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Attention, GOP: John McCain is the problem (Michelle Malkin slams "radical progressive" McCain)
Michelle Malkin ^ | 2010-02-22

Posted on 02/23/2010 3:02:47 PM PST by rabscuttle385

In critiquing Glenn Beck’s CPAC speech taking the Republican Party to task for failing to own up to its Big Government lapses, Bill Bennett cites various Republicans who have admitted the party’s culpability. But see if you can spot the glaring problem with his defense of the GOP:

From Jim DeMint to Tom Coburn to Mike Pence to Paul Ryan, any number of Republicans have admitted the excesses of the party and done constructive and serious work to correct them and find and promote solutions. Even John McCain has said again and again that “the Republican party lost its way.”

If you didn’t gag when you read this sentence, you are not paying attention:

“Even John McCain has said again and again that ‘the Republican party lost its way.’”

Even John McCain?” The Republican party “lost its way” on core limited government principles because of McCain’s radical progressive agenda. Question for Mr. Bennett: Can you please provide the exact citation and context of the so-called admission you attribute to McCain?

Because to this day, McCain refuses to admit his own individual responsibility for supporting the pre-socialization of the economy started under George W. Bush and continued under Obama. And fellow Republicans continue to whitewash McCain’s fiscal irresponsibility record.

McCain has never admitted he was wrong about his support of:

His latest McLame-est excuse for supporting TARP? He was “misled.” Via the Arizona Republic:

Under growing pressure from conservatives and “tea party” activists, Sen. John McCain of Arizona is having to defend his record of supporting the government’s massive bailout of the financial system.

In response to criticism from opponents seeking to defeat him in the Aug. 24 Republican primary, the four-term senator says he was misled by then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. McCain said the pair assured him that the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program would focus on what was seen as the cause of the financial crisis, the housing meltdown.

“Obviously, that didn’t happen,” McCain said in a meeting Thursday with The Republic’s Editorial Board, recounting his decision-making during the critical initial days of the fiscal crisis. “They decided to stabilize the Wall Street institutions, bail out (insurance giant) AIG, bail out Chrysler, bail out General Motors. . . . What they figured was that if they stabilized Wall Street – I guess it was trickle-down economics – that therefore Main Street would be fine.”

Nearly 15 months later, commercial lenders still are in shaky condition and the commercial real-estate industry is in trouble, he said. On Friday, President Barack Obama announced $1.5 billion in funding for new measures to help Arizona and four other states hit hard by the tanked housing market and by joblessness.

But McCain stopped short of calling the TARP a mistake.

“Something had to be done because the world’s financial system was on the verge of collapse,” he said. “Any economist, liberal or conservative, would agree with that. The action they took, I don’t agree with.”

All the warning signs and red flags about Henry Paulson’s incompetence and untrustworthiness were there before McCain joined the Chicken Little crowd. (See September 22, 2008, “Why Henry Paulson must be contained.”) Stalwart fiscal conservatives like GOP Rep. Mike Pence saw through the smokescreen and kept their heads. McCain’s trying to have it both ways — refusing to admit he was wrong, blaming crapweasel Paulson for duping him, and creating the illusion that he’ll be competent enough to resist the next inevitable bailout temptation when White House, Treasury, and Fed officials hit the panic button.

He blew it on TARP.

Blew it on the auto bailout.

Blew it on the mortgage entitlement bailout.

Blew it on the AIG bailout.

Blew it on amnesty.

Blew it on campaign finance.

Blew it on global warming.

In short: McCain blows.

I’ve already warned about McCain Regression Syndrome. The GOP hasn’t even begun to cure itself.


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: agw; amnesty; az2010; bailout; capandtax; climatechange; globalwarming; malkin; mccain; mccain4democrats; mccain4dnc; mccain4obama; mccain4romney; mccain4soros; mccainantifreespeech; mccainfeingold; mccainmutiny; mclamesrevenge; mclamesrinoparty; rino; rinomccain; rmsp
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1 posted on 02/23/2010 3:02:47 PM PST by rabscuttle385
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To: lmarie373; Abundy; missanne; Victoria Delsoul; 50mm; stockpirate; Eaker; ducdriver; ChrisInAR; ...

