Archive for the ‘John McCain’ Category

So much for GOP talking points: President Obama has gotten under Al Qaeda’s skin

January 25, 2009

By GottaLaff

What is it the righties were saying about Barack Hussein Obama being Al Qaeda’s choice for president? And who was it again, who added to their numbers? Looks like the GOP has been the party that contributed to the terrorist cause. Why do they hate America?

Soon after the November election, al-Qaeda’s No. 2 leader took stock of America’s new president-elect and dismissed him with an insulting epithet. “A house Negro,” Ayman al-Zawahiri said.

That was just a warm-up. In the weeks since, the terrorist group has unleashed a stream of verbal tirades against Barack Obama, each more venomous than the last. Obama has been called a “hypocrite,” a “killer” of innocents, an “enemy of Muslims.” He was even blamed for the Israeli military assault on Gaza, which began and ended before he took office.

He kills your brothers and sisters in Gaza mercilessly and without affection,” an al-Qaeda spokesman declared in a grainy Internet video this month.

The torrent of hateful words is part of what terrorism experts now believe is a deliberate, even desperate, propaganda campaign against a president who appears to have gotten under al-Qaeda’s skin. The departure of George W. Bush deprived al-Qaeda of a polarizing American leader who reliably drove recruits and donations to the terrorist group. […]

[F][or now, the change in Washington appears to have rattled al-Qaeda’s leaders, some of whom are scrambling to convince the faithful that Obama and Bush are essentially the same.

Paul Pillar, a former CIA counterterrorism official who lectures on national security at Georgetown University:

For al-Qaeda, as a matter of image and tone, George W. Bush had been a near-perfect foil.” […] [A]consensus view supported Republican Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) as the man most likely to continue Bush administration policies and, it was hoped, drive the United States more deeply into a prolonged guerrilla war.

Once again, the Republican party line is contradicted by the facts. Hey wingnuts, how does it feel to have your former president and presidential candidate supported by Al Qaeda? Kinda puts a dent in one of your main talking points, doesn’t it?


McCain Won’t Vote For Stimulus As Is

January 25, 2009

MSNBC: WASHINGTON – Sen. John McCain says it will take some big changes before he would vote for the Obama administration’s stimulus package.

The Arizona Republican, who calls himself a member of the loyal opposition, says he can’t vote for the proposal as it is now written. For one, he doesn’t think it would do enough to put people back to work.

The former GOP president nominee also says he will push to make permanent the Bush tax cuts, which helped high-earning people. Those cuts expire next year. and President Barack Obama has said he would not seek to renew them.

Read the plan here.

Read the transcript of McCain’s Fox News Sunday appearance.

McCain: Not many regrets about campaign

January 25, 2009

By GottaLaff

Gramm-pa may not have regrets about his campaign or his choice of running mates, but many of us disagree. And yes, that was an understatement:

Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, said Sunday he had few regrets about his White House campaign and no second thoughts about picking Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.

�I don�t have a lot of regrets about it. I think we ran an honorable campaign,� McCain said on �Fox News Sunday.�

He’s right, if you define “honorable” as smearing, lying, innuendo, confusion, contradiction, impulsiveness, bad judgment, and incompetence.

Asked specifically about Palin, McCain stressed that there were no regrets.

�I think the world of Sarah Palin. She energized our party. She has a bright future in our party. I�m pleased to have known her and her wonderful family,� he stated.

Her wonderful family. Uh-huh. Moving on…

He said he would not vote for the $825 billion stimulus package in its current form, urging a greater emphasis on tax cuts.

Because, you know, all those Bush tax cuts have resulted in overwhelming prosperity. Or am I just one of those bothersome whiners?

McCain the Maverick is Back

January 23, 2009

I thought “maverick” had been banned? At least he’s causing problems for the R’s so far and not the President. Via Taegan.

The Washington Post says “a joke made its way around the Capitol yesterday: How do you know the 2008 election is really over? Because John McCain is causing trouble for Republicans again.”

Less than three months since his defeat, McCain “bears more resemblance to the unpredictable and frequently bipartisan lawmaker they have served with for decades than the man who ran an often scathing campaign against Barack Obama. In some instances, he’s even carrying water for his former rival.”

McCain on Larry King Live last night: “”These are difficult times and whatever way I can assist and work with the president of the United States, I want to do it. And again, the American people are tired of the bitter partisanship.”

John McCain rescues Hillary Clinton

January 21, 2009

By GottaLaff

So now we have to hear the word “maverick”… again? That’s a pretty steep price to pay:

John McCain has just come to the rescue of his old drinking buddy Hillary Clinton, bucking his colleague John Cornyn by calling for an immediate voice vote on her confirmation as Secretary of State.

In his first maverick-y move of the 111th Congress, McCain took to the Senate floor to call for unanimous consent to skip the 4:30 p.m. roll call on her nomination. […]

So far, every Republican except Cornyn has risen to say they want her confirmed as quickly as possible.

Gramm-pa does get points for this, but only reluctantly.

Obama Honors McCain at Bipartisan Dinner – Video

January 21, 2009

Quote-O’-The-Moment: McCain is Old edition

January 21, 2009

By GottaLaff

Republican talking head on CNN just now, after watching the President and First Lady dance at the Obama Home States Ball:

“How’d we think we could beat this with a 70-year-old guy?”

