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Schmidt Hammers the New York Times

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By Chris Cillizza
Steve Schmidt, the day-to-day operational manager of John McCain's presidential campaign, blasted the New York Times for alleged "advocacy" on behalf of Barack Obama's campaign in a conference call today.

"This is an organization that is completely, totally 150 percent in the tank for the Democratic candidate," Schmidt said. "It is an organization that has made a decision to cast aside it's journalistic integrity to advocate for the defeat of John McCain."

Schmidt made his comments in response to a question from CNN's Dana Bash to McCain campaign manager Rick Davis regarding a story in the New York Times today that detailed Davis' profits for his advocacy work for a group set up by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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What the McCain/Schmidt Campaign really are saying!

This is such an accurate video.

Obama/Biden 08

Posted by: Elitist | September 23, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

This is an organization (the Times)....that endorsed McCain in the GOP primary.

Steve Snit, and the rest of the McCain camp have decided playing the righteous indignation card and blasting the "media", every time their guy gets crticized, makes for a campaign strategy.

It plays with the base, but one would think that "base" would already be covered by now.

Posted by: MA | September 23, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Some-body's jeal-ousssssss

Posted by: shadowgovt | September 23, 2008 2:43 AM | Report abuse

Hey Ninak - Set aside politics for 2 minutes. I am a street person. I know a pimp when I see one. Back to politics. John is pimpin' Sara.

If that was a normal workplace McCain would be charged with sexual harassment.
Leering (eye balling) is prima facie for a charge of sexual harassment. Watch McCain checking out Sarah’s A$$

Posted by: theodosia1 | September 23, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

McCain, Palin, and campaign can throw sh*tballs at Obama day in and day out, but when someone calls them on their "flaws" they whine bigtime!! The McCain Campaign cannot tolerate any criticism---inspite of it being FACTUAL. Their motto: "McCain and Palin are perfect because THEY and WE say so, don't anyone dare say anything negative about our candidates"

Of note, today I saw Palin on TV wearing a "MID-THIGH SKIRT"!! What's the deal? She is running for veep and dresses like a teenybopper?? How very unclassy and in very poor taste!! Sarah, we do not want to see your fat thighs, it is very unprofessionl of you to be dressing like a high-school girl when you are running for veep. Show some class! But then, judging from your overall behavior and many, many lies, it is very clear you have NO class whatsoever! And please do something about that horrible voice of yours!!

Posted by: NinaK | September 23, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

The headline is almost right
"Schmidt Hammers the New York Times"

correct way;
Hammered Schmidt Attacks the New York TIMES

Posted by: AspenBoy | September 22, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse


> If John McCain wins this election, not only will we have the first female Vice President in our history, but also [...]

Wait. Are you claiming that Palin is a lesbian!? Pictures or it didn't happen.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

The Republican party has been able to manipulate the media to its advantage by its constant accusations of bias over the last 10+ years.

When is the media going to wake up and realize it is being toyed with?

When is the media going to fight back?

Posted by: Don | September 22, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another, Brian Rogers, responded more directly:

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

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

Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | September 22, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Schmidt should spend his time looking into the Gay Mafia and their hold on the Republicans. Why do pedophiles get such respect in the Republican Party? Is this why some bishop have come out against the Democrats- they defend Pedophiles too. And I am a Catholic.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives like to control information. That was the basis of their electoral victory. Apparently NYT is one news organization they can not intimidate.

Any one care to bet that the economy is recession and a belated correction of the Bureau of Labor Statistics from the second quarter shows that there is a recession. It could well be a mild one so that by the time it is acknowledged it is over

Posted by: Co Mander | September 22, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

When caught red-handed, blame the media.

Posted by: Old Cowhand | September 22, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Jim and Z:

If every media outlet was in the tank for McCain, you wouldn't be pointing that out? I don't think that Steve Schmidt is "whining" about that. He just wants the truth out there, so the American people can make an informed
Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 4:30 PM

You have an opportunity to tell us the truth because Scmidt did not refute the facts in the article. Before claiming bias you have to demonstrate it. I do not think that the fact that Scmidt makes a charge means that it is any more truthful than McCain ads. Apparent has more problems with McCain ads than Obama which may be the reason that McCain ads receive higher scrutiny.

Posted by: Co Mander | September 22, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Since when is McCain "homophobic"?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 6:20 PM

Since when did McCain stop being homophobic?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

When you start running against the media it is an indication that you are loosing. What is worse is it is an attempt to undermine the confidence in the media. Mr Schmidt is attacking the foundation of our society because he got an unexpected counter to his misinformation appeared. None of the language in the news piece was partial.

What is the matter with you McCain supporters. Are you lemmings of the belligerent whiner?

Posted by: Sal E Mander | September 22, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse


If John McCain wins this election, not only will we have the first female Vice President in our history, but also the first openly gay Presidential chief of staff. Mark Buse, just by his presence by the new president's side, will be a powerful statement for those seeking to promote greater rights for gay people in the United States.


Posted by: Cathy GAY RIGHTS activist | September 22, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I noticed that Schmidt is angry that the New York Times is doing its job. I would have thought nothing of this particular news item had Schmidt not made such a big deal about it. Without refuting the accuracy it says to me that McCain was trying to hide this and is angry about the outing.

McCain made association with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac an issue and a investigation of those associations become news worthy. I think that news like this comes out it offers a discouragement for attack ads. Sorry Steve but good news reporting is the best antidote for dishonest attack ads. There is no constitutional right to slander your opponent regardless of what you may think.

I would prefer no attack ads and keeping the race about issues. You, sir. decided it should be about character.

Posted by: Sal E Mander | September 22, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

As a McCain-Palin supporter, I would be okay if Obama wins if we could then ship the ny times, wash post, msnbc, cnn, abc, cbs, huff post, daily kos, and my dd to an overseas location permanently!!!!! A few suggestions: russia, uganda, south america, or mongolia!!!! And it would not hurt to have republicans in charge of house and senate to stop him!!!

Posted by: cfc | September 22, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

As a McCain-Palin supporter, I would be okay an Obama win if we could then ship the ny times, wash post, msnbc, cnn, abc, cbs, huff post, daily kos, and my dd to an overseas location permanently!!!!! A few suggestions: russia, uganda, south america, or mongolia!!!! And it would not hurt to have republican in charge of house and senate to stop him!!!

Posted by: cfc | September 22, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Did someone's post(s) get deleted?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Mark Penn was 100% correct when he stated that "the biggest losers in this year's election is the media as it has lost all credibility."

Posted by: Mike H | September 22, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Sounds just like "anonymous" on the Washington Post The Trail- or Olberman on MSNBC or Cafferty on CNN...

The Backlash IS Coming...

'SNL' Palin 'Incest' Skit Angers
Viewers, Bloggers Think Skit Went Over Line

POSTED: 11:30 am EDT September 22, 2008
UPDATED: 4:38 pm EDT September 22, 2008

For the second week in a row, NBC's "Saturday Night Live" has taken to lampooning Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin -- but this time, it has angered conservative viewers over a skit that suggests that the Alaska governor's husband, Todd Palin, was having sex with the couple's daughters.

In the skit, show guest host James Franco plays an assignment editor at the New York Times at the head of an editorial meeting. During a mock assignment meeting where the paper announced that 50 reporters were being sent to look for dirt on Sarah Palin, a Times "reporter" asks, "What about the husband? You know he's doing those daughters. I mean, come on. It's Alaska."

