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The Town Hall Debate: Two McCain Successes

Before the debate began, I wrote down two questions to guide my judgment of McCain's performance.

First, would McCain be able to raise questions about Obama's views and values without being snide? Here, I think he generally succeeded. While wisely avoiding Ayers and Wright (raising them in this intimate context would have been like having a knife fight at a PTA meeting), McCain made perhaps a dozen strong, substantive criticisms of Obama, ranging from Fannie Mae donations, to the "most liberal big spending record in the U.S. Senate," to the mandates, taxes and fines Obama would apply to small businesses, to Obama's stubborn refusal to recognize the success of the surge. Many of these charges were not effectively refuted. McCain was tough but not nasty.

Second, would McCain be able to add some hopeful, forward-looking element to the economic debate? Here he succeeded as well. His proposal to "buy up the bad home loan mortgages in America and renegotiate at the new values of those homes" was a major surprise. McCain did not explain his idea particularly well. But if I understand it correctly, McCain effectively promised to lower monthly mortgages for millions of Americans -- a pretty bold use of government in a national crisis, and one likely to have a serious political appeal.

Does any of this change the fundamentals of the presidential race? Probably not. Those fundamentals are being determined in a global financial crisis that neither candidate did anything to cause or prevent. Sometimes the outcome of a race is not determined by the brilliance of one candidate or the incompetence of the other. Sometimes the outcome is determined by large, uncontrollable events. Sometimes being in a presidential campaign is like trying to steer a glacier. You do what you can, but you are mainly along for the ride.

Tonight, McCain did what he could. But the party with executive power – the party more closely identified with banking and Wall Street – is being blamed for the current crisis. That is unfair to many Republicans. It is certainly unfair to McCain. But as John Kennedy observed, life isn't fair.

By Michael Gerson  | October 7, 2008; 11:54 PM ET
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Senator McCain looked weary and awkward. I would have been unnerved if I had been one of the audience members into whose face he was all but spitting.

It was completely undiplomatic to refer to Senator Obama as "that one". I fear the real character of Senator McCain comes through in moments like that. Also in the larger decisions (running mate selection)I have very little confidence in the man's judgement. I mean really!

I didn't need to recent Rolling Stone expose to sway my opinion about Senator McCain, I already recognized that he was more fluster and bluster than sober and sensible. Tonight, the debates just reiterated how disastrous it would be if this unremarkable military man moved into the Whitehouse.

Posted by: cheryllyne | October 8, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

ANOTHER BIG WIN FOR OBAMA!

Perhaps, it's more of another big LOSS for McCain.

Once again, Obama looked more presidential.

McCain looked and sounded like an angry and tired old man.

Obama articulated his points clearly.

McCain rambled on from point to point and failed to answer the questions he was asked.

Obama gave specific answers to how he would help the middle class.

McCain did not say "middle class" once!

This debate proves that McCain has no plan, other than to smear Obama... and tonight we learned that McCain isn't willing to get his hands dirty with the mud slinging. Apparently, he outsourced that task to the wicked witch of the west.
Another flawed plan... who takes Palin seriously anyway?

Posted by: jgarrisn | October 8, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

The fact that you would let such a totally biased rag like Rolling Stone sway your opinion makes every though you have totally irrelevant.

Posted by: rah2 | October 8, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Obama's views on foreign policy are frightening.
Bottomline, I trust McCain to keep Americans safe. I do not however trust Obama's character and his bad judgements.

McCain/Palin 08

Posted by: blevins20061 | October 8, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Gerson, you are one of the most dishonest columnists I've ever laid my eyes on. McCain was "tough but not nasty"? So you are saying that calling the presidential candidate from one of the two major political parties of the United States "that one" is NOT nasty? It's much more than being "nasty," Gerson. It's called racism. McCain wouldn't have dared to behave that despicably towards any white politicians. McCain has always been dismissive, disrespctful, and offensive towards Obama, and you know it.

Posted by: motherforobama | October 8, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

UM............

Dunno how to tell you...

McCain lost.


Posted by: dutchess2 | October 8, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

McCain is a tired, old man who brought nothing but tired, old rhetoric to the debate. He's toast and he knows it when the only weapons in his arsenal are lies and dirt bombs. Bring on the election! Obama's got this one in hand.

Posted by: ButchDillon | October 8, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

McCain's proposal to "buy up the bad home loan mortgages in America and renegotiate at the new values of those homes" means bigger government, more bureaucrats, and more redistribution of wealth. What kind of conservative is he?

Posted by: Attucks | October 8, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Ummm, I admit that I did not read the 400 page "rescue" or "bailout" plan, but I'm pretty sure included in the $700 billion dollar tax payer funded plan is mortgage purchases, so what's new here?

Posted by: NMP1 | October 8, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Mr Gerson wrote:
>First, would McCain be able to raise >questions about Obama's views and values >without being snide?

Sir,

I like to be precise, so I looked up the definition of "snide". (Isn't it cool that the internet allows us to check up on so many factoids?)

Snide: Derogatory in a malicious, superior way.

Mr. Gerson, you must have have gone out for a six-pack during the debate, because you obviously missed the moment when McCain referred to Obama as "that one."

Actually I think "snide" is an understatement. "Lower than pond scum" is the phrase I'd choose.

Posted by: kuaikuai | October 8, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

McCain's program to buy the bad mortgages and then let the current owners have them back at the current value is a stunner.

It's also one that will be quickly costed by the Democrats, allowing Obama to ask how many trillions of dollars McCain is willing to spend on the program.

I believe that this was a last minute idea that was tossed around the McCain camp without regard to cost. That means it was designed to be something to change the direction the polls are heading without being seriously considered remotely realistic.

I think this one will come back to big time before the election.

Posted by: KHMJr | October 8, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

McCain held his own in this debate, but winning it was not the issue. He needed to stop the bleeding. Ironically, it was McCain that need to rehab an image, not Obama. On that level, I think McCain did well enough.

The real issue is whether McCain will continue to run the ads and let Palin continue the destructive attacks that are more damaging to the McCain campaign than they are to Obama. If so, the McCain in the debate will be seen as a fraud. And he'll be toast.

If the McCain approach from last night is a genuine change in tactics, he'll have a shot at this.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 8, 2008 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson, I think you've just come across McCain's new campaign slogan. "It's not FAIR! Vote for McCain." Seriously, did all the conservatives get together and decide that whining a winning tone? Good luck with that.

Posted by: AppeaseThis | October 8, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

You write: "But the party with executive power – the party more closely identified with banking and Wall Street – is being blamed for the current crisis. That is unfair to many Republicans. It is certainly unfair to McCain."

How exactly is it "unfair" to place the blame on those responsible for the current crisis, Mr. Gerson?

Posted by: CRome21695 | October 8, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

I hate to say it, but watching Michael Gerson on Charlie Rose, I have lower opinion of him than McCain. Gerson was doing so much spinning for McCain, he should've taken over as the top advisor.

Why the heck is he a columnist on WaPo?

Posted by: evilmang0 | October 8, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

I think McCain has made his disdain for "that one" abundantly clear during the debates, and this has diminished him. Obama, meanwhile, has grown in stature by standing his ground while treating McCain with respect. I disagree with your opinions, Mr. Gerson.

Posted by: Heron | October 8, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

THAT ONE ...... goes to Obama...


John Mc Cain - THE OTHER ONE

Posted by: colinemery | October 8, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

What does that mean when posters say they don't "trust" Obama? They never give reasons. They don't trust his judgment. What specifically?

But they trust John McCain who palled around with Charles Keating, a corporate robber? John McCain who chose an unqualified and dangerous woman to be his running mate to manipulate the conservatives? John McCain who has never defined what that victory in Iraq actually is. John McCain who supported this immoral war in Iraq and has yet to admit it is a horrible mistake?

I can only presume that they are talking about his color and his middle name and that makes them racists.

Posted by: agolembe | October 8, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson,

You do McCain a terrible disservice by establishing the bar so low.

No snide attacks and something hopeful?

Even lower than Palin's?

Posted by: RepublicanVNEraVet | October 8, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Unbelievable...McCain wants a "freeze" on government spending? Does that include the 12 billion a month in Iraq? Does that include buying troubled mortgages? Does that include investments in alternative energies? Does that include tax breaks for "everyone"...
McCain calls Democrats "tax and spenders" ... its called "paying the bills", Senator. Typically, Republicans drive the deficit to the roof. McCain would drive it to the point that twenty years from now we'll be talking about a different financial crisis, brought to you by the same party that brought you THIS crisis. Deregulation means never having to look at the cost...till it bites you on the ass. Never again.

Posted by: Dougie3 | October 8, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Suspect Gerson needs to clean glasses and ears and pay attention because he obviously watched something different then I. One candidate appeared presidentail and one petty. One man advocates for the middle class and one does not. One appears calm and colelcted and one does not. Look McCain bet on the surge and won the Republican nomination process as a result. Make you a bet Mr Gerson, as soon as McCain admits he was wrong about the war which contrary to his mistaken belief started in March 2003 and not June 2007 (as if we wash away the ineptitude of Bush administration that he supported) I bet Obama admits surge worked. But that would be repetitive as he has already admitted that the surge "worked beyond what I expected". Republicans have governed this country into a deep hole, hate government, and should never be trusted again to run government ... all which to my mind is not only fair but JUST.

Posted by: army164 | October 8, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

During this debate something became very clear to me: Obama is a man of the new century and McCain is a remnant of the last. Obama's ability to speak with honesty, clarity and nuance about an ever more complex economical and political world left McCain in the dust and the past. McCain can't look to the ghost of Reagan to solve the problem's of tomorrow.

Posted by: drgonjo | October 8, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

seems you are Biased towrads MCcain but who can uplift alooser, nobody!

Posted by: BuushMohamed | October 8, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

I'll take That One.

Posted by: terry1960 | October 8, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

McCain was clearly desperate and decrepit. Combine that with an appalling Palin...it's over.

Posted by: brderby | October 8, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

McCain won on honesty, something, unfortunately, that has cost him in his campaign. If he had the smoothness and eloquence of Obama and the ability to be a little more creative with the truth he probably would have had a more decisive win. I will take honesty over charisma when it comes to my families future.

Posted by: DL13 | October 8, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

McCain seemed out of breath a few times...

Posted by: Bodiethebulldog | October 8, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

i am simply stunned that the washington post would have a columnist of this kind of bias. Why is this article so laden with your personal opinion Mr. Gerson? Tell us about the people in general, about the polls, about the strategies and what the campaigns say. Who cares what YOU think?

Senator McCain not only spent his time saying "I know how to do this" rather than illuminating us on just WHAT he would do, he also was blatantly condescending! On top of that, he looked OLD. He shuffled to and fro (not paying attention by the way) and could barely wheeze out his replies. Even if he IS more qualified--which I do not believe--he is all too likely to die and leave us with a Vice who has no experience, bad judgement and even less of a clue than the Republicans think that Obama has.

McCain, for the good of the country, simply cannot be allowed to win.

Posted by: inyourfaisgirl | October 8, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Our schools need more funding!!!
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seems you are Biased towrads MCcain but who can uplift alooser, nobody!

Posted by: BuushMohamed | October 8, 2008 12:44 AM

Posted by: Bodiethebulldog | October 8, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Two wins for McCain? What are you smoking?

Posted by: nezbangi | October 8, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

It's so funny...when Republicans read the news about McCain not doing well, they call it the "liberal media" or bias! cracks me up...

Posted by: Bodiethebulldog | October 8, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

"But the party with executive power – the party more closely identified with banking and Wall Street – is being blamed for the current crisis. That is unfair to many Republicans. It is certainly unfair to McCain."

Unfair? How so, Mr. Gerson? From my perspective, the party in power has not shouldered nearly enough blame. I will consider life fair when many in the party in power are in prison serving very long sentences.

Posted by: gsross | October 8, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

It seems to me that McCain, Obama, Bidden would be able to lead the country responsibly. I notice there was no personal attack, smear or innuendos during the whole debate. But what would happen if Palin, through some unfortunate accident become president? God help the country? If you think that Bush was manipulated by the people around him, can you imagine where the country will end up with this woman at the helm? I shudder when reading the pro palin media, who think wink wink in debates are "cute" and gutter politics are "cool".

Posted by: nagamas1 | October 8, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Democratic politics is basically party politics. You ally youself with the party which share a similar ideology with you. If your party's ideology fails the people. You sink with your wrong choice. It is as simple as it is. Is it fair for the people that your party ruins them and you just walk away without a piece of apology to them?

Mr. Gerson, you are so wrong and so biased.

Posted by: james_chen | October 8, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Wow another win for McCain. Now Obama has the feds raiding his acorn office in Vegas and taking all the files out for voter fraud and checking for fraud on all the felons they signed up in Ohio. LOL Plus he has about half his donations without the names listed, and a lot of those from out of the country. Looks bad Barack along with those donations they found from the middle east. I hope you make it to the election before the house of cards comes down.

Posted by: Slingo | October 8, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Well, i guess to understand this article, one needs to know about Mr. Gerson's background: I quote Wikipedia:

"He served as President George W. Bush's chief speechwriter,... A member of the White House Iraq Group"

To claim that McCain --hence deregulation-- has no responsibility in the current crisis is fundamentally dishonest.

Posted by: Klausy | October 8, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse


Gerson whined:
"Sometimes the outcome of a race is not determined by the brilliance of one candidate or the incompetence of the other."

LOLOL
Except that in this particular race, it is!

Posted by: chasemonster | October 8, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

My favorite moment was McCain's comment about no time for on-the-job training, considering that Palin is akin to a first-grader going to college.

Posted by: delacorte | October 8, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

seems you are Biased towrads MCcain but who can uplift alooser, nobody!

Posted by: BuushMohamed | October 8, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

***The fact that you would let such a totally biased rag like Rolling Stone sway your opinion makes every though you have totally irrelevant.
Posted by: rah2 | October 8, 2008 12:20 AM ***

Except that the Rolling stone article is filled with verifiable facts, showing McCain to be the phony and the liar that he truly is. Ditto for the exposes on Palin.

Posted by: delacorte | October 8, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

I find myself completely taken aback that you could possibly believe that McCain did not appear to be snide. He was rude, condescending & has the appearance of a man on the edge. I am now utterly unsure of who could appear less Presidential than he & his Vice Presidential pick Gov. Palin. They are not mavericks but loose cannons with the manners of rebel teens who are inadequately trained & superived. It would appear that the redundancy of maverick has been replaced by "My friend". However my friends would not remain so if I were to observe them treating others as I see these two doing.

Posted by: rainydaypeople | October 8, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Want some cheese with that whine mr gerson?

Posted by: houston_progressive | October 8, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

HA HA HA HA.

I saw the headline, mistakenly saying something about McCain "success", and before I even clicked on it, the first word that came to my mind was:

GERSON!!

You are so predictable, dude. And just about as "out of it" as your hero, McCain.

Good try, though.

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 8, 2008 1:28 AM | Report abuse

I wondered why McCain left the room so soon after the debates. For quite a few minutes of post debate coverage - MSNBC - the visual was Mr. and Mrs. Obama on the platform mixing with the crowd and the audience (including that chief petty officer McCain spoke with) lining up to be photographed with them or get an autograph. THAT seems like a missed opportunity for McCain. It looked like everyone in teh audience of "undecideds" had decided by the end of the night who was going to be the next President. Some very good free PR for the Obamas.

Posted by: noGOP4me | October 8, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Gerson you have got to be kidding! You watched the debate with the sound off. Even so, McCain looked tired, vindictive and very Gollum-like: not presidential. Obama clearly won this debate. Gerson, as with your so called speech writing for George W Bush: you are lying out of your a$$.

Posted by: castillomark | October 8, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

I was both dismayed and discusted at McCain's behaviour. He certainly did not
look or acted presidential but desperate.
He walked around looking like a tired and
old Frankenstein, I cannot see him walking
with world leaders. While Obama looked tall and presidential.
McCain is off his rocket, his economics did not make sense, not a word of college education was said. His health care plan is truly ridiculous. (I need Obama's plan).
Also McCain looked angry. We noticed he became upset when Obama mentioned Michelle sitting with the audience (while Cindy sat in the VIP room.) We also noticed the Obamas greeting the audience while the McCains took off immediately after that silly "town hall" meeting McCain so whiningly wanted.

Posted by: paulette1 | October 8, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

John McCain looked like a befuddled grandpa out there. He constantly repeated himself, he offered us absolutely nothing new - just the same old half-truths and fear-mongering.

You would have thought that after Biden pointed out that the average healthcare plan costs $12k a year and the plans to tax healtcare benefits, he would have stopped the half-truth about his $5k tax credit. Instead, showing more in the long line of bad judgements, he just stumped the same old same old.

Same old same old isn't what I want.

John McCain and Sarah Palin - RIGHT FOR EACH OTHER - WRONG FOR AMERICA

Posted by: MSquared | October 8, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse

"Judges should be able to rewrite mortgages for struggling homeowners. Fiscal conservatives hate this, as do, I suspect, homeowners who took out mortgages they actually could afford and have been paying down responsibly" suggests a post above.

Trust me, most homeowners would rather be living next door to a house or two where the owners are getting a break on the original mortgage they took out than vacant foreclosed homes bringing down neighborhood property values.

Posted by: noGOP4me | October 8, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

86% of America said McCain Won tonight, and that was a CSNBC poll. These dem bulb blogs just go to show how most dems are liars. Have fun while you can. It'll be over shortly.

Obama looked as usual...like a dumb kid.
His ears look like someone left the car doors open.

Posted by: dr718 | October 8, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

OK OBAMA and his CAMP.. dont bring the reference to "THIS ONE". See how OBAMA refered McCain as "THIS GUY". Obama and his supporters are doing the same old dirty politics by picking on every expression/sentence. In coming to the Debate, OBAMA continued to use his HURT, HATE, FEAR tactics that he is using very effectivly for the past weeks. He keep reminding us, AMERICANS how idiots we are, how poor we are and how our FUNDAMENTALS are screwed up. Do we really need a GUY with no respect to AMERICAN values to be our leaders. He is good orator. But it is not only the one , we are KNOWN for in this world.
The bottom line is who can do the job very well? We have that is prooven and everyone knows what kind of a person he is and what mistakes or good he can do for his country.. And another with no record or proof of his abilities expect for his debate/GMAT/Toastmaster skills.. He can not even say his country in any of the debates and keep referring to United State of America or this country instead. I am really fed up with the american people who are just behaving like idiots and goint with their emotions.. remember for the current economic turmoil.. Bush is not only the culprit, The CONGRESS is the culprit... and not just McCain is part of it but also OBAMA is PART OF IT.. the funny thing is economy didnt falter 2 years back but it happened NOW when DEMOCRATS are the majority.

The same old dirty politics been played by obama, camp and you. As McCain kept telling right from the beginning that his cabinet will have all, repu, dems and indes. Obama and camp keep distorting the facts. In the debate, Obama didn't offer any choice for Treasury sec but instead just side with McCain Policy and indirectly endorsed McCain's selection. Obama is FAKE. He just know how to talk and talk with know substantial proof or evidence. More and over he doesn't talk like an American and talks more like an Immigrant. He keep using United State of America or this country, instead OUR COUNTRY.

Posted by: rosiejordan | October 8, 2008 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Good points Mr Gerson. Unfortunately, your article is being trashed by an Obama strong arm group, hired by the thousands, to swamp over blogs and any who oppose him. Take all said here against you and McCain with a grain of salt. It's shameful that real honest opinions, by real honest Americans cant be gauged, they have been bought up by the Obama campaign. This arm of his militia is being called the "brown shirts" because they resemble the English brown shirts, the bullies paid for by the labor party. Their called the "Action Wire" leg of Obama's campaign and are more of the Hitleresque tactics he's using. The Action Wire group attacks blogs, internet chats and radio shows to prevent anything negative being posted, chatted about or talked about regarding Obama. A lot of Americans have yet to realize these paid thugs now control so many services unti they are pointed out. Unfortunately, it may be too late, they are very effective and usually run away true patrons and leave false impressions and ideologies. Sad
for our times and truly sad more Americans don't know it's even happening. There are those of us out here that are aware and I for one are here to give you honest kudos and thanks for your article and point of view. Maybe you will see and investigate more about Obama and his unAmerican way of
violating our constitution?
Best regards,
M.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-obama-mediasep17,0,6325137.story

Posted by: mintonautica | October 8, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Gerson, it has got to smart to be known, as you will be henceforth, as the hack speechwriter for the most unpopular president in polling history.


Mouthpiece for the Worst.


You have been wrong about everything, Gerson, and finally the chickens are coming home to roost.

It's going to be a landslide in November and then we can start cleaning up the catastrophe you and the GOP have created.

It's going to be a long, long time before you losers are back in power. A long time.


Posted by: Christian_in_NYC | October 8, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

"That One" for President of the UNITED States of America !

Posted by: PulSamsara | October 8, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

If you really want to know who won the debate, it was THAT ONE

Posted by: mrtutto | October 8, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

I like John Mccain, he is my Senator. I just want him to retire in two years. He is older than me, and I am old. He has always put his country first, and I truly appreciate all he went through as a prisonier of war. But, that is what he was. He was not the Gov of California in the Movies. (Not that even Arnold has all the answers) I cannot imagine, what McCain went through, but that doesn't make him the answer to all our woes, and since he has no plan, no plan, other than: "and I know how to do it, and we can do two or three things at once". Oh really? Did you see the face on the young man behind him, when John McCain said we can handle Social Security and Medicare at the same time, Medicare will be a little harder though. That face, was worth a million dollars, even from a young man. Imagine, the former CEO of eBay handling Paulson's job. I vote Buffett myself, but who am I?
I know who I am voting for, maybe I can finally get some healthcare, as I lost my stock, hope I can keep my job and house. Do you think, that maybe at the end of the next debate, John McCain may realize that he should just drop out? He really isn't well received, anymore. Look for a last minute change, maybe a week before the election, from those who ran the Bush Administration.

Posted by: dbwsr | October 8, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

Gerson's arguments-- more lies and spin from a shameless Bush lapdog.

Posted by: alarico | October 8, 2008 1:52 AM | Report abuse

I thought McCain came across as a grumpy old man furious with the young whipper-snapper who dared challenge him. And I though his remark about "that one" was not appropriate. Obama seemed more relaxed and Presidential to me. I think the McCain brand is old and tired and his young female side-kick, Palin, is wearing very thin on many of us. I wouldn't call her an asset -- except for the Republican base which apparently can overlook anything.

Posted by: sharronkm | October 8, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

in a few weeks we will make a choice that will decide our future.
This time the stakes are much higher then most people could imagine
I would like to point out some things You may already know with a new perspective.
I follow a economist named bob proctor who has called the top and bottom of every market crash since the 70s correctly.
He perfectly predicted the current real estate market meltdown ,and the picture he paints about what will happen in the next couple years
Is terrifying. He thinks it could get worse then the great depression.
Banks in the US are going under one after the other. Country wide the largest morgage bank in the world
Bear Stearns and Lehman brothers , and Merrill Lynch which are 3 out of the top 5 wall street firms.
And now Fanny and Freddy which hold 50 percent of the home loans in the United States.
The goverment took them over because they are essentially bankrupt.
If they didn't the entire financially system would virtually shut down, the stock market would crash
And we would suffer beyond what any of us have seen before
The future of these companies will fall into the hands of our next president
And all of our economic future depends on them reorganizing these companies right.
Lehman, Merill Lynch, and Bear Sterns have survived for over 150 years and survived even the great depression
They are important because the are the biggest engines of growth in america and
they are connected to almost everything.
The last time the real estate market numbers looked this bad was during
The great depression and real estate often leads the way into major economic recessions.
One out of 10 Americans is somewhere in the foreclosure process.
During the last 8 years the average person saw there salary drop instead
Of increase. These are all facts no one will argue with.
The truth is we are only in the start of the worst economy we have seen in our generation
and a very real possibility of another depression.
Bush just like Mcain doesn't understand the economy.
That not just my opinion its his own words. Not only does he not understand how to fix it
He does not understand exactly what is broken. Its no surprise that he doesnt. The people that make up these
securities use complex math models very few people understand.
They are basically bundles of thousand of loans some good and some bad that are then given rules based on quantitiative
math. It will take the best and brightest minds in the world to get us out of this, and the same things bush and mcain have done for the last 8 years
Have not worked so far and wont work in the future.
If you do what you have always done then you will do get what you have always __________
90 percent of the time they have voted the same.
Please don't just take my word for it Start to read up on some of this yourself. MSN money, elliot wave and, bloomberg
Have tons of articles That prove we are in the heading into one of the worst economies any one has ever seen.
So why are the polls even close then ?
The chairman of mcains campaign recently said that people don't vote on issues
they vote on a personality composite which means. He is trying to sell personality instead
of results.
He believes people will vote against there own self interests.
Lets teach him we are smarter then that and elect the ticket that can
bring us back from the brink of a economic abyss.
If you think i am kidding do your own home work you will find
We are at the start of this mess not the end.
Mcain admits in the year 2008 he cannot use a computer even to send email
Its almost impossible then he will understand the complex securities such as cdos that are destroying wall street
and the home values on your street.
We are not bulletproof america it time to wake up and hold these people accountable.
How many people that you go out and have drinks with would you really want running the country?
Lets stand up and fight for our country now while it will still make a difference
Lets elect Obama Biden 08
Mccain straight out lied in his convention speech when he said that he would lower taxes for the common man while Obama would raise the taxes. Yes! Obama will raise taxes but not for the common man but for the wealthiest top 5% of the American people in which Mccain is included. And by the way political analysts agree that Obama's tax policy is more beneficial for the common man because he is going to decrease taxes for 95% of Americans which has to include the common man because a common man is not 5% of the American population.
!!!!!!!The Truth is Mccain lies and deceives voters like in his convention speech where he presented the incomplete truth about his policies.!!!!!1
By the Way Grant was also a military hero who won because of his character. And his term was full of corruption. Why?
it is because he had no clue about wat the common man experiences just like MCcain and Palin. Well for all of u who claim that Obama is too young and inexperienced and young to be president. Guess wat? Mccain is too old to be president and fighting as a soldier is different from commanding a whole country's army and handling the economy (which does not only depend on the fundamentals (workers) but on the policies of the president for investors to invest in a crashing economy)and Palin is the worst possible VP candidate because she has no foreign policy experience which is needed in diplomatic relationships with other nations which the VP is responsible for. And being incharge of the Alaskan National Guard which had no crisis to face is not a qualification to be 2nd to commander in chief.
Obama on the other hand is willing to go against issues because of his minimal exposure to the corruption in washington.
For example, he opposed the War in Iraq which mccain supported just because the oil prices would go up leading to more profits for people like Bush and others in washington who own an oil drilling facility.
Mccain is just like Bush who deceived the public and charged into the War in Iraq (very similar to Vietnam war which had no reason but destroyed that country). Mccain lied to the public in his convention speech on his and Obama's tax policy for the common man.
And Bidden is a very good choice for VP because the VP is supposed to be the invisible leader of the Senate and maintain diplomatic relationships with foreign countries( Bidden was in the senate in charge of Foreign policy)
i say Mccain would be a good VP candidate because of his foriegn policy experience and long time in the Senate but asking him to be president is going too far. Having good character does not mean he is right on policies ( especially regarding the economy and the common man).
Go Obama and Bidden the better qualified ticket for the Presidency and the VP.
1. If there was a video of a BLACK Pastor praying on Obama to protect him from Witchcraft, what would happen? Answer:Obama's presidential bid would be over.
2. If Obama paraded a pregnant teenaged daughter with her BLACK lover on stage at the Democratic National Convention. What would happen? Answer:Obama's presidential bid would be over
3. If Obama had chosen Sarah Palin if she were a democrat, and then everything happened showing her gross deficiencies.What would happen? Answer:Obama's presidential bid would be over
4. If Obama was a part of Keating 5. What would happen?Answer:Obama's presidential bid would be over
5. If Obama had committed adultery and then divorced his crippled wife who stood by him while he was a POW and married a rich adultering heiress, now has 9 homes and 13 cars. What would happen?Answer:Obama's presidential bid would be over
6. If Obama had been running the swift boat adds and politics like McCain with outright 100% lies disproved by factcheckdot org. What would happen? Answer:Obama's presidential bid would be over
7. If Obama had made 1/4 of the gaffes and lies that Mccain has made including the fundamentals of our economy are good. What would happen? Answer:Obama's presidential bid would be over
8. If Obama's daughter went on National tv and said that Obama dated a stripper and was wild in his younger years. If Obama was anywhere close to McCains moral failings in his life. What would happen? Answer: Obama's presidential bid would be over
9. If Obama had verbally abused and berated the media for bias and sexism the way Mccain and Palin have done. What would happen? Answer:Obama's presidential bid would be over
10. If Obama had removed his VP from scrutiny by the press and did exactly what Macain did with Palin. What would happen? Answer:Obama's presidential bid would be over
11. If Obama has been anywhere close to Mccain in the conduct of his campaign. What would happen?Answer:Obama's presidential bid would be over
I could go on and on.. but my point is... the hypocrisy of the republicans and so many in this country is on such a low shamefull and painfull level that I cannot find an adjective to describe it appropriately. These people have ZERO objectivity and ZERO conscience... Obama is held to a much higher standard because of ONE reason only... the color of his skin.. you racists out there reading this and screaming... know this point and remember it always...
"who God blesses NO MAN CAN CURSE" I hope Obama wins for the sake of this country... The republicans are praying and hoping that the idiots and uneducated racists and bigots will return them to power... Their support is critical and so the only way to appeal to hate is to manufacture lies and innuendo, reapeat it enough times that the "heartland" would vote "white". Sad, because 4 more years of Bush won't help them anymore than the last 8 years have... Am just soo tired of all the hate and racism I read on these sites... people pretending to debate facts when instead they are debating their hate, racism and biggotry... all because they cannot stand the thought of a man with black skin in the white house... never mind the way this country has gone down the crapper and the fact that the two women who raised Obama are as white as them... There is only one choice in this election, anyone with common sense knows Obama is that choice... but then... reading the posts above... common sense is NOT so common... oh well.. God help us.

Posted by: mccaincampaignisalyinganddeceivingpowerhouse | October 8, 2008 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Are the American people so blinded by Senator Obama that they really don't care that he received over $100,000 in support from Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac within the last three years. The history lesson started in the 70's when the Democrats put in motion policies that lead to the financial meltdown. Can the American people really ignore Senator Obama's role with ACORN and his association with Bill Ayers before coming to Washington and getting on the payroll of the Democratic machine. I truly believe that Senator Obama wants CHANGE and it's in your pocket.

Posted by: Mickey007 | October 8, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

ANOTHER BIG WIN FOR MCCAIN!Michael Gerson you are Brilliant !
Obama's views on foreign policy are uninformed, and frightening.
 I trust McCain and he has the EXPERIENCE to keep Americans safe. I do not trust Obama's corrupt character, his bad judgements, his fellow Thieves, his lies. McCain/Palin 08
Governor Palin is stating the TRUE FACTS about Obama. Democrates please see if you can find public records for Obama. You won't. I think the democrats who are mistakenly worshiping B.O. have a brain freeze going on or they have stopped reading and happily given in to being "lead".
Obama has his "professorial" act well rehearsed. He is a corrupt, marxist socialist who uses "racism" when he is on the defensive.
The Federal Investigators have raided B.O.'s pet "ACORN" office in Vegas and taking all the files out for voter fraud and more ......
I am proud of how McCain and Palin are showing how they are totally Presidential. Governor Palin has more experience and is able to make a yes or no vote and not vote "present" one hundred times, like B.O. did.
ACORN and Voter Registration Fraud
5 additional facts are listed before these two:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ACORN
▪ In 2008, the Michigan Secretary of State office told the Detroit Free Press that ACORN had been submitting a sizeable number of duplicate and fraudulent applications to vote.[31]
▪ In 2008, the Las Vegas ACORN Office was raided due to voter fraud complaints.[32]
Sol Stern characterizes ACORN's opposition to free trade, their support for price controls, and for the Community Reinvestment Act, as in line with the left wing of the Democratic Party, and claims they sometimes opt for "undisguised authoritarian socialism."[35] Stanley Kurtz argues in National Review that "ACORN’s living-wage campaigns drive businesses out of the very neighborhoods where jobs are needed most. ACORN’s opposition to welfare reform only threatens to worsen the self-reinforcing cycle of urban poverty and family breakdown." [36]

Posted by: dreamer1954 | October 8, 2008 1:56 AM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Gerson,

Which debate did you watch? Either you are dishonest in your appraisal or you were making runs to the bathroom. Using your own yardstick, McCain failed. On count one, "This One" was not the appropriate way to refer to fellow senator and potential president of the United States, be it even a rival. It was like spitting at the other parent in a PTA meeting. On count two, the proposal to buy up mortgages was proposed first by Obama. Google it if you doubt me.

Posted by: jpaultel | October 8, 2008 1:56 AM | Report abuse

I'm confused as to why people are calling McCain's proposal a new idea? Didn't the government pass a bill that spends $700 to buy up mortgage back securities? A plan which has provisions that require the renegotiation of mortgages so that the terms are more favorable to home-owners and prevent defaults?

It seems like McCain proposed the bailout, after the bailout has already passed. If he passed a "new" plan now, it would inevitably be buying the mortgages from the Secretary of the Treasury.

I'm confused as to whether the pundits don't understand the legislation at hand, or McCain doesn't, or both.

Posted by: zosima | October 8, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

I disagree with your conclusions. On point one, McCain definitely didn't manage to do it without appearing snide. While he hid his antipathy toward Obama better in this debate, it surfaced in the "that one" comment and made me blink. Worse, at the end of the debate, before leaving the debate floor, McCain refused to shake Obama's hand. Instead he managed to maneuver his wife between Obama and himself so Obama was forced to shake Cindy's hand instead -- something which Obama did with grace. Oh, and the maneuver wasn't subtle. That puts McCain in the hard-to-like camp, making his job of attracting votes that much harder.

Also, on point one, I understand why you think McCain needed to go after Obama on values and character. But you're wrong. We're tired of it, and we're not willing to listen. I found it highly irritating when both candidates kept telling me who was to blame for this and that and how each of them was the hero because they did this or that. That's total bull. It's like watching a couple of little kids point fingers. We, the voters that are still willing to listen with an open mind, know that everyone is to blame. I don't care if they were republican or democrate. Tell me the facts of what you perceive got us to this point, NOT who you think is responsible. And then tell me how you are going to get us out...with non-partisan specifics. They both failed on this point abysmally.

There are too many important issues and people don't care about anything else. If you want to make it about character, you better have something totally new, totally shocking and something that offends everyone in equal measure, left and right alike (e.g. evidence that one of them is a rapist, a child molester, that they spent ten years working with Ollie North along with the complete money trail and pictures as proof).

