McCain’s Attacks Fuel Dangerous Hatred

By Frank Schaeffer – October 10, 2008

John McCain: If your campaign does not stop equating Sen. Barack Obama with terrorism, questioning his patriotism and portraying Mr. Obama as “not one of us,” I accuse you of deliberately feeding the most unhinged elements of our society the red meat of hate, and therefore of potentially instigating violence.

At a Sarah Palin rally, someone called out, “Kill him!” At one of your rallies, someone called out, “Terrorist!” Neither was answered or denounced by you or your running mate, as the crowd laughed and cheered. At your campaign event Wednesday in Bethlehem, Pa., the crowd was seething with hatred for the Democratic nominee – an attitude encouraged in speeches there by you, your running mate, your wife and the local Republican chairman.


Read the article.

Flirting her way to victory

Sarah Palin’s farcical debate performance lowered the standards for both female candidates and US political discourse
From the, October 3, 2008

“At least three times last night, Sarah Palin, the adorable, preposterous vice-presidential candidate, winked at the audience. Had a male candidate with a similar reputation for attractive vapidity made such a brazen attempt to flirt his way into the good graces of the voting public, it would have universally noted, discussed and mocked. Palin, however, has single-handedly so lowered the standards both for female candidates and American political discourse that, with her newfound ability to speak in more-or-less full sentences, she is now deemed to have performed acceptably last night.Read the rest of the article.

Who Pays $273,000 a year in household help?

Palin and her Alaskan Cessationist Party Ties – article by Robert F. Kennedy

Robert Kennedy Jr: If Palin Wants To Play Guilt-By-Association Then Media Should Discuss Her Secessionist Party Ties

“Palin’s husband Todd remained an AIP party member from 1995 to 2002. Sarah can be described in McCarthy-era palaver as a “fellow traveler.” While retaining her Republican registration, she attended the AIP’s 1994 convention where the party called for a draft constitution to secede from the United States and create an independent nation of Alaska. The McCain Campaign has reluctantly acknowledged that she also attended AIP’s 2000 Convention. She apparently found the experience so inspiring that she agreed to give a keynote address at the AIP’s 2006 convention and she recorded a video greeting for this year’s 2008 convention.

Read the entire article.

Palin delivers welcome message at 2008 Alaskan Cessationist Party

Make-Believe Maverick

A closer look at the life and career of John McCain reveals a disturbing record of recklessness and dishonesty
By TIM DICKINSON, Rolling Stone, Posted Oct 16, 2008 7:00 PM
VIDEO: Five Myths About John McCainTop gun or spoiled brat? Contributing editor (and this blog’s author) Tim Dickinson separates the facts from the fiction on the Republican presidential candidate.

The Double-Talk ExpressFrom tax cuts to torture, John McCain has flip-flopped on a host of issues – including his own immigration bill

Mad Dog Palin: The Full StoryThe scariest thing about John McCain’s running mate isn’t how unqualified she is – it’s what her candidacy says about America

The Truth About Sarah PalinSarah Palin’s credentials as a “reformer” are nothing but spin. She has sided with Big Oil, lobbied to increase pork spending and abused her public power to carry out personal vendettas. Here’s a guide to separating myth from fact.

Say It Ain’t So, John

The REAL John McCain 2

Palin Debate Flow Chart

When in doubt, follow your chart.

When in doubt, follow your chart.

McCain/Palin on Rape Victims

Where do McCain/Palin stand on women’s issues?

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund has created a 30-second ad about rape victims.

On women’s health issues, Palin is way out of the mainstream. When she was the mayor of Wasilla, women who were raped literally had to pay up to $1200 out of their own pockets for the exams used to prosecute their attackers.

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund needs help getting this videoclip in front of as many folks as possible – on public television. You can help. Donations are being collected.

The ad doesn’t just focus on Palin. It also reminds voters that John McCain’s record on women’s health issues is troubling, too. John McCain voted AGAINST the Violence Against Women Act.

This ad really affects people who see it. And it provides critical information about important health issues facing women and their families.

