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McCain: Most Worthy Candidate Ever To Lose

November 7, 2008

In my previous life, I witnessed far more difficult postmortems. This one is easy. The patient was fatally stricken on Sept. 15 — caught in the rubble when the roof fell in (at Lehman Brothers, according to the police report) — although he did linger until his final, rather quiet demise on Nov. 4.

In the excitement and decisiveness of Barack Obama‘s victory, we forget that in the first weeks of September, John McCain was actually ahead. Then Lehman collapsed, and the financial system went off a cliff.

By Charles Krauthammer
The Washington Post
Friday, November 7, 2008; Page A19

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Above: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., delivers remarks during an election night rally in Phoenix Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

This was not just a meltdown but a panic. For an agonizing few days, there was a collapse of faith in the entire financial system — a run on banks, panicky money-market withdrawals, flights to safety, the impulse to hide one’s savings under a mattress.

This did not just have the obvious effect of turning people against the incumbent party, however great or tenuous its responsibility for the crisis. It had the more profound effect of making people seek shelter in government.

After all, if even Goldman Sachs was getting government protection, why not you? And offering the comfort and safety of government is the Democratic Party‘s vocation. With a Republican White House having partially nationalized the banks and just about everything else, McCain’s final anti-Obama maneuver — Joe the Plumber spread-the-wealth charges of socialism — became almost comical.

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American Presidential Campaign: New Version of ‘World’s greatest Soap Opera’ Begins Wednesday for 2012

November 2, 2008

It’s been the year’s longest-running serialized drama, with more ups and downs than a season of “Lost” and more jilted contestants than a season and a half of “Top Model.”

And it all comes to a screeching halt after Tuesday night.

By Adam Buckman
The New York Post

The “show” is the presidential campaign. As in past election seasons, the all-news cable channels aired thousands of hours of repetitive chatter, much of it no more illuminating than a chat you or I or Joe the Plumber might have had about the candidates at a corner saloon.

The broadcast networks clawed at each other for interviews with the candidates, those all-important “gets,” not so much to inform the electorate but to showcase their anchors, in whom they have invested millions of dollars.

The highlights for better or worse, inasmuch as they helped form public perceptions, were Charlie Gibson’s and Katie Couric’s interviews with Sarah Palin. Both made news for days (if not weeks), after they were conducted, with Couric’s in particular providing more grist for Tina Fey to impersonate Palin on “Saturday Night Live.”

Gibson’s was notable mainly for the anchorman’s pomposity. Never mind what the interview revealed (if anything); most of us were too fixated on the way Charlie’s glasses were perched on the end of his nose to listen to what Gov. Palin had to say.

Comedy, with Palin positioned unfairly at the center of much of it, was once again a big part of the campaign picture, with untold numbers of voters preparing to cast their ballots on Election Day based on Jay Leno’s jokes and Jon Stewart’s sarcasm.

Stewart will be on hand to “cover” the Election Night returns on Comedy Central, with Stephen Colbert as his co-anchor, demonstrating how comedy and TV news are fast becoming synonymous.

But you could have said that four years ago, and even eight years ago. The difference this time around was this campaign’s soap opera storyline, which seemed tailor-made for TV.

Presidential campaigns are always dramatic, but this one was more so. It had race and gender and two candidates, Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani, who a year ago looked like shoo-ins for each of their party’s nominations, but who shattered all predictions for how this campaign would go by falling by the wayside.

Tuesday night, the TV newsers will make their last efforts to impress you enough for you to stay with them after the 2008 campaign saga concludes, and the 2012 race commences first thing Wednesday morning.

Late Friday: McCain claims he has momentum as Obama expands ads

October 31, 2008

Democrat Barack Obama confidently broadened his advertising Friday into two once reliably Republican states and rival John McCain‘s home state of Arizona even as he chastized the Republican candidate for what he called “say-anything, do-anything politics.” The GOP candidate, nevertheless, insisted to audiences in hotly contested Ohio that momentum has swung his way in the final days of the presidential campaign.

