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  • McCain: Obama Just Wants to Spend More Money (McCain: "I’m not a Tea Partier")

    08/03/2011 9:03:33 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 61 replies
    Fox ^ | 2011-08-03
    (snip) MCCAIN: ... just wants to spend money. Hello? He just wants to spend more money. You and I are -- remember when Ronald Reagan said the worst deal he ever made was when he sat down with the Democrats and said they would cut spending $3 and raise taxes for every $1. Guess what? They raised taxes and they didn’t cut spending. That’s why the Tea Partiers and others would – I’m not a Tea Partier -- but the fact is, we need a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. We couldn’t get it through the Senate as the...
  • Meghan McCain's 7 Tips for Republican Hopefuls

    06/21/2011 8:12:03 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 80 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | June 21, 2011 | Meghan McCain
    With last week's debate behind them, Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, and others have officially kicked off the race for the GOP presidential nomination. But do any of them have the chops to topple Obama in 2012? Meghan McCain offers seven tips on what they should do between now and then. Dear Republican candidates running for president in 2012: You are up against one of the most media-beloved presidents in history, one journalists will do almost anything to protect. You are running against a man who has created a cult following and a narrative that transcends popular culture. How...
  • Giuliani met with McCain as former mayor mulls 2012 bid (Rudy praises McCain for respecting Obama)

    06/02/2011 5:01:53 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 21 replies
    The Hill, Washington DC ^ | 2011-06-02 | Michael O'Brien
    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) said he met in recent weeks with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) as Giuliani mulls a second run for president. Giuliani said on conservative talker Sean Hannity's radio show that he'd met recently with McCain, the 2008 GOP nominee, and come away with the conclusion that it'd be better to focus on primary states if he were to run again.Giuliani's campaign is widely seen to have stumbled because of his focus on the Republican primary in Florida, at the expense of earlier, traditional contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. By the...
  • Meghan McCain: Rep. Bachmann is a 'poor man's Sarah Palin,' slams her State of the Union rebuttal

    01/27/2011 7:37:13 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 78 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | 2011-01-27 | Aliyah Shahid
    Tell us what you really think, Meghan. Meghan McCain took aim at Rep. Michele Bachmann's State of the Union rebuttal on Wednesday night, insisting the Minnesota congresswoman is "a poor man's Sarah Palin." The 26-year-old Daily Beast columnist and daughter of former GOP vice presidential candidate John McCain, made the cutting remarks when MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell asked what she thought of the "second response to the speech." Bachmann gave her rebuttal on behalf of the Tea Party after the designated Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address had already aired. Critics charged Bachmann was giving the...
  • Graham: 2012 hopefuls all have their problems, but Romney probably best (BARF ALERT)

    01/02/2011 10:07:36 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 66 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2011-01-02 | Bridget Johnson
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was clear Sunday on what he wants in a 2012 GOP presidential nominee: "the most electable conservative." But the senator was pressed on NBC's "Meet the Press" on specifically which of the current names believed to be in the ring would deliver. "Probably [Mitt] Romney," Graham said. "He's got his problems as a candidate, but so does everyone else," he said.
  • Meghan McCain: 'Kick Obama's ass' (RINO Meghan wants to be "Republican strategist")

    11/22/2010 4:04:46 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 2010-11-22 | MJ Lee
    Meghan McCain said Sunday that she is prepared to “kick Obama’s ass the next election.” Speaking at the Miami Book Fair International to promote her book, “Dirty Sexy Politics,” the daughter of Sen. John McCain expressed an interest in working as a Republican “strategist.” “I've already had people interested in me working, which is unbelievably flattering,” McCain said. “I want to go out and do it all over again with somebody else -- I want to go get a Republican elected. I want to kick Obama’s ass the next election and get a Republican elected.” She added that she will...
  • Carly Fiorina picks John McCain over Sarah Palin (FIORINO ALERT)

