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McCain Pounds Obama Over Response to Financial Market Crisis

Updated 1:10 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Despite having insisted that his announcement last week of a temporary campaign suspension was not political, Sen. John McCain made it clear today that he plans to use his return to Washington, D.C., as campaign fodder in the last five weeks before election day.

In a hard-hitting speech here before several thousand very enthusiastic supporters, McCain bragged about having played a leading role in the congressional agreement on a $700 billion financial sector bailout package.

"I went to Washington last week to make sure that the taxpayers of Ohio and across this great country were not left footing the bill for mistakes made on Wall Street and evil and greed in Washington," he said.

And he accused Sen. Barack Obama of "watching from the sidelines," despite Obama's similar return to Washington last week and a pledge by McCain and his top aides not to politicize the discussions.

In his statement last week announcing the suspension of his campaign, McCain had said: "Americans across our country lament the fact that partisan divisions in Washington have prevented us from addressing our national challenges. Now is our chance to come together to prove that Washington is once again capable of leading this country. "

Today, in Ohio, McCain's tone was very different.

"As a matter of record, Senator Obama took a very different approach to the crisis our country faced," McCain said. "At first he didn't want to get involved. Then he was 'monitoring the situation.' That's not leadership -- that's watching from the sidelines."

McCain's attacks on Obama were especially harsh, signaling that McCain is not going to let up as the election nears it's conclusion. The choice America faces, he told the crowd, is "Country First or Obama First, and I have a feeling I know which side you're all on."

McCain also touted his personal involvement in resolving the crisis, saying: "I will never, ever be a president who sits on the sidelines when this country faces a crisis. I'll never do that. I know that many of you have noticed it's not my style to simply phone it in."

In fact, McCain spent very little time in face-to-face negotiations on Capitol Hill, leaving his advisers to explain, as top aide Mark Salter did, that "He's calling members on both sides, talking to people in the administration, helping out as he can.... He can effectively do what he needs to do by phone.''

And during the final negotiations that proceeded late into the night on Saturday, McCain and his wife dined with Sen. Joseph Lieberman and his wife at Cafe Mozu at the posh Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington.

McCain also criticized Obama for wanting to raise taxes, charging again that Obama voted twice to raise taxes on people making under $42,000 a year despite findings to the contrary by several independent organizations.

In a statement issued immediately after the rally, Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor called McCain's speech an "angry diatribe" and pushed back against McCain's charges.

"Senator McCain's angry diatribe today won't make up for his erratic response to the greatest financial crisis of our time. John McCain knows that the budget he's talking about didn't end up raising taxes on a single American, and the lie he told the American people today is all the more outrageous a day after he admitted that his health care plan will increase taxes on some families," Vietor said.

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Oh, and I forgot to mention the obvious ties to convicted felons and known terrorists (Rezko and Ayers). Yeah, that's the guy we need in charge.

While we're at it, why don't we ask why they offer no discounts on healthcare for the un-insured at his wife's hospital (where she sits on the board of directors) but touts better healthcare for everyone while the hospital touts profits of over one-hundred-million dollars annually.

Posted by: tmacioszek | September 30, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

papaedde,
Of course NOBAMA's not going to blame anyone for this bailout... everyone with a third-grade education and a computer has already researched the true cause of this Wall Street crisis. We all know the following:
1) Jimmy Carter started the whole thing (albeit with good intentions) to provide housing to low income familes
2) Bill Clinton further enhanced the process when he got into office, but then other democrats got hold of it (Barney Frank and Franklin Raines especially) and began to corrupt the process
3) George Bush in 2003 tried to begin regulation on Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac, and it was shot down by the democrats in congress
4) John McCain and four other republican sentators once again tried to fix this mess in 2006 and once again they were shot down by the democrats in congress
5) During all that time it was the law firm where NOBAMA worked that sued banks that did not go along with the sub-prime loans

And here we are today... on the verge of a depression, and the democrats are screaming that it's the republican's fault. So typical. So yeah, if I were him I'd keep that "blame" on the low-down.

Posted by: tmacioszek | September 30, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

It's extremely evident that there are two kinds of people in this country:
1) The kind that HATE NOBAMA
2) The kind that HATE Palin

There is no middle ground. Some people may claim that they don't care, or support someone else, but everyone falls into one of these categories.

John McCain and Sarah Palin are going to shock all of you haters in November when we all see that the polls are full of B/S and they win in a landslide. So keep on mocking and blubbering... go ahead, get it out of your systems now, you may feel better on November 5th if you let it all out now.

Posted by: tmacioszek | September 30, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Great timing on your announcement, and heckuva job, Johnny, in saving the "financial rescue package." I'm glad you weren't standing on the sidelines, like that no-good Obama. When it comes to putting your country first, my friend, you have no second.

I mean that - you have no second. No one is seconding the motion to bring you back to Washington to solve the crisis. Have fun out on the hustings explaining your daily screw-ups, John.

Posted by: johnsonc2 | September 30, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Nurse Palin must have forgot the old boys meds .... He's ranting again. Poor McCain, why won't he quit being Bush's puppet ? When Bush says jump Johnny ... everyone watches McCain hop up & down.

Posted by: gatorsn09 | September 30, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Excitable McPalin, why - got all worked up and hyperventilating over 'lipstick on a pig.'

Calm cool leadership from McBush...

Posted by: T-Prop | September 29, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

"Then he was 'monitoring the situation.' That's not leadership -- that's watching from the sidelines."

Right. I always found it a true show of leadership when, say, Don Shula would run onto the field to take the snap for Marino.

If you are not a player, then yes, monitoring and coaching from the sidelines is how you lead. Neither McCain nor Obama were players that should have been on the field (until the vote, of course).

Posted by: ghot | September 29, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone noticed that Sen Obama has not assigned blame for the failure to pass the bailout bill, instead is calling for the entire congress to work on legislation equitable for the nation as a whole? Additionally, he has called on the nation for restraint to reduce anxiety while congress works on the bill. Not even Pres Bush has attempted to calm the nation, let alone Sen McCain. This is the kind of leadership we need.

Posted by: papaedde | September 29, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone noticed that Sen Obama has not assigned blame for the failure to pass the bailout bill, instead is calling for the entire congress to work on legislation equitable for the nation as a whole? Additionally, he has called on the nation for restraint to reduce anxiety while congress works on the bill. Not even Pres Bush has attempted to calm the nation, let alone Sen McCain. This is the kind of leadership we need.

