From the monthly archives: September 2008

Remember when John McCain blasted Barack Obama for raising money in California? Went something like this:

“He talked about siding with the people just before he flew off for a fundraiser in Hollywood with Barbra Streisand and his celebrity friends,” McCain told a crowd in Ohio. “Let me tell you, my friends, there’s no place I’d rather be than right here with the working men and women of Ohio.”

Guess what. John McCain says one thing to the good hard working people of Ohio in public, but then in private he jets off to – of all places – […]

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HR 3997 Aftermath: the road forward

On September 29, 2008 By

Dear Senators Obama, Biden, Reid, Byrd, Durbin, Dodd, Brown, and Representatives Pelosi, Hoyer, Frank, Wilson, Kaptur*, Kucinich*, Sutton*, Ryan, Space:

With today’s failure of HR 3997 to pass, largely due to the unwillingness of Republicans to support a bipartisan compromise bill, our financial economy continues to stare in the face of a total collapse. Action is urgent, and the American people agree.

My father used to tell me when I was a boy that “every problem is an opportunity to excel.” The unwillingness of the GOP to agree to a compromise – a courtesy they undoubtedly would […]

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Economy FAIL

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Those Republicans cheering this might want to think twice about what just happened. Your Presidential candidate – who supported the plan and said he’d vote for it – just finished the dramatic move of “suspending” his campaign to come to Washington to make it appear as if he brokered a deal.

There is no deal. McCain can’t even lead his own party. This will be viewed as utter failure.

Secondly, while some are noting anecdotal evidence of 10-1 calls into congressional offices against this bill, the American people as a whole either did not know what to […]

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On September 29, 2008 By

Steve Schmidt on Meet The Press this weekend:

“What Senator McCain was able to do was to help bring all of the parties to the table, including the House Republicans, whose votes were needed to pass this,”

What are they saying now? No comment:

After bragging today about his role in shaping the economic bailout package, Sen. John McCain has made no statement to the press since the defeat of the bill, in part at the hands of House Republicans.


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The roll call is in on HR 3997, and Tiberi voted with most Republicans (but not Bush & Boehner, an unusual move for him) against the bill, as Eric mentioned. I’ve been looking for a copy of the bill as voted on, but Thomas at the Library of Congress is completely swamped.

We’ll see what happens. I suspect it won’t be pretty.

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House Republicans kill the bailout deal they previously got behind.

The market is not pretty. Began down over 700. Now down 500 or so.

Can’t see how this helps McCain, but conservatives are probably happy. They have to be against this or their fundamental basis for existing goes away.

I’d not want to be near retirement right now.

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Devastating Video:

If the question is who has the better judgment as Commander in Chief, there is no comparison really. None.

(ht Dave at PO)

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McCain: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid

On September 29, 2008 By

You want to play the fear card? OK:

Buchanan’s quote late in this clip was first reported here at PB. He may have said it before, but as far as I know it was the first time he did. He’s obviously said it since.

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I’m really not sure why this is unfair:

It seems like a perfectly legitimate question to me and is easily diffused. Release the records. I mean release them without the KGB type rules for viewing them. O’Reilly and the wingnuts are up in arms over it. They are willing to spend MONTHS on conspiracy theories over birth certificates, but are unwilling to take a full look at a candidate’s medical records? That’s one version of “fair and balanced”.

This would not be as big an issue if we weren’t staring down a Sarah Palin Presidency.

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You go maverick reformer girl! You go!

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has made a crackdown on gift-giving to state officials a centerpiece of her ethics reform agenda, has accepted gifts valued at $25,367 from industry executives, municipalities and a cultural center whose board includes officials from some of the largest mining interests in the state, a review of state records shows.

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