    10/12/2010 4:03:18 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 73 replies
    Politico ^ | 2010-10-12 | Andy Barr
    California GOP Senate nominee Carly Fiorina is skipping a chance to appear with Sarah Palin at a major Republican National Committee fundraiser so she can campaign with Sen. John McCain instead. Fiorina has not yet announced the Saturday campaign appearances with McCain, but a campaign source tells POLITICO that she will be spending her time on the stump with the 2008 GOP presidential nominee rather than his running mate, the former Alaska governor. POLITICO reported last week that both Fiorina and GOP gubernatorial Meg Whitman would be skipping the RNC fundraiser in Anaheim, citing scheduling conflicts. The RNC is heavily...
  • McCain endorses Kurt Warner over Bristol Palin on 'Dancing with the Stars' (McCain says no to Palin)

    10/05/2010 3:36:43 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 32 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-10-05 | Elise Viebeck
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) weighed in on the competition on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" Monday night after contestant Kurt Warner appealed to the senator to tweet his hotline number for the show "1 Cards fan 2 another..Vote 4 me 2nite!" Warner tweeted at McCain. The former NFL quarterback and Phoenix resident included instructions on how to vote and added "Pls RT!," prompting McCain to later tweet "Vote for @kurt13warner!!" Warner and partner Anna Trebunskaya earned a standing ovation for their foxtrot and a score of 23. The endorsement is particularly noteworthy given Warner's competition on the show: Bristol Palin,...
  • TRENDING: Palin pick 'panicked' Meghan McCain, made her cry

    09/08/2010 8:58:14 AM PDT · by pissant · 70 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/8/10 | staff
    Her father's surprise pick of Sarah Palin to be his running mate so shocked Meghan McCain that she became hysterical and "panicked," the Arizona senator's daughter told Jay Leno Wednesday. "I found out an hour before I went on stage with her. I think they were scared I would say something or whatever. Like the rest of the country, I had no idea who she was and I was actually crying on the bus on the way to the rally," said McCain, who is promoting her new book, "Dirty, Sexy, Politics." "And then I found out who she was, and...
  • Sarah Palin caused 'stress, drama, panic' on campaign trail, says John McCain's daughter Meghan

    08/31/2010 7:47:31 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 81 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | 2010-08-31 | Meena Hartenstein
    John McCain shocked voters and pundits alike by picking Sarah Palin as a running mate in 2008, and McCain's daughter reveals the choice caused plenty of behind-the-scenes drama too. In her new book "Dirty Sexy Politics," Meghan McCain says Palin brought "stress, drama, complications, panic and loads of uncertainty" to the campaign. "She was not just an overnight success or even a political Cinderella story," McCain writes in an excerpt obtained by ABC News. "She was a sudden, freakishly huge, full-fledged phenomenon. It seemed too much. And it seemed too easy." Speaking out about the former Alaska Gov. for the...
  • Meghan McCain opens up about campaign, Palins (Meghan attacks conservatives as her father cheers)

    08/31/2010 7:27:25 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 81 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 2010-08-31 | Jonathan J. Cooper
    PHOENIX (AP) — John McCain's daughter says in a new book released Tuesday that Sarah Palin brought drama, stress and uncertainty to her father's failed bid for the presidency in 2008, but she doesn't blame the vice presidential nominee for losing the race. (snip) In her book, released by Hyperion, Meghan McCain shows an itch to adopt her father's persona as a "maverick" delivering "straight talk."She calls religious conservatives the "intolerant far right," evoking her father's famous remark a decade ago that GOP religious leaders were "agents of intolerance." The elder McCain has since backed off from those statements. (snip)...
  • Meghan McCain admits to Romney 'obsession' in 2008 campaign memoir

    08/31/2010 12:24:56 PM PDT · by speciallybland · 56 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 08/31/2010 | Sasha Issenberg
    WASHINGTON -- On the day her father won the New Hampshire primary in 2008, Meghan McCain feared she would be arrested for removing Mitt Romney campaign signs from a Nashua street corner. "Stealing campaign signs is technically illegal, but I never thought anyone would enforce this. Nor did I expect we'd get caught," McCain confesses in her memoir, "Dirty Sexy Politics," which is released today. McCain writes that she "had gotten pretty sick" of seeing Romney's signs, particularly a cluster she and friends suspected had been strategically placed outside the McCain campaign's hotel. After stashing several of them in a...
  • John McCain, your country is calling (WaPo cheers for McCain to pick next GOP presidential nominee)

