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McCain and the Power of Populism

John McCain and Barack Obama
John McCain's success may depend on whether he can connect with his populist message -- or paint Obama as someone who can't. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

The onrushing economic crisis on Wall Street has prompted John McCain to adopt a populist tone in his rhetoric, a change that, if the Democratic primary season is any guide, could well turn into an effective gambit in the general election contest against Barack Obama.

The "us vs. them" idea that has come to dominate McCain's speeches and public comments over the past 72 hours has been particularly obvious on the campaign trail in the past day.

In a speech yesterday in Tampa, Fla., McCain praised the "working people of this state and nation" while condemning the "greed and mismanagement of Wall Street and Washington."

A new McCain ad that began airing this morning uses almost the same language and plays up the idea that the Arizona senator is a fighter for the working men and women of the country. "I've taken on tougher guys than this before," McCain says at the ad's close -- a smile dancing across his face.

McCain's decision to boil down the current economic crisis to -- with apologies to former Vice President Al Gore -- "the people versus the powerful" is a sound one given the success of the populist message against Obama during the Democratic primary.

To wit:

John Edwards, regarded at the start of the primaries as an also-ran due to the celebrity candidacies of Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, stayed competitive all the way through the Iowa caucuses -- where he finished second -- thanks almost entirely to his decision to cast himself as the one true populist in the race. Take this quote from the days leading up to the Iowa vote: "You can beat these people. You can win. Nothing will change without that fight." By the end of Edwards' Iowa campaign, he was all but urging his supporters to take up arms and storm "the man's" barricades.

• Clinton, who ran a Rose Garden campaign for far too long, finally adapted her messaging sometime in the spring -- the change in tone was evident in the Ohio/Texas votes on March 4 and the April 22 Pennsylvania primary -- to a populist-centered pitch that cast her as the lone candidate in the field fighting for the little guy. It's no accident that once she became the populist candidate in the race, she started to win -- and win in places like Ohio and Pennsylvania that will be critical to the Democrats' chances of winning the White House in the fall.

Why did populism work (of course we use 'work' in a relative sense since Obama did win the nomination) for Edwards and then Clinton? Because, for all of Obama's great gifts as a politician -- he may well be the best political orator in the past 50 years -- his "common touch" still needs polishing.

His natural approach to any issue is professorial; talk to smart people who are familiar with it, develop solutions and then use his political skill to sell voters on it.

The Fix still remembers well a moment at the MTV/MySpace forum last year in Iowa when a young woman, fighting off tears, told of her father being deported. Obama responded with a clinical breakdown of the problems with the immigration system in America but offered little empathy for the woman.

In that same situation, it's easy to imagine former President Bill Clinton wading into the crowd to hug the woman, his eyes misting up as he railed against the injustices of immigration laws in America.

In some ways, Obama's resistance to that sort of empathy politics may be directly related to his resistance to follow in the footsteps of the last Democrat to be elected president. Obama seems preternaturally aware of exploiting emotion for political gain -- an admirable trait in a person but not necessarily the savviest of political strategies.

McCain's decision to embrace populism on the stump is not only a nod to the successes (limited, of course) of Edwards and Clinton during the primary season but also a recognition of the current political environment.

Find any national poll conducted over the last six months and two trends are immediately apparent: large majorities of voters believe Washington doesn't work for them and those same large majorities believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Given that political reality, it's a no-brainer that both Obama and McCain are -- each in their own way -- running against Washington. And, given the uncertainty and anger that crops ups in these same polls, it also makes sound political sense for both candidates to portray themselves as the only person willing and able to go to Washington and be a voice for the voiceless in the White House.

Will McCain's attempt to allay voters' fear of an economic Armageddon with populist rhetoric work? Maybe.

There are two major caveats worth considering when weighing that question:

1. Obama is working aggressively to dispute the idea that McCain is the economic everyman candidate, casting the Arizona senator instead as nothing more than a continuation of the policies put in place by the Bush Administration. At a speech yesterday in Golden, Colo., Obama derided McCain's proposal for a 9/11-like commission to study the best way forward for the economy as more of the same old Washington ways. "FDR and Harry Truman didn't put their heads in the sand, or hand accountability over to a commission," Obama said. "Bill Clinton didn't put off hard choices. They led, and that's what I will do."

2. Polling suggests that voters seem to believe Obama better understands their plight -- particularly on the economy -- better than does McCain. In the most recent Washington Post/ABC News survey, 51 percent said Obama "better understands the problems of people like you" while 39 percent said the same of McCain. Nearly three quarters (74 percent) of the sample said that Obama "understand[s] the economic problems people in this country are having" while just 53 percent said the same of McCain.

Elections, especially at the presidential level, almost always depend less on issues and more on how voters perceive the two candidates. The candidate who is seen as caring about them and their families wins in nearly every circumstance. It's why populism -- as practiced by Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton -- has been the consistent strain in successful presidential campaigns of recent vintage.

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Obama's lack of empathy may well be his downfall... unlike Bill Clinton, he doesn't feel your pain. After all, he is a cold hearted, land shark lawyer having clawed himself up from the South Side of Chicago... bad, bad LeRoy Barack, baddest man in the whole damn town.

Now he is out to prove he is meaner than a junkyard dog. Nothing is sacred, nothing is taboo, it is politics Chicago style. Doesn't matter how slick or highfalutin his speeches are, he has lost his mojo.

Posted by: alance | September 19, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Republican Chuck Hagel makes an excellent point when he tells us that the McCain selection of Palin as a running mate is an insult to American intelligence.

I originally thought the "troopergate" investigation of Palin was political only, and dismissed it, but now that Todd Palin has refused to cooperate with investigators, the investigation takes on that "smell" or "scent" of a scandal, something improper or morally wrong!

The very first decision made by John McCain that anyone could consider something as "executive" in nature, would be his choice of Sarah "Fluff" Palin as the person most qualified and prepared to replace him as leader of the free world, President of the United States and Commander in Chief. Big error John, big error!

Imagine the President's Cabinet members as "wall to wall" lobbyists, because that is exactly what most of them will be. This is not the type of "reform" Americans have in mind!

Posted by: motiv8ed | September 18, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

PRES. CLINTON/DEMOCRATS HAD NO REGULATIONS DURING THE 90'S WHICH CAUSED MANY INTERNET COMPANIES TO GO BANKRUPT.

BTW, didn't a lot of businesses (Internet Co.)go bankrupt because of lax (NO) corporate regulation during Pres. Clinton/Democrat rule. So, how could Sen. Obama/Dem. call the Rep. stink when the same exact thing happened to them during the Clinton/Democrat rule.

Posted by: Dem AlsoStinks | September 18, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

SEN. OBAMA HAS NO SOLUTION TO ECONOMIC PROBLEMS!

I watch Sen. Obama speech about fixing economy. Frankly, he has no solution. He babbles on and on about Republicans cause recession, therefore, Sen. McCain is responsible for making companies bankrupt and Americans should remove all Rep. and place him in charge. However, he does not have an intelligent solution which will solve our problem. His energy proposal stinks, his wealth shifting tax policy stinks; but most importantly he does not have a specific fix for bad corporation practices and regulation.

Posted by: NoSolution Obama | September 18, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Simple mathematics:

McCain = Bush
Palin = Schlafly

McCain, like Bush, was (and still undoubtedly is, despite what he is saying this week) for deregulation and, frankly, that is what has gotten us into the mess we are in both in the economy and energy (not to mention environmental problems like global warming).

Can you imagine if Gore had prevailed in 2000?

No dependence on foreign oil and alternative energy sources booming (sorry, no mega-profits for oil companies and their executives; they would not have been allowed to write our energy policy behind closed doors as they did with Cheney at the start of the Bush administration).

No nasty war in Iraq with its dead American soldiers and Iraqi civilians and $10 billion a month gone from our treasury.

No loss of standing in the World - and perhaps a strong dollar and no trade deficit as Europeans, Asians, Muslims and South Americans would not boycott U.S. products as they are doing now.

No loss of civil rights, no torture.

No Rush Limbaugh as he would have fussed until he exploded like the fat man in a Monty Python film!

We have a chance, with President Obama and VP Biden, along with the House and Senate under Democratic control, to restore some of the things we lost when Gore was cheated out of the presidency. Obama and Biden will prevail and win this - McCain lies and Palin gloss will wear thin before November.

Posted by: Spatula | September 18, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Please everyone, vote for the "I got mine. What is your problem?" party.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama is for "unity" and "conciliation" like Hitler was for Germans.

Obama's Wall Street ties, Joe Biden's hedge fund son, the constant Democratic incompetence (Rangel, Jefferson, Pelosi) and his arrogance show the true Obama.

He's for Hyde Park, the urban wealthy, and farm subsidies for the millionaire farmers.

Some change.

Yeah, Biden is a real breath of fresh air.

Posted by: Chump Change | September 18, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain should stand up for the little elites and impose price controls on arugula.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

If McCain goes overboard on the populism message, he opens himself up to this kind of comment from Obama during the debates:

John, your populism message is a fraud. You don't remember how many houses you own, and your economic agenda is the same on as President Bush, favoring the top 5%, and hurting American workers.

Posted by: John C | September 18, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: Megan | September 18, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

The basic drawback to populism, especially for Obama, is that it frames issues as us against them struggles and is inherently divisive and polarizing. Populism needs villains. Having pledged, I believe sincerely, to work for conciliation and unity Obama can't wield the populism strategy, as successful presidential candidates before him have, without sacrificing his image as the candidate for change.

Posted by: Craig Busse | September 18, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Let's just face the facts. The GAO has issued report after report this year supporting the economic proposals of Obama as 100% in line with what the US Economy needs. How did they rate McCain? 42%. Since that's about what share of the popular vote he should expect, we need not concern ourselves with this too much, but it is worth taking note of these hard facts before arguing about it.

Up is not Down, regardless of what the GOP Operative Hordes would have us believe.

Posted by: Nick Collins III | September 18, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Correction to below post:

--SEN. MCCAIN IS THE ONLY ONE TO REFORM THESE BAD CORPORATION AND GOVERNMENT PRACTICES, NOT SEN. OBAMA OR PRES. BUSH!!!!

Posted by: Reform Them | September 18, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

SEN. MCCAIN IS THE ONLY ONE TO REFORM THESE BAD CORPORATION AND GOVERNMENT PRACTICES, NOT SEN. MCCAIN!!

Most people took a chance and invested in these companies. Now that these companies have gone bankrupt, our government should not bail them out. Our government should not be in the business of being insurers of stock owners.

My bet is both Pres. Bush and Sen. Obama will bail them out since both are receiving large amounts of money from these companies. That is right, once you take large amounts of money from companies you automatically become their slaves!! If only Sen. McCain campaign finance bill was more complete, we would not be in this trouble. Sen. McCain is the only one who is in a good position to reform these bad corporation and government practices, not Sen. Obama or Pres. Bush.

BTW, Sen. McCain campaign is government financed. Sen. Obama campaign is corporation financed. How the hell will Sen. Obama reform these same corporation, once he takes their money?

Posted by: Reform Them | September 18, 2008 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Palin=Criminal
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/17/palin.investigation/index.html

It is not a matter of only Republicans do bad things. Rather, Republicans only do bad things. Common sense sees right through the chablis and bree GOP country club set that just sees us as a tax mine.

Exact and complete quote from Carly Fiorina, no matter what consumate Right Wing partisan liars would have you believe. On the record, and fact checked:

Carly: "Well, I don't think John McCain could run a major corporation, I don't think I could run a major corporation, I don't think you could run a major corporation,"

Carly continues (this part conveniently left out by the Right Wing McCain lap-doggers) "It is a fallacy to suggest that the country is like a company. So, of course, to run a business, you have to have a lifetime of experience in business, but that's not what Sarah Palin, or John McCain have. Businesses are held accountable for poor business practices, bad investments, and breaking the law. Sarah Palin and John McCain simply would not have to answer to any of those three concerns were they in the White House."

Come on folks! Don't drag this out. You're keeping the inanity of the Bush-McCain Failed Talking Points in the rotation!

This is just one example of daily bias by the Post, CNN and the NY Times.

These numbers were before the surge.

Did you know that 47 countries' have reestablished their embassies in Iraq, leaving only 145 that have not?

Did you know that the Iraqi government
currently employs 1.2 million Iraqi people in exotic jobs ranging from human landmine clearance to IED shielding on the exterior of vehicles transporting officials?

Did you know that 3100 schools have been renovated, 364 schools are under rehabilitation, 263 new schools are now under construction; and 38 new schools have been completed in Iraq, while only 4000 have been destroyed?

Did you know that Iraq 's higher educational structure consists of 20 Universities, 46 Institutes or colleges and 4 research centers, all currently operating without any students?

Did you know that 25 Iraq students departed for the United States in
January 2005 for the re-established Fulbright program and were never seen or heard from again?

Did you know that the Iraqi Navy is operational? They have 5 - 100-foot patrol craft, 34 smaller vessels and a naval infantry regiment which have been used primarily for piracy in the Gulf, and for raiding small villages along the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates.

Did you know that Iraq's Air Force consists of three operational squadrons,
Which includes 9 reconnaissance and 3 US C-130 transport aircraft (under Iraqi operational control) which operate day and night, and will soon add 16 UH-1 helicopters and 4 Bell Jet Rangers, as well as 7000 paper airplanes donated by American school children?

Did you know that Iraq has a counter-terrorist unit and a Commando Battalion which have both engaged American forces in combat, or retreated from combat situations when fighting along side American forces?

Did you know that the Iraqi Police Service has over 55,000 fully trained and equipped police officers who regularly engage American forces in combat?

Did you know that there are 5 Police Academies in Iraq that produce over 3500 new officers every 8 weeks, all of whom defect within days to the insurgency?

Did you know there are more than 1100 building projects going on in Iraq intended to replace the more than 80,000 structures destroyed since the invasion?

They include 364 schools, 67 public clinics, 15 hospitals, 83 railroad stations, 22 oil facilities, 93 water facilities 69 electrical facilities, and assorted defensive walls, barriers, and fortifications.

Did you know that 96% of Iraqi children under the age of 5 have received the first 2 series of polio vaccinations, as well as a lifetime supply of PTSD?

Did you know that 4.3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary school by mid October, but that by November 2.6 million girls had been removed?

Did you know that there are 1,192,000 cell phone subscribers in Iraq and phone use has gone up 158% since the integration of cell phones as detonators on IEDs?

Did you know that Iraq has an independent media that consists of 75 radio stations, 180 newspapers, 10 television stations, and 6000 "Armed Truth Squads"?

Did you know that the Baghdad Stock Exchange opened in June of 2004, and has since lost only 4,200% of its opening value?

Did you know that 2 candidates in the Iraqi presidential election had a
televised debate recently because it was too dangerous to debate in front of a live audience?

Phil Gramm was actually in favor of a Sub-Prime crisis. This is a known, and very well publicized fact. He knew that if US banks were able to diversify without any government regulation, that a sub-prime crisis could be created through inevitably loose lending policies.

He's on record as the sponsor of the bill that created it, and he continues to support that same bill today, as it achieved precisely what he set out to accomplish: An economic climate that would artificially increase the asset wealth of America's poor and through the use of a deliberate campaign of misinformation, encourage these same individuals to carry more debt. Once this had been achieved, the bill was designed to then create the economic environment (through rapid deregulation) that we have seen over the past several years; a rapid loss of available credit and available jobs leading directly to an enormous loss of wealth amongst the poor that would lead them to remain on the bottom with low education and poor skill sets. The end game? Simply the creation of an environment wherein more major corporations (the primary backers of Gramm and McCain for decades) could abandon American workes for cheap foreign labor, thus providing maximum profits for the very top 1% of society. These 1% have been further protected by the Bush-McCain tax cuts, which actually increased taxes on 95% of Americans (the bottom 95%).

This is so basic, and so well known that only a complete fool would argue against it. Why else would it be news?! Honestly... Plan and simple facts.

Hah! Laughable! When the going gets tough, the Republicans leave for Crawford, or Aspen. No worries there, as its a Democrat's job to save the country. Again.

The correlation between hard work and success is limited. Obviously, Obama is where he is because he worked hard and earned it. Bush and McCain are where they are because their fathers and grandfathers worked hard.

McCain has never even paid a bill in his life, so why should we trust him to protect our money? I don't think we need another silver spoon republican trying to run the economy. Just look at what happened under Bush: 56 million Americans who were middle class in 2000 are now out of work and considered below the poverty line. 23 million Americans who had health insurance in 2000 now do not.

McCain actually wrote the bills that caused this. Look it up! This is so basic that it hardly gets any attention. Obama is from a food stamps family, and federal assistance combined with his drive and natural ability helped him pull himself up by the boot straps. McCain was a bottom of the barrel student, mediocre officer, and quickly corrupted legislator. Had he not been born with high social status he would have never been able to land back asswards where he has.

Maybe you missed this. McCain owns at least seven houses and counting. It strikes me that these uber-rich Republican elitists who own so many houses are a real problem for the rest of us in that they drive up real estate values by gobbling up land and hoarding away homes. We wouldn't have had a banking meltdown if we hadn't had a subprime meltdown. We wouldn't have had a subprime meltdown if the average American had been able to afford a single home. The average American can't afford a single home because these chablis swilling country club loving Republican elites collect homes like the rest of us collect credit card bills.

Just so these crazy Bushies and McCainiacs don't pull the wool over your eyes on de-regulation... Here is the basic low down on what's behind it. Simple. Straight forward. Factual.

The Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 established the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in the United States and included banking reforms, some of which were designed to control speculation. Some provisions such as Regulation Q that allowed the Federal Reserve to regulate interest rates in savings accounts were repealed by the Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980. Other provisions which prohibit a bank holding company from owning other financial companies were repealed in 1999 by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. Yes, that Gramm.

First repeal of the Glass-Steagall act allowed banks to determine what interest rates they could pay on savings, thus eliminating from our society sensible government oversight by the the Federal Reserve banks.

Second part repealed by the Gramm-Leahy act was that of the idea that a bank should be FORCED to not be able to invest in other forms of business. This was yet another portion of the bill aimed at preventing the government from protecting average Americans by maintaining a strong and balance economy by preventing companies over reaching.

The entirety of this bill is correctly attributed to our current sub-prime mortgage problem. This problem started on the banking side through de-regulation and led directly to predatory lending practices.

The Gramm-Leahy-Bliley act was signed into law by a Bill Clinton, who did not have the votes in Congress to prevent it.

It had positive economic results, allowing some finanacial companies to consolidate their resources and operate more efficiently, thereby saving money and increasing the value of their companies and increasing the value of the shareholders holdings in those companies.

Prior to the repeal of this law, foreign bankers held a financial edge against US banks because they were free to diversify their investments. Repealing this law allowed US banks to catch up with foreign banks and increase their value as a company. Again, increasing the value of their stocks to their stock-holders, but also removing necessary regulation to prevent predatory schemes.

Yes, it did allow companies the freedom to make good and or bad investments, just like any other company, but without necessary regulation to prevent abuse of the system.

The vast majority of banks are at risk, but are currently stable because they made wise investments. Some are not doing so well because they got caught up in too risky of deals, such as interest-only loans. They took a risk, they lost.

Buyers were duped into accepting these risk terms on their loans. That is the fault of predatory lenders.

Democrat president Bill Clinton had the option of veto-ing this bill but chose not to. He supported the bill and signed it into law in 1999 because the Republicans had the votes in Congress to ignore the veto.

One of the prime sponsors of the bill was this man, also a REPUBLICAN.
John McCain

Posted by: Nick Collins III | September 18, 2008 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Americans are voting on personality because that is the only difference between these four characters. They all stinks.

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America is going down thanks to deregulation, economic policy that favors the rich, and a public that votes on character rather than issues. Keep on voting republican

Posted by: amber godden | September 17, 2008 11:00 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 7:06 AM | Report abuse


McCain-Palin: The candidates of ‘Changing their Position’ to get your vote, America!

Like Bush, McCain has proven himself ...that he and his campaign will say anything for votes!

Palin’s refusal to cooperate with the inquiries about her e-mails or ‘Troupergate’ show Palin is NOT at all FIT to be VP!

America!: She is running for the ‘number two President’ position!

Yes, Americans should know all about her; and, McCain, the claimed, so-called reformer, should DEMAND HER FULL and COMPLETE COOPERATION and FULL DISCLOSURE, and NOW before we vote; ...remember were talking the USA’s next in line to be President, VP position!

See the FACTS: http://www.dailysource.org/palin

Oh and yea, she should not have been hacked; like she should have used a secure State e-mail account, so she could not be so easily hacked, but who’s fault is that ...Palin’s!; ...and you can write that in lipstick!


It’s clear that John McCain would rather lose his integrity than lose an election!


McCain lies like ‘the same old Bush!’

McCain = Bush = McBush!

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Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 5:51 AM | Report abuse

O REILLY IS SICKING THE DOGS ON MCCAIN DUDE...BUSH IS NOT A HAPPY CAMPER. MCCAIN IS TRYING TO DESTROY BUSH AND BUSH IS SAYING F YOU, YOU P.O.W. GIMP! SELL YOUR HOUSES IF YOU THINK YOU WILL HAVE THEM AFTER A MONTH. YOU LOST BOY...YOU LOST!

Posted by: opp88 | September 18, 2008 5:26 AM | Report abuse

LITTLE PEOPLE...THE WOLVES ARE ON JOHN MCCAINS HEELS. BUSH SAID GET THAT MF WOLVES...GET THAT MF! HOW DARE MCCAINS ACT LIKE HE DOES'NT LOVE ME! YOU OLD MF...YOU WILL LOSE HOUSES YOU A*SHOLE. YOU BETTER PUT THEM ON THE MARKET. GETUM BUSH...GET THEM TURN COATS! YOU REPUBLICAN RED COATS!

Posted by: opp88 | September 18, 2008 5:22 AM | Report abuse

BiLL O Reilly kissing McCain's ass. Dick Morris ask Bill! Who starts your car in the morning. Dick Morris is trying to save his on ass. It's on tape...so, ask Dick Morris want he meant? O Reilly is acting like he is embarrassed of Palin! Is it true REPUBLICANS, IS IT TRUE?

Posted by: opp88 | September 18, 2008 5:12 AM | Report abuse

I watched the video of Obama responding to the young woman whose father had been deported, and could find absolutely nothing wrong with Obama's response. From the beginning he asked her more about her situation and expressed sorrow. What was he supposed to do, walk up and hug her like Bill Clinton? He treated her with respect -- not as a prop. Absolutely no pandering or whatever you would have had him do to show he was "connecting" with her.

And don't forget: once he became a superstar during the primaries and people were screaming when he sneezed, he had to be careful about hugging young women in the audience. Otherwise he would have had a queen-for-a-day sob story at every town hall.

The idea that Obama is not connecting with people is ridiculous. It's a media-fabricated notion. STOP IT already.

Posted by: C. Neiman | September 18, 2008 4:19 AM | Report abuse

When Bush was elected, he inherited a recession from his illustrious predecessor, and he did not raise taxes to get us out of that, he cut them. Somewhat longer ago, Herbert Hoover did raise taxes in hard times, and they had a Great Depression but they didn't have a great time. I can't imagine how the Democrats think they can win the presidency, or a seat in Congress, or dogcatcher, with a platform of raising taxes in hard times. Hoover was a Republican, but we have learned from his bitter experience; it is only the Democrats, who never met a tax they didn't like, who want to try that again.

And the Democrats talk about how high the price of gasoline is, but they never say how anything they want to do will make it any lower. The shortage of oil is no accident, they have worked for decades to get to where we are now, and their policy is no oil, no natural gas, no coal, no oil shale, no tar sands, no nuclear, no gasoline, no heating oil, no electricity, let the illegitimates freeze in the dark, like the old Louisana slogan from the 1970's; well, I'm not illegitimate, most of the time, and I'm not voting for anyone who thinks I should freeze in the dark:-)

Posted by: Cauthon | September 18, 2008 3:36 AM | Report abuse

Alaska Women Reject Sarah Palin rally was held his past Saturday.
There was an amazing turnout of like-minded women (and men and children)!
Pics here: http://laurainak.blogspot.com

Posted by: walden | September 18, 2008 3:02 AM | Report abuse

Sadly, John McCain is coming apart as the campaign progresses. If you compare tapes of him campaigning in 2008 to tapes of him from 2000, you will see many of the early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

It's too bad that George Bush and Rove were so successful in their dirty attacks on McCain in 2000. His leadership would have been much better for America during the last 8 years.

