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I wonder if there is any truth to the rumor that John McCain is thinking about legally switching his name…

…to John McChange?

(Was that trying too hard? If felt like I was trying too hard.)

Add comment September 29th, 2008

On media “fairness”

The polls show that the nation is basically split 50/50 between John McCain and Barack Obama.

But can anyone watching the after-debate pundits on CNN/ABC etc… claim (with a straight face and truth in their heart) that 1/2 the people on those shows are on John McCain’s side?

6 comments September 26th, 2008

I didn’t see the entire Presidential debate, tonight

But, cialis usa cialis from what I did see, sales I’d call it pretty much a draw.

(And honest opinion? McCain did better than I expected him to. But then, I didn’t expect that much.)

1 comment September 26th, 2008

McCain and the crisis

I’ve read a lot of opinions, cialis buy buy cialis today, tadalafil search about the political wisdom of John McCain going to Washington to participate in dealing with the current financial crisis.

Was it a smart move for his campaign?

Did it backfire?

Did Obama “play” it better?

But maybe everyone is wrong.

Maybe John McCain didn’t return to Washington to try to gain a political advantage.

Maybe he went to Washington just because he thought it was his duty to go.

I think, for most of us, it’s easy to underestimate the importance of duty to a man like John McCain.

Most of us didn’t grow up in a military family with an Admiral for a father.

Most of us didn’t go to a military academy for college.

Most of us have never lived by a code of honor.

Most of us haven’t killed another human being because it was our duty.

We haven’t been beaten nearly to death because it was our duty.

We haven’t refused the opportunity to escape prison because it was our duty.

Maybe, John McCain’s decision to go to Washington this week to do his duty as a sitting U.S. Senator wasn’t a particularly good political move.

And maybe it will hurt him in the end.

But if it does, it won’t be the first time that John McCain did his duty without regard to his personal well being.

And I’m guessing it won’t be the last.

3 comments September 26th, 2008

I rarely make predictions here…

…mostly because I hate being wrong.

But in this case, viagra canada mind I just have to say:

Barack Obama is going to win Wisconsin.

Why do I say that?

Because, despite what the press sometimes claims, Wisconsin is NOT a purple state.

We have a Democrat in the Governor’s office.

Both our U.S. Senators are Democrats.

The state Senate is controlled by the Democrats and odds are the state Assembly will be, too after this election.

The last time Wisconsin voted for a Republican for President was Ronald Reagan in 1984.

John McCain is not going to be the guy to break the losing streak.

So, John, if you’re listening…don’t count on winning Wisconsin in November.

3 comments September 21st, 2008

This piece in the Washington Post literally left my mouth hanging open


….the Washington Post accuses one of John McCain’s newest campaign ads of stretching the truth.

But, viagra sales salve in the very same article, viagra usa click they admit the commercial was 100% accurate AND that either the Obama campaign is now lying about the ad or the Washington Post’s own reporter is a liar.

And yet, John McCain is somehow at fault.

I’ve got to honest with you guys, I’m absolutely astonished at the audacity of this

Linking Obama to Ex-Fannie Mae Chief Is a Stretch

QUOTE FROM McCaign COMMERCIAL: “Obama has no background in economics. Who advises him? The Post says it’s Franklin Raines, for ‘advice on mortgage and housing policy.’ Shocking. Under Raines, Fannie Mae committed ‘extensive financial fraud.’ Raines made millions. Fannie Mae collapsed. Taxpayers? Stuck with the bill.”

An already nasty presidential election campaign is getting nastier. The meltdown on Wall Street has touched off frantic attempts by both the McCain and Obama camps to secure political advantage and indulge in guilt by association. Over the past 24 hours, both campaigns have issued what are, in effect, video news releases attempting to show that the other side’s “advisers” are somehow responsible for the crisis. The latest McCain attack is particularly dubious.


The McCain video attempts to link Obama to Franklin D. Raines, the former chief executive of the bankrupt mortgage giant, Fannie Mae. It then shows a photograph of an elderly female taxpayer who has supposedly been “stuck with the bill” as a result of the “extensive financial fraud” at Fannie Mae.