    08/27/2010 4:49:07 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 67 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2010-08-27 | David S. Broder
    Now that John McCain has taken care of his political business in Arizona, it is time for him to return to Washington and the responsibilities he bears as a leader of the Republican Party and the nation. (snip) One of the conspicuous failings in the past few years has been the absence of a second party making principled decisions on when to support and when to oppose the president. McCain has the best opportunity -- and the best credentials -- to restore this. (snip) It is up to McCain to choose when and how to exert the influence he commands......
  • Hayworth vs. McCain -- Primary Headline Roundup [humble vanity -- please help]

    02/21/2010 12:45:59 PM PST · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 349 replies · 3,252+ views
    Please help. I plan to keep this thread alive until McCain loses the primary. Let's NAIL THAT RINO! Please help scout for headlines to bring here. I will ping people here once a week with choice headlines and links. [Since it's the OPPOSITE of high volume, several have already signed on.] If you would like to be on this once-a-week ping list, please let me know. Any helpful links will be appreciated. "The most recent online scores from the American Conservative Union are from 2008. In that year, John McCain scored 63 and had a lifetime average of 81.43. ......

    02/19/2010 12:11:30 PM PST · by MestaMachine · 151 replies · 2,694+ views
    FREE REPUBLIC RINO FREE AMERICA PROJECT | February 19, 2010 | MestaMachine
    When we conceived the RINO FREE AMERICA PROJECT ON FREE REPUBLIC, we envisioned Conservative activism that would send RINOs packing and replacing them with true Conservatives worthy of our support. NOW we need your help to defeat the biggest RINO of all. Many of us here on Free Republic have been cheering JD Hayworth on because John McCain is possibly the worst, (and most powerful,) RINO serving in the Senate today and he simply MUST be defeated lest he betray us again as he has so many times throughout his less than stellar tenure. While "the force" might be...
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: McCain's daughter questions Tea Party movement (she calls Tancredo a racist)

    02/08/2010 5:38:50 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 100 replies · 1,384+ views
    (CNN) – Sen. John McCain's daughter called into question the political stature of the Tea Party movement Monday and sharply criticized a former congressman for his controversial comments at a recent major gathering of these conservative activists. Former Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colorado, slammed President Obama on the first night of the Tea Party convention last week in Nashville. Tancredo, known for his outspoken views on illegal immigration and his disdain for Sen. McCain, charged during his speech that "People who could not even spell the word 'vote', or say it in English, put a committed socialist ideologue in the White...
  • John McCain, critic-in-chief? (Lindsey Graham says McCain is GOP leader) (massive hurl alert)

    12/11/2009 3:49:39 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies · 1,324+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-12-11 | Jonathan Martin & Manu Raju
    Barack Obama began his presidency with an open hand toward the man he had just defeated in a race that was at times bitter. "There are few Americans who understand this need for common purpose and common effort better than John McCain," said Obama at an inauguration-eve tribute dinner to his former foe. But in the year since that evening of comity and collegiality, McCain has emerged as one of the leading critics of the new president. On foreign policy, his traditional area of expertise, and domestic affairs, where McCain has shown new passion, the 72-year-old Arizonan is making it...
  • McCain Lauds Palin, Then Calls Her Irrelevant (Captain Queeg alert)

    12/06/2009 7:57:19 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 92 replies · 3,490+ views
    Arizona Sen. John McCain came to the defense of his former GOP running mate Sarah Palin on Sunday. But in doing so, he used an adjective that some might not consider such a compliment. McCain was responding to a question from NBC’s David Gregory on “Meet the Press,” about whether Palin’s brand of conservatism is “what the Republican Party needs to regain power in the midterms and ultimately in 2012.” McCain responded that the former Alaska governor has “earned herself a very big place in the Republican political scene” and that he was “proud of her.” Then came this: “I...
  • John McCain: Sarah Palin attacks 'vicious'

