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Fire the Campaign
New York Times ^ | 10/13/08 | William Kristol

Posted on 10/13/2008 1:21:13 AM PDT by MartinaMisc

It’s time for John McCain to fire his campaign.

He has nothing to lose. His campaign is totally overmatched by Obama’s. The Obama team is well organized, flush with resources, and the candidate and the campaign are in sync. The McCain campaign, once merely problematic, is now close to being out-and-out dysfunctional. Its combination of strategic incoherence and operational incompetence has become toxic. If the race continues over the next three weeks to be a conventional one, McCain is doomed.

He may be anyway. Bush is unpopular. The media is hostile. The financial meltdown has made things tougher. Maybe the situation is hopeless — and if it is, then nothing McCain or his campaign does matters.

But I’m not convinced by such claims of inevitability. McCain isn’t Bush. The media isn’t all-powerful. And the economic crisis still presents an opportunity to show leadership.

The 2008 campaign is now about something very big — both our future prosperity and our national security. Yet the McCain campaign has become smaller.

What McCain needs to do is junk the whole thing and start over. Shut down the rapid responses, end the frantic e-mails, bench the spinning surrogates, stop putting up new TV and Internet ads every minute. In fact, pull all the ads — they’re doing no good anyway. Use that money for televised town halls and half-hour addresses in prime time.

And let McCain go back to what he’s been good at in the past — running as a cheerful, open and accessible candidate. Palin should follow suit. The two of them are attractive and competent politicians. They’re happy warriors and good campaigners. Set them free.

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1 posted on 10/13/2008 1:21:13 AM PDT by MartinaMisc
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WE’RE NOT TURNING THE WHITE HOUSE KEYS OVER TO BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA- NOT IF WE ON FR, RUSH, HANNITY AND FOX HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT!

CALLING OBAMA A RESPECTABLE FAMILY MAN THAT WE NEED NOT FEAR IS OUTRAGEOUS!

McCAIN TAKING THE ABUSE AND INSULTS FROM OBAMA AND REFUSING TO FIGHT BACK IS OUTRAGEOUS!

FReep McCAIN/ MSM OUT.

HOW LONG CAN THEY IGNORE A MILLION EMAILS??

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McCain is losing this campaign because he refuses to fight Obama and his lies, and dirty tactics such as ACORN voter fraud. He’s just been rolling over (or bending over, I should say) and accepting the abuse heaped upon him- and expecially Sarah Palin.

The anemic attempts by the McCain camp to fight back within the last few days just ain’t gonna get it.
He should have been hitting Obama back hard months ago.
He needs to get out there every day and FIGHT BACK.
Email Republican headquarters/McCain.

FReep ‘EM OUT!

CAN THEY IGNORE A MILLION EMAILS?

REMIND McCAIN THAT HE HAS AN OBLIGATION AS OUR CANDIDATE TO FIGHT BACK!
To h*ll with bipartisian BS!
To h*ll with PC!
To h*ll with ‘conducting a respectful campaign’as McCain has said, and vowed to do.

RESPECTFUL CAMPAIGNING WENT STRAIGHT OUT THE WINDOW WITH OBAMA’S NASTY, BRUTAL COMMENTS SUCH AS;
‘lipstick on a pig’ and ‘You can wrap AN OLD FISH in a piece of paper called change. It’s still going to stink after eight years.’

Take off the gloves, McCain!

Hit the Marxist/Muslim hard with Ayers, Acorn, Violation of Logan Act, abortion, 2nd admendment, Campaigning for Odinga!!

Get off the d*mned economy issue. State that Obama/Democrats/ACORN, whatever, caused this meltdown. State McCain offered a proposal to avert the meltdown, state his solution and GET OFF IT.
Obama is counting on keeping this going to take the spotlight off his sordid past and dirty dealings!
NOTHING is more important than waking America up to this Marxist/Muslim!! DO IT. EXPOSE HIM!

