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The Unbelievable McCain Campaign (Continued)

No wonder the McCain campaign went ballistic after the New York Times reported on some $2 million paid to McCain campaign manager Rick Davis for serving as “president of an advocacy group set up by the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to defend them against stricter regulations.” Now it turns out that Davis’s lobbying firm received even more money from Freddie, and more recently, than Davis said.

Here are the first three paragraphs of today’s New York Times story:

One of the giant mortgage companies at the heart of the credit crisis paid $15,000 a month from the end of 2005 through last month to a firm owned by Senator John McCain’s campaign manager, according to two people with direct knowledge of the arrangement.

The disclosure undercuts a remark by Mr. McCain on Sunday night that the campaign manager, Rick Davis, had had no involvement with the company for the last several years.

Mr. Davis’s firm received the payments from the company, Freddie Mac, until it was taken over by the government this month along with Fannie Mae, the other big mortgage lender whose deteriorating finances helped precipitate the cascading problems on Wall Street, the two people said.

As Michael Shear notes in this morning’s Post, the reports on the campaign manager’s activities “appear to contradict Davis's comments to reporters on a conference call this week.”

Indeed. The lesson, once again, is that the McCain campaign is beating up on the media not because they are biased, but because they are doing their job, which is to tell the truth.

By E.J. Dionne  | September 24, 2008; 9:20 AM ET
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Keep reporting!

Free Sarah Palin!

Our long national nightmare will soon be over.

Go USA...Vote OBAMA!

Posted by: Barry | September 24, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

If the media's job is to tell the truth, why doesn't the NYT mention that Davis hasn't been involved in his firm and has not taken any payment since 2006? A rhetorical question, of course. It's because the NYT views it's job as telling partial truths that advantage Obama.

Posted by: Mike S | September 24, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, media were only allowed photos of Palin's meetings. However, one transcript has leaked:

Head of State

Saturday, September 20, 2008
Sarah Palin Meets with Afghan President Karzai (Transcript)

"Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will meet next week with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in New York, on the sidelines of the opening of the U.N. General Assembly, according to Afghan officials in Washington."--Washington Post


Palin: Oh, Mr. President, it is such a pleasure to meet you, you're the first head of state that I have had the opportunity to meet--which is more than many Vice Presidents--and I'm so glad that my first one is an Afghani.

You know, in Trig's class there was a little Afghani? He was the child of one of the oil executives, and he was so cute, with his little turban runnin' around, everyone just loved him, and felt for him...

Karzai: Yes.

Palin: And everyone knew that we just had to defend him and keep him free and that's why I think that with a Palin/McCain...

Palin Aide: (looking up from clipboard) McCain/Palin.

Palin: ...McCain/Palin ticket, we can make sure of that, if we have to attack Russia, even, I mean, to keep people free at home, just like we want to keep our people free. We have so much in common! I know you have the problem with the poppies, and I understand because we have the same problem with the crystal meth in Wasilla? And I said "Look, we've got to shake this up!" and then that's exactly what I said: 'Look, let's just see what we have in common with these guys!" And that's just what you could do with the Taliban, Mr. Karzai. They've already so moral, and they want people to live by the straight and narrow, and they've got the newspapers sayin' and the schools doin' lots of the right things. They just need to get some of the right ideas, and pray to the right Lord. And, if they don't understand, we still have the weapons left over from Iraq, and then we can't blink, we can't blink, can we, Mr. Karzai?

Karzai: (Looks at Palin silently without moving his head. Pauses.). Blink?

Palin: Right. The thing is, we just have to hit the ground runnin', Mr. Karzai. That's what I do. A few weeks ago I didn't even know what a Vice President does! That's why I put a clock on my wall--do you have the same clocks as we do in Afghanistan? With the twelve numbers? (points in air to numbers on air clock)--Anyway, I said "I'm gonna measure just how much time I have left here" and that's what you could do, I think, with the war, Mr. Karzai, is to put up a clock so you know just how much time you have left until you finish it. I tell you, Mr. Karzai, it's such a motivating influence on my staff, the good ones, anyway, they know what they're supposed to finish and when, they hear me sayin' "Look at the clock, people, look at the clock, and know what you have left to finish..."

Karzai: Yes.

