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  • Hilton’s May Pull McCain Donations, Paris Can Sue McCain

    08/05/2008 12:18:51 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 105 replies · 848+ views
    Hollywood Today ^ | August 5th, 2008 | Jeffrey Jolson
    HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 8/5/08 — There has been a major backfire with presidential candidate John McCain’s TV ads comparing Barack Obama’s rock-star status and intelligence to celebrities Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Not only has the highly- influentional Hilton family struck back, who once donated to McCain’s campaign, about the affront to their offspring, fans across the nation are riled by the commercials offending their women, no matter how controversial they may be. Moreover, Paris can sue McCain in many states who have “right of publicity laws.” Simply stated, you cannot use a person’ image to sell anything without...
  • John Kerry Accuses McCain Campaign & GOP Of Character Assassination (Video)

    08/04/2008 8:32:52 AM PDT · by Quaker · 18 replies · 59+ views
    Stuck On Stupid ^ | August 4, 2008 | Quaker
    ohn Kerry attacked the GOP along with the McCain Campaign for the ‘character assassination of Barack Obama.’ Kerry claims he is talking from experience, apparently relating to the Swiftboat allegations , which were never proven untrue. Bad analogy, John.
  • Ridge Does Not Think McCain Would Have Abortion Litmus Test

    08/03/2008 12:24:19 PM PDT · by WilliamReading · 52 replies · 102+ views
    ABC News Jan Simmonds reports: On ABC News' "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," former Pennsylvania Governor and Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge reaffirmed his pro-choice position on abortion, and said he did not think Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., would make it a litmus test on whom he would choose to be his running mate. "I would think John would never make it a litmus test, but when it comes down to a nominee selecting a vice presidential running mate, it's their decision exclusively," said Ridge. "And I would respect that decision one way or another." When asked whether he...
  • "McCain joins Obama on offshore drilling"

    08/03/2008 1:21:15 PM PDT · by enduserindy · 47 replies · 93+ views
    Herald Tribune ^ | August 3, 2008 | Brian Knowlton
    "WASHINGTON: A day after Senator Barack Obama said he could support broad energy legislation even though it would permit offshore oil drilling, which he has opposed, an aide to Senator John McCain said Sunday that he too might support such a package."
  • Breaking! New York Times Rewrites History: 'McCain Joins Obama On Offshore Drilling'

    08/03/2008 2:06:10 PM PDT · by Jabrown · 22 replies · 168+ views
    PDOP ^ | 08/03/2009 | Jarid Brown
    In perhaps the most biased, incorrect, misleading and blatantly disgusting piece of journalism this campaign season, the Global Edition of the New York Times - The International Herald Tribune has published an article entitled...
  • McCain Forgetting the First Rule of Fight Club

    08/03/2008 12:00:56 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 39 replies · 148+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 03, 2008 | Salena Zito
    McCain Forgetting the First Rule of Fight Club By Salena Zito An old political adage says, "He who sets the debate wins the election." If the presidential election was held tomorrow, it would be hello President Barack Obama because, so far, John McCain is handing him a victory. McCain is better than the campaign he has run so far. Most people admit that McCain is an inspirational figure - even Obama has admitted that - so why isn't McCain telling voters where he wants to lead them? Instead, his campaign is all about his opponent. "He himself is reinforcing that...
  • Where is McCain's message?

    08/03/2008 6:04:14 AM PDT · by Salena Zito · 45 replies · 113+ views
    The Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | Sunday, August 3, 2008 | Salena Zito
    An old political adage says, "He who sets the debate wins the election." If the presidential election was held tomorrow, it would be hello President Barack Obama because, so far, John McCain is handing him a victory. McCain is better than the campaign he has run so far. Most people admit that McCain is an inspirational figure -- even Obama has admitted that -- so why isn't McCain telling voters where he wants to lead them?
  • Rich Leftists Bankroll John McCain's Assault on Freedom

    08/02/2008 2:00:33 PM PDT · by average american student · 26 replies · 229+ views
    Stiff Right Jab ^ | February 11, 2008 | Steve Farrell
    If you are not yet alarmed and outraged by radical Republican John McCain’s “bipartisan” campaign finance “reform” package, which is in no way bipartisan, Monday’s revelation from the American Conservative Union Foundation (ACU) should put an end to your complacency. In its latest report, “Who’s Buying Campaign Finance Reform?” (1) the ACU unveils the secret that some conservatives have suspected all along: The campaign finance reform ‘movement’ has, contrary to its anti-big money agenda, raised and spent more than $73 million since 1996; has, contrary to its bipartisan claims, been funded by “wealthy Democratic Party soft-money donors, ultra-liberal foundations and...
  • The Pandering Must End