But nostalgia for the good old days of the Straight Talk Express won't get us out of the fix we're in now.

Posted by: Hugh Briss | September 18, 2008 2:38 AM | Report abuse

I guess if I lived in Alaska. I would be out of touch with the rest of the world myself.

Posted by: opp88 | September 18, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

OH, I for got one more factor. Sarah Palin and her poor rhetoric on American issue's!

Posted by: opp88 | September 18, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

The only thing I blame John McCain for is having BOZO THE CLOWN, THE JOKER, PENGUIN, KNUCKLE HEAD and FRIENDS still on his CAMPAIGN team.

Hell, John McCain is an old guy for GODS sake REPUBLICANS. You know he can't keep up with this kind of CAMPAIGN. Come on LADIES compaired to a young OBAMA! What did you learn about your kids and redirecting children's behavior?

Posted by: opp88 | September 18, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Palin = Spiro Agnew, McCain = ????. Can you say "President Pelosi"?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

sean hannity had to help palin with her interview...hannity.."through reform" let her speak hannity!

Posted by: opp88 | September 18, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

that was her left eye people!

Posted by: opp88 | September 17, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Palin, during Gibson interview left I was gerking or twitching. Is'nt that a sign of nerve dissorder? This is not an attack! I'm serious, does anyone have an answer to this? I know she was closed up with hands crossed and leggs crossed. But the eye twitching is a nervous dissorder right?

Posted by: opp88 | September 17, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Palin=Criminal
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/17/palin.investigation/index.html

It is not a matter of only Republicans do bad things. Rather, Republicans only do bad things. Common sense sees right through the chablis and bree GOP country club set that just sees us as a tax mine.

Exact and complete quote from Carly Fiorina, no matter what consumate Right Wing partisan liars would have you believe. On the record, and fact checked:

Carly: "Well, I don't think John McCain could run a major corporation, I don't think I could run a major corporation, I don't think you could run a major corporation,"

Carly continues (this part conveniently left out by the Right Wing McCain lap-doggers) "It is a fallacy to suggest that the country is like a company. So, of course, to run a business, you have to have a lifetime of experience in business, but that's not what Sarah Palin, or John McCain have. Businesses are held accountable for poor business practices, bad investments, and breaking the law. Sarah Palin and John McCain simply would not have to answer to any of those three concerns were they in the White House."

Come on folks! Don't drag this out. You're keeping the inanity of the Bush-McCain Failed Talking Points in the rotation!

This is just one example of daily bias by the Post, CNN and the NY Times.

These numbers were before the surge.

Did you know that 47 countries' have reestablished their embassies in Iraq, leaving only 145 that have not?

Did you know that the Iraqi government
currently employs 1.2 million Iraqi people in exotic jobs ranging from human landmine clearance to IED shielding on the exterior of vehicles transporting officials?

Did you know that 3100 schools have been renovated, 364 schools are under rehabilitation, 263 new schools are now under construction; and 38 new schools have been completed in Iraq, while only 4000 have been destroyed?

Did you know that Iraq 's higher educational structure consists of 20 Universities, 46 Institutes or colleges and 4 research centers, all currently operating without any students?

Did you know that 25 Iraq students departed for the United States in
January 2005 for the re-established Fulbright program and were never seen or heard from again?

Did you know that the Iraqi Navy is operational? They have 5 - 100-foot patrol craft, 34 smaller vessels and a naval infantry regiment which have been used primarily for piracy in the Gulf, and for raiding small villages along the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates.

Did you know that Iraq's Air Force consists of three operational squadrons,
Which includes 9 reconnaissance and 3 US C-130 transport aircraft (under Iraqi operational control) which operate day and night, and will soon add 16 UH-1 helicopters and 4 Bell Jet Rangers, as well as 7000 paper airplanes donated by American school children?

Did you know that Iraq has a counter-terrorist unit and a Commando Battalion which have both engaged American forces in combat, or retreated from combat situations when fighting along side American forces?

Did you know that the Iraqi Police Service has over 55,000 fully trained and equipped police officers who regularly engage American forces in combat?

Did you know that there are 5 Police Academies in Iraq that produce over 3500 new officers every 8 weeks, all of whom defect within days to the insurgency?

Did you know there are more than 1100 building projects going on in Iraq intended to replace the more than 80,000 structures destroyed since the invasion?

They include 364 schools, 67 public clinics, 15 hospitals, 83 railroad stations, 22 oil facilities, 93 water facilities 69 electrical facilities, and assorted defensive walls, barriers, and fortifications.

Did you know that 96% of Iraqi children under the age of 5 have received the first 2 series of polio vaccinations, as well as a lifetime supply of PTSD?

Did you know that 4.3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary school by mid October, but that by November 2.6 million girls had been removed?

Did you know that there are 1,192,000 cell phone subscribers in Iraq and phone use has gone up 158% since the integration of cell phones as detonators on IEDs?

Did you know that Iraq has an independent media that consists of 75 radio stations, 180 newspapers, 10 television stations, and 6000 "Armed Truth Squads"?

Did you know that the Baghdad Stock Exchange opened in June of 2004, and has since lost only 4,200% of its opening value?

Did you know that 2 candidates in the Iraqi presidential election had a
televised debate recently because it was too dangerous to debate in front of a live audience?

Phil Gramm was actually in favor of a Sub-Prime crisis. This is a known, and very well publicized fact. He knew that if US banks were able to diversify without any government regulation, that a sub-prime crisis could be created through inevitably loose lending policies.

He's on record as the sponsor of the bill that created it, and he continues to support that same bill today, as it achieved precisely what he set out to accomplish: An economic climate that would artificially increase the asset wealth of America's poor and through the use of a deliberate campaign of misinformation, encourage these same individuals to carry more debt. Once this had been achieved, the bill was designed to then create the economic environment (through rapid deregulation) that we have seen over the past several years; a rapid loss of available credit and available jobs leading directly to an enormous loss of wealth amongst the poor that would lead them to remain on the bottom with low education and poor skill sets. The end game? Simply the creation of an environment wherein more major corporations (the primary backers of Gramm and McCain for decades) could abandon American workes for cheap foreign labor, thus providing maximum profits for the very top 1% of society. These 1% have been further protected by the Bush-McCain tax cuts, which actually increased taxes on 95% of Americans (the bottom 95%).

This is so basic, and so well known that only a complete fool would argue against it. Why else would it be news?! Honestly... Plan and simple facts.

Hah! Laughable! When the going gets tough, the Republicans leave for Crawford, or Aspen. No worries there, as its a Democrat's job to save the country. Again.

The correlation between hard work and success is limited. Obviously, Obama is where he is because he worked hard and earned it. Bush and McCain are where they are because their fathers and grandfathers worked hard.

McCain has never even paid a bill in his life, so why should we trust him to protect our money? I don't think we need another silver spoon republican trying to run the economy. Just look at what happened under Bush: 56 million Americans who were middle class in 2000 are now out of work and considered below the poverty line. 23 million Americans who had health insurance in 2000 now do not.

McCain actually wrote the bills that caused this. Look it up! This is so basic that it hardly gets any attention. Obama is from a food stamps family, and federal assistance combined with his drive and natural ability helped him pull himself up by the boot straps. McCain was a bottom of the barrel student, mediocre officer, and quickly corrupted legislator. Had he not been born with high social status he would have never been able to land back asswards where he has.

Maybe you missed this. McCain owns at least seven houses and counting. It strikes me that these uber-rich Republican elitists who own so many houses are a real problem for the rest of us in that they drive up real estate values by gobbling up land and hoarding away homes. We wouldn't have had a banking meltdown if we hadn't had a subprime meltdown. We wouldn't have had a subprime meltdown if the average American had been able to afford a single home. The average American can't afford a single home because these chablis swilling country club loving Republican elites collect homes like the rest of us collect credit card bills.

Just so these crazy Bushies and McCainiacs don't pull the wool over your eyes on de-regulation... Here is the basic low down on what's behind it. Simple. Straight forward. Factual.

The Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 established the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in the United States and included banking reforms, some of which were designed to control speculation. Some provisions such as Regulation Q that allowed the Federal Reserve to regulate interest rates in savings accounts were repealed by the Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980. Other provisions which prohibit a bank holding company from owning other financial companies were repealed in 1999 by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. Yes, that Gramm.

First repeal of the Glass-Steagall act allowed banks to determine what interest rates they could pay on savings, thus eliminating from our society sensible government oversight by the the Federal Reserve banks.

Second part repealed by the Gramm-Leahy act was that of the idea that a bank should be FORCED to not be able to invest in other forms of business. This was yet another portion of the bill aimed at preventing the government from protecting average Americans by maintaining a strong and balance economy by preventing companies over reaching.

The entirety of this bill is correctly attributed to our current sub-prime mortgage problem. This problem started on the banking side through de-regulation and led directly to predatory lending practices.

The Gramm-Leahy-Bliley act was signed into law by a Bill Clinton, who did not have the votes in Congress to prevent it.

It had positive economic results, allowing some finanacial companies to consolidate their resources and operate more efficiently, thereby saving money and increasing the value of their companies and increasing the value of the shareholders holdings in those companies.

Prior to the repeal of this law, foreign bankers held a financial edge against US banks because they were free to diversify their investments. Repealing this law allowed US banks to catch up with foreign banks and increase their value as a company. Again, increasing the value of their stocks to their stock-holders, but also removing necessary regulation to prevent predatory schemes.

Yes, it did allow companies the freedom to make good and or bad investments, just like any other company, but without necessary regulation to prevent abuse of the system.

The vast majority of banks are at risk, but are currently stable because they made wise investments. Some are not doing so well because they got caught up in too risky of deals, such as interest-only loans. They took a risk, they lost.

Buyers were duped into accepting these risk terms on their loans. That is the fault of predatory lenders.

Democrat president Bill Clinton had the option of veto-ing this bill but chose not to. He supported the bill and signed it into law in 1999 because the Republicans had the votes in Congress to ignore the veto.

One of the prime sponsors of the bill was this man, also a REPUBLICAN.
John McCain

Posted by: Nick Collins III | September 17, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

McCain cast his lot with Big Money in order to win the nomination. It's hideously cynical and shameful for him to think we'd believe him on his latest desperate one-eighty.

Posted by: FlownOver | September 17, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Nick Collins III | September 17, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

America is going down thanks to deregulation, economic policy that favors the rich, and a public that votes on character rather than issues. Keep on voting republican

Posted by: amber godden | September 17, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Okay Sharon - I am a woman, too. I am 18 years old, have blond hair, blue eyes,.... What do you do? I'd bet you are a telephone sex operator! If you expect us to believe that you are anything other than a paid Republican hack you are delussional. Where do you scumbags come from?

Posted by: PoliticalPorn | September 17, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain is directly complicit in the terrorist attacks on Wall Street this week. ................
http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/09/18/wall-street-terrorizes-america/

Posted by: Ohg Rea Tone | September 17, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Take this - John McCAin is directly complicit in the terrorist attacks on Wall street this week. ................
http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/09/18/wall-street-terrorizes-america/

Posted by: Ohg Rea Tone | September 17, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN SAID..PALIN IS READY TO CHALLENGE TO V.P. DUTIES.

Posted by: opp88 | September 17, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

I'M SORRY DUDE AND DUDETS...PALIN HAS NO F'N SENSE. YOU NEED TO SEE THIS TOWN HALL MEETINGS. I HAVE ONE WORD FOR THE AUDIENCE! RETARDED!!!!!!!!

Posted by: opp88 | September 17, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Mr Don't Give A damn, OUR TAX DOLLARS ARE PAYING FOR THESE MCBUSH FAILURES.

Posted by: opp88 | September 17, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

AT THE JOHN MCCAIN AND SARAH PALIN TOWN MEETING TODAY. SARAH PALIN WAS ASKED POINT BLANK FROM THE AUDIENCE. HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO TELL US WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT ECONOMICS SARAH? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT OUR ECONOMY?

LARRY KING ASKED (R) GUEST ABOUT PALIN'S RESPONSE TO THE QUESTION.

THE REPUBLICAN TALKING HEADS WERE SO EMBARRASSED THEY ALL HAD NOTHING TO SAY!

CLOONY! CLOONY! CLOONY!

PALIN HAD HER EMAIL HACKED INTO TODAY. A (R) TALKING HEAD SAID THAT THIS SHOULD BRING SYMPATHY FOR PAIN...LMWAO! ARSSES WILL ELECT ON SYMPATHY. WAKE UP AMERICA! F THESE REPUBLICANS. MCCAIN RUNNING A CIRCUS. OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA

Posted by: opp88 | September 17, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Morgan Stanley reportedly in talks with Wachovia to do a merger.

Also in discussions with CITIC - the Chinese controled nvestment arm of the government.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | September 17, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

McRumi - I am just quoting MSNBC that 70% of independents will break for McCain. Do you know more than Chuck Todd? As usual ignorant people like yourself make comments based on no facts, yet think they are right. People like you amaze me... you must be a dumb dem.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

McRumi - I am just quoting MSNBC that 70% of independents will break for McCain. Do you know more than Chuck Todd? As usual ignorant people like yourself make comments based on no facts, yet think they are right. People like you amaze me... you must be a dumb dem.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

GO TO GAWKER.COM THE NEWS REPORTERS BUST BRISTOL SMOKING WEED IN ALOT ABOUT PALIN EMAILS.

Posted by: KEESA,NEW ORLEANS, LA | September 17, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I CAN SEE THE MOON FROM MY BACKYARD.I SAW NEIL ARMSTRONG WAVING AT ME!

Posted by: opp88 | September 17, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Heck, why should us regular guys care if these financial institutions and insurance companies goes bankrupt?

1 It would not matter if the Investment banks went bust.

2. People who hold insurance policies would lose their life savings if AIG were allowed to go bust.

However, it would have been cheaper to just pay off the 7 billion dollars in insurance to the holders, than to make the whole company a US possession. We all now own 80% of AIG.
20 billion additional of insurance policies we now are good for, are on people in east Asia.

I would have paid off the USA insureds and let the rest go.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

The two states where the Nazi party distributed DVDs espousing McCain's race hatred are now both within one percent in polling.

It didnt work.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Corporations have the rights of persons under US law.

That means that you readers have no chance at democracy.

Companies can pay for people to get signatures and overwhelm any referenda you try to get passed.

McCain is in the pocket of the corporations. DE-REGULATOR.

Do a google on DEREGULATOR and watch Mccain's name come up.

His guy Gramm WROTE THE BILL that deregulated the mortgage industry and made possible the Enron criminals.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Heck, why should us regular guys care if these financial institutions and insurance companies goes bankrupt? These companies are mostly owned by rich people; also, they usually invest rich people money. I therefore don't give a damn these rich people are loosing their money; they can afford it. My only hope is that the government doesn't bail them out with tax payers' money.

Posted by: Mr. Dont GiveADam | September 17, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

70% of undecideds will break for McCain

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LOL.

They'll break wind for McCain is more like it.

Undecideds will not vote for someone who will make the economy worse. That leaves McCain/Palin out...economic need will trump racial prejudice.


Posted by: McRumi | September 17, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Paul

You're sick.

So you would prefer to vote for lying lips.

Smart

I hope there is reincarnation. I know where I hope you are born.

Why haven't people outgrown racism? Is so......1800s

Posted by: There is no anonymous anymore | September 17, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Where the heck is Louis Black

when you need some laughter.

Louis, please, do a spot on

the Daily Show to alleviate
my sadness.

America has gone mad!

Posted by: There is no anonymous anymore | September 17, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

" they were "lend(ing) money to anyone who wants it, especially if they have no job, no credit and no collateral." because the govt let them!!

Posted by: bangbang | September 17, 2008 8:07 PM"

Nobody forced them to make money. If the change in policy in 1999 was leading to situations where the investment banks were investing in over-leveraged positions, in one case as high as 60:1, (average leverage was about 20:1 at the start of the Great Depression) why in the intervening 9 years, hasn't the government done something about that? While I don't know the history of the errors, I do know the banks weren't collapsing when Bill Clinton was president. Their collapsing now.
Everybody realizes the Republicans hate regulation, they have shouted it from the rooftops since 1986. Everybody also realizes if we don't get some form of regulation in place, we wont be able to recover from this bubble.
It doesn't come down to giving low income families first time buyers loans, it's that the investment banks considered the securities more valuable than they were and then used them to borrow money to buy more over valued securities. They looked like a good deal, they were backed by the ever rising real estate market.
Once that stopped though...if you're leveraged 40 to 1, if what you own drops 10% , you loose 410%(plus the interest on the loan that leveraged you 40:1). If that's 3% of your portfolio that 3% could wipe you out.
That's what happened to AIG, Bear Sterns, Lehman Brothers.....
The idea federal regulators were not aware of the stunningly leveraged positions is not credible, there was no interest in regulating the Investment banks. On the side of the Republican party, there still isn't.
Oddly, John McCain has become a champion of the little guy, espousing reform and regulation. Which reverses his life long commitment to deregulation and free markets.
The Republican party as an organization is still pro de-regulation and the parties leaders show no interest in abandoning that plank in their platform.
If elected, he will not regulate, even though WE own most of the industry, it'll just become a boondogle for the benefit of the “good Bushies”.

Posted by: dijetlo | September 17, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Remember 2 things - 70% of undecideds will break for McCain (as noted by Chuck Todd MSNBC) and minorities always poll about 4 points higher than they actually do election night.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of economic crises, Obama says that we should be "our brother's keeper." However, his OWN brother is living in dire poverty in some hellhole in Kenya. I wonder if Barrack could spare some change from his millions in book royalties (books about himself) to help out his brother. What a hypocrite!! Please donate to the charity fund established for Obama's brother (see link below). By the way, Obama's brother said that Barrack is "a good Muslim."

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/washington-whispers/2008/9/10/help-for-obamas-shack-living-brother.html

Posted by: Dave | September 17, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

CAMPAIGN COME BACK....OBAMA!...CAMPAIGN COME BACK!

Posted by: opp88 | September 17, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

GETUM OBAMA! YOU GETUM! INDY 500 IS ABOUT TO BEGIN!

Posted by: opp88 | September 17, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

The haves and the have-nots: Obama the millionaire and his destitute extended family in Africa:

http://www.helpobamasbrother.org/


Obama is only generous with YOUR money. What a hypocrite!!!

Posted by: Dave | September 17, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

I just can't bring myself to vote for someone with purple lips. I have made up my mind.

Posted by: Paul | September 17, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

In the face of a real crisis, the lipsticks off both the pigs are coming off, and what an ugly sight it is.

McCain has flip-flopped on regulation and deregulation issue, not because he undestands any of the economic fundamentals, but because he is simply clueless. I guess what else do you expect from a C-grade student who is more interested in chasing strippers in his shiny little Corvette while ditching his wife coz she got herself into a car crash and no longer looked like a trophy wife. Oh, and by the way, he invented the Blackberry too. My underwear has a cleaner record than this clown.

And all Palin can do is talk like the little village politician that she is - one clueless comforting the other, while getting another tan in her tanning machine and putting on more lipstick, while pondering creationism.

The Republicans have done an excellent job of turning a great nation of proud, intelligent trend-setters that the entire world looked up to into a nation of selfish apes who care more about saving a buck and about what other people do in their bedrooms than about where the nation is going, how we are perceived by the world, how our children are getting educated, how healthcare is evolving, and how money is being spent on progressive issues instead of destructive powers (wars/killing/collateral damage).

It is time for real leaders to take charge and make America great again and restore our pride and dignity.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

RUSH LIMPBALLS...FROM HIS CRAMPY LITTLE STUDIO SAY'S THE ECONOMY IS GOOD FOR HIM. I BET THAT CRAMPY LITTLE HOLE SMELLS LIKE FARTS AND CIGAR SMOKE. FAT DUDE IS NASTY!

Posted by: opp88 | September 17, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scrivener | September 17, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

No, the shocking detail has to do with a wild, 35-point swing toward McCain among Jewish voters. Obama led among them by a margin of 50-37 in August. This month, McCain is actually leading Obama by a margin of 54 percent to 32 percent.

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"shocking"? such drama from a Republican?!


Not shocking at all...they all thought Leiberman was either going to be VP or will be member of McCain cabinet.

Those numbers are already changing.

Posted by: McRumi | September 17, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Nice, WaPo - I notice that you guys always use the most awkward pictures of Republicans that you can find, but this is unusually blatant. I hope you realize that 50% of America now think you and your newspaper are a total joke.

Posted by: Dave | September 17, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Poor people depend on rich people wether they like it or not!
Rethoric won't change this!

Posted by: Facts of life | September 17, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Is it true John McCain's grandfather was the captain on the Titanic ? The Naval history of the McCain family must be a huge embarrassment. Now along comes John, what a joke !! Poor McCain, he's so lost the only person who can find him is Bush .... isn't John lucky ?

Posted by: SadAmerican | September 17, 2008 6:44 PM

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Try doing search on the McCain family. His grandfather and father were both Navy Admirals. His grandfather took part in the Japanese surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay, Japan on September 2, 1945.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

In her acceptance speech, Sarah Palin approvingly quoted Westbrook Pegler, who among other things was a racist, an anti-semite and a fascist who advocated killing Robert F. Kennedy.

In Spanish, there is a phrase, "To s/he who understands, few words are needed."

Palin's literary choice speaks volumes about why her ignorance does not portend bliss for the American people and their ideals.

In this time of economic turndown, a moment when the search for scapegoats may be just around the corner, it might be wise to remember the words of author Sinclair Lewis, which hopefully will not turn out to be prophetic:

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.”

Posted by: Martin Edwin Andersen | September 17, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Talking about populism:

"George Hussein Onyango Obama, Senator Barack Obama's long lost brother was tracked down living in a hut on the outskirts of Nairobi!"

How come the Prophet is going to help American families to overcome this crisis if he hasn't done anything to get his own blood out of poverty?

Obama is just a mouth full of words!

Posted by: Facts of life | September 17, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Did you see this! Did you see this!


Shock Poll: Jews Now Favor McCain in New York, 54-32
John Podhoretz - 09.17.2008 - 6:17 PM

The Siena poll, one of the two key polls of New York state voters, has come out with its monthly snapshot of the presidential race in the Empire State. And it’s stunning. It is remarkable, though not eye-opening, that John McCain is now only 5 points behind Barack Obama, 46-41 – not shocking because polls have narrowed to similar margins in New Jersey. (It should be noted, however, that according to a Rasmussen poll released yesterday, Obama is leading in New York by 55-42.)

No, the shocking detail has to do with a wild, 35-point swing toward McCain among Jewish voters. Obama led among them by a margin of 50-37 in August. This month, McCain is actually leading Obama by a margin of 54 percent to 32 percent.

Posted by: Sam | September 17, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Chris you finally got your dick out of drudges arze, now you are sucking McCain's cock...quite a day you are having.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

The greed that caused such problems with Wall St is nothing compared to the greed of a politician who will blatantly lie, cheat and deceive in order to achieve the Highest Office.

Lies, damn lies and John McCain

Posted by: Lies, damn lies and John McCain | September 17, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

When a significant hurricane is imminent, the number one reason residents give when asked why they are not evacuating is their faith that God will take care of them (like wind and rising water don't matter). Palin supports teaching intelligent design alongside the scientific theory of evolution in schools. How confusing for young minds! We have students believing that God created people in his own image when all the evidence points to our evolving from apes. The older generation may have been hoodwinked into believing the unproven fantasy of creationism, but today's generation can find out the truth in 20 minutes (by properly researching on the internet). It's time for religious leaders to give up the hoax and to stop corrupting the next generation. It is frightening to think that someone (Palin), who does not make a distinction between fantasy and reality, could be elected to any position in our government. Wake up, America!

Posted by: don r | September 17, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Chris you cannot make up this junk (that McCain can successfully transform himself into a people vs powerful candidate) in a freakin vacuum. Perhaps you have forgotten the lobbyists ads being run against him, or McCain's inability to remember how many homes he has, or perhaps most telling his repeated refrain that "the fundamentals of the US economy are strong." Sorry Chris but McCain looks like a wanker when it comes to the economy and he continues to prove it every day when he talks about the economy. Perhaps it is time for you to get out of your bubble and talk to people living in the real world.

