I can’t believe I’m quoting Roger Simon, who generally has as much insight into politics as Palin has into foreign policy, Politico’s Roger Simon asks this question:
If Palin becomes the McCain campaign’s scapegoat, what does that say about McCain since he picked her? “John McCain’s campaign is looking for a scapegoat. It is looking for someone to blame if McCain loses on Tuesday. And it has decided on Sarah Palin. In recent days, a McCain ‘adviser’ told Dana Bash of CNN: ‘She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone.’”
”Imagine not taking advice from the geniuses at the McCain campaign. What could Palin be thinking? Also, a “top McCain adviser” told Mike Allen of Politico that Palin is ‘a whack job.’ Maybe she is. But who chose to put this ‘whack job’ on the ticket? Wasn’t it John McCain? And wasn’t it his first presidential-level decision?”
Since the RNC convention Mccain has spent his time doing two things. Throwing every outrageous accusation dreamed up by the wing-nuts at Senator Obama – cheapening his brand as a straight talker in the process – and defending his choice of Palin after he had made experience one of the centerpieces of his campaign. The Conservative base loves their smears, but unfortunately for McCain, smears are not solutions to problems. Here in the final stretch McCain is hammering the tax issue. Most Americans simply don’t have much sympathy for people making a quarter million dollars a year paying the same taxes they paid in the 90s. Ultimately Simon might be wrong. Just as Conservatives have reached into the Way Back Machine and visions of the Red Menace to scare voters away from Democrats, they’ll resort to that old reliable its the librul press that did in McCain and Palin. One can sight so called negative news stories about McCain’s negative campaign, but day in and day out for years the Right has owned the media. They’re on TV and radio shoving the Right’s agenda down America’s throat, not to mention newspaper and magazine columns. America got the message and rejected it. Republicans, a word that might have stood for something once veered way too far Right. That librul press makes a nice scapegoat, you know the same press that hounded the Clintons for eight years, but as usual the Right finds looking at themselves and being accountable just too painful.
Sometimes the Right just loves the librul press. Like when they run headlines like this Poll gives McCain lead in Fla. early voting. Which is all some Rightie blogs need to know, except the headline is a little deceptive, a poll has McCain ahead in early voting,
A Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll gave McCain a 49-45 lead over Democrat Barack Obama among Floridians who have already voted.
Only a tiny fraction of the Florida respondents reported voting early, leaving McCain’s lead subject to a wide margin of error. A Quinnipiac University poll, released Wednesday, showed early voters favoring Obama 58-34, another small sample with a potentially wide margin of error.
He starts robocalling in his own home state!
John McCain and the Republican National Committee are now running robocalls attacking Obama as weak on terrorism — in McCain’s home state of Arizona, according to multiple readers from the state.
Voters in his home state have reservations about four whole years of a McBush presidency. Republicans have traditionally been better at getting those early mail in votes, but McCain can’t close the deal with those voters that know him the best, so no cause to panic by these early voter polls.
McCain needs some help. Jack Cafferty asks, Why isn’t President Bush campaigning for McCain? Because America caught up with that maverick baloney, McCain has been as big a Bush tag along as any other Senate Republican. Bush’s record is McCain’s record.
Hawaii has two major newspapers, the Honolulu Advertiser and the Star Bulletin.
BOTH newspapers include birth announcements, and BOTH newspapers record the August 4th, 1961 birth of Barack Obama.
“Barack Obama is a thoughtful visionary leader who as President will end the decline of American law, liberty, and fiscal responsibility that are the hallmarks of the extremist policies of the current Administration, now adopted by John McCain.”
ABC has the video of John McCain promoting ‘socialism” in 2000,
STUDENT: Why is it that someone like my father who goes to school for 13 years gets penalized in a huge tax bracket because he’s a doctor. Why is that – why does he have to pay higher taxes than everybody else? Just because he makes more money. How is that fair?
MCCAIN: I think you’re questioning, questioning the fundamentals of a progressive tax system where people who make more money pay more in taxes than a flat across the board percentage. I think it’s to some degree because we feel obviously that wealthy people can afford more. We have over the years beginning with John F. Kennedy reduced some of those marginal tax rates to make them less onerous. I believe that when you really look at the tax code the very wealthy because they can afford tax lawyers and all kinds of loopholes really don’t pay as much as you think they do, when you just kook at the percentages. And I think middle income Americans, working Americans, who when you count in payroll taxes, sales taxes, mortgage — all of the, all of the taxes that working Americans pay — I think you would also think that they also deserve very significant relief.
In 2000 McCain was to some degree running on the tax platform that Senators Obama and Biden are now. McCain 2008 is running on Bush’s tax platform, which has obviously turned out great.
Joked Stewart, “that of course was the late Socialist leader John McCain. I believe he passed away during the Republican primaries, he will be missed.”