Posted tagged ‘John McCain’

Squash the Funny Business at the Polls!

November 3, 2008

The following is a video put out by the Obama campaign on how to avoid voter intimidation shenanigans. The video shows examples of the kind of wacky stuff that has been happening already, including an attempt to disenfranchise Joe the Plumber because of a clerical error on his registration. Democrats ended up protecting his vote for McCain.

If you don’t have time to watch the video, and you live in Indiana here’s my main message to you. Do NOT get out of the voting line no matter what anyone tells you, asks you or accuses you of. As long as you get in line BEFORE 6:00 p.m., just stay in there until you either vote or have had a chance to call this phone number:

1-877-MY-IN-OBAMA

Tomorrow I will spend my day hanging out at designated polls watching for signs of voter intimidation as I cross every finger and toe I have.

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I Guess This and Joe the Plumber is All He’s Got

October 17, 2008

Sorry, for the two post Friday, but I just read about McCain campaign robocalls on Huffington Post . Since McLyin is once again trying to imply a link between Obama and William Ayers, I thought I should prepare people for the robocalls and put the truth out there, especially for my friend Flo who was asking about Ayers just today.

The McCain-Palin campaign and the Republican National Committee launched a massive robocall campaign on Thursday designed to alarm voters about Barack Obama’s past association with former radical Bill Ayers. The committee may be violating state law in the process.

The call begins: “Hello. I’m calling for John McCain and the RNC,” before telling recipients that they “need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers, whose organization bombed the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge’s home, and killed Americans.”

More remarkable than the message (coming after a presidential debate in which John McCain said he didn’t care about a “washed up terrorist”) is the reach of the campaign itself. The Huffington Post received dozens of emails from voters who had either received the call or gotten a voice mail with a recording. Reports came from Ohio, Colorado, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Missouri, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, West Virginia, Maine and even Georgia.

If you are curious, you can click the link above and hear the audio of the robocall.

I HATE robocalls from anyone. If you want to talk to me, be a person. But here’s what I have to say about Ayers.

Obama is not his pal! If you don’t believe me, take it from–

The Chicago-Sun Times:

Obama’s campaign really was launched when he got the backing of then state Sen. Alice Palmer (D-Chicago), who wanted him to replace her as she was planning a run for Congress. Palmer’s backing gave him entrée into local influential political circles…Obama’s formal kick-off to announce his run for state senate was at the Hyde Park Ramada Inn on Sept. 19, 1995. Obama was introduced by Palmer in a room filled with supporters at the Ramada, fronting Lake Michigan on South Lake Shore Drive, a stroll from the Museum of Science and Industry.

Or Factcheck.org:

McCain says in an Internet ad that the two “ran a radical ‘education’ foundation” in Chicago. But the supposedly “radical” group was supported by a Republican governor and included on its board prominent local civic leaders, including one former Nixon administration official who has given $1,500 to McCain’s campaign this year. Education Week says the group’s work “reflected mainstream thinking” among school reformers. The group was the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, started by a $49 million grant from the Annenberg Foundation, which was established by the publisher Walter Annenberg, a prominent Republican whose widow, Leonore, is a contributor to the McCain campaign.

Or the Associated Press:

Her [Palin] reference to Obama’s relationship with William Ayers, a member of the Vietnam-era Weather Underground, was exaggerated at best if not outright false. No evidence shows they were “pals” or even close when they worked on community boards years ago and Ayers hosted a political event for Obama early in his career.

The political event referred to in the AP article is also referred to in the Sun-Times article above. Standard procedure for newbie Illlinois politicians is to run a gauntlet of coffees around the University of Illinois campus. One of which was at Ayers.

One of the event hosts doesn’t even remember the coffee being for Obama, but for Obama’s predecessor in the Illinois senate who wanted Obama to be her replacement:

Sam Ackerman told me Tuesday when we exchanged e-mails that “as I recall, the event at Bill Ayers’ house (prior to ours) was a fund-raiser for Alice’s congressional campaign at which she also introduced Barack as the successor she would like to see elected.”

If Ackerman’s recollection is correct–that the event at Ayers home was really for Palmer and Obama just piggy backed on it–then any argument that the Obama’s political career was launched in the Ayers home is moot.

