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VIDEO: Convention Wrapup Day One

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By Chris Cillizza  |  August 26, 2008; 11:54 AM ET
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Who Is Eldon Smith?

Why, that would be none other than John McCain:


It turns out that this isn't the first time the issue of John McCain's lavish multiple residences has emerged in the heat of a campaign.


"In 1986, when then-Rep. McCain was running for the Senate seat vacated by Barry Goldwater, he quietly began remodeling a $500,000 house in central Phoenix owned by his wealthy father-in-law James Hensley. The $225,000 project -- which included the construction of a 4,000-square-foot addition, swimming pool, jacuzzi, cabana and barbecue -- held political peril for McCain, who was already fighting charges that he was as an opportunistic carpertbagger."

"The new house was located in Phoenix's fourth congressional district -- outside of the first district in Tempe which he represented at the time."

"AP caught wind of the work at 7110 North Central Ave. shortly before the general election and dispatched a reporter to examine blueprints at the planning department. They found the permit applicants were listed as Hensley and a mysterious "Mr. Smith."

"The reporter tracked down McCain's plumber, who told him he'd been told Mr. Smith's first name was "Eldon."

"Eldon Smith, it turned out, was John McCain."

full story here:
http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/0808/The_GOPs_2008_nominee_isEldon_Smith.html


Good old "Eldon"...I mean John, didn't want people to know that he was planning to leave his congressional district - and also wanted to hide the cost of his lavish quarter-million dollar rennovation plans - so he came up with a ridiculous nom de maison, hoping to keep his plans buried under a sockpuppet. Of course, this might help explain why he lost track of the number of homes he's got.


Barack Obama has been remarkably open about his entire life story - a bio which has been subjected to endless scrutiny. But if there's anyone whose background we should be "unsure" of, it's John McCain's. I, for one, would like to learn about what else he's done in his life under an assumed name.

Posted by: Drain You | August 26, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

landslide time. if (R)'s can only cut and paste from that greedy wingnut kkkudlow, you're in trouble. all the dem's have to do is focus on message. we are all tired of weak arguments and drummed up controversy. all we want is something resembling the truth from the MSM, we can make up our minds from there.

C-SPAN is the only place to watch the convention. the other channels are junk.

Posted by: preAmerikkkan | August 26, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

landslide time. if (R)'s can only cut and paste from that greedy wingnut kkkudlow, you're in trouble. all the dem's have to do is focus on message. we are all tired of weak arguments and drummed up controversy. all we want is something resembling the truth from the MSM, we can make up our minds from there.

C-SPAN is the only place to watch the convention. the other channels are junk.

Posted by: preAmerikkkan | August 26, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Please stop making people try to talk over crowd noise, or wind ruffling through microphones. It's annoying and distracting. Surely there's an indoor area for interviews and discussions that can be made quiet(er). (Isn't this obvious-- CLEAR LIGHT OBVIOUS-- to people who prepare broadcasts for TV ?)
Also, I agree with Jon Stewart about the content.

Posted by: Rosemary | August 26, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

This morning, Joe Biden had a 'Muskie" Momment. UH-OH! Pumas, pounce!

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/08/26/biden-meets-with-delaware-delegates/?hp

Posted by: JC | August 26, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

The first night strategy was deliberate and brilliant--a strong effort to unify, before moving together to address the arguments that face this nation.

Michelle was terrific.

She has an ability to connect others with the truth of universal hopes and dreams. She has shown this since Iowa--extraordinary, able to unify with the truth and power as she does so well.

As X-Patriate says: "Let the steam rise up...all the way to Pennsylvania Avenue"!

Posted by: Cara Prado | August 26, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scrivener | August 26, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

"He is a conservative nut case who I suspect would also like to bring back slavery."


sounds like you are the nut-case - whoever you are. Are you so ashamed of your views? I can see why.

Posted by: Larry | August 26, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Chris:

How many people outside the Pepsi Center heard Jim Leach? The coverage on my teevee showed him only on a monitor over the shoulders of the commentators. His presence was noteworthy (longtime Iowa Republican congrerssman supporting Obama) but the substance of his remarks was inconsequential. That part of the evening wasn't any more a drag than the report of the rules committee.

