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McClellan Endorses Obama

By Dan Eggen
Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan, who angered many Republicans earlier this year with a memoir criticizing President Bush, said today that he's voting for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

McClellan told CNN that Obama's message "is very similar to the one that Governor Bush ran on in 2000," apparently referring to the current president's early pitch as a reformer and a moderate.

"From the very beginning I have said I am going to support the candidate that has the best chance for changing the way Washington works and getting things done and I will be voting for Barack Obama," McClellan said during the interview, which was taped for the Saturday broadcast of a new CNN show, "D.L. Hughley Breaks the News."

McClellan's endorsement marks the latest prominent Republican to defect to Obama. Former secretary of state Colin Powell last Sunday threw his endorsement behind the Illinois senator while sharply criticizing the campaign tactics of GOP candidate John McCain and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

McClellan's endorsement was not a complete surprise. After publication of his best-selling book, "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception," McClellan had hinted earlier this year that he might vote for Obama or even register as a Democrat.

McClellan, whose book outlines deep disillusionment with both Washington and the president he served, said at the time that his choice would depend largely on whether McCain or Obama ran positive campaigns.

McClellan's open criticism of Bush and other Republicans has not gone down well with his former colleagues, who have publicly described him as disgruntled and out of the loop from major White House decisions.

Bipartisanship -- or lack of party loyalty, depending on your view -- is not new for McClellan. His mother, Texas politico Carole Keeton Strayhorn, was a Democrat until the 1980s, when she switched to the GOP. Strayhorn later ran as an independent against Republican Gov. Rick Perry.

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Wonder who Barack will tap for Secy. of State and Treasury Secy? I think he'll name his Treasury Secy on Nov. 5th.

Posted by: HonestHonestAbe | October 24, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Do you think this endorsement will actually sway anyone's vote?
http://www.entertonement.com/clips/35453/I-will-be-voting-for-Barack-Obama

Posted by: BaxterJ | October 24, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I'll laugh when this neocon rat is among the first put on trial by the Obama regime. Maybe he could share a cell with Adelman.

Posted by: info42 | October 24, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I think that most people forget that McCain ran against Bush in '04. McCain has never been a strict follower of the conservative movement, which is why he not loved by either party. McCain used to be the media's darlin before this year. It shouldn't surprise us that the illuminati media would turn on him when it was convient for them.

Posted by: mdrew378 | October 23, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Ah....yes, I did forget that McCain ran against Bush in 2004...BECAUSE IT DIDN"T HAPPEN! Moron.

Posted by: NMModerate1 | October 24, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Obama has another strong endorsement
watch funny videos http://www.frizle.com

Posted by: roverfind | October 24, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW EDITORIAL-
The Race for President: King Obama
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Crude oil prices rise and gasoline prices quickly follow suit. But when the price of crude drops, gas prices seldom seem to fall in any like proportion. As with gas and oil, so with liberal Big Media and the presidential polls.

Democrat Barack Obama, long measuring for White House drapes, was elevated to something exceeding messiah status among the major newspapers and TV networks when polls suggested his lead over Republican John McCain had surged into the political ionosphere.

That double-digit lead was all the confirmation required that the election essentially was over. But a funny thing happened along the route to King Obama's coronation: More recent polls have suggested the race has tightened; some even point to a statistical dead heat.

But those numbers certainly haven't received the same coverage as ones that suggested a President Obama was a foregone conclusion. Even Sen. Obama now is worrying about the risk of a "carried away" media being the precursor to his being "spanked" on Nov. 4.

Voters supposedly elect presidents. But this election cycle, it seems Big Media and its liberal enablers are hellbent on taking over that function. Just as that passenger-side mirror cautions how objects are closer than they appear, Sen. McCain is closer to Obama than Big Media are reflecting.

And such a distortion isn't very becoming of one of the great pillars of such a grand republic.


Posted by: thecannula | October 24, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

"The world is waiting and watching to see if America has sunk so low as to put a former cokehead and man with radical social views in charge of its economy and military".

They already did that. His name was George W. Bush.