Bottom line. People are scared and are looking for someone to lead the way to the light, not to illuminate why someone else can't or isn't suitable. McCain missed a HUGE opportunity here. If he had come out with a new plan, with detailed specifics and had touted it and how it was going to help us and rescue us and had completely ignored Obama, McCain could have turned the campaign around. Obama was playing it safe and sticking to stump lines. But McCain needed to take a chance, to clearly demonstrate (not just tell us) that he knew what to do. Instead, we got the same old thing -- from both candidates. And since Obama both gives a smoother delivery and trumps McCain big time on issues of courtesy (which IS important to character perception), Obama wins.

Posted by: JMS6 | October 8, 2008 1:59 AM | Report abuse

"Tonight, McCain did what he could. But the party with executive power – the party more closely identified with banking and Wall Street – is being blamed for the current crisis."

This made me laugh on so many levels. Were things going swimmingly lately, who'd be taking credit exactly?

Posted by: johngrabowski1 | October 8, 2008 2:01 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson, once again you missed it in your desperate attempt to find something good to say about McCain. As the old saying goes, beware an old politician in a hurry. That's what McCain is, old and in a hurry and willing to do anything it takes to get what he thinks he deserves. Sad. Made even sadder by his obvious contempt for "that one."

Posted by: lstrauss2 | October 8, 2008 2:05 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the question that should guide your opinion of who won is, "What do the voters think?"

Clearly, they saw a different debate than you. But fortunately, your guiding lights are completely irrelevant.

Posted by: spot_dawa | October 8, 2008 2:05 AM | Report abuse

I find it strange that Gerson did not watch the debate.

Posted by: rhda | October 8, 2008 2:11 AM | Report abuse

Gerson is a Republican Hack. He saw the debate the way he wanted it spun. Everyone else say a tired old man repeat the same old campaign speech diddies. Give it up. Obama is going to be the next President. Deal with it. Maybe Gerson can explain what Palin was doing in Clearwater today. Was it the first day of the birth of the new American Fascist Party? Yikes!!

Posted by: thebobbob | October 8, 2008 2:24 AM | Report abuse

McCain...tired, old and ill.
Perhaps even a little confused at times...
Why are the Republicans putting an elderly ailing man through this?

Posted by: mexantique | October 8, 2008 2:27 AM | Report abuse

The fact that you would let such a totally biased rag like Rolling Stone sway your opinion makes every though you have totally irrelevant.

Posted by: rah2 | October 8, 2008 12:20 AM


And you getting your opinion from Faux News and R Limpaugh makes you relevant?
Your dude got owned tonight by "that one".

Posted by: jime2000 | October 8, 2008 2:39 AM | Report abuse

Once again Gerson politically hacks his way through the jungle of lies and deception to bring us the gash darn truth. It obvious that McCain keeps winning and winning these debates. Just look at McCain's sky rocketing polls.

Way to be on the money Gerson!

Posted by: cirrus_nine | October 8, 2008 2:45 AM | Report abuse

I rarely read Gerson because he always seems incapable of assessing things in a way that isn't totally influenced by his ideological views. I'm not convinced here, either. He's really got to get some new material, no? As it stands, he remains an odd little man.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | October 8, 2008 3:03 AM | Report abuse

Rather annoying these spammers for Obama who swamp blogs with useless drivel. I am curious if many readers are aware Obama pays people to spam blogs. What actually annoys me is these Obama paid spammers and volunteer spammers are so darn illiterate.

Michael Gerson writes, in part, "Here he [McCain] succeeded as well. His proposal to 'buy up the bad home loan mortgages in America and renegotiate at the new values of those homes' was a major surprise."

McCain scored a resounding point with this proposal. McCain has this right. Many of us are urging Capital Hill to buy and favorably renegotiate a majority of bad home mortgages. Doing so would provide the greatest bang for the taxpayer buck. McCain displays excellent old fashion common sense.

I have doubts average Americans are aware enough to realize McCain's proposal is amongst the best of proposals to lend to curing our economic crisis.

Most ironic, Capital Hill threw 85 billion dollars at AIG to help out, then AIG tossed a huge party, a half-million dollar party over at the St. Regis resort to reward themselves for a job well done.

Only surprise is Obama was not one of the elite party goers at St. Regis.

Okpulot Taha
Choctaw Nation

Posted by: PurlGurl | October 8, 2008 3:13 AM | Report abuse

This article was written before the debate. That is all I have to contribute.

Posted by: Swing-Voter | October 8, 2008 3:17 AM | Report abuse

Michael: were you drunk or just watching a John Wayne movie during the debate? Your man is toast.

Posted by: ryanvb | October 8, 2008 3:34 AM | Report abuse

What debate were you watching??? I have never in my life heard a major candidate refer to his opponent, in person, as "that one." You don't think that was snide? And you count as a "hopeful forward looking" idea one that you have to try to interpret because McCain did such a piss-poor job that he was unintelligible? Man ... I need to drop a line in for you Gerson, you're so far in the tank for the $100 Million Man you'll never find your way out otherwise.

Posted by: Omyobama | October 8, 2008 3:37 AM | Report abuse

re: McCain's plan to buy up bad mortgages:

Don't look now, Michael,
'cause you'll be sad
But your friends the Freepers
are very mad

Suggesting he'd help the little people didn't go over too well with CONSERVATIVES.

_____

Next up: McCain taking credit for the "surge", which you claim wasn't refuted. But Obama doesn't need to refute it; indeed, he generally acknowledges the valor of our troops and that increasing their numbers will improve the situation.

McCain still has a big problem. We don't award medals to arsonists who torch a house, wait for it to collapse, then don a fireman costume and charge in with the hose. McCain knows this, which is why he skipped right over his sycophantic cheerleading for Bush's wrong war in Iraq.

When Obama nailed him on it, and tagged him with failing to finish bin Laden when we had him cornered, and pointed out how much blood and money we've wasted on this inane decision, he said all he needed to say about McCain's judgment.

Posted by: youarestillidiots | October 8, 2008 4:02 AM | Report abuse

Obama is so concise on what needs to be done and considerate of the poor and middle class. McCain is full of garbage, his defense of his supporting the failure Bush in his own words "over 90% of the time" is to shamelessly point out those same failed policies he helped create by giving the wealthy more huge tax cuts to fix it all? He would invest all our money left, on tax cuts for his wealthy friends, all we have left on the waste product Iraq war and have a domestic "spending freeze" that would paralyze America here at home for good. One of the main reasons America is in the trouble we are in because the Bush administration instead of investing in the American people with more Domestic spending, invested in Iraq and tax cuts for the wealthy instead! Obama will reverse all of that and get us out of Iraq taking those tax cuts and wasted war spending and re-invest that money in job creation, energy, health care, housing and everything Americans desperately need right NOW. It's obvious why more and more Americans are turning away from the failed policies and ideas of McCain/Bush and moving to get behind Obama.

Posted by: Hillary08 | October 8, 2008 4:25 AM | Report abuse

Going into the debate I had one item I was going to look for. Would John McCain, face to face, personally reinforce his attack on the character of Barack Obama? McCain chose not to swim in that cess pool at the debate. It was not politic for him to do so. It was hypocritical for him not to do so. So the McCain/Palin subliminal appeal to the worst in us continues off the main stage. I can't believe McCain/Palin is convinced Obama is un-American. They are just checking their moral compass at the door in desperation.

(Please note that Hillary Clinton, for all her passion for winning, did not travel that low road. That says a lot for her and not so much for McCain/Palin.)

Posted by: Ceeee | October 8, 2008 4:52 AM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Gerson,
Thanks for the last eight years! Thanks for "the axis of evil." Thanks for being you.

PS-God does not exist

Posted by: nerdoff | October 8, 2008 5:05 AM | Report abuse

Two McCain successes - he turned up on time and he didn't fall over.

Good for him.

Posted by: gjwalker | October 8, 2008 5:49 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson,
You are vastly misinformed or lying here:
"McCain made perhaps a dozen strong, substantive criticisms of Obama, ranging from Fannie Mae donations, to the "most liberal big spending record in the U.S. Senate," to the mandates, taxes and fines Obama would apply to small businesses,"

These criticisms have been endlessly debunked. The last one for example, Obama would not increase tax a small business of $250,000 or less and most small businesses come under that figure. That's why they are described as 'small.'

Try to do some research before you type.

Posted by: mtw0310 | October 8, 2008 5:50 AM | Report abuse

Mc Cain's latest lie:

The report spans from 1989-2008 — just a portion of the time since Fannie Mae went private in 1968 and Freddie Mac was created in 1970.

The New York Times has published a separate list looking at contributions from “directors, officers, and lobbyists for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac” for the 2008 campaign cycle. That list — using figures from the Federal Election Commission — shows McCain receiving $169,000, while Obama received only $16,000.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/10/07/fact-check-did-obama-get-second-most-money-from-freddie-and-fannie/

Posted by: dutchess2 | October 8, 2008 6:08 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Gerson for explaining "The bigotry of low expectation". The next stop for McCain/Palin....A red meat dog fight. Klan members welcome.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | October 8, 2008 6:52 AM | Report abuse

Gerson wanted to see if John McCain could get his points across without being snide. What does he call McCain calling Obama "that one"? McCain is a crotchedy disrespectful old man and it came across my tv last night loud and clear. Besides not having ONE original idea it's obvious he is not what this country needs to lead us into the future.

Posted by: CHICO13 | October 8, 2008 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Looks like McCain threw some tough body blows to Obama. Obama merely had a couple of jabs that didn't even connect.

How is Obama going to shake off this Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac association? These were his patrons and advisor's? Good lord Obama has bad judgment on choosing his benefactors, patrons and advisor's.

Perhaps the leftist elite of Chicago thinks its fine to cavort with terrorists like Ayers, and modern day robber barons like former CEOs of Fannie Mae, James A. Johnson and Franklin Raine, but I think the vast majority of Americans see this as unacceptable.

Call me unforgiving if you will, but I see little difference between taking money and support of a terrorist from the 60's who bombed government buildings (Ayers), and one from 2001 (Bin Ladin). What would the moral difference be? Is it that Ayers got off on a legal technicality? Or is it that Ayers works with spreading his radical leftist agenda to young minds now in Chicago schools? Ill bet Bin Ladin would love to go back to spreading his radical hate in Madrassas right now instead of hiding in a cave. Maybe we should offer Bin ladin a house in Obama'a Chicago neighborhood. They can all have tea on weekends.

Call me suspicious but I also see a serious flaw that two principal men responsible for contributing to our mortgage crisis, are record donors, benefactors, and advisor's to Obama. James A. Johnson and Franklin Raine. A two year Senator fresh on the scene and he ranks behind the chairman of the senate banking committee Sen. Dodds and Sen. John Kerry in campaign contributions? Can anyone say 'what the french toast'?

But lets not look at Sen.Obama's character flaws, since there seems to be so many. And besides I suppose that would be looking backward. So lets look forward.

Speaking of looking forward...why has Obama not proposed a direct solution to one of the main ingredients of this financial crisis? Property values. Sounds like McCain has a winner buying bad mortgage debt for Americans hurting and refinancing that debt.

And how funny Obama still thinks raising taxes will help the economy. G.W. Bush PROVED tax cuts across the board will stimulate the economy in times of need. Remember all those Democrats saying it would RUIN our economy? Seems history keeps proving leftists wrong. tsk tsk.

McCain might not be the flowery speaker like Obama, but when the substance starts to sink in from McCains debate, and McCains policy's are weighed by Americans in contrast to the alternative, I have no doubt McCain will be our next president. And a hearty thank god to that!

Posted by: Homunculus | October 8, 2008 6:58 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Michael Gerson's assertion that, "Sometimes the outcome is determined by large, uncontrollable events. Sometimes being in a presidential campaign is like trying to steer a glacier. You do what you can, but you are mainly along for the ride." Obama offers no real solution to the economic crisis but benefits from it, in the same way George Bush benefited from Sept 11. Indeed Obama doesn't have to offer any solutions to any of America's problems to win this election, he just needs to ride the tidal wave of destiny and entitlement. What strikes me as interesting and somewhat frightening is how similar Barak Obama and George Bush really are in that they both firmly believed that they were ordained to be President, spent their adult lives plotting for the right time to run, but did very little in their careers to prepare for the job. Both men were carefully groomed and handled --Bush by Rove and Obama by Axelrod -- and both men are supreme opportunists.

Last night John McCain showed fatigue as Hillary Clinton did during the final hours of her campaign and it was a capitulation that comes with full knowledge that politics is a dirty business and that sometimes the better man or woman loses to a lesser qualified candidate. The Clintons who have spent their lives working for the benefit of minorities were labeled racists by the Obama campaign and because of that swiftboat attack, there are now real divisions between democrats that might not have been. McCain is now being labeled as a Bush surrogate and not a maverick and as a consequence there is likely to be one less maverick in the Senate willing to seek to reduce the growing polarity between the parties. The Obama Campaign has waged a brilliant swift boat attack against two formidable and stronger Presidential candidates but at a high cost to America.

Winning the White House is proving to be the easy part for Senator Obama as it was for George Bush Jr. but the more challenging part will be leading this nation, especially during a time of major economic and political crisis. President Obama will have to offer real plans and policies and with his party in the majority of the Senate and House will have no excuses if those policies are rejected or prove to be a dismal failure. Hopefully for the sake of America, Senator Obama proves to be a faster learner and a better leader than his predecessor and political soulmate George Bush Jr.

Posted by: krutkow75 | October 8, 2008 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Michael Gerson, as we all tend to do, came away from the debate with the impression he wanted or expected to have of John McCain. The fact that I and, according to the polls, most of America disagree with Mr. Gerson about the debate is immaterial.

What is important is the odd notion put forward by Mr. Gerson that somehow it is unfair for Mr. McCain to be hampered or tainted by the current economic crisis.

The party in power when the economy goes south always is held accountable in the election booths, as is only right. This is particularly true when that party's laissez faire policies have resulted in the unchecked excesses of the financial markets which brought about an economic crisis.

As far as John McCain, there is nothing to be found in his voting record in the Senate giving the self-proclaimed "de-regulator" who supported Bush policies 90% of the time a free pass from the usual and customary assignment of blame.

Unfair Mr. Gerson? I don't think so.

Posted by: SDWalters | October 8, 2008 7:11 AM | Report abuse

"Let me tell you something my friends", McCain always comes across snide. Its in his nature and at 72 years old he can't change that now. I want to start a knife fight every time I hear conservatives talk about liberal spending. Its way too painfully clear the conservatives have spent this country to near collapse. I just can't believe they still pound that drum. I detest you Mr. Axis of Evil.

Posted by: jryan758 | October 8, 2008 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Two words...."sarah palin". Watching McCain stumble, tremble and bumble around that stage one could not help but think he may not live to election day let alone survive a full four year term in the oval office. Knowing that sarah palin is waiting in the wings is more than enough incentive to vote OBAMA 08!

Posted by: pgiaquinto | October 8, 2008 7:17 AM | Report abuse

GERSON doesn't past the basic journalistic standard of declaring your conflicts of interest. Speech writer for bush is a bias and conflict of interest.

Posted by: Ash002 | October 8, 2008 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Doggone it, Gerson, you media gotcha' types just don't get it. Did Obama hand McCain's head to him? You betcha'! Your daddy in the shiny black suit looked like a weasel.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | October 8, 2008 7:19 AM | Report abuse

With the intense scrutiny on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, people out here who have been listening have at least learned that those two institutions are NOT the ones that "went out and made all these risky loans, gave them to people that could never afford to pay back." They bought loans from the people that actually made them.
If McCain doesn't know this what else is he going to need "on the job training" for?

Posted by: justavoter | October 8, 2008 7:21 AM | Report abuse

McCain suffered a double-defeat. Start off with McCain falling to an 8 point deficit in most polls, and McCain needed a big win to "shake up the race". Instead, he suffered a more humiliating defeat than Palin did at the hands of Biden.

McCain was rude, unpleasant and unpresidential. One measure of who wins a debate is which segment is replayed over and over again. The key moment was McCain's "That One!", which really came off as contemptuous and vulgar.

Republicans love to talk "character" as they think they somehow are morally superior to the rest of us. The overriding impression that I have gotten of McCain is that he is not a gentleman, and becomes bitter, sullen and contemptuous of his rivals if he is not winning. After 8 years of Bush, those are not characteristic I want in a president.

Bottom line: Even if Obama didn't knock McCain out, he severely limited McCain's chances for a comeback.

Posted by: AxelDC | October 8, 2008 7:25 AM | Report abuse

"First, would McCain be able to raise questions about Obama's views and values without being snide? Here, I think he generally succeeded"
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HUMMMM....Let's see, "that one".... looks kind of snide to me.

As for "the (great) surge!!"

McCain is getting alot of milage out of that phase. Obama has explained until he's blue in the fact about the surge and how it did help quell the violence, but the basic principles that needed to be changed so the US can get out of Iraq have not.

People like Gerson and McCain are still holding on the that one halfway right decision, when all the other decisions McCain made about Iraq were wrong.

Obama 08

Posted by: MUPPET | October 8, 2008 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Blind jerk

Posted by: chuckspeed | October 8, 2008 7:33 AM | Report abuse

In your efforts to excuse McCain you say elections are sometimes determined by large, uncontrollable events. Surely the outcome is determined by how the electorate judge a candidates reaction to those events.

"McCain did what he could" - fairly or not, it looks like an increasing majority of voters don't see it as enough. Recent speeches by Palin suggest the McCain Team also see it that way and would prefer to abandon any argument on the issues.

Posted by: ganeuk | October 8, 2008 7:34 AM | Report abuse

I saw an Obama who had a vision for America's future; I saw a McCain that thinks he deserves to be President. Simple as that. Obama outperformed John McCain, without a doubt.

Posted by: DPoniatowski | October 8, 2008 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Nothing like setting up your own self fulfilling prophecies. I refer to your two questions of course.

And I believe McCain said Life isn't fair recently.

Posted by: leanderthal | October 8, 2008 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Blevins wrote:"Obama's views on foreign policy are frightening.
Bottomline, I trust McCain to keep Americans safe."

--------------------------------------------So, diplomacy scares you. Talking to other countries, trying to work things out, those are things you are afraid of.

But bombing another country, invading another country, setting "preconditions" as in tell the other country what you want them to do and think BEFORE you even sit down with them to them, and "bomb bomb bomb Iran" not to mention McCain's quote at another website "there will be many more wars". And let's not forget McCain has NO exit stratagy to get out of Iraq...These things DO NOT scare you?

Excuse me, but I'll take the smart, diplomatic candidate over the warmonger anytime.

Posted by: MUPPET | October 8, 2008 7:37 AM | Report abuse

How many times did McBlinky say "my friends" last night?

One more sign of his nervousness -- and that he can't remember instructions.

Posted by: pali2500 | October 8, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Unfair to Republicans? I hardly think that is the case. Republicans, McCain included, have push deregulation since Ronald Regan's presidency. This economic meltdown can be directly traced to excesses on Wall Street that were only possible in the deregulated environment created and fostered by the Republican party. This article is not even a good attempt at spin. It's pure right wing drivel.

Posted by: Lefty_ | October 8, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

What do you think was the purpose of McCain speaking in a "stage aside" ( read raised whisper. Was he, telling us a secret only he knows??

He is what I heard McCain say all night long. I know what the problems are, I can fix it, I have a plan.

Well if he knows what the problems are, has a plan, can fix it, why doesn't his record reflect a consistent attempt on these issues.

I will agree the debate, if it can be called that, had both sides went lacking for specifics on programs and approaches to problem solving. Both sides used stump speach clips to address this area.

Where I differ from Mr. Gerson is that Mr. Obama's stump speach clips actually contained information you could digest and ponder. All I heard from Mr. McCain was what I hear every day, nothing of substance.

Posted by: Thatsnuts | October 8, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

What is a 'bad loan' and are all bad loans qualified to be rescued? If the gov't is going to bail out 'bad loans', that could 'tell' some people to 'fall behind' on their mortgages.

Posted by: insideman | October 8, 2008 7:49 AM | Report abuse

I watched the debate, and actually listened to the questions and answers. I also happened to watch on CNN and paid close attention to the audience reaction. Whatever Gerson may think, McCain got creamed. I base this on 2 items:

1. Obama actually presented reasoning for his statements; McCain simply rambled on. At times I was wondering what McCain was referring to with some of his comments.

2. The audience reaction was decidedly more favorable to Obama; even when he came out and talked about sacrifices that must be made.

Face it, we don't want someone to whisper sweet nothings in our ears. We KNOW that things are screwed up and the piper must be paid. Under Bush/McCain Wall Street (and many others) got drunk, and now we have the hangover.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | October 8, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

McCain once again referenced Ronald Reagan as his hero -- ignoring the fact that the Reagans loathed McCain (for his treatment of his first wife) and that Reagan took America from being the world's leading creditor nation to being the world's leading debtor nation.

McCain,like Reagan, is so YESTERDAY -- so irretrievably stuck in a misremembered past.

Posted by: pali2500 | October 8, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

mintonautica; "Unfortunately, your article is being trashed by an Obama strong arm group, hired by the thousands, to swamp over blogs and any who oppose him. Take all said here against you and McCain with a grain of salt. It's shameful that real honest opinions, by real honest Americans cant be gauged, they have been bought up by the Obama campaign"..

--------------------------------------------For the record, nobody hired me. And, just because the overwhelming majority of Americans, AND people from other countries (countries who like us included), can see the truth about McCain and Palin, does not mean we are all "bought" by Obama.

McCain lost the debate. Get over it and move on already.

Posted by: MUPPET | October 8, 2008 8:01 AM | Report abuse

The "mandates, taxes and fines Obama would apply to small businesses" are all about health care - in an excellent health care plan that I, also a small business owner, would welcome with open arms (and a ticker tape parade if I could arrange one.)

McCain's health care plan is truly dreadful, providing absolutely no protection for those of us that now have pre-existing conditions, but have paid into insurance pools for many decades.

Under Obama's plan, I would get health care - decent health care. Under McCains, not only would I likely not be able to get care at all, but if by some miracle I was able to get insured, my high rates would be heavily taxed.

The expensive plans we would be foreced into b/c of pre-existing conditions are characterized by McCain as a gilded plan that covers hair transplants.

I'll say it again. Those of us who would be paying high rates b/c we have pre-existing conditions not only get no sympathy from McCain, he would hit us with high taxes and he actually makes fun of our precarious situation.

Breast Cancer Survivors for Obama 08!!!

Posted by: VirginiaGal2 | October 8, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Gerson, I am surprised that you are still around. I thought you would have left the country after writing those nonsensical speeches for the Moron-in-Chief. I can't believe that the Post lets people like you write an opinion....what a waste. Crawl back in the hole that you came out of.

Posted by: whitetrash1 | October 8, 2008 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, Mr. Gerson, what are you smoking because I want some of it.

1. McCain was extremely snide. He still couldn't stand to look at Obama, cackled at his own lame jokes, and dismissed Obama as "that one" with an awkward wave of his hand.

2. His mortgage buyback proposal was hopeful only if you ignore reality (I know that's easy for you to do). How is the government supposed to buy back mortgages when nobody -- NOBODY -- even knows where these mortgages (many of them toxic subprime and Alt-A) have ended up in our complex and opaque financial system? In case you've been under a rock lately, that's the reason for the economic crisis!

Posted by: pgbsan | October 8, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Hey Gerson..

"the party more closely identified with banking and Wall Street – is being blamed for the current crisis."

You figured it out huh?

Obama owned McCain last night on all points no matter what Rush, Hannity, you, or any other neo-CON says in public as they feed drivel to their red-meat (but shrinking) massses. AND YOU KNOW IT.

Posted by: nowhine | October 8, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Most telling moment was the end of the debate, when Obama extended his hand to shake hands and McCain turned away. Totally lacking in class. The spoiled bully taking his bat and ball and going home because things did not go his way. The contrast between the two was striking -- the poised, confident, vigorous young man and the grumpy, broken, grasping at straws old-timer who has seen his better days. Let's face it, It's over Johnny.

Posted by: DrWhatthef | October 8, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

McCain seems to be very condesending in his manner, remember, he is referring to a member of the Senate. Thru all of this, if McCain "knows how to fix this", THEN WHY HASN'T HE? Oh yeah, the Democrats have both Congress and Senate!! HOWEVER, what about the years prior?

Posted by: cmann083@yahoo.com | October 8, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Dream on, Gerson.

Posted by: pgf1948 | October 8, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

"Before the debate began, I wrote down two questions to guide my judgment of McCain's performance. "

How about guiding your judgment of Hussein's performance? You are not questioning that because you are a partial sob.

Hussein never said anything about the Mac's proposal for homeowners because he, Hussein, demanded no provisions were included in the bailout for homeowners.

There's your "leader".

Posted by: cintronlourdes | October 8, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Tom B. said something last night that was about the only truth on that stage after the debates. I am paraphrasing here, "fundementaly there is no real difference between the two candiates"

Good luck to us all! and God Bless the Two Party System!!!!

Posted by: elesteban | October 8, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

"The fact that you would let such a totally biased rag..."

Please, this is a debate thread. No need to discuss Cindy McCain.

Posted by: castanea | October 8, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

I had that same thought about buying up home loans and refinancing them. Unlike McCain, apparently, I recognized why it can't work. I don't know the total number of mortgages in the country at the moment, but I read that Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac now hold about 54,000 of them. That suggests that the total number of mortgages must be in the hundreds-of-thousands to low millions. There is a finite number of real estate assessors out there, so they can't instantaneously re-assess every property at once -- it will take time. Every re-fi changes the market landscape. The sudden end to foreclosures will send real estate prices up again, so that people that get refinanced late in the process get a substantially different and less sweet deal than folks who are in the first wave, so that fairness suffers substantially. So, McCain's suggestion of a re-fi based on the home's "new value" is unfeasible.

An alternative is to recalculate everyone's loan based on current principal and a new low rate. This is much more workable, but still -- it needs to be applied to millions of people, because every homeowner deserves a piece of such a sweet deal. That's a lot of closings. That's a lot of closing costs (what, you thought it could be conducted for free?), though way less than $700B. Of course, this would have to be IN ADDITION to Paulson's $700B. Where are all the financial advisers to help people understand when it makes sense to re-fi, for what term? If you are in the closing decade of a mortgage, at any interest rate, then each payment is almost entirely buying principal. Re-financing at a lower rate means you start making new interest payments and slow down your development of equity. Does that really make sense? There is a LOT of decision-making -- literally millions of them -- in anything like McCain's proposal. It may still be the right choice, but it can't be undertaken lightly.

Posted by: ScienceTim | October 8, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Nobody pays for my opinion. And nobody has bought my allegience.

Senator McCain is not the leader this country needs, Mr. Gerson, and his performance at the Nashville event emphasizes that his ideas are as weak as his tired rhetoric.

Posted by: cheryllyne | October 8, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

If McCain is so on top of his game, maybe he can answer this question: If, as he claims, this is no time for presidential on-the-job training, why did he, 72 with a history of cancer, pick a running mate with so little experience? Palin has shown repeatedly that she is in WAY over her head.

Posted by: aallen1 | October 8, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

"That one" Senator McCain, perhaps even a 72 year old can learn a lesson from a younger writer, but that sort of rude, disdainful reference to another person is unacceptable, let alone to another man of equal stature as you (another Senator). You removed yourself from consideration by me with that nasty remark. I don't tolerate it from middle schoolers, and I certainly won't tolerate it from a President of my choosing. Grow up sir.

Posted by: cb1231 | October 8, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

The one question I have for Barky is: How is he going to pay for everything he’s proposing? With Soro’s money or what? Or maybe some of his billionaire terrorist buddies will pay the tab. I sure hope people are not buying into his health plan. There is NO MONEY for that now. Nothing he’s proposing will take affect… just more blah-blah-blah.

Oh, but I forgot. That’s always the Dems talking points… “We’re going to give you everything, just vote for us.” So basically, the party that got us into this financial mess, is going to give us more by way of National Health Care? How can people vote for this snake oil salesman?

Earth to Barky. It ain’t gonna happen. And yes, you are a LIAR.

McCain won the debate.

Posted by: deefour | October 8, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Gerson, before the debate began I wrote down two questions to guide my judgment of McCain's performance. (1) Would he continue the alarmist and racist rhetoric his running mate had been spewing the past four days? (2) Would he literally stumble and fall over? Contrary to what the pundits and the McCain campaign predicited, the town hall format did not favor John McCain. He appeared physically fraile and even feeble at times while doddering around the stage, which again raises the issue of whether or not Sarah Palin is qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. My opinion is that she is nothing more than a flame-throwing party hack who has no business being anywhere near the White House.

Posted by: republicant | October 8, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

November 4TH - America "Takes Out" the trash.
McCain - Back to the bowels of Washington.
Palin - Back to Alaska to stand trial.

Patriotic Citizens Militia begins enforcement of "America - Love it or Leave it".....

Posted by: TOMHERE | October 8, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

boo hoo... life isn't fair. i want my mama. grow up. all the blame shifting and denial is just a cover for the fact that you and your "conservative" hack pundits won't face the music for the lack of ideas coming out of your morally bankrupt party. are you kidding me? life isn't fair?

Posted by: giora1 | October 8, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Of course Gerson tries to make the argument that McCain would have won but for the economy. However, anyone who watched the debate knows that Obama won, independent of the financial crisis.

Posted by: joemomma3 | October 8, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

elesteban: if you think that there is no difference between the two candidates, you are clearly too stupid to vote. Regardless of your party preference, there is no question that there are stark differences between Obama and McCain. You must have been talking to that guy Nader or something.

Posted by: joemomma3 | October 8, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Your ENTIRE argument is invalidated by two words: "That One."

Posted by: kemp13 | October 8, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Michael Gerson: did you watch the same debate that I did?? I watched it with an open mind... but we seem to have watched two very different debates. Not only did Mr. McCain flounder and appear as a somewhat desperate candidate tossing out all the platitudes that used to work, he seemed to me to come across as the somewhat cranky/grumpy senior citizen, not the wise, elder statesman I think he wanted to project.

I don't know your political background (perhaps I should??) but it sounds like you heard what you wanted to, not what was actually said.

Posted by: rpike | October 8, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I continue to be amazed by the fact that Mr. Gerson's expectations become lower each and every day, yet he feels his candidate is winning. In Mr. Gerson's next post, he will express joy and wonder that John McCain managed to get through the debate without falling down or dribbling from his mouth. Is this the kind of material the Post feels adds to our understanding and comprehension of these dire times?

Posted by: jamesgshannon | October 8, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

"But the party with executive power – the party more closely identified with banking and Wall Street – is being blamed for the current crisis. That is unfair to many Republicans. It is certainly unfair to McCain."

Yeah. It's sooooo unfair to blame those that deregulated financial institutions, and investment banks in particular, for the current economic crisis that was caused by... deregulation of financial institutions, and investment banks in particular.

Posted by: ssergio | October 8, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

It may be unfair, Mr. Gerson, but Senator McCain had his chance. He could have relied on his well-established reputation as a maverick to challenge Obama on who is best equipped to effect change in Washington. Instead, he caved in to the far right and selected a ninny as his running mate. And with that one incredibly stupid decision, he sealed his fate. Now he's just a Republican. And America doesn't want a Republican this year. We don't want more of the destruction that George W. Bush has brought us. We want a new direction.

Barack Obama is that new direction. John McCain, had he showed any courage or integrity at all, could have given Obama a run for his money. It's for the strategists to figure out why McCain tossed away a career and a reputation in favor of a sock puppet.

Posted by: mwfree | October 8, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

What John McCain's victory means in real sense? Why did not he bothered to explain. How many lies does have to fabricate to hide all the mistakes they made to go for war based on complete lie. Before McCain finished his victory speech there was another bomb and casualties in Iraq. The senate package and its plan now John started claiming for his credit. Obama is also part of that and possibly every one knows McCain did not put the rescue package. He is also contrasting his own argument on government bureaucracy and red tape and expenditure. The mortgage management will be big bureaucratic procedures with lot of another expenses to implement. McCain is a more error prone and his judgment has been erratic since his young age, as student, during his career. He proved himself to be either very slow learner or diminished capacity to learn who hardly respected rules of the system he lived. And he is very racist and disrespectful in lot way that clearly showed his mannerism during whole debate and question answer. Possibly he would been better president of decades ago and he is basically miss-match of the time.

Posted by: yadisharma | October 8, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

@ deefor - perhaps you would care to explain how McCain is going to pay for his new promise of having the federal government buy up every single bad mortgage in the country?

Talk about a snake oil salesman... that was a laughably small-minded attempt at pandering.

Posted by: ssergio | October 8, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I do not see exactly why McCain is not as responsible as any other member of the Republican party for the lack of oversight which led to this financial situation. He has voted repeatedly for deregulation, has supported deregulation for years, and had Phil Gramm as his principal financial adviser. Gramm is the primary author of the deregulation bill that started the trend.

Posted by: carolyn4driving1 | October 8, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

McCain lost the election in this debate. Here is a man who needed to write down the questions in order to remember them. Here is a man who couldn't remember three topics mentioned in order to prioritize them (which he couldn't, or wouldn't, do). Here is a man who either couldn't remember the name of his opponent, or chose to refer to him as an object ("that one"), instead of a person. How much more do you need to telegraph to the American people that the stress of the job is too much for McCain?

Posted by: beard1 | October 8, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

If you want to go on who looked more presidential it was Obama, for substance it was McCain, doesnt matter if Obama didnt show up he would still win in the eyes of his voters because its become a popularity contest, not a contest of whose most qualified, so lets just hope Obama will do what he says instead of like his history shows just talking and not doing

Posted by: egibson888 | October 8, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

"But the party with executive power – the party more closely identified with banking and Wall Street – is being blamed for the current crisis. That is unfair to many Republicans. It is certainly unfair to McCain." Why is it unfair? McCain has always opposed regulation (Keating five)and had talked of Phil "nation of whiners" Gramm as Secretary of the Treasury.

Posted by: iansmccarthy | October 8, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

You can't be serious! Were we watching the same debate????
What's your definition of "snide", and "hopeful"? Sir, you need to get yourself a new dictionary!


Posted by: KMfromVT | October 8, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

The Republican Party doesn't have much to offer most voters. They act outraged at the greed and excess of failed CEOs, yet these are the people they best represent. They are out of touch with the bulk of the voters. True, in the past they've managed to convince us that God, gays and guns are the most critical issues facing us. That eliminating the "estate tax" (which would ensure the CEOs' heirs would keep the ill-gotten gains) and capital gains taxes are the most crucial issues we face. But watching the behavior of the failed corporations' executives and seeing our home values and 401ks (which replaced our pensions with the approval of the Bush Supreme Court) shrink because of Republican policies and the looting of corporations by executives make all those issues seem moot.

