Posts Tagged ‘McCain


Joe the Racist Skinhead McCain operative.

“Joe the Plumber”, the rhetorical device that John McCain repeatedly invoked during the 3rd presidential debate, is an actual person who was interviewed by Katie Couric on after the debate. During this interview, he referred to Obama as “well spoken” and said he “tap danced like Sammy Davis Jr.” Wow. You just don’t find racism like that any more. Not outside the Republican party anyway. Obama’s a Harvard educated lawyer and a U.S. Senator. Well spoken? What did you expect, you stupid cracker? All black people sound like Flavor Flav? I’m embarrassed as hell by white folks sometimes.

Speaking of stupid crackers. Did you hear John McCain propose a “Troops to Teachers” program? Apparently this disasterous proposition involves letting people come out of the military and go straight into teaching jobs without going through the normal licensing and evaluation that other teachers go through. (His words.) Let’s look at who goes into the military. People who go into the military, by and large, are desperate and undereducated. I’m sure you can name a few exceptions, so can I, but in general this is the case. So we take these folks, teach them to kill and then turn them loose on our kids without testing their qualifications? No. That is a terrible idea, and John McCain is a madman. I’m not against someone going into teaching after a stint in the services, but no way would I allow them to use their military experience as a sufficient and complete proof of competence.


Unbelievable! A conservative blogger blows the lid off of the link between Joe The Plumber and the Keating Five Scandal. It turns out that this guy who was the centerpiece of the McCain strategy in the 3rd debate is actually the son-in-law of a guy who was sentenced in the Keating Scandal that McCain was involved in. That means he’s not an average American with real concerns about the economy, but rather a Republican operative who was planted by the McCain campaign! Hint for McCain staffers: If you’re going to plant an operative at an Obama rally and have him go in front of cameras, you might want to pick someone with a name less unique than Wurzelbacher. And you might also want to make sure he has more than one degree of separation from a criminal that your candidate is connected to.

Update Update: Joe’s not even a plumber.

Update Update Update: He makes less than $250K/year

Update Update Update Update: He’s a tax cheat and has a lien on his house.



ACORN raids = GOP publicity stunt

As McCain’s poll number descend toward Bush’s approval rating, his tactics have become increasingly pathetic and desperate.

The latest thing I’ve heard from the packs of slobbering dogs who still hold out hope for the GOP ticket, is that Barack Obama, with his ties to the “Chicago political machine” is conducting a fraudulent a Get Out The Vote campaign via a group called ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). ACORN helps people register to vote, and they advocate on behalf of low-income people and minorities. As you can imagine, this puts them in the sights of Republican operatives.

The charges of fraud against ACORN are thoroughly debunked here, in an in-depth article by Jason Leopold of The Public Record. Do you remember the controversial firing of US Attorneys be AG Gonzales? You should. In short, 9 US Attorneys were fired because their political views either differed from that of the Administration, or they refused to carry out the political agenda of the Bush Administration. Two of these attorneys were fired because they refused to bring charges against ACORN. Why didn’t they want to bring charges? Because they had no case. All they had were isolated incidents of ballots that had been improperly or incompletely filled out. Have you ever created a form that was distributed to the general public? I have. Do you know how many come back filled out correctly on the first try? A very low percentage. ACORN by law must turn in every form even if they see that someone has written “Mickey Mouse, 123 Anystreet USA” on it. This is not a coordinated attempt to defraud the election system, it’s a sad fact of dealing with thousands of average citizens. In fact, the number of these flawed registration forms is much lower than one would expect considering the tens of thousands that are processed by voter advocacy groups like ACORN.

In summary, don’t believe the latest smear you’re hearing from the McCain campaign about Barack Obama. It’s a bitter, desperate – and sadly racist – attempt to claim a fraud conspiracy where none exists.


“Is [bin Laden] really the bad guy that’s depicted?” asks McCain

From a Mother Jones interview 10 years ago:

Q: You not only have had combat experience in Vietnam, but you were also a prisoner of war. When you look at terrorism right now, with people like Osama bin Laden, do you have any reservations about watching strikes like that?

A: You could say, Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that’s depicted? Most of us have never heard of him before. And where there is a parallel with Vietnam is: What’s plan B? What do we do next? We sent our troops into Vietnam to protect the bases. Lyndon Johnson said, Only to protect the bases. Next thing you know…. Well, we’ve declared to the terrorists that we’re going to strike them wherever they live. That’s fine. But what’s next? That’s where there might be some comparison.

There you have it folks, more of that killer McCain judgement.


Associating with criminals: Obama vs. McCain

We’ve been hearing a lot about Barack Obama’s “association with known terrorists” lately. Nevermind the fact that Obama was 8 years old when this terrorist activity took place. Nevermind the fact that he is not closely associated with the person in question. What we’re not hearing much about is the fact that John McCain has associated with swindlers and criminals who defrauded the American public during his tenure as a representative of the people. You’ve got some big balls there, John. You wanted to sling mud? You’ve got it. The Obama campaign show’s they’ve got some fight in them by releasing this video:

Let’s have some sobering perspective for a moment. Here are some facts related to Bill Ayers:
Bill Ayers blew up a couple statues (dedicated to – of all things – riot police), and set off a couple 2lb bombs, which broke a water pipe in the Pentagon and actually resulted in a suspension of the aerial bombing of Vietnam for a few days.
The war that Bill Ayers was fighting against claimed the lives of about 7 million people in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. We dropped about 7 million TONS of ordinance on those countries. We also burned villages indiscriminately and scorched the land with chemicals so nothing could grow. AND we lost about 60,000 of our own guys in the process, another 300,000 wounded.
I’m quite a bit more left-leaning than the Obama campaign, but the guy sounds like a hero to me. I wonder how many lives he saved by blowing up that water pipe and suspending the bombing for a couple days. I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to having coffee with him.


