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Claiming the 'Maverick' Brand

By Howard Kurtz
The Ad: Announcer: The original mavericks. He fights pork barrel spending. She stopped the Bridge to Nowhere. He took on the drug industry. She took on big oil. He battled Republicans and reformed Washington. She battled Republicans and reformed Alaska. They'll make history. They'll change Washington. McCain. Palin. Real change.

McCain: I'm John McCain and I approve this message.

Analysis: John McCain is using this ad to try to reclaim the "maverick" label once routinely attached to his name, before he embraced the Republican right more tightly in seeking the GOP nomination. His new running mate, Sarah Palin, can also claim to have taken on her state's Republican Party as Alaska governor, although it is conservative media outlets that most often call her a maverick.

The Arizona senator has made a crusade of battling pork-barrel "earmarks," but the whopper here is that Palin opposed her state's notorious Bridge to Nowhere. She endorsed the remote project while running for governor in 2006, claimed to be an opponent only after Congress killed its funding the next year and has used the $223 million provided for it for other state ventures. Far from being an opponent of earmarks, Palin hired lobbyists to try to capture more federal funding.

McCain can fairly be said to have taken on the drug industry by co-sponsoring a bill to allow imports of cheaper drugs from Canada. Palin presided over a tax on oil company profits and pushed the industry to develop Alaska's gas reserves.

To say that McCain "reformed Washington" is an overstatement. He has had limited success, such as on campaign-finance legislation, but many of his other efforts, most notably on an attempt to revise immigration laws, have failed. And McCain has changed his position on such issues as President Bush's tax cuts, which he originally opposed but now wants to extend.

The commercial makes clear that McCain, with the addition of a rookie governor, is no longer running as the candidate of experience. Instead, he is trying to steal the "change" mantra from his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, and appeal to appeal to swing voters who are disillusioned with the Republican Party.

Posted at 10:16 AM ET on Sep 8, 2008  | Category:  Ad Watch
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Tiel,

Of course Congress writes and approves earmarks, but it's Palin who has made a point of repeatedly lying about them in this campaign. Period.

Posted by: nitpicker | September 10, 2008 8:06 AM

The fact remains that Obama has never ever proved himself worthy of our support by saying no to someone or something. He always parses his answers. "Above my pay grade." and then "Probably." In other words he wants the credit without the responsibility - the credit to win those who might have liked him to have given a better answer, but denying the approbium of having made a poorer remark. He can't cut it both ways, but in every thing he has ever uttered he is constantly caring more about how people react to what he says, than to what he actually says or, God forbid, actually believes. THis is the ultimate in salesmanship so that the unsuspecting voter doesn't even know or realise that there is no deep backing over what he is being sold or told - hence the name, Fast Barry...
Suggestion: that Obama have a couple of terms service in the Senate (like
Joe Kennedy recommended to Jack) first, Prove he can say "no!" or have
a bottom line for something first, and only THEN run for the highest
office of RESPONSIBILITY in the world!

Posted by: Ben Kennedy | September 10, 2008 4:06 AM

Kurtz: this is really really stupid of you. Who is responsible for earmarks, the mayor of towns and governors that fight for more funding in especially things like infrastructure - or Senators like Fast Barry who legislate these earmarks into law? Which is it Kurts - you cannot claim its the fault of the regional players. They don't pass the legislation - they are just fighting for their town or state. But its DC where the earmarks are made, where Fast Barry legislated a billion dollars of them for his state - and you know it. So stop snowing people. Mayors of small towns have to fight for infrastructure funding or their towns would die. Get honest Kurtz!

Posted by: Dr Tiel Truzel | September 10, 2008 4:01 AM

rppugnants never admit they are wrong that is why it took 100's of trillion of tax payer dollars before there actually was a developed strategy in iraq.. how cn on learn if they will not admit to mistakes....

Posted by: mjtaylor22 | September 9, 2008 1:42 PM

WHY IS TI THAT THESE LIES AND DECEPTIONS ARE ACTUALLY BEING PROMOTED BY MANY IN THE MEDIA, THERE USED TO BE A TIME WHEN A BLATANT LIE OR HALF TRUTH COULD AND WOULD BE REBUFFED AT ITS UTTERANCE, NOW THE REPORTERS ROLL OVER, DO NOT HOLD PUNDITS TO THE FACTS, GET TALKED OVER, AND ALLOW LIES TO BE THE LAST WORD. IS OUR MEDIA REALLY THAT UNDER CONTROL. WILL THEY FIRE YOU IF YOU ASK TUFF QUESTIONS ABOUT TRUTH.
SOMEONE PLEASE STAND UP STRONG AND GIVE THE HARDWORKING AMERICAN PUBLIC A VOICE

Posted by: mjtaylor22 | September 9, 2008 12:52 PM

What they are is puppets and I am ashamed too many have been EVEN REMOTELY FOOLED BY THE CLOAK N DAGGER STRATEGY.
MESS UP THIS VOTE IF YOU WANT TO AMERICA, THE MCBUSH TICKET WILL ONLY HURT OUR NATION FURTHER, JUST AS THE GOP CONTROL FOR 12 OF THE PAST 14 YEARS HAS BROUGHT US TO THIS TEH MOST HORRIBLE TIME IN OUR NATIONS HISTORY

Posted by: mjtaylor22 | September 9, 2008 12:48 PM

This would be the "Bridge to Nowhere" that Obama and Biden both voted for-TWICE?! Keep up the Sarah-bashing. I am enjoying myself way too much.

Posted by: Fred | September 9, 2008 12:37 PM

McCain and Palin as "mavericks"?

Right. But Karl Rove and Steve Schmidt are their "horse whisperers."

Posted by: Renna S | September 9, 2008 12:12 PM

Once somegody has flat out lied to you, it's mighty hard to trust them again. Let alone respect them.

Posted by: Buck TX Ind | September 9, 2008 11:18 AM

McCain/Palin ARE the "Bridge to Nowhere"!!!!

*No exit strategy from Iraq
*No plan for health care
*No idea how to fix the economy

McCain/Palin: Going nowhere fast

Posted by: Jim | September 9, 2008 9:48 AM

Now I can finally understand how Republicans hate Hillary Clinton. I can't stand Sarah Palin. She's a liar. She's an extremist. She's a liar. She's a liar. She's a liar. She's a liar. Where I come from, she's lying, and she's a liar. Period.

I would think the American people would DEMAND more from their Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees. Evidently, they don't.

It's also clear that the Republicans are oddly basking in the glow of finally, after 24 YEARS, putting a woman on their ticket. It screams opportunistic sexism to me; they've had many qualified women to place on the ticket, only now they knew they needed to do two things: 1) appease the far-right wing of their party and 2)try to reel in Hillary supporters.

Too bad HIllary supporters are at complete and total odds with what Sarah Palin stands for. When they learn of her ideology, and not just her penchant for lying and memorizing Karl Rove talking points, they'll be turned off completely. At least I hope so, if only for the sake of their daughters and granddaughters.

Posted by: Martin | September 9, 2008 9:27 AM

This speaks directly to the character of John McCain and Sarah Palin. In short: they're not mavericks. They're a pair of professional liars. Just like Bush and Cheney. They'll say ANYTHING to get elected. Believe nothing that comes out of the mouths of these two liars, because nothing they say is believable.

Posted by: Mark F | September 9, 2008 7:43 AM

Mavericks?
.
Well here, a maverick is a cattle head which looses its way, goes astray, and it's not a source of pride nor merit.
.
But now there's the threat of a new meaning "One who wants to lead others astray".
____________________________
*I am El Mugroso, and I approve this message*

Posted by: El Mugroso | September 9, 2008 4:43 AM

I would like to introduce the U.S. media to some words you appear to have forgotten. They are:
"Lie"
"Liar"
"False"
For example, when Palin said that she stopped the bridge to nowhere, that was "False". She told a "Lie". She is a "Liar".
It wasn't a misrepresentation, a gaffe or an unfortunate error. Please make use of these words, they really should be used more often. I know it's scary. Just have some backbone please.

Posted by: Dan | September 9, 2008 3:11 AM

Anyone who votes Republican this year is more delusional than the candidates they support. In recent weeks, John McCain and the Republican party have blatantly and without any shame adopted the Democratic campaign theme of “change”. It should be evident to an objective observer that Bush 43 and now McCain and Pailin are mere puppets to the true Republican national party leaders who control their strings. Cheney is one of the few of that inner cabal that have been calling the shots since the Nixon administration. They are in fact a continuation of the Nixon and Ford presidencies with only a disruption during the Carter and Clinton years. Bush 41( Head of the RNC during Nixon,former head of the CIA,VP to Reagan, and president is probably the real leader of this political Cosa Nostra if not a equal partner of this power sharing musical chairs game. His right and left hands have been Dick Cheney(former Sec.of Defense of Bush 41, former White House Chief of staff for Ford) and the other is Donald Rumsfeld(former Sec. of Defense for Ford and Bush 43,former special envoy to the Middle East during Reagan). Another member of this group, more likely a captain if not a full blown boss himself is James Baker (former C.O.S of Reagan, former Under Sec. of Commerce for Ford, former C.O.S and Sec of State for Bush 41, former Sec. of Treasury for Reagan, former chief legal advisor to Bush 43). Another captain or free lance enforcer is Karl Rove a college drop out and campaign manager for both Bush 41 and 43, also for Phil Gram who is McCain’s economic advisor.
Lets look at McCain’s staff of change.
On July 2, 2008, Steve Schmidt was given "full operational control" of McCain's campaign. Steve Schmidt prior to this was a top aide to Dick Cheney and a protégé to Karl Rove. Another advisor is Charles R. Black worked for Ronald Reagan's two Presidential campaigns in 1976 and 1980 and he was a senior political adviser to the 1992 re-election campaign of George H.W. Bush. Another advisor is Randy Scheunemann. He was project director for the Project for the New American Century. A neo-conservative think tank founded by non other than Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Bill Kristol and others in 1996. Other signatories to this group reads like a who’s who of the last 8 years of the republican administration. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_for_the_New_American_Century.
These people have never cared about small town america or “values” All they care about is war profiteering. Many of the signatories have never served in the military. Cheney and Rove both dodged the draft. Look at the statement of principles by the PNAC. Rumsfeld was a good friend of Saddam Huessin in the 80’s Cheney didn’t want Nelson Mandela free. These are the real puppet masters, they throw out the talking points about the left of being elitist and not caring about middle america and these same guys other than Rove have advanced degrees and are worth no less than 10 million dollars. People who support them need to extricate their heads out of Limbaugh and Hannity’s asses and see what is really happening to them. McCain is not his own man he confuses stories of his real life with a book he read “The Gulag Archipelago", in which a fellow prisoner - not a guard - silently drew a cross in the dirt with a stick.” An ironic twist to all this is Eliot A. Cohen, a signatory to the PNAC "Statement of Principles", responded in The Washington Post: "There is no evidence that generals as a class make wiser national security policymakers than civilians. George C. Marshall, our greatest soldier statesman after George Washington, opposed shipping arms to Britain in 1940. His boss, Franklin D. Roosevelt, with nary a day in uniform, thought otherwise. Whose judgment looks better?"[
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/johnmccain/2581086/John-McCain-accused-of-plagiarising-Wikipedia-for-speeches.html. Even if you don’t like Obama there is no-way a sane person can want this continued blatant fleecing of our Nation.

Thes are all verifiable facts and can be found just with a google search.

Other than the ultra affluent, how can anyone support the Republican party? When will small town America realize that they are being duped into supporting the ultra-affluent agenda. The talking points of the right are so hypocritical that it becomes laughable. The red meat of the right is the so called Main stream Media as if Limbaugh, Hannity, et al. are not part of it. They demean celebrity status, however they tout one of their greatest presidents(Reagan) was an actor. They say they are the party of patriotism, yet many of the upper echelon of the party have never served, i.e. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Baker, Reagan. They say that they care about "Main Street" USA but only bail out the Whales of Wall Street. Yet small town America eat this tripe every year. They don't care about relgion unless it can be used to stir up the base, nor science or technology unless there is a buck to be made. Small town America takes pride on its freedom but yet don't realize that over time we are becoming less free, ie wire tapping and other forms of domestic survelliance. They demean people of intelligence because they know many people of small town America don't have degrees and use it at a fake issue and call people who spent time in academia as elitist when many on the right serve on university boards and have part-time professorships. They say they are against affirmitive action but yet celebrate mediocrity, Bush43 and McCain graduating at the bottom of their classes. Who both came from already well established families and had all the opportunities and connections to excel. Why does small town America believes this is the party for them? Christian conservatives seem to the be the first ones who want to go to war and bomb someone before any diplomacy is tried. Why can't small town America and Christian conservatives realize they are being used as pawns just as much the Islamic fundamentalist are. Islamic fundamentalist come from small town Middle East and given the same kind of talking points as the evangalicals. They want prayer in school, no choice available to women, and believe to the core that their ideas about worship and country are the best. Wake up small town America you are being played.