2 posted on 02/23/2010 3:04:44 PM PST by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385

Oh That Michelle. ;-)


3 posted on 02/23/2010 3:06:04 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: rabscuttle385

She’s right.


4 posted on 02/23/2010 3:07:08 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Excellent response by Malkin to the sniping at Beck.


5 posted on 02/23/2010 3:07:21 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: rabscuttle385

I want this Michelle in the White House!


6 posted on 02/23/2010 3:11:09 PM PST by GraceG
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To: All

Link for article above

7 posted on 02/23/2010 3:13:33 PM PST by ElPatriota (The SILENCE of the Catholic Church (...Actually I'm hearing MORE from RCC now! ....) ** DEAFENING **)
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To: rabscuttle385
They don't call the GOP The Stupid Party for nothing.

"Get up, damn you! I'm going to ride you to victory!"


8 posted on 02/23/2010 3:14:20 PM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: rabscuttle385

ATT: J.D. HAYWORTH!


9 posted on 02/23/2010 3:14:26 PM PST by moondoggie
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To: rabscuttle385

Well he’s most definitely an acute symptom of the disease.


10 posted on 02/23/2010 3:16:14 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin!)
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To: ElPatriota
McCain was right about her .
11 posted on 02/23/2010 3:20:20 PM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it , freedom has a flavor the protected will never know F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: ElPatriota

Thanks. I always love pictures of mama mccain and her lil piglet.


12 posted on 02/23/2010 3:21:43 PM PST by VicVega ( SAINTS WIN THE SUPER BOWL)
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To: ElPatriota

Last time I checked McCain’s wife was not a US Senator.


13 posted on 02/23/2010 3:21:54 PM PST by Norman Bates
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To: rabscuttle385
He is a sick man to think that conservative Constitutional Republicans will give him another chance. He has lied to us.
14 posted on 02/23/2010 3:23:18 PM PST by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: rabscuttle385

I’m not sure McCain is “the” problem, but he is certainly “a” problem.

Anyone who has been in the Senate as long as he has, has the wealth and connections he has, and has compromised with Democrats and others as much as he has, is going to be very difficult to beat.


15 posted on 02/23/2010 3:24:44 PM PST by bigbob
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To: rabscuttle385

If he were a “radical progressive” why didn’t he vote for the second AIG bailout? Such hyperbole lessens the effect.


16 posted on 02/23/2010 3:25:09 PM PST by Norman Bates
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To: rabscuttle385

Obligatory “Gook” reference?

< / Comrade Juan McNuts >


17 posted on 02/23/2010 3:25:57 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Liberal Massachussetts says: "FUBO!")
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To: rabscuttle385

In the fall of 2008 John McCain gave the most stirring speech of his career, ending with a roaring call for Republicans to “fight with me!”

He then took a 16 month nap.

Now he’s ready to fight.


18 posted on 02/23/2010 3:26:21 PM PST by Pan_Yan (Is the sarcasm tag really necessary?)
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To: rabscuttle385
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19 posted on 02/23/2010 3:28:49 PM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: rabscuttle385
"the Republican party lost its way.”"

This is the official GOP talking point. Sean Hannity is pushing it hard. Kind of like all these hack, RINO pukes were little chubby kids lost in a jungle with no map, instead of the experienced political whores that they are.

20 posted on 02/23/2010 3:34:54 PM PST by Leisler (What 'free market', where is it?)
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To: Norman Bates

“If he were a “radical progressive” why didn’t he vote for the second AIG bailout? Such hyperbole lessens the effect.”

Grasping at straws, eh?

See post 19.


21 posted on 02/23/2010 3:36:11 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: stephenjohnbanker; Norman Bates

He has seen it a hundred times. In early ‘08 Norm was one of only three FReepers who openly supported McCain. The Kool-Aid is deep in this one.