Posted by: papaedde | September 29, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone noticed that Sen Obama has not assigned blame to the failure to pass the bill but is actually calling on the entire congress to work together for legislation that is equitable for the nation as a whole? Additionally, he is calling for restraint by everyone to reduce the anxiety. That is the kind of leadership we need! Not even the president offered to calm the nation, let alone Sen McCain.

Posted by: papaedde | September 29, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone noticed that Sen Obama has not assigned blame to the failure to pass the bill but is actually calling on the entire congress to work together for legislation that is equitable for the nation as a whole? Additionally, he is calling for restraint by everyone to reduce the anxiety. That is the kind of leadership we need! Not even the president offered to calm the nation, let alone Sen McCain.

Posted by: papaedde | September 29, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

McCain is hands down becoming the sleaziest politician ever to run for President. Zig left, Zag left, and always blame the other guy for your failures.

If McCain was really the leader he is claiming to be why did the bailout bill fail under his sterling leadership? Obama did the right thing and stayed involved while maintaining a proper distance since interjecting the campaigns into the process was obviously not the best way to get things done.

For McCain however, it has been politics from day 1. I don't think he gives one whit about the economy of this country. The only thing McCain cares about is winning at all costs. McCain continually puts politics above country.

Posted by: MarcMyWords | September 29, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I have never seen such a desperate campaign by a major candidate for President. You would think McCain was down by 20 or 30 points instead of 4 or 5. His erratic performance on this crisis should be enough to convince anyone sitting on the fence that McCain is not up to the job of President.

Posted by: dcwsano | September 29, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I have never seen such a desperate campaign by a major candidate for President. You would think McCain was down by 20 or 30 points instead of 4 or 5. His erratic performance on this crisis should be enough to convince anyone sitting on the fence that McCain is not up to the job of President.

Posted by: dcwsano | September 29, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I have never seen such a desperate campaign by a major candidate for President. You would think McCain was down by 20 or 30 points instead of 4 or 5. His erratic performance on this crisis should be enough to convince anyone sitting on the fence that McCain is not up to the job of President.

Posted by: dcwsano | September 29, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Brad you should really have more respect for military veterans. I would like to see how well you perform as a POW (He also apologized for making his confessions in the videos). Also, you are mad he collects social security?? Do you plan to? I know I will.

The McCain's do have money a large part do to his wife's business. Which sounds very familiar to a Nobel Prize winning democrat nominee, does the name Heinz ring a bell? Now that is the real joke.

I encourage people to read more from sources on each side of the issue.

The whole reason for this financial crisis is governmental influence on the loan industry for poor families, citing discrimination in the loan industry, which there was no evidence of. Banks were forced to give up there quantitative analysis of loan applicants and give out ridiculous loans. By no surprise these people defaulted on there loans, and combine that with democratic corruption in the management of Freddie/Fannie = Financial Crisis. Obama's relations with ACORN are not very encouraging to me.

God Bless.

McCain 08!!

Posted by: mike89 | September 29, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

All the rich republicans are sitting back shorting the market. When the time is right they will what's left your investments for chump change.
Wake up po folks!
Don't let them pee on your leg and tell you it's raining.
McCain did it before as one ot the Keating Five.
Don't let him do it again.

Posted by: schmuckduck | September 29, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

All the rich republicans are sitting back shorting the market. When the time is right they will buy what's left of your investments for chump change.
Wake up po folks!
Don't let them pee on your leg and tell you it's raining.
McCain did it before as one ot the Keating Five.
Don't let him do it again.

Posted by: schmuckduck | September 29, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Crazy,crazy McCain get lost,go away, you have damage the country alot already.

Posted by: mirthan | September 29, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Crazy,crazy McCain get lost,go away, you have damage the country alot already.

Posted by: mirthan | September 29, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

mharwick,

I don't believe you can really compare 1950's Cuba with 2008 USA.

Secondly, Obama has been quite detailed with regard to the "changes" - see www.barackobama.com

HOPE or FEAR ?

Posted by: BudG024 | September 29, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a disgrace. No lie is too brazen for him to tell, apparently. No political stunt is too dangerous to engage in--no matter what the consequences are for the country.

Please, America, pay attention to what is really happening--not to the campaign spin. One of the candidates consistently tries to bridge divides, to get things done, and to achieve what's best for the country. It's NOT John McCain.

Posted by: SportinLife | September 29, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey Obama...it would appear your cell phone diplomacy is not as multitasking capable, as you claimed.

All is not lost...just simply shove your cell phone down Pelosi's throat...that should work.

Posted by: dwj2215 | September 29, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey Obama...it would appear your cell phone diplomacy is not as multitasking capable, as you claimed.

All is not lost...just simply shove your cell phone down Pelosi's throat...that should work.

Posted by: dwj2215 | September 29, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

>Thank god Congress had the courage to stand up to the Bush / McCain "Rob the tax payers plot"...

You dont get it. They saved the bow of the boat to sink the stern.

Explain to everyone why they lost a years worth of retirement earnings in one day?

This free market ideology without regulation just doesn't work.

Posted by: Dano111 | September 29, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

If you would all look at how the votes broke down by party, you would see that DEMOCRATS helped defeat this bill.

218 votes were needed to pass it.

There are 235 Democrats in the House.

Not all Dems were on board with this bill.

I am a Republican but I say to the Dem and GOP reps alike, thank you. Great job.

America won today.

Posted by: NoneoftheAbove08 | September 29, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

>Thank god Congress had the courage to stand up to the Bush / McCain "Rob the tax payers plot"...

You dont get it. They saved the bow of the boat to sink the stern.

Explain to everyone who is on a fixed income why they lost a years worth of retirement earnings in one day?

Posted by: Dano111 | September 29, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

It is absurd that John McCain has the gall to accuse Obama and the Democratic party leaders for the bill's failure. The numbers are clear, the ones that prevented this bill from going ahead were the house republicans, whose leader failed to drive consensus. Result? 777 points off the dow. McCain's selfish political stunt last week sent the process into turmoil, and instead of driving consensus, he stoked divisions in his party, and failed to push through with this bill. His blaming of Obama is yet another political move to try to cover up his very transparent and public F&^%-up. This man is PURE POISON for our country, and he is not even in the white house yet.

Posted by: andytoh | September 29, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse


The only thing in worse crisis than our economy is our representatives. Our economy will recover, but the Washington mentality may be beyond repair. Citizens are tired of listening to promises that end up in the pockets of the wealthiest Americans.