Obama’s campaign, capitalizing on his vast financial resources and a favorable political climate, announced that it was going back up with advertising in Georgia and North Dakota, two GOP states that it had teased with ads earlier in the general election campaign but then abandoned.

By MIKE GLOVER and JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press Writers
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In Iowa, where his campaign took off with a caucus win Jan. 3, Obama told supporters to expect McCain’s campaign to end in a crescendo of attacks on him. “More of the slash and burn, say-anything, do-anything politics that’s calculated to divide and distract; to tear us apart instead of bringing us together,” Obama told 25,000 in Des Moines.

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Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. shakes hands with supporters at the end of a campaign stop in Steubenville, Ohio., Friday, Oct. 31, 2008.(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

The Illinois senator said he admired a presidential candidate who said in 2000, “I will not take the low road to the highest office in this land.”

“Those words were spoken eight years ago by my opponent, John McCain,” Obama said. “But the high road didn’t lead him to the White House then, so this time, he decided to take a different route.”

McCain was spending a second straight day touring economically ailing Ohio, a swing state with 20 electoral votes that McCain aides acknowledge is central to a victory on Tuesday. McCain was behind Obama in polls in the state.

In Ohio’s hard-pressed southeast, McCain whipped up a crowd of several thousand at the county courthouse in Steubenville, telling them, “You’re going to be the battleground state again. You’re going to be the one who decides. I need Ohio and I need you.”

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John McCain vows to fight to the finish in Defiance, Ohio

October 31, 2008

The looming prospect of defeat in the US presidential election is bringing out the best in Senator John McCain, who on Thursday chose a town named Defiance to make a spirited vow to fight to the end of the campaign.

By Alex Spillius in Defiance, Ohio
The Telegraoh (UK)
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Starting a two-day bus tour of Ohio, which the Republicans must win to have a chance of taking the White House in next week’s election, Mr McCain was given a rousing reception by a crowd of several thousand standing in freezing temperatures outside the town’s high school.

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Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., uses finger quotes while speaking about Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., during a rally at Mentor High School in Mentor, Ohio Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008.(AP Photo/David Richard)

“We need to win Ohio on November 4 and with your help we are going to!” roared Mr McCain. “But I need your energy, your enthusiasm. We need you working for the next five days, we need to fight, we need to fight for this country.”

Trailing by an average of six to seven points in the polls, the 72-year-old Arizona senator noted that the last president to win the White House without winning Ohio was John F Kennedy in 1960.

Like Hillary Clinton in the primaries, the Vietnam war veteran is showing his best form under the greatest pressure. And like the former First Lady, whose supporters McCain has had limited success wooing, he came out to the theme tune from Rocky, the ultimate underdog’s song.

Mr McCain lauded the achievements of Joe Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, for succeeding in revealing to the nation that Senator Barack Obama believed in “spreading the wealth around”. In an awkward moment, he asked Joe to stand up and enjoy the audience’s appreciation, only to realise that he wasn’t there.

“Well, you are all Joe the Plumber!” Mr McCain told the laughing crowd, recovering quickly. “Wherever you are, Joe, let’s give him a round of applause for what he has done for America.”

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Joe The Plumber and Barack’s Great Idea To “Spread the Wealth Around”

October 20, 2008

By Linda Chavez
The Washington Times

COMMENTARY:

“When you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody,” Barack Obama explained to Joe Wurzelbacher in Ohio earlier this week. But Joe the Plumber, as he has become known thanks to Wednesday night’s presidential debate where his name was invoked no fewer than a half dozen times by both candidates, isn’t buying it. And Mr. Wurzelbacher is right to be skeptical.