FReep ‘EM!!!! SEND THEM THESE VIDEOS:

OBAMA CAUGHT STATING ACORN AND FRIENDS WILL SHAPE HIS PRESIDENTIAL AGENDA!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vJcVgJhNaU

Obama connection with ACORNhttp://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NDZiMjkwMDczZWI5ODdjOWYxZTIzZGIyNzEyMjE0ODI=

Obama goes to Kenya on the tax payer’s dollar to campaign for the murderous Islam-backed Odinga
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=S8QcpdUtxNQ&feature=related
SHORT VERSION:
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1P_P8lBCsE

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SEND THEM DAMAGING INFO ON OBAMA. DEMAND THEY DO THEIR JOB AND INVESTIGATE.

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Obama connection with ACORN
http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NDZiMjkwMDczZWI5ODdjOWYxZTIzZGIyNzEyMjE0ODI=

Obama goes to Kenya on the tax payer’s dollar to campaign for the murderous Islam-backed Odinga!
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=S8QcpdUtxNQ&feature=related
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Obama talks about Ayers giving him a job:
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2 posted on 10/13/2008 1:23:43 AM PDT by patriot08
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To: MartinaMisc

I mostly agree with Kristol. That’s a first.


3 posted on 10/13/2008 1:25:46 AM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2 USN M/3/3 Marines RVN 66/67)
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To: MartinaMisc
The Obama team is well organized

Crack heads getting caught for voter fraud?

4 posted on 10/13/2008 1:30:19 AM PDT by Mojave
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To: Mojave

Taking advice from Bill Kristol is almost as bad as taking advice from Bob Schrum.


5 posted on 10/13/2008 1:35:47 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup (`Pontius Pilate voted "Present")
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To: MartinaMisc

If Bill Kristol does not like it that means they are doing something right.


6 posted on 10/13/2008 1:38:42 AM PDT by nonkultur
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To: MartinaMisc

*****McCain isn’t Bush*****

He sure looks like a Bush clone to me.

He doesn’t fight liberals

He is a big government politician

He is a big spending bail out politician

He is pro amnesty

Etc

He should just quit and let Palin come out and fight, she would. They might just have a chance if it isn’t too late.


7 posted on 10/13/2008 1:51:30 AM PDT by liliesgrandpa (Just out of curiosity, is there any possible GOP candidate that is too repugnant for you to support?)
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To: All
There's a lot of guys on the right who have all the brains in the world but sadly they're lacking in common sense and Kristol falls into both of these categories.
8 posted on 10/13/2008 1:51:41 AM PDT by Doofer
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To: MartinaMisc

The media is hostile to any Republican, that’s not a reason.


9 posted on 10/13/2008 1:56:44 AM PDT by machogirl (i)
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To: nonkultur

You got it.

McCain is within the margin of error in plenty of polls, when Obama should be 30 points ahead.

McCain can’t attack Obama the way some people want. If he does so, the media will spend the next three weeks accusing him of racism, hate, craziness, etc. They’re already doing that.

Anyway, McCain doesn’t have to attack Obama anymore, because the ACORN fraud, Ayers, and Rezko will peel off enough voters that McCain will win by a couple of percentage points, and that’s all he needs.

Kristol is dead wrong.


10 posted on 10/13/2008 2:02:06 AM PDT by Thomas W.
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To: patriot08

Do you really have to post this to EVERY thread?


11 posted on 10/13/2008 2:08:32 AM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: nonkultur

Kristol was right about Palin.


12 posted on 10/13/2008 2:10:31 AM PDT by igoramus08
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To: stocksthatgoup

Kristol is entirely STUPID on this.


13 posted on 10/13/2008 2:21:03 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: MartinaMisc
What McCain needs to do is junk the whole thing and start over.

What McCain needs to do is renounce his socialist stance he shares with Obama on amnesty for illegal aliens, the lie of human induced global warming, restricting free speech with campaign finance reform, opposition to drilling in ANWR and the socialist bail out scam.
14 posted on 10/13/2008 2:36:57 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: patriot08
CALLING OBAMA A RESPECTABLE FAMILY MAN THAT WE NEED NOT FEAR IS OUTRAGEOUS!

McCain is not about to criticize a fellow socialist.
15 posted on 10/13/2008 2:38:41 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: MartinaMisc

Bill should just sit back and watch Hussein’s six. The old fighter pilot is about to turn and burn.


