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McCain's Risky Turn


A John McCain supporter yells at Obama supporters before Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Republican vice-presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin arrive at a rally, Oct. 8, 2008, in Strongsville, Ohio. (Tony Dejak/Associated Press)

By Dan Balz
There is a scene early in "Dead Certain," Robert Draper's book about President Bush, when the Bush campaign, reeling from its loss to John McCain in New Hampshire in the 2000 primary, is plotting its moves for a do-or-die struggle in South Carolina.

As Bush's South Carolina team sketched out one tough step after another, Mark McKinnon, Bush's media adviser, listened with amazement. Draper writes that McKinnon was thinking: "They're letting the dogs off the chain."

John McCain was the victim in that campaign eight years ago. Now, struggling to overcome Barack Obama's lead in the polls, he is unleashing attacks and empowering forces that lead him in the same direction.

Through television ads by his campaign and by the Republican National Committee, Obama is under attack for his association with William Ayers, the 1960s radical. On the campaign trail, McCain's rallies have at times turned into angry rants by his supporters aimed at Obama and the Democrats. Frank Keating, the former governor of Oklahoma and a McCain surrogate went on television this week and played the race card, saying Obama should own up to the fact that he was once a "guy of the street" who used cocaine.

I wrote yesterday about the risks to both McCain and Obama -- and the country -- as they fire at one another in increasingly sharp terms. The danger is that the winner will come to office with a sizable portion of the population poisoned by the effects of the campaign.

But what's also clear is that McCain's tactics are over the line, with no restraint in sight, and threaten to provoke reactions among partisans on both sides that will continue to escalate.

The RNC's new ad attacks Obama for his questionable association with convicted developer Tony Rezko, for his ties to Ayers and, perhaps most inexplicably, for taking advice from William Daley, the brother of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. Bill Daley is described as heir to the Chicago machine. The ad does not mention the mayor.

This is the same Bill Daley who served as commerce secretary in the Clinton administration and who seemed to have a harmonious relationship with the then-chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, one John McCain.

Politico's Mike Allen reported Friday that in 1997, McCain was quoted in the Chicago Tribune praising Daley "for keeping his word to Congress and the American people to attempt to take politics out of the business of the Commerce Department's trade missions."

Daley's brother, the mayor, has had a similarly harmonious relationship with President Bush during Bush's years in the White House. The president has not treated him as the pariah leader of a corrupt machine.

McCain and the Republicans portray Ayers as Obama's political godfather. The relationship is more complicated. Their real connection is through educational foundations in Chicago, where Ayers has been described by Mayor Daley as a constructive adult citizen. Daley's view is that the '60s are over.

Obama's ties to Rezko were highly questionable. He has regretted many times that he got mixed up in a real estate deal with Rezko. It was a mistake and he continues to pay price for it.

Keating's comments were inexplicable, though the former governor has had a reputation for popping off. Whether he was freelancing or had been encouraged by the McCain campaign to raise Obama's drug use -- which the Illinois senator wrote about in his autobiography -- isn't known. Injecting this into the campaign now seems designed to add to the GOP portrait of Obama as a sinister figure who does not share the values of middle America.

Perhaps that is what McCain truly believes, although he has been more generous in his characterizations of most of his political opponents in the past. But with the country in an economic crisis as bad as anything since the Great Depression, the descent into angry negativity undermines the brand he worked so hard to establish.

McKinnon was part of McCain's team earlier this year -- and was at the Republican Convention helping out -- but he has essentially absented himself from the overall campaign. He said earlier that he admired Obama and did not want to be part of a campaign to tear him down. He must be relieved not to be directly involved with what has happened in the past two weeks -- and pained at what he sees.

I was in contact over the past 24 hours with another veteran of recent Republican presidential campaigns and asked, on a not-for-attribution basis, whether he believed McCain's campaign is taking a big risk with its negative turn. "Yes," this strategist replied. "Big mistake. If this stuff mattered, then why didn't they raise it five months ago? Sad."

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 10, 2008; 2:07 PM ET
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Dear Frankinlaw:

If there's anybody in this race that's likely to be a "Manchurian Candidate, " I think it more likely that it's the one who was tortured and interrogated by the Vietnamese communists for five years. Come to think of it, there are other dark parallels between the movie and the McCain/Palin campaign, aren't there? IT seems to me that Sarah Palin reminds me of both Angela Lansbury's and James Gregory's characters in that film. Doesn't that seem just a little creepy? I'll bet the first thing they do when elected is suspend the 2nd Amendment. Dosvidanya, chumps!

Posted by: ThePhotogsBlog | October 14, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

So much for being a maverick. He's got nothing to offer the American citizens as far as the Economy, Environment, and Jobs issues, so slinging negativity and innuendo of Obama being someone to be scared of is all he has. He must think we're stupid!

Posted by: solsenz | October 14, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

jbianco28 wrote: "a corrupt slum lord...
Doesn't Obama have any normal friends?"

Rezko is pretty cheesy, but as a slumlord he's really peanut sized -- more of a slumknight or even a slumsquire.

However, to say he's not a "normal friend" is to mock the very nature of American free market capitalism, which with its emphasis on minimal regulation and individual acquisition of wealth, stokes the greed of those who benefit from it. In this context, Rezko is about as normal as an American entrepreneur could be.

Go ahead and call Obama a "socialist" with one breath, and then in the next breath condemn him for associating with a consummate capitalist like Rezko.

Oh yeah, and then let's talk about Bush who just unilaterally decided to nationalize a bunch of banks. Now tell me again who's the real socialist?

Posted by: laboo | October 14, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I fear that Obama is a proxy "Manchurian Candidate" for two reasons:
1. His dangerous associations with subversive and militant elements' and
2. The staggering quantum of his campaign fund-raising (remember McCain who is married rich and Bill & Hilary Clinton with tens of millions to their name and their years of contacts on the cocktail circuit could collectively raise only a fraction raised by this first time greenhorn senator) Where are his funds coming from?

Also the scary thought that the Democrats would be controlling the Presidency and both houses should wake up most Americans to the utter danger facing the nation with the left wing running riot in government.

Finally, with 95 to 96% of African Americans openly declaring their allegiance to Obama, this makes it the most racial of elections in US history. Wait for the backlash in the polls!

Posted by: frankinlaw | October 13, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

We seem to have lost sight of the real perpetrators of this Ayers/Obama conspiratorial connection, and it is time to take them to task.

Were it not for the socialistic excesses by the Annenberg Foundation in the form of injecting $50 million in matching grants for education in order to improve schools Mr. Ayers and Mr. Obama may not have had their interaction.

Let us persecute the true villain in this undertaking The Honorable (so called) Walter H. Annenberg.

Supposedly Ambassador Annenberg devoted his attention to philanthropy and public service.

We now know the truth.

Ambassador Annenberg tried to impart socialism in the youth of America by increasing the value of the American educational process. and as we all know, if you let knowledge and truth be taught to the young it can only lead to a revolution against stupidity and lies.

It was Ambassador Annenberg, and his evil Foundation that encouraged the Ayers/Obama connection. Let us take the Annenberg Foundation to task, and ask why it funded such an un-patriotic undertaking as the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.

And lest we forget, it is time to look into the rest of the subversives that made up the Chicago Annenberg Challenge board including Susan Crown of the General Dynamics Corp. family; Patricia Graham, former dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Arnold Weber, past president of Northwestern University and of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago.

The Annenberg Foundation and those who served on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge board need to be reminded of the need to answer the most important question posed to any individual in this nation:

“Are you now, or have you ever been……?”

Keep in mind when you answer that any hearsay from statements, rumors, or innuendo gathered is will be considered TRUTH. Our truth and nothing but OUR truth.

Posted by: larry20 | October 13, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin are generating pure hatred with their 'factoids'. People are yelling racial slurs and "Kill him" at their rallys. And they think this is a good thing.

If Barack Obama is asassinated, I put the blame squarely on the GOP, especially McCain and Palin.

Posted by: froglady | October 13, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse


The ugly machinations of The Geezer and Gidget... sad indeed.

Posted by: dww322 | October 12, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain is proposing a direct bailout of individual mortgage holders, in a 300 billion dollar package...but it's Obama who's the socialist ?

It's not too early to start specualting as to the makeup of Obama's cabinet I guess......

Posted by: mathas | October 12, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Women of America Unite!
Unite against the sexist media and Barack Hussein’s Mugging of Vice President, Sarah Palin!

Women must unite against the liberal media vicious, sexist, cruel, demeaning, contemptuous UN-AMERICAN, unfair, unprofessional, unrelenting and blatantly biased treatment against Vice President Sarah Palin and acting blatantly in favor of Barack Hussein Obama during this unprecedented historic quest for the presidency!

Barack Hussein Obama claims a mightier throne, one forged in liberal ideals of justice and equality and hope, BUT he has benefited mightily from sexism in this campaign, and has remained silent. Obama supporters seem very happy with the sexist way pundits and some news organizations treat any action or statement by Sarah Palin, and many believe that most of the "venom" in the campaign is coming from supporters of Obama.

Women of America Unite in this defining moment in American history. To ensure we can grow up from the male dominated government that has caused many of the problems our country is facing; to a country where men and women are equal partners in governance.

Women of America Unite
Unite against the sexist media and Barack Hussein’s Mugging of Vice President, Sarah Palin!
VOTE for McCain/Palin

Posted by: Manolete | October 12, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

This concerns your appearance today, Dan, on This Week with G.S. How can you say in essence that Obama gets a free pass by the media on his associations? Where's the reporting on Sarah Palin's ethics violation? No mention on This Week, and very little over the weekend by any news outlets. The V.P. candidate abused her power in office. Please tell me you don't think that would have been carpeted by the media all weekend long had it been an offense by Biden. McCain should be worried about his own associations, but then he's benefited from a long courtship with the media, and you must admit that.

Posted by: glenda2 | October 12, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Is Obama sitll running around with that wild-ass Warren Buffett?

Posted by: helloboyd | October 12, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Dan Balz must think we are all idiots. The rogues gallery of usual suspects that make up Obama's circle of friends make the Mafia look like a band of boy scouts. A terrorist family of bombers, a corrupt slum lord, a racist lunatic pastor & many other shady associates are Obama's mentors.
Doesn't Obama have any normal friends?

Posted by: jbianco28 | October 12, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

MY GOVERNMENT IS MY WORST ENEMY. I'M GOING TO FIGHT THEM WITH ANY MEANS AT HAND.

This was former revolutionary terrorist Bill Ayers, right? Imagine what Sarah Palin is going to do with this incendiary quote as she tears into Barack Obama this week.

THE QUOTE IS ACTUALLY FROM JOE VOGLER, the raging ANTI-AMERICAN who founded the ALASKA INDEPENDENCE PARTY, the very same SECESSIONIST PARTY that Palin's husband Todd belonged to for seven years and that she sent a shout-out to as Alaska governor earlier THIS year.

PALIN SAID TO THE A.I.P.: "Keep up the good work, and God bless you."

SARAH PALIN WANTS OUR FLAG TO HAVE 49 STARS? What is WRONG with Republicans??? Are they about winning at any cost? Republicans gave us EIGHT YEARS of BUSH and are now back for MORE?

Todd Palin was a member the Alaskan Independence Party working for Alaska to secede from the United States. Todd Palin registered in 1995 until 2002 when he registered as "undeclared" while his wife ran for office. Sarah Palin sleeps with a man who is committed to the idea of destroying the United States. Sarah Palin and 'first dudes' political alliance with a TERRORIST WHO WAS MURDERED IN 1993 DURING A PLASTIC EXPLOSIVES SALE GONE BAD. Todd Palin joined the party two years later.

Let me repeat that: A PLASTICS EXPLOSIVE SALE GONE BAD.

"The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government. And I won't be buried under their damn flag," Joe Vogler said in 1991 in a taped interview.

Vogler’s greatest moment of glory was to be his 1993 appearance before the United Nations to denounce United States "tyranny" before the entire world and to demand Alaska’s freedom. The Alaska secessionist had persuaded the government of Iran to sponsor his anti-American harangue.

That’s right - Iran. The Islamic dictatorship. The taker of American hostages. The rogue nation that McCain and Palin have excoriated Obama for suggesting we diplomatically engage. That Iran.

AIP leaders allege that Vogler, who was murdered that year by a fellow secessionist, was taken out by powerful forces in the U.S. before he could reach his U.N. platform. "The United States government would have been deeply embarrassed," by Vogler’s U.N. speech, darkly suggests Clark. "And we can’t have that, can we?"

IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BELIEVE THIS, THAT'S FINE. LOOK IT UP FOR YOURSELF. STOP SUPPORTING THIS EMPTY HEADED LUNATIC CHEERLEADER FROM ALASKA. DO IT FOR YOUR COUNTRY. THIS THREAT IS REAL.

http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2008/10/07/palins_unamerican/print.html

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. The so-called "liberal media" needs some encouragement.

Posted by: wunderwood | October 12, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Palin said this week: "We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty and sincerity and dignity." She was quoting a man named Westbrook Pegler. Who was this man? A rabid anti-semite racist bigot who, in the late 1960s declared of Bobby KennedY “Some white patriot of the Southern tier will spatter his spoonful of brains in public premises before the snow falls.”

Palin and McCain are using coded messages for the only way they can win this election: They are hoping someone will assassinate Obama. There is no other reason for her quoting a rabid well-known racist in her trump-speeches: This is the man who PRAYED for the assassination of Bobby Kennedy. As Palin and the GOP now pray ... Palin-McCain have now embraced the far right of a divided country, the land where Buckley had always feared to tread. Buckley said his greatest challenge was to separate the madmen from the true conservatives - Palin and McCain have chosen to make no such distinction: From their 'let the dogs out' campaign banners to their 'vote right, vote white' campaign stickers, to their 'kill him' chants, these two have opened up the dark, never-healed scar of America ... and no surprise, for after all McCain voted against Martin Luther King Day, didn't he, and saw nothing illegal or even immoral at the confederate flag flying over the Capitol in S. Carolina - an old racist, is our 'friend' McCain, joined now by his 'friend' Palin, a person whose greatest joy - her sole purpose - is to whip up the crowd in the hope that someone - ANYONE - hearing her message will understand the logical conclusion of how to stop a terrorist by the name of Hussein going to the white house.

How amazing that in the year 2008 the Republican strategy for winning the white house is to hope for the assassination of a black man ... how amazing and how surprising that the christian right would be exposed for what we have known they were all along: Not right, and by God not CHRISTian.

Shame on McCain - he should know better. As for Palin - the sooner she is despatched back to Alaska the better: Yes, I feel for the wolf pups she enjoys murdring with her pistols, but the alternative - this racist bigot with a beehive fresh from 1950s Americana where black men knew where to sit on the bus to nowhere in the white house - is just too chilling to contemplate.


Posted by: alex111 | October 11, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse


Can the length of the comments be limited? Some people write excessively long diatribes and cases. Sometimes these posts are submitted in duplicate. I just skip over these to messages that of a a length reasonable for a comment.

Posted by: Towards_Light | October 11, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

ARE THE AGITATED McCAIN-'CUDA CROWDS THE SAME STORM-TROOPERS WHO DO THIS?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 11, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

ARE THE AGITATED McCAIN-'CUDA CROWDS THE SAME STORM-TROOPERS WHO DO THIS?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 11, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

>>>Posted by: thisworld | October 11, 2008 2:37 PM

I just want to take this opportunity to say a thing or two about Senator John Kerry. I know that he has come out very recently condemning the hate tactics of McCain and Palin(which no other high ranking Democrats like the Clintons have done yet - where are they by the way?) and it just got me thinking about him.

You won't heard anything from Hillary Clinton because she tried doing the same thing during the primary season, a feat that failed spectacularly for her effort.

Posted by: ldsw | October 11, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

The reference to Obama's "highly questionable" ties to Rezco is an all-too-typical attempt to revive and perpetuate a non-issue. The "involvement" with Rezco in a "real estate deal" was this: Obama asked Rezco, a prominent real estate developer, for house-hunting advice in the Chicago market. The Obamas found a house they liked and submitted a series of offers to the sellers, who had no connections with either Rezco or Obama. They finally reached agreement on a price that did not include the adjacent lot, which, with the house, had comprised a small urban estate. Rezco's wife submitted an acceptable offer to the sellers for the vacant lot. The sellers asked that both escrows close on the same day for their convenience. The Obamas closed on the house and Mrs. Rezco closed on the lot. There was no financial connection between the two deals, no loans, no bribes, no favors, no nothing; separate transactions on adjacent properties. The Obamas, seeking to acquire a part of the lot in order to enlarge their yard space, asked Mrs. Rezco to sell the strip to them. She offered it to them at a questionable lowball appraised price, but the Obamas insisted on paying that percentage of Mrs. Rezco's purchase price which corresponded to the square footage being transferred from the Rezco lot to the Obama home's lot. In other words, the Rezcos offered a sweetheart deal but Obama insisted on paying full market value, more than twice the amount of the lowball appraisal. Mrs. Rezco later sold the lot for a profit. Obama also had no connection whatsoever with the matters for which Rezco was convicted.

Why is so much being made of things that were done or said by people with whom Obama had some sort of acquaintance or friendship? We all come into contact with people who may later disappoint or offend us. That's why we have relative terms such as stranger, acquaintance, friend, mentor, hero, teacher, nemesis, and enemy to describe the thousands of people most of us know, whether well or distantly. These supposedly sinister connections are pathetic grasps at straws by a desperate campaign featuring Sen. Overthehill and Gov. Notready4thelower48 (or Obama's all-American birthplace, Hawaii, for that matter).

Your recent column equating the McPalin slurs and rabble-rousing with Obama's criticism of the other side's policy positions was bad enough (and the comments demonstrated that), but if these "sinister" connections are all the GOP has to run on while the fundamentals of American life swirl around us, imperiled at every new headline ... landslide.

Posted by: DMC2 | October 11, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I just want to take this opportunity to say a thing or two about Senator John Kerry. I know that he has come out very recently condemning the hate tactics of McCain and Palin(which no other high ranking Democrats like the Clintons have done yet - where are they by the way?) and it just got me thinking about him.

Things would have been quite different had he been elected the president back in 2004. Naturally I supported him and felt an enormous empathy for him when he was 'swiftboated' so unfairly. The irony of 'swiftboading' is that the guy with true courage was so successfully pictured as the coward in the crowd. This really demonstrated the power of spinning and the ruthless exploitation of closed minds. To be able to come and tell what really happened even if it entails blaming your own members(rejection of blind loyalty) takes what I call 'true courage'. He had that. He was nobody's coward and was the only principled man enough to speak out about those atrocities perpetrated against innocent civillians including many many children, women and old folks, all in the name of blind patriotic zeals by soldiers bored and also high on government supplied drugs.

No. He was no coward. Cowards can only tell what their litseners want to hear. That is what is happening now with Palin and McCain. Anybody can do that. What is difficult to do and takes real courage is telling the truth no matter how uncomfortable that is to the litseners. As one great English intellectual said, for evil to triumph, it only takes people to stay silent in the face of it.

Posted by: thisworld | October 11, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I applaud Mr. McCain for calling off the dogs at the rallies. Now he needs to reign in those inflammatory television spots.

Focus on the issues that are real threats to our nation.Rezko and Ayers are not in a position to harm us. I am worried about larger threats like the rising oil prices, recession, the war in Iraq that is draining us financially and harming our young men and women, the threat of further unrest in the world. And, of course, the loss of our prominence as a world leader.

This country is in crisis, and these men and Ms. Palin will have to work together to rescue our nation from external and internal threats no matter who wins. This school yard brawl is beneath them all.

Go to your corners and don't come out until you act like world leaders.

Posted by: hakafos44 | October 11, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

For those on this post who blame only ACORN and subprime mortgages for the current financial meltdown, I beg to differ. While the subprime mortgage industry did contribute to this mess, other issues like CDO's (collateralized debt obligations), property derivatives, and CDS (credit default swaps) also played a huge role.

Merill Lynch and Bear Stearns got in trouble with the CDO's, Lehman got in trouble with the property derivatives, and AIG got in trouble with the CDS's.

The big players on Wall Street gambled everything on all of the above, thinking they were in Las Vegas. If you're a gambler, even on a winning streak, you know you'll lose eventually. In other words, don't bet the house or other's money that you'll always win.

TIME Magazine has an excellent article that trys to explain how Wall Street got in this mess. It's a long article, but definitely worth the read. I have included the link here:

http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1842123-1,00.html

I also felt the need to comment on the hatred being spewed at McCain/Palin rallies across this country. I am disappointed that McCain would stoop to such tactics after suffering those same Rove style attacks in a previous election. McCain also stated he'd run a clean campaign, which obviously has went out the window. Also, he starts it by sending someone else to do the dirty work for him. That person would be Sarah Palin.

It is sad that some Americans would be so afraid of having an educated minority as President, that they rant things like "Terrorist", "Treason", and "Kill Him". I only hope that if Obama is elected, he doesn't end up a victim of violence by the radical right. If you yell "Kill Him" at a rally, you are no different than those you claim to be a terrorist.

I am ashamed by the behavior of Wall Street and of those who spread hatred across this country.

Posted by: calblond | October 11, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

To those of you who think the Ayers issue matters: this is about associating with terrorists, right? Would you agree that organized gangs in this country are terrorists? I mean people who drive through residential neighborhoods shooting people, who sell illegal drugs, commit robbery, stuff like that...you'd agree that those people are terrorists too, wouldn't you?

The United States averages 15,000 homicides every year, a substantial number of which are gang-related. So if you want to talk about threats to our homeland security, we're already getting hit pretty hard by our homegrown terrorists, but no one in the McCain campaign cares to mention this.

Now here's another statistic that might interest you: since 2003, in order to meet recruitment goals for the US Military, over 125,000 so-called 'moral waivers' have been granted to enlistees with serious criminal histories, including robbery, assault and murder. According to the FBI, a substantial number of these new enlistees have been or are actively involved with domestic gangs, "Crips", "Bloods", and "Gangster Disciples", just to mention a few of the more well-known domestic terrorist organizations.

The FBI also reports that these GI Gangsters pose significant threats to law-enforcement and citizens domestically as a consequence of the formal combat training they receive, and their access to sophisticated weapons. The report also determined that some of these gang members continue to engage in organized gang activities while in the service of the military.

Why is our government recruiting known criminals to serve in our military, even those who may potentially pose a threat to American citizens during or after they complete their service? One reason is that the policies of the Bush administration, and particularly policies which John McCain has actively endorsed and supported, have made it more difficult for existing volunteer military personnel to leave the service after their original enlistment period is up. Because Bush and McCain know that most Americans aren't interested in serving in a war that was justified based on exaggerated intelligence claims, and which may never achieve any better than a long-term stalemate. So in order to sustain the already over-taxed forces we have in Iraq and Afghanistan, their solution has been to progressively increase the burdens on our currently enlisted military and their families. This creates a major disincentive for new recruits, hence our military recruiters are having a hard time finding new enlistees.

If we take this discussion out of the academic world, and move it into the real world, Senator McCain's legislative initiatives and support for actual policy has contributed to exacerbating the number of actual acts of terrorism, including tens of thousands of Americans having been murdered or assaulted over the last five years. In addition, by allowing criminals to enlist in our armed services, these policies have significantly diminished the quality of the new personnel in the service, and created a significant disincentive for law-abiding citizens to consider volunteering, knowing as they do that their comrades in arms may bring divided loyalties with them on the field of combat.

This is the reality of what has happened to our military forces as a consequence of policies which irresponsibly overextended the scope of the mission our limited volunteer soldiers were asked to perform. Currently, even though all the commanders on the ground in Afghanistan agree and have explicitly asked for reinforcements, we are unable to provide them, and when we do reach a point where we can provide them, many of them are going to be people with criminal records.

So my first question is this: what specifically is it that you are concerned a President Obama might do as a consequence of his casual association with Mr. Ayers to undermine the security of our country?

My second question: given the damage to our national security which has already been done as a direct consequence of Senator McCain's policy positions, and his actual legislative work as a Senator, why have you not seen fit to ask him to account for this damage, and at least explain what, if anything, he may do as President to remedy it?

Posted by: thomas777 | October 11, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

The worst thing Ronald Reagan ever did was put George HW Bush on the ticket. And now his son has killed the party Reagan built.

Let's review: he's embraced deficit spending, big government, and direct government involvement in private enterprise. He displayed the same "they're too big to fail" thinking of Jimmy Carter. And he has bankrupted the most vital intellectual core of modern conservatism: that government intervention in private affairs fundamentally violates personal liberties, and is to be limited.

No longer can Republicans or business rail against government regulation in good times when business runs to government for a bailout in bad times. All that is left now that distinguishes the two parties is the social agenda of the religious right: Repubs are for it, Dems against it, and libertarians must side with the Dems.

Unlimited government interference in private affairs is socialism. We have that now, and it was brought to us by a religious right conservative, George W. Bush. Not Barack Obama. I feel sick.

Posted by: gbooksdc | October 11, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

There are two good things about this Obama-hate. First, it is being exposed for what it is. Fresh air and light will help kill this toxicity.

Second, the haters are so ignorant that they do not realize how repugnant they are to decent Americans. So they don't bother to conceal or disguise their behavior. (I'd bet money these people are so stupid (a) they don't realize the Soviet Union broke up 20 years ago and (b) couldn't tell you what a socialist or a communist is, let alone the difference.)

I am a conservative Republican. I want my party back, the party of Goldwater and Reagan and William Buckley and Jack Kemp and Everett Dirksen, all decent Americans who shunned hatred and racism. I want my party rid of these barbarians who are giving Republicans and conservatism a bad name.

One party rule is bad (just look at DC). America needs a strong Republican party. Right now, it is a total joke. Maybe a stinging defeat will be the catalyst for change. I fear success would only embolden these thugs.

And JakeD, you've been rolling out the Hussein bit and claiming it to be everything BUT what we all know it to be. Are you comfortable being associated with the mob who cries "terrorist" and "kill him"? (And don't try to weasel by changing the subject; I'll take THAT as a "yes".)

Posted by: gbooksdc | October 11, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

MY GOVERNMENT IS MY WORST ENEMY. I'M GOING TO FIGHT THEM WITH ANY MEANS AT HAND.

This was former revolutionary terrorist Bill Ayers, right? Imagine what Sarah Palin is going to do with this incendiary quote as she tears into Barack Obama this week.

THE QUOTE IS ACTUALLY FROM JOE VOGLER, the raging ANTI-AMERICAN who founded the ALASKA INDEPENDENCE PARTY, the very same SECESSIONIST PARTY that Palin's husband Todd belonged to for seven years and that she sent a shout-out to as Alaska governor earlier THIS year.

PALIN SAID TO THE A.I.P.: "Keep up the good work, and God bless you."

SARAH PALIN WANTS OUR FLAG TO HAVE 49 STARS? WTF is WRONG with you Republicans??? Are you just about winning at any cost? You gave us EIGHT YEARS of BUSH and you are back for MORE?

Todd Palin was a member the Alaskan Independence Party working for Alaska to secede from the United States. Todd Palin registered in 1995 until 2002 when he registered as "undeclared" while his wife ran for office. She sleeps with a man who is committed to the idea of destroying the United States.

Sarah Palin and 'first dudes' political alliance with a TERRORIST WHO WAS MURDERED IN 1993 DURING "A PLASTIC EXPLOSIVES SALE GONE BAD." Todd Palin joined the party two years later.

Let me repeat that: A PLASTICS EXPLOSIVE SALE GONE BAD.

"The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government. And I won't be buried under their damn flag," Joe Vogler said in 1991 in a taped interview.

Here is another amazing piece from this Salon article:

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Vogler wasn’t just a blowhard either. He put his secessionist ideas into action, working to build AIP membership to 20,000 - an impressive figure by Alaska standards - and to elect party member Walter Hickel as governor in 1990.

Vogler’s greatest moment of glory was to be his 1993 appearance before the United Nations to denounce United States "tyranny" before the entire world and to demand Alaska’s freedom. The Alaska secessionist had persuaded the government of Iran to sponsor his anti-American harangue.

That’s right - Iran. The Islamic dictatorship. The taker of American hostages. The rogue nation that McCain and Palin have excoriated Obama for suggesting we diplomatically engage. That Iran.

AIP leaders allege that Vogler, who was murdered that year by a fellow secessionist, was taken out by powerful forces in the U.S. before he could reach his U.N. platform. "The United States government would have been deeply embarrassed," by Vogler’s U.N. speech, darkly suggests Clark. "And we can’t have that, can we?"

The Republican ticket is working hard this week to make Barack Obama’s tenuous connection to graying, ’60s revolutionary Bill Ayers a major campaign issue. But the Palins’ connection to anti-American extremism is much more central to their political biographies.
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IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BELIEVE THIS, THAT'S FINE. LOOK IT UP FOR YOURSELF. STOP SUPPORTING THIS EMPTY HEADED LUNATIC CHEERLEADER FROM ALASKA. DO IT FOR YOUR COUNTRY. THIS THREAT IS REAL.

http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2008/10/07/palins_unamerican/print.html

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. The so-called "liberal media" needs some encouragement.

Posted by: wunderwood | October 11, 2008 3:40 AM | Report abuse

wow talk about seeing the future,


look at this guy....afraid of me?


look what he said.....


Comment on: Bush Veto Sets Up Clash on Budget at 11/14/2007 11:03 AM EST
we as a nation need to think of a strong, intelligent, well schooled citizenry as an asset....

not as Malaysians being cheaper than AMERICANS,

while our taxpayer base ERODES SO SIGNIFICANTLY THAT WE HAVE TO BORROW FROM FOREIGNERS TO KEEP OUR GOVERNMENT WORKING...

then when bushCO and CRONYs have moved all of their assets to DUBAI, and foreigners start taking over AMERICA's resources as debt repayment, and bushCO and CRONYs say, "that's not us,"

and the citizens are saying, "what happened to our once great country..."

because we let the "bottom liners," run things... get your head out of your buts...


if it's happening on George W. Bushes watch it's probably short term PROFIT TAKING THAT DOESNT BENEFIT THE NATION....


like deregulating the Savings and Loans, allowed the Savings and Loan industry to be looted....AND BAILED OUT...


STOP IT NOW !!!!!!!

and you won't need a bail out.

.


wow, how could he know that?


but YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS:

DHS and National Intelligence agency...populated with APPOINTMENTS

the point....bushCO and CRONYs have been working to get a better and better position of control over the United States Governemnt, to acquire it as part of thier business empire....

and just because GEORGE W. BUSH goes, doesn't mean his appointments and agencies will disappear...


DHS replaced FEMA and INS


why?


money....


how is it conservative to spend $760 MILLION DOLLARS A DAY...


paying for oil rights, that will be held by private corporations...


why shouldn't they be paying for their own BUSINESS expenses ???


oh, I forgot, privitazation of profits and socialization of risks...


have any of your kids taken a bullet for BIG OIL or the BUSH CHENEY DRUG RUNNING outfits??????????

betcha


conservative? is that what you call drug traffickers that want to put Latino Paramilitary into the Border patrol ????


by supporting AMNESTY w/no background check ???


that's George W's wish, he tried it twice in 2006


you forget that? Oh, I forgot, you're sheeple.

.

Posted by: tesser_actsoflove1 | October 11, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Greenspan book: Gay Old Partay 'swapped principle for power'

Story Highlights

Greenspan: Bush deprived nation of checks, balances by failing to veto bills

Treasury secretaries not included in economic policymaking, Greenspan points out.

White House responds that its "economic policy was right, as our records will show"

(CNN) --

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan slams President Bush and today's Republicans, while calling Richard Nixon and

Bill Clinton "the smartest presidents" he worked with,

according to an advance copy of his upcoming book.

He further says the GOP deserved the stomping it took in November's congressional elections --

a ballot that saw both houses of Congress wrested from Republican control --


because the party "swapped principle for power."

His book, "The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World," is scheduled for release Monday. CNN obtained a copy Saturday.


In the book, Greenspan wrote that Bush essentially left an unbridled GOP Congress to spend money however it saw fit,


and by not vetoing a single bill in six years,


the president deprived the nation of checks and balances.

"The Republicans in Congress lost their way,"

Greenspan wrote. "They swapped principle for power. They ended up with neither. They deserved to lose."


Treasury secretaries not included in economic policymaking, Greenspan alleges

White House responds that its "economic policy was right, as our records will show, the economy is in great shape!"

(CNN) -- Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan slams President Bush and today's Republicans, while calling Bill Clinton "the smartest president" he worked with, according to an advance copy of his upcoming book.

He further says the GOP deserved the stomping it took in November's congressional elections --

a ballot that saw both houses of Congress wrested from Republican control --

because the party "swapped principle for power."

In the book, Greenspan wrote that Bush essentially left an unbridled GOP Congress to spend money however it saw fit,

and by not vetoing a single bill in six years,


the president deprived the nation of checks and balances.

"The Republicans in Congress lost their way,"

Greenspan wrote. "They swapped principle for power.

They ended up with neither. They deserved to lose."

Greenspan, an 81-year-old Republican who retired last year after five terms as Fed chairman, wrote that he made no secret of his view that Bush should reject some bills.

"It would send a message to Congress that it did not have carte blanche on spending,"

Greenspan recalls telling the administration.

"But the answer I received from a senior White House official was that the president didn't want to challenge House Speaker Dennis Hastert. 'He thinks he can control him better by not antagonizing him,' the official said."

Alan Greenspan,


called Bill Clinton the BEST PRESIDENT THE ECONOMY HAS EVER SEEN....


call me a liar about that ????


I will call, you, war profiteering members of bushCO and CRONYs liars about


caring about AMERICA,


the proof is in the pudding....AMERICAN lives have never been this lousy...

in my lifetime...


empty factories, housing market in the dump...


the occupation, hoovering the economy as out infrastructure and future is compromised by filthy greedy perps s disguised as "caring," citizens....

.what they care is about not losing their spots at the feeding trough....

sell the pigs for sausage....take them down w/predjudice...jailtime.

yowzah...

.


how is spending

$760 MILLION DOLLARS a day to keep


Halliburton/KBR/Blackwater
the DichCHeenies companies

Carlyle Group
Saudi Royals, bin Laden families, Kuwiat, UAE and the bush families as investors..

Bechtel
Donald Rumsfelds company...


funded, a good thing? these are all companies that were awarded contracts with non compete clauses...


don't these guys make a buncha money everytime CONGRESS SENDS MONEY INTO THE OCCUPATION,


falsely labeled a war?


$760 MILLION DOLLARS a day to keep


Halliburton/KBR/Blackwater
the DichCHeenies companies

Carlyle Group
Saudi Royals, bin Laden families, Kuwiat, UAE and the bush families as investors..

Bechtel
Donald Rumsfelds company...


funded, a good thing? these are all companies that were awarded contracts with non compete clauses...

don't these guys make a buncha money everytime CONGRESS SENDS MONEY INTO THE OCCUPATION,


falsely labeled a war?

Posted by: tesser_actsoflove1 | October 10, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

It's really sad that supporters of either McCain or Obama can't keep an intellectually honest distance from the bad things the supporters of their candidates do.

I'm voting for McCain. But I don't like those abusive catcalls at the rallies. They're not caused by McCain, who has every right to raise doubts about Obama. What do we want --an opposing candidate who says his opponent would be a great president?

Obama supporters, if they were intellectually honest, would admit that McCain has also come under unbelivable insult and abuse. How about the ageism jokes for months on late night TV-one of the few acceptable forms of prejudice left?

Obama is a stretch choice for president-forget who is opponent is. Even half of the Democratic party thought so a few months ago. He has no record of achievaement in government and his plans for the country are unbelievably vague. Don't be so shocked that many are asking what's this all about? Grow up. Calm down. This is the big time. Your precious candidate better get used to it when he goes up against Chavez, Putin, and others as president.

Posted by: jwrabc | October 10, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I think undecided voters need to hear more about Obama. WHO IS OBAMA?

Posted by: JakeD | October 10, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

yeah, I am anxiously to know how is Joe Lieberman thinking now while he may suck from his bottle (if he drinks) while watching these MaCain-Palin trashes all around,
because I was very dubious about his judgement backing Joe MaCman all alonged.

While ha announced his support for Joe Mac during the Primaries, I feel something curious should happen.

I'm feeling now.

Posted by: fenglei_nb | October 10, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Surprise!
how much as Rumsfeld& Gates [SBIR-ARPA-DARPA-Bec and subsidaries] made off of me and others on ILLEGALLY
wall street?

I caught your name from Glenn greenwalds blog.

am i or am I not under psychotronic assualt?

can you VERIFY I AM NOT?
can you VERIFY my sanity from a sentence?

what did al gore, say during election 00 concerning miltary capabilites versus georgies idea of war?

www.debates.org/pages/trans2000b.html

Posted by: kat021zen | October 10, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Sen. McCain has permanently tarnished his legacy. A man who was once a bona fide hero and served his country honorably has gone horribly astray and let ambition ruin his good character.

Posted by: jpmcad | October 10, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

RICH GOP REPUBLICAN WAL STREET SPECULATORS MAKE THE RULES(NEWS,WAR,PEACE,UPHEAVALE)
GREED IS TREASON AGAINST AMERICAN PEOPLE,NO MORE GOLDEN PARACHUTES FOR EXECUTIVE CRIMINALS.

THE SENTENCES SUM_UP WHAT THE PARTY GOP REPUBLICAN STANDS FOR:
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 10, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Ayers isn't going to stick. What's is sticking to you child murdering oil theives is the blood of a million dead Iraqis. When are you starting your ADOPT A DEAD BARBARIAN BARBEQUED BABY FOR JESUS PROGRAM? Where is it and how the heck are you rednecks paying for your trillion dollar Iraqi Oil Gangbang with tax breaks after nineteen Saudis attacked us? BUBBA?

Posted by: rhyer | October 10, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

My friends, what John McCain thinks has become delightfully irrelevant, doncha know? Even you, Joe Sixpack.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

BREAKING NEWS! Friday, October 10

An Unoriginal Question About William C. Ayers: Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Chapman in the New York Times said the following:
"If John McCain had a long association with a guy who'd bombed abortion clinics, I don't think people would say, 'That's ancient history.' "

What if McCain had launched his political career in the living room of a former abortion clinic bomber who is now a respected professor at, say, a Christian college, who is unrepentant in his previous actions, but never charged with a crime, and was now pursuing a different avenue for his views ...

What if he'd given McCain a $200 campaign contribution eight years ago, and they'd served on a board together, and were "friendly" though they hadn't spoken in a while, and McCain had condemned his previous actions and didn't know him back then ...

What if right now McCain were ahead with a Republican wind blowing, and Obama were behind? What if Obama started attacking McCain about this guy? How would it look to you? How would the media react? And would it be a fair hit?

Watch the Hannity's America documentary which proves Sen. Obama had a closer relationship with the terror master than he admits.


Would the real Barack Hussein Obama stand up?

Posted by: nnia | October 10, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

What a wonderful image of John McCain's supporters to show the world. Add to that an abusive ignorant VP, only a heartbeat away from the presidency. Go McCain! Go Palin!

Posted by: RegisUrgel | October 10, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain may continue the Ayers attack while at the same time denying that it has anything to do with the rabid supporters at his rallys calling Obama a terrorist. what a joke. of course it does. you imply he's a terrorist sympathiser, Palin practically says he is conspiring with one to fix america, and you aren't responsible when your followers believe you? but it's gotten so bad it's blown up in their faces. the crowds are so rabid they are embarassing you and many decent republicans to the point you are having to correct them (but they aren't listening to you now). amazing.

Posted by: JoeT1 | October 10, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

The FEAR REDNECK has sewed all their illiterate lives is coming back to haunt them in the fear of the market. Ironic isn't it. I grew up in Dixie with the mutants all my life and it's not who they kill, it's the kill. Hence, who could be stupid enough to kill their own children for oil contracts. Stupid enough to think Obama is a terrorist. That STUPID. Racist ninth graders talkin bout law and order. Chemically bombing a defenseless oil reserve for their betterment and oil contracts while waving your bloody crosses above their head and calling the dead barbarians. You are some sick, sick, sick bloody hicks writing ten billion a week to steal oil. Put a line through your oil colony, GONE and your salvation, GONE. Vote Obama and stop the terrified Village mob who don't know Al Quaeda from a Buick.

Posted by: rhyer | October 10, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

'nnia' leads off a post with:
"Obama, ACORN, and Fannie Mae: What exactly does a "community organizer" do?"

Suddenly I get the picture - what is going through the minds of the hard-core right.

Black people. Poor people. The people who help the poor.

These are the arch-villains that have brought Wall Street to its knees and are depriving the (white) right-wing candidate of his rightful entitlement to rule the country.

This is nothing less than the Republican incarnation of the Blood Libel, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and the catechism of the Invisible Empire.

That is to say: the ancient impulse to imagine fantastic crimes committed by the weak, the powerless, and the outnumbered to visit misfortune on the dominant, but nonetheless unhappy, majority.

The more outrageous and fantastical the accusation, the more tenaciously it is held, and the greater the ferocity with which it is declared.

Truly, the right has become utterly unhinged.

Posted by: careysub | October 10, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

The bailout was the Bush administration's idea. Now McCain wants to buy up bad morgages. And you think Obama is a socialist?

Posted by: fmjk | October 10, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Hey, all you fellow rednecks out there.

Obama's gonna take yer gun!

McCain's gonna take yer trailer!

Git er done!
You betcha!

Paid for by Rednecks for Obama

Posted by: Dipsy | October 10, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Garygelormino1

I agree with you that this socialism crap is ridiculous. Know what Rush Limbaugh said today? He said

"Obama is tied to the mortgage crisis and the fraudulent registration of voters via ACORN. This is a deliberate attempt to destroy capitalism and replace it with socialism. It's all tied together. Obama is the leader. The foot soldiers are behind the curtain. You don't see them, but they're there."

The fact is, most Democrats, including Obama, are to the right of the majority of Europeans and their governments. Socialism? What kind of time-warp are these crazies caught in? Normal Americans are seeing this and just shaking their heads.

Posted by: orrg1 | October 10, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey, all you fellow rednecks out there.

Obama's gonna take yer gun!

McCain's gonna take yer house!

Paid for by Rednecks for Obama

Posted by: Dipsy | October 10, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

If Matt Drudge were an honest man, this Palin news would be on his site, no?

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

These wackadoodles don't know where to turn. The chickens have come home to roost and we are paying for years of letting corporate America run rough shot over the American people. Their party is in tatters and they are pissed off. Instead of dealing with the situation, they are blaming the entire kit and kaboodle on Obama. Absolutely pathetic and absolutely frightening. McCain and Palin are desperate. They have nothing to say but hate. These 2 need to go down in history as the most pitiful hateful duo that ever ran for office. Can't wait to see the Flyers fans dice her up like sushi when she throws the puck out.

Posted by: Midknight | October 10, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

"LIBERALISM

is tossing a pizza into a 450 oven 30 minutes before bedtime.

I, of course, would never engage in such a filthy act......"

Mental illness: Repeated irrational use of the word "liberal" is often a symptom.

Posted by: plaza04433 | October 10, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Here is a link to the actual Alaska troppergate report just released by the bipartisan (majority were republicans) Legislatave commitee.
http://download2.legis.state.ak.us/DOWNLOAD.pdf

Palin "violated the public trust" and "unlawfully ABUSED her power"

Palin, and McCain -are toast

Posted by: plaza04433 | October 10, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

LIBERALISM

is tossing a pizza into a 450 oven 30 minutes before bedtime.

I, of course, would never engage in such a filthy act......

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/10/impulsively-unreflective-duo-inmccain.html

The Impulsively Unreflective Duo In..."McCain Goes Negative!"

In our last episode, we saw the indomitable, impulsive duo suspend the campaign to take on the Crisis on Wall Street! Now, watch, as, in our next episode...McCain Goes Negative!

McCain paces the floor in the Fortress of Irritability. He is cracking walnuts.

A walnut slips to the floor.

McCain: Damn nutcracker!

Sarah Palin is sitting in a chair at a desk. She is writing on a piece of paper: "J.M + S.P." This is then crossed out and replaced by "S.P. + J.M.". These alternating versions , the one before it always crossed out, continues down the page.

McCain: Well, the first plan didn't work. We tried to put them in a trance with the folksy ray, but they had their deflectors halfway raised. If only you hadn't called the commander in Afghanistan "McClellan"

Palin: But...didn't you say they were fighting a civil war, Sir?

McCain looks at Palin silently. He is smiling but he is holding back anger.

McCain: I think the time has come. We have to call in...Dr. Negative.

He pushes a large black button, which is the only button, on a red phone on his desk.

Dr. Negative immediately bursts through the door. He is carrying flyers, masking tape; telephone wires are wrapped around his arms hanging in every way; a tattered copy of the book "Accusations of Fascism, Communism, Terrorism, Drug Use, Pedophilia, Islamism, Adultery, Pandeism, Cannibalism, Cubism, Miscegenation, and Spousal Abuse...for Dummies!" is rolled and stuffed in his left pocket, filled with bookmarks; he is dragging a Robocaller behind him, leashed to a chain.

Dr. Negative (quickly, eagerly): Did you hear? Obama was born in Bin Laden's subterranean bomb making factory, outside of U.S. lines. He was born on a pile of cocaine and dynamite--and the midwife was a Trotskyite!

McCain: Not yet, Dr. Negative. I want you to meet Sarah.

Sarah: Oh, we've already met.

Dr. Negative: That trooper went down! He poisoned the salmon milk at the Wasilla Bible school! With drugs made at a Leftist Satan worshiping collective! That you could see from Russia!

Sarah: You betcha'!

Sarah and Dr. Negative give each other a high five. Dr. Negative's telephone wires rattle on his arm as he does so, triggering the Robocaller, which starts playing "...illegitimate babies made in test tube factories in North Korea and sent to Chicago by Bill Ayers..."

Dr. Negative shuts off the Robocaller with an embarassed smile.

Dr. Negative: Just practicing.

There is a pause.

McCain: That's fine, Dr. Negative. That's fine. Because, now, I have a special job for you. An important one.

Dr. Negative leaps into the air with excited glee. As he does, detritus falls to the floor--buttons reading "Election Day: Remember, the 3rd Tuesday in November!", business cards, reading "Push Polls Anonymous--We Call, They Fall", "Mongers On Call-No Rumor Too Far fetched"; Bandaids with purple hearts; mangled and dirty chads.

Dr. Negative: A new job! A special job! Oh, Mr. McCain! I'm ready! I'm ready!

Sarah watches from her chair, filing her nails.

McCain: Now, Dr. Negative. You have to make him seem radical...

Dr. Negative quickly pulls a can out of his right pocket, emblazoned with the word "Radical" He opens the top. Red and Black snakes fly out.

Dr. Negative: (eagerly, expectantly, hungrily) Yes...Yes...

McCain: You'll have to start rumors that are so inflammatory that they will spread like wildfire, and that will be started too late to stop them with the actual truth...

Dr. Negative pulls a gigantic grinder out of his left pocket. It is labeled "Rumor Mill". He turns the crank a few times. Hamsters, syringes, and Peace symbols fly out.

Dr. Negative: Yes...Yes...

He is salivating.

McCain: They will have to be so incredible, so over-the-top, based on such tawdry and poorly sourced evidence, yet riddled with tempting minutia--bullet gauges, Google maps of supposed meetings and the like, that the right will eat them up, and start analyzing the minutia with adolescent glee.

Dr. Negative (Very calmly, matter of fact): Oh, that's easy. They'll eat anything.

Dr. Negative reaches into his back pocket, pulls out a manila envelope labeled "Minutia: So-called "Proof" for the Right". He empties it to the floor. Bullet gauge measures, outdated copies of Photoshop, paperbacks entitled "How to Use the Insane as Competent Witnesses", "The Faked Moon Landings! Roswell! And Other Believable Phenomena!" and "You TOO Can Be A Warrior--From Your Own Couch!" fall to the floor.

Sarah plucks out the "Faked Moon Landings" book. She starts reading.

McCain: We know how our girl loves to read.

Sarah stops, and begins fixing her hair in a hand mirror.

Now, Dr. Negative, there is one final task.

Dr. Negative: Yes, Mr. McCain?

McCain: It is very difficult. Very...dark.

Dr. Negative: (Leaning forward expectantly, his voice quivering with excitement): Yes, Mr. McCain, Yes?

McCain: You will have to play the card that they played against me. Do you understand?

The room becomes silent. Sarah stops looking at herself, and looks towards the center of the room where McCain and Dr. Negative are staring at each other.

Dr. Negative: You mean...(eyes widened with disbelief. His telephone wires are quietly shaking as he shivers).

McCain (nodding): Yes.

Dr. Negative slowly removes from his jacket pocket what seems to be an ordinary pack of playing cards. They are labeled "Joker" brand. He takes a penknife from his pocket, and slowly slices the covering cellophane. There is a slight and distant roar. He looks at McCain.

McCain nods.

Dr. Negative then slowly removes the red ribbon encircling the cellophane at the top of the pack. He inserts the penknife--holding it from it very farthest end--and flips open the top of the pack.

Smoke begins to pour from the top of the pack, thick, acrid smoke. It quickly fills the room, covering all that is in sight.

McCain (shouting amidst the sound of smoke rushing into the room): And remember--no fingerprints!