In response, Franco's character said, "He very well could be. Admittedly, there is no evidence of that, but on the other hand, there is no convincing evidence to the contrary. And these are just some of the lingering questions about Gov. Palin."

Wonder how funny it would have been if they questioned incest involving Barack Obama's daughters?

Posted by: Scott | September 22, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm more than disappointed that a so-called conservative ticket would have as their main right hand man, a gay guy. How can Palin put up with this? What does she say or has she turned hypocrit? If John McCain wants my vote (and he certainly had it up to now), he needs to get rid of Mark Buse.... now.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Hypocrisy Bombshell: Antigay John McCain has a Gay Chief of Staff

What does John McCain’s loyal chief of staff – a man who apparently is in a long-term relationship with another man, and appears to be open about it to John McCain -- think about the fact that Sarah Palin devoutly worships at a church that promotes “converting” gays to heterosexuality? What, conversely, does she think of him? More importantly, what does John McCain think about all of this? And don’t we deserve some answers from the American media?

Over the past month I’ve been contacted by three different individuals (two of them members of the Log Cabin Republicans) claiming that McCain’s Senate chief of staff, Mark Buse, is gay. None of these individuals would be quoted by name, though each described Buse as being rather “open” to those around him and to his family – in a “glass closet” rather than deeply undercover or trying to appear heterosexual.

Then I was contacted in recent weeks by 46-year-old Brian Davis, an Arizona resident, who told me about his intimate relationship with Mark Buse (confirmed by Davis' mother, as well as by a long-time friend), and who decided he needed to tell the truth about Buse, on the record, in light of John McCain’s dramatic shift to the ideological religious right in this election and his choice of Sarah Palin, starlet of the evangelical movement, as a running mate. (Repeated calls to Mark Buse's office and calls and email to McCain's communications office in the Senate regarding this story were unreturned. Mike Rogers, the blogger and activist who revealed the truth about Senator Larry Craig and others in politics, today reports this same reality about Mark Buse that I report here, with separate, independent sourcing.)

“We met in June of 1986,” Davis told me about the night he first laid eyes on Buse, who was also in his early 20s at the time. (Below is a video Davis gave to me, which, though it is of poor quality, shows both of them inside Buse’s apartment in Washington years later, in 2000). “It was at a bar in Phoenix called Connections," Davis continued. "I will never forget it, because it was a big night. Divine was performing there that night.”

The reference is of course to the legendary, late drag queen and star of John Waters’ early films, certainly a memorable figure and huge attraction on the gay dance club circuit at that time. Brian Davis says Mark Buse loved Connections and enjoyed going out to the gay clubs in Phoenix in those days.

Today, Buse, 44, is one of the closest and most loyal men to Senator John McCain. He knows McCain's family "intimately," says Davis, and has spent much time with Cindy McCain. When Buse was in his early 20s, when Brian Davis met him, Buse worked as an intern for McCain, back when McCain was a House member. Twenty years later Buse has risen to the highest position in McCain’s Senate office. During those two decades he left McCain for a while to become an influential K Street lobbyist for Exxon Mobil, AT&T Wireless and other multinational corporations, emerging as someone very valuable to those companies – and to John McCain -- after he returned to McCain's Senate office.

Some media attention has in fact focused on Buse’s lobbying years, particularly in light of McCain’s claims that he takes on “the special interests.” In The New York Times’ controversial story last February about McCain’s relationship with lobbyist Vicki Iseman – and, according to the paper, the rumors among some advisers that McCain appeared to be having an affair with the woman -- the Times noted, for example: "Mr. McCain has hired another lobbyist, Mark Buse, to run his Senate office. In his case, it was a round trip through the revolving door: Mr. Buse had directed Mr. McCain’s committee staff for seven years before leaving in 2001 to lobby for telecommunications companies."

But though some in the media have focused on Buse’s role as a lobbyist, none have looked at another increasingly relevant detail: Mark Buse’s sexual orientation. And yet, it’s a detail that reveals hypocrisy about John McCain that is as clear as that of his reputation to take on the corporate interests while he has registered lobbyists on his staff and campaign.

John McCain is opposed to every single gay rights measure of recent years –- from a hate crimes bill, to an anti-discrimination bill to an attempt to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military –- and is publicly on record supporting a ballot measure in California this November to strip gays and lesbians there of their legally-won right to marry in that state. If that isn’t enough to make it relevant to report on his 20-year-relationship with a close aide and chief of staff who is gay, the fact that Sarah Palin is now on the ticket -- garnering support for McCain from previously reticent antigay leaders like James Dobson of Focus on the Family –- surely does.

Mark Buse, after all, is a public figure in his own right. His role as chief of staff to a man running for president has elevated him and certainly his controversial former role as a prominent lobbyist has brought media scrutiny to him. And he is running the Senate office of a 72-year-old presidential candidate who has had recurrent cancer and who might well usher into the White House as president a woman who, by what evidence we have, has melded her politics with her evangelical religious beliefs.

Sarah Palin has been a prominent and visible member of two controversial churches in Wasilla, though much of the media has shied away from telling us much about them (even though cable networks had no problem giving us every minute detail about Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s former pastor, and his church). Palin adheres to Pentecostalism, a religious fundamentalist movement that is vehemently antigay and believes in the literal interpretation of the Bible. Little has been asked of Palin –- or of the McCain campaign –- about the relationship between Palin's faith and her political positions, even as many of us have seen her worshipping in her church on YouTube, explaining “God’s plan” for Iraq, praying to God for a pipeline, and thanking a Kenyan evangelical pastor know as a "witchhunter" for laying hands on her and helping her become governor.

As a member of the Wasilla city council Palin reportedly inquired about banning a children's book about gay parents – Daddy’s Roommate -- and she is a darling of the evangelical right, which is hell-bent on keep gays from attaining further rights and stripping them of every right they've already won. She is opposed not only to marriage for gays but to domestic partnership benefits: Though the media has often gotten it wrong when they cared to look into it, Palin only vetoed a bill that would strip partnership benefits for government employees because the Alaska Supreme Court ruled the bill unconstitutional. Palin’s current church, the Wasilla Bible Church, just this month promoted a “conversion” therapy conference for gays, organized by Focus on the Family in Anchorage.Palin has not come out against the church’s sponsorship, though the American Psychological Association has condemned these programs as psychologically harmful.

Mark Buse’s sexual orientation and his relationship with McCain certainly are relevant facts in light of Palin’s positions, beliefs, past political career and silence on the issues right now. And John McCain is the person responsible for making them relevant by choosing Sarah Palin as a running mate.


“I met Mark that night and we went back to my place,” Brian Davis, who is now an Arizona trucker, continued, telling me about when he met Mark Buse . “The following day I came home from work and there were flowers for me. I was always hoping that I would get into a long term relationship. Back then, I was like a cute little twink. I didn’t have trouble picking up guys and used to hope the guys would be interested long term. But you know, usually they weren’t. But Mark sent me flowers. The following weekend we went out dancing at Connections again. My watch broke on the dance floor and I put it in my pocket. The following week Mark came over and gave me a present -- a brand new Gucci watch.”

