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McCain Homes in on Obama's Chicago Roots

By Howard Kurtz
The Ad: (Narrator:) Barack Obama. Born of the corrupt Chicago political machine.

(Obama:) In terms of my toughness, look first of all, I come from Chicago.

(Narrator:) His economic adviser, William Daley. Lobbyist. Mayor's brother. His money man, Tony Rezko. Client. Patron. Convicted felon. His "political godfather." Emil Jones. Under ethical cloud. His governor, Rod Blagojevich. A legacy of federal and state investigations. With friends like that, Obama is not ready to lead.

Analysis: This John McCain ad is mostly accurate and largely pointless.

The one serious distortion is in claiming that Barack Obama was "born" of the Chicago machine. Obama was actually an independent outsider who challenged the party establishment, both in running for the state Senate and in unsuccessfully opposing incumbent congressman Bobby Rush. Obama did use hardball tactics on occasion, such as knocking an opponent off the ballot through a petition challenge, but was not embraced by the party apparatus until later in his career.

Three of the four names included here do no damage to the Illnois senator and serve mainly to reinforce the impression that Obama swims with sharks. Bill Daley might be a lobbyist and the brother of Mayor Richard Daley, but he is a former Commerce secretary with a solid reputation. State Sen. Emil Jones gave Obama a boost early in his career, in part by assigning him to shepherd ethics legislation through the legislature. Obama has no connection to allegations that Jones has helped some family members on the state payroll. And while Blagojevich is Obama's governor -- indeed, he is governor of Oprah Winfrey and Mike Ditka and every other Illinois resident -- he and Obama are not close politically, and Obama has no involvement in the corruption that has plagued his administration.

Rezko is the exception, a major albatross for Obama. He was a key fundraiser for Obama and sold him a patch of land adjacent to Obama's home -- a deal that the Democratic nominee has called a "boneheaded mistake." But the Chicago businessman, who was convicted of corruption charges in June, was not under investigation at the time of these dealings.

While the ad is a stretch, McCain is trying to tie Obama to the specter of big-city, ethically challenged machine politics, undoubtedly hoping the word "Chicago" will turn off suburban and rural voters.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 22, 2008; 12:23 PM ET
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John McCains Political Strategy exposed!
View this very imformative piece.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HabIoeqzL40

Posted by: Elitist | September 23, 2008 2:32 AM | Report abuse

Hey, that commercial is not nearly a whopper as this from one of your very own Republicans:

In recent articles at worldnetdaily.com, Jerome Corsi has claimed (among other charges) that the McCain campaign received “strong” financial support from a “group tied to Al Qaeda” and that “McCain’s personal fortune traces back to organized crime in Arizona.”

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=57678

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=57354

Posted by: Jimmy | September 23, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

usa3:

For the record, I have never accused anyone of not being a Christian. Maybe you are thinking of the fake JakeD (or looking in the mirror again)?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 1:39 AM | Report abuse

I Love Chicago !

I've lived all over the country ... NY... to...California... and in between - liked 'em all !

But - I Love Chicago -

Come visit ! See for yourself ! - that McCain is peddling dung.


Go Cubs !

Posted by: PulSamsara | September 23, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

September 22, 2008
Loan Titans Paid McCain Adviser Nearly $2 Million
By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and CHARLES DUHIGG
Senator John McCain’s campaign manager was paid more than $30,000 a month for five years as president of an advocacy group set up by the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to defend them against stricter regulations, current and former officials say.

Mr. McCain, the Republican candidate for president, has recently begun campaigning as a critic of the two companies and the lobbying army that helped them evade greater regulation as they began buying riskier mortgages with implicit federal backing. He and his Democratic rival, Senator Barack Obama, have donors and advisers who are tied to the companies.

But last week the McCain campaign stepped up a running battle of guilt by association when it began broadcasting commercials trying to link Mr. Obama directly to the government bailout of the mortgage giants this month by charging that he takes advice from Fannie Mae’s former chief executive, Franklin Raines, an assertion both Mr. Raines and the Obama campaign dispute.

Incensed by the advertisements, several current and former executives of the companies came forward to discuss the role that Rick Davis, Mr. McCain’s campaign manager and longtime adviser, played in helping Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac beat back regulatory challenges when he served as president of their advocacy group, the Homeownership Alliance, formed in the summer of 2000. Some who came forward were Democrats, but Republicans, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed their descriptions.

“The value that he brought to the relationship was the closeness to Senator McCain and the possibility that Senator McCain was going to run for president again,” said Robert McCarson, a former spokesman for Fannie Mae, who said that while he worked there from 2000 to 2002, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac together paid Mr. Davis’s firm $35,000 a month. Mr. Davis “didn’t really do anything,” Mr. McCarson, a Democrat, said.

Mr. Davis’s role with the group has bubbled up as an issue in the campaign, but the extent of his compensation and the details of his role have not been reported previously.

Mr. McCain was never a leading critic or defender of the mortgage giants, although several former executives of the companies said Mr. Davis did draw Mr. McCain to a 2004 awards banquet that the companies’ Homeownership Alliance held in a Senate office building. The organization printed a photograph of Mr. McCain at the event in its 2004 annual report, bolstering its clout and credibility. The event honored several other elected officials, including at least two Democrats, Gov. Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania and Representative Artur Davis of Alabama.

In an interview Sunday night with CNBC and The New York Times, Mr. McCain noted that Mr. Davis was no longer working on behalf of the mortgage giants. He said Mr. Davis “has had nothing to do with it since, and I’ll be glad to have his record examined by anybody who wants to look at it.” Boy, McCain shoots himself in the foot every day.

Posted by: Hemi | September 22, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,

I think the only one lying about being a Christian is you. The stuff you post is about as un-Christian as anything I can think of.

Posted by: usa3 | September 22, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

McCain campaign lies....while whining about being called liars


"Sen. John McCain’s top campaign aides convened a conference call today to complain of being called "liars." They pressed the media to scrutinize specific elements of Sen. Barack Obama’s record."

"But the call was so rife with simple, often inexplicable misstatements of fact that it may have had the opposite effect: to deepen the perception, dangerous to McCain, that he and his aides have little regard for factual accuracy."

"The errors in McCain strategist Steve Schmidt’s charges against Obama and Sen. Joe Biden were particularly notable because they seemed unnecessary. Schmidt repeatedly gilded the lily: He exaggerated the Biden family's already problematic ties to the credit card industry; Obama’s embarrassing relationship with a 1960s radical; and an Obama supporter’s over-the-top attack on Sarah Palin when — in each case — the truth would have been damaging enough."

"Any time the Obama campaign is criticized at any level, the critics are immediately derided as liars," Schmidt told reporters.


But as he went on to list a series of stories he thought reporters should be writing about Obama and Biden, in almost every instance he got the details wrong."

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0908/13747.html


Read the piece for the details, but when the Politico's Ben Smith asked the McCain campaign for evidence for their assertions, this is the response he got:


Asked about the series of errors, McCain aides could not provide evidence to back up Schmidt’s assertions.


One McCain aide, Michael Goldfarb, said Politico was "quibbling with ridiculously small details when the basic things are completely right."


Another, Brian Rogers, responded more directly:

"You are in the tank," he e-mailed


Here's the mavericky "straight-talk" from McCain Rovebot campaign flunkie, Steve Schmidt:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HabIoeqzL40
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Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | September 22, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

The extent of Iraq contracts going to corporations which involve members of President George W. Bush's family is widespread and extensive involving hundreds of millions of dollars. Often these firms receive contracts where the corporations have no expertise and certainly the Bush family members have no expertise or experience in these areas. It is a world not of know how but of know who, marinated in campaign contributions. It seems like Bush family and friends are trading on their relationship to the President. The matrix of government contracts and Bush related corporations invites further investigation by the media and Congress - inquiries that are long overdue.

Below are examples of Bush Family members who have profited from the war and occupation of Iraq. These issues have not been examined or reported by the mainstream media.

Neil Mallon Bush the younger brother of the President, infamous for his involvement in the Silverado S and L scandal, has been hired by Crest Investment Company as a consultant for $60,000 per year to assist with their efforts to serve as a middleman to advise other companies that seek taxpayer-financed business in Iraq. Working with Crest puts Neil Bush at the center of multiple organizations profiting from the war and occupation in close alliance with long-term Bush Family allies.

William H.T. ("Bucky") Bush, an uncle of George W. Bush, joined the board of directors of the St. Louis based company Engineered Support Systems in March 2000. (See: http://www.engineeredsupport.com/) Bucky Bush was one the Bush Pioneers, the campaign contributors who raised more than $100,000 in the 2000 presidential election. Engineered Support Systems has three areas: light military support equipment, heavy military support equipment, and electronics/automation systems. Since 2000, following the presidential election and the 9-11 attacks, the company's federal contracts, revenues and its stock value have all gone up. Engineered Support Systems has been in the top 100 contractors with the DoD since 2001. Its contracts with the U.S. military have totaled over $1 billion.

William H.T. Bush is also a trustee for the investment firm Lord Abbott, one of Halliburton's top 10 shareholders and also a top-ten mutual fund holder in Halliburton, which has obtained prime contracts in Iraq. Vice President Cheney, the former CEO of Halliburton, still has between $18 million and $87 million invested through Vanguard, another top-ten holder in Halliburton stock

Marvin P. Bush, the youngest brother of George W. Bush, shares an interest in federal contracts held by companies in his firm's portfolio. Marvin Bush is also an adviser at HCC Insurance, formerly called the Houston Casualty Company, one of the biggest insurance carriers for the World Trade Center. Bush was a director at HCC, which has benefited financially from the 9-11 insurance bailout legislation passed by Congress at the instigation of the White House. The departure of Marvin from the HCC board was announced the same day, November 22, 2002, as the passage of the bill.

There's a lot more but it's to long to post. Now does anyone think there's a conflict of interest here. Bush is using our tax dollars to rebuild Iraq through his friggin companies. And you wonder why he don't want to leave Iraq. Then ya got John McCain selling us his victory BS.

Posted by: Hemi | September 22, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Obama | September 22, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Easy, Hemi, it's a HYPOTHETICAL. But, if you don't want to answer my "stupid" questions, then don't be surprised when I don't answer yours.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Hemi:

There were MORE than one (as reflected in the question marks "?"):

1) You "wouldn't care" if a slumlord gave The Annointed One a FREE HOUSE?

2) How about if he's lying about being a "Christian" and is really a secret Muslim extremist trying to get into the White House so that he could kill 300,000,000 Americans?

