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Misunderestimating McCain


Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) steps out of his car upon his arrival at the temporary United Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pa., Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, for a Sept. 11 memorial ceremony. (AP/Stephan Savoia)

By Dan Balz
Has Barack Obama underestimated John McCain?

His advisers would certainly say no, that they always assumed the presidential race would be close and hard fought. But it's not too much to believe that at Obama's Chicago headquarters and on his campaign plane, the team did not fully appreciate the Republican position.

It's fair to say they never anticipated that McCain would roll the dice in the way he did when selecting a vice presidential running mate. Who did? The Obama team's first reaction was curt and indifferent, an apparent sign of over-confidence inside the operation that was quickly submerged by the more modulated reactions from the candidate himself. But in its dismissive initial response, the Obama campaign was signaling its belief that McCain had taken a foolish risk.

Obama's pick of Joe Biden had revealed a campaign in play-safe mode. Even Evan Bayh probably wasn't as safe a choice for Obama as Biden, given stirrings in the blogosphere about his red-state centrism and Biden's combination of foreign policy stature and everyman persona. Picking Tim Kaine or Kathleen Sebelius would have been bolder and riskier. Picking Hillary Clinton would have been the ultimate gamble, a big-league running mate whose selection would have been a very loud statement about Obama.

So the vice presidential competition is one area where Obama miscalculated his rival's daring. The Palin choice may yet prove to be the mistake that many initially said it would be, but in the short run, McCain has achieved much more than even he might have expected -- more energy, more enthusiasm, more money, more attention.

The second area where Obama may have underestimated McCain is in the kind of campaign the Republicans would run. Democrats routinely talk about knowing that Republicans will throw everything at them in a general election, then they respond with some surprise when it happens.

McCain's new team, led by Steve Schmidt, is fearless in the face of criticism that they are running on phony issues, false charges and negative ads that don't tell the truth. The chorus of criticism this week has been deafening, from Obama, from Democrats, from the media. But it has done nothing to turn Team McCain in a different direction. Their combination of audacity in attack and playing the victim in defense has been breathtaking.

McCain's team is both unafraid and reckless, but they love the chaos they've touched off. There is nothing orderly about what they're doing, just a relentless barrage of statements, e-mails, conference calls, Internet ads, cable interviews and political chaff designed to batter Obama and feed the media's insatiable appetite for combat and conflict, the more outrageous the better.

Through all this, the Obama team has tried to keep its compass set straight. They've heard all this before, this hand-wringing and second-guessing inside the Democratic family. They heard it last September when the polls weren't moving. They heard it after losing New Hampshire. They heard it especially after losing the Ohio and Texas primaries. They heard loud and clear during the uproar over Rev. Jeremiah Wright. One thing is clear. They do not panic in Chicago.

But neither are they or Obama oblivious to what is happening. If they underestimated McCain, if they let down their guard after the long battle with Clinton, if they became complacent or distracted over the summer, particularly after the overseas trip, then the combination of Palinmania and the calendar now have refocused their attention. There is not that much time left to get the focus where they want it.

A year ago, faced with questions, doubts and criticisms, they responded in two ways. The first was to stick to basic principles, to reassert confidence in their overall plan and to do everything they could to make sure their tactical and ground operations were as smooth-running as possible.

The other was for Obama to step up. He is thoughtful and intelligent -- and running for president, especially in this election, is a constant process of learning and adapting and improving. Every stage of the campaign has presented different challenges. So, first, it's likely that Obama is having a serious conversation with himself about what to do and what to say.

There is a belief outside the Obama campaign that, while the Democratic nominee knows what he wants to say about McCain and the choice for voters, he has lost some of his edge on what he wants to say about himself and how he wants undecided voters to see him. That's part of the challenge for him now. Can he keep talking economics, economics, economics and still get back some of the aura of being the future-oriented candidate of hope and inspiration?

The campaign has shown that Obama is extraordinarily competitive. This is not an intellectual exercise for him. He is determined to win this election if it's at all possible. That competitive drive will necessarily bring some changes -- not wholesale changes, but adjustments that will reflect the circumstances in which he now finds himself.

What isn't possible now is to ignore or underestimate the caliber of the opposition. McCain's competitive drive is every bit as strong as Obama's but displays itself in different ways. McCain's is a combination of inner toughness and visceral derring-do. Palin has reinforced those instincts and his campaign is doing everything it can to keep the momentum going.

Obama has been at this now for 19 hard months. At times his focus has drifted but he has proven himself equal to all the challenges. McCain's challenge may prove no more difficult in the end than Clinton's. But right now it is more than Obama may have expected. Now it is his turn and the question is, is he ready?

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 11, 2008; 2:28 PM ET
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Taliabans are findamentalists muslims. evangelicals are fundamentalist christians. I see no difference between two.

Posted by: Abm Habibullah, Plano, TX | September 15, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

American politics is a game. It is not about people, not about policy, not about even personality. It is about two teams playing games with people's mind. GOP is ruthless and wins everytime, despite putting the country backtrack. I do not blame them, because it is all about winning. People do not like negative ads, yet change their mind because of negative ad. It is horrible to see this country sinking like Titanic, yet people are still voting for GOP. I am thinking about getting out of the ship.

Posted by: Adam Habib Plano, TX | September 15, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Amazing how badly the cons want to make this election about anything _other_ than a referendum on the job they've done for the last eight years.

The simple facts are this: Republicans have screwed over the middle and working class with policies that are skewed to the wealthy and the corporations. They do this every time they seize power, and then try distract the public with non-issues. To the Republicans, government is just another mechanism which they abuse to achieve their goal: keep the power in the hands of the wealthy.

Republicans are playing the obstructionism role of in congress with one goal: keep the Democrats from doing the will of the people, and then propagate a lie about a do-nothing congress.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/226/story/18218.html

These people are sick to their very core. It's time for a change. Enough is Enough. It's time to kick them all out.

Posted by: tvi | September 15, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Blaz,

Just a couple of points:

1) This is the FIRST, the ONLY, and the LAST time ever that John McCain has had or will have a direct shot at the presidency. And he was losing.
It takes no "inner toughness and visceral derring-do", in fact not even a "roll of the dice" to make the decision he did . Lack of character and principles will suffice, and do just nicely, thank you very much.

2)I wouldn't call the chorus of the criticism against McCain tactics "deafening"! Near unanimous and vociferous, maybe.

3)I would also not call Steve Schmidt, "fearless" in unleashing the sleaziest campaign ever. He will not pay a price for this. He is making a name for himself, in the only market-conservative right- which he is emplyoable. He does not have to overcome any fears. shameless, would be a more appropriate adjective.

4)"misunderestimated", a malapropism, is the blending of "misunderstand" and "underestimate". You used it as your title just to argue that Obama 'misunderstood" McCain because he "underestimated" him?? Underestimated his what? "inner toughness..."??
No, I think Obama simply just 'didn't get it' about McCain. As we all hadn't got it before all this. McCain was not the man he faked out to be. And, that is something that you still seem not to be getting it!

Posted by: Robert Seymore | September 14, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

To Tunes59

Barack Obama's father is from Kenya. In case you don't know Kenya is in Africa. How does this make him Arabic? I looked on factcheck.org and I didn't find anything to the contrary. I also did not find anything to make me believe McCain is more honest than Obama. I tend to trust Obama more judging by McCains recent slew of false propaganda against Obama. Factcheck.org seems to be a good website. Thankyou for pointing me in that direction.

Posted by: mchlbrs | September 14, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

I am just a small town American. For the Obama Nation that equals Bible thumbin, gun tottin, and bitter. I do not care about race. What I care about is honesty. Obama has lied about his race - He is not black. His father is Arab and his mother is white (factcheck.org). An Arab American has as much right to run for POTUS as anyone else so my question is why would he lie about his race? This is just one of many lies he has told. If we cannot trust him to be honest in simple things how can we trust him with big things?

The honor of John McCain...

http://www.slate.com/id/2188545/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHfRwpcFEA0

Posted by: tunes59 | September 14, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

the mainstream media has put more scrutiny on palin in 2 weeks than on obama in 20 months

obama - ayers, a domestic terrorist
obama - ties to liberation theology
obama - gets a free ride from liberal media
obama's campaign staff is allowed to lie - burton statements yesterday

Posted by: cfc | September 14, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

obama ads insult wounded veterans:

obama insults just keep mounting!!!!

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/09/why-doesnt-mcca.html

Posted by: cfc | September 14, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Mo*** Fuc**er McCain keeps hoodwinking the nation with his war stories.

Posted by: reso | September 14, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

The Obama Campaign did not count on the McCain campaign telling lies! Obama thought that McCain was an honorable man! Obama made a mistake!

Posted by: Lydia, Durham | September 14, 2008 1:58 AM | Report abuse

Was this an opinion piece by a journalist or a paid political essay by the Obama camp? I'm know there's not much difference anymore, but it's still worth asking.

Posted by: MarkF | September 13, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Media is personality based. Journalism is fact based. The two do not necessarily meet. There is a very old saw, "Don't believe anything you see, and only half of what you hear."

Posted by: odanielledaniel | September 13, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Damn that McCain for using Obama's own words against him.

Obama keep coming up with new ones faster than they can use them.

Hillarious yesterday, how a man close to him, his own campaign manager admitted the Dems were so scared they had turned to "bed wetting."

Posted by: Breathing a sigh of relief | September 13, 2008 4:04 AM | Report abuse

Enough is enough!

A Monkey in a Suit is still a Monkey!

NObama has no experience, has no brains and is only following the radical ideology of his pastor Jeremiah Wright who support a black supremacist ideology and of Hate For America.

A Monkey in a Suit is still a Monkey!

Farrack Hussein NObama made a grave mistake when he chose a Washington insider and he lost the promise of "change" and replaced with "more of the same".

The rejection of Hillary Clinton for the post of VP, fractured the democratic party and ignored the choice of 18 million democrats who are now considering to support the republican ticket!....Why?

For the reason to elect an experienced,and qualifien President who loves his country and risked his life for America, John McCain a patriot that loves his country, AND
To elect a woman to the White House to prove that a woman can be an equal partner in governance.

Former Hillary supporters are contemplating to vote for the re[publican ticket in November />

Country First!
McCain/Palin!

Posted by: Manolete | September 13, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone notice during Bill Clinton and Obama’s lunch interview on 9-11-08 in Clinton’s office…Bill Clinton is standing next to Obama for the interview and it looks as though Bill is standing right in front of a picture that he (Bill) has on his office wall of none other then JOHN MCCAIN!!! I could be wrong but look right behind Bill Clinton’s Head and the Picture on the Wall. What a Hoot!!!!!! I love the Clinton’s.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sp4KTlLcjA&feature=related


Posted by: Alan | September 12, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone really think that the McCain campaign and his Rovian Schmidt can continue to lie for the next two months before the election? The news media has done a fair job so far of callling them on obvious lies, like the pig story, the bridge to nowhere story, and the earmarks flap - but they will have to be even more vigilant and keep the rebuttals coming. Dan, you and your colleagues have work to do - you all are the watchdogs, and it is imperative that attention must be paid to egregious behavior. Yes, I know - it's more fun and more lucrative for the media when there are flaps and mishaps, and you should all cover them. But this is no ordinary time for our country, and the consequences of allowing the proliferation of more lies and distortions this time around, would be a disservice to the country and the future of our nation. It is that big.

So, yes, Barack Obama has to figure it out and step up. He is, as you say, a thoughtful person, with a formidable intellect. But he needs support and from the media, fair play. It's been said that "both sides" have lied, but the Obama campaign has not been as blatant as McCain's - and mostly only in retaliation. So I think, in this election, even more than in the past, the media will have major roles to play as fact-checkers, truth-squaders, and watchdogs. Please.

Posted by: jblee | September 12, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh you silly Dems...you will never learn.

http://www.FastArizona.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Is "Misunderestimating" even a real word? Is there some way underestimate someone and be right on? If so would that word be Prounderestimating. I understand silly made up words and typos by those of us non professional writers, but I am seeing more of this kind of crap by supposedly professional writers. Is this what Palin's journalism degree is going to bring us. Maybe the press is codling her because in the back of all of these political reporters minds they just know that they are equipped to be president if they only had the guts to leave their day jobs.

Posted by: RW | September 12, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Is "Misunderestimating" even a real word? Is there some way underestimate someone and be right on? If so would that word be Prounderestimating. I understand silly made up words and typos by those of us non professional writers, but I am seeing more of this kind of crap by supposedly professional writers. Is this what Palin's journalism degree is going to bring us. Maybe the press is codling her because in the back of all of these political reporters minds they just know that they are equipped to be president if they only had the guts to leave their day jobs.

Posted by: RW | September 12, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I keep hearing about the so called "Main Stream Media" (MSM) and how liberal and supportive of the Democratic Party they are, so that made me ask myself some questions. Who mostly owns stock in big corporations that own newspapers, magazines, radio stations, television networks and local television stations across our country and in fact the world, poor people, middle class people, or wealthy people? I think the answer is obviously wealthy people. When wealthy people own the majority of stock in a company they control it. So the wealthy control the media all around the world.
The next question is where do media companies get their income from? The answer is advertising. Who spends the most on advertising? The answer is big corporations. Often, even when a local store advertises it is paid for at least in part with coop advertising money from big corporations, and therefore has to fit into their advertising protocol. So I think I have established that the media is controlled by wealthy people that own stock in major corporations. So why does the Republican Party the party of the wealthy and privileged complain that the media is too liberal? Two reasons, one is because it is a big SMOKE SCREEN to keep average Americans from really knowing how controlled we are by the wealthy and the second reason is ENTITLEMENT. The wealthy know that they have paid for the advertising in the media and in fact the media outlets themselves. So when some unsuspecting reporter attempts to tell the truth about something the wealthy feel cheated because they think they are ENTITLED to have the news stories told the way that they want them told since they have paid for the entire process.
The problem with this kind of thinking is that the U.S. Constitution states "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
The U.S. Constitution does not state ""We the WEALTHY people of the United States", but when Republicans read it that is what they see, because they believe they own this country and the U.S. Constitution only applies to the wealthy. That is why it is so easy for them to deny justice to average and poor Americans. The wealthy believe they are ENTITLED to the protections of the U.S. Constitution but then they try to use the very same document to deny justice to others. That is why it didn't bother the Republicans to illegally and unconstitutionally wire tap millions of Americans.
As wealthy as the top one percent of America is they don't see any distinction between a "middle class American" and a dirt poor Mexican crossing the boarder. You see when it comes right down to it average and poor people are just units of labor to them or pawns that they can use to fight their wars. When I used the term Republican above I am not referring to the poor misguided souls that they have brainwashed to vote for them. I mean real Republicans, people of wealth, power, and influence, not the pawns they use to get elected. You know the ones I mean, the ones that own seven or more homes, but conveniently forget it when asked by the media.

Posted by: RW | September 12, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse


Obama lost when Rev. Wright came on the scene.

Liberals were still drunk on the kool-aid though. It took Palin to finally wake you up.

Except for Bill, the dems always nominate far left losers. America despises the far left, your only chance of winning the presidency is to nominate a centrist.

Hillary probably would have won this race if you had nominated her. But liberals are never as smart as they think they are. In fact if you look at their abymal record of always losing, one can only conclude that liberals are idiots.

Posted by: reason | September 12, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

McCain has run the dirtiest and most untruthful presidential campaign ever. Yet, this article praises these very qualities as showing courage and daring-do.

So again, the press is going to drag us down with the lying republicans so that we can get another 4 year dose of war and economic depression.

Good job Dan, thanks

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

in the tv interview with Charlie Gibson, Ms. Sarah Palin frequently begins her answers with a loud "Charlie, Charlie"... he,Gibson, is +55 and she, Palin, is +44.

perhaps this is the direct hinterland manner, but i don't think Gibson began his questions with a loud "Sarah, Sarah".

American English doesn't have a clear distinction between "vous/tu" or Sie/du ..as many other languages. And if Ms. Palin, as future Republican VP, would begin a conversation with Bundeskanzler Angela Merkel(Germany) or PM Zarkosy(France) or Putin(Russia), she would have to tred carefully with this familiar tone & also with the high "volume" of her voice - which ,to me, has a loudspeaker whack to it.

my father once commented, you can oft tell an idiot from his/her laugh ... and wonder if anyone close to Gov. Palin ever suggested to a younger Sarah Palin to turn down just a bit her loudspeaker voice?

Posted by: hadeze | September 12, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

How Obama recovers from his underestimation (and I think he did) could prove to be a telling insight into how he would behave as president. Just as the brashness of McCain's choice may be telling.

http://www.politicswithagrin.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Kristen | September 12, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

please stop spamming your nonsense pastor123! - ur probably on mccain's team anyway. OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

Posted by: stop spamming | September 12, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm....Missouri

So...I actually do believe that several of the things you mention are not true. So there...just because someone puts that out there doesn't mean I believe it. Do I question his relationships? Absolutely. I wouldn't have friends as he has had...and that does scare me.

Is Obama a terrorist or a muslim? No.

Do his ideas for this country suck? YES.

He will institute more government dipping into my pocket to pay for someone else.

He will destroy more private industry to make government larger.

What about him is so great? His charisma? Good for him. If he really believes the government needs to take more from the "rich" then why doesn't he give more? Why does he take tax deductions?

It's a big lie to get into power.

By the way, I come from a long line of military service in my family, and even into service for the German army. Don't tell me about patriotism. My family knows that signing on the line in service for country means something...that it could mean harm or death for the freedom we cherish.

There are some in the military that don't agree with military force...because they want a paycheck and nothing to do with sacrifice. That is dishonorable.

Posted by: MakeUsProud | September 12, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

IT IS ONLY OBVIOUS THAT THE CORPORATE MEDIA IS TRYING TO HELP MCCAIN/PALIN WIN...It is a continuance of THE FREE RIDE THE CORPORATE MEDIA HAS EXTENDED TO MCCAIN AND NOW THE EVEN TRY AN UINVENT A FAKE IMAGE OF PALIN AS A REFORMER..

EXCERPTS FROM 'FREE RIDE'....

The following is an excerpt from FREE RIDE: John McCain and the Media. Co-authors David Brock and Paul Waldman document how the media have abandoned their post as honest arbiters in coverage of the presumptive Republican nominee for president. They show how the media aided McCain's rebirth following the Keating Five savings-and-loan scandal, casting him as the "maverick," "straight-talking" hero of the 2000 primaries, then boosting his roller-coaster run for the 2008 Republican nomination. FREE RIDE will be required reading for anyone interested in the political process, as well as for those frustrated or fascinated by the role the media play in politics. For more information, visit McCainsFreeRide.com.

Over the course of a career, most nationally prominent politicians, particularly those who choose to seek the White House, can expect ups and downs in their treatment by the press. While some are looked on more favorably than others, most of the key figures in national politics will see times when they are hailed as victors and praised for their strengths, and times when they are derided as losers and pilloried for their weaknesses. But in recent years, there has been one exception to this rule: John McCain. While other politicians are examined with a cynical eye, McCain and his admirers in the media have cooperated to construct a shimmering image of the senator from Arizona, one that has propelled him to the heights of American politics. McCain, as he has been presented to the public, is a straight-talking maverick, a war hero standing astride the parties and untroubled by political calculations.

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As our new book, Free Ride: John McCain and the Media shows, no other modern politician has received as much favorable press as John McCain has in the past decade, a period that has seen him go from a relative unknown to the man that The Almanac of American Politics calls "the closest thing our politics has to a national hero." While some politicians might get nearly as much attention, and a few others (such as Chuck Hagel or Richard Lugar) are privileged with steadily laudatory press, McCain stands alone in the combination of his high profile in the media and the overwhelmingly positive tone of the coverage that the press gives him.

But calling McCain's coverage positive does not begin to convey the complexity of his singular status in the media. In a hundred ways, the rules are simply different for McCain. Indeed, when writing about McCain, journalists offer a unique brand of praise. Here are a few of the things hard-bitten reporters said about McCain during his 2000 run for the presidency:

"A man of unshakable character, willing to stand up for his convictions." (R.W. Apple, New York Times)
"An original, imaginative, and at times inspiring candidate." ( Jacob Weisberg, Slate)
"Mr. McCain is running as the blunt anti-politician who won't lie, who won't spin." (Alison Mitchell, New York Times)
"While most candidates talk up their chances, McCain engages in anti-spin." (Howard Kurtz, Washington Post)
"He rises above the pack in admitting it's not all the other party's fault. He's eloquent, as only a prisoner of war can be." (David Nyhan, Boston Globe)
"McCain conveys a great sense of vigor, a sense that anything can happen on his campaign." ( Roger Simon, U.S. News & World Report)
"There's something authentic about this man." (Mike Wallace, 60 Minutes)
"Basically just a cool dude." ( Jake Tapper, Salon)

This sampling -- all from the campaign season, when reporters tend to be more cynical -- only skims the surface. In story after story, the media portrayed -- and continue to portray -- John McCain as a larger-than-life anti-politician, unbeholden to special interests and driven not by ambition but by a sense of duty. Such was the rapport that developed between McCain and the media in 2000 that McCain staffers began to call the media their "base." As Michael Lewis, a frequent magazine contributor and bestselling author, wrote about McCain in 1997, "I became used to opening the morning paper and finding McCain's quotes on the front page and his opinions echoed on the editorial page. It was a testament to the growing distrust between the press and the more ordinary politicians. Here was a Republican Senator -- a red meat, pro-life, strong-army kind of guy -- and yet somehow he had become the preferred source of the putatively liberal media."

Lewis may have been one of the first reporters to turn his wordsmithing talents to the elevation of John McCain the politician (R.W. Apple also wrote some of the first tributes to McCain, in the New York Times), but he was hardly the last. David Broder and David Ignatius of the Washington Post, Howard Fineman of Newsweek, Joe Klein of Time (who described McCain's 2000 campaign as containing "hints of what politics might become . . . if we're lucky"), and Chris Matthews of MSNBC would have to be counted among McCain's most enthusiastic current boosters in the major media. Although these men may be more demonstrative in their admiration for McCain, that admiration is evident in nearly all the coverage McCain has received, particularly since his campaign for the 2000 Republican nomination for president. The result has been a virtually indestructible media creation: the Myth of McCain. We call it a "myth" not to assert that all the themes that run through the coverage of McCain are plainly false. Rather, we use the term according to its dictionary definition, meaning the foundational set of precepts on which a belief system is based. Even as his 2008 campaign experienced some early stumbles and he did things that seemed to call into question the foundations of his image, the Myth of McCain remained intact. The myth consists of the following ideas:

John McCain is a maverick.
John McCain is a moderate.
John McCain is a straight talker.
John McCain is a reformer.
John McCain doesn't do things just because they're politically expedient.
Just about all you need to know about John McCain's character is that he showed courage as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
John McCain has too much integrity to use his war record to his political advantage.

Some of these ideas have a basis in reality but have been wildly exaggerated; others are simply false. What is incontrovertible is that the press has continually foregrounded them at the expense of a more rounded and accurate portrait of McCain. Even when early problems on the 2008 campaign trail (such as lackluster fund-raising in the first quarter of 2007) resulted in some uncharacteristically critical coverage for McCain, the elements of the myth remained intact. What that period of more critical press showed was that even McCain's negative coverage is more positive than that which other candidates receive. Unlike other candidates, McCain finds that momentary controversies (as when he responded to a question about Iran by singing "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran" to the tune of "Barbara Ann") are presented in isolation, unconnected to any alleged character flaws.

The contrast with other candidates is striking. When Mitt Romney makes a seemingly exaggerated claim about his history as a hunter, reporters connect the statement to doubts about whether Romney is genuine and sincere. When John Edwards gets an expensive haircut, reporters question whether he is a true populist and sufficiently substantive. The allegedly revealing incidents are contextualized by other similar incidents from the candidate's past and then brought up again and again in the future. In other words, the negative press of the moment is linked to what we are told are the candidates' significant flaws, the deficiencies in their character that "raise questions" about whether they are fit to be president.

Not so for John McCain. The very idea that McCain might have deficiencies of character that relate to his fitness to be president is never contemplated. The consequence is that a spate of bad coverage, whether over a temporarily struggling campaign or an intemperate remark, does nothing to undermine his prospects for a future comeback. Others find their worst moments replayed over and over, used to indict their character and highlight their flaws. But the John McCain portrayed in the media has no character flaws. He may say something dumb or be down in the polls, but his fundamental virtue is never questioned. If he is down, he is therefore always poised for a revival. If he panders, he will resume his admirable candor any day -- as an April 2007 column by David Broder of the Washington Post was titled, he'll be "Straight Talking Again." In an editorial two days later, Broder's newspaper wrote, "Whatever your position on the war, then or now, Mr. McCain deserves credit for foresight and consistency about how the war should have been waged . . . the 2008 race is better for having Mr. McCain in it." Even a flagging campaign can be presented as evidence of McCain's fundamental goodness; noting that McCain seemed "dispirited" in early 2007, Newsweek offered, "It may be because he is not, at heart, a politician. He is a warrior." When a reporter says someone is "not a politician," it is the highest compliment (and exceedingly odd if the man in question has been a politician for a quarter of a century).

Over his career, McCain has compiled a record that is far more complex than his media image. The fact of the matter is that John McCain is neither a moderate nor a maverick. McCain's voting record, his ideas, his values, and his rhetoric mark him as a stout conservative -- a description that he himself adheres to. And despite occasional acts of seeming apostasy, McCain has actually been a dependably loyal member of the Republican Party. A close examination of the occasions on which he does break with the GOP -- as on campaign finance reform, for instance -- reveals them to be not just carefully calculated, but both less substantively meaningful and less risky than the way they are portrayed in the media.

By reading heroic qualities in every facet of the Arizona senator, the media have failed to give the public an accurate portrait of McCain the politician. For here is a man who, in the end, is not much different from his colleagues in Congress in ambition, calculation, and attraction to power. John McCain has been in politics for twenty-five years now. He is currently in his fourth Senate term. He has been a major contender for the presidency and is one of the most visible legislators in recent history. An antipolitician he is not.

Posted by: need4trth | September 12, 2008 7:50 AM | Report abuse

The funny thing about the Palin interview is that her answers came out too smoothly.

Why is that a problem you are asking? Well a few weeks back she was asked her view of Iraq and she said she doesn't really think about the issue.

Even Charlie Gibson at one point was getting annoyed with her answers. He knew a con job when he heard it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 7:32 AM | Report abuse

yES, SENATOR OBAMA DID UNDERESTIMATE MCBUSH 3RD TERM......


Obama NAIVELY THOUGHT that McCain was a man of HONOR and INTEGRITY....

Yet, now he see's the TRUTH...MCcAIN IS A liar and a fraudelent horoless, puppeted mouthpiece. he sold his integrity for the RNC presidential nod. Now we all see the shell of what the PRESS INVENTED.

tHE cORPORATE elitist right wing Press invented the Maverick MccAin man of honor and integrity American hero. the only thing Honorable about John Sydney Mcshame is the deal he is honoring which he struck with the rnc to get the nod.

He is HONORING A TYPE OF CAMPAIGNING WHICH IN 2000 AND 2004 HE rightly condemned. In 2008, however McSahme is demonstrating too us all, even as the CORPORATE PRESS tries to quickly sweep it under the rug and continues not to do it's CIVIC DUTY and hold mcShame up to correct SCRUTINY, McShme is demonstrating that YES, he can play the HYPOCRITICAL DISHONORABLE REPREHENSIBLE politician....

Yet, the CORPORATE PRESS CONTINUE TO laud him as an AMERICAN HERO. IF THIS IS THE EXAMPLE OF AMERICAN HONOR AND INTEGRITY THAT THE PRES elentlessly tries to PROPORT the the made up image of mcCain. TRULY OUR NATION IS UNDONE AND HAS FALLEN INTO UTTER CORRUPTION.

Yet, with the COPORATE MEDIA it is "...just politics".

To add insult to injury, the PRESS IS NOW feverishly honing out a FALSE IMAGE OF MCcAINS RUNNING MATE Sarah Palin. She is tauted as a REFORMER AND mAVERICK, yet just as McCain is so is Palin. A Rnak and File republican. A conniving and scheming venomous politician

Palin Left to city of Wasilla Alaska in $26 million dollars worth of debt, As governor of alaska she is Under indictment and legilative probing for misusing the office of the governor to settle a family score.

YES OBAMA DID AS MOST, WHO REAlly didn't know MCSHAME, he fell for the FRIED ICE CREAM, the press invented over 26 years ago.

our NATIONAL PRESS AND MEDIA AND THE RNC ARE SHAMELESS AND CORRUPT. Yet, this year regadrless of the smear, fear, lies, character assassination, and the loud whisper campaign and John mcshame propaganda ads, THEY WILL NOT STEAL THIS ELECTION.

C.S.Lewis pinned this phrase, "We are far to easily pleased..." Because we are not PLEASED AND WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN NOR OVERLOOKED THE LAST 8 YEARS and the last two ROVIAN RNC CAMPAIGNS, we reserve our LOUDEST AND MOST HEARTRENDING REPROOF FOR The Corporate media and their poster boy McShame, for ELECTION NIGHT 2008.

The corporate media John McShame and the RNC will be RESOUNDLY REJECTED, IN A LANDSLIDE CRUSHING DEFEAT.

Theneveryone will know that YES THE CORPORATE RUN PRESS STOLIDLY TRIED TO INFLUENCE THIS ELCTION FOR THE RNC...OUR PRESS IS BOUGHT AND PAID FOR....WE ARE FED A SLEW OF LIES DAILY...

Posted by: need4trth | September 12, 2008 7:10 AM | Report abuse

I think it's a good thing when your opponent leaves his turf (experience) and comes to yours (change). As it was with Hillary Clinton, so will it be with John McCain.

Posted by: evans | September 12, 2008 6:56 AM | Report abuse

I'd much rather hear the voice of McCain, Palin or Hillary instead of Obama's Sunday pulpit shout-downs he learned from Rev. Wright.

I feel sorry for people attending his rallies, I've been watching bits & pieces of live broadcasts and damn, it's like having to sit through one of those awful hail & brimstone sermons.

Obama's mad!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 6:27 AM | Report abuse

Actually neither McCain or Palin has been tested with tough question or have beek asked to defend their candidacy with vigor require for the post. They are just sailing. No real scrunity. If they are tested McCain will bark it is decreminatary and will refer to sex again. If you do not have guts and integency to put up with the legitimate questioning give intelligent answer you do not have the right to give wrong meaning to simple statement like "putting lipistic in old pig's lips". Here pig is old rupublican ideology that governs the white house policy and lipistic is McCain's lies in every second sentence he speaks ( he trying to paint picture that he is capable leader) without any credibility. He is prosoner of war means he did not have the intelligence to escape out the enemies trap. May be dum soldier who did not fight strategically that too in an another in famous war. If he does not undersand that meaning, he is more idiot than lot of americans think.If he was not sure about the meaning why did not he ask what does that mean from Obama, and he made up his own meaning to mislead the people. If that is level of intelligence of both McCain and his heavyweight (heavier than McCain) VP candidate for this election, the republican team is a joke again.

Posted by: yadisharma | September 12, 2008 5:52 AM | Report abuse

No. If anything he has shown too much confidence in Americans. Americans are idiots and hell bent on destroying the country. Just read some of the posts here. People that agree with Sara Palin on going to war with Russia. We don't even have the military to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan at the present time.

Obama tried to help turn the ship around but it is now clear this country has accepted the faith of every other empty empire -- self annihilation rather than course change.


Posted by: james - Los Angeles | September 12, 2008 5:39 AM | Report abuse

Actually both McCain and Palin should have been irrevalent for any intelligent creature living in 21st century. Is america is going to gamble again they did for idiot like G Bush. I think Palin has already overshadowed McCain. If the Presendential candidate has less polical weight (credit) than his VP candidate who was elected by handfull of people of remote america who has not grown as a polical combatent, does not it shows the intectual bankrucpcy of republican and meanest game they play with important election for such a powerful country. Now both McCain and Palin started taking about change but keep repeating about going for change which is the core message of Obama which they stole. Is that a change they want to make america further poorer, eventually make a country of warmongoor. I hope there are enough intelligent people in america just do not follow sex and racicism blindly and elect an idiot and cowgirl at the highest position of country. It is OK in comedy movie to laugh momentarily, but not to dump whole country into a lowgrade joke. I wish all illigible voters of america will wake up for their own cause rather than been fooled by political mafia like republican. I don't see any relevancy in covering McCain's Palin's any add they are simply useless piece of lies and which will get exposed itself with time. But that time is very short to prove and punish the liers.

Posted by: yadisharma | September 12, 2008 5:09 AM | Report abuse

hey so when you guys going to war with Russia?

Your troops are never gonna survive a Russian winter, no matter what their proximity is to Alaska. You don't have the money, and you don't hv the allies.

Oh and by the way you say it's everyman for himself and foreigners should not get involved in electing the US president, well the US can't stand alone anymore and you have no friends since Bush came into power.

How is America going to sustain, constantly sending their troops to foreign soils and letting their sons die.

Stop throwing accusations at Russia, talk to them. Politics is not like it was during the cold war.

Elect a leader who will bring diplomacy back to the table, we need leaders like that. not one's ready to blow everything up. If we blow everything up, the truth is there will be nothing left to defend.

Posted by: Suzi_Q | September 12, 2008 3:51 AM | Report abuse

Why is everyone in the media so concerned with Obama's success? When does the media ever concern themselves with McCain's campaign strategy, except when they are discussing what Obama needs to do to counteract it? Is this not the most incredible media bias in favor of one candidacy we've ever seen? I understand that Obama's is the historic candidacy here, the Dream, if you will; but can a bonafide war hero and political maverick not constitute a dream candidacy?

