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Shhh…don’t say that out loud

remember in the debates when mccain chastized obama for saying that he’d launch strikes in pakistan?

well here’s mccain and palin trying to excuse her same exact statement:

“We had a great discussion with President Zardari as we talked about what it is that America can and should be doing together to make sure that the terrorists do not cross borders and do not ultimately put themselves in a position of attacking America again or her allies,” said Palin. “And we will do what we have to do to secure the United States of America and her allies.”

“Is that something you shouldn’t say out loud, Sen. McCain?” asked Couric.

“Of course not,” replied McCain. “But, look, I understand this day and age of ‘gotcha’ journalism. Is that a pizza place? In a conversation with someone who you didn’t hear … the question very well, you don’t know the context of the conversation, grab a phrase. Gov. Palin and I agree that you don’t announce that you’re going to attack another country …”

“Are you sorry you said it?” questioned Couric.

“… and the fact …” trailed McCain.

“Governor?” asked Couric.

“Wait a minute,” interrupted McCain. “Before you say, ‘is she sorry she said it,’ this was a ‘gotcha’ sound bite that, look …

“It wasn’t a ‘gotcha,'” said Couric. “She was talking to a voter.”

watch the clip here.

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The Madness of King John McCain.

I don’t often feel bad for a candidate in a presidential race though I did kind of feel bad that Gary Hart was as stupid as he was back in the eighties, but, today i actually felt bad for Barrack Obama. Not because of the presidential race, or his race, or anything related to policy issues.  No I felt bad for the guy because he had to stand in front of a bunch of reporters and respond to what by now most honest people will admit is”The Madness of King John McCain”.

I submit for proof in no particular order……….

John McCain: “Sarah Palin is very well qualified to be President.”     Hmmmm okay.

“The economy is fundamentally strong.”  ahhh, think you missed this one bud.

“We are all Georgians today.”  I don’t know about that John, wasn’t that what the doctors who removed the bullets from Ronald Reagan said, “today we’re all republicans.” Maybe you had a flash back or something.

(paraphrased) “Rick Davis, my campaign manager, never took money from Freddie Mac.”        http://www.newsweek.com/id/160561/output/print OOOPPPPSSS!!!!!!!

“We’ll stay in Iraq for a hundred years if we need too.”      Lordy!!

“We’re in a recession, I mean I don’t really know if we’re in a recession technically,” but most people think we are.”    (60 minutes)  I get you, I think…

“I’d fire the S.E.C chairman Cox,”  But, technically you can’t and even if you could he really only does what the president tells him to do, so why do we fire him?

1999: “De-regulation is good for the economy.”  2008: “We need more regulation.”     Good flip.

Today: I’m putting my campaign on hold. I will go to Washington.”    Ummmm, wasn’t that like Eisenhower or General MacArthur, who said he was going to Korea,,, In like the fifties?

Today: “I want to postpone the debates”   I agree completely, this is the worst time to educate the public, the less we know the better off we are.

…And so goes the dilemma for poor Barrack Obama, John McCain is nuts!  It’s becoming painfully obvious to the casual observer that his decisions are irrational, his outbursts are without context, and we the people aren’t allowed to say the obvious because he was a war hero.

…And he was a great war hero and no one would disparage his honorable service.  But somewhere in the last few months John has been drifting in and out of the twilight zone, and the result is a very respectful Barrack Obama standing at a podium suggesting that a president should be able to multi-task. Instead of saying what many of us are thinking, which is, “I don’t have a clue what McCain is doing or talking about but I’m sure in this day and age of telephones, airplanes, and fax machines we don’t necessarily have to hold any-ones hand in Washington to pass the economic bailout.”