Posted by: MNUSA | October 8, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Gerson, you must be kidding, right!

First, he may not have raised any of Obama's views and values, but he was definately snide on more than one occassion during the debate.

John McCain has the attitude and behavior of an "elitist", which comes across as he should not even be on the same stage with Obama, let lone seen in public with him.

I can't believe he had the nerve to refer to Obama as "that one." Talk about a "NARCISSTIC" "POMPUS" attitude.

But, maybe I am completely wrong. Could be that John is just plain pissed that he is losing in the polls and did not realize that Obama would be such a 'FORMIDABLE CHALLENGER" for him.

And Berger, why did Cindy stand in the background while John made the few rounds at the end of the debate with some of the folks. I am sure there were some people who wanted to meet her and shake her hand, but she stood in the background as if though she did not want to be touched. I guess she isn't as folksy as Sarah Palin. tsk tsk

Berger, did you also notice how at the very end of the debate, John McCain and Cindy did not stay around as long as Obama and Michelle? I noticed that Obama and Michelle stayed and shook hands, took pictures, and talked with the panel for several minutes after the debates. How come John and Cindy left in a hurry?


Btw Berger, where did that speech about buying up bad home mortgages come from? It seems that John McCain is grasping for straws to try to but a dent in those poll numbers with some of those "Liberal" folks. I am sure that those "Extreme Right Wing Cons" didn't like hearing that noise.

Now, as far as the title of this article, "Two McCain Sucesses", well based on my observation, there was "NO MCCAIN SUCCESS"!

Posted by: lcarter0311 | October 8, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

"And how funny Obama still thinks raising taxes will help the economy. G.W. Bush PROVED tax cuts across the board will stimulate the economy in times of need. Remember all those Democrats saying it would RUIN our economy? Seems history keeps proving leftists wrong. tsk tsk."
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WTH? Is this a joke post? Bush "proved" that tax cuts stimulate the economy? Maybe for a minute and a half in the first few years, but the last time I looked, those tax cuts remain in place, and we are bleeding jobs exponentially, just this week KRAFT announced the closing of one of it's North American plants, with hundreds of jobs lost, and that is just the tip of the iceberg of the millions of jobs lost during the last 8 years.

Thank God that a man of vision, Barack Obama, is running for President, and that it appears that the larger American electorate "gets it." The reforms needed to fix the mess that the Republicans have gotten us into won't be easy, but they will get done for a change with a Democrat in the White House, and Democrats in the majority in Congress. Obama is the FDR for our time...and no, I also haven't been "paid" to post pro Obama polemic here or anyway else on the web.

Posted by: Hold_that_tiger | October 8, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Its funny how everyone can look past Obama recieiving the 2nd highest amount of money in history from Freddie Mac and Fannie May, the culpritors of this mess, and also how he had voted a few years ago to not pass regulations on them, hmmm I wonder why, thats why hes done a good job relating McCain to Bush and gearing peoples anger toward the Republican party when it was both parties, and more so the democratic congress resting on their laurels, that got us here, if my dog were running for the dems right now he'd win because people just believe its that time for a democratic president, but with a far left president and far left congress, and soon to be far left judiciary system, people are literally going to be getting away with murder, and all we'll be able to blame next time is ourselves because their wont be the republican party to blame next time, so I hope people are happy with for what they will unknowingly vote for.

Posted by: egibson888 | October 8, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Gerson would do well to work for Mao during the "Great Leap Forward". He has a habit of calling disasters success. There really is no point to having him make any further "editorials" because he is not in touch with reality and just a propagandist for the GOP.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 8, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

So,once again while the extreist lefty total liberal media in the tank for thier
fake Messiah Barack Hussein Obama still
keep trying to cram Obama down our throats,
whether we all like it or not,and the crazy
Socialist Democrats swoon over the Biggest
Phony Total Empty Suit Secret Muslim
Manchurian Candidate,Chicago Street Agitator with nothing to offer,Divider
Barack Hussein Obama,your right Mr Gerson
in that YES Sen John McCain WON both So-called Debates with Sen purple lips Obama
that sleazy slimey slippery snake oil salesman,and Vice Presidential Nominee Gov
Sarah Palain took old know it all pompus
arse fool Joe Biden to the cleaners as
well. The American People are Fed Up With
This Constant Endless Stupid Drumbeat of
Obama this,Obama that,OBAMA BS! No Way
Obama and Biden IN 2008 or Ever! NOBAMA!
And,just by the way Iam an Independent Voter and I already sent my early ballot
in for John McCain and Sarah Palin with
pride as anyone who stands up to the Liberal News Media and Sleaze Obama and
Big Mouth Biden deserves my vote and I urge
you too vote McCain/Palin not Socialists
Obama/Biden in 2008! NOBAMA! NOBIDEN! AND
NO MORE NANCY PELOSI SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS!

Posted by: Jan1977 | October 8, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Let's face it Romney would have been a better choice for the GOP - he would have lost but at the same time he would have elevated the conversation with bold new ideas that would have challenged Obama to think and study and reformulate his ideas.

Hillary Clinton forced Obama do to that and he got better, much better - McCain isn't bringing enough to the table to change the conversation and Palin is worse.

If she knew anything about energy like it was claimed she could have been an important asset to the political process.

What did we get? - dribble. And while it was fun to watch Biden totally dominate the debate - concerning Obama-McCain debate II - I wish I would have slept thru it instead of watching it.

Posted by: agapn9 | October 8, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

This is the worst form of journalism. Stop making excuses for Mr. McCain. He lost, Mr. Obama won, and the world will be a better place for it.

Posted by: charlesbklyn | October 8, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Gerson would do well to work for Mao during the "Great Leap Forward". He has a habit of calling disasters success. There really is no point to having him make any further "editorials" because he is not in touch with reality and just a propagandist for the GOP.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 8, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eniG9l_7its

Posted by: baffledagain | October 8, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Are you a Republican frustrated with this elections cycle? If so, then you may need to take some ownership of the fact that you voted for George W. Bush, twice! Next time exercise better judgment and vote for competence instead of a best friend. Then maybe your party can hold on to power.

Posted by: drkatz73 | October 8, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Just remember Democrats that if you win in a few weeks you won't be able to point fingers anymore. No more Bush or Cheney to blame. No more dispicable rants on John McCain. You know angry, out of touch, unstable, old. It will be all yours. President Obama, Vice President Biden, Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid can then commence saving all of us Americans from the supposed horror brought upon us by George Bush.

Posted by: wdkj01 | October 8, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I loved Obamas last answer to the question "What dont you know"
OBAMA:"Well Ill tell you what I do know, the last 8yrs...blah blah blah" LOL
oh I forgot "that one" knows everything, hes just done a good job of swooing the weak minded, thats all, and its sad to think that a majority of Americans are that way and sinking further.

Posted by: egibson888 | October 8, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, but there was nothing new in McCain's home plan. H.R. 3221, signed into law in late July, included a refinance program where the government purchases "bad" mortgages and refinances them for existing homeowners ("Hope for Homeowners", I think).

McCain can't take credit for this idea. Hell, he didn't even show up to vote on this important bill (it included GSE reform and the GSE bailout). To be fair, Obama didn't vote on it either. But at least Obama knew about the program (he made reference to it last night).

Posted by: smiley3651 | October 8, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Quibble all you want,all of the newspapers comments sections that I have been on, put Obama as the winner.While there could have been some improvement on thier replies to some of the questions, McCain came across as what he is,a nasty old man.
OBAMA/BIDEN 28 DAYS!

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

Mr. Gerson is dreaming of a town hall debate that never took place! If he thinks that McCain did the things he says McCain did he must be dreaming. I saw a McCain who is old and tired; a man that moves badly and awkwardly and wants desperately to hurt Obama. When he said "that one" that was meant to discredit a young black man who - in his view - does not deserve to be on any stage with him. I ask who died and made McCain pope! Who allows him to brag of what he has done... with what courage can he possibly take credit for anything he has done especially when we are in the mess we are in because of his ideas and those of his republican side kicks? Will he ever really acknowledge the mess we are in? Does he think that this country will continue to give his discredited party another pass? Does he really think that republicans deserve to continue to make a mess of things? He talks about integrity. What integrity, pray tell! Integrity? What integrity? The integrity that makes him say continuously that when he left his first wife that was not the best moment in his life? The integrity that made him oblivious and ignorant of his present wife's addiction to drugs? The integrity that made him say one moment the economy is strong and vibrant and the next that we are in serious trouble? The integrity that allowed him to name a person not qualified to be a vice president but can only distract the electorate from the real issues? The integrity that allows him to play the race card by never recognizing that he has a real and capable opponent who is articulate and bright and is embarassing him day and night by simply stating the facts and makes him look like the man of the past that he is? Mr. Obama revealed himself - once more - that he is a thoughtful and realistic person who has real ideas about this country and how to get it back on its feet. Mr. Gerson just demonstrated he is a partisan commentator who is trying to distract us from a correct evaluation of the debate. McCain failed miserably! Had he taken the job of debating seriously and answered the questions with honesty and integrity, he would have served himself well. He did not. McCain is spent! McCain is out of resources and out of ideas. Anyone who continues to state lies about the opponent just because he wishes to hide the nonsensical nature of his proposals has no integrity! Make no mistake about that Mr. Gerson!

Posted by: translator001 | October 8, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

PERHAPS YOU GUYS MISSED TAHT OBAMA ALREADY PROPOSED THE SAME FIX McCAIN CLAIMED AS HIS OWN LAST NIGHT, SO, he really had no new ideas, just stole old ones:
Its already part of teh bailout package that Obama fought for AND:
At a Sept. 23 press conference, Obama said: "For example, we should consider giving the government the authority to purchase mortgages directly instead of simply purchasing mortgage- backed securities. In the past, such an approach has allowed taxpayers to profit as the housing market recovered. This is not simply a question of looking out for homeowners; it's doubtful that the economy as a whole can recover without the restoration of our housing sector, including a rebound in the home values that have suffered dramatically in recent months."

And in an Oct. 1 statement, Obama repeated the idea. "We also must do more than this rescue package does to help homeowners stay in their homes. I will continue to advocate bankruptcy reforms to help families stay in their homes and encourage Treasury to study the option of buying individual mortgages like we did successfully in the 1930s," he said.

Posted by: trex97701 | October 8, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Gersen, must you be so obvious. You must have been playing one of those drinking games while watching the debate, because John McCain had no such successes as you are crediting him with in this article. McCain did however succeed in once again proving to America he is too old, too grumpy, too uninformed, too out of touch, too eratic and too much the same as GW Bush. I almost found myself feeling sorry for the guy, but then I remembered he is a 72 year old man who is supposed to know what he gets himself into. With that said, some people never learn.

Posted by: ccclam | October 8, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Thats a good point DRKATZ, its not about a party's power, its about Americas power, country first, not party, which is exactly what dems are doing, but thats when the double standard comes into play, and people ARE voting for their best friend this election and not competence, because the weak minded have been made to believe all our problems came from one man, come on md your smarter than that, I hope.

Posted by: egibson888 | October 8, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse


HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ANGERED BY SARAH PALIN’S REMARKS

Hillary wants to know if Palin wants to run the United States in the same manner that she and McCain ran their dysfunctional families. With the nomination of hockey mom Sarah Palin, John McCain has officially transformed the defunct GOP Republican Party into a circus complete with a lipstick wearing pig clown displaying the IQ of a cockatoo. Hillary added that Sarah Palin’s pathological lies and unprofessional name calling led to the five letter word pertaining to an Arctic hillbilly (P A L I N).

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MCCAIN-KEATING SAVINGS AND LOANS FRAUD / FINANCIAL CRISIS AGAINST AMERICA

MCCAIN-KEATING SAVINGS AND LOANS FRAUD / FINANCIAL CRISIS AGAINST AMERICA

MCCAIN-KEATING SAVINGS AND LOANS FRAUD / FINANCIAL CRISIS AGAINST AMERICA


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The financial system is still in grave peril, despite Congress's approval of an unprecedented $700 billion bailout.

Unemployment is rising, the economy is slowing, and the question isn't whether we're in for a recession but how long and how deep the recession will be.

Meanwhile, U.S. troops are still fighting in two places -- Iraq and Afghanistan -- where foreign occupations end badly.

The terrorists who struck us on Sept. 11, 2001, have been allowed to regroup within the borders of nuclear-armed Pakistan and are busy plotting new attacks.

Rarely have there been bigger or more urgent issues to talk about in a presidential campaign.

Yet GOP Republican McCain / Palin refuse to talk about these vital issues to America. Why?
GOP Republicans caused this mess and have not a clue of how to get us out of this mess.

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The richest one percent of this country owns half our country's wealth, nine trillion dollars. One third of that comes from hard work. Two thirds of that comes from inheritance; interest on interest accumulating to widows / idiot sons; and stock / real estate SPECULATION. It is crap.

Ninety percent of the American public has little or no net worth.

WALL STREET SPECULATORS create nothing. But through SUPER-CAPITALISM (FRAUD), WALL STREET SPECULATORS OWN THE MAJORITY OF THIS COUNTRY. The Super Rich running America are doing it through Las Vegas style gambling. IT IS CRAP!!!

RICH GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SPECULATORS make the rules (news, war, peace, famine, upheaval).

RICH GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SPECULATORS pick that rabbit out of the hat while the American People wonder how WE GOT INTO THIS MESS.

You are not naive enough to think that we live in a Democracy?

IT'S THE FREE MARKET. And you're a part of it.

GOP REPUBLICAN RICH WALL STREET SPECULATORS have that killer instinct. Stick around, GOP REPUBLICAN RICH WALL STREET SPECULATORS still have more stealing to do.


In a Democracy, the AMERICAN PEOPLE suppose to own AMERICA. That's right, the AMERICAN PEOPLE suppose to own AMERICA.

AMERICANS are being robbed by GOP RICH REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SPECULATORS AND THEIR WHITE HOUSE / CONGRESSIONAL STOOGES with their:

Obscenely high salaries,
Tax havens for the rich,
Tax breaks for the rich,
Tax laws for the rich,
Exclusive clubs “Eyes Wide Shut”,
Luncheons,
Hunting trips,
Golf tournaments,
Escort services,
Corporate jets,
GOLDEN PARACHUTES.

Thousands of GOP Republican CEOs and their White House / Congressional Stooges are walking away with over $20,000,000 each of stolen money from the U.S. Treasury (AMERICAN PEOPLE). This Is Treason Against the American People.


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CONGRESS YOU NO LONGER REPRESENT WALL STREET SOLELY
CONGRESS YOU NOW REPRESENT THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

THIS IS THE AGENDA
CONGRESS WILL REMOVE ALL GOLDEN PARACHUTES FROM THE BILL
CONGRESS WILL ENSURE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE WELL PROTECTED WITHIN THE BILL

CONGRESS WILL PROSECUTE GOP REPUBLICANS ON THE FIX AND WALL STREET SUPER RICH CEO INSIDE TRADERS. THEIR CORPORATE SHARES AND PRIVATE PROPERTIES (DOMESTIC AND ABROAD) WILL BE CONFISCATED AND RETURNED TO THE U.S. TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE).

GREED IS TREASON AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

IF CONGRESS FAILS TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THEN CONGRESS WILL BE DESOLVED AND A NEW CONGRESS WILL BE PUT IN PLACE TO REFLECT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE


SOMEONE EXPLAIN TO CONGRESS IN EXTREMELY SIMPLE TERMS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COME FIRST.

THE DAYS WHEN CONGRESS ACTED AS THE STOOGE OF GOP REPUBLICAN SUPER RICH WALL STREET SPECULATORS HAS COME TO AN END


THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TAKE TOP PRIORITY IN AMERICA

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NO MORE GOLDEN PARACHUTES FOR EXECUTIVE CRIMINALS

GOP SUPER RICH REPUBLICAN WALL STREET CRIMINALS PREPARE FOR HANDCUFFS AND ASSETS CONFISCATION


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THOSE RICH WALL STREET SPECULATING GOP REPUBLICANS WHO DROVE THE BUS INTO THE DITCH, WILL NOT BE TRUSTED TO DRIVE THE BUS OUT OF THAT DITCH.

SUPER RICH GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SPECULATORS AND THEIR GOP REPUBLICAN HAND PICKED STOOGES IN THE WHITE HOUSE ADMINISTRATION, SENATE, SUPREME COURT, TREASURY, SEC AND CONGRESS TOGETHER HAVE $1 TRILLION WORTH OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’S ASSETS (DOMESTIC AND HIDDEN ABROAD) THAT MUST BE RETURNED TO THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES.

AMERICA WANTS ITS $1 TRILLION BACK NOW AND CRIMINAL TRIALS FOR ALL INVOLVED IN THIS CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY ARE THE NEW LAWS OF THE LAND.

TREASON AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

NO MORE GOLDEN PARACHUTES FOR EXECUTIVE CRIMINALS. GOP SUPER RICH REPUBLICAN WALL STREET CRIMINALS PREPARE FOR HANDCUFFS AND ASSETS CONFISCATION.

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THOSE GOP REPUBLICAN CORPORATE EXECUTIVES WHO STOLE AND SQUANDERED AVERAGE AMERICANS’ MONEY ON HIGH RISK UNSECURED WALL STREET LAS VEGAS STYLE SPECULATIONS SHOULD NOT BE REWARDED WITH MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR COMPENSATION PACKAGES SUBSIDIZED BY THE TAXPAYERS.

THESE GOP SUPER RICH REPUBLICAN CORPORATE EXECUTIVES, SPECULATORS AND CONGRESSIONAL STOOGES SHOULD BE IN HANDCUFFS. ALL OF THEIR ASSETS SHOULD BE CONFISCATED, LIQUIDATED AND RETURNED THE TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE).

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LET THE TRIALS BEGIN: GOP SUPER RICH REPUBLICAN FLEECING OF AMERICA

CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES VERSUS GOP SUPER RICH GOP REPUBLICAN CRIMINALS

ACT QUICKLY, ACT QUICKLY, ACT QUICKLY
IS NOT THIS THE SAME THING THAT THOSE GOP REPUBLICAN CRIMINALS SAID TO START THE ILLEGAL IRAQ WAR!

LET THE TRIALS BEGIN: CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES VERSUS GOP SUPER RICH REPUBLICAN CRIMINALS (BUSH, CHENEY, RICE, PAULSON, MCCAIN) AND THEIR WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALIST SPECULATING FELLOW CONSPIRATOR FRIENDS

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL PREVAIL

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THIS GOP REPUBLICAN SUPER RICH WALL STREET MELTDOWN IS CRIMINAL MISUSE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’S MONEY AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL (TREASON)

JOHN MCCAIN FEARS SHARING THE STAGE WITH HARVARD LAW PROFESSOR BARACK OBAMA

MOOSE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SARAH PALIN FEARS SHARING THE STAGE WITH LAW SCHOLAR JOE BIDEN

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Hmmm, let's see. We have a bunch of republicans whining about wanting these CEOs to keep their fortunes, multiple houses and cars, and they want the taxpayers to bail them out. But when the taxpayer wanted help to keep THEIR homes, they were called a bunch of whiners by these SAME republicans and were given NO bailout.

Why are their oversized fortunes more important than the rest of America's modest and undersized ones?

Now, for the last time, once and for all, explain to me how Obama is the elitist and the republicans are "just like you and me." Go ahead. I triple dog dare you.


TREASON TRIALS FOR GOP REPUBLICAN SUPER RICH CRIMINALS

$1Trillion Illegal Iraq War plus $1Trillion Wall Street Fraud equals $2Trillion that
GOP Republicans (Bush, Cheney, Rice, Paulson, Guiliani, McCain) and those contributing members of Congress, Wall Street Speculators, and Cabinet who took part in the most Monumental Fraud against the American People owe to Our National Treasury.



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GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISM AT ITS WORST

Executive salaries, CEO bonuses, grand robberies of the U.S. TREASURY in the $MILLIONS, $BILLIONS, and $TRILLIONS.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISTS robbed the AMERICAN PEOPLE of a $Trillion. RULE OF LAW states that the AMERICAN PEOPLE will be protected and all private properties, money, and wealth domestic and abroad owned by GOP REPUBLICAN SUPERCAPITALISTS taking part in robbing the U.S. TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE) will immediately be confiscated and returned to the U.S. TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE).

REPLACE GOP REPUBLICAN CEO GOLDEN PARACHUTES WITH CRIMINAL TRIALS AND PROPERTY CONFISCATION. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL PREVAIL AND THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION WILL BE REINSTATED. LONG LIVE FREEDOM AND JUSTICE. CORPORATE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY WILL BE THE LAW OF THE LAND.

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INSIDE JOB AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL:
GOP REPUBLICAN WHITE HOUSE ILLEGAL WARS AND
WALL STREET CRIMINAL DEREGULATED SPECULATIONS

You asked for it and you got it. GOP REPUBLICANS INSIDERS McCain, Bush, Cheney, Paulson, and Rice were hired by Super-Capitalists (Super Wealthy GOP REPUBLICANS) to start Illegal Oil Wars against Oil producing Nations and DEREGULATE (eliminate AMERICAN PEOPLE PROTECTION) the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT (White House, Congress, Supreme Court), TREASURY and WALL STREET. These INSIDERS did exactly what they were paid to do. Past GOP REPUBLICANS (Nixon, Reagan, Bush I) and current GOP REPUBLICANS (Bush II, Cheney, Rice, McCain, Paulson) have a credibility factor of zero. Americans no longer believe them, the World has never believed them and now they are done. They came in with the 9/11 attack upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE and leave with the Wall Street $1Trillion attack upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Wave after wave after wave the GOP REPUBLICANS attack the AMERICAN PEOPLE based on the premise of disrespect for anyone who is not a GOP RICH REPUBLICAN. Either you are in their group (GOP RICH REPUBLICAN) or out (debt ridden worker bee / victim). GOP REPUBLICANS view the AMERICAN PEOPLE as gullible sheep perpetually fattened with debt and led to the subhuman existence slaughter. When slavery (free labor) ended GOP RICH REPUBLICANS attacked and enslaved the people of the world through unbalanced trade. Now that foreign sweatshops are demanding better pay and treatment, GOP RICH REPUBLICANS are attacking the AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS. GOP RICH REPUBLICANS are banking on the idea that the AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS are non-thinking drones fat with artificial food, high on Wall Street sponsored imported drugs (legal / illegal), and choked with clutter, debt and noise.

Through massive GOP REPUBLICAN SPONSORED DEREGULATIONS, GOP REPUBLICAN CEOs, Treasury Secretary, Wall Street Speculators, White House Administration, Cabinet Members, and their insider friends each walked away with more than $20,000,000 annually of money stolen directly from the U.S. TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE). After eight years of GRAND FRAUD AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL, thousands of GOP REPUBLICANS ROBBED OUR UNITED STATES TREASURY OF $1TRILLION (ACTS OF TREASON AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE).

The AMERICAN PEOPLE will hold ALL GOP REPUBLICANS INVOLVED in these ACTS OF TREASON accountable before a TRIAL. ALL GOP REPUBLICANS INVOLVED in these ACTS OF TREASON will have ALL OF THEIR PROPERTIES (corporate and private, domestic and foreign sheltered) CONFISCATED, SOLD and RETURNED to OUR NATIONAL TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE). The UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION (WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE) shall prevail, despite the criminal efforts of GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPER-CAPITALIST CRIMINALS.

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CONGRESS WILL NOT ADJOURN UNTIL AFTER THE GOP REPUBLICAN PARTY FIX THEIR COLOSSAL MESS

GOP (GOOD OLDBOY PRIVATEERS)

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Britain has nationalized its banks. The U.S. has nationalized Wall Street and will do the same for U.S. Oil if it hits $6.50 a gallon in two years. The Treasury and Oil are too crucial for national defense to be left in the hands of self serving speculators' private greed. The United States greed based society is over. We will copy Britain or Germany’s mixed economy system based heavily on the People government oversight. Speculators and gamblers cannot be trusted with the American economy. Wrong is wrong and wolves cannot be hired to protect cash cows. Today you can gamble in Las Vegas with your credit card (money that you don’t have); Wall Street high leverage speculation is the same thing.

Three weeks ago, some Americans stupidly said that we don’t need to consider World Opinion during the 2008 presidential election. It is now clear that America and The World are closely connected and that we need to consider how the World perceives our decisions. The World does not like John McCain and will not cooperate with McCain. Europeans and the World view John McCain as an old relic bent on returning the World to perpetual hostility.

No one wants another Cold War, except McCain. Palin’s childish perceptions are not worth mentioning, especially with the World watching and laughing at McCain’s choices. Russia does not want another Expensive Cold War, but it will play ball if McCain kicks off. While Bush and McCain are building military bases in Poland, Russia is speaking with Latin American Oil Nations about refining and cutting out U.S. Oil Companies. Next Russia will build military bases in Latin American in response to U.S. bases in Eastern Europe. McCain and Wall Street weapons manufacturers are the only ones who want to profit from a new Cold War. In reality, no one benefits from a new Cold War. The American People, Russian People and World People will be injured by a new Cold War. Expect European demands to be rid of all U.S. bases in Europe. The American People, Russian People and World People want peace and cooperation from the United States led by Barack Obama.

The World loves Barack Obama and has signed a letter of intent to cooperate with America under Barack’s leadership. Throughout the World young presidents are emerging and none of them want to return to the bad days of the Cold War (bomb shelters, high interest rates, disproportionate military spending, nuclear buildup, general fear). Nobody wants the return of the Cold War, except McCain and Wall Street weapons manufacturers. The American People are nationalizing Wall Street to prevent weapons manufacturers from dictating unfavorable terms to our economy. Again the American middle class must see pass their ignorance and the emperor with no clothes (Bush, McCain, Palin, Guiliani). Americans must vote for it’s best interest, which includes a favorable World Opinion. America And The World Will Vote Obama to avert financial and military catastrophes.

Let’s not forget that China, Saudi Arabia and India together hold over $1 Trillion in American currency. Do you think that China, Saudi Arabia and India have votes in the 2008 American election? The CEOs of American companies and Wall Street Banks heavily invested with funds from China, Saudi Arabia and India know that foreign governments will be exercising their strong votes in our election. You can thank McCain deregulations and GOP Republican American job outsourcing for dissipating Our American votes.

Obama has 8 years experience as a State Senator, 4 years in the US Senate, taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago, etc. Obama’s very high intellectual capacity allows him to analyze situations and make sound decisions. How can you even compare Palin’s GED from Moose Community College credentials to these?

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GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN WALL STREET DEREGULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN ALSO WANTED TO PRIVATIZE SOCIAL SECURITY (BONEHEAD)
GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN sponsored landmark legislation in 1999 that removed the walls between banks, investment firms and insurance companies. GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN bill allowed a company like AIG to expand beyond its traditional insurance business (which is still profitable) into exotic new extremely high risk products that brought the company down and created this colossal mess.

WALL STREET SRO - SELF REGULATORY ORGANIZATION
THE GOP REPUBLICAN RUN Government (GOP President, GOP Congress, GOP Supreme Court) looked the other way, while GOP REPUBLICAN Super-capitalist WALL STREET SRO Speculators Robbed Our U.S. TREASURY and Forced the $Trillion Debt Upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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Average Americans are becoming poorer, because GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET super rich SPECULATORS and corporate CEOs are paying themselves, business partners, friends, and family members at least $20,000,000 annually from MONEY STOLEN FROM THE U.S. TREASURY. These major crimes committed by WALL STREET SPECULATORS AND CEOs have gone beyond greed and into acts of treason against the AMERICAN PEOPLE. Seize the stolen money and properties valued in the $TRILLIONS back from these super criminals for attacking America. Those stolen $MILLIONS / $BILLIONS / $TRILLIONS belong to the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

RULE OF LAW states that the People of the United States will be defended. Those who attack American Citizens will be prosecuted. WALL STREET SPECULATORS and CORPORATE CEOs dictatorship over the AMERICAN PEOPLE is over. Average Americans are not going to accept WALL STREET CORPORATE CRIMES anymore. Rights of Citizen and Average Workers of the United States will be enforced. The AMERICAN PEOPLE will always come before corporate interests, because Americans Love America more than Wall Street Speculators love greed.

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GERMANY, FRANCE, ENGLAND HAVE GREATER CITIZEN-WORKERS’ RIGHTS, TRANSPARENCY, OVERSIGHT, AND DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY THAN GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET RUN AMERICA. AMERICA WILL HONOR AMERICAN CITIZENS WITH DEMOCRATIC WORKERS’ RIGHTS, TRANSPARENCY, OVERSIGHT, AND DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY.

NO MORE WALL STREET DICTATORSHIP OVER CONGRESS
NO MORE WALL STREET IMPORTATION OF ILLEGAL CARTEL DRUGS
NO MORE WALL STREET MASS GUN SALES
NO MORE WALL STREET ILLEGAL WARS
NO MORE WALL STREET WILD SPECULATION AND IRRESPONSIBLE LEVERAGE
NO MORE WALL STREET SOFT PORNOGRAPHY ON PRIME TIME TELEVISION
NO MORE WALL STREET MASS VIOLENCE ON PRIME TIME TELEVISION
NO MORE WALL STREET HATE RADIO
NO MORE WALL STREET UNAUTHORIZED SPYING ON AMERICAN CITIZENS
NO MORE WALL STREET ILLEGAL CREDIT SCORES
NO MORE WALL STREET OVERSEAS TAX HAVENS
NO MORE WALL STREET OUTSOURCING AMERICAN JOBS
NO MORE WALL STREET BUYING AMERICAN POLITICIANS


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GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET $TRILLION FRAUD AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

Direct impact of GOP McCain sponsored deregulations
Bankrupt and floundering
Failure of the investment bank
Government's takeover

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET's business model has collapsed

Greed and fear routinely govern GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET financial markets and GLOBAL CRISIS.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET (giant investment houses, brokerage firms, hedge funds, "private equity" firms) irresponsibly TRADED the savings of average Americans (placed LAS VEGAS STYLE BETS on extremely high risk stocks, bonds, and other securities).

DUBIOUS MORTGAGES were PACKAGED into BONDS and SOLD and TRADED. Investment houses had huge incentives to increase LEVERAGE (OBSCENELY HIGH BORROWING).

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET compensation is heavily skewed toward annual bonuses, reflecting the profits traders and managers earned in the tune of lavish base salaries and obscenely high annual bonuses of $20,000,000.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET relies heavily on OBSCENELY HIGH LEVERAGE (OBSCENELY HIGH BORROWING). $3 Trillion (stocks, bonds, other securities) backed by only $80 billion in shareholders' equity while the $2.8 Trillion was LEVERAGE (BORROWED).

Leverage (huge borrowing) can create huge debts (huge principal and interest obligations)

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET is a manic machine for gambling.
Traders and money managers are given huge incentives to do whatever would increase short-term profits.

For decades, GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN sponsored legislation that broadly deregulated WALL STREET banking and insurance industries.

GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN swept away Consumer Protection legislation and opened the way for a less restricted high risk financial marketplace.

While the GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET boom continued, government (White House, Congress, Supreme Court) looked the other way.

GOP REPUBLICAN Congress resisted tougher regulation and permitted WALL STREET to run out of control at obscenely high LEVERAGE (OBSCENELY HIGH BORROWED MONEY) RATIOS perpetrating intentional fraud against the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET leaders intentionally deceived customers and lenders into taking hazardous risks for short-term rewards regardless of the long-term dangers to the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Mortgages went bad. The powerful high leverage went into reverse. Losses eroded firms' capital bases and raised doubts about their survival.

Financial firms took major stupid and wasteful risks that severely damaged the American Economy and impeded economic recovery.

GOP REPUBLICAN STOCK MARKET $TRILLION FRAUD has deepened consumers' pessimism, fear and reluctance to spend. There may be more failures of FINANCIAL FIRMS.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET financial crises resemble the GOP REPUBLICAN illegal miscalculated war.


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How were we ever made to believe that the now-collapsing GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET model ever made sense? Common sense should have told us that making RISKY BETS with HUGE AMOUNTS of BORROWED MONEY was a DANGEROUS GAME; if the bets pay off you make money beyond your wildest dreams, but if they go bad you face utter ruin.

Common sense should have told us that betting fortunes on meaningless fluctuations in stock, bond or currency values (McCain sponsored deregulated hedge funds) was about as productive as a trip to Las Vegas. Common sense should have told us that buying and selling exotic securities based on other securities based on bundles of mortgages that were treated like mere numbers on a balance sheet (no recognition that the whole iffy construct was based on real people living in real houses that they might or might not be able to afford) was not an intelligent endeavor.

Somehow, we all forgot that "HIGHLY LEVERAGED" is just another way of saying "DEEPLY INDEBTED." Now we've had a wake-up call, and maybe the erstwhile Masters of the Universe will have to stop playing with imaginary money and go back to using the real stuff.


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RULE OF LAW WILL ENFORCE CONFISCATION OF ALL GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SPECULATORS’ AND CEOS’ PERSONAL PROPERTIES RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR ECONOMY’S MELTDOWN. All money and properties of the Super Rich CEOs and WALL STREET Speculators domestic and abroad will be confiscated and returned to the United States TREASURY and the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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WALL STREET SRO - SELF REGULATORY ORGANIZATION
OUR GOP REPUBLICAN RUN Government (GOP President, GOP Congress, GOP Supreme Court) looked the other way, while GOP REPUBLICAN Super-capitalist WALL STREET SRO Speculators Robbed Our U.S. TREASURY and Forced the $Trillion Debt Upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE.


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GOP REPUBLICAN LIARS SUPER RICH WALL STREET GET RICH QUICK GREEDY
BILLION DOLLARS RISKY UNSECURED LOANS RISKY UNSECURED LOANS RISKY UNSECURED LOANS
REPACKAGED AND SOLD TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

GOP REPUBLICAN LIARS SUPER RICH WALL STREET ROBBER BARONS
COMMIT TREASON AND GRAND FRAUD AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.


WALL STREET SRO - SELF REGULATORY ORGANIZATION
OUR GOP REPUBLICAN RUN Government (GOP President, GOP Congress, GOP Supreme Court) looked the other way, while GOP REPUBLICAN Super-capitalist WALL STREET SRO Speculators Robbed Our U.S. TREASURY and Forced the $Trillion Debt Upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ANGERED BY SARAH PALIN’S REMARKS

Comments uttered by Sarah Palin has angered Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton who described Sarah Palin as an opportunist with no qualifications. Senator Hillary Clinton also stated that John McCain and Sarah Palin’s records on women’s rights are abominable. The country cannot withstand anymore George Bush failures cloaked in McCain/Palin. Asking Sarah Palin to become Vice President is like asking the grazing moose behind her trailer to pilot the shuttle.