Posted by: Ryan | September 12, 2008 2:37 AM | Report abuse

Has Obama underestimated McCain? Well, on the one hand he can't get Miss Sarah off his mind long enough to think of anything except the falling feeling.

On the other hand; I'd guess yes, since he underestimated everything else like Iran and Russia and Islamic evil and the PLO and the American people and the religious people of America and the gun owners of America and the stupidity of admiring Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan. And most of all little Sarah who turns out to be a giant killer.

On second thought he overestimates an awful lot too; like his own intellect, his own resume and his own appeal to real America.

Posted by: Clinging to my religion | September 12, 2008 2:29 AM | Report abuse

Media overestimated Obama. Look at him no significant achievememts. None of his class of 81/82 even remember him, except one of his roommates Sohail Siddiqqi in NY " He was dishevelled and had no place to stay.." ( source today's editorial section 09/11-WSJ). He has couple of memoirs which he wrote about himself.

McCain/Palin 08

Posted by: vic | September 12, 2008 2:27 AM | Report abuse

McCain has not been "misunderestimated" He has been written off as irrelevant.

Palin has eclipsed him already. But after the ABC interview she is fading back to her persona as the "crazy whacko" from Alaska.

Obama has a few surprises coming. Not the least of which is Obama's forthcoming declaration of intent to name Hillary Clinton to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Given Chief Justice Roberts recent siezures, the Chief Justice position is likely to be available in the near-term.

Posted by: Republican VN Era Veteran | September 12, 2008 2:24 AM | Report abuse

Best campaign commercial I have ever seen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG4fe9GlWS8

Posted by: Clinging to my religion | September 12, 2008 2:23 AM | Report abuse

Between McCain's voice and Palin's voice, I feel like I'm being tortured. Is Palin Edith Bunker's lost daughter? Something get the both of them voice coaches quick.

Posted by: UndecidedVoter | September 12, 2008 2:08 AM | Report abuse

Yes Joe-

I was commenting on Roosevelts Governorship resume which was about the same amount of time. Their executive resume was similiar.

Posted by: Katy | September 12, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

I guess you can say the obama camp did underestimate mccain - they certainly didn't anticipate that mccain would be so willing to sacrifice his dignity and allow his campaign to employ the same sleazy tactics that were used against him in 2000. I think they believed mccain was an honorable man - they were obviously wrong on that account.

Posted by: Julianne | September 12, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

I want to see the Media step up to the plate. Come on you know the truth: say it out loud and in your headlines: MCCAIN LIES. HIS ADS ARE LIES. PALIN LIES. Any honorable person would be put off stride. I am doing my best to trust the American people to sort the truth from the crap, but the media isn't making it easy.

Posted by: Katharine | September 12, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

"Has Barack Obama underestimated John McCain?"

No. He overestimated him.

Posted by: drossless | September 12, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

@BASEMENTFROG what the hell are you smoking? It's the democratic that silented the voice of your democratic voters during the primarily in Michigan and Florida. Residency is not defined by owning a home, just need to live there. Even homeless has the right to vote, that is what's so great about being in the US. You just have to be a US citizen and not a felone to be eligible to vote.
And you are a racist to say that most of the foreclosed homeowners are black. Everyone is effected; whites, blacks, hispanics, asians, straight, gay, young, old, etc

Posted by: Michael | September 12, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Hahaha!!! Misunderestimate!!! G.W.Bush's vocabulary lives on forever! And you idiots who voted for him now think the solution to fix up his mess is to elect another idiot? Well, then McCain is your man!

Posted by: Don | September 12, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Rower-

As I recall, Teddy Roosevelt had the same resume as Mrs. Palin....Check it out and see if maybe you're being just a bit too critical.

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Roosevelt was a lieutenant colonel and served in the cavalry in the Spanish-American war. If anything, his resume is closer to McCain's than Palin's. Also, he may not have known anything about the Bush Doctrine, but he certainly was intimately familiar with the Monroe Doctrine. There is honestly not much to compare between Roosevelt and Palin short of the fact that they were both once governors.

Posted by: Joe | September 12, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

To be a Christian and to align oneself with the likes of Rove and his despicable lies is a terrible stretch. If God truly loves this country, he will make a way for us to elect someone who believes in helping neighbors (close or over seas); who keeps the commandments, including "thou shall not kill"; who thinks the sick should be cared for; and who has a clear head for thinking through both moral and political problems. There is no way that's McCain. It could very possibly be Obama.

Posted by: lov'nit | September 12, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

No, what they didn't expect is that the honorable John McCain would run a campaign that's nonstop lies and slurs, and demand that nobody ask his VP candidate a hard question because it's sexist.

The Obama campaign is learning. When will the press catch up?

Posted by: Helen | September 12, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Rower-

As I recall, Teddy Roosevelt had the same resume as Mrs. Palin....Check it out and see if maybe you're being just a bit too critical.

Posted by: Katy | September 11, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

In my view, John MaCain judgment is dangerous. With something like 1/3rd of the vice presidents ascending to the presidency, how could he possibly select someone who was governor of an outlying state for only 2 years as a running mate? It’s either his judgement or his patriotism. Which is it?

Posted by: Rower | September 11, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama did not underestimate McCain. He overestimated himself.

Posted by: DEM now IND | September 11, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Katy,
Yes, it is lipstick. And not only Sarah Palin's, but Hillary Clinton's. The one Obama said was "likeable enough."

Posted by: Likeable enough to cost me 18 million votes | September 11, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

"Shouldn't the campaign be occupied with the Senator from Arizona?"

No, because McCain has surrendered his campaign to Palin. He is no longer the one in control. Once he gave over to the far-right, going against every thing he once stood for, he became just a accessory.

Posted by: Michael | September 11, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama was spotted in a Men's restroom writing "I Love Matt D." on the mirror in bright red lipstick.

Posted by: NOBama | September 11, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

No one "Misunderestimated McCain. If anything, Obama "misunderestimated" the stupidity of much of the people in this country. From reading the rants of McCain/Palin supporters, none of them really care about this country anymore, its just a vendetta against all the "librals" and "leftists" they somehow hold responsible for the failures and incompetence of the party they support. I have yet to see a coherent reason why anyone would support the ticket of a doddering fool and a egocentric right wing nutcake.

Posted by: Michael | September 11, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

So. The Obama campaign is preoccupied with the governor from Alaska. Shouldn't the campaign be occupied with the Senator from Arizona? If the boyz over at Obama World Headquarters can't handle Palin, should one expect them to be able deal with Putin and Russians? With the Mugabes of the world? With Congress? ...

Posted by: Chauncey Gardiner | September 11, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

What is the difference between a "Senator Obama" and a "President Obama"?......Lipstick!!!

Posted by: Katy | September 11, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

It wasn't the Republicans calling the Clintons racists -- it was official spokespeople for the Obama campaign performing that self-wounding, with Obama himself personally gaving Hillary "claws", making snide comments about how Hillary "periodically" attacked him. His placement of lipstick on a pig after Palin put it on a hockey mom is an obvious attack upon her which is recognized as exactly what it is (left off is his comparison of McCain to a smelly dead fish). His rallying quote about McCain being more of the same was a word-for-word plagiarism from Washington Post cartoonist Tom Tolles. As far as McCain's viewpoints, they're not taken from a cartoon -- they're right out there in the open -- the Surge worked (in spite of Obama voting against it), the economy will survive the totally artificial attack via petrodollars (how much has starvation increased in the US over the past few months?), and increased taxes do not increase the gross national product, they subtract from it.

Posted by: unclesmrgol | September 11, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

McCain & Palin will have to "out think" politicians, like Putin. J.F.Kennedy had to out think Chrustchev & while not blowing this planet to Kingdom Come, e.g., the Cuba crisis of 1962.

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hadeze,

Hey, check it out, problem solved. According to her interview, Palin is going to usher Georgia into NATO so that we can go to war with Russia. I guess they're already done out-thinking Putin. I'm gonna' go buy some ammo now, and if we're lucky, under their superior guidance, we will be marching into Moscow this winter!

Posted by: Joe | September 11, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

You mean McLiar?McPain?Mr. seven houses? Mr. Obama is elite and his wife wears a $199 dress on TV, but my trollop wears a $313,000 outfit and charges $750,000 on her American Express every month, but she's just an old normal girl(in the circles we hang around with).

Posted by: THIS JUST IN | September 11, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if they've tested McCain for Alzheimers and Dementia. He kinda acts like he has it.

Posted by: Carlton | September 11, 2008 8:47 PM

No, he avoided being tested for Alzheimer's, incipient Alzheimer's or dementia. He is the CIA's Manchurian candidate, the guy who is known in the Senate as "NOT A DETAIL MAN". that means he cannot remember substantive details about conversations last week. He's the same as your grandmother, in that respect.
Why did he go into the room? What WAS he going to get from the pantry? At least he has servants to go to the pantry, so the only real tests his memory gets is if someone is pushing him, not letting him pretend all is well. The 3 AM phone call.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

PALIN, Showing a Confidence, in Prepared Answers

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

These are the people that Obama can identify with:
Wright, Farrakhan, Ayers, and Hollywood.

Posted by: Jane | September 11, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

I think the reason Obama didn't debate McCain at least not on McCain's terms is that he felt that McCain really hasn't laid anything out in detail about his views on the issues. Going into the townhall meetings would have just opened him up to more questions about Rev Wright, Ayers etc. Even though he has answered these questions already.

But imagine 10 townhall meetings with nothing but questions about this, sooner or later people will start to believe it because they hear it so many times.

What I find also troubling is that when people hear comments from a either campaign, they don't bother doing any research. It's amazing what you can find on the internet. You can find so many different opposing views and stories. So much that eventually you have enough info to make a more informed decision.

I have to shake my head when they accused Obama of being a sexist and calling the Clintons racist. But I made no assumptions and starting researching on the internet. I watched so many videos (internet and television) and read so many news articls (pro Obama and against Obama) and in the end I came to the conclusion that he did not say or do anything to be branded as racist or sexist. The funny thing is that what I saw is that the news media actually brought it up first, then next thing you knew the Clintons used it as a battle cry.

Anyway, I am just using this as an example. The point I am trying to make is that so much information is available...please do some research. Read what both sides have to say...somewhere in there is the truth.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama lost his Mojo to Palin. The very voters he needs the most, he alienated. Palin has her finger on the pulse of those very voters which is exactly why Obama is running out of steam. He simply doesn't understand them, can't identify with them, certainly can't get them to identify with him and no longer has the energy or methods to convince them otherwise. If they didn't fall for his Mile High stagecraft they aren't going to fall for anything new.

Posted by: Dr. Dave | September 11, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEtZlR3zp4c

Go right ahead. Vote for someone who flat out lies about his record and does't stand for anything. For some reason in this country people don't care about integrity anymore. Nasty ads get the message across, so why care about being truthful anymore. Amazing.

Posted by: roystah | September 11, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Listen to the racist for 20 years, and you said you don’t agree…. Communist called that “brain washing”.

Posted by: Jane | September 11, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

So agree with McCain or not, I think I speak for the majority of independents now when I say it is getting too late in the game to decide what "change" means, it is better to go with a guy with a long record and clear plans, agree with them or not, than a newcomer with no history and no concrete plans that seem workable.

Posted by: DT
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Does the DT stand for delirium tremens? Because otherwise I cannot account for where your a$$ has been for all these months that you are still making these charges. I'll switch the question to you. Other than brandish his fists at the world and chasing terrorists to the gates of hell, what does McCain have to offer? Name one concrete thing he wants to do that is not tied up with Bush?

No wonder we want to elect people who we can drink a beer with - we wallow in stupidity like pigs in slop.

Posted by: Lando | September 11, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

As a Christian, it deeply concerns me that so many people who believe like I do are falling for McCain and the GOPs manipulation tactics again.

This is a very interesting read concerning McCain's choice of Palin from an unusual and surprising religious perspective. I highly recommend checking it out - and send it to those you think need to hear it:

http://www.newsflavor.com/Opinions/McCain-Hijacks-Christianity-Via-Palin.240929

Posted by: LaRae | September 11, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow. When it rains, it REALLY pours. According to the media, thanks to the tightening race, everything Obama does now these days is wrong. And these guys are supposed to be against McCain and Palin, is that right?

Posted by: SAGG | September 11, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm. Was that entire article copied directly from an Obama campaign press release, Mr. Balz?

...or did you think it up all by yourself?

Just askin'.

Posted by: Warren Bonesteel | September 11, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

what's the difference between margaret thatcher and sarah palin?

40 years.

Posted by: Isome | September 11, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Actually MakeUsProud...I kept it for you as a proud veteran. What's pathetic is you you and McCain's complete misunderstanding of honor. You cheapen it and demean it and wear it as a badge of self-righteousness. It's much more than you or him.

Now Republican Lies:
Obama wanted to Teach Kindergartners Sex.
Obama was talking about Palin when he said his "Lipstick" joke.
Obama is a muslim.
Obama agree's with Rev Wright.
Obama is a terrorist with Ayers.
Obama's Community Service means nothing.

Shall I go on? There's already 6 babies you've murdered right there. Lying and Murder are equal sins...in any Christian Church. That's the point.

Posted by: SWMissouri | September 11, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

SWMissouri whatcha smoking?A real Christian would never vote for muslim Obama

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Pathetic post Missouri...

The bible says many things...a time for peace...a time for war...

Nobody likes it...but if you want the ability to practice your religion...you should consider that Bush keeps that freedom for you. Our soldiers keep that for you.

Go ahead and support abortion. I'm sure that the innocent babies of the world will thank you in eternity......
I am curious about all the republican lies you're talking about?

Posted by: MakeUsProud | September 11, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Here’s the deal. Republican folks claim to be religious and yet constantly use or eagerly allow False Witness (one of the Ten Commandments). They propagate lies, distortions, and innuendo all in the name of God. Because in their feeble minds and limited understanding of Christianity they believe that abortion is murder and that murder is a sin worse than False Witness. The end justify the means sort of thing. However what they don’t realize is that Sin is Sin and all sin means death according to the bible. You can’t be more dead than dead. So their lying is as great as sin as a woman having an abortion or someone committing murder. And they do it several times a day with such vigor and delight.

So, as a real Christian, not a self-righteous Pharisee, I’m going to vote for the candidate that espouses Jesus’ real values: temperance, kindness, compassion, and doing for others. I won’t however vote for the evil party that is lies, wars, hatred, and greed…even if they are against abortion. And I'll rest assured that I am going to heaven and they are all going to hell.

Posted by: SWMissouri | September 11, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

It hit me how natural McCain was looking at WTC and how odd Obama after rev Right and all this crap that he is always hanging with.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Go McCain/Palin. Defeat the liberal socialist democrats that would have us become the United SOCIALIST States of America.

You are doing it guys...keep up the good work. I hope the media keeps hammering Palin. It's galvanizing people to McCain/Palin camp. They see through the lies of socialism.

No socialized healthcare. Require people to TAKE RESPONSIBILITY! Get yourself your own healthcare...sell the big screen TV if you have to...but don't require me to sell mine!

To the poster that says there's nothing patriotic about war. There sure as heck is! The GREATEST GENERATION knew it. The founding fathers knew it. Thank god there are people with a SPINE who stand for what is right.

This election is turning out to be awesome. New faces...and energy. Way to go Palin! Keep beating them back. No doubt...you'll hand Joe biden his nuts on a platter during the first debate. That guy can't put two sentences together after he gets flustered. And he will!

Way to go...momentum is building...the polls are going to MCCain/Palin. Women are choosing McCain. Women are choosing LIFE!


Posted by: MakeUsProud | September 11, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Joe

Putin is no angel, far from heavenly. However, he is (indirect) leader of Russia. McCain & Palin will have to "out think" politicians, like Putin. J.F.Kennedy had to out think Chrustchev & while not blowing this planet to Kingdom Come, e.g., the Cuba crisis of 1962.

Not many nations are nuclear armed. The US has a special responsibility because there are people like Putin in (powerful) office.
Can we approach these situations with a mentality borrowed from the NRA?

Posted by: hadeze | September 11, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one paying attention to this whole thing? Team McPain has and should have no chance at the white house. Where the heck is everyone getting these polls showing McPain leading the race? Are they kidding? Everyone in the free world knows what we've been through. As a veteran I will let you know right now, there is nothing patriotic about war. A folded flag does not make things better. Screw you all those who would dare to send anybody young or old to fight and die for your fears or beliefs. I do hope we are not too late folks, please wake up!

Posted by: No Thanks | September 11, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

The only thing he underestimated is the extent to which McCain will abandon honor and integrity (and truth!) to get elected. It is astounding how many lies McCain's camp has told and continues to tell in the face of the real facts surfacing. How to hold them accountable?

Posted by: sally | September 11, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

You neglect to point out that we as voters are still waiting for Obama to detail for us what he intends to do as president. It is getting kind of late in the game. All he is told us is 'change change change', but all he has shown us is same ole democratic party politics, particularly in his selection of Biden. McCain takes firm stands on everything, whether we agree with him or not. His VP selection even further made clear his policies and went along with everything he has said he'll do. As an independent, I'm getting really tired of waiting for Obama to detail this "change" we're to expect, while McCain maintains a strong centrist viewpoint and a detailed plan. So agree with McCain or not, I think I speak for the majority of independents now when I say it is getting too late in the game to decide what "change" means, it is better to go with a guy with a long record and clear plans, agree with them or not, than a newcomer with no history and no concrete plans that seem workable.

Posted by: DT | September 11, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

This is an excellent article. Kind of makes me think journalism is still relevant.

Posted by: John | September 11, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Putin worked abroad (outside of Russia) for +10 yrs, speaks fluent German, perhaps other languages. How would Ms. Putin do better than Sen. Biden in meetings with the Russians or Chinese or India? Does know how E.U. works? Has she had time to read non-American newspapers regularly?

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Not only that, Putin flies fighter jets and saved a whole camera crew from a rampaging tiger.

Putin '08? Anybody?

Posted by: Joe | September 11, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Its just plain obvious that McCain and the GOP are hijacking America and playing games with everyone's lives and choices / votes.

Whatever failings there are in the Democratic camps, there is bigger and worse in the Republican camps, I think. But most Americans don't care. They just like what they like and screw everyone and everything else. We're Americans, we're great, we're christians and we know what jesus is all about and he loves us, and everyone else is stupid. We don't even mind if McCain and Palin, or anyone for that matter makes all our decisions for us...

Posted by: sutu | September 11, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Reading just the first few posts (and not the lengthy articles preceding my post) including about Biden's gaffes, perhaps Obama's best strategy to take the country by surprise, bring back the power of his change campaign and neutralize the Republican woman VP ticket, is to have Biden step aside and bring back Hillary.

Biden agrees that Hillary is the better candidate and may not mind.

This is not trick advice from a Republican supporter. This would blow away the Palin spotlight and bring it back to a stronger Obama-Clinton ticket.

Switching to the better VP candidate midstream is change.

Posted by: Like McCain-Palin | September 11, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Palin speaks no foreign languages.
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So?

Neither does Obama and he's actually on top of the ticket.

Posted by: Huh? | September 11, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if they've tested McCain for Alzheimers and Dementia. He kinda acts like he has it.

Posted by: Carlton | September 11, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Palin speaks no foreign languages. She took out her first international passport, what this year?

Putin worked abroad (outside of Russia) for +10 yrs, speaks fluent German, perhaps other languages. How would Ms. Putin do better than Sen. Biden in meetings with the Russians or Chinese or India? Does know how E.U. works? Has she had time to read non-American newspapers regularly?

Would Palin be considered & glorified to this degree in one of the 25 E.U. countries to hold the 2nd highest political position?

With Palin for VP America is turning inward, not outward.

Posted by: hadeze | September 11, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama continues to demonstrate his inability lead or make good decisions... maybe he needs to hold on to Hillary's skirt, maybe she can give hime some Oreos and milk to stop his whining... hahahaha

Posted by: Denise.... | September 11, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

By the way, I'm Republican and voting Republican. Obama had the opportunity to debate McCain in ten different debates and declined. Had the opportunity to vote in the Senate "yes or no" but chose to vote "present" over one hundred times which makes him a useless tool in the Senate that degrades our country's democratic process—if one believes actually making decisions to move one direction or the other is a valuable concept. I'm not angry; I just know a loser when I see one complete with hollow words and make-believe images to fit the Bill, oh, I mean bill.

Posted by: Landrum | September 11, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama "misunderestimated" the McCain campaign's willingness to lie to the American people. Obama may have believed that McCain had a decent bone in his body. After the "lipstick on a pig" incident, he will know better. And will expect the Big Lies to keep coming.

How does a decent human being, one who truly believes in democracy and "the people," respond to the Republican machine's Big Lies? That's the real issue of this election. Kerry couldn't figure it out. Good luck, Obama.

Posted by: Jane | September 11, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

IF YOU'RE AN AMERICAN, THIS SHOULD REALLY PI$$ YOU OFF REGARDLESS OF PARTY


State Republicans, though, have a plan to give the McCain campaign an edge: suppress the vote.

The chairman of the Republican Party in Macomb County Michigan, a key swing county in a key swing state, is planning to use a list of foreclosed homes to block people from voting in the upcoming election as part of the state GOP's effort to challenge some voters on Election Day.

"We will have a list of foreclosed homes and will make sure people aren't voting from those addresses," party chairman James Carabelli told Michigan Messenger in a telephone interview earlier this week. He said the local party wanted to make sure that proper electoral procedures were followed.

State election rules allow parties to assign "election challengers" to polls to monitor the election. In addition to observing the poll workers, these volunteers can challenge the eligibility of any voter provided they "have a good reason to believe" that the person is not eligible to vote. One allowable reason is that the person is not a "true resident of the city or township."

The Michigan Republicans' planned use of foreclosure lists is apparently an attempt to challenge ineligible voters as not being "true residents."

The scheme would, of course, disproportionately affect African-American families in the area, who are more likely to vote Democratic, and more likely to be in foreclosure as a result of sub-prime loans.

This is just part of a "comprehensive voter-challenge campaign" Michigan Republicans are launching this year, which will coordinate with the regional McCain campaign to train volunteers in challenging those who wish to vote on Election Day. (Whether the foreclosure-driven scheme will be implemented statewide is unclear.)

Asked about the GOP's efforts, Carabelli said, "I would rather not tell you all the things we are doing."

Posted by: BASEMENTFROG | September 11, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

LOL, Real JakeD. I get paid per post, whether you write it or me ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

If Obama has "misunderestimated" McCain, he will fair no better on the world stage. Now that, is a dangerous reality

Posted by: Katy | September 11, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Barack's campaign is doomed for failure! His choice of an old Washington insider weakened his position for change and gave way to "more of the same" politics.

On the other side, The Maverick's choice of Sarah Palin, a Washington outsider woman reformer has taken away from Barack the flag of change and now is waved with excitement and honor by the republican ticket.

The selection of Sarah the "Barracuda" has given hope for America to many of the disfranchised and disillusioned 18 million former Hillary supporters who are considering voting for the republican ticket to give women equal partnership in the governance of our country.

Country First!
McCain/Palin!

Posted by: Manolete | September 11, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

where are all those educated obama supporters hiding?


all I ever come across are unhinged crazies posting on behalf of obama.


geesh, you people need help

Posted by: oriana | September 11, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

The glory of uninformed certainty.

From
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/palinism-politics-as-content-free.html

Palinism: Politics as The Content-Free Violation of Expectation

What is Palinism?

What is it about?

What policies?

What ideas?

What positions?

Even in the Lincoln-Douglas debates, while no doubt many were motivated by regional partisanship, local prejudices, and "the measure" of the candidate, one suspects that at least a rough rendering of the issues--secession vs. Union, free vs. enslaved--was carried in and animated the crowds.

Now, it is pure reaction to pattern. To one impulse expectation violated by the provocation of another impulse, that feels--good.

We have reached the content-free phase of American politics.

A form, an image--glasses, hair, a voice, what it suggests--is enough. She could be speaking the words to the airport timetable, the swearing-in speech of Ferdinand Marcos, the ingredients of a
box of Sizzlean--the form, the image, the sound, and the gathering impulse, the bare stirring from dull lack of novelty--is sufficient to awaken the crowds to angry perturbance at...the stimulus to be perturbed, and the bare sense of actual directed action and purpose that comes with doing so.

Palin herself wears a glazed, slightly confused look in her eyes--what is it that has unleashed this roar, this approbation. Being used to herself, and having been among those who are well used to her, she is unaware of the novelty that her mere form releases in the dazed electorate, yearning for a pretext for expression. Soon, she'll believe it herself.

And, after all, isn't that what democracy is all about? The ability to choose to decide without knowledge? Better yet, to choose your knowledge, irrespective of fact, in correspondence with the liberating, confirmation-free impulse?

This is what today's moment stands for.

These are our satisfactions and securities in this golden age.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/palinism-politics-as-content-free.html

Posted by: cara prado | September 11, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Vote Obama.

Posted by: Real JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm shocked (seriously). That seemed a pretty fair article. I'm so used to anti-Repub bias that I am truly shocked.

Posted by: MM | September 11, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Is he an idiot or what.


Yup, that is Biden. Gotta take the bad with the good...unfortunately.


By the way, McCain is known for also making politically incorrect statements. The joke about rape...the comment about Iranians smoking a lot...he said maybe that is one way of killing them off. He quickly said it was a joke after his wife elbowed several times in the back. I thought it was funny (the Iranian thing) but thats just me.

But back to Biden, he is qualified probably.

Posted by: jcapan | September 11, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Everyone complaining that the candidates are not "discussing issues" should blame Obama. McCain had the courage to suggest ten weeks of one-on-one town hall meetings, but the media queen Obama didn't have the courage to step up and accept the challenge. The last thing Obama wants is an "honest" discussion of the issues...he just wants to spew his dogma unchallenged.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how anyone can view this video and then turn around and vote for McCain. He has definitely lost his marbles.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrJKB22PITs

Posted by: YouMustBeJoking | September 11, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

The gutter rat groupies of Nobama (Nob) are out in their full stinky force.

However, these gutter rats know that their empty suit hero is melting down. Some one fetch a towel fast!

Serves well, after the disgraceful manner in which he stole the nomination and subsequently trashed HRC in the VP process.

The slimy NObama tried to brand Bill a racist. Now the same slimy NObama is begging Bill to campaign wit him and posing with him pictures. WHat happened to the comparisons? DId n't the slimy NOB compare BIll to Nixon? Now he needs his support?

Can you say shameless? Thought so.

Posted by: intcamd1 | September 11, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Some of Biden's recent gaffes:

“Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America,” Mr. Biden said Wednesday in Nashua, N.H. “Quite frankly it might have been a better pick than me.”

Earlier in the week, in Columbia, Mo., Mr. Biden urged a paraplegic state official to stand up to be recognized.

“Chuck, stand up, let the people see you,” Mr. Biden shouted to State Senator Chuck Graham, before realizing, to his horror, that Mr. Graham uses a wheelchair.

This is the fellow who nearly derailed his nascent presidential campaign last year by calling Mr. Obama bright and clean and articulate and who noted that you needed a slight Indian accent to walk into a Dunkin’ Donuts or 7-Eleven in Delaware.

The man who, reading his vice-presidential acceptance speech from a TelePrompter, bungled Senator John McCain’s name, calling him “George” (“Freudian slip, folks, Freudian slip,” he explained).

The man who, on the day Mr. Obama announced him as his running mate, referred to his party’s presidential nominee as “Barack America” and noted that his wife, Jill, a college professor, was “drop-dead gorgeous” but who, problematically, possessed a doctorate.

The man who has said he is running for president (not vice president) and who confused Army brigades with battalions. Who referred to his Republican vice-presidential opponent as the lieutenant governor of Alaska.

Posted by: Is he an idiot or what? | September 11, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama's big mouth + Biden's stupid mouth = november disaster!

Posted by: Caronte | September 11, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

George Soros is an idiot.

See, republicans aren't the only people who can have idiots on their side.

Posted by: jcapan | September 11, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Bob

Cheney is not the default nominee because he didn't run. I'm sure Palin if she is elected VP, she will run.

By the way, I'm republican although voting for Obama.

I'm sure McCain is a good man at heart but I think his desire to be president has nothing to do with wanting the best for the country.

In McCain's book, he writes that he is amazed at how far he has come given his average abilities. He has openly said that he wants to be president to cap off an impossible career achievment.

Posted by: jcapan | September 11, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

There are some really angry people on this page. It's like George Soros gave all his disciples the day off to blog and they all came here.

Posted by: MB | September 11, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

The best way to loose a game is to believe that you won before the game starts!

This is exactly what Obama has been doing since he was picked by the superdelegates!

He thinks he is so good, arrogant prick!

Posted by: Caronte | September 11, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I just want to see a spirited but honest interaction between both candidates discussing issues.

It may very well be that McCain has very good ideas on the issues.

And if he beats Obama based on that...I can accept that.

By the way, I am a registered republican but I am voting Obama.

Posted by: jcapan | September 11, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Joe, what makes you think Palin is the default nominee in 2012? Cheney isn't running and he's the VP for Bush? That's not exactly how things work.

Another thing to be directed to a few posts here. Why are all of us Republicans lumped up into one evil bunch? Is it wrong that I support a free market economy? Civic virtue? Small Government? We aren't all gun-toting. But it's an inalienable right recognized by the founding fathers just like freedom of speech that the left all cry about. We aren't all Bible-beating. I believe religion has no place in politics but the sensitivity to any reference of it has gotten way out of hand.

McCain 2000. Should have happened back then. Don't compare him to Bush. Barack Obama has sided with Democrats 97% of the time. Same Dems with the 18.5% approval rating in Congress. Hey, but atleast we have a Pineapple Week now.

McCain is a Reagan-Republican. The last great President with so much respect that he wouldn't even take his suit jacket off in the oval office. He summed it up best during his first inaugural address.

"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."

Why go bigger? Let the people be responsible for themselves and their own lives. Charity should never be forced and should always be anonymous. Be a parent and discipline your kids and don't rely on Uncle Sam to do it for you. You get the point.

Posted by: Bob | September 11, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

The whole world is watching the us pesidential race. Therefore, both sides should show good manners toward others, as in behavior and speech. Don't use the language of the kids and of the street people.

Posted by: ohho | September 11, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

The Commonwealth of Virginia says: Yes We Can!

Posted by: community organizer | September 11, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Read this clipping. It's about Mike Huckabee. He maybe a religious zealot but at least he is honest. Anyway read the article...good stuff


Mike Huckabee

Huckabee Calls on McCain-Palin to Return to Issues-Based Campaigning

By Garance Franke-Ruta
While the McCain-Palin campaign is making a series of lurid charges about support for sex education and sexism by its Democratic opponents, one Republican is calling for a return to the issues.

Last night, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee -- winner of this year's Republican Iowa caucuses -- sent a letter to his supporters (reprinted on his blog) calling on them to "shift back to the issues" and echoing his Tuesday comments to Fox News's Sean Hannity pooh-poohing Obama's contention that Sen. John McCain's claim that he represents change is putting "lipstick on a pig."

"It's an old expression," Huckabee had told Hannity, "and I'm going to have to cut Obama some slack on that one. I do not think he was referring to Sarah Palin; he didn't reference her. If you take the two soundbites together, it may sound like it. But I've been a guy at the podium many times, and you say something that's maybe a part of an old joke and then somebody ties it in. So, I'm going to have to cut him slack."

In his letter, Huckabee drives the point home: "[W]hile on Hannity & Colmes I cut Barack Obama some slack on his reference to 'lipstick on a pig.' Now I personally don't think he was referring to Gov. Palin, but if he was he should apologize immediately," the former Arkansas governor wrote. "Almost twenty four hours into this new controversy and the accusations are continuing to fly from both campaigns. That's too bad.

"Let's shift back to the issues."

Posted by: jcapan | September 11, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Ready. Yes We Can!

Posted by: organizing in Montana | September 11, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I think if Obama had picked Hillary, then the republicans can really attack him using substance instead of lies.

Lets face it...the Clintons carry way too much baggage.

Biden talks alot but if you look at the man, he really does serve the people. His networth is around 150k where as most of his colleagues who have been around just as long are worth millions. He takes the train two hours one way to get to work.

Yes, he talks a lot. Yes, he likes being the center of attention. But in the end, he is there to serve the people.

Posted by: jcapan | September 11, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't a Presidential race be about issues and policies rather than about petty and even phony personal accusations? Thanks to the McCain campaign, this Presidential election seems to be the one of a Banana Republic... I seriously expected more from the country that present itself as the bastion of democracy.

Posted by: Disappointed foreigner | September 11, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

You never read, in this column, any advice for John McCain.

I can understand why a wet behind the ears neophyte like obama would benefit from advice from the fellow clueless at the wapo - but why in the world would McCain need or want advice from these twirps?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse


the lipstick wearing pig today said she was "ready to become president"

i guess that means she passed her week long crash course in presidency 101 given to her by joseph stalin liebermann.

maybe now the republican campaign and the senile old fart mcinsane will let her be interviewed.

cbs; mrs palin, are you a pig with lipstick?

palin; no, i'm an ugly dog with lipstick. big difference.

cbs; mrs palin, were you for the bridge to nowhere before you were against it?

palin; yes, but don't tell anyone.

cbs; mrs palin, did you sell the alaska jet on ebay?

palin; no.

cbs; then why did you say you did?

palin; because i wanted to.

cbs; so you lied?

palin; no.

cbs; you told the truth then?

palin; no.

cbs; mrs palin, did you fire the state police chief because you don't like your sisters ex husband?

palin; no. he quit.

cbs; the documents say you fired him.

palin; they are obviously wrong.

cbs; what do you say that?

palin; because i'm a soccer mom.

cbs; mrs palin where is new zealand?

palin; next to the old zealand.

cbs; mrs palin, what's a dictator?

palin; a potato that looks like dick.

cbs; mrs palin, what's a socialist?

palin; someone who socializes at tea parties.

cbs; mrs palin, what's a communist?

palin; a hippy that inhabits communes.

cbs; mrs palin, what's an apache black hawk?

palin; a bird that lives on a reservation.

cbs; mrs palin, what's a drone?

palin; a noise.

cbs; mrs palin, what's SALT II?

palin; the second salt shaker on a table.

cbs; mrs palin; what's an ICBM?

palin; a typewriter with that little ball with all the letters on it.

cbs; mrs palin, what's a humvee?

palin; it's like a hum W, but you hum it first. duh.

mrs palin, who's the president of iran?

palin; chuck norris.

cbs; mrs palin, who's the father of bristols baby?

mrs palin; some homeless guy. oops, i mean her boyfriend.

cbs; are you stupid?

palin gump; stupid is as stupid does.

