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McCain Lies almost daily, but the Main Stream Media gives him a pass by not saying anything.
Yoda's World will now be posting some of McCain's LIES for you to view each week.

McCain Economy


Sarah Palin Blamed by the US Secret Service Over Death Threats Against Barack Obama

Sarah Palin's attacks on Barack Obama's patriotism provoked a spike in death threats against the future president, Secret Service agents revealed during the final weeks of the campaign.
By Tim Shipman in Washington

Sarah Palin's attacks on Barack Obama's patriotism provoked a spike in death threats against the future president, Secret Service agents revealed during the final weeks of the campaign.

The Republican vice presidential candidate attracted criticism for accusing Mr Obama of "palling around with terrorists", citing his association with the sixties radical William Ayers.

The attacks provoked a near lynch mob atmosphere at her rallies, with supporters yelling "terrorist" and "kill him" until the McCain campaign ordered her to tone down the rhetoric.

But it has now emerged that her demagogic tone may have unintentionally encouraged white supremacists to go even further.

The Secret Service warned the Obama family in mid October that they had seen a dramatic increase in the number of threats against the Democratic candidate, coinciding with Mrs Palin's attacks.

Michelle Obama, the future First Lady, was so upset that she turned to her friend and campaign adviser Valerie Jarrett and said: "Why would they try to make people hate us?"

The revelations, contained in a Newsweek history of the campaign, are likely to further damage Mrs Palin's credentials as a future presidential candidate. She is already a frontrunner, with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, to take on Mr Obama in four years time.

Details of the spike in threats to Mr Obama come as a report last week by security and intelligence analysts Stratfor, warned that he is a high risk target for racist gunmen. It concluded: "Two plots to assassinate Obama were broken up during the campaign season, and several more remain under investigation. We would expect federal authorities to uncover many more plots to attack the president that have been hatched by white supremacist ideologues."


Sarah Palin: Talk Show Host?

Mary Hart hit the McCain-Palin campaign trail in Kissimmee, FL -- a key battleground state -- for a one-on-one interview with Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Are the rumors true that she plans to be a talk show host if Barack Obama and Joe Biden win the election?

"I don't know about the talk show host idea so much," says Palin, "but really, Mary, what I am focused on is between now and November fourth -- that's my focus."

"Governor, you don't want my job in television, by chance?" jokes Mary.

"You're good," laughs Palin.

Watch it…


Joe Lieberman Says the Next President will be Tested, on Face the Nation Back in June

Sarah Palin Visit's Pro-American Area's in the United States, avoids the Un-American Cities

"We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation. This is where we find the kindness and the goodness and the courage of everyday Americans. Those who are running our factories and teaching our kids and growing our food and are fighting our wars for us. Those who are protecting us in uniform. Those who are protecting the virtues of freedom."


More Republicans Jump ship - Weld, McClellan and Pressler Support Obama

Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld, a Republican, announced his support for the Democratic nominee for President, Barack Obama.

Weld’s endorsement comes a day after former Bush Press Secretary Scott McClellan and the former Governor of Minnesota Arne Carlson, also a Republican, announced their support - separately - of Obama’s candidacy.

In a statement Weld said, “Sen. Obama is a once-in-a-lifetime candidate who will transform our politics and restore America’s standing in the world.”

“We need a president who will lead based on our common values and Sen. Obama demonstrates an ability to unite and inspire. Throughout this campaign I’ve watched his steady leadership through trying times and I’m confident he is the best candidate to move our country forward,” he said.

Scott McClellan Appearing on “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News,” McClellan said his vote is all about “change.”

“From the very beginning I have said I am going to support the candidate that has the best chance for changing the way Washington works and getting things done and I will be voting for Barack Obama,” he said to cheers and applause.

Former Sen. Larry Pressler (R-S.D.), who was the first Vietnam veteran to serve in the United States Senate, is the latest Republican to back Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign, Politico learned Sunday.

Pressler, who said that in addition to casting an absentee ballot for Obama he'd donated $500 to the Illinois senator's campaign, cited the Democrat's response to the financial crisis as the primary reason for his decision.

"I just got the feeling that Obama will be able to handle this financial crisis better, and I like his financial team of (former Treasury Secretary Robert) Rubin and (former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul) Volcker better," he said. By contrast, John McCain's "handling of the financial crisis made me feel nervous."


Sarah Palin: The Deer Caught in the Headlights

By: David Phillips

October 20, 2008


Bio and Background


Sarah Louise Heath Palin was born February 11, 1964; Palin was born in Sandpoint, Idaho, the third of four children of Sarah Heath, a school secretary, and Charles R. Heath, a science teacher and track coach. She is of English, German, and Irish descent. The family moved to Alaska when she was an infant. As a child, she would sometimes go moose hunting with her father before school.


Palin attended Wasilla High School in Wasilla, located 44 miles north of Anchorage. She was the head of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter at the school and the point guard and captain of the school's girls' basketball team. She earned the nickname "Sarah Barracuda" because of her intense play.


Palin attended several colleges and universities. In 1982, she enrolled at Hawaii Pacific College but left after her first semester. She transferred to North Idaho community college, where she spent two semesters as a general studies major. From there, she transferred to the University of Idaho for two semesters. During this time Palin won the Miss Wasilla Pageant, then finished third in the 1984 Miss Alaska pageant, at which she won a college scholarship and the "Miss Congeniality" award. She then attended the Matanuska-Susitna community college in Alaska for one term. The next year she returned to the University of Idaho where she spent three semesters completing her Bachelor of Science degree in communications-journalism, graduating in 1987.


In 1988, she worked as a sports reporter for KTUU-TV and KTVA-TV in Anchorage, Alaska, and for the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman as a sports reporter. (Source: Wikipedia)


Elected Office’s


Palin was a member of the Wasilla, Alaska city council from 1992 to 1996 and mayor from 1996 to 2002. She was elected governor of Alaska in November 2006


On August 29, 2008, John McCain announced he had chosen Sarah Palin as his running mate in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. She is the first woman to run on the Republican Party's presidential ticket and the first Alaskan nominee of either major party.




As Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, Mayor Palin cut property taxes and other small taxes on business. But, according to the Anchorage Daily News the budget of Wasilla (population 5,469 in 2000) “apart from capital projects and debt, rose from $3.9 million in fiscal 1996 to $5.8 million.”


Also as Mayor of Wasilla, Palin pushed through a new all purpose sports arena that was paid for with her new sales tax increase which funded the $15 million dollar project.


But part of the land for the sports complex was privately owned, but that did not stop Palin, she broke ground on the site without dealing with the land owner, and the City was sued. The suit cost the city another $1.7 million more than the original $125,000 that was budgeted. Wasilla is still facing budget shortfalls from the case today.


When Palin left office in 2002, Wasilla had “racked up nearly $20 million in long-term debt,” or roughly $3,000 of debt per resident.


As Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin successfully pushed a windfall tax on oil company profits, a law that raised taxes on oil profits to 25 percent from 22.5, winning passage in the State Legislature in November 2007. The increase amounted to an estimated $1.6-billion annually more for the state.


Palin also pushed through a new mega-pipeline that will be built by TransCanada that will bring jobs and more tax dollars to the State of Alaska.


Palin’s dealings with oil corporations have led Sen. McCain to say, “She knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America” 


God help us, if that were true.


Sarah Palin does not have the experience to be Vice-President or President. She refuses to speak to the media, because she cannot answer even the simplest of questions like what newspapers or magazines she reads or naming a Supreme Court ruling that she may disagree with besides Roe v. Wade.


Sure Sarah can whip a crowd up into a frenzy, she excites the base and McCain rally’s now have more people showing up because of Palin, but when you actually listen to the words from Palin at the rally’s you quickly discover that she is a pro at saying nothing.


Sarah Palin is, The Deer Caught in the Headlights



David Phillips is a Vietnam Era Veteran, a Democratic Party Activist, and David is also the Publisher and Editor of the online political magazine YodasWorld.org

E-Mail Questions or Comments: oneyoda@aol.com


You can also read David’s weekly column in the Santa Ynez Valley Journal or you can go to their web site: www.Syvjournal.com


Wave Of McCain Robocalls Reported, Some May Violate State Law

The McCain-Palin campaign and the Republican National Committee launched a massive robocall campaign on Thursday designed to alarm voters about Barack Obama’s past association with former radical Bill Ayers. The committee may be violating state law in the process.

The call begins: "Hello. I’m calling for John McCain and the RNC," before telling recipients that they "need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers, whose organization bombed the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge’s home, and killed Americans."

More remarkable than the message (coming after a presidential debate in which John McCain said he didn’t care about a "washed up terrorist") is the reach of the campaign itself. The Huffington Post received dozens of emails from voters who had either received the call or gotten a voice mail with a recording. Reports came from Ohio, Colorado, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Missouri, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, West Virginia, Maine and even Georgia.

Several readers in Minnesota also reported receiving the call, which could be a violation of that state’s laws. Explains Shaun Dakin, CEO & Founder of the National Political Do Not Contact Registry:

"Most robocalls are supposed to have two things, "paid for by X" and a phone number of the group making the call. Most do that. Now, that being said, there are some states that have their own robocall laws and they are much stricter. Minnesota pretty much bans robocalls entirely unless they are introduced by a human voice. And that pretty much never happens because it defeats the point."

Here’s audio of the call:

More of The McCain/Palin Mob


Not About the Financial Crisis
Paul Kurgman

The crisis isn’t the only scary thing going on. Something very ugly is taking shape on the political scene: as McCain’s chances fade, the crowds at his rallies are, by all accounts, increasingly gripped by insane rage. It’s not just a mob phenomenon — it’s visible in the right-wing media, and to some extent in the speeches of McCain and Palin.

We’ve seen this before. One thing that has been sort of written out of the mainstream history of politics is the sheer insanity of the attacks on the Clintons — they were drug smugglers, they murdered Vince Foster (and lots of other people), they were in league with foreign powers. And this stuff didn’t just show up in fringe publications — it was discussed in Congress, given props by the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal, and so on.

What it came down to was that a significant fraction of the American population, backed by a lot of money and political influence, simply does not consider government by liberals (even very moderate liberals) legitimate. Ronald Reagan was supposed to have settled that once and for all.

What happens when Obama is elected? It will be even worse than it was in the Clinton years. For sure there will be crazy accusations, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some violence.

The next few years are going to be very, very tough.


Meeting G7, Bush Vows World Economic Fix
Bush Pledges Coordinated Response From World Leaders on Economic Crisis

After one of the worst weeks in the stock market's history, President Bush met foreign financial leaders today to hatch a plan to take on the international financial crisis. In a Rose Garden address following the meeting, Bush vowed to work together with world leaders to develop a unified response.

"All of us recognize that this is a serious global crisis and, therefore, requires a serious global response for the good of our people. We resolve to continue our strong efforts to return our economies to the path of stability and long-term growth," Bush said.

Bush was joined by financial leaders of the other G7 nations Japan, Germany, England, France, Italy and Canada as well as Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

While Bush did not discuss any strategies for resolving the economic crisis, he emphasized the need for global leaders to work together in order to avoid worsening the situation.

"As our nations confront challenges unique to our individual financial systems, we must continue to work collaboratively and ensure that our actions are coordinated," Bush said. "We must ensure the actions of one country do not contradict or undermine the actions of another. In our interconnected world, no nation will gain by driving down the fortunes of another. We're in this together. We will come through it together."

Bush also praised swift action taken by some G7 nations earlier in the week to enact a joint interest rate cut. In an historical coordinated policy action, central banks around the world, including the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank, lowered key rates in hopes of boosting liquidity and unfreezing the credit markets.

Bush tried to instill confidence that world leaders were doing everything they could to lessen the crisis, but warned it would take time.

"The benefits will not be realized overnight. But as these actions take effect, they will help restore stability to our markets and confidence to our financial institutions."

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Troopergate Report: Palin Abused Power
Filed by David Edwards and Andrew McLemore

An investigation of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin found she abused her power as an Alaska governor in the firing of the state public safety commissioner, the Associated Press reported.

The report concludes that Palin's desire for a state trooper to be dismissed following a family dispute was one of several factors leading to the firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan.

Monegan claims his dismissal was an act of vengeance for resisting pressure to fire a state trooper involved in a bitter divorce with the governor's sister.

"I feel vindicated," Monegan said. "It sounds like they've validated my belief and opinions. And that tells me I'm not totally out in left field."

Investigator Stephen Branchflower led the bipartisan panel that investigated the matter and found Palin in violation of a state ethics law, KTUU reported.

"I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch ethics act," Branchflower said in the 263-page report.


John McCain, the Maverick, the Myth

By: David Phillips

October 6, 2008


Senator John Sidney McCain III was born August 29, 1936 and celebrated his 72nd birthday last month, if elected he would become the oldest person ever elected as President. McCain was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982; he served two terms, and was then elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986, winning re-election easily in 1992, 1998, and 2004.


Senator McCain, whose nick name is “The Maverick” had ruffled many feathers over the years by not voting in lock step with his Republican congressional caucus in Washington.


Over the past 26 years that Senator McCain has been in Washington there have been many others who also have not voted in lock step with the GOP, but somewhere along the way, it was McCain who was tagged the Maverick by the media for differing with the Republican Party on some key issues.


Well the Maverick is gone, dead, buried, it is no more, the only thing left of the maverick nickname that McCain was once famous for is now a myth of a man that once was.


McCain is a man who now votes in lock step with his GOP brethren, McCain is now a follower and no longer a leader. In 2006 Senator McCain voted with Bush and the GOP 90 percent of the time, in 2007 95 percent of the time and 2008 100 percent of the time on the few times he came off the campaign trail and back to Washington to cast a vote.


John McCain has been campaigning on two personal notes; one is that he is a maverick, and two, that he is a former POW.


As I said, the maverick is no longer, it is his past, as is his POW status.


McCain in every campaign from his past to the present has used his history as a POW as if it qualifies him for whatever office he was and is seeking. This is not to belittle his history as a POW, McCain endured torture that only others who themselves have been tortured can truly understand. But in no way does being captured and tortured qualify him or entitle him to be President of the United States.


In an interview with Katie Couric a couple of months back McCain was asked to clear up the flap he created in a previous interview with Politico, when McCain was asked how many homes he owns and said “I think — I’ll have my staff get to you.” McCain’s answer to Couric was, "I spent some years without a kitchen table, without a chair." McCain was referring to his time spent as a POW as to the reason why he did not know how many homes he owns.


McCain’s aide Brian Rogers said to the Washington Post, while in full damage-control mode, said his boss had “some investment properties and stuff,” then added: “This is a guy who lived in one house for five and a half years — in prison.”


Another of McCain’s POW entitlement happened when he was making a comment about Elizabeth Edwards, the wife of former Senator and Presidential candidate John Edwards, when she ridiculed McCain's health care policy. A McCain aide said that the Senator knows what it’s like to get inadequate care "from another government.”


And then there have been the countless ads showing McCain in a bed at the Hanoi Hilton, the opening video at the Republican convention were McCain’s POW history along with film of the 911attack which were used as the intro to McCain’s speech.


Senator McCain you were a POW, we get it, but that does not entitle you or lend qualifications to you, to be President of the United States.