National Organization of Women (NOW) Endorsed Pro-Women’s Rights ticket Obama / Biden for their outstanding work bettering the lives of women.

During her first term as Mayor, Palin went on an intense firing spree by sacking, or requesting resumes and resignation letters from the chief of police, finance director, public works director, and librarian.

In October of 1996, Palin consulted the city librarian about censoring "objectionable" books. The librarian was shocked and responded that the books were selected "on the basis of national selection criteria of libraries this size" and would resist all efforts to ban or remove any books from the library. A few months later Emmons received a letter from Palin stating that she had been terminated from her job. Emmons was reinstated the next day after public outcry.

Long time Alaskan acquaintance described Sarah Palin as a malicious, conniving opportunist, a reckless spender, and power abuser. Initially Palin supported the 'bridge to nowhere' project and even wore t-shirts that supported the project. When she realized that the project was not supported by the public she decided to back off.

Palin is an avid pro-lifer. Teen pregnancies are a major dilemma facing the nation today. The government spent $1 billion in supporting abstinence-only sex education programs since 1996. In the case of Palin's daughter, such programs are failing us. Palin is comfortable with giving her own daughter a choice, but wants to take away that choice from the rest of the nation.

By picking a young, attractive and vivacious woman as his partner in crime, McCain hoped to pull in all the disappointed Clinton supporters. This was his crucial mistake, because Sarah Palin is the antithesis of Hillary Clinton. She stands against women rights and would reverse women's rights by fifty years. Women are not as gullible as McCain and his advisors had hoped that they would be. Just because McCain placed a young woman in front of the crowd does not mean women will automatically vote for her without any question. Women will soon realize that Sarah Palin is an anti-choice, homophobic, polar bear, wolf, moose, and deer killing machine.

Sarah Palin is incapable of writing a speech. The speech given by her at the Republican National Convention was written long before she was considered for McCain’s running mate by the computer. McCain had never heard of Palin until after the computer printed her name one day before his announcement.

The thought that Sarah Palin will do anything in the White House is unsettling, because she is a unhinged lunatic who will mess up and give the public the perception that women cannot be in power. Hillary Rodham Clinton and women throughout the country are very angry that Sarah “moose hunter” Palin is in such an important position. Four out of Sarah’s five best friends have committed to Barack Obama.


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GOP REPUBLICANS ARE AUTHORITARIANS WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN FREE SPEECH OR DEMOCRACY. GOP REPUBLICAN ONLY INTERESTS ARE POWER AND MONEY.

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GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISM AT ITS WORST

Executive salaries, CEO bonuses, grand robberies of the U.S. TREASURY in the $MILLIONS, $BILLIONS, and $TRILLIONS.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISTS robbed the AMERICAN PEOPLE of a $Trillion. RULE OF LAW states that the AMERICAN PEOPLE will be protected and all private properties, money, and wealth domestic and abroad owned by GOP REPUBLICAN SUPERCAPITALISTS taking part in robbing the U.S. TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE) will immediately be confiscated and returned to the U.S. TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE).

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PALIN FAILIN RETURNED HOME TO 2,000 ALASKAN PROTESTERS WHO CHEERFULLY CHANTED "O-BAM-AH.

Gov. Sarah Palin returned home to 2,000 protesters outside the Anchorage library who wanted to correct the widespread impression that the Last Frontier endorses her candidacy.

"Last week a group of women were sitting around talking about this perception that all of Alaska supports Sarah Palin. We apparently hit a nerve and started a movement,"

A sense of festival obtained. There was a woman in a polar bear suit representing "Polar Bear Moms Say: No Palin Failin." Drivers on 36th Avenue saw a little girl waving a sign "Don't Ban My Books."

"My mom is from Alaska. She's a working mother. She's good looking," said Nolan. "So she seems to be qualified to be vice president."

Asking Sarah Palin to become the Vice President is like asking the grazing moose behind her trailer to pilot the shuttle.

Sarah Palin Failin Protesters Held Signs Reading:

Bush In A Skirt
Palin Be Failin
Jesus Was a Community Organizer
Palin Failin: Thanks But No Thanks
Smearing Alaska's Good Name One Scandal @ a Time
Candidate To Nowhere
Rape Kits Should Be Free
Voted For Her Once: Never Again!
Community Organizers are the Real Patriots
Barbies for War
I Shall Not Be Pandered To
Give Palin Failin Your Vote AND Your Draft Age Child
Sarah Palin Failin: So Far Right She's Wrong
Alaska Is Not Frisco
Coat Hangers for McCain
Sarah Palin Failin, Undoing 150 Years of American Feminism
Hockey Mama for Obama (on a hockey stick)


Cheerful chants of "O-bam-ah.


National Organization of Women (NOW) Endorses Obama / Biden For Their Pro-Women Rights Stance


McCain / Palin Failin are rejected for their anti-women stance and votes against Women Rights


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PRESIDENTIAL AND VICE PRESIDENTIAL CHOICES

I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight.....

If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're 'exotic, different.'

Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, and its a quintessential American story.

If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.

Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.

Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.

Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.

If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer,
become President of the Harvard Law Review,
create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters,
spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor,
spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people,
become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee,
spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13
million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign
Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees,
you don't have any real leadership experience.

If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years
on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less
than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000
people, and cook caribou/grizzly/wolf stew, then you're qualified to become the country's second
highest ranking executive.

If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters,
all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.

If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress,
and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month,
you're a Christian.

If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including
the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

If , while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only,
with no other option in sex education in your state's school system
while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant , you're very responsible.

If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm
to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family,
your family's values don't represent America's.

If you're husband is nicknamed 'First Dude', with at least one DWI conviction
and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and
once was a member of a group that advocated: the secession of Alaska from the USA,
your family is extremely admirable.

OK, much clearer now.


National Organization of Women (NOW) Endorses Obama / Biden For Their Pro-Women Rights Stance


McCain / Palin Failin are rejected for their anti-women stance and votes against Women Rights


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BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BROWN SUPPORTS BARACK OBAMA

LONDON - BRITISH PRIME MINISTER GORDON BROWN voiced support for UNITED STATES DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA, saying he would help Americans struggling with an economic downturn.

In a move seen by some British media as a break with a political convention requiring foreign leaders to remain neutral ahead of US elections, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BROWN praised MR. OBAMA as a fellow “progressive politician” who would help ordinary Americans in tough times. With eight weeks to go before the presidential election, MR. OBAMA and his Republican rival John McCain are neck-and-neck in domestic opinion polls.

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BROWN described the race for the White House as “electrifying” and said: “It is the DEMOCRATS who are generating the ideas to help people through more difficult times.”

“To help prevent people from losing their home, BARACK OBAMA has proposed a Foreclosure Prevention Fund to increase emergency pre-foreclosure counselling, and help families facing repossession,” he wrote in an article in The Monitor magazine, a monthly political publication.

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2008 UNITED STATES DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL RACE

DEMOCRAT HARVARD LAW VS. GOP REPUBLICAN S

OBAMA OF HARVARD LAW AND PRESIDENT OF HARVARD LAW REVIEW
BIDEN OF SYRACUSE LAW

MCCAIN OF NAVY ACADEMY LAST PLACE
PALIN FAILIN OF MOOSE COLLEGE

GOP Republican Wall Street SRO (Self Regulatory Organization) Robber Baron Supercapitalism Is Down And Will No Longer Rob the U.S. TREASURY and AMERICAN PEOPLE

STOP DESTRUCTIVE GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISM OIL SPECUALTARS (OIL MILLIONAIRES BUSH, CHENEY, RICE, MCCAIN, PALIN FAILIN)

NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE
NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE
NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE

WHY A BARREL OF OIL ILLEGALLY SHOT UP FROM $24 TO $145 DURING THE GOP REPUBLICAN (MCCAIN, BUSH, CHENEY, RICE, PALIN FAILIN) ADMINISTRATION


GOP REPUBLICAN BUSH I OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE AND OIL EXECUTIVE
GOP REPUBLICAN BUSH II OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE AND OIL EXECUTIVE
GOP REPUBLICAN CHENEY OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE AND OIL EXECUTIVE
GOP REPUBLICAN RICE OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE AND OIL EXECUTIVE
GOP REPUBLICAN GUILIANI OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE AND OIL STOCKHOLDER
GOP REPUBLICAN MCCAIN OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE AND OIL STOCKHOLDER
GOP REPUBLICAN PALIN FAILIN OOOOOIIIIILLLLL COMMISSIONER AND OIL STOCKHOLDER


TOGETHER WHAT DO THEY ALL HAVE IN COMMON?

THEY ARE ALL GOP REPUBLICAN OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRES AND OIL STOCKHOLDERS


GOP REPUBLICAN OOOOOIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLL IS THE NEW CRACK
GOP REPUBLICAN OOOOOIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLL IS THE NEW CRACK
GOP REPUBLICAN OOOOOIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLL IS THE NEW CRACK


CAN YOU SAY GOP REPUBLICAN CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, ROB OUR U.S. TREASURY, AND SPECULATE FOR OBSCENELY HIGH PROFIT RETURNS ON WALL STREET OIL STOCKS

WAKE UP AMERICA, BECAUCE THE WORLD ALREADY KNOWS ABOUT THE CRIMINAL GOP REPUBLICAN PARTY OF CONSPIRATORS

NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE AS A VITAL RESOURCE

AMERICA AND AMERICANS FIRST

NO MORE GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET OOOOOIIIIILLLLL SPECULATION AND FRAUD AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

IF YOU SAY THAT YOU LOVE AMERICA, THEN PROVE IT AND STOP THE GOP REPUBLICAN RAIDERS UPON OUR U.S. TREASURY AND OUTSOURCING OF U.S. JOBS

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GOP Republican Wall Street Get Rich Quick By Robbing America TREASURY Wild Speculators Created The Enormous National Debt, So Make Them Pay For It And Balance Our Budget.
GOP Republican Wall Street Supercapitalism Speculators Have Committed Treason Against Our Country.

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HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ANGERED BY SARAH PALIN FAILIN’S REMARKS


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Will the GOP Republican get rich by selling America party take credit for any of their disasters? GOP Republicans are successful at failing and hurting OUR COUNTRY in the eyes of the WORLD. Can we really afford to ignore what the ENTIRE WORLD THINKS OF US?


How does the WORLD perceive AMERICA led by Barack Obama? Extremely favorable.

How does the WORLD perceive AMERICA led by John McCain? Extremely negative.

FOUR MORE YEARS ANYONE?

Eventually, Americans will realize that doing the same thing (electing GOP Republicans) will not yield different results (stock market disasters, economic disasters, world view disasters, failed foreign policy disasters, failed domestic policies disasters).

Spraying perfume on a new GOP Republican Pig will not create a bright and shiny candidate. Garbage in equal garbage out. GOP Republican garbage in yield (stock market, economic, foreign relations, domestic policies) garbage out.

McCain has perpetually been a failure from school until now.
Palin Failin has perpetually been a failure (with a hillbilly hockey mom accent) from day one until now. Her bear hunting Arctic outback kids prove it.

Do you really need someone to tell you these basic facts? Under the Freedom of Information Act, all of this information is available free if you choose to type in the questions.

Lets prove to the Europeans and the World that we are not stupid, because they think that we are after two terms of Forrest Gump Bush.

Crash Every Plane McCain and Hillbilly Trailer Palin Failin are not reflective of the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

If Palin Failin had a brain, then she would have considered the immense responsibilities demanded of the Office of the United States Vice President or President; and politely declined McCain’s crack induced invitation. GOP Republican Party is a joke.

If FOX NEWS does not clean up it’s filthy RACIST acts of discrimination, then American and European audiences will B O Y C O T T FOX RACIST NEWS.


GOP Republican Wall Street Get Rich Quick By Robbing America TREASURY Wild Speculators Created The Enormous National Debt, So Make Them Pay For It And Balance Our Budget.
GOP Republican Wall Street Supercapitalism Speculators Have Committed Treason Against Our Country.


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REPORT SAYS GOP REPUBLICAN OIL AGENCY RAN AMOK

INVESTIGATION OF GOP REPUBLICAN OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET

INVESTIGATION OF GOP REPUBLICAN MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE OIL MARKETING GROUP


GOP REPUBLICAN Government officials in charge of collecting BILLIONS of dollars worth of royalties from OIL and gas companies accepted gifts, steered contracts to favored clients and engaged in drug use and illicit sex with employees of the energy firms, federal investigators reported.

Investigators from the Interior Department's inspector general's office said more than a dozen employees, including the former director of the OIL royalty program, took meals, ski trips, sports tickets and golf outings from industry representatives. The report alleges that the former director, also netted more than $30,000 from improper outside work.

The report from Inspector General contains fresh allegations about the practices at the beleaguered royalty-in-kind program of Interior's Minerals Management Service, which last year collected more than $4 billion worth of OIL and natural gas from companies given contracts to tap energy on federal and Indian lands and offshore. The revelations come as Congress is set to consider opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and areas off the coast of Florida for drilling.

The royalty-in-kind program, based near Denver, allows energy companies to pay the government in OIL and gas, rather than cash, for the privilege of drilling on government land. It has been the subject of multiple investigations since 2006 by the Interior Department's secretary, its inspector general, the Justice Department and Congress for alleged mismanagement and conflicts of interest.

In the report released yesterday, investigators said they "discovered a culture of substance abuse and promiscuity" in which employees accepted gratuities "with prodigious frequency." The report cited one e-mail from a Shell Pipeline representative asking a woman in the royalty office to attend "tailgating festivities" at a Houston Texans football game: "You're invited . . . have you and the girls meet at my place at 6am for bubble baths and final prep."

Besides Shell, the energy company employees mentioned in the report worked for Chevron, Hess and Gary-Williams Energy. The social outings detailed in the report included alcohol-, cocaine- and marijuana-filled parties where certain employees of the Minerals Management Service were nicknamed the "MMS Chicks" by the energy employees. The companies paid for federal workers to attend football and baseball games, PGA Tour events, Colorado ski trips, paintball outings and "treasure hunts," investigators found.

"The OIL INDUSTRY holds shocking sway over the ADMINISTRATION and even KEY FEDERAL EMPLOYEES,". "This is why we must not allow BIG OIL'S AGENDA to be jammed through CONGRESS."

The current director of the Minerals Management Service, said that he takes the report "very seriously".
Employees identified in the report told investigators that they didn't think ethics rules applied to them because of their "unique" role in the agency and that they needed to socialize with industry representatives for "market intelligence," according to the report. Those employees, some of whom have been transferred to different offices, have been recommended for internal administrative action.

The inspector general's release comprised three separate reports, including one devoted to the program's director. It alleges that Smith improperly worked part time for Geomatrix Consultants, an Oakland, Calif.-based environmental and engineering firm, and marketed the company to government clients.

Additionally, the report said that the director had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a subordinate whom he paid to buy cocaine, promising her a bonus in return. The director admitted to the sexual encounter.

The director, who now works for a private OIL company in Denver, did not respond to requests for comment. Investigators referred their findings to federal prosecutors.

Justice officials also declined to comment on their decision about the criminal case against the highest-ranking official named in the report director of the Minerals Management Service, who worked in Washington. She is accused of improperly arranging a million-dollar deal for two retired employees.

The wife of the procurement policy administrator for the WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET, retired from government service Jan. 31. She declined to comment on the report. She told investigators she had a "personal issue. The Justice Department's decision to charge created a rift with Interior officials.

One of the two retired employees pleaded guilty in July to a federal conflict-of-interest charge related to the investigation. Another employee has been under investigation for similar conflict-of-interest allegations.

Before he left, Mayberry created a job for himself by writing the job description and the criteria for selecting the winning bidder, court documents show. He started a company out of his Texas home and was awarded a $150,000 contract in June 2003. He later hired Dial, the report said. Mayberry's firm collected $788,000 worth of contracts.

The royalty-in-kind program, which started as a small pilot project a decade ago, has been touted as a way to simplify the way OIL AND GAS COMPANIES pay for the right to drill on federal land and offshore. Instead of calculating the profit from a well, they can simply give the government one-eighth to one-sixth of whatever they take from the ground.

Revenue rose quickly, from $1.5 billion in 2004 to $4.3 billion last fiscal year. But the growth occurred "in an environment with relatively unstructured in-house oversight," the congressionally convened Royalty Policy Committee said in a December report. Previous reports have said that companies were allowed to revise their million-dollar bids for projects indiscriminately, that government workers routinely failed to seek out legal advice on complicated deals and that the agency used outdated computers and a $150 million software program that resulted in royalty money going uncollected.

A lawyer who represented states and tribes entitled to a cut of the royalties, said it was nearly impossible to get accurate numbers from the agency. "They kept hemming and hawing," she said.

In late 2006 questions arose over its handling of leases written in 1998 and 1999 that allowed major OIL companies drilling in the Gulf of Mexico to avoid BILLIONS of dollars in royalty payments.

Former Interior Department auditors accused the agency of failing to bill companies. "We weren't allowed to audit them. It was disturbing," said an auditor who sued the federal government for not collecting royalties. "You couldn't see what was going on."

The minerals agency director said that the harm done by the royalty employees was to public trust and TREASURY, and acknowledged that financial considerations were given to firms that gave favors to federal employees, and he said the contracts will be audited.


Do you really question the motives of GOP Republicans Criminals? America must Immediately Nationalize U.S. OIL and Gas For National Defense.

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DEMOCRAT HARVARD LAW VS. GOP REPUBLICAN CRASH JET AND MUDVILLE


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U.S. Presidents From Harvard Law
John Adams
John Quincy Adams
Rutherford Hayes
Theodore Roosevelt
Franklin Roosevelt
John Kennedy
Barack Obama


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President and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama Contrast With Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain


Growing Up

Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain was privileged, given everything by both parents, and worked for nothing.


Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama grew up poor, raised by his Irish-American single white mother and Irish-American white working class maternal grand parents. Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama was given nothing and worked for everything.

Education

Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain was a and graduated last in his class. Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain and McBush Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire share failed academic records. He partied constantly and dependent on favor handouts from his high ranking father and grandfather. Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain earned nothing on his own similar to McBush Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire. Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain is also Internet illiterate which slows down his information processing capacity. Is this good for the country?


Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama worked hard and became PRESIDENT OF THE HARVARD LAW REVIEW. Everything that Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama accomplished he did on his own. Irish-American Barack Obama’s HARVARD Scholarship ranks among the best. Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama’s hard work represents the American Dream.


Community Service

Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain poor studies translated into poor performances in the military where he crashed several planes and recklessly endangered the lives of others. Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain was never trusted by his colleagues nor loved by his peers. The highlight of Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain’s career was getting shot down and becoming a prisoner. Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain served his country by getting handouts from his guards. Getting handouts seems to be Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain’s modem of operations. WillObscenelyRich Crash Every Plane McCain, who finished 894th out of 899 at the Naval Academy and who lost five jets, return competence to the White House? To lose one plane over Vietnam may be a heroic tragedy; to lose five planes here and there is carelessness.

Irish-American Barack Obama turned down large profits after graduating from HARVARD LAW to serve the community in Chicago where help was needed most. The community learned to trust and love Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama for his dedication to public service.


Marriage

Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain walked out on his family to chase a younger woman who was on drugs, embezzling money from her company, stealing, and facing criminal charges, until her privileged family saved her from trial. Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain’s dysfunctional family represents chaos and lack of respect when he curses her in public.


Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama married an intelligent IVY LEAGUE attorney and adores his beautiful young daughters. Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama’s First Family represents what America is striving for. Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama has always been surrounded by and still maintains a great respect for women (Irish mother, Irish grandmother, sister, wife, and two daughters). If anyone is in tune with and favors the betterment of working American women, then it’s Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama.

International Diplomacy

The World wants no more chaotic McBush Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire- Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain.


The World loves Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama and will follow America’s leadership behind Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama.

If Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain had to make another emergency landing on a deserted island with Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama onboard as one of the passengers, then it is safe to say that Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain would assume the role of Gilligan, while Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama would assume the role of the professor.

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Hillary Clinton Will Destroy Sarah Palin Failin From Mooseville College.


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Navy pilot John Sidney Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III should have never been allowed to graduate from the U.S. Navy flight school. He was a below average student and a lousy pilot. Had his father and grandfather not been famous four star U.S. Navy admirals, Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III would have never been allowed in the cockpit of a military aircraft.

His father John S. "Junior" McCain was commander of U.S. forces in Europe later becoming commander of American forces in Vietnam while Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III was being held prisoner of war. Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III's grandfather John S. McCain, Sr. commanded naval aviation at the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.

During his relative short stunt on flight status, Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III lost five U.S. Navy aircraft, four in accidents and one in combat.

Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III lost jet number one in 1958 when he plunged into Corpus Christi Bay while practicing landings. He was knocked unconscious by the impact coming to as the plane settled to the bottom.

Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's second crash occurred while he was deployed in the Mediterranean. Flying too low over the Iberian Peninsula, he took out some power lines which led to a spate of newspaper stories in which he was predictably identified as the son of an admiral."

Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's third crash three occurred when he was returning from flying a Navy trainer solo to Philadelphia for an Army-Navy football game.

Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's fourth aircraft loss occurred July 29, 1967, soon after he was assigned to the USS Forrestal as an A-4 Skyhawk pilot. While seated in the cockpit of his aircraft waiting his turn for takeoff, an accidently fired rocket slammed into Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's plane. He escaped from the burning aircraft, but the explosions that followed killed 134 sailors, destroyed at least 20 aircraft, and threatened to sink the ship.

Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's fifth loss happened during his 23rd mission over North Vietnam on Oct. 26, 1967, when Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's A-4 Skyhawk was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain ejected from the plane breaking both arms and a leg in the process and subsequently parachuted into Truc Bach Lake near Hanoi.

"Demands for military information were accompanied by threats to terminate my medical treatment if I [ Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain] did not cooperate. Eventually, I gave them my ship's name and squadron number, and confirmed that my target had been the power plant."

When the communist learned that Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's father was Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., the soon-to-be commander of all U.S. Forces in the Pacific, he was rushed to Gai Lam military hospital.

The communist Vietnamese figured, because POW Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's father was of such high military rank, that he was of royalty or the governing circle. Thereafter the communist bragged that they had captured "the crown prince."

For 23 combat missions (an estimated 20 hours over enemy territory), the U.S. Navy awarded Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain a Silver Star, a Legion of Merit for Valor, a Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Stars, two Commendation medals plus two Purple Hearts and a dozen service medals.

Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain had roughly 20 hours in combat. Since Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain got 28 medals, that equals out to a medal-and-a-half for each hour he spent in combat. There were infantry guys -- grunts on the ground -- who had more than 7,000 hours in combat where I'm sure a prison cell would have looked pretty good to them by comparison. The question really is how many guys got that number of medals for not being shot down.

Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain has been an unchecked master at manipulating an overly friendly and biased news media. The former POW turned Congressman, turned U.S. Senator, has managed to gloss over his failures as a pilot and collaborations with the enemy by exaggerating his military service and lying about his feats of heroism.

Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain has sprouted a halo and wings to become America's POW-hero presidential candidate.

Former naval officer and the owner of an OOIIILLLL-trading company that inked defense contracts worth $1 billion is the modern presidential money man. The law forbids high-level supporters from writing huge checks, but with help from friends in the Middle East Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain is receiving large donations.

If FOX NEWS does not clean up it’s filthy RACIST acts of discrimination, then American and European audiences will B O Y C O T T FOX RACIST NEWS.


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Barak Obama proved why November's presidential election will end in a 50-state sweep. John Crash Every Plane McCain has no chance. It's like George Bush climbing into the ring with Mike Tyson; one thundering left hook and the Crawford Caligula would be sprawled across the canvas. "No mas"! The same fate awaits the crabby senator from Arizona. The polls are skewed to look like there's a political horse-race going on. There isn't. It's a complete rout. There's one well-toned thoroughbred striding from venue to venue electrifying the ever-increasing throngs, and one doddering, old mare limping towards the glue-factory. Someone should put a stop to it before Crash Every Plane McCain gets hurt.

At the Victory Column in Berlin's Tiergarten, Obama extracted Old Glory from the burn-pile and gave Brand America a desperately needed shot of adrenaline. 200,000 ecstatic Germans jammed the streets in what turned out to be the political shindig of the year. Many of them were waving American flags and chanting, "Obama, Obama, Obama". It was like Jack Kennedy had risen from his moldy sepulcher and made his way across the pond for one last rousing ovation. Obama has the very same affect on crowds. Its a gift and he knows how to use it to great advantage.

"People of Berlin, people of the world, this is our moment, this is our time," Obama boomed. "I know my country has not perfected itself, we've made our share of mistakes and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions. But the greatest danger of all is to allow new walls to divide us from one another."

What can we say about Obama's oratory skills that hasn't already been said? He is one of those unique characters who knows how to tap into the collective psyche and put them under his spell. He is the closest thing to a Pied Piper we've seen in the last half century. Whatever one thinks of his politics, his speeches are a welcome reprieve from the simian blabbering of President Dimwit.

"I speak to you not as a candidate for president, but as a citizen; a proud citizen of the United States and a fellow citizen of the world." (Roaring applause)

JOHN Crash Every Plane McCain: Maverick or Freak?
Have you taken a look at the crowds at a Crash Every Plane McCain event. Usually, there aren't any. Typically, there are more journalists and cameramen then people; and even they look bored. It's the truth. He generates no enthusiasm at all. None. He may be the most uninspiring, tedious, pure-vanilla candidate of all time; a complete dud. I challenge anyone to recite from memory anything John Crash Every Plane McCain has ever said in his 40 years in office. Time's up! When Crash Every Plane McCain begins to talk, its a signal for women to pull out the nail-files and for men to figure out how they're going to get out of cutting the lawn this week. Really. No one listens.

And the people that do manage to drag themselves to his speeches out of a sense of obligation are (you guessed it) scowling white guys with baseball caps pulled tightly over their ears or nearly-ambulatory Korea-era Vets who think the United Nations is a communist front-group that's planning to air-drop blue-helmets into Duluth to take over the United States. Tin-foil hats anyone?

Popularity and charisma, how does one survive in politics with neither. That's the question, and it may be the biggest mystery of Crash Every Plane McCain's candidacy. He's just not a likable guy. No one ever talks about hanging out and having a beer with John Crash Every Plane McCain, because they know that he might go "Jackie Chan" and start busting the place up. And he's utterly impossible to listen to. His high-pitched squeaky voice is about two octaves higher than a dog-whistle and twice as annoying. So how is he going to beat Obama. It's a total mismatch.

Crash Every Plane McCain is the perfect candidate for the GOP Republic party that has completely collapsed. He's like the "Jolly Roger" on the front of an iodine bottle; Brand X. In 2000, the Republican Party boasted it was the "party of ideas". What ideas? The Republican Party has never had ideas because the corporate mandarins and blue-blooded kleptocrats that run the party are suspicious of ideas, ideology, doctrine, philosophy or anything else that veers from their primary objectives of crushing the poor, despoiling the environment, carpet-bombing brown people wherever they may be, and enriching themselves. That's all they care about. The task of the right-wing think-tanks is to treat "war and tax cuts" like they're ideas. They're not. But war and tax cuts ARE the two foundation blocks of the Republican Party. There's nothing else; there never has been. Don't look for ideas; there aren't any. GOP Republican get rich quick by defrauding the AMERICAN PEOPLE, robbing the National TREASURY, sending American jobs overseas, and raising the national debt.

Hold Bush, Cheney, Rice, and Crash Every Plane McCain accountable for the crimes they've committed during their time in office.

Obama is not a candidate; he's a phenomenon. Obama is an explosive, vital, charismatic politician. When he speaks people feel better about themselves and their country. And, they're more hopeful about the future, too. That's what makes him unbeatable.

Crash Every Plane McCain, on the other hand, is the perfect embodiment of his party; a rusty, broken-down hulk that's been stripped of its engine, its fenders and all its moving parts. Even the steering wheel is gone. It's a dead-loss; nothing is salvageable.

Crash Every Plane McCain is in way over his head. This election is going to be a real embarrassment for him. It's too bad. He should be back at the Phoenix Rest Home shooing kids off the front lawn instead of waiting for the ax to fall in November. It's a rotten way to end a career.

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GOP REPUBLICAN PLANE/TRAILER WRECK MCCAIN/PALIN FAILIN

With Wall Street OOOIIIIILLLLLL stocks paid under the table to Sarah Palin Failin OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioner from OOOOOIIIIIILLLLLLL Millionaires Crash Every Plane McCain, Bush, Cheney, Rice and Guiliani; it appears that Sarah Palin Failin OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioner, her large family, dogs, cats, chickens, and hogs can now move out of their trailer. Guiliani went from GOP front runner to anonymous polygamist. Guiliani is the biggest joke and shares home dysfunction with Bush, Cheney, Rice, Crash Every Plane McCain and now Sarah trailer Palin Failin OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioner. OOOOIIIIILLLLLLL MILLIONS stolen from Our TREASURY did not help their dysfunctional families.

GOP Republican Wall Street Get Rich by robbing the American TREASURY and outsourcing American jobs party has officially been dissolved. Plane wreck McCrash and Train wreck Trailer Palin Failin OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioners have destroyed the already dysfunctional GOP Republican Party of Corporate Welfare Thieves.

Democrats and Independents are the official parties. Blessings to America and the World for peaceful cooperation and the elimination of unjust wars for GOP profits. The People First Party has arrived and Rich Wall Street millionaires will no longer use the AMERICAN PEOPLE as their cattle. Americans today are all free independent Democratic People in pursuit of happiness in the spirit of cooperation.

“We joined up with an altruistic vision of promoting freedom and justice around the world,” said Vince Emanuel, a Marine lance corporal who did a tour of duty in Iraq from August 2004 to April 2005, explaining why he was marching and protesting the GOP Republican Convention.

“Except we saw the killing of innocent people and the destruction of property ... for a lot of us it was very disenfranchising."

The veterans group tried to hand a message to the campaign of GOP Republican John Crash Every Plane McCain calling for a withdrawal from Iraq, reparations for the Iraqi people, and full medical benefits for veterans. No one from John Crash Every Plane McCain’s campaign received them.


If FOX NEWS does not clean up it’s filthy RACIST acts of discrimination, then American and European audiences will B O Y C O T T FOX RACIST NEWS.


GOP Republican Wall Street SRO (Self Regulatory Organization) Robber Baron Supercapitalism Is Down And Will No Longer Rob the U.S. TREASURY and AMERICAN PEOPLE

Prerequisite for the United Stats President and Vice President is advance degrees, especially in Constitutional Law. McCain and hillbilly Palin Failin are excluded from the highest offices in the World. The debates will be fun: Harvard Law vs. Crash Jet and Mudville.

GOP Republican Wall Street Get Rich Quick By Robbing America TREASURY Wild Speculators Created The Enormous National Debt, So Make Them Pay For It And Balance Our Budget.
GOP Republican Wall Street Supercapitalism Speculators Have Committed Treason Against Our Country.

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What has WALL STREET SUPER-CAPITALISM brought you besides:

Cluttered homes full of useless crap

Semi-illiterate teenage sons on alcohol and drugs

Semi-illiterate teenage daughters on drugs and having unwanted babies

Selfish lifestyles mimicking immoral rich people with off the chart divorce rates

Depress people living alone and addicted to church on TV or pornography

Guns deregulation freeing children to murder each other in school and after school

Prime time television soft pornography for the kids to mimic

Daughters dressing like prostitutes

Sons dressing like homeless

GREED GREED GREED steal money from your neighbors through wild WALL STREET speculations

SELL SELL SELL BUY BUY BUY (It is all enslaving crap)

Super Rich becomes more Super Rich, while the middle class becomes poor

College graduates cannot afford a small home and must live in their parents’ basements

Clinton left the United States with a surplus

GOP Republicans have stolen all of the Treasury surplus plus another $3Trillion. Let the trials and confiscation (America versus Super Rich GOP Republican Criminals) begin

The American People will prevail over Super Rich Greedy Lawless Super Rich GOP Republicans

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HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ANGERED BY SARAH PALIN’S REMARKS

Hillary wants to know if Palin wants to run the United States in the same manner that she and McCain ran their dysfunctional families. With the nomination of hockey mom Sarah Palin, John McCain has official transformed the defunct GOP Republican Party into a circus complete with a lipstick wearing pig clown displaying the IQ of a cockatoo. Hillary added that Sarah Palin’s pathological lies and unprofessional name calling led to the five letter word pertaining to an Arctic hillbilly (P A L I N).

Posted by: dwashington1 | October 8, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if the idea of buying up bad mortgages appealed to many people-- anyone who is already in the process of losing their home has to know that the program won't be up and running in time to save them, and after doling out $700 billion to Wall Street last week, this taxpayer isn't in a big rush to fund another massive bail out.

I think part of the reason McCain's many references to earmarks fell flat is that in the wake of the bailout, saving a few $100 million here or there is like finding a pile of change in the sofa cushions when you can't pay your mortgage.

Am I the only one who found McCain's description of the Secretary of the Treasury's role very strange? Despite all the new power the office has been given, he's looking for a cheerleader not a financial expert?

Posted by: batty1 | October 8, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

ONCE OBAMA WINS WHO ARE YOU GOING TO POINT YOUR FINGERS AT WHEN IT GETS WORSE THAN BEFORE??? YOURSELVES

Posted by: egibson888 | October 8, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Gerson, i wonder how much you got paid to write this. What does it profit a man if he gains the world but forfeits his soul. You have no integrity.

Posted by: johnandginalyn | October 8, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson,

You represent the party of virtue and personal responsibility, yet you produce arguments that call to mind Stalinist doublespeak.

Did you forget to take your medication last night?

Concerned

Posted by: zone22 | October 8, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

rATHER ANNOYING,THOSE PEOPLE WHO THINK OBAMA ACTUALLY PAY PEOPLE TO SPAM BLOGS.I DO THIS UNPAID, AND OF MY OWN FREE WILL!
OBAMA/BIDEN

Posted by: puredemo | October 8, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Sen. John McCain clearly won last night's debate.

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008.

Posted by: hclark1 | October 8, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

If the evidence is correct that Salin Palin winked at a call for the assassination of Barack Obama, then Palin is guilty of incitement to violence, a federal offense. Why hasn't Palin been arrested by federal authorities? Oh, I forgot, the authorities work for George Bush!

PS: McCain's use of "That One" was clearly in line with Palin's campaign to incite violence.

