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Sarah Palin – The Trainwreck You HAVE to watch

It is human nature to stop and watch someone make a complete fool out of themselves. No matter HOW much we tell ourselves we aren’t going to look, we still do.

Sarah Palin is one such person — and she just can’t seem to understand that the more she puts herself out on front street in the media, the more foolish she looks.

Here we have the Governor doing a media and photo op on the annual turkey pardoning, and uses the slaughtering of turkeys as a background.

Palin Pranked

Notorious Canadian pranksters, The Masked Avengers, were posing as the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy and somehow got ahold of Sarah Palin. Talk about clueless, even after being told her “Nailin Palin was fantastic.

The world is in trouble if this woman becomes Vice President.

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.

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.

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David Plouffe
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

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