In an interview with CBS’ Katie Couric after the debate, Mr. Wurzelbacher said he was worried Mr. Obama would be the one deciding who was wealthy and, therefore, should be taxed more. Mr. Obama says only those earning more than $250,000 will see their taxes go up. But Mr. Wurzelbacher worries, “When’s he going to decide that $100,000 is too much, you know? I mean, you’re on a slippery slope here.”

Mr. Wurzelbacher’s fears are well founded. Mr. Obama was unable to name a single significant program he would scale back when asked by debate moderate Bob Schieffer to do so. Mr. Obama will have to come up with the money to pay for some trillion dollars in new spending in his first term – including what he calls a “tax cut” but which will really be a check from those who do pay taxes to low-income Americans who already don’t pay any federal income taxes.

The wealthy already pay a hugely disproportionate share of all federal income taxes. According to an analysis by the non-partisan Tax Foundation using the latest Internal Revenue Service figures (for 2006), taxpayers with an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $153,542 and above made up the nation’s top 5 percent of earners. But this top 5 percent paid nearly 60 percent of all the income taxes collected in 2006, while earning about 37 percent of AGI. For all the talk of middle-income earners paying most of the taxes, the facts suggest otherwise. Those in the 26 to 50 percentiles of AGI pay about 11 percent of taxes and earn 19 percent of income.

So when Barack Obama says he wants to “spread the wealth around,” he’s really talking about redistributing wealth through the tax system by forcing higher income earners not only to pay a disproportionate share of taxes but to fund cash transfers to those earning less. Mr. Obama’s proposed tax plan includes provisions for what he calls refundable “tax credits” for low-income Americans, many of whom don’t pay any federal income taxes. In other words, those who already pay no taxes would be sent a government check equal to the “credits” in Mr. Obama’s plan, including 6.2 percent of income of those earning up to $8,100 and a refundable “credit” of 10 percent of mortgage interest paid by those who don’t itemize.

Obviously some people think this is “fair.” Mr. Obama told John McCain in the debate on Wednesday, “Well, I don’t mind paying a little more.” But Joe the Plumber might not feel quite the same way. As a small businessman, Mr. Wurzelbacher will likely take those earnings to invest in a bigger company – that’s what he told Mr. Obama he wanted to do when he asked his original question on the campaign trail.

By growing his business, Mr. Wurzelbacher….

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Endorsements: Joe The Plumber Trumps Colin (Too Late) Powell

October 19, 2008

One has to wonder what Colin Powell is up to.  Endorsing Barack Obama this late in the game is no risk and of little use.  Colin certainly doesn’t want to be Secretary of State again so why get behind Barack now?


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Because he’s Black.  Colin wants to be Black just the way Barack wants to be Black.  Both have succeeded in a “white man’s world” despite, not because, they are Black.

Congratulations, Bros, you deserve each other.

The only “endorsement” this week that matters is not an endorsement at all.

Joe the Plumber hasn’t endorsed anyone.  But he has asked a question.

And the Plumber’s Question got us some, brief, rare glimpse of honesty from a politician: Barack Obama wants the money from working men and women to assist those who have too little.

I, for one, object.

But You Gotta like that Black Socialist thinking.

God help us.

God Bless America.
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This from Johathan Martin’s Blog:
Rush Limbaugh said Colin Powell’s decision to get behind Barack Obama appeared to be very much tied to Obama’s status as the first African-American with a chance to become president.

“Secretary Powell says his endorsement is not about race,” Limbaugh wrote in an e-mail. “OK, fine. I am now researching his past endorsements to see if I can find all the inexperienced, very liberal, white candidates he has endorsed. I’ll let you know what I come up with.”

As for Powell’s statement of concern this morning about the sort of Supreme Court justices a President McCain might appoint, Limbaugh wrote: “I was also unaware of his dislike for John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy and Antonin Scalia. I guess he also regrets Reagan and Bush making him a four-star [general] and secretary of state and appointing his son to head the FCC. Yes, let’s hear it for transformational figures.”

