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John Batchelor: The Obama-Biden campaign is in meltdown
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Posted on 09/13/2008 8:48:08 PM PDT by chuknchez

McCain's Right ArmBy John Batchelor. posted on September 12, 2008 at 10:05 PM

September 1968

After a year of starving and abusing 32 year old John McCain, no medical attention, abandonment and isolation in a windowless cell at the North Vietnamese Potemkin Village of a prison called the Plantation, the sadistic boss of the camp, Major Bai, called "Cat" by the POWs, ordered that the torturers break the admiral's son and force him to sign a confession. It was September, 1968. John McCain's father, John S. McCain, had become admiral of the Pacific Fleet the summer before, and the son's refusal to accept early release, and give the enemy a propoganda item, had angered Hanoi. Now John McCain the son was to pay for his resistance. The torturers started by rebreaking his left arm. Then he was trussed in ropes and beaten every two or three hours. According to the definitive Naval Institute Press volume on the POWS, "Honor Bound: American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia, 1961-1973," this sadism continued for four days. He resisted and weakened. Finally he signed the confession. Forty years later, this act of courage and then retreat still bothers John McCain, and he mentioned it movingly in his acceptance speech to the Republican Convention on September 4. What also stays with John McCain is the damage to his arms. When he was released in 1973, (left, returning to US care) his right arm was two inches shorter than his left. He cannot lift his arms above his breast. He cannot comb his own hair. And he is not dexterous enough to type at a keyboard.

The Obama-Biden Campaign is in Meltdown

This meltdown explains how it is possible for the Obama-Biden campaign to issue, on the eve of Hurrican Ike that will dominate the news for twenty-four hours, the most cynical and stupid of webads that attacks John McCain for not being in the economy enough to use the internet. The webad is the worst of postures-- it is snide:

"1982, John McCain goes to Washington," an announcer says over chirpy elevator music. "Things have changed in the last 26 years, but McCain hasn't. He admits he still doesn't know how to use a computer...

Meltdown

Perhaps the webad writers were unaware of John McCain's disability (left, at the Plantation before the torture, 1968). Perhaps they skipped the detail that John McCain depends upon Cindy McCain to type his e-mail messages. Perhaps it just does not make sense, to a campaign headed by the fresh-faced forty-something David Plouffe, that there are men walking around who have been tortured and permanently disabled by the enemy. Perhaps, as I have been told by my best Democratic Party source, the Obama-Biden campaign is in meltdown, there is no single message, there is no unity, there is no vision, and so separate but equal parts with lots of cash but not much learning are just wandering off the trail. My professionals, Fund, Ververs, Charen, Avlon, Johnson, West, Crowley, McTague, Levine and Whalen will address the strange disintegration of the Obama-Biden campaign on Sunday 14. The question will be, Was 9-11-08 the day (right, the two candidates at Columbia University on Thursday 11) that the Democratic Party panicked that Obama-Biden was not working for either winning the White House nor for holding the Congress?


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KEYWORDS: 20080911; batchelor; davidplouffe; election; mccain; mccainpalin; obama; obamabiden; outoftouch
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It is time for Obama to ask David Plouffe to step down.
1 posted on 09/13/2008 8:48:08 PM PDT by chuknchez
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To: chuknchez

No, no David Plouffe is our best friend these days. :)


2 posted on 09/13/2008 8:49:54 PM PDT by madison10 (Pray every day for McCains, Palins and the USA...and the rest of us, too.)
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To: chuknchez

I am really hoping that Rush, Laura and the others pick this up on Monday. This ad has me boiling. I’m ready to fight!


3 posted on 09/13/2008 8:50:52 PM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (McCain is looking better every passing day.)
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To: chuknchez

“The Obama-Biden Campaign is in Meltdown”

I will sleep well tonite.


4 posted on 09/13/2008 8:50:59 PM PDT by Canedawg (Sarah Palin Rocks. McCain-Palin '08)
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To: chuknchez

No! Leave him alone.


5 posted on 09/13/2008 8:51:38 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: The Iceman Cometh

If Mark Levin did on Friday eve, you can be sure Rush, Sean and the gang will blast Barry on Monday. ;)


6 posted on 09/13/2008 8:51:45 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Canedawg

Just drag on another, ah ... well another 6 weeks or so. Dying a s...l...o...w death.


7 posted on 09/13/2008 8:52:41 PM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: chuknchez

The timing of the meltdown couldn’t be better.

