Category Archives: McCain

Bully Obama?

Nedra Pickler reports for the AP on Obama’s new disco ball and leisure suit ad against McCain that includes this text:

“He admits he still doesn’t know how to use a computer, can’t send an e-mail…”

She goes on to cheerlead for the Obama campaign in the rest of the article because, like most of the media and the AP drones in particular, she is a cheerleader for Barry and operation “hopechange.” [Breitbart]

But she left out something. Jonah Goldberg writes in NRO:

The reason he doesn’t send email is that he can’t use a keyboard because of the relentless beatings he received from the Viet Cong in service to our country. From the Boston Globe (March 4, 2000):

McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain’s severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain’s encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He’s an avid fan – Ted Williams is his hero – but he can’t raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.

In a similar vein I guess it’s an outrage that the blind governor of New York David Patterson doesn’t know how to drive a car.

Not only that, but as Goldberg also notes, McCain is surprisingly web-savvy. So the ad is false on its face, making Obama a flat-out liar. Again.

Hey Obama. Kick the cripple and tell lies about him.

That part came out of my imagination plus expecting what we’re going to read at DKOS and DU.

If it doesn’t make your blood boil you don’t have a heart.

Maybe next he will mock Trig Palin for having an extra chromosome. That’d be about the speed of this ad.

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Obama runs for President of the World

McCain hits Obama pretty hard with the Celeb ad. What was Obama thinking when he went to Germany and held a campaign rally in the middle of Berlin in front of a triumphal pillar that celebrates three historic victories of Germany plus the Nazi victory over Europe that didn’t pan out?

Obviously I think this commercial should have Fabio in it somewhere. To underline the point, check out this American Presidential campaign poster in Berlin.

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For Memorial Day: John McCain III’s Address to the Naval Academy

April 2, 2008

Thank you. I am very happy to be here. Annapolis holds a special place in my life, and in the years that have passed since my father drove me to the gates of the Naval Academy to begin my plebe year, memories of my experiences here are often bathed in the welcome haze of nostalgia for the time when I was brave and true and better looking than I am at present. But witnesses to my behavior here, a few of whom are present today, as well as a nagging conscience, have a tendency to interrupt my reverie for a misspent youth, and urge a more honest appraisal of my record and character here. In truth, my four years at the Naval Academy were not notable for exemplary virtue or academic achievement but, rather, for the impressive catalogue of demerits I managed to accumulate. By my reckoning, at the end of my second class year, I had marched enough extra duty to take me to Baltimore and back seventeen times — which, if not a record, certainly ranks somewhere very near the top.
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McCain’s Character

Tigerhawk quotes Robert Kaplan on John McCain:

This prisoner’s legs were atrophied and he weighed under 100 pounds. Day helped scrub his face and nurse him back from the brink of death. The fellow American was Navy Lieutenant Commander John Sidney McCain III of the Panama Canal Zone. As his health improved, McCain’s rants against his captors were sometimes as ferocious as Day’s. The North Vietnamese tried and failed, through torture, to get McCain to accept a release for their own propaganda purposes: The lieutenant commander was the son of Admiral John McCain Jr., the commander of all American forces in the Pacific. “Character,” writes the younger McCain, quoting the 19th century evangelist Dwight Moody, “is what you are in the dark,” when nobody’s looking and you silently make decisions about how you will act the next day.

McCain expanded on this thought another time:

No one of good character leaves behind a wasted life — whether they die in obscurity or renown. “Character,” wrote the 19th Century evangelist, Dwight Moody, “is what you are in the dark.” Your character is not tested on occasions of public scrutiny or acclaim. It is not tested in moments when the object of your actions is the regard of another. Your character is what you are to yourself, not what you pretend to be to yourself or others. Although human beings often attempt self-delusion, we cannot forever hide the truth about ourselves from ourselves. It will make itself known to us by means of our conscience despite our most strenuous effort to suppress it.

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Du Pont: Where They Stand

Where do the presidential candidates stand on the five issues that matter most?

