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Advantage John McCain

By winning the Republican nomination John McCain surprised the pundits who widely believed that the Democrats would settle on their nominee long before the Republicans would. This change of dynamic is unexpectedly good news for McCain and the Republicans.

While the Democrats are busy fighting each other, McCain runs a risk of being old news. He can reverse that by making TV and radio appearances every chance he gets. The uncertainty and the increasingly negative campaigning in the Democratic field also gives the Republicans some breathing room to plan and raise money for the general election.

The voters are likely to suffer from Obama/Clinton fatigue especially if the Democratic race drags on for months. This would make McCain the fresh new thing come November. It is also possible that the Democrats would exhaust some of their donors and enthusiasm among the voters while McCain can get new donors and build support by selling his message to the voters.

The other important factor in favor of McCain is that no matter who the Democratic candidate is, their campaign is likely to be exhausted from the intense primary season. In contrast McCain and his camp have a chance to relax and enjoy the show. It also gives them a chance to know what works against Obama/Clinton without having to work for it.

Plan

John McCain's relatively disorganized camp would be easy prey for the Democrats especially since they have intensively campaigned in swing states like Ohio and Pennsylvania. His camp should survey the voters in these states and address their concerns effectively. McCain also has a good chance of winning over Hispanics (especially if Obama is the nominee) and he should dedicate himself to that cause. He also has ample time to pick his staff and, more importantly, a running mate that would satisfy the Republican base.

John McCain needs to organize his campaign structure to match that of George W. Bush in 2004. The Bush camp followed basic principles that led them to success, including: stick to message discipline, a healthy mistrust of the press, and a tight, leak-proof organization.

Introduction

John McCain has a compelling story to tell about his life and career and it's a shame most Americans only know a part of it. His level of courage, compassion, and perseverance is inspirational. He should introduce himself to the American people and his campaign should tell his story every chance they get.

Raise Money

The biggest advantage that McCain has from the Democratic infighting is money. The Democrats will have easily blown millions of dollars attacking each other before the summer ends while McCain can increase his balance to match the Democrats. This is also the biggest use he has for President Bush, whose fundraising abilities are strong as ever.

Sharpen His Message

John McCain has the foreign policy aspect covered but his economic and social messages need to be sharpened and put forth. He should use this time to hire the best economic minds to run that side of his campaign. He will need to have effective answers on the current housing crisis, the social security and medicare fears, the looming recession, and oil prices.

Winning Conservatives

This is also a great opportunity for McCain to win over conservatives. He needs to do all he can to assure conservatives about Supreme Court judges, immigration, and tax cuts. McCain also needs to be careful so as to not get carried away with this pandering. He should do it relatively below the radar and not win over conservatives at the expense of independents and moderates.

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  • http://cqpinion.blogspot.com Krutic A

    Editor:
    “McCain also has a good chance of winning over Hispanics (especially if Obama is the nominee) and he should dedicate itself to that cause.”

    Will the editor please change the ‘itself’ to ‘himself’?
    Thank you.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    Great column.

    I think if McCain chooses Romney as his running mate (and sometime soon), he will gain several key advantages:

    - Talk-radio will love him for it, and they’ll finally have something positive to say about the McCain campaign, instead of merely attacking his Democrat opponent(s).

    - Romney is a superior fund-raiser, which should help McCain replenish his coffers in preparation for the general election face-off in the Fall. (Also, Romney might be willing to write a few checks himself, if McCain is game…)

    - Romney is younger and more telegenic than McCain, as well as a better speaker. This addresses some of McCain’s most glaring weaknesses as a candidate.

    - Romney is not afraid to go on the attack, as McCain himself learned during the Republican primaries. One of the most important assets a running-mate brings to the table is the ability to competently launch attacks on the opposition.

    - Romney is a credible successor to McCain in 2012, when McCain will be 76 and possibly too old/unhealthy to run for re-election.

    - Romney brings executive (corporate, Olympic, and Governor) experience to the ticket, which McCain lacks.

