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Posted on October 19th, 2008 by thejedreport - Comments -

There is no level of desperation to which the flailing McCain campaign will not stoop. It is now their official position that the suburbs of our nation’s capitol, home to millions of Americans, are not “real” because they aren’t “Southern in nature.”

Here’s McCain spokesman Nancy Pfotenhauer making the campaign’s views clear on MSNBC earlier this morning.

Posted on October 17th, 2008 by ZP Heller - Comments -

By far the most successful video in the REAL McCain series, “John McCain’s YouTube Problem Just Became a Nightmare” just passed the 7 million view mark!  An astonishing number, considering we only launched this video back in May.  It is currently #14 on YouTube’s all-time most matched list of News and Politics videos; by comparison, Will.I.Am’s “Yes We Can” is #6, Barack Obama’s “A More Perfect Union” speech is #30, and way way down at #82 is Newt Gingrich’s “Drill Here, Drill Now” lecture.  (The McCain campaign’s own videos don’t even crack the top 100, though Sarah Palin’s gaffe-ridden CBS interview is down at the bottom of the list.)

Like all of our videos, “McCain’s YouTube Problem” is only as popular as you’ve made it.  When the corporate press was giving McCain a free ride earlier this year, you understood the urgent need for the public to have an accurate portrayal of McCain.  That’s why you took this video and ran with it, forwarding it to friends and coworkers, posting it on blogs and networking sites.  You’re the ones who made it a viral sensation.

Posted on October 15th, 2008 by youngturks - Comments -

HuffPo’s Murray Waas has much more on this story.

Posted on October 14th, 2008 by robertgreenwald - Comments -

We’d like to talk about the pressing issues facing our country: the woeful economy, rising unemployment, the housing crisis, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  But we can’t talk about them because John McCain and Sarah Palin have distracted us with the politics of hate and fear.

Instead of discussing the real issues plaguing Americans, McCain and Palin have turned to fear-mongering and race-baiting, stoking the prejudices of their supporters.  The situation has become so critical that we’ve teamed up with Color of Change to put an end to these dangerous mob scenes.

Things have gotten so out of control that some conservatives have come forward to denounce McCain and Palin’s hate-mongering.  In an Op-Ed for The Baltimore Sun, Frank Schaeffer writes: “John McCain: If your campaign does not stop equating Sen. Barack Obama with terrorism, questioning his patriotism and portraying Mr. Obama as “not one of us,” I accuse you of deliberately feeding the most unhinged elements of our society the red meat of hate, and therefore of potentially instigating violence.”

Here’s how you can take action:

  1. Sign the open letter calling on McCain and Palin to reject the politics of hate.
  2. Sign up for a free video subscription and get the latest on the real McCain.
  3. Send this video to yours friends, and post it on your blogs and networking sites like Digg, where it will effectively reach those outside the choir.

Don’t let McCain and Palin undo the decades spent fighting for civil rights and equality in our country.

Posted on October 11th, 2008 by NCDem Amy - Comments -

Ari Melber of “The Nation” discusses the problem with McCain inciting hate speech and angry outbursts at his rallies, calling the McCain camp, the “Hate Talk Express.”

Posted on October 11th, 2008 by NCDem Amy - Comments -

Rachel Maddow reports on the “venomous hate” being incited at McCain-Palin rallies.

Posted on October 10th, 2008 by ZP Heller - Comments -

It’s getting to the point where the only songs the McCain campaign will be able to use at rallies are the ones written specifically for them, like John Rich’s pseudo-country trifle “Raisin’ McCain.”  A couple of days ago, the Foo Fighters issued a statement telling McCain to stop using their song, “My Hero.”

The band said in a statement:

“The saddest thing about this is that `My Hero’ was written as a celebration of the common man and his extraordinary potential.  To have it appropriated without our knowledge and used in a manner that perverts the original sentiment of the lyric just tarnishes the song.”

The Foo Fighters join a slew of artists who have complained of McCain’s copyright infringement.  Others who have told McCain to quit usurping their music for political gains include Van Halen, John Mellencamp, Heart (sorry Sarah “Barracuda”), Frankie Valli, the owners of the theme song from “Rocky,” and Jackson Browne, who even filed a suit against the campaign.

Clearly, fewer and fewer artists want to be associated in any way with McCain.  But what’s particularly ironic in the case of the Foo Fighters is that McCain couldn’t be further from the ordinary hero mentioned in the song.  He continues to put himself before the country, which we saw most recently with his closing remarks at the second debate (as compared to Barack Obama’s) and his theatrics with the economic crisis.  He’s desperate to prove himself as the common man who rises to the occasion, but the reality is that he has NEVER been the common man and he has RARELY IF EVER risen to the occasion.