And finally, last week the Senate approved a bailout bill, and then sent it to the House which also approved the Bill, then Bush signed it into law. The Senate version included $150 billion in pork that the original House Bill that was first voted down did not contain. Senator McCain whose has campaigned on “no pork”, voted yes on the Senate version that was ultimately signed by Bush.



David Phillips is a Vietnam Era Veteran, a Democratic Party Activist, and David is also the Publisher and Editor of the online political magazine YodasWorld.org

 E-Mail Questions or Comments: oneyoda@aol.com


You can also read David’s weekly column in the Santa Ynez Valley Journal or you can go to their web site: www.Syvjournal.com

John McCain Calls Cindy's Father A "Role Model"

If abandoning your wife and child, being a convicted felon, and starting a business with help from mob ties makes one a role model, then Jim Hensley was indeed a role model.

In an interview with Katie Couric on August 23, 2008, McCain stated, "Cindy's father, who barely finished high school, went off and distinguished himself in World War II in a B-17 and came back with practically nothing and realized the American dream, and I am proud and grateful for that, and I think he is a role model to many young Americans who serve in the military and come back and succeed.

Hensley Dumps His First Family

* Jim Hensley, Cindy McCain's father, and Mary Jeanne Hensley were married in 1937. In February 1943, their daughter Kathleen Anne Hensley was born. Jim was a bombardier in WWII and was injured while flying in Europe.

* While recovering in West Virginia, he met Marguerite Smith. He divorced Mary Jeanne and he and Marguerite were married in 1945. Their daughter, Cindy Lou Hensley, was born May 20, 1945.

* Jim Hensley, was for the most part, an absentee father to his first child. According to Portalski, "I saw him a few times a year. I saw him at Christmas and birthdays, and he provided money for school clothes, and he called occasionally.

* After becoming a multi-millionaire, Hensley helped Portalski, giving Kathleen and her husband appx. $10,000 a year for about a decade and paying the college tuition of her children - his own grandchildren. Yet upon his death, Kathleen and her husband were left $10,000 and the grandchildren received nothing.

Bootlegging, Mob Ties, and Gambling

* in 1945, Jim Hensley and his brother Eugene began working for Kemper Marley. Kemper Marley owned United Sales Company in Phoenix and United Distributors in Tucson.

* Kemper Marley was purportedly a mob boss. According to the Albuquerque Journal, in a 1953 New Mexico State Police report, Kemper Marley, "is reputed to be the financial backer for the bookies" and "owned a wire service formerly operated in connection with bookmaking of the Al Capone gang." And though never charged, Marley is suspected of ordering the car bomb assassination of journalist Ken Bolles in 1976.

* In 1948, Jim and Eugene Hensley were indicted for falsifying liquor records to conceal illegal distribution of whiskey against post-war rationing regulations. Both men were convicted in U.S. District Court on federal charges of conspiracy and Jim Hensley was also convicted on seven counts of filing false liquor records. While Eugene was sentenced to one year in federal prison, Jim received a six-month suspended sentence.

* In the early 1950s, Jim and Eugene Hensley bought into the Ruidoso Downs racetrack in New Mexico with equal partner Clarence "Teak" Baldwin. Yet a few months later, at a hearing before the New Mexico State Racing Commission, Jim and Eugene concealed the existence of Baldwin. Because of his illegal bookmaking, Baldwin had been banned from any ownership role. Additionally, New Mexico State Police discovered Kemper Marley was a financial backer for bookmakers with ties to Baldwin and with the bookmaking operations of organized crime. Despite that, Jim and Eugene were given their Ruidoso Downs racetrack license in 1953, a decision John F. Simms, governor of New Mexico's following administration called appalling.

* In 1953 Jim Hensley and Kemper Marley were again charged with falsifying liquor records. This time Jim was defended by future Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist. He and Kemper Marley were both men were acquitted.

* In spite of being a convicted felon, Jim Hensley was somehow granted a state liquor license in 1955 (and later a federal liquor license) to found a beer distributorship. Hensley later switched to distributing exclusively Anheuser-Busch beer, and by 1980 Hensley & Company Distributors and Hensley & Company Wholesale had made Jim Hensley a multi-millionaire.

* In 1981, Hensley hired his new son-in-law, John McCain, as Vice President of Public Relations for Hensley & Company. It was Hensley's money and influential ties throughout the state of Arizona that help McCain win his first campaign for the U.S. Senate.

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McCain Accuse Obama of Phoning it In, While McCain Phones it In.

Just another Lie by McCain

John McCain made a huge stink about putting his campaign on hold and postponing the first presidential debate so he could devote his energies to help resolve the banking crisis.

Mcain was still peddling the fiction that he had "suspended" his campaign last week, saying:

You know, remarkably, some people have criticized my decision, but I will never, ever be a president who sits on the sidelines when this country faces a crisis. I know that many of you may have noticed, but it's not my style to simply "phone it in."

Except he did phone it in.

John McCain is staying in Washington this weekend to keep working on the bailout legislation. He will not be visiting Capital Hill, however, preferring to work out of his campaign office.

"He can effectively do what he needs to do by phone,'' said senior adviser Mark Salter.

Watch It...Just another Day, just another Lie From Senator McCain


Top 10 Dumbest Sarah Palin Quotes

Idiotic Quotes by Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin

By Daniel Kurtzman

1. "As for that VP talk all the time, I'll tell you, I still can't answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day?" --Sarah Palin, interview with CNBC's "Kudlow & Co", July 2008 (Watch video clip)

2. "As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border." --Sarah Palin, explaining why Alaska's proximity to Russia gives her foreign policy experience, interview with CBS's Katie Couric, Sept. 24, 2008 (
Watch video clip)

3. "Well, let's see. There's -- of course -- in the great history of America rulings there have been rulings." --Sarah Palin, unable to name a Supreme Court decision other than Roe vs. Wade, interview with Katie Couric, CBS News, Oct. 1, 2008 (
Watch video clip)

4. "All of 'em, any of 'em that have been in front of me over all these years." --Sarah Palin, unable to name a single newspaper or magazine she reads, interview with Katie Couric, CBS News, Oct. 1, 2008 (Watch video clip)

5. "I told the Congress, 'Thanks, but no thanks,' on that Bridge to Nowhere." –Sarah Palin, who was
for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it, multiple

6. "Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending soldiers out on a task that is from God. That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan." –Sarah Pailn, on the Iraq war, speaking to students at the Wasilla Assembly of God, June 2008 (
Watch video clip)

7. "I'll try to find you some and I'll bring them to you." --Sarah Palin, asked by Katie Couric to cite specific examples of how John McCain has pushed for more regulation in his 26 years in the Senate, CBS interview, Sept. 24, 2008 (
Watch video clip)

8. "That's exactly what we're going to do in a Palin and McCain administration." --Sarah Palin, elevating herself to the top of the ticket, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sept. 18, 2008 (
Watch video clip)

9. "Perhaps so." --Sarah Palin, when asked if we may need to go to war with Russia because of the Georgia crisis, ABC News interview, Sept. 11, 2008

10. "I'm the mayor, I can do whatever I want until the courts tell me I can't.'" --Sarah Palin, as quoted by former City Council Member Nick Carney, after he raised objections about the
$50,000 she spent renovating the mayor's office without approval of the city council


McCain Says Senate Silence Was Act of Bipartisanship
By Michael Abramowitz

DENVER -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says he didn't speak on the Senate floor in favor of the economic rescue plan Wednesday night because he didn't think the Democrats wanted him or his politics there, and he did not want to get in the way of bipartisan progress on the bill, according to the Denver Post.

In an hour-long interview here with the Post's editorial board, McCain addressed his silence on the Senate floor, which stood in contrast to Democrat Barack Obama, who delivered a floor speech in favor of the measure. McCain did say he was making calls to House members and had persuaded fellow Arizonan, Rep. John Shaddeg (R) to support the bill when it comes up for another vote this afternoon.

"I have never been any good at threatening people," McCain told the Post.


Freedom Platforms

By: David Phillips

Yoda’s World



The Energy Information Administration (EIA)...


These are the people (Our Government), whose report said that more offshore drilling would not start to lower the prices at the pumps until 2030, they also said that the affect would only lower the prices at the pumps by a few cents...


Right now the EIA says millions of barrels of oil that are drilled from American wells are currently sold out onto the World Market each month...


The EIA says that if the oil that is drilled in America were to stay in America for our use, there would be an IMMEDIATE effect of lower price’s seen at the pumps...


The oil that we Import from the Middle East cost you and me the same at the pumps once it’s refined into gasoline, as the oil that we drill here...Why?...GREED...


McCain's slogan of, drill here drill now, is wrong...He should be saying what’s Drilled in America, Stays in America...


Maybe if McCain started calling the Oil rigs that are offshore, "Freedom Platforms", more gullible America's would vote for him...


Alaska Town Opens 'Road to Nowhere'
Associated Press Writer
Alaska now has a Road to Nowhere going to what would have been the Bridge to Nowhere.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's transportation department has completed a $25 million gravel road leading to the site of a bridge that Palin, as John McCain's vice presidential candidate, now boasts that she stopped, so as to save taxpayers money. The road was built with federal tax dollars.

Ketchikan Mayor Bob Weinstein said the 3.2-mile road will be useful for road races, hunters and possibly future development. But with no bridge to serve it, that's probably about it.

"I think it will be good for recreational things like a 5K and a 10K," Weinstein said. "And instead of people walking through brush, it may be used for hunting in the area."

Palin repeatedly tells campaign crowds she said "thanks but no thanks" to Washington when it came up with $400 million for a bridge linking Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport. In fact, she turned against the bridge only after it became a national symbol of wasteful spending and Washington had backed off financing the project.

Roger Wetherell, speaking for the state Transportation Department, said the road opened several days ago might someday get people to and from Gravina Island after all, if cheaper designs for a bridge become a reality. Meantime, it opens access to land development, he said.

McCain opposes the pet projects that lawmakers in Washington wring out of the federal budget for their constituents in the form of special spending, or earmarks. He's railed for years against the bridge, doing more than anyone to make the nickname Bridge to Nowhere stick. And as his running mate, Palin talks about how she killed the bridge project and "championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress."

She supported the bridge during her campaign for governor in 2006, then pulled back state money for it a year later, after Washington had pulled the plug.

Alaska received about half the bridge money anyway, on condition it be used for other things. Palin's predecessor and the Legislature redirected all but $60 million in 2006 to other projects, and Palin has left the remainder untouched, to be used eventually to improve access to the island, her spokeswoman has said.

The airport is separated from its users by a quarter-mile-wide channel of water, forcing travelers to catch either a ferry or a water taxi for a 15-minute ride. Ketchikan, seven blocks wide and eight miles long, is Alaska's entry port for northbound cruise ships that bring more than 1 million visitors yearly.


"Why did the McCain Campaign Take Over the Governor's Office?"

Queries are directed through the McCain campaign machine. Her political capital at home is eroding.

By Kim Murphy
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

ANCHORAGE — Jerry McCutcheon went to Sarah Palin's office here last week to request information about the firing of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan, the scandal that for weeks has threatened to overshadow the governor's role as Republican presidential candidate John McCain's running mate.

McCutcheon was given a phone number in Virginia to call: the national headquarters of the McCain-Palin campaign.

Why, he wanted to know, did he have to call a campaign office 4,300 miles away to find out what was going on in Alaska government? The longtime civic activist phoned his local state representative, Les Gara, who quickly filed a protest.

These days, many such queries about Monegan -- or anything else involving Palin's record as governor -- get diverted to McCain staffers. A former Justice Department prosecutor from New York flew in recently to advise the governor's lawyer and field reporters' calls about Monegan. Soon after, Palin's willingness to cooperate in the Legislature's probe of the affair ended.

A recent call to John Cramer, the head of the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs -- who clashed with Palin during her years as mayor of Wasilla -- was returned by a McCain campaign operative who had just arrived from Washington, D.C. "John who?" she asked.

In stubbornly independent Alaska, the sudden intrusion of a political campaign into so many corners of state government -- not to mention Wasilla, where a dozen or more campaign researchers and lawyers have also begun overseeing the release of any information about Palin's years as mayor -- has touched a raw nerve. McCain staffers have even been assigned to answer calls for Palin's family members, who have been instructed not to talk.

"Why did the McCain campaign take over the governor's office?" the Anchorage Daily News demanded in an editorial Saturday. "Is it too much to ask that Alaska's governor speak for herself, directly to Alaskans, about her actions as Alaska's governor?"

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Format of Biden-Palin Debate Sets No Limit on Subject Matter

By Robert G. Kaiser
Washington Post Staff Writer

Negotiators for the campaigns of Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama agreed yesterday on a format for the Oct. 2 debate between Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., resolving an issue left open in August after the campaigns settled on the structure of the three presidential debates, according to sources involved in the talks.

Under the plan agreed to yesterday, Palin and Biden will have less time than McCain and Obama to reply to moderators' questions and discuss each other's answers. And there will be no guidelines given to Gwen Ifill of PBS, moderator of the vice presidential debate, as to subject matter, allowing her to mix in questions about foreign and domestic matters, the sources said.

Both sides were satisfied with the final agreement, the sources said. The Commission on Presidential Debates, the independent nonprofit organization that manages these quadrennial events, had hoped the campaigns would agree to the same longer segments for the vice presidential aspirants as those adopted in August for the presidential debates.

In the negotiations, Republicans wanted to limit the amount of time available for their neophyte candidate, Palin, to be questioned on a single topic. Democrats, meanwhile, wanted to be sure Biden and Palin spoke from lecterns rather than sitting at a table the way Vice President Cheney and his rivals in 2000 (Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut) and 2004 (Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina) did. Both sides got what they wanted. Palin and Biden will each have 90 seconds to respond to questions, followed by a two-minute period for discussion between the candidates.

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61 Lies By McCain/Palin Documented and Fact Checked...Click The Link Below and Read All the Lies From These Two Politicians...

Here are Couple of His latest LIES to Start you off:

CNN.com: John McCain's Nuclear Power Claim is "False." "At a town hall meeting Wednesday in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sen. John McCain repeated a standard line from his stump speech in support of nuclear power, telling voters that it's 'clean and it's safe and we can recycle -- excuse me -- reprocess and we can store. My opponent is against nuclear power...' The Facts: Sen. Barack Obama tells crowds that his policy "as president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology and find ways to safely harness nuclear power.' The Obama-Biden New Energy for America plan, posted on the Obama Web site in June, has a bullet-point section involving diversification of energy sources entitled 'safe and secure nuclear energy. ... Verdict: False." [CNN.com, 9/19/08: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/09/19/fact-check-is-obama-against-nuclear-power/]

FactCheck.org: McCain Ad Repeats False Tax Cut Charge on Tax Cuts. "The McCain-Palin campaign has released a new ad that once again distorts Obama's tax plans. The ad claims Obama will raise taxes on electricity. He hasn't proposed any such tax. Obama does support a cap-and-trade policy that would raise the costs of electricity, but so does McCain. It falsely claims he would tax home heating oil. Actually, Obama proposed a rebate of up to $1,000 per family to defray increased heating oil costs, funded by what he calls a windfall profits tax on oil companies. The ad claims that Obama will tax 'life savings.' In fact, he would increase capital gains and dividends taxes only for couples earning more than $250,000 per year, or singles making $200,000. For the rest, taxes on investments would remain unchanged." [FactCheck.org, 9/18/08: http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/there_he_goes_again.html]

61 Lies From McCain/Palin


Greenspan: Country Can't Afford McCain's Tax Cuts
Associated Press Writer

Alan Greenspan says the country can't afford tax cuts of the magnitude proposed by Republican presidential contender John McCain — at least not without a corresponding reduction in government spending.

