Campbell Brown Skewers McCain Spokesperson

I love this. Go Campbell! Force them to explain their empty talking points. And the word is that John McCain has cancelled his interview with CNN as punishment for Campbell acting like a real journalist and asking tough questions.

John McCain is an Ass Man

McCain Wasn’t Tortured by Bush’s Definition

Andrew Sullivan points out that by Bush/Cheyney’s definition of torture, John McCain was not officially tortured in Vietnam. Hrm…

From Sullivan:

No war crimes were committed against McCain. And the techniques used are, according to the president, tools to extract accurate information. And so the false confessions that McCain was forced to make were, according to the logic of the Bush administration, as accurate as the “intelligence” we have procured from “interrogating” terror suspects. Feel safer?…

…Now the kicker: in the Military Commissions Act, McCain acquiesced to the use of these techniques against terror suspects by the CIA. And so the tortured became the enabler of torture. Someone somewhere cried out in pain for the same reasons McCain once did. And McCain let it continue.

Obama and McCain Define “Rich” Differently

McCain says that the “rich” (i.e., people who should be in the upper tax bracket) are people who make $5M or more per year. Obama claims the number is closer to $250,000 per year. This isn’t surprising given their very different backgrounds. It also suggests to me that McCain is richer than rich and has no concept of how poor off most of America is.

McCain the Elitist Real Estate Multi-Millionaire

The new video from Brave New Films. Watch it and share it with your friends.

McCain’s Homes:
Phoenix $4.6 million
Coronado, CA $2.1 million
Sedona, AZ $1.9 million
Coronado, CA $2.7 million
La Jolla, CA $1 million
Arlington, VA $847,000

Does McCain’s “The One” Ad Have a Hidden Message?

Some think so. I reached out to the progressive Christians I know, and they did not know much about this. They don’t believe in Messianic and/or Evangelical teachings. I’d be fascinated to know more about this.

A snippet:

…this ad was not done by some campaign volunteer with a bit of editing experience for (as McCain suggests) his supporters amusement. This was a professionally cut, edited, and produced ad full of sinister dog-whistles for evangelical ears.

At best it is suggesting supporters of Obama are idol-worshipers. At its worst it is suggesting that Sen. Obama is some kind of anti-Christ.

The McCain campaign is unquestionably targeting the 44 million+ Americans who have read the Left Behind series. The makers of the ad chose all of Obama‚Äôs quotes very carefully and filled it with image after image equating Senator Obama to the anti-Christ, and especially to Nicolae Carpathia, the anti-Christ in the popular end times novels….
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The Adultery Double Standard: McCain vs. Edwards

This is really amazing to watch. Hannity just keeps repeating his talking point, “five and a half years of being tortured…,” while Colmes tries to point out the hypocrisy. Basically it’s this: the Right says Edwards can never be trusted on anything else, ever, because he cheated on his wife. But John McCain also admitted to cheating on his wife. So, shouldn’t we also not trust John McCain on anything else? Of course the Right has a conniption fit trying to backpedal off that topic.

The simple answer is this: If you’re going to attack Edwards over this like you did Clinton, you’d better play fair and attack McCain too. I still think this Right wing attack on Edwards is an attempt to destroy his chances of holding any sort of political appointment in the Obama administration.

John McCain Forgets

Wow.

As DailyKos puts it:

Given that McCain has been using the situation in Georgia to pretend he’s the president (speaking of presumptuous), it’s not surprising that he wants to present this as the biggest crisis ever. And he’s right, assuming you forget the Gulf War, and Somalia, and the Rwandan Genocide, and the earlier war in Georgia, and the breakup of Yugoslavia and all the wars that spawned, and 9/11, and Afghanistan, and Iraq and North Korean nuclear testing, and the war in Lebanon, and Darfur — then this is the first serious international crisis since the end of the Cold War.

New Obama Ad Hits McCain on Economics

Scarlet Letters: McCain vs. Edwards

Americablog ponders why the MSM seems to be far more concerned with Edwards’ affair than with McCain’s. My guess is that Edwards is pretty to look at and therefore easy to imagine having sex. John McCain, not so much.

McCain Flip-Flops on Running a Respectful Campaign

Who’s the Elitist?

The Right (and before that, the Clinton camp) have been trying to portray Obama as an elitist who is out of touch with the middle class. McCain’s campaign manager Rick Davis said this recently:

Only celebrities like Barack Obama go to the gym three times a day, demand “MET-RX chocolate roasted-peanut protein bars and bottles of a hard-to-find organic brew — Black Forest Berry Honest Tea” and worry about the price of arugula.

But, if McCain is such an average Joe, why is he wearing $500 Ferragamo shoes? Not that I think which shoes you wear affects how you govern a country. Instead, I would caution the well-dressed multi-millionaire McCain from casting elitist stones.

10 McCain Gaffes

And McCain is complaining about media bias in favor of Obama. Hypocritical much?

Check out all 10 Gaffes that the media overlooked here.

1. McCain unambiguously called Social Security “an absolute disgrace.”
2. McCain’s top economic policy adviser calls Americans a bunch of “whiners” for being worried about the slumping economy.
3. Iraqi leaders call for a timetable for U.S. withdrawal, McCain gets caught in a bizarre denial and flip flop.

Not to mention the favorable editing that Katie Couric afforded John McCain yesterday. Watch it here:

Vanity Fair’s Response to The New Yorker

Be sure to note the contents of the fireplace…
I love it!

McCain’s Rovian Political Slurs

Is it any coincidence that the accusations of Obama flip-flopping and moving to the center have increased about the same time that McCain brought Rove’s protege’s on board? I think not.

I guess if it worked in 2004 they think it’s worth a shot again in 2008.

Lame.