Posted by: MK | September 17, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Wow, latest poll shows huge shift of white women back to Obama.

Guess Palin's draconian abortion views and general incompetence and lying about her record finally broke through. Or maybe it was her relationship with that voodoo priest in Africa.

Could America be getting serious about this election?

Me thinks so. Wonderful news amid the economic disaster foisted upon us by the de-regulators like McCain.

Too bad Cindy can't buy him the White House.

Posted by: McRumi | September 17, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON MUTUAL FALLING FOLKS! CRASH A COMING. MCBUSH SAY'S THE ECONOMY IS SOUND! WTF IS WRONG WITH MCCAIN? IS HE DOING OK? WHAT PLANET IS MCCAIN LIVING ON? IS MCCAIN ABOUT TO LOSE HIS 9 HOUSES BECAUSE HIS COMMISSION SAY'S THE ECONOMY IS OK? DOES HE REALLY HAVE US IN MIND?

Posted by: opp88 | September 17, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Why is this race even close? - McCain flip flops, copies Obama, promises change against himself and doesn't seem to understand what is going on.

Are the voters the same?

Posted by: close? | September 17, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

snobama funny guy.
"We Libs insist you lend money to anyone who wants it, especially if they have no job, no credit and no collateral."

This from a repub whose govt has just had to bail out 2 financial institutions cause of the mess it let them get into.

Especially as they were "lend(ing) money to anyone who wants it, especially if they have no job, no credit and no collateral." because the govt let them!!

Posted by: bangbang | September 17, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Chris thats an Interesting take on the situation.

My view is that McCain basically doesn't understand the depth of the problem or how to fix it. He therefore resorts to these broad strokes which mean nothing.

You then try to reframe the conversation to be about Obama not having a populist message.

Well Obama does have a clue about what is happening and a plan to try to fix it but you concentrate on a perceived lack of compassion, and offer an example from 6 months ago.

I'm not going to debate that as that is what you want to do by reframing the sitaution. So Instead lets keep on subject and focus on what matters - the country is suffering at the moment .
Obama has a plan to do something about it and McCain doesn't even think that there is a problem.

I'm now leaning to Obama and this link is part of the reason why.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/17/obama-takes-on-economy-pa_n_127021.html


Posted by: Jack | September 17, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin of the Republican Party promotes sun tan salons that creats artificial UV rays that can cause skin cancer and now the tanning salon industry has came out to support her.

John McCain on the other hand has issue's promoting sun tan salons or use of artificial UV rays exposer for Americans because McCain understands and believes that it can cause skin cancer.

Who's steering this campaign to the bridge to nowhere?

this sheeeidddd is getting crazy!

Posted by: opp88 | September 17, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

"He is Marxist in his approach to the ecomomy. He wants to punish those who work hard and are successful and reward those who want the government to care for them. He wants government redistribution of funds from the working class to those who don't want to work. "
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You are wrong. In fact, Obama sees prosperity as emanating from the middle-class, bottom up instead of the top down policy that rewards only the wealthy--a policy advocated by Bush and McCain. In fact, it is the middle-class that will benefit greatly from an Obama Presidency; affordable Health Care will free up monies for families to spend, and Obama's tax cuts to the middle-class are substantial and will boost the economy by giving nearly 70% of Americans a good chunk of extra change to spend. McCain on the other hand once again favors the top 2% of tax payers by giving them steep tax cuts and very little for the middle-class, working-class, and working poor.

Here are the tax plans side by side:

……………… MCCAIN …………. OBAMA
Income ……. Avg tax bill ……. Avg. tax bill
$227K-$603K…… -$7,871 (-3.1%)…….. +$12 (+0.0%)
$161K-$227K…… -$4,380 (-3.0%)….. -$2,789 (-1.9%)
$112K-$161K…… -$2,614 (-2.5%)….. -$2,204 (-2.1%)
$66K-$112K …… -$1,009 (-1.4%)….. -$1,290 (-1.8%)
$38K-$66K …….. -$319 (-0.7%)….. -$1,042 (-2.4%)
$19K-$38K …….. -$113 (-0.5%)……. -$892 (-3.6%)
Under $19K ……… -$19 (-0.2%)……. -$567 (-5.5%)

Posted by: GObama | September 17, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

PROSECUTE OBAMA FOR VIOLATING THE LOGAN ACT

The New York Post has reported that Adonis countermanded a drawdown in U.S. troops from Iraq. It is called shadow diplomacy-and is unprecedented-where a candidate for President attempts to undermine a sitting President. It is considered not only underhanded -but illegal as well- a violation of the Logan Act. The Logan Act addresses foreign policy negotiations by someone from this Country without authorization.

It has been reported that in a recent visit to Iraq Obama tried persuading government officials not to agree to a drawdown of U.S. troops from Iraq -given the weak position of President Bush. He wants them to wait until after the election-until he is elected (rather presumptuous of the old boy isn't it)-at which time he can take credit for the drawdown. This would have the affect of delaying a transfer of troops to Afghanistan which Obama claims he supports. So in addition to meddling in the delicate foreign policy negotiations with Iraq and our troops on the ground-he has also violated his own stated policy.

What does this guy think-that he can play with the war on terrorism -like some kind of game-and use it to advance his political career. Who does he think he is-undermining a sitting President of the United States and playing politics with our troops. He has no business doing this. If he wants more troops in Afghanistan but wants to delay troop withdrawal from Iraq where does he think they will come from- from one of his community organizer forums, from ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), from the ACLU, from Pastor Jeremiah Wright and the Trinity United Church, or from the terrorist weather underground group SDS (Students for a Democratic Society). Not on your life. If he thinks he can play with the war against terrorism like this- he needs to answer for it.

Posted by: rtfanning | September 17, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin, the political Praying Mantis, is coming for John McCain. Her modus: she will mate with you politically, then eat you with dinner, garnished with moose testicles.

Posted by: Robert | September 17, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

The galling thing is that McCain was ranting about greedy CEOs in his remarks on the economy yesterday all the while knowing that his advisor Carley Fiorina collected an obscene $40 million “golden parachute” when HP fired her sorry patoot? (To add a filip on the Fiorina back-story, 20,000+ people lost their jobs due to Fiorina’s zeal for outsourcing…outsourcing that failed to revive the HP brand during her tenure.)

Conveniently in his talk McCain left out the fact that he chaired the Commerce Committee, and that his chief economic adivisor, Phil Gramm, pushed for many of the loop-holes and legislation that has contributed to this crisis.

John “Deregulate” McCain has got balls I’ll grant him that for even attempting a populist campaign when he, and the Republican’s, long love affair with Corporate America has been crystal clear for almost 30 years starting with the Union Busting, “trickle down” King, Ronald Reagan. In any event, I could fit what McCain knows about the common working man inside my smallest fart.

Posted by: radical_moderate | September 17, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama is an Islamic vote. He is Marxist in his approach to the ecomomy. He wants to punish those who work hard and are successful and reward those who want the government to care for them. He wants government redistribution of funds from the working class to those who don't want to work. HE IS THE BIGGEST LAIR OF THEM ALL. Obama has taught great hatred to the Democratic Party and they lap his venom like hungry dogs. His is creating a great divide with this hate sweeping across the country. So we are witness to his long taught hate lessons by Reverend Wright.

Posted by: dragonfly777 | September 17, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Razorback - go read his plans.

Posted by: andyt | September 17, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I was disappointed time and again by Bush's appeasement tactics. Letting Kennedy, of all people, in on education reform- waiting, what, 6 months for the approval of the UN and Democrats in this country to OK the war. McCain chooses a true conservative as his running mate and his numbers skyrocket. If he starts backpeddling now he deserves to lose because he's too stupid to see the forest for the trees.

Posted by: Kathy | September 17, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

It outrages me that this race is still close...the McCain campaign has given us so many lies it's hard to count, and yet people believe him. At first he was about experience, then he gave us the spectacle of Sarah Palin's ignorance, at first he was always a deregulator, now he wants to crack down on 'those evil people', he lies to us about Obama's tax cuts, and some of us still support him..."oh I don't know about this Obama guy" - go read his plans, you'll learn a thing or two about pragmatic policy, it's some pretty ingenious stuff. Instead of allowing Steven Schmidt and Karl Rove to manipulate us with their theatrics and crocodile tears, shouldn't we be smart enough to understand that this election is not about blue versus red, life or choice, guns or no guns, or even black or white?

At home, we have the economic crisis of the century, people are losing their jobs, losing their homes, salaries aren't raising, jobs are being shipped overseas, our old industries are getting obsolete. Overseas, we have wars on two fronts (with the Palin now beating the drums for a clash with Iran), Russia emboldened, China rising, and a nuclear Pakistan destabilized, and our diplomatic relations are strained with citizens of our strongest allies against our current government...I don't know if this means anything to some of us, but all it takes now is a pin-drop in the global power structure for all hell to break lose...

And yet, we allow the McCain campaign to divide us with choices, silly choices...pro-life versus pro choice...for or against gay marriage, creationism versus evolution...Us against them....my question those of you who are still hell bent on voting McCain into office...liberal versus conservative. HOW IS ANY OF THESE CHOICES RELEVANT?

The only choices we need to pay attention to are the positions that our candidates take, and how firm and resolute they have been. WHich one really offers true change. I understand that some of you may have trouble voting for a black guy, but this is one hell of a smart guy...the ultimate test of leadership is their ability to put together a great team...on McCain's side you have Sarah Palin who does not even understand the Bush doctrine that she claims she is trying to change, A whole swarm of lobbyists acting as advisors...and on the Obama's side, you have Austan Goolsbee, someone who understands the human factor in economics (the human factor has been repeatedky blamned for this crisis), Joe Biden, who is anything but a sexy pick, but who knows his stuff...and his no-lobbyists or special interests campaign funding success....

Shouldnt the choice be clear? This baffles me.

Posted by: James B | September 17, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain is as manipulative as the party he represents!

This is a very interesting read concerning McCain's choice of Palin and Republican manipulation from an unusual and surprising religious perspective. I highly recommend checking it out:

http://www.newsflavor.com/Opinions/McCain-Hijacks-Christianity-Via-Palin.240929

Posted by: LaRae | September 17, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I've been a headhunter for the mortgage industry for over 10 years and I follow politics closely:

Our firm was inundated with job orders coming out of the subprime companies when the Democratic run House made the call to expand lending guidelines.

The market followed suit and our firm, subprime companies and their employees made millions of $ while millions of families qualified for loans that they should not have gotten in the first place.

The market shifted and defaults ensued. The big financial houses are crumbling like the paper most of these loans are written on.

I was an independent going into the election. I gave both sides an equal shake. But now, to see the Democrats and Pelosi taking absolutely NO blame for the mess that they themselves caused has steered me away from the rhetoric.

Take a close look at history and who made this mess happen.

Vote NO for Obama, Pelosi and any Democrat who signed on to expand lending practices at the cost of our nation!

Posted by: patman | September 17, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

What McCain needs to do is point out the fact that the mess we're in can be attributed to both parties-the truth. He and Palin claim that they want to clean up Washington so they should start now and not bend over and appease-look where it got bush.

Posted by: Kathy | September 17, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Would any or all of the Obama supporters
please post his experience - not his education. I know quite a few people with numerous college degrees and they lack judgement and common sense. TELL those of us on this blog about experience.
I have to say I use to be a Democrat and now an Independent - it makes me sick to my stomach these things said about McCain and his age and the name calling - at least show some class - some of these blogs and the words used makes me wonder just how these people treat their own relatives and leads me to believe they have no class. Stick to the issues.

Posted by: Phantom6 | September 17, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain campaign littered with lobbyist - TRUE

Palin strongly supported the bridge to nowhere - TRUE

McCain vehemently supported de-regulations - TRUE

Palin seeked millions in earmarks as governor – TRUE

Obama’s tax cuts are better for the middle class – TRUE

Keep repeating the TRUTH as TRUTHS, because they are TRUE.

Dishonest campaign breeds a dishonest president, hence McCain.

Obama ’08 – the high road.

Posted by: JC | September 17, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I can’t believe were in such an importent election and the Liberal Media has been surpassing my Ann Coulter. She such a smart girl and has so many importent things to say. I love her in that mermaid movie from years ago. Splash I think it was. She is a best selling author now, and next to Sarah Palin, she’s one of the smartest women in our great country. Everyone always thinks if you’re an actor you should be a liberal, by my girl Ann doesn’t go along with that Hollywood crap. She’s like the only true conservative hollywoods got. They should be asking Ann every day what she thinks about how Barrack Oblama has been lying about poor John McCain, instead they been surpassing her. That’s a red baron! The Democrats and the Liberal Media are always doing that, trying to take tension off people who really have things to say. I’m tired of it! Oblama’s not smart at all. Real people like me can see through people like him. The liberals are like the snobs that always bring the sandwich back and say it’s not good enough. Like I have anything to do whether the breads gone stale! The only story I found about Ann when I searched Google was from Newsmax.com in Florida. Well thank God for you! I will pray that when the next a hurricane hits there that you will be spared! She was asked there what she thought about John McCain’s acceptance speech, Ann said she turned it off because she already heard what she needed to hear when he picked Sarah. I turned McCain’s speech off too but I was pretty tired. Had the second job. Ann was right when she said that Sarah proves all the feminist wrong. She said the feminists are bitter, dried up hags and Sarah’s a major hottie. I think they’re all dried up and bitter too. After a certain age you don’t have much left in you. Some days I wake up and I’m like a bear. Ann said there just jellus of Sarah. I think that’s true.

Posted by: Lulu from Ohio | September 17, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Is it true John McCain's grandfather was the captain on the Titanic ? The Naval history of the McCain family must be a huge embarrassment. Now along comes John, what a joke !! Poor McCain, he's so lost the only person who can find him is Bush .... isn't John lucky ?

Posted by: SadAmerican | September 17, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

the best thing about this mess is it gets the focus off palin and back on a key campaign issue. obama needs to take this opportunity to draw a fine line between him and mccain and declare, "it's regulation, stupid! as www.straightrecord.com/randomrants says, there is a direct tie of the mess with deregulation and "aregulation" of the past eight years. it is a traditional republican vs. democrat issue and no better time to emphasize it than now.

Posted by: jumpingelephant | September 17, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

John McCain say's "MY FRIEND'S"... my friend's mean US! code word for WHITES!

Barack Obama say's "CHANGE"... "Change" means ALL! code word for all people will be included.

All out numbers US!

Posted by: opp88 | September 17, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

It is difficult if not impossible to imagine that McCain can effectively resolve the ongoing financial crisis. He is in bed with the folks he now decries as greedy and corrupt.

Folks, it is important to understand that the crisis is now not coming in January although it may still be here in January. It is Bush's responsibility promote effective regulation NOW not later.

Ad comparison: today's McCain ad is just a lot of hyperbole. On the other hand, Obama spent 2 minutes explaining in some detail what he plans to do when he becomes President.

No plan from McCain, just talk. Only a fool would support McCain.

Posted by: Peter | September 17, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

It is difficult if not impossible to imagine that McCain can effectively resolve the ongoing financial crisis. He is in bed with the folks he now decries as greedy and corrupt.

Folks, it is important to understand that the crisis is now not coming in January although it may still be here in January. It is Bush's responsibility promote effective regulation NOW not later.

Ad comparison: today's McCain ad is just a lot of hyperbole. On the other hand, Obama spent 2 minutes explaining in some detail what he plans to do when he becomes President.

No plan from McCain, just talk. Only a fool would support McCain.

Posted by: Peter | September 17, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

The one thing that I have to give the GOP credit for is their deviousness.

It's becoming apparent that instead of looking for solutions in recent days to the banking meltdown, the GOP has spent more time crafting its media strategy.

"It was FANNIE AND FREDDIE" they say! Believe me we're going to hear these liars even more over the next few weeks.

Guess what: It's Bull-sh-t.

Fannie and Freddie were players in the subprime market, BUT THEY DID NOT CREATE THE RULES THAT CREATED THE SUBPRIME MARKET (see Gramm, Phil and Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act 1999 for more background).

Fannie and Freddie did not create the CONDITIONS that created the subprime crisis (see Greenspan, Alan and cheap money from the Fed).

The GOP explanation is a sly three card monte trick -- it may have some resonance simply by virtue of repetition too -- but it's a bald-faced LIE.

The GOP and places like Fake News Channel are testing the limits of human stupidity in this election.

Please fellow Americans, don't get played by them. Don't forget who oversaw the housing market when most of the subprime loans and near-sub-prime loans were doled out.

Posted by: JP2 | September 17, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

My friends, I understand that some of you are concerned about the economy. But, my friends, you should not worry because I will put a bunch of old white men on the job. If anybody can solve this problem, its a commission of old white men, just like me.

Posted by: McCainiac | September 17, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

If McCain is a populist, then Palin is intelligent.

Posted by: Switters | September 17, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Blacks have come a long way and to think that you will stop or block Obama! Sorry, clan man, you must have forgot how many different people and culture's of people are in the United States. There are more ethnic groups in the United States than there are white folks. So you called White Racist lets not make this a racial confrontation. If you like the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL you know our ethnic makeup in the United States is great! What the racist in this COUNTRY is doing is waking up those groups. Because as you remember Barack Obama early in the race woke up alot these ethnic groups. What makes it so sad is when John McCain threw in the White Card with a White Women. That made these ethnics groups understand that the GOOD OLE BOY network had'nt dissapeared. But rather join John McCain to hold fast to racism. You racist keep talking about how disrespectful Palin is being treated. We here in the United States praise you for your white code of unity. Just remember Racist man...you are out numbered!

Posted by: opp88 | September 17, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

My Friends, the great French Leader Marie Antoinette once said "If they have no bread, let them eat cake." My Friends, that is ridiculous advice for modern times. Instead, if you have no money, you should do what I did: marry into it.

Posted by: McCainiac | September 17, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, it's getting harder and harder to keep up with all of the lies that come out of John McCain's mouth.

Here's McCain's Latest Lie:

"Two years ago, I warned that the oversight of Fannie and Freddie was terrible, that we were facing a crisis because of it, or certainly serious problems," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told CBS this morning. "The influence that Fannie and Freddie had in the inside the Beltway, old boy network, which led to this kind of corruption is unacceptable and I warned about it a couple of years ago."
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http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/09/despite-claims.html
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And here is "straight- takin'" John McCain 10 months ago when asked about the subprime mortgage crisis:

"But so, in this whole new derivative stuff, and SIBs and all of this kind of new ways of packaging mortgages together and all that is something that frankly I don’t know a lot about. [...]"
"But I don’t know of hardly anybody, with the exception of a handful, that said ‘wait a minute, this thing is getting completely out of hand and is overheating."
"So, I’d like to tell you that I did anticipate it, but I have to give you straight talk, I did not."


I'm starting to lose track of all of these mavericky flip-flops from McCain and as usual our corporate media Republican water carriers won't report it because their job is to take every situation that arises in this Presidential race and ask:
"How is this good for McCain and how is this bad for Obama"?.


McCain Lies, it's part of his campaign strategy and here's the documentation of his lies:
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http://mccainpedia.org/index.php/Count_the_Lies
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Posted by: ace mcfunkenstein | September 17, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

OK, for any truthful and hardworking Journalist not in the pocket of Obama, here is something that is truly newsworthy.

Franklin Delano Raines (born January 14, 1949 in Seattle, Washington) is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Fannie Mae who served as White House budget director under President Bill Clinton. He is currently employed by Barack Obama's Presidential Campaign as an economic adviser.

The son of a Seattle janitor [1], Raines graduated from Harvard University, Harvard Law School; and Magdalen College, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

Couple this Obama connection to what McCain said in 2005 ...

[Sen. John McCain [R-AZ]: Mr. President, this week Fannie Mae’s regulator reported that the company’s quarterly reports of profit growth over the past few years were “illusions deliberately and systematically created” by the company’s senior management, which resulted in a $10.6 billion accounting scandal.

The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight’s report goes on to say that Fannie Mae employees deliberately and intentionally manipulated financial reports to hit earnings targets in order to trigger bonuses for senior executives. In the case of Franklin Raines, Fannie Mae’s former chief executive officer, OFHEO’s report shows that over half of Mr. Raines’ compensation for the 6 years through 2003 was directly tied to meeting earnings targets. The report of financial misconduct at Fannie Mae echoes the deeply troubling $5 billion profit restatement at Freddie Mac.]

Then couple this to the fact that Obama is the number 2 recepient of lobbying money coming from Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Then, couple this to the fact that Obama was a key defender of the current failed policies of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac.

Couple this with the fact that Obama has consistently and is on record as having supported looser lending practices in order to pander to his base, the poor, the minorites, etc.

Surely these key issues would be excellent news-worthy items to explore and expose.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 17, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain's pals moved all of those jobs overseas because "the American worker is so great!"

Right, John, have it both ways.

Just because you don't know what economic fundamentals are, don't try to snow the American people with the biggest snow job in history.

Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | September 17, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

How credible is McCain's sudden "conversion?"

Consider his health care plan:

"Cut costs" by gutting employer health plans and pushing people to buy skeletal insurance policies with high out of pocket costs and limited coverage. Great for increasing insurance company profits, not so good if you actually want health care.

Overturn minimum public protections won in states that require insurance companies to include coverage for such basics as cancer screening, hospice care, and maternity care.

If McCain is a populist, than maybe Reagan was right, ketchup is a vegetable.

Posted by: gschwartz1 | September 17, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

McCain's populism is just like his change platform -- lifted from the democrats because he sees it is getting traction. But his problem is that he has an actual record and, as it was detailed in today's washington post, it is an anti-reform, anti-regulation, anti-populist record. Hopefully at some point in this campaign, someone is going to ask this candidate some serious questions.

Posted by: fmjk | September 17, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Trying to rally agains earmarks with running mate known for her most infamous earmark that she said she opposed but supported, claiming to be for the middle class yet supporting deregulation, claiming not to know too much about the economy, and claiming sound fundamentals in the economy with the collapse of two major investment banks?!

McCain is senile and his soccer mom running mate has no true knowledge of economic policy other than "no new taxes" and "drill baby, drill". She probably thinks Geraldine Ferraro was a gymnast in the 1980 olympics.

HOLY CRAP!!

Posted by: Switters | September 17, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I hope when McCain's head stops spinning around, that that it is facing forward. I don't believe I have ever seen a politician change his stand as much as McCain has. You need a scorecard to keep up.

This man really has no clue. If it wasn't for his advisers, he would not be able to handle the chaos that has become Wall Street. Anyone with just some common sense could see this coming a mile away.

Wall Street and its allies in Corporate America have been allowed a free reign on how they conduct business. Because of the lack of enforcement of the current regulations (as well as other factors), we are now seeing a meltdown.

What needs to happen is for the regulations to be re-written closing any loopholes these folks have been able to get through.

Posted by: returntocommonsense | September 17, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

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Cindy McCain’s $300,000 Convention Outfit.

The McCain's as Populists is a joke! They don't relate to average Americans because they aren't average Americans! They represent the interests of people in their mega-million dollar income bracket.

Vanity Fair magazine estimated Cindy McCain worn $300,000 worth of designer clothes, shoes, watch, and jewelry on the first night of the convention alone. For goodness sake, Cindy McCain’s outfit cost as much as a single family home.

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/politics/2008/09/cindy-mccains-300000-outfit.html

By contrast, Obama is an average American. Obama is known to wear his clothes until they are thread-bare. In fact, in an Obama family TV interview just a couple of months ago, his wife and children expressed a wish that he replace his worn shoes, belt and slacks (his wife said his slacks were about 10 years old).

If people are going to point an elitist finger…they need to point it in the right direction.

They need to point to Pain’s flock of Hollywood stylists and $2,300 designer jackets; McCain’s $450 designer shoes and designer suits; and of course, Cindy McCain’s outrageously expensive clothes and jewelry.

The McCains et al are as far from "average" as you can get.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET $ TRILLION FRAUD AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

Direct impact of 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 (place LAS VEGAS STYLE BETS on extremely high risk stocks, bonds, and other securities).

