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Obama Paints McCain as Wealthy and Clueless

Updated 1:52 p.m.
By Howard Kurtz
The Ad: Maybe you're struggling just to pay the mortgage on your home. But recently John McCain said, "The fundamentals of our economy are strong." Hmm. Then again, that same day, when asked how many houses he owns, McCain lost track -- he couldn't remember. Well, it's seven. Seven houses. And here's one house America can't afford to let John McCain move into. [Shot of the White House]

Analysis: This Barack Obama ad attempts to paint the senator from Arizona as a wealthy, out-of-touch elitist -- precisely the tactic that Republicans once used against John Kerry and John Edwards.

McCain did make the comment about the economy and, in an interview with Politico yesterday, could not enumerate how many houses he owns (valued at $13 million, an on-screen graphic says). The McCain camp says he and his wife Cindy, whose fortune comes from a family beer distributorship, use four of the properties, with the others occupied by relatives or others.

The underlying assumption -- that McCain's personal wealth makes him insensitive to the struggling economy -- is highly debatable. McCain has repeatedly talked about the need to address economic problems, and both he and the senator from Illinois voiced support for -- but did not vote on -- a housing bailout bill passed by Congress. But the tactic could be an effective counterpunch to McCain's ads dismissing Obama as a mere celebrity.

The Obama spot implicitly makes one other charge. By showing McCain speaking in slow motion, with melancholy music in the background, while the narrator says he can't remember the number of homes, the ad suggests the 71-year-old Republican is confused.

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 21, 2008; 12:24 PM ET
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Posted by: reunionpi | August 24, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

The idea of John McCain as president seems scarier and scarier by the day. Still, if the clueless George Bush can manage to get elected twice, I suppose anything can happen.

Posted by: Mark O | August 23, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

If having $150-200,000,000.00 does not make you a disconnected elitest, I think you have a drinking problem Howie'. John Mc$ame is a hot-headed Liar who has never seen a war he didn't like. He's a Right-Wing Whacko who should never be close to the Red Button! Wakeup Howie'!

Posted by: Scott S. Cooper | August 23, 2008 4:49 AM | Report abuse

So how many homes do you own, Mr. Howard "Conflict of Interest" Kurtz?

Why are in the tank for McCain?

McCain was clearly trying to avoid the question. He is rich, for the rich, and wants rule by the rich. His wife was buying another house the same time McCain told Americans to suck it up and quit taking vactions. And now the McCain camp, truly panicked, is playing the POW card?

But ole' Conflict of Interest Kurtz says never mind, no big deal, Americans won't care that he owns a parking lot worth 4 times the ave. American house.

Sir, get off the GOP kool-aid.

A btter press pleae, this one is too stupid and corrupt to be believed.

Posted by: Jon Chinn | August 22, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

McCain and his rich wife own seven homes, but the candidate can't recall how many(my staff will get back to you).

"Rich" is 5 million a year in earnings (OK, in McCain's world, where Cindy made 6 million in income in 2006, that makes sense. Still waiting for her 2007 returns.....).

McCain's chief economic adviser Gramm, who oh by the way, is still advising him, thinks we're a nation of whiners (back to work you sniveling whiners, your smoke break is over). Gramm for treasury secretary if McCain wins ?

And McCain couldn't recall what a gallon of gas cost just a few months ago...right around the time he said the economy was fundamentally sound (sure, if your spouse is worth 100 million, what's to worry about).

Rich, aloof, my staff will get back to you McCain.

Great ad yesterday by the Obama camp showing the WH and the disclaimer that this is one house we can't allow McCain to move in to.

Blows the McCain elitist Obama attacks, as the Post indicates today, out of the water.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

One thing indisputable about McCain is that he is old and getter older.

It shows.

Posted by: 2mature2bHornswoggled | August 22, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

I am not bothered by the money McCain has in and of itself, but I am concerned of what that means to his life experiences. And he runs on "experience". I figure he has never had to worry about covering college for his kids, paying attention to the cost of milk or gas, worrying about buying kids clothes and all the day to day stuff that tells most Americans we are in a recession. He may know it intellectually, but he doesn't understand it as we do.

In a similar vein, he is self admittedly technologically deficient. He wouldn't be reading this blog, nor paying his bills online, nor would he ever have had the challenge of setting up a new TV and DVD. I wonder how he would deal with all the technological issues that are sure to come up in the next four years.

Being rich does have a downsize. McCain doesn't know firsthand what we in the middle class experience.

Posted by: Ceee | August 21, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

I like this debate. Let's also mention that Sen. McCain was chair of the commerce comm. but readily admitted that he was no expert on the economy. Clearly, he did care enough to be briefed and do his (well paying) job properly.

The same Sen. McCain who has Sen Phil Gramm, the political muscle behind the Enron scandal, as his *econ advisor*.

I cannot believe that people are stupid enough to let these same old fools continue to lead us down the wrong path. Who benefits?

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 21, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Of course people are excited about Obama. If you've ever worked for a large companies and have had shifty or incompetent bosses and then moved to a smaller firm with cool people in it and said, "wow. at last a place i'm excited to work at!" then you know the feeling.

When is the last time we've had a President who was intelligent and not corrupt? Ike? Truman? FDR?

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 21, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

"The underlying assumption -- that McCain's personal wealth makes him insensitive to the struggling economy -- is highly debatable."

Okay, lets's debate it. Has Mccain ever been subjected to the vissiscitudes of the economy and been without a job? Has he ever had to work a second job to pay his mortgage? Has he ever had to negotiate for health insurance in the private sector?
No, to each of these things that many Americans have to worry about each and every day.

It is little wonder that a guy like Howie Kurtz finds these things "debateable" because only elitist snobs and apoligists for inherited wealth like Kurtz, who are themselves worth millions need to protect their own from accusations of indifference to the plight of their countrymen.

The worst thing about it is that Mccain never did a thing to acquire his riches but to say "I do." And those riches did not come from his wife's labor either because the only reason she got them was that she was born.

Posted by: kuvasz | August 21, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

"McCain has repeatedly talked about the need to address economic problems,"
not true, in april of this year he said the economy was doing just fine

Posted by: ron paul | August 21, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

The sleazy NObama is now using Clinton years as a testament to how he will govern? Did n't he compare Clinton to Nixon and held up his admiration for Reagan when he ran against HRC? Does this guy have no shame?

Well I take that last question back.

I can only hope and pray that the Nob somehow did not settle on HRC. That would be a disaster.

The best part of my day was when I opened my copy of the Journal and saw that 52% of all CLinton supporters don't support Nob, and will either sit home or vote Mac. Bravo! The rest of my fellow CLinton supporters, don't be shy, don't be browbeaten by the thugs of the Dem party (yes, the same thugs that blithely looked the other way as the Nob campaign and his prostitute media pals piled on HRC using all kinds of dirty race and sex cards) that somehow you need to unite and vote the Nob, and forget all that happened.

Nothing has changed; just read the daily column of the media prostitute Mo Dowd; she is still spouting anti-Clinton venom till today, even as the Nob is praising HRC for her trail blazing campaign. You know who is sincere and who is not between them; the venom is real. This is how all the gutter rat groupies of Nob feel towards the CLintons. As soon as the Nob is elected, he will throw CLinton under the bus (heck, he did that to his fine grandma and his beloved pastor of 20 years).

Posted by: intcamd1 | August 21, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

The Holy Season of Lent is upon us. Can Obama worshippers try to give up their Helter-Skelter cult-ish qualities for a few weeks?

At least until Easter, or the Pennsylvania primary, whichever comes first...

