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McCain Slams Obama as a 'Redistributor'

By Michael D. Shear
At a rally with a few thousand people outside of Dayton, Sen. John McCain slammed his Democratic rival for a 2001 radio interview in which Obama discussed the political science concept of "redistributive change."

"That is what change means for Obama administration -- the Redistributor," McCain said. "It means taking your money and giving it to someone else. He believes in redistributing wealth, not in policies that grow our economy and create jobs."

In the Sept 6, 2001 radio interview with WBEZ, a Chicago public radio institution, Obama talked about the role of the U.S. Supreme Court and said: "And one of the I think the tragedies of the Civil Rights movement was because the Civil Rights movement became so court focused I think that there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change and in some ways we still suffer from that."

He also said (click here for audio) during the interview that "the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society. And to that extent -- as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court -- it wasn't that radical, it didn't break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution."

Obama spokesman Bill Burton called McCain's criticism "a fake news controversy drummed up by the all too common alliance of Fox News, the Drudge Report and John McCain, who apparently decided to close out his campaign with the same false, desperate attacks that have failed for months."

Burton said: "In this seven year old interview, Senator Obama did not say that the courts should get into the business of redistributing wealth at all. Americans know that the real choice in this election is between four more years of Bush-McCain policies that redistribute billions to billionaires and big corporations and Barack Obama's plan to help the middle class."

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lets just say this:John McCain who is supposed to be so tested couldn't even stand outside with his adoreing voters in the rain but choose as he did dureing the bail out to move his speech indoors to where it was more confortable and where only a few could get in to see him and you know thousands stood outside in the rain for hours to see him (i'll come back to this point) Now there are tapes that are just sufaceing about what was cut and pasted about the civil rights movement of the 60's that Obama made in 1996 and 2001(i'll get back to this) McCain continues to talk about redistribution but one of his heros Ronald reagan had the same type of formatt in the 80's that kept this nation afloat and progressing then(i'll get back to that) John McCain talks about how his tax cuts will help America but he wants to as president have the government buy back all the foreclosures and redistribute them to the people(i'll get back to that). Ok first how can you not weather a storm of rain and cold and be able to weather a storm or war and death what is McCain going to do move all the people with money in doors and leave thousands outside to weather the storm? NO you stay out there like Obama did and freez with your people so that you can see what they are going through. Now he wants to talk about tapes made in 1996 and 2001 my questions are where were his camp advisors who are paid to go out and find this type of stuff early instead of waiting till a week from the election is this a picture of how his cabinet will be when there a terrorist threat to the country will he just be finding this information like bush had a week after the threat has been carried out or will he have already known and try to cover it up because a tested man would already know about things like this and have a plan to make sure its cut off before its put into action. McCain wants to buy forclosures and redistribute it back to the american that lost homes but when the government gets back on its feet you know they are comeing for thier money to all those who got the houses and didn't have to pay because how can you fix a deficit by giveing things away for free? See free is never really free because there is some kind of tax imposed on it and when you fall behind old uncle sam or might I say uncle McCain will need the money or the house and isn't that a form of ahhhh "SOCIALISM" My point is:1 McCain only wants to help a few get out the rain but leave many wet,cold and hungry. 2 he has socialist views also on health care and homes and alot more and 3 he's late on everything like the tapes, bringing up ayers and anything else that could have put him so far ahead its rediculous but thats MR. TESTED.

Posted by: sirnightnblack4u | October 28, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Redistributor? Sounds like something that belongs on a car. Beep, Beep, Mccain.

Posted by: Ami_Blue1 | October 28, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain is going all the way back to 2001? I just have to laugh. He still has not presented any kind of solution to the economy problems. He just keeps digging at trying to find more sleaze against Barack which as we all know, is not working. I noticed while watching a clip of Palin and McCain, he was not looking happy and it seemed very tense. I heard that she was not suppose to bring up the $150 thousand for her clothes but did it anyway. They are getting sick of her. It is obvious.
There is almost nothing else to make comments about because it's the same old thing day after day. What is the press going to do after the election?

Posted by: cjicfalls | October 28, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

So....if McCain wants to give more of my money to rich people he's a good American.

If Obama wants me to keep more of my money to invest in my family and my small business, he's a socialist. Right.

Making big companies bigger or rich people richer creates a net gain of zero. In fact, that policy has created the biggest financial losses in history.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | October 28, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

That's OK. Let him get his butt slammed at the election.

But when will Alaska do an investigation of Sarah Palin's home? How can you get a home built for free? Not trying to start a big debate here but it sure makes me question this.

Posted by: carolo43 | October 28, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

FOX news reports that Republicans caused the economic collapes of Fannie Mae and also Freddie Mac

AP IMPACT: Mortgage firm arranged stealth $2 million campaign payments to GOP
Monday, October 20, 2008

By PETE YOST, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON — Freddie Mac secretly paid a Republican consulting firm $2 million to kill legislation that would have regulated and trimmed the mortgage finance giant and its sister company, Fannie Mae, three years before the government took control to prevent their collapse.

In the cross hairs of the campaign carried out by DCI of Washington were Republican senators and a regulatory overhaul bill sponsored by Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. DCI's chief executive is Doug Goodyear, whom John McCain's campaign later hired to manage the GOP convention in September.

