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Chin Up, John McCain—There’s Always Tomorrow

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Posted on Sep 16, 2008
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John McCain’s Tuesday was so filled with gaffes and bad news that no one seemed to notice when one of his top advisers held a BlackBerry aloft and declared “you’re looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create.” That spectacle simply couldn’t compete with former HP CEO Carly Fiorina and, more significantly, the very public failure of deregulation.

As a pillar of the McCain campaign, Fiorina clearly regretted deeming Sarah Palin unfit to run a big company. Saying that McCain was similarly ill-equipped was probably not the best way to diminish her remark. Command of the world’s only superpower, after all, is a fairly serious undertaking for an executive.

The real disaster for McCain, however, is one he cannot blame on the loose tongue of an undisciplined surrogate. The deregulated economy, which McCain, his advisers and his party have built over decades, is unraveling.

The collapse, bankruptcy or virtual socialization of one major financial institution after another has hit with such force that even McCain cannot deny the pressing need for government oversight. He’s running ads right now to that effect.

(h/t: PoliticalWire, The Page)

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By rage, September 17, 2008 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment
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Everyone on Team Dumb and Dumber 2008 needs medicating. GEEEESH!

I always thought McCain’s inclusion of Carly Fiorina was extra special. Had HP not unloaded her when finally they did, she’d've done to the compuer manufacturing industry what the ReThugs, through Reagan Trickle-Down VooDoo, have done to banking, finance, and mortgages in America. While Gramps is up there railing on and on about corporate fiends escaping with gazillion dollar parachutes when their companies are forced to plead for tax-funded welfare, HP’s corporate special needs poster child is standing right next to him, maligning him and Miss Congeniality. I’ll give Carly this, the shrike has nerve!

Now, we’ve got this Blackberry claim. Blackberry is a CANADIAN import! And, Gramps has never seen one up close! Gramps can’t operate the big TV with the typewriter on it. Gramps is still listening to his tunes on FM stereo via a Walkman. Gramps is not part of the wave that brought us the smartphone. The last advance in technology that he can actually say he can use the Victrola. He has no idea there is no RCA-Victor pressing platters anymore.

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By VietnamVet, September 17, 2008 at 10:24 am Link to this comment

Yeah, inventing the Blackberry was quite a feat for someone that doesn’t even know how to operate a computer to send emails! By the way, as soon as it came out that he was not computer literate, I predicted that eventually he or one of his spokespersons would attribut it to his POW situation. Sure enough, shortly thereafter, a spokeswoman stated that he could not do comuputers due to the damage to his arms as a POW! That, of course, is BS: he is on the campaign trail almost every day waving his arms, changing the mic from hand to hand, etc., etc. He is just still hung up in the 1950’s or there abouts. I am his age myself, and I have no problem operating this machine. ‘Nuff said!

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By Hulk2008, September 17, 2008 at 8:50 am Link to this comment
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To KISS:
    Those of us who do believe in what you call the “god fairy-tale” object to the establishment of religion - especially the imposition of dictates from the likes of Palin.  Believers want government to be completely hands-off regarding personal lives and rights, particularly religion.  Most believers agree that science facts like evolution actually support God’s existence.  Similarly, a tenet that 99.99% of believers agree upon is that lies are intrinsically evil.  When Palin and McSame continue to repeat lies and distortions even when pointed out, they contradict their own statements about their own religious faith.

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By Allan Krueger, September 17, 2008 at 8:12 am Link to this comment

Palin refusing a subpoena - sounds like typical Dick Cheney behavior to me! Certainly this makes her qualified to be VP! I feel much better now! PLONK!

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By Catherine, September 17, 2008 at 6:21 am Link to this comment

Artie, I hope you’re correct. I would dearly love to see the McSame campaign become what it was before Palin was chosen over so many other much better qualifed Republican women. 

I still am very worried that the election will be determined by race and a pretty face rather than the essential issues.

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By KISS, September 17, 2008 at 5:39 am Link to this comment

McCain is probably a few heartbeats from a stroke,which might not be a bad thing, unless Palin gets the nod from the voters.John learned long ago that lying is just part of the job when running for office, and like the voters of Arizona the rest of Amerika isn’t too bright either. With unlimited TV ads, the DUMED Down public swallows lie after lie after…
With Palin, schools will teach creationism and the world is flat and the god fairy-tale is the true meaning of life.Banning of books will be the norm.

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By Artie, September 17, 2008 at 5:36 am Link to this comment
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I believe that yesterday, September 16, will be remembered as the day that the McCain & Palin officially pulled the plug on their campaign. The only thing left open to question is how fast it will sink, and how far.

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By DoctorK, September 17, 2008 at 3:22 am Link to this comment

I see campaign fatigue taking its toll on the old guy. I truly am concerned about McCain’s physical fitness after watching him stumble on words, revert to reading from his notes and still not speak coherently at times. I signed a petition to have his medical records available for review, as we all know what will happen IF he were to get elected, fall ill and not be physically able to continue in his role as POTUS.  http://therealmccain.com/doctors/

He continues to paint the picture of himself as a true patriot.  I disagree. His Palin pick shows us just the opposite and reinforces my concern that he truly is not playing with a full deck.

A good read:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/15/AR2008091502406.html

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By skulz fontaine, September 17, 2008 at 2:48 am Link to this comment

McZany is a laugh riot. So’s his sista-girlfriend. How does sista-girlfriend “refuse” a subpoena? By the by, McZany didn’t just invent the Blackberry. Nope. McZany ALSO invented the Arizona ‘Hyper-Turbo Particle De-Accelerator’ and helped to get the ‘De-Accelerator’ planted in Sun City to help reduce the “accelerating” aging of Sun City voters. Sun City loves their “favorite” Sen. John McZany. Yes they do.
So if Sarah Palin can “refuse” a subpoena to testify under oath, would she still have to swear an “oath of office?” You know, to “serve, protect, and defend the Constitution.” Oh hell, America’s Constitution doesn’t count anymore anyway.

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