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.

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 rely 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.

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 and 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.

Posted by: GOP REPUBLICAN STOCK MARKET $ TRILLION FRAUD | September 17, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Re: Distribution of Obsession DVD to the citizens of North Carolina

Dear Governor Easley,
I beseech you to address this issue with the public. North Carolinian children of all races, religions and cultures who are already struggling for accpetance in our state will be severely and negatively impacted by this hate-inspired DVD, distributed by the republican campaign solely in the name of political victory . I have addressed the N&O for its distribution, but I cannot stress the need for you to use whatever just-minded media we have to help us.

My letter to the News and Observer is as follows:
It is a sad day for North Carolinians of every race, religion and culture, when a major newspaper, widely distributed within the limits of our state capital, has tossed that trust aside to endorse the spread of hatred and fear in an attempt to sway voters and then has the audacity to defend and justify their decision by calling it, "just another product sample."

Our state’s economy has benefited greatly from our diverse growth. As a result of your tasteless bigotry my family is outraged and ashamed of your publication. Your poor judgment has led us to cancel any publication you represent. With a true Christian heart we encourage others to do the same.

Your decision to divide, rather than unite us, will impact our children, our schools, our jobs and our communities, setting us back significantly in our efforts to promote an appreciation for diversity in North Carolina.

The fact that this fear-propaganda has been orchestrated and approved by John McCain and Sarah Palin, is a disgrace. As a registered Independent my vote has just been firmly cemented for Obama.

The N&O has just placed themselves at the bottom of the lowest rung of the news industry - the tabloids.

Posted by: Citizens for a Blue North Carolina | September 17, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

"In 2005, McCain demonstrated admirable foresight into this very crisis when he cosponsored the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005. If the bill had passed, we may well have avoided this disaster. Unfortunately, it was quashed by Senate Democrats..."

Say what? I seem to recall that Republicans held both houses of Congress plus the White House in 2005. If McCain's wonderful bill failed to pass, it was because the ruling party (Republicans, in case you forgot) were against it.

Thank you for playing.

Posted by: capncuster | September 17, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Cillizza, how is the ride on the McCain tire-swing?

Posted by: Patriot3 | September 17, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

F.O.X news...Fearful Old Xenophobes news

McCain...he's "just like us".

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Hey Mr. Fix - Any reason why Olbermann will not be on tonight?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 5:30 PM

I am sure all six of his viewers will be dissappointed.

Posted by: krazy keith | September 17, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

My friends stop I just got off the telegraph with my friend Phil Gramm stop He says to tell you to stop whining stop

Posted by: McCainiac | September 17, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone seen or heard from my VP lately? He sure went over with a loud thud. Even my own station MSDNC and National Barack Channel (NBC) won't listen to his droning on. do you think he can raise a family and still serve? I offered to pay for new hair plugs but he never called back. I am eagerly waiting by my email - my sole qualification for office. I know how to google too, but apparently, my campaign staff does not.

Posted by: snObama | September 17, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey Mr. Fix - Any reason why Olbermann will not be on tonight?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Republicans for Obama/Biden08

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain is more George W. Bush than he is TR... TR would be appalled by the modern republican party.

Posted by: Former Republican | September 17, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Chris, get off the McCain tire-swing.

Power of Populism should read Power of Lies.

Posted by: Patriot3 | September 17, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

If I can just get all the voters who ever faked their way into something plus all the loony leftists who wish amerika to fall, and the blacks, of course I think I can get over the top.

so all you guys who called in sick from the beach, who plaigerized papers in college, who got a job based not on qualifications, who snowed someone into thinking they were accomplished, who hid the fact that they were drunk or stoned, who pretended and put beefed up things on their resume, you know, all you fellow fakers. Vote for me. I represent you.

Posted by: snObama | September 17, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: Jennifer | September 17, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

WHY NOT MCCAIN GO ON OLBBERMAN. WHAT WOULD BE THE PROBLEM WITH THAT?

Posted by: opp88 | September 17, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Right on the money, Adrienne.

Obama/Biden08

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Populism is just a euphemism for "Hey! This candidate is a complete jerk - just like I am - so I guess I'll vote for him. Who does that other (smart) guy think he is anyway? I'll show him and all his intelligent supporters how powerful I am by voting for the bozo."

The problem is these dolts never stop to ask themselves if this is such a good idea for selecting someone for as monumental an enterprise as the US presidency. I'm no genius, but it would scare the bejesus out of my if we elected someone "just like me".

Just look at our current idiot-in-chief.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | September 17, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

snObama

Your amazing! So intellegent! And just so RIGHT!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Wow! we Americans really, really will deserve the mess we are in if we re-elect Bush in the form of McCain Palin.

I am sorry, it comes down to this: we tell our kids a little bit of most things is fine but too much of any thing is not a wise idea. So how did regulation within the bounds of common sense become "bad, bad"? Reagan probably but guess what, we are more concerned about gays, abortion, guns and who we should have a beer with....and the rest of us get SCREWED BIG TIME.

Yippee! McCain/Palin 2008-2016, Palin 2016-2024...can't you just see it folks. This country being reduced to a second tier nation, overtaken by the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) economies?

If this nation votes for these two then two things: we deserve it ALL and I firmly believe that Americans might not be ready to vote in a black man even in 2008...and for those of you who scream "race card" , yes it is and it is a fact...remember the Harold Ford ad in Tennessee?

Posted by: Catherine | September 17, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Snobama and his meandering sno-job. Keep fooling yourself "Snobama".

Obama/Biden08

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

snObama

It's people like you that make me realize just how moronic our society is. We will believe anything that is told to us/emailed to us/blogged/reported in the media. People just don't take the time to do their own research anymore. They expect everyone else to do the work for them, and then take whatever is returned to them as absolute fact. Sad state we're in.

Posted by: Xander | September 17, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

If I win this election, I can finally have a single accomplishment to my name. Instead of using the "I ran a campaign" insert, I can actually say I won an election fair and square.

I hope, hope, hope, I will find myself this time around. I am still reeling from childhood abandonment issues. Can my wife come out of the basement now? Can I start attending my church again? All my real friends miss me real bad.

but first I have to memorize my answers for the debate. My staff of 3000 has given me quite a bit to learn between now and then. I am told that my usual hemming and hawing will not work this time around. I am beginning to miss hillary as my opponent. I really liked having all the Republicans vote for me to stave off the crook. and those fools ate up the rampant leftism. I am forced to hide from myself now, very difficult if I hadn't perfected "passing" all these years. I am not a communist - know what I mean, nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

Posted by: snObama | September 17, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

How can you expect McCain to change Washington when he has trouble changing his depends?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Same speech Sarah & Flip flop McCain. You're going down.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

McCain has been su[c]king the schlongs of corporate moguls for 25 years. Now that it's blown up in his face, he wants to give the money back (and get his honor back). Too late John.

Posted by: I'mJohnMcCain&IApproveThisTypeofProstitution | September 17, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse


Palin's people won't comply with subpoenas.

That can only mean one thing: Guilty!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

McCain populism: telling the lies you think people will fall for.

Posted by: McCain goin' down | September 17, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

"Washington actually works against them."

Yeah the whole "Of the People, By the People, and For the People" thing kind of jumped out the window huh.

Posted by: Xander | September 17, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

In 2005, McCain demonstrated admirable foresight into this very crisis when he cosponsored the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005. If the bill had passed, we may well have avoided this disaster. Unfortunately, it was quashed by Senate Democrats, including Barrack Obama. This may have had something to do with the fact that Obama has taken over $126,000 from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae in his scant 3 years in the Senate.

Here is a summary of the bill:

Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005 - Amends the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992 to establish: (1) in lieu of the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), an independent Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Agency which shall have authority over the Federal Home Loan Bank Finance Corporation, the Federal Home Loan Banks, the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac); and (2) the Federal Housing Enterprise Board.

The full text of the bill can be found at http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s109-190

Despite the fact that the alliance of the mainstream press, the Obama campaign and his supporters would rather talk about a decade old bill of Phil Gramm (www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=s1999-105)
as opposed to a much more recent bill sponsored by McCain and dealing specifically with the institutions in question, (and who can blame them) it is only a matter of time before the truth is made plain and their obsfucation and sleight-of-hand is exposed.

McCain saw this coming and tried to stop it. Obama helped prevent him from doing so, probably to gratify his pay-masters at Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

Posted by: Andrew Boyle | September 17, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

At last count, my fiscally responsible Republican party has borrowed another $900-Billion to bail out companies which deliberately sought to game the system using complex transactions, clustered with commissions for teams of middle-men, while leaving the marginally qualified end-products under the secure umbrella of the federal government. And now, with the exception of a few sacrificial lambs who lost their golden parachutes, the same lineup of free-marketeers are standing at the trough, waiting for the taxpayers to fix it for them, so they can get back to work and continue cashing their 7-figure paychecks. Now we're being told by John McCain, who described himself last month as "the deregulator guy", that we should elect him sheriff, so he can go in and bust the gang of thieves that did it to us.

This is the same guy who told us six months ago that he owed it to the American people to select a Vice-President who was the very best qualified person he could find to step into the Oval Office 'on day one'. He's also the guy who opposed the Bush tax-cuts for the wealthy when he was running against Bush in 1999:

"I cannot in good conscience support a tax cut in which so many of the benefits go to the most fortunate among us, at the expense of middle class Americans who most need tax relief."

But voted for them in 2006, and is now accusing Obama of wanting to "raise taxes" by letting the Bush tax-cuts expire, and giving a tax-cut to the "...middle class Americans who most need tax relief."

So which is it Senator McCain, are they "thieves" or are they just "fortunate"?

I guess that qualifies as populism, assuming you can take the shape-shifting Senator at his word. (And if you do, I've got this bridge up in Alaska that I'd like to talk to you about...)

Posted by: ted in pdx | September 17, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

" large majorities of voters believe Washington doesn't work for them...."

It's worse than that. Washington actually works against them.

Posted by: jstuhlreyer | September 17, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

McCain = failed politician whom will have had his dreams of the white house crushed yet again.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Oh Xander,celebrities fundraisers aren't just for Democrats....

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/473ldzno.asp

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

McCain isn't capable of dealing with economic
crisis. He doesn't even know how many homes he owns. His chief economic adviser is Phil Gramm who helped get us into this mess in the first place.

Posted by: John | September 17, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

More houses than he can remember...
Millions and millions of dollars he can't count...
His wife wore a $300,000 dress at the RNC
Populism my A$$!
The Dow dropped 450 points all because McCain help get rid of the referee...
I lost a lot money in my 401(k). Thanks lot Bush and McSAME.
I think a hurtin' payback is due.

Posted by: JakeD's shadow | September 17, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey SnObama,

Actually, Barack is up in most recent polls. Its your sorry, old man and his vapid running mate that are slipping fast. Once Celebrity Sarah's newness wears completely off, McSame will only be left with his loser, do-nothing conservative policies to face the real problems confronting real Americans. I'll take healthcare, BIG tax cuts for the middle class, and alternative energy any day over McCain's 19th century policies.

Posted by: PS | September 17, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

John McCain's sudden concern for the average American worker is breathtakingly cynical. His attempt to clarify his statement that the fundamentals of the economy are strong was laughable -- or would be if the economic outlook weren't so bleak. McCain was referring to the productivity and ingenuity of the American worker when he said that? Is he aware that real income for the average American worker hasn't increased for the last eight years -- despite a productivity increase of almost 20% -- and that unemployment is steadily rising?

The "fundamentals" of our economy are not working when these productive workers are undercompensated, underemployed or unemployed. Perhaps the corporations and senior executives who are earning record profits and obtain multi-million severance contracts no matter how badly they perform are benefitting from American workers' ever-increasing productivity, but the workers are not. No one pays them handsome severance when a company fails for reasons that have nothing to do with them.

McCain also has no credibility as a "reformer" of Wall Street who will fix a lax regulatory system. McCain has, until about a week ago, consistently been an opponent of more strict regulation, and a proponent of de-regulation. His economic advisor, Phil "Whiners" Gramm was the architect of the de-regulation craze of the late 90s and early 00s, and continues to believe that tax cuts for the wealthy along with further de-regulation are the answer to, rather than the cause of, America's economic woes. Yet Gramm is McCain's likely pick to be Secretary of the Treasury should the Republicans be rewarded for the past eight years of incompetence with another four years in the White House.

What does McCain think is the big problem in America today? Earmarks. Earmarks are a miniscule portion of the federal government's total spending, and eliminating earmarks, however laudable a goal, will not make a dent in our current economic crisis. As for Sarah Palin's supposed "thanks but no thanks" opposition to the Bridge to Nowhere, her actual position was "gee, thanks" until federal funding for the bridge became such a political liability for the GOP that the project was essentially dead. When she says she "killed" the project, what she means is that she stuck a knife into a corpse.

Whatever claim McCain ever had to being a maverick, an independent thinker, a man who was willing to buck the system or pay a political price for what he thought was right has been forfeited. McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate was a craven pander to the extreme right wing of the party. If he thought she would appeal to former Clinton supporters like me, he was clearing smoking something.

Although I would not have voted for him in 2000, the McCain of 2000 had my respect. The McCain of 2008 is not even a shadow of his former self. He's proven that he would rather lose his soul than lose the election.

Posted by: litigatormom | September 17, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

"8:00 pm - Barbara, thank you for this lovely reception. At $28K+, cha-ching!"

Yes, Obama actually has to raise funds through donations since he doesn't have 188 lobbyists on staff or backing him as McCain does. McCain doesn't have to ask the people for help because the people don't matter, his pockets are lined with Corporate money.

Posted by: Xander | September 17, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

MORE RELEASED ABOUT SARAH PALINS AFFAIR TODAY http://www.hotpres.com

EVEN MORE HAS COME OUT ABOUT TROOPER GATE
http://www.veeppeek.com

FIND OUT WHAT RON PAUL HAS SAID ABOUT SARAH PALIN.
http://www.BarrPaul08.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

in case you haven't paid attention to the polls today....Obama is back on top by 2 points.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

"Elections, especially at the presidential level, almost always depend less on issues and more on how voters perceive the two candidates. The candidate who is seen as caring about them and their families wins in nearly every circumstance." ~~I think you put your finger on the problem CC. In order, I think people see the caring candidates as: Palin, Obama, McCain. Where do people go from there? Its a very unusual situation.

From my perspective, Obama needs to start smacking McCain on taxes and health care. He should be reprinting bob Herbert's latest column and bulk-mailing it across the swing states. 20 million Americans losing their health care under McCain's plan? That should get people's attention. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/opinion/16herbert.html?em

Posted by: scrapster | September 17, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Republican's....You all will be responsible for John McCain's untimely and fatal heart attack. The blood will be on your hands.

I'm just trying to protect him by not voting for him. It's the humane thing to do.

Think about how much bush and clinton aged in office....

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

does anyone out there have any idea as to how to stop my spiraling down in every poll. I tried to lie, that didn't work. I tried to not answer. no luck. I read the best written speeches and surrounded myself with art work. nope. I picked a corpse for a VP - nothing. I campaigned in Germany. I even went to Iraq, one of the 57 states. I compared myself to the Repub 2nd to no avail, she has more experience and judgment than me. I hid my nasty wife away from all view. I disowned all my friends. I even went on O'Reilly when things got really desperate. why did my father, then my mother, then all the liberals simply abandon me? I may not even carry NY or NJ. John Kerry, please help me avoid a Carter or Mondale outcome.

Posted by: snObama | September 17, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

8 PM: Thank you for attending this fundraiser. I know you're asking: you took public financing, why do you need to raise money?

My friends, I've left a loophole in the McCain-Feingold legislation precisely so I can hold these events where you're writing checks up to $70,000 at a pop because its far more efficient to collect a couple big checks than to expect to win on election on $20 donations from the little people.

Posted by: McCainiac | September 17, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND, BECAUSE HE HAS DEMOCRAT BESIDE HIS NAME, WOULD TURN THIS COUNTRY OVER TO A MAN THAT NOONE KNOWS MUCH ABOUT, HAS A SHADY BACKGROUND AND HAS ACCOMPLISHED, AT THE AGE OF 48, NOTHING BUT RUNNING FOR OFFICE.

Posted by: DO NOT TURN OVER THIS COUNTRY | September 17, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

he will eventually claim he is black but has just faded over the years... anything, repeat ANYTHING to get elected.

Posted by: pubichaironmycokecan | September 17, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

6:00 pm - McCain thinks the economy is fundamentally sound. Does that not tell you that he is out of touch!

8:00 pm - Barbara, thank you for this lovely reception. At $28K+, cha-ching!

I, Barack Obama, approve this message.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has stabbed every single person in the back who helped her get ahead, starting with fellow Republicans in Wasilla. She fully intends to use McCain, who is scrambling and lost. Picking her was not McCain's decision, this was decided long ago and McCain led along the "vetting process", his choices rejected one by one, and Palin finally inserted as the "surprise".

It didn't hurt the ploy that she is a very comely woman. I was blindsided myself for a moment, have not seen such a quality woman in politics that I can remember, and fertile too. Good legs on her, good smile, though the face is slightly asymmetrical (dental problems?).

She would do better as a wife of a politician, though - as would most women.

I'm still not a feminist either, though with this latest campaign move I am supposed to be fervently anti-sexist.

I'm with McCain - checking out the dame's behind, and so much for her "opinions".

Posted by: Robert | September 17, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse


Blackees in the Whitee House, oh my!


Posted by: chasemonster | September 17, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Superman's John McCain pj's must smell like depends and bengay!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

4 PM: What we need are more tax cuts to give this economy another boost in the arm.

6 PM: Thank God President Bush forced those earlier tax cuts over my vote against them, or we'd be in a world of hurt right now.

8 PM: Somebody get Phil Gramm on the phone, to help explain how Wall Street is imagining this so-called crisis. Prop up Al Greenspan if you have to.

Posted by: McCainiac | September 17, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

The "once you pop you can't stop" slogan is from pringles...not lays...see! McCain doesn't even have his junk food propaghanda in order...What are his solutions on the economy? Crapping his depends and having a stroke?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

State pension fund $44 Billion in debt, worst in country. Cook County (Chicago) sales tax 10.25% highest in country. (Look'em up if you want). Chicago school system one of the worst in country. This is the political culture that Obama comes from in Illinois; and, that he promises to transition to Washington! Now you know Obama's definition of 'fixing' Washington politics???


Posted by: gneubeck | September 17, 2008 4:12 PM

No worry, I plan to redeploy to Washington soon.

why should I, the messiah, who knows what's best for all, be limited on spending only $2000 per citizen on my temples and sacrifices.. With the help of the IRS, that number becomes almost infinite.

Posted by: snObama | September 17, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

"Obama's "PLAN" for America.

Body count in Chicago. In the last six months: 292 killed (murdered) in Chicago; in Iraq 221 killed.
"

Wow, aren't you an idiot. You're blaming a State Senator for crime? That's like blaming Dairy Queen for car accidents.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Some people wear Superman pajamas. Superman wears John McCain pj's.

McCain Palin 2008! Palin/Superman 2012!

Posted by: Bobo4bush | September 17, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Does any one have an example when the union busting, anti-American worker, ship our jobs overseas, greedy consumer-gouging mega-millionaire republicans ever stood up for average Americans?

I can't for the life of me think of an example.

Posted by: socalgal59 | September 17, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

noon: I am proud of my record of deregulation

2 PM: What we need is a little regulation.

4 PM: Prune juice keeps me regular

Posted by: McCainiac | September 17, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Brokerage and bank bailouts scam

Governance ,funding and control goes to the fed.{the banking cabal}
the Treasury {you and me} takes all the risk. The Master Pupeteers flee in limos and private helicopters to the Hamptons.

Retention of customer base , market share ,the cooperation of suppliers,
liquidation of performing assets is an assumption and risk dumped on the
Treasury{you and me}; the Fed {the banking cabal} walks away with a healthy
reorganized survivor.

The creditors committee gets paid, the lawyers for all sides get paid from
the estate, the counterparties on all the derivatives remain anonymous and
are made whole{in secret} the best that can be done, the debt retains the
rating and liquidity, the bank that issued the bridge loan 85 billion credit
line walks off with the survivor business and the American public that took all the risk of this "cram down plan" get-- NOTHING , Nada , zilch other than 500 basis points over Treasuries to fund a cover-up of the completely unquantified fraud and abuses of the derivatives market that, on a going forward basis ,remains a secret like incest.

The fed did nothing other than broker a bankruptcy bridge loan from the
Treasury in this cram down 524 g bankruptcy and walk off with everything.

Who will pierce the corporate veil and force those who violated their fiduciary duties to disgorge what they took ....to the grave and to the gates of hell?

Posted by: rtfanning | September 17, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

8 AM: The economy is fundamentally solid

10 AM: The economy is in crisis

Posted by: McCainiac | September 17, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

This is why Obama thinks there are 57 states in our union:
The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is an international organization with a permanent delegation to the United Nations. It groups 57 member states, from the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, Caucasus, Balkan, Southeast Asia, South Asia and South America. The official languages of the organization are Arabic, English and French. You can put a Muslim in the White House, if you're that dumb.
From Audacity of Hope:'I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.'
Not to mention his admitted Muslim faith comment on national TV...

Posted by: Don | September 17, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Voters are not impressed by phoney hand-holding or faux hand-wringing on the part of Republicans who are responsible for bringing the American economy to its knees.

McCain has opposed regulation of the financial industry for 25 years. Now today he claims to be in favor of government regulation. No one believes this liar anymore.

McCain has lost all claims to integrity, honor, or competence. We haven't forgotten his involvement in the Keating 5 scandal and the way he and his cronies fleeced millions of middle income people who lost their life savings in the crash of the savings & loans under Charles Keating.

A populist is someone who enacts laws that favor the people. John McCain supports policies and laws that favor the richest one percent of the American public. That is not populism that is greed, ambition, and corruption. McCain is advised by Phil Gramm, who called the American people a nation of whiners. The Republicans are not populists, never have been, never will be.

McCain's fundamentals are wrong, his judgment is wrong, his policies are wrong, his character is wrong.

McCain/Palin = wrong for America

Posted by: dee | September 17, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama's "PLAN" for America.

Body count in Chicago. In the last six months: 292 killed (murdered) in Chicago; in Iraq 221 killed.

Sens. Barack Obama & Dick Durbin, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., Gov. Rod Blogojevich, House leader Mike Madigan, Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan (daughter of Mike), Mayor Richard M. Daley (son of Mayor Richard J. Daley).....our leadership in Illinois.....all Democrats.

Thank you for the combat zone in Chicago. Of course they're all blaming each other.

Can't blame Republicans, they're aren't any!

State pension fund $44 Billion in debt, worst in country. Cook County (Chicago) sales tax 10.25% highest in country. (Look'em up if you want). Chicago school system one of the worst in country. This is the political culture that Obama comes from in Illinois; and, that he promises to transition to Washington! Now you know Obama's definition of 'fixing' Washington politics???


Posted by: gneubeck | September 17, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

FACT:
Sen. John McCain can eat just 1 Lays potato chip.

McCain/Palin 2008! Palin/Bullwinkle 2012!

Posted by: Bobo4bush | September 17, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Tim - I am not a paid blogger - you just can't seem to understand that most American women have different values than you. No, I am not living in the 1920's and what Sarah Palin stands for is far more relevant today than it has ever been. It seems that you don't expect much from women today or is it because she is a Republican. McCain and Palin will be great for our country.

Posted by: sharon | September 17, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/cynicism-of-mccains-vp-choice.html

Monday, September 15, 2008
The Cynicism of John McCain and his VP Choice

If you read Jeffrey Goldberg's excellent piece on McCain in the new Atlantic, one fact stands out clearly. McCain's stance on the war is inviolate--it involves what for him are principles of honor that stretch back immediately and directly to his own experiences in the Vietnam war, and to those of his father in World War II. Just one example of many in the first-rate article:

"I told Swindle [a cellmate and friend of McCain's] that McCain had argued to me that he doesn’t think about Vietnam overly much when he thinks about the wars of today.

“'Bulls--t,' Swindle said. 'He’ll say Vietnam didn’t affect him, that he doesn’t think about it, that he’s aloof from it. But I see it. It’s there.'”