Freddie Mac's payments to DCI began shortly after the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee sent Hagel's bill to the then GOP-run Senate on July 28, 2005. All GOP members of the committee supported it; all Democrats opposed it.

http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008Oct20/0,4670,TheInfluenceGameHousing,00.html

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 28, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

sonnychiba72:

Once again, you are showing your ignorance. If you bothered to listen to, or read, the speech by Obama in 2001, or what he ACTUALLY said to Joe the plumber, you would realize he was supporting the Supreme Court, and he was advocating for lower taxes on the middle class so they would be more likely to hire people like Joe the plumber.

If you want to talk lack of understanding of the constitution, or violation of it, explain Palin's comments that, as VP, she is "in charge of" the Senate! A clear violation of the constitution and the separation of powers it established.

If socialism is what you are afraid of, explain McCain's plan for the feds to buy mortgages! Now THAT is socialism!

Posted by: Limey51 | October 28, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Any progressive income tax system is "redistributive". We've had such a system for a very long time, though it is far less progressive than those in many nations.

Thus the rich find it far too easy to become richer, while the poor find it impossible to stay afloat.

In times like these, brought upon us by the unbridled greed of the predatory fat cats, reason demands that they should be forced to "redistribute" a fair proportion of their wealth in order to give relief to the rest of us who are being forced to bail them out of the disastrous situation they have created.

Redistribution is NOT a dirty word.
Of course the system should become MORE progressive!

Posted by: JCinBelgium | October 28, 2008 6:45 AM | Report abuse

As usual, people who support Obama skirt the issue. The issue is that Obama does not agree with the US Constitution set up by our Founding Fathers. No need for McCain or Palin or their supporters to say it, OBAMA said it himself, so we finally got him to admit how he is. 2001 to 2008, same stinking thinking. If he is elected, how can he put his hand on the Holy Bible and swear or affirm to uphold the Constitution of the USA when he does not even believe in it? Get out of town, Obama!!

So what if Sarah Palin spent $150,000 on clothing. They will be donated to charity. Obama spent $5 million on his one time, one night only, BIG night in Denver. $5 million to showcase HIMSELF. Hard to imagine, isn't it? What of that $5 million can be donated to chartiy? Nada, nada a thing. It is all just dust in the wind.

Posted by: sonnychiba72 | October 28, 2008 2:52 AM | Report abuse

Brokaw Nails McCain On Taxing The Wealthy, Reagan's Record:


Brokaw was dead on yesterday in his interview with McCain, holding the candidate's feet to the fire. In this mashup, Brokaw plays two clips, one of McCain in 2000 explicitly voicing his support for increasing taxes on the wealthy, and another from 2004 when he defended his opposition to Bush's tax cuts on the grounds that they disproportionately benefited the wealthy. When McCain tries to weasel his way out by claiming Herbert Hoover was the last person to raise taxes during a recession, Brokaw is quick to point out that his hero Ronald Reagan actually raised taxes in his first two years. Needless to say McCain bumbles and stumbles in the face of reality.


McCAIN: The last time a president of the United States that did that was a guy named Herbert Hoover, protectionism and raising taxes.


BROKAW: Well, Ronald Reagan raised taxes as well, after the first two years in office.


McCAIN: Not in these times. Not in times--not in economic times like these.


BROKAW: Well, right after the recession he did, in the first two years of his office.


McCAIN: Well, look, I would be glad to review the Reagan record, but the Reagan record was certainly one that reined in spending.
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http://crooksandliars.com/silentpatriot/meet-press-brokaw-nails-mccain-taxin
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 28, 2008 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Some at McCain rally suggest Michelle Obama has a DUI? See video.
http://www.duihelpguide.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 28, 2008 2:04 AM | Report abuse

McCain Slams Obama as a 'Redistributor' = "You ain't taxing my 300 million!"
McCain lives a life I dream of. A huge ranch in the midwest, six other houses and condos across the country, a dozen cars, $500 dollar imported shoes, a rich wife twenty years younger than me, international connections to the rich and famous, on and on. Like he cares about some guy making $45 thousand a year with two kids. He wants to tax my employee health benefits at work, making it harder for my employer to offer them. And what is 5 thousand gonna do for someone really sick, and where is it coming from? Just making the defict higher, huh John?
Is the money for that coming from my mothers medicare cuts that go along with your health plan John?
Is a 3 percent tax raise going to affect people like John McCain?
Obama's tax plan is up to 3 percent, not a flat 3 percent for anyone making 200 grand or more a year, with the super rich like McCain getting the full 3 percent.
The money goes to expanding jobs, and keeping them in the USA, instead of giving loopholes to ship jobs out, they will be incentives to keep jobs here.
The comment from McCain about redistribution is more fear peddeling.
The only problem is John, very, very few of US are going to feel it. Just you and the rest of the fatcats.
Vote Obama/Biden

Posted by: tommyd60 | October 28, 2008 1:54 AM | Report abuse

McCain Slams Obama as a 'Redistributor' = "You ain't taxing my 300 million!"
McCain lives a life I dream of. A huge ranch in the midwest, six other houses and condos across the country, a dozen cars, $500 dollar imported shoes, a rich wife twenty years younger than me, international connections to the rich and famous, on and on. Like he cares about some guy making $45 thousand a year with two kids. He wants to tax my employee health benefits at work, making it harder for my employer to offer them. And what is 5 thousand gonna do for someone really sick, and where is it coming from? Just making the defict higher, huh John?
Is the money for that coming from my mothers medicare cuts that go along with your health plan John?
Is a 3 percent tax raise going to affect people like John McCain?
Obama's tax plan is up to 3 percent, not a flat 3 percent for anyone making 200 grand or more a year, with the super rich like McCain getting the full 3 percent.
The money goes to expanding jobs, and keeping them in the USA, instead of giving loopholes to ship jobs out, they will be incentives to keep jobs here.
The comment from McCain about redistribution is more fear peddeling.
The only problem is John, very, very few of US are going to feel it. Just you and the rest of the fatcats.
Vote Obama/Biden

Posted by: tommyd60 | October 28, 2008 1:52 AM | Report abuse

What is it about Republicans from Alaska?