What they don't seem to realize is that our trust in our representatives is lower than the stock market right now. McCain represents the same gimmicks that Washington has been using for years to sale their ideas to tax payers while their real motives are done behind closed doors. Trust is gone and anyone who acts or emulates the same politics is not going to get our vote.

Posted by: steveeyes | September 29, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Thank god Congress had the courage to stand up to the Bush / McCain "Rob the tax payers plot" Congress needs to tell our acting President one of the conditions for considering any bail out for Wall Street is to cancel the Free Trade Pact we have, no more out sourcing of jobs & we should put a tariff on every thing that's imported from American Companies that moved out of America for cheaper labor. If it's not Made In America & it's an American owned Company it gets taxed. Bush keeps saying we live in a Free Market Society, if so, let Wall Street manage their own problems. Tax payers are tired of paying for the mistakes & greed of Bush's rich buddies.

Posted by: gatorsn09 | September 29, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

The Cocky and Bullwinkle Show will be happy to learn the DOW fell 777 points.
Sarah would say this must be a sign from above.

Posted by: seemstome | September 29, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a dirty old CLOWN. Kick him out!

Posted by: goldieluck | September 29, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Face it and be truth to yourself, it is time for self-evaluation, our country is in big trouble and McCain is still gambling our future by choosing Palin. If mcCain will die the day he was elected, then wee are stock wth Palin. Ask yourself, do you like Palin to be our President? McCain is a selfish old man who doesn't really care about our country. He should have consider picking the most qualified person to be his running mate. Right now, our best choice is Obama. There were still Americans that can't accept Obama for a racist reason. For goodness sake, this is our country and we are all in this. McCain didn't think about our country and still playing his dirty politics game. He is a gambler and he is going to gamble the future of our country.

Posted by: goldieluck | September 29, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm done with John McC.

I wanted to like him, but this show of his is ridiculous.

Bye Bye John, too bad I never was able to love ya.

Posted by: JLK_Libertarian | September 29, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

When Castro took Over he Solved Everyone's Problems by Nationalizing the Good Businesses. This is

A CUBAN AMERICAN'S LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
In the late 1950s, most Cubans thought Cuba needed a change, and they were right. So when a young leader came along, every Cuban was at least receptive.

'When the young leader spoke eloquently and passionately and denounced the old system, the press fell in love with him. They never questioned who his friends were or what he really believed in. When he said he would help the farmers and the poor and bring free medical care and education to all, everyone followed. When he said he would bring justice and equality to all, everyone said, 'Praise the Lord.' And when the young leader said, 'I will be for change and I'll bring you change,' everyone yelled, 'Viva Fidel!'

'But nobody asked about the change, so by the time the executioner's guns went silent, the people's guns had been taken away. By the time everyone was equal, they were equally poor, hungry, and oppressed. By the time everyone received their free education, it was worth nothing. By the time the press noticed, it was too late, because they were now working for him. By the time the change was finally implemented, Cuba had been knocked down a couple of notches to Third-World status. By the time the change was over, more than a million people had taken to boats, rafts, and inner tubes. You can call those who made it ashore anywhere else in the world the most fortunate Cubans. And now I'm back to the beginning of my story.

'Luckily, we would never fall in America for a young leader who promised change without asking, what change? How will you carry it out? What will it cost America? 'Would we?'

Posted by: mharwick | September 29, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I've seen a lot of people parrot the Republican assertion that not enough Democrats voted for what is essentially their President's bill. Let's do the math.

There are 435 members of the House. 205 voted for the measure. 228 against. 2 missed the vote.

There are 235 Democrats in the House. 140 voted for the bill. That's almost 60%.

There are 200 Republicans in the House. 65 voted for the bill. That's less than 33%.

Please tell me again who didn't support this bill?

Posted by: denwyg | September 29, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Why don't we also blame the Home Builders for this. They were greedy and still building houses and offering big discounts for each house they are selling.

Posted by: goldieluck | September 29, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

If McCain really believes in "Country First" why did he pick Sarah Palin to be VP? The actuarial odds of a 72 year old white man dying in the next four years are 1 in 3. And McCain's father and his father were both dead at this age.

So how is picking Palin to be one heart beat - or melanoma - away from the Presidency putting "Country First."

Posted by: HughBriss | September 29, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

October 12, 2008:

It is reported that John McCain, 30 points down in the polls, having just ditched Sarah Palin for WWE wrestler Hardcore Holly & struggling with PTSD related flashbacks, finally has his head explode in rage during a whistle-stop in Cleveland.

Posted by: robinlandseadel | September 29, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

McNasty's albatross, Palin can speak well in a debate if she knows what she is talking about.
The problem is that she has trouble remembering the talking points that they give her.
In the 2006 gubernatorial debates in Alaska she gave detailed and cogent responses to questions while sitting at a conference table with two male candidates.
Nothing seemed to be memorized.
However, in this Thursday’s high stakes environment, adlibbing answers to debate questions would be disastrous for someone with Sarah's limited knowledge.
No matter what strategy she employs there are bound to be some awkward moments when she goes to the well and finds it dry.

Posted by: seemstome | September 29, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain showed courage and leadership in bringing the House Republicans in line and getting their support for the bill!

What? Roughly 2/3's of House Republicans voted against the bill?

It's the Democrats fault for backing President Bush's plan to bailout Wall Street and socialize the markets!

Are these people for real?

Posted by: scott032 | September 29, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

McCain is lost in the woods. He
is trying to find a way to get out of it. We bet he is going to blame Obama for his mistake. This old man is so stupid and dirty.

Posted by: goldieluck | September 29, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm done with John McC.

I wanted to like him, but this show is ridiculous.

Posted by: JLK_Libertarian | September 29, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Mr. McCain, where is that leadership you touted?

Didn't you come to D.C. to lead?

Now the DJIA is down 777 points.

Posted by: mtobias1 | September 29, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone noticed that MORE Republicans than Democrats voted against the bill?? Just observing....

Posted by: rebecca5 | September 29, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

A majority of Democrats voted for the Bail Out Bill. A majority of Republicans voted against the Bail Out Bill. I suppose Senator McCain spent time on the Democratic side (in a bipartisan manner) because he knew he was wasting on the Republican side.