3) Would you "care" about that?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 8:04

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I answered the first. Like I said, it's not illegal to give something away. You keep trying to connect Obama to everything this guy did because he bought a piece of property. That's like blaming you for everything that someone else did because you may have spoken to them once or twice. If Obama did something illegal you can bet your bottom dollar that McCain would've been screaming bloody murder.

Next. I thought I answered the rest of this when I said everything with you is what if. But, if you want me to spell it out for ya, sure. I don't do religion. I don't care if he's a Muslim Black White Blue Purple or Green. As long as he's going to serve the people of this country it's all good with me. You people don't get it. Since when did the President of the United States start telling people what religion to practice. You don't mix Religion and Politics.

Now,this stupid moronic talk about being a secret Muslim extremist trying to get into the White House so that he could kill 300,000,000 Americans. This stupid question don't deserve an answer. How could you post something so stupid. Why would you post something some stupid. Don't you know that only George Bush kills American citizens. And profits from it. I'll send ya a little info on what Bush and his band of neo-cons are up to in a bit.

Posted by: Hemi | September 22, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

Again, the Racists,White Supremacists and Black man hating lesbians instead of offering a salient argument offer up nonsense about Barack being pompous and elitist and too intelligent and not fitting their stereotypes and William Ayers and Resko being Black Supremacists.

Its so damn DUMB its STUPID.

If in fact the BEST and more QUALIFIED Candidate is a Terrorist, a Muslim Extremist and wishes to destroy 300,000 Americans then what does that say about the Idiots and Racists and White Supremacists who are challenging him?

If Barack Obama being the Anti-Christ is able to out campaign, out raise, out strategize, out manuver a bunch of INCOMPETENT IDIOTS then what does that say about the INCOMPETENT IDIOTS in regards to their INCOMPETENCY?

Think about it.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 22, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Politicus:

Bring it on.

Hemi:

You still there?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

The problem with John McCain is that he is tone deaf. He brings up lobbyists. Really? He hammers Obama on experience, then picks Palin. Now he tries to hit Obama on his past. Does he really want to go there?

Hello, Keating five?
Infidelity?
Jerry Fallwell?

Posted by: Politicus | September 22, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Hemi:

There were MORE than one (as reflected in the question marks "?"):

1) You "wouldn't care" if a slumlord gave The Annointed One a FREE HOUSE?

2) How about if he's lying about being a "Christian" and is really a secret Muslim extremist trying to get into the White House so that he could kill 300,000,000 Americans?

3) Would you "care" about that?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

In the end, americans will have to trust their heart and choose between a War Hero, that risked his life for the country he loves and has always been proud of, OR a young, inexperienced individual who has had dubious close relationships with radical extremists and black supremacists that have their own radical agenda in mind first.

BARACK IS POMPOUS, ELITIST, ARROGANT and out of touch with the heartbeat of middle America.

BARACK'S WORDS ARE EMPTY AND HOLLOW; he talks about the struggles of americans, while he spends $20,000 for each of his children's schooling.

BARACK'S RELIGIOUS LEADER JEREMIAH WRIGHT IS IN HIDING, while waiting to move to his multimillion mansion, built with the blood and tears of the poor people he preaches to.

BARACK IS JUST ANOTHER CORRUPT PRIEST OF FALSEHOOD, NOT THE MESSIAH HE PRETENDS TO BE. He preaches humility and togethernes, but he fractured the democratic party when he chose his inflated ego and rejected Hillary Clinton as VP. This grave mistake has sentenced his campaign to the grave.

On the other side, THE MAVERICK JOHN MCCAIN, STOLE THE MANTRA OF CHANGE FROM BARACK WHEN HE SELECTED A WOMAN REFORMER FOR VP, who has gained the respect of the State she governs as well as of the nation governors.

THE MCCAIN/PALIN TICKET HAS GIVEN HOPE FOR THE FUTURE OF AMERICA TO ALL THE 18 MILLION FORMER HILLARY SUPPORTERS who now have a very compelling reason to vote for the republican ticket, as a way to put their country first by electing a president that has the qualifications, experience and love for our country and at the same time elect a woman to the White House as equal partners in governance and leadership of our country.

Country First!

DEMOCRATS FOR MCCAIN/PALIN!

Posted by: Manolete | September 22, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Hemi:

Care to answer MY questions now?

Posted by: JakeD | September

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What one.

Posted by: Hemi | September 22, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Hemi:

Care to answer MY questions now?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Hemi:

You "wouldn't care" if a slumlord gave The Annointed One a FREE HOUSE? That's normally called a bribe. How about if he's lying about being a "Christian" and is really a secret Muslim extremist trying to get into the White House so that he could kill 300,000,000 Americans? Would you "care" about that?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 7:28

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Nobody gave Obama a house. And even if someone did, why would it automatically make him guilty of taking a bribe. You've heard of innocent until proven guilty right. Everything with you is what if. 1+1=5

Posted by: Hemi | September 22, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Right now John McCain is at the point where no one will believe a word he says. You know, like the boy that cried wolf.

Posted by: Hemi | September 22, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Hemi:

You "wouldn't care" if a slumlord gave The Annointed One a FREE HOUSE? That's normally called a bribe. How about if he's lying about being a "Christian" and is really a secret Muslim extremist trying to get into the White House so that he could kill 300,000,000 Americans? Would you "care" about that?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Do you ever leave the beltway Howard Kurtz? It's YOUR analysis that is WRONG. There is no distortion at all in saying that Obama was born from the Chicago machine. He is up to his eyeballs in it!! William Daley and Richie Daley ARE the Chicago machine. To say that Obama and Blagojevich are not close politically is ridiculous. Who is the fundraiser they have in common? None other than the convicted ANTOIN REZKO, the same guy who gave Obama a cut-rate deal on his property and the same guy who had a business partnership with Nadhmi Auchi, the Iraqi businessman who worked with SADDAM HUSSEIN in a UN oil-for-food corruption scheme. Largely pointless?? No, not at all.

The hilarious thing is that you have delusional Obamaites here saying: "Oh, this is not relevant...or What about McCain's divorce from his first wife, doesn't that count?" Obama has not yet even begun to live this stuff down.

Posted by: ttj | September 22, 2008 7:05 PM

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What a moron. Do you really think anyone is gonna believe that garbage your posting. And Obama didn't get no cut-rate on that property. And even if he did, so what. I wouldn't care if he gave it to him for free. Did Obama do anything wrong. No. End of story. And anything else you have to say show us proof of criminal activity. You know, like the kind of stuff they got on Palin. Everything else is gossip.

Posted by: Hemi | September 22, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

C. Furst and nisualweasel:

Happy now?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Do you ever leave the beltway Howard Kurtz? It's YOUR analysis that is WRONG. There is no distortion at all in saying that Obama was born from the Chicago machine. He is up to his eyeballs in it!! William Daley and Richie Daley ARE the Chicago machine. To say that Obama and Blagojevich are not close politically is ridiculous. Who is the fundraiser they have in common? None other than the convicted ANTOIN REZKO, the same guy who gave Obama a cut-rate deal on his property and the same guy who had a business partnership with Nadhmi Auchi, the Iraqi businessman who worked with SADDAM HUSSEIN in a UN oil-for-food corruption scheme. Largely pointless?? No, not at all.

The hilarious thing is that you have delusional Obamaites here saying: "Oh, this is not relevant...or What about McCain's divorce from his first wife, doesn't that count?" Obama has not yet even begun to live this stuff down.

Posted by: ttj | September 22, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

If Obama is not elected there is a very good chance he will be insured along with Rod Blagovich from the details of the Tony Rezko trial. There were many items that's were held back in case Obama got a chance to run for President.
The economic woes are not a part of this administration. They are caused by greed all banks finacial institutions are responsible. If anyone is at fault it is the democrats for not taking action sooner about this issue since they are in the majority. Obama is no better than anyone on this issue

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 6:32 PM

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Your another one without a brain in your head. The democrats didn't get control until 2006 and the damage was already done. A few months ago Pelosi couldn't even get a bill passed to stop speculation in the oil market and you want her to fight Bush on banking regulation.. We're paying 4 dollars a gallon for gas and the Republicans shoot down a bill to stop the criminals that are driving up oil prices. Your one of those people that only see what you want to see.

Posted by: Hemi | September 22, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Did you see the McCain add on the bottom of this one, in the little squares. Check out the english version of Chavez. Is funny as hell. Bush is mad because Chavez don't play to the tune of the noe-con agenda. Can you blame him.

Posted by: Hemi | September 22, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

If Obama is not elected there is a very good chance he will be insured along with Rod Blagovich from the details of the Tony Rezko trial. There were many items that's were held back in case Obama got a chance to run for President.
The economic woes are not a part of this administration. They are caused by greed all banks finacial institutions are responsible. If anyone is at fault it is the democrats for not taking action sooner about this issue since they are in the majority. Obama is no better than anyone on this issue

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

McCain did sign a confession. This was against the Military Code of Conduct. So did others. A debate raged on after the war if they should be punished. If anyone looks at the 14th Ammendment it states who can run for office. A small paragraph states any miltary officer, having sworn to uphold the Constitution and having given aid and comfort to the enemy is barred from running from office. By signing an admission to bombing civilians, the confession would be beneficial to the N. Vietnamese cause. Should McCain be barred??? Who knows?

The debate created changes after the war to the Military Code of Conduct. Due to the ruthlessness nature of the POW camps, it was decided that signing future confessions, however false, yet allowing better conditions at the hands of captors is acceptable for survival pursposes. McCain was guilty, but exonerated.

Is he guilty then of violating the 14th Ammendment? Maybe. But it allows for a vote of Congress to override this rule.

One reason he did not return home early is this was a violation of the Geneva agreements and thus a violation of the US Military Code of Conduct also. I don't believe under the circumstances the offer of early release was ever really a consideration by McCain. Many were made the same offer and turned it down also. The North Vietnamese did release some prisoners early and out of order but these prisoners were the most part forced to be sent home.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

What about McCain's LONG past. Adultery, being a sleazy thief ( he helped loot Silver Auto Saving & Loan, along with Neil Bush and John Keating ) now he's Bush's butt buddy .... birds of a feather !!!

Posted by: SadAmerican | September 22, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

McCains Rovian Attack Squads are going cray and want to lay the seeds of doubt for any non-committed voters watching the upcoming debates.

Scorched earth policy. It will be fun defeating McCain. Only to see Karl Rove and his henchmen once again get repudiated for their disgusting and cowardly tactics. They are cockroaches. Vermin. Long tailed rats scurrying around in the shadows.

