John McCain

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John McCain is a Republican senator from Arizona. He officially announced his candidacy for president (2008 election) on 2007-04-25, but lost to Barack Obama.

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  • 2008-10-30 [Talk|Index] tax breaks for big oil § “The McCain campaign saw ExxonMobil's record-breaking profits as grounds to go after Obama for supporting tax breaks for Big Oil.”
  • 2008-10-27 [Talk|Index] Dozens Of Call Center Workers Walk Off Job In Protest Rather Than Read McCain Script Attacking Obama § “Some three dozen workers at a telemarketing call center in Indiana walked off the job rather than read an incendiary McCain campaign script attacking Barack Obama, according to two workers at the center and one of their parents.”
  • 2008-10-26 [Talk|Index] Republican fears of historic Obama landslide unleash civil war for the future of the party § “Senior Republicans believe that John McCain is doomed to a landslide defeat which will hand Barack Obama more political power than any president in a generation.”
  • 2008-10-26 [Talk|Index] McCain guarantees victory § “Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he can “guarantee” a win on Nov. 4 in a squeaker victory that won’t be clear until late that night.”
  • 2008-10-25 [Talk|Index] Happy Hour Discurso § Fractiousness in the McCain campaign, corruption in Palin's Alaska governorship, those darned Icelandic terrorists, and Bush's last-ditch efforts to shave the voter rolls
  • 2008-10-24 [Talk|Index] Reagan Appointee and (Recent) McCain Adviser Charles Fried Supports Obama § “Charles Fried, a professor at Harvard Law School ... one of the most important conservative thinkers in the United States ... announced that he has voted for Obama-Biden by absentee ballot.”
  • 2008-09-02 [Talk|Index] And Then There Was One § “With his choice of Sarah Palin ..., John McCain has completed his makeover from the greenest Republican to run for president to just another representative of big oil.”
  • 2008-07-10 [Talk|Index] The Week That Should Have Ended McCain's Presidential Hopes § “During this past week: McCain called the most important entitlement program in the U.S. a disgrace, ...,released an economic plan that no one thought was serious, ...flip flopped on Iraq, joked about the deaths of Iranian citizens, and denied making comments that he clearly made -- TWICE. Yet watching and reading the mainstream press you would think McCain was having a pretty decent political week...”
  • 2008-07-09 [Talk|Index] McCain: Don't Get All Grammary on Me! § [2]Includes video clip where McCain says: "Americans have got to understand that. Americans have got to understand that we are paying present-day retirees with the taxes paid by young workers in America today. And that's a disgrace. It's an absolute disgrace and it's got to be fixed." Article says, after quoting others trying to clarify McCain's remarks: “In other words, there's no question that John McCain thinks that the problem with Social Security is the way it was designed at the very beginning, the way it was always designed to work. Sometimes he just uses more flowery language than others.”
  • 2008-07-02 [Talk|Index] Don't attack the patriotism of our patriots § [2]“But John Aravosis, who blogs on, has a different take. In a posting Sunday, he accused McCain of disloyalty because at one point, his captors tortured him into reading a propaganda statement.” This is a ridiculous charge, and Pitts is right to attack it – but does this relate to what Wes Clark said about McCain? Or is it sheer coincidence that Pitts chose to write on this topic?
  • 2008-06-18 [Talk|Index] John McCain's Chilling Project for America § [2]“John McCain has long been a major player in a radical militaristic group driven by an ideology of global expansionism and dominance attained through perpetual, pre-emptive, unilateral, multiple wars. The credo of this group is "the end justifies the means," and the end of establishing the United States as the world's sole superpower justifies, in its estimation, anything from military control over the information on the internet to the use of genocidal biological weapons. Over its two terms, the George W. Bush administration has planted the seeds for this geopolitical master plan, and now appears to be counting on the McCain administration, if one comes to power, to nurture it.”
  • 2008-06-17 [Talk|Index] That List Of "Democrats And Indys" Backing McCain? It's A Bit Of A Sham. § [2]“This is a fun one. A few days ago, the McCain campaign proudly released a list of "prominent Democrats and Independents" supporting his candidacy. The idea was to appeal to disgruntled Hillary supporters and others by sending a message that it's okay to be a Dem and not support Barack Obama. .. But there's only one problem: The list is a bit of a sham. A look at some of these "Democrats and independents" shows that it's a stretch to tout their support for the Republican as anything at all unusual.”