This is the issue on which McCain is inflexible, certain, fully invested, passionate.

It is equally clear that as a result, he views all other issues as malleable, political issues--stances that can be easily taken, and easily changed, tactically-- in order to win a campaign and thus deal with the issue that, to him, matters.

This is utterly clear in his choice of Palin, where his Vietnam-and-since cynicism about political necessities is manifest--one of feeding the bread and circuses desire of the electorate, giving them, so easily fooled, as they were so easily fooled by the media in Vietnam, what they need, in order to be able to deal with the important issue.

The choice of a remarkably unqualified Vice Presidential choice is simply a political necessity. The attitude towards the public, and the media, in this choice, as in many of the public representations and statements of his campaign, is one of an extraordinary, world-weary, cynicism: Feed the beast with whatever fantasies and half-truths it takes. The fundamentals of the economy are sound. We'll take care of it later.

Goldberg:

"In my conversations with McCain, however, he never appeared greatly troubled by his shifts and reversals. It’s not difficult to understand why: tax policy, or health care, or even off-shore oil drilling are for him all matters of mere politics, and politics calls for ideological plasticity. It is only in the realm of national defense, and of American honor—two notions that for McCain are thoroughly entwined—that he becomes truly unbending."

This is no doubt rooted in McCain's eternal certainties, drummed in by three generations of such certainty. And there is no doubt strength and decency--as well as these "family values"--that drive this commitment to an ideological core.

The question is this: Do we need another president with such a core of ideological inflexibility, rigidity and unwillingness for self-reflection, linked to a long past conflict--and who is willing to resort to half-truths, deceptions, and distortions in its service?

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/cynicism-of-mccains-vp-choice.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

You can't blame Democrats for the credit crisis. Deregulation has been going on since Reagan came on the scene.

Posted by: blip | September 17, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

McCain won't reform anything.

He'll put together a 9/11 commission on the economy. He'll staff it with a bunch of the lobbyists that work for his campaign.

And two years later, when we are boiling our shoe leather to feed our kids... they will announce their findings from Bush's compound in Paraguay. And this is what they'll say, "Suckers!"

Posted by: blip | September 17, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

We Libs insist you lend money to anyone who wants it, especially if they have no job, no credit and no collateral. If this causes anyone any problems, we will create a giant government program to run it into the ground. When it all blows up, we will blame it on the Repubs. and our gullible base will beleive it, since they have no concept of economics.

and while I'm at it, this is the worst economy I can remember. Please forget that I was a tyke when Carter ruined everything and I choose to ignore the S&L problem and I never understood the market could actually go down on occasion.

In response, I hope, hope, hope that the direction will change, change, change. If not, I am ready to tax you into doing it.

Posted by: snObama | September 17, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Palin's war against Russia: start drafting men and training them now. VOTE NO to Palin's Russian wars.
No nuclear war. VOTE NO TO PALIN"s nuclear holocaust.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

"And yet this is about McCain, whose ethics and humanity were earned through hard knocks."

Hey Tom, which McCain are you talking about? Is it the McCain of 26 years ago, because that could be the only version of McCain that has any ethics and "humanity". The McCain of today is another GOP Puppet that is only trying to get into the oval office because it is the next evolutionary step of power and status. His ethics went out the window when he kept using his POW status to duck all issues. His ethics went out the window when he chose an underqualified VP just to coerce the former Hillary supporters onto his side of the fence. As for humanity, I have but one thing to say to that. "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran".

Posted by: Xander | September 17, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Chuck Norris is a moron who wishes he could be Bruce Lee for a second of his life. Chuck Norris is the butt of too many jokes to count. In fact that is the only reason why he is a facet in American culture.....because he is a joke. McCain is too damn old...who cares about who a certain celebrity is backing?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh right, and McCain is really "for the working people." So what does he propose to help the "working people?" He proposes a commission to study the problem and does another flip-flop and now wants more regulation of Wall Street. How is this going to help someone losing their home in Michigan or losing their job in Ohio? John McCain wouldn't know a working person if he tripped over him. This is a guy who has lived his entire life on the Federal government pay-roll and his rich wife's trust fund. What a phony.

Posted by: bgjd1979 | September 17, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain, I think, does Hulk out from time to time. I remember some incident where he went all Dennis Hopper on his wife.

Posted by: Blip | September 17, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

FIND THE FALLACY IN THIS POST:
Find better examples of how McCain is "out of touch." Sorry, email and Internet won't cut it. That may please the younger voters who already support Obama, but it seems like a cheap shot to those of us who see that the guy's injuries would make it nearly impossible or painful for him to type.

YOU DONT NEED TO TYPE TO MAKE YOUR COMPUTER CREATE EMAILS OR DOCS. YOU USE A VOICE ACTIVATED SYSTEM.
The fact that he doesnt know about voice activated systems means he is not capable of leading us in the age of technology and engineering.
He is like the Director of the FBI, who WOULD not use a computer because he thinks only women type.
The FBI failed to follow up on the agents lead when she figured out most of the 9-11 pieces. The FBI didnt use email to communicate her concerns. McCain is the same. Its not that he cannot type. Its that the whole thing is beneath him.
IBM sells a workable voice activated typing system.
So he is left out of the entire technology picture.
MY SECRETARY USES ONE. SHE HAS CARPAL TUNNEL AND DOESNT TYPE.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | September 17, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I will debate anytime, anywhere. Unless I can't get the questions ahead, control the content and use my writers and teleprompters to aid me.

Posted by: snObama | September 17, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only astonished by the fact that the chairman of the Senate Commerce committee is looking for somebody to help him understand what's gone wrong in the markets?

Laissez-faire blows up, every time.

McCain likes laissez-faire, so he's desperately searching for someone that will lie to him, and help him lie to us.

Posted by: Ken in Dallas | September 17, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

What's up with that picture, by the way? O-face?

Posted by: blip | September 17, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Hulk turns into McCain, then McCain turns into a senile old man that doesn't have a clue what he's talking about, or how his depends became soiled.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

If Chuck Norris is backing McCain,then he's my man! How's that for populist.

McCain/Palin 2008! Palin/Norris 2012!

Posted by: Bobo4bush | September 17, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

When Hulk gets mad... he destroys the city and wrecks everybody's stuff just to get the guy who made him mad.

When McCain gets mad.... is he gonna nuke America?

I don't want the Hulk for President. I prefer Reed Richards.

Posted by: Blip | September 17, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama is my favorite life-sized cardboard cutout party favor. He spews populous fluff better than any of them.

And yet this is about McCain, whose ethics and humanity were earned through hard knocks.

Go Washington Post! Another biased spitball!

Tom Desrosier
http://www.dare2believe.com

Posted by: Tom Desrosier | September 17, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I promise to run a clean campaign and only take public financing.

Unless my polls go down or I can get rich in the process.

Did I mention that the surge was a failure? How about I never knew all those friends were crooks? Can I debate with my staff at hand and a teleprompter ready? I may need to phone a friend. Is there any way I can dump biden now and find someone else? I think my esteemed judgment may need refinement.

Posted by: snObama | September 17, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

"It is so refreshing to have a woman like Sarah Palin running with Senator McCain. Finally, someone that most women can relate to and respect for her character and knowledge. I applaud Senator McCain for making this decision. To me, they are the best choice to lead our country."

Payed advertising on comment blogs. No one actually beleives this, no one is that dumb. Since when do women respect having less freedom then men? Stop living in the 1920s.

Posted by: Tim | September 17, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

John McCain's populist credentials are hardly burnished by the addition of some Rothschild to his pep squad.

Not that he had any populist credentials to begin with. EIGHT HOUSES + KEATING FIVE = UNLUCKY THIRTEEN FOR AMERICA!

Posted by: Abacab | September 17, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I promise to not pay my taxes and still collect from all of you. Just like Charlie Rangel. why should the Pelosi congross collect all the graft and not me.

Posted by: snObama | September 17, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

The McPains are all of a sudden "converts" away from Greed, Power, and Corruption?
-How sublime!-

Posted by: El Mugroso | September 17, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

The GOP has fleeced the public.

People do not understand that when the government spends trillions of dollars on a stupid war in Iraq... and pays for it with borrowed money... it hurts our dollar.

When your savings and property are worth less than they used to be... When you don't get a raise, but the cost of living increases... it is no different than being taxed.

Americans are working harder than ever, but making less for it.

That is a tax.

In exchange for Bushes stupid tax cuts... we have lost our income and savings.

And McCain is going to make it worse.

Posted by: blip | September 17, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

"Obama is living large in an upper class neighborhood and pays a paltry 50k a year for his kids tuition to private school.""

Even if this were true, why does that matter. McCain pays over $200,000 a year for his servants...excuse me, house helpers.

Posted by: Xander | September 17, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I promise to get those dead terrorists who blew us up and immedialty begin proper diplomacy with their corpses. After reading them their rights of course.

Posted by: snObama | September 17, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

What a flip-flopper!!! McCain has been for deregulation of every facet of our economy since he was first elected to the Senate. His own people were behind the deregulation in banking which plagues us now. The free marketers are eating their words as they watch the mortgage industry be nationalized. Mr. "the economy is strong" feels that it is because he is disconnected from reality! Less than a populist-- he's a pure politician who speaks out of both sides of his mouth.

Posted by: indytucker | September 17, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"or all of Obama's great gifts as a politician -- he may well be the best political orator in the past 50 years"

Right. Once the teleprompter goes out it's all fun and games for Obama:"

I've seen Obama go toe-to-toe debates with:

Letterman
Olbermann
O'Reily

I watched O'Reily get flustered at the wit of Obama, and the speed of his amazing answers to O'Reily's leading questions.

I DARE JOHN MCCAIN TO GO ON OLBERMAN. He would start crying.

And you say Obama needs a teleprompter, because you know nothing.

Posted by: Tim | September 17, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Consider Palin's next war.
The opponent: Russia.
The location: land-locked location south of Russian border.
Our Army: non-existent. She will need to draft many divisions.
The challenges: Nuclear opponent can always blow up our divisions if we win. This will require us to set up game rules such that we dont invade Russian territory. This limitation will result in our prisoners being held in Russia and no prisoners ever being repatriated, like Vietnam and the DMZ. The demilitarized zone is a ploy to give the enemy an advantage to make up for a bigger advantage they dont use. In the case of Vietnam, the bigger advantage they didnt use was CHINA and a million reinforcements, and the nuclear power of China.
The terrain includes mountains.
No ocean supply.

That's the Palin war against Russia which she brought up in the ABC interview. SHE WAS PERKY TOO. Oh yes, I would go to war with Russia if....
Can you imagine perky Palin as president in 2012, going to war?

If so, vote NO to Palin NOW and stop her delusional VP candidacy. Her house is further from Russia than New York CIty is from Chicago. She doesnt have a clue.
Medvedev responded to her comments, the next day!! and Medvedev repudiated them all, both about the Ukraine and about Georgia and didnt back down from using troops in Georgia if he sees fit to defend South Ossetia.
Pit-bull vs the Russians, who wont back down.
This means war. Want some of that action?
I think not.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | September 17, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Blip, you make a good point.
But did you know that when Bruce Banner gets mad, he turns into the Hulk. When the Hulk gets mad, he turns into John McCain.

Better watch out.

McCain/Palin 2008! Palin/Bullwinkle 2012!

Posted by: Bobo4bush | September 17, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

It is so refreshing to have a woman like Sarah Palin running with Senator McCain. Finally, someone that most women can relate to and respect for her character and knowledge. I applaud Senator McCain for making this decision. To me, they are the best choice to lead our country.

Posted by: sharon | September 17, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

McCain struggles with his own depends, yet alone the economic meltdown.

Did everyone have beergoggle surgery when he said that the fundamental of the economy are strong...and that the American worker are the fundamentals of the economy? That doesn't even make sense. It is just a sad attempt at pandering to the people on an issue, which he admitted was his weak point months ago.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"How about Bruce Springsteen's thoughts on McCain's populist conversion?"

WHO CARES?

Isn't anyone capable of thinking for themselves anymore? We are being offered the worst choice of candidates in a Presidential election in decades, and it's little wonder; "experts" like Bruce Sprngsteen and Orah Winfrey effectively determine who gets the nominations.

Posted by: Disgusted | September 17, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

"or all of Obama's great gifts as a politician -- he may well be the best political orator in the past 50 years"

Right. Once the teleprompter goes out it's all fun and games for Obama:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDJSVPAx8xc

Posted by: Reader | September 17, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

The Post by Rachael Jacobs is exactly right...Also, where was Obama in any legislation in almost all 143 days of it...campaigning for President. Oh that's right take a stand and vote PRESENT....not Yes or No

Posted by: Todd | September 17, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

"Today the McCain-Palin campaign announced the endorsement of Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter and member of the Democratic National Committee's Platform Committee."

Oh yeah - the platform committee. That's like the Happy Hands Club. She's quite the player.

Dem defections have been few, and those that have occurred are grade-Z functionaries more interested in seeing their names for a few moments on the CNN Ticker than anything else.

Posted by: bondjedi | September 17, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain singlehandedly reformed Freddie and Fannie, only to be thwarted by Barack Obama in 2005.

McCain invented the Blackberry (both kinds: the fruit in the 19th Century, and then the portable electronic device in the 21st!).

He then built a time machine and persuaded his running-mate, Sarah Palin, to veto all the earmarks she accepted while governor.

McCain is great!

Posted by: blip | September 17, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

"Obama, a pretege' of the Rev. Wright, has been practicing class warfare rhetoric for years and years. Meanwhile Wright is moving into a 10 million dollar mansion on the backs of his literally poor constituents and Obama is living large in an upper class neighborhood and pays a paltry 50k a year for his kids tuition to private school."

Rev Wright gets a dollar everytime asshats like you say his name. Stop living in the past, it is 4 months later and Obama is TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT HIS PLANS FOR AMERICA. These plans are BETTER then any of McCain's plans, ask a economist.

AND STFU ABOUT WRIGHT.

Posted by: Tim | September 17, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

What is "populism"? Is it the use of a folksy image, burnished by Fox News, to appeal to a particular market segment -- let's say, WalMart moms? Or is it the intent to implement policies that would help the people of this country who aren't in the top .5% income category? If it's the former, then of course McCain can be a "populist." If it's the latter, then McCain hasn't proposed one populist policy. Even "drill baby drill" won't have any effect at all on the average Joe in a pickup truck. As all the studies show. But because "populism" is defined by his party as "duping the populace into voting against its economic interest." McCain has an unbeatable lead.

Posted by: Jane | September 17, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

"Obama seems preternaturally aware of exploiting emotion for political gain -- an admirable trait in a person but not necessarily the savviest of political strategies."

There you have it. Sixty years of the application of polling and marketing techniques to elections have brought us to the point where admirable traits are political disadvantages.

Our elections are no longer intelligent debates about policy in which the best ideas eventually rise to the top, as the original advocates of democracy imagined. They are instead contests between strategies for manipulating voters.

Posted by: Miss Hogynist | September 17, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Sen. John McCain, with his own 2 hands, built the house that he was born in.

Now that's a bad s.o.b.

McCain/Palin 2008! Palin/Bullwinkle 2012!

Posted by: Bobo4bush | September 17, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Ponder this for a moment, children. The Russian stock market was closed for a second day because it is in a free-for-all fall. The European and Asian markets are poised to follow them tomorrow. Tomorrow, if the statistical models hold true, the U.S. economy will collapse. The Fed "bailed out" AIG, but the federal government of the U.S. doesn't have money to pay for that bail out. The result? Federal Reserve notes are closing at an all time low today. Gold is at an all time high and is poised to gain as much as 25% after hours. The national debt just hit $9.7 TRILLION dollars. The Fed is fully aware that it was the large institutions and corporations falling that led to this, but, now, they are the only ones with the money to buy up the ever more failing firms. This is creating ever an ever larger concentration of money and power and influence in a very few monopolies. If even one of these fails - and the bet is against Barkley, BOA, and GS - then the game is over. The amount of debt is four times our entire GNP; it is greater than the GNP for the entire world. Our economy will simply cease to exist as any sort of uniform entity and it will take with it government's ability to control or legislate controls, its ability to govern. McCain, as the executor of Bush's Last Will and Testament, will preside over the end of a failed state. Welcome to the new Bangladesh.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | September 17, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"McCain's and long-established reputation and proven record of taking on officials who waste tax dollars uniquley qualifies McCain to authentically and presuasively articulate a populist message"

In 2006, the senator teamed up with fellow Arizona senator Jon Kyl (R) to funnel $10 million toward the University of Arizona for an academic center named after the late Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist. Even Arizona lawmaker, Rep. Jeff Flake (R), said he was planning to “lean against the measure.” The National Taxpayers Union, another traditional McCain ally, questioned why the senator was making federal taxpayers foot the bill for the center.

In 2003, McCain also slipped $14.3 million into a defense appropriations bill to
create a buffer zone around Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

Posted by: Xander | September 17, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Palin means anything in the end, she is just a stooge.
REMEMBER SPIRO AGNEW?

Am I the only one who sees what is going on here with Palin? We all know she has no qualifications and she was just picked as window dressing and as a stooge to say what ever they put in her mouth. No candidate in their right mind would really want her on their ticket. This is what I think will happen and may already be secretly in the plan.

If Mccain manages to get elected, they will get rid of Palin as soon as they can, using all of the scandal surrounding her as the reason. There is already information of drug use by her son and both daughters and Enquirer has eluded to something coming out about Palin and her husband are regular drug users. Once rid of her, Mcain then will put in Lieberman like he wanted to all along and that is how it will play out. What do you think, make sense?
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Palin is part of an internal attempt to seize control back to the ultraright wing. She and her cronies count on McCain's age making him fragile. Her dagger is half-drawn, ready to sink into a war hero's back. She represents the last gasp of a brief chapter in Republican history which must come to an end, now.

Posted by: Robert | September 17, 2008 3:27 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Xander has seen Obama's economic plan. He cannot find a single word to describe it, but he has seen it.

Obama has a plan. The message of the day. Just say it, over and over. Never mind the only thing Xander has seen is a link on a web page full of platitudes like "standing up for the middle class" even while he wants to increase their energy bills by forcing them to buy more expensive "alternative" energy.

I have seen his "plan" too. Its all platitudes and slogans so that morons can come to places like this and say "Obama has a plan".

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse


"Some people call you the elite, I call you my base."

--George W. Bush, Numbskull & Bones, '66


[Don't trust anyone who owns fewer than eight houses or who is not a member of Skull & Bones.]

Posted by: B. Forthworth Featherston III | September 17, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama, a pretege' of the Rev. Wright, has been practicing class warfare rhetoric for years and years. Meanwhile Wright is moving into a 10 million dollar mansion on the backs of his literally poor constituents and Obama is living large in an upper class neighborhood and pays a paltry 50k a year for his kids tuition to private school.

Posted by: Dr. Dave | September 17, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

What's populist about creating the DE-REGULATED environment which resulted in the financial melt-down and greed he pretends to criticize? He called himself the DE-REGULATOR.

Now everyone, including him, is crying for regulations to stop the greedy Wall Street gaming plays.

What a story teller McCain is. The regulations to stop the gaming plays were in place since the 1930's. McCain and his crony Gramm ended the controls, the regulations to prevent this mortgage gamble.
Some of the investment banks were only putting up 3% of the cost of a house, making it a 33-1 return on investment when the price went up.
Guess what? The ride is over, and McCain is one of the guys who made it all possible.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"Everyone is in agreement that the lack of regulatory oversight has caused the Wall Street Collapse."

Not everyone. The same oversight that corrects is the oversight that protects. The code has gotten so thoroughly snarled it's almost impossible to get a conviction on all but the most blatant offenders. Keep it simple, make it straight forward, remove the administrative law barriers and plus up the criminal investigation / prosecution / courts / corrections infrastructure. Most of the time it's the defense trotting out all the extra regulatory oversight reports, not the prosecution.

Posted by: Tyrsten | September 17, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Rachael Jacobs told the truth and has the souces to back it up.

You liberals can lie lie lie but the truth hurts.

Harry Reid "Doesnt know what to dooooooooo."

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/09/senate-majority.html

Do you really want a tax cheat (Rangle) in charge of the tax committee?

Posted by: Razorback | September 17, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Obama dislikes small children and animals. I hear he used to eat babies.

Posted by: Bobo4bush | September 17, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain's and long-established reputation and proven record of taking on officials who waste tax dollars uniquley qualifies McCain to authentically and presuasively articulate a populist message. He can effectively connect his passion for corruption reform with our government's mishandling of our failing financial systems, and make the connection to the average person.
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A closer analysis of McCain's career also reveals an important but often overlooked pattern: he is at his best when he is the underdog barking outside the doors of power.

Put him IN power and you will see disaster upon disaster. You don't make a fighter pilot a general. Hell, look what happened when we made a cheerleader the coach. I kept looking for Bush's pom-poms when they unfurled the "Mission Accomplished" banner. Just wait til McC gets bored and goes looking for excitement. Fighter pilots HATE the compromises and diplomacy needed for peaceful society. And Palin is more of the same.

Astonishing the Repubs are willfully putting the Republic in harm's way. I can see how Bush fooled em (twice) but they KNOW how bad McCain is.

Astonishing.

Posted by: McRumi | September 17, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

It amuses me how many people keep speaking of change. What you must understand is, the general populace has now grown upon the fast moving, instant this instant that way of life that this country offers. Som, just as with food, banking, etc, the populace is expecting these changes to happen instantly. But it won't. It may take 5 years, it may take 10 years, or even longer just to put a dent in the problems facing this country. But if we don't start now, we condemn the next generation to a life of struggle and suffering. McCain needs to stop pandering to the people and actually bring some substance to the table. I have seen Obama's economic plan. So where's McCain's? All this 'celebrity', 'elitism' talk is just trying to focus our attention away from the real issues here. We need to buckle down and start telling our respective hopefuls that WE as citizens of this country DEMAND that they show us their plans and how they will carry them out. No more flattering/fluff statements. We want the facts.

Posted by: Xander | September 17, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama doesn't need input from a committee. He is all-seeing and all-knowing. Trust him...

Posted by: Bill | September 17, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Three of the Sources I used: New York Times, Investor's Business Dailey and Wall Street Journal. The following are just facts, not my opinion.

Franklin Delano Raines took the helm in 1999 at Fannie Mae, in six years he personally took almost $100 million in compensation (while Fannie Mae continued to lose money) he left in early 2005 under an ethical cloud.

Raines was accused of overstating earnings and shifting losses so he and other senior executives could earn big bonuses. In the end, Fannie had to pay a record $400 million civil fine for SEC and other violations, while also agreeing as part of a settlement to make changes in its accounting procedures and ways of managing risk.

Today one of Baraka Obama’s chief economic advisor’s is:
Franklin Delano Raines.

Top 5 Recipients of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
Campaign Contributions, 1989-2008
Name (on Obama...please note that this was a 9 year time span...and I must say John Kerry and Chris Dodd have been in there significantly longer.)

Office, Party/State, Total

1. Dodd, Christopher J D-CT $133,900

2. Kerry, John S D-MA $111,000

3. Obama, Barack S D-IL $105,849

4. Clinton, Hillary S D-NY $75,550

5. Kanjorski, Paul E D-PA $65,500

McCain Sponsored Bill To Reform Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae in 2005

Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005 sponsored by Senator John McCain, indicates he was right on target over three years ago in calling for reform of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

The following is McCain speaking before the Senate in 2005:

Sen. John McCain [R-AZ]: "Mr. President, this week Fannie Mae’s regulator reported that the company’s quarterly reports of profit growth over the past few years were “illusions deliberately and systematically created” by the company’s senior management, which resulted in a $10.6 billion accounting scandal.

The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight’s report goes on to say that Fannie Mae employees deliberately and intentionally manipulated financial reports to hit earnings targets in order to trigger bonuses for senior executives. In the case of Franklin Raines, Fannie Mae’s former chief executive officer, OFHEO’s report shows that over half of Mr. Raines’ compensation for the 6 years through 2003 was directly tied to meeting earnings targets. The report of financial misconduct at Fannie Mae echoes the deeply troubling $5 billion profit restatement at Freddie Mac.