Too bad we can't run them down like feral dogs and have them each horsewhipped. On CSPAN. Or a semi-annual PBS telethon.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Stacey wrote: "In a twisted sort of way I almost want McCain to win this election because four more years worth of failed Bush/McCain policies would for all intents and purposes be the end of the Republican party as we know it today. They would become the 4th party gadflies that they deserve to be.


The only question is, would this country survive it? ..."


I feel the same way. The bottom line is, with all votes weighed equally, sub-prime rule will be the rule in this country, with its orthodox democracy. Thus, in the long run, it really doesn't matter who wins, as the lower-intelligence median of voters will always be campaign targets as they are easier to sway.
Until votes are weighed like credit scores, the sub-prime tail will always wag the national dog in this country, across all elected positions.

Posted by: theantibush | September 22, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

jim of the f@ck world - get help.

McCain is getting really desparate and is stooping lower and lower every day. don't the Republicans realize that the more they put out this type of dirt and trash, the more obvious it is how dirty they are?

And if they want to get that dirty, take this you bas---ds:

"epublicans Allege McCain Covered Up His Collaboration with the North Vietnamese While a POW"

http://www.alternet.org/election08/99663/republicans_allege_mccain_covered_up_his_collaboration_with_the_north_vietnamese_while_a_pow/

Posted by: Sandra S | September 22, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Two wars, $9 trillion national debt, $750 billion bail out, dependence on foreign oil, global climate change...and THIS is what John McCain wants to talk about. Good God, help us.

Posted by: PJ | September 22, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

obama is a sexist, a racist, and a lier... after he f@cked the
clintons. he wants their help...

F@ck obama and his racist church, thats not what we need.

Posted by: jim | September 22, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I just added 300 bops to McCain's total at http://www.boppoll.com in about five minutes. If we can get 5 friends out at the same time we can really get McCain's meter spinning!

Obama '08

Posted by: Frustrated and still Bopping! | September 22, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

In a twisted sort of way I almost want McCain to win this election because four more years worth of failed Bush/McCain policies would for all intents and purposes be the end of the Republican party as we know it today. They would become the 4th party gadflies that they deserve to be.


The only question is, would this country survive it?


You people out there who live in economic downtrodden states like Ohio, Pa and Michigan etc, if you're stupid enough to vote for McCain then you will deserve every bit of continued econimic hardship that a "president McCain" would give you.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxT0s_I5WtA
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Posted by: Stacey Hill | September 22, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Is Obama Another Dukakis?
Why is Obama so vapid, hesitant, and gutless?
By Christopher Hitchens
Updated Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, Slate

"...I ran into a rather clever Republican operative at the airport last week, who pointed out to me that this ought by rights to be a Democratic Party year across the board, from the White House to the Congress to the gubernatorial races. But there was a crucial energy leak, and it came from the very top. More people doubted Obama's qualifications for the presidency in September than had told the pollsters they had doubted these credentials in July. "So what he ought to do," smiled this man, "is spend his time closing that gap and less time attacking McCain." Obama's party hacks, increasingly white and even green about the gills, are telling him to do the opposite. I suppose this could even mean that Sarah Palin, down the road, will end up holding the door open for Hillary Clinton. Such joy!"

Posted by: Scott | September 22, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

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:
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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.
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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."


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N38Ug_ugzXs
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Posted by: McCain is a LIAR! | September 22, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Ypu can try to change the subject but this is only another pig with lilpstick.
The McCain campaign is upset and little Stevie Rove Schmidt is crying foul.
THE NYTIMES printed real news.

Senator John McCain’s campaign manager was paid more than $30,000 a month for five years (over $2 MILLION) as president of an advocacy group set up by the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to defend them against stricter regulations, current and former officials say.

Posted by: GORP | September 22, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Hey Repugs, how many cars does McCain own? 13, 15, does he even know for sure? Two for each home. :-)

Posted by: AndyfromVA | September 22, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

McCain personally is not attacking Obama this is the campaign folks and the party. In all elections the campaign and the party go looking for issues and items that will sway voters to their candidate.

That this has generated this much response it shows it has peaked your interest - the news will play it so you will watch and they make more money.

To be fair to the candidate and to yourself you need to check on the candidates plans for healthcare, taxes, econonmy, and for America's safety. Is anyone in this world perfect, has anyone here never said I wish I would have done that differently, absolutely, we are human beings. Now Americans go out there stop following a party and find a candidate you find to be best for you and your family and that will help out America - do not blame a party or their campaign.

Posted by: Check into It | September 22, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

This ad is the typical incoherent, random name dropping, pointless rant that hopes to touch unspecific nerves in no audience in particular.

They are going for the stupid vote. The distracted vote.

Get out of the way already old man.

Posted by: alex | September 22, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I've read how Obama has been a willing accomplice of the Chicago machine through his Illinois career. No Chicago politican succeeds without the machine. Nor is Obama really in control of his campaign; the machine is. It's ironic that most of the MSM would let that ride and throw in with the Chicago machine; their desperation to have a Democrat win is pitiful and sickening.

Posted by: Jon Do | September 22, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama does not own his house Tony Rezko does.

Obama has no concept of money or expenses - because of this fact.

Obama is wrapped up with many of the people you say are so bad, McCain meanwhile having been in the senate for a considerable amount of time has had interactions with many of these people. Are they stumpping for McCain, no are the standing there with him, no.

Seriously people stop just hammering here on your party, go out do some research on the voting and why they voted. Sorry there is not much for you to look at on Obama's voting other than a lot of Present votes, real telling there.

You need to do some work look at who is going to make your job safe, you and your family safe and who will not tax you into a oblivion - especially in current economic situations. Its not about the rich or the poor - look at each candidates plans. Biden said it is Patriotic to pay more taxes, wait isn't that what started the American way of life?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I've drank the Obama Kool-Aid and I now see how sleazy McLame is and how wonderful and clean Our Hero is!

Posted by: Kool-Aid Drinker | September 22, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

So tell me, when Obama whines about the McCain campaign's sleaziness all the while running an exceedingly sleazy campaign himself, is he able to keep a straight face?

Posted by: Weird Election Cycle | September 22, 2008 3:21 PM

)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Tell me, what's so sleazy about Obama's campaign. I know they like to say he's twisting the facts a little bit, but that's not the way I see it. McCain said that Obama tried to teach Kindergarten kids about sex. How friggin low can a person go. And McCain says Obama will do and say anything to win. John McCain and Tucker Bigmouth have not told the truth one time in this election. I've gone through everything they've said, and it's all BS. Every time Bounds gets busted in a lie, he makes up another lie to get out of it. You can see him on You tube. God it's funny.

Posted by: Hemi | September 22, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Here's a "surprise":


"The financial crisis that began in the United States spread to many corners of the globe. Now, the American bailout looks as if it is going global, too, a move that could raise its cost and intensify scrutiny by Congress and critics."


"Foreign banks, which were initially excluded from the plan, lobbied successfully over the weekend to be able to sell the toxic American mortgage debt owned by their American units to the Treasury, getting the same treatment as United States banks."


"The prospect of being locked out of the bailout set off alarm bells among chief executives of overseas banks whose American affiliates also hold distressed mortgage-related assets, like Barclays and UBS. The original text provided access to the $700 billion bailout for any financial institution based in the United States."
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/22/business/22global.html?partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=all

Sure, what the heck, let's have the American taxpayer bail out the foreign banks while we're at it. Gee, I wonder how foreign banks have enough sway with the administration to successfully lobby to be included in the bailout? Could it be their connections?


"Since 2002, Phil Gramm has been an executive with the U.S. operations of UBS, the giant Swiss Bank. An unintentionally hilarious interview with Gramm on the Wall Street Journal editorial page last week asserted that Gramm has "been a key instigator of some of the biggest money-making UBS deals of recent years." The interview was noteworthy not just for first-class butt-kissing, but for deliberately gliding over the avalanche of disasters in the past year that has turned UBS from a respected Swiss titan of discretion and risk management into a laughing stock."
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http://www.slate.com/id/2194933/


Yup, McCain's BFF, economic guru, and registered lobbyist for UBS, Phil Gramm. What a coinky-dink!
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http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/stories/2008/05/26/daily15.html?ana=from_rss

Posted by: ace mcfunkenstein | September 22, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Sen McCain has been attacking Sen Obama with such ferocity. If the attacks were not personal and dealt strictly with the numerous issues facing our country today, I could listen more objectively to what he has to say. Sadly, I cannot overcome Sen McCain's nasty personality which I see as too reactive and dangerous to be President.

Posted by: EH | September 22, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Sally - I own one car and one house. Well, the bank owns the house.

I have a kid in college and I pay her gas too. And tuition.

Are you really that naive to think that whoever ends up being president will pay for their own gas, or will hurt when the price of gas is $5 or $15 a gallon?

They wont feel a thing. Either of them.

Name a modern day president who wasnt rich.

Posted by: Hangman | September 22, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

As the depth of our financial crisis has unfolded over the past week, the drip, drip, drip of bad news has steadily rained down on John McCain's head. And now, after trying to falsely link Barack Obama to Fannie Mae:

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2008_09/014796.php


Today's news has to be filed under, you can't make this stuff up:


"Senator John McCain’s campaign manager (Rick Davis) was paid more than $30,000 a month for five years as president of an advocacy group set up by the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to defend them against stricter regulations, current and former officials say."

"The value that he brought to the relationship was the closeness to Senator McCain and the possibility that Senator McCain was going to run for president again," said Robert McCarson, a former spokesman for Fannie Mae, who said that while he worked there from 2000 to 2002, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac together paid Mr. Davis’s firm $35,000 a month. Mr. Davis "didn’t really do anything," Mr. McCarson, said.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/22/us/politics/22mccain.html?_r=4&ei=5070&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&emc=eta1&pagewanted=print&adxnnlx=1222095974-d09UKetjInT4k0qhGcL2yw&oref=slogin


Rick Davis was paid nearly $2 million to...well, to do nothing except provide access to John McCain. And now that the government is getting ready to spend $700 billion to clean up the mess deregulation caused, it seems that that access has really paid off.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUJ_Qn0AHTU
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Posted by: agent orange | September 22, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Some folks really need to start listening and reading. Nevermind the dirt. That is the old (and mainly Rep) way of doing things. McSame gives me no choice because he hasn't offered one solution. His pitbull in lipstick VP pick (hey she said it first, I'm just repeating it) uses every speech to attack. Never once outlining a policy to compare with what is offered by the Dem ticket. If the Dem were running as dirty a campaign as McCain't, you would know it. All of the supposedly sinister associations they try to stick to Obama are nothing in comparison to what either one of them has done. Dems could have a field day if they wanted to but instead choose to take the high road and focus on what really matters. That's why they have my respect and my vote!!

