23 May 2008

They Grow Up So Fast

You just never know how your going to feel the first time...

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The MSM On John McCain's Campaign

Here we go again.  Another day, another negative McCain story.

Republican John McCain has been slow to take advantage of his potential head start for the presidency against Democrats, who are better organized and generate more excitement among voters.

Hmmm..... anything in there about the divisive race among the Democrats?  Not really... they seem to assume Obama is the presumptive nominee despite neither candidate being able to clinch before the convention unless the other drops out.

The private frustration is starting to bleed into public fretting, especially as Democrat Barack Obama this week called together supporters in swing states for meetings about November. In Iowa, Colorado, Florida and elsewhere, aides and volunteers planned to meet soon about the fall's election — even before Obama has secured the necessary delegates to be the nominee.

Obama kept his storefront office in downtown Columbus after his March 4 primary loss and invited backers there Thursday "to discuss our plans for the coming weeks as we make the transition from the primary season to the general election campaign," according to the public invitation.


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21 May 2008

That's Gonna Leave A Mark

John McCain's chief media consultant has left the campaign because he doesn't want to work against Obama.

Mark McKinnon, the chief media consultant to McCain, wrote in a campaign memo last year that if Obama won the Democratic nomination, he would not actively campaign against him. With the results of Tuesday night's primaries in Kentucky and Oregon, Obama claimed he had a majority of convention delegates.

Even though Obama hasn't been named the nominee, McKinnon decided to leave now anyway... although he promises he's still going to vote for McCain.

He said last year that he didn't want to work against an Obama candidacy. Electing Obama "would send a great message to the country and the world," McKinnon said at the time, although he added that he intended to vote for McCain.


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16 May 2008

When You Look Back At This, You Can Say That This Is Where It Began

The smears from the MSM aren't going to wait forever you know.  Since they've collectively decided that Obama has all but secured the nomination, it must be time for the real news to begin.

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate John McCain secured millions in federal funds for a land acquisition program that provided a windfall for an Arizona developer whose executives were major campaign donors, according to a USA Today report.

McCain, an Arizona senator, inserted $14.3 million in a 2003 defense bill to buy land around Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona, in a provision sought by SunCor Development, the largest of 50 landowners near the base, the newspaper reported on its Web site Thursday, citing public records.


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14 May 2008

Misha Clears Up The Confusion

I have been hearing about John McCain's ACU rating, and how it proves his conservative credentials, for months now.  Head on over to The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler for the explanation of why it doesn't mean squat.

I won't ever vote for John McCain... ever!  I don't trust him... not.at.all.  Well done Emperor!

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10 May 2008

The Headline Tells More Of The Story Than It Intended

This story's headline has the true plan.  The story itself is just the cover.  I don't want to insult your intelligence, so if you're really wondering what the key word is, mouse over click on the "show" button.

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04 May 2008

Can Either Clinton Think More Of Themselves?

Both of these came up at Drudge at the same time.  First, Hillary.

Stephanopoulos pointed out that radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has encouraged Republicans to vote for Clinton to divide the Democratic Party, prompting one of the lighter moments of the show.

“He’s always had a crush on me,” Clinton said, as the room of about 200 people erupted into laughter.

Then Bill.

After one person fell during an event in Lenoir, Clinton joked: "Somebody faints at nearly every one of these things now. At my age, I didn't think I could make anybody faint anymore."

Ok, those are both pretty funny actually.  Is it just me, or do they seem much more relaxed now (link via Insty) that Obama is under fire from so many other / directions?  (nice series from DRJ, that's 3 different links btw... I changed the formatting a bit to make it clearer)

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01 April 2008

Hillary Clinton -- The New Rocky Balboa (Sort Of)

Hillary says that she's like Rocky because she won't quit.

"Let me tell you something, when it comes to finishing a fight, Rocky and I have a lot in common. I never quit. I never give up. And neither do the American people," Clinton said in excerpts of prepared remarks to be given Tuesday to a meeting of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.

Clinton warned that Democrats won't have an easy time against Republican nominee-in-waiting John McCain in the general, and implied that her rival for the nomination, Sen Barack Obama of Illinois, may not be up to the task.

"The Republicans aren't going to give up without a fight," Clinton said. "And no matter how beautiful your rhetoric, the Republicans aren't going to turn off their attack machine — it doesn't have an off-switch."

"But one thing you know about me is that when I say I'll fight for you, I'll fight for you," the New York senator said. "I know what it's like to stumble. I know what it means to get knocked down. But I've never stayed down, and I never will."

Of course Rocky always fought fair, was kind to everyone outside the ring, upheld family values, understood the importance of religion in guiding moral behavior, never lied, ... sure, she's just like Rocky.

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26 March 2008

Duties Of Jurors vs Duties Of Voters

In the thread about McCain twice almost switching over to the Democrats, DRJ brought up a great point:

Juries make decisions for all sorts of reasons - some logical, some  cockamamie, and sometimes a little of both.  However, in my experience, they almost always end up doing the right thing even if it's for the wrong reason.  I look at voting the same way.

I spend so much time over at Patterico's because the quality of both the posts and the comments is so high (despite my own sometimes inane contributions).  I thought about DRJ's comment for quite a while before responding.  Afterwards, I decided that a new thread was probably the best avenue to get further opinions from the (extremely discerning) few people who come here semi-regularly, along with maybe some informed opinions from any casual passersby (hello and welcome).  Comments are always welcomed and encouraged.

Here is what I wrote back:


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24 March 2008

McCain Almost Switched Parties... Twice

Depending on who is telling the story, either McCain sought invitations to switch or was approached about switching over to the Democrats.

Still, Democrats were stunned one Saturday in late March when, by their account, John Weaver, Mr. McCain’s longtime political strategist, reached out to Thomas J. Downey, a former Democratic congressman from Long Island who had become a lobbyist with powerful connections on Capitol Hill. In Mr. Downey’s telling, Mr. Weaver posed a question to him over lunch that left him stunned.

“He says, ‘John McCain is wondering why nobody’s ever approached him about switching parties, or becoming an independent and allying himself with the Democrats,’ ” Mr. Downey said in a recent interview. “My reaction was, ‘When I leave this lunch, your boss will be called by anybody you want him to be called by in the United States Senate.’ ”

I've long said that McCain would be more honest to change parties and it would improve the quality of both.

Mr. McCain, who has rarely spoken publicly of his talks with Mr. Kerry, said last month that he had dismissed the vice-presidential offer out of hand. “He is, as he describes himself, a liberal Democrat,” Mr. McCain said of Mr. Kerry when he was asked about the episode by a participant at a public forum in Atlanta. “I am a conservative Republican. So when I was approached, when we had that conversation back in 2004, that’s why I never even considered such a thing.”

Yeah, and I'm an X-man.  He's not a conservative, he's not a Republican except in name only, and nobody has multiple talks about something they're not even considering.  That John McCain can't be trusted on this type of thing has been demonstrated time and time again.  The only thing I trust him completely about is for him to do what he wants... no matter how it impacts others.

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