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Well my friends…

so that was the famous townhall debate mccain has been clamoring for?

i think this says it all:

but thanks for playing anyways, john.

here are the best mccain moments of the debates (sorry i didn’t post this earlier, but i found the thing so dull i wanted to avoid going through the transcript for as long as i could).

but here we go:

“There was an energy bill on the floor of the Senate loaded down with goodies, billions for the oil companies, and it was sponsored by Bush and Cheney. You know who voted for it? You might never know. That one [pointing at obama]. You know who voted against it? Me.

yeah, he really did call obama “that one”.

“Not you, Tom.”

to debate moderator tom brokaw, after being asked who he might name as treasury secretary in his administration

“We’ve got to stop sending $700 billion a year to countries that don’t want us very — like us very much.”

someone should tell him that iraqis don’t like us very much.

“As president of the United States, Alan, I would order the secretary of the treasury to immediately buy up the bad home loan mortgages in America and renegotiate at the new value of those homes — at the diminished value of those homes and let people be able to make those — be able to make those payments and stay in their homes.”

in other words, john mccain wants to socialize the mortgage system and buy $300 billion of bad debt.

way to kick off that spending freeze you’ve been railing about.

“My friends, what we have to do with Medicare is have a commission, have the smartest people in America come together, come up with recommendations, and then, like the base-closing commission idea we had, then we should have Congress vote up or down.”

mccain’s solution for medicare: create a commission of mavericks to solve it.

“I’ll get Osama bin Laden, my friends. I’ll get him. I know how to get him.”

you know where he is but you haven’t told anyone all this time??

“The point is — the point is that we can fix our economy. Americans’ workers are the best in the world. They’re the fundamental aspect of America’s economy.
They’re the most innovative. They’re the best — they’re most — have best — we’re the best exporters.”

trying to figure out what america’s the best at.

“But you know, one of the real catalysts, really the match that lit this fire was Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. I’ll bet you, you may never even have heard of them before this crisis.”

actually, the (black) questioner did hear about those companies before. way to be patronizing, uncle john.

well, that’s all for now.

i’m sure there will be tons more in the weeks to come.

in the meantime, jeffrey feldman of huffpo has collected some annoying sayings and catchphrases of mccain from the debate. it’s a pretty fun list.


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John Mccain just doesn’t understand foreign policy…

during the debates, john mccain wanted to pretend as if it’s obama who’s been confused about american foreign policy and america’s economic situation for the past eight years. he sniped:

I’m not prepared at this time to cut off aid to Pakistan. So I’m not prepared to threaten it, as Senator Obama apparently wants to do, as he has said that he would announce military strikes into Pakistan.

We’ve got to get the support of the people of — of Pakistan. He said that he would launch military strikes into Pakistan.

Now, you don’t do that. You don’t say that out loud. If you have to do things, you have to do things, and you work with the Pakistani government.

i agree, you don’t say that sort of stuff out loud.

but then why did mccain sing “bomb bomb bomb iran” last year when asked about his position on the country?  because war is a joke?

And I’m — I’m — understand why Senator Obama was surprised and said that the surge succeeded beyond his wildest expectations.

It didn’t exceed beyond mine, because I know that that’s a strategy that has worked and can succeed.


as thinkprogress notes, mccain himself questioned whether the surge would work. he said, “I am concerned about it, whether it is sufficient numbers or not.”

and, “I am very nervous about this new strategy. I am very doubtful that we have enough troops. I don’t know if the Maliki government will be strong enough.”

furthermore, as i pointed out earlier in the year, mccain was against the surge before he was for it.  where was mccain’s self-proclaimed foreign policy experience when he consistently said that the situation was improving? or when we he said we should just stay the course? and who was being naive when, in 2005, he said that we’ll be out in a year?

but yeah, john, we’ll sit back and pretend like it’s everyone else who “just doesn’t understand”.


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