Remember, though there are lots of political junkies on sites like this one, millions of undecided Americans are just starting to pay attetion to the election campaign. And they aren’t liking what they see of Obama. The first pres. debate in an election year is the most watched one. If McCain outshines Obama in that debate, that might be the beginning of the end for Obama. People’s minds will start being made up.

And with the spread of early voting and absentee voting in so many states, many millions of votes will have been cast two or three weeks before election day, which makes it harder for dirty campaigns to do an “October surprise” and influence the outcome.

Time is growing short for Obama to turn this around.


8 posted on 09/13/2008 8:53:21 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: chuknchez
It is time for Obama to ask David Plouffe to step down.

Sorry. No can do. There's no room left under the bus, except for the space reserved for Ayers. The Pouffe is going to have to stay and keep flailing around, making messes all over the place. Too bad.

9 posted on 09/13/2008 8:54:12 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: K-oneTexas

Just drag on another, ah ... well another 6 weeks or so. Dying a s...l...o...w death.

a thousand or so cuts.


10 posted on 09/13/2008 8:54:26 PM PDT by aroostook war
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To: chuknchez
This is a question which should be used to ambush Obama.

Get him going with a set-up about Guantanamo, and the "inhuman" practices (har!) there.

Then ask why he is in favor of more rights for the terrorists than for his opponent as President -- as proven by the fact that he used McCain's injuries from torture as a sign of stodginess, not heroism..

Then ask him about Ayers.

Cheers!

11 posted on 09/13/2008 8:55:19 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: chuknchez

damn damn dam.. the Obamamessiah doesn’t know what hit him. they’re shooting in the dark and wailing their arms hoping something sticks. that fool Obama doesn’t crap about sacrifice for one’s country. Pack your Styrofoam Columns citizen of the world... and move to the UN.


12 posted on 09/13/2008 8:55:19 PM PDT by Ancient Drive
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To: chuknchez

After five years as a prisoner of war, John McCain returned home with physical injuries that would have a lasting impact. His broken arms make it painful to lift his hands above his shoulders or to use a keyboard.

Barack Obama thinks that’s funny. The guy can’t use a computer. He and his wife read e-mails together and she will key in his responses.

Barack Obama. Quick to mock...not ready to lead.


13 posted on 09/13/2008 8:56:23 PM PDT by plangent
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To: chuknchez
If Obama wasn't bright enough to realize he needed Hillary as his running mate to insure victory he's not bright enough to be President.
14 posted on 09/13/2008 8:57:08 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: madison10

How is Davids last name pronounced?

not poofy is it ploofay?


15 posted on 09/13/2008 8:57:34 PM PDT by Global2010 (Carville Go Home!)
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To: All

Well, I suspect this is a situation where there are functioning units of an army that fight well but have no generalship from above.

For example, Greenspan’s comments were jumped on by someone in that campaign within just a few hours and got words put into the candidate’s mouth. So . . . don’t think they are going to roll over and die.

They have some units still fighting and those units have to be destroyed. But . . . it may be only a mopping up operation with the overall army in disarray.


16 posted on 09/13/2008 8:58:05 PM PDT by Owen
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To: Global2010

Poofter?


17 posted on 09/13/2008 8:59:21 PM PDT by aroostook war
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To: chuknchez

I’m not sure that there are enough words to portray how incredibly shockingly stupid this particular attack on McCain was. I thought that the lipstick on a pig was disastrous, but Obama better get out the life preservers on this one. The storm that’s coming is going to be epochal for his campaign.


18 posted on 09/13/2008 8:59:32 PM PDT by Enterprise (No Oil for Democrats!)
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To: aroostook war

A Billion butterfly bites.


19 posted on 09/13/2008 8:59:42 PM PDT by mazda77
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To: The Iceman Cometh
"I am really hoping that Rush, Laura and the others pick this up on Monday. This ad has me boiling. I’m ready to fight!"

Heh I am fairly confident that Rush, Hannity, Levin, Laura and everyone else will jump on it like a chicken on a junebug.

20 posted on 09/13/2008 9:00:07 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg ("`Eddies,' said Ford, `in the space-time continuum.' `Ah,' nodded Arthur, `is he? Is he?'")
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To: chuknchez
Welcome to FR.

I hope they still have 50 more days of stupid on 'em.

21 posted on 09/13/2008 9:01:45 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Global2010

poopy?


