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McCain Piles On in ‘Bitter’ War of Words

Posted on Apr 15, 2008
AP photo / Mary Altaffer

Et tu, McCain?: Sen. John McCain speechifies at Monday’s Associated Press forum in Washington, D.C.

John McCain joined Hillary Clinton in critiquing Barack Obama’s characterization of small-town Pennsylvania’s (and by extension, perhaps, America’s) “bitter” outlook, telling a crowd of magazine and newspaper editors on Monday that Obama’s description represented “a contradiction from what I believe America is all about.”

The Washington Post:

“These are the people that produced a generation that made the world safe for democracy,” McCain said. “These are the people that have fundamental cultural, spiritual and other values that in my view have very little to do with their economic condition.”

Obama, saying he welcomed the controversy as an opportunity to debate McCain on economic issues, declared of the Arizona Republican: “He just doesn’t understand this.” But Obama also acknowledged the potential political damage that the Democratic candidates’ skirmishes could bring.

“I have tried to figure out how to show restraint and make sure that, during this primary contest, we’re not damaging each other so badly that it’s hard for us to run in November,” Obama said at a luncheon sponsored by the Associated Press, speaking several hours after McCain.

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Also on Monday, McCain speculated that the country is shifting into recession mode, opining that Americans are “hurting” (but, apparently, not “bitter”) and pinning part of the blame for the nation’s economic downturn on Wall Street greed:

The Hill:

“Americans are hurting today,” McCain said at an Associated Press forum in Washington, D.C. “They’re hurting in the towns and cities across America. They’re sitting around the kitchen table, saying, ‘Are we going to be able to make our home loan mortgage payments? Are we going to be able to—do I have to try to get a second job? Can I keep my job? Why was I laid off?’ ”

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By Outraged, April 15, 2008 at 7:15 pm Link to this comment

McCain isn’t only bitter, it looks as though he’s breaking the law. 

From Raw Story:

“McCain “has repeatedly tried to buck campaign finance laws for his own political gain,” the DNC charges, citing reports that his campaign secured a loan in part by “pledging to enter the public financing system if his bid for the presidency faltered.” McCain has since tried to withdraw from the public financing system but has been stymied by the FEC.

“After all this, the candidate decided to ignore spending limits in the primary and by continuing to spend millions of dollars in contributions from donors, lobbyists, and the special interests,” the memo says. “[H]e may be breaking the law on a daily basis.

“Why does John McCain think the law applies to everyone except himself?”

Supposedly Mr. McEthics isn’t all he’s cracked up to be, turning out just like his buddy buddy, GW.  Good for the DNC.  These crooks need to be taken to task.

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By DennisD, April 15, 2008 at 8:28 am Link to this comment
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I’m bitter that of the three candidates(by no means do I think any of them are the best choice) most likely to be “elected” not one of them is really going to change anything for the average American.

There’s plenty of time until November - expect the campaign to degenerate further into the abyss.

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By TDoff, April 15, 2008 at 6:22 am Link to this comment

McCain is just a bitter old man.
He’s bitter because just the other day, while posing for yet another heroic campaign photo, in which he is standing, leaning forward, poised with left arm outstretched, left forefinger pointing accusitorily at an unseen opponent, he caught sight of himself in a mirror and thought, ‘Is that simple-minded old fart the enemy?’ Cindy soothed him, calmed him down, saying ‘No, no, John, honey, that’s you, don’t you recognize yourself again? Are you having another super-senior moment?’
He’s bitter because of his unrequited a**-kissing affair with Bush, during which McCain never once felt the tender caress of the president’s lips upon his tokus.
He’s bitter because he can’t remember why he’s bitter, and he realizes it may be because he’s beginning to realize he’s just too damned old to have his twitching, feeble, disconnected-from-the-remnants-of-his-brain finger on the nuclear button.
He’s bitter because he can no longer even find Cindy’s button, let alone push it.
He’s bitter because at his advanced age, the poor old fart is afraid to fart, and suffer the embarrasment of dumping in his pants.
Let’s not suffer the embarrassment of allowing this old fart to fart in the Oval Office.

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By Aegrus, April 15, 2008 at 5:11 am Link to this comment

Yessir! The standard Republican belief about America is something amorphis to the extent of:

1)You are great just because you were born here! What a privilege to live in the only real Democracy with real Freedoms!
2)America never does wrong because you are America, and you are great because you were born here!
3)You don’t have to pay taxes! You’re an American!
4)Isn’t America swell?

Essentially, it’s a whole lot of pseudo-patriotic rhetoric. Republicanism has distilled down to selling the American people self-righteousness in place of sound policy, fiscal responsibility and accountability.

I still haven’t gotten an answer to my question, though….

How many flags do I have to wave to get the Bush Administration impeached?!?!

How many flag lapel pins must I wear before our country is pulled out of recession?!?!

Maybe I don’t believe hard enough that our government is infallible to end the Occupation of Iraq!

I don’t know. These false conservatives live in a fantasy land of red, white and blue rainbows, cotton candy crucifixes and scary devil-men wearing turbans lurking in every alleyway in America.

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By brewerstroupe, April 15, 2008 at 4:38 am Link to this comment

“a contradiction from what I (McCain) believe America is all about.”

As Obama said, he just doesn’t understand what this is about.

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