    - Romney’s strong suit is economics, which is precisely McCain’s weak hand.

    - Romney’s rhetoric is largely conservative, but his actual record is fairly moderate. Therefore, moderates and independents are unlikely to be scared off by his addition to the ticket.

    - The Mormon issue will likely be largely moot with Romney occupying the bottom half of the ticket. Southern Baptists and other Christian conservatives aren’t going to vote for a pro-abortion secular feminist like Hillary, or a left-wing former-Muslim and current member of a radical Black Nationalist church like Obama, simply because McCain’s running mate ain’t theologically perfect (in their view).

    McCain-Romney is the ideal Republican ticket this year, in my eyes. Thoughts, comments?

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Being the VP nominee won’t alter Romney’s basic weakness – that he’s an opportunistic fraud.

    Dave

  • REMF

    “or a…former-Muslim…like Obama…”
    - RJ Elliott

    Yeah, and don’t forget the evil likes of Muhammad Ali and Kareem Abdul Jabaar.

  • http://cqpinion.blogspot.com Krutic A

    I agree with the strengths Romney brings to the ticket – He gives McCain a voice on the economy and can be used as an effective attack dog.

    But I dont think McCain particularly likes him to have him around the White House.
    And Romney brings some baggage of his own from his Governor days and the primary season where he appeared to have changed views on a variety of subjects.
    So Romney..although on McCain’s list will most likely not be the choice.

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    Wouldn’t have thought Ali would be one of your icons, REMF. Him being a conchie and all.

  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman

    (1) Being Muslim is not a bad thing.

    (2) Obama was never Muslim.

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    But Matt, don’t you know that if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes true?

    In other news:
    1. Hillary is a lesbian.
    2. All Democrats are socialists.
    3. Everyone living outside the borders of the United States is automatically wrong about everything.
    4. John Kerry spent the entirety of his Vietnam tour of duty hiding behind a giant teddy bear in a Saigon brothel.
    5. Bill Clinton is not only to blame for 9/11, but personally planned the whole thing and actually piloted the plane that crashed into WTC 2, parachuting out at the last moment.

  • Propagandist

    You nailed it Dr Dre!
    Let me help you out with a few more:

    1) Bush personally authorizes torture on every terrorist ever caught.
    2) Dick Cheney is responsible for the high oil prices and is secretly making tons of money off it.
    3) Karl Rove is responsible for everything that goes wrong with the Democrats.
    4) Anyone who remotely questions Obama is a racist.
    5) Bush and his advisors listen in on every American’s phone calls for fun.

  • REMF

    Dr. Dreadful;

    Yes, Ali has been one of my heroes since before he was Ali. And I have no problem with his stance against Vietnam, because he had the balls to publicly denounce our involvement. He stood up for his beliefs, risking imprisonment and losing 3 1/2 years out of the prime of his career, which cost him millions of dollars.

    Whereas people like Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Paul Wolfowitz, Bill Bennett, Rush Limbaugh, Bill Clinton, Dick Armey, Newt Gingrich, Sylvester Stallone, et al, dodged the draft when it was their turn to serve, and then years later became millionaires pretending to be patriots.

    In my book, Muhammad Ali is 10 times the patriot as any of the aforementioned.

    Angelo Dundee has said, “I wish I was as good a Jew as Ali is a Muslim.”

  • REMF

    “or a…former-Muslim…like Obama…”
    - RJ Elliott

    Or like Idrees Bashir, Rasheed Wallace and Nazr Mohammed…

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    #9: Thanks, mate!

    It’s like having my own personal propagandist – oh wait…

    :-D

  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman

    I wouldn’t exactly call Rasheed Wallace a shining beacon of Islamic living.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    “Obama was never Muslim.”

    I dunno about that:

    As a boy in Indonesia, Barack Obama crisscrossed the religious divide. At the local primary school, he prayed in thanks to a Catholic saint. In the neighborhood mosque, he bowed to Allah.