"Unless we cut spending, no," the former Federal Reserve chairman said Friday when asked McCain's proposed tax cuts, pegged in some estimates at $3.3 trillion.

"I'm not in favor of financing tax cuts with borrowed money," Greenspan said during an interview with Bloomberg Television. "I always have tied tax cuts to spending."

McCain has said that he would offset his proposed cuts — including reducing the corporate tax rate and eliminating the Alternative Minimum Tax that has plagued middle-class families — by ending congressional pork-barrel spending, unnecessary government programs and overhauling entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security.

Democrats pounced on Greenspan's comments, in part because McCain professed last year that he was weaker on economics than foreign affairs and was reading Greenspan's memoir, "The Age of Turbulence," to educate himself.

"Obviously he needs to go back to that book and study it some more," Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said during a conference call arranged by the campaign of Democratic nominee Barack Obama.

McCaskill said eliminating congressional earmark spending — estimated at $17 billion annually — cannot offset McCain's proposed tax cuts.

"That's a huge amount of money, but it's not even a drop in the bucket to pay for $3.5 trillion in tax cuts," she said. "So, every time he throws up earmarks and he's asked how he's going to pay for it, he knows he's being disingenuous, he knows he's not being forthcoming."

McCain campaign officials dispute the $3.3 trillion figure, saying it assumes eliminating 2003 tax cuts made by the Bush administration and then cutting from that higher level. They say McCain is proposing tax cuts worth $600 billion from current levels.

"John McCain opposed President Bush's tax cuts in 2003, because they didn't include the necessary spending controls. Sen. McCain's proposed job-growing tax cuts are modest in comparison to his plans to slow the exploding growth of federal expenditures — meaning that contrary to Chairman Greenspan's assertions, this relief isn't proposed on borrowed money," said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds.


McCain Campaign: We will not be Talking about the Issue's...We will only be using Attack Ads and Smears Until the Election

Rick Davis, campaign manager for John McCain's presidential bid, insisted that the presidential race will be decided more over personalities than issues during an interview with Post editors this morning.

"This election is not about issues," said Davis. "This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates."

Davis added that issues will no doubt play a major role in the decisions undecided voters will make but that they won't ultimately be conclusive. He added that the campaign has "ultimate faith" in the idea that the more voters get to know McCain and Barack Obama, the better the Republican nominee will do.


McCain Has Said "Lipstick On A Pig" At Least Three Times
By Greg Sargent

As you know, the McCain campaign is pretending to be outraged by Barack Obama's use of the common phrase "lipstick on a pig," with McCain surrogates pretending that they believe that Obama was tacitly referring to Sarah Palin as a porker.

The McCain campaign even has a new Web ad hitting Obama over the "pig" line.

As it turns out, however, McCain himself has used the same phrase not once, not twice, but at least three times.

The first one is the one that's gotten all the attention: McCain using the phrase last October to describe Hillary's health plan. But there are two more examples.

At a press conference on Iraq war strategy on February 1, 2007, McCain said:

"It gets down to whether you support what's being done in this new strategy or you don't. You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig in my view."
And according to National Public Radio, McCain said the phrase again that same day in a similar context:

"It's all about withdrawal or not withdrawal, okay? I mean that's what it's all about. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig."

McCain Saying Lipstick on a Pig...On Three Separate Occasions, One of them While he's Talking About Hillary Clinton

McCain Campaign Spokesman Can Not Answer What Foreign Policy Experience Palin Has

McCain at a Debate Saying that Governors and Mayors don't have the Experience to Handle America's Security...But Sarah Palin was a Mayor and is a Governor...


Oil Brokers' Sex Scandal and John McCain's Drilling

WASHINGTON -- Sex, drugs and offshore oil drilling?

A brewing scandal could not have come at a worse time for Republicans who have been goading Democrats into expanding offshore oil drilling to increase domestic oil production.

Democrats are also trying to impose new taxes and royalties on the industry. They're emboldened by the scandal that has revealed what the Inspector General called "a culture of ethical failure" within the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service, the agency that issues offshore drilling leases.

Federal investigators said government officials handling billions of dollars in oil royalties engaged in illicit sex with employees of energy companies and received improper gifts.

The alleged transgressions involve 13 Interior Department employees in Denver and Washington. Alleged improprieties include rigging contracts, working part time as private oil consultants and having sexual relationships with -- and accepting golf, ski trips and dinners from -- oil company employees, according to three reports released Wednesday by the Interior Department's inspector general.

The inspector general also claimed the former head of the Denver office -- which markets oil to energy companies -- was having sex and using illegal drugs with subordinates.

Sen. Charles Schumer pounced on the reports, saying they show "the Bush administration officials once again in cahoots with Big Oil" by failing to collect millions in oil royalties.

Colleague Bill Nelson said, "This is why we must not allow Big Oil's agenda to be jammed through Congress."

In fact, the inspector general called it an agency rife with conflicts of interest.

29 Reasons Why John McCain says Drill Here, Drill Now


Sarah Palin Never Visited Troops in Iraq, Contrary to Campaign's Claim

Aides to Sarah Palin have admitted that their statement that Palin has visited American troops at a military outpost in the Iraq battle zone is false. Palin visited Kuwait last year, but never set foot in Iraq.

The McCain/Palin campaign corrected another of its own statements last week about Palin's "trip of a lifetime." Originally saying she'd visited Ireland on the trip, the campaign has since admitted that it was only a layover to refuel.

Speaking of her experience with other countries, Palin told ABC News recently that she had visited Canada and Mexico. Her campaign has confirmed the visit to Canada, and said that she went to Mexico for a vacation.



McCain Lies almost daily, but the Main Stream Media gives him a pass by not saying anything.
Yoda's World will now be posting some of McCain's LIES for you to view each week.

McCain Convention Speech disrupted By War Protester Because McCain Votes Against Veterans


Biden and Palin, Are they ready to step up if needed?

By: David Phillips

September 8, 2008


The Vice President choices are in, Senator Biden and Governor Palin have both given their parties acceptance speeches, one of these two politicians will be a heartbeat away from the Oval office if something were to happen to the President, but are they ready?


Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) has been a US Senator since January 1973, he is currently the fourth longest serving US Senator in Washington. Sen. Biden is the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he is the former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he has years of experience in both Foreign and Domestic policies. Sen. Biden’s experience will be a great sounding board for President Obama as he attempts to change the way Washington works.


Senator Biden is well known for his gift of gab and off the cuff remarks, this gift of gab, is a strength as well as a weakness for him, because sometimes he puts his own foot in his mouth, but more often than not, he is putting his foot in his opponent’s mouth. Sen. Biden’s years in Washington are an open book and there are very few skeleton’s in his closet that can come back to hurt him or Obama.


Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) is very new to politics and to the American people, outside of Alaska until recently know one really knew who she is and what her political beliefs encompass.


Gov. Palin was the Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska and now Governor the last 18 months


Unfortunately for both Gov. Palin and Senator John McCain much has come out over the last several days about her ability to step in as President if Sen. McCain who is 72 and a four time cancer survivor should not be able to do his job. And what has been learned about Gov. Palin has many wondering if the McCain campaign did its due diligence in vetting Gov. Palin.


The McCain campaign in recent interviews has said that they vetted Gov. Palin but the truth is, they did not.


The Washington Post reported last week that “Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was not subjected to a lengthy in-person background interview with the head of Sen. John McCain's vice-presidential vetting team until last Wednesday in Arizona, the day before McCain asked her to be his running mate, and she did not disclose the fact that her 17-year-old daughter was pregnant until that meeting, two knowledgeable McCain officials acknowledged Tuesday.”


McCain only met Gov. Palin one time before he asked her to be his running mate, and that was several months ago in Alaska for about five minutes.


McCain has said over and over that a Vice President must have the qualifications and the experience to step in as President if needed. The fact that she was not vetted properly and the fact that she has very little experience to speak of, and no experience at all in foreign policy, should have been enough to disqualify her. But McCain did not pick her because of her experience even though he says he did, he picked her because she is young, a women and might garner some of the disenfranchised Hillary supporters.


But one only has to look at her ideology and those of Hillary’s supporters to see that they are totally opposite. The only thing the two have in common is that they are women. I must conclude that McCain is playing identity sexist politics with his pick of Gov. Palin.


Gov. Palin is against stem cell research, against Gay/Lesbian marriages and even civil unions, she is against choice for women to make decisions over their own bodies, she wants Creationism taught as a science in all schools, she opposes sex education, she wants to be allowed to ban books that she herself disagrees with. There is plenty more that separates her from the Democrats who were Hillary supporters, but you get the idea.


She recently said, “What does the Vice President do? She says that she has not been paying any attention to the War in Iraq, and she is currently being investigated for abuse of power as Governor of Alaska.


There is plenty more about Gov. Palin that has come out in recent days and from what we have learned she should have no place on McCain’s ticket.


Any chances that McCain may have had before his naming of Palin on his ticket are now slowing and methodically blowing in the wind all because he and his campaign were too lazy to properly vet Gov. Sarah Palin.




David Phillips is a Vietnam Era Veteran, a Democratic Party Activist, and David is also the Publisher and Editor of the online political magazine YodasWorld.org

 E-Mail Questions or Comments: oneyoda@aol.com




You can also read David’s weekly column in the Santa Ynez Valley Journal or you can go to their web site: www.Syvjournal.com


Which Candidate does the Media Favor More?

By: David Phillips

August 25, 2008


There is a slogan that says any Press coverage is good Press coverage, even if the coverage is negative. The Washington Post a couple of weeks ago wrote that their own paper has a large disparity between the press cover for McCain vs. Obama. The article said that Obama has been in their paper three times as much as McCain. The article also said that it looked bad for the paper and it should change the public’s perspective of this imbalance by covering McCain in their paper more often.


McCain and his campaign have been complaining about the difference in press coverage for several months now. But you may not always like what you are wishing for, because Senator McCain’s gaffes, flip flops and outright lies have been greatly over looked by the Main Stream Media (MSM).


Positive Press vs. Negative Press


The Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) released a report July 28, 2008 that showed the following results:


Study Finds Obama Faring Worse On TV News Than McCain


Barack Obama is getting more negative coverage than John McCain on TV network evening news shows, reversing Obama’s lead in good press during the primaries, according to a new study by CMPA. The study also finds that a majority of both candidates’ coverage is unfavorable for the first time this year.  According to CMPA President Dr. S. Robert Lichter, “Obama replaced McCain as the media’s favorite candidate after New Hampshire.  But now the networks are voting no on both candidates.”


These results are from the CMPA 2008 Election News Watch Project. They are based on a scientific content analysis of 249 election news stories (7 hours 38 minutes of airtime) that aired on ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, and Fox Special Report (first half hour) from June 8, 2008 to July 21, 2008. Previously we analyzed 2144 stories (43 hrs 30 min airtime) during the primary campaign from December 16, 2007 through June 7, 2008.  We report on all on-air evaluations of the candidates by sources and reporters, after excluding comments by the campaigns about each other.




Since the primaries ended, on-air evaluations of Barack Obama have been 72% negative (vs. 28% positive).  That’s worse than John McCain’s coverage, which has been 57% negative (vs. 43% positive) during the same time period.


Obama ran even farther behind McCain on Fox News Channel’s Special Report with 79% negative comments (v. 21% positive), compared to 61% negative comments (v. 39% positive) for McCain since June 8.  During the primaries Obama had a slight lead in good press on Fox, with 52% favorable comments (v. 48 % unfavorable), compared to 48% favorable (v. 52% unfavorable) for McCain. 


Another poll this month from the Pew Research Center (PEW) found that 48 percent of Americans feel they’re “hearing too much” about Obama. Pew found that only 26 percent feel that way about McCain, and that nearly 4 in 10 Americans feel they hear too little about McCain.


Did You Know


 McCain slammed President Bush for his lack of help and support for Katrina. But on the day hurricane Katrina hit, McCain and Bush were cutting a birthday cake for McCain in Arizona having a good time while people were dying. McCain’s first appearance in New Orleans came six months after Katrina. And McCain never publicly denounced Bush’s handling of Katrina, until this past April. The Media never said a word about this.


McCain railed against Jack Abramoff, Tom Delay and the influence peddling they brought to congress. McCain has spouted how proud he is for never asking for one dime in earmarks or any special favors from lobbyists. McCain’s campaign is being run by these same influence peddlers that he supposedly was against. McCain currently has 104 lobbyists on his campaign staff. But the Media barely says a word about this.


McCain once called the Evangelical right wing of his party, “agents of intolerance”. Since his flip he had embraced the support of Revs. John Hagee and Rod Parsley, both of these men are even more controversial than Obama’s Rev. Wright. But the Media barely said a word about Hagee and Parsley.  


There are just too many flip flops and lies from McCain to write in this story, but you can read a list of 74 McCain Flip Flops at this web address: http://yodasworld.org/id353.html


McCain should keep quit on the press coverage because it’s the only thing that is keeping this race close.


David Phillips is a Vietnam Era Veteran, a Democratic Party Activist, and David is also the Publisher and Editor of the online political magazine YodasWorld.org

 E-Mail Questions or Comments: oneyoda@aol.com


You can also read David’s weekly column in the Santa Ynez Valley Journal or you can go to their web site: www.Syvjournal.com 


Too Much of a Bad Thing
Op-Ed Columnist

My mom did not approve of men who cheated on their wives. She called them “long-tailed rats.”

During the 2000 race, she listened to news reports about John McCain confessing to dalliances that caused his first marriage to fall apart after he came back from his stint as a P.O.W. in Vietnam.

I figured, given her stringent moral standards, that her great affection for McCain would be dimmed.

“So,” I asked her, “what do you think of that?”

“A man who lives in a box for five years can do whatever he wants,” she replied matter-of-factly.

I was startled, but it brought home to me what a powerful get-out-of-jail-free card McCain had earned by not getting out of jail free.

His brutal hiatus in the Hanoi Hilton is one of the most stirring narratives ever told on the presidential trail — a trail full of heroic war stories. It created an enormous credit line of good will with the American people. It also allowed McCain, the errant son of the admiral who was the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific during Vietnam — his jailers dubbed McCain the “Crown Prince” — to give himself some credit.

“He has been preoccupied with escaping the shadow of his father and establishing his own image and identity in the eyes of others,” read a psychiatric evaluation in his medical files. “He feels his experiences and performance as a P.O.W. have finally permitted this to happen.”

The ordeal also gave a more sympathetic cast to his carousing. As Robert Timberg wrote in “John McCain: An American Odyssey,” “What is true is that a number of P.O.W.’s, in those first few years after their release, often acted erratically, their lives pockmarked by drastic mood swings and uncharacteristic behavior before achieving a more mellow equilibrium.” Timberg said Hemingway’s line that people were stronger in the broken places was not always right.

So it’s hard to believe that John McCain is now in danger of exceeding his credit limit on the equivalent of an American Express black card. His campaign is cheapening his greatest strength — and making a mockery of his already dubious claim that he’s reticent to talk about his P.O.W. experience — by flashing the P.O.W. card to rebut any criticism, no matter how unrelated. The captivity is already amply displayed in posters and TV advertisements.