    08/02/2008 5:42:26 AM PDT · by bocopar · 25 replies · 165+ views
    Bob Parks: Black & Right ^ | 8/2/08 | Bob Parks
    I do want John McCain to win in November. Consider the alternative. I've personally been told to tread easy and not make the McCain Campaign mad, but there's certain things that need be said, and I'm proud of my tendency of saying things that need be said by those who don't want to make waves. John McCain's overtures to black groups like the NAACP, and now the Urban League may make for well-needed press, but at the same time, why do Republicans continue to ignore the one group of black folk they KNOW will vote for them: black Republicans?
  • Will Mud Slow Juggernaut That's Obama? (Barf Alert!!!)

    08/01/2008 7:11:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies · 137+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 1, 2008 | Eugene Robinson
    It's awfully early for John McCain to be running such a desperate, ugly campaign against Barack Obama. But I guess it's useful for Democrats to get a reminder that the Republican Party plays presidential politics by the same moral code that guided the bad-boy Oakland Raiders in their heyday: "Just win, baby." The latest bit of snarling, mean-spirited nonsense to come out of the McCain camp was the accusation, leveled by campaign manager Rick Davis, that Obama had "played the race card." He did so, apparently, by being black. On Wednesday, at a campaign stop in Missouri, Obama had predicted...
  • Favorite Son: McCain Strength in Arizona Shrinks (leads Obama 43-38)

    08/01/2008 11:43:22 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 12 replies · 173+ views
    Rocky Mountain Poll ^ | 1 August, 2008 | Jim Haynes
    Phoenix, Arizona, August 1, 2008. In Arizona, the contest for President of the United States between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain could prove to be a dilly and is most likely to be decided by which candidate carries Maricopa county where nearly six out of ten Arizona voters reside and which is generally conceded to be the heartland of Republican strength in the state. Yet here in Senator McCain’s back yard, his lead which was a comfortable 15 to 17 points for most of last and this year, has shrunk significantly. In late July, a survey of 401...
  • McCain Camp Compares Times Editorial Board to 'the Average Daily Kos Diarist'

    08/01/2008 11:48:27 AM PDT · by Kleebo151 · 37 replies · 144+ views
    New York Observer ^ | August 1, 2008 | Jason Horowitz
    McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb just sent out this statement, attacking the Times as hysterically pro-Obama: "If the shareholders of the New York Times ever wonder why the paper's ad revenue is plummeting and its share price tanking, they need look no further than the hysterical reaction of the paper's editors to any slight, real or imagined, against their preferred candidate. This campaign has never engaged in 'racially tinged attacks,' and the Obama campaign conceded as much yesterday in a statement clarifying that "Barack Obama in no way believes that the McCain campaign is using race as an issue." That the...
  • So Much for St. John (Barf alert - liberal columnist)

    08/01/2008 3:10:13 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 10 replies · 55+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 01, 2008 | Eugene Robinson
    August 01, 2008 So Much for St. John By Eugene Robinson WASHINGTON -- It's awfully early for John McCain to be running such a desperate, ugly campaign against Barack Obama. But I guess it's useful for Democrats to get a reminder that the Republican Party plays presidential politics by the same moral code that guided the bad-boy Oakland Raiders in their heyday: "Just win, baby." The latest bit of snarling, mean-spirited nonsense to come out of the McCain camp was the accusation, leveled by campaign manager Rick Davis, that Obama had "played the race card." He did so, apparently, by...
  • CNN’s Cafferty Compares McCain Britney Spears Ad to RNC ‘Call Me’ Ad

    CNN commentator Jack Cafferty, on Thursday’s The Situation Room, found racist overtones to the recent McCain campaign ad comparing the hype surrounding vapid celebrities like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears to the hype surrounding Barack Obama: "I think it's very much playing the race card to put a highly educated, articulate, middle-aged black family man into a television commercial with two blonde bimbo airheads with a combined I.Q. of a box of cereal. And if you have any doubts about what I'm talking about, it's the same kind of thing that was done to Harold Ford down in Tennessee in...
  • John McCain ad irritates many in Hollywood (as if the Drama Queens in Hollywood matter)