Palin: And so I said to my husband, Todd--I call him the "First Dude"--Do you have that word 'Dude' there in Afghanistan?--maybe it's like "Khan" or "Emir" or somethin'?--I said to him, 'Todd, we have to take a look at what's happenin' in Afghanistan--before McCain called or any other thing happened--' cause I saw that Russia was right across from us and then right next to that you have all the Stans (counts cross fingers) Kyrgyzstan, oh, what's the others?--well, you are aware of them, of course, Mr. Karzai (laughs)...

Karzai: (Nods)

Palin: And if we don't let other people know of what I'm aware of, then the world won't change, Mr. Karzai. I know we have the same goals even if we don't have the same God yet...(aide touches Palin on shoulder, whispers). 'Even', not 'yet', I meant 'same God even', Mr. Karzai. And my point is, we can't let others stop our choice, which is freedom for those who deserve it, and that's why I know a Palin/McCain...

Palin Aide: (reaching over to touch shoulder)

Palin: Stop! (brushing aide's hand off)...McCain/Palin ticket will do just what you want, Mr. Karzai...

Second Palin Aide Approaches: It's time for your next appointment, Gov. Palin.

Palin: It was so good meeting you, President Karzai, and all of your other people, it was so good meeting you too! Shalom! (waves, exits)

Karzai: (to his aide, in Pashto): She makes the last one look like the Grand Mufti.

Head of State

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Bush, McCain, Rove, Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, the entirety of Fox News, the Weekly Standard and the Kristols--the whole sorry, sordid lot of them go after the NYT and the media in general because they know that it will work with that 40% or so of dumbos out there in the red states who just cannot imagine that they could lose an election or a vote because their ideology sucks.

No matter how bad things get under their watch, it has to be someone else's fault and just like the Jews and Bolsheviks provided a handy scapegoat for the Nazis in the 1920s and 1930s who were looking to punish someone for Germany's humiliation at the signing of the Treaty of Versaille, the conservatives in this country have to find someone else to blame for their own failures as a movement.

The right is in a sort of meltdown as these new polls come out showing Obama breaking out now. Limbaugh--who rarely ever goes on television--was on Fox News last evening sounding rattled and nervous in a phone call with one of Fox News' infotainment babes. I was wondering why. Now this morning, I know why. Rush always gets advance notice on these major polls. He must have gotten advance notice on the ABC News/Washington Post poll showing Obama with a 9 point lead. That is enough to send sweat rolling down his crack.

Posted by: Jaxas | September 24, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Keep up the good work. It seems that the McCain campaign wants to divert the public's attention from the truth

Posted by: Roberthurley | September 24, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Mike S -- If you read the article, NYT did print the McCain spin that Davis hasn't drawn a salary since 2006. But Davis is a partner in the firm, and payments that increase the firm's income directly benefit Davis. That's the truth of the matter.

Posted by: Sirjames | September 24, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Sequestering Sarah Palin from the press is the worst political move EVER. If her campaign doesn't have confidence in her, why should we?

You have to answer some questions if you're applying for a job at McDonald's, why should the Vice Presidency of the United States be different?

Posted by: icposse2000 | September 24, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

The New York Times has become the Obama RAG- it only prints articles that are biased towards Obama, it trashes Hillary and Mccain-Palin. Rupert Murdoch needs to buy it and make a few heads roll, starting with Obama head cheerleader Maureen Dowd.
The Times has lost alot of revenue due to its lovefest with Obama !! Seems shareholders and CEO's still have not learned their lessons !!!

Posted by: junglejim123 | September 24, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Republicans don't want the truth to be told. They don't want people to know that McCain's economic brain, Gramm, was the political muscle behind both the Enron loophole and the repeal of Glass-Steagall that led to our current financial meltdown. They don't want people to know that McCain had more than just a little relationship with Charles Keating, who was one of the kingpins in the savings and loan scandal that cost taxpayers billions.

The truth is inconvenient. Republicans want lunchpail Americans to have ***delusions of grandeur*** and think that they, too, can become a corrupt millionaire.

But the fact is that it is the lunchpail people who's sons and cousins will be fighting war without end if McCain is election.

And the fact is that McCain's ambition of a wartime economy will help the Pentagon and bankrupt Main Street even further.

If the truth is to be told, our allies will not remain our allies much longer if McCain is elected. And to think that we can be arrogant and unilateralist - and fight Islamic Extremist and Nuclear Proliferation and Russia - is reckless and delusional.