Obama/Biden 08

Posted by: GetitrightAmerica | September 22, 2008 3:12

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That's for sure. I've been trying to figure out for months why Obama's not using all the stuff that's available on McCain. He could've took him out a long time ago. McCain lied about the troop surge. He's voted against health care for our troops 4 years in a row. Check out some of the things on this list.

John "Maverick" McCain. The guy that puts country first by voting against health care for our troops, and their needs.

August 2001: McCain voted against increasing the amount available for medical care for veterans by $650,000,000.

April 2003: McCain urged other Senate members to table a vote (which never passed) to provide more than $1 billion for National Guard and Reserve equipment in Iraq related to a shortage of helmets, tents, bullet-proof inserts, and tactical vests.

October 2003: McCain voted to table an amendment by Senator Dodd that called for an additional $322,000,000 for safety equipment for United States forces in Iraq and to reduce the amount provided for reconstruction in Iraq by $322,000,000.

March 2004: McCain once again voted for abusive tax loopholes over veterans when he voted against creating a reserve fund to allow for an increase in Veterans' medical care by $1.8 billion by eliminating abusive tax loopholes. Jeez, McCain really loves those tax loopholes for corporations, since he voted for them over our veterans' needs

March 2006: McCain voted against increasing Veterans medical services funding by $1.5 billion in FY 2007 to be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes

April 2006: McCain was one of only 13 Senators to vote against $430,000,000 for the Department of Veteran Affairs for Medical Services for outpatient care and treatment for veterans.

May 2006: McCain voted against an amendment that would provide $20 million to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for health care facilities

September 2007: McCain voted against the Webb amendment calling for adequate troop rest between deployments. At the time, nearly 65% of people polled in a CNN poll indicted that "things are going either moderately badly or very badly in Iraq.

So there it is. John McCain is yet another republican former military veteran who likes to talk a big game when it comes to having the support of the military. Yet, time and time again, he has gone out of his way to vote against the needs of those who are serving in our military. If he can't even see his way to actually doing what the troops want, or what the veterans need, and he doesn't have the support of veterans, then how can he be a credible commander in chief?

Posted by: Hemi | September 22, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Hangman,

How many houses and cars do YOU have? The reason it matters to me is because it makes him part of an extremely small minority in this country and therefore not likely to understand the majority of the people's needs. He doesn't even know how much a gallon of gas is going for these days. You can't be that out of touch with the people you seek to lead.

Posted by: Sally Forth | September 22, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Asper Chick:

Why does it bother you ho much money and homes McCain has?

Our whole society of free enterprise and entrepreneur ism suports - no - encourages such ways of life. It's the American way.

Posted by: Hangman | September 22, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Weird Election Cycle,

Please explain what sleazy campaign Obama is running? And don't be afraid to provide explicit detail. Was it when he said from the door that Palins family was off limits? Anything Obama has done on the offensive has dealt with McCain's political choices - not the fact that he cheated on the woman who waited for him to come back from the war with his current wife the heiress (I smell a social climber).

Please don't be like McCain. Back up your allegations with something substantial.

Posted by: ClingingtomyguninPA | September 22, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

This is when the Republicans send in the Swift Boats. However, I think Americans are wise to the negativity this time. The funny thing is... by now most people are so fed up with this campaign, they just turn the TV to MUTE when this crap comes on.

McCain has certainly turned sleazy beyond all recognition. At one point I was seriously considering voting for him; that is until he signed on a rather large ethics problem of his own: Sarah Palin.

We haven't heard the last of her, and she still keeps DENYING everything. Nothing but lies, lies lies coming out of the McCain campaign. It's going to backfire, I promise.

Posted by: mavisdarling | September 22, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"I'm John McCain and I'll say stoop to new lows and say anything my Rovian advisors tell me to say because I have no ideas, no scruples, and am a complete carbon copy of the failed Bush administration but want to hide it."

Posted by: oaklynne | September 22, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

So tell me, when Obama whines about the McCain campaign's sleaziness all the while running an exceedingly sleazy campaign himself, is he able to keep a straight face?

Posted by: Weird Election Cycle | September 22, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Nellie: C'mon McCain, let her talk to the press unscripted.

The last time they let her do that she told Charles Gibson she was qualified in foreign policy because she could see Russia from her house ...

No, I think Rove will muzzle her against unscripted remarks from now on.

Posted by: Sally Forth | September 22, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Use objectivity people.

Posted by: Objectivity | September 22, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

McCain knows all about bailing out rich bankers and screwing over middle class and poor people, he's been doing it for years.


-McCain - Founding Member of the Keating Five:

McCain was one of the "Keating Five," congressmen investigated on ethics charges for strenuously helping convicted racketeer Charles Keating after he gave them large campaign contributions and vacation trips.
Charles Keating was convicted of racketeering and fraud in both state and federal court after his Lincoln Savings & Loan collapsed, costing the taxpayers $3.4 billion. His convictions were overturned on technicalities; for example, the federal conviction was overturned because jurors had heard about his state conviction, and his state charges because Judge Lance Ito (yes, that judge) screwed up jury instructions. Neither court cleared him, and he faces new trials in both courts.)

Though he was not convicted of anything, McCain intervened on behalf of Charles Keating after Keating gave McCain at least $112,00 in contributions. In the mid-1980s, McCain made at least 9 trips on Keating's airplanes, and 3 of those were to Keating's luxurious retreat in the Bahamas. McCain's wife and father-in-law also were the largest investors (at $350,000) in a Keating shopping center; the Phoenix New Times called it a "sweetheart deal."


-McCain - Mafia Ties:

In 1995, McCain sent birthday regards, and regrets for not attending, to Joseph "Joe Bananas" Bonano, the head of the New York Bonano crime family, who had retired to Arizona. Another politician to send regrets was Governor Fife Symington, who has since been kicked out of office and convicted of 7 felonies relating to fraud and extortion.


Here's some straight-talk, my friends:

http://www.realchange.org/mccain.htm
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Posted by: out of touch | September 22, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

=Passion On War?

Posted by: pppp | September 22, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Oh my, the deperation from the Republicants on this blog. Folks, give it up. Stop with the name calling. You look stupid.

Posted by: Nellie | September 22, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

When did Karl Rove start working for the Obama campaign?

Posted by: Sleazy O and The Boyz | September 22, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

McCain can't respond to the major issues. So he brings up "stories" about Obama that are not relevant. He's so desperate. He needs to take a look at his shady vp running mate, Sarah Palin. Now there is someone the people of the US want to know more about. C'mon McCain, let her talk to the press unscripted.

Posted by: Nellie | September 22, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Some folks really need to start listening and reading. Nevermind the dirt. That is the old (and mainly Rep) way of doing things. McSame gives me no choice because he hasn't offered one solution. His pitbull in lipstick VP pick (hey she said it first, I'm just repeating it) uses every speech to attack. Never once outlining a policy to compare with what is offered by the Dem ticket. If the Dem were running as dirty a campaign as McCain't, you would know it. All of the supposedly sinister associations they try to stick to Obama are nothing in comparison to what either one of them has done. Dems could have a field day if they wanted to but instead choose to take the high road and focus on what really matters. That's why they have my respect and my vote!!

Obama/Biden 08

Posted by: GetitrightAmerica | September 22, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Please let's not forget the "boneheaded" LIE that Obama made to the American people when during the debates he called out Hilary Clinton for having the "audacity" to sit on Walmart's board; she in turn, called on Obama for having the "audacity" to represent a SLUM-LORD (and now convicted felon & rackateer) Tony Rezko. Obama shook his head and noted that he barely knew the man and billed a mere 5 hours of legal work on his account. If that lack of association and relationship is the case, why did Tony Rezko's wife's name appear on the Obama's Chicago ESCROW to their home? (Never mind that Tony Rezkow's wife earned a mere $37K that year but was somehow able to come up with the Obama's additional downpayment required.) Pretty generous slum-lord who was willing to fund a home purchase for a backroom legal associate who worked a mere 5 hours on the Rezko case. Call me a crazy uncle, but that was another lie that the mainstream media flat out refused to touch, or face being called racists or otherwise by Obama supporters. Or, is that just media bias trying not to ask hard questions of their desired candidate?

Posted by: Wanderson | September 22, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Ya know what, I could care less if Obama bought a patch of land from some criminal. Was the deal illegal in any way? No. End of story. Has anyone noticed how the press keeps trying to jack up McCain's poll numbers. Every time he gets in trouble his poll numbers go up. I've been following this election since the beginning and have called it every time. They'd look pretty stupid doing it after the bone headed moves McCain did last week, but sure enough, they did. Only this time they did the poll on rural voters. By the end of the week they'll have him built back up to winning the election. They must really think we're stupid. I know what their trying to do. They want to make the race seem close so people won't burn down the country when Bush's criminal friends steal the election. Their even using voting machines that aren't certified to be used in an election.

Posted by: Hemi | September 22, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

What?!?! Oh this is so new, I guess I won't be voting for the smart,energetic, reasonable, and presidential guy anymore! Puhhlease....If we want to dig up real sleaze America: let's hear about the Keating Five scandal!

Vote Smart(Literally!)

Posted by: CountryFirst | September 22, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

If you're John McCain, you know you're losing your fake "Man of the People" image when Newsweek begins a story:

"When you (McCain) have seven homes, that's a lot of garages to fill. After the fuss over the number of residences owned by the two presidential nominees, NEWSWEEK looked into the candidates' cars. And based on public vehicle-registration records,

Here's the score.

John and Cindy McCain: 13.
Barack and Michelle Obama: 1.
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http://www.newsweek.com/id/160091
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Not to mention when it closes by noting that the car your wife (Cindy McCain) actually drives isn't even registered in her name, but in that of her massive beer distributorship.


But, uh, Obama is elitist because, uh, look over there! Arugula!!!

Posted by: Asper Chick | September 22, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Jocelyn:

Really...I'm glad you weren't around for Jim Jones because surely you would have asked for a second cup of punch.

Its plain to anyone with eyes who is running a dirty campaign. McShame goes whichever way the wind blows and will do whatever he has to in order to win the election - not for our country. He just wants to win. I would love for just ONE person to outline McSame's plan for any of the relevant issues facing America today. And no, I don't mean his plan to stay in Iraq for another 100 years! His campaign is about kicking up enough dirt so that you don't realize he isn't saying a thing! Every ad he has come up with is him calling names and attempting to tear down but there is no solution coming forth from him. He has no answers because he is clueless. The man has said so on almost every occasion and still you stand by him. If I said I don't know much about nothin what do you look like supporting me?

THINK!

