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FixCam Week in Preview: Of Argentina and John McCain

Our long national nightmare is over.

The Fix has returned from Argentina.

We kid, of course. As promised, Ed O'Keefe ("Cillizza 2.0") delivered great posts last week -- for which we are eternally grateful.

But, after ten days in Buenos Aires -- a city we HIGHLY recommend if you have never visited it -- we are thrilled to be back in the mix.

With Barack Obama in Hawaii for a week's vacation, the spotlight will shine squarely on John McCain.

McCain's campaign is growing more and more confident that the candidate, and the campaign itself, have found their stride so you can expect more of the same from the Arizona Senator this week.

And what does that entail?

1. Continue the relentless focus on swing states. While Obama has toured Europe and the Middle East and taken vacation, McCain has kept to a much shorter radius -- traveling constantly to the small number of states that decided the elections in 2000 and 2004. Tomorrow McCain holds a town hall in Pennsylvania.

2. Accentuate Obama's "celebrity" status. McCain's campaign believes it struck a chord with voters when it launched an ad comparing the Illinois senator to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. McCain has referenced the "all talk, no action" message repeatedly since then including in his radio address over the weekend; "Taking in my opponent's performances is a little like watching a big summer blockbuster, and an hour in realizing that all the best scenes were in the trailer you saw last fall," said McCain. The idea is to use Obama's charisma and oratorical gifts against him; the more compelling the he is as a candidate, the more doubts about what lies beneath McCain hopes to raise.

3. Use ongoing Russia-Georgia conflict to highlight McCain's foreign policy experience. McCain has been extremely aggressive in his criticism of Russia and his support for Georgia. "For many years, I have warned against Russian actions that undermine the sovereignty of its neighbors," said McCain in a statement released by his campaign over the weekend. "Unfortunately, we have seen in recent days Russia demonstrate that these concerns were well-founded." The campaign later put out a statement featuring a series of comments from members of the media/commentariat in support of McCain's strong stance against Russia. McCain's campaign sees the unfolding conflict as a real-time example of how, in a dangerous and complex world, Americans need to elect someone in the fall who is ready to lead on day one. Will voters agree?

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 11, 2008; 9:20 AM ET
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NO BAMA 2008 Or Ever!

Posted by: Sandy5274 | August 12, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

I will tell you what Americans want in order of their favorite things: WAR, to feel superior to their next door neighbor, THE DEATH PENALTY, to get on TV, as many material possessions as they can get without paying for them, GOD in the sense that they can pray for material possessions and eternal life.

I think McCain and Obama both fit very well with those desires. Obama is just smarter and merely craven not sadistic. McCain is the worst of Bush squared.

Posted by: DexterManley | August 12, 2008 5:57 AM | Report abuse

Buddy, hated Argentina, huh?

That why you're so hell-bent-for-leather with McCain? If you didn't like it, on behalf of all of South America, I apologize, and invite you to a steamy cup of stay the eff out. I'm sorry that Presidenta Fernandez de Kirchner is agnostic on "the war on terror." That's just how it is.

While McCain is a psychopath every day, what happened to Barack Obama this week? Is he still running for president?

I tell you this was one of the worst weeks in presidential campaign history for Obama. He kicks it off by changing his mind on domestic drilling and practically begging McCain's forgiveness. Then he dispppears only to reappear AFTER the first crisis pops up during the campaign not to LEAD in any way on Russia-Georgia, not to act as facilitator of peace, but to give some lame talk against affirmative action.

I get that he has to "play to the center," but my god. He can play to the center on economics. What this strategy is all about is I don't know what but it seems an awful lot like Kerry's and Gore's strategies to me.

I was so disgusted by Obama weakness this week that I went back to the youtubes and discovered something very interesting. There was one good candidate in this race. One with brains and vision and ideas and whose predictions all came true. He also raised a lot of money and inspires his followers and a lot of Obama's as well. How this guy didn't at least take McCain down to the wire is a mystery to me because he was the right choice.

RON PAUL.

What was it that the media disliked about Paul, exactly? Let's see. John McCain is a "maverick" and Ron Paul's a "crank." Who decides these things?

John McCain has promised maximum war and budget busting. Ron Paul promised peace, fiscal conservatism, a strong dollar and property rights. Ron Paul is in favor of your right to gamble and your right to get wasted even though he chooses not to gamble and is a tea-totaller. John McCain helped take away your right to gamble and to stiffen penalties for possession of drugs for personal use. Yet, McCain is a compulsive gambler, pillfreak and alcoholic.

Ron Paul is anti-abortion and anti-Roe v Wade, but he's not anti-choice so long as it's a state-by-state issue. John McCain is not only anti abortion full stop, he's anti contraception and anti sex except for when he wants to dog around on his wives.

I hope Obama can get it together although if he continues campaigning this weakly, having alienated his party completely, he may find himself NOT THE NOMINEE come late August. Democrats were willing to forgive and forget ONCE. Not twice. And if Obama screws it up and tries to blame a racist media he encouraged by ducking joining the Black Caucus and taking every JC Watts position imaginable, he'll find himself the loneliest man in town.