  • 2008-06-15 [Talk|Index] Williams Calls Hume and Kristol "Out Of Touch" For Saying McCain's Tax Plan Will Help Working Americans § “Earlier this week, the non-partisan Tax Policy Center released a paper showing that Sen. Barack Obama's (D-IL) tax plan "offers three times the break for middle class families" than the proposals of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), which "would steer the bulk of the benefits to the wealthiest families." On Fox News Sunday this morning, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol called the report "good for McCain"...”
  • 2008-06-15 [Talk|Index] Obama Seen Beating McCain in Web War § [2]“A record-breaking 46 percent of Americans have used the Internet to get political news and share their thoughts about the campaign this year, according to a survey released today by the Pew Research Center. .. And while Sen. John McCain may have been the first major presidential candidate to harness the power of the Internet for fundraising in 2000, the survey finds Sen. Barack Obama is winning the online political war in 2008.”;
  • 2008-06-15 [Talk|Index] McCain tries to play Dems for fools (again) § [2]“In other words, in attempting to divide Democrats, McCain has decided to try blatant deception, and hope Clinton supporters don’t know the difference. There’s no reason on earth to think this will work. Plenty of Clinton supporters are disappointed and resentful, but they’re not crazy. .. On judges, McCain thinks voting to confirm Ginsburg and Breyer is evidence of moderation. That’s absurd. Breyer was confirmed with an 87-vote majority. For that matter, 96 senators voted to confirm Ginsburg. Voting with the majority was hardly a bold act of courage for McCain. .. Indeed, even pointing to these two votes is a classic red herring. The question isn’t whether McCain voted to confirm qualified judges nominated by a Democratic president, the question is what McCain will do to the judiciary if he’s the president. We already know the answer to that question — because McCain has told us over and over again of his deeply-held desire to make the courts even more conservative than they are now.”
  • 2008-06-13 [Talk|Index] McCain: Guantanamo Ruling One of the "Worst Decisions" in History § [2]“The presumptive GOP nominee said the decision, a 5-4 ruling Thursday that determined Guantanamo detainees have the right to seek release in civilian courts, would lead to a wave of frivolous challenges. .. "We are now going to have the courts flooded with so-called ... habeas corpus suits against the government, whether it be about the diet, whether it be about the reading material. And we are going to be bollixed up in a way that is terribly unfortunate because we need to go ahead and adjudicate these cases," he said at a town hall meeting in New Jersey.” So much for McCain being anti-torture.
  • 2008-06-08 [Talk|Index] Senator Graham: McCain's Policies Would "Absolutely" Be An Extension Of Bush's § [2]“Senator John McCain has aggressively tried to distance himself from Bush in an effort to avoid being tagged by Democrats as running for Bush's third term. However, as Think Progress notes, McCain's chief surrogate, Senator Lindsey Graham, did not adhere to that message during his appearance on ABC's This Week, with George Stephanopoulos. .. Stephanopoulos asked Sen. Graham if McCain's tax and healthcare policies are essentially "an extension or maybe an enhancement of the Bush policies." Sen. Graham answered, "Yeah, absolutely."”
  • 2008-06-06 [Talk|Index] The value of experience § [2]“For those who think Obama, out of inexperience, might do something dangerous, I have only this to ask: more dangerous than refusing to engage diplomatically with countries we don't like, instead threatening and bombing them? More dangerous than digging in our heels and continuing to pour money and lives into the pit that is Iraq? More dangerous than continuing George Bush's bankrupting tax cuts and appointing more far-right judges who will roll back the civil rights gains of the last sixty years?”
  • 2008-05-23 [Talk|Index] It's Two-for-One-Day in the Rejecting Rabid Reverends Department § [2]“For months, John McCain has faced questions about his associations with radical religious televangelists like John Hagee and Rod Parsley. And for months, McCain refused to disassociate himself from the extremists, even going so far as to defend the hate-filled rhetoric. McCain said Hagee had been “taken out of context”) and repeatedly say he was “honored” and “glad” to have their support. .. Yesterday, after the latest revelations that Hagee believed Hitler was fulfilling God’s will, McCain gave up.” As with Obama's pastor Jeremiah Wright, these guys are in some ways just echoing what many people believe. Their conclusions are perhaps more outrageous, but not clearly on a different order of magnitude. If this leads to a trend against religious endorsement of presidential candidates, though, that would certainly be a good thing.