    “To be clear, Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian who attends the United Church of Christ in Chicago,” Gibbs’ Jan. 24 statement said. In a statement to The Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, the campaign offered slightly different wording, saying: “Obama has never been a practicing Muslim.” The statement added that as a child, Obama had spent time in the neighborhood’s Islamic center.

    His former Roman Catholic and Muslim teachers, along with two people who were identified by Obama’s grade-school teacher as childhood friends, say Obama was registered by his family as a Muslim at both of the schools he attended.

    That registration meant that during the third and fourth grades, Obama learned about Islam for two hours each week in religion class.

    The childhood friends say Obama sometimes went to Friday prayers at the local mosque.

    Neighborhood Muslims worshiped in a nearby house, which has since been replaced by a larger mosque. Sometimes, when the muezzin sounded the call to prayer, Lolo and Barry would walk to the makeshift mosque together, Adi said.

    “His mother often went to the church, but Barry was Muslim. He went to the mosque,” Adi said. “I remember him wearing a sarong.”

    So, like, it’s kind of ambiguous, amiright?

  • Clavos

    Does it matter if he IS a Muslim?

    Or a Catholic?

    A Presbyterian?

    Baptist?

    Jew?

    No…

  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman

    (1) It’s ambiguous if you take every bolded conotation to heart, and ignore the rest.

    (2) Why the hell does it matter?

    (3) I once accepted the communion, but I’m not Catholic.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    “don’t you know that if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes true?”

    The MSM and the Left certainly keep that truism in mind when they repeatedly tell us that “Obama has never, ever been a Muslim, in any way, shape, or form, and anyone who even insinuates such a thing is completely making everything up and is just an evil liar who should probably be in prison for a hate crime.” Or words to that effect.

    :-)

  • Anon

    you got it RJ. First they deny he is a muslim or has any connection to it. Then if confronted with evidence, they say ‘oh well..so what? what difference does it make?’
    So my liberal amigos, Him being a one-time muslim per se does not make a difference but his lying and pretending to be something he is not makes a huge difference.
    And that is the difference. Running away from his past doesnt make it go away.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    “Does it matter if he IS a Muslim?”

    I think I’ll let the individual voters decide the correct answer to that question, Clavos. (By the way, I didn’t say he IS a Muslim; I merely cited a recent newspaper article that shows he apparently WAS a Muslim for at least a few years during his youth in Indonesia. I think most people are now well aware that he is not currently a Muslim, but instead a member of a radical, anti-American Black Nationalist cult.)

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    “It’s ambiguous if you take every bolded conotation to heart, and ignore the rest.”

    No, if you read only the bolded parts, he’s clearly a Muslim. If you read the entire thing, it’s ambiguous.

    “Why the hell does it matter?”

    That’s up for individual voters to decide, not you or me or Keith Olbermann.

    “I once accepted the communion, but I’m not Catholic.”

    But it would be correct to say that you once attended a Catholic church and received communion, right? And it would likewise be correct to state that Obama studied Islam and attended mosques in a foreign country for at least a couple of years, while registered as a Muslim, right?

    I think the American people are mature and reasonable enough to look at ALL the facts, and make a responsible decision on Election Day. I don’t think they need certain facts censored, you know, for their own good.

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    RJ, that newspaper article doesn’t say what you obviously dearly wish it said. Catholic school, Fridays at the mosque – in an Islamic country still hung over from colonial days. Seems to me that young Barack was just like any regular kid – trying to fit in.

  • Clavos

    “I think most people are now well aware that he is not currently a Muslim, but instead a member of a radical, anti-American Black Nationalist cult.”

    Really? And you know this because you’ve seen video of Jerry Wright on TV and youtube? Have you seen Obama’s membership card?

    If you think “most people” are “aware” of that, you must think they’re all idiots. That’s called projection.

    Don’t forget that voters in Minnesota elected Keith Ellison. Not everyone worries about a candidate’s religion fortunately, or we never would have had JFK.

    Imagine that; a Papist as president of the US! Who’d a thunk it?