16 posted on 10/13/2008 2:40:49 AM PDT by ExGeeEye (I'm Right Guard, here to prevent B. O.)
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To: patriot08
McCAIN TAKING THE ABUSE AND INSULTS FROM OBAMA AND REFUSING TO FIGHT BACK IS OUTRAGEOUS!

He's not about to criticize a fellow socialist.
17 posted on 10/13/2008 2:41:53 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: MartinaMisc
William Kristol is an ass that is trying to solidify the next 4 years of his career as the 'token white conservative' on all of the political TV shows. If he's a conservative or anything close to it, I'm a petunia!

It is no wonder that MR Kristol thinks that Obama's campaign is better - better at lying, better at Obfuscating, better at getting illegal contributions, better at hiding the numerous failings of their candidate savior, all round better at being deceitful.....

In the words of that Hollywood actress and intellectual icon, Pamela Anderson, "Kristol can suck it!"

18 posted on 10/13/2008 2:45:25 AM PDT by Gaffer ("Arguing with a Liberal is like not wiping yourself after taking a dump" Scatological, but true.)
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To: MartinaMisc
William Kristol is an ass that is trying to solidify the next 4 years of his career as the 'token white conservative' on all of the political TV shows. If he's a conservative or anything close to it, I'm a petunia!

It is no wonder that MR Kristol thinks that Obama's campaign is better - better at lying, better at Obfuscating, better at getting illegal contributions, better at hiding the numerous failings of their candidate savior, all round better at being deceitful.....

In the words of that Hollywood actress and intellectual icon, Pamela Anderson, "Kristol can suck it!"

19 posted on 10/13/2008 2:46:19 AM PDT by Gaffer ("Arguing with a Liberal is like not wiping yourself after taking a dump" Scatological, but true.)
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You know, I understand that pundits/op-ed columnists/etc serve a purpose, but, man, I am just SO tired of reading them/listening to them beat up on McCain and his campaign people day in and day out.

For pete’s sake, how can anyone possibly expect the GOP ticket to be 100% perfect over such a long period of time?
One minute, they’re getting kudos for a good ad, the next, they’re being called idiots for another.

And remember this. McCain/Palin has to overcome the HUGE handicap that is called the MSM! The dem ticket has the unfair advantage, no matter how good McCain’s people perform. The GOP has become the party that people want to hate. Period. It isn’t all about McCain or Palin.

Is there nothing better, more important for all these people to be writing/talking about? By constantly putting criticism of the McCain camp out there for everyone to see, it makes that camp look like they are not doing a good job. How can Republicans feel good about voting for a candidate when all they are reading/hearing (and not just on CNN) is how lousy their own ticket is?


20 posted on 10/13/2008 2:50:07 AM PDT by Everydayiwritethebook
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To: patriot08

McCain brought up Bernadine Dohrn, Ayers wife, but he needs to follow up and tell Americans what a terrorist she’s been too, and make Øbama talk about their relationship


21 posted on 10/13/2008 2:51:27 AM PDT by Son House ( It takes a Woman)
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To: MartinaMisc

McCain’s campaign has sent an incoherent message about 0bama.
It has failed to define him.
What good is talking about William Ayers or ACORN if the campaign doesn’t use these associations to draw a conclusion about 0bama?

McCain needs to use not one, but rather the aggregate of 0bama’s influences in life to bring him into focus. Frank Marshall Davis, Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers, Saul Alinsky, ACORN, The Democratic Socialists of America, The New Party. What do they all have in common?

The answer: a dangerous, radical, far left ideology.

McCain must make this about ideology, and take 0bama’s associations as instructive. He should highlight that Saul Alinsky taught radicals to cut their hair, put on a suit, and take down the government from the inside, and 0bama was so versed in Alinsky’s tactics that he taught them to ACORN activists.

McCain’s ACORN ad reveals that 0bama taught for ACORN, but it never reveals the substance of what he taught.
The substance is what we need to understand 0bama. The substance is what makes it tangible.

McCain needs to call 0bama wolf in sheep’s clothing. A clean-cut radical with very little papertrail infiltrating the system in order to destroy it.
Exposing 0bama’s radical agenda would be enough to ensure his defeat. It is what McCain must do.