Posted by: IronComments | September 9, 2008 2:41 AM

((Actually that should read, their issues with that part of the constitution, research, and the local public library they don't like. ))
Get it?

Posted by: vi | September 9, 2008 2:12 AM

Looks like you all decided to start a flame war while I was away. Honestly, my leaving the house was NOT permission to have a party. Now do I have to clean up this mess?
Actually, since McCain has decided to co-opt Obama's message, and also that co-opting his own smear about "star power" via Palin was a good idea, maybe some of those posters can co-opt this mess here.
You know, I thought there was something called the constitution that protects books and librarians (and scientists and weapons inspectors and CIA agents) from people who don't like them based on their own ideology. Or does it only protect guns?
That's been kind of a problem these past eight years, where so many in government whose findings were incompatible with the GOP agenda were silenced, and the same goes for the data about those oil wells that may make you feel better but won't lower your prices except by a few cents, years later. Want to try those tax cuts, or would you rather discuss what shade looks best on barky?
A style of governing based on consensus would take care of any issues someone has with that part of the constitution (or research) they don't like. I'm just not sure the GOP is the party to do that, or they wouldn't have decided they liked Obama's ideas so much.
Carry on.

Posted by: vi | September 9, 2008 2:08 AM

there are those amongst us who for what ever reason see and hear only what they want to while ignoring the real evidence n truth that's staring them right in the face they instead pledge allegiance to and mimic the talking points of talking heads who're using them to get rich and fat like blood sucking ticks and leeches by exploiting and manipulating them with misinformation half truths,and innuendos if these talking heads say it then it must be so because they have soooo much in common with the common man they are themselves simple godfearing folk with the same values and moral dilemmas so who better than they to feel the pains of the downtrodden who better than they to understand their hardship who better than they to point out that this country's going to hell in a handbasket and that hardworking white folk have got to band together to get it back on track before all is lost and they have the information n solution to do just that{to get all the skinny buy the book}..there are those amongst us who for what ever reason listen intently their eyes filled with anger and disgust as they shout angrily amen hallelujah brother when the blood sucking ticks and leeches being to rail against those who would say that they are bitter and cling to their guns and religions{to get all the skinny buy the books}and there are those amongst us for what ever reason listen intently eyes filled with tears of pride and joy as they shout gleefully amen hallelujah brother when the blood sucking ticks and leeches praise them for being bitter and cling to their guns and religions{to get all the skinny buy the books}...there are those amongst us who for whatever reason listen eyes filled with hate and envy who shout feverishly amen hallelujah brother when the blood sucking ticks n leeches mock and ridicule as an elitist and messiah wannabe while glossing over or ignoring his being raised by a single mother on welfare who when he graduated from harvard law school at the top of his class but passed up fame and fortune to take a low paying job as a community organizer in an effort to help those in need{to get the real skinny buy the books.there are those amongst us who for whatever reason listen eyes filled with admiration and compassion who shout joyously amen hallelujah brother when the blood sucking leeches praise,christens and place upon a pedestal the one they call the maverick&war hero but glossing over or ignoring that fact that if not for his pedigree he would never have been admitted to flight school or at the very least been 86th from the academy as it was he was{dad was an admirals and pulled some strings}allowed to graduated third from the bottom of his class who upon returning from making propaganda films for the viet cong condemning americas involvement in the war{the grateful viet cong built a statue in his honor for the years he supposedly spent withstanding their harsh and inhumane torture and not for all the valuable info}he dumped his injured wife and married a rich heiress now he has 8plus houses and wears 600$$ shoes and he and his wife are worth 100milss or more...there are those amongst who for whatever reason listen intently eyes filled with disdain and mistrust shout amen and hallelujah brother who pound their chest&wave the flag before breaking off into a rousing chorus of god bless america when the blood sucking talking head ticks and leeches rant,rave and question the patriotism of a candidates wife concerning a remark she made about being proud of her country for the first time in her adult life.they said it was hard to believe and a little disingenuous that some were defending her remarks they ridiculed her attempts to explain herself stating instead that she should ashamed of herself and that she owed the american people an apology while glossing over or ignoring the fact that for centuries this country{openly condoned discriminatory practices as well as the mutilation rape,buying & selling torture,false imprisonment and murder of a section of it's people based solely on pigmentation of their skin{to get the real skinny buy their books...there are those amongst us who for whatever reason listen eyes filled with awe and amazement and moved by the tales of bravery and self sacrifice pound their chest&wave the flag before breaking off into a rousing chorus of god bless america when the blood sucking talking head ticks and leeches rant and rave about what was meant when their candidate said that he was never proud of his country until he became the uninvited guest at the hanoi hilton they found it hard to believe and a little disingenuous that any one would question the patriotism of a real american hero who had served his countrywith distinction and honor for five years as a pow{while glossing over and or ignoring the willful collaborations and propaganda movie making for the viet cong they somehow failed ask how could he turn his back on and not love the country that had given him the best it had to offer,the country where he never faced discrimination or was treated unfairly based on skin pigmentation the country that gave him the opportunities to be all that he could be even though it was obvious he was unfit to be a navy pilot a country where his gross ineptness was overlooked because he was born into a military elite family and this pedigree opened doors that would have been locked n barred to him not because of race or gender but because he was an ill tempered unqualified unskilled crash and burn doesnt he owe the country an apology for accusing it of genocide and other war crimes shouldn't he apologize to the country where he was given the best of everything the country where he could spend his time drinking,womanizing wrecking jets and hell raising{if bill was the first black pres. mclame brain would be the first black sheep...but i digress}the country where he could tweaking his powder filled nose at the powers that be while honing the skills he would need to become the maverick of today{to get the skinny by their books} YEP THERE ARE THOSE AMONGST WHO FOR WHAT EVER REASON ONLY HEAR AND SEE WHAT THEY WANT TO I CAN ONLY GUEST BUT THEY AND THEIR GOD KNOWS FOR SURE

Posted by: brkdckdwg | September 9, 2008 12:47 AM

there are those amongst us who for what ever reason see and hear only what they want to while ignoring the real evidence n truth that's staring them right in the face they instead pledge allegiance to and mimic the talking points of talking heads who're using them to get rich and fat like blood sucking ticks and leeches by exploiting and manipulating them with misinformation half truths,and innuendos if these talking heads say it then it must be so because they have soooo much in common with the common man they are themselves simple godfearing folk with the same values and moral dilemmas so who better than they to feel the pains of the downtrodden who better than they to understand their hardship who better than they to point out that this country's going to hell in a handbasket and that hardworking white folk have got to band together to get it back on track before all is lost and they have the information n solution to do just that{to get all the skinny buy the book}..there are those amongst us who for what ever reason listen intently their eyes filled with anger and disgust as they shout angrily amen hallelujah brother when the blood sucking ticks and leeches being to rail against those who would say that they are bitter and cling to their guns and religions{to get all the skinny buy the books}and there are those amongst us for what ever reason listen intently eyes filled with tears of pride and joy as they shout gleefully amen hallelujah brother when the blood sucking ticks and leeches praise them for being bitter and cling to their guns and religions{to get all the skinny buy the books}...there are those amongst us who for whatever reason listen eyes filled with hate and envy who shout feverishly amen hallelujah brother when the blood sucking ticks n leeches mock and ridicule as an elitist and messiah wannabe while glossing over or ignoring his being raised by a single mother on welfare who when he graduated from harvard law school at the top of his class but passed up fame and fortune to take a low paying job as a community organizer in an effort to help those in need{to get the real skinny buy the books.there are those amongst us who for whatever reason listen eyes filled with admiration and compassion who shout joyously amen hallelujah brother when the blood sucking leeches praise,christens and place upon a pedestal the one they call the maverick&war hero but glossing over or ignoring that fact that if not for his pedigree he would never have been admitted to flight school or at the very least been 86th from the academy as it was he was{dad was an admirals and pulled some strings}allowed to graduated third from the bottom of his class who upon returning from making propaganda films for the viet cong condemning americas involvement in the war{the grateful viet cong built a statue in his honor for the years he supposedly spent withstanding their harsh and inhumane torture and not for all the valuable info}he dumped his injured wife and married a rich heiress now he has 8plus houses and wears 600$$ shoes and he and his wife are worth 100milss or more...there are those amongst who for whatever reason listen intently eyes filled with disdain and mistrust shout amen and hallelujah brother who pound their chest&wave the flag before breaking off into a rousing chorus of god bless america when the blood sucking talking head ticks and leeches rant,rave and question the patriotism of a candidates wife concerning a remark she made about being proud of her country for the first time in her adult life.they said it was hard to believe and a little disingenuous that some were defending her remarks they ridiculed her attempts to explain herself stating instead that she should ashamed of herself and that she owed the american people an apology while glossing over or ignoring the fact that for centuries this country{openly condoned discriminatory practices as well as the mutilation rape,buying & selling torture,false imprisonment and murder of a section of it's people based solely on pigmentation of their skin{to get the real skinny buy their books...there are those amongst us who for whatever reason listen eyes filled with awe and amazement and moved by the tales of bravery and self sacrifice pound their chest&wave the flag before breaking off into a rousing chorus of god bless america when the blood sucking talking head ticks and leeches rant and rave about what was meant when their candidate said that he was never proud of his country until he became the uninvited guest at the hanoi hilton they found it hard to believe and a little disingenuous that any one would question the patriotism of a real american hero who had served his countrywith distinction and honor for five years as a pow{while glossing over and or ignoring the willful collaborations and propaganda movie making for the viet cong they somehow failed ask how could he turn his back on and not love the country that had given him the best it had to offer,the country where he never faced discrimination or was treated unfairly based on skin pigmentation the country that gave him the opportunities to be all that he could be even though it was obvious he was unfit to be a navy pilot a country where his gross ineptness was overlooked because he was born into a military elite family and this pedigree opened doors that would have been locked n barred to him not because of race or gender but because he was an ill tempered unqualified unskilled crash and burn doesnt he owe the country an apology for accusing it of genocide and other war crimes shouldn't he apologize to the country where he was given the best of everything the country where he could spend his time drinking,womanizing wrecking jets and hell raising{if bill was the first black pres. mclame brain would be the first black sheep...but i digress}the country where he could tweaking his powder filled nose at the powers that be while honing the skills he would need to become the maverick of today{to get the skinny by their books} YEP THERE ARE THOSE AMONGST WHO FOR WHAT EVER REASON ONLY HEAR AND SEE WHAT THEY WANT TO I CAN ONLY GUEST BUT THEY AND THEIR GOD KNOWS FOR SURE

Posted by: brkdckdwg | September 9, 2008 12:47 AM

Zukermand:Whopper? What is that? Is that a lie? Why not call it that?

You have to understand. Bill Clinton's fib about "having sex with that woman" was so unusual, so egregious! It was so fraught with terrible consequences for our economy, our military strength, our standing in the world, for the sadness of puppies and for the acceleration of global warming, that Howie Kurz and the entire American fourth estate realized no other falsehood could ever come close to matching it, either in importance or in brazenness.

So they got together and decided that from 2001 on, the word "lie" should be retired, like the number of a legendary ball player. "Lie" will be forever enshrined as the sole attribute of the legendary Liar Supreme, WJC.

Maybe they can do Sarah Palin and John McCain a similar honor, and formally retire the word "whopper" after this campaign. Heaven knows, they better not retire it before election day; they'll need it every hour those two are on the trail.

Posted by: nicteis | September 9, 2008 12:20 AM

Analysis: The Washington Post, like other newspapers and blogs, are trying to promote the image that they are like Factcheck.org. While doing this, they are at the same time walking the narrow beam of trying to appear being unbiased. Unfortunately, since one side of politics highly depends upon lies and smears, the two positions that Washington Post is subtley trying to claim are in effect contradictory, and therefore this position is unsustainable. The Washington Post is thus doomed to failure.

Posted by: Don | September 8, 2008 11:24 PM

Mansion 'mistake' piles the pressure on Barack Obama
(Charles Rex Arbogast/Pool/EPA)

Barack Obama now admits his involvement in this land deal was a mistake

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Of course it was a mistake. But not because he's done anything illegal (which, by the way, it has been pretty thoroughly established that he hasn't). It was a mistake because it gives ammunition to people like you, who continue to talk about it even after it has become a non-issue. That is a huge mistake politically.

Then again, it might be nice having a President who can admit that he's made a mistake for a change. I've almost forgotten what that's like.

Posted by: Joe | September 8, 2008 10:16 PM

I see that some nitwits are bringing up Obama's remote association with Ayers, despite the fact that Obama had no idea that Obama had any knowledge of what Ayers was doing when Obama was 8 years old.

Every time I see this hateful garbage, I think it needs to be pointed out that McCain has a close association with the convicted felon and self-admitted Hitler lover G. Gordon Liddy:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-oped0504chapmanmay04,0,6238795.column

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/05/05/g-gordon-liddy-john-mccai_n_100134.html

Unlike Obama's association with Ayers, McCain when was fawning over Liddy, he knew very well that Liddy is a convicted felon and an extremist.