The OFHEO report also states that Fannie Mae used its political power to lobby Congress in an effort to interfere with the regulator’s examination of the company’s accounting problems. This report comes some weeks after Freddie Mac paid a record $3.8 million fine in a settlement with the Federal Election Commission and restated lobbying disclosure reports from 2004 to 2005. These are entities that have demonstrated over and over again that they are deeply in need of reform.

For years I have been concerned about the regulatory structure that governs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—known as Government-sponsored entities or GSEs—and the sheer magnitude of these companies and the role they play in the housing market. OFHEO’s report this week does nothing to ease these concerns. In fact, the report does quite the contrary. OFHEO’s report solidifies my view that the GSEs need to be reformed without delay.

I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation. If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.

I urge my colleagues to support swift action on this GSE reform legislation."
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The Senate lead by Dodd, Kerry and Clinton (and Obama) defeated the bill.
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Given this inofrmation, I have a few questions:

Who is was the forward thinker? Who was the reformer? Who has been and is being influnced by those greatly responsible for the housing/financial crisis today? Who do you really want running the Executive Branch of our Country?

Posted by: Rachael Jacobs | September 17, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Looking back at history, McCain appears to be Herbert Hoover incarnation! With the economy in a cliffhanger, McCain proclaimed yesterday that “the economic fundamentals are strong” and boosted his anti-regulation credentials before he backpedaled, of course. McCain is clearly out of touch with reality, if thinks “fundamentals are strong” in the middle of this economic meltdown. You have Alan Greenspan, probably the person most identifiable economist to the common American, admit that this is a ONE IN A CENTURY EVENT, and is the worst he's ever seen it. You have the collapse of the real estate market, where the majority of Americans have their wealth and retirement tied up in. You have large investment banks and giant securities failing one after the other, and John McCain thinks the economic fundamentals are strong”! WTF!

Herbert Hoover who was president during great depression (1929) which lasted over 10 years was the first to assert the soundness of the economy, even as it was evaporating around him. Unemployment soared to 25%, banks were failing left to right, millions had life savings wiped out overnight. (Does any of this sound familiar, folks?)…Despite McCain wishful assessment, we are absolutely in a very difficult period and more than any other time, we need someone that understands the gravity of the economy. Steady hand that can bring about a viable and equitable change. We can’t afford another Hoover and definitely not McCain/Palin at the WH, dumb and dumber, when we need our smartest people to guide this economic ship to safety.

Posted by: John "HOOVER" McSame | September 17, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if it is true that the actual candidate that bumps off mutual opponent will win in November regardless of issues and poll numbers?

Apparently the mutual opponent is wealthy and exposed corruption within both parties and is presently targeted.

The question is how?

Will the GOP use Guiliani-like mob ties such as used by his protege, ex-NYPD commissioner and may be doing up to 140 years of jail time? Or Gotti, Jr. who is currently on trial for conspiracy and murder?

Will Dem use an OJ Simpson-like black convict with jail time? Coincidentally, OJ's trial with robbery and kidnapping is today too.

Will both political parties use the popular law enforcement practice of 'sweetheart exchange deals' where convicts commit crime/murder in exchange for less jail time, conveniently covered up and real culprits not publicly suspected?

Having shared this information, do we too have to worry about our personal safety? For example, does my husband have to worry about his life when he is doing his daily jog after work in the Hackensack/Bogota/Teaneck, NJ areas? Do we have to worry about the tampering of our food, water and air inside our home since our habits and plans are known in advanced due to bugging devices in private and public?

What do you think?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

But I do suppose its a sign of his maverickyness that a lifelong Democrat, blue-blooded aristocrat and consumate insider like Lady Rothschild would recognize in McCain a kindred spirit.

She basically said that McCain would provide continuity. While Obama seems to be unpredictable.

Posted by: blip | September 17, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Wonders shall never end, McCain a populist, I am probably on crack.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

OOooh.... Lady Rothschild! What a coup! Whose going to endorse him next? Sir Francis Featherbottom III?

Posted by: Blip | September 17, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Palin is part of an internal attempt to seize control back to the ultraright wing. She and her cronies count on McCain's age making him fragile. Her dagger is half-drawn, ready to sink into a war hero's back. She represents the last gasp of a brief chapter in Republican history which must come to an end, now.

Posted by: Robert | September 17, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama just needs to remind the voters that McCain in his 26 years in Washington has consistently pushed for the deregulation of the markets. Everyone is in agreement that the lack of regulatory oversight has caused the Wall Street Collapse.
In populist terms.... McCain pushed to get rid of the referee. What happens when you play without a referee? All hell breaks out.

Posted by: JakeD's shadow | September 17, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I have to say that Obama's disinclination toward populism and Clintonian "I feel your pain" therapeutic politics is one of the key reasons that I, a lifelong Republican, voted for him in the Virginia primary. Unfortunately for him, though, that does seem to be what is selling in the political market these days.

Posted by: Dodo | September 17, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Somebody suggested I look up McCain's record on Fannie and Freddie.

I did... this is what I found.

McCain falsely claims today that he was trying to fix Fannie and Freddie 2 years ago.

If this is how you support McCain, you should stop. Alerting me to yet another McCain lie is not winning me over.

Posted by: blip | September 17, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Supporting the Bush tax cuts is not populist.

Posted by: loliberal | September 17, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Two key points here.

First, McCain has a deregulation-oriented record and has always professed to be anti-regulation. Excessive deregulation frenzy of the past quarter-century is what provided the climate that allowed the development of this mess on Wall Street.

Secondly, the idea that a Republican can win running against Wall Street is pure hogwash. No establishment entity is more widely associated with Republican conservatism than Wall Street. Wall Street has always been hand-in-hand with the Republican Party and everyone knows it. In fact, the whole idea that the Establishment in this country is liberal, an idea Republicans have been sounding for the past 30 or so years is prima facie ridiculous. The Establishment in the U.S. is, and always has been, conservative. There's really no such thing as an anti-establishment conservative. That's an oxymoron.

Posted by: OHIO CITIZEN | September 17, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I am wholly lifting this from a suggestion I received from FemaleNick - it is too on point not to pass on.

1. Ignore Sarah Palin completely. Neither Obama, Biden, nor the surrogates should be discussing her at all. They should treat her as a non-entity.

2. Stop comparing Bush to McCain. This may please Obama supporters, but it doesn't resonate with Independents or moderate Republicans.
There has been way too much talk and too many articles in the past about the problems between McCain and Bush as well as McCain and the
Republicans. They need to just stick with attacking McCain.

3. Find better examples of how McCain is "out of touch." Sorry, email and Internet won't cut it. That may please the younger voters who already support Obama, but it seems like a cheap shot to those of us
who see that the guy's injuries would make it nearly impossible or painful for him to type.

4. Host "town hall" events that can be televised. Obama needs to be seen answering questions from ordinary voters rather than always being seen giving speeches. People know he gives great speeches, but those
not already supporting him don't know how he is in non-staged events. McCain, in contrast, for years, has been on TV answering questions off- the-cuff. Clips from his town hall meetings have been seen for years -
so the public has a better sense of who he is.

5. He somehow needs to remind people he's half White. The emphasis on his African-American roots may have energized that base, but I think it's important to remind people of the other half of his family. It'll play well with people in the middle. Is it possible to show him with
his grandma? Can grandma be interviewed regarding what he was like as a youngster? How much does she rely on social security? Images are powerful, and I've yet to see him with his grandma. Even if she's got
Alzheimer's or something, people need to see him with his grandmother.

6. He really does come off as aloof. The warmest I've seen him is when he's around his kids. He seemed much more relaxed. Like it or not, people will vote for the person they like even if they don't agree with their views or stances on issues. If you don't follow politics
closely and all you see are clips on TV - Obama can seem distant. Sarah Palin appeals to many because she comes across as normal rather than as a politician. Questioning her ability to do the job while being a mom is a serious mistake. Too many women are juggling
motherhood and career, and too many successful women wish they had a husband like hers.

7. Stop mocking McCain's age. It's a worry that already exists among most voters. Highlighting it only alienates the older voters who consider themselves alert and energetic.

8. Finally - if I were leading his campaign, I'd ask all those pundits who clearly support him to make a serious attempt at being more objective so that people begin listening again. I'd ask them to spend more time comparing and contrasting rather than just blasting and
mocking the McCain camp.
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FemaleNick is a long time "Fix" reader who has suspended commenting here until registration is resurrected. She is a marketing pro and I think this was worth sharing.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 17, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

OUCH another dem for McCain

ARLINGTON, VA -- Today the McCain-Palin campaign announced the endorsement of Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter and member of the Democratic National Committee's Platform Committee.
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LOL. He can have her. Rather hysterical for "Lady" Rothschild to be making claims about elitism. We threw over all that royalty crap years ago...

Of course, the great irony is that if McCain is elected with the help of her and other Clinton devotees, Hillary will never be POTUS.

Such a strange strategy.

Posted by: McRumi | September 17, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

The truth is that Senator McCain and his campaign choose their okie doke ads very carefully as in focused negative attacks strictly aimed at turning the national and media focus and discussion away from real issues such as education, energy, foreign policy, and most recently the state of our economy.

The truth is the same old okie doke as in Senator McCain's chief economic advisor Phil Gramm the architect of the 1999 Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. The Republican Senator Gramm sponsored legislative bill that effectively repealed the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 which had established the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in the United States and included banking regulations designed to control speculation. The author of the legislation deregulating the financial investment industry that is now in meltdown due to the lack of regulation.

The same old same old "deregulator" Phil Gramm who earlier this year, as Senator McCain's chief economic advisor, labeled Americans as "whiners" about the economy just suffering from a "mental recession" and is surely the sad author of Senator McCain's too often repeated out-of-touch refrain that "the fundamentals of our economy are strong" despite all evidence to the contrary.

The same old same old Senator McCain best friend Phil Gramm still seen today whispering economic policies in Senator McCain's ear from the sidelines all the while ready to be made Secretary of the Treasury if the American Public buys Senator McCain's old sick pig with new lipstick.

But sadder yet, it appears the America Public is falling for and may be ready to buy into the old okie doke same pig with new lipstick as in.....A self-professed "Deregulator" who is suddenly calling for government regulation....... A so called "reformer" who will not even reformed his own negative attack campaign........The new found "agent of change" who will bring back to Washington and empower the same old lobbyists currently serving on his campaign ..... and the wannabe "New Populist" claiming he will fight for the American People despite never having voted in favor of an increase in the minimum wage for the American People.

Or are we? Despite the blitz of sad negativity from the McCain campaign, the issues of the economy refuse to be swept from view and thus are refocusing the American Public on the evident fact that Senator McCain indeed does not know "much about the economy" (as evidenced by the fact that he is calling for a 9/11 styled Economic Commission Study likely led by Phil Gramm).

As Senator Obama first stated (and of course since co-opted by Senator McCain as he has co-opted anything that works for Senator Obama), "Enough is Enough!". Contrary to the McCain campaign sad smoke and mirrors ads and Senator McCain's own moment-by-moment self-serving self-contradictory statements of "Change is Coming", we will see more Americans seeing through them all..........

Looking For Real Change Not The Same Old Okie Doke!

Posted by: Caryl S. Foster | September 17, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

McCain's and long-established reputation and proven record of taking on officials who waste tax dollars uniquley qualifies McCain to authentically and presuasively articulate a populist message. He can effectively connect his passion for corruption reform with our government's mishandling of our failing financial systems, and make the connection to the average person.

Posted by: Nick A. | September 17, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I think it's great that Windy is going to write in Sarah Palen. I have Republican friends who are going to vote for Barr. Less votes for McCain. Sounds good to me.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Talk to investors... they knew the regulatory climate was creating a dangerous economy.

It's like telling football players to hit each other more gently, because it is dangerous to hit hard. Anybody could tell you that. But a football team exists to win. And your dudes are going to hit as hard as they can to win.

So, how do you protect football players? Give them better pads. Train them better. Hire good refs. And create rules that will keep damage within a reasonable range.

Its the same with finance. McCain's brand of "reform" (deregulation) is like firing the refs and taking the pads off. You need someone who can restore safety to the markets... so that investors can still play hard... but the boundaries we put around them will keep them from hurting everyone.

That's why a lot of Wall Street types give to Obama. They are smart people. They are in the game. But they know that a neutral party needs to get in there and put some safeguards in.

Posted by: blip | September 17, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

This election is important for Republicans: we can make this the last throes of the Rovian neocons. Either they let go of this party, or I and thousands of others will. Let's take the impending loss as a lesson and opportunity to put our party back on track.

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Posted by: hope = dope | September 17, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me? McCain can't relate to the everyday struggles of the average American family. That is why (among a couple of other reasons) he selected Palin as VP.

When you got a multi-multi millionaire heiress as a wife wearing $100,000 outfits, McCain can't sell himself as understanding the economic plights of average Americans.

KEEP HAMMERING HIM OBAMA AND BIDEN! Ignore Palin for the most part. She is still using most of the same stump speech she had on Aug. 29th and Sept. 3rd.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 17, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

My comment on the preceding poster's 'de Rothschild' endorsement had an error and should have read:

LOL....a 'Rothschild' sells her soul and supports McCain/Palin and Obama supporters should worry?

Please, by all means, keep publicizing that!

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/calling-out-mccainpalin-on-their-lies.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | September 17, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

You just to good to want votes from a Rothchilde.. what a typical dumb dem loser...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Who is surprised that a Rothschild supports McCain? Birds of a feather flock together. The wealthy look after themselves.

Posted by: steve boyington | September 17, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain has nothing to do with "populism."

The original populists objected to the concentration of wealth in rich Eastern financiers. They demanded that the government be financed by progressive income taxation, rather than regressive taxes. They demanded a more flexible currency, rather than a gold-based one. They were largely Democrats -- there were NO Republican populists, though the Republican Party of the time (the early 20th Century), unlike today's, was wise enough to adopt the most sensible reforms of the original populists. It was the Republicans who finally enacted the 16th Amendment and passed the first progressive income tax. It was the Republicans who devised and created the Federal Reserve Bank as a means of creating a more flexible money supply.

Today's Republican Party is a bunch of trashy, race-baiting, ignoramuses and McCain is no exception. He's a disgrace and he will be an absolute disaster if elected.

According to Bush-McCain Republican economic dogma, tax cuts lead to higher private investment, higher growth, and a shrinkage of government spending relative to GDP. Thus, for the past 30 years, the Republicans have refused to tax the wealthy in order to pay for the public investment in infrastructure, education, job training and research necessary to keep this country competitive in age of accelerating globalization and technological change.

But it ain't true. Republican policies result in slow growth and ever increasing government debt and trade imbalances as the US continues to war like a great power and provide "bread and circuses" in the form of a stagnant and unsustainable standard of living based on foreign borrowing rather than growing production here.

Conversely, funding greater investment of the proceeds in infrastructure, education, job training and research via more progressive income taxation leads to the opposite result: (1) lower deficits and long term interest rates, (2) higher public investment, (3) higher business investment, (4) higher growth and (5) increased incomes at ALL income levels, (6) small government, as the economy grows FASTER than the government.
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COMPARE Clinton and Bush 43 on the fundamentals:

1993-2000 (Clinton)
Cumulative GDP: 65,080.9
Cumulative Corporate Profits: 5522.4 (8.49% of GDP)
Cumulative Fix Business Investment: 7470.7 (11.48% of GDP)
Cumulative Real GDP growth: 33.81%

2001-08(Bush)
Cumulative GDP: 96,963.6
Cumulative Corporate Profits: 10,412.3 (10.74% of GDP)
Cumulative Fix Business Investment: 9959 (10.27% of GDP)
Cumulative Real GDP growth: 20% or less (depending on the final 2008 figure)

Very sorry picture. Under Bush, corporate profits have grown in absolute terms and as a percentage of GDP, BUT fixed business investment as a percentage of GDP has decline. Put otherwise, corporations are making more than ever under Bush BUT investing less than they did under Clinton. Under Clinton, investment actually exceed profit. Under Bush, investment is lower than profit. No surprise then, that real GDP growth under Clinton was MUCH HIGHER than under Bush; that median income has stagnated or declined under Bush whereas it rose substantially under Clinton.

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LOOK AT THE STOCK MARKET, which tells the same story:

1. The DJIA more than tripled under high tax/low deficit Clinton, but it has lost value under low tax/high deficit Bush after adjustment for inflation:
12/31/92: 3,284.29
01/20/01: 10,586.62
09/17/08: 10,762.98

2. S&P 500. This more than tripled under high tax/low deficit Clinton, but lost value under the low tax/high deficit Bush, even more real value when inflation is taken into account.
12/31/92: 415.74
01/20/01: 1,336.66
09/17/08: 1,173.16

3. NASDAQ composite. This more than quadrupled under high tax/low deficit Clinton (even AFTER the bursting of dot.com bubble, which took it to 5000 or so) -- it has lost nominal value under low tax/high deficit Bush and even more real value when inflation is taken into account.
12/31/92: 599.26
01/20/01: 2,710.05
09/17/08: 2,132.50
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In the high debt, low-investment America of Bush and McCain, Wall Street's main function has become slicing and dicing this country for resale to foreigners in order to repay our debt, both the government's debt to foreigners and the even larger aggregate US debt to foreigners due to persistent trade imbalances. The housing bubble was an effort to mortgage this country's housing to foreigners at fraudulently hyped values as a means of paying this debt.. The current meltdown is foreigners saying no dice. The government's selective interventions are an effort to prevent foreigner creditors from walking away completely, which would shut down our feckless government completely and throw the economy into a depression. You can be sure that the Fed/Treasury's decision as to whether to do a "bail out" is purely a function of how much of a distressed entity's debt is held by foreigners. Much of it in the case of Bear Stearns, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and AIG. Not so much when it comes to Lehman.

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McCAIN, the worst Presidential candidate in our history, is promising to continue the same failed and ruinous policies: reduce taxation on the rich and starve public investment need for growth -- the same old, failed Republican economic dogma, whether you call it “trickle down,” Reagonomics, "Supply Side economics" or Voodoo. It will continue to generate stagnation and debt, especially to foreigners, just as its critics charge.

As our roads crumble and our educational system declines, businesses will continue to invest less in this country, leading to even lower growth and higher levels of income inequality than under Bush.

THIRD WORLD HERE WE COME.

THANKS TO WING-NUT ECONOMICS, WHICH IS FEUDALISM, NOT CAPITALISM.
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People who learn their "economics" from college drop outs like Rush Limbaugh don't get it.

Real capitalists like Warren Buffet do.

He is supporting Obama.


Posted by: mnjam | September 17, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

If we are going to ask about GPA, how about those at Occidental and then Columbia?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

LOL....a 'Rothschild' sells her soul and supports Obama/Palin and Obama supporters should worry? Oops, make that a 'de Rothschild.'

Please, by all means, keep publicizing that!

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/calling-out-mccainpalin-on-their-lies.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | September 17, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me that both McCain and Palin ARE true mavericks. They are willing to do exactly the opposite of what they have been doing for years or decades, all to try to get votes.

THAT is change they can believe in.

Posted by: steve boyington | September 17, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Poor McCain - a man who I have respected, as a fellow Vietnam vet and moderate Republican. I think he secretly agrees with me that we need to let this one go. The Rove wing of our party needs to lose more elections, so we can get back to true conservatism and accomplished governance.

Posted by: Robert | September 17, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

McCain called for reform of Freddie Mae, co-sponsored a bill and warned of the consequences if it didn't happen in 2006. Obama did nothing... look it up don't be a kool aid drinking bonehead

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Will someone in the press please ask Palin what her grade point averages were at Idaho State University and the myriad other schools she attended while attempting to earn her degree in "journalism?" We heard they were mediocre...actually lower than McCain's 5th-from-the-bottom of his class at Annapolis of 899 students. And since one of Palin's issues is education, we are curious what the level of excellence of her own education meant to her?

Posted by: Bkrause | September 17, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain has thoroughly convinced me that Senator Obama should be POTUS. I can't believe the FLIP-FLOP he is now advocating. What happened to his government must get out of the way? Why didn't he call for regulation of the investment banking system when he had the chance?

Posted by: indyminded | September 17, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Why write in Sarah Palin, when you can write in Paris Hilton?

Paris seems to have better ideas that Palin.

Posted by: blip | September 17, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

OUCH another dem for McCain

ARLINGTON, VA -- Today the McCain-Palin campaign announced the endorsement of Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter and member of the Democratic National Committee's Platform Committee.

"In an election as important as this, we must choose the candidate who has a proven record of bipartisanship and reforming government, and that's John McCain," Rothschild said. "We can't afford a president who lacks experience and judgment and has never crossed party lines to work for meaningful reform. Amid tough economic times and foreign policy concerns, we need someone who is ready to lead. Although I am a Democrat, I recognize that it's more important to put country ahead of party and that's why I support John McCain."

Rothschild, an attorney and businesswoman, supported Sen. Clinton during the Democratic primaries. She will campaign for Sen. McCain through Election Day.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Jimbo Jones, you forgot to mention that one of the 3 people that Obama wanted to help him choose his VP was the biggest cause of the Freddie/Fannie Mae mess.

You forgot to mention that in the last 20 years, only Chris Dodd has recieved more donations from Freddie/Fannie employees than has Obama.

Do you really think that Obama raises $50 million a month from regular people who have no financial interest in federal policy?

Posted by: Razorback | September 17, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

The Federal government is not the answer to these issues.

Populism is nice, and it is critical to building consent of the governed. Kudos to either candidate who can build decisive consent.

When it comes to the solutions, though, expanding the depth to which the inept Federal government is involved in all of our institutions is not the answer. The Federal government has demonstrably failed it's core responsibilities over the last two decades. Our borders are open. Our enemies attacked us on our own soil. Our intelligence community is apparently unable to support executive decisions with accurate information. Our military is at less than 50% of 1991 in strength, and yet burning huge quantities of money trying to stay fully operationally committed in multiple theaters. Our economy is constantly teetering based primarily on those who prey upon every change in the convoluted invasive tangle of government policy. Is it really wise to delegate even more responsibility to an enterprise which fails at the missions it already has?

We should have let Freddie and Fannie fall. It wouldn't have done anything to those holding the mortgages, but it would have slammed home share-holder responsibilities to those who let the organizations get foot-loose and fancy free. You don't see Wells Fargo having issues, do you? Whenever a Wells Fargo exec gets a cute idea it gets shot down. Besides, the quickest way to adjust an economy is to downgrade the rents anyway. That happens when the loans get discounted. Lower interest on the mortgages, lower rents for businesses to pay, less actual profit being necessary for a business to stay afloat or a family to keep a home.

We SHOULD deregulate EVEN MORE. Why are so many industries dominated by a few power houses? Because only a massive corporate structure can support the battalions of lawyers it takes to unravel the mangled mess of US code enough to keep the enterprise afloat. Why can't anyone new get an enterprise up and running in market segments dominated by inefficient and corrupt companies? Because they don't have the legal and political resources to do so, because of the depth to which the government has become involved.

I'm not saying that no part of the market should be protected, but I think the FDIC covers what needs to be covered. These fake bleeding-heart bail-outs are bull. Let those who took the risks without planning ahead take the losses. Let those who broke the laws we already have in place suffer the criminal consequences.

The closer McCain and Obama get on these issues (and they are looking like twins more and more every day) the more shallow and incompetent their presidencies look. There are better solutions. Why not have voluntary state medical protocols which guide less informed medical personnel to a higher standard of care while preventing malpractice lawsuits against those who meet that standard? Why don't states plus up the small business efforts, and push people who can't find the wage-slave jobs they are used to anymore into going into business for themselves, making goods and doing services they can market through the internet and deliver by mail? Why don't states invest in comprehensive online education efforts (where someone challenged in math, for instance, can patiently work through issues semi-privately with as much repetition and different ways of approaching the problem as is necessary), freeing the teachers to plan and guide hands-on practical and social development efforts?

I just don't get why everyone wants the Federal government to invade, tamper with, and eventually control every part of our society that has issues. The President is the CEO of the Federal enterprise, an enterprise that cannot get it's core missions accomplished and shouldn't be doing anything else except for those few things that only a national government can do. Like diplomacy, defense, interstate infrastructure standards, etc... The communities of the various states of this union are very different, it's asinine to try to force them all to adopt a single social policy, or even a single economic policy for that matter.