Palin is given a $150,000 wardrobe, which she picked out and she wears, but then she claims she doesn't own it and doesn't wear it?

Stevens was given furniture, but then he claims he doesn't own it, yet it still sits in his home?


Stuff is given to them, but they don't own it? Steven and Palin must attend the same seminars on electoral ethics, or is this just a Alaska Republican thing?


Corrupt psychopaths? .....YOU BETCHA!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evafgvrMci8
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 28, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: thecannula | October 27, 2008 10:26 PM

I will repeat again what I said yesterday when you made that arguement what is true for state taxes is not true for federal taxes. In the case of federal taxes you only want to lower them on companies that create jobs in the US. McCain gives his tax breaks to Exxon and other companies creating jobs outside the US. The American people can use the tax breaks more than Exxon. Are you being paid by Exxon or some other company that ships jobs overseas. I simply don't get your point in wanting to give tax breaks where no jobs will result.

With regard to the polls, in state polls Obama is pulling away from McCain, except in FL. according to fivethirtyeight.com McCain's chances are less than 30:1. It pays to stick to the things you know about and let the experts in polling analyze polls.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 28, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: thecannula | October 27, 2008 10:26 PM

I will repeat again what I said yesterday when you made that arguement what is true for state taxes is not true for federal taxes. In the case of federal taxes you only want to lower them on companies that create jobs in the US. McCain gives his tax breaks to Exxon and other companies creating jobs outside the US. The American people can use the tax breaks more than Exxon. Are you being paid by Exxon or some other company that ships jobs overseas. I simply don't get your point in wanted to give tax breaks where no jobs will result.

With regard to the polls, in state polls Obama is pulling away from McCain, except in FL. according to fivethirtyeight.com McCain's chances are less than 30:1. It pays to stick to the things you know about and let the experts in polling analyze polls.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 28, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

From the Alaskan Daily News:
Published: October 26th, 2008 09:09 PM
Last Modified: October 26th, 2008 12:54 AM

Average hockey mom?

$150,000 -- Amount the Republican National Committee spent on clothes for Sarah Palin at stores like Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue

$21,012 -- Amount Palin charged the state for travel by her daughters on "official" state business

2 -- Nights that Palin's daughters spent at state expense in a Fairbanks hotel so they could be present when dad finished the Iron Dog snowmachine race

$707 -- Cost the state paid, per night, for the New York City hotel where Palin and her daughter stayed

0 -- Times Tony Knowles says he billed the state for "official" travel by his school-age children during his eight years in office

$17,000 -- Per diem Palin collected from the state when working from her home in Wasilla instead of Juneau

$0 -- Federal taxes the Palins have paid on that per diem or state reimbursements for their daughters' travel

55% -- Respondents who said Palin was not qualified to serve as president if necessary, according to an Oct. 22 poll

Posted by: LMM48 | October 27, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

I tried to listen to Obama talking about the constitution and how faulty it was in the old days. The amendment process allows it to adjust because it is imperfect after all. I listened some more and I got the impression that this guy is light years beyond McCain in the IQ department. As for Palin, don't quit your day job, honey.

Posted by: seemstome | October 27, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

There you go again, against redistributing things!
Pesonally I could stand a little of that old time Clinton socialism.

Let's get that spigot to trickle down a little faster, kick it up a notch

Posted by: seemstome | October 27, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

A story that demonstrates that not one of the people in a position of power in the McCain campaign is a lawyer who read any of the Supreme Court opinions under discussion -- hence nobody understood the point of the discussion. Certainly not old John.
Nor his economics guy, who I believe was the fellow who actually assured the Canadians that we wouldn't really reconsider NAFTA.

How can you run for President and never read a briefing book? How could anyone seriously consider voting for a guy who never grasps the issue?

Posted by: thaimex | October 27, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain redistribute this

Posted by: r4147824 | October 27, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

There you go again, against redistributin'.

McCain isn't a redistributor he's a hoarder. He likes to hoard wealth and he admires people who hoard wealth. He likes to say it will then tricle down like rain on the rest of us. Can you feel it trickling? I felt it but it felt kinda warm and yellow.
I think we need Obama to open that wealth spigot a little. Kick it up a notch.
Time for a change.

Posted by: seemstome | October 27, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama the Redistributor? I don't think so. Take a closer look.

The Bait:
" I'll launch a rescue plan for the middle class that begins with a tax cut for 95 percent of working Americans."

The switch:
"If you have a job, pay taxes and make less than two hundred thousand dollars-a-year, you'll get a tax cut."

Obama is scamming the poor for their votes. Because 45% of these real working poor pay no tax therefore won't get tax cut.

Posted by: peterdaol | October 27, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Over two hundred years ago John Adams said, Democracy will not last forever, eventually it will commit suicide.

He was so right! On Nov. 4th, Democracy will be replaced by Socialism. This apparently is what the majority of Americans want. Obama will be elected because most Americans are mad at President Bush and blame him for everything that went wrong with our country. Things started to really get bad two years ago when the Dems took control of congress, but liberals will never admit to that.

Obama will get elected by Americans who are willing to cut off their noses to spite their faces. Once elected it will be too late for America.