Next episode: The smoke is cleared.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/10/impulsively-unreflective-duo-inmccain.html

Posted by: robthewsoncamb | October 10, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

McCain is like a cornered baboon hurling his own feces in desperation. Won't work. And all this latest nonsense is just going to give a lot of people some clear hindsight: Oh, I get it, the Republicans have been hurling smears for all these years to cover up their own thievery of everything from the White House (2000) to the trillions of dollars of debt that Chimpanzee in Chief Bush created. It must be so disconcerting to see the smears losing effect, like a spell wearing off on the American people. Many are rising from their slumber. I will never understand how people were stupid enough to vote for Bush in 2000 and then in 2004, when the Iraq War had already proved a Lie and Bush had already proved himself literally imbecilic, but I'm at least glad that some people are starting to come out of the coma.

Posted by: Plutonium57 | October 10, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Officermancuso – Congratulation, I have been asking this question for over a year and have posted it at least twenty times and you are the first person tackle it. I truly respect that.

However, I have read your answer three times (The last time very slowly). Your answer baffles me because in the 19th and 20th centuries, the human race has made huge leaps and bounds in the areas involving social issues, manufacturing processes, technological advances, medical advances, etc. If I read your answer right (it’s a little vague), are you saying that the definition of being a good “Conservative” is that you should stand in the way of progress and try not to seek out that “Better Mouse-Trap” because history or traditions.

As far as your mention of a ‘sense that long-standing social and political traditions’, could you please clarify? Because this country has had a long history of slavery and Jim Crow laws, along with a recent cold war with Russia. Should “Conservative” folks try to get back to those days? And how far back do we go? Are we to give the country back to the Native Americans and go back to our individual counties of origin? Again, I respect you answer, I am just truly confused.

Posted by: question-guy | October 10, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Cindy McCain is indeed an ugly human being.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

That's because you don't drink enough Belgianweiser!

One six pack ought to pretty her up enough for you.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | October 10, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

You go, Netherlands Antilles!

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Sarah Palin really *was* a pig with lipstick.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

The gall of the repub nazi neocons to incite fear of socialism as a reason to hate and threaten violence on Obama.

The repub neocon nazi's just socialised WALL STREET with tax payer BILLIONS. George W Bush was born under social medicine, so were his twin daughters. Heck!!!
Georges daddy H W Bush was born under social medicine, because his father was in gov...PRESCOTT BUSH...generations of BUSHES and McCAINS have always had social medicine, social pay checks, social housing, social retirements, social everything.

Now Bush socialises the losses of WALL STREET BILLIONAIRES and they claim Obama is a threat????

They have chutzpah these nazi's
For those who don't speak YIDDISH
"Cutzpauh" is when a person kills his parents, and then asks the courts for mercy....because he's an orphan now

Gary Gelormino Seven Hills Ohio 44131 (216)447-0081

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 10, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Cindy McCain is indeed an ugly human being.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

What IS it about McCain and his relationship with men named Keating?? First the cozy amitié with Charles that ended in rebuke by Congress; now a liaison, albeit political, with Frank, who is merely re-hashing what Obama has already copped to: yeah, he's done weed, blow, uppers, whatever...when he was 17! NOT when he was in college, or law school, or a state senator, or a new father, or a federal senator!

This is McCain unleashing dogs? Wait until Plouffe unleashes dirt on Cindy McCain's partnership with Charles Keating while the savings-and-loan mess was hitting the fan.

Posted by: Caroline91201 | October 10, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

ACORN controversial?? The GOP's are behind this!!! They are desperate and are trying everything!!!

Posted by: Sun-angel | October 10, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Not only is McCain short-tempered and dangerously irrational, he's also a complete phony.

http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/make_believe_maverick_the_real_john_mccain

Posted by: kellym4 | October 10, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Balz -- I would like to respond to two points in your article. First, you say that Senator McCain has exceeded the limits of civilty with his (and Governor Pailin's) negative campaign against Senator Obama. I totally agree with your assessment. I am from the middle class, and among my middle class values, I support those of civility in both personal and public discourse, fairness, and honesty. The McCain campaign talks about middle-class values, but it does not support them in this negative campaigning. Your second point, however, was that the kind of negativism will lead to extreme partisanship. I suspect that that point may be not true. There is a certain element within the Republican Party that will not only accept, but exacerbate, the negativism. There will be a certain element within the Democratic Party that will call for a "tit-for-tat" response from the Democratic candidates. But I strongly believe that the majority of American voters no longer accept these attempts to divide our nation. There are Republicans, Democrats and Independents who want this campaign to be fought on the basis of fundamental princples and of salient issues, and these people are those who reject extreme radicalism on the part of either major party. Rather than stoke the flames of extremism, I would suggest that you use the power of the press to call people to rationality of deliberation in the coming election.

Posted by: marmac5 | October 10, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Palin guilty!!!! bipartisan commission. Broke state law Go to adn.com ("Alaska Daily News") for report

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 10, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Troopergate is in:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27105917/

Summary: Palin is found to have abused her power as governor.

Posted by: tellthetruth01 | October 10, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

The only people behaving in an un-American way are the ones that do not respect that we live in a democratic and pluralistic society, with respect for different views.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | October 10, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

My name is Gary Gelormino, I ask if anyone has seen the photo at the top that accompanies this article? Whats wrong with the Waldo holding the sign? The sign says Obama would "Socialise America?"???????????

Didnt the neocon NAZI'S and Repub / thugs of the Bush admin do just that....just now?
Wasn't McSAME in goose step the entire time?????

How could Obama do....what the neocon NAZI'S have already done?

Gary Gelormino Seven Hills Ohio 44131 (216)447-0081

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 10, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

IRISH AMERICAN BARACK OBAMA'S HAVARD SCHOLARSHIP RANKS AMONG THE BEST.OBAMA VERY HIGHT INTELLECTUAL CAPACITY ALLOWS HIM TO ANALYZE AND MAKE SOUND DECISIONS.

HOW CAN YOU EVEN COMPARE PALIN'S GED FROM MOOSE COMMUNITY COLLEGE CREDENTIALS TO THESE;AND D STUDENT OBSCENELY RICH WALL STREET OILLLLLLL MILLIONAIRE CRASH EVERY PLANE.MCCAIN WAS A D STUDENT,AND GRADUATE LAST IN HIS CLASS.

HAVARD SCHOLAR BARACK OBAMA BEATS NAVY MCCAIN CRASH JET IN MUDVILLE.

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 10, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

It has all blown up. McCain's Rovian tactics have blown up in his face to an extent never seen before in U.S. politics. usually you just alienate the folks who don't like negative campaigning. now he's alienated the very people he's whipped up, and his only choice is to drop the approach that Hannity et al. called on him to adopt. what a mess.

Wow. McCain whips his crowds into "Muslim/Arab/terrorist" frenzies to the point that it blows up in his face and he gets so embarassed that he has to fight his own crowds when they parrot exactly what his Rovian ad campaign was trying to sell. This is rich. Rovian tactics only work when they are in code. McCain's crowds don't know that, so when they break the code and call Obama names, it's McCain who is exposed and has to back off. Only it's too late. McCain was booed when he tried to calm the crowd. Now he just looks like a pathetic old fool

Posted by: JoeT1 | October 10, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

IRISH AMERICAN BARACK OBAMA'S HAVARD SCHOLARSHIP RANKS AMONG THE BEST.OBAMA VERY HIGHT INTELLECTUAL CAPACITY ALLOWS HIM TO ANALYZE AND MAKE SOUND DECISIONS.

HOW CAN YOU EVEN COMPARE PALIN'S GED FROM MOOSE COMMUNITY COLLEGE CREDENTIALS TO THESE;AND D STUDENT OBSCENELY RICH WALL STREET OILLLLLLL MILLIONAIRE CRASH EVERY PLANE.MCCAIN WAS A D STUDENT,AND GRADUATE LAST IN HIS CLASS.

HAVARD SCHOLAR BARACK OBAMA BEATS NAVY MCCAIN CRASH JET IN MUDVILLE.

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 10, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse


Hey NNIA: So nice with the spewing of the hate. How is McBush different than W? Why don't you try answering that at great length?

Posted by: anothervoice2 | October 10, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse
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It is getting lonelier and lonelier in here for McCain supporters. You just seem to get the professional spammers like this clown NNIA.

Posted by: maggots | October 10, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

nnia, the birth certificate of Obama HAS been authenticated. Just get your FACTS right before you spout off the right-wing nonsense.

Posted by: taid | October 10, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

So lets explain here, for the Bush cheerleaders and the neocon nazi's of the repub party.

The gov under Bush has caused the worst financial turmoil since the great depression.

The neocon nazi's now reward the worst offenders of our financial institutions with enormous riches courtesy of the bankrupted American tax payer.

The Bush neocon nazi's add insult to injury and blame the American individual investor who played by the rules, saved their money, worked hard, trusted the system and all the Bush neocon nazi's told them about the economy "The fundamentals of our economy are strong"

To further torture the American citizen, the Bush neocon repub / thug nazi's blame Obama and dems for the meltdown. Just like Hitler blamed the burning of the Reichstag which was the precursor
for WWII.

The neocon nazi's on Washington posts threads are easy to spot, even though they have multiple nics and change them often

Gary Gelormino Seven Hills Ohio 44131 (216)447-0081

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 10, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Williams1, I couldn't agree more about what it means to be "conservative".

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

As the Stock Market goes down so does the popularity of Republicans.

A lot of Republican Candidates are in trouble. It is not just McCain.

This could be a good thing. It will mean true conservatives can rally around someone like Ron Paul in the next election.

Posted by: guytaur1 | October 10, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Looks like McBush has lurched again. On Huffpost.com:

John McCain was booed by his own supporters during a rally on Friday after he described Barack Obama as a "decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared of as president of the United States."

McCain was responding to a town hall attendee who claimed he was concerned about raising a child under a president who "cohorts with domestic terrorists such as [Bill] Ayers." Despite the fact that McCain and his campaign have repeatedly used Ayers to hammer Obama in recent days, the Arizona Senator tried to calm the man.

"[Senator Obama] is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared about as President of the United States," he said, before adding: "If I didn't think I would be one heck of a better president I wouldn't be running."

The crowd groaned with disapproval.

Later, McCain was again pressed about Obama's "other-ness" and again he refused to play ball. "I don't trust Obama," a woman said. "I have read about him. He's an Arab."

"No, ma'am," McCain said several times, shaking his head in disagreement. "He's a decent, family man, [a] citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that's what this campaign is all about."

At another point, McCain declared, "If you want a fight, we will fight. But we will be respectful. I admire Sen. Obama and his accomplishments." Supporters booed then also. "I don't mean that has to reduce your ferocity," McCain responded. "I just mean to say you have to be respectful."

Posted by: anothervoice2 | October 10, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I just love when all the articles that I read say both candidates..as in both being guilty of mudslinging. That's not the way that I see it.McCain,Palin and Cindy are the only ones spewing nasty things like "traitor" and inciting their audicences to violence!

Posted by: puredemo | October 10, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

I would pay a million bucks for a look at the ballots that are cast from overseas by officers of the United States' armed forces.

I would venture to guess that those honorable people will forcefully express a distaste for John McCain.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey NNIA: So nice with the spewing of the hate. How is McBush different than W? Why don't you try answering that at great length?

Posted by: anothervoice2 | October 10, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey nnia? Are you actually Zouk or JakeD - rethug trolls on these websites - disguised under another screen name? Your spewing of the misleading commentary supports it. Try this one here:

Obama camp cites SC school invites to Ayers
By SEANNA ADCOX
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Barack Obama's campaign is citing the University of South Carolina's speaking invitations to William Ayers and Republican Gov. Mark Sanford's role as school trustee to counter GOP efforts to link the presidential candidate to the 1960s radical.
The governor dismissed the effort as "totally bogus" and said he never heard of Ayers.
Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has said Obama was "palling around with terrorists" and referred to Ayers, an education professor. Ayers helped found the violent Weather Underground group, whose members were blamed for several bombings when Obama was 8. Obama has denounced Ayers' radical views and activities.
The two men live near each other in Chicago, and once worked on the same charity board. Ayers hosted a small, meet-the-candidate event for Obama in 1995, at the start of his political career, but multiple news accounts have said they are not close.
In an e-mail to reporters, the Obama campaign said Ayers is a "distinguished scholar" at the University of South Carolina, where Sanford serves as the ex-officio trustee while governor.
"By Governor Palin's standards, that means Governor Sanford shares Ayers' views," the e-mail read.
Sanford rejected the argument.
"This is a totally bogus story. I've never even heard of the guy" until this weekend, Sanford said Tuesday. "This is a guy I don't know, I've never met."
But the campaign did not back down, saying the connection in both cases is equally tenuous.
"The point is that by Sarah Palin's logic, serving on a board with someone establishes an association with them," said campaign spokeswoman Melanie Roussell. "Obama has served on the board but did not have a relationship with William Ayers. He only met him a few times.
"If her logic is to stand, it could be said that Gov. Sanford has been palling around with William Ayers," she continued.
Ayers has spoken six times over the last 13 years at the University of South Carolina's Museum of Education, but he has "no ongoing connection or relationship with the university," said school spokesman Russ McKinney Jr.
He said Ayers sometimes received travel reimbursements or a stipend for the events sponsored by the university's school of education.

Posted by: anothervoice2 | October 10, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

If one is a student of history, what McCain is doing has historical precedent.

At a time of economic collapse, Hitler incited crowds against the Jews and anyone else who disagreed with his party. Appealing to hatred as Palin has repeatedly, and now McCain has done. should have no place in American politics. This is not a repeat of 2000, it is a repeat of 1932. Even our own country had Huey Long... and we don't need another Huey Long-type (Palin/McCain). We need an FDR or the closest we can come to him with who is running (Obama/Biden).

Posted by: tarheeler | October 10, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Let us not forget that Yitzhak Rabin, a great leader of

Israel was assassinated by a right wing lunatic during

a very negative election campaign in Israel.

The assassin became unhinged when right-wing

candidates attacked Mr. Rabin as "dangerous" and a

friend of "terrorists"

The blood of Mr. Rabin is on the hands of those

extreme conservatives.

The fringe element of the GOP is out of control.

If harm were to come to Mr. Obama, the fury that

will be unleashed on the streets and elsewhere

could destroy our country.

As a white person, in my 50s, I would willingly

take part in mass civil unrest which I believe

would erupt in all major cities, which the

authorities would be unable to stop.

Those who speak the loudest (conservative nut-cases)

do not comprehend the fury that would be unleashed

upon them if Mr. Obama is harmed.


Robert Blanchard
North Smithfield, Rhode Island


Posted by: bobnsri | October 10, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

nnia, you are a squawking bird that can't actually understand human conversation.

Nonetheless, birth is a dangerous thing to bring up. McCain was not born on U.S. soil and the hospital he claims to have been born at (on base) not built until five years after he was born. So again, good luck with that tactic, let's have that out at the next debate. That'd be fun.

Posted by: williams1 | October 10, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

The McCain camp claims that their motivation behind attacking Obama has been to question is character, integrity, judgement, and leadership potential.

Well, if you examine the conduct of both candidates during the past month, there is no question about who has shown the character, integrity, judgement, and leadership potential necessary to restore our nation's standing in the world, resurrect our economic vitality, fix the broken health care system, and motivate industry to shift from fossil fuel to non-polluting, renewable energy technologies.

Obama/Biden '08.

Posted by: labman57 | October 10, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama's candor about mistakes he has made in the past are refreshing in a politician.

The fact that he used to do drugs then woke up and got away from that speaks volumes about the discipline of the Man. Its a case of rehabilitation. A Christian Value. Instead of tearing the man down the McCain campaign should be lauding him for his spirit in overcoming something that has destroyed many many lives.

As for the Rezco business, again Obama admits his mistake. McCain does not. Not just with Keating 5 thing but also with the Iraq war. Palin also does not admit to mistakes. In fact she is still avoiding a subpoena.

It is clear. Obama admits to being human.
McCain tries to pretend he is perfect in his decisions. A claim only god could make. Or a politician.

Posted by: guytaur1 | October 10, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

BREAKING NEWS! Friday, October 10

An Unoriginal Question About William C. Ayers: Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Chapman in the New York Times said the following:
"If John McCain had a long association with a guy who'd bombed abortion clinics, I don't think people would say, 'That's ancient history.' "

What if McCain had launched his political career in the living room of a former abortion clinic bomber who is now a respected professor at, say, a Christian college, who is unrepentant in his previous actions, but never charged with a crime, and was now pursuing a different avenue for his views ...

What if he'd given McCain a $200 campaign contribution eight years ago, and they'd served on a board together, and were "friendly" though they hadn't spoken in a while, and McCain had condemned his previous actions and didn't know him back then ...

What if right now McCain were ahead with a Republican wind blowing, and Obama were behind? What if Obama started attacking McCain about this guy? How would it look to you? How would the media react? And would it be a fair hit?

Watch the Hannity's America documentary which proves Sen. Obama had a closer relationship with the terror master than he admits.


Would the real Barack Hussein Obama stand up?

Posted by: nnia | October 10, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA IN A LANDSLIDE AMERICA AND THAT IS GREAT FOR OUR COUNTRY! Mc Same had to stick his tongue in his butt today and try and get his cracker crowd to bring down their angry and idiotic commentary. Obama has integrity and intellect two characteristics that John Mc Cain does not have. Visit iava.com and see how my fellow veterans and those who fight for us in Afghanistan and Iraq grade Mc Same a D on veterans issues. His campaign is all about lies and smears and trying to put fear in the hearts of the American electorate. Well Senator Mc Same we don't coward easy and wont this time. We are going to vote in Hope with pride and look forward to the day we can tell the world Barack Obama is our President and we got it right this time. No more candidates brought to us by the same clowns that brought us George W. Bush the worst President in our nations history. OBAMANOS! YES WE CAN!

Posted by: pedraza1 | October 10, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Thisd tactic acomplishes 3 things:

1) Gets the base all hot and bothered. However, they were going to vote for him anyway.

2. Turns independents, especially women, off. Polls already show they are heading to Obama by a VERY substantial margin.

3. And this is the worst for McCain. It ensures that the Dem base won't be over confident and stay home. It especially ensures that the youth votes. If the youth vote in huge numbers McCain would even lose Texas. The best thing for McCain was to sound reasonable. However, the Dem base is now just as rabid and just doesn't want the Republicans to lose, but to be slaughtered on Mov 4. And there are a lot more Dems than Repubs.

The Palin pick and the running of this campaign have been a disaster.

Posted by: notbuyinganyofit | October 10, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Us rednecks in the hills of West Virgina are screaming against Obama to keep up our image, but you'd better believe we will Vote Obama at the polls.

You all got us wrong.

Posted by: Dipsy | October 10, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Millions in Illegal Contributions from Iran to Obama: Is Iran trying to influence the US elections? Well the records show yes. Iran would benefit with Obama in the White House.
According to both Washington Post and Reuters, Sen. Obama has raised millions of dollars in very questionable contributions including our enemy, Iran. The Federal Elections Commission (FEC) will not confirm whether they're conducting an investigation, but FEC has asked the Obama campaign to explain or to return some of it. That includes over $17,000 given in $25 increments by someone named "Good Will" and listing his employer as "Loving" and his occupation as "You". Someone using similar obviously false information donated even more, claiming to be from a different city.

It also includes millions of dollars from overseas donors. While past campaigns have placed stringent safeguards to ensure that all of that money was coming from U.S. citizens, the Obama campaign has not complied:


The FEC breakdown of the Obama campaign has identified a staggering $222.7 million as coming from contributions of $200 or less [note: more than half of the total]. Only $39.6 million of that amount comes from donors the Obama campaign has identified...
...The FEC has compiled a separate database of potentially questionable overseas donations that contains more than 11,500 contributions totaling $33.8 million. More than 520 listed their “state” as “IR,” often an abbreviation for Iran. Another 63 listed it as “UK,” the United Kingdom...

...[about $200,000 might be legit, but] others came from places as far as Saudi Arabia, Somalia, China, Iraq, Italy, and a wide selection of towns and cities in France.


Until recently, the Obama Web site allowed a contributor to select the country where he resided from the entire membership of the United Nations, including North Korea and the Islamic Republic of Iran! Read Washington Post report ... [Oct. 5, 2008].

http://www.obamaunveiled.com

Posted by: nnia | October 10, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

officermancuso, thanks for bringing that up. It's maddening what passes for "conservative". Maybe I'm just old, but to me, conservative is things like: paying your bills and not leaving them to your kids and your grandkids. Conservative is burning all the oil in the middle east and keeping all that we have safely in the ground until it's extremely valuable, rather than burning all of ours as fast as possible until we have to buy all of our oil from foreign sources. Conservative is strict rules, you know, like law and order kinds of thing, for banks that say exactly what the they can and cannot do with the money invested with them, so we the taxpayers do not have to bail them out or face economic ruin. Conservative is all kinds of great things, absolutely none of which does the current republican party support. I don't know what they are the party of in actuality. I know what they say, but what they say and what they do, and reality itself are three disparate things.

Posted by: williams1 | October 10, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

At first I was amused by McCain's desperation and now I'm just sad. All reasonable people - democrats, republicans, media should be standing against this fascist rhetoric. This is no longer just negative campaigning, this is criminal and is threatening to Obama's life. Stop the madness!

Posted by: PaulineM | October 10, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

DNC to Silence Lawsuit over Obama Birth Certificate: According to WorldNetDadily, Drew Zahn, a prominent Pennsylvania Democrat and attorney Philip J. Berg filed suit in U.S. District Court two months ago claiming Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen and therefore not eligible to be elected president. Berg has since challenged Obama publicly that if the candidate will simply produce authorized proof of citizenship, he'll drop the suit. Berg told WND the longer the DNC tries to ignore his lawsuit or make it go away – instead of just providing the documents – the more convinced he is that his accusations are correct.
Despite assertions by the Washington Post and DNC that Obama has produced a certified Hawaiian birth certificate, Berg told WND he remains "99.99 percent sure" that the certificate is a fake and he wants a court, not a website, to determine its validity. Read the WND report ... [Oct. 4, 2008].

We're not 100% certain if Obama is a legitimate US citizen. But who are Obama's friends and associates? Do we have the right to know?

http://www.obamaunveiled.com

Posted by: nnia | October 10, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Oh Beecherry-- yuou got that wrong
"Keep shilling for THE ONE. Playing the race card if you question his drug use? Only Blacks are druggys on the street? WaPo is racist.
Rezko is important also for the money Obama shoveled to his slum projects when O was a state senator.
Ayers for the millions that O slipped him to educate radicals.
Oh, what is the use! The Media have become propagandists for O. Change your name to PRAVDA."


PRavda is calling the shots on McCain-Palin. Palin is a "worthless bag of hair"

Do you think anybody in Europe wants McCain? You must be freakin nuts. Obama-Biden is the world's choice. We want responsible, intelligent, coherent, intelligible government.

Pravda denounces McCain-Palin for what they are.
http://english.pravda.ru/world/americas/29-09-2008/106487-sarah_palin-0
"Wielding her chutzpah with the awe-inspiring deftness with which she employs her gun or rifle when hunting defenseless wolves or moose, she appeared on 20/20 and left our skepticism writhing on the ground in agony, immersed in its own blood and gasping its last.


And let Sarah Palin become POTUS
And let Sarah Palin become POTUS


BREAKING NEWS
Every U.S. citizen holds 86,000 dollars of national debt
The demise of America
Hypocritical West stands up against Russia


Stunning photos of Russia's Soyuz booster rocket
More...

Given her virtuoso performance with Charlie Gibson a few nights ago, John McCain might as well croak now and get it over with. She’s ready for the presidency. All the cynics who dared to question her qualifications to become VP now have about as much credibility as card-carrying members of the Flat Earth Society."

Go Pravda!

and someone should inform Palin (and McCain) that Putin is teaching Judo nowadays-- Happy Birthday 56th Putin
http://english.pravda.ru/russia/kremlin/07-10-2008/106532-putin_judo-0

Posted by: ardeladimwit | October 10, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

DNC to Silence Lawsuit over Obama Birth Certificate: According to WorldNetDadily, Drew Zahn, a prominent Pennsylvania Democrat and attorney Philip J. Berg filed suit in U.S. District Court two months ago claiming Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen and therefore not eligible to be elected president. Berg has since challenged Obama publicly that if the candidate will simply produce authorized proof of citizenship, he'll drop the suit. Berg told WND the longer the DNC tries to ignore his lawsuit or make it go away – instead of just providing the documents – the more convinced he is that his accusations are correct.
Despite assertions by the Washington Post and DNC that Obama has produced a certified Hawaiian birth certificate, Berg told WND he remains "99.99 percent sure" that the certificate is a fake and he wants a court, not a website, to determine its validity. Read the WND report ... [Oct. 4, 2008].

We're not 100% certain if Obama is a legitimate US citizen. But who are Obama's friends and associates? Do we have the right to know?

http://www.obamaunveiled.com

Posted by: nnia | October 10, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

If McCain had the wind at his tail tonight, the pertinent question would be, "Might he crash this nation as he crashed all those planes".

An ancillary question might be, after 8 years of George W. Bush, do we really want a playboy who finished 5'th from last in his class at the Naval Academy in spite of the advantages of his parentage?

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

An Unoriginal Question About William C. Ayers: Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Chapman in the New York Times said the following:
"If John McCain had a long association with a guy who'd bombed abortion clinics, I don't think people would say, 'That's ancient history.' "

What if McCain had launched his political career in the living room of a former abortion clinic bomber who is now a respected professor at, say, a Christian college, who is unrepentant in his previous actions, but never charged with a crime, and was now pursuing a different avenue for his views ...

What if he'd given McCain a $200 campaign contribution eight years ago, and they'd served on a board together, and were "friendly" though they hadn't spoken in a while, and McCain had condemned his previous actions and didn't know him back then ...

What if right now McCain were ahead with a Republican wind blowing, and Obama were behind? What if Obama started attacking McCain about this guy? How would it look to you? How would the media react? And would it be a fair hit?

Watch the Hannity's America documentary which proves Sen. Obama had a closer relationship with the terror master than he admits.


http://www.obamaunveiled.com

Posted by: nnia | October 10, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

One of the 14 points of fascism is voter suppression. Case in point: I realize that ACORN is being accused of this and that. The verdict is still out about whether ACORN engaged in unethical practices. That said, isn't this a case of the pot calling the kettle "black"? The Grand Old Pinheads have a notorious history of nefarious acts during election seasons, including:

*voter intimidation of minorities - see elections in the South
*rigged voting machines - see Ohio in Y2K4
*gerrymandering - see Tom DeLay
*disenfranchisement - see Florida in Y2K
*distribution of phoney election materials - see Michael Steel
*violation of the separation of church and state - see the GOP and rightwing-radical fundamentalists/televangelists

Also, it seems to me that the -primary- objection of rightwing-extremist Republicans is the ACORN registers voters. Republicans realize that there simply aren't enough billionaires/redkneks/fundies in America, for them to win elections. So Republicans terrorize voters, cheat, illegally redefine voting districts, etc. The bottom line is that Duhbya's "winning" of the Y2K4 election is ironically probably the best thing that could have happened in America. People are realizing that putting rhetoric before substance accomplishes ZILCH. Even conservatives are realizing that voting for a qualified minority is better than their being broke like no joke.

Posted by: con_crusher | October 10, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

This is nothing new.

Republicans have always been a under-educated, vicious, uncivilized lot. Under McCain they have become a bit worse than normal thats all. I don't think there is any danger of the nation being hopelessly divided after the election, because McCain's rowdy mob is actually quite small.

However, the mob is not that small that they can not cause some violence. If there is any violence against Obama or Democrats in general, I think McCain should be arrested (under the Patriot Act) for inciting it.

Posted by: Dave77 | October 10, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

nnia: Fox News did not conduct a poll after the debates. they had phone in polls, about as reliable as American Idol voting, and which only revealed that Fox News only draws the rightwingnuts. When the phone in poll shows 90% McCain, 10% Obama, and every properly done random poll shows 50% Obama, 30% tie, 20% McCain, all you have learned is that Fox can only draw the rabid right. Fox just managed to prove that it isn't fair and balanced, because if it were, it would have at least a couple of viewers in the mainstream.

Posted by: JoeT1 | October 10, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

If you want a whiff of Cindy and John McCain's dirty laundry, you need search no farther than Cindy's father. Big Daddy Jim Hensley was not exactly the "American success story" she and McCain brag about. Unless you think mob connections are the path to fame and glory. For some interesting reading just Google Jim Hensley, Kemper Marley, John McCain, Duke Tully.

Posted by: joy2 | October 10, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

nnia, paste other people's stuff much?

80% of subprime loans were issued by institutions that did not have to meet the community reinvestment act. You are parroting the lies of the greedy who want to keep their ill-gotten gains. Why you are doing it is a mystery. The ones you are protecting own 1000 times more than you do and took home bonuses last year on the falsely inflated balance sheets in excess of 100 million dollars. Banks made loans to anybody because they were immediately passing them on to someone else for instant cash, hence instant bottom line, hence big bonus. Sheesh, what ignorance. I bet you don't even know what a CDO is, you sorry sot.

Just a little warning for your parroting. It's quickly running out of time. Sub-prime failures are on the decline. Now it's loans to upper-middle class white people that are failing. Alt-A and option-payment ARMs. Just a note that you're going to have to come up with a new lie to cover for your masters. Good luck with that.

Sorry to cover only one point out of your post; your first one was too ignorant to give the others even a glance.

Posted by: williams1 | October 10, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Once again, William Ayers did not "launch" Obama's political career. In the midst of Obama's campaign to be elected state senator, Ayers held a "coffee" at his house.

Charles Krauthammer's bald lie notwithstanding.

Not that this matters to any but the Republican base, which will not vote for Obama in any case, and which is not particularly closely related to reality. (Can you say "crashed the military, crashed the economy, crashed New Orleans"?)

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

I guess McCain has his slimeball liars out. People like PolitiHAL

"The bad man here is Barack Obama who used the slimiest of people to help get him to where he is today. Think Ayres, Rezko, Farrahkan and Wright to name a few."

Just another person throwing a bunch of BS. Wright has been an obstacle far more than an asset! Farrahkan hasn't ever been in the picture.

Ayers is a tangential figure, not some central person in Obama's world. A bit like McCain with Gordon Liddy last year, another criminal.

Obama has flat out said his dealings with Rezco were a mistake, not unlike the Keating connection with McCain.

So when politihal says:

"All McCain is trying to say is, hey friends, character counts -- although clearly that's not true in America anymore."

even politihal knows he's full of it

McCain is toast

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 10, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Are you any better because of Reagan/Bush/McCain? If you are then you ain't been poor. Because of Reagan I am thousands of dollars poorer. He passed the across the board rule that applies even if your fireman's or teacher's pension is less than $20,000 a year. Because of Reagan my social security check is only $200 a month(half of what it would have been.) When I bought my first house I was fined thousands of dollars by Traveler's and the IRS because Reagan abolished the first time buyer's exemption. Then of course with all the deregulation, I lost the 130,000 thousand dollar house because the payments jumped up from $800 to $1200 in 4 years. I did not foreclose and I never missed one payment. Not once did the payment go down when the prime rate went down. I was concerned about this mortgage but the realtor and the mortgage lender both kept telling me don't worry your teacher raises will cover it. Of course they didn't. So this time when I bought a house I insisted on a fixed mortgage so I'm ok, hopefully. You, Republicans will say good, we want to eliminate tax shelters for the poor but hey the rich can get all they want. Bail out the rich! Shove the poor into the mud. McCain's campaign tactics and past voting records show that he is really against the poor. The Republicans have talked about "trickle down" economics for years. The only trickle down from the Republican White House is yellow!!!!!

Posted by: Dipsy | October 10, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

An Unoriginal Question About William C. Ayers: Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Chapman in the New York Times said the following:
"If John McCain had a long association with a guy who'd bombed abortion clinics, I don't think people would say, 'That's ancient history.' "

What if McCain had launched his political career in the living room of a former abortion clinic bomber who is now a respected professor at, say, a Christian college, who is unrepentant in his previous actions, but never charged with a crime, and was now pursuing a different avenue for his views ...

What if he'd given McCain a $200 campaign contribution eight years ago, and they'd served on a board together, and were "friendly" though they hadn't spoken in a while, and McCain had condemned his previous actions and didn't know him back then ...

What if right now McCain were ahead with a Republican wind blowing, and Obama were behind? What if Obama started attacking McCain about this guy? How would it look to you? How would the media react? And would it be a fair hit?

Watch the Hannity's America documentary which proves Sen. Obama had a closer relationship with the terror master than he admits.


http://www.obamaunveiled.com

Posted by: nnia | October 10, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Obama would be closer to "sharing the values of middle America" if he had used meth?

Posted by: accountability3003 | October 10, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Lest we forget: desperate people do desperate things. John McCain is desperate and so are the rest of the Republicans now.

There's a reason. They are LOSING. And thank God for that because they are a bunch of disgraceful idiots taking the low road!

Posted by: markshepherdstown | October 10, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

The rightwing-extremist McCain/Palin lynch mob is desperate. They're losing big time, and the reactionary antics from rightwing-radicals such as at FOX News and Red State trailerparks/shacks throughout America, will backfire. I realize that McCain and Palin have the IQ of an Arizona rock and Alaskan moose, but surely they realize that they can't without votes from independents and some Dems. Their wingnut, reactionary actions will excite the Dem base, virtually canceling out any gains they'd get from irate Republican billionaires/redneks/fundies. Mealy-mouthed McCain and Palin simply bring nothing new to the table, so they do what every reactionary Republican does: attack candidates instead of ideas. Here's an interesting clip I found:

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

Posted by: con_crusher | October 10, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

WHAT IS "CONSERVATIVE"?

First of all, it's a sense that long-standing social and political traditions probably reflect wisdom gained through the experience of many generations, and a reluctance to agree with every "reason-based" criticism that pops up against such traditions. This includes a sense that what is often proffered as "reason" is little more than the popular prejudice of the moment.

It's a suspicion of "presentism", the belief that history moves from progress to progress, and the way we do things now is always more enlightened than the way we did them in the past.

It's a belief that human nature is basically selfish and antisocial, and is only civilized with difficulty. Conservatism was once closely associated with Calvinism, although that association no longer holds.

For instance, a conservative would never think to accuse players of financial markets of being "greedy". A conservative would have assumed that from the start.

I am a "conservative" according to all of the above definitions. I am a registered Republican.

I will be voting for Obama/Biden this year.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm so sorry I ever felt sorry for McCain and the way Bush treated him in 2000. I should have know he was a hypocrite who deserved it.

I hope to God McCain loses and that after this election he is a ruined man.

Posted by: fitzroysq | October 10, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Obama, ACORN, and Fannie Mae: What exactly does a "community organizer" do? Barack Obama's rise has left many Americans asking themselves that question. Here's a big part of the answer: Community organizers intimidate banks into making high-risk loans to customers with poor credit (Source: Stanley Kurtz, The National Review).

What if Barack Obama’s most important radical connection has been hiding in plain sight all along? Obama has had an intimate and long-term association with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), the largest radical group in America. If I told you Obama had close ties with MoveOn.org or Code Pink, you’d know what I was talking about. ACORN is at least as radical as these better-known groups, arguably more so. Yet because ACORN works locally, in carefully selected urban areas, its national profile is lower. ACORN likes it that way. And so, I’d wager, does Barack Obama.

In the name of fairness to minorities, community organizers occupy private offices, chant inside bank lobbies, and confront executives at their homes - and thereby force financial institutions to direct hundreds of millions of dollars in mortgages to low-credit customers.

In other words, community organizers help to undermine the US economy by pushing the banking system into a sinkhole of bad loans. And Obama has spent years training and funding the organizers who do it. Read the shocking details...

Read the $700 Billion Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 bill passed by the US Senate by a vote of 74-25 and currently in the House of Representatives.

Find out why Democrats led by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are impeding Republican efforts to investigate Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Even Bill Clinton blames the democrats for obstructing efforts to investigate these corrupt institutions and their executives who stole tens of millions of taxpayer dollars.

In 2005, Sen. McCain co-sponsored a bill to tighten control of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. The bill was opposed primarily by House Democrats led by Rep. Frank Barney who wanted little control or oversight of these financial giants. Read the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005 that was co-sponsored by Sen. McCain and rejected by House Democrats.

http://www.obamaunveiled.com

Posted by: nnia | October 10, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

nnia wrote, "In other words, community organizers help to undermine the US economy by pushing the banking system into a sinkhole of bad loans. And Obama has spent years training and funding the organizers who do it. Read the shocking details..."

It really is amazing that a ragtag bunch of US liberals brought the global market to its knees.

Maybe it's not true?

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

McCain talks a lot of talk about his honor, but the way he's running his campaign belies that claim.

Obama, on the other hand, walks the walk, and consistently demonstrates that he's a person of integrity, and can be trusted w/leading this country.

Posted by: CarolBG | October 10, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Every Republican campaign seems to take the nation into a deeper and deeper look at the worst of humanity. Racism, dishonesty, character assassination, blame.
To drive the American people farther away from considered thought and respect for each other in this critical moment in history is criminal.
Hard to believe that McCain wants his legacy to be stoking an angry mob into a blind rage with less-than-half-truths and racist insinuations (ie-he's not "one of us" wink, wink). It's a black magic that works in the short run but poisons everything it touches in the end. Just ask George W. Bush.
We are a people divided, but not by ideology or class or geography. We are divided by politicians who are using us to gain power.
Until we are a united people, this country will continue to fail and suffer.

Posted by: dccamp68 | October 10, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

As an independent, it's been fascinating to watch McCain/Palin spiral out of control the last three weeks -- in a watching a train wreck sort of way.

Just think, he was actually leading the race to be president until recently. They say a crises brings out the best and worst in people, and McCain's reaction to the economic meltdown his slippage in the pools is certainly showing he wasn't presidential timber after all.

It's too bad because I really used to like and repect the guy, and would have loved to vote for him 8 years ago. But something happened to him in the interim, and now he's gone totally off the deep end.

I have no idea if Obama is going to be able to rise to the occasion and get the country of the its several current messes, but one thing is crystal clear, McCain/Palin would have been much, much worse.

An independent now voting for Obama.

Posted by: sportsed1 | October 10, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama, ACORN, and Fannie Mae: What exactly does a "community organizer" do? Barack Obama's rise has left many Americans asking themselves that question. Here's a big part of the answer: Community organizers intimidate banks into making high-risk loans to customers with poor credit (Source: Stanley Kurtz, The National Review).
What if Barack Obama’s most important radical connection has been hiding in plain sight all along? Obama has had an intimate and long-term association with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), the largest radical group in America. If I told you Obama had close ties with MoveOn.org or Code Pink, you’d know what I was talking about. ACORN is at least as radical as these better-known groups, arguably more so. Yet because ACORN works locally, in carefully selected urban areas, its national profile is lower. ACORN likes it that way. And so, I’d wager, does Barack Obama.

In the name of fairness to minorities, community organizers occupy private offices, chant inside bank lobbies, and confront executives at their homes - and thereby force financial institutions to direct hundreds of millions of dollars in mortgages to low-credit customers.

In other words, community organizers help to undermine the US economy by pushing the banking system into a sinkhole of bad loans. And Obama has spent years training and funding the organizers who do it. Read the shocking details...

Read the $700 Billion Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 bill passed by the US Senate by a vote of 74-25 and currently in the House of Representatives.

Find out why Democrats led by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are impeding Republican efforts to investigate Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Even Bill Clinton blames the democrats for obstructing efforts to investigate these corrupt institutions and their executives who stole tens of millions of taxpayer dollars.

In 2005, Sen. McCain co-sponsored a bill to tighten control of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. The bill was opposed primarily by House Democrats led by Rep. Frank Barney who wanted little control or oversight of these financial giants. Read the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005 that was co-sponsored by Sen. McCain and rejected by House Democrats.


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I will stand with the Muslims: I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction - declared Barack Obama.
I too will stand with the Muslims:

When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews, I remained silent; I wasn't a Jew.

When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.

- Barack Hussein Obama, from his book, Audacity of Hope.

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McCain-Obama Exchange Jabs in Debate: Sen. McCain and Sen. Obama met in Oxford, Mississippi amid a crisis rocking the nation's financial infrastructure, and the moment transformed the debate which was supposed to be devoted to foreign policy into a clash over their domestic agendas. Sen. McCain explicitly portrayed Obama as "dangerous" and "naive" on the world stage Friday, in a tense and wide-ranging debate that focused as much on the economy as it did on foreign policy.


"There are some advantages to experience and knowledge and judgement, and I honestly don’t believe that Sen. Obama has the knowledge or experience," McCain said at the close of the 90-minute bout, claiming he’s been involved "in virtually every major national security challenge" of the past 20 years. Meanwhile, FoxNews poll of 56,000+ conducted after the debate shows that McCain won by 82% compared with 16% for Obama with 2% undecided. Read the details.
If I can help, then I am prepared to be anywhere - These are Obama's pathetic words after he learned McCain was suspending his campaign by going to Washington to work on the disaster recovery bill. For his part, Obama says plans to go to Oxford Mississippi even if lawmakers cannot agree on a rescue plan for U.S. financial markets.

Following Sen. Clinton's forced exit from the race, Sen. McCain's had made repeated requests to debate Obama, only to be rejected by him. Suddenly, Obama who has been rehearsing for the Oxford debate wants to go ahead even while the country is in the midst of a financial crisis.

Meanwhile, the Obama campaign continues to attack McCain even calling him dishonest by pulling the political stunt and suspending his campaign. Democrats are blaming Sen. McCain for their incompetence to pass this massive bailout which since they are in the majority, they can pass without republican support. Read about what really happened when Obama injected himself at White House.

One thing certain is that Sen. McCain has risen to the occasion by putting personal ambition aside in an attempt to aver economic crisis. Time and time again, McCain has put country before politics and personal gain.


$700 BILLION FINANCIAL CRISIS

Why is it that democrats are anxious to solve the economic crisis even though it will cost American taxpayers more than $700 Billion or nearly $3,000 for every man, woman, and child? It's because the democratic leadership including Sen. Obama have been receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae! In fact, Obama was the second highest recipient of lobby donations from these organizations.
According to federal campaign finance reports, Obama has hired Jim Johnson and Franklin Raines the two top former executives of Fannie Mae who each were paid tens of millions of dollars. These are two of the principals who were at the helm of the organization while it was being fleeced. Currently under FBI criminal investigation, these organizations are believed to have "cooked" corporate books for personal financial gains.

Both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac gave generously to mostly democratic senators and congressmen with Sen. Obama as its largest individual recipient of Fannie Mae donations at about $112,000. In fact, Obama has collected far more than any other federal candidate, $390 million so far. Read the shocking details.

Sen. Obama has slammed the banking industry for its predatory use of sub-prime mortgages, which are pushing millions of American homeowners toward foreclosure. However, his campaign's Finance Chair, Penny Pritzker owned a failed Chicago thrift that helped pioneer sub-prime financial instruments and faced accusations of corruption, deception, and abuse.

It makes this story more significant that Sen. Obama has posted on his campaign website a naive and ignorant defense of his campaign finance chair, Penny Pritzker, concerning her key leadership involvement in the largest bank failure in the 18 years between the last great banking crisis (the 1980s S&L debacle) and today's even-more-massive banking crisis. The excuses, misdirections, and spin Obama offers in defense of this billionaire failed bank executive are Pritzker spin from start to finish, and expose Obama's profound inability to understand why banks fail and how to keep them safe.


SMALL TOWN AMERICA

It is undeniable that Sen. Obama and his well-funded machinery have belittled and mocked many white Americans including white women, Hispanics, Jews, and working middle-class small-town Americans, especially "small town voters who are bitter, cling to guns and god". Clearly, he was referring to middle-class blue-color workers in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Virginia.
Obama and his surrogates were attacking Clinton on a daily basis for 17 months by spreading false rumors and lies about her. The yellow-bellied left-wing "drive by" media such as New York Times have totally ignored these charges even attacking Clinton. Well, in a shameless and pathetic way, Obama is now asking for Clinton supporters, even in states like FL and MI which he fought to keep from having their votes counted.

The fact is that Sen. Clinton received 18.2 million votes and over 30% of them have pledged to vote for Sen. McCain if Obama becomes the nominee. It's now time for these people to step onto the plate and support Sen. McCain, the true American hero who has shed blood for our country. Regardless of Hillary's forced support for Obama, we have over 5.4 million voters who will not vote for Obama even if he chooses Hillary as his VP running mate.

These oppressed voters realize that an Obama presidency is dangerous and cannot be tolerated. His relationship with Rev. Wright, Tony Rezko, Rashid Khalid, and Bill Ayers are only a small part of what we know. Many of these people will undoubtedly play a role in an Obama administration. Just this past week, Tony Rezko who was Obama's top fund raiser and close family friend and with whom Obama had financial dealings was found guilty on 16 counts!

Of course, the democratic top brass does not care about any of these issues. Hypocrites like Kennedy, Carter, Kerry, and the many hundreds of democrats who have endorsed Obama will never acknowledge his past criminal activities. They are so blinded by hatred towards Bill and Hillary Clinton that they would have endorsed an idiot just to witness their defeat. Ironically, many of these charlatans must know deep in their hearts that Obama is weak when he is not reading from a teleprompter.

Disgusted white woman, Hispanics, Jews, and middle-class Americans who have witnessed Hillary get battered daily by the biased media and the Obama campaign are ready to return the favor. The will not tolerate the prospect of Rev. Wright giving a sermon at the White House with Bill Ayers, Louis Farrakhan and Tony Rezko in attendance!


FRIENDSHIP WITH AN UNREPENTANT TERRORIST

Imagine having a friendly relationship with an unrepentant Weather Underground Terrorist, William C. Ayers who bombed the Pentagon, US Capitol, and the New York City Police headquarters - and wishes he had done more!

According to Washington Post, both Obama and Ayers were members of the board of an anti-poverty group, the Woods Fund of Chicago between 1999 and 2002. In addition, Ayers contributed $200 to Obama's re-election fund to the Illinois State Senate in April 2001, as reported here. They lived within a few blocks of each other in the trendy Hyde Park section of Chicago, and moved in the same liberal-progressive circles. Read about Obama's close involvement with the Pentagon, US Capitol, and NY Police HQ terrorist, William C. Ayers.
Desperation: In a desperate move to deflect his involvement with a known terrorist, Obama's campaign has begun to increase its negative attacks against Sen. McCain by providing an array of false and misleading information.

Lobby Money: Obama often boasts he is "the only candidate who isn't taking a dime from Washington lobbyists," yet his fundraising team includes 38 members of law firms that were paid $138 million last year to lobby the federal government, records show. Those lawyers, including 10 former federal lobbyists, have pledged to raise at least $3.5 million for Obama's presidential race. Listen to Obama lie, then read the names of lobbyists who contributed more than $138 Million to his campaign. [Source: ANCNews].

Small-Town Americans: This past week, Obama made a fool of himself once again by denigrating blue collar workers and saying that "small-town voters are foolishly clinging to guns, religion and anti-immigration sentiments because they are bitter about Washington’s unfulfilled economic promises." His controversial remarks were rebuked by many Americans who feel that Obama's words are demeaning. Read the details and watch how Obama tries to backpaddle his way out. [Source: Mike Levin; Philadelphia Enquirer].


SEXUAL ALLEGATION

Judge Henry Kennedy, who presides over District Court in Washington, D.C., has granted Larry Sinclair’s motion for discovery and signed an order for subpoenas regarding Sinclair’s defamation lawsuit against three Internet posters.
In March 2008, Sinclair filed a lawsuit in which he claims, deliberately made up and spread lies about his mental state and character after he posted allegations about Sen. Obama in January on YouTube. In particular, Sinclair claims to have used cocaine and had sex with Sen. Obama in 1999. Read Judge Kennedy's Order.

In other news, the New York Sun is reporting that in a shocking revelation, Colin Kahl who is a key adviser to Sen. Obama’s campaign is suggesting in a confidential paper that America will have to keep between 60,000 - 80,000 troops in Iraq as of late 2010, a plan that squarely contradicts the public pledge of the Illinois senator to withdraw combat forces from Iraq within 16 months of taking office.

The secret paper was written by Kahl for the center-left Center for a New American Security. In “Stay on Success: A Policy of Conditional Engagement, "Kahl writes that through negotiations with the Iraqi government "the U.S. should aim to transition to a sustainable over-watch posture (of perhaps 60,000 to 80,000 forces) by the end of 2010."Read this confidential and shocking revelation which Obama campaign is now trying to deny.


LOBBY MONEY & SECRET DEALS

While Sen. Obama often claims that he does not take money from oil companies, recent records indicate that he has taken more money from the oil companies than almost any other senator, including Sen. Clinton. In fact, Obama has even taken more money from the top 10 issuers of subprime loans than Sen. Clinton. In 2007 alone, Obama received $434,420 from the subprime issuers white Clinton received $364,950. [Source: cq.com; USA Today].
While he would not admit it, Sen. Obama even voted for the 2005 Energy Bill, written in secret by Vice President Cheney and the energy lobby. In fact, New York Times' Thomas Friedman referred to the bill as "the sum of all lobbies." U.S. PIRG noted that the bill's "heavy tilt toward big oil companies reflects the influence of Exxon Mobil and other oil companies on policy-makers in Washington, DC." Read the behind the scene Secret Details.