    07/31/2008 7:25:33 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 67 replies · 228+ views
    LA Times ^ | 7/31/2008 | staff
    TO HOLLYWOOD it smacked of desperation. That's why the reaction to a new John McCain ad attempting to portray Barack Obama as a kind of mindless celebrity -- likening him to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears -- drew collective yawns and shrugs of irritation from politically active members of the entertainment industry. "I didn't think McCain could look silly," mused Norman Lear. "But that ad diminishes him and makes him look silly." Just for a start, industry types say the ad is wrong: In the Hollywood lexicon, Obama is not a celebrity. He's a rock star. (Note to McCain strategists:...
  • Times ed board: McCain move 'racially tinged'

    07/31/2008 7:46:51 PM PDT · by JRochelle · 47 replies · 177+ views
    Politico ^ | 08/01/2008 | Ben Smith
    It wasnt so long ago that John McCain was The New York Times' favorite Republican. Now, the editorial board is apparently so fed up that they can't wait until next day's paper and is blogging about him in the middle of the day: [T]here was something surreal, and offensive, about today’s soundbite from the campaign of Senator John McCain. The presumptive Republican nominee has embarked on a bare-knuckled barrage of negative advertising aimed at belittling Mr. Obama. The most recent ad compares the presumptive Democratic nominee for president to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton — suggesting to voters that he’s...
  • Quinnipiac: Obama Stays On Top in Key Swing States

    07/31/2008 6:31:36 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 38 replies · 121+ views
    Political Wire ^ | 7/31/08 | Taegan Goddard
    The latest Quinnipiac Swing State Polls are out: Florida: Obama leads McCain, 46% to 44% Ohio: Obama leads McCain, 46% to 44% Pennsylvania: Obama leads McCain, 49% to 42%
  • Forget Train Wreck; Obama Is a Jet Crash

    07/31/2008 10:44:43 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 32 replies · 643+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 31, 2008 | Kyle-Anne Shiver
    Some think a President Obama will help America by reinvigorating conservatism. They're playing with fire.
  • Alaska's Palin Faces Probe - Star GOP Governor To Be Investigated For Abuse of Office

    07/30/2008 6:08:56 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 138 replies · 269+ views
    Alaska's Palin Faces Probe Star GOP Governor To Be Investigated For Abuse of Office By JIM CARLTON July 31, 2008 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- When Sarah Palin was elected governor as a Republican outsider in 2006, she didn't just take on an incumbent from her own party. She took on Alaska's Republican establishment. Ms. Palin vowed to clean up a long-cozy political system that had been sullied by an FBI corruption investigation. She endeared herself to Alaskans by making good on her reform promises and showing homey touches, like driving herself to work. Now, one of the bright new stars in...
  • ABC: McCain “now seriously considering” Lieberman for VP

    07/30/2008 6:57:53 PM PDT · by pissant · 197 replies · 611+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 7/30/08 | Allahpundit
    He’s going to transform the party — by turning us into hawkish Democrats? Nuance. There’s a bigger point — and this initial volley, they say, lays the groundwork for it. They will be sharpening McCain’s message that he, not Obama, is the true change agent, a man who’s repeatedly taken unpopular stands, made the hard calls and forged bipartisan alliances. Part of the calculus now is how his VP choice will further sharpen that message. There is significant support among top McCain advisers that he make a “transformative” pick who would change the Republican Party — someone who would appeal...
  • Is John McCain Stupid?

    07/30/2008 7:10:15 PM PDT · by dr_who · 83 replies · 369+ views
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | July 31, 2008 | DANIEL HENNINGER
    Is John McCain losing it? On Sunday, he said on national television that to solve Social Security "everything's on the table," which of course means raising payroll taxes. On July 7 in Denver he said: "Senator Obama will raise your taxes. I won't."
  • McCain Draws Criticism For Shift on Tax Increases

    07/29/2008 2:10:35 PM PDT · by djsherin · 58 replies · 208+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 29, 2008
    WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate John McCain's signal that he may be open to a higher payroll tax for Social Security, despite previous vows not to raise taxes of any kind, is drawing sharp rebukes from conservatives. Mr. McCain's shift has come in stages, catching some Republicans by surprise. Speaking with reporters on his campaign bus on July 9, he cited a need to shore up Social Security. "I cannot tell you what I would do, except to put everything on the table," he said.
  • Title - Read McCain's Lips

