted by: United, We are McCain, Divided We are Obama | August 21, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

. McCain couldnt manage the local Mcdonalds. The RNC wants him for his puppet abilitys., Oh yeah Mitt Romney is a puppet too. I was a republican until my party got hijacked bought and paid for by the RNC. I am an independant now. I liked Huckabee because he seem to care about the working class, and fixing the economy with real issues. But I dobt I will vote for McCain. I will vote for Obama or Barr. McCain is too old, he will just be a puppet. No more puppets. We need a president that actually will lead by his convictions. McCain changed on every position, just so the RNC would prop him up. http://www.hotpres.com I dont think the new movie they are making about Obama's teen years is going to hurt obama any. http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: KEITH | August 21, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

What makes Obama different from other African Americans, who do not find any cause for celebration in America's racial progress, is the way in which he sees himself as a necessary fulfillment of the Civil Rights movement. Thus, immediately after referring with great brevity to both the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement, Obama put his own candidacy front and center:
"This was one of the tasks we set forth at the beginning of this campaign -- to continue the long march of those who came before us, a march for a more just, more equal, more free, more caring and more prosperous America. I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together -- unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories, but we hold common hopes; that we may not look the same and we may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction -- towards a better future for of children and our grandchildren."
In other words, it is Obama himself who will bring to fruition Martin Luther King's dream of a post-racial America. To this end, Obama is not advancing himself as one who should be President because he's the best man for the job, but as one who should become President because he, personally, by being some racial fulfillment incarnate, will save us from the last remaining "stains" that the Founders created.

Posted by: All hail the Messiah | August 21, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Yo McCain, stop stealing my short man syndrome!

*stomping feet*

Posted by: Napoleon | August 21, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

As you see, Obama is no longer an ordinary mortal. Instead, he has been elevated to a symbolic level, where his name is unnecessary (we all know it, don't we?), his goal is unmentioned (I think he's above petty politics), and his qualifications are irrelevant (good thing, too, since he doesn't have any). Instead, all that's left is his almost superhuman visage, which is allied with one magical word: "change." The political poster has been transformed from advertisement to iconography.
For many months now, I've been inclined to slough all of this messiah-shtick stuff off, attributing it to those liberal fans who operate from a strong emotional base that manages to side step reason. Reason, of course, would point out that his politics are indistinguishable from other ultra liberal Democrats and his experience minimal. As Geraldine Ferraro was tacky enough to point out -- how un-Democratic of her -- the only pragmatic advantage he has over other like-minded candidates is his skin color.
Obama's recent race speech, however, indicates that Obama is beginning to believe his own publicity. As everyone now knows, Obama opened by speaking accurately, and movingly, about the way in America's promised freedom was compromised from its inception by the taint of slavery, a taint that he sees as unrelieved by the hundreds of thousands of lives lost in the Civil War, the remarkable courage of the Civil Rights movement, and the mass re-education of American attitudes in the 40 plus years since the Civil Rights movement. The Wright experience, of course, has shown us that Obama is not alone in this jaundiced view of America's progress regarding race.

Posted by: Ferraro was Right!!!! | August 21, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

John: I miss your old-man smell. Please call me when you're back in DC. XOXO.

Posted by: Vicki Iseman | August 21, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

And then there's the fainting: At speech after speech, it seems, ladies swoon merely from being in his presence. There hasn't been this orgy of public fainting since Frank Sinatra or, perhaps, the Beatles. The fact that this whole thing may be the work of one or two determined fans, doesn't seem to affect some people's belief that it is right and appropriate that women are literally knocked flat on their butts by his aura.
One might dismiss all of this as the ravings of a celebrity culture, trained to become hysterical in the presence of fame, were it not for the vaguely religious note that keeps appearing when political commentators start writing about him. Andrew Sullivan, a devout Obama supporter, after admitting that Obama has little going for him in terms of such practical matters as experience or knowledge, nevertheless describes the meaning of his candidacy in shamanistic tones.
Sullivan notes that timing is everything, with Obama coming along at a time when people are sick and tired of the old Baby Boomer politics and weary of the culture wars. It is in this context, says Sullivan, that "Obama's candidacy in this sense is a potentially transformational one." In other words, despite his admittedly tired old Leftist politics, Obama, just by being himself, will miraculously bind us all together.
Sullivan is not alone. Last week, when Bill Richardson ditched his former pal Hillary to endorse Obama, he used almost precisely the same idea to describe Obama's candidacy. Richardson stepped to the podium and boldly announced that Obama is "the kind of once-in-a-lifetime leader that can bring our nation together and restore America's moral leadership in the world."

Posted by: GodHelpUs...... | August 21, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

McCain is too OLD.
He can't seem to remember facts so he just makes them up

He has CANCER.
He is not healthy enough to be president.

He is self centered and dismissive of others.
Thios man called his own wife a "Trollop" and a "c*nt" in public!

He's a lifelong mooching welfare abuser.
He has been on the government dole or sucking on his current trophy wife's daddy's teat his entire life - he's never had a "real" job.

He is immoral.
He has had multiple affairs while married to both of his wives. He abandoned his first wife and mother of his children while she lay in the hospital to marry the 20 years younger uber rich "trollop".

He's an idiot who has no grasp of world affairs or political nuance.

His answer to everything is " yeah, what GW said", more wars- good, education for the masses- bad, free health care for me - good, free health care for Americans - no way! $5Million a year is middle class?

He's a brain dead, crusty old cancer ridden, tired, self centered, immoral flip flopping, lying POS that would throw his momma under a train if he thought he'd profit from it somehow.

Posted by: Frank Furter | August 21, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow there is just too many OOps and Gaff moments by McCain. We need a new Nominee without so much baggage and who is sharp., instead of slightly senile. I watched video of McCain talking about his failed first marrige at http://www.mccanes.com

Posted by: Sammy | August 21, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | August 21, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain couldnt manage the local Mcdonalds. The RNC wants him for his puppet abilitys., Oh yeah Mitt Romney is a puppet too. I was a republican until my party got hijacked bought and paid for by the RNC. I am an independant now. I liked Huckabee because he seem to care about the working class, and fixing the economy with real issues. But I dobt I will vote for McCain. I will vote for Obama or Barr. McCain is too old, he will just be a puppet. No more puppets. We need a president that actually will lead by his convictions. McCain changed on every position, just so the RNC would prop him up. http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: Peter | August 21, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Oh, now the poop has hit the fan. I was thinking it would be in October. Oh, well, Obama asked for it.

Posted by: Julie in Georgia | August 21, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

He presents as a fairly nice-looking guy with a slightly dorky quality (I think it's the Bing Crosby ears); who is a smooth, albeit soporific, speaker; who boasts an Ivy League background sullied by the suspicion that he benefited as much from affirmative action as from his own virtues; and who demonstrates a sound grasp of shady Chicago style politics, including, during a remarkably short and generally undistinguished career, some pretty vicious and opportunistic conduct. I am talking, of course, about Barack Obama, a man who has shot from relative obscurity to the forefront of American politics.
To those who worship at his shrine, though, there is nothing ordinary about him. To them, he is the embodiment of all virtues. If you are doodling around with Google and type in the phrase "Obama articulate," you'll get about 277,000 results. It's even more fun to type in "Obama handsome." Then you get about 330,000 results.
That's just word play, though. The real fawning comes in the way people describe their emotional reactions to this former unknown from Illinois. Take the example of Chris Matthews, an MSNBC talking head whom one might naively credit with a little bit of professional objectivity. After hearing one of Obama's speeches, Matthews giddily said "My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don't have that too often." One is afraid to ask what other experiences have occasioned Matthews' exciting little leg vibration.

Posted by: Soldyourdad Obryan | August 21, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

And John McCain is no Teddy Roosevelt even though he thinks he is.

Posted by: lwarnold | August 21, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

The antichrist is upon us:

We have lost the understanding that in a democracy, we have a mutual obligation to one another — that we cannot measure the greatness of our society by the strongest and richest of us, but we have to measure our greatness by the least of these. That we have to compromise and sacrifice for one another in order to get things done. That is why I am here, because Barack Obama is the only person in this who understands that. That before we can work on the problems, we have to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation.

Posted by: Spike Lee | August 21, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I guess McCain does have alot in common with Bush, it seems he might have an old DUI.
http://www.mccanes.com/duihelpguide.html

Posted by: John | August 21, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Kanye:

Perhaps you missed when Dan Rather was all aflutter about George Bush's life (and leave) when he was 22?

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

.. a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany ... and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Obama" - Barack Obama, Lebanon, New Hampshire. January 7, 2008.

Posted by: HarryBlackBarry | August 21, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

"What Rudy Guiliani failed to mention was that Abraham Lincoln had even less experience than Obama and he was one of the best, if not the best, President we have had."

Obama is NO Abraham Lincoln!

Obama, THE [N]ONE “Who GOD has blessed us with”; Pelosi 8/17/08
If you want a President who is whiner, narcissistic, specious, vacuous, effete, and supported by an army of Kool-aid drinking tinfoil hat wearing moonbats.

Posted by: occam2 | August 21, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse


The republicans are in so much trouble they are tyring to make a movie about Obama's teen years. See Video. http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: Kanye | August 21, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

President. What a hoax. Most important jobs in this country are or Fathers, Mothers, Firefighters, Cops, Teachers. I am sure there are a few more. Mccain or Obama what does it matter?. If we do not stop stuffing our pie holes America will sink. Sucked into the abyss. You lazy fat pigs. Get off your computers and take a walk. Calm down take a deep breath. We are not the oldest civilization in the world. Bunch of young flounders trying to figure it out is all we are. This is stupidest post on the stupidest board I have ever read.

Posted by: the dude | August 21, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

The next time a McCain staffer runs his mouth with these frickin kind of threats. I think Senator Obama should tell the reporters at his briefing that Ol man McCain Can Bring It On!!!. It worked for John Kerry last time.

Posted by: K.L. BEANS | August 21, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Wingnut "Corrector"

Lincoln would no longer be welcome in his own party, or did you forget that the party has been overrun by Southerners? I believe the quote by one McSame bootlicker Lindsay Graham was the following:

“We don't do Lincoln Day Dinners in South Carolina. It's nothing personal, but it takes a while to get over things.”

And that was in 2005.

Sorry, but it seems like repubs have, er...issues. I don't even think the typical repub could even say "Abraham Lincoln" without breaking out in hives.

Cheers.

Posted by: I need my staff! | August 21, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Corrector:

And your point is? Do you seriously think today's Republicans would give Lincoln a second look?

Posted by: lwarnold | August 21, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

If I may be of some assistance to Senator John McManyMansions.

Having trouble remembering how many houses you have today, Johnny?

K, well...


...remembering your (McCain) involvement in the Keating Five, do you think you have more houses than you have had shady, corrupt, and surely illegal relationships with chairmen of failed savings and loan institutions?


More than one? Ok then...


Remembering that you McCain were AGAINST overturning Roe vs. Wade before you were FOR overturning Roe vs. Wade, do you think you have more houses than you've had views on abortion PLUS shady, corrupt, and surely illegal relationships with chairmen of failed savings and loan institutions?


Still more? More than three? Really. Most people don't need THREE. Ok, well, then...


Given that you McCain were against the Bush Tax cuts before you were FOR the Bush tax cuts, do you think you have more houses than you've had panders on tax policy PLUS views on abortion PLUS shady, corrupt, and surely illegal relationships with chairmen of failed savings and loan institutions?


Really? More than FIVE? One for each finger? One for each plane your crashed? So, then...


Remembering that you McCain once joked that Chelsea Clinton was "so ugly" because Janet Reno was her father, do you think you have more houses than you've made crude, sexist and misogynist jokes about minors PLUS panders on tax policy PLUS views on abortion PLUS shady, corrupt, and surely illegal relationships with chairmen of failed savings and loan institutions?


Wow? MORE THAN HALF A DOZEN? Well, then...


Remembering that you McCain were grinning over cake while New Orleans was sinking, do you think you have more houses then you have Bush-loving, compassionless, self-serving photo-ops PLUS crude, sexist and misogynist jokes about minors PLUS panders on tax policy PLUS views on abortion PLUS shady, corrupt, and surely illegal relationships with chairmen of failed savings and loan institutions?


Seven? Great. Seven. Just like the dwarves?


(So, um, does that make you Dopey?...or just senile?)


Posted by: ace mcfunkenstein | August 21, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

"We are the change that we seek" — self-help language strikingly similar to the language used in large group awareness training sessions, according to Mr. Langone. "She's perspiration, he's inspiration" is how the past chairwoman of the Public Relations Society of America, Rhoda Weiss, summed up the candidates' differences.
Lately that inspiration is reaching ever weirder heights. People at Obama rallies have been saying things like, "He changed my life." On CNBC, "Hardball" host Chris Matthews told viewers that when he heard Obama speak, "I felt this thrill going up my leg."
Better than something going down his leg, I guess. "Barack makes people feel good," Lisa Giassa, a 30-something in New Jersey, said. "He's inspiring."
Feel good inspiration. No wonder he's got so many groupies ... er ... fans. And yet, the other characteristic shared by every cult?
Elitism. Cult members think they've seen the light and everyone else is sadly unevolved.
Those of us out here in not-yet-swept-off-our-feet land are feeling that force against us. It's gotten to the point where, if the earth doesn't move when you watch that "Yes We Can" video — the one watched by more than 5 million people in three weeks, the one in gorgeous black and white, making Mr. Obama look like he's already a part of history — you're missing the human decency gene. "People look at him and say, 'Oh, he's our savior,' so I hesitate to say in front of other people that I don't get that great, warm feeling when I look at him," my friend Marla confessed the other night in her kitchen.
It was such a relief to find another cult member. The cult of the "He's smart, he's nice, but I'm not convinced he's the Messiah" voter.
So at least there are two of us.

Posted by: No to the Obamassiah | August 21, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

"Obama begin EVERY speech until the election,
"Raise your hand if you know how many houses you own?"

FIST BUMPS all around!
"

McCain begin every speech with:

Raise you hand if you know what Obama has done for America in the last 20 years. OR

Raise your hand if you've spent 20 years sitting in the pews of a Black Liberation Theology church. OR

Raise your hand if you think Obama can handle Putin. OR

Raise your hands if you think inflating your tires will achieve energy independence. OR

Raise your hands if you think Obama paid full price for his mansion OR

Raise your hands if you don't think Obama's house-deal buddy Rezko is a felon. OR

Raise your hands if you think Obama can answer a simple question with a straight forward answer. OR

Raise your hands if you think letting living babies from botched abortion die is OK OR

Now ... Raise you hands if you think there is a lot that is “Above Obama's pay grade.”

Fist pumps ALL Around!

Obama, THE [N]ONE “Who GOD has blessed us with”; Pelosi 8/17/08
If you want a President who is whiner, narcissistic, specious, vacuous, effete, and supported by an army of Kool-aid drinking tinfoil hat wearing moonbats.


Raise you hand if you know what Obama has done for America in the last 20 years. OR

Raise your hand if you've spent 20 years sitting in the pews of a Black Liberation Theology church. OR

Raise your hand if you think Obama can handle Putin. OR


Zeros all around.

Posted by: occam2 | August 21, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

"I would not say that Obama fits the pattern of a cult leader," a religious studies professor at the University of Denver, Carl Raschke, said. "But there is a very cult-like situation: a population longing for absolute certainty and truth [that] is incapable of taking control of their own lives and wants someone to do that for them — a Magic Man." An unscrupulous leader would take advantage of his Magic Man status, the professor noted. Mr. Obama isn't doing that — but he sure is riding the wave.

Over at the International Cultic Studies Association, executive director Michael Langone said he agrees that attracting this kind of ardor was never Mr. Obama's intent. Nonetheless, the rookie senator is providing the perfect Petri dish for cult cultivation: a feel-good message of hope and change that never gets too specific.

"A certain amount of ambiguity is needed because then people can project their idiosyncratic visions onto that" figure, Mr. Langone said. When that happens, the candidate becomes a Rorschach Test — people see in him what they want to see, "and they may think they share the same specifics, but they don't. What they're really sharing is an emotional experience, like a revival meeting," Mr. Langone said.

Posted by: Bot-be-gone | August 21, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Bots,

What you failed to mention is the Abraham Lincoln was a REPUBLICAN!

Posted by: corrector | August 21, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

"Pointy-headed professor types"? For a presidential campaign who claims to take the education of American children seriously, who wants America to lead the world in science, math, and business, McCain sure doesn't seem to have much value for education or those with the wherewithal to get one.

I guess he would hope that all Americans would remain ignorant and incapable of using their brains. If it weren't for all the idiots out there, it is highly unlikely anyone would buy McCain's "I have better judgment on Iraq" argument, when clearly his statements leading up to Iraq and shortly after the war started (while he was proclaiming it had ended) show that he actually has no idea what he's talking about. It is even less likely they would endorse his extensions of several of Bush's policies, including his tax plan and ideas for health insurance in America. Even less likely still is that anybody would still believe McCain's ridiculous campaign ads and stump speeches where McCain proclaims Obama will raise their taxes and hand out tire gauges, despite the fact that anyone who can count or read knows this isn't true. Perhaps no one on the McCain camp can do either, and that explains their commitment to the same empty rhetoric. I, however, am one of those "pointy headed" people who bothered to learned math and reading, amongst other things -- I don't even have to use my fingers or sound out the words. I know better.

If nothing else, vote for Obama so your children don't turn out to be idiotic blockheads like the guys running the McCain campaign. Apparently, that's what they'd prefer your offspring to become.

Posted by: Katie | August 21, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

By the way, John McCain lied when he said Cindy met Mother Theresa and suggested they adopt a child from MT's orphanage.

Cindy McCain, per the Christian Science Monitor, lied about meeting Mother Theresa.

They only recently altered the website once this LIE was CAUGHT.

CSM
http://features.csmonitor.com/politics/2008/08/20/watchdogs-make-it-harder-for-politicians-to-stretch-the-truth/

Compare the original site to the fix.
http://versionista.com/diff/7iuIAc35ImfeOPuJYa3Nvw/

Posted by: kravitz | August 21, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't care if McCain has multiple brain farts, i.e. Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman on his staff. He seems like an old fart though.

Posted by: IMA VOTAR | August 21, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

What Rudy Guiliani failed to mention was that Abraham Lincoln had even less experience than Obama and he was one of the best, if not the best, President we have had.

Posted by: bots | August 21, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Many are now charging that there is a new creepy cult leader on the loose, Barack Obama. On the strength of what? Well, a lot actually. Perhaps it's that he refers to his supporters--Obamabots, Baracktards, Obamaphiliacs, whatever we're supposed to call them--as "believers." Perhaps it's that other creepy cult leaders, like Oprah Winfrey, have taken up their crosses and followed him.
His legions of moonie-eyed idolaters do have a knack for embarrassing themselves, and the rest of us. They wait in line for hours to pack agriplexes in the Midwest, acting like squealing tweens whose parents have dropped them off at a Hannah Montana concert. They clap when he blows his nose. They shoot celebrity-studded music videos, whose lyrics are direct lifts from Obama speeches. They sing his gauzy nostrums--Yes we can!--as though the words carried the weight of scripture, when they really sound less like a coherent political philosophy than something Jenny Craig affinity-groupers would chant before the weekly weigh-in.
Obama inspires people to say embarrassing things, such as actress Halle
Berry's statement, "I'll do whatever he says to do. I'll collect paper cups off the ground to make his pathway clear."

Posted by: Solyd_Truth | August 21, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Rogers says that correctly reporting the number of homes owned by the McCains is the worst personal attack of this campaign? ROFL LOLOLO

Did he forget McCain saying Sen. Obama would rather lose a war than lose an election? Or questioning his patriotism? Questioning his wife's patriotism for a comment even Laura Bush said had been misrepresented? Did he forget the targeting of Sen. Obama as being too different, having his face put on dollar bills on the McCain website and then attacking Obama for playing "the race card" when he pointed that out? Oh, yeah, correctly reporting the number of McCain homes is a real low blow, lol. Let's go Obama ... let's keep reporting those pesky facts that the MSM seems hypnotized against printing.

Posted by: straight talk my a** | August 21, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Do we really want another goofball President heading off to his ranch in the desert, yes John McBush and Joe Loserman. That is a neonut ticket.

Posted by: Wonder Y | August 21, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

VISUALIZE & THEN RATIONALIZE :

McCAIN = VET...who graduated at the bottom of his class, and involved in damaging 5 airplnes.

OBAMA = WELFARE ORGANIZER...helping those who need it.

McCAIN = LIFE...afforded to him by his
Admiral father and Grandfather.

OBAMA = MURDER BABIES FOR PROFIT

McCAIN = TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF...because everyone can't be taken care of like his wife and father took care of him.

OBAMA = GOVERNMENT TAKES CARE OF YOU...putting good taxpayer dollars to good use.

McCAIN = USA/GOD/COUNTRY...and McCain

OBAMA = EUROPE/GD AMERICA/WORLD and Bush's forced New World Order

McCAIN = EMPOWER YOURSELF...and be born with a Silver Spoon to get a good headstart.

OBAMA = EMPOWER ME!

Posted by: God and Country | August 21, 2008 5:25 PM

Posted by: Tit for tat | August 21, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Occasional brain f--rting is not, by any means, the sole province of McCain, Mr. Barack "president of Canada" has been f--ting around his whole life, doing absolutely NOTHING TO PREPARE HIM, IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM, FOR THE HIGHEST PUBLIC OFFICE IN THE LAND-

Rudy Giuliani was 100% correct yesterday when he said "Obama is the least qualified candidate to run for President in the last 100 years."

IT'S GONNA BE A LANDSLIDE FOR THE BRAIN F--TING MCCAIN VS. THE SUPREME F--T OFF HIS ENTIRE LIFE, OBAMA-no one can take Obama any longer!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Earlier this summer, the McCain's defaulted on the property taxes of their La Jolla beachfront home. The price of those homes start at $6 Million and the tax rate is between 1% and 2%. Yet, their taxes were only $1,743.

In a Fox interview, Cindy McCain said that the kids use that beach home so much, she had to buy another one for herself.

Now, I can't be mad at a man because he's "rich," even if he was born into it, married more, and then bought later.

But why vote down bills that enable the working class and push through all the bills for your lobbyists?

No McWar! No McLiar! No McDoddering! No McShame! No McSame! No McBomb!...u get it

Posted by: UbetterThink | August 21, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

one house for john.

one house for cindy.

the others for the KEATING FIVE.

phil foreclosure catalyst gramm and his wife

wendy enron and why phil had no gop support when he ran for president because he married an asian gramm

can use the guest cottage.

Posted by: kravitz | August 21, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

"Though he was not convicted of anything, McCain 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. McCain's 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."

More lies and innuendo, it won't work, it won't stick. Read the Senate transcripts. McCain DID NOT INTERVENE he attended some meetings where he made some inquiries ... the Democratic Senate Ethics committee found that what he did was not illegal and did not breach Senate ethical standards in place at the time. Trust me, the Dumocrats who chaired the committee and held the majority would have nailed McCain's hide to the wall if he had do something improper. If it any what McCain had done had been unethical at the time, practically every Senator serving would have been guilty. The standards are higher now due to McCains work on the McCain-Feingold legislation. Interestingly, McCain tried to put through more tough ethical standards, and guess voted against it .... that's right Barry “The Chi-town hustler” Obama.

Obama, THE [N]ONE “Who GOD has blessed us with”; Pelosi 8/17/08
If you want a President who is whiner, narcissistic, specious, vacuous, effete, and supported by an army of Kool-aid drinking tinfoil hat wearing moonbats.

Posted by: occam2 | August 21, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Is there something wrong with McCain?

There seems to be a never ending supply of these brain-fart comments from vetoing beer to owning houses to the surge is working. I just keep getting the impression that there's something medically wrong with McCain's brain or brain chemsitry. Or maybe it's the pressure or stress or I don't know, but this really is starting to freak me out from a candidate for President. Hell, even Bush could get this sort of stuff right.

Posted by: astral99 | August 21, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse


"Obama begin EVERY speech until the election,
"Raise your hand if you know how many houses you own?"

FIST BUMPS all around!"

Except from Charles Rangel I guess.

Boy, this is gonna turn out swell for the Democrats. I bet none of them have more than one house.

Jenius. Shear Jenius out of Chicago.


Posted by: Fist Bumpkins | August 21, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

It doesnt matter who wins the election. If Obama wins he will turn the whole country muslim, if McCain wins he will turn the whole country dead. There is only one thing worse than being a muslim and thats being dead.

Posted by: Mr Mus Limm | August 21, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Today our nation is having a mortal struggle with the devil. In camps
young girls are dancing with sailors and soldiers, and who knows what-all. At
U.S.O. centers in our cities girls are giving themselves up to the oldest profession before our very eyes. Maybe your own wife takes a part in these activities. When they're dancing, do you think they're thinking of Jee-sus? You can bet your life they aren't. I tried that once. I was dancing with a girl once, and I said to her, Are you thinking of Jee-sus?' and she pushed me away. She don't realize the importance when she pushed me away. She made me realize that I was representing Jee-sus and that Jee-sus has no place on the dance floor. No, sir, that is the playground of the devil.
McCain for president!!!

Posted by: John the Moron | August 21, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

IMAGINE

Grampy spending the next 4 years snug in one of his minimum of four houses...NONE of them WHITE.

Posted by: mark | August 21, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

"John McCain was one of more than 600 Americans held prisoner in North Vietnam, many for years longer than McCain. ALL OF THEM were tortured at one time or another."

The Bush Administration would not define what happened to them as torture. McCain has wholeheartedly supported an administration that does not believes that those 600 Americans were tortured. This is evidence of Stockholm syndrome and makes McCain unqualified to be POTUS. Blind ambition let's him support the Bush Crime Family.

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 21, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama begin EVERY speech until the election,
"Raise your hand if you know how many houses you own?"

FIST BUMPS all around!

Posted by: mark | August 21, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Leave the old decrepit has-been alone. After all, he did serve in the Navy in Vietnam, crashing expensive planes (one of which led to his capture by gay commies) and made films denouncing the USA while he was a POW. But at least he wasn't tortured according to Bush's definition! I'd rather trust a corrupt waffling slacker with dementia over those pointy-headed veggie-eating Harvard grads!

Posted by: GOP4Life | August 21, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

The football is at center field, who has the ball and who will throw the next interception?

Posted by: Quarterback Sneaky | August 21, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

McCain asked his audience,

"How many houses do you own?"

Every hand raised one finger, no need to say which finger

Posted by: mark | August 21, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse


President Boyle Headquarters gets 'False Alarm VP" Phone Call from Obama Camp

Thomas Boyle, the Moderate Democrat Nominee-Wanabe at the Denver convention got a phone call from the Obama campaign this afternoon that led to confusion.

"For a minute I thought I was being tapped to be Obama's running mate. I
was a little bit confused as to the purpose of the call since all the VeePee hopefuls are staying real close to the phone this week until Obama makes his choice public. One announcer characterized the hopefuls as 'Nervous school girls waiting for a prom date.' You can
imagine how confused I was to get a call from Obama."

"Turns out it was a canvass caller looking for my support for him, not the VeePee spot,after all. It appears my 'Stealth Bomber Campaign' for the White House, is so low key not even some Obama people know I am running against him for the Democratic
Nomination. I guess I better step it up a notch." said Boyle, the presidential candidate who does not make public appearances or shake hands with strangers 'a dangerous habit
for piano players'. Boyle is an ex-Page in the House of Representatives, a song writer, real estate broker, and economist.

P.S. Neither candidate saw the housing crisis coming, recognized it when it hit,or did anything to stop it. They both went home to their fancy homes while a million and a half families lost their homes. That is not leadership that is why I am running.

Boyle website is PresidentBoyle.com


Posted by: President Boyle | August 21, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

"We're delighted to have a real estate debate with Barack Obama," said spokesman Brian Rogers, adding that the press should focus on Obama's house. "It's a frickin' mansion. He doesn't tell people that. You have a mansion you bought in a shady deal with a convicted felon."

BRIAN ROGERS IS NOT AT ALL WRONG ABOUT THIS, HE IS RIGHT, OBAMA BOUGHT HIS FRICKIN' MANSION WITH CONVICTED FELON REZKO'S "GENEROSITY" IN PURCHASE.

Posted by: farfalle | August 21, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

"To tell you the truth, neither one of the candidates impresses me alot. However....I WILL NOT vote for a person that doesn't have to decency to honor the flag of this nation. He purports to be a man of the people but has not one iota of humility. He serves the people insomuch as he serves his own image.

McCain has my vote.

Posted by: Battle Weary Vet | August 21, 2008 5:08 PM "
****************************************
Huh? Care to back that one up with some proof? Honor the flag? Bet you can't.

Posted by: ToKnow | August 21, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Well there are far too many GOP lies here to get to them all, but:

To Battle Weary Vet: Obama does salute the flag. You have one shot taken before he put his hand up. Its a complete fabrication. Next time you get a chain email, try FactCheck.org.

Posted by: Peter | August 21, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

VISUALIZE & THEN RATIONALIZE :

McCAIN = VET
OBAMA = WELFARE ORGANIZER
McCAIN = LIFE
OBAMA = MURDER BABIES FOR PROFIT
McCAIN = TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
OBAMA = GOVERNMENT TAKES CARE OF YOU
McCAIN = USA/GOD/COUNTRY
OBAMA = EUROPE/GD AMERICA/WORLD
McCAIN = EMPOWER YOURSELF
OBAMA = EMPOWER ME!

Posted by: God and Country | August 21, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

The audacity of resume-padding (or, why Obama makes things up)

By ABRAHAM KATSMAN AND KORY BARDASH
Aug 17, 2008

One of the knocks on Barack Obama is that his résumé is, so to speak, paper-thin. But that is not entirely accurate. Obama, in fact, has held some major job titles which are noteworthy all by themselves: United States Senator, Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, Harvard Law Review President-each of these titles puts him in rarefied company. Tack on a few Illinois State Senate terms, and his resume actually appears solid. Yet, in spite of these prestigious positions, Obama has increasingly resorted to making claims of accomplishment that are so patently inflated that even his cheerleaders at CNN and the New York Times are taking notice. Why?
It seems that Obama recognizes that while his résumé titles are impressive, his actual accomplishments are weak. It’s as if he were jockeying to be the next company CEO with little to show for his prior high-profile management positions. So, he does what anyone else does who has spent years coasting on charisma without doing any heavy work: he pads his résumé–stretching the truth here, stealing credit there, and creating the illusion of achievement during his lackadaisical, undistinguished tenure in previous jobs.
A few examples? Take Obama’s first general election ad. We are told that Obama “passed laws” that “extended healthcare for wounded troops who’d been neglected,” with a citation at the bottom to only one Senate bill: The 2008 Defense Authorization Bill, which passed the Senate by a 91-3 vote. Six Senators did not vote-including Obama. Nor is there evidence that he contributed to its passage in any material way. So, his claim to have “passed laws” amounts to citing a bill that was largely unopposed, that he didn’t vote for, and whose passage he didn’t impact. Even his hometown Chicago Tribune caught this false claim. It’s classic résumé-padding–falsely taking credit for the work of others.
Or take one of Obama’s standard lines: his claim of “twenty years of public service.” As pundit Michael Medved has pointed out, the numbers don’t add up. Shall we count? Three years in the US Senate (two of which he’s spent running for President), plus seven years in the Illinois State Senate (a part-time gig, during which time he also served as a law professor) equals, at most, ten. Even if we generously throw in his three years as a “community organizer” (whatever that means, let’s count it as public service), that still adds up to just thirteen.
Obama’s other activities since 1985 have included Harvard Law School, writing two autobiographies (including several months writing in Bali), prestigious summer law firm jobs, three years as an associate at a Chicago law firm, and twelve years part-time on the University of Chicago Law School faculty. As Medved notes, it takes quite the ego to consider any of those stints “public service.” Which of them is Obama including?
Obama made yet another inflated boast last month during his visit to Israel. At his press conference in Hamas rocket-bombarded Sderot, Obama talked up “his” efforts to protect Israel from Iran:
“Just this past week, we passed out of the US Senate Banking Committee - which is my committee - a bill to call for divestment from Iran as way of ratcheting up the pressure to ensure that they don’t obtain a nuclear weapon.” (Emphasis added.)
Nice try. But as even CNN noted, Obama is not even on that committee. That is one peculiar “mistake” to simply have made by accident. Again, his claiming credit for the work of others just looks like clumsy, transparent résumé embellishment.
Would someone with Obama’s stellar list of job titles resort to making stuff up? He seems to think he has to. In spite of the many impressive positions he’s held, he’s done almost nothing with them. If he wants to claim specific, relevant accomplishments, his only resort is to stretching the truth.
Look at his record: he’s now completed over half of a Senate term; yet, is there even one signature issue he has taken hold of, other than his own presidential run? Similarly, as the New York Times recently pointed out, Obama spent twelve years on the University of Chicago Law School faculty–singularly famous for its intellectual ferment and incubator of scholarship–and produced not even a single scholarly paper. He was President of Harvard Law Review, but wrote nothing himself. Even as a state legislator for seven years-or community organizer for three years, there is little that shows his imprint. OK, to be fair, he did write two books. About himself.
For all his glowing job titles, Obama has never gotten much done. Is it any wonder that his spokesmen respond with sweeping generalities when asked what Obama has actually accomplished relevant to the presidency?
Obama has held several serious positions from which a serious man could have made a serious impact. But Obama made none. He remains a man of proven charisma, but unproven skill–and not for lack of opportunity. He’s treated his offices as if they were high school student council positions-fun to run for, fun to win, affirmations of popularity, heady recognition from superiors, good resume-builders for stepping up to the next position of power, and…well, that’s about it-actual accomplishments are not expected; heavy lifting is never on the agenda.
Obama’s record of accomplishment is thin not because of lack of opportunity, but in spite of it. For twenty years, Obama has walked the floors of the most prestigious institutions in the nation, but has left no footprints other than those from his runs for whatever office came next.
It’s been said that some people want to be President so they can do something; and some want to be President so they can be something. Obama has accomplished nothing noteworthy despite the golden opportunities and positions he’s had; why should we believe he’d be a different man in the White House?
No company would hire anyone with Obama’s empty track record, pattern of underachievement and padded résumé to be CEO. Is America really ready to hire him as President?
Most of this is familiar material to us here. But it can’t be repeated enough.
Allah knows, our watchdog media will never tell us about Mr. Obama’s lack of credentials.

Posted by: occam2 | August 21, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain - 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. McCain 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, McCain 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. McCain's 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."


Mafia ties:

In 1995, McCain 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.


McCain has been screwing over poor people for his rich overloards for years:

http://www.realchange.org/mccain.htm
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Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

The candidate's wealth and his economic dealings are a fair game and should be examined carefully. They tend to showcase if a person has managed his portofolio well and sensibly. I find nothing wrong with somebody having wealth and most Americans desire to achieve economic success and have succesfull investments to safeguard their families' future.
However,If there is suspicion that wealth has been accumulated through corrupt deals (see Keating five or Retzko) then there should be a serious debate to find out if laws have been violated.
I doubt this debate will occur or this story will have legs because most people assume politicians are corrupt. When they choose one for President they look for a corrupt politician who can do the job.
Obama's inexperience, his abnoxious wife and and his past radical associations (Ayers, Wright, Pfleger, Kashidi, Marhall Davis, farrakhan, Sharpton etc.) have convinced me that the best corrupt politician to handle the job of President is McCain.

Posted by: haris bisias | August 21, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

To changing faces:

The McCains are proof positive that money cannot buy class.

Posted by: Where's my staff! | August 21, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Ao if arugala has become a "liberal" vegetable then what are the "conservative" veggies? Potatoes? Peas & carrots? Just want to be sure I understand all this. Personally, I'm a liberal, but can I eat something other than a russet potato & still keep my liberal creds? Maybe a Yukon Gold or a fingerling? And is it the arugala that leads to a pointy head or is that just a result of thinking too much?

Posted by: tmd
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Dear tmd,

Finally an intelligent comment.

Corn on the cob: very conservative
Canned corn: conservative

Cut Green Beans: Conservative
French Cut: C'mon, you know the answer to that one.

It's kind of a "know one when ya see one" sort of thing.

Preparation is also a key factor in determining conservative vs. liberal veggies. A whole 'nother pandora's box there.

Eg:

Green bean cassarole with those little chinese noodles on top: very conservative.

Arugula Salad with fingerling potatoes tossed with vinaigrette....very liberal.

There is just so much to cover on this issue that I just don't have time to do it. Perhaps the WaPo can do an in-depth investigation after they finish covering this important "how many of his properties does McCain ever stay in" and "is 6400 sq ft. really a friggin' mansion?" investigation.

I can't do it all myself ya know.

Posted by: Typical WP | August 21, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

The issue isn't about how many houses McCain owns compared to Obama.

The REAL issue is that MCCAIN DOESN'T EVEN KNOW HOW MANY HOUSES HE OWNS.

How is he going to manage our military, economy, COUNTRY, if he can't even manage his own real estate portfolio?

Answer that one for me, my friends

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

Funny, after reading most of the comments here, this is how it plays out:

Obama supporters have a great deal of ammo in going against McCain - after 26 years in Washington, 5.5 as a POW, a hothead dumba$$ in school, cheating, keating, blinken and nod, they are all facts.

McCain supporters call Obama by his middle (and God-forbid 'Muslim") name, have a bunch of innuendo, rumors, etc. that are totally bereft of fact.

Sounds about right to me, just another election.

Posted by: ToKnow | August 21, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Funny how people are still afraid to bring out the real dirt on McCain's true VietNam experiences. John McCain a real hero??Not likely. McCain was a known bungler in the military and could have qualified as the 4th stooge.

Posted by: Vet 4 Vets | August 21, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Man, I do believe I now hate ALL leftists...

Posted by: GoAway | August 21, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Dann:

Perhaps you missed when Dan Rather was all aflutter about George Bush's life (and leave) when he was 22?