People will see the principal addresses, and the rest is pretty much filler. No point reviewing it.

Posted by: FlownOver | August 26, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

The guy you are quoting is an idiot who also advocates doing away with pensions and health care provided by employers because they put an undo strain on corporations. He is a conservative nut case who I suspect would also like to bring back slavery.

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Are the Denver Dems Downing Stocks? [Larry Kudlow]

Are the Denver Dems downing the stock market today? The Dow is off 230 points, starting right from the get-go. So-called market analysts are blaming financials and the credit crunch as they always do. But there’s more.

Obama and Biden gave us plenty of class warfare in their Springfield, Ill., get together on Saturday. Tax the rich. Redistribute income and wealth. Go after all those corporate meanies. Trade protection. Card-check for the Unions to stop secret elections (not even former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern agrees with that one.)

Then there’s Nancy Pelosi on TV bashing oil. And a huge New York Times Magazine article on Obamanomics by David Leonhardt tells us about tax fairness and redistribution from Obama, and shows that my good friend Robert Reich is in the driver’s seat with lots of public spending for the Obama plan. Deficit hawks like Jason Furman, the Robert Rubin protégé, seem to be in second place.

Taxing capital gains, dividends, and rich people makes me wonder who exactly is gonna supply the capital and investment to grow the economy. And while Obama’s Wall Street supporters helped put a 20 percent lid on investment tax rates, a three-house Democratic sweep could make matters much worse on the capitalism front.

Meanwhile, the Barron’s cover story called “Dueling Visions” by my friend Jim McTague says that Obama wants to repeat the mistakes of Herbert Hoover, raising individual and corporate taxes and siphoning needed investment capital out of the markets and into the hands of bureaucrats. It doesn’t seem like much of an economic recovery program.

Another problem is on the spending side for consumer demand. Hate to say it, but rich people are not only the biggest investors, they’re also the biggest spenders. According to the Tax Policy Center, Obamanomics would boost their average tax bill by $94,000 to as much as $653,000. Phew.

With the Denver Dems strutting their stuff, this could be a bumpy week for stocks. Did anyone say free-market capitalism is the best path to prosperity
Posted by: the goths within | August 26, 2008 12:20 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Yawn! He's why didn't we hear from Biden's wife. Perhaps its because of her delibrate 'revealing' foreign policy experience and insult before Iranian diplomats a couple of years ago.
Delegates have their marching orders. Demand an on-air roll call vote for Alabama through Wyoming in order not to perpetuate this current caucus fraud.
Jimmy Carter on PBS was the best. The "Gang of Five" Obama-Pelosi-Kennedy-Reid-Jackson didn't even let him speak - shameful.

Posted by: JC | August 26, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Last Night, the Obama Campaign Conceded Michelle's Old Rhetoric Won't Sell

Since Michelle Obama first started getting attention for her campaign trail rhetoric — "for the first time in my adult life, I'm proud of my country," America is "just downright mean" — we've heard from her defenders that it was just fine — a strength, really. We just didn't get it, they assured us. Audiences loved her. She was honest, and raw, and direct, and told it like it was, in a way that Americans really appreciated. A lot of Americans felt betrayed by circumstances in their country, and they loved seeing someone articulate how they really felt.

And then, last night, in front of the biggest audience she'll probably ever address... it was all "America is peaches and cream," as Jay Nordlinger just said to me. No ripping America's leaders, no lamenting the rampant injustice of daily American life, no "we're guided by fear" or "comfortable in our own ignorance."

No, Team Obama scrapped every last bit of that style, and replaced it with, "In my own life, in my own small way, I have tried to give back to this country that has given me so much" and "in this great country, where a girl from the South Side of Chicago can go to college and law school." She went from Michael Moore to Toby Keith overnight.

It turns out, when it came to assessing her comments on the trail, we were right all along. Michelle Obama's old rhetoric was repellent to most Americans, and too much attention on it would doom the chances of her husband winning this election.