22 posted on 10/13/2008 2:59:42 AM PDT by counterpunch (Jim Jones was a Community Organizer)
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To: nonkultur

Strange frontpage says 21 replies and I am stuck on 6.


23 posted on 10/13/2008 3:00:50 AM PDT by nonkultur
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To: Mojave
Crack heads getting caught for voter fraud?

There is the fraud but give him credit, he managed to tap into a young demographic that typically doesn't vote. He has a base that is really pumped whereas McCain really had nothing of a campaign until Gov. Palin came along.

Despite it all, had the banking crisis not occurred, McCain would still be be ahead.

24 posted on 10/13/2008 3:12:39 AM PDT by fso301
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To: MartinaMisc
Aside from unfairly blaming the campaign staff for McCain's somewhat schizophrenic "alternation between hesitancy and harshness," the quintessential McCainiac, Bill Kristol, is essentially calling for three weeks of happy talk.

Add some Lawrence Welk bubbles, maybe a children's choir and smiley face buttons and it's all the way for John McCain.

What could possibly go wrong?

25 posted on 10/13/2008 3:16:10 AM PDT by browardchad
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To: ComputerGuy
Sure, the NYT would love for McCain to fire his campaign and start over. And for heavens sake, stop attacking Obama on "silly' things like acorn, Ayers etc.

Anyone spending time here attacking McCain instead of attacking Obama is doing exactly what they hope articles like this make you do.

26 posted on 10/13/2008 3:16:29 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: MartinaMisc

Remember last week’s article about Obama’s stinky plane and disorganized staff?


27 posted on 10/13/2008 3:18:00 AM PDT by Outrance
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To: MartinaMisc

Cheerful, yes, fine, Bill. But open and accessible to whom, exactly? The voting public? I think they’re doing that, and it seems to work well as and when they do. The press? They’ve tried that, and it seems to be working...somewhat less well. I’m being kind. The major media players appear to be so much in the other party’s pocket that except for the occasional “Sister Souljah” moment, dealing with them seems to be more trouble than it’s worth. And maybe even then.


28 posted on 10/13/2008 3:23:49 AM PDT by RichInOC (McCain/Palin '08: You Called Down The Thunder...Well, Now You Got A Cat 5 Hurricane.)
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29 posted on 10/13/2008 3:30:15 AM PDT by Everydayiwritethebook
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To: patriot08

Forget how you feel about the messenger for a second — the McCain campaign has not been a good one. His message is all over the place — splatter paint, like something created by Jackson Pollock. He’s almost incoherent, and not helped by the press, which doesn’t let most of his message through anyway, even assuming that he has one.

Kristol is wrong on the solution, but not completely off on the analysis of the problem — the problem being McCain himself, a fine man but a flawed candidate who continues to think that this campaign is about him, not about the party or the country. Kristol, as an early supporter, probably can’t go as far as I just did; he has to blame the campaign, not the candidate.

Frankly, in my estimation, all that’s keeping McCain afloat right now are 1) doubts about Obama, and 2) Palin. The MSM is working overtime to deal with those two issues, assuring everyone that Obama is just fine, that Palin is Hitler in a dress, and that the outlyer 10%+ polls are the real ones — knocking off McCain’s supports and suggesting that Obama’s victory is inevitable.

McCain is helping. I think he wants to finish his campaign as “a good guy,” once again respected by his media buddies — who will all then blame Palin for all the problems and accept him back into the fold.

Abyway, what should happen is not completely the opposite of what Kristol suggests, but certainly different: more media exposure, but continue the attacks, and a strong debate performance centered on the attacks and the economy. But if — as I suspect he will — McCain gives another sleepwalker debate performance, then it’s all over: an Obama sweep. Buckley, Brooks, & Will will be happy.


30 posted on 10/13/2008 3:36:56 AM PDT by publius1 (Just to be clear: my position is no.)
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To: MartinaMisc

This is inside the beltway speak. This is the media elite speaking. This campaign will come down to you and I - all of us contributing money and time to McCain.