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

You folks here on the Dem side really don't want to get into an old fashioned "p..ing" contest over houses. How hypocritical you are. All this talk about "rich" and "investments" in real estate causing the mortgage problems. I hear all of McCain's real estate combined totals only about $13 million. A lot, but when you consider that John Edwards just built one house for more than $28 million value, Nancy Pelosi lives in a multi-million dollar house in California and owns wineries and all and Harry Reid has real estate from shady deals with his son and lobbiest in Las Vegas and John Kerry's home's are more pricy than all of McCain's put together. And how much real estate does John Corzine have, etc. And then Obama didn't buy his house fair and square, he did use shady deals from Rezko. And how big are the houses and how many do they have -- all those rich Hollywood Dem donors and Warren Buffet and the Google boys, etc. So, let's shut up about real estate. Dems live in glass houses about this. Obama sounded like a sniveling whiny little baby when he brought this up today. And all of you do too. Typical WaPo readers. Typical Democrat hypocrites. McCain's real estate pales in comparison to your guys'.

Posted by: Yellow rose | August 21, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow, there is a whole heck of a lot of losers like me here.

What's up fellow losers?

How is the posting loser stuff on blogs treating you?

Bye,

One fellow loser to another

Posted by: Loser | August 21, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Battle Weary Vet

Fine, now go to school and learn how to write in English language.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Why are Republicans obsessed with arugela? Many many poeple eat it in their salads in restaurants and in those pre-packaged salads from grocery stores. I would venture to guess that McCain has enjoyed it quite a few times at upscale restaurants and fancy dinners served in one of his many homes.

Posted by: Scott in KC | August 21, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Maybe dude should of said, Who cares what Obama says, he is poor., he doesnt even make 5 mill a year!!! LOL I cant beleive the Republicans are getting so desperate they are actually considering making a Obama the teenage years documentory. http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: Jaso | August 21, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

It really comes down to this.
Obama= The Great Depression part 2
McCain = Same Great Depression part 2 with
a side serving of WWIII
I will take Obama.
http://www.mccanes.com/newparty.html

Posted by: Dann | August 21, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Waaaah, Waaah, Waaah....McCain has more houses than I do....waaaah waaah waaah....get a job Dumbocrat losers...

Posted by: Millie | August 21, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Now I have a problem with the man. This man wants to run/manage the country yet he does not even have the managing skills to even know how many houses are in his portfolio??? Donald trip can even tell you what he owns because he manages his own deals. A man who can't manage his own business is a phoney and no longer has my support. Bye bye John McCain.

Posted by: Popeye the Tailor | August 21, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I have fought in foreign lands for love of country and for my country and come back.

To tell you the truth, neither one of the candidates impresses me alot. However....I WILL NOT vote for a person that doesn't have to decency to honor the flag of this nation. He purports to be a man of the people but has not one iota of humility. He serves the people insomuch as he serves his own image.

McCain has my vote.

Posted by: Battle Weary Vet | August 21, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Rob

Don't you get it that it is a violation of human rights to make woman have a baby.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA OPENED UP A "CAN OF WORMS," CRITIZING MC CAIN FOR OWNING SEVERAL HOMES.

THERE'S A LOT ABOUT OBAMA AND REZKO THE MSM HAS BEEN WITHHOLDING AND WHAT LITTLE THEY DO SAY IS DOWNPLAYED.

IN CHICAGO REZKO WAS FOUND GUILTY IN PAY-TO-PLAY SCHEMES WITH BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. OBAMA HAS BEEN FRIENDS WITH REZKO FOR 20 YEARS. REZKO WAS OBAMA'S CHIEF FUND-RAISER. HE'S KNOWN AS THE 'FIXER.' (CHICAGO COLUMNIST JOHN KASS SAID OBAMA USED TO CALL REZKO HIS "POLITICAL GODFATHER" UNTIL REZKO WAS INDICTED) THE FEDS HAD A 5 YEAR STING CALLED 'OPERATION BOARDGAME.' THEY'VE HANDED DOWN INDICTMENTS TO 3 or 4 OTHERS THIS SUMMER AFTER THE REZKO TRIAL, AND THEY'RE NOT DONE YET. THEY JUST GOT DONE INTERVIEWING THE ILLLINOIS GOVERNOR.

OBAMA HAD A 'NOTE-TAKER' IN COURT THROUGH-OUT THE DURATION OF THE REZKO TRIAL.
OBAMA ADMITTED IT TO THE CHICAGO REPORTERS WHEN QUESTIONED. THE TRIAL LASTED 3 MONTHS, MAR. THRU MAY 08. IF OBAMA WASN'T CONCERNED, WHY DID HE HAVE A NOTE-TAKER IN COURT FOR 3 MONTHS?

WHAT THE MC CAIN CAMPAIGN IS TALKING ABOUT IS THE MANSION AND LOT DEAL BETWEEN REZKO AND OBAMA. OBAMA DOWNPLAYS IT. WE'LL SEE. BUT THERE'S A LOT OF OTHER THINGS BETWEEN REZKO AND OBAMA.

OBAMA SHOULD HAVE LET SLEEPING DOGS LAY.

THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS "PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULDN'T THROW STONES."

Posted by: J | August 21, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

All you poor little libs hate it when the truth of your boy comes to light! WAHHHH WAHHHH, CRY ME A FRICKIN RIVER, GET OVER IT B. HUSSINE OBAMA IS GONNA LOSE BECAUSE HE CAN'N HIDE BEHIND YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND DENIALS FOREVER! GET USED TO IT.......OH YEA YOU ALREADY ARE..HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA!
GO BACK TO CAMP AND SING ANOTHER ROUND OF CUM-BY-YA AND HAVE A GOOD CRY! HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA!

Posted by: God and Country : No LIBGAYCOMMIEBROMSLMS needed | August 21, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Well the republican bozos call people elitist because they cannot campaign on the issues and when they get a taste of their own medicine they are up in arms. The Rezko link as been asked, tried, and answered. Bring it out, it will only lead to more dirt brought up on McCain. Just remember republicans, you start this every campaign cycle. For once, you are getting a dose of your own medicine. Nimnods!

Posted by: CitizenAJ | August 21, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute -- what's wrong with arugula?

Posted by: lavonne
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Too hard to pronounce.
Most people not quite sure what it is, even if they've had it in a salad.
Sounds funny.
Kinda like Barack Hussein Arugula.

Posted by: Typical WP | August 21, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

That should have read: You kids get off my c--t's lawn!

My bad.

Posted by: Old Boy McCain | August 21, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

You kids get off my wife's lawn!

Posted by: Old Boy McCain | August 21, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

How many houses does Barack own? As for shady deals lets hear more about the KEATING FIVE.... S&L Loan Deals—How much did that little escapade cost US tax payers?

"The ultimate cost of the crisis is estimated to have totaled around USD$160.1 billion, about $124.6 billion of which was directly paid for by the U.S. government -- that is, the U.S. taxpayer"
—Wikipedia

Complements of McSame...

Posted by: yakmon | August 21, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Hey esmen,

You say Bush "wants your children to die in a war". Maybe, maybe not.

I do know one thing for SURE, Obama wants your children to die period! It's called abortion.

Iraq War - 4,000 Americans dead
Abortion since Roe v Wade - 50,000,000 Americans dead.
Who do you want as your president America?

Posted by: Rob | August 21, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

So what if John McCain is out-of-touch with all of you middle-class bozos with your one house and your silly mortgage payments and you non-heiress wife and your less than $5 million annual income and your cheesy Walmart loafers?

So what if the Iraq war has killed over 4,000 less-than-middle-class kids? So what if we're spending $10 billion a month over there? So what if all blood and treasure that has benefitted no one other than the oil companies? It's not like any of you rubes would have benefitted anyway.

Hope? You have no hope. Hope is for losers. Just hope you don't get drafted and sent off to fight and possibly die in a meaningless war... just like Mac.

Posted by: The Base | August 21, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama took the bait, idiot that he is. Get ready for lots of Chicago real estate talk now. He opened Pandora's Box.

Posted by: thinkwithyourbrain | August 21, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

tmd,

As a liberal you may eat arugula, Belgian endive, escarole, and dandelion greens.

I do believe conservatives are eating radiated beets, and radishes, so this is definitely a no no for you.

I think as long as you stay away from the above you should be fine.

Oh! And dont eat the yellow snow!

Posted by: species | August 21, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama's "Not Exactly's": This person is more dangerous than any candidate in recent years....

1.) Selma Got Me Born - NOT EXACTLY, your parents felt safe
enough to have you in 1961 - Selma had no effect on your birth, as
Selma was in 1965. (Google'Obama Selma' for his full March 4,
2007 speech and articles about its various untruths.)

2.) Father Was A Goat Herder - NOT EXACTLY, he was a
privileged, well educated youth, who went on to work with the Kenyan
Government.

3.) Father Was A Proud Freedom Fighter - NOT EXACTLY, he
was part of one of the most corrupt and violent governments Kenya has
ever had.

4.) My Family Has Strong Ties To African Freedom - NOT
EXACTLY, your cousin Raila Odinga has created mass violence in attempting
to overturn a legitimate election in 2007, in Kenya. It is the first
widespread violence in decades. The current government is pro-American
but Odinga wants to overthrow it and establish Muslim Sharia law. Your
half-brother, Abongo Obama, is Odinga's follower. You interrupted your
New Hampshire campaigning to speak to Odinga on the phone. Check out
the following link for verification of that....and for more.

Obama's cousin Odinga in Kenya ran for president and
tried to get Sharia muslim law in place there. When Odinga lost the
elections, his followers have burned Christians' homes and then burned
men, women and children alive in a Christian church where they took
shelter.. Obama SUPPORTED his cousin before the election process here
started. Google Obama and Odinga and see what you get. No one wants to
know
the truth.

5.) My Grandmother Has Always Been A Christian - NOT
EXACTLY, she does her daily Salat prayers at 5am according to her own
interviews. Not to mention, Christianity wouldn't allow her to have been
one of 14 wives to 1 man.

6.) My Name is African Swahili - NOT EXACTLY, your name is
Arabic and 'Baraka' (from which Barack came) means
'blessed' in that language. Hussein is also Arabic and so is Obama.
Barack Hussein Obama is not half black. If elected, he
would be the first Arab-American President, not the first black
President. Barack Hussein Obama is 50% Caucasian from his mother's side
and 43.75% Arabic and 6.25% African Negro from his father's side. While
Barack Hussein Obama's father was from Kenya, his father's family
was mainly Arabs.. Barack Hussein Obama's father was only 12.5% African
Negro and 87.5% Arab (his father's birth certificate even states
he's Arab, not African Negro). From....and for more....go to.....
http://www.arcadeathome.com/newsboy.phtml?Barack_
Hussein_Obama_-_Arab-American,_only_6.25%25_African

7.) I Never Practiced Islam - NOT EXACTLY, you practiced it
daily at school, where you were registered as a Muslim and kept that
faith for 31 years, until your wife made you change, so you could run
for office. 4-3-08 Article "Obama was 'quite religious in
islam'"
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=60559

8.) My School In Indonesia Was Christian - NOT EXACTLY, you
were registered as Muslim there and got in trouble in Koranic
Studies for making faces (check your own book).
February 28, 2008. Kristoff from the New York Times a
year ago: Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to
prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed
delightfully uncalculated (it'll give Alabama voters heart attacks),
Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as "one of the prettiest
sounds on Earth at sunset." This is just one example of what Pamela
is talking about when she says "Obama's narrative is being altered,
enhanced and manipulated to whitewash troubling facts."

9.) I Was Fluent In Indonesian - NOT EXACTLY, not one
teacher says you could speak the language.

10.) Because I Lived In Indonesia, I Have More Foreign
Experience - NOT EXACTLY, you were there from the ages of 6 to 10, and
couldn't even speak the language. What did you learn, how to study the
Koran and watch cartoons.

11.) I Am Stronger On Foreign Affairs - NOT EXACTLY, except
for Africa (surprise) and the Middle East (bigger surprise), you have
never been anywhere else on the planet and thus have NO experience
with our closest allies.

12.) I Blame My Early Drug Use On Ethnic Confusion - NOT
EXACTLY, you were quite content in high school to be Barry Obama, no
mention of Kenya and no mention of struggle to identify - your
classmates said you were just fine.

13.)An Ebony Article Moved Me To Run For Office - NOT
EXACTLY, Ebony has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It
doesn't, and never did, exist.

14.) A Life Magazine Article Changed My Outlook On Life -
NOT EXACTLY, Life has yet to find the article you mention in your
book. It doesn't, and never did, exist.

15.) I Won't Run On A National Ticket In '08 - NOT
EXACTLY, here you are, despite saying, live on TV, that you would not
have enough experience by then, and you are all about having experience first.

16.) Voting "Present" is Common In Illinois
Senate - NOT EXACTLY, they are common for YOU, but not many others have
130 NO VOTES.

17.) Oops, I Misvoted - NOT EXACTLY, only when caught by
church groups and Democrats, did you beg to change your misvote.

18.) I Was A Professor Of Law - NOT EXACTLY, you were a
senior lecturer ON LEAVE.

19.) I Was A Constitutional Lawyer - NOT EXACTLY, you were
a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.

20.) Without Me, There Would Be No Ethics Bill - NOT
EXACTLY, you didn't write it, introduce it, change it, or create it.

21.) The Ethics Bill Was Hard To Pass - NOT EXACTLY, it
took just 14 days from start to finish.

22.) I Wrote A Tough Nuclear Bill - NOT EXACTLY, your bill
was rejected by your own party for its pandering and lack of all
regulation - mainly because of your Nuclear donor, Exelon, from which
David Axelrod came.

23.) I Have Released My State Records - NOT EXACTLY, as of
March, 2008, state bills you sponsored or voted for have yet to be
released, exposing all the special interests pork hidden within.

24.) I Took On The Asbestos Altgeld Gardens Mess - NOT
EXACTLY, you were part of a large group of people who remedied Altgeld
Gardens. You failed to mention anyone else but yourself, in your books.

25.) My Economics Bill Will Help America - NOT EXACTLY,
your 111 economic policies were just combined into a proposal which
lost 99-0, and even YOU voted against your own bill.

26.) I Have Been A Bold Leader In Illinois - NOT EXACTLY,
even your own supporters claim to have not seen BOLD action on your part.

27.) I Passed 26 Of My Own Bills In One Year - NOT EXACTLY,
they were not YOUR bills, but rather handed to you, after their
creation by a fellow Senator, to assist you in a future bid for higher
office.

28.) No One on my campaign contacted Canada about NAFTA -
NOT EXACTLY, the Canadian Government issued the names and a memo of the
conversation your campaign had with them.

29.) I Am Tough On Terrorism - NOT EXACTLY, you missed the
Iran Resolution vote on terrorism and your good friend Ali
Abunimah supports the destruction of Israel.

30.) I Want All Votes To Count - NOT EXACTLY, you said let
the delegates decide.

31.) I Want Americans To Decide - NOT EXACTLY, you prefer
caucuses that limit the vote, confuse the voters, force a public vote,
and only operate during small windows of time.

32.) I passed 900 Bills in the State Senate - NOT EXACTLY,
you passed 26, most of which you didn't write yourself.

33.) I Believe In Fairness, Not Tactics - NOT EXACTLY, you
used tactics to eliminate Alice Palmer from running against you.

34.) I Don't Take PAC Money - NOT EXACTLY, you take
loads of it.

35.) I don't Have Lobbyists - NOT EXACTLY, you have
over 47 lobbyists, and counting.

36.) My Campaign Had Nothing To Do With The 1984 Ad - NOT
EXACTLY, your own campaign worker made the ad on his Apple in one
afternoon.

37.) I Have Always Been Against Iraq - NOT EXACTLY, you
weren't in office to vote against it AND you have voted to fund it
every single time.

38.) I Have Always Supported Universal Health Care - NOT
EXACTLY, your plan leaves us all to pay for the 15,000,000 who don't
have to buy it

Posted by: Bing | August 21, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

What is Cindy McCain's net worth? It was fair game for John Kerry's wife in '04. All of McCain's McMansions & "investment properties" are part of their combined net worth... fair game indeed. While McCain questions Obama's judgment a few come to mind about McCain's hot dog flyboy days in Vietnam. He recently said he was having "a bad day flying" when he was shot down. If he was truly honest with American he would admit that disobeyed direct orders not to fly into the area in which he was shot down.It was an area known by the military to have heavy anti- aircraft weapons.He was not in hot pursuit of the enemy,just wanted to be a cocky little show off. His Naval flight records are very clear on this. A court- martial would have certainly awaited him had he been rescued.This guy as Commander in Chief? What about the cost of
McHotdog's jet to the tax-payers? Many,many millions.



Posted by: Timo | August 21, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

We can end the legal fiction that a corporation has the rights of a person and take back America from the international corporations.
We will have to pass a constitutional amendment to end the deal the Senate gave to corporations.
We will be going up against the corporate budgets and their bribes of all the state senators and legislators and media.
Do you think McCain is going to lead that attempt to get us free?
No.
Without ending the legal fiction that corps are people we cannot implement Huckabee's plan to end the IRS and go to a federal tax on goods which would be able to target all offshore companies goods and the ones who work for cash, legals and illegals.


Posted by: Bruce Becker | August 21, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

What an article. Did this clown Brian Rogers study at the foot of slime ball Rove? Typical Republican approach; distract from the real important issues that a president will need to address with petty references and character assassinations. The slime baton gets passed on with these grade school tactics. The real problem is that after reading some of the comments, there are a lot of people in the US of A who use that as the guideline for true evaluation of who will be president. This approach would not be so bad if the US of A where a third world country, but these people help elect the unofficial leader of the world. Another McBush in the White House, we may the destined for that level. We are not educating future leaders and we are draining our treasury in a criminally selected war thrust on us all by war profiteers. The problem has been in Afghanistan all along. If only there had been oil. Damn.
152 more days, 6 hours and 19 minutes before Bush and Cheney get excreted out of the Whit House!!

Posted by: sd-mouth | August 21, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

"You guys bring up Rezko, we'll bring up Keating five. Game on, baby!"

Bring it on Moron ...
Four of the Keating Five were Dumocrats. John McCain was the only Republican. The Senate was controlled by Dumocrats at the time, it as Democratically initiated investigation. John McCain and John Glenn (D) were ultimately found to NOT have been involved in improper behavior. Three Dumocrats were found to have acted improperly and were officially reprimanded by the Senate. The special prosecutor, a Democrat, assigned by the Senate to conduct the investigation concluded that McCain and Glenn were not involved and should be dropped from the investigation, but the partisan Dumocrats on the committee refused. I'll leave to those of you with active brain cells to figure out why. The actual crooks were ALL Dumocrats: Cranston, DeConcini and Reigle.

Obama, THE [N]ONE “Who GOD has blessed us with”; Pelosi 8/17/08
If you want a President who is whiner, narcissistic, specious, vacuous, effete, and supported by vast army of kool-aid drinking tinfoil hat wearing morons.

Posted by: occam2 | August 21, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

JTS ---- F you sissie

Posted by: Dave | August 21, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

This guy "Brian Rogers" sounds like a real gem.

What a joke...

Posted by: ohya | August 21, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Many posts here show the typical hypocrisy by modern Republicans (ala Tom Delay) that is completely contrary to true CHRISTIANITY -- you people focus on the perceived speck in the other's eye with machismo mouse language ("a Frickin' Mansion," "game on," ), while ignoring the FOREST OF LOGS in your own -- ask me and I will recount the logs by the dozens. Oh, where are you, party of Lincoln . . . who is this imposter party who seeks to make new slaves? Republicans, where are your principals, what happened to the Western maverick of 8 years ago? And please don't give me Ron Paul. Also, John McCain, keep your Arizona hands off our Colorado River water.

Posted by: mountainman | August 21, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Ao if arugala has become a "liberal" vegetable then what are the "conservative" veggies? Potatoes? Peas & carrots? Just want to be sure I understand all this. Personally, I'm a liberal, but can I eat something other than a russet potato & still keep my liberal creds? Maybe a Yukon Gold or a fingerling? And is it the arugala that leads to a pointy head or is that just a result of thinking too much?

Posted by: tmd | August 21, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Leftists, Please continue to dwell on meaningless crap like this. It will ensure a McCain win.

Posted by: Rodney | August 21, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with Arugula? Nothing a few ICBMs won't fix!

If we don't bomb Arugula now, the Russians will surely invade creating a domino effect from the far end of the salad bar all the way to the dressing trough.

Posted by: Da Chef | August 21, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Tim wrote:
"Rich people purchasing homes for "investments" are what caused the housing crisis and the inflated housing prices.

One purchases a dwelling for shelter and security for his family."

The price that a house is listed for doesn't cause inflated housing until some fool buys it. If no one bought the houses at the inflated prices, the prices would have come down.

Posted by: Alan | August 21, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

"I prefer iceberg lettuce. I know that it's a symptom of my whitebread upbringing, but is there a place in the tent for all of us, no matter what our vegetablic origins?

Posted by: Room for all? | August 21, 2008 4:02 PM "

Room for all - I think you're good there, as long as you don't use balsamic vinegar - that just sounds way too Muslim for republicants to handle.

Posted by: ToKnow | August 21, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

McBush is lying, he wants your children to die in a war just like Bush so they can look like heroes.

McBush is going to go to war no matter what. the same republican ideology from the last 30 years is still driving this. In 2000 they told McCain "No", now they said yes but he hasw to do what they say, that is exactly what he is doing.

Posted by: esmen | August 21, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute -- what's wrong with arugula?

Posted by: lavonne | August 21, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how long Cindy would have waited for McPow? My bets a week.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

McCain says "f you " to fellow Senator Corwyn. Nice guy.

McCain cheats on his wife. Nice guy.

McCain does political favors for Keating in return for campaign donations. Tax payers end up bailing out Keating's banks. Nice guy.

McCain lies about his opponent. Nice guy.

McCain can't count his houses, thinks the economy is fine, has a chief financial advisor who says Americans whine, and wants to increase tax breaks for the wealthiest. What a shmuck.

McCain doesn't know how to use a computer and can't pump gas.

McCain was a "legacy" admit into Naval Academy, where he finished last place.

McCain said he "knows how to get Osama Bin Laden". McCain is full of baloney.

McCain said he would run an honorable campaign, but when he saw he could not win on issues he opted for a Rovian campaign instead.

McCain denounced Rove in 2000, and now he employs his firm to help his campaign. McHypocrite.

How can anyone even consider voting for this outlandish lying cad?

Notice how McCain defends everything with "I was a POW". Big freaking deal. My grandfather saw his best friends blown to bits in WW2. He lost his hearing early from concussion damage to ears. Does that qualify him for president? Does that give him license to say or do whatever he wants? NO.

McCain has shown serious character flaws his entire life. He's a danger to our country. Voting for McCain is like voting for more war, more Bush economic policies, and so on.

Posted by: JTS | August 21, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Look people...
John McCain is a great man who just wants to give you and your kids the same opportunity he had: the opportunity to fight and die in a meaningless war.

Sure, he gets a bit hotheaded at times, and, yeah, it looks like he wants to start trading nuke shots with the Russkies, but give the dude a break. After all, if you'd been subjected to torture - er, enhanced interrogation techniques - at the Hanoi Hilton, you'd be P.O.d, too. Just imagine how much you'd want your finger on the button. Putting Mac in charge of the nuclear arsenal is the least we can do for him.

So, I encourage all of my middle class comrades - everyone who makes $4.9 million or less or owns fewer than 8 homes - to walk a mile in McCain's Ferragamos. Once you've seen the world through Mac's eyes, you simply can't not vote for him.

Then we can drill for oil everywhere! Off the coast of Florida! California! Alaska! In that big green space on Pennsylvania Avenue! Tax breaks for the oil companies! Tax breaks for everyone! Reinstate the draft! See Cindy's boobs! Make war on Persia! Russia! Arugula!

WHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Posted by: Steve Schmidt | August 21, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

He also added: "This is a guy who lived in one house for five and a half years -- in prison," referring to the prisoner of war camp that McCain was in during the Vietnam War.
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Get ready folks, every time McOld gets hit they are going to play the POW card, except he would not be there if his Daddy didn't pull strings. See guys who graduate in the bottom 5% don't get to repeatly crash expensive planes. The only thing that stopped them was he crashing the fourth one and getting captured.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Brian Rogers lives in a frickin' bubble.

Posted by: Luther Blissett. | August 21, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Rich people purchasing homes for "investments" are what caused the housing crisis and the inflated housing prices.

One purchases a dwelling for shelter and security for his family.

Posted by: Tim | August 21, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

We not only use most of the world's supply of gasoline, but we also boast the stupidest people per sq foot than any other country. Ooooooo someone smoked marijuana 30 yrs ago!! Oh horrors. Oh your candidate helped to pass legislation which would open to doors to better schooling and education. Oooops cant vote for him he had sex once. I think he was 11 at the time. You dont believe in the bible and all the silly fairy tales in it?? Oh you must be subversive - how dare you think for yourself?
And so on....
How did we ever slide from a Jefferson to the donkey have in the white house now?

Posted by: poorvic | August 21, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I strongly believe that McCain responded that way to avoid tax liability issue. You see Cindy's taxes have not been released and it would be a tax violation if you filed a property as a non-residence for taxes purposes and then called them all residences on national television. I absolutely cannot wait to see the verbal beat down an intelligent speaker such as Obama is going to deliver on McCain.

Barak is certainly the Princept of this republic. Power to the people. Not the parties.

Posted by: Sniggs | August 21, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

He comes from a land in the distant future, he tells of his great and mighty prowess, he is able to resist the plague of the media.........he is with sin, he is perfect, he formed man in his own image.............he is: Barack Hussein Obama!
He is the Brobama that will bring candy to all the children and incentivize a new apocalyptic tax schedule to ensure the slavery of our future offspring!
He shall spell the ruin of America but his pearly whites shall surely be worth the price of the media's lust for him.

Posted by: Obamanator | August 21, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

McCain was in Hanoi Hilton, we were just reminded for the 100th time. That where his house was, for oh so long.
Great. What did he learn? That TORTURE WORKS.

HE TURNED COAT AND MADE FILMS FOR THE REDS.

NOW HE SUPPORTS TORTURE BY THE CIA, of "suspects".

This is a person who may not be trusted with sharp objects, no less the keys to the nuclear arsenal.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | August 21, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

"POW" was our safe word, if you know what I'm saying.

Love you, John. Still.

Posted by: Vicki Iseman | August 21, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama's house is not a mansion, frickin' or otherwise, though it is a large house, of which he has only one. But McCain has SEVEN TO TEN homes worth at least $14 MILLION and has even lost track of how many. One is an entire RANCH. Obama did not marry into a filthy rich family and worked as a social worker and attorney before running for office. McCain has fed at the public trough his entire life long. Who do you think is more in touch with the lives of everyday, working Americans? And who do you think respects women more? It's not McCain, who cheated on his first wife, dumped her for much-younger, much-richer Cindy and then called his second wife the C word!!

Posted by: Anais | August 21, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

McCain supports the BUSH/CONDI/CIA position that CIA may torture 'suspects'.

How is that a sane thing for a former prisoner, to make our troops open to similar behavior?

I think being in allowance for torture by US agency is the single lowest weirdest thing about McCain. He has sold himself to Bush to get his help in the run for presidency.

Posted by: Bruce | August 21, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Once again, the Democrats have been played like SUCKERS.

I warned people earlier today not to make this McCain moment into an attack on HOW WEALTHY MCCAIN IS, because the previous story mentioning Obama's "ONE HOUSE" would open Obama up to JUST HOW HE GOT THAT ONE HOUSE, which would mean the introduction of Tony Rezko as a "PRIMARY...PRIMARY...PRIMARY" FOCUS of this campaign.

McCain should be attacked, ONLY, based on HIS WORLDVIEW, how he believes that the best way to solve PUBLIC problems is by turning over PUBLIC resources and interests to PRIVATE control, which history has shown OVER AND OVER AGAIN, will only exascerbate public problems.

All candidates who run for President are rich.

CRITICIZE THE SYSTEM, which dwindles the pool of those who can run for President down to those who are WEALTHY.

All candidates are wealth. "WEALTH" cancels itself out.

"WORLDVIEW" is what really matters.

Democrats have once again, shown how POLITICALLY INEPT they are.

Focus on the worldview. Does the public want McCain taking money from PUBLIC schools to give it to PRIVATE schools? Republicans don't mind spending money, as long as it's going to PRIVATE CORPORATIONS instead of PUBLIC INTERESTS.

Do they want him to continue PRIVATIZING THE MILITARY?

Do they want to be PAYING to drive on more and more PRIVATE ROADS?

If you want public goods turned over to PRIVATE HANDS only to be used by those who can AFFORD TO PAY to use them (schools and roads, in particular), then vote REPUBLICAN.

Democrats are wealthy (like FDR and JFK), but they still look out for the WORKING man.

Republicans look out for the WEALTHY MAN.

Leave the man's houses alone!

Posted by: HGG | August 21, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

This Brian Rogers sounds like a real piece of work.

Cheated on his first wife with Cindy? POW
Keating Five? POW
Sunni/Shiite? POW
Russia/Georgia? POW
Campaign Finance Laws? POW
Lobbyists on Staff? POW

Now he can add one more:

Lost the election? POW

Posted by: Tom | August 21, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

there would have been no point to Obama's quip had it not been for McCain trying to paint Obama as the elitist over the arugula (talk about absurd). you can get arugula at Trader Joe's. you have to be lucky to marry an heiress. McCain just doesn't like it dished back.

Posted by: JoeT | August 21, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

"In terms of who's an elitist, I think people have made a judgment that John McCain is not an arugula-eating, pointy headed professor-type based on his life story."

And with every day that goes by it turns out that more and more of McCain's life story is actually his "Lie Story".

The failed fighter pilot, a well-connected son of an admiral, graduated 394th of 399 in his class, and crashed at least 3 jets before he was shot down during the war. There was no cross in the dirt in Viet Nam. His wife didn't meet Mother Theresa. The timeline for when he ditched his first wife for the younger, richer, less physically disabled current wife is all a lie.

Fine, Obama owns a frickin' mansion. Anyone who can afford a presidential campaign has got to be wealthy. He doesn't, however, own 10!

Posted by: MikeinSanJose | August 21, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Red staters support glorious dumb-as-puking-dog ('the guy up the street')
candidates. Stupid people like force and make more explosions. We like explosions! Nouveau
proletarians ($>5 mil) like explosions! Good red state family values! Not enough puking dogs or force in the world.

Posted by: tyro-elitist? | August 21, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Mcflip-flop ONLY has 4 houses that he actually uses, but Obama is the elitist? McShrub was lucky he didn't go down in flames like the others of the Keating five. McSame is a liar and hypocrit. And has been negative a lot more than Obama. A vote for McBush is a vote for 4 more years of lunacy. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, odds are pretty good it's a duck.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Mccain=bush:
Isn't its just possible that Senator McCain is wearing the "same pair of black Feraggamo shoes" on all these campaign stops. Indeed, a decent pair of work boots will set you back $200.00, and they aren't anywhere as utilitarian as a simple pair of black shoes (they go with anything). Do we have to revisit how much the McCain's save by not requiring the "barber" attention that previous Democratic Candidates found necessary. Besides, John McCain has probably stopped growing by now, so its not unreasonable that he splurge of a decent pair of shoes that might very well be his last pair of shoes.

Arguably, if a President who wore jeans, and T-shirt, and Convers High-tops could be elected, I'd be running of office myself. Like it or not, how the candidates dress and where and how they live, has little to do with their ability to govern, and everything to do with their ability to get elected.

Posted by: edweirdness | August 21, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I'd vote for the insane Hussein, if he actually had any sense.

My pick for African American would be Colin Powell.

Instead you have this prima donna that won't even see the troops unless he can a a pearly photo op. Forget him!

Insane in the Hussein! (Cypress Hill)

Posted by: Denzel's Washing-ton | August 21, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain campaign is a lie. These people are the "invisible power" behind the government.
They loot, kill and enslave the people.

Posted by: Jed | August 21, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Post # 666

The number of The One.

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm richer than the McCains. Just sayin'.

Why doesn't anybody like me? *sigh*

Posted by: Mitt Romney | August 21, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

McCain's criminal act:
He led the USA to war on the basis of WMDs that dont exist.

On TV, "I HAVE A SOURCE, and the source knows that the IRAQI's did the anthrax attack on the Congressional offices."

Actually, that was both a lie and false propaganda for the purpose of leading us to war, and for which lie, McCain now receives the support of Bush II. It is also a crime, for which, after the election McCain will be pardoned.

Posted by: Bruce | August 21, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Here's the difference: AMNESTY-JOHN and his wife paid for their homes with their own money.

Hussein got his mansion via a deal with sleazy lobbyist, slum landlord, and pal Tony Rezko, who is now a convicted felon. There have been numerous shady real estate deals between hussein and Rezko - including the lot next to hussein's Chicago mansion that was purchased by Rezko, then sold to hussein at a bargain-basement price. hussein financed his mansion with a special, below-market rate sweetheart loan from National Trust Bank.

The suspicious, pay-off-like dealings between Rezko and his partner-in-crime hussein were originally exposed many, many months ago, but these were as well hidden by the liberal media as was edwards' affair and love-child. The Los Angeles Times reported that it had found that Rezko and his associates had given hussein "more than $200,000 in donations since 1995." The sleaze between the Chicago Cretin and Rezko stinks well beyond Chicago. Hopefully, the voters of America will get a good whiff of it.

Posted by: ALEX H. | August 21, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

The republicans are in so much trouble they are tyring to make a movie about Obama's teen years. http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: Kanye | August 21, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

One day, a poor, underpriviledged biracial kid, the next day, a wealthy fledgling lawmaker cum presidential candidate......

One day, a legendary war heroe turned legislator, the next day a wealthy, determined patriot cum President!

Posted by: Spike Lee | August 21, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I must say McLame's inability to know how many houses he and/or his skinny, blond Mama Warbucks own (whether jointly or separately is another matter) scares the heebee-jeebees out of me. If McLame can't keep up with his own life, how can he govern an entire nation of 300M people???

Posted by: Black and Bitter Like Coffee | August 21, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

The point isn't whether you live in one house or 10. The point is that you have 10. People out there are getting kicked out of their one and only house. They don't have the luxury of living in one and making money out of 9.

Posted by: k | August 21, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

"No more hypocritical than those who defended Kerry-Heinz then but are complaing about McCain now."

Kerry was not busy painting Bush as an elitist. He was frank, honest and up-front about his wealth.

McCain tries to paint others as elitist and out-of-touch when he probably hasn't stepped foot in a supermarket or touched a gas pump any time in the last 20 years.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

McCain ought to try my recipe for a grilled Caesar Chicken Wrap. I use arugula instead of Romaine. It's quite tasty.

7 houses = out of touch
arugula = health conscious

Posted by: bill j | August 21, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

hap wrote: A street activist with 140 days of experience in the Senate. He has accomplished nothing. Hangs out with felons and home grown terrorists and hateas his country. He hopes we lose in Iraq and that more soldiers are lost...lthen he'll be able to prove his point..All you libs are scared... this is going to be a landslide. THere is no way your candidate will win and your scared sh-------.

So many right wing talking points, so little time. You say he has accomplished nothing? Candidate for President of the United States is nothing? What have you accomplished holed up in your damp basement away from the light? Hangs out with felons and homegrown terrorists? Let's look into McCain's closet shall we, if you really want to go there. The talking point of hating one's country is not going to fly this time. Hoping that we lose in Iraq? Another talking point from Rush does not make a fact. Your post is filled with hatred and fear. The facts are that your party has ruined this country by subverting the Constitution, spying on its own citizens, politicizing all departments of government, changing the law to allow speculators to push the price of fuel to the breaking point, and on, and on... My friend, it is you and the rest of your sorry lot who are scared. Scared that there are rational people in this country that are tired of the divisiveness and wars, paying too much for everything and not feeling any safer because our individual rights have been usurped (sorry, I used a big "elitist" word and you might have to look it up).

Posted by: jimimosey | August 21, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Can't we all just agree that these two (McInsane & the Anti-Christ) are the evilest, most non-qualified lunatics that either party has ever put up?

Such a disgrace on America!

Where is Lee Harvey Oswald when we really need him?

Posted by: Scott | August 21, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow there is just too many OOps and Gaff moments by McCain. We need a new Nominee without so much baggage and who is sharp., instead of slightly senile. I watched video of McCain talking about his failed first marrige at http://www.mccanes

Posted by: Dan | August 21, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

If the American people wanted a "Hero" to be the President, then just write in anyone you like. Write in a fireman, or a doctor who heals the poor. They do heroic things, but that in no way makes them able to lead by default. Siting in a horrid POW camp makes you a here sure, but it does not give you command experience. If it was General McCain or Admiral McCain, then he'd be experienced. Saying that someone that low on the totem pole got the experience to be the Commander in Chief is like pulling your next CEO from the mailroom.


Being shot down and surviving a POW camp ≠ being a person of command caliber.

POW ≠ Commander in Chief


I wonder what the McCain campaign would talk about if they couldn't bring a POW camp into the conversation...


(and by the way, Barack's house is by no stretch of the imagination a mansion. The McCains have ONLY four houses they "use". Only four. Wow, who's elitist again?)

Posted by: Anhero | August 21, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

anonymous:
Personally, I'm ready for a President who has things in common with the guy up the street, or myself. There are no college credit requirement for being President, nor should there be. Intellect, character, honesty are not the sole province of any educational institution, and any American can aspire to the presidency. Indeed, I suggest that someone with no college, and no political experience might make the best President!

Posted by: edweirdness | August 21, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Baracktards unite! You too can own a mulitmillion dollar mansion acquired through a less-than-kosher deal with a Syrian real estate developer with terrorist ties!
Obamacans, fear not! Your great Obamassiah shall come forth and solve all of your woes! He has the answer! He can end all of your suffering! In his own great words, "you will experience an epiphany," and you will vote for the Obamanation........drink the coolaid. All will be well in the world.....drink it all....and sleep my children. Sleep your way to happiness.........

Posted by: American Dreams | August 21, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

What the F is the problem with Arugula? What the F is the problem with windsurfing, or Volvo's?? What a punk this spokeshole is.

Posted by: Dave | August 21, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

"It's like these guys take pride in being ignorant"....

Truer "frickin" words were never spoken!

Posted by: Get em Obama.... | August 21, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Maybe because it's the money that he paid into the system.

Social Security is not welfare.