Davis was working for American Express in Phoenix at the time. Buse was attending Georgetown University, interning on the hill for John McCain, then a member of the House. It might seem odd for a college student to be able to buy a Gucci watch for his older boyfriend, but this wasn’t just any college student: Mark Buse, like John McCain’s wife Cindy, comes from a wealthy family that had built an empire in Arizona. Buse Printing & Advertising clearly has had its own close relationship with John McCain over the years: According to an article last year in the Washington Post about McCain's PAC's overspending, “McCain's PAC paid $7,274 to Buse Printing, a Phoenix shop run by the family of Mark Buse, who was staff director at the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. McCain chaired the committee at the time.”

Brian Davis says Buse’s affection didn’t end with a Gucci watch. Buse asked him to move back with him to Washington. After first conducting a long-distance relationship for several months, Davis moved to DC. They lived in two different apartments in Washington during their relationship. In that time Davis says he met John McCain several times at his office. Whatever John McCain might have thought of the relationship, Davis doesn’t think Buse had told McCain about it at the time – he was introduced as Buse’s “roommate” --but he’s pretty sure that Buse came out to McCain as the years went on.

Within a year of Davis’s move to DC, he and Buse broke up, Davis explained, after Buse turned to him one morning in bed and said, “Brian, I’m not in love with you anymore.” Davis was heartbroken. He says Buse left him for another man –- the man he says Buse now lives with today. But Davis got over it in time, and remained in touch with Buse, having a friendly relationship, and checking in on the phone or seeing one another every few years. The video below is from 2000, on the weekend of The Millennium March on Washington for GLBT rights. Davis attended the march, though Buse, he says, did not, and would not do something that public. (In the video, Davis is holding the camera, in the mirror; Buse is the man who eventually hides behind a pillar). The last time Davis says he spoke with Buse was in 2003.

Davis describes Buse as someone who, like himself at the time, was “more on the conservative side” on fiscal issues but cared about gay rights, and who really believed John McCain would not bow to extremists. And that’s why he can’t believe Buse went back to work for John McCain: Davis, like other self-described libertarian and Independent gay men, voted for McCain in his Senate elections and supported him for president in the 2000 primary. But, he says, he couldn’t possibly support John McCain now for president, not with his lurch to the extremist right.

Davis remembers the John McCain who called people like Jerry Falwell an “agent of intolerance,” something McCain of course took back after he decided to run for the 2008 presidency. He even remembers Buse having been upset when McCain did something seemingly opportunistic and ugly in pandering to the far right back in 1993, something he says Mccain apologized to Buse about. Davis in fact inferred from his discussion with Buse about the incident that McCain likely knew by that time that Buse was gay and that Buse cared about gay civil rights issues.

“It was around 1993, and Mark was upset, because McCain was going to speak before an antigay group, the Oregon Citizen’s Alliance,” he remembers. “Mark went to him and said this group is antigay and expressed his personal feelings. McCain said he didn’t know the group’s agenda when he accepted the invitation but that now he couldn’t cancel.”

I was in Oregon throughout 1992, covering the gay rights battles there for my first book, when Lon Mabon, leader of the OCA, put a measure on the ballot to declare homosexuality “unnatural and perverse” in the Oregon Constitution. The measure had a good shot of passing ( though, thankfully, it did not). Worse yet, it inspired an ugly wave of hate and violence in a previously placid place. I wrote a piece about it for the op-end page of the New York Times, sounding the alarm.

While it’s possible that McCain didn’t know what the group was about, it seems implausible: fighting the gay movement was the OCA’s major issue, and certainly its cash cow, even if the group did stand against other issues, such as abortion. As I noted in my op-ed, several Republican senators were pacifying Mabon, fearing he would mount a campaign against embattled Oregon Republican Senator Bob Packwood. Those senators -- including McCain’s good friend and current economic advisor, former Texas Senator Phil Gramm -- were feting Mabon in Washington, and more importantly, staying silent about his dangerous, hate-filled campaign in Oregon. In essence, they were throwing gays to the wolves as a way of keeping those wolves at bay.

Oregonian columnist Jeff Mapes last April chronicled the events of 1993 and McCain’s speech (his piece includes articles from the time) which caused much outrage in the gay community in Arizona and elsewhere. He concludes that McCain was part of the effort with Gramm and others to placate Mabon. In response to the uproar, McCain carefully tried to use his speech to talk about tolerance, but Lon Mabon himself didn’t find it objectionable at all. He of course got what he wanted: John McCain speaking at his event.

Whatever the truth about McCain’s motivations or knowledge of the group, Brian Davis says that McCain told Mark Buse that it was a mistake and that it wouldn’t happen again.

It's a telling anecdote and it raises many questions about the events of today and this election. And really, those questions mirror other questions many have been asking about John McCain for a long time.

Has Mark Buse been assured by John McCain that his bowing to religious conservatives is all just politics, that he’s just stringing along the fundies, and that he wouldn’t sell him and his kind to the far right as president? If that is the case, what would the Christian right think about that now and don’t they have a right to know?

And, if true, how would Buse and certainly McCain then explain the choice of Palin, beyond admitting that it is simply a reckless gamble, since it’s quite possible she could become president and bring the ideologues into the White House? Is there some other plan for how do deal with Palin?

Or has McCain’s shift to the far right been more profound rather than solely opportunistic? Perhaps he does truly stand behind his positions against gay rights and perhaps he truly respects Palin’s politics that appear to erase the lines between church and state. In that case, has Mark Buse completely sold out, perhaps transformed by those years as a lobbyist and perhaps having different priorities now -- gay rights be damned?

What else does the reality of Mark Buse's life say about John McCain? Does he see his own chief of staff, someone he has known now for 20 years, as someone who should have no rights, no hate crimes protections, and no employment protection in the private sector? Does he see his own loyal chief of staff as someone who should be hounded by Christian conservatives, pressured to enter damaging “conversion” therapy programs, and made a target of violence that is inspired by the hate spewed by agents of intolerance?

And what does Sarah Palin think of all of this? Does she know about John McCain's gay chief of staff? Is Palin an opportunist too, and is her allegiance to the evangelical right skin deep? Or, is she a true believer who would believe Mark Buse should be sent to an “ex-gay” therapy program to “convert” him to heterosexuality? If she were to become president, will she give more power to the people who would very much like to put every gay American through such a program?

These questions are not going to go away. As I was working on this story I got wind that activist Mike Rogers – the “most feared man in the hill” as the Washington Post called him – was working on it as well. On Friday, Mike, with separate and independent sourcing, went to John McCain’s office to give Buse a "Roy Cohn Award." He filmed it and today he reveals whom he gave the award to on his much-read site, Blogactive.

The traditional media may be petrified to pick up this story but people across the country who see McCain's hypocrisy and who support equality will only demand more answers. Certainly our media could serve us better by getting us those answers rather than once again putting their heads in the sand.

Posted by: Barry Deams (FL) | September 22, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

What happened - presidential election
National Review, Dec 9, 1988 by Humphrey Taylor

"ONE THING about this election that is worth remembering is how often the gurus and pundits were wrong. The eminence noire of gurus, Richard Nixon, predicted at one time that Bob Dole would defeat George Bush and that Mario Cuomo would be the Democratic nominee. After Michael Dukakis's triumph in Atlanta, his unexpectedly eloquent acceptance speech, and his 17- to 18-point lead in the polls, the media were already writing off Bush's chances....."

SOUNDS FAMILIAR- Dukakis had a 17 point lead in '88? Wow....guess the Olberman, Cafferty, and the NY Times just can't be relied upon to pick a President...

Posted by: Scott | September 22, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Mark Buse couldn't "hammer" that writer at the NYT ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

THE ONE!!!! THE ONE!!!!!