Posted by: jreed11665 | October 8, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

John McCain doesn't represent the Republican Party establishment and its philosophy and neither are to blame for the condition the country is currently in.

Anybody who claims to believes that load is either a liar or a fool -- or both.

Posted by: patrick3 | October 8, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

And the winner of this debate....."That One" LOLOL

McClame, you're done now and you even know it by your quick exit stage left!

Boy I bet McCain didn't think that the "That one" line would backfire on him!!! LOLOL McClame just gave the Whitehouse to Obama and anyone saying otherwise about this debate is just spewing out the repug speaking points. The McClame campaign itself is in turmoil as to how McCain should come out of this. Half of them want McClame to come out attacking Obama without rest, the other half INCLUDING McCain thinks it will further push independents away going too negative. Wow, he's dnamned if he does and don't. McClame now realizes the race is slipping WAY out of his hands now. Obama will be president.

Posted by: gabbamonkey | October 8, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

If McCain had pluck enough to go on the attack with both barrels, would it have the least effect? I wonder. There is nothing, it seems, that Obama could do that would be bad enough to eliminate him from this race. The problem is, that even when the MSM does get around to filing a report like the one just aired about Ayers on CNN, it lacks outrage. You may report the facts, but if you don't suggest for people just how bad what they are watching is in todays morally neutral environment, the people who are going to vote for Obama, will not get it. You can know their cluelessness by virtue of the fact they are supporting a man so obviously unqualified to run the most powerful country on earth. The media does actually take the time to expose how tragically wrong Obama is on occasion, Like Amir Taheri's expose on Obama's attempts to delay negotiations for removing our troops from Iraq published in the New York post.

http://www.nypost.com/seven/09152008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/obama_tried_to_stall_gis_iraq_withdrawal_129150.htm?page=0

Or, The article by Nick Pisa for the U.K's Telegraph about the horrible conditions his brother George Obama endures in Kenya, this story was widely mentioned in America. This is a story particularly salient in light of his "I am my brothers keeper" pronouncement during his DMC convention acceptance speech. Obama's hypocrisy truly knows no bounds.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/barackobama/2590614/Barack-Obamas-lost-brother-found-in-Kenya.html

Again, the article by Stanley Kurtz revealing the radical nature of the work Ayers and Obama did for "education" in Illinois was published in the Wall Street Journal, and Barrack remains unscathed.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122212856075765367.html

The simple and dreadful truth is that the people who will support this man cannot be swayed, they operate on emotion not empiricism. We saw this same phenomenon with Bill Clinton. Obama makes them feel good. The fact that he is a minority is the last ingredient needed for the liberals to win this thing, it also helps that he has charisma, a trait that was sorely lacking in Gore and Kerry, or we would have had a democrat for president 8 years ago. I must also point out the dismal fact that their are more of them than us. George W. Bush won because he said the right things at the right time and was infinitely more likable than his opponents. Bush also had a heaping helping of guts, which served him well when he had to play hard, this is a trait sorely lacking in McCain.

www.digitalpublius.com


Posted by: digitalpublius | October 8, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Gerson, what does 72 year old cool aide taste like? Your analysis on PBS was absolutely ludicrous!

Posted by: GTFOOH | October 8, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Shakespeare wrote: “There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.”

Such a tide is upon us now and Obama is riding the crest of the wave. McCain has missed the wave and the boat. A victim of his own viciousness, he is drowning in the sea whose surge will carry Obama to power. Que sera sera!

Posted by: Qalam | October 8, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

CRITICISM INCITES VIOLENCE NOW, LOL, COME ON, THE CONSPIRACY THEORIES KEEP COMING, IM PROBABLY A RACIST FOR WRITING THIS, ITS CALLED THEY CAN DISH IT OUT BUT CANT TAKE IT BACK, IF HE CANT TAKE THE CRITICISM NOW THEN HOWS HE GOING TO TAKE IT ALL IN OFFICE BECAUSE IT WILL BE COMING DAILY, I GUESS EVERYONE WILL BE A RACIST LOL, UNBELIEVABLE

Posted by: egibson888 | October 8, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

"While wisely avoiding Ayers and Wright (raising them in this intimate context would have been like having a knife fight at a PTA meeting)..."

Mr. Gerson what you and your cronies don't understand is that Pit Bull Palin and her pack dogs are inciting just that, a knife fight in the real world. So which of you is going to take credit for the blood?

Wright and Ayers certainly didn't have too much influence on Obama, not one person has ever come out and said they heard him espouse either one of their radical views. The issue is a dead end with potentially deadly consequences. Do you really want it to go there?

Obama inspires people to go out and do good for their fellow man, Palin inspires people to yell out, "kill him, "terrorist" and "hey boy" to a Black cameraman". Just who is the evil one?

With this country in such a mess, economically and militarily can we afford a race war too?

Posted by: AverageJane | October 8, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

THE ONLY ONES BRINGING UP RACE IN THIS ELECTION IS THE DEMOCRATS.....BIG SURPRISE

Posted by: egibson888 | October 8, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

AM I MISSING SOMETHING?

(please not with the brain jokes)

MCCAIN PREACHES OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER TO CUT SPENDING

THEN HE SAYS TO BUY ALL THOSE BAD MORTGAGES AND TO BAIL OUT THE HOMEOWNERS WHOSE HOME PRICES HAVE FALLEN BELOW THE VALUE....

HEY STUPID YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE BOUGHT SOMETHING YOU CANNOT AFFORD!

EVER HAVE A CAR REPO'D FOR NON PAYMENT?
SAME THING.

Posted by: kkrimmer | October 8, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

After each debate the obamacons swarmed on the blogs and voting polls .. some crying racism ... others with sarcastic remarks about McCain's age, presence, etc. ... but what they don't write on these blogs is how Obama will take another one of our "choices" away ... and how Obama has a history of living off "entitlements" and this has become his answer for just about everything!

Posted by: paris1969 | October 8, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Gerson, only a SNIDE person himself would say that John McCain had not been snide. What do you call his pointed "that one", that one what? He was referring to a human being not an inanimate object. I am afraid John McCain showed his true colors and so have you Gerson.

Senator Obama has refuted these accusations from Senator McCain on several occassions but McCain continues to bring them up. I believe Senator Obama, like the majority of Americans are tired of hearing the Jonn McCain half truths and outright lies and refuse to entertain him any longer. When all else fails (and everything John McCain has tried to do has) resort to character assassination - something that John McCain and his cohorts are prone to do when their campaign is deep in the ditch.

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | October 8, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

You seem to think that McCain is blameless in the financial crisis, which is an outright lie (yes, I called you a liar).
Why can't you republicans take responsibility for your actions?

Posted by: jeffc6578 | October 8, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

KRIMMER mccain does want to cut spending but not all spending, he said himself you have to put money into vital and critical areas, guess your selective hearing missed that last night, and no never had anything repo'd, reps spend within their means

Posted by: egibson888 | October 8, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

NO ONE IS BLAMELESS, and no one has said mccain is blameless, just like no one is talking about race except dems, all dems are just saying republicans are to blame, looks like dems need to take accountability

Posted by: egibson888 | October 8, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

"While wisely avoiding Ayers and Wright (raising them in this intimate context would have been like having a knife fight at a PTA meeting)..."

Mr. Gerson what you and your cronies don't understand is that Pit Bull Palin and her pack dogs are inciting just that, a knife fight in the real world. So which of you is going to take credit for the blood?

Wright and Ayers certainly didn't have too much influence on Obama, not one person has ever come out and said they heard him espouse either one of their radical views. The issue is a dead end with potentially deadly consequences. Do you really want it to go there?

Obama inspires people to go out and do good for their fellow man, Palin inspires people to yell out, "kill him, "terrorist" and "hey boy" to a Black cameraman". Just who is the evil one?

With this country in such a mess, economically and militarily can we afford a race war too?

Posted by: AverageJane | October 8, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who votes for McCain and Palin can no longer call himself a Democrat, in my opinion. So... when you announce to the world that you are a Democrate who is voting for McSame and Fail'n prefece it with "I am a FORMER DEMOCRAT" because true Democrats don't want you or need you back. The GOP and the Democratic Party are polar opposits so you can not be for one when your chosen candidate is winning and for the other when she is not.

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | October 8, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

"But the party with executive power – the party more closely identified with banking and Wall Street – is being blamed for the current crisis. That is unfair to many Republicans. It is certainly unfair to McCain." - Gerson.

Is this guy for real? "Fair"??? What about all the US citizens getting shafted by the Finacial sector, and having to use tax payers dollars to cover the mistakes. Is that fair? McCain avoided all chances for regulation on these frivolous institutions and voted against it. It is his fault and everyone knows his voting record. Get a grip Gerson, no one is buying your fiction writing and pity party. Pathetic and so wrong on so many levels.

Posted by: twy2000 | October 8, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

The fact that you would let such a totally biased rag like Rolling Stone sway your opinion makes every though you have totally irrelevant.

Posted by: rah2 | October 8, 2008 12:20 AM
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I was swayed much more by the sources quited in the article. Fellow naval officers, fellow POWs, fellow conservatives(all people who have known McCain for decades) and lots of documentation painted a very ugly picture of McCain. And his association with the U.S. Council for World Freedom, an organization with ties to Nazi collaborators andn Latin American death squads, paint him with the same colors.

This is not a man who should be anywhere near the big button.

Posted by: lgaide | October 8, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Gerson wrote: But the party with executive power – the party more closely identified with banking and Wall Street – is being blamed for the current crisis. That is unfair to many Republicans. It is certainly unfair to McCain.
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When ever someone wants to blame the current crisis on congress saying that they have had two years to get things right, I say they cannot right in two years what the current GOP administration has fouled up in nearly eight. Mr. Gerson, please remember that when Bill Clinton (a Democrat) passed the tourch to George Bush (a Republican), we had a surplus. How can we not blame the Republicans AND John McCain (who is pro-deregulation)for this mess. Everyone needs checks and balances but apparently this is looked apon by the GOP as too much government. Well, what a fine mess...

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | October 8, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

With all due respect to Mr. Gerson in his article.....

John McCain IS snide--every chance he gets. He hangs his ignorance out to dry every time he opens his mouth. He makes racist insinuations and relies on his form of perverted humor to make a point, all of which is lost on anyone with half a brain and normal thought processes. Sarah Palin is cut from the same cloth. I feel sorry for her last child who will never get a fair shake in life because his mother is devoted to everything else but him. These people need to move over for a chance for the country to be lead by someone with a vision, energy and dignity. There is not enough of that in the world and I hope my vote will encourage that.

Posted by: realteacher | October 8, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

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Europeans ignored GOP REPUBLICAN McBush Tour of Europe. The historic Democratic primaries covered exhaustively by European news outlets are not the sole reason the fire has gone out of European GOP REPUBLICAN McBush-hatred. One of the main sparks fueling it was a deep frustration that Americans couldn't see what Europeans considered obvious: that GOP REPUBLICAN McBush is a moron.

America, Europe and the World need healing through forward thinking Harvard Law Scholar and Community Leader Irish-American Barack Obama of Harvard Law.

Irish-American Barack Obama of Harvard Law will unite America, Europe and the World in friendship and cooperation.

America the Beautiful United as One America.
No more divisive GOP REPUBLICAN GOP OWNED MEDIA OF MISINFORMATION induced failures failures failures
No more black black black black black black black black
No more white white white white white white white white white
No more male male male male male male male male male male
No more female female female female female female female
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No more divisive WALL STREET Obscene Super-capitalistic greedy GOP OWNED MEDIA OF MISINFORMATION lies
No more Obscene Super-capitalistic sending American jobs overseas to GOP REPUBLICAN sweatshops
We must stop this GOP REPUBLICAN hate GOP OWNED MEDIA OF MISINFORMATION (Wacko Bill Meltdown O’Reilly, Newsmax, O’Reilly Racist Factor, FOX News, Obscene Super-racist Sean Hannity, Glen Beck, The New Yorker) induced division and hatred

Europe and the World are watching our 2008 Presidential Election to see if we act in dignity and grace or revert back to our penal American colonial, cannibalistic and dumping grounds for old world criminals way. The daughters of the American Revolution quoted the last words spoken to their European ancestors were, For your crimes you will hang from the neck or given the opportunity to take your chances in the New World American Penal Colony.

We will either unite as ONE United States of America World leader or come in second to the expanding European Union.

McBush said Mission Accomplish seven years ago. Now Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire is saying Mission Accomplish to more failures. Perhaps America should dissolve the defunct GOP REPUBLICAN Party for decades of failures and ruins. The World would welcome such progress. Mission Accomplish.

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Irish-American Barack Obama of Harvard Law is a United States Senator from Illinois and nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2008 presidential election.

A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama worked as a community organizer and practiced as a civil rights attorney before serving in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. He taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004.

Obama delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004. He was elected to the Senate in November 2004 with 70% of the vote.

As a member of the Democratic minority in the 109th Congress, he helped create legislation to control conventional weapons and to promote greater public accountability in the use of federal funds.

He also made official trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

During the 110th Congress, he helped create legislation regarding lobbying and electoral fraud, climate change, nuclear terrorism, and care for returned U.S. military personnel.

After announcing his presidential campaign in February 2007, Obama emphasized withdrawing American troops from Iraq, energy independence, decreasing the influence of lobbyists, and promoting universal health care as top national priorities.

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Harvard Scholar Beats Navy McCain in Intellectual Debates

Navy Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire Requests Dictionary During Debates With Harvard Scholar Obama of Harvard Law

Harvard Scholar Obama Intellectually Defeats Navy Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush III

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GERMANY, FRANCE, BRITAIN HAVE SOUND ECONOMIC SYSTEMS AND SHOULD ADVISE AMERICA, BECAUSE GOP REPUBLICAN DEREGULATED WALL STREET WILD SPECULATIONS AND FRAUD HAVE NEVER BENEFITED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

GERMANY ADMIRES HARVARD SCHOLAR AND PRESIDENT IRISH-AMERICAN BARACK OBAMA

AS THE WORLD’S MOST LITERATE COUNTRY, GERMANY IS MOST INFORMED

GERMANY LOVES HARVARD SCHOLAR BARACK OBAMA

FRIENDSHIP FOREVER BETWEEN AMERICA AND GERMANY

International Court of Justice (The Hague) Wish To Speak With McBush, Cheney, Rice, Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire in January for War Crimes.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET Get Rich By Selling America Party started the illegal Iraq War. Now the GOP REPUBLICAN s are totally obligated to imGOP OWNED MEDIA OF MISINFORMATIONtely stop the illegal Iraq War.

Mumbles Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire came into conflict with higher-ranking personnel and did not always obey the rules, which contributed to a very low class rank (894 of 899) that he did not aim to improve. Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire earned a reputation as a partying man. The planes he was flying crashed twice and once collided with power lines.

GOP REPUBLICAN McSame, McBush, Cheney, and Rice are paying themselves and their Obscene Super Rich OOIIILLLL friends millions of Treasury dollars in bonuses as Average Americans suffer and watch their children future decline. GOP REPUBLICAN s have caused trillions of dollar debts outsourcing Our Country to China, Saudi Arabia and India. I see nothing patriotic about GOP REPUBLICAN s destroying the lives of millions of Americans in the name of WALL STREET Obscene Super Rich speculative greed.

GOP REPUBLICAN Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush Have Many Many Many Crisis To Answer For

Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush III

Trillion Dollar Treasury Robbing War Crisis
Trillion Dollar Deficit Crisis (Disgrace)
Democracy Crisis
American People Crisis
U.S. Constitution Crisis
Barrel of OOIIILLLL Crisis (Democrat $24 changed to GOP REPUBLICAN $145)
Gallon of Gasoline Crisis (Democrat $1.25 changed to GOP REPUBLICAN $4.50)
WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Speculation Crisis
WALL STREET Obscene Super-capitalism cannibalistic Crisis
WALL STREET selling America to Saudi Arabia Crisis
WALL STREET selling America to India Crisis
WALL STREET selling America to China Crisis
Iraq War Crisis
Iran Crisis
North Korea Crisis
Relations with China Crisis
Healthcare Crisis
U.S. Economics Crisis
U.S. Employment Crisis
Out Sourcing American Jobs Crisis
Auto Industry Crisis
Airline Industry Crisis
Travel Crisis
Flood Levee Crisis
Energy Crisis
WALL STREET Tax Haven Rich Tax Avoidance Crisis
CEO and Employees Wage Gap Crisis
Lack of Employees’ Rights Crisis
2000 Election False Vote Count Crisis
2004 Election False Vote Count Crisis
Dubious War on Drugs Crisis (American are using crack)
Education Crisis
School Shooting Crisis
GOP REPUBLICAN Drug Money Laundering Crisis
GOP REPUBLICAN Drug Cartel Kickbacks Crisis
Prime Time Soft Pornography Crisis
GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET Mad Cow Crisis
Poison Water Crisis
Poison Air Crisis
Poison Agriculture Crisis (Asia won’t accept our food)
GOP REPUBLICAN Treasury Robbery Crisis
American People Lack Confidence in Government Crisis
World Chaos Crisis
Food Price Crisis
Global Warming Crisis
Disasters in America Crisis
Katrina Crisis
Racist Talk Radio Crisis
Racist Bill O’Reilly, Fox News, Sean Hannity, Glen Beck, The New Yorker Crisis
Housing Crisis
U.S. Dollar Crisis
Deceptive GOP REPUBLICAN Administration Crisis
Negative World Perception Crisis
Illegal Iraq War Crisis (Hague Trial of Bush, Cheney, Rice, McCain, Palin Failin)
Illegal Iraq War Crisis (Hague Trial of Bush, Cheney, Rice, McCain, Palin Failin)
Illegal Iraq War Crisis (Hague Trial of Bush, Cheney, Rice, McCain, Palin Failin)
Corporate Welfare Robbing the US Treasury (American People)
WALL STREET selling American Big Banks to foreign billionaires Crisis giving foreign sweatshop billionaires direct votes in Our Economy, Way of Life and Government.

Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush III For Trying To Destroy Our Democracy and Economy

The Multiple Crisis that are hurting OUR COUNTRY are the fault of the Administration, Supreme Court, Congress and especially the GOP REPUBLICAN Party for allowing GOP REPUBLICAN International War Suspects McBush, Cheney, and Rice to lie, cheat and steal their way into the Highest Office on Earth and remain there for eight years. The Entire World thinks that America was ridiculous for allowing GOP REPUBLICAN criminals and scoundrels to steal their way into office not once but twice. If you locked three Rock Wellers in a jewelry shop for eight years without supervision, what would you expect upon returning? Why are Americans surprised that the three scoundrels McBush, Cheney, and Rice have smashed up the place and almost destroyed America in eight years? You should have expected bad things from those criminals eight years ago and stopped them back then. Instead of stopping the trillion dollar criminals, the GOP OWNED MEDIA OF MISINFORMATION (Wacko Bill Meltdown O’Reilly, Newsmax, O’Reilly Racist Factor, FOX News, Super-racist Sean Hannity, Glen Beck, The New Yorker) went after the Dixie Chicks, Paris Hilton, Rosie O’Donnel, and Britney Spears. How stupid.

Now the GOP OWNED MEDIA OF MISINFORMATION (Wacko Bill Meltdown O’Reilly, Newsmax, O’Reilly Racist Factor, FOX News, Super-racist Sean Hannity, Glen Beck, The New Yorker) pursues Boy George, because he might be a threat. What an incredibly stupid, stupid, and racist GOP OWNED MEDIA OF MISINFORMATION we have.

The World is watching and laughing at our stupid GOP OWNED MEDIA OF MISINFORMATION and defunct WALL STREET robber barons greedy selfish shortsighted failed Supercapitalistic system. Since when does the prerequisite for becoming the President includes being a poor military academy student, out of action POW, computer illiterate, senior citizen and husband of a recovering drug addict / thief / criminal?

Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire is qualified to be a former POW and Mrs. McThief is qualified to be a recovering drug addict. What a pair and example for our youth.

Sarah Palin Failin OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioner OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioner OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioners the North Pole trailer lady will not help our country as vice president.

Force the GOP REPUBLICAN s to fix their gigantic GOP REPUBLICAN SUPERCAPITALISM mess or dissolve the defunct and failing GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET Get Rich By Selling America Party.

The defunct GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET Get Rich By Selling America Party started the illegal Iraq War against the objection of Most Americans and the Entire World. Now the GOP REPUBLICAN s are obligated to imGOP OWNED MEDIA OF MISINFORMATIONtely stop this illegal Iraq War; involve Europe in the peace keeping / rebuilding task; and face the International Court of Justice (The Hague) on charges of War Crimes.

Irish-American Barack Obama of Harvard Law takes the high road, while Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire and Sarah Trailer Palin Failin OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioner OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioner OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioner swim in the OIL sewer.


GOP REPUBLICAN Failures Reagan was an idiot.
GOP REPUBLICAN Failures Bush I and idiot sidekick Quayle accomplished nothing.


Democratic Success Bill Clinton Balanced the Budget
Democratic Success Bill Clinton maintained a barrel of OOIIILLLL at $24
Democratic Success Bill Clinton maintained a gallon of gasoline at $1.50
Democratic Success Bill Clinton achieved an excellent US relationship with the World


GOP REPUBLICAN Failures Bush II attacks the US Constitution and steals elections from the American People
GOP REPUBLICAN Failures Bush II attacks the United Nations and declares an illegal war against an innocent country Iraq
GOP REPUBLICAN Failures Bush II smuggles criminal Saudi Arabian friends of the Bush out of the country who were key figures in the attack against our country
GOP REPUBLICAN Failures Bush II speculates with his millionaire OOIIILLLL criminal WALL STREET friends to illegally raise a barrel of OOIIILLLL from $24 to $145
GOP REPUBLICAN Failures Bush II speculates with his millionaire OOIIILLLL criminal WALL STREET friends to illegally raise a gallon of gasoline from $1.50 to $4.50
GOP REPUBLICAN Failures Bush II illegally starts wire tapping citizens, torturing prisoners, and attacking Mexican-American workers (who are the backbone of American labor)
GOP REPUBLICAN Failures Bush II tarnishes America’s good name with the World
GOP REPUBLICAN Failures Bush II is perceived as a villain to the World
GOP REPUBLICAN Failures Bush II, Cheney, and Rice War Crimes questioning by The Hague
GOP REPUBLICAN Failures Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire is owned by millionaire OOIIILLLL criminals and will continue the Bush policies of failures

AMERICA belongs to AMERICANS and not to greedy GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET criminals speculating away our children’s future.


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GOD BLESS AMERICA OUR HOME. Harvard Scholar Irish-American Barack Obama.

Americans are too smart to fall for diabolical divisive GOP REPUBLICAN tricks.
Leave out divisive hate mongering (race, gender, religion).

Barack

Focus on the ECONOMY, HOMES, IRAQ WAR, OOIIILLLL, ENERGY, FAMILY, MORALITY, INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP, AND ONE AMERCA.

Irish-American Barack Obama of Harvard Law has a wonderful, loving, intelligent and spiritual family with high morals. This is exactly what is expected of the First Family.

Return Democratic Values to the White House and get rid of GOP REPUBLICAN Get Rich Quick By Selling America to Foreigners and Robbing the US Treasury.

GOP REPUBLICAN U.S. Treasury Raiders Must Stop Now
GOP REPUBLICAN U.S. Treasury Raiders Must Stop Now
GOP REPUBLICAN U.S. Treasury Raiders Must Stop Now


GOP REPUBLICAN Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush entered the White House Seven Years Ago with OOIIILLLL at $24 a barrel.
GOP REPUBLICAN Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush entered the White House Seven Years Ago with OOIIILLLL at $24 a barrel.
GOP REPUBLICAN Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush entered the White House Seven Years Ago with OOIIILLLL at $24 a barrel.


Americans, Europeans and the World are under the impression that Rich GOP REPUBLICAN s are pathological and thieves. And they are right. False statements, cheating and undermining Democratic values are GOP REPUBLICAN tools to hurt mankind in their selfish destructive quest to own and control this beautiful World that’s temporarily enjoyed by all.

GOP REPUBLICAN Failures Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush must answer to the fact that a barrel of OOIIILLLL was $24 when McBush took office and now a barrel of OOIIILLLL is $145. GOP REPUBLICAN rich OOIIILLLL conspiracy has undermined the American People and Our Economy in their quest for selfish, destructive and greedy ill gotten Obscene Super-capitalistic WALL STREET gains.

Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush seven years ago changed a barrel of OOIIILLLL from $24 into today’s Obscene Super-capitalistic greedy out of control $145.

Will the American people sit on their hands and allow Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush continued out of control WALL STREET Obscene Supercapitalistic greed to raise a barrel of OOIIILLLL to $200?

The price of OOIIILLLL is a national emergency. OOIIILLLL should be imGOP OWNED MEDIA OF MISINFORMATIONtely nationalized for United States national defense.

GOP REPUBLICAN Failures Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush within seven years changed a $24 barrel of OOIIILLLL into a $145 barrel of OOIIILLLL.

Were the GOP REPUBLICAN Failures Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush serving the American People or serving their Obscene Super-rich friends when they help change the price of a barrel of OOIIILLLL from $24 to $145 in just seven years?

It’s time to Nationalize U.S. OOIIILLLL and the Energy Industries for National Defense.

300,000,000 Americans come first when it comes to the greatest benefits to the greatest number. When one percent of the population (Obscene Super rich), owns and runs everything to the destruction of the ninety nine percent (typical Americans), then something must change. Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush represents greed and destruction that must stop.

If you love America, then you should inspire the American People to rise higher and HOPE for better days.

America is HOPEFUL and GREAT and will follow the HOPEFUL and inspirational message of Harvard Scholar Irish-American Barack Obama of Harvard Law.

This is the greatest presidential race in history, because Harvard Scholar Irish-American Barack Obama of Harvard Law is flying like an eagle.

GOD BLESS AMERICA OUR HOME. Harvard Scholar Irish-American Barack Obama.

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Irish-American Barack Obama of Harvard Law loves America and the troops.

Irish-American Barack Obama of Harvard Law will work with the international community to end the Iraq War in 2009.

Irish-American Barack Obama of Harvard Law will bring American troops home in 2009 and reward them with benefits for homes, college, medical care, and jobs.

American troops are overwhelmingly voting for Irish-American Barack Obama of Harvard Law


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EUROPE, CHINA, RUSSIA, SAUDI ARABIA, AND SOUTH AMERICA ARE WATCHING YOU


THE WORLD IS WATCHING AMERICA’S 2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.
THE WORLD IS WATCHING AMERICA’S 2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.
THE WORLD IS WATCHING AMERICA’S 2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.


AND THE WORLD WILL JUDGE WHETHER AMERICA IS SUITED TO BE ITS MORAL LEADER.
AND THE WORLD WILL JUDGE WHETHER AMERICA IS SUITED TO BE ITS MORAL LEADER.
AND THE WORLD WILL JUDGE WHETHER AMERICA IS SUITED TO BE ITS MORAL LEADER.

London, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Madrid, Rome, Tokyo, Peking, and the other capitals all look forward to cooperating with President Irish-American Barack Obama of Harvard Law.

Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush policies of failures are afraid to stand on stage with Harvard Scholar Irish-American Barack Obama.

Mumbles Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush petitioned to have a dictionary close by to keep up with Irish-American Barack Obama of Harvard Law’s intellectual discourse.

Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire’s public insults towards his own wife and McBush’s public insults towards the AMERICAN PEOPLE have precluded them from moral judgment upon the World. Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush and Sarah trailer Palin Failin OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioner OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioner lack moral and intellectual credibility to sit in judgment of the World and serve the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

AMERICA is voting in an intellectual scholar from Harvard Law to right OUR COUNTRY and prosecute the criminal Obscene Super-capitalists.

The World is watching how a self professed Christian Moral Nation handles its pivotal point in history during the 2008 presidential election.

Will AMERICA rise to the occasion with maturity, dignity, intellect and grace?

Or will AMERICA degenerate into the GOP REPUBLICAN ’s Policy of Hate?

Will GOP REPUBLICAN s again toss evil words of hate to OUR PUBLIC and promote a filthy campaign worthy of pre-WWII Germany?

This is a pivotal time in AMERICAN history.

Will AMERICA run a dignified 2008 presidential election?

Or will AMERICA allow Hillbillies to take over the GOP OWNED MEDIA OF MISINFORMATION and orchestrate the message of hate that will shock the watching World?

A barrel of OOIIILLLL was $24 when McBush took office.

It's time for AMERICA to nationalize OOIIILLLL and Energy Industries for National Defense.

Rich OOIIILLLL billionaires and WALL STREET (Obscene Super-capitalism) selling out Our Country the United States of AMERICA for their own selfish profits is unpatriotic and treason.

AMERICA belongs to AMERICANS and not to WALL STREET sell-out Obscene Super-capitalists who send trillions of OUR U.S. DOLLARS overseas in chase of the highest imGOP OWNED MEDIA OF MISINFORMATIONte return on their private investments. Greed does not work and greed is destroying OUR COUNTRY. Dependence on foreign OOIIILLLL and OOIIILLLL billionaire businessmen are destroying OUR COUNTRY.

ImGOP OWNED MEDIA OF MISINFORMATIONtely nationalize OOIIILLLL and energy industries for U.S. National Defense. It’s the intelligent thing to do. AMERICANS are collectively much more important than a handful of billionaire Obscene Super-capitalists on WALL STREET who have allegiance to no one, but their own private, selfish, destructive, and nation undermining capital gains.

McCentury McSame (McBush Part III) wants to continue McBush's failed policies.

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GOP REPUBLICAN LOBBYIST MCCAIN WALL STREET OOIIILLLL MILLIONAIRE-MCBUSH HOODWINKED AMERICA

Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush (policies of failures) has a lot to answer for:

War fought on the premise of uprooting weapons of mass destruction that were never found,

The failure to catch Osama Bin Laden,

Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush Disgraceful proclamation “mission accomplish”

Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush assumption that we would be greeted as liberators and not invaders

Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush invasion of our white house (America house)

Turning Iran into the "greatest beneficiary" of the Iraq war

Manipulating the price of OOIIILLLL from $24.00 a barrel to $145.00 a barrel. whose interest are they lobbying for? Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush policies are not in America’s interest.

Plans to keep American troops in Iraq for 100 years

Plans to initiate the draft to secure enough troops

These are just a few of Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush policies of failures that must stop.


AMERICA needs change now in a better direction.

Harvard Scholar Irish-American Barack Obama of Harvard Law will demonstrate how Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush has hurt OUR COUNTRY.

The World is watching how a self professed Christian Moral Nation handles its pivotal point in history during the 2008 presidential election.

Europe is looking forward to renewing friendship and cooperation with the United States through President Irish-American Barack Obama of Harvard Law.

The overwhelming majority of American soldiers are voting for Irish-American Barack Obama of Harvard Law

The World is Watching one America.

United Sates of America

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GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPER RICH SPECULATION TRILLION DOLLAR FRAUD / TREASON AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPER RICH ROB U.S. TREASURY AND AMERICAN PEOPLE

MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS ARE BECOMING POOR, BECAUSE GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPER RICH HAVE STOLEN OUR NATIONALTREASURY WEALTH THROUGH FRAUD SPECULATIONS

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET Super Rich Are Emptying Our National Treasury To Give Each Other $10 Million Dollars Bonuses Every Year While Outsourcing Our American Jobs To Foreign Sweatshops. GOP REPUBLICAN s lobby for no regulations to steal the United States National Wealth from the American People. This is not GOP REPUBLICAN patriotism in the least, but treason.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET Super Rich giving each other multi-billion dollar unsecured loans backed only by a handshake or slap on the back during golf outings and drink parties. Our United States Treasury emptied by these GOP REPUBLICAN s every year in exchange for Annual Mammoth National Debt forced upon the American People to pay.

GOP REPUBLICAN McCentury Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire is a weak nominee who lacks the intelligence to receive the 3:00 am call.

Americans are tired of corruption from McBush and his Obscenely Super Rich WALL STREET Robber Barons.

Stop Corporate Welfare.

Stop CEO Welfare.

Stop Millionaire Welfare.

Stop the rich from outsourcing American jobs.

Stop giving Golden Parachutes to the Rich for outsourcing American jobs.

Stop the Rich from using Our Public Offices for Private Ill Gotten Gains.

Stop the Rich from stealing Our National Treasury.

Stop the Rich from robbing Our National Treasury and raising the National debt.

Stop the Rich from Tax Avoidance and Tax Havens.

Stop the Rich from importing illegal drugs by the ton and destroying Our Country in the name of
WALL STREET high returns on investment.

Stop the Rich from eroding Our Constitutional Rights.

Stop the Rich (McBush, Cheney, Rice, Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire) from selling Our America to Saudi Arabia, China, India) in the name of outsourcing American jobs, selling American Banks, selling bulk shares of key American corporations.

Nationalize the American OOIIILLLL Industry for National Defense, if you love America.
America is not for sale now or ever.

Obscenely Super Rich Capitalistic privileged C students with no business running hotdog stands illegally place themselves, their rich friends, and their rich family members into the highest positions of OUR COUNTRY to maintain, promote, and expand their ill gotten wealth at the expense of Average Americans. Do you still think that lieing GOP REPUBLICAN s are patriots? I think not.

Greed and stupidity are destroying Our Country and it must stop.

America must get back to moral decency, family values, respect, honor, scholarship, and service to the general Public.

America is about Public Service and not private greed.

Change is happening and America, Europe and the World welcome cooperation.

Out with GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET Robber Barons.

In with the U.S. Constitution and the American People.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

We The People Are Voting For Harvard Scholar, Irish-American, and Constitution Law Professor Barack Obama.


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LOBBYIST MCCAIN WALL STREET OOIIILLLL MILLIONAIRE-MCBUSH AND THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE (THE HAGUE) WILL HOLD MCBUSH, CHENEY AND RICE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ILLEGAL IRAQ WAR

The American People Have Been MCCAINED, HOODWINKED, BUSHWHACKED By the GOP REPUBLICAN LOBBYISTS PARTY OF

The GOP REPUBLICAN Party has sold its soul in exchange for private WALL STREET gains that have sent trillions of Our U.S. dollars overseas to sweatshops and tax havens at the expense of the American People. This blindly overzealous Las Vegas gambling style GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET greed, which is selling to the highest bidder Our Beautiful Country must stop. America doesn’t belong to the greedy GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET Banks. Our Beautiful America belongs with Americans. It’s time to get that straight.