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    “RJ, that newspaper article doesn’t say what you obviously dearly wish it said. Catholic school, Fridays at the mosque – in an Islamic country still hung over from colonial days. Seems to me that young Barack was just like any regular kid – trying to fit in.”

    Cool. You’re entitled to your own interpretation. So is everyone else. That’s what is so awesome about living in a democracy with free speech! :-)

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    “I think most people are now well aware that he is not currently a Muslim, but instead a member of a radical, anti-American Black Nationalist cult.”

    —Really? And you know this because you’ve seen video of Jerry Wright on TV and youtube? Have you seen Obama’s membership card?

    Obama just admitted in an interview tonight that he’s been attending this “church” since at least 1992. Jeremiah Wright married Barack and Michelle. Jeremiah Wright baptized both his daughters. Jeremiah Wright was the inspiration for one of Obama’s books. Jeremiah Wright was, until this evening, an official member of Obama’s campaign. These are all facts.

    —If you think “most people” are “aware” of that, you must think they’re all idiots. That’s called projection.

    It’s been all over the news the last couple days. I would hope that most people try to keep at least somewhat current on election news.

    —Don’t forget that voters in Minnesota elected Keith Ellison. Not everyone worries about a candidate’s religion fortunately, or we never would have had JFK.

    This is true. Voters in a single Congressional district in the blue state of Minnesota elected a former member of Louis Farrakhan’s Nation Of Islam a few years ago. Good for them, amiright?

    —Imagine that; a Papist as president of the US! Who’d a thunk it?

    Did JFK’s Priest hate America and White people? I must have missed that…

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    For those interested in the news:

    Controversial minister leaves Obama campaign

    Obama’s campaign announced that the minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., had left its spiritual advisory committee after videotapes of his sermons again ignited fierce debate in news accounts and political blogs.

    Obama spoke warmly of Wright, who retired last month as pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Wright is a man “I’ve known for 17 years, [who] helped bring me to Jesus, helped bring me to church,” he said.

    “I strongly condemn” Wright’s statements, but “I would not repudiate the man,” Obama said.

    But the sermons, at least one of which was delivered long before Wright retired last month, revived uncomfortable questions about Obama’s ties to the minister, whom conservative critics have accused of advocating black separatism.

    A videotape of one sermon captures Wright using a harsh racial epithet to argue that Clinton could not understand the struggles of African Americans.

    “Barack knows what it means, living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people,” Wright said on Christmas Day of last year. “Hillary can never know that. Hillary ain’t never been called a [N-word]!”

    In another sermon, delivered five days after the 9/11 attacks, Wright seems to imply that the United States had brought the terrorist violence on itself.

    “We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York, and we never batted an eye,” Wright says. “We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is brought right back in our own front yards.”

    In a later sermon, Wright revisits the theme, declaring: “No, no, no, not God bless America — God damn America!”

    Obama: I didn’t hear inflammatory sermons [LOL]

    Obama took the title of his 2006 autobiography, “The Audacity of Hope,” from a sermon by Wright, who baptized him and officiated at his wedding. He has called Wright “a sounding board for me to make sure that I am speaking as truthfully about what I believe as possible.”

    “Mr. Obama obviously would not choose to belong to Mr. Wright’s church and seek his advice unless he agreed with at least some of his views,” Wall Street Journal columnist Ron Kessler, publisher of the conservative Web site NewsMax.com, wrote Friday.

    Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of the Web site of the conservative magazine National Review, wrote Friday that “now we know he’s contributed money to, voluntarily listened to, and publicly defended a cleric who peddles racial warfare.”

    The videotapes of Wright’s sermons have long been available for sale on the church’s Web site …

    Let’s see. Obama has been a member of this church for around 20 years. On the first Sunday after 9/11, his pastor (who Obama clearly has a very close relationship with) used the opportunity to denounce his own country. Some time later, he preached “God Damn America!” to an applauding crowd. Obama claims to have not heard about these “sermons.” That’s interesting.