Posted by: presGWBfanclub | September 11, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Im not shocked at all, and OBAMA is'nt either.His camp knew They had MCCANT on the ropes, and it was only a matter of time before the "LIES and Ignorance" started.Hell, it won the GOP two elections in a row, why would they stop now.
Fortunately, i think America in general has grown tired of the GOP old school of subterfuge, and the more MCCANT pushes, the more it will benifit OBAMA.

Obama's camp Hasnt had to make up a bunch of lies and inuendo's about MCCANT or PILKING
MCCAIN want to continue policies of the past eight years, Obama will change all of that.
NEXT

Posted by: Mullett | September 11, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain claims to have experience to lead since he is a war-hero (although he spent most of the time in box) is total nonsense.

watch this video...the man doesn't even know who is who.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrJKB22PITs

Posted by: jcapan | September 11, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

PoliticalPuck

Actually I think the media is doing McCain a favor by printing all the "distractions" coming from his campaign. If the media ever decided to just concentrate on the issues, McCain might as well congratulate Obama on being the next president.

Posted by: jcapan | September 11, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Today, the National Debt is at $9.6 TRILLION DOLLARS.

Check it out for yourself at the US treasury website:
http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np

The Bush administration added hugely to this debt with their wasteful and unnecessary war. They LIED about WMDs to get us into this war, while the real terrorists escaped.

This war also KILLED 4,155 AMERICANS and WOUNDED 33,324 MORE AMERICANS.
Source: http://icasualties.org/oif/

McCain says he would vote for this war all over again. He has terrible judgment. Don't put him in charge of your lives and dollars. Your life might end up lost and all your money to the richest of the rich, who are his lobbyists and donors.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

terrified!

As well you should be.

Posted by: viejo1 | September 11, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it great that the Washington Post continually gives Obama advice on how to win the Presidency?

You never read, in this column, any advice for John McCain.

So,,,the Post has morphed from cheerleader to campaign advisor.

Shame on the Washington Post.

Posted by: PoliticalPuck | September 11, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Palin and the Prophecy

Why we should be terrified of Sarah Palin and her evangelical friends getting their hands on the nuclear football.

From The Times (UK) - September 10, 2008

At the Wasilla Assembly of God Church, Sarah Palin’s former pastor sees powerful signs that the end of the world is nigh.
Pastor Ed Kalnins cites conflict in the Middle East, America’s dependence on foreign oil and the depletion of energy reserves as evidence that “storm clouds are gathering”. He told The Times: “Scripture specifically mentions oil instability as a sign of the Rapture. We’re seeing more and more oil wars. The contractions of the fulfilment of prophecies are getting tighter and tighter.”

He declined to set an exact date for the Rapture, or the “End of Days” – the belief in a time when Jesus will return, raising up believers to Heaven and leaving the wicked to be ruled by the Antichrist – but hopes it will be in his lifetime. “I’m looking out the window and I can see it’s going to rain,” he said. “I’m just looking at the turmoil of the world, Iraq, other places – everywhere people are fighting against Christ.”

Link to full article below:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article4720440.ece

Quotes from her current pastor, Mike Rose:

From an April 27, 2008 sermon: “If you really want to know where you came from and happen to believe the word of God that you are not a descendant of a chimpanzee, this is what the word of God says. I believe this version.”

From a July 8, 2007 sermon: “Those that die without Christ have a horrible, horrible surprise.”

From a July 28, 2007 sermon: “Do you believe we’re in the last days? After listening to Newt Gingrich and the prime minister of Israel and a number of others at our gathering, I became convinced, and I have been convinced for some time. We are living in the last days. These are incredible times to live in.”

link to full article:

http://harpers.org/archive/2008/08/hbc-90003486

Posted by: TERRIFIED! | September 11, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

If you're an obama supporter and you're down because of the total meltdown, the prescription is to wait 'til Chelsea's ready to run, cause your candidate has virtually already lost the election.
Actually, he does have an outside chance (in two parts):
Release and pardon all criminals 18-34 (his base).
Swap that genius biden with mrs. slickster.

Posted by: viejo1 | September 11, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Bill Smith

I hope you are joking.

You are the wrong race to be supporting her kind.

I'm not saying all republicans feel that way but I'm sure Karl Rove and his cronies who happen to be running McCain feel that way. During the RNC convention, most of the faces there were white and older. Where was the diversity? I don't know about you, but those people certainly don't want change.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain is leading among bigots, bible-thumpers, and the uneducated (is that redundant?).

He'll probably win easily.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

If you're an Obama supporter and discouraged by the latest campaign developments, the best prescription is action. Go down to your local Obama campaign office and put in a few hours on the phones, canvassing or entering data. If you don't have time to spare, bring some food or drink to help fuel all that hope. :-) The important thing is to reassert control over your own situation and not be talked down by those who are afraid to see you exercise your power. Obama will disappoint you as a messiah, but he will more than fulfill you as a good, honest, capable man in the White House, ready to lead and to steer this country back on a course of reason sound foreign and economic policy. He will not cure all our ills, but we will help us take the first bold steps to doing so.

There is no reason to fret and worry in front of the TV or computer when you can do something to change things. You will feel better, I promise, and you will help Obama win in November. And on Nov. 4th, as he gives his acceptance speech, you can say, "I helped make this happen." What could be a better feeling in the world? :-)

Posted by: treetopflyer | September 11, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

I really feel that Obama "blew it" when he din't include Hillary on the ticket. All of my American Indian relatives and myself are voting for McCain because we like Palin!

Posted by: Bill Smith | September 11, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Obama should be aborted by God until he CHANGES his mind. I wonder if he would advice his daughters to abort because their children aren't white.

Posted by: Amado Castaneda | September 11, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

My husband and I together earn $700,000 a year, yet I am voting for Obama because there are certain things more important than money.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

ha ha! i love how Sarah Palin sending her son off to die in Iraq is the ultimate symbol of patriotism.. sounds like the ultimate symbol of BLIND patriotism, the exact plague that got America into the mess it's in.. If you're not with us, you're with the terrorist.. yeah right.. America needs to pass this ugly phase. Starts by voting..

Posted by: andrew the australian | September 11, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I work in the financial services field (Wall St.) and the people who I know who favor McCain do so because they don't want to be taxed. They don't think we will be attacked by terrorist or go to war. They simply don't want to pay more taxes.

By the way, these people make a lot of money...wink wink.

Posted by: Joe | September 11, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Today, the National Debt is at $9.6 TRILLION DOLLARS.

Check it out for yourself at the US treasury website:
http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np

The Bush administration added hugely to this debt with their wasteful and unnecessary war. They LIED about WMDs to get us into this war, while the real terrorists escaped.

This war also KILLED 4,155 AMERICANS and WOUNDED 33,324 MORE AMERICANS.

McCain says he would vote for this war all over again. He has terrible judgment. Don't put him in charge of your lives and dollars. Your life might end up lost and all your money to the richest of the rich, who are his lobbyists and donors.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain can only fool some of the people some of the time.
Lehman Bros. is going down the tubes.
The Interior dept. has scandalized Oil Revenues.
The market has lost about 10 years of growth.
The housing crisis, the poorly run wars, and
BIN LADEN IS STILL OUT THERE!

Posted by: Tob | September 11, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

vote insane - America does not let the "rest of the world" choose our leaders.

The rest of the world does not have America's best interest at heart.

Most of the rest of the world owes their existence in one way or another to America and they resent that.

They want America brought down to their level. So if you think that is good - why not leave and join your fellow losers?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

What I don't the republicans also realize is that McCain most likely will only run for one term (if he wins). It normally takes two terms to accomplish anything significant.

So does that mean Sarah Palin will be running for president in 2012? She would be the default nominee since she would be vice president.

Scary thought

Posted by: Joe | September 11, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

khrabb

Call me. If McSame and Paliar get elected. I'll come join you.

OBAMA BIDEN 08

Posted by: Vote sane | September 11, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Today, the National Debt is at $9.6 TRILLION DOLLARS.

Check it out for yourself at the US treasury website:
http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np


Yet McCain is going to add between $600 billion and $3.7 trillion to this over the next 10 years with his tax cut plan, which gives the richest 1% the biggest cuts and piddly to the rest of us.

Obama's will give tax cuts to 95% of us, yet his plan will cost less than McCain's.

Source:
http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/obama/1031268,CST-NWS-tax30.article


With lobbyists essentially running McCain's campaign, I think a lot of our money is going to end up going to the corporate special interests.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse


I am a registered Republican. I twice voted for GW.

As Clinton's second term was coming to an end, it was easy to overlook the things he did right and focus on the others. I bought into the "left-leaning" media rhetoric, whole-heartedly joined the Clinton-haters, and gleefully rode along with the ascension of FOX news and the "conservative" talk shows. Even while questioning a LOT of Bush's actions over the years and ignoring his bumbling, I quietly looked forward to jumping on the NO HILLARY bandwagon when the time came.

Sadly, it took Hillary not getting the nod for me to look at this election with fresh eyes. The vile frothing hatred coming out of the "conservative" talk shows is shocking after not listening for awhile. McCain is a weak candidate. He wasn't a good choice when he was going against Bush, and he isn't now. He's worse now since he's tossed aside the positive things he did have going for him and embraced the things he thinks will get him elected. Palin was a media stunt, pure and simple. America first, John? Was she the best person for that pick? The best Woman? The best Republican Woman? .. or was she what you needed in order to have a shot in heii at winning? It's cynical and hypocritical. You lost any shot you had at getting my vote. The republicans lost a voter as well.

We are in sad shape here folks. Not just because GW & company have driven our economy and world standing into the toilet, but because we have apparently become a Jerry Springer nation. Will this election be decided on who gets the most tabloid covers?

Yes we can! GL to you Mr. Obama. You have my vote.

Posted by: ExRepub | September 11, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

PostGlobal's Global Power Barometer measures how well the key powers of the world, and by extension their leaders, are exercising their power to achieve their own desired ends. It tells you clearly who's winning and losing on the world power stage. The GPB's "4-week View" makes it obvious how far the U.S. has fallen far behind Russia, China, Iran and even Israel and the Islamists in achieving its global goals.

As we've watched world reaction to the Bush administration over the years, the people and leaders of the world are not as much interested in "experience" per se as they are two critical human traits: 1) curiosity about the world, and, 2) a knowledge of the history and cultures of their nations. Governor Palin has neither and that's downright dangerous.

The Governor, who obtained her first passport less than two years ago, has traveled outside the U.S. only once, to visit Alaska National Guardsmen stationed in Germany and Kuwait. She claimed a visit to Ireland, but the Irish quickly pointed out that a refueling stop in which you don't leave the airport is not a "visit." In fact, she has never even visited Alaska's important next-door neighbor, Canada.

Consistent with a complete lack of curiosity about the world around her, Governor Palin has never had any formal education in history (of the U.S. or the world,) let alone any experience with global culture or politics that might serve as a substitute for formal education.

Beyond what this says to the people of the world (which is that a VP Palin simply wouldn't care), we've just experienced eight years of the costly errors of a President without any curiosity or understanding of how foreign lands will react to U.S. actions. Iraq is a prime example. Even a cursory knowledge of culture and the region would have suggested the outcome of an Iraq invasion (Bush 41's great knowledge and understanding of history and culture kept him out of Baghdad.)

In the current crisis with Russia, an understanding of Russian culture, history and 20th-century experience (and, of course, the right judgment to apply the lessons of that history) would have avoided creating the situation in which Russia had little choice but to draw the line at South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

The U.S. has a history as long as a blink of an eye in comparison to much of the rest of the world, so it may be understandable that we have little interest in world history. U.S. citizens are some of the least traveled among developed countries, so that may explain our lack of knowledge of other cultures. But in order just to protect ourselves and avoid mistakes that strengthen our enemies and weaken the U.S., we need leaders who are curious about the world, its history and its cultures. The nomination of Sarah Palin sends exactly the wrong message to the world and guarantees four more years of foreign policy and military mistakes in a world far more dangerous than it was eight years ago.
By Chuck McLean, Chuck McLean is director of the Denver Research Group, which produces PostGlobal's Global Power Barometer.

Posted by: frl | September 11, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm still here, but I'm leaving. Any sane person can only take so much of the Republican stench before you need a breather.

Way to steal my saying Vote Sane

You seem very similar to your leader who thinks he is an agent of Change now.

By the way Vote Sane=Obama/Biden 08

Apparently, the rest of the world agrees with me.

Posted by: Vote sane | September 11, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I don't Obama underestimated McCain.

If the media where to do it's job and just ignore the sensationalism and just concentrate on the issues, this would be a no contest.

Obama clearly beats McCain on that. He has more detail and substance in his response to the issues.

But if the media were to do that, they wouldn't sell papers and the the talking heads on the many channels wouldn't have anything to do. In a way they are playing kingmaker.


Posted by: Joe | September 11, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

How do we respond to filthy dirty political smears?
What is the correct response?
Should Obama get down in the muck and wrestle the lipstick off of the pig?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH0xzsogzAk

Posted by: M. Tobias | September 11, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

This blog makes me proud that I am an American... who lives in Europe.

Posted by: khrabb | September 11, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama needs to start acting presidential. Hanging out saying Uh and Ah and talking about lipstick on pigs is certainly not looking presidential.
he needs to be more than what one news person referred to as an "awesome blossom" with no central core.
Informal is okay but usiing slang does not sound very presidential

Posted by: fred douglas | September 11, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Puh-lease:

Beau Biden doesn't ship out until October 3rd.

Vote Sane (Vote McCain):

Where'd you go off to?

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

face it,

i want what you're having, because you are obviously delusional.

(seriously kids don't do drugs)

explain to me how sarah is the old news as barack obama drops in polls across the board including his ability to "understand the people" and "run the whitehouse".

most polls out on the market today have palin at a comparable level with barack obama (teetering on 33% favor you can even find one such poll here in the washington posts archives). with her consistantly rising, and him consistantly remaining at the same level and in most cases falling to palin.

yes....if sarah palin is old news, then how badly was she kicking barack when she wasnt? and how far in denial are you?

Posted by: dale | September 11, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Its not like she is going to war her son is and she didn't exactly enroll him. Biden's son is in Iraq what are you're thoughts on that?

Is it still the ultimate gift of patriotism for Biden?

A war a war A WAR THAT WE SHOULDN'T EVEN BE IN THE FIRST PLACE!

Reminder being real and down to earth is good for cocktail parties as for managing the free world you need a little more than down to earth. Remember this is international politics I live in my own private bubble politics.

Posted by: Puh-lease | September 11, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

MOST PRAGMATIC, GROUNDED LIPSTICK TALK YET

The First and Last Word On Lipstick
By Tom Bevan

"I haven't commented on the "lipstick on a pig" brouhaha, and beyond this I don't plan on saying anything else about it since the subject has already been beaten into the ground in the space of 36 hours. But here's my two cents.....

"I give Obama credit for being a smart guy and, after nineteen grueling months on the trail, also being well versed in choosing his words carefully and understanding their meaning - either real or implied. My sense is he knew what he was doing when he chose that particular phrase - and the reaction of the crowd indicated they knew what Obama was saying as well. That said, it stretches credulity to jump to the conclusion and/or the accusation that he was directly calling Sarah Palin a pig. Of course he wasn't.

"Obama probably thought it was a clever play on words to take Palin's signature line and turn it on its head. Irrespective of what he might have been trying to do, however, the words he said are the words he said.

"Did the McCain camp go over the top with its cries of indignant outrage? Sure. To say Obama "smeared" Palin is an obvious stretch. But that is what campaigns do - and Obama is the one who gave them the opportunity to do it. If nothing else, the episode was a stark reminder that for all his intelligence, eloquence, and self assuredness, Obama is still a rookie. It was a stupid mistake...."

more at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/09/the_first_and_last_word_on_lip.html

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 11, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Greedy GOP Republican Oil Millionaires:

I stopped reading after the first 10,000 words. Keep in mind that our very own Canadian, justadad55+, also supports Baracj HUSSEIN Obama. Luckily, neither he nor Prime Minister Brown get a vote ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

I pray to high heaven that Obama is up to it because I am not sure I will be able to take 4-8 more years like the Bush regime. I see no indications that McCain/Palin will be any different in terms of domestic and foreign policy the W. Furthermore, I see no evidence that McCain/Palin will bring any different approach than the corrupt, power hungry, partisan governance of W either. The sleazy campaign, the cover ups of troopergate, the lies about earmarks, etc. bring that home to me clearly.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW MCCAIN IS DOMINATING AND PLAYING OBAMA'S STRENGTHS

The McCain campaign has started fighting with the media. They have succeeded in discrediting the media with respect to its coverage of the candidates that a lot of people don't take them seriously this year.

The only real problem with fighting with the media is that they are too stupid to know when they are beaten. So if you look at columns like some of those in the NY Times and, today, Howard Kurtz' "The Anger Factor" (where, if you don't realize it already, the anger is that the media, offended by the McCain campaign, is lashing back with).

The Anger Factor
by Howard Kurtz
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/11/AR2008091100793.html

The incensed and hyperventilating Kurtz even quotes from TPM as a "media source". (I have to insert an "LOL" here because TPM is one step away from DailyKos and the same trustees hang out at both). Then, getting more conservative, Kurtz then quotes Kevin Drum, a "Mother Jones blogger" (another "LOL" here), as an instance of an "angry media" who is newly disillusioned with McCain and will get back at him.

What is really funny is that this isn't just a dysfunctional slapfight that has erupted between a newly cynical McCain campaign and the media, as Howard Kurtz has imagined.

Consistent with this Balz article above, McCain is not as old and lame as he appears to young people. Over the course of the Summer, he has developed a canny control over the ebb and flow of the media coverage that has surprised many.

It would be unfair to depict this latest "War with the media" as a petulant slapfight and dysfunction. The McCain campaign has taken control of the news flow and is dominating the news when it wants, how it needs to. It's not about cynical gimmicks and tricks, either. He's a good man fighting to win because he believes that the country needs fundamental reform of special interests control in Congress for the country to meet the challenges of our near future and he knows that Obama can't do that.

McCain's not angering the media for some trivial reason: he's dominating an out-of-control media that has been acting like an Obama spin room. He's gotten into your heads in the way that he has gotten into Obama's head with Palin, thereby disrupting Obama's game, too.

McCain is good. He's going to win. And people will keep underestimating him right up to inaguration day, IMO.

If and when he does win, he'd be a Great President (capital first letters) in an era in which we desperately need one.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 11, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Someone asked why Sarah Palin was in Alaska instead of at Ground Zero. Is this same person asking where what's his name, oh, yeah, Biden was today?

Sarah was at home sending her son off to Iraq. Not much more of a gift to our country than that. I would say that is the maximum symbol of patriotism.

Give Sarah a break - Sarah is a real human, human being.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Someone asked why Sarah Palin was in Alaska instead of at Ground Zero. Is this same person asking where what's his name, oh, yeah, Biden was today?

Sarah was at home sending her son off to Iraq. Not much more of a gift to our country than that. I would say that is the maximum symbol of patriotism.

Give Sarah a break - Sarah is a real human, human being.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Someone asked why Sarah Palin was in Alaska instead of at Ground Zero. Is this same person asking where what's his name, oh, yeah, Biden was today?

Sarah was at home sending her son off to Iraq. Not much more of a gift to our country than that. I would say that is the maximum symbol of patriotism.

Give Sarah a break - Sarah is a real human, human being.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Someone asked why Sarah Palin was in Alaska instead of at Ground Zero. Is this same person asking where what's his name, oh, yeah, Biden was today?

Sarah was at home sending her son off to Iraq. Not much more of a gift to our country than that. I would say that is the maximum symbol of patriotism.

Give Sarah a break - Sarah is a real human, human being.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Someone asked why Sarah Palin was in Alaska instead of at Ground Zero. Is this same person asking where what's his name, oh, yeah, Biden was today?

Sarah was at home sending her son off to Iraq. Not much more of a gift to our country than that. I would say that is the maximum symbol of patriotism.

Give Sarah a break - Sarah is a real human, human being.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Someone asked why Sarah Palin was in Alaska instead of at Ground Zero. Is this same person asking where what's his name, oh, yeah, Biden was today?

Sarah was at home sending her son off to Iraq. Not much more of a gift to our country than that. I would say that is the maximum symbol of patriotism.

Give Sarah a break - Sarah is a real human, human being.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Someone asked why Sarah Palin was in Alaska instead of at Ground Zero. Is this same person asking where what's his name, oh, yeah, Biden was today?

Sarah was at home sending her son off to Iraq. Not much more of a gift to our country than that. I would say that is the maximum symbol of patriotism.

Give Sarah a break - Sarah is a real human, human being.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Someone asked why Sarah Palin was in Alaska instead of at Ground Zero. Is this same person asking where what's his name, oh, yeah, Biden was today?

Sarah was at home sending her son off to Iraq. Not much more of a gift to our country than that. I would say that is the maximum symbol of patriotism.

Give Sarah a break - Sarah is a real human, human being.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Someone asked why Sarah Palin was in Alaska instead of at Ground Zero. Is this same person asking where what's his name, oh, yeah, Biden was today?

Sarah was at home sending her son off to Iraq. Not much more of a gift to our country than that. I would say that is the maximum symbol of patriotism.

Give Sarah a break - Sarah is a real human, human being.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Someone asked why Sarah Palin was in Alaska instead of at Ground Zero. Is this same person asking where what's his name, oh, yeah, Biden was today?

Sarah was at home sending her son off to Iraq. Not much more of a gift to our country than that. I would say that is the maximum symbol of patriotism.

Give Sarah a break - Sarah is a real human, human being.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Sarah is old news, this fresh face came with alot of lies and scandal and most literate Republicans that loved her at first are beginning to dislike more and more the idea her running the country.

Posted by: Face it | September 11, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

its funny how this article constantly refers to mccain as reckless in his actions, but in obamas "regular politicians campaign" vs his message of "different kind of politics" isnt reckless.

since when is it reckless to run as a maverick and do something that is reckless in the eyes of others?

lets see who stood by their platform throughout...and who veered?

obama, after the biden pick, and before the palin pick, i came to see you as nothing more than a vagrant, a beggar, sitting with your little dixie cup, and demanding change from the public.

you are a disgrace.

Posted by: dale | September 11, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

What he needs is some better pointers from WAPO and the MSM. I would have thought by now he'd be getting better advice from his buddies in the newsroom.

Posted by: jmd | September 11, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BROWN SUPPORTS BARACK OBAMA

LONDON, Wednesday - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown voiced support today for US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, saying he would help Americans struggling with an economic downturn.

In a move seen by some British media as a break with a political convention requiring foreign leaders to remain neutral ahead of US elections, Mr Brown praised Mr Obama as a fellow “progressive politician” who would help ordinary Americans in tough times. With eight weeks to go before the presidential election, Mr Obama and his Republican rival John McCain are neck-and-neck in domestic opinion polls.

Mr Brown described the race for the White House as “electrifying” and said: “It is the Democrats who are generating the ideas to help people through more difficult times.”

“To help prevent people from losing their home, Barack Obama has proposed a Foreclosure Prevention Fund to increase emergency pre-foreclosure counselling, and help families facing repossession,” he wrote in an article in The Monitor magazine, a monthly political publication.


WHY A BARREL OF OIL ILLEGALLY SHOT UP FROM $24 TO $145 DURING THE GOP REPUBLICAN ROB AMERICA ADMINISTRATION


GOP REPUBLICAN BUSH I OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE OIL EXECUTIVE
GOP REPUBLICAN BUSH II OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE OIL EXECUTIVE
GOP REPUBLICAN CHENEY OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE OIL EXECUTIVE
GOP REPUBLICAN RICE OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE OIL EXECUTIVE
GOP REPUBLICAN GUILIANI OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE OIL STOCKHOLDER
GOP REPUBLICAN MCCAIN OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE OIL STOCKHOLDER
GOP REPUBLICAN PALIN OOOOOIIIIILLLLL COMMISSIONER OIL STOCKHOLDER


TOGETHER WHAT DO THEY ALL HAVE IN COMMON?

THEY ARE ALL GOP REPUBLICAN OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRES STOCKHOLDERS


GOP REPUBLICAN OOOOOIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLL IS THE NEW CRACK
GOP REPUBLICAN OOOOOIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLL IS THE NEW CRACK
GOP REPUBLICAN OOOOOIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLL IS THE NEW CRACK


CAN YOU SAY GOP REPUBLICAN CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, ROB OUR U.S. TREASURY, AND SPECULATE FOR OBSCENELY HIGH PROFIT RETURNS ON WALL STREET OIL STOCKS

WAKE UP AMERICA, BECAUCE THE WORLD ALREADY KNOWS ABOUT THE CRIMINAL GOP REPUBLICAN PARTY OF CONSPIRATORS

NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE AS A VITAL RESOURCE

AMERICA AND AMERICANS FIRST

NO MORE GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET OOOOOIIIIILLLLL SPECULATION AND FRAUD AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

IF YOU SAY THAT YOU LOVE AMERICA, THEN PROVE IT AND STOP THE GOP REPUBLICAN RAIDERS UPON OUR U.S. TREASURY AND OUTSOURCING OF U.S. JOBS


Will the GOP Republican get rich by selling America party take credit for any of their disasters? GOP Republicans are successful at failing and hurting OUR COUNTRY in the eyes of the WORLD. Can we really afford to ignore what the ENTIRE WORLD THINKS OF US?


How does the WORLD perceive AMERICA led by Barack Obama? Extremely favorable.

How does the WORLD perceive AMERICA led by John McCain? Extremely negative.

FOR MORE YEARS ANYONE?

Eventually, Americans will realize that doing the same thing (electing GOP Republicans) will not yield different results (stock market disasters, economic disasters, world view disasters, failed foreign policy disasters, failed domestic policies disasters).

Spraying perfume on a new GOP Republican Pig will not create a bright and shiny candidate. Garbage in equal garbage out. GOP Republican garbage in yield (stock market, economic, foreign relations, domestic policies) garbage out.

McCain has perpetually been a failure from school until now.
Palin has perpetually been a failure (with a hillbilly hockey mom accent) from day one until now. Her bear hunting Arctic outback kids prove it.

Do you really need someone to tell you these basic facts? Under the Freedom of Information Act, all of this information is available free if you choose to type in the questions.

Lets prove to the Europeans and the World that we are not stupid, because they think that we are after two terms of Forrest Gump Bush.

D Student Crash Every Plane McCain and Hillbilly Trailer Palin are not reflective of the American People.

If Palin had a brain, then she would have considered the immense responsibilities demanded of the Office of the United States Vice President or President; and politely declined McCain’s crack induced invitation. GOP Republican Party is a joke.

If FOX NEWS does not clean up it’s filthy RACIST acts of discrimination, then American and European audiences will B O Y C O T T FOX RACIST NEWS.


REPORT SAYS GOP REPUBLICAN OIL AGENCY RAN AMOK

INVESTIGATION OF GOP REPUBLICAN OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET

INVESTIGATION OF GOP REPUBLICAN MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE OIL MARKETING GROUP


GOP REPUBLICAN Government officials in charge of collecting billions of dollars worth of royalties from oil and gas companies accepted gifts, steered contracts to favored clients and engaged in drug use and illicit sex with employees of the energy firms, federal investigators reported.

Investigators from the Interior Department's inspector general's office said more than a dozen employees, including the former director of the oil royalty program, took meals, ski trips, sports tickets and golf outings from industry representatives. The report alleges that the former director, also netted more than $30,000 from improper outside work.

The report from Inspector General contains fresh allegations about the practices at the beleaguered royalty-in-kind program of Interior's Minerals Management Service, which last year collected more than $4 billion worth of oil and natural gas from companies given contracts to tap energy on federal and Indian lands and offshore. The revelations come as Congress is set to consider opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and areas off the coast of Florida for drilling.

The royalty-in-kind program, based near Denver, allows energy companies to pay the government in oil and gas, rather than cash, for the privilege of drilling on government land. It has been the subject of multiple investigations since 2006 by the Interior Department's secretary, its inspector general, the Justice Department and Congress for alleged mismanagement and conflicts of interest.

In the report released yesterday, investigators said they "discovered a culture of substance abuse and promiscuity" in which employees accepted gratuities "with prodigious frequency." The report cited one e-mail from a Shell Pipeline representative asking a woman in the royalty office to attend "tailgating festivities" at a Houston Texans football game: "You're invited . . . have you and the girls meet at my place at 6am for bubble baths and final prep."

Besides Shell, the energy company employees mentioned in the report worked for Chevron, Hess and Gary-Williams Energy. The social outings detailed in the report included alcohol-, cocaine- and marijuana-filled parties where certain employees of the Minerals Management Service were nicknamed the "MMS Chicks" by the energy employees. The companies paid for federal workers to attend football and baseball games, PGA Tour events, Colorado ski trips, paintball outings and "treasure hunts," investigators found.

"The OIL INDUSTRY holds shocking sway over the ADMINISTRATION and even KEY FEDERAL EMPLOYEES,". "This is why we must not allow BIG OIL'S AGENDA to be jammed through CONGRESS."

The current director of the Minerals Management Service, said that he takes the report "very seriously".
Employees identified in the report told investigators that they didn't think ethics rules applied to them because of their "unique" role in the agency and that they needed to socialize with industry representatives for "market intelligence," according to the report. Those employees, some of whom have been transferred to different offices, have been recommended for internal administrative action.

The inspector general's release comprised three separate reports, including one devoted to the program's director. It alleges that Smith improperly worked part time for Geomatrix Consultants, an Oakland, Calif.-based environmental and engineering firm, and marketed the company to government clients.

Additionally, the report said that the director had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a subordinate whom he paid to buy cocaine, promising her a bonus in return. The director admitted to the sexual encounter.

The director, who now works for a private oil company in Denver, did not respond to requests for comment. Investigators referred their findings to federal prosecutors.

Justice officials also declined to comment on their decision about the criminal case against the highest-ranking official named in the report director of the Minerals Management Service, who worked in Washington. She is accused of improperly arranging a million-dollar deal for two retired employees.

The wife of the procurement policy administrator for the WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET, retired from government service Jan. 31. She declined to comment on the report. She told investigators she had a "personal issue. The Justice Department's decision to charge created a rift with Interior officials.

One of the two retired employees pleaded guilty in July to a federal conflict-of-interest charge related to the investigation. Another employee has been under investigation for similar conflict-of-interest allegations.

Before he left, Mayberry created a job for himself by writing the job description and the criteria for selecting the winning bidder, court documents show. He started a company out of his Texas home and was awarded a $150,000 contract in June 2003. He later hired Dial, the report said. Mayberry's firm collected $788,000 worth of contracts.

The royalty-in-kind program, which started as a small pilot project a decade ago, has been touted as a way to simplify the way OIL AND GAS COMPANIES pay for the right to drill on federal land and offshore. Instead of calculating the profit from a well, they can simply give the government one-eighth to one-sixth of whatever they take from the ground.

Revenue rose quickly, from $1.5 billion in 2004 to $4.3 billion last fiscal year. But the growth occurred "in an environment with relatively unstructured in-house oversight," the congressionally convened Royalty Policy Committee said in a December report. Previous reports have said that companies were allowed to revise their million-dollar bids for projects indiscriminately, that government workers routinely failed to seek out legal advice on complicated deals and that the agency used outdated computers and a $150 million software program that resulted in royalty money going uncollected.

A lawyer who represented states and tribes entitled to a cut of the royalties, said it was nearly impossible to get accurate numbers from the agency. "They kept hemming and hawing," she said.

In late 2006 questions arose over its handling of leases written in 1998 and 1999 that allowed major oil companies drilling in the Gulf of Mexico to avoid billions of dollars in royalty payments.

Former Interior Department auditors accused the agency of failing to bill companies. "We weren't allowed to audit them. It was disturbing," said an auditor who sued the federal government for not collecting royalties. "You couldn't see what was going on."

The minerals agency director said that the harm done by the royalty employees was to public trust and Treasury, and acknowledged that financial considerations were given to firms that gave favors to federal employees, and he said the contracts will be audited.


Do you really question the motives of GOP Republicans Criminals? America must Immediately Nationalize U.S. Oil and Gas For National Defense.

U.S. Presidents From Harvard Law
John Adams
John Quincy Adams
Rutherford Hayes
Theodore Roosevelt
Franklin Roosevelt
John Kennedy
Barack Obama

President and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama Contrast With D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain


Growing Up

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain was privileged, given everything by both parents, and worked for nothing.


Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama grew up poor, raised by his Irish-American single white mother and Irish-American white working class maternal grand parents. Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama was given nothing and worked for everything.

Education

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain was a D student and graduated last in his class. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain and McBush Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire share failed academic records. He partied constantly and dependent on favor handouts from his high ranking father and grandfather. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain earned nothing on his own similar to McBush Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain is also Internet illiterate which slows down his information processing capacity. Is this good for the country?


Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama worked hard and became PRESIDENT OF THE HARVARD LAW REVIEW. Everything that Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama accomplished he did on his own. Irish-American Barack Obama’s HARVARD Scholarship ranks among the best. Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama’s hard work represents the American Dream.


Community Service

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain poor studies translated into poor performances in the military where he crashed several planes and recklessly endangered the lives of others. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain was never trusted by his colleagues nor loved by his peers. The highlight of D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain’s career was getting shot down and becoming a prisoner. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain served his country by getting handouts from his guards. Getting handouts seems to be D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain’s modem of operations. WillObscenelyRich Crash Every Plane McCain, who finished 894th out of 899 at the Naval Academy and who lost five jets, return competence to the White House? To lose one plane over Vietnam may be a heroic tragedy; to lose five planes here and there is carelessness.

Irish-American Barack Obama turned down large profits after graduating from HARVARD LAW to serve the community in Chicago where help was needed most. The community learned to trust and love Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama for his dedication to public service.


Marriage

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain walked out on his family to chase a younger woman who was on drugs, embezzling money from her company, stealing, and facing criminal charges, until her privileged family saved her from trial. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain’s dysfunctional family represents chaos and lack of respect when he curses her in public.


Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama married an intelligent IVY LEAGUE attorney and adores his beautiful young daughters. Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama’s First Family represents what America is striving for. Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama has always been surrounded by and still maintains a great respect for women (Irish mother, Irish grandmother, sister, wife, and two daughters). If anyone is in tune with and favors the betterment of working American women, then it’s Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama.

International Diplomacy

The World wants no more chaotic McBush Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire-D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain.


The World loves Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama and will follow America’s leadership behind Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama.

If D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain had to make another emergency landing on a deserted island with Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama onboard as one of the passengers, then it is safe to say that D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain would assume the role of Gilligan, while Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama would assume the role of the professor.


Navy pilot John Sidney D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III should have never been allowed to graduate from the U.S. Navy flight school. He was a below average student and a lousy pilot. Had his father and grandfather not been famous four star U.S. Navy admirals, D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III would have never been allowed in the cockpit of a military aircraft.

His father John S. "Junior" McCain was commander of U.S. forces in Europe later becoming commander of American forces in Vietnam while D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III was being held prisoner of war. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III's grandfather John S. McCain, Sr. commanded naval aviation at the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.

During his relative short stunt on flight status, D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III lost five U.S. Navy aircraft, four in accidents and one in combat.

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III lost jet number one in 1958 when he plunged into Corpus Christi Bay while practicing landings. He was knocked unconscious by the impact coming to as the plane settled to the bottom.

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's second crash occurred while he was deployed in the Mediterranean. Flying too low over the Iberian Peninsula, he took out some power lines which led to a spate of newspaper stories in which he was predictably identified as the son of an admiral."

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's third crash three occurred when he was returning from flying a Navy trainer solo to Philadelphia for an Army-Navy football game.

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's fourth aircraft loss occurred July 29, 1967, soon after he was assigned to the USS Forrestal as an A-4 Skyhawk pilot. While seated in the cockpit of his aircraft waiting his turn for takeoff, an accidently fired rocket slammed into D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's plane. He escaped from the burning aircraft, but the explosions that followed killed 134 sailors, destroyed at least 20 aircraft, and threatened to sink the ship.

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's fifth loss happened during his 23rd mission over North Vietnam on Oct. 26, 1967, when D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's A-4 Skyhawk was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain ejected from the plane breaking both arms and a leg in the process and subsequently parachuted into Truc Bach Lake near Hanoi.

"Demands for military information were accompanied by threats to terminate my medical treatment if I [D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain] did not cooperate. Eventually, I gave them my ship's name and squadron number, and confirmed that my target had been the power plant."

When the communist learned that D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's father was Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., the soon-to-be commander of all U.S. Forces in the Pacific, he was rushed to Gai Lam military hospital.

The communist Vietnamese figured, because POW D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's father was of such high military rank, that he was of royalty or the governing circle. Thereafter the communist bragged that they had captured "the crown prince."

For 23 combat missions (an estimated 20 hours over enemy territory), the U.S. Navy awarded D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain a Silver Star, a Legion of Merit for Valor, a Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Stars, two Commendation medals plus two Purple Hearts and a dozen service medals.

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain had roughly 20 hours in combat. Since D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain got 28 medals, that equals out to a medal-and-a-half for each hour he spent in combat. There were infantry guys -- grunts on the ground -- who had more than 7,000 hours in combat where I'm sure a prison cell would have looked pretty good to them by comparison. The question really is how many guys got that number of medals for not being shot down.

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain has been an unchecked master at manipulating an overly friendly and biased news media. The former POW turned Congressman, turned U.S. Senator, has managed to gloss over his failures as a pilot and collaborations with the enemy by exaggerating his military service and lying about his feats of heroism.

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain has sprouted a halo and wings to become America's POW-hero presidential candidate.

Former naval officer and the owner of an OOIIILLLL-trading company that inked defense contracts worth $1 billion is the modern presidential money man. The law forbids high-level supporters from writing huge checks, but with help from friends in the Middle East D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain is receiving large donations.

If FOX NEWS does not clean up it’s filthy RACIST acts of discrimination, then American and European audiences will B O Y C O T T FOX RACIST NEWS.

Barak Obama proved why November's presidential election will end in a 50-state sweep. John Crash Every Plane McCain has no chance. It's like George Bush climbing into the ring with Mike Tyson; one thundering left hook and the Crawford Caligula would be sprawled across the canvas. "No mas"! The same fate awaits the crabby senator from Arizona. The polls are skewed to look like there's a political horse-race going on. There isn't. It's a complete rout. There's one well-toned thoroughbred striding from venue to venue electrifying the ever-increasing throngs, and one doddering, old mare limping towards the glue-factory. Someone should put a stop to it before Crash Every Plane McCain gets hurt.

At the Victory Column in Berlin's Tiergarten, Obama extracted Old Glory from the burn-pile and gave Brand America a desperately needed shot of adrenaline. 200,000 ecstatic Germans jammed the streets in what turned out to be the political shindig of the year. Many of them were waving American flags and chanting, "Obama, Obama, Obama". It was like Jack Kennedy had risen from his moldy sepulcher and made his way across the pond for one last rousing ovation. Obama has the very same affect on crowds. Its a gift and he knows how to use it to great advantage.

"People of Berlin, people of the world, this is our moment, this is our time," Obama boomed. "I know my country has not perfected itself, we've made our share of mistakes and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions. But the greatest danger of all is to allow new walls to divide us from one another."

What can we say about Obama's oratory skills that hasn't already been said? He is one of those unique characters who knows how to tap into the collective psyche and put them under his spell. He is the closest thing to a Pied Piper we've seen in the last half century. Whatever one thinks of his politics, his speeches are a welcome reprieve from the simian blabbering of President Dimwit.

"I speak to you not as a candidate for president, but as a citizen; a proud citizen of the United States and a fellow citizen of the world." (Roaring applause)

JOHN Crash Every Plane McCain: Maverick or Freak?
Have you taken a look at the crowds at a Crash Every Plane McCain event. Usually, there aren't any. Typically, there are more journalists and cameramen then people; and even they look bored. It's the truth. He generates no enthusiasm at all. None. He may be the most uninspiring, tedious, pure-vanilla candidate of all time; a complete dud. I challenge anyone to recite from memory anything John Crash Every Plane McCain has ever said in his 40 years in office. Time's up! When Crash Every Plane McCain begins to talk, its a signal for women to pull out the nail-files and for men to figure out how they're going to get out of cutting the lawn this week. Really. No one listens.

And the people that do manage to drag themselves to his speeches out of a sense of obligation are (you guessed it) scowling white guys with baseball caps pulled tightly over their ears or nearly-ambulatory Korea-era Vets who think the United Nations is a communist front-group that's planning to air-drop blue-helmets into Duluth to take over the United States. Tin-foil hats anyone?

Popularity and charisma, how does one survive in politics with neither. That's the question, and it may be the biggest mystery of Crash Every Plane McCain's candidacy. He's just not a likable guy. No one ever talks about hanging out and having a beer with John Crash Every Plane McCain, because they know that he might go "Jackie Chan" and start busting the place up. And he's utterly impossible to listen to. His high-pitched squeaky voice is about two octaves higher than a dog-whistle and twice as annoying. So how is he going to beat Obama. It's a total mismatch.

Crash Every Plane McCain is the perfect candidate for the GOP Republic party that has completely collapsed. He's like the "Jolly Roger" on the front of an iodine bottle; Brand X. In 2000, the Republican Party boasted it was the "party of ideas". What ideas? The Republican Party has never had ideas because the corporate mandarins and blue-blooded kleptocrats that run the party are suspicious of ideas, ideology, doctrine, philosophy or anything else that veers from their primary objectives of crushing the poor, despoiling the environment, carpet-bombing brown people wherever they may be, and enriching themselves. That's all they care about. The task of the right-wing think-tanks is to treat "war and tax cuts" like they're ideas. They're not. But war and tax cuts ARE the two foundation blocks of the Republican Party. There's nothing else; there never has been. Don't look for ideas; there aren't any. GOP Republican get rich quick by defrauding the American People, robbing the National Treasury, sending American jobs overseas, and raising the national debt.

Hold Bush, Cheney, Rice, and Crash Every Plane McCain accountable for the crimes they've committed during their time in office.

Obama is not a candidate; he's a phenomenon. Obama is an explosive, vital, charismatic politician. When he speaks people feel better about themselves and their country. And, they're more hopeful about the future, too. That's what makes him unbeatable.

Crash Every Plane McCain, on the other hand, is the perfect embodiment of his party; a rusty, broken-down hulk that's been stripped of its engine, its fenders and all its moving parts. Even the steering wheel is gone. It's a dead-loss; nothing is salvageable.

Crash Every Plane McCain is in way over his head. This election is going to be a real embarrassment for him. It's too bad. He should be back at the Phoenix Rest Home shooing kids off the front lawn instead of waiting for the ax to fall in November. It's a rotten way to end a career.

GOP REPUBLICAN PLANE/TRAILER WRECK MCCAIN/PALIN

With Wall Street OOOIIIIILLLLLL stocks paid under the table to Sarah Palin OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioner from OOOOOIIIIIILLLLLLL Millionaires Crash Every Plane McCain, Bush, Cheney, Rice and Guiliani; it appears that Sarah Palin OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioner, her large family, dogs, cats, chickens, and hogs can now move out of their trailer. Guiliani went from GOP front runner to anonymous polygamist. Guiliani is the biggest joke and shares home dysfunction with Bush, Cheney, Rice, Crash Every Plane McCain and now Sarah trailer Palin OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioner. OOOOIIIIILLLLLLL Millions stolen from Our Treasury did not help their dysfunctional families.

GOP Republican Wall Street Get Rich by robbing the American Treasury and outsourcing American jobs party has officially been dissolved. Plane wreck McCrash and Train wreck Trailer Palin OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioners have destroyed the already dysfunctional GOP Republican Party of Corporate Welfare Thieves.

Democrats and Independents are the official parties. Blessings to America and the World for peaceful cooperation and the elimination of unjust wars for GOP profits. The People First Party has arrived and Rich Wall Street millionaires will no longer use the American People as their cattle. Americans today are all free independent Democratic People in pursuit of happiness in the spirit of cooperation.

“We joined up with an altruistic vision of promoting freedom and justice around the world,” said Vince Emanuel, a Marine lance corporal who did a tour of duty in Iraq from August 2004 to April 2005, explaining why he was marching and protesting the GOP Republican Convention.

“Except we saw the killing of innocent people and the destruction of property ... for a lot of us it was very disenfranchising."

The veterans group tried to hand a message to the campaign of GOP Republican John Crash Every Plane McCain calling for a withdrawal from Iraq, reparations for the Iraqi people, and full medical benefits for veterans. No one from John Crash Every Plane McCain’s campaign received them.

If FOX NEWS does not clean up it’s filthy RACIST acts of discrimination, then American and European audiences will B O Y C O T T FOX RACIST NEWS.

Posted by: Greedy GOP Republican Oil Millionaires | September 11, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

What he needs is some better pointers from WAPO and the MSM. I would have thought by now he'd be getting better advice from his buddies in the newsroom.

Posted by: jmd | September 11, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

From the Wall Street Journal:
“A few days ago I talked politics with Donn Teske, the president of the Kansas Farmers Union and a former Republican. Barack Obama may come from a big city, he admits, but the Farmers Union gives him a 100% rating for his votes in Congress. John McCain gets a 0%. "If any farmer in the Plains States looked at McCain's voting record on ag issues," Mr. Teske says, "no one would vote for him." ”


Vote on issues

Posted by: oline | September 11, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Jim Howe:

Too bad you didn't get a picture!

Vote Sane (Vote McCain):

Care to answer MY question now?

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Sarah is one of us. Thank God she was given this mission at this time and that she bravely, and humbly accepted it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

From the Wall Street Journal:
“A few days ago I talked politics with Donn Teske, the president of the Kansas Farmers Union and a former Republican. Barack Obama may come from a big city, he admits, but the Farmers Union gives him a 100% rating for his votes in Congress. John McCain gets a 0%. "If any farmer in the Plains States looked at McCain's voting record on ag issues," Mr. Teske says, "no one would vote for him." ”


Vote on issues

Posted by: oline | September 11, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I just drove down the street and saw a pitbull peeing on an Obama sign. Classically prophetic.

Posted by: Jim Howe | September 11, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

In recent weeks, John McCain and the Republican Party have blatantly and without any shame adopted the Democratic campaign theme of “change”. It should be evident to an objective observer that Bush 43 and now McCain and Pailin are mere puppets to the true Republican national party leaders who control their strings. Cheney is one of the few of that inner cabal that have been calling the shots since the Nixon administration. They are in fact a continuation of the Nixon and Ford presidencies with only a disruption during the Carter and Clinton years. Bush 41( Head of the RNC during Nixon, former head of the CIA,VP to Reagan, and president is probably the real leader of this political Cosa Nostra if not a equal partner of this power sharing musical chairs game. His right and left hands have been Dick Cheney(former Sec.of Defense of Bush 41, former White House Chief of staff for Ford) and the other is Donald Rumsfeld(former Sec. of Defense for Ford and Bush 43,former special envoy to the Middle East during Reagan). Another member of this group, more likely a captain if not a full blown boss himself is James Baker (former C.O.S of Reagan, former Under Sec. of Commerce for Ford, former C.O.S and Sec of State for Bush 41, former Sec. of Treasury for Reagan, former chief legal advisor to Bush 43). Another captain or free lance enforcer is Karl Rove a college drop out and campaign manager for both Bush 41 and 43, also for Phil Gram who is McCain’s economic advisor.
Lets look at McCain’s staff of change.
On July 2, 2008, Steve Schmidt was given "full operational control" of McCain's campaign. Steve Schmidt prior to this was a top aide to Dick Cheney and a protégé to Karl Rove. Another advisor is Charles R. Black worked for Ronald Reagan's two Presidential campaigns in 1976 and 1980 and he was a senior political adviser to the 1992 re-election campaign of George H.W. Bush. Another advisor is Randy Scheunemann. He was project director for the Project for the New American Century. A neo-conservative think tank founded by non other than Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Bill Kristol and others in 1996. Other signatories to this group reads like a who’s who of the last 8 years of the republican administration.
These people have never cared about small town america or “values” All they care about is war profiteering. Many of the signatories have never served in the military. Cheney and Rove both dodged the draft. Look at the statement of principles by the PNAC. Rumsfeld was a good friend of Saddam Huessin in the 80’s Cheney didn’t want Nelson Mandela free. These are the real puppet masters, they throw out the talking points about the left of being elitist and not caring about middle america and these same guys other than Rove have advanced degrees and are worth no less than 10 million dollars. People who support them need to extricate their heads out of Limbaugh and Hannity’s asses and see what is really happening to them. McCain is not his own man he confuses stories of his real life with a book he read “The Gulag Archipelago", in which a fellow prisoner - not a guard - silently drew a cross in the dirt with a stick.” An ironic twist to all this is Eliot A. Cohen, a signatory to the PNAC "Statement of Principles", responded in The Washington Post: "There is no evidence that generals as a class make wiser national security policymakers than civilians. George C. Marshall, our greatest soldier statesman after George Washington, opposed shipping arms to Britain in 1940. His boss, Franklin D. Roosevelt, with nary a day in uniform, thought otherwise. Whose judgment looks better?"
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/johnmccain/2581086/John-McCain-accused-of-plagiarising-Wikipedia-for-speeches.html. Even if you don’t like Obama there is no-way a sane person can want this continued blatant fleecing of our Nation.
Thes are all verifiable facts and can be found just with a google search. AIPAC and PNAC are the military industrial complex.
Other than the ultra affluent, how can anyone support the Republican Party? When will small town America realize that they are being duped into supporting the ultra-affluent agenda? The talking points of the right are so hypocritical that it becomes laughable. The red meat of the right is the so called Main stream Media as if Limbaugh, Hannity, et al. are not part of it. They demean celebrity status, however they tout one of their greatest presidents(Reagan) was an actor. They say they are the party of patriotism, yet many of the upper echelon of the party have never served, i.e. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Baker, Reagan. They say that they care about "Main Street" USA but only bail out the Whales of Wall Street. Yet small town America eat this tripe every year. They don't care about religion unless it can be used to stir up the base, nor science or technology unless there is a buck to be made. Small town America takes pride on its freedom but yet don't realize that over time we are becoming less free, ie wire tapping and other forms of domestic surveillance. They demean people of intelligence because they know many people of small town America don't have degrees and use it at a fake issue and call people who spent time in academia as elitist when many on the right serve on university boards and have part-time professorships. They say they are against affirmitive action but yet celebrate mediocrity, Bush43 and McCain graduating at the bottom of their classes. Who both came from already well established families and had all the opportunities and connections to excel. Why does small town America believes this is the party for them? Christian conservatives seem to the be the first ones who want to go to war and bomb someone before any diplomacy is tried. Why can't small town America and Christian conservatives realize they are being used as pawns just as much the Islamic fundamentalist are. Islamic fundamentalist come from small town Middle East and given the same kind of talking points as the evangelicals. They want prayer in school, no choice available to women, and believe to the core that their ideas about worship and country are the best. Wake up small town America you are being duped.Talking about who is more patriotic, symbols, lipstick and wearing pins are nothing more than distractions to the real issue of how a few select group of people have held power almost continuously for over 30 years. Yes the left has their own political power groups but none have been so effective at pushing forward an agenda that is fundamentally bad for the U.S. and in a larger view the entire world. I stress again the now defunct PNAC and the AIPAC have been slowly pushing us closer to another World War. Bush41 and et al have been doing this and no one calls them on it. Every Republican administration has basically the same people recycled since Nixon. Just do a little research and you will see that these people are just pushing this agenda of some kind of Pax Americana and not taking into account that maybe other nations of the world might not like that and if not bomb them.Many people who support the Republican party, really need to read "1984" by George Orwell and see how we as nation have been inching closer to that type of society. People think this story is about a communist society, but it is more about how a society is kept in a constant state of fear in order for the ruling class to stay in control. Doublespeak, patriotism to the point of frenzy, censorship, erosion of civil liberties (not respecting the Constitution) is happening right in front of us. The consolidation of government (the executive branch has never been more powerful than ever, gridlocked legislature with only two parties for representation, a judiciary that just kowtows to the executive branch). No real independent journalism. Cameras placed on every street corner. This may sound like delusional conspiracy stuff, but I implore people to research for themselves to really see what is happening to them. People think this could never happen here in the U.S. but all this has already happening, slowly, incrementally all under the guise of "keeping America safe"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

LOL

JakeD,

Do you need a hug? Come right on over here. :-)

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Jake, I don't think your voter suppression will work - nice try, though. :-) The fact is, most of the volunteers I'd talked to in the office yesterday felt the same way. They were tired of feeling helpless and felt work was the best therapy. I have no doubt at all that the same thing is happening all over the country right now.

If it helps any, I'd offer the same advice to McCain supporters. If you really believe in his message, by all means put your money and time where your mouth is and put in some hours on his behalf. You'll still be supporting the wrong candidate, but you'll be a better person for getting involved and informed. If you feel you can help best by acting like a monster raving looney on the internet, well, that's your choice. ;-)

Posted by: treetopflyer | September 11, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

If you ever wonder why elections are the way they are, just read these posts. All Americans want are sound bites. Nobody can say a dang thing about Policy. Jack had it right ... You want the truth? You can't handle the truth.

Americans don't want reality or thought. They want entertainment. Its pretty sad, becasue one would think that Washington Posts readers are the more educated of the masses. Apparently that education hasn't given many of you the ability to make useful arguments.

Like it or not, McCain is going to win. I personally despise the man, but that doesn't change the fact. Despite Bush's missteps and terrible decision making, the US is still the most powerful and rich country in the world. The world still envies us and no matter what they think of our choice in president (which has to be the most ridiculous and meaningless poll in history), they still want to be us.

We have it pretty dang good and neither candidate is going to change much in the long run. You really think Obama will pull troops out of Iraq any sooner than McCain? That's laughable.

Do you really think that Obama will magically make the economy strong? Show me one real economist that says a president has significant impact on the economy and I'll show you a pig wearing lipstick. They just don't have much impact.

Oh well. I'm going to write in Perot.

Posted by: Puzzled | September 11, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

McCain's support is now more or less evenly divided between people who think that Palin should be at the top of the ticket, and people who think she shouldn't be on the ticket at all. That leaves McCain... where, exactly? Scary? I think not. Democrats don't need to get nervous, but they do need to get to work. Just look to the Big Man for guidance, and I think you will see that the following orders have been issued:

1. Never, ever let outright falsehood pass by you unchecked. Obama will reduce, not raise taxes on the middle class. He honors all faiths, but never espoused or practiced any but Christianity. And while we're at it - McCain never crashed five planes.
2. It's time to get down and dirty. Get opinionated, get vociferous, get creative - but always remember item number 1.
3. It's time to volunteer. Hit the streets or the phones. Recall your positive vision for this country, dig deep, and speak from the heart.

The trouble-makers aren't making the trouble alone. They're doing it in legions. So what are we to think when people sit back and complain about Obama's strategy, like he should be able to fix a problem alone that it took millions of people working together to create? I'm thinking - get off the #@*& couch.

Posted by: Adastra8 | September 11, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Well their is a difference between having your son mention it in a pre-convention speech without extreme detail and having your mother the vp mention it in front of 37 million people and give reference to the week when you would be leaving.

Nice military strategy Sarah. If I were in that deployment unit I would be pissed.

Posted by: Vote sane | September 11, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

As a Christian, It truly concerns me that so many other Christians are still falling for Republican manipulation tactics. Please consider everything carefully before you vote in November.

This is a very interesting read concerning McCain's choice of Palin from an unusual and surprising religious perspective. I highly recommend checking it out - and send it to those you think need to hear it:

http://www.newsflavor.com/Opinions/McCain-Hijacks-Christianity-Via-Palin.240929

Posted by: LaRae | September 11, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

DNP:

They don't care.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I only brought up Track Palin being deployed today because of what Ron posted earlier:

"Why is Palin back in Alaska for 9/11?
Why is she not at ground zero?
Isn't she patriotic? I guess not."

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

And I'm so steamed at Obama because he only kissed me on the cheek. If only the cheek had been my butt cheek....

Posted by: Linda | September 11, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey Ron, get a clue. Palin is back in Alaska seeing her son, who enlisted on the sixth anniversary of 9/11, off to war.

Posted by: DNP | September 11, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Al Gore was certain he would become president and acted that way. After John Kerry introduced himself to the Democrat Natl. Convention, Democrats counted the days until he would be sworn in. It never happened. Barack Hussein has acted like a man already elected. 200,000 Germans seconded that belief. Now Obama is discovering that the magic is gone- his belief that small town Americans cling to religion and guns out of fear reveals the depth of his contempt for them. Obama is another in the long line of supercilious liberals who get what they deserve from people they neither like or respect.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Voters are finding out just how shallow Obama really is. No accomplishments, and no geverning experience. His isn't even an affirmative action candidate because he isn't even minimally qualified to be President.
The Obama hate machine, which is composed of the liberal democrat crazies, is turning voters off by its stupid attacks on governor Palin who is more qualified than Obama and Biden put together.

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Posted by: treetopflyer | September 11, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl, you are so correct with your psychoanalysis.

"The Joe Biden pick was a pick ruled by Obama's narcissistic need to have a prop as a VP who fixes some deficits on paper, but who can't compete with his stature or dominate him in any way despite the disparity in their competence levels."

Did you notice that when Obama introduced the Bidens, he kissed Biden's wife in the mouth? It was so weird. There is also strange how he constantly puts his arm on other politicians' shoulders. As if he tries to intimidate them by getting in their space.

Posted by: Linda | September 11, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

The Biden's were talking about it the week before we ever heard of Sarah "Hot Gov" Palin

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Never mind treetopflyer; the rest of you Obamaniacs should stay right here fretting over the daily decline in his polling numbers ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

The Biden's were talking about it the week before we ever heard of Sarah "Hot Gov" Palin

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Did you hear about Biden saying that he felt that Obama should of picked Hillary instead of him??? Wow. Kick in the teeth I'd say. What an idiot to say that. Thanks for the job but you really should of pick someone else.

Posted by: mq | September 11, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Just to help out any discouraged supporters of Obama, yesterday I finally went back to volunteering and it felt great. Nothing helps a case of worry like getting out and actually doing something about it. Trust me - you will feel better and see things more clearly than if you stay immersed in the world of hysterical hyperbole of overblown gloating, fear, and pomposity that is the internet and cable news cycle. Get down to the local campaign office, ask what you can do and realize that this campaign is not over. It is neither a time for complacency or despair. It is the time for hard, rewarding work that will change this nation for the better. The most important thing is you will be reasserting control over your immediate circumstances, and that hope alone that it gives you will make your efforts all the more effective. You will thank me for it, trust me.

Posted by: treetopflyer | September 11, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Voters are finding out just how shallow Obama really is. No accomplishments, and no geverning experience. His isn't even an affirmative action candidate because he isn't even minimally qualified to be President.
The Obama hate machine, which is composed of the liberal democrat crazies, is turning voters off by its stupid attacks on governor Palin who is more qualified than Obama and Biden put together.

Posted by: LarryG | September 11, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Vote sane:

You don't think that Joe Biden's going to mention it at all on October 2nd?

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Biden son went out to war and you don't see him using it as a publicity stunt.

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Neither does McCain. I bet he grinds his teeth a little every time she brings it up.

Posted by: Joe | September 11, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I think Palin is irrelevant. McCain is the one who would call the shots if he were elected. So forget about her. She's just a tool to win the presidency. After that she's going to be irrelevant.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

vote sane, the son only spoke at the convention and announced it there. No publicity stunt there.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

IF JOHN WANTED TO CHANGE THIS COUNTRY FOR THE GOOD WHY IS HE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT.I TELL YOU WHAT I AM PISSED AS A MATTER OF FACT I AM BEYOND PISSED.LOOK RACISM AND STUPIDITY THIS COUNTRY IS AT ROCK BOTTOM

Posted by: FRANK | September 11, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone other than a fool have underestimated the political skills of John McCain? The man's never lost a general election in a twenty-five year congressional career.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama has never beat a tough opponent, and on the one occasion he did in a House primary contest, Obama was trounced by the formidable Southside seat incumbent.

Posted by: Eureka1 | September 11, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Yes we can

Posted by: ExRepub | September 11, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Biden son went out to war and you don't see him using it as a publicity stunt.

Posted by: Vote sane | September 11, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Palin doesn't wear a flag pin.

Palin eats endangered species.

Palin favors gun control when it protects her sister and father.

Palin seeks earmarks (or, if you're from Alaska, entitlements).

Palin wants a windfall profit tax on Alaska oil producers.

Palin has a personal plan to increase the population of Alaska through sex education.

Posted by: Bill | September 11, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I personally don't care about Obama's bisexual past. The reason I will not vote for him is that he is bi-racial. And I don't like white people.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

American Spirit and DanThe Man:

You still around?

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm f'ing Matt Damon!!!

Posted by: Robert Gibbs | September 11, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Why is the media referring to BLATANT LYING as "less than honest" or "distortions of the truth" and other euphemisms that sugar-coat the McCain camp's actions? If the press would ever show some guts and call a lie "a lie", that might really help the American people make an educated choice this November. And what ever happened to investigative journalism? Why are we still so ignorant of Palin's full record and statements on key issues after nearly two weeks? Bits and pieces have dribbled in only to be mentioned on news blogs or in op/eds, but where are the comprehensive headline articles putting it all together? The media should be ashamed of its GOP-whipped behavior. Can't wait to read the media spin after Charlie Gibson's flyweight "interview" tonight... bet we learn all about how Palin balances career and family, but we learn NOTHING of Palin's views regarding world affairs, immigration, healthcare, gay rights, Roe vs. Wade, separation of church and state, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, etc. Nonetheless, the media will tell us that Palin really pulled it off, sounded great and "energized" women everywhere.

Posted by: DogBitez | September 11, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama has nothing to worry about, Not if the majority of Americans do not want 4 or 8 more yrs of the mcsame and by the time of the election the bitt bull in lipsticks temporary fame will be no match for the real issues for most voters.The republicans and their joy will be short lived.Take Hillarys advise America..No mccain, no how, no way. we ALL deserve better than more bush/mcsame failed economic disaster.Obama/Biden08

Posted by: sharon | September 11, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

treetopflyer, that was a good post. A lot of people don't realize that the sport you play has a direct bearing on your strategic abilities.

It is a plus that Obama does a team sport. He seems to have good team leadership skills and his people are very loyal to him. He's got great promise if he develops a little more as a problem-solver.

I think speed of adjustment and regrouping is a thing that comes with more experience and maturity, too.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 11, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Ron:

"Why is Palin back in Alaska for 9/11?
Why is she not at ground zero?
Isn't she patriotic? I guess not."

Watch the Charlie Gibson excerpts tonight -- she flew back to be with her family -- their oldest son is going to war today.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Stop PA-LYIN or PA-LIAR and MCBUSH.
Why anyone would want to vote for them is beyond on me

She lies day after day to the American public. I said it before what is she going to do when Putin slams her with a lipstick on a pig comment and than mentions Russian proliferation of nuclear warheads. Cry put out a fake ad or hide behind Mr. 100 years of war. She is WEAK and I'm not interested in her scripted interviews.

The world is watching.

Posted by: Vote sane | September 11, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Underestimated McCain, no. McCain is over estimated by his supporters is a better way to put it. Cheap shots, that's the republican way. They have to start wars to get their ratings up, but, the stupid people who voted for them, finally realize, geez, we made a mistake - 8 years mistake. Now to top it off, they want to do it again. Two wrongs don't make it right. But these republicans, if God was running on the Democratic ticket, they would still vote for the Devil of the Republican ticket and still go bible thumping on Sunday morning. The upshot is, they have no shame, that's why they vote for McCain.

Posted by: mzbond | September 11, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I WILL SAY IT FOR YOU I AM VOTING FOR JOHN BECAUSE SARAH IS WHITE.ARE YOU AFRAID YOUR NEIGHBORS WILL FIND OUT.MOST WHITES WOULD RATHER SEE THIS COUNTRY BURN THAN SEE A BLACK MAN RUN IT.THAT DOESN'T HURT NOW DOES IT I DIDN'T THINK SO.I WANT TO READ HOW YOU REALLY FEEL.I MEAN WHY ELSE WOULD YOU VOTE FOR JOHN

Posted by: FRANK | September 11, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

McCain comes off like a bonehead in his interview yesterday with Rob Caldwell talking about his VP's foreign policy experience. If he did this in a debate with Obama, his campaign wouldn't survive to see the headlines the next morning.

And it's not because he's stupid, either. You can tell the old John is still in there somewhere, and he doesn't believe a word of what he's saying. That's why it's so hard for him to say it.

Posted by: Joe | September 11, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm f'ing Matt Damon!!!

Posted by: David Axelrod | September 11, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to say it best: It’s like a really bad Fellini movie — the idolized, senator from Illinois is running for president, and he’s facing down Jim Lehrer at the debate when the question of his Columbia tryst with several male faculty is raised. Then we will see how all the adulation has been absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don't understand why people aren’t talking about how absurd it is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Underestimate? More like overestimate. He may have made the following two assumptions: (1) that McCain would not pick someone with absolutely no foreign policy experience or evidence of even having thought about foreign policy as his VP (although she is today threatening to go to war with Russia!) and (2) that there was some decency to McCain that he would not decend to the level of Karl Rove and the swift boaters. I'm not a big bible quoter but, Senator McCain, I ask you: "And what shall it profit a man if he were to gain the whole world and lose his own soul?"

Posted by: gchernack | September 11, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

"Obama's pick of Joe Biden had revealed a campaign in play-safe mode. Even Evan Bayh probably wasn't as safe a choice for Obama as Biden, given stirrings in the blogosphere about his red-state centrism and Biden's combination of foreign policy stature and everyman persona. Picking Tim Kaine or Kathleen Sebelius would have been bolder and riskier."

BALTZ, JOE BIDEN WAS A STUPID STUPID PICK. Everyone knows it. There was a pall over newsrooms the day after while everyone was shocked, and Obama sank lower in the polls than he had been in months in the few days between his pick and Hillary Clinton's speech at the convention.

ON paper, Joe Biden looks okay. But his real qualifications are that he had no ability to compete with Obama personally in any way. Even though he's older and more formidable technically, he's an old blowhard doofus that looks faintly silly even just standing there. Obama the narcissist has to stand on the stage of history alone.