Posted by: None of the Above 08


But I thought the whole point of being a "fiscal conservative" was to get off the gubment teet?

How can we trust McCain, when the only money he's collected (except bribes and all the money he helped steal) has been handed to him by the government?

Also... investment properties? Does that mean the McCain family is short-selling America by taking advantage of a housing crisis he and other "fiscal conservatives" helped create?

I think these "investment properties" bear more investigation. Was he ghoulishly profitting from foreclosure properties? Were these more dirty land deals with his buddy Keating? Was he getting preferential mortgage terms, or using gubment loans?
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My only point is that McCain (along with many others who collect Social Security) get to collect the money they paid into the system.

It's not really a handout, because it's THEIR money.

Personally, the whole idea of Social Security as practiced in the US is disturbing: Why does the government know how to manage my money better than I do? I mean both parties have done such a great job, yes?

I think the whole real estate issue (whether it's Obama or McCain) is just irrelevant. If people want the media to focus on substantive topics, then people need to stop responding to these types of articles.

Are we people or sheep?

Posted by: Not a sheep | August 21, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse


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Um, McCain is disabled due to torture. Oh, I forgot - liberals only believe that the US is guilty of torture when we go after terrorists.

Posted by: Typical WP | August 21, 2008 3:39 PM
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Torture is torture, whether its NVC on McCain, Cheney on Iraqis, Michael Vick on dogs. There is no partisan dividing line.

Posted by: ToKnow | August 21, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Baracktards unite! You too can own a mulitmillion dollar mansion acquired through a less-than-kosher deal with a Syrian real estate developer with terrorist ties!
Obamacans, fear not! Your great Obamassiah shall come forth and solve all of your woes! He has the answer! He can end all of your suffering! In his own great words, "you will experience an epiphany," and you will vote for the Obamanation........drink the coolaid. All will be well in the world.....drink it all....and sleep my children. Sleep your way to happiness.........

Posted by: Another dollar | August 21, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse


Ha Ha!

Obama really struck a nerve. Keep it up!

Posted by: zzz1204 | August 21, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Aren't pending issues more important than knowing where these people live? Everyone already knows, that McCain married into wealth. Obama lives in a manison, and who knows about the developer? In the meantime, people in the US are starving and losing homes. People in both camps should be ashamed of themselves.

Posted by: Mim | August 21, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama lives in a Mansion? How about having 7 mansions (i.e. 'McVain')

Posted by: Mike | August 21, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

My genuine hope for this country is that some day we will use the power of internet for something other than proving that the world is full of stupid people. Until that day, please continue to think that your opinion matters.

Posted by: Kyle | August 21, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

middleroad!
Just get over yourself. I think it's about time you wear your KKK mask.

Posted by: Ben | August 21, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Maybe dude should of said, Who cares what Obama says, he is poor., he doesnt even make 5 mill a year!!! LOL I cant beleive the Republicans are getting so desperate they are actually considering making a Obama the teenage years documentory. http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: Eric | August 21, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Buster wrote: "I only have one house, and it's 1200 sq ft. Guess I won't be making president anytime soon"

Me:Neither will I, but I bet you have a pretty good feel for what it's like to be a normal citizen of the USA.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are the ones who started the issue of Obama's elitism. Tit for Tat John...you're the elitist after all.

Want to start an issue about some Chicago developer. That's fine.

Let's start a discussion about the Keating Five!! Corruption on a far more grand scale that McCain was the center of.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Vote Obama so we can be peace loving marxist with a socialist country. Down the big business.
Lets follow the Venezuela and have our own social dictatorship.

Posted by: peace and love | August 21, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

jsgaetano:

No more hypocritical than those who defended Kerry-Heinz then but are complaing about McCain now.

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama promises to run a clean campaign, based upon 'issues' and 'hope' - and at the first sign of a dip in the polls starts slinging more mud than an Arkansas pig.

How can we trust *anything* this shallow opportunists says anymore?

Posted by: Dave | August 21, 2008 2:50 PM

It appears that you are missing what is happening. If he doesn't respond to the name calling he is called soft. If he does you say he has flipped and we can't trust him. Let's get to the truth "DAVE". You are not going to vote for him under any circumstances, so why don't you admit it and stop wasting peoples time who are trying to have an intelligent conversation on this board.

Posted by: Doug | August 21, 2008 3:01 PM
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On the housing issue, Dave is actually correct.

1. McCain was asked how many houses he owned.
2. He couldn't answer (and the answer he did give didn't mention Obama at all)
3. Obama jumped on McCain's answer. (where are the issues?
4. Kaine chimed in with about McCain's ability to count (juvenile)
5. McCain's side responded to Obama's initial statement (as juvenile as Kaine).

So who exactly started the negativity in this instance? Let's see 3 comes before 5 so that means Obama went negative first.

Then McCain went negative on Obama.

This reminds more and more of grade school every day.

Posted by: None of the Above 08 | August 21, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan.............John McCain

L. Ron Hubbard, Jim Jones, David Koresh......Barack Obama

Posted by: Solyd_Truth | August 21, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

the pointy headed professor jibe goes back to Nixon's attacks, by Spiro T Agnew. effete intellectuals.

Anti-smart rapo-jokes, the key to the right wing attack.

How do we reply to such attacks? It will not do to merely suffer them and allow the right wing to manipulate the shot-and-a beer votes. As Pat Buchanan teaches, anything goes and usually does.
As long as it works, Pat says.

Maybe we need to be specific about the intelligence it takes to master the nuances of economics and make it clear that McCain, having been in the Senate for decades, NEVER WAS ABLE TO MASTER ECONOMICS. Therefore he is incompetent to lead.
He cannot use a personal computer. Therefore he is incompetent to lead the country into the next technological age.
He is business as usual, and nothing else.
Maybe the shot and beer boys will get it, that the reason the US is in economic turmoil is that the president is a dunce and electing another dunce will not change the country.

Posted by: bruce | August 21, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Hap says, "All you libs are scared... this is going to be a landslide. THere is no way your candidate will win and your scared sh-------."

Seriously? Neither candidate will win by a landslide. I hope there are smarter people voting come November. Knowledge is power.

Posted by: ProudDem | August 21, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Game on, stupid liberals! Let's talk real estate. Let's talk how a slimy guy like Tony Rezko bought Obama's house for him -- while under federal indictment. Let's talk about the quid pro quo. Tony didn't do it for free. Tony don't do nothing for free.

Barack Obama is a typical Chicago politician: scratch him and you find a criminal.

Posted by: Al Greenspan | August 21, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Iceberg lettuce eater? You must be a racist... slathering high fat salad dressing and croutons all over it. Bacon bits too. I suspect you are a Wonder White bread and Velveeta grilled cheese eater as well. Probably drink whole milk and non-diet sodas. Colas AND red pop. Folgers or Maxwell House coffee drinker, actually microwaving leftover coffee the next day. Or *gasp* instant coffee. With Froot Loops for breakfast.

Repent now sinner!

:P

Posted by: Romaine? | August 21, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

WcCain's response:

A noun, a verb and POW....

Lame with a capital L.

Posted by: Rudy is that you??? | August 21, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

What a ridiculous waste of computer space.
I object to those who think that voting
citizens can't think for themselves.

Posted by: punkin | August 21, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow there is just too many OOps and Gaff moments by McCain. We need a new Nominee without so much baggage and who is sharp., instead of slightly senile. I watched video of McCain talking about his failed first marrige at http://www.mccanes.com

Huckabee or Romney might be a much better choice. We got screwed this year.

Posted by: stagg | August 21, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Keating:
Hilary Clinton is an elected official, Cindy McCain isn't. Hilary's tax records are relevant, Cindy's (those not comingled with her spouse) are not. Cindy McCain is wealthy through inheretance and arguably shrewd financial planning. Hilary's income and wealth is by in large inexplicable.

Posted by: edweirdness | August 21, 2008 4:15 PM


I don't recall any conservatives feeling that way about Theresa Heinz-Kerry...

Also, why haven't conservatives been demanding John McCain release his military records, as they did with John Kerry?

Kind of... odd... behavior, don't you think? Almost hypocritical, wouldn't you say?

Posted by: jsgaetano | August 21, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I just checked out the photos of the Obama Chicago house and I would hardly call that a mansion. Big house, yes. Check it out at flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mss2400/462315720/

On the other hand I did see the McCains featured in Architectural Digest. Be sure to click on the blue tab and see the 10 pictures in the slide show.

http://www.architecturaldigest.com/homes/features/archive/mccain_article_072005

Posted by: green | August 21, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Just because McCain was a POW does not mean he's going to help health care or education. Playing the POW card appeals to the voters who want a "hero" of some sort, a candidate who is larger than themselves. We don't need a hero, we need someone who cares enough to make a change and stand up for what is right for the people of this country, not right for the wallets of the elite. That's great that he survived as a POW but that won't fix our growing dependence on oil, that won't fix health care, that won't fix the religious influence on the political process. Be real.

Posted by: zombiesatemyneighbors | August 21, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Why should I trust a man who helped Neil Bush "George W.'s Brother" save Lincoln savings during the Keating Five and was for all the derequlation of Wall Street and Oil interests

Posted by: McOLD and Grumpy and not to smart | August 21, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Nobody who lives in a mansion, or that has investments or property should be allowed to vote either!

Posted by: edweirdness | August 21, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't really matter. I've come to realize in my 56 years that if you're a politician, you're crooked. No two ways about it. I think we should have an application like for a job. If there ANY improprieties or suspected improprieties by association, then you're out. Would limit the field, don't you think?

Posted by: rickmc11 | August 21, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

So, a reporter asks a question about a story posted on the internet with regards to how many houses Mr. McCain owns. His advisor's response is to say since McCain can't remember how many he uses, "three or four", or how many he even owns total, that it's "fair game" to bring up the Rezko deal. Who's kidding who? They were going to bring it up anyway! Also, the wonderful language describing Obama's house as a "frickin mansion" is likewise meant to distract from Mr. McCain's oblivion to his own holdings and living arrangements. One wonders exactly how you lose track of a thing like how many properties you own and/or use as residences. Could it be his advanced age? Could it be that he just doesn't live like the people he hopes to represent? Does the invocation of the stale "arugula eating, pointy headed professor type" elitist-stereotype REALLY work to make you resent Mr. Obama?

I eat arugula and it's a hell of a lot tastier than iceberg lettuce, blech! I'm thinking that the image I don't really want for a president is one who surrounds himself with people who talk about others with such disdain as Brian Rogers does.

I'll make Mr. Rogers a deal. I'll invite him over to (my only) house and make him a nice salad with arugula and we'll see how long we can be civil with each other. We could make it a contest. I will guess it's a contest that I could easily win... just like Mr. Obama will win this contest.

Posted by: are you embittered yet? | August 21, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

A. OB does live in a fricking mansion.
B. Mccain is and has been a senator first and formost, he has a primary home in AZ country, a second home in AZ big city Phoenix for business there, he has a third flat in Wash DC area, and a get way in California, so get over it. He does not run or control the family trust and business interests, he is a SENATOR and spends most of his time working on our countries issues. WOW what a novel idea a SENATOR that does not work on his business first but cares for the nation.
C. His wife for the most part owns and runs the family business so he may not have direct knowledge of all the on goings in those affairs.
D. In case it did not sink in or you missed it he is a SENATOR and a damn good one, he will be a good president.
E. He is not arrogant a fricking manssion living egotist.

Posted by: Elitist with the view | August 21, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

The republicans are in so much trouble they are tyring to make a movie about Obama's teen years. http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: Kanye | August 21, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Smart, young, healthy = good

Stupid, senile - old, unhealthy = not good

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Maybe because it's the money that he paid into the system.

Social Security is not welfare.

Posted by: None of the Above 08


But I thought the whole point of being a "fiscal conservative" was to get off the gubment teet?

How can we trust McCain, when the only money he's collected (except bribes and all the money he helped steal) has been handed to him by the government?

Also... investment properties? Does that mean the McCain family is short-selling America by taking advantage of a housing crisis he and other "fiscal conservatives" helped create?

I think these "investment properties" bear more investigation. Was he ghoulishly profitting from foreclosure properties? Were these more dirty land deals with his buddy Keating? Was he getting preferential mortgage terms, or using gubment loans?

Posted by: jsgaetano | August 21, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Keating:
Hilary Clinton is an elected official, Cindy McCain isn't. Hilary's tax records are relevant, Cindy's (those not comingled with her spouse) are not. Cindy McCain is wealthy through inheretance and arguably shrewd financial planning. Hilary's income and wealth is by in large inexplicable.

Posted by: edweirdness | August 21, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

The only way McCain gets my vote is with Huckabee, I was almost ready to give him a chance after the Broke Back forum, But then he started with all this Lieberman and Ridge VP talk. So now. The only way i will vote McCain is if he goes that extra mile and puts Huckabee on the ticket. Other wise I will cross the isle and vote Obama or Barr.
It really comes down to this.
Obama= The Great Depression part 2
McCain = Same Great Depression part 2 with
a side serving of WWIII
I will take Obama.
http://www.mccanes.com/newparty.html

Posted by: DAN | August 21, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

arugula is a bitter to put in salad. Salads are not in John's diet or he would not look like a bag of lumps.

Posted by: Bruce | August 21, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

You know what? We do need to have a civil war. There are a lot of people here who know they are talking out of their back sides, who know they are less than 100% correct in their views, and instead of promoting another (even if from the same party) candidate who isn't a ****up, instead choses one that would do further damage to the nation's status.

Any war with Russia, (did you idiots read the headlines, or are you still refreshing this page?) would only work in Republican's favor. They thrive on the war economy, because their party leaders depend on it.

What you don't realize; we've fallen out of grace with Nato. With Russia strong-arming the Georgia situation, and provoking Nato action (they're really provoking us), then that gives Republicans (Bush/McCain) the opportunity to act 'world police', and step up in support of Nato, and further condemn Russia's actions.

That itself, would put (to any extent) the US in good light with Nato again. Any little excuse to ease pressure of our continued presence in Iraq, trying to secure oil (and do our own strong-arm dance over there), can work in McCain's favor.

What does that mean for us?

As somebody said earlier (exaggerated, granted), a '100 years war'.

Basically, our occupation of Iraq, and who knows what other neighboring countries only means more dead on our side for profits. And of course, an economy built around the war machine, not of the same nature as WWII was, will only mean profits for those specific individuals and groups in power. That in itself already goes beyond targeting Republicans, but a whole other corrupt group entirely.

McCain is, or easily, EASILY can be, party to such a group.

The problem will be remedied eventually, but after much more suffering. Those with power will eventually lose it, that'll be for naught, but the real question is, how long are you going to sit around and let it happen?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama's "frickin'" mansions: 1 (if the deal was "shady" let 'em prove it beyond a doubt and put a cork in the innuendoes. Boring.)
McCain's "frickin'" mansions: ? (he wise enough to lead the troups but can't remember how many resident mansions he has?)
And didn't McCain graduate 894th in a class of 899 at Anapolis? Isn't he the education candidate, too?
When will we ever learn?

Posted by: B. Krause | August 21, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: T-Rain
As an educated American with multiple advanced degrees, I am deeply saddened that being a "pointy headed professor-type" is considered a negative character trait in this country. Not only does it offend me personally....
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OMG, get over yourself! Your whole post explains why that description tends to be perceived as negative. It's all about you and your thin skin. Now take your checkers and go home.

Posted by: Typical WP | August 21, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I guess it's no wonder they're called "red states" - recycling tired old commie (original red-states) japes. "Elitist" is a commie cuss word, and is spouted by under performers making excuses. I wish the commies weren't here now, and would go back to the original red states.

Posted by: tyro-elitist? | August 21, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

t's 10 homes and by the way..... your friend John was not raised by a single parent in the intercity. He was born of priviledge with an admaral daddy anbd grand daddy.......

Posted by: VET | August 21, 2008 2:28 PM
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Are Obama and his supplicants maintaining that he was raised in the "intercity"?

That's right up there with the whole "Obama voted against going into Iraq" BS.

And McCain is called a liar?

Newsflash: Politician is synonymous with liar.

Posted by: Fed Up With Them All | August 21, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

McCain's real confession is that he has lost his memory, and he really didnt remember how many houses he owns.

The alzheimer's makes McCain the CIA's Manchurian candidate, like Ron Reagan II who confessed he was not able to give testimony about the illegal activities he innocently harbored in the White House, because he had alzheimer's and really could not remember.

Too many houses? Not really. Just a bad memory, all about old age. I have friends with 12 or 14 properties who hold a real job besides. They can reel them off, list each one. It is not "just" that they were bought with Cindi's money, either. They have been together for decades now.

Posted by: Bruce | August 21, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Arugula is terrorist food, like fist bumping is a terrorist handshake.

Posted by: Silly Rabbit | August 21, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

middleroad:

They obviously WEREN'T thinking.

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

McCain couldnt manage the local Mcdonalds. The RNC wants him for his puppet abilitys., Oh yeah Mitt Romney is a puppet too. I was a republican until my party got hijacked bought and paid for by the RNC. I am an independant now. I liked Huckabee because he seem to care about the working class, and fixing the economy with real issues. But I dobt I will vote for McCain. I will vote for Obama or Barr. McCain is too old, he will just be a puppet. No more puppets. We need a president that actually will lead by his convictions. McCain changed on every position, just so the RNC would prop him up. http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: Luke | August 21, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I have a friend who came to the US as a child from Turkey. (Slow down racists, he is an Armenian Christian) He was shocked how much animosity there is in America for smart people. He is gifted in math and was hated for it throughout his schooling at a public high school in New Jersey. In Turkey, he said, smart people are treated better than star athletes.

Isn't it nice to know that we are more immature than Turkey. If you need more proof, read the preceding posts. There you will find numerous readers implying that intellect is a bad thing.

Maybe we should elect Michael Phelps for President. He's tall, good-looking, popular, and an amazing athlete. However, I think he is too smart to take the job.


Posted by: David Allen | August 21, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

f McCain up the A

Posted by: bent over | August 21, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I guess McCain does have alot in common with Bush, it seems he might have an old DUI.
http://www.mccanes.com/duihelpguide.html

Posted by: John | August 21, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I guess McCain does have alot in common with Bush, it seems he might have an old DUI.
http://www.mccanes.com/duihelpguide.html

Posted by: John | August 21, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with arugula? I don't get it.

Posted by: Matt C | August 21, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

The Post's coverage of the presidential race continues to be deplorable. Every day there's a headline like "McCain calls Obama a doody-head" or "Obama says McCain picks his nose and eats it." Is everyone who writes for the Post twelve years old? Where's the coverage of what the candidates say about their platforms and policy positions? Where's the analysis of their policy positions? Instead, day after day, this is the idiocy the Post decides to write about.

Posted by: Chip_M | August 21, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Wonder how much McCain's "only" 4 houses the he can live in are worth compared to BO's 1. Obviously Brian Rodgers is not aware of all the shady or down right illegal dealings McCain has pulled off and still pulling off (ie.reporting campaign money raised). If he wants to start a war, there are YEARS more ammo against McCain. He may have just fired "the shot heard 'round the world."

Posted by: stickem | August 21, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Arugala? They're campaigning against lettuce?

"We can't pay the rent, but they're drinking ROYAL CROWN COLA!" -- Homer J. Simpson

Posted by: Josh | August 21, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: None of the Above 08
>>Maybe because it's the money that he paid into the system.

Social Security is not welfare.

He gets back what he paid in? Wrong. You seem to be about as clueless about Social Security as McCain is.

Posted by: bogustrumper2003 | August 21, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

What is especially hilarious about the whole "how many houses" question/answer is that it's so irrelevant and the very type of story that the public says they don't want to hear about.

Good little American sheep, feeding right into it.

Obama, McCain have played their parts very well.

Posted by: None of the Above 08 | August 21, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Darth Nader:
Actually, Obama has a J.D. - Juris Doctor. So he in fact DOES have an earned doctorate...albeit a professional degree, no less the rigor of the "research" Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Posted by: Fred | August 21, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't get this whole elitist argument. Don't we want a president who is intelligent, worldly, well-read, intellectually inquisitive, who is a thinker. A President who we are proud of?

I don't want a president who's like the guy next door or the guy down at the plant or who's like me.

Don't we all aspire for our children to be well-educated, be comfortably well-off, experience new things whether that's food, travel, or different people. Don't we want them provide well for their children with education, lessons to enhance their talent, experiences to enhance their intellect.

Are we all going to shun our children as elitist when they achieve even part of our desires for them.

Well said

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Why is McSame's lap dog blaming Obama for McSame gaffe. McSame stuck his $500 shoes in his old mouth. I guess he has to ask an aide for duck tape so he can just shut the hell up!

Posted by: Parker | August 21, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse


You really want Commrade Obama don't you.
Be careful the masters you serve.You will serve him and the beguiling will become guile to you.

Posted by: reality | August 21, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

"You guys bring up Rezko, we'll bring up Keating five. Game on, baby!"

Go ahead, at least the Keating five was investigated. Why do you think Obama's relationship with Rezko has not been?

Posted by: rc79 | August 21, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Rogers called the house story "by far the most personal attack" of the campaign, and said "it comes from a candidate who said he was against this kind of thing."

Added Rogers, "Barack Obama is an arugula-eating, pointy-headed poo-poo head who resorts to personal attacks and name calling!"

Posted by: Michael | August 21, 2008 2:33 PM
******************************************
Kaine said that McCain couldn't count high enough and that is why he didn't know how many houses he has.

This race becomes more immature (on both sides) by the hour.

And FWIW, McCain may have opened the door with his comment. Doesn't mean Obama (or Kaine) had to walk through it.

Posted by: None of the Above 08 | August 21, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the elitiste? What about McCain asserting that to be considered rich you need to make at least 5 Million dollar @ year? Yeah, he is really in touch with the American people...

Posted by: A rugula eater | August 21, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Are we all going to shun our children as elitist when they achieve even part of our desires for them.

Posted by: Sandy

Only if we are conservatives. Conservatives, unlike human beings, don't want to see their children better off then they were- it makes them feel even more inadequate. And besides, all that money and book learnin' might make them turn libr00l.

Posted by: jsgaetano | August 21, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Contrary to the gleeful cries of the posters I am voting for McCain and having a pretty good day. Kennedy's money was through bootlegging. Kerry's money through marriage. Edwards' money through insurance company shakedowns. Obama through land transactions with convicted felons and pushing grants to his wife's employers. Bottom line all were legitimate and legal. Class warfare and the politics of envy do not work anymore and certainly will not work in this case. The bottom line is Mr. Obama has no accomplishments, associates with communists, terrorists and race hustlers. Look up the definition of patriotism and listen to Obama. Yes, heaven forbid, I even question his patriotism. After all he is a citizen of the world. He is an immature, childish, arrogant man who cannot verbalize his thoughts without great difficulty. Democrats nominated the one person McCain can beat. What were they thinking?

Posted by: middleroad | August 21, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I guess McCain called home and the servants reminded him how many homes his wife owns. You must understand that John not only knows nothing about the economy he knows nothing about his own personal finances. Cindy, "everyone in AZ has a plane" McCain doesn't let him near the bank account.
Look what happens when Cindy lets him shop for his own clothes. $500 loafers! Suits that are too small...
If American elects this idiot president we are finished, not that we are not already almost finished, thanks to the boy genius with whom McCain has voted 95 percent of the time.
Anybody up for being drafted and sent to the 100 year war?

Posted by: JOHN | August 21, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Thomas jefferson:
You could have fooled me, I would have sworn that Barack Obama was black.

Posted by: edweirdness | August 21, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

McCain's answer to it isn't that Obama owns one, it is Obama bought it under a shady business deal with Rezko. Rezko's wife bought the property next door the same day for full asking price, Obama paid well under asking price for his property. Rezko came and looked at the property beforehand with Obama...

Some of the property that McCain owns are investment properties. This is why he couldn't answer the question. No doubt about it, the guy is rich. Houses for him are shares of stocks for me. If someone were to ask me what companies I hold stock in, I couldn't tell you either.

Posted by: Clugs | August 21, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of babies. Did you escape from Kinder Kare with "The Big B O ?" Barry lets his half brother live on $12 a YEAR. Did I mention he lied about opposing baby killing of botched abortions. You people are supporting a person who wants change and you aren't even sure what it means. As far as a corrupt campain Barry is like all the politicians. He's a bed wetter like the rest of you and maybe the goverment can provide you with a good diaper service.
PISS OFF

Posted by: Greg | August 21, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Bring it on "Frickin" Brian. Bet you think non-elitists don't walk around in $520 Ferragamos either, don't you?

Posted by: jwminks | August 21, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Here is another question:
Why is McCain collecting social security while he lives in 10 homes and makes $165,000 every year.

Its insane. What makes it worse is that McCain is worth over $100 million. Why is John McCain collection money from the government?

Posted by: Ann | August 21, 2008 1:44 PM
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Maybe because it's the money that he paid into the system.

Social Security is not welfare.

Posted by: None of the Above 08 | August 21, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama showed a lot of courage just to shop up at an Evangelical conference.
I would like to see McCain showing up at a Planned Parenthood sponsored debate.
It did not take much for McCain to win , he was preaching to the choir...

Posted by: Go Obama! | August 21, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

McCain is not only confused as to how many houses he owns, he is also Confused on Foreign Affairs! For example, The Below link exposes and reveals John McCain's really bad lack of knowledge regarding foreign affairs -- supposedly his strong point!

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentato...

It is unfoturnate that we have to get the truth from other countries rather than our Republican-owned main stream media -- which is a derelict of duty to the American public. They failed us after 911 and they are still failing us now. Thank God we have the Internet and Blogs wherein we can find the truth.

Posted by: Angellight | August 21, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Most of the comments here are absolutely comical. I think you could make a good road show out of it - just stick your hands up your Obamadummy and use all these punchlines.

Or perhaps Obama has his hand up your dummy - either case it still works.

Posted by: Dewey | August 21, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Brian Rogers...go away. You're a frikin idiot. Your campaign is dirty to the t. The American people are tired of liers like yourself. You must think the American people are stupid. Got news for you...we are a lot smarter and aware this time around. Not now, not this time. President Obama will prevail.

Posted by: ob08 | August 21, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

So... the McCain camp's answer to "how many houses does McCain have" is... Obama owns one?

This is just another example of the overwhelmingly arrogant elitism which characterizes McCain's entire life.

Oh, and by the way... McCain was a POW. Did we mention that again, so everyone's perfectly clear on the fact that McCain was a POW? Cuz, he was like totally a POW. In case you hadn't heard. He wasn't tortured, though... Bush has made perfectly clear that what happened to POW McCain was just "enhanced interrogation". But it still counts, because McCain was, like, totally a POW. Oh, and 9/11. That's important too, somehow.

Posted by: jsgaetano | August 21, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

McCain being wealthy and having lots of houses is fine with me... but he can't remember how many he owns?!? It's not like he's a real estate developer with zillions of properties.

Some Republical leaders said that McCain often forgets things or says things that just don't make sense. This is the first time I've seen some of that myself.

Posted by: hn | August 21, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I prefer iceberg lettuce. I know that it's a symptom of my whitebread upbringing, but is there a place in the tent for all of us, no matter what our vegetablic origins?

Posted by: Room for all? | August 21, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I don't get this whole elitist argument. Don't we want a president who is intelligent, worldly, well-read, intellectually inquisitive, who is a thinker. A President who we are proud of?

I don't want a president who's like the guy next door or the guy down at the plant or who's like me.

Don't we all aspire for our children to be well-educated, be comfortably well-off, experience new things whether that's food, travel, or different people. Don't we want them provide well for their children with education, lessons to enhance their talent, experiences to enhance their intellect.

Are we all going to shun our children as elitist when they achieve even part of our desires for them.

Posted by: Sandy | August 21, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Our wanna-be President doesn't know how many houses he has ? ... wonder how he finds his way home at night ?. How can this jerk be a boy scout leader, let alone President. Bush has been brain dead the last 8 years, we don't need an other dim-wit in the White House. BUT, the question is, Obama isn't any better, he collects money from Slum Lords & Drug Dealers & say's it's honest money, he also hates white people .. lol .. So who do we vote for ? I guess we ask CNN, they gave us Obama all gift wrapped & ready to move to Washington. Lets all call Lou at CNN and see what his orders are.

Posted by: SadAmerican | August 21, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

John McCain was one of the Keating 5. He used his influence to slow an investigation into Silverado savings and loan. The subsequent collapse of the SnLs cost investors over a billion dollars and then a tax payer funded bailout of 2 billion followed. He was fined by the senate $112K. John McCain ought to be careful who he calls a criminal.

Posted by: MarkD | August 21, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Shorter McCain (so to speak): I was a POW. So you should all STFU and elect me president.

Got that? Good!

Posted by: The Real McCain | August 21, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

SO THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO LINK BARACK OBAMA TO TONY REZCO, HOWEVER FLIMSY THE EVIDENCE THEY HAVE. HOW ABOUT JOHN McCAIN AND CHARLES KEATING? DON'T WE EVER FORGET THAT JOHN McCAIN WAS ONE OF THE KEATING FIVE. AND CHARLES KEATING, THE CONVICTED FELON, WAS TEN, MAYBE ONE HUNDRED TIMES WORSE THAN TONY REZCO.

AND JOHN McCAIN HAS NOT STOPPED DEALING WITH SHADY LOBBYISTS.

Posted by: JABITO | August 21, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

You do realize that Cindy McCain is wealthy in her own right? If he hadn't spent money on houses, then the opposition would be whining about the "bags of cash" he had malingering in the sundry banks, drawing interest away from the "poor folk". Most likely, everyone in the Senate has a mansion, or property and investments. This in itself argues in favor of removing as many Congressional elites and power brokers as possible come November. By changing the balance of power and tenure in Congress, we can marginalize the damage that either an Obama or a McCain presidency will cause!

Posted by: Ed Weirdness | August 21, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

A street activist with 140 days of experience in the Senate. He has accomplished nothing. Hangs out with felons and home grown terrorists and hateas his country. He hopes we lose in Iraq and that more soldiers are lost...lthen he'll be able to prove his point..All you libs are scared... this is going to be a landslide. THere is no way your candidate will win and your scared sh-------.

He is a empty vessel filled with all Clinton hacks as his advisers..this is nothing new. He is not bringing anything new to DC. The true American people have figured this out.. you American hating libs have not

Posted by: hap | August 21, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

As an educated American with multiple advanced degrees, I am deeply saddened that being a "pointy headed professor-type" is considered a negative character trait in this country. Not only does it offend me personally, but more importantly it is precisely this sort of anti-intellectual prejudice that is impeding America's ability to compete on the global marketplace where the ability to handle complex intellectual tasks involving information and technology is growing ever more important.

Posted by: T-Rain | August 21, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

This guy is an awful press secretary. "Frickin'"? Glub glub glub, McCain.

Posted by: Gordo | August 21, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Frickin - Mccain camp sounds testy

Posted by: AnonymousCoward | August 21, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Filed from Sedona - BWAHAHAHAHAAHAHA!

Posted by: DC in ME | August 21, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

THE POINT IS OBAMA WORKED HARD AND NOW HE IS LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM. MCCAIN LEAVES HIS FIRST WIFE AND CHILDREN FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM. STOP BEING A HATER.

Posted by: ALICIA | August 21, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Poor Obama. He is SO upset because he did so BADLY at Saddleback. John McCain whipped Obama's butt that night and so Obama is retaliating any way he can to belittle McCain. Poor poor Obama. He's been bitten by the green-eyed monster and will continue to be in future debates against McCain. Notice Obama went on the attack against McCain FULL FORCE after Saddleback. Such a sore loser he is and he's nothing without his precious teleprompter.

Posted by: Carmindy | August 21, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Does Brian Rogers, or anyone else from the McCain campaign have any evidence that Barack Obama owns more than one house?

Last I checked, Obama only owns one house. McCain owns multiple houses, both to live in, and as investments.

And did John McCain receive any help from Charles Keating to buy any of those houses? Or any other lobbyist friend, directly or indirectly?

Posted by: Steve Nesich | August 21, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I only have one house, and it's 1200 sq ft. Guess I won't be making president anytime soon.

Posted by: Buster | August 21, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama=worked with the less fortunate in poor neighborhoods where steel plant closings cost jobs; has an A+ brain (Harvard Law and Harvard Law Review presidency); State Senate; US Senate.

McCain=legacy affirmative action into the Naval Academy; D- academic rating; conduct issues in hot-dogging air planes causing death of cockpit crew; survived as POW after losing plane due to negligence; returned to cheat on wife with several women; married wealthy heiress; flip-flopped from ultra conservative positions to independent positions back to conservative positions during US Representative and US Senate tenure.

I would say there is much more experience on the part of McCain. BAD experience of an overprivileged and underperforming, sense of entitlement, over the hill man. That's just the truth.

Posted by: Debra | August 21, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

what's wrong with arugula? its cheap, peppery, and delicious!

Posted by: still442 | August 21, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

somebody signing on as Bill O'Reilly wrote: Senator McCain's a patriotic Christian POW and the pointy-headed, big-eared black man Obama is a Muslim."

Me: I hope you are joking. I didn't think anyone was stupid enough to still believe this.

Posted by: Thomas Jefferson | August 21, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Maverick, hero, and Patriot...
Please.
Maverick: is someone who acts outside of the rules.
People that risk their lives for others are heroes.
Patriot: says who? you?
Lets stop idolizing these people and treat them like any other people. They have and will make mistakes, just like everyone else.I also don't believe that people that speak negatively about Obama are racist. I dislike both of them, so at the end of the day its a pick between the lesser evils.(and no I don't support Clinton)

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I like arugula. I guess that means he wants all people who like arugula to vote Obama?

Posted by: arugula? | August 21, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

McCain: liar, lazy, crazy or just an idiot?


How many houses do you own?


I don't know.


Running for president and saying that you (McCain) don't know how many houses you own either mean that you are a liar, lazy, crazy or an idiot.


McCain's a liar, of course.


But if McCain's not a liar, then he's running for President and actually can't remember how many homes he owns.


How does one not remember how many homes they have when they own 7 homes? It's not like McCain's a prince and owns dozens of homes around the world.


It's possible that McCain's just lazy and leaves the family investments to Cindy. Not wanting to be bothered with where 13 million of his money is invested.


Or McCain could just be crazy. Maybe McCain's mind is not working on all cylinders? McCain does like to sing about bombing countries and make jokes about killing people with cigarettes.


Maybe McCain's just a senile idiot (this is my guess). He just doesn't know what the hell is going on at all, because McCain can't keep track of things. McCain did say that nothing big has happened since the Cold War ended.


In any case, whether it's lying or laziness or craziness or idiocy... McCain made it clear that if he's elected President that it will be another 4-8 years of Bush, a lying, lazy, crazy idiot running the country.

Posted by: McCain - Elitist in Chief | August 21, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

The republicans are in so much trouble they are tyring to make a movie about Obama's teen years. http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: Kanye | August 21, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Lol, MY Friends., Let me answer your question with a story I have memorized.
A story that my campaign advisor told me to say. I was a POW. I was Tortured. I want to be President. My FRiends.
Let me answer your next question with another story. My Friends. When I was a POW.
____........Is that the only relative experiance he has to site? Dont get me wrong., Obama isnt any better. Neither candidate is right for the Job in my Opionion. I would of taken Huckabee or Hillary over these two any day.
http://www.mccanes.com/newparty.html

Posted by: Nancy | August 21, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

So, the official spin from the McCain campaign is "'The reality is they have some investment properties and stuff. It's not as if he lives in ten houses. That's just not the case," Rogers said. "The reality is they have four that actually could be considered houses they could use.'"

So, then, are we to assume that McCain does not know they "only" have 4 homes and the rest are investments? I mean, you can count to 4 on one hand, and still have room left over! How hard is it?

Combine this with the crack about a $5 million income needed to qualify as "rich," and it is hard to think why anyone with a modest grasp of median incomes in the US should even pause to listen to McCain's attempts to paint Obama as alitist. Both are wealthy- far beyond the majority of Americans.

McCain really needs to get better at addressing the gaffes- I for one am beginning to wonder why his spokesman has an obsession about Obama and arugula- I thought that was passe 12 years ago.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow there is just too many OOps and Gaff moments by McCain. We need a new Nominee without so much baggage and who is sharp., instead of slightly senile. I watched video of McCain talking about his failed first marrige at http://www.mccanes.com

Posted by: Peter | August 21, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tony and Playa,

Again, you Republicans can't have it both ways. Whitewater was fair game even though it happened years ago but the Keating scandal is off limits. Clinton's affairs are newsworthy, but McCain's cheating isn't.

Why hasn't Cindi McCain turned over her tax returns? You wouldn't let Hillary get away with that. If we investigated McCain like they did Clinton they would find a bunch of stuff.

Oh and BTW the McCains didn't earn their money, they inherited it.

KEATING FIVE.KEATING FIVE.KEATING FIVE.KEATING FIVE.KEATING FIVE.KEATING FIVE.KEATING FIVE.KEATING FIVE.

Posted by: Keating | August 21, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

"ToKnow, I just wanted to let you know that I am a Republican, and that you had more than one error in your grammar. Sorry, but good luck next time!

Posted by: Kyle | August 21, 2008 3:10 PM "

Point them out, I bet you can't (this should be really, really good for a laugh)

;-)

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

He eats arugula!

It's not my house, it's my wife's house!

He lives in a (singular) mansion! (as if a Senator wouldn't)

I WAS A POW!


Oh, this story will stick....it's stuck, and you can smell the fear in the response.

Also, the line about arugula actually shows that Obama has shopped for groceries. Does anyone thing John and Cindy have been to the supermarket in the past couple decades? Please.

Posted by: TJ Rodgers | August 21, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

AlexP1-

You are spot on about the GOP abandoning any pretense of morality. However, don't count them out. The true Republican base are a scared bunch of sheep. They live by the dictionary definition of 'conservative', that is, a loathing of change and a unhealthy love affair with the status quo.

I'd bet McCain's 8 houses that 'countryboy', for example, would rather vote for a Keating/Abramoff ticket over an african-american with a foreign-sounding name.

Besides, MacCain was a POW. Did you know that?