Posted by: LFK | September 8, 2008 10:16 PM

Ms Speaks in tongues - lies with the ease of a pathological liar. Did anyone tell Ms AOG that lying is in the top ten of God's commandments? For someone baptized at 12, she seems to have forgotten the fundamentals, and that one of them is THOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS... especially to gain power.

Posted by: Anne | September 8, 2008 9:37 PM

REPUBLICANS, TALK TO ME ABOUT ISSUES.
-AM IS NOT A DEM CNTRY

OK, I'll go first- Let's talk about Obama's positions on Corn Ethanol and the Infant Protection Act- the former relates to the economy and the latter to morality- do you agree with your candidate on his stand on these issues?

Posted by: SCOTT | September 8, 2008 8:57 PM

WHY ALL THESE PROPAGANDAS? THAT DOES NOT MEAN IF YOU DON'T LIKE SOMEONE YOU HAVE TO LIE ABOUT HIS OR HER CREDENTIAL. THIS THING ABOUT OBAMA'S HARVARD EDUCATION IS A BIG LIE. NO ONE WILL BELIEVE THAT. HE JUST RECENTLY FINISH PAYING HIS SCHOOL LOAN. STOP LYING.


I WONDER IF ALL OF THESE NONSENCE COMMENTS ARE NOT JUST BECAUSE OBAMA IS A BLACK MAN. MAY BE IF HE WAS A WHITE MAN, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN TREATED DIFFERENTLY. THIS IS NOT FAIR.

REPUBLICANS, TALK TO ME ABOUT ISSUES. WHAT ARE GOING TO DO FOR ME TO REPAY MY SCHOOL LOAN AS A RECENT GRADUATE. I NEED JOBS. I AM NOT INTERESTED IN ALL THESE TRASHES YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. KEEP THEM FOR YOURSELF.

I HAVE A DAUGHTER,


Have you guys heard about Obama's harvard eduction was funded by a radical muslim from soudi arabia?

Posted by: AMERICA IS NOT A DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY | September 8, 2008 8:46 PM

Hey Brickdick Dawg-
Was This Chapter in Obama's life in his memoirs?

Former '60s Radical Is Now Considered Mainstream in Chicago
CHICAGO, April 17 "For months, their (Ayres and Dohrn) connection to the Democratic presidential candidate -- they hosted a gathering for him in 1995 when he first ran for the state Senate and later contributed $200 to his reelection campaign -- has been a source of growing anger among conservatives. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign picked up on the connection to suggest skeletons in Obama's closet. On Wednesday night in a televised debate with her rival, Clinton (N.Y.) mentioned it as "an issue that certainly the Republicans will be raising."
’’I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.’’
’’Everything was absolutely ideal on the day I bombed the Pentagon."

September 11, 2001 will live in infamy. As a historical coincidence, a leader in American Terrorism, Bill Ayres, a leading member of the Weather Underground, a terrorist organization of a generation ago. had an interview published in the NY Times the morning of 9/11/, before his ideological progeny killed thousands of innocent Americans.

Note that he is married to Bernadine Dohrn, who plead guilty her participation in terrorist support groups. They are also raising the child of terrorists parents, who are in jail for their vicious acts.

Here are key statements from Ayres in the 9/11/01 NY Times article:

"Mr. Ayers, who in 1970 was said to have summed up the Weatherman philosophy as: ’’Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that’s where it’s really at,’’ is today distinguished professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. And he says he doesn’t actually remember suggesting that rich people be killed or that people kill their parents, but ’’it’s been quoted so many times I’m beginning to think I did,’’ he said. ’’It was a joke about the distribution of wealth.’’

"So, would Mr. Ayers do it all again, he is asked? ’’I don’t want to discount the possibility,’’ he said."

"In 1967 he met Ms. Dohrn in Ann Arbor, Mich. She had a law degree from the University of Chicago and was a magnetic speaker who often wore thigh-high boots and miniskirts. In 1969, after the Manson family murders in Beverly Hills, Ms. Dohrn told an S.D.S. audience: ’’Dig it! Manson killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, then they shoved a fork into a victim’s stomach.’’
Ayers's interview with the New York Times about his book was published on September 11, 2001, and opens with his statement, "I don't regret setting bombs, I feel we didn't do enough." The interview also includes his reaction (in his book) to Emile De Antonio's 1976 documentary film about the Weathermen: "He was 'embarrassed by the arrogance, the solipsism, the absolute certainty that we and we alone knew the way. The rigidity and the narcissism." Ayers stated that by "no regrets" he meant that he didn't regret his efforts to oppose the Vietnam War, and that "we didn't do enough" meant that efforts to stop the war were obviously inadequate as it dragged on for a decade. New Politics reviewer Jesse Lemisch has contrasted Ayers's recollections with those of other Weathermen and alleged serious factual errors.

In the fall of 2006, Ayers was asked not to attend a progressive educators' conference on the basis that the organizers did not want to risk an association with his past.

Posted by: Scott | September 8, 2008 8:43 PM

Hey Brickdick Dawg-
Was THIS in Obama's memoirs?

"Mansion 'mistake' piles the pressure on Barack Obama
(Charles Rex Arbogast/Pool/EPA)

Barack Obama now admits his involvement in this land deal was a mistake

James Bone in New York and Dominic Kennedy in London
Graphic: the house that Barack bought | The key players | Timeline: Barack and the billionaire

A British-Iraqi billionaire lent millions of dollars to Barack Obama's fundraiser just weeks before an imprudent land deal that has returned to haunt the presidential contender, an investigation by The Times discloses.

The money transfer raises the question of whether funds from Nadhmi Auchi, one of Britain’s wealthiest men, helped Mr Obama buy his mock Georgian mansion in Chicago.

A company related to Mr Auchi, who has a conviction for corruption in France, registered the loan to Mr Obama's bagman Antoin "Tony" Rezko on May 23 2005. Mr Auchi says the loan, through the Panamanian company Fintrade Services SA, was for $3.5 million.

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Three weeks later, Mr Obama bought a house on the city's South Side while Mr Rezko's wife bought the garden plot next door from the same seller on the same day, June 15.

Mr Obama says he never used Mrs Rezko's still-empty lot, which could only be accessed through his property. But he admits he paid his gardener to mow the lawn.

Mrs Rezko, whose husband was widely known to be under investigation at the time, went on to sell a 10-foot strip of her property to Mr Obama seven months later so he could enjoy a bigger garden.

Mr Obama now admits his involvement in this land deal was a “boneheaded mistake”.

Mrs Rezko’s purchase and sale of the land to Mr Obama raises many unanswered questions.

It is unclear how Mrs Rezko could have afforded the downpayment of $125,000 and a $500,000 mortgage for the original $625,000 purchase of the garden plot at 5050 South Greenwood Ave.

In a sworn statement a year later, Mrs Rezko said she got by on a salary of $37,000 and had $35,000 assets. Mr Rezko told a court he had "no income, negative cash flow, no liquid assets, no unencumbered assets [and] is significantly in arrears on many of his obligations."

Mrs Rezko, whose husband goes on trial on unrelated corruption charges in Chicago on March 3, refused to answer questions about the case when she spoke by telephone to The Times. "


Posted by: Scott | September 8, 2008 8:37 PM

If you BUY into McCain bringing change to Washington...
I've got some ocean front property in Arizona you can BUY.

Posted by: khountrygirlaz | September 8, 2008 8:28 PM

anonymous is obviously hoping someone will say, "gosh, obama is really the devil!"

how about someone post all of the horrible crap bush/rove ran against mccain in 2000? some nasty stuff, polls asking about an illegitimate black child. and now, mccain HIRED the same guy!

anyone have the links? i think we need to show how the neo-cons will say and do ANYTHING, even to each other, to get what they want. they assume that everyone is mindless, and unfortunately, too many fall for it...

i actually feel bad for both parties who aren't so hard core, because their parties have been screwed by the extreme right/left. extremism in each case has caused the mess we are currently in because we all act like rabid dogs rather than actually addressing the issues at hand.

Posted by: foomonkey | September 8, 2008 8:25 PM

RICHARD ROSSI-
This is what your link delivers...and your candidate- that's also the result when one googles Obama's Major Pieces of Legislation, Names of Families Obama helped Organize, and Friends from the Past who have stood up to support Obama...Nice Post!

"Page Not Found


We're sorry, the page you've requested does not exist at this address. Please note:

If you typed in the address, used a bookmark or followed a link from another Web site, the page is no longer available. Most articles remain online for seven days after publication. Articles back to 1851 are available through The New York Times Article Archive: 1851-Present.


If you clicked on a headline or other link on NYTimes.com, you can report the missing page.

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Posted by: Scott | September 8, 2008 8:18 PM

Oops- New Post by the Wash Post-- Nice set up for Camp Obama- the tide IS changing!
Stevens is certainly no supporter of the Gov. who embarassed him!


Stevens: No Action for 'Bridge to Nowhere' by Palin
By Paul Kane
Count Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) as a defender of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's position on the controversial "Bridge to Nowhere" project.

Stevens, who once threatened to resign his Senate seat in 2005 if $223 million for the bridge project was defeated, told reporters today that Palin was never a supporter of the project, which has quickly become a bone of contention in defining the GOP vice-presidential nominee's self proclaimed image as a maverick reformer who took on "the good ol' boys network" of Alaska Republicans.

"I don't remember her ever campaigning for it. As a matter of fact, she was very critical of it at the time..."


Posted by: SCOTT | September 8, 2008 8:10 PM

PROOF OF LIE:

Courtesy of Jed Report, here is a link to a NY Times story from November 17, 2005 indicating that Congressional Republicans had killed the bridge to nowhere:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/17/po...

This was BEFORE Palin ran for Governor in support of the project. IT WAS ALREADY DEAD!

Obama should carry around a clipping of this article and wave it everywhere he goes.

Posted by: Richard Rossi | September 8, 2008 7:57 PM

Wow...after reading these comments, it seems to me that education should be our nation's number one issue. If we are all going to sling insults at each other, let's at least be grammatically correct.

Posted by: Reba | September 8, 2008 7:54 PM

this is the story bout a mcmaverick named john.who got his wings cause he was an admirals son.but his instructors and the other student knew that mcmaverick should've long ago been thrown out of school {go on take the wings and run john go on take the wings and run uuuuhhh yeah}he heard the jeers n he saw the sneers of those who knew that as a navy pilot he had nothing between his ears, so one day off the coast of saigon, he decided that he would prove them all wrong,took a jet and flew it out of bound and to prove he was a mcmaverick got his mcarse shot down{ go on ditch the plane and run john,go on ditch the plane and run uuuuhhh yeah}in north vietnam the maverick was the toast of the town,because he starred in propaganda films that put his country down,called us criminals and that the war was evil n wrong and he was ashamed of his country and never ever wanted to return home{ go on and take the long way home john go on and take the long way home uuuuhhh yeah}there came aday when the war came to and end and the maverick had to bid a teary eyed goodbye to his communist friends who built a statue to commemorate all the good info n his stay and rumor has it still standing today, so{go on and take your leave and run uuuuhhh yeah go on and take your leave and run}mcmaverick returned expecting the worst for taking his country's good name n dragging it in the dirt was never charged with the crimes he did commit dumped his sickly wife and married a rich chick{go on take the money and run uuuuhhh yeah go on an take the money and run}now mcmavericks a war hero who is known to break the rules has 8plus houses n wears $600 shoes dances to the music of raising mcmaverick mcchange, the more mcaverick tries to be mcchange,the more he remain mcsame sooooo{ go on run on the mantle of mcchange...mcsame..go on rn on the mantle of mccchange uuuuhhh yeah..all your fresh ideas belong to the guy with big ears,go on run on the mantle of mcchange,mcsame go on run on the mantle of mchange,uuuuhhh yeah..you backed bush's policies 95% of the time 100yr stay in iraq will be just fine go on run on the mantle of mcchange,mcsame...go on run on the mantle of mcchange uuuuhhh yeah... bush/chaney in the front you/palin in the back the constitution be damned roe v wade you'll set it right.. so go on run on the mantle of mcchange..go on run on the mantle of mcchange uuuuhhh yeah... with your mind on screwin the country and screwin the country on your mind but it's got to be quick you're old and livin on borrowed time..go on run on the mantle of mcchange,mcsame...go on run on the mantle of mcchange,uuuuhhh yeah...born in a cradle with a silver spoon 8plus house and 600$$ shoes 5mil$$ makes one middle class if one makes less than that they can kiss your...go on run on the mantle of mcchange mcsame.. go on run on the mantle of mcchange uuuuhhh yeah...country first but you threaten her soul when you picked a white wing separatist to try and get hillary's womens vote.either you dont give a damn about this country or you're totally insane either way the jokes on america and that much is palin.. go on run on the mantle of mcchange,mcsame,go on run on the mantle of mcchange,uuuuhhh yeah {repeat til fade}

Posted by: brkdckdwg | September 8, 2008 7:37 PM

If McCain and Palin are going to be the so 'maverick' in Washington, are they going to investigate and prosecute the corruption in the Bush Adminstration, the Justice Department, Karl Rove's involvement in the Segalman's case, CIA Valerie Plame leak, the lies of the WMD of Iraq? Please where and why is the Media, i.e. Washington Post, New York Times, etc. not asking these questions.

