Archive for October 19th, 2008

McCain Clings Tenaciously To The Gutter

Wow, he just doesn’t want anything to do with the high road, does he?  From his Fox News Sunday interview with Chris Wallace:

WALLACE: But Senator, back — if I may, back in 2000 when you were the target of robo calls, you called these hate calls and you said…

MCCAIN: They worked.

WALLACE: … and you said the following, “I promise you, I have never and will never have anything to do with that kind of political tactic.”

Now you’ve hired the same guy who did the robo calls against you to — reportedly, to do the robo calls against Obama and the Republican Senator Susan Collins, the co-chair of your campaign in Maine, has asked you to stop the robo calls. Will you do that?

MCCAIN: Of course not. These are legitimate and truthful, and they are far different than the phone calls that were made about my family and about certain aspects that — things that this is — this is dramatically different, and either you haven’t — didn’t see those things in 2000…

To hell with honesty and integrity.  John McCain wants to win, dammit!

MCCAIN: …[Sarah Palin] has excited and energized our base. She is a direct counterpoint to the liberal feminist agenda for America.

“Liberal feminist agenda”?  Is McCain auditioning for a job in talk radio?

And then there’s this breathtaking exchange…

WALLACE: In your radio address yesterday, you raised the “S” word, socialism….  But you did it indirectly, so let me ask you for some straight talk. Do you think that Senator Obama is a socialist? Do you think that his plans are socialism?

MCCAIN: I think his plans are redistribution of the wealth. He said it himself, “We need to spread the wealth around.” Now, that’s one of…

WALLACE: Is that socialism?

MCCAIN: That’s one of the tenets of socialism. But it’s more the liberal left, which he’s always been on. He’s always been in the left lane of American politics.

That’s why he voted 94 times against any tax cuts or for tax increases. That’s why he voted for the Democratic resolution, budget resolution, that would impose taxes on — raise taxes on some individual who makes $42,000 a year.

That’s why he has the most liberal voting record in the United States Senate.


MCCAIN: So is one of the tenets of socialism redistribution of the wealth? Not just socialism — a lot of other liberal and left wing philosophies — redistribution of the wealth? I don’t believe in it. I believe in wealth creation by Joe the Plumber.

WALLACE: But, Senator, you voted for the $700 billion bailout that’s being used partially to nationalize American banks. Isn’t that socialism?

MCCAIN: That is reacting to a crisis that’s due to greed and excess in Washington.

And what this administration is doing wrong, and what Paulson is doing wrong, is not going out and buying up home loan mortgages, home mortgages, and giving people new mortgages at the new value of their home so they can stay in their home.

They’re bailing out the banks. They’re bailing out these institutions.

WALLACE: But you voted for that.

MCCAIN: Of course. It was a package that had to be enacted because the economy was about to go into the tank.

Wow.  He calls Obama a socialist, repeats the Most Liberal Senator EVAR canard, and then admits to supporting a socialist program that he doesn’t even agree with, because he apparently believes that doing something is more important than doing the right thing.  Truly a virtuoso performance.

Kudos to Chris Wallace for pressing and challenging McCain rather than just tossing him softballs like most of his coworkers would.

1 comment October 19th, 2008 at 04:57pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,McCain,Politics,Sexism

Colin Powell ♥ Barack Obama!

Hopefully he still has some credibility left after he sold most of it with his little presentation about how Saddam Hussein had tons of WMDs and was responsible for 9/11.

If you’re willing to forget that minor little detail, Powell was pretty good.  He said Palin was obviously not ready to be president, that the Republican Party had moved too far to the right, and that McCain was running a “troubling” divisive smear campaign and demonizing Muslims, many of whom have given their lives in service to America.

On the other hand, he expressed his admiration for Obama’s “intellectual vigor” and inclusive, honorable campaign, and said that he was the kind of generational change candidate this country needs.

Hopefully Powell’s words will carry as much weight when he’s telling the truth as they did when he was lying.

(h/t Peter Slutsky for the video)

October 19th, 2008 at 12:48pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,McCain,Obama,Palin,Politics,Republicans

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