Posted by: GetitrightAmerica | September 22, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

And which Senator has ever been admonished by the Senate Ethics Committee for his behavior in office? It was McCain, for influence peddling with the corrupt S&L impresario Charles Keating. And who spent his birthday last year on a yacht in the Mediterranean with a con-man and his Hollywood celebrity girlfriend? McCain again. And who is under investigation for misuse of power as a governor? McCain's running mate. John McCain is no reformer, and he's no ethical saint. The more ads he runs like this, the more he shows he is a hypocrite and a typical politician. He has disappointed a lot of people with his campaign.

Posted by: HarrisCo | September 22, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

however, i would place the few dollars in my wallet today on the Ayres commercials, to air on or about Oct 20.... how Obama began his political career at a fund raiser at ayres home; how Ayres has said he is friends or friendly with obama; how ayres said that his only regret is not setting off even more bombs; and, ask why, is obama friends with a self confessed bomber whose only regret is not killing more cops and innocent bystanders.... ayres is the looming monster that could sink obama campaign for the white house, while rezko is a small time crook and small footnote in this whole thing.... my opinion, could be wrong, but who knows....

Posted by: daveTN | September 22, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

ACS:

Please (re)read the thread. I have not claimed that the interest-rate was too low. That's a strawman argument.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,

The land was appraised and Obama paid what it was appraised at. Nobody but you is suggesting that the amount itself was too low. Most smear-peddlers focus on the INTEREST RATE, from which, by ignoring Obama's credit rating, an easily-shattered case for favoritism can at least be faked. Get up to speed on your lies!

Posted by: ACS | September 22, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Howard Kurtz clearly doesn't understand how politics work in Chicago. And the idea that Emil Jones had Obama "shepherd" ethics legislation is hilarious. He minimizes the role Emil Jones played in grooming Obama. Jones was Obama's self proclaimed mentor. Obama did not by any stretch of the imagination "challenge" the party establishment here in Illinois. He waited his turn while putting in work for the "machine". For the sake of argument let's say Kurtz's assertion about Obama shepherding ethics legislation is spot on. Then please explain why they had to shine a big spot light on how noble Obama was to make a call to his mentor Jones telling himt to stop stonewalling the current ethics reform legislation in Illinois. For those of us that live in Illinois and actually know what they are talking about when it comes to Chicago politics the close relationship between Obama, Jones, Blago, Daley and the rest of the corrupt machine is no secret and we certainly understand that there is not the casual connection between these folks that Kurtz and the rest of the "journalists" would have you believe but in fact a much stronger alliance. When the masses of us here in Illinois that are not brainwashed with the Obama rhetoric read articles like this it is laughable and just supports the idea that the media is way out of touch with the way things work in Illinois/Chicago. The Democratics (I call them Democrats) in Illinois can't even work together with each other here in Illinois. It's Blago and Jones facing off against the rest of the less corrupt Democratics that are trying to distance themselves from the impending indictments that these others face. Obama falls on the Jones side of the equation which as with all other cases means he is going to try to come out now and say he has always been distant from them. The blackout on documents and other info about Obama also goes unmentioned and if you do mention it you are labeled a conspiracy nut. For those of you not convinced by any of this please take a look at the state of the budget in Illinois and the tax rates that we pay here. Especially in Chicago. This is what is in store for everyone. The good news for us in Illinois is that Obama will shovel loads of money to his cronies here and some of that is bound to trickle down to us regular joes. That's their version of trickle down economics. See also the whopping $500 tax credit you are all going to get. Hope you'll be happy with it sheeple.

Posted by: Joe Schmoe | September 22, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Compared to Hagee and Dodson, Rev. Wright is a saint.

Posted by: von gerstner | September 22, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Jocelyn,

I think you have that backwards.

Posted by: von gerstner | September 22, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey JakeD

You're an idiot.

Posted by: JakeD wannabe | September 22, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

What happened to REV WRONG? (Rev Wright) He was priceless....Or not....How much do you think NOBAMA paid to shut him down?

Posted by: Anonymous2 | September 22, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

ISSUES! people,
Corporate Tax Increases,
sounds like a populist idea,
team obama thought, the dummies
wont realize we are taxing the
companies they work for and buy
everything from,
heck, we could even though in a
payroll redection and the dopes
wont realize they are paying for
it everytime they have to buy
something, like food and gas
and milk and and and...
wake up america,
NOBAMA

Posted by: simonsays | September 22, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama's sleazy campaign is sickening enough. I'm sad to see McCain taking up some of his tactics, but at least he is doing so in moderation unlike Obama.

Posted by: Jocelyn | September 22, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

The current herd of Donkies in congress haven't produced any noteworthy legislation in two years and were on vacation prior to this entire mess coming down....
If we put Obama in, there are no checks and balances. It will be pelosi, reid and obama. and we will become a more communist, poorer nation with dingy government health clinics and regulated "free speech."
Open your eyes, folks - its coming at you....

Posted by: marcey | September 22, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

You are dragging the good name of Al Capone
through the mud when you compare him
to Slumlord tony Rezko.
and his pet politician
barakobama.

Posted by: usa3 | September 22, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

REV Wright
REV Wright
REV Wright
REV Wright
REV Wright
REV Wright
when are you going to speak again?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Oh My Lordy Lordy'
Shame on John McCain,
just because the obamas got their
home 300K below market value,
and Mrs. Rezko paid Three times
the market value for the lot
next door, what are you trying
to say? that this was a blatant
favor by a convicted felon to
a corrupt politician?
oh, I thought that is what you
were saying.

Posted by: steelworker for mccain | September 22, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Next McCain is going to show ads of Obama and Al Capone.

Posted by: JEFO | September 22, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is not qualified to be president of the United States nor is his VP running mate Sarah Palin. His claim to be a reformer is a lot of boloney especially since he used his Senate office to keep banking regulators from investigating Charles Keating during the Lincoln Savings and Loan debacle. As one of the Keating Five (five US Senators who were investigated for ethics violations) McCain was in the thick of this scandal from head to toe and was given a slap on the wrist for his "bad judgment" with respect to detering banking regulators from investigating Keating. Now he wants us to believe that he's for stricter regulation of Wall Street after this latest debacle that stems from corruption and excessive CEO compensation among other factors. After 26 years as a Senator and a member of the Old Boy Network, there is no way I'm voting for his corrupt politics. McCain and Palin are both corrupt and at this point, the last thing America's taxpayers need or want is a ticket that's going to continue to cheat them out of their lives, money and dignity.

Posted by: Mellow Yellow | September 22, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

It amazes me no end how ANYONE could stand behind two fools.

Some folks will let McShame and Sarah Failin pee on them all day and tell them its rain and then happily go to the polls and vote for these bozos!

People amaze me!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Just when I think, is there anybody that's a bigger fool? I realize there are people out there who will vote for John McBush.

Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice, shame on me.
Keep fooling me over & over & over with the same old crap, and I must be a RePUKElican.

We can see where stupid has taken us the last 8 years, let's not do it again...
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJThPjvscFs
.

Posted by: John McBush - dumber than a bag of rocks | September 22, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

ACS:

I'm not posting "lies". But, if you don't think that 10 foot strip was worth much more than the land value itself, because zoning requirements prohibited building on the remaining-sized lot, I've got a Bridge to Nowhere to sell you ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain is very well-known for gambling. And with the kind of money he has, why not? He's got 7 houses and 13 cars.

It is really lame when he talks trash about the "casino culture" of Wall Street. And it's even worse when he stands there and mugs with working people and talks about how he represents them.

He's been an insider for nearly 3 decades. He's been a gambler for longer than that. And, in spite of his service, he has never had to go out and get an actual job in his life... never. He didn't choose a middle class woman for a wife.... he picked a millionaire heiress.

All this "ordinary guy" posturing is a lot of hooey.

I know lots of successful people who have earned their success... and overwhelmingly... they work very hard to present themselves well. They speak clearly, they study hard, and they try harder than anyone to do a perfect job. Because ordinary people cannot fall back on their parents. They cannot insist on being accepted, they have to earn respect.

When I look at Obama, I see someone like me... though he is smarter and more talented. I see someone who had to work hard and save money to go to college, then to grad school, and then compete for a job. I knew people who could just ask their dad to call someone and get them a job... I had to go out there and actually work hard to get anywhere.

Now, if people look at me... they think I'm uptight. I don't swagger around like a Bush or McCain. I don't get overconfident and roll the dice. I always hedge my bets. I take as much time as I can to make the right decision. I research things. I talk things through. Because there is no safety net.

Now some people might hate me and try to paint me as an elitist. But if you do not have an important daddy or important friends... you cannot give people any opportunity to push you out. You have to be on all the time.

So, while he might not pass the "good drinking buddy" test... Obama certainly is someone I would rely on to do a great job. He's not going to go on vacation 33% of the time like Bush. He's not gonna shoot from the hip like McCain. He's going to make slow, steady gains. He's gonna fight for us with the same intensity that he has put towards any job.

And that's what America needs now.

Posted by: Blip | September 22, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Tomchaps,

Thanks for setting the record straight. We can chalk this attack up as another of McCain's Big Lies. That list is growing by leaps and bounds daily. McCain is either copying Obama or lying about him. I guess its your true love-hate relationship. Doesn't say too much about the so-called straight-talking maverick.

Posted by: jefflz | September 22, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

An amazing line from John McCain coming out in an actuarial magazine called Contingencies where ... well, let's let McCain tell us:

"Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation."
.
http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/19/mccain-on-banking-and-health/


Obviously this was written before the Lehman Brothers, AIG, Merrill Lynch debacle of the last week, and just as obviously it came out before McCain did his about face from rabid free-market anti-regulation supply-sider into a populist, market hating regulator. What's funny is that it is hitting people's mailboxes this week exactly as the banking sector McCain is highlighting collapses.


But the fact is that the banking industry was collapsing long before this week, and long before this article was submitted to Contingencies. We've been in an accelerating free-fall in our financial industry for more than a year, starting in August 2007 (and sooner for many).


But McCain still as recently as August 2008 was pointing to the free-market, minimally-regulated banking industry as a model for what he wanted to do to the health care industry. While his model was collapsing all around him he was saying, "See how great this is? Let's build another one!"


The only reason he's changed sides on the issue is the same reason he put out an ad on stem cells and doesn't mention abortion -- he can't win the election by telling people what he really believes and what he is really going to do.


He thought he could play the free-market card on health care and win, but the debacle that reached a deafening crescendo (we hope) over the past week had made socialists of most hard-core libertarian Republicans. McCain knows that free-market deregulatory talk is a sure ticket back to his Senate seat in January, and so he has changed his language.