Posted by: Tyrsten | September 17, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

NotAsMuchToSay:

Thank you for being the boss of all blogs.

That First Amendment's a real b*tch isn't it?

Posted by: Outside the Box | September 17, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Does one have to lie to be a populist? I wonder how McCain sleeps at night?

CNN had a great 5-minute piece on the lies of McCain/Palin.

I have the clip posted, along with my own suggested script for how Obama can win by attacking this McCain character flaw head-on.

It is at:
http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/calling-out-mccainpalin-on-their-lies.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | September 17, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Palin bounce going flat.
McCain now really desperate...too late for Ritalin.
That impulsive and bad decision will lose him the election.

Pal-out.

Posted by: McRumi | September 17, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Springsteen is a great musician who has earned his popularity by singing songs that people can relate to.

Plus, from his earliest days, he has consistently donated generously to foodbanks, veterans groups, and for 9/11 survivors.

He usually doesn't talk about it, unless he is trying to get more people to donate money.

But you shouldn't knock the Boss. He's a great American. And just because YOU cannot stand the idea that people might have different a political focus than you... it does not mean that he is any less of a person.

Posted by: Blip | September 17, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting because neither Obama or McCain have executive experience, so we only know what they might do as president from their legislative history.

It's also interesting that conservatives have never really embraced John McCain, and only became enthusiastic about his campaign after he named Sarah Palin his VP.

This makes me think that maybe I shouldn't be voting for John McCain - maybe I should write in Sarah Palin. She's the candidate I like. She's the one I'm excited about. She's the one that has spent time leading a state.

This is kind of similar to what a lot of Republicans did in the 1976 election: they rejected Pres. Ford and wrote in Ronald Reahan. That support propelled Reagan to the White House and saved America from liberalism. I think the same thing can happen now - I'm writing in Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Windy | September 17, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

"What Cilizza fails to point out is that just six months ago Obama was leading this question 56% to 29%. McCain has jumped by 10 and Obama has fallen by 6."

And this is simply because of Sarah Palin. All polls jumped after Palin was nominated. But once people start realizing what a flake she is, the numbers will start to show.

Posted by: Xander | September 17, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of tax returns, did everyone notice that Mr. Compassion himself Joe Biden gave about .3% of his $300,000 plus income to charity? This while Obama was lecturing the rest of us on giving time and money for community service.

Posted by: Razorback | September 17, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone explain how John McCain's "trickle-down" economics is any different than getting pissed on?

Posted by: Dennis Berry | September 17, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

If this whole economic debacle is due to a lack of oversight by government regulators, I don't think another Republican (especially one whose staff is comprised mainly of industry lobbyists) is the solution. The solution seems like it would be government oversight, and NO government bailouts. I think the wealthiest 10% should bear the majority of this burden, as they own 90% of our capital.

Que Some Conservative screaming "socialist!"... Aspergirl, JakeD, you guys working today?

Posted by: Jimbo Jones | September 17, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

"Polling suggests that voters seem to believe Obama better understands their plight -- particularly on the economy -- better than does McCain. In the most recent Washington Post/ABC News survey, 51 percent said Obama "better understands the problems of people like you" while 39 percent said the same of McCain. "

What Cilizza fails to point out is that just six months ago Obama was leading this question 56% to 29%. McCain has jumped by 10 and Obama has fallen by 6.

Posted by: rmorrow | September 17, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

BULLETIN -- TODAY BARACK GOT ANGRY!

No sooner than I posted that the Obama camp is still too complacent, than Barack comes out with his best line of the campaign -- a riff off of McCain's remark about taking on the "good ole boys" in Washington:

"The good ole boys? For John McCain, that's a staff meeting!"

Finally this guy's showing some juice. Now let's see how long he can score with the trash talk...

Posted by: scrivener | September 17, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

From Obama's non-lipstick mouth ....

We don't need a commission to figure out this mess. We need me!


I, Barack Obama, approve this message.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

McCain and populism? Seriously? This is the guy who doesn't know how many houses he has and is clueless about the struggles the middle class faces.

Obama 08!

Posted by: chris | September 17, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Pretty soon...he'll be talking about "Two Americas".

Posted by: SWMissouri | September 17, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Where are the Palin tax returns?
Are the internet rumors true that the family lived off welfare for 5 years?

Posted by: Laura Long | September 17, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Everyone wanting to post a comment:

A "comment" shouldn't be twelve paragraphs in length. And comment sections for articles such as these aren't designed to be message boards for all subjects slightly tangential to the content of the article.

If you have that much to say, start your own blog.

This is an article questioning the value of online comments. I encourage you to give it a read: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2704,2327851,00.asp

Posted by: NotAsMuchToSay | September 17, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing that at 72 years old that McCain could still be "evolving" so in his positions. I mean, here is a man who for seven decades has championed big business and de-regulation and now, in the twilight of his life, embraces a newfound populism. Wow! Who says you can't teach an Old Dog new tricks??? How can Palin still not believe in evolution when we are seeing it, right before us, with our very own unblinking eyes?

Posted by: Jackie | September 17, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm John McCain and I don't remember what messages I approved only 3 years ago.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Mr. McCain's populism pitch should be a documentary filmed by the Coens. Wait a minute - they've already done it - It was Pappy O'Daniel storming the stage at the end of O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Never mind that Pappy O'Daniel wasn't a Mississippi Governor. Texas, actually. The crowd loved it anyway.)

Posted by: paladin | September 17, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Bruce Springsteen is just another very rich celebrity socialist. Yawn. How boring.

Posted by: Razorback | September 17, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Mr. "I don't know how many houses I own, let my staff check my Blackberry which I invented" is pretending to be a populist?

Mr. Keating Five is now on our side?

Mr. "We've Become a Nation of Whiners" is now the working man's best friend?

I DON'T THINK SO.

Posted by: howlless | September 17, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

This is really rich.

Now McCain is "one of us"!

Well, he sure didn't marry one of us.

He loves doing a photo op with us working slobs... but after the cameras stop rolling he goes to one of his 8 houses and has dinner with his billionaire wife and her 300,000$ outfit.

Posted by: Blip | September 17, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

TYPO:

McCain was a champion of the DE-regulation of Wall Street. Pardon the typo in the post below.

Posted by: scrivener | September 17, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

What is finished, is the idea that this great country is dedicated to the freedom and flourish of every individual in it; it's the individual that's finished. It's the single, solitary human being that's finished; it's every single one of you out there that's finished. Because this is no longer a nation of independent individuals, it's a nation of three-hundred some-odd million transistorized, deodorized, whiter-that-white steel-belted bodies, totally unnecessary as human beings, and as replaceable as piston rods.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse


Bruce Springsteen -Born In The U.S.A.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPudiBR15mk

Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: New Jersey Girl | September 17, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Although national polls are meaningful only to wing nuts afraid to look reality in thr face and acknowledge the Electoral College, it's worth pointing out that Obama is +2 again in the latest Gallup.

I hope you enjoyed your bounce. We'll see you on the way down.

Posted by: bondjedi | September 17, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid is a dolt, and this is a Democrat saying this. No one pays attention to him.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse


Can you not develop some filter to keep out ALL CAPS POSTING?!?!?

Damn, that crap is annoying, regardless of the person's politics.

That said,

Republicans might want to reign in their hatred of government. They're actually beginning to believe it and it's going to end up hurting everybody.

Posted by: tony the pitiful copywriter | September 17, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Dave F says "Our banks are over leveraged from paying for what??? Perhaps the war."

Do you really think that Lehman Brothers and AIG got into trouble loaning money to the government for the war in Iraq?

That is possibly the dumbest post I have ever seen, and that is a pretty high bar with Anonymous posting here.

Posted by: Razorback | September 17, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

A JOHNNY-COME-LATELY TO POPULISM?

• What would Woody Guthrie or Will Rogers say about McCain's populist conversion?

• Obama camp still too complacent?

Chris:

You don't mention the criticism that it is disingenuous for McCain to cast himself as a populist when he's bragged about being such a Bush loyalist... when he was a champion of the re-regulation of Wall Street.

Neither McCain nor Obama "relate" well to common folk. Each lacks the common touch of Reagan or Bill Clinton. So it's a jump ball on the "I feel your pain" factor.

Since empathy cannot be acquired overnight, it's advisable for the Obama camp to call out McCain for what could be perceived as hypocrisy and opportunism. They have yet to do so effectively, and the clock is ticking.

Where's the Obama ad that compares McCain's "fundamentals of the economy are strong" statement with the exact same words uttered by Herbert Hoover?

Where's the ad that contrasts McCain's past statements with the words of genuine populists like Woody Guthrie, Will Rogers, or Steinbeck's Tom Joad?

How about Bruce Springsteen's thoughts on McCain's populist conversion?

And Obama's campaign has yet to point out Sarah Palin's gall in continuing to call herself an opponent of the "Bridge to Nowhere" and pork-barrel spending.

An attack left unanswered is a skirmish lost. String too many of those together and you're losing the war.

GOV'T TARGETING OF U.S. CITIZENS:
ROOT CAUSE OF FINANCIAL MELTDOWN?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/targeting-u-s-citizens-govt-agencies-root-cause-wall-street-financial-crisis

Posted by: scrivener | September 17, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

McCain knows all about bailing out rich bankers and screwing over middle class and poor people, he's been doing it for years.


*McCain - Founding Member of the Keating Five:

Back in the old days, defendants in famous trials got numbers -- the Chicago Eight, the Gang of Four, the Dave Clark Five, the Daytona 500. McCain was one of the "Keating Five," congressmen investigated on ethics charges for strenuously helping convicted racketeer Charles Keating after he gave them large campaign contributions and vacation trips.
Charles Keating was convicted of racketeering and fraud in both state and federal court after his Lincoln Savings & Loan collapsed, costing the taxpayers $3.4 billion. His convictions were overturned on technicalities; for example, the federal conviction was overturned because jurors had heard about his state conviction, and his state charges because Judge Lance Ito (yes, that judge) screwed up jury instructions. Neither court cleared him, and he faces new trials in both courts.)
Though he was not convicted of anything, McCain intervened on behalf of Charles Keating after Keating gave McCain at least $112,00 in contributions. In the mid-1980s, McCain made at least 9 trips on Keating's airplanes, and 3 of those were to Keating's luxurious retreat in the Bahamas. McCain's wife and father-in-law also were the largest investors (at $350,000) in a Keating shopping center; the Phoenix New Times called it a "sweetheart deal."


*McCain - Mafia Ties:

In 1995, McCain sent birthday regards, and regrets for not attending, to Joseph "Joe Bananas" Bonano, the head of the New York Bonano crime family, who had retired to Arizona. Another politician to send regrets was Governor Fife Symington, who has since been kicked out of office and convicted of 7 felonies relating to fraud and extortion.
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http://www.realchange.org/mccain.htm
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Posted by: McCain on the membrane | September 17, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

A perquisite for words being perceived as more than a throw-away line – is credibility. I wonder how much of that McCain has left? Or does blathering pander still work? **

** Work on the undecided. As careful readers will remember I think the only way Palin won’t pull say 20% of the vote is if she’s found out to be a closet homosexual (or Mormon). There’s probably 20% that would vote for a ham sandwich next to the “R” on the ballot. Given that some can be counted in both camps – it would be interesting to run an Evangelical ham sandwich for office and see what the numbers are. Instead of an aging liar who feet of clay this author would prefer never to have known.

Posted by: NoOneImportant | September 17, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Senate Majority Leader on Economic Woes: 'No One Knows What to Do'

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/09/senate-majority.html

Obama is in the Senate, I guess he doesn't know what to doooooo either.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"BRING BACK THE REAL MCCAIN!"

I'm afraid that will never happen. His old ideologies have left the building, along with his sanity.

Posted by: Xander | September 17, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Plain and Simple... the man is an idiot when it comes to economy. Our banks are over leveraged from paying for what??? Perhaps the war. I mean no one pays a war tax.

Wake up America, the financials are collapsing because of programs designed to fund 241 million per day.

So please, elect McCain... my Gold investments really need to go to the moon.

Posted by: Dave F | September 17, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports from Capitol Hill: Don't look for any legislation in the near future to address the financial crisis.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, asked today what actions Congress can take, said, bluntly, "No one knows what to do. We are in new territory here. This is a different game. We're not here playing soccer, basketball or football, this is a new game and we're going to have to figure out how to do it."

HARRY REID DOESN'T KNOW WHAT TO DOOOOOOO.

Posted by: Razorback | September 17, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

McCain's loss will be an embarrassment like Norm Coleman's overbite.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Twilight Zone,

Oh yeahhhh, you're onto something.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=1919

These phonies will never stop screwing up and then will go to obvious lengths to censor the truth.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Chris has a man-crush on ol' Johnny, doesn't he?

Posted by: howie | September 17, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Well, Phil Gramm v Paul Volker?

Just on that fact alone everyone should vote for Obama!

McCain/Palin, yeah, tahnks but no Thanks!!!

Posted by: VA | September 17, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes, when this article says that McCain has a 'populist' message, I have to laugh. What's really going on is, he'll say WHATEVER he has to say to make people think he's on their side. His actual policy positions are so fickle you can't know what he thinks from one day to the next. The ultimate "flip-flopper." Ssssscary.

Posted by: Jim | September 17, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me that, if instead of spending all that money on a war to get more oil, we had set up an infrastructure to create Hydrogen cars or CNG cars and delivery systems, we'd have choked the middle east on their own oil, defeated the terrorists by taking their money away from them, cleaned up America's air and created the next generation of technologies to keep America's car manufacturers on top instead of the slow death they seem to want. Instead of fighting a religous war with military, we shold have sent those evangelicals to convert the muslims. What Bush\McCain did was like bringing a knife to food fight. Wrong weapons, wrong stratigy. Nope, I think we need someone a bit smarter than a really old guy with cancer and a beauty queen this time. We need to stop this before we're so broke we can't pull out of McCains sixth crash.

Posted by: Marcus | September 17, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

bsimon, What we need is real investment in real products that we can trade on the world market??????? You are beginning to sound like ME.

Is it a "real product" when government has to mandate that consumers buy it because it costs more that what consumers are currently paying?

Do you think that government is better then the private sector at identifying "real products" that consumers want?

Posted by: Razorback | September 17, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Larry Clifton is a racist phony.

Why not?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

The financial crisis we are facing now did not ruffle McCain's collar. Because he had masterminded a similar melt down of the Lincoln savings and loan in 1989. McCain was one of the Keating 5, the five senators who brought this countries market to its knees. The government bailed the Lincoln Savings and Loan using $160 Billion of tax payer money. Also at the same time George Bush's brother Neil Bush was the director of another bank that folded and uncle sam bailed that out with $1.6 Billion of tax payer money. Therefore the current meltdown is just another one well planned by the Bushies and the McCains.

Posted by: Galen | September 17, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

This November Americans have to choose between a constitutional scholar with back ground in giving folks in poverty dignity, by the boot straps work ethics, and a career seasoned politician Joe Biden. He; Barack Obama who’s personal culture came from middle American white values (he was raised by his white grand parents) seems to have a clear idea where he wants to take the United States, mostly away from away from oil wars, and divisive politics.

The other side is represented by a war hero who became a hero sitting in a POW camp in North Vietnam, lucky enough to be the son of an admiral. In the senate he is known for his bad health, vulgar language, bad temper, and connections to powerful lobbyists, taking money from those lower and middle class that cannot afraid to lose money. His idea for the United States is four more years of the same divisive politics of this president Bush.

His second is PTA mom and governor of the small part of Alaska a woman who is known for no experience, changing political stands depending on what the listener wants to hear, lying about her support for soon to be in prison Senator Ted Stevens, and the bridge to nowhere. Like this dark side vice president she used her position as governor to get back at her sisters ex husband in divorce wars. Remind you of this president’s man from the dark side vice president?

Posted by: Archie Haase | September 17, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Norm Coleman is a pothead.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse


It is an interesting exercise to lay Obama next to McCain on the issue of the collapse/bailout of Fannie/Freddie...
From Barack Obama:

We're told that the current financial crisis and the collapse/bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are the result of "Bush/McCain Policies."

Seems like all he has to run on is painting McCain as Bush 44... and exploiting Bush Derangement Syndrome!

(Interesting to note that behind Sen Dodd - the chairman of the powerful banking committee - Barack Obama received more money from Fannie/Freddie than any other lawmaker of the over 300 who received contributions between 1989 and 2008... and Obama was only in the Senate for 3 of those years!)

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On the other hand...

John McCain, who has never taken an earmark and has campaigned actively against them, sought to reign in the abuses of Fanny/Freddie in 2005 by co-sponsoring the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 1 90 - which was shot down by Democrat resistance! Note his statement from the Congressional Record, quoted below, in support of the Bill. Seems he had a crystal ball!! This from a guy who stated self-effacingly that he doesn't understand the economy as well as he'd like! If only more people understood it as well as he does!

The United States Senate

May 25, 2006

Statement by John McCain (R-AZ)


Mr. President, this week Fannie Mae's regulator reported that the company's quarterly reports of profit growth over the past few years were "illusions deliberately and systematically created" by the company's senior management, which resulted in a $10.6 billion accounting scandal.
The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight's report goes on to say that Fannie Mae employees deliberately and intentionally manipulated financial reports to hit earnings targets in order to trigger bonuses for senior executives. In the case of Franklin Raines, Fannie Mae's former chief executive officer, OFHEO's report shows that over half of Mr. Raines' compensation for the 6 years through 2003 was directly tied to meeting earnings targets. The report of financial misconduct at Fannie Mae echoes the deeply troubling $5 billion profit restatement at Freddie Mac.
The OFHEO report also states that Fannie Mae used its political power to lobby Congress in an effort to interfere with the regulator's examination of the company's accounting problems. This report comes some weeks after Freddie Mac paid a record $3.8 million fine in a settlement with the Federal Election Commission and restated lobbying disclosure reports from 2004 to 2005. These are entities that have demonstrated over and over again that they are deeply in need of reform.
For years I have been concerned about the regulatory structure that governs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac--known as Government-sponsored entities or GSEs--and the sheer magnitude of these companies and the role they play in the housing market. OFHEO's report this week does nothing to ease these concerns. In fact, the report does quite the contrary. OFHEO's report solidifies my view that the GSEs need to be reformed without delay.
I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 1 90, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation. If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.
I urge my colleagues to support swift action on this GSE reform legislation.
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Posted by: edeldoug | September 17, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Man, these comment sections are full of insane people. There seems to be some kind of insanity threshhold that you must hit before the CAPSLOCK kicks in. Then it's a one way ticket to the batcave. I love it.

Posted by: aceofspades | September 17, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

In a country like America, populism is unfortunately the key to elected office. In our orthodox democracy, a majority is a majority, even if such majority over-represents the lower half of median voter intelligence, which is the target demographic of populist politics.

If votes were weighed according to citizenship status, time in country, age, education, community service, and criminal record, there would be no talk of pigs, lipstick, and gas-tax holidays. Persons seeking elected office under such circumstances would have to deal with real issues. Until then, though, expect more senseless populist rhetoric, disastrous domestic and foreign policies, and continued erosion of America’s standing in the world.

Posted by: theantibush | September 17, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

McCain as a populist? I suppose stranger things have happened than the public buying a man who has consistently voted against the middle class and minority interests for his 27 years in congress can be seen as the working man's hero. Wasn't Father Coughlin a populist?

At least Hillary Clinton truly care about the issues such as health care, equal opportunity-equal pay, and improving the minimum wage.

Posted by: Toldyouso | September 17, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

"The Economy is Fundamentally Sound.."

I'm John McCain and I appove of this message.
Ha..Ha..Ha

Posted by: McCains Populist Message | September 17, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

bsimon says:

"If the last 7 1/2 years don't disprove the fallacy of tax cutting to economic prosperity, I don't know what will.

What we need is real investment in real products that we can trade on the world market & bring back some of those dollars we've been sending offshore for energy for so many years."

Less real investment will occur here if the after tax rate of return on investment here is LESS than the rate of return in China and Eurpose. Capital flows to the place of greatest return.

Al Gore wants to ban coal plants that produce electricity at $20-30 per kWh with wind mills that produce electricity $80-$90 per kWh. That will help the American consumer.

Posted by: Razorback | September 17, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Cillizza is more than anything, a shill for Obama. Even worse, he is one of the most pathetic political pundits in the Obama media. Imagine Cillizza's delight as he opens his Washington Post pay-stubs and muses about being paid for what he writes:
"Gee,I just make stuff up and jot it down and they pay me for it...."
Such is the way of liberal media, particularly in California, where Hollywood stars are official spokespersons for the debt-laiden masses.
As Cillizza whines about populist politics, I am reminded of how the WP and liberal mainstream media outlets throw their coats down so Democrat politicians don't get their feet wet campaigning.
I say Cizzilla is a shoe-shine boy for Obama, and one can hear his shine-rag popping in this column.
For better analysis:
http://americanpoliticalblog.wordpress.com/

Posted by: Larry Clifton | September 17, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

"Will McCain's attempt to allay voters' fear of an economic Armageddon with populist rhetoric work? Maybe.

If enough anemic a** kissers like Cillizza buy into it.

Posted by: JLe | September 17, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

"The Economy is Fundamentally Sound.."

I'm John McCain and I appove of this message.
Ha..Ha..Ha

Posted by: McCains Populist Message | September 17, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chris,

Blog this...

Sarah Palin’s Yahoo account hijacked, e-mails posted online

http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=1919

Posted by: Twilight Zone | September 17, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm tired of reading CC's daily dose of anti-Obama rhetoric. All hail the power of McCain's name and let us follow CC down the McCain road to -- ruin. The son and grandson of adminirals and the husband of an heiress who owns umpteen homes hardly fits any definition of a populist. No more of this crap for me. Cillizza's writings are becoming more and more worthless.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain should just get it over with and join the Democratic Party.

Posted by: Steve in Austin | September 17, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

A "populist tone in his rhetoric"(as in “insincere or grandiloquent language") and an "effective gambit". I guess that really does sum it up.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Most of the media need to stop being pansies for Rick Davis. The polls don't take certain things into consideration anyway. Obama will win by a landslide. McCain is on the defense because he was branded as a liar along with his parter Palin. Karl Rove knew the "liar brand" was sticking to Palin and McCain and started pandering to you guys, the media and you took the bait. Now he and Rick wants the controlled focus back on Palin.
You guys take Americans for granted and you think there're stupid. The biggest protest thus far against any candidate was held in Alaska. Women, demos and repubs came out against Palin and BBC had the story before any network or news paper. An NBC affiliate KTUU in Alaska did the story and it wasn't even shown on the network. You can't believe everything on the internet but I thank God for it. It fills in the blanks while you guys spend valuabe resources on lipstick and pigs.
The "Liar Brand" on Palin- McCain is working.

Posted by: Liar Liar | September 17, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

So McCain wants us to vote for a guy who blindly accepted anti-government, anti-regulation ideology for years. A guy who sat in the Senate and listened to all the arguments against the ideology and policies of his Republican Party and ignored them. A guy who was blind to what was happening. A guy who only a few weeks ago claimed that the economy was in great shape. A guy who whose economic adviser criticized any one who suggested that the economy was in the tank as 'whiners".

Why would I want to vote for a failure?

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 17, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

My question is this: Is there anything, anything at all, that Senator McCain won't say to get elected? It's painful to watch.

Posted by: Victor Roberts | September 17, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, but no thanks.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Was McCain referring to his North Vietnamese captors? The ones who he admits "broke" him? One can't really question the expertise about economic regulation of a former POW, can one?

Posted by: superyob | September 17, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Hah! Laughable! When the going gets tough, the Republicans leave for Crawford, or Aspen. No worries there, as its a Democrat's job to save the country. Again.

The correlation between hard work and success is limited. Obviously, Obama is where he is because he worked hard and earned it. Bush and McCain are where they are because their fathers and grandfathers worked hard.

McCain has never even paid a bill in his life, so why should we trust him to protect our money? I don't think we need another silver spoon republican trying to run the economy. Just look at what happened under Bush: 56 million Americans who were middle class in 2000 are now out of work and considered below the poverty line. 23 million Americans who had health insurance in 2000 now do not.