Posted by: the Monk | September 8, 2008 7:14 PM

This is for All the candidates concerning Heathcare reform...
My Proposal for "Country First":

Any foreigners who come to use U.S. healthcare services, we charge them 2x's (or maybe more for affluent "socialized" countries)-(and of course exemptions to "poor" countries but not their rich leaders and their rich cronies of course).

This would be similar to an out of state tuition that I'm paying for school now. Not sure what studies are out there to see what percentage of citizens of these "socialized medcare" come and take advantage of our world class doctors and specialists here bogging down our healthcare system. They all tout their socialized heathcare, but when it comes down to having quality care by quality doctors, without having to wait, I've heard of these citizens sort of getting "sick on vacation" declaring they need some healthcare services here that's covered by their socialized system. Since our dollars not doing so well compared to their Euros..I say charge these leeches more for our services.

Posted by: CountryFirstHealthcare | September 8, 2008 7:12 PM

If McCain and Palin are going to be the so 'maverick' in Washington, are they going to investigate and prosecute the corruption in the Bush Adminstration, the Justice Department, Karl Rove's involvement in the Segalman's case, CIA Valerie Plame leak, the lies of the WMD of Iraq? Please where and why is the Media, i.e. Washington Post, New York Times, etc. not asking these questions.

Posted by: the Monk | September 8, 2008 7:03 PM

Have you guys heard about Obama's harvard eduction was funded by a radical muslim from soudi arabia?

Posted by: martin | September 8, 2008 5:29 PM


Yes Martin we heard, BUT did you hear the story was retracted and an apology was made to Obama along to Harvard. The reporter that spoke with Mr Sutton did not have permission, now thanks to him the family had to admit he has "mental" issues.

Posted by: NavyMom | September 8, 2008 6:59 PM

s an independant i have to consider all the facts. Obama appears to be a muslim.

But Palin claims to be the second place finisher in the Miss Alaska contest.

Truth be know she was the second runner up which means she finished third.

I'm sorry but I can't vote for someone who is willing to compromise the truth for her own gain. Certainly not after having Cheney running amok in the White House.

Posted by: Seeker of the Truth | September 8, 2008 6:55 PM

When are you idiot conservatives going to figure out what change means.

McCain wants to change the old Republicans in the White House to the new Republicans.

Obama wants to change from the Republicans in the White House to having Democrats in the White House.

I can't put it any simpler terms than this. It's a pretty straight forward concept. Try to get your mind around it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 6:31 PM

Hey the Times reported today that the libs Olberman and "shivers up my leg" Matthews were removed by MSNBC from their coanchor seats for the rest of the election! The tide HAS turned.

Jack Cafferty is Next to Go!
Don't they and don't you know that the country wants divided government running as close to possible down the middle of the road? McCain was the most middle of the road republican in the primaries, but Obama can't say the same. 97% with Pelosi/Reid(according to Stephanpoulos yesterday) is WORSE than 90% with Bush....it's certainly farther from you know where...

Posted by: Scott | September 8, 2008 6:28 PM

So all the GOP needed was a pair of boobs who shoots guns and hates abortion?

Have you seen the Palin YouTube video where she slowly takes off her glasses and undoes her hair and shakes it out in slow motion?? Dude she is hot!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 6:26 PM

OK you won't discuss issues? Let's discuss YOUR "boob" vp candidate GO FIGURE-Can you name Joe Biden's 7 Glass Houses?

1. Insulted Indian American 7 Eleven cashiers (Hey Joe, pick on somebody your own size)
2. Called obama's hygeine, "Storybook man"
3. Law school scandal- Plagiarism
4. '88 campaign withdrawl over, yep, Plagiarism
5. Sold his vote to MBNA for a cool half mill for his lobbyist son
6. Claims to be for energy independence- voted against 1st transalask pipelin- accounts for 17% of domestic oil supply....oops
7. Proudly stated that it would be "An honor to run WITH or against John mcCain".

LH you're right "It's Staggering" that this is the change agent Obama chose to run with...."The Beltways Boys" are quite a ticket

Posted by: Scott | September 8, 2008 6:26 PM

The "maverick" is dead. McCain has hired the same GOP thugs that slimed him in 2000, and caved to the former "agents of intolerance" with his choice of a religious fruitcake in his first presidential decision.

By the way, can someone ask Palin what a "refuge state" is?

Posted by: McCain | September 8, 2008 6:26 PM

"Scott,

The right to abortion is a right given to you by the constitution. I don't like baby killers either, BUT I DONT TRY AND TELL OTHER PEOPLE HOW TO LIVE."
***********

Tim, your reading comprehension is sorely lacking...I'm prochoice and stated it with in post. I am shocked that Obama voted against allowing medical attention to the surviving infants after a failed abortion( The Infant Protection Act)....I mean how grissly can you get- picture with me Tim the horror in the room when an infant starts to cry in distress and the doctor has to decide whether to break Obama's supported law by starting an IV or putting in a feeding tube-WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU AND OBAMA IF YOU DON"T SEE THE HORROR IN THIS? Obama even lied about how the Illinois law differs from the federal version...and THEN when pressed, he admitted that he lied!
*********
Isn't it amazing that noone from Camp Obama wants to discuss issues like the Infant Protection Act, Corn Ethanol, Paygrades...?

Posted by: Scott | September 8, 2008 6:22 PM

So all the GOP needed was a pair of boobs who shoots guns and hates abortion?

Simple times for simple minds I guess....

Posted by: Go figure... | September 8, 2008 6:22 PM

Lucky Lefty you are giving them to much credit!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 6:17 PM

These comments are pathetic. Hardly any have anything do with the story. This is what is wrong with our country.

Because the comments don't have anything to do with the story? You really think that is what is wrong?

I suspect America has many more and even serious problems than just the comments in here.

But I could be wrong.....

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 6:16 PM

Hey Knuckledraggers. Stop the fear mongering and get back to cleaning that double wide. When social services comes to check on the kids later you have to make sure the place is clean this time around.

Posted by: Lucky Lefty | September 8, 2008 6:13 PM

These comments are pathetic. Hardly any have anything do with the story. This is what is wrong with our country.

Posted by: Kevin | September 8, 2008 6:11 PM

May I know why Obama never uses his middle name "Hussein"? Is he ashamed of using his father's name?

What do you think??? He doesn't want anyone to know he works secretly for Bin Laden. Dude, that is a no-brainer. Even you should have figured it out.

How did you find this website anyway's????

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 6:08 PM

I just saw the video in which obama admits that he is a muslim. George reminded him that he is on national TV and he need to stick to his lie that he is cristian.

Posted by: Catherine | September 8, 2008 6:07 PM

May I know why Obama never uses his middle name "Hussein"? Is he ashamed of using his father's name?

Posted by: Tom | September 8, 2008 6:06 PM

Why did Rezko sell the lot for a loss to Obama?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 6:05 PM

Why is that Michelle obama hiding in the chicago? How did she get promotion?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 6:04 PM

Get Real obama, americans are not fools, we know that you are a wolf in sheep clothing

White or black?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 6:04 PM

To the knuckle-dragger that posted this:

"Do you guys know that Obama's harvard education was funded by radical muslim in saudi arabia? Why would he do that? Why did obama lie about his tution?"

Hey - did you know that most of the terrorists in 9/11 were "radical saudi arabians"? Did you know that the Bushes are BFFs with Saudi Arabia??? Or do you only know how to throw lies on a blog? (I'm betting on the last one)

Posted by: RepubFearMonger | September 8, 2008 6:02 PM

Obama will loose this election
because of Michelle obama's anti-american sentiments, Community first attitude,
because of 20 years in Racist church and radical association with stupid pastor wright.
because of his close relationship with convicted criminal Rezko and Auchi
because of his relationship with Detroit fraud Mayor Kilpatrick who is in jail now.
because he is simply not ready to lead.

Wrong. He will lose becasue of dumb bunnies like you voting for that cranky old dinosaur McCain because you can't figure out what either candidate really represents.

Thanks!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 6:02 PM

Obama winnes and even blames media as if he is running against "foxnews" and hannity.

Get Real obama, americans are not fools, we know that you are a wolf in sheep clothing

Posted by: alan | September 8, 2008 6:01 PM

To the knuckle-dragger that posted this:

"Do you guys know that Obama's harvard education was funded by radical muslim in saudi arabia? Why would he do that? Why did obama lie about his tution?

What is that obama is hiding from us? who is real obama? What are his intentions?"

YOU ARE AN IDIOT

Posted by: RepubFearMonger | September 8, 2008 6:01 PM

To the knuckle-dragger that posted this:

"Do you guys know that Obama's harvard education was funded by radical muslim in saudi arabia? Why would he do that? Why did obama lie about his tution?

What is that obama is hiding from us? who is real obama? What are his intentions?"

YOU ARE AN IDIOT

Posted by: RepubFearMonger | September 8, 2008 6:01 PM

What I have seen so far is that Obama and his camp is spreading lies and baselessly attack McCain and Palin. Just like what they did to Hillary.

If they think this is going to work for independents like us, forget it. Day by day, we are loosing respect for Obama and his campaing.

Instead of taking high road and showing american that he is different from "same old". Actually he is playing "same old attack politics". This is no change Obama!
This is no Change!
Have respect for this nation. you does not have a moral ground to lie about others.

First you have to come out and speak for yourself, face the questions and let us know who you actually are instead of playing "victim" dirty politics. Stop sending those pinheads like Axelrod and other campaign dogs who themselves are not convinced that you are ready to lead.

Posted by: Paul | September 8, 2008 5:59 PM

Do you guys know that Obama's harvard education was funded by radical muslim in saudi arabia? Why would he do that? Why did obama lie about his tution?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~`
Get over this garbage. Get real. Get relevant. Show some dignity, some class for crying out loud. We got issues of Iran getting nukes, wars going on it two different countries over there. Our economy is in shambles and the US dollar is sliding down the drain. C'mon.

Have you seen the Palin YouTube video where she slowly takes off her glasses and undoes her hair and shakes it out in slow motion?? Dude she is hot!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 5:58 PM

LOL - to the poster claiming that Obama's tuition was paid for by radicals....SERIOUSLY man...give it up!!! Why do Republicans have to resort to fearmongering to get elected.

Did you know Sarah Palin went to like 5 colleges in 6 years? Is she stupid? What don't we know about Sarah Palin? She hates America!

Did you know John McCain has flip flopped on every major issue this campaign...what isn't John McCain telling us? John McCain hates America...a vote for John McCain is a vote for terror!!!!!! ARRAAHARHRARARR

LOLLOL

Posted by: Kelli | September 8, 2008 5:58 PM

"Scott,

The right to abortion is a right given to you by the constitution. I don't like baby killers either, BUT I DONT TRY AND TELL OTHER PEOPLE HOW TO LIVE."
***********

Tim, your reading comprehension is sorely lacking...I'm prochoice and stated it with in post. I am shocked that Obama voted against allowing medical attention to the surviving infants after a failed abortion( The Infant Protection Act)....I mean how grissly can you get- picture with me Tim the horror in the room when an infant starts to cry in distress and the doctor has to decide whether to break Obama's supported law by starting an IV or putting in a feeding tube-WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU AND OBAMA IF YOU DON"T SEE THE HORROR IN THIS? Obama even lied about how the Illinois law differs from the federal version...and THEN when pressed, he admitted that he lied!

Posted by: Scott | September 8, 2008 5:56 PM

MCCAIN BUSH'S THIRD TERM.

American politics are a joke.


Posted by: Maverick my a..... | September 8, 2008 5:53 PM

I am telling you, these are genuine questions about Obama. He should stand up and explain to americans and stop sending his campain to tell us who he is.. he should do that himself

Posted by: Rich | September 8, 2008 5:49 PM

Ben Smith, Politico, on the bridge to nowhere that Palin supported before she opposed it: "seeing it founder, she decided to spend the money elsewhere."

Posted by: 2mature 2bHornswoggled | September 8, 2008 5:48 PM

Do you guys know that Obama's harvard education was funded by radical muslim in saudi arabia? Why would he do that? Why did obama lie about his tution?

What is that obama is hiding from us? who is real obama? What are his intentions?

