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McCain Campaign Challenged by Economic Crisis

Posted on Sep 30, 2008

John McCain’s bid to put his campaign on hold in order to wing his way to Washington last week was intended to make him seem ready for action in a crisis but may have resulted in a “political dead end” for the Arizona senator after Monday’s bailout bomb, according to the Associated Press. Meanwhile, The New York Times’ Bob Herbert wonders if McCain can stop “serving his party’s economic Kool-Aid” and distinguish himself from the key GOP players who helped engineer this financial debacle.

AP via Yahoo News:

Republican John McCain has maneuvered himself into a political dead end and has five weeks to find his way out.

Last Wednesday, McCain suspended his presidential campaign to insert himself into a $700 billion effort to rescue America’s crumbling financial structure. In so doing, he tied himself far more tightly to the bill than did his Democratic opponent, Barack Obama.

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Bob Herbert in The New York Times:

The inescapable disconnect between rhetoric and reality is often stark. Senator McCain has been ranting recently about the excessive pay and “bloated golden parachutes” of failed corporate executives. And yet one of his closest advisers on economic matters is Carly Fiorina, who was forced out as chief executive of Hewlett-Packard. Her golden parachute was an estimated $42 million.

Voters have to shoulder a great deal of the blame for the economic mess the country is in. Too many were willing, for whatever reasons, to support politicians who spat in the eye of economic common sense. Now the voodoo that permeated conservative economic policies for so many years has come back to haunt us big-time.

The question voters should be asking John McCain is whether he has stopped serving his party’s economic Kool-Aid, which has taken such a toll on working families, and is ready to change his ways. Is his sudden populist transformation the real thing or just a mirage?

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By Kwaayesnama, October 1, 2008 at 9:46 am Link to this comment

I love the fact that John McCain blames the vote going against the bailout on Obama and Pelosi. But the interesting fact is that ALL the representatives from Arizona voted against the bailout. It just shows how much the other reps from AZ respect McCain. If he can’t get the Republicans from his home state to vote with him how is he going to get the rest of the nation to work with him?  Maybe they are angry because while McCain brags that in 26 years he has never done anything for his home state. These good employees of their people are all working for the people of Arizona in DC, getting such things like EARMARKS for their communities.

Democrats — Giffords, N; Grijalva, N; MitcHELL., N; Pastor, N.
Republicans — Flake, N; Franks, N; Renzi, N; Shadegg, N.

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By Louise, September 30, 2008 at 9:41 pm Link to this comment

“Don’t forget…Georgie had run out of feet, hands, legs, brains, (if he ever had any) as well. And, look what happened. He limped his gimpy ass in and destroyed the world.”

Thanks cyrena. Always need a good chuckle. smile

And thanks for the letter!

Send to Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow. [MSNBC, my two concessions to mainstreammedia.] Not that they’ll use it, but I’ll bet they’ll enjoy reading it.

They seem to be genuinely puzzled by McCains ability to step over himself on the way back from tripping over himself in the hall, and not being able to realize how his many crazy selves discredit him.

Bush is a bully, and I’ll bet he abuses his wife and you can count on his putting people down because he does. But McCains behavior seems not only mean, but borderline crazy.

Oh geez, you’re right!

Except for the fact that he’s older and slower and shorter and not near as funny, he is Bush only worse!

“The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his [or her] deception, the one who lies with sincerity.”
Andre Gide

Yep that’s McCain. He lies with sincerety, ‘cause he sincerely sees only the faults of others and only his own perfection.

This letter certainly explains his being taken by Palin. Nice skin, nice teeth, nice body, right color. I wonder how much better she expressed herself before he started correcting [diminishing] her.

Maybe we’ll get lucky and she’ll turn on him one day and ask, “Why don’t you do something about those ugly turkey flaps on your neck?”

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By cyrena, September 30, 2008 at 5:57 pm Link to this comment

Here’s another one I’m not sure where to post. I just think everybody should know this if they don’t already. 

For those of you who don’t know her, Mary Kay Gamel is a literature and classics professor at UCSC. She is asking people to send the letter she wrote far and wide.

Part 1 of 2


It was just before John McCain’s last run at the presidential nomination in 2000 that my husband and I vacationed in Turtle Island in Fiji with John McCain, Cindy, and their children, including Bridget (their adopted Bangladeshi child).

It was not our intention, but it was our misfortune, to be in close quarters with John McCain for almost a week, since Turtle Island has a small number of bungalows and their focus on communal meals force all vacationers who are there at the same time to get to know each other intimately.

He arrived at our first group meal and started reading quotes from a pile of William Faulkner books with a forest of Post-Its sticking out of them. As an English Literature major myself, my first thought was, “if he likes this so much, why hasn’t he memorized any of this yet?”

