- Mar 20, 2004
It's the game of US politics. People are excited for McCain not because of him personally or for even his campaign promises that he is stumping but rather for the fact that he is the "Republican" candidate. The US political system is so broken down that it has come down to which party can get the larger number of its members to vote. And, as we saw in 2000, if the number of votes are pretty close then it becomes a matter of which party controls the decision makers in the voting process.... What I don't see is how someone could really be excited to be voting for McCain. He seems like like a brittle, phony, doddering old man.
With the McCain ticket, I believe that the emptiness is not necessarily a reflection of our current society but rather with the fact that McCain will say & do anything to be POTUS. His stance on issues changes with whatever group he is talking to to the point where anything he says is just fluff.So is the lack of substance behind the McCain/Palin message just a logical outgrowth of the whole "Budweiser, king of beers" phenomenon?
Palin's 'going rogue,' McCain aide says
With 10 days until Election Day, long-brewing tensions between GOP vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin and key aides to Sen. John McCain have become so intense, they are spilling out in public, sources say.
Several McCain advisers have suggested to CNN that they have become increasingly frustrated with what one aide described as Palin "going rogue."
A Palin associate, however, said the candidate is simply trying to "bust free" of what she believes was a damaging and mismanaged roll-out.
McCain sources say Palin has gone off-message several times, and they privately wonder whether the incidents were deliberate. They cited an instance in which she labeled robocalls -- recorded messages often used to attack a candidate's opponent -- "irritating" even as the campaign defended their use. Also, they pointed to her telling reporters she disagreed with the campaign's decision to pull out of Michigan.
A second McCain source says she appears to be looking out for herself more than the McCain campaign.
"She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone," said this McCain adviser. "She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else. Also, she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: Divas trust only unto themselves, as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom."
A Palin associate defended her, saying that she is "not good at process questions" and that her comments on Michigan and the robocalls were answers to process questions.
"Her lack of fundamental understanding of some key issues was dramatic," said another McCain source with direct knowledge of the process to prepare Palin after she was picked. The source said it was probably the "hardest" to get her "up to speed than any candidate in history."
Sacrifice? No... I honestly think that the kook-wing of the Republican Party believes that Sarah Palin represents their best chance in 2012.
If anybody thinks that Palin actually has the slimmest of chances of carrying the ticket in 2012 then they have been smoking a bit too much peyote.Sacrifice? No... I honestly think that the kook-wing of the Republican Party believes that Sarah Palin represents their best chance in 2012.
McCain is their sacrifice, their Bob Dole, the GOP version of Walter Mondale. In a year when everything is stacked against you, run the wooden old party guy, as a reward for his faithful service, with no expectation of winning.
Angry because he was stuck in traffic, a man named Joe McCain -- possibly the brother of the presidential candidate -- placed a call earlier in the week to 911 emergency, ABC News affiliate, WJLA, reports.
The October 21 call went to the city of Alexandria, Virginia emergency operations. This is the transcript of the call:Operator: 911 state your emergencyThe 911 operator, apparently, unnerved by use of the 911 emergency number to complain about bad traffic, called back the phone number that placed the call.
Caller: It's not an emergency but do you know why on one side at the damn drawbridge of 95 traffic is stopped for 15 minutes and yet traffic's coming the other way?
Operator: Sir, are you calling 911 to complain about traffic? (pause)
Caller: "(Expletive) you." (caller hangs up)
The operator reached a voice mail message that said, "Hi this is Joe McCain I can't take this message now because I'm involved in a very (inaudible) important political project... I hope on Nov. 4th we have elected John."
Outraged by the operator's action, the man called 911 a second time. That conversation went as follows:Caller: Somebody gave me this riot act about the violation of police.WJLA reports that the McCain campaign would not comment.
Operator: Did you just call 911 in reference to this?
Operator: 911 is to be used for emergencies only, not just because you're sitting in traffic.