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McCAIN'T
Author: BobR    Date: 05/30/2008 12:07:17

It's a tough year to be a Republican. After being run out of office on a rail in 2006, they've had a of couple years to lick their wounds, regroup, and hit this year's election in full stride. However, that takes a certain amount of leadership and pride in self, and they have neither. With Bush hanging around their necks like an albatross, their Next Great White Hope for leadership and salvation would be their presidential candidate. Sorry folks - McCain't gonna happen.

Take a look at the GOP's website. Where's all the content extolling the virtues of their annointed leader? It's conspicuously absent, instead replaced with smear after smear of Obama - the presumed Democratic nominee. They've got nothing and they know it.

They're getting no help from the usual suspects in the press. Even Rupert Murdoch thinks that the Democrats will win by a landslide.
News Corp Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch on Wednesday predicted a Democratic landslide in the U.S. presidential election against a gloomy economic backdrop over the next 18 months.

Murdoch has yet to endorse a U.S. presidential candidate but considers Barack Obama very promising, the media magnate said in an interview by two Wall Street Journal reporters at an annual conference for high-tech industry insiders.

....

Murdoch said Obama and John McCain, the expected nominee of the Republican Party, both have a lot of problems, but McCain will be hurt by his party and his close ties to Washington. Race will be an issue for Obama, who would be the first black U.S. president, but "it looks like he overcomes that, overcomes that totally."

It doesn't help when the wife of a well-liked Republican senator donates money to Obama's campaign:
Sens. John McCain and Chuck Hagel have long been friends. Fellow Republicans and Vietnam War veterans, their Senate offices are just across the hall from each other.

But at least during the presidential primary, Hagel's wife, Lilibet, is helping McCain's likely Democratic rival, Barack Obama.

According to Federal Election Commission records, Mrs. Hagel donated twice to Obama's campaign in February for a total contribution of $500. The contributions were first reported by the Washington Post

Tom Coburn (R-OK) said that they deserve to lose:
Distraught by congressional spending, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said that Republicans have lost their courage to clamp down on waste and deserve to lose seats this year.

"Those people who are fiscally conservative, Republican or not, we don't have many years left that we better fix this, and we better be about it now," said Coburn on CNN Headline News Wednesday. "So [it's about] holding the Republicans accountable. And we're going lose some seats. There's no question about it. We deserve to."

McCain's trying, he really is. Despite his pro-war stance in Iraq, he's even gone so far as to seek out support from Arab-Americans. He has special graphics on his site to show that he cares:

http://store.johnmccain.com/v/vspfiles/photos/BSR2216-2T.jpg


:thud:


There's just one problem - He fears being associated with them:
Not long ago, the John McCain campaign dropped a prominent Arab-American businessman from its Michigan state finance committee because of allegations that the man was an “agent” of Hezbollah. The charges, made by a right-wing blogger, were unsubstantiated, but fears of being associated with Arab terror caused Republican knees to jerk, and cost Ali Jawad his position. All politics, even national politics, is local, and Jawad’s abrupt dismissal may cost McCain many votes among Southeastern Michigan’s large Arab-American community. But more important, Arab-Americans across the country are looking for changes in domestic and international policy that McCain seems unwilling to pledge — and they are concentrated in swing states that he will need to win this fall. Does John McCain have a problem with Arab-American voters?

Recent polls show a tight race between either Democrat and McCain in Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio, all states where Arab-Americans account for an appreciable percentage of the vote. Such polls have limited utility with November so many months away, but that it will be a close election in those key states seems clear. In a tight election, the votes of a well-placed minority — Arab-American votes — can be crucial.

There's still 5 months to go, he can still turn it around, right? All he needs is a solid platform and bold ideas, like:


With Bob Barr getting the nod for the Libertarian party, the future does not look so bright for the GOP. With McCain at the helm, it'll become the Grumpy Old man Party, sitting on the porch in its underwear on a ratty old lawn chair drinking warm watery beer and talking about the old glory days.

A GOP win in November? The GOP regaining congressional seats?

McCain't likely.

258 comments (Latest Comment: 05/31/2008 05:25:54 by Raine)
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Comment by BobR on 05/30/2008 12:30:21
Shower, cereal, and so long until I get to work.



While I'm thinking about it - Livin', I am lovin' the late night music theatre! You ARE the DJ...

Comment by m-hadley on 05/30/2008 12:39:14
Great Post BobR,

Just a minor correction - it is Tom Coburn not James (I think you were melding the twin evil senators from Oklahoma James Inhofe and Tom Coburn - which is easy to do ) Anyway, I found out yesterday that my boss has prostate cancer - really threw me for a loop. In spite of my b*tching about my job, I really do like what I do, and more than that I like who I work with. My boss is a great guy and I hope he can beat this awful disease. That's what's on my mind this Friday morning. Oh, and BTB, I bought the Hustler yesterday with Momma's interview in it - it's the first time I've ever looked at one of those kinds of magazines and all I can say is ha cha cha, va va voom, oh dear, and my my. I haven't yet looked at the four hour DVD that came with the magazine. I'm saving that for the weekend

TGIF everybody!