Posted by: thebobbob | October 24, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

"wOw man.

For "not mattering," sure are a lot of very pissed off people on this board tonight.

Whatever."

Actually, I don't think that many people are surprised by McClellan's endorsement. I think these people have already been pissed off for a while as they've been watching their beloved G.O.P. self-destruct before their eyes, and as they have been slowly coming to terms with how seriously the current Republican administration has damaged our country.

Posted by: HippoMan | October 24, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse


wOw man.

For "not mattering," sure are a lot of very pissed off people on this board tonight.

Whatever.

Posted by: T-Prop | October 24, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

McCain hears the fat lady singing, will someone tell Bush to turn out the lights & start packing

Posted by: gatorsn09 | October 24, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

"You have to pinch yourself ? a Marxisant radical who all his life has been mentored by, sat at the feet of, worshipped with, befriended, endorsed the philosophy of, funded and been in turn funded, politically promoted and supported by a nexus comprising black power anti-white racists, Jew-haters, revolutionary Marxists, unrepentant former terrorists and Chicago mobsters, is on the verge of becoming President of the United States. And apparently it?s considered impolite to say so."

Comments like these drive more and more people away from McCain and into the fold of the Obama campaign. McCain is losing votes with every slur that tries to associate him with "anti-white(s)", "Marxist(ant)s", "terrorists", etc.

The people who are attempting to help McCain by making these characterizations are having the opposite effect. More and more people are turning away from the Republican message as more and more of these slurs are promulgated.

I sometimes wonder if the people who are throwing out these gems are actually Obama operatives, because of the positive effects they are having on his campaign, and the negative effects they are having on McCain's.

Another possibility (more likely) is that the Republican party has degenerated into self-destructiveness. Seeing how the Republicans persist in shooting themselves in the foot with this continuous stream of self-defeating slurs, it almost looks like they _want_ to lose in November.

It's sad to see what the erstwhile Grand Old Party is turning into.

Posted by: HippoMan | October 23, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

This moron joins Powell to endorse you, but may be different reasons.

Posted by: jayrkay | October 23, 2008 11:07

You mean it's not because Scott McClellan is secretly black???

Posted by: pennycentury | October 23, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse


DIDN'T THE BIBLE ALSO PORTEND 'THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL'...

OMG! Even the paid disinfo trolls have gone all bitter and sullen and morose!

You see, in America, constitutional democracy does rule. The vox pop won't even give you the couple of weeks you need to accomplish your dirty tricks and attempt to cover your tracks.

The good people on the inside, the true patriots who honor the Constitution, know the deal. They're not going to let your "End of Days '08" schemes decide this election.

Better clean up your house right this minute, you who wield the DEW (unititiates, look it up) and the bureaucratic programs of personal destruction and the remote computing software hacks... it's not going work. Not this time, not this year.

And if you're still tempted to go all extreme, just remember... they're on to you and they're not going to let you get away with it.


WHAT IF THEY COULD SHOOT YOU
WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE? THEY CAN.
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1
OR http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener


Posted by: scrivener50 | October 23, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

I've never encountered such a tratiorist lot of politicians and staff in my entire life. The republicans are sucking to the core and so are the democrats. The lesser of the two evils will be anyone other than the entourage led by Pelosi, Reid, Durban, Schumer,Dodd, Frank, Waters and the like. As bad as you may think it is, it is about to become worse than any of you can ever imagine. I'm stuck with McCain .... but with Obama, never. I will never live under the yoke of the far left fringe of the democratic party and will NEVER yield my wealth or freedom to any of them. And, I am not movin' out, either. We are gonna stay right here.

Posted by: oldanncrjr | October 23, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Back in the 1930's, the "liberal" media outlets supported the socialist Hitler and trashed the conservatives.

===

Ah, no. Hitler rose to power by condemning the "socialists." Go read some history.

..

Posted by: bracken1 | October 23, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is going to lose a lot of voters whose prime concern is upward mobility. Many of us come from formerly Democrat families and are the first persons to graduate college. We worked hard to get where we are and now that Bush and McCain have cast their lot in with the global CEO’s and have thrown the middle class under the bus, we will not vote Republican.