- jpt

UPDATE: Let me be clear: I'm not saying there shouldn't be enthusiasm in politics. I'm merely touching on the fact that some Obama supporters' exhuberance seems to be getting a little out of hand. Obama himself joked about this at a Hollywood fundraiser, as noted in Men's Vogue:

“When Morgan Freeman comes over to greet Obama, the senator begins bowing down both hands in worship. ‘This guy was president before I was,’ says Obama, referring to Freeman's turn in Deep Impact and, clearly, getting a little ahead of his own bio. Next, a nod to Bruce Almighty: ‘This guy was God before I was.’”

Posted by: WorshipGodNotMan | August 21, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Inspiration is nice. But some folks seem to be getting out of hand.

It's as if Tom Daschle descended from on high saying, "Be not afraid; for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: for there is born to you this day in the city of Chicago a Savior, who is Barack the Democrat."

Obama supporter Kathleen Geier writes that she's "getting increasingly weirded out by some of Obama's supporters. On listservs I'm on, some people who should know better – hard-bitten, not-so-young cynics, even – are gushing about Barack…

Describing various encounters with Obama supporters, she writes, "Excuse me, but this sounds more like a cult than a political campaign. The language used here is the language of evangelical Christianity – the Obama volunteers speak of 'coming to Obama' in the same way born-again Christians talk about 'coming to Jesus.'...So I say, we should all get a grip, stop all this unseemly mooning over Barack, see him and the political landscape he is a part of in a cooler, clearer, and more realistic light, and get to work."

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

You are embarrassing yourselves. With your "Yes We Can" music video, your "Fired Up, Ready to Go" song, your endless chatter about how he's the first one to inspire you, to make you really feel something -- it's as if you're tacking photos of Barack Obama to your locker, secretly slipping him little notes that read, "Do you like me? Check yes or no." Some of you even cry at his speeches. If I were Obama, and you voted for me, I would so never call you again.

Obamaphilia has gotten creepy. I couldn't figure out if the two canvassers who came to my door Sunday had taken Ecstasy or were just fantasizing about an Obama presidency, but I feared they were going to hug me. Scarlett Johansson called me twice, asking me to vote for him. She'd never even called me once about anything else. Not even to see "The Island."

What the Cult of Obama doesn't realize is that he's a politician. Not a brave one taking risky positions like Ron Paul or Dennis Kucinich, but a mainstream one. He has not been firing up the Senate with stirring Cross-of-Gold-type speeches to end the war. He's a politician so soft and safe, Oprah likes him. There's talk about his charisma and good looks, but I know a nerd when I see one. The dude is Urkel with a better tailor.

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

In other ways, Obama doesn’t act messianic—just cocky. He laughs at his own jokes, a staccato “heh” that sounds naked when spoken into a mic in a large auditorium. He strays from the script as other candidates never would. A quip about “my cousin Dick Cheney” turns into a tangent about how, “When they do these genealogical surveys, you hope they say you’re related to somebody cool. Abraham Lincoln or Willie Mays or something. But Dick Cheney: That’s a letdown.”

But the driving message of his speech was, See what Iowa did? You can do it, too. By the end, the crowd was erupting, signs were waving, and if you looked real close, you could see the ceiling windows emitting a thousand little golden shafts of light.

Posted by: Christopher Beam | August 21, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

There was a moment during Barack Obama’s rally at Nashua North High School on Saturday when I thought, Wow, Iowa has gone to his head.

Inside the gym, packed to capacity with 2600 people, Obama was describing to the crowd how his speeches generally work: “At the end—or maybe somewhere in the middle—a shaft of light comes through and hits you and you experience an epiphany: I have to vote for Barack.”

Obama has attracted Jesus comparisons since announcing his candidacy. He’s been described as the party’s savior. A Chicago art gallery displayed a sculpture depicting Obama crowned with a neon halo. Slate’s Timothy Noah kept tabs on these and other revelations in the "Obama Messiah Watch."

But now, with Iowa as his witness, Obama is he starting to sound like he believes the prophecies, too. The “epiphany” line was a joke—but he also kind of meant it. Because he’s loose on the stump, self-deprecating yet cocky, Obama gets away with appropriating the language of his own deification. He mocks it, but at the same time reinforces it. It’s hard to be humble when your overflow room is overflowing.

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

McCain is clueless on how the economy has affected many Americans. He says the economy is striving. He says that you need to have five million dollars to be considered rich. He is either so wealthy or senile that he doesn't know how many houses he own or how the economy is so bad. How in the world can anyone, particular the poor and middle class people vote for him because he will not be concerned or do anything about their economic situation. McCain is a danger for this country. He is hotheaded and acts before he thinks.

Posted by: lclon | August 21, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness.

The Child was blessed in looks and intellect. Scion of a simple family, offspring of a miraculous union, grandson of a typical white person and an African peasant. And yea, as he grew, the Child walked in the path of righteousness, with only the occasional detour into the odd weed and a little blow.

When he was twelve years old, they found him in the temple in the City of Chicago, arguing the finer points of community organisation with the Prophet Jeremiah and the Elders. And the Elders were astonished at what they heard and said among themselves: “Verily, who is this Child that he opens our hearts and minds to the audacity of hope?”

Posted by: Soleidad Obrian | August 21, 2008 7:00 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: Solyd | August 21, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

By showing McCain speaking in slow motion, with melancholy music in the background, while the narrator says he can't remember the number of homes, the ad suggests the 71-year-old Republican is confused.

They didn't have to slow it down. We already know he is confused.

He's a republican right.

Posted by: Langx | August 21, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey Howie, did you go to that barbecue at McCain's Sedona estate with your Republican wife? Did you bring flowers for Cindy like the professional journalists at Politico? Do tell!

Posted by: Finger Lickin' Good | August 21, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

McBush, that's what it is all about. These people have no clue.Bush had no clue, yet we put him in TWICE.This is insanity....a whole nation is insane. After 8 Bushyears, to entertain the notion that McBush should be the next president is juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuussst INSANE.

Posted by: dave | August 21, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

"The underlying assumption -- that McCain's personal wealth makes him insensitive to the struggling economy -- is highly debatable."

Actually, the underlying assumption is that "McCain did make the comment about the economy", a comment which shows a shocking insensitivity to not only the plight of normal Americans, but even the slightest literacy when it comes to economic matters. The markets are down, the retail sector is struggling, employment is down, foreclosures are up, savings are below zero, and we've already seen one bank collapse with two more on their way. The fundamentals of our economy are not strong. In fact, a number of them are the weakest they've been in a long, long time.

This is not debatable at all. And the underlying assumption, or more appropriately observation, that John McCain doesn't know it is not debatable. The houses thing is just an amusing anecdote that underscores that point.

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

Who's clueless? As I recall, Obama thinks there there are 57 states and the presidential term is 10 years.

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

and the right wing media leap to mccain's defense.

i'm sorry you have to watch your pathetic candidate go down in flames, howard.

actually, i'm not sorry. i find your sorrow highly amusing.

Posted by: mike | August 21, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

"The underlying assumption -- that McCain's personal wealth makes him insensitive to the struggling economy -- is highly debatable."

Oh, sure. A guy who NEVER had to WORK for a living can plausibly feel the pain of "regular Americans." While the guy who started with little, if anything, and has made something of himself through HARD WORK is plausibly an elitist. Is that your debatable point, Howie?

Spare us this steamin' pile of BS. Thank you. Treating us like unthinking morons in 2000 and 2004 was enough.

Posted by: Reality Based Communitarian | August 21, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Why should I take your interpretation? It is about as misleading as paul kane's. You guys can always find ecususe for McCain. Does he own 7 houses? Does he have mortgage problems? Is he not allowed to benefit from Cindy's 100 million dollar package.