In addressing civil rights activists in Selma, Ala., a year ago, Obama traced his "very existence" to the generosity of the Kennedy family, which he said paid for his Kenyan father to travel to America on a student scholarship and thus meet his Kansan mother. The Camelot connection has become part of the mythology that is surrounding Obama's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. It is a touching story; however the key details are concocted, blatantly false, and misleading. Read the Washington Post Report.

In other news, the president of a prominent non-partisan watchdog group said he believes that Obama "intended to leave no paper trail" during his time in the Illinois Senate. "The more we learn about the Illinois Senator, the more obvious it becomes that he is anything but the ethically upright outsider he purports to be," said Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch. Read the Judicial Watch Report.


MICHELLE OBAMA CALLING AMERICANS IGNORANT

According to ABCNews, in a January 2008 speech at the University of South Carolina, Michelle Obama made more anti-American hate speech which is recently making the rounds on the Internet. Talking about her experience at Princeton where she hung with a largely African-American crowd, she said, "We don’t like being pushed outside of our comfort zones. You know it right here on this campus. You know people sitting at different tables; you all living in different dorms. I was there. You’re not talking to each other, taking advantage that you’re in this diverse community."

Michelle Obama went on to say "Because sometimes it’s easier to hold on to your own stereotypes and misconceptions. It makes you feel justified in your own ignorance. That’s America! So the challenge for us is are we ready for change?" I'm sure we all know what she's talking about when she reflects on the comfort many of us feel with those of our specific cultural or ethnic groups. Listen to Michelle Obama calling American people "ignorant". Listen to audio or watch:



THE BRADLEY EFFECT

Since the Rev. Wright story broke, poll results have fluctuated. The polling data are widely scrutinized as analysts try to determine whether the Bradley effect is a factor in the race. There is reliable evidence showing that surveys conducted by human subjects are less reliable as compared to online surveys since voters are more prone to give misleading responses to human subjects. This was evidenced in New Hampshire and Texas where Gallup poll results heavily favored Obama rather than McCain.
As we all know, Obama was emphatic on FoxNews that he was not present in church during the many anti-American and anti-Semitic hate speeches given by his long-time advisor, Rev. Wright. However, a recent report by investigative journalist and NewsMax reporter Ronald Kessler has uncovered damning evidence which directly refutes Obama’s unequivocal claim that he never heard Rev. Wright "preach hatred" of America.

The report further details that Obama was in fact in the pews last July 22 when the minister blamed the "white arrogance" of America’s Caucasian majority for the world’s suffering, especially the oppression of blacks and release of the AIDS virus. Moreover, the FOXNews interview conducted just 3 days before the Philadelphia speech contradicts Obama's own words. Read the scathing report.

Rev. Wright's vitriolic, racist and vicious diatribes for the past 20 years, calling America the U.S. of KKK-A and saying the "White Americans should be damned for their treatment of blacks; and America is responsible for the 9/11 attacks and the spread of the HIV-AIDS virus".


THE TRUE DILEMMA

Many Americans believe that incendiary anti-American and anti-Semitic hate speech by his spiritual advisor over the past 20 years could derail Obama's chances to capture the presidency. Rev. Wright has been a close family friend, confidant and spiritual advisor to Obama who says blacks should not sing "God Bless America" but "God Damn America and US is to blame for 9/11 and the HIV-AID virus." Read the details..

Americans are incresingly wondering how much Obama has been influenced by his close mentor during the past 20 years. Also, what kind of a man would subject his own young daughters to the daily vicious and vitriolic remarks by his pastor!

Until recently, anyone asking personal questions about Obama was considered to be a racist. However, we are talking about someone who wants to be the president and the American public has the right to learn about him. In recent days, the tides are changing and Obama's once considerable lead has begun to evaporate. Obama often tries to conceal his true positions public forums. However, in a CNN debate, Obama took 3 long minutes to finally admit his support for the illegal alien driver's license, a position he has repeatedly rejected.


Not a single day goes by that we do not hear some unethical, immoral or illegal activity by Obama. These activities include Obama's repeated illegal drug use even during his adulthood; to his connection to shady characters like Tony Rezko who has been criminally charged - and his association and friendship with William C. Ayers, the noted Pentagon terrorist. Clearly, Obama is character in a class by himself who has managed to deceive many Americans into believing his rhetoric for change. The mere truth is that when his staunch supporters are asked to describe a single Obama accomplishment, they become speechless!




The media and in particular the New York Times, Washington Post, NBCNews, ABCNews, and other mainstrem meadia are clearly in the tank for Obama. To them, Lord Obama can do no wrong! They have also stayed clear of Obama for fear that it may inflame the black community - and possibly being called racist. While many Independents and Democrats now support Obama, it is certain that many will vote for McCain in the general election. More...


ISLAMIC RADICALISM & UPBRINGING
You may say so what? Anyone can have any name. Think about it. For one, both Barack and Hussein are Arabic names and while they may sound harmless, no father names his son "Hussein" unless the child is a Muslim. While Obama claims that he converted to Christianity in early childhood, he has provided no baptismal evidence to prove this assertion. According to a recent Drudge Report, the photo shown above was taken in 2006 depicting Obama as a Somali Muslim Elder, during his visit to Wajir, a rural area in northeastern Kenya.

In order to conceal his true Islamic heritage and upbringing, Obama has become a member of Chicago's Trinity United Church. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright's daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it bestowed the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. "Trumpeter Award" to a man it said "Truly Epitomized Greatness." That man was no other than the controversial Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan.

I'M A JUNKIE POTHEAD

In his book "Dreams of My Father", Obama has written extensively about his illegal narcotics and alcohol abuse. He called himself as a "Junkie Pothead" who was always out to screw around. "That's where I'd been headed: the final fatal role of the young would be black man," Obama wrote. This was not a single incident or an adolescent indiscretion, rather when Obama was an adult in his twenties and thirties. Mostly he smoked marijuana and drank alcohol, but also used cocaine when he could afford it. Drug use continued through adulthood even when Obama became a state senator in Illinois.

CESSPOOL OF CORRUPTION & DECEPTION
Although he has been mum about it, Obama has had long-standing financial relationship with Excelon Corporation, one of the biggest polluters in Illinois. Over the past ten years, Obama has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions. According to FoxNews, "Senator Obama has some questions to answer about his dealings with one of his largest contributors, Excelon, a big nuclear power company." Apparently he cut some deals behind closed doors to protect them from full disclosure in the nuclear industry." More...
According to Associated Press, Obama has refused campaign donations from federal lobbyists but accepted money from banking and law firm partners. In fact, despite mocking Sen. Clinton as being a Washington insider, Obama happily took hundreds of thousands of dollars from partners at dozens of firms that lobbied Congress in 2007. Read the Washington Post Story.



In fact, with the corruption trial of one of Obama's longtime friend and supporter Tony Rezko which began in Chicago, Illinois, reform watchdogs say it will reveal the "cesspool" of Illinois politics in which Obama came of age and has said little about in his campaign for president. Read the Detailed Investigative Report by Time Novak - Chicago Sun-Times.
The trial involves federal charges of bribery and extortion against Tony Rezko, a real estate developer who became known in Illinois politics as a behind-the-scenes operator and fixer. Obama's knowledge of the extent of the investigation of Rezko, now under federal indictment, is important because it raises questions about Obama's judgment in associating a man under federal investigation. More...

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MULTIPLE PLAGIARISMS

“Don’t tell me words don’t matter,” Obama said in his remarks. “ ‘I have a dream.’ Just words? ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.’ Just words? ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself.’ Just words? Just speeches?” Unfortunately, these words are not his own, rather plagiarized from Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts in remarks made in a 2006 campaign appearance. The problem is that this is not the first time Obama has plagiarized major portions of other candidates' speeches.

COMMUNIST TIES
So, we all know that Barack Obama already has an issue with wearing the American Flag on his jacket and with putting his hand over his heart during the National Anthem. When isolated, these two issues may seem insignificant but when you look at it holistically, there is a huge problem. On a more important note, he has been sporting a Cuban flag with a picture of Communist murderer Che Guevara on the wall of his Houston campaign office.




In his biography of Barack Obama, David Mendell writes about Obama's life as a "secret smoker" and how he "went to great lengths to conceal the habit." But what about Obama's secret political life? It turns out that Obama's childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, was a communist. In his books, Obama admits attending "socialist conferences" and coming into contact with Marxist literature.

Obama steadfastly refuses to wear an American flag on his lapel, but on the wall of his Houston campaign office, a Cuban flag with a picture of Communist mass murderer Che Guevara is displayed. He calls himself a true patriot, but steadfastly refuses to put his hand on heart during a National Anthem.


ARE YOU OUTRAGED?

We all know that Obama talks a good game, but says little in substance. Just look at his track record in Illinois or in Washington. In Illinois, he voted "present" on more than 100 major legislations - even some of the ones he himself had introduced! In the past four years since he has been in Washington, his legislative accomplishments are almost non-existent.

The problem is that Obama continues to deceive the American public about his voting records. For example, on six occasions Obama claims to have "pushed the wrong button" on hotly contested issues. In more than one occasion, Obama angered fellow Democrats in the Illinois Senate when he voted to strip millions of dollars from a child welfare office on Chicago's West Side. But Obama had a ready explanation: He goofed. "I was not aware that I had voted no," he said that day in June 2002, asking that the record be changed to reflect that he "intended to vote yes." Read the shocking details.

In a recent report by David Ignatias of The Washington Post, "Obama's argument is that he can mobilize a new coalition that will embrace his proclamation that "yes, we can" break out of the straitjacket. But for voters to feel confident that he can achieve this transformation should he become president, they would need evidence that he has fought and won similar battles. The record here, to put it mildly, is thin." In an interview with MSNBC, not even his close supporter, Texas Sen. Kirk Watson was able to name even a single accomplishment! Compared to accomplishments of Sen. Clinton, Sen. McCain, and even Ralph Nader, Obama's accomplishments are pathetic and virtually non-existent! See the pitiful interview.

Many hard working Americans are seeing right through Obama - an empty suit who reads well from the teleprompter. If you are disillusioned, sickened and disgusted by his hypocrisy, then consider voting for Sen. McCain, a true American who fought for us, was captured and tortured for more than 5 years. He is a maverick and a patriot who does not sell his soul just to get elected. Obama who has consistently associated himself with shady characters such as the lunatic racist Rev. Wright, the disgraced Tony Rezko, and the unrepentant terrorist, William C. Ayers.

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Posted by: nnia | October 10, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

nnia wrote, "In other words, community organizers help to undermine the US economy by pushing the banking system into a sinkhole of bad loans. And Obama has spent years training and funding the organizers who do it. Read the shocking details..."

It really is amazing that a ragtag bunch of US liberals brought the global market to its knees.

Maybe it's not true?

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama, ACORN, and Fannie Mae: What exactly does a "community organizer" do? Barack Obama's rise has left many Americans asking themselves that question. Here's a big part of the answer: Community organizers intimidate banks into making high-risk loans to customers with poor credit (Source: Stanley Kurtz, The National Review).

What if Barack Obama’s most important radical connection has been hiding in plain sight all along? Obama has had an intimate and long-term association with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), the largest radical group in America. If I told you Obama had close ties with MoveOn.org or Code Pink, you’d know what I was talking about.

ACORN is at least as radical as these better-known groups, arguably more so. Yet because ACORN works locally, in carefully selected urban areas, its national profile is lower. ACORN likes it that way. And so, I’d wager, does Barack Obama.

In the name of fairness to minorities, community organizers occupy private offices, chant inside bank lobbies, and confront executives at their homes - and thereby force financial institutions to direct hundreds of millions of dollars in mortgages to low-credit customers.

In other words, community organizers help to undermine the US economy by pushing the banking system into a sinkhole of bad loans. And Obama has spent years training and funding the organizers who do it. Read the shocking details...

http://www.obamaunveiled.com

Posted by: nnia | October 10, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Much of America is still a white supremist country. These people will hate Oboma--simply because of his skin color--no matter what he says or does. They will use any weak excuse possible to vote for McCain.

McCain must be getting a big earful of hateful remarks from people in audiences where he campaigns because I just saw him on television trying to tell people at a rally that Oboma is a good manand that they should not say bad things about him. I was quite surprised. It made me even feel a little good about McCain. See, I'm not even calling him McLame, or whatever.

But nothing will change my mind about voting for Oboma. The entire Republican party and people who affiliate with it are racist and hateful in their hearts. Too many morons listening to Rush Limburger for too long. Rush Limbburger is the most racist and hateful white supremist in the USA. If he tells people that the Earth is flat they will believe him.

Posted by: maphound | October 10, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama, ACORN, and Fannie Mae: What exactly does a "community organizer" do? Barack Obama's rise has left many Americans asking themselves that question. Here's a big part of the answer: Community organizers intimidate banks into making high-risk loans to customers with poor credit (Source: Stanley Kurtz, The National Review).

What if Barack Obama’s most important radical connection has been hiding in plain sight all along? Obama has had an intimate and long-term association with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), the largest radical group in America. If I told you Obama had close ties with MoveOn.org or Code Pink, you’d know what I was talking about.

ACORN is at least as radical as these better-known groups, arguably more so. Yet because ACORN works locally, in carefully selected urban areas, its national profile is lower. ACORN likes it that way. And so, I’d wager, does Barack Obama.

In the name of fairness to minorities, community organizers occupy private offices, chant inside bank lobbies, and confront executives at their homes - and thereby force financial institutions to direct hundreds of millions of dollars in mortgages to low-credit customers.

In other words, community organizers help to undermine the US economy by pushing the banking system into a sinkhole of bad loans. And Obama has spent years training and funding the organizers who do it. Read the shocking details...

http://www.obamaunveiled.com

Posted by: nnia | October 10, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Hopingforabetterworld wrote:

"question-guy: wrote
Can some Republican out there please define what being a “conservative” means?

"Hey question-guy did you ever get an answer? I didn't think you would."

13 comments and 13 minutes below your comment, Hoping, I responded to the question.

McCain - 5'th from last in his class at the Naval Academy. His followers: ask yourself.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama, ACORN, and Fannie Mae: What exactly does a "community organizer" do? Barack Obama's rise has left many Americans asking themselves that question. Here's a big part of the answer: Community organizers intimidate banks into making high-risk loans to customers with poor credit (Source: Stanley Kurtz, The National Review).

What if Barack Obama’s most important radical connection has been hiding in plain sight all along? Obama has had an intimate and long-term association with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), the largest radical group in America. If I told you Obama had close ties with MoveOn.org or Code Pink, you’d know what I was talking about.

ACORN is at least as radical as these better-known groups, arguably more so. Yet because ACORN works locally, in carefully selected urban areas, its national profile is lower. ACORN likes it that way. And so, I’d wager, does Barack Obama.

In the name of fairness to minorities, community organizers occupy private offices, chant inside bank lobbies, and confront executives at their homes - and thereby force financial institutions to direct hundreds of millions of dollars in mortgages to low-credit customers.

In other words, community organizers help to undermine the US economy by pushing the banking system into a sinkhole of bad loans. And Obama has spent years training and funding the organizers who do it. Read the shocking details...

http://www.obamaunveiled.com

Posted by: nnia | October 10, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Correction: I wouldn't concede the election to McCain not Obama.
Sorry I got McCain on the Brain.

Posted by: Dipsy | October 10, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

How ironic that you would insinuate that McCain is a horrible man for running a negative political campaign against his opponent. (He wouldn't have to if the press had done its job and properly vetted Barack Obama).

The bad man here is Barack Obama who used the slimiest of people to help get him to where he is today. Think Ayres, Rezko, Farrahkan and Wright to name a few. One of those people, Bill Ayers, killed a police officer, permanently blinded another, and left another man paralyzed.

There are only two people to have bombed the Pentagon. One of them is Osama bin Laden the other Bill Ayres.

When someone commits murder when he's 20, he's still a murderer at 60, particularly when he escaped jail for his admitted crimes.

This country has had a pretty awful president the last eight years, and it may be because Americans have overlooked the faults of their candidates voting instead for their future president's likeability factor.

I wonder if we'd paid more attention to his stupidity quotient more than evident when Bush ran for president and not voted for him no matter how nice a guy he seemed, if the country would be where it is today.

Or if we'd not looked the other way when all signs said Bill Clinton had a women problem, if we could have avoided Monicagate.

No, I think McCain has a right to SCREAM if that's what it takes for the country to look past Obama's hopes and dreams song in order to see who he is.

All McCain is trying to say is, hey friends, character counts -- although clearly that's not true in America anymore.

Halli Casser-Jayne
http://www.thecjpoliticalreport/the_murderer_and_the_would-be_president.htm

Posted by: PolitiHAL | October 10, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I wouldn't concede West Virginia to Obama yet. I live on top of a mountain in Appalachia and I love Obama. We mountain folk are beginning to realize that we have been had for the Reagan/Bush years and now we see the same stuff with McCain.
A rich man playing to the bad side of us poor whites with his hand in our pockets all the time. " Oh yeah, Gore will take away your hunting guns." Oh, Obama will terrorize your family."
Meanwhile we are poorer and poorer. The Bushies and McCains love our coal and want to put wind farms all over our mountains and send all the proceeds to Washington, DC. Nothing new.
I'm a West Virginian and I approved this message.

Posted by: Dipsy | October 10, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

8 years of proven Republican incompetence has resulted in a last ditch effort - McCain / Palen. This pair is an insult to Americans in crisis.........

Posted by: aeaustin | October 10, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

to Manolete who posted

"The time is now!
To remind Americans that Barack Hussein Obama wants to be president to implement Jeremiah Wright’s dream of a black supremacist society in America."

I prefer to remind Americans that Jeremiah Wright served honorably in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Navy, he has a right to speak out about injustice regardless of whether he chooses his language wisely. I am not afraid of the Jeremiah Wrights of this country, they want justice, its the wing-nuts of the right who love the Patriot Act, and torture, and racial and religious discrimination, the Trent Lotts who would have had the racist Strom Thurman lead this country, the segregationist Southern politicians who to a man, switched over from the Democratic Party to the Republican party when Lyndon Johnson supported Civil Rights,and joined the party that David Duke later joined, those are the people we need to worry about, those are the people who are truly Un-American.

Posted by: fk45 | October 10, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

John McCain has lost all honor and Sarah Palin is showing that she has none. Obama is not a terrorist and threats against his life at any time are not acceptable. Both McCain and Palin should be reminding their supporters that their differences with Obama are political and that he is not a terrorist and that threatening his life is not acceptable at any time. The fact that they are not and that they are in fact inciting this fear even further is very simply wrong.

Obama is not a terrorist and the fact that these accusation continue to be made by a team that wants to lead the country is truly frightening. If this can happen to Obama - it could happen to you. He is being accused of being terrorist because he knows someone who is employed by a well respected university. The fact that we are wasting even one minute talking about this is terrifying. Obama is being convicted for knowing someone who is a member of his community and who has never been convicted of a crime. Are all of Ayers students terrorists?

We have to look at the issues and the candidates views on them and not let this type of fear-mongering continue. Whatever your views we need to get back to the issues and not let our country be dragged into the mud.

Posted by: Nataya1 | October 10, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

question-guy: wrote
Can some Republican out there please define what being a “conservative” means?

Hey question-guy did you ever get an answer? I didn't think you would. The problem is a question like that requires some serious reflection about what you stand for and what you believe in. These people are incapable of either. If you go to the RNC website you will find platitudes and statements that give you warm fuzzies, but zero substance.

Remember that the party of "self" have a hard time going to bat for anyone but themselves. They only think of themselves except these days they don't even do that. They simply think the way they are told to think, kind of like some terrorists.

Posted by: HopingForABetterWorld | October 10, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I am deeply troubled by the twisted turn in McCain-Palin rallies. Insinuating that Obama is a terrorist and isn't "one of us" is a sick way to run a campaign. Of all the people, I would have hoped that John McCain would know better.


Posted by: Truth17 | October 10, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Hate-Fest: The Angry GOP Mob!
http://askaboutpolitics.blogspot.com/

If someone were visiting the United States today and was totally unaware of what has been going on in the last eight years of Republicans Bush-Cheney, that person would immediately presume that Democrats would be seething with anger on the campaign trail for what even an alien would recognize has been a terrible eight years. However, that person would be wrong, it is not the Democrats who are mad as hell (although they have every reason to be just look at the stock market - and I haven't even began to look at other scandals in this administration (Hurricane Katrina, Scooter Libby, Dubai Ports, Harriet Miers, Attorney General Gonzales, Terri Schiavo, etc) - Yes, after all these it is only one party that is responsible for the situation the country finds itself - the Democrats!

http://askaboutpolitics.blogspot.com/

Posted by: askaboutpolitics | October 10, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

There is this to say about the American system of campaigning for President: it can reveal character, which I suspect may be the most important issue when all is said and done.

McCain has revealed his true character--a desperate and dishonorable man who will say and do anything to get elected. He has demonstrated recklessness all his life, and his campaign has been marked by that same character flaw.

His choice of the laughably unqualified Palin as his VP choice is one notable example of this. Another is his mendacious series of lies, distortions, and fabrications about his opponent, and his willingness to encourage the worst aspects of his party's base.

The recent campaign histrionics of Palin and McCain (and their supporters)are starting to have a genuinely Nuremberg feel to them. Who knew when Rush Limbaugh coined the pejorative "feminazi" we would eventually be treated to the spectacle of the genuine article, only wearing go-go boots instead of jackboots.

Obama, by contrast, has exhibited the same steady coolness that characterized his time in the Illinois senate, when he deal with prejudices from both white downstate politicians and disdain from black legislators from the inner city neighborhoods of Chicago. He never let those guys get to him, so I suspect McCain and Palin's frothy rants will likewise have little effect.

Well, little effect on Obama, anyway. The damage to McCain and the Republican Party will be substantial, I think.

Posted by: EJP1 | October 10, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

FWIW, how McCain has handled this has caused me to lose respect for McCain. It's stupid, insults my intelligence, and the jingoistic crowds remind me of scary WWII-era newsreels from Germany. Yikes.

Posted by: VirginiaGal2 | October 10, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I am very concerned with Palen's rantings about the "terrorist pal" Obama in her public speeches. I think that she may be inciting violence and that the Secret Service should take a hard look at what she is doing. Some of those crowd reactions are a bit serious............

Posted by: aeaustin | October 10, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I owe it to my country to cast my vote for the kindest, Most Encouraging, Youngest synonymous with brightest Bold Brave Honest Man who will work for me not for war but peace not deficeits but prosperity and for Me and Not just me alone, Barack Obama a hero in his own rite because He and several others wanted peace for America and for many many more countries.

Posted by: bdrevers | October 10, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

I have asked this question on other posts (numerous times) and I never got a response, so I’m going to keep asking until I get a reasonable answer. Can some Republican out there please define what being a “conservative” means?
Posted by: question-guy | October 10, 2008 6:49 PM |
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JOE IGNORAMUS HEXPACK!

Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

The jingoistic white trash crowds that show up at the McCain/Failing rallies have a lot to be pissed off about. Their fabulous Republican Party has been in control for the better part of the last decade and look at the grim state this nation finds itself in. What else can Bush and Cheney and McCain's Party destroy at this point? It is scary to even consider.

Posted by: marSF | October 10, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

McCain now pathetic...another victim of the Rove campaigning. This time he hired the folks that did him in in 2000 to do himself in. Dumb!

Posted by: dkummer1 | October 10, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow....aren't these Neo Fascists cute?? Cloaking themselves under the banner of god and country the seething hate and racism only drives Obama's poll numbers go up!
Keep up the good work guys!
Meanwhile the financial system crashed this week and all these lovely "patriots" can talk about is Bill Ayers....not the corruption of their unfettered unregulated orgy of the last 28 years.

McCain=Unstable
Palin=Unable

Posted by: hdtex1 | October 10, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

smith40:wrote
Bush has underlined it several times how important it is to make America safe. And all you do is to follow a "Massiah".

No I disagree we follow calm, reason and logic. Christ says "Fear not!"

What you are following is hysteria, irrational thought, and outright ignorance. You ask if all of us are crazy, you might find a mirror and re-ask the question.

As far as the "Messiah" complex, this is something that was invented on right-wing radio and is a blasphemous reference for some of us who follow Christ.

Posted by: HopingForABetterWorld | October 10, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

What else can McCain do; besides it works. As P. T. Barnum said, nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

Posted by: fk45 | October 10, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

question-guy, I'll take on your question as to what it means to be "conservative."

First of all, it's a sense that long-standing social and political traditions probably reflect wisdom gained through the experience of many generations, and a reluctance to agree with every "reason-based" criticism that pops up against such traditions. This includes a sense that what is often proffered as "reason" is little more than the popular prejudice of the moment.

It's a suspicion of "presentism", the belief that history moves from progress to progress, and the way we do things now is always more enlightened than the way we did them in the past.

It's a belief that human nature is basically selfish and antisocial, and is only civilized with difficulty. Conservatism was once closely associated with Calvinism, although that association no longer holds.

For instance, a conservative would never think to accuse players of financial markets of being "greedy". A conservative would have assumed that from the start.

I am a "conservative" according to all of the above definitions. I am a registered Republican.

I will be voting for Obama/Biden this year.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

What’s the scarier proposition here: that Obama chaired the board of the Chicago Annenberg challenge to improve innercity education on which William Ayers happened to sit alongside many Republicans, who were not upset to have him there. Or, that Senator McCain and this Governor Palin are putting themselves on camera with lunatics who are shouting, “Kill him! Terrorist! Treason!”?

Back in July Obama predicted that McCain would do all he is doing. They came back and accused Obama of entering race into the campaign. He said they will say he doesn't look like us, he has a funny name, etc. Watch the video of his speach back in July:

http://jedreport.com/2008/10/obama-knew-it-was-coming-all-a.html

Posted by: ghuntcustom | October 10, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Sagereader ,
was Yo Momma "SPADED"?

Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Rachelva

Are you asking us to match your pledge?

I have a better chance betting on the stock market ... than McCain confronting Obama with his meaningless garbage.

Who care about Ayers ... that is why we have the FBI and National Security ... It is the economy!! You are not stupid.

Posted by: amitchell13 | October 10, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I have asked this question on other posts (numerous times) and I never got a response, so I’m going to keep asking until I get a reasonable answer. Can some Republican out there please define what being a “conservative” means? I keep hearing Republican Politicians claiming there more “conservative” then the next guy. As far as I can see, it’s a Synonym for “racist”. It certainly does not have anything to do with “Fiscal Responsibility”, “Less Government Interference” or “Smaller Government”. If I am wrong, would somebody, anybody please correct me. And why is it that conservative folks have this need to label everybody, even themselves? I have figured out what conservative folks are calling white folks who happens to be Democrats, when they call them a “Liberal”.

Posted by: question-guy | October 10, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I have asked this question on other posts (numerous times) and I never got a response, so I’m going to keep asking until I get a reasonable answer. Can some Republican out there please define what being a “conservative” means? I keep hearing Republican Politicians claiming there more “conservative” then the next guy. As far as I can see, it’s a Synonym for “racist”. It certainly does not have anything to do with “Fiscal Responsibility”, “Less Government Interference” or “Smaller Government”. If I am wrong, would somebody, anybody please correct me. And why is it that conservative folks have this need to label everybody, even themselves? I have figured out what conservative folks are calling white folks who happens to be Democrats, when they call them a “Liberal”.

Posted by: question-guy | October 10, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

After next week's debate, I plan to make a modest donation to the Fisher House

http://www.fisherhouse.org/aboutUs/aboutUs.shtml

If McCain has the guts to confront Obama over his supposed terrorist ties during the debate, I will double my donation.

I encourage other Obama supporters to do the same, or donate to another worthy cause.

Posted by: Rachelva | October 10, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Desperation is a sign of a loser, whether in Hitler's bunker or in a losing Presidential campaign. McCain is desperate. I thought he had more character than to stoop to such depths, particular after being victimized by Rovian tactics in 2000, but I guess he REALLY wants to be President. Too bad.

It is a credit to John McCain that he was able to make a run of it even for a while, in the face of Bush incompetence and popular contempt for the GOP brand (if Reagan and Goldwater were alive, what Bush and the far right have done to their party would have killed them). But Bush has now killed McCain twice, politically -- first in 2000 and again this year with the most stunning display of executive incompetence in my lifetime. He literally makes Jimmy Carter look good, and I did not think ANYONE could do that. President Bush, Harvard wants its MBA back.

Posted by: gbooksdc | October 10, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

amitchell13, c'mon! You know that everything that is taking place started 8 years ago when Republicans were the majority and it only spiralled even more because in order for Congress to get necessary needs passed, GW would veto it until it was attached to his lame and ignorant tactics.

Posted by: Floetik625 | October 10, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

So much for McCain's strategy of smearing Senator Obama in an effort to distract the American people from the economy. These polls haven't budged since the smear campaign started last Friday and, if anything, their internals reveal that Obama has gained ground, while McCain and Palin's negative ratings are steadily rising and usually reliable Red States like West Virginia, Montana, and Georgia are coming into play. McCain's campaign managers, Rick Davis, Steve Schmidt, and Co. are doing about as good a job with McCain's campaign as "Brownie" did with Katrina. "Heck-of-a Job, Guys!"

Posted by: osullivanc1 | October 10, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

McCain's only doing the job the MSM should have been doing for the past nine months.

BTW, I haven't noticed the MSM beating down William Ayers front door for an interview. Where's the army of reporters like was sent to Alaska?

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | October 10, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Smith40

I feel safe because of WHO I believe ... and that is not John McCain or Obama. I believe in the goodness of the people and for what we stand for as a nation ... and speading that message and image around the world makes me also feel safe. By diverting our attention so ealry to Iraq ... we fail to admit it was a lousy tactic to think that we will kill all the terrorist because they will come to Iraq to fight us. This is a global war ... and your isolationist views is a slow path to ruining this great country.

So STOP THE SPIN ... FEAR and or SMEAR will not work this time ... even some of us Republicans were waiting for this election since 2004. GW said then that his win gave him capital with the people of the country and he was going to spend it. But, with a lame duck president and a do nothing Congress ... with a minority senate ... NAME ME ONE THING that has been accomplished in just the past 4 years that helped you. NOTHING

Posted by: amitchell13 | October 10, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Manolete wrote, "The time is now!
To remind Americans that Barack Hussein Obama wants to be president to implement Jeremiah Wright’s dream of a black supremacist society in America."
==============================================

In October 1964, Lyndon Johnson had made a speech quite unlike that ever given by any other presidential candidate. He reminded his New Orleans dinner crowd that he would enforce the new civil rights law, guaranteeing every American free access to all public accommodations, which had passed with Senate support from "two thirds of the Democrats" and "three-fourths of the Republicans."

Then, LBJ spoke of the words of an old and ailing U.S. senator from Texas who told Speaker Sam Rayburn how he just wished he felt better, because, "I would like to go back down there and make them one more Democratic speech."

Johnson continued, quoting the old senator: "Poor old state, they haven't heard a real Democratic speech in 30 years. All they ever hear at election time is Nigra, Nigra, Nigra."

There was a collective gasp in the room. Then, according to eyewitnesses, the Southern audience gave the Southern president a five-minute standing ovation.

- quoted from a column by Mark Shields

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

smith40, obviously one of the platforms bama is steadfast about is needed here --education. It is also obvious that the naivE one is you. If our country is broke, how is God's name can we support the troops? If we are going to continue to occupy Iraq, they should be spending their money for us to protect their country. We are benefitting their country more than ours. Another trickle down effect solution, I presume. Iraq is not even our biggest threat by a long shot.

Posted by: Floetik625 | October 10, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

The party of McCain is for McCain and only McCain. The presidency--quite the feather for the little boy who used to hold his breath until he turned blue and passed out.

Posted by: davemarks | October 10, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Dan, say it ain’t so! McCain claims to be a consensus builder, one who can bridge the gap, a guy who can work with both sides. You mean to say it ain’t so.

Why what you are describing would be erratic, overly emotional, non-maverick candidate who puts self before his country.

Are you sure you are not describing someone in a parallel universe who is a desperate want to be leader who wishes further separation of the classes and the people. Are you sure you are not describing A man who wants to dominate the world and destroy any one or any country which he believes is his enemy while he creates a totalitarian dominance of all which he calls his province.

Dan, say it ain’t so!

Posted by: cario1 | October 10, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't McCain bring his lovely adopted daughter to these racist tirades. Does he call her "that one" too. I have not seen him bring this daughter by herself with Cindy since his acceptance speech. I only see the blond one behind him and Cindy lately.

Posted by: Dipsy | October 10, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, are you still prepared to argue that Jefferson/Adams was the ugliest election in US history?

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

The time is now!
To remind Americans that Barack Hussein Obama is just another politician that will do or say whatever it takes to fulfill his political ambitions. Barack is calculated and methodical about hiding his true convictions and intentions, and uses deception to get elected.

The time is now!
For Americans to remember Barack Hussein Obama’s intimate 20 year relationship with the Priest of Hate, Jeremiah Wright, who blessed Barack and Michelle marriage and baptized both their daughters. AND, to remember the hideous videos of Jeremiah Wright’s congregation which included the Obamas, damning America with bombastic joy, after the Muslim’s criminal attack on America on 9/11.

The time is now!
For Americans to remember how Barack's Priest of Hate, Jeremiah Wright used his tax-exempt church to exercise a radical political agenda, and how he refers to Israel, as well as America, as a "racist" State. Barack's religious leader, Jeremiah Wright believes that the true 'Chosen People' are the blacks; and that black values are superior to middle-class American values.
 Indeed Barack's Priest of Hate, Jeremiah Wright is a black supremacist.

The time is now!
To remind Americans that Barack Hussein Obama wants to be president to implement Jeremiah Wright’s dream of a black supremacist society in America.

The time is now!
For Americans of all political parties to come together to preserve the future of the country we love and have always been proud of, by voting for a True American Patriot and War Hero who risked his life for our country:
John McCain for President of the United States of America.

Country First!
Americans for John McCain/Sarah Palin

Posted by: Manolete | October 10, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

If Ayers is a terrorist and he is not in jail or hiding in caves like Laden then the US justice system and security are questionable. If I am hired how I am I going to refuse to work with people that the justice finds acceptable in the work market? If I chose to work with them but in an unfriendly way will I keep going in Church or Mosque? Maybe in God we no longer trust. I am not responsible of the past, the present or the future of people I work with. The police, the FBI and the justice are there for dangerous people. If they need my witness about suspicious activities that's the duty of every citizen. I do not think there are people who have not reported suspicious activities of Ayers they might have been aware of since the birth of most of us.

Posted by: mshalt | October 10, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

As native born Pennsylvania residents, the two veterans in this household are shamed by the ignorance and hatred displayed by our fellow Pennsylvanians. Obama was right about bitter and angry people......

Posted by: hihomoron | October 10, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Well at least I agree with a republican strategist on something...this is sad. Latest poll out of Georgia says Mccain's only 3 pts ahead...in Georgia!...maybe this is finally the swansong of negative advertising, coleman of minn. seems to understand that even if mccain and his circle don't.

Posted by: jpsbr2002 | October 10, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain isn't only smearing Obama; he is smearing fellow Republican and one-time supporter Walter Annenberg. Annenberg put Obama and Ayers on the board of his education foundation.

Obama's work with Annenberg proves his ability to work in a bipartisan format. And his work for children and education should be applauded.

I can't believe the Republicans are letting McCain smear his own.

Posted by: specialneedsmom | October 10, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Smith40, as a charitable person, I will assume that you are a thinking person.

Has it ever occurred to you that some things you do, say, or advocate, may make America a less safe place?

Or are you fully certain that you are so right that no matter what you say, your contribution to the discussion advances the safety of Americans?

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin needs to leave her white sheet at home under her bed.
It is not becoming for a vice-presidential candidate.

Posted by: Dipsy | October 10, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Did you know that Rush calls John McCain Yosemite Sam?

The values gang now nakedly reveals themselves to be depraved, uncrupulous, Brown Shirts?

Are you planning a CrystalNacht boys? Do you want non-Republicans to wear yellow stars?

Are you going to decide that everyone else is an inferior race?

This is NOT what the Founders had in mind. The behavior of McCain and the GOP is both depraved and disgusting. Let's wish them an end similar to Yosemite Sam's.

Posted by: tc125231 | October 10, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Are you all crazy? It is McCains responsibility to come up with it. Doesn't matter what you bring against McCain, it is all not as bad as to have one's career sponsered by left radicals. If 9/11 did not work to attack the States from outside, maybe the left radicals and their Moslem friends will be succesful this time with their jumping jack of Obama and to destroy the States from inside. All of you are so naiv to follow the "messiah", so naiv. What is an economic crises solution good for right now, if America is at stake and not safe. You are ridiculous How can you think about money if the country is not safe. Bush has underlined it several times how important it is to make America safe. And all you do is to follow a "Massiah".

Posted by: smith40 | October 10, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

LarryG62,

As far as Ayers goes -- take it up with the Annenberg family. They provided two-thirds of the funding for the educational organization in Chicago. The family matriarch is also funding McCain's campaign this election cycle.

Maybe the Annenberg's should be arrested for providing material support to terrorists?

Is that the direction that wingnuts really want to go?

Posted by: JPRS | October 10, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

harried wrote, "remember this...WE CAN KILL TOO!"

Good heavens. Step away from the bar. Drop the chalupa.

Hello, Washington Post! Is there anyone there?

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

They are appearing on Saturday Night Live. They both belong on the Jerry Springer Show. I never thought I would say this but Bush looks wonderful next to McCain. Bush has been taught by his mother to hide his racism a little better. If I had to choose between Bush and McCain right now I would take Bush over McCain.
Inspite of Bush's white trash aspirations he cannot hide his upper class Andover (bend over) education. He may act like a low brow Texan but I bet he doesn't push peas on his fork with his knife and I'm sure he does not chew with his mouthful. McCain on the other hand is a nouveau riche pure and simple. Maybe his daddy had money but he's living off Cindy now.

Posted by: Dipsy | October 10, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't tell if the crowd was chanting "U-S-A!U-S-A!" or "K-K-K! K-K-K!" To those mouth-breathing knuckle-dragging chuckleheads, there probably isn't any difference between the two.

Posted by: NMModerate1 | October 10, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

People..this is gonna be one hellavan election! GREAT COUNTRY, check your guns at the door, but keep your boot knives so you can make sure they don't stuff the box!!

Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Evangel7?
What do you think this is, one of your KKK hate meetings? You get to live in America only by the good grace of the majority of us,,,but remember this...WE CAN KILL TOO!

Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Tell the truth you liars at the Washington Post. We all know you are in bed with the Obama campaign and cannot be trusted to give objective reporting. Tell us about how Obama was the number 2 recipient of funds from the corrupt institutions Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Posted by: evangel7 | October 10, 2008 4:35 PM

Let's have a little clarification, regarding what our two presidential candidates received from Fannie/Freddie.

Obama received $126,349 and McCain received $21,550 from Fannie/Freddie Individual Contributors and PACs, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

The CRP fails to mention that McCain received $169,000 from Directors, Officers and Lobbyist of Fannie/Freddie and Obama received only $16,000. This information came from the Federal Elections Commission.

Obama received most of his money from individual contributors, most likely employees of Fannie/Freddie. McCain received most of his money from the "fat cats" at Fannie/Freddie.

Feel free to look at the links below to see for yourself:

http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2008/09/10/us/politics/2008_FANNIE_GRAPHIC.html

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2008/09/update-fannie-mae-and-freddie.html

Please, evangel7, spare me your outrage. McCain was the one who was in the pocket of those with the real money at Fannie/Freddie Mac. Half-truths and misrepresentations need to be exposed. The truth shall set you free!

Posted by: calblond | October 10, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

On November 21, 1963, this handbill was circulated in Dallas, Texas: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Wanted_for_treason.jpg
or http://tinyurl.com/54n8ys

McCain is worse than dishonorable. He has opted to become dangerous.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

GW, Karl Rove and now John McCain is destroying the Grand Old Party!!

From the time they opened the door to the right wing extremist into the party and invited no separation between church and state with their hypocritical VALUES message. Then all of this began to tear away at the party internally.

No separation of church and state naturally leads to destructive and partisan behavior like we see exhibited by McCain's campaign. We have different religious denominations for a reason ... they don;t all talk the same and worship the same ... so "we the people" is not inclusive of blacks or people who worship or practice life differently. The compassionate conservative GW was going to show us how voting for him and the Republicans made sense ... and instead, Bill Clinton paling around with Bush 1 as in 41 DID NOT UNITE THE COUNTRY. Back to the basics of the Constitution ... what does "we the people" mean? Who is included and who is not?

Posted by: amitchell13 | October 10, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama has changed his story about Ayers yet again. Now he says that he thought Ayers was rehabilitated. Previously he only said that Ayers was someone from his neighborhood. Probably the one where Obama got the sweetheart land deal from Rezco. C'mon you liberal hypocrites. If a Republican did anything near what Obama has done with Rezco, Wright and Ayers, there wouldn't be enough pulpwood to produce the paper that the media would be using to headline the stories every day. They ignore anything negative about your empty suit affirmative action boy.
I hope you're proud of how your corrupt democrat party raped Fannie anf Freddie to get this crisis rolling. Hope you lost your shirts.

Posted by: LarryG62 | October 10, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

ANOTHER GOPer says to act like grown-ups:

"

Veteran Republican Congressman Ray LaHood criticized his party's vice presidential nominee Friday, saying that Sarah Palin's vitriolic campaign rallies ""don't befit the office she's running for."

Rep. LaHood, who has represented Illinois' 18th district for seven terms and is retiring in January, told WBBM Radio that Palin should control the racially-charged heckling at her rallies:

"Look it. This doesn't befit the office that she's running for. And frankly, people don't like it."

Some of the names Obama is being called, which include "terrorist" and "traitor," "certainly don't reflect the nature of the man," LaHood said to WBBM.

LaHood supports John McCain's candidacy, but warned that the heckling could backfire on the Republican ticket."

So the GOP knows McCain and Palin are lying.

Very interesting....

Posted by: practica1 | October 10, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the article. One wonders why the media is going crazy to cover McCain and Palin's over the top attacks. The medial should obsess over Charles Keating for a while.

But what scares me is what is not being talked about. The anger that McCain and Palin are stoking, by calling Obama dangerous and saying that he hangs around terrorists, will send some republicans into a rage that might end up in blood.

I'm not being dramatic. Palin and McCain's speech borders on hate speech. You can't yell fire in a movie theater. And since they've been at it, supporters are yelling to Kill Obama and yelling that he is a terrorist while McCain and Palin say nothing to temper the crowd's feeding frenzy.

It's as if they want someone to "stop Obama" so they can get to the White HOuse.

Talk about that in your next article. Bad-mouthing your opponent is one thing. Inciting violence against your opponent is quite something else.

Posted by: edzo2 | October 10, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I am tired of who did or did not do what coming from both sides. But what I am most distraught about is what is popularly called "straddling the fence". If your policies are not working, man up and change them. That is what has been wrong over the last eight years. Bush has failed to change his strategies no matter how much we failed. And it terrifies me that McCain is still declaring that we will not leave Iraq without a victory. With our economy taking a swan dive, this is something he cannot guarantee. Wake up America

Posted by: Floetik625 | October 10, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Example of putting Country First:
Talking to the American people about how we're going to get out of this financial crisis. (Neither candidate is being entirely candid here.)

Example of putting oneself first:
Releasing a slew of negative ads while the worldwide financial system melts down.

I used to really respect McCain, even if I generally disagreed with his policies. What happened? Is it that the Rick Davis and the other Bushies are running his campaign? Or is it just that, as the saying goes, "Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Posted by: squatty418 | October 10, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

McCain is being reproached from both right and left. This reported by Sam Stein:

"John Weaver, the Senator's former top strategist, has said McCain is making a tactical mistake by letting abusive hecklers have their voices heard during his forums. David Gergen, a longtime Washington strategist, has warned that the rhetoric from these attendees could "lead to some violence."

Veteran Republican Congressman Ray LaHood criticized Sarah Palin in particular, saying her rhetoric did not "befit the office she's running for."

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney denounced the recent campaign stops as dangerous and expressed alarm that the top of the Republican ticket would not protest the crowd's language.

"Sen. John McCain, Gov. Sarah Palin and the leadership of the Republican party have a fundamental moral responsibility to denounce the violent rhetoric that has pervaded recent McCain and Palin political rallies. When rally attendees shout out such attacks as "terrorist" or "kill him" about Sen. Barack Obama, when they are cheered on by crowds incited by McCain-Palin rhetoric -- it is chilling that McCain and Palin do nothing to object."

Veteran reporter Dan Balz has opined that "McCain's tactics are over the line, with no restraint in sight, and threaten to provoke reactions among partisans on both sides that will continue to escalate."

And Frank Schaeffer penned a solemn and critical column (first published in the Baltimore Sun) personally addressed to McCain himself: "If your campaign does not stop equating Sen. Barack Obama with terrorism, questioning his patriotism and portraying Mr. Obama as "not one of us," I accuse you of deliberately feeding the most unhinged elements of our society the red meat of hate, and therefore of potentially instigating violence.""

Posted by: practica1 | October 10, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

The ONE thing I can say that John McShame has successfully done during this campaign – he’s successfully removed the practice of HONOR from the phrase “Honor – Duty – Country”, and he’s successfully doing it with a host of his “FRIENDS”.

Apparently, DIVISION is what they have ALWAYS been best at.

May God STILL bless John McCain and ALL of his “friends”.

“The One” 08’

Posted by: valskeet | October 10, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

BRAVO ParzivalGF! BRAVO! BRAVO!!!

Great friggin post!

Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a punk. He makes Nixon look like an honorable fellow. Thanks, McNasty, for taking the GOP back to 1964. Enjoy the well-deserved trip to the wilderness.

Posted by: vfazio | October 10, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

BIG MISTAKE! McCain keeps missing the mark which clearly demonstrates how out of touch he is with the majority Americans. He keeps making wrong bets and keeps on underestimating our intelligence. Lurching from one soul destroying attack to another, McCain has become such a pathetic figure who seems so lost. Very sad to watch! I certainly wouldn't want someone like this in the White House and furthermore I just don't have the confidence that McCain can effectively manage the country with such huge problems. He boasted about being passionate at the latest debate. Being passionate and being hot-tempered is entirely two different thing! We need someone with the steady hand at the till and that is not McCain!

Posted by: pelohoki | October 10, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I am now thinking that all of this Ayers stuff is to divert our attention from the Keating 5 which has more relevance to the fraud perpitrated on "We the people ...".

Is JohN telling me that he has never been the the company of BAD PEOPLE? And does that matter??!!

HOPE and Leadership with inspiration is what we want JOHN!

You are getting to the point of destroying the GOP ... and the way the American people view the 2 party system.

If Bloomberg and an Independent Arnold from California ran for this high office ... They will get my vote. There is lots of blame to go around for where we are now BUT WE MISSED OUR CHANCE TO CHANGE COURSE IN 2004 ... with just marginal majorities in the Senate ... so gridlock.

This time we throw the bums out ... or is it pigs with lipstick ... and start all over toward a UNITED COUNTRY FIRST.

Maybe this Obama will rid us of all the past from Bush 1, Clinton and Bush 2 ... TIME TO UNITE ... TIME FOR REAL CHANGE.

Posted by: amitchell13 | October 10, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse


Excellent column. What McCain is doing is worse than disgraceful. It's recklessly irresponsible and dangerous.

Balz, absolutely correctly, writes that "The danger is that the winner will come to office with a sizable portion of the population poisoned by the effects of the campaign."

Indeed.

You see these rallies -- the picture accompanying this story -- and you think you're looking at a George Wallace rally. You expect Bull Connor to come up on stage any minute -- wait, he already did, in a sense -- that white sheriff to call Obama, "Barack Hussein Obama."

What the McCain campaign doesn't seem to get is that the rest of the world is looking at these rally wackos, their faces shining with a hate reminiscent of a Nazi beer hall, with the rage of those crew-cutted white men turning hoses on teen-age blacks who wanted to go to school, and they are disgusted.

The more full-throated and jack booted these people appear, the more appaling.

To anyone paying attention, it should have been obvious that the Saint McCain construct was a ludicrous press corps invention.

It took him falling behind in the polls for people to see how truly nasty, vile and despicable this man's true nature is.

Posted by: monk4hall | October 10, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

And whatever happened to Cindy McCain's tax-records?

We already know McCain cheats and doesn't disclose his gambling winnings.

What's the deal though with Cindy's use of off-shore tax-havens? Why hasn't the McCain campaign bothered to publicly disclose that information?

Voters and the IRS deserve to know!

Posted by: JPRS | October 10, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

McCain has no courage to say the false accusations to Obama in his face.
For that, he sends the ladies.
Posted by: ElMugroso | October 10, 2008 5:24 PM
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Huh? Palin is no LADY,,,matter of fact there is the growing suspicion she's a male moose that had been genetically. altered by KARL ROVE! Watch out for the Moose Chips Homer!

Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

This is socialism and the republicans are leading the charge!

How stupid can people be?

