Archive for October 16th, 2008

The Pride Of John McCain

Let me just say categorically I’m proud of the people that come to our rallies. Whenever you get a large rally of 10,000, 15,000, 20,000 people, you’re going to have some fringe peoples. You know that. And I’ve — and we’ve always said that that’s not appropriate.


I have repudiated every time someone’s been out of line, whether they’ve been part of my campaign or not, and I will continue to do that.

But the fact is that we need to absolutely not stand for the kind of things that have been going on. I haven’t.

John McCain, final 2008 presidential debate

Of course, the reality is that McCain only “repudiates” the hate-talkers when they pose a question to him directly.  Neither he nor Sarah Palin have said anything at all when some yahoo in the audience yelled “Terrorist!”, “Traitor!”, or “Kill him!”

But to return to McCain’s quote, I assume that McCain is proud of these people who came to a Sarah Palin rally in Ohio:

“I’m afraid if he wins, the blacks will take over. He’s not a Christian! This is a Christian nation! What is our country gonna end up like?”

“When you got a nigra running for president, you need a first stringer. He’s definitely a second stringer.” [Transcript said something else, but I’m pretty sure ‘nigra’ is correct.]

“He’s related to a known terrorist, for one.”

“He is friends with a terrorist of this country!”

“He must support terrorists! You know, uh, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck. And that to me is Obama.”

“Just the whole, Muslim thing, and everything, and everybody’s still kinda – a lot of people have forgotten about 9/11, but… I dunno, it’s just kinda… a little unnerving.”

“Obama and his wife, I’m concerned that they could be anti-white. That he might hide that.”

“I don’t like the fact that he thinks us white people are trash… because we’re not!”

Yeah, I can totally see how they would make McCain’s chest puff out and his eyes get all watery.

What about the Chaffey Community Republican Women, the ones who mocked up “Obama Bucks” food stamps, complete with KFC, ribs, Kool-Aid, and watermelon?  Too unofficial and fringe-y?  Then how about the Sacramento County Republican Party, with their “The only difference between Obama and Osama is BS” and “Waterboard Barack Obama” graphics?  Is McCain proud of them too, or do they have to come to his rallies?

Or what about Jamie Frederick, the VA GOP Chair who whipped up McCain campaign volunteers with talking points about how Obama and bin Laden “both have friends that bombed the Pentagon”? I guess McCain must be proud of him, since he refused to “repudiate” him, and will actually appear with him at a rally this Saturday.

Nice company you’re keeping, Ace.  When did your pride and shame wires get crossed, exactly?  Was it just this year, or have you always been this way?

(h/t Oliver Willis for the Palin rally quotes)

October 16th, 2008 at 08:19pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,McCain,Politics,Racism,Republicans

More B&W Vintage Grand Prix Photoblogging

Yep, more B&W photos of beautiful old cars.  The last photo kicks off the fisheye portion of the program.

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October 16th, 2008 at 11:35am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Joe The Plumber: Yet Another Vetting Fail By Team McCain

Well, isn’t this special:

John McCain did great tonight in the debate. But every time John mentioned “Joe the Plumber,” some of us in the campaign banged our heads against the wall. If Steve Schmidt had any hair left, I hear he would have been pulling it out tonight. He reportedly screamed at John’s debate prep team tonight (out of earshot of reporters, of course). “You idiots – he’s related to Charles Keating… of the Keating Five scandal!” They thought they had a real live Joe Six-Pack who’s spurned Barack Obama’s tax plan. But what they forgot to do was check on Joe Wurzelbacher’s background.

Turns out that Joe Wurzelbacher from the Toledo event is a close relative of Robert Wurzelbacher of Milford, Ohio. Who’s Robert Wurzelbacher? Only Charles Keating’s son-in-law and the former senior vice president of American Continental, the parent company of the infamous Lincoln Savings and Loan. The now retired elder Wurzelbacher is also a major contributor to Republican causes giving well over $10,000 in the last few years.

Does any of this make Joe the Plumber a bad guy? Of course not. In fact, after that ill-fated night at the Watergate, he may finally be giving plumbers a good name. But at a debate where John goes full bore on Obama for guilt-by-association with William Ayers (and dodges a bullet by Obama not mentioning Keating Five), the press is going to bring it back front and center by midday tomorrow once they delve deeper into the most popular plumber in America.

D’oh!  Way to bring remind everyone about Keating, Mac.  Maybe if you could find a genuine middle-class salt-of-the-earth American to shill for you, this wouldn’t have happened.  Then again, a genuine middle-class person would only see tax cuts under Obama’s plan…

(f/t Attaturk)

1 comment October 16th, 2008 at 07:52am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,McCain,Politics,Republicans

Charlie Crist Is Way Off The Reservation


Breaking with the talking points of his fellow Republicans in Washington, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said he does not think voter fraud and the vote-registration group ACORN are a major problem in the Sunshine State.

”I think that there’s probably less [fraud] than is being discussed. As we’re coming into the closing days of any campaign, there are some who enjoy chaos,” Crist told reporters.

Crist made his comments as the Republican National Committee hosted a conference call with reporters to tie Democrat Barack Obama to suspicious voter-registration cards submitted by ACORN across the nation and in four Florida counties, including Broward.


Crist’s Republican Secretary of State, Kurt Browning, said he doesn’t think ACORN is committing systematic voter fraud. And Crist said that settles the matter because ”I have enormous confidence” in Browning.

Like ACORN spokesmen, Browning says the false voter registration forms could be blamed on unethical canvassers or on citizens who themselves fill out fictitious voter cards.

Crist better watch his back.  Intellectual honesty is not exactly smiled upon in Republican quarters, especially when it goes against the Official Smear Meme Of The Day.

October 16th, 2008 at 07:04am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Politics,Republicans

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