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US Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Senator Barack ...
Above: Barack The Messiah.  US Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Senator Barack Obama smiles during a rally at the Crown Center Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Barack Obama basked Sunday in the endorsement of former secretary of state Colin Powell and a huge cash haul that left the Democrat set fair for the epic White House campaign’s final fortnight.(AFP/Emmanuel Dunand)
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Above: Joe the Plumber wants to know how giving his money to others is good for him.  Here Plumber Joe Wurzelbacher speaks to the media on October 16, 2008 outside of his home in Holland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate McCain told a campaign rally in this Florida city that he spoke with the now famous “Joe the Plumber” for the first time on Friday.(AFP/Getty Images/File/J.D. Pooley)

McCain: middle-class guardian

October 19, 2008

Evoking “Joe the Plumber” in his pivotal home state, Republican John McCain on Sunday cast himself as the guardian of middle-class workers and small-business owners who fuel the economy.

By GLEN JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer

“If I’m elected president, I won’t raise taxes on small businesses, as Sen. (Barack) Obama clearly wants to do, and force them to cut jobs,” McCain said of his Democratic opponent during a rally at Otterbein College. “I will keep small business taxes where they are, help them keep their costs low and let them spend their earnings to create more jobs. We need that in Ohio. We need it across America.”

McCain was flying from the Columbus suburbs northward to Toledo, near where “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher lives, amid the GOP’s push for this swing state and its 20 electoral votes.

The Holland, Ohio, plumber was in New York making the media rounds with his family, but McCain has been evoking his spirit after making him the focal point the final presidential debate between McCain and Obama. McCain also mentions Wurzelbacher at his rallies after the plumber was videotaped questioning Obama about whether his tax plan would keep him from buying the two-man plumbing shop where he works.

While some analyses showed Wurzelbacher faring better under Obama’s plan than McCain’s, McCain has lashed out at Obama for saying that while his policies may force some workers to pay higher taxes, they were designed to “spread the wealth around” by targeting only families making over $250,000 annually.

Sen. Obama is more interested in controlling who gets your piece of the pie than he is in growing the pie,” McCain told a crowd of several thousand.

He drew cheers when he proclaimed he was campaigning “on behalf of Joe the Plumber and Rose the Teacher and Phil the Bricklayer and Wendy the Waitress.”

Obama, in North Carolina, said he is the one worried about “the cops and firefighters who keep us safe, … the waitresses who work double shifts, the cashiers at Wal-Mart, the plumbers fighting for the American Dream.”

He added: “John McCain thinks that giving these Americans a break is socialism. Well I call it opportunity, and there is nothing more American than that.”

Earlier Sunday, McCain complained that the vast sums of money Obama is raising risk the post-Watergate financing reforms.

Speaking on “Fox New Sunday” hours after Obama’s campaign reported raising a record $150 million in September, McCain said the overall sum his Democratic rival has raised — $605 million — showed the “dam has broken” for future White House races.

McCain also complained that the identities of people who contributed more than $200 million of Obama’s total take have not been reported, although that is allowable under federal law because the individual donations fall under the $200 reporting limit.

“I’m saying it’s laying a predicate for the future that can be very dangerous,” McCain said. “History shows us where unlimited amounts of money are in political campaigns, it leads to scandal.”

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Joe The Plumber says: “when you can’t ask a question of your leaders anymore, that gets scary”

October 19, 2008

“Joe the Plumber” is lashing out at the media for analyzing his personal life since he suddenly became a focal point of the presidential race last week.

Joe Wurzelbacher, a plumber from Holland, Ohio, told Mike Huckabee on his Fox News talk show Saturday that he is upset by the attention and has been unable to work with reporters crowded on his front lawn.

“The media’s worried about whether I’ve paid my taxes, they’re worried about any number of silly things that have nothing to do with America,” Wurzelbacher told the former Republican presidential hopeful on his show, “Huckabee.”