Posted by: evans | September 8, 2008 5:47 PM

Obama will loose this election
because of Michelle obama's anti-american sentiments, Community first attitude,
because of 20 years in Racist church and radical association with stupid pastor wright.
because of his close relationship with convicted criminal Rezko and Auchi
because of his relationship with Detroit fraud Mayor Kilpatrick who is in jail now.
because he is simply not ready to lead.

Posted by: Claudia | September 8, 2008 5:45 PM

Have you heard that McCain was known as the "songbird" in his POW camp? Look it up!

Posted by: Charlie Black | September 8, 2008 5:43 PM

Do they even have cul de sac's in Alaska?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 5:39 PM

Sarah Palin had Russia's Putin staring right over her shoulder up there in Alaska and you don't see Putin making a single move on our lipsticked Pit Bull do you??

And she stood up to the oil industry and did what is right for Alaskan's by doubling their free oil allotment checks every month.

And she kicked that puny little librarian's a$$ all over Wasilla for even thinking Sarah couldn't burn those books.

You go Sarah!! I think we should elect McCain/Palin and then send Sarah over to hunt the caves of Tora Bora so she can gut shot that slimy weasel Bin Laden and field dress like he deserves to be. Put his hide on Sarah's office wall.

Since Bush never fulfilled his promise to bring him to justice.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 5:37 PM

Hmm, great ad, voice sounds maybe he's a WW II vet? Great ad. Not true but powerful. Everybody needs to read Cliff Schecter "The Real John McCain" before it's too late, get a sense of what we can expect in a cabinet. You haven't seen the last of Lieberman, Wolfowitz, all the cronies that operate the Bushes. They are all going to be sitting at the table after all the cul de sac moms vote for John McCain. Only thing is, those voters aren't paying attention to detail.

Posted by: Gaias Child | September 8, 2008 5:36 PM

Obama has been lying all along to americans? Ummm now he admits that he is a muslim?

Posted by: Tim | September 8, 2008 5:32 PM

He also admited that he is a muslim by saying "my muslim faith" and the thing all these days he was hiding from us. George of abc had to remind him of his so called faith in christianity. I just saw the video on youtube

Posted by: catherine | September 8, 2008 5:31 PM

http://money.cnn.com/2008/06/11/news/economy/candidates_taxproposals_tpc/

Obama is cutting taxes, just not on the filthy rich. McCain and Palin are LYING TO YOU and you all are stupid enough to believe it without the simplest research. America, if you choose McCain/Palin after that convention of lies, you deserve them.

Folks: JUST GOOGLE IT. "Obama McCain Taxes"

It is EASY. Use your brain. I don't want a pit bull lying to me about Obama's tax plan. Lying has been the source of the problem for the last 8 years.

Enough!

Posted by: underdog | September 8, 2008 5:31 PM

Have you guys heard about Obama's harvard eduction was funded by a radical muslim from soudi arabia?

Posted by: martin | September 8, 2008 5:29 PM

And while McCain was having "limited success", Obama was out campaigning.

Posted by: Neo | September 8, 2008 5:29 PM

McCain--the Change President

I use to be the Experience President but Sarah changed all that so now I am the Change President.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 5:28 PM

I guess the current McCain strategy is to co-opt the best of Obama's message but then, this may not work so well considering that they've also co-opted their own smears by attempting to use what they see as "star power" via Palin. She's supposed to be the VP, able to take over the highest office in the land tomorrow, and she won't even talk to the media until she's been more thoroughly coached than she was vetted?

After the crash course in major issues she's never had to consider but is expected to be capable of managing if McCain kicks his clogs, what the record will probably show is that she takes positions as an ideological reflex without even considering, say, the constitutional implications of banning books in libraries. No wonder Cheney thinks she's superb.

Posted by: Vi | September 8, 2008 5:26 PM

Of course McCain got a bounce from Sarah Palin., McCain needs to let the Media Get access to his VP candidate. Im sure once America gets to know her. We will see an even bigger bounce. McCain needs to stop, Thats lame to hide your VP candidate away from the Media. The Only Place you can find Info about Palin is on the Web, Here is some sites Ive been able to find.

Has anyone else read this story about a possible Affair Sarah Palin had? That is just one of the Scandals listed at this site. http://www.hotpres.com

This site has the inside scoop about the Palin Dui Secret, http://www.duihelpguide.com Why hasnt the news covered this?

This site has background info on sarah Palin Bio, Pics, Videos, Alot of Polls like how many people actually think that she is attractive? http://www.theveep.com

Despite all of this, and her lack of experiance she would probably make a much better president then McCain., Because like Obama she hasnt been corrupted by washington yet. We should probably reverse the ticket Palin/McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 5:22 PM

While I agree that the campaign has distorted the "Bridge to Nowhere" claim, the ad doesn't lie.


The so-called maverick McCain wants us to believe he is a radical, not like the others, not willing to do business the same old way. A true Straight Talker.

If...this is true then he wouldn't have shaded his ad to imply she refused the money by refusing to build the bridge.

He would have said "you know folks, Sarah took the damn money and as your new maverick president I will have to just sit her down and tell her we don't do business like that in my administration. Sorry folks. We screwed this one up a bit. It won't happen again."

That would me real straight talk. The kind I could actually respect.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 5:18 PM

http://www.petitiononline.com/giveback/petition.html

This is a petition just started to ask Congress and the President of the United States to request that Gov. Palin and the State of Alaska return the funds that are so obviously scorned by Sarah Palin.

Sure, we know it is just Republican BS, but make her (and John McCain) put her money where her mouth is or shut up.

I'm sure the American public can find somewhere to spend the $433,000,000.00 in funding that Alaska received because of that earmark.

Posted by: nobush3rd | September 8, 2008 5:16 PM


John McCain has definitely earned the "Change, Maverick" nomenclature. Americans are beginning to see that "only" John McCain has the political ability to institute real change in Washington. Obama does not have the political clout to do it.

John McCain is becoming equated with "change"

Posted by: charko825 | September 8, 2008 5:15 PM

Jon,

This isn't about change within in a party, but a change of the current track on which we find our country. Obama, unlike McCain, will not embrace a belligerent foreign policy; a secretive executive branch; and a single-minded economic policy which increases economic disparity among other things.

If you like the way the country is going, then vote for McCain.

Posted by: nitpicker | September 8, 2008 5:06 PM

Origin of the term "maverick":

A Texas cattle rancher by the name of Samuel Maverick had a practice of not branding his cattle. So, cattle without brands came to be known as "mavericks".

Put into more accessible language:

An ambulatory source of B.S. that doesn't show any external signs of ownership, but is commonly known to belong to wealthy businessmen.

I'd say the term fits.

Posted by: philko | September 8, 2008 5:04 PM

I get the sense that when the election is done and McCain no longer has to pander to his party, he'll go back to the moderate that he once was.

So its okay for a Republican to flip flop but god forbid if a Democrat does?

The Party of Hypocrisy strikes once again.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 4:59 PM

While I agree that the campaign has distorted the "Bridge to Nowhere" claim, the ad doesn't lie. It says she stopped the Bridge, and that's true. It can be argued that it was stopped for political gain, but it was a major project that was axed nonetheless.

I'm a moderate leaning toward McCain exactly because of the maverick issue. While he's agreed with Bush 90% of the time, Obama has agreed with his party 97% of the time. So I don't see Obama's platfom as being about "change." It's about the same promises made by every democratic candidate. There was a point in time when McCain voted with his party 77% of the time, which is as far to the middle as you'll likely ever find in a Presidential candidate.
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The Republican ads are inferring that Palin is a maverick in standing up to the pork barrel funding of the Bridge To Nowhere. Now if you are against pork barrel funding then you are opposed to the money being spent irrespective of the project.

McCain wants us to believe she saved the federal government $240 million dollrs. McCain is really spinning this image as she in fact accepted the money. It matters not what she then spent it on as Alaska got the money that Mccain rails against in his campaign speeches. His own VP pick, the so called maverick, took the pork barrel money.

Obama is talking about change as in let's not do it the Bush/Cheney way any more. Of course he votes Democratic. Bush/Cheney leaves and the Democratic Obama steps in. "Mission Accomplished."

McCain votes 90% of the time with Bush/Cheney. Bush leaves office, McCain steps in. Where is the change?

This whole thing is very, very simple. Either you want to re-elect another conservative Republican or you want to elect a liberal Democrat. There isn't anything else to talk about. We have only two choices on the menu. Pick one.

Posted by: Humpty Dumpty | September 8, 2008 4:55 PM

While I agree that the campaign has distorted the "Bridge to Nowhere" claim, the ad doesn't lie. It says she stopped the Bridge, and that's true. It can be argued that it was stopped for political gain, but it was a major project that was axed nonetheless.

I'm a moderate leaning toward McCain exactly because of the maverick issue. While he's agreed with Bush 90% of the time, Obama has agreed with his party 97% of the time. So I don't see Obama's platfom as being about "change." It's about the same promises made by every democratic candidate. There was a point in time when McCain voted with his party 77% of the time, which is as far to the middle as you'll likely ever find in a Presidential candidate.

The answer in America has always been somewhere in the middle, but partisan politics don't see that. The Clinton administration thrived with a republican congress with them. An Obama presidency with a democratic congress would be a disaster. I get the sense that when the election is done and McCain no longer has to pander to his party, he'll go back to the moderate that he once was. At least he has the track record and history of doing that; Obama does not.

Posted by: Jon | September 8, 2008 4:13 PM

Republicans, STOP EMBARRASSING US!

Your IQ level keeps dropping every election cycle:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf1y9s73Nos

Posted by: huh? | September 8, 2008 4:11 PM

Obama needs to back to writing fantasy books and leave governing to someone who knows something about it.

Posted by: Joe | September 8, 2008 3:59 PM

http://dwb.adn.com/news/politics/story/9090479p-9006523c.html

That said, Palin has told chef Stefani Marnon that the Governor's Mansion in Juneau won't be needing a professional cook until the legislative session this coming winter.

Only mostly fired?

Posted by: zukermand | September 8, 2008 3:58 PM

Does maverick=erratic, irresponsible, temperamental?

http://www.kansascity.com/445/story/785831.html

And then there's Grumps's notorious public outburst at his wife. It would be comforting to know that our commander in chief can control his temper.

Posted by: 2mature2bHornswoggled | September 8, 2008 3:56 PM

Gee, I didn't know mavericks voted with the failed President in lock step over 90% of the time, in "Mr. Maverick McCain's" own words in fact. I thought "mavericks" went against the established order? must be something new no one else ever heard of before.. don't be stupid people.

Obama / Biden

Posted by: Democrats 08 | September 8, 2008 3:56 PM

Too funny!

Apparently the candidates that the Republicans just heartily nominated have spent their entire careers battling Republicans!?

If voters fall for this they are certainly getting what they deserve, to be treated and manipulated like mindless sheep.

Posted by: plistna | September 8, 2008 3:55 PM

Rampant rumor says the truth of the matter, the candidate that successfully target and murder mutual opponents wins the election in November. That this opponent has exposed corruption in both parties is the reason. Does that mean, as another sharp critic and opponent to both, should we worry about our family's physical safety too? Will our car be tampered? Bodies targeted while on the street? Etc.? Hm....

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 3:52 PM

Dear concerned citizens of America and mass media of the U.S.A.{ Politics First and Country Last}

As a concerned disabled American Veteran and American citizen, I consider it my duty and responsibility to address the following critical issues facing the voters of our Greatgrand nation, the United States of America [USA].

The citizens of the United States of America [USA] have the ultimate power and responsibility to elect the Right Ticket with the right joint "temperament, judgement, and statesmanship" to lead our nation as well as change our nation's present and future moral, political, economic, educational, health care, energy, military, and foundational soul.
In my firm professional, personal, and political opinion, the media should help the common voter to explore and discuss the following attributes of the present Republican and Democratic presidential slates:
1. Does the joint ticket have a calm, cool, and collected " temper and impulse" [Presidential Temperament]?
2. Does each ticket have sound and sustained "Judgment and Caliber"?
3. Does each ticket have a "presidential depth and degree" in regard to their purpose, policies, and positions?
4. Does each ticket have adequate, "understanding and knowledge" of workings around Washington"?
5. Does each ticket have enough "vigor, wisdom and Vision" for the future of our beloved Great-grand Nation?
6. Does each ticket possess enough joint foreign policy experience and exposure based on "American Values, Virtues, Vastness, and strong soul"?
7. Are their campaign talk, slogans, ads, plans, and programs based on facts and are they free of fear, fiction, frivolous labels, unfair attacks, negativity, and impulsivity? [Danger to country and countries mission[s].
8. Does the ticket keep country or politics first? [McCain stole Obama's change and is running with it.]


As a Independent registered voter I have decided to vote for the Obama-Biden ticket. I am sure they will protect our national security, strengths, stamina and soul as well as rebuild our nation from the bottom up in all areas of need. The OBAMA-BIDEN ticket will restore our global standing with the use of maximum, firm international diplomacy and minimal force if and when indicated.


