Daily archives: August 29th, 2008

Karl Rove – McCain’s Chief Advisor

Despite denials by the McCain advisors, Time Magazine reports this week that Karl Rove is close, oh-so-close, to the McCain campaign:

A year after leaving the White House under the pall of an electoral setback and a congressional investigation, Karl Rove — hero of the right, scourge of the left — is back. With a twist.

In private, Rove speaks regularly with the McCain campaign, where his former protégé Steve Schmidt is now the manager. He’s also dialed in at the Republican National Committee, run by Mike Duncan, another former aide. And he still lunches two or three times a month with President Bush.

And Rove was heavily involved in McCain’s VP choice, running the whole show.

He’s ba-a-a-a-a-ack.

With Palin Near, Will McCain Approve the ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’ Words?

How highly does John McCain esteem women?  It’s a fair question now that Sarah “Quayle” Palin is on the ticket.  Johnny M. might even say, “That’s an excellent question.”

The answer is as simple as “A-B-C.”

“A” stands for adultery, or possibly polygamy, depending on how you interpret the facts, and don’t care that the “A” comes near the end of polygamy.  McCain has made several statements that contradict the facts on record regarding his divorce from first wife Carol and marriage to beer heiress Cindy Hensley.

From the LATimes:

In his 2002 memoir, “Worth the Fighting For,” McCain wrote that he had separated from Carol before he began dating Hensley.

“I spent as much time with Cindy in Washington and Arizona as our jobs would allow,” McCain wrote. “I was separated from Carol, but our divorce would not become final until February of 1980.”

An examination of court documents tells a different story. McCain did not sue his wife for divorce until Feb. 19, 1980, and he wrote in his court petition that he and his wife had “cohabited” until Jan. 7 of that year — or for the first nine months of his relationship with Hensley.

Although McCain suggested in his autobiography that months passed between his divorce and remarriage, the divorce was granted April 2, 1980, and he wed Hensley in a private ceremony five weeks later. McCain obtained an Arizona marriage license on March 6, 1980, while still legally married to his first wife.

Just for fun, let’s go back to November 2007.  Johnny McCain had fallen all over himself apologizing for his mother when she slammed Mormons on Hardball with Chris Matthews:

Matthews: “…You don’t think Romney’s done much heavy lifting for America then?”

R. McCain: “No, I don’t. I think being Senator – uh a Congressman, uh, a Senator – whatever it was, a Governor for four years. And as far as the Salt Lake City thing, he’s a Mormon and the Mormons of Salt Lake City caused that scandal and to clean that up, I – it’s, it’s not even again, it’s not a subject.”

J. McCain: “The views of my mother are not necessarily the views of mine.”

(nervous laughter from Sen. McCain and Matthews)

R. McCain: “Well that’s my opinion and you asked me.”

Yup. Mommy ripped a big one on national TV, and Johnny M. had to disavow that one.

But Johnny wasn’t nearly as concerned when one of his supporters called Hillary Clinton the B-word:

At a campaign event in South Carolina, a McCain backer stood up to ask the senator, “How do we beat the bitch?”

In response, McCain said, “We have our differences with our Democratic rivals, but I believe in treating people with respect. It’s why I don’t refer to women as ‘bitches,’ even when I disagree with them. I’m sure all of us believe we can debate the serious issues of the day without name-calling and degrading language.”

No, no, I’m just kidding. He actually responded, “That’s an excellent question.”

What about the “C” word?  The Real McCain by Cliff Schecter reports an angry exchange between McCain and his wife in full view of aides and reporters during a 1992 campaign stop:

Three reporters from Arizona, on the condition of anonymity, also let me in on another incident involving McCain’s intemperateness. In his 1992 Senate bid, McCain was joined on the campaign trail by his wife, Cindy, as well as campaign aide Doug Cole and consultant Wes Gullett. At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain’s hair and said, “You’re getting a little thin up there.” McCain’s face reddened, and he responded, “At least I don’t plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt.” McCain’s excuse was that it had been a long day. If elected president of the United States, McCain would have many long days.

Yes, many long days indeed. And this time with a woman at his side.

Watch Pat Buchanan Gush Over Barack Obama

Once again, I couldn’t believe what I saw last night. Here’s the one-and-only Pat Buchanan, mesmerized, as he tries to re-read Barack’s entire speech on MSNBC.

This is just one of those magic moments in television.

Enjoy this, Barack.  You may have Pat walking door-to-door for you before this election is over.

Did NBC Censor Gay Olympic Diver?

Did NBC censor the only openly gay Olympian, Australian diver Mathew Mitcham?  NBC denies it, but others are not so sure.

According to SPJ blogger Leo Laurence:

Moments after his dramatic upset in a surprise, gold-medal finish, Mitcham grabbed his mother and his gay partner, Lachlam Fletcher, thanking them for being the two most important peoploe in his life. NBC ignored it.

He won the 10-meter platform event at the Beijing Olympics, beating out the favorite Chinese athlete. And, “despite intensive coverage of other gold-medalists personal lives during the games, NBC failed to mention that Mitcham was Gay, or shoot footage of the diver’s partner cheering him on and congratulating him after his win,” wrote journalists Ann Turner and Mark Umbach.

The rest of the post, worth reading, details NBC’s denial that anyone was censored.  According to an NBC spokesman, the network wasn’t even aware of the controversy, saying the network doesn’t have time to give biographical details about all athletes.

NBC’s response: The network doesn’t show such things “in every case . . . I could show you 500 athletes we didn’t show. We don’t show everyone. We don’t show every ceremony,” Hughes said.

Still, NBC did mention on the air that Mitcham had quit the sport for a while to deal with ‘personal issues’ in his life.

Curiouser and curiouser.

Video: Obama’s Speech at the 2008 Democratic Convention

Read it below, watch it here. Spectacular.

Direct link here.

Alaska’s Sarah Palin is McCain’s VP Pick

Sarah Palin

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Sarah Palin is McCain’s VP pick.

Palin, the first woman governor of Alaska, was elected in 2006. She was also the youngest ever elected at the age of 42.

She is the mother of five children, the youngest of whom was born in April and has Down syndrome. She ran on a clean government platform in ’06 to defeat the incumbent Republican Governor Frank Murkowski.

Expect her to “wag the dog,” attempting to shift the national discussion away from the war in Iraq, jobs, the economy, health care, right back to the Republican comfort zones of abortion and homosexuality.  She will try to draw attention away from the big issues, making clumsy, quasi-Reaganesque attempts at spreading fear.  She will remind us how close Alaska is to Russia, as if Asia has recently taken a radical shift to the right, and we never knew Russia was there to begin with.

Republicans will attempt to sell her as a nice person and strong mother.  Oh, and she’s a white lady, like that Hillary lady.  So, that should be enough for disgruntled Clinton supporters, right?

No doubt she has a very real story to tell that deserves a good hearing.  However, she is a complete unknown outside Alaska, bringing no name recognition at all.

No doubt this is an attempt to woo Clinton supporters.  But Sarah Palin is no Hillary Clinton.  Substituting “another white woman” for Hillary Clinton won’t fool voters who examine policy — and Senator Clinton’s supporters are smart.

McCain would have been better off with Perot’s General Stockwell, or Dan Quayle.

I wonder if Palin can spell tomato?

Is she really ready “in a heartbeat” to step into the office of President of the United States?  That’s the real question Americans need to ask given McCain’s advanced age.