But I don't believe for a second that if he wins he won't continue to push deregulation and free-market policies. He believed in the free market in the face of Enron, Worldcom, the burst of the housing bubble, the failure of a series of banks in the summer, and all the way until public opinion turned.


He has proven that the only straight talk you'll get out of him now, assuming you ever did get real straight talk, is straight to his pollster to find out what the right thing to say is this week.


But when he wins and has a four year unbreakable lease then all bets are off and his cronies, handlers and right wing base will stick it to us again.

Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | September 22, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

McCane's "Keating5" roots need some exposure too. Looking at today's financial pages, they look exactly like the time of the Keating scandal except the bailout numbers are a lot higher...and we want more of the SAME?

Posted by: YARD80197 | September 22, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Hangman wrote:
"Enough of the childish bickering already - can I ask a REAL question here?

Can any tell me ONE positive thing Obama has done in all of his public service besides being an excellent orator?"

Someone posted a huge list below, but here's just one that sticks out in my mind: Obama authored, defended and extended Illinois' Earned Income Tax credit, which personally helped me when I was a student with a child. (Illinois taxes are basically a flat 3% otherwise!) Yes, Obama gave me a tax cut...

Posted by: tomchaps | September 22, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Michael Scherer and Michael Weisskopf says:

"Over time he (McCain) gave up the drinking bouts, but he never quite kicked the periodic yen for dice. In the past decade, he has played on Mississippi riverboats, on Indian land, in Caribbean craps pits and along the length of the Las Vegas Strip. Back in 2005 he joined a group of journalists at a magazine-industry conference in Puerto Rico, offering betting strategy on request. 'Enjoying craps opens up a window on a central thread constant in John's life,' says John Weaver, McCain's former chief strategist, who followed him to many a casino. 'Taking a chance, playing against the odds.' Aides say McCain tends to play for a few thousand dollars at a time and avoids taking markers, or loans, from the casinos, which he has helped regulate in Congress. 'He never, ever plays on the house,' says Mark Salter, a McCain adviser. The goal, say several people familiar with his habit, is never financial. He loves the thrill of winning and the camaraderie at the table.


"Only recently have McCain's aides urged him to pull back from the pastime. In the heat of the G.O.P. primary fight last spring, he announced on a visit to the Vegas Strip that he was going to the casino floor. When his aides stopped him, fearing a public relations disaster, McCain suggested that they ask the casino to take a craps table to a private room, a high-roller privilege McCain had indulged in before. His aides, with alarm bells ringing, refused again, according to two accounts of the discussion.

Posted by: Cindy | September 22, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

At this point... who is listening to McCain's ads anymore? (Unless you want to know what NOT to believe).

If I was standing in the sun, and McCain told me that it was sunny out, I would put on a raincoat and galoshes.

It's gotten to the point where, if his lips are moving, I assume he's lying... unless people can provide extensive documentation proving otherwise.

And I was a hard-core McCain supporter in 2000. It embarasses me the way that he is running his campaign.

Posted by: Blip | September 22, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Okay, Obama was my state senator for years, and I volunteered for his campaign during the 2004 primary. These claims are a stretch, to say the least. The Daley machine hated and feared Obama, and did everything it could to sabotage his campaign and promote Dan Hynes. Heck, back during Obama's earlier failed campaign against Bobby Rush, Daley actually supported Rush, whom he absolutely loathes. (Daley long saw Obama as the only potential threat to His Mayordom, long-term).

Yes, once Obama became the candidate, the overwhelmingly Democratic city fell in line behind him. But to say that Obama was "born of Chicago politics" is untrue--he opposed the machine as a state senator, and was opposed by them during the Illinois election.

Posted by: tomchaps | September 22, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I was undecided for most of the year...until the attack ads from McCain started appearing. It doesn't take much brain power to see that these ads are full of distortions and lies. This is the guy that is running for president?

"I'm John McCain and I approved this message..."

Is there no better damning evidence that McCain isn't on the "Straight Talk Express?"

I've decided to vote for Obama...not because he's such a great choice, but McCain has shown me that he has not integrity at all when it comes to telling the truth in his ads.

Posted by: Undecided...not any more | September 22, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

If you want to point out gaffes, I assume you'll be posting about Obama's reference to having campaigned in "57 or 58 states" a few months ago (I suppose his schooling in Indonesia was a bit light on US Geography, unlike ours in the Midwest)? Or that a storm killed "10,000 people"? The point was that she understands the ramifications of these deployments because her SON is being deployed, not what unit he's in. But hey, keep up the lame smearing and false accusations and 'gotchas'. After all, it's not like Obama promised a new style of politics and campaigning or anything....guess that's just another one of a long line of broken promises by The One.

Posted by: HeyJakeD | September 22, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Your right Erik,except its not just Florida,theyve betrayed the whole country!!

Obama 08

Posted by: 1 | September 22, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

My Friend (s),

You owe $2,293.53 dollars to Wall Street Fat Cats Inc.... check, cash or charge?


How do you owe this money?

It's simple, George Bush wants a 700 Billion dollar bailout for Fat Cat bankers.
--700 Billion dollars divided by the current U.S. population = $2,293.53


How the did this happen?

Thank John McCain and his top economic advisor Phil Gramm.
In 1999, after 60 years of successful regulation under the 1933 Glass-Stegall Act Republicans like Phil Gramm, John McCain and a bunch of Bank Lobbyists deregulated the banking industry and allowed banks to get involved in overly risky lending.

As predicted, those banks failed, taking others with them and we're now facing another stock market meltdown.

This wasn't the first (or even the second) time something like this happened:
-In 1982, under Republican Ronald Reagan the Savings and Loan/Banking industry was deregulated.
-Again, Republicans Phil Gram, John McCain, Lobbyists and fat cats like Charles Keating decided deregulation was a good idea. Let the Savings and Loan Companies do what they want!

-John McCain took hundreds of thousands of dollars of gifts and campaign contributions from Keating in exchange for doing his bidding.
-John McCain's gift to Charles Keating was the deregulation of S & L banks.


The results were frighteningly similar:

-Tax payers bailed out Fat Cat Bankers like Charles Keating with $124.6 billion.

-Google "Keating 5" and you'll see it all.


The pattern is simple:

-Republicans like John McCain, Phil Gramm and Lobbyists deregulate.
-Wall Street gets rich.
-You pay the bill.


Now John McCain who self-identifies as a "deregulator" wants to:

1.) Deregulate Health Care
2.) Privatize Social Security
We can't afford more of the same with John McCain.

How do you think Health Care and Social Security will turn out if John McCain and Phil Gramm get their way?

Wall Street doesn't care if you lost your job, or if you can't make your mortgage. But when they need a bailout, it's "Hello Big Government!"


Thanks,
Wall Street Fat Cats Inc.

P.S. - Your kids owe $2,293.53 no matter how old they are.
Your parents owe $2,293.53 no matter how little they make.

Posted by: Bush + McCain = "W"orthless | September 22, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I will never vote for the people who turned politics into what it is today and John McCain into a lying do nothing helpless twit to the RNC. I'm voting for Obama in Florida because the Republican machine has betrayed us for 8 years.... Guilt by association, but it actually is happening now!

Posted by: erik | September 22, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Jake,

Obama paid $104,000, the pro rata appraisal rate, for a 10-foot strip of land. The amount is not controversial and never has been. The INTEREST RATE was the subject of a controversial WaPo article, but Obama's rate of 5.65 % is well in line with market rates for high-credit-rating individuals.

Stop spreading McCain lies. Lying is all they have left.

Posted by: ACS | September 22, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Nice post Jefflz,and so true!!

Posted by: 1 | September 22, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

sundaram wrote - "It appears that strong arm people who have a greater say in factory union matters, in the operation of casinos, in the production of motion pictures, in the distribution of drugs, in the control of prostitution, etc are having a vested interest to ensure his success and are therefore helping him to get huge contribution easily which needs to be probed."

You know all this ? How ? From this ad ? Or that tenuous connection with Rezko ? There are millions of Americans contributing to Obama's campaign. You think these are their goals ? Go back to the McCain Campaign conference call ..

Posted by: Fido | September 22, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

McPAIN'S WILL LOSE,OBAMA WILL WIN!
SORRY AND TO BAD REPUBLICANS AND SOMEONE
TELL MCcAIN THAT HE DON'T HAVE TO GO ACROSS THE ASILE,HE BE OUT OF BREATHE AFTER HE GO ACROSS,SARAH AND 1ST DUDE,
GO BACK TO PROACHEING,POOR LITTLE DEFENSELESS LITTLE ANIMALS,SO WON'T MAKE IN THE WHT.HOUSE TODD,SO DON'T THINK ABOUT WASTING MCfOOL,HE CAN'T HELP IT THAT HE'S SENTILITY IN CREPT IN,HE THINKS EVERYONE
IS HIS FRIEND IN OWN PARTY,LEAVE mCCAIN
ALONE PALIN'S.

Posted by: REDEEMER | September 22, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

For the uninformed like HANGMAN (nice name):

Despite the McCain's self-serving distortion of the facts and the extensive criticism he has received Obama does has an impressive record of highly relevant experience:

3 highly successful years as a community organizer

first black President of the Harvard Law Review,

12 years as a Constitutional Law professor,

8 addtional years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, chairman of the state Senate''s Health and Human Services committee

nearly 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of nearly 13 million people, sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran''s Affairs committees

voted for by 18 million people (far more than McCain has ever had) and leads a presidential campaign in 50 states that employs 2500 people raising hundreds of millions of dollars from private individuals defeating powerful and highly respected primary opponents

Some may say Obama is inexperienced to cover for their prejudice. We can only hope that for these people common sense will prevail and they will vote for Obama because he is by far the best qualified candidate for their country. Neither his race nor his exceptional intelligence will drive away any but the true bigot.

Posted by: jefflz | September 22, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Mike in Sac:

Barack HUSSEIN Obama will not be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009.

ACS:

Did you post the following at 1:30 PM:

"$50,000 for a lot in one of the most affulent areas of the city of Chicago, that won't even get you a parking space for a year. A lot for that price, and a free home from Tony Rezko, he was setting up Obama so he would have to do his bidding.

Nacho Bidness:

Thanks, but no thanks -- if you think Rev. Wright isn't coming back into the news all by himself when he releases his book next month, I've got a bridge to sell you -- I'll be happy to leave the dirty politics to you.

shermaro:

Please see my dictionary entry below.

steven:

No.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

The people of Illinois and Chicago should be outraged. McCain just trashed you all!
Wake up people! Another worthless story from the McScank camp! People in the swing states check those mailed ballots. If they are from RNC beware, you're vote may not count. If you've moved recently. Please register to VOTE!

