The MSM On John McCain's CampaignHere 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
Okay, I read that article a couple of times. Maybe I need new glasses. But how is describing that Obama is already organizing at the local level whereas McCain is waiting until at least next month biased?
Posted by: kishnevi at 23 May 2008@11:26:40 (gkwrQ)
(Why on Earth am I defending McCain? Oh yeah, I hate the MSM!
The articledescribes the McCain campaign as slow, dull, unenthusiastic, and underfunded... while contrasting Obama as all positives and as the presumptive nominee.
McCain's campaign would hardly agree with how they are being characterized, and with new McCain stories (usually with a negative slant, granted) in the news every day (such as the speech in Florida that we both posted about), his campaign is clearly more active than they describe in the article.
The whole point is to make it look like McCain has squandered an opportunity to campaign heavily when he is in fact doing so. If he was more focused on the local level (which they admit would be unusual anyway), they would say that he ignored the big picture. Because he is doing the smart and standard campaigning for this stage of the election, they have to criticize him for not doing what nobody would do at this point... focus on local campaigning when he is not in play at the local level right now.
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 23 May 2008@12:13:57 (Q5ggV)
What about this (from the article)? "In a lot of the states, we had folks on the ground September of the
year before," said Republican strategist Kevin Madden, who was Bush's
chief spokesman for swing states during 2004. "We did it, literally,
precinct by precinct, and folks were doing it street by street."
Obviously this year is different, but the principle is the same--local organization comes far out, in fact before the national campaign gets into stride.
And in 2004, it was the local organizing that was important, because it was turnout that was important. I know here when I went to vote (Badnarik, virtous libertarian that I are) there was a long line (well, not enormous, but extremely long for that time of the morning), in which almost everyone was voting for Kerry. (This is Broward, and I live in one of the more heavily Democratic parts of Broward, which means lots of Democrats..) I went home figuring that was a very good sign for Kerry. And turnout was big in South Florida. But we learned that night that turnout had been even heavier in North Florida, which is Republican territory, and heavy enough to beat the massive Democratic turnout.
So local organizing is a good thing, and if the Demoncrats are outorganizing the Repugnants locally--well, I guess the Repugnants have only themselves to blame. But I think the point the article makes is legitimate criticism, not a sign of bias.
Posted by: kishnevi at 23 May 2008@18:14:10 (Mcbdi)
I would say that since McCain is already a nominee and Obama isn't, the article trying to give the impression that it's Obama's race to lose is far from legitimate.
McCain's campaign is hardly the disorganized mess that they describe and he does have supporters. He's also been very active, even though most of what gets reported is cast negatively. As I said before, it's going to worsen as the election nears and I'm pointing out the progression. McCain (and most of the down-ticket GOP) is going to get stomped in November and more conservatives and libertarians get disgusted with his positions on the issues they care most about.
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 23 May 2008@20:41:43 (Q5ggV)
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.
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 $14.3 million in a 2003 defense
bill to buy land around Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona, in a
provision sought by SunCor Development, the largest of 50 landowners
near the base, the newspaper reported on its Web site Thursday, citing
Misha Clears Up The Confusion
I have been hearing about John McCain's ACU rating, and how it proves his conservative credentials, for months now. Head on over to The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler for the explanation of why it doesn't mean squat.
I won't ever vote for John McCain... ever! I don't trust him... not.at.all. Well done Emperor!
Why all the fuss over some Senator from AZ? It's not like he's the Republican nominee for POTUS or anything. If you lived [hold on a minute] ...he's what?! What about the conservatives? Whaddya mean "What conservatives?" That's it?! That's who we're stuck with?!?! *&@&$*! [sorry, about that] Never mind.
Posted by: Paddy O'Furnijur at 14 May 2008@19:44:45 (DyUi6)
He's a liar who should have switched over to the Dems in 2004. I respect his service and sacrifice, but can't stand his politics or arrogance.
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 14 May 2008@19:51:40 (Q5ggV)
It's actually a smart strategy on the part of the GOP. Since a Democrat will probably win this year, they've decided to nominate a Democrat for themselves.
I was going to say I'll be voting for the Libertarian candidate this year, like I did in 2004, but there is serious danger the LP will nominate a nut or an ideologue who is so nutty he/she might as well be a nut, in which case I don't know what the hades I'll do. (There is a sizable group in the LP who seem to think that the LP should be the world's only political party for whom an elected candidate is a badge of dishonor.) Not the Constitution Party--too theocratic for me.
BTW, according to the ACU (and Rottweiler's adjustment) the meme that Obama is the most liberal senator is wrong. A rating of 4 may be pretty liberal, but there's a whole bunch of them who rate zero.
Posted by: kishnevi at 14 May 2008@20:58:35 (N1rjO)
At 0.3% of the vote, what does it matter that the LP candidate might be a nut-job? 8% of the population thinks that Elvis is still alive - 3% think if you write him a letter he'll get it. 26 times more people think Elvis is alive than voted LP in the last presidential election. Just think what that voting block could do for the LP! /sarc
Posted by: Paddy O'Furnijur at 14 May 2008@21:09:44 (DyUi6)
If I thought it was GOP strategy I might... nope, I still would have left them. I'm understanding now why so many conservatives call the GOP "the stupid party". As far as Obama's rating goes, I care less about his than I did McCain's. It's the policies I don't like, not somebody else's rating. I trust my own judgment much more than I do theirs.
Saying that nominating McCain was a deliberate strategy is also saying that the GOP is more interested in political strategy than what is good for the country. No matter what their reasoning, be it strategy, backroom deal because it was McCain's "turn", or really believing that he is the best candidate... the GOP no longer represents what I believe in. They're going to get stomped in November on all fronts and deservedly so. Once the Dems have a nominee, they will close ranks with the MSM and you're going to see a half-dozen negative McCain articles every single day until the election.
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 14 May 2008@21:17:42 (Q5ggV)
"that the GOP is more interested in political strategy than what is good for the country"
Stashiu, they're a political party. They've always/ been more interested in strategy than the good of the country.
Posted by: kishnevi at 14 May 2008@21:48:01 (N1rjO)
That's pretty cynical my friend, but I won't say you're wrong.
Might be that I just never saw it before. Whether it's true or not, they won't be getting my vote just because they have an (R) next to their name. McCain won't get it no matter what. I am enjoying the Dem meltdown as it is of their own design. The GOP meltdown... feh, I'm completely indifferent to them right now. I'll vote the individual and hope for gridlock for the next four years. Maybe there will be a conservative party by then, because there sure isn't one now.
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 14 May 2008@22:08:14 (Q5ggV)
8Once the Dems have a nominee, they will close ranks with the MSM and
you're going to see a half-dozen negative McCain articles every single
day until the election. I had to smile when I came across this post http://www.samefacts.com/archives/campaign_2008_/2008/05/cindy_mccains_tax_returns_an_issue_after_all.php Democrat kvetching that the MSM is too soft on McCain.
Posted by: kishnevi at 15 May 2008@20:11:32 (ntdZU)
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 15 May 2008@20:16:27 (Q5ggV)
Pretty lame stuff. Cindy McCain isn't the one running and they've always kept their taxes separate, so I would tell them to go pound sand too. Of course, I'd tell the MSM to go pound sand if they asked me the time, so....
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 15 May 2008@20:20:52 (Q5ggV)
The Headline Tells More Of The Story Than It IntendedThis 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.
Did I really have to go there? You're going to make me say it? Fine. Race... his whole plan is about race. There, I hope you're happy now.
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
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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