  • 2008-05-21 [Talk|Index] McCain Backer Hagee Said Hitler Was Fulfilling God's Will § [2]“John Hagee, the controversial evangelical leader and endorser of Sen. John McCain, argued in a late 1990s sermon that the Nazis had operated on God's behalf to chase the Jews from Europe and shepherd them to Palestine. According to the Reverend, Adolph Hitler was a "hunter," sent by God, who was tasked with expediting God's will of having the Jews re-establish a state of Israel.”
  • 2008-05-19 [Talk|Index] Not a Happy Party § [2]“On Saturday, the main day of the conference, spokespeople carefully read detailed scripts that told them every rehearsed word to say -- even jokes were written down. There was no spontaneity or the usual laughter that comes with it. Those backing John McCain or Ron Paul for president were divided, but it was immediately clear that the party leaders planned to dismiss the estimated one-fifth of the participants rooting for Paul. Signs on every doorway entrance promoted McCain. Party leaders and the governor focused on McCain. No Paul supporter was given time to speak -- even 2 minutes -- to educate members about Paul’s platform. There was a paranoia by party leaders about controlling Paul supporters and anyone else who might be a “dissident.””
  • 2008-05-18 [Talk|Index] I knew JFK, says Gore Vidal, and believe me Obama's the better leader § Gore Vidal says he believes JFK “was "one of our worst presidents"; Bobby, his brother, was "a phoney, a little Torquemada"; and their father, Joseph, was "a crook – should have been in jail".
  • 2008-05-14 [Talk|Index] McCain on climate change: Bush league § [2]2=“71% of the electorate thinks the globe is warming and of these, human activity is blamed over natural environmental cycles by more than two to one (Pew study). The difference is even greater among young people. So as campaign pandering this scores high. Why pandering? Because it's all campaign talk, not reality. McCain is George Bush redux. In the 2000 campaign George Bush also said climate change was an issue and redcing CO2 emissions the remedy. Then he blithely reversed his campaign pledge after he was "elected." Given the number of McCain's other flip flops, we can plausibly expect the same from John McSame.”
  • 2008-05-11 [Talk|Index] Three Names Shock Me... § A substantial list of economists sign a statement supporting McCain's economic policy, but it is revealed that they are nowhere near the majority in their profession.
  • 2008-03-31 [Talk|Index] Mac in Meridian: The Speech Lefties Will Love to Hate § [2](with introductory comments by Mary Katharine Ham): “Now, there are still policy preferences and a hundred Basras, Gitmos, and McCain-Feingolds about which to argue, from the Right and Left, but the Left pokes fun at McCain's family legacy at its own peril. It is a story with which most Americans connect, and with which they associate their own fathers and grandfathers, mothers and grandmothers. And, come election time, looking insufficiently appreciative of the Greatest Generation and those it inspired is not a good move, which is why we can likely count on parts of the far Left blogosphere to keep doing it.”
  • 2008-03-16 [Talk|Index] McCain: America Established as a Christian Nation § [2](video) “Last fall, John McCain said that he wanted a Christian to be president because he felt that the Christian faith was a better guide than other faiths. He also said that his faith was an important part of his qualification to lead, adding that the United States Constitution established America as a Christian nation.”
  • 2008-03-14 [Talk|Index] John McCain Supports Barack Obama on Reverend Wright Issue § [2](video) “During an interview, John McCain expressed his understanding of and appreciation for Barack Obama as some seek to attack him over controversial comments his pastor has made.”
  • 2008-03-10 [Talk|Index] GOP Pork, Imperiled By McCain § [2]by Robert Novak: “The congressional Republican establishment, with its charade of pretending to crack down on budget earmarks while in fact preserving its addiction to pork, faces embarrassment this week when the Democratic-designed budget is brought to the Senate floor. The GOP's presumptive presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, is an uncompromising pork buster with no use for the evasions by Republican addicts on Capitol Hill.”
  • 2008-02-21 [Talk|Index] For McCain, Self-Confidence on Ethics Poses Its Own Risk § [2]“Early in Senator John McCain’s first run for the White House eight years ago, waves of anxiety swept through his small circle of advisers. .. A female lobbyist had been turning up with him at fund-raisers, visiting his offices and accompanying him on a client’s corporate jet. Convinced the relationship had become romantic, some of his top advisers intervened to protect the candidate from himself — instructing staff members to block the woman’s access, privately warning her away and repeatedly confronting him, several people involved in the campaign said on the condition of anonymity.” And apparently this rumored affair, for which there is only circumstantial evidence, somehow undermines McCain's platform as being strong on ethical reform, which is greatly substantiated by his past actions.”