Posted by: Thependulumswings | September 29, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

A maverick is a castrated steer that is wandering aimlessly causing havoc.... nothing more than that.
McCain displays all the attributes of a castrated man as well...he is full of false will and desperation...a lost man.
if you are a fence sitter, just give Obama a chance...the whole planet is teetering on the edge and the last thing we need is more Republican policy. Do you want to keep paying as we are all being forced to pay for the misguided administering of our country. we need steady and calm. intelligent and deep...not erratic, old and unpredictable with tendencies to bad and rash decisions (Palin).
Look deeper than some emotional loyalty to a party as there is too much at stake to have a castrated man running the ship.

Posted by: rayreyns | September 29, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

"Campaign First"

Fuc# the country......John McCain

Posted by: RightDownTheMiddle | September 29, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid had the power as leaders to do something about America’s national financial crisis over their last couple of years in Congress. Bush is responsible for signing bills into law, but Pelosi and Reid have the responsibility to set the country's legislative agenda and provide leadership to pass financial institution laws and banking regulations, but they both ignored the looming loan crisis until the very last minute. They failed our nation big time and should resign.

The senators and House leaders on the senate and house banking committee's should also resign because they failed to take action, when they were fully aware the country would eventually face a liquidity and banking crisis. They failed the nation along with the rest of the senate and house that relies on their banking committee to hold hearings, write banking laws and provide legislative oversight of our banking institutions.

The leadership in the White House - Bush, Senate - Harry Reid, House - Nancy Pelosi, and both Democrats and Republican's on the banking committees have failed to provide leadership and foresight to protect and regulate our nations financial system and institutions. Over the years Greenspan warned them that the increasing national debt was unsustainable that could lead to a national financial crisis if other countries lose confidence in our financial system and stop buying our national debt.

Congress just continues to overspend the nations money, give political favors to financial company's that give them political contributions, and add billions of dollars of earmarks for unneeded pork projects and possible fraud.

Did Congress and Bush really think they could run up the national debt forever and the rest of the world would continue to finance all of the nation's debt with a falling dollar? What about worthless American housing loan securities that they bought that are now becoming worthless? No! Now the world is slowly stopping to buy our debt and our nation may go bankrupt. Our only solution is to print more money to make up the difference, only leading to a lower dollar. This in turn may require the fed to increase interest rates to a premium to eventually attract more foreigners to buy more of our risky national debt due to a declining dollar at the expense of our own economy.

Bush, Pelosi and Reid had the legislative and executive power to prevent this nation’s financial crisis but they simply ignored it until the nations financial institutions practically crashed.

Now all American's will suffer, but they will now just continue to blame each other or the other political party, when they were all to blame.

Bush, Reid and Pelosi should all leave office because they over time allowed the nation’s financial crisis to evolve and continue to get worse until it practically crashed, all on their watch as national leaders. There is a reason that both Bush and Congress have low national approval ratings, it is because they as leaders have failed to make America better over the years. When either Obama or McCain is elected, both Reid and Pelosi should step down so congress can start fresh with new House and Senate leadership, so congress once again can gain the confidence and approval of the American public.

The "time of change is now" and we need national leaders to put the "country first" over party politics’ and corporate political donations influences that have led the country to the biggest financial crisis since the great depression.

Posted by: edabelia | September 29, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

"Banks were forced to give up there quantitative analysis of loan applicants and give out ridiculous loans. By no surprise these people defaulted on there loans, and combine that with democratic corruption in the management of Freddie/Fannie = Financial Crisis."

They weren't "forced." Bush's deregulation allowed them to give out bad loans, and giving out any loan increases the value of the stocks, so they gave out as many as they could. They used the deregulation to INGORE "quantitative analysis of loan applicants" for a short term stock profit.

Thanks Bush,
Thanks McCain(for voting with Bush).

Posted by: Independent4tw | September 29, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Bad move for Senator McCain, but obviously he is desperate.

Noone believes this is authentic and honest. Given his track record for the last month or so, he has lost good will with the media (and many of us). Fewer will give him benefit of the doubt and mistakes and gaffes will be made public. In otherwords, he has so little room to maneuver.

The alternative strategy for a bill by the House Republicans (Cohen et al), has been called out as an extremely anemic approach to handle a huge financial crisis. But it fits with these "nonregulation" idealogues. McCain should be very careful associating himself with these guys because they will burn him with their poor thinking which he lacks the knowedge to know otherwise. Poor McCain.

Senator McCain doesn't know economics or finance. He can't talk about any fine points to show that he's contributing. He looks like a Maverick cow in this "china shop" of sensitive negotiation and bipartisonship.

Posted by: lucy2008 | September 29, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

USA3


I'm also glad US citizenry is armed. I hope you guys all kill each other off to put the United Schlubovia of America, out of its misery. I hope enough intelligent and decent folks survive to built another, much better democracy in its stead.

Posted by: VMR1 | September 29, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

USA3


I'm also glad out citizenry is armed. I hope you guys all kill each other off to put the United Schlubovia of America, out of its misery. I hope enough intelligent and decent folks survive to built another, much better democracy in its stead.

Posted by: VMR1 | September 29, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Bad move for Senator McCain, but obviously he is desperate.

Noone believes this is authentic and honest. Given his track record for the last month or so, he has lost good will with the media (and many of us). Fewer will give him benefit of the doubt and mistakes and gaffes will be made public. In otherwords, he has so little room to maneuver.

The alternative strategy for a bill by the House Republicans (Cohen et al), has been called out as an extremely anemic approach to handle a huge financial crisis. But it fits with these "nonregulation" idealogues. McCain should be very careful associating himself with these guys because they will burn him with their poor thinking which he lacks the knowedge to know otherwise. Poor McCain.

Senator McCain doesn't know economics or finance. He can't talk about any fine points to show that he's contributing. He looks like a Maverick cow in this "china shop" of sensitive negotiation and bipartisonship.

Posted by: lucy2008 | September 29, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

JRM2:

McCain got as many GOP House members on board as possible. I actually assign more blame to the Speaker of the House and Majority Whip for failing to get enough Democrats to vote for the bill.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 29, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Brad you should really have more respect for military veterans. I would like to see how well you perform as a POW (He also apologized for making his confessions in the videos). Also, you are mad he collects social security?? Do you plan to? I know I will.

The McCain's do have money a large part do to his wife's business. Which sounds very familiar to a Nobel Prize winning democrat nominee, does the name Heinz ring a bell? Now that is the real joke.

I encourage people to read more from sources on each side of the issue.