Wake up people.

Posted by: Deep Blue | September 24, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Good luck to the fact checkers after the debate Friday. If the McCain campaign produces lies this prolifically with prepared comments, imagine how what might come out during a live event.

Posted by: krok08 | September 24, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

WHY IS THE PRESS, NEWPAPAPER AND PRO-DEM ARE CONSTANTLY ATTACTING THE MCCAIN/PALIN ON 24/7 with ONLY AGAINST BUT NEVER ON THE PROS. aND YET THEY'RE NECK TO NECK AT THE POLL.If they were that 'bad' as you claimed then you're insulting and acting contemptuous to the 50% of voters who are rooting for McCain. Isn't that what true DEMOCRACY IS ALL ABOUT- to be able to pick your candidate without 'let or hindrance?

Posted by: roseann | September 24, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Mike S,

The NYT did report his claims of not receiving payments since 2006. You have to read beyond page one. Read the whole story.

Problem is, there's no proof of this, and according to documents, he's still the head of the company, so he's getting money.

When's the last time you heard a president of a company refusing salary?

Posted by: matt | September 24, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Mike S writes,
"Davis hasn't been involved in his firm..."
HIS firm, mikey. your own words betray you. If you were a true patriot, you would put aside your partisanship and admit that McCain is not fit to be president.

Posted by: stu | September 24, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse


The NYT picked Hil as their nominee, not Obama. They had great articles on candidates' debate styles yesterday - very unbiased.

You should read more articles.

Posted by: matt | September 24, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse


They're not so close in the polls anymore. National polls are showing an almost 10 point Obama advantage. Swing state polls are showing 2 to 6 point Obama advantages in all states but one.

If one candidate seems to misspeak or mislead more than another, you can't expect the press to sit on it.

The press has reported when Obama has misspoke. It's just happened less frequently.

Also, McCain's economic stances and his recent positions may have buried him. His fault. And his campaign's fault.

Posted by: matt | September 24, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Why is it, do you suppose, that fans and acolytes of Barack Obama feel constrained to leave his personal faults and faulty policy positions undiscussed in this thread?

What about his twenty year association with a racist anti-American pastor? And his initial dissembling when it became public?

What about his contemptuous remarks about bitter blue-collar types clinging to guns and religion?

What about his association with Franklin Raines and Jim Johnson, both former heads of corrupt Fannie Mae?

What about his mischaracterization of Iran as a small nuisance?

What about his TV ads designed to mislead voters about his opponent's positions?

What about his Veep choice - the plagiarizing, bloviating Biden?

Yes, McCain and Palin are easily criticised. Perhaps Obama/Biden are better choices. But how about a little fairness in coverage. Obama supporters diminish their own credibility by hiding their hero's faults.

Posted by: Paul Bloustein | September 24, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse


Please stop posting misinformation from "" That would be like posting something from "The Onion" as a source. It is a joke publication. You can be sure of this because NO ONE was aloud to get near Palin including "liberal hatchet-men" at head of state. Another clear tip off is the transcript of her and the president of Afghanistan’s conversation. They, of course, have never met.

Please stop making "the truth" look bad by adding fiction to it.


Posted by: Chicago Mike | September 24, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Since when is unearthing a scandal a bad thing? Oh yea, only when you are a McCain/Palin supporter. If this was any other candidate, the same thing would be happening. Kudos to the NYT for having balls enough to print this scandal and for finally standing up to these right wing snakes.

Posted by: The Democratic Warrior | September 24, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: junglejim123:

"he New York Times has become the Obama RAG- it only prints articles that are biased towards Obama, it trashes Hillary and Mccain-Palin. Rupert Murdoch needs to buy it and make a few heads roll, starting with Obama head cheerleader Maureen Dowd.
The Times has lost alot of revenue due to its lovefest with Obama !! Seems shareholders and CEO's still have not learned their lessons !!!"

I think it's a good thing that we still have some establishments that value integrity over revenue.

Posted by: Simon | September 24, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"Another clear tip off is the transcript of her and the president of Afghanistan’s conversation. They, of course, have never met."

I'm pretty sure that everyone on this post is intelligent enough to realize that that whole post was a joke.

Palin did meet Karzai, however.

Posted by: Simon | September 24, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse


The very fact that you've listed all the missteps of the Obama campaign means that they've been reported, and reported, and commented upon, and commented upon -- into the ground.