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by Shane-O on 05/30/2008 12:49:53
McCain't gunna happen - I love it!

Comment by Random on 05/30/2008 13:05:03


Comment by velveeta jones on 05/30/2008 13:07:26
Morning all.



*sigh*



Another crane fell in NYC this morning.



:kickcan:

Comment by Raine on 05/30/2008 13:11:00
:clap: Momma being featured !

Comment by Raine on 05/30/2008 13:12:38
VJ, I am watchign the video on the tv Mosheen. Pretty bad accident.



Good morning everyone...

Comment by Scoopster on 05/30/2008 13:12:47
Actually, there was a James "Jim" Coburn who was a politician from New Hampshire..



Then there's also James Coburn, the actor. :p

Comment by Raine on 05/30/2008 13:13:42
I have always liked Carol Costello. I remember when she used to do the REALLY early morning show on CNN... When I say early, I mean the 4 am to 6 am show... :yawn:

Comment by Scoopster on 05/30/2008 13:14:08
:O Momma's in Hustler!



(Yah I know.. not that kinda "in Hustler" - a boy can dream!)

Comment by velveeta jones on 05/30/2008 13:14:41
Great post Bobber! I'm going to go back and check the links.



I'm slow getting started this morning.





Hey, speaking of Arab "fear" - ya'll probably mentioned this already, but in case ya missed it: Rachael Ray, she of the cooking show, had her Dunkin' Donuts ad axed, because of her................. scarf!



Dunkin Donuts has pulled a commercial featuring pitchwoman Rachael Ray wearing a scarf because Michelle Malkin and other conservative observers thought the scarf looked too much like a keffiyeh, what Malkin describes as "the traditional scarf of Arab men that has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad."




:rolleyes:

Comment by velveeta jones on 05/30/2008 13:17:43
Raine, the crane fell on a 'Duane Reade'. For those that haven't been to NYC, its a very busy drug store chain that people often stop in to on the way to work.



No inspectors were present.

Comment by Shane-O on 05/30/2008 13:20:17
Quote by Raine:

:clap: Momma being featured !


For those who may have missed it:







Comment by Raine on 05/30/2008 13:26:16
Quote by velveeta jones:

Raine, the crane fell on a 'Duane Reade'. For those that haven't been to NYC, its a very busy drug store chain that people often stop in to on the way to work.



No inspectors were present.


Oh dear. I was kinda hoping that was just a lobby of an apartment building

Comment by Random on 05/30/2008 13:26:32
Quote by Shane-O:

Quote by Raine:

:clap: Momma being featured !


For those who may have missed it:







They played Jim's Bit. HA

Comment by shelaghc on 05/30/2008 13:27:18
'allo

ltnb

Comment by Raine on 05/30/2008 13:27:37
Was Billo this angry when they swiftboated John Kerry in '04?



I mean it is so sweet and thoughtful of Billo to care so much... but really....

Comment by Raine on 05/30/2008 13:28:43
Quote by Scoopster:

:O Momma's in Hustler!



(Yah I know.. not that kinda "in Hustler" - a boy can dream!)


somebody got his august issue...

Comment by Scoopster on 05/30/2008 13:28:57
Ouch.. here's hoping no one was in that building when the crane fell.. :(

Comment by Raine on 05/30/2008 13:30:04
Quote by shelaghc:

'allo

ltnb
HEya stranger! how was your weekend?



Comment by Raine on 05/30/2008 13:32:19
Comment by Raine on 05/30/2008 13:34:18
Mondo!

Comment by m-hadley on 05/30/2008 13:34:19
Quote by velveeta jones:

Great post Bobber! I'm going to go back and check the links.



I'm slow getting started this morning.





Hey, speaking of Arab "fear" - ya'll probably mentioned this already, but in case ya missed it: Rachael Ray, she of the cooking show, had her Dunkin' Donuts ad axed, because of her................. scarf!



Dunkin Donuts has pulled a commercial featuring pitchwoman Rachael Ray wearing a scarf because Michelle Malkin and other conservative observers thought the scarf looked too much like a keffiyeh, what Malkin describes as "the traditional scarf of Arab men that has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad."




:rolleyes:




Velveeta,

They were talking about this story on NPR last night - explaining how everybody (including US soldiers) in the middle east wears them - they have no religious significance at all, but are very practical at keeping sand and dust out of people's mouths, eyes, and face in general. I used to wear one til it just plum wore out. So ridiculous Hope you are well today.

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by livingonli on 05/30/2008 13:34:38
MOndo!

Comment by m-hadley on 05/30/2008 13:34:49
Mondo on Momma :clap:

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by MNRN on 05/30/2008 13:37:12
morning....bloggie nurse on the 1030 shift. and all the hurt kids got taken care of before my call last nite. w00t!

Comment by Raine on 05/30/2008 13:38:27
Bush Administration in talks with Libya over lockerbie settlement!