There is an immunity to cognitive dissonance there that is a thing to behold. Or they just haven't been following any real news.

Actually, if it were socialism, they'd be socializing the losses AND the profits. Instead they are only socializing the losses and privatizing the profits. Socialism is a little smarter than that, although it runs into long-term issues with rewarding entrepreneurship, but at any rate, the current Bush-championed plan is actually kleptocracy, plutocracy, or just fascism. Real socialists would have emptied the bank accounts of those responsible into the government coffers under the excuse that they were ill-gotten gains.

Posted by: williams1 | October 10, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Sheriff's Candidate, Maverick McCain, sauntered (like a wind-up toy on a debate stage) into the Texas saloon. Putting his belly to the bar and slipping his overcoat back around the Colt Revolver holstered at his hip, he called to the barkeep, “Hey, my friend. I'm lookin' for that Commie, Muslim-lookin', foreign-soundin' (foreign-lookin'), election-stealing, upstart ideological ni..newcomer: That One? You know, my friend, it would be mighty friendly to tell me, 'cause I'm your friend and I say friend a lot so I must be pretty darned friendly.”

Failed Sheriff's Candidate and probationary barkeep, Ron McPaul, pointed to a table in the darker part of the saloon. There sat the long, thin, lone Buffalo Soldier, Barack ObamAbel. He calmly, steadily, consistently focused presidentially upon his BLACKBerry. Meticulously entering lists of cattle-rustlers to corral after his likely election to Sheriff looked mighty presidential.

ObamAbel'd heard that McCain's latest offerings to the Lord (of commerce, capitalism and corporate socialism) were deemed unsavory unto Him. The day before, ObamAbel's offerings were accepted as a sweet savor unto the Lord (of reason and necessity). And McCain saw the smoke rising steadily and he was sore afraid that he was oh, so screwed.

Convinced he had nothing but a life of integrity to lose, McCain bellied off the bar and drew his Colt. Without crossing the Buffalo Soldier/Privileged Cowpoke saloon line or even looking him in the eye (why start now?), Maverick McCain shot Barack ObamAbel dead.

The blood of ObamAbel boiled upon the saloon sawdust. McCain looked away. A train whistled into town.

The Texas District Circuit Supreme Being Court of Useless Appeals hustled its members from the poker table to the saloon's handy judicial meeting room and slid the curtain closed. A few beers later, they jubilantly emerged with a decision. The Supreme Dragon, Justice McThomas, announced that because the Justices were ju-bilant, by association, they were not anti-semites. By that same measure, after a few more beers, they applied the Great American Principle of, “It's my Party and I can lie if I want to,” and unanimously agreed to reluctantly forgo any pesky elections.

Invoking preemptive authority, the court protected itself by further invocation. They invoked Marshall Law to quell any bru-ha-ha over arguments that ObamAbel had a right to life, declaring that ObamAbel was not an embryo, thereby not protected under the rights and provisions of the Party Platform. To avoid chaos, or even thoughtful consideration, the Justices went further, appointing Deputy McPalin to oversee the continuity of confusion and investing her with heretofor unheard of dictatorial powers.

After two days and two nights unproductively briefing now Deputy-Marshall-Premier McPalin, Maverick McCain gave up the ghost (of Joseph McCarthy).

On the third day Maverick McCain arose from a McPalin wrestling hold and began his plea-bargained punishment for the murder of his opponent. Sandal-shod with staff in hand, McCain began his walking pilgrimage to politics' most sacred shrine: the Tower of Babel.

Though destined to carry the mark of McCain through eternity, Maverick felt comfort that he did what was best for America.

Posted by: ParzivalGF | October 10, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

We should have Trillions more in Tax Hikes to fight Worthless Illegal Wars
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We should have Trillions more in Tax Hikes to Communist Bailouts our Wall Street Gambling Buddies
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We want Lobbyists running the country
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We love wasting Trillions Nation Building while America Crumbles
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We only believe in Fairy Tales
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We believe in Abstinence in the Brain like the Retard
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When the Moron Con Econ WMD took office the S&P was 1343, now it is 893, an annual lost of over 5%, Stupid Worthless Moron Con Econ Terrorist Policies will destroy America.
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Get your teenage daughter knocked up so more Retards can go to DC.
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We want more Morons to destroy the Economy & America like OLD Adulterer War Criminal Corrupt McLobbyist & The Born Again Killer Retard!

Mission Accomplished!!! Moron Con Econ Terrorists, OLD War Criminal Songbird Adulterer Traitor McLobbyist & the Born Again Killer Retard will Destroy America!!!

Posted by: mawt | October 10, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

These Moron Con Econ WMD Terrorists Communists, Old Adulterer Songbird, War Criminal Treasonous Traitor KLA Supporter Dirty Corrupt Moron Con Econ Terrorrist McLobbyist and the Born Idiot Pro Life Killer Retard Satanic Sarah will destroy America.

These Moron Con Econ Communist Terrorist will finish the job Mission Accomplished Born Again Faith Based Pro Life Lying Mass Murderer Serial Killer War Criminal Terrorist Nazi has started, these Moron Con Econ Terrorist will destroy the Economy and America

Google these to learn the Old Adulterer Songbird Treasonous Traitor Dirty Corrupt Moron Con Econ WMD Terrorist McLobbyist and his real Terrorist Buddies,

McCain Kosovo KLA Islamic Muslim Terrorists with Al Qaeda connections
McCain 5 Lobbyists made millions from Iran business

McCain Wife of Pow duncan hunter Ethics Complaint
McCain Deal HudsonMcCain Rick Renzi
McCain Songbird
McCain Adultery
McCain Lobbyists
McCain Spanish Psychiatrist
McCain Big Oil Lobbyists
McCain Charlie Black
McCain USS Forrestal
McCain Rick Davis
McCain Temper
McCain Deal Hudson
McCain The 4th Reich
McCain Infidelity
McCain Phil Gramm Enron Loophole
McCain Enron Loophole
McCain Arizona Mob
McCain Kosovo KLA Muslim Terrorists
McCain Fortune
McCain Traitor
McCain Flip Flops
McCain Torturers' Lobby
McCain Manchurian Candidate


Now, the Moron Con Econ WMD Terrorists and the Born Again Killers want OLD Songbird War Criminal Dirty Corrupt Murderer Econ Moron McLobbyist & the Retard to finish the job the Axis of Evil Econ WMD Born Again Faith Based Pro Life Mass Murderer Serial Killer War Criminal has started.
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What is legitimate is McMoron's links to the KLA Islamic Terrorists, his links to the Arizona Mob, Rick Renzi, Keating Five, Dropping bombs on innocent defenseless women & children, having no courage to release his complete Military Records, unwilling to release his Mental Health records, his links to Iran and Russia
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Google McCain KLA Islamic Terrorists
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Google Bush, Rove the 4th Reich, Steve Schmidt head of McDirty's campaign is a Rove protege
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Google McCain Lobbyist Iran Business
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Old McLiar is a Treasonous Traitor, this Songbird made dozens of AntiAmerican videos, the War Criminal violated military code having numerous sexual relations with subordinates, but daddy bailed the Old Adulterer out.

Moron Con Communist Econ WMD Terrorists like Old Adulterer Songbird Treasonous Traitor War Criminal Mass Murderer Corrupt McLobbyist & the Born Again Killer Retard will Destroy America and finish the job destroying the Economy after the Born Again Faith Based Pro Life Lying Mass Murderer Serial Killer Econ WMD Terrorist Nazi Communist Axis of Evil War Criminal leaves.


People who enable War Criminals are equally guilty of Murder, Rape and War Crimes. Have fun in Eternal Hell!

Why won't the war hero release his Complete Military Records? What is the Moron Con Econ WMD Terrorist hiding?

Posted by: mawt | October 10, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain-Palin "Country First"???

B.S.

Those politicians are running a Country LAST kind of campaign. The silence is deafening as well from members of the party leadership. Where is their sense of shame?

Posted by: JPRS | October 10, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Not sure CONDI RICE could stomach the blatant racism that exists in the Republican Party ... The GOP disappionts me ... and I identified myself with them ... I would have preferred Jeb Bush to George Bush who was under the leadership of Cheney and the neo-cons. This has been disappointing for me personally ... but it does not mean that I can hold my breath and vote for McCain and his pal Sarah

Posted by: amitchell13 | October 10, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Ouch:

"Sen. John McCain's wife and father-in-law continued a lucrative business partnership with disgraced financier Charles H. Keating Jr. for 11 years after the GOP presidential nominee said he ended his close friendship with Keating in March 1987.

Cindy McCain's business partnership with Keating in a real-estate development between 1986 and 1998 netted her a tidy profit, in addition to years of significant tax benefits. Her father, who died in 2000, earned similar returns."

The Washington Independent

Posted by: practica1 | October 10, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

The same illness that afflicts our markets afflicts our politics and our relations with the world. It is an aggressive, elbows-out selfishness.

I can't help but wonder if this is the fruit of raising the richest generation earth has ever known on the theory that self-esteem is the cornerstone of vitue.

I'm more inclined to think that unreasonable self-preference is the normal human condition, and that socializing children into things like manners, civility, politics, involves forcing them to learn a respect for others that does not come naturally to the human animal.

I am not optimistic where our nation's outlook is concerned, though I will never abandon hope.

I am for Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain is going to make dramatic changes to Health Insurance at a time of global market instability.

Nothing like promoting the leading cause of Bankruptcy (health disability) while most people's assets are dropping by a third or more.

Privatize social security? We are nationalizing banks!! Who would have thunk it on the GOP watch!

And now I am heading to the PHONE BANK to vent my frustration, please join me in promoting a 61 vote Senate.

Posted by: obrien2577@comcast.net | October 10, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

will likely drive away independents...if they weren't already put off by the choice of the socially conservative Palin to begin with.
Posted by: icposse2000 | October 10, 2008 5:26 PM
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When did the words "FEAR BREATHING NAZI" get replaced with with the words "SOCIAL CONSERVATIVE"? What happened to the "COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATIVES"? Next stop "GOD'S CONSERVATIVES"!!!

Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I remember the late 70s. I had just separated from the military and was starting my family. It was an uneasy time but luckily, I was able to find employment right after separation. However, it was too difficult to buy a home at the time. Interest rates were at 16% or higher. Pres Reagan had a message for America which I bought into. The 80s brought stability for my family and everything seemed to go right for the country. Then came the 90s and it was disastrous. I was laid off, I had to sell my home at a loss and move in with in-laws. It has taken me 15 years to recover and I finally did, but things look a little uneasy again.

What my story has done for me is that I had to reevaluate my view of the Reagan presidency and his economic policies that in my opinion has really destroyed the fabric that defines America. It allowed American companies to offshore labor for higher profits, which in turn saw a deep decline in America's manufacturing capabilities. CEOs started making obscene salaries in relation to their workers. The stock market started rising in an outrageous manner which sparked the greed in this country at the expense of Americans.

The difference I see in Sen Obama's message, is that I believe that he is looking out for the little guy and the middle class which will breathe new life to our great country. I believe that he is correct in saying that the country runs on the middle class and that trickle down or "voodoo economics" (Bush 41 words) is not working. Investing in research and development and our nation's infrastructure is the best way to get Americans back to work. It lets loose the creativity and productivity that is the envy of the entire world. When that happens we become strong economically which will allow us to stay strong diplomatically and militarily. Now if that is not a solid strategic plan for our country, then I'll have to vote for Sen McCain.

Posted by: papaedde | October 10, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

LMAO....

danfromalabam writes "The country is becoming a country of idiots."

For an Alabama resident to make this statement is hilarious. I've lived here for 37 years - this state is full of idiots, and you seem to be one of them.

Racism is alive and well in many parts of the state of Alabama (unfortunately).

Posted by: MyVoteDoesNotCountInAlabama | October 10, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you rlaw1. It's like Colin Powell all over again. They eat their own over on the Republican side and then spit them out sans conscience.

I'm sad McCain didn't pick Condi Rice for VP. She's the Bin Laden Memo Ignorer, but at least she's generally intelligent and qualified and I can take listening to her voice for long periods of time. I think they'd have made a formidable team. I guess he could still choose her instead. That'd be interesting. We are desperate in this country for intelligent debate about the nation's future and we are being cheated out of it.

Posted by: williams1 | October 10, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Even more video of Racist McCain supporters:


http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/10/mccain-racist-rally-goers-pt-2.html

These people are on another planet.

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

I don't care how many years he spent rotting in that prisoner camp, McCain is an unamerican troll. Everything he has done, every dishonest and shady thing with Keating, all the racists and criminals he has befriended over the years, utterly disqualifys him for the presidency. I wish we could revoke his citizenship, the hateful traitor.

Posted by: nezbangi | October 10, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

. . . . . you got to love the picture of the guy yelling at Obama supporters with a 'No Obama - No Socialism Sign'

The republican president and his administration asked congress to pass a bail-out/rescue bill that is nothing but socialism for the wealthy! Jim Bunning the republican Senator from Kentucky stated that the bill was "Socialism for the Wealth, and it is just un-American."

So then we have John McCain pledging to pass another $ 300 billion bill, which the taxpayers will pay for, to pay full price for bad mortgages from banks, then refinance the loans to the homeowners at the new value. A big win/win for the banks!

This is socialism and the republicans are leading the charge!

How stupid can people be?

Posted by: seakayaker | October 10, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

McCain just plain doesn't get it. HUGE mistakes just weeks before the election:

--Sarah Palin was a risky pick for VP. At first, it looked like it had paid off as she energized the base and blunted the post-convention bump the DNC was hoping to get. NOW, however, things look very different. The economy is in a huge free-fall, and these are serious times. Sarah Palin simply isn't a serious candidate...so the gamble is starting to look foolish right now. Why not Mitt Romney or someone who knows a thing or two about economics. (And dont try to tell me Palin knows economics b/c she 'knows' energy...she made it perfectly clear in the Couric interview that she has NO IDEA what this crisis is about).

--Attacking Obama for tangential connections to Ayers...when the rest of the country is worried about their 401K and IRAs. This will likely drive away independents...if they weren't already put off by the choice of the socially conservative Palin to begin with. It just makes the whole campaign look amateur...two weeks ago the crisis was serious enough that McCain had to suspend his campaign...now it's more important to bash Obama than talk about the economy? This is absurd.

There was a time I admired John McCain. Those times are long gone.

Posted by: icposse2000 | October 10, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

ANNENBERG, A FORMER REAGAN AMBASSADOR SET A EDUCATION FOUNDATION AND INVITES OBAMA TO BE A BOARD MEMBER AND ALSO INVITES AYERS, AND SUDDENLY THE PSYCHOPATHIC RIGHT WING FRINGE IS SAYING IT WAS OBAMA'S FAULT. EAT SHI... T

Posted by: blueyes1 | October 10, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

THIRD PARTY PEOPLE AND NON-VOTERS ...LISTEN UP!!

There's serious evidence of election thievery by neocons now in play!

I urge all of you to rethink your voting positions and UNITE to take down the rethuglicans destroying the nation!

NEVER has this been so important as it is NOW!!

If you aren't really "into" voting for Obama, I strongly urge you to vote against the very real possibility of a President Palin!!

This is may be our last opportunity to save America!!

Posted by: Rubiconski | October 10, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't the press bringing up the fact McKain cheated on his wife when bringing up character issues?

Not only did he cheat, but left her because she was disfigured in a car accident.

Posted by: teseogoat | October 10, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin are whipping up a level of intensifying fear and hatred of Obama as the clock ticks down and they grow more desperate. Coupled with the escalating fear many are feeling with the financial meltdown, it wouldn't surprise me at all if this led to violence.

I watched TV clips yesterday of McCain speaking at a rally while a supporter yelled that Obama was a terrorist, and a Palin rally somebody was shouting "Kill him!" Neither speaker stopped to repudiate those comments or discourage them. It's not in their interest to do so.

Put a gun in the hand of a right-wing nut who just lost his home and let him hear McCain/Palin strongly imply that Obama is a Manchurian candidate who hates the US. Mix well. Should an act of violence occur against Obama, you can be sure McCain and Palin will act surprised and shocked.

Posted by: bpai_99 | October 10, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain has no courage to say the false accusations to Obama in his face.

For that, he sends the ladies.

Posted by: ElMugroso | October 10, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Mccain and Palin better watch themselves at their KKK rallies. What losers to resort to race.

McCain, you haven't done one friggin thing any american can name right now ...in 27 years of being a Washington insider! You never met a lobbyist you didn't like. Your staff meetings could double for a lobbyist union meeting. You are the biggest liar in this election. A desperate, cantanquerous, croggity, stumblin fumblin' bag of Washington gas

And your "core" are ignorant neanderthals.

Posted by: jfern03 | October 10, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Hanoi John,

Your exposing your racial bigotory and America finds it disgusting.

Signed,
A former supporter.

Posted by: justjunkemail | October 10, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

One further difference is that Obama is running for president, not for husband of the VP. Obama and his friends would have actual power in office...Todd Palin, at best, would have celebrity status.

Except that as the email records of the Palins demonstrate. Todd gets CCed on every single official email Sarah receives as governor. He's at least half of her administration. Given that track record, no reasonable person can assume he's going to be on the sidelines, hence he's not just the husband of the candidate.

I'd like to hear a republican attempt to defend his "assistance" with Sarah's official duties that does not get them into hypocrisy with their past horror over the Bill and Hillary two-fer when they were running for office. Come on, I'm all ears.

Posted by: williams1 | October 10, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

@rlaw1

I am right there with you. All respect lost. I could have been a swing-voter, but I can't stand the anti-intellectual ranter. I am going with the Harvard Law guy who thinks and speaks in complete sentences.

Posted by: washingtonpost31 | October 10, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

john mccain is betting the house that the dark side of the american electorate will trump its better side.

this is where the 'morning in america' crew has finally ended up.

Posted by: jimfilyaw | October 10, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

"The country is becoming a country of idiots."
Posted by: danfromalabam | October 10, 2008 5:08 PM |

Where have you been these past eight year? The village idiot had left Crawford. He brought us from the most prosperity in three decades to the worst economy in six decades.

Maybe there is antidepressants in the water supply but we will have to remove them and replace them with anti-psychotics or otherwise your bretherine will start killing us.

This is the year for early voting or absentee voting. I would hate to be at the polling place with those who are pictured above.


Posted by: Gator-ron | October 10, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

McCain has no Honor!

Take a look at his records when it comes to veterans! He is a liar and an idiot; the lie: is he cares about those that served there country; the idiot: he choose Sarah Palin as his VP.

And if you are a veteran, read this. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-humes30-2008may30,0,4850795.story

MORE THAN A FEW people have been puzzled by Sen. John McCain's dogged opposition to the updated GI Bill of Rights now before Congress. The dissonance between McCain's military-man image and his actions on this issue have introduced a jarring note to his presidential aspirations -- and have highlighted the shoddy treatment many Iraq war veterans have received.
FOR THE RECORD: GI Bill: A May 30 Op-Ed article about the GI Bill said the 1944 bill offered full benefits to any veteran who served 90 days. The bill paid for 12 months of college or vocational school if a veteran served 90 days, with additional benefits, up to 48 months of school, for each month of military service. —
Why would a Vietnam War veteran and former prisoner of war, a man who is personally acquainted with the difficulties vets can face in returning to civilian life, join President Bush in opposing a popular bipartisan bill to support the troops? Isn't fixing the education benefit in the bill -- one that has shortchanged far too many veterans for years -- a political no-brainer in an election year? The 75 senators who recently voted for it certainly thought so. Over the Memorial Day weekend, Sen. Barack Obama expressed some well-timed astonishment at McCain’s opposition, and the two have been feuding about it ever since. The media and pundits seem perplexed, collectively suggesting: That's not the John McCain we know.

Which is true: It is the John McCain they don't know. If the media weren't so mesmerized by the McCain image they have long promoted and instead got to know the McCain record, they would realize that there is nothing surprising or inconsistent about his position on the GI Bill. For years he has opposed legislation that veterans and their advocates deem vital.

When Obama (who has averaged an 86% rating from the Disabled Veterans of America) criticized McCain on the GI Bill, the Arizona senator angrily suggested that Obama's status as a non-veteran rendered his opinions on military matters worthless (an odd stance, as this standard would also discount the opinions of 85% of American men, 98.8% of American women and two-thirds of Congress). Then he invited a look at his own record by asserting, "I take a back seat to no one in my affection, respect and devotion to veterans."

So let's take McCain up on his invitation. Here is how he has stood on recent legislation supported by major veterans organizations:

* On Webb's GI Bill, he expressed opposition, and he was AWOL when it was time to vote on May 22.

* Last September, he voted against another Webb bill that would have mandated adequate rest for troops between combat deployments.

* On a badly needed $1.5-billion increase for veterans medical services for fiscal year 2007 -- to be funded through closing corporate tax loopholes -- he voted no. He also voted against establishing a trust fund to bolster under-budgeted veterans hospitals.

* In May 2006, he voted against a $20-billion allotment for expanding swamped veterans medical facilities.

* In April 2006, he was one of 13 Senate Republicans who voted against an amendment to provide $430 million for veterans outpatient care.

* In March 2004, he voted against and helped defeat on a party-line vote a $1.8-billion reserve for veterans medical care, also funded by closing tax loopholes.

So here is where the McCain image and reality part company. It is certainly true that his affectionate and respectful rhetoric for America's servicemen and women takes a back seat to no one. But when it comes to improving the health and education of our veterans, McCain's record leaves them stranded by the side of the road.

If you are a veteran who has served this country, John McCain does not care for you. He will allow you to die for this country, but will not adequately provide for your needs after you have performed your duty and served your country!

Vote Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: seakayaker | October 10, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

With Mccain's recent last ditch negative Ads. He is showing the true coward Mccain. The Mccain that once HATED AMERICA. In an interview with Sean Hannity Of Fox last Feb. 2007 Mccain said that "he was no fan of America, until he deprived of his Freedom". So as a Fighter Pilot in Vietnam, Our Country had a man who flew Fighter Jets in a War that didn't care about his country? And once he was shot down is when he changed his mind. His VP choice was involved in an Anti American group in Alaska. And they have the nerve to bring up Obama's past associations as if he was a Terrorist himself! Everything in Mccains past needs to be gone over. and Yes, I do now question his patriotism. I question them both. If they want to throw stones, they better be there to catch them with a glove.

Posted by: sumo1 | October 10, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

It is insulting to the electorate as well as our social and legal system, for McCain and Palin to persistently attack the democratic presidential candidate, on the grounds that he is a terrorist or an associate of terrorists. That assertion by itself, at a time when Americans are touchy on the subject of terrorism and are involved in two wars against terrorism, is a jab on Americans, suggesting that we have managed to allow terrorists penetrate our government by electing a senator from Illinois, that for twenty months of the primary election campaign, we have contributed to and supported a presidential candidate who has terrorist ties, further more, that our legal and security system is ineffectual, since there is a terrorist among us running for the highest office, and we are letting him win.
A simple analysis of the recent McCain-Palin campaign of calumny, may sound like an attack on Obama, but it is a direct affront on the American society. By their assertion, they insult our judgment in making that repeated suggestion. The Republican candidates, having run out of time and out of ideas are now indirectly insulting Americans, hoping that we will not notice. We have had to live through eight years of fear tactics,and it's ENOUGH. It will not work this election cycle, so McPalin should stop borrowing ideas from Bush strategist and come up with their own.

Posted by: Cook7 | October 10, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Harried, I'm in Crisfield, Maryland (grew up in Pittsburgh, PA) and I agree with you.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT McCAIN WON'T TELL YOU. So, can McCain explain why one of his contributors is the Foundation that Obama and Ayers worked for? This is the same foundation that has been backed Nixon, Reagan, and has connections with other “respected” Republicans. So, is McCain a terrorist for accepting those contributions? Can he explain why he was a member of a communist organization, but states he didn't know at time? He conveniently leaves this information out from his records stating he didn't think he had to report this. So, is he a communist? If Obama did this, you would label him a communist and not accept that lame excuse. You can state Fannie Mae, but not Keating. Why is McCain forgiven? He's married to to someone that stole from a charity organization to support her drug habit. The organization went bankrupt and she got a slap on the wrist. His father in law is a convicted felon. It's a know fact he was a corrupt lobbyist. Can we go into Palin and her links with the Alaska Independence Party? Guilt by association! Give me a break! This is so stupid.

FACTS:
• Fact: Barack was never an ACORN community organizer.
• Fact: Barack was never an ACORN trainer and never worked for ACORN in any other capacity.
• Fact: ACORN was not part of Project Vote, the successful voter registration drive Barack ran in 1992.

In his capacity as an attorney, Barack represented Acorn in a successful lawsuit alongside the U.S. Department of Justice against the state of Illinois to force state compliance with a federal voting access law. For his work helping enforce the law, called “Motor Voter,” Barack received the IVI-IPO Legal Eagle Award in 1995.

http://fightthesmears.com/articles/20/acornrumor

Posted by: d_hyperion | October 10, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

All I gotta say is this. Did anyone forget the mission of our forefathers who stressed the importance of the separation of religion and state? And what about freedome of ideas and speech? Those are some of the elements that make a true democracy. Otherwise, we might as well be some fundamentally religious dictatorship like those in the Middle East and parts of Latin America, etc.

So I conclude that a true democracy must not censor or ban the press (think of Palin's history of banning certain books in a library), nor interfere in a woman's right to choose.

Wake up people! A democracy respects individual rights among a wide spectrum of diversity from which this great country was founded. We the people...remember!?

SARAH PALIN (and some aspects of John McCain) smells of DICTATORSHIP, not a democracy!!!

Posted by: hmmmm1 | October 10, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

danfromalabam

Is that why the democrats are running a campaign thats issue driven and the GOP is running a campaign that is attack based? If we are the haters then republicans are doing a great job of imitating us.

Posted by: gdavis4 | October 10, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. McCain claims it sent chills down her body as the mother of a soldier in Iraq when Senator Obama voted to cut funding for the war in Iraq.

Which of McCain’s two sons who have been in Iraq is she speaking of?

And the funding was for what period of that son’s tour of duty?

Is she talking about May 2007, which may have been a vote occurring when the youngest son was in Iraq?

Was this vote for funding in May 2007, or for the next fiscal year, or what? Was the funding for a period when one of the McCain sons could reasonably be expected to be in Iraq?

Posted by: Dannoday | October 10, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Some folks here are still trying to hide the fact that Ayers launched Obama's political campaigns, and Ayers was a guy who bombed the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon.

Posted by: ttj1

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ttj1, you ignorant pice of trash, no one is hiding anything. The story is out there and HAS been out there since the primaries. You republicans rant and rave and shout "what about Ayers?" when you should be asking yourself why your candidate's policies have not propelled him into the lead. I don't understand how you can, with a straight face, make the argument that no one is talking about Ayers when EVERYONE is talking about it. But, lo and behold, there have been no new developments since January. If you and your ilk have evidence that Obama is actually supportive of Ayers' actions as a radical (contradicting the firm statement by Sen. Obama that those acts were dispicable), bring it. Otherwise, shut the $*%& up.

Posted by: dan_of_dc | October 10, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Dano111 at 3:52pm want's to know "Why isn't Gov. Palin near full term pregnancy in this photo?"
Photo dated 03-14-08
Baby Trig born 04-18-08

You obviously have an untrained eye for stuff like this.
Gov. Palin is facing the camera head turned slightly to her left.
The telltale sign of "facial baby chub" on her chops are right there on view for all to see.
Gov. Palin is wearing maternity wear which is purposely designed to minimize drawing one's attention to this area.
Her black pant suit with the brightly colored top accomplished this perfectly. Gov. Palin is carrying her baby "low" in the abdomen where her weight gain is visible, her "girth" in the ab, butt and hip area are proof enough and noticeable.
What is your pre-occupation with Gov. Palin's womb?
Your assertion that Trig is really Gov. Palin's grandson is a sicko kind of a thing.
Why, would anybody, ever come up with ideas like this I just dont get it.
And 'they' vote too! Scarey!!!!!

Posted by: boblinde | October 10, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

ttj1 wrote, "Ayers launched Obama's political campaigns".

Amazing how that bald Charles Krauthammer lie has suddenly gained currency today. Must be on some list of talking points somewhere.

Fact: In 1995, when Barack Obama was running for the Illinois state senate, Ayers hosted a "coffee" at his house in support of the effort.

This was not the beginning or the launching of Obama's campaign, it was a minor event which happened in the course of that campaign.

Fact: In April, 2001, Ayers contributed $200 to Obama's state senate re-election campaign.

Yowsa, $200!!!

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I am a moderate Democrat who once respected McCain for speaking truth to power. No more. The "maverick" has renounced all the principles he used to support. Where is the man who denounced hate speech from the religious right, "worked across the aisle," and valued civil debate? He's gone. McCain sickens me now, and that's a tragedy -- for him, for me, and for our country.

Posted by: rlaw1 | October 10, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain and the republican machine are no longer trying to win; they are simply trying to damage Obama's ability to lead once he's in office.

Frothing up crowds to chant things that should keep the secret service busy is one thing. More damaging is the same machine is being used to hide what's really behind our economic troubles. If the real cause is obscured with class and racial rhetoric, we'll have a heck of a time solving our problems and the guilty will walk away scot free and rich on the bailouts we're funding (really the same game they've been playing since Reagan, but you'd think those losing their shirts would finally get wise).

They are trying to blame a 1977 law, the CRA, when 80% of sub-prime loans were issued by institutions that did NOT have to meet CRA standards. But they get away with it, because the press as usual is falling down on the job of presenting what's going on.

Posted by: williams1 | October 10, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

TTJ1-still no answer And Dan from Alabama? Didn't think so. Here's my answer to sagereader just for you when you ask me the same irrelevant question posing as an answer:

Nice dodge of my question--and I guess the leadership of the AIP getting approval from IRAN to speak with the UN to secede from the US is just fine? Sarah palin is friends with these people also and tried to appoint them to her board while Mayor. It was opposed by the conservative head so she had to back down. All the things you have said in your post are either untrue (he never said a "friendly chat", and if Ayers was such a shady character, I guess all the Republicans who sat with him on various boards secretly have terrorist leanings as well). The AIP is affiliated with other secessionist groups--militia, white supremecists, southern racists. I don't care really about Todd--I care about their access to his wife, considering McCain doesn't look like he's going to make it for much longer. He was a crappy pilot and a lousy husband, and his hands aren't clean of criminal associations either. There, there's what I think of McCain also.

Posted by: sickofit1 | October 10, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Harried, having to endure a Republican without lipstick is tortuous - this is perhaps the greatest of Rudy Giuliani's insights ;)
Posted by: officermancuso
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Don't know what town you are Mancuso. I got to Brooklyn in 1943 at age four. First started realizing we had someting called a Mayor with Robert Wagner. To be quite frank, Rudy was pretty good for our town untill 9/11 and he got all that show time in and used us like MAKEUP! Bloomberg, " A REPUBLICAN IN NEW YAWK,,GOD HELP US",,,has been a pleasant surprise. So as far as I'm concerned it's not Right vs Left. What's coming down here and now is Right vs Wrong.
And screaming KILL HIM, KILL HIM is wrong!!

Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Interesting how all the dems posting here talk of mudslinging but respond to questions and cold hard facts with hope "McCain dies", "how come Sarah doesn't look pregnant in a photo". Truth is you guys are the most vitriolic group in America and have been every since Clinton lost. You have hated with such ferocity that it went beyond any kind of rational thought. Ask any Republican and they will tell you, Dems are irrational, persecution complex having, children who put no more thought into selection of their President than "as long as he is not a republican" . You guys are the haters!

Posted by: danfromalabam | October 10, 2008 4:43 PM |

We are actually more intellengent than you might imagine. Our candidate won the primaries. He stands an excellent chance to win the general election in November 2008. He will not narrowly win, he will win, period.

McCain's campaign ran out of straight talk ammo and had to resort to the cheap shot...the personal attack. Try all you want. Most of America is already in line with the candidate of their choice. The few independents who are left do not lead the polling. They are the last ones to make up their minds and will generally fall in line with the candidate who is leading. So the Ayers story will not change anybody's mind.

Clinton lost,...what? Which Clinton? Hillary? That's over. Democrats are united to win in November.

Vitriol. Look at the McCain/Palin ralies..."Kill him" ..."Terrorist" ..."Communist"..."Socialist".

You might not relealize it yet, but the Republican Party has taken a hard swing to the RIGHT with Palin's selection. She will start her campaign for 2012 on November 5, 2008, the day after MCCain/Palin lose to Obama. Palin will drive the moderate Republicans out of the Republican Party. The Alaskan Independent Party "Hate America" movement will take over the Republican Party. The Mitts, the Rudy's, the Hucks, will have no where to run. Their followers will support reason and elect Obama for a second term in 2012.

Posted by: bernardo1 | October 10, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Shutt has it all right. McCain is losing his honor as the campaign comes to a close. Very disheartening when McCain was for many years the moderate man he has claimed to be during the campaign. He certainly is not that man now and with all that he is doing it is hard to see him becoming that man again if elected.

He has often claimed to be a conservative cut from the same cloth as Barry Goldwater. He never claimed this once when his distinguished predecessor was alive and with good reason, Goldwater would make it a point to correct such a claim publicly and immediately. Goldwater was stubborn, too simplistic and flat out wrong in some of his policy views but no one ever, through the whole of his career in public service, questioned the idea that his was the standard of character to which we should hold all of our public servants. Goldwater would never have allowed the kinds of attacks going on now in one of his campaigns and made that fact absolutely clear in his campaign for president. When one of LBJ's high level appointtees was caught engaged in a homosexual act during the campaign (and remember this was in the 60's) he made it absolutely clear to all of his staff and ALL of his supporters that the topic was off limits and had nothing to do with the campaign. This stance was completely reasonable because not only was it inappropriate to cause such pain and suffering to an already suffering family having nothing to do with the campaign but there were more important issues at stake, i.e. the Vietnam War, the Economy, social unrest - sound familiar?

So what will it be? Will the McCain campaign get out of the gutter and begin talking about solutions to the problems facing the nation through civil discourse with their opponents or will the win at all cost method continue to be employed? I sincerely hope for the former, the nation will be much better for it regardless of who wins. I for one do not want an Obama/Biden Administration faced with finding solutions for a further polarized nation unwilling to leave their respective corners to meet in the middle and I especially do not want a McCain/Palin Administration that turned the road to the White House into a bar room brawl without sense, reason or rationality. I could however live with either if their campaigns reflected the honored belief that the way in which one earned an office as prestigous as the Presidency is as important as winning itself. Plainly, too much is at stake presently for either campaign to engage in these tactics and doing so is disgraceful. When we often look back and shake our heads at the mistakes past generations have made (slavery/segregation etc.) it is very disheartening to think that if they could look forward and see us now they would be the ones shaking their heads.

Posted by: oktnbball24 | October 10, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: danfromalabam | October 10, 2008 4:30 PM

I read the long winded convoluted piece in the National Review which I do not consider an unbiased source and even if I accept the fact that Ayers was in charge instead of Obama that does not mean they worked together closely. If I also grant that they worked together closely it was on a community education project for which Obama may have seen Ayers as having more expertise than himself. They were working to improve their community, not creating a bomb. So where is the problem. What did Balz fail to do other than attack Obama.

You are too accustomed to reading slanted press like the National Review. You need to get out and about more. I saw no smoking gun in that artical and apparent you did not either since you did not publish it. Rather than wasting you time and our time with this nonsense why not try to convince the McCain campaign that this is a loosing proposition.

Read Karl Rove's opinion column in the Wall Street Journal yesterday. He does not see this Ayers attack as fruitful. He thinks that Obama should be taken on using issues. I don't want to see McCain win but in loosing this way McCain is harming the country as well. We can recover from a battle of ideas more quickly than from a battle of personalities.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 10, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

re>>say I would not vote for a black person for president
What I find amazing is the willingness of Dems to believe this, but not that Republicans absolutely are against the most liberal, corrupt, inexperienced presidential candidate in history.
You guys are like children who put no thought whatsoever into what you say or who you vote for. The country is becoming a country of idiots. It must be something in the water.

Posted by: danfromalabam | October 10, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

And don't forget, when Obama was a young man he lived with a white woman. Scandalous!

Posted by: jeff09 | October 10, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Some folks here are still trying to hide the fact that Ayers launched Obama's political campaigns, and Ayers was a guy who bombed the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon.

It's an act of desperation by the Obamatons. They realize their candidate has a lot of criminal associations, but they want to back him anyway because he tells them he is a saint.

Bomb America! Vote Obama '08!

Posted by: ttj1 | October 10, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone surprised this is happening? They did it to Clinton, Kerry and McCain. You'd have to be an idiot to fall for this again. Given the poll numbers looks there are more intelligent people than foolish airheads who can't think for themselves.

Posted by: ryanr007 | October 10, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

dwashington1, I am very partisan for Obama, but I would rather endure 4 McCain/Palin terms than suffer through that epistle you just dumped here.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

re>>Obama consorts with that terrorist Nelson Mandela. QED.

Smokescreen ..{}.{}{}.. Lets just come up with something silly to say to distract from the argument. Or perhaps would could just make a pretty speech and mesmerize America. The stupid ones anyway. Anything to win.

Posted by: danfromalabam | October 10, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I will comment, Sickofit1, no problem. You are referring to the Alaska Independence Party?? So, did Todd Palin, like Barack Obama, say he's going to sit down and have a friendly chat with Iran's Ahmadinejad? The same Ahmadinejad who seeks nuclear weaponry and says Israel doesn't have a right to exist?

You know, two people were killed while
Ayers was fooling around with nail bombs and pretending he was a paramilitary revolutionary. I guess he was trying to be a pacifist.

Now you say Obama was interest in Ayers is an "educator."

Obama must be really interested in education. That must be why his friend Antoin Rezko was busy trying to rip off the Illinois Teachers Retirement System Board and the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board. That's the same Rezko who was working on a $130 million real estate development in Obama's South Chicago Loop area with Nadhmi Auchi...yeah, Auchi, the billionaire who helped obtain arms for Saddam Hussein.

So, you want to comment on this Sickofit1 and try to explain for us how Obama's odd frienships are irrelevant?

One further difference is that Obama is running for president, not for husband of the VP. Obama and his friends would have actual power in office...Todd Palin, at best, would have celebrity status.


Nice dodge of my question--and I guess the leadership of the AIP getting approval from IRAN to speak with the UN to secede from the US is just fine? Sarah palin is friends with these people also and tried to appoint them to her board while Mayor. It was opposed by the conservative head so she had to back down. All the things you have said in your post are either untrue (he never said a "friendly chat", and if Ayers was such a shady character, I guess all the Republicans who sat with him on various boards secretly have terrorist leanings as well). The AIP is affiliated with other secessionist groups--militia, white supremecists, southern racists. I don't care really about Todd--I care about their access to his wife, considering McCain doesn't look like he's going to make it for much longer. He was a crappy pilot and a lousy husband, and his hands aren't clean of criminal associations either. There, there's what I think of McCain also.

Posted by: sickofit1 | October 10, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Lets face it, all this campaign I have seen one guy actually tell the truth about why they dont like Obama, and it wasnt because of who he associated with or they thought he was a socialist or any of these lame last minute labels. They said that the only black guy they knew of that was for change was change in a cup. In other words they were real enough to say I would not vote for a black person for president. Some of these nut cases have replaced black candidate with socialist, radical, exotic, muslim, marxist. I mean some of these labels dont even go together but they have tagged Obama with all of them. How can you be too smart and not smart enough at the same time? I guess after 8 years of bush if Obama as a man of color is not fit to lead then no black man will ever be.

Posted by: gdavis4 | October 10, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

This presidential race has renewed my trust in people and their decency.

I thought my neighbors were too racist to vote for a black man.

I even voted for Hillary because I thought that Obama didn't have a chance at winning.

But all of those racist things people around me say? Well, they seem to have grown comfortable with Obama. And they see him as very presidential.

I am happy that as I turn 40 years old, having been born when RFK and Martin Luther King were assasinated.

I am happy that we have come this far.

I think that we as Americans are more united than divided.

I think it is the media that looks divided. NBS vs. FOX. And Washington looks divided.

Maybe that is what some of my neighbors call checks and balances.

Lets hope the next President can use the checks and balances to fix this economy.

Posted by: kflet3 | October 10, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Should have picked Romney as the VP choice, McCain.

Boy did you screw up.

You chose to cater to the wild, screaming loons on the far right.

And they're angrier than ever.

Total meltdown, like a two-year-old who doesn't get the candy.


Hey right wingers: nah, nah, nah, nah.

Posted by: michaelfairbanks | October 10, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET FRAUD HAS KILLED SUPER-CAPITALISM

Thanks to GOP Republican Wall Street fraud, the International Banking System will no longer use capitalism.

Asia and Latin America will stay far away from American super-capitalism.

Europe will demand transparency and strict enforcement of International Banking Laws for ALL NATIONS, especially the United States.

Europe views Wall Street CEOs and investors as criminals unworthy of trust who must be closely monitored commensurate with their dishonest nature.


HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ANGERED BY SARAH PAILIN’S REMARKS

Hillary wants to know if Pailin wants to run the United States in the same manner that she and McCain ran their dysfunctional families. With the nomination of hockey mom and desperate housewife Sarah Failin, John McCain has officially transformed the defunct GOP Republican Party into a circus complete with a lipstick wearing pig clown displaying the IQ of a cockatoo. While Sarah Falin is campaigning, Alaska is missing its village idiot in charge of guarding the Russian border. It is not very patriotic to leave your front porch, while the Russians are swimming across the Bering Strait. The Russians are interested in negotiating with foreign policy expert Sarah Palin. What a joke and disgrace to our country the GOP Republicans have become. (Bush, Quayle, Bush, Cheney, Rice, Guiliani, Palin) is this the best that you can do? Hillary added that Sarah Failin’s pathological lies, affairs with Todd’s business partners, shootings of endangered species, and unprofessional name calling led to the five letter word pertaining to an Arctic hillbilly (P A L I N).

SEND IN THE LIPSTICK PIG CLOWNS, NEVER MIND THEY ARE HERE

THE FALL OF GOP REPUBLICANS JOHN CRASH MCPLANE AND SARAH MOOSE COMMUNITY COLLEGE FAILIN

GOP REPUBLICANS’ FRAUD AND TREASON TEARS DOWN WALL STREET

MCCAIN-KEATING SAVINGS AND LOANS FRAUD / FINANCIAL CRISIS AGAINST AMERICA


The financial system is still in grave peril, despite Congress's approval of an unprecedented $700 billion bailout.

Unemployment is rising, the economy is slowing, and the question isn't whether we're in for a recession but how long and how deep the recession will be.

Meanwhile, U.S. troops are still fighting in two places -- Iraq and Afghanistan -- where foreign occupations end badly.

The terrorists who struck us on Sept. 11, 2001, have been allowed to regroup within the borders of nuclear-armed Pakistan and are busy plotting new attacks.

Rarely have there been bigger or more urgent issues to talk about in a presidential campaign.

Yet GOP Republican McCain / Failin refuse to talk about these vital issues to America. Why?
GOP Republicans caused this mess and have not a clue of how to get us out of this mess.

The richest one percent of this country owns half our country's wealth, nine trillion dollars. One third of that comes from hard work. Two thirds of that comes from inheritance; interest on interest accumulating to widows / idiot sons; and stock / real estate SPECULATION. It is crap.

Ninety percent of the American public has little or no net worth.

WALL STREET SPECULATORS create nothing. But through SUPER-CAPITALISM (FRAUD), WALL STREET SPECULATORS OWN THE MAJORITY OF THIS COUNTRY. The Super Rich running America are doing it through Las Vegas style gambling. IT IS CRAP!!!

RICH GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SPECULATORS make the rules (news, war, peace, famine, upheaval).

RICH GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SPECULATORS pick that rabbit out of the hat while the American People wonder how WE GOT INTO THIS MESS.

You are not naive enough to think that we live in a Democracy?

IT'S THE FREE MARKET. And you're a part of it.

GOP REPUBLICAN RICH WALL STREET SPECULATORS have that killer instinct. Stick around, GOP REPUBLICAN RICH WALL STREET SPECULATORS still have more stealing to do.


In a Democracy, the AMERICAN PEOPLE suppose to own AMERICA. That's right, the AMERICAN PEOPLE suppose to own AMERICA.

AMERICANS are being robbed by GOP RICH REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SPECULATORS AND THEIR WHITE HOUSE / CONGRESSIONAL STOOGES with their:

Obscenely high salaries,
Tax havens for the rich,
Tax breaks for the rich,
Tax laws for the rich,
Exclusive secret clubs “Eyes Wide Shut”,
Cooking the books with bribed accounting firms,
Luncheons,
Hunting trips,
Golf tournaments,
Escort services,
Corporate jets,
GOLDEN PARACHUTES.

Thousands of GOP Republican CEOs and their White House / Congressional Stooges are walking away with over $20,000,000 each of stolen money from the U.S. Treasury (AMERICAN PEOPLE). This Is Treason Against the American People.


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CONGRESS YOU NO LONGER REPRESENT WALL STREET SOLELY
CONGRESS YOU NOW REPRESENT THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

THIS IS THE AGENDA
CONGRESS WILL REMOVE ALL GOLDEN PARACHUTES FROM THE BILL
CONGRESS WILL ENSURE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE WELL PROTECTED WITHIN THE BILL

CONGRESS WILL PROSECUTE GOP REPUBLICANS ON THE FIX AND WALL STREET SUPER RICH CEO INSIDE TRADERS. THEIR CORPORATE SHARES AND PRIVATE PROPERTIES (DOMESTIC AND ABROAD) WILL BE CONFISCATED AND RETURNED TO THE U.S. TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE).

GREED IS TREASON AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

IF CONGRESS FAILS TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THEN CONGRESS WILL BE DESOLVED AND A NEW CONGRESS WILL BE PUT IN PLACE TO REFLECT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE


SOMEONE EXPLAIN TO CONGRESS IN EXTREMELY SIMPLE TERMS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COME FIRST.

THE DAYS WHEN CONGRESS ACTED AS THE STOOGE OF GOP REPUBLICAN SUPER RICH WALL STREET SPECULATORS HAS COME TO AN END


THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TAKE TOP PRIORITY IN AMERICA

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NO MORE GOLDEN PARACHUTES FOR EXECUTIVE CRIMINALS

GOP SUPER RICH REPUBLICAN WALL STREET CRIMINALS PREPARE FOR HANDCUFFS AND ASSETS CONFISCATION


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THOSE RICH WALL STREET SPECULATING GOP REPUBLICANS WHO DROVE THE BUS INTO THE DITCH, WILL NOT BE TRUSTED TO DRIVE THE BUS OUT OF THAT DITCH.

SUPER RICH GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SPECULATORS AND THEIR GOP REPUBLICAN HAND PICKED STOOGES IN THE WHITE HOUSE ADMINISTRATION, SENATE, SUPREME COURT, TREASURY, SEC AND CONGRESS TOGETHER HAVE $1 TRILLION WORTH OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’S ASSETS (DOMESTIC AND HIDDEN ABROAD) THAT MUST BE RETURNED TO THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES.

AMERICA WANTS ITS $1 TRILLION BACK NOW AND CRIMINAL TRIALS FOR ALL INVOLVED IN THIS CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY ARE THE NEW LAWS OF THE LAND.

TREASON AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

NO MORE GOLDEN PARACHUTES FOR EXECUTIVE CRIMINALS. GOP SUPER RICH REPUBLICAN WALL STREET CRIMINALS PREPARE FOR HANDCUFFS AND ASSETS CONFISCATION.

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THOSE GOP REPUBLICAN CORPORATE EXECUTIVES WHO STOLE AND SQUANDERED AVERAGE AMERICANS’ MONEY ON HIGH RISK UNSECURED WALL STREET LAS VEGAS STYLE SPECULATIONS SHOULD NOT BE REWARDED WITH MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR COMPENSATION PACKAGES SUBSIDIZED BY THE TAXPAYERS.

THESE GOP SUPER RICH REPUBLICAN CORPORATE EXECUTIVES, SPECULATORS AND CONGRESSIONAL STOOGES SHOULD BE IN HANDCUFFS. ALL OF THEIR ASSETS SHOULD BE CONFISCATED, LIQUIDATED AND RETURNED THE TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE).

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LET THE TRIALS BEGIN: GOP SUPER RICH REPUBLICAN FLEECING OF AMERICA

CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES VERSUS GOP SUPER RICH GOP REPUBLICAN CRIMINALS

ACT QUICKLY, ACT QUICKLY, ACT QUICKLY
IS NOT THIS THE SAME THING THAT THOSE GOP REPUBLICAN CRIMINALS SAID TO START THE ILLEGAL IRAQ WAR!

LET THE TRIALS BEGIN: CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES VERSUS GOP SUPER RICH REPUBLICAN CRIMINALS (BUSH, CHENEY, RICE, PAULSON, MCCAIN) AND THEIR WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALIST SPECULATING FELLOW CONSPIRATOR FRIENDS

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL PREVAIL

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THIS GOP REPUBLICAN SUPER RICH WALL STREET MELTDOWN IS CRIMINAL MISUSE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’S MONEY AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL (TREASON)

JOHN MCCAIN FEARS SHARING THE STAGE WITH HARVARD LAW PROFESSOR BARACK OBAMA

MOOSE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SARAH FAILIN FEARS SHARING THE STAGE WITH LAW SCHOLAR JOE BIDEN

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Hmmm, let's see. We have a bunch of republicans whining about wanting these CEOs to keep their fortunes, multiple houses and cars, and they want the taxpayers to bail them out. But when the taxpayer wanted help to keep THEIR homes, they were called a bunch of whiners by these SAME republicans and were given NO bailout.