The nonsense that informs this kind of excuse making is palpable. People now know that the Maverick has a very, very rich wife. So the idea that he feels our pain is manure.

Posted by: bitterpill8 | August 21, 2008 5:47 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 5:47 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 overlords for years:

Posted by: TheRealMcCain | August 21, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

The thing is, of the two, McCain IS the Elitist.
He comes from an Elitist family, and has had many opportunities because of it... just like GW.
While Obama now has some wealth, only in the past couple of years, have Michelle & He paid off their college loans.
Unlike JM, Obama has actually worked at a real job, and has lived with the same responsibilities, of most of middle-America.
Wake up, People...

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

Incredible how fast the corporate media comes to the defense of poor old defenseless McCain-y-pooh. QUICK! Send him some doughnuts.. with SPRINKLES!!!

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

When McCain says he'll cut taxes for the middle class, I guess he meant all the "middle class" slobs making only $4,000,000 a year and only owning three oceanside houses. What a joke. Take a guess how many private jets the McCains have.....?

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

So robert claims BHO will tell the truth once it becomes undeniable. Yeah, that seems about right but he'll be lying until then.

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

Aja B., maybe BHO's convicted felon buddy, Tony Rezko, will buy a house for you?

Hey, it could work!

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

oops sorry i meant 4:03 PM

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


McPAIN is not running for President,













NOW HE RANS MCVAIN .............


Posted by: Peter from Arizona | August 21, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

person at 4:04 PM,

lay off the sauce.

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

Like his buddy who believes the country is in a mental recession this man mccain is in a moral recession. he speaks and critizes senator Obama about his judgement about the surge but believes his ( mccain ) judgement about the war that has cost us over $800 billion dollars, 4200 lives, mothers without sons and daughters, wives loosing their husbands,Children loosing their fathers and mothers,does not matter. Only a fool would not know that the war came before the surge, and just as how he does not know how many houses he and his wife owns, how in the world can he understand or know the plight of ordinary americans? that is why he and Phil Gramm lack the moral courage to lead this country

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

Senator Obama will accept SURGE worked
when it does and only when it does 100% proven that is the only factor!

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

Hmmm... I think it's John McCain who 'painted' himself as clueless. The point isn't whether he's so rich he can't remember how many houses he has. The point isn't how much Obama's house is. While you could ask a very interesting question as to why it seems only wealthy individuals ever make it to the final round of the Presidential campaign, the 'real' point is the US economy is so bad that average Americans are facing a recession, without the safety net of an affordable health care system to get them through it. A better system would be for each person to present their proposal for the US econony and government along with the resumes of the team members they would bring to the table to run it and their supporting documentation as to how it will work and why and then for citizens to make a decision. But, unfortunately, that would require reading and what country wants to ask its populace to sweat that hard over an unimportant question like who its leader should be? People who want to vote should have to earn the priviledge, like reading the candidates position papers. Otherwise it just becomes a contest of personality and 'who's more likeable'... the guy with the 1 $2 mil house or the guy with 8 $2 mil houses. With that type of decision making no wonder we ended up with Bush! Perhaps we deserve the economy we've got and the energy dependency we ended up with, too!

Posted by: suzieQ | August 21, 2008 4:16 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 4:15 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 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey AlexP1, since you mentioned the "troop surge" in Iraq, when's Barry going to come around and admit that IT WORKED?

Posted by: Rufus | August 21, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I own ZERO houses, Mr. McCain. :)

Posted by: Aja B. | August 21, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Barak Hussein Obama has already painted most of us as "typical white people" bitterly clinging to our guns and religion.

Who gives two doots about how he paints the guy whipping him in the Polls?

Posted by: Rufus | August 21, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

i like obama but why does he approve of this message? i thought obama's campaign wasn't going to be "politics as usual". this is... kind of petty.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 4:04 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.


Posted by: JOJO | August 21, 2008 4:03 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 3:57 PM | Report abuse

That was one quickly produced ad. Good job too. Keep it up, O!

Posted by: Wow | August 21, 2008 3:51 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 extreme wealth 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 3:43 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is NOT senile.
He just has glaucoma and smokes a lot marijuana.
He drinks all that beer because his throat is dry from the Marijuana and he snorts all that coke because the beer and the marijuana makes him sleepy.
But it's all medical people, he doesn't enjoy any of it.
(By all means, quote me in any upcoming books, I'm a very reliable source, a medical professional who has actually seen John McCain---on the TV)

Posted by: McCains Optometrist | August 21, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

The Republican war on democracy
By pushing photo ID laws, Republicans aren't curbing voter fraud. They're denying Americans their legal

Brad Friedman, Wednesday August 20 2008 19:30 BST Article

The 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 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Cryos: I'm not for lowering America to the lowest common denomenator either, but you are being very narrow minded about the issue. Not everyone who is struggling is lazy, ignorant or uneducated. And if they are uneducated, it may not be their fault. Public education in low income areas is lacking, despite the fact that it should be equal regardless of location. College is often not an option because even if they could get scholarships, they may need to work to support themselves or other family members. Many people work long hours or more than one job. They are hard workers, forced to accept an unliveable minimum wage, because they did not have the same support, opportunities or options that other people had. Having low income does not mean you are stupid, lazy or a drunk, as you imply. Low income jobs are an important part of our society that we could not live without, yet no one wants to pay a fair wage for it. Not everyone is cut out to be a CEO. Some people are simpler than others, and may not understand complex financial matters. Does that mean they should be taken advantage of by the unethical actions of banks and corporations? China and India are "thriving" (human rights violations and pollution aside) because American corporations are outsourcing jobs to them, for $5 a day, instead of the $5 an hour they could pay to hardworking Americans who are trying NOT to be on welfare. By taking jobs away from Americans, corporations are in effect cutting the number of customers they may have had, because no one has disposable income anymore. Then the profits drop, so they lay off more people and the CEO gets a big bonus. The failure of the economic system in this country is the fault of the greedy, not the fault of the powerless. It's not just about rich or poor. There is nothing wrong with being rich or successful. It's about lack of morals, lack of foresight, and uneven distribution of public and private funds that could help many more people to improve upon the circumstances they were handed, thereby benefitting us all.

Posted by: not about rich or poor | August 21, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

What we should do for fairness is place a windfall tax on all big businesses and fortunes that can be traced back to organized crime.

You can't tell me that people who have lied, cheated and stolen - in many cases for generations - have paid their fair share of taxes. They've been lawyered up and exploiting the cash economy as much as possible. Do you think McCain only got $112,000 from Keating? These people tell lies to cover their lies and thefts!
"“McCain’s personal fortune traces back to organized crime in Arizona.”

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 21, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

This isn't "painting." This is taking a high resolution photograph with a very expensive camera in bright sunlight.

Posted by: CathyE | August 21, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I am a clueles, dumb whorish POW...POW POW POW! You're dead, buddy!! Vote for me and I'll set Iraq free!!

Posted by: McCain | August 21, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Right now, the big corporations that are supposed to provide for our economy actually paid 15.4% of our 2007 federal income taxes, which is way lower than the 32% in 1950's.

The majority (46.6 + 35 = 81.6%) of federal income taxes come from people like you and me. Check this out.,,id=168593,00.html
Click on Table 1.

What do you think we should do for fairness and our future?

Posted by: independent | August 21, 2008 3:06 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."


Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | August 21, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

The story about Cindy McCain's half-sister and Cindy's failure to acknowledge or financially help her (because, you know, times are tough for multi-millionaires) needs to be disseminated and brought to the fore in the press.