Posted by: MCCAIN & PALIN 08 | September 22, 2008 5:56 PM

Posted by: McCain Palin 08 | September 22, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Since when is McCain "homophobic"?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse


Posted September 22, 2008 | 03:26 PM (EST)

John McCain's Chief of Staff gay, wins Roy Cohn Award

When the first source on today's Roy Cohn Award recipient came forward approximately six months ago, he and I decided to wait and see where the presidential election went and how this person's boss performed. Dismally.

First a multiple choice question: Which nominee for President of the United States is homophobic and has a gay chief of staff at his Senate office in Washington, DC?

A. John McCain
B. Barack Obama

If you guessed "B," you're in the wrong spot. You belong here. If you guessed "A," congratulations, you passed with flying colors.

Mark Buse is not just a Chief of Staff for a homophobic United States Senator, but he is helping that Senator get elected to the White House.

Posted by: NO GAYS | September 22, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

You want truth? Here's truth: NObama himself says he is not ready to be president. So does every other major leader of the democratic party, including Hillary. Don't believe me? Check it yourself.

Posted by: tmacioszek | September 22, 2008 4:24 PM


hear, hear.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

THE ONE!!!! THE ONE!!!!!



Posted by: MCCAIN & PALIN 08 | September 22, 2008 5:56 PM


erm, chiuaua, it is not the size of crowd that makes one THE ONE. It is:

1. Having Styrofoam Greek columns with your stage resembling a Greek temple of yesteryear.

2. It is about egocentric, megalomaniac choice of words such as "we are ones we have been waiting for", "this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal", "a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany, and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Barack."

But perhaps this is to much for your little brain to grasp.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

1. "Ed O'Keefe of the Washington Post helped the BHO campaign spread lies ( )."

So, Mr. O'Keefe has apparently "smeared" the King of Smear Himself, Rush Limbough -well, there's an old saying, "Live by the sword, die by the sword." In any event, I wouldn't get too upset if I were you - I'm sure Rush just laughed at it anyway.

2. Sarah Palin has already shown herself to be a vacuous, war-mongering ignoramous in her interview with Charlie Gibson. She doesn't even know what the "Bush Doctrine" is - pretty scary, in view of the fact that in her discussions on foreign policy she talks just like "Bush in drag" - she has even indicated that it 'may be necessary to go to war with Russia' over the conflict with Georgia - a conflict which was started by Georgia's military occupation and depopulation of the South Osetia region. Sakashvili has been described by the Asia Times as a "gangster" and his government is riddled with corruption, not to mention that the U.S. has ABSOLUTELY NO NATIONAL INTEREST AT STAKE.

So, Ms. Palin would have us start another pointless war over nothing, apparently for the sake of posturing and because she has a problem with blinking - only this time, we'd be going against a nuclear power which has already felt slighted and threatened by our admitting half of Eastern Europe to NATO and Bush's announcement of plans to install a missile shield in Poland (y'know, to protect us from possible attack by terrorists, North Korea, Iran or Iraq). Way to go, Sarah - or doesn't she know that Russia still has a nuclear arsenal? After all, she can see Russia across the Strait and hasn't noticed any missile silos on the horizon!

This woman is so uninformed and hell-bent on showing herself to be tough and decisive - even if it means shooting from the hip without even the slightest attmept to investigate the facts or engage whatever feeble brain she has in anything even remotely resembling a thought process, much less call upon experts in the field and listen to what they have to say (she might either be forced to blink or go blind while waiting for them to arrive at her office) - that she is even scarier than Bush.

I will now leave the Bushies and "Neocons" with the following excerpt from today's Asia Times - something to think about when the Republicans claim to be more fiscally reponsible, have a better economic policy and track record and command more respect for America from the rest of the world than the Democrats:

"Leaving the best for last, I am deeply entertained by polls showing that the Republican candidates are likely to win the US presidency once again. John McCain exhorted the strength of US fundamentals last week, clearly showing quite how in touch he was. When challenged, he praised the "fundamentals of US workers", presumably referring to the same folks who produce cars / machine tools / capital goods and the like at double the labor cost and triple the product faults of their Japanese and European counterparts.

As for his running-mate, Sarah Palin, her statement on the AIG rescue said it all:
Certainly AIG though, with the construction bonds that they're holding and with the insurance that they are holding (is) very, very impactful for Americans, so you know the shot that has been called by the Feds - it's understandable but very, very disappointing that taxpayers are called upon for another one.

Don't worry if that statement flummoxed you with its arcane references to construction bonds and insurance holdings; I couldn't understand it either. To think that Americans are willing to repose their confidence in these two characters after the level of economic destruction carried by the Bush-Cheney team points to their deeply forgiving and almost saintly nature.

For Asian countries looking to supplant the US as the pre-eminent economic engine of the world as well as muster up the occasional dance on the grave of the sole superpower, the return of the Republicans would truly be a godsend."

Posted by: Diane B. | September 22, 2008 5:34 PM

Posted by: chaoli | September 22, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I guess they mean storeis like this one...

"The Obama and McCain campaigns have agreed to an unusual free-flowing format for the three televised presidential debates, which begin Friday, but the McCain camp fought for and won a much more structured approach for the questioning at the vice-presidential debate, advisers to both campaigns said Saturday.

McCain advisers said they had been concerned that a loose format could leave Ms. Palin, a relatively inexperienced debater, at a disadvantage and largely on the defensive."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Besides if you cast your vote now you don't have to worry about any nasty developments or scandals that might make you change your choice.

"Make sure you start voting for McCain-Palin TODAY!! Even Stacey Hill "almost" wants McCain to win this election. In all, 34 states allow people to vote before election day. 28 states allow "no-excuse" absentee voting, so just get it done ASAP. You may not get a chance to vote tomorrow.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 5:43 PM"

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

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

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

Posted by: shocked voter | September 22, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

THE ONE!!!! THE ONE!!!!!



Posted by: MCCAIN & PALIN 08 | September 22, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what us, the suporters and public can do, but someone out there needs to get stories like this silenced NOW and QUICKLY. It will hurt our candidate badly it they're allowed to fester and spread.

A story in the New York Times today that detailed Davis' profits for his advocacy work for a group set up by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Posted by: Hard-ass Conservative | September 22, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Residents of Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia:

Make sure you start voting for McCain-Palin TODAY!! Even Stacey Hill "almost" wants McCain to win this election. In all, 34 states allow people to vote before election day. 28 states allow "no-excuse" absentee voting, so just get it done ASAP. You may not get a chance to vote tomorrow.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

McCain is now deserving of the nickname McChange or McChangeling. But there is a bit of tragedy there. It is never a pleasant experience to see a man sell himself out in unimaginable ways because of the enticement of power. There are those of us who used to look at him as one of the rare ones in Washington, one who seemed willing to say what he actually thought and rise or fall on the basis of his own judgment.

I especially enjoyed seeing him take on the White House as chairman of senatorial committee meetings on global warming. It was surprising to witness the persistence, the integrity and the fire of his questions and his responses to what appeared to be no more than high-toned babble engineered to protect those who profit from ecologically abusive freedoms. He seemed a pure individual of the sort who had stepped out of his own oven instead of being sugared and baked by someone else. This was truly a tough cookie.

John McCain seems to have had happen to him what happens to far too many of us when we think that we might have a chance to actually experience something that we had convinced ourselves was nothing more than a dream. After being derailed by dirty politics in 2000, I am sure that McCain, who cursed those who took him down, thought it was all over and probably did not consider that he would have a real chance again until Bush was gone, or on the way out.