Why are their oversized fortunes more important than the rest of America's modest and undersized ones?

Now, for the last time, once and for all, explain to me how Obama is the elitist and the republicans are "just like you and me." Go ahead. I triple dog dare you.


TREASON TRIALS FOR GOP REPUBLICAN SUPER RICH CRIMINALS

$1Trillion Illegal Iraq War plus $1Trillion Wall Street Fraud equals $2Trillion that
GOP Republicans (Bush, Cheney, Rice, Paulson, Guiliani, McCain) and those contributing members of Congress, Wall Street Speculators, and Cabinet who took part in the most Monumental Fraud against the American People owe to Our National Treasury.



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GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISM AT ITS WORST

Executive salaries, CEO bonuses, grand robberies of the U.S. TREASURY in the $MILLIONS, $BILLIONS, and $TRILLIONS.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISTS robbed the AMERICAN PEOPLE of a $Trillion. RULE OF LAW states that the AMERICAN PEOPLE will be protected and all private properties, money, and wealth domestic and abroad owned by GOP REPUBLICAN SUPERCAPITALISTS taking part in robbing the U.S. TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE) will immediately be confiscated and returned to the U.S. TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE).

REPLACE GOP REPUBLICAN CEO GOLDEN PARACHUTES WITH CRIMINAL TRIALS AND PROPERTY CONFISCATION. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL PREVAIL AND THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION WILL BE REINSTATED. LONG LIVE FREEDOM AND JUSTICE. CORPORATE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY WILL BE THE LAW OF THE LAND.

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INSIDE JOB AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL:
GOP REPUBLICAN WHITE HOUSE ILLEGAL WARS AND
WALL STREET CRIMINAL DEREGULATED SPECULATIONS

You asked for it and you got it. GOP REPUBLICANS INSIDERS McCain, Bush, Cheney, Paulson, and Rice were hired by Super-Capitalists (Super Wealthy GOP REPUBLICANS) to start Illegal Oil Wars against Oil producing Nations and DEREGULATE (eliminate AMERICAN PEOPLE PROTECTION) the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT (White House, Congress, Supreme Court), TREASURY and WALL STREET. These INSIDERS did exactly what they were paid to do. Past GOP REPUBLICANS (Nixon, Reagan, Bush I) and current GOP REPUBLICANS (Bush II, Cheney, Rice, McCain, Paulson) have a credibility factor of zero. Americans no longer believe them, the World has never believed them and now they are done. They came in with the 9/11 attack upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE and leave with the Wall Street $1Trillion attack upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Wave after wave after wave the GOP REPUBLICANS attack the AMERICAN PEOPLE based on the premise of disrespect for anyone who is not a GOP RICH REPUBLICAN. Either you are in their group (GOP RICH REPUBLICAN) or out (debt ridden worker bee / victim). GOP REPUBLICANS view the AMERICAN PEOPLE as gullible sheep perpetually fattened with debt and led to the subhuman existence slaughter. When slavery (free labor) ended GOP RICH REPUBLICANS attacked and enslaved the people of the world through unbalanced trade. Now that foreign sweatshops are demanding better pay and treatment, GOP RICH REPUBLICANS are attacking the AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS. GOP RICH REPUBLICANS are banking on the idea that the AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS are non-thinking drones fat with artificial food, high on Wall Street sponsored imported drugs (legal / illegal), and choked with clutter, debt and noise.

Through massive GOP REPUBLICAN SPONSORED DEREGULATIONS, GOP REPUBLICAN CEOs, Treasury Secretary, Wall Street Speculators, White House Administration, Cabinet Members, and their insider friends each walked away with more than $20,000,000 annually of money stolen directly from the U.S. TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE). After eight years of GRAND FRAUD AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL, thousands of GOP REPUBLICANS ROBBED OUR UNITED STATES TREASURY OF $1TRILLION (ACTS OF TREASON AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE).

The AMERICAN PEOPLE will hold ALL GOP REPUBLICANS INVOLVED in these ACTS OF TREASON accountable before a TRIAL. ALL GOP REPUBLICANS INVOLVED in these ACTS OF TREASON will have ALL OF THEIR PROPERTIES (corporate and private, domestic and foreign sheltered) CONFISCATED, SOLD and RETURNED to OUR NATIONAL TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE). The UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION (WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE) shall prevail, despite the criminal efforts of GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPER-CAPITALIST CRIMINALS.

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CONGRESS WILL NOT ADJOURN UNTIL AFTER THE GOP REPUBLICAN PARTY FIX THEIR COLOSSAL MESS

GOP (GOOD OLDBOY PRIVATEERS)

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Britain has nationalized its banks. The U.S. has nationalized Wall Street and will do the same for U.S. Oil if it hits $6.50 a gallon in two years. The Treasury and Oil are too crucial for national defense to be left in the hands of self serving speculators' private greed. The United States greed based society is over. We will copy Britain or Germany’s mixed economy system based heavily on the People government oversight. Speculators and gamblers cannot be trusted with the American economy. Wrong is wrong and wolves cannot be hired to protect cash cows. Today you can gamble in Las Vegas with your credit card (money that you don’t have); Wall Street high leverage speculation is the same thing.

Three weeks ago, some Americans stupidly said that we don’t need to consider World Opinion during the 2008 presidential election. It is now clear that America and The World are closely connected and that we need to consider how the World perceives our decisions. The World does not like John McCain and will not cooperate with McCain. Europeans and the World view John McCain as an old relic bent on returning the World to perpetual hostility.

No one wants another Cold War, except McCain. Failin’s childish perceptions are not worth mentioning, especially with the World watching and laughing at McCain’s choices. Russia does not want another Expensive Cold War, but it will play ball if McCain kicks off. While Bush and McCain are building military bases in Poland, Russia is speaking with Latin American Oil Nations about refining and cutting out U.S. Oil Companies. Next Russia will build military bases in Latin American in response to U.S. bases in Eastern Europe. McCain and Wall Street weapons manufacturers are the only ones who want to profit from a new Cold War. In reality, no one benefits from a new Cold War. The American People, Russian People and World People will be injured by a new Cold War. Expect European demands to be rid of all U.S. bases in Europe. The American People, Russian People and World People want peace and cooperation from the United States led by Barack Obama.

The World loves Barack Obama and has signed a letter of intent to cooperate with America under Barack’s leadership. Throughout the World young presidents are emerging and none of them want to return to the bad days of the Cold War (bomb shelters, high interest rates, disproportionate military spending, nuclear buildup, general fear). Nobody wants the return of the Cold War, except McCain and Wall Street weapons manufacturers. The American People are nationalizing Wall Street to prevent weapons manufacturers from dictating unfavorable terms to our economy. Again the American middle class must see pass their ignorance and the emperor with no clothes (Bush, McCain, Failin, Guiliani). Americans must vote for it’s best interest, which includes a favorable World Opinion. America And The World Will Vote Obama to avert financial and military catastrophes.

Let’s not forget that China, Saudi Arabia and India together hold over $1 Trillion in American currency. Do you think that China, Saudi Arabia and India have votes in the 2008 American election? The CEOs of American companies and Wall Street Banks heavily invested with funds from China, Saudi Arabia and India know that foreign governments will be exercising their strong votes in our election. You can thank McCain deregulations and GOP Republican American job outsourcing for dissipating Our American votes.

Obama has 8 years experience as a State Senator, 4 years in the US Senate, taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago, etc. Obama’s very high intellectual capacity allows him to analyze situations and make sound decisions. How can you even compare Failin’s GED from Moose Community College credentials to these?

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GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN WALL STREET DEREGULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN ALSO WANTED TO PRIVATIZE SOCIAL SECURITY (BONEHEAD)
GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN sponsored landmark legislation in 1999 that removed the walls between banks, investment firms and insurance companies. GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN bill allowed a company like AIG to expand beyond its traditional insurance business (which is still profitable) into exotic new extremely high risk products that brought the company down and created this colossal mess.

WALL STREET SRO - SELF REGULATORY ORGANIZATION
THE GOP REPUBLICAN RUN Government (GOP President, GOP Congress, GOP Supreme Court) looked the other way, while GOP REPUBLICAN Super-capitalist WALL STREET SRO Speculators Robbed Our U.S. TREASURY and Forced the $Trillion Debt Upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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Average Americans are becoming poorer, because GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET super rich SPECULATORS and corporate CEOs are paying themselves, business partners, friends, and family members at least $20,000,000 annually from MONEY STOLEN FROM THE U.S. TREASURY. These major crimes committed by WALL STREET SPECULATORS AND CEOs have gone beyond greed and into acts of treason against the AMERICAN PEOPLE. Seize the stolen money and properties valued in the $TRILLIONS back from these super criminals for attacking America. Those stolen $MILLIONS / $BILLIONS / $TRILLIONS belong to the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

RULE OF LAW states that the People of the United States will be defended. Those who attack American Citizens will be prosecuted. WALL STREET SPECULATORS and CORPORATE CEOs dictatorship over the AMERICAN PEOPLE is over. Average Americans are not going to accept WALL STREET CORPORATE CRIMES anymore. Rights of Citizen and Average Workers of the United States will be enforced. The AMERICAN PEOPLE will always come before corporate interests, because Americans Love America more than Wall Street Speculators love greed.

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GERMANY, FRANCE, ENGLAND HAVE GREATER CITIZEN-WORKERS’ RIGHTS, TRANSPARENCY, OVERSIGHT, AND DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY THAN GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET RUN AMERICA. AMERICA WILL HONOR AMERICAN CITIZENS WITH DEMOCRATIC WORKERS’ RIGHTS, TRANSPARENCY, OVERSIGHT, AND DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY.

NO MORE WALL STREET DICTATORSHIP OVER CONGRESS
NO MORE WALL STREET IMPORTATION OF ILLEGAL CARTEL DRUGS
NO MORE WALL STREET MASS GUN SALES
NO MORE WALL STREET ILLEGAL WARS
NO MORE WALL STREET WILD SPECULATION AND IRRESPONSIBLE LEVERAGE
NO MORE WALL STREET SOFT PORNOGRAPHY ON PRIME TIME TELEVISION
NO MORE WALL STREET MASS VIOLENCE ON PRIME TIME TELEVISION
NO MORE WALL STREET HATE RADIO
NO MORE WALL STREET UNAUTHORIZED SPYING ON AMERICAN CITIZENS
NO MORE WALL STREET ILLEGAL CREDIT SCORES
NO MORE WALL STREET OVERSEAS TAX HAVENS
NO MORE WALL STREET OUTSOURCING AMERICAN JOBS
NO MORE WALL STREET BUYING AMERICAN POLITICIANS


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GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET $TRILLION FRAUD AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

Direct impact of GOP McCain sponsored deregulations
Bankrupt and floundering
Failure of the investment bank
Government's takeover

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET's business model has collapsed

Greed and fear routinely govern GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET financial markets and GLOBAL CRISIS.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET (giant investment houses, brokerage firms, hedge funds, "private equity" firms) irresponsibly TRADED the savings of average Americans (placed LAS VEGAS STYLE BETS on extremely high risk stocks, bonds, and other securities).

DUBIOUS MORTGAGES were PACKAGED into BONDS and SOLD and TRADED. Investment houses had huge incentives to increase LEVERAGE (OBSCENELY HIGH BORROWING).

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET compensation is heavily skewed toward annual bonuses, reflecting the profits traders and managers earned in the tune of lavish base salaries and obscenely high annual bonuses of $20,000,000.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET relies heavily on OBSCENELY HIGH LEVERAGE (OBSCENELY HIGH BORROWING). $3 Trillion (stocks, bonds, other securities) backed by only $80 billion in shareholders' equity while the $2.8 Trillion was LEVERAGE (BORROWED).

Leverage (huge borrowing) can create huge debts (huge principal and interest obligations)

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET is a manic machine for gambling.
Traders and money managers are given huge incentives to do whatever would increase short-term profits.

For decades, GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN sponsored legislation that broadly deregulated WALL STREET banking and insurance industries.

GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN swept away Consumer Protection legislation and opened the way for a less restricted high risk financial marketplace.

While the GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET boom continued, government (White House, Congress, Supreme Court) looked the other way.

GOP REPUBLICAN Congress resisted tougher regulation and permitted WALL STREET to run out of control at obscenely high LEVERAGE (OBSCENELY HIGH BORROWED MONEY) RATIOS perpetrating intentional fraud against the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET leaders intentionally deceived customers and lenders into taking hazardous risks for short-term rewards regardless of the long-term dangers to the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Mortgages went bad. The powerful high leverage went into reverse. Losses eroded firms' capital bases and raised doubts about their survival.

Financial firms took major stupid and wasteful risks that severely damaged the American Economy and impeded economic recovery.

GOP REPUBLICAN STOCK MARKET $TRILLION FRAUD has deepened consumers' pessimism, fear and reluctance to spend. There may be more failures of FINANCIAL FIRMS.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET financial crises resemble the GOP REPUBLICAN illegal miscalculated war.


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How were we ever made to believe that the now-collapsing GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET model ever made sense? Common sense should have told us that making RISKY BETS with HUGE AMOUNTS of BORROWED MONEY was a DANGEROUS GAME; if the bets pay off you make money beyond your wildest dreams, but if they go bad you face utter ruin.

Common sense should have told us that betting fortunes on meaningless fluctuations in stock, bond or currency values (McCain sponsored deregulated hedge funds) was about as productive as a trip to Las Vegas. Common sense should have told us that buying and selling exotic securities based on other securities based on bundles of mortgages that were treated like mere numbers on a balance sheet (no recognition that the whole iffy construct was based on real people living in real houses that they might or might not be able to afford) was not an intelligent endeavor.

Somehow, we all forgot that "HIGHLY LEVERAGED" is just another way of saying "DEEPLY INDEBTED." Now we've had a wake-up call, and maybe the erstwhile Masters of the Universe will have to stop playing with imaginary money and go back to using the real stuff.


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RULE OF LAW WILL ENFORCE CONFISCATION OF ALL GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SPECULATORS’ AND CEOS’ PERSONAL PROPERTIES RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR ECONOMY’S MELTDOWN. All money and properties of the Super Rich CEOs and WALL STREET Speculators domestic and abroad will be confiscated and returned to the United States TREASURY and the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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WALL STREET SRO - SELF REGULATORY ORGANIZATION
OUR GOP REPUBLICAN RUN Government (GOP President, GOP Congress, GOP Supreme Court) looked the other way, while GOP REPUBLICAN Super-capitalist WALL STREET SRO Speculators Robbed Our U.S. TREASURY and Forced the $Trillion Debt Upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE.


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GOP REPUBLICAN LIARS SUPER RICH WALL STREET GET RICH QUICK GREEDY
BILLION DOLLARS RISKY UNSECURED LOANS RISKY UNSECURED LOANS RISKY UNSECURED LOANS
REPACKAGED AND SOLD TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

GOP REPUBLICAN LIARS SUPER RICH WALL STREET ROBBER BARONS
COMMIT TREASON AND GRAND FRAUD AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.


WALL STREET SRO - SELF REGULATORY ORGANIZATION
OUR GOP REPUBLICAN RUN Government (GOP President, GOP Congress, GOP Supreme Court) looked the other way, while GOP REPUBLICAN Super-capitalist WALL STREET SRO Speculators Robbed Our U.S. TREASURY and Forced the $Trillion Debt Upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ANGERED BY SARAH FAILIN’S REMARKS

Comments uttered by Sarah Failin has angered Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton who described Sarah Failin as an opportunist with no qualifications. Senator Hillary Clinton also stated that John McCain and Sarah Failin’s records on women’s rights are abominable. The country cannot withstand anymore George Bush failures cloaked in McCain/Failin. Asking Sarah Failin to become Vice President is like asking the grazing moose behind her trailer to pilot the shuttle.

National Organization of Women (NOW) Endorsed Pro-Women’s Rights ticket Obama / Biden for their outstanding work bettering the lives of women.

During her first term as Mayor, Failin went on an intense firing spree by sacking, or requesting resumes and resignation letters from the chief of police, finance director, public works director, and librarian.

In October of 1996, Failin consulted the city librarian about censoring "objectionable" books. The librarian was shocked and responded that the books were selected "on the basis of national selection criteria of libraries this size" and would resist all efforts to ban or remove any books from the library. A few months later Emmons received a letter from Failin stating that she had been terminated from her job. Emmons was reinstated the next day after public outcry.

Long time Alaskan acquaintance described Sarah Failin as a malicious, conniving opportunist, a reckless spender, and power abuser. Initially Failin supported the 'bridge to nowhere' project and even wore t-shirts that supported the project. When she realized that the project was not supported by the public she decided to back off.

Failin is an avid pro-lifer. Teen pregnancies are a major dilemma facing the nation today. The government spent $1 billion in supporting abstinence-only sex education programs since 1996. In the case of Failin's daughter, such programs are failing us. Failin is comfortable with giving her own daughter a choice, but wants to take away that choice from the rest of the nation.

By picking a young, attractive and vivacious woman as his partner in crime, McCain hoped to pull in all the disappointed Clinton supporters. This was his crucial mistake, because Sarah Failin is the antithesis of Hillary Clinton. She stands against women rights and would reverse women's rights by fifty years. Women are not as gullible as McCain and his advisors had hoped that they would be. Just because McCain placed a young woman in front of the crowd does not mean women will automatically vote for her without any question. Women will soon realize that Sarah Failin is an anti-choice, homophobic, polar bear, wolf, moose, and deer killing machine.

Sarah Failin is incapable of writing a speech. The speech given by her at the Republican National Convention was written long before she was considered for McCain’s running mate by the computer. McCain had never heard of Failin until after the computer printed her name one day before his announcement.

The thought that Sarah Failin will do anything in the White House is unsettling, because she is a unhinged lunatic who will mess up and give the public the perception that women cannot be in power. Hillary Rodham Clinton and women throughout the country are very angry that Sarah “moose hunter” Failin is in such an important position. Four out of Sarah’s five best friends have committed to Barack Obama.


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GOP REPUBLICANS ARE AUTHORITARIANS WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN FREE SPEECH OR DEMOCRACY. GOP REPUBLICAN ONLY INTERESTS ARE POWER AND MONEY.

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GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISM AT ITS WORST

Executive salaries, CEO bonuses, grand robberies of the U.S. TREASURY in the $MILLIONS, $BILLIONS, and $TRILLIONS.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISTS robbed the AMERICAN PEOPLE of a $Trillion. RULE OF LAW states that the AMERICAN PEOPLE will be protected and all private properties, money, and wealth domestic and abroad owned by GOP REPUBLICAN SUPERCAPITALISTS taking part in robbing the U.S. TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE) will immediately be confiscated and returned to the U.S. TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE).

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PAILIN RETURNED HOME TO 2,000 ALASKAN PROTESTERS WHO CHEERFULLY CHANTED "O-BAM-AH.

Gov. Sarah Failin returned home to 2,000 protesters outside the Anchorage library who wanted to correct the widespread impression that the Last Frontier endorses her candidacy.

"Last week a group of women were sitting around talking about this perception that all of Alaska supports Sarah Failin. We apparently hit a nerve and started a movement,"

A sense of festival obtained. There was a woman in a polar bear suit representing "Polar Bear Moms Say: No Failin Failin." Drivers on 36th Avenue saw a little girl waving a sign "Don't Ban My Books."

"My mom is from Alaska. She's a working mother. She's good looking," said Nolan. "So she seems to be qualified to be vice president."

Asking Sarah Failin to become the Vice President is like asking the grazing moose behind her trailer to pilot the shuttle.

Sarah Failin Failin Protesters Held Signs Reading:

Bush In A Skirt
Failin Be Failin
Jesus Was a Community Organizer
Failin Failin: Thanks But No Thanks
Smearing Alaska's Good Name One Scandal @ a Time
Candidate To Nowhere
Rape Kits Should Be Free
Voted For Her Once: Never Again!
Community Organizers are the Real Patriots
Barbies for War
I Shall Not Be Pandered To
Give Failin Failin Your Vote AND Your Draft Age Child
Sarah Failin Failin: So Far Right She's Wrong
Alaska Is Not Frisco
Coat Hangers for McCain
Sarah Failin Failin, Undoing 150 Years of American Feminism
Hockey Mama for Obama (on a hockey stick)


Cheerful chants of "O-bam-ah.


National Organization of Women (NOW) Endorses Obama / Biden For Their Pro-Women Rights Stance


McCain / Failin Failin are rejected for their anti-women stance and votes against Women Rights


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PRESIDENTIAL AND VICE PRESIDENTIAL CHOICES

I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight.....

If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're 'exotic, different.'

Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, and its a quintessential American story.

If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.

Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.

Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.

Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.

If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer,
become President of the Harvard Law Review,
create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters,
spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor,
spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people,
become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee,
spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13
million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign
Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees,
you don't have any real leadership experience.

If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years
on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less
than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000
people, and cook caribou/grizzly/wolf stew, then you're qualified to become the country's second
highest ranking executive.

If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters,
all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.

If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress,
and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month,
you're a Christian.

If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including
the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

If , while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only,
with no other option in sex education in your state's school system
while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant , you're very responsible.

If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm
to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family,
your family's values don't represent America's.

If you're husband is nicknamed 'First Dude', with at least one DWI conviction
and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and
once was a member of a group that advocated: the secession of Alaska from the USA,
your family is extremely admirable.

OK, much clearer now.


National Organization of Women (NOW) Endorses Obama / Biden For Their Pro-Women Rights Stance


McCain / Failin Failin are rejected for their anti-women stance and votes against Women Rights


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BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BROWN SUPPORTS BARACK OBAMA

LONDON - BRITISH PRIME MINISTER GORDON BROWN voiced support for UNITED STATES DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA, saying he would help Americans struggling with an economic downturn.

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

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BROWN described the race for the White House as “electrifying” and said: “It is the DEMOCRATS who are generating the ideas to help people through more difficult times.”

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

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2008 UNITED STATES DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL RACE

DEMOCRAT HARVARD LAW VS. GOP REPUBLICAN S

OBAMA OF HARVARD LAW AND PRESIDENT OF HARVARD LAW REVIEW
BIDEN OF SYRACUSE LAW

MCCRASH OF NAVY ACADEMY LAST PLACE
FAILIN OF MOOSE COLLEGE

GOP Republican Wall Street SRO (Self Regulatory Organization) Robber Baron Supercapitalism Is Down And Will No Longer Rob the U.S. TREASURY and AMERICAN PEOPLE

STOP DESTRUCTIVE GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISM OIL SPECUALTARS (OIL MILLIONAIRES BUSH, CHENEY, RICE, MCCAIN, FAILIN FAILIN)

NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE
NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE
NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE

WHY A BARREL OF OIL ILLEGALLY SHOT UP FROM $24 TO $145 DURING THE GOP REPUBLICAN (MCCAIN, BUSH, CHENEY, RICE, FAILIN FAILIN) ADMINISTRATION


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


TOGETHER WHAT DO THEY ALL HAVE IN COMMON?

THEY ARE ALL GOP REPUBLICAN OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRES AND OIL STOCKHOLDERS


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


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

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

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

AMERICA AND AMERICANS FIRST

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

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

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GOP Republican Wall Street Get Rich Quick By Robbing America TREASURY Wild Speculators Created The Enormous National Debt, So Make Them Pay For It And Balance Our Budget.
GOP Republican Wall Street Supercapitalism Speculators Have Committed Treason Against Our Country.

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HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ANGERED BY SARAH FAILIN FAILIN’S REMARKS


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


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

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

FOUR MORE YEARS ANYONE?

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

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

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

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

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

Crash Every Plane McCain and Hillbilly Trailer Failin Failin are not reflective of the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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

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


GOP Republican Wall Street Get Rich Quick By Robbing America TREASURY Wild Speculators Created The Enormous National Debt, So Make Them Pay For It And Balance Our Budget.
GOP Republican Wall Street Supercapitalism Speculators Have Committed Treason Against Our Country.


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REPORT SAYS GOP REPUBLICAN OIL AGENCY RAN AMOK

INVESTIGATION OF GOP REPUBLICAN OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET

INVESTIGATION OF GOP REPUBLICAN MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE OIL MARKETING GROUP


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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DEMOCRAT HARVARD LAW VS. GOP REPUBLICAN CRASH JET AND MUDVILLE


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


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


Growing Up

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


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

Education

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


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


Community Service

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

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


Marriage

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


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

International Diplomacy

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


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

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

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Hillary Clinton Will Destroy Sarah Failin Failin From Mooseville College.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GOP Republican Wall Street SRO (Self Regulatory Organization) Robber Baron Supercapitalism Is Down And Will No Longer Rob the U.S. TREASURY and AMERICAN PEOPLE


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GOP REPUBLICAN PLANE/TRAILER WRECK MCCAIN/FAILIN FAILIN

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


GOP Republican Wall Street SRO (Self Regulatory Organization) Robber Baron Supercapitalism Is Down And Will No Longer Rob the U.S. TREASURY and AMERICAN PEOPLE

Prerequisite for the United Stats President and Vice President is advance degrees, especially in Constitutional Law. McCain and hillbilly Failin Failin are excluded from the highest offices in the World. The debates will be fun: Harvard Law vs. Crash Jet and Mudville.

GOP Republican Wall Street Get Rich Quick By Robbing America TREASURY Wild Speculators Created The Enormous National Debt, So Make Them Pay For It And Balance Our Budget.
GOP Republican Wall Street Supercapitalism Speculators Have Committed Treason Against Our Country.

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What has WALL STREET SUPER-CAPITALISM brought you besides:

Cluttered homes full of useless crap

Semi-illiterate teenage sons on alcohol and drugs

Semi-illiterate teenage daughters on drugs and having unwanted babies

Selfish lifestyles mimicking immoral rich people with off the chart divorce rates

Depress people living alone and addicted to church on TV or pornography

Guns deregulation freeing children to murder each other in school and after school

Prime time television soft pornography for the kids to mimic

Daughters dressing like prostitutes

Sons dressing like homeless

GREED GREED GREED steal money from your neighbors through wild WALL STREET speculations

SELL SELL SELL BUY BUY BUY (It is all enslaving crap)

Super Rich becomes more Super Rich, while the middle class becomes poor

College graduates cannot afford a small home and must live in their parents’ basements

Clinton left the United States with a surplus

GOP Republicans have stolen all of the Treasury surplus plus another $3Trillion. Let the trials and confiscation (America versus Super Rich GOP Republican Criminals) begin

The American People will prevail over Super Rich Greedy Lawless Super Rich GOP Republicans

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HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ANGERED BY SARAH PAILIN’S REMARKS

Hillary wants to know if Pailin wants to run the United States in the same manner that she and McCain ran their dysfunctional families. With the nomination of hockey mom and desperate housewife Sarah Failin, John McCain has officially transformed the defunct GOP Republican Party into a circus complete with a lipstick wearing pig clown displaying the IQ of a cockatoo. While Sarah Falin is campaigning, Alaska is missing its village idiot in charge of guarding the Russian border. It is not very patriotic to leave your front porch, while the Russians are swimming across the Bering Strait. Sarah Palin’s son Track leaves for the military after impregnating his mother and sister. Hillary added that Sarah Failin’s pathological lies, affairs with Todd’s business partners, shootings of endangered species, and unprofessional name calling led to the five letter word pertaining to an Arctic hillbilly (P A L I N).


OBAMA / BIDEN NEW DEAL TO SAVE AMERICA

Enforced Banking Regulations
Enforced Stock Trade Regulations
Corporate Transparency and Accountability
Infrastructure Repairs
Education Reform
College Tuition Assistance Through Domestic Peace Corp
Workers Rights
National Healthcare
Stopping Importation of Illegal Drugs
Stopping Illegal Drug Trade
Full Employment
High Speed Trains linking East Coast Cities (Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Hartford, Boston)
High Speed Trains linking West Coast Cities (San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento)
High Speed Trains linking East to Midwest (Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburg, Cleveland, Toledo, Chicago)


Posted by: dwashington1 | October 10, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

re>> Now I vote Democratic.
Well you sure as he11 can't call that moderate. Obama has the absolute most liberal voting record of any senator. But don't let the facts get in the way of your good feelings.

Posted by: danfromalabam | October 10, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

mdj2000:

There's no law McCain has violated, so I would say "no" (unless you are suggesting someone hurt McCain too?).

ophelia3:

Obamaniacs don't care about the truth.

Posted by: JakeD | October 10, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately McCain's behavior will negatively impact his ability to "reach across the aisle" when he returns to the Senate. He will absolutely be a 'lame duck' Senator. How sad to see a once honorable man turn to the 'Dark Side' in his quest for power.

01/20/09
End of an Error!

Posted by: thebobbob | October 10, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Again, where are the facts. No one here post any credible links for anything. Just opinion and your heartfelt feelings. What a way to pick a president. Where is the proof of any of your accusations. Point to a valid piece of data.

Posted by: danfromalabam | October 10, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Interesting how all the dems posting here talk of mudslinging but respond to questions and cold hard facts with hope "McCain dies", "how come Sarah doesn't look pregnant in a photo". Truth is you guys are the most vitriolic group in America and have been every since Clinton lost. You have hated with such ferocity that it went beyond any kind of rational thought. Ask any Republican and they will tell you, Dems are irrational, persecution complex having, children who put no more thought into selection of their President than "as long as he is not a republican" . You guys are the haters!

Posted by: danfromalabam | October 10, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

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I don't hate Republicans; in fact, I still am a registered Republican who voted for Reagan and Bush 41 (both good presidents).

However, I do hate conservatives such as GW Bush, Tom DeLay, and Dick Cheney who have driven moderates like myself away from the party. Now I vote Democratic.

Posted by: maggots | October 10, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh, well, it's all very clear. William Quinn, described in 2006 as a "spokesman" for John McCain, says Nelson Mandela is a terrorist. On the NBC Nightly News, when asked the three people he'd most like to have dinner with, Obama chose Nelson Mandela first of all. So there you are: Obama consorts with that terrorist Nelson Mandela. QED.

Posted by: lmmaloney | October 10, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

THAT'S ALL WE NEED JOHN

A FAILING ECONOMY, A 5 yesr involvement so far in an endless war ... while you fiddle with words surge versus DRAW DOWN of COMBAT TROOPS ... then unfinished business in AFGHANISTAN ... likely to lead us in another endless war ... that took the lievs of many Russian soldiers ... their Vietnam ... so don't expect any help from Russia.

AND YOU WANT "WE THE PEOPLE" who are suffering to keep 1 house to LISTEN TO YOUR BLATANT RACIST AND DIVISIVE LANGUAGE?
After, the vote, WHAT IS THE PLAN ... to leave us DIVIDED COUNTRY?

Is this really COUNTRY FIRST? Is that like COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATIVE?

George Bush and your Party disappointed us through 2 election cycles ... WHY SHOULD WE TRUST YOU? We don't!!

Posted by: amitchell13 | October 10, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh, puhleeze.

Where was the outrage when the Amaya Smith memo was revealed showing Obama's plans to tar the Clintons with racism in order to win in South Carolina? That was over-the-line.

When you want to throw accusations of negativity, limit it to negativity based on lies and that are based on lies, like the tactics employed in the SC primary.

The economy is falling apart because of greed, corruption and wheeling and dealing. That is why Obama's connections to the Chicago machine and his associates are highly relevant.

The questions need to be asked and they need to be answered. If the press doesn't have the smarts or the guts to do it, step out of the way and let McCain do it!

Posted by: ophelia3 | October 10, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

hey dan from alabama, what's your opinion of the AIP? That's all I've been trying to ask McCain/Palin supporters for like 8 posts and no one will answer. And you're right about hatefulness. I DO hate people who stoop really low in politics, so I guess I am "hateful". Also, I saw no posts that said they wish McCain would die, but I saw plenty of indicators in the video that there are a lot of people that would be happy if Obama did.

Posted by: sickofit1 | October 10, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

The display of raw emotions and bottomless hate mongering being displayed at the McCain/Palin rallies is shocking indeed. But, if you think about it, it is only a trip back to the future.

These people, who you can broadly classify as ‘country first’, ‘Christian evangelical’, ‘anti-abortion’, ‘pro gun’, are hate-filled people who can never compromise and accept as President any person who does not fit their world view. When Clinton became President they hounded him from day one and used every illegal and immoral trick in the book to prove that he was unfit to be a President.

Now, if Obama does become the President as most likely he will, I predict, these same people will restart exactly where they left off with Clinton and hound Obama until they can prove something, anything.

McCain is rightly proud of having served his country with honor and now he must show us that he can also ‘lose with honor’.

“Country first indeed”, Mr. McCain! Call off these hate-mongers and if lose you must, lose with dignity!

Posted by: sskapur | October 10, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

The people at these rallies are examples of what goes wrong when siblings breed with each other.

Posted by: pgiaquinto | October 10, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Harried, having to endure a Republican without lipstick is tortuous - this is perhaps the greatest of Rudy Giuliani's insights ;)

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I guess it is no longer McBush?

Now it is McMeannie or McDesperate?

MMMc Mc Mc Mc! MMMc Mc Mc Mc!

It just reinforces his mean stance during the debate. People around here are talking about how they didn't realize McCain was mean until he said "that one."

Now they are seeing that Palin fits into the meanness. And these new desperate ads fit into the meanness.

At least the Keating 5 ads that Obama has are about substance.

I mean, in the South "the one" is used to denote the "n" word. And McCain is also using "the one" to make Obama seem like a celebrity.

How come all of this is backfiring on McCain.

I had respect for McCain until two weeks ago.

Now I would not risk having a world leader who cannot control his anger and has a poor temperment.

Go back to the Senate and you can work with Obama from there, Mr. John Sydney McCain III.

And then you seem to pander to Democrats, and then to right wing Republicans. But it doesn't seem like you are consistent.

Show some grace. Please Mr. John Sydney McCain III. Act like the Senator you are.

Posted by: kflet3 | October 10, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow. This is starting to get really nasty, and I'm genuinely afraid of where this country is heading. With Sen. Obama extending his lead in the polls, it's going to be interesting to see people showing their "true colors" because their fear of a black president is becoming greater than their desire to stay silent and hidden. You can start to see it at the McCain/Palin rallies. The hidden, repressed and ingrained prejuidices are starting to surface, and I guarantee it that will get much worse. I can only hope that Americans who are interested in fairness, objectivity, COMPROMISE and progress will prevail, whether they're Democrats or Republicans.

Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin do not seem interested in calming their supporters. No, instead, they want to throw bloody red meat to the crowds. Well, have at it! But I hope they realize that there's cost for everything, and that they won't be the only ones to pay. The whole country will.

I have lost all remnants of respect for Sen. McCain.

Posted by: gerard2003 | October 10, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Are there laws againist Inciting a Riot? Are Hate Crimes still on the law books? Or did McCain suspend them?

Posted by: 1April | October 10, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

heres a complied list of all the things that are going on at these McCain rallies.

Palin/McCain Rallies, Breeding Ground for Racists and Hostility
http://sensico.wordpress.com/2008/10/07/palinmccain-rallies-breeding-ground-for-racists-and-hostility/

Posted by: coba11 | October 10, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse


Gee, is this what our political discourse has come to? Is Obama/Biden and McCain/Palin the absolute best that either of the major political parties could come up with? I am thoroughly unimpressed by either. And I have a sneaking suspicion that neither will deliver.

Frankly, for the first time, I am actually glad to know that my vote really will not matter at all in the grand scheme of things, since I will not be voting in a "swing" state.

Otherwise, [and with credit to Redstateupdate.com], I might put a shotgun to my mouth so fast I'd chip a tooth, rather than living with the thought I just might have been instrumental in voting either ticket into office.

My thoughts.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | October 10, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Scruffy1970

Angry whites said the same thing about Martin Luther King and Mohammad Ali. They were both labeled unamerican and one was labeled a dangerous communist. History has proven that theory wrong but not before king lost his life to people who preached that same hate because they were not ready for the change he represented and was forcing at the time. Its funny how history repeats itself isn't it? Also, how do you feel about the bush family doing business with the bin laden family? How do you feel about Prescott Bush being an business investor with Nazi Germany? How do you feel about Sarah Palin's husband belonging to a group that wanted alaska to no longer be part of america, and palin address their convention twice? If Obama's so called pals bother you shouldn't those things bother you just as much? Or it only scares you when its "that one"?

Posted by: gdavis4 | October 10, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama predicted in detail back in July what the Republicans are doing today. Check it out:

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/10/prescience.html

Posted by: nodebris | October 10, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

In terms of who's a "socialist" these days, I think Mr Bush with his ambitious government take over of Wall Street probably fits that description more aptly than Mr. Obama.

One man's humble opinion.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | October 10, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

You too sagereader--AIP? Any comment? Apparently Lynn11 and ttj1 aren't able to comment. Where's the mainstream media about those ties? I haven't seen any.

Posted by: sickofit1

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I will comment, Sickofit1, no problem. You are referring to the Alaska Independence Party?? So, did Todd Palin, like Barack Obama, say he's going to sit down and have a friendly chat with Iran's Ahmadinejad? The same Ahmadinejad who seeks nuclear weaponry and says Israel doesn't have a right to exist?

You know, two people were killed while
Ayers was fooling around with nail bombs and pretending he was a paramilitary revolutionary. I guess he was trying to be a pacifist.

Now you say Obama was interest in Ayers is an "educator."

Obama must be really interested in education. That must be why his friend Antoin Rezko was busy trying to rip off the Illinois Teachers Retirement System Board and the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board. That's the same Rezko who was working on a $130 million real estate development in Obama's South Chicago Loop area with Nadhmi Auchi...yeah, Auchi, the billionaire who helped obtain arms for Saddam Hussein.

So, you want to comment on this Sickofit1 and try to explain for us how Obama's odd frienships are irrelevant?

One further difference is that Obama is running for president, not for husband of the VP. Obama and his friends would have actual power in office...Todd Palin, at best, would have celebrity status.

Posted by: ttj1 | October 10, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

""Over the line? Where was the media saying that all of the Obama campaign's ageism remarks were over the line? Where was the media when people were questioning Palin's ability to be a mother and a political figure at the same time?"
Posted by: rah2"

Do people yell "kill him", "terrorist" or "traitor" when someone asserts that McCain's age might make him physically unable to perform his job as president? Do you think we'll see lynch mobs with signs proclaiming "kill old people" burning wheelchairs on retirement home lawns? As for the "people" making sexist remarks about Palin... what people are you talking about? The only ones I have heard are right-wing radio shock jocks and idiots on blogs. Send me the quote from Obama, Biden or a spokeperson for their campaign stating that she should be home taking care of her kids...

Posted by: b1rd | October 10, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I miss the good old days when we were discussing makeup on pigs.
Posted by: officermancuso
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Yeah lot of PIGS out there need some makeup huh,... Officer?

Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Dylan:

"you don't need to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows"

Obama/Biden

Posted by: susanjoy911 | October 10, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Just a note to correct an error I have seen many places now. The University of Illinois at Chicago (where Ayers is a professor) has nothing to do with the University of Chicago. One is a small campus of the University of Illinois, a public university, and the other is a private (and much better known) institution.

Even John Stewart blew this.

Oh... and by the way... McCain has become a sad caricature of his former self.

Posted by: DrPhyzx | October 10, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

This is a direct quote from John McCain. "I know where Osama Bin Laden is and I know how to get him".

Really? Well Senator McCain thanks for filling the rest of us in on your little secret. We've only spent the last 7 years and billions of dollars trying to find him.
We appreciate you putting "Country First".

Oh, and thanks too for choosing such a stellar running mate. I for one really sleep better at night knowing you have our best interests in mind. You betcha'.

Posted by: bretb | October 10, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

McCain has his own 1960's Anti-War Friend David Ifshin whom was branded a traitor to the US during the Vietnam war.

McCain has proved he has not learned from him involvement in the Keating Five.

Cindy McCain is a self-professed drug addict and thief (stealing drugs from poor people)

Sarah Palin is really irrevelant, she is just plain dumb and is probably still seeking protection from the witches.

AND I DON'T REALLY CARE, BECAUSE I JUST WANT A PRESIDENT THAT CAN HANDLE TH ECONOMY, HEALTHCARE AND END THE WAR.

I FOUND HIM ....OBAMA/BIDEN 08

Posted by: 1April | October 10, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

God forbid someone hurts Obama because they feel "its their patriotic duty" and got the ok from McCain. Will anyone hold McCain accountable? I doubt it.

This is very very dangerous.

Posted by: mdj2000 | October 10, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I am so worried for Obama's safety now. McCain and Palin are playing to the rabble in our society. I pray one of the crazies won't take McCain and Palin serious.

Posted by: sassparilla | October 10, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

"Kill him!" Terrorist!" "Treason!" These sound like the rantings of a fanatics at a hate rally. Well these are things shouted out by people at a Palin/McCain rally. What are those people so angry about? You would think Obama was the incumbent or directly responsible for the financial melt down. Or maybe it's simply because of his skin color?

Posted by: jabreal00 | October 10, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm watching CNN right now.

Posted by: JakeD | October 10, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

in Reply...>>ey dipsh!t... do you know who founded the Annenberg Foundation/Chicago Annenberg Challenge? Walter Annenberg... a conservative media magnate and close friend of the Reagans... he passed away in 2002 but his family has endorsed McCain...

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Hey sheep dip, if you would bother to inform yourself a little you would read the article posted and discover the author says the funds were essentially hijacked for the radical education policy of the CAC. But I don't suspect knowledge is what you are after anyway. Just revenge!

Posted by: danfromalabam | October 10, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

The Real McCain: My ambitions first, country last.

http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/23316912/makebelieve_maverick/print

Posted by: BAC-Independent | October 10, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

"But what's also clear is that McCain's tactics are over the line, with no restraint in sight, and threaten to provoke reactions among partisans on both sides that will continue to escalate."

Finally, a MSM reporter has stepped away from the sidelines to point out that the anger McCain is stirring among his crowds is a sign of trouble. I'm frightened by the taunts McCain/Palin are evoking in their supporters. The fact that they would allow anyone to feel comfortable yelling, "Kill him," during a rally is deeply disturbing. This is the kind of "patriotism" Hitler stoked in the 1940s, and George Wallace supported in the 1960s.

Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. Let us hope that McCain and people like him are making their last and final stand.

Posted by: Seneca7 | October 10, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I miss the good old days when we were discussing makeup on pigs.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The language McCain and Palin are using: "radical," "palling around with terrorists," "willing co-conspirators" is growing more heated by the day. It's language that's compounded by the "dangerous" commercials McCain is running across the country. It's the kind of language that you use in describing an enemy in wartime. It's the kind of language that not only excuses violence, but encourages it. More and more it sounds as if McCain has inhaled the ghost of Joseph McCarthy and is exhaling the fevered rancor of Charles Coughlin.


The "Straight Talk Express" long ago left the station. "Country First" is the last thing on their minds. Nothing remains of John McCain's campaign but a tight little ball of festering hate. Considering the volatile nature of the country at the moment, and the fear so many are facing as they watch their life savings evaporate, that hate is all too easy to spread. There are millions of Americans looking for someone to blame for this disaster, and McCain is desperate to give them a target. He's said many times that he wants to reach across the aisle, and he's doing that, but he's holding a knife in his hand.


Maybe it's guilt over McCain's decades of voting for and evangelizing for the deregulation that brought on the crisis. Maybe he's desperate that the mob not look at his own record for the source of their troubles. Maybe he's simply angry because he sees his chance slipping away. Whatever it is, it's ugly. And getting uglier. Any decent candidate -- any decent human being -- would be working now to tamp down that ire, not raise it.


What McCain is doing is no more responsible than tossing lighted matches into a tinder dry forest. Someone is going to get burned.


Here's some more straight-talk, my friends:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJThPjvscFs
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 10, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

"Your paper's actions are reprehensible and smacks of socialistic (sic)sensorship.

Posted by: evangel7 | October 10, 2008 4:35 PM"

Socialism deals with economics, not politics. Socialism is not concerned with censorship one way or another... maybe you meant "facist censorship"... oh, wait, facism is the right-wing not the left... oops! Someone must have (sic)"sensored" your dictionary/spell checker too!

Posted by: b1rd | October 10, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

The news is that the Republican Party leadership is not denouncing John McCain. As such, they will likewise go down in flames, as he has. I thought Hillary was an amateur in that she was unable to deal with her own deficiencies and campaign needs, McCain is uniquely self-hurtful and seems to occupy an eerie political vacuum. Obama could do a John McCain and get a supporter to send him to the Bahamas and take a three week snooze and still win by a landslide (~375 Electoral College votes). The McCain group truly thinks a tactic is a strategy. This tactical strategy is obvious as they hammer the same nail into their own foot, daily. McCain: old, irrelevant, mean, battle weary, and repeats him-self: Ayers. Ayers. He is like Lucky and Pozzo in Waiting for Godot: Absurd.

Posted by: terrybrady | October 10, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Ayers was a domsetic terrorist 40 years ago.

Carl H. Lindner Jr., is a terrorist NOW and McCain hasn't said a peep about their relationship. Is it because his "pal" oversaw the payment of roughly $1.7 million to a Colombian paramilitary group that is today designated a terrorist organization by the United States? WHO IS THE REAL MCCAIN? Or more importantly, who is pulling his strings?


Posted by: hbfrancis | October 10, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Interesting how all the dems posting here talk of mudslinging but respond to questions and cold hard facts with hope "McCain dies", "how come Sarah doesn't look pregnant in a photo". Truth is you guys are the most vitriolic group in America and have been every since Clinton lost. You have hated with such ferocity that it went beyond any kind of rational thought. Ask any Republican and they will tell you, Dems are irrational, persecution complex having, children who put no more thought into selection of their President than "as long as he is not a republican" . You guys are the haters!

Posted by: danfromalabam | October 10, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

McCain's campaign is a clear (and extreme) example of a simple psychological dynamic: when the facts do not support you, make it personal.

The facts do not lift up McCain's (or Palin's) ideas. So they think that their only option is to tear the other guy down.

And it is intellectual dishonesty of the first order. And, at a time of national (and international) crisis, it is - in every sense - putting country LAST.

Pathetic!

Posted by: miraclestudies | October 10, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

quote from pookiecat
"The question the needs to be raised, repeatedly now, is when are the Secret Service and the FBI going to arrest terrorists at Palin/McCain rallies who are threatening physical violence against a sitting United States Senator?"

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Very good question.

Posted by: norcalworm | October 10, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I have to say it is already a sad day in America that the Presidential campaign has turned this nasty. I am even reading the post that are said here. It is sad at the mudslinging that is going on even here in these comments.

At this point I am ready for the election to be done and over. So we know who we are dealing with and we can have some peace from these political ads( especially McCains)and get back to the real issues. Remember the economy, jobs, people losing their homes.

But yet and still there is one campaign that is so focused on committing slander against his opponent, he is not focusing on the issues.

I am with a lot of people posting here. McCain campaign if Ayers was such an issue why are you bringing it up now? Why didn't you bring it up during the debate? You didn't have the courage to act like a fool in front of all those people. You would rather your robot Sarah Palin do you dirty work for you. You would rather do it at rallies, but never on TV. We have news for you McCain. People are watching. Many of us who believes America are better than that are appauled at you and Governor Palin.

Another desperate tactic, I have the answer to the mortgage crisis the other night on the debate. If you have the so called wonderful Mortgage plan why did you wait until Tuesday night the announcement.

Why did you disrespect Senator Obama by calling him that one on television the other night? He did not disrespect you one.

Nothing this man does surprises me. Everything he does is irratic and impulsive. Appointing Palin-impulsive, Mortgage plan- impulsive( because the economy is not your strong point) Ayers ad and inciting your followers to anger and racisim- impulsive, idoiotic and dangerous.

You say Obama is a danger to America. Please! I don't know of any other man who would put himself out there for a country where some of its citizens hate him because he does not look like them. His name doesn't sound American. People have a problem with this. So much so they have lost sight of what intelligence God gave them to see him as God does. To see him for his good character.

Want to know who is a danger to America? That old guy and the hockey Mom. You Betcha ! I have not respect for you and people who fail to see through your smokescreen of lies.

May God have Mercy on our country. Whatever happens he is in control.

Obama/Biden 2008

Posted by: bjlopez1130 | October 10, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

So, this explains the pillow cases with the eye holes cut out that read, "McCain/Palin 08" on the back.

I don't see what's all the uproar about.

I thought it was pretty standard to have a cross-burning at most Republican Rallies.

THE HATE TALK EXPRESS IS IN FULL SWING!

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Posted by: LeftwithNochoice | October 10, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

What a meltdown these Republicans are having.

They're actually throwing tantrums in public, on the radio, on the internet, etc.


I can't help but totally crack up. This is hilarious. The Republicans are having a total meltdown.


Classic.