The OOIIILLLL Crisis is a National Emergency that must be imGOP OWNED MEDIA OF MISINFORMATIONtely Nationalized for National Defense. America must be saved by the American People. We’ve learned that America cannot rely on irresponsibly greedy GOP REPUBLICAN s WALL STREET Banks that have no loyalty to the American People. The greedy GOP REPUBLICAN s are outsourcing American jobs to overseas sweatshops and sending trillions of Our U.S. dollars to overseas tax haven. These greedy GOP REPUBLICAN acts are giving foreign governments and private billionaires a direct say and ownership in Our Country. The GOP REPUBLICAN s are not patriots, but destroyers of the American Dream. We the People must take back Our Beautiful America Now.

International Court of Justice (The Hague) will question Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush-Cheney-Rice in January about their involvement in the Iraq War.

A long-delayed Senate committee report endorsed by Democrats and some GOP REPUBLICAN s concluded that President McBush and his aides built the public case for war against Iraq by exaggerating available intelligence and by ignoring disagreements among spy agencies about Iraq’s weapons programs and Saddam Hussein’s links to Al Qaeda.

The report was released after years of partisan squabbling, and it represented the close of five years of investigations by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence into the use, abuse and faulty assessments of intelligence leading to the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

That some McBush administration claims about the Iraqi threat turned out to be false is hardly new. But the report, based on a detailed review of public statements by Mr. McBush and other officials, was the most comprehensive effort to date to assess whether policy makers systematically painted a more dire picture about Iraq than was justified by the available intelligence.

The 170-page report accuses Mr. McBush, Vice President Dick Cheney and other top officials of repeatedly overstating the Iraqi threat in the emotional aftermath of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

In a statement accompanying the report the president and his advisers undertook a relentless public campaign in the aftermath of the attacks to use the war against Al Qaeda as a justification for overthrowing Saddam Hussein.

The report on the prewar statements found that on some important issues, most notably on what was believed to be Iraq’s nuclear, biological and chemical weapons programs, the public statements from Mr. McBush, Mr. Cheney and other senior officials were substantiated. The administration statements did not reflect the intelligence agencies’ uncertainties about the evidence or the disputes among them.

In a separate report the intelligence committee provided new details about a series of clandestine meetings in Rome and Paris between Pentagon officials and Iranian dissidents in 2001 and 2003. The meetings included discussions about possible covert actions to destabilize the government in Tehran, and were used by the Pentagon officials to glean information about rivalries in Iran and what was thought to be an Iranian hit team intending to attack American troops in Afghanistan.

The report criticized the meetings as ill advised and keeping the State Department and intelligence agencies in the dark about the meetings, which the report portrayed as part of a rogue intelligence operation.

The two reports were the final parts of the committee’s so-called Phase 2 investigation of prewar intelligence on Iraq and related issues. The first phase of the inquiry, begun in the summer of 2003 and completed in July 2004, identified grave faults in the C.I.A.’s analysis of the threat posed by Mr. Hussein.

The report on Iraq was especially critical of statements by the president and vice president linking Iraq to Al Qaeda and raising the possibility that Mr. Hussein might supply the terrorist group with unconventional weapons. Representing to the American people that the two had an operational partnership and posed a single, indistinguishable threat was fundamentally misleading and led the nation to war on false premises.

GOP REPUBLICAN s on the committee sharply dissented from the report’s findings and suggested that the investigation was a partisan smoke screen to obscure the real story: that the C.I.A. failed the McBush administration by delivering intelligence assessments to policy makers that have since been discredited.

The report about the McBush administration’s public statements offers some new details about the intelligence information that was available to policy makers as they built a case for war. For instance, in September 2002 the defense secretary told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Iraq problem cannot be solved by airstrikes alone, because Iraqi chemical and biological weapons were so deeply buried that they could not be penetrated by American bombs.

Two months later, however, the National Intelligence Council wrote an assessment concluding that the Iraqi underground weapons facilities identified by the intelligence agencies are vulnerable to conventional, precision-guided, penetrating munitions because they are not deeply buried.

Congress had never been told about the National Intelligence Council’s assessment.

International Court of Justice (The Hague in Europe) will question Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush-Cheney-Rice in January about their involvement in the Iraq War.

The OOIIILLLL Crisis is a National Emergency that must be imGOP OWNED MEDIA OF MISINFORMATIONtely Nationalized for National Defense. America must be saved by the American People. We’ve learned that America cannot rely on irresponsibly greedy GOP REPUBLICAN s WALL STREET Banks that have no loyalty to the American People. The greedy GOP REPUBLICAN s are outsourcing American jobs to overseas sweatshops and sending trillions of Our U.S. dollars to overseas tax haven. These greedy GOP REPUBLICAN acts are giving foreign governments and private billionaires a direct say and ownership in Our Country. The GOP REPUBLICAN s are not patriots, but destroyers of the American Dream. We the People must take back Our Beautiful America Now.

The American People Have Been Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaireed-McBushed-Hoodwinked-Bushwhacked By the GOP REPUBLICAN Lobbyists and Party of .

America will restore it’s Constitution and closely regulate Criminal WALL STREET GOP REPUBLICAN s.

Your choice between a Harvard Law Scholar Obama or Computer Illiterate Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire


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PRESIDENT OBAMA OF HARVARD LAW PREDICTED TO HEAL AMERICA AND THE WORLD

The match-up between John Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire and Irish-American Barack Obama of Harvard Law is close in nationwide surveys in the United States, but around the World it's no contest: Obama of Harvard Law prevails.

A survey of 24 nations taken by the Pew Global Attitudes Project finds high levels of interest in the U.S. presidential election and broad optimism that American foreign policy "will change for the better" after the inauguration of a new president next year.

In 21 of the 23 foreign countries, those polled express more faith in Obama of Harvard Law than in Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire to "do the right thing regarding World affairs." In the other two nations, Pakistan and Jordan, neither inspires much confidence.

"Obama of Harvard Law obviously has an appeal that has crossed the waters," says Andrew Kohut, who directs the Pew project. "Some of it may have to do with his being associated with opposition to the war in Iraq, which is consistent with views of people around the World. Some of it may have to do with his charismatic qualities and the fact that he's different than the typical American presidential candidate."

Among the findings:

•Interest is high. Japanese are even more likely than Americans to say they are following the election closely. At least of half of those surveyed in Germany, Australia, Jordan and Britain say they are paying attention. In most of the nations surveyed, a third or more are tuning in.

•Optimism about a new president is broad. About two-thirds of those surveyed in France, Spain, Germany, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania predict U.S. foreign policy will improve after the inauguration. In 20 of 24 nations, more say U.S. foreign policy will change for the better than for the worse.

•Obama of Harvard Law is heavily favored. In 21 of 23 countries, more people have faith in the Illinois senator than in Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire to "do the right thing" in foreign affairs. The two contenders were essentially tied in the United States and Jordan.

In most countries, Obama of Harvard Law is also more trusted than Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire. The contrast was particular steep in Europe, where McBush made his farewell presidential tour. In France, where he visits Friday, 13% say they have "a lot" or some confidence in McBush to do the right thing. Six times as many, 84%, say that of Obama of Harvard Law.

If the best the GOP REPUBLICAN Get Rich By Selling America Party can do is Bush and Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire, then the GOP REPUBLICAN Party should be dissolved.

Your choice between Harvard Law Scholar Irish-American Barack Obama or Computer Illiterate C Student GOP REPUBLICAN Sell America For A Quick Profit Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire.

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United States Constitution - We the people of the United States


Democrat $24 barrel of OOIIILLLL

DEMOCRAT $1.50 A GALLON OF GASOLINE


OOIIILLLL was $24 a barrel when Democrats left office


A gallon of gasoline was $1.50 when Democrats left office


GOP REPUBLICAN s took office to change OOIIILLLL to $145 a barrel

GOP REPUBLICAN s took office to change gasoline to $4.50 a gallon


GOP REPUBLICAN $145 barrel of OOIIILLLL


A gallon of gasoline is $4.50 under the GOP REPUBLICAN s

Rising OOIIILLLL Prices Swell Profits at Exxon and Shell

You do the math and decide if Texas OOIIILLLL millionaires warrant investigations to protect the American people.


BUSH, CHENEY, RICE, AND LOBBYIST MCCAIN WALL STREET OOIIILLLL MILLIONAIRES


Aren’t there LAWS against defrauding the American People (US Constitution), robbing the US Treasury, and using US Government Offices for private gains?

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET Conspiracy to defraud the American People and steal from the United States Treasury.


GOP REPUBLICAN abusive power and blind greed run amok to transfer the American economy into the private capitalistic pockets of the Obscene Super rich who own and run WALL STREET.


GOP REPUBLICAN s are manipulating the market system to make the many (95 percent of American citizens) suffer and serve the Obscene Superwealthy few (5 percent WALL STREET Obscene Supercapitalists).


GOP REPUBLICAN s Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush III Trillion Dollar War Crisis


GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET MILLIONAIRES ARE PAYING THEMSELVES $10,000,000 BONUSES FROM MONEY STOLEN FROM THE UNITED STATES TREASURY, WHILE SENDING OUR AMERCAN JOBS OVERSEAS. RECKLESS OUTSOURCING IS DESTROYING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING AND THE AMERICAN ECONOMY.


No more GOP REPUBLICAN lies, conspiracies, and grand larcenies.


GOP REPUBLICAN $155 barrel of OOIIILLLL speculations
GOP REPUBLICAN $175 barrel of OOIIILLLL speculations
GOP REPUBLICAN $195 barrel of OOIIILLLL speculations
GOP REPUBLICAN $215 barrel of OOIIILLLL speculations
GOP REPUBLICAN $235 barrel of OOIIILLLL speculations
GOP REPUBLICAN $255 barrel of OOIIILLLL speculations


GOP REPUBLICAN $4.50 a Gallon Gasoline speculations
GOP REPUBLICAN $5.00 a Gallon Gasoline speculations
GOP REPUBLICAN $5.50 a Gallon Gasoline speculations
GOP REPUBLICAN $6.00 a Gallon Gasoline speculations
GOP REPUBLICAN $6.50 a Gallon Gasoline speculations
GOP REPUBLICAN $7.00 a Gallon Gasoline speculations


When does it stop if ever?


GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET Greed Speculation does not work.
GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET Greed Speculation is hurting America.
GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET Greed Speculation is hurting Our Constitutional Rights.


Stop GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET OOIIILLLL speculations today


GOP REPUBLICAN OOIIILLLL addiction has become the new crack drug and we better get off soon


GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET MILLIONAIRES ARE PAYING THEMSELVES $10,000,000 BONUSES FROM MONEY STOLEN FROM THE UNITED STATES TREASURY, WHILE SENDING OUR AMERCAN JOBS OVERSEAS. RECKLESS AMERICAN JOB OUTSOURCING IS DESTROYING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING AND THE AMERICAN ECONOMY.


Nationalize U.S. OOIIILLLL For National Defense.
Nationalize U.S. OOIIILLLL For National Defense.
Nationalize U.S. OOIIILLLL For National Defense.


Clean nuclear electric energy is the answer. USA partnership with France will produce clean abundant Nuclear Fusion electricity. Eighty percent of French electricity is produce through nuclear energy. USA will learn nuclear production of clean energy.

Over 35 percent of France’s total energy requirement and over 78 percent of French electricity demands are met by nuclear energy. In 1999, France generated 375 billion kWh of electricity from its fifty-eight pressurized water reactors currently in operation. The electrical generation capacity of these plants is 65,702 MWe. France also operates one fast reactor, which generates 250 MWe of energy.

Because of their large operation capacity, the French also export energy, mainly to the rest of Europe, roughly 72.1 TWh per year. This large amount of energy generation allows France to be more energy self-sufficient than most European countries. In fact, France is over 50 percent able to meet its own energy needs, an incredibly large percentage for a modernized, western country. In comparison, Italy is only 18 percent energy self-sufficient. This was one of the goals of the French Nuclear program, to decrease French dependence on foreign energy sources.

The French national energy company, Electricite¢ de France (EDF) runs France’s nuclear power plants. The EDF was created in 1946 to alleviate the energy shortage that occurred just after World War II. In the 1950s the EDF provided France with the energy to modernize itself into an industrial power. However like most energy corporations, the EDF relied heavily on hydrocarbon generation up until the first OOIIILLLL CRISIS occurred. Then it was decided that the EDF should pursue NUCLEAR ENERGY TO REDUCE FRENCH DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN ENERGY.


We the people of the United States.


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WHY A BARREL OF OOIIILLLL ROSE FROM $24 TO $145 WHEN GOP REPUBLICAN OOIIILLLL MILLIONAIRES BUSH, CHENEY, RICE, AND LOBBYIST MCCAIN WALL STREET OOIIILLLL MILLIONAIRES TOOK OVER


GOP REPUBLICAN Get Rich By Selling America And Using Our Public Office For Private Gains Is Treason against the American People. Big OOIIILLLL inside trading millionaires Bush, Cheney, Rice, and Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire will answer for war crimes.

The White House connection to Big OOIIILLLL goes too far. Now Chevron's OOIIILLLL tanker named Condoleezza Rice is too much OOIIILLLL conspiracy in the face of the American people.

The double-hulled OOIIILLLL giant, Condoleezza Rice, is part of the international OOIIILLLL tanker fleet of the San Francisco-based multinational OOIIILLLL firm, named several years ago Rice because she is a Chevron OOIIILLLL board member and stockholder.

Rice serves on Chevron's OOIIILLLL board and Bush Administration.

Far too cozy relationship among multinational energy giants, Bush and his key advisers -- including Vice President Dick Cheney and Rice.

There's never been an administration in power in this country that has been so close to a single industry, the OOIIILLLL-and-gas industry.

You wonder why a barrel of OOIIILLLL rose from $24 to $145 when OOIIILLLL millionaires Bush, Cheney, Rice took over. You wonder why a gallon of gasoline rose from $1.50 to $4.50 when OOIIILLLL millionaires Bush, Cheney, Rice took over.

Public Integrity raised the issue of the OOIIILLLL tanker's moniker. Look at the president and his background, the vice president (executive at Halliburton), (Commerce Secretary) Don Evans and his OOIIILLLL interests . . . and now this."

Rice closeness to a major OOIIILLLL company. It's not every day that someone has an OOIIILLLL tanker named after her.

Bush specifically request the Condoleezza Rice OOIIILLLL tanker be given a name change -- particularly since Chevron OOIIILLLL does business on six continents and 25 countries, and has been sued for human rights abuses in Nigeria.

The Center for Constitutional Rights filed suit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, charging Chevron OOIIILLLL aided Nigerian police in attacks on local communities protesting Chevron OOIIILLLL production activities.

The Rice OOIIILLLL tanker came up at the White House briefing in connection with the incident in Nigeria.

Chevron OOIIILLLL giant has no intention of renaming the Condoleezza Rice and noted that board member Carla Hills also had a Chevron OOIIILLLL tanker named in her honor before she was appointed former President George Bush's trade secretary -- and the vessel has kept the name.

Naming OOIIILLLL tankers after members of the OOIIILLLL board of directors.

Rice's office did not return repeated phone calls, but she told Fox TV that she has no regrets regarding her Chevron OOIIILLLL ties and huge WALL STREET OOIIILLLL profits. Big OOIIILLLL has been good to me.

Rice and the White House decisions directly involving Chevron OOIIILLLL. Condi Rice is dealing with issues that are enormous interest to Chevron OOIIILLLL. From a public relations standpoint, they're desperately hoping this is one OOIIILLLL tanker that doesn't run aground. That could be a major problem.


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IRISH-AMERICAN BARACK OBAMA OF HARVARD LAW WILL bring back our United States Constitution and Rights of the American people. Who is better to save the country than an Ivy League United States Constitution Law professor who loves his country more than GOP REPUBLICAN s love ill gotten WALL STREET speculation money.


GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET MILLIONAIRES ARE PAYING THEMSELVES $10,000,000 BONUSES FROM MONEY STOLEN FROM THE UNITED STATES TREASURY, WHILE SENDING OUR AMERCAN JOBS OVERSEAS. RECKLESS OUTSOURCING IS DESTROYING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING AND THE AMERICAN ECONOMY.


Stop GOP REPUBLICAN Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire from selling our America.


This remarkable unleashing of deep Democratic energies went hand in hand with clever GOP REPUBLICAN efforts to subvert the will of the American People, whether by overt corruption or covert manipulation. This corruption or manipulation resulted from the widespread market activity that was incompatible with the good of the American Public. American Citizens were well aware that the voices of the People could be offset by powerful GOP REPUBLICAN market elites bending the system to serve the interests of the few. The economic power of the GOP REPUBLICAN s was recognized to be the primary source of WALL STREET speculators’ corruptions.

Democratic dialogue was motivated by opposition to the market–driven greedy GOP REPUBLICAN s obsessed with obscene quantity of moneymaking with little regard for the quality of the Public’s Democracy. Democratic love of wisdom was contrasted sharply against the GOP REPUBLICAN s love of money.

Impeach the defunct GOP REPUBLICAN Party of WALL STREET Obscene Super Rich Thieves for milking our country the way wolves milk cows. America deserves intelligent and honest leadership demonstrated by scholars who love America, Americans and Our Freedom. America the Beautiful belongs to All Americans and will no longer be the plaything for WALL STREET Obscene Super Rich GOP REPUBLICAN s wolves.


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INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE (THE HAGUE) WISHES TO SPEAK WITH MCBUSH, CHENEY, RICE, LOBBYIST MCCAIN WALL STREET OOIIILLLL MILLIONAIRE IN JANUARY FOR WAR CRIMES.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET Get Rich By Selling America Party started the illegal Iraq War. Now the GOP REPUBLICAN s are totally obligated to imGOP OWNED MEDIA OF MISINFORMATIONtely stop the illegal Iraq War.

Mumbles Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire came into conflict with higher-ranking personnel and did not always obey the rules, which contributed to a very low class rank (894 of 899) that he did not aim to improve. Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire earned a reputation as a partying man. The planes he was flying crashed twice and once collided with power lines.

McSame Poor Military Record / McWife Former Criminal Drug Addict

GOP REPUBLICAN John Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire (McBush III) is a weak candidate, but that does not give him the excuse to publicly insult his wife who is a recovering drug addict.

In 1989, Cindy Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire became addicted to opioid painkillers such as Percocet and Vicodin, which she initially took to alleviate pain following two spinal surgeries for ruptured discs and to ease emotional stress during the Keating Five scandal, which involved her as a bookkeeper who had difficulty finding receipts.

The addiction progressed to where she resorted to stealing drugs from her own AVMT. During 1992, Tom Gosinski, the director of government and international affairs for AVMT, discovered her drug theft.

Subsequently in 1992, her parents staged an intervention to force her to get help; she told her husband about her problem, attended a drug treatment facility, began outpatient sessions, and ended her three years of active addiction.

In January 1993, Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire terminated Gosinski's employment on grounds of budgetary reasons. In spring 1993, Gosinski tipped off the Drug Enforcement Administration to investigate Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire's drug theft, and a federal investigation ensued.

Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire's defense team, led by Washington lawyer John Dowd, secured an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's office that limited her punishment to financial restitution and enrollment in a diversion program, without any public disclosure.

Meanwhile, in early 1994 Gosinski filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire, which he told her he would settle for $250,000. In April 1994, Dowd requested that Maricopa County officials investigate Gosinski for extortion. The Phoenix New Times was about to publish a negatively-cast article about the whole affair.

Cindy Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire pre-empted this by publicly revealing her past addiction, stating she hoped it would give fellow drug addicts courage in their struggles: "Although my conduct did not result in compromising any missions of AVMT, my actions were wrong, and I regret them."

A flurry of press attention followed, including charges by Gosinski that she had asked him to lie concerning her drug use when the Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaires were applying to adopt their baby from Bangladesh and statements by past AVMT employees that Gosinski had once threatened to blackmail her.

The Arizona Republic published an editorial cartoon ridiculing the motivations for her AVMT work and an award dinner in her honor was canceled citing poor ticket sales. In the end, both Gosinski's lawsuit and the extortion investigation against him were dropped.

AVMT concluded its activities in 1995. That year, Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire founded a new organization, the Hensley Family Foundation, which donates monies towards children's programs in Arizona and nationally, and she was largely a stay-at-home mom during the balance of the 1990s. She also held positions as vice president, director, and vice chair of Hensley & Co.

It is difficult to protect the country with McSame who graduated last in his war college and last on the battlefield. You cannot protect the country while spending your career as a prisoner.

Basically, McSame is qualified to be a prisoner and his McWife a recovering drug counselor.

Irish-American Barack Obama of Harvard Law takes the high road, while Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire swims in the sewer.


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Racial profile raids violate our Constitutional Rights and must be stopped imGOP OWNED MEDIA OF MISINFORMATIONtely. American industries rely heavily upon Latin workers and must protect them and American industries from these violations. These workers are productive and vital members of our society and must be protected.

If someone commits a crime and is picked up by the authority, then by all means check his/her status. Destructive people should be checked and separated from society.

Pulling a racial profile raid (telling workers to get off the roof and stand in line, because they have brown skin) is a violation of our Constitutional Rights.

Raiding a Latin birthday party and telling everyone to line up is a violation of our Constitutional Rights.

Raiding an Indian wedding and telling everyone to line up is a violation of our Constitutional Rights.

Going after law breakers and checking their status are correct actions.
Patrolling the borders to maintain America's safety from smugglers is the right thing to do.
Prosecuting WALL STREET bankers for drug money laundry is the right thing to do.
Prosecuting owners and executives of container ships bringing illegal drugs by the tons is the right thing to do.
Prosecuting WALL STREET price fixers, market manipulators and destructive speculators is the right thing to do.

Going after innocent productive members of society, because they have brown skin is a violation of our Constitutional Rights.

Americans have grown so fat, lazy and addicted that if you asked them to cook their own food; watch their own kids; clean their own homes; wash their own clothes; build their own homes; landscape their own yards; pick their own food; or repair their own cars; then they would faint.


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Democrats left office with gasoline at $1.50 a gallon and OOIIILLLL at $24 a barrel.

GOP REPUBLICAN takes office and raises gasoline to $4.50 a gallon and OOIIILLLL to $145 a barrel.

Which group loves America and which group loves money by any means?

Irish-American Barack Obama of Harvard Law takes the high road, while Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire swims in the sewer.

GOP REPUBLICAN MCBUSH TAX BREAK FOR THE OBSCENE SUPER RICH
Let's call this trillion-dollar giveaway what it is - the Paris Hilton Tax Break. It's about giving billions of dollars to billionaire heirs and heiresses at a time when American taxpayers just can't afford it.

The REPUBLICAN s have brought out the Paris Hilton Tax Break in June because they're eager to make it an election issue in November.

And I think that's fine. In fact, I'm eager for the American people to choose. Because if people want their government to spend one trillion dollars - an amount more than double what we've spent on Iraq, Afghanistan, and the War on Terror combined - on tax breaks for multimillionaires and multibillionaires, than the GOP REPUBLICAN Get Rich Quick By Selling America and Robbing the US Treasury is your party.

If the American people want to borrow billions more from the Chinese, spend billions more in taxes to pay the interest on our debt, and watch billions cut from health care and education and Gulf Coast Reconstruction, then the Paris Hilton Tax Break is your tax break

Irish-American Barack Obama of Harvard Law takes the high road, while Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire swims in the sewer.


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GROWING FOREIGN STAKE IN U.S. BANKS AND OUTRAGEOUS OOIIILLLL PRICES COMPROMISE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET Speculators Selling America To High Bidding Foreign Governments and Billionaires Compromises Our National Security

The nation's biggest financial firms, battered by huge losses in their mortgage businesses, are relying on an enigmatic source for cash: foreign governments in the Middle East and Asia.

Citigroup sold a 7.8 percent stake in the company worth $14.5 billion to a group of investors, including the government of Singapore and Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, as it revealed a colossal $10 billion loss. Merrill Lynch reported a massive loss, said that it sold a special class of stock worth $6.6 billion to funds managed by South Korea and Kuwait.

U.S. Banks have sought help from foreign government investment pools, known as sovereign wealth funds.

The worsening credit crunch in the United States has left domestic financial institutions with little choice but to seek help from foreign governments that have been enriched by the surge in the price of OOIIILLLL and the trade gap between the United States and Asia.

Once satisfied with holding safe bonds such as U.S. Treasurys, these countries now are stockpiling some of the largest investment funds in history and are looking for bargains in the ailing U.S. financial sector. Sovereign wealth funds have invested more than $40 billion in WALL STREET's biggest names, including UBS, Morgan Stanley and Bear Stearns.

The rapid rise of these funds represents a fundamental shift in financial power away from the United States. And their growing clout is causing concern on Capitol Hill.

"As investments by sovereign wealth funds in American companies increase and the specter of control and undue influence by government entities looms. "We should be keeping a watchful eye on these investments as they increase in size and scope."

A major issue for lawmakers is the transparency of these funds. Some, like Norway's, which has $350 billion, are upfront about their activities. Others, such as the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority's $875 billion fund, which is the World's largest, are more secretive.

Sovereign wealth funds recently have preferred to make passive investments that do not allow them to have any say in management decisions.

They don't want to worry the markets. "But you have to ask the question: 'What do they really want?' And that's the mystery behind these funds, we don't know who runs them."

Lawmakers reacted strongly against a Dubai firm that wanted to buy U.S. seaports in 2006 and a state-run Chinese firm that tried to take over a U.S. OOIIILLLL company in 2005. But since those incidents, sovereign wealth fund managers have become more savvy in their dealings with Congress by hiring lobbyists and by keeping their stakes low enough that they don't trigger reviews by regulators.

Little furor erupted last summer when Dubai paid $825 million for U.S. clothing retailer Barneys New York in June and followed with a 19.9 percent stake in the NASDAQ Stock Market.

The greater concern is the economic weakness that has eroded the power of the U.S. banking system.

GOP REPUBLICAN on the Senate Banking Committee, has asked the Government Accountability Office to study the emergence of sovereign funds. GOP REPUBLICAN recognizes the important role that foreign direct investment plays in the U.S. economy, and he welcomes such investment though it compromises our national security.

About two dozen countries have established sovereign wealth funds, including Libya, Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Australia. While precise data about these funds are difficult to obtain, GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET analysts agree that their value Worldwide has reached $2 trillion and is likely to grow at least fivefold by 2012.

Notable funds include Norway's, which is viewed as a model of transparency and governance. Its managers have been actively advising several nations, including East Timor, Bolivia, Nigeria and Russia, which are starting funds. The Kuwait Investment Authority, a longtime investor in Chrysler, and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority are also respected for their acumen and size.

China's source of money is its trade surplus with the United States and other countries. In the past, China poured much of its surplus of $1.3 trillion into U.S. Treasurys. Now it is seeking higher returns and a more diversified investment strategy. On Sept. 29, it took $200 billion from its surplus and launched a sovereign wealth fund. One of the fund's first moves was to invest $3 billion into one of GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET's biggest names, private-equity giant Blackstone.

Sovereign funds' activity has demonstrated that they are primarily focused on maximizing profit by any means. They are not investing in the United States as "a goodwill gesture, but they are not doing it as foreign policy either -- they are doing it to make obscene quantity of money at the American taxpayer (U.S. Treasury) expense.”

What Are the Consequences of a Government Bailout?

Paying for GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET Losses:
A bailout would potentially put taxpayers on the hook for billions to offset Fannie's and Freddie's losses.

National Debt
It would most likely make it more expensive for the United States government to borrow money in the future, since the government's potential obligations, which currently stand at $9 trillion, would rise by an additional $5 trillion.

Investors Suffer
Shares of Fannie and Freddie would probably be worth little or nothing.


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AMERICA AND EUROPE LOVES PRESIDENT IRISH-AMERICAN BARACK OBAMA OF HARVARD LAW

Irish-American Barack Obama of Harvard Law bolsters his foreign policy credentials back home with trips to Germany, Britain, France, and the Middle East. The most visible and symbolically important stop was Berlin, where he gave a major address in front of 200,000 adoring friends of the next American president. He received the warmest welcome in history reminiscent of President John F. Kennedy’s legendary visit and “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in 1963.

Obama of Harvard Law is viewed in Germany as the next Kennedy, and he is linking his theme of a generational change in leadership to Kennedy’s appeal for the torch to be passed to a new generation.

The expectations in Europe are sky-high. Obama of Harvard Law has the confidence of 84 percent of the French, 82 percent of the Germans and 74 percent of the Brits.

First, Obama of Harvard Law is not President Bush, and he is not a REPUBLICAN . This is seen as a great plus by most Europeans, especially Germans, because Europeans do not like GOP REPUBLICAN s Bush or Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire.

For Europeans, Bush represents a militaristic approach to international affairs, compounded by bad manners (unilateralism) and a naive and reckless engagement with an un-American World. Like most Americans, Europeans believe the Iraq war was a major mistake and a violation of international law. This has damaged the image both of American competence and of America as a democracy that respects international law and civil liberties. The Hague will question Bush, Cheney, Rice and Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire in January about War Crimes. Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire is seen as Bush’s third term of incompetence.

Obama of Harvard Law’s appeal goes beyond the fact that he is not Bush. He, and many of his foreign policy advisers, are of a younger generation shaped by the post-Cold War era. In addition, he has lived outside the U.S. and is able to see how the country is viewed by non-Americans. This makes him better equipped to deal with a new transatlantic relationship, forged not by the East-West conflict but by the challenges of globalization. Kennedy spoke in a divided Berlin and thought of Germany and Europe as the pivot in the struggle with the Soviet Union. Obama of Harvard Law will speak to Berliners, many of whom were born after the wall fell, and to a Europe that is an indispensable partner in dealing with such non-European challenges as global terrorism, energy and climate security, and the proliferation of nuclear weapons. He will be thinking of Afghanistan and the Middle East rather than of Berlin or even the Balkans.

In this sense, he can connect to his audience and to the leaders of Europe, most of whom are closer in age and outlook to him than they are to the elderly Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire. And Obama of Harvard Law looks like the new America, with its racial diversity and openness to new groups. This alone will transform the image of Bush’s America among most Europeans.

In addition, Obama of Harvard Law is cool and Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire is hot, and Europeans prefer cool. He is unflappable, while Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire’s temper is legendary. And he is willing to deal with the World as it is and to live with the messiness this implies, including dealing with some unpleasant characters. This is very much a European approach, something Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire regards as appeasement and acceptance of evil. Obama of Harvard Law is soft power, while Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire comes across as a military man who is only too willing to resort to force or the threat of force.

Obama of Harvard Law understands the limits of American power in a post-Iraq-war World, and this is an assessment that is shared by many European leaders. Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire talks of never surrendering in Iraq and of the continuing primacy of American power. This rhetoric plays better on the American campaign trail than it does with Europeans, who think such concepts are as archaic as Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire’s confessed non-use of the Internet (computer illiterate).

The REPUBLICAN s have been trying to take this disadvantage and turn it into a plus for Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire by arguing, as they did successfully against John F. Kerry, that Obama of Harvard Law is too European. Mitt Romney took up this theme last week, saying, “I do think that, frankly, Irish-American Barack Obama of Harvard Law looks toward Europe for a lot of his inspiration. Due to GOP REPUBLICAN ures, two-thirds of Americans believe the U.S. is less respected in the World today than it has been in the past. The poll also found that 60 percent of REPUBLICAN s felt this way, with 43 percent of GOP supporters regarding it as a major problem.

If Obama of Harvard Law is sworn in as president next January, there will be a major political climate change in transatlantic relations — in the direction of a welcome warming on both sides.

The conditions are ripe for a major improvement and transformation of transatlantic relations. The atmosphere will improve and the upside of an Obama of Harvard Law victory would clearly be greater.

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UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD.

My mother was born in the heartland of America and my father grew up in Kenya.

At the height of the Cold War, my father decided that his yearning and dream required the freedom and opportunity promised by the West. So he wrote letter after letter to universities all across America until somebody answered his prayer for a better life.

That is why I’m here. And you are here because you too know that yearning. This city knows the dream of freedom. And you know that the only reason we stand here tonight is because men and women from both of our nations came together to work, struggle and sacrifice for that better life.

Ours is a partnership that truly began sixty years ago this summer, on the day when the first American plane touched down at Templehof.

On that day, much of this continent still lay in ruin. The rubble of this city had yet to be built into a wall. The Soviet shadow had swept across Eastern Europe, while in the West, America, Britain, and France took stock of their losses, and pondered how the World might be remade.

This is where the two sides met. And on the twenty-fourth of June, 1948, the Communists chose to blockade the western part of the city. They cut off food and supplies to more than two million Germans in an effort to extinguish the last flame of freedom in Berlin.

The size of our forces was no match for the much larger Soviet Army. And yet retreat would have allowed Communism to march across Europe. Where the last war had ended, another World War could have easily begun. All that stood in the way was Berlin.

And that’s when the airlift began – when the largest and most unlikely rescue in history brought food and hope to the people of this city.

The odds were stacked against success. In the winter, a heavy fog filled the sky above, and many planes were forced to turn back without dropping off the needed supplies. The streets where we stand were filled with hungry families who had no comfort from the cold.

But in the darkest hours, the people of Berlin kept the flame of hope burning. The people of Berlin refused to give up. And on one fall day, hundreds of thousands of Berliners came here, to the Tiergarten, and heard the city’s mayor implore the World not to give up on freedom. “There is only one possibility,” he said. “For us to stand together united until this battle is won…The people of Berlin have spoken. We have done our duty, and we will keep on doing our duty. People of the World: now do your duty…People of the World, look at Berlin!”
People of the World – look at Berlin!

Look at Berlin, where Germans and Americans learned to work together and trust each other less than three years after facing each other on the field of battle.

Look at Berlin, where the determination of a people met the generosity of the Marshall Plan and created a German miracle; where a victory over tyranny gave rise to NATO, the greatest alliance ever formed to defend our common security.

Look at Berlin, where the bullet holes in the buildings and the somber stones and pillars near the Brandenburg Gate insist that we never forget our common humanity.

People of the World – look at Berlin, where a wall came down, a continent came together, and history proved that there is no challenge too great for a World that stands as one.

Sixty years after the airlift, we are called upon again. History has led us to a new crossroad, with new promise and new peril. When you, the German people, tore down that wall – a wall that divided East and West; freedom and tyranny; fear and hope – walls came tumbling down around the World. From Kiev to Cape Town, prison camps were closed, and the doors of democracy were opened. Markets opened too, and the spread of information and technology reduced barriers to opportunity and prosperity. While the 20th century taught us that we share a common destiny, the 21st has revealed a World more intertwined than at any time in human history.

The fall of the Berlin Wall brought new hope. But that very closeness has given rise to new dangers – dangers that cannot be contained within the borders of a country or by the distance of an ocean.

