[sigh of exasperation] heels, gloves, my friends [mumble]
I used to respect John McCain. Up until around 2004 – 2006. He changed.
IN THE YEAR 2000, JOHN MCCAIN SAID…
“Uh, I, I just have to rely on the good judgment of the voters not to buy into these negative attack ads. Sooner or later, people are going to figure out if all you run is negative attack ads you don’t have much of a vision for the future or you’re not ready to articulate it.” [The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, 2/21/2000]
“In all my travels here, Americans want a respectful campaign, they do, they want it. Now people say negative ads move numbers, they may, but do we have to go to the lowest common denominator? I don’t think so.” [April, 2008]
Mr. McCain stated a few months ago that he did not believe that Barack Obama shared or supported Rev. Wright’s views. Reasonable, rational. Sarah Palin on the other hand…. Shes’ the political hack of the season. Anyone who will call someone a terrorist with a big smile and a wink on their face … well, I don’t know the word for that. But she’s trying, isn’t she. She wants people to think Obama and to be afraid. To picture terrorists and Sadam and Bin Laden. Paraphrasing: “He’s not like you and me. He pals around with terrorists because he’s so unhappy with America.”
Every time I see her now I think of the movie “Jawbreaker”.
And let’s not beat around the bush here. Doesn’t this feel like the Southern Strategy? Or the Willie Horton strategy?
Sarah Palin’s attacks are racist, straight up. By the way, Rachel Maddow pointed out two incidents — one at a McCain rally and one at a Palin rally — where someone yelled about Obama:
“Terrorist!” and either “Kill him!” or “Treason!”
Oh. The town hall is starting. It’s 9:03pm. I don’t know if I’m feeling up to it. Hmm. Well, I do have a few Woodchuck Draft Ciders. I could play a drinking game with myself.
Anywho, Palin’s comments are racist. They are. Even though she’s not saying, he’s black so obviously you can’t trust him. Be afraid. She’s saying, he’s not like you and me. He’s foreign. He supports terrorists. He wants American soldiers to die so he can become President.
You know. I’m just sick of all this mess. And I’m sick of this beauty pageant fem-bot and her vacuous cliches and talking points. She’s still being shielded from answering questions unsupervised one month before the election, for goodness sake. McCain/Palin are not directly responsible for the racist, xenophobic mob mentality, but it’s what you get — what you should expect — when you foment fear and paranoia.
The McCain campaign said they’re trying to move past this economy thing
so they can attack Obama’s character. Seriously. What does that tell you? What does it tell you when your candidate’s ratings go down when the topic is the economy and they go up when the topic is lipstick, Paris Hilton and pigs and pitbulls.
When McCain/Palin said during the midst of the opening of the financial crisis, “The fundamentals of the economy are strong!” What did you think? I thought, really? I mean, I’m sure he and his family will do well, regardless, but I think that either he or his advisors were slow to realize that most Americans are struggling and are frightened by the state of our economy. I don’t know much about economics but I do know that not losing your home and not having your budget decimated by the price of groceries and fuel is fundamental to us common folks. My friends.
Oof. The town hall thing is awkward. And a little boring.
I know the text in that image is hard to read so I’ll paste the text here. It’s what pushed me over the edge to publish this ranting blog entry. The response of any sane person is that it’s likely that the author of the column below is just some guy and he isn’t representative of any significant segment of the population. Bobby May is McCain campaign’s chairman in Buchanan County, VA. Or he was until he wrote this article. They fired him. Kudos.
I was going to refrain from including this, but then I remembered what it’s like to read the comments beneath the articles on pretty much every news website. Take a look some time. It’s ugly. There’s some mutual liberal/conservative flaming, yes, but take note of the ugly, vicious racism that supposedly doesn’t exist anymore. And racism of this flavor:
“The (clarified) platform of Barack Hussein Obama
by Bobby May, firstname.lastname@example.org
In response to criticism that I favor John McCain for president and only present “one side of the issues,” I am listing for your consideration the platform of Barack Hussein Obama as best as I can figure it out after venting all of the hot air, straining out the honey and removing the smelly substance similar to what the old bull left behind.
I think I’ve did (sic) a pretty good job of boiling his positions down to their very essence for the sake of clarity.
HIGH GAS PRICES: Inflate your tires.
OBAMA’S LACK OF EXPERIENCE: Inflate his ego.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: Learn to speak Spanish.
TERRORIST THREAT TO AMERICA : Learn to speak Arabic.