Posted by: Nouveau Poor | August 21, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Mr Shear,
You forgot to mention that Obama isn't linked to any of those convictions and was not implicated for any wrong doing.
Thanks!

Posted by: phi | August 21, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Aw yes, the race card. To the idiot who calls any criticism against Obama racist, get used to it......you need to give that up, Obama has used the race card so many times that it is now meaningless.

I love it now that the Rezko deal is going to explode. Obama is so desperate now that he will delve into any little inkling of a comment. Americans aren't buying it. There's is nothing wrong with being wealthy, it's what you do with it. McCain has had a life of service, to this country in the military, as a POW, fighting for freedomw while all of you were in diapers, so you can have the freedom of speech to criticize him. He and his wife have done tons for charity, and their life is service.

What has Obama accomplished? NOTHING. What has he DONE for the service of America? Nothing. His wife has written a racist thesis, says she wasn't proud of America, and then sat on the board of the U of Chicago hosptials, making 6 figures, whle the hospital made hundreds of millions, and her husband let an important healthcare bill die in the illionis senate, and he did NOTHING.

NOTHING, NOTHING, NOTHING. that defines Obama.

I often ask, America is such a good country, and Americans are such good people. What in the world did we do, to deserve a candidate as wretchingly horrible and ridiculous as Barack Obama? I mean, really. It's appalling, and embarassing to the world.

President McCain....maverick, hero, patriot.

Posted by: decentAmerican | August 21, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Poor, McCane.

He's going to regret going negative on Obama.

He thinks this is tough... once the Democratic convention is over, Obama is going to destroy him.

Time to retire, gramps.

Posted by: Dexter | August 21, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

This is what the mcCain Campaign has been reduced to? A spokesman who uses the word "frickin" in offical comments and tries to attack obama for being too smart?


And if the GOP wants to bring up Rezko, let's have at it shall we?
Let's talk about how he SOLD obama, at fair market value, an easement over a vacant lot so Obama could put in a driveway.


BUT THEN
Let's talk about the multi-million dollar BUSH fundraiser Rezko held in his private house

Let's ask how he managed to land a multi-million dollar Iraq reconstruction contract to train Iraqi policemen, despite having no facilites to train them , no experience in law enforcement, and no one to do the training.


And lets be sure to point out that when Rezko approached Obama's office for help in deal securing land for his soon to be built traiing facility-Obama's people told him to get lost and did NOTHING for him.


So yeah, you pathetic sleaze merchant, lets HAVE that Debate about Rezko

Posted by: Magorn | August 21, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

How is it, that in the greatest country in the world, there are so many people that act like such fools. We should be togheter, united, and strong, but instead we bicker about the dumbest of issues if you can call them issues,and make our decisions based on what TV, radio, and the net tells us. I mean come on, we are single handly slowing down our own evolution as people,as a country and as a society,Why?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

7 Friggen Mansions and a Keating 5 beats 1 friggen mansion and a Rezko.

Posted by: Debra | August 21, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

This is off subject of the article itself... but I have noticed in so many posting the word "socialist" is used as an insult. I really do not understand this. It seems people are confusing socialism with fascist regimes like the ussr or China. whereas if one were to actually look at countries with successful social programs like some of Canadas programs, and more importantly countries in the netherlands... you would find that thses countries actually have a much higher standard of living than our wonderful upper-class supporting system.

Posted by: JE | August 21, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's a frickin' (nice language) mansion but it isn't seven frickin' mansions and as a Republican implementing trickle down (yeah, maybe, someday, suckers) economics, McCain isn't feeling anybody's pain.

Posted by: Sara B. | August 21, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

playing the POW card again.

He also added: "This is a guy who lived in one house for five and a half years -- in prison," referring to the prisoner of war camp that McCain was in during the Vietnam War.

I guess that makes all those houses OK. He was so cramped for 5 1/2 years that he needs to spread out now.

I like his answer defining the rich as having a $5 million income.

At least Obama earned his money. He didn't marry into it on the second try (McCain obtained an Arizona marriage license on March 6, 1980, while still legally married to his first wife).

Posted by: bill j | August 21, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain thinks that his POW experience is so crucial that he wishes to extend this golden opportunity to all young Americans which is why yesterday he declared himself in favor of reinstating the draft.

This preening snob does not know how many homes he has while millions of regular Americans are struggling to hang on to the single one they do own. What an arrogant elitist ignoramus he is.

McCain wants 100 more years of war in Iraq, a war with Iran, a reenergized conflict with Russia, as well as a resurgent war in Afghanistan, so of course he is in favor of a reinstated draft to fuel all those wars.

On top of this, he irresponsibly proposes that drilling for more oil is the best solution to our crippling addiction to international fossil fuels. And he opposes a woman's right to control her own body.

As a nation we cannot afford four more years of neocon Republican policies based on ignorance, fear, racial baiting, pandering, anti-intellectualism, and cowboy unilateralism.

A vote for McCain sends us further down the rocky path toward national decline and second-rate status in the world.

I am proud to say that I own one home and have two kids in college, I eat arugula, I read books, I think, I love this country and in November I will vote for Barack Obama.

Posted by: delta | August 21, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

OMG This is too funny! Get real McCain! Duh how many homes to you own? Opps. Sounds like he can't count! LOL

Posted by: Stitch | August 21, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Cindy sold her beer company to some Belgium Corporation. They will be able to buy MORE houses now!

"Cindi's fortune came from beer, the stuff you all drink. If you don't want Cindi to have a fortune, stop drinking beer."

Posted by: Lynne | August 21, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain's a patriotic Christian POW and the pointy-headed, big-eared black man Obama is a Muslim.

Simple facts - no spin here.

Posted by: Bill O'Reilly | August 21, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

How is it, that in the greatest country in the world, there are so many people that act like such fools. We should be togheter, united, and strong, but instead we bicker about the dumbest of issues if you can call them issues,and make our decisions based on what TV, radio, and the net tells us. I mean come on, we are single handly slowing down our own evolution as people,as a country and as a society,Why?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

With multiple families to keep track of I guess it is too much to expect McSenile to keep up with his multiple homes, which were bought by his very wealthy young-enough-to-be-his-daughter trophy wife whom he sought to marry before he was even divorced from his ditched first wife. But I guess these are the values that other wealthy Republicans can identify with. God help us all if we allow his next house to be one paid for by American taxpayers.

Posted by: charlie1 | August 21, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

McCain has even prompted alarms from the right’s own favorite hit man du jour: Jerome Corsi, who Swift-boated John Kerry as co-author of “Unfit to Command” in 2004 and who is trying to do the same to Obama in his newly minted best seller, “The Obama Nation.”

Corsi’s writings have been repeatedly promoted by Sean Hannity on Fox News; Corsi’s publisher, Mary Matalin, has praised her author’s “scholarship.” If Republican warriors like Hannity and Matalin think so highly of Corsi’s research into Obama, then perhaps we should take seriously Corsi’s scholarship about McCain. In recent articles at worldnetdaily.com, Corsi has claimed (among other charges) that the McCain campaign received “strong” financial support from a “group tied to Al Qaeda” and that “McCain’s personal fortune traces back to organized crime in Arizona.”

As everyone says, polls are meaningless in the summers of election years. Especially this year, when there’s one candidate whose real story has yet to be fully told.

Posted by: CuttyLok | August 21, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

McCain has even prompted alarms from the right’s own favorite hit man du jour: Jerome Corsi, who Swift-boated John Kerry as co-author of “Unfit to Command” in 2004 and who is trying to do the same to Obama in his newly minted best seller, “The Obama Nation.”

Corsi’s writings have been repeatedly promoted by Sean Hannity on Fox News; Corsi’s publisher, Mary Matalin, has praised her author’s “scholarship.” If Republican warriors like Hannity and Matalin think so highly of Corsi’s research into Obama, then perhaps we should take seriously Corsi’s scholarship about McCain. In recent articles at worldnetdaily.com, Corsi has claimed (among other charges) that the McCain campaign received “strong” financial support from a “group tied to Al Qaeda” and that “McCain’s personal fortune traces back to organized crime in Arizona.”

As everyone says, polls are meaningless in the summers of election years. Especially this year, when there’s one candidate whose real story has yet to be fully told.

Posted by: CutLok | August 21, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Cindy McCain's family had a deal with Keating around a shopping center investment. He was originally from Cincinnati and headed Nixon's commission on pornography some years before. And there's a ton of stories about the Hensley fortune being financed by the Mob (remember Joe Bonanno went to Arizona). This is an ongoing pattern. Of course, since it's McCain he'll waive his POW status as a get out of jail free card as has for the past 30 years.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | August 21, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

LOL - While Obama may live in ONE 'frickin' mansion', Mr. $520-Italian-Leather-Loafer-Wearing-Mad Cow McSame lives in ... SEVEN.

I'm sorry, but WHO's daddy was an Admiral?

WHO road daddy's coattails to Anapolis and managed to graduate FIFTH FROM THE BOTTOM of his class?

WHO dated, while still married to wife #1, and subsequently married a beer distributor heiress?

WHO flies around in a Corporate jet?

Mad Cow McSame should just quit while he's ahead ...

Posted by: Veronica | August 21, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

bump


Let's cut the BS and call a spade a spade.

Those of you who are criticizing Obama are racists. Period.

Bitter, ignorant, small-town racists.

And when Obama and Michelle are in the White House, y'all are going to get what's coming to you.

Posted by: dave | August 21, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

countryboy wrote: "If you like the way this country is - MOVE"

me: Okaaaay. I can see we're dealing with a real bright one here.

Countryboy- If you like that style of living, where the rich keep everything that they manage to acquire, perhaps you should check out China, where if you aren't rich, you are cooking your dinner over a fire of yak dung and living in a tent. Now, that's country living.

Posted by: David Allen | August 21, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I am all about working hard, making money, financial discipline, and keeping the money you make. But the fact is that Republicans only respond to the interests and the demands placed on government by those with a lot of money and many houses. They manipulate those of us that care about religion and they give the shaft to those of us that care about using some of our wealth to feed the poor. They give fat contracts to their best friends at Halliburton and KBR, demand no accountability from them, while sending our troops into battle with not enough body armor. The Republicans fail on all accounts, but especially when measured upon the values they themselves claim to hold dear.

Posted by: Former Republican | August 21, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

McCAIN MADNESS

By Pastor Chuck Baldwin

February 8, 2008

NewsWithViews.com

A few weeks before Super Tuesday, my friend Howard Phillips asked me who I thought the Republican Presidential nominee would be. I predicted John McCain. With the results of Super Tuesday now history, most political pundits are also predicting that the Arizona senator will gain the Republican nomination for President. And with Mitt Romney now out of the race, McCain is all but assured the nomination. One did not need to be a seer to figure this one out.

For one thing, President George W. Bush all but destroyed whatever conservative influence was left in the GOP. Peggy Noonan is right about that.

Furthermore, the capitulation and compromise of principle by the Religious Right has also significantly sealed the death warrant of conservatism within the GOP. For the sake of not offending George Bush or losing whatever seat at the table the various leaders of the Religious Right felt they had, their spirit of resistance waned to the point that the very name "Christian Conservative" has lost all meaning, not to mention power.

As a result, Republicans have come to accept Big Government, runaway federal spending, the Welfare State, the Warfare State, the Nanny State, empire-building, gargantuan trade and budget deficits, warrantless eavesdropping, the loss of 4th Amendment rights, ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

Therefore, how could anyone expect the vast majority of Republican voters to suddenly rediscover a huge commitment of conviction to conservative principles? Add to that question the fact that there is only one true conservative/constitutionalist who made it to the Republican primaries: Congressman Ron Paul. And virtually the entire media and political establishment pummeled Congressman Paul to the point that his limited success in the race can be categorized as nothing short of miraculous.

Make no mistake about it: the establishment wants one of its own to succeed George Bush. In order for that to happen, they must manipulate the primaries to ensure that, no matter who wins in November, one of their fellow elitists will still wield power in Washington, D.C. On the Democratic side, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama fit the bill. And on the Republican side, John McCain is the ultimate insider.

A long-standing member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), John McCain will pursue the goals and ambitions of the globalists with a vengeance. As Pat Buchanan said recently, "John McCain will make Dick Cheney look like Gandhi." Buchanan is right on with that prediction.

Despite a liberal, Big Government track record, many Republican "conservatives" who have always been critical of John McCain are already beginning to warm up to him, feeling that his nomination is inevitable. Include in this list such notables as Grover Norquist, Tony Perkins, and fellow CFR member Richard Land.

Fortunately, not all of the conservative "talking heads" have jumped on the McCain bandwagon. Include in this list: Ann Coulter, who said she would campaign for Hillary Clinton if McCain is the Republican nominee; James Dobson, who said he would never vote for John McCain--no matter what; and Mr. Republican Cheerleader himself, Rush Limbaugh.

Then there is Mike Huckabee: the candidate to whom the evangelical George Bush robots have gravitated. Huckabee is every bit the Big Government liberal that is John McCain. In fact, Huckabee and McCain have developed a very close friendship, according to numerous sources. Many are even predicting that Huckabee will be McCain's running mate, in order to dupe evangelicals into accepting the McCain candidacy. (I have been saying this myself for months.) Even Rob Schenck said this about Huckabee: "After careful and prayerful consideration, I have concluded that an evangelical vote for Mike Huckabee is a vote for John McCain, and a vote for John McCain will be a disaster for this country."

But just who is this man, John McCain?

John McCain's father and grandfather were both admirals in the U.S. Navy. John was schooled in one of the most elite boarding schools in America. He graduated from the Naval Academy where he ranked 894th out of 899 students.

According to Joel Skousen's World Affairs Brief, February 1, 2008, "[John McCain] used nepotism to get ahead: When he was rejected by the National War College, he used his father's contacts with the Secretary of the Navy to make them reconsider." Skousen also notes that "McCain cheated on his first wife after she had a severe accident. He then divorced her and married his multi-millionaire mistress, whose daddy bought McCain a spot in the Congress."

It has also never been explained why the son and grandson of Navy admirals would not rise to the rank of Admiral himself. (He exited the Navy as a Captain.) Was it his numerous adulterous affairs or his violent temper? Or both?

John McCain's biographer Robert Timberg chronicles McCain's numerous sexual affairs with subordinates both when he was an Executive Officer and later Squadron Commander. Obviously, such fraternization is a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Skousen and many others have chronicled McCain's violent temper. Even as a young man, McCain was "a strikingly violent man." Timberg quotes McCain describing his propensity for violence, even as a youngster, saying, "At the smallest provocation I would go off into a mad frenzy, and then suddenly crash to the floor unconscious."

McCain says his vicious temper was transformed after being held as a Prisoner of War by the North Vietnamese. There is no doubt that John McCain was tortured by his Vietnamese captors, but it also seems clear, by both the written and oral records of many, that McCain spent the bulk of his captivity collaborating with his captors.

It is more than interesting that former POW John McCain would use the power of his senate seat to stop the investigation and pursuit of American MIAs in Vietnam. What would possess a former naval officer to do such a thing? In fact, a group of Vietnam veterans has uploaded a web page dedicated to exposing the truth regarding John McCain's record on this matter. See it here.

That John McCain still has a vicious temper is well known. We can all remember him singing "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran," to the tune of the Beach Boys hit song "Barbara Ann." He also said North Korea should be threatened with "extinction." He often boasts of America's 100-year war with Iraq and talks of pursuing enemies "to the gates of hell." There is no doubt, John McCain is one mad man.

Furthermore, McCain's position on a host of issues is extremely problematic for the future of America. On immigration, John McCain joined with Ted Kennedy to sponsor an amnesty bill for illegal aliens. He voted to give social security dollars to illegal aliens. His Hispanic Outreach Director, Juan Hernandez, is a dual American-Mexican citizen widely known for his "Mexico First" declarations.

He repeatedly voted against the Bush tax cuts. He co-authored the McCain/Feingold campaign finance bill that was ruled to be an unconstitutional infringement of the First Amendment. Regarding the Second Amendment, the president of the NRA called John McCain the "worst 2nd Amendment candidate," and Gun Owners of America gives McCain a grade of F-.

John McCain co-sponsored the energy tax bill (along with his senate buddy Joe Lieberman), which would dramatically increase the cost of gasoline. He supports radical global warming legislation. He joined with Democrats (Gang of 14) to block the attempt to confirm conservative, strict constructionist judges. In 2000, he called Christian leaders "agents of intolerance." He has received the endorsement of the pro-abortion Republicans for Choice Political Action Committee. And let's not forget that John McCain was ringleader of the infamous Keating Five ethical scandal, which cost taxpayers more than $160 billion.

Consider, too, the top donors to John McCain's campaign. One will find many of the same multinational corporations that support Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton also supporting John McCain. Include in this list Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Lehman Brothers, and JP Morgan Chase & Co. (By comparison, the top contributors to Ron Paul's campaign are [in order]: 1. Members of the U.S. Army, 2. Members of the U.S. Navy, 3. Members of the U.S. Air Force.) Source: click here

(And, in case one is interested, the same big Arkansas conglomerates that supported Bill Clinton also support Mike Huckabee.)

Even New York Post D.C. Bureau Chief Charles Hurt wrote, "[I]f history is any guide, the McCain we've seen of late on the campaign trail is the most conservative McCain we'll ever see."

To vote for John McCain is madness!

Therefore, both social and fiscal conservatives--along with evangelical Christians--will have no one from either the Republican or Democrat parties for whom to vote this November. What, then, will they do? To vote for the "lesser of two evils" is no longer a legitimate option. There is no lesser in a McCain versus Clinton/Obama race. In fact, Ann Coulter might be right that in such a race, Hillary is the lesser of two evils.

What, then, are we to do?

First, Ron Paul should abandon his bid for the Republican nomination and declare himself a candidate for the Constitution Party nomination. If he did, he would doubtless receive the nomination and his campaign would continue to build excitement, donations, and momentum right up to November. (Ron Paul's supporters should do everything they can to influence Dr. Paul to shake off the dust of the GOP and lead his fellow constitutionalists on a mighty crusade for a Third Party victory!)

Should Ron Paul decide to remain in the McCain-led GOP, conservatives and constitutionalists should rally around the most viable option available to them. And that option is to support the Constitution Party nominee, whoever he is. (They will select their nominee in April in Kansas City, Missouri.) As the nation's third largest political party, the CP has the potential to be on all 50 state ballots and it is absolutely certain that the CP will nominate a constitutionalist candidate in the similitude of Ron Paul.

One thing is certain: with John McCain as the GOP standard-bearer, Christian conservatives and constitutionalists cannot vote for either the Republican or Democrat candidate this year. Staying home and not voting is an admission of defeat and should be dismissed out-of-hand.

Posted by: AlexP1 | August 21, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

McCain was only a POW for five years.
Two of those years were under harsh treatment.

Just two.


I repeat, just two.


Just two.


Just two.


Just two.


Just two.


Just two.


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Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama EARNED his money, McCain stole it from his sweet wife

Posted by: Ish | August 21, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Let's cut the BS and call a spade a spade.

Those of you who are criticizing Obama are racists. Period.

Bitter, ignorant, small-town racists.

And when Obama and Michelle are in the White House, y'all are going to get what's coming to you.

Posted by: Dave | August 21, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

McCain doesn't just collect Social Security, he get something like $55,000 a year from his military pension. That's double dipping, unless you count the money he gets from Cindy. Actually without her money and connections he never would have gotten a start in politics. For that matter, without his family connections, he never would have gotten into Annapolis. Say, he has a lot in common with Paris Hilton doesn't he. Without family connections he wouldn't be anything!

Posted by: Javalation | August 21, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The posters here have such a peasant mentality. What's the big deal with a rich wife and multiple homes? This is America. Also, McCain is 24 years older than Obama. If Obama continues his road to prosperity, how do you know he won't have amassed a huge fortune when he's 71? Just look at the Clintons How much money have they made? And they're not even close to McCain's age. It's pathetic that so many people are demonizing wealth these days in this land of opportunity. You're all losers. No wonder US is sinking and turning into a socialist country.

Posted by: ocean 8 | August 21, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious. Like Giuliani's noun, verb, 9/11, we now have McCain's answer to anything: noun, verb, POW.

Posted by: Gus | August 21, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Toknow posted:
he rolled over to the North Vietnamese and became a traitor to his country to avoid torture,
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Um, McCain is disabled due to torture. Oh, I forgot - liberals only believe that the US is guilty of torture when we go after terrorists.

Posted by: Typical WP | August 21, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

It's a frickin' mansion..."

Behold the mentality of Bush's low-life Rovain thugs now running the Songbird McSame campaign.

Posted by: Roy | August 21, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

It's hard to believe that this attack line against McCain is being put forth by the same person who ridiculed "bitter small town Americans" that take refuge in religion and gun ownership. Obama himself lives in a mansion which, by the way, was acquired with financial help from a convicted felon. In any case, most presidential candidates are wealthy. Most wealthy people invest their wealth in various ways, including in real estate. Honestly acquired wealth is not a bad thing. In fact, if a person is not smart enough to become wealthy in our system, then he/she probably is not smart enough to be President.

Posted by: bubba31138 | August 21, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse


So Obama is looking very desperate now.

At least the McCains paid for their own properties as opposed to Obama getting in bed with a felon. Didn't Obama say he was tired of "distractions" from the issues? Guess he was lying about that too.

The One is really desperate now that the polls are showing that more people realize that he will say anything to any group, change his story the next day if politically expedient.


Posted by: Typical WP | August 21, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

The POW thing, service to country, etc. is great, my hat's off to the wrinkly old dude. But the fact is, he rolled over to the North Vietnamese and became a traitor to his country to avoid torture, and he rolled over to Cheney to allow torture.

That, my friends, is un-American, and about as big a contradiction as you could possible come up with.

Posted by: ToKnow | August 21, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

... and I approved this message.

What John McCain is all about: [Noun] + [Verb] + POW.

Posted by: I'm Joe Biden... | August 21, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

"Pointy headed professor type?" Does that mean SMART! I like smart as opposed to stupid. We elected stupid 7 years ago and look what we got. Give me a smart president any day over a 4th from the bottom, silver spoon fed brat that only knows how to talk about which war is next. Never mind he doesn't know where the country is located.

Posted by: Lynne | August 21, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

"Vote for Obama....

Lose a country....

It's that simple...."


See...simple phrase from a simple mind! It is amazing that some people are allowed to even vote!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama gives it to Hillary in the behind while Bush and McCain give it to Obama and Nader while Rommney give Bush a Handjob

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

From:
The Republican war on democracyBy pushing photo ID laws, Republicans aren't curbing voter fraud. They're denying Americans their legal rightsAll comments (10)
Brad Friedman guardian.co.uk, Wednesday August 20 2008 19:30 BST Article historyThe 2008 presidential election in the US may well leave us all waxing nostalgic for the good old disaster days of 2000 and 2004.

Given the asterisks in the record books next to both of those elections, you might think that Democrats, the victims of the anti-democratic (small "d") attacks in both elections, would have spent the intervening years putting virtually all resources into making sure there wouldn't be another such electoral disaster in 2008. You would have been horribly mistaken.

In addition to proving miserable failures (though, admittedly, they didn't try very hard) at rolling back the tsunami of wholly unverifiable electronic voting systems now set for use, misuse and utter breakdown across the country this November, the Democrats have also made little headway in ending what will be one of the most troubling problems this year: voter disenfranchisement via phony Republican claims of "voter fraud".

The Republicans, on the other hand, have been at work for years developing their anti-democratic (small "d" again, but it may as well be a capital "D") schemes.

For a glimpse at what may well be the Rosetta Stone of Republican disenfranchisement efforts, one need look no further than at what Paul Weyrich, one of the founding fathers of modern American conservatism, told a gathering of some 15,000 preachers at a training conference in Dallas, Texas in 1980 (at which both Ronald Reagan and the right-wing Rev. Jerry Falwell also shared the podium).

"Many of our Christians have what I call the goo-goo syndrome - good government. They want everybody to vote," Weyrich instructed the flock in comments captured on video.

"I don't want everybody to vote," he continued unapologetically. "Elections are not won by a majority of people, they never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now."

And here comes the key to what will be the most crucial driving force for the entire Republican party effort this November: "As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down."

Thus spoke Weyrich in 1980, and the party leaders have followed in good faith ever since. Their disciples continue today to regularly advise the most powerful Republican insiders in the country.

And thus have they gone forth to find every measure - no matter how adverse to the key American value of democracy, or how expensive the cost may be - to keep legitimate, legal voters from being able to cast their vote and have that vote counted accurately.

Not every voter, of course. Just the ones who tend to vote Democratic (capital "D"). The easiest ones to target among those who don't tend to vote Republican: African-Americans, Hispanics, the elderly, the urban poor and even students. All in the hopes, as Weyrich urged, of keeping Republican "leverage in ... elections ... up" by keeping "the voting populace ... down".

According to the non-partisan League of Women voters, some 21 million Americans do not have the type of photo identification required by the most draconian types of polling-place photo ID restrictions that are now being pushed - by hook and by crook - in states across the country. Among that group, some 25% of African-Americans, 18% of Americans over 65, 10% of the 40 million Americans with disabilities, 15% of low-income voters and untold numbers of voting-aged college students who reside in states other than where they may have valid drivers' licenses would have difficulty voting under such laws. (You may add to the Republican enemies list: married women, hurricane victims and those suffering from palsy, if you like.)

With that in mind, the Republicans have stopped at nothing, in order to see such laws passed wherever possible, and otherwise enforced nonetheless even where such poll restrictions have been found by the courts to be illegal and/or unconstitutional.

An unprecedented decision by the now rightward-slanted US supreme court earlier this year, allowed such a law to stand in Indiana. The result: the disenfranchised in the state's May primary election included college students and nuns in their 80s and 90s from St Mary's Convent (one of the "nonagenarian hooligans" kept from her right to vote, was 98 years old) and vets of multiple foreign wars, not to mention those who simply didn't bother to show up, since they knew they'd not be allowed to vote. All of that following the state of Indiana's own admission in the court case that they were unable to document a single case of voter fraud in the state's history that would have been prevented by their new voter-suppression law.

The supporters of such laws, however, argue that it's easy to get one of the free IDs that Indiana offers. Fact is, it's not easy at all, and those supposedly free IDs can get rather expensive. And the same effort is underway in other states as well.

In Missouri, for instance, a state regarded by the McClatchy News Service as "Ground Zero", in 2006, for the GOP's voter disenfranchisement effort, a man was arrested while legally voting two weeks ago during a state primary election. He was sent to jail because he offered two different pieces of perfectly legal ID, but none that the poll workers at his polling place wanted to accept. That, even after the state's supreme court found draconian photo ID restrictions to be unconstitutional there.

In the same state in 2006, not long after the state court's decision, the secretary of state herself (a Democrat), responsible for enforcing the election laws there, was told three times as she was trying to vote that she needed to present a photo ID. Of course she didn't, and has some familiarities with the law. But that didn't stop them from trying anyway, even as Missouri has some 200,000 voters who could, according to the secretary of state's own numbers, be kept from exercising their legal franchise under such laws.

Make no mistake. This is an effort that reaches to the highest federal levels. For example, despite a very clear federal law that requires it - the Bush administration's department of veterans affairs has disallowed voter registration activities in VA hospitals and other facilities, describing such activities as "partisan" (telling, that). Thus, it's assured that many of those who put their very lives on the line under the premise of spreading democracy throughout the world will have no voice in that same democracy back in their own country this year.

The beat goes on and will continue to grow louder through Election Day in November. Count on it.

The Prospect's Art Levine elegantly and accurately referred to all of this as The Republican war on voting. But make no mistake about it, this is an all out Republican war on democracy in which we will be witnessing an unprecedented "troop surge" between here and November.

Posted by: AlexP1 | August 21, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Good ol' boys? What was good about them? Sitting on their ass while other people learned to do the work they were unfit to do, rise up and become the better for it? Or were they the ones that took on the world, thinking they were a superior race, only to be crushed under the heals of the very same race, as well as many others?

And Mr. Patheticarmyboy, your point of view, skewed as is, is one that's encouraged by your superiors because that's what's handed down from Bush's administration. If you actually knew anything about the real muslim religion, not extremists, then you might shut the eff' up and start citing the very same similarities to the 'white mans' bible.

You never had any ground to stand on in the first place, and in that regard, you're just like the idiots out there fighting for over 50 years, for a patch of dirt. You're scared, foolish little cowards, that can only get their way by comitting acts of atrocity, regardless of who 'says its okay', and then pretend you never knew you were wrong in doing so.

It doesn't matter though, your voice is small, and your body frail. Always has been, and always will be. The world likes it that way.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"In terms of who's an elitist, I think people have made a judgment that John McCain is not an arugula-eating, pointy headed professor-type based on his life story."

That's what McCain's spokesman comes up with? You've got to be kidding me. It's so juvenile! He's pretty much saying, "Obama is a NERRRRRDDDD!" Unbelievable.

Posted by: Patrick | August 21, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

At last, the day of reckoning for Gigolo John.

Posted by: penalcolony | August 21, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

This is the most ridiculous statement from a staff member I've read in a long time. McCain's campaign must be truly desperate.

Find me a Senator with ONE $80K 1600 sq ft home and a single 2006 Ford Escort and we'll elect him/her president. Oh, and he/she has to be in jeopardy of having his job as a US rep. outsourced to India. That would make our candidate beyond reproach, apparently.

Puh-lease, people. Every Senator, Representative, and Governor in the country is in the elite.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone please make me understand why someone should be punished by having to pay higher taxes just because they were fortunate enough to excel at what they do? What do we do - punish someone for being rich? Cudos to those that are fortunate enough to get rich. And no - I an not rich. I go to work everyday and make a modest living. Let's get off the kicks of taxing the rich and giving to the poor. If you like the way this country is - MOVE.

I myself don't like the idea of having to take care of all the deadbeats in this country that feels this country owes them something.

I've got an idea. Get off your rearend and get a job. Earn your keep. Stop asking for handouts.

Posted by: countryboy | August 21, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Posted by some pinhead named Darth Nader:

"The other thing Obama says is that we are not going to get oil from the Middle East or Venezuela within 10 years. I was listening to public radio (really conservative huh?) and an oil expert said this is simply not possible."

You're kidding, right? An oil expert says that something about oil is not possible, and you believed it?

Lemme guess, a republican.

Posted by: JC | August 21, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

JohnnyM wrote: "Obamoron will put this county back into the depression with more government spending and total lack of experience."

You mean just like Bush did? You're kidding, right? It would not surprise me to hear republicans comparing Obama to Bush, the uncontrolled spending, the lack of fiscal responsibility, the lack of any experience running anything successful. Anything that is slime is used by republicans in their continual fevor pitched grab for power. I would not put it past republicans to take the Bush failures and morph them into a picture of Obama. Whatever they can use to fool people, they will use. You can't fool all the people all the time, but you can keep trying I guess.

JohnnyM wrote: "That’s if were still alive after the terrorists kill us because he would be incompetent as a commander and chef."

You mean like Bush allowing 911 to happen on his watch when the CIA, NSA and other intel agencies were screaming a terrorist attack was coming and Bush wouldn't even meet with his own anti-terrorism chief? Kill us all like the 3000 who were killed in the towers? Incompetent like Bush was and still is, taking troops out of Afganistan to invade Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with 911? He never even responded to the attack on the Cole for crying out loud. He's a wimp, like his father with a level of stupidity only 20 years of drinking can bring.

Johnny, comparing Obama to Bush just is not going to work. For one, Obama can form a sentence. Second, Obama actually believes government can solve problems, while Bush believes government "is the problem". Third, Obama didn't spend 20 years in a drunk tank nor lead every company he touched to ruin. And Obama will never look in anyone's eyes and fall in love with them as Bush did with Putin. Georgia happened on Bush's watch, Iraq happened on Bush's watch, 911 happened on Bush's watch and bin Laden is threatening me on TV 7 years after he should have been caught or killed by Bush, and though Bush vowed to attack terrorists and the nations that protect them he has done little to get at the terrorists in Pakistan.

Its time for a grown up to lead this nation. McCain does not qualify because he is in his second childhood (how many houses do I own? Rich people make $5M/year? Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran. Lets play president!)

Posted by: Fate | August 21, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow there is just too many OOps and Gaff moments by McCain. We need a new Nominee without so much baggage and who is sharp., instead of slightly senile. I watched video of McCain talking about his failed first marrige at http://www.mccanes.com

Posted by: Dann | August 21, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

McCain aka "McBush" is just one more exsample of a lie'n, cheap'n skum-bag just like eight years of Bush has showed everyone, but the $250,000 plus greedy law break'n few....Show Repubicans you really care about the country and IMPEACH BUSH while he is still run'n this great land into the ground !!

Posted by: GET RID OF REPUBICANS NOW | August 21, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Changing faces: Thank you for posting a serious comment about the disgusting racism that occurs on forums like this... It's appalling, especially with comments like those from "pete" about good 'ol boys.... I hope people like that don't take the time to vote

Posted by: JE | August 21, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain couldnt manage the local Mcdonalds. The RNC wants him for his puppet abilitys., Oh yeah Mitt Romney is a puppet too. I was a republican until my party got hijacked bought and paid for by the RNC. I am an independant now. I liked Huckabee because he seem to care about the working class, and fixing the economy with real issues. But I dobt I will vote for McCain. I will vote for Obama or Barr. McCain is too old, he will just be a puppet. No more puppets. We need a president that actually will lead by his convictions. McCain changed on every position, just so the RNC would prop him up. http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: John | August 21, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

You gotta love McGoo's pretend-sanctimony. Like Rezko suddenly came into play because someone finally outed McGoo's personal real estate empire. No one could make this stuff up.

Posted by: maxfli | August 21, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The midget candidate has how many houses?!?

I'm not going to be able to sleep tonight.

Maybe I can do a The Factor webcast in addition to The Factor on TV And radio? Suggestions welcome.

Posted by: Bill O'Reilly | August 21, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama,,Ah Ah Ah I was only packing my nose with coke all day long.

At the time I thought i only took between $50.000.00 to $60.000.00 in campaign contributions from Rezko,,
Then why did you pay back $157.000.00 to Rezco senator ?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Jake D:

You are right...your delusional paranoia does not matter to me. Noone over the age of six would take that story seriously unless they had skipped their meds for the day.

Posted by: Cal | August 21, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Repost for Jerry because of merit:

My method of selecting a candidate puts more weight on my own observations than on those of others.

I read everything I can find, watch everything I can see, and decide according to the aggregate.

McCain was a child of privilege who was helped into West Point by his influential family. He was an unremarkable student who finished 894th out of a class of 899 (that's the bottom, folks). He was then mysteriously included in flight training, an opportunity usually afforded only the top of the class. This anomaly makes me believe there is a real value to the usual selection procedure, since McCain proved to be a less that proficient pilot, destroying a total of 5 airplanes in his short military career. His capture and imprisonment are certainly unfortunate, but they in no way qualify him for the office to which he aspires. Interestingly, my most grievous complaint about McCain is the cruel abandonment of his first wife, fueled by the adulterous interest in a more attractive and conveniently wealthy younger woman. That action speaks volumes about his sense of loyalty.

Obama, on the other hand, earned his current stature without the benefit of nepotism, has chosen to work for the public good rather than personal enrichment, is a loyal husband and father, AND he is charismatic. McCain's criticism of "celebrity" notwithstanding, that fabulous trait is the icing on the Obama Cake. McCain's "no experience" argument neither has no weight. Judgment trumps experience every time.

I choose sanity. I choose Obama.

Posted by: Jerry Ulibarri | August 21, 2008 3:20 PM

Posted by: Brendan | August 21, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Mecane steels people heart by telling his captivitu in vetnam and when he talks about it he thinks makes his listeners to belive he is the only vetran from that wrongly started war and finished shmefully.
He uses it like a currency to buy peoples heart, ear and now their vote AMERICA WAKE UP BEFORE CRYING FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS.

MACANE STOP USING YOUR EXPERIANCE IN VETNAM AS ACURRENCY TO BY PEOPLS HEART BECAUSE YOU ARE FROM RICH FAMILY AND GOT A CHANCE TO BE ON NATIONAL STAGE DONT MAKE MONY AND STATUS WITH THAT EXPERIANCE. THERE ARE MANY VETRACE WHO DIDN'T HAVE A CHANCE LIKE YOU AND CANNOT CASH IN TELLING THEIR STORY. WE ARE TIRED OF LISTING YOUR BLABLA BLA .....VETNAM......BLABLA.... TALK REALITY NOW.

Posted by: jojo | August 21, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama start EVERY speech until the election by asking the audience,

If you now how many houses you own, raise your hand?

EVEN britney knows how many houses she owns.

Best bumpersticker
"Cindy KNOWS"

Posted by: mark | August 21, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

"McCain married up.

Obama married down.

Who do you think is smarter?

Posted by: MartyKroll | August 21, 2008 3:14 PM "

I would counter that marrying a husband stealing, Cindy come-lately, and dumping your long suffering wife who waited for you to get out of a Vietnamese prison camp is not a step up.

Posted by: changing faces | August 21, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Philosophy of McCain, in a nutshell: Be born into the right family. Screw up. Then screw the right person. End of story.

Posted by: KISS | August 21, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

nobody

You are reported to the police for threatening to kill Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow, frickin....he actually said frickin....a little too frickin weird if that is his spokesman's frickin language when rebutting why rich man multi home owning thru trophy wife's money johnny isn't an elitist like that frickin intelligent, charismatic, young, virile, earned his own money to buy a fricking mansion barack .....jeesh can anyone explain to me why these republicans and their nonsense name calling tactics can still get their candidates elected

Posted by: rosefix | August 21, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse


The only way McCain gets my vote is with Huckabee, I was almost ready to give him a chance after the Broke Back forum, But then he started with all this Lieberman and Ridge VP talk. So now. The only way i will vote McCain is if he goes that extra mile and puts Huckabee on the ticket. Other wise I will cross the isle and vote Obama or Barr.

http://www.mccanes.com/newparty.html

Posted by: Paul | August 21, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

How about we settle this with a coin flip?

Posted by: Ooko Nanujada | August 21, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

This crap is making me sooooo sick. I was a very strong Obama supporter, gave money and etc. Now I am of sick both candidates! I will still vote for Obama only because he is the lesser of two evils. I wanted him to be tougher but does he have to get personal?