On Nov 5th, I will be calling my broker and take out all of my money in the market. I'd rather take the hit now because come January 20, look out!! With a President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Reid running this country we better start building bomb shelters in our backyards again and get on line for soup kitchens.

Posted by: velowl | October 27, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

UPDATE-

Rooster54-

You have a problem with Jack Welch. I see him as a money magnet: wherever he goes, money follows. He pulled GE out of Rhode Island and thousands of middle class workers lost their jobs and are still suffering. So, the officials of Rhode Island are reconsidering their 9% state corporate tax rate- what do you think they should do? Isn't it the same thing WE should do on Nov 4th? Let's cut US corporate tax rates so Jack's successors running multinational corporations don't see the US the way Jack saw Rhode Island...But Rooster, It's Not Personal- It's Just Business...

Obama is now on tape from 2001 confirming that he wants to redistribute wealth and change the supreme court to assist in this task-

John Mccain wants to keep business in America by cutting corporate taxes-

Socialism (Redistributive economy) has failed EVERYWHERE it's been tried- according to the World Health Org., countries with the highest rate of suicide are all socialist- take away incentive and employment goes down, suicide goes up- is that the country for which you will vote?


(Zogby Rasmusson and Gallup (traditional)
all down to 5, IBD- 4....America is waking up to Obama's Redistributive Socialism- national polls first, the states will follow)

Posted by: thecannula | October 27, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

The Power Of The Stupid:
http://tinyurl.com/6cp6o4

Posted by: janawalter87 | October 27, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

LOL!

Sooo Toritto;

IF, I was to say to Sarah Palin:

You have major shortcomings, scandals, and are being ripped apart during your vetting process which makes you a HORRIBLE choice for the VP;

But,

a GORGEOUS Body!


Think she'd hold it against me? ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 27, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

There are already lots of people in Washington who want "redistributive change"...I think McCain knows a few of them quite well...they're called "lobbyists."

Limbaugh showed today who the real "moron" is. Hey Rushbo, try understanding constitutional law scholarship before you jump head-first into debating cherry-picked comments from an out-of-context seven-year-old sound bite! The water is as shallow as your SEMO-dropout narrow mind.

Posted by: flarrfan | October 27, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Heehee. Michelle has more brains than that trust fund sorority babe, doing her pills, embezzeling from a charity and dating married men,

Family values. Runs on the Palin side of the ticket too.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 27, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Toritto-Just remember;

it's not over until the Fat Lady Sings!


Oh GREAT!

Now;


I am going to get blasted for making disparaging remarks about Michelle!

Again! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 27, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Laugh it up GOP.

You're gonna lose.....:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 27, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

thecannula-

Thanks for the opportunity to discuss our differing positions.

Rooster54-
Sorry, I was at work.
You have a problem with Jack Welch. I see him as a money magnet: wherever he goes, money follows. He pulled GE out of Rhode Island and thousands of middle class workers lost their jobs and are still suffering. So, the officials of Rhode Island are reconsidering their 9% state corporate tax rate- what do you think they should do? Isn't it the same thing WE should do on Nov 4th? Let's cut US corporate tax rates so Jack's successors running multinational corporations don't see the US the way Jack saw Rhode Island...But Rooster, It's Not Personal- It's Just Business...

Obama is now on tape from 2001 confirming that he wants to redistribute wealth and change the supreme court to assist in this task-

John Mccain wants to keep business in America by cutting corporate taxes-

Socialism (Redistributive economy) has failed EVERYWHERE it's been tried- according to the World Health Org., countries with the highest rate of suicide are all socialist- take away incentive and employment goes down, suicide goes up- is that the country for which you will vote?


Posted by: thecannula | October 27, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

RAT-The Says;

HIS biggest problem with people redistributing other People's things-Like $$$$;

is the Monologue tends to go:

One for Them,

One for ME!

Two for Them,

Hee-Heee, Two more FOR MEEEEE!...

"Hey Reverend!

Wait till you see the Mansion I'm gonna Build NEXT to Yours, in this Mostly White, Affluent, PRIVATE, Country Club Community!"

Spoken Eloquently of course! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 27, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

The GOP Rats are Deserting the USS McCain in Titanic Proportions


The Republican rats are all jumping the ship. The USS McCain/Titanic is in full sink mode and all the traditional Republicans, strategists and party faithful are running away as fast as they can.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wbjg9Hh17lI
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All of these Republican water-carriers who faithfully parroted every lunacy and vicious Bush/Cheney lie of the last eight years are seeing their Propaganda Factory shut down and put out of business. They can't control the national conversation anymore, so they're all angling to be considered "one of the good ones" in the post-conservative era. I also look for a lot of these guys to start avoiding Fixed News Channel like the plague the next few years as they seek to rehab their reputations.
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 27, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Maverick, "calf or yearling found without an owner's brand," in allusion to Samuel A. Maverick (1803-70), Texas cattle owner who was negligent in branding his calves.

Hard to name one modern nation that would hand over its highest political office to a "maverick", to a calf or yearling found without an owner's brand. The only nation ready to do so is the GOP nation and that would be McCain's "country first" area. territory.

Screwiest idea, this pseudo-patriotism that one's "country" comes "first". First in what?

It's our children "first", family next, relatives, then acquaintances, our city and so on. Only blind & extreme political jingoism places an abstract entity like a geo-political country "first". People live in countries they couldn't care less about. Just think of the Russian imperium or states with multiple linguistic ethnicities.

Complete GOP nonsense, that a country comes first.