Obama is starting to lose African-American support to "not sure" "none of the above" McKinney and Barr. I'd say he's lost 2 percentage points in value in that area against McCain and that's serious when it's so close.

Obama has to get strong again and starting having VIEWS again.

Posted by: DexterManley | August 12, 2008 5:27 AM | Report abuse

McCain wants to restart the Cold War to justify more military defense spending. His campaign staff is filled with lobbyists and some of them lobby for the miltary industrial complex.

Posted by: Phil Slowsky | August 11, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain and his warmongering Neocon friends (BushCo) policy towards Russia is insane.
First off is the fact that Russia, unlike Iraq, is a large country with a formidable military and a nuclear arsenal that is equal to ours. Secondly, Russia happens to be partly located in central Asia (yes, this is a no-brainer to us, but a lot of McCain's supporters, Republicans, know zip about geography). Thirdly, Russia is a major producer of oil and natural gas, and is one of those countries that could set the global economy into a tailspin should they be so inclined.

Posted by: Drain You | August 11, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

It is bullsh&t, a bluff and Russia know it. What does Mccain do if they call our bluff?

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John McCain's tough rhetoric against Russia's adventurism into Georgia was commendable. That is exactly what our European allies expected of us. They still fear Russia. For the Obamaniacs to question McCain's message and attack him personally is further proof that they drank Obama's Kool-Aid and will follow him blindly to the abyss. I will not even consider Obama to be a legitimate presidential candidate until an Obamaniac can answer a simple question: What has Obama done in his political career that qualifies him to be president of the world's last remaining superpower?

And please don't say that he gives great speeches because Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler did the same. Lastly, enough of the "change" baloney. Communism and Nazism were both by-products of the hunger for "change." We all know how much pain that "change" brought the world.

PUMA baby!!

Posted by: Aleklawyer | August 11, 2008 6:30 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't the Post tell us about McCain's sexual misconduct while in the military? about his harrassment of women? about his cheating on his second wife with a young lobbyist? about his lies in his book about when he got divorced and when he was having sex with other women while married? about his rape jokes? about the rumors of his attempted assaults? about his taking a marriage license while still married -- a crime? about his 3 years of making Communist prop. for Russia's ally NV? about his $500 shoes and 9 homes and $150,000 a month credit card bills? Oh, because the Post is part of McCain's base. Just ask Dana, Will, Fred, Kraut, Broder (when he gets back from another GOP-paid for cruise), Woodward, et al.

Posted by: Joshua Gen Against McSleaze | August 11, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

The conflict between Russia and Georgia reminds all rational Americans why we do not want McCain in the White House. He espouses foreign policies at least as belligerent as the Bush-Cheney regime. McCain, as some perceptive observers have said, is to the right of Bush on Iran and North Korea. He seems to want to revive the cold war against Russia. His warmongering will only content the neo-cons, who dominate this paper, the military industrial complex and the least informed, who follow the gop mantra like meek sheep.

Interesting how Bush said Russia's use of force in Georgia was unacceptable in the 21st century. What about the invasion of Iraq?

Americans who vote for McCain are voting for an indefinite occupation in Iraq, likely an invasion of Iran, possible increased hostility with North Korea, a return to the cold war, as well as almost complete neglect of domestic problems.

Posted by: Independent | August 11, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Any Mac issues may soon be preempted by MAJOR HRC drama. Thanks to "anonymous," we were alerted to the upcoming, eagerly awaited expose of the HRC campaign by Joshua Green in the Atlantic. Politico.com has provided a preview of the piece, and it appears to be a blockbuster, maybe a Pulitzer, seriously.
After reading it, no one can make a principled argument that HRC's failure was anything but the result of self-inflicted wounds. As will be described in the Atlantic, HRCland was "The Devil Wears Prada" squared. The venom we're used to seeing from the Hilliarians on cable apparently was directed at each other within the HRC camp. And it confirms that painting BO as a "multiculturalist" (a hate group code word) was a central goal of the campaign.
Great moment: HRC is on a conference call with her multi-million dollar staff floating ideas and as such but getting no response from staff, just silence. She ends the call (paraphrasing) "Well I really enjoyed talking to myself" and hung up on the staff. It also confirms they were clueless as to how the primaries and caucuses work, not having done the tough homework BO did. They admitted they botched Iowa so badly they were prepared to write it off. And it says the Hillarians expected Rev. Wright would be a game-ender for BO (game, set, match).
From the Green piece (via Politico):
“The anger and toxic obsessions overwhelmed even the most reserved Beltway wise men,” Green writes. “[H]er advisers couldn’t execute strategy; they routinely attacked and undermined each other, and Clinton never forced a resolution. ... [S]he never behaved like a chief executive, and her own staff proved to be her Achilles’ heel."

How good is that? No wonder Patti Solis Doyle left HRC. Unclear when the Atlantic piece hits newsstands, or internet. Anonymous, can you help us out here, 'mano -- when do we look for it?