Wow, and I used to think he was above all this!

Posted by: Carol Horzempa | August 21, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Wow, this country is full of fools and hypocrites! If that offended you then guess what? The fact of the matter is everyone has received a "hook up" from time to time. What else is the point of having friends and connections. I mean come on, Mccain was 894th of 899 in his graduating class. He crashed numerous times before he went down in Vietnam. Yes, he got a "hook up". His father was an Admiral, and his Grandfather. Everyone can play the "hook up" game. Who hasn't received favorable treatment from their friends and relatives? Man I can't wait until the debates, so we can end this mess once and for all. No handlers, just candidates!

Posted by: Lewis | August 21, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Santa eats Hillary while Obama and Bill sixty nine with Rommney and McCain

Posted by: Mrs Claus | August 21, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Rick F:

I'm not really sure why "HE WAS A POW" is the answer for everything. They scream it out loud, all day, for no reason at all, like it qualifies him. I would think people might want to look at the reasons it DISQUALIFIES him, like health and mental stability.

McCain could reach out and strangle a supporter at one of his closed town halls and if he was called out for it, the campaign would get all indignant and remind us that he was a POW.

Posted by: cbpunker | August 21, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with eating arugula? What a stupid comment.

Posted by: Jasper | August 21, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

WHINERS = people who know how many houses they own

Posted by: mark | August 21, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

OMG... How dare someone talk about former prisoner of war John McCain that way. Everyone should know that former prisoner of war John McCain always puts country first. Former prisoner of war John McCain is not an elitist and does not draw thousands to crowds thereby putting himself before country. It's not former prisoner of war John McCain fault that he cheated on his wife and married into such a lavish lifestyle. If you lived in a pow camp for 4 years you would do the same. It's not fair for Barack Obama to lable former prisoner of war John McCain this way.

Posted by: BigB1 | August 21, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only person who doesn't have a problem with a presidential candidate being elite? I'm not talking about how many houses one of them owns, or if they prefer arugala to iceberg. But I would like my president to be intelligent enough to know what arugala is. If that makes him a "pointy headed professor-type," then I guess that's a good thing. Shouldn't someone who is going to face some of the most difficult and complex problems in the world be a member of the intellectual elite?? Only in America is it considered good for a future leader of the world to be an "average joe."

Posted by: Why is elite bad? | August 21, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

"Pointy headed professor-type..."

Does John McCain have something against people who worked hard in school or are, gulp, smart? Does he have something against teachers?

Posted by: MS | August 21, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

"John McCain may not know how many houses he has but at least he knows how many biological brothers he has. Can 'The Obamanation' say the same? Americans want a noble genetic history in their president, not ahem....otherwise.

Posted by: Alex in DC | August 21, 2008 3:06 PM "

That's pretty racist...and I'm not one who takes to using that term lightly. You know full well that there isn't a single african american in this country that can tie their family back to africa or name names or say they came from noble stock, or inherit their wealth from generations upon generations to pass on to the next generation.

This is for every fatherless black child out there (which is about 6 in 10 black children): That was a racist thing to say and an insult to every American.

Posted by: changing faces | August 21, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

If McCain has nothing to hide why is he keeping his wife's tax records a secret?

The Obama's have been completely open with their finances.

Posted by: Marc | August 21, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Here's the dif: Obama's house was bought with money he earned by writing bestsellers.


McCain has been supported by taxpayers his entire life (including right now, collecting social security and retirement benefits from the Navy), along with money from his wife's inheritance as icing on the cake.


The only job he ever had was working for Cindy's dad as a beer distributor....wonder if he even had to go into the office to collect his paycheck. Last year, McCain missed 600 votes.....what have we gotten as taxpayers? Victory from his role in Vietnam? A better country from the 26 years he spent in the Senate?

Posted by: Just Us League | August 21, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman = McCain's BRAIN

He knows how many houses Cindy owns

Posted by: mark | August 21, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

All that needs to be done here is to compare other democratic senator's homes with that of republican senators, and they're effed' all over again.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

McCain blows Rommney while Bill and Hillary sixty nine and Nader rubbs his balls all over Bushes A$$

Posted by: saddle | August 21, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Do all you people get to vote?

Posted by: Just Wondering | August 21, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chris, and anyone else who thinks Obama doesn't have any specific plans:

Here's his comprehensive energy reform plan, packed with specific details.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC1A8dLkRWM

Posted by: Grombar | August 21, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

"The reality about John McCain owning 10 houses is... that John McCain was a POW in Vietnam. And Obama eats Arugula. Any other questions?"

Posted by: Liam | August 21, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Thank you "anonymous" for saying something of actual substance... and good use of the reference to Beard.

Posted by: JE | August 21, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse


JakeD
mark and Trip:

(Without looking) how many pairs of socks do you own?

Do you have a sock fetish?
all my socks I OWN

Posted by: mark | August 21, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"McCain's 4 homes or 8 homes - who cares? Seriously, can all of you readily count up the number of homes you own, just like that and on the spot?

I mean, does that include vacation homes? Condos? Beach getaways? The question is simply too complex for anyone to just rattle off a straight answer. That's true even if you happen to recall all the different abodes that just happen to be deeded in your name.

Look, McCain knows middle class. He may be in the over $5 million/year "rich" bracket, but that's only because of his wife's fortune. He never really acts like he's loaded, unlike that icky John Kerry did with his wife's money. All the rest of us poor slobs who only earn $4.9 million a year (or less, good grief!) recognize a fellow middle-classer when we see one.

And who cares if he wants to give himself another tax break? Hasn't he done enough for this country? Hasn't he earned that tax break for time spent at the Hanoi Hilton undergoing enhanced interrogation techniques?

Look, people, he just wants to give you and your kids the same opportunities he had growing up: to fight and die for your country in a meaningless war.

What better path to glory? Or the presidency? Ah, patriotism...

Posted by: Ricardo Malocchio | August 21, 2008 2:59 PM "

Quoted for AWESOMENESS.

Posted by: lgstarn | August 21, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

U.S.A. = the United States of Amnesia. The last eight years underscores the fact that a people get the leadership they deserve.

Posted by: justwonderin | August 21, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama blows his load in Hillarys mouth whil Gore blows McCain and Bill spooges all over Rommneys face

Posted by: jload | August 21, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

So we have McCain, who is a successful businessman who legitimately bought investment properties, vs. Obama, who bought a mansion at a cheap price through a mob bagman.

Gee.

Posted by: Mike R. | August 21, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

McCain can not list how many houses: some on the record or declared and others....

Hey, got to be prudent! if not prude...
The staffers have their work cut out.
Go ahead, make as many new and absurd ads. Most Obama supporters are not even included in the poll. They prefer to Vote, big time.

Posted by: nobody | August 21, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Fact of the matter is ass clown, I am far from Un American, in fact I should be saying that to you, since your voting for the no lapel wearing, non hand over the heart muslim pig, your voting for. I am a former US Army soldier, and have every right as a FREE AMERICAN to HATE MUSLIMS, for what they stand for, and that is KILL FREEDOM, KILL AMERICANS. But go ahead vote for whom you want. If Osama wins, it's bring out the "good ole' boys" if you know what I mean! HE won't last 1 year in office! Thank you Jesus!

Posted by: Pete | August 21, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Do you really want to vote for a man who will according to statistics probably wear diapers in few years?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I'll be brief:

This POW thing is getting old, yeah MCain, lived the roughest years of his life as a POW but do they need to keep using it as a symphaty chip? its as bad a Giuliani repeating 9/11 all the time. Second, at this point neither Obama or McCain can really try to compare themselves to the regular Joe/Jane Doe. They both have wealth, and status so please act like you have some common sense.And last to all those who complain that Obama/McCain are elitist, I just have to say, well duh, they're running for the presidency of the United States, what do you want some country bumkin to run the country? [again :)] the president is supposed to be better than the people he leads, that's why he LEADS. Seriously, Stop and think you have a brain, use it.

Posted by: Brief | August 21, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama is complain of his student loan, then goes to buy $1.5M home.

Talk of a great economist!!!!

Posted by: Jom | August 21, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I noticed that "obvious" said that Senator Obama was "right" on Iraq?

ummm....what exactly was he "right" on? In saying that the surge was not going to work? In de-moralizing our troops with his anti-war rhetoric?

...or was Senator McCain right? In calling for more troops early on into the conflict? In STRONGLY opposing the torture of prisoners? In supporting the surge?

It appears that McCain's ideas, had G.W. listened to them, could have prevented the looting following Saddam's fall, and could have prevented Abu Graib(I think that's how it's spelled).

Also, because of Senator Obama's positions on Gun Control and Abortion, and Socialized Medicine I will never support him...NEVER.

Gun Ownership is a RIGHT.

Abortion should be a CRIME.

The government has screwed up social security, DO YOU HONESTLY WANT THEM TO CONTROL MEDICAL CARE?!?!?!?!

Posted by: Lewis Gilmore, OK | August 21, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Silly silly silly. Our country's going to hell in a handbasket and we're worried about he said this or knew that person. We burning witches next or maybe black listing commies.
Also; Doesn't POW mean somewhere along the line he said "Don't shoot, I give up" ?

Posted by: Goodlord | August 21, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

My method of selecting a candidate puts more weight on my own observations than on those of others.

I read everything I can find, watch everything I can see, and decide according to the aggregate.

McCain was a child of privilege who was helped into West Point by his influential family. He was an unremarkable student who finished 894th out of a class of 899 (that's the bottom, folks). He was then mysteriously included in flight training, an opportunity usually afforded only the top of the class. This anomaly makes me believe there is a real value to the usual selection procedure, since McCain proved to be a less that proficient pilot, destroying a total of 5 airplanes in his short military career. His capture and imprisonment are certainly unfortunate, but they in no way qualify him for the office to which he aspires. Interestingly, my most grievous complaint about McCain is the cruel abandonment of his first wife, fueled by the adulterous interest in a more attractive and conveniently wealthy younger woman. That action speaks volumes about his sense of loyalty.

Obama, on the other hand, earned his current stature without the benefit of nepotism, has chosen to work for the public good rather than personal enrichment, is a loyal husband and father, AND he is charismatic. McCain's criticism of "celebrity" notwithstanding, that fabulous trait is the icing on the Obama Cake. McCain's "no experience" argument neither has no weight. Judgment trumps experience every time.

I choose sanity. I choose Obama.

Posted by: Jerry Ulibarri | August 21, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

If you want to know the cost of Barack's home Zillow it.

http://www.zillow.com/homes/map/5046-GREENWOOD-AVE_lb/CHICAGO,-IL-60615_rb/#/homes/for_sale/map/5046-GREENWOOD-AVE_lb/CHICAGO,-IL-60615_rb/41.803665,-87.597781,41.801866,-87.601058_rect/17_zm/

It a typical cost for a home in the Chicagoland area. Prices for the area that he lives in, but I bet after the elction his home price will drop like every other home in Amercian if McCain is in charge! look at another cut in home equity!

Posted by: gregggraham | August 21, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Vote for Obama....

Lose a country....

It's that simple....

Posted by: Boneman | August 21, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Playa,
You nitwit, there were 4 democrats involved in the Keating 5,

John McCain And John Glenn, were found to be innocent of any and all wrong doing.

Now do you want to discuss, the 3 remaining Democrats ?

Try reading, instead of running your mouth, like a Hood-rat.

Posted by: Bishop TuTu | August 21, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Cindi's fortune came from beer, the stuff you all drink. If you don't want Cindi to have a fortune, stop drinking beer.

Posted by: thecandypoem | August 21, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Rezko, William Ayers, Auchi, Larry Sinclair...

Obama, you don't want to go there. You have too many shady connections. Trying to attack McCain is "above your pay-grade". You probably want to lay off.

Posted by: George | August 21, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I saw pictures of Obama's Chicago house in a magazine. It's a big townhouse but it's nothing extravagant. It's at the very least, what I'd expect a senator to live in. Besides, are there really mansions around Hyde Park? This is a stupid and frivolous retort. Does this guy actually think he is helping his cause by insulting college educated people?

Posted by: Andrew | August 21, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

This article is another example of press support for McCain.

Big headline on Obama's "Mansion," no reporting on a description of said house.

Citizen journalism to the rescue:

It has 6,400 square feet including six bedrooms, six bathrooms, solarium, library, music room, and a 4 car garage.

Nice house, definitely. Mansion? Maybe a McMansion, but maybe not a true mansion, really. But for many people, true, it would be a Mansion.

The key issue here is that Obama's good fortune and hard work don't lead him to dismiss other people's problems, like McCain, Gramm, Bush and all the Republicans do.

The only problem they have sympathy for is the pain of the rich at tax time, i.e. their own pain.

The other important thing to remember is that Obama manages to remember how many houses he has, with no confusion, along with keeping the Sunnis and Shia straight, remembering where Pakistan and Iraq are, et cetera et cetera et cetera.

Posted by: tom0063, Omaha | August 21, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

BUT... BUT... HE WAS A POW!!!

Posted by: SEAN HANNITY | August 21, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

TWO votes for "it wouldn't matter". Thank you, Cal. Anyone else?

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Cindy McCain made $6 million last year selling beer. How many more millions before that. Obama, didn't hit his personal lottery until the book deal. The McCain's were living the elitest lifestyle long before Obama

Posted by: One4Change | August 21, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

The republicans are in so much trouble they are tyring to make a movie about Obama's teen years. http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: Kanye | August 21, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

M CAN Cut A.. Income Next

Posted by: . | August 21, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

MartyKroll
"McCain married up.

Obama married down.

Who do you think is smarter?"

the one who didn't leave a disabled disfigured First Wife, for a pillionaire who took meds from Charity children

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Ha. Labeling it 'this kind of thing' just means you've accepted the fact that you've had your hands in fecal matter, and have been willing to fling it when the other stated they would not. Republican cowards.

Their priority is to control the masses, and extort them and dumb them down as much as possible.

There very well could be a civil war down the line, regardless of who wants to admit what. We've already taken hits by those who're supposed to be watching out for us, the nation as a whole. Think the masses won't catch on? You shouldn't; not when you've had your hands deep in it, flinging it wildly at anybody who threatens any stability of the Republican methods of mayhem.

I'm personally prepared to drop kick you in the neck.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Jake D:

Would it "matter" if he were a secret Muslim, lying about being a Christian, just so he could gain access to America's nuclear arsenal to kill us all?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

And dont tell me...you believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny too. What a kook.

Posted by: Cal | August 21, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

OK ... but did Barack Obama's home get a feature spread in Architectural Digest??? John McCain's ranch did:

http://www.architecturaldigest.com/homes/features/archive/mccain_slideshow_072005?showall=true


And, he did not use "pointy headed"!!! LOL omg ... THIS one is hurting them. Hit it for all you can Barack, because it's the truth. No slimy Rezko inuendos ... just the facts. He and Cindy own 7 homes, including one in La Jolla that they DIDN"T PAY TAXES ON for FOUR YEARS!!! They own so many homes that they can't even keep track of the tax bills ... for FOUR years. It was in default this Spring ... I hope MoveOn does a video tour of these noble, humble shacks. Seaside villas all along the California coast, a ranch mansion in one of the toniest areas of AZ -- Sedona is an artsy fartsy community by the way -- this is no Crawford TX. Yeah, John McCain ... a man of the people, lol.

Posted by: straight talk my a** | August 21, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I own more houses than John McCain and I can vouch that like me the Senator is not an elitist. To think I could've been a POW like him if not for my anal cyst...

Posted by: Rush Limbaugh | August 21, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I guess McCain does have alot in common with Bush, it seems he might have an old DUI.
http://www.mccanes.com/duihelpguide.html

Posted by: John | August 21, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign just can't leave the POW story out of ANYTHING, can they? And how exactly does one "friggin mansion" compare with "about four they actually use"? And BTW, there was that little matter that nobody's bringing up these days about --- what was it now? A savings and loan thing maybe? Convicted felons? Gee, my memory's so vague on that now.... just like McCain's on how many houses he owns.

Posted by: Dave | August 21, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

mark:

(Without looking) how many pairs of socks do you own?

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

McCain where $520 Ferragamo Loafers to the Grocery store, and can't remember how many homes he has...

McCain.. The REAL Elitist

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

"Can we have ONE discussion with out bringing up the fact he was a POW?"

Well, at least McCain was SOMETHING! What is Obama? He says he represents 'hope'. What the heck does that means? Perhaps only his cosmetic dentist knows for sure.

Posted by: Rick F | August 21, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Cindy Michelle and Hillary eat each other out while gore watches

Posted by: trouble | August 21, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Anyone have a clue what percentage of personal income tax is spent on the American taxpayers or even spent in America ?
At the moment the tax system appears to be an extremely efficient system for the redistribution of wealth........UPWARDS.
I believe the year that the Interest on the National Debt exceeds the GNP has recently been brought forward to 2015. That'll be fun.....but who cares??? neither puppet will be in power then, but we'll still have to pay.

Posted by: BringBackCommonSense | August 21, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

This is McCain's undoing. It's better and more compelling than even the Willie Horton ad from Bush 41.

Bye, bye John. Retire to one of your homes. Time to put the medals on a shelf and sleep while watching TV.

Posted by: clearandsimple | August 21, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Don
If McCain could account for Cindi's fortune in a legit manner, he would have disclosed it by now. Dont try to blow smoke up our ###.


Posted by: Bruce | August 21, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Of course he believes that "Life begins at conception..."

He was POW for 17 years!

Don't you Liberal Communists undestand anything?

Posted by: Jaxxon | August 21, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

AlexP1

Bravo! you summarize an important issue, I applaud your record keeping!

Posted by: The Hammer | August 21, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are having a VERY VERY VERY bad day...po' babies

Posted by: mark | August 21, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Yes, but at least Obama remembers that he lives in ONE. Finally, McCain is being exposed as the out of tough opportunist he has always been. Maverick may have been a brand but behind it is just pure sales hogwash.

Posted by: MAS | August 21, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

How often can McCain's spokesman get away with using the "He was a POW" excuse? It has already been used to excuse McCain not being in the Cone of Silence, his houses and his cheating on his first wife.

The GOP lost the right to use military credentials to bolster it's candidate when the nominated that deserter George W. Bush and Swiftboated John Kerry (maybe Kerry should have sank his boat and been taken prisoner.)

Finally, McCain is going to bring up Rezko? What about the KEATING FIVE!!! Does nobody remember that?!

Posted by: Drew | August 21, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't anyone moderating these posts? Death threats to a US Presidential nominee like this are being tolerated? Didn't someone post something threating about Obama and get thrown in jail?
Hello?
"Can my family and I please live in one of those 10 houses since we lost ours in foreclosure? Please pretty please...my wife and I both had great factory jobs but then the Bushies and the Cheynies outsourced our factory work...then we lost our jobs, then came the healthcare, the food, and eventually the house. We are now homeless and jobless!!! I hope this old sucker drop dead!!! POW POW POW you old ding bat!!!

Posted by: Bushies | August 21, 2008 2:56 PM"

Posted by: Control1 | August 21, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Please stop picking on this poor old man.

It's just pathetic that this is the best the republics can do after 8 years of Cheney and Bush. They've left nothing but debt and destruction in their wake, so this is what you get.

Obama is no miracle man but has a firm grasp of the issues. McCain clearly does not, which is why he never gets into them. Besides, if he did, he's just say how great everything is now, so vote for me and let's keep it going.

But when it comes to taking trivial shots, the repubs aren't ready for a candidate who can go toe to toe. This isn't Dukakis or Kerrey.

And Obama is still married to his first wife...

Posted by: Koward Hurtz | August 21, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

"Both candidates are elite. The politicians in Washington never reflected most people’s views. I hope the country can pull together. So we can focus on more important topics than how many houses one person owns."

I agree 100%. They have always been elite, since the founding fathers. Charles Beard's theory of the elite status of the founders of America is generally accepted. I learned this in high school and college. Forget the philiopiety of George Washington chopping down the cherry tree and all of that garbage. They were rich people who hated being taxed by England. Period. No taxation without representation -- and this bothered the wealthy more than anyone else. Today, the wealthy are still bothered by paying taxes, so they abuse the political system to pay less taxes, and seek rents from the government (this is "corporate welfare" for those who are unfamiliar with the political economy concept of "rent seeking").

The problem is (and you see it on these posts) is that Americans look up to rich people. They think if someone is rich, they must be smart and hard working. Can you please explain G.W. Bush? They think if we support rich people, wealth and jobs will trickle down to everyone. Hmmm... Yeah, well, I hate to break it to you, but CEOs make 400 times the average worker now. The wealth floods upwards and doesn't trickle down at all.

Americans just get the vapors when they see the rich guy in a fancy suit spouting out buzzwords and sound bites -- making promises they will never keep. 30 years of health care promises. 30 years of Republicans saying they will repeal Roe V. Wade. These are the carrots they dangle in front of idiots, who still get fired up!

One reason is that the majority of Americans feel they will become rich someday. Yes, when polled, some 85% of Americans feel they will be rich someday, yet only 1% achieve this. Horatio Alger, anyone? So they support elites who look out after elites, thinking -- one day this will be me! I just need to invent the next Pet Rock or something. So they are voting based on their percieved future interests... Yeah, when I make $5 million a year, I don't want to pay taxes. Good luck Joe Sixpack! You'll need it. Start scratching those lottery tickets...

I am not voting for either candidate. Nader/Gonzales will get my vote. Some may say I am just throwing out my vote, but I feel this is more the case if I vote for Tweedledum or Tweedledee.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow! This thread is going to beat the WaPo record to 1,000 posts.

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Gore bangs Bill while McCain and Hillary sixty nine and Rommney gives it to Gore in the A$$

Posted by: hubble | August 21, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

McCain married up.

Obama married down.

Who do you think is smarter?

Posted by: MartyKroll | August 21, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Ah, another trivial distraction brought to us by the "news" industry.

I've been thinking about the comparative life experiences of the two candidates.

McCain was the son and grandson of Navy Admirals, born into the military elite. He attended the Naval Academy where he was a partying wildman, finishing 4th from last in his class. He went to Vietnam and got shot down, and survived injury, imprisonment and torture - as did many others. He refused "early release" - as did many others, it was policy. He made propaganda for the enemy - as did some others. He came home, dumped his wife for the heiress and went into politics where he spent forever serving lobbyists and hoping to run for President.

Obama was born to two young kids with nothing. His father left when he was young. He lived abroad for a few years, and lived with his grandmother during most of his school years. He attended a good school on scholarship money, there was no family wealth available. He attended Harvard Law school where he edited the Harvard Law Review. He worked on the streets of Chicago to help laid-off mill workers to learn new skills and find new work. He was elected to the Illinois legislature. He was elected to the United States senate.

He is not running for President out of lifelong ambition, he is running because 2 million people just like me said, "Barack, PLEASE, we need you."

YES.. WE CAN.

Posted by: Bud | August 21, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama would be the best thing for our country in the past 50 years.

Posted by: straightup | August 21, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

It's scary! If Mr. McCain does not know how many houses he has - that's a big problem!

Posted by: jolil | August 21, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign should not bring up Rezko not only because Obama was already cleared of all wrongdoing, but mostly because Cindy McCain's father was a convicted felon and with shady ties to the Arizona mob. That is where ALL McCain's money comes from.

Posted by: Lainie | August 21, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

arugula may look nice but spinach tastes better

:)

Posted by: Brendan | August 21, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Dosen't matter how many houses McCain own's or lives in. Obama is still a freaking retard. Listen to him talk and dance around questions when the umbilical cord is cut from Axelrod and the Obliviot sheep following him are even worse. Shoot all the messengers you want but Obama can't hide behind Axelrod.

Posted by: John | August 21, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

WHO IS THE BEST PERSON TO RUN THIS COUNTRY, JOHN MCCAIN THAT'S WHO, CASE CLOSED.
Really? The guy who knows nothing about economics?
The guy who was among the lowest in his college class?
His only thing is politics. he spent the entire time in prison planning his political career, according to his fellow prisoners.
HE ALWAYS INTENDED TO BE PRESIDENT.
However, he knows nothing substantive. If you confess you dont know economics and you've been in the Senate your whole life, you must have been wasting your time and ours.
How could it be? Because he sees politics as a war-game. It is not about engineering solutions for the entire country.
It is about winning and losing the race. It is just like Bush.
The PERENNIAL POLITICAL CAMPAIGN. No real attempts to address issues. McCain is ONLY about the manipulation of the voters.

Posted by: Bruce | August 21, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama and McCain suck each others cocks while Hillary and Gore blow Bill just like the old times

Posted by: love monkey | August 21, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

mark and Trip:

(Without looking) how many pairs of socks do you own?

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

But are they legitimate investments, or a ill-gotten mansion? C'mon McCain bashers. Your candidate is associated with criminals and living the high life.

You may not like the fact of the McCain family prosperity, but they can at least account for it. Poor old B.O... his affluance smells.

Ohhhhh, but he cares about us! Does he? Yeah. Right.

Grow up, fools.

Posted by: Don | August 21, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

What other stuff doesn't McCain remember he owns..er...Cindy owns?

Cars, Boats, Planes?


When you count houses, does that include MANSIONS?

Posted by: mark | August 21, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

yeah, can I live in one of John's not-a-home's? Even one is more than my net worth.

Posted by: clearandsimple | August 21, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Can we have ONE discussion with out bringing up the fact he was a POW? They're starting to make me sick.

Posted by: cbpunker | August 21, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

One word Keating.

Posted by: Peter | August 21, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

The salient point here is that the McCain family bought those houses with dirty money.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/17/opinion/17rich.html?_r=1&ref=opinion&oref=slogin
"“McCain’s personal fortune traces back to organized crime in Arizona.”

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2000-02-17/news/haunted-by-spirits/1
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Hensley#Early_business_career.2C_legal_issues

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 21, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Maybe dude should of said, Who cares what Obama says, he is poor., he doesnt even make 5 mill a year!!! LOL I cant beleive the Republicans are getting so desperate they are actually considering making a Obama the teenage years documentory. http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: Jaso | August 21, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

mmmm. I love arugula!

Posted by: Dave | August 21, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

"You'll see more of the Rezko matter from us."

It is about time Obama is called out to explained his close association with this convicted felon. It is very, very shady.

Posted by: Rick F | August 21, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

If McCain remember how many houses he has...
Then how can I trust that he will remember about us if he is in the White House?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Spitfire:

Are you a U.S. citizen?

JJJ:

You're welcome.

Bruce:

I do believe in the literal Bible, and it is not Bush's plan to "bring on the Return of Jesus by keeping US troops in IRAQ" so I don't back any such canard.

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Senile old people should not be presidents.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama start EVERY speech until the election by asking the audience,

If you now how many houses you own, raise your hand?

EVEN britney knows how many houses she owns.

Best bumpersticker
"Cindy KNOWS"

Posted by: mark | August 21, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

John McCain said:

"Home is where his heart is"

.... No if he can only find which he left it in...

Posted by: LOL! | August 21, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

My spokesman's response to McCain's spokesman's response is: "I live in a one bedroom apartment! What are we talking about here. Loud noises!!!!"

Posted by: Trip | August 21, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Lame response from McCain. I am sure Obama can keep track of the 1 house he owns.

McCain is out of touch and out of the mainstream multimillionaire. His wife is worth over $100 million. He doesn't know how many houses he owns. And, he sure doesn't have a clue what its like to suffer middle class. His idea of helping us with the energy crisis is to throw a $20 sales tax holiday.

Get a real life, McCain.

Posted by: Bill P. | August 21, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

ToKnow, I just wanted to let you know that I am a Republican, and that you had more than one error in your grammar. Sorry, but good luck next time!

Posted by: Kyle | August 21, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Wow there is just too many OOps and Gaff moments by McCain. We need a new Nominee without so much baggage and who is sharp., instead of slightly senile. I watched video of McCain talking about his failed first marrige at http://www.mccanes.com

Huckabee or Romney might be a much better choice. We got screwed this year.

Posted by: Justin | August 21, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Right: a mansion; one--not four or seven or whatever.

And Obama doesn't have so many that he has lost count, or is not so confused that he can't remember. And he's not lecturing us whiners about what a great economy we have, which is really the point of all this. If McCain were out there admitting to us how Bush has screwed up the economy, it would be another matter, but he's telling us how good it is. I guess it is, for him.

Posted by: cch876 | August 21, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

POW... nothing wrong in mentioning it... it was a big part of his life. The strength he has to endure it and the integrity he has to stay in w/his comrades speaks volume.

Re: real estate. Goodness, why does it matter how many houses John McCain owns? I don't even know and I don't even care. And if you want to point to being in touch or out of touch w/the citizen. True, most of us cannot afford multiple homes... but most of us don't even own million + $ home and can be favored to be given deals as Obama and his friends can.

Lived next to his young lawyer friend who somehow manages to get the developer to negotiate a lot that was meant to build another unit ... the ONLY person in the neighborhood to have that extra benefit thrown in. How many of us have the ability to do that? And frankly, I think it's a neat power and benefit that they have... influencing the powers in Chicago. And could careless... but why go around saying that McCain has lots of homes... like as if Obama and his friends don't have any other benefits. Even is low ranked friends have that benefit... us "commoner's" don't. so, he does not understand "us" the common folks. As he'll never understand living in hardship... as a matter of fact ... most Americans (didn't say all) have not lived in hardship... and are therefore so spoiled.

Posted by: K | August 21, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Obama has the proven judgement to be commander in chief. He was right about Iraq, he was right about Afghanistan.

Do you know why he was right?

Because he makes judgements based on what's best for America... not based on what his lobbyists pay him for.

Posted by: obvious | August 21, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

But... But... HE WAS A POW!!!

Posted by: Sean Hannity | August 21, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Not only was Obama involved with Rezko in the deal to get his house purchased at significantly below market value, but his wife Michelle had a hand in it as well.
Shortly after joining the U.S. Senate and while enjoying a surge in income, Barack Obama bought a $1.65 million restored Georgian mansion in an upscale Chicago neighborhood. To finance the purchase, he secured a $1.32 million loan from Northern Trust in Illinois.

The freshman Democratic senator received a discount. He locked in an interest rate of 5.625 percent on the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, below the average for such loans at the time in Chicago. The loan was unusually large, known in banker lingo as a "super super jumbo." Obama paid no origination fee or discount points, as some consumers do to reduce their interest rates.

Compared with the average terms offered at the time in Chicago, Obama's rate could have saved him more than $300 per month."

The Obamas got their mortgage from Northern Trust. By curious coincidence, one of Michelle's old friends joined that bank and is now in a particularly important position.

Kelly King Dibble has a long time friendship with Michelle Obama from the time they both worked at the Chicago Planning Dept, and she also worked for Rezko. Dibble went on to head the Illinois Housing Development Authority under Governor Blagojevich, with Rezko help. Dibble also hosted a fund raiser for Obama.

Posted by: Gerraldd | August 21, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Obama lives in a "mansion?" And how many homes does McCain own? He couldn't even get a straight answer. 5, 7 maybe more?
What a case of being self-righteous and hypocritical!
How wealthy is McCain? Ask his beer empire wife! A woman with whom he had an affair and then married after dumping his poor, injured first wife.
How come the press doesn't mention that? Why not? The press went after Edwards...

McCain is petty and trying every trick, dirty and otherwise, to win.

Typical.

Posted by: abby0802 | August 21, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I own 2 houses and make $35000 a year. This is an investment for my family. I would hardly call myself elitist.

Posted by: Chef | August 21, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

"Frickin' Mansion" versus "Keatin' Five"? BRING IT ON, MAN!

Posted by: James | August 21, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Metalman:

Good point. As a comparison (for those of us who are not multi-millionaires), how many pairs of socks do you own?

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

There's a word in French for people like McCain. They call them "demi-mondain".

In Washington, he's the little guy hanging on to the fringes that the rich and powerful roll out when they need a puppet.

The most telling thing about him is when he fully and enthusiastically endorsed Bush's campaign after all the slimy tricks Bush pulled on him. That's wholly disgusting and only goes to show the guy's true colors.

The last thing the USA needs right now is another sorry example of humanity to show the world...

Spitfire

Posted by: Spitfire | August 21, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

After reading nearly all of the above comments, I can now take comfort in voting for neither. Thank you all you buffons for securing my decsion for a 3rd oarty candidate.

Posted by: JJJ | August 21, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain: is it true that your experience in Vietnam gave you PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome) and some anger management issues? Is it true that you have cursed out fellow Senators in Congress and beat up your wife when it turned out she was getting special deliveries of sausage from her personal trainer? So the fact that your wife developed an addiction to pain medications is in fact your fault? Do you think calling the woman who has supported you with her family wealth and given you the ability to buy $520 Ferragamo Shoes deserves to be called a C_U_N_T?

Posted by: Christopher London | August 21, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Alzheimer??

Posted by: possibility | August 21, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

JohnnyM: "incompetent as a commander and chef." I hear Obama is an excellent cook. :)

Posted by: me | August 21, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Brian Rogers brings up McCain's stay in a vietnam prison to to take focus from what he was asked about. We appreciate the service but they are going to play the martyr every time they get caught in a lie.

Posted by: Esmen | August 21, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Obama's place seems like a decent-sized two-story house, but not a huge compound or anything. Why do they keep calling it a mansion?

Posted by: Jose | August 21, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

What you internet blogging fools don't realize is the people who work hard and don't spend their time bs-ing on the internet, especially the 50's and older, the people who actually vote are going to vote for McCain regardles of your truly pathetic efforts to defame the guy.

A one term senator who has passed ONE bill into law and has no real concept of foriegn policy other than dressing up like the people he is visiting has no business being president of the U.S.

Corn is not fuel...It's food dumba$$

Posted by: Old | August 21, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

A "pointy-headed professor." Is that a "frickin pointy-headed professor"?

I guess it's a touchy subject for a whorish hot-head who almost flunked out of Annapolis.

Posted by: I need my staff! | August 21, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

The issue of Obama's house is irrelevant. In the first place he earned his money the hard way and one nice house is not the same as 7 or more.

Secondly, Obama's wealth (all earned by him, not inherited or gotten from connections like McCain's) is not an issue because Obama is proposing to raise taxes on the wealthy, i.e. he is proposing a policy that is not in his direct personal best interest. McCain's wealth is an issue because he's proposing to lower taxes on the wealthy, i.e. using his position of power to benefit himself.

Thirdly, claiming that Obama is an "elitist" is idiotic, he got into politics the bard way, working up from the bottom, from community organizing to state senate, to finally the federal level. McCain was born on third and claims he hit a homer. He came back from Vietnam as a celebrity from a famous military family and went right into the highest level of politics, riding on his family name and connections.

Fourthly, this whole Rezko nonsense is just that, nonsense. Obama's "property dealings" with Rezko amount to nothing. Rezko bought a side lot next to the home Obama wanted to buy, which supposedly helped Obama's offer be accepted because the seller owned both properties and wanted to sell both at the same time. Big deal.

Posted by: Jeff | August 21, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

"frickin" is the correct vernacular if you're one of carl roves puppets trying to impress the angry minions of the right...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

John McCain may not know how many houses he has but at least he knows how many biological brothers he has. Can 'The Obamanation' say the same? Americans want a noble genetic history in their president, not ahem....otherwise.

Posted by: Alex in DC | August 21, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

The McCain camp is truely clueless. There is a difference between a person who grew up poor and now owns a house and McCain who grew up rich wears $500 shoes, owns so many houses he doesn't remember how many he owns, thinks those making over $5 million a year are middle class and proposes enhancements of the Bush agenda targeted to only help the top 1% of Americans and leaving the bottom 99% in the dust.

Posted by: Sam | August 21, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

JakeD

If you are really worried about a nuclear war, vote against McCain.
His only solution on foreign policy is war.
After all, the fundamentalists all believe the war in the middle east will bring JESUS.
A good question to ask Old Cancer Face (No arugula for me)
would be: Do you believe in the literal bible and if so, are you intending to back Bush's plan to bring on the Return of Jesus by keeping US troops in IRAQ?
After all, the fundamentalist reason for our being in Babylon is to foment the 2nd coming.

Posted by: Bruce | August 21, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Kyle:

Please PLEASE move before November 4th, and don't forget to go to the nearest U.S. Embassy and formally renounce your citizenship too.

Watcher:

McCain accurately noted Saturday the (average) gallon of gas here in California is still over $4.00. Next canard?

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

McCain took the question seriously and wanted to provide a correct answer knowing the press would dig into the details.

My wife and I own several properties and several cars. I can't recall which are titled jointly or to just her or just me. I can't remember if I sat at a closing table for a particular piece of property 20 years ago.

I also bought a home for my aged Mother as Cindy McCain has done for an elderly aunt. Perhaps McCain signed for that one, perhaps not, but it's certainly nicer then the shack Obama's half brother occupies.

Posted by: Metalman | August 21, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Man if it doesn't matter why is the McCain campaign going completely postal?

Fact is that the Obama's have been open with all of their financial dealings and both of them made their tax records public. The McCain's on the other hand have played a game where Cindy hides their net worth and they dance around the fact that they are worth not millions....but 100s of millions.

Obama needs to hit this one hard. I would love to see a commerical with video of the 7 (8? 9? 10? 11? 12?) homes the McCains own and would love for McCain to explain why "Mr Campaign Finance" finds it necessary to keep his own finances a secret.

Posted by: Cal | August 21, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Is This a Parody? Is this an "Onion" Site? Those can't possibly be real quotes from the spokesman for a major campaign, can they?

Posted by: Lou | August 21, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

My friends, John McCain has 59 lobbyists raising money for his campaign, and yet he said "I'm the only one the special interests don't give any money to."


Straight-Talk:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gEROVh8zK4

Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | August 21, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Wooooo...Mr. Rogers, do you feel better after your temper tantrum?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

As a Canadian I use to cheer and support Obama in the hope that things would change for the better, but the last 6 months shows me you don't want that kind of change bad enough. So now I am hoping McCain gets elected, after he shows the world how far America is prepared to go in it's empire building, my hope is that the world will come together to stop or destroy the greatest threat to world peace, America.

Posted by: Nathan | August 21, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous:

I'll take that lack of response as ONE for "it wouldn't matter". Anyone else?

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Is this from The Onion?

And for the mccain response...another hysterical rant!!! What a hilarious response! I bet his jaws were clenched and spit was flying.

