Tag Archives: John McCain

Charlie Crist: Too Little, Too Late

Unfortunately, McCain has already chosen and flamed out in classic belly flop fashion with Sarah Palin.

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Obama’s Ulterior Motive with Lieberman

LArry Downing / Reuters

Larry Downing / Reuters

In regards to the Joe Lieberman issue, most of the mainstream media and the leftwing blogosphere seem to be focusing on only two aspects: revenge and mercy.

However, the Anonymous Liberal has a slightly different take:

Lieberman is now beholden to Obama. He’s owes him one. And there may be times in the next few years when President Obama needs to cash that in, when he needs Lieberman’s vote on a key piece of legislation or needs Lieberman’s help to convince people like John McCain and Lindsay Graham to break ranks and join the Democrats. And when that happens, President Obama will have an important chip to play.

While McCain and Graham are officially part of the Republican Party (especially during the presidential campaign), the reality of their lives in the Senate is that along with Lieberman, they are of their own party. They are like an old codger version of ‘The Three Musketeers”. On several major issues, if Lieberman can help sway independent-minded McCain and Graham, President Obama would have a better chance of pushing some tough legislation through.

Quote of the Day: Gail Collins

“On the other hand, the most Lieberman accomplished with months and months of nonstop campaigning was to push McCain support in his home state of Connecticut to 38 percent. Treachery is bad, but inept treachery is easier to get over.”

Gail Collins, New York Times

A Simple Question About Palin’s Luxury Tastes

palin-in-boots1Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts of the Washington Post report that:

On top of the $150,000 first outlined in Federal Election Commission filings, Palin spent “tens of thousands of dollars” on additional clothing, makeup and jewelry for herself and her family, including $40,000 in luxury goods for her husband, Todd, our colleague Michael Shear reports. The campaign was charged for silk boxer shorts, spray tanners and 13 suitcases to carry all the designer clothes, according to two GOP insiders.

Now, if these accounts are accurate, I believe it reflects badly on the content of her character. After all the bellyaching about “Real Americans”, “Small Town Values”, and “Joe Six-Pack”, her words ring quite hollow. Palin is nothing more than a cynical opportunist preying on genuine values held (rightly or wrongly) by some Americans.

However, the biggest blame lies with the advisers, who accorinding to Newsweek, did not tell John McCain the full extent of the chicanery for fear of upsetting him?

Afraid of upsetting him? When there are problems, leaders want to know so that they can take decisive action. These people wanted to run our country? By the way, I wonder how many votes they could have gotten in North Carolina by putting $150K into the ground game there.

There Will be Blood

The first of many notes-dump in Newsweek is not pretty. The most telling and damning part is the last two sentences:

NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin’s shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain’s top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy. One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family—clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent “tens of thousands” more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,” and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

A Palin aide said: “Governor Palin was not directing staffers to put anything on their personal credit cards, and anything that staffers put on their credit cards has been reimbursed, like an expense. Nasty and false accusations following a defeat say more about the person who made them than they do about Governor Palin.”

McCain himself rarely spoke to Palin during the campaign, and aides kept him in the dark about the details of her spending on clothes because they were sure he would be offended. Palin asked to speak along with McCain at his Arizona concession speech Tuesday night, but campaign strategist Steve Schmidt vetoed the request.

Quote of the Day: Anonymous Liberal

“I’ve been following politics long enough not to be shocked by how stupid it can be at times.  But the last few weeks of this campaign have tested even my tolerance.  I actually made myself sit through both McCain and Palin’s stump speeches on CNN this weekend.  Their core “substantive” message–here in the home stretch of a monumental presidential election–is so profoundly unserious that it borders on parody. In short, his argument is that Barack Obama may say he’s not going to raise your taxes, but he really is. And the proof is that he used the phrase “spread the wealth” during an encounter with a plumber (who’s not really a plumber).

This is really absurd stuff. It’s like the target audience here is a kindergarten class. There’s not even an attempt to make an actual policy argument anywhere in the speech. Honestly, I’ve never seen political discourse this dumbed down. It’s beyond pathetic.” – The Anonymous Liberal

It’s the Ground Game, Stupid.

The guys at TPM caught this clip. Our Chucky Todd interviews Roger Simon of Politico regarding the ground game of the two campaigns. Some of his comments are very telling.