Posted by: Broadway Joe | August 11, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I think this conflict is a GOP set-up, what was McSame doing in Georgia recently. What interest do we have there, OH I FORGOT, O I L, O I L, OIL what else.

Posted by: jac66 | August 11, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

One of our very important pipe lines run through there. You want Russia in control of our oil now?
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Are you kidding?

Nobody cares a hoot what happens in the former USSR state of Georgia.

It is not within the realm of imagination that anybody could show their superior leadership when there is nothing anybody can do.

You are being silly.

Posted by: Neil Lehto | August 11, 2008 6:18 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

John McCain's tough rhetoric against Russia's adventurism into Georgia was commendable. That is exactly what our European allies expected of us. They still fear Russia. For the Obamaniacs to question McCain's message and attack him personally is further proof that they drank Obama's Kool-Aid and will follow him blindly to the abyss. I will not even consider Obama to be a legitimate presidential candidate until an Obamaniac can answer a simple question: What has Obama done in his political career that qualifies him to be president of the world's last remaining superpower?

And please don't say that he gives great speeches because Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler did the same. Lastly, enough of the "change" baloney. Communism and Nazism were both by-products of the hunger for "change." We all know how much pain that "change" brought the world.

PUMA baby!!

Posted by: Aleklawyer | August 11, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding?

Nobody cares a hoot what happens in the former USSR state of Georgia.

It is not within the realm of imagination that anybody could show their superior leadership when there is nothing anybody can do.

You are being silly.

Posted by: Neil Lehto | August 11, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

This fool John Mccain who can't even run his campaign and is treated almost like a child by his handlers. He must never be allowed to be our president. Wake up people.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

He stands ther reading this like he is some kind os scholor and in reality, he doesn't have a clue what the hell he is even talking about. WHO IS MANAGING THIS POOR FOOL AND SHOVED THAT SPEECH IN HIS HAND? I read they try to keep him in the dark about a lot of things and he often really doesn't know what is going on in his campaign.

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You HAVE to read this it is truly amazing. Mccain still doesn't get the internet and google. His big speech he gave this morning, much was taken word for word from Wikipedia.

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http://blogs.cqpolitics.com/politicalinsider/2008/08/did-mccain-plagarize-his-speec.html

Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

You HAVE to read this it is truly amazing. Mccain still doesn't get the internet and google. His big speech he gave this morning, much was taken word for word from Wikipedia.

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http://blogs.cqpolitics.com/politicalinsider/2008/08/did-mccain-plagarize-his-speec.html

Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Since John has been apart of the steady reduction in strength of the Army throughout his career, never standing up and saying that such reductions were making it likely that there would come a time when that Russia he claims he never trusted would be able to act without fear of U. S. involvement because it was all tied up else where, his current posturing is just more of the same from Georgie.

Republicans talk a good game about encouraging freedom and supporting allies. Now this ally's freedom is about to be snuffed out by the Russia that George can't afford to stand up against. John just says that he never trusted them any way.

Georgia, on the other hand, knows how it feels to depend on those strong on defense Republicans for backing.

Anyone of Hungarian descent who votes for a Republican this time around ought to be deeply ashamed.

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | August 11, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

It is true, Obama has never run anything in his life, no Business, no Office, no law firm, no Investmant Office NOTHING - Obama's only economic experience is BUYING COCAINE FROM SOMEONE. Seriously how in the world could anyone trust Obama with a budget ???

Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 4:51 PM


Shouldn't you be busy writing fake righttwing lunitic fringe chain E-Mails today?

Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | August 11, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

McCain makes Bush look like a Professor of Law. McCain is an intractable moron. Here's a man who uses Shia and Sunni interchangeably and looks pitifully befuddled when trying to articulate what is supposed to be his policy positions on anything. This dope is a walking time bomb.

Posted by: orangeclouds | August 11, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Georgia sent troops to Iraq as a show of defiance to Russia and to reinforce its desire to become part of NATO. McCain, the Supreme Allied Dunce, doesn't get it because he's not a "detail" guy. Slideshows and briefings bore him.

McCain: "Brian, would you find out what my position is on? .."

Posted by: MKinSA | August 11, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I think people underestimate the limitlessness of McCain's stupidity and total lack of understanding of fundamental foreign affairs. That's why he is the Republican nominee today. The man is a dangerous buffoon and his imbecility is staggering.

Posted by: Gwen | August 11, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Have any of the Washington Post readers actually gone to Obama's website and read about all the EXPENSIVE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS OBAMA IS PROPOSING? Where does Obama expect to get all this money?

What a joke.

Seriously folks, Obama is proposing that we plunge this nation into a MASSIVE RECESSION COMPLETE WITH STAG-FLATION.

The younger generation probably does not understand what STAG-FLATION is - which explains why the younger people are going for Obama in such numbers.


HOWEVER I REMEMBER THE STAG-FLATION, THE HORRIBLE ECONOMIC MESS THAT MASSIVE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS CAUSE AND THE HIGH TAXES THAT HURT EVERYONE, EVEN THE PEOPLE WHO THE MASSIVE PROGRAMS ARE INTENED TO HELP.