If you want to know what I mean, read Tim Dickinson’s scathing Rolling Stone piece on McCain, “Make-Believe Maverick.” Use that evidence, race it around.  There goes my hero, he’s ordinary.

Posted on October 10th, 2008 by thejedreport - Comments -

This is the kind of mental mixup that really makes you wonder what is truly going on inside of John McCain’s mind. Here he is, campaigning in Pennsylvania, accidentally calling Americans “my fellow prisoners.”

McCain was talking about his domestic policies, and clearly meant to say “Americans” or “countrymen” or somesuch.

HuffPo’s Sam Stein has more.

Posted on October 10th, 2008 by DJK - Comments -

About 30 minutes into the second presidential debate, I realized that the McCain/Palin campaign had made a fatal error in their desperate decision to try to portray Barack Obama as a dangerous, stupid, reckless, naïve, elitist, treasonous, socialist Muslim black supremacist terrorist in the final weeks of the election.

By claiming that Obama should not be president because he is a dangerous terrorist, McCain/Palin have set the bar so low that Obama just needs to show up without wearing an explosive vest to deflate what is now their primary attack against him. By not being the scary caricature McCain/Palin say he is, Obama easily surpasses the artificially low threshold they have set for him while simultaneously revealing McCain/Palin as desperate, fearmongering liars. “McCain/Palin: Desperate Fearmongering Liars” — probably not what their campaign would want on their bumperstickers.

Also, you’d think McCain would have realized that his open contempt for Obama during the first debate, where he refused to even make eye contact with Obama for the entire 90 minutes, went over like a shit balloon and provided further proof that McCain does not have the temperament to be president. So you’d think McCain would be on better behavior this time and show voters that he can be respectful, gracious and classy. You’d think that — but you’d be wrong. Apparently McCain is incapable of being respectful, gracious or classy — he wouldn’t even shake Obama’s hand at the end of the night. How can you claim to be someone who reaches across the aisle when you won’t even reach out your hand?

And you heard it correctly, McCain really did call Obama “That one”. Guess computer-illiterate McCain missed that email revealing that the real Obama is a person, not an object. Maybe he thought calling Obama “boy” would just be too humanizing. Nothing says “respect” and “class” like referring to your half black opponent as a piece of property. And speaking of property, McCain said to a young black man in the audience who asked a question about the bailout “I’ll bet you, you may never even have heard of [Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac] before this crisis.” Did McCain assume this because he thinks black people don’t own homes or because he thinks they’re stupid? (BTW, my brother noted that apparently no Asians live in the ‘town’ where the townhall debate was held).

There are so many other reasons why McCain lost — his bizarre insistence that offshore drilling and building nuclear plants will fix the economy, that obscure earmarks are ruining America, his horrible jokes, his easily debunked attacks — but I think everyone knows what happened. McCain lost and he lost big.

Posted on October 7th, 2008 by ZP Heller - Comments -

Looks like we’re not the only ones concerned about McCain’s health records being released.  On The Beltway Boys, FOX’s Mort Kondracke conveyed his apprehension regarding the possible recurrence of McCain’s melanoma.  Kondracke told Fred Barnes that he wouldn’t be satisfied if someone as unqualified as Sarah Palin had to take over because McCain’s cancer had returned, and he said the American people shouldn’t be either.

I wonder if Kondracke saw Brave New PAC’s ad or read the open letter signed by over 2,800 doctors, urging McCain to provide full disclosure of his medical records.  Probably not, considering Kondracke’s FOX crony Bill O’Reilly bitterly objected to the ad, and CNN and MSNBC refused to run it on hypocritical grounds.

But it doesn’t matter, since the movement surrounding the corporate media’s censorship of the Brave New PAC ad has been big enough for people like Kondracke to take notice from all the way down at the other end of the political spectrum.  Maybe Kondracke saw Meet the Bloggers last Friday, in which Dr. Richard Sagebiel, co-director of the UCSF Melanoma Clinic, explained the dangers of McCain not releasing his medical records in full.  Maybe he saw Brave New PAC’s full-page ad in Friday’s NY Times or Frank Rich’s column on Sunday.  Or maybe Kondracke just saw the non-partisan actuarial math circulated by the Associated Press, which revealed McCain stands a 25 percent chance of dying in office.

As Dr. Sanjay Gupta told Sam Stein on The Huffington Post — another piece that drew from the Brave New PAC ad censorship — that math unfortunately likens McCain to Senator Paul Tsongas, who would have died in office if he’d been elected to a second term.  Shouldn’t McCain heed Tsongas’s call requiring candidates to provide full disclosure of their medical records?

Shouldn’t a candidate come clean to the public about his health history, especially when that candidate has a history of invasive melanoma?  We think so, and FOX’s Kondracke does too.

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