Mccain is a caricature of his former self - this one would be funny if it weren't so sad.

Posted by: julianne | August 21, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm moving to England. This is just ridiculus. Our government has proceeded to make a mockery of itself. It has become so corrupt that it simply does not matter who we all vote for. Its still going to end up with our country in the crapper. There is no such thing as a presidential candidate who wants to do this country good anymore. They just want to line their pockets with free money and have the power to themselves. Both of them.

Posted by: Kyle | August 21, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Not only that McCain does not know the price of Gas. He does not know how many houses he owns or How much money his wife has. He thinks you should be making at least 5 million to be classified rich(Don't tell me he was joking. True thoughts come out involuntarily).
He has no idea what is going around him and he wants to be my president.
By the way Obama did not start the conversation, it is McCain.
The only response McCain camp can give is Obama lives in Fricking Mansion so it is OK for their candidate not even know how many houses he owns and they want us to cut a break for McCain because he was in prison for 5 years some 40 years ago.
Negative attacks are the only thing they know and they will do that till the end. No substance what so ever.

Posted by: Watcher | August 21, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to see a campaign headline that actually addresses, for once, the candidates policies. I did the research so I know whats going on, but I talk to and see on tv an endless stream of people saying they "Don't know what Obama stands for." And while I lay most of the blame on these ignorant people that are too lazy to google their policy papers, some blame has to go the mainstream media for their endless discussion of soundbites and one-liners, and zero coverage of actual issues.

Get with it CNN/MSNBC/Fox/ABC (although I don't expect much from Fox or ABC), people want to hear the important info for once, not sensationalist blurbs about a home-ownership and lettuce.

Posted by: Rob | August 21, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Would it "matter" if he were a secret Muslim, lying about being a Christian, just so he could gain access to America's nuclear arsenal to kill us all?

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 2:59 PM

WHAT? OMG. You are kidding, right? Go back to Free Republic. Yeah, Obama is a secret icky Muslim who wants to nuke us. It's all a secret plot? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Grow up.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Obamoron will put this county back into the depression with more government spending and total lack of experience. That’s if were still alive after the terrorists kill us because he would be incompetent as a commander and chef.

Posted by: JohnnyM | August 21, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Lol, MY Friends., Let me answer your question with a story I have memorized.
A story that my campaign advisor told me to say. I was a POW. I was Tortured. I want to be President. My FRiends.

Let me answer your next question with another story. My Friends. When I was a POW.

____........Is that the only relative experiance he has to site? Dont get me wrong., Obama isnt any better. Neither candidate is right for the Job in my Opionion. I would of taken Huckabee or Hillary over these two any day.
http://www.mccanes.com/newparty.html

Posted by: Nancy | August 21, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone else noticed - just about every republican ranting his/her response here has misspelled at least one word?

Go get 'um bubbas!

Posted by: ToKnow | August 21, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama promises to run a clean campaign, based upon 'issues' and 'hope' - and at the first sign of a dip in the polls starts slinging more mud than an Arkansas pig.

How can we trust *anything* this shallow opportunists says anymore?

Posted by: Dave | August 21, 2008 2:50 PM

It appears that you are missing what is happening. If he doesn't respond to the name calling he is called soft. If he does you say he has flipped and we can't trust him. Let's get to the truth "DAVE". You are not going to vote for him under any circumstances, so why don't you admit it and stop wasting peoples time who are trying to have an intelligent conversation on this board.

Posted by: Doug | August 21, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

McCain Answers Almost All Questions This Way:


"I'll have to get back with you... I'm not trying to dodge the question, I just don't know right now..."


"It's mavericky"


"It's straight-talky"


It's a significant sign that he has no idea what's going on or as in most cases with people like him who are nearly 100 years old, he's SENILE!


But in a country where a lot of people are getting foreclosed out of the only homes they have, it's nice to know that some people (McCain) have so many that they can't even keep track of them all.

Here's some "Straight- Talk"...my friends

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnb2IrsU1Cg
.

Posted by: The Low Road Express | August 21, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

McCain agreed on TV yesterday to reinstate the DRAFT.


Posted by: Bruce | August 21, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Both candidates are elite. The politicians in Washington never reflected most people’s views. I hope the country can pull together. So we can focus on more important topics than how many houses one person owns.

Posted by: sac | August 21, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

"This is a guy [McCain] who lived in one house for five and a half years -- in prison,"

And at the same time Obama was living poor with his single mother. So what's the point other than to make some cheap political point? Are we to believe that McCain is the populist in this race?

Posted by: egc52556 | August 21, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Don't trust McCain, he wants to win and tells you what you want to hear but once he is elected he will will not care anymore!
McCain is a rich 25 year full time professional egocentric politician, that is disconnected with the middle class Americans and with the republican party. He is dishonest, a lier, cheater and too old to change! Don't trust don't vote for him!

Posted by: martin | August 21, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama's mansion is his only house and he and his wife "pulled themselves up by their bootstraps" and earned living that allowed them to buy such a house.

Obama did not divorce his first wife and marry into money to get it.

Their does appear to be a difference.

McCain started this whole elitist thing months ago with the arugala and celebrity crap. I guess he forgot that, like George W. Bush, he is the real elitist of the bunch.

Posted by: birdman1 | August 21, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Hmm! So, the McCain spokeman, Brian Rogers, states that now they can bring up the Resko dealings, does he? Didn't he stop to think that if he does, then the Obama camp will just trot out the Keating Five? How many people do you think are still smarting from that 1980's debacle?
So go ahead, Brian Rogers, go ahead!

Posted by: SpoxLogic | August 21, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Dont ask me any real questions. I was a POW once, a generation ago.

McCain on the stump: I support the DRAFT. We must stop women from controlling their bodies, because we need all those babies to grow up to be drafted into the ENERGY WARS.


Posted by: Bruce | August 21, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

NO THIRD TERM FOR THE DARK SIDE

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | August 21, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

The republicans are in so much trouble they are tyring to make a movie about Obama's teen years. http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: Kanye | August 21, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

John MCCAIN'S FAMILY VALUES:

1-CHEAT on loyal first wife who patiently waits for John McCain's return from Vietnam but who herself lost her model like appearance in a car accident shortly before MCain returns to USA.

2-DUMP first wife for wealthy woman from family of alcohol distributors.

3-BEAT UP wealthy trophy sugar mamma wife, Cindy McCain, when John discovers that during his long stays in DC Cindy is getting pumped but not at the gas station.

4-PAIN MEDICATION: Cindy develops addiction to pain medication from being severely beaten by John McCain. Cindy's father vows to personally kill John McCain himself if he ever lays a hand on Cindy again.

5-GET RICH off selling alcohol to lower middle income folks in Arizona

Posted by: Christopher London | August 21, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Peter -- McCain and crew are puppets. Sad.

Posted by: Tim | August 21, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Bostondreams:

Would it "matter" if he were a secret Muslim, lying about being a Christian, just so he could gain access to America's nuclear arsenal to kill us all?

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Wow, those McCain folks are really getting desperate. Pointy-headed? "Frickin'"?

Bring it on, boys, bring it on. McCain is weak on the economy, out of touch with ordinary Americans, and his policies would be disastrous. Plus he's trigger happy on foreign policy. I'm sorry he was a POW but that does not make you a great president. What have you done lately McCain?

Posted by: Ruth | August 21, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

McCain's 4 homes or 8 homes - who cares? Seriously, can all of you readily count up the number of homes you own, just like that and on the spot?

I mean, does that include vacation homes? Condos? Beach getaways? The question is simply too complex for anyone to just rattle off a straight answer. That's true even if you happen to recall all the different abodes that just happen to be deeded in your name.

Look, McCain knows middle class. He may be in the over $5 million/year "rich" bracket, but that's only because of his wife's fortune. He never really acts like he's loaded, unlike that icky John Kerry did with his wife's money. All the rest of us poor slobs who only earn $4.9 million a year (or less, good grief!) recognize a fellow middle-classer when we see one.

And who cares if he wants to give himself another tax break? Hasn't he done enough for this country? Hasn't he earned that tax break for time spent at the Hanoi Hilton undergoing enhanced interrogation techniques?

Look, people, he just wants to give you and your kids the same opportunities he had growing up: to fight and die for your country in a meaningless war.

What better path to glory? Or the presidency? Ah, patriotism...

Posted by: Ricardo Malocchio | August 21, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Does any of this crap have to do with who can actually run the Country? Obama is a smart guy who chose community activism over a cushy gig as a lawyer. McCain is a war veteran who sold his soul and everything he stood for to Bush and Cheney. Bottom line, the end.

Posted by: Jim1 | August 21, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Wow there is just too many OOps and Gaff moments by McCain. We need a new Nominee without so much baggage and who is sharp., instead of slightly senile. I watched video of McCain talking about his failed first marrige at http://www.mccanes.com

Huckabee or Romney might be a much better choice. We got screwed this year.

Posted by: Karl | August 21, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Did this thread get linked to at MyObama.com?

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Rezko | August 21, 2008 2:53 PM
Obama should be careful when bringing up real estate. I don't think he wants anyone to do more digging on the connection between and Rez-con. Never trust a politician from Illinois!
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Or Alaska or Arizona or Louisiana or Texas or New Jersey or Florida or Baltimore or Washington DC or or or or

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh, not 7 or ten house for personal use. Right only 4. My bad. I only have one house that might be paid off in 19 freaking years. I am lucky.

Posted by: Paul H | August 21, 2008 2:10 PM

So you're going to blame McCain for your mortgage and lack of success? Typical liberal, blame everyone else & think bigger government will save you.

Unbelievable.

Posted by: Eric78 | August 21, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Pete:

Sorry, you still do not make sense. Both Arabic and Hebrew are Semetic languages, with similiar roots. What is your point? America is full of unique names, and great Americans have had names with a Semetic origin, some of them even (gasp) Muslims or Arabs. Obama's name is no more foreign than many other Americans. As to the canard about 'once a Muslim, always a Muslim,' who cares? His father was in fact NOT a practicing Muslim, and he himself was raised as an agnostic. And again, Pete, what is your problem with Muslims? The Constitution provides for no religious qualification; it would not matter if he WAS Muslim. He is, however, Christian.
You sound like those paranoid idiots who worried about Kennedy because he was Catholic. It makes you sound silly and paranoid, and not a little un American.

Posted by: Bostondreams | August 21, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

ENOUGH OF THE B/S PEOPLE!! WHO IS THE BEST PERSON TO RUN THIS COUNTRY, JOHN MCCAIN THAT'S WHO, CASE CLOSED.

Posted by: ALBERT DAILEY | August 21, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Pointy headed professor vs. Grandpa McBombomb

Comes down to a choice of smart vs. old.

My apologies to the McCain campaign but I'm going with "Smart" this time.

Posted by: Kevin P. | August 21, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Didn't a dumb guy who finished like 5th from the bottom in his class at the naval academy down like five planes as a naval pilot during the sixties? I think he should take some of that money that his rich wife has and repay the American tax payers for damaging all of those planes. I think that dumb guy's name is McCain! I fought in the first Gulf War and if five M1A1 Abrams Tanks had been destroyed because of my negligence, I would have been Court Martialed. Yeah, that McSame is a "class act." He reminds me of Bush more and more with each passing day. Both their father's paid their way through life. I wish my father could have done the same for me, but I am a typical American...you know. one of the Americans who work hard for everything that I get. I hear Obama worked pretty hard for the things that he has. He never talks about though. He keeps talking about helping the typical American get things like healthcare for their families and helping them to stay in their homes during this terrible economic period. Why would anyone want someone like Obama in the White House? He really thinks that he can help people...crazy guy!

Posted by: joceeco | August 21, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Can my family and I please live in one of those 10 houses since we lost ours in foreclosure? Please pretty please...my wife and I both had great factory jobs but then the Bushies and the Cheynies outsourced our factory work...then we lost our jobs, then came the healthcare, the food, and eventually the house. We are now homeless and jobless!!! I hope this old sucker drop dead!!! POW POW POW you old ding bat!!!

Posted by: Bushies | August 21, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

For starters, McCain's spokesperson doesen't sound very professional using the word "fricken'" to describe Obama's supposed "mansion." So, he lives in a million dollar home. Most decent houses in Washington D.C. start at $900,000 anyways. At least he only lives in one house not 4+. Also, even though Obama said he would run a positive campaign, you can only run a positive campaign so long. He can't just sit back and get trashed. He needs to fight back. It's all a part of politics.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I guess, using the McCain spokesman's logic, that we want only failures that live in shacks to run for the highest and most important job in the country. I would suggest that financial success would be a requirement for credibility.

If only that bar had been a bit higher
7 1/2 years ago.......

Posted by: Al REDLHAMMER | August 21, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Has the McCain camp ever made a statement that didn't include the term POW?

I that really the only thing he has going for him?

Maybe I misunderstood.
Maybe it stands for

Panic
Or
What?

Posted by: Sparky | August 21, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

And I almost forgot. God Bless America!!

Posted by: Scott | August 21, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama should be careful when bringing up real estate. I don't think he wants anyone to do more digging on the connection between and Rez-con. Never trust a politician from Illinois!

Posted by: Rezko | August 21, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

The point is that McCain thinks the economy is "fundamentally sound." McCain is the ELITE one who's out of touch. He can't see any FOR SALE signs posted in Arizona neighborhoods because as wife Cindy said, they "fly around" Arizona in her private plane.

The incredible audacity of Republicans to accuse someone else of their own sins: Keating Five much, McFraud McLiar?

Watch BO smackdown McCain in his new ad:
http://healinganation.wordpress.com/

Posted by: tankas | August 21, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Dont mention my houses again. Once I was in the Hanoi-Hilton.

That really makes sense. He has been out of the Hanoi Hilton for what? 35 years?

He used the same line 30 years ago, (PITY ME!!!) in his congressional debate when it was pointed out that he was not from Arizona.

Posted by: Bruce | August 21, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Believe me, Obama does not live in a "frickin" mansion. It is in an older neighborhood in which many homes need to be renovated or torn down. My husband and I drove by and spoke with the secret service man and confirmed it was the home of Obama. It looks as it also needs some TLC. For the life of me, I cannot see how anyone can say anything about the Obama's home.

Posted by: betty ann modaff | August 21, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain couldnt manage the local Mcdonalds. The RNC wants him for his puppet abilitys., Oh yeah Mitt Romney is a puppet too. I was a republican until my party got hijacked bought and paid for by the RNC. I am an independant now. I liked Huckabee because he seem to care about the working class, and fixing the economy with real issues. But I dobt I will vote for McCain. I will vote for Obama or Barr. McCain is too old, he will just be a puppet. No more puppets. We need a president that actually will lead by his convictions. McCain changed on every position, just so the RNC would prop him up. http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: Peter | August 21, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain doesn't know how many houses he owns, doesn't know who the president of Russia is, doesn't know tires have to be inflated before cars can get decent mileage, doesn't know some countries ceased to exist decades ago and doesn't even know where he was born.

Somebody give him a bottle of Geritol and a brain pill enema, please.

Posted by: Juan Jimenez | August 21, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Dave:

We can't (and this ain't the first instance -- don't forget that Obama reneged on his promise to "aggressively pursue an agreement" on public financing too).

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

"Actually Obama's plan calls for the removal of tax benefits given to companies who hire offshore!"

This "tax benefit" is not some small loophole. It is basically that American companies and individuals cannot be taxed for their overseas assets. So if you, for example, worked in Italy for a year, you do not pay U.S. taxes. If IBM sets up a call center in India, they do not pay taxes on those assets.

Do you really think it is realistic that Obama can change this huge chunk of tax code? It is not a small loophole, as people suggest. Also, working in the IT industry myself, I can say this offshoring is so 2001-2003. Yep, Obama -- 2003 called, and it wants its issue back. Now, nations like India and China have their own IT needs and are actually hiring Americans and setting up shop here.

The other thing Obama says is that we are not going to get oil from the Middle East or Venezuela within 10 years. I was listening to public radio (really conservative huh?) and an oil expert said this is simply not possible. The oil market is a world-wide oil market -- it all goes into the same bucket. You cannot pick out North Atlantic oil from Saudi oil. Obama is not going to change the way the world oil market works. Sorry... It does sound very promising and plays right into public sentiment.

People are ignorant, and Obama takes advantage of it. I think McCain is even worse. But I can't vote for either pandering idiot. People -- please -- check if what these people are saying they will do is even possible! A lot of what Obama says he will do is just not possible. To that extent, I can at least appreciate McCain for admitting he will shill for corporate America.

And people who think rich elites are great and should lead us -- not all rich people are smart or work hard at all. There is a lot of luck that determines who gets rich. I know this all too well, as I am puzzled that I make more money than my friends in college who worked (and continue) to work harder than me and are smarter than me. I lucked out, and got in at a place and climbed the ladder. It is not because I am smarter or better than anyone else. To say that elites got there because they are better than other non-elites is ridiculous. To say that a CEO deserves 400 times the pay of the rank-and-file worker is ridiculous. It used to be 50 times the pay of the average worker, but the "hard working" and "intelligent" elites have become much more greedy -- greed in a geometrical progression!

Why do we not favor intellectual elites? Who was the last candidate with a Ph.D.? We don't care about intelligence or knowledge at all. We want the guy with the clever sound bites who looks good on camera. The guy who can get things done, because he is corrupt! Yeah, the same guy who will make sure that the education system will churn out more and more idiots who can be easily deceived.

Posted by: Darth Nader | August 21, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Seven-house-John feels the pain of all those in foreclosure, all those who have lost their jobs, pensions and health care so that CEO's can get huge salaries and golden parachutes, all those struggling because of the highest inflation in 27 years. Of course seven-house-John feels that pain. We all know it! That's why he's going to win in a landslide.

Posted by: JAB | August 21, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Republican legislative aide Howard L. Brooks of Quartz Hill, California was charged with molesting a 12-year old boy and possession of child pornography.

Republican Senate candidate John Hathaway who had relocated to Maine from Huntsville, Alabama after having been accused of having sex with his 12-year old baby sitter and withdrew his candidacy after the allegations were reported in the media.

Republican preacher Stephen White of West Chester, Pennsylvania, who demanded a return to traditional values, was sentenced to jail after offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him.

Republican talk show host Jon Matthews of Houston, Texas pled guilty to exposing his genitals to an 11 year old girl.

Republican anti-gay activist Earl “Butch” Kimmerling of Anderson, Indiana was sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her.

Republican Party leader Paul Ingram of Thurston County, Washington pled guilty to six counts of raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison.

Republican election board official Kevin Coan of St. Louis, Missouri was sentenced to two years probation for soliciting sex over the internet from a 14-year old girl.

Republican politician Andrew Buhr, also of St. Louis, was charged with two counts of first degree sodomy with a 13-year old boy.

Republican politician Keith Westmoreland of Kingsport, Tennessee was arrested on seven felony counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to girls under the age of 16 (i.e. exposing himself to children).

Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt of Pensacola, Florida was found guilty of molesting a 15-year old girl.

Republican County Councilman Keola Childs of Hawaii County, Hawaii pled guilty to molesting a male child.

Republican activist John Butler of Cass County, Illinois was charged with criminal sexual assault on a teenage girl.

Republican candidate Richard Gardner of Clark County, Nevada admitted to molesting his two daughters.

Republican Councilman and former Marine Jack W. Gardner of Lancaster, Pennsylvania was convicted of molesting a 13-year old girl.

Republican County Commissioner Merrill Robert Barter of Boothbay, Maine pled guilty to unlawful sexual contact and assault on a teenage boy.

Republican City Councilman Fred C. Smeltzer, Jr. of Wrightsville Borough, Delaware pled no contest to raping a 15 year-old girl and served 6-months in prison.

Republican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000.

Republican parole board officer and former Colorado state representative, Larry Jack Schwarz, was fired after child pornography was found in his possession.

Republican strategist and Citadel Military College graduate Robin Vanderwall of Virginia was convicted in Virginia on five counts of soliciting sex from boys and girls over the internet.

Republican city councilman Mark Harris of West Bend, Wisconsin, who has been described as a “good military man” and “church goer,” was convicted of repeatedly having sex with an 11-year-old girl and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Republican businessman Jon Grunseth withdrew his candidacy for Minnesota governor after allegations surfaced that he went swimming in the nude with four underage girls, including his daughter.

Republican director of the “Young Republican Federation” Nicholas Elizondo of Bakersfield, California molested his 6-year old daughter and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Republican president of the New York City Housing Development Corp, Russell Harding, pled guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer.

Republican benefactor of conservative Christian groups, Richard A. Dasen, Sr. of Kalispell, Montana, was found guilty of raping a 15-year old girl. Dasen, 62, who is married with grown children and several grandchildren, has allegedly told police that over the past decade he paid more than $1 million to have sex with a large number of young women.

Republican Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the rape of children in Iraqi prisons in order to humiliate their parents into providing information about the anti-American insurgency.

These are all matters of public record, not hearsay. They have been reported in both the local press where the incidents occurred and in various national media. The perverts in question have come from all over the country. Their major similarity is that they are Republican Conservative Christian activists who have made their mark by preaching family values while performing unspeakable acts of perversion, many with minors.

So much for family values from the religious right. Now, I am not saying that there aren’t a few pervs who call themselves Democrats, but, somehow, these holier than thou arsh luchs (you can look it up, it’s Yiddish for a**holes) are true and certain hypocrites along with being perverts.

When a political party presents itself as the party of the righteous, whether it is The Republican Party or the Shiite Party in Iraq, or for that matter some members of the various Chasidic sects, you can be absolutely certain that there is something being hidden under all of that religious pomp. Consider the child molestation scandals that have rocked The Roman Catholic Church over the past few years, and you will realize that this problem covers a broad range of people.

However, when you consider the number of Republican members of the religious right/anti choice crowd that have been arrested and sentenced for these perverse acts with children, you come to realize that in their place, at least, religion and conservative politics are truly the hiding places of perverts and scoundrels, perhaps in larger numbers than anywhere else in our country.

Or as Gomer Pyle might have put it, “Surprise, Surprise!”

Posted by: AlexP1 | August 21, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I vote we keep panicing. There isnt enough panic in this country, Im glad the people posting here are doing their parts.

Posted by: Max | August 21, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

McCain can own all the frickin homes he wants. I don't want him in the White House unless he paints it pink like Paris wants or he goes to the old wrinkly white dudes home instead.

Posted by: Spare Us | August 21, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe there are so many Americans worried about how many houses a person has. Sounds like jealousy to me. If you are not happy living where you do Get off your duff, barrow a rake and rake lawns until you earn enough to buy your own rake then make enough to buy a mower and so on until you own your own business and live where you want to. Quit worrying about what someone else has and make something of yourself. Then you'll be the one that " Forgot where he/she came from" or "Can't relate to the average person" and you will have the same distain for the whiners that I do and you can give them the same advice I just gave you.

Posted by: Scott | August 21, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

POW! POW! POW!

Posted by: Auto Responder | August 21, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who says my staff will have to get back to you on how many homes I own is not fit to be anything but taxed at a higher rate.

Posted by: Crempole Stalwart | August 21, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Jeez, I thought this whole thing was amusing. McSame needs to lighten up. Heck, Obama complimented him by calling him rich.

He didn't need to include any phony, blond, promiscuos, drug tooting celebrities, John is married to one.

Noun,verb POW relax all we are doing is having some good campaign fun.

Heck we even use your own words and ideas, we don't need to invent them, you give them to us.

Posted by: John Nail | August 21, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous:

Yes, I like the way the Bush Administration has handled our country over the last 8 years (and I am being 100% truthful -- partial birth abortion ban, John Roberts, and Samuel Alito as just three examples ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama promises to run a clean campaign, based upon 'issues' and 'hope' - and at the first sign of a dip in the polls starts slinging more mud than an Arkansas pig.

How can we trust *anything* this shallow opportunists says anymore?

Posted by: Dave | August 21, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody really like the way the Bush administration has handled our country over the last 8 years? (If you say yes you're not being truthful and you know it)
Then why would you support McShame when he's voted in accordance with Bush 95% of the time over the last 8 years? You really think anybody would see any changes if McShame was Prez? I don't, this old coot failed as a figher pilot, is married to a woman young enough to be his daughter and has NO CLUE how to be an efficient Prez!

Obama all the way dude, you too are out of touch with reality!

Posted by: luvwknd | August 21, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Mccain is not an arugala eater, his manager brags. He is a meat and potatoes kind of lumpy-guy. That lumpy cancer is from not eating any salad for 50 years. Arugula is a bitter salad element. Even Republicans can eat their salad bitters before their meat and potatoes. Less cancer that way. Bitters stimulate the liver and thus aid digestion. There, that wasnt too hard.


So now we have lumpy face and pointy head..

Posted by: Bruce | August 21, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

What a crazy story and the Obama people will lose on this one. Obama got a sweetheart deal on his house through someone who is now a convicted felon. He lives in a mansion paid for with book profits and his wife's $300,000 a year job.

He sounds like an elitist whether he is or not.

McCain is rich or at least his wife is. So what. If people wouldn't elect rich people then we couldn't have elect JFK, Bush or the Roosevelts. Who cares how many houses he has and whether they are all lived in. You can only rest your ass in one bed each night.

If this is the new politics Obama has promised then heaven help us. And I am for Obama. I don't like McCain's policies who cares about his houses.

Obama doesn't want to get into a character fight with McCain. He will lose. McCain has the war record to state what kind of a person he is- Obama has no such background. He seems to be a nice really smart guy. But its not being smart to hit McCain on this as it will backfire in the long run.

Posted by: peter | August 21, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Re: "who's an elitist" -- If I had to choose between someone who started with little and worked his ass off to get to where he is today (Obama), and another who was born into prominence and later married into it (McCain), my choice is clear. Try again, McCain spokesdroid.

Posted by: Andy Rooney | August 21, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

McCain is cool.
I would feel more at ease if my president does not count his or her net worth every day in our White House than one that does otherwise.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Do anybody like the way the Bush administration has handled our country over the last 8 years? (If you say yes you're not being truthful and you know it)
Then why would you support McShame when he's voted in accordance with Bush 95% of the time over the last 8 years? You really think anybody would see any changes if McShame was Prez? I don't, this old coot failed as a figher pilot, is married to a woman young enough to be his daughter and has NO CLUE how to be an efficient Prez!

Obama all the way dude, you too are out of touch with reality!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I guess McCain does have alot in common with Bush, it seems he might have an old DUI.
www.mccanes.com/duihelpguide.html

Posted by: Johnny | August 21, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Wow. After reading the comments posted here, it is clear that we as Americans are in deep trouble.
McCain ain't great. But...those of you viewing Obama as a savior scare me. You don't even know what his positions are, or what the consequences of his positions are. What are his ideas? What has he accomplished? I know...you really don't know and really don't care. Anybody but a Republican right? Careful what you wish for. I recommend you take some time actually thinking about what Obama plans to do. All he does is list problems. A monkey can do that. How about solutions that don't destroy or economy, security and overall well being. He is an amatuer that delivers a great speech and that is about it.

Posted by: Chris | August 21, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

"Can someone please explain to my baffled Canadian self why it's such a bad thing to have an educated, successful, intellectually curious and thoughtful person as your President?"

Sad, but true. And, McCain is going to milk it for all its worth. He is seriously hoping to take advantage of the fact that so many idiots vote Republicant, most of those who read about Russia invading Georgia are looking forward to his protection before the whole thing spills over into South Carolina.

Posted by: ToKnow | August 21, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I vote we panic.

Posted by: Max | August 21, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

The McSame camp is F-R-E-A-K-I-N-G out. They know how bad it sounds when you don't have a clue how many homes you own. When the economy is issue #1 on voters minds, the last thing you need to be seen as is the Monopoly Guy. They need to slap a monocle on McSame and ride this one through election day.

Posted by: 4MoreYears! | August 21, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

The McCain camp is rapidly become another Rudy Giuliani, except in this case it's Noun - Verb - POW. Even his fellow POW Philip Butler thinks being a POW while a horrific experience, is not a credential for being a president.

http://www.military.com/opinion/0,15202,164859_1,00.html

Posted by: jsfox | August 21, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with being a professor? Or eating arugula? Do these people actually want us to think that you're somehow less desirable if you're an educator rather than, say, an oilfield worker? I don't see that there's a problem with either one - why do the republicans vilify intelligence and education? Don't they realize how ignorant that makes them seem?

Sadly, most of America seems to agree with them...

Posted by: jbay | August 21, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Johnny Baller:

Catholics make up only 24%, not half, of the U.S. population.

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

The republicans are in so much trouble they are tyring to make a movie about Obama's teen years. http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: Kanye | August 21, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Oh my God, Brian, is that the very best you can do?

"It's a frickin' mansion..."

God, my fifth-grade daughter can do better spin that that for class president!

Posted by: Jaxxon | August 21, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

WOOT! - Go Hillary!!! I want to see Hillary annointed at the convention. Her and Bill are already stealing it. Her instructions to her "whips" - "Make it look like you are trying to cover up the Hillary signs, but let them shine through here and there."

Posted by: Dave | August 21, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain invested in the U.S.A. in homes ect
Obama invested in William Ayers, ridical "Weatherman" Group how many millions AND OUR TAX DOLLARS to welfare..and Obama wants to make charity work a must for high school kids and collagae kids and who is to say who gets the free labor?????

Posted by: eddie | August 21, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

WRONG!
That "barack" is a word in both languages is part of the same process by which the largest Swahili-speaking port in the world has a pure Arabic name--Dar es Salaam, meaning "House of Peace

The boy's name Hussein \hu(s)-sein\ is pronounced hoo-SAYN. It is of Arabic origin, and its meaning is "good; small handsome one". The name of a prominent person in Shiite Islam and a royal name in Jordan.
Hussein has 4 variant forms: Husain, Husayn, Husein and Hussain.

In Arab culture and under Islamic law, if your father is a Muslim, so are you. And once a Muslim, always a Muslim. You cannot go back.

That's it invite the fox to the sheeps home!

Posted by: Pete | August 21, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Funny how McCain is referred to as a multi-millionaire when he's not. His WIFE is a multi-millionaire; much like John Kerry's is.

But, I guess since it suits the left to label McCain as such; it's okay.

Such hypocrites.

Posted by: MyTwoCents | August 21, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

"What does 'Pointed Headed' mean anyways?"

I think it's some sort of slang that had pizzaz when McCain was a whippersnapper, daddy-o.

Dig that hole deeper, Republicans.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 21, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Neither candidate is a joy.
But no one should be criticized for being successful and wealthy.

The democratic party will be responsible for President McCain.

Obama has too much baggage and just isn't electable, they should of chose an electable candidate.

Posted by: Joe Detroit | August 21, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"He also added: 'This is a guy who lived in one house for five and a half years -- in prison,' referring to the prisoner of war camp that McCain was in during the Vietnam War."

That, my friends, is just plain sad. If you have to refute *every* claim that your opponent makes with a non-relevant reference to the fact that you were a POW some 40 years ago, then there's not much going for your candidate. I mean, we get it already. John McCain was a prisoner of war. I still don't see how that qualifies him to be President, but I do know that it's not a justification for being so out of touch that he can't remember how many houses he owns. Though it might just explain a few things...

Maybe that's what Rogers was trying to say? That McCain can't remember how many houses he owns _because_ he was a POW? Otherwise, I just don't get the relevance.

Posted by: libelian | August 21, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I am so sick of the mud slinging done by politicians EVERY election. I want to hear what they are going to do to make my life and that of my child's life better and in DETAIL! I want the hows of their big talk. I don't care if each candidate owns 20+ houses. I want to know how they plan on making our economy better, the price of gas go back down to under $2, cut the spending to decrease our national deficit, etc. Let's get back on topic people...why we should vote for one or the other.

Posted by: Candi | August 21, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Oh--- No, it's not just McCain surrogates attacking Obama camp for their housing attack on McCain. I am an independent and I am very disappointed at Obama camp's negative attacks. I, like many other voters, care about the issues facing our nation. We don't care about how many houses you own as long as it's legally purchased and managed.

I respect the Obama camp and please do not disappoint people like me again before I decide whom to vote for.

And, please do not tell me that you have run out of ideas for attacking McCain positively.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

If McCain had his way, and Georgia had been accepted as a member of NATO... we would be in WORLD WAR III right now.

Does no one realize that?? Does no one realize that, by the NATO agreement, be forced to nuke Russia... and they'd nuke us.

U.S., Israel, Western Europe vs. Russia, China, Iran... BOOM!

The end.

Posted by: Blake | August 21, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I really don’t care how many houses either one has. The thing is McCain is doesn’t even know how many he has . It is also funny that the candidate who grew up poor and made something out of himself is called "elitist" while the one who has been privileged his whole life and cant remember how many houses he has is said to be war hero "in touch" with most Americans, why can’t we look deeper into his actually military records? His tax plans only help the top 5% while Obama's plan actually helps 95% of Americans more. Finally since when has Obama been against energy reform? Just because he doesn't see off-shore drilling 10 years from now as the only option.

Posted by: Tre23 | August 21, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

as a mccain supporter, let me say this is just embarrassing.

embarrassing that he has so many homes he doesn't know how many; embarrassing that he so fully lives well of his wife's inherited money, and so embarrassing that his spokesman -- who may or may not eat arugala, whatever that is -- said mccain lived in a house for five years, a POW camp.

Really, because i forgot.

There's such a thing as coming out swinging, and such a thing as looking stupid while flailing. If I were McCain, i'd dump this loser spokesperson.

Posted by: bhpm | August 21, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

How many houses can a woodchuck chuck?
Dont ask McCain. He doesnt even know.
The real MCCRIMINAL
McCain. Crimes against the USA = on Letterman's tv show provided false and misleading statements to lead the USA into war against IRAQ.
Made claim the IRAQI's had WMDs. They DONT.
Making false statements of propaganda to lead the USA to war is a crime.

Posted by: Bruce | August 21, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Chris:

Do you mean "27 of the top 30 economists in the US stated economy will prosper more under MCCAIN"? Do you have a link?

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Would anyone care to vote for Barry Soetoro, Muslim, for President? Who is he? I speak of a man that is a disciple of Saul Alinsky, author of Rules for Radicals, who used the term "change" as a code word for creating a socialist revolution. I speak of a man that has political ties to Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, leaders in the Weather Underground Organization, a violent radical left movement. The Weathermen founding document called for the establishment of a "white fighting force" to be allied with the "Black Liberation Movement" and other "anti-colonial" movements to achieve "the destruction of US imperialism and the achievement of a classless world: world communism."

I speak of a man that wants to be our next president. Barry Soetoro, is none other than one in the same, Barrack Obama.

Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn were very instrumental in getting Obama’s state senate race off to a good start, when they had Barrack introduced to a group of very influential liberals of their district, in their home. But of course, the Obama campaign will deny the relationship. The campaign will deny most anything that will tarnish the image they have worked so hard to establish. And of course they will deny Tony Rezko, but without Rezko’s fundraising, Obama would not have been elected to the Illinois senate, or the U.S. Senate. It appears that Obama is a terrible judge of character because he denies ever knowing anyone…

Followers of Barrack should know who they are voting for; the racist, the drug addict, the socialist, the elitist… , but wait a minute, when it comes to Barry Soetoro or Barrack Obama, no one can know who they are really voting for. My allegations are Barrack is not someone we know enough about to place in the oval office, what we do know is a few cliff note chapters that need serious scrutiny. Barrack is intentionally trying to cover his tracks, keeping his past murky at best, and so now I ask Barrack supporters if you still intend to vote for him will you say;

“Yes, with the caveat that obviously, if it turns out the allegations are true, then he’s not who I thought he was, and I’d be very disappointed with that” (A Barrack quote, by the way, so at least you can cover your tail in the same fashion he does)

Or, will you say “No, after closer inspection I have found he is not who I thought he was, and I am very disappointed at that.”

Wake up America!

Posted by: Keepthechange | August 21, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

You guys all have way too much time on your hands. Wait, I've been reading this stuff and damn it! I have too much time on my hands...Oh, since when does your pastor's actions become your identify? Then half of America would be considered child molesters by that logic. And we are not just capitalistic and free-market: subsidies do not free-markets make. I'm voting Obama in part because we could use some new blood and get rid of a few, old, senile, inconsistent men. McCain - talk about a flip-flopper! The only man on the planet who would endorse torture after being tortured himself. What a pathetic example.

Posted by: Johnny Baller | August 21, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

It really comes down to this.
Obama= The Great Depression part 2
McCain = Same Great Depression part 2 with
a side serving of WWIII
I will take Obama. http://www.mccanes.com/newparty.html

Posted by: N | August 21, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama grew up without a father and had to fight his was in life. He earned his money since he was a kid. He was a social worker out of conviction to help people. What in the world could make this man an elitist? He didn't care about money, slept on friend’s sofas in Chicago and New York. He knows what life is and he will help America if we give him a chance.

Posted by: Ela | August 21, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

This isn't exactly the first time McCain has answered a question with "I'll have to get back to you." That seems to be his standard response. Not only can't he remember how many houses he has, but he can't remember how he voted on legislation, whether he's for or against something, etc etc etc.


Approval ratings: The Public vs McCain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBfngOsvmA0
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Posted by: Bu$h Wacked | August 21, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

"OH NOES!! BARRENS CHAT! reported..."

reported for reporting...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

What does "Pointed Headed" mean anyways? Is that an insult of some sort? What's wrong with Professors? Is education a bad thing?

Posted by: JM | August 21, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

This desperate attack by the Obama campaign just shows how stunned and rattled they are by Obama's recent slip in the polls.

Given Bush's deep unpopularity, and the current toxicity of the Republican brand, if the Democrats blow this presidential election they need to hang up their cleats.

How pathetic - the Dems have a golden opportunity to take back the White House, and they're blowing it.

Maybe it's not too late to nominate Hillary at the convention.

Posted by: Dave | August 21, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Whoever the spokesman for McCain, that the article quoted sounds like a hot head, with the class of a boulder.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

How is it that any retort McCain's campaign has towards any criticsm made is a reference back to how he was a POW? How does this fact have any relevance with the argument that McCain is out of touch with the average American?

We all know the details of McCain's service and even this leftist Democrat commends him on his service to his country, but I fail to see the relevance between being a POW in the Vietnam war and being commander in chief.