Then that fatal and tragic moment came when he was standing next to the grindstone and the golden sparks from the keys being made to the White House hypnotized him. McCain was told that they were for him and that all he had to do in order to get them was one thing over and over or as long as it took. Asked what that thing was, the answer came out clearly in a breath that stuck to his face and nearly changed his features. "All you have to do, is be willing to reverse yourself on everything you truly believe whenever necessary. Then the keys are yours."

--Stanley Crouch

Posted by: Proud of John McCain - TRUE CHARACTER, STRNG BELIEFS!! | September 22, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have a link to the Mark Buse allegation? I mean, at least there's the name Larry Sinclair, when it comes to Barack Obama.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

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

The only question is, would this country survive it?

You people out there who live in economic downtrodden states like Ohio, Pa and Michigan etc, if you're stupid enough to vote for McCain then you will deserve every bit of continued econimic hardship that a "president McCain" would give you.

Posted by: Stacey Hill | September 22, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

scott: thanks for reminding me that Christopher Hitchens is a dolt. One Republican sitting next to him is all it takes to throw him into a speculative tizzy. Here's a clue for Hitchens: if the GOP tool is telling him what Obama is doing wrong, rest assured Obama's doing exactly what he needs to be doing.

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

McCain in April declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "whiners" remarks, was back with the campaign last week.) McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay.

In his defense, McCain's shocking tone-deafness may just be a matter of perspective. When you're as well off as he is, anything below a $5 million income (a figure exceeding that earned on average by the top 0.1% of Americans) seems middle class.

*The $100 Million Man*
Courtesy of his wife Cindy's beer distribution fortune (one her late father apparently chose not to share with her half-sister Kathleen), the McCains are worth well over $100 million. (In the two-page tax summary she eventually released to the public, Cindy McCain reported another $6 million in 2006.) As Salon reported back in 2000, the second Mrs. McCain's millions were essential in launching her husband's political career. Unsurprisingly, the Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, who four years ago called Theresa Heinz-Kerry a "sugar mommy," has been silent on the topic of Cindy McCain.

*The Joys of (Eight) Home Ownership*
While fellow adulterer John Edwards was pilloried for his mansion, John McCain's eight homes around the country have received little notice or criticism. His properties include a 10 acre lake-side Sedona estate, euphemistically called a "cabin" by the McCain campaign, and a home featured in Architectural Digest. The one featuring "remote control window coverings" was recently put up for sale. Still, their formidable resources did not prevent the McCains from failing to pay taxes on a tony La Jolla, California condo used by Cindy's aged aunt.

*The Anheuser-Busch Windfall*
As it turns out, the beauty of globalization is in the eye of the beholder. While John McCain apparently played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock. Amazingly, while Missouri's politicians of both parties lined up to try to block the sale, John McCain held a fundraiser in the Show Me State even as the In Bev deal was being finalized.

*McCain's $370,000 Personal Tax Break*
Earlier this year, the Center for American Progress analyzed John McCain's tax proposals. The conclusion? McCain's plan is radically more regressive than even that of President Bush, delivering 58% of its benefits to the wealthiest 1% of American taxpayers. McCain's born-again support for the Bush tax cuts has one additional bonus for Mr. Straight Talk: the McCains would save an estimated $373,000 a year.

*Paying Off $225,000 Credit Card Debt - Priceless*
That massive windfall from his own tax plan will come in handy for John McCain. As was reported in June, the McCains were carrying over $225,000 in credit card debt. The American Express card - don't leave your homes without it.

*Charity Begins at Home*
As Harpers documented earlier this year, the McCains are true believers in the old saying that charity begins at home:
Between 2001 and 2006, McCain contributed roughly $950,000 to [their] foundation. That accounted for all of its listed income other than for $100 that came from an anonymous donor. During that same period, the McCain foundation made contributions of roughly $1.6 million. More than $500,000 went to his kids' private schools, most of which was donated when his children were attending those institutions. So McCain apparently received major tax deductions for supporting elite schools attended by his children.
Ironically, the McCain campaign last week blasted Barack Obama for having attended a private school in Hawaii on scholarship. That attack came just weeks after John McCain held an event at his old prep school, Episcopal High, an institution where fees now top $38,000 a year.

*Private Jet Setters*
As the New York Times detailed back in April, John McCain enjoyed the use of his wife's private jet for his campaign, courtesy of election law loopholes he helped craft. Despite the controversy, McCain continued to use Cindy's corporate jet. For her part, Cindy McCain says that even with skyrocketing fuel costs, "in Arizona the only way to get around the state is by small private plane."

*Help on the Homefront*
In these tough economic times, the McCains are able to stretch their household budget. As the AP reported in April, "McCain reported paying $136,572 in wages to household employees in 2007. Aides say the McCains pay for a caretaker for a cabin in Sedona, Ariz., child care for their teenage daughter, and a personal assistant for Cindy McCain."

*Well-Heeled in $520 Shoes*
If clothes make the man, then John McCain has it made. As Huffington Post noted in July, "He has worn a pair of $520 black leather Ferragamo shoes on every recent campaign stop - from a news conference with the Dalai Lama to a supermarket visit in Bethlehem, PA." It is altogether fitting that McCain wore the golden loafers during a golf outing with President George H.W. Bush in which he rode around in cart displaying the sign, "Property of Bush #41. Hands Off."

Posted by: McCain is a LIAR! | September 22, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Democrats 08: "The Bush-McCain-Republican way of economics DOES NOT WORK."

We learned this lesson a scant 100 years ago. We forgot the lessons learned then, just as we will forget those same lessons being taught again today.

Posted by: Tim | September 22, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

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

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

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

Not to do with the issue, but my gosh, Sarah will speak alone on CNN Canada. Of course it will be scripted, for she has had a month of coaching. Will she answer questions?? Dobt it. Will she disclose her tax forms and Quirks. NO.
Watch and wake up America. You all had slaves and if black is bad, best all Americans get a DNA test. You might be surprized.

Posted by: justada55+ | September 22, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Typical - attack the press when you're flailing to find a position on the on the economy is classic republican tactics.

This play book (which Schmidt himself admitted to recently) is just getting old.

On the other hand, maybe you should just keep it up - it's just making me work harder to elect Obama, given how low McCain has stooped. I can no longer use the word honor in the same sentence as McCain, which is a shame.

Posted by: cta | September 22, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, McCain's Chief of Staff, Mark Buse, has been hammering the anuses of everyone around him, it seems. Yep, the COS of the newly 100% anti-gay candidate is himself a cocksmoker.

Posted by: Mark's Lover | September 22, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

The Bush-McCain-Republican way of economics DOES NOT WORK. It never did and never will. The markets have crashed and burned, the American people are now footing the bill yet again in the trillions of dollars for the same corporations and Republicans who own them that ruined us economically. When will Americans ever learn. OUR money is now paying THEIR debts, that same money will not go to schools, jobs, health care, environment, Medicare, Social Security, you wait people, the worst is yet to come unless you elect people who know how to handle this, Obama knows, the Democrats know, just ask Bill Clinton, HE knew. We NEVER had problems like this when Clinton was our President, things were the COMPLETE opposite! Stop listening to idiots like McCain and Bush, they LIE LIE LIE, just look what they have done to our country! What more does anyone need to see? How many times do you need to be dropped on your head before you realize, hey that hurts!