Comment on Presidential Debate, Sept 26

We are proud of Obama’s performance in the September 26 debate. The Republicans are all excited and waving their arms about the times Obama appeared to agree with their guy, but that’s because they don’t want Americans to notice what came next. In every single one of these instances, Obama followed by demonstrating how McCain is WRONG about the larger issues, the ones that are critically important to Main Street Americans – and also got in some of his best responses of the night. Have a look at the clips from the transcript (with our favorite parts undelined):

  • Although McCain is right to say all of us, on Wall Street and Main Street, need to be more careful in managing our money, but McCain is WRONG to imply this is suddenly true and he had no hand in it. Many Americans have been suffering financially under McCain/Bush for a long time now, but only very recently, when our biggest and wealthist – unfathomably wealthieast – instutitiosn got into severe crisis did anybody notice the problems caused by decades of Republican-driven deregulation. (McCain’s economic advisor Phil Gramm was instrumental in stopping any form of regulation being applied to the most exotic credit debt derivaties.)

    Well, I think Senator McCain’s absolutely right that we need more responsibility, but we need it not just when there’s a crisis. I mean, we’ve had years in which the reigning economic ideology has been what’s good for Wall Street, but not what’s good for Main Street.

    And there are folks out there who’ve been struggling before this crisis took place. And that’s why it’s so important, as we solve this short-term problem, that we look at some of the underlying issues that have led to wages and incomes for ordinary Americans to go down, the – a health care system that is broken, energy policies that are not working, because, you know, 10 days ago, John said that the fundamentals of the economy are sound.

    LEHRER: Say it directly to him.

    OBAMA: I do not think that they are.

    LEHRER: Say it directly to him.

    OBAMA: Well, the — John, 10 days ago, you said that the fundamentals of the economy are sound. And…

    MCCAIN: Are you afraid I couldn’t hear him?

    LEHRER: I’m just determined to get you all to talk to each other. I’m going to try.

    OBAMA: The – and I just fundamentally disagree. And unless we are holding ourselves accountable day in, day out, not just when there’s a crisis for folks who have power and influence and can hire lobbyists, but for the nurse, the teacher, the police officer, who, frankly, at the end of each month, they’ve got a little financial crisis going on.

    They’re having to take out extra debt just to make their mortgage payments. We haven’t been paying attention to them. And if you look at our tax policies, it’s a classic example.

  • Although McCain is technically correct to say that earmarks are a problem, this is also an obfuscation. McCain is WRONG that they are the biggest problem. The problem that hurts Main Street America the most is the $300 billion in tax cuts to the wealthy that Bush has given and McCain will expand. Obama will rebalance this disastorous inequity. Here’s the clip:

    Well, Senator McCain is absolutely right that the earmarks process has been abused, which is why I suspended any requests for my home state, whether it was for senior centers or what have you, until we cleaned it up.

    And he’s also right that oftentimes lobbyists and special interests are the ones that are introducing these kinds of requests, although that wasn’t the case with me.

    But let’s be clear: Earmarks account for $18 billion in last year’s budget. Senator McCain is proposing — and this is a fundamental difference between us — $300 billion in tax cuts to some of the wealthiest corporations and individuals in the country, $300 billion.

    Now, $18 billion is important; $300 billion is really important.

  • Although McCain is technically correct to say US business taxes appear high, this is another obfuscation. McCain is WRONG to have pushed through with is Republican colleagues so many loopholes in the tax law so that at the bottom line, the wealthiest US corporations pay some of the lowest taxes in the world. Tax cuts for wealthy corporations are not what helps Main Street America; Obama’s tax cuts for 95% of working families will. Here’s the clip:

    John mentioned the fact that business taxes on paper are high in this country, and he’s absolutely right. Here’s the problem: There are so many loopholes that have been written into the tax code, oftentimes with support of Senator McCain, that we actually see our businesses pay effectively one of the lowest tax rates in the world.