Keep up the fits, Pubbies. It's funny as hell. I'm serious. This is classic.

Posted by: michaelfairbanks | October 10, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

CHARLES KEETING...... S&L collapse of the 80's—complements of Johnny McSame.

TROOPERGATE and Cronyism...... from Sarah McFlame—scorch and burn baby...

Come on Johnny and Sarah grow up.

You haven't anything nice to say, then shut the F up!

Anger is where it's at for the Republicans, how wonderful.

Posted by: yakmon | October 10, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

http://www.realclearpolitics/polls/

---- OBAMA +6.3 10/08-10/09 AVERAGE OF ALL POLLS ----

OBAMA +7.0 10/07-10/09 FOX NEWS
OBAMA +10.0 10/07-10/09 GALLUP TRACKING
OBAMA +5.0 10/07-10/09 RASMUSSEN TRACKING
OBAMA +7.0 10/07-10/09 HOTLINE/FD TRACKING
OBAMA +5.0 10/07-10/09 REUTERS/CSPAN/ZOBGY
OBAMA +8.0 10/06-10/09 GW/BATTLEGROUND TRACKING
OBAMA +6.0 10/03-10/06 TIME
OBAMA +6.0 10/04-10/05 NBC NEWS/WALL STREET JOURNAL
OBAMA +3.0 10/03-10/05 CBS NEWS
OBAMA +8.0 10/03-10/05 CNN
OBAMA +7.0 10/02-10/06 ISPOS/MCCLATCHY
OBAMA +3.0 10/01-10/05 DEMOCRACY CORPS


plus, obama is leading in most of the battleground states.

mccain is losing ground due to his negative campaigning.

oh well... huh?

Posted by: FozzieBear | October 10, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

"Over the line? Where was the media saying that all of the Obama campaign's ageism remarks were over the line? Where was the media when people were questioning Palin's ability to be a mother and a political figure at the same time?"

Posted by: rah2 |

Discussing the issues, just as here.

The question isn't where was the media, the question is, where were YOU?

Research shows that partisans of both sides see media bias in favor of their opponents. It has the psychological advantage of reducing cognitive dissonance over the conflict between one's own worldview and the public sphere.

Me, I want to know why the mainstream media hasn't reported that Bush planned to invade Iraq even before he was elected, in part because he thought playing commander-in-chief would give him an advantage over his opponents in domestic politics, he'd push through his program and go down in history as a great president. Our kids have died for Bush's pursuit of glory, and you'd think that's more important than somebody correctly noted that McCain is old, has health issues, and seems out-of-touch with the way many live these days.

Correct but mean, yes. Obama should apologize just as soon as McCain quits trying to make him out to be a dangerous terrorist, which is mean and incorrect.

Posted by: j2hess | October 10, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

"Dan Balz, you are not being truthful. You tell only part of the story. That is why you are not a journalist. It is clear that the association with Ayers is more than you let on. It has been stated multiple times that the committee that Obama and Ayers were on (sic)(Annenburg) had an agenda to "radicalize the political process".
Posted by: danfromalabam | October 10, 2008 4:30 PM"

Hey dipsh!t... do you know who founded the Annenberg Foundation/Chicago Annenberg Challenge? Walter Annenberg... a conservative media magnate and close friend of the Reagans... he passed away in 2002 but his family has endorsed McCain...

Posted by: b1rd | October 10, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

It's disappointing that a presidential campaign would play on voter's people's fears. I listen to the audience at the events and its very scary.

Posted by: vannw1 | October 10, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain and his followers need to find another home if they hate America so much.
Every time I see another McCain rally video I have to ask myself, Where did these people come from? And why do they hate democracy so much?
These people would have been right at home in Hitler's Germany.
Its pathetic really.

Posted by: norcalworm | October 10, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Get ready for yet another sad finish to a miserable Presidential election that no one is going to feel good about.

Posted by: Zeromeo | October 10, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

What is there for the MSM to cover regarding Ayers? That he, a distinguished professor sat on a charity board with Obama? That he was funneled money from one of McCain's biggest backers (Annenberg)? If Obama is guilty by association, so is McCain.

But will this help solve the economic crisis? Will this help our troops in Afghanistan? Will this end America's addition to oil? No No No

Posted by: hbfrancis | October 10, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Tell the truth you liars at the Washington Post. We all know you are in bed with the Obama campaign and cannot be trusted to give objective reporting. Tell us about how Obama was the number 2 recipient of funds from the corrupt institutions Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Tell us how the California Democrat Maxine Waters, New York Democrat Gregory Meeks, Missouri Democrat Lacy Clay, Alabama Democrat Atur Davis, Connecticut Chris Dodd, Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank, covered for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGT_cSi7Rs&feature=related). If the GOP were guilty the news cycle could not hold enough hours in the day to contain all the reporting you would be doing on the scandal. Your paper's actions are reprehensible and smacks of socialistic sensorship.

Posted by: evangel7 | October 10, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I can't honestly believe that the McCain campaign is that stupid to bring up associations, drug use, etc..

Between McCain & Palin, they both have enough associations to either be tied to the mafia or right wing groups that want to break away from the United States.

Cindy McCain (since she opened her mouth) also has a few skeletons in her closet.


These people are not winning on the real issues at hand so they are stirring racist groups into a frenzy (you can't honestly believe that Obama is a terrorist after Bush's domestic terrorism program over 7 years?).

Do these people really want to go there?

Posted by: ssanford00 | October 10, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

The question the needs to be raised, repeatedly now, is when are the Secret Service and the FBI going to arrest terrorists at Palin/McCain rallies who are threatening physical violence against a sitting United States Senator?

It is now apparent that Mccain is so mentally impaired that he is incapable of controlling the racist and violent mobs that constitute his supporters. Palin is a secessionist and is a member of the Alaka Independence Party, a fringe organization of weirdos at best, so we already know where her twisted mind is.

The second question is when is William Ayers going to bring suit for slander against both Palin and the McCain campaign? He was never charged with, indicted for, or convicted of being a "terrorist". That charge by the McCain campaign is so spurilous to be actionable in a court of law. The University of Chicago should also be consulting with counsel on pursuing such an action, as clearly it's reputation as a well-respected academic institution is being slandered. The media needs to vigorously pursue this story and start conducting some investigative reporting, not just spitting out candidate sound bites followed by partisan arguments. It's failing in its duty to the nation.

Posted by: pookiecat | October 10, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

>I looked, and I am NOT a Sarah Palin fan, but I think she looks pregnant.

No way, here clothers are straight, there is no way she 8 month pregnant in that photo. No way.

Nice try though.

Posted by: Dano111 | October 10, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Note to McCain: Do you think that the anger and division being whipped up during campaign rallies is good for our country at any time, but especially during this difficult one? I used to respect McCain and considered voting for him, but have decided not to because of this destructive tactic. And because he chose politics over the good of the country when he picked Palin as a running mate. I no longer respect McCain or his campaign.

Shame on you Senator McCain.

Posted by: plu123 | October 10, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

b1rd:

Anticipatory self-defense -- unfortunately, there's collateral damage in any major war -- which is why it should be the option of last resort.

EDWCOREY AND DANO111:

Was that "hateful", "racist", "illicit[ing] fear" too?

contadh:

How many of those people kicked off political careers in the Ayers home?

Posted by: JakeD | October 10, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

McCain is realizing one thing: Sarah Palin with her hate mongering, character-assissination, inability to answer the simplest of questions, has proven that you CAN in fact put lipstick on a pig. As my friend said: "As part of a local chapter of a National Republican Women's group, we are ashamed that Sarah Palin is a woman and has ovaries. And the biggest fear and threat is that she may still reproduce and pass on her vile characteristics to yet another generation." To women who voted in Alaska for Sarah Palin, we forgive you.

Posted by: lmag | October 10, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"Several of the five aircraft that spiraled out of Mr. McCain's control in the past were characterized as "flame outs".
Posted by: kmarin | October 10, 2008 4:22 PM |"

I spent 6 years in the Marine Corps working on F-18s... flame-out is a euphemism for pilot error, used when your daddy is an Admiral. I never in my six years met a pilot with one crash let alone three (of the five planes he destroyed only three were his fault) who still had his wings... talk about wasting tax payers' money.

Posted by: b1rd | October 10, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are no longer patriots, they are partisans. Information does not interest them, only party.

No wonder all the intellectual conservatives have decided to forgo this ticket. The entire party is populated by fat monkeys and the miserable dregs who believe whatever tripe they receive in their AOL inbox and who are obstreperously opposed to brains and books.

Dear Monkeys,

Dinosaurs did not walk with Jesus, Obama is not a terrorist and Sarah Palin is not smart. Some things you just have to live with.

Posted by: SecularDan | October 10, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

pr88 wrote:
How about the fact obama conducted secret negotiations with the Iraqis to undermine the President and the US Military?

The absurdity of this accusation is that if no agreement is reached before 12/31/08, the legality of the U.S. military presence in Iraq will lapse.

Posted by: bfieldk | October 10, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Socialism, isn't that when we take over banks? George W. Bush? That is conservativism? I mean that oxymoron conservative conservative!

George W. Bush reigned over the largest expansion of the welfare state since the 1960s.

The prescription benefit plan he engineered, though it was a candy store for the pharmaceutical companies -- it was the largest expansion of the welfare state in decades.

Now, wait, I think we should be calling them liberal spending Republicans and conservative spending Democrats.

And sure, socially liberal Democrats (live free or die), and socially conservative Republicans (I want to see what you do in your bedroom - ick!).

Let's face it. Nixon created the food stamp program.

Who is fooling who?

Those free wheeling spending Republicans want you to bail them out. But they don't want to be part of it. Or at least appear part of it.

Socialism? I guess welfare for billion dollar companies is a form of socialism?

Posted by: kflet3 | October 10, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Someone wrote:

We want to know why Sarah Palin isnt pregnant in this photo taken 1 month before giving birth. Her baby was allegedly born on April 18, 2008.

Why isnt she near full term pregnancy on March 14, 2008?

http://www.daylife.com/photo/0fcQ5EM7gafd9

anyone?


I looked, and I am NOT a Sarah Palin fan, but I think she looks pregnant. It's hard to tell cuz she is wearing "flowing" clothes - kind of a sign that she might be preggers. Not everyone shows like a moose when they are pregant. :)

Obama all the way!!!

Posted by: faithinflight | October 10, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Sagereader and all the McCain plants can't answer anything about the AIP. This wasn't just someone S Palin knew, these people are friends of hers and helped her get elected. AIP--it's totally un-american to want to secede. And they got help from IRAN to try and do it. IRAN.

dano111--I think she really did have her kid, but it's also possible she lied. She's lied about every other thing (most) she did as governer

Posted by: sickofit1 | October 10, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bfieldk | October 10, 2008 4:23 PM

"Maybe, just maybe, the electorate will turn away from McCain's and the RNC's campaign of hate and fear, seeing in Obama not a man with African blood who dares seek the highest office in the land, but rather an intelligent, caring, capable, energetic, reasonable candidate who, if anyone really cares, happens to have African blood, and who, in boldest contrast to McCain and those holding the highest offices in the land, has the self confidence and the modesty to both recognize what he doesn't know and to admit it."

VERY well put, bfieldk. And I agree with your cautious optimism. This time the Republicans have exposed their sick soul to the point that even a deaf, dumb, and blind man can see it.

Posted by: andym108 | October 10, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

The key thing for me, aside from what these attacks say about McCain's (lack of) character, is that he is showing no leadership and no foresight. He is surrounding himself with people who cheer him instead of trying to solve problems, and he is undoing decades of respect earned from people who now believe him to have no honor or integrity. It is embarrassing watching him devolve this way, even more so when he asserts that he is doing it intentionally. Once (supposedly) bipartisan, he now feasts on (situational) acclaim from wingnut devotees. Johnny, we hardly knew ye.

Posted by: martymartymarty | October 10, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Dan Balz, you are not being truthful. You tell only part of the story. That is why you are not a journalist. It is clear that the association with Ayers is more than you let on. It has been stated multiple times that the committee that Obama and Ayers were on (Annenburg) had an agenda to "radicalize the political process". Look at this article from the national review. http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MTViMGRmMmYxZTgwZTFjYmFjODU5YzM4Y2MwM2ViMjY= by Stanley Kurtz dated Sept 23 of this year. You know the association and yet you post this fluff piece and perpetuate half truths. Shame, stop calling yourself a journalist. And you know you have glossed over the Rezco thing as well. This country is about to be taken over by the media and pundants like you are making it possible.

Posted by: danfromalabam | October 10, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

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GET ON BOARD, AMERIKKKA!!!

UNCLE JOHNNY'S "HATE TALK EXPRESS"

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Posted by: LeftwithNochoice | October 10, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

It's OVER. McCain can go ahead and die, as his senate colleagues surely will not allow him entrance back into the chamber. His cocain sniffing prostitue wife can find herself a man who can get it done without pills, the lipstick coated pig woman can haul her hate-mongering arse back to alaska and take her daughter's retarded kid with her and the entire klan can watch the border for stray russians.

Posted by: pgiaquinto | October 10, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Win the election, while destroying the Republic? I used to hold Senator McCain in high regard, but no longer.

Frankly, his selection of Sarah Palin was an insult to all of us. George Will and Kathleen Parker were speaking for many of us.

As a Republican, (really), I'm voting for Senator Obama this election. However, after the election, I want the party back. We could actually win elections based on issues if we had someone who could discuss them in a coherent way. Senator McCain's gutter politics embarrasses us all and is beneath the dignity of the United States...although we're obviously losing it fast.

Posted by: amaikovich | October 10, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

answer the question:

We want to know why Sarah Palin isnt pregnant in this photo taken 1 month before giving birth. Her baby was allegedly born on April 18, 2008.

Why isnt she near full term pregnancy on March 14, 2008?

http://www.daylife.com/photo/0fcQ5EM7gafd9

anyone?

Posted by: Dano111 | October 10, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Mudslinging is the last refuge of the truly hapless, helpless and hopeless. It is a tactic favored by scoundrels and weasels. Sadly, it also invites retaliation in kind and any such retaliation will invariably be unkind. To wit:
• McCain's entry into political life as a member of The Keating Five;
• his marital infidelity and spousal abandonment in favor of a younger, uncrippled, decidedly richer heiress;
• Cindy's father's business association (and the founding of the McCain fortune) with a Mafia-linked business partner;
• Cindy's drug addiction and drug conviction resulting in the court-ordered dismantling of a medical charity misused as a front for phony, illegal prescriptions;
• McCain's health issues and four bouts with melanoma (was it stage 2A or 3B?);
• increasingly bizarre and erratic behavior by a septuagenarian candidate (incipient Alzheimer’s or merely senior moments?);
• medical cover-up?;
• tax issues w/ Palin failure to report per diem income;
• Palin Trooper-gate abuse of power issue;
• Palin "witchcraft" prayer protection service at Wasilla Assembly of God;
• Palin children's behavior in general (lots of allegations and rumors, none of which should be anybody's d**n business);
• Palin’s taking a per diem and charging the taxpayers of Alaska for every night spent in her own home, as if it were a Motel 6;
• Palin's book banning/burning activities as mayor;
• Palin's intellectual fitness to serve and be a sick, 72 year old heartbeat removed from the presidency.
• etc., etc., etcetera.
It's ugly folks anyway you look at it! It's always wrong and NEVER appropriate. It's tawdry, unseemly, unwarranted and unwonted in the political process. It besmirches the target and the mudslinger himself/herself. And... it cuts both ways. Both parties CAN do it. Up and until now only one has been so desperate as to stoop to it. Let us not open this can of worms lest we soon find them crawling all over us!

Posted by: kmarin | October 10, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Ayers! Reverend Wright! Rezko! Muslim! Terrorist! America-hater! Boogie Man!

If the Republicans can't win the Presidency on the merits of their own platform, then they have no alternative but to target their opponent.

But one of the people at this rally in Wisconsin yells into the microphone that they are "sitting here, stunned at how this could have happened" (that the GOP are losing ground to Obama).

STUNNED? Haven't these people been reading the news the last 8 years?? An illegal war, a poorer middle class, a housing crisis, skyrocketing oil prices, a Wall Street catastrophe, rampant cronyism, secrecy, and lawlessness in government, and a world opinion that has turned on us.

WHY ARE YOU STUNNED, SIR? LOOK AROUND FOR PETE'S SAKE. YOUR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT DID THIS.

Posted by: poortrekker | October 10, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

"Ayers remains an anti-American radical who would hurt his country.
Posted by: sagereader | October 10, 2008 4:09 PM"

"...remains an anti-American radical?" I guess if think dedicating the rest of his life to education is anti-American and radical he does in fact fact remain such... I can also surmise that if you think Palin is a model of the all-American woman you do think education is anti-American.

Posted by: b1rd | October 10, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Reading Dan Balz's take on the McCain campaign was like listening to Walter Cronkite's telling us that it was time to get out of Vietnam.

Up to now, Balz has been almost painfully evenhanded in trying to dole out blame for the negative direction of this campaign.

But even the fairminded Dan Balz can't deny the evidence of his senses. He knows what he's seeing from the McCain campaign, and it isn't pretty.

Posted by: andym108 | October 10, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

You saw it here first, folks, "Maverick Youth." Be the first on your block to instill a lynch mob....

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | October 10, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

When these people scream "No Socialism" are they talking about the Bush/Paulson bailout?

Posted by: toq999 | October 10, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Hillary Clinton did Obama a favor by going negative with a vengeance as soon as she saw the handwriting on the wall. Because of her going negative--throwing in the kitchen sink, as her handlers boasted--McCain has nothing new to scare the American people with.

Thus, the McCain/Palin campaign sounds increasingly shrill and desperate. They may think they are helped by the rantings of Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Hannity, etc., but they are diminished by trying to assume that role themselves.

In truth, the entire GOP is still trying to overcome the effect of two marvelous speeches by Obama--his speech about race in America after the Rev. Wright embroglio, and his acceptance speech in Denver.

Maybe, just maybe, the electorate will turn away from McCain's and the RNC's campaign of hate and fear, seeing in Obama not a man with African blood who dares seek the highest office in the land, but rather an intelligent, caring, capable, energetic, reasonable candidate who, if anyone really cares, happens to have African blood, and who, in boldest contrast to McCain and those holding the highest offices in the land, has the self confidence and the modesty to both recognize what he doesn't know and to admit it.

Posted by: bfieldk | October 10, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Close, Dan, but no cigar......should have written letting the rabid, mad dogs off the chain. These are the fools who believed Bush's lies about Iraq, and who have no belief in the US Constitution. They would follow the Smirking Chimp Bush to hell, and they very likely will.

Posted by: usnr02 | October 10, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

joep1 wrote, in part, "1997 Obama cites Ayers critique of the juvenile justice system in a Chicago Tribune article."

That's it! Now I'm voting for McCain.

Ayers' past is irrelevant to the possible truth or falsity of his critique of the juvenile justice system. To evaluate that critique in a scientific manner you'd need to compare his claims to the evidence, not to investigate the author's biography.

I know science is unpopular in some quarters. Some folks figure that dinosaurs and humans shared this planet as recently as 6,000 years ago.

I'll stick with science. I see no need for the NTSB to spend $0.05 investigating the potential risks to air safety were commercial airliners to encounter flying pigs at 33,000 feet above sea level, and no need to investigate whether John Sydney McCain or Barack Hussein Obama are anti-American.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Several of the five aircraft that spiraled out of Mr. McCain's control in the past were characterized as "flame outs". His current campaign seems to be following suit. As his numbers nose dive toward a crash and burn scenario he seems determined to plumb the depths of deceit and dishonor with an utter disregard for his legacy and place in history. Our certified war hero, happy warrior, "Mr. reach-across-the-aisle" darling of Democrat and Republican alike has vanished from view, and sadly will soon be lost to our memories as well. The tragedy unfolding before us is ugly and dismaying in the extreme. To wit: an irascible, mean-spirited, stumbling old goat wallowing in a cesspool of calumny, dishonor and shameless lies. When my trusted and beloved old hound stumbled onto a skunk when out on the trail, repeated bathing in tomato juice diminished the ordure and allowed him to be welcomed back into hearth and home. Sadly, it seems that so much stink will cling to the empty shell of a once great American when this is all over that no such happy rehabilitation will await him. While I cringe in the face of his despicable tactics my heart and prayers remain with him.

Posted by: kmarin | October 10, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Honorable Republicans (I know it is an oxymoron, but anyway) like Gov. Milikin of Michigan, George Will, Lincoln Chafee, and now William F. Buckley's son Christopher have all stood up in recent days to denounce McCain's despicable campaign tactics.

McCain has irrevocably stained the Republican brand. He is making it harder for Republicans down the ticket to fight their election battles. McCain is setting the table for a GOP rout in November.

We thought that Bush had made it anathama to be a Republican what with the 9/11, insane Iraq war, Katrina, financial meltdown and all.

But now we see McCain and his demagogic Rottweiler Sarah Palin have painted their party with an even darker brush. McCain and Palin are inciting crowds to unprecedented levels of violent language and threats. McCain, Palin, and these mobs of angry followers pose a real and present physical danger to Barack Obama.

The FBI should intercede to prevent McCain and his KKK followers from exacerbating an already dangerous situation.

By broadcasting his disdain for core American values of decency, fairness, and honesty, McCain -- not William Ayres -- is the real anti-American figure in this election.

Posted by: dee5 | October 10, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

In the end, the people on here who are trying to justify McCain's loony actions, are the same mentally challenged fools who voted for Bush.

Anytime I read their rants, I think to myself, these are the people who had a hand in ruining America. Here we are again 4 years later and the same tired, hate and fear tactics inserting itself again. Will the same people who voted for Bush and ruined us, do it again? Yes. For proof I submit the same Mentally challenged fools.

Why did McCains campaign manager say we need to get the topic of the Economy? We need to get fear back on the table. So we have it, eat up.

Everytime I see a person with a W 04 bumper sticker I stop to thank them for ruining America.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | October 10, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

THe obamatons believe any criticism of their personal savior is racist, negative, or causes them to need extra therapy.

How about the fact obama conducted secret negotiations with the Iraqis to undermine the President and the US Military?

At the same time the Bush administration was negotiating a still elusive agreement to keep the U.S. military in Iraq, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama tried to convince Iraqi leaders in private conversations that the president shouldn't be allowed to enact the deal without congressional approval.

What a P.O.S.

Posted by: pgr88 | October 10, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

The reality is, either Obama is naive or he doesn't care that Ayers remains an anti-American radical who would hurt his country.
Posted by: sagereader | October 10, 2008 4:09 PM
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Who do you think is responsible for more American deaths..Bush or Ayers?

Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Desperation?? Here is something the Obama people are desperate to hide:

Ayers helped Obama launch his political campaign for the Illinois legislature.

Ayers also participated in the bombings of New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, the United States Capitol building in 1971, and The Pentagon in 1972, as he noted in his 2001 book, "Fugitive Days."

Bomb America. Obomba '08!

Posted by: ttj1 | October 10, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Over the line? Where was the media saying that all of the Obama campaign's ageism remarks were over the line? Where was the media when people were questioning Palin's ability to be a mother and a political figure at the same time?

That was over the line. I don't see how it is inappropriate to question Obama's character and associations. That's all we've got to go on because he has no record!

Posted by: rah2 | October 10, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain, who once portrayed himself as a man of honor, obviously doesn't care about American society, the ability to govern through a two-party system, or even about the Republican Party itself.

He has completely lost the respect of those of us who used to admire him. At this point, I'd vote for George W. over this guy.

Posted by: dane1 | October 10, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN’S LATEST RALLIES RESEMBLE KLAN RALLIES WITHOUT HOODS! HOW LOW WILL MCCAIN STOOP TO WIN! MCCAIN IS SINKING FASTER THAN THE STOCK MARKET. AND THAT IS NOT A PRETTY SIGHT.

IT’S NOT LIKE MCCAIN AND PALIN ARE NOT HEARING RACIST RANTS, THEY ARE AT TIMES ENCOURAGING IT! THIS IS A SLIPPERY SLOPE THAT CAN EASILY GET OUT OF HAND. THE RESPONSIBLE THING FOR MCCAIN/PALIN TO DO IS TO CONDEMN AND DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM THIS CROWD.

Posted by: KaneMan | October 10, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I brought up Jefferson-Adams because people like Goose3 and MarcMyWords are, at best, ignorant of history with their claims like: "McCain is running the sleaziest campaign in US history. "

Posted by: JakeD | October 10, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

“Troopergate”? Poopergate!!!_Doggone it, folks can’tcha see what the liberal press is tryin’ to do to the most popular governor in the whole wide world? (Yup, the same liberal press who’s been palin’ around with the domestic terrorists and who hate us for our freedom, and don’t even CARE that she’s just like us and all that.)_I mean, come on guys, it wasn’t Sarah, it was Todd – “The First Dude” who got all mavericky and did this stuff behind her back when she was busy shootin’ wolves from helicopters and fightin’ oil companies and stuff, makin’ sure ol’ Putin isn’t raisin’ up his head in her airspace and such. AND tellin’ Congress ” no thanks to that bridge to nowhere” and all the other stuff that’s made her the most popular governor in the world and all._Don’tcha’ see? It’s not Sarah, she’s just like us! And besides, she’s part of a pair of mavericks that are plannin’ on fixin’ every thing that’s wrong with the world. You betcha’! Remember, she’s just like us!!! Ya’ gotta’ don’t blink on this one! It’s Obama and all HIS domestic terrorist pals from his kindergarten years! They’re the ones! Don’t blink or the secret Muslims will be all over ya’ thicker’n black flies on a three-day-old moose carcass. You betcha!!!

Posted by: kmarin | October 10, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

You guys want to talk about character instead of the economy fine.

answer the question:

We want to know why Sarah Palin isnt pregnant in this photo taken 1 month before giving birth. Her baby was allegedly born on April 18, 2008.

Why isnt she near full term pregnancy on March 14, 2008?

http://www.daylife.com/photo/0fcQ5EM7gafd9

anyone?


Posted by: Dano111 | October 10, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Sagereader and all the McCain plants can't answer anything about the AIP. This wasn't just someone S Palin knew, these people are friends of hers and helped her get elected. AIP--it's totally un-american to want to secede. And they got help from IRAN to try and do it. IRAN.

dano111--I think she really did have her kid, but it's also possible she lied. She's lied about every other thing (most) she did as governer

Posted by: sickofit1 | October 10, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse


can anyone here imagine if JOHN MCCAIN LOSES?!?!?

OMG!

picture his wife cindy.. aka CRUELLA DEVILLE... she is frothing at the mouth to get into the white house...

cindy; "JOHN! GET IN HERE THIS VERY MINUTE!!!!!"

johnnie; "yes dear?"

cindy; "WHAT THE F* IS WRONG WITH YOU!!!!"

johnnie; "what do you mean, dear?"

cindy; "YOU LOST MY ELECTION!!!"

johnnie; "obama beat me."

cindy; "NO YOU F*ING SCHMUCK!!! IT WAS *MY* ELECTION!!! YOU RUINED EVERYTHING!!!"

johnnie; "i did my best, dear."

cindy; "YOU DID NOTHING!!!!! I SAID FOR YOU TO SMEAR OBAMA WITH LIES!!! NOT TURN VOTERS AGAINST US!!! WHAT THE F* IS WRONG WITH YOU?!?1?!?"

johnnie; "i'm sorry dear."

cindy; "DAMN RIGHT YOU ARE SORRY!!! A SORRY LITTLE WORM!!!! DROP THOSE PANTS NOW AND HAND ME YOUR BELT!!!! I'M GOING TO BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF YOU!!!"

johnnie; "yes, dear. thank you, dear."

SMMAAAACCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!

YEEEOOOOOOWWWWW!

SMMAAAACCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!

YEEEOOOOOOWWWWW!

SMMAAAACCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!

YEEEOOOOOOWWWWW!

bad, bad, johnnie boy.. see what happens when you lie?

Posted by: FozzieBear | October 10, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately for McCain, friends like Bush and Cheney make friends like Ayers and Rezko seem pretty innocuous. Bush and Cheney are truly the scary ones.

I'm trying to understand this- McCain is going to lose to, by THEIR description, a black ultra-liberal, non-American, secret Muslim terrorist sympathizer, and ex drug addict. When you think about it, that says a heck of lot more about McCain and Palin, their ideas, and the people that support them than it does about Obama.

The Republican Party has become simply laughable.

Posted by: bretb | October 10, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

>The man's name is Barack HUSSEIN Obama. It is not "hateful" to use his given name, is it?

It is when the intent is to illict racism and fear like your doing.

Posted by: Dano111 | October 10, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama wasn't eight years old. Do the math. The Weather Underground bombings and activities went on through the 1970s and into the 1980s. Obama was 20 years old, living in NY when the Brinks robbery/murder occurred in NY. The news headlines in NY were dominated by the Brinks case at the time and for the next year.

10/7/69 Bombing of Haymarket Police Statue in Chicago, as "kickoff" for the "Days of Rage" riots in the city

10/8/69 "Days of Rage" riots in Chicago in which 287 Weatherman members were arrested and a large amount of property damage was done

10/6/69 Bombing of Chicago Police cars parked in a precinct parking lot.

12/27/69 Weathermen hold "War Council" where they finalize plans to submerge into an underground status from which they plan to commit strategic acts of sabotage against the government. Thereafter they are called the "Weather Underground Organization" WUO. Dohrn raised three fingers in a "fork salute" to CHARLES MANSON, whom she proposed as a revolutionary inspiration. She went on to joke about Manson's victims and dubbed them the "Tate Eight" after Sharon Tate, the pregnant actress whom members of the Manson tribe stabbed in the womb with a fork. "Dig it," said Dohrn at the time. "First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, they even shoved a fork into a victim's stomach! Wild!"
1969 Ayers attempted to extort money from the Vietnam Moratorium Committee -- demanding $20,000 to abstain from violence during a planned peace protest. After rejecting this demand, a member of the Moratorium group asked Ayers what he really wanted. "To kill all rich people," Ayers responded. When another peace activist pointed out that Ayers himself came from wealth, the radical answered with an angry slogan: "Bring the war home. Kill your parents."

2/13/70 Bombing of Berkeley CA police vehicles

2/16/70 Bombing of Golden Gate Park branch of San Francisco Police Department, killing one officer and injuring a number of other policemen

3/6/70 Bombing 13th Police District of the Detroit PD. 34 sticks of dynamite are discovered. During February and early March, 1970, members of the WUO, led by Bill Ayers, are reported to be in Detroit, during that period, for the purpose of bombing a police facility

3/6/70 "bomb factory" located in Greenwich Village explodes. 3 WUO members die. The bomb was intended to be planted at a non-commissioned officer's dance at Fort Dix, NJ that night. The bomb was packed with nails TO INFILICT MAXIMUM CASUALTIES UPON DETONATION

3/30/70 Chicago Police discover WUO "bomb factory" on Chicago's north side. Subsequent discovery of a WUO "weapons cache" in a south side Chicago apartment several days later.

5/10/70 Bombing of The National Guard Association building in Washington, D.C.

5/21/70 WUO under Bernardine Dohrn's name releases its "Declaration of a State of War" communique

6/6/70 WUO sends letter claiming credit for bombing of San Francisco Hall of Justice; however, no explosion actually took place. Months later, workmen in this building located an unexploded device which had been dormant for some time

6/9/70 Bombing of New York City Police Headquarters

7/27/70 Bombing of The Presidio army base in San Francisco.[NYT 7/27/70]

9/12/70 WUO helps Timothy Leary break out and escape from the CA Men's Colony prison

10/8/70 Bombing of Marin County courthouse [NYT 8/10/70]

10/10/70 Bombing of Queens traffic-court building [NYT 10/10/70]

10/14/70 Bombing of The Harvard Center for International Affairs [NYT 10/14/70]

3/1/71 Bombing of The United States Capitol [NYT 3/2/71]

4/71 abandoned WUO "bomb factory" discovered in San Francisco

8/29/71 Bombing of the Office of California Prisons [LAT 8/29/71]

9/17/71 Bombing of The New York Department of Corrections in Albany, NY [NYT 9/18/71]

10/15/71 Bombing of William Bundy's office in the MIT research center.[NYT 10/16/71]

5/19/72 Bombing of The Pentagon [NYT, 5/19/72]

5/18/73 Bombing of the 103rd Police Precinct in NY

9/28/73 Bombing of ITT headquarters in NY [NYT 9/28/73]

3/6/74 Bombing of the Dept. of Health, Education and Welfare in San Francisco

5/31/74 Bombing of The Office of the CA Attorney General.

6/17/74 Bombing of Gulf Oil's Pittsburgh headquarters

9/11/74/ Bombing of Anaconda Corporation

1/29/75 Bombing of State Department

6/16/75 Bombing of Banco de Ponce in NY

9/75 Bombing of Kennecott Corporation

10/20/81 Brinks robbery in which several members of the Weather Underground stole over $1 million from a Brinks armored car in New York. The robbers murdered 2 police officers and 1 Brinks guard. Several others were seriously wounded.

Posted by: joep1 | October 10, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

We have all been expecting the campaign to go negative, and both sides have to some extent. But I would agree that the McCain side has crossed the line, which is pretty low in presidential politics, by going not just negative, but stupid, vicious negative. What bothers me is not just that it seems less than you would expect from McCain (whom I've always thought was fundamentally decent), but that McCain seems to have handed over all judgment to his advisors. Surely, he should be exercizing some executive discretion and at least enforcing the principle that some trash is too trashy for his campaign, no matter what the polls are saying.

Posted by: dwatson01 | October 10, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Pro-Obama supporters are not concern with voter registration fraud going on in this country with the help of Acorn, an organization that is in bed with Obama. The same supporters who don't question his character, experience. McCain was never my number one choice in this election, but when Obama comes to power we all lose. My suggestion we should rename our country to Socialist States of America. This version of America will be slightly different than the USSR, considering who is funding Obama’s revolution. Dear mr. Barack Hussein Obama, you might win, but you will not get my vote.

Posted by: DemocracyRules | October 10, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Mr. McCain is losing the election and is now using well-understood methods to try to get voters on his side. This is what was used by Bush against McCain in 2000 and by Bush against Kerry through outside group (Swiftboat)in 2004. The difference here is the use of the lies to incite hate, fear, and deep demons of "terrorists" and "racism". The rallies prove it. The McCain/Palin team know that these things are lies, but will do anything to win.

The William Ayres story as told by McCain is a lie. It has been highly vetted by non-partison process and is shown on Wikipedia.com with an entire page. Senator Obama has told the truth.

Rev. Wright story has been well-vetted even by the media for over 2 months in front line news. A lot of the background is shown on Wikipedia. Senator Obama did tell the truth and separated himself from his church last March.

The issue of anti-American and un-American charges against Senator Obama while at the same time calling him a terrorist or supporting terrorists is just a smear. This is ridiculous and worse, with our economic crisis, it is irresponsible. This has to do with McCain's judgement, not Obama's judgement. Senator McCain has continually shown himself to be an opportunist, self-egrandizer, lier, and poor decision-maker (e.g.,choosing Palin)with behavior that is erratic and sensational.

If Senator McCain would just develop a good economic and healthcare plan and show how he has the judgement and skills to lead, it would help the discussion. Instead, we get nada. Instead we get mud, hate, and the potential for violence.

Posted by: lucy2008 | October 10, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

OK, so who else besides Barack Obama was “palling around” with “domestic terrorist” Bill Ayers in the Chicago school reform efforts of the late 1990s and early 2000s?

Among those serving with Ayers and Barack Obama on the board of the Woods Charitable Fund were Cynthia Campbell, President of the McCormick Theological Seminary (Presbyterian); R. Eden Martin, President of the Commercial Club of Chicago (a club of Chicago’s business and civic elite dedicated to “promoting the social and economic vitality of the metropolitan area of Chicago” whose members over the years have included such notables as George Pullman, Marshall Field, Cyrus McCaormick, George Armour, and Julius Rosenwald); and Charles Wheatley, President of Sahara Enterprises, a Chicago investment advisory firm.

On the board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a charitable foundation supporting local school reform efforts which Bill Ayers was instrumental in starting and Barack Obama later chaired, were such notables as Stanley Ikenberry, President of the University of Illinois; Arnold Weber, president of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago; Ray Romero, V-P and general counsel of Ameritech and former Illinois Commerce Commissioner appointed by Gov. Jim Thompson (R-IL); Wanda White, former deputy commissioner of economic development under Chicago mayors Harold Washington, Eugene Sawyer, and Richard M. Daley; Susan Crown, billionaire philanthropist and member of the Crown family, prominent Chicago financiers; Handy Lindsey, Jr., executive director and later president of the Field Foundation of Chicago; Edward Bottum, former president of Continental Illinois Bank; Scott C. Smith, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Chicago Tribune; Nancy Searle, philanthropist and heiress to the Searle family pharmaceutical fortune (G.D. Searle Co.’s most famous chief executive was Donald Rumsfeld, later Secretary of Defense); and Victoria Chou, Dean of the University of Illinois College of Education.

Other prominent backers of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge who helped Ayers secure funding for the group included Adele Smith Simmons, president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacaArthur Foundation and former president of Hampshire College; Deborah Leff, president of the Joyce Foundation and director of the John F. Kennedy Library; Patricia Albjerg Graham, president of the Spencer Foundation and former dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Primary funding for the group came from the Annenberg Foundation, funded by billionaire Walter Annenberg, publisher of TV Guide, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Daily Racing Form, and Seventeen magazine and former ambassador to Britain under President Richard Nixon. The foundation’s education giving was directed by a committee chaired by Vartan Gregorian, president of Brown University. Presiding over the ceremony at which the check from the Annenberg Foundation was presented to the Ayers-initiated Chicago Annenberg Challenge were Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar (R-IL), Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, and Wallis Annenberg, daughter of Walter Annenberg.

Serving along with Ayers on the board of the Chicago School Reform Collaborative at this time were leading school administrators, principals, teachers, teachers union officials, and education experts, including Beverly Tunney, president of the Chicago Principals Association; Deborah Lynch-Walsh, teacher and president of the Chicago Teachers Union; Carol Swinney, advisor to Mayor Richard M. Daley; Lynn St. James. chief education officer, Chicago Public Schools; Joan Jeter-Slay, former Chicago School Board member; Brenda Hefner, head of the Chicago office of the Illinois State Board of Education under then-Gov. Jim Edgar (R-IL); Peter Martinez, education program officer for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and Patricia Harvey, chief accountability officer for Chicago Public Schools.

Sinister, isn’t it? This list reads like a “who’s who” of the Chicago and Illinois business, political, civic, and education establishment---all, we are to believe, under the sway of, and “palling around with”, the “domestic terrorist” Bill Ayers.

Come on, people, get real. This was a mainstream effort by a whole lot of honorable and civic-minded people to reform Chicago’s troubled public schools, top to bottom. Barack Obama was one of those honorable and civic-minded people. If you’re going to tar him with a sinister association with “domestic terrorism” as a consequence of these efforts, then fairness demands that you similarly tar the entire Chicago business, political, civic, and education establishment. And I’m afraid that’s just not plausible.

Posted by: conradh | October 10, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

You silly conservatives are getting exactly what you deserve - you wouldn't let us vote Kerry into the office last time around when we really needed to replace your precious George W - and now we're putting Obama in his place.

Obama is a man with "off" color skin, a suspicious name, and a Muslim heritage - God has a wonderful sense of humor!

Don't worry... God is in control, isn't he?

Keep the faith! HA!

Posted by: faithinflight | October 10, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain is betting that he can go totally negative and it will all be forgotten after the election. Not happening folks. If he put country first he would not be conducting the dirtiest campaign in my life time (64 years). He believes enough people will believe the crap he is putting out there to swing the election. For the sake of the country, I hope he is wrong. I am disgusted with McCain and the RNC. They will never ever have my support again. I am an independent and have voted for Republicans in the past. This whole Ayers thing seems cut from the same cloth as the don't talk to Iran logic. If we are going down this road, we need to examine all the people McCain has associated with over the years. I will not be such a pretty picture I am sure. There is this picture of him getting on a boat in the Carribean with a gangster. The media needs to reveal the truth about both candidates.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | October 10, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Sagereader and all the McCain plants can't answer anything about the AIP. This wasn't just someone S Palin knew, these people are friends of hers and helped her get elected. AIP--it's totally un-american to want to secede. And they got help from IRAN to try and do it. IRAN.

dano111--I think she really did have her kid, but it's also possible she lied. She's lied about every other thing (most) she did as governer

Posted by: sickofit1 | October 10, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

bradcpa, just like Obama called Clinton a "racist" to his face?
Posted by: MarkInAustin
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Do you have a source that tells you Obama ever called Clinton a racist?Posted by: edwcorey | October 10, 2008 3:56 PM

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Mark doesn't need a source Ed,,just spit and hope it get's in people's eyes...it's capaigning KARL ROVE style!!

Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

pcpatterson:

I knew what "canard" meant before Rush was born. As an example, you are mistaking my response to someone else as "the entirety of my defense". I have been pointing out Obama's terrorist ties since BEFORE the primaries.

sagereader:

It's because they don't want America to know the truth.

Posted by: JakeD | October 10, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Samson151:

The man's name is Barack HUSSEIN Obama. It is not "hateful" to use his given name, is it?

Posted by: JakeD

Are you a moron? It is hateful when you use it to be hateful. You know why you use it. We know why you use it. It's fine to use it, but stop acting like you're being innocent. You're guilty of being hateful.

Posted by: edwcorey | October 10, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton did Obama a huge favor by bringing up all of the mud the Republicans have been slinging, first. When she flung it, it stung. When they fling it it turns to dust in the wind.

Hillary will get a donation from me this year.

Posted by: OldManTalking | October 10, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Why wasn't any of this brought up 5 months ago? simple. Five months ago McCain tried to run a clean campaign, but was repaid by phony attack ads by Obama's smear machine questioning McCain's age, his bout with melanoma, falsely linking McCain and Bush, lying about the causes of the mortgage crisis and lying about the Keating 5 (McCain was acquitted) . When Democrats lie and smear that is OK, but when the GOP finally responds, that is somehow "dirty politics". I am sick of the double standard.

Posted by: MARKM2 | October 10, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

duby1 that was sooo funny :)

Posted by: MarcMyWords | October 10, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama claims he had no idea about his terrorist past when he met him, and hasn't talked to him since 2005.

But with the association going back to the 1980s and Ayers making no secret of his radical views, this is hard to believe.

Given glowing profiles of Ayers and his past in the Chicago Tribune, as writer Jonah Goldberg found, and Ayers' radical agenda in education and philanthropy while Obama and Ayers served on charitable projects, it's hard to imagine anything but a deep bond.

The reality is, either Obama is naive or he doesn't care that Ayers remains an anti-American radical who would hurt his country.

Posted by: sagereader | October 10, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"b1rd:

No (unless you don't think that WWII was justified?). I am in favor of capital punishment too, since the murderer forfeits his right to live. Next canard?

Posted by: JakeD | October 10, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse"

So you're OK with the 53K civillians that were killed by the US during Operation Rilling Thunder in Vietnam (you know the operation McCain was participating in when he was shot down). So you're OK with the 100K+ civillians that have been killed in Iraq? What is the justification and under what law was it justified? Neither Vietnam nor Iraq attacked us... what authority did the United States invoke to justify those wars?

Posted by: b1rd | October 10, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

You too sagereader--AIP? Any comment? Apparently Lynn11 and ttj1 aren't able to comment. Where's the mainstream media about those ties? I haven't seen any.

Posted by: sickofit1 | October 10, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

You Democrats who think you are so smart you just wait. we have 8 year old Obama on tape telling Ayers how to make bombs and encouraging him to blow up the USA. We also have one of his mothers eggs talking to Lee Harvey Oswald and teaching him how to aim a rifle. Wait till we bring out the tapes of Obama, Osama, and Sadaam planning 911. Then all you Democrats will know we are smarter than you even if we didn't go to any fancy colleges or read any history books. and you know what else "commie socialist pinko Hussain rezco traitor liberal, unamerican stupid heads!!!!

Posted by: duby1 | October 10, 2008 4:01 PM

Are you for real????

How asanine your comment is: "We have an 8 year old on tape telling Ayers on how to make bombs".


You really need to stop reading comics, because your brain is total oatmeal at this point.

Posted by: smtpgirl08 | October 10, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Bottom Line: Obama lied to America when he described his relationship with Bill Ayers as just "a guy in my neighborhood"

Why hasn't the Post asked any follow up questions about this long term relationship with a domestic terrorist which would disqualify a government employee from getting a security clearance?

If McCain had lauched his political career through, accepted money from, doled out foundation money to Tim McVeigh's pet projects, he would not even be in office. Just as a reminder, McVeigh was put to death for his bombing of a federal building.

1991 "Guilty as hell. Free as a bird. America is a great country," Ayers said when interviewed by David Horowitz.

1995 Ayers applies for grant to start The Chicago Annenberg Challenge

1995 - 1999 Obama serves as Chairman of Chicago Annenberg Challenge, distributing over $100 million to Chicago organizations

1995- 2001 Obama serves on the Board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge

1995 Obama campaign launch event held at Ayers/Dohrn house

1997 Ayers and Obama serve on a University of Chicago panel entitled, "Should a child ever be called a 'super predator?"

1997 Obama cites Ayers critique of the juvenile justice system in a Chicago Tribune article

1999 - 2001 Obama continues to serve on the Board of Chicago Annenberg Challenge. There is no evidence that educational improvements were achieved after distributing $160 million dollars

1999-2002 Obama and Ayers serve as paid directors on Woods Fund Board of Directors together

4/2/2001 Obama accepts campaign contribution from Ayers and, after 9/11 did not return the money

9/11/2001 "I don't regret setting bombs. I feel we didn't do enough." So, would Mr. Ayers do it all again, he is asked? ''I don't want to discount the possibility,'' he said. Ayers quoted in NYT article

4/20/2002 Ayers and Obama serve on panel together called "Intellectuals in Times of Crisis" oganized by Michelle Obama
2005 Maria Warren who was present at the 1995 campaign event in Ayers/Dohrn home writes about Obama in her blog: "They were launching him — introducing him to the Hyde Park community as the best thing since sliced bread.”

4/16/2008 During Presidential Debate, Obama defends/describes Ayers as "a guy who lives in my neighborhood, a professor of English in Chicago, that I don't exchange ideas with"

"...the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. That’s the $150+ million “education reform” piggy bank substantially controlled in the nineties by Ayers and Obama, who doled out tens of millions of dollars to Leftist radicals — radicals who, like their patrons, understood that control over our institutions, and especially our schools, was a surer and less risky way to spread their revolution than blowing up buildings and mass-murdering American soldiers. As Diamond observes, in a 2006 speech in Venezuela, with Leftist strongman Hugo Chavez looking on, Ayers exhorted: “Teaching invites transformations, it urges revolutions small and large. La educacion es revolucion!”

Be clear on that much: Whether clothed as a terrorist or an academic, Ayers has made abundantly clear in his public statements, both before and after he established a working relationship and mutual admiration society with Obama, that he remains a revolutionary fueled by hatred of the United States. And while Obama now ludicrously pleads ignorance about Ayers’s terrorism — the terrorism that made the unabashed Ayers an icon of the Left — understand that this rabid anti-Americanism is the common denominator running through Obama’s orbit of influences. "
http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NjY4YzdhMDBkZGQ3ZmU2MTUzYjdkMzc5ZjUzYmViZWM=

Writes Ayers: "I was a revolutionary anarcho-communist small c, intent on overthrowing the government, a worthy if immodest goal."
If you would like a trip down Weather Underground memory lane:
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,913516-4,00.html

Posted by: joep1 | October 10, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Ha Ha Ha, so Mc Cain attacks back, and it's "hate" "racist" etc.
It wasn't all that when Hillary said almost the same things.
I really am fearful now if Obama doesn't win of what insanity will follow his crusade.
the media will be heartbroken for just as long as it takes them to declare "election stolen, paradise delayed!"

Why not investigate what the media is giving free to the Obama Campaign in terms of advertising, but you won't touch that will you?
Watching CNN yesterday was an unrelenting drumbeat of anti McCain, pro Obama themes.
I can not begin to imagine how quickly the insanity will resume after November to start the next election cycle.
Just remember, while the polls are better they ain't perfect and have been wrong.
It is not a done deal.

Posted by: Saladin3 | October 10, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

>We need to know if Obama is a con man before he gets into office.

Yeah, thats nice and all but:

You guys want to talk about character instead of the economy fine.

answer the question:

We want to know why Sarah Palin isnt pregnant in this photo taken 1 month before giving birth. Her baby was allegedly born on April 18, 2008.

Why isnt she near full term pregnancy on March 14, 2008?

http://www.daylife.com/photo/0fcQ5EM7gafd9

anyone?

Posted by: Dano111 | October 10, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

So it seems Sarah Palin as over $15,000 worth of investments in Sudan. I guess that makes her a terrorist, yes? *LOL* http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/10/informed-by-abc.html

Posted by: GenuineRisk | October 10, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Riddle:
What says, Gasp... Ayers, cough... Rezko, wheeze... Wright?

Answer:
A dying red elephant.

Help put it out of its misery... vote Obama/Biden.

