Posts tagged ‘McCain’
Of course, she doesn’t rip her own mom…because “that’s different”. Like when a pro-lifer’s 19-year old college freshman daughter gets pregnant and has an abortion. Like when a conservative’s child announces she’s gay and they suddenly start supporting alternative lifestyle (for their own kids, not yours).
“As much as you don’t like talking about Calllista Gingrich,” [Meghan] McCain told the panel of guests on “Now with Alex Wagner,” “I think the fact that she was a third wife and a mistress and is coming off somewhat icy and [her] reputation of being somewhat controversial within their campaign is doing damage. Maybe just to politicos, but I think it’s something that people, and especially values voters, will bring into the race.”
But those criticisms could equally be applied to [Meghan] McCain’s mother, Cindy McCain, who was subjected to intense media scrutiny during Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Cindy McCain began dating Sen. McCain in 1979, nearly a year before he filed for divorce from his first wife, Carol McCain.
Successful campaigns are what one team did right, combined with what the other side did wrong. As I mentioned, I think the Palin choice was the biggest mistake. Here’s what Julian Zelizer has to say:
Team McCain ran a campaign that ranks on the bottom of this list. This was an aimless and chaotic operation made worse by poor choices at key moments.
Their first mistake was picking Gov. Sarah Palin. Though in the first week following her selection, Palin energized the conservative base of the GOP, she became a serious drag on the ticket.
This turned into one of the worst picks since McGovern selected Thomas Eagleton, a Missouri senator who withdrew after revealing that he had gone through electroshock therapy and suffered from “nervous exhaustion.” By picking Palin, McCain simultaneously eliminated his own best argument against Senator Obama—the limited experience of his opponent—while compounding his own most negative image, that of someone who was erratic and out of control. The pick also fueled the feeling that grew throughout September and October that the Republican candidate was willing to take any step necessary to win the campaign. The Palin pick made every decision that followed seem purely political.
Daniel Gross of Slate writes about 3 days that he says killed McCain’s campaign in an excellent and to-the-point essay last night. I think he’s exactly right – but I think he left out one very important date that crippled the campaign: August 29th.
On August 29th, John McCain announced his first “presidential” decision – the choice of a running mate. While the shiny new wrapper was impressive for a couple of weeks, it did not last. As Gross says of September 15th, this date was also a twin killer. First, the thought of the uninformed, power-abusing, bible-thumping, ultra-right-winger as the President of the USA hurt the campaign. Because this decision was John’s, and John’s alone, it also reflects very poorly on his judgement and decision makig process.
His other 3 dates were also disasterous: Proclaiming the economy is still strong, halting his campaign but accomplishing nothing, and using the 3rd debate to regail voters with the economic insight of Joe Wurzelbacher.
September 24, 2008
The Day John McCain Lost the Election
Today 5 major papers from 5 major US markets announced endorsements for the presidential race. The papers were from New York City, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The Chicago and DC papers are nationally known as “Conservative” papers. I think you can see where this is going:
The idea of “leadership” must include knowledge, learnedness and insight.
Let’s look at the educational background of your two options:
Occidental College – Two years.
Columbia University – B.A. Political Science with a specialization in International Relations.
Harvard – Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude
(J.D. is a doctor of law, the legal counterpart to M.D.)
University of Delaware – B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science.
Syracuse University College of Law – Juris Doctor (J.D.)
United States Naval Academy – Class rank 894 of 899
Hawaii Pacific University – 1 semester
North Idaho College – 2 semesters – general study
University of Idaho – 2 semesters – journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College – 1 semester
University of Idaho – 3 semesters – B.A. in journalism
Now, which team are you going to hire ?
McCain and the politics of hatred, fear, and prejudice: http://therealmccain.com/mob/ (2 min)
And this next one…it’s about a large group of hate mongers being catered to right now….Wow.
(The 60 seconds is an introduction (a little slow, IMO), but it picks up quickly)
It reminded me of this video from 50 years ago – it’s the exact same group of people, just a generation removed:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgH7WgtIU2k (15 seconds).
You can sign a petition to be sent to John McCain after watching the video. And, if you’ve got $5 you can fight against this political campaign:
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
We are the change that we seek.