OK

It is true, Obama has never run anything in his life, no Business, no Office, no law firm, no Investmant Office NOTHING - Obama's only economic experience is BUYING COCAINE FROM SOMEONE. Seriously how in the world could anyone trust Obama with a budget ???


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Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Have you ever noticed how it pains Michelle Shaniqua Obama to sound articulate when she speaks? It's almost as if at any moment she will slip back into ghetto-speak and start ranting about "whitey".

I think John McCain will benefit from Michelle Shaniqua Obama's "whitey" tape due for release in October. Undoubtedly it will show her ranting from the pulpit of Trinity Church punctuating each rant with a fist bump.

Posted by: Dianne72 | August 11, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I think four more years of this Cowboy diplomacy is not something we need. McCain has shown he has not got a clue about foreign policy and is willing to lie to us so he can promote his own agenda even if it might lead to the next World War. The things posted in an earlier comment by Yosuf are true. I know and have maintained contact with many Russians. The Georgians have been attacking these people for years because they want their independence and it was only Russia that came to their rescue much like we did when Kuwait was overrun. The Russians are caring for thousands of refugees from this area. All these people want is to have a democratic government but the Georgians have refused. So do not be fooled by McCain because he is owned lock, stock, and barrel by the Georgians. Obama seems to have the better approach but if you know the situation over there what has got the Russians so fired up is this situation has been going on for quite some time and the Russians are a bit fed up because of the Georgians constant attempts at attacking these people while killing thousands of them. The Russians consider these people to be just like them and despise the constant terror that they are forced to live with because of the Georgians.

Posted by: Jake | August 11, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Mccain may think he scored some points today but all he did was confirm much that is said about him. If this is what the people want, then he will be elected. I don't think this is what people want and I am glad we got a chance to see Mccain in action. This guy is a demented warmonger. It is all he talks about, it is how he defines himself, it is an obsession it would seem. Mccain is unbalanced and anyone doesn't see it is blind. His mental problems and their coverup is almost equal to them pretending FDR could walk. Give me a break, there is something wrong with John Mccain and we are allowing him to run for president. Is there something wrong with us?

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Warmonger McCain is out there by all by himself with his tough-guy talk. Everyone else in the world is aligning on cease fire. Furthermore, everyone knows America is no position to do anything about it because our forces are bogged down in Iraq. Heck, even Georgia's forces are bogged down in Iraq. Now they want out and they're leaving.

McCain is a loose cannon with no sense of how to deal with a crisis other than to start another useless war somewhere in the world.
Posted by: casey | August 11, 2008 3:17 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Warmonger McCain is out there by all by himself with his tough-guy talk. Everyone else in the world is aligning on cease fire. Furthermore, everyone knows America is no position to do anything about it because our forces are bogged down in Iraq. Heck, even Georgia's forces are bogged down in Iraq. Now they want out and they're leaving.

McCain is a loose cannon with no sense of how to deal with a crisis other than to start another useless war somewhere in the world.

Posted by: casey | August 11, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

McGoo is a joke....

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | August 11, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Your right, Mccain new act is pretending he is president in the midst of a crisis. What a fool, did you see this nut case on TV this morning? If this doesn't tell people we don't need another jackass in the white house I can't think of what else to say. I guess people want to elect someone who is obviously losing his mind and they don't care.
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I trust Obama on this one. He's got calm temper, he can Think, make well informed judgment, and he's not afraid to get in there and talk to leaders to get some first hand understanding of the situation from involved parties. He seems likely to think about possible effects of U.S. actions on multiple parties, in the midst of these issues.

Posted by: Obama2008 | August 11, 2008 3:00 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse


Who the hell does Mccain think he is getting on the world stage and pretending to speak for America? Is he mentally ill or something, he is just a senator and such statements are to be issued by the white house. Obama is right for just making a statement and leave it at that. Mccain is going to be left alone for a week now and he will be so desperate to take advantage of it. As we have seen in the past look for him to make a fool of himself with so much face time. He started today.
see below.
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McCain warns Russians of "severe, long-term negative consequences"

Hoping to further burnish his commander-in-chief credentials while his rival is on vacation and the president is abroad, John McCain appeared before cameras this morning to offer a lengthy primer on the crisis in the Caucasus, explain why it matters to America and outline steps that he thinks the U.S. and West should take to halt the violence.

McCain, speaking in Erie, Pennsylvania, before a bus trip of the state, also used the opportunity to send a warning shot to the Russians.

"Russian President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin must understand the severe, long-term negative consequences that their government’s actions will have for Russia’s relationship with the U.S. and Europe," McCain said.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

BushCo sold Georgia the arms to do what they did. BushCo used them as pawns to advance their own interests.
Grampy McCain, as you see, fits neatly into the lie. Georgia thought we would come to their rescue and yet here's McCain blathering on like he thinks he's making sense....again

Posted by: ZappoDave | August 11, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Don't believe the corporate media crap (David Gregory, I'm Looking At You!).