Also keep in mind when asked what constitutes wealthy, I believe Obama was talking about a yearly $250,000 income (and if you complain that $250,000 these days doesn't get you much--and I don't care how big your family is or where you live--you should ashamed. You may not exactly be P. Diddy pimpin', but you're not living in abject poverty, filth, and disease like many in the the world). I really hope McCain meant 5 million total, which is above my cutoff point of "wealthy," because if he meant yearly income, he should get a kick in the rear.

Dems need to keep hammering away at the Republican machine. That's not to say that we need to stoop to their levels, to mischaracterize or lie outright. All we have to do is show the truth--there's enough ammo there. Yes, we need to talk about our positive direction, but let's face it: people, particularly Americans, want a strong leader who won't take undue crap. That's just the nature of human group/leader dynamics. Gotta get the biach slaps rolling.

Posted by: anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Howard Kurtz says it is HIGHLY Debatable that McCain's extreme wealth makes him insensitive to the struggling economy.

Not for me. I'll take the guy whose wife shops at target and who not too long ago paid off his student loans. Painting mccain as out of touch is an apt representation. Good ad - hang this issue around his neck like a souvenir from your hawaiian vacation.

Posted by: J | August 21, 2008 2:59 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" friends

Posted by: The Low Road Express | August 21, 2008 2:57 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

Posted by: Bu$h Wacked | August 21, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

That got me thinking about other Republican holier than thou folks who might be in the same boat. I asked a friend to do a bit of research on that subject, and here is the list that he put together;

Republican County Constable Larry Dale Floyd was arrested on suspicion of soliciting sex with an 8-year old girl. Floyd has repeatedly won elections for Denton County, Texas, constable.

Republican judge Mark Pazuhanich of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania pled no contest to fondling a 10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation.

Republican Party leader Bobby Stumbo of Floyd County, Kentucky was arrested for having sex with a 5-year old boy.

Republican teacher and former city councilman John Collins of Asbury Park, New Jersey pled guilty to sexually molesting 13 and 14 year old girls.

Republican campaign worker Mark Seidensticker of Nashua, New Hampshire is a convicted child molester.

Republican Mayor Philip Giordano of Waterbury, Connecticut is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing 8 and 10-year old girls.

Republican Mayor John Gosek of Oswego, New York was arrested on charges of soliciting sex from two 15-year old girls.

Republican County Commissioner David Swartz of Richland County, Ohio pled guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

Republican Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives Edison Misla Aldarondo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping his daughter between the ages of 9 and 17.

Republican Committeeman John R. Curtain of Monroe County, Pennsylvania was charged with molesting a teenage boy and unlawful sexual contact with a minor.

Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth of Kannapolis, N.C., is a convicted child rapist in Florida.

Republican zoning supervisor, Boy Scout leader and Lutheran church president Dennis L. Rader of Witchita, Kansas pled guilty to performing a sexual act on an 11-year old girl he murdered.

Republican anti-abortion activist Nicholas Morency of Camden, New Jersey pled guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer and offering a bounty to anybody who murders an abortion doctor.

Republican campaign consultant Tom Shortridge of Soputhbay, California was sentenced to three years probation for taking nude photographs of a 15-year old girl.

Republican racist pedophile and United States Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina had sex with a 15-year old black girl which produced a child.

Republican pastor Mike Hintz of Des Moines, Iowa, who George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a sexual affair with a female juvenile.

Republican legislator Peter Dibble of New London, Connecticut pled no contest to having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

Republican advertising consultant Carey Lee Cramer of Arizona was charged with molesting his 9-year old step daughter after including her in an anti-Gore television commercial.

Republican activist Lawrence E. King, Jr. and Republican lobbyist Craig J. Spence both of Washington, D.C. organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.

Republican Congressman Donald “Buz” Lukens of Columbus, Ohio was found guilty of having sex with a female minor and sentenced to one month in jail.

Republican fundraiser Richard A. Delgaudio of Burke, Virginia was found guilty of child porn charges and paying two teenage girls to pose for sexual photos.

Republican activist Mark A. Grethen of Colorado Springs. Colorado was convicted on six counts of sex crimes involving children.

Republican activist Randal David Ankeney of El Paso County, Arizona pled guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child.

Republican Congressman Dan Crane of Illinois had sex with a female minor working as a congressional page.

Republican activist and Christian Coalition and South Carolina Republican leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter.

Republican Judge Ronald C. Kline of Orange County, California was placed under house arrest for child molestation and possession of child pornography.

Republican congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman of Maryland was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar.

Republican Committee Chairman and attorney Jeffrey Patti of Sparta, New Jersey was arrested for distributing a video clip of a 5-year-old girl being raped.

Republican activist Marty Glickman of Florida (a.k.a. “Republican Marty”), was taken into custody by Florida police on four counts of unlawful sexual activity with an underage girl and one count of delivering the drug LSD. It was Glickman, interestingly enough, that claimed Bill Clinton came from a low rent state and had torn down all of the standards for the highest office in the land.

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 2:40 PM | Report abuse

"Despite McCain’s professed desire to “define rich in other ways besides income,” distinctions between income levels are a centerpiece of his tax proposals that overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy."

Rich people already pay a WAY bigger percentage of their income to income taxes. People below $30K pay an overall negative amount to income tax from all the fully refundable credits.

If you're poor and not doing anything to help your own situation like get educated or find another job; too bad you can be poor. The entitlement crowd that wants to enslave other people to pay for the fact they are losers is amazing. Get an education, work smart and hard and don't pop out 3 kids by 21 and you'll be ok. If you do; you're a loser and too bad.

Posted by: Cryos | August 21, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Nation of Whiners?

Where’s the Trauma and the Grief?

Published: August 14, 2008

Dujiangyan, China

"I don’t know if it’s emotionally sustainable or even healthy, but it raises at least one interesting question. When you compare these people to the emotional Sturm und Drang over lesser things on reality TV, you do wonder if we Americans are a nation of whiners."

Well, we are no communist country, but we do need to think about whether or not we have become a nation of whiners. It is a big obstacle to our competitiveness in the global economy.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

In his interview with Politico yesterday, McCain again refused to give a number, saying that he defines rich “in other ways beside income.” He added that some people “are poor if they’re billionaires“:

He still did not give a number.

“I define rich in other ways besides income,” he said. “Some people are wealthy and rich in their lives and their children and their ability to educate them. Others are poor if they’re billionaires.”

Despite McCain’s professed desire to “define rich in other ways besides income,” distinctions between income levels are a centerpiece of his tax proposals that overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy.

(From Think Progress)

Posted by: Yar | August 21, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

"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."

Oh please. Republicans propose and support comprehensive plans including short term and transitional plans such as oil, liquid coal and nuclear along with long term plans including conservation, alternative energy, solar, wind and geothermal.

Liberals are paid off by environmental extremist and foreign special interests so they refuse to endorse any sort of affordable energy and just assume we'll somehow magically transition to alternative energy and magically make it cheap.

Do yourself a favor and do some BASIC RESEARCH like cost per kilowatt hour and consistency of energy output instead of falling back on the PC "big oil" empty shell of an argument.

Posted by: Cryos | August 21, 2008 2:29 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.

Posted by: Phil Slowsky | August 21, 2008 2:26 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:

Posted by: astral99 | August 21, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, have you right wing ubermensches never read Dickens, Sinclair, Steinbeck, or even Adam Smith on ethics? Untrammelled capitalism is evil. If you don't believe me, try passing a camel through the eye of a needle.

Posted by: Lefty | August 21, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

John McCain has used his time POW shamelessly and for more reward than ANY POW in American history.