The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, the pastor who married Jenna Bush and who is part of a new Christian-based political action committee supporting Obama, recently criticized the joke McCain made at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally encouraging Cindy to enter the topless Miss Buffalo Chip contest. The McCain spokesman Brian Rogers brought out the bottomless excuse, responding with asperity that McCain’s character had been “tested and forged in ways few can fathom.”

When the Obama crowd was miffed to learn that McCain was in a motorcade rather than in a “cone of silence” while Obama was being questioned by Rick Warren, Nicolle Wallace of the McCain camp retorted, “The insinuation from the Obama campaign that John McCain, a former prisoner of war, cheated is outrageous.”

When Obama chaffed McCain for forgetting how many houses he owns, Rogers huffed, “This is a guy who lived in one house for five and a half years — in prison.”

As Sam Stein notes in The Huffington Post: “The senator has even brought his military record into discussion of his music tastes. Explaining that his favorite song was ‘Dancing Queen’ by Abba, he offered that his knowledge of music ‘stopped evolving when his plane intercepted a surface-to-air missile.’ ‘Dancing Queen,’ however, was produced in 1975, eight years after McCain’s plane was shot down.”

The Kerry Swift-boat attacks in 2004 struck down the off-limits signs that were traditionally on a candidate’s military service. Many Democrats are willing to repay the favor, and Republicans clearly no longer see war medals as sacrosanct.

In a radio interview last week, Representative Terry Everett, an Alabama Republican, let loose with a barrage at the Democrat John Murtha, a decorated Vietnam War veteran who is the head of the House defense appropriations subcommittee, calling him “cut-and-run John Murtha” and an “idiot.”

“And don’t talk to me about him being an ex-marine,” Everett said. “Lord, that was 40 years ago. A lot of stuff can happen in 40 years.”

The real danger to the McCain crew in overusing the P.O.W. line so much that it’s a punch line is that it will give Obama an opening for critical questions:

While McCain’s experience was heroic, did it create a worldview incapable of anticipating the limits to U.S. military power in Iraq? Did he fail to absorb the lessons of Vietnam, so that he is doomed to always want to refight it? Did his captivity inform a search-and-destroy, shoot-first-ask-questions-later, “We are all Georgians,” mentality?


Here’s the list.

National Security Policy

1. McCain thought Bush’s warrantless-wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.

2. McCain insisted that everyone, even “terrible killers,” “the worst kind of scum of humanity,” and detainees at Guantanamo Bay, “deserve to have some adjudication of their cases,” even if that means “releasing some of them.” McCain now believes the opposite.

3. He opposed indefinite detention of terrorist suspects. When the Supreme Court reached the same conclusion, he called it “one of the worst decisions in the history of this country.”

4. In February 2008, McCain reversed course on prohibiting waterboarding.

5. McCain was for closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay before he was against it.

6. When Barack Obama talked about going after terrorists in Pakistani mountains with predators, McCain criticized him for it. He’s since come to the opposite conclusion.

Foreign Policy

7. McCain was for kicking Russia out of the G8 before he was against it. Now, he’s for it again.

8. McCain supported moving “towards normalization of relations” with Cuba. Now he believes the opposite.

9. McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Hamas. Now he believes the opposite.

10. McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Syria. Now he believes the opposite.

11. McCain is both for and against a “rogue state rollback” as a focus of his foreign policy vision.

12. McCain used to champion the Law of the Sea convention, even volunteering to testify on the treaty’s behalf before a Senate committee. Now he opposes it.

13. McCain was against divestment from South Africa before he was for it.

Military Policy

14. McCain recently claimed that he was the “greatest critic” of Rumsfeld’s failed Iraq policy. In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as “a mission accomplished.” In March 2004, he said, “I’m confident we’re on the right course.” In December 2005, he said, “Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course.”

15. McCain has changed his mind about a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq on multiple occasions, concluding, on multiple occasions, that a Korea-like presence is both a good and a bad idea.

16. McCain was against additional U.S. forces in Afghanistan before he was for it.

17. McCain said before the war in Iraq, “We will win this conflict. We will win it easily.” Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was “probably going to be long and hard and tough.”

18. McCain has repeatedly said it’s a dangerous mistake to tell the “enemy” when U.S. troops would be out of Iraq. In May, McCain announced that most American troops would be home from Iraq by 2013.

19. McCain was against expanding the GI Bill before he was for it.

20. McCain staunchly opposed Obama’s Iraq withdrawal timetable, and even blasted Mitt Romney for having referenced the word during the GOP primaries. In July, after Iraqi officials endorsed Obama’s policy, McCain said a 16-month calendar sounds like “a pretty good timetable.”

Domestic Policy

21. McCain defended “privatizing” Social Security. Now he says he’s against privatization (though he actually still supports it.)

22. On Social Security, McCain said he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Soon after, asked about a possible increase in the payroll tax, McCain said there’s “nothing that’s off the table.”

23. McCain wanted to change the Republican Party platform to protect abortion rights in cases of rape and incest. Now he doesn’t.

24. McCain supported storing spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Now he believes the opposite.

25. He argued the NRA should not have a role in the Republican Party’s policy making. Now he believes the opposite.

26. In 1998, he championed raising cigarette taxes to fund programs to cut underage smoking, insisting that it would prevent illnesses and provide resources for public health programs. Now, McCain opposes a $0.61-per-pack tax increase, won’t commit to supporting a regulation bill he’s co-sponsoring, and has hired Philip Morris’ former lobbyist as his senior campaign adviser.

27. McCain is both for and against earmarks for Arizona.

28. McCain’s first mortgage plan was premised on the notion that homeowners facing foreclosure shouldn’t be “rewarded” for acting “irresponsibly.” His second mortgage plan took largely the opposite position.

29. McCain went from saying gay marriage should be allowed, to saying gay marriage shouldn’t be allowed.

30. McCain opposed a holiday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., before he supported it.

31. McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he’s pro-ethanol.

32. McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.

33. In 2005, McCain endorsed intelligent design creationism, a year later he said the opposite, and a few months after that, he was both for and against creationism at the same time.

34. And on gay adoption, McCain initially said he’d rather let orphans go without families, then his campaign reversed course, and soon after, McCain reversed back.

35. In the Senate, McCain opposed a variety of measures on equal pay for women, and endorsed the Supreme Court’s Ledbetter decision. In July, however, McCain said, “I’m committed to making sure that there’s equal pay for equal work. That … is my record and you can count on it.”

36. McCain was against fully funding the No Child Left Behind Act before he was for it.

37. McCain was for affirmative action before he was against it.

Economic Policy

38. McCain was against Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy before he was for them.

39. John McCain initially argued that economics is not an area of expertise for him, saying, “I’m going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues; I still need to be educated,” and “The issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should.” He now falsely denies ever having made these remarks and insists that he has a “very strong” understanding of economics.

40. McCain vowed, if elected, to balance the federal budget by the end of his first term. Soon after, he decided he would no longer even try to reach that goal. And soon after that, McCain abandoned his second position and went back to his first.

41. McCain said in 2005 that he opposed the tax cuts because they were “too tilted to the wealthy.” By 2007, he denied ever having said this, and falsely argued that he opposed the cuts because of increased government spending.

42. McCain thought the estate tax was perfectly fair. Now he believes the opposite.

43. McCain pledged in February 2008 that he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Specifically, McCain was asked if he is a “‘read my lips’ candidate, no new taxes, no matter what?” referring to George H.W. Bush’s 1988 pledge. “No new taxes,” McCain responded. Two weeks later, McCain said, “I’m not making a ‘read my lips’ statement, in that I will not raise taxes.”

44. McCain has changed his entire economic worldview on multiple occasions.

45. McCain believes Americans are both better and worse off economically than they were before Bush took office.

Energy Policy

46. McCain supported the moratorium on coastal drilling ; now he’s against it.

47. McCain recently announced his strong opposition to a windfall-tax on oil company profits. Three weeks earlier, he was perfectly comfortable with the idea.

48. McCain endorsed a cap-and-trade policy with a mandatory emissions cap. In mid-June, McCain announced he wants the caps to voluntary.

49. McCain explained his belief that a temporary suspension of the federal gas tax would provide an immediate economic stimulus. Shortly thereafter, he argued the exact opposite.

50. McCain supported the Lieberman/Warner legislation to combat global warming. Now he doesn’t.

51. McCain was for national auto emissions standards before he was against them.

Immigration Policy

52. McCain was a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants’ kids who graduate from high school. In 2007, he announced his opposition to the bill. In 2008, McCain switched back.

53. On immigration policy in general, McCain announced in February 2008 that he would vote against his own bill.

54. In April, McCain promised voters that he would secure the borders “before proceeding to other reform measures.” Two months later, he abandoned his public pledge, pretended that he’d never made the promise in the first place, and vowed that a comprehensive immigration reform policy has always been, and would always be, his “top priority.”

Judicial Policy and the Rule of Law

55. McCain said he would “not impose a litmus test on any nominee.” He used to promise the opposite.

56. McCain’s position was that the telecoms should be forced to explain their role in the administration’s warrantless surveillance program as a condition for retroactive immunity. He used to believe the opposite.

57. McCain went from saying he would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade to saying the exact opposite.

58 In June, McCain rejected the idea of a trial for Osama bin Laden, and thought Obama’s reference to Nuremberg was a misread of history. A month later, McCain argued the exact opposite position.

59. In June, McCain described the Supreme Court’s decision in Boumediene v. Bush was “one of the worst decisions in the history of this country.” In August, he reversed course.

Campaign, Ethics, and Lobbying Reform

60. McCain supported his own lobbying-reform legislation from 1997. Now he doesn’t.

61. In 2006, McCain sponsored legislation to require grassroots lobbying coalitions to reveal their financial donors. In 2007, after receiving “feedback” on the proposal, McCain told far-right activist groups that he opposes his own measure.

62. McCain supported a campaign-finance bill, which bore his name, on strengthening the public-financing system. In June 2007, he abandoned his own legislation.

63. In May 2008, McCain approved a ban on lobbyists working for his campaign. In July 2008, his campaign reversed course and said lobbyists could work for his campaign.

Politics and Associations

64. McCain wanted political support from radical televangelist John Hagee. Now he doesn’t. (He also believes his endorsement from Hagee was both a good and bad idea.)

65. McCain wanted political support from radical televangelist Rod Parsley. Now he doesn’t.

66. McCain says he considered and did not consider joining John Kerry’s Democratic ticket in 2004.

67. McCain is both for and against attacking Barack Obama over his former pastor at his former church.

68. McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as “an agent of intolerance” in 2002, but then decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans “deserved” the 9/11 attacks.

69. In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending “dirty money” to help finance Bush’s presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.

70. McCain was against presidential candidates campaigning at Bob Jones University before he was for it.

71. McCain decided in 2000 that he didn’t want anything to do with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, believing he “would taint the image of the ‘Straight Talk Express.’” Kissinger is now the Honorary Co-Chair for his presidential campaign in New York.

72. McCain believed powerful right-wing activist/lobbyist Grover Norquist was “corrupt, a shill for dictators, and (with just a dose of sarcasm) Jack Abramoff’s gay lover.” McCain now considers Norquist a key political ally.

73. McCain was for presidential candidates giving speeches in foreign countries before he was against it.

74. McCain has been both for and against considering a pro-choice running mate for the Republican presidential ticket.



Despite Assurances, McCain Wasn’t in a ‘Cone of Silence’

ORLANDO, Fla. — Senator John McCain was not in a “cone of silence” on Saturday night while his rival, Senator Barack Obama, was being interviewed at the Saddleback Church in California.

Members of the McCain campaign staff, who flew here Sunday from California, said Mr. McCain was in his motorcade on the way to the church as Mr. Obama was being interviewed by the Rev. Rick Warren, the author of the best-selling book “The Purpose Driven Life.”

The matter is of interest because Mr. McCain, who followed Mr. Obama’s hourlong appearance in the forum, was asked virtually the same questions as Mr. Obama. Mr. McCain’s performance was well received, raising speculation among some viewers, especially supporters of Mr. Obama, that he was not as isolated during the Obama interview as Mr. Warren implied.

Nicolle Wallace, a spokeswoman for Mr. McCain, said on Sunday night that Mr. McCain had not heard the broadcast of the event while in his motorcade and heard none of the questions.

“The insinuation from the Obama campaign that John McCain, a former prisoner of war, cheated is outrageous,” Ms. Wallace said.

Before an audience of more than 2,000 people at the church, the candidates answered questions about policy and social issues.

Mr. Warren, the pastor of Saddleback, had assured the audience while he was interviewing Mr. Obama that “we have safely placed Senator McCain in a cone of silence” and that he could not hear the questions.

After Mr. Obama’s interview, he was joined briefly by Mr. McCain, and the candidates shook hands and embraced.

Mr. Warren started by asking Mr. McCain, “Now, my first question: Was the cone of silence comfortable that you were in just now?”

Mr. McCain deadpanned, “I was trying to hear through the wall.”

Interviewed Sunday on CNN, Mr. Warren seemed surprised to learn that Mr. McCain was not in the building during the Obama interview.


Media Sheep
By Madeleine Begun Kane

McCain’s a straight talker.
Ignore all his lying.
Obama is pompous.
He’s humble?  Not buying!

That’s the agreed-upon narrative.  See?
Facts don’t support it?
So scrap them with glee.

McCain contradicts
All his stated positions.
Just brush this aside.
He’s above all suspicions.

Minor adjustments in views from Barack?
Paint them as flip-flops
And go with the flock.


