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Posted February 13, 2008 6:41 PM
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by Mark Silva

Earlier today, the Swamp noted that Mark McKinnon, a senior campaign adviser to both President Bush and Sen. John McCain of Arizona, had said some time ago that he could not serve McCain if Sen. Barack Obama became the Democratic presidential nominee.

And now this evening, the Republican consultant is reaffirming his stance that he will have to step out of his advisor's role for the campaign if Obama wins the Democratic nomination. He explained his aversion to campaigning against Obama in an interview aired by National Public Radio, where Michele Norris interviewed him for All Things Considered:

"You told Cox Newspapers last summer – and you repeated this in a new Texas Monthly interview published soon – that you would, quote,' not work in the general election' if Barack Obama is the opponent. Why?'' Norris asked.

"That’s referring to a confidential communication that I had with the McCain campaign when I came abroad, and I don’t really want to say much more than that, except to say that under any circumstances, depending on who the nominee is, I will be supporting 100 percent John McCain,'' McKinnon said.

"But I just want to clarify... that you wouldn’t work in the general election, you’d be supporting him on the sidelines?'' Norris asked.

'I will be supporting from the sidelines,'' McKinnon said.

"Why... sit this out if you have such strong feelings for John McCain, if Barack Obama is the opponent. What is it you’re concerned about?'' he was asked.

"I met Barack Obama, I read his book, I like him a great deal,'' McKinnon said. "I disagree with him on very fundamental issues. But I think, as I said, I think it would a great race for the country, and I would simply be uncomfortable being in a campaign that would be inevitably attacking Barack Obama. I think it would be uncomfortable for me, and I think it would be bad for the McCain campaign.''

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Very interesting...How does one read between those lines? Taken at face value, it speaks highly of Obama. But whatever attack dog they recruit, they'll have to be very creative in how they penetrate Obama's seemingly teflon...


Sensible decision. If McCain's planning to run an old-style attack campaign, better to stay out of it. It's about being on the wrong side of history.


WOW!! I am (unusually) speechless!!!!

This is an unbelievable statement and speaks volumes for this man's integrity. I'm lovin' it!


OBAMA for President!


John McMaverick was against waterboarding before he was for it.

McCain was against Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy, before he was for them.

McCain missed 65% of the votes in the Senate this past year (2007) and only Tim Johnson missed more votes....he was recovering from brain aneurysm.

These are just some of McCain's flip-flops, I see one of the first Dem campaign commercials taking shape...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioy90nF2anI


Obama is not likely to get the nomination.

I think Rush is right, the clinton machine will lead the "Super People" of the Democratic party ...The party of the people where some people are more equal than other people.

Anyway these super people will tell the regular people "Now that you voted shut up and we will tell you what you were supposed to say."

Hillary gets the nomination... Simple- done deal.

Cool huh



Obama's and the Right wing fringe lunatic's (Paulites) worst nightmare:

McCain/Clinton v Obama/TBD

Moderate tradition v Brave New Horizons...


Its plausible folks



The eyes of this country are upon you !!! Please vote with careful consideration.

When you vote, don’t believe the Clinton campaign when it asserts that Barack Obama is not qualified to lead this country. Obama’s great background exceeds Hillary’s qualifications. Here are a few highlights from Barack Obama’s resume…

He graduated in the top 1% of his class at Harvard Law School with a major in Constitutional Law, and was elected President of the Harvard Law Review - a great honor.

Hillary graduated in the middle of her class and flunked her law exam TWICE (this is true, check it out !!)

Obama could have gotten a high paying prestigious job, but opted to work as a community organizer in the poor sections of Chicago helping blacks, hispanics and others to gain a political voice and get ahead.

Obama then worked for years as a Civil Rights lawyer representing a wide range of clients.

He also worked as a Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago.

For her ENTIRE CAREER in Arkansas, Hillary worked as a CORPORATE LAWYER representing large companies in lawsuits against them.

Hillary then became First Lady when Bill won the election, and for 8 years the one “real” project she headed was Health Care Reform, in which she failed miserably.