22 posted on 02/23/2010 3:39:45 PM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: Norman Bates

I think that leftist wives such as Cindy McCain, Teresa Heinz and Laura Bush exert tremendous negative influence on their husbands. Bob


23 posted on 02/23/2010 3:40:31 PM PST by alstewartfan (I "The uninvited guest is breaking up the feast!" Al Stewart)
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To: TigersEye

Post 19 says it all.

One need only sweep up the ashes ;-)


24 posted on 02/23/2010 3:44:00 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: rabscuttle385

I feel very sorry for McCain. He suffered as a POW.

However, when he suspended his campaign to go vote taxpayers dollars to save....what ever he was saving at the time..he lost me.

My leader does not do this.

BA


25 posted on 02/23/2010 3:44:03 PM PST by Battle Axe (Repent, for the coming of the Lord is nigh.)
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To: TigersEye

“Free Republic Opinion Poll:
Would you be for or against McCain?
Member Opinion
against 92.4% 2,989
for 7.6% 247”

TigersEye, where are you finding these FR polls, I’ve been looking for them. There are more McCain polls, none of which he did well in. Even the link you gave gives me a blank page.

Thanks!


26 posted on 02/23/2010 3:44:08 PM PST by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: Norman Bates
If he were a “radical progressive” why didn’t he vote for the second AIG bailout?


McCain.....just another RAT, abandoning ship...

27 posted on 02/23/2010 3:48:25 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: AuntB

Sorry, I’m afraid they no longer exist on FR archives. I put that in my post in late ‘06 when I first began the collection of links.


28 posted on 02/23/2010 3:48:53 PM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Bill Bennett is no rock solid conservative either.

He doesn’t believe the Second Amendment confirs an individual right.

McCain is the Evil Genius of the Republican left - sitting in the corner of the Senate like a giant pallid spider, spinning endless webs of intrigue with the Democrats and trapping other Republicans in it.

I hope this bastard is finally flushed out of Congress this time.

Even if he WAS a decent Senator, he has been there too long. Elective Office was never intended to be a sinecure.


29 posted on 02/23/2010 3:57:37 PM PST by ZULU (Hey Obama, how DO you pronounce "corpsman"?????)
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To: TigersEye

``I work in Washington and I know that money corrupts. And I and a lot of other people were trying to stop that corruption. Obviously, from what we’ve been seeing lately, we didn’t complete the job. But 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.’’

Sounds like a benevolent despot would be fine with him.


30 posted on 02/23/2010 3:59:12 PM PST by ZULU (Hey Obama, how DO you pronounce "corpsman"?????)
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To: rabscuttle385

Unfortunately, Malkin is ate up with the “True Believer” syndrome. The problem with these kind of people is that they don’t know when to stop. I believe the Malkin types, and now Glen Beck, will “purify” the GOP of its economic progressives, and the end result will be a permanent minority party.

There will be some spikes when you get a goober-b*tt Democrat president like Obama, but in the long run the GOP wants to get “tough” right when people are losing their homes? How friggin’ smart is that?

And, right now, when Obama has crawled into the sack with Wall Street,and the GOP has this wide open chance to reclaim the country in a good way, by collaring Wall Street, what do they do? Crawl in there next to them...

parsy, who says they call the GOP party the “stupid” party for a reason


31 posted on 02/23/2010 3:59:53 PM PST by parsifal (Abatis: Rubbish in front of a fort, to prevent the rubbish outside from molesting the rubbish inside)
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To: rabscuttle385

Anyone remember when the GOP swells backed Arlen Specter against Pat Toomey?


32 posted on 02/23/2010 4:00:57 PM PST by marron
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To: rabscuttle385

33 posted on 02/23/2010 4:05:12 PM PST by TADSLOS (Tea Party. We are the party of NO! NO to more government! NO to more spending! NO to more taxation!)
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To: ZULU

Yes, he had no problem restricting the 1st Amendment with his CFR bill. Political speech for me but not for thee.


34 posted on 02/23/2010 4:08:54 PM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: rabscuttle385

I think some are misunderstanding what Beck, Malkin, et al are trying to do. The fact is, the Pubbies did such an awful job w/ their stewardship when the had control, that they ended up losing control of Congress, & ultimately the White House as well.

