Yes, the Dubious Duo is at it again! Realizing he had a war to sell, Obama summoned John McCain, the Ratman, and Lindsey Graham, aka Bombin’, to the White House to rev up war fever. Once again, these Neocon heroes have answered the call.
Both are now busy spreading rumors of dire consequences if Americans fail to “stand behind the president.” McCain is painting Assad as — wait for it! — the new Hitler who must be stopped now before he goose-steps his way into Nebraska. And Graham is singing a similar tune, warning that those eeevil Iranians will pounce on obvious American “weakness” if we fail our moral responsibility of bombing another country that has not threatened us.
And when they’re finished with Syria, the Dubious Duo can go back to working on amnesty for illegal immigrants. So much to do…
Fox News continues to jettison some its most notable “contributors” and when I heard the news Dick Morris joined Sarah Palin on the Fox ash heap (but not Karl Rove? What’s up with that? Does he have pictures or something?) I got Palin’s fate stuck in my head and pondered it.
So I dug around online and saw Game Change for the first time last night and while I still think much of it is a self-serving attempt by people like Steve Schmidt and Nicole Wallace to shield themselves for future political employment opportunities, one could not help but feel sorry for Palin to be thrown into difficult situation. Both she and her family had to deal with a lot they weren’t completely ready for. Had the McCain people been a little more understanding of the situation, perhaps much of the unpleasantness could have been avoided.
That being said, where Palin realy screwed up was not so much in the campaign but in its aftermath leading up to her now apparent political exile back to Alaska. No can deny she has natural political talents that made her be able to connect to voters on an emotional level very few politicians have not to mention she’s one of the few Republicans, if not the only one, with the kind of star quality which transcend politics to pull the casual citizen into politics and campaign they normally wouldn’t pay attention to.
And yet, she squandered it all to point where not even Fox News wants her around anymore. People assumed she was going to run for President. No one would have begrudged her leaving the governor’s office early in term or any of her TV gigs or her campaigning on the Tea Party Express bus if it all done for a larger purpose, which was for the Oval Office. But when she didn’t run after so much teasing (including the fact she had people in Iowa trying their best to stir up a campaign for her on their own), she destroyed the link she had between the voters who loved her and herself. Not running made her just another celebrity, another talking head, another ex-politician trying to cash in. She made have thought it served her purposes better four to eight years down the road but it wound up wrecking such chances. And by leaving elected office and not doing anything which would have helped her prepare to be President only made her look less serious. She self-fulfilled everything the Schmidt and Wallace said about her in the book and the movie well after that campaign concluded.
Maybe she’ll get back into politics in Alaska to try rebuild her career but I have my doubts. I vacationed there in 2010 and even at that time I saw very little from Republicans or the public-at-large which wanted to acknowledge her existence outside of a few airport T-shirts. She became a parody of Conservative INC., more interested in profit than policy. That’s fine for her and family, but for those whose hopes and dreams she spoke to from her personal story and background (and I think we all know who I’m talking about), it doesn’t do much for them. They needed a champion and instead they got Mitt Romney. No wonder turnout was down. She may dream of comeback but who, even amongst the talk show hosts and other activists who would be her biggest fans, even speaks of her now or takes her seriously? No, Palin can dress fancier now but she’s also shrunk a few sizes in stature.
The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007: proposed by McCain and Kennedy, it “would have provided legal status and a path to citizenship for the approximately 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States.”
In 2006 McCain voted for the Manager’s Amendment (SA 4188) which essentially removed the border fence from the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 that passed the Senate (but not the House) and had been co-sponsored by John McCain.
In 2005 McCain and Kennedy introduced the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act which similarly would have granted amnesty but was never voted on.
Since he’s up for reelection this year, McCain has frequently declined to vote on immigration. However if allowed to safely retain his seat, McCain will only return to the same old voting pattern. Entrenched Washington politicians, especially liberal “Mavericks” who actively fight for amnesty, must be punished.
Ian Gilyeat is a better candidate.