    11/25/2009 12:24:22 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 170 replies · 4,164+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-11-25 | Andy Barr
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday night that the attacks on Sarah Palin, his former vice presidential running mate, are unlike anything he has ever seen. “I’m entertained and sometimes a little angry when I see this constant, vicious attacks by people on the left,” McCain said of Palin during an interview with Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren. “I’ve never seen anything like it in all the years that I’ve been in politics,” McCain continued, “the viciousness and the personalization of the attacks on Sarah Palin.”
  • US Sen. McCain defends campaign team against Palin (McCain praises Schmidt, Wallace, others) (barf)

    11/18/2009 1:23:46 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 89 replies · 2,447+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2009-11-18 | Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator John McCain on Wednesday strongly defended the top advisers from his 2008 presidential campaign in the face of sharp criticism from his vice presidential running mate, Sarah Palin. McCain, in a telephone interview with Reuters, singled out campaign manager Steve Schmidt and senior adviser Nicolle Wallace for praise after Palin blasted the pair in her memoir, "Going Rogue: An American Life." "There's been a lot of dust flying around in the last few days and I just wanted to mention that I have the highest regard for Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace...
  • Palin: Couric was "Badgering" and Biased

    11/12/2009 3:21:41 PM PST · by nomoremods · 152 replies · 5,507+ views
    CBS News ^ | 11-12-09 | AP
    The rumors are true, according to Sarah Palin: The McCain-Palin campaign was not a happy family. And she says that most of her legal bills were generated defending what she called frivolous ethics complaints, but she reveals that about $500,000 was a bill she received to pay for the McCain campaign vetting her for the VP nod. She said when she asked the McCain campaign if it would help her financially, she was told McCain's camp would have paid all the bills if he'd won; since he lost, the vetting legal bills were her responsibility.
  • McCain official responds to Palin charge (McCain calls Palin a liar, blames campaign finance rules)

    11/12/2009 5:26:20 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 84 replies · 4,338+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2009-11-12
    <p>In her new book, according to the Associated Press, Sarah Palin alleges that the McCain campaign gave her a $500,000 bill to pay for the campaign vetting her for the VP nod. She also makes the charge that the McCain camp said they would have paid all the bills had they won, but since they lost, the bills were her responsibility.</p>
  • 2012: GOP governor to make a keynote visit to N.H. (McCain surrogates pushing Pawlenty)

    11/11/2009 11:49:51 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies · 808+ views
    The Monitor, Concord, NH ^ | 2009-11-12 | Shira Schoenberg
    Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican, will be in New Hampshire next month, raising speculation that he is preparing for a presidential run. Pawlenty will be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for the Republican Senate Majority Committee, which will be held Dec. 16 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. . . . . . Mike Dennehy, a former adviser to McCain's 2008 campaign and a political consultant for Senate Republicans, is helping to organize the event, which will cost $50 a ticket."We set the price to attract as many people who would like to come," Dennehy said.
  • Joe's No Traitor [Meghan McCain bashes conservatives, praises "moderates"] [Super-BARF alert!]

    11/02/2009 8:25:34 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 58 replies · 1,136+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 2009-11-02
    Senator Lieberman’s threat to filibuster the health-care bill isn’t a betrayal of the Democratic Party, says Meghan McCain—it’s a sign of courage. And we need more of it. BY MEGHAN MCCAIN A few weeks ago, I gave a speech at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and one of the questions I was asked was: Aside from your father, who are your favorite senators and politicians? Without hesitation, I said that I admire South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and Connecticut’s Joe Lieberman. Now before my fellow Republicans start panicking at my fondness for two independent, moderate, and dare I say maverick...
  • Why is McCain using Maoist language on Palin? [Manchurian candidate alert]

    10/11/2009 8:06:41 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 143 replies · 4,366+ views
    FR ^ | 2009-10-11 | FReepers rae4palin, piytar, cripplecreek, rabscuttle385, and others
    This morning, in an interview with CNN's State of the Union, Sen. John McCain (RINO-Ariz.) apparently used some rather choice language to describe the fairly evident future political aspirations of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Ak.): "Will Sarah and I - did we always agree on everything in the past? Will we in the future? No. But let's let a thousand flowers bloom. Let's come up with a winning combination next time."— With only a cursory glance, it appears from McCain's language that he is merely asking for a second chance -- in 2012? -- with Palin. [And, at first...
  • McCain on Palin: 'Let's come up with a winning combination next time' [next time???]