Isn't it revealing that you came up with so few missteps? That's because there aren't very many. Obama has run a remarkable campaign and is thoughtful, prudent, and intelligent ("intelligence" is known in conservative circles as being "elite" because it's a well-known Rove tactic to attack strengths of opponent.) Most of the "mud" slung at Obama and Biden, including your own mud, calling Biden silly names, is nothing but mud being slung by McCain/Palin. It's a Rove tactic that worked before, but why do you think it'll work again? A lot of voters fell for such tactics in 2000 and 2004 and ended up with one Bush disaster after another! You think we should fall for these tactics again? We Americans aren't that stupid.

Fact: Obama has been consistent in his message, clear, open, transparent, strong, while McCain has vacillated, switched his message, copied Obama's message, tried a purely political bet of choosing Palin, and gotten plenty of facts wrong, including last week's "fundamentals are strong." He's a hero from long ago, and now, sadly, past his prime. Palin isn't yet at her prime.

Palin is being kept in cotton bunting, away from the horrid press (they might ask an actual question!), as if she were as fragile as glass. What's that about? Fear. Why do they fear? Because exposure to the press would show how unprepared Palin is. The best plan, under these circumstances, is to revile the press, over and over. Comes across as being weak and whiney -- because it is!

E.J. has got it right, and he's calling it as he sees it.

Posted by: cturtle1 | September 24, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Palin and Karzai would have hit it off well - neither of them respect women's rights.

Just ask the 2 million widows in Afghanistan that are getting no help while Karzai lives in the palace and won't even let his own wife work.

She is a paediatrician and the country needs many more but she cannot work.

Posted by: Marilyn | September 24, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

If they were that 'bad' as you claimed then you're insulting and acting contemptuous to the 50% of voters who are rooting for McCain. Isn't that what true DEMOCRACY IS ALL ABOUT- to be able to pick your candidate without 'let or hindrance?

Posted by: roseann | September 24, 2008 11:40 AM

This is the real problem-people treating an election that may determine the fate of the planet like a Friday night football game at the local high school.

If Barack Obama walked under a piano or something we would have the unexciting, but reliable, Joe Biden to guide us through the rest of his term. If melanoma or a stroke take out the unexciting, but reliable, John McCain-a far more likely scenario-we are left with George Bush in lipstick.

Even the GOP doesn't want any more Bush, why should we.

Posted by: Pogge | September 24, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

To Mike S.:

1. Why do you think Freddie paid $15,000/month to Davis's consulting firm? What did they expect to get for that payment?

2. The NY Times article does make it clear that Davis has been on leave from the firmn since 2006. However, since Davis is still an owner of the firm, the Times' assertion that Davis benefits financially from this arrange passes the "common sense" test. Do you have information to refute this claim?

Posted by: Zoom | September 24, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Because the majority of papers, magazines, radio, and television outlets present a watered-down version of "news" and are conglomerate-owned, many Americans are still under the (very mistaken) impression that there is a "liberal" bias in our media. I have been watching politics closely for the better part of 3 decades and over that time the bias of media that reaches most citizens is unfortunately real and conservative-leaning. The reason is relatively simple: large corporations, here or anywhere, have economic incentive to support and further policy that benefits large business and aggregation of wealth (and, by extension, power).

As citizens of the first modern republic, we should take very seriously our ability to obtain truth in the news. Surprisingly, however, we do not generally demand that quality. It should be disturbing to any citizen that the term "liberal" has become a pejorative (if you're not sure, compare that word's use to that of conservative) in the mouths of some media figures. Yet that usage is echoed by many, even here in these comments. Why it should disturb is that it shows we can forget that there may very well be two reasoned views on an issue.

The economic underpinnings of our country have been abused and strained by profit-hungry brokers of finance and power. We have troops on a war footing policing a country where we entered on false pretenses under promises that were likely intentionally misleading. The so-called mainstream media were strangely silent in both cases. If the media were so liberally biased, as many claim, we should certainly have heard outraged calls for moderation. The focus would have been burningly turned on these excesses and potentially destructive military adventures. It undeniably was not.