Yours sincerely,

COL. A.M. Khajawall [Ret] MD., Forensic psychiatrist, Colonel, US-AR / MC Combat Stress Control[Ret], Disabled American Veteran and Iraq Freedom team.

PS: This nation will not buy into the kitchen sink strategy. We are getting deeper into internal and external holes through these attacks and the world is laughing at us as they enjoy our partisan Pitt Bull wounds inflicted on hard working Americans. So called Maverick McCain has put polities First and Country Last by impulsively choosing Saran Palin as his running mate. A heart beat away form presidency. His this act further confirms that he is impulsive, stubborn, temperamental, and self aggrandizement. Bad for America and all around.

Posted by: COL. A.M.Khajawall [Ret] | September 8, 2008 3:47 PM

Here you go Axelrod-
Human decency- THAT's One of a million reasons to support McCain/Palin-

If Biden really does believe what he claims....which noone can know given his history of lies... what must he think of his runningmate's position of the Infant Protection Act....murder? (I'm prochoice like you probably are but this stance by Obama is heinous- it's an affront to decency)
*********
Now give me an Obama accomplishment- other than good grades and sponsorship of bills- hey, why not name oNE family he helped with his organizing...why DON'T we know their names- only the people he met campaigning....where's one harvard classmate or Univ. oc Chicago colleague who speaks up for him like McCain's fellow veterans do? It's strange, no?

Posted by: Scott | September 8, 2008 3:44 PM

On the sale of the Alaska Jet...Who did she sell it to? How come at a loss or below the asking price? Is this more of the Bridge to nowhere hogwaash? Who was the cook that she put out of work?Did she help her relocate or is that too much like a community organizer for her to dirty her hands with?

Posted by: Jim Warner | September 8, 2008 3:41 PM

No GODBOT in or near the White House. Can we please elect a President who lives in the "here and now" ?

Posted by: Patrick DeBurgh | September 8, 2008 3:41 PM

Cindy McCain charged $500K on American Express last month while her kids charged $50K and McCain's had $250K on it.
That means the McCain's could buy 4 average American homes on their credit cards and pay them off by month's end.


Yeah, McCain and Bush feel your economic pain, America.....NOT!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxT0s_I5WtA

Posted by: Kimi Welsh | September 8, 2008 3:36 PM

I love the smell of burning styrofoam in the morning. It smells like......Victory!

Posted by: Scott | September 8, 2008 3:30 PM

Since husband Todd has been claimed by Palin to be a special case whose emails may not be viewed, because he is part of her government, then his membership in the secessionist party is important to look at.
The only two options people really consider for the AIP are
secession from the union leading to nationhood for Alaska
Secession from the union leading to tax free status of commonwealth, like Puerto Rico.
Which did Todd recommend to the mayor of teeny town?
Apparently he is part of her government, so now his many years o membership in the AIP (during her whole mayor's time)
is worthy of deep review.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | September 8, 2008 3:27 PM

There is nothing wrong with being happily stinking 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: agent orange | September 8, 2008 3:24 PM

correcting typos

Lie about the plane by Palin

I sold the plane on Ebay.
correction: sold to political connection at $600K loss
This is actually a way of giving a political connection
a plane at $600,000 under cost.
Why would she say she sold it on Ebay when we could find out it was not? BECAUSE 37 million people heard her say the lie, and most people wont bother to find out the facts.

Posted by: bruce Becker | September 8, 2008 3:22 PM

Lies by Palin

I sold the plane on Ebay.
correction: sold to political connection at $600K loss
This is actually a way of giving a political connect a plane at $600 under cost.
Why would she say she sold it on Ebay when we could find out it was not? BECAUSE 37 million people heard her say the lie, and most people wont bother to find out the facts.

I was against the bridge.
correction Was for the bridge until after it was a national disgrace, and support for it became unpopular.

My husband is not a secessionist. Was member of AIP for years.

And on the positive side, she is against science in schools, preferring to support 1927 Tennessee Taliban position of God created the earth in 7 days and if you add up the BEGATS in Genesis the entire population of the earth came into being in 6000 years so global warming is fiction. Sure. What a kook.

Please independents, register this time, and vote absentee.


Posted by: Bruce Becker | September 8, 2008 3:20 PM

Maverick?

Closest he and Palin come to being mavericks is that they are both full of heifer dust. If you haven't heard of that term, it's an old cowboy expression for what is excreted from a cow....

Posted by: abby0802 | September 8, 2008 3:15 PM

What's up with Secret Sarah:

[M]ore intriguing than any email correspondence contained in the four boxes was what was not released: about 1100 emails. Palin's office provided McLeod with a 78-page list (PDF) cataloging the emails it was withholding. Many of them had been written by Palin or sent to her. Palin's office claimed most of the undisclosed emails were exempt from release because they were covered by the "executive" or "deliberative process" privileges that protect communications between Palin and her aides about policy matters. But the subject lines of some of the withheld emails suggest they were not related to policy matters. Several refer to one of Palin's political foes, others to a well-known Alaskan journalist. Moreover, some of the withhold emails were CC'ed to Todd Palin, the governor's husband. Todd Palin—a.k.a. the First Dude—holds no official state position (though he has been a close and influential adviser for Governor Palin). The fact that Palin and her aides shared these emails with a citizen outside the government undercuts the claim that they must be protected under executive privilege. [Independent Alaskan government watchdog Andrée] McLeod asks, "What is Sarah Palin hiding?"

http://www.motherjones.com/mojoblog/archives/2008/09/9620_sarah_palin_secret_email.html


Indeed.

One thing she's not hiding very well is her Cheney-like penchant for secrecy and inappropriate use of "official" cover to protect e-mails she shared outside of official circles.

I mean, if you've got a good reason why a professional snowmobile racer needs to be copied on e-mails that are legitimately protected by "deliberative process" privileges, shout 'em out. Don't be shy about it.

Seriously. Just what is Todd Palin's role in the governance of Alaska, anyway? And what might we expect it to be in a McCain/Palin administration? So far, all of the stories that have emerged have been about Todd weighing in on using the levers of state power to punish his personal enemies. Surely the Palin team will want to enlighten us about all the wonderful and life-affirming things Todd has contributed along the way, no?

In the meantime, mull it over in your mind that in the US Attorneys firings, the Bush White House is claiming the same executive and deliberative process privileges even for conversations they claim the President had no part in. If you can make both that claim and the claim that conversations the executive freely shares with people outside of government, what's not subject to "executive privilege?".


What kind of "reformer maverick" is even more secretive than Dick Cheney?

Posted by: Bush + McCain = "W"orthless | September 8, 2008 3:14 PM

Given the fact that Republicans have been in power for eight years,

and that Senator McCain has been moving to the right to shore up his base support,

and that he wants to continue most of President Bush's policies,

it seems the only reasonable thing to expect the Republicans to change ... is the topic.

Posted by: Todd Gatts | September 8, 2008 3:10 PM

The "maverick" pitch seems weak to me--and not just because it's about as convincing as a Madison Avenue advertising tagline. In a recession, with two wars going on, do swing voters care about John McCain's attitude toward earmarks or Sarah Palin's "I was before it before I was against it" position on the Bridge to Nowhere? Even if the reformist pitch were convincing, it wouldn't address the concerns of voters who see their incomes eroding, their health-care costs rising, and their local National Guard units being sent to Iraq for the second or third time.

Posted by: Durant Imboden | September 8, 2008 2:36 PM

Hey the Times reported today that the libs Olberman and "shivers up my leg" Matthews were removed by MSNBC from their coanchor seats for the rest of the election! The tide HAS turned.

Jack Cafferty is Next to Go!
Don't they and don't you know that the country wants divided government running as close to possible down the middle of the road? McCain was the most middle of the road republican in the primaries, but Obama can't say the same. 97% with Pelosi/Reid(according to Stephanpoulos yesterday) is WORSE than 90% with Bush....it's certainly farther from you know where...

Posted by: Scott | September 8, 2008 2:27 PM

"...The New York Times reported the 2007 crowd at the University of Iowa grew silent as Biden gave his version of what happened that day.

"Let me tell you a little story," The newspaper quoted Biden as saying. "I got elected when I was 29, and I got elected November the 7th. And on Dec. 18 of that year, my wife and three kids were Christmas shopping for a Christmas tree. A tractor-trailer, a guy who allegedly -- and I never pursued it -- drank his lunch instead of eating his lunch, broadsided my family and killed my wife instantly, and killed my daughter instantly, and hospitalized my two sons, with what were thought to be at the time permanent, fundamental injuries....
"Even before Obama asked Biden to join his campaign, political observers said the senator's gaffes could be a liability in a contest where every word will be scrutinized. Biden's first presidential campaign 20 years ago was undone by charges he plagiarized parts of a speech by British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock....

"The rumor about alcohol being involved by either party, especially the truck driver, is incorrect," said Jerome O. Herlihy, a Delaware Superior Court judge who was chief deputy attorney general and worked with crash investigators in 1972.

By RACHEL KIPP • The News Journal • September 4, 2008

Posted by: Scott | September 8, 2008 2:25 PM

McCain and Palin are Republican, Karl Rove liars. There's really no other way to spin this. They are lying about their own record, and about Obama. Enough is enough!

Posted by: Ruth | September 8, 2008 2:09 PM

"...the whopper here is that Palin opposed her state's notorious Bridge to Nowhere"

Whopper? What is that? Is that a lie? Why not call it that?

Posted by: zukermand | September 8, 2008 2:08 PM

"Housing & Credit Crisis for Dummies"?

McCain & Palin need it!

http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/talk/2008/09/housing-credit-crisis-for-dumm.php

Posted by: Kelli | September 8, 2008 1:56 PM

McCain/Palin are "the Bridge to Nowhere"!

http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/talk/2008/09/mccainpalin-are-the-bridge-to.php


McCain is out of touch and stuck in the past. Instead of facing the
serious challenges with specific policies and new thinking, he's giving
us silly talk about "personality", not issues.

McCain and
Palin have lied on their opposition to the infamous boondoggle, "Bridge
to Nowhere", claiming she opposed it when she actually championed it
and then pocketed the money. The Washington Post fact-checked and
called the McCain-Palin lie about the bridge a "whopper".

*No real policy on health care


*No serious plan for alternative energy


*No end in sight for Iraq

*Laughably ignorant on the economy


*No new ideas, just personality and lies
Lip-service and platitudes, instead of solutions
20th Century solutions to 21st Century problems

MCain/Palin: Truly a Bridge to Nowhere

Posted by: jj | September 8, 2008 1:55 PM

Get real, McCain team. Palin was for the bridge before she was against it. We all know this. Sticking that false claim in an ad is just bad form.

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

Posted by: mpp | September 8, 2008 1:46 PM

Palin is the Maverick., Yes, I am so excited about the Race now that Palin is in the mix. I am a conservative leaning independant. Glad to see a conservative in the mix. Hard to find info on Palin. McCain needs to let her talk to the media so we can find out more about who she is.

Has anyone else read this story about a possible Affair Sarah Palin had? That is just one of the Scandals listed at this site. http://www.hotpres.com

This site has the inside scoop about the Palin Dui Secret, http://www.duihelpguide.com Why hasnt the news covered this?

This site has background info on sarah Palin Bio, Pics, Videos, Alot of Polls like how many people actually think that she is attractive? http://www.theveep.com

Despite all of this, and her lack of experiance she would probably make a much better president then McCain., Because like Obama she hasnt been corrupted by washington yet. We should probably reverse the ticket Palin/McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 1:44 PM

Let me start this comment off by stating that I'm an Obama suporter and a first time voter.

Howard Kurtz and his brethren have spent much time previously decrying the abject "in the tank" mentality of the media for Obama. Now we see the same media fawning over Palin. I wonder whether he's going to do a comparison of Palin vs Biden vis-a-vis media coverage.

I would argue that the media doesn't care. It truly has only one master/mistress - readership/ratings. Journalism is the least of its concerns and for Howard Kurtz to pretend otherwise and apply quantitative analysis and arrive at conclusions of bias one way or the other is simply dense.

Journalists, as in a multitude of other fields should simply state their leanings at the outset and write their article. Leave it to the reader to draw their conclusions.

Who cares for facts anyway when we can all write, read and then "analyze" fluff. Keep it up !!!

Posted by: Gopher | September 8, 2008 1:33 PM

Path wrote: "This has led to the biggest waste of taxpayers money in our nation's history."

You must have heard your VP candidate's stump speech today when she said that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had gotten to the point where they were costing the taxpayers too much.

Unfortunately for both of you, at this point, no taxpayer money has been spent on these entities as a result of this debacle. They have been basically independent agencies for a long time now, not relying on tax payer dollars. Secretary Paulson is still trying to figure out how taxpayer funds will be used to put the two agencies in conservatorship. How can you claim it's the biggest waste in taxpayer money when you don't even know how much it will cost?