Except for a few hiccups, Obama has been leading all along in the national polls yet the talking heads always seem to be asking why Obama isn't ahead by more instead of asking about why McCain hasn't improved on his numbers.

I've got news for McSame, he may think his Rovebots are doing him good but the last few weeks are the first time I've ever heard a majority of the corporate media blowhards asking why McCain is being so negative all the time and why has "the Maverick" stopped talking to the press. McSame is destroying his "base" (the media) and he's running up his own negatives.

Posted by: astral99 | August 11, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I trust Obama on this one. He's got calm temper, he can Think, make well informed judgment, and he's not afraid to get in there and talk to leaders to get some first hand understanding of the situation from involved parties. He seems likely to think about possible effects of U.S. actions on multiple parties, in the midst of these issues.

Posted by: Obama2008 | August 11, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"Hopefully when McCain gets sworn in in '08 he'll do as great a job as GWB has done."

Ease up on the crack pipe, big guy.

Posted by: Spectator2 | August 11, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I dont see how McCain has any credibility - he can talk tough until the cows come home but the US no longer has the sole dominance it gained after the fall of the soviet union. All McCain offers is feckless military confrontation at a time when everyone knows we are hard pressed to protect what we consider our own areas of influence. Russia didnt wait until the start of the Olympic games for nothing - the sinking US and the newly emergent China are being put on notice that the Russian bear is back and hungry for more power and influence

Posted by: nclwtk | August 11, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

"we all know what a President Barack Obama would do, cut-and-run for the hills and surrender. This effeminate liberal pansy wouldn't carry a big stick, but would beg, kow-tow, and plead to be forgiven for whatever has happened because it somehow is OUR FAULT!"


I'm not sure what is more annoying. Conservatives parroting tired, debunked ideas, or the tired, worn-out cliches to express these ideas.

But of course, anyone who supports Bush these days probably has difficulty sleeping and dreaming simultaneously, so what do you expect?

Posted by: DDAWD | August 11, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

...More RNC/GOP lies that McCaint will be puzzled about when questioned...

http://www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com/archives/16505.html

elections.foxnews.com/2008/08/11/mccain-defends-georgia-in-face-of-russian-attacks

Posted by: AlexP1 | August 11, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: "It can't happen here" - can it? | August 11, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

mccain can't score points with America by speaking empty toughs about a non event 10,000 miles away from our doorstep. America needs answers to its energy and economic problems neither of which he even begins to understand. The man needs to retire. No sane person who wants best for America will vote for this relic.

Posted by: julian | August 11, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Madhatter is 'kow-tow' a good phrase to use considering how President Bush appeared in China being cordial to Putin while Gori burned?

Posted by: Nor'Easter | August 11, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I live in Russia, speak Russian and have an opportunity to see both russian and western TV-chanels.

The first difference between them is that western chanels omit the very begin of Georgian-Osetian conflict:
- Georgian regular army enter Osetia (ex-part of Georgia, where more than 95% voted for independence) and killed hundreds of peacefull osetian citizens.
Now it was killed (by Georgian army) about 1600 peoples (approx 2-3% of all osetians).

The second omitted thing, that in Georgia there is no any democracy (e.g. jails are full with people not agreeing with Saakashvilli regime, many chanels are forbidden for broadcasting, etc).

The third omitted thing that only Russia helps more than 40 000 refugees from Osetia and give Osetia 500-million dollars for reconstruction of towns ruined by Georgians.

So, I would like to ask:
- whether the western TV-chanels are one-sided and dance to smb.'s tune/piping?

If that is really truth, we are all at the very begin of the Third World War. Because there is no way for war, when there is freedom of speech.

Posted by: yosuf | August 11, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

While we don't know what McCain would do or not do if he were president, we all know what a President Barack Obama would do, cut-and-run for the hills and surrender. This effeminate liberal pansy wouldn't carry a big stick, but would beg, kow-tow, and plead to be forgiven for whatever has happened because it somehow is OUR FAULT! Hopefully when McCain gets sworn in in '08 he'll do as great a job as GWB has done.

Posted by: madhatter | August 11, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

First, Welcome back Chris! Hope the vacation went well.

From an article by Robert Kaiser in the August 1st Post:

"McCain's principles are clear-cut, even if, by his own account, he cannot always uphold them. His specific policy positions can be less clear, and less consistent.

"For example, in a speech this past spring, McCain called for expelling Russia from the Group of Eight, the club of leading economic powers, on the grounds that Russia is not a real democracy. Not long after, he gave a speech in Denver on arms control and suggested that the United States 'can work in partnership with Russia to strengthen protections against weapons of mass destruction.'

"'Would that happen before or after we kick them out of the G-8?' quipped a Republican arms control expert who held high positions in previous Republican administrations.

