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By Cliff Schecter - April 1

Apparently you can walk the neighborhoods of Baghdad. If you have an infantry battalion that could have stormed Omaha Beach protecting you. Too bad all of our soldiers don't get that, huh Mr. McCain?

Although the Arizona senator did take what looked to be a fun stroll through town, looking for various odds and ends (I do hear Lindsay Graham's a fantastic shopping companion). The protective armor and men in uniform surrounding him, however, may have made haggling more challenging.

On a related note, Matt Drudge and right-wing friends tried to smear CNN reporter Michael Ware, claiming he heckled McCain at a presser in Baghdad. They can't actually cite any heckling, but what the hell, that never stopped that fedora-wearing goofball and his self-hating pals in the past from putting out lies.

UPDATE: Apparently McCain has expanded his list of places you can walk safely to 1) Darfur 2) OJ Simpson's driveway 3) Keith Richards' bloodstream and 4) In between Rush Limbaugh and a vial of Oxycontin after a week on the wagon.

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About Cliff Schecter

Cliff Schecter Cliff Schecter is a veteran campaign strategist and political commentator. Schecter is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and was a guest columnist for United Press International from 2002-2004. His work has been featured in a variety of publications including The Miami Herald, The American Prospect, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Fordham Urban Law Journal, The Washington Monthly and He blogs at and writes a weekly satirical column each Friday called "Cliff's Corner," summarizing the week's most ridiculous events, for AMERICAblog. Surprisingly, Tom DeLay gets mentioned a lot.

During the 2004 election cycle, Schecter worked as the "liberal" pundit for The Sinclair Broadcast Group, where he debated conservative Armstrong Williams -- for significantly less cost to the White House. He has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, NPR FoxNews and the Canadian Broadcast Channel. Recently, Schecter has been a regular contributor to MSNBC, where his debates against Republicans have become some of the most popular videos on YouTube, garnering as many as 125,000 viewings. Additionally, Schecter has provided analysis on American politics for international diplomats, journalists, students and politicians as part of The State Department Bureau of International Information Programs.

Schecter, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, holds an MA in International Affairs from the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and is receiving his Ph.D. in American History as a Dean's Honors Fellow at American University.

Schecter was a pollster for the successful reelection of President Bill Clinton in 1996 and fundraiser for former Governor of Virginia Mark Warner in 2001. He has also provided initial opposition research for the Ned Lamont campaign's unprecedented victory over sitting senator Joe Lieberman in the 2006 primary race in Connecticut, and has consulted for the DNC, DCCC and candidates he won't mention here because they lost.


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