  • Although McCain is obviously correct to say that we’re going to need to cut spending as a result of the bailout deal, McCain is WRONG in the way he and his Republican colleagues go about making cuts. Unfettered, unregulated privatization, doesn’t work, and pretending to cut spending while working with corporate lobbyists to incorporate what’s best for their wealthy clients does not help Main Street America. In contrast Obama’s efforts to make all federal spending transparent will help. The clip:

    OBAMA: No. As I said before, Jim, there are going to be things that end up having to be …

    LEHRER: Like what?

    OBAMA: … deferred and delayed. Well, look, I want to make sure that we are investing in energy in order to free ourselves from the dependence on foreign oil. That is a big project. That is a multi-year project.

    LEHRER: Not willing to give that up?

    OBAMA: Not willing to give up the need to do it but there may be individual components that we can’t do. But John is right we have to make cuts. We right now give $15 billion every year as subsidies to private insurers under the Medicare system. Doesn’t work any better through the private insurers. They just skim off $15 billion. That was a give away and part of the reason is because lobbyists are able to shape how Medicare works.

    They did it on the Medicaid prescription drug bill and we have to change the culture. Tom – or John mentioned me being wildly liberal. Mostly that’s just me opposing George Bush’s wrong headed policies since I’ve been in Congress but I think it is that it is also important to recognize I work with Tom Coburn, the most conservative, one of the most conservative Republicans who John already mentioned to set up what we call a Google for government saying we’ll list every dollar of federal spending to make sure that the taxpayer can take a look and see who, in fact, is promoting some of these spending projects that John’s been railing about.

  • Although McCain is correct to say the surge in Iraq is finally working, but McCain was so very WRONG about invading Iraq in the first place. All Americans have been terribly hurt by this disasterous war, some by the ultimate loss of a child or husband or wife. All of us by the $10 billion PER MONTH we spend there when we desparately need that money at home now, plus all of us are hurt by the loss of stature in the world for our country has suffered as a direct result of this wrong-headed, near-unilateral war. From the transcript:

    Senator McCain is absolutely right that the violence has been reduced as a consequence of the extraordinary sacrifice of our troops and our military families.

    They have done a brilliant job, and General Petraeus has done a brilliant job. But understand, that was a tactic designed to contain the damage of the previous four years of mismanagement of this war.

    And so John likes – John, you like to pretend like the war started in 2007. You talk about the surge. The war started in 2003, and at the time when the war started, you said it was going to be quick and easy. You said we knew where the weapons of mass destruction were. You were wrong.

    You said that we were going to be greeted as liberators. You were wrong. You said that there was no history of violence between Shiite and Sunni. And you were wrong. And so my question is…

    LEHRER: Senator Obama…

    OBAMA: … of judgment, of whether or not — of whether or not — if the question is who is best-equipped as the next president to make good decisions about how we use our military, how we make sure that we are prepared and ready for the next conflict, then I think we can take a look at our judgment.

  • Although McCain is right to state that presidents need to be careful in what they saw, thie is obvious – and funny, McCain himself is so often WRONG and imprudent and completely unpresidential in what he says. McCain is also right that Pakistan is a tricky situation right now, but he us WRONG to ignore that we are in this situation becuase of more wrong-headed McCain/Bush policies over the last decade – the Republican have failed to learn from history that the “he may be a dictator, but he’s our dictator” style coddling only causes America to lose legitimacy, influence, money and ultimately perhaps lives. Specifically with Pakistan we lost focus due to the nonsensical war in Iraq, and let our true terrorist enemy al Qaeda breed in Pakistan: The clip:

    And, John, I — you’re absolutely right that presidents have to be prudent in what they say. But, you know, coming from you, who, you know, in the past has threatened extinction for North Korea and, you know, sung songs about bombing Iran, I don’t know, you know, how credible that is. I think this is the right strategy.

    Now, Senator McCain is also right that it’s difficult. This is not an easy situation. You’ve got cross-border attacks against U.S. troops.

    And we’ve got a choice. We could allow our troops to just be on the defensive and absorb those blows again and again and again, if Pakistan is unwilling to cooperate, or we have to start making some decisions.

