Republican Campaign ’08: Inconvenient Truths on McCain and Ron Paul Down, Not Out

Related 7/26/08: ‘Songbird’ McCain: The evidence – in his own words, his fellow veterans, and his captors


“Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.” – Douglas Adams


Kristol: McCain may pick Lieberman – Raw Story 5/21/08


The Real McCain that the Corporate Media Won’t Show You – with video, Alternet 5/19/08

“Since we first released The Real McCain a year ago, Brave New Films’ REAL McCain series has garnered close to two million views, with over 13,000 comments and tens of thousands more in petition signatures! Clearly, John McCain’s record is something the public wants to discuss, and yet the corporate media is doing nothing to present the truth. We feel obliged to continue countering the mainstream media’s love of McCain. And so we thought it was high time for a sequel: The Real McCain 2″


The McCain Doctrines – NYTimes 5/19/08


McCain and the ‘Unitary Executive’ – Consortium News 5/13/08

“If John McCain wins the presidency – and gets to appoint one or more U.S. Supreme Court justices – America’s 220-year experiment as a democratic Republic living under the principle that “no man is above the law” may come to an end.”

You mean it hasn’t already?


The Weird McCain-Dictator Connection – MotherJones 5/12/08


McCain adores the war and ignores the warrior – Alternet 5/2/08

EXCERPT: “Everyone knows McCain is a former prisoner of war, but did you know he refuses to support a bipartisan effort to modernize the GI Bill and has voted against nearly every effort to increase funding for healthcare and disability benefits for wounded soldiers? Did you know that Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) gave him a D+ when they scored his voting record (whereas Obama got a B+ and Clinton an A-). Do you know that he voted with the interests of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) only 20 percent of the time? Take a moment to look at his record: In 2005 and 2006, McCain voted against expanding mental healthcare and readjustment counseling for service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, efforts to expand inpatient and outpatient treatment for injured veterans, and proposals to lower co-payments and enrollment fees veterans must pay to obtain prescription drugs.”


Sen. Webb calls out McCain on GI Bill: “He’s so full of it” – Crooks and Liars 5/2/08


New FEC charges against McCain will also go uninvestigated by broken FEC – MotherJones 4/28/08


McCain’s Bizarre Undiscovered Foreign Policy Ideas – MotherJones 4/28/08


Pennsylvania results: McCain 73%, Paul 16%, Huckabee 11% – LA Times 4/22/08

So over 25% of the states’ Republicans voted against McCain.


McCain’s Top 10 Out-Of-Touch Moments – Crooks and Liars 5/7/08


McCain calls for 700 new nuclear plants costing $4 Trillion – Huffington Post 5/4/08


Top 10 Outrageous Quotes from McCain’s Spiritual Advisors – OpenLeft 5/1/08


McCain Endorser Pastor Hagee’s ‘Thrilling’ Scenario Includes Nuclear Strike on US Coasts – Tak2Action 5/2/08

EXCERPT: “Recently it has come to light that John Hagee declared “America is under the curse of God” but Hagee has also stated that, in the war he predicts will ensue a US or Israeli attack on Iran, God will punish the majority of Americans living, immolating them in a Russian nuclear strike on America’s east and west coasts. Given that Hagee has repeatedly advocated for a US and/or Israeli attack on Iran, and especially in light of enthusiastic adjectives – “thrilling”, for example with which Hagee describes the expected outcome of such an attack on Iran, it logically follows that John McCain endorser Texas megachurch pastor John Hagee hopes and advocates for a US foreign policy course that expects would kill the majority of Americans now alive.”


John McCain gets tax-free disability pension – LA Times 4/22/08


“Hero” John McCain as Phony and Collaborator: What Really Happened When He Was a POW? – Counterpunch 4/20/08

EXCERPT: “His Vietnamese captors soon realized their POW, John Sidney McCain III, came from a well-bred line in the American military elite. . .The Vietnamese realized, this poor stooge has propaganda value. The admiral’s boy was used to special treatment, and his captors knew that. They were working him.”


“. . .two weeks into his stay at the Vietnamese hospital, the Hanoi press began quoting him. It was not ‘name rank and serial number, or kill me’. as specified by the military code of conduct. McCain divulged specific military information: he gave the name of the aircraft carrier on which he was based, the number of U.S. pilots that had been lost, the number of aircraft in his flight formation, as well as information about the location of rescue ships.”
“…McCain was held for five and half years. The first two weeks’ behavior might have been pragmatism, but McCain soon became North Vietnam’s go-to collaborator…..McCain cooperated with the North Vietnamese for a period of three years. His situation isn’t as innocuous as that of the French barber who cuts the hair of the German occupier. McCain was repaying his captors for their kindness and mercy.”


McCain uses prison labor at campaign event – AL.com 4/24/08


McCain does not know contents of current CIA interrogation program – but whatever it is, it’s not torture – Time 4/25/08


Will McCain pick ‘Layoff’ Fiorina as VP choice? – NBC11 Bay Area 4/24/08


Inconvenient Truths About John McCain – Antiwar.com 4/25/08


Jon Stewart nails Sweet Talk John McCain – via RackJite 4/25/08


McCain’s Miserable Record on Katrina – Mother Jones 4/25/08


McCain: A Question of Temperament – Washington Post 4/20/08

EXCERPT: “Since the beginning of McCain’s public life, the many witnesses to his temper have had strikingly different reactions to it. Some depict McCain, now the presumptive Republican nominee for president, as an erratic hothead incapable of staying cool in the face of what he views as either disloyalty to him or irrational opposition to his ideas. Others praise a firebrand who is resolute against the forces of greed and gutlessness.”


Ron Paul has a novel idea for campaign leftovers – start a publishing company – Houston Chronicle 4/26/08


Something significant happened in Spokane – DailyPaul 4/22/08

EXCERPT: “107 out of 111 delegates were elected who favor Ron Paul and his positions. Only 4 delegates were elected who favor McCain. This was a HUGE and unexpected upset that surpassed the wildest expectations of everyone in our group.”


Ron Paul campaign dominates Nevada’s convention – Las Vegas Sun 4/27/08

GOP calls off convention without electing delegates due to too much democracy…
EXCERPT: “Rep. Ron Paul, a Republican with a libertarian’s heart, followed his second-place finish in Nevada’s January presidential caucus by out-organizing the state’s Republican establishment. In the process, the Paulites embarrassed the campaign of Arizona Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for president.
They seemed to make up more than half of the 1,300 or so state delegates to the convention. They won a key procedural vote on the rules, and their boisterous presence created significant delays, causing the convention chairman, Bob Beers, a state senator from Las Vegas, to recess the convention without selecting delegates to the national convention. The state convention is to resume at a later date.”
Ron Paul is down, but not out – Politico 4/26/08 

Recent Ron Paul campaign video – Alternet 4/22/08


Pennsylvania results: McCain 73%, Paul 16%, Huckabee 11% – LA Times 4/22/08

So over 25% of the states’ Republicans voted against McCain.

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