We worked hard to earn our educations. Now we see the party that we have steadily voted for enable CEO’s to cheapen the value of our skills through outsourcing by foreign nationals whose cost of living is a tenth of our cost. The Republicans have flooded the labor market with illegal immigrants and visa holders so that no one has any bargaining power. Wages have declined. All this to benefit greedy large corporations that have not created a new job in the US in years and Wall Street misfits.

Well GOP, fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Without the upwardly mobile Republicans and Independents you do not stand a chance of ever being in power again. Enjoy your time in the wilderness; you have earned your fate.

Posted by: Pebble1776 | October 23, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Another disallusioned Republican jumping ship. What else is new? It must be getting awfully lonely on the deck of the USS McTanic. Powell and McClellan are both people who were paid to lie for Bush. I guess their consciences got to them in the end.

Posted by: ThePhotogsBlog | October 23, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

That little effing squirrel? If I were McCain, I wouldn't want that pussy's endorsement.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | October 23, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is going to lose a lot of voters whose prime concern is upward mobility. Many of us come from formerly Democrat families and are the first persons to graduate college. We worked hard to get where we are and now that Bush and McCain have cast their lot in with the global CEO’s and have thrown the middle class under the bus, we will not vote Republican.

We worked hard to earn our educations. Now we see the party that we have steadily voted for enable CEO’s to cheapen the value of our skills through outsourcing by foreign nationals whose cost of living is a tenth of our cost. The Republicans have flooded the labor market with illegal immigrants and visa holders so that no one has any bargaining power. Wages have declined. All this to benefit greedy large corporations that have not created a new job in the US in years and Wall Street misfits.

Well GOP, fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Without the upwardly mobile Republicans and Independents you do not stand a chance of ever being in power again. Enjoy your time in the wilderness; you have earned your fate.

Posted by: Pebble1776 | October 23, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Endorsement by this guy is like getting one from a RAT.He is a fake and a most disloyal to the public when he was white house spokesperson. He is gutless- beware Obama, when you hire him, that is, when and if you win because of this endorsement.He changes his opinion-what do they call Weather Vane- just like you. Obama, you were disloyal to Rev Wright after being in his parish for TWENTY YEARS- when criticized, Man, you CHANGED, but you could not change the Reverend, how can you assure you will bring about CHANGE for the country- you mean all of us will not have dollar even, but have to settle for NICKEL,DIME and QUARTERS to run our daily life- that means CRUMBS and left overs from the rest of the WORLD. REV OBAMA be honest about this- Like Palellalia- keep saying CHANGE- You CHANGED MAN, running from your Parish, leaving the rest to practice what Rev Wright preaches or defend themselves.
This moron joins Powell to endorse you, but may be different reasons.

Posted by: jayrkay | October 23, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

I think that most people forget that McCain ran against Bush in '04. McCain has never been a strict follower of the conservative movement, which is why he not loved by either party. McCain used to be the media's darlin before this year. It shouldn't surprise us that the illuminati media would turn on him when it was convient for them.

Posted by: mdrew378 | October 23, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

No the McCain ship sank after he took on the sack of rocks from Alaska. I really feel sorry for John even though he's a republican.It seemed like he was pushed into Palin by some backward religious force. I may have voted for him if he hadn't had Sarahahahaha by his side. Eight years of stupidity is enough for this nation.It's time to repair the damage. And for those who can't adjust pack your bags and check out of the country.

Posted by: icycle1954 | October 23, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

There are many more in the GOP who either already have or are planning to jump ship because McCain and his sleezy campaign have made them embarrassed to be associated with the Republican party. Even though president Bush is publically saying that he still supports McCain, privately he has to be seething because McCain threw him under the bus in such a disgraceful manner.

