Re: It is a priori that this is good for McCain, whatever it is

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I don't think McCain is the son of a millworker. That's a huge difference right there.


Posted by: baa | Link to this comment | 08- 9-08 2:19 PM
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Oh hai, Ben. You also have to admit that McCain's silver hair doesn't match Edwards' silky locks.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 08- 9-08 2:21 PM
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But I admit that I found the "what's the problem? He kept the wife and mistress in two different Americas" line to be funny.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 08- 9-08 2:22 PM
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That is funny. Boy, if this ends up meaning people have to look into McCain's affairs then all the pain people I don't know suffered will have been worth it.

Won't happen, though.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08- 9-08 2:23 PM
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Yeah, it totally won't happen, but my fantasy is that our dear friends at NRO ratchet up the moral bar until it falls on McCain's wrinkled head.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 08- 9-08 2:25 PM
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Instapundit has been heh-indeeding for the last 48 hours over this. I sent him a brief email asking if he thought the MSM would have run with the story if the facts were identical (i.e., anonymously-sourced story in Nat Enq), except that the candidate was a Republican also-ran such as Thompson or Huckabee. "Absolutely" was his reply.


Posted by: kth | Link to this comment | 08- 9-08 3:01 PM
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Posted by: | Link to this comment | 08- 9-08 3:06 PM
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Another gem from David Gregory's show (although if you read the whole thing I am not as inclined as MediaMatters to be down on Gregory. Nicolle Wallace from the McCain campaign.

they made the strategic decision* to essentially fillet an American hero, a former POW, on the stump every day, which is what comes out of their candidate's mouth every day on the stump.

AKA as when they decided to go ahead and actually run a campaign against McCain rather than granting the usual "war hero" exemption. I am almost ready to start pushing the "Songbird" accusations against these mofos.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08- 9-08 5:26 PM
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More asshattery from the McCain camp. I find this one a bit dangerous, because it relies on a minimally competent non-partisan press to not pick up this ball of shit and run with it. The reaction of the Obama campaign to this crisis, so at odds with our democratic allies and yet so bizarrely in sync with Moscow, doesn't merely raise questions about Senator Obama's judgment--it answers them." (Recall that McCain's top aide was until recently himself a lobbyist for Georgia and still is a principal at his firm that continues to represent them.)


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08- 9-08 9:18 PM
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Obama's never gonna let you down.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-10-08 5:12 AM
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Get not let down by someone new.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-10-08 7:36 AM
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Reposted from LGM:

The U.S. government has to put out an bulletin to the effect that the Czechoslovakia / Munich card has already been played. By Israel. Forget it, guys!
This must not stand. If Shaakashvili succeeds in branding Georgia as Czechoslovakia, within a year we're going to be facing a throng of irredentists and liberators, all shouting in unison "I am Czechoslovakia!"
I say crucify them all. I'm not too happy with the way Israel has been playing this card either, but for the moment I'm willing to give them dibs.

Georgia was playing the same game that Israel has been -- allying themselves with the US, and then trying to leverage American support for their own adventurism. There's no imaginable end to this. Who's next?

Within the Bush administration I imagine there's a war going on, with the surviving realists fighting off Cheney's crowd, and Bush standing in the middle sucking his fingers.

What was going through Bush's mind, besides boredom, while he sat with Putin at the Olympics? -- I suppose he was just wishing he was at a brush-cutting photo-op, which is something he's capable of doing a good job of.

McCain needs a state of emergency if he's going to have any chance at all, and my guess is that he's counting on Bush to deliver him one. (That's another one of the things that he's actually capable of handling.)


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 08-10-08 7:52 AM
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The media is totally in the tank for Bush as far as brush-clearing goes. I went to the Crawford Texas Ranch, and the brush was not nearly clear enough. But do we hear about this incompetence from the MSM? Dream on.


Posted by: Adam Kotsko | Link to this comment | 08-10-08 9:29 AM
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Adam, you people from Kankakee and Ypsilanti have no real concept of brush. Bush knows what he's doing.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 08-10-08 9:33 AM
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I have brush experts willing to testify in Congress that Bush's brush clearing is a farce.


