The professional malpractice of the 2008 John McCain campaign team, revisited.
This Breitbart article about McCain’s 2008 campaign team is infuriating me far too much for me to write coherently about it for very long, so let me be brief: speaking professionally, I agree with it. The faction of Team McCain represented by Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace should not be allowed anywhere NEAR a Republican Presidential campaign for the rest of their lives. And I | Read More »
Well, at least Meghan Cofield’s getting work.
Who is Meghan Cofield? Well, she’s a Ohio worker who lost her job, and it’s all John Kasich’s fault! No, wait, it was all John McCain’s fault! Yeah. That was an ad from 2008 – same person, and even some of the same footage – when Barack Obama was pretending to be hating on NAFTA (needless to say, that promise came with an expiration date: | Read More »
Graham torpedoes cap-and-trade bill rollout.
Because of the Democrats’ decision to make immigration a priority. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) decision to walk away from Senate talks on climate change and energy legislation – at least for now – has prompted the measure’s remaining architects to scuttle Monday’s planned unveiling of the bill. [snip] Graham is upset over Democratic plans to take up immigration legislation this year – he accuses Democratic | Read More »
A friendly suggestion to former McCain campaign staffers.
Background: Hot Air (Allahpundit), Hot Air (Ed Morrissey), The Weekly Standard, ConsiderThisNews (Pat Hynes), The Politico Since everybody else is piling on, let me add my own comment to the fray. If you were one of the people who participated in that Vanity Fair hit piece, and we find out your name, you will be a net drag on any national campaign for the rest | Read More »
Hot dogs in public, credit-taking in private: the White House’s search for an Iranian domestic strategy.
Question: What do these two stories have in common? Iran Unrest Reveals Split In U.S. on Its Role Abroad [snip] Obama’s approach to Iran, including his assertion that the unrest there represents a debate among Iranians unrelated to the United States, is an acknowledgment that a U.S. president’s words have a limited ability to alter foreign events in real time and could do more harm | Read More »
So, who will this tick off more?
[Update: heh. See also bk's diary on the subject.] Obama Reaches Out for McCain’s Counsel WASHINGTON — Not long after Senator John McCain returned last month from an official trip to Iraq and Pakistan, he received a phone call from President-elect Barack Obama. As contenders for the presidency, the two had hammered each other for much of 2008 over their conflicting approaches to foreign policy, | Read More »
McCain in Roswell, and yeah: he brought up The Alien’s endorsement.
Heck, yes, I’m claiming this one. Via Hot Air Headlines McCain touts “alien” endorsement [snip] “By the way I have been here to Roswell before and I know about the alien landing,” McCain told about 1,000 supporters gathered at an airport hangar here during his fifth rally of the day. “And I am pleased to announce that I have received the alien endorsement….and I am | Read More »
Fox News reports McCain Campaign pumped up.
Please, God, let us know tomorrow night. Let us not drag this out for several months. Anyway: Via Gateway Pundit.
McCain: paying it forward?
Glenn Reynolds points out this story from Slate that I somehow missed the first time. It’s about McCain and Morris Udall, an Arizona Democrat that helped McCain settle in at the beginning of his political career in Washington DC. The following is from 1996 (Morris Udall died in 1998): For the past few years, Udall has lain ill with Parkinson’s disease in a veterans hospital | Read More »
SNL Brings Teh Funny to Olbermann.
The McCain skits were both good – I admit to some disappointment that Senator Obama never followed either his or Governor Palin’s lead, but only some; he’s not the type to be comfortable with being made fun of – but the Olbermann one had me rolling. Note to his fans: the audience is shrieking with laughter because Olbermann really does sound like this all the | Read More »
Video via Reader ridewind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xkxza7qiRQ4 …which I’m linking to and not promoting because it’s a lead-up to a post that I’d like for you to read from Dizzying Intellect.
McCain/Palin’s Pre-Rebuttal to the Infomerical
You can’t blame us for noticing. Anyway, here it is: …and it is telling that I feel safe enough to say that the semantic content of this thirty-second ad is going to be roughly about as high as that of said thirty-minute infomercial. This is not a compliment to the latter. Moe Lane PS: Unlike Hot Air’s comments’ section, I actually like the “yet.” As | Read More »
Attempted GOP Intimidation Watch: Brick thrown through campaign window.
Well, at least it wasn’t a Molotov cocktail. Yet. Republican HQ’s Vandalized, Workers Threatened MURFRESSBORO, Tenn. — The Republican headquarters in Murfreesboro was vandalized, and workers there said they have received threats. The Republican Party in Rutherford County is planning a rally Tuesday night, where hundreds of people are expected and singer Aaron Tippin is slated to perform. Police believe these vandals may have been | Read More »
RNC Unveils new searchable database.
It’s still pretty simple, but it’s also pretty straightforward. From the press release: The Republican National Committee (RNC) today launched a new Web site, “RNCDonors.com.” Through a searchable database, un-itemized RNC donors – those who contributed less than $200 to the RNC from the time Sen. John McCain became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee – will be made public. “Sen. Obama talks a lot about | Read More »
McCain snaps up rejected National Anthem singer.
…right over the plate, low, and slow; you swing for the bleachers. Zach Bencal has become something of a celebrity after his scheduled singing of the national anthem at Sen. Barack Obama’s New Hampshire rally last week was canceled at the last minute. [snip] Bencal will be back in the spotlight tomorrow — he has accepted Sen. John McCain’s campaign’s offer to sing the anthem | Read More »
The Obama campaign’s pre-debate media flack points.
Sure, they all do it. So stipulated. It’s still nice to see that the Obama campaign is deliberately (and quite hypocritically) trying to play angles like “erratic” and “dishonorable” and – ooh, this is a good one! – “unsteady.” It’s even nicer for them to give us a clear link ahead of time to the most egregious talking-points repeaters among the media. If you see | Read More »
Apparently, A Halloween display with KKK McCain chasing Barack Obama is “friendly”…
Not my choice of word: the local NAACP’s. Via AoSHQ: Halloween display aims for ‘shock value’ CATHARINE — Ron Havens has a reputation for provocative Halloween displays that reflect his strong political views. But even Havens was pretty sure his latest effort was over the top. That didn’t stop him from setting it up in plain sight anyway. Havens, who lives on Schuyler County Route | Read More »
:sing-song: “A-CORN’S scared of Mc-Cain, A-CORN’S scared of Mc-Cain…”
Read Michelle’s piece about ACORN throwing out the news that McCain showed up at two immigration reform rallies involving their group, only subtract out her instinctual reaction to immigration issues. You know what you have left? You have a militant, Democratic-allied group dedicated to voter fraud and increasingly in the hot seat, who wants you despondent. That’s what you have. And so they’re going to | Read More »
All right, Senator McCain: Let’s talk turkey.
(Via Jake Tapper) I’m getting damn tired of watching people too scared to push back on firebombs in the night from their own rail on and on about random shouters in crowds, too. When they’re not busy demonstrating that everything that they ever said about feminism (NSFW!) was a lie, of course. So I’m glad to hear that you find it outrageous.