I felt Gates was skewered for no reason when he brought up this very point a few months ago, and wish that more people would make this statement publicly.

McCain get over yourself...you are a vet we understand...now fight back with something more than a detail from a previous life that is meant to pull at the heartstrings of over-patrioic Americans and give us cold, hard facts as to why you are a better candidate than the good senator from Illinois.

Don't have any??? Then get out of the race and stop belittling the man who has dedicated his life to public service and has made it his express interest to unite this country and make us the best we've ever been...I believe.

Posted by: Garrett | August 21, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

"This is a guy who lived in one house for five and a half years -- in prison."

Good Lord, talk about a kitchen sink response.

Soon it'll be "Monica Lewinsky! 9/11!"

Posted by: boxjam | August 21, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that everytime anything is said negative about John McCain, the retort is somehow tied into the fact he was a POW? Does being a former POW somehow make that person more honest? less an elitist? Get real ... living as a POW for 6 years in no way has prepared John McCain for being our next president than did serving on swiftboat prepared Kerry. Obama needs to to hammer away at McCain's supposed hero status and how McCain falsely suggests this makes him better suited to be our next president. McCain has been generously rewarded for his service to our country. The Presidency should not even be part of that equation.

Posted by: drover | August 21, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Glad Obama opened this angle. Clinton was too nice on him, he has too many skeletons and zero experience. Also has done nothing as a Senator other than run for President. 27 of the top 30 economists in the US stated economy will prosper more under Obama, there is a reason 90% have backed McCain. He's got some good, no great ideas, but there are really scary bad ones too.

Posted by: Chris | August 21, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

And John McCain live in 7 firckin mansions! Only he's so out of touch (and old), he can't even remember how mansions he lives in!

Posted by: john | August 21, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Lol, MY Friends., Let me answer your question with a story I have memorized.
A story that my campaign advisor told me to say. I was a POW. I was Tortured. I want to be President. My FRiends.

Let me answer your next question with another story. My Friends. When I was a POW.

____........Is that the only relative experiance he has to site? Dont get me wrong., Obama isnt any better. Neither candidate is right for the Job in my Opionion. I would of taken Huckabee or Hillary over these two any day.
http://www.mccanes.com/newparty.html

Posted by: Nancy | August 21, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Klemn:

Slaveowners called abolitionists "total braindead idiots" once upon a time.

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with eating arugula? It's good for you! To stay healthy, people need at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day!

Let's joke about people eating artery-clogging stuff instead. Them arteries are supposed to feed not only the heart but the upstairs too.

Posted by: 4goodHealthEat5produce | August 21, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a member of the Keating 5. He cheated on and left his faithful first wife after she was disfigured in a car accident. Adulteress Cindy McCain stole prescription drugs from the non-profit medical relief organization she founded. In front of three reporters and two aides, McNasty called his wife Cindy a (four letter expletive starting with C and ending with T). That tells me all I need to know about the character of the McCains.

Posted by: Independent Against McNasty | August 21, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

people once again we are force to vote for the lesser of two evils.althought one is very rich and wants to get richer and bring his friends along. Oh by the way all soiders take an oak! not to give in to the enemy. There were thousands of soilder in prison in nam! only a few confess to the enemy.

Posted by: two evils | August 21, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

How many houses does Barack own? As for shady deals lets hear more about the KEATING FIVE.... S&L Loan Deals—How much did that little escapade cost US tax payers?

"The ultimate cost of the crisis is estimated to have totaled around USD$160.1 billion, about $124.6 billion of which was directly paid for by the U.S. government -- that is, the U.S. taxpayer"
—Wikipedia

Complements of McSame...

Posted by: yakmon | August 21, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Lets start the process over, No don't nominate Hillary, delegates don't go nuts.

Posted by: Knoll Way | August 21, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

To be a supporter of that wax figure McCain is the true definition of a total braindead idiot.

Posted by: Klemn | August 21, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

OH NOES!! BARRENS CHAT! reported...

Posted by: baaaaad juju | August 21, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey Pete, guess what. Constitution says no religious qualifications for President. So even if he WAS Muslim, who cares. Hell, we had GERMANS leading our soldiers in World War II! Oh Noes!
And you know, those people with names that could be considered Semetic (no such thing as a Muslim name, foolish Pete), they were just horrible people. People like: BENJAMIN Franklin, Gen. OMAR Bradley, Gen. George Joulwan, Gen. John Abizaid, Rep. Darrell Issa, Kareem Abdul Jabaar, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln..the list goes on. EVERY ONE OF THESE AMERICANS HAVE NAMES WITH THE SAME ROOTS AS BARACK OBAMA!
Why do you hate Americans, Pete?

Posted by: Bostondreams | August 21, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I find the back and forth about how corrupt each candidate is amusing. They are politicians, i.e. upper class elitist that have run the country since it's inception... Do you what you can locally... f*** the government

Posted by: JE | August 21, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

The thinking behind McCain's comment is exactly the reason why I left the Republican party. There is a fundamental and disconnect between republicans and 95% of the American people on economic matters. The Republican party today truly believes that what is good for rich people (according to john mccain, over $5M) is good for the country. Whereas the facts show that the average american family hasnt seen an income increase in the recent boom decade. The republican economics are solid fundamentally, but they fail to understand that government needs to serve and promote the interests of all americans. We can't leave people without opportunity. Its unacceptable.

Posted by: Former Republican | August 21, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Is the McCain camp really equating prison to the average American's real estate experience? Seriously? Way to relate guys...

Posted by: Rachel | August 21, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Look at Obama closely..he does live in a mansion and holds his nose as high in the air as he can manage to ...McCain has some investment properties and he has lived longer than Obama and when Obama is McCains age he may also own investment properties. Obama threw this stone and he opened the door ..now let us all look into Obama's finances !!!!!

Posted by: Brin | August 21, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm...A retort from yet another McCain spokesman. I guess McCain isn't sure how many spokesmen he has, either.

Posted by: Patrick | August 21, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

What becomes apparent is the success of the McCain's use of vitriol rhetoric as opposed to Obama's penetrating attack. Tho the public condemns negative campaigns, seems the technique overwhelmingly wins the minds of the people.

If Obama starts going ballistic on McCain, his supporters will understand.

Posted by: primarywatcher | August 21, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Interesting...McCain or his surrogates have attacked everything about Obama in the past few weeks...his group comes up with a real goody (Face it McCain you ARE rich and don't have a clue about what it is like for middle America)and they are screaming...Obama you must have really hit a big nerve

Let's compare the corporate jet guy living high for a long time to the guy who just paid off his and his wife's student loans and were able to buy a house with the money earned from his books....

Posted by: Kathy | August 21, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

AC, is the fact that McCain is a POW really all the reason you need to vote for him?

If that is your main criteria, then why not shoot higher. Lets go see if we can find somebody who was tortured for 10 years... I'm sure their ability to lead is even greater than McCains.

Post traumatic stress disorder is probably just a myth anyway.

Posted by: Blake | August 21, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Interesting irony: A former 'guest' of the commies using the commie cussword 'elitist'.

I think it's time we actually had someone
smarter than the run of the mill puking dog
down the street for our leader. What's wrong
with wanting the smartest, hardest working candidate make the decisions? Does wanting
the best spec-ops folks do that work make us
'elitists'? I bet the commies think so.

Posted by: tyro-elitist? | August 21, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain or Obama who ever is elected should make T. boon pickens theyre secretary of energy. He at least has a solid Plan. http://www.tboonpickens.com

Posted by: Teaver | August 21, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

PhiddA:

"Canard"?! Are you claiming that McCain was NOT in a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp?

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I would support a McCain-Loserman ticket, with Rumsfeld as Secretary of State.

Posted by: P.O. | August 21, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

My friends, POW, POW, POW, POW, POW, POW, POW, POW, POW, POW, POW, POW.

By the way I was a POW!

Posted by: Buck | August 21, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

A few quotes from a potential VP choice, Senator Biden;

Assessing Obama’s Iraq plan on September 13, 2007: “My impression is [Obama] thinks that if we leave, somehow the Iraqis are going to have an epiphany” of peaceful coexistence among warring sects. “I’ve seen zero evidence of that.

”Also from that Observer interview: “But — and the ‘but’ was clearly inevitable — he doubts whether American voters are going to elect ‘a one-term, a guy who has served for four years in the Senate,’ and added: ‘I don’t recall hearing a word from Barack about a plan or a tactic

Biden appearing on The Daily Show, August 2, 2005: “John McCain is a personal friend, a great friend, and I would be honored to run with or against John McCain, because I think the country would be better off, be well off no matter who...”

Posted by: Gary | August 21, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

He certainly know who to marry to and who to dump. He chose wisely. I just wonder why he need so many houses. I has only one and is still paying for it.
Hey, Johnny, why don't you just donate them all to a worthy cause.

Posted by: kc | August 21, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Wake up Americans! Yeah it's a great idea to vote for a man with, not 1, not 2, but 3 MUSLIM names. WAKE UP!

Posted by: Pete | August 21, 2008 2:31 PM

----------------------------------------

Hey Pete....one name is african, one is arab, and one is hebrew.

So you're zero for 3 on your stupid post.

Moron.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

How many times can the McCain staff go to the POW well for trivial matters before they trivialize the sacrifices of all POW's. I am done with McCain if that is all he has.

Posted by: Tim | August 21, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

So why would I care what culture Obama's name came from? My Irish name was considered terrible a few generations back. And Jewish names were considered even worse. It's simply wrong to pick a president by their name.
I'm looking at the skill of the candidates, not how their names are spelled.

Posted by: Dobrinen | August 21, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

GO TO SLEEP AMERICA! Time for a siesta!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Shirley....The only thing Hilllary is going to be nominated for is "Beggar of the YEAR" Please PUMA Bi$$ches!! Help me retire my millions....Start digging in your pockets and help your rich candidate who lived in 25 states at one time.

Posted by: Bushies | August 21, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing to me that the son of a admiral and the husband of such a wealthy woman would be calling a kid who was fed with food stamps in his early childhood an elitist. This is just so upside down that it really makes me think that people will believe anything.

Posted by: willib | August 21, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

the rezko thing has been poured over again and again, and nothing has ever been found to impugn obama. it's a non-issue. much like mccain's involvement in the keating five; of course, conservatives don't want to talk about that.

the anti-mccain narrative here is that he is a multimillionaire (true), owns lots of property (true), and apparently cannot remember how many properties he owns. none of these are unfair or personal attacks.

on the other hand, obama is called names, like on an elementary school playground. this is more immature and childish kneejerk damage control by the mccain campaign.

i hope mccain doesn't expect the american people to support a campaign based entirely on moronic name-calling, untrue smears, and the military FAILURES of a bumbling candidate who cannot keep his message straight from day to day and, according to his campaign officials, does not speak for the campaign.

truly disgraceful.

Posted by: ba | August 21, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Two of the things Republicans do that get most of my attention are:

A) their historical and systematic disdain for intellectually-gifted leaders in the White House or those running for the office.

B) their incredibly shallow name-calling and ill-intended smearing.

Last time I checked history books, fascists were concentrating the state's power in the executive branch to the detriment of its judiciary and legislative bodies; facilitating corporate control over the economy; and controlling the population through fear. Familiar, doesn't it?

As much as I credit Republicans with inventing 'Swiftboating,' there's only so much that lies and disinformation can achieve.

Play with dirt and the mud will get all over your face.

Stop the Republican 'Ermächtigungsgesetz'!!

Vote Obama in '08...

Posted by: H.A. | August 21, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Leave it to the liberals to be anti-American and say who cares if John McCain was one out of 600 POW's. I dare any one of you to spend 5 hours let alone 5 years in a cage that is about 2 feet high by 6 feet long. How would you feel if you were only let out of your room once a day.

Can you even imagine the courage, that it takes to say no to being released early. He may have been one of many, but he's the only one in this race that was a POW. The fact that he was and that he refused special treatment demonstrates character and personal strength to stand up to the nastiest sort of people on this Earth. You're loverboy couldn't even raise the courage to call a terrorist oranization a terrorist organization when he didn't vote on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. So suck it up and tell your boy to "pick up a rifle and stand a post".

Posted by: AC | August 21, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

The Question is Who would Big Foot Vote For.
http://www.myhauntsite.com

Posted by: Meekie | August 21, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Dearest Charles:

Following is the list of keynote speakers and topics at the upcoming Republican Convention:

Nobody cares!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

McCain should have as many houses as may wish, even if not in his memory to understand. Does he recall if he is a practicing Mormon? May be not. The RNC dirtytricks gang may know more about tricks and houses, right! Any of these "houses" in Las Vegas?

Posted by: O.P. Neon | August 21, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!
It is really annoying when people say or type "WAKE UP AMERICA," or any derivative thereof

Posted by: John | August 21, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

You know Obama got a solid hit on McCain when they pullout the 51/2 year canard.

Posted by: PhiddA | August 21, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

They sound like such whiners. Don't they know that the most powerful political machine in history, the Clintons, tried to use Rezko... and it didn't work.

And to think that ordinary Americans are going to forget that McCain didn't know how many houses he had... is naive. But if they want to bring more attention to personal finances, I say bring it on Mr. "I married $100m in Budweiser money"

Posted by: Blake | August 21, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

lets see some more stuff about mob ties regarding both mccain and obama. im sure there's lots of it around for both men.

Posted by: frank capablanca | August 21, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Rufus...the media will do their jobs when they start vetting senile McCain and the harlot Cindy! They need to flatten the tires of the Straight b.s. express!!!LMAO

Posted by: Bushies | August 21, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Ask McCain how come a gallon of milk costs more than a gallon of gas? His "brain" will shut down!

Posted by: horhey san juan | August 21, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

There is still time for the delegates to switch votes and nominate Hillary 2008!

Posted by: Shirley | August 21, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

What about those who lost their savings, houses when McCain Keating Five helped another of his supporters and lobbyist pals.

Posted by: Mr. C | August 21, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Of course, Obama wrote a book and earned the money for his one home, while McCain's numerous homes (and the jet on which he campaigned) were paid for by his sugar mommy.

Posted by: nitpicker | August 21, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

wondering and VET:

Charles Keating was 25 years ago, and McCain has proven his bona fides on the related issue of campaign finance reform. Tony Rezko was 2 years ago, and Obama has not.

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I am glad that Obama's shady real estate deals are going to be aired. He is a swindler and a crook besides being Revend Wright's personal jesse jackson-type poverty pimp. Obama is living like a King and has never had a real job.

Posted by: Larry | August 21, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Rogers called the house story "by far the most personal attack" of the campaign, and said "it comes from a candidate who said he was against this kind of thing."

Added Rogers, "Barack Obama is an arugula-eating, pointy-headed poo-poo head who resorts to personal attacks and name calling!"

Posted by: Michael | August 21, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

They're becoming like Rudy with their "noun, a verb and POW" BS.

We get it...he was a POW.

Try formulating a sentence without referencing it for once....

Posted by: We get it already... | August 21, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I love the McCain supporters' use of the perjorative "Obamabots."

I didn't support him in the primary, and I'm nobody's stooge. My retired parents are wondering why McCain seems so clueless in much the same terms as me, and they're Reagan Democrats. The stretch run is coming, and you Republicans had better stop insulting the 2/3s of the electorate who aren't lockstep GOPers.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 21, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Following is the list of keynote speakers and topics at the upcoming Democratic Convention:

Marion Barry --- Drug Abuse

Rep. Denny Kucinich --- How to garner 1 % of the vote in every primary entered

Sen. Chrissy Dodd --- Obtaining Countrywide loans

Sen. Chucky Schumer --- How to initiate a run on a bank

Jesse Jackson ---- Marital fidelity and Castration

John Edwards ---- Ambulance Chasing and Spousal support in time of need

Sen. Theodore Kennedy --- Driver education and How to stop a pending autopsy

James McGreevey ---- Gay rights

Mayor Ray Nagin --- Emergency evacuation preparations

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick – Email etiquette in the workplace

Al Sharpton ---- Race relations

Sen. Evan Bayh --- How to ignore the Liberal wing of the Democratic Party and support the war in Iraq

Al Gore --- Snow Removal

Louis Farrakhan --- Muslims in America and Muslim in the White House

Posted by: Charles | August 21, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Keating Five, bad temper, slow witted, top secret pow files, crude joke,

Posted by: julio montana | August 21, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

McCain couldnt manage the local Mcdonalds. The RNC wants him for his puppet abilitys., Oh yeah Mitt Romney is a puppet too. I was a republican until my party got hijacked bought and paid for by the RNC. I am an independant now. I liked Huckabee because he seem to care about the working class, and fixing the economy with real issues. But I dobt I will vote for McCain. I will vote for Obama or Barr. McCain is too old, he will just be a puppet. No more puppets. We need a president that actually will lead by his convictions. McCain changed on every position, just so the RNC would prop him up. http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: Paul | August 21, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

McCain has played in this game a long time and thrived. It's kind of light the curve ball you think you're going to hit out of the park and all of a sudden "it's a swing and a miss". I would not be surprised if McCain and company did not jump on the opportunity to draw NOscama into a real estate knowing that that would make his sleazy relationship with slum lord turned low life thug Rezko fair game. I would look for many more such instances to bring NOscama's past to the forefront.

Posted by: robt | August 21, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama has absolutely no resume to be a dog catcher in Goodland Kansas.. The world laughs at you Americans by letting this into a race he should have no place in. They are the shadow image of the Clintons. Come into office, if he can get there, and get rich off you stupid democrats that actually believe they will do something for you instead of themselves. Yes God Bless America that land that keeps electing idoits to run the country into the ground and soon make it erelevant in the world.

Posted by: get real | August 21, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Hillary 2012!

Posted by: Ben | August 21, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

If they're trying to fight back this hard then it means that Obama has struck a nerve with McCain and his team.

Keep it up Obama team, don't let up. All of those stories that McCain is briging up are old news just like McCain's Keating Five.

Posted by: Eros Wong | August 21, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

PASTRAMI!

Posted by: baaaad juju | August 21, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Spencer down below said:

"And their not John McCain's houses, they belong to his wife! Shes the rich one, without her he'd be BROKE!"

Epic fail. McCain's family comes FROM money. And even if that were not the case, you are defending a man who left his first, long-suffering, disabled wife to marry into money? YEAH, great argument there, chief.

Posted by: Bostondreams | August 21, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Spencer....no,no, no, no, buddy...what belongs to one spouse belongs to the other....McCain's wearing $600 dollar loafers, sleeping with young lobbyist, flying in corporate jets owned by he and his wife....it's HIS money, too!! Now take that you "pointed haired" republicans...so juvenille...well, what'd you expect from a loosing campaign that uses Paris Hilton and Britney Spears as their spokes person...They swallow in ignorance....Ignant!!

Posted by: b | August 21, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Wake up Americans! Yeah it's a great idea to vote for a man with, not 1, not 2, but 3 MUSLIM names. WAKE UP!

Posted by: Pete | August 21, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Peter:

Since there's no way Barack HUSSEIN Obama wins Arkansas, would you settle for a strong pro-life VP candidiate from Ohio or Michigan?

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

rotten:

From your postings you are clearly rotten and your comments are clearly irrational and unmask how little knowledge you have on the each of the candidates. Do some research before you go and blab lies about other cultures and candidates.

Posted by: Independent = BC | August 21, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

News for McCain gang:

Obama will move to even a bigger mansion in DC soon, although it may take dirt removal from there after 8 years of compiled filth.

Posted by: O.P.Neon | August 21, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Keating 5 anyone.........Her should go to jail not the Whitehouse

Posted by: VET | August 21, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Everybody mentions Tony Rezko... what about Charles Keating?

Posted by: wondering | August 21, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

The Center for Responsive Politics finds that McCain has accepted over $1 million from the oil and gas industry. Many of McCain's top advisers have lobbied for big oil, which is why he now acts in their best interests, opposing environmental legislation and alternative energy plans.


McCain is desperate to distance himself from Bush. But according to the Center for American Progress Action Fund, McCain has received millions in donations from the same oil, coal, nuclear, chemical, utility, and auto companies that helped the Bush administration create its energy plan—a plan that has raised gasoline to $4 a gallon.

http://bravenewfilms.org/blog/42047-the-real-mccain-big-oil-fuels-the-straight-talk-express

Posted by: Phil Slowsky | August 21, 2008 2:25 PM
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AND OBAMA HAS ACCEPTED APPROX $350,000

LOOK IT UP AT FACTCHECKER.ORG

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

It's so sad that stupidity is embraced in America. A bunch of morons that work at steelmills and think it's cool that they never went to college and are jealous of anybody who is "well-spoken" and think someone will make a good president because they cant move their arms properly may just deicde this election.

Nobody who runs for president is broke. And nobody who runs for president isnt ambitious.

Why is there a "who's the dumbest and the poorest" contest? Theya re all elistist and the should be. They're running for president for F--K SAKE! You better darn well be ELITE.

Id ont want some average Joe Smoo running this country I want somebody a million times smarter than me running it.

Anything less is another G.W. Bush.

Posted by: JN | August 21, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is really old

Posted by: Scott | August 21, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

The only way McCain gets my vote is with Huckabee, I was almost ready to give him a chance after the Broke Back forum, But then he started with all this Lieberman and Ridge VP talk. So now. The only way i will vote McCain is if he goes that extra mile and puts Huckabee on the ticket. Other wise I will cross the isle and vote Obama or Barr.

http://www.mccanes.com/newparty.html

Posted by: Peter | August 21, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I tired of hearing the same arguments from the "holy" "moral" right wing. They love saying the word "Liberal" slowly when confronted by any vaild point on economy, health care or foreign policy. If those points are that important to american people how did Bush get elected in the first place. He didnt have a stellar record as govenor of Texas of improving anything. His biggest accomplishment was building the Ballpark in Arlington! Wow great achievment

Posted by: MARCO ESCOBAR | August 21, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Bleon, Obama is a punk - he *promised* - he *vowed* - he *swore* that he would run a new campaign - a positive campaign - a campaign without negativity and personal attacks.

He lied.

Posted by: Dave | August 21, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I guess McCain does have alot in common with Bush, it seems he might have an old DUI.
http://www.mccanes.com/duihelpguide.html

Posted by: Bill | August 21, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain, you are still alive mostly because of being a POW. I am sure all the dead soldiers families would have preferred that outcome over losing their children entirely. And please drop the "the original maverick" nick-name. It only makes you sound like you are a member of the elite "good ol' boys" club.

Posted by: Phantom G | August 21, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

To anyone who thinks McCain was cleared totally from Keating 5. The committee concluded that it was a bad judgment by McCain. McCain himself confessed that it was a bad judgment and a big mistake. So? Don't you think judgment matters? If things 20 years ago do not matter, why you keep on saying McCain is more experienced???

Posted by: Rob | August 21, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

How many times can they trot out the POW thing to get this guy out of a jam... McCain should be ashamed of himself.

Posted by: nevafernandez | August 21, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

His wife is trying to say her income statements are a private matter. They are not. She is the wife of a fricking presidential candidate. It is my business as an American voter to see what she is up to with her money.

Posted by: Cindy's Millions | August 21, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

It's 10 homes and by the way..... your friend John was not raised by a single parent in the intercity. He was born of priviledge with an admaral daddy anbd grand daddy.......

Posted by: VET | August 21, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

You are a bastard

Posted by: You suck | August 21, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

What is a silly gaffe by McCain front page news while there's never any focus on BHO's dealings with Tony Rezko?

Will the media ever stop carrying Barak's water and start doing their job?

Posted by: Rufus | August 21, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I guess McCain does have alot in common with Bush, it seems he might have an old DUI.
www.mccanes.com/duihelpguide.html

Posted by: Billy Bob | August 21, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding? If there's anyone who can't take negative comments it's Obama. Heck, he whines anytime someone says anything about him, even if it's 100% true.

If Obama gets elected, he will be the weakest President in United States history.

Wake up all of you mindless Obama zombies, before you ruin this country.

Posted by: John | August 21, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

McCain paid for his property honestly. Obama paid for his property with Rezco dirty money. So what if he doesn't pay attention to his property. Did goldigger Kerry. How about Dodd and his buddies getting all those nice loans.I bet Bill Gates doesn't know what he owns.I thought this was a capitalist country.Obama wants a socialist country. Take from the rich and give to the ignorant and lazy. Take profits from oil compamies. Who is next,GE,Microsoft,Banks,drug companies,small business, or maybe even you or I if we have a good year and make lots of money.I bet he never bothers the MSM, his biased pals.. This creep is nothing more then a socialist in a cheap suit with a gift of gab. His resume includes a stint as a two bit street talker in Chicago. He better keep quiet or he might open up a smelly can of worms. Rezco, Wright, Ayers,etc. which is going to happen anyway.Hussein Obama is an elitist, racist, phony,socialist!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Are the McCain folks kidding me? Their defense is that it's really only 4 that he lives in and that anyway Obama has a really big house? They're going to have to do better than that and I'm praying this one has legs because it should!

Posted by: nevafernandez | August 21, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

How many times can the McCain staff go to the POW well for trivial matters before they trivialize the sacrifices of all POW's. I am done with McCain if that is all he has.

Posted by: Tim | August 21, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"If you want to get rich, please work hard and don't whine!"

Wait, what about I don't work hard, and instead leave my crippled, disfigured wife and marry a young, pretty, drug-addicted beer heiress?

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 21, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Pointy haired? Pointy haired?
Are we in a Dilbert cartoon?
Wait...maybe we are.

Posted by: Dobrinen | August 21, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

So the fight is on? Good! Every time McCain punches below the belt, Obama will punch him right on the head.

Think Obama is a punk? Think again!

Posted by: bleon2000 | August 21, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

What is so wrong with having more than one home? isn't that the American dream...to become as successful as possible, and then buy whatever you would like? I don't see why McCain would be exempt. Real Estate is a good investment, and touche for that decision. If I was that wealthy, i do the same

Posted by: ES | August 21, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

you are all fooled into thinking you have a choice, your still voting for a politician, your all pacified by the government.. good job!

Posted by: Captian obvious | August 21, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

McCain is such a Hot headed guy, I am worried about a Nuclear war. I am very worried about his temper and do not think Nukes are safe with him. Imagine McCain as the President during Cuban Missile crisis!!!!!

Posted by: Adam Habib, dallas,TX | August 21, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Is this news. I really don't care how many houses McCain can remember and I don't really care what kind of mansion 'the chosen one' lives in. I know they are both rich and I know how McCain and the 'chosen one' found fortune. Almost all Senators have at least two or three homes. They have a condo in washington, a home in their home district and possibly a vacation home. McCain has been a politician for a long time and so it comes as no surprise to hear about so many houses. Is he supposed to live in a one room shack in the middle of the desert and drive a beat up car to washington. This whole article is silly. The news media does not present real issues. This is all part of our sic society need for gossip.

Posted by: FormerDem | August 21, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Do you really want another four more years of failed policies, corruption and cronyism? If America votes for this assclown McCain, it will get everything it deserves.

Posted by: John McSame | August 21, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

"Someone explain to me how anyone can look at the liberal policies of the last 40 years and want more of them. Liberal education and welfare have ruined the black family and republicans get called racist for trying to fix it. Democrats won't give you school choice and you blacks sit back and take it. All the crime infested urban areas are controlled by the democrates you still vote for these facist 95%."

THIS IS SOOOOOOOOO TRUE!!!!

And their not John McCain's houses, they belong to his wife! Shes the rich one, without her he'd be BROKE!

Now Obama.. HE (not his wife) made over a million dollars last year! Not to mention his pastor is a RACIEST and he's friends with a CONVICTED FELON/SLUMLORD!

Posted by: Spencer | August 21, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

McCain has lost count of his houses... that ought to tell you something in the debate over who is the "elitist."

Posted by: clint | August 21, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

For those arugala haters out there:

A taste from the Applebee's menu:

Herb-Crusted Chicken Topped with Italian Country Salad --
Juicy whole chicken breast coated in a light, crisp Panko
crust and Italian seasonings. Topped off with a fresh baby
arugula salad mixed with grape tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella
-- all tossed in a creamy Parmesan dressing and finished with
shaved Parmesan cheese to provide a perfect complement of
flavors in every bite.

Posted by: MBB | August 21, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

so McCain was a POW a century ago. That means no one can comment that forgetting that you have seven homes should open you up to the remark that you have no business attacking the other guy as elite? give me a break.

Rezko didn't give Obama anything, cash, good deal, anything. It was simply a convenient way to get a lot to build a house on. Obama paid market value for it.

It's not about abortion, either. McCain won't do any more to stop abortion than Bush or Reagan did. He's even said that his daughter could have one if that was her decision. That's pro choice, and that's typical McCain (the rules I proclaim apply to everyone but me). Overturning Roe v Wade won't either, it just returns the issue to the states where most would allow it. Obama is on the right track. Adoption, financial assistance, etc. to make abortion an unnecessary choice.

Posted by: JoeT | August 21, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

The Center for Responsive Politics finds that McCain has accepted over $1 million from the oil and gas industry. Many of McCain's top advisers have lobbied for big oil, which is why he now acts in their best interests, opposing environmental legislation and alternative energy plans.


McCain is desperate to distance himself from Bush. But according to the Center for American Progress Action Fund, McCain has received millions in donations from the same oil, coal, nuclear, chemical, utility, and auto companies that helped the Bush administration create its energy plan—a plan that has raised gasoline to $4 a gallon.

http://bravenewfilms.org/blog/42047-the-real-mccain-big-oil-fuels-the-straight-talk-express

Posted by: Phil Slowsky | August 21, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Nevermind... found the memo. It reads:

re: political mass delusion part 2066

Everyone will, on the count of three, believe that a person making an average living can run for President. In addition, everyone will go ape sh!t when it's discovered that a Presidential candidate actually has a bank account full of money. Ok? Ready? 1-2-3!

Posted by: baaaaaad juju | August 21, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

The republicans are in so much trouble they are tyring to make a movie about Obama's teen years. http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: Kanye | August 21, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I just hope Obama gets elected, so that way i can finally be the one fighting the man.

Posted by: Alan | August 21, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Paranoid McCain gang forgets about McCain not "recalling" how many houses he has. Obama knows what he and Michelle own.

Absurdity of McCain candidacy shows his irrelevance to the needs of the United States of America. This is all about the future and the abilities to comprehend complex needs.

The criminals in the Whitehouse "lost" email records for 225 days, and McCain with forgetfulness is what they desperately need to cover-up even further. The RNC accomplices disqualify for any power and access to any office, if all American people use common sense.

Posted by: O.P.Neon | August 21, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

As soon as you weigh one against the other to pick who's "better" you already lost, it's Like trying to fight if a Macintosh or granny smith is the better fruit, not realizing they are both apples. Vote for ANYONE else and make a real statement.. or vote for one and be fooled like everyone else.

Posted by: Captian Obvious | August 21, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

«McCain = 30 years of experience, addresses issues easily and confidently.»

Not exactly. McSame has 1 year experience 30 years in a row.

He avoids the issues he remembers, and uh, what was the question again??

Posted by: Abolhassan Bani Sadr | August 21, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

MC CAN'T WAS A POW NEVER KNEW THAT..
I GOING TO EMAIL STANK HANNITY TO LET
HIM KNOW........

Posted by: none | August 21, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Is it being rich a crime in the USA? Without those rich people, we are doomed! If you want to get rich, please work hard and don't whine! All you envious and whiny people. PATHETIC!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: vj | August 21, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

You know I was a republican, untill they made this man who seems a bit senile our nominee. I mean really>?? It might be time to go ahead and run the Huckster, as the REpublican nominee. He is at least sharp. I wont vote for McCain I just cant do it. Regan didnt go senile untill he was in office.
McCain drops the F bomb.
http://www.mccanes.com

Posted by: Danny | August 21, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

BTW, one more thing, the prison guard (cross in the sand) story comes from the "Gulag Archipelago" by Solzhenitsyn

Posted by: Elizabeth | August 21, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

It's a testament to the diversity and tolerance of America that a man who

a) swears by all that he holds holy to run a 'new kind' of campaign without negativity goes negative at the first sign that he is losing momentum in the polls

b) attended a church for over 20 years and claimed an America-hating caucasian-baiting 'minister' as his "spiritual advisor"

c) has the middle name of Hussein

d) has half-brothers popping up from third-world shacks like gophers

e) has a wife who hates "White America", and probably white Americans

is still doing so well in the polls.

God Bless America.

Posted by: Dave | August 21, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

The escalating anti-intellectualism of this country continues to impress me. Where else (aside from a grammar school playground) could calling someone intelligent or one of the elite possibly be an insult? Do we really not want elite, intelligent people in positions of power? What are the antonyms we apparently prefer?

Posted by: BMurray | August 21, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

LYNN PARKER,

You are complaining about Obama ad, because you want McCain to get a free ride. I do not see you complaining about Mccain's ad.

Posted by: Adam Habib, dallas,TX | August 21, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Fred:

Was JFK a "lousy" captain?

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

EnoughisEnough,

McCain doesn't think Obama is rich. He says that a yearly income of $5 million is rich.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP-0pedQeGw

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/05/17/candidates.wealth/index.html
Obama and his wife had total income of $984,000 in 2006, including $567,000 in royalties for two books he has written.

Posted by: Jeremiah | August 21, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama earned his money??????????????????

Posted by: volunteer | August 21, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama bought his house from a doctor. that doctor sold an adjacent piece of land to Rezko's wife. Obama wanted a bigger yard for his little girls so he paid FAIR MARKET VALUE for a chunk of Rezko's WIFE'S land. that is the extent of Obama's connection to Rezko. Now let's discuss McSame's connection to his in-law outlaws.

Posted by: dave in chicago | August 21, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Right! So McSame lived in public housing in N Vietnam for 5 years. Give him another medal, let him buy the Hanoi Hilton for investment, and stop telling us about the POW piece of business.

Posted by: Abolhassan Bani Sadr | August 21, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Why is McCain collecting social Security and VA benefits, while other senior citizens and disabled veterans are struggling to make ends meet? Some of you may say, "well he's entitled to them!" Didn't the republicans say a few months ago that entitlement programs contributed to our present economic problems? Governor schwarzennegger decided to give up his salary when he became governor of CA, so why don't other republicans lead by example and give up the entitlements that they are receiving from the government, before they ask the American people to vote "yes" on privatizing the Social Security Program? Dems are not much better concerning entitlement programs, but at least they want to fix the problems rather than privatize them in order for their rich friends to become richer.

Posted by: joey | August 21, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

How is McCain going to react when Vladimir Putin or Osama Bin Laden or Ahmedinejad say something negative about him when he's president? Is he going to have his spokesperson lick his lips, and shout to the heavens, "it's on now"?

These are just personal attacks, and the last time I knew somebody who made personal attacks like this at my job and wouldn't let up, they got fired. The White House is a business. McCain needs to be more professional.

It's over now. Obama is clearly the dominant one. I hope McCain starts thinking about how what he does now is going to affect his next campaign for Senate in Arizona, whenever that is.

Posted by: Erik | August 21, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama = 1 year of experience, faking it all the way.

McCain = 30 years of experience, addresses issues easily and confidently.

Tough decision.

Posted by: Illinoisan | August 21, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I see the Obamabots are here posting in droves. Too funny.

Now, about Rezko an Obama's Indnoesian citizenship.....

And while we're talking about houses, couldn't Obama maybe at least get a room for his half brother that was reported yesterday to live in a hut. Where's the love Obama?

Posted by: Jim | August 21, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

"Right so elect Obama, raise taxes on corporations and force more offshoring to financially attractive locations."

Actually Obama's plan calls for the removal of tax benefits given to companies who hire offshore!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

what's an arugula?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Peter Paul:

Since there's no way Barack HUSSEIN Obama wins Arkansas, would you settle for a strong pro-life VP candidiate from Ohio or Michigan?

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain is an absolute idiot.

If this guy gets into the White House not only does it go up for foreclosure they will have to rewire the Nuke Button because the McCainiac will be testing it every day.

Posted by: Bud48 | August 21, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain's staff says he had a 5 1/2 year home in a prison in Vietnam?

That is because he was a lousy pilot. Did he mention that McCain signed a confession of War Crimes against Vietnam by the USA? Traitor. He should have let them torture him to death if he was a true patriot.

If push came to shove, McCain would roll over as President just like he caved in Vietnam.

Plus, he was a lousy pilot.

Posted by: Fred | August 21, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

He wasn't REALLY a prisoner of War...He just didn't want to go back home to his wife who was disfigured. He was waiting for Cindy to turn 17 years old

Posted by: Bushies | August 21, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

If you can afford 10 large houses then that is your perogative.

When you dont know how many houses you own that is senile at best.

Im not sure how McCain is catching up in the polls. Do people want to run America into the ground and make it a place that 1% strive and and the other 99% suffer.

Wake up people.

And any Hillary support who wont vote for Obama cuz they are bitter is worthless and should not even be an American.

Posted by: EyesWideOpen | August 21, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

What is that thing in McCain's jaw? Does he have like an apple wedged in there?

Posted by: Ted | August 21, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

why would the repugs go monster on this... because way down there in the 28% that vote is this pathetic mom, pop, 1.2 kids in a split level ranch existing on $36 K a year... and retirees that read the entire paper everyday, even the kiwi tarts with graham cracker crust. 10 houses registers in a desire not to go to the polls, and opens the mind to the other candidate. Gloves are off, fair game to go after John McCain's ties to organized crimes. The Keating five, etc., etc...

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | August 21, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I like Arugula.

Posted by: Scott | August 21, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

The big difference Obama had to work for the money to buy his one house. McCain has never worked for anything. Admiral daddy followed by sugar mamma trophy wife Cindy.
who knew gettig tortured.. uh um enhanced interogated, could get you so much in life.

Posted by: Julian | August 21, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

It really comes down to this.
Obama= The Great Depression part 2
McCain = Same Great Depression part 2 with
a side serving of WWIII
I will take Obama.
http://www.mccanes.com/newparty.html

Posted by: Paul | August 21, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Basically the press is giving Plutocrat McCain a free ride.

Posted by: scientist1 | August 21, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

He also added: "This is a guy who lived in one house for five and a half years -- in prison," referring to the prisoner of war camp that McCain was in during the Vietnam War.