We received the following e-mail from Ian Gilyeat, an independent Senate candidate in Arizona. We are more than happy to give some publicity to any conservative willing to oppose McAmnesty:
I’d like to invite you to cover my campaign and report on the traction and support occurring all across the state of Arizona. There is enough momentum in the campaign that media coverage interviews have occurred on the following shows and stations – all within the last several weeks:
KFYI Mike Broomhead
KFYI Terry Gilberg
KFYI Jim Sharpe
KYCA Dr. Terry Lovell
KYCA Jennifer Campbell
KTNR Paul Lavoy
KBLU Cody Beason
KFNX Political Funhouse
KXXT Van the Radio Man
KRIM Rick Raven
KQTH Jon Justice
Channel 13 TV Yuma
Blogtalkradio Tea Party Talk with Van the Radio Man
Grassrootsinterviews.com with Marcus Kelley
White Mountain Independent newspaper
InMaricopa magazine (interviewed not yet published)
AZ Capitol Times (interviewed not yet published)
Please take a look. Information can be found on each of the links shown below.
This is bound to backfire. McAmnesty has seriously got to go. This plays right into the stereotype that many conservatives have (even those who don’t agree with Hayworth on all the issues) that liberals (and RINOs) view them with contempt.
Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn) has introduced a bill of new financial regulations that actually eliminates and consolidates several ineffectual federal agencies and strips the evil Fed of its regulatory powers over banks in the U.S.
One can see the subtle influences of Ron Paul on such a piece of legislation. Indeed, why would Dodd, called the “Senator from Aetna” by Ralph Nader and patron saint of the financial industry and Wall Street introduce a bill that could well be opposed by Barney Frank and Obama Administration?
Because Dodd is a politician first and foremost and he’s up for re-election next year. He has a tough fight on his hands and so he needs something to show he’s more than just the recipient of the largess of Countrywide and the big banks. Co-opting a little Ron Paul populism, especially since Peter Schiff is one of his potential opponents may very well help him.
Success in politics doesn’t always comes from winning elections. It comes from advocating ideas that even the most unlikely adherents like Dodd find useful.
Speaking of Ron Paul influences, I see where the Charleston (S.C.) County GOP has censured Sen. Lindsay Graham, finally fed up with his many apostasies and his attempt to be John McCain’s political successor See where attacking Ron Paul leads you Senator?
Gov. Pawlenty has been sending a lot of signals that he will be a candidate in 2012. Too bad he just disqualified himself. What kind of cluelessness does it take to want to reassemble McCain’s team? He should be disqualified on bad judgement alone, never mind what it says about where he is on policy.
Maybe. Did anyone watch O’Reilly tonight? He was giving McCain, who was on there defending a “surge” in Afghanistan, a very hard time. I would describe him as almost dismissive of McCain.
Addendum: Regardless, he is still beating the drums for war with Iran. Do these clowns ever learn? Did he not even listen to his own criticisms of the war in Afghanistan? They can’t not meddle. It is an irresistible impulse it seems.
It’s the usual suspects. The most surprising thing might be that John McCain isn’t one of them.
I didn’t include this on my recent list of articles for your consideration but I don’t want to forget the recent Vanity Fair expose of Sarah Palin and the brawl it has started between neocons and McCain staffers.
Judge for yourself what you think of Palin after reading the article. My impression is that she’s ruthless, independent, a product of her place, clanish and ambitious. But such qualities are found and sometimes celebrated in many a male politican, especially the sainted Robert Kennedy. It obvious McCaniacs just haven’t figured out yet that attacking her only makes her a martyr to her supporters and makes them look like a bunch of CYA jerks. No doubt Palin will receive a lot of female sympathy, even from feminists and leftists, when males like campaign manager Steve Schmidt openly blabber about “post-partum depression.”
Still, this doesn’t change the fact that at some point Palin the Symbol will at some point have to become Palin the Substance and that’s when the rubber will hit the road, especially when those attacks will be coming from Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty and Mick Huckabee in the context of a campaign rather than from anonymous McCainiacs with axes to grind. They would have been better off just staying quiet.
Of course if they did those of us on the outside of all these shenanigans wouldn’t have so much fun enjoying this cosmo food fight. Keep at it boys!
Can anyone help me out with McCain’s Senate record on judges?
The Republican excuse for voting Obama is McSame will appoint conservative judges. Is there any basis to this at all? Politicians will promise anything to get elected.
It’s common wisdom to go with an opportunist politician over a leftist ideologue who actually believes in the Marxism he pushes, and Obama very much appears to be a believer. But is Obama competent? Continue reading
The immigration expert and editor of VDARE, Peter Brimelow writes:
Obama and McCain are both appalling on immigration. But McCain is worse, because he might be able to get through an amnesty, whereas without bipartisan support, I donâ€™t think Obama will dare.