Posted by: OldManTalking | October 10, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Just read the nasty comments from Unhinged Lefties in response to Dan Balz' story, and you have to wonder which party should be chastised.

Posted by: sagereader | October 10, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

What do ttj1 and Lynn11 think about the AIP? Speaking of disloyalty and un-patriotism. The head (the one who got killed by a fellow secessionist) got support from IRAN to speak before the UN along with other secessionist groups. It's one big happy family of racist Southerners, white supremists, ultra-conservative religious people who want no separation of church and state, and militia men. The AIP were prudent enough in 1997 to get rid of "racist language" in their constitution; funny though, Todd Palin was a member in 1995 still and his wife tried to appoint members of the AIP on her own board, as thank you for helping her get elected. They were denied, and she had to pick someone else. Funny, when she first came on the scene, they were worried she was "too liberal". They've been quoted as saying they're fine with her now. She's right in line with their views. If this is American, then I'm not American.

Posted by: sickofit1 | October 10, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

If the American voters allow the same crowd that smeared John NcCain in 2000 get away with these tactics again, we deserve another depression, continued wars in the mid east,a health care system that is bankrupting families & providers, an infrastructure that is near collapse & a middle class without jobs.The republican party believes that only big business can fix things. CRAP!!! If our state, federal, and local governments took taxpayer funds out of the economy, our GDP would be 1930's levels.We need public works projects to rebuild infrastructure,windmills,etc. How do we pay for it? Get out of Iraq, tax the multi-millionaires( just how many yachts,houses & jet planes do you need), tax offshore corp.that are beating the system & do not fund bridges to nowhere or wall street vacations.We can do it; our fathers & grandfathers did it, then kicked the hell out of hitler.

Posted by: tlrasnic | October 10, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

That's right, the question is, if all these "stories" are so fundamental to the real Obama then why did McCain and Co. wait so long to tell us, the voters, the "truth". The fact is, McCain is losing and he'd rather take the country down with him than lose honorably. I smell yet another autobiography (co-authored with someone) coming our way in which MCCain sincerely confesses that he erred in 2008 against Obama but has now learned his lesson....I was egotistical but now Country First Blah Blah Blah. Senator, you should have quit long ago because now you will not only lose this election, but your honor as well.

Posted by: shutt | October 10, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain has lost what little dignity he had left. It's a real shame. Instead of being remembered as an American hero he will be remembered as an angry, bigoted, divisive, old man. Whoever advised him to look at Sarah Palin as a running mate should no longer be in politics. That was a mistake from which McCain will never recover.

Posted by: bretb | October 10, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Lynn11 wrote, "We need to know if Obama is a con man before he gets into office. If he is conning us and he is anti-America how will you feel having him as President?"

Ah, that magical word "if". Used unscrupulously, it allows you to formulate statements that are recognized at law as torts - libel and defamation of character for instance.

If you have evidence that Barack Hussein Obama is anti-American, please share it. It would be amazing that it's escaped Drudge, the National Enquirer, and the vultures who do opposition research in campaign organizations.

You know, of course, that *if* pigs had wings, they could fly.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse


My very Goodness,

How gentle Balz is. McCain "may have stepped over the line'.

Perhaps even that is impressive given Balz's worship of McCain all these years. But facts might be more valuable.

Who is to say this country won't break apart in some way in this next short period? AND Who is to say that's what the neocons on the McCain campaign (Wolfie
followers) want. Win or destroy.
They are in the WH and Bush is powerless over them, always has been.

Posted by: whistling | October 10, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"Is this supposed to be a "news" report, Dan Balz? If it is, I'd say your editorializing is just a bit "over the line," to quote YOU.

Indeed, what is the acceptable way to point out that Obama is not the saint he purports to be?
All you can say is that Obama's ties to Rezko were "highly questionable?" Why don't you try "inexcusable and disqualifying."
Posted by: ttj1 | October 10, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse"

So a single, legal, real estate purchase at fair market value that had nothing to do with the felonies commited by Rezko is "inexcusable and disqualifying" but numerous free vacations, influence peddling, $400K real estate investment partnership with, and pressuring regualtators to back off of Charles Keating is fine?

Posted by: b1rd | October 10, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,

when the entirety of your "defense" of McCain's delving into the muck is that "well, gee, it's not as bad as Adams-Jefferson", you are essentially saying that we shouldn't be offended by it since "it could be worse".

Did you even know what "canard" meant before you heard Rush say it?

Posted by: pcpatterson | October 10, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

You Democrats who think you are so smart you just wait. we have 8 year old Obama on tape telling Ayers how to make bombs and encouraging him to blow up the USA. We also have one of his mothers eggs talking to Lee Harvey Oswald and teaching him how to aim a rifle. Wait till we bring out the tapes of Obama, Osama, and Sadaam planning 911. Then all you Democrats will know we are smarter than you even if we didn't go to any fancy colleges or read any history books. and you know what else "commie socialist pinko Hussain rezco traitor liberal, unamerican stupid heads!!!!

Posted by: duby1 | October 10, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Yep, McCain has sold his soul to the devil it would seem.

Posted by: storyofthefifthpeach | October 10, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

b1rd:

No (unless you don't think that WWII was justified?). I am in favor of capital punishment too, since the murderer forfeits his right to live. Next canard?

Posted by: JakeD | October 10, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

The comments and rage coming out at McCain rallies needs to be addressed immediately. At the end of the day we are all Americans. For McCain and Palin to sit there and say nothing represents an extreme lack of leadership. True leaders would be reminding their followers that we need to be careful in what we say and how we say it. Inciting rage and allowing this kind of behavior is dangerous and frankly criminal in my opinion. McCain and Palin need to step up and tell their backers to tone it down immediately.

Posted by: Carl-MadasHell | October 10, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I find it rather strange that it is wrong to question Obama's ties to people that are known anti-Americans. They publicly say it. Yet we have watched the media and the democrats dissect and humiliate everything about Sarah Palin.
________________________________________
If you are referring to William Ayers, Rev. Wright... They are not Anti-American, they are anti-war, anti-racism, anti-poverty, anti-injustice,etc.

William Ayers is being ostracized for the tactics and activities that he used in speaking out against the Vietnam War when he was 20.

Rev. Wright is being ostracized for speaking out against the treatment and poverty of black people living in the inner cities.

By the way, there is nothing wrong with speaking out against something that you do not believe in or that you believe in, it is the EXTREME manner in which it is done.

Being for a war that has no justification is not what many Americans believe in.

Treating people with injustice is not what many Americans believe in.

Being intolerant of other peoples race is not what many Americans believe in.

Being treated injustly is not what many Americans believe in.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | October 10, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Its too early for McCain and its too late too. Obama is going to go straight into debate and talk about Economy confidently. This is a tactical move by McCain campaign to bring attention something other than economy in the debate. Smart one but little late. Those who are going to vote for Obama has already made up mind and a very drastic shake up can only alter the race. This ad should be brought up one week before the first debate. It would have made much better impact. But if you lipstick on pig, it is still going to be pig. Its not a dum move by their playbook but hay! its a presidential politics and you ought to know the value to time. The ad has some value but is the vale enough to offset the time? If McCain think so, I seriously doubt his experience in politics.

Posted by: shashikantsharma001 | October 10, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

"Convicted felon Tony Rezko. Unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers. And the race-baiting Rev. Jeremiah Wright. It is hard to think of any presidential candidate before Barack Obama sporting associations with three more execrable characters. Yet let the McCain campaign raise the issue, and the mainstream media begin fulminating about dirty campaigning tinged with racism and McCarthyite guilt by association." These words by Charles Krauthammer tell it like it is. Look inward, Lefties.

Posted by: sagereader | October 10, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

>I would argue that the Obama is MORE at fault for where we are -- he never accepted McCain's civil invitation to weekly townhall meetings...

So because Obama didnt ceed McCain wishes which would have politically give advantage to McCain, that gives McCain reason to insight hate?

Screw you!

Posted by: Dano111 | October 10, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

William Buckley's son, Christopher Buckley endorse Obama:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2008-10-10/the-conservative-case-for-obama

Posted by: jalehw | October 10, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

We need to know if Obama is a con man before he gets into office. If he is conning us and he is anti-America how will you feel having him as President?
Posted by: Lynn11 | October 10, 2008 3:35 PM
_________________________________

He's a politician sweetheart. They all are. But as with everything else there's a limit to LUNATIC BEHAVIOUR and McCain/ Palin have gone past the limit even for politicians. They are rabble rousing and of course they will find enough rabble to rouse wherever they go!

Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Samson151: "Don't you think it's just desperation? The McCain campaign has nothing to talk about in the way of a legitimate fire, so they're just spewing smoke in Obama's direction."

I think McCain is in danger of spewing more than just smoke in Obama's direction. His hate-inciting rhetoric (and Palin's) pose a physical threat to Obama, I believe. And sure, it comes from pure desperation... but so what? That doesn't allow McCain to do or say whatever he wants, damn the consequences. McCain should resign from the Senate after this election.

Posted by: DogBitez | October 10, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

He's starting to act like Ross Perot.
Perhaps the only good thing about the last 8 years, the right has lost the ability to control the nation's perceptions by lying.
The GOP has controlled the House for all but 20 months of the last 14 years. They've controlled the White House for the last 8 years, and also had control of both houses of Congress for 4 of those years.
McCain supported a war that has cost 600 billion, will cost a trillion, and favors US imperialism over US economic self sufficiency. He has generally supported Bush's economic plans and policies that run counter to economic development and any real care for the middle class.

Nothing demonstrates McCain's commitment to an oil-based foreign policy more than his support for the war. Though his selection of Palin is also quite relevant:
... consider her quote, "God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built"
I don't think ya can stand up to the oil industry while announcing that the furtherance of their agenda is god's will

Posted by: e9999999 | October 10, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

>I would argue that the Obama is MORE at fault for where we are -- he never accepted McCain's civil invitation to weekly townhall meetings...

so because Obama didnt ceed McCain wishes which would politicall advantage McCain that gives hi reaosn to isight hate?

Scew you!

Posted by: Dano111 | October 10, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

bradcpa, just like Obama called Clinton a "racist" to his face?

Posted by: MarkInAustin

Do you have a source that tells you Obama ever called Clinton a racist? Or that they were ever on the stage debating one another? You should probably quit while you're only an idiot. You're getting into imbecile territory.

Posted by: edwcorey | October 10, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

After the elections are over I'm going to go celebrate and spend my Christmas vacation in the safest place on earth- Baghdad, Iraq - afterall McCaine keeps telling me that the surge has succeeded. And I'll bring my lovely Victoria Secret Model wife and our two lovely twin daughters. I'm so glad that the surge has worked. The only problem is that none of the airlines have any flights to Baghdad International Airport according to my travel agent at Travelocity and so maybe McCaine's not in the loop. The travel agency said that a much safer destination for my family for the Christmas holidays would be Kabul, Afghanistan since that war is over. So we booked our flight and
we're so happy that the Afghan war is over but we're a little concerned that there are no flights to Baghdad International airport. I suggested to the US Embacy in Baghadad (through email) that they rename the airport McCaine international airport.

Posted by: blakesouthwood | October 10, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Dan,
First off, the media have been the biggest accomplice of the McCain Hate Fest. You are parasiting into it as if you had been waiting for this moment.

Secondly, you are blaming Obama equally and sanitize McCain's lynch mob into "angry rants." Could you provide evidence and elaborate on how he's ever contributed to lynch mob, inciting violence, xenophobic politics?

Posted by: sgreen2006 | October 10, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that the headlines to the Balz articles keep getting changed?

Posted by: JakeD | October 10, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Is this supposed to be a "news" report, Dan Balz? If it is, I'd say your editorializing is just a bit "over the line," to quote YOU.

Indeed, what is the acceptable way to point out that Obama is not the saint he purports to be?

All you can say is that Obama's ties to Rezko were "highly questionable?" Why don't you try "inexcusable and disqualifying."

Indeed, if the media won't report fully on a matter such as this, it's entirely fair ground for McCain to take up.

Obama is a FRAUD.


Posted by: ttj1 | October 10, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I would argue that the Obama is MORE at fault for where we are -- he never accepted McCain's civil invitation to weekly townhall meetings -- ever since the Obama campaign and surrogates went after Bill Clinton (carried through to McCain) for being an alleged "racist".

Posted by: MarkInAustin

Right, and by not accepting the invitation to weekly town-hall meetings--already lined up in McCain-friendly environs--that was total justification for going scurrilous? You have just invalidated anything you could ever contribute to this post. And, yes, it was all right to link McCain to Bush, as everyone but you seems to know, because they agreed 90 percent of the time. Their only disagreements were about HOW to attack Iraq, not WHETHER to.

Posted by: edwcorey | October 10, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

They're calling Obama a socialist?

That is aburd. It is socialist John McCain who just suggested that the government buy up all the housing loans.

Do these people even understand the definition of socialism?

Posted by: trace1 | October 10, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain’s latest rallies resemble Klan rallies without hoods! How low will McCain stoop to win! McCain is sinking faster than the stock market. And that is not a pretty sight.

It’s not like McCain and Palin are NOT hearing racist rants, they are at times encouraging it! This is a slippery slope that can easily get of hand. The responsible thing for McCain/Palin is to condemn and distance themselves from this crowd.

Posted by: KaneMan | October 10, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

The democrats tried to bring up Obama's alliances during the primaries and they got squashed by their own party. Gee wonder why. How many democrats are really trying to dismantle capitalist America. Looks to me like they have been doing a good job and Bush was to stupid to realize it. McCain is protecting his country. He has to do this, this should have been done long ago. Do you want a President that does not believe America is good? Do you want a President that believes capitalist America is evil? This vetting needs to be done before this man is in the white house.

Posted by: Lynn11 | October 10, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain is as immoral as Bush. He has no honor, he is worse than the slime he slings... I am sending Obama a check right now!

Posted by: rcc_2000 | October 10, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

MarkInAustin:

The acceptable way of making your point about Obama would be to drop the innuendo, the guilt by association, and actually come up with something factual that shows Obama's values aren't yours.

And be willing to look at all the facts: Ayers may have been a terrorist in 1968, but that was before his career in education and a lot of good public work. In 1997 he was chosen the Chicago Citizen of the Year--the Americans who know him best seem to like the work he's done in the last twenty or so years.

Posted by: rmcnamar | October 10, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

For someone who bristles at being called "McBush", John McCain sure is doing everything is his power to make sure he will be hated as much as Bush.

Posted by: ComfortablyDumb | October 10, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

You guys want to talk about character instead of the economy fine.

answer the question:

We want to know why Sarah Palin isnt pregnant in this photo taken 1 month before giving birth. Her baby was allegedly born on April 18, 2008.

Why isnt she near full term pregnancy on March 14, 2008?

http://www.daylife.com/photo/0fcQ5EM7gafd9

anyone?

Posted by: Dano111 | October 10, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"For the record, I would have no problem voting for a PRO-LIFE educated black man for President, Ambassador Keyes, for instance.
Posted by: JakeD | October 10, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse"

Since you're pro-lfe does that mean that you are also anti-war?

Posted by: b1rd | October 10, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

This is what a campaign in its death throes looks like.

The Straight Talk Express didn't just slip a gear. It caught fire and burned to the ground.

Posted by: BwanaDik | October 10, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Massachusetts Woman:

Thank you for your brilliant observation.

The only thing missing from a McCain rally is the marching.

Posted by: bobnsri | October 10, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"The hypocrisy is absolutely absurd. There are absolutely good reasons to ask these things of Obama, he has been very secretive about it. He lies about it and insists we not talk about it. We are picking a President a very important election. We need to know if Obama is a con man before he gets into office. If he is conning us and he is anti-America how will you feel having him as President?

Posted by: Lynn11 | October 10, 2008 3:35 PM"

Lynn11, are you a racist? No? Prove it... you still say no... gee you're being really secretive. Why don't you come clean and admit that you are a racist? You're lying about it and I think you might be against America. You still say you're not? See, there you go with more lies and secrets again. I mean if you really aren't a racist you should be able to prove it right? I mean you're posting on this message board where known racists have been known to post... come on, quit lying to us. You sure are secretive... I bet you're gay too... go ahead prove that you're not!

Posted by: b1rd | October 10, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I would have no problem voting for a PRO-LIFE educated black man for President, Ambassador Keyes, for instance.

Posted by: JakeD | October 10, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

McCain Campaign issues statement defending these bigots:

McCain camp defends the behavior? Posted: Friday, October 10, 2008 3:30 PM by Mark Murray
Filed Under: 2008, McCain
From NBC's Mark Murray
Earlier today, Obama remarked on recent outbursts of "Traitor!" "Terrorist!" and "Kill him!" at McCain campaign events. "It's easy to rile up a crowd," Obama said. "Nothing's easier than riling up a crowd by stoking anger and division. But that's not what we need right now in the United States."

In response, McCain senior adviser Nicolle Wallace released this statement, NBC's Kelly O'Donnell reports. "Barack Obama's assault on our supporters is insulting and unsurprising. These are the same people obama called 'bitter' and attacked for 'clinging to guns' and faith. He fails to understand that people are angry at corrupt practices in Washington and Wall Street and he fails to understand that America's working families are not 'clinging' to anything other than the sincere hope that Washington will be reformed from top to bottom."

"Attacking our supporters is a new low for the campaign that's run more millions of dollars of negative ads than any other in history."

Posted by: NMP1 | October 10, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"it is the party of Lincoln, Teddy, Ike and Ronnie"

--Posted by: toritto

Yeah, and the party of Grant (total corruption), Hoover (total meltdown), Nixon (total crook). And after Nixon it was the party of the secessionist Dixiecrats. By the way, "Ronnie" doubled the Social Security tax and put the government in such straits that GHW "Read my lips" Bush had to raise taxes to bail the country out of penury. And the Savings & Loan debacle? Why are you guys always with your hands in the cookie jar? And why are the economic crashes always on your "fiscally conservative" watches?

Posted by: edwcorey | October 10, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Only Obama and the Democrats have brought up racism. So my friends, it's time to have an impartial investigation of Obama's Chicago alliances.
Posted by: sagereader | October 10, 2008 3:38 PM
________________________________

Do you expect racists to bring it up? Yes let's have an imapartial investigation led by Rove, Palin, and Gonzales....that's what is needed now! WINK!..WINK!

Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Verse
With the troubles at hand, feels like we’re sinking

It’s time to wake up and change our thinking

If we lose our way, everyone will pay

Chorus
Bring us back, bring us back to the middle

Lift us up, lift us up, don’t drag us down

Give us strength, give us strength to bend a little

Help us find, help us find some common ground

Bridge
Let’s put our differences aside

Start a new revolution

If we work side by side

We’ll find the solution

Chorus
Bring us back, bring us back to the middle

Lift us up, lift us up, don’t drag us down

Give us strength, give us strength to bend a little

Help us find, help us find some common ground

Posted by: ManintheMiddle | October 10, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post, the New York Times and other major newspaper publications have been negligent in not investigating Obama's Chicago background thoroughly. Now when the Republicans do it, they are called racists. It won't work. Only Obama and the Democrats have brought up racism. So my friends, it's time to have an impartial investigation of Obama's Chicago alliances.

Posted by: sagereader | October 10, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

www.google.com
search obama/ayers washington post. there are seven pages of links. who's calling you racists. i think people are calling you mean and out of touch.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 10, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Conservative reactionaries amuse me.

I have little use for them.

But they do amuse me.

Trite little men, about to be flushed out of our political system.

But they do leave a legacy.

Bin Laden = Still Alive

Afghanistan = Losing War

Iraq = Viet Nam

Economy = Depression

Katrina = Incompetent

Oh yes, those conservatives have quite a record.

And they'll never be in power, ever, ever again.

Say goodbye right-wing-crazies.

By By!

Posted by: bobnsri | October 10, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

The bad news is McCain is running the sleaziest campaign in US history.

The good news is all these nut cases screaming the N-Word are the same 22% that thinks Bush is a great president.

So relax Obama folks. Let Obama be the adult and McCain the screaming child even though he is almost twice Obama's age. Obama is going to win and it isnt even going to be close.

Posted by: MarcMyWords | October 10, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I want to know where is Joe Lieberman to reign in his good frien d John McCain and maybe give him a little history lesson - about the beginnings of nazi Germany and how using people's fear and anger about economic crises and nationalistic tendencies turned a campaign rally into the Third Reich. TONE IT DOWN McCain. Or your legacy will include more than just losing this election.

Posted by: MassamachusettsWoman | October 10, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Kay5: "There was a period of about three days where John McCain and his lunatic campaign had not hijacked the national dialogue, and we were talking about issues. Terrified, the NYTimes and Washington Post jumped in and raised another ridiculous non-issue."


Whaaaaaat? You're honestly blaming the media for the McCain campaign's self-described attempts to "turn the page on the economy" and go after completely non-substantive non-issues and make personal slams on and slurs against their opposition?

Give it a rest. The media has been incredibly McCain-friendly most of his career, and they're not trying to derail him now. He and his campaign have made their bed--now they can sleep in it.

Posted by: exerda | October 10, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

"bradcpa, just like Obama called Clinton a "racist" to his face?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 10, 2008 2:24 PM"

Can you telll me when Obama debated Bill Clinton (I'm assuming you meant Bill since you said "his" face) and maybe post a link to it so we can all see the opportunity that Obama "passed up"? Or even a link to the video where Obama called Clinton a racist behind his back...

Posted by: b1rd | October 10, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I saw a McCain rally on the news the other day. He made some negative reference to Obama - I forget what, but it was nothing dramatic. The crowd, though, started making loud angry-mob noises, and sounding really nasty.

For just a second, McCain shut his eyes and looked totally discouraged. You could tell he was thinking: "This shıt is going to be on the news. These goddamn hicks are costing me the election."

Posted by: kenonwenu | October 10, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Lynne11:

I don't know what television you have been watching, but I see a fair amount of coverage on both sides.

Even on MSNBC. Have you ever watched Morning Joe? It has a definate right leaning.

The reason people are not paying attention to the Ayers and Rezco ads and stories, is because it is not "new" news. It dominated the news back in April. Nothing new is being added to the accusations.

Well, that and the fact the the global economy is in shambles.

Americans have set presidential distant "relationships" pretty low on the priority scale when their 401k's are going into the toilet.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 10, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty clear that McCain's a bully. His heritage set him up for it. Dad and Granddad. Note that with that heritage behind him, he graduated at the bottom of his class at Annapolis. His Navy career's most distinguished element was his captivity and some sort of special treatment by his captors. But like other bullies, he's now a popular figure. Just don't get in his way -- or else prepare to receive a bully's attack. He has a bad temper, and makes impulsive decisions -- like selecting Sarah Palin. God forbid that this bully becomes our Chief Executive. Goodbye to our international respect (what's left of it). And any sort of peace...

Posted by: dpallett | October 10, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: rayreyns | October 10, 2008 3:32 PM | "40 years as a Republican and I am signing off on McCain. He is not showing signs of being a good leader or an honorable man. I cannot support him and will vote for Obama."
==================================
You've got company, Ace.
Me Too.

Posted by: T-Prop | October 10, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

McCain's morales and mind set remind me of the AMC television show Madmen. With a drink in one hand, a woman in the other, gambling they can sell people anything.

Posted by: tmccbo | October 10, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

John McCain's tactics are nothing short of dishonorable, and threaten to ruin the reputation of a fine American... Not Barak Obama... John McCain.

It would be like the Obama campaign pointing-out that John is a failed Navy pilot who allowed himself to be shot down instead of completing his mission and who, while in Hanoi, spent many years in the company of known Communist sympathizers. What do we really know about John McCain?

At this time in the Country's history, when we need everyone working more closely together than at any point since World War II, John McCain is creating an atmosphere more partisan than even the Bush administration created -- and that's saying a lot.

John McCain -- and let there be no doubt that he is singularly responsible for every bit of this strategy -- is doing a disservice to his country that, in my opinion, outweighs all the good work and sacrifice of his time in the military and in Washington. Because, when his country needed him most, he put himself first.

I, for one, will not forget that on Election Day. And I will not forgive in the hard years -- now made harder -- to come.

Kevin Olson
Manassas, VA

Posted by: noslok | October 10, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The Prosecutor who prosecuted Ayers, speaks:
http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003873017

Can't argue the issues, so they must fan the slime campaign. And unfortunately, there are so many, who are gullible enough to believe anything they're told, by proven liars (the GOP).

Posted by: burf | October 10, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Mike Huckabee seems to be turning his back on McCain? Huckabee has been warning of this economic collapse for some time now, He is not happy with how the government or how McCain is dealing with it.
http://www.huckabeeshow.com

Some of Huckabee's Supporters are so mad at theyre party they are trying to get him to start a new party, Huckabee is pretty loyal to the GOP so this is doubtful, but it just seems the election is reaching a fever pitch. http://mccanes.com/newparty

Posted by: pastor123 | October 10, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

This is really sad. A once dedicated and principled public servant is now wallowing in the gutter covered in mud desperately flailing. If this is McCalin's presidential swan song, I truly pity him

Posted by: Jeff62 | October 10, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post, the New York Times and other major newspaper publications have been negligent in not investigating Obama's Chicago background thoroughly. Now when the Republicans do it, they are called racists. It won't work. Only Obama and the Democrats have brought up racism. So my friends, it's time to have an impartial investigation of Obama's Chicago alliances.

Posted by: sagereader | October 10, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

This trash talk is what John McCain will be remembered for.

Posted by: SarahBB | October 10, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain's moral cowardice has been one of the subtexts of this campaign ever since he wound up the nomination and turned his attention to Barack Obama. But I did not realize it would reveal itself in such a physical dimension.


The tell came this week as McCain unearthed the Ayers story which, for whatever its merits, was fully aired months ago and has no clear relation to the particulars of October other than McCain's collapsing poll numbers. He's on it. Palin's on it. He's releasing slashing new Ayers TV ads and both he and Palin are ginning their crowds up into spiraling gyres of right-wing delirium -- a ready-made Lord of the Flies (and let's admit that's a gentle allusion, given the tone of these rightwing lunitic fringers) if Obama happened into one of the auditoriums at the wrong moment.


McCain even swaggered on for a couple days about how he was going to 'take the gloves off' when he met up with Obama in Nashville. But when the two of them were there in each others physical presence ... nothing. By a myriad of gestures and reactions Obama owned him.


Nor is it a matter of shifting off the tactics, because as soon as McCain made his hasty retreat from the stage at Debate #2 he was right back at it. In every other aspect of life, high and low, refined and unlovely, we have a word for that kind of behavior: COWARDICE.


And now Obama can taunt McCain with that very cowardice, his inability to just say it to his face. And if my take on the inner workings of McCain's mind at the moment is right that should simply unhinge him even more.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEtZlR3zp4c
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 10, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse


WHOA.. how was THAT for a freudian slip.. i called the moose lady sarah mccain...

... maybe that is what the old geezer thinks as well.. maybe ole john boy has a pump up boner for sarah...

or then, maybe he just pays her to get in bed with cindy while he watches them.

i'm john mccahn.. no, i'm john mcale.. no.. i'm.. i'm... i'm.. hey cindy? what's my last name again? oh yea.. i'm john mccain and i approve this message.


Posted by: FozzieBear | October 10, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

The first important decision a future Pres. makes is their VP. John McCain choose a person that believes in secesion and that it's alright to subvert the Constitution. As mayor and gov she attended 6 AIP conventions as a featured speaker. OK if your speech is about confronting them about the errors of their way----- but no, only words of support. Why would John McCain choose a person that wants take the state they are gov of out of the USA, why would that person what to be VP of a country that they don't want to be associated with? I have several theories but you all can figure a easy one like that out.

Posted by: jmfromdc | October 10, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I find it rather strange that it is wrong to question Obama's ties to people that are known anti-Americans. They publicly say it. Yet we have watched the media and the democrats dissect and humiliate everything about Sarah Palin. Somebody that nobody knew until he introduced her. I have heard more disgusting remarks about her and some very questionable pictures. McCain and the republicans have not even gone as low as what has been done to Sarah Palin. The hypocrisy is absolutely absurd. There are absolutely good reasons to ask these things of Obama, he has been very secretive about it. He lies about it and insists we not talk about it. We are picking a President a very important election. We need to know if Obama is a con man before he gets into office. If he is conning us and he is anti-America how will you feel having him as President?

Posted by: Lynn11 | October 10, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

"Mr. Balz, why don't you tell us then what is the "acceptable" method for communicating the basis for our opinion that Obama is a sinister figure who does not share the values of middle America?
Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 10, 2008 2:10 PM"

Without lying would be a good start!

Posted by: b1rd | October 10, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

bobnsri ::::

I would imagine that Barry, wasn't that what he called himself before entering politics?, when in the company of other elitists would refer to those folks as "bitter, clinging to guns" they probably don't have too much time to spend perfecting the art of blogging. they are too busy working to pay their taxes so others can get another entitlement from the Governement instead of having to work for it. Not everyone who doesn't go to Harvard is an idiot, just as not everyone who goes to harvard is brilliant.....

Posted by: jgault | October 10, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

You obviously have never studied the Jefferson-Adams campaign. This one pales by comparison.
Posted by: JakeD | October 10, 2008 3:13 PM
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Was there a lunatic named JakeD helping to incite a riot in that one too?

Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYX-HvCYaVA

This guy totally gets it. Acting like a di*K will not help us.

Posted by: realamerican2 | October 10, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse


you know.. it's too bad that john mccain doesn't remember when george bush started up his sleaze campaign against him regarding that dark skinned baby cindy and him adopted.

i believe george bush started a smear campaign that accused of john of having an illegitimate baby.

and guess what? the public sucked it up and george bush won.

the public is STUPID and believe trash.

all i know.. is if you people are stupid enough to want a THIRD george bush who will lie to you and have his dumb sh*t plans for this country that have RUN THIS COUNTRY INTO THE GROUND... then vote for john, his druggie wife cindy, and sarah "i can see alaska from my house" mccain.

i can't stop you.


Posted by: FozzieBear | October 10, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government."

That's right, EARLIER THIS YEAR Ms Palin addressed a group who admires a man who, before dying in a freak plastics explosives accident, said that.

Volger, the former leader of AIP got blown up by plastic explosives in the early '90's.
And Todd Palin was in the group for several years.

And Sarah has spoken several times at their conventions.

Conventions calling for the secession of Alaska from the US.

How very patriotic.


Posted by: franglais | October 10, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: toritto | October 10, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

beecheery wrote: "Keep shilling for the ONE.... Ayers for the millions that O slipped him to educate radicals."

Got news for ya: the "millions" were actually "slipped" by the Annenbergs, Walter and Leonore, best friends of the Reagans and members of Ronnie's cabinet. That's the foundation that sponsored the charity that funded the school projects. I know it hurts but it's true that Reagan cavorted with terrorist sympathizers. Or maybe even terrorists themselves, using your swimming-in-the-shallow-end-of-the-gene-pool logic.

Posted by: jjmm1 | October 10, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

McCain has become a disgrace to this nation.
His willful incitement of mob mentality, his angry irrational often racist base is helping bury whatever integrity he still might of possess.

Posted by: yarbrougharts | October 10, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Jake D, a constant poster to this site, is a prime example of

White Trash and a rabid McCain supporter.

He apparently has no life, no job, and nothing better to do with

his time than post white trash rants.

He can neither spell, no construct a simple declarative sentence.

He probably also tells tall tales about his "military heroics",

which no doubt, are false.

Jake D can't accept the fact that an educated black guy, is about

to become President of the USA in a landslide!

Posted by: bobnsri | October 10, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

HARRIED:

See, I capitalized your name, and that was not "hateful".

pcpatterson:

I didn't say it was an "excuse". If someone claimed that guy who killed his family and himself over finances was "worst than the Holocaust" however, the most charitable reply would be that said person has not studied the Holocaust. Next canard?

Posted by: JakeD | October 10, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Balz:

You are one of the cerebral journalists that I respect out there. But your article yesterday just was not objective as you tried to paint it. I am happy that you have corrected yourself in this one, possibly as a result of the myriad of unfavorable comments you received yesterday.

Nevertheless, it is very obvious that John McCain and his attack machine are heading off to perdition. What if Obama wins and he loses? Would he be willing to lead a civil war against this beautiful country like they do in a Banana republic when they lose an election? Together with seccessionist-friendly Palin, they are fanning and formenting embers of hate, racism, bigotry and unwarranted anger at their rallies. McCain has become so uncontrollable and he should ask Obama on Wednesday if he has any thing to about all these sinister things of which he is accusing him, even if the moderator does not lead him on. If he does not then, he is just an old sailor who is withering away in sickness and cowardice.

Posted by: midas20874 | October 10, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

40 years as a Republican and I am signing off on McCain. He is not showing signs of being a good leader or an honorable man. I cannot support him and will vote for Obama.

Posted by: rayreyns | October 10, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

It's so cute that Palin is complaining about the lack of diligence by the mainstream media ... isn't she the one under investigation for misconduct? I for one would welcome more press coverage about that issue, since we're on the subject of ethics.

Posted by: wsadie33 | October 10, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin have no qualms in unleashing THE DAY OF THE LOCUST. It worked for the right wing in Israel in taking out Rabin , and McCain is willing to take the risk(hope?) it might take out Obama.
I seriously fear for Obama's life right now.

Posted by: jes_fine | October 10, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I watched the news showing McCain’s interview on Fox being televised on CNN, FOX, and other networks. In the interview McCain said he wanted Obama to come out with the truth about Ayers so the public can decide. Why isn’t anyone calling out McCain on his hypocrisy on TROOPERGATE? He asks for public truth from Obama, yet he sends his lawyers to Alaska to cover up TROOPERGATE to avoid public scrutiny. Why doesn’t McCain let Palin testify about her TROOPERATE connection so the American Public can decide – the same standard he wants to apply to Obama. Do you smell hypocrisy?

I don’t want to hear this excuse that TROOPERGATE is politically motivated and that the AYERS connection isn’t. Palin was in office as a government official during TROOPERGATE while Obama was eight years old when Ayers did his despicable act. You tell me which has more validity in applying a standard of judgment -- a person governing when the act was being committed or a person who was eight years old when someone else committed the act?

If judgment is what McCain is questioning about Obama, shouldn’t the American pubic question McCain’s judgment for picking a VP that may be using her powers for personal reasons? Sounds like Bush/Chaney tactic to twist the law f to protect them elves and those they surround themselves with. After all, Palin's character could be a heart beat away from the Presidency if McCain is elected. The public deserves the truth by her testifying in front of an INDEPENDENT board, not one she picks. How many middle class citizens you know that would get away with ignoring a subpoena -- hmmm, I guess if you could hire high powered lawyers to put you and your cronnies above the law, you could.

Come on, what are you afraid of McCain, the truth? McCain keeps preaching about transparency in government, but I guess that only applies to others, not himself or those he surrounds himself with.

McCain seems to wear hypocrisy as well as one of his thousand dollar suits. His campaign and campaign tactics looks more and more like the same eight years of Bush scare tactics that middle class come to despise. BUSH SCARE TACTICS MAY OF WORKED FOR THE WAR, BUT IT WON'T WORK FOR THE ECONOMY. WE SWALLOWED THE BUSH SCARE TACTIC PILL BEFORE AND THE ONLY CURE FOR THIS CANCER IS TO PUT IN OFFICE SOMEONE THAT DOESN'T REFLECT BUSH POLICIES WHILE CAMPAIGNING -- WE NEED A PRESIDENT WHO BELIEVES THERE IS A BETTER WAY AND THAT SURE ISN'T THE MCCAIN’S HYPOCRISY POLICY THAT APPLIES TO EVERYONE ELSE, WHILE HE APPLIES DIFFERENT STANDARDS TO HIMSELF AND THE CROONIES HE SURROUNDS HIMSELF WITH.

BRING IT ON, MCCAIN AT THE NEXT DEBATE. I DARE YOU!

Posted by: steveeyes | October 10, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

"The values of middle America"? Are these the values that McCain adheres to? In my middle America, a 44 year-old married man with children who cheats on his wife by having an affair with a 24-year-old, who just happens to have a wealthy daddy, is not behavior that is valued. And to take out a marriage license to wed the young trophy wife before he is divorced is just plain weird. It shows a man not only without morals but also poor judgment. And what was the 24-year-old thinking during this affair? That it is okay to date married men? That marriage vows mean nothing? That morals are not important? And there are Americans who want this duo in the White House? I do not understand.

Posted by: Charlie1 | October 10, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I demand that the McCain campaign have the candidate undergo a brain scan and that the results be interpreted and made public by qualified neuro specialists.
I believe the candidate has dementia and the scan will show more than 1/2 of his gray matter has the appearance of Swiss cheese. This guy is gonezo. That said, his recent behavior is fully in line with the values of his live, Country Last (e.g., Palin pick).

Posted by: axolotl | October 10, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

As reported in the Wall Street Journal blog
http://blogs.wsj.com/politicalperceptions/2008/10/09/political-wisdom-an-ugly-ad-climate-with-mccain-in-the-lead/
also see http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2008/10/mccain_100percent_negative_ads.html:

“During the week of Sept 28 through Oct. 4, ‘nearly 100 percent of the McCain campaign's advertisements were negative,'’ the Wisconsin Advertising Project at the University of Wisconsin reports today. ‘During the same period, 34 percent of the Obama campaign's ads were negative.’''

"I just have to rely on the good judgment of the voters not to buy into these negative attack ads. Sooner or later, people are going to figure out if all you run is negative attack ads you don’t have much of a vision for the future or you’re not ready to articulate it."
-- John McCain, 2000
also see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHW-RO1_WN0

Thanks, Sen. McCain, for making it so easy to figure out. So I’ll follow your advice and vote for the candidates who are articulating a vision of the future instead of the ones (you and your running mate) who have resorted to all negative campaigning about peripheral issues.

Posted by: jetchs | October 10, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: donmac1

Gore, Kerry and now Obama. Keep nominating these ultra leftwingers ...
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What planet does don man live on where Gore, Kerry, and Obama are "ultra left". Gore and Kerry were straight line DNC moderates. Obama is more liberal than the other two but hardly ultra-left.

If it looks that way it is because the GOP gets more and more extreme right wing every day. You purged your moderates, voted in the extremists like Bush and now you are paying the price. live with it!

Posted by: MarcMyWords | October 10, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Here is another video of Racist McCain Supporters:

http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/10/mccain-racist-rally-goers.html

This is dangerous.

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 10, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Liberals don't need MoveOn.org et. al- they have Washington Post to do their dirty work for them. Nearly every article on the Post today (and for the last week) has been pro-Obama and/or anti-McCain/Palin. This is rediculous. Where is the objective journalism? Answer: not in the MSM.

Posted by: alevi2 | October 10, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

OMG! He's Black!!

That librul, pinko, left wing, commie, leninist, trotskyite, maoist, anarchist, nihilist, muslim, islamo fascist terrorist, pal of terrorists, reader of Malcolm X, disciple of Rev. Wright, Chicago politician, (did I leave anything out?) is gonna be PRESIDENT of the United States of America!!

Oh Happy Day!!

...the countdown is on!!

:-)

P. S. I left out HUSSEIN

Heehee

Posted by: toritto | October 10, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

To Mr. JakeD, whoever you are:

Yes, it IS hateful to refer--repeatedly and with malicious intent--to "Barack HUSSEIN Obama." I doubt that yoy are too dumb to see that. You and all the other loudmouths of the right-wing noise machine are flaunting--CAPITALIZING, for pete's sake--the man's middle name with one crystal-clear motive: to portray him as an alien, sinister, and dangerous "other," guilty by association with Islamic extremism. (Tell me with a straight face that you are trying to remind people of America's friend, King HUSSEIN of Jordan.)

You, Mr. JakeD, are part of what is in fact a sinister effort to whip up the passions of excitable talk-show audiences and Apocalypse-glimpsing fundamentalists to do--what? Pick up a gun and shoot Obama, whether as a candidate (like Bobby) or as president (like Jack)?

Do you have any idea what the implications of such an attempt--whether unsuccessful or (God forbid) successful--on American democracy? On America's ability to stand before the world as a moral leader?

We are seeing at these McCain-Palin rallies, as Mr. Balz points in his very forthright article, something much more like a Nazi rally or a KKK lynch mob than a normal American election-season shindig.

(And thank you, Mr. Balz, for doffing that toga of evenhanded journalistic impartiality and calling an evil spade what it is. The media now needs to start acting like Edward R. Murrow and denounce this ugly rabblerousing before things really get out of hand.)

Yes, McCain and Palin must have the courage and the character to stop this rubbish. And you, Mr. JakeD, must stop your appeals to racial and religious hatred. This is not the normal give-and-take of partisan debate! If all this leads some nutcase to make an attempt on Obama's life, his blood will be on the head of people like you and your mentors, Limbaugh and Hannity and the rest of that evil crew.

Posted by: jm917 | October 10, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I used to like McCain until he transformed into the actual president. What a shame!

Posted by: ngalati | October 10, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Imagine the fun JakeD could have had with Carl Maria von Weber.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Finally: "But what's also clear is that McCain's tactics are over the line, with no restraint in sight, and threaten to provoke reactions among partisans on both sides that will continue to escalate."

And that would be extremely bad for this country. McCain seems intent on stirring up racial hatred, or letting his surrogates do it for him. McCain has proven himself to be a man of poor judgement (Palin as prime example) and hot-headed, win-at-any-costs, intemperate and ambition first -- not country-first. That should be the subject the WaPo headlines.

Posted by: guyrollins | October 10, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

If McCain backers are going to post on this website they should at

least use correct grammar.

Correct spelling might help too.

Nothing undermines an opinion when the author is obviously

poorly educated.

Posted by: bobnsri | October 10, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

The only reason McCain has to bring these issues up is because the media hasn't been doing its job and investigating them before.

Ayers, Rezco, Fannie & Freddie ties, Penny Pritzker, they are ALL things that should have been investigate a LONG time ago, but you were too busy slurping the man that you never did your job.

Oh, and let's not forget the biggest journalistic failure of all, the failure to bring any attention to the criminal organization known as ACORN. These people are going to jail in droves, but no one in the media seems at all concerned that Barack Obama "stands side by side" with them (his words, not mine).

Finally, American is getting to know the true man. This is not someone who should be in charge of a PTA meeting (and I mean that, he and his philosophy should be nowhere near education, particularly with young students), let alone running this country.

Don't try to paint John McCain as a negative campaigner, Washington Post. The fact that Obama's ties are damaging to him is not McCain's fault, it's Obama's for hitching his star to these people. John McCain is just doing the job that the negligent mainstram media hasn't done for the last 19 months.

Posted by: etpietro | October 10, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin are proving what we've always known: They are not fit to run the country.

Posted by: McGee2 | October 10, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

The problem with the Ayers story, Republicans also sat on that board with Ayers. So are they guilty by association. Obama's association with Ayers has been totally mischaracterized by McCain. Obama was 8 years old when Ayers was a radical. Obama had nothing to do with it. On the other hand, McCain was a true friend to Charles Keating, the Savings and Loan guy that McCain helped by pushing bank regulators to lay off him until the Savings and Loan fell apart and it cost the taxpayers loads of money. Also Sarah Palin is very good friends with anti-American separatists in the Alaskan Independence Party. Her husband was a registered member and she addressed this radical group this year as Governor. McCain and Palin have very troubling associations that they should be called on by the media. But the media gives all the air time to the Ayers story. Still, it is not helping McCain in the polls, at least.

Posted by: LW22 | October 10, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

hitpoints:

I am registered Independent, so I can't answer for Republicans. I know that I personally would have no problem voting for a pro-life Muslim President.

Posted by: JakeD | October 10, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse


you know.. every day i am ever more amazed at barak obama's calm demeanor.. even when the media asks him about the attacks by mccain, obama gives a rationale answer. he would rather have it brought to him, than see it in the media.

you know.. if i was a foreign head of state.. i would TRUST obama.. and i would work with him on any issue.. yes, if that is talking to your "enemy", LOL, that it what i would do..

but mccain??? you never know what to expect. which mccain? the grumpy one? the happy one? the confused one?

i think this country is lucky to have someone who has risen above the rest to be vying for a leadership role as leader of this country at a time when it is more needed than ever.

obama/biden in 25 DAYS!

:D


Posted by: FozzieBear | October 10, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

conradh wrote, "It's amazing that anybody still believes that an election is even going to happen."

I could envision John McCain trying to cancel an election. He seems to view politics as something inherently dishonorable (hence his frequent claims to be "above" it). Fortunately, he's not in a position to try it.

I can't envision George W. Bush even considering that possibility.

Two hundred plus years of training a nation in the habits of a free people counts for something, as does a large middle class with a stake in the system.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

He is creating volatility and confusion. That's all we need is a bunch of gun happy GOP types. He needs to focus on the economy. He's also no angel. Keating was a very bad deal.

Posted by: janefree0513 | October 10, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

" ..risks to both McCain and Obama .."

Don't even try to say that Obama is doing anything near what McCain is doing. He's not inciting hate, invoking terrorism and stoking irrational anger like McCain and Palin are doing. Quit trying so hard to be "balanced" and just report what is. John McCain has lost his honor. He's gone off the deep end in his ambition to be president no matter what. John McCain is a coward who will spew his filth everywhere except to Barack Obama's face. John McCain is not presidential and doesn't deserve to be president.

Posted by: SueK1 | October 10, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

RUBY2--any chance that the MSM IS doing it's job and it's just not reporting what they peddle on Fox as "news"? Go to votevet.org or other non-partisan sites and see what you find. Who voted against body armor for the troops twice? Who gets a grade of "D" for support of vets? That would be McCain..... The MSM isn't reporting what you want to hear because it's not fact. What will it take for McCain to show leadership and denounce the hate speech and talk of violence at his rallies?

Posted by: USneedsObama | October 10, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain clearly doesn't value his honor, whatever his proponents claim.

If these rallies truly represent his vision of America, then he is a greater threat to the Republic than Ayers ever was.

Posted by: nodebris | October 10, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The man's name is Barack HUSSEIN Obama. It is not "hateful" to use his given name, is it?
Posted by: JakeD | October 10, 2008 3:05
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It is when you capitalize only HUSSEIN!
You are a very disturbed person JakeD.

Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The Prosecutor of the Weather Underground and Bill Ayers has JUST come out and claimed that it is ridiculous to associate Obama with Ayers. He says there is absolutely no connection.

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003873017

Posted by: notbuyinganyofit | October 10, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I heard all his stuff when Obama was running against Hillary, minus the Republican brand of course.


Just let it play out now please, as you didn't then.

And since you are pro Obama anyway, WHAT DO YOU CARE?

Posted by: celested9 | October 10, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

OMG! He's Black!!

That librul, pinko, left wing, commie, leninist, trotskyite, maoist, anarchist, nihilist, muslim, islamo fascist terrorist, pal of terrorists, reader of Malcolm X, disciple of Rev. Wright, Chicago politician, (did I leave anything out?) is gonna be PRESIDENT of the United States of America!!

Oh Happy Day!!

...the countdown is on!!

:-)

Heehee....

Posted by: toritto | October 10, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Goose3:

You obviously have never studied the Jefferson-Adams campaign. This one pales by comparison.

Posted by: JakeD | October 10, 2008 3:13 PM
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JakeD: I've studied the Holocaust. This does not excuse every act of murder since then that has taken place on a smaller scale. Try some logic next time.

Posted by: pcpatterson | October 10, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

If McCain were a real man he would have brought up his sleazy Ayers accusations to Obama's face during the debate on Tuesday. What did he do instead? He unleashed the ladies to do his dirty work. First Sarah then Cindy. Sarah and Cindy ordered to throw punches for Senator McCain - He should get his ass whooped for putting the women out first ... what's next? His grand-children will call Obama/Biden names for McCain? Pathetic, shameful and flaccid.

Step up John. Step up and try to be a real man again. Maybe then you'll be able to regain some honor then start talking about something that matters to us like helping the poor, saving the economy, focusing on the real front in Afghanistan, health care (trying to help you with some ideas to think about as I know it must be hard for you.)

Posted by: Linus66 | October 10, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

What common values and goals does Barack Obama share with domestic terrorist William Ayers, causing Ayers to have supported Obama for so long?

The American people have a right to know the truth and Obama isn't giving it to us.

Posted by: NeverLeft | October 10, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I've observed the behavior of partisans at all sorts of rallies and blog sites over the years. Without a doubt, the most vile comments have been made by leftwingers. If you you claim to be fairminded and don't believe me, you owe to yourself to check out who says what at this website. WaPo writers amaze me, not picking up on Obamaniacs who are infiltrating Republican rallies to disparage their political enemies now that the heat is on William Ayers and other Obama allies.

Posted by: sagereader | October 10, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Keep shilling for THE ONE. Playing the race card if you question his drug use? Only Blacks are druggys on the street? WaPo is racist.
Rezko is important also for the money Obama shoveled to his slum projects when O was a state senator.
Ayers for the millions that O slipped him to educate radicals.
Oh, what is the use! The Media have become propagandists for O. Change your name to PRAVDA.

Posted by: beecheery | October 10, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is as dangerous as a rat backed into a corner - he is blustering, clawing, hissing - what is next? ..........
http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/10/10/john-mccain-is-dangerous/

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 10, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Please! All of you claiming "I respected McCain before this" were never going to vote for him this time around. You are not his target audience right now.