Posted by: Cindy | September 22, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

A lesson in Government for those that dont know,:It takes 10 votes over a majority in Congress to stop the President from being able use his veto power,thats why the Democrats cant get anything done!!

Posted by: 1 | September 22, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Hangman,

Since you asked, here it is.

Here are just a few highlights from Barack Obama's career as a US Senator: specific pieces of legislation, what they meant and how they were passed.

The Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act
Introduced by Sen. John McCain in May 2005, and cosponsored by Sen. Edward Kennedy. Barack Obama added three amendments to this bill.

While the bill was never voted on in the Senate, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Acts of 2006 and 2007, respectively, drew heavily upon the wording of this bill.

The Lugar-Obama Cooperative Threat Reduction.
Introduced by Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. Dick Lugar and Sen. Tom Coburn.

First introduced in November 2005 and enacted in 2007, this bill expanded upon the successful Nunn-Lugar threat reduction, which helped secure weapons of mass destruction and related infrastructure in former Soviet Union states.

Lugar-Obama expanded this nonproliferation program to conventional weapons -- including shoulder-fired rockets and land mines. When the bill received $48 million in funding, Obama said, "This funding will further strengthen our ability to detect and intercept illegal shipments of weapons and materials of mass destruction, enhancing efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism."

Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006
This act of Congress, introduced by Senators Obama and Coburn, required the full disclosure of all entities or organizations receiving federal funds in FY2007.

Despite a "secret hold" on this bill by Senators Ted Stevens and Robert Byrd, the act passed into law and was signed by President Bush. The act had 43 cosponsors, including John McCain.

The act created this Web site, which provides citizens with valuable information about government-funded programs.

Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act

This law helped specify US policy toward the Congo, and states that the US should work with other donor nations to increase international contributions to the African nation.

The bill marked the first federal legislation to be enacted with Obama as its primary sponsor. Following this legislation's passage, Obama toured Africa, traveling to South Africa, Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Chad. He spoke forcefully against ethnic rivalries and political corruption in Kenya.

Honest Leadership and Open Government Act
In the first month of the 110th Congress, Obama worked with Sen. Russ Feingold to pass this law, which amends and strengthens the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995.

Specificially, the changes made by Obama and Feingold requires public disclosure of lobbying activity and funding, places more restrictions on gifts for members of Congress and their staff, and provides for mandatory disclosure of earmarks in expenditure bills.

The House passed the bill, 411-8, on July 31. The Senate approved it, 83-14, on Aug. 2. At the time, Obama called it "the most sweeping ethics reform since Watergate."

Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act

Following the Republican-sponsored voter intimidation tactics seen in mostly black counties in Maryland during the 2006 midterm elections, Obama worked with Sen. Chuck Schumer to introduce this bill.

The bill has been referred to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Obama said of the bill, "This legislation would ensure that for the first time, these incidents are fully investigated and that those found guilty are punished."

The Obama-McCain Climate Change Reduction Bill

The Obama-McCain bill, which is co-sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., would cut emissions by two-thirds by 2050.

Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007

Introduced by Obama, this binding act would stop the planned troop increase of 21,500 in Iraq, and would also begin a phased redeployment of troops from Iraq with the goal of removing all combat forces by March 31, 2008.

Explaining the bill, Obama said it reflects his view that the problems in Iraq do not have a military solution. "Our troops have performed brilliantly in Iraq, but no amount of American soldiers can solve the political differences at the heart of somebody else's civil war," Obama said.

Amendments to the 2008 Defense Authorization Bill

Obama worked with Sen. Kit Bond to limit, through this bill, the Pentagon’s use of personality disorder discharges in the FY 2008 Defense Authorization bill.

This provision would add additional safeguards to discharge procedures and require a thorough review by the Government Accountability Office. This followed news reports that the Pentagon inappropriately used these procedures to discharge service members with service-connected psychological injuries.

"With thousands of American service members suffering day in and day out from the less visible wounds of war, reports that the Pentagon has improperly diagnosed and discharged service members with personality disorders are deeply disturbing," said Senator Obama. "This provision will add additional safeguards to the Department of Defense’s use of this discharge and mandate a comprehensive review of these policies."

The Comprehensive Nuclear Threat Reduction provision

Working with Sen. Hagel and Rep. Adam Schiff, Obama authored this provision, which would require the president to develop a comprehensive plan for ensuring that all nuclear weapons and weapons-usable material at vulnerable sites around the world are secure by 2012 from the threats that terrorists have shown they can pose.

A provision from the Obama-Hagel bill was passed by Congress in December 2007 as an amendment to the State-Foreign Operations appropriations bill.

"It is imperative that we build and sustain a truly global effort under an aggressive timeline to secure, consolidate, and reduce stockpiles of nuclear weapons and weapons-usable material to keep them out of the wrong hands. The comprehensive nuclear threat reduction plan required by this provision is an important step in that effort," Obama said of the provision.

Posted by: ACS | September 22, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

If we want to talk about association then I guess this opens up the whole debate to a complete replay of the Keating Five Savings and Loan Scandal in which McCain played a starring role. Talk about having no ethics and scamming the tax poayers, McCain is a world expert.

Posted by: jefflz | September 22, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

How about reporting offensive headlines? The correct expression is "homes in," not "hones in."

Posted by: C. Furst | September 22, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Enough of the childish bickering already - can I ask a REAL question here?

Can any tell me ONE positive thing Obama has done in all of his public service besides being an excellent orator?

I didn't think so.

Let's go with what the facts are and elect a real president. Forget the crap about hone in or home in. Let's deal with REAL issues. Can Obama stand up to world threats, or is going to invite them over to chat over tea?

Is McCain guilty of incompetence because he's of the same party as Bush? That would make Obama as incompetent as Carter.

Use your brains, people. It's a dangerous place out there.

Posted by: Hangman | September 22, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

two words on bad associations: Cindy McCain=drugs + adultery
I don't want someone who steals from her own charity to support her drug habit in the white house.

Chicago is a great city. Maybe Palin should visit someday, she might learn something.

Posted by: mona | September 22, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

We saw this when Hillary ran against Barack. First she was the experience candidate, then the change candidate, and then the fighter candidate.

McCain is going the same route. First he tried the experience mantle, then he was the "Maverick" for change candidate, and now he is the fighter who is going to clean up the corruption in DC and Wall Street.

They are growing desperate as every trick they try to pull doesn't work.

McCain is losing and growing desperate.

Posted by: Mike in Sac | September 22, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama should hone in on McCains Haunted Roots. The rumored haunting of the ghost of admiral McCain

Posted by: pastor123 | September 22, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

you wan to talk about crooks?Okay here ya go:Jack Abramoff,Bob Ney,Ralph Reed,Newt Gengrich,Chuck Mcgee,James Tobin,Don Sherwood,Katherine Harris,Curt weldon,Dennis Hasert,Scooter Libby,Tom Delay,Mark Foley,etc etc!!! its been one after another...now these people are republican crooks and thieves..

Posted by: 1 | September 22, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,

Develop your reading comprehension. Getting a loan at a rate that is commensurate with your excellent credit rating, even if it is better than what most people without excellent credit ratings get, is not a "bribe." You're just as pathetic as McCain.

Posted by: ACS | September 22, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

The advertisement truly highlights the type of people who are promoting and supporting Obama financially to get him elected.
It appears that strong arm people who have a greater say in factory union matters, in the operation of casinos, in the production of motion pictures, in the distribution of drugs, in the control of prostitution, etc are having a vested interest to ensure his success and are therefore helping him to get huge contribution easily which needs to be probed.

Posted by: sundaram | September 22, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

JakeD:

While I disagree with Rev. Wright's opinions regarding "G-d d-mn America," I will defend to the death his right to say it. It's called the First Amendment, look into it. It's the same with your opinions: I disagree with them, but you have every right to say them.

Guilt by association isn't guilt, it's petty politicking. If you really want to play that game, play it fairly: point out that most of McCain's advisors and staff are former Bush/Cheney staffers. Point out that his economic advisor got $35K a month from Freddie and Fannie. Point out that his campaign is being run by the same sleazebags who engineered the stealing of the Oval Office in 2000, the same sleazebags who intimated that McCain had an illegitimate black child during the SC primaries in '00.

I'll take Rev. Wright every day of the week over these fools.

Posted by: Nacho Bidness | September 22, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

The Public Housing Mafia is led by Valerie Bowman Jarrett{Obamas closet dvisor}, Jamie FNMA Gorelick, Penny Pritzker, Paula & Jim Crown , Sugar Rautland, Raine{FNMA} , Johnson{FNMA} and A.C.O.R.N.

When they are in leg irons and flex cufs the "bail out" should b signed int law.

ACORN was CONVICTED of voter faud in fiften states .

Obama was general counsl for ACORN.

WTF Kurtz ...print it all

Posted by: BruiserND | September 22, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Hm. What does that "boneheaded mistake" say about his self-vaunted "judgment"?

There's plenty of dirt here on Obama. What about his friends Ayers and Dohrn? Daley loves Obama, a reason to be concerned right there. No one cares to come dig for dirt. Too busy in Wasilla.

We pray Obama does not fire our Elliot Ness federal prosecutor. Only he stands between us and drowning in an ocean of corruption from Obama's pals.

Posted by: Chicago1 | September 22, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I know about HONING my knife and HOMING IN on a target. But how do you "HONE IN" on anything?

Your headline is to the English language as Sarah Palin is to honesty.

Posted by: shermaro | September 22, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

does anyone here think obama can handle iran and north korea?

Posted by: steven | September 22, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

We shall see.

Posted by: 1 | September 22, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

1:

Barack HUSSEIN Obama will not be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Yes the economy is bad, and if you check into legislation - you will see the Republican party has been attempting to do something all along, but the Democratic majority that has existed in Congress has prevented those actions.
Try as you may the Republicans are not the problem, and the Democrats want to make a bad look for the Republican party so their candidate has a chance.
The ones to blame are these banks who got stuck in trying to make big money at other peoples expense or failure to understand what they could afford. The housing market fell and there wasn't enough money to cover the loans.

Posted by: E | September 22, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

ACS:

Which one is it? McCain is "pathetic" or Obama accepted a bribe from Rezko?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Wow the liar can run but he can't hide from his past. Johnny Liar Liar your trousers are on fire.

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/02/28/amid_mccains_new_status_old_scandals_stir/

Posted by: 2pacolypse Now | September 22, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Go ahead stand on the deck of the Titanic and sing,just dont take the rest of us down with you!Most people I believe are tired of the last 8yrs.,8 is enough!!