The whole reason for this financial crisis is governmental influence on the loan industry for poor families, citing discrimination in the loan industry, which there was no evidence of. Banks were forced to give up there quantitative analysis of loan applicants and give out ridiculous loans. By no surprise these people defaulted on there loans, and combine that with democratic corruption in the management of Freddie/Fannie = Financial Crisis. Obama's relations with ACORN are not very encouraging to me.

God Bless.

McCain 08!!

Posted by: mike89 | September 29, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

"Politics First" - Palin/McCain

Posted by: Dano111 | September 29, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

"Politics First" - Palin/McCain

Posted by: Dano111 | September 29, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Brad you should really have more respect for military veterans. I would like to see how well you perform as a POW (He also apologized for making his confessions in the videos). Also, you are mad he collects social security?? Do you plan to? I know I will.

The McCain's do have money a large part do to his wife's business. Which sounds very familiar to a Nobel Prize winning democrat nominee, does the name Heinz ring a bell? Now that is the real joke.

I encourage people to read more from sources on each side of the issue.

The whole reason for this financial crisis is governmental influence on the loan industry for poor families, citing discrimination in the loan industry, which there was no evidence of. Banks were forced to give up there quantitative analysis of loan applicants and give out ridiculous loans. By no surprise these people defaulted on there loans, and combine that with democratic corruption in the management of Freddie/Fannie = Financial Crisis. Obama's relations with ACORN are not very encouraging to me.

God Bless.

McCain 08!!

Posted by: mike89 | September 29, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

The problem with what McCain did isn't that he wanted to help or that he's concerned. No one disputes that. Obama is concerned equally and wants a solution also.

It's HOW McCain went about it. He injected unnecessary politics, confusion and panick in an already complex situation. Holding the debate hostage didn't help him, us or the situation. He should be capable doing both as a measure of reassurance. Now everyone is making rash decisions under more pressure than there needed to be.

The fact that Republican and Democrats are squabbling over whether McCains presence was positive or negative proves Obama was correct in stating it would introduce "political posturing".

He also blindside Obama twice. Once in his selfish decision to grandstand and take the gesture by Obama to use to his political advantage, second by the GOP house balk. He knew what they were up to.

After all this, he just sits in the meeting with his head down while Obama runs the show. Unbelievable.

So can a McCain supporter explain why if this crisis was so dire, how did McCain find time for cable interviews and pander at the Clinton Initative? Please.

Also, I thought McCain was a man of principal. He said he's not going to the debate if there want a clear settlement on the plan?

Posted by: Dano111 | September 29, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable. Leave it to the Republican congressmen to finally get the guts to go against their president, (when it looks like the politically correct thing to do-at the expense of the nation).
They couldn't act conservative at any time during their 6-year joint collaboration with bush to destroy our country-and NOW they want to act tough and parade themselves in front of the voters as sticking up for Americans-what a joke!
It's easy to see where it's coming from though-RW nut Radio - you know-the guys who fell all over themselves praising bush over Gore and Kerry, are now seeing the writing on the wall-and 40 days before the election are now hopping on the anti-bush bandwagon and coming out against the repulbican appointed Fed chairman.
Do they REALLY think we're that stupid? I guess so-and sadly, I think they are correct in their assessment.

Posted by: whereareweandwhatarewedoinginthishandbasket | September 29, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I am a middle-class citizen. I've played by the rules. I work hard, I pay my taxes, I am a good little consumer of goods, services and energy.

Over the last ten years I've done some saving for the future so just maybe I can retire someday and I've been putting money away to hopefully send my two beautiful daughters to college one day.

I'd like to take a moment to thank Mr McCain for taking a good portion of my 401k and my children's college savings.

Basically everything I've worked towards for the past 10 years.

Nice "Family Values"

Posted by: JRM2 | September 29, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Who bailed out the dot com bubble that burst 7 years ago? Why is the financial sector receiving special treatment and not the technology sector? The democrats are trying to please those in the financial sector that made huge contributions to their campaigns.

Posted by: elle_b | September 29, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

COUNTRY FIRST.... WHAT A LIE.

This man and his party is endangering the entire US and global economy. He is trying to show he can control the political machinations of Washington. He organized this last week and now I would have expected him to accept responsibility.

In the debate he stuck his finger in the eye of Putin and many others. This guy is willing to risk our financial and physical secutiry so he can go down as the Captain of a sinking ship. What a legacy he wants to leave.

Posted by: markscoular | September 29, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

This is not a partisan crisis, this is an economic crisis," said Deputy Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor, who said that 94 Democrats also refused to go along with the bill. He described the vote as the result of "Speaker Pelosi's failure to listen and failure to lead."

Reid Pelosi Obama The three blind democrats. Leadership? they can't even follow!

Posted by: USA3 | September 29, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Fend you fools we don't need the bailout. Think about your kids future. And please don't start with you everything is going to collapse if they don't bail rhetoric. What they don't tell you is that even if they do bail this thing out that lending is coming to a halt for the most part. So I say screw them. Better now than later

Posted by: mthomps71 | September 29, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Everyone of McCain's decisions are bad. Prove me wrong.

Posted by: Independent4tw | September 29, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I am quite sure that NOT ONE PERSON from either side of ANY conflict would consider a POW as "rescued" by the enemy. AlexP1's post is nothing more than the ramblings of a traitor.

Regardless of your obvious partisan blinders, we have servicemen and servicewomen from all parties. These individuals deserve respect.

When injuries occur, there is a system in place to assign a fair compensation. AlexP1 needs to check the facts. In the war in Iraq, check how many injuries or deaths were deemed "non-combat". Are you saying their families should not get flags?

Personally, there is not a candidate suitable to earn my vote. If I could, I'd have Bush recalled with a vote of "No Confidence" and cancel the entire election. Let's go four years without a President. It couldn't be any worse than the last four years! And it couldn't be any worse than either of these two morons taking office.

How do we start a process where the governor of each state serves one month as President. He can then be held accountable by his constituents when he returns. Instead of a 4 year presidential term, this would cover 50 months at-t-time.

just a thought

Posted by: patr10t | September 29, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

McCain is standing there exposed with his limp wick in his hand, and on Thursday night Palin is going to cut his balls clear off with her debate performance. Good riddance!

Posted by: PhilaMike | September 29, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

The majority of Americans don't want the bailout! This is why it was defeated in the House today. Their constituents are telling them that we don't want it and they don't want to lose their jobs.