Posted by: JakeD | October 10, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow! One of my co-workers just said she wasn't sure that she would vote for a child molester like John McCain.
I didn't understand what she was talking about.
Then it dawned on me. I guess an old man with a very young wife leads people to conclude that at some point in his life he was a dirty old man.
And I couldn't believe she said it!

Posted by: kflet3 | October 10, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I like to think (and convince friends & family) that the majority of Americans, the silenced majority, are appalled at the McCain, the candidate, reflected in his campaign these last two weeks.

The sights and sound of various people in his rally remind me of those extremists in Pakistan and the Middle East.

Don't they make you sqirm in disgust?!

Posted by: epham | October 10, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

The Republican party has become the party of hatred in this election. When you have no vision for the future, all you have left is fear.

Posted by: Nissl | October 10, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

It's clear that McCain has all but lost the election. The negative campaigning is all he's got. It's not a good strategy but I don't see him backing away now. It's too late, he's going to the bitter end with this strategy. I'm sure McCain's going to regret the things he's done during this campaign because those things are going to follow him for the rest of his life. No more mr. Honor.
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http://www.internationalpoliticstoday.com

Posted by: J_Factor | October 10, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

me love macaine me love pallen them good superior people she hot in swimsuit and heels strut her stuff in alaska beauty queen pagent. them need to get obama out of way. maybe call him that one or something and say anybody he ever met is commie terror person. that fix obama good. yeah, we need republican to clean up republican mess from bush. democracy party bad me no like. dont know why but them just bad.. me rather vote old dumb macaine and hottie dumb pallen cause they not democracy party.

Posted by: DaveMiner | October 10, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I am white.

And I know white trash.

That's all McCain has left.

An angry mob of white trash.

They can't get over the fact a black guy, on his

own merit, thru hard work, talent and brains, is about to become

our next President.

White Trash needs someone to blame for their own personal

failures.

If its not the gays, the immigrants, the jews, it MUST

be the blacks!

(Of course White Trash don't use such "vanilla terms")

I don't worry that Mr. Obama will lose the election.

He won't.

Because White trash never votes.

They don't even know WHERE to vote.

In fact, on election day you can find White Trash either in a

saloon getting drunk, or under arrest for DWI or

spousal abuse.

White Trash. Coming to a McCain rally near you.

Posted by: bobnsri | October 10, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

"Undermines the brand he worked so hard to establish"?

McCain has not merely undermined his brand, he has destroyed it. A large segment of the country who once viewed McCain as the honorable, post-partisan war hero, now views him as an angry, ornery, unbalanced old man too dangerous to allow anywhere near the White House.

Posted by: wmw4 | October 10, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Any one else hear the "Yip. Yip. Pant, pant, pant, sniffle, sniffle, pant... of a pack of asthmatic Pekingese?

Posted by: walker1 | October 10, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

There was a period of about three days where John McCain and his lunatic campaign had not hijacked the national dialogue, and we were talking about issues.

Terrified, the NYTimes and Washington Post jumped in and raised another ridiculous non-issue.

We don't have stupid voters. We have a stupid media.

Posted by: kay5 | October 10, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

A violent subtext?

By Mick from Churchton, MD - Oct 4th, 2008 at 11:52 pm EDT

What will be the effects of Sarah Palin's Big Lie techniques--claiming the Democrats wave "the white flag of surrender" when the country is at war, and that Barack Obama "pals around" with terrorists?

Incitement to violence on the part of gun-toting crazies?

http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/blog/martinedwinandersen?page=2

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | October 10, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 10, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I was going to comment on this issue, but, after reading the post by marilynjean, I can think of nothing that gets to the heart of this BS more.

The great shame is that there is no one outside of the Obama campaign with the courage and/or integrity to say it publicly to McCain.

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | October 10, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Wow! A Republican crowd angry? Were they hurling epithets, calling the other party nasty names, cursing, spitting on troops...oh, wait, that's the Democrats. What could make a Republican crowd angry? LOOK IN A MIRROR. Maybe, just maybe, the liberal media that has been doing their best to get Obama elected has gone too far! At least, that's what's making me, a heretofore moderate, angry. If you (liberal) media, had done your job, it might have been a fair contest.
But you keep throwing around that race card. It seems to be your answer to everything that requires rational thought.

Posted by: RUBY2 | October 10, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, I don't recall Republicans constantly referring to Bill Clinton as William JEFFERSON Clinton every chance they could. Wonder why? It's clear that the emphasis on Hussein in Obama's name is an effort to depict him as un-American, Muslim, and an enemy.

Posted by: hitpoints | October 10, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Everyone keeps bring up his association with Ayres...SO WHAT...This is really grabbing at straws and you all know it. You act like Obama wasn't a child when he was doing this..It's very obvious that you need something to cling to,because McCain and Palin are mudslinging, ignorant, decietful losers.Oh and they incite riots too!

Posted by: puredemo | October 10, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Goose3:

You obviously have never studied the Jefferson-Adams campaign. This one pales by comparison.

Posted by: JakeD | October 10, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

What respect I have once had for Senator McCain has evaporated with how he conducted his campaign. Not only have I decided to vote for Senator Obama but the recent conduct of Senator McCain has inspired me to give generously to Senator Obama's campaign.

McCain should take what little honor he has left and ask Governor Palin and the rest of his "henchmen" to dial back the rhetoric because it's getting really ugly out there. This is no way to conduct a civil society. These are serious times with serious issues to address. I fear that we could be entering a new dark ages.

I'm an immigrant and became an American citizen by choice because I love this country and everything it stands for. I chose this country to stake my future and raise my family here. Being a non-white, I do not like where this is going and I feel that it is morally irresponsible for candidate of a major party to implicitly or explicitly condone this mob behavior.

Senator McCain: please don't make me regret my decision to migrate here.

Posted by: mrtoadsc | October 10, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse


THE THREE STOOGES

john, cindy, and the moose lady.

you know as they get MORE DESPERATE to get in the white house.. i don't know what wants it more. now i even see cindy slinging mud at obama...

they have NOTHING GOOD to say about themselves.. so they can only say bad things about their opponent in their sleazy bid to win the election.

truly disgusting.

Posted by: FozzieBear | October 10, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Sad.

McCain is that desperate. . .

I once thought McCain was honorable.

I thought that he was different.

What happened to the McCain from the 2000 election?

I am getting less and less confident that he is nothing more than a flip flopper.

And now this. Honorable election? Nah, not if he is losing, I guess.

I guess it is all about winning for McCain. What about Country? Honesty?

Posted by: kflet3 | October 10, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing that anybody still believes that an election is even going to happen. The conspiracy theories that everyone thought were crazy in the past are starting to all come out to be true. If Obama continues the way he's doing, this Ayer's stuff will be far from the last throes of the Republican campaign to keep power. Martial law is coming folks...that means no election. Now go ahead and give me your rants from both sides about how crazy that is, but it's chances are very real.

Posted by: conradh | October 10, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

The man's name is John SIDNEY McCain.

Sounds like he was born wearing glasses.

Posted by: EgoNemo | October 10, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

The US economy is in its biggest free fall since the great depression. America is hated around the world. Gas prices are at once unthinkable levels. Bin Laden is still on the loose. We're spending $3 billion a week in Iraq. Great job, W! Don't let the door hit you on the way to the ranch...

Posted by: randysbailin | October 10, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Mayor Daley's dad was the one who sought to crush Ayers and his ilk at the 1968 convention in Chicago. The Mayor is correct. The 60's are SO OVER, except to the GOP which still wants to fight the old battles, rather than addressing new problems with new solutions.

Posted by: Dannoday | October 10, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Why would America REWARD complete Republican failure ?

We wont.

Posted by: PulSamsara | October 10, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Samson151:

The man's name is Barack HUSSEIN Obama. It is not "hateful" to use his given name, is it?

Posted by: JakeD
*******************
Why don't you give that a fcuking rest already on this board? They will be in VA somewhere - go get your sheets and have grand old time screaming about terrorist and about killing someone. You and McLame deserve each other - both losers...

Posted by: LABC | October 10, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

McCain is clearly sounding desperate and panicky. He's not addressing the issues America cares about. The economy is circling the drain, people are losing their homes and retirement savings, and he's talking about some has-been 60s bozo. He sounds like a cranky old man screaming at kids to get off his yard. I hope he loses simply for the fact it will put a stake in the heart of his kind of Rovian campaign tactics. Good riddance.

Posted by: buzznet | October 10, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

tucvars:

Both Barack and Michelle worked at the same law firm as Ayers's wife.

Posted by: JakeD | October 10, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

McCain is ruining his own reputation by engaging in this sort of attack. Its both sad and dangerous...a mob mentality can erupt into violence. Its also a national emabarrassment to have a candidate for the Presidency to be attacked in such a vicious manner. Voters, through the media, should pressure McCain to cease with these tactics. If he truly believes country should come first he'd never never participate in such lowly behaviour!!!

Posted by: Goose3 | October 10, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I think the best thing Obama could do right now is this: during the next debate, either in his opening or closing, he should reiterate his relationship with Bill Ayers - they worked on an education committee together, know each other but are not close. He has answered this question a dozen times since Palin's comments in Florida. He may want to note the republicans on that committee and maybe, if he wants to sink near Mr. McCain's level, ask how many times he engaged with former members of the KKK, two of which Mr. McCain worked with in the senate. The public has seen the Ayers connection raised and answered many times in the last two year - we are sick of it. The problem is that those who are still demanding answers are not going to accept the response unless it is the answer they want to hear, the answer that proves they were right.

Mr. McCain has said he that had regrets about the 2000 campaign - about things he did not stand up for or things he should have said. Win or loose, what is Mr. McCain going to regret after this election? Will winning make it all worth it? Does he have to destroy a person whose intentions are as honorable as his own in order to win? Is it worth the loss of the respect of millions of Americans? Is inciting fear and violence justified if it gets you the White House? How will you work with Democrats after this campaign. Those of us who lean left (lean ... I've voted republican almost as many times as I've voted democratic) are tired of being called disloyal, unpatriotic and unAmerican because we see the failings of our country. We do not love it any less, and we see the potential for great progress, but not if we destroy half the country in the quest for power.

I think Joe Biden said it best - you can disagree with the beliefs of a person, disagree with their positions on issues and plans to solve problems, but you don't question the motives or patriotism of the person you disagree with. Mr. McCain loves his country, and Mr. Obama does also. If we can heed Mr. Biden's advise and look at the opponent as the person who wants what is best for the country also, we will be a better nation for it.

Posted by: puppiesandkitties | October 10, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Hey Obama Sheeple, (people who act like meek sheep and follow the sheepdog without question) Isn't it interesting that when the house lights dim and the feel good muxic fades all you are left with is a speech that may lift you up like Tony Robbins while you are there but when you leave the arena what have you got??? Speeches don't get it done, it takes someone capable of doing something, someone who has proven he has done something.
What has Obama DONE???? No one can say. It is all about CHANGE, What the heck does that mean????

So now when people look at the man behind the message they see a thin resume and someone who has tried like heck to not reveal what and who has shaped his core beliefs. I cannot believe the Dems are excited about their "Messiah", Farrahkan's words, not mine is up by a few percentage points. So was Gore and Kerry. Now with almost 20 states reveiwing the fine work by ACORN, remember them Barrack?? How many more instances that point to Barracks choices of people and organizations that have shaped his character are starting to come out. Even the reluctant MSM cannot ignore these issues, independents are watching...... Like in the Wizard of OZ, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain Well America is now......

Posted by: jgault | October 10, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

CHARACTER ASSASSINATION IS JUST FOR STARTERS:
ARE THE AGITATED 'CUDA CROWDS A HARBINGER OF THIS?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens OR
http: members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 10, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Really?!?!


Barack Obama once sat on the same school board with a man who had done bad things when Obama was eight years old, and that means Obama hates America. Do I have that straight?!?!


So, my only question for McCain now:


Is this the best you can do?!?!


Twenty one years in the Senate, two terms in the House, twenty two years in the Navy, and lest we forget five years as a POW, and this is it? This is the way that John Sidney McCain III, son and grandson of admirals decides to exit stage far, far right?


Unable to defend his stance on the issues, unwilling to follow the rules of honor he claimed to endorse, undone by his own anger and shadows from his past, this man, this self-proclaimed maverick goes for the sidelines with the most embarrassing series of schoolyard taunts and sophomoric smears in modern times. How crass. How despicable. How utterly and deeply pathetic.


Pitiful is the word, really, both in the sense of contemptible and in arousing a kind of sick feeling of concern. To have done and seen so much, to have had so many opportunities, to have been given a second chance long after most men had given up the game. And then to spend it this way.


"Country First"....my arse.


Pitiful.
.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnb2IrsU1Cg
.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 10, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Gore, Kerry and now Obama. Keep nominating these ultra leftwingers and keep losing! Remember George McGovern or Eugene McCarthy? In a few years you won't remember Obama either! When people pull up to the gas pump on election day and remember that Obama wants a punative tax on big oil which will get passed on to us they will know who to vote for!

Posted by: donmac1 | October 10, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

The rout of the Republicans (if it happens) may actually be good for the GOP.

It will allow a rebuilding of the party from the ground up - a fiscally conservative, socially moderate coalition devoid of undue influence from bible thumpers adn neo fascists.

....it is the party of Lincoln, Teddy, Ike and Ronnie....it will rise again - which, agree with repubs or not, is a good thing for this country.

It was the moderate Everett Dirksen of Illinois who led the GOP to support eh Civil Rights Act when Southern Democrats would not.

Country first....Dirksen was a living symbol of it.

Let us pray.....

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 10, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Omaba has been playing the race card all along. He has "those" that do his dirty work for him, but then he has those type of "associates."
I would like to find something that says Obama has actually "said" he regrets his ties to Rezko...so far he has just run for cover regarding his many sinister "associates" admitting noting except "I didn't know", "I wasn't aware", "I was only 8-years-old." His excuses are always the same. So I have to ask, if he is so unaware, uninformed, totally oblivious (as with the Rev. Wright's sermons) is this the man we need for President? Not a very astute person.

Posted by: ReneesOpinion | October 10, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Dan
Thank you for this column. Up to this point , I think you have been bending over backwards to be "even handed" , but it seems now that even you have had too much of the ugliness that McCain and Palin have spawned. The long term damage to the country, elective politics, the willingness of qualified people to enter the political arena and the ability of the winners and losers to work to govern has been seriously impacted by this kind of personal, vindictive , dishonest campaigning. It is so very hard to believe that someone like John McCain who once swore to uphold an honor code as a Midshipman could allow this kind of campaigning to have his name attached to it and then , engage in it himself. The cynicism and hypocracy , the belief that citizens are so gullible to believe this garbage is incredible. Does he not realize that this kind of scorched earth campaigning leaves the country in much worse condition than we have already experienced ? I guess he feels winning is more important.What a sad, desparate man he has allowed himself to become.

Posted by: jmsbh | October 10, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Don't be surprised if Obama confronts McCain directly in the next debate about his campaign's personal attacks and hatemongering, and the harm they are doing to this country.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | October 10, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Knowing that many of my fellow commenters will find ample use for a snappy insult, I offer this gem posted by someone screen-named AbolhassanBaniSadr on another thread:

"If gasoline were brains you wouldn't be able to power a p*** ant's go kart around the inside of a doughnut."

I offer this, of course, in the spirit of civility ;)

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Samson151:

The man's name is Barack HUSSEIN Obama. It is not "hateful" to use his given name, is it?

Posted by: JakeD | October 10, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

This is an obvious sign of desperation on the part of the McCain campaign. Like most other tricks and gimmicks used thus far by McCain, it will not serve him well. If they weren't so blind to their own evils, they might see just how hopeless they are!

Posted by: TimeforChange | October 10, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

This is all the Republicans have left . . . a screaming mob of home grown terrorists. There they are, for all America to see. And Americans are flocking to Obama and the Dems as a result. McCain is quite the coward.

Posted by: notbuyinganyofit | October 10, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

It was reported today that the plummeting DOW has lost $8.3 TRILLION dollars in investment value from its high point one year ago.

....that's TRILLION (I gasp whenever I type TRILLION).

We are witnessing the slow motion impoverishment of America up close and personal.

That amount of investment losses does not include the decline in value of American homes - nor the $10 TRILLION of public debt.

...gasp....

Posted by: toritto | October 10, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

How much more desperate can McPalin get? How much lower into the mud and slime can they sink? No one should know more than they do about the road to nowhere. They are on it.

Posted by: algasema | October 10, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Sir,
All of my family and friends are so turned off by McCain. This includes Democrats and Republicans. All of us know these are lies and smears and are just meant to incite negative emotions so that some people won't vote for Obama. We are so cynical and have lost any remaining respect for McCain. In fact after the election, when he goes back to the Senate, we won't believe him. He has lost credibility and worse, he has lost his moral compass.

Posted by: lucy2008 | October 10, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin sprew out hate and lies and call Obama a terrorist among other things while people in their crowd shout out to kill Obama is really scary. McCain is inciting people who already have hatred in them to commit murder while he just stands there with that sick looking grin on his face and walks around like Frankenstein, Is this what the Republican party has come to? Are they that desperate to win an election that they resort to these measures? If any thing violent happens in this election it will be on McCain and Palin

Posted by: mdondon300 | October 10, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

The once-honorable Senator McCain is looking more and more like a drowning man flailing about for any piece of flotsam that might save him. Obama would be justified shoving a fire hose down John's throat and helping him on his way.

Posted by: Igorfetch | October 10, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

"McCain and the Republicans portray Ayers as Obama's political godfather. The relationship is more complicated." No, it is not more complicated. It bears no resemblance. It is completely tenuous. They were invited INDEPENDENTLY to serve on a board (founded by a Republican) of a well-meaning cause and Ayers threw a neighborhood fundraiser for Obama. End of story.

Posted by: tucvares | October 10, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

welcome to the tough, real world. do not start crying, call your parents, and simper. obama and his people are bad news.

Posted by: TUCKERMICH | October 10, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

LOL! I guess Dan took some heat from his MSM friends for daring to point out the truth yesterday.

Posted by: JakeD | October 10, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Don't you think it's just desperation? The McCain campaign has nothing to talk about in the way of a legitimate fire, so they're just spewing smoke in Obama's direction.

It all goes back to the essential error the GOP primary voters made in choosing McCain in the first place. The idea was that he would attract conservative independents and even Democrats. And he did, though not to the extent he needed. Meanwhile, it became clear that his real problem was with the base. He couldn't energize the evangelicals -- the foot soldiers in Bush presidential campaigns -- nor could he satisfy his old enemies in the conservative media (named Limbaugh and Will, for instance). He's just too liberal for both groups.

Thus the choice of Palin. That at least got a lot of needed attention. But Palin is a classic polarizing force -- wherever she goes, conflict follows. She energizes Democrats as much as Republicans, and not in a good way from the GOP perspective.

Look, this is McCain's last chance. He's pulling out all the stops. He'll make peace with God later.

Interesting that there's a new film on Lee Atwater in the theaters. Atwater would have been proud. He was Karl Rove's spiritual sperm donor.

If you think you're winning, you don't pull this sort of stunt. So what does that tell us about the McCain campaign?

Posted by: Samson151 | October 10, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"Am I the only one uncomfortable with dan Balz's metaphor of "loosed dogs" on a black man?

Posted by: brickerd | October 10, 2008 2:45 PM "

It's an apt metaphor for McCain's lynch mob behavior.

Posted by: thrh | October 10, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party nominated for president a man approaching senility and for vice president an under qualified trainee who lacks common sense. With luck both of these misfits will be finished on Noavember 4.

What has happened to the Grand Old Party?

Posted by: NewEra | October 10, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I to am a long time GOP supporter but not anymore. It is painfully obvious my GOP brethren are reaching for straws on the Ayers and Wright connection. Unlike my other GOP supporters i have see Obama talk about these many times and see nothing to think he is a terrorist or adheres to Wrights philosophy. On the other hand i was saddened when McCain seeked and received the blessing from Rev Haggee and Rev Falwell both who have said, Hagee" That hurricane Katrina was gods way of punishing New Orleans for having Gay pride parades" and Falwell who stated that September 11th was not perpetrated by terrorist but it was god who struck us down because our tolerances of gays. We have way to many other problems than these. My fellow GOPers let myself and the country down in 2004 when instead of discussing Iraq they were foaming at the mouth to pass an amendment to ban gay marriage. That dangerous and idiotic thinking is what got our country in the state we are in now, in short we took our eye of the ball to deal with problems that really werent problems. So so long GOP maybe one day you will pull your heads out of your rear and i will rejoin, for now you are in my rear view mirror.....

Posted by: rharring | October 10, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

when this whole thing started i was for hillary

when she lost i was upset but knew then I would never vote for mccain, but I liked him

i had hoped in 2000 that if a republican had to run the country, let it be john and not george

but, but 2008 I saw how john had changed, how he was a parrot of bush

now I see he is using the bush attack team but he is far worse than bush

he and palin are fostering hate and suspicion, they are encouraging mob mentality

mccain said he would not do this and has proven himself to be a liar

mccain and palin are hurting themselves, everytime they inspire a mob, Obama's poll number are up

I am voting for Obama, at first it was because I was voting against McCain, but after extensive research and seeing the repubs behaviour, I am now voting for Obama and not against McCain

good luck everyone, stay safe

ps: I don't think the witch excorcism against Palin worked

Posted by: lndlouis | October 10, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

If McCain and Liar Palin go the route of guilty by association and hence dubious judgment they better be cautious. Remember little Sarah still has not explained her recent association and participation in the AIP. That is the same crew that spouts contempt with the US and rant about their hate for the US. Just recently Sarah was congratulating the AIP at their convention and was lauded by AIP as a "Manchurian candidate" in the GOP. Way to go Sarah! Now what those recent associations tell us about the VP nominee? And by association what that tells us about John McCain's judgment? Because it is not that Sarah and John know some fringe lunatics secessionists, but McCain's judgment. Right John .

Posted by: lcruz1 | October 10, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: toritto | October 10, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Ronniesmith123:

If read Time, NPR, CNN, etc, the media has done tons of stories on Bill Ayers connection to Obama and all of the articles are consistent in their research and interviews. He served on educational board that he was appointed to by another member (female vice-president) and went to his house for a meet the candidate. In addition, it was a list of homes that he attended for a meet the candidate event.

Do your own research and the info is out there for you to read.

Posted by: BAC-Independent | October 10, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse


People are so sure that Obama is going to win they have already started posting tributes to his Presidency
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeAff-sOBec

Watch what the Cameras and Mics didnt show you during the second debate. The F word Shouted in the Debate Hall
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA3xIEes6Q4

Posted by: pastor123 | October 10, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

CBS is now reporting that Palin, after the firings of "Troopergate", hired an old cronie that had a history of sexual complainst against him. She actually has expunged all of this from his personnel file! Then, after two weeks, with witnesses coming forward and a firestorm, he resigned ... with a $10,000 bonus! Furthermore, the Toxic Barbie's release of the committee looking into her wrong doings is based on an all out effort to seal those results and leaks are coming out to the effect that she is guilty as sin. Mark-In-Austin, you're keeping might strange company if you side with Palin and her idiot sidekick.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | October 10, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

It is not my custom to comment on reporting whether good or bad. But Dan Balz's reporting that McCain's insinuation that there is anything more than a casual but friendly relationship with Ayers has no factual basis. So when McCain repeats the allagation daily Balz is informing the reader that McCain is aware that his charge is unsubstantiated so that the reader is not deceived by the repetitious reporting of the charge that it had any more merit than the day before.

The reporting was thorough as usual. Thank you Dan.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 10, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I hope McCain wins, takes ill, then Palin becomes president, and hires Dick Cheney as her VP. He then by proxy starts a conflict with Iran through Israel which forces the US into the conflict. It will be a fitting end to all this. I would love to see the look on republicans faces if this scenario were to happen. They would find out that Palin is just a puppet to the same people who have set policy the last eight years.

Posted by: gdavis4 | October 10, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

If Obama is assassinated McCain and Palin will have a lot to answer for. It's one thing to say your opponent is unqualified. It's another to say he's a terrorist-sympathizer.

Posted by: HillMan | October 10, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I might be wrong but isn't Senator Obama the individual who claimed that people from small towns cling to their guns and religion.

Also, Obama is the indivdual who had the long term relationships with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright and Father Michael Pfleger.

Barack Obama is the individual who sees nothing wrong with fraternizing with the likes of Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn.

These are Obama's acquaintances and McCain has every right to point this out.

The institution that has failed the American people is the media. They should be ashamed of themselves!

Posted by: JoeJankovic | October 10, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

well, i would question the use of the phrase "fraternization" with respect to Ayers. Most independent fact checkers put their relationship as less than paling around. but let me ask you something, if the media didn't report these stories, how do you know about them? do you follow obama around? do a google search and see how many references you get for obama and ayres. i think the media has asked plenty of questions. and let me point out, if hillary couldn't find a smoking gun, you can be damn sure mccain wont find one.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 10, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Not that anyone in the media is interested, but if we're playing "associations" John McCain got his start in politics as a result of his second wife's father's clout.

And Cindy's daddy's clout was mob-related.

Domestic terrorists, indeed.

Posted by: kay5 | October 10, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Most Americans are voyeurs and they want to see a fight. They go to auto races to see accidents. I have run for political office and I had the incumbent by the "short hairs"..I had no desire to destroy the man and I lost the election. John Mccain must set out to destroy Obama and talk truth to Americans. Barrack Hussein Obama is not an American. He is a terrorist and he is intentionally destroying the economy to try and take America for the Muslims. Liberal media wants to talk issues..people want to see Obama on a bed of nails. Obama started this when he told his people to "get in their faces". It is time for all Americans to stand and fight for Mccain an America.

Posted by: Scruffy1970 | October 10, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I am horrified by the tone of the McCain campaign in recent days.

Senator McCain, in the words of Joseph Welch,

"Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

Posted by: marilynjean | October 10, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

ronniesmith123: You obviously can use The Internets. Why don't you do some research. All the garbage you are so "concerned" about has been picked over and examined exhaustively. And if you want to start playing the "guilt by association" game, better watch out because McCain has plenty of ugly associations of his own.

Posted by: marSF | October 10, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

In regard to McCain and Palin, the well-known term RABBLE-ROUSERS
comes to mind.

McCain and Palin are proving how bankrupt their morals and ideas are and those who slurp up the slime that McCain and Palin are spewing show the world how ignorant and unbalanced some Americans can be.

Worst of all, McCain, Palin, and followers are presenting the ugliest face of America for all to see at a time when America is blamed for bankrupting the world.

As if the legacy of the Bush/Cheney administration wasn't bad enough before this!

Posted by: FedUp1 | October 10, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee/Palin08 4 to 1 Over McCain/Palin08. Thats what the RNC gets for Rigging the primary, and not letting the stronger candidate win. They wanted a weaker candadite because McCain would be a puppet. Here is the poll http://www.mccanes.com

In a funny twist, right before McCains horrible debate preformance. Huckabee was named Featured Debator of the year by watchdebate.com Pretty ironic huh. http://www.watchdebate.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 10, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

As an Arizona resident and constituent of John McCain, I could not be more digusted with the man. A war hero no more, he has become a petty, petulent, desperate politician who will do and say anything to win. Once he loses this campaign, I guarantee it will be his last. He will never, ever get elected to public office again.

Posted by: DianeW18 | October 10, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

It speaks volumes that McCain and his croonies are taking this route.

McCain and Bush are as mentioned in this article close friends with folks who have been linked to questionable practices in the past and possibly the currently...

Are the standards among men of intellect so dicriminatory that even to this regard one gets a pass while (eventhough not proven) the other does not!

Finally, it seem to me that Obama is being pulled through the mud, much like a lynching... to make the point that any young, Black, Intellect who thinks that he or she can bet the odds in-spite of their skin tone...will have a price to pay!

However, the American People are screaming out... WE ARE ALL PAYING THE PRICE for this type of judgement and politics and enough is enough!

LET OUR PEOPLE (All Americans) GO!!!!!!

Posted by: Puddlescited | October 10, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

John McCain and Sarah Palin are pathetic.

Posted by: tx-il | October 10, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

GOP rallies are beginning to look alot like KKK rallies of the past. This is what is left of the party.

Posted by: draper1 | October 10, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

McCain's DC media buddies have finally figured out he's a nasty piece of work.

Bravo! You got it about 2 months after the rest of the country.

Posted by: kay5 | October 10, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

This just in: Obama could have a dinner party tomorrow night and invite Al Sharpton, Louis Farakhan, Jesse Jackson and every living former black panther and the news would pale in comparison with the economy in free fall....

Posted by: randysbailin | October 10, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Balz, why don't you tell us then what is the "acceptable" method for communicating the basis for our opinion that Obama is a sinister figure who does not share the values of middle America?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 10, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

i think a good start would be telling the truth and not making things up.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 10, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Republican who has been horrified with the events of this campaign. I will vote Democrat for the first time in many, many years this time around. If the Republicans intend to keep this Virginia "communist" from leaving their party forever, they need to remember what maturity is, and they need to stop the hate-speak NOW and deal with the tanking economy. Talk to us about what is IMPORTANT, and not about something that happened half a century ago!

Posted by: GenuineRisk | October 10, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

When this election is over, the public should demand that McCain resign from the Senate. McCain is no hero. In fact, he's become just the opposite these days. Stirring up angry mobs with false claims that a fellow senator "pals around with terrorists" and sees America differently than we do (hates America being the implication).. I'm sorry, but that's unpatriotic and dangerously irresponsible. Is he, and Palin, trying to incite violence against his opponent? Since Obama is the first African-American nominee, his heightened security is already an issue and something McCain would know to be very cautious not to undermine. McCain's ugly descent into anything-goes campaign tactics should not be forgotten. Ever.

Posted by: DogBitez | October 10, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Dan Balz. I appreciate your effort, aside from your career here, to take action and informing both campaigns about the psychological risk of resorting to such negativity. I highly appreciate it. Thank you very much.

Posted by: Obama2008 | October 10, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin playing the "Terrorist" card goes beyond mere campaign sleaze.....


I'm not sure what it would take to convince Palin and McCain that insinuating another candidate for the presidency might somehow be a secret terrorist is a very, very bad idea. America has had plenty of experience with right-wing militia nuts and paranoid loners over the last few decades; it should be transparently obvious that sneeringly inciting crowds to such an extent is a dangerous game for Palin and McCain to be playing. Palin, especially, should be damn well aware of it, given her and her husband's past uncomfortable closeness to militia figures in Alaska.


To put it plainly, inciting right wing crowds to consider an American presidential candidate a "terrorist" isn't merely dirty politics or otherwise unseemly -- it comes uncomfortably close to implicitly encouraging actual violence. And that "uncomfortably close" part is putting the most charitable possible face on it.
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I'm sure there's no way we can make them stop, or even tone down their at this point intensely personalized, intensely spiteful rhetoric. They are immune to shame, or even common sense; this is the last desperate hour of the McCain campaign, and Palin was selected specifically because she could make these sorts of sleazy, least-common-denominator appeals to a far-rightwing lunitic fringe base that needs it, in order to feel good about voting for McCain.


But I think an adequate karmic retribution for Palin would be, if and when Obama is elected, for her to be made his personal assistant and be ankle-chained to him every time he leaves the White House -- so that whatever happens to Obama during his presidency happens to her as well. Maybe then she'd gain a shred of introspection into how much you should or shouldn't actively incite idiots, already paranoid, explicitly racist Republican crowds into thinking that an American president is an enemy of the state.
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 10, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

The most amazing thing to me is that while giving play to these unfounded exaggerations about Obama's ties to Ayers, the mainstream media has all but ignored Palin's association with a secessionist organization whose charter explicitly states their desire to break away from the United States, expresses contempt for its government, and has members (Mike Chryson and Steve stoll) who were directly involved in getting Sarah Palin started in politics in exchange for favorable treatment from the state government. I agree with her on one thing - Obama's vision of this country is not the same as hers. His includes 50 states, not 49. I guess radicalism is just fine as long as it's being practiced by extreme right-wingers.

Posted by: angelbug | October 10, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one uncomfortable with dan Balz's metaphor of "loosed dogs" on a black man?

Posted by: brickerd | October 10, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

The angry mobs don't really know why they are angry. They just ARE. The media is certainly not ignoring William Ayers nor did they ignore Rev. Wright. The fact is, the GOP played those cards months ago and they are not, now, adding anything new to the story. Besides that, most American's are not absorbing the attack ads in as much as they are the record losses on Wall Street. They just don't have a pallet for smears when their 401K's are dwindling.

John McCain is never going to recover his reputation of integrity after this campaign.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 10, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I am a liberal and a democrat. But, I want the president of my country to be selected based on merits, and not by an overwhelming bias, and propaganda. I don't understand why the media (almost all of them) and liberal-leaning papers like WP, NY Times, LA Times, Boston Globe, etc jump all over, when William Ayers or Tony Rezko's connections with Barack Obama is discussed. After all, if Obama does not have anything to worry, is it not welcome that this thing comes out in the open. Should Obama be protected from any criticism? Didn't the media push us into the Iraq War? They failed us once, and fail us again. In 2000 election, it was painful for me to see the media glowing over Bush as the savior of White House's "integrity" and "morality". We know what we got. Now, it is the media's turn to brainwash everyone into believing Obama has done nothing wrong, and will do none. Please don't push your agenda on us. If there is a story about Obama and Ayers, investigate it, explain it. Don't attack those who bring it in the open. In fact, before Palin talked about it or Clinton brought it, the media should have done that. We don't believe in Hannity. We want YOU to do it for us. Ask Obama why he associated with Ayers, Wright, and Rezko so long and in so much depth. Let the world know what he has to say. Don't push Obama into the White House. Let him earn it. We deserve that, and you (the news media) need to earn that respect, by asking tough questions to Obama too. Don't be a propaganda machine for any party or any candidate. The reason I am a Democrat is because of the dislike I have for right-wing loud mouths. We don't need left-wing cover-up machines. If you believe Obama is good, he'll come out clean. BUT DON'T COVER IT UP.

Posted by: ronniesmith123 | October 10, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I might be wrong but isn't Senator Obama the individual who claimed that people from small towns cling to their guns and religion.

Also, Obama is the indivdual who had the long term relationships with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright and Father Michael Pfleger.

Barack Obama is the individual who sees nothing wrong with fraternizing with the likes of Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn.

These are Obama's acquaintances and McCain has every right to point this out.

The institution that has failed the American people is the media. They should be ashamed of themselves!

Posted by: JoeJankovic | October 10, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Balz, why don't you tell us then what is the "acceptable" method for communicating the basis for our opinion that Obama is a sinister figure who does not share the values of middle America?
Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 10, 2008 2:10 PM |

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To use an acceptable method to communicate you have to be an acceptable human being.

In case you have forgotten or readers are not aware of who you are, I will publish one of your previous posts so that we are on a level playing field.

This refers to the video on the aerial slaughter of wolves:

"Do we really want a vice president who champions such savagery?"
Yes.
Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 1, 2008 1:49 PM |

If this was an attempt at humor it failed and If this was an ingenuous statement I was confused because it was your first.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 10, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

McCain is just as disgusting and primitive as the lynch mobs that are showing up at his campaign events.

If anyone has terrorists as "pals" it is Palin and her creepy husband and their America-hating buddies in the Alaska Independence Party.

Posted by: marSF | October 10, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for this column. You are completely on point. Videos of the Palin/McCain rallies are scary and the McCain ads are despicable. McCain and Palin are inferring that Obama is a terrorist or friendly with terrorists. Either the McCain campaign is trying to prompt a wacko to assasinate Obama, or they don't care if that is the result. The McCain campaign is despicable.

Posted by: Renu1 | October 10, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

TOR-CHES!

GIT' YER' TOR-CHES!

STEP RIGHT UP, WE GOT YER' PITCHFORKS RIGHT HERE!

Just follow the angry mob gathering at yer' local Faux news outlet!

Posted by: McCainIsPopeye | October 10, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

MarkinAustin: the issue isn't the percentage of negative ads. An ad that says my opponent's health care plan is too expensive, or won't cover enough people, is considered a negative ad.

the issue is who is running the ads that paint the other candidate as a terrorist sympathising, America hating, socialist with a secret agenda that all god fearing patriots should be afraid of - and as someone who "isn't like us" ?

Posted by: JoeT1 | October 10, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

MarkInAustin asserts that "Obama is sinister".

In what way?

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Well, my friend, if ole' McCain wants to waste what little money he has on negative ads, then, my friend, so be it.

I think he would do better if he just put his running mate in one of those 'dancer' outfits and had her 'pole' dance at fundraisers.

At least I would have more respect for him doggone it.

Posted by: McCainIsPopeye | October 10, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

when people really think about it...obama will lose...all the people have to know is that by electing obama they ahve elected pelosi and reid to the white house, pelosi has him by the balls and reid has his hand up his behind, obama is the ultimate puppet...
remember the dems went walked off on vacation when the price off gas was almost 5 buck a gallon...they could care less how much the American people paid...are we their bit$h, they sure act like we are...

Posted by: DwightHCollins | October 10, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Video of racist McCain supporters:

http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/10/mccain-racist-rally-goers-pt-2.html

These people are nasty.

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 10, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Angry mob livid because media won't cover Ayers.

Angry mob stupid, because Ayers is all media have been talking about. Angry mob needs to take cotton out of ears and put it in mouth so angry mob can hear media.

Having enough integrity to resist pressure to promote right wing propaganda does not make the media liberal. To a fascist everything appears liberally bias.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 10, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

This desperate, despicable race baiting attack on Barack should make decent Americans recoil in disgust. McCain has always known that there is a deep racist sentiment among factions within the Republican Party and has now decided to ignite it. He is proven to be a craven, reprehensible, fraud. McCain will spend the little time that he has left on this earth in utter disgrace.

Posted by: shiva7 | October 10, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

The rout of the Republicans (if it happens) may actually be good for the GOP.

It will allow a rebuilding of the party from the ground up - a fiscally conservative, socially moderate coalition devoid of undue influence from bible thumpers adn neo fascists.

....it is the party of Lincoln, Teddy, Ike and Ronnie....it will rise again - which, agree with repubs or not, is a good thing for this country.

It was the moderate Everett Dirksen of Illinois who led the GOP to support eh Civil Rights Act when Southern Democrats would not.

Country first....Dirksen was a living symbol of it.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 10, 2008 2:18 PM

*I hope you're right, because if McCain somehow wins this will be the formula they'll stick with until it stops working. I can't think of anything worse for America.

Posted by: theobserver4 | October 10, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

White people are going nuts. They're investment portfolios are in the tank, they're religion is gone (unfettered market capitalism) and we're about to elect an African-American president.

The white panic of 2008 is only going to get uglier.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 10, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

What is shouted out at the rallies mirrors the mailings accusing Obama of not being patriotic and voting against the troops which has been used in negative campaign commercials as well as by Cindy McCain. The crowd reaction has been driven by the Palin pick who inspires this type of fanaticism and has occurred all over the country. McCain could stop in and if he doesn't the words that were addressed to Joe McCarthy by Attorney Welch of "Senator, have you no shame" should be applied to McCain.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | October 10, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I keep seeing this b.s. about how Obama doesn't 'share the values of middle America.'

Question: So? Is the middle of the country some sacred region that those of us on either coast must genuflect to?

I like my east coast values just fine, Goober. Thanks anyway.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | October 10, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

What McCain is doing is forever devastating the Republican brand, but also his own. McCain will never recover from the events of the last fews days and the horrific suggestions from his shadow men to which McCain has subscribed.

I doubt if few in the Senate will even shake his hand with sincerity. In short, he should retire.

Posted by: blackjack3 | October 10, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

MarkInAustin,

Your arguments grow more weak and pathetic with every passing day just as do the hate and smears from the candidates you support.

Obama didn't suggest Clinton was playing the race card, but many people outside of his campaign did. In fact he was, just like Hillary Clinton was in her appeals to white voters in a way which suggested can you really trust a black man to do what is good for you? I only hope she now regrets having sunk to those depths.

Just as during the primaries, there are real issues to discuss, debate and deal with. The American public is not served by this side show of smears and fears. All it has done for me is to question who John McCain is. We thought we knew, but increasingly it looks as though he is a self-serving, win at all costs to honor and integrity, McCain first, country last egotist.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 10, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Breaking News-

GOP Strategist: It's Over, Obama Will Win In Landslide

Ed Rollins ran Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign in 1984, so he knows a thing or two about landslides -- and he's predicting one for Barack Obama. At this point, he says the only question left to answer is whether John McCain will take the Republican Party down with him

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 10, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

McCain has sold his soul to the devil. I don't know how he sleeps at night.

Posted by: francinelast | October 10, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

That's only true if you believe Obama, JRM2 and dcwsano. I wish I could stay and discuss more, but I've got to go. I will be back on Monday.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 10, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

An independent study quantified 34% of Obama's ads are negative vs. 100% of McCain's. I'm not sure that's "over the line" from either camp.
Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 10, 2008 2:03 PM |

Playing the roll of the fool? What do you expect 200% of McCain ads to be negative to be over the line? In case you are not aware, you can't leverage campaign ads.

You are so disingenuous and at times so banal I get upset with myself for responding.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 10, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

McCain is willing to tear this country apart in partisan hatred....sound like someone we already know?..........................W

Posted by: logcabin1836 | October 10, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight. If I want government to help people I'm a socialist, and if I want government to wage war, crack heads, ignore the constitution, lock people up, and let 'em die I'm a red-blooded American patriot.

Is it really that simple? That's pretty sad.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 10, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 10, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Just like Obama called Clinton a "racist" to his face? Yeah, right. I would argue that the Obama is MORE at fault for where we are -- he never accepted McCain's civil invitation to weekly townhall meetings.
Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 10, 2008 2:20 PM |
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First, Obama never accused Clinton of being racist, in fact, Obama had specifically stayed away from the race issue until he had to give a speech about it in Philly, can you give me an example?

The notion that Obama is somehow "responsible" for the ugliness coming from McCain and Palin for not accepting McCain's terms is ridiculous, typical.

McCain should be thankful Obama refused his town-hall meetings because he handed McCain his hat in the last debate. McCain looked like a stiff old angry, condescending man, constantly blinking and staggering around on stage.

Posted by: JRM2 | October 10, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

MarkinAustin-

It is not guilt by association to tie McCain to Bush. When you vote with Bush in the Senate 95% of the time, and more important on EVERY important issue, it is not an "association." They are ideologically joined at the hip. Obama catagorically repudiated Ayres' ideas. Has McCain repudiated Republican ideas expressed by Bush? No, he has embraced them.

This is an absurd anology.

Posted by: dcwsano | October 10, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is not man enough to own his sh^t. John McCain will not openly confront Obama with his smears and lies and innuendo. John McCain will not come out and talk about Ayers, he has to be asked. That is why he goes to places like Fox News, so he can be asked. What a coincidence.


John McCain is a coward.


John McCain would rather hide behind his wife and Sarah Palin than say it himself.


He would rather produce 2 minute ads that his campaign will never pay to air anywhere, and hope that the tire-swinging media will bring up the topic so he doesn’t have to do it himself.


John McCain just wants to throw sh^t out there, and "raise questions" about Obama, and hope his supporters connect the dots, because he is too much of a coward to directly push this toxic stew. He would rather hide behind right-wing bloggers, surrogates, and scummy websites staffed with wingnut welfare recipients like the NRO and the Weekly Standard.


John McCain had 90 minutes to bring this stuff up to Obama, to his face, and passed.


John McCain is a liar and coward.
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 10, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

pastor123, Tom Dewey thought he was going to win too.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 10, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Diva McSurge has been throwing "Hail Mary's" since the opening kickoff and, honestly, he has been falling further and further behind with each attempt.

What these hacks don't understand is that there is almost nothing -- with the notable exception of another terrorist attack on America -- which will knock this horrendous economy off of the top of the list of issues. This Ayers nonsense -- as a pertinent campsig issue -- is absurd.

All we can really hope is not that McCain loses, but his reputation gets trashed and Palin turns into Katherine Harris.

Then, maybe, candidates will think twice before pulling this garbage again.

Posted by: Jaxxon | October 10, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

bradcpa, just like Obama called Clinton a "racist" to his face?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 10, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain's associtions are worse than any of Obama's. Singlaub, Liddy, Keating. One was mixed up in Iran/Contra, the others were convicted.

McCain is losing because the economy tanked and he supported the GOP policies that led to the collapse. He has no ideas to solve the problem and no advisors who have a clue what to do about it. So, he switches to smears, guilt by association and lets his surrogates use racial undertones to stir up hatred.

Sick.

Posted by: dcwsano | October 10, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: toritto | October 10, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Just like Obama called Clinton a "racist" to his face? Yeah, right. I would argue that the Obama is MORE at fault for where we are -- he never accepted McCain's civil invitation to weekly townhall meetings -- ever since the Obama campaign and surrogates went after Bill Clinton (carried through to McCain) for being an alleged "racist". As I've pointed out, several times now, the first "guilt by association" raised during the general election was by Obama in tying McCain to Bush. That was their entire general election strategy before his European Vacation. McCain has justifiably hit back every step of the way.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 10, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

The rout of the Republicans (if it happens) may actually be good for the GOP.

It will allow a rebuilding of the party from the ground up - a fiscally conservative, socially moderate coalition devoid of undue influence from bible thumpers adn neo fascists.

....it is the party of Lincoln, Teddy, Ike and Ronnie....it will rise again - which, agree with repubs or not, is a good thing for this country.

It was the moderate Everett Dirksen of Illinois who led the GOP to support eh Civil Rights Act when Southern Democrats would not.

Country first....Dirksen was a living symbol of it.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 10, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I saw Biden's speech yesterday when he talked about McCain talking about Obama before the debate and talking about him after the debate. Then he took his jacket off and said in my neighborhood if you have something to say to a man you look him in them eye. This thing is coming to ahead and I hope McCain is ready to take responsibility for destroying the Republican Party.

Posted by: bradcpa | October 10, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

People are so sure that Obama is going to win they have already started posting tributes to his Presidency
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeAff-sOBec

Watch what the Cameras and Mics didnt show you during the second debate. The F word Shouted in the Debate Hall
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA3xIEes6Q4

Posted by: pastor123 | October 10, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Dow will most likely break 8,000 today.

We are watching, with our own eyes up close and personal, the slow motion impoverishment of the United States of America.

:-(

Posted by: toritto | October 10, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Balz, why don't you tell us then what is the "acceptable" method for communicating the basis for our opinion that Obama is a sinister figure who does not share the values of middle America?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 10, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Hate and good ol' American violence..is what you want???

McCaint rally on Monday, he asked, "Who is Barack Obama?" and a crowd member yelled out "Kill Him" & "Terrorist" as McCain held that silly smirk on his addled face.

Watch his response on the :14 sec mark...www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVFWahLTdUo

McCaint/peeuuu Palin rallies are beginning to look, sound, feel like Nazi/KKK hate rallies..

McCaint, you are a pathetic old man...

McCaint you are against all that is good in in this country......

Out of all of the lies that dribble out of you mouth and the best is that you call yourself a patriot...no sir..you are a traitor....

Unfit for office, declining health and all you have now are hate-filled supporters and you hang on the skirt of peeeuuu Palin and your perscription addicted wife...

Your "followers" when they scream out "Terrorist" or "Kill him,"you carry a smile or a "thumbs up" ....

This Nation will hold you responsible for all that follows if you win this lie of a campaign....

McCaint and peeeuuu Palin, you are playing with hate, and you love it.

You are unleashing the sleeping monster of American hatred and prejudice, to the peril of all of us.

You are doing this in wartime.
You are doing this as our economy collapses.

You are doing this in a country with a history of assassinations.

The angry voter will hold only you McCaint and peeeuuu Palin responsible.

"Thanks but no thanks to more of the lies and hate that bridge America to nowhere.."

Posted by: AlexP1 | October 10, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a done deal, It over for him. He should try to leave this campaign with some dignity. He was the wrong candidate all along, no matter how many RNC puppet endorsements he got. It seems according to a new poll People preffer Huckabee/Palin08 4 to 1 Over McCain/Palin08. Thats what the RNC gets for Rigging the primary, and not letting the stronger candidate win. They wanted a weaker candadite because McCain would be a puppet. Here is the poll http://www.mccanes.com

In a funny twist, right before McCains horrible debate preformance. Huckabee was named Featured Debator of the year by watchdebate.com Pretty ironic huh. http://www.watchdebate.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 10, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: toritto | October 10, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

An independent study quantified 34% of Obama's ads are negative vs. 100% of McCain's. I'm not sure that's "over the line" from either camp.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 10, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Former Michigan GOP governor William Milliken Backs Away from McCain endorsement. The money quote:

“I know John McCain is 72. In my book, that’s quite young,” said Milliken, 86, Michigan’s longest-serving governor. But he added, “What if she [Palin] were to become president of the United States? The idea, to me, is quite disturbing, if not appalling.

It's good to see honorable Republicans standing up to the dangerously bigoted, anti-intellectual rabble-rousing by McCain/Palin. Milliken is right. Palin is appalling, and the two of them are running a disgraceful campaign. I just wish more conservatives would stand up and say the same.

http://nahnopenotquite.com/

Posted by: nahnopenotquite | October 10, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

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