This is rather stunning. Libya already settled and now the adminsitration is working WITH them to change what they agreed to? Oh yeah. Libya has oil. So the victims I suspect can expect to have the settlement reduced.



F*ckers.

Comment by livingonli on 05/30/2008 13:41:45
Good morning everyone.



Here on the Island there doesn't seem to be any place that sells Hustler. Did the morality police chase them all away and it's not like I have time to go into Manhattan.



We'll head them off at the pass.

Head them off at the pass? I hate that cliche!


Comment by Raine on 05/30/2008 13:42:11
That DD ad wasn't even ON the TV mosheen?!?!?



:thud:

Comment by livingonli on 05/30/2008 13:42:25
Welcome back Shelagh and a good morning to MN. Hope you have an easy day in the salt mine.

Comment by MNRN on 05/30/2008 13:42:31






:thud: read the comments afterwards.....

Comment by Scoopster on 05/30/2008 13:43:00
You know Dunkin Donuts would not have pulled that ad if they weren't recently bought out by Carlyle Group and Bain Capital..



Fuckin' fearmongering corporate asshats....... :grumble:

Comment by MNRN on 05/30/2008 13:43:25
Quote by Raine:

That DD ad wasn't even ON the TV mosheen?!?!?



:thud:






yep its was a web ad.....really.





Comment by m-hadley on 05/30/2008 13:43:57
Quote by livingonli:

Good morning everyone.



Here on the Island there doesn't seem to be any place that sells Hustler. Did the morality police chase them all away and it's not like I have time to go into Manhattan.



We'll head them off at the pass.

Head them off at the pass? I hate that cliche!


Hey Liv,

I'll send you mine when I'm done and promise it won't be sticky - off to the penalty box I go

Cheers,

mfaye :D

Comment by Raine on 05/30/2008 13:44:02
:rofl: Chris hates people on the food network!

Comment by MNRN on 05/30/2008 13:44:38
dang, I missed Mondo....too busy making peanut butter toaste for the preskooler, who loves peanut butter toaste and a lazy morning with her mom...:wub:

Comment by Raine on 05/30/2008 13:46:06
Quote by MNRN:







:thud: read the comments afterwards.....
Holy carp!



Comment by MNRN on 05/30/2008 13:46:28
Quote by Raine:

:rofl: Chris hates people on the food network!


I also dislike Giada. I don't trust a skinny chef with a starstudded family tree.



Now I do loves me some Rachel....she and I agree on favorite places in Santa Fe, so she's got taste

Comment by Shane-O on 05/30/2008 13:47:26
I'm with Chris on Giada and Rachel Ray - bleck! Although, Jim is correct that Giada just might be delish!

Comment by Raine on 05/30/2008 13:47:43
Quote by m-hadley:

Quote by livingonli:

Good morning everyone.



Here on the Island there doesn't seem to be any place that sells Hustler. Did the morality police chase them all away and it's not like I have time to go into Manhattan.



We'll head them off at the pass.

Head them off at the pass? I hate that cliche!


Hey Liv,

I'll send you mine when I'm done and promise it won't be sticky - off to the penalty box I go

Cheers,

mfaye :D
Now that sounds loverly! tosses Faye a squeeze bottle of Raintini's that is a five minute foul, there missy!



:D



Comment by livingonli on 05/30/2008 13:48:08
Quote by MNRN:







:thud: read the comments afterwards.....


But I thought we were bringing freedom to these people and were not crusaders.

Comment by MNRN on 05/30/2008 13:48:22
okay, shower time.....brb

Comment by Raine on 05/30/2008 13:49:34
Quote by Scoopster:

You know Dunkin Donuts would not have pulled that ad if they weren't recently bought out by Carlyle Group and Bain Capital..



Fuckin' fearmongering corporate asshats....... :grumble:




Comment by Shane-O on 05/30/2008 13:50:54
So I guess Paisley Park is a terrorist training camp?

Comment by Raine on 05/30/2008 13:51:18
Quote by MNRN:

Quote by Raine:

:rofl: Chris hates people on the food network!


I also dislike Giada. I don't trust a skinny chef with a starstudded family tree.



Now I do loves me some Rachel....she and I agree on favorite places in Santa Fe, so she's got taste
I like her recipes. I don't hate her. But she DOES have good taste in food.



Comment by clintster on 05/30/2008 13:52:43
The road now goes through South Dakota?



Recalculating...

Comment by livingonli on 05/30/2008 13:53:01
I know some people at work who don't like Rachel Ray because they think her perkiness is phony and an act.

Comment by Raine on 05/30/2008 13:53:33
Quote by Shane-O:

So I guess Paisley Park is a terrorist training camp?
you can get there by driving a little Red Corvette.



Comment by clintster on 05/30/2008 13:55:22
Quote by Raine:

Quote by Shane-O:

So I guess Paisley Park is a terrorist training camp?
you can get there by driving a little Red Corvette.





Just don't drive in the Purple Rain.