ARE. YOU. F'ING. KIDDING. ME?

Is it possible to have less class than these guys?

Posted by: BB | August 21, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

What on earth is wrong with Arugula???? It's just a spicy-tasting lettuce, people! I find it outrageous that being an adventuresome eater somehow makes one elitist. We all have to eat at Applebee's to understand middle class problems?? I'm middle class. I like Arugula. The idea that "real Americans" automatically have a disdain for any food that could be described as an "acquired taste" is so annoying.

Posted by: Erin N | August 21, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

everyoen loves to bring up Keating five. Do you guys know that McCain was let off with jsut saying he used "poor judgement". That was teh same ruling for another American Hero, John Glenn.

Posted by: keating 5 | August 21, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

In an interview with Politico yesterday, McCain couldn't recall just how many homes he has. "I think — I'll have my staff get to you," McCain said. "It's condominiums where — I'll have them get to you."

Politico claimed McCain owns at least four, but Progressive Accountability declared that the McCains own at least ten properties worth a whopping $13,823,269
McCain owns SEVEN...that we know of.


The fact that this total varies ought to baffle McCain even further as the mainstream media frenzy begins. But whatever the true total is, the bottom line is that McCain has so much wealth he has no concept of money. That's why at Saturday's Saddleback forum McCain ludicrously declared it takes $5 million to move from "middle class" to "rich." That's why he admitted economics isn't his strong suit and came up with a plan to sink our country even further into debt. And that's why he can't sympathize with Americans facing foreclosure, soaring gas prices, unemployment, and the daunting costs of health insurance. None of these problems register when you're living in a solid gold bubble like McCain, or however many gold bubbles he's living in.


Here's the John McCain his corporate media friends won't tell you about:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW4msHu_9EQ
.

Posted by: astal99 | August 21, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

McCain is an absolute idiot.

If this guy gets into the White House not only does it go up for foreclosure they will have to rewire the Nuke Button because the McCainiac will be testing it every day.

Posted by: Bud48 | August 21, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

TW, I think you hit it on the head with the "noun/verb/POW" comment... I suppose McCain is either running for President of POW or else just "President of War" (which given Bush's chant of "I'm a war president" is something we'd probably hear a lot of too).

As for the draft, now we know the real meaning of "No Child Left Behind"...

Posted by: qkkr | August 21, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

"Can someone please explain to my baffled Canadian self why it's such a bad thing to have an educated, successful, intellectually curious and thoughtful person as your President?"

Unfortunately, Dave, intelligence is seen as a big liability in the US now.

We have a severe case of working class snobbery in this country, where we revile anyone who went to college, eats vegetables or tries to come up with complex solutions to even more complex problems.

We have a president now whose mastery of the English language is so awful that it's truly a black mark on the country.

The main reason for this, though, is the general populace. Most people are only fuctionally literate, and they don't want to deal with problems or embrace a complex issue. They just want all of their choices in black and white. War good, elitism bad.
And they want to be good, obedient little sheep that go where they are told - and yell at other sheep who are different, or take different pathways.

Posted by: Spike | August 21, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Rezko, Rezko, Rezko.

My money says that McCain paid for his houses and didn't get sweetheart deals from shady, convicted criminals, like jedi master Obama. The McCains may have money, but they are not gaudy about it. Remember Michelle Obama's comment on the $600 stimulus give-away..."what are you going to do with $600, buy earrings?" Yep, that's what she said, folks.

The Obamas have nothing but contempt for regular middle class Americans.

Posted by: Mike | August 21, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

You all are "whining"...You Whining Americans....be happy that you can still claim America as your country!! The Bush Administration has practically sold it to China!

Posted by: Bushies | August 21, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

eating arugula makes one an elitist?

Posted by: justwonderin | August 21, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

** "What is the carbon footprint for all the McCain homes? That private jet of Cindy's? probably burns enough fuel to heat..how many homes?" **

Funny. I visited a friend in Ketchum, Idaho (aka Sun Valley) last month. He lives on the same street as John Kerry's wife Theresa Heinz. We couldn't see the house from the street, but he told me he's been there and she doesn't have any windmills or solar panels on the property. She probably doesn't have them at any of their 4 other houses in Boston, DC, Pittsburgh or Aspen, either, and I'm sure that $50 million Gulfstream 500 of theirs isn't solar powered.

Thing is John Kerry COULD HAVE had windmills near his Cape Cod mansion (oh wait - that makes 6 houses now), but he fought the Cape Wind project because it would have obstructed his view.

And should we get started on how the Obama's managed to afford their home? The shady Rezko deal, and the $200,000 pay raise his wife got from the hospital just months after Obama's election to the US Senate?

And yes, it is obnoxious that McCain's campaign constantly brings up his POW status. He should stop mentioning that as soon as Obama drops HOPE and CHANGE from his campaign rhetoric.

Posted by: McBubba | August 21, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Abm Habib:

Do you REALLY think that only "poor" people making less than $150,000 pr year post at WaPo?!

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

The only way McCain gets my vote is with Huckabee, I was almost ready to give him a chance after the Broke Back forum, But then he started with all this Lieberman and Ridge VP talk. So now. The only way i will vote McCain is if he goes that extra mile and puts Huckabee on the ticket. Other wise I will cross the isle and vote Obama or Barr.
It really comes down to this.
Obama= The Great Depression part 2
McCain = Same Great Depression part 2 with
a side serving of WWIII
I will take Obama.
http://www.mccanes.com/newparty.html

Posted by: Peter Paul | August 21, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

You can always tell when you hit a Republican dead center - they go ballistic.

Posted by: BB | August 21, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

m sick and tired of all the hype over being a prisoner of war. He was not the only prisoner of war! If that is all he has to hang his hat on it is not enough. Mccain is devious! Anyone one who can read faces knows full well when he is faking it, and most of the time he is faking. What abou McCains ties to the Arizona mafia that was reported in the opion column of Frank Rich in the New York Times last Sunday? What about the facat that he has to be corrected because his memory is bad bad bad, and he needs the twins to be waith himn to prop him up when his memory is failing. He is not one to bring this country back to economic strablilty. He will be another Bush kneeling to the corporate demands of the big moneyed interest groups. I cannot believe after all that has gone warong we wpuld elect another republican If we do the Nation should be certified INSANE!

Posted by: keke anderson | August 21, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

The republicans are in so much trouble they are tyring to make a movie about Obama's teen years. http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: Kanye | August 21, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

After reading this long list of comments, it's clear that the Obama campaign staff have been hitting this site hot and heavy.

Posted by: Richard | August 21, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

If you make less than $110 K / year, you will pay less federal tax with Obama's plan than you will with McCain's plan.

If you make more than $3 million / year, you will see a 12% greater after tax income in 2012 with McCain's plan and a 3% smaller after tax income under Obama's plan.

An Updated Analysis of the 2008 Presidential Candidates' Tax Plans: Revised August 15, 2008
http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/publications/url.cfm?ID=411749

Posted by: Jeremiah | August 21, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

who here is thinking that Obama isn't rich????

who is thinking that his wife paid her own way through princeton?

Fools!

Posted by: EnoughisEnough | August 21, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Dave:

It's actually a race to stop another 40 million unborn babies from being killed.

2008:

If you can answer the question (without counting them), I would be happy to connect the dots for you.

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

You can tell he's upset because he REALLY doesn't like to talk about the POW thing.

Posted by: mark | August 21, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I wish the media would focus on more important issues. For example, except for MSNBC I saw absolutely nothing on the news or in the papers about McCain's statement that he agrees with reinstating the draft. He said this in response to a woman's question at his little town hall meeting in Las Cruces, NM yesterday.

I know McCain will deny having said it today. He can't remember what he says because he panders to whatever audience he's speaking to. Look at "flip-flop" in the dictionary and McCain's picture is the first definition.

Posted by: bossfan950 | August 21, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Someone explain to me how anyone can look at the neocon policies of the last 8 years and want more of them. Republicant lack of focus on education and welfare have ruined the black family and Democrats get called socialist for trying to fix it. Republicants give you "No child left behind" and you parents sit back and take it. All the crime infested corridors of Washington are controlled by the republicants you still vote for these facist warmongers 100%.

Posted by: pwned rotten | August 21, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Wait... so are we pretending that a poor or middle-class person can run for President now? Did I miss a memo?

Posted by: baaaaad juju | August 21, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

McSame is the elitist with the interests of only the weathly at heart. I can barely afford one house, and supposedly in the middle class.

The NASCAR redneck Bush supporters can all vote for McSame so we can "kick more a$$" in the middle east with money we don't have for wars we shouldn't fight.

Posted by: Abolhassan Bani Sadr | August 21, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow!!!! It's amazing to see how worked up the McBush campaign got worked up over this... Way to let Obama know what hurts, amateurs

Posted by: JS | August 21, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Some of you complain that Obama will raise taxes. Yes, but whose TAX? Not mine. I am not rich and definitely can not cross the Rich threshold of 5 million dollar. If you are writing in this board, Obama then is not raising your tax either. Why are you supporting someone who is an oppotunist, with no education and uses his failure as a Pilot a path to success?

Posted by: Abm Habib dallas,TX | August 21, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

"Right so elect Obama, raise taxes on corporations and force more offshoring to financially attractive locations."

Funny how it's treasonous to suggest that we shouldn't have been, or continue to be, sacrificing our young men in Iraq, yet "American" companies try to economically blackmail the country by threatening to move overseas. Now THAT is treason, Republican-style.
-------------------------------------------

Actually, its just good business sense. Unfortunately not many companies practice a moral "America first" company message. Should they? Of course. But the reality is that they don't - so we need to cater to them. Or become a more socialist or even communist state.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

News flash!!!! US Senators/Congressmen/Presidents make good money. They're not making minimum wage. Who gives a rip about how much money they have. What I want to know is how much of my money are their policies going to steal from me.

Posted by: Jason | August 21, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone seen Obama's brother's house in Africa? A shack and the guy lives on $1.00 a month. Wants to go to school and doesn't have the money. Is is borther helping him out? NO!

Said brother lives in a mansion and lets his brother live in a shack. This is a man we want for President? Can't take care of his own kin.

Hey Obama---Can you spare a buck for your own brother?

Posted by: Shocked | August 21, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama earned the money for his home by writing a best selling book--by himself. He did not buy it from Rezko.

McCain married his money after dumping his injured wife and his books are all ghost written. He can't remember how many houses he has --does he remember Keating 5???????

Posted by: Elizabeth | August 21, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Jamie, her father went to jail for the mob and was awarded the distribution company as a thank you for keeping quiet.

"McCain having Mob Money??? He married Cindy who is a rich woman that's all. But no one in Cindy's family went to jail or is a convicted felon.

Now, on the other hand, who is this Rezko..he does have ties to organized crime.

Posted by: Jamie | August 21, 2008 2:08 PM"

Posted by: Zowanda | August 21, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Hard to believe both campaigns have decided to treat voters like barely literate tabloid readers. How 'bout not voting in the Presidential election and voting for any candidate not in office. Where there's a choice avoid voting for either a Democrat or a Republican. Do this for the next three national elections.
Since we're gonna get either Obama or McCain, what've we got to lose?

Posted by: bgreen2224 | August 21, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

This whole campaign is ONE BIG BAD JOKE.

and the biggest joke is that the American people are not even smiling. Obama is a fruitcake, Mc Cain is just a continuation of Georgie boy (without the meanest man on earth, Cheney) so whats new??????

Posted by: LYNN PARKER | August 21, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I thought Obama promised run a campaign without resorting to personal attacks.

Looks like his high moral principles went out the window at the first sign of a downtick in the polls.

Just another politician.

Posted by: Dave | August 21, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh my god... the prisoner of war story again! I don't think its possible for McCain's campaign to play that card anymore.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please explain to my baffled Canadian self why it's such a bad thing to have an educated, successful, intellectually curious and thoughtful person as your President?

You're golden if you pretend to love NASCAR but unelectable if you like Arugala? What if you like both?

Where in the hell did this race to the bottom come from?

Posted by: Dave | August 21, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a veteran? I had no idea.

Posted by: PWR | August 21, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Obviously McCain can dish it out but cannot take it. He's been launching very nasty personal attacks daily and when one gets lobbed at him he cries like a bully who's been given his first taste of knuckle sandwich.

Waa waa waaa!

Posted by: mateocafe | August 21, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Please pray to whatever deity (including the FSM) that McCain goes completely Alzheimer during one of the debates, so even the right wingnuts will realize what a mistake McSame will be.

Posted by: ScaryBob | August 21, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh, not 7 or ten house for personal use. Right only 4. My bad. I only have one house that might be paid off in 19 freaking years. I am lucky. Yeah I had to get a mortgage, and had help from some acquaintances thought the process. Guess I have more in common with Senator Obama than John McCain.

Don't forget the other issues, Skin Cancer. My dad was clear of melanoma for 4 years. Then bam, it came back he was dead inside of 6 months. We don't want to mess with that. Not to mention the memory issue, he can't remember how many houses he has, names of countries, or that they split up. We really don't know what were getting with McCain, other than a time bomb, and 4 more years of the same failed policies.

Posted by: Paul H | August 21, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, do ya live in your socks? With that sort of retort, I have got to wonder if a golf ball bounced off your skull in the last week.

Posted by: 2008 | August 21, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Are we becoming a name where being a smart student, professor type is a weakness? So we are supposed to root for the dumb ones?

Posted by: Abm Habibullah, Plano, TX | August 21, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Somebody should tell McCain that we Values Voters don't appreciate his staff using obvious euphenisms for the f-word.

Posted by: ValuesVoter | August 21, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about their personal houses. What I care about is what NObama didn't know about his other house...that South Chicago house of worship. Such a pathetic excuse for a major party candidate! First he's the candidate of change; then he's the candidate of crying over his opponenent's "negative" ads; and, now, he's flipped again to try and out sleaze and out-negative. Oh, yes; what about the way he's funding his sleaze campaign. Just one more flip from the biggest flop (lest's hope) since Dewey.

Posted by: jayjay9 | August 21, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

So, is every issue that is brought up going to be countered with the POW angle? Personally, I'm sick of hearing it. The fact is, if McCain is elected, we will be at war just about everywhere we can spread our already thin military. Is the end goal to create more POWs? Is that it?
Brian Rogers, do what you will with the smear campaign - it appears to be all republicants know these days. Bring it on, bubba.

Posted by: ToKnow | August 21, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Wow, what a zinger McCain brought upon himself. The absence of knowing how many homes he and Cindy own has set off the loudest alarm bells within the already faltering campaign. Look more more innuendo attacks against Obama---McCain did this to himself in showing he is out of touch with economic realities within the U.S. Panicsville time within McCain's stable of dwellings.

Posted by: Lou R | August 21, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't the media even bring up the Keating 5 affair? And don't McCain and wife have a family JET?

Posted by: scientist1 | August 21, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Gee, conservatives must not have much of a sense of humor. Obama was just having a little fun with McCain's seven (or is it eight? nine? ten? eleven? twelve by some counts) houses.

Posted by: The Zug | August 21, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

McCain having Mob Money??? He married Cindy who is a rich woman that's all. But no one in Cindy's family went to jail or is a convicted felon.

Now, on the other hand, who is this Rezko..he does have ties to organized crime.

Posted by: Jamie | August 21, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

So they are mad because McCain said something stupid in an interview and are now going to retaliate? Shoot from the hip there McCain, lets keep em coming.

Posted by: Chris | August 21, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

"You don't get it" - what, Johnny money-wad? - you may have to sell your yacht if Obama is in the WH? You think McMoney gives a f**kty-f**k about the middle class, about jobs? He'll be p*ssing in his gold plated Depends in White House handing off money to whatever despotic regime his lobbying pals are helping. You don't get it - and with McSame, you never will.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

And, not only did he ditch his disabled wife and children from that marriage - before doing so - he cheated on her with Cindy after finding out how rich her father was!! Now, I'm not saying he is a gold digger??!!!! But, it certainly makes me wonder who the elitist candidate is.

Posted by: Connie Douglas | August 21, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Does McCain know what's going on?

Hearing stuff like this honestly makes me wonder if he's mentally capable of being a Senator, much less POTUS.

Posted by: Anon | August 21, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with eating Arugula!?

Posted by: jblk01 | August 21, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm republican, but I sort of want a professor type in office? Since when did being professor-esque become a bad thing? What the hell?

Posted by: rah | August 21, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Haiku response from average American:

as for my count of
forclosure letters -- i'll have
my staff get to you

http://latebreakingmuse.blogspot.com/

Posted by: DaveB | August 21, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Someone explain to me how anyone can look at the liberal policies of the last 40 years and want more of them. Liberal education and welfare have ruined the black family and republicans get called racist for trying to fix it. Democrats won't give you school choice and you blacks sit back and take it. All the crime infested urban areas are controlled by the democrates you still vote for these facist 95%.

Posted by: rotten | August 21, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

McCain is soaring to new heights of hypocrisy on his wife's personal jet. He flies around the country bent on duping the public into believing he's "one of them," a regular guy who can empathize with Americans facing an overwhelming economic crush. What's more, he disparages those who oppose his ridiculous policy proposals as "elitist." But who's the real elitist?

The REAL McCain is a multimillionaire who owns ten luxurious homes. The REAL McCain backs President Bush's tax cuts for big corporations. The REAL McCain empathizes only with the interests of our nation's wealthy minority, not its money-strapped majority. But far too many are buying into McCain's deceit because the corporate press won't present the whole picture..

http://bravenewfilms.org/blog/49248-mccain-s-mansions-the-houses-that-greed-built

Posted by: The Keating 5 - google it | August 21, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Cannot count his houses ? McCain makes GWB looks good.

Posted by: Basil | August 21, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Don in Texas:

No one is claiming that John McCain was the "only" Vietnam POW hero. Talk about a strawman argument.

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

What does McCain do with his three extra mansions when he's not in them? Is it storage space for his Italian loafers or what?

Posted by: fletc3her | August 21, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

And McSame said Obama was an elitist.Why no mention of McSame wanting to start the draft?

Posted by: bushwacker 1 | August 21, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

does any mccain statement not mention that he was a POW?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

McCain married mob money that was suppose to be shared with Cindy's other two half sisters..but Cindy and John had the will botch up so many times, and Cindy's sisters couldn't afford to fight the hired powerful attorneys of the McCains...their share was stolen by the McCains.....that's why Cindy said her money is not fair game..no investigations...I think not...Investigate that bafoon!

Posted by: Kim | August 21, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

"Right so elect Obama, raise taxes on corporations and force more offshoring to financially attractive locations."

Funny how it's treasonous to suggest that we shouldn't have been, or continue to be, sacrificing our young men in Iraq, yet "American" companies try to economically blackmail the country by threatening to move overseas. Now THAT is treason, Republican-style.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 21, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Justin:

How many pairs of socks do you own?

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

John McCain was one of more than 600 Americans held prisoner in North Vietnam, many for years longer than McCain. ALL OF THEM were tortured at one time or another. 590 of them, like McCain, were awarded the Silver Star medal. Nearly ALL OF THEM, like McCain, refused "early release" until the first-captured, the sick and the wounded were repatriated.

It is greatly misleading to characterize John McCain as THE Vietnam POW hero. He was just one of hundreds -- but he very seldom mentions the sacrifice and heroism of his fellow POWs.

Posted by: Don in Texas | August 21, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Get on the fascist pig's ass obama

Posted by: pekopper | August 21, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

In response to those saying McCain's camp is playing the POW card, I'm going to respond on behalf of the McCain campaign by paraphrasing a quote from a McCain spokeswoman earlier this week, "The insinuation from" certain WaPost posters "that John McCain, a former prisoner of war," would play the POW card "is outrageous."

Yes, it's getting ridiculous at this point.


Posted by: Matt K. | August 21, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I am asking all of you unemployed slacking liberals that are still home living with mommy to get out there and register so you can vote for me. Please act now. And listen, when I say Change, Change, Change I don't want you to think that means you and you have to go and work or something. You can stay here and blog and read the Huffington post all day long still, no need to worry.

Posted by: Senatory Barack Husein Obama (D-IL) | August 21, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

McCain invested in the U.S.A. in homes ect
Obama invested in William Ayers, ridical "Weatherman" Group how many millions AND OUR TAX DOLLARS to welfare..and Obama wantsto make charity work a must for high school kids and collagae kids and who is to say who gets the free labor?????

Posted by: eddie | August 21, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Yo! Yo! Damn, I'm voting for McCain baby so I get a chance to PARTY at the man's mansion in Arizona, dog! Check out the phat outdoor hot tub baby! We's gonna party with Cindy, oh yeah! Where's the lobster???!!!

http://www.architecturaldigest.com/homes/features/archive/mccain_slideshow_072005?slide=8#globalNav

Posted by: Partyin' with McCain!!! | August 21, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

"Right so elect Obama, raise taxes on corporations and force more offshoring to financially attractive locations."

Okay.

Posted by: tom | August 21, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad to see the McCain campaign counts the house McCain wasn't paying taxes on as one of those houses in which he lives.

On another note, haven't we already had enough with 8 years of a president who takes pride in being ignorant.

Posted by: Justin | August 21, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

rnva...not adults, but angry white men!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

ROTTEN....no McCain married a clueless uneducated, stupid, bafoon adulterous harlot who happens to be the daughter of a mother who was also a bafoon adulterous harlot! LMAO

Posted by: ha | August 21, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

We ain't votin for you cracker girl. Obama's our man, and we will paint the white House black!

Posted by: Ludicrous | August 21, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

The wealthy rich white guy Republicans see the middle and lower class as their "worker bee's". We are the pool that they take the income from to support their lavish life styles. The move our jobs out of the country. They give themselves huge tax breaks.Vote down any health plan that would cover all Americans. Want to control our private lives and own our bodies, strip us of our constitutional rights.


Sorry Grandpa Golddigger. The White House is one home Cindy can't buy you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP-0pedQeGw
.


Posted by: CK | August 21, 2008 1:54 PM
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Right so elect Obama, raise taxes on corporations and force more offshoring to financially attractive locations.

You f&$king liberals just don't get it.

Posted by: You Don't Get It | August 21, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

black

Posted by: the kettle to the pot | August 21, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey thebob.bob, why don't you ask about your green hero, Al Gore's, carbon footprint?

Posted by: jon | August 21, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I urge each and every Democrat to support my nomination for the Presidency in Denver next week. Barrack Obama has no practical experience and cannot be trusted with the highest office in the world. Let's not hand this next for year's to my distinguished colleague John McCain by nominating someone who makes us feel good, but doesn't have the experience to run the country. I ask each of you for your vote.

Posted by: Hillary Clinton | August 21, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Said Kim - fight 'em hard!:
"Neocons!!! Bring it the F$ck on!!! WE are going to have a GRAND ole time exposing that old jerk!! Cindy's mob money is FAIR GAME...McCain's mafia crimes are fair game!!! This is getting GOOD!!! I love it...that's why the rethugs wanted Hillary to win...so they could drag her sh$t out of the closet"


Meanwhile, adult Americans are going to elect John McCain as our next president.

Posted by: rnva | August 21, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

McCain economic policy

Less Jobs, More Wars:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nqtL-P8kzo
.

Posted by: Agent Orange | August 21, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Pathetic! What is sadder? McCain campaign trying to cover for McFeeb's latest clueless outing or GOP trolls rushing in here trying to put lipstick on the geriatric pig? LMAO!! Thanks guys - way to trip over your imaginary momentum!

Posted by: 2008 | August 21, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"That 4 out of 5 were Dems?"

Rest assured I won't vote for Alan Cranston or Dennis DeConcini, or the other three.

McCain is gonna take a beatdown on this. His fault for all of the "celebrity"/"elitist" talk.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 21, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

McCain is rich. Obama is an elitist. There is a difference. Being rich is a material thing. Being elitist is a personality characteristic, one that Obama embraces handily.

McCain '08.

Posted by: Patriots Against Obama | August 21, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

What McPantload forgets is that Obama worked for his "mansion", not marry a beer heiress and inherit "MANSIONS".

This guy is such a tool, way too old, he can't remember parts of his own life.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

The wealthy rich white guy Republicans see the middle and lower class as their "worker bee's". We are the pool that they take the income from to support their lavish life styles. The move our jobs out of the country. They give themselves huge tax breaks.Vote down any health plan that would cover all Americans. Want to control our private lives and own our bodies, strip us of our constitutional rights.


Sorry Grandpa Golddigger. The White House is one home Cindy can't buy you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP-0pedQeGw
.

Posted by: CK | August 21, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

A few FACTS. McCain's annual income in 2006 was almost $6.5 Million. We are still waiting for their 2007 tax return.

It is also noteworthy that McCains charitable deductions, at the expense to the American treasury, went to their private foundation that predominately donated to their children's private schools. It is part of the expected cost of sending your kids to private school and benefited them personally, rather than those foundation resources being devoted to the public's benefit.

McCain's tax policy is to continue to favor the rich, like himself, at the expense of the rest of the country.

Now we have the clueless/evasive/senior moment (not sure which) of him not knowing how many homes HE has.

His calling Obama "elite" is patently absurd.

Posted by: pcvd | August 21, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

McCain married money and Obama married an anti-american racist>

Posted by: rotten | August 21, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Really, Can't bring up the Keating 5 scandal? Too long ago?

The government basically sponsored the robbing of billions from the taxpayers (from the savings account of little old ladies first). One man was the heart of that, Charles Keating.

Sure, they didn't prove McCain was out and out bribed... but:

1) McCain and Keating were very good friends.
2) McCain in-laws made a substantial investment in some Keating properties and made a lot of money.
3) McCain took free trips on Keating's jet and spent vacations at his Bahamas resort.

Now, I know McCain is 'really sorry' and it was the 'worst mistake of his life'. I know he paid back Keating for the trips YEARS after he took them (I'm sure that was the plan all along).

But if he's going to grill Obama over weak ties to Ayers years ago... why again doesn't this matter?

Why do we have to accept that this is a nonissue now? If you look at the Keating 5, the dollar signs for McCain's dealings with Keating are much larger than any other Senator involved...

But sure, he's sorry and case closed.

Posted by: Franklin | August 21, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

He also added: "This is a guy who lived in one house for five and a half years -- in prison," referring to the prisoner of war camp that McCain was in during the Vietnam War."

It's all about being a war hero. I'd like for anybody from the McCain campaign to have one conversation that doesn't involve his war hero status.
I have no plans to fix our economy but, don't forget I'm a war hero.
I have no healthcare plan but I'm a war hero.
I have no energy plan but drill here, drill now, did I mention I'm a war hero.
I don't have an education plan but I'm a war hero.
The surge is working because I have good judgement,even though I've been wrong the whole time, and I'm a war hero damn it.
I'm going to draft your children because We will have more wars and afterall I am a war hero.

Posted by: Tina,NC | August 21, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I guess McCain is more like Bush then we all knew., I just read he might have a DUI/
http://www.duihelpguide.com

Posted by: Peter | August 21, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

The Haves, the Have Mores and John McCain


Eight years ago, then Governor George W. Bush revealingly joked about his backers at the 2000 Al Smith Dinner. "This is an impressive crowd - the haves and the have-mores," Bush said, adding, "Some people call you the elites; I call you my base." With his own quip Saturday night that "$5 million" is his definition of "rich," John McCain made no mistake that he is Bush's natural heir.


Now, there is nothing wrong with being happily rich and utterly detached. Nothing, that is, unless you make criticizing your political opponent as "elitist" and "out of touch" a centerpiece of your campaign. Rick Davis, speaking on behalf of his $100 million man John McCain, earlier this month offered the latest formulation of Barack Obama as an effete, aloof denizen of the upper class:

"Only celebrities like Barack Obama go to the gym three times a day, demand 'MET-RX chocolate roasted-peanut protein bars and bottles of a hard-to-find organic brew - Black Forest Berry Honest Tea' and worry about the price of arugula."

Of course, Davis' "arugula war" is just another attempt at misdirection. After all, John McCain's $5 million threshold where "you move from middle class to rich" is just the latest episode of his enduring disconnect from the real lives of the American people.


For starters, McCain in April declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "whiners" remarks, was back with the campaign last week.) McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay.


In his defense, McCain's shocking tone-deafness may just be a matter of perspective. When you're as well off as he is, anything below a $5 million income (a figure exceeding that earned on average by the top 0.1% of Americans) seems middle class.


*The $100 Million Man*
-Courtesy of his wife Cindy's beer distribution fortune (one her late father apparently chose not to share with her half-sister Kathleen), the McCains are worth well over $100 million. (In the two-page tax summary she eventually released to the public, Cindy McCain reported another $6 million in 2006.) As Salon reported back in 2000, the second Mrs. McCain's millions were essential in launching her husband's political career. Unsurprisingly, the Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, who four years ago called Theresa Heinz-Kerry a "sugar mommy," has been silent on the topic of Cindy McCain.


*The Joys of (Eight) Home Ownership*
-While fellow adulterer John Edwards was pilloried for his mansion, John McCain's eight homes around the country have received little notice or criticism. His properties include a 10 acre lake-side Sedona estate, euphemistically called a "cabin" by the McCain campaign, and a home featured in Architectural Digest. The one featuring "remote control window coverings" was recently put up for sale. Still, their formidable resources did not prevent the McCains from failing to pay taxes on a tony La Jolla, California condo used by Cindy's aged aunt.


*The Anheuser-Busch Windfall*
-As it turns out, the beauty of globalization is in the eye of the beholder. While John McCain apparently played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock. Amazingly, while Missouri's politicians of both parties lined up to try to block the sale, John McCain held a fundraiser in the Show Me State even as the In Bev deal was being finalized.


*McCain's $370,000 Personal Tax Break*
-Earlier this year, the Center for American Progress analyzed John McCain's tax proposals. The conclusion? McCain's plan is radically more regressive than even that of President Bush, delivering 58% of its benefits to the wealthiest 1% of American taxpayers. McCain's born-again support for the Bush tax cuts has one additional bonus for Mr. Straight Talk: the McCains would save an estimated $373,000 a year.


*Paying Off $225,000 Credit Card Debt, Priceless*
-That massive windfall from his own tax plan will come in handy for John McCain. As was reported in June, the McCains were carrying over $225,000 in credit card debt. The American Express card - don't leave your homes without it.


*Charity Begins at Home*
-As Harpers documented earlier this year, the McCains are true believers in the old saying that charity begins at home:

Between 2001 and 2006, McCain contributed roughly $950,000 to [their] foundation. That accounted for all of its listed income other than for $100 that came from an anonymous donor. During that same period, the McCain foundation made contributions of roughly $1.6 million. More than $500,000 went to his kids' private schools, most of which was donated when his children were attending those institutions. So McCain apparently received major tax deductions for supporting elite schools attended by his children.
Ironically, the McCain campaign last week blasted Barack Obama for having attended a private school in Hawaii on scholarship. That attack came just weeks after John McCain held an event at his old prep school, Episcopal High, an institution where fees now top $38,000 a year.


*Private Jet Setters*
-As the New York Times detailed back in April, John McCain enjoyed the use of his wife's private jet for his campaign, courtesy of election law loopholes he helped craft. Despite the controversy, McCain continued to use Cindy's corporate jet. For her part, Cindy McCain says that even with skyrocketing fuel costs, "in Arizona the only way to get around the state is by small private plane."


*Help on the Homefront*
-In these tough economic times, the McCains are able to stretch their household budget. As the AP reported in April, "McCain reported paying $136,572 in wages to household employees in 2007. Aides say the McCains pay for a caretaker for a cabin in Sedona, Ariz., child care for their teenage daughter, and a personal assistant for Cindy McCain."


*Well-Heeled in $520 Shoes*
-If clothes make the man, then John McCain has it made. As Huffington Post noted in July, "He has worn a pair of $520 black leather Ferragamo shoes on every recent campaign stop - from a news conference with the Dalai Lama to a supermarket visit in Bethlehem, PA." It is altogether fitting that McCain wore the golden loafers during a golf outing with President George H.W. Bush in which he rode around in cart displaying the sign, "Property of Bush #41. Hands Off."


And so it goes. John McCain proclaims $5 million finally makes you rich. Meanwhile, ABC's Charlie Gibson thinks a $200,000 income makes you middle class. And his colleague Cokie Roberts claims Barack Obama's vacation to his home state of Hawaii was "exotic."

Posted by: McCain = Bush | August 21, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

OK, playa. What do you want to talk about re Keating 5? That 4 out of 5 were Dems? That the vice chair wanted nothing done to either Glenn or McCain but were overruled by the Dem chairman? Clue us in, playa. I don't know about Rezko but I do know that the Keating 5 scandal has largely exonerated McCain everywhere but on the fringe.... and of course on these posts. So, let's talk Rezko.

Posted by: game on | August 21, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

to annonymous who wrote the below quote...i am not attacking you. i just really have never heard of what you are talking about. do you have a site or ref i can check out. i thought McCain ditching his ex after she got paralyzed was rich enough but this is even better.

McCain is a gold digger!!!! Diggin his hands in all that mob money!!! Wait until we ALL find out how Cindy and Mr. McGoo canceled out Cindy's half sisters on those billions.....boy, this is getting better by the minute!!! Wow, then we can bring in the lobbyist....you know Mr. McGoo got a thang for them 10-21 year old blonde blue eyed, honies!!! Pedofile, jacka$$

Posted by: ??? | August 21, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

No he didn't play the POW card!! "This is a guy who lived in one house for five and a half years -- in prison."

Good grief! How pathetic!!!

Posted by: carolinagirl | August 21, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Here is another question:
Why is McCain collecting social security while he lives in 10 homes and makes $165,000 every year.

Its insane. What makes it worse is that McCain is worth over $100 million. Why is John McCain collection money from the government?

Posted by: Ann | August 21, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

The republicans are in so much trouble they are tyring to make a movie about Obama's teen years. http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: Kanye | August 21, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

And, by the way, what the heck does living in a prisoner-of-war camp have to do with ANYTHING? I feel another Biden line coming on: "John McCain's sentences consist of a noun, a verb and POW."

Posted by: TW | August 21, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

The McCain camp seems pretty "TESTY!" We're just having a little humor...laugh a litttle...smile a little..wasn't that their advise to Obama? ROFLMAO!!! Gimme some of dem billions...Johnnie Boy!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I cant believe McCain is doing so well, The Republican party is in control of a bunch of sheep. They shoved McCain down the throat of the party and everyone took it. Now it seems the Partys ideas and principles are now at risk. John McCain does have a temper, I saw the video of him blowing up on a former senator and dropping the f bomb. http://www.mccanes.com Y McCain will lose if he picks Romney http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: Daniel | August 21, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Did he just call Obama a pointy-headed professor? What kind of stupidity is that. Resorting to namecalling.

I rather sure if anyone related or no, unrelated to Obama's campaign referred to John as a stiff-armed robot, there would be an all-out assault on Obama.

Posted by: WOW! | August 21, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Tony....McCain should be charged with the Federal Commission for the campaign funding fraud!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Wowsers! McCain's campaign is freaking out on this one! I love how Mr. Rogers says that since Obama's campaign pointed this out and is running with it, NOW they are going to go after Obama with Rezko and other things. AS IF they weren't going to bring any of that up regardless. Laughable.

Someone got a taste of his own medicine today!

Posted by: TW | August 21, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

It really comes down to this.
Obama= The Great Depression part 2
McCain = Same Great Depression part 2 with
a side serving of WWIII
I will take Obama.
http://www.mccanes.com/newparty.html

Posted by: John | August 21, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

When was the last time John McCain filled up his own gas..
McCain's answer "Oh, I don't remember. Now there's Secret Service protection. But I've done it for many, many years. I don't recall and frankly, I don't see how it matters."

Talk about disconnected.

Posted by: Ann | August 21, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a gold digger!!!! Diggin his hands in all that mob money!!! Wait until we ALL find out how Cindy and Mr. McGoo canceled out Cindy's half sisters on those billions.....boy, this is getting better by the minute!!! Wow, then we can bring in the lobbyist....you know Mr. McGoo got a thang for them 10-21 year old blonde blue eyed, honies!!! Pedofile, jacka$$

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

A message to those who want to bring up the Keating Five Scandal that took place some 25+ years ago - It won't work and it won't stick.

First, he was cleared of any wrong doing by Democrats and Republicans alike. Second, McCain has spent the years since then battling for campgaign finance reform which was at the heart of the Keating scandal.

Posted by: Tony | August 21, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

At least Obama earned his money. McCain married it.

Posted by: steve boyington | August 21, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Neocons!!! Bring it the F$ck on!!! WE are going to have a GRAND ole time exposing that old jerk!! Cindy's mob money is FAIR GAME...McCain's mafia crimes are fair game!!! This is getting GOOD!!! I love it...that's why the rethugs wanted Hillary to win...so they could drag her sh$t out of the closet

Posted by: Kim - fight 'em hard! | August 21, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Hey but according to John McCain Obama's pay from his book which was $4 million makes Obama middle class.. All I can say is Keating Five and Phil Graham.

Posted by: Ann | August 21, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

What is the carbon footprint for all the McCain homes? That private jet of Cindy's? probably burns enough fuel to heat..how many homes? If he's going to claim that the houses aren't his but hers...let's see the pre-nuptial agreement. If Cindy catches John "following the little puppy around" does she get to dump him with no allowance? How much are McCain's haircuts? It seemed Republicans were awfully concerned about another real war hero married to an heiress a few years ago.. Resko? Please! McCain was a US Senator doling out millions to his banking buddies, no comparison. Wait till America watches the old man blow his top..I've seen videos, it's not pretty! You want his crankiness with his finger on the button???

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 21, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

now i ain't sayin he's a gold digger

Posted by: dan | August 21, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

#1 McCain wealth secret: ditch your disabled wife

Posted by: dan | August 21, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Tell us again how many bottles of wine the wine cellar in the Obama mansion holds.

(Answer: 1,000)

Posted by: expatriot | August 21, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

You guys bring up Rezko, we'll bring up Keating five. Game on, baby!

Posted by: playa | August 21, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

If the 3 homes for McCain are not homes, but investments.....I guess 100 million americans are actually homeless living in their 'investments'. So McCain the person needs 4 homes to maintain his lifestyle? Another elitist comment from the elitist candidiate.

Posted by: playa | August 21, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

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