    And the problem, John, with the strategy that’s been pursued was that, for 10 years, we coddled Musharraf, we alienated the Pakistani population, because we were anti-democratic. We had a 20th-century mindset that basically said, “Well, you know, he may be a dictator, but he’s our dictator.”

    And as a consequence, we lost legitimacy in Pakistan. We spent $10 billion. And in the meantime, they weren’t going after al Qaeda, and they are more powerful now than at any time since we began the war in Afghanistan.

    That’s going to change when I’m president of the United States.

  • Although McCain is right that nuclear Iran would be a nightnare, McCain is WRONG because iran is stronger today as a direct result of the McCain/Bush-sponsored wrongheaded war in Iraq. Obama has a better idea – pursue sanctions in conjunctions with allies that have a lot of trade with Iran, and get over the idea that we punish them when we don’t talk to them. We don’t – the only get stronger. We need to pursue direct diplomacy, in North Korea as well. The clip:

    Well, let me just correct something very quickly. I believe the Republican Guard of Iran is a terrorist organization. I’ve consistently said so. What Senator McCain refers to is a measure in the Senate that would try to broaden the mandate inside of Iraq. To deal with Iran.

    And ironically, the single thing that has strengthened Iran over the last several years has been the war in Iraq. Iraq was Iran’s mortal enemy. That was cleared away. And what we’ve seen over the last several years is Iran’s influence grow. They have funded Hezbollah, they have funded Hamas, they have gone from zero centrifuges to 4,000 centrifuges to develop a nuclear weapon.

    So obviously, our policy over the last eight years has not worked. Senator McCain is absolutely right, we cannot tolerate a nuclear Iran. It would be a game changer. Not only would it threaten Israel, a country that is our stalwart ally, but it would also create an environment in which you could set off an arms race in this Middle East.

    Now here’s what we need to do. We do need tougher sanctions. I do not agree with Senator McCain that we’re going to be able to execute the kind of sanctions we need without some cooperation with some countries like Russia and China that are, I think Senator McCain would agree, not democracies, but have extensive trade with Iran but potentially have an interest in making sure Iran doesn’t have a nuclear weapon.

    But we are also going to have to, I believe, engage in tough direct diplomacy with Iran and this is a major difference I have with Senator McCain, this notion by not talking to people we are punishing them has not worked. It has not worked in Iran, it has not worked in North Korea. In each instance, our efforts of isolation have actually accelerated their efforts to get nuclear weapons. That will change when I’m president of the United States.

– Laura

Why NOT John McCain?

1. Vice Presidential Choice – If Barack Obama should be elected president and die in office, an unlikely event considering his age and good health, the country would be left in the hands of a very experienced and capable patriot, Joe Biden.

If John McCain should be elected president and die in office, a far more likely event considering his age and past bouts with cancer, the country would be left with someone at the helm who sounds like another George Bush. We are just finishing eight years with the country having been run by “the candidate that you would most like to have a beer with”. While few of us got to have that beer with our president, we will all get to live with the results of his bad decisions for years to come.

2. National Economy – McCain’s judgment has been wrong in this area for years, at least wrong for the American people. Twenty years ago McCain was one of five senators, (The Keating Five), accused of corruption for their role in a savings and loan scandal which was part of a nationwide savings and loan crisis. The Senate Ethics Committee found that McCain had not acted improperly but had used poor judgment. We taxpayers got to bail out the savings and loan industry.

In more recent years, McCain has been a strong supporter of deregulation of the financial market, right up until a few days ago. For the entire campaign, he has repeatedly assured us that “the economy is fundamentally sound”. He said this on Monday, September 15, of this year, when the market was in chaos. For the next several days McCain floundered daily, always a step behind events. He said no to a bailout one day, then the next day, caught up with Obama and most experts to say that the bailout was necessary after all. By the end of the week, he was in favor of regulation, had always been in favor of regulation, and had determined, “My friends”, that Obama was responsible for the whole crisis.

McCain has also been a proponent of creating a path for people to invest part of their social security savings in the stock market.