Not only was Hillary Clinton's also-historic candidacy too much of a threat to his soar-above-the-rest narrative that he has already framed for his historic presidency, but he couldn't even have others around who could eclipse him, like another of the "rising stars" that were on the shortlist.

Obama, as an empty suit incompetent who talks a great game, is faced with the hard realities of the social Machiavellianism that incompetents have to deal with: he has to have a bubble around him and surround himself with people who are either personally ineffective to compete against him for stature, stupid, or sycophants who will serve him without Ego so that he can be the center of the Universe.

The week of the last primary, when everyone first wondered if he would announce a "dream ticket" with Hillary Clinton, I posted a description of exactly the kind of VP and White House staff he would need around him to survive and protect his historical narrative. He hasn't deviated from the script one bit.

Narcissists are easy to play and easy to anticipate because they are creatures of compulsion ruled by whatever part of themselves forms the center of their self-fixation. With Obama, it's his false narrative of self.

The only way Obama could build a winning team, is if that winning team fits within the constraints created by his personal narcissism.

The Joe Biden pick was a pick ruled by Obama's narcissistic need to have a prop as a VP who fixes some deficits on paper, but who can't compete with his stature or dominate him in any way despite the disparity in their competence levels. Period.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 11, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse


Why is Palin back in Alaska for 9/11?
Why is she not at ground zero?
Isn't she patriotic? I guess not.

I guess if she wants to secede from the union, remembering and paying respect for 9/11 doesn't matter.

Posted by: Ron | September 11, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

WHY A BARREL OF OIL ILLEGALLY SHOT UP FROM $24 TO $145 DURING THE GOP REPUBLICAN CRIMINAL ROB AMERICA ADMINISTRATION


GOP REPUBLICAN BUSH I OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE OIL COMPANY EXECUTIVE
GOP REPUBLICAN BUSH II OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE OIL COMPANY EXECUTIVE
GOP REPUBLICAN CHENEY OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE OIL COMPANY EXECUTIVE
GOP REPUBLICAN RICE OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE OIL COMPANY EXECUTIVE
GOP REPUBLICAN GUILIANI OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE OIL STOCKS MILLIONAIRE
GOP REPUBLICAN MCCAIN OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE OIL STOCKS MILLIONAIRE
GOP REPUBLICAN PALIN OOOOOIIIIILLLLL COMMISSIONER OIL STOCKS MILLIONAIRE


TOGETHER WHAT DO THEY ALL HAVE IN COMMON?

THEY ARE ALL GOP REPUBLICAN OOOOOIIIIILLLLL STOCKS MILLIONAIRES


GOP REPUBLICAN OOOOOIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLL IS THE NEW CRACK
GOP REPUBLICAN OOOOOIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLL IS THE NEW CRACK
GOP REPUBLICAN OOOOOIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLL IS THE NEW CRACK


CAN YOU SAY GOP REPUBLICAN CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, ROB OUR U.S. TREASURY, AND SPECULATE FOR OBSCENELY HIGH PROFIT RETURNS ON WALL STREET OIL STOCKS

WAKE UP AMERICA, BECAUCE THE WORLD ALREADY KNOWS ABOUT THE CRIMINAL GOP REPUBLICAN PARTY OF CONSPIRATORS

NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE AS A VITAL RESOURCE

AMERICA AND AMERICANS FIRST

NO MORE GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET OOOOOIIIIILLLLL SPECULATION AND FRAUD AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

IF YOU SAY THAT YOU LOVE AMERICA, THEN PROVE IT AND STOP THE GOP REPUBLICAN RAIDERS UPON OUR U.S. TREASURY AND OUTSOURCING OF U.S. JOBS

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BROWN SUPPORTS BARACK OBAMA

LONDON, Wednesday - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown voiced support today for US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, saying he would help Americans struggling with an economic downturn.
In a move seen by some British media as a break with a political convention requiring foreign leaders to remain neutral ahead of US elections, Mr Brown praised Mr Obama as a fellow “progressive politician” who would help ordinary Americans in tough times. With eight weeks to go before the presidential election, Mr Obama and his Republican rival John McCain are neck-and-neck in domestic opinion polls.
Mr Brown described the race for the White House as “electrifying” and said: “It is the Democrats who are generating the ideas to help people through more difficult times.”
“To help prevent people from losing their home, Barack Obama has proposed a Foreclosure Prevention Fund to increase emergency pre-foreclosure counselling, and help families facing repossession,” he wrote in an article in The Monitor magazine, a monthly political publication.


Will the GOP Republican get rich by selling America party take credit for any of their disasters? GOP Republicans are successful at failing and hurting OUR COUNTRY in the eyes of the WORLD. Can we really afford to ignore what the ENTIRE WORLD THINKS OF US?


How does the WORLD perceive AMERICA led by Barack Obama? Extremely favorable.

How does the WORLD perceive AMERICA led by John McCain? Extremely negative.

FOR MORE YEARS ANYONE?

Eventually, Americans will realize that doing the same thing (electing GOP Republicans) will not yield different results (stock market disasters, economic disasters, world view disasters, failed foreign policy disasters, failed domestic policies disasters).

Spraying perfume on a new GOP Republican Pig will not create a bright and shiny candidate. Garbage in equal garbage out. GOP Republican garbage in yield (stock market, economic, foreign relations, domestic policies) garbage out.

McCain has perpetually been a failure from school until now.
Palin has perpetually been a failure (with a hillbilly hockey mom accent) from day one until now. Her bear hunting Arctic outback kids prove it.

Do you really need someone to tell you these basic facts? Under the Freedom of Information Act, all of this information is available free if you choose to type in the questions.

Lets prove to the Europeans and the World that we are not stupid, because they think that we are after two terms of Forrest Gump Bush.

D Student Crash Every Plane McCain and Hillbilly Trailer Palin are not reflective of the American People.

If Palin had a brain, then she would have considered the immense responsibilities demanded of the Office of the United States Vice President or President; and politely declined McCain’s crack induced invitation. GOP Republican Party is a joke.

If FOX NEWS does not clean up it’s filthy RACIST acts of discrimination, then American and European audiences will B O Y C O T T FOX RACIST NEWS.


REPORT SAYS GOP REPUBLICAN OIL AGENCY RAN AMOK

INVESTIGATION OF GOP REPUBLICAN OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET

INVESTIGATION OF GOP REPUBLICAN MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE OIL MARKETING GROUP


GOP REPUBLICAN Government officials in charge of collecting billions of dollars worth of royalties from oil and gas companies accepted gifts, steered contracts to favored clients and engaged in drug use and illicit sex with employees of the energy firms, federal investigators reported.

Investigators from the Interior Department's inspector general's office said more than a dozen employees, including the former director of the oil royalty program, took meals, ski trips, sports tickets and golf outings from industry representatives. The report alleges that the former director, also netted more than $30,000 from improper outside work.

The report from Inspector General contains fresh allegations about the practices at the beleaguered royalty-in-kind program of Interior's Minerals Management Service, which last year collected more than $4 billion worth of oil and natural gas from companies given contracts to tap energy on federal and Indian lands and offshore. The revelations come as Congress is set to consider opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and areas off the coast of Florida for drilling.

The royalty-in-kind program, based near Denver, allows energy companies to pay the government in oil and gas, rather than cash, for the privilege of drilling on government land. It has been the subject of multiple investigations since 2006 by the Interior Department's secretary, its inspector general, the Justice Department and Congress for alleged mismanagement and conflicts of interest.

In the report released yesterday, investigators said they "discovered a culture of substance abuse and promiscuity" in which employees accepted gratuities "with prodigious frequency." The report cited one e-mail from a Shell Pipeline representative asking a woman in the royalty office to attend "tailgating festivities" at a Houston Texans football game: "You're invited . . . have you and the girls meet at my place at 6am for bubble baths and final prep."

Besides Shell, the energy company employees mentioned in the report worked for Chevron, Hess and Gary-Williams Energy. The social outings detailed in the report included alcohol-, cocaine- and marijuana-filled parties where certain employees of the Minerals Management Service were nicknamed the "MMS Chicks" by the energy employees. The companies paid for federal workers to attend football and baseball games, PGA Tour events, Colorado ski trips, paintball outings and "treasure hunts," investigators found.

"The OIL INDUSTRY holds shocking sway over the ADMINISTRATION and even KEY FEDERAL EMPLOYEES,". "This is why we must not allow BIG OIL'S AGENDA to be jammed through CONGRESS."

The current director of the Minerals Management Service, said that he takes the report "very seriously".
Employees identified in the report told investigators that they didn't think ethics rules applied to them because of their "unique" role in the agency and that they needed to socialize with industry representatives for "market intelligence," according to the report. Those employees, some of whom have been transferred to different offices, have been recommended for internal administrative action.

The inspector general's release comprised three separate reports, including one devoted to the program's director. It alleges that Smith improperly worked part time for Geomatrix Consultants, an Oakland, Calif.-based environmental and engineering firm, and marketed the company to government clients.

Additionally, the report said that the director had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a subordinate whom he paid to buy cocaine, promising her a bonus in return. The director admitted to the sexual encounter.

The director, who now works for a private oil company in Denver, did not respond to requests for comment. Investigators referred their findings to federal prosecutors.

Justice officials also declined to comment on their decision about the criminal case against the highest-ranking official named in the report director of the Minerals Management Service, who worked in Washington. She is accused of improperly arranging a million-dollar deal for two retired employees.

The wife of the procurement policy administrator for the WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET, retired from government service Jan. 31. She declined to comment on the report. She told investigators she had a "personal issue. The Justice Department's decision to charge created a rift with Interior officials.

One of the two retired employees pleaded guilty in July to a federal conflict-of-interest charge related to the investigation. Another employee has been under investigation for similar conflict-of-interest allegations.

Before he left, Mayberry created a job for himself by writing the job description and the criteria for selecting the winning bidder, court documents show. He started a company out of his Texas home and was awarded a $150,000 contract in June 2003. He later hired Dial, the report said. Mayberry's firm collected $788,000 worth of contracts.

The royalty-in-kind program, which started as a small pilot project a decade ago, has been touted as a way to simplify the way OIL AND GAS COMPANIES pay for the right to drill on federal land and offshore. Instead of calculating the profit from a well, they can simply give the government one-eighth to one-sixth of whatever they take from the ground.

Revenue rose quickly, from $1.5 billion in 2004 to $4.3 billion last fiscal year. But the growth occurred "in an environment with relatively unstructured in-house oversight," the congressionally convened Royalty Policy Committee said in a December report. Previous reports have said that companies were allowed to revise their million-dollar bids for projects indiscriminately, that government workers routinely failed to seek out legal advice on complicated deals and that the agency used outdated computers and a $150 million software program that resulted in royalty money going uncollected.

A lawyer who represented states and tribes entitled to a cut of the royalties, said it was nearly impossible to get accurate numbers from the agency. "They kept hemming and hawing," she said.

In late 2006 questions arose over its handling of leases written in 1998 and 1999 that allowed major oil companies drilling in the Gulf of Mexico to avoid billions of dollars in royalty payments.

Former Interior Department auditors accused the agency of failing to bill companies. "We weren't allowed to audit them. It was disturbing," said an auditor who sued the federal government for not collecting royalties. "You couldn't see what was going on."

The minerals agency director said that the harm done by the royalty employees was to public trust and Treasury, and acknowledged that financial considerations were given to firms that gave favors to federal employees, and he said the contracts will be audited.


Do you really question the motives of GOP Republicans Criminals? America must Immediately Nationalize U.S. Oil and Gas For National Defense.

Posted by: GOP Republicans Put Greed First Always | September 11, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I have never seen an election like this. The Republicans don't have a chance, and watching them act like little whimpering school girls is so rewarding. After their 94 Rev, they get sent packing with the country in the dumper. Fortunately, our great nation has the real men and women, and the real patriots, and the real Americans in the Dems to come save us. I am so proud our our mighty party this year. To actually be called upon to SAVE THE COUNTRY!!

Matt Damon could not have said it better: It’s like a really bad Disney movie — the hockey mom…from Alaska, and she’s the president, and it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. And it’s absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don't understand why people aren’t talking about how absurd it is.

GLORIOUS!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm f'ing Matt Damon!!!

Posted by: Joe Biden | September 11, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: POP goes the Obama | September 11, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

"McCain's is a combination of inner toughness and visceral derring-do."

Where do you get this? John McCain has been blown around like a windsock. He is constantly hedging between the middle and the right, never comfortable in either camp. He was ready to name Joe Lieberman as his running mate, but he caved at the last minute after considering the fight he would have to put up against the right wing of the party. Instead, he chose someone he barely knew and did not vet very well. But she is a right-winger, and John McCain needed to assure the right wingers in his party that he was one of them--no matter how kooky Palin turns out to be.
You call this a bold move. I call this a cave-in--and it's hardly the first time John McCain has folded under pressure from the right, despite what he says. Now he will throw up any amount of distraction and fake controversy in the hope that no one will pin him down on what he believes (Episcopal or Baptist?) or where he will take the country. He is a great disappointment.

Posted by: HarrisCo | September 11, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, I thought WaPo was going to bring back comment registration? That would do wonders for name-jacking at least.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

You GOP have nothing left in the tank. This is great! Personality issues?! Aw geez, this is the best!!! The Dems are going to own you fools.

Matt Damon could not have said it better: It’s like a really bad Disney movie — the hockey mom…from Alaska, and she’s the president, and it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. And it’s absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don't understand why people aren’t talking about how absurd it is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Ebb and flow.

The convention fainally gave the GOP something to get fired up about.

Now, McCain must give substance and detail to his "Change" epiphany and Palin must face the inevitable vetting process

Posted by: swalker3 | September 11, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Dave from Ga, still engaged to your 12 old year old cousin, are you? And are you still applying lipstick to Farmer Brown's prize sow prior to carnal activities? Try not to slip into a wide stance or you're liable to get a visit from Larry Craig....

Posted by: nighthawksoars | September 11, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

It’s like a really inspiring Disney movie — the hockey mom…from Alaska, and she’s the president, and it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the tough tactics she learned on the hockey rink to face the Russkies down, while the community organizer keeps saying "can't we talk about this?" while the Russian bully beats the snot out of him and takes his lunch money.

Posted by: Jimmy Carter | September 11, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

9/11

McCain voted with Bush to invade Iraq and divert attention away from where Al Qaeda really lives. As a result Al Qaeda escaped. If we had focused our attention there, the world would be safer now.

And McCain says he would vote to invade Iraq all over again.

Old guy with bad judgment. Stay away from him.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl -

Not all Obama supporters see him as a messiah. Some of us see him as just another modern-day Moses. ;-p

In all seriousness, I already believe in the Messiah, the one most people call Jesus. Obama's not a messiah, but he is a good man. He's smart, he's canny and he has good instincts and judgment. He's dedicated his life to serving his country and trying to make it a better place for the people who live in it. That's how he's shown his love of country. McCain also loves his country, so tie score on that point.

The point is this country doesn't need a messiah. It needs someone who has a level head, doesn't make snap, impulsive decisions but looks at the whole picture and takes in all the information before making his choice.

I heard on NPR the other day someone describing Obama and McCain in terms of poker and craps. Obama is a poker player while McCain likes to roll the dice. But another gaming - or rather, sport - analogy came to me yesterday. Obama learned poker to help grease the social wheels of the IL senate, but his real game is basketball. If you look at how Obama's campaign has been, it's just like a game of hoops. Take in the total picture - your position, the other players on the court, who's where - then with that information make your move. It explains why sometimes he seems to react slowly, but when he finally does it's more often than not a score. Unlike the losing game of luck that craps is, basketball relies on skill and instinct. Perhaps Obama is slow sometimes in setting up the shot, but usually when he shoots it's a swish.

The reaction time is a concern, though, because politics is more like combat than sport. He should probably take a page from Putin's book and start studying martial arts as a way of sizing up an opponent and learning not to get caught off guard. Preferably one of the disciplines that teaches you to have a plan B, another area he's weak on.

Posted by: treetopflyer | September 11, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is done. Stick a fork in 'em folks!!! This is too good to be true! Watching the McCain campaign self-destruct like this is truly a patriotic feeling. I am proud as an American to see the people of our great nation standing up and booting out these GOP crooks through the power of democracy.

In fact, Matt Damon could not have said it better: It’s like a really bad Disney movie — the hockey mom…from Alaska, and she’s the president, and it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. And it’s absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don't understand why people aren’t talking about how absurd it is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I don't think that Obama underestimated the dishonorable approach that the McCain campaign would sink to in its final days. In the summer Obama warned that we could expect McCain to try to scare voters with visions of Obama as "foreign," "exotic," and "risky," in other words code language for African American.

We are now seeing the McCain team try out this strategy in a dizzying salvo of ridiculous attacks each one more disconnected from reality than the next.

Obama also correctly predicted that the media would collaborate with McCain in this game. By playing up the childish combat and ignoring the important issues and policy questions, the media has allowed McCain to get away with his debasing behaviors.

The losers in all this are American voters. We deserve a media that asks the tough questions of both candidates and then refuses to be cowed when one candidate complains about being questioned.

We need McCain to come out from hiding behind the skirts of his celebrity running mate. He should squarely face the media and the American voters and state whether he approves of the scurrilous level to which his campaign has sunk these days. McCain should apologize for lowering the level of this campaign and he should retract the lies he and his running mate have been peddling.

The media needs to develop some backbone. Where are the Walter Cronkeits of our day, people who are honest and objective enough to say that the lying has been only on one side in this campaign. Where are the Herblocks of our day who will draft cartoons to expose the mud dripping from the hands of John (Nixon) McCain as he defiles this campaign?

Posted by: dee | September 11, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Well Casey Stengel could not have said it better: It’s like a really bad ball game — the queer bi-racial kid…from Hawaii, and he’s pitching, and it’s like he’s facing down Barry Bonds and using the off-speed stuff he learned at the farm club. But, You gotta lose 'em some of the time. When you do, lose 'em right.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Just accept that Matt Damon could not have said it better: It’s like a really bad Disney movie — the hockey mom…from Alaska, and she’s the president, and it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. And it’s absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don't understand why people aren’t talking about how absurd it is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

JOHN SAYS HE WOULD RATHER LOSE THIS ELECTION THAN LOSE A WAR.SOME BODY ASK HIM IF HE FEELS THE SMAE ABOUT RACISM

Posted by: FRANK | September 11, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Hey Nobama.. see ya dude, nice knowing ya! Guess it's back to handing out pamphlets in your "community"...

Posted by: doneanddone | September 11, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Please, the Affleck brothers think McCain is a moron.

Who are these PUMA fools that can honestly vote for a person over issues? How do you so fundamentally not understand that governing is a process, not a school yard playground popularity contest. I, for one, do not believe any PUMA nit-wit who says they are voting McCain because Obama did not pick HRC, or because McCain did pick Palin, would have ever voted for a Democrat in the general election to begin with.

Aside from that, Matt Damon could not have said it better: It’s like a really bad Disney movie — the hockey mom…from Alaska, and she’s the president, and it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. And it’s absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don't understand why people aren’t talking about how absurd it is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl:

You complete me!

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

GOBAMA! Go home!

Posted by: Kelly Ripa | September 11, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

There are many pedophiles out there. Ask the Republican priests and evangelists.

Kids need to know when to feel, "Ugh, This old guy is a pervert. He's trying to do me dirty. I should stay away from him......"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Who are these PUMA fools that can honestly vote for a person over issues? How do you so fundamentally not understand that governing is a process, not a school yard playground popularity contest. I, for one, do not believe any PUMA nit-wit who says they are voting McCain because Obama did not pick HRC, or because McCain did pick Palin, would have ever voted for a Democrat in the general election to begin with.

Aside from that, Matt Damon could not have said it better: It’s like a really bad Disney movie — the hockey mom…from Alaska, and she’s the president, and it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. And it’s absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don't understand why people aren’t talking about how absurd it is.

Don't even get me started on people who here about bitter gun nuts and then get offended. Who self-identifies as a bitter gun nut?! Hilarious!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

CAN'T... RESIST...

>>dmw wrote: "McPalin is currently running an ad claiming Obama supported sex-ed for kindergarteners, with a video still of Obama with semi-closed eyes as though he was having an orgasm."

Naww, I won't go there. That would be too easy.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 11, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Well Casey Affleck could not have said it better: It’s like a really bad Disney movie — the queer bi-racial kid…from Hawaii, and he’s the president, and it’s like he’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the pansy stuff he learned at the glee club. And it’s absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don't understand why people aren’t talking about how absurd it is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Who are these PUMA fools that can honestly vote for a person over issues? How do you so fundamentally not understand that governing is a process, not a school yard playground popularity contest. I, for one, do not believe any PUMA nit-wit who says they are voting McCain because Obama did not pick HRC, or because McCain did pick Palin, would have ever voted for a Democrat in the general election to begin with.

Aside from that, Matt Damon could not have said it better: It’s like a really bad Disney movie — the hockey mom…from Alaska, and she’s the president, and it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. And it’s absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don't understand why people aren’t talking about how absurd it is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous, I recognize you by the education level of your postings.

You're the Obama supporter who got kicked out as a sophomore at Tiny Podunk D-Average Freshman Apply Liberal Arts college in Upstate New Jersey for smoking too much dope before seminars. "Basket Weaving Cultures of Chinatowns" wasn't it?

Good luck on your push to get Congress to tax social security recipients to increase the budget for under-40 people who make less than $17k/year! Let's keep the dream alive!

GOBAMA!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Balz

Before you doomsday Obama I think it only appropriate and necessary that you and your fellow media jabbers take responsibility for facilitating the Republican cynical trash attacks.

But, there really is no doomsday Its only in your mind, Sir.

I have no doubt that Obama and his campaign team fully understood the possibilities. I have no doubt, too, that they know when and how to respond. The response has begun and will continue when and where necessary.

It would certainly be fair for you and your fellow media jabbers to concentrate on public policy issues instead of the trivial. It would certainly be decent and appropriate if you and your fellow media jabbers declare that cynical lies from any campaign do not advance democracy and ought not be a part of any campaign. It would fair and decent to simply not report the junk. They serve NO public interest.

And, a note to the readers here and elsewhere: always remember that the media jabbers have NO responsibility for what they say. On the other hand, the candidates do and so do you when you step into the voting booth and cast your vote.

Posted by: Peter | September 11, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

THE "TRUE GRIT" SCENARIO

John Wayne played an older US Marshall in the movie True Grit.

A younger woman sought his help in seeking justice. She had tremendous moral certainty, she was tough, she was persistent. John Wayne saw a lot of himself in her.

John Wayne helped the young woman, called her "Sis" was anxious that she get married and have kids. She was his toughest partner and they defeated the bad guys.

McCain is literaly old enough to be Gov. Palin's father. Gov. Palin has energized the campaign and she is being underestimated by Obama who has a whiff of sexism. Gov. Palin will maul Obama when she is turned loose solo.

This True Grit scenario will work here, even Mr. Balz notes:

"McCain's is a combination of inner toughness and visceral derring-do. Palin has reinforced those instincts and his campaign is doing everything it can to keep the momentum going."

The Obama is never going to know why he lost in November.


Posted by: JaxMax | September 11, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

There wasn't even a 7-11 in Palo Alto at the time ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Matt Damon could not have said it better: It’s like a really bad Disney movie — the hockey mom…from Alaska, and she’s the president, and it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. And it’s absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don't understand why people aren’t talking about how absurd it is. Ben Affleck would clearly agree.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I would not expect anything less from balz. His is on with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC and the two of them gushed over Obama. He should state before he writes an article that he is an Obama supporter, if you don't believe me, look back at his articles for the last few months!! Dem's are running scared, just look at the names they call Palin, like what Chafee called her wacky-cocky!! You wanted to screw Hillary, now we will vote for McCain-Palin!

Posted by: Sa1950 | September 11, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

MEMO TO PARTISAN HACKS:

Look at the date. Say a prayer. Have a moment of silence. Finish making the world a better place for the day by zipping your lip and leaving it that way.

God bless America and our fallen brothers.
Amen

Posted by: SonOfHistoryProf | September 11, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Well Ben Affleck could not have said it better: It’s like a really bad Disney movie — the queer bi-racial kid…from Hawaii, and he’s the president, and it’s like he’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the pansy stuff he learned at the glee club. And it’s absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don't understand why people aren’t talking about how absurd it is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Most of all, Obama doesn't relate to us because he's an uppity neegra. And we don't like them uppity neegras in Southern Ohio.

Posted by: Southern Ohio | September 11, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

See here:
http://tpzoo.wordpress.com/2008/09/11/thank-you-rob-caldwell/

-----------

European_Elitist,

Yeah, this is hard to watch. McCain, buddy, you can't just say 'Energy' is her national security experience. Besides, if she really was so wise on energy, she wouldn't be talking about drilling, she'd be talking about actual solutions that result in actual energy independence. She's not even good at 'energy'!

Posted by: Joe | September 11, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

If some pit bull dog rotweiler wants to murder Bambi, that is her business, but NOT ON MY TAX DOLLARS!

Alaskans unite against Palin!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

McPalin is currently running an ad claiming Obama supported sex-ed for kindergarteners, with a video still of Obama with semi-closed eyes as though he was having an orgasm. Instead of outrage, solidarity, and mobilization, liberals are sobbing snot-bubbles about unfair attacks on our social empathy. McPalin complain about pig metaphors while they are running ads accusing Obama of pedaephelia. We are dealing with simple thuggery and ignorance here. Its like we are waiting for McPalin to actually punch Obama in the face before we get mad, get even more mobilized, and catalyze the backlash against these disgusting tactics that is long overdue.

Posted by: dmw | September 11, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Who are these PUMA fools that can honestly vote for a person over issues? How do you so fundamentally not understand that governing is a process, not a school yard playground popularity contest. I, for one, do not believe any PUMA nit-wit who says they are voting McCain because Obama did not pick HRC, or because McCain did pick Palin, would have ever voted for a Democrat in the general election to begin with.

Aside from that, Matt Damon could not have said it better: It’s like a really bad Disney movie — the hockey mom…from Alaska, and she’s the president, and it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. And it’s absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don't understand why people aren’t talking about how absurd it is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Well Ben Affleck could not have said it better: It’s like a really bad Disney movie — the queer bi-racial kid…from Hawaii, and he’s the president, and it’s like he’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the pansy stuff he learned at the glee club. And it’s absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don't understand why people aren’t talking about how absurd it is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations! You have managed to outshill the king of shills, Eugene Robinson. Nobody reads the wapo for news anymore, just a group of obama shills who try to turn everything obama's way. The obama fraud is leaking water badly and the nation is waking up to the fact that Obama is an empty suit and a media creation.

Posted by: only the wapo.... | September 11, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Obama expects rural people to vote for him when he calls us bitter about God and guns. He does not relate to me or my neighbors. I go to church because I love someone, not because I hate something.
Obama has no one to blame except himself when he loses.

Posted by: Southern Ohio | September 11, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Well Ben Affleck could not have said it better: It’s like a really bad Disney movie — the queer bi-racial kid…from Hawaii, and he’s the president, and it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the pansy stuff she learned at the glee club. And it’s absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don't understand why people aren’t talking about how absurd it is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I object that Palin would call herself the “b” word. A pit bull dog is one of the ugliest, meanest dogs out there. What, as a woman, she thinks being strong means being mean ugly, killer dogs?

I don't think most women would order men to fly around in helicopters to shoot wolves to prevent the wolves from killing the caribou that Sarah Palin herself wants to kill.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a liar.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm a swing voter and in 2000 I was a big fan of McCain, he said many things I agreed with and he did what he said he would. Had he been the GOP candidate instead of "Dubya" he'd have got my vote for sure. I suspect the USA and the World would also be in much better shape now.

Unfortunately, McCain in 2008 is not the McCain of 2000, and I'm not just referring to his age. The GOP machine has sucked him in and turned him into a McCain-Bush mish-mash. I can't say I'm over impressed with Obama either. He seems a little high and mighty and he hasn't done much of note.

I don't like Hillary Clinton much, but she would have been better than either of these two.

Posted by: offamercia | September 11, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

"Oh, Fake JakeD, my education level includes a degree from the 7-11 School of Law."

Fake fake JakeD, "a degree from the 7-11 School of Law" is not an "education level". It would be a degree.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 11, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Well Matt Damon could not have said it better: It’s like a really bad Disney movie — the hockey mom…from Alaska, and she’s the president, and it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. And it’s absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don't understand why people aren’t talking about how absurd it is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

You are correct, I should have said Michelle O PREEMPTIVELY vetoed Hillary.

Obama would add anyone who could get him in 1600---

Posted by: JaxMax | September 11, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

If some pit bull dog rotweiler wants to murder Bambi, that is her business, but NOT ON MY TAX DOLLARS!

Alaskans unite against Palin!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

That's what she said. But Matt Damon could not have said it better: It’s like a really bad Disney movie — the hockey mom…from Alaska, and she’s the president, and it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. And it’s absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don't understand why people aren’t talking about how absurd it is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

incredible

Posted by: yona loriner | September 11, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Geez, doesn't Obama realize politics is an ugly business. These races are not won by playing clean - no matter what party you affiliate with. It doesn't matter how you get there, the objective is to win. Stop trying to rise above the muck, and get in there and get dirty! Otherwise, you'll be watching the Superbowl at home in Chicago in 2009. Of course, that would be fine with me since Obama's not my candidate.

Posted by: Jack Kerouac | September 11, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Matt Damon could not have said it better: It’s like a really bad Disney movie — the hockey mom…from Alaska, and she’s the president, and it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. And it’s absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don't understand why people aren’t talking about how absurd it is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

THE DECLINE IN MEDIA TRUST
OPENED OPPORTUNITES FOR MCCAIN

Mr. Balz notes that the McCain campaign has been indifferent to media criticism:

"McCain's new team, led by Steve Schmidt, is fearless in the face of criticism that they are running on phony issues, false charges and negative ads that don't tell the truth. The chorus of criticism this week has been deafening, from Obama, from Democrats, from the media. But it has done nothing to turn Team McCain in a different direction. Their combination of audacity in attack and playing the victim in defense has been breathtaking."

RESPONSE: This would NOT have been possible but for the compete and utter decline in liberal media credibility.

The liberal media have cried wolf one time too many.No one is listening, except themselves.

Pres. Johnson stated he would lose in Vietnam when Walter Cronkite, CBS anchor, criticized the war. The media at that time was assumed (incorrectly) to be objective and therefore the media had power. No longer.

President McCain's inauguration will be a testament to the Decline and Fall of the liberal media.

Posted by: JaxMax | September 11, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Next Year's Xmas Card. VP Palin with her foot on a bloody Joe Biden.

Posted by: JellyBean | September 11, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

JakeD. They have figured out that you and I are an item.

The Obama supporters are not only the most brilliant, funny and devastatingly witty bloggers in the world. They're also wise in the ways of love.

They're eyes see right through me.

Why then -- how oh how -- can they also be such retards who dim wittedly cry after a political Messiah?

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 11, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

You Republicans WILL have the decency not to tell anyone I'm in the country, illegally, won't you?

Posted by: Miguel | September 11, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

As far as McCain's backbone goes, it looks to my eyes like the Rove-Schmidt wing has done a pretty decent job of breaking the man this election cycle. McCain 2000 no longer exists -- he's been replaced by some freakish, unprincipled hypocrite.

Posted by: JP2 | September 11, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I do think Michelle does have a bit too much influence over Obama; not the whole church thing, but the balance of career and family. I have little doubt that the reason Obama took so long to respond to the Georgian situation while in Hawaii was because Michelle thought the family deserved one precious week off after endless months on the campaign trail, and damned if she was going to brook interference with that. Once Obama becomes president, she's going to have to understand it's a whole new ball game. It will be the country, not just Barack's career, at stake, and Maila's and Sasha's emotional well-being is just going to have to take a back seat. It's a hard truth, but it's one that comes with the territory. Sorry, Michelle, duty calls.

Posted by: treetopflyer | September 11, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

It’s like a really bad Disney movie — the hockey mom…from Alaska, and she’s the president, and it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. And it’s absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don't understand why people aren’t talking about how absurd it is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I understand that Sarah's Christmas card shows her with one foot on a bloody moose surrounded by her children..not only is this sickening but also demeaning to a Christian holiday...As an aside Alaska has the second highest rate of unemployment in the country..therefore the reason for Palin's constant trip to Washington,DC for money which she then dispenses to the citizens of Alaska..buys plentyj of support..as well as the threat of losing their job..I have family living there ..this is not made up.

Posted by: Carole | September 11, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Matt Damon could not have said it better: It’s like a really bad Disney movie — the hockey mom…from Alaska, and she’s the president, and it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. And it’s absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don't understand why people aren’t talking about how absurd it is.

Posted by: PUMA SHMUMA | September 11, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Fake JakeD, my education level includes a degree from the 7-11 School of Law.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

JaxMax:

There's no evidence that Hillary Clinton was ever under any serious consideration, let alone that Mrs. Obama "vetoed" her.

Deep Blue:

We'll see soon enough -- one of us is going to be wrong -- in the meantime, you really think that McCain demonized Obama as the anti-Christ, but Obama was NOT referring to Palin with his "lipstick on a pig" comment?!

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain in 2008

Posted by: Miguel | September 11, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

It is really hard to not underestimate McCain. When taken to task by a serious journalist and asked a few tough questions he is incoherent and doesn't have more to offer than his own simple minded talking points.
See here:
http://tpzoo.wordpress.com/2008/09/11/thank-you-rob-caldwell/

Isn't it that the press is not doing it's job? If everybody insisted on talking about the controversial topics like Caldwell did here, the McCain/Palin ticket would get the scrutiny voters need to make an informed decision.