    But hey – Mitt Romney is unelectable because of his religion!

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    Video of Obama talking about his church

    - Obama has been a member since 1991 or 1992

    - He is a regular attendee “in spurts”

    - He donated frequently

    - He was married at the church, with Wright presiding

    - Both of his daughters were baptized there by Wright

    - Some statements he had heard about before

    - He has known Wright for 20 years

    - He believes Wright is a “well-regarded preacher”

    Nothing to see here! Move along!

  • Arch Conservative

    What are the laws regarding a VP who succeeds a dead president being elected twice themselves?

    Here’s a little hypothetical……..

    Let’s say Mccain picks Romney as his VP and one year into his presidency Mccain finds himself in the oval office with some member of Congress who has dared to cross him. Mccain is in the middle of one of his infamous profanity laced tirades against this person only now he’s the president so he’s twice as angry and twice as crazy……….right in the middle Mccain working himself into a tizzy of f-bombs and “do you know who I ams,” his seventy-two year old heart fails and he drops dead on the floor of the oval office.

    Such a shame…anyway……….Romney becomes commander in chief but does he get to run twice after that which would mean he’d be president for a total of 13 years.

  • Clavos

    RJ,

    If you believe that Obama is “a member of a radical, anti-American Black Nationalist cult,” then don’t vote for him (not that you would have voted for a liberal Democrat anyway).

    The rest of us, being of a more American mindset, will judge the man by his own merits and not pronounce him guilty by association with a nutjob, and will vote accordingly.

    Consequently, you can probably look forward to having a president of your country whom you consider to be “a member of a radical, anti-American Black Nationalist cult.”

    And if you’re right, you can look at this way: The slavers’ chickens are coming home to roost.

    It was bound to happen sooner or later.

    Have fun…

  • REMF

    “So my liberal amigos, Him being a one-time muslim per se does not make a difference but his lying and pretending to be something he is not makes a huge difference. And that is the difference. Running away from his past doesnt make it go away.”
    - Anon

    Anything like when GW Bush lied during the 2000 GOP primary about why he didn’t fly at Dannelly AFB in ’72?

  • REMF

    “I think the American people are mature and reasonable enough to look at ALL the facts, and make a responsible decision on Election Day. I don’t think they need certain facts censored, you know, for their own good.”
    - RJ Elliott

    Similar to GW’s unexplained (censored) absense from the last two years of his Guard obligation…(?)

  • Anon

    Nope nothing like GWB at all. Bush had his dad’s track record of being incredibly pro america (combat, CIA, VP, Pres.). Highly unlike Obama whose track record is imaginary. So I go by the company he keeps..and that leads me to believe that Obama is an America hater at heart (like his wife) – I guess the indoctrination of the radical black cult they call a ‘church’ worked.

    Nice try though – I admire liberals who never give up associating everything with Bush. There was a tornado last night in Atlanta – maybe if you think a little harder you can blame it on Bush. Look forward to that analysis :)

  • Dan

    “The rest of us, being of a more American mindset, will judge the man by his own merits and not pronounce him guilty by association with a nutjob, and will vote accordingly.”

    Yeah, and the rest of *us* will take into acount that the “nutjob” is the admitted “mentor” for Senator Barrick (censored) Obama; the “nutjob” who married he and his wife, baptized their children, accepted thousands to continue his “good works” from the Obamas, and continued in the capacity as “a sounding board for me to make sure that I am speaking as truthfully about what I believe as possible.”

    Until yesterday, when some ugly chickens came home to roost.

    Yeah, we’ll take a look at that and vote accordingly.

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    Arch:

    What are the laws regarding a VP who succeeds a dead president being elected twice themselves?

    I believe he would be eligible to serve two full terms in his own right. If I remember correctly, LBJ won the ’64 election having succeeded JFK after his assassination. He would have run for re-election in ’68 but decided against it as by that time, thanks to the disastrous Vietnam War, he was about as popular as a Klansman at a bar mitzvah.