Posted by: hchiba | October 27, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I've been concerned with Obama's committment to Israel after he changed his stance on Jerusalem immediately following Palestinian complaint 1 day after AIPAC-

Gateway Pundit
Friday, October 24, 2008
Confirmed: MSM Holds Video Of Barack Obama Attending Jew-Bash & Toasting a Former PLO Operative... Refuse to Release the Video!

LA Times writer Peter Wallsten wrote about Barack Obama's close association with former Palestinian operative Rashid Khalidi back in April.
Wallsten discussed a dinner held back in 2003 in honor of Khalidi, a critic of Israel and advocate for Palestinian rights.
Barack Obama has denied his close association with Khalidi, too.
According to Wallsten the evening not surprisingly turned into a classic Jew-bash:
"During the dinner a young Palestinian American recited a poem accusing the Israeli government of terrorism in its treatment of Palestinians and sharply criticizing U.S. support of Israel. If Palestinians cannot secure their own land, she said, "then you will never see a day of peace."
One speaker likened "Zionist settlers on the West Bank" to Osama bin Laden, saying both had been "blinded by ideology."
Barack Obama also praised the former PLO operative during the event.
And, Obama confessed that his family often shared dinner with the Khalidis:
His many talks with the Khalidis, Obama said, had been "consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases... It's for that reason that I'm hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation -- a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid's dinner table," but around "this entire world."
...The event was videotaped, and a copy of the tape was obtained by The (LA)Times.
Khalidi and the Obamas were great friends in Chicago and often shared meals together.
By the way, Khalidi was also best friends with Bill Ayers.
Wallston was one of the few mainstream media reporters to report on this radical Obama associate.

Wallston said that the article was written after he watched video taken at the Khalidi going away party. When I asked him about the video he said that as far as he was concerned he was through with the story.

I asked him if he was planning on releasing this video of Obama toasting the radical Khalidi at this Jew-bash. He told me he was not releasing the video. He also would not comment on his source for the video. So, there you have it.
The LA Times has video of Obama toasting a former PLO operative at a Jew-bash but will not release the video.
This is outrageous.
Obviously, this video would do great damage to Obama who struggles with Jewish voters due to his circle of close anti-Semitic friends.
Maybe this is the reason it is not being released?
Barack Obama funnelled thousands of dollars of cash to Rashidi's anti-Israel Foundation through his work on the Woods Fund.


Posted by: thecannula | October 27, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

OMG! :-O

A Dimocrat can RISE up!

Elitists like O'Bomba-Nation BEWARE!

IF, Toritto CAN learn to count Days, Barak-HE Might also learn what is hiding in that Empty Suit* of Yours!

Cripes! The Messiah's Followers might also learn;

That it is the year 2008, and special Treatment for people based on their race, is STUPID, Insulting, and leads to said group benefiting;

TO ALWAYS PLAY THE RACE CARD/VICTIM!


*Hidden in Suit, is Multi-Headed Hydra composed of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Tom Daschle, and George Soros!

None of which, ANYONE would want for President! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 27, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

The Great OB plans out the future of the Galactic Republic USAmerica
The Great Ob called the Hollywood Celebrities Council led by Oprah to an emergency meeting after his inaugural address in Washington, DC. The Great OB laid out his agenda: 1. Dissolve FBI, DEA, and other law enforcement agencies. Replaced by the one million men headed by Minister Farrakhan; 2. Recall the US Army from Iraq and reposition it to Afghanistan. All National Guard troops will be put on alert and send to Afghanistan. National Guard will be replaced with pardoned prisoners, who will form the core of the Obama Guard; 3. All constitutional rights in the USA will be suspended except making Movies by Steven Spielberg and TV shows by Oprah; 4. The opposition leaders will be immediately arrested and prosecuted for treason; 5. Newly elected Congress will be instructed to rewrite the Constitution of the USA transforming the USA from the Republic into the Peoples Republic USAmerica; 6. All private property including business will be immediately nationalized and put into the Obama Trust Fund; 7. After the new Constitution is adopted the Congress will be immediately dissolved and all lawmakers will be imprisoned; 8. All courts will be transformed into the military courts run by Minister Farrakhan; 9. All religious properties are being transferred to the Obama Trust Fund; 10 All freedoms are suspended indefinitely. There will be only one national newspaper, one TV station, and one radio station. All Internet communications are being banned. Internet will be used only by military personnel under command of Minister Farrakhan. The Great OB stated that more decrees will follow soon.
George Clooney opened his mouth and stood there in silence. Samuel Jackson repeated his old mantra “we have a Leader, who won for us.” Matt Damon and Ben Affleck chanted mindlessly “the Great Leader, who won for us, the Great Leader, who won for us, the Great Leader who won for us.” Barbara Streisand wanted to sing the uplifting song titled “The Great Leader OB who won for us,” but could not get any sound of her chest. Steve Spielberg reminded them about the importance of this win “I am going to continue making movies, You are all welcomed to star in them. They will praise our Leader, the Great OB and his life. It is all for the good of the Galactic Republic USAmerica.” Matt Damon started to sing the song “I am so proud of our work towards this win. We won because we sang songs, paid money, gave interviews and now we will make more movies praising the Great OB.” They all agreed that the Great OB is the Greatest Leader of them all. The Great OB will lead the Force. Oprah, Clooney, Jackson, Damon, Affleck, Streisand, Spielberg formed a circle around the Great OB and started to dance in exciting rhythm.

Posted by: Wiel | October 27, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Corrected version :-)

Thanks to clueless white-guilt Obama voters...blah, blah, blah.