Posted by: 1 | September 22, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

$50,000 for a lot in one of the most affulent areas of the city of Chicago, that won't even get you a parking space for a year. A lot for that price, and a free home from Tony Rezko, he was setting up Obama so he would have to do his bidding.

Posted by: ACS | September 22, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

During this last admin. the entire Republican party have been failures!!Thats why we are in the shape we are in right now!!Look around,what looks good to ya?The housing market maybe?the banks?All those layoffs?Hmm dont know where you live but from here its pretty clouded!!

Posted by: 1 | September 22, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

My My same ole John McLaime ads, same ole ineffective John McLaime ads. Let us publish just how bad off Arizona has become under McCain's watch, after all he's been their public face for 26 years.

Posted by: 2pacolypse Now | September 22, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Check Into It,

You should follow your own advice: The principal was not remarkable but the interest rate was below market rate. Of course Obama's credit rating is excellent, so that is not surprising or unusual.

Posted by: ACS | September 22, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

ACS, 1, PulSamsara:

Supreme Court Justices like Roberts and Alito are not "complete failures". That's why I'm voting for McCain-Palin.

SomeGuy:

Obama KNEW Rezko was a crook.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Yes Tony Rezko sold him a piece of land worth much more than Obama paid for it, and that is the only thing Obama owns, the home is owned by Tony Rezko. Check the Chicago Tribune or Chicago Sun Times for details.

Yes there is the Bill Ayers issue too, but Obama's team has the papers on that tied up in such a tight knot no one will know the details until the election is over, don't know who he is Google his name.

There is also the issue of his even being a senator, if the Republican party had a person to offer, rather than having Alan Keys fill in for the election, would Obama even won, he did not win a landslide in that election?

If Illinois gets the option for recall - people who would be up Rod Blagojevich, Todd Stroger and Barack Obama. People who are hurting the state more than helping. If you check into those politicians in Illinois you would know why...

Posted by: Check into It | September 22, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Also keep in mind that McBush choose someone who was already under investigation for abuse of power (and no its not partisan, she was already under investigation before being picked for veep).

Posted by: SomeGuy | September 22, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Bill Ayers "The worst of them all". Yeah, committed a crime when Obama was 8 and is now a college professor and active and respected member of his local community. Get real people.

Posted by: 11thCavVet | September 22, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

The media has not scrutinized Obama for
his past associations. Why?

Look at what they have done to Sarah Palin.

Posted by: t n t | September 22, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

From Merriam-Webster:

Main Entry: hone in
Function: intransitive verb
Etymology: alteration of home in
Date: 1965

: to move toward or focus attention on an objective (looking back for the ball honing in — George Plimpton) (a missile honing in on its target — Bob Greene) (hones in on the plights and victories of the common man — Lisa Russell)

usage The few commentators who have noticed hone in consider it to be a mistake for home in. It may have arisen from home in by the weakening of the \\m\\ sound to \\n\\ or may perhaps simply be due to the influence of hone. Though it seems to have established itself in American English (and mention in a British usage book suggests it is used in British English too), your use of it especially in writing is likely to be called a mistake. Home in or in figurative use zero in (except for those of us who grew up during WWII) does nicely.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Does everyone know McCain was against the Bail-out?Does everyone know McCain is for privatizing Social Security?Does everyone know that if McCain was already President and you had invested your Social Security on your own like he wants you to be able to do,Youd now be losing everything,because he would not have helped you at all..Hmm smart move towards everyones future huh?

Posted by: 1 | September 22, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I Love Chicago !

It's a great city - the capitol of the mid-west - the soon to be host of the 2016 Summer Olympics !

Go Cubs ! Go Chicago ! Go America !

----------------------------------

The McCain camp is growing Desperate :)

Why would America REWARD complete Republican failure ?

We wont.

Posted by: PulSamsara | September 22, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

So the logic here is that someguy once upon a time donated money to Obama and ended up being a felon, so that's fault. So Obama is resposible for everyone he ever accepted money for if they do something wrong? Grow a brain guys, all politicians (including McBush) accept donations from thousands of people and interact with thousands more, they can;t be held responsible for what they do or say. Its a different story if they continue to deal with them after they are known crook.

Posted by: SomeGuy | September 22, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Since the McCain Campaign thinks this is important, I do believe this opens the door for the Obama Campaign, to *remind* the electorate, of McCain's ties to the Keating 5. Especially, since the S&L crisis of the late 80s, has relevance to the current financial meltdown.
Seriously, all McCain has is mud to sling.
Nothing about issues.
What an absolute small human-being, McCain is.

Posted by: Sid Hussein Goldberger | September 22, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Do all of these left wing, talking point quoting, Nobama supporters smoke crack?
They all sound like magpies talking at once to the point where it becomes white noise and unintelligble....they think saying the word liar over and over will somehow make it true.
It is comical to see them losing another election as voters realize the message Obama crows is the same crap given by Carter, Mondale, Gore and Kerry.
The only response they have are fact twisting name callers on blogs and crooked journalists who print the trash Soros & Obama dictate.
Sad bunch, these liberal socialists. So hungry for power they start to believe the old tired ideas of the left and that they have some moral right to win this time. Not because of ideas but only because they have lost so many times before. This election will be no different. Here is a list of excuses you may use this time:
1. The voters were racist
2. Obama picked Biden
3. hanging chads (from 2000) still hanging
4. Soros
5. Biden (who decided to let him speak to any voters?)
6. Gore whining
7. Dean whining
8. Pelosi whining
9. Bush (somehow screwed us again)
10. Cheney (somehow was in charge of Obama's losing effort)
11. God ( for having a say in America's life)
12. Carter (for starting the easy path to home ownership)
13. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ( which along with the Acorn folks brought you easy financing without qualification and shakedown schemes milking corporate CEOs for money for nothing)

Posted by: PRH | September 22, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

They have nothing on Obama, so the best they can do is bring up his "associations." Pathetic.

Posted by: ACS | September 22, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for McCain/Palin 08

Truth hurts. Sorry.

Posted by: DCMOM | September 22, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the title of the post, "McCain Hones in on Obama's Chicago Roots" — it should be "homes in", not "hones in".

Posted by: visualweasel | September 22, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait for REV Wright coming out, "god damn america". Obama is dead meat.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

The ad left out Bill Ayres, the worst one of them all.

Posted by: Anoymous | September 22, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

So, the ad is about Obama being tied to some very corrupt individuals and yet the header at the top of the page is an Obama ad against McCain. Yep, no bias here! I wonder if any of you distinguished reporters will have jobs when this is all over?

Posted by: tammy | September 22, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

laSarinissima:

Some Chicago politicians ARE elitists! What don't you understand about that?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

thebob.bob:

Except all those issues that McCain stood against Bush on, right?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Unbelieveable! First, there are all the untruths passed on by the ignorant and ill-informed that Obama is a Muslim; or that because he grew up in Indonesia and Hawaii, he's too exotic (like a moose-hunting governor isn't?); or that, because he was elected President of the Harvard Law Review, that he's too elitist.

Now McCain is attacking him for his Chicago roots?

The rightwing needs to make up its mind - which is he? Exotic? Elitist? Or a big city politician?

Posted by: laSerenissima | September 22, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Deception, deceit, and exaggeration. McCain is so entangled in the mess that Bush and the Republicans have created that he's got nothing but fear and hatred to run on.

Bush/Cheney/McCain. No More Years

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 22, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

"pastor"123:

Here's an infamous quote by someone in Barack HUSSEIN Obama's circle:

"God DAMN America!!"

Guess who said that?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

More Useless and baseless rhetoric and subversion.....Chicago...what about Wasilland the Senator from Alaska to be indicted....how pathetic an excuse for an attack ad that was...

There should be more ad's on McCaints Age let alon the 150+ lobbyists on his campaign.....

If you don't already do it, you really should be checking out the Anchorage Daily News site regularly, for local Palin news, editorials and op-eds, and its excellent Alaska Politics blog (special bonus Ted Stevens coverage there). Today, for example, the paper hits Palin hard in an editorial for abdicating to the McCain campaign on Troopergate.

And here's a brand-new gem on a stunning, overlooked McCain gaffe from David Hulen at the Alaska Politics blog:

Candidates spend a lot of time talking, and they all misspeak sometimes. But did anyone else notice this, from Wednesday's much-covered McCain-Palin Town Hall event in Grand Rapids, Mich., where Palin answered questions from people in the audience? McCain said this near the end of the clip below, as he's talking up Palin's foreign policy/national security credentials:

"I also know, if I might remind you, that she is commander of the Alaska National Guard. In fact, you may know that on Sept. 11 a large contingent of the Alaska Guard deployed to Iraq and her son happened to be one of them. So I think she understands our national security challenges..."

The ceremony Palin attended at Fort Wainwright last week didn't involve the Alaska National Guard. Palin's son is in the Army, and his unit - 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division - deployed to Iraq.

...and this man is supposed to know more about our military than anyone else....

McCaint should stick to playing with GI Joe dolls.......

Posted by: AlexP1 | September 22, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

It is your YOUTUBE

Posted by: pastor123 | September 22, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"His economic adviser, William Daley. Lobbyist. Mayor's brother. His money man, Tony Rezko. Client. Patron. Convicted Felon. His "political godfather." Emil Jones. Under ethical cloud. His governor, Rod Blagojevich. A legacy of federal and state investigations."

Kitchen Sink. McCain's lifeline. Last resort. Hoping it will stick.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | September 22, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Here is a not so famous quote from someone in Sarah Palins Circle.
Im a f@*kin redneck, F**K with me Ill kick your A#@! Who said it?
http://www.hotpres.com


Watch Preview of the VP debates
http://www.veeppeek.com

Posted by: pastor123 | September 22, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Is it just my YouTube, or is something wrong with the video clip above?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

it's accurate so the obama sucker calls it "pointless"

geez ..

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Could the McCain campaign possibly be any more tone deaf? Are they still trying to stir up the rubes? I thought Gov Palin was supposed to have resolved that issue.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

It is no small secret that Illinois, Cook County and the City of Chicago can't seem to keep their hands out of their residents pockets. Cutting a program only occurs when a budget collapses. Obama is a product of this culture.

http://www.bop-o-rama.com

Maybe that is why Obama is about to hit 1,800,000 bops!

Posted by: Over Taxed in Illinois! | September 22, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Of course, those of you in Cook County -- where Obama's political career was BORN -- make sure you only vote ONCE!!!

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

(I think you have the YouTube videos mixed up ; )

P.S. to ALL right-thinking Residents of Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia:

Make sure you start voting for McCain-Palin TODAY!! In all, 34 states allow people to vote before election day. 28 states allow "no-excuse" absentee voting, so just get it done ASAP.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

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