22 posted on 09/13/2008 9:02:25 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Anti-Bubba182
"Leave David Plouffe alone! He's a human being." Oh boo hoo hoo hoo.
23 posted on 09/13/2008 9:03:16 PM PDT by Enterprise (No Oil for Democrats!)
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To: mazda77

“While you’re at it, why don’t you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it?” Princess Bride


24 posted on 09/13/2008 9:03:20 PM PDT by aroostook war
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To: madison10

My thoughts exactly. Mr. Plouffe, please carry on...


25 posted on 09/13/2008 9:05:48 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: chuknchez
News organizations read blogs and obviously know this story has been hitting the net hard since Friday.

Will Fox be the only station to actually report on this? I'm beginning to doubt it and if they do, I'm sure it will be chalked up to a gaffe.

Don't bet the farm on NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC etc to do more then a 10 second quip about the ad, if they even give it 10 seconds.

26 posted on 09/13/2008 9:06:03 PM PDT by Brytani ("The First Amendment doesn't say anything about giving you a hug if you're offended.")
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To: chuknchez
It is time for Obama to ask David Plouffe to step down.

Are you sure you are on the right board when you signed up this month? Plouffe is the gift that keeps on giving to Republicans and none of us think he should step down.

27 posted on 09/13/2008 9:07:00 PM PDT by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER -- VOTE FOR McCAIN/PALIN2008! LetsGetThisRight.com)
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To: plangent

That’s the script for the rebuttal ad.

Good one.


28 posted on 09/13/2008 9:07:31 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (What's "Price Gouging"? Should government force us to sell to the 15th highest bidder on eBay?)
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To: chuknchez
I learned something I didn't know about McCain.

When I was very young, my father came home from work and recounted the torture of a man who had given a talk about what he experienced at the hands of the North Koreans as a POW. He was bound, tied and confined to a small cage. I don't remember all the details, but they tied him with leather or something that contracted when it dried. Just when he thought they were coming to release him, they tightened up and wet the bindings instead. Whether he had any information they wanted wasn't clear; it seemed that they were doing it just to be sadistic and that he was the enemy.

It is the sort of thing that leaves a lasting impression. I grew up knowing a lot of things a lot of people that young usually don't know without having been through the horror themselves.

I don't think we should be too exultant at the apparent current disarray in the Obama campaign and the polls. A lot can happen between now and election day.

29 posted on 09/13/2008 9:07:37 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“If McCain outshines Obama in that debate, that might be the beginning of the end for Obama. People’s minds will start being made up.”

But isn’t Obama running against Govenor Palin?


30 posted on 09/13/2008 9:08:20 PM PDT by oust the louse (NOT voting this November is a vote for Barack Hussein Obama....think about that.)
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To: anniegetyourgun

As I understood it, Greenspan said McCain’s tax cuts wouldn’t work without spending reductions.

Obama’s camp said, “See, even Greenspan doesn’t think McCain’s tax plan is a good idea.”

To which McCain replied, “I have never suggested tax cuts without accompanying spending cuts so I am in full agreement.”

End of story. Another blunder by Obama.


31 posted on 09/13/2008 9:09:13 PM PDT by johnnycap
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To: chuknchez

I’m trying not to get too excited, I know we have a long way to go but at this point all I can say is “melt baby melt!!” :-)


32 posted on 09/13/2008 9:09:38 PM PDT by Publius804 (McCain-Palin '08)
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To: Canedawg

“The Obama-Biden Campaign is in Meltdown”

Apparently the DUmmies also are in meltdown about this “can’t use a computer” attach. Hubby reads their stuff (I just can’t!), and they were beating themselves up about this. “We are so stupid.” Maybe they finally get it.


33 posted on 09/13/2008 9:09:57 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam (Election '08: God is in control.)
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To: chuknchez
I agree they're in meltdown. They can't get their message out, no one wants to attend The One's rallies and his running mate is nowhere to be seen.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

34 posted on 09/13/2008 9:11:45 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: chuknchez

and the RATS, take another one in the.................................HA ha!!!

35 posted on 09/13/2008 9:12:19 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - McCain/Palin'08 = http://www.johnmccain.com/)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Will the questions during the debate will they be confidential? Has any candidate in the past gotten a hold of the questions before hand? If they are wearing ear pieces can someone feed B.O. answers?


36 posted on 09/13/2008 9:12:29 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Psalm 83:1-8 is on the horizon.)
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To: Mad Dawgg

“I am fairly confident that Rush, Hannity, Levin, Laura and everyone else will jump on it.”