Sick of hearing about Ayers? I am. If you’re not, feel free to read through a whole slough of other mainstream media disputes of McCain’s weak accusations. If you care, they are at Fight the Smears, which is the Obama campaign’s attempt to keep up with the sewage being slung out of the McCain camp. It’s a full time job for someone, I’m sure.

Oops! Before I even finished editing this post, another report of McCain robocalls, these accusing Obama of supporting infanticide, popped up. Whatever.

Arkansas and Indiana, In The Pink

October 17, 2008

Don’t go looking at THIS link unless you want to get addicted to poll numbers and statistics in less than five seconds, but I noticed for the first time Arkansas is moving from being a solid red state for McCain to a pink state.

Indiana is back from being light blue to pink.

What on earth are these two campaigns going to do for the next three weeks? Can’t we just vote already? Oh, yeah. In Indiana we can right now. Early voting in Arkansas begins October 20. Why wait?

Wow! Republican Dick Lugar Endorses Obama’s Foreign Policy!

October 15, 2008

Those of you who live in Indiana will appreciate what a big deal this is.

The ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee parted ways with his party’s presidential nominee Wednesday by endorsing Democrat Barack Obama ’s approach to diplomacy.

In a lengthy speech at the National Defense University, Indiana Sen. Richard G. Lugar weighed the benefits of talking to foreign leaders, including U.S. enemies, against other actions, such as military force. The issue marks one of the sharpest divides between Obama and John McCain , who has called the Democratic nominee naive for suggesting that he would sit down with leaders such as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

I’m still in Arkansas so haven’t had much chance to blog, but had to drop this in.

Sermon On The Campaign Trail

October 10, 2008

Last night I was watching my church’s dress rehearsal of Godspell, which premieres tonight and runs through Sunday (see it). Listening to the Sermon on the Mount through the lens of our current election cycle was startling.

I was struck by how tough Jesus’s command to “bless those who curse you and say all manner of evil things about you” is for me these days. How do you turn the other cheek when you believe the future of your country is at stake? Some campaign speeches seem written to make enemies of our fellow citizens, with words like “domestic terrorist” bandied about and answered by “treason” and “kill him” as if these were cheers at a football game. How should I love these people? I made a commitment to my faith long ago that tells me I must, but how do I do it?

Sunday a group of friends from church came by the house for lunch so we could talk politics. One of the questions I wanted help with was thinking about the Christian response to negative campaigning.

By negative campaigning, I mean non-policy related jabs. I don’t have a problem with candidates putting one another in a negative light as it relates to their policies and performance, since one would reasonably assume negative outcomes for policies we disagree with.

But lies about character and questioning someone’s patriotism? That and unsubstantiated whispers of a candidate being “not like us” send me over the edge (as you no doubt know if you read this blog much).

So as we enter the last 25 days of the campaign:

Does anyone have any ideas for ways to love those who spread lies about character?

What is the correct response when in 2004 we saw what effect NOT fighting back against lies has?

What does winning mean?

McCain’s Post-Debate “Handshake”

October 8, 2008

McCain is not very presidential. And what is Cindy’s deal? Is it me or does she seem opposed to shaking voters’ hands? She won’t even go near them. Is she just trying to make it easier for people to photograph them or what?

BTW, Obama won. If you want to talk more wonkish policy stuff, feel free to e-mail me, but there wasn’t a lot of new information. Will people even watch the final debate?

Obama: I Won’t Throw The First Punch, But I Will Throw the Last One

October 7, 2008

As McCain lobs discredited and gaseous Ayre’s accusations, Obama strikes back with the truth about how McCain ended up getting such a bad reputation on economic policy.

In the ’80s, McCain was wined and dined by savings and loan owner Charles Keating. Actually, it wasn’t just dinner. Keating sent McCain and his entire (already wealthy) family and their babysitter off on vacation to the Bahamas and gave them other perks, too. THAT is what I call “palling around.”

But why would Keating want to spend so much time and money on McCain? Keating wanted to know he could count on McCain’s support and power to push for looser bank regulation that ultimately cleared the way for Keating’s millions of dollars in bank fraud.

Unlike McCain’s baseless accusation, Obama fights back by tying McCain’s poor economic judgment and decision making skills to the current economy. Timely and smart.

Worth a look.

Long story short. Obama is clean and has been accused of nothing. McCain was formally accused and reprimanded for his questionable actions as a result of his associations with Keating. Keating is a convicted criminal who, until he got caught, was grateful for the cover that McCain’s unethical use of power provided.