I soon realized that McCain actually thought we had come on vacation to be a volunteer audience for his “readings” which then became a regular part of each meal. Out of politeness, none of the vacationers initially protested at this intrusion into their blissful holiday, but people’s buttons definitely got pushed as the readings continued day after day.

Unfortunately this was not his only contribution to our mealtime entertainment. He waxed on during one meal about how Indo-Chine women had the best figures and that our American corn-fed women just couldn’t meet up to this standard. He also made it a point that all of us should stop Cindy from having dessert as her weight was too high and made a few comments to Amy, the 25 year old wife of the honeymooning couple from Nebraska that she should eat less as she needed to lose weight.

McCain’s appreciation of the beauty of Asian women was so great that David the American economist had to move his Thai wife to the other   side of the table from McCain as McCain kept aggressively flirting with and touching her.

Needless to say I was irritated at his large ego and his rude behavior towards his wife and other women, but decided he must have   some redeeming qualities as he had adopted a handicapped child from   Bangladesh. I asked him about this one day, and his response was shocking: “Oh, that was Cindy’s idea – I didn’t have anything to do   with it. She just went and adopted this thing without even asking me.You can’t imagine how people stare when I wheel this ugly, black   thing around in a shopping cart in Arizona. No, it wasn’t my idea at all.”

I actively avoided McCain after that, but unfortunately one day he engaged me in a political discussion which soon got us on the topic of the active US bombing of Iraq at that time. I was shocked   when he said, “If I was in charge, I would nuke Iraq to teach them a   lesson”. Given McCain’s personal experience with the horrors of war,  I had expected a more balanced point of view. I commented on the   tragic consequences of the nuclear attacks on Japan during WWII – but no, he was not to be dissuaded. He went on to say that if it was up to him he would have dropped many more nuclear bombs on Japan. I rapidly extricated myself from this conversation as I could tell that his experience being tortured as a POW didn’t seem to have mellowed out his perspective, but rather had made him more aggressive and vengeful towards the world.


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By cyrena, September 30, 2008 at 5:56 pm Link to this comment

Part 2 of 2 My Holiday with John McCain

My final encounter with McCain was on the morning that he was leaving Turtle Island. Amy and I were happily eating pancakes when McCain arrived and told Amy that she shouldn’t be having pancakes because she needed to lose weight. Amy burst into tears at this abusive comment. I felt fiercely protective of Amy and immediately turned to McCain and told him to leave her alone. He became very angry and abusive towards me, and said, “Don’t you know who I am.” I looked him in the face and said, “Yes, you are the biggest asshole I have ever met” and headed back to my cabin. I am happy to say that later that day when I arrived at lunch I was given a standing ovation by all the guests for having stood up to McCain’s bullying.

Although I have shared my McCain story informally with friends, this is the first time I am making this public. I almost did so in 2000, when McCain first announced his bid for the Republican   nomination, but it soon became apparent that George Bush was the shoo-in candidate and so I did not act then. However, now that there is a very real possibility that McCain could be elected as our next president, I feel it is my duty as an American citizen to share this story. I can’t imagine a more scary outcome for America than that this abusive, aggressive man should lead our nation. I have observed him in intimate surroundings as he really is; not how the media portrays him to be. If his attitudes toward women and his treatment of his own family are even a small indicator of his real personality, then I shudder to think what will happen to America were he to be   elected as our President.

Mary-Kay Gamel
Professor of Classics, Comparative Literature, and Theater Arts
Cowell College
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California 95064

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By cyrena, September 30, 2008 at 5:47 pm Link to this comment

I’m not sure where to post this, but it seems critical, so I’ll post it here.

Got this from a member of my ‘impeach’ team.

“The story is all over Progressive Talk Radio today about the McCain campaign sending absentee ballot applications to registered democrats or people who have donated to Obama’s campaign. These ballots are deliberately misleading and have postage paid return addresses that are for an election clerk that is outside of your city or town. What this will end up doing is either having your vote not counted, or if you return one of these, they will cite you for election fraud, saying that you already voted absentee. These ballots are only being sent out in ‘purple states’ and this is a big deal.  This is called voter caging, and is a huge problem.

See this detailed report on today’s AlterNet:


The PBS show NOW reported on this tactic on July 27, about potential White House involvement in 2006, and how Atty. Genl. Gonzalez blocked the investigation:


The McCain campaign is stealing this election as I write. Try to raise awareness about this. It would be so important to get the mainstream media to cover it.”



Don’t forget…Georgie had run out of feet, hands, legs, brains, (if he ever had any) as well. And, look what happened. He limped his gimpy ass in and destroyed the world.

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By Louise, September 30, 2008 at 2:39 pm Link to this comment

What’s a candidate to do?

McCains running out of feet to shoot himself in. smile

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