    10/11/2009 6:53:02 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 159 replies · 6,070+ views
    Politico / CNN ^ | 2009-10-11
    (snip) Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," the Arizona Republican said: "When we selected, or asked, Sarah Palin to be my running mate, it energized our party. We were ahead in the polls, until the stock market crashed. And she still is a formidable force in the Republican Party. And I have great affection for her. Will Sarah and I - did we always agree on everything in the past? Will we in the future? No. But let's let a thousand flowers bloom. Let's come up with a winning combination next time." (snip)
  • The Rino's are Circling the Wagons with McCain at the lead all to keep Sarah out (vanity)

    10/04/2009 1:51:32 PM PDT · by Scythian · 192 replies · 5,392+ views
    McCain's push to remake the party is all about locking the conservative party out, ensuring that a Rino is chosen during the primary's long before a conservative state gets a chance to vote. Sarah's book is selling through the roof unlike anything they've ever seen, she is threat the liberal gravy train (and I'm talking about the Republicans here not democrats). They will do everything the keep her out. McCain and others are already laying plans and taking actions to derail her campaign. Sarah, if you are reading this you cannot save the Republican party, they are way too far...
  • McCain Recruiting Pragmatists, Moderates to Remake GOP [Manchurian McCain has been activated]

    10/02/2009 12:11:16 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 120 replies · 3,354+ views
    Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is taking the opposite route of most defeated presidential candidates: rather than quickly bow out of national politics, McCain is working to become a transformative force in the Republican Party, Politico reported Friday. Concerned about the GOP's direction, McCain has been recruiting and raising money for candidates who share his pragmatic center-right style. McCain has been a particularly generous advisor to Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL), who he encouraged to run for Senate and threw a $500,000 fundraiser to support.
  • John McCain's mission: A GOP makeover

    10/02/2009 4:52:09 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 61 replies · 3,197+ views
    Politico ^ | October 2, 2009 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    Fresh from a humbling loss in last year’s presidential election, Sen. John McCain is working behind-the-scenes to reshape the Republican Party in his own center-right image. McCain is recruiting candidates, raising money for them and hitting the campaign trail on their behalf. He’s taken sides in competitive House, Senate and gubernatorial primaries and introduced his preferred candidates to his top donors. When the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy created a vacant Senate seat in Massachusetts, McCain went so far as to solicit former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling to run for the seat. It’s all part of an approach...
  • John McCain's mission: A GOP makeover (“John remains the titular head of the Republican Party...")

    10/02/2009 11:36:36 AM PDT · by broken_arrow1 · 87 replies · 3,334+ views
    POLITICO ^ | Oct. 2, 2009 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    Fresh from a humbling loss in last year’s presidential election, Sen. John McCain is working behind-the-scenes to reshape the Republican Party in his own center-right image. McCain is recruiting candidates, raising money for them and hitting the campaign trail on their behalf. He’s taken sides in competitive House, Senate and gubernatorial primaries and introduced his preferred candidates to his top donors. When the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy created a vacant Senate seat in Massachusetts, McCain went so far as to solicit former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling to run for the seat. It’s all part of an approach...
  • McCain Strategist: Palin in 2012 Would be 'Catastrophic' for GOP

    10/02/2009 11:08:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 122 replies · 3,805+ views
    News weak ^ | 10/02/09 | Holly Bailey
    Looks like there’s at least one high-profile Republican who won’t be voting for Sarah Palin should she run in 2012. Steve Schmidt, John McCain’s top political strategist in 2008, told a forum in Washington today that nominating Palin as the party’s next presidential nominee would be “catastrophic” for Republicans. “I think that she has talents, but my honest view is that she would not be a winning candidate,” Schmidt said. “In fact, were she to be the nominee, we would have a catastrophic election result.”
  • McCain a booster as Romney works to win over skeptics [Romney convinced McCain to back TARP]