Barack Obama served as State Senator of Illinois for 8 years, and he has been U.S. Senator for ther last 3 years. He has a total of 11 years in ELECTED PUBLIC OFFICE.

Hillary has a total of 6 years in ELECTED PUBLIC OFFICE.

You be the judge. Who’s background is more relevant ??


The eyes of this country are upon you !!! Please vote with careful consideration.

When you vote, don’t believe the Clinton campaign when it asserts that Barack Obama is not qualified to lead this country. Obama’s great background exceeds Hillary’s qualifications. Here are a few highlights from Barack Obama’s resume…

He graduated in the top 1% of his class at Harvard Law School with a major in Constitutional Law, and was elected President of the Harvard Law Review - a great honor.

Hillary graduated in the middle of her class and flunked her law exam TWICE (this is true, check it out !!)

Obama could have gotten a high paying prestigious job, but opted to work as a community organizer in the poor sections of Chicago helping blacks, hispanics and others to gain a political voice and get ahead.

Obama then worked for years as a Civil Rights lawyer representing a wide range of clients.

He also worked as a Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago.

For her ENTIRE CAREER in Arkansas, Hillary worked as a CORPORATE LAWYER representing large companies in lawsuits against them.

Hillary then became First Lady when Bill won the election, and for 8 years the one “real” project she headed was Health Care Reform, in which she failed miserably.

Barack Obama served as State Senator of Illinois for 8 years, and he has been U.S. Senator for ther last 3 years. He has a total of 11 years in ELECTED PUBLIC OFFICE.

Hillary has a total of 6 years in ELECTED PUBLIC OFFICE.

You be the judge. Who’s background is more relevant ??


I do not buy this. I think the Dems are being set up by a very cynical, very clever Republican party.
Why hasn't the media examined this possibility:
1. Republicans voting for Sen. Obama in primaries to purposly skew things twice--make the dems spend all that money on a candidate the Republicans who put him on the Democratic ticket never planned to vote for anyway. If you factor out 'allowed crossover primaries' and 'politically correct' caucuses--does Sen. Obama have enough to win the nod?
Without the super delegates, or with? Or should that be considered.
I am upset at the lack of debates, though--that really bugs me.


You be the judge. Who’s background is more relevant ??

Posted by: Maxy Samy | February 13, 2008 9:03 PM

You ask a great question and I think anyone can see that neither of these two backgrounds are what is needed in this dangerous world we live.


You ask a great question and I think anyone can see that neither of these two backgrounds are what is needed in this dangerous world we live.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 13, 2008 9:13 PM


This coming from a Wingnut who doesn't have the courage to use a post name.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/newscorpse/2241930031/


IF NEITHER CANDIDATE IS QUALIFIED TO YOU, JUST WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO YOU THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE...SOMEONE TO INVADE OTHER COUNTRIES AND PUT US SO FAR IN DEBT THAT WE WILL NEVER, EVER SEE THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL? WHO'S GOING TO PAY FOR THE WAR THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE SO FERVENTLY BEHIND??? AND AFTER ARRESTING THOSE CHINESE SPIES YESTERDAY, IT SEEMS OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA ISN'T EXACTLY "HUNKY-DORY"!!! SO WHO'S GOING TO PAY FOR IT??? It sounds like the US THESE DAYS COULDN'T BUY A MOSQUITO A WRESTLING JACKET!!!


So much for republican loyalty. Even moderates are jumping ship.


Realisticdem, you say "I do not buy this. I think the Dems are being set up by a very cynical, very clever Republican party." I am sorry but I do not believe the Republicans are that clever or Machiavellian. They would have had to coordinate this plan with all Republicans in this country, like my next door neighbor, who told me at lunch today that for the first time in his life he plans to vote for a Democrat, Obama. I just don't see it. McKinnon simply recognizes in Obama a person of character, integrity, strength, and charisma who is about to change the course of history. Even though he disagrees with him on fundamental issues, he cannot bring himself to besmirch such a man.