No, I believe you have that wrong, it should be:

Thanks to white-guiltless Obama voters....

Some people see a person's ability and potential, others just see the color of a person's skin.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 27, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to clueless white-guilt Obama voters...blah, blah, blah.

No, I believe you have that wrong, it should be:

Thanks to white-guiltless Obama voters....

Some people see a person's ability and potential, others just see the color of a person's sink.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 27, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

...Oh those poor folks making over $250 grand a year will have to pay the same taxes they paid under RONALD REAGAN!!!!

Socialism!! Communism!!! Marxism!!!

Give it a rest....you sound like Nixon in the 1950's. I know. I was there.

8 more days......

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 27, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to clueless white-guilt Obama voters
who think he's merely a smart, smooth-talking guy who shoots hoops, we will be living in the Soviet States of America if Obama is elected next week.
Obama doesn't just want to collect more taxes from hard workers and distribute it to slackers (bad enough), he wants to rewrite the U.S. Constitution. He said so in his own words (go to Michelle Malkin's
website to read them).
Obama must know what the Founding Fathers meant by life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He just doesn't agree with it.
He claims it means what he wants--a Marxist economy where all divide what some earn. That's communism, the stupidest idea ever devised and guaranteed by experience to provide misery and starvation to all who are forced to live under it.

Posted by: kypriotis | October 27, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Here's more neocon-right wingnut distribution of wealth for you, yet another tax increase in the offing: State Pension Funds.

You think the hit to your 401k was bad enough? Well wait until you get the bill from your local and county governments to make up for the losses to the state employee pension funds due to their losses in the financial markets.

Yup, the Republicans ( my apology to real republicans who are pained at the direction of their party) don't raise taxes...directly that is. They just do it through failed policies and incompetence. Yes the middle class sure reaps the benefits of "trickle down economics", we get to pick up the tab for it.

Go ahead, vote for Palin-McCain and if you believe you won't see a tax increase I have a real nice Bridge to Nowhere to sell you.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 27, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Gee! Only a 208 point loss in the DOW today.

Should we cheer?

:-(

Posted by: toritto | October 27, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm not surprised that Grampy McCain is getting his butt kicked in this election because I'm still trying to figure out what the McCain campaign message is, other than?:
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"Don't vote for the scary black guy"
-MCCAIN/PALIN 08!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnb2IrsU1Cg
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 27, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

On the Progressive Income Tax:

"we grudge no man a fortune in civil life if it is honorably obtained and used. It is not even enough that it should have been gained without damage to the community. We should permit it to be gained only so long as the gaining represents benefit to the community.

The really big fortune, the swollen fortune, by the mere fact of its size, acquires qualities which differentiate it kind as well as in degree from what is possessed by men of relatively small means. Therefore, I believe in a graduated income tax on big fortunes, properly safeguarded against evasion and increasing rapidly with the size of the estate."

Theodore Roosevelt, "new Nationalism" speech - 1910

Can you imagine if Barack Obama had uttered these words?

How about a NY Post Headline: "Obama will seize swollen fortunes!" - all in large print of course.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 27, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

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Instead of arguing what Obama is really about LET'S JUST HEAR OBAMA IN HIS OWN WORDS:


Old Tape of Obama Revealing His Real Thinking:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c_3pck


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 27, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Redistributing the wealth is exactly what the Republicans have been doing for the past 8 years...taking what little the majority of people have and seeing to it the richest 1% get ALL of it, turning the rest of Us into their "Wage Slaves"...
I went from being secure if not well off, into abject poverty due to the GOP's insistance that regulation= socialism.
I'd like to see some of these greedy thieves try to survive taking care of a quadraplegic family member whose (originally decent) insurance was stripped away by corporate (read government) skull-duggery
It's DAMN WELL TIME for a little HONEST Democratic Socialism, a la Barney Frank

Posted by: Gargaryun | October 27, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

gpbrown,

Unfortunately I have to agree with you and it wouldn't in the least surprise me if Bush-Cheney are complicit participants. They have a proven track record of stealing elections.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 27, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

gpbrown,

Unfortunately I have to agree with you and it wouldn't in the least surprise me if Bush-Cheney are complicit participants. They have a proven track record of stealing elections.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 27, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Will McCain unleash an "October surprise"? Actually his whole campaign was filled with surprises. Not good ones, either. No, we should expect a November surprise -- one that'll be so outrageous and last-minute that Obama won't have time to refute it. That's the only hope that McCain has left.

Posted by: gpbrown | October 27, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

"Make-Believe" Maverick -versus- 'Rogue" Maverick -

John McSame needs to be worried about Sarah Palin using the RNC CREDIT CARD TO REDISTRIBUTE RNC wealth from their republican Wall Street fatcats to filthy rich fashion designers in Paris, France.

Posted by: targaray | October 27, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Desperation is when you use as your play book the kind of red baiting attacks Dick Nixon was infamous for in the 1940's.

Posted by: dcwsano | October 27, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

If you're interested in hearing the entire interview, rather than the crafted four minutes that Drudge et al. are trying to sell you, you can listen to it to your heart's delight right here:

http://www.wbez.org/audio_library/ram/od/od-010118.ram

It's great listening.

Posted by: janawalter87 | October 27, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Hell-o Sen McCain! The progressive income tax goes back to 1913. Progressive income tax is the primary means of "redistribution of wealth." While an argument can be made by extreme economic right-winger that a non-progressive tax would be better, even they call for a large extemption for low income people, which again means redistribution. The only issue is whether the money is redistributed from the middle class to the low income (GOP's plan), or from high income to everyone else (Demo plan).

