John McCain has been exploiting his prisoner of war experience every chance he gets. He has used this story to justify everything from not knowing how many homes he has to his healthcare plan to his marital infidelities to his taste in music. The McCain campaign is even using his POW story in paid ads. But now a veteran who was a prisoner with McCain in Vietnam is explaining loud and clear that being a POW does not qualify McCain to lead our country.
Dr. Phillip Butler knew McCain as a fellow POW. Watch and listen!
We are sure this video will draw an onslaught of right-wing attacks, but we bring it to you because it is our job to continue to convey the truth together and give these issues national attention. As Dr. Butler has said, McCain does not have the temperament to have his finger near the red button. Get this video to everyone you know—friends, family members, coworkers, and especially those who don't share your political views. The video is designed to reach them. Get it on your social networking sites like Digg. And get it to every blog, newspaper, and TV station that has ever overplayed McCain's POW story. It is time to fight back with truth!
The mainstream press has already begun to call out McCain for overusing his POW story. And it's cut across all political persuasions. * "Whether he's deflecting criticism over his health-care plan or mocking a tribute to the Woodstock music festival, Senator John McCain has a trump card: the Hanoi Hilton. — Edwin Chen, Bloomberg * "Noun, Verb, POW" — Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic Monthly * "The McCain campaign's constant invocation of the candidate's POW past is weird bordering on irrational..." — Ana Marie Cox, TIME * "I think they are going to it way too many times." — Howard Fineman, Newsweek
Remember how Joe Biden got the press to refer to Rudy Giuliani as "A noun, a verb, and 9/11"? Well, let's actually take Andrew Sullivan's lead here and get the media to boil McCain down to a similar phrase: "A noun, a verb, and POW." Considering how often the McCain campaign invokes his POW story, isn't that what they're already doing?
Hillary Clinton's advisers tell the New York Times she will increase her campaigning for the Obama/Biden ticket. One reason: McCain's choice of Sarah Palin and Palin's co-opting of her campaign theme.
Mrs. Clinton’s friends said she was galled that Ms. Palin might try to capitalize on a movement that Mrs. Clinton, of New York, built among women in the primaries....Guy Cecil, the former political director of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, said it was “insulting” for Republicans to compare Ms. Palin to Mrs. Clinton.
Hillary's advisers have no problem making the inexperience argument against Palin: [More...]
Mr. Cecil said he believed that the McCain-Palin ticket might initially intrigue some Clinton supporters, but that they would ultimately choose Mr. Obama.
“It is insulting to compare Hillary’s lifetime of service and her commitment to progressive causes with that of a novice, right-wing governor,” Mr. Cecil said.
Good for Cecil. I think the Dems need to take off the kid gloves and go after Palin with all that they've got on her record and her lack of a record, as well her position on issues. Palin has zero national experience and 60 days on the campaign trail isn't enough time for Americans to have confidence that she's learned how the country runs, let alone how to run it....(Click here for remainder of post).
Posted by Bret M-C at 8:51 AM
By Chris Cillizza
UPDATE, 6:18 pm: In reaction to Rick Davis' comments about the election not being about issues, Barack Obama campaign manager David Plouffe released the following statement: "We appreciate Senator McCain's campaign manager finally admitting that his campaign is not in fact about the issues the American people care about, which is exactly the kind of cynical old politics people are ready to change."
Rick Davis, campaign manager for John McCain's presidential bid, insisted that the presidential race will be decided more over personalities than issues during an interview with Post editors this morning.
"This election is not about issues," said Davis. "This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates."
Davis added that issues will no doubt play a major role in the decisions undecided voters will make but that they won't ultimately be conclusive. He added that the campaign has "ultimate faith" in the idea that the more voters get to know McCain and Barack Obama, the better the Republican nominee will do.
Davis generally dismissed the controversies surrounding McCain's vice presidential pick -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- as a media creation but did acknowledge that her acceptance speech, which seems likely to come tomorrow, is critically important to defining who she is to the American public....(Click here for remainder of post).
Posted by Bret M-C at 8:48 AM
"Likely Damaging" Report on Governor Scheduled for Release Days Before November Election
By BRIAN ROSS and LEN TEPPER
Sept. 2, 2008
Is the McCain campaign afraid of an 'October surprise' involving vice-presidential pick Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska?