Posted by: apostletyson_wlcm | October 23, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

This us news??? Same with Colin Powell, no news. Colin Powell said it would be fine for a Muslim to be U.S. President. With W. European countries all fighting the Islamic radicals who in the '80s they opened their borders to, what in the hell is a former Sec. of State saying such stupid garbage? The Muslims want Islamic law in W. Europe and will be a majority by the turn of the century there. They need not bomb our cities; they will take over without firing a shot, esp. w/people like C. Powell around.

Posted by: love234america | October 23, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

The Return of SCOTT

Kirk: GREAT SCOTT" where the hell did he come from,
Doc: The Dead Letter Room in the HR department on the USS Enterprise?
Kirk: Doc what happened to SCOTTY!
Doc: He appears to be Dead Jim!
Kirk: And what happened to Mr. Su Lu, -
Doc: He’s not talking to you Jim he was transported down to the planetoid San Francisco.
Kirk: Mr. SPOCK what do you think your doing with Mr. Scott skull.
Spock: I’m giving him a mind meld, maybe we can see what really happened to him before he began to support Obama.
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Kirk: Well! What did you find.
Spock: He keeps saying over and over again George liked Tony Snow best! George liked Tony Snow best!
Kirk: Is there a cure!
Spock: Yes Jim!
Kirk: Well, what is it?
Spock: He needs to be transported to the other side.
Kirk: But where’s that?
Spock: He says he wants to go to the planet SOROS.
Kirk: No I’m getting tired of that name George. Stick in back in the Dead Letter Room.

Posted by: lewisthe17 | October 23, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: toritto | October 23, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

dottydo: Re C. C. Goldwater

Try this page:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cc-goldwater/why-mccain-has-lost-our-v_b_137150.html

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 23, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Scott obviously hopes to be invited back to the Wite House if Obama wins so he can snort some coke with Obama and get Obama to introduce him to Rezko's middle eastern money laundering friends to loan him some money for a house in Hyde Park. The world is waiting and watching to see if America has sunk so low as to put a former cokehead and man with radical social views in charge of its economy and military. Biden was on target...America will be under assault early in 2009 as Obama will represent a MAJOR CRACK in our defense shield. He already appears weak in the eyes of world leaders who will play "hard ball".

Posted by: TyroneJonessr | October 23, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Friends don't let friends vote stupid. Show them this:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/melaniephillips/2293196/pinch-yourself.thtml

[quote] You have to pinch yourself – a Marxisant radical who all his life has been mentored by, sat at the feet of, worshipped with, befriended, endorsed the philosophy of, funded and been in turn funded, politically promoted and supported by a nexus comprising black power anti-white racists, Jew-haters, revolutionary Marxists, unrepentant former terrorists and Chicago mobsters, is on the verge of becoming President of the United States. And apparently it’s considered impolite to say so. [unquote]

Posted by: zjr78xva | October 23, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

So, McClellan finally wised up...

Posted by: aeaustin | October 23, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

toritto,
Here is the Arizona candidate Goldwater's homepage.
Look who is supported on the left hand side of the page for yourself.

http://dongoldwater.info/Default.aspx

Posted by: dottydo | October 23, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse


Here's an example of "democratic" financial responsibility, tax policy, and dishonesty:

WHO screwed up Social Security??

When Social Security began the "democrats" SAID:

Participation would be VOLUNTARY.

The contributions would be TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.

The funds wouldn't be used for anything ELSE, and

interest would ADD to the account.

The payouts would NEVER BE TAXED.

LBJ & demo majorities in the House and Senate put the

funds in the General Fund so they could use it for

their pet projects (PORK), no interest adds to the

fund now!

CARTER & demo majorities in the House and Senate

gave Social Security to immigrants who had never

PAID IN!

CLINTON & demo majorities in the House and Senate

made the CONTRIBUTIONS taxable, AND made the

PAYOUTS taxable! (Al Gore cast the deciding vote on

the payouts!)

OBAMA wants to GIVE Social Security to the 11 million

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS that are here, ALONG WITH

Medicare! (Think more or them will come then to get

in on THAT?) AND, with demo majorities in the House

and Senate, he'll SUCCEED!