The Obama campaign issued a statement by Raines on Thursday night insisting, “I am not an advisor to Barack Obama, nor have I provided his campaign with advice on housing or economic matters.” Obama spokesman Bill Burton went a little further, saying in an e-mail that the campaign had “neither sought nor received” advice from Raines “on any matter.”

Remember these denials, I’ll get back to them.

So what evidence does the McCain campaign have for the supposed Obama-Raines connection? It is pretty flimsy, but it is not made up completely out of whole cloth. McCain spokesman Brian Rogers points to three items in the Washington Post in July and August. It turns out that the three items (including an editorial) all rely on the same single conversation, between Raines and a Washington Post business reporter, Anita Huslin, who wrote a profile of the discredited Fannie Mae boss that appeared July 16. The profile reported that Raines, who retired from Fannie Mae four years ago, had “taken calls from Barack Obama’s presidential campaign seeking his advice on mortgage and housing policy matters.”

OK, so they just admitted that the claim in McCain’s ad is 100% accurate. (Even though they apparently think their own reporting is “pretty flimsy.”) And remember that denial the Obama campaign issued? Well, if the Post’s own earlier stories are right, than it is the OBAMA campaign that’s lying.

Since this has now become a campaign issue, I asked Huslin to provide the exact circumstances of that passage. She said that she was chatting with Raines during the photo shoot, and asked “if he was engaged at all with the Democrats’ quest for the White House. He said that he had gotten a couple of calls from the Obama campaign. I asked him about what, and he said, ‘Oh, general housing, economy issues.’ (‘Not mortgage/foreclosure meltdown or Fannie-specific?’ I asked, and he said ‘no.’)”

By Raines’s own account, he took a couple of calls from someone on the Obama campaign, and he or she had general discussions about economic issues. I have asked both Raines and the Obama people for more details on these calls.


The McCain campaign is clearly exaggerating wildly in attempting to depict Raines as a close adviser to Obama on “housing and mortgage policy.” If we are to believe Raines, he did have a couple of telephone conversations with someone in the Obama campaign. But that hardly makes him an adviser to the candidate himself — and certainly not in the way depicted in the McCain video release.

So how is this a wild exaggeration? McCain’s commercial uses the exact quote from the Post’s articles.

That the Post has the balls to accuse the McCain campaign of stretching the truth when the entire commercial is based on articles that ran in their own paper goes a long way towards explaining why people think the mainstream media is completely in the tank for the Democrats this election season.

I can’t tell you how hard it was for me not to curse in this post. I promise I was swearing up a storm when I was reading the original article.

6 comments September 20th, 2008

Let’s play some football?

People would rather watch a football game with Barack Obama than with John McCain — but by barely the length of a football.

Lucky for Obama they didn’t include the running mates on that poll.

John and Sarah would have totally run up the score on Obama and Joe on that one.

1 comment September 19th, 2008

I’m sure Senator McCain is deeply hurt that Andrew Sullivan is questioning his integrity

But as far as I’m concerned, cialis sale health Andrew Sullivan (a man who insisted that Sarah Palin provide proof that she was actually the mother of her newborn son rather than his grandmother) has no business questioning anyone else’s honor.

Add comment September 10th, 2008

Maybe the thing Obama needs to change most…is his tune.

sildenafil viagra 8599, cialis canada 1839930,00.html”>Obama has become increasingly aggressive in challenging the GOP ticket’s efforts to co-opt his mantra of change. “You can’t just re-create yourself,” the Democratic nominee said Monday. “You can’t just reinvent yourself. The American people aren’t stupid.”

The American people AREN’T stupid, but Obama sounds a little bit like he might be.

Reinvention is what America is all about.

Norma Jean becomes Marilyn Monroe.

A Defense Department project becomes the Internet.

An actor from California becomes the President of the United States.

Reinvention holds a hallowed place in America’s history.

And if you don’t understand that, you’re more likely to be history…than to make it.

2 comments September 9th, 2008

How would John McCain deal with the unexpected?

I think most people can agree the Republicans ended up having a successful convention.

And, cialis buy viagra yet, look much of the convention had to be reorganized on the fly because of the unexpected and unwelcome arrival of hurricane Gustav on what was scheduled to be the first day of the convention.

Score one for McCain’s ability to adjust on the fly to changing circumstances. Not bad for an old fart…I mean…fighter pilot.

Add comment September 8th, 2008

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