We Are the People of ExxonMcCain


Charlie Black—Senior McCain adviser and former lobbyist for foreign oil companies


Charlie Black, the “Most Prominent” Lobbyist in McCain Campaign. “Of all the lobbyists involved in the McCain campaign, the most prominent is Black, who has made a lucrative career of shuttling back and forth between presidential politics and big-time Washington lobbying. ‘I’ve spent a fair amount of my life as a lobbyist, but I’ve spent a majority of my adult life running Republican political campaigns,‘ Black, 60, said.’ [Washington Post, 2/22/08]


Black Lobbied for Occidental Oil Co., Earning Over $1 Million. From 2001 until 2007, Black lobbied for Occidental Oil company, earning his firm over $1,610,000 for his lobbying efforts. The issues for which Black lobbied on behalf of Occidental include: Energy issues in developing nations and oil drilling in Russia. [BKSH Lobbying Disclosures, Senate Office of Public Records]


BKSH Lobbied for Chinese Oil Conglomerate CNOOC. According to lobbying disclosure reports for BKSH, McCain advisor and name partner Charlie Black lobbied for Chinese state-owned oil conglomerate CNOOC Ltd. BKSH “engaged in telephone calls and meetings dealing with legislation in Congress to prohibit foreign energy companies from acquiring U.S. based energy companies.” BKSH lobbied for only a short period—from July 2005 until August 2005—but was paid $60,000 for its efforts. [BKSH Supplemental Statement, 12/31/05; BKSH Amendment, 8/15/05; BKSH Amendment, 3/27/06]


Black Lobbied for Russian Oil Company Yukos During Its Assault By the Kremlin. According to Senate filings, Black represented Yukos Oil Company in throughout 2004, during the period in which Yukos was facing takeover by the Kremlin after being hit by a multibillionaire back-tax bill. While Black ceased representing Yukos after the end of 2004, in February 2008, Black’s firm BKSH registered to lobby for Yukos subsidiary Yukos International BV UK [Senate Office of Public Records; Business Week Online, 7/19/04] 


BKSH Re-Signed Yukos As Client In 2008. “BKSH is representing former shareholders of Yukos, the bankrupt energy company that was once Russia’s biggest oil company…A Dutch court ruled March 26 that former shareholders of Yukos are entitled to a payment of $850M. More than 50K shareholders could receive compensation, according to a statement from Bruce Misamore, ex-CFO of Yukos. The Russian Government levied a multi-billion dollar back tax claim against Yukos, which triggered its bankruptcy. The company’s assets were shifted to state-owned Rosneft.” [Jack O’Dwyer’s Newsletter, 4/16/08]


Mark Buse—Senate chief of staff for McCain and former lobbyist for ExxonMobil


McCain Staffer, Turned Lobbyist, Turned McCain Senate Chief of Staff, Mark Buse Lobbied for Exxon. In early 2008 McCain as his Senate chief of staff Mark Buse, who had served as McCain’s staff director on the Commerce Committee “in the late 1990s and early 2000s,” and who was until fall 2007 “a lobbyist for ML Strategies.” From 2006 until 2007, Buse lobbied the federal government on behalf of Exxon Mobil, earning his firm $560,000 in lobbying fees from the oil giant. Buse lobbied on issues pertaining to renewable fuels, the energy savings act, climate stewardship act, climate change, cap & trade, and S.3711, the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act. [ML Strategies/Exxon Lobbying Disclosures, Senate Office of Public Records; Washington Post, 2/22/08]


Nancy Pfotenhauer—McCain policy adviser and former lobbyist for Koch Industries


Pfotenhauer a Lobbyist for Koch Industries Until End of 2000. Until the end of 2000, Nancy Pfotenhauer—under her maiden name Nancy Mitchell—lobbied on behalf of Koch Industries as a member of its in-house government affairs department. As lobbying records prior to 1999 are no longer available at on the Senate’s Office of Public Records site, Pfotenhauer may have begun lobbying for Koch prior to 1999. Koch industries spent a total of $480,000 on in-house lobbying expenditures in 1999 & 2000. [Pfotenhauer/Koch Industries Lobbying Disclosures, Senate Office of Public Records]


Randy Scheunemann—McCain foreign policy adviser and former lobbyist for BP Amoco


McCain’s Top Foreign Policy Advisor Lobbied for BP Amoco. From 1999 until 2000, McCain’s top foreign policy advisor Randy Scheunemann lobbied for BP Amoco, for which his firm was paid $120,000. Scheunemann lobbied on issues related to BP-Amoco’s investments, as well as issues concerning international oil production. [Scheunemann/BP Amoco Lobbying Disclosures, Senate Office of Public Records]


McCain Chief Foreign Policy Advisor Lobbied for Caspian Alliance; “Sole U.S. Representative” for Kazakhstan’s State-Owned Oil & Gas Company, KMG. From 2005 until the end of 2006, McCain’s chief foreign policy advisor Randy Scheunemann lobbied for the Caspian Alliance through his firm Scheunemann & Associates. Caspian paid Scheunemann between $40,000 and $50,000 to “monitor energy and foreign policy legislation and development that affects Caspian Alliance,” and to lobby on “issues concerning energy development in the Caspian region.” According to the UK’s Sunday Times, the Caspian Alliance—based in Azerbaijan—is a subsidiary of, Worldwide Strategic Energy (WSE), and “the sole US representative for KMG.” After being contacted by reporters, “staff at the Caspian Alliance, which is based in Azerbaijan, confirmed that it is a subsidiary of WSE and represents KMG in America.” [Sunday Times (UK), 7/20/08; Scheunemann/Caspian Alliance Lobbying Disclosures, Senate Office of Public Records]


Hess Corporation—Suspicious donations days after McCain drilling flip-flop


Ten identical donations, all connected to the Hess Corporations, all within days after McCain changed position on drilling. “Ten senior Hess Corporation executives and/or members of the Hess family each gave $28,500 to the joint RNC-McCain fundraising committee; just days after McCain reversed himself to favor offshore drilling… Nine of these contributions… came on the same day… Late late update: A Hess office manager and her husband, an Amtrak worker, each chipped in $28,000 apiece, too.” [Talking Points Memo, 8/4/08]


The Oil Industry—In the tank for McCain


McCain Has Raised More Than $2.1 Million From The Oil And Gas Industry, Including More Than $1.1 Million In The Month Of June. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, John McCain received $1,039,768 in contributions from the oil and gas industry between January 2007 and May 2008—a figure which dwarfs any other presidential candidates’ oil industry money. In addition, the Washington Post reported that “campaign contributions from oil industry executives to Sen. John McCain rose dramatically in the last half of June, after the senator from Arizona made a high-profile split with environmentalists and reversed his opposition to the federal ban on offshore drilling.” According to the Post’s analysis, oil and gas industry executives and employees contributed $1.1 million to McCain and the Republican National Committee’s Victory Fund in June – three-quarters of which were donated after McCain’s June 16th announcement that he supported ending the moratorium on offshore drilling. These contributions, when combined with the $1.03 million raised by McCain prior to the month of June, indicated that he has raised more than $2.1 million from the oil and gas industry. [Center for Responsive Politics website, “Selected Industry Totals to Candidates,” accessed 7/31/08; Washington Post, 7/27/08; “Oil Flow,” WashingtonPost.com graphic, accessed 8/3/08]


So, Is This Ageist Too?
By Madeleine Begun Kane
Wah, wah, wah! Don’t critique John McCain.
If you do so you’re ageist — Insane!
I think that just maybe
McCain’s a big baby,
Too puerile to win this campaign.


Some Friendly Advice For McCain’s Veep Vetting Team
By Madeleine Begun Kane


McCain doesn’t use a PC
Or a Mac, so he needs a VP
Who can act as his tutor
In using a ‘puter
And help with the phone and TV


Paris's Mom Thinks McCain Ad Not-So-Hot

Blogging on the Huffington Post, Kathy Hilton -- the mother of socialite Paris Hilton and a donor to Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign -- says she does not approve of McCain's new TV ad which unfavorably compares Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., to her daughter.

"It is a complete waste of the money John McCain's contributors have donated to his campaign," Hilton writes.

"It is a complete waste of the country's time and attention at the very moment when millions of people are losing their homes and their jobs. And it is a completely frivolous way to choose the next president of the United States."

McCain, R-Ariz., uses an image of Paris Hilton in a new TV ad to imply Obama is an empty-headed celebrity, apparently unaware that Paris's parents, Rick and Kathy, donated $4,600 to his campaign.


Flubs and Flip Flops from McCain Campaign as the Media Gives him a Free Pass
Associated Press Writer

Details can bedevil any presidential candidate. Republican John McCain announced this week that he backs an anti-affirmative action referendum that has drawn sharp debate in Arizona, his home state. Then he added a curious note: He doesn't know that much about it.

And when McCain was asked earlier this month about insurance coverage for Viagra but not contraceptives, he admitted he wasn't sure about that issue, though he had once voted against requiring coverage for birth-control pills.

At times McCain can appear to be short on details. In some instances, he has made misstatements or eyebrow-raising comments during the long days of campaigning in front of cameras and microphones. Sympathetic listeners call them understandable slips of the tongue and question whether any candidate can know everything. Opponents call them gaffes, or worse.

"Every candidate, Barack Obama included, has shown they will make a misstatement," said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds. "John McCain reads and internalizes enormous amounts of information about the most pressing regional, national and international issues every single day. He has an incredible skill in that regard."

Indeed, the McCain campaign, conservative Web sites and others have compiled lists of misstatements by his Democratic rival. Some appear to be minor slips, such as Obama's reference to America's "57 states," or his saying "Israel is Israel's friend," when he meant the United States.

More substantively, in discussing minority issues Obama has said on at least two occasions that more black men are in prison than in college, which is inaccurate.

Last week Obama cited a bill passed by the Senate Banking Committee, calling it "my committee," although he is not on that panel.

Some of McCain's remarks seem to stem from his generally breezy nature and occasional tendency to leave details to subordinates. A case in point is the pending referendum in Arizona, which would bar affirmative action efforts in state agencies' hiring, contracting and college admissions.

Arizonans have debated the issue for years, and the referendum has been the subject of front-page stories in major Arizona newspapers. Much of the one-page text is government boilerplate, with the gist contained in the first sentence: "The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, color, sex, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting."

McCain, who has represented Arizona in Congress since 1983, took no stand on the referendum until last Sunday, when he was asked about it on ABC's "This Week." Sitting with McCain in Arizona, host George Stephanopoulos said: "Opponents of affirmative action are trying to get a referendum on the ballot here that would do away with affirmative action. Do you support that?"

McCain replied: "Yes, I do. I do not believe in quotas. But I have not seen the details of some of these proposals. But I've always opposed quotas."

"But the one here in Arizona you support," Stephanopoulos said.

"I support it, yes," McCain said.

On the question of Viagra versus birth-control pills, McCain was aboard his campaign bus on July 9 when a reporter asked about the fairness of insurance coverage for one but not the other.

"I certainly do not want to discuss that issue," said McCain, according to a CNN transcript.

The reporter replied, "But I think you voted against it."

"I don't know what I ..." McCain said. He rubbed his face while looking thoughtful. "I'll look at my voting record on it. But I have — I don't recall the vote right now. But I'll be glad to look at it."

McCain has made other remarks that raised questions about his attention to details, or to aides who presumably alert him to errors. On three recent occasions he referred to "Czechoslovakia," a country that hasn't existed since 1993, when it became Slovakia and the Czech Republic. He also implied that the so-called "Sunni Awakening" in Iraq occurred after President Bush announced plans in 2006 for a surge in U.S. troops, when in fact it began several months before.

Steve Hess, a government professor at George Washington University and former speechwriter for President Eisenhower, said voters should not be terribly concerned about such misstatements by Obama or McCain.

"I always thought it amazing that these folks, who are out 15 hours a day, running for president, giving instant answers and speeches, don't slip up more often," he said. "The rest of us do."

"By and large they are small things, they are easily corrected, and you know that they know the right answer," Hess said. But major news outlets pay more attention to such missteps, he said, because if they do not, "you're one-upped by some amateur with a cell phone out there" who will "rush off to his or her Internet blog" with a juicy soundbite or video clip.

Because McCain is nearly 72, Hess said, some critics "are starting to build in a different narrative" about his misstatements or inattention to details. "Once you do that, it feeds on itself."

But he warned Democrats to be careful.

"I don't think the public gets too upset about calling a country Czechoslovakia even though it hasn't existed for a while," Hess said. Berating a candidate for such slips, he said, "can have a boomerang effect."


McCain Puff’s his Chest

By: David Phillips

Yoda’s World



There is no doubt that the surge has lowered the violence, A LOT...But the Surge is just one of many components that has brought Iraq to, as some congressmen said the other day "Livable" ...The Sunni Awakening (That’s Pentagon PC for paying the Sunni’s to fight against al-Qaeda and not Americans)…The Mahdi Army and other Shiite militias calling a truce and putting their weapons down…Just to name a few …The surge by plan or by sheer luck, entered Iraq at the perfect time...It gives both Obama and McCain help on saying who is right about the ultimate goal of bringing the troops home and LEAVING IRAQ...


McCain gets to puff his chest, then look into the lens of the Camera and say, "I was right about the Surge"...


He was WRONG about everything else, but hey, even old senile Senators get it right, every now and then…


Obama shows that he was right to begin with, by being against the War before it's start, and now because Iraq is in a better way "Livable"...His 16 month Timetable is practically endorsed by Maliki, which caused Bush an aneurism and quickly find someone to come up with the line a "Time Horizon",  which shows that Obama's timetable is the policy that the Iraqi gov wants, the timetable is the policy Bush is trying to avoid but cannot, and the policy of a timetable is what the Majority of Americans want...


Obama was against the War to begin with, why is it any surprise that he was against the Surge as well...


McCain Was wrong about the War when he voted for it, he was wrong against the War when he said when asked in an interview,  If you knew what you knew now, back then, would you still favor invading Iraq?.. McCain said Yes, invading Iraq was the right thing to do...


McCain wants to make five plus years of war in Iraq, more than 4100 dead Americans, 30,000 plus wounded Americans and Trillions ultimately spent on the cost of the War…McCain wants to Puff his Chest and say …Look at Me, I was right about the Surge…



David Phillips is a Vietnam Era Veteran, a Democratic Party Activist, and David is also the Publisher and Editor of the online political magazine YodasWorld.org

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Phil Gramm Resigns From McCain Campaign, Sites Mental Disorder As Reason

NEW YORK — Phil Gramm, a top adviser to presidential candidate John McCain, is resigning from the role as campaign co-chairman after his comments that the United States had become a "nation of whiners" who constantly complain about the state of the economy.

The former U.S. senator from Texas and past presidential candidate made the remarks earlier this month. McCain immediately distanced himself from the comments, but they have been criticized constantly as McCain tries to show he can help steer the country past its current financial troubles.

Gramm had also suggested that the country was facing a "mental recession" instead of real economic problems. Gramm said in a statement late Friday that he is stepping down as a co-chair of the campaign to "end this distraction."


John McCain's Announcement on the Bush Appeasement of North Korea

"The announcement today that North Korea has provided information concerning elements of its nuclear program is a modest step forward, as will be the destruction of the disabled cooling tower of Yongbyon. But it is only a step covering one part of North Korea's nuclear activities. It is important to remember our goal has been the full, permanent and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. That must remain our goal.

The Six Party agreement called for North Korea to make a full declaration of all its nuclear weapons and nuclear programs. Many questions remain about North Korea's programs, including the disposition of plutonium at Yongbyon, the number and status of nuclear weapons, the nature of the highly-enriched uranium program, and the extent of proliferation activities in countries like Syria. I also want to make sure we fully account for the legitimate concerns of our South Korean and Japanes e allies as we move forward. I understand certain sanctions were lifted today, some may be lifted in 45 days, and others remain in place.
"As we review this declaration and attempt to verify North Korean claims, we must keep diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea to meet all of its obligations under the Six Party agreement, including denuclearization. If we are unable to fully verify the declaration submitted today and if I am not satisfied with the verification mechanisms developed, I would not support the easing of sanctions on North Korea."


McCain Says Only World War III Would Justify Draft

Only World War III would prompt Republican presidential candidate John McCain to bring back the military draft, McCain said on Tuesday.

Many Americans are fearful the U.S. government will be forced to reinstitute the draft given the prolonged Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Asked about that possibility by a potential voter in Florida during a telephone "town hall meeting," McCain said: "I don't know what would make a draft happen unless we were in an all-out World War III."

The United States ended its last military draft in 1973 in the waning years of the Vietnam war, moving to an all-volunteer military force.

McCain, a Vietnam veteran, said the draft during that conflict weighed most heavily on lower-income Americans, and that this should not be repeated.

"I do not believe the draft is even practicable or desirable," McCain said.