    09/30/2009 10:09:58 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 80 replies · 3,691+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 2009-10-01 | Sasha Issenberg
    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney had already sent out invitations for his Phoenix fund-raiser, offering supporters the chance to meet him in a Chase Field luxury box over a $300-per-person lunch or a $3,000 VIP reception. But when former rival John McCain called with an offer to be listed as host for the event in his hometown, Romney happily went back to the printer for a new invitation with McCain’s name emblazoned on it. Yesterday, McCain’s gesture helped Romney’s political action committee raise about $80,000. It also consummated an 18-month rapprochement between two competitors who battled for the 2008 GOP presidential...
  • Ex-McCain adviser bashes 'right-wing nutballs'

    09/13/2009 5:51:32 AM PDT · by mazda77 · 76 replies · 2,134+ views
    MSNBC Online / Washington Post ^ | 9/12/09 | By Dan Eggen and Perry Bacon Jr.
    . . . Mark McKinnon, a former adviser to Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and other Republicans, said there is an "opportunity for Republicans" to tap into legitimate fears about an overreaching federal government. But he said that "right-wing nutballs are aligning themselves with these movements" and are dominating media coverage. "It's bad for Republicans because in the absence of any real leadership, the freaks fill the void and define the party," McKinnon said. . . .
  • GOP Sees Protest As an Opportunity [but McCainiacs say full of "right-wing nutballs," "freaks"]

    09/11/2009 9:25:23 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 66 replies · 3,819+ views
    'Taxpayer March' in D.C. Attracts Party Leaders, but Some Are Wary. BY DAN EGGEN & PERRY BACON JR. With tens of thousands of conservative protesters expected to gather in Washington on Saturday for a "Taxpayer March on D.C.," Republican officials are attempting to capitalize on a movement that lately has galvanized anti-Obama activists more effectively than the party's elected leaders in Washington. Searching for ways to compete with Democrats after two consecutive electoral drubbings, Republicans have moved past earlier uncertainty about the protesters, who organized nationwide rallies this summer that have threatened Democratic health-care plans and eroded President Obama's standing...
  • This is Why Senator McCain Lost [McInsane throws Sarah under the bus for The One] [Rush Limbaugh]

    09/10/2009 9:43:03 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 34 replies · 3,230+ views
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 2009-09-10
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I have been asked if we got sound bites of McCain this morning on the Today Show. Let me quickly look here at it sound bite roster. I don't believe so. Let's see. We don't have any McCain. What did McCain say on the Today Show? What did he say? Hmm? Hmm? Hm-hm. Hm-hm. He threw Palin under the bus? Well, that's because Obama gave him a big compliment last night. McCain was out there giving a thumbs up. Marty in Virginia Beach, you're next on the EIB Network. Hi. CALLER: Hi. One of the things that...
  • McCain addresses Palin, health care on Late Show [makes fun of Palin]

    09/03/2009 8:25:59 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 77 replies · 3,393+ views
    Nearly a year after the presidential race came to an end, it's a subject Arizona Sen. John McCain still can't avoid: Sarah Palin. Appearing on the Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien Wednesday, the former presidential candidate was asked, as he has been several times before, whether he was shocked Palin chose to resign her post as governor of Alaska two months ago. "Yeah I was because she didn't call me ahead of time," McCain said to laughter in the audience. "We all have families, we all have challenges, we all have issues in our lives. She did have huge legal...
  • IL 2010: Andy Martin slams McCain for endorsing infanticide, gun control, surrender in Iraq