McKinnon: "I would simply be uncomfortable being in a campaign that would be inevitably attacking Barack Obama."

Sounds like someone expects John McCain to get in touch with his inner Karl Rove. In fact I get the feeling the Straight Talk Express is about to turn into the Swift Boat Express.

I can't wait to hear McCain's media fan club explain how gutsy and courageous his attack ads are.


This didn't seem to bother you in 2000

""I think Rush is right, the clinton machine will lead the "Super People" of the Democratic party ...The party of the people where some people are more equal than other people.

Anyway these super people will tell the regular people "Now that you voted shut up and we will tell you what you were supposed to say."


If Obama is the nominee it won't last. McCain will crush Barack with the simple fact: Obama has NEVER been to Iraq, so how could Obama lead us out of the middle east SAFELY? Obama stands no chance against a war hero and veteran like McCain. McCain will not have to attack much, as there is not much substance to Obama and it will come out once the hype has died down.


Maxy - you have listed all the highlights of Obama's career? One simple question, what did he do of any signigicance in the US Sentate? Is there any Obama bill? He was 'present' in IL, same in US. Don't fall for the smooth talk. Used car salesmen can also talk well.


To CJ (and other ditto heads) and Rush.

Hillary is going to lose. You will continue to be wrong. Again and again and again you are wrong, and yet you never seem to be able to figure out that you are wrong. Paste your comment on your wall and stare at it when Obama beats Hillary. Stare at it when you predict McCain will beat Obama, and stare at it when you predict Obama will be the worst president we ever have after he has beaten McCain handily. Keep staring at it as you make stupid prediction after stupid prediction that doesn't come true.


I recall a session on TV where the reporter asked a room full of people to name one Obama accomplshment. Not one person could come up with an accomplishment for Obama. This even though a majority of the people were Obama supporters. The guy is a sham with "light-headed" ideas. Pick Obama and you will drive a nail into this great nation. We will move towards class based politics and lurch towards socialism. Foreign leaders will have their way with him. This is really a fearful time for the USA. I hope people get a grip and see Obama for what he really is like. A man who voted present a majority of the time while in the Illinois House instead of taking a stand. A man who can't take a stand has no plan.


How do you spell 'antichrist' Osma...oops.. Obama


Makes me wonder, why Obama won't debate. He gets nice soft balls from CNN, so whats the problem?


If George W. was the worst president in US history, do you think Obama will be the best? Because that's how things balance out in the universe.


Why was the above comment posted by Anonymous allowed, when the 'Post A Comment' notation clearly states: "Anonymous comments will not be posted."?


Maxy Samy, you sound like one of those spam e-mails that you get in your in-box that people immediately discredit because it is balderdash and better entertained by your trashcan.

I am an ardent Hillary hater but even I can't buy your mischaracterizations of her.


John E: I hated McCain's caving on tax cuts--not the way to keep independents--but he's been consistent on not using torture, in the face of boos from the crowd. No need to make up poor positions; I'm certain he'll provide some.

Realisticdem: possibly because Hillary Clinton has been featured in every threat about the horror of democratic rule for the past 16 years, and we think Rush would faint with glee if she were offered up? As an independent, I'm amazed the Dems are considering it. And we had 18 debates. I loved debate in high school, but when they ask about likeability and limit answers to 15 seconds, I don't take them seriously.


Barack Obama as the son of an immigrant father who left his family when he was two years old has overcome incredible odds. He is a man of obvious intellect and integrity. A fresh breeze to do away with the sixteen years of stank in the White House we have suffered through. Yes the Clinton years were better than the Bush ones but should we be proud of Bill? He left and the democrats lost the House of Representatives, the Senate and of course the White House. Not so great a legacy verdad?

Vote for Obama and our country will be viewed with respect again around the world and we will use our treasure for good like education, health care, and Americas infrastructure.