Posted by: dcwsano | October 27, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

itko1: Get used to it. The "empty suit" is gonna win.

8 more days.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 27, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

More mumbo jumbo from McCain.

But how low can he (his negative attacks) go?

Or how low can McCain (who once flew in the above, bombing those below) dig in his country-first (you after me) mud before his sartorial attire is all covered and stiffens drying in the warm sun?

Posted by: hchiba | October 27, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

So how is it raising taxes on corporations and giving money to the masses isn't socialist? Or even...Marxist!?!

Well that is exactly what Palin did in Alaska, so where is the neo-conservative, right wingnut righteous indignation? Instead it is pointed to as positive for Palin. Kind of a double standard in the grand scheme of things don't you think?

Posted by: wes1155 | October 27, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Barrack Hussein Obama is an empty suit. No resume, no accomplishments, no experience, no original ideas, no understanding of how the economy works, no understanding of how the world works, nothing but empty rhetoric devoid of real substance.
The choice is clear:
McCain/Palin 2008
God Bless and Save America.

Posted by: ltk01 | October 27, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

On the Progressive Income Tax:

"we grudge no man a fortune in civil life if it is honorably obtained and used. It is not even enough that it should have been gained without damage to the community. We should permit it to be gained only so long as the gaining represents benefit to the community.

The really big fortune, the swollen fortune, by the mere fact of its size, acquires qualities which differentiate it kind as well as in degree from what is possessed by men of relatively small means. Therefore, I believe in a graduated income tax on big fortunes, properly safeguarded against evasion abd increasing rapidly with the size of the estate."

Theodore Roosevelt, "new Nationalism" speech - 1910

Can you imagine if Barack Obama had uttered these words?

How about a NY Post Headline: "Obama will seize swollen fortunes!" - all in large print of course.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 27, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I am sick of old John McCain's attempt to pull his lost election out of the fire with a resort to the charge of "socialism".

This ploy and everything else about McCain's train wreck of an attempted campaign is drawn from a 20th Century Lee Atwater playbook.

It won't work this time, Republicans. Americans are finally awake to the realities of your trickle down economics after Bush's eight years in office.

For my part, I approve of a redistribution of wealth downward from those who were given new tax breaks by George W. Bush. They have more than they can use, while people like me can't afford to buy staples and gasoline.

Barack Obama is no socialist, but I am.

D. Grant Haynes

Posted by: dgh27 | October 27, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

This nation is on the verge of something historic - the possible election of a black man as President of the United States. It is fair to say the entire world is watching. It is also fair to say the vast majority is rooting for a Republican defeat. If you don’t believe me you clearly don’t read anything.

How did we get to this place and time? How did a freshman Senator inspire millions of voters to finance his unlikely campaign? Why is he leading in the polls? How did this happen?

Well, I’ll tell you how it happened for me.

I was one of those who had doubts about the Iraq war. I did not believe that Iraq was an imminent threat to the United States. Not that Saddam was a good guy ( he wasn’t) however there are lots of bad guys in the world who are not an imminent threat to us whom we don’t attack. We were already flying over his country everyday. There was a tight embargo. Unless he had nuclear weapons how big a threat could he be?

The Administration then lied to us about Saddam and his weaponry.. Further, it sent out a duped Colin Powell to convince us. Bush knew we would believe Colin. So the United States of America, beacon of liberty, attacked a third world country, destroyed its hapless military, made rubble of its infrastructure and occupied it.

Later the lies came out. There were no dangerous weapons. Just fudged intelligence.

The Dems swept into control of Congress in 2006. Bush’s veto could override a 51-49 majority in the Senate so the war went on. Notwithstanding every indication that the majority of Americans didn’t want this war to continue, it went on anyway with no end date. I watched the war go on. I watched as we tortured prisoners, suspended Habeas Corpus and shredded the Constitution. I watched as Bush politicized the Justice Department and placed incompetent political hacks in high office. Then the economy collapsed.


So here we are. Tens of millions of us have made this journey starting a different places for different reasons; a journey which began with a distaste and disgust with Bush to a point where we may take our country back. Tens of millions have worked hard, made whatever donations we could afford and are already voting in many states.

The whole world is rooting for us to succeed. The whole world needs an America they can look up to again.

MAKE SURE YOU VOTE!

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 27, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

McCain is finally talking about something we care about. But it is too late ...............

http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/10/27/mccain-has-found-his-voice-but-it-is-too-late/

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 27, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

McCain knows all about bailing out rich bankers and screwing over middle class and poor people, he's been doing it for years
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAzDEbVFcg8
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McCain - Founding Member of the Keating 5:

McCain was one of the "Keating Five," congressmen investigated on ethics charges for strenuously helping convicted racketeer Charles Keating after he gave them large campaign contributions and vacation trips.


Charles Keating was convicted of racketeering and fraud in both state and federal court after his Lincoln Savings & Loan collapsed, costing the taxpayers $3.4 billion. His convictions were overturned on technicalities; for example, the federal conviction was overturned because jurors had heard about his state conviction, and his state charges because Judge Lance Ito (yes, that judge) screwed up jury instructions. Neither court cleared him, and he faces new trials in both courts.)


McCain intervened on behalf of Charles Keating after Keating gave McCain at least $112,00 in contributions. In the mid-1980s, McCain made at least 9 trips on Keating's airplanes, and 3 of those were to Keating's luxurious retreat in the Bahamas. McCain's wife and father-in-law also were the largest investors (at $350,000) in a Keating shopping center; the Phoenix New Times called it a "sweetheart deal."


