Press aide who mocked McCain is out at the White House

Kelly Sadler, the White House communications aide who made a imprudent comment about Republican Sen. John McCain’s health, was quietly let go Tuesday nearly a month after making the insensitive remark, three people familiar with the matter said.
Press aide who mocked McCain is out at the White House

the right will circle the wagons and look for a liberal scalp to collect. they always do that when one of theirs gets fired.

McCain Promised Qaddafi To Help Secure Military Equipment From U.S.

For all the braying by the Senate's top three hawks about how the U.S. wasn't doing enough to oust Libyan dictator Col. Muammar Qaddafi from power, one might be surprised to learn that exactly two years ago, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) were in Tripoli meeting with the erratic leader and giving him assurances that relations between the nations were on the mend.

According to a leaked August 2009 U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks recounting the Senators' junket, the neoconservative Connecticut Senator captured the dynamic of aligning with a brutal dictator:

From ThinkProgress

They were for it before they were against it and against it before they were for it.

If You Can't Stand Up to the RNC ...

The original Maverick asked Karl Rove if he could pick Joe Lieberman for vice president. Karl said no. The Maverick said okay.
From Talking Points Memo | If You Can’t Stand Up to the RNC …

Still looking at this story. Not sure if I buy it. It would make sense that the shadow party picked Palin since McCain had only two five minute conversations with his soul mate before she was picked. And if there was a Shadow GOP, Rove would be in it.

Robert Reich on Vetting

Do you believe Sarah Palin was put through anything remotely like this before John McCain decided she would be his vice presidential candidate, and possible President of the United States?
Robert Reich’s Blog: Vetting

Robert Reich discusses the vetting process he went through and suggests that maybe Mrs. Palin was actually picked based on one five minute meeting and a second five minute phone call. Scary. Looks like McCain thinks being sloppy, lazy and unprepared is the best way to show he is still that Maverick from 2000.

ranch undressing

Note to John McCain, W and everyone else. Unless your home is a place where you or people you employ raise cattle/sheep/goats/etc and/or a place where you have horses; then it isn’t a real ranch. Please stop calling your home a ranch. It’s a villa. Thank you.

Obama/Kennedy vs. McCain/Goldwater

If John McCain is running for George W. Bush’s third presidential term, as Democrats have suggested, Barack Obama is campaigning for John F. Kennedy’s second term.
Obama/Kennedy vs. McCain/Goldwater | Salon

Normally this is the type of political article I despise. Debate by analogy mixed with historic revisionism and a touch of baseless speculation. But sometimes, a really good writer can make it work. This is one of those cases. I see more Goldwater in McCain than JFK in Obama. The comparison seems to work pretty well. Well worth the read.

Clinton, Obama and McCain on WWE

Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain will appear on World Wrestling Entertainment’s live “Monday Night Raw” (8-11 p.m. EST on cable’s USA network) but instead of smacking each other down, they separately will deliver some wrestling-themed stumping in taped messages before Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primary.
The Associated Press: Clinton, Obama and McCain on WWE’s `Monday Night Raw’

Just one of those days where the AP reads like the Onion.

A McCain-Lieberman ticket?

A Republican McCain-Lieberman ticket. Is that a fantasy? It strikes me as less improbable than the Kerry-McCain ticket MainStream Media reporters touted in 2004.
From Opinion: Michael Barone: Barone Blog: A McCain-Lieberman ticket?

Where to start. First, McCain was the favorite in the 1999 GOP nomination race. So much so that only one would dare to run against him. Remember how that turned out? So there is no guarentee that McCain would get the nod in the first place. The second problem with this idea can be summed by the this other quote:

a McCain-Lieberman ticket, however nonconservative on some issues, would be solidly committed to a vigorous prosecution of the war against terrorism. This issue unites the two of them as no other and so would help make that the central issue of the campaign. And an issue on which McCain-Lieberman would probably have a huge advantage over any possible Democratic ticket.

What unites McCain and Lieberman is not support for the War on Terrorism. It is support for the War in Iraq. A war of increasing costs in blood and treasure and decreasing support among voters. Running on support for the war in Iraq lost Lieberman the primary in 2006. Why on earth does anyone think that running on support for the war in Iraq will get anyone into the Whitehouse in 2008? As of now, a large and growing majority of Americans see the war in Iraq as a bungled occupation, not a front in the war on terror.

John McCain's unique gift for politics. By Michael Kinsley

In a presidential run, he would have the votes of millions who disagree with him on major issues but like him anyway. His challenge is to get the votes of more people who agree with him. The fact that his base of support is people who disagree with him explains both why so many ideological soul mates dislike him, and why they may support him anyway. It’s because they think he is their best shot at winning. Thus if McCain becomes president, it will be the result of a cynical calculation by people who don’t like him even though they agree with him, on top of support by people who disagree with him but admire his lack of cynicism.
From Slate

Michael Kinsley plays McCain a series of backhanded complements in this must read article from Slate. Must read unless you’re a big McCain fan, in which case you shouldn’t read it.

FDR Quote

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd US President (1882-1945)

Makes me wonder why anyone would be against the McCain amendment

no person in the custody or under effective control of the Department of Defense or under detention in a Department of Defense facility shall be subject any treatment or technique of interrogation not authorized by and listed in the United States Army Field manual on intelligence interrogation.
That’s it. What exactly is objectionable about it?