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Duberstein Abandons McCain

By Glenn Kessler
In a surprising rebuff of an old friend, former White House chief of Staff Kenneth Duberstein said today he was abandoning his support of John McCain and instead would back Barack Obama for president.

Duberstein, who worked for President Ronald Reagan, told CNN's Fareed Zakaria that his vote was influenced by another good friend, former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.

"Well let's put it this way -- I think Colin Powell's decision is in fact the Good Housekeeping seal of approval on Barack Obama," Duberstein said. Powell was national security advisor to Reagan when Duberstein' was the President's chief of staff.

In a separate interview on MSNBC, Duberstein was highly critical of McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as vice president, saying "it has undermined the whole question of John McCain's judgment." He noted that McCain only interviewed the Alaska governor once before he selected her for his ticket. "Even at McDonald's, you are interviewed three times before you are given a job," he said.

Campaign finance records show that Duberstein contributed $2,300 to McCain's campaign in January. He currently runs one of the biggest lobbying firms in Washington.

Duberstein was also one of the first people McCain contacted when he began considering his first run for the presidency in 2000, according to news accounts at the time. "Duberstein offered contacts (his corporate clients include Goldman Sachs and General Motors) as well as sage advice. He began to quietly expose McCain to corporate bigwigs (and potential campaign donors), hosting a breakfast for 25 business leaders with Henry Kissinger in New York," Newsweek reported.

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theCanolaOil wrote:
"FOX NEWS just tonight obtained his obituary, written by Rashid Khalidi, Barack Obama's friend."
Ah yes, Faux News, the McCain Bottom Feeders' best source of misinformation.

Posted by: Skeptic21 | November 1, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

toritto wrote:
"Marginalize the extremist crackpots, neo-fascists, outright bigots, the purposely ignorant and those waiting for the rapture."
Hey! You're talking about the BASE of the Republican party, everybody who voted for Bush. Get rid of them and you'll have fewer members than the Green Party.

Posted by: Skeptic21 | November 1, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Duberstein Abandons McCain

All the rats are jumping ship. Which rat cuased the most damage with his defection?

David Brooks?
Matthew Dowd?
Warren Buffet?
Charlie Crist?

My god, George Bush killed the Republican brand and now all that is left is dead- enders... if you vote.

Don't listen to me, listen to Dave:

Posted by: NeilSagan | November 1, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Have we debunked the latest "Zogby/Drudge" poll yet?

IF NOT...Then Click Here For REALITY

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | November 1, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Zogby Runs a 3 Day Poll- Updating daily- Well, 10/31 was a GREAT Day for John McCain- UP 48-47 over Obama for the first time in eons!

It makes good sense: after all Obama said it was "good to spread the wealth around" YET HE doesn't walk the talk- His Aunt, about whom he wrote in his memoirs, Is living ILLEGALLY in a South Boston Housing project(reported tonight by AP), and his half brother lives in Kenya in very primitive conditions....SO, America is waking up to the hypocritical redistributive economics of Barack Obama- he wants to REDISTRIBUTE OUR income to take care of his illegal aunt, when HE won't!

Posted by: thecannula | November 1, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

Salah Khalaf, a member of Black September the group responsible for killing the Israeli Olympic athletes, died in 1991. FOX NEWS just tonight obtained his obituary, written by Rashid Khalidi, Barack Obama's friend. Sen.Obama, you claim to have "900 friends" who aren't associated with terrorists....WHY DO YOU HAVE 2 WHO ARE? I DON'T AND I DON'T WANT MY PRESIDENT SO ASSOCIATED!

Posted by: thecannula | November 1, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Washington Post the Trail today-
McCain was also asked whom he would name as Treasury secretary, commerce secretary and secretary of defense. McCain didn't hesitate to toss out a few names "Gates has done a fabulous job. [Former eBay chief executive] Meg Whitman, of one of my most trusted advisers. [Former GE chief] Jack Welch is a great guy. I have utmost trust and confidence in [Sen.] Joe Lieberman."

Sounds like Gates gets to keep his job and Lieberman is headed to State.


Hey Florida- How Does Secretary of State

Lieberman Sound?

Posted by: thecannula | November 1, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Associated Press
AP poll: 1 in 7 voters still persuadable
By ALAN FRAM 10.31.08, 9:19 AM ET

WASHINGTON - Patrick Campbell worries Barack Obama will raise his taxes but thinks John McCain will send people off to war. He says that leaves him leaning toward Obama ... maybe.

"I'm split right down the middle," said the 50-year-old Air Force Reserve technician from Amherst, N.Y. "Each one has things that are good for me and things that are bad for me. And people like me."