Wurzelbacher said he felt terrible after reading some of the criticism of himself posted online.

“I felt about that small,” he said. “I mean I really did.”

Republican presidential candidate John McCain has been portraying Wurzelbacher as emblematic of people with concerns about Obama’s tax plans.

Wurzelbacher became famous after he met Obama and said the Democrat’s tax proposal could keep him from buying the two-man plumbing company where he works. However, reports of Wurzelbacher’s annual earnings suggest he would receive a tax cut rather than an increase under Obama’s plan.

“You know, I am a plumber,” Wurzelbacher said. “Just a plumber.”

Wurzelbacher said he agreed to appear on the show after he received phone calls from friends serving in the military who voiced their support.

“You know, when you can’t ask a question of your leaders anymore, that gets scary,” he said.

On Sunday, McCain was to travel to Ohio, where he might appear with Wurzelbacher.

Obama’s Standing Against American Workers, ‘Joe the Plumber’ Resonates With Tax Paying, Working, Blue Collar Americans

October 19, 2008

Sorry, Barack: you are now known and you are a loser.

Barack Obama has shown his distain for American Workers — and they noticed.

Joe the Plumber is a regular guy — and when he asked about the Obama Tax Plan ‘Barack the Messiah’ told him he’d have to give up a portion of his work wages to people that don’t work at all — and that this was good for everyone.

Joe didn’t buy it.

Plumber Joe Wurzelbacher speaks to the media on October 16, ...

Me neither.

So Mr. Obama, thanks for sending out ‘Joe Biden the Idiot’ and a host of surrogates who are now attacking Joe the Plumber and all he stands for.

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Above: Barack Obama, who has looked the fool without a teleprompter, is seen here with telepromper help…..But his distain for the American Worker is Now On The Table….

Barack: You have shown who you really are!

Barack:  Joe the Plumber stands for all Workers in America, Dude.  Workers who are tired — and they pay their taxes. 

You, Barack, apparently stand for people without jobs.  And you want to give them our money.

No Way Barack!  No way in Hell my friend…..

Go figure!

Supporter holding a placard with his name and profession waits ...
Supporter holding a placard with his name and profession waits for US Republican presidential candidate John McCain to arrive at a rally in Woodbridge, Virginia. McCain blasted Democratic rival Barack Obama, again citing the example of “Joe the Plumber” to claim that small businesses would suffer from increased taxes under the Democrat’s economic plan.(AFP/Nicholas Kamm)

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. ... 
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. holds up a t-shirt that was handed to him at the end of a rally in Melbourne, Fla., Friday, Oct. 17, 2008.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

By GLEN JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer


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Palin praises ‘Joe the Plumber’ for ruining Obama’s ‘photo-op’

October 18, 2008

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin invoked “Joe the Plumber” again on Saturday, needling Sen. Barack Obama for having a “staged photo-op” interrupted by a voter asking him a question about taxes.

CNN —  Joe The Plumber, real name Samuel Joe Wurzelbacher of Toledo, Ohio, was made famous by Sen. John McCain who invoked his name during Wednesday’s presidential debate. The Ohio resident asked Obama a question about taxes, which was caught on tape, sparking a backlash by the Arizona senator’s campaign.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin campaigns in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Saturday.

Above: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin campaigns in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Saturday.

“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.”

If that scenario sounds familiar, it’s because a strikingly similar thing happened to Palin on September 27 in Philadelphia at one of her own staged photo-ops, when Temple graduate student Michael Rovito approached the governor at a cheese-steak shop to ask her opinions on cross-border raids into Pakistan to hunt terrorists.

Palin told Rovito the United States should “absolutely” attack within Pakistan to stop terrorists, a position at odds with McCain’s. The remark was picked up by a network camera crew and caused a headache for the GOP ticket. Staffers were forced to explain the two candidates’ apparently conflicting views in a national television interview days later.

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.

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