Obama Honors McCain

January 20, 2009

Obama’s remarks at the dinner tonight honoring John McCain:

I�m here tonight to say a few words about an American hero I have come to know very well and admire very much – Senator John McCain. And then, according to the rules agreed to by both parties, John will have approximately thirty seconds to make a rebuttal.

But in all seriousness, on this night, we are glad that the days of rebuttals and campaigning are for now behind us. There is no doubt that throughout the summer and the fall, John and I were fierce competitors who engaged in a vigorous and sometimes heated debate over the issues of the day. And in a great democracy, this debate is both healthy and necessary.

But what is even healthier and more necessary is the recognition that after the season of campaigning has ended, each of us in public life has a responsibility to usher in a new season of cooperation built on those things we hold in common. Not as Democrats. Not as Republicans. But as Americans.

And there are few Americans who understand this need for common purpose and common effort better than John McCain. It is what he has strived for and achieved throughout his life. It is built into the very content of his character.

I could stand here and recite the long list of John�s bipartisan accomplishments. Campaign finance reform. Immigration. The Patients� Bill of Rights. All those times he has crossed the aisle and risked the ire of his party for the good of his country. And yet, what makes John such a rare and courageous public servant is not the accomplishments themselves, but the true motivation behind them.

It has not been a quest for fame or vanity that has driven this man. It has not been the need to compromise for politics� sake that has shaped his distinguished career. It is rather a pure and deeply felt love of his country that comes from the painful knowledge of what life is like without it.

Few of us can imagine what John endured during the days he spent in that lonely prison cell, but perhaps we can imagine that surviving such an ordeal provides a unique and renewed perspective about what is important and what is not; about what is worth fighting over and what is not.

We can imagine that the pettiness and bitterness and immaturity that often pervades our politics seems even more unworthy of our country from this perspective; that the incessant bickering and partisanship for the sake of scoring a few political points seems even smaller. And what seems bigger and more worthy of defending are those ideals we hold in common as Americans: liberty, equality, and opportunity.

Those are the ideals that John has spent and risked his life fighting for, and his example is one for all of us to remember and to follow as we seek to defend those ideals against the common threats to our prosperity and our security.

So I�d like to thank John for all he�s done and ask him to come join me on stage for a moment.

Thank you, John, for your service to America and the service you will continue to render in the months and years ahead. And I�d like to close by asking all of you to join us in making this bipartisan dinner not just an inaugural tradition, but a new way of doing the people�s business in this city. We will not always agree on everything in the months to come, and we will have our share of arguments and debates. But let us strive always to find that common ground, and to defend together those common ideals, for it is the only way we can meet the very big and very serious challenges that we face right now. Thank you, God Bless You, and may God Bless America.

See photos here.

Mr. Obama is hosting two dinners tonight for two Republicans � Mr. McCain, his rival for the presidency, and Colin Powell, who backed Mr. Obama in October in one of the most full-throated endorsements by a member of the opposing party.

Mr. Obama is also hosting a dinner for his vice president, Joseph R. Biden Jr., but it is the Republican fetes that have set Washington abuzz in a town well on its way to buzzing itself over the top. The dinners are also helping to raise money for Mr. Obama�s inaugural celebrations.

At the McCain dinner, Mr. Obama said that with his work on subjects like campaign finance and immigration, Mr. McCain had crossed the aisle �for the good of his country.� His motivation, Mr. Obama said, was �a pure and deeply felt love of his country that comes from the painful knowledge of what life is like without it.� NYT

Inaugural Events Jan. 19 Kids Concert and Bipartisan Dinners

January 19, 2009

Michelle and Jill will be tending the kids inaugural concert and Obama will be honoring Powell, McCain and Biden at bipartisan dinners.
The kids inaugural concert will be live streamed at after the broadcast.
Today’s events from PIC:

Renew America Together: A Call to Service

To honor Dr. King�s legacy, the President-elect and the Vice President-elect will be participating in service projects in Washington D.C., as thousands of Americans follow their example in communities across the country. Find or host a service event in your community.

Community Service Day Lunch

This event is by invitation only. Please check back for more information about this event.

Kids’ Inaugural: We Are The Future Concert

7:00 p.m. – The Verizon Center
That night Mrs. Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden and their families will be attending the concert honoring military families.

The concert will be broadcast from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on The Disney Channel, be simulcast on Radio Disney and streamed on immediately following the telecast.

Bipartisan Dinners

President-elect Obama will host a series of bipartisan dinners honoring Senator John McCain, General Colin Powell, and Vice President-elect Joe Biden. The dinners will take place at the National Building Museum, Union Station and the Hilton Washington. The dinners are by invitation only.

5:00 p.m. – Dinner Honoring General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)
National Building Museum

5:00 p.m. – Dinner Honoring Senator John McCain
Hilton Washington

6:30 p.m. – Dinner Honoring Vice President-elect Joe Biden
Union Station

Obama Money in May

June 21, 2008

Barack Obama raised $21.9 million during the month of May down from the previous month.

Obama�s campaign has more than $43.1 million on hand, of which $33.3 million can be used during primary season, with approximately $304,000 in debt.

In comparison, John McCain had $32 million cash on hand at the end of May reporting period. However, the Republican Party has significantly more money in the bank to help their candidates than does the Democratic Party.

Obviously this is an area where Hillary Clinton can be very helpful. Like Obama, she outraised McCain during the primary season.

Clinton and her fundraisers will meet with Obama next week and the two senators will campaign together for the first time.