"Nation, it's no secret that one of John McCain's biggest challenges as a candidate is distinguishing himself from President Bush. I'm not sure why he's so eager to spurn the president's supporters. I mean, that's walking away from almost 29% of the American electorate, and nearly half of the Bush children [on screen: a photo of Jenna Bush, along with an article that suggests she may not vote Republican in the upcoming election]. But he's so different from Bush already. The only issues they agree on are education, immigration, Iraq, abortion, Supreme Court judges, Social Security, tax breaks for the wealthy, wire-tapping, trade, health care, the Middle East, same-sex marriage and Medicare." --Stephen Colbert


ABC's Rick Klein reports: Sen. John McCain on Friday abruptly cancelled a Monday fundraiser that had been scheduled at the home of a Texas oilman, after ABC News contacted the campaign inquiring about a verbal blunder the Texan made during an unsuccessful 1990 campaign for governor.

Clayton Williams stirred controversy during his 1990 campaign for governor of Texas with a botched attempt at humor in which he compared rape to weather. Within earshot of a reporter, Williams said: “As long as it's inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”

His Democratic opponent at the time, the late Ann Richards -- who, coincidentally, would lose the governor’s mansion to George W. Bush in 1994 -- highlighted the comments in a TV ad during that 1990 campaign.

McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers said the Monday event was being cancelled, given the offensive comments. He said he could not yet say what McCain would do with donations brought into the campaign by Williams.

"These were obviously incredibly offensive remarks that the campaign was unaware of at the time this event was scheduled," Rogers said. He added that Williams apologized for the comments back in 1990, but he said that does not excuse them.

Williams told the Midland Reporter-Telegram recently that he had already raised more than $300,000 for McCain and the fundraiser to be held at his home in Midland. Williams said that he needed to help McCain raise money to stop an Obama campaign that would enact “socialist” policies if elected to office.

“Much of the media, particularly the TV media, are to the left,” Williams told the newspaper. “To combat that we must have money to put our case to the people. We are way behind on [fundraising]. If Obama wins, it could move our country to the left, from which we will not recover.”


McCain Flip-Flops Again, Now Supports Bush-Style Warrantless Wiretapping
Jason Linkins
The Huffington Post

Back in December 2007, before the primary season began, when it didn't yet look as if he was going to be the Republican nominee, John McCain believed that he could make all sorts of "maverick" breaks with the Bush White House and its policies. Take this highlight from an interview with the Boston Globe as an example:

CHARLIE SAVAGE, Boston Globe: Does the president have inherent powers under the Constitution to conduct surveillance for national security purposes without judicial warrants, regardless of federal statutes?

JOHN MCCAIN: There are some areas where the statutes don't apply, such as in the surveillance of overseas communications. Where they do apply, however, I think that presidents have the obligation to obey and enforce laws that are passed by Congress and signed into law by the president, no matter what the situation is.

SAVAGE: Okay, so is that a no, in other words, federal statute trumps inherent power in that case, warrantless surveillance?

MCCAIN: I don't think the president has the right to disobey any law.

And just days ago, Wired Magazine cited McCain surrogate Charlie Fish as saying that McCain "would not support immunity for the telecoms that aided the Bush administration's warrantless spying program, unless there were revealing Congressional hearings and heartfelt repentance from those telephone and internet companies."

But what a difference a few days and a Michael "I CAN HAZ DICTATORIAL POWERZ" Goldfarb makes! Via WIRED Threat Level:

If elected president, Senator John McCain would reserve the right to run his own warrantless wiretapping program against Americans, based on the theory that the president's wartime powers trump federal criminal statutes and court oversight, according to a statement released by his campaign Monday.

McCain's new tack towards the Bush administration's theory of executive power comes some 10 days after a McCain surrogate stated, incorrectly it seems, that the senator wanted hearings into telecom companies' cooperation with President Bush's warrantless wiretapping program, before he'd support giving those companies retroactive legal immunity.

McCain campaign spokesman Douglas Holtz-Eakin told The Corner last week:

Here is the bottom line: Senator McCain supports the FISA modernization bill passed by the Senate without qualification. He believes no additional steps should be necessary to secure immunity for the telecoms; both the 109th and 110th Congresses have conducted extensive evaluation and examination of this topic and have satisfied the public's need for appropriate oversight; hearings purportedly designed to 'get to the bottom of things' have already occurred; and neither the Administration nor the telecoms need apologize for actions that most people, except for the ACLU and the trial lawyers, understand were Constitutional and appropriate in the wake of the attacks on September 11, 2001.

Senator McCain has never stated, nor does he believe that telecoms should only receive retroactive immunity in exchange for congressional testimony about their actions. We do not know what lies ahead in our nation's fight against radical Islamic extremists, but John McCain will do everything he can to protect Americans from such threats, including asking the telecoms for appropriate assistance to collect intelligence against foreign threats to the United States as authorized by Article II of the Constitution.

So there you have it. Another day, another McCain flip-flop, another blurred line of separation between McCain and Bush.


6 Other Things that Aren’t "Change We Can Believe In"
Seth Grahame-Smith
Huffington Post

By now, McCain’s "green speech" has been widely praised as one of the funniest half-hours of television since Arrested Development was canceled. The speech aimed to turn Obama’s "Change We Can Believe In" slogan into a surprise Mac Attack by inserting the words "That’s Not" at the beginning of it. As if this wasn’t exciting enough, McCain proceeded to deliver the speech with all the energy and eloquence of Frankenstein on barbiturates -- pausing awkwardly after each declaration to offer a snicker and yellowed smile, as if to ask the adoring crowd of several hundred, "wasn’t that capital?" It was at once painful and delightful to behold. Painful, because we have to sit through five more months of his awkward cadence. Delightful, because it’s already obvious just how badly McCain’s efforts to brand himself as the "change" candidate are going to fail. That is, unless THESE are the kind of changes he’s talking about:

1. Excruciating Hypocrisy - McCain delivered the green speech near New Orleans, and in it, he took the Bush administration to task for their failure to respond to Katrina. Do you know where John McCain was when Katrina made landfall? He was standing on a tarmac in Arizona, receiving a birthday cake from his friend George W. Bush. That’s not change we can believe in.

2. Lack of Self-Control - Having a temper is one thing. But there’s a difference between blowing your stack behind closed doors and McCain’s tendency to say the wrong thing in front of the wrong people. Whether it’s the childish "bomb Iran" Beach Boys cover, the "100 years is fine with me" gaffe, calling his wife a "c--t" in front of reporters, threatening other legislators with violence, or that infamous Chelsea Clinton joke he made at a GOP fundraiser -- McCain has a rare talent for putting his foot in his mouth near an open mic. That’s definitely not change we can believe in.

3. Lack of Support for Our Troops - McCain knows firsthand the sacrifices made by our troops and their families, yet he won’t he support the G.I. Bill -- which was co-sponsored by his Republican ally, John Warner, and which would dramatically expand educational benefits for our soldiers. And why doesn’t he support it? Because the benefits are so good, the military is worried that too many soldiers will leave active duty to get their degrees. So there you have it -- John McCain’s policy on supporting our men and women in uniform: "They deserve the very best, just as long as it’s not TOO good -- and assuming we don’t have to raise taxes to pay for it." That sure as hell ain’t change we can believe in.

4. Coziness with Lobbyists - We all know that McCain likes to tout himself as a "maverick." But the truth is, McCain was forced to reinvent himself as a "maverick" because he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. He was one of five Senators investigated for corruption in the Keating scandal of 1989, in which it was alleged that (in return for money and other favors) McCain sought to have the government ease off its investigation of savings and loan chairman Charles Keating. You’d think he would’ve learned from this political near-death experience, but as we saw in his snuggly friendship with lobbyist Vicki Iseman, and the recent purging of lobbyists from his campaign (there are still over 100 of them running it), he’s learned nothing. Ladies and gentlemen, you’re damn right that’s not change we can believe in.

5. An Antiquated World View - It’s not the age of McCain’s body that troubles me -- it’s the age of his ideas. Like George W. Bush, he operates from a belief that America is infallible, that might makes right, and that anyone who doesn’t agree with us is not only wrong - but our enemy. Here at home, he believes in the same trickle down economic policies that have been failing the middle class and escalating our national debt since the early 1980’s. That IS change we can believe in, but only if it’s Opposites Day.

6. Cowardice - No one can ever take away the heroic truth that John McCain sat in a cell for five torturous years on behalf his country. He was a brave young man. But somewhere between Hanoi and Washington, that brave young man became an old pandering coward. For eight years, we’ve watched McCain suckle the teat of his political idol, George W. Bush. Especially sickening, given the fact that Bush is the same man who tried to destroy McCain’s family in the 2000 primaries. The same man who went after his daughter. And yet, because it was politically convenient to do so, John McCain threw his arms around Bush and never let go. Threw his arms around a man he didn’t even vote for. A man he secretly hated with a passion he scarcely knew he was capable of. To some, that merely makes John McCain a ruthless opportunist or a terrible father. In my eyes, it makes him a coward. How can a man who won’t even stand up for his family stand up for our country? How can a man who was too afraid to stand his ground against a joke like Bush stand his ground against brutal dictators? My fellow Americans...

That’s not change we can believe in.


Ode To “Foreign Policy Maven” McCain
By Madeleine Begun Kane

John McCain’s expertise ain’t legit:
Sunni? Shiite? He doesn’t know shit.
So the man should be toast.
But the press let’s him coast
Cuz he’s great in a 
barbecue pit.


McCain Economic Policy Shaped By Lobbyist
Swiss bank paid McCain co-chair to push agenda on U.S. mortgage crisis
By Jonathan Larsen, producer,
with Keith Olbermann

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain’s national campaign general co-chair was being paid by a Swiss bank to lobby Congress about the U.S. mortgage crisis at the same time he was advising McCain about his economic policy, federal records show. 

“Countdown with Keith Olbermann” reported Tuesday night that lobbying disclosure forms, filed by the giant Swiss bank UBS, list McCain’s campaign co-chair, former Texas Sen. Phil Gramm, as a lobbyist dealing specifically with legislation regarding the mortgage crisis as recently as Dec. 31, 2007.

Gramm joined the bank in 2002 and  had  registered as a lobbyist  by 2004. UBS filed paperwork deregistering Gramm on April 18 of this year. Gramm continues to serve as a UBS vice chairman.

News of Gramm’s involvement as a paid advocate for the banking industry, simultaneous with his unpaid work on McCain’s economic policies, comes as McCain’s campaign continues to reel from the purge of four other lobbyists. Two weeks ago, McCain banned lobbyists from advising him on the same subjects covered by their lobbying work.

As early as October, 2006, RealClearPolitics.com reported that Gramm was advising McCain on economic issues. Politico.com quoted McCain advisors saying that Gramm had input on McCain’s March 26 policy speech about the mortgage crisis. McCain himself has often cited Gramm’s influence as a way to establish his bona fides with economic conservatives.

When Gramm chaired the Senate Banking Committee, he wrote and passed deregulatory legislation in more than one industry, establishing himself as a pre-eminent foe of government regulation. McCain’s March 26 speech recommended further deregulation of the banking industry as his response to the mortgage crisis.

McCain and Gramm have been friends for more than a decade. McCain chaired Gramm’s 1996 presidential run and Gramm says the two men speak every day. McCain reportedly has hinted Gramm might serve as his Treasury secretary.

Last summer, Gramm was widely credited with saving McCain’s presidential campaign.

But even before lobbying emerged as an issue, some of his own advisors told the Washington Post last month that they questioned how Gramm’s legislative record might affect McCain’s campaign.

After Gramm passed a law easing regulation of energy-commodity trading, California experienced a sharp run-up in energy costs. The energy-trading company Enron was blamed and soon collapsed.

In 1999, Gramm successfully undid the Depression-era Glass-Steagall Act, removing the decades-old wall between commercial banking, which was heavily regulated, and investment banking, which was not. The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act did not extend significant new regulation to investment banking.

McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said that Gramm is "not benefitting from John McCain's plan." He also said that McCain preferred to focus on homeowners "truly in need" and opposed bailouts for affected banks, an aspect of the crisis that was not addressed in "Countdown"'s report.

Some economists fault Gramm’s deregulatory successes, as well as lax enforcement of remaining oversight powers, not just for the subprime mortgage crisis, but for its spread to other sectors of finance. Even Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has expressed interest in toughening regulations.

Jared Bernstein of the Economic Policy Institute told the Washington Post, “McCain is counting on people having very short memories and not connecting some pretty obvious dots here.”

The final UBS form listing Gramm’s work as a lobbyist says he was lobbying the Senate in the second half of 2007 regarding the Helping Families Save Their Homes in Bankruptcy Act. The bill would have let bankruptcy judges rewrite mortgage terms for Americans facing foreclosure so they could repay their loans and keep their homes.

The banking industry opposed this measure. The bill failed.


McCain Should Avoid Bush Like the Plague

Larry Sabato, a prominent political scientist at the University of Virginia, recently said, "The easiest way for (U.S. Sen. John) McCain to lose the election is to allow the Democrats to tie him to Bush." I agree. If I were to advise Sen. McCain, I would recommend he keep a healthy distance from the president during the 2008 presidential campaign. Here are five reasons why:

1. Poll numbers. President Bush is not popular. With a national approval rating of 28 percent, close to record lows for a U.S. president, such an association is an electoral liability not only for Republican Party but for its presumptive nominee.

2. Global image. We live in a different world from that of the 2000 and 2004 Bush victories. The United States' disastrous foray into Iraq, its heavy-handed approach to other countries, its abandonment of collaborative approaches to international crises have made the U.S. as unpopular in the world as some of the pariah states we seek to isolate and punish.

McCain cannot afford to have his tenure dubbed a third Bush term.

3. The economy. Even national elections are local. The economy has gone through fits over the past 16 months or so. People are losing their homes, unemployment is on the rise, financial markets are jittery and consumer confidence is the lowest it has been in decades.

People are looking for relief. This happened under Bush. People are yearning for economic stability and change.

4. Maverick instincts. McCain is known as independent-minded, not afraid to stand up for his beliefs. This is what makes him attractive to independents, moderate Republicans and even working-class White voters.

5. Tough competition. McCain will most likely face a formidable opponent in the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama. Obama is young, energetic, a great communicator and appeals to independents, moderates, the disassociated young, and those tired of politics as usual.

A close association with Bush would set McCain up for defeat against a dynamic new face.


Bush Hits '08 Trail; Do Republicans Want his Help?
By Jeremy Pelofsky

President George W. Bush has made it clear he is excited to get out on the campaign trail this election year to help Republicans keep the White House and retake Congress -- but do they want his help?

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain has said he wants help from Bush, who can haul in enormous campaign cash. But McCain has walked a fine line with the unpopular Bush, backing the president on the Iraq war while bucking him on how to address climate change.

Bush will kick off raising money for McCain on Tuesday and Wednesday at three events in Arizona and Utah, but they will only be together at one and it will be out of the public eye. That has raised questions about whether Bush helps or hurts the Arizona senator.

"On the one hand (Republicans) want to keep their distance from the president in order to avoid being cast as a third Bush term, yet at the same time they need to tap into the fund-raising capacity of the president," said Anthony Corrado, a professor of government at Colby College in Maine.