We also don't want Pelosi, Reid and Obama. Democrats always want big government and this bailout is an example of them trying to "scare" us into a socialist system.

Trying to make McCain sound like he's crazy isn't going to work. We know that the media is in the Democrats back pocket and we're going to revolt with our votes for McCain! So go ahead and spew your lies and spin because in the meantime we real Americans are going to take our country back and put in the reformers - John McCain and Sarah Palin.

Posted by: tshuffer | September 29, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I am embarrassed how pathetic
and stupid americans are,
did any of you clowns read
in your social studies classes?
The senator was not in washington
today for the house vote?????
jezzzus'
you people, make me feel better
about Thomas Jefferson's wisdom
in allowing the people to keep
and bear arms.
I thought I was afraid of
the Soviet Union, but now I see,
ignorance created the Nazi Party,
and the New Liberal Democratic Party
of Amerika.

Posted by: USA3 | September 29, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I used to like McCain very much, but I don't even think he knows anymore who he is or what he wants. He went to Washington last week knowing full well that by going there he would increase the drama level, and make passage of any bill much less likely. He has become just the man that he used to claim was what was wrong with Washington. He is all about getting the maximum political gain from any issue, no matter what the consequences for the American people.

Does anyone really believe that after almost destroying America by building the biggest debt in history, that what we need is tax breaks for the rich, and a continuation of a war that is costing us hundreds of billions of dollars per year. I am a physicist and engineer, so I did a quick calculation that showed if we combined the money that we have spent in Iraq with the money that we intend to spend on this financial bailout, we could solar power and heat-A/C every home, factory and office in the US. In the process we would employ millions of workers and raise salaries. When we were done in 5-10 years, we would be completely energy independent, using oil only for aircraft and perhaps some military vehicles. Instead we will continue a war that can never end well for America, and continue the oil dependence that got us involved in the middle east in the first place. In addition our country will continue to be able to be held hostage to our enemies, because of our desparate need for thier oil to keep us alive. And at the end of all of this we will still have an economy on the ragged edge of destruction, because our economy runs on energy and we have to buy that overseas.

Posted by: bjuhasz | September 29, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see how much McCain's intervention helped out. Very classy for House Repubicans to vote 2:1 on destroying the economy. Way to go guys.

Posted by: ooooomaha"

But I thought this was "a bailout for wall street at the expense of main street." Do liberals even have any standards? Hypocrites. Once again I deduce the democrats want this issue closed quickly so they can keep the false "republicans and deregulation" argument in place to stay away from the FACT DODD AND BARNEY WERE BEING PAID OFF BY FANNIE/FREDDIE NOT TO REGULATE BAD LOANS AND IT CRASHED THE ECONOMY. Looks like democrats are guilty of the greed they like to put on republicans and the republicans are the only ones willing to stand up to it.

Posted by: Cryos | September 29, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

COUNTRY FIRST........ WHO IS THIS GUY KIDDING.

He engineered this political theatre so he could blame the Democrats for the mess the Republicans created.

Someone needs to have this guy tested for pre-Alzheimers behaviour. He seems to say whatever comes to mind regardless of the facts or what he said 15 minutes earlier.

HE IS WILLING TO TRASH OUR ECONOMY AND THE COUNTRY FOR POLITICAL GAIN.

Posted by: markscoular | September 29, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Yes, here's how McCain took charge and put "country first": First, McCain pretended to be all-consumed with the financial crisis. He received the initial bailout proposal -- a mere three pages long -- on Monday, but had not bothered to read it before giving a television interview on Tuesday. If he truly believed he was putting the "country first" in the midst of a crisis, why would McCain not have read the most important document relating to the crisis? Second, McCain lied to David Letterman about the reason he was canceling his appearance on Letterman's show, telling Letterman he had to rush to Washington to handle the crisis, when in fact he did not rush to Washington but rather made an alternate appearance on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. What does this say about McCain's character and judgment? McCain has shown himself to be a person who manipulates events for the sake of creating a favorable appearance, as well as a person whose word cannot be trusted. These are hardly qualities we want in our president.

Posted by: PhilaMike | September 29, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

This just gets better and better. McCain said he wouldn't take credit for the bailout, but here he is taking credit -- AND THEN -- the bailout goes down to defeat!!! There is no bailout, but he's out taking credit for it.

He "suspended" his campaign until the crisis was solved. But he's out on the campaign trail now taking credit for solving it.

It doesn't get much better than this.

Don't stand too close. The campaign is going down in flames.

Posted by: Skeptic21 | September 29, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

A maverick is a castrated steer that is wandering aimlessly causing havoc.... nothing more than that.
McCain displays all the attributes of a castrated man as well...he is full of false will and desperation...a lost man.
if you are a fence sitter, just give Obama a chance...the whole planet is teetering on the edge and the last thing we need is more Republican policy. Do you want to keep paying as we are all being forced to pay for the misguided administering of our country. we need steady and calm. intelligent and deep...not erratic, old and unpredictable with tendencies to bad and rash decisions (Palin).
Look deeper than some emotional loyalty to a party as there is too much at stake to have a castrated man running the ship.

Posted by: rayreyns | September 29, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

This just gets better and better. McCain said he wouldn't take credit for the bailout, but here he is taking credit -- AND THEN -- the bailout goes down to defeat!!! There is no bailout, but he's out taking credit for it.

He "suspended" his campaign until the crisis was solved. But he's out on the campaign trail now taking credit for solving it.

It doesn't get much better than this.

Don't stand too close. The campaign is going down in flames.

Posted by: Skeptic21 | September 29, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I knew McAsshat would do this...

Posted by: thornwalker1 | September 29, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

AMERICA'S NEW BENEDICT ARNOLD: JOHN MCCAIN
McCain's credentials as a bona fide pathological liar have been well established in this election cycle, so much so that even mainstream media voices have ridiculed him for the campaign's lack of sincerity, deceptiveness and attempted manipulation of the electorate. But it is McCain's political opportunism combined with his pathological lying, at a time of national crisis, with many American institutions and individuals facing perilous and uncertain times, that is the essence of what takes McCain from a mere political pinocchio to making him a traitor to his country. John McCain uses his military credentials and his carefully crafted reputation as a war hero to shield his true agenda, advance his personal ambition, even when it is to the detriment of his countrymen. One gets the sense that the angry warrior and his kin feel a sense of entitlement to the Presidency, perhaps as a just reward for his service. As stated by McCain Bimbette: "No one knows what war is like other than my family, period." With all due respect Meghan McCain, there are some things far more important than putting a 72 year old man with a history of erractic behavior, cancer, physical and mental illness into the White House. He should be at home in Sedona under your family's or a Nurse's full time supervision.