The Alaska state senator running an investigation of Gov. Palin says the McCain campaign is using stall tactics to prevent him from releasing his final report by Oct. 31, four days before the November election.
"It's likely to be damaging to the Governor's administration," said Senator Hollis French, a Democrat, appointed the project manager for a bi-partisan State Senate Legislative Counsel Committee investigation of claims that Palin abused her office to get the Alaska public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, fired.
Palin, who has denied any wrongdoing and has said she has nothing to hide, hired private lawyers on Saturday, the day after Sen. McCain announced her as his running mate.
"Until then, the Governor used state lawyers and everything was fine," said Sen. French.
"That's wrong," said a spokesperson for the McCain campaign, Brian Rogers....(Click here for remainder of article).
For those who don't know her, Amy Goodman is one of the most respected and regarded journalists in the nation. This is where we've devolved to? We're now certifiably a police state.
Posted by Bret M-C at 8:34 AM
Yes, this is the same Ted Stevens that won his primary for re-election last week. Aparently being a corupt bozo is not enough for Alaskan Republicans to kick your ass out!
By MATT APUZZO
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - FBI agents taped more than 100 phone conversations involving Sen. Ted Stevens as part of their public corruption investigation, Stevens' attorneys said today.
The FBI's trove of secretly recorded conversations has already been the highlight of trials in Alaska, but the size of its collection against Stevens has until now been unclear. The sometimes-graphic conversations between hard-drinking oil contractors and corrupt Alaska politicians helped the Justice Department send three state politicians to prison.
The calls involving Stevens could be played in court this month when the Senate's longest-serving Republican stands trial on charges of lying about hundreds of thousands of dollars in home renovations and other gifts he received from an oil contractor.
The FBI did not tap Stevens' phone but did tap several phones belonging to contractors in the case. Out of 2,800 intercepted phone conversations, Stevens was recorded 105 times, his attorneys wrote in court documents.
Though Stevens is not charged with bribery, prosecutors want jurors to hear about a close relationship with Stevens and Veco founder Bill Allen. They want to portray Allen as an influence-buyer with a direct line into Stevens' office. Phone conversations between the two men could help that case....(Click here for remainder of article).
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So it seems Sarah Palin did EVERYTHING wrong once she learned her amniotic fluid was leaking during the pregnancy of her fifth child. That child, of course, had already been diagnosed with Down Syndrome and she knew it. So I don’t believe the story is that she hid the pregnancy of her teen-aged daughter. Instead, it is my opinion she tried her best to abort the handicapped child she was going to have. But only in a way she could claim was God’s decision for her child.
Sarah Palin’s special needs child would weigh her and her career ambitions down like an anchor. We already see that’s true because of the many women questioning her choice of politics over her children and family. Should she be running for VP of a party that believes woman’s role is a home-maker, and mother? Should she, or any other mother, be running for a public office - especially a mother of a special needs child?
So what might a “smart” woman in her situation do to minimize her family obligations? Well, aborting a special-needs child that will take time, money, time, effort, time and effort would be something she could do. Certainly, ignoring that child for one’s own personal ambitions might become an issue for the “FAMILY values” party.
But, of course, as the new governor of her state and a political pro-life advocate she couldn’t consider aborting the mentally-disabled child. Word might get out now or later in her political career. She couldn’t chance it. Obviously hoping that she’d miscarry the burdensome child long before she delivered; Sarah Palin never told her close personal staff she was pregnant. Finally, at seven months, when her hopes she’d lose the baby to natural causes evaporated, she told everyone.
At 36 weeks into her pregnancy (a point at which the baby was still considered premature but viable) Palin’s amniotic fluid began leaking during a conference in Texas. Since I’m not a doctor I went to the WebMD site to see if this was really a problem or not. What the site says is: “Call your health professional now or go to your hospital’s labor and delivery unit immediately if you…Have a sudden release of fluid from your vagina. It is possible to mistake a leak of amniotic fluid for a problem with bladder control.” Apparently after delivering 4 other children Palin didn’t know her leaking of amniotic fluid meant anything - REALLY?...(Click here for remainder of post).