Posted by: Democrats 08 | September 22, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if it was intentional or not, but the photo of Mr. Schmidt with the 80s style Gordon Gecko suspenders does Mr. McCain no good, and reveals the true colors of all Republicans of the last 30 years ... Reagan to Bush Sr. to Gingrich to W. to DeLay/Hastert/Frist/Craig/Stevens to McCain.

Posted by: mountainman | September 22, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Where is my blantantly misleading
Palin Headline of the day?
Oh Yes, she is drawing crowds
of 50,000 in Florida,
lets not talk about that.

Posted by: simonsays | September 22, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Get with it take the chance and vote Obama... 8 Years of disaster is what you guys gave us Bush. Please be strong and confront your party with the change that is needed. McCain does not represent the future, he does not have intellect, he is not what this country needs so much of. Warren Buffet one of the most clear minded thinkers in the world is backing Obama.... I ask why arent you?

Posted by: iowa56 | September 22, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Jack: "Do you really want a "news" organization to present tainted stories that fit their views as fact when they are opinion?"

No, that's why I have believed from the start that FOX News should be required to display a disclaimer at the top of every hour explaining that they aren't an actual news organization.

I also don't see anyone here defending NYT "just because they don't agree with McCain", so I hope you're not arguing with strawmen.

Posted by: Tim | September 22, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Both the New York Times and the Washington Post have long held my highest esteem for fair reporting and excellent investigative journalism. I am also 51--so I recall another Republican who shook a fist at these two newspapers. His name was Richard Nixon, and the ploy gave him a second term in office. Let's keep our eyes on the facts rather than the spin--and remember that the First Amendment, under attack by the McCain campaign, is essential to our liberty.

Posted by: Nancy A. Parkes | September 22, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

This is the fundamental problem with the McCain campaign. They don't argue that the story is untrue, that John McCains campaign manager collected $2 Million to fight stricter government regulation of Fannie May and Freddie Mack, they now argue that reporting the truth now somehow undermines the journalistic integrity of the the newspaper.

The McCain campaign seems to believe that they should be able to attack without having the fangs turned back on them. A whiney, wimpy group they are turning out to be.

It was the McCain group that FIRST reported the lie that Barrack Obama takes mortgage and housing policy advice from Franklin Raines, previous chairman of Fannie Mae, when, in truth, Mr. Raines has never advised Obama on ANYTHING.

If the McCain campaign did not want his campaign managers truthful financial association with Fannie Mae revealed, they should have stayed well away from the lie that they attempted to trumpet as truth.

Yes, the campaign manager of John McCain fought aggressively against regulating the mortagage giants that the governement has recently had to bail out. That same campaign manager is the very type of lobbiest that McCains says he is going to "run out of Washington" if elected.

Palin has blasted corporate executives who leave their company with a "golden parachute" and pledged to "stop multimillion dollar payouts" to CEOs, seeming to forget their own top economic adviser Carly Fiorina walked away with $45 million, including a $21.4 million severance package when she was dismissed by Hewlett Packard in 2005 while thousands were laid off.

These are irrefutable tacts, not baseless accusations and they speak to the reality of what John McCain promises and what will be the likely end should he win.

Do you honestly believe that John McCain is going to run his campaign advisors out of Washington if they are the one's who deliver the White House to him>

He has the same Bush backers running his campaign. The same lobbiest that have destroyed the American economy running his campaign.

That is not CHANGE. That is more of the same.

No...No more....No McCain...

Posted by: Concernedaboutdc | September 22, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

This is in response to those that are defending the actions of the NYT because the NYT does not agree with John McCain. Do you really want a "news" organization to present tainted stories that fit their views as fact when they are opinion? Freedom of the press has helped to make this country great and has kept government on its toes for more than 230 years. I would argue that when the media is biased, we all loose freedom because we are making important decisions based on someone's opinion rather than fact. At first glance, people may think that this is okay while things are going their way, but what happens when the media decides to support the other side? I remember when I was a kid watching the nightly news during the Vietnam error. Every night Walter Cronkite would end his broadcast reporting the number of dead in Vietnam and sign off by saying "And that’s the way it was on _____(date)". I trusted him and came to expect a presentation of facts from the media so I could decide. Today, when I pick up a paper or watch the evening news I first ask myself if this is news or opinion designed to support a cause, a person, or profit. I don't know about everyone else; I just want the truth. Not someone's tainted view of the truth but rather the facts and I believe that the American people and I are smart enough to figure the rest of it out for ourselves. I also think we are smart enough to know when someone (NYT and most others) is trying to sell us a load of crap. Finally, this is not all the media’s fault. We are all to blame. Every time we buy a paper or watch a program filled with lies or hate we are supporting what the media does. I wonder if there would be as much hate of the respective political candidates today if we were able to read about their positions and decide on the merit of the argument for their approach to government if it were not for the media playing favorites and pushing opinion for profit and personal bias?

Posted by: Dr Jack | September 22, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

So the real headline should read:

"Davis' profits from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac".

I'm sure the NYT covered the story of the alledged Fannie and Freddie mac "advisor" to the Obama campaign, no matter how loosely based on facts. Then why I ask, should the NYT be accused of bias in covering a similar story on McCain's campaign?

The NYT is among the STANDARDS of unbiased journalism. Pointing fingers at the media for reporting the facts is disgustingly low.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are so completely out of ideas that they're still flogging the "liberal media" myth. So much for change. Things aren't going your way? Completely trashed the economy? Destroyed your country's standing in the world? Shredded the military? No problem - blame the LIBERAL MEDIA! None of those things actually happened, the big bad LIBERAL MEDIA just wants America to fail!! And just in case any independent outlets pick up on the story, they're LIBERAL too! Thank goodness for FOX News, the only truly balanced news network because they tell me so. And it can't be a lie because Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh vouch for it on their radio shows.

Don't Reward Criminality - Vote Anyone But Republicans in 2008

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

The NYT, of couse, does not feel compelled to discuss the fact that Obama's Campaign Finance Chairwoman (Pritzer) heads up one of the nation's biggest Sub-Prime Mortgage companies. Not does the NYT feel obliged to discuss the Freddie Mac/Obama connections, or how Obama, in just 143 days in the Senate, managed to rack up more contributions than any other Senator except Chris Dodd (and Dodd had 9 years) . Not has teh NYT graced us with the scopo on Rezko. Of course, that is probably because the NYT is no longer a newspaper.

Posted by: marc christophe | September 22, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Jim and Z:

If every media outlet was in the tank for McCain, you wouldn't be pointing that out? I don't think that Steve Schmidt is "whining" about that. He just wants the truth out there, so the American people can make an informed decision, that's all.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Paul Sunstone:

Not at all. I just don't want any vote to be missed because of something tragic. No one is guaranteed tomorrow on this fragile earth.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

If you don't like the message shoot the messenger?

Posted by: Jim | September 22, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Everyone knows that the truth is biased against conservatives!

Posted by: Z | September 22, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

why doesn't he attack fox? hypocrite.

Posted by: e austin | September 22, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

You want truth? Here's truth: NObama himself says he is not ready to be president. So does every other major leader of the democratic party, including Hillary. Don't believe me? Check it yourself.

Posted by: tmacioszek | September 22, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

With all the comments about beam energy weapons its not hard to realize why we may end up in a really bad situation. I thought the present meltdown was caused by rapid inflationary spiral of gas increasing 3 fold and a loaf of bread increasing the same in just a few years so that people couldn't eat and pay their mortgage.