IRAQ : Establish time table to turn tail and run.
HEALTH CARE FUNDING CRISIS: Don’t get sick. And raise taxes.
ENERGY SOLUTIONS: NO coal mining. NO oil drilling. NO nuclear power. Use solar panels and wind turbines to power cell phones and iPods; walk everywhere you go, buy a bike if you have any money left after huge Obama tax increases implemented.
NATURAL DISASTERS: Raise taxes.
JOB CREATION: Raise taxes.
REPARATIONS TO BLACK COMMUNITY: Opposes before Election Day and supports after Election Day.
FREEDOM OF RELIGION: Mandatory Black Liberation Theology courses taught in all churches–raise taxes to pay for this mandate. Put Rev. Jeremiah Wright in charge. Condemnation of homosexuality from the pulpit will become a Class 1 Felony.
HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE: Raise taxes. And coddle sexual perverts. Give tax breaks for NAMBLA membership fees.
SOCIAL SECURITY: Raise texes.
PUBLIC EDUCATION: Raise taxes.
NATURAL RESOURCES: Raise taxes.
DRUG CRISIS: Raise taxes to pay for free drugs for Obama’s inner-city political base.
SPACE EXPLORATION: Raise taxes to send all Republicans to Mars.
ABORTION: Anywhere, anytime, for anyone for any reason up to 9 months and send taxpayers the bill. Encourage partial birth abortion.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Keep buying foreign oil and sending billions to Muslim countries that hate us and want to destroy us.
TAXES: Soak the rich; everyone is hereby declared ‘rich’ for taxing purposes.
2ND AMENDMENT: Under Obama will only apply to gang-bangers, illegal aliens, Islamo-Fascist terrorists, and Senator Jim Webb’s aide.
REST OF U.S. CONSTITUTION: Appoint George Soros to update it for 21st Century, adding Socialist/Communist “grand ideas” and deleting First and Fourteenth Amendments upon advice of Buchanan County Democratic Party.
FOREIGN RELATIONS: Appoint Rev. Al Sharpton as Secretary of State, Jesse Jackson as UN Representative and let Bill Clinton handle all other “foreign relations” … as long as Hillary doesn’t find out! And raise taxes.
THE WHITE HOUSE: Hire rapper Ludacris to “paint it black.” Taxes to be increased to buy enough paint to do the job plus spray-paint for graffiti.
THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES: Raise taxes to send $845 billion, send most to Africa so the Obama family there can skim off enough to allow them to free their goats and live the American Dream.
POLITICAL CORRUPTION: Yes. (Must in future be based upon the Chicago model; no other restrictions will apply as long as Mayor Daley’s machine gets a percentage.) And raise taxes.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Change to the “Black National Anthem” by James Weldon Johnson. And raise taxes.
VOTING RIGHTS: Extended franchise to the French, English and especially the Germans due to their level of political sophistication and admiration of “The New Messiah.”
STATEHOOD: Extend statehood to The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico , Kenya , Cuba , Palestine , Freedonia, Bugtussle and “The Free State of McDowell.” Then raise taxes.
U.S. CURRENCY: Update photos to reflect U.S. diversity; include pictures of “great Americans” such as Oprah Winfrey, Ludacris, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson (Obama’s new Secretary of the Treasury–50 Cent refused position after learning that he would lose his crazy check if he accepted the nomination). And raise taxes.
U.S. FLAG: Replace 50 stars with a star and crescent logo; red stripes changed to green to represent Obama’s tree-hugging radical environmenalism and his lack of experience. Flag label (sic) pins, having become a substitute for “real patriotism” will henceforth be banned. And raise taxes.
U.S. MILITARY: Confiscate all weapons, substitute water pistols, pea shooters, and bows with suction cup arrows. Replace U.S. flag on uniforms with peace symbols changing uniform color grom green to pink and abolishing the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, replacing it with “A queer in every foxhole and a camouflage sex toy in every backpack” requirement. Condoms will be issued instead of bullets and brotherly love encouraged. Barney Frank will be the new Secretary of Defence (renamed Secretary of Peace and Love) and Rosie O’Donnell, Ellen DeGeneres, Lindsay Lohan and Rick Boucher will be made 5-star generals. And raise taxes.
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If Barack Obama a/k/a “The Great One” or “The New Messiah” takes issue with any of the above then I dare him to meet me on County Talk next Friday to debate his plans to divide and conquer America and change Liberty and Freedom to Socialism and Communism.”