Add Tammy Bruce to that list. Her show is very good and I find myself listening more and more often.

Anyhow, if Hannity’s heard about the ad (and how could he not have?) he’ll be like a dog with a bone.


37 posted on 09/13/2008 9:14:01 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam (Election '08: God is in control.)
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To: MayflowerMadam

“Apparently the DUmmies also are in meltdown”

I usually spend a few minutes there each day to scan the board and check for a pulse. they were noticeably down in the dumps today. Heheheh


38 posted on 09/13/2008 9:16:17 PM PDT by Canedawg (Sarah Palin Rocks. McCain-Palin '08)
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To: chuknchez

Obama’s campaign is being nibbled to death by ducks, er, uh, cluster ducks.


39 posted on 09/13/2008 9:16:41 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: The Iceman Cometh

“I am really hoping that Rush, Laura and the others pick this up on Monday. This ad has me boiling. I’m ready to fight!”

Speaking of Rush, I heard him say on his Friday(Thursday?) show that this is the time of the year when any failing presidential campaign starts firing people. Start googling the words Obama and shakeup and be the first to report it on FR. :)


40 posted on 09/13/2008 9:17:06 PM PDT by Delacon ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." H. L. Mencken)
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To: chuknchez

The Obama camp keeps throwing boomarangs that spin back around and hit them in the butt. The attack on Palin’s experience made experience an issue, and therefore Obama’s lack of experience compared to McCain. His “lipstick on a pig” remark, which everyone knows was intentionally aimed at Palin (watch the crowd reaction), played into the McCain-Palin camp’s efforts to paint him as a misogynist a-hole. Now, this. What’s remarkable about this is how Obama’s campaign continues to shoot itself in the foot.


41 posted on 09/13/2008 9:17:12 PM PDT by bdeaner ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish." --Mother Theresa)
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To: chuknchez

No, he needs to stay!
I know they are in meltdown, and we will not hear stories about what really happened until this election is over.

My opinion? The guy is all hype, and doesn’t have a clear plan for this country other than typical big government tax and spend, and soft on defense.


42 posted on 09/13/2008 9:17:19 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: chuknchez

I’m not too comfortable with claim such as ‘0bama is in meltdown’... They might re-group anytime. We also need to be concerned with the field organization that will be the most important thing come November 4. 0bama claims to spend a lot of money building voter organizations that will be ready by then. Yes, I’m aware they might include the dead people as well, but still, we need to work harder on that front.


43 posted on 09/13/2008 9:17:25 PM PDT by paudio (Nobody cried 'racism' when Swann, Blackwell, and Steele lost to white guys in 2006)
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To: oust the louse

“But isn’t Obama running against Govenor Palin?”

Yes. And he’s losing that race as well.


44 posted on 09/13/2008 9:17:25 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: The Iceman Cometh
It's such a target rich environment right now. What a time to have a radio show.

Laura will tear them a new one over the no e-mail insult.

45 posted on 09/13/2008 9:17:40 PM PDT by lawnguy (The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil-Cicero)
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To: goldstategop

“The One’s rallies and his running mate is nowhere to be seen. “

Joe Biden be hidin.


46 posted on 09/13/2008 9:18:39 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: chuknchez
Perhaps it just does not make sense, to a campaign headed by the fresh-faced forty-something David Plouffe, that there are men walking around who have been tortured and permanently disabled by the enemy.

That alone would make a powerful ad.

47 posted on 09/13/2008 9:18:48 PM PDT by new cruelty (I don't want my daughters punished with obama.)
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To: aroostook war

And Hillery and the cavalry can’t ride in and save him ... at his ‘Little Big Horn’.


48 posted on 09/13/2008 9:20:06 PM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: lawnguy

I somewhat expect an Obama lackey to issue a typical “sorry if anyone was offended” gesture, but it won’t come from Obama.


49 posted on 09/13/2008 9:21:10 PM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (McCain is looking better every passing day.)
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To: MayflowerMadam

**Apparently the DUmmies also are in meltdown about this “can’t use a computer” attach.**

Every time I hear anything come from the Mouth of The Mess-iah, I believe more that he is not Carter reelected, but the reincarnated campaign of MONDALE!

The Libs keep this up.. the results of this election may make Reagan/Mondale look a close call.


50 posted on 09/13/2008 9:22:40 PM PDT by gwilhelm56 (Orwell's 1984 - to Conservatives a WARNING, to Liberals - a TEXTBOOK)
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