The Reuters/Zogby poll last week found Bush's approval rating had fallen 4 percentage points to 23 percent, a record low for pollster John Zogby. Congress fared even worse, however, falling 5 points to 11 percent.

In a time-honored practice by presidents on the trail, Bush has scheduled non-campaign events on his three-day, five-state trip, which helps defray the enormous costs of hosting the presidential entourage for which candidates must pay.

Despite wrapping up the Republican nomination, McCain has lagged his Democratic rivals in raising money even though they have not finished their contest. McCain raised $18.5 million in April while New York Sen. Hillary Clinton pulled in $21 million and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama attracted $30.7 million.

"They probably want to do a lot of this now while there's attention still on the Democratic race," Corrado said, saying Bush will be best used in western and southern states.


While the White House said there may be a Bush-McCain photo opportunity on Tuesday, Corrado said "every shot that comes out through election day where McCain is sharing a podium with the president is going to be a day when more ammunition is provided for the Democrats for the fall campaign."

In addition, Republicans are talking openly about the difficulties they face holding on to the White House and retaking control of Congress in November, noting the unpopular war in Iraq that has lasted years longer than expected.

They also point to the teetering economy as well soaring gasoline and food prices. Plus, Republicans in recent months have lost three special elections for vacant seats in the House of Representatives in districts they have traditionally held.

In a sign Bush's problems likely extend beyond the top of the ticket, the other two fund-raisers the president will attend this week for Republicans seeking seats in the House are also closed to the media.

"The political atmosphere facing House Republicans this November is the worst since Watergate and is far more toxic than the fall of 2006 when we lost 30 seats," Rep. Tom Davis, a Virginia Republican, said in a memo to fellow Republicans.

Democrats now hold a 236-199 advantage in the House. Republicans have seen some 28 members decide to retire or seek another office, versus seven Democrats. Senate Democrats only have to defend 12 seats versus 23 Republicans must guard.

Bush will help raise money in two key swing congressional districts on the trip: New Mexico's open first congressional district and Kansas' third district, where Republicans are trying again to knock out Democratic Rep. Dennis Moore.

"He is poisoning the well for Republican congressional candidates and for John McCain," said Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. "I think McCain's chances depend in part on whether Bush and his White House team can manage to get Bush up around 40 (percent) again," referring to the president's approval rating.


Ode To John “Maverick” McCain
By Madeleine Begun Kane

A law breaker — that’s John McCain,
Treating FEC regs with disdain.
Having championed those rules,
He plays us for fools.
Yet we still hear the mav’rick refrain.


Once Upon a Time there was a President Named John McCain


McCain speech in Ohio last week: John McCain looks into his crystal Ball and describes what the future will look like throughout his Presidency through 2013


When you Wish Upon a Star: "The Iraq War has been won": "Iraq is a functioning democracy"; "al Qaeda in Iraq has been defeated"; Osama bin Laden has been captured or killed; there's been no major terrorist attack in the U.S.; Iran and North Korea have renounced nuclear weapons; "the size of the Army and Marine Corps has been significantly increased and are now better equipped"; there's been "a substantial increase" in veterans' benefits; the genocide in Darfur has been stopped; "the United States has experienced several years of robust economic growth, and Americans again have confidence in their economic future"; "the world food crisis has ended"; "test scores and graduation rates are rising everywhere in the country"; "health care has become more accessible"; Medicare and Social Security have been fixed "without reducing benefits" or "increasing taxes and raising premiums"; America is "well on the way to independence from foreign sources of oil"; "our southern border is now secure" and "illegal immigration has been finally brought under control."




It's OK, he's 71 years old and a true American Hero...and he's a Maverick and when his mind wonders...well that's just part of his Charm...Gosh, he's just the kind of guy you'd like to have a cup of cocoa with...Why he's just so darn GD wonderful, you'd want to take him home and have him meet your Grandma...


Gotta go, it's time for some Apple Pie...And a Cup of Cocoa...


Ode To John “Maverick” McCain
By Madeleine Begun Kane

A law breaker — that’s John McCain,
Treating FEC regs with disdain.
Having championed those rules,
He plays us for fools.
Yet we still hear the mav’rick refrain.


John McCainisms
Quotes from Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain
By Daniel Kurtzman

"I'm glad to have his endorsement. I condemn remarks that are, in any way, viewed as anti-anything. And thanks for asking." --after being asked by George Stephanopoulos about receiving the endorsement of Evangelical pastor Rev. John Hagee, who has made a number of controversial remarks, including calling Catholicism "The Great Whore" and blaming Hurricane Katrina on gays

"Make it a hundred...That would be fine with me." -to a questioner who asked if he supported President Bush's vision for keeping U.S. troops in Iraq for 50 years

"I'm going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated."

"Well, it's common knowledge and has been reported in the media that Al Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran. That's well known. And it's unfortunate." -before correcting himself by saying Iran was training "extremists," not Al Qaeda

"I will conduct a respectful debate. Now, it will be dispirited -- it will be spirited -- because there are stark differences. I am a proud conservative, liberal Republica-- conservative Republican...Hello? Easy there."

"The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should. I've got Greenspan's book."

"It's not social issues I care about."

"F**k you! I know more about this than anyone else in the room." --to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), during a testy exchange about immigration legislation

"There are neighborhoods in Baghdad where you and I could walk through those neighborhoods today." --prior to visiting a Baghdad market while being flanked by 22 soldiers, 10 armored Humvees, and two Apache attack helicopters

"You know that old Beach Boys song, Bomb Iran? Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran."

"I had something picked out for you, too - a little IED (improvised explosive device) to put on your desk." --to Jon Stewart

"Americans are very frustrated, and they have every right to be. We've wasted a lot of our most precious treasure, which is American lives." --on the Iraq war

"I think I'd just commit suicide." --in October 2006, on the prospects of the Democrats taking back the Senate in the November election

"No, I'm calling you a f*cking jerk." --to fellow Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, when Grassley asked "Are you calling me stupid?"

"Only an a**hole would put together a budget like this ... I wouldn't call you an a**hole unless you really were an a**hole." --to Budget Committee Chairman and fellow Repulican Sen. Pete Domenici, during a Senate budget hearing

"I would rather have a clean government than one where quote First Amendment rights are being respected, that has become corrupt. If I had my choice, I'd rather have the clean government."

"I am sure that Senator Clinton would make a good President. I have no doubt that Senator Clinton would make a good President."

"I said, 'The nice thing about Alzheimer's is you get to hide your own Easter eggs.'"

"At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you c*nt." -to his wife, Cindy, after she playfully twirled his hair and said "You're getting a little thin up there," as reported in the book The Real McCain by Cliff Schecter

"Do you know why Chelsea Clinton is so ugly? Because Janet Reno is her father." --at a 1998 Republican fundraiser


McCain Talks the Talk, but he NO longer Walks the Walk...
Think Progress

Despite His Votes To Cut Veterans Funding, McCain Says We Owe Vets ‘A Debt We Can Never Repay’

Last week, Sen. John McCain spoke to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Kansas City, MO. He spoke at length about the sacrifice paid by U.S. soldiers in Iraq, acknowledging “how little has been asked of others compared to their service” and declaring that the nation owes veterans “a debt that we can never fully repay.”

He also said that veterans should have access to “the highest quality health…care in the world” upon returning:

As President, I will do everything in my power to ensure that those who serve today and those who have served in the past have access to the highest quality health, mental health and rehabilitative care in the world. The disgrace of Walter Reed must not be forgotten. … Whatever our commitments to veterans cost, we will keep them, as you have kept every commitment to us. The honor of a great nation is at stake.

Not only has he refused to support the 21st Century GI Bill, which the Veterans of Foreign Wars endorsed last June, he has consistently voted against increasing funding for the Veterans’ Administration, which oversees all medical care for veterans:

– Voted AGAINST an amendment providing $20 billion to the VA’s medical facilities. [5/4/06]

– Voted AGAINST providing $430 million to the VA for outpatient care “and treatment for veterans,” one of only 13 senators to do so. [4/26/06]

– Voted AGAINST increasing VA funding by $1.5 billion by closing corporate loopholes. [3/14/06]

– Voted AGAINST increasing VA funding by $1.8 billion by ending “abusive tax loopholes.” [3/10/04]

– Voted AGAINST a $650 million increase in veterans’ medical care funding. [8/1/01]

Though McCain has derided progressive universal health care plans as “a government takeover,” he is mum on the success of the VA, a government-run, integrated approach that, as Paul Krugman put it, is “one of the few clear American success stories in the struggle to contain health care costs.”

McCain’s zero-regulation, every-man-for-himself approach to health insurance would in effect “dismantle” the VA — what Krugman calls “a completely wrongheaded approach to health care.”


McCain The Maverick Makes It Up

This week during a trip to the Middle East, McCain severely undermined his frequent claims to be "the one best to address a national security crisis" by repeatedly stating that Iran was supporting al Qaeda in Iraq. McCain claimed that Iranian operatives were "taking al-Qaeda into Iran, training them and sending them back." He insisted that it was "common knowledge...that al-Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and coming back into Iraq from Iran."

McCain's confusion over Iran and al Qaeda puts him in lockstep with the rest of the Bush administration. As the Washington Post notes, "The last five years have produced ample evidence that American leaders were woefully ill-informed about the country they came to rescue." The Post points to a 2002 op-ed by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger that erroneously pointed to a "Sunni majority" in Iraq, despite the fact that Sunnis make up only 15-20 percent of the population. Iraq war architect Bill Kristol famously insisted in April 2003 that "there's almost no evidence" of a conflict between Sunni and Shiite in Iraq "at all," claiming "Iraq's always been very secular."

According to author George Packer, Iraqi exiles meeting with President Bush before the war "spent a good portion of the time explaining to the president that there are two kinds of Arabs in Iraq, Sunnis and Shiites." At first, the McCain campaign claimed the senator simply "misspoke." Now the campaign is embracing the remarks, leaving voters all the more unsure about McCain's understanding of foreign policy.


Though Iran is 90 percent Shiite and al Qaeda is a Sunni group, it is not inconceivable that some aspects of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard are supporting some aspects of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), or that AQI members have ever crossed the border into Iran. However, there is simply no evidence to support McCain's claim that Iran is "training" AQI in Iran.

Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno stated last July, "We don't see any evidence, significant evidence, that shows that Iranian-controlled groups that are funding and providing arms to Shi’a extremists are directly related to al Qaeda." In a CNN interview on Wednesday, Gen. David Petraeus backed away from CNN's Kyra Phillips's statement that "it stands firm that Iran is funneling weapons and supporting al Qaeda." Petraeus said, "We're concerned very much about the lethal accelerants...that do come from Iran," but also emphasized that "the flow of foreign fighters and of suicide bombers that help al Qaeda typically is through Syria."

"The point is that John McCain’s misstatement is typical of conservatives, who have, through intentionally deceptive language, constantly tried to elide the differences between groups with different goals and ideologies in order to create the illusion of a united Islamofascist enemy."


After press coverage of McCain's gaffe, his campaign issued a statement claiming the senator "misspoke and immediately corrected himself." In an interview, McCain himself insisted that he "corrected it immediately," and that he "just simply misspoke."

However, as video proves, it was not until Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) whispered a correction in his ear that McCain corrected his mistake. Moreover, McCain conflated Iran and al Qaeda at least three times, not including another time last month -- hardly a case of "misspeaking."

By Thursday the McCain campaign had reversed course, insisting McCain did not misspeak at all. McCain advisor Max Boot asked Thursday, "What gaffe?" and insisted, "There is copious evidence of Iran supplying and otherwise assisting Al Qaeda in Iraq and other Sunni terrorist groups (including Al Qaeda central)."

Randy Scheunemann, McCain’s senior foreign policy adviser, told the New York Sun, "There is ample documentation that Iran has provided many different forms of support to Sunni extremists, including Al Qaeda as well as Shi’ia extremists in Iraq. It would require a willing suspension of disbelief to deny Iran supports Al Qaeda in Iraq."


Just as McCain's campaign has flip-flopped on the veracity of his comments, the right-wing blogosphere has denied that McCain made any error, insisting "the truth" is that "al Qaeda has been receiving funding, training, and equipment from Iran."

Weekly Standard blogger Thomas Joscelyn wrote that McCain "shouldn't have taken his statement back," and National Review's Michael Ledeen lamented that the senator "got spooked." However, when pressed for evidence of the Iran-AQI tie, many of these right-wingers link back to a single New York Sun article from early 2007 claiming that a division of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard "is working with individuals affiliated with Al Qaeda in Iraq" -- a far cry from McCain's assertion that Iran was "training" AQI.

Like other conservatives, Eli Lake, the author of the Sun piece, dramatically simplifies the questions involved. "Listen this is not that hard a concept," he writes. "Al Qaeda is a terror cartel. Iran is also a terror cartel." Apparently that's a strong enough argument to satisfy the right.


McCain Allegations Trigger Political, Journalistic Firestorms
David Lightman | McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — John McCain emphatically and persistently denied Thursday that he had any personal ties to a female lobbyist and said that no one in his campaign had advised him to avoid her.

The New York Times triggered twin political and journalistic firestorms by raising questions about the relationship between McCain, who's cultivated an image of moral rectitude and political independence, and corporate lobbyist Vicki Iseman. The story said that aides had tried to discourage the Arizona senator from dealing with Iseman eight years ago because they feared that "the relationship had become romantic."

McCain said the account was "not true." Times Executive Editor Bill Keller defended it, saying in a statement: "On the substance, we think the story stands for itself."

It was unclear Thursday what, if any, political fallout the story might cause and whether it would help or hurt McCain's quest for the presidency. Also unclear were the journalism repercussions.

Some critics faulted the Times for relying on anonymous sources, retelling old stories about McCain and raising the possibility that the senator and the lobbyist may have had a romantic relationship without providing more than hearsay. Others said the story provided legitimate information about a presidential candidate.

Democrats Seek FEC Probe Of McCain


Associated Press Writer

The national Democratic party wants campaign finance regulators to investigate whether Sen. John McCain would violate money-in-politics laws by withdrawing from the primary election's public finance system.

McCain, who had been entitled to $5.8 million in federal funds for the primary, has decided to bypass the system so he can avoid spending limits between now and the GOP's national convention in September.

Federal Election Commission Chairman David Mason notified McCain last week that he can only withdraw from public financing if he answers questions about a campaign loan and obtains approval from four members of the six-member commission. Such approval is doubtful in the short term because the commission has four vacancies and cannot convene a quorum.

"John McCain poses as a reformer but seems to think reforms apply to everyone but him," Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Sunday.

he DNC said it plans to formally seek an FEC investigation Monday.

Part of the issue centers on a loan McCain obtained late last year. The loan was not directly secured by McCain's potential access to public funds. But his agreement with the bank required him to reapply for public funds if he lost early primary contests and to use that money as collateral.

McCain's lawyer, former FEC Chairman Trevor Potter, has said McCain did not encumber any money that he would have received from the federal treasury.

McCain and Potter have said he was entitled to withdraw without FEC approval and have cited as examples Dean and Democrat Dick Gephardt, both of whom withdrew from public financing during the 2004 presidential primary.

"Howard Dean's hypocrisy is breathtaking, given that in 2003 he withdrew from the matching funds system in exactly the same way John McCain is doing today," McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said Sunday.