    08/29/2009 10:27:49 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 1,427+ views
    Martin says McCain’s Sunday endorsement of Mark Kirk is an act of infamy that will lead to McCain’s defeat by Arizonans in 2010. “McCain is not all there,” Martin says. “Or if he is all there, there is no ‘there,’ there.’ McCain is an embarrassment to the future of the Republican Party. Perhaps it is not surprising he is in bed with Mark Kirk.” . . . . . August 29, 2009 Senator John McCain United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 via fax (202) 228-2862 Re: Endorsement of Mark Kirk Last than a year ago, I remained a loyal Republican...
  • McCain: Health debate hurt by Kennedy's absence [praises Kennedy as "master negotiator"] [barf]

    08/23/2009 9:08:44 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 81 replies · 1,651+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-08-23
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. John McCain says the absence of ailing Ted Kennedy in pushing health-care reform has made a "huge, huge difference" in whether legislation gets passed. McCain praised Kennedy, a Democratic senator from Massachusetts, as a master negotiator who could bring together parties with different points of view and make the right concessions to reach agreement. McCain said health-care reform might be in a very different place today if Kennedy had been able to participate in the discussions.
  • McCain: Maverick no more? [just in time for 2010!]

    08/19/2009 1:54:51 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 58 replies · 2,454+ views
    Ex-presidential candidate is siding more closely with GOP these days. BY GREG GIROUX WASHINGTON - He ran for president last year as a “maverick” Republican and had a high-profile meeting with Barack Obama after the election, but Arizona Sen. John McCain has been a staunch Republican vote since failing to win the White House. In fact, McCain is siding with his party this year on closely divided votes with greater frequency than at any other period in his 23-year Senate career, according to a CQ analysis of Senate votes. On votes that pitted most Democrats against most Republicans, McCain has...
  • Contempt and the GOP [RINOs loathing social conservatives, Palin]

    07/25/2009 11:40:35 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 199 replies · 1,109+ views
    Can this political marriage be saved? BY GARY BAUER Psychologists have discovered that the most important factor in predicting whether a marriage will succeed or fail is the existence of contempt. When one or both partners display contempt -- the intense feeling or attitude of regarding someone or something as inferior -- the union, ultimately and almost inevitably, will fail. Psychologist John Gottman has even developed a methodology that enables him to predict divorce with an astonishingly high degree of accuracy, up to 90 percent. While watching a couple interact, Mr. Gottman looks for the subtle signs -- microexpressions such...
  • McCain campaign vetted Birther rumors [dismissed them, concluding Obama natural-born U.S. citizen]

    07/24/2009 5:54:17 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 50 replies · 1,921+ views
    Salon ^ | 2009-07-24
    There are, of course, a whole lot of truly baffling things about the Birther movement and its theories. But perhaps one of the most puzzling is this unanswered question: If President Obama really were born in Kenya, why didn't the McCain or Clinton campaigns dig up the evidence and publicize it? Why has that task fallen to the ragtag crew that is the Birthers, led now by Orly Taitz, a dentist/lawyer/real estate agent who got her law degree online and is regularly admonished for having little, if any, idea how to properly file her court papers? Turns out there's an...
  • McCain Aides, RNC Responsible for Palin Legal Bills?

    07/18/2009 4:54:07 PM PDT · by euram · 22 replies · 1,243+ views
    conservatives4palin ^ | 07-18-09 | Tim Lindell
    I wonder how much there is to this. Filtering out Newsweek's spin (for example, they claim Palin is "fuming" with no source to back up the claim), one thing is obvious -- Coale is willing to go on the record, while the response comes from the standard-issue "anonymous senior McCain aides" that we see in every Palin hit piece.
  • Campaign Finance: McCain, Shelby Taketh, Martinez Giveth [McCain/Palin donations used for 2010 run]

    07/16/2009 4:35:01 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 510+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | 2009-07-16 | Greg Giroux
    (snip) Arizona: John McCain's presidential campaign ended in defeat, but it had enough leftover cash to help McCain boost his campaign coffers as he seeks a fifth term in 2010. McCain raised $1.6 million in the second quarter, of which $900,000 came from his 2008 presidential campaign account. McCain also took in $166,000 from McCain Leadership Fund, a joint fundraising committee that shares its proceeds between McCain's campaign committee and his leadership PAC, Country First PAC. (snip)
  • Letter: McCain should not run again