AND, after all THAT, the "democrats" have the GALL to

blame Republicans for the mess Social Security is in!

Posted by: lightnin001 | October 23, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

So McCain isn't Bush after all.

Posted by: dummy4peace | October 23, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

McClellan told CNN that Obama's message "is very similar to the one that Governor Bush ran on in 2000." So Sen. Obama is Bush III. Wow. Did Obamamaniacs figure it out yet? You better hold on to your votes now. Would that be Obama the Bush III or maverick McCain?

Posted by: Wiel | October 23, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Maybe McCain waited about 7 years too long to (pretend to) not be with Bush on the issues, since the White House aide is now public in his preference of Obama.

Watch this video to see McCain's most recent positions on the issues, from Iraq to the economy.
Share with your friends and loved ones. Laughter is healing.

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

Posted by: ottothewise | October 23, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Ouch? Just more dead weight released. 2 down.

Posted by: WhiteFemaleGOP | October 23, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Back in the 1930's, the "liberal" media outlets supported the socialist Hitler and trashed the conservatives.

Today, the "liberal" media outlets support the socialist Obama and trash the conservatives.

But, here is the difference. Hitler came to power and Obama will not.

Anyway, the most disturbing thing is that the "liberal" (in fact, they are godless socialists) media outlets are in the tank of the party of hate, racism, slavery, intimidation, and violence -- the Democrats.

Setting the Record Straight (part 1)
http://www.freedomsjournalmagazine.com/blog/?p=207

Posted by: loan4ever | October 23, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Scott saw for himself where blind loyalty to the GOP zealots ends up, and belatedly blew the whistle. Better late than never. Having seen the worst in leadership, Scott can recognize the best. Welcome, Scott, to a leadership and a path we can be proud of.

Posted by: Medshi | October 23, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | October 23, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

C. C. Goldwater, grandaughter of Barry G.; speaking for herself and her siblings ...endorsed Barack Obama !!

Heehee.....

11 more days..........

Posted by: toritto | October 23, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

What scares the HELL OUTTA the McCain campaign and the RNC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjXyqcx-mYY

loan4ever ... you might learn something from this

Posted by: Swedishice | October 23, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

GO McCLELLAN!

OBAMA BIDEN 08...!!!

Posted by: fu_buki | October 23, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

The President Who Stole Christmas! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doChINcDTJU

The Antichrist Has Come! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7vh5LJjJhc

Posted by: loan4ever | October 23, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

"Obama's message "is very similar to the one that Governor Bush ran on in 2000,"".

Let's just hope McClellan isn't wrong again.

Posted by: thebobbob | October 23, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Commonsense35 posted: "[McClellan's endorsement] is all about Race"

I TOTALLY agree. Scott is clearly supporting Obama's white half where Powell was supporting Obama's black half. Both sides are covered. Whew!

I was worried that Scott would have supported McCain because their name's start with 'Mc'. I bet that really through the conservadrones off.

Obama '08 '12

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 23, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Scott McClellan is a world class weasel.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | October 23, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Following Colin Powell steps, welcome to the Deceivers Team headed by the Smoke Prophet!

Posted by: trace-sc | October 23, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

This is totally about Race. I mean "TOTALLY".

Posted by: Commonsense35 | October 23, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

What American supports the GOP anything goes philosophy of Big Government + Big Spend + Big War?

Posted by: nick4 | October 23, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

I would be surprised if Scott had decided to vote for McCain. There is going to be major realignment of the parties following this election. If the Republicans are not careful, they will lose their remaining moderates. I do expect more defections from the Republican ranks. I'll give them Joe Lieberman. We'll take any Repubicans who repudiate the McCain campaign of rhetoric only fit for the extremists among us.

Posted by: EarlC | October 23, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

The dishonorable McCain campaign was officially a sinking ship when Colin Powell endorsed Obama. McClellan's endorsenment is just another shot just shattered the hull.

Someone needs to tell McCain it's time to abandon ship.

Posted by: jimcummings | October 23, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

One more time, ALL together now...


OUCH!

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 23, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

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