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Palin the Clueless and John McCrank

I’m thinking that Sarah Palin doesn’t even pay attention to the news. Maybe the campaign just doesn’t want to bother her with what is going on outside of her little bubble — that everything she thinks she knows is what is written down for her in her speeches.

Last week, when the Alaska state Legislature released their report saying that Governor Palin had indeed violated the ethics laws and abused her authority, she came out to say that she was glad the report vindicated her.

Today, at a rally in Lancaster, Palin praises Joe-the-Plumber for interrupting a “staged photo-op” by asking him a question on taxes.

“So when he left Joe’s neighborhood in Toledo, our opponent didn’t look real happy,” Palin, speaking in Pennsylvania, said of Obama. “Seems that the staged photo-op there got ruined by a real person’s question,” she said.

“So here’s a guy working — standing there in his neighborhood when a candidate for president shows up and he wanted more than just a handshake and a campaign button. He wanted some answers.”

it kinda leaves you speechless, doesn’t it? I mean, here is a woman who is running for the number two slot in our Executive Branch, who has said she wants to have more power than Dick Cheney, and it is like she’s missed the whole story following Joe-the-fake-Business Owner.

I don’t see where Obama wasn’t anything BUT happy with being asked about his economic plans. I think he may have smelled a rat when this ‘plumber’ is talking about buying a plumbing business that generates $280,000 when the median wage for the average plumber in the Toledo area is only $47,000. But he played along, by telling “Joe” he could expect a 3 percent hike on his taxes for just the amount that went over the $250,000 income range, and could actually expect a tax break overall.

As it turns out, Joe makes $42k and the business he works for generated $72k last year meaning that BOTH would have gotten a substantial cut under Obama.

At the rally in Lancaster on Saturday, Palin said that Wurzelbacher, “bless his heart,” is being “investigated” and “attacked” because the Obama campaign didn’t appreciate him asking Obama a question about his tax plan.

Actually, the press investigated “Joe” because your running mate inserted the poor guy’s name into the debate twenty-six times, holding Joe and his story up as a “real life example” as to what is wrong with Obama’s economic programs.

Does ANYONE believe that the press is just going to ignore something like this? After all, Joe was McCain’s centerpiece in the debate.

The thing is, McCain did the same thing with Joe that he did with Sarah Palin: he didn’t bother checking him, or his story out before thrusting Samuel Joe Wurzelbacher into the maws of the media.

McCain has been focusing on something that Obama said during the 5-minute Wurzelbacher exchange last weekend — he has been claiming that Obama told Joe he intended to “spread his wealth around”:

Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, during a speech on October 16 outside Philadelphia, recounted the story of “Joe the Plumber,” a man who held a conversation with Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama and who became the surprise star of the candidates’ October 15 debate when McCain gave an account of the story. McCain said the man told Obama, “‘Look, I’ve been working all my life 10, 12 hours. I want to buy the business I’m in, but you’re going to raise my taxes.’ And you know what Senator Obama had to say to Joe? He wanted to spread his wealth around. He wanted to spread his wealth around.” [Source: CNN Political Ticker Fact Check]

He has been repeating this same claim all week, and today he has taken it a step further and come out to label Obama’s economic proposals as being “Socialist”.

McCain cherry-picked four words out of a five minute detailed tax plan, to make those four words sound bad. As the CNN Political Ticker Fact Check explains,

Obama explained his tax plan during the roughly five-minute exchange telling Wurzelbacher that the tax rate on the portion of his income that was more than $250,000 would be increased from 36 percent to 39 percent. But he also mentioned that his plan includes a 50 percent small-business tax credit for health care and a proposal to eliminate the capital-gains tax for small businesses that increase in value. Obama said his tax plan, which he said focuses on bigger breaks for people making lower incomes, would be good for the economy. “If you’ve got a plumbing business, you’re going to be better off if you’ve got a whole bunch of customers who can afford to hire you,” he said. “Right now, everybody’s so pinched that business is bad for everybody. And I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” [Source: CNN Political Ticker Fact Check]

The funny thing is, John McCain wants to give money to the wealthiest people and corporations in this country. Under a McCain tax program, NONE of the small businesses — including Joe’s hypothetical fantasy — wouldn’t see one thin dime of a tax cut. If anything, they would see a drop in revenue, because their potential customer base would continue to dry up.

Here is an admission that McCain and Palin aren’t spreading around to their audiences:

In an interview with CNN on Thursday, October 16, Wurzelbacher said he had misunderstood Obama’s plan and that the company he wants to buy makes well less than $250,000 a year which Obama says means his taxes would not be increased.

Yes, by “well less” he means instead of $250k a year, the Newell Plumbing & Heating Co made only $72k last year, his taxes would not be increased, but they would go down considerably under the Obama tax plan.

Hey, but nice try.

That One 2008

Like Mr. Wilson from Dennis the Menace, with his man-pants up to his armpits, John McCain referred to Obama as “That One” in last night’s town hall debate. I almost detected that “Oh, that Dennis”.