We are spilling blood daily and spending our hard owned cash in massive amounts for a war that should never have been fought. I am a Cuban American U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, my grandfather fought in WW1 and my son fought in Iraq. Barack Obama has it right that our enemies were right were we needed them in Afghanistan and we let them get away and now they are getting stronger regardless of what George W. And his surge b.s. tell you. Guns vs butter plain and simple. We need to vote for change before we are totally broke both financially and morally.

From a mixed racial background to President of the Harvard law review, to community organizer, to U.S. Senator, to President of the United States. This story is the American Dream in real life. Latinos vote for someone of mixed race born to a teen mother who took this start and made all of us immigrant children proud. SI SE PUEDE CON BARACK OBAMA SI SE PUEDE!! YES WE CAN INDEED!!

These are my opinions and I am sticking to them!

RAUL DEJESUS PEDRAZA A Latino who got on the bandwagon way early.


To realisticdem: Why do lack of debates bother you? What do debates prove anyway? That you can come up with some cool sound bite on the spot to retort what your opponent is saying?

No. The reason why Clinton and Clinton supporters want more debates (once a week) is to save on costs, because public debates are free publicity. Hilary is claiming that Barack wants to avoid the people of America. That's a lie. Campaigning and giving speeches gives you up close contact with at the local grassroots level, MUCH more effective than a public debate. Sure, the reach will be greater in a public debate, but most Americans don't vote for people's performances on public debates. If they did, they wouldn't have voted in George W. Bush in 2004, based on his STUPID debates against John Kerry. No, grassroots campaigning and speeches at local rallies are the true measure of gauging the public and expanding the party base. That's the strength that Obama has over Clinton.

To Maxy Samy: who's background is more relevant? The candidate whose background involved less corporate funding and lobbyist ties. The candidate whose background isn't a huge target for Republican attacks. Clinton is the ideal candidate that Republicans want as the Democratic nominee, because they know she has huge baggage from her husband's Presidency. It's unfair for Hilary, but that's politics and there's nothing you can do about it. Would Dems really risk winning the election in '08? Man, the '08 election was supposed to be in the bag for the Democrats based on the idiocy of the Bush Administration.

In my opinion, experience means very little in politics if your morals and ethics aren't in the right place. Nixon may have had great credentials and experience, but he still screwed up his Presidency.

I wonder why people are so open to attacking Obama when Bill Clinton became President in the same way. Clinton didn't have much experience, yet everyone said to overlook that. Why can't the same ring true with Obama?


To realisticdem: Why do lack of debates bother you? What do debates prove anyway? That you can come up with some cool sound bite on the spot to retort what your opponent is saying?

No. The reason why Clinton and Clinton supporters want more debates (once a week) is to save on costs, because public debates are free publicity. Hilary is claiming that Barack wants to avoid the people of America. That's a lie. Campaigning and giving speeches gives you up close contact with people at the local grassroots level, MUCH more effective than a public debate. Sure, the reach will be greater in a public debate, but most Americans don't vote for peoples' performances on public debates. If they did, they wouldn't have voted for George W. Bush in 2004, based on his STUPID debates against John Kerry. No, grassroots campaigning and speeches at local rallies are the true measure of engaging the public and expanding the party base. That's the strength that Obama has over Clinton.

To Maxy Samy: who's background is more relevant? The candidate whose background involved less corporate funding and lobbyist ties. The candidate whose background isn't a huge target for Republican attacks. Clinton is the ideal candidate that Republicans want as the Democratic nominee, because they know she has huge baggage from her husband's Presidency and because she's divisive. It's unfair for Hilary, but that's politics and there's nothing you can do about it. Would Democrats really risk winning the election in '08? Man, the '08 election was supposed to be in the bag for the Democrats based on the idiocy of the Bush Administration.

In my opinion, experience means very little in politics if your morals and ethics aren't in the right place. Nixon may have had great credentials and experience, but he still screwed up his Presidency.

I wonder why people are so open to attacking Obama when Bill Clinton became President in the same way. Clinton didn't have much experience, yet everyone said to overlook that. Why can't the same ring true with Obama?