I always believed that this inflationary trend was caused by government overspending mainly on the war in Iraq and I think that we will see another inflationary spiral when oil futures go up because the dollar is going down due to bailouts.

However, I've suddenly come to realize that basic economics are not really at play here it really is caused by the little green men from mars with their ray guns. What else could make McCain flip flop back and forth. When a change of direction is required just mind ray gun him again.

That of course would leave Karl Rove and the others behind him as little green men, but we've all known this for some time

Posted by: Alex P | September 22, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Let them whine. That's all they know how to do. What is clear is that sure as h*ll don't know how to govern. In fact this is all falling apart because they're ideological opposed to government in the first place. They screw it up and then point...."there you see, government can't do anything!" Not with Republicans in charge!

No More Years!!

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 22, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Ahh truth is always in the eye of the beholder. Truth vs lies all depends on how far people are going to believe things. And right now it's advantage: Dems. Usually the other party seeing a trend they can't halt but desperately want to, always blames the media. How unfair, blah, blah, blah. Until they can take control of the spin whirlwind for their own uses.

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

If you can't discredit the story.... discredit the author. Sounds familiar. McCain's change in position on regulation is mind boggling. If I recall correctly, he was in a scandal during the last real estate distaster. He was part of the Keating 5. A group of legislators that found themselves in trouble for contacting regulators to get them off the back of his friend Charles Keating who was the head of Lincoln Savings and Loan. Even after that event, he continued to champion deregulation for financial institutions.... Now he is for regulation???

Posted by: brich | September 22, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

oh mean the NYTimes is doing for the dems what FOX News does for the repubs.....wait...there is no proof the NYTimes spreads false lies and inuendos so they still have journalistic intregrity....false alarm

Posted by: mbmease | September 22, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Here's a "surprise":

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

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

"The prospect of being locked out of the bailout set off alarm bells among chief executives of overseas banks whose American affiliates also hold distressed mortgage-related assets, like Barclays and UBS. The original text provided access to the $700 billion bailout for any financial institution based in the United States."

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

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

Yup, McCain's BFF, economic guru, and registered lobbyist for UBS, Phil Gramm. What a coinky-dink!

Posted by: ace mcfunkenstein | September 22, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Schmidt:you could package Hitler with all your lying and distortion. You are disgraceful. You have obfuscated every issue in this election. Why don't you let Palin loose? What are you afraid of? Why do you keep her and McCain to such a tight script?

Posted by: Angel | September 22, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

NObama wouldn't know his butt from a hot rock if his puppeteers in Chicago didn't tell him the difference. I'm sure next week he'll be touting the stance of Ron Paul. The ultimate chameleon.


Posted by: tmacioszek | September 22, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

i hate the ny times. they are democrats masquerating AS JOURNALISTS.
SCHMIDT IS RIGHT. ny times is far, far left. way too far left.

Posted by: melissa | September 22, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

i hate the ny times. they are democrats masquerating AS JOURNALISTS.
SCHMIDT IS RIGHT. ny times is far, far left. way too far left.

Posted by: melissa | September 22, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

"This just in... NOBama is suddenly turning republican! He says he will cut wasteful government spending and shrink government! I guess if you can't beat em, join em??


I guess if you can't beat em, join em??....That is why McCain has changed his message to "change." That is why GWBush agreed to a time table in Iraq, and agreed to diplomacy with the enemy.

Because Obama is and was right.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

This is great. We really do need to have a national conversation about the NY Times.
They are throwing our elections by leading the less-educated and liberals in general to the Democratic Party kool-aide trough.
Ignorance begets ignorance and them you have Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers, and Barack Hussein Obama standing with pelosi, reid and the ny times.

Posted by: mike | September 22, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

The NYT is just like those hags at The View... they want to have NObamas baby, and then immediately abort it.


Posted by: tmacioszek | September 22, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

If you have the facts argue the facts. If you don't have the facts just argue. Since the McCain campaign doesn't have the facts, they simply yell, scream, and argue. Sen. McCain has lost his moral compass. All he needs to do to regain it, is to fire the neo-cons who have taken over his campaign.

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | September 22, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

This like saying the NYT is biased against rapist.

Rapist do things that the NYT does not agree with.

McCain/Palin are doing things that the NYT does not agree with like lying and spinning facts.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

This just in... NOBama is suddenly turning republican! He says he will cut wasteful government spending and shrink government! I guess if you can't beat em, join em??


Posted by: tmacioszek | September 22, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Once again, as soon as a reporter actually does their job, they're the "liberal media". Give me a break. If a journalist writes a biased story, then complain about it then. If a journalist actually reports facts, then you have no right to complain.

I find it funny though that they see nothing wrong with the unashamedly biased Fox News, but criticize every other news organization out there.

Posted by: Puablo | September 22, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

we really don't need the ny times. without it, the network television anchors would be forced to go out and research a story or two for their tv news readers....

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

Ahh the sweet ripe smell of rot. This is the smell that only the loss of moral integrity and honor can bring. It pervades the air around McCain, Palin, and all the lobbyists and corporate hacks running their campaign.

The Times is digging into the rot and finding the source of the disease. The nasty side of politics that McCain doesn't want to admit to or confess his transgressions about. Instead they will attack, confuse, and drag every red herring possible across this nastiness.

The lies, distortions, and attacks will draw the Republican conservatives closer and push everybody else farther away. McCain can't win as he is losing all the liberal and moderates. The right-wingers can't elect him as they are a small percent of Republicans.

Losing ground McCain. Every lie, distortion, and attack just makes the stink stronger and brings you one step closer the political death. The loss of an election.

Posted by: Mike in Sac | September 22, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

One of the things McCain's people do best is whine. (It seems to be the mark of a "consevative")

Posted by: polgeek13 | September 22, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Well there's nothing false in this article... everyone knows that the Times is practically run by the DNC. I think they even get to hold some of NObama's puppet strings once in a while.


Posted by: tmacioszek | September 22, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

NY Times, busted again. How about another round of layoffs for the DEMOCRATIC PARTY "mask"head. NY Times should become yesterdays' times.

Posted by: motoosa ferrera | September 22, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight--anyone who questions the politics and dealings of McCain's sycophants are "Democrats" or at least sympathizers? Funny. Aren't they doing their jobs? When everyone was piling on Obama for theR ev. Wright stuff, I didn't hear any Righties complaining then.....

Has anyone else noticed that the right and left both complain loudly about the media? Has anyone else noticed that we as a population seem to be less interested in what the candidates are saying than pointing the finger?

Posted by: steve | September 22, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Geez, tubby, this strategy worked so well for Governor Zero, I can see why you would want to try again.

Let's see, what did she go from, 80% to 40% favorable in 2 weeks?

Posted by: Tucker "ToughGuy" Bounds | September 22, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Yelling at the NYT isn't denying the story.

Posted by: Seems to me | September 22, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

This fat hack is just all pissed off because not everybody is going to cover McCain and the Zero like FOX News.

Posted by: Losercuda | September 22, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I despise the New York Times.... These creeps are have been trying to manipulate the polls and elections for years.
They are not a "newspaper," they are Democratic party stooges in print.

Posted by: Lisa | September 22, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by: agent orange | September 22, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

"This is an organization that is completely, totally 150 percent in the tank for the Democratic candidate,"

Where the hell do you EXPECT it to be, Schmidt? This is one of the few remaining print mass publications for thinking people (albeit, barely) in America.