Obama held up quite nicely to O'Reilly's questioning, McCain to Caldwell's not so much.

Posted by: European_Elitist | September 11, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

The McCain camp has no real idea what effect their tactics are having--they're betting that attack ads and Palin may be boosting recent polls--but then again, they may not have the whole picture. One wave gives way to another, and the next one could knock them out of the race. Clearly Obama is on the side of justice, running a consistently more substantive campaign, which may prove yet to pay off big on election day.

Posted by: phughez | September 11, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Matt Damon could not have said it better: It’s like a really bad Disney movie — the hockey mom…from Alaska, and she’s the president, and it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. And it’s absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don't understand why people aren’t talking about how absurd it is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

The Obama plan was to officially stay above the frey, while his surrogates in the media, MSNBC & CNN, did character assassination jobs like they did earlier in the primary with the Clintons and Geraldine Ferraro. But then came Sarah, and they overplayed their hand and were exposed as media surrogates for the Obama campaign. Without Matthews and Olbermann to do the hit pieces, the obama campaign is drifting trying to figure out what to do next.

Posted by: Revenge of the PUMAs | September 11, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

fake AsperGirl:

Wouldn't the "next time we meet" by definition be "in person"? At least most of the fake JakeD(s) try to copy my education level.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

mikel & the "real" world...

suppose, from your stance, you know what "real" is for 6.5 billion people? if you can, then so can we Obama supporters.

(1) "real" means the US auto industry is out-dated - Americans drive cars that spew gas out of the exhaust pipes. Europe & Japan & Korea drive 4L/100km cars. You can thank Bush & Co. for sitting on their thick thumbs.

(2) the US has no solar or wind technology, has to accept the patents from Germany - again Bush sitting on Cheney's thick thumbs.

(3) the US is stuck in 2 losing wars, yes, Bush & Condi Rice & Rumsfeld & Rove...

(4) the US banking & housing market is crashing .. yes, Bush's laissez-faire approach to everything of which he does nothing.

(5) the deficit that you Mikel are leaving to your children is "real", so is the 10$ billion cost of the unending wars

(6) 50 million US citizens (yes, citizens!) have no universal health care - this is 20% of the US population. Only banana republics care less for their own... very sad.

(7) finally, Bush & Cheney, both Republican true blue, have brought secret torture camps to the US (e.g. Gantanomo & elsewhere internationally) - waterboading and imprisoning children (e.g, Khadr, 15 yrs old when put in solitary confinement). yes, this is America under Bush & Cheney... a very "real" and scary place.

Posted by: hadeze | September 11, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

CAT FIGHT--MICHELLE O VETOED HILLARY

Mr. Balz states:

" Picking Hillary Clinton would have been the ultimate gamble, a big-league running mate whose selection would have been a very loud statement about Obama."

RESPONSE:

Michelle Obama VETOED Hillary.

Case closed.

Posted by: JaxMax | September 11, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

George Bush stole the 2000 presidential election fair and square with a little help from Scalia, Scalia, Rehnquist, Kennedy & O'Connor.

This year McCain is stealing the presidential election straight from the hands of the electorate with the help of the game-changing discovery of a dark secret by Lee Atwater's protege Karl Rove: a simple, straightforward lie, artfully told, always trumps the truth.

Every day on the presidential election trail brings fresh proof of the validity of the discovery.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

When the McCain campaign ran the ad that demonized Obama as the anti-Christ anyone with half of a political brain knew that we were going to see an extremely hard fought contest.

And Obama will win.

Posted by: Deep Blue | September 11, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

As much as members of Party X hate the candidates of Party Y, what is the basis for that hate? The party in power has been in the White House since 2001 and it has committed mistake after scandal after crime. It failed to uphold the U.S. Constitution as, under oath, it promised to do. It has bankrupted the government; probably a "secret" plan provided by Grover Norquist. It has killed 3000 Americans in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia by underestimating Usama. It has killed 4100 service members and wounded many times more "responding" to "terrorists" in Iraq. It let black Democrats die in the New Orleans flood and believed they were better off dead or living in luxury in the Super Dome. The mantra of tax-cuts-for-the-wealthy has meant borrow-from-the-Red-Chinese. This is all good for the 1% of America who own 50% of everything. The rest of us may as well die and reduce the surplus population. And THIS is what Republicans offer more of. Better that, they think, than the awful situation offered by stinking Libruls and Dimocrats, Godless creatures who want to teach kindergarteners all about SEX!!!

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | September 11, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I have first 'hand' experience with Obama's homo-excursion. Spring Break '82 : )

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

You can put lipstick on a lunatic fundamentalist, but she'll still be a lunatic fundamentalist.

Posted by: glacialerratic | September 11, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

McCain doesn't give a damn for the future of this country. He's off taking an old man nap while he lets the Karl Rove-types who have undone in 8 years 200 years of global faith and admiration of America. His campaign is run by the same people who have bankrupted our country and ignored its education, infrastructure, energy and health problems to the point that we look like a second-world nation.

McCain/Palin are totally silent on all of these issues. Radio silence. They rely 100% on character attacks on Obama. Bravo, you crooks.

Posted by: Dan | September 11, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, I'll have to thank you profusely, in person, the next time we meet.
-- XOXOXO

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 11, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Appearantly Republicans are going to corrupt this election like they did for the last two:

http://www.michiganmessenger.com/4076/lose-your-house-lose-your-vote

Why isnt this being reported and why dont we have systems in place in which electronic ballots have several hard copy back ups?

Posted by: John in DC | September 11, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I found this great site here which helps one play around with electoral votes between the states.

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/2008/pick-your-president/

For those of you who think McCain is in an envious position, take a good look. Its pretty clear why the McCain campaign is resorting to Karl Rowe tactics. This map doesn’t look very promising for McCain even AFTER taking into account recent state polls. Last I heard, the McCain campaign is Push Polling in Ohio, similar to the one the Bush Campaign did against McCain pushing the notion that he fathered a “Black” child out of wedlock during the Republican Primary in 2000.

Play around with the numbers and you will see why OH, PA, VA and to some extent, CO are so important to the McCain campaign.

Lastly, lets remember that pollsters ONLY call land lines to take polls (they aren’t allowed to call cells). Most of the newly registered voters in all these battle ground states including VA are Democrats, many in the 18-35 age range. They usually don’t have land line phones and rely exclusively on cell phones. Therefore, this is an entire segment of the population that are never even called. My wild guess is that most of these polls discount Obama’s numbers by at least 3%-5% percent for this very reason. If this age group and minority groups come out and vote in force, there's nothing that McCain or his campaign can do.

Which is why, in-spite of all the spin that is being spun out there, Obama’s in very good shape. Almost every political analyst state that the electoral map still favors Obama. This negative campaigning by the McCain campaign is really a sign of desperation on their part because they know this too. They know that this election is about electoral votes in states that matter.

Do the numbers, and figure it out yourselves.

Posted by: Chris Salzmann | September 11, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

America is saturated with celebrities. We don't need another one in the White House. Instead, we need someone with real solutions to economy, education, and national security. Obama and Biden are the ones.

Hmmm, the inconvenient truth is that neither one has done squat. One hasn't done squat in 143 days and the other hasn't done squat for many many years.

But, keep believing that an inexperienced, weak, shallow dolt and an old white establishment male can save you all. You will get what you deserve.

But you better believe when Joe and O talk about taxing the rich, these two millionaires who have never held a job in their lives will somehow exclude themselves.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

What Obama underestimated, if anything, is how easily the American people can be duped into believing the Republican spin. Since Palin is being hidden from the press corps, it might take a few weeks, but soon everyone will realize what a crock her candidacy is. Meanwhile, the press is building her up in the hopes that they'll be able to tear her down. Great way to sell ad space.

Posted by: YouMustBeJoking | September 11, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

JjakeD, I'll have to thank you profusely, in person, the next time we meet.
-- XOXOXO

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 11, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

No problem ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Would Obama have the Balz to dump Joe and beg Hillary on bended knee to please come back with her whip and leather suit?

Now that would be AUDACIOUS!

Posted by: DaTourist | September 11, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

>>JakeD wrote: "fake AsperGirl at 4:28 PM"

Thank you JakeD!

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 11, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

American Spirit:

Perhaps you missed Obama's European Adventure? Wasn't HE the world's biggest celebrity?

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Fake JakeD at 4:36 p.m.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama's been knocked down before and gotten back up. This campaign is not over. It would seem right now the McCain camp is suffering from the very overconfidence they've (rightly) accused Obama of. A good night's sleep and he'll be back on message.

Posted by: treetopflyer | September 11, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

DanThe Man:

LOL! Whoopie Goldberg was just asking about the opposite on "The View": she thinks that a black politican cannot attack a white politician in America today ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

America is saturated with celebrities. We don't need another one in the White House. Instead, we need someone with real solutions to economy, education, and national security. Obama and Biden are the ones.

Obama/Biden 2008!

Go to www.barackobama.com for details.

Posted by: American Spirit | September 11, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

"the only hope for Obama at this time is to dump Biden and go for Hillary. Obama is toast..."

Can't work now.

Palin is a Hillary-killer. Hillary Clinton can't win against Sarah Palin.

Much of Hillary Clinton's support came from women who were identifying with her and even crossing over from Republicans to vote for her. In the sense that Palin is a celebrity that people can identify with, male and female, she has a cross-gender identity politics appeal that is both due to her gender and her cultural groundedness in heartland values and living.

Putting Hillary Clinton back into the race after Sarah Palin fever has taken hold will only damage Hillary Clinton even more.

The people who were personally attracted by Hillary Clinton will not identify with Hillary Clinton over Sarah Palin, just as people who were personally attracted by John Kerry will not identify with John Kerry over Barack Obama.

Sarah Palin is a real life, modern day "Annie Oakley" who despite the frontier aspects has a female lifestyle more closely recognized by ordinary moms and wives in America than Hillary Clinton with her recently-discovered "Annie Oakley" affectations.

If Hillary Clinton were added to the ticket now, she would bring a few Democratic-ideology-concerned Clinton supporters back, but most of those votes she won on her late-April-early-June "Annie Oakley tour" belong to Sarah Palin now and aren't coming back this year.

It's too late for Hillary Clinton now to enter the race. Whatever marginal points she might bring would be offset by the loss of Obama credibility as he flails about to revisit his VP pick. Even if Joe Biden resigns, citing personal concerns or something, clearly it would be Obama failing at his first executive decision, that most people already feel he bungled badly. Since he's running on foresight-and-judgment-over-experience, that would destroy whatever is left of his original compelling arguments for his candidacy.

They can try to put Hillary Clinton on the ticket, but I think that it would destroy whatever credibility is left of her leadership among women once it becomes clear that the Sarah Palin votes aren't going to come flooding back.

I was a very passionate Hillary Clinton supporter and I wouldn't vote that ticket. Obama would be a lousy president and endanger us all.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 11, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

The aspect of Obama's homosexual experimentation that is beyond the pale is that he didn't ask ME to participate.

Posted by: Hannity | September 11, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

'Classic political campaign tactics. If only the Dems adopted the same approach they might have a chance of winning'

This is truly worthy of examination by a mental health expert.

Liberalism is a mental disorder.

Each day it becomes more and more clear.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

It would be nice if some of your blogger could spell or even write in the english language.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Axelrod and Obama have always campaigned in big urbanized Blue States with large black populations.

Their resumes have no Red State campaign experience, so they have A PROBLEM in know what tone and substance to address to working class white voters.

Suddenly, the Obamaniac chieftains are out of their depth, and the charge to the rear has just begun to break ranks!

Posted by: DaTourist | September 11, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

fake AsperGirl at 4:28 PM

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

i can't stand you big media obamamaniacs crying wolf each time you guys are upstaged. wake up and smell the coffee ladies and whiners..this is the real world.

obama-world was just made-up. you don't really believe the majority of americans, including a democrat like me, would ever entrust america to a do-nothing, inexperienced, smoothtalker like obama did you? YOU DID? hahahaha

Posted by: mikel | September 11, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Smear your opponent
Confuse the issues
Mislead the voters

Classic political campaign tactics. If only the Dems adopted the same approach they might have a chance of winning. I just wonder if the electorate will see beyond all of this and say "Hey didn't they do this in 2000 and 2004? Look where that got us!". Will there be an angry backlash against McCain's politics as usual approach.

Posted by: offamercia | September 11, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Some of you commenters should be freelance writers

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I will tell you why, she is a woman. When women attack men, they look; lets say unbecomming. Its why Palin was such a bad choice. McCain would have had a shot had he picked a man.

Nuff Said.

"Okay, Dan, listen up, and your head outta da ol' poop chute! We're only gonna say this once!

There's only one real question about REALPOLITIK in America!

Why couldn't a pro-choice, anti-war, gay rights friendly Hillary Clinton do to Obama what McCain and Palin have done?"

Posted by: DanThe Man | September 11, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Dan Balz wrote this piece because the media wants an attention with a new celebrity.

But the issue is not who is the next Paris Hilton or Lindsey Lohan. Economy is absolutely bad and bad economy cannot sustain stable national security. George W. Bush damaged our economy and national security and John McCain wants to continue destroying America and make Osama bin Laden happy.

They are the real issues. Obama has sound plans to restore America. McCain has plans to make Osama bin Laden happy.

Obama/Biden 08!

Posted by: American Spirit | September 11, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

You guys don't even try to make a pretence of being OBJECTIVE! Yes, yes, HE is going to win.. I know it..I know it. You call yourselves journalists? Hack propogandists.

Posted by: paladin | September 11, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama has not underestimated McCain - he has underestimated America.

America is not a collection of racist, spit bubble blowing, America hating Oprah worshipers.

He will see that in spades in November.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

LOL! It looks like "Team Purple Lips" is running scared. Come Nov. 4th there will be Democrats throwing themselves out of windows. The campaign slogan should be "Yes we can?"

Ah, the Pied Piper has led his followers into the sea...

Posted by: Nadeem Zakaria | September 11, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama - Homo-experimenting - Columbia - Shocking

Posted by: Hannity | September 11, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Okay, Dan, listen up, and your head outta da ol' poop chute! We're only gonna say this once!

There's only one real question about REALPOLITIK in America!

Why couldn't a pro-choice, anti-war, gay rights friendly Hillary Clinton do to Obama what McCain and Palin have done?

Posted by: DaTourist | September 11, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Steve Schmidt and the McCain campaign did Obama and his brain trust (Axelrod, et al) a favor by playing dirty real fast. Obama and his campaign now know exactly what kind of campaign to expect and respond to.

If Axelrod and his team are as smart as they seem to be they will figure out ways to counter the politics of mass distraction which the Republicans want to praactice in order to defer discussion of issues and to distract Obama from his strength which is bringing to the electorate the question of who is better prepared and of a mind to force the type of change necessary to begin a turnaround and reform agenda.

The day Schmidt was appointed you knew it was going to get real messy real quick. We have now seen how he and McCain's other hired guns intend to play the game. So, too, has Axelrod and he isn't complacent.

Posted by: bobfbell | September 11, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Steve Schmidt and the McCain campaign did Obama and his brain trust (Axelrod, et al) a favor by playing dirty real fast. Obama and his campaign now know exactly what kind of campaign to expect and respond to.

If Axelrod and his team are as smart as they seem to be they will figure out ways to counter the politics of mass distraction which the Republicans want to praactice in order to defer discussion of issues and to distract Obama from his strength which is bringing to the electorate the question of who is better prepared and of a mind to force the type of change necessary to begin a turnaround and reform agenda.

The day Schmidt was appointed you knew it was going to get real messy real quick. We have now seen how he and McCain's other hired guns intend to play the game. So, too, has Axelrod and he isn't complacent.

Posted by: bobfbell | September 11, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA IS TRULY SELF DELUSIONAL

Mr. Balz asks a penetrating question:

"Has Barack Obama underestimated John McCain?"

RESPONSE--

Close, but Obama has actually OVERESTIMATED his talents, abilities,
and competence.

Obama was AWOL and worthless in the Senate, he has no record of achievement, he got a free media pass in the Dem primary,he made a suboptimal choice for VP, and he has been STUCK ON STUPID over and over.

Consider just SOME of the "wisdom" of The Obama:

On McCain adding Sarah Palin to his ticket: “Lipstick on a pig” & "it smells like an old fish"

To Hillary saying I'm not as charming as he is: "You're likable enough" (smirk)

"Hold on sweetie"

Dismissing Hillary w/3 am cell phone text message announcing Biden-payback for the 3:00am phone call ad

For the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country

America, my grandmother is a "Typical White Person"

Small town America: bitter and cling to religion and guns and antipathy toward people not like themselves

Surge was not a success (we lost the war)

Having an opinion about when a baby acquires rights: above my pay grade says "Constitutional Law Lecturer" Obama

On Iran: a tiny country that cannot hurt us

I have visited 57 states (in America)

Behold the Obama Presidential Seal on my podium

I'll stop poverty, still rising seas, heal planet, redeem America from its ignorance

The Republicans are going to tell you not to vote for me because I don't look like the presidents on the dollar bills

The Republicans are going to tell you that I'm a Muslim

Americans: cynical, lazy, slobs, downright mean

You may worship me at my Temple at the convention....

CONCLUSION--

Obama has peaked.

Closer scrutiny will reveal he is a coton candy candidate. There is no "there" there.

The American people will be polite, but Obama Lite is NOT a serious viable candidate.

Posted by: JaxMax | September 11, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

The matter is settled: John McCain is a lying, dishonorable pig. He does not deserve to be a senator, let alone president.

Posted by: CT | September 11, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what your smoking but McCain surrendered and let himself get captured. After 5 and a half years of being tortured, do you really think he is right in the head? The dude has to be crazy.

"I have to say my enthusiasm for McCain is beginning to be a little cult-like, in itself. The man is a real giant-killer for the highest of all callings: love of his fellow Americans. John McCain is a humble, smart and passionately-determined-to-serve-America-in-her-time-of-crisis man."

Posted by: McClown | September 11, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a big name celebrity, not a serious politician.

thats funny - the other lefties say she is a nobody from nowhere!

You mopes need to get on the same page. Wipe the drool off your chins, study the kos talking points and try again.

While you are at it, tell us of Obama's experience and Biden's draft deferals during Viet Nam, when he had a chance to actually serve America, rather than being a parasite.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Palin Gives Terrific Interview with Charlie Gibson. Tune in tonight. Surprising truths to unanswered questions.

Posted by: ABC Insider | September 11, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

When I have a rare night at home, I like to put on a TiVo of John McCain's acceptance speech so I can drool over that bulge in his pants.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 11, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I’m shocked by the immediate and overwhelming approval that social conservatives have given Sarah Palin, especially in light of how little is still known about her.

Posted by: rocketdem | September 11, 2008 4:17 PM

I bet...no, I guarantee, you and 99% of those who are following this race closely know much more about Gov. Palin right at this very moment than they know about Sen. Biden. I'd be willing to put my house and car on it that assumption.

This whole "we don't know anything about her" fallacy is pure bologna. You know tons about her, just based alone on her speech at the RNC, but also from stories the media has written about her, exponentially more I might add than they have written about Biden.

Posted by: Barno | September 11, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama dump Biden and go with Hillary? No. If Hillary is that electable, she would not have lost against Obama. Hillary in unelectable because she has really bad campaign advisers like Mark Penn and Terry McAuliffe.

Biden is the man!

Obama/Biden 08!

Posted by: American Spirit | September 11, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse


Steve Schmidt is a propaganda professional who can perfume any old sleezy crook into a presidential candidate. He stirs up controversy to divert from the issues and the lapdog press trods along with the maverick herd perpetrating the demise of America.

Posted by: ratl | September 11, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

'McCain's new team, led by Steve Schmidt, is fearless in the face of criticism that they are running on phony issues, false charges and negative ads that don't tell the truth. The chorus of criticism this week has been deafening, from Obama, from Democrats, from the media. But it has done nothing to turn Team McCain in a different direction. Their combination of audacity in attack and playing the victim in defense has been breathtaking.'

Wow! Republicans, unlike Hillary's Democrats, are fearless! Not scared of the LibMedia and Obamaniacs! Those are dangerous folks!

Git outta da way, Ol' Dan Balz!

Posted by: DaTourist | September 11, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse


I'm f'ing Matt Damon!!!

Posted by: Nancy Pelosi | September 11, 2008 4:09 PM

----------------------------------------------
And I'm Rick James, beyotch!

Posted by: Dave Chapelle | September 11, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Johns Ohio, why in the world would you ever be a republican.. How did you recover from brain damage? Share.

Posted by: Johns | September 11, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Dan,

WHy are you so afraid to use the word LIARS? They aren't 'ruthless.' they are LIARS. That is the staple of the McCain campaign. And as long as they have sorry reporters like you who cover for them and don't hold them accountable, they're going to continue to lie, because they know if they do, they'll just be called 'tough and ruthless,' not LIARS.

Posted by: David | September 11, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a big name celebrity, not a serious politician. And even as a celebrity, Sarah Palin has too many trashes behind her that her life as a narcissistic lying celebrity is going to nd very soon.

Thanks but no thanks to Bridge to Nowhere - lie.

Fired the governor's chef - lie.

Sold governor's plane on eBay - lie.

Lie through the campaign until every American believes her stories - my high school history teacher told me that this is how the Nazis campaigned in the 1930s.

Living next to Russia's peaceful border is a national security experience - is this a joke? LOL!

Troopergate - drip! drip! drip! Watch out, you don't know what more will be exposed on Sarah Palin.

Alaska Independence Party - Sarah and Todd Palin's patriotism is in question.

America's vice presidency is not supposed to be a personal journey of an Alaska secessionist or an Alaska secessionist sympathizer to discover and experience the real America and learn math and science and honesty on the job.

Sarah Palin made a vote for John McCain worse than even a vote for Paris Hilton.

Posted by: American Spirit | September 11, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Not only does Obama "misunderestimate" McCain, he's like a shallow little kid being stalked by a chess player.

To those of us who get the strategies, the spectacle of the confusion and disarray among Democrats as McCain plays you all, is hilarious.

I have to say my enthusiasm for McCain is beginning to be a little cult-like, in itself. The man is a real giant-killer for the highest of all callings: love of his fellow Americans. John McCain is a humble, smart and passionately-determined-to-serve-America-in-her-time-of-crisis man.

John McCain is awesome. And watching him dominate more and more as you all dance in fury and outraged petulance, as he does the right thing for all of our future, saving us from a charismatic, narcissistic demagogue who can't even behave presidential off the teleprompter, makes me feel much more hopeful about our future than I have felt for a long time.

And if you are all attributing his meteoric bump with Palin, you're not following that a big part of it came after his speech as well as hers.

You should watch it again.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 11, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"the only hope for Obama at this time is to dump Biden and go for Hillary. Obama is toast..."

"Hillary won't even consider it. He had his chance but he blew it. If he had put Hillary at the TOP of the ticket with himself being No. 2 BEFORE the convention, he might have a chance. WAY too late."

Are both of you crazy? Why in the world would he ask her in a million years? Obama pimp slapped Hillary back to the kitchen he won't be asking her to come out of the kitchen. The fact remains that Palin is going to get pimp slapped by Obama as well, just you wait and see.

Put that in your crack pipe and smoke it.


Posted by: obamapwnsu | September 11, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Bravo to anonymous Sept. 11 2:38 pm
sorry i don't know who you are but your letter certainly lines up with what i have observed over the majority of my adult life. A small and powerful group of republican ruling elite and power movers over the last almost 3 decades who have done so well at deceiving middle america as was i for many years. I was hoping McCain might be the first to be able to move away from that power pack but I am no longer hopeful that he can do that. Hence my vote will now go to real hope for change. But Obama still has to battle the engrained strength of those power groups and their faithful and powerful lobbiests. Give power back to the people.
an ex devoted republican since 1960

Posted by: johns ohio | September 11, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Haw! Haw! Haw!

On Sept 11, 2008, the WP's Obamaniac shill hits the panic button!

Didn't he believe former President Clinton when he said Obama will win handily?

Relax, Dan! Be happy!

Posted by: DaTourist | September 11, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

What I most like about Plain is the way she rocks those red F-me pumps.

Posted by: pastor123 | September 11, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

:)

I like the thorough statements made here, truth indeed. I won't repeat those major points. I just want to say, WAIT FOR THE DEBATES so we can see the individuals Obama and Biden talking on the issues (see how these two INDIVIDUALS think though on the same ticket) versus the McCain (as we've seen and heard him for some time now) and Palin.

Dan Balz, stay tuned. I believe, like plenty of others here, the choices will become much more telling.

Furthermore, darn the current polls, the state by state information is much more telling. Right on America!!

"It's America's Time" -Biden
"Something's going on, and it's BIG" -Ron Paul

Yeah, I'd call it a somewhat collective movement. McCain/Palin would do well to not underestimate people's intelligence, and the power of "common sense" this time around.

Posted by: Obama2008 | September 11, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

underestimating slime, how do you fight it? its like a hit and run driver.

Posted by: ggrant9170 | September 11, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

In recent weeks, John McCain and the Republican Party have blatantly and without any shame adopted the Democratic campaign theme of “change”. It should be evident to an objective observer that Bush 43 and now McCain and Pailin are mere puppets to the true Republican national party leaders who control their strings. Cheney is one of the few of that inner cabal that have been calling the shots since the Nixon administration. They are in fact a continuation of the Nixon and Ford presidencies with only a disruption during the Carter and Clinton years. Bush 41( Head of the RNC during Nixon, former head of the CIA,VP to Reagan, and president is probably the real leader of this political Cosa Nostra if not a equal partner of this power sharing musical chairs game. His right and left hands have been Dick Cheney(former Sec.of Defense of Bush 41, former White House Chief of staff for Ford) and the other is Donald Rumsfeld(former Sec. of Defense for Ford and Bush 43,former special envoy to the Middle East during Reagan). Another member of this group, more likely a captain if not a full blown boss himself is James Baker (former C.O.S of Reagan, former Under Sec. of Commerce for Ford, former C.O.S and Sec of State for Bush 41, former Sec. of Treasury for Reagan, former chief legal advisor to Bush 43). Another captain or free lance enforcer is Karl Rove a college drop out and campaign manager for both Bush 41 and 43, also for Phil Gram who is McCain’s economic advisor.
Lets look at McCain’s staff of change.
On July 2, 2008, Steve Schmidt was given "full operational control" of McCain's campaign. Steve Schmidt prior to this was a top aide to Dick Cheney and a protégé to Karl Rove. Another advisor is Charles R. Black worked for Ronald Reagan's two Presidential campaigns in 1976 and 1980 and he was a senior political adviser to the 1992 re-election campaign of George H.W. Bush. Another advisor is Randy Scheunemann. He was project director for the Project for the New American Century. A neo-conservative think tank founded by non other than Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Bill Kristol and others in 1996. Other signatories to this group reads like a who’s who of the last 8 years of the republican administration.
These people have never cared about small town america or “values” All they care about is war profiteering. Many of the signatories have never served in the military. Cheney and Rove both dodged the draft. Look at the statement of principles by the PNAC. Rumsfeld was a good friend of Saddam Huessin in the 80’s Cheney didn’t want Nelson Mandela free. These are the real puppet masters, they throw out the talking points about the left of being elitist and not caring about middle america and these same guys other than Rove have advanced degrees and are worth no less than 10 million dollars. People who support them need to extricate their heads out of Limbaugh and Hannity’s asses and see what is really happening to them. McCain is not his own man he confuses stories of his real life with a book he read “The Gulag Archipelago", in which a fellow prisoner - not a guard - silently drew a cross in the dirt with a stick.” An ironic twist to all this is Eliot A. Cohen, a signatory to the PNAC "Statement of Principles", responded in The Washington Post: "There is no evidence that generals as a class make wiser national security policymakers than civilians. George C. Marshall, our greatest soldier statesman after George Washington, opposed shipping arms to Britain in 1940. His boss, Franklin D. Roosevelt, with nary a day in uniform, thought otherwise. Whose judgment looks better?"
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/johnmccain/2581086/John-McCain-accused-of-plagiarising-Wikipedia-for-speeches.html. Even if you don’t like Obama there is no-way a sane person can want this continued blatant fleecing of our Nation.
Thes are all verifiable facts and can be found just with a google search. AIPAC and PNAC are the military industrial complex.
Other than the ultra affluent, how can anyone support the Republican Party? When will small town America realize that they are being duped into supporting the ultra-affluent agenda? The talking points of the right are so hypocritical that it becomes laughable. The red meat of the right is the so called Main stream Media as if Limbaugh, Hannity, et al. are not part of it. They demean celebrity status, however they tout one of their greatest presidents(Reagan) was an actor. They say they are the party of patriotism, yet many of the upper echelon of the party have never served, i.e. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Baker, Reagan. They say that they care about "Main Street" USA but only bail out the Whales of Wall Street. Yet small town America eat this tripe every year. They don't care about religion unless it can be used to stir up the base, nor science or technology unless there is a buck to be made. Small town America takes pride on its freedom but yet don't realize that over time we are becoming less free, ie wire tapping and other forms of domestic surveillance. They demean people of intelligence because they know many people of small town America don't have degrees and use it at a fake issue and call people who spent time in academia as elitist when many on the right serve on university boards and have part-time professorships. They say they are against affirmitive action but yet celebrate mediocrity, Bush43 and McCain graduating at the bottom of their classes. Who both came from already well established families and had all the opportunities and connections to excel. Why does small town America believes this is the party for them? Christian conservatives seem to the be the first ones who want to go to war and bomb someone before any diplomacy is tried. Why can't small town America and Christian conservatives realize they are being used as pawns just as much the Islamic fundamentalist are. Islamic fundamentalist come from small town Middle East and given the same kind of talking points as the evangelicals. They want prayer in school, no choice available to women, and believe to the core that their ideas about worship and country are the best. Wake up small town America you are being duped.Talking about who is more patriotic, symbols, lipstick and wearing pins are nothing more than distractions to the real issue of how a few select group of people have held power almost continuously for over 30 years. Yes the left has their own political power groups but none have been so effective at pushing forward an agenda that is fundamentally bad for the U.S. and in a larger view the entire world. I stress again the now defunct PNAC and the AIPAC have been slowly pushing us closer to another World War. Bush41 and et al have been doing this and no one calls them on it. Every Republican administration has basically the same people recycled since Nixon. Just do a little research and you will see that these people are just pushing this agenda of some kind of Pax Americana and not taking into account that maybe other nations of the world might not like that and if not bomb them.Many people who support the Republican party, really need to read "1984" by George Orwell and see how we as nation have been inching closer to that type of society. People think this story is about a communist society, but it is more about how a society is kept in a constant state of fear in order for the ruling class to stay in control. Doublespeak, patriotism to the point of frenzy, censorship, erosion of civil liberties (not respecting the Constitution) is happening right in front of us. The consolidation of government (the executive branch has never been more powerful than ever, gridlocked legislature with only two parties for representation, a judiciary that just kowtows to the executive branch). No real independent journalism. Cameras placed on every street corner. This may sound like delusional conspiracy stuff, but I implore people to research for themselves to really see what is happening to them. People think this could never happen here in the U.S. but all this has already happening, slowly, incrementally all under the guise of "keeping America safe"

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

I think Obama's mistake was assuming McCain was an honorable man. Clearly not the case.. not any more at least

Posted by: markinsa | September 11, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

'McCain's new team, led by Steve Schmidt, is fearless in the face of criticism that they are running on phony issues, false charges and negative ads that don't tell the truth. The chorus of criticism this week has been deafening, from Obama, from Democrats, from the media. But it has done nothing to turn Team McCain in a different direction. Their combination of audacity in attack and playing the victim in defense has been breathtaking.'

TRANSLATION OF LIB-MEDIA-SPEAK! McCain and the GOP aint Hillary! We are in deep deep doo-doo!

Posted by: DaTourist | September 11, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama's swan song

A long, long time ago...
I can still remember
How Karl Marx used to make me smile.
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those morons dance
And, maybe, they’d be happy for a while.

But McCain and Palin made me shiver
With every lie that I’d deliver.
Bad news in the polls;
I depended so much on the trolls.

I can’t remember if I lied
When I bragged about my audacious pride,
But something touched me deep inside
The day my campaign died.

So bye-bye to the left wing lie
You trusted your bs to the Times,
But the gray lady had died.
And them tired old libs were drinkin’ koolaid and my,
They were singin’, "this’ll be the day that I die.
"this’ll be the day that I die."

Did you write the book of hope,
And do you have faith in all those dopes,
If Oprah tells you so?
Do you believe in Barack and Joe,
Can welfare save your mortal soul,
And can you teach me how to think real slow?

Well, I know that you’re in love with him
`cause clearly you are steeped in sin.
You both turned on the tube.
Man, we thank you for FoxNews

You were a lonely teenage liberal puke
With naïve ideals and anti-nuke,
But I knew you would be rebuked
The day his campaign died.

So bye-bye to the left wing lie
You trusted your bs to the Times,
But the gray lady had died.
And them tired old libs were drinkin’ koolaid and my,
They were singin’, "this’ll be the day that I die.
"this’ll be the day that I die."

.

Now for eight years we’ve been on our own
And ideas come slow when you are stoned,
But that’s not how it used to be.
When Rather sang for you and me,
In a format he borrowed from his pc
It all rang false to you and me,

Oh, and while the right was looking down,
The left conjured up a clown.
Common sense was then adjourned;
The goofiness had returned.

And while young Hussein read a book of marx,
His wife damned America, his preacher snarked
And they sang dirges in the dark
The day your campaign died.

So bye-bye to the left wing lie
You trusted your bs to the Times,
But the gray lady had died.
And them tired old libs were drinkin’ koolaid and my,
They were singin’, "this’ll be the day that I die.
"this’ll be the day that I die."