I'm gobsmacked.

realisticdem, if you are truly upset by your perceived lack(!) of debates, there have been twenty-two (22) democratic onesso far, and surely you can get your fill of full transcripts and videos here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_presidential_debates%2C_2008

Are you certain you don't suffer from short-term memory loss?


You ask a great question and I think anyone can see that neither of these two backgrounds are what is needed in this dangerous world we live.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 13, 2008 9:13 PM

Anonymous is correct. Unfortunately, the sort of people who DO have the experience he's seeking (heads of organized crime families and heads of gangs) are wanted by the government for other reasons.


SOMETHING IS FISHY. I'm a big Obama-fan, but I think McKinnon has some skeletons in the closet that would hurt McCain. There's probably a tape somewhere with him dropping the 'N' word. Just a theory. Although I don't know why he wouldn't just resign quietly. I'm probably wrong, but it's still intriguing.


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Mark McKinnon would make an excellent Veep... for Obama.


There is no way that goopers voted en masse for Obama, and it's silly to consider it

And either Obama or Clinton would hands down beat any GOP candidate; Huckabee who believes the earth is 6000 years old and McCain who doesn't seem to own a map or have a clue about geopolitical stuff and flip flops on EVERY ISSUE presented him.

What we don't need is another lying, secretive, corrupt administration who wants to give every penny in the US Treasury (that's your and my tax dollars) to his friends for their mercenary service or making military related stuff that is equal to the quality of what China sends us.

ANYONE else for president!


"Maxy - you have listed all the highlights of Obama's career? One simple question, what did he do of any signigicance in the US Sentate? Is there any Obama bill? He was 'present' in IL, same in US. Don't fall for the smooth talk. Used car salesmen can also talk well."

Barack voted on over 4000 bills, and voted present for only 100. That is 3% where he voted present. Don't believe the Clinton negative machine..

And he has authored various bill in the US senate..


Keep your fingers crossed for the eventual Obama nom! U of CHI MOM, the caps lock key is to the far left of the keyboard. Use it, please.


Not one person could come up with an accomplishment for Obama.

Posted by: John | February 13, 2008 11:14 PM

John McCain has been in the Senate 5 times longer than Obama has. Name 5 accomplishments McCain has achieved without looking it up....Can't name five...okay name 3 accomplishments without looking it up....We're waiting....


the Clinton campaign claims that Hilary has over 30 years of government experience. Too bad that includes 8 years as the first lady of Arkansas AND 8 years as the First Lady. What were here experiences? More than likely it was mostly reading books to elementary school kids.

Bringing up up flip flopping, how is it fair to judge someone solely on if they change their voting decisions? With more information, it shows that some politicians are SO stubborn that they can't see changes need to be made. You wouldn't be complaining about Socialist Edwards, who voted for No Child Left Behind and entering the War, before "flip-flopping"......Maybe He just realized somethings aren't right


Laziness WILL BE the demise of this country.

Laziness was the reason for authorization of the Iraq War. Not READING the National Intelligence Report has caused this country a great disservice. Not READING before signing.

Laziness is the cause for this country to slip into near “recession”. WAGING this current war and continued allowance of ill-prepared soldiers without post support is inhuman. Not READING before signing.

Laziness has destroyed the infrastructure of this country’s economy. The coined phrase—“Trying to save a quarter” has crippled areas like the levies in New Orleans, improper screening of imports at ALL ports of this country, the readiness of OUR National Guard in protection of natural disasters, the resources to adequately suppress annual fires and floods, properly securing our northern and southern borders, etc. Not READING before signing.

Laziness has caused an injustice to this country with the on-going arbitrary of “eavesdropping” on the citizens of this country. Not READING before signing.

Laziness has demolished the educational system of this country. Placing EDUCATION at the current level of priority in this country has jeopardized researches, preventions, competitions, and basic livelihood of citizens in this country. Not READING before signing.

Laziness has blindfolded the importance of energy and OUR environment. NOT investing in renewable fuels has been and WILL BE a grave mistake. READING and NOT signing.

