McCain-Bush vs Kerry again & Tammy Duckworth

John McCain:"I go out to Walter Reed quite often and see these brave young soldiers who have served and sacrificed so much. Many of them have lost limbs, as you know. And it's a very sad thing to see. But at the same time it's very uplifting.John McCain said that while campaigning against Tammy Duckworth, who lost both her legs fighting in Iraq. Knowingly?

Meanwhile, Bush seeks to manipulate the veterans by going after John Kerry's mis-statement today and releasing his statement for Veterans Day a week and a half early. Kerry wanted another shot at the chickenhawks that swift-boated his candidacy, so here it is.

And here's Rahm Emanual's DCCC $3M "closer" for Duckworth:

If not, its dead fish time.

Tags: John Kerry, John McCain, Peter Roskum, Tammy Duckworth (all tags)



Re: McCain-Kerry & Tammy Duckworth

John McCain is a loathsome, lizard-faced Bush-suck-monster who would do anything to get in the White House.

by Bush Bites 2006-10-31 11:12AM | 0 recs
Re: McCain-Kerry & Tammy Duckworth

He wont get it.

All the sucking up will not make  McCain the preferred choice in the Repub primary. He does not have the street cred of the Dobson voters who will vote another wingnut in the primary.

by ab initio 2006-10-31 11:26AM | 0 recs

interesting ad..but it's all white women..what there are no non white women in Chicago?

by spicybite 2006-10-31 11:26AM | 0 recs

yes, but not of the predominantly GOP ilk in suburban Chicago (the presumed target).

by dblhelix 2006-10-31 11:28AM | 0 recs

It's Henry Hyde's NW suburban district, not in the city itself . . .

by Apt604 2006-10-31 11:31AM | 0 recs

Yes, it is a MIGHTY white area.  

by yitbos96bb 2006-10-31 12:32PM | 0 recs

Tammy Duckworth is half Asian for one.

by markg8 2006-10-31 01:43PM | 0 recs
McCain/Bush vs Kerry & Duckworth

THREE MILLION DOLLARS?  For Rahm's personal pissing contest?

This is now time for reality.  What percentage of last minute money of the DCCC's does that Duckworth money amount to?

And the race is STILL an uphill climb.  I'm sorry, but there are races like AZ-01, NV-03, Darcy Burner (WA), etc.... running on fumes and arguable have a better chance of not only flipping Democrat and STAYING that way, whereas Duckworth's race will be competitive for the near future just like Bean's.

I think Rahm's exhibiting some ego-getting-in-the-way-of-better judgment stuff here.  Wouldn't that three mil be better spent in races that we can flip more likely and more permanently?  Novak appears to be a better Democratic strategists lately than Rahm.  But, hey, I will be the first to eat crow if he's a genuis on November 8.  

by jgarcia 2006-10-31 11:34AM | 0 recs
Chicago fundraiser

The fundraisers in Chicago on Oct 11 went for $11,000 and $27,000. And maybe a few seats at the tables for less than that. Have no idea how