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Has the Straight Talk Express Run out of Steam?

Posted on Jun 25, 2007

John McCain isn’t worried about his floundering presidential campaign—at least not publicly—but a number of polls show his support slipping into single digits. Mayor Knox White of Greenville, S.C., a McCain supporter, explains the downward trend this way: “[McCain] sometimes makes voters mad.”


GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP)—Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Monday dismissed polls that show him slipping into single digits, arguing that his campaign is going through the typical ups and downs and will be fine this fall.

In an interview with The Associated Press, the Arizona senator also defended his support for a bipartisan immigration bill, a stance that has undercut his bid in early voting South Carolina.

The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee acknowledged that his backing for the Iraq war has hurt his candidacy elsewhere in the country.

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By rage, June 26, 2007 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment
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The Straight Talk Bus never ran on steam. It ran on bull$#1+ and GOP talking points, which unfortunately are both still fiercely abundant and readily available. America has gotten pretty sick and tired of the stinch and the mess the Straight Talk vehicle has left behind at every campaign stop. Even the most Baptist of the Right have finally come to a point where they would rather see rotten Rudi in a dress preaching legalized abortion and gay marriage than hear one more chorus of Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran. The lesser of two evils is still abominably evil.

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By ctbrandon, June 26, 2007 at 12:39 pm Link to this comment

Tom Tyson, I couldnt have said it better myself.

There is really only one clear choice in the Republican Party right now. Ron Paul. He is the only person capable of beating Hillary. Unfortunately, the elite power will make sure that someone like Guliani or Romney gets the nod, so they can get Hillary in and pass the torch from a Bush back to a Clinton. She gets to serve for 8 years then hand it off to Jeb. We all know the Clintons and Bushes are related, and that will mark 44 years with one of them in power. And we thought this was a Government of the people. LOL


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By Skruff, June 26, 2007 at 9:33 am Link to this comment
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Over the years it has been obvious to all (except the candidates themselves) when “their time” has passed.  It happened to Bob Dole in 1986, and he didn’t catch on for 10 years. It happened to Walter Mondale in 1984, and he attempted re-entry in 2004 and blew it big time. There are several people running for president who never had “a time” and three who are running who have yet to realize their time is gone… they are retired.

Rudy G could have run against Hillary for the NY Senate seat she now holds, but he backed out and relegated himself to History.

Joe Biden’s time was the late 80’s when he lost to Mike Dukakis in the D primary.  His issues are stale, and he hasn’t a chance unless some wants a silent VP (after Cheney maybe a good idea)

and last John McCain who is simply too old, too used, and too yesterday to be a credible candidate. 

Kind of sad like watching an old lion take his last breath of fall air, knowing that the winter, which may kill him, is arriving fast.

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By David, June 26, 2007 at 5:45 am Link to this comment
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Regarding ted tyson’s post:  I agree with you that journalists are backing away from the 9/11 story, but I think they do so for good reason.  Put simply, they have no proof.  If they come out and make unfounded allegations, allegations that can only be supported by conjecture and reason, then their professional reputations and personal character will be smeared by the right.  In the absence of any hard evidence, journalsists hands are tied.  As “kindergarten-esque” and insultingly absurd as the administration’s story is, they did their best work in covering the hard evidence. 

There certainly can be other reasons as well, such as the damage that proving that 9/11 was an inside job would do to this country’s morale and patriotism, and also perhaps, how it effects the power structures.  I would venture to guess that whatever evidence and sources they do have, leads them down a road that makes covering this story not only far too incomplete to make a public indictment, but extraordinarily dangerous.

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By ted tyson, June 26, 2007 at 12:51 am Link to this comment
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Just to clarify my post, when I said “especially Robert Scheer”, I meant that he is especially one of the good people, NOT that he is especially guilty of ignoring 9/11.  Robert, you have done great work, but it’s time to take your game up to a higher level.  These people have to be called out for their dishonesty and criminality.  Time to tell the WHOLE truth about these characters, stone owls and all.  Sorry if I was inarticulate about this.  Keep the faith.

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By ted tyson, June 25, 2007 at 10:15 pm Link to this comment
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McCain and most of the rest of official Washington are being dishonest in their discussions about the events of September 11th, and, therefore, they are being dishonest in their discussions about everything else.  This administration truly appears to have crossed the Rubicon, and their criminal behavior will get worse, not better.  They have seized dictatorial powers, and they now have the authority, if the whim strikes them, to put us in the labor(death?) camps FEMA is building.  They can seize our property, our guns, force us into manual labor, put us away forever and even kill us if they like, with no interference from Congress or the courts.  And we’re supposed to TRUST them not to abuse this power?  Trust?  Them?  It is stunning to watch American Journalists, politicians and businessmen—many of them good people(including and oftentimes especially Robert Scheer) ignore the blatant lying that is going on regarding what happened on 9/11. You wait for a couple of 25-year-olds working on Loose Change:The Final Cut to do your work for you.  This is cowardly and shameful, and I am bitterly disappointed in all of you.  Please, Mr. Scheer, take up this cause.  You and your family know it is the right thing to do.

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By Carson, June 25, 2007 at 9:40 pm Link to this comment
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McCain does seem to have, what the people that have been buying the politicians we are allowed to vote for have, an incomprehensible drive to bring about the end of this once great nation. Hopefully it does no good this time around.

The US has dropped 300 pounds of bombs for every man, woman, and child in Indochina, and 22 tons of bombs for every square mile in McCain’s heyday.

That is incomprehensible but little compared to the devastation of the loads of what he is dropping now on this once great nation.

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By cyrena, June 25, 2007 at 9:35 pm Link to this comment

Mayor Knox White of Greenville, S.C., a McCain supporter, explains the downward trend this way: “[McCain] sometimes makes voters mad.”

He didn’t really say this….SOMETIMES MAKES VOTERS MAD?

Why does that seem like a really stupid thing to do, if you wanted to win an election? Just piss-off all the voters?

There is something oh so strange about living in these times. It’s harder and harder to figure out where the rabbit holes are.

But, it’s true. I don’t know if it’s the dementia that just seems to be aflicting so many of his age and era, or if it’s just all the crap that you mentioned. It’s true, you really can’t be around that stuff long, without turning into it.

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By 911truthdotorg, June 25, 2007 at 9:01 pm Link to this comment

Google “The Keating Five”.

You’ll find out about McCain.
He’s as corrupt as the rest of them.
He was involved with The Enron of the 80’s.

A leopard can’t change its spots.

Google videos: 9/11 Press for Truth, Loose Change 2nd Edition

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By DennisD, June 25, 2007 at 8:47 pm Link to this comment
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John, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. “Straight talk” from a politician is a genuine oxymoron.

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By TDoff, June 25, 2007 at 8:20 pm Link to this comment

The ‘Straight Talk Express’ became the ‘Bullshit Bus’, when McCain started playing ‘Kissy Face’ and ‘Kissy Butt’ with Bush.

You are what you eat, and McCain ate a lot of crap from Bush.

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