    Picturesque McCain scenario there. Kudos.

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    Ten years is the max.

    Amendment XXII:

    Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.

  • bliffle

    Guilt by association? Wasn’t that what we got after McCarthy for?

    Who said “you shall know them by their deeds”.

  • REMF

    “Bush had his dad’s track record of being incredibly pro america (combat, CIA, VP, Pres.).”
    - Anon

    So Bush, Sr. was a coked-out Deserter?

  • Anon

    Nope..but Obama is appearing more and more to be a radical black nationalist at heart..and is an admitted pot and cokehead.
    And your desertion propaganda – ask Dan Rather how it turned out for him.

    Oh And last time I checked, Bush isn’t on the ballot in Nov.
    So your twisted logic of ‘hey Bush did it – so can we’ isnt working.
    Its desperate and pathetic.

  • REMF

    “Bush had his dad’s track record of being incredibly pro america (combat, CIA, VP, Pres.).”
    - Anon

    I agree that GW’s “track record…for combat” was successful before he was permanently grounded for missing a mandatory physical – thereby wasting $1 million on his training – since prior to that not once did the Viet Cong attack Houston.

  • Charlie

    Dave, I totally agree with you about Romney (hence my article series about him).

    Look, the two of them are political opportunists, even if McCain isn’t as bad as Romney. The author thinks McCain should be careful not to do too much pandering: too late. He has courted the religious right once again and is not ashamed to be associated with religious nuts like Hagee (who thinks Hurricane Katrina was God’s will and who also bashed Catholics and Jews) and Parsley.

    The MSM has and will likely continue to give McCain a pass on this issue and others – like his admitted lack of economics knowledge, which only very few reporters questioned him about, namely Tim Russert – while they continue to grill Obama about the likes of Jeremiah Wright.

    So yes, McCain is in great position for the general election, not just because the democrats are bickering, but because of his biggest advantage: the media.

    I won’t go into too much detail here, but anytime they grill him, he calls them “jerks” – in a CNN interview with a female reporter, perhaps Dana Bash, for example – or in the case of his interview with Jon Stewart, acts like a jerk himself and insults and question’s the host and audience’s patriotism.

    Having said all that, I respect what the man has done for this country and wouldn’t be too bummed out if he does become president, but he’s not the squeaky clean politician he has tricked the media into thinking he is (and no, I’m not referring to the supposed sex scandal part of the notorious NYT story, but the lobbying part).

    And he is a hot-head who treats reporters like dirt if you even question him: one example is Elisabeth Bumiller of the NYT, who recently tried to point out his double talk about having a conversation with his “friend” John Kerry about being his VP in ’04 before getting constantly interrupted and angry at her. He reportedly denied having such a conversation at the time, but now says everybody knows he did, even though when asked by Bumiller if he recalled the conversation, this supposed “straight talker” wouldn’t give a straight answer!

    And so instead of tough, sustained questioning on all things McCain by much of the leading media, you get softball interviews, like John King of CNN’s recent interview with him, which bloggers (mostly liberals) picked up on. Ok, enough about this. You get the picture now.

  • Arch Conservative

    I for one have no problem if Mccain goes to Romney behind clsoed doors and says “I want you to be my VP because I can’t win without someone like you. We all know that I don’t know shit about the economy so I’ll handle the war and you handle everything else but I get credit for everything.”

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    “The rest of us, being of a more American mindset [LOL], will judge the man by his own merits and not pronounce him guilty by association with a nutjob, and will vote accordingly.”

    So, you admit that Wright is a “nutjob?”

    And so I assume you have no problem with Obama choosing to go to this “nutjob’s” church for 20 years? Or choosing to be married by this “nutjob?” Or having his own daughters baptized by this “nutjob?” Or writing a book that was inspired by this “nutjob?” Or taking this “nutjob” on as an official member of his campaign?

    None of that makes you question, say, his judgment?

    “And if you’re right, you can look at this way: The slavers’ chickens are coming home to roost.”