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The Maverick Populist

this past week, mccain has tried to play catchup with his economic policy. he declared:

Part of the reason we are facing this crisis is an antiquated regulatory system of uncoordinated agencies that haven’t been doing the job. I believe we need a high level oversight board to impose accountability and establish concrete criteria for who gets help and who does not.

he even went so far as to announce that he would’ve fired the SEC chair for the financial mess (nevermind the fact that the president has no authority to do so, let’s all play along here).

aaaaand he’s even got a spanking new ad out that declares “enough is enough” it’s time to “reform wall st!”

too bad mccain’s maverick foresight didn’t happen years ago.

as the washington post explains:

A decade ago, Sen. John McCain embraced legislation to broadly deregulate the banking and insurance industries, helping to sweep aside a thicket of rules established over decades in favor of a less restricted financial marketplace that proponents said would result in greater economic growth.

here’s the best line:

“I’m always for less regulation,” he told the Wall Street Journal in March. He added: “I’d like to see a lot of the unnecessary government regulations eliminated.”

in fact, on september 20th, 2008, as wall st. lost trillions of dollars and was begging for a massive bailout, john mccain declared in an interview:

I think the deregulation was probably helpful to the growth of our economy.

so why start regulating now, johnny?

and just remember folks, he also doesn’t believe in regulating the healthcare system….

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About that fundamentally strong economy…

after declaring that the economy is fundamentally sound 18 times this past year, including yesterday when the dow jones dropped 500 something points, mccain has now decided to clarify his statements:

“My opponents may disagree, but those fundamentals – the American worker, the innovation, the entrepreneurship, the small business – are the fundamentals of America and I think they are strong.”

really?

that’s his gauge for a healthy U.S. economy?

not the $9.6 tril debt, or the massive unemployment, or the collapse of major financial institutions, or soaring cost of food and oil and basic goods and services.

but innovation.

really??

what happens after an entrepreneur comes up with an innovative new product? where does he get his loan in today’s market? from washington mutual?

and where does that strong american worker get a job in todays market place? are they just too lazy to find work?

well, if you asked mccain that two years ago, he’d probably have said yes. here’s a video of him claiming that americans wouldn’t bother to work even if he paid us $50 an hour:

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Will the Real John McCain Please Stand Up?

great article:

There is now real confusion about what kind of man Obama will be up against as the race enters its final stretch. Listen to what McCain said on Tuesday night in Louisiana as he was marking the point at which the presidential race proper with Obama truly began. “The American people didn’t get to know me yesterday, as they are just getting to know Senator Obama,” he said, playing the experience card. But it is not at all certain that he is right about that. Do the American people know McCain? Or put it another way; which version of himself will he present to the American people? Will it be Old John McCain, the fiercely independent maverick? Or will it be the gun-loving, tax-cutting tub-thumper to which the NRA was treated in Kentucky? Will the real John McCain please stand up.

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Will John McCain ever repudiate Hagee?

several months ago, john mccain was endorsed by reverend john hagee, a charming man who believes in an apocalyptic showdown between the west and the east, with jesus christ himself intervening and protecting the west:

“Russia is going to get in that position and they are literally, with all that massive military force, going to attack Israel,” Hagee told ABC News in 2006. “This is recorded in Ezekiel 38 and 39. God himself is literally going to destroy that army. Decimate it.”

Hagee added that the confrontation would be followed by a Chinese army of 200 million coming to the city of Armageddon, where they will meet British and U.S. forces in the Battle of Armageddon.

“At that point, Jesus Christ returns to Earth and sets up his eternal kingdom in the city of Jerusalem and there’s 1000 years of peace,” Hagee said. “The Jewish people are going to see the supernatural hand of God preserve them and deliver them while the enemies of Israel are crushed. That’s the end-time story.”

and he continues:

The United States must join Israel in a pre-emptive military strike against Iran to fulfill God’s plan for both Israel and the West… a biblically prophesied end-time confrontation with Iran, which will lead to the Rapture, Tribulation, and Second Coming of Christ.

but wait there’s more….

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Misunderestimating Sadr


Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), 4/8/07:

“Extremist Shiite militia leader Moqtada al-Sadr is in hiding, his followers are not contesting American forces”

Muqtada al-Sadr, 4/9/07:

Quote:
“‘You, the Iraqi army and police forces, don’t walk alongside the occupiers, because they are your archenemy,’ the al-Sadr statement said.

the result:

Najaf – Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Shi’a burned and trampled on US flags in the holy city of Najaf on Monday at an anti-American rally called by firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on the fourth anniversary of the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Large crowds of men, women and children holding Iraqi flags and anti-US banners massed in Najaf and the nearby city of Kufa to protest against what they said was an American occupation of Iraq.

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