31 posted on 10/13/2008 3:37:29 AM PDT by gotribe (The right pick!)
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To: MartinaMisc

I agree with this article and have been complaining for weeks about this and I’m starting to think his campaign is being run by an Obama or DNC mole.

But McCain is not showing good leadership in surrounding himself with a good campaign crew and I have to question how he would handle his cabinet.

That doesn’t mean I would vote for Obama, or not vote for McCain, I’m just concerned because when you have people in a frenzy at your campaign rallies to get tougher and begging your candidate to get off their duff and BEAT THE OPPONENT because we are all terrified of the possibility of this candidate. And you are trying to convince them that he is really just a good guy! It’s really frustrating. This is not just a battle for who has the best economic plan. This is a battle for the direction of our country in a most dire way and for some reason John McCain hasn’t got this through his head.


32 posted on 10/13/2008 3:38:08 AM PDT by autumnraine (Churchill: " we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall never surrender")
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To: MartinaMisc
Shut down the rapid responses, end the frantic e-mails, bench the spinning surrogates, stop putting up new TV and Internet ads every minute. In fact, pull all the ads — they’re doing no good anyway.

Is he insane? I thought this was satire.
33 posted on 10/13/2008 3:38:50 AM PDT by nhwingut (,)
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To: stocksthatgoup
Oh, good grief. McCain is just supposed to give up, according to Kristol? That is what it would be. Fire your entire campaign staff mere days before the election? Stupid! I'm sorry, but I don't think McCain appearing “fat and happy” is the kind of President most Americans want right now. We want someone who will FIGHT for us AND for our rights!

Kristol is just plain wrong—again!

34 posted on 10/13/2008 3:42:41 AM PDT by singfreedom
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To: stocksthatgoup
Oh, good grief. McCain is just supposed to give up, according to Kristol? That is what it would be. Fire your entire campaign staff mere days before the election? Stupid! I'm sorry, but I don't think McCain appearing “fat and happy” is the kind of President most Americans want right now. We want someone who will FIGHT for us AND for our rights!

Kristol is just plain wrong—again!

35 posted on 10/13/2008 3:43:15 AM PDT by singfreedom
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To: MartinaMisc

This is inside the beltway speak. This is the media elite speaking. This campaign will come down to you and I - all of us contributing money and time to McCain.


36 posted on 10/13/2008 3:46:31 AM PDT by gotribe (The right pick!)
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To: MartinaMisc
I see that Kristol is opening the sea valves in the bilge and heading for the life boats.

The problem is not McCain's campaign staff. Rick Davis and Steve Schmidt have worked miracles with what they have, which amounts to a horde of pissed off Conservatives and Sarah Palin. The problem is McCain himself.

He thinks that he's Teddy Roosevelt running for President in 1904, a time when that politics was a bit more gentlemanly, at least on the surface, and can't bring himself to get down and dirty with Chicago street thug Obama and his criminal ACORN and foreign backers.

Governor Palin is doing a fabulous job under the difficult circumsyances she's being forced to work under, namely toeing McCain's line, but when McCain tells a GOP rally that we have nothing to fear from Obama, what the hell can you do???????????

37 posted on 10/13/2008 3:48:46 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: MartinaMisc
I see that Kristol is opening the sea valves in the bilge and heading for the life boats.

The problem is not McCain's campaign staff. Rick Davis and Steve Schmidt have worked miracles with what they have, which amounts to a horde of pissed off Conservatives and Sarah Palin. The problem is McCain himself.

He thinks that he's Teddy Roosevelt running for President in 1904, a time when that politics was a bit more gentlemanly, at least on the surface, and can't bring himself to get down and dirty with Chicago street thug Obama and his criminal ACORN and foreign backers.

Governor Palin is doing a fabulous job under the difficult circumsyances she's being forced to work under, namely toeing McCain's line, but when McCain tells a GOP rally that we have nothing to fear from Obama, what the hell can you do???????????

38 posted on 10/13/2008 3:49:53 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: MartinaMisc
I see that Kristol is opening the sea valves in the bilge and heading for the life boats.

The problem is not McCain's campaign staff. Rick Davis and Steve Schmidt have worked miracles with what they have, which amounts to a horde of pissed off Conservatives and Sarah Palin. The problem is McCain himself.