Laziness has eliminated quality, AFFORDABLE, and portable health coverage for ALL citizens of this sophisticated country. Not READING before signing.

Laziness has WEAKENED the retirement savings of this country. Management has been progressively poor. Protecting OUR seniors has depleted. Not READING before signing.

Laziness has portrayed the civil right enforcements, employment discrimination, hate crime statutes, deceptive voting practices, racial profiling, reducing crimes, sentencing disparities, expanding use of drug courts, etc. as an understatement of OUR core security. Not READING before signing.

Laziness has handily caused UNNECESSARY barriers for OUR disabled citizens. Not READING before signing. Even recently, the first Stimulus Package “inadvertently” left out SENIORS and disabled citizens. Not READING before signing.

Laziness has jeopardized the rural economic development of this country. Farmers FEED this country. Not READING before signing.

Laziness has ignored poverty, weakened families, decreased the supply of affordable housing, and decreased access to jobs in this country of “opportunity”. Not READING before signing.

LAZINESS will destroy this country if WE allow this mindset to continue.

Which candidate portrays this LAZINESS?

And YOU ask--why would McKinnon make such a statement!!!!


Obama will win the nomination, you can count on it. And he will beat McCain handily. Count on that too.

It's about to feel great to be an American again.


It's interesting to me that by nominating an African-American the issue of race is REMOVED from the campaign. In previous years the Repubs used buzzwords to mask their basic racism and kept their base in line by driving the wedge between races. With Obama as the candidate, they don't dare even hint that race is a factor and thy will be forced to stick to real issues like the economy, the huge deficit they've rung up, and the war. They will not be able to use the Karl Rove personal attack as a strategy anymore. Plus there is no way they can hide the fact that McCain is OLD!


Just another primary reason to pull the upset and vote for Huckabee so he can make the greatest comeback in GOP primary history. Obama is no different than Hillary on the issues. They're both pro-abortion (baby killing), pro-so-called homosexual marriage, pro-big government tax and spend socialist liberals.
Read my blog on how Lincoln did it and how Huckabee can win at the convention too: http://boldevangelical.blogtownhall.com/default.aspx
We are not going to surrender to McCain and his social liberal masquerading as a moderate ilk!
Not one inch not one vote.
Not the nomination! It ain't over until somebody gets 1191 delegates!


Campaign Math 101: November - Obama = McCain


Let's see, Obama is running on saying he did not vote for the war in Iraq! Obama couldn't vote, he wasn't a US Senator when the vote was taken!

Obama told Tim Russert if he was a US Senator, he doesn't know how he'd of voted, not being privy to Senate information and White House deals! So then maybe he should shut up!

Obama is running on Clintons Economic plan, as noted by every Economist! So Obama's team has changed from stealing from the poor to run his camapaign to stealing from his opponents!

Obama doesn't take from Lobbyists! Not directly but does through bundled money, so much for transparency, it is done Chicago politics style!

Obama claims to barely know Rezko! Till he has been caught even by the FBI's informant who logged Obama visiting Rezko many times in 2005 and 2006!

Obama claims experience! Well true, he has lowered levels of politics down to Chicago style "deep dish" dirty politics!


@chuck Cambell

Lol, adorable...I think the majority of citizens in the US are done with religious leaders that deny reality, science and rationality. But good luck with that. I'd be funny to watch a man who believes the Earth is 6000 years old try to explain how he's capable of leading the country out of this mess. L 2 distinguish insanity from reality.


This guy should be fired - any questions about his allegance and ability to deliver mean he's history.


Chuck, chuck, chuck. pro-abortion, huh? i didnt know that is the new phrase. i thought it was pro-choice. you like choice right? the choice of education. the choice of gun ownership. it is a nice thing. pro-choice people follow the right wing ideal of less government. i am not going to ask you to change your view. but please be a little more mature and say the correct thing.

i pray that clinton is not elected. why? simple. 24 years of rule under two families. the only thing worse then capitalism is a monarchy.

go Obama!!!!


