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McCain’s Hail Mary

so back when obama was at hyde park, he attended a dinner event with one of the most renowned and famous professors of the israeli-palestinian issue: rashid khalidi (now with columbia university).

mccain wants the video of the party to be released:

On Wednesday, McCain said 1960s radical Bill Ayers had attended the same party in 2003. McCain and Palin have criticized Obama for his ties to Ayers and questioned what the videotape of the party might show.

“Among other things, Israel was described there as the perpetrator of terrorism rather than the victim,” Palin said at a rally in Ohio. “What we don’t know is how Barack Obama responded to these slurs on a country that he professes to support.”

mccain is trying to paint khalidi as a radical, even though there is scant evidence of khalidi’s ties to the PLO and even though the PLO was heavily propped up by western donors as the moderate face of the palestinians.

more amusingly, mccain himself funded khalidi’s group:

“During the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.”

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Abortion – Who’s the real radical here?

“In short, Senator Obama is a politician who has long since left behind even the middle ground on the issue of life….He hopes that you won’t notice how radical, absolutely radical his idea is on this, and his record is, until it’s too late.” ~ sarah palin 10/11/08

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obama’s the radical, even though it’s mccain who wants to overturn roe vs wade and it’s mccain who wants a constitutional amendment to ban abortion.

in fact, since his time in office, john mccain has been against reproductive choice 125 out of 130 times.

but no that’s not radical, even though the majority of americans are pro-choice.

palin herself is unsure how un-radical she is.

at one point she said that women who were raped or are the victim of incest should be allowed to abort, but at another point she said that she’s opposed to abortion even in those situations (see link here).

and once again, that’s something that the vast majority (86% according to a time poll) of americans disagree with.

but going against the will of the people isn’t radical.

it’s “mavericky”, right?

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Barack Obama’s friend tried to kill my family

despite mccain palin supporters increasing ferociousness, with the racial slurs shouted, and with the threats and the ugly insults hurled at obama,  john mccain has released a press statement from a man who declares:

“Barack Obama’s friend tried to kill my family”.

the “friend” of course, is william ayers, the weather underground radical who set bombs in the 1960s and 70s. as mccain’s poll numbers have dropped, his attempts to find connections with obama and ayers have become more desperate and more spurious.

the non-partisan site factcheck.org has continuously dimissed mccain’s claims as “groundless, false, and dubious”.

none of these facts have stopped palin from saying at a rally that obama has been palling around with terrorists (as frank rich of the NYT’s points out, notice the plural there). in fact, throughout this month, as the economy is on the verge of collapse, and the entire world is looking for the next president to lead us out of this crisis, john mccain’s camp has not so quietly played up the “barack hussein obama is a terrorist card”.

over the past week, an independent watchdog has found that 100% of john mccain’s ads have been negative, compared to  34% negative ads from obama.

because the only thing you can base a campaign on when you have no answers is fear.

and that’s something john mccain definitely knows how to play up.

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Members of “Economists for McCain” trash McCain

wow, this really takes the cake:

Many of the professional economists who formally endorsed John McCain’s economic plan are expressing bewilderment with his most recent proposal to rectify the home mortgage crisis.

some quotes from the economists:

Michael Connolly, an economics professor at the University of Miami, called the idea “Robin Hood economics.”

“It will provide an incentive for people to default [on their loans],” he warned. “And they might get rid of their negative equity and take the subsidy and default on their next loan too.”

Houston Stokes, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said he didn’t agree that the government should “pay a face value” due to the moral hazard it created.

“These guys got themselves into a jam and it is now their problem,” he said. “We should not overpay. We should buy these mortgages at the lowest price… I don’t want to be accused of helping out the Wall Street types.”

after mccain made the stunning announcement during the debates, obama immediately released a counter ad stating that mccain’s plan would shift the burden from the lenders to the taxpayers.

as CNN’s factcheck describes:

McCain previously supported renegotiating mortgages with lenders, who would take losses. His economic adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, told reporters Wednesday that McCain now believes having the government pay the entire value of the loans is “the only way” to begin stabilizing the housing market “in a timely fashion.”

having taxpayers foot the bill for $300 billion of bad mortgages?

this isn’t just socialism, it’s lunacy.

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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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McCainism of the Day

“Well, basically, it’s a Google.” –on how he’s conducting his VP search, Richmond, Virginia, June 9, 2008

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Why do economists hate John McCain?

is it just another MSM/left-wing conspiracy, or is it possible that john “i will buy $300 billion of bad mortgages” mccain is absolutely clueless when it comes to the economy?

according a recent poll conducted by the Economist, the majority of respondents were highly critical of mccain’s economic plans and his ability to lead the nation through the financial crisis.

some excerpts from the article:

Even among Republicans Mr Obama has the edge: 46% versus 23% say Mr Obama has the better grasp of the subject. “I take McCain’s word on this one,” comments James Harrigan at the University of Virginia ..

“John McCain has professed disdain for ‘so-called economists’, and for some the feeling has become mutual,” says Erik Brynjolfsson, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. “Obama’s team is mainstream and non-ideological but extremely talented.”

Mr Obama, says Jonathan Parker, a non-aligned professor at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, “is a pragmatist not an ideologue. I expect Clintonian economic policies.”

Twice as many economists think Mr McCain’s plan would be bad or very bad for long-run growth as Mr Obama’s. Given how much focus Mr McCain has put on his plan’s benefits for growth, this last is quite a repudiation.

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