"Asked about this, McCain seemed to back off the threat to expel Russia from the G-8. 'Well, you know,' he said, 'I'd like to send them a hard signal [but] . . . you need to work with them in areas of common interest.' But Sunday on ABC's 'This Week,' McCain returned to the idea of expelling Russia from the G-8. 'We need to improve their behavior,' he said.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/content/article/2008/08/01/mccainintellect.html?hpid=topnews

Any Foreign Policy proposal has the aspect of unintended consequences. Putin will push the West as far as it will let him. I think that seriously proposing a return to the G-7 just might catch Putin's attention.

Remember what it was that did in the Soviet Union, the inability to compete economically with the West. Has Russia become so wealthy that they can take the risk now?

Posted by: Nor'Easter | August 11, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

The President is also doing his bit to let the Russians know that we won't take this lying down. The problem is, this is the man who looked Putin in the eye and thought he detected a soul. McCain seems determined to continue the current tactic of talking loudly while carrying a stick weakened by a plethora of bad policies. I would be astonished if Russia's invasion of Georgia elicits more than a yawn--especially from those voters still trying to decide what to do in November. Urging the President to send Sec. Rice to the region merely seems to call attention to all the past efforts at diplomacy that have been tepid at best. McCain may BELIEVE that he has finally found his footing as a candidate, but it seems a shaky one.

Posted by: DCH | August 11, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Does McCain have a Plan B, just in case Putin isn't frightened by McCain's playground name-calling?

Posted by: Durant Imboden | August 11, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

As for John McCain's purported foreign policy credentials: I would like to think that John McCain's position vis a vis the Russian -Georgian conflict was the result of careful analysis based on the merits or lack thereof of each country's claims, but it is hard to believe that that is the case when one knows that until very recently McCain's chief foreign policy advisor, Randy Scheuenman, was a paid lobbyist for Georgia. I'm sure that Russia knows this too, and were McCain President, the Russians would simply write off his (therefore America's) criticisms of their actions in this conflict as nothing more than the rants of someone on Georgia's payroll, not to be taken seriously.

Posted by: rahrahrah | August 11, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Optimyst writes
"So just what is this muscular McCain position towards Russia? My neocon translator is on the fritz. Does this mean we now add another to the list of countries we don't speak to? (That'll show 'em)or have we added another country to the list the military is expected to fight against for a hundred years? Inquiring minds want to know."

Optimyst - on the plus side, the Georgia/Russia conflict isn't too far from Iran, so our troops could just turn North after they roll through Tehran.

Posted by: bsimon | August 11, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

To: Anonymous coward at 11:38 a.m.

Personal attacks are the hallmarks of the paid disinformation artist.

But thanks so much for calling attention to this waste of resources.


Sign me,

Fully dressed and hard at work

Posted by: scrivener | August 11, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

It's a multi billion dollar company, I don't think they need the advice of someone sitting in their bedroom in their underwear posting on the internet at 11.30 am.

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On the MSNBC news abdication:

So they are doing news cut-ins and live sports instead of news.

You make my point for me.

So lame.

Get Immelt on the phone. Now.

It's time to make a change.

Posted by: scrivener | August 11, 2008 11:27 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Maybe McSenile should have told Russia about invading a country that had not provoked them , like the Bush/Cheney invasion of Iraq , voted on by McSenile.Maybe McSenile instead of talk about Russia should have told Bush to get the hell back in the white house and take care of business.But instead we get pictures of the leader of the free world acting like a cheer leader over in China , go figure.Obama/Bayh 08
Connie from Indiana

Posted by: Connie | August 11, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I don't think the Georgia conflict is going to resonate with voters. McCain is polling better than Obama on foreign policy for some reason, but I doubt the Russian conflict will register as more than background noise next to Iraq.

As for the celebrity thing, it seems like McCain is trying to appeal to the antiestablishmentarian sector of the American public. To get guys to go against the trendy pick. The problem with that is it is an argument best suited for younger voters, not older ones. In other words, the voters who heavily support Obama. The problem is that I doubt the old, white, partisan Republican can really play antiestablishment.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 11, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

On the MSNBC news abdication:

So they are doing news cut-ins and live sports instead of news.

You make my point for me.

So lame.

Get Immelt on the phone. Now.

It's time to make a change.

Posted by: scrivener | August 11, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

They do news in between the Olympic coverage. We don't need 24/7 news coverage on every channel.

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ALSO AWOL ALONG WITH OBAMA: MSNBC.

NBS has an interest in SEVEN cable networks. It has chosen to define MSNBC as expendable in the news business by running Olympics coverage instead of news.

MSNBC is forfeiting its right to be defined as a player in the cable news wars. It is now the "news optional network."

If I were Jeff Zucker, I'd get on the phone and tell NBC News President Stave Capus: "We goofed. Get the news back on. Now."

And if I were Jeffrey Immelt, I'd be wondering what the hell NBC was thinking by forsaking the MSNBC claim to being "the place for politics"(or just plain news) on cable."

Then I'd be contemplating some chess moves.