In addition, legendary bond investor Bill Gross remarked that this could send the mortgage securities market back up and ultimately result in an improved housing market and a return on taxpayers' potential investment if Mae and Mac's securities increase in value. (I think this is a big if, but still...)

It's also worth noting that I said Secretary Paulson. See, he works in the Republican Bush administration, and he is the one who is designing and implementing this plan. Not Obama.

You may also want to note that it is Phil Gramm, one of McCain's most trusted economic advisors, who authored and pushed through the legislation that allowed all of this deregulation of these markets in the first place.

Posted by: ethel08 | September 8, 2008 1:31 PM

Here are just some of the examples of why and how McCain has sold his soul, flip-flopped to garner conservative support, and lost all credibility in terms of his “straight talk” maverick moniker. If completely reversing and changing your mind about issues, sometimes in a span of 24 hours, is straight talk or being a maverick, I guess McCain is straight up kooky.
* McCain pledged in February 2008 that he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Specifically, McCain was asked if he is a “‘read my lips’ candidate, no new taxes, no matter what?” referring to George H.W. Bush’s 1988 pledge. “No new taxes,” McCain responded. Two weeks later, McCain said, “I’m not making a ‘read my lips’ statement, in that I will not raise taxes.”
* McCain claims to have considered and not considered joining John Kerry’s Democratic ticket in 2004.
* McCain’s first mortgage plan was premised on the notion that homeowners facing foreclosure shouldn’t be “rewarded” for acting “irresponsibly.” He also praised the George W. Bush administration's handling of the crisis. His second mortgage plan took largely the opposite position.
* McCain’s campaign unveiled a Social Security policy that the senator would implement if elected, which did not include a Bush-like privatization scheme. In March 2008, McCain denounced his own campaign’s policy.
* In February 2008, McCain reversed course on prohibiting waterboarding.
* In November 2007, McCain reversed his previous position on a long-term presence for U.S. troops in Iraq, arguing that the “nature of the society in Iraq” and the “religious aspects” of the country make it inevitable that the United States “eventually withdraws.” Two months later, McCain reversed back, saying he’s prepared to leave U.S. troops in Iraq for 100 years. On time tables for withdrawal - Republican John McCain, in a speech forecasting what the country would look like after his first term in office, said May 15th that he expects the war in Iraq to be won and most troops to be home by January 2013. The prediction marks a major departure for McCain, who railed against rival Mitt Romney shortly before the Florida primary for his remark in April 2007 that he thought President Bush and Iraqi leaders should privately discuss a timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq. At the time, McCain suggested that the comment would embolden America's foes in Iraq. The Arizona senator leveled the same criticism at Democratic Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, stating that their advocacy for withdrawing troops from Iraq amounted to setting a date for "surrender."
* McCain was a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants’ kids who graduate from high school. Now he’s against it.
* On immigration policy in general, McCain announced in February 2008 that he would vote against his own legislation.
* In 2006, McCain sponsored legislation to require grassroots lobbying coalitions to reveal their financial donors. In 2007, after receiving “feedback” on the proposal, McCain told far-right activist groups that he opposes his own measure.
* McCain said before the war in Iraq, “We will win this conflict. We will win it easily.” Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was “probably going to be long and hard and tough.”
* McCain went from saying he would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade to saying the exact opposite.
* McCain went from saying homosexual marriage should be allowed, to saying homosexual marriage shouldn’t be allowed.
* McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as well as Pastor John Hagee as “agents of intolerance” in 2002, but then decided to cozy up to the men who said Americans “deserved” the 9/11 attacks, Katrina was God’s punishment on us for homosexuality, and that the catholic church was the “great wh*re”
* McCain used to oppose Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy, but he reversed course in February 2008
* McCain supported a major campaign-finance reform measure that bore his name. In June 2007, he abandoned his own legislation.
* McCain opposed a holiday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., before he supported it.
* McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he’s pro-ethanol.
* McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.
* McCain flip-flops on Hamas-
"They're the government; sooner or later we are going to have to deal with them, one way or another," he said at the time. "And I understand why this administration and previous administrations had such antipathy towards Hamas because of their dedication to violence and the things that they not only espouse but practice ...
"But it's a new reality in the Middle East. I think the lesson is people want security and a decent life and decent future, that they want democracy. Fatah was not giving them that."
January 2006 – John McCain
Then in May 2008 McCain labels himself Hamas’s “Worst nightmare” and vows to never negotiate with Hamas.
Here are just some of the examples of why and how McCain has sold his soul, flip-flopped to garner conservative support, and lost all credibility in terms of his “straight talk” moniker. If completely reversing and changing your mind about issues, sometimes in a span of 24 hours, is straight talk, I guess McCain is straight up kooky.
* McCain pledged in February 2008 that he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Specifically, McCain was asked if he is a “‘read my lips’ candidate, no new taxes, no matter what?” referring to George H.W. Bush’s 1988 pledge. “No new taxes,” McCain responded. Two weeks later, McCain said, “I’m not making a ‘read my lips’ statement, in that I will not raise taxes.”
* McCain claims to have considered and not considered joining John Kerry’s Democratic ticket in 2004.
* McCain’s first mortgage plan was premised on the notion that homeowners facing foreclosure shouldn’t be “rewarded” for acting “irresponsibly.” He also praised the George W. Bush administration's handling of the crisis. His second mortgage plan took largely the opposite position.
* McCain’s campaign unveiled a Social Security policy that the senator would implement if elected, which did not include a Bush-like privatization scheme. In March 2008, McCain denounced his own campaign’s policy.
* In February 2008, McCain reversed course on prohibiting waterboarding.
* In November 2007, McCain reversed his previous position on a long-term presence for U.S. troops in Iraq, arguing that the “nature of the society in Iraq” and the “religious aspects” of the country make it inevitable that the United States “eventually withdraws.” Two months later, McCain reversed back, saying he’s prepared to leave U.S. troops in Iraq for 100 years. On time tables for withdrawal - Republican John McCain, in a speech forecasting what the country would look like after his first term in office, said May 15th that he expects the war in Iraq to be won and most troops to be home by January 2013. The prediction marks a major departure for McCain, who railed against rival Mitt Romney shortly before the Florida primary for his remark in April 2007 that he thought President Bush and Iraqi leaders should privately discuss a timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq. At the time, McCain suggested that the comment would embolden America's foes in Iraq. The Arizona senator leveled the same criticism at Democratic Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, stating that their advocacy for withdrawing troops from Iraq amounted to setting a date for "surrender."
* McCain was a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants’ kids who graduate from high school. Now he’s against it.
* On immigration policy in general, McCain announced in February 2008 that he would vote against his own legislation.
* In 2006, McCain sponsored legislation to require grassroots lobbying coalitions to reveal their financial donors. In 2007, after receiving “feedback” on the proposal, McCain told far-right activist groups that he opposes his own measure.
* McCain said before the war in Iraq, “We will win this conflict. We will win it easily.” Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was “probably going to be long and hard and tough.”
* McCain went from saying he would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade to saying the exact opposite.
* McCain went from saying homosexual marriage should be allowed, to saying homosexual marriage shouldn’t be allowed.
* McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as well as Pastor John Hagee as “agents of intolerance” in 2002, but then decided to cozy up to the men who said Americans “deserved” the 9/11 attacks, Katrina was God’s punishment on us for homosexuality, and that the catholic church was the “great wh*re”
* McCain used to oppose Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy, but he reversed course in February 2008
* McCain supported a major campaign-finance reform measure that bore his name. In June 2007, he abandoned his own legislation.
* McCain opposed a holiday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., before he supported it.
* McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he’s pro-ethanol.
* McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.
* McCain flip-flops on Hamas-
"They're the government; sooner or later we are going to have to deal with them, one way or another," he said at the time. "And I understand why this administration and previous administrations had such antipathy towards Hamas because of their dedication to violence and the things that they not only espouse but practice ...
"But it's a new reality in the Middle East. I think the lesson is people want security and a decent life and decent future, that they want democracy. Fatah was not giving them that."
January 2006 – John McCain
Then in May 2008 McCain labels himself Hamas’s “Worst nightmare” and vows to never negotiate with Hamas.
GIANT FLIP-FLOPPER!!!! Maverick? Hardly..confused? YES

Posted by: feastorafamine | September 8, 2008 1:28 PM

McCain's buddy Gramm, the would-be Treasury Sec, was the political muscle behind the energy deregulation laws that led to the Enron scandal and the finance dereg laws (repeal of Glass-Steagall) that led to the sub-prime mortgage scandal.

The TRUTH is that taxpayers will have to fork over about $500 billion to cover the subprime scandal.

People scandals are taxes! The Republicans are slick- they don't tax you, they just deregulate, wreak havoc on the economy, take the profits on the upside and then make the taxpayer fund the downside.

Wake up people! McCain has been part of the scandalous reverse Robin Hood republican programs ever since the S&L bailout of 20 years ago.

Posted by: Deep Blue | September 8, 2008 1:18 PM

Didn't Palin flirt with a political movement dedicated to the secession of Alaska from the Union?

Now THAT is a mavericky action!

Posted by: Buck TX Ind | September 8, 2008 1:08 PM

Laughable.

McCain wants to extend and deepen the tax cuts for the rich that have produced a doubling of the national debt in 8 years, stagnant wages, a net national savings rate of ZERO, and the worst economic growth rate since WWII.

McCain wants to continue the policy of allowing health care to be run by a cartel of private insurers, including turning Medicare over to this cartel -- a system which produces by far the highest cost and lowest quality health care in the world.

McCain wants to continue reliance on oil -- apparently sending 5% of GDP overseas for energy every year is not enough.

The US is a second rate power now. It will considerably less than the end of 8 years of McCain.

On the other hand, he is a symbol of this country has become over the past 40 years: decrepit, white, malignant, ignorant, warlike, backwards.

Posted by: mnjam | September 8, 2008 1:08 PM

Iam a dem and Iam voting for McCain/Palin, message to obama(osama) better keep your senate job your going to need it.

Posted by: bill | September 8, 2008 12:47 PM

Are you kidding, those polls are not what you look at if you want to know what is going on. Go to

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/

and you will see unless something very dramatic happens Obama will coast to a win no problem. It is not the poll but what it actually means. You don't even know what they asked to get those results.
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USATODAY POLL: MCCAIN TAKES 10-POINT LEAD OVER OBAMA IN LIKELY VOTERS...


ZOGBY: MCCAIN-PALIN UP 4%...

GALLUP: McCain Moves Ahead, 48% to 45%...

Posted by: rtfanning | September 8, 2008 11:49 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 12:47 PM

2 comments on this post:

If you would like to see a hilarious spoof of "McCain as Maverick," you should check out the 1-minute video I found on You Tube. It is set to the opening theme of the "Maverick" TV western from the late 50s. Ironically enough, it was put together by a conservative! I guess they have a sense of humor.
http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/maverick-mccain.html

As for the Bridge to Nowhere, I have a fully sourced post that fully debunks Palin's absurd claim.

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/debunking-lies-of-mccain-palin-bridge.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | September 8, 2008 12:47 PM

Nice pick way to make a mockery of the USA.

McSame will never be my leader.

No wonder were the laughingstock of so many other nations.

Have fun with your 100 years of war and uneducated VP. Liar liar moose on fire.

Posted by: Whatever | September 8, 2008 12:43 PM

Susan Eisenhower: Barack is the best choice (CNN Interview)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1Kmsv8-Jzk&feature=related

When Dwight Eisenhower's granddaughter Susan said "Yes we can!" over 84,000 supporters at the Democrat Convention cheered her on and yelled "Yes we can!"

My Favorite Eisenhower Story From Wikipedia. Dwight could have been a Professional Football player?

At West Point, Eisenhower made the football team. He started as a varsity running back and linebacker in 1912. In a bit of a fabled match-up, he even tackled the legendary Jim Thorpe in a 1912 game.

Ike Eisenhower and Harry Truman Fans supporting Change We can believe in!

Obamacans for Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Republican Football Fan | September 8, 2008 12:38 PM

THE PALIN SELECTION AND THE DIMINUTION OF DEMOCRACY:
IS A SILENT COUP HAPPENING IN THE U.S.A?

• Could the Palin Phenomenon be a symptom of a seismic power grab that is transforming our government?

• Is the Palin selection part of a larger plan to seize control of the Executive Branch and make it beholden to another set of decision-makers -- unelected, entrenched, and in charge of the forces of power and control?

• Could the federal takeover of more than half of the mortgage market via the Fannie Mae and Freedie Mac bailout signal a turn toward autocratic control of the economy by hard-right conservatives who comprise the corporate/military/security complex -- what Eisenhower called the "military-industrial complex" in his farewell address warning?

• Could this seizure of economic control further the interests of those who are using government policy as "social engineering" to neutralize political opposition and transform society to suit their far-right ideology?

• Could this plan dovetail with reports from a Dutch newspaper this past week that the U.S. is planning to strike Iran's nuclear facilities?