The terrorists of September 11th plotted in Hamburg and trained in Kandahar and Karachi before killing thousands from all over the Globe on American sOOIIILLLL.

As we speak, cars in Boston and factories in Beijing are melting the ice caps in the Arctic, shrinking coastlines in the Atlantic, and bringing drought to farms from Kansas to Kenya.
Poorly secured nuclear material in the former Soviet Union, or secrets from a scientist in Pakistan could help build a bomb that detonates in Paris. The poppies in Afghanistan become the heroin in Berlin. The poverty and violence in Somalia breeds the terror of tomorrow. The genocide in Darfur shames the conscience of us all.

In this new World, such dangerous currents have swept along faster than our efforts to contain them. That is why we cannot afford to be divided. No one nation, no matter how large or powerful, can defeat such challenges alone. None of us can deny these threats, or escape responsibility in meeting them. Yet, in the absence of Soviet tanks and a terrible wall, it has become easy to forget this truth. And if we’re honest with each other, we know that sometimes, on both sides of the Atlantic, we have drifted apart, and forgotten our shared destiny.

In Europe, the view that America is part of what has gone wrong in our World, rather than a force to help make it right, has become all too common. In America, there are voices that deride and deny the importance of Europe’s role in our security and our future. Both views miss the truth – that Europeans today are bearing new burdens and taking more responsibility in critical parts of the World; and that just as American bases built in the last century still help to defend the security of this continent, so does our country still sacrifice greatly for freedom around the Globe.

Yes, there have been differences between America and Europe. No doubt, there will be differences in the future. But the burdens of Global citizenship continue to bind us together. A change of leadership in Washington will not lift this burden. In this new century, Americans and Europeans alike will be required to do more – not less. Partnership and cooperation among nations is not a choice; it is the one way, the only way, to protect our common security and advance our common humanity.

That is why the greatest danger of all is to allow new walls to divide us from one another. The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand. The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down.

We know they have fallen before. After centuries of strife, the people of Europe have formed a Union of promise and prosperity. Here, at the base of a column built to mark victory in war, we meet in the center of a Europe at peace. Not only have walls come down in Berlin, but they have come down in Belfast, where Protestant and Catholic found a way to live together; in the Balkans, where our Atlantic alliance ended wars and brought savage war criminals to justice; and in South Africa, where the struggle of a courageous people defeated apartheid.

So history reminds us that walls can be torn down. But the task is never easy. True partnership and true progress requires constant work and sustained sacrifice. They require sharing the burdens of development and diplomacy; of progress and peace. They require allies who will listen to each other, learn from each other and, most of all, trust each other.

That is why America cannot turn inward. That is why Europe cannot turn inward. America has no better partner than Europe. Now is the time to build new bridges across the Globe as strong as the one that bound us across the Atlantic. Now is the time to join together, through constant cooperation, strong institutions, shared sacrifice, and a Global commitment to progress, to meet the challenges of the 21st century. It was this spirit that led airlift planes to appear in the sky above our heads, and people to assemble where we stand today. And this is the moment when our nations – and all nations – must summon that spirit anew.

This is the moment when we must defeat terror and dry up the well of extremism that supports it. This threat is real and we cannot shrink from our responsibility to combat it. If we could create NATO to face down the Soviet Union, we can join in a new and Global partnership to dismantle the networks that have struck in Madrid and Amman; in London and Bali; in Washington and New York. If we could win a battle of ideas against the communists, we can stand with the vast majority of Muslims who reject the extremism that leads to hate instead of hope.

This is the moment when we must renew our resolve to rout the terrorists who threaten our security in Afghanistan, and the traffickers who sell drugs on your streets. No one welcomes war. I recognize the enormous difficulties in Afghanistan. But my country and yours have a stake in seeing that NATO’s first mission beyond Europe’s borders is a success. For the people of
Afghanistan, and for our shared security, the work must be done. America cannot do this alone.

The Afghan people need our troops and your troops; our support and your support to defeat the Taliban and al Qaeda, to develop their economy, and to help them rebuild their nation. We have too much at stake to turn back now.

This is the moment when we must renew the goal of a World without nuclear weapons. The two Obscene Superpowers that faced each other across the wall of this city came too close too often to destroying all we have built and all that we love. With that wall gone, we need not stand idly by and watch the further spread of the deadly atom. It is time to secure all loose nuclear materials; to stop the spread of nuclear weapons; and to reduce the arsenals from another era. This is the moment to begin the work of seeking the peace of a World without nuclear weapons.

This is the moment when every nation in Europe must have the chance to choose its own tomorrow free from the shadows of yesterday. In this century, we need a strong European Union that deepens the security and prosperity of this continent, while extending a hand abroad. In this century – in this city of all cities – we must reject the Cold War mind-set of the past, and resolve to work with Russia when we can, to stand up for our values when we must, and to seek a partnership that extends across this entire continent.

This is the moment when we must build on the wealth that open markets have created, and share its benefits more equitably. Trade has been a cornerstone of our growth and Global development. But we will not be able to sustain this growth if it favors the few, and not the many. Together, we must forge trade that truly rewards the work that creates wealth, with meaningful protections for our people and our Planet. This is the moment for trade that is free and fair for all.

This is the moment we must help answer the call for a new dawn in the Middle East. My country must stand with yours and with Europe in sending a direct message to Iran that it must abandon its nuclear ambitions. We must support the Lebanese who have marched and bled for democracy, and the Israelis and Palestinians who seek a secure and lasting peace. And despite past differences, this is the moment when the World should support the millions of Iraqis who seek to rebuild their lives, even as we pass responsibility to the Iraqi government and finally bring this war to a close.

This is the moment when we must come together to save this Planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a World where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands. Let us resolve that all nations – including my own – will act with the same seriousness of purpose as has your nation, and reduce the carbon we send into our atmosphere. This is the moment to give our children back their future. This is the moment to stand as one.

And this is the moment when we must give hope to those left behind in a Globalized World. We must remember that the Cold War born in this city was not a battle for land or treasure. Sixty years ago, the planes that flew over Berlin did not drop bombs; instead they delivered food, and coal, and candy to grateful children. And in that show of solidarity, those pilots won more than a military victory. They won hearts and minds; love and loyalty and trust – not just from the people in this city, but from all those who heard the story of what they did here.

Now the World will watch and remember what we do here – what we do with this moment. Will we extend our hand to the people in the forgotten corners of this World who yearn for lives marked by dignity and opportunity; by security and justice? Will we lift the child in Bangladesh from poverty, shelter the refugee in Chad, and banish the scourge of AIDS in our time?

Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran, or the voter in Zimbabwe? Will we give meaning to the words “never again” in Darfur?

Will we acknowledge that there is no more powerful example than the one each of our nations projects to the World? Will we reject torture and stand for the rule of law? Will we welcome immigrants from different lands, and shun discrimination against those who don’t look like us or worship like we do, and keep the promise of equality and opportunity for all of our people?
People of Berlin – people of the World – this is our moment. This is our time.

I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we’ve struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We’ve made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the World have not lived up to our best intentions.

But I also know how much I love America. I know that for more than two centuries, we have strived – at great cost and great sacrifice – to form a more perfect union; to seek, with other nations, a more hopeful World. Our allegiance has never been to any particular tribe or kingdom – indeed, every language is spoken in our country; every culture has left its imprint on ours; every point of view is expressed in our public squares. What has always united us – what has always driven our people; what drew my father to America’s shores – is a set of ideals that speak to aspirations shared by all people: that we can live free from fear and free from want; that we can speak our minds and assemble with whomever we choose and worship as we please.

These are the aspirations that joined the fates of all nations in this city. These aspirations are bigger than anything that drives us apart. It is because of these aspirations that the airlift began. It is because of these aspirations that all free people – everywhere – became citizens of Berlin. It is in pursuit of these aspirations that a new generation – our generation – must make our mark on the World.

People of Berlin – and people of the World – the scale of our challenge is great. The road ahead will be long. But I come before you to say that we are heirs to a struggle for freedom. We are a people of improbable hope. With an eye toward the future, with resolve in our hearts, let us remember this history, and answer our destiny, and remake the World once again.

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READ ORWELL’S 1984:
LOBBYIST MCCAIN WALL STREET OOIIILLLL MILLIONAIRE APPROVES MCBUSH TORTURE METHODS

CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY TRIALS BY THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE (THE HAGUE)

GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THAT HOLE AND READ 1984 ORWELL’S PREDICTION OF A DIABOLICAL FUTURE OF A NEW WORLD OBSCENE SUPERCAPITALISM ORDER OF TOTAL CONTROL.

ORWELL WARNS PEOPLE OF OBSCENE SUPERCAPITALISM GOP REPUBLICAN CONTROL.

Winston Smith is a man in his late 30's and a member of the 'outer party' (lower of two classes). Winston Smith works for the Obscene SUPERCAPITALISM controlled government in one of the four main government buildings called the Ministry of Truth where his job is to rewrite history books in order for people not to learn what the past used to be like (the slogan of 'the party' is "who controls the past, controls the future."). As the book is beginning, Winston begins to contemplate setting himself against Obscene SUPERCAPITALISM GOP REPUBLICAN Big Brother Party, but of course is reluctant, knowing that even thinking about such a thing could easily result in his death. The three sentences sum up what the party stands for, and they are:

"WAR IS PEACE"
"FREEDOM IS SLAVERY"
"IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH"

All appear to be oxymoron's, but make some sense once the reader has progressed through the book, for example, the term "War is Peace" has a simple, but somewhat complex explanation.
The society in 1984 revolves around 3 'Obscene Superstates' which are Eurasia, Eastasia, and Oceania. All of these states are in a constant state of war with one another, yet all are self contained, and require no trade with one another, and therefore do not require war as a means of economical necessity. However, it is their feeling that as long as a constant state of war is prevailing, the people will be too preoccupied with the war effort to worry about whether or not the present political system is working. The government constantly reminds the people that when they win the war, Oceania will rule the world, and life will be better. So therefore, as long as the war is going (as it always will be), peace within the states can prevail.

Obscene SUPERCAPITALISM GOP REPUBLICAN Big Brother becomes suspicious of Winston, and he is therefore watched by O'Brien, an intelligent executive at the Ministry of Truth who is a member of the Inner Party (the upper wealthy class). After a bit of casual conversation at the workplace, he is invited to O'Brien's house where he denounces to him his thoughts and ideas about the WALL STREET Brotherhood. O'Brien mentions a gentleman named Emmanuel Goldstein whom he claims to know heads an organization for such the same purposes of which Winston spoke. O'Brien promises to help Winston, and promises him a copy of Goldstein's book.

Julia is the third and final main character of the book. She is an attractive young female who works with Winston at the Ministry of Truth. She is a member of the Outer Poor Party. They fall in love, but never marry because of existing laws in 1984. Julia eventually learns of Winston’s plans, and even helps him. However, unlike O'Brien, she does not betray him.

Eventually, Winston is caught and taken to a place "where there is no darkness" which are bright underground rooms where criminals are taken to be interrogated. He is tortured Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush style and mentally murdered so badly that by the end of the book he loves Obscene SUPERCAPITALISM GOP REPUBLICAN Big Brother, and cannot think a single thought without the permission of the party. Winston is tortured on several different occasions, and on all occasions it is done by his "teacher" - O'Brien. Almost the entire last 1/3 of the book is devoted to the dialogue that takes place during these torture sessions between O'Brien and Winston.

Winston turns out to be a textbook case of a person reformed by the WALL STREET GOP REPUBLICAN Party. By the end of the book, Winston is completely mentally dead. He cannot think or act for himself, and he is merely a toy of the party. He is useless to anyone (including the Obscene SUPERCAPITALISM GOP REPUBLICAN Party), and may as well be put to death, but is kept alive, probably as a trophy to Obscene SUPERCAPITALISM GOP REPUBLICAN Big Brother Party.

Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush III WALL STREET selling American Big Banks to foreign billionaires Crisis giving foreign sweatshop billionaires direct votes in Our Economy, Way of Life and Government.
Mission Accomplish Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire-McBush III For Trying To Destroy Our Democracy and Economy

The Multiple Crisis are the fault of the Administration, Supreme Court, Congress and especially the GOP REPUBLICAN Party for allowing GOP REPUBLICAN International War Suspects McBush, Cheney, and Rice to lie, cheat and steal their way into the Highest Office on Earth and remain there for eight years. The Entire World thinks that America was ridiculous for allowing GOP REPUBLICAN criminals and scoundrels to steal their way into office not once but twice.

If you locked three Rock Wellers in a jewelry shop for eight years without Obscene Supervision, what would you expect upon returning? Why are Americans surprised that the three scoundrels McBush, Cheney, and Rice have smashed up the place and almost destroyed America in eight years? You should have expected bad things from those criminals eight years ago and stopped them back then. Instead of stopping the trillion dollar criminals, the GOP OWNED MEDIA OF MISINFORMATION (O’Reilly, FOX News, The New Yorker) went after the Dixie Chicks, Paris Hilton, Rosie O’Donnel, and Britney Spears. How stupid.

Now the GOP OWNED MEDIA OF MISINFORMATION (O’Reilly, FOX News, The New Yorker) pursues Boy George, because he might be a threat. What an incredibly stupid, stupid, and racist GOP OWNED MEDIA OF MISINFORMATION we have. The World is watching and laughing at our stupid GOP OWNED MEDIA OF MISINFORMATION and defunct WALL STREET robber barons greedy selfish shortsighted Obscene Supercapitalistic system. Since when does the prerequisite for becoming the President includes being a poor military academy student, out of action POW, computer illiterate, senior citizen and husband of a recovering drug addict/thief/criminal? Lobbyist McCain WALL STREET OOIIILLLL Millionaire is qualified to be a former POW and Mrs. McThief is qualified to be a recovering drug addict. What a pair and example for our youth. Romney the compulsive will not help our country as vice president. I say elect the GOP REPUBLICAN s and force them to fix their gigantic GOP REPUBLICAN Obscene SUPERCAPITALISM mess or impeach the defunct and failing GOP REPUBLICAN Party.

Posted by: dwashington1 | October 8, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Obama won - McCain FLAT LINED:

The scariest moment for me happened AFTER the debate. I was watching CNN's focus group of 25 people. After dialing up Obama and FLAT LINING McCain - when asked :"If you had to vote today - Who would you vote for?" 14 of the 25 said McCain. Racism and the Bradley Effect is at play. I am terrified of the Klansmen in the Kitchen.

Posted by: CTDem | October 8, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

so CTDem you think just because people think that McCain is a better person to be president that its racist thats just upsurd and the only card that the democrates have been playing this whole election.

Posted by: hackelnat | October 8, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

If Obama showed up high on dope and unable to remember his own name, his followers would still insist he won the debate.

With the economy on the brink he refuses to back off his plan to raise taxes on business. Only a Marxist would think that is a good idea, and I have yet to see a Marxist economy that I would want to be part of.

McCain won the debate but it won't change many minds.

Posted by: alstl | October 8, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

One expects a biased analysis from a partisan like Gerson, but his commentary included a couple of interesting comments: the "steering a glacier" metaphor and the "life isn't fair" quote. In other words, the Republicans shouldn't feel responsible for the failures caused by seven years of Republican administration, and believers should resign themselves to the reality of defeat and start adapting to a post-Republican world.

Gerson isn't able to speak to ordinary voters, he's only talking to the Republican base here, but the message is interesting.

Posted by: lartfromabove | October 8, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson, are you even remotely aware of how filtered and biased your 'analysis' are? Honest republicans exist in the pundit game and have credibility because of their honest insights. You, 'my friend', just do not have it in you to see your own bias. How the post keeps you on is a miracle.

Posted by: veroman | October 8, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Yo, quarter for the clue machine here, McCain looked like a dottering, lumbering, shuffling, bowl-legged, wrinkly old geezer, stiffly walking around like he had a load in his Depends. You could smell the desperation and the barely concealed seething contempt for Sen. Obama. What's next, calling Obama a terrorist "N" word? McCain breathed into the microphone like Darth Vader. I think Obama was disciplined when McCain disrespectfully referred to him as "that one." and let the stink linger like the McCain asked for someone to pull his finger. I was sorta disappointed that Obama didn't advise McCain, "Hey it's Senator Obama to you." Or maybe, John, you forgot your campaign slammed me as "THE ONE" not "that one." Gee can't keep up with all the low class nastiness. I already voted early. Obama. 'nuf said.

Posted by: jacquie1 | October 8, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

rATHER ANNOYING,THOSE PEOPLE WHO THINK OBAMA ACTUALLY PAY PEOPLE TO SPAM BLOGS.I DO THIS UNPAID, AND OF MY OWN FREE WILL!
OBAMA/BIDEN

Posted by: puredemo | October 8, 2008 10:28 AM
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Wasn't it McCain that offered premiums on his website to anyone who would post supporting comments on any blog? That sounds like having to buy support.

Obama doesn't need to bribe people to support him.

Posted by: lgaide | October 8, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

So you're part of the 38% that believes McCain won the debate. Good luck at the pity party.

Posted by: redleaf2k | October 8, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Good Grief, Gerson's an even worse political hack than that tool Krauthammer. Are you blind? John McNasty was his usual mean, snide, sneering self. Referring to Obama as "that one"?? How rude.

It's over, people. Game over. I"ll bet John Roberts is practicing an attempt to smile as he swears in Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.

Posted by: owiz | October 8, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Wow, what a spinner. Do you work for McCaian? He was a dreadful old man and the points you pick up on are absurd. Obama cannot be blamed for the sub-prime loans, he was not even in the congress when they started . McCain was.

As for the Iraq surge - too bad about the 1 million or so dead, the 5 million homeless refugees, the millions with wounds living without electricity or decent water and all the rest of the horrors.

The surge did nothing. Not a thing. Everyone had left already and now Baghdad is nothing more than ghettos of sunnis and shias.

You are one of the deluded and deranged mate.

Posted by: shepherdmarilyn | October 8, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Hi Pollyanna!

you were watching ED TV right? How do you manage to put positive spin on a ball with not an ounce of air left in it? Bravo! Oh, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain! Okay?

Posted by: dwatkins1 | October 8, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Gerson should be in jail - what is unfair is that this complete fraud gets paid to write for the WaPo.

"Republicans shouldn't get blamed.." WHAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!! Poor Gerson!

Your idiot boss, Bush, was in charge the last 8 years, along with a Republican House for 12 of the last 14 years and a Republican Senate for 4 of the last 6 years. YOUR CRONIES while in power are the ones who colossally screwed everything up - war, torture, the economy, housing crisis, national debt....

Get ready to get destroyed in this election. The Republicans have lost an entire generation of voters to the Dems - and deservedly so. What a joke this man's articles are...

Posted by: chop1 | October 8, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Gerson is about as sophisticated and savy as McCain is. Add Pailan and you have a dynamic threesome.

Posted by: jperhonis | October 8, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

"Tough but not nasty"??
Which debate were you watching Mr. Gerson? From 'that one' to wandering around when Obama was talking, to taunting him for coming to the town hall, to supposedly not answering the question of how to prioritize healthcare and energy, to petulantly standing there and demanding his own followup when Obama asked for one... McCain showed that he'd rather be intemperate and churlish than cooperative and reasonable.

Posted by: Obaman | October 8, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

>>That is unfair to many Republicans.<<

So it is unfair to attribute the fruits of the Republican mantra of tax cuts and de-regulation to the people that espoused it? What a bizarre but entirely Republican idea.

104 days till the end of the Bush administration.

Posted by: CardFan | October 8, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

'If it's penned by Gerson, it's probably wron(g).' Sorry to hear you whinge about the unfairness of the American people in holding the Republicans responsible for the actions of the Republican congress and the Republican White House. McCain came across as uninformed and condescending - a truly unappealing combination, but what else have you guys got? Enjoy the political wilderness, Repubs. Pack plenty of Oxycontin and lube. See you in a couple of generations!

Posted by: irae | October 8, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"McCain looked and sounded like an angry and tired old man."

It isn't just a look. McCain actually is an angry and tired old man, and would be a bigger disaster than Bush. Why he appeals to anyone is beyond me.

Posted by: stratzrus | October 8, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

"Obama's views on foreign policy are frightening.
Bottomline, I trust McCain to keep Americans safe. I do not however trust Obama's character and his bad judgements.

McCain/Palin 08

Posted by: blevins20061"

Sadly for you, Americans are mostly over the abject, pants-wetting, hysterical, weepy scare tactics of the Right. Home of the Brave, remember? Want to be safe? Stop harassing the neighbors and try being a decent person (country) again. Again, sadly for you, this precludes a role for the Republican party in our national politics for the next 30-50 years.

Posted by: irae | October 8, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Sen. McCain succeeded on either count.

His attacks were contrived and untrue -- as proven by this very publication -- and his mortgage buyout is just another gimmick. As we all know, there's no money to do it.

Posted by: jimcummings | October 8, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Here is the deal about Obama's economic policy, Lower every one else's taxes and tax the rich.. fix social security by taxing the rich.. Give free health care and pay for it by taxing the rich, give every one the chance to go to college by, you guessed it taxing the rich.. And at first glance you'd think yeah lets tax the rich they got money lets make them pay.. Obama says that's only 5% of the country cause he is gonna cut taxes for 95% of America, I have no idea where he gets his percents from by those numbers we seem to be a really poor country then.. what does this mean? Well Obama states that he doesn't want to tell the waitress to "tighten her belt" He whats to tell her employers to tighten theirs. You know what happens when an employer "tightens" their belts. Layoffs.. why layoffs.. To any one that runs a business the biggest thing is the bottom line and if you mess with that bottom like by throwing taxes on the back of those that make the jobs their gonna start adjusting their business to keep that bottom line, and the first way to do that is to cut jobs and lower salaries The big cats will still get theirs its the little man that is gonna get hurt. So enjoy your "tax cut" while you still have a job and don't look forward to that raise any time soon if you do keep that job. Oh and there will be a rise in the cost of what ever service or goods thoes business produce so they are gonna get your tax cut anyway..

Posted by: mavric1919 | October 8, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

McCain certainly scored major points yesterday on Obama and I take issue here with anyone calling him a racist on his remark towards Obama: I have been waiting to see when the RACE CARD is going to be pulled again by Obama and his followers. So, let's get ready because the threats of riots are coming!!!!!!!!

The only negative point that I saw in McCain is his somewhat lack of passion and energy to make his points more clear and ZERO in to respond any attacks that Obama made. McCain can certainly emphasize more the comparison points on the economy and clarify that our small businesses will be greatly affected by Obama's proposals. Obama's economic redistribution idea should have been more clearly explained and what it represents as a major departure from all of the principles of individual freedom and responsibility that has made this nation what it is.

Listening to Obama's foreign policy agenda I could see major troubling areas by Obama and I hope that McCain ZERO in on this on the next debate.

I argue that the Ayers connection is quite important and relevant to Obama's today policies because it unmasks the fact that Obama's radical connections are quite troubling and a potential problem. The Ayers connection needs to be brought into the limelight. The significance is not that he was connected to this terrorist years ago but that Obama and Ayers participated together in raising funds towards educating children into radical principles and my question is how is Obama going to perform on his education proposals where he will invest millions and how will he change our public education?

The fact is that after analysis you see Obama as a socialist radical with a troubling agenda and are we READY to take this CHANGE that goes against the very foundation and fabric of our society.

The time has come for all of Obama's rethoric to come before the american people and the real truths about his connections and convictions to be revealed!!! CHANGE can come like a storm and it could result in our destruction!! We need to protect our principles and way of life and not allow to be caught in lies!!!!

Posted by: Hispana | October 8, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Pro-Obama trolls are out in force. Buzz word of the day is "snide".

Posted by: brewstercounty | October 8, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Fact: Obama stole an answer from McCain's response at the Saddleback Forum. When Brokaw asked what we should ask Americans to sacrifice, Obama started talking about how after 9/11, we told people to go shopping. Then he said he wants to double the Peace Corps. Sound familiar? It does if you watched the Saddleback Forum, except the person saying it was John McCain.

Posted by: forgetthis | October 8, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

ANOTHER McCAIN WIN WITH PROFOUND TRUTH.
THANK YOU, MICHAEL GERSON FOR YOUR UNBIASED OPINION.

"Burning Down The House" is a Video that lays out the entire story behind the Credit Collapse, The "Subprime Mess," and the " Bailout" that's been rammed down the Taxpayers throats ... At least, the attempt to make us take the blame AND pay the check!
It's like getting a call from a restaurant that your "friend" took off without paying the check, and being asked for your credit card number, so YOU pay the check.

Dear Friend, dear patriots ... please Email your Congressmen and Senators right now, call their offices, flood them with your faxes. And, above all, pass this video on to everyone you can.

True patriotism means standing up against oppression. Remember the "Mortgage Assistance (Bailout) Bill" that was passed and signed in July????
WHERE IS THE ACCOUNTING FOR THAT THREE HUNDRED BILLION ? WHERE DID IT GO? I say it is time to investigate the democratic "leadership".
Google it, dear friend.
This latest attempt is just Wall Street, the Treasury Secretary, the Politicians and all of the other confidence artist's who've been draining us, returning for another round at the "Big Buffet."

This election is our "Tea Party," patriots. And, if we don't take the initiative, we'll ALL end up with the check.
I will join the massive Republican turnout that will be at the polls on election day. We do not even have to go to homeless and shelters, to find voters. We know we are a united force for the good of America.
i am excited that Senator McCain and Governor Palin will head the next Administration for America.

Posted by: dreamer1954 | October 8, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

" 'Tonight, McCain did what he could. But the party with executive power – the party more closely identified with banking and Wall Street – is being blamed for the current crisis.' "

One of my fellow employees believes that the economic mess we're in today is all Jimmy Carter's fault....I laughed so hard I thought I'd fall over! Were 8 years of Reagan, 4 years of Bush Sr. and 8 years of Bush Jr. not enough of Republican economic ideologies at work to fix Carter's financial bungling? I believe Carter was a disaster, but really, we're in crisis now because of it? And kudo's to the poster who stated:
"Were things going swimmingly lately, who'd be taking credit exactly?"
It never fails to amaze me that Republicans TRULY believe that they have never done anything wrong and that Democrats can never do anything right. Per their credo, all problems are due to Dems and all fixes are due to Reps. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I tend to remember--in between those 20 years of Republican rule--having a really sweet pot of money under Clinton; an actual Gov't surplus...How could that be??? It must have been due to the Republicans.....OH, PLEASE!!
Republicans, you need to step up and take your share of the blame for the level of financial crisis we've reached today....I'm not suggesting you take it all, but for the love of GOD take your share!!!

Posted by: Jules57 | October 8, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE TALK ABOUT OBAMA'S NEXUS WITH FANNIE AND FREDDIE:

OBAMA LIES @ http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2008/09/update-fannie-mae-and-freddie.html

MORE @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-3C0v8eVfw

Posted by: ex-obama | October 8, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse


In the inimitable words of President Nincompoop:
You're doing a heck of a job Ricky (Davis).

You've turned a highly respected war hero into a stodgy, old, bitter goat who keeps repeating the same old message whose foundation is built around a failed Presidential Administration.

What, do you think those Christian Conservatives are going to pull another lackluster candidate out of this mess again?


Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | October 8, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

And as Gerson has chosen to wave the red herrings of Ayers and Wright, one most also remind readers about apocalypse-in-action preachers like James (destroy the Catholics) Hagee, Rod (holy war against Islam) Parsley, and Thomas (stone the witches) Muthee. Or we could listen to the candidates instead of the crackpots. (Though a Hagee-Wright or Ayers-Muthee debate would certainly be entertaining.)

Posted by: lartfromabove | October 8, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Michael Gerson stated:
"Before the debate began, I wrote down two questions to guide my judgment of McCain's performance."

There's the problem Gerson! You went into this debate with the intent of listening to only one candidate's statements and failed to hear and see the big picture.

But I guess the evidence of your prior career show that's how you've looked at all political an moral decisions.


Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | October 8, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

So,will the next debate get into how former
ACORN Community Organizer Barack Obama's
ACORN Pals are under 10 State Investigations and A Federal One For Voter
Registration Fraud and Poll Tampering now
then? Since WAPO and the Rest Of The OBAMA
Shill Newsmedia Certainly Will Be Trying
Their Best to Sweep this Latest Obama Shady
Deal Under The Rug like it did Tony Rezko,
Rev G.damn America Jerimiah Wrighter,and
convicter domestic terrorist and bomber
Ayers and All The Crooked Frannie Mae and
Freddie Mac "Campaign Donations" Obama's
Pals got him and Biden now then? NOBAMA!

Posted by: Patty2008 | October 8, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, the Republican cheerleaders have lost their ability to think critically, although I'm not sure they ever had that fine faculty. As far as Sen. Obama's "views and values", I can put that in the political operative's bin of "foreigners and other unpatriotic sorts". On the McCain mortgage strategy, a lot of folks who have paid off their mortgages or are doing so regularly will be left out of the giveaway and, on top of that, will see their home values plummet without collecting the difference. In other words, those who bought high and cannot afford what they bought will gain equity and cash relief while those who didn't do so will loose both value and equity.

Another Republican mind-cramp masquerading as genious. Right up there with 'great job, Brownie' and the choice of Sarah Moose-kill Palin.

Posted by: Mnet1 | October 8, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

IN THE 2008 SECOND PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE,
McCAIN SPECIFICALLY REVEALS HIS FACTUAL KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE, AND TRUTH, AND LEAVES OBAMA LOOKING AS THE LIEING SOCIALIST HE IS.
SINCERELY, OBAMA IS REALLY A MARXIST SOCALIST AMERICA HATER.
I BET OBAMA HAD A "PEP" TALK WITH BILL AYERS BACK STAGE BEFORE THE DEBATE.
OBAMA NEEDS TO DROP HIS "PROFESSORIAL" ACT AND BE REAL, AND TO STOP CHANGING WHAT HE SAYS TO FIT THE MOMENT.

GOVERNOR PALIN IS CLEAR, HONEST WITH NOTHING TO HIDE.

WHERE ARE OBAMA'S MEDICAL RECORDS, HIS DO NOTHING VOITNG "PRESENT" RECORD, HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE, HIS THESES FROM COLLEGE THAT HAS THE MOST SUPREME RACIST STATEMENT IN IT. YOU WILL WANT TO LOOK FOR THIS ONE.

McCAIN - PALIN WILL WIN 2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION!!!

Posted by: dreamer1954 | October 8, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Every response by Sen. Obama reminded me of beauty pageant contestants answering all of their questions with "world peace" like in that bad Sandra Bullock movie. If you actually tried to gleen anything of substance or any insight into what an Obama presidency would look like and came away with ANYTHING, you were biased from the start.
Be honest with yourselves...It's like a freshman running for Senior Class President.

Posted by: JHvet1 | October 8, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

More insane drivel from Gerson. The latter is not only stupid, ignorant, and vulgar, he is also delusional. For WaPo to give a voice to someone so evidently certifiable is criminal.

See you on November 5, low-IQ Bushie (or is that redundant?).

Posted by: Gatsby1 | October 8, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Once again, Gerson with another column that would fit nicely on theonion.com. Who knew he could be so funny?

Posted by: observer23 | October 8, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

mccain is tied to a party that needs a timeout to get its act together. the republican leadership, after 8 years of zero accountability, is crumbling in on itself under its own incompetance and greed. Time for a time out. Let these women and men sit on the sidelines for a few years before we consider them again for the presidency. maybe then we'll be looking at the Presidential Candidate Palin?

Posted by: maq1 | October 8, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

BEARS REPEATING BECAUSE IT'S TRUE:

"Gerson, you are one of the most dishonest columnists I've ever laid my eyes on.

McCain was "tough but not nasty"? So you are saying that calling the presidential candidate from one of the two major political parties of the United States "that one" is NOT nasty? It's much more than being "nasty," Gerson. It's called racism. McCain wouldn't have dared to behave that despicably towards any white politicians. McCain has always been dismissive, disrespectful, and offensive towards Obama, and you know it."

Gerson is a typical whitebread faux Christian who thinks he really, really is much, much better than you and certainly much better than That One. He knows this because Harriet Miers sends him letters telling him he is, like, so awesome!

He knows this because Sally slips him a tiddly wink across the room.

He knows this because he talks to Jesus daily, and Jesus blesses all Gerson's money and privileges and says You Deserve Even More Money and Privileges Because You're Better Than Those Ones.

Gerson is a Palinist.

..

Posted by: bracken1 | October 8, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

always interesting to hear the insurance man's analysis; the vast majority who watched the debate came away thinking barack looks more capable, more knowledgeable, and more honest.

Posted by: e9999999 | October 8, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I tried very hard to objectively listen to both sides of the debate. I'm very frustrated with all the "mud slinging" and attacks against each candidate. I was very frustrated with McCain's attitude at this second debate. He seemed angry and sarcastic, a lot of the time failing to answer the question that was asked. One thing that struck me was after the debate. We briefly saw John and Cindy McCain with the audience. Cindy McCain looked very uncomfortable and I noticed the only hand she shook was Tom Brokaw's. She did not shake anyone's hand in the audience that I ever saw from when the camera was on them----then they were gone. Where did they go? Barack and Michelle Obama were with the audience for quite some time, answering questions and posing with the people for photographs. Michelle Obama sat in the audience--Cindy McCain was back stage, or what? Both the McCain's body language throughout the whole program disturbed me, and didn't sit well with this still undecided voter.

Posted by: tozerm | October 8, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Gerson has so much blood on his hands.

Posted by: bthogan | October 8, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson, god love him, thinks that McCain performed superbly because he managed not to bring up Wright or Ayers. These two and any nebulous connection of them to Mr. Obama pales in comparison to the economic and financial crisis caused by 8 years of fiscal mismanagement. Perhaps Mr. Gerson should use his influence in the GOP to put a stop to the distortions of Sarah, "swamp mouth Palin". Her lies and exaggerations are dangerous in any democracy.

Posted by: PaulofAnnapolis | October 8, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

***** 6% of America said McCain Won tonight, and that was a CSNBC poll. These dem bulb blogs just go to show how most dems are liars. Have fun while you can. It'll be over shortly.

Obama looked as usual...like a dumb kid.
His ears look like someone left the car doors open.

Posted by: dr718 | October 8, 2008 1:37 AM *****

dr718 - either you're dyslexic or YOU'RE the liar.

Actually...

Poll Results for 2nd Presidential Debate-3rd update - Kansas City Star
*Oct 8, 8 am: AOL viewer voting: Obama wins by a 52% to 41 margin.
*MSNBC viewer voting: Obama wins 83% to 13.
*SurveyUSA - CA: Obama 56%, McC 26. WA: Obama 54%, McC 29.
*2nd update: CBS web poll: Obama 40%, McCain 26%, 34%: draw.
*Early poll results from CNN: Obama wins 54 to 30.
*CNN reports CBS poll of undecided voters: Obama 39 to McCain 27

Posted by: bludbaf | October 8, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I think I’ve actually come up with an angle and comment that no one else seems to have raised in this campaign. I’m not just trying to plug my blog (though I am doing that), I really think this point needs to get out there.
Please check it out and pass it along:

http://23-7.blogspot.com/2008/10/my-friends-stinking-corpses.html

Thanks!