He thinks that he's Teddy Roosevelt running for President in 1904, a time when that politics was a bit more gentlemanly, at least on the surface, and can't bring himself to get down and dirty with Chicago street thug Obama and his criminal ACORN and foreign backers.

Governor Palin is doing a fabulous job under the difficult circumsyances she's being forced to work under, namely toeing McCain's line, but when McCain tells a GOP rally that we have nothing to fear from Obama, what the hell can you do???????????

39 posted on 10/13/2008 3:50:14 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: MartinaMisc
The media is hostile.[to McCain]

The New York Time said this?

40 posted on 10/13/2008 3:51:28 AM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: nonkultur

Newsflash: the Beltway insiders in the GOP are telling McCain he needs to be nicer. The source of the current MSM meme that the campaign has turned “nasty” is not the Courics of the world — who will always make stuff up to help any Democrat — no, the source of that silly meme is our own wrinkled-brow, soft speaking GOP pundits.


41 posted on 10/13/2008 3:52:43 AM PDT by Taliesan
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To: MartinaMisc

Is this the same William Kristol who in 1990 was predicting a disastrous loss for us in the first Gulf War? I believe it is.


42 posted on 10/13/2008 3:52:44 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: nonkultur
It's past time that the NYT take a dirt nap. They already have one foot in the grave. I take whatever is written in the slimes with a grain of salt. It's only being written to reinforce an agenda that is nothing short of socialist, bordering on communist.
43 posted on 10/13/2008 3:54:46 AM PDT by RU88 (The false messiah can not change water into wine any more than he can get unity from diversity.)
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To: MartinaMisc

...soooo Billy tell us...was it banana cream or lemon?

44 posted on 10/13/2008 3:55:48 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: MartinaMisc

Hey Girlie man......we are in the fight of our life!! The Obama camp is VICIOUS....VICIOUS....have you never seen thqat guy tell Hannity he is a RACIST?? And Burton being so smug while he’s LYING?? We just don’t have those kind of people on our side.


45 posted on 10/13/2008 4:07:39 AM PDT by Ann Archy (AbortiDUH!!!on.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: MartinaMisc

McCain’s going on Letterman Thursday - seems to me that his strategy is to work up tough adversaries (the media), to boost negatives and ratings for his on-air showings and then disarm them face-to-face like a man. Meanwhile, Obama is sliding into old news territory for many and resorting to buying half hour blocks to ensure he’ll be heard late in the game.

I’d rather have Letterman and SNL hype at this point. Gets to the the heart of the youth and undecideds.


46 posted on 10/13/2008 4:08:27 AM PDT by sbMKE
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To: patriot08

Thanks for all those email addresses!!!


47 posted on 10/13/2008 4:09:35 AM PDT by finnsheep
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To: MartinaMisc
Yet, the polls show a statistical tie and reporters say Barry's plane stinks.
huh?
48 posted on 10/13/2008 4:11:13 AM PDT by svcw (Great selection of gift baskets: http://baskettastic.com/)
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To: patriot08
“CALLING OBAMA A RESPECTABLE FAMILY MAN THAT WE NEED NOT FEAR IS OUTRAGEOUS!”

I just heard McStain’s remark this morning...How sickening.

I am about to give up on any hope that the Marxist will not take America,
Again, I have not been home in four years, and from Europe I plan to move to the Philippines.
There is no way I will come back to a country (USA) of so many morons.

The criminal Kennedys, Puloozies, Bawnys, Reids, and assorted Dimo creeps will continue to run the government, under Hussein as president.

I hope I will have to eat my words, but I am loosing hope.

49 posted on 10/13/2008 4:14:10 AM PDT by AlexW (Reporting from Bratislava, Slovakia. Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: MartinaMisc

Last I saw, the polls had Obama up by four points. It’s a statistical tie, with the scared white vote unwilling to admit to a stranger that they’re afraid to be honest.

The bigger danger is the Obama supporters who insist that anyone not voting for him is a racist.


50 posted on 10/13/2008 4:16:17 AM PDT by IncPen (Pitchforks and torches.)
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