Posted by: LondonInNY | September 29, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

It's good that they left Washington for an agreement to be made. Neither candidate was even allowed in the room with the committee deciding the outcome of this thing. McCain just held things up for a bit longer by bringing the media hoopla associated with the presidential race back to Washington when the town had enough things to focus on. America first or McCain first? Hell, to that end...America first, or his wife's drug habit first? He abused his power in the Senate to facilitate and cover-up his wife's drug theft and abuse.

Posted by: brandinem | September 29, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

It's good that they left Washington for an agreement to be made. Neither candidate was even allowed in the room with the committee deciding the outcome of this thing. McCain just held things up for a bit longer by bring the media hoopla associated with the presidential race back to Washington when the town had enough things to focus on. America first or McCain first? Hell, to that end...America first, or his wife's drug habit first? He abused his power in the Senate to facilitate and cover-up his wife's drug theft and abuse.

Posted by: brandinem | September 29, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

"HUGE mistake for McCain to not vote on the bailout, all this big too-doo over the plan and then he doesn't even bother to vote?, plus it neutralizes his "present" vote critique of Obama.

I can hear it now.

Panic and then a no-show.

The No-Show Express

Posted by: JRM2 | September 29, 2008 1:49 PM "

I love how liberals are mad republicans are against the bailout. Why would liberals go against their supposed ideals?


Maybe its because a lot of liberals realize the democratic leadership got caught with their hands in the cookie jar and did NOTHING to stop this when they had the chance in 2003 and 2005 and want this issue swept under the rug.

Posted by: Cryos | September 29, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see how much McCain's intervention helped out. Very classy for House Repubicans to vote 2:1 on destroying the economy. Way to go guys.

Posted by: ooooomaha | September 29, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see how much McCain's intervention helped out. Very classy for House Repubicans to vote 2:1 on destroying the economy. Way to go guys.

Posted by: ooooomaha | September 29, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I hate to tell both these guys, the crisis ain't over and Congress ain't united! They better get their buts back to D.C. and get their parties in line.
http://www.boppoll.com
there might not be a government to run if they can't calm the markets.

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

It is time for America to elect grown ups. ........
http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/09/29/america-should-be-led-by-grown-ups/

Posted by: glclark4750 | September 29, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Except for a high profile visit to the White House (with Senator Obama, et al), didn't McCain spend most of the time at his Arlington office and condo, making some phone calls? PHONE CALLS?

From the above post:
In fact, McCain spent very little time in face-to-face negotiations on Capitol Hill, leaving his advisers to explain, as top aide Mark Salter did, that "He's calling members on both sides, talking to people in the administration, helping out as he can.... He can effectively do what he needs to do by phone."

So, just how significant was his presence in Washington? Not very significant, and definitely not the stuff of stump speech bragging rights . . .

Posted by: chrisduckworth | September 29, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I thought he said he wasn't gonna campaign until the crisis was solved?

Hello, McFly?

Thankfully, the House bravely voted against this 700 billions pounds of crap. For once, I'm with Kucinich: "I'm not just vote 'no' -- I'm gonna vote 'hell no'!"

Posted by: info42 | September 29, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

i was loooking for john mcsame to do this and he did and i see that i was not the only one who seen throw him the american is not dumb and he keep trying to us like we is yes this man is sick and he really do need some help straight up yall his mine is gone people we can not absolutely can not voted this man in to the white house i would not even trust him to look at the white house to long with out a police escort because he can not be trusted he might feel like if he can't have the white house know one else can either.. they better watch he in the state of desparation he is lying cheating stealing obama slogan, his words, and ideals that is a sign that he getting desparite short of killing somebody he has done it all and that is shame that he is getting ready to lose because he is acting like a fool and everybody see that and plus he have picked the dummiest women for vice president and what make it so bad is they are just now knowing this they ain't seen nothing yet just what until the vice president debate you teach nobody how not to be dumb that just is ....vote obama'08

Posted by: obama1 | September 29, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Palin has killed McCain's slim shot at being President. He could have picked Condoleezza Rice, intelligent, experienced, classy, well liked / known, but he picks some un-known from the wilds of Alaska, he committed political suicide. Obama should start writing his acceptance speech.

Posted by: gatorsn09 | September 29, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

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


McCain's Keating Five Problem In 97 Seconds
.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAzDEbVFcg8
.

Posted by: DrainYou | September 29, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if someone could calculate how much investors lost in the market due to McCain crashing the party then leaving for Cafe Mozu to have dinner (while others were working) with his very rich friends..


Posted by: JRM2 | September 29, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

HUGE mistake for McCain to not vote on the bailout, all this big too-doo over the plan and then he doesn't even bother to vote?, plus it neutralizes his "present" vote critique of Obama.

I can hear it now.

Panic and then a no-show.

The No-Show Express

Posted by: JRM2 | September 29, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

McCain is becoming a very desperate liar.

Posted by: Skeptic21 | September 29, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

What's McCain crying about this time? Last week at this time McCain came out and said "the fundamentals of the economy are strong"....what an idiot.


...and McCain's Latest Lie Gets Worse


You may recall the latest in the ongoing stream of baldfaced lies that passes for John McCain's presidential campaign.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/24/us/politics/w24davis.html?_r=3&pagewanted=2&hp&oref=slogin
.


This one was about his campaign manager, Rick Davis. McCain has been hammered for the large number of lobbyists running and surrounding his campaign, including Davis. But don't worry, said McCain:


"On Sunday, in an interview with CNBC and The New York Times, Mr. McCain responded to a question about Mr. Davis’s role in the advocacy group through 2005 by saying that his campaign manager "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."


So reporters did. And found that he wasn't telling the truth. Not even close:


"One of the giant mortgage companies at the heart of the credit crisis paid $15,000 a month from the end of 2005 through last month to a firm owned by Senator John McCain’s campaign manager, according to two people with direct knowledge of the arrangement."

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/24/us/politics/w24davis.html?pagewanted=1&_r=3&hp
.