Where They Stand
A look at the presidential candidates’ positions on the five biggest challenges facing America.

By PETE DU PONT
January 15, 2008

Three states down (Iowa, Wyoming, and New Hampshire), and 47 to go. Seven candidates–from Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain on top, to Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani in the middle and John Edwards at the bottom–are still in the race to become the next president of the United States.

In the beginning Mrs. Clinton was the Democratic establishment’s winning candidate. But with her loss in Iowa and her position as underdog in the New Hampshire pre-election polls, the more liberal Mr. Obama was assumed to be the likely Democrat nominee. He still may get the nomination, but a massive national Clinton effort led by Bill and his presidential contacts may get her to the top.

On the Republican side, the ultimate outcome is far from clear. Messrs. McCain, Romney and Giuliani are still serious candidates, and while Mr. Huckabee would like to be, his lack of a national organization and his policy beliefs (a national sales tax, limiting free trade) and his history of raising taxes as governor of Arkansas are unlikely to appeal to most Americans.

But the political ups and downs of the candidates and the electricity of the campaign–“I am promising change!”–matter much less than the substantive policies the next president would implement regarding the five most important challenges facing our country.

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Things I learned from the NH Debates

Best debate yet. On the Republican side, Romney was dominant but got hit with a lot of cheap personal shots. McCain was not likable. Giuliani was good but didn’t engage in the debate. Huckabee lost his usual aw-shucks charm. Paul is a Libertarian, not a Republican. Thompson came out smelling like roses.

On the Democrat side, I learned many things that I never would have expected to hear.

First, Bill Richardson informed me and everyone else that since he left the position of Secretary of Energy for Bill Clinton with responsibility for nuclear non-proliferation (you will remember his signal successes failures in Pakistan, India, and North Korea) the loose nuclear weapons from the former USSR had all been going into the hands of terrorists. (!)

This will take some time to digest. Richardson claimed in tonight’s debate that all the loose nuclear weapons since he left the cabinet had gone into the hands of terrorists. That is staggering news. How does he know it? Where do the terrorists live? What are their GPS coordinates? Is there anybody we can waterboard to find out for sure? ‘Cuz if takes waterboarding someone to locate all these nuclear weapons that are in terrorist hands I think it’s well worth the damage to our reputation. Reputations can be rebuilt. Nuked Americans are simply dead. By the way, would someone please declare war on the countries that harbor them this time so that the US can pull together to fight the next war instead of tearing itself apart?

Second, John Edwards said that since the British withdrew from Basra (he didn’t seem to know its name, but he described it as the place that the British were stationed in Iraq) the local levels of violence had gone down. He said it was because the presence of the British was stirring up violence.

I think it’s more likely that the drop in violence resulted from American forces with a higher operational tempo taking over duties from the overly passive Brits, and from concerned local citizens rejecting Iranian meddling. But I don’t know. I’d be interested to see any evidence one way or the other.

Third, I learned that Barack Obama would strike militarily anywhere that lent refuge to terrorists that had struck against the USA, and when concerning nuclear and bioweapons against anywhere that sponsored terrorism and possessed such weapons.

This is precisely the Bush doctrine that led the USA to overthrow Saddam Hussein; precisely the Bush doctrine that Obama voted against in the authorization bill for Iraq. And now he extols it.

I guess he was against it before he was for it. That’s a flip I can take, from nonsense to sense. Let us see if he follows the logic of his convictions in the future.

Fourth, I learned from several Reps (Romney in particular) and also from Hillary Clinton that the Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) policy that held the balance in the Cold War can not work in a world with the US as a hyperpower, the leviathan that maintains order over the commons for everyone else (and no, the UN is not appropriate for that role as it has been co-opted by thieves, corrupt bureaucrats and dictators, but that’s another post), as destroying the entire rest of the world is not an option. Since MAD will not work, and since waiting until after the US homeland has been struck by nuclear or biological weapons (or by some sort of future nanobot-threat) is not acceptable, the corresponding policy to MAD is pre-emptive war.

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