Energy dependence on the middle east is fueling the war on terrorism from both sides. 1.8 trillion barrels of oil are locked in our coal and shale, technology from the 1940s exists to extract it, this is 3 times more oil than the middle east. All three candidates want to sign on to kyoto, and halt green house emmissions, the two democrats expect energy independence by 2030 or 2050, by conservation (higher taxes on oil), wind and solar power. McCain states he is for clean coal, nuclear, solar,conservation and wind; where was he on this for the last thirty years? Where is the energy policy which will sustain our economy and undermine the terrorists?


obviously you don't think the questions I asked about energy are too relavent, which is why all these candidates are not going to solve the most central issue of the campaign, which is us staying independent of the rest of the world. I explained what the solutions are, but the lack of resolve, the lack of discussion on the topic is what is allowing these candidates not to define themselves on this issue. If we are not energy independent, we support the Saudis, whose people are supporting terrorism.The options are Democrats who promise independence in 50 years through austerity, or republicans who haven't done anything to get us there in the passed 40 years that they have controlled the presidency, you don't care, you don't discuss it, so why should it change?


Neither Clinton or Obama are very qualified for being President. Obama has better education and Clinton has a few years of more experience in the US Senate. Clinton has been around experience and that is not like HAVING experience.

Bottom line is what would Clinton or Obama do as President ... both are far left wing socialists who have no clue how the economy works.

While Obama seems like a great guy and gives a great speech, it doesn't mean he should run the free world at a time when we face so many risks. It also means his policies of high taxes on those who produce jobs and economic growth would produce unemployement and economic slowdown.

McCain is not that much better but he does understand the world we live in.

I hope McCain will show the differences between him and Obama or Clinton ....


To Me: You got all this right. All you Obama fans should read the questions he has answered on his IVI IPO 1996 Questionnaire. He is a cheater, and a liar.


The contrast between the two alone will be entertaining! The fresh, good-looking 46 yr-old against the 72 yr old, Grandpa Munster??!!


Maybe because he knew that John McCain would vote against a ban on waterboarding.

While our inspirational leader Obama would vote, "not present".

Can't you see the leadership difference?


HE's an OBOMICAN!!!!!!!!!!

It all makes sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Frankly this year's GOP and
Democrat Candidates,Senator
John McCain,and empty suit
Barack Hussein Obams and
Hillary Clinton leave cold
and totally turned me off
on both the Republican and
Democrat Parties,if these
three losers are the best
our two major political
parties have to offer,then
the US is desperately in
need of a new third major
political party and real
leaders not losers like
McCain,Obama and Clinton.


McCain and Obama will run decent campaigns. It is the 529's and PAC money that does the dirty work. These two have vastly different visions of the role of government in our lives. Old vs. New, Experience vs. Hope??, Hope they don't attack us, Hope they don't stab me in the back when I embrace our enemies, Hope the socialized medicine plan works, Hope raising taxes over and over won't kill our economy, Hope I can actually come up with a way to pay for all the things I promised I will pay for.


Get a grip.


Looks like the double-talk express went off the tracks yet again.


McCain is going to benefit from the unspoken fear and hypocrisy of the American electorate.

Those who voted for Hillary or Obama in the primary did so because it only had impact on who would be the eventual nominee.

When it comes time to cast a vote that really counts, most voters are not going to be so bold as to effect change of the magnitude that a woman or black man being elected to the highest office in the land and the most powerful position in the world. In the end, they will vote for familiarity, the white guy.

That certainly isn't how it should be, but that is the way things are. We are not nearly as progressive as we would like to think we are and have others believe us to be.


McCain is going to benefit from the unspoken fear and hypocrisy of the American electorate.

Those who voted for Hillary or Obama in the primary did so because it only had impact on who would be the eventual nominee.

When it comes time to cast a vote that really counts, most voters are not going to be so bold as to effect change of the magnitude that a woman or black man being elected to the highest office in the land and the most powerful position in the world. In the end, they will vote for familiarity, the white guy.