I know that most of you who read and post here and elsewhere fervently feel that you are being good citizens and working for the best interests of our country. Truth will always be truth. We should ask ourselves which candidate is true and unchanging and which remakes his image to catch the best wind. Must I point out that the man who travels in the "straight talk" bus first mocked the idea that change was necessary and yet since his national convention has co-opted the mantra of change. He was main-stream conservative leading to the convention, yet re-embraced the "maverick" identity during and afterward. Since I began voting, I have consistently voted for candidates whose stated intents most closely seemed to align with the needs of the country (or state or town). We cannot ever know just what acts an elected official will take, what policies they will issue in the face of changing circumstances. But we can measure their temper and drift and have a good sense of how they might respond, what priorities (citizens or business interest, for example) will be made. I think it's time for Americans to wake up for ourselves and to begin thinking of our neighbors, liberal or conservative, green or independent as one nation with one set of challenges.

Thanks for reading.

Posted by: Jazzman7 | September 24, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Putting off the debate is an error. Error. The Big Idea we need to fix the current financial crisis can be found at: It is all there for all to see. Washington is making it more complex than it needs to be. We need a plan that works and does not hurt anyone. This is the only plan. This is "Plan B."

Samuel Margolies - Las Vegas

Posted by: Samuel Margolies | September 24, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Jazzman7, for one of the best comments I've read in a long time. We need more of your type of thinking. All the name-calling mud-slinging "how-can-you-be-so-stupid-that-you-don't-agree-with-me" ranting in these comment sections just makes the writers of such comments look stupid but doesn't contribute anything useful.

Posted by: archaeoman | September 24, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Newsflash to the few devotees of McCain-Palin (aka McShame -Ah-Palin), the reason there is so much news that is negative towards McCain and positive for Obama is it is the TRUTH. Sorry to disillusion you folks, but as some have already said, "everything coming out of McCain's mouth is a lie, including 'and' and 'the'". Very appropo! I commend the Times for getting the intestinal fortitude back that was missing during the run up to the Iraq War debacle. The problem is you can't handle the truth -- McCain has no answers & is only part of the problem. Keating 5 was a warm up act for this doozey. We're sick of the many failures of Bush, McCain & Republicans -- $4.00 gas, 4600 + dead in Iraq which was the WRONG war, $10 Billion a month price tag to boot just for that Fiasco (read that book instead of listening to the bloviating liar Limbaugh), unemployment racing away, home foreclosures reaching critical mass, our country is falling apart yet we build everybody else's infrastructure while we ignore ours, college education is really only for the rich now, our military can't keep up under the stress of ever expanding missions -- and these are just a brief snippet. Top that off with a financial "crisis" we are told will be like or worse than the "Great Depression", CAUSED by the very policies John McCain has been for over 26 years! All while people LIKE JOHN McCAIN pounded the desk asking for more war, cut taxes for the wealthy & the wall street wonders that gave us this mess & claiming just 5 days ago that "the fundamentals of this economy are strong". McCain sold out to the lobbyists a LONG TIME ago - KEATING 5! And now he claims he's had a "death bed conversion", almost tearfully pleading that "this time I promise I'll be good and work for the people instead of all those big oil exec's & fat cat's if you'll just vote us back in". This is the equivalent of a student who flunked out of college but insists on being graduated anyway -- several times over! How dare he, how dare those of you feigning outrage at the NYTimes, how dare you LIARS who are spreading the hate & lies you've been spreading! McCain is despicable for this, Palin is ridiculously unqualified for this. I fervently hope that this time enough of the electorate, whose lives have been trashed by these villainous liars, will rise up and vote a resounding message of "I'm mad as Hell, and I'm not going to stand for this anymore"!! Obama is the ONLY CHANGE candidate & McCain, who didn't HAVE A MESSAGE STOLE THAT ONE! And you dare call him "honorable"? On what planet? Anyone who votes Republican this year seriously needs to have a complete mental health exam! Good for you New York Times, keep reporting the TRUTH! We are SICK & TIRED OF THE LIES AND DISTORTIONS OF THE LAST 8 YEARS!

Posted by: carole in ohio | September 24, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

The unnamed source strikes again. Great investigatory reporting. NYT "All the DNC Propaganda that's Fit to Print."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

"the democratic controlled Senate Banking Committee seems to agree as it asked Paulson and Bernacke to testify in person, and not respond via text messaging"...

Dont see Mc Cain or Palin in that list of people who need to work on this - Rocky and Bullwinkle are looking for any excuse to divert the focus...Yes its the economy stupid - and Mc Cain already has indicated is ability here with his assessment last week it was solid - now he is in panic mode...