Like the debate before, where he acted as if the junior First-Term Senator didn’t have enough “status” to even share a stage with a Senator of his seniority, McCain refused to acknowledge him be looking at him, or even mentioning Obama’s name. You could almost see him seething under the thin coating of “My Friends” and weak jokes.

This was supposed to be John McCain’s forte — the town hall style of ‘debate’. Instead, it was a disaster for him. When McCain had the floor, Obama would sit quietly and thoughtfully looking at McCain as if he were paying close attention to what McCain had to say. McCain, on the other hand had this jerky wandering thing going on, and I was reminded of that computer game a few years ago called “Doom”, where the zombie monsters would do this jerky little walk-in-place thing if they were far enough out of range of you. There was also this one step forward, turn, one step forward, turn, one step forward, turn again, as he talked. There was a distinct pattern to it and it was as though he was conscientiously doing it to keep his mind from flipping out. It is going to be the newest thing at the redneck bars and retirement centers soon: The McCain Do-see-do, the jerky one-step.

I notice that once again, the Drudge online poll has McCain winning two to one — same as the first McCain/Obama and the Palin/Biden debates, but every other poll out there has Obama winning this one again and by a margin of 20 – 25 points.

It wasn’t even close.

McCain needed a game changer. This was more like a game over. He is losing ground in every battleground state, and if the election were held today, the Votemaster at Electoral Vote has Obama winning by the following electoral votes:

Obama 349 McCain 174

We’ve already seen the McCain camp reacting to the low polls starting last Friday. The Pitbull (can’t we just call her “The Bitch”, since she does refer to herself as “The Pitbull”?) pretends that she just learned of Obama meeting with Bill Ayers, a former alleged domestic terrorist in 1995. She claims that she had just read a New York Times article and “learned” of his connection with a domestic terrorist, that the paper claimed he was ‘palling around’.

The trouble is, the New York Times article she claims she read says almost the exact opposite of what she is trying to put out.

The point is, the McCain camp knows that there is now no way they are going to win the race on the issues, so McCain is doing what comes natural to him — a scorched-earth attack where if he isn’t going to win, he certainly isn’t going to let the other guy effectively govern. This is something that Republicans tend to do — they did it in 1992 against Clinton, and when he was elected, he came into office with virtually no honeymoon.

This attitude, by itself, should be complete evidence of why Republican John McCain is not fit to be the President of the United States. We do not need someone who has demonstrated that he would be willing and ready to destroy something rather than lose gracefully.

Throwing Stones and Glass Houses

As you know, Sarah Palin has been trying to hammer Obama for tenuous connections to Bill Ayers, a non-indicted, not convicted participant of the Weatherman Underground some forty years ago who has admitted to being responsible for planning and/or blowing up federal buildings at a time when Barack Obama was the wise old age of eight and living in another country.  She also wants to tie Obama in with the shenanigans of Tony Rezko, who was recently convicted on a number of federal crimes not even remotely connected to Barack Obama.  (Tony’s wife and Barack traded some adjacent land to reporportion each other’s property lines.  Legal and above board, with all documentation filed and easily obtained)

They also want to bring back the Reverend Wright “scandal” to somehow show the “character” of Obama, who could sit through a sermon of a man who shouts “God Damn America!” from his pulpit.

McCain has said in the past that he doesn’t want to run a negative campaign, and that he only wants to run on the issues.

He doesn’t want to run a negative campaign because he lives in several glass houses — and so does his running partner.  But they are hoping nobody notices.  He now knows he can’t run on the issues, because the issues we are currently facing as a nation can be completely tied to him and the party he belongs to.

David Plouffe, the campaign manager for the Obama campaign, isn’t going to sit back and let the McCain campaign insinuate and exaggerate about past scandals.  If they want to talk about REAL scandals, we have one already:

Friend —

Over the weekend, John McCain’s top adviser announced their plan to stop engaging in a debate over the economy and “turn the page” to more direct, personal attacks on Barack Obama.

In the middle of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, they want to change the subject from the central question of this election. Perhaps because the policies McCain supported these past eight years and wants to continue are pretty hard to defend.

But it’s not just McCain’s role in the current crisis that they’re avoiding. The backward economic philosophy and culture of corruption that helped create the current crisis are looking more and more like the other major financial crisis of our time.

During the savings and loan crisis of the late ’80s and early ’90s, McCain’s political favors and aggressive support for deregulation put him at the center of the fall of Lincoln Savings and Loan, one of the largest in the country. More than 23,000 investors lost their savings. Overall, the savings and loan crisis required the federal government to bail out the savings of hundreds of thousands of families and ultimately cost American taxpayers $124 billion.

Sound familiar?

In that crisis, John McCain and his political patron, Charles Keating, played central roles that ultimately landed Keating in jail for fraud and McCain in front of the Senate Ethics Committee. The McCain campaign has tried to avoid talking about the scandal, but with so many parallels to the current crisis, McCain’s Keating history is relevant and voters deserve to know the facts — and see for themselves the pattern of poor judgment by John McCain.