DNC spokeswoman Stacie Paxton said Dean, unlike McCain, took out no loan that raised questions about his use of potential public funds.

If McCain were prohibited from withdrawing from public financing, he would be severely limited in his campaign spending for the next six months. Under campaign finance rules, he would be allowed to spend only $54 million; as of the end of January, his campaign had already spent nearly $50 million.


Rich: McCain's marketplace visit indicative of a 'turning point' that will lead to withdrawal from Iraq

The Raw Story

New York Times columnist Frank Rich says in his Sunday editorial, that Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) Baghdad marketplace photo op was not merely indicative of a flagging presidential campaign, but may also be emblematic of the inevitable withdrawal by the US from Iraq.

"In retrospect, his disastrous trip may be less significant as yet another downturn in a faltering presidential candidacy than as a turning point in hastening the inevitable American exit from Iraq," writes Rich.

McCain is a genuine war hero, says Rich, and by participating in a "embarrassing propaganda stunt" he has hurt "lesser Washington mortals who still claim that the 'surge' can bring 'victory' in Iraq" more than he has damaged himself.

"Bush or anyone else who sees progress in the surge is correct only in the most literal and temporary sense," continues Rich. "Yes, an influx of American troops is depressing some Baghdad violence. But any falloff in the capital is being offset by increased violence in the rest of the country; the civilian death toll rose 15 percent from February to March. Mosul, which was supposedly secured in 2003 by the current American commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, is now a safe haven for terrorists, according to an Iraqi government spokesman. The once-pacified Tal Afar, which Bush declared 'a free city that gives reason for hope for a free Iraq' in 2006, is a cauldron of bloodshed."

Excerpts follow:

It can't be lost on those dwindling die-hards, particularly those on the 2008 ballot, that if defending the indefensible can reduce even a politician of McCain's heroic stature to that of Dukakis-in-the-tank, they have nowhere to go but down. They'll cut and run soon enough. For starters, just watch as McCain's GOP presidential rivals add more caveats to their support for the administration's Iraq policy. Already, in a Tuesday interview on "Good Morning America," Mitt Romney inched toward concrete "timetables and milestones" for Iraq, with the nonsensical proviso they shouldn't be published "for the enemy."

As if to confirm we're in the last throes, President Bush threw any remaining caution to the winds during his news conference in the Rose Garden that same morning. Almost everything he said was patently misleading or an outright lie, a sure sign of a leader so entombed in his bunker (he couldn't even emerge for the Washington Nationals' ceremonial first pitch last week) that he feels he has nothing left to lose.


If Baghdad isn't going to repeat Tal Afar's history, we will have to send many more American troops than promised and keep them there until al-Maliki presides over a stable coalition government providing its own security. Hell is more likely to freeze over first. Yet if American troops don't start to leave far sooner than that -- by the beginning of next year, according to the retired general and sometime White House consultant Barry McCaffrey -- the American Army will start to unravel. The National Guard, whose own new involuntary deployments to Iraq were uncovered last week by NBC News, can't ride to the rescue indefinitely.


Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is a Fool...

He said that parts of Baghdad are safe for Americans to walk the streets and shop...So to prove it, he goes to Baghdad does some shopping , talks with the locals, WHILE HE IS SURROUNDED BY 100 US TROOPS, THREE BLACK HAWKS CIRCLING OVER HEAD AND SNIPER TEAMS DEPLOYED ON VARIOUS ROOF TOPS...But he was not wearing a helmut, just a kevlar vest...One of the Republican Congressmen with him said it was as safe as shopping at a mall in Indiana...

McCain is typical of Republicans, refusing to face the Truth, and to speak the Truth, that is, until McCain was pressed about his comments on 60 Minutes who were with him in Baghdad and filming the whole thing...What was he thinking when he said that parts of Baghdad are safe for Americans to walk the streets and shop...

Senator McCain, it is time for you to click your heals three times, and say...There's No Place Like Home...

There is no Republican up on Capitol Hill more disliked by his own GOP brethren than John McCain. That's why, despite the size of his fan club in the mainstream media, McCain seems rather unlikely to capture the party's nomination for President in 2008.

Here's a short, but sweet primer that may help explain why so many conservatives believe John McCain would be a very poor choice as the Republican nominee in 2008.

The Age Issue

John McCain will be 72 years old in 2008, which will make him 3 years older than Ronald Reagan was when he became the oldest man to ever be inaugurated as president back in 1981. In the Senate, where doddering fossils like Strom Thurmond and Robert Byrd can be elected over and over, McCain looks like a spring chicken in comparison. But, Reagan's age turned out to be a campaign issue and McCain, who would be 80 years old at the end of his 2nd term, would certainly have a lot of people questioning --with good reason -- whether he's up to the job. Were McCain to be the nominee, his age could be the deciding factor that puts a Democrat in office.

How Electable Is McCain Really?

The mainstream media loves John McCain and they regularly write fawning articles referring to him as a "maverick" and a "straight-talker." Because of this, McCain polls well among Democrats and Independents.

However, the reason McCain is so well liked by the media is because they're liberals and they love it when he trashes other Republicans. But, what would happen if John McCain actually became the Republican nominee? The same members of the mainstream media who gush over him today would turn on him in a Minnesota minute and once his great press ended, his poll numbers with Independents and Democrats would start to drop precipitously.

Moreover, it's no big secret that McCain is roundly despised by more than a few conservatives. The thinking there usually goes, "Well, what are they going to do, vote for Hillary?" No, they won't, "vote for Hillary," but will they contribute money to McCain, volunteer for his campaign, or defend him from attacks made by Democrats or the press? No, they won't.

More importantly, they may throw their votes away by voting Libertarian or for the Constitution Party in 2008. Given that the outcome of three of the last four elections may have been decided by these sorts of protest votes (for Perot in '92 and '96 and Nader in 2000), this is not an issue that should be taken lightly.

What's Wrong With Actually Having A Loyal Republican As The Republican Nominee?

One of the most galling things about the idea of having John McCain as the Republican nominee in 2008 is that whether he's a loyal Republican or not is a question that can't truly be answered. Back in 2001, there were rumors that McCain might, depending on how the election turned out, switch parties in order to help the Democrats retain the Senate. In 2002, there were rumors that McCain was considering switching parties and running for President as a Democrat. In 2004, "on several occasions," McCain talked with John Kerry about becoming his vice-president. Obviously McCain hasn't pulled a Jim Jeffords yet, but you have to wonder about where he really stands.

How Can You Be Pro-Life And Pro-Roe v. Wade At The Same Time?

Overall, John McCain does have a fairly solid pro-life voting record (The glaring exception is that he has gone off the reservation on embryonic stem cell research). However, McCain has specifically said, on more than one occasion, back in August of 1999, that he opposes overturning Roe v. Wade:

"I'd love to see a point where (Roe v. Wade) is irrelevant, and could be repealed because abortion is no longer necessary. But certainly in the short term, or even-the long-term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade, which would then force X number of women in America to [undergo] illegal and dangerous operations."

"I would not seek to overturn Roe v. Wade tomorrow, because doing so would endanger the lives of women."

Has McCain also said he wants to repeal Roe v. Wade on many occasions? Yes. But, how can pro-lifers trust a man who has flip-flopped like John Kerry on Roe v. Wade to appoint the Supreme Court Justices who may end up deciding the issue? Simply put, we can't.

Kyoto By Any Other Name Would Still Smell As Rotten

John McCain has proposed a radical bill, the McCain-Lieberman Stewardship Act, that is not all that different from the Kyoto Protocol. McCain's bill would do cataclysmic damage to our economy. In the name of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by an insignificant percentage, that not even the biggest proponents of Kyoto believe would have a significant impact on the weather, here's the damage John McCain would be willing to do to our economy (from an article by Marlo Lewis in National Review):

"Proponents will undoubtedly argue, as they did last fall, that we need not worry about the bill's economic impact because Phase I (of McCain's bill) is just a "modest" first step in addressing global climate change. A recent Energy Information Administration (EIA) analysis suggests otherwise. According to EIA, Phase I would increase: gasoline prices by 9 percent in 2010 and 19 percent in 2025; natural-gas prices in the industrial and electric-power sectors by 21 percent in 2010 and 58 percent in 2025; and electricity prices by 35 percent in 2025."

Would you support a Republican candidate for President who pledged to sign America on to Kyoto Protocol? If not, then why support John McCain, who wants to do almost the same thing under a different name?

McCain Vs. The Bush Tax Cuts

Most conservatives believe the biggest domestic success of George Bush's first term were his tax cuts. John McCain voted against them, more than once, before finally flip-flopping and voting for them this year. Enough said.

McCain May Not Like Bush's Tax Cuts, But He Loves Illegal Immigration

McCain has teamed up with Ted Kennedy to propose a bill that rewards illegal aliens by allowing them to stay in the US permanently after they pay a modest fine, brings in hundreds of thousands of new guest workers as well, and does almost nothing to enforce immigration law or prevent new illegal aliens from entering the country. In other words, if you love George Bush's illegal immigration policy, John McCain is offering more of the same. On the other hand, if you believe we need to clamp down on illegal immigration, John McCain is not a candidate you should support.

The Gang-Of-14 Disaster

Just as Republicans in Congress were about to step in and put an end to the Democratic filibusters of judges once and for all, John McCain and the rest of the "Gang-Of-14" stepped in with a deal that kept the filibuster alive. This got John McCain and the other participants in the deal lots of favorable press, but the GOP paid a real price so that the "Maverick" could be in the spotlight again. Several GOP judges were thrown over the side and have, as of yet, never been allowed to get a vote.

Furthermore, the Gang-of-14 deal explicitly no long applies after the 2006 elections occur. So, if the Democrats gain seats in the Senate and decide to start filibustering again, it's entirely possible that this time, the GOP won't be able to muster the votes to stop them. That means that if a liberal Supreme Court Justice steps down during the last two years of Bush's term, because of John McCain and Company, it may not be possible to replace them with another Alito or Roberts. That's the price the party may have to pay so that John McCain can continue to be the New York Times' favorite Republican.

The McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Debacle

John McCain's signature piece of legislation is the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Bill, which was one of the worst pieces of legislation to make it through Congress in the last decade. The idea behind this nightmare, which was a failure on every level, was that it was going to, "take the money out of politics." Well, not only did McCain-Feingold fail to, "take the money out of politics," more money was spent than ever before during the 2004 elections. Moreover, the bill unconstitutionally curbed free speech, protected incumbents, gave a fund raising edge to the Democrats, and opened up the door to regulating bloggers. If McCain says that he'll do for America what he did for campaign finance reform, it should be taken as a threat.


That should give you a pretty good idea of what some of McCain's biggest flaws are, but what you've seen so far is by no means a comprehensive list. Keep in mind that McCain opposed Bush's attempt to protect marriage by enshrining it in the Constitution, committed adultery in his first marriage, attacked the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth, endangered the lives of all Americans by handcuffing our military interrogators, had a meltdown over a boxing commission...you can go on and on like this.

The long and short of it is that John McCain is a deeply flawed candidate who's unlikely to capture the Republican nomination, unlikely to win the presidency, and is unlikely to be a good President even if he somehow makes it to the White House.


On MSNBC, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) claimed that he knew the Iraq war was "probably going to be long and hard and tough," and that he was "sorry" for those who voted for the war believing it would be "some kind of an easy task."

"Maybe they didn't know what they were voting for," McCain said. In fact, during the run-up to war in 2002 and 2003, McCain repeatedly described the prospects of war in the rosiest terms, declaring the United States would "win it easily."

As early as Sept. 24, 2002, McCain said on CNN, "I know that as successful as I believe we will be, and I believe that the success will be fairly easy, we will still lose some American young men or women."

A few days later, McCain predicted, "We're not going to get into house-to-house fighting in Baghdad. We may have to take out buildings, but we're not going to have a bloodletting of trading American bodies for Iraqi bodies."

In Jan. 2003, McCain said on MSNBC, "We will win this conflict. We will win it easily."


This article lists about a dozen more McCain Flip Flops...


McCain’s flourishing flip-flop list


Posted By Carpetbagger On 20th November 2006


Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) new-found opposition to Roe v. Wade is rather remarkable, even for him.


In 1999, McCain was in New Hampshire, campaigning for the GOP nomination as a moderate. He proclaimed himself a pro-life candidate, but told reporters that “in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade.” He explained that overturning Roe would force “women in America to [undergo] illegal and dangerous operations.” Yesterday, campaigning for the GOP nomination as a conservative, McCain said the opposite.


STEPHANOPOULOS: Let me ask one question about abortion. Then I want to turn to Iraq. You’re for a constitutional amendment banning abortion, with some exceptions for life and rape and incest.


MCCAIN: Rape, incest and the life of the mother. Yes.


STEPHANOPOULOS: So is President Bush, yet that hasn’t advanced in the six years he’s been in office. What are you going to do to advance a constitutional amendment that President Bush hasn’t done?


MCCAIN: I don’t think a constitutional amendment is probably going to take place, but I do believe that it’s very likely or possible that the Supreme Court should — could overturn Roe v. Wade, which would then return these decisions to the states, which I support…. Just as I believe that the issue of gay marriage should be decided by the states, so do I believe that we would be better off by having Roe v. Wade return to the states.


The old McCain didn’t want an amendment and didn’t want Roe overturned. The new McCain completely disagrees with the old McCain.


It’s worth noting that politicians’ opinions on abortion can, and often do, “evolve” over time. Dick Gephardt and Al Gore, for example, both opposed abortion rights before eventually becoming pro-choice. With this in mind, McCain’s unexpected shift may simply reflect yet another pol whose thinking has changed over time.


Or, far more likely, McCain is once again abandoning any pretense of consistency and integrity, and is now willing to say literally anything to win.


Let’s return, once again, to McCain’s flourishing flip-flop list, which is now a Top 11 list.


* McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as “an agent of intolerance” in 2002, but has since decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans “deserved” the 9/11 attacks. (Indeed, McCain has now hired Falwell’s debate coach.)


* McCain used to oppose Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy, but he reversed course in February.


* In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending “dirty money” to help finance Bush’s presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.


* McCain supported a major campaign-finance reform measure that bore his name. In June, he abandoned his own legislation.


* McCain used to think that Grover Norquist was a crook and a corrupt shill for dictators. Then McCain got serious about running for president and began to reconcile with Norquist.


* McCain took a firm line in opposition to torture, and then caved to White House demands.


* McCain gave up on his signature policy issue, campaign-finance reform, and won’t back the same provision he sponsored just a couple of years ago.


* McCain was against presidential candidates campaigning at Bob Jones University before he was for it.


* McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he’s pro-ethanol.


* McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.


* And now he’s both for and against overturning Roe v. Wade.


It’s not exactly a newsflash that McCain is veering ridiculously to the right in a rather shameless attempt to reinvent himself, but Dems should take advantage of the situation and help establish the narrative now. Despite his rather embarrassing record of late, we still have major media figures telling the public that “no one would accuse McCain of equivocating on anything.”


Now is the time to begin characterizing McCain — accurately — as a man with no principle beliefs. Dems should not only criticize McCain’s constantly evolving opinions on nearly everything, they should openly mock him for it now, so that the storyline becomes second nature (like the GOP did with “serial exaggerator” Al Gore).


The nation is seeing McCain 2.0, and we like the old one better.


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