Well, though, at least Davis isn't involved with his own firm anymore, right? Newsweek reports:


"Jill Hazelbaker, the campaign's communications director, said in an e-mail Tuesday that Davis "left" Davis Manafort in 2006. In a statement attacking The New York Times, posted on the campaign's Web site on Wednesday, campaign spokesman Michael Goldfarb said that Davis "separated from his consulting firm, Davis Manafort, in 2006." (A senior campaign official, in an e-mail statement to NEWSWEEK that was not for attribution on Tuesday night, said "Rick is no longer affiliated with the firm.")


Oh, my... You can see where this is going, right? Yep, you guessed it. They're lying yet again. According to Newsweek:


"Rick Davis, John McCain's campaign manager, has remained the treasurer and a corporate director of his lobbying firm this year, despite repeated statements by campaign officials that he had ended his relationship with the firm in 2006, according to corporate records."

"[McCain campaign] statements appear to have overstated the extent to which Davis had severed his relationship with his lobbying firm. Filings made by "Davis Manafort Partners" with the Virginia Corporation Commission as recently as April 1, 2008, show that Davis was still listed as one of only two corporate officers and directors of the firm, according to records on the commission’s Web site reviewed by NEWSWEEK. That filing records Davis as the "treas/clerk" of the firm; his business partner, Paul Manafort is listed as the president and chief executive officer."

"Another filing by "Davis Manafort, Inc." (with the same Alexandria, Va. address, and recorded on Oct. 17, 2007) also lists Davis as an officer and director of the firm, reporting his position as "T/Clerk," a reference to his formal title as corporate treasurer and clerk."

http://www.newsweek.com/id/160713?from=rss
.


So... "left"? "Separated?" "No longer affiliated?" That's a hell of a definition.


What's so hard about this, for the McCain campaign? Just stop lying. It's not doing you any good. Stop already!

Posted by: DrainYou | September 29, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, this is a fatal move for McCain, as all the talk about his dinner with Lieberman, the fact that he had nothing substantive at the meeting, all of his empty posturing, is now open for discussion. He will look like the empty-suited opportunist he is.

Bring it on again McCain, so Obama can call you out on your lies.

We are still waiting to hear why Freddie Mac paid your campaign manager's firm for doing nothing, up until last month. Was it for access John?

And isn't that why you 'suspended' your campaign? (The one that never was suspended, after all)

Was it too deflect questions away from Rick Davis, Sarah Palin, and your dropping poll numbers?

For a refresher course on the Rick Davis scandal (and it is a scandal until you tell us what Freddie Mac got for their 15 thou a month:
http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/john-mccains-fannie-flak.html

For a pretty funny Sarah Palin video, to get you in the mood for the VP debates
(it intersperses her comments to Katie Couris with those of Miss South Carolina at last year's Miss Teen USA pageant), go to:
http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/separated-at-birth-sarah-palin-miss.html

Finally, to see how Frank Rich tore Senator McCain a new one (you'll love the photo that accompanies it):
http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/frank-rich-exposes-john-mccain.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | September 29, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain is smoking or snorting what? The lie-a-day and somedays more, campaigner is attempting to create his own reality. Only the loyal non thinking and uninformed followers will buy into his dishonest mutterings. Shameful!!!

Posted by: louismraskin | September 29, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Did it occur to anybody that the bailout bill was going fine, until McCain showed up? The bill got derailed after McCain intervined, and got on track and after McCain left Washington for the debate? Looks to me that McCain was an impediment to the bill. McCain is a liar.

Posted by: playa_brotha | September 29, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, this is a fatal move for McCain, as all the talk about his dinner with Lieberman, the fact that he had nothing substantive at the meeting, all of his empty posturing, is now open for discussion. He will look like the empty-suited opportunist he is.

Bring it on again McCain, so Obama can call you out on your lies.

We are still waiting to hear why Freddie Mac paid your campaign manager's firm for doing nothing, up until last month. Was it for access John?

And isn't that why you 'suspended' your campaign? (The one that never was suspended, after all)

Was it too deflect questions away from Rick Davis, Sarah Palin, and your dropping poll numbers?

For a refresher course on the Rick Davis scandal (and it is a scandal until you tell us what Freddie Mac got for their 15 thou a month):
http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/john-mccains-fannie-flak.html

For a pretty funny Sarah Palin video, to get you in the mood for the VP debates
(it intersperses her comments to Katie Couric with those of Miss South Carolina at last year's Miss Teen USA pageant), go to:
http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/separated-at-birth-sarah-palin-miss.html

Finally, to see how Frank Rich tore Senator McCain a new one (you'll love the photo that accompanies it):
http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/frank-rich-exposes-john-mccain.html


Posted by: scootmandubious | September 29, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

McCain is smoking or snorting what? The lie-a-day and somedays more, campaigner is attempting to create his own reality. Only the loyal non thinking and uninformed followers will buy into his dishonest mutterings. Shameful!!!

Posted by: louismraskin | September 29, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Oh my God, the next thing you will hear is that Diva McSurge has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for Economics for his work on the bailout bill.

You can't make this up.

Posted by: Jaxxon | September 29, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Who knows if means what he says? He could be saying something different tomorrow.

His deeply erratic behavior is not just unpresidential, it’s a sign of mental incompetence. John McCain needs to seek help.

Under what circumstances could anyone vote for McCain/Palin now?

McCain has lost his mind, and Palin doesn’t seem to have had one (of presidential caliber) to begin with.

http://nahnopenotquite.com/

Posted by: nahnopenotquite | September 29, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

The guy's delusional! That doesn't sound like 'straight talk' to me. It sounds like a tragic fantasy. Meanwhile, the rest of us are stuck in a reality-based world!

Posted by: thebobbob | September 29, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me everything in Washington was going along fine until McCain decided to crash the party. That caused the Republicans to pull their support. Any fool can see through this nonsence.

Posted by: bradcpa | September 29, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

McCaint crashed 5 planes and was rescued by the very people he was trying to kill.

His injuries stem almost entirely from his crash.

He immediately gave up that he was the Admiral's son in order to receive soft treatment.

He then spent half a decade collaborating with the Vietcong and making propaganda films for them.

He isn't a HERO, he is a SURVIVOR.

He also claimed 100% disability and is getting $58,000/year from us TAX FREE. That is on top of his fulltime job as Senator at $167,000/year and Social Security at $23,000/year.

The McCains make $6 million/year and fly around in their private jet.

They are worth well over $100 million.

13 cars, 7 homes 2 wives....and he's what a hero?

peeeuuuuu.....................

Posted by: AlexP1 | September 29, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

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