The mood of Congress has certainly changed since Beck started his “crusade”. I think the Pubbies are doing better, not great, but better since then. I think Beck, Malkin, et al simply want to keep the heat on lest they fall back into the error of their ways. Let’s face it, it’s not hard to imagine them doing so given their recent history.

Many of the guys that handed the power back to the Dem.’s are still there. I’m glad Beck & Malkin are keeping their feet to the fire. Do you think the MSM will?

There is a wave of change sweeping the nation & we can’t afford to have that wave snuffed out by complacency. Beck, & Malkin are some of the only ones willing to put it all on the line to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Bottom line, whether you like Beck or not, people are talking & listening, & that’s a very, very good thing. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen that. If nothing else comes of Beck’s crusade, the fact that he’s got people talking & listening, is quite remarkable & worth celebrating, whether one likes him or not.


35 posted on 02/23/2010 4:15:26 PM PST by Reno232
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To: TigersEye
Yes, [McCain] had no problem restricting the 1st Amendment with his CFR bill. Political speech for me but not for thee.

It goes one step deeper.

Recall McCain's appearance on Imus, while McCain-Feingold was being debated. He stated that, given a choice between "good government" and "free speech", he would choose "good government" every time.

This is a man who has no understanding of, nor appreciation for, the Constitution.

You and I can say things like that. But, for a government official, it's just beyond the pale.

36 posted on 02/23/2010 4:15:58 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: ElPatriota; rabscuttle385; sickoflibs

Like mother like daughter.

Great family. ;)


37 posted on 02/23/2010 4:22:12 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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To: rabscuttle385

Are you listening Sarah?


38 posted on 02/23/2010 4:35:08 PM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: rabscuttle385

A nice kick to McCain’s groin by Michelle.


39 posted on 02/23/2010 4:40:52 PM PST by MBB1984
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To: rabscuttle385
McCain will be reelected or rejected by the voters of AZ, not the GOP. Malkin is always at her best attacking the GOP. She does it a lot.
40 posted on 02/23/2010 4:46:00 PM PST by Once-Ler (ProLife ProGun ProGod ProSoldier ProBusiness Republican To The Core)
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To: Norman Bates
No, but he is the ventriloquist and she is the dummy.
41 posted on 02/23/2010 4:46:31 PM PST by MBB1984
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To: stephenjohnbanker
See post 19.

Yawn.

42 posted on 02/23/2010 5:03:47 PM PST by Norman Bates
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Why don’t you give me a direct answer to that BTW? In your own words.


43 posted on 02/23/2010 5:04:46 PM PST by Norman Bates
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To: Norman Bates

“Yawn. “

Deep thinker, you.


44 posted on 02/23/2010 5:04:56 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: TigersEye

Early ‘07. I had well over 100 FReepers on my ping list by election day.


45 posted on 02/23/2010 5:06:58 PM PST by Norman Bates
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To: ElPatriota

Is this photoshopped? I can’t really believe that Cindi McCain would draw attention to the issue of marriage, when she was the Other Woman before she was Mrs. McCain.


46 posted on 02/23/2010 5:19:22 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Maybe not, but I certainly don’t operate on the least common denominator level.


47 posted on 02/23/2010 5:20:34 PM PST by Norman Bates
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To: Norman Bates; stephenjohnbanker
Maybe not, but I certainly don’t operate on the least common denominator level.

You just prefer to push RINOs, you RINO apologist.

48 posted on 02/23/2010 5:22:55 PM PST by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: Mamzelle
..Is this photoshopped?..

I added Meghan's pic to the main pic (her's). Click on the LINK under the picture and we'll see it the actual webpage.

49 posted on 02/23/2010 5:24:29 PM PST by ElPatriota (The SILENCE of the Catholic Church (...Actually I'm hearing MORE from RCC now! ....) ** DEAFENING **)
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To: rabscuttle385

That’s my point again. RINO. That term has come to mean nothing because of excessive overuse.

I don’t push anyone anymore anyway. You on the other hand...how’s that Mark Sanford thing going?


50 posted on 02/23/2010 5:31:55 PM PST by Norman Bates
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