McCain was not convicted of any crimes, though the Senate concluded that he exercised "poor judgment." (Furthermore, he got off on some charges by a technicality -- that he was still in the House when he took those vacation trips, and so the Senate couldn't prosecute him. The House concluded that THEY couldn't prosecute him because he had moved to the Senate.)


Here's some mavericky straight-talk, my friends:
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http://www.realchange.org/mccain.htm
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 27, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

PROGRESSIVE TAX RATES ARE A "REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH." SO WHAT'S NEW HERE?

This 11th-hour Drudge-fueled Red baiting reeks of desperation -- but even Obama supporters have to admit that the radio interview sheds light on his thinking about the disparity between rich and poor in America.

With all the opposition research, I'm left wondering why the GOP didn't use use this radio interview against Obama months ago.

Even so, the takeaway isn't nearly as damaging as the McCain campaign would hope. Progressive taxation is, by definition, a redistribution of wealth, and it's been around since the early twentieth century. Obama sounds reasoned and thoughtful, if a bit of a New Leftist.

But there's nothing in there that's way out. Progressivism in the defense of justice, after all, is no vice, to recast a familiar Barry Goldwater quote.


BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

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

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 27, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

As usual, the BHO camp is lying.

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Cass Sunstein and others, like Bruce Ackerman, have been touting this positive law stuff for years. They advocate institutionalizing the liberal agenda through the courts, particularly the 14th Amendment. Equal rights would be expanded to include "economic justice," i.e., the equal (or more equal) provision of wealth, education, etc., among the citizenry. The agenda would not be subject to electoral results or congressional influence because it would be imposed from the judiciary. This is an extremely radical proposition, completely at odds with the Constitution itself and the Framers' intent. And Sunstein and Obama know that the public would be appalled with their views if honestly presented to them. So, Sunstein denies it — even characterizing it as conservative, and Obama's spokesman calls the 2001 interview a distraction. It is neither.
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http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NWI4YmRkNmUxMWNlNGY1YTAzMjNmNzYzNGU5NmFkNTg=

On another note, did you know that BHO has a creepy indoctrination plan for pre-teens? It even includes urging them to influence their parents' voting decisions:

http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/008230.html

Even the SovietUnion wouldn't have done as good a job as BHO has done.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | October 27, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Of course, the fact is that the Savings & Loan, Enron and Subprime scandals are the largest fraudulent redistrbutions of wealth in our history: and Bush, McCain, Gramm et. al. are knee deep in them.

That they have managed to avoid prosecution - unlike Sen. Stevens - doesn't mean that history will judge them as anything other than the criminals that they are.

And as for the death and destruction they have delivered throughout the world, it is my belief that they will have to answer for that as well, to the Man upstairs.

Posted by: jrob822 | October 27, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

And meanwhile the Market continues to tank. I hope people weren't counting on their 401k to be retiring anytime soon.

Palin-McCain:

Out of ideas, out of time.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 27, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Read below and guess who said it...

"But I believe that when you really look at the tax code today, the very wealthy, because they can afford tax lawyers and all kinds of loopholes, really don't pay nearly as much as you think they do when you just look at the percentages. And I think middle-income Americans, working Americans, when the account and payroll taxes, sales taxes, mortgage pay -- all of the taxes that working Americans pay, I think they -- you would think that they also deserve significant relief, in my view..."

"So, look, here's what I really believe, that when you are -- reach a certain level of comfort, there's nothing wrong with paying somewhat more. But at the same time, that shouldn't be totally out of proportion. There's some countries such as Sweden where it doesn't pay anything to work more than six months a year. That's probably the extreme.

But I think the debate in this country is more about tax cuts rather than anything else. And frankly, I think the first people who deserve a tax cut are working Americans with children that need to educate their children, and they're the ones that I would support tax cuts for first."

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/10/21/1577609.aspx

Yep, John McCain in 2000, the original Socialist.

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 27, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

REPUBLICANS FOR BARACK OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN IN 2008!

Posted by: DrainYou | October 27, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

How very, very pathetic. They must be using pattern recognition to look for keywords in anything Obama has said in his lifetime and when they find them, use them without regards to context. It is very obvious what Obama is talking about from the interview, he's talking about opportunity not like McCain; a handout.

I guess McCain doesn't remember his own words before he flip-flopped on the Bush "tax cuts". How foolish! Ok course he doesn't remember, he's senile!

The Palin-McCain campaign is like a pinball in a pinball machine, they just keep hitting the bumpers without any guiding direction. Pretty soon they are going to hit TILT!

Posted by: wes1155 | October 27, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Down in the polls, John McCain's Divide & Flail™ strategy is to call Barack Obama's tax cut for 95% of Americans "socialism."


Well, McCain must have once been a socialist, because it turns out that for years he supported higher taxes on the wealthy to pay for lower taxes on the middle-class.


The YouTube don't lie, McCain:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8EyGpOU3qM
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 27, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 27, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting and fun to watch the GOP shrink to a few nativist haters, a couple of religious nuts, and the Kathryn Jean-Lopez's of the world in the next few years.


As long as the Rethuglican party continues to offer huge outsized tax breaks for the filthy rich and nothing for everyone else, the extremist nuts will be the only one's left carrying the GOPer banner after 2008.


I think it is going to be a while before we hear about the big tent Republican party.


Ladies and Germs...I give you your 2009 Republican party:


All hail the GOPer "pup tent party"!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5mdIPNB8t8
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 27, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

TED STEVENS GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 27, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

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