Posted by: scrivener | August 11, 2008 11:12 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

We all know the "fool me once and fool me twice" saying but what do you call the person who is fooled a third time? We should not even be talking seriously about this election. There should be no way the republicans can have this country back. I know the average American only has an IQ of 97 one of the lowest in the modern world, but even a moron knows to get up if you sat on a hot stove. They are like the idiot who sticks a pencil in his eye a second time to see if it will hurt as much as the first time.

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McCain is using his new Bush Approved™ campaign advisers at full tilt. And in the best traditions of the Rove Playbook™ they are directly attacking their opponent's strengths.

With Gore, it was his intelligence: "He's a snobby smarty pants."

With Kerry, it was his record in Vietnam: "Effete Commie traitor flip-flopper.:

Now with Obama: "He's a worldwide celebrity, comparable with Britney Spears"?

I don't understand how that Repug Jujitsu will work this time. Wow, he's a well known individual world-wide. He can't possibly be president.

Yeah, I'm sure that will resonate with with the average voter. Unlike Mccain's many years in Washington and his many real-estate properties and all his wife's money.

Posted by: el_barto | August 11, 2008 11:10 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

ALSO AWOL ALONG WITH OBAMA: MSNBC.

NBS has an interest in SEVEN cable networks. It has chosen to define MSNBC as expendable in the news business by running Olympics coverage instead of news.

MSNBC is forfeiting its right to be defined as a player in the cable news wars. It is now the "news optional network."

If I were Jeff Zucker, I'd get on the phone and tell NBC News President Stave Capus: "We goofed. Get the news back on. Now."

And if I were Jeffrey Immelt, I'd be wondering what the hell NBC was thinking by forsaking the MSNBC claim to being "the place for politics"(or just plain news) on cable."

Then I'd be contemplating some chess moves.

Posted by: scrivener | August 11, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Now if we can only get McCain to figure out what countries are in that part of the world, we'll be in great shape!

Posted by: lionlady_pa | August 11, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Mccain is trying to pretend this is his 3am moment. Mccain sounded like a blustering fool.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

McCain is using his new Bush Approved™ campaign advisers at full tilt. And in the best traditions of the Rove Playbook™ they are directly attacking their opponent's strengths.

With Gore, it was his intelligence: "He's a snobby smarty pants."

With Kerry, it was his record in Vietnam: "Effete Commie traitor flip-flopper.:

Now with Obama: "He's a worldwide celebrity, comparable with Britney Spears"?

I don't understand how that Repug Jujitsu will work this time. Wow, he's a well known individual world-wide. He can't possibly be president.

Yeah, I'm sure that will resonate with with the average voter. Unlike Mccain's many years in Washington and his many real-estate properties and all his wife's money.

Posted by: el_barto | August 11, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Putin has already issued a message to the US essentially, "Go F yourselves and keep out of our business".
What dose Mccain think we should do now, attack Russia? Statements regarding things like this are issued through the white house not some demented senator. What the the hell is John Mccain doing calling a new conference making aggressive statements?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

So just what is this muscular McCain position towards Russia? My neocon translator is on the fritz. Does this mean we now add another to the list of countries we don't speak to? (That'll show 'em)or have we added another country to the list the military is expected to fight against for a hundred years? Inquiring minds want to know.

Posted by: Optimyst | August 11, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Watching Mccain stumble through that little address on Russia this morning was really scary. He look lost and did not even seem to understand what was given him to read. mispronouncing words, stuttering. He looked dazed and confused.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA STILL AWOL AS GEORGIA WAR WORSENS AND
McCAIN OFFENSE VISCERATES HIS POLITICAL VIABILITY

If Barack Obama is ever asked to write a paper about "what I did on my summer vacation," he could complete the assignment in four little words: "I lost the presidency."

While Obama and family suns and slacks in his home state of Hawaii, John McCain maintains his relentless assault on Obama's inexperience, his hubris, and increasingly, his unwillingness to defend himself in the face of incoming fire. For a military man, an opponent who refuses to stand up and fight already is defeated, because in all forms of warfare, cowards cannot win.

Obama's latest stunt -- he'll "txt msg u" the name of his vice presidential selection if you pay to send him your approval -- further cements the narrative of gimmick-driven celebrity. Instead of promising his diminishing passel of devotees that they will be among the entitled "first to know," Obama should make a dramatic announcement during a doldrums moment in the Olympics (unless the violence in Europe escalates to a point where Obama can't break through).

This morning, McCain once again seized the offensive, with pointed remarks condemning Russia for its Georgian aggression. And once again, Obama is shown to be a political amateur, if not a poseur.

Obama must cut short his vacation, return to the lower 48, and attempt to re-seize the high ground. By refusing to engage, he is losing the pre-convention battle, leaving the field wide open to Hillary and Bill Clinon in their bid to stave off what they perceive as an unworthy hostile takeover bid.

And what was Obama's Georgia rejoinder? Still enscounced in his Hawaiian bunker, he issued a "statement" on Saturday -- the slowest news day of the week -- "condemning" Russia's hostile actions. No impromptu press conference, no photo op, nothing. Political wars are not won by issuing communiques; victory goes to those who actively engage.