    07/29/2008 8:38:06 AM PDT · by pissant · 31 replies · 300+ views
    ABC ^ | 7/29/08 | Jake tapper
    My former next-door neighbor Ramesh Ponnuru of the National Review takes note of an apparent flip-flop by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on taxes. In March 2007 McCain told Ponnuru the following: Ponnuru: If you could get the Democrats to agree, or at least to come to the table on entitlements or on tax simplification, are those circumstances under which you’d be willing to accept a tax increase? Sen. McCain: No; no. PONNURU: No circumstances? Sen. McCain: No. None. None. But on This Week with George Stephanopoulos Sunday McCain sounded a bit different, saying of Social Security, "I am a supporter...
  • 5 Things in 100 days McCain could do to win...

    07/28/2008 10:04:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 158+ views
    Townhall ^ | July 28, 2008 | Kevin McCullough
    1. Insist extension of the federal tax cuts, expose Obama's plan and the damage that undoing the cuts would have on families making between $40-$100,000 a year... 2. Strongly back the Arizona, Florida, and California marriage amendments - not on religious grounds, but on democratic grounds, "the people shall be self-determined." (Also putting all three states closer to the individual win column. But he needs media on it and the commercial has to point out Obama was for man/woman marriage before he was against it... 3. 50,000 troops at the southern border... (NEW JOBS) 4. A window of time, and...
  • Geraghty: Source says it’s Pawlenty for VP

    07/28/2008 4:48:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 163 replies · 667+ views
    hotair.com ^ | July 28, 2008 | Allahpundit
    Announcement coming “very soon.” Geraghty notes that Pawlenty’s still scheduled to give a routine speech on Wednesday, but TNR noted over the weekend that he’s already pulled out of one event and his plans for this week are suddenly and suspiciously hazy. See this recent item from Marc Ambinder, too, passing along a rumor that McCain was planning to meet with his inner circle about VP yesterday. And then of course there’s that CNN item claiming an attendee at a fundraiser heard McCain say conservatives are “really going to like” Pawlenty. Put it all together and today’s scurrilous veep du...
  • McCain knocks over cheese at store

    07/28/2008 5:58:15 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 112 replies · 228+ views
    McCain went shopping with a woman and accidentally knocked over some cheese and applesauce. Comments? lol... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o-mX7TG6-4
  • Newest Gallup Poll shows McCain insignificantly ahead

    07/28/2008 6:09:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies · 253+ views
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | July 28, 2008 | Jim Lindgren
    Yesterday the Gallup Tracking Poll showed Obama ahead by 9 points (49-40). Earlier today (Monday) that dropped to Obama ahead by 8 points (48-40). Both were of registered voters. Now Gallup/USA Today released a new poll of LIKELY voters, showing a 4 point lead for McCain, his first lead in any major poll since early May. The switch from registered to likely voters explains most of the difference. Yet this jumping around does not inspire confidence in Gallup: Republican presidential candidate John McCain moved from being behind by 6 points among "likely" voters a month ago to a 4-point lead...
  • Who is McCain's Base? (Vanity)

    07/27/2008 1:53:14 PM PDT · by wastedpotential · 273 replies · 273+ views
    Vanity | 7/27/2008 | Wasted Potential
    I have been in sackloth and ashes ever since the end of the Republican primary season dwelling on the mess we find ourselves in. Conservatives have watched the Republican nomination process get hijacked from them while they were debating whether our candidate should be socially conservative (Huckabee) vs economically conservative (Romney). Now we have McCain, who has historically proven to be mediocre at best on both sets of issues. His only strength was his view on the Iraq war. Now that we appear to have turned the corner in Iraq, the whole withdrawal argument may be moot. If things continue...
  • McCain VP Announcement Tomorrow?

    07/28/2008 10:17:46 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 45 replies · 90+ views
    TNR ^ | 26.07.2008 | Noam Scheiber
    Take this for what it's worth--and it may not be much--but a source well-connected in Minnesota politics (and in a position to know) is pretty sure Tim Pawlenty has pulled out of one or two events scheduled there for tomorrow. Assuming that's right, I guess it could mean any number of things: 1.) There was some random, non-veepstakes-related conflict that forced the change of schedule. 2.) McCain or his vetters intend to meet with Pawlenty tomorrow, possibly somewhere outside Minnesota. 3.) McCain intends to announce his veep pick tomorrow and has asked several short-listers to clear their schedules. 4.) McCain...
  • McCain: 'Wall Street Is The Villain'