    07/15/2009 8:09:00 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 42 replies · 995+ views
    I am 58 years old and a lifelong Republican. I am writing this letter on behalf of myself and countless other Republicans who feel the same way I do. I am that good person who is tired of sitting back and doing nothing to change our government for the better. I am calling on Sen. John McCain not to run again for the Senate from Arizona. He has served that state as a progressive Republican for a very long time and for the most part, I believe, honorably. There are two problems with that statement — one, that he is...
  • McCain says resigning Palin will still play Republican role

    07/04/2009 10:58:10 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 68 replies · 1,760+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2009-07-04
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator John McCain issued a statement of support for resigning Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on Saturday, saying she will play a leadership role in the Republican Party and in America. McCain made the comment a day after Palin stunned the political world by announcing she is stepping down. Palin was McCain's vice presidential running mate in last year's U.S. presidential campaign won by Democrat Barack Obama. "I have the greatest respect and affection for Sarah, Todd, and their family. I was deeply honored to have her as my running mate and believe she will continue to...
  • McCain's Camp Praises Sanford and Trashes Palin? [Fox says McCain "de facto leader" of GOP] [barf]

    07/01/2009 8:34:29 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 27 replies · 1,256+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2009-07-01 | Tammy Bruce
    People like John McCain and others who have been part of the self-absorbed, navel-gazing and corrupt Washington environment for a quarter century no doubt resent someone not "of them." But it is indeed odd when Sarah Palin, a bright, shining light for conservatives remains the prime target of the existing machine, while Mark Sanford and other hypocritical liars are serenaded as getting a raw deal by the very public daughter of a defacto leader of the party.
  • Who's the Palin Leaker from the McCain Campaign?

    07/01/2009 1:10:44 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 182 replies · 3,820+ views
    National Review ^ | 2009-07-01 | Mark Hemingway
    The publication of a Vanity Fair profile of Sarah Palin appears to have opened old wounds in the McCain campaign. At issue is a question that was never resolved following McCain’s loss in November: Who in the McCain campaign was secretly trashing Sarah Palin to the press?
  • Palin's 'demons' [McCainiacs attack Palin again; Barf alert]

    07/01/2009 9:10:31 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 116 replies · 2,939+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2009-07-01 | Jon Ward
    (snip) But I asked one of the senior McCain campaign officials who worked closest with Palin what he thought of the article, by e-mail last night and then this morning over the phone. He e-mailed back immediately, calling the article "absolutely fascinating" and "completely riveting." "While the Palin camp is surely marshaling the torches and pitchforks and baying for blood by now, my hope is that somehow — against the odds -- Palin is able to draw some sort of lesson out of all of this that helps her find a way to exist peacefully in the public space. It...
  • Hillary Duff should play me in a movie, Meghan McCain says [would take shots at Palin too]

    07/01/2009 9:14:21 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 48 replies · 2,266+ views
    Meghan McCain hasn't even released her first book, but she's already planning the movie version. "I want Hilary Duff to play me. I think she's really hot - hotter than me - but I'd still want her to play me," Sen. John McCain's daughter confided to us at the Trevor Project's summer gala on Monday night at Capitale. But the young Republican isn't dead set on Duff. "Really, I'd take anyone who's blond," she joked, adding that one actor in particular would certainly be welcome to join the cast. "Bradley Cooper is so hot," McCain swooned. "If he can be...
  • Sarah Palin trashed by members of John McCain's campaign team in Vanity Fair [not again]

    06/29/2009 10:43:54 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 165 replies · 4,892+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | 2009-06-29 | Michael Saul
    Alaska's lipstick-wearing pit-bull is a "Little Shop of Horrors." That's how one longtime friend and campaign trail companion of John McCain, the vanquished 2008 GOP presidential nominee, described veep nominee Sarah Palin. In an expansive story in the August edition of Vanity Fair, a slew of senior members of McCain's campaign team told reporter Todd S. Purdum that they suffer a kind of survivor's guilt following the 2008 presidential election.