With the sand in the 2008 campaign hourglass about depleted, Campbell is part of a stubborn wedge of people who, somehow, are still making up their minds about who should be president. One in seven, or 14 percent, can't decide, or back a candidate but might switch, according to an Associated Press-Yahoo (nasdaq: YHOO - news - people ) News poll of likely voters released Friday.



Posted by: thecannula | October 31, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Powell was complicit in convincing the public and the international community that Saddam was an imminent threat. Playing the part of the consumate team player instead of true patriot, Powell eased the way for George Bush to lead us into Iraq. Now Powell expresses his remorse and endorses Obama - out of spite?
And don't forget, that he and Scharzkoff allowed Saddam to regain his power by letting him use helicopter gunships. Can someone see beyond the veil of Obama? He is a no one who has done nothing.

Posted by: daavina | October 31, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Someone in McCain's camp needs to start with a stick, and move up to a 2X4 if necessary, and try to beat some sense into that Bone Head of his!

He is Killing his Campaign because he refuses to accept the FACT, WE do NOT believe Sarah Palin is up for being his successor, if he succumbs to a debilitation!

No Matter WHAT he thinks!

BANG! BANG! Whappity Whap Whap BANG!

Hey, McCain...

Can you HEAR us Now?

Bang Whap BANG!

Uh, GOOD! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 31, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

"For conservatives to stage a comeback, they have to get rid of their "spokespeople" like Rove, Bush, Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Savage, Coulter, FOX NEWS, National Review, Neo-Con culture, PALIN and now McCain."

Ever heard of the First Amendment? How do you "get rid of" people like Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Savage, etc., who are not elected, but are American citizens exercising their right to free speech? And why in the world would you want to try?

I don't listen to these people or read their stuff very often, but it's not for me, you, or anybody else to "get rid" of them. It's their right to say what they please.

Posted by: LaurainFlorida | October 31, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Weil: Your comment is exactly what is wrong with modern republicanisn.

She is unqualified and American knows it.

Don't be proud of McCain's choice.

Posted by: toritto | October 31, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Relentless, vicious, and unprecedented attacks on Gov. Sarah Palin have taken toll on the media’s objectivity and standards of journalism. Basically, as this election has proven, there is no such thing as the media’s objectivity. There are no more any standards of journalism as
witnessed in everyday press, and TV. It is a shame that the media decided to forgo their professionalism and instead became bloggers themselves. TV journalists have become pundits themselves. The news article has become Op-Ed pieces from the daily campaign reports. In a paradoxical twist, the Daily Show and the Colbert Report has become journalistic standards for
real journalists to follow; the internet sites for daily, weekly, and monthly publications have become blogging sites run wild. The most sad aspects of the fall of journalism has become the fact that the media has sanctioned celebrities as pundits and commentators on political campaigns and became influenced by the Saturday Night Live show to a degree that
could be only called comedic. The media’s fascination with Sen. Obama candidacy has become celebrity obsession comparable with the ET, Hollywood Extra and other celebrity news shows.

Posted by: Wiel | October 31, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

toritto posted: "Build a true center-right Republican party.

That's what the McCain of 2000 was like. I don't know who the hell this McCain is.

I totally agree with you. The conservatives have marginalized their entire party by being the bully and marginalizing everyone else.

For conservatives to stage a comeback, they have to get rid of their "spokespeople" like Rove, Bush, Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Savage, Coulter, FOX NEWS, National Review, Neo-Con culture, PALIN and now McCain.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 31, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

If the GOP goes down to crushing defeat next week (it aint over till its over) real Republicans will need to pick up the pieces.

Your platform for the future should read:

1. We will defend the United States and the Constitution against all enemies.

2. We will be careful stewards of your money and control spending.

3. We will not tell you how to live your life.

4. All are welcome in our tent.

Return to the days when the GOP was a fiscally conservative, socially moderate coalition.

Marginalize the extremist crackpots, neo-fascists, outright bigots, the purposely ignorant and those waiting for the rapture. They will vote for you anyway.

Build a true center-right Republican party.

America will respond.

Posted by: toritto | October 31, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

DrainYou, do you think there will be violence if Obama loses?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 31, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse


I hear that the GOPer party leaders are meeting next week to figure out how to fix the sewer hole that they call the Republican party...

Seems like, every forty years, the GOP is found out to be the bunch of immoral corporate shills that they are - and they take a beating in the voting booth. Then, they re-emerge by finding new ways to suck in the dumb voters (pro-guns, anti-abortion, evangelicals, tax cuts for the rich etc...), and they run with it - until they are found out again.

It will be interesting to see how they will "fix" their party this time.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 31, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 31, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

That's OK, his vote counts the same as mine.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 31, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

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