In fact I think the true republicans out there should vote this lot out hard - clean out the party - liek Wall st needs to cleanout the idiots and do a bhit of culling - let Obama in for 4-5 yuears and a poison chalice - and get back in in 2012 - Fresh and reinvigorated - get in this election through all these stunts to get the idiot vote and "three times lucky" with this clown and associates you will get belted in 2012 and not be seen again for 20 years plus...maybe rather than being blinkered and blind and spinning everything unbeleivable predictably clean the party out and get back to the great party the Republicans once were...

Posted by: col in paradise | September 24, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Did Palin ask Karzi if his prievious Job as a Oil exec at Interoil and work on the feasability for a major gas/oil pipeline through the place (Ironically in a potential JV with Enron) pre Sept 11....was helpful in him being President of the place - or did his mate Cheney give him a reference.... Puppet meets Puppet.... where is the puppet master????? on of his puppet strings are getting abit tangled and now one got loose from his strings - Lil Johnny Mc Cain has run away back home to hide under their skirts till they can fix the strings....

Posted by: col in paradise | September 24, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: junglejim123:
Maureen is the "head cheerleader" for Obama, huh? Have you read all of her articles this past year? She took much delight when Hillary caused Obama distress. Betcha money right here that if Obama wins, she will be only to happy at any opportunity to give him more distress again. Right now, she is concentrating on causing Palin some distress, because as one woman to another, Maureen sees right through Palin.

Posted by: steve | September 24, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Yo yo yo... jus finished my second bottle of ripple... dang that stuff be good. Now lemme aks you common folk a question... why y'all be given this po white girl all dis grief. She aint so bad. But it won't matter cuz my Barry be takin over da white house. We gonna re-paint that mo-fo, you can count on dat fo sho. Dem white columns gonna look smokin in deep purple. Put some fine shag carpet up in the Lincoln bedroom in honor of da man dat freed us. Barry says he gonna have a paintin of (in his words) my "fine nubian bod" on da wall. Can't wait to see the limo with dem spinners on it... mmm mmm mmm, dat gonna be one sweet ride. We won't be able to hear the press tho cuz the rap music be playin too loud. Got a special plan fo all you common folk tho... instead of a rebate check, we be sendin out KFC coupons! You can thank me later.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about my earlier rant... that time of the month you know.

Posted by: carole in ohio | September 24, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse


... at least they don't cohort with convicted felons.

Posted by: col in paradise | September 24, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

If the McCain people don't have enough confidence in Palin's abilities. Why should we?

Posted by: B.Rollens | September 24, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

McCain just picked Palin as a desperate political prop. It's all for effect.Any distraction to keep the brain dead McCain followers from thinking about real issues will do.
McCain runs his campaign like Barnum and Baily side shows. I believe Barnum and Baily coined "a sucker is born every minute". How appropriate.

Posted by: B.Rollens | September 24, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

By the way, I'm sitting here rubbing photos of Barry Obama all over my nekked body. mmmmmmmmmmmmm... love me some Barry.

Posted by: B.Rollens | September 24, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Head of State

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
What "Suspending My Campaign" Actually Means

From the Chicago Tribune:

John McCain's sudden "suspension'' of his campaign and his call for a postponement of the premier campaign debate Friday night has sparked a round of criticism from people asking why the presidential candidate cannot manage a financial crisis and a debate at the same time.

"Among them: "Late Night's'' David Letterman, who told his own audience in taping at CBS today that he was hoping to see the Republican nominee for president but McCain called him to say that he had to rush back to Washington to deal with the nation's financial crisis. Then, as Letterman told it, he got word that in fact McCain was down the hall sitting for an interview with his colleague at CBS, Evening News anchor Katie Couric, which aired this evening."

And the Top 10 most cynical methods for avoiding a drop in the polls tonight are...