Q: How do you tell the difference between George W. Bush and Sarah Palin?

Answer: Lipstick.

Last night, during the Vice Presidential debate, we were shown the glaring contrast between the two tickets. The Obama/Biden campaign has been hammering on the McCain=Bush theme so much that I’m almost sick of hearing it. I’d love to see a fresh new attack, there are so many to choose from, but this has been working for them so I’ll trust their judgment. Last night’s debate should have crystallized this for anyone who still has doubts. If you have trouble seeing it, flip the ticket and look again. McCain=Cheney, Palin=Bush. Do you see it now? Crusty old rich hawk. Dumb-ass hick governor that has to read everything off the teleprompter. McSame/Failin’ ’08.

Sarah Palin’s abysmal performance last night should have been universally panned by any thinking viewer or pundit, and yet we’ve set our expectations so low that she was given a free pass. She was unable to produce concise substantive answers to any question, and when she didn’t have a memorized talk track, she fell back to the list of keywords that we’ve all come to expect from her. There were even Bingo cards and drinking games printed with these buzzwords on them.

Like W, she played the “folksy” card ad nauseum. In the first minute she was already laying it on thick. She was full of “yer durn right!” and “’em” instead of “them” and “hockey mom” and “Joe 6-pack”. She actually said “Joe 6-pack” in a debate! That’s who she thinks you are! I hope that the rest of my countrymen are as sick of being condescended to as I am. Matt Damon said that her candidacy is like the plot of a bad Disney movie, and I couldn’t agree more. That’s not good enough for me, and I have hope that it’s not good enough for the rest of the electorate either. These are tough times, complicated times, and we cannot afford to let another inept, under-educated buffoon limp along in the toughest job in the land. It hasn’t worked for the last 8 years, and it’s not going to work for the next 4.

Let’s talk about sexism for a second. Yesterday’s pre-debate coverage was full of armchair advice for Joe Biden. From every corner people were telling him that he should only attack McCain, and avoid the appearance of attacking Sarah Palin at all costs, lest he appear “sexist”. If that’s not sexism, I don’t know what is. Joe Biden followed this advice last night. He referred to Sarah Palin (generously, I might add) as “Governor” and kept his attacks focused on McCain. Sarah, by contrast, was free to fight with both hands and directed her attacks at “Joe”. This is bullshit. If she were a man, this would never have been the case. An incompetent man in this situation would have been eviscerated. She winked at the camera, and spoke in a breathy voice when she wanted to fake sincerity. It was patronizing and offensive.

Joe Biden wasn’t the only one coddling her. Gwen Ifill was softballing it as well. Sarah Palin doesn’t know anything about the job. She doesn’t know much of anything about anything. She doesn’t know what magazines have news in them. She doesn’t know any Supreme Court cases, even though she could potentially name a judge to the Court. She might be a nice person to meet on the street, but she is grossly out of her league in national affairs. If she doesn’t have the name of the President of a foreign country memorized, she’ll dodge the question. If she doesn’t have a talking point, she’ll dodge the question. The whole country has winced in vicarious embarrassment at her answers during Katie Couric’s interviews. This should have been a continuation of that bloodbath, and it would have been if not for Gwen Ifill padding all the questions with built-in answers. She framed the questions in such a way that ANYONE could have given as good a performance as Mrs. Palin did last night. She also allowed the Governor to dodge and evade questions at will, never holding her feet to the fire. I actually saw post-debate pundits praising this as “good debate strategy” which is bullshit. I was never a debater, but I have a hard time having respect for someone who can’t answer the questions, or even give a general answer on the same subject. She twisted the first several questions in to rambling nonsense about her “energy policy”. She should have been called out on this, but she wasn’t. I’m fairly certain that this was because the moderator was also trying to avoid the perception that she was being “too hard” on Palin.

Let’s talk for a minute about her energy policy… She referred to Alaska as a microcosm of the US, which it’s not. Alaska is an anomaly. Crafting an energy policy for a state that floats along on a cushion of combustible resources takes no great skill. Think Beverly Hillbillies. It’s already set up, all you have to do is watch the money roll in. Watch this video by Fareed Zakaria, the relevant section is toward the end. He explains that her experience in Alaska is not relevant experience for the United States as a whole. You see, we have these things called “cities” in the lower 48. People live in them. Hopefully enough people to change the landscape of the election…

I was disappointed to see that gays were thrown under the bus by both candidates last night. There’s no good reason for this. The only reasons are religious reasons, and those are bullshit. This wasn’t new. I’ve been disappointed by our ticket’s stance on this issue, but it was sad to see it emphatically restated. There was a point of distinction to be made, however. Sarah Palin still seems to think that being gay is a choice. I’m not gay, but I don’t believe this to be the case. She went on to say that she “tolerates” her gay friends. I’m sure they’re grateful, but once again I found this condescending and patronizing. Being “tolerated” is not the same as being treated as an equal.

I haven’t mentioned anything about Joe Biden’s performance, other than the fact that I felt it wasn’t a fair fight because he was constrained by rules that didn’t apply to her. That being said, I felt that he was eloquent, informed and skillful. He didn’t ramble and digress, and did a good job of getting the facts out there. He may have come off as a little stiff to those who prefer the informal, and frankly inappropriate, style that Palin employed. And he didn’t fumble, as many assumed he would.