Posted by: levison | October 8, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I saw the debate last night. Obama was smooth, moved about like a leapard on the stage. McCain was halting, limpted about and moved his arms rather mechanically.

That is what the reviewers have had to say about the "debate".

None of that stuff means anything. Persons who move like leopards are nice to look at but how do they make decisions? McCain is not as articulate as Obama, he limps because he is old and was beaten up as a POW, so let's say that he is an old broken up man, but what does that have to do with how he will perform as president?

Obama excels at defining the problems facing the country. That is good and he has assembled some of the best people at defining and articulating the problem. Anyone with the money he has available to him could do that, and a guy as bright as he is can articulate what he has learned from them.

But the Office of The Presidency is about two things, the two things we should be looking for:

1. To build credibility of the office, to articulate a course of action, to lead. To this, Obama has unique qualifications in that he makes a good talk.

2. To make decisions, good sound, timely visionary decisions and to lead a government. Obama has very little to no qualifications in decision making. That is, once a problem has been defined, to fashion a remedy and then to execute it.

McCain, on these two counts:
1. He does not articulate well where he wants to take the country. If he wants to do a redo of the Reagan Presidency, even Francis Fukuyama has written in Newsweek this week, that the Age of Reagan is over.

2. Decision making. A bit more experience, but no executive experience to speak of in executing remedies to the problem.

We have two very flawed candidates running for President.

Who to vote for??

Regardless of which of these men are elected, Democrats will win overwhelming majorities in both Houses of Congress, very few doubt this outcome.

If we put Obama in the Presidency, we could be giving the pendulum a great big swing to the left, over react to the current situation of lack regulation and over regulate any and everything, which is not the solution either. And there would be no one with a veto in the White House to trim the excesses.

If you put McCain, with Democratic Majorities in both Houses of Congress,
a. Congress could reassert its constitutional role as a co-equal branch of government after the Bush years when it was treated as a toothless board of directors;
b. Presidential powers taken to excess by Bush under the Unified Executive Doctrine can be trimmed back to constitutional levels;
c. There can be a check on execessive movement to the left that can be expected with the Democrats get wider margins in both Houses of Congress for the first time since 1993. We have learned in this partisan time that having Congress and the Presidency with the same party, either Democrat (1992-94) or Republican (2001-2006) is not particularly good for the country.

Posted by: pkmc83a | October 8, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

CORRECTION: 86% said McCain won, according to dr718

Posted by: bludbaf | October 8, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

inyourfaisgirl writes:

"i am simply stunned that the washington post would have a columnist of this kind of bias. Why is this article so laden with your personal opinion Mr. Gerson? Tell us about the people in general, about the polls, about the strategies and what the campaigns say. Who cares what YOU think?"

Are you frigging SERIOUS??!!! I will point out that this confused human goes on to bash McCain in true intellectual fashion (see quote above to distinguish the level of sarcasm in that last statement). The blindly partisan posters on this site need to find a Democrat chat room where they can pat each other bums and bash away to their hearts' content and leave the discussion to the adults who actually have something to say. Oh, and inyourfaisgirl...The reason this section of the Post (which is vastly Democratic in nature I might add) is called "Op-Ed" is because "Op" stands for OPINION, you trifling dolt...Unfortunately such intelligence is typical of many (NOT all) of the blue posters on this site that just like to "hear" themselves talk...

Posted by: BandWagonBurner | October 8, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

According to political psychologists: political convictions are held as passionately as religious convictions. That is what explains Mr. Gerson's view that Senator McCain won two debates in a row. Mr. Gerson is not writing about what actually happened in the debates; he is writing about he believes. He is writing about his faith.

Posted by: dmalham | October 8, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson wrote there were two successes to Senator McCain in the debate: (1) Paint Senator Obama as a big-spending liberal, and (2) "His proposal to "buy up the bad home loan mortgages in America and renegotiate at the new values of those homes" was a major surprise."

Unfortunately for Senator McCain, those two points are in direct conflict. Even if Senator Obama is a big spending liberal (and that phrase is being generically used against every Democratic candidate in the nation whether true or not), it's Mr. McCain who surprised everyone with a new $300 billion spending proposal.

Of course, he explained it so poorly, we'll have to wait for his campaign to send out a press release to see what he really meant to say.

It's really hard to follow the McCain campaign strategy right now. Don't get government in healthcare, but let's make America the largest secondary mortgage company. This doesn't make sense.

Posted by: amaikovich | October 8, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

@dwashington1, get your own blog dude.

Posted by: CharlesLD | October 8, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

John McCain comes across as an absolute fraud ... a shallow, mean, narrow minded little man ... who says he's great at working across the aisle to get things done ... with his friend Joe Leiberman ... but its obvious ... glaringly obviously ... by his disrespectful and disdainful treatment of Obama that McCain is very selectful in just whom he'll cross the aisle to work with.

And ENOUGH of his "I always put country first." Bu*lsh*t. He put nothing but his political ambition first in his pick of Sarah Palin as VP - the most IMPORTANT decision he had to make as a candidate and he blew it ... big time ... either that or with his pick he was giving the country the finger.

Posted by: ac11 | October 8, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Keep hitting the crack pipe, Mikey! Gotta love the fact McSame said "I warned Ronald Reagan against sending the Marines to Beirut. And then almost 300 of them were killed." What he forgot to say is that they were killed by the same group of terrorists that Ollie North sold tow missles to during the Reagan inspired Iran/Contra affair...

Posted by: braultrl | October 8, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

The only success McCain had was in showing us he's way too old to be President, and way too angry to be in a position of power.

Let alone with a pit bull with cosmetics.

Posted by: WillSeattle | October 8, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Spending $300 billion on buying individual mortgages seems inconsistent with a spending freeze on everything but "military and veterans."

Also, is no one willing to criticize McCain's priorities? Why veterans instead of children? Or the elderly? Or vital infrastructure maintenance? Etc., etc.

Posted by: CardinalFang | October 8, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Gerson,

Here is how I see it. John McCain is a traitor.

He knows how to catch Bin Laden, but won't tell anyone how to do it, until he becomes elected.

He knows how to fix our struggling economy, but he won't tell anyone how to do it, until he becomes elected.

He knows how to fix healthcare, but he won't tell anyone how to do it, until he becomes elected.

So, he is holding America hostage. Sounds like a traitor to me

Posted by: cubbyblue7 | October 8, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

"McCain was tough but not nasty." So, Mr Gerson, you do not think that McCain's use of "that one" is nasty? And, McCain would not even look at Obama nor shake his hand at the end. Nasty plus lack of civility. And this is what McCain touts as bipartisanship skills!

Posted by: josephpalacios | October 8, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

And second Obama's policy of cut and run from Iraq is dangerous. I'm not saying that the war in Iraq is wrong but a president can't wage a war with out first getting the OK from congress (a fact a lot of Dem that voted for the war like Joe Biden want you to forget). What I'm saying is look at Afghanistan not now but back when the USSR was doing its thing there.. the US stepped in and help and then cut and ran looking back not a good plan.. You learn form history. Cutting form Iraq before its in the best interest of every one is not a good plan either.. Obama said in a debate with Hillary Clinton that he would pull out of Iraq even if his military advisers warned against it. Heck what do military advisers know anyway they are just warmongers.
And the deal with Pakistan he again stated last night that he would go into that country with or with out the support of Pakistan with military action.. warmongering much? I think its a great idea to make another country mad at us, and he's picking a good one this one has nukes for real.
And its also a great idea to sit down with the leaders of counties like Iran and North Korea with no strings, no you have act like a grown up before you sit at the adult table" Nope just sit down with them and say "Stop what your doing" and they say "No" and Obama is gonna say "Yes you will cause I have a great speaking voice and darn it people like me" I can see how that will work out
And did I get it right did Obama say last night that the US is gonna need to step up and and help pay for most of the former states of the Soviet Union to help boost their economy? WOW that is so nice of us, our economy is in such great shape were gonna go fix it for the rest of the world.
We'll do that right after we join the UN millenium summit the one we we give up 0.7% of our GNP to the UN to do with what they see fit (it's one of the only things Obama wrote as a senator.. well other than books about himself) It doesn't add up to much only about 800 billion dollars over the next 10 years.. wait didn't a bill just pass for about that much to "bail out" the CEOs of wall street
Obama's foreign policy rocks. Where do I sign up?

Posted by: mavric1919 | October 8, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

elesteban: if you think that there is no difference between the two candidates, you are clearly too stupid to vote. Regardless of your party preference, there is no question that there are stark differences between Obama and McCain. You must have been talking to that guy Nader or something.

Posted by: joemomma3 | October 8, 2008 9:24 AM

To joemomma3, too stupid to vote or stupid to vote, which is it?
Tom B. said it, I was just thinking it. The panel back at the studio agreed as well. As for Nader.... no I did not talk to him. What if I did? Does that hurt your feelings or something? You assume too much with such a little passage that I used in quoting Tom B. This says a lot about you. I suggest you do a little more reading, research and thought before commenting and using such simple words as "stupid" to describe someone who does vote has voted and will continue to vote. Regardless of Party Preference as you stated means what? Regardless whom the voters back except to your liking? "One-way" is a good description for people like you sir.

Posted by: elesteban | October 8, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

mintonautica wrote on| October 8, 2008 1:42 AM: "Unfortunately, your article is being trashed by an Obama strong arm group, hired by the thousands, to swamp over blogs and any who oppose him. Take all said here against you and McCain with a grain of salt. It's shameful that real honest opinions, by real honest Americans cant be gauged, they have been bought up by the Obama campaign"..

.............
False on many levels or is this more El Rushbo fantasies that have been repeated for years? FIRST, we are NOT PAID but are volunteers motivated by PATRIOTISM to take back our country from the people who have ruled for 8 years with misinformation and disinformation. I make nearly enough money to be taxed more under Obama's plan, so I don't need money to set the record straight. SECOND, you provide a Chicago Tribune link that provides no mention of anyone being paid or hired to post. Where are the facts to support your assertion? There are none. THIRD, there are indeed Republican sites and organization that do pay people who post comments. I saw a broadcast TV interview with a College Republican in their during the Democratic National Convention where they were recruiting people to post for pay.

Posted by: boscobobb | October 8, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/secrets-of-iraqs-death-chamber-953517.html
Mr.Gerson; if the aim of what the surge, and US invasion of Iraq, to begin with, was democratization of the country, then your statement "Obama's stubborn refusal to recognize the success of the surge..." is your own failure to recognize the complete US failure, not only the failure of the surge. The above Link, from The Independent, shows the horrors of the "US democratized" Iraq.

Posted by: rafael1 | October 8, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

"Many of these charges were not effectively refuted"
What a weak point: The format for the debate made it so Obama had little to no follow up time to refute!
In fact, more indictments against Mccain went un-refuted.

Not fair to Mccain and republicans? Here we go again! Whine whine.

Is it not fair that the aged Mccain never rose to his potential as a politician, naval officer, husband in his life? NO.
He reaps what he sows and so does the GOP for that matter!
Mccain is and has shown to be a privileged, siver spooned BRAT who screwed up in every arena he was "selected" into.
People with less than half his resources have done far more; in fact the average Joe sixpack has lived a more responsible life than this joker.
Why so harsh? Only because he promotes himself as more than he is (fraudulently) and demeans his opponents with the sadistic mentality that came from being eviscertated himself.
Rove, Schmit, Davis... his lobbyists who professionally ruined him in 04 for Bush.

Posted by: ukeman | October 8, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Mr Gerson's columns reflect a general detachment from reality. Not unsurprisingly, he exhibited a similar detachment on PBS last night, during the post-debate spin. The addition of former presidential speechwriters to the team of analysits on that show was not for the better, in my opinion. Though I will say Mr Gerson looks younger on TV than his picture, above.

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 8, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

He might be correct. But the critique should about the over all outcome of the debate. It should not read "candidate A scored 2 points" as opposed to what? May be candidate B scored 20?

Posted by: DrCha | October 8, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse


I've heard Obama on several occasions address the success of the surge. Maybe Geron hasn't heard it. Maybe John McCain hasn't heard it. Maybe pigs can fly when we're not looking.

Posted by: res099c9 | October 8, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Great! Captain Fossil and the Sound Bite Queen came up with the idea of buying up bad mortgages. No they didn’t; we already have a Federal Department that dose about the same thing. It is called HUD, “Housing and Urban Development” Boy we really must be desperate to go in to the slum lord business. This idea has been tried for years at the city, county and state level. It has failed before and will fail again.
Hey Gerson! The Republicans are the party that deregulated Wall Street and Banking system. Now it time for you and your party to take the blame. Life unfair? We have had 8 year of the Texas IDIOT and a VP who uses the Constitution as his personal toilet paper. Grow up!

Posted by: CaptnMorgan | October 8, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Aren't we setting the bar for McCain a bit too low - as low as the one set for Palin. That she wins if she remains standing at the end of the "debate"?

What sort of "success" is that if McCain did not raise the personal and racial attack of Wright and/or Ayers?

What sort of "forward looking element" is that is "buying up" bad mortgages? Isn't that already implicit in the $700 bln bailout package?

Are we trying to say McCain is successful as long as he does not have a heart attack or does not show his temper during any encounter with Obama? Is that what we are looking for in electing presdient - the lack of bad elements?

Posted by: steviana | October 8, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Is Gerson tripping on the same psychadelic drugs as McCain and BinPalin?

"First, would McCain be able to raise questions about Obama's views and values without being snide? Here, I think he generally succeeded."

Yeah, right. McCain referring to Obama as "that one" wasn't snide at ALL.


"McCain made perhaps a dozen strong, substantive criticisms of Obama, ...to the "most liberal big spending record in the U.S. Senate,"

Every major fact checking organization has already debunked this particular myth. You're clinging as tightly as McCain to your delusions. Are you an actual paid writer for the Washington Post? As a journalist, isn't it your duty to report the truth? Research the facts?


"to the mandates, taxes and fines Obama would apply to small businesses"

Which, again, the fact checkers HAVE DEBUNKED. Including your own newspaper. SO again I ask, are you actually paid by the Washington Post? Don't you have a responsibility to your readers to present the facts? I know this is the Opinion page, but when you are presenting opinion as fact, don't you have an obligation to present the actual facts? Or is the Washington Post now becoming a tabloid?


"Second, would McCain be able to add some hopeful, forward-looking element to the economic debate? Here he succeeded as well. His proposal to "buy up the bad home loan mortgages in America and renegotiate at the new values of those homes" was a major surprise."

What was a 'surprise' was McCain insisting that that was HIS idea, when it's an idea that has already BEEN floated around during the bail-out talks. And you think that absurd plan to renegotiate mortgages to reflect current property values is fair to taxpayers who didn't buy more house than they could afford? Who weren't part of the buying frenzy? Fair to people who don't own homes (and for whom now it will be even harder to do so) because they knew they couldn't afford the mortgage? So like McCain, you want the people who were responsible to make life easier for the people who were irresponsible? I don't think so. Not with MY money. No one put a gun to anyone's head and forced them to buy a home. And I think it's bloody well criminal to expect taxpayers to pick up the tab.

Posted by: booger1 | October 8, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse


It isn't hard to remember, is it, that
Gerson was the speech writer/pusher of the
least liked or respected president of all time.

How does he get the nerve to mouth off every day, even if the discredited Washington Post gives him space. I hear they PAY him, if you can believe it.

Posted by: whistling | October 8, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Gerson's head is obviously in his ass.
No one could be so stupid to claim poor
old tired,out of breath McCain won last
night or the first devate for that matter.
McCain continues to prove he is out of
touch with today's reality, he lives in
the past. Someone tell him, "yesterday is
gone". McCain is truly a sad case.

Posted by: paulette1 | October 8, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

CaptnMorgan?

Can you tell me exactly what Bush deregulation caused this? I need to know for My records. Was it Sarbanes-Oxley (Sarbox)? No wait that was the biggest regulatory policy that Bush did and it increased regulation. But adding that regulation resulted in capital to flee to private equity funds, or to London, beyond reach of the new rules. This capital flight weakened American investment banks by shrinking... Yep regulations helped out there, so yeah you can blame Bush for the down turn of the economy but not deregulation

On the flip side there is the repeal of the Glass-Steagal Act, requiring separation of commercial and investment banking a deregulation of some sort (set up by Texas republican senator Pill Gram who is also an adviser to McCain) and signed by Bill Cliton. A good thing too, since that deregulation allowed Wall Street’s two remaining investment banks to avoid a need for a bail out

So looked it over and see if it was adding regulations or deregulation that did us in

Posted by: mavric1919 | October 8, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain didn't puke all over the front of his suit, we didn't see things leaking out the legs of his pants, he didn't have to leave every 10 minutes to pee, no clonic jerking or posturing ...

it seems all the good things we can say about McCain are really just a long list of bad things that didn't happen.

It's really sad to see what has happened to this man. I guess the republicans got to him.

Posted by: khote14 | October 8, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

McCain could not even get on to his chair to sit down on it. He just kind of leaned against it. Then realized standing beside it with his arm resting on the back looked like he was more in control of the chair.

I think if he had gotten onto the chair he might of fell off. Then old Tom B. would have shuffled over to help McCain up. Then he would have been pulled down onto the floor. Two geezers on the floor, Oh my.

Since McCain would never accept Obama to give a hand and help him up. Even though no matter how much McCain can't stand him he would have offered.

So, wife Cindy would have to hurry over and she has that pain problem with her right hand. (After the debate she shook Tom B's hand then put her hand behind her back.) (Vicodin, anyone?)

Then Cindy would offer her left hand and then end up toppled on the floor. Two geezers and a trophy wife (that is back in the day) piled up on the floor like turtles on their backs.

The chair scenario sequence would have been more exciting, entertaining, and the revelation that a 72 year old candidate should not try something so physical, as trying to sit up on a chair or run for presidency.

However what we got was:

McCain knows so much but will only tell if elected. Very interesting reasons to elect someone as President. Reminds me of a game we used to play as children. The only thing missing was McCain sticking out his tongue and then saying na-na-nana-na. I got a secret and I'm not telling.

The show stopper how ever was when McCain had a brain freeze and forgot Obamas' name and called him,"That One."

Chair beats McCain, brain freeze confusion, but those secrets. Wink Wink

Posted by: gauthor | October 8, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Why must WAPO torment us with Gersen's neocon tripe? Does he perhaps still believe he is writing lies for his former boss, the Decider? Some semblance of factual comments, even in an opinion piece, surely isn't too much to ask. Will someone in the editorial department please tell this idiot that merely showing up for a debate doesn't constitute a victory?

Posted by: Diogenes | October 8, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

gautho

You spend 5 and a half years as a POW the way he did and we'll see how well you can handle a chair at 72.

Posted by: mavric1919 | October 8, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I agree with your assessment
John McCain, clearly won last night
And was more personable (when he touched the petty officer)
Three things you missed -
Was 1) McCain FINALLY tied Feddie Mac and Fannie Mae to the democrats
2) He finally showed that Barack could not give our troops credit
3) Barack made a mistake by challenging Bush after 9/11 (he was not in the senate)
Actually we can disagree on the 4th (Barack hesistated on Pakistan and Israel)

It was funny how the media tried to tell the American people how to think about the debate

George Henderson II

Posted by: Redskins4 | October 8, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Yep Obama all the way, I am gonna feel so much safer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sj91NH5fvw

Posted by: mavric1919 | October 8, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

My Friend, you are wrong about McCain's performance. It was dreadful. He sounded like the village idiot, speaking in some kind of code. McCain cannot pin the tail of Obama on FannieMae, any more than another senator. FannieMae has a special relationship with the U.S. Government, and has used lobbyists effectively, like many other corporations.

According to FactChecker:The McCain campaign is clearly exaggerating wildly in attempting to depict Franklin Raines as a close adviser to Obama on "housing and mortgage policy." If we are to believe Raines, he did have a couple of telephone conversations with someone in the Obama campaign. But that hardly makes him an adviser to the candidate himself -- and certainly not in the way depicted in the McCain video release.

Posted by: rmorris391 | October 8, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

McCain proposes government buying up the housing market. Is this clearly Socialist proposal a preview of the effect of Vietnamese brainwashing that the Manchurian Candidate is going to reveal in other areas?

Posted by: daweeni | October 8, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

You really believe that the present circumstances are being "unfair" to McCain???? Give me a break!

If you watched and listened closely during the debate the guy stumbled around the stage gasping with each response to a question. Body language alone should be enough to scare all but those completely unconscious. He is a spiteful, angry old man whose era has passed him by. He probably would not make it through the first year in office without a major medical crisis.

For things to be "unfair" you have to believe that McCain "deserves" better. I see no reason to believe that he does.

Posted by: buzzsaw1 | October 8, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

"The party with executive power – the party more closely identified with banking and Wall Street – is being blamed for the current crisis. This is unfair to many Republicans...." Why is it unfair? Why doesn't a great deal of blame for this mess lie with the party in power for the last eight years? I didn't see many Republicans out there arguing with the "Decider" and his radical deregulators. I guess "the buck stops here" doesn't apply to this president and his sorry administration. Does Brother Gerson thinks we should reward this bunch with four more years of leadership? Remember, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting the results to be different.

Posted by: StevefromSacto | October 8, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Mike Gerson,

McCain wisely did not bring up Ayers or Wright because Obama could have brought his good buddy Charles Keating. You Republican certainly like Patriarchal Presidential candidates because McCain really did look old and out of touch. He wasn't speaking to anyone, he was preaching. There really wasn't enough substantive discourse to be able to tell if anyone "won". This town hall meeting really was more indicative of who was more Presidential looking and obama won that hands down.

You know what, I think Obama will bring more dignity and grace to the office than George Bush could ever dream.

Now go take your meds Mikey.

Posted by: dontblamemeivoted4gore | October 8, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

History Buffs, Check it out! George Washington's direct descendant is an "Obama-supporting democrat"! No Joke!

http://www.newsweek.com/id/162914

(See page 2)

Posted by: maq1 | October 8, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Wow, another comedy piece by Worm Boy Gerson, the GOP tool. Virtually EVERY independent poll shows that voters consider Obama to have won the debate, but that doesn't interest the former speech-writing hack for George Bush.

One question remains: why does the Post publish articles by this idiot Gerson?

Posted by: losthorizon10 | October 8, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Steel yourself, Gerson, for your man McCain is about to be shot down again. This time the missile that will put him out of commission will be a man called, OBAMA, and not one fired by the North Vietnamese! Get ready, his second crash is coming in less than one month and this old man will feel it with greater intensity than the first, for as we age, our bones get ever more brittle and sensitive when we fall either to the ground, or from grace.

Still, we predict that old Republican apologist, Gerson, will pronounce this as a victory over adversity. Why? Because the old warrior McCain put himself once again in harm's way; sad, because this time his nemisis is not a communist evil doer, but a great and good man, an American, and not the closet Muslim fanatic with whom Governor Palin tries to frighten us.

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

Michael Gerson smokes neocon pole

Posted by: vmunikoti | October 8, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson: Obama's health-care plan is sketchy, almost as sketchy, in fact, as McCain's. McCain's plan, remember, is yet another pitch for the wisdom of the open market, which--have you noticed?--can be remarkably irrational. The rationale here is a set of fictive "market reforms." Worse, McCain's plan directs its benefits to those who are least ill and places a heavier burden on those who are most ill--another inevitable outcome of the Republican mania for privatizing profits and socializing losses. Worst of all, it makes no mention, even, of a rational means to reduce health care costs.

While essentially D.O.A., Obama's plan at least pays lip service to cost reductions; and it is the likelier of the two to generate savings *in the long run*--not, however, in the short run.

Simply, it's not possible to endorse either candidate's health care plan without lapsing into magical thinking or partisan gobbledygook.

Oh, and the mortgage ruse is weeks old now, proposed in a slightly different form by Obama, and suggested, in principle at least, by Barney frank and Henry Paulson when the bailout story first broke.

It was a disappointing debate, and yet McCain managed to outpace Obama's diffuse meandering.

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

Mr. Gerson "outdoes" all the other Post columnists!

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

I don't mind so much a plan to negotiate down the interest rates, especially the ones proven to be predatory, but negotiating down the principal!? What's that about? Housing prices fluctuate. They'll go back up eventually, but the cost of the house is what it was worth, the price you negotiated with the seller. If you did your due diligence, what's the problem? I'd like to see the reaction if I went back to the car dealer after buying a new car and said I wanted a cheaper price. Yeesh. And what is McCain going to use to pay for all of this largesse? This is just another cynical campaign ploy.

And did anyone notice that he refused to shake Obama's hand after the debate? It was the rudest thing I've ever seen, except for him calling Obama "that one".

In 2000, I might have voted for McCain, except that the Republicans in their infinite wisdom selected GW Bush to run. McCain in 2008 has ejected every honorable instinct he once possessed in his pathological drive to become president. I am disappointed, and ask, At last, has he no shame?

Posted by: msk2 | October 8, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

If Gerson believes that McCain effectively impugned Obama's character, I have some Florida swampland to sell him. More to the point, he really needs to stop bearing false witness. That violates one of the Commandments this hypocrite claims to believe in.

Posted by: greenm1 | October 8, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

FactChecks for you Mr .Gerson via 5 minutes on google. Here they are. By the way, do you have an editor who looks at your opinion pieces?:

Senator Obama has acknowledged success of surge. See AP story updated 5:29 p.m. PT, Thurs., Sept. 4, 2008
LANCASTER, Pa. - Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama said Thursday that the escalation of U.S. troops in Iraq, which he had opposed, has succeeded in reducing violence "beyond our wildest dreams."

Guess you might be wrong huh?.

Also analysis of Obama tax plan is compared in WaPo back issue only increases personal taxes to those earners in the 1% bracket (google please you'll find it)

Also check out FactCheck.org on Obama's tax plan for small business @ http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/mccains_small-business_bunk.html. This is from the Annenburg Political Fact Check which is not exactly a far left organization.

Your peddling some pretty thin gruel here.
Consider yourself rebutted.

Mickster

Posted by: mickster1 | October 8, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Gerson seems to be trying hard to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. His defense of McCain is almost pitiful. A good question;
"Why is Gerson a WaPo columnist?" He appears to be an ideologue like Krauthammer, but is
not in his intellectual league. (Perhaps he is "well-connected?")

Posted by: philhicks28 | October 8, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

WHAT MCCAIN DID NOT DO WILL COST HIM THE ELECTION-HE DID NOT TELL THE WHOLE TRUTH...ABOUT THE SORDID CONNECTIONS OF BARAK OBAMA-THE ONLY QUESTION IS WILL WILLIAM AYERS BE ALLOWED TO SLEEP OVER IN THE LINCOLN BEDROOM AND WILL HE BRING A BOMB IN WITH HIM?
THE OBAMA-AYERS CONNECTION

By DICK MORRIS

Published on TheHill.com on October 7, 2008

In the best tradition of Bill Clinton's famous declaration that the answer to the question of whether or not he was having an affair with Monica depended on "what the definition of 'is' is," Barack Obama was clearly splitting hairs and concealing the truth when he said that William Ayers was "just a guy who lives in my neighborhood."

The records of the administration of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), released last week by the University of Illinois, show that the Ayers-Obama connection was, in fact, an intimate collaboration and that it led to the only executive or administrative experience in Obama's life.

After Walter Annenberg's foundation offered several hundred million dollars to American public schools in the mid-'90s, William Ayers applied for $50 million for Chicago. The purpose of his application was to secure funds to "raise political consciousness" in Chicago's public schools. After he won the grant, Ayers's group chose Barack Obama to distribute the money. Between 1995 and 1999, Obama distributed the $50 million and raised another $60 million from other civic groups to augment it. In doing so, he was following Ayers's admonition to grant the funds to "external" organizations, like American Community Organizations for Reform

Now (ACORN) to pair with schools and conduct programs to radicalize the students and politicize them.

Reading, math and science achievement tests counted for little in the CAC grants, but the school's success in preaching a radical political agenda determined how much money they got.

Barack Obama should have run screaming at the sight of William Ayers and his wife, Bernadette Dohrn. Ayers has admitted bombing the U.S. Capitol building and the Pentagon, and his wife was sent to prison for failing to cooperate in solving the robbery of a Brink's armored car in which two police officers were killed. Far from remorse, Ayers told The New York Times in September 2001 that he "wished he could have done more."

Ayers only avoided conviction when the evidence against him turned out to be contained in illegally obtained wiretaps by the FBI. He was, in fact, guilty as sin.

That Obama should ally himself with Ayers is almost beyond understanding. The former terrorist had not repented of his views and the education grants he got were expressly designed to further them.

So let's sum up Obama's Chicago connections. His chief financial supporter was Tony Rezko, now on his way to federal prison. His spiritual adviser and mentor was the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, of "God damn America" fame. And the guy who got him his only administrative job and put him in charge of doling out $50 million is William Ayers, a terrorist who was a domestic Osama bin Laden in his youth.

Even apart from the details of the Obama/Ayers connection, two key points emerge:

a) Obama lied and misled the American people in his description of his relationship with Ayers as casual and arm's-length; and

b) Obama was consciously guided by Ayers's radical philosophy, rooted in the teachings of leftist Saul Alinksy, in his distribution of CAC grant funds.

Since Obama is asking us to let him direct education spending by the federal government and wants us to trust his veracity, these are difficulties he will have to explain in order to get the votes to win.

Now that Obama is comfortably ahead in the polls, attention will understandably shift to him. We will want to know what kind of president he would make. The fact that, within the past 10 years, he participated in a radical program of political education conceptualized by an admitted radical terrorist offers no reassurance.

Why did Obama put up with Ayers? Because he got a big job and $50 million of patronage to distribute to his friends and supporters in Chicago. Why did he hang out with Jeremiah Wright? Because he was new in town, having grown up in Hawaii and Indonesia and having been educated at Columbia and Harvard, and needed all the local introductions he could get to jump-start his political career. Why was he so close to Rezko?

Because he funded Obama's campaigns and helped him buy a house for $300,000 less than he otherwise would have had to pay.

Not a good recommendation for a president.

Posted by: mharwick | October 8, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

I will have a great belly laugh when Obama's rattling of chains causes him, weak willy that he is, completely unrooted in any tradition or sense of the patriotic duty of "small town" and "big town Americans" who have fought our wars ... paints himself into a corner on Pakistan.
The draft is ready to be revived. And, with the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and threats from Hizbullah in Lebanon, and Iran, making noises, and Russia also testing the limits ... attacking more and more targets inside of Pakistan will have a threshold where the average Pakistani is infuriated with Americans.
At some point, Mr. Zadarhi cannot and will not survive as President if he countenances American air strikes into Pakistan.
At some point, Obama will HAVE to put up or shut up. For once, I am going to relish seeing the Obamista generation marched off to war because a Draft will have to be reinstated. Our armed forces, notably, the Army and Marine Corps, simply cannot handle another war with Islam.
The proposed troop moves out of Europe won't happen as long as Russia throws it's weight around.
Obama ... the safer guy.
No. Someone who has been to war, and seen what war is, is a safer choice than some guy who grew up in Hawaii, totally out of his league on the entire thread of national service and patriotic service. In case people haven't gotten it: he has a big void in his background there. He TOSSED a wreath onto the September 11 Memorial in NYC. Go to UTube to see him toss that wreath onto the stack of flowers.
This guy loathes the war aspect of our society. He won't really have a visceral understanding of national defense, because out there in Hawaii, he was just too far removed from those notions and needs.
Obama's safer. What a joke that is!

Posted by: zennhead614wheatland | October 8, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

I think many of us would appreciate if you wouldn't use the name John Kennedy and John McCain in the same paragraph unless it's to state they have nothing in common.

I had respect for John McCain at one time. I felt sorry for him when W. used dirty tricks to beat McCain back in 2000. But that McCain died some time after that. He decided he had to sell his soul to the likes of Pat Robertson, Jim Dodson, and Jerry Falwell.

He stayed in DC to solve the bailout? The only aisle he reached across was to the House Republicans and they wouldn't listen to him. Newt out-leadered McCain.

McCain showed in the debate there's nothing left but an angry old man. He's certainly no leader.

Posted by: James10 | October 9, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Gerson, you are in the tank for McCain; that's fine, but at least be honest with yourself.

Obama bested McCain in a debating format more suited to McCain's style -- the town hall meeting. McCain looked and acted uncomfortable; he again refused to look in Senator Obama's direction (even though Obama stared him down like the marshal in a gunfight at the Okay Corral). And what was McCain's reference to Obama as "that one" about??? Did you see it and chose not to engage the conversation? Gerson, you are a charlatan of a journalist.

Posted by: meldupree | October 9, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson, you misrepresent JFK by not including the REST of that statement. He said, "Life isn't fair, government should be." He was not whining, but expressing the obligations the state had to its citizens.

Posted by: jjd196 | October 9, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I am a liberal and a democrat. But, I want the president of my country to be selected based on merits, and not by an overwhelming bias, and propaganda. I don't understand why the media (almost all of them) and liberal-leaning papers like WP, NY Times, LA Times, Boston Globe, etc jump all over, when William Ayers or Tony Rezko's connections with Barack Obama is discussed. After all, if Obama does not have anything to worry, is it not welcome that this thing comes out in the open. Should Obama be protected from any criticism? Didn't the media push us into the Iraq War? They failed us once, and fail us again. In 2000 election, it was painful for me to see the media glowing over Bush as the savior of White House's "integrity" and "morality". We know what we got. Now, it is the media's turn to brainwash everyone into believing Obama has done nothing wrong, and will do none. Please don't push your agenda on us. If there is a story about Obama and Ayers, investigate it, explain it. Don't attack those who bring it in the open. In fact, before Palin talked about it or Clinton brought it, the media should have done that. We don't believe in Hannity. We want YOU to do it for us. Ask Obama why he associated with Ayers, Wright, and Rezko so long and in so much depth. Let the world know what he has to say. Don't push Obama into the White House. Let him earn it. We deserve that, and you (the news media) need to earn that respect, by asking tough questions to Obama too. Don't be a propaganda machine for any party or any candidate. The reason I am a Democrat is because of the dislike I have for right-wing loud mouths. We don't need left-wing cover-up machines. If you believe Obama is good, he'll come out clean. BUT DON'T COVER IT UP.

Posted by: ronniesmith123 | October 10, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

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