So at noon Eastern on Monday, October 6th, we’re releasing a 13-minute documentary about the scandal called “Keating Economics: John McCain and the Making of a Financial Crisis” — it will be available at KeatingEconomics.com, along with background information that every voter should know.

Watch a preview right now and share it with your friends.


The point of the film and the web site is that John McCain still hasn’t learned his lesson.

And this time, McCain’s bankrupt economic philosophy has put our economy at the brink of collapse and put millions of Americans at risk of losing their homes.

Watch the video to see why John McCain’s failed philosophy and poor judgment is a recipe for deepening the crisis:

It’s no wonder John McCain would rather spend the last month of this election smearing Barack’s character instead of talking about the top priority issue for voters.

But if we work together, we can make sure the focus stays on the economy — and how to fix it.

Please forward this email to everyone you know.



David Plouffe
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

Desperado McCain

Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses
You’ve been out ridin’ fences,
for so long – now.
Ohh you’re a hard one.
I know that you’ve got your reasons.
These things that are pleasin’you
Can hurt you somehow.

Trailing in the polls with less than thirty days to go before the election, John McCain is fast becoming desperate. Instead of talking about the issues that are staring everyone in the face, on the abyss of a serious economic fall, the McCain campain has decided to attack the character of Barack Obama with circumstantial ties.

Saturday, Sarah Palin started attacking Obama with the idea that he is “Palling around with Terrorists” because of a flimsy and alleged association with the former Weather Underground radical William Ayers, who admitted to bombing government buildings in the 1960s.

By “Palling around”, Sarah Palin is referring to the fact that the two men happened to live in the same proximity, and served together on a charity board.

Another line of attack is going to be Tony Rezko, whose wife Rita and Obama bought adjacent properties traded strips in what has been described as “complicated” and “controversial”. Complicated because they took two properties and simply re-cut them to different proportions. Controversial because Tony Rezko was under federal investigation at the time, and was eventually convicted of attempted extortion, mail and wire fraud, aiding and abetting bribery in a completely separate and unrelated incident involving Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The Obama/Rezko deal involved RITA Rezko, and not her husband, Tony, but Republican won’t let that little technicality get in the way of trying to tar Obama with it.

Of course there is still the Reverend Jeremiah Wright issue that will come back around. “God DAMN America!” and the Chickens coming home to roost.

Then there is a new story about one of Obama’s poker buddies, Will County Executive Larry Walsh, and questions leveled by a political opponent about Walsh’s connections to a county contractor.

It’s unclear that Walsh did anything remotely wrong, but, hey, it’s October there doesn’t have to be anything wrong — just an allegation that there was.

I know that we all SHOULD be focusing on silly things like the economy and how it is going to be like in America and the world if McCain and Palin get into power. We SHOULD be discussing how war for the sake of war has helped contribute to the very serious problems we are facing today. We SHOULD be thinking about the direction we want to see this country and the world head in and which of these candidates is the most likely one to get us there.

Instead, the McCain campaign wants to change the subject and focus on allegations, suppositions and innuendo.

Why? Because McCain and Palin KNOW their positions can’t stand up to scrutiny and that they are too closely tied to the failed policies of the George W. Bush administration. They cannot win on the issues and they know it. So instead, they decide to slime Obama with rumors and circumstantial events.


Until recently, Sarah Palin has been “Palling around” with Ted Stevens who has been indicted and is currently in trial in federal court for failing to comply with federal disclosure laws on gifts he received. Palin and Stevens are political bedfellows. Make of it what you want, but using the same criteria as the McCain camp does, it makes you wonder why Sarah isn’t a co-defendant of Stevens. See how ridicockulous it sounds?

Sarah was the mayor of the “meth capital of the world”, having the most meth labs per capita of any other city in the country. Does this give Sarah ties to drug lords? It seems you couldn’t swing your arms in Wasilla without hitting a crankster. Rumors are, that Palins own kids dabbled in the crystal.

There is also her stonewalling of an investigation looking into an alleged abuse of power concerning the firing of her former brother-in-law and the supervisor who refused to fire the guy for her. This scandal isn’t circumstantial, it is tangible and provable. The only question is whether she broke a law by over-stepping her authority based on a family domestic dispute.

Then there is John McCain. Remember the Keating Five? They would have been the Keating Four if John McCain hadn’t been involved. In fact, it might not have been the Keating anything without McCain. And there are the ties between McCain and Jack Abramoff. Are they as circumstantial as Obama’s “ties”, or are they tangible ties?

The most tangible tie of John McCain is George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. While Republicans can try to shift America’s attention from the fact that they are losing their jobs, losing their retirements, losing their homes and their security thanks in a very large part to the policies and actions of both the Bush Administration and the John McCain-supported legislation, we only need to turn around and point out the tangibles.

Republicans want to play Six degrees of separation to distract us from the one degree of blame that John McCain represents in our current economic crisis.

The McCain campaign is desperate, so they are doing what EVERY desperate politician will do: go on the personal attack using whatever questionable or even disproven material to make something stick. This isn’t a bad thing for us, it shows that they KNOW they’ve lost.