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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Political bits

(CNN) Ron Paul is planning an three day, 18,000 person counter event in Minneapolis during the Republican convention.

(Politico) Robert Novak admits he was used by the McCain campaign in pushing the McCain VP report. (Told ya.)

(Politico) And look at how the McCain campaign is played coy with all this. (The media don't like getting played.)

(BostonGlobe) "Romney's decision to formally reclassify his loans as contributions - a seemingly small bureaucratic gesture - removes a deceptively large obstacle to his vice presidential nomination." ($45 million for VP?)

(Politico) Read Mark Salter's casual comments to get a sense of how whiny the McCain camp has become about Obama's media coverage.

(Tapper/ABC) The media whining by McCain is "like Britney Spears complaining that the hype around Miley Cyrus far exceeds her talent."

(CNN) At a McCain townhall in New Hampshire, a woman got up and told McCain that he should fire his entire state campaign staff. (Have you ever heard of anything like that?)

(CNN) Same townhall, (Give em hell, New Hampshire) McCain ends up exchanging for eight minutes with a woman who opposes the Iraq war. First off he's now assuring people that withdrawal will come (time unspecified,) and second, in a question I hope is put to him again in a later interview or debate,
The woman asked if McCain thought the U.S. presence in Iraq is inflaming the Muslim word. "I do not," McCain replied.

And, (Ambinder) Check out the new line in McCain's stump speech, "Apparently Sen. Obama, who does not understand what's happening in Iraq or fails to acknowledge the success in Iraq, would rather lose a war than lose a campaign."


  • "Apparently Sen. Obama, who does not understand what's happening in Iraq or fails to acknowledge the success in Iraq, would rather lose a war than lose a campaign."

    I don't even know that this is supposed to mean. If the escalation, er, surge was a success then why not bring troops home? If we can't bring troops home then how is the surge a success? And what is it exactly that Obama "does not understand about what's happening in Iraq?" I mean it seems that Obama and the Iraqi government are remarkably more in sync than with Bush or McCain's imperialist vision.

    This just doesn't make any sense at all. It reminds me of a tongue-tied dim wit trying to come up with a snappy comeback. It's just so bush league.

    By Blogger -epm, at 10:16 PM  

  • I think your mistake is that you're trying to view this through logic, instead of taking it at face value.

    It is McCain, hiding behind patriotism, implying that Obama wants US soldiers to die.

    Forget the logic. That's what this statement means. It's the hardest "unAmerican" we've seen yet.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 11:08 PM  

  • Oh.

    Well I think Obama has shown he can effectively smack down the "Obama hates America" crap.

    While this sort of crap may work with the red-meaters, I can only think it backfires with voting independents. It's the embodiment, then, of everything Americans have come to hate about this administration's politicization of patriotism. Let's not forget Bush is at ~28% approval for a reason, and this sort of "if you're not with me you want the troops to die" crap is part of the reason.

    Keep it up Johnny. Keep it up.

    By Blogger -epm, at 11:18 PM  

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