Head of State

Posted by: Cara | September 25, 2008 6:20 AM | Report abuse

Famous Quotes:

"When's the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the senate before he started running?"
--Bill Clinton

"When that phone rings, whether it's 3pm or 3am, in the white house, there is no time for speeches or on-the-job training."
--Hillary Clinton

"I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is, the presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
--Joe Biden

Asked in a second interview days later...
"I stand by my statement."
--Joe Biden

"Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience. I will bring a lifetime of experience. And senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002."
--Hillary Clinton

"I am a believer in knowing what you're doing when you apply for a job. And I think that if I were to seriously consider running on the national ticket I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the senate. Now there are some people that might be comfortable doing that, but I'm not one of them."
--Barack Obama


Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 25, 2008 8:05 AM | Report abuse

The big panic is not the economy. The big panic is that Henry Kissinger spoke to the Airhead from Alaska , the Wasilla Wonder and said" this person is not ready for prime time!" So McCain is trying to create a subterfuge whereby he can push this debate into next week's and in the end just cut out the vice-presidential debate, so we never get to see Sarah Palin asked an open question from someone other than favored questioners.

Posted by: majorteddy | September 25, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Look, I've said a few things that weren't exactly "historically accurate." But who hasn't? Besides... are you SURE that FDR wasn't president at the time? Maybe the books have it wrong. Regardless, I think the real issue here that many Americans are facing is having to look at my shiny bald head every time I turn around. Many a voter has complained that the sun gets directed right into their eyes when I turn and I apologize for that. I'm trying to use rogaine, but it's just not doing the trick for me.


Posted by: Joey Biden | September 25, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Look Obama is now crying racism about McCain Commercial showing Obama's financial advisors Franklin Raines and the whose who of Fannie Mayes Corrupt thieves. Every time this FILTHY Lying POLITICAL SCUM Hack Obama gets the light shinned on him he cries racism. Do not forget he called Bill Clinton a racist when Clinton called Obama a liar

I am a black Afro American and I state it as a Fact! Obama is a RACIST simple. That is all that comes out of his and his wifes mouth. Rev. Wright preached it for 20 years and Obama does not remember. Of course not he is part of the Farakhan hate machine. That is the reason Jesse Jackson wanted to cut his balls off. The problem is Obama does not have any. He sold them out to the lobyist at Fanny Mae and Freddie Mack and Middle Eastern Terrorists and George Soros.

Posted by: Otis | September 25, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

First, to the poster claiming to be Michell Obama: You should be banned from all forms of printed or oral conversation for your blatant rascist, ignorant post. I'm sure you didn't have to take off your white hood and robe to type that swill. Whoever moderates this post should strike this comment from the rest of the posts here.
Second, to Otis: you are a superb example of a hankercheif head (and if you are AA, you know what I mean). In addition, your post assures me that you either read the news at a second grade level or your IQ is below educable retarded.

Posted by: Sallie | September 25, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

And third to all y'all... I am sitting on my chair nekked with a photo of NObama taped to my chair... he be da sweetest half-breed in da world.

Posted by: Sallie | September 25, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Sallie | September 25, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Blames Democrats for Financial Crisis, Bill Clinton Agrees ^ | September 25, 2008 -

Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2008
Going very much against the media meme that the current financial crisis is all George W. Bush and the Republicans' fault, Bill Clinton on Thursday told ABC's Chris Cuomo that Democrats for years have been "resisting any efforts by Republicans in the Congress or by me when I was President to put some standards and tighten up a little on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac" , relevant section at 2:45).

Whether he knew it or not, Clinton was going against virtually all press outlets that have been pointing fingers at Republicans since this crisis began, and likely much to the dismay of such folk actually agreed with a Fox News segment aired on Tuesday's "Special Report"

Posted by: jake | September 25, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

The mainstream media ruthlessly and endlessly repeats any McCain gaffes, while ignoring Obama gaffes. You have to go to weird little Internet sites to see all the stammering and stuttering that Mr. Obama needs before getting out a sentence fragment or two. But all you see on the networks is an eventual one or two clear sentences from Mr. Obama. Nor do you see Mr. Obama's ludicrous gaffe that Iran is a tiny country and no threat to us. Nor his 57 American states gaffe. Nor his forgetting, if he ever knew, that Russia has a veto in the United Nations. Nor his whining and puerile "come on" when he is being challenged. This is the kind of editing one would expect from Goebbels' disciples, not Cronkite's.

Posted by: Joey Biden | September 25, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

If only NOBAMA was in office instead of Clinton when I was interning... that would have been sweet!

Posted by: Monica Lewinsky | September 25, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

If MCCAIN can't make the debate send Palin. She is his backup. What's the problem.....

Posted by: johnnyk1 | September 26, 2008 5:28 AM | Report abuse

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