Category Archives: McBush

John McCain’s History of Comebacks

Last I looked it extends from this past winter to get the Republican nomination. He was clocked in 2000 so where did the meme come from, other than the media elites?

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McCain Rolls Over On Gay Adoption

McCain Caves To Right Wing On Gay Adoption, Says Orphans Shouldn’t Have Gay Parents

Earlier this month, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) took an extreme position on gay adoption, telling the New York Times he believes in “traditional” families even if it means leaving children in orphanages. “I think that we’ve proven that both parents are important in the success of a family so, no I don’t believe in gay adoption,” he said.

But in follow-up statement, McCain aide Jill Hazelbaker backtracked, stating, “McCain could have been clearer.” She added that the senator would support gay adoption if there were no alternative:

However, as an adoptive father himself…he recognizes that there are many abandoned children who have yet to find homes. McCain believes that in those situations that caring parental figures are better for the child than the alternative.

What one starts noticing about McCain is his answers to complex questions are simple sound bite repetitions, which I’m sure his campaign thinks is the safe way to go, since Muricans don’t do nuance. Contrasted with the way Obama answers tough questions, McCain isn’t much more than a pull string talking doll.

The flip flops are pretty easy to document, which leaves me wondering where he really stands on any of the controversial issues he is questioned about, or if in fact, he has even thought about them at all. If the clip in the link hasn’t been edited to make him appear as intellectual cardboard then it is worse than I thought, and perhaps he really is trying to just bullshit his way into office.

Too Stupid To Be President 2.0

I see we have now been blessed with McIdiotonomics.

No Plan, No Messages.

UD: I added a link.

After initially suggesting that the opinion of professional economists does not “matter,” the McCain campaign has released “a statement signed by over 300 professional economists” who support the senator’s economic plan. But as the Politico’s Avi Zenilman points out, the 300 conservative economists who endorse McCain’s plan still reject “two big chunks” of the senator’s proposal: “the gas tax holiday and his promise to balance the budget by 2013.” The Wonk Room has more.

McCain must really believe in cash growing on trees, dude’s a one man feed lot by product producer.

MCFlop Flops

McCain, Russia, And The G-8

Matt Corley of ThinkProgress caught this bit from the end of a Reuters article. Quoting one of McCain’s advisors:

“He also dismissed McCain’s comment last October on Russia and the G-8 as “a holdover from an earlier period,” adding: “It doesn’t reflect where he is right now.””

Badumpa dumpa dumpa dum dum dum.

When The Musics Over, Stiff The Band

The Game is Over. There Won’t be a Rebound

I think that at some point Obama will have to tell the public the bad news that restoring vitality will take radical measures – probably ones that Congress will try to water down so much that things are going to get worse – much worse – before the needed reforms will be made. He can say this before taking office, blaming the Republicans for their regressive tax policies and at the same time bringing pressure on the new Democratic Congress to back a return to progressive taxation and serious financial restructuring. As president, he will have to do what FDR did, and challenge the financial oligarchy with new government regulatory agencies staffed with real regulators, not deregulators as under the Bush-Clinton-Bush regime.

John McCain, "Take A Walk On The Darkside"

The real McCain

He gave an impromptu press conference, bantering gamely with reporters. When that was done, aides tried to drag him away, but McCain raced across the room and sought out a local reporter to clarify an answer he had given. The journalist, unused to such personal attention from a potential president, looked like a spellbound deer in the headlights as McCain spoke to him for a further 10 minutes. The fact is, McCain loves journalists and they love him back. That is how the myth of the moderate maverick – the most powerful tool in his political armoury – has come to be.

Nothing has changed since that moment in Hartford. McCain’s campaign bus – dubbed the Straight Talk Express, just as it was in 2000 – is filled with journalists who travel at the back with McCain, relaxing on a U-shaped couch. McCain recently hosted a barbecue for journalists at his Arizona ranch. As TV anchors and newspaper reporters sipped beer and cocktails under a desert sun, McCain stood at the grill and literally served up their daily nourishment. He is someone you could have a beer with, in stark contrast to Barack Obama, who keeps his press entourage firmly at arm’s length. Yet McCain’s riskier strategy has worked like a dream. Reporters often overlook McCain’s errors and flaps – especially in national security – clinging instead to the narrative of an unconventional patriot. ‘The media love him, especially his war record. He is the GI Joe doll they played with as kids,’ says Professor Shawn Bowler, a political scientist at the University of California at Riverside.

I could have linked worse.

And the media girls go do ta do ta do ta do do do.

McCain To Thank Canadian Government For Leaks

For the Conservatives, McCain’s timing could be better

Unless you wish to go back to Grover Cleveland and fish wars, the so-called NAFTAgate controversy has implicated this country in the U.S. presidential election to an extent we haven’t quite seen before.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper called the leaked memo, which suggested that Barack Obama engaged in double-talk about the North American free-trade agreement, “completely unacceptable” and said it “may well be illegal.’ He said it was “blatantly unfair” to Mr. Obama’s campaign. He called an internal inquiry, which failed, as internal inquiries often do, to come up with the source of the leak.

Foreign Affairs Experience

When will people figure this out?

The lobbying firm of McCain campaign manager Rick Davis acted in direct opposition to American foreign interests, which prompted a warning to McCain’s Senate office from the United States government, according to a recent New York Times article.

McCain Stuck In Spin Cycle

The most coherent goal the U.S. can hope for in Afghanistan, according to the ex-CIA official, is probably the avoidance of national humiliation. “I suppose that’s the best we can do with Bush’s wars,” the former official said.

You’ll have to thwart the google and read the article.

Hegemony OK If No One Gets Hurt

Teh Surge Is Working!

More re-enforcement. Understanding the “surge” is a little bit more complex than understanding we sent more troops into Iraq, which is pretty much the way it is set up for domestic political consumption, and as such looses contact with the reality of what is going on “Over There!”

I don’t think McCain is even thinking about Iraq when he says this. Everything for him is in some grand historical context, ignoring the political caveat that democracies are always quick to go into wars, and re-enforcing the idea they wish to leave nearly as quickly as casualties mount. Without casualties we could stay forevah!

His disconnect with me is taking the larger picture with Iraq and being blind to the effects of empire on democracy, and democracies on war, which is an even larger view of things. It is political pandering wrapped in the flag. The framers of the Constitution understood McCain better than he understands them.