He's wrong on foreign policy and especially wrong on Iraq, as "a war based on lies cannot be won, because the objectives aren't based on truth."

John McCain was also a key player in speading the False Anthrax Story and Iraq.

Right after 9/11, John McCain appeared on David Letterman Show(national television) and said that Iraq may be responsible for the Anthrax attacks, preying on America's fears the same exact way the Bush administration has lied us all into economic and moral self-destruction. But not before he used a sadistic joke in *reference to the House adjourning until the Capitol could be cleared of the anthrax threat, that Congress members should “bring out their dead!”*

*He opened the interview by asking Letterman, “What is Osama bin Laden going to be for Halloween?” “Dead!”*

It's now 7 years later and Osama Bin Laden is probably laughing at John McCain's inability to catch him.

That John McCain's a real funny guy.

John McCain's key foreign policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann, is on Georgia's payroll calling into question a HUGE CONFLICT OF INTEREST where John McCain's recent foreign policy decision making is concerned.

And Randy Scheunemann was the President of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, which was created by the Project for the New American Century. Also, Randy Scheunemann sits on the Board Of Directors IRI(The International Republican Institute)with Lorne Craner, who's the President of the IRI and is also the president of the Millenium Challenge Corporation, which recently awarded Georgia in a $295 million pact.

Senator John McCain is Chairman at IRI.

More conflict of interest?

The American people need to really understand what is going on and who John McCain really is and what his intentions for America are.

And John McCain's economic team is, to a great extent, responsible for the housing collapse and an economy in shambles. But Phil Gramm, John McCain's key economic adviser, has called America "a nation of whiners."

John McCain is a fraud and should be called into question on these key issues.

I love my country.

Posted by: mdanz | August 21, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Just because McCain "has repeatedly talked" about economic issues doesn't mean he is in touch with average Americans and understands how this downward spiraling economy (and upward spiraling prices) is hurting them. I suspect his chief economic adviser, "Enron Loophole" Phil Gramm, expressed the true Republican/McCain view of those suffering in this economy by calling them "whiners." What I see from Kurtz, and other longtime McCain lovers in the mainstream media, is a continuing effort to excuse every confused and senseless utterance of their pal, McCain, and a concerted effort to deflect any criticism directed at him.

Posted by: azjimn2son | August 21, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Haiku response from average American:

as for my count of
forclosure letters -- i'll have
my staff get to you

Posted by: DaveB | August 21, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Here's a photo of the Mexican-tiled patio off the master bedroom, a private space complete with a pergola, a spa and a built-in fireplace at one of the McCain's houses they own in Arizona. Come on folks, the McCain's can relate to me and you, the common folks. Hell, they practically live in the ghetto!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Anon writes:

"McCain just doesn't care about his money. Isn't this better than having a candidate who counts his or her net worth every day in our White House?"

IOW you want a guy so rich that he doesn't even care about money. Just like W, right ?

How does that square though with McCain knowing, or more to the point caring, about average American's daily concerns ?

It doesn't matter whether he knows or cares in your view ?

As long as there are plenty of 18-20 years olds to draft and fight the war with Iran he's itching to start ?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Those that said McCain graduated from Naval Academy low in his class need to think more about your comment.

I am a teacher. I never doubt any students ranked low in my class, because the way we test our students is not necessarily the best. It's more important to be able to think independently than to get the correct answers to tests. For example, Bill Gates never graduated from college. What do you say about his undereducated background and his success?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

"Perhaps Cindy will decide to fully disclose all of her finances/tax returns and stop hiding behind her kids ?

Posted by: MA | August 21, 2008 1:52 PM"

"Maybe Obama will urge Chicago to release the papers on Ayers and his foundation? Oh that's right the rules only apply to republicans."

Comparing apples and oranges Cy ?

Why won't Cindy release all of her tax returns ?

The Obamas have.

Again, I don't begrude McCain marrying the rich heiress (although his first wife, the one he cheated on might), I just don't want another out of touch multi millionaire like W running our government. Especially one who's about to turn 72 years old and is really starting to show it.

Both my parents are in their mid 70s now, so I have a good reference point.

Posted by: MA | August 21, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

If McCain and his wife had posted their income tax returns, why is this an issue?

McCain just doesn't care about his money. Isn't this better than having a candidate who counts his or her net worth every day in our White House?

I can trust Laura, Michelle and Cindy with our White House furniture and treasure as long as Hillary isn't around.
Let's move on to real issues facing our nation.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse


Did you vote for John F. Kerry?

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse


That was the fake JakeD. I already posted on this "issue" over here:

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey, McSame fans.....face it, your candidate is a kept man. Johnny-Boy dumps his wife and kids and quickly turned around and married the trophy wife beer queen who's wealth funds his several runs for public office.

He claims he doesn't know how many homes his meal ticket owns? I believe him. McSame lives off the wife and keeps out of her business, including real estate investments.

President McCain? I don't think so. One clueless jerk every decade is enough.

Posted by: voultron | August 21, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

First of all, the comment about $5 million being rich is out of context. Basically what he said was that you can't define rich because it means something different to different people. He even stated that they would probably use that particular part of what he said against him. People should actually watch things and hear them in context before talking about them.

Thankfully, we have a free country and people can own seven homes if they can afford it. Real estate investment is not a crime. It's also ok for his wife to have her own investments.

Having three children in the military, and being a veteran myself, no way do I want Obama in charge!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

McCain economic policy

Less Jobs, More Wars:

Posted by: Agent Orange | August 21, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

"For him to say he does not know how many houses he owns tells us one of three things. Either he is incredibly stupid, he is senile, or he is willfully deceptive and dishonest. Not a single quality there I would want in a president.

Posted by: katharine | August 21, 2008 1:54 PM"

Or it could mean that he has never visited the houses and doesn't keep close track of his wife's investments but knows she has investments in property.

Posted by: Cryos | August 21, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

the real funny part is we all continue to feed this media machine that does nothing but sensationalize every single thing they get thier dirty hands on.McCains a cheater? great!Obamas a muslim?super! doesnt anyone else see how stupid this whole pony show really is?and if y'all care to remember back a few years to 2000, you will all realize that our votes dont reall matter anyway.we have the best government that money can buy,and until we realize that as a country,its gonna be more of the same

Posted by: john c hodgkins | August 21, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"Perhaps Cindy will decide to fully disclose all of her finances/tax returns and stop hiding behind her kids ?

Posted by: MA | August 21, 2008 1:52 PM"

Maybe Obama will urge Chicago to release the papers on Ayers and his foundation? Oh that's right the rules only apply to republicans.

Posted by: Cryos | August 21, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

And what’s even scarier is that he knows even less about foreign policy and defense matters.

Posted by: vtwin | August 21, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Cyros and others. It is not that John McCain owns lots of houses. Its that he has not earned anything on his own. He got through school and the naval academy by the skin of his teeth because of his father, then left his injured wife to marry in to wealth with Cindi McCain. For him to say he does not know how many houses he owns tells us one of three things. Either he is incredibly stupid, he is senile, or he is willfully deceptive and dishonest. Not a single quality there I would want in a president.

Posted by: katharine | August 21, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

This whole thing is laughable, in reality we would be better off with the richest person woman or man in the world as presidential candidate. If so there might be a lower probability of being bought by any or all special interests. However, in modern times it seems the rich only want to get richer so I guess the real difference is street walker versus courtisan when it comes to choosing among politicians.

Posted by: Lloyd | August 21, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama, the poor man, spending millions and millions on TV ads using his supporters cash to paint his rival is rich. Hmm....

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Where did you get the 41 million dollar Obama new worth number Anonymous ?