Posted by: Adam Kotsko | Link to this comment | 08-10-08 9:42 AM
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I laugh at your mercenary Yooper so-called "experts". Ha! Ha!


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 08-10-08 9:48 AM
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You may not be familiar with Michigan culture, but calling a Lower Penninsula person a "Yooper" is considered one of the gravest possible insults.

I assure you that there is plenty of brush in Detroit.


Posted by: Adam Kotsko | Link to this comment | 08-10-08 9:49 AM
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Any idea what he's doing here?


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-10-08 9:50 AM
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Yooper! Yooper! Yooper!


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 08-10-08 9:51 AM
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18: Looks like volleyball pairs. He's probably being charming and sexy, as is his wont.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 08-10-08 9:52 AM
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Relevant section from an article in the Telegraph:

He got more than he bargained for when Olympic champion Misty May-Treanor bent over and invited him to slap her rear, as it is customary for team-mates to do between points. "Mr President, want to?" she teased.
Mr Bush flicked a response towards the small of her back, seemingly confirming the view of casual observers that beach volleyball serves little purpose beyond the interests of ageing people with bottom fetishes.

Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-10-08 9:55 AM
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Oh come on you guys! No one is perfect - and who would want a President who is PERFECT!! For a start talk shows etc would just die.

It's time the media stopped making such a big deal about candidates' love lives. Just imagine - if the newspapers had published details [plus pictures surreptitiously taken of him and his lover within the confines of his private property] about FDR's 'misdemeanours' before he was chosen as Democratic candidate in 1932. He would never have become president.

I KNOW Edwards shouldn't lie - but for Christ's sake, he's a POLITICIAN and he knows how uptight so many Americans are, including many contributors to this blog, about issues like this.

I'm not saying he SHOULD lie - but it strikes me his private love life has no bearing whatsover on his ability to deal with world problems.

If you want to strike back with self-rightous anger feel free to do so - but only if you come up with a "No" to this question:

Have you ever told a lie?


Posted by: Whatchamacallit | Link to this comment | 08-10-08 9:56 AM
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You sould French, Whatchamacallit. A thousand years of fine cheese.

No thanks, buddy!


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 08-10-08 9:57 AM
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Oh come on you guys!

Mouseover!


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 08-10-08 10:31 AM
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Have you ever told a lie?

Never ever.



Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 08-10-08 10:33 AM
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Mouseover!

I was thinking "serves little purpose beyond the interests of ageing people with bottom fetishes."


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-10-08 10:40 AM
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18, 21. Dammit, I was going to guess shadow puppets.


Posted by: Michael | Link to this comment | 08-10-08 11:13 AM
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27: Guess away, you know how unreliable the media is.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-10-08 11:17 AM
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I like this Whatchamacallit person.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-10-08 12:02 PM
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And! If this blog ever decides to cease being an artifact, it could do worse than Oh come on you guys! as initial mouseover.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-10-08 12:41 PM
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Unless Edwards also had an affair with Obama that strikes me as really implausible.

Wouldn't that be cool? Obama could have Edwards for Vice President, and there could be blow-jobs in the Oval Office again, which should make all the Republicans very happy.


Posted by: Jesurgislac | Link to this comment | 08-11-08 3:26 AM
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What's the world coming to when a lame duck President feels obliged to decline an invitation to smack a volleyball player on the ass? Ten years of hardship--raising money, rehearsing your lines for campaign appearances, sucking up to various crazy GOP constituencies, dealing with a Congress that won't rubber stamp your proposals, having to remember which lies you've already told, expending mental energy to compartmentalize away the suffering of torture victims and civilian casualties, dealing with the stresses of the office without reaching for the bottle--there damned well ought to be a payoff! I propose that the ex-Presidential pension package include right to unlimited, guilt-free volleyball player ass-smacking right there alongside Secret Service protection.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 08-11-08 6:33 AM
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32: He was right there with your line of thinking Knecht, ready to smack, when came the thought, "What will Condi think?"


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-11-08 7:33 AM
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"How will I make it up to Condi, who has long yearned to do what I am about to do?"


Posted by: Fatman | Link to this comment | 08-11-08 7:40 AM
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