    07/28/2008 7:52:26 AM PDT · by Crazieman · 121 replies · 147+ views
    ABC News ^ | July 27, 2008 | Mary Bruce
    ABC News' Mary Bruce reports: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., blamed Wall Street this weekend for the failing economy. "I think that Wall Street is the villain in the things that happened in the subprime lending crisis and other areas where investigations and possible prosecution is going on," McCain said in an exclusive "This Week" interview with George Stephanopoulos. McCain also placed responsibility on a "gridlocked" Congress. "I also think that Congress is at fault. We didn’t restrain spending. Spending got completely out of control," he said. When asked about Congress' progress in passing the housing bill, McCain said he would...
  • Is John McCain, messy maverick, qualified? [“ ...the blight appears to have set in early”]

    07/28/2008 6:46:20 AM PDT · by johnny7 · 26 replies · 178+ views
    Newsday ^ | July 28, 2008 | By Les Payne
    If elected president, Sen. John McCain promises to stage a press conference every week, a singular horror that, of itself, should be enough to doom his chances.This McCain threat shows no mercy for his staff, which trails this creaky circus doing what the man with the shovel does for the elephant. "Being human and tripping over your tongue occasionally doesn't mean a thing," said one top official for the GOP nominee. By contrast, McCain dismissed his opponent's verbal appeal last week as Sen. Barack Obama blitzed the Middle East and Europe, smooth-talking some 200,000 in Berlin.
  • Rumor: McCain will pick Colin Powell as his Vice Presidential Nominee

    07/28/2008 4:24:07 AM PDT · by MikeFrancesa.com · 105 replies · 430+ views
    www.mikefrancesa.com ^ | 07/28/08 | www.mikefrancesa.com
    I emailed the owner of this website and he told me a high ranking source said there is some buzz in Washington D.C. that John McCain will announce on Monday that Colin Powell has accepted his invitation to be his Vice-Presidential Nominee http://www.mikefrancesa.com/wordpress/?p=946
  • McCain needs Rove, says 'Ferris Bueller' actor (I hate CNN)

    07/28/2008 5:35:15 AM PDT · by Celerity · 22 replies · 184+ views
    CNN.com ^ | 8/28/08 | Mark Preston
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Ben Stein says he knows how Sen. John McCain can win in November: Karl Rove. Ben Stein tells CNN's Mark Preston that John McCain is running the "most pathetic campaign" he's ever seen. That's right, that Karl Rove. At a time when McCain is seeking to distance himself from President Bush, Stein argues McCain needs to enlist Bush's chief political guru in order to defeat Sen. Barack Obama. "I don't discount the possibility that some really smart person at the McCain campaign might go over to Karl Rove, and say 'We will offer you all the kingdoms...
  • R2000: Obama Holds Double Digit National Lead

    07/27/2008 8:01:27 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 81 replies · 239+ views
    Politicalwire ^ | 27 July 2008 | Taegan Goddard
    A new Research 2000 national poll finds Sen. Barack Obama leading Sen. John McCain, 51% to 39%, with Bob Barr getting 3% and Ralph Nader getting 2%.
  • Be Afraid. Please.

    07/27/2008 10:28:31 PM PDT · by FocusNexus · 50 replies · 456+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 28, 2008 | Bill Kristol
    The (Spiegel) article ("No. 44 has spoken")'s premise was that an Obama victory is a foregone conclusion: "Anyone who saw Barack Obama at Berlin's Siegessaule on Thursday could recognize that this man will become the 44th president of the United States." Later that day, I read a report of a fund-raising letter from Obama on behalf of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, arguing that "We must have a deadlock-proof Democratic majority." Yikes. But then it occurred to me that one man's "deadlock-proof" Democratic majority is another's unchecked Democratic majority. And McCain will then assert that if you don't like the...
  • Be Afraid. Please.

    07/28/2008 2:48:41 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 14 replies · 149+ views
    New York Times ^ | 7/28/08 | William Kristol
    Life is full of disappointments. Early Friday, I went to the Real Clear Politics Web site, as I do every morning, for my fix of political news and commentary. I perked up when I saw the third entry on the list of that day’s notable articles — “No. 44 Has Spoken.” “Hank Aaron has spoken? Wow,” I thought as I clicked through. Nope. The article was by Gerhard Spörl, the chief editor of Der Spiegel’s foreign desk. “No. 44” didn’t refer to the uniform number of the man some of us still consider the true all-time major-league home-run champion. It...