Helter skelter, my polls have sagged.
Obama’s jet flew off without a flag,
Eight miles high and falling fast.
The left landed foul on the grass.
Couric ran out of gas,
With Olberman sidelined finally at last.

Now the on air debate was sweet perfume
When Palin spoke, Joe Biden was doomed.
We all got up to dance,
Oh, but we never got the chance!
`cause the liberals tried to take the field;
But America flat refused to yield.
Do you recall what was revealed
The day his campaign died?

So bye-bye to the left wing lie
You trusted your bs to the Times,
But the gray lady had died.
And them tired old libs were drinkin’ koolaid and my,
They were singin’, "this’ll be the day that I die.
"this’ll be the day that I die."

Oh, and there we were all in one place,
A nomination lost in space
With no time left to start again.
So come on: joe be nimble, joe be quick!
Chris Matthews sat on a candlestick
Cause lying is the liberal’s only friend.

Oh, and as he watched Palin on the stage
His hands were clenched in fists of rage.
No socialist born in hell
Could break that right wing spell.
And as the votes climbed high into the night
To clinch the electorals, out of sight,
I saw America laughing with delight
The day his campaign died

So bye-bye to the left wing lie
You trusted your bs to the Times,
But the gray lady had died.
And them tired old libs were drinkin’ koolaid and my,
They were singin’, "this’ll be the day that I die.
"this’ll be the day that I die."

I met a lib who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news,
But she just smiled and turned away.
I went down to the dailykos
Where I’d heard the lies before we lost,
But the man there said, please just go away.

And in the streets: the leftists screamed,
The media sobbed, and the anarchists dreamed.
But not a word was spoken;
The media grip had been broken.
And the three things I admired most:
The Times, CNN and Washington Post
They caught the last train for the coast
The day his campaign died.

So bye-bye to the left wing lie
You trusted your bs to the Times,
But the gray lady had died.
And them tired old libs were drinkin’ koolaid and my,
They were singin’, "this’ll be the day that I die.
"this’ll be the day that I die."


Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Balz and his fellow talking heads are like broken records with a short term memory issue. About every three months they question Obama's verve, just before he once again, predictably, surprises them. This was the pattern for the primaries and it's been the pattern for the summer election. If nothing else, Obama is patient and calculated. And thank goodness. There are already way too many nervous nelly Democrats out there, thank you.

Posted by: Brenda | September 11, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I’m shocked by the immediate and overwhelming approval that social conservatives have given Sarah Palin, especially in light of how little is still known about her. History shows us that the Republican party is rife with skillful politicians who have mastered the art of manipulating the social conservative voting bloc in order to win elections. They promise everything social conservatives want, deliver nothing, and then blame the opposition. This proven Bush/Rove campaign strategy essentially guarantees that while social conservatives will win the election battle, they will, by deliberate design, lose the culture war. For a generation this has been an incredibly effective political strategy for Republicans, and it appears that social conservatives are falling all over themselves for the same dupe yet again. What is even more bizarre is that Sarah Palin has explicitly promised to be a “maverick”, bucking the Republican establishment that social conservatives worked so long and hard to control. At the same time, she has made no declaration of any intentions towards promoting a social conservative agenda. It seems that social conservatives are jumping to conclusions about Sarah Palin based upon little else than her personal life choices and the church she attends. Meanwhile, they are completely ignoring the fact that she may be nothing more than yet another in a long line of shrewd opportunistic Republican politicians who know how to harvest the votes of the social conservative base for the small price of rhetoric and empty promises. Is there not a single skeptic alive in the social conservative movement?

Posted by: rocketdem | September 11, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Just when I thought that McCain and his cronies reached a new low in the slime factor, they keep surprising me with new ones. This election is turning into one of the most laughable elections I've seen, especially when the U.S. is in its worst shape, domestically and around the world. McCain, if you so love this country as you keep claiming you do, I would have renewed respect for you if you would focus on the SPECIFICS of what you would do and HOW you would go on solving the budget deficit, heightened inflation, worsening job market and standard of living, not to exclude the crappy image the U.S. is presenting it self around the world. And, what is your timeline on Iraq and why??? Your selection of Palin only tells me your only interest is winning this election at all cost, a fluff V.P who has no credible foreign or business experience, in any global or multinational capacity. Her lack of not granting any immediate media interviews only tells me SHE IS NOT READY FOR THE REAL NATIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL STAGE. I'm not interested in listening to canned speeches and punchlines; anyone can do that and I'm sure she is getting all the coaching she needs to come up with more canned responses to give to ABC in its 1st interview w/ the media. BTW, I'm a woman and an independent and would never leave my fate up to someone who can't come up w/ any relevant response to the mess the present Administration has left the American people to deal with.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

What happens to the race when Barack's homosexual experimentation at Columbia comes out? I hope we haven't misunderestimated his support.

Posted by: ssminnow | September 11, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

If the McCain team is "unafraid and reckless" then the Obama team must be afraid and reckless. Obama talks about an elevated dialogue, but I just don't see it from his supporters and, increasingly, from the candidate himself. The "lipstick on a pig" "old fish that still stinks" couplet was a weasly attack that fell flat on its face. While Obama was denouncing the tone of the campaign, the South Carolina Democratic chairwoman was making the most reprehensible assertion to date from any supposedly responsible person on either side. The ugliest rumor from anonymous sleaze to the public realm in this campaign was the child switch allegation from the left.

Posted by: bri | September 11, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Balz, just want to clear up the air? Are you a journalist or a commentator? If you are you a journalist, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Posted by: discerner | September 11, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

"McCain's team is both unafraid and reckless, but they love the chaos...feed the media's insatiable appetite for combat and conflict, the more outrageous the better."

Yes, I think this is the strategy - divide and conquer and keep everyone buzy as bees trying to bring order in the hive again, but at all time throw new fuel on the fire.

Posted by: Erik | September 11, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Less horse race, please, Mr. Balz!

There are genuinely substantive issues in this campaign: the economy, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, healthcare, the status of civil liberties post-9/11, the press's passive acceptance of the McCain campaign's refusal to allow Sarah Palin to be questioned freely and vigorously by reporters. Instead, you are wasting space in the Washington Post on the horse-race. Please do your duty as a journalist!

Posted by: reflexive1 | September 11, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Karl Rove admitted being on the McCain campaign as a McCain advisor. This alone should tell you that Bushco remains in power with a McCain win. you should be VERY worried about a constitutional criminal advising McCain.

Palin is for forcing victims of rape and incest to raise their unwanted rapist's child.

Palin tried to fire a librarian who refused to violate the first amendment and ban books Mayor Palin disliked. Palin successfully fired Alaska's top cop because he refused to break the lawand fire her ex brother in law and Palin is CURRENTLY under investigation by the state of Alaska for her crime.

Palin lies every time she says she was against the bridge to nowhere THAT SHE ACTIVELY SUPPOORTED AND WORKED FOR... AND THE MONEY FOR WHICH SHE SPENT ON AN ACCESS ROAD TO THE LOCATION OF THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE.

The Palin family were members of the US HATING secessionist Alaska First Party (AKIP). Gov Palin taped a welcoming video address in 2008 to the secessionist's political convention. Why would a sitting governor pander to a secessionist political party? Why would she join one?

Palin insists hypocritically upon forcing abstinence only education on America when it failed miserably in her own family.

Palin is being handled by BUSHCO advisors.

McCain Palin whitehouse means ALL OF THE CRIMINAL NEO-CON POLITICAL APPOINTEE POND SCUM IN EVERY AGENCY OF THE GOVERNMENT GETS A THIRD TERM. You cannot clean out the barnyard if you leave the pigs in the stall while you try to shovel. Those cocain/sex parties at the oil revenue agency you've been reading about? Yeah - those people get to keep their jobs in another republican NEO-CON BushMcCainCo administration.

Palin is unqualified, under educated, and unfit to be a 72yr old man's heartbeat away from the Presidency.

Obama needs to go on the attack since the MSM is afraid to boldly tell the truth about this rube Palin.

Posted by: JBE | September 11, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

For all of you McLaime supporters!

Here's the real truth! Bristol Palin's real baby daddy!! Ha!!

http://www.blackbottom.com/watch.php?v=WdBJd9b9i8A

Posted by: McLaime | September 11, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Less horse race, please, Mr. Balz!

There are genuinely substantive issues in this campaign: the economy, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, healthcare, the status of civil liberties post-9/11, the press's passive acceptance of the McCain campaign's refusal to allow Sarah Palin to be questioned freely and vigorously by reporters. Instead, you are wasting space in the Washington Post on the horse-race. Please do your duty as a journalist!

Posted by: reflexive1 | September 11, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

It's economics and national security, stupid.

Obama has better economic and national security plans than McCain does. And Obama has far superior character and patriotism than McCain does. That is enough. McCain and his celebrity that he hired do not have any economic and national security plans. Obama and Biden do.

McCain already lost to Obama. It's just that he is hanging on a celebrity bubble he hired because Obama is a real person, not a paid celebrity.

Obama/Biden 2008!

Posted by: American Spirit | September 11, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

What the hell is up with this crazymaking media? One moment he's asked to "get angry". Then he's told to "not be angry cuz that doesn't work in politics". Then he's "lowered his guard". Then he's praised for "running a clean campaign". Well, which one of them is it?

And the question "is he ready". PLEASE. BULL**** TAUNTS.

GO DO SOMETHING USEFUL AND DIG UP PALIN'S RECORDS AND CONFRONT HER WITH HER LIES, YOU STUPID WASTE-OF-SPACE JOURNOS.

Posted by: Earn your paycheck, fool | September 11, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Where would this election be today if Barack's momma decided to abort? Hmmm.
Hillary/Rendell vs. McCain/Lieberman ?

Posted by: JC Rather | September 11, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Balz,
Has Obama let his guard down? Ask your buddy Chris Cilizza. Cilizza says that Barack Obama should take a daily beating of dishonest attacks from the McCain campaign and not fight back. If he fights back it will hurt his chances. Go figure.

Posted by: Dem | September 11, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

It is just amazing how crazy M & P and their supporters can be. This country needs an intelligent and trust-worthy leader not a greedy pit bull with lipstick and a maverick war maniac and liars. It is hard to imagine what a disaster M&P will bring to this once glorious country. We may be able to witness how the No.1 Capitalistic Country becomes the No.1 disliked country with the most debt if M&P got into the White House. Another economic chaos and great depression can be expected. What a joke.

Posted by: Stop being crazy! | September 11, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

marc christophe - super post. I do have to say that part of the problem about fairness and decency has to start with the person who wrote this article, Dan Balz. Clearly in the tank for Obama and has done everything, like his colleagues, to run this dirty open campaign for Obama and to marginalize McCain. If I were Sarah Palin, I would not talk to any of these trashy rags or news media outlets like CNN or ABC. Let them drool and sweat.

Posted by: Adrian | September 11, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm f'ing Matt Damon!!!

Posted by: Nancy Pelosi | September 11, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse


Hey pastor123: so you're not troubled about her dishonesty regarding the Bridge to Nowhere, an issue in which she's basically lied through her teeth to the American people? And how is the troopergate investigation into her alleged power abuse mean spirited? If the allegations are true, it would mean that she misused her authority in a deeply unethical way. How does that not reflect on her character?

And talk about mean-spirited: her acceptance speech was one long, mocking, sneering, snarky slap at half the country, from her swipe at San Francisco to her nasty put-down of community organizers. Doesn't seem like a very "decent" person to me.

Meanwhile, you have McCain, who tossed aside his invalid first wife for a newer, prettier, richer model who could fund his ambitions; who embraced a racist publisher in the 2000 election while standing up for the Confederate Flag (for which he has since apologized), for his deep involvement in the Keating five scandal, for his vile jokes about Chelsea Clinton, to his ugly, disgraceful smear campaign?

Hm.

Posted by: Monk | September 11, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

BobC / Robert Campbell:

The title references George W. Bush saying "misunderestimate" before.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Lot's of talk, but where's Obama's experience????? In congress for how long???? LOL!!! He's a great speaker and very personable, but what else? No substance, just polish.

Posted by: justlooking | September 11, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I heard Brian Williams use the word "stupid" in describing the sexist accusations. It may have been, but I don't think I've that word from a nightly news anchor before. I think people are afraid of the McCain-Palin ticket. They're afraid that all of their free pork is going to disappear, and now they're trying to make McCain look stupid (and succeeding) and tilt the field in the direction of Barack Obama (who is all for earmarks and pork and helping friends out). This is just sad.

Posted by: dcp | September 11, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it is surely Obama's fault for believing there are common standards of decency in this country.

Is the next story that God is only God of Republicans, so Democrats and Independents shouldn't bother?

How about, instead, the story being how corrupt, low, disgraceful, deceitful the McCain gang has been in their election campaign?

Posted by: somerseten | September 11, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

"Misunderestimate"??? That's not even a word! Where are the editors? Is this even a reputable news site anymore? For shame.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I am for the right to self control and self destiny. If you can control your actions you will not need an abortion. If you can't then you must deal with the consequences. Respectfully.

Posted by: JC Rather | September 11, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Where are the issues ? Now America is down to who looks good infront of the TV cameras; or throwing a childish insult. Lets get back to the real issues; the economy; the war; the supreme court; both wall street and main street are falling apart. Who knows, unless you are really super rich things may turn really ugly soon.

Posted by: Justin | September 11, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Akron, OH:

I thought YOU were liberal?! Maybe that was some other "Akron, OH" who posted last month.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Misunderestimate?

You can underestimate, you can mis-estimate, but if you misunderestimate aren't you actually estimating accurately?

Posted by: BobC | September 11, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

In case we have forgotten what this election is about, here is a sobering reminder...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnyUPktNIP0

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain has proven himself to be a master at disgueses. He is not a maverick nor agent of change. He shown to be a liar and a fear mongoerer. He's played on people's fear and sympathony with the POW story we'er heard as an excuse to duck the issues at hand.

McCain has manupilcated the media with is bad judgment calls by picking Sarah Palin. He is not going to be elected for president because when the truth comes out about is VP people will jump ship and vote for Senator Obama/Biden wait and see.

When the smoke settles the truth will emerged.

Posted by: jacie - Ca | September 11, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

http://www.courtrecords.alaska.gov/pa/pa.urd/pamw6500.display

i just wanted to know why Sarah Palin has defense court records for alaska.. I mean this information is Public Record.. You can go onto alaska court site. Just type in her name and actual records pop up on heR! I dont get it... I THOUGHT SHE WAS A REFORMER

Posted by: MONI | September 11, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Aurora:

It happened to Eagleton ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

You liberals just wait until Palin/McCain are in the White House. America will return to its true self once again. Abortion will be illegal and who cares if women die, it is Gods will for their sins. Doctors who perform abortions will be imprisoned.

Gods will and word will rule America and our leaders will speak with authority from God. That is why we are mobilized and ready for victory. We might have freedom of religion but it will be for OUR religion, OUR will, OUR children, OUR country. It is about taking what George Bush began and advancing it to the next level.

Right now those who share these goals with me are policing our community identifying and listing those who do not practice as we do or who believe in evolution. We may not be getting direction from Palin/McCain or the RNC but they will not stand between us and our mission to improve America.

Posted by: Akron, OH | September 11, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I would be more than willing to vote for someone other than the two canidates we have right now. Problem is that most people who would vote for some one else either do not know they can, or think that their vote won't stop one of the very poor choices we have now.

Posted by: Ready | September 11, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, the GOP runs untruthful ads and the sweet and pure little Democrats are just victims, right? That is pure hogwash . The Dems virtually invented dirty campaigning and have putrified every election in my lifetime with false accusations, lies and dirty tricks. The difference has been that the media has always looked the other way. Nixon learned his dirty tricks from the Democrat dirty trickster who sabotaged his campaign when he ran for governor of California and then wrote a book bragging about it. Remember the "Daisy ad" that lied about Goldwater? Last time out, the Dems ran phony ads telling black voters that the GOP was out to keep them from voting. In this campaign, Obama has been whimpering that the GOP was going to attack him because of his name and race (none of which has happened). As I recall, the lovely and charming Democrat party has given America the Ku Klux Klan, White Primaries, Poll Taxes, "voter literacy tests", Gerrymandering, Union thugs intimidating voters, the Daley machine, the Pendergast machine, Tammany Hall and , more recently, has registered tens of thousands of illegal aliens to vote. This tribe is unfit to govern. Please spare us your tripe about the GOP and Obama needing to "respond".

Posted by: marc christophe | September 11, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

JCRather:

No need to tell people to "shut up". If Palin becomes President, I hope she will do everything possible to take away the right to abort.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

This article gave me a strange sort of comfort. Obama ran against and beat the Clintons, who already beat the Bush machine.

And if you want to compare who is the smarter, tougher candidate, I will have to go with Obama.
This we know. McCain and Palin just aren't that smart or that tough as they run and hide from the press. Most of their bomb throwing is to protect them from the press. That won't hold.

Thank you, Dan, I feel better now.

Posted by: Mary | September 11, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Hillary coming back as VP will definitely be an "entertaining" story. BUT there is NO WAY it will happen. Any way, I like BIDEN, MUCH MORE than Obama. Had it been Biden/Obama... Obama then would look more enticing than Palin.... or may be NOT.

Posted by: Aurora | September 11, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Joanna. Did you or are you going to have an abortion? Then shut up.

Posted by: JCRather | September 11, 2008 3:54 PM

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Yes, Joanna. Shut up, indeed. You're embarrassing us all by being concerned about rights that you may not personally need to exercise some day. Personally, I don't even believe in the first amendment, because nobody has ever directly challenged my right to speak before. It's a waste of paper if you ask me. JCRather is way smarter than you.

Posted by: Joe | September 11, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Serz4u
McCain /Palin fully support abortion in the case of pregnancy resulting from Gorilla rape

Posted by: JC Rather | September 11, 2008 3:58 PM

____________________

One of the best post

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Read the last several stories by Balz, and tell me he isn't in the tank for McCain. Everyone is critical of Obama, or in praise of the "Maverick" (groan.) All stories, regardless of whom they're about, are offered up in the light most favorable to McCain.

Seriously.

Can the Post make it official and call this guy what he is: a conservative columnist?


Posted by: Monk | September 11, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Serz4u
McCain /Palin fully support abortion in the case of pregnancy resulting from Gorilla rape

Posted by: JC Rather | September 11, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

This is a very well written article and I think it has some very interesting points. I think McCain has a very strong competitive instinct, and he's found that if he can't win on Obama's territory then he's going to move the fight to a realm he's more familiar with. He's managed to do what Hilary couldn't, which is drag Obama off his pedestal of intelligent debate and new ideas down into the mud pit for some good old fashioned name calling and mud slinging. Obama will have to either drag himself out or and far from mud pit or start learning how to sling mud.

For all our high American ideals, we are the country that allows our children to emulate Paris Hilton, a woman made famous by releasing her own homemade porn. If McCain puts on a good enough show then heck, we might just elect him president!

Posted by: Left Coaster | September 11, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I know McCain has made the right choice in VP by the panic amongst the Obamaton’s whose vitriolic discourse has reached new lows as of late. Will the blame America first crowd please do us all a favor and immigrate to Europe, America will only shine that much brighter in your absence.

Posted by: mcrouch | September 11, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I wish people stop saying McCain picked Pailin, the guy can barely pick his nose. She was chosen for him. A guy who can't remember how many residences he has, he picks someone he barely met. Come on people use some logic.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Joanna. Did you or are you going to have an abortion? Then shut up.

Posted by: JCRather | September 11, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I can see how natural McCain going to look at WTC and how odd Obama after rev Right and all this crap that he is always hanging with.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

If you look at Obama it proves one point-what the hell this idiot talking about?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

The McCain-Follieri Love Boat: The Maverick and the Celebrity Con Man

By Mark Ames & Ari Berman
http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080929/berman_ames


“The photograph substantiates reports that in late August, 2006, McCain celebrated his 70th birthday aboard a yacht, the Celine Ashley, rented by A-list con man Raffaello Follieri and his then-movie star girlfriend Anne Hathaway. In the current edition of Vanity Fair, Michael Schnayerson reported that Follieri rented the Celine Ashley for the month of August 2006. Montenegro's leading daily newspaper, Vijesti, earlier reported that during McCain's visit in 2006 he celebrated with birthday cocktails and sweets aboard the Celine Ashley yacht. In the photograph, taken in Montenegro at the end of August, McCain is shown boarding the yacht ramp towards the smiling Follieri and Hathaway. Just ahead of McCain and shaking hands with Follieri appears to be Rick Davis--McCain's top aide and now co-manager of his campaign, who accompanied him on the trip and advised the government of Montenegro. A few months after McCain's yacht party, Follieri strengthened his ties to McCain's orbit by retaining Rick Davis's well-connected Washington lobbying firm, Davis Manafort, and offering Davis both an investment deal and help in securing the Catholic vote for McCain's presidential bid.”

Posted by: Paul | September 11, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

For those who saw Tropic Thunder, picture Sarah Palin running through the snow with a rifle and Bullwinkles scalp strapped to her head!

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And the country is going full retard for it. We're all going to go home empty handed like Sean Penn.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

How McCain respects women:

By making gorilla rapes woman jokes

By joking about Chelsea Clinton's looks

By Calling Cindy McCain an c**t in front of reporters

By cheating on and then divorcing his first wife after she's involved in a car accident (it's OK, he was a POW)

By replying "excellent question" when a questioner at a town hall calls Hillary Clinton a b***h

Posted by: Serz4u | September 11, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

First of all - “MISUNDERESTIMATING "? See why school vouchers are so important?

When you are "THE ONE", everyone and everything is beneath you. You are impervious to anything that anyone might do or say. Perfection in the mirror is the only thing you see.

Now of course, all you need is about 25,000,000 morons to agree with you.

Posted by: Robert Campbell | September 11, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Why vote for one of the "two" parties. They're both horrible candidates and we should stand up and vote for a third party representative. I know most of you bleeding heart liberals would prefer Nader, but let's do Bob Barr so we can bring the troops home, investigate the Fed Reserve, downsize the government, lower taxes, and get rid of a social welfare state.

Posted by: Chris | September 11, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Pastor123 writes: This Makes Me like Palin even More, She seems to be a good vp pick. A much different kind of Politicain then we have gotten use to, Palin doesnt have a record or a DUI like Bush.Dont take my word for It see The Bush dui online I dont believe all of these mean spirited attacks Shes been accused of Trooper Scandal , An alledged affair I persoanlly think she is a good person, This is a decent Human Being.
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This post proves one of Senator Obama’s points – that the education system in this country is failing us.

Posted by: lhummer | September 11, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

My hubby and I were in a sports bar in Reno this weekend,and when the latest Obama ad came on a lot of people started laughing and making jokes about him. I don't exactly know what that means, but I think people have become desensitized to those ads because they have gotten so outrageous and there are too many of them.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"Obama has been at this now for 19 hard months. At times his focus has drifted but he has proven himself equal to all the challenges. McCain's challenge may prove no more difficult in the end than Clinton's. But right now it is more than Obama may have expected. Now it is his turn and the question is, is he ready?"
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Balz, Hillary has been banging her head during the primaries that Obama is not ready to be a president and she is more capable of defending herself against the Republican attack machine. The August month has proved her prescience.

Posted by: discerner | September 11, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Petuna-you are the f..king idiot

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

My hubby and I were in a sports bar in Reno this weekend,and when the latest McCain ad came on a lot of people started laughing and making jokes about him. I don't exactly know what that means, but I think people have become desensitized to those ads because they have gotten so outrageous and there are too many of them.

Posted by: Amie | September 11, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

So what has Obama done in the US Senate? All 175 days of it but ask for pork for Ill?? $900,000,000 Come on we're waiting....When you get the answer let us all know..Skip the Talk,talk talk-- flap flap flap...

McCain is more Presidential, And, Gov Palin has made a few mistakes... it comes with the job. What did Lincoln say?

You liberals hijacked the democratic party. Now it's the party of socialism. So, get the crybabies at he ACLU out so whenever there is a republican rally at a school it will have to be moved. Backfired Tuesday, didn't it...It's O K for Clintons and Obama to hold functions at Granby, Washington and Lee and W T Woodson...go figure...

Posted by: tired of the socailists | September 11, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Xavier - you're an idiot.

Posted by: Petuna | September 11, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I can see how natural McCain going to look at WTC and how odd Obama after rev Right and all this crap that he is always hanging with.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama showed his fear of himself the minute he picked Biden.

Does he really think we're stupid enough to make a president out of someone who has worshiped G*d D*mn America for 20 years?

Posted by: Xavier | September 11, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

The Dems are going to maintain control of Congress during this election so we need the Reps in the White House. The worst thing that can happen is to have one party running both because then we will continue down the road of more centralized control from D.C.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

For all of the kowtowing to McCain's "service to our country" it is disgusting that his reprehensible behavior is being so obligingly tolerated. He's an insult to true heroes. His conduct is totally unbecoming an officer and a gentleman. Heroes don't whine and play the victim. That's not how McCain won his status as an untouchable American. He's manipulated the media and population to accept and justify anything he says or does. It is disgraceful! I'm ashamed of him and I'm ashamed of the media and voters for letting him get away with such slimy behavior.

Posted by: Truth Maverick | September 11, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

McCain would be the wrong choice. Hothead.
Truly horrifying to think he might have his finger on the "red button".

Posted by: SERZ4U | September 11, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

For those who saw Tropic Thunder, picture Sarah Palin running through the snow with a rifle and Bullwinkles scalp strapped to her head!

Nothing political here....just a funny mental visual.

Posted by: e.d.lebadose | September 11, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Says you. wapo has as much credibility as polls, and wapo commenters, for that matter, that is to say, not much. We keep pounding away, though, do we not?

Posted by: PreAmerikkkan | September 11, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"The chorus of criticism this week has been deafening, from Obama, from Democrats, from the media"
=======================================
Balz (The unofficial Obama campaign advisor/cheerleader), where was your "phony" criticism when Palin were attacked by the leftist scum and media?

Seems like every talking head and "unbiased" journalist are giving free advice to Obama on how to overcome his inherent weakness. Are you trying to be a cheerleader for this fake One?

Posted by: discerner | September 11, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

One man's "inner toughness and visceral derring do" is the next guy's "unhinged liar and reckless gambler." I wish you guys would point out more often not only that they are attacking even though some have questioned the accuracy . . . no, they continue to outright LIE even though the lies have been exposed publicly, indicating that they don't respect the electorate. If Obama made up a whopper like the Bridge to Nowhere, or said on Face the Nation like McCain did that the priximity of Alaska to Russia shows that Palin understands the Russian threat, reporters like you would have had no end of criticism and ridicule for him., Why are you giving McCain and Palin a free pass when they say dishonest and downright stupid things that insult the intelligence? When did that stop being part of the news media's job?

I agree that Obama will react to these Rovian attacks, and in ways that will likely surprise both the press and his supporters -- he is always his best spokesperson, and can go to the hoop with the best of them -- but I know that they fully expected this, and that they wanted to save their most effective attacks for the last 2 weeks of the campaign. This is McCain's high water mark and Obama's low water mark -- it may well be exactly that -- and the polls show that it hasn't changed anything fundamentlally. The state by state numbers in key swing states (OH +5, PA +3, MI +4, NH +7, CO +1) are, with one or two exceptions (NC -6, FL -7) as good or better for Obama now than they were 6 weeks ago. That is why Plouffe, Axelrod and Obama are not panicking. McCain and the GOP are overplaying their hand, flailing with deparation that will only be more unwatchable as the revelations about poor vetting, gambling with the future, and acting for one's own political benefit rather then "Country First" come back to haunt McCain.

Posted by: Mark | September 11, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

John,
How does McCain repsect women?
How does Obama not?

I am a woman and Palin is not respecting me or my rights. She wants to take them away. Why are people not reading the issues at hand and only saying these weird fluffy accusations!!! People we have to be smarter than this!!!!! please b/c you all are freaking me out

Posted by: Joanna | September 11, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Sidda writes: I agree with the comments in this article. Obama is missing the boat by not recognizing the masses are like the commoners in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar...they can be moved by an emotional appeal...not an intellectual one...Palin and McCain are using the same tactics as Marc Antony...repetition, sarcasm, and emotional appeal....I fear that if Obama is incapable of striking a nerve in the masses...he is going to come up short...sigh
---------------------------------------
True, it was Marc Antony who moved the crowd with emotional appeal. Do you remember what happened to him?

Posted by: lhummer | September 11, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, AsperGirl R-I-G-H-T????...That's why McCain only met her once in his life back in Feb. 2008.

Listen, McCain's pick of Palin was based on the decision of a 72-yr old reckless former fighter pilot. McCain needed to energize his party and his own chances and picking Palin did stir things up. The media is loving it because they can generate more headlines for more commercials for more money.

It only takes a health concern or scare on McCain for his "house of cards" to come tumbling down. McCain should be due for another cancer checkup next month. At McCain's age and due to the conditions he endured as a POW, it is only a matter of time before has debilitating health issues.

Then we will see how much support Palin truly has when the chances of her being president during a "potential" McCain presidency go from 30% to 60%!

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 11, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

"the only hope for Obama at this time is to dump Biden and go for Hillary. Obama is toast..."

Hillary won't even consider it. He had his chance but he blew it. If he had put Hillary at the TOP of the ticket with himself being No. 2 BEFORE the convention, he might have a chance. WAY too late.

Posted by: Joe | September 11, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is a sell-out and exposed he is just a typical Republican politician by picking Palin. He picked her to appease his base, poach Hillary votes and stoke a class divide. Palin wasn’t the best or most qualified, it’s because he knew she would be a draw to small town America whom they are duping (Sara Palin ain’t like you, folks).

How is this being a "maverick"? How is it ‘Country First”? How is this “I rather win a war than loose an election”? I’ll say it again, John McCain is a sell-out. Obama said it pretty accurately too - Lipstick on a pig, is still a pig.

The most important metric for picking a VP is they are ready to step in from day one. His judgment is reckless and he gambled at our expense. The mere fact Palin is being educated on foreign policy and is avoiding the press indicates she wasn’t prepared on day one. She is running for the second highest office, but can’t answer questions from the press or public? This doesn’t alarm anyone?

I lost all my respect for John McCain. He's not the hero today he was 35 years ago. McCain is nothing without Palin.

What does it say about a campaign that has to "mimic" what and who Obama is, not to mention hijack Obamas core message of Change from day one just to poach votes? Is that all they view Obama as, a "product" a "formula", a “personality”? It makes McCain look weak and more importantly, the American people stupid if they fall for it.

Now all these puppets are willing to just get behind her without even knowing anything about her and try to convince the American public she is prepared to be VP or President? Not even uncertain objectiveness, caution, pause or question just because she has an "R" in front of her name? How can anyone make a honest, clear determination reasonably in less than 60 days?

Bravo America! We look like complete idiots once again while the world watches. I am truly embarrassed of my country. I guess all isn’t lost, at least many will have Palin’s eye glass frames while our country crumbles economically. We are such tools.

British Prime Minister Backs Obama
http://waugh.standard.co.uk/2008/09/brown-backs-oba.html

World wants Obama
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/09/09/2360240.htm?section=world


Posted by: Laura | September 11, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"Now it is his turn and the question is, is he ready?"

The answer is: No, he is not.

Almost a week after Palin's speech, all Obama can come up with is a personal attack, a personal attack on a vice president candidate. You cann't call that ready, can you?

There are too many issues that are above Obama's pay grad, and he is running for president. If Obama constantly compare himself, or being compared, to Palin, every one knows he is not ready. In fact, he is not even readier than Palin.

The only person that is truly ready is Hillary. Too bad she is not on the ticket.

Posted by: Mary | September 11, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

The Ground Rules for Obama and the Dems

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

ES,

I don't think most Democrats want to win the election this way. Obama could do all of the things you suggest, but even if he wins in November, he'd have no credibility to reach out to the other half of the country. He would be just like Bush in '00 and '04, and the country would be (justifiably) divided for another fouryears. The kind of campaign you're suggesting is enough to turn even honest people bitter, which is exactly what we're starting to see in '08 McCain (a sharp contrast to '00 McCain).

I think he wants to win with a clean campaign and prove it can be done. If he is able to do it, it would demonstrate fantastic leadership and give us all something positive to build on going into '09.

Incidentally if '00 McCain were running against '08 Obama, I think we might have had an election cycle we could all be proud of.

Posted by: Joe | September 11, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA 08'

I'm all for it!!
He is amazing - McCain you is galavanting around smearing slurs all over the media. What an idiot - his 2 biggest claims were Obama - inexperienced celebrity - then he choose someone with equal to less experience and now she is on the cover of every magazine including US Weekly... can't get more celebrity - not a chance - he really doesn't get it.

On the other hand - Obama went on the O'Reilly factor this week. He went to someone in the media who is known to be a far right and spoke with him, now that is fearless, especially right now, when so much is on the fence. WHo is McCain talking to?

and the person who wrote that Obama won't debate with McCain - go back under your rock...

Posted by: Erica | September 11, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I beleive in John and Sarah. They are fighting for me! And I will fight for them!

John and Sarah are like a wave of freedom and a light which will lead our country forward to new and wonderful days.

So I will not be voting for Obama. Since I beleive in John and Sarah.

John McCain puts America first. He also respects the women of America.

Posted by: Jim R | September 11, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

my gawd this is the most fawning love piece over obama i've read in the campaign,it rivals oblermann and Mathews

It's such utter BS , it plays the Obama is the messiah card.. acting as if he wasnt' the one who's been playing victim and slandering everyone in his campaign..
you ought to have your brain removed ,cleansed and re-inserted sans the Obama worship.
what drivel you have written!

