Sunday, November 19, 2006



Public opinion surveys always show McCain with a lot of public approval. He has a great p.r. staff. The media always calls him a moderate, even though on virtually everything but torture he's an extreme right wing nut-- and even on torture, he backed down pretty fast when Rove and Cheney yelled "Boo!" And when's the last time the media mentioned The Keating 5 when talking about McCain's quest for the presidency?

Do you think the mass media will point out how his views are violently at odds with the wishes of most Americans on a number of critical issues? Just today, for example, McCain vowed that if he were elected president he would immediately work to overturn Roe vs Wade. Does that make him a flip-glopper? A liar? A panderer? An extremist? Patently unqualified to lead this country? All of the above?

McCain's media strategy has been to try to pass him off as a "straight talker" and not just another politico who will tell any audience what they want to hear in return for their support, and yet... at heart, that's exactly what he is. He's crass; he's craven; he's completely untrustworthy. In 1999 when he was trying to portray himself as a moderate he took up the same position as President Clinton, that abortion should be safe, legal and rare. "I'd love to see a point where it is irrelevant, and could be repealed because abortion is no longer necessary. But certainly in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade, which would then force X number of women in America to [undergo] illegal and dangerous operations." But this morning, on ABC, when the goal is to appeal to the GOP base, the far right kooks who vote in the Republican primaries, he had quite something else entirely to say:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Let me ask one question about abortion. Then I want to turn to Iraq. You're for a constitutional amendment banning abortion, with some exceptions for life and rape and incest.

MCCAIN: Rape, incest and the life of the mother. Yes.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So is President Bush, yet that hasn't advanced in the six years he’s been in office. What are you going to do to advance a constitutional amendment that President Bush hasn't done?

MCCAIN: I don't think a constitutional amendment is probably going to take place, but I do believe that it's very likely or possible that the Supreme Court should — could overturn Roe v. Wade, which would then return these decisions to the states, which I support.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And you'd be for that?

MCCAIN: Yes, because I'm a federalist. Just as I believe that the issue of gay marriage should be decided by the states, so do I believe that we would be better off by having Roe v. Wade return to the states. And I don't believe the Supreme Court should be legislating in the way that they did on Roe v. Wade.

Not your issue? How about the Bush war against Iraq? Even with a warmonger like Henry Kissinger finally admitting that a military victory is impossible and admitting that Iraq isn't going to accept an American form of government, especially not one imposed on them, McCain is positively salivating at the prospect of sending more young Americans into the meatgrinder of the Iraqi Civil War. Not many Americans support this point of view (just Lieberman as far as I can see).

"Kissinger presented a bleak vision of Iraq, saying the U.S. government must enter into dialogue with Iraq's regional neighbors-- including Iran-- progress is to be made in the region." Interviewed by the BBC, Kissinger responded to a question about winning in Iraq in a way very different from Republican or McCain dogma:
If you mean by 'military victory' an Iraqi government that can be established and whose writ runs across the whole country, that gets the civil war under control and sectarian violence under control in a time period that the political processes of the democracies will support, I don't believe that is possible.

McCain is still yelling about sending more troops and babbling the same Rove-invented nonsense about fighting them there or fighting them down at the WalMart. "We leave this place, chaos in the region, and they'll follow us home. So there's a great deal more at stake here in this conflict, in my view, a lot more." Meanwhile, the only fighting we did at the WalMart with VietNam after we gave up on that catastrophic miscalculation was over shelf space.

McCain's base of support, low-information suburban "independents," (or, more accurately, Decline-to-state's) are about to get a big wake-up call if they think the war can just go blithely forward and be fought by other people's children. You remember all that hubbub about young Republicans-- reminiscent of a "too busy" young Dick Cheney-- who were all for the war but couldn't quite get themselves over to Iraq? Well Charlie Rangel has an idea about making fighting something that isn't only for the sons and daughters of poor Americans. It's called a draft; and I expect that would end the war-- and McCain's chances to be elected to anything.


At 10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you really that ignorant. I am so tired of elitist far left zealots that think our "kids" are either brainwashed or poor. My son joined the army because he felt it was the right thing to do AND with the full intent of going to Iraq. He is educated, he is 30 years old and has a wife and daughter and is serving in Iraq now. For all of you who are screaming that the mainstream Americans agree with them and that we need to pull out now apparantly don't really care about what the people who are actually FIGHTING the war and putting their butts on the line think. Many are VOLUNTEERING to go over for a 2nd time because they feel what they are doing is worthwhile. While you sit in your little think tank and study politics from books and listen to what the media wants you to believe is going on over there, 70 percent of our military are REPULICAN OR INDEPENDANT and support their mission. They also feel betrayed because they do not believe it is possible for the American public to say that they support the military and think they are doing so when it is vital for our military to focus on their mission in order to do their job...something many of you DON'T support. There are MANY good things going on over there and MOST of the Iraqis want us there. They have had 3 YEARS to get their government together. How many years were we in Germany after the war...Japan? about Kosovo? WE'RE STILL THERE!!! How many years did it take the United States to get their govenment together after we rebelled against Britain? YOUR screaming about pulling out now just encourages the terrorists to attack our guys more because they know many people in our country don't have the willingness to follow through and the terrorists do. They learned from Vietnam too...let the media drive public opinion and we'll defeat ourselves. We'll pull out without waiting for it to stablize and they can slaughter anyone that was loyal to us when we leave and fill the vacuum with more terrorists, just like they did when we pulled out of Vietnam. I am more terrified for my son's safety now than I EVER was before the elections. The terrorists and Iran (and YES they are behind many of the "death squads")know that they have a better chance of winning now and getting us to pull out. What better way to tip the scales but to increase the violence toward our military. Thanks guys...brilliant! People don't join the military because they are uneducated and poor...especially since 9/11. How incredibly offensive for you to even suggest it. I guess I was right...John Kerry's little "joke" was more like a freudian slip and apparantly many of the left think the same way. DO NOT try to speak for my son...because he and MOST of the military I've talked to don't agree with you. You care about your own agenda and hating Bush and are more concerned about the terrorists RIGHTS and politics than you are our guys. Get your nose out of the books and maybe start listening to the people that actually KNOW what is going on over our military. And don't quote the Army Times...the main reason the guys buy it is because it lists the's thought of like the National Enquirer of the military. Most of them read the Stars and Stripes...the Army Times is owned by the Gannett in USA TODAY. It DOESN'T represent how the military feels and NEITHER DO YOU!

At 8:34 AM, Blogger KenInNY said...

Anonymous, I admire your son's convictions and courage, and can only hope he returns home safely.

Beyond that, I can only express stupefaction at the scope of your delusion and misinformation. We now have abundant sources of information about what has gone in and is going on in Iraq, and you could not be more mistaken.

It's the right-wing neocon think tankers with no on-the-ground experience of this or any other military conflict who got us into this mess. It's only you, the president and the vice president who remain totally ignoratn of how catastrophic the situation has become.


At 4:28 PM, Blogger Scott said...

I am so tired of the "independent" and "maverick" John McCain as presented by the big media. What a complete lie. He is and always will be a very typical right wing, conservative Republican. There is nothing moderate about that.


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