McCain actually wrote the bills that caused this. Look it up! This is so basic that it hardly gets any attention. Obama is from a food stamps family, and federal assistance combined with his drive and natural ability helped him pull himself up by the boot straps. McCain was a bottom of the barrel student, mediocre officer, and quickly corrupted legislator. Had he not been born with high social status he would have never been able to land back asswards where he has.

Maybe you missed this. McCain owns at least seven houses and counting. It strikes me that these uber-rich Republican elitists who own so many houses are a real problem for the rest of us in that they drive up real estate values by gobbling up land and hoarding away homes. We wouldn't have had a banking meltdown if we hadn't had a subprime meltdown. We wouldn't have had a subprime meltdown if the average American had been able to afford a single home. The average American can't afford a single home because these chablis swilling country club loving Republican elites collect homes like the rest of us collect credit card bills.

Just so these crazy Bushies and McCainiacs don't pull the wool over your eyes on de-regulation... Here is the basic low down on what's behind it. Simple. Straight forward. Factual.

The Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 established the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in the United States and included banking reforms, some of which were designed to control speculation. Some provisions such as Regulation Q that allowed the Federal Reserve to regulate interest rates in savings accounts were repealed by the Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980. Other provisions which prohibit a bank holding company from owning other financial companies were repealed in 1999 by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. Yes, that Gramm.

First repeal of the Glass-Steagall act allowed banks to determine what interest rates they could pay on savings, thus eliminating from our society sensible government oversight by the the Federal Reserve banks.

Second part repealed by the Gramm-Leahy act was that of the idea that a bank should be FORCED to not be able to invest in other forms of business. This was yet another portion of the bill aimed at preventing the government from protecting average Americans by maintaining a strong and balance economy by preventing companies over reaching.

The entirety of this bill is correctly attributed to our current sub-prime mortgage problem. This problem started on the banking side through de-regulation and led directly to predatory lending practices.

The Gramm-Leahy-Bliley act was signed into law by a Bill Clinton, who did not have the votes in Congress to prevent it.

It had positive economic results, allowing some finanacial companies to consolidate their resources and operate more efficiently, thereby saving money and increasing the value of their companies and increasing the value of the shareholders holdings in those companies.

Prior to the repeal of this law, foreign bankers held a financial edge against US banks because they were free to diversify their investments. Repealing this law allowed US banks to catch up with foreign banks and increase their value as a company. Again, increasing the value of their stocks to their stock-holders, but also removing necessary regulation to prevent predatory schemes.

Yes, it did allow companies the freedom to make good and or bad investments, just like any other company, but without necessary regulation to prevent abuse of the system.

The vast majority of banks are at risk, but are currently stable because they made wise investments. Some are not doing so well because they got caught up in too risky of deals, such as interest-only loans. They took a risk, they lost.

Buyers were duped into accepting these risk terms on their loans. That is the fault of predatory lenders.

Democrat president Bill Clinton had the option of veto-ing this bill but chose not to. He supported the bill and signed it into law in 1999 because the Republicans had the votes in Congress to ignore the veto.

One of the prime sponsors of the bill was this man, also a REPUBLICAN.
John McCain

Posted by: Nick Collins III | September 17, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Puh-lease: McCain the populist will work?

This is only true if evidence is limited to McCain press releases and the Drudge Report. Meanwhile the two "caveats" at the end of the article are the actual poll numbers and the counter message. Maybe it's not working?

Also, you gotta love The Fix's belated praise for Edwards' populism. Here The Fix was in December of 2007:
"We've long written that Edwards's anger (strong conviction, his campaign calls it) is a dangerous game. Voters tend not to like their presidents angry, preferring candidates who appear above the fray and always looking at the big picture."
(http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/2007/12/obama.html) Why was it a bad idea then but a good one now?

The problem for Republicans campaigning on an economic "us" v. "them" is that the GOP is "them" i.e. Wall Street's deregulating handmaidens. As with other up is down arguments made by the McCain campaign, the cognitive dissonance on the GOP nominee as the scourge of economic royalists is just too big a whopper to persuade the persuadables. No amount of . . . of.... oh yeah, liptstick! can coverup the uh . . . uh .. . . . sorry I've lost my capacity for metaphor. What does one put lipstick on in an attempt to fool people into thinking that thing is actually something completely opposite to what it really is?

Posted by: undisclosed angler | September 17, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

What populism? He say the Feds were "forced" to the AIG bailout, and now wants to bail out Detroit, because it is too f'ing stupid to compete with the Japanese.

Obama? Nothing to say whatsoever; even more stupid than McCain on economy.

I am SICK of both of these idiots.

Posted by: Chicago1 | September 17, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

BRING BACK THE REAL MCCAIN!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

The View Destroyed Unprepared John McCain

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


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.

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ANGERED BY SARAH PALIN’S REMARKS

Comments Uttered by Sarah Palin Has Angered Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton Described Sarah Palin As An Opportunistic Bar Fly Who She Will Squash.

Comments Uttered by Sarah Palin Has Angered Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton Described Sarah Palin As An Opportunistic Bar Fly Who She Will Squash.

Comments Uttered by Sarah Palin Has Angered Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton Described Sarah Palin As An Opportunistic Bar Fly Who She Will Squash.


McCain / Palin anti-women stance and votes against Women Rights


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

PALIN 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 this was just ten women 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." 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."


Sarah Palin Protesters Held Signs Reading:

Bush In A Skirt
Palin She Be Failin
Jesus Was a Community Organizer
Palin: 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 Your Vote AND Your Draft Age Child
Sarah Palin: So Far Right She's Wrong
Alaska Is Not Frisco
Coat Hangers for McCain
Sarah Palin, 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 are rejected for their anti-women stance and votes against Women Rights


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 are rejected for their anti-women stance and votes against Women Rights


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.

2008 UNITED STATES DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL RACE

DEMOCRAT HARVARD LAW VS. GOP REPUBLICAN D STUDENTS

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

MCCAIN OF NAVY ACADEMY LAST PLACE D STUDENT
PALIN 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)

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) 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 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


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.

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ANGERED BY SARAH PALIN’S REMARKS

Posted by: Hillary Rodham Clinton Angered By Sarah Palin | September 17, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

The View Destroyed Unprepared John McCain

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


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.

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ANGERED BY SARAH PALIN’S REMARKS

Comments Uttered by Sarah Palin Has Angered Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton Described Sarah Palin As An Opportunistic Bar Fly Who She Will Squash.

Comments Uttered by Sarah Palin Has Angered Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton Described Sarah Palin As An Opportunistic Bar Fly Who She Will Squash.

Comments Uttered by Sarah Palin Has Angered Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton Described Sarah Palin As An Opportunistic Bar Fly Who She Will Squash.


McCain / Palin anti-women stance and votes against Women Rights


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

PALIN 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 this was just ten women 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." 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."


Sarah Palin Protesters Held Signs Reading:

Bush In A Skirt
Palin She Be Failin
Jesus Was a Community Organizer
Palin: 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 Your Vote AND Your Draft Age Child
Sarah Palin: So Far Right She's Wrong
Alaska Is Not Frisco
Coat Hangers for McCain
Sarah Palin, 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 are rejected for their anti-women stance and votes against Women Rights


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 are rejected for their anti-women stance and votes against Women Rights


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.

2008 UNITED STATES DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL RACE

DEMOCRAT HARVARD LAW VS. GOP REPUBLICAN D STUDENTS

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

MCCAIN OF NAVY ACADEMY LAST PLACE D STUDENT
PALIN 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)

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) 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 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


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.

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ANGERED BY SARAH PALIN’S REMARKS

Posted by: Hillary Rodham Clinton Angered By Sarah Palin | September 17, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Razorback writes
"Wait until Obama raises taxes on investment and causes jobs to be created in places with lower taxes.

Wait until Obama forces consumers to pay 3 times as much for "alternative" energy as what they are paying for energy now."


You seem to be pulling facts and figures out of your ignoranus.

If the last 7 1/2 years don't disprove the fallacy of tax cutting to economic prosperity, I don't know what will.

What we need is real investment in real products that we can trade on the world market & bring back some of those dollars we've been sending offshore for energy for so many years. A couple decades of borrow-and-spend fiscal policy have compounded the problem, such that the only area of growth in the economy this year was exports - because the dollar tanked to record lows. Now the dollar is 'recovering' vs. foreign currencies, but all the reports I've seen & heard on the subject argue that the dollar isn't strengthening so much as the rest of the economy is following ours into the sh!tter.

Posted by: bsimon | September 17, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I agree McCain must run against his party if he hopes to win. It's also true that, in true Republican style, once he's actually in the office he'll revert to the tried and true failure route that his predicessor used. Instead of coming out of a recession, we'll be going into a DEPRESSION. If you liked the 1930's you'll LOVE McCain. He can roll back Womens Rights. Civil rights. Workers rights all the way back to match the 30's too. You'll be workin cheap. Dying in back alleys and watchin the KKK scare black folks all over again. Worked for Rove,, uhm I meant Bush. I forgot which one of them ran this country into the dirt. I guess it was both.

Posted by: Marcus | September 17, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous you wouldn't know what a liquidity gusher was even if it was being shot up your a$$ out of a fire hydrant.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Long Live the New Union of Socialist Republicans!!!


Welcome news comrades! We the People are now We the Owners. The People's Insurance Company, formerly known as AIG, was saved for the time being from the forces of capitalism by the new Union of Republican Socialists, formerly known as the GOP. Somewhere in the great beyond, the ghost of Karl Marx is grinning while the spirit of Adam Smith forks over the one dollar bet with an invisible hand:


"In a move aimed at averting a new global economic shock, the US Federal Reserve agreed an unprecedented 85-billion-dollar rescue loan for American International Group. The deal, sealed late Tuesday, saved AIG from collapse and gave the US government a 79.9 percent stake in the insurance behemoth."

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hqFac57CVjDIS6bj_Lsbg8oAbdPw


Now that the People own a major insurance company, it's fair to ask how the People's Insurance Company, along with the People's Mortgage Companies and the People's Investment Banks, will benefit the People who Own them. Can we expect lower premiums, equity sharing, and corporate perks for our hundreds of billions of dollars? Should we start checking our mailbox for dividend checks? Who gets paid first, claimants, bondholders, stockholders, or we the new taxpayer owners?

We the Owners, want to know, and the Union of Socialist Republicans better damn well tell us, fast.

Posted by: McCain/Palin = FAIL! | September 17, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous you dumba$$ when Clinton was president with the same economic policies idiots like you thought it was great. Spin spin spin, never a fact from an idiot.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

No... they were in SUV's and BMW's. Take it from a guy in the business. That IS what they did and it was NOT a good business plan because they foolishly believed that equity growth would keep up with the bad paper.
Jersey John
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"Imagine this: Limosines full of greedy caplitalists being dropped off in low income neiborhoods with suitcases full of money eager to take advantage of low income people by stuffing their pockets full of cash that they cannot pay back. What a great business model that is..."

Posted by: Jersey John | September 17, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

John McCain's fighting himself. THAT'S HOW MUCH OF A MAVERICK THE MAN IS, Y'ALL!

Seriously, Senator "Keating Five" McCain is the candidate of the people? Senator "Eight Homes" McCain knows your economic pain?

Posted by: Abacab | September 17, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Lets see, McCain has now added Wall St fat cats to his list of "things" he's running against.

A list that already includes GW Bush and his own party.

Populist my a$$. McCain has been in lockstep with the Bush WH since 2004 when he was photographed nuzzling Bush's armpit.

And his political epiphany of the last 48 hours is yet another enormous flip flop.

Posted by: MA | September 17, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Razorback, we're seeing the fruits of your trickle-down, supply-side-economics-gone-haywire, deregulated financial system now. Maybe a little responsibility over the last 14 years would have helped a lot of the firms on the Street that went belly up, but thanks to the no-holds-barred liquidity gusher that former guru Alan Greenspan let loose, we're all in for one hell of a hangover. Thanks GOP scumbags for nothing.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Women’s Rights Groups Support Obama

Today my womanhood demands
That I conform to their commands
That I uphold the public heist
To elevate Hawaii’s Christ.

My duty as a democrat
Requires that I should vote like that
To disobey would cause a schism
In the domain of feminism!

But there’s one thing I’d like to know
Before off to the polls I go:
Where were these admirable dames
When Hillary was called bad names?

When women’s rights were under test,
When she was smeared, did they protest?
When media sexism became obscene,
How come they didn’t intervene?

While Sarah is torn up to shreds
They lie calmly in their Obama beds
From which they seek to rule my mind -
Please tell me, are they deaf and blind?

http://formidablyuselesspoet.blogspot.com/

Posted by: formidablyuselesspoet | September 17, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

McCain has no choice except to run against his party and what it's done to this country over the past eight years. If he actually tried to run WITH his party, he'd be 30 points behind and falling.
He can't afford to be a Republican, so he's trying to be an Independent outsider... which is absolutely made up. A guy who's been in the Senate for 26 years is no dewy outsider itching to take on the system-- he's an insider who helped build the system, with a few breaks from orthodoxy along the way.
In short, he's trying to pretend he's something he isn't. The sooner the public realizes that, the better.

Posted by: DB | September 17, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

McCain is bought and paid for by the US Chamber of Commerce, who thinks the only good regulator is a dead one. If you think for one second that the Original Maverick (TM), who has admitted he doesn't know much about economics, can or will do anything in the area of regulatory oversight for the financial industry, there's a couple of bridges in Alaska I've got to sell you.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

More came out about Palins affair today.
http://www.theveep.com

Trooper gate is unravelling http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Wait until Obama raises taxes on investment and causes jobs to be created in places with lower taxes.

Wait until Obama forces consumers to pay 3 times as much for "alternative" energy as what they are paying for energy now.

Wait until Obama puts the union bosses in charge of the economy, and the unions do to the entire economy what the unions did to the auto industry and airlines.

Then, Obama will call in Rubin and Greenspan, and you liberals can whine about him going corporate.

Posted by: Razorback | September 17, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line is this:
COMMON SENSE IS FREE and it seems that this is the only thing left in this campaign. You either fall for the Okie dok or be real...and believe me this man McCain is not playing with a full deck..he seems demented to me..and America is in trouble real trouble if we let bigots and the Republican National Corporation win with slander and lies..McCain had no idea who this woman was before that day..The Oil and Drug corporation Oh I mean the REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CORPORATION pick her..
Wake up America

Posted by: nolovlost | September 17, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Idiots will type about "fixing it" and candidates will yak about it, but they will propose nothing specific. They will tinker around the edges of the economy. So much for change.

Posted by: Razorback | September 17, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Who is the "them" in the McCain 'us vs. them' scenario? The "them" is McCain's Party, so who is he fighting? Himself?

Posted by: Dawn | September 17, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton practiced empathy more than he did populism. Nixon, and most of the Republicans since have practiced snob vs slob. True prairie populism it is not. And there is a reason for it: it always fails. Like hurricane Gustav, it looks fierce and it gets oh so close to over-topping the levy walls and washing everything away, but it always fails. That Obama could use some empathy is not in doubt, but true populism is not the way to go.

Posted by: muD | September 17, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

What Phil Gramm did leading to the Enron collapse, and what he did again leading up to the current financial meltdown, he wants to do yet again to your healthcare. Remember the fawning coverage that was being peddled on that one?

"[E]conomic conservatives should take heart. McCain's chief economic adviser - and perhaps his closest political friend - is the ultimate pure play in free market faith, former Texas Senator Phil Gramm. If McCain follows Gramm's counsel, and most of his current positions are vintage Gramm indeed, his policies as president would represent not just a sharp departure from the Bush years, but an assault on government growth that Republicans have boasted about, but failed to achieve, for decades. [...]"

"On the economy, McCain's most daring manifesto is his healthcare plan. Not surprisingly, it bears the Gramm imprint. In fact, McCain has been heeding Gramm's "power-to-the-consumer" approach for more than a decade. The two senators bonded when they linked arms to fight Hillary Clinton's ill-fated healthcare program in 1993. "We couldn't get any press coverage in Washington, DC, so we traveled all over the country, to the regional media markets," says Gramm. In 150 meetings at hospitals and clinics, McCain and Gramm relentlessly pounded the Clinton plan, helping fire the voter outrage that killed the plan in 1994."
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http://money.cnn.com/2008/02/18/news/newsmakers/tully_gramm.fortune/index.htm
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Yep. McCain and Gramm were prime movers behind killing health insurance reform in the 1990's -- but no worries. They've got a great grasp of the current situation. According to McCain and Gramm, the problem is that we need more deregulation, and some tax rebates and stuff. You know, just like for everything else.


Gramm, you may recall, famously blamed the current economic woes on Americans being a "nation of whiners". You'll be happy to know that here, too, the McCain camp is consistent: healthcare costs are your own damn fault, America.


In July, McCain's healthcare architect Al Hubbard (an architect of Bush's failed healthcare proposals, which have now adopted by McCain in a fit of the usual non-maverickiness) laid the blame for healthcare costs on Americans "consuming" health care like "caviar":

"[W]e consume it as if it was free...It’s interesting, if you would think about, the employers rather than providing health care insurance they provided food insurance. So every time you go to the grocery store you just take out your food insurance card, you give it to the cashier, she scans it, and you’re outta there. Pretty soon, you would start buying caviar, expensive steak, and you start buying more than you need..."
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http://thinkprogress.org/wonkroom/2008/07/22/mccain-caviar/
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Yep. You consumers are being spoiled -- you want to be too healthy. You want too much care. A lot of people live rich, full lives with, say, blinding cataracts, or with a piece of construction rebar lodged in their skulls -- why do you want to be such a prima donna about it? So you're having a heart attack -- you don't have time to shop around a little, get some quotes"?


Makes me feel sheepish, now, for taking all that expensive medicine just so I can "breathe".


Of course, we can go further still. There's no problem that conservatism can't solve by simply altering the fabric of reality until the problem goes away. This is known as the "lampshade principle", as discovered by George W. Bush: when something is bad is happening, stick a lampshade over your head so you can't see it anymore. Problem solved!


Yet another McCain healthcare advisor, John Goodman:


Mr. Goodman, who helped craft Sen. John McCain's health care policy, said anyone with access to an emergency room effectively has insurance, albeit the government acts as the payer of last resort. (Hospital emergency rooms by law cannot turn away a patient in need of immediate care.)

"So I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime," Mr. Goodman said. "The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American – even illegal aliens – as uninsured. Instead, the bureau should categorize people according to the likely source of payment should they need care."
"So, there you have it. Voila! Problem solved."
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http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/bus/stories/DN-Uninsured_27bus.ART.State.Edition2.4dce428.html
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Given what's happened to everything else this crew has touched -- and Gramm, especially, seems to have the reverse-Midas touch to an uncanny degree -- I'm almost looking forward to the idea of John McCain and Phil Gramm possibly being in charge of my health insurance. It would be nothing if not exciting.


Heck, with Gramm's "magic touch", I'm confident we can all look forward to a resurgence of the Black Death.

Posted by: DrainYou | September 17, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

"Why did populism work (of course we use 'work' in a relative sense since Obama did win the nomination) for Edwards and then Clinton?"

I don't know, but if populism works every bit as well for McCain as it did for Edwards and Clinton (in the relative sense of 'work' where Obama wins the election), I really don't care why.

Posted by: McPop Star | September 17, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

So the multimillionaire, son of privilege, Keating 5 alum knows the plight of the average Joe better than a guy born to a single mom who had student loan payments just three years ago? I think not. McCain as populist is just plain silly. Joe Biden and Barack Obama will solve this problem. They won't set up a commission, they won't kick the can down the road...they will fix it.

Posted by: Soonerthought.blogspot.com | September 17, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

The left is so silly with this predatory real estate lending thing.

Imagine this: Limosines full of greedy caplitalists being dropped off in low income neiborhoods with suitcases full of money eager to take advantage of low income people by stuffing their pockets full of cash that they cannot pay back. What a great business model that is.

Posted by: Razorback | September 17, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

andyt and Bob, the reason why you don't hear about Goolsbee and Robert Rubin is because on economics, they agree with me.

Market capitalism has capture the center in American politics. It is still that way even after this real estate mess. The psuedo socialist left has not recovered from the fall of the Berlin Wall.

McCain, Clinton, Goolsbee, Greenspan and Rubin all agree with me on the economy. That is what is so phoney about Obama's "change" theme. He will not change the basic principles that have driven economic policy for the past 25 years. If he were to propose such a change, he would go to the low 30s in the polls.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

The economic crisis wont be solved by anyone without some of the brightest minds looking for a solution and the political will to not give things away that people can't afford.

We deregulated busines and they took advantage of peoples desire to have a home they really couldn't afford. This is a Republican deregulated business approach. But then Democrats insisted we make it easier for the poor and minoritites to buy homes they really couldn't afford and they are the ones being hurt the most now.

We have to get back to paying as you go and only spending what you can afford both at the national budget level and in peoples personal finances.

My parents never bought a home until my mother retired to a small inexpensive condo in Florida with her life savings, and they did perfectly fine.

Home ownership is great if you can afford it but not everyone can and if we make is so they can get into a home for nothing they have to be prepared to pay for it eventually.

I think to come to the middle ground on this we really should use McCain's idea of a Commission. That doesn't stop us from demanding what either candidate would do now but in the long run we need to move this away from a partisan issue to bring in some reality.

Posted by: peter | September 17, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a patented liar. Instead of lecturing the American people on Fundamentals of which he knows nothing about, he should tell us about the Keating Five scandal. That was about deregulation; he and his four senatorial buddies stopped an investigation by Regulators, and soon after that Keating's S&L Bank went bankrupt. Google KEATING FIVE and you'll know the full story and names of the other four geniuses who received $1.3 million from Keating. The Congress really looks after us taxpayers. McCain is too shameless and has no right to even address the Wall Street Crisis. What a loser!

Posted by: JoeG. | September 17, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Chris, You've pointed to a larger discrepancy between the campaigns. McCain's doing a better job of responding to the current environment and pivoting his message, than Obama is. I say this as a Obama supporter. It is amazing to me, for example, that Obama is not spending the next few days doing economic forums with Democratic experts on the economy like Robert Rubin. He should be dropping all else and exploiting this to the max. And Joe Biden should be living in Ohio, giving a speech in each town.

Posted by: Bob | September 17, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

"Whatever happened to choosing someone who is smarter?"

that would leave out mccain and obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"'I've taken on tougher guys than this before,' McCain says at the ad's close -- a smile dancing across his face."

No doubt the smile comes from remembering his Keating Five salad days, doing battle with crooked S&L owners onboard their corporate jets and at their country clubs. Who are the suckers and marks falling for this crap?

What a g0ddamn joke, this McShame and his newfound populist slant. What happened to the free-market you touted during the primaries, Senator? Hmmmmm?

Posted by: bondjedi | September 17, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to choosing someone who is smarter?

Ultimately, the financial crisis can be attributed to a single factor that has been at the root of all major crisis - Human nature. In an article analyzing the Lehman Brothers collapse, Tom Raum of the AP attributes the crisis to human nature

"People bought homes they couldn't afford. Investors eagerly bought mortgage-backed securities they didn't understand. Human nature was a guiding force in markets that were first driven by greed and then shaken by fear."

While age old economic theories work well against macro market behaviors, regulation that is informed by the erratic probabilities of human motivations is a new school that offers some new solutions to our current situation. Obama's economic advisor, Austan Goolsbee, is an economist who has been studying a branch of economics called behavioral economics...

I made an interesting correlation after reading an article on MIT's Technology Review - https://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/21220/
If my link gets stripped, search "Obama's Geek Economist", "Technology Review", "MIT".

It is easy to take McCain's claims that Obama offers "big government" and "more regulation" and reform at face value, but we need specifics. To protect the interests of investors, America does not need MORE regulation, but SMARTER regulation that factors in the chaotic nature of human behaviors. While McCain wants to set up a commission to study this problem...Obama and his advisors have ALREADY been studying this for a long time...and have applied some of this thinking into his plans.

This is the kind of economic firepower we can expect from an Obama administration...this is the kind of innovation that will take America to our next stage of growth. Can we really trust McCain, who has said he does not understand old economics, to even begin to understand his new era?

Posted by: andyt | September 17, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

More came out about Palins affair today.
http://www.theveep.com

Trooper gate is unravelling http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

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