    That’s interesting, since all the “slavers” are long dead. Also, all the slaves.

    I wonder if you (and all the other Obama apologists) would be shrugging all of this off if it came out that John McCain had been attending a Christian Identity church for 20 years, and that the pastor there had given a “lifetime achievement award” to David Duke. somehow, I think not.

  • Clavos

    “So, you admit that Wright is a “nutjob?”

    Never said he wasn’t, RJ.

    “None of that makes you question, say, his judgment?”

    Nope. Not enough to worry about his being president. I’m not the same person I was 20 years ago, and I don’t hold the same ideas. Most people evolve as they go through life.

    “That’s interesting, since all the “slavers” are long dead. Also, all the slaves.”

    True, but the memories and resentments (i.e. the “chickens”) are still very much alive.

    “I wonder if you (and all the other Obama apologists) would be shrugging all of this off if it came out that John McCain had been attending a Christian Identity church for 20 years, and that the pastor there had given a “lifetime achievement award” to David Duke.”

    Would you?

    I think I’d take the same attitude I’m taking now.

    I was taught not to recognize guilt by association. I try to live up to that.

    And, of course, if you don’t agree, you don’t have to vote for him, RJ.

    I don’t think you were, anyway.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    “Nope. Not enough to worry about his being president. I’m not the same person I was 20 years ago, and I don’t hold the same ideas. Most people evolve as they go through life.”

    But we aren’t talking about 20 years ago. Obama is currently a member of this “church.” And Wright was the head pastor until a couple months ago. Wright’s (known) poisonous comments were all relatively recent, just a few years ago at most.

    “I think I’d take the same attitude I’m taking now.”

    I seriously doubt that. But hey, if you say so.

    “I was taught not to recognize guilt by association. I try to live up to that.”

    Jane Fonda appreciates that.

  • REMF

    “Wright’s (known) poisonous comments were all relatively recent, just a few years ago at most.”
    - RJ Elliott

    I don’t agree with some of Wright’s divisive comments, but since he served his country (Marines ’61-63, Navy ’64-67) instead of staying home during wartime and just writing empty war slogans, he earned the right to voice his opinions.

  • Clavos

    “I seriously doubt that. But hey, if you say so.”

    You have no standing to dispute my inner thoughts.

    “Jane Fonda appreciates that.”

    What I despise Hanoi Jane for was a LOT more than mere “guilt by association.” She actively campaigned for the enemy. That was treason.

  • http://cqpinion.blogspot.com Krutic A

    McCain is in Iraq talking to commanders and looking Presidential while Democrats babble about each other’s tax returns and who is more racist. McCain is at such an advantage it is amazing.
    One can only hope that he will also use this time to sharpen up on the economy like I pointed out in this article.

  • http://cqpinion.blogspot.com Krutic A

    Campaigning for his wife in North Carolina, Clinton said it would be a great thing if we had an election year where, “you had two people who loved this country and were devoted to the interest of this country.” Instead, he said, there’s “all this other stuff.”

    …A retired Air Force general who works for Barack Obama says a statement by Bill Clinton is a disguised insult that sounds like McCarthyism.

    It is amazing – McCain doesnt need do to a thing, the Democrats are doing what the Republicans would do.
    If I were McCain I’d start offering concrete solutions to economic problems facing Americans while the Democrats go back and forth on moronic stuff.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy in Jerusalem

    Let’s see….

    You can vote for a white man with black skin who is hostile to Jews living in Judea and Samaria; or

    You can vote for a woman with the reputation for being a lesbian who is hostile to Jews living in Judea and Samaria; or

    You can vote for an old man who has advisors who are hostile to Jews living in Judea and Samaria.

    Wow, that is some choice, ain’t it?

    For my money, all these crapheads, Oybama, Billary and McCain, can go in the same trash bag, and be dumped into the same garbage dumpster….

    Ruvy in the the mountains of Samaria – “always giving you the real choices…..”

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    Speaking of Jane Fonda