And finally, in the current issue of “Contingencies”, the magazine of the American Academy of Actuaries, McCain suggests that we deregulate the Health Care Industry based on the success of the deregulated banking industry. (Apparently written before McCain remembered that he had always been against deregulation.)

3. Iraq – McCain wholeheartedly supported Bush’s war against Iraq supposedly because Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction, a fact that would have soon been proven by the United Nations Inspectors, if Bush had not’t driven then out by sending in troops and bombs.

McCain ascribed to the theories that we would be treated like liberators, that Iraq itself would fund the war, that the war would be very short term, etc. etc. None of this was true. Die hard McCain supporters will now say “But, he was right about the surge”. Yes, if simply winning more battles and decreasing violence was the goal. But, if the goal was to provide cover for the Iraqis to negotiate a settlement between themselves, and it was, then there has not been much success.

4. Iran – McCain thinks it is funny to go around singing “Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran ”. What more is there to say?

5. Staff and Advisors – McCain chides Obama for having one or two former lobbyists working in his campaign, McCain himself has some very interesting lobbyists and former lobbyists working on his campaign.

For the early part of this year, Randy Scheunemann worked simultaneously as a foreign policy advisor to McCain and a lobbyist for the country of Georgia . Yes, that would be the same Georgia that came close to igniting a war a few weeks ago when it attacked South Ossetia, an action that provoked retaliation by Russia , (which Sarah Palin can see from her house).

Steve Schmidt, McCain’s main campaign strategist, is a protégé of Karl Rove and of Dick Cheney. Karl Rove, himself, hovers in the background. Remember, in 2000, when the Bush campaign put out ads suggesting that McCain had fathered a black child out of wedlock? This was the work of Karl Rove. It helped defeat McCain in the 2000 primaries. Similar slimy ads worked against Gore in 2000, Kerry in 2004 and against a few Democrats running for Congress as well. Now all is forgiven between Rove and McCain and the McCain campaign is using the same tactics of scary innuendos to try to smear Obama.

And then there is former Senator Phil Graham, a McCain financial advisor. Graham recently called the United States a nation of whiners and said that the only recession going on in America is a mental recession. Graham now works in the banking industry.

6. Katrina – Remember how George Bush disappeared during this crisis? He left the rescue of the stranded and dying citizens of New Orleans to inept, unqualified political appointees. Where was Bush hiding out? Well, part of the time he was with John McCain celebrating McCain’s birthday. Shouldn’t a man of good judgment have said “Mr. President, please do not hang out here eating birthday cake. You should go to New Orleans immediately.”

Finally, I know that Senator McCain feels that it is his turn. I also know that the country feels a debt to Senator McCain for his suffering forty years ago when held as a prisoner of war. But, we cannot afford to award the presidency to anyone for either of those reasons.

McCain is an old man, an old man with a temper and with a record of bad judgment. This is not the man that I want to respond to the 3 a.m. call. Nor is it the man that I want to make any of the day to day decisions that must be wisely and carefully made in the next four years.


Tina Fey as Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin and the Jewish Vote in Florida

“I find her offensive.”

John McCain was making a bid for South Florida’s Jewish voters, a crucial demographic in a purple state. But then he chose Sarah Palin as a running mate.

by Tristram Korten,

Keating Economics: John McCain and the Making of a Financial Crisis

During the savings and loan crisis of the late ’80s and early ’90s, McCain’s political favors and aggressive support for deregulation put him at the center of the fall of Lincoln Savings and Loan, one of the largest in the country. More than 23,000 investors lost their savings. Overall, the savings and loan crisis required the federal government to bail out the savings of hundreds of thousands of families and ultimately cost American taxpayers $124 billion.

Sound familiar?

In that crisis, John McCain and his political patron, Charles Keating, played central roles that ultimately landed Keating in jail for fraud and McCain in front of the Senate Ethics Committee. The McCain campaign has tried to avoid talking about the scandal, but with so many parallels to the current crisis, McCain’s Keating history is relevant and voters deserve to know the facts — and see for themselves the pattern of poor judgment by John McCain.

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