Here's some free advice for Obama advisers who are suffering from a case of political tinnitus: Get Barak back from vacation today. Put him before the cameras to propose a multilateral peace offensive directed at Vladimir Putin. Cast Putin as a leader who risks returning his nation to the status of "the Evil Empire." Be a Ronald Reagan, the Republican Obama once said he admired, not a Mike Dukakis.

Follow up tomorrow with an announcement of Chris Dodd as his running mate -- affirmation of his belief in the "Audacity of Sagacity," a recognition that he needs an experienced first mate at his side if he hopes to take helm.

Then conduct separate backroom talks with Hillary Clinton and Al Gore. Try to talk them out of what looks to become a rolling wave of doubt about his ability to beat McCain. They won't go along -- but at least they'll be impressed that Obama had the presence of mind, and the political behtzim, to give it a shot.

It appears that Hillary loyalists will display an overwhelming show of support on the first ballot, perhaps joined by superdelegate late-comers to Obama who, by convention time, may be desperate for another alternative.

The Edwards sex scandal raises memories of Monica's blue dress and the Bill Factor, so she appears unlikely to have any chance at pulling off a coup that would make her the nominee.

With her pledged delegates as the golden sceptre, Hillary could anoint as the nominee Al Gore, a man who owes his place on the national stage to Bill Clinton.

But an inspired Obama veepee pick could change the dynamic. If Obama goes with a bland centrist like Bayh or Kaine (who suffers from inexperience, like Obama), he further alienates his disillusioned base.

The biggest risk for Obama is that by now, Dems would surely ask, "Why isn't this ticket the other way around?"

Which is why I still think that if McCain continues to gain in the tracking polls, Obama will NOT be nominated. He may survive politically to become Al Gore's vice presidential pick -- the biggest consolation prize in recent political history.

BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN COUNT?

Not if state-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are targeting Americans outside of the bounds of the law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/get-political-vic-livingston-opinion-expose-state-supported-vigilante-squads-doing-domestic-terrorism

Posted by: scrivener | August 11, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

If I can get Russia out of Georgia, I could win the state.

What's that? There's a country called Georgia? Oh. Let me check with Mr. Lieberman.

Is it next to Czechoslovakia?

Posted by: McSame | August 11, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

bsimon, I've noticed that too. The general election campaign seems to be a repeat of the primary. McCain/Clinton attacks Obama for not being ready to lead on day 1, and for being popular and charismatic. Obama responds with a generally positive campaign. Pundits call for Obama to attack more, but he doesn't. And in the end, Obama wins.

Hillary would have a hard time campaigning against McCain. She spent the primary season trying to prove that she's tough and experienced. But she can't compete with McCain in those areas. She'd need to develop a whole new strategy. Obama's in a much better position than Hillary would be.

Posted by: Blarg | August 11, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Mccain ois on TV now making all kinds of demands on Russia, What the fu&k does he want to do start a war with Russia, are you listening to this madman? Besides, what the Fu&k is Mccain doing calling a news conference regarding Russia, he is just a Fu&king senator. He is laying out a ridiculous scatter shot plan regarding this event. Man you DON'T want this SOB there answering the phone at 3am.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Georgia's new motto: McCain--the best politician money can buy.

We don't need a silver spoon who doesn't understand what people want and will continue the 8-year nightmare to be our president.

Posted by: Maddi | August 11, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

McCain had already called for Russia to be out of the G8 before the Georgia conflict began. The guy does seem to know foreign policy pretty well and I tend to agree with his stance on trade and relying on democracies like Columbia, Brazil, India, and our NATO friends. I feel that this League of Democracies will be more trustworthy in the long run. I don't like Obama's vote against CAFTA, rhetoric on NAFTA, or relativism toward dictators. Iran, Russia, and China can not be made into long-term allies until freedom of speech is reinstated there and it is a mistake to try until then.

Posted by: Mordecai | August 11, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

The Fix writes
"McCain's campaign sees the unfolding conflict as a real-time example of how, in a dangerous and complex world, Americans need to elect someone in the fall who is ready to lead on day one."


Burning question for August 11th: Can McCain win with the Clinton strategy?

Posted by: bsimon | August 11, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

McSame's negativity isn't going to work this time around... If Americans want change, they have to change themselves, and with any luck that means they'll pay no mind to the giant number of negative ads McSame is running on TV these days.

He's slamming Obama because he can't really tell the American people what he's running for himself. Why? Because Americans don't want to hear a major party canddiate is for, you guessed it, the status quo.

Posted by: Corbett | August 11, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the list of McCain campaign talking points. Maybe next time you go on vacation, you can just replace your blog with an RSS feed from the McCain site.

Posted by: Blarg | August 11, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

McCain is a thoughtless, reckless, warmonger.

But he does seem to lie very well.

Posted by: BudInTexas | August 11, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Too bad for McCain that his lobbyists ties to Georgia only highlight how his campaign is bought and paid for, and his negative, sour Olympic ads signal how he has no ideas of his own other than going negative and lying early and often.

Posted by: Greg in LA | August 11, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

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