Posted by: You ought to be fired | September 11, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

You don't see middle American and small town women flaunting $300,000 outfits to an affair.

Posted by: Sandra S | September 11, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if it is true that the actual candidate that bumps off mutual opponent of both parties will win in November? Apparently the opponent exposed corruption within both parties and is specifically targeted.

The question is how... For example, will the GOP use a Guiliani-like mob ties such as his protege Bernard Kerik was indicted with 140 years of jail time? Will the Dems use an OJ Simpson-like convict with jail time instead? Will both parties use the popular law enforcement community practice of 'sweetheart exchange deals' where crimes/murders are committed in exchange for less penalty on their behalf?

And do we have to worry about our family's safety having shared this detail now? Will my husband be targeted and murdered during his daily jog after work in Hackensack and Bogota, NJ around 4pm today? Especially since all our habits and plans are known in advance due to bugging devices implanted both in public and private?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

The Conservative case against McCain is very clear. A closer examination of McCain's shotgun political marriage to John McCain says alot about the relative merits of making him the next American President. At McCain's advance aged, given his bouts with cancer, anger management issues, memory loss and with his overall mental and physical health very much in question John McCain owed the American people a responsible and credible Vice Presidential pick. Should McCain become the next President, there is a greater likelihood than ever before that the Vice President would ascend to the Presidency. His selection of Govenor Sarah Palin of Alaska, a woman of somewhat narrow experiences and limited perspective and understanding of the institutions in America and the very real problems facing this country and our role in the international community, was a highly cynical choice.

When another bank fails, an urban sidewalk or bridge collapses and more American workers land into abject poverty, are they truly expected to find solace in a Pro-Life Soccer Mom? We are a Super-Power in Crisis if not outright decline. American institutions and infrastructure are falling apart. Our Treasury is tapped out. Our leadership role in the world is very much in doubt. American Society is on the brink of disaster much like that before the fall of the Roman Empire and what do Republicans offer Americans? The Republican answer is to offer Americans, as stated by the former Cindy Lou Hensley, "John has picked a reform-minded, hockey-mommin', basketball-shooting, moose-hunting, salmon-fishing, pistol-packing mother of five for vice president." Sounds real nice but anyone worth their salt knows that Palin was picked because (a) she has a pretty face (b) has solid evangelical credentials and pro-life position and (c) is big oil's best friend in Alaska.

A pretty picture? Sure. But make no mistake, with John McCain's most important decision about what kind of Chief Executive he would be, he put political ambition first, a candidate who's views are so far outside of the mainstream in American life and who's relative understanding of the world we live in is highly suspect. So much so that the McCain Campaign has limited media access to her. John McCain has put Political Ambition First and made himself a fighter pilot for the Christian Culture War on America. He must be shot down once again. This time he will not be tortured but can instead retire to Sedona and contemplate why he allowed political opportunism to tarnish his "maverick" brand causing him to embrace the agents of intolerance he once so strongly condemned. By putting an Evangelical with radical views and an insulated view of the world we live in, a heartbeat away from the Presidency John McCain has essentially flipped Americans the bird.

This is not about being a Republican or a Democrat. It is about being an American. There are very good reasons why many from Colin Powell, Condi Rice, David Frum and other significant Republicans and Conservatives have questioned the wisdom of this selection.

Posted by: Christopher London | September 11, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

S Bag, do us all a favor and do it now. The sooner the better. Bye.

Posted by: JCRather | September 11, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Ok, the poles are just dead wrong. I would guess that Obama is leading right now by about 30 points. For some reason people say they will vote one way (maybe to give those poor Republicans a feeling that they "could win") and vote another way altogether.

No way, No how.. No republicans can win. Just look at how moblized we are over the Crapublicans. On top of it all they picked a woman... This has turned into a Democrates dream and a Republicans nightmare.

Posted by: obamapwnsu | September 11, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Captain Racist Pants!

I'm middle class and I believe McCain doesn't even realize what middle class is. Obama isn't talking down to people, he's trying to engaging people with his ideas at least(if you agree with them or not is a different story). I can understand everything he says...which means at minimum I graduated public highschool and didn't ride the small bus.

What bus did you take home?

Some people are just too stubborn to listen, or they hear what they want to hear. I would prefer to say that I don't agree with him...rather than saying that he's uppity. Anyone with a basic grasp on the english language can talk the same way. What is the difference between the way he talk as opposed to the way McCain talks?

God bless you all on this sad day in history.

Posted by: e.d.lebadose | September 11, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

'Truly horrifying to think he might have his finger on the "red button".'

In light of his over 160 "PRESENT" votes in Illinois, Nancy Pelosi will send to him a bill to allow Obama to sign "PRESENT" in lieu of accept or veto. Pelosi will also approve a new YELLOW button representing the "PRESENT" option.

Posted by: Brent | September 11, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Palin is a nice person. However, she lies, even more than McCain. And she is nastier. Apparently, all she has to do is represent working moms, and they love her. She has not put forth one idea to make their lot better, but what's to know. So she just lies and smears and hides from the press. Currently, she is studying the list of ABC questions that Charlie will ask her. So she can prepare. If Palin becomes president, I personally will have to commit seppaku and leave this orb for another world. The lady is the figurative tur* in the punchbowl, and is full of god this god that. I am very religious, but also righteous. She is just an evil person. And I am a 58 year old formerly Republican grandma in Conshohocken, PA. God bless America, but don't give us Palin.

Posted by: S Bag | September 11, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I don't question McCain's previous record as a POW. He was. But he is no bigger a hero than any of the other boys that served in Vietnam that didn't have the advantages he had. He just happened to get caught.

And to use the fact that he was a POW over and over and over to represent that he is qualified to be president is dishonest and misleading.

He says he knows how to win wars and catch bin Laden. What wars did he win and why hasn't he caught bin Laden before?

At one time, John McCain may have been a maverick, but he has morphed into more of the same lies, deceipt and hypocracy that the Republican Party is known for, and it's not a very flattering picture.

McCain's handlers can put the makeup on him, use big type on the flip cards and coach him on how to 'act' - so what? His partner is an expert in acting, lies and misrepresentations. Without her, he would look even worse. They talk about change, but this sounds like politics as usual, at least for Republicans.

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
-Abraham Lincoln, attributed-

Posted by: Sandra S | September 11, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

McCain pulls out all stops to win.
The purpose of running is to win.
Palin gives him a slight chance.
Obama should be worried. The anointed prince of the press will see much, much worse in the coming weeks. Hope Biden has the heart to continue on once they start his attacks on October 1st. Going to get very ugly

Posted by: JCRather | September 11, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Barack Hussein Obama is so scared, he just might dump Biden and plead with Hillary to be his VP candidate. Only thing is, it will reveal what an pathetic wimp Obama truly is.

Obama and his gang just don't get it, and they have no clue whay Gov. Sarah Palin is so popular. You can tell that in how Obama/Biden are flailing away in desperation right now.

Then again, the only hope for Obama at this time is to dump Biden and go for Hillary. Obama is toast...

McCain/Palin 2008

Posted by: Former Democrat | September 11, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Fools gold: You, sir, are my hero.

Posted by: tropunlim | September 11, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

John "Where Am I" McCain is like a cornered possum.

Sarah "Full Metal Jacket" Palin to the rescue.

Wingnuts of Amerika, Unite!

Posted by: Patriot3 | September 11, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

....to the writer, you think McCain represents middle america when he was asked what he thought was the middle class....his answer was 'any one making under $5million dollars. Listen to this candidate? He is so out of touch, it is frightening.

Way to go John Michael with some real meat and facts....not the National Inquirer stuff that hits the networks and McCain campaign.

Posted by: Kathleen | September 11, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

HOW MANY MORE TIMES CAN YOU FEED INTO JOHN MCCAIN'S STATEGY, AND SAY THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER? DID OBAMA KNOW, UNDERESTIMATE, NOT KNOW, WAS OVERCONFIDENT, WAS UNDERCONFIDENT, WAS SHORT, WAS LONG WAS, WAS COMPLACENT, NOT COMPLACENT, WAS TO PASSIVE, WASN'T PASSIVE ENOUGH, WAS, WASN'T WASN'T. GET A LIFE!!!!!!!

Posted by: sayitain'tso | September 11, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

This election is scary to me. I am a registered republican, and usually without question would vote for the republican canidate in a heart beat. I do not agree with a lot of liberal ideas, and therefore it makes me not want to vote for Obama. I really do not feel that we the American people have a very good chice of canidates this election. I know I would trust McCain if the U.S. is ever attacked instead of Obama anyday of the week. However the economy does need some help, and McCain doesn't seem to have the answers for that. This will really come down to an election day decision for me.

Posted by: Disappointed | September 11, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong Dems? Can't take what you dish out? Idiots! Babies!

Posted by: dave from ga | September 11, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

john micheal,
kind of a patsy name.
east coast?
cocktails?
if you know what I mean....

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"I uh Change!uh won't stand uh for pigstick uh I mean lipfish uh um Axlerod! what do I stand for and where the hell is my script!"

Posted by: Jethro Gore | September 11, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Your article starts off okay, but wanders into Kool-Aid land just after your brief & interesting description of how the McCain campaign has been able to use media to keep Obama off-balance and barraged.

The rest of the article is more or less useless except as more exposure to how Obama bots experience the world through the exotic prism of their cult.

Look, if you misunderstand 3 things you will continue to misunderestimate McCain in the future.

(1) MISUNDERSTANDING: The Palin pick was spastic, last-minute, only taken opportunistically if Clinton wasn't picked as VP, cynical, identity politics and on and on.

REALITY: John McCain had his eye on her a long time, and this was planned way in advance. Palin herself was and is a foil who can take down Hillary Clinton. She is a giant-killer who was picked for Hillary Clinton and when Obama didn't pick Hillary Clinton as his VP, Palin became an even more potent feature of the McCain campaign. But it should be clear from her attributes and the way she embodies Clinton's "Annie Oakley" Spring mystique as well as McCain's own reformer and bipartisan passiosn, that Palin would have been picked all along (especially if Clinton was picked as VP).

I don't have time to write about the rest. I have to go now.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 11, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Today maybe people will
be reminded of the
insane liberal bias
and lie machine.
They would rather
we sat on our hands
and waited for the next
attack?
vote republican.
pride in country.
courage to take the fight
to the enemy!
McCain/Palin08!!

Posted by: usa3 | September 11, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

i don't get wuts going on

Posted by: me | September 11, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the interesting analysis, Dan. And for those wondering, the title is a reference to one of George W. Bush's better-known... um... custom words.

Posted by: John McGlothlin | September 11, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

MORE McCAIN CAMPAIGN LIES:

LIE: Sarah Palin said that she told Congress “Thanks but no thanks,” for the earmarks for Alaska’s “Bridge to Nowhere.”
TRUTH: As the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News reported (Aug 31), “Palin was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it.” Before she became governor, Congress removed the earmark language, but Alaska still kept the $223 million in Federal money to use on other projects. Palin later changed her position against the Bridge.

LIE: John McCain said Sarah Palin has “foreign policy experience” and added that “Alaska is right next to Russia.”
TRUTH: Palin has never been to Russia and has never made any policy decisions related to Russia, and as the Boston Globe reported on Sept 4th, Palin “ played no role in any territorial defense or other national defense.” The McCain Campaign has provided no proof of Palin’s foreign policy experience to the media.

LIE: In a new “Fact Check” ad released Sept 10th, the McCain Campaign says that FactCheck.org called attacks against Sarah Palin as “completely false and misleading” and blamed Senator Obama for them.
TRUTH: FactCheck.org says while the words were accurately quoted, they had nothing to do with Senator Obama. (http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/mccain-palin_distorts_our_finding.html)

LIE: At his Cedarburg, Wisconsin campaign rally, John McCain said Alaska’s plane was “sold on ebay at a profit.”
TRUTH: As Associated Press and other major media reported, the jet did not sell on Ebay, and instead was sold by a plane broker for $2.1 million, a $600,000 loss from the $2.7 million Ebay price.


LIE: In McCain’s acceptance speech, he said, “We will increase the use of wind, tide, solar and natural gas. We will encourage the development and use of flex fuel, hybrid and electric automobiles.”
TRUTH: According to FactCheck.org, his actual energy plan contains zero dollars for renewable energy.

LIE: In McCain’s acceptance speech, he said, “We are going to stop sending $700 billion a year to countries that don't like us very much.”
TRUTH: FactCheck.org says that this year the U.S. is on track to import a total of $536 billion worth of oil at current prices, and about one-third of that comes from Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. So, that leaves about $320 billion coming from adversaries.

See more McCain Campaign lies and exaggerations at www.factcheck.org, www.mediamatters.org, www.cnn.com

McCain will say anything to get votes, won’t he. He says he will reform Washington -- do you believe that, too -- but he’s had more than
25 years to do that.

He can’t be trusted to lead the nation

Posted by: John Michael | September 11, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Hey Mr. Balz - isn't Obama getting too heavy to carry around? How long are you going to carry his water?

Posted by: Howard | September 11, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

McRove becomes more Orwellian with each passing hour.
"we will win in Iraq" he said, "and our troops will come home in honor". Of course our troops will come home with honor! But the man who sent them has none.
The man whose policies McCain promises to continue.

Posted by: mike | September 11, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

YIKES
what a damn shame you
aint a journalist?
is ya, dude?
this is all liberal
all bobama
all the time,
sorry to burst your bubble,
but nobama does not
represent middle
america,
do yourself a favor
and let the chosen
one say something
without stuttering
and back pedaling?
what is it like to
be born in america,
to grow up in america,
to love your country,
and it's promise?
Obama doesnt know.
he wasnt raised here,
doesnt have any
clue about america
values.
Nobama08!

Posted by: usa3 | September 11, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Great. Our country is being decided like a high school popularity contest. Stupid is as stupid votes . . . for the GOP.

Posted by: Forest Chump | September 11, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

A very disjointed and illogical blog. It seems you are trying to pare down all the media hubbub and pundit conjectures of the past 2 weeks into one single point. However paraphrasing other op/ed pieces into your own only obfuscates the issue.

Case in point - you claim that The Obama campaign may not have been prepared for the Palin VP pick and may not have the time needed to respond.
You are also forgetting the fact that aside from the stumping of the next 3 weeks, there are 4 national televised debates before November.
That is the true test of how the candidates will match up. Everything up until that point will have been propaganda on and by both sides. Don't buy in to the poll numbers just yet my friends, Kerry led Bush by 5 points going into the '04 debates...

Posted by: reasonthis | September 11, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"misunderestimating" is something Bush once said. This is the WP being witty again. I think I'll have a bellini.

Posted by: AAA | September 11, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama would be the wrong choice. Incompetent.
Truly horrifying to think he might have his finger on the "red button".

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Yes we can

Posted by: Lisa | September 11, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

FIRST, DO NO HARM (AT HOME)

On this commemoration of 9/11/01, let us petition our government to ensure that our
own house is in order:

http://nowpublic.com/world/government-agencies-support-domestic-torture-and-gang-stalking-says-noted-nowpublic-com-columnist

Posted by: scrivener | September 11, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I can see how natural McCain going to look at WTC and how odd Obama after rev Right and all crap that floating with him

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Palin was the wrong choice. Incompetent.
Truly horrifying to think she might have her finger on the "red button".

Posted by: Lucy | September 11, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I am?

Posted by: Matt Damon | September 11, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse


Good article. Nice to read one without overwhelming liberal bias for once. It still has a tinge of the liberal media love of Obama but at least you tried to keep it in check.

Posted by: reason | September 11, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Thing is this: they didn't think McCain would stoop to the same lows as George W. under Carl Rove. But this is something all democratic runners need to realize: the republican party does not pick people who think or run the show, they pick front men/women who follow orders. Not leaders, but followers, e.g., Ronald Reagan, George W. and now McCain but more important to them is Palin. A mold they can trust. McCain is a bit of a Maverick and not trusted by his own party for it. He better watch his own back.

Democrats need to adopt some sleeze, please. Be a bit more republican in this manner only.

Now lets get back to issues. Does she represent change?


The old grey organ grinder and his little monkey...great.

But lets get serious about what is at stake.

FISCAL CONSERVATIVE ?


Sarah Palin’s portrait as a fiscal conservative when she ran the city of Wasilla, Alaska, as its mayor from 1996 to 2002. However, the truth is during her 6 years as mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33 percent.

According to figures provided by the city of Wasilla, the operating budget for Wasilla went from $6,050,160 in fiscal year 1996 to $9,393,768 in 2002. That’s a 55 percent increase. But adjusted for inflation, it’s a 35 percent increase.

She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a recessive sales tax which taxed even food. Under Palin, property tax rates did, in fact, go down; and the sales tax did go up from 2 percent to 2.5 percent.

The huge increases in tax revenues during her administration weren’t enough to fund everything on her wish list though; borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? Or a new library? No! $1 million for a park, $15 million-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex...She also supported bonds for $5.5 million for road projects that could have been done in 5-7 years without any borrowing.

The fiscal year ending 1996 (when Palin took the reins), which showed the city’s long-term debt at $1.12 million, mostly for paving and sewer projects. The annual financial report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2002 — Palin’s last year in office — shows that the total long-term debt was $24.8 million. Long-term debt increased $23.7 million. From $1.1 million to $23.7million – that is one large increase.

The city now has $9 million in revenues and $24 in long-term debt. I wonder how they will do in a recession?


HOW HAVE THOSE PROJECTS WORKED OUT ?

WASILLA, Alaska — The biggest project that Sarah Palin undertook as mayor of this small town was an indoor sports complex, where locals played hockey, soccer, and basketball, especially during the long, dark Alaskan winters.

The only catch was that the city began building roads and installing utilities for the project before it had unchallenged title to the land. The misstep led to years of litigation and at least $1.3 million in extra costs for a small municipality with a small budget. What was to be Ms. Palin’s legacy has turned into a financial mess that continues to plague Wasilla.

“It’s too bad that the city of Wasilla didn’t do their homework and secure the land before they began construction,” said Kathy Wells, a longtime activist here. “She was not your ceremonial mayor; she was in charge of running the city. So it was her job to make sure things were done correctly.”

Litigation resulting from the dispute over Ms. Palin’s sports-complex project is still in the courts, with the land’s former owner seeking hundreds of thousands of additional dollars from the city.

Palin likes to say “Good judgment can make the difference between avoiding a crisis and managing a catastrophe.”

Indeed.

A PEA IN THE POD…..PALIN


STATES WORRY OVER BONDS BACKED BY FEDERAL MONEY

CHARLESTON, W.VA. - The bankruptcy of the federal highway trust fund halted road work around the country and sparked fears that state governments would be on the hook for billions of dollars in bonds they had planned to pay off with money from Washington.

While Congress works on a quick injection of $8 billion to the fund, highway planners say that's only a temporary fix and that the whole system of funding road projects is structurally flawed.

"It's just a big mess," summed up Jack Basso, chief operating officer of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials


Yea. Big change she’ll bring to the table.

Posted by: basementfrog | September 11, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama is living proof that in the Democrats party greed always trumps values.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is living proof that in the Republican party greed always trumps values. Picking a woman as the spearhead of the assault on women's rights is ingeniously depraved. Way to go Carl Rove.

Posted by: politicjock | September 11, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

HEY MCCAIN:


THANKS FOR FIRING UP THE DEM BASE WITH YOUR STUPID LIPSTICK PIG, FAKE OUTRAGE!

YOU'RE DUMBER THAN A BAG OF ROCKS, YOU OLD FOSSIL!
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Posted by: ZappoDave | September 11, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

the whole thing is crazy

Posted by: boruch yona loriner | September 11, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Aloha,

This is a very nice, thoughtful article that articulates, in my opinion, the dynamics of what is happening. Thank you, Dan.

Posted by: Rob Borofsky | September 11, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the comments in this article. Obama is missing the boat by not recognizing the masses are like the commoners in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar...they can be moved by an emotional appeal...not an intellectual one...Palin and McCain are using the same tactics as Marc Antony...repetition, sarcasm, and emotional appeal....I fear that if Obama is incapable of striking a nerve in the masses...he is going to come up short...sigh

Posted by: Sidda | September 11, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Ah McCain, he had such promise, but in his attempts to woo the conservative base he has become what he so often derided: a political puppet. "Maverick" no more, he is now a simple "Marionette".

Posted by: Jeb | September 11, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

McCain is going to win ... the fact that Obama refused to debate him shows his weakness ... and Obama's refusal to even consider Hillary Clinton for the Veep spot shows him to be weaker still. If the shoe were on the other foot, Hillary would have put Obama on the ticket ... and that is true strength that is need to be President.
McCain-Palin '08
Hillary 2012

Posted by: Cassandra Washington | September 11, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

What does "misunderestimating" mean?
Weird word!

Posted by: roger | September 11, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

BILL TO OBAMA OVER LUNCH:
"DIDYJA HEAR WHAT BIDEN SAID? MAYBE IT'S TIME FOR A BOUNCE PASS TO THE BASKET"

• Is Biden About to Fall on His Sword for Hil?


Today Obama meets Bill for lunch. Bill predicts an Obama win.

Yesterday, Biden said Hillary would have made a better vice president.

Would Biden have said something like that, which seems to call Obama's judgment into question, if there weren't a "September surprise" coming from Barack and Hillary?

Could Biden be about to nobly withdraw from the race to better ensure that victory that Bill predicted?

Does Bill know something that the rest of us may find out tomorrow -- or perhaps Monday morning at the top of the week's news cycle?

Anyone checking in with Biden today to follow up on his "Hillary would have been better" comment?

A Hillary re-entry would melt the snow from beneath the mukluks of Palin, just as the press scrutiny of her fiscal, personal and environmental policies starts to get intense.

Posted by: Outside the Box | September 11, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain was always the favorite. He's a rich, race-baiting white reactionary running in a country filled with people like that (other than the rich part).

Voters, especially those who are not rich or white or over 45, can now focus on an America which will continue down its present path to third world levels of infrastructure, education, health care, technology etc. That's the real issue in this election and McCain becoming the overwhelming favorite that he always was puts that in clear perspective.

Posted by: mnjam | September 11, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I'M f'ing Matt Damon!!!!!

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 11, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Ok charlie gibson, your credibility is already shot so here is what I would do in your place. And by the way you're not going to do anything tonight but make the rest of the press mad because of your fluff, your favoritism and your selling out for high ratings, so just let me help you.

Question for you Mrs. Palin.

Is it true that your EXPERIENCE as Mayor of Wasilla left a town of about 5,400 in 20 MILLION DOLLARS worth of debt? I have another question base on this EXPERIENCE how will you handle America's budget?
Hmmm. Question for you Mrs. Palin. By the way I know about the term pitbull with lipstick but have you ever heard of the term FOOL'S GOLD? Well anyway,
There is a video Mrs Palin that FINALLY have been shown on tv of you in church on stage talking about our troops in Iraq, and I quote “Pray that our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God,” Mrs. Palin what you're saying to Christians and to those who don't understand church lingo is that our national leaders, Pres. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and others are anointed by God to carry out a Holy War? The world knows that the Iraq war was base on lies for the last few years. This video was shot in June. Ms. Palin, when was the last time you were in touch with the nation or for that matter, with God? I have another question Mrs Palin. Do you believe that God told them (the national leaders) that there were weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, because, they did say that this is why we're going to war. What's your answer on this? Also, Mrs Palin do they have Librarian Week in Alaska? Everybody loves their librarian. But you have the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LIBRARIANS trying to burn down the governor's mansion. Could you please shed some "light" on why you fired the local librarian and then had to rehire her? Another question for you please.
The words Family Values, Honor, Character and Integrity are being thrown around alot. We know of McCain's POW experience and his adulterous relationships. Now the NATIONAL ENQUIRE is reporting that you Mrs. Palin had an adulterous relationship
yourself. Is it true MRS. Palin and when are you going to sue the National Enquire and force them to reveal their sources if its not true?
On the subject of experience. Actually, I'm a little ahead of myself. I should have asked this first. Please tell us Mrs. Palin,
why did you attend 5 colleges in six years? Oh you don't remember? Let me name them for you. Hawaii Pacific University to North Idaho College to the University of Idaho to Matanuska-Susitna College then back to University of Idaho. Does this speak to your Foreign Policy experience as well?
Alright thank you Mrs. Palin. We've run out of time for tonight. We should have passed on the tour of the house and the introduction of your family and your son's leaving for Iraq ceremony but we'll have more time tommorrow. And that it folks, the vetting of Sarah Palin continues but before we go we would like to thank our sponsor,... None other than Mr. Rick Davis

Posted by: FOOL'S GOLD INTERVIEW | September 11, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama isn't taking McCain seriously. His team has consolidated itself well and is clearly on message.

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

Posted by: mpp | September 11, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

It seems more likely that everybody, Obama included, and probably McCain too, underestimated the immediate impact of Sarah Palin. But assessment of her phenomenal splash requires more time and further exposure to reach a judicious conclusion.

Posted by: Four more years? | September 11, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

how do u know how true it is?

Posted by: boruch yona loriner | September 11, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

The Ground Rules for Obama and the Dems

1. Lie with impunity. The bigger the lie, the more people will believe it. Lies are rewarded by the press, the corrections…not so much. So…John McCain wants to give illegal immigrants full immunity and make them all citizens (citing immigration policy). Sarah Palin want to turn America into a theocracy (citing her nutty church and beliefs). McCain/Palin want to close Social Security and Medicaid / Medicare (inference from statements). Sarah Palin sought to actively rebel against the United States (citing AIP). Etc.

2. Tell nasty truths. McCain shoved a woman in wheelchair. Collaborated with the North Vietnamese. Told tasteless joke about a political opponent’s child (Chelsea Clinton). Called his own wife the C-word! Run commercials showing footage of McCain saying the war in Iraq would be easy, contrasted with footage of him saying he never said it. This is leadership? The list for these two is endless.

3. All hands on deck. Where are the surrogates? I don’t hear Gore, Dean, the Clintons, various female governors and senators, Dodd, Richardson, etc., making news. Where is Hillary Clinton with this statement: “Frankly, I am shocked that Sarah Palin hasn’t given a press conference. The McCain/Palin ticket seems to be hiding behind gender to avoid answer legit questions about her qualifications to be president. This is not what my campaign was about.” These people should be out there every day.

4. Attack all the time. One after the other, without pause. Don’t let anyone catch their breath before moving on to the next fake outrage. One web video/commercial per day.

5. Stand up behind your attacks. Never apologize.

Read the rest here:


http://nahnopenotquite.com/

Posted by: ES | September 11, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

its really amazing

Posted by: yona loriner | September 11, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

LOL, Hes fkng matt damon!

Posted by: pastor123 | September 11, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

This Makes Me like Palin even More, She seems to be a good vp pick. A much different kind of Politicain then we have gotten use to, Palin doesnt have a record or a DUI like Bush.Dont take my word for It see The Bush dui online I dont believe all of these mean spirited attacks Shes been accused of Trooper Scandal , An alledged affair I persoanlly think she is a good person, This is a decent Human Being.

Posted by: pastor123 | September 11, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm f'ing Matt Damon!!!

Posted by: Barack Obama | September 11, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

In recent weeks, John McCain and the Republican Party have blatantly and without any shame adopted the Democratic campaign theme of “change”. It should be evident to an objective observer that Bush 43 and now McCain and Pailin are mere puppets to the true Republican national party leaders who control their strings. Cheney is one of the few of that inner cabal that have been calling the shots since the Nixon administration. They are in fact a continuation of the Nixon and Ford presidencies with only a disruption during the Carter and Clinton years. Bush 41( Head of the RNC during Nixon, former head of the CIA,VP to Reagan, and president is probably the real leader of this political Cosa Nostra if not a equal partner of this power sharing musical chairs game. His right and left hands have been Dick Cheney(former Sec.of Defense of Bush 41, former White House Chief of staff for Ford) and the other is Donald Rumsfeld(former Sec. of Defense for Ford and Bush 43,former special envoy to the Middle East during Reagan). Another member of this group, more likely a captain if not a full blown boss himself is James Baker (former C.O.S of Reagan, former Under Sec. of Commerce for Ford, former C.O.S and Sec of State for Bush 41, former Sec. of Treasury for Reagan, former chief legal advisor to Bush 43). Another captain or free lance enforcer is Karl Rove a college drop out and campaign manager for both Bush 41 and 43, also for Phil Gram who is McCain’s economic advisor.
Lets look at McCain’s staff of change.
On July 2, 2008, Steve Schmidt was given "full operational control" of McCain's campaign. Steve Schmidt prior to this was a top aide to Dick Cheney and a protégé to Karl Rove. Another advisor is Charles R. Black worked for Ronald Reagan's two Presidential campaigns in 1976 and 1980 and he was a senior political adviser to the 1992 re-election campaign of George H.W. Bush. Another advisor is Randy Scheunemann. He was project director for the Project for the New American Century. A neo-conservative think tank founded by non other than Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Bill Kristol and others in 1996. Other signatories to this group reads like a who’s who of the last 8 years of the republican administration.
These people have never cared about small town america or “values” All they care about is war profiteering. Many of the signatories have never served in the military. Cheney and Rove both dodged the draft. Look at the statement of principles by the PNAC. Rumsfeld was a good friend of Saddam Huessin in the 80’s Cheney didn’t want Nelson Mandela free. These are the real puppet masters, they throw out the talking points about the left of being elitist and not caring about middle america and these same guys other than Rove have advanced degrees and are worth no less than 10 million dollars. People who support them need to extricate their heads out of Limbaugh and Hannity’s asses and see what is really happening to them. McCain is not his own man he confuses stories of his real life with a book he read “The Gulag Archipelago", in which a fellow prisoner - not a guard - silently drew a cross in the dirt with a stick.” An ironic twist to all this is Eliot A. Cohen, a signatory to the PNAC "Statement of Principles", responded in The Washington Post: "There is no evidence that generals as a class make wiser national security policymakers than civilians. George C. Marshall, our greatest soldier statesman after George Washington, opposed shipping arms to Britain in 1940. His boss, Franklin D. Roosevelt, with nary a day in uniform, thought otherwise. Whose judgment looks better?"
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/johnmccain/2581086/John-McCain-accused-of-plagiarising-Wikipedia-for-speeches.html. Even if you don’t like Obama there is no-way a sane person can want this continued blatant fleecing of our Nation.
Thes are all verifiable facts and can be found just with a google search. AIPAC and PNAC are the military industrial complex.
Other than the ultra affluent, how can anyone support the Republican Party? When will small town America realize that they are being duped into supporting the ultra-affluent agenda? The talking points of the right are so hypocritical that it becomes laughable. The red meat of the right is the so called Main stream Media as if Limbaugh, Hannity, et al. are not part of it. They demean celebrity status, however they tout one of their greatest presidents(Reagan) was an actor. They say they are the party of patriotism, yet many of the upper echelon of the party have never served, i.e. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Baker, Reagan. They say that they care about "Main Street" USA but only bail out the Whales of Wall Street. Yet small town America eat this tripe every year. They don't care about religion unless it can be used to stir up the base, nor science or technology unless there is a buck to be made. Small town America takes pride on its freedom but yet don't realize that over time we are becoming less free, ie wire tapping and other forms of domestic surveillance. They demean people of intelligence because they know many people of small town America don't have degrees and use it at a fake issue and call people who spent time in academia as elitist when many on the right serve on university boards and have part-time professorships. They say they are against affirmitive action but yet celebrate mediocrity, Bush43 and McCain graduating at the bottom of their classes. Who both came from already well established families and had all the opportunities and connections to excel. Why does small town America believes this is the party for them? Christian conservatives seem to the be the first ones who want to go to war and bomb someone before any diplomacy is tried. Why can't small town America and Christian conservatives realize they are being used as pawns just as much the Islamic fundamentalist are. Islamic fundamentalist come from small town Middle East and given the same kind of talking points as the evangelicals. They want prayer in school, no choice available to women, and believe to the core that their ideas about worship and country are the best. Wake up small town America you are being duped.Talking about who is more patriotic, symbols, lipstick and wearing pins are nothing more than distractions to the real issue of how a few select group of people have held power almost continuously for over 30 years. Yes the left has their own political power groups but none have been so effective at pushing forward an agenda that is fundamentally bad for the U.S. and in a larger view the entire world. I stress again the now defunct PNAC and the AIPAC have been slowly pushing us closer to another World War. Bush41 and et al have been doing this and no one calls them on it. Every Republican administration has basically the same people recycled since Nixon. Just do a little research and you will see that these people are just pushing this agenda of some kind of Pax Americana and not taking into account that maybe other nations of the world might not like that and if not bomb them.Many people who support the Republican party, really need to read "1984" by George Orwell and see how we as nation have been inching closer to that type of society. People think this story is about a communist society, but it is more about how a society is kept in a constant state of fear in order for the ruling class to stay in control. Doublespeak, patriotism to the point of frenzy, censorship, erosion of civil liberties (not respecting the Constitution) is happening right in front of us. The consolidation of government (the executive branch has never been more powerful than ever, gridlocked legislature with only two parties for representation, a judiciary that just kowtows to the executive branch). No real independent journalism. Cameras placed on every street corner. This may sound like delusional conspiracy stuff, but I implore people to research for themselves to really see what is happening to them. People think this could never happen here in the U.S. but all this has already happening, slowly, incrementally all under the guise of "keeping America safe"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

This Makes Me like Palin even More, She seems to be a good vp pick. A much different kind of Politicain then we have gotten use to, Palin doesnt have a record or a DUI like Bush.Dont take my word for It see The Bush dui online I dont believe all of these mean spirited attacks Shes been accused of Trooper Scandal , An alledged affair I persoanlly think she is a good person, This is a decent Human Being.

Posted by: pastor123 | September 11, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

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