Editor’s Note: Both Obama and McCain Stink. I couldn’t agree more.
A Rasmussen Poll said that almost half of all voters were not happy
with their Presidential candidate choices, just before Hillary Clinton
dropped out of the race and now a new website offers yard signs, buttons,
bumper stickers, and clothing that states “Both Obama and McCain stink/suck!”
“I do not like either of the top Presidential candidates and I know
that a large number of Americans agree with me on this,” said William
Gheen the founder of the new sites and host of the Last Americans Standing
radio show. “I’m sick of the lesser of two evils game and regret that
we have to pick between two poor candidates who are both DC insiders
during this time of national crisis.”
The new websites found at www.ObamaAndMcCainstink.com and
www.ObamaAndMcCainSuck.com gives American voters a way to express their dismay over the 2008 Presidential elections.
Now that the NRA has sold outÂ its principles for the sake of political expediency, Second Amendment supportersÂ can stillÂ look to Gun Owners of America (GOA), the “only no-compromise gun lobby,”* for guidance.
GOA does not endorse Presidential candidates, but here is their take on Chuck Baldwin, Bob Barr, and John McCain.
You be the judge.
* According to Rep. Ron Paul.
The rumored NRA endorsement of John McCain has indeed happened. This is astounding. McCain has a long history of being squishy soft on Second Amendment issues. This is a blatant thumb in the eye of the NRA’sÂ own Board member Bob Barr.
The NRA rates Barr, one of their own board members, with an A+ rating. McCain has earned a C+ rating by the same organization.
McCainâ€™s disdain of the Second Amendment has earned the ire of virtually every gun rights organization in the country.
This is clearly a case of the NRA putting party and pragmatic politics above principle.
Third Party Watch is reporting via American SpectatorÂ that the NRA may endorse John McCain today. This is surprising toÂ manyÂ who followÂ gun issuesÂ closely because McCainÂ is notoriously weak on the Second Amendment. It had previously been assumed thatÂ the NRAÂ would sit this Presidential election out.
This would be a real slap in the face of Libertarian nominee Bob Barr and Constitution Party nominee Chuck Baldwin. Both are muchÂ stauncher defenders of the Second Amendment than is McCain. A McCain endorsement would be anÂ especiallyÂ cruelÂ betrayal of Barr who has been on the NRA Board of Directors.
This is anotherÂ example ofÂ why supportersÂ of gun rights should instead support Gun Owners of America, the “no compromise” gun lobby. Here is GOA’s takeÂ on McCain’s sorry Second Amendment record.Â Â
Speculate if you will what would have happened if McCain joined with the majority of House Republicans in opposing the bailout and whipped the party behind him against it instead of being seen as one of its proponents all in an effort to “leadership” and “bi-partisanship.” McCain had a chance to do this and according to Pat Buchanan in a very good piece, he blew it.
Here is a great article from Chuck Baldwin on Sarah Palin. The bloom is sure off that rose post the Charlie Gibson interview.
Palin went on to make further statements that must have made John McCain proud. When asked if she would be willing to take America to war with Russia in order to defend Georgia, she responded by saying, “Perhaps so.”
Egad! Do John McCain and Sarah Palin envision–even desire–war with Russia? John McCain is already on record as supporting sending troops to Georgia; now Sarah Palin suggests that even war with Russia is a possibility. Over what? Has Russia deployed troops along our borders? Has Russia threatened to invade the United States? Are McCain and Palin truly willing to launch a war with a nation that has thousands of ICBMs in its nuclear arsenal, when our own security has not been threatened? And just how many other countries are McCain and Palin willing to defend with American toil and blood? All of Europe?
Instead of promoting European states such as Georgia joining NATO, America should promote dismantling NATO. The reason for NATO’s existence ended when the cold war with the former Soviet Union ended. It is past time for European states to take responsibility for their own defense. To promote American hegemony in Russia’s backyard (which is exactly what we are doing by promoting the expansion of NATO) not only serves to reignite the cold war, it could inflame an all-out, very hot war. Is this what McCain and Palin want?
John McCain recommends voluntary civil and military service as a means to unifying the US. Who needs ethnicity, culture, tradition, community, etc. when there’s the state to unify and guide us?
Beyond the good deeds accomplished, Americorps has transformed the lives of young people who have participated in its ranks. They have begun to glimpse the glory of serving the cause of freedom. They have come to know the obligations and rewards of active citizenship.