Now, you can always find solace in The New York Post - cheap and full of crap, just like GOP.

Posted by: Sam | September 22, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama is going to run all over this!

Go Team Obama!

Posted by: RStone | September 22, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I guess Schmidt wasn't too happy about that edition of The Nation that came out 9/11, either, since it included photos of John McCain boarding the yacht of a convicted felon in Montenegro two years ago. It also appears (profile photo) that Rick Davis was on that boat, and his lobbying firm got some business from the italian con man, too. While Schmidt would like us to believe that Obama is the celebrity, it was McCain partying on the yacht with the italian playboy and his then girlfriend Anne Hathaway.

Posted by: GoObama | September 22, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Man, as a non-US citizen, who spent 15 years in the US (and, loved every minute of it) as a student, all I can say of the McCain campaign lately is: Whine, whine, whine! Waaaah! Don't they know that I was a POW! Waaaah! Don't they know that you don't say bad things about a girl.

Grow a couple, Senator!

Posted by: Bahen Franklin | September 22, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I think perhaps the press got tired of being lied to repeatedly by McCain and his staff.

You can't blame them for now having a little extra vigor when scrutinizing the McCain campaign, given recent shoddy treatment.

Posted by: Charles | September 22, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

You can jump and twist and shout all you want, but McCain made the two key plays in this election:
First: Of all the possible choices, he picked Palin. Palin is George Bush in lipstick. I want change.
Second: Before picking Palin, McCain indicated his first choice was Lieberman. If elected, social conservatives now know Maverick McCain would likely nominate pro-choice Lieberman to an easy confirmation to the Supreme Court. McCain is sufficiently vindictive to get back at the "agents of intolerance".
An integral piece is that the Palin pick was done to solidify his "base". But the "base" referred to are the religious right. What happened to the fiscal conservatives that used to be the "base" of the Republican Party??? If you have been a fiscal conservative Republican for many years, you know that one year ago John McCain was not your candidate. I am not a Republican but I do respect the role that fiscally conservative Republicans have played in balancing our national political agenda. They were horribly excluded this election and should let people know about it. John McCain is more dangerous to our economy than Obama in the same way that George Bush has been more dangerous to our economy than Bill Clinton was. You can jump and twist and shout all you want, but you know it's true.

Posted by: thoren58 | September 22, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

16 out of 31 media personalities are saying McCain has gotten more favorable press coverage this campaign.

Posted by: B | September 22, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone listen to a Karl Rove protoge about integrity?

Posted by: Mugsy | September 22, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Bravo Schmidt. We need to let the liberal journalists know that they are no longer in control. We need to get the word out so that every American looks at the NY Times as the Democrat shill it is. If they can't do better, fast, they need to close their doord as journalists and show themselves for who they really are.

Posted by: Larry Clifton | September 22, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Libs believe that "facts" are defined as "opinions that agree with mine."

I've spoken with a number of libs who truly have a blind spot here. It's rather astonishing.

Posted by: Nan | September 22, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Say, Steve...So What? Your candidate is running against himself now. As far as I'm concerned, a news agency actively pulling for Obama is downright patriotic at this point. The Republicans have proven that they cannot govern so it's time to cast them out of office. It's republican economics which put us in this near depression, a word used over the weekend by Republican Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson. If McCain wins, America will genuinely have become officially stupid.

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

It's an interesting ploy. I've not seen a reaction to press like this since Nixon. If it works, a masterstroke. If it doesn't, a real lemon. Politically speaking.

Posted by: TommyF | September 22, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

not bad

Posted by: yona loriner | September 22, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Whats the big news here? Yeah the WaPo, CNN, MSNBC, and NY times are in the tank for Bama, and Wash Times, USA today and Fox, NY Daily News etc... are in the tank for McCain. There is no such thing as fair and evenhanded press coverage anymore.

Posted by: DCDave | September 22, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame Schmidt didn't discuss the WaPo, because they're even more clearly in the tank for BHO.

1. Ed O'Keefe of the Washington Post helped the BHO campaign spread lies ( ). It took me 15 minutes to look into the allegations made and write the first part of that post; clearly O'Keefe couldn't be bothered to do even basic research.

2. Paul Kane of the Washington Post helped spread an anti-Palin lie:

3. Anne Kornblut solicited questions for Palin, but doesn't appear to have asked BHO any real questions and in at least one case simply served as a transcription service. And, an article from her smeared Palin over Iraq. The WaPo changed that article without noting that they'd changed it:

Please write the WaPo and let them know we're on to their game: ombudsman *at*

Posted by: 24AheadDotCom | September 22, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Leave it to one of McCain's Rovebot campaign flunkies (Schmidt) to start crying when any media outlet decides to stop carrying water (lying) for Grampy McCain...

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

-McCain - Founding Member of the Keating Five:

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

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

-McCain - Mafia Ties:

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

Here's some straight-talk, my friends:

Posted by: out of touch | September 22, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Lets see if i got this right. The Mentally unstable one "McCain" , picks the most unqualified running mate in history. The ticket has a history of scandal. They both look into the camera on a daily basis and repeat lies that have been fact checked to be "false". McCain has voted repeatedly for deregulation. He admits he knows nothing about the economy , and says the fundamentals of our economy are strong. He doesn't know how many houses he owns , and he wears 500.00 shoes as he drives around in one of his 13 cars or skips across the country in his private jet. THEN HE CLAIMS he understands the struggles of every day people...........LOL. When McCain says " My Friends" he is talking about the lobbyist that run his Campaign , then they have the nerve to question anyone that dares to do the vetting on his unqualified VP choice that he failed to do........ McCain/Palin = Unstable/Unable

Posted by: James | September 22, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Hammering news media for reporting the facts is the oldest political trick in the book. I hope the Times has the balls to stand up to this attack -- they haven't always had the balls in the past. Maybe this time they've grown a pair.

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

When dealt with hard facts, blame the media, I guess.

Posted by: b | September 22, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

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

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

Here's the score.

John and Cindy McCain: 13.
Barack and Michelle Obama: 1.

Not to mention when it closes by noting that the car your wife (Cindy McCain) actually drives isn't even registered in her name, but in that of her massive beer distributorship.

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

Posted by: Asper Chick | September 22, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey JakeD! I'm wondering why you want people to vote today for McCain? Is it because you don't think they'll vote for McCain after they learn more about what he's made of?

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

Residents of Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia:

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

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


(cannot post to his article for unknown reasons)

"Directed Energy Weapons," even hand-held models which emit silent, potentially lethal bursts of radiation, are widely deployed NOW among military, intelligence/security and law enforcement forces.

Mr. Pincus needs to follow up because this Senate report is incomplete at best and deceptive at worst.

This Senate report seems replete with disinformation when it states that this radiation-based weaponry is not operational. An April 2008 article in the FBI's Law Enforcement Bulletin discusses the issue and makes clear that such weaponry is currently in use.

Victims of so-called organized community "gang stalking" maintain that directed energy weapons are being used against civilian targets to degrade their health.

A former mainstream media reporter who is now an internet columnist has written extensively about this, based on his own personal experiences. His work can be found at

There is a political dimension to this issue as well: There are fears that such weaponry could be deployed to degrade the health of persons or public officials targeted for reasons of ideology.

Posted by: scrivener | September 22, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

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