That certainly isn't how it should be, but that is the way things are. We are not nearly as progressive as we would like to think we are and have others believe us to be.


Looks like McIraq's people want to run an Obama-like above the fray campaign. But the old guy signed his soul to the devil in the GOP.

So did you catch the NAACP Awards tonight? Stevie Wonder’s speech in support of both Barack and Hillary? An amazing moment I hope Crooks and Liars will post.

Oh yeah, Stevie didn’t mention the absolute phonies on the other side.


read Mr Mck's words. His
100% endorsement is "dependent on the nominee." What if the nominee is B?


Can someone please explain to me how race has been OFF the table during Obama's candidacy? It seems that race has been the elephant in the room. What has Obama done? What unique policies does he stand for? What great experience does he bring to the table? What does he bring except the fact that he's an intelligent, charismatic, articulate, acceptable (see: not an explicit race-baiting) BLACK man?

Almost nobody I know who supports Obama does so for what I would call concrete reasons. They say things like, "He'll shake things up," or, "He'll change the way politics works," or, "He'll begin a new era in America," to explain their support for him. All that's great, but it all comes down "I don't know why I support this man. He just seems like a good guy." Obama's candidacy is almost entirely about his background, and has almost nothing to do with his actual beliefs, positions, or substance. Far from being about the issues, his candidacy is, in fact, all about race.

McKinnon, in all likelihood, doesn't want to be involved in attacks on Obama for one reason: Obama is black. Obama gets a pass on tough questions basically for one reason: he's black. Anyone who criticizes him risks being tarred as a racist. How McCain can run a normal presidential campaign -- you know, a hard-nosed affair where exchanges get heated and words fly -- against a candidate whose race basically renders him immune from substantive criticism is beyond me. (Although I guess it would be return karma for the way he indiscriminately labeled opponents of his immigration bill "racists", "bigots", or "xenophobes".) Maybe it's also beyond McKinnon. Perhaps that's the reason why he quit.


IF OBAMA IS NOT READY HILLARY IS NOT READY
GEORGE BUSH HAS NEVER BE READY HE SERVED FOR 8YRS.
MC (CAIN) I'M NOT MY BROTHERS KEEPER IS NOT READY
WHO IS READY
LET GET BUBBA BACK LOL LOL HE HAW
THE ONLY THING TO STOP OBAMA IS HIS skin (COLOR)SHAME ON AMERICA, SHE IS NOT AS GREAT AS WE PROMOTE HER TO BE THROUGH OUT THE WORLD.


@ Fablito: My questions to you: Why should race be ON the table? And I’m not clear why a candidate’s race “…basically renders him immune from substantive criticism”? Why would “substantive criticism” be tied to a candidate’s race? Shouldn’t the so-called “substantive criticism” be based on the candidate’s positions on the issues and/or his/her plans for moving the country forward? Are you saying that the only way to substantively criticize a candidate is to somehow involve race? How in any discussion about the issues that face America and the possible solutions would a candidate’s race EVER be relevant? Explain yourself.



I would like to know what has happened to Mrs. Obama - is she banned from being beside her husband in his race?


McCain won't need McKinnon. If Obama is given the nomination, as his camp is attempting anything to get Hillary out, it won't take many intelligent women, both Democrat and Republican, to give McCain the edge and win. Obama's inexperience will shine brightly and Democratic leadership such as Pelosi, Kerry and Kennedy are DEAD WRONG. Pelosi's ragging disenfranchisement of voters' speech pretty much can claim responsibility. Never thought I would hear that in the United States? Ladies, its 1812 all over again. The governing politicians of the time gave a "black man" the vote before a "black or white woman" so its time for the GLASS HOUSE to be broken for good. We shall pack up the kids and march in the streets as they did in the early 1900's. Pelosi walking down the hall today on TV with Rice said it all! Washington does not speak for us. Women's suffrage time through 2012. I'm hearing it in every state so time to organize.


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