• Could the fruition of the "Help America Vote Act," which led to the widespread use of electronic voting machines, the vast majority of which leave no voter-verified paper trail, also be part of this mosaic?

• Could John McCain's vacillations on the vice president issue and his eventual acquiescence to those who recommended Palin be part of a skillful campaign to influence and oversee his decision-making?

• Are we in the midst of a silent coup that is resulting in the loss of personal freedom via the extra-legal targeting of American citizens in an unconstitutional bypass of the judicial system, a denial of due process under the law?

• And is this power grab resulting in the emasculation of both Congress and the Judiciary, rendering those institutions little more than symbolic of power, when in fact power has been quietly usurped by unelected officials of entrenched institutions of power and control?

• Is anyone -- in the media, in Congress, in think tanks, in academia -- pondering these questions?

• If not, can we afford not to be asking these questions?

http://www.theocracywatch.org

Posted by: Thomas Paine | September 8, 2008 12:29 PM

Howard: please keep calling out lies for what they are.

At some point, most people get insulted at being repeatedly lied to. The media . . . not so much. They are too chickensh*t to call the GOP out for such lies. C'mon Howard, tell your professional bretheren to stop being so easily cowed. This is not a game ferrcrissakes.

Posted by: Johnny Sanchez | September 8, 2008 12:19 PM

What's fascinating is that down-the-ballot Republicans are now echoing McCain's new-found change theme. Will that hurt (by making him seem less unique) or help (by amplifying the message) the Arizona Senator? http://campaigndiaries.com/2008/09/08/gop-continues-to-embrace-change-argument-bets-on-palin/

Posted by: Dan | September 8, 2008 12:19 PM

Posted by: scrivener | September 8, 2008 12:11 PM

Nice try, Pat H. In the real world McCain and his campaign have been remarkably close to Fannie and Freddie. From http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0708/11781.html :

"[Fannie and Freddie have] stacked their payrolls with top Washington power brokers of all political stripes, including Republican John McCain’s presidential campaign manager, Rick Davis...

At least 20 McCain fundraisers have lobbied on behalf of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, netting at least $12.3 million in fees over the past nine years....

And for years, Rick Davis served as president of an advocacy group led by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that defended the two companies against increased regulation....

McCain’s campaign denied that its political connections [to Fannie and Freddie] have affected his view on the issue....

In July 2003, Davis wrote to the American Banker, taking issue with an opinion piece by Leslie Paige of Citizens Against Government Waste, arguing that Fannie and Freddie should operate with greater transparency.

“Several of Ms. Paige’s assertions bear correction,” Davis wrote, defending Fannie and Freddie on behalf of the group. “The GSEs are subject to an innovative and stringent risk-based capital stress test — the toughest in the financial services industry.”

Other McCain aides with ties to the two companies include economic adviser Aquiles Suarez, who worked as Fannie’s director of government and industry relations; congressional liaison John Green, who lobbied for Fannie from 2004 to 2007; and finance co-chairman Frederic V. Malek, a former Freddie board member."

Posted by: Crust | September 8, 2008 12:04 PM

What is the big deal about earmarks being requested by a State. This is different than voting for an earmark to a special interest group. i.e. The Farm Bill! The response to this Ad from Team Obama will be interesting to watch. http://www.boppoll.com

Posted by: RStone | September 8, 2008 12:00 PM

Palin is the Maverick., Yes, I am so excited about the Race now that Palin is in the mix. I am a conservative leaning independant. Glad to see a conservative in the mix. Hard to find info on Palin. McCain needs to let her talk to the media so we can find out more about who she is.

Has anyone else read this story about a possible Affair Sarah Palin had? That is just one of the Scandals listed at this site. http://www.hotpres.com

This site has the inside scoop about the Palin Dui Secret, http://www.duihelpguide.com Why hasnt the news covered this?

This site has background info on sarah Palin Bio, Pics, Videos, Alot of Polls like how many people actually think that she is attractive? http://www.theveep.com

Despite all of this, and her lack of experiance she would probably make a much better president then McCain., Because like Obama she hasnt been corrupted by washington yet. We should probably reverse the ticket Palin/McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 11:58 AM

PALIN RALLY !!!! Check it out at the CBOT in real time the shorts are paying 300 Dow points higher to get out

The U. S. stock market {DJIN} was not expecting news from Mc Cain / Palin in the polls AND a resolution of FNMA & FRE over the weekend.
Check it out at the CBOT in real time the shorts are paying 300 Dow points higher to get out.
Left wing New York Democrat money managers are short and trapped
We could see 12,000 this week.

U.S. Futures Rally on Fannie, Freddie Takeover
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=ayjUlfxAd5GU&refer=home


http://www.cbot.com/cbot/pub/page/0,,1560+chart,00.html?symb=YM&month=U&year=08&period=&study=&study0=&study1=&study2=&study3=&bartype=&bardensity=


USATODAY POLL: MCCAIN TAKES 10-POINT LEAD OVER OBAMA IN LIKELY VOTERS...


ZOGBY: MCCAIN-PALIN UP 4%...

GALLUP: McCain Moves Ahead, 48% to 45%...

Posted by: rtfanning | September 8, 2008 11:49 AM

Re: "Maverick"

From:
Head of State
http://tinyurl.com/65qxee

Sunday, September 07, 2008

10 Ways in Which Sarah Palin Is *Exactly* Like George W. Bush

1) Like Bush, she is completely against a woman's right to choose (in fact, she exceeds Bush in that she is against a woman's right to choose even in cases of rape or incest;

2) Like Bush, she opposes stem cell research to prevent fatal diseases in men, women and children;

3) Like Bush, supports the teaching of Creationism alongside Evolution in public schools;

4) Like Bush, does not believe that Global Warming is man made;

5) Like Bush, has supported abstinence-only sex education methods that have proven ineffective;

6) Like Bush, has virtually no foreign policy experience prior to running for national office--(in Palin's case, despite a 72-year old, chronically ill running mate)

7) Like Bush, has engaged in conduct that has resulted in current government investigation of her actions;

8) Like Bush, has made statements which indicate lack of knowledge of basic elements of the office they are running for (Palin, July 2008: "What exactly does the Vice President do everyday?");

9) Like Bush, has been sequestered to prevent her being asked questions that she has not yet been prepared to answer;

10) Like Bush, talks like a reformer--yet in her actions (i.e., relying on lobbying, supporting the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it) acts in the most typical, all-too-familiar fashion.


H/T: On The Issues

Cite:
Head of State
http://tinyurl.com/65qxee


Posted by: Cara Prado | September 8, 2008 11:47 AM

For the media, this is good political theater. First the Obama-Hillary primary saga, and now trying to run another "Obama-Hillary" saga except Hillary's name is replaced with that of Palin.

Biden and Obama are handling the Palin factor satisfactorily based on what is known of her publicly. Biden on MEET THE PRESS said Palin was a "smart, tough and formidable politician". Obama most of the time ignores questions about her.

Biden is "brilliantly" helping to elevate Palin in the media, before he debates her. Biden is the most knowledgeable politician of the 4 candidates. Seeing him on MEET THE PRESS and deflating Tom Brokaw's media love of "The Surge agrument has worked" was scary. His knowledge of foreign affairs is something that can't be learned in 3 weeks, especially with the constantly changing international environment.

For Obama, i heard him at some town hall meetings really sharpening his resolutions on fixing the economy. I feel sorry for McCain if he doesn't study in the next two weeks.

Between Obama really hammering in the domestic policy issues like the economy and Biden hammering in the foreign policy issues, McCain and Palin are in for quite a surprise.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 8, 2008 11:18 AM

Palin is the Maverick., Yes, I am so excited about the Race now that Palin is in the mix. I am a conservative leaning independant. Glad to see a conservative in the mix. Hard to find info on Palin. McCain needs to let her talk to the media so we can find out more about who she is.

Has anyone else read this story about a possible Affair Sarah Palin had? That is just one of the Scandals listed at this site. http://www.hotpres.com

This site has the inside scoop about the Palin Dui Secret, http://www.duihelpguide.com Why hasnt the news covered this?

This site has background info on sarah Palin Bio, Pics, Videos, Alot of Polls like how many people actually think that she is attractive? http://www.theveep.com

Despite all of this, and her lack of experiance she would probably make a much better president then McCain., Because like Obama she hasnt been corrupted by washington yet. We should probably reverse the ticket Palin/McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 11:16 AM

I heard that Maverick was a long ago Texas cattleman who claimed all the calves without brands belonged to who ever could find and herd them, that is himself.

I see that old man McCain is trying to hide or even "change" his party's brand by crowing that he is a maverick. But his economic plans are pretty obvious, they are the same as Bush's. Cut taxes and let the rich reap what the market will give them. Less like a maverick and more like just another bull running with the herd.

Posted by: Buck TX Ind | September 8, 2008 11:16 AM

Pat H:

Please post some proof of that allegation!

Posted by: Richard | September 8, 2008 11:12 AM

WIth her short experience, Palin's record weighs heavily on the Bridge to Nowhere story, which I have read several times was cancelled by the U.S. Congress against Palin's desire. In other words, she is lying about her role. In her first interview, I hope they have the sense to ask what she means specifically. Did she write a letter or make a speech against the Bridge to Nowhere? It's true that after the U.S. Congress blocked federal money for the project, Palin also cancelled the state appropriation for it. Is that what she is talking about? For now, I'll call Palin a liar. I don't think it is a misrepresentation. I think it's a lie.

Posted by: Thoren58 | September 8, 2008 11:11 AM

Only the far-right could consider the president of Ted Stevens' 527, who hired her own Washington lobbyist when she was a small-town mayor, who raised sales taxes to build a hockey stadium, and is the greatest per-capita earmark-requester in the nation a "maverick".

Posted by: Jonathan | September 8, 2008 11:09 AM


Rove and Scmidt are attempting to brand our mainstream media, our favorite pundits and writers as “Piranhas!” which only means one thing The Republicans are trying to steal the fish pet Voters or the Nature Lover's Vote? Or is this a Rove, Schmit and Davis Freudian Slip – They chose Piranhas - deep down they see themselves as Piranhas?

Democrats are courting all Republicans and Independents Goldfish, Dolphin and Killer Whale fans!

Trained Goldfish Performs Amazing Tricks!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buQKZOaB6cY

Dolphin play bubble rings.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMCf7SNUb-Q

Killer Whale and Trainer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpZFfzDg5nQ

Change we can believe in.

Vote Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Eagle Ch’áak’ Ora | September 8, 2008 11:09 AM

John McCain is the sole Senate surviver of the Keating Five scandal during an earlier national financial crisis. Wikipedia says he was cleared of having acted improperly but criticized for having exercised "poor judgment".

Beyond trust, good judgment is the coin of the realm.


Posted by: First Mouse | September 8, 2008 11:01 AM

McCain is no Maverick, Palin Is. I am so excited about the Race now that Palin is in the mix. I am a conservative leaning independant. Glad to see a conservative in the mix. Hard to find info on Palin. McCain needs to let her talk to the media so we can find out more about who she is.

Has anyone else read this story about a possible Affair Sarah Palin had? That is just one of the Scandals listed at this site. http://www.hotpres.com

This site has the inside scoop about the Palin Dui Secret, http://www.duihelpguide.com Why hasnt the news covered this?

This site has background info on sarah Palin Bio, Pics, Videos, Alot of Polls like how many people actually think that she is attractive? http://www.theveep.com

Despite all of this, and her lack of experiance she would probably make a much better president then McCain., Because like Obama she hasnt been corrupted by washington yet. We should probably reverse the ticket Palin/McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 10:57 AM

With a news cycle that turns over with the speed of a hummingbird's flapping wings, 60 days is an eternity. Sarah Palin is the Messiah now, but check back in one month after Palin's dirt and deep inexperience come out. After the story about McCain violently pushing a woman in a wheelchair comes out.

And so on...

http://nahnopenotquite.com/

Posted by: ES | September 8, 2008 10:48 AM

New book says McCain's vendetta against Abramoff was prompted by vindictiveness, not reformism:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0908/13230.html

Posted by: Buck TX Ind | September 8, 2008 10:48 AM

A maverick with decades of experience? No!! He was taken in by the lies and distortions of the Bush administration and still supported the Worst President Ever more than 90% of the time. No maverick here, just more lies and deceit.

Bush/Cheney/McCain/Palin...more of the same. No More Years!!!

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 8, 2008 10:48 AM

This ad should be followed by one that points out that Barack Obama received campaign contributions from officials at "Fannie" and "Freddie" and John McCain did not.

It has been common knowledge that the officials at "Fannie" and "Freddie" would contribute to anyone who who would aid them in preventing increased regulation of their business practices.

John McCain also refused to have any dealings with the lobbyists that "Fannie" and "Freddie" employed while many Democrats in Congress did!

This has led to the biggest waste of taxpayers money in our nation's history.

Posted by: Pat H | September 8, 2008 10:38 AM

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