Posted by: on the other hand | August 26, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi Brags Her Congress Passed 9/11 Commission Recommendations... Nope.

Nancy Pelosi: "In our very first act, we passed the 9/11 Commission recommendations to protect the American people."

Liar, liar, pants on fire. News the day the bill was signed:

Former Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Ind., vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission, said with enactment of the bill some 80 percent of the panel's recommendations will have been met. According to Hamilton, one shortcoming of the bill is that it fails to carry out the commission's recommendation that Congress streamline its own overlapping setup for monitoring intelligence and homeland security matters.


Posted by: Pelosi Galore | August 26, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

By not picking Hillary Clinton as his running mate, Barack Obama has...

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=3173


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Posted by: DBlake | August 26, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

"Borderline," Keith? [Greg Pollowitz]

Text from his "analysis" of Michelle's speech:

OLBERMANN: That could not have done better for them. That could not have done better for them. Right to the point of the little girls taking the mikes away and suddenly turning out to be hams. It’s wonderful. It really was terrific. And notice, did you notice throughout that, especially as it built towards its conclusion, the woman in that convention hall, the ones we saw at least we can’t say every one but there were tears throughout among the women. And it was not a maudlin speech, it was not a salesmanship speech. There was just a—I know, I’m beginning to sound borderline sycophantic on this. So I’ll stop. You start.

Posted by: one viewer left | August 26, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Many of the commentators were critical of a slow start to the convention. What they fail to realize that virtually nobody but the rabid politicos were watching. The Kennedy moment and the Michelle speech were the elements watched in more prime time and thus the important focus of the first day. They made the news making for a successful first day. McCain bashing would put off many of those they wanted to reach with the first day's themes. Let MCain/Bush be the theme for Warner etc. on the coming days.

Posted by: fulrich | August 26, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

There was a possible assassination attempt on Obama. I found this out from an Asian news channel. I didn't see it on the websites of BBC, MSNBC, CNN or the Fix.. at least not on the headlines.

Isn't this a big story? Why is is not being covered adequately by the American print media? I am keenly interested in knowing what these four suspects have in mind.

Posted by: dsv | August 26, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Are the Denver Dems Downing Stocks? [Larry Kudlow]

Are the Denver Dems downing the stock market today? The Dow is off 230 points, starting right from the get-go. So-called market analysts are blaming financials and the credit crunch as they always do. But there’s more.

Obama and Biden gave us plenty of class warfare in their Springfield, Ill., get together on Saturday. Tax the rich. Redistribute income and wealth. Go after all those corporate meanies. Trade protection. Card-check for the Unions to stop secret elections (not even former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern agrees with that one.)

Then there’s Nancy Pelosi on TV bashing oil. And a huge New York Times Magazine article on Obamanomics by David Leonhardt tells us about tax fairness and redistribution from Obama, and shows that my good friend Robert Reich is in the driver’s seat with lots of public spending for the Obama plan. Deficit hawks like Jason Furman, the Robert Rubin protégé, seem to be in second place.

Taxing capital gains, dividends, and rich people makes me wonder who exactly is gonna supply the capital and investment to grow the economy. And while Obama’s Wall Street supporters helped put a 20 percent lid on investment tax rates, a three-house Democratic sweep could make matters much worse on the capitalism front.

Meanwhile, the Barron’s cover story called “Dueling Visions” by my friend Jim McTague says that Obama wants to repeat the mistakes of Herbert Hoover, raising individual and corporate taxes and siphoning needed investment capital out of the markets and into the hands of bureaucrats. It doesn’t seem like much of an economic recovery program.

Another problem is on the spending side for consumer demand. Hate to say it, but rich people are not only the biggest investors, they’re also the biggest spenders. According to the Tax Policy Center, Obamanomics would boost their average tax bill by $94,000 to as much as $653,000. Phew.

With the Denver Dems strutting their stuff, this could be a bumpy week for stocks. Did anyone say free-market capitalism is the best path to prosperity

Posted by: the goths within | August 26, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

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