  • 2008-02-08 [Talk|Index] The Madness of John McCain § [2]by Justin Raimondo: “A militarist suffering from acute narcissism and armed with the Bush Doctrine is not fit to be commander in chief.”
  • 2008-02-07 [Talk|Index] Fox Begins to Warm to John McCain § [2]Two guests on Neil Cavuto's Fox News show gave positive assessments of John McCain.
  • 2008-02-07 [Talk|Index] FNC Puts McCain In the Democratic Party § [2]image from the start of "Your World with Neil Cavuto" labeling John McCain as a Democrat. A Fox News "insider" reportedly says this was merely gross incompetence on the part of a producer.
  • 2008-02-07 [Talk|Index] Can John McCain Be Stopped? § [2]“The idea that John McCain will get the Republican nomination is beginning to sink in and it is more than many of us can bear. .. Many conservatives hate John McCain even more than we hate Hillary Clinton. Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter have said that they might vote for Hillary if it came down to a choice between her and McCain. James Dobson the head of Focus on Family, released a statement outlining the reasons he could not support McCain, including McCain's opposition to a Constitutional amendment protecting marriage, his vote for embryonic stem-cell research, his opposition to tax cuts, his sponsorship of the campaign finance reform bill...”
  • 2008-02-06 [Talk|Index] John McCain to Rush Limbaugh: Calm Down, Reach Across Aisle § [2]by Rush Limbaugh, with brief transcript of David Brooks on Jim Lehrer's NewsHour: “McCain gets credit for being a maverick, as if that's evidence of his great character, because he'll always follow his conscience rather than the party line, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, but he's always a maverick in furtherance of principles that we find abhorrent and principles that liberals love.” Who, exactly, is "we"? And which of McCain's principles do they abhor?... “We are reaching out and asking liberals to come join us as liberals. And somehow this is a great masterstroke? If this were a war, what we're saying is, "Enemy, come on in, and come be who you are when you get here." If the Republican Party and the Democrat Party were two nations, Senator McCain is saying, "I'm going to have no border on my nation, the Republican Party. And if those people in that enemy party want to come in, infiltrate our party, that's great. I'm going to show that I'm the guy that can get it done. I'm going to be the guy to not protect the borders." Why is it so hard? I'm serious. This one escapes me. Why is it so hard to understand that what we want is to defeat those people?” What happened to Karl Rove's "big tent" coalition?
  • 2008-02-01 [Talk|Index] Coulter: I Will Vote for Hillary Over McCain § [2]“In case you missed it, on Hannity & Colmes last night, controversial pundit Ann Coulter -- who supports Mitt Romney for president -- said she would back Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, over Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. .. "She's more conservative [than] he is," she said. "She will be stronger on the war on terrorism...I will campaign for her if it's McCain."”
  • 2008-01-29 [Talk|Index] Our Tech President Endorsements: Barack Obama and John McCain § [2]“We’ve been interviewing 2008 presidential candidates for the last few months to get them to state, on record, their positions on ten key technology related issues (Barack Obama, John McCain, John Edwards, Mitt Romney, Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich). .. Senator Obama has put more time and effort into defining his technology policies than any other candidate.” Includes links to interviews with all candidates mentioned.
  • 2006-07-20 [Talk|Index] John McCain, professional weasel § “Benjamin Disraeli -- twice prime minister of Great Britain, romantic novelist, inventor of modern conservatism -- was a neocon in the plain sense of the word, a "new conservative" who began his career on the left.”
  • 2000-04-29 [Talk|Index] Bush a prize cynic, fellow alumnus says § “"The first stop that George W. made was to appear with a crack-pot veteran who said McCain had done nothing for veterans in the Senate." Sen. McCain is considered a war hero after he spent five years as a captive during the Vietnam War.”


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  • McCain apparently tried to add an amendment (to the 2006 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill) which would have banned "torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners"; VP Cheney has been campaigning hard to have the amendment modified to exempt the CIA from the ban. This article apparently describes what ultimately happened.
  • 'In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when Sen. John McCain proposed that (Don) Young redirect his prized pork money to help rebuild New Orleans, Young accused his detractors of "ignorance and stupidity." The victims of Katrina, he suggested, "can kiss my ear!"' [1]

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In reference to McCain's tendency to say "you know... whatever" whenever he's caught changing his opinion, denying what he said on video 2 months ago, being vague, etc:

...well, you know. Whatever.