According to Slate:

"Let's start with the big picture: net worth. According to Obama's most recent public financial statements, he and his wife, Michelle, were worth between $500,000 and $2 million at the end of 2005 (excluding whatever equity they have in their $1.65 million Chicago house). The bulk of this wealth came from $1.2 million in royalties Obama received that year for The Audacity of Hope and a previously published book (part of a $1.9 million, three-book deal). The $1.2 million figure is presumably pretax, which means that, after paying the IRS, Obama probably kept about $600,000."

So the Obamas, who have fully disclosed all their finances/tax returns, at best have a net worth of 4-6 million, if one includes the 4 million Obama earned in 2007 (before taxes) mainly from book royalties.

And I don't begrudge anyone marrying in to money as McCain did. But the guy is so detached, he can't even remember how many houses he and his heiress wife co-own.

Of course if you're a "rich" indidvidual, 5 million a year in income according to McCain, or garnering enormous earnings through stock dividends like Dick Cheney, McCain is your guy.

Perhaps Cindy will decide to fully disclose all of her finances/tax returns and stop hiding behind her kids ?

Posted by: MA | August 21, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain is my hero - I'd leave my wife to marry an 18 year old beer heiress. Oh yeah, tap that keg and that high school babe....

Posted by: TLWiz | August 21, 2008 1:51 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 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Being rich is no longer a characteristic of Republicans. Just look at Bill Clinton and their hedge fund friends. However, being rich legally is not a crime. That is the goal of American capitalism, isn't it?

I suggest that Obama pick a positive fight. Don't hurt himself twice after what Hillary did to him.

The sad truth in the US is that you have to be somewhat rich in order to run for a public office. There are a few exceptions. They are Dr. Ron Paul and Governors Tom Ridge and Bill Richardson. A good education certainly helps if you are not rich.

This news on McCain houses is no issue as far as I am concerned.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Tut tut....the clueless republican are crawling out of woods to defent mccain's dimentia. if the man does not care about our know about his own house... .why would he care about yours? Because they will give him a medal? you are soooo clueless.

Posted by: Matt | August 21, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Hard work gets you ahead - like peddling influence, using your first wife to meet Regans and then ditching her for a rich chic who stole the family (mob) fortune from her sisters.... sounds like good old hard work to me.

John "Keating 5" McCain - "Helping my constituents make millions in real estate for decaded"

Posted by: joe in wv | August 21, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

"Can a man who flies from luxury home to luxury home on a private jet his wife bought for him on a whim understand the pain that most American's are feeling?"

A lot of americans who are "feeling pain" are uneducated, were living above their means and unprepared for an economic downturn or didn't know how to analyze mortgage terms. I'm sorry but I"m not for lowering America to the lowest common denominator so if you're lazy, ignorant or uneducated and have problems too bad.

Call me an elitist if you want but I get tired of the same liberals who champion mediocrity "wondering" why the economy is in trouble or China and India are beating us out economically. Liberal policies have consequences in the real world; life is not a fluffy eutopia that runs on ideals.

Maybe a wake up call was needed to a lot of these people to realize they need to save money and stock necessities not spend their money on liquor, cigarettes and other lifestyle choices and expect others to pay their necessities.

Posted by: Cryos | August 21, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Boy that man is sharp as a tack! if anybody can run the country he can, he would have no problem remembering how many states there are, would he?

God! he only owns seven that shouldn't be to hard for him.

What I can't believe is the fact people are so naive to believe that he's capable of actually running a country when he can't even remember how many homes he owns.

That's like not being able to remember how many grandchildren you have.

Does that inspire confidence in his ability to run a country.

Obama is absolutely correct when he says McCain is detached from the reality of life in America, how can anyone in McCains position feel the pain of losing a home, or a job.

And the comparison to Obama's house in Chicago is laughable, I guess having to actually work to buy a home and paying a mortgage is above John's head, you can't realize how hard it is when you been handed everything on a silver platter.

Posted by: Larry the cable guy | August 21, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

To Prem Janarthan:

Yeah, you are jessus crist himself to lable people loosers. If your winner friends were so good that you pray at their temple every night and kiss their feet before you kiss your kids, why is the economy in the toilet and the country going down the dran.

Shame on your name - Prem my foot.

Posted by: Matt | August 21, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

My father always told me - "man who cheats on his wife will think nothing of cheating on you."

John McCain is an adulterer. And he'll cheat on anyone.

Posted by: clearandsimple | August 21, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

What the hell do houses and crap have to do with the elections? Okay so he has seven houses, 4 he owns and three that are investments of his wife's. He cheated on his ex-wife after returning home from Vietnam, well JFK cheated on Jackie while in office and Good Old Bill Did the same with Monica Lewinski. McCain married money and Obama had to earn it. We all know how Obama really earned his money and the people he had to stomp on to get it. What about Obama's brother, George Obama, living on less than $1 a day in Kenya. What has he done for him. Gives him a basic byline as an afterthought his autobiography. They're both ignorant of the "Working Class" because look at them now, They've attained money and power and now they're both wanting the chance to royally bend America over and give it to her without even so much as a kiss and a promise.

Posted by: stratus99 | August 21, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I would suggest that many of you on this blog take the time to step away from your childish partisan comments and understand that this is a real election about real issues. Examine both candidates with care and understand what it means to you, your children and the nation if you elect one or the other. Look at the real character of each. Look at the propensity for deceit and misrepresentation. Look at the truth and the lies. Don't be mindless sheep and think for yourself.

I suggest a start with this link:

Posted by: Denny | August 21, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Cryos - You gotta fight back when you are hit. Nothing wrong with that. We are not the weak namby pamby Dems of old. We will confront your lies immediately with the truth.

Posted by: gotam | August 21, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

There are a wide range of negative ads. This ad is definitely negative since it concentrates on the candidate rather than on his policy positions. However, the facts of the ad appear sound. McCain has touted the strength of the economy, McCain does own a startling amount of real estate, and McCain is apparently unaware of the details of his own family's fortunes.

I would certainly like to see a positive campaign run by both parties, but when McCain is raising questions about Obama's race, mocking his religion, and casting his supporters as fawning teenagers, I hope that Obama will respond in kind.

McCain is spending the day at what he describes as his "cabin", actually a six building sprawling retreat. Voters need to decide if McCain's down home image can be reconciled with his jet set lifestyle. Can a man who flies from luxury home to luxury home on a private jet his wife bought for him on a whim understand the pain that most American's are feeling?

Given that he proposes cutting his own family's taxes more than most Americans make in an entire year ... no, I don't think he can understand the pain. He is not the right person to steer us out of the perfect storm of economic woes that Bush has created.

Posted by: fletc3her | August 21, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

"Obviously if you have 4 or 7 houses you have to demonstrate that you actually care about people who may not even have one of their own. It is upto you to show that you do.

Posted by: Prem Janardhan | August 21, 2008 1:21 PM"

Some people actually don't hate successful people and work hard to try to get there themselves. I guess the majority of Obama supporters know they are small minded losers and will never get anywhere in life by their own work so instead they'd rather be mad at people who are successful and take from them to subsidize their own pathetic lives.

Posted by: Cryos | August 21, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Just wait till the Dem's unload an arsenal on McCain to dwarf what Bush/Cheney did in South Carolina.

A few facts about John McCain:
a) His mental health is not clean. Do we want a President with severe PTSD from 5.5 years of torture?
b) His was addicted to painkillers for over 3 years.
c) Cindy McCain forged prescriptions, stole medications, and defrauded her own non-profit to gain access to illegal medications.
d) John McCain's wealth derives from a product that kills - alcohol.
e) McCain has zero roots in Arizona, other than extravagant houses and his wife. He is a pure carpetbagger, plain and simple.
f) Cindy McCain can't handle Washington. So, John and Cindy live apart.
g) John McCain had numerous affairs during his first marriage.
h) John McCain does not use texting.
i) John McCain does not carry his own bags when traveling.
j) John McCain is a patriot, but he's a politician.

Posted by: clearandsimple | August 21, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I see the Washington Post is Navel Gazing for McCain again.

The ad is spot on and McCain doesn't have a clue of what's going on outside of his Washington DC Cocoon.

Posted by: Kevin | August 21, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

The Obama's wealth:
$984,000 income in 2006
Assets of 41.1 million

Isn't this a case of the pot calling the kettle black?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Wow...the guy doesn't even know how many homes he owns....sad

Posted by: ed | August 21, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Is it true that McCain left behind his wife and family when he met Cindy? Someone sent this to me.

Posted by: m schroeder | August 21, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

The Obama camp should keep painting McCain as clueless and that "McCain just doesn't get it." Let people think it is his age or elitism or whatever. McCain is using the "celebrity" or "vacuous" theme with Obama as an okay way for people to hide their prejudices. Please Obama camp, stick with one theme and keep hammering away!

Posted by: Peter | August 21, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

So I suppose the Obama supporters don't see this ad as negative. Obama runs negative after negative ad and then his supporters try saying he's "staying above the fray."

Maybe if Obama supporters spent as much time job training and getting educated as they do Bush hating they would be able to support their own lives and wouldn't have to whine from their parents basements about how someone needs to hand them everything.

I guess though its easier to blame your own laziness, lack of education, dead end job and 3 kids by 21 on someone else so you don't have to come to grips with the fact you are a loser by your own actions.

Posted by: Cryos | August 21, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Talk about out of touch. He doesn't even know how many houses he owns... and when asked what constitutes "rich," he simply can't answer the question.

$5 million?

Answer the question John. What's rich?

But Republicans can't. To do so would betray what Bush called his "real base," the top 1% of earners.

Posted by: James | August 21, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Is Obama saying that the number of houses that his friends, the Kennedys, own makes them less caring about ordinary Americans?

Posted by: expatriot | August 21, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

mountainman - Obama bought that house 3 years ago when his book sales took off. Until then he was on a salary, just like regular Americans. His family was on food stamps part of the time when he was a kid, he got through college through scholarships and work, and his salary was very low back when he was a community activist (before Harvard Law). So he knows a lot more about what it means to be a regular American than some guy who left his wife to marry a young girl with a fortune.

Posted by: Jonathan | August 21, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous, If the American Dream is (1)to return from Vietnam and begin immediately cheating on the wife who waited 5 1/2 years for you and who was seriously injured in an auto accident while you were gone and (2)to marry an 18 year old heiress - 17 when you began cheating on your wife, Senator McCain has lived it. Doesn't it matter to you whether you earn the money through your own efforts (Senator Obama) or marry it (Senator McCain)?

Posted by: jberry999 | August 21, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Clueless old fart....who has just recently (yesterday) has promised the Americans a draft once he becomes President of the U.S.A. You can go ahead and vote for him because it will be your children, husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters who will be dying for the rich neocons to get richer!! 4,000 dead men and women in this f$cker's war chest and he still ain't happy...Go ahead, you dumb idiots!!! Vote him in!!! When you bury your kin folk, don't say I ain't warned ya!! I am an Appalachian who is proudly voted for Obama!

Posted by: Proud Appalacian | August 21, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

What isn't "debatable" is that on more than one occasion McCain admitted he was much more comfortable in the military and foreign policy arenas, than economics. Admissions that McCain on at least one occasion in a GOP debate, denied he ever made.

A few months ago McCain admitted he had no clue what a gallon of gasoline cost. He cited the secret service pumping his gas in to that big black SUV, as his excuse for not knowing. And then just a few weeks later, he flubbed his 4 buck a gallon gas line at the Sturgis SD biker fest.

Now he can't even recall how many houses he and his heiress wife own. That doesn't make him an "elitist" (what exactly does that mean anyway ?), there are plenty of folks in our country who inherited or married in to money. But it does show that he's way out of touch with the concerns and daily tribulations of working Americans. Mr Kurtz's claim to the contrary not withstanding.

Posted by: MA | August 21, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Hit 'em hard Barack. The worst part about old John is that he cheated on his first wife to get to all of that money and all of those houses. On top of everything else, old John is not even a self-made man. Of course old John doesn't know how many he has - they belong to Cindy

Posted by: old john complain | August 21, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Come, its just a joke, the Obama camp is just having some fun! We all need to just get a sense of humor, this commercial is funny, you know, like the one that quotes Obama out of context and calls him "The One" mixed with images of Moses and uses language that identifies him as The Anti-Christ, yeah that one was funny too.

Posted by: Jeff | August 21, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Well this ad is a start. It's good. Dems need to keep hammering away at this. As some of you have mentioned, they need to include clips of him saying rich is an income of five million, quotes about our economic problems are all in our mind etc. Go Obam! This country can't afford another four years of crooked repubs in control!

Posted by: Denise | August 21, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse


McCain owns more than 1 house!


And what normal American can afford a $1.65 million (sold at 300k under market value) house in Chicago?

Nice try Jake D, with the hip "OMG" and all . . . maybe you should try following the precepts of CHRISTIANITY, where you take the log out of your own candidate's eye (John McCain and his 2nd wife, beer hieress Cindy, who doesn't believe in letting us little people know about her finances, which funds John McCain) rather than this SPECK in Obama's eye.

Posted by: mountainman | August 21, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Check out the charities the McCains have started and funded, staggering! They have wealth and they bless many people because of it. Having problems? Blame the Democratic Senate and House! They are to blame. Get the liberals out, and see a real change!

Posted by: RUSTY | August 21, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Hussein Obama is sooooo desparate he is grasping at straws. Have you heard him reading from the teleprompter lately? He squeals so bad you can hear the panic in his voice.
Since when is it wrong or shameful to be financially successful. Obama, Is making a shaky deal with a convicted slum lord the only correct way to buy a 1.5 million dollar home?

Posted by: IllegalDealHouse | August 21, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Hussein Obama is sooooo desparate he is grasping at straws. Have you heard him reading from the teleprompter lately? He squeals so bad you can hear the panic in his voice.
Since when is it wrong or shameful to be financially successful. Obama, Is making a shaky deal with a convicted slum lord the only correct way to buy a 1.5 million dollar home?

Posted by: IllegalDealHouse | August 21, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

McCain is too old to be president. Period.

Posted by: clary3 | August 21, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

NcCain has flipped on every "principled" stand he's taken because of his blind ambition to be President. All those things he said in 2000 about Bush, the evangelicals, the Right-wing smear machine? He then turns around and embraces Bush and supports his phony war knowing full well the Bush Crime Family are liars. He can't get close enough to the evangelicals, even allowing the crook Reed to raise money for him. He switches on the most useless and politically divisive issue, abortion, knowing that the "culture wars" drummed up by the folks he hates, might be the only way to get elected. This guy is damaged goods, a Senatorial boy toy for his heiress wife. Come on America! Get a grip!!

Bush/Cheney/McCain? No More Years!

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 21, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Great opportunity for John MCcain-bush to open his 13 homes to those that recently lost their homes to foreclosure. Shame on Mccain ...clueless about the economy, clueless about how many homes he owns can you trust him to lead America?????

Posted by: skionx | August 21, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Last Tuesday, NPR broadcast a story about Cindy McCain's business and charity work. In it, Ted Robbins described McCain as the only child of Jim Hensley, a wealthy Arizona businessman. The next morning, NPR received an e-mail from Nicholas Portalski of Phoenix, who heard the story with his mother.

"We were listening to the piece about Cindy McCain on NPR, All Things Considered, and it just struck us very hard," Portalski said.

His mother, Kathleen Hensley Portalski, is also Hensley's daughter.

The Portalski family is accustomed to hearing Cindy McCain described as Hensley's only child.

She's been described that way by news organizations from The New Yorker and The New York Times to Newsweek and ABC.

McCain herself routinely uses the phrase "only child," as she did on CNN last month. "I grew up with my dad," she said then. "I'm an only child. My father was a cowboy, and he really loved me very much, but I think he wanted a son occasionally."

McCain's father was also a businessman — and twice a father.

"I'm upset," Kathleen Portalski says. "I'm angry. It makes me feel like a nonperson, kind of."

Who Is Kathleen Hensley Portalski?

Documents show Kathleen Anne Hensley was born to Jim and Mary Jeanne Hensley on Feb. 23, 1943. They had been married for six years when Kathleen was born.

Jim Hensley was a bombardier on a B-17, flying over Europe during World War II.

He was injured and sent to a facility in West Virginia to recuperate. During that time, while still married to Mary Jeanne, Hensley met another woman — Marguerite Smith. Jim divorced Mary Jeanne and married Marguerite in 1945.

Cindy Lou Hensley was born nine years later, in 1954.

She may have grown up as an only child, but so did her half sister, Kathleen, who was raised by a single parent.

Portalski says she did see her father and her half sister from time to time.

"I saw him a few times a year," she says. "I saw him at Christmas and birthdays, and he provided money for school clothes, and he called occasionally."

Jim Hensley also provided credit cards and college tuition for his grandchildren, as well as $10,000 gifts to Kathleen and her husband, Stanley Portalski. That lasted a decade, they say. By then, Jim Hensley had built Hensley and Co. into one of the largest beer distributorships in the country. He was worth tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars.

Sole Inheritor To Hensley's Estate

When Hensley died in 2000, his will named not only Portalski but also a daughter of his wife Marguerite from her earlier marriage. So, Cindy McCain may be the only product of Jim and Marguerite's marriage, but she is not the only child of either.

She was, however, the sole inheritor of his considerable estate.

Kathleen Portalski was left $10,000, and her children were left nothing. It's a fact Nicholas Portalski says his sister discovered the hard way.

"What she found in town — on the day of or the day before or the day after his funeral — was that the credit card didn't work anymore," Nick says.

The Portalskis live in a modest home in central Phoenix. Kathleen is retired, as is her husband. Nicholas Portalski is a firefighter and emergency medical technician looking for work.

They say it would have been nice if they were left some of the Hensley fortune.

They also say they are Democrats, but Nicholas Portalski says he had another reason for coming forward.

"The fact that we don't exist," he says. "The fact that we've never been recognized, and then Cindy has to put such a fine point on it by saying something that's not true. Recently, again and again. It's just very, very hurtful."

Kathleen Portalski says she'd like an acknowledgment and an apology.

NPR asked the McCain campaign — specifically, Cindy McCain — to comment or respond. Neither replied.

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Posted by: jonny bullit | August 21, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Obviously if you have 4 or 7 houses you have to demonstrate that you actually care about people who may not even have one of their own. It is upto you to show that you do.

Posted by: Prem Janardhan | August 21, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

To some extent, I agree with Mr. Kurtz's analysis, but I think what this does punch a tremendous hole in is Senator McCain's ability to paint Senator Obama as an elitist. Most Americans who are lucky enough to own property have no trouble remembering how many they have: one.

Also, don't forget that McCain answered Pastor Warren's question about the definition of rich as "Five million dollars." By that definition, even Senator Obama isn't rich.

Posted by: TiredofFear | August 21, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

First of all, most of the people who are "losing their homes" were too stupid to read the fine print on their mortage agreements. I sure has heck don't want to bail them out.

As for the ad...Guess McCain needs to do one on how Obama doesn't know many states there are (57, according to Obama).

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

This is the third post about McCain's houses; apparently the BHO campaign really wants the MSM to cover this.

The better question for the WaPo to ask - the one they'll never ask - is whose interests are served by the candidates' policies?

For instance, when both McCain and BHO support amnesty, whose interests are served? The WaPo will never follow the money on that one.

Or, when BHO comes out for one of Bush's highly questionable and secretive schemes (, complete with its own MythsAndFacts page), whose interests are served? Details here:

Why did BHO feel the need to speak in code when coming out for that scheme?

That's another thing that the puffball reporters at the WaPo will never look into.

Posted by: 24AheadDotCom | August 21, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the American Dream to me. Congratulations John McCain. You motivate me.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Howard Kurtz says it is HIGHLY Debatable that McCain's extreme wealth makes him insensitive to the struggling economy. How would Kurtz know? Does he have any bond with common folk? No.

Don't let these rich fat cats get away with covering for each other. McCain has been cloistered from the real world for decades, and so has Howie.

Posted by: gotam | August 21, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

McCain is clueless. That's why he has to smear Obama and lie about Obama's tax policy. That's why he has to create fear. Otherwise the middle- and lower-classes will recognize that McCain will keep GWB's policies which make the rich richer and all the rest poorer. Ten percent of the people in the U.S. control ninety-percent of the wealth. Where does that leave the rest of us? John McCain, more of the same.

Posted by: JAB | August 21, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

LOL!! Wealthy and clueless. No kidding. But righteous and militant, kind of like a paternalistic father warrior strutting around looking for war to give meaning to his life. I'm with Harry Reid. I can't stand the guy either. I see Paul Wolfowitz looming as a cabinet member in a McCain administration. Slinking around. Pretending compassion for Africa when what it really is is lust for the resources. Republicans. Makes you wonder if the Divine took a day off.

Posted by: Gaias Child | August 21, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama did not "paint" what McCain himself said. He is clueless and his wife is wealthy.

Posted by: FLTNVA | August 21, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I am not for wars, but military draft of 1 - 2 years before college will teach many what it means to serve and appreciate a college education before we become a worse nation of whiners.

Obama should stick with constructive attacks on McCain. He will lose if he takes the Hillary tactic.

Owning more real estate is not a crime as long as the investments were legally purchased and managed. McCain doesn't know how many houses he or they own is because he doesn't care about his self interest as much as many others do.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse


McCain owns more than 1 house!


And what normal American can afford a $1.65 million (sold at 300k under market value) house in Chicago?


Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

The only time McCain bothers about poor people is when he wants their vote. I'm from Arizona, and I've never been able to meet him. Now I know why. He owns seven homes, why would want to meet me? I'm some poor sap from Arizona, one of his loser voters.

Posted by: Paul | August 21, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama will be just fine. Hes weathered a book called Obama Nation. Soon they will be making a movie about Barry OBama's teen years

Posted by: Kanye | August 21, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

No mention of McCain telling us our economic problems are "psychological"? Nothing about how his economic advisor describes us as a "nation of whiners"? C'mon, WaPo. The underlying assumption that John McCain is out of touch is "debatable" only to the sorts of spineless journos who think every truth must be balanced with a lie in the name of fair reporting. To everyone else, it's fact.

Posted by: Kip | August 21, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

How dare MCCain be so rich when I am so poor that we had no place to live and my buddy Rezko had to buy me some houses?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

J.Mccain endorses military draft

Posted by: baloot | August 21, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Mr. McCain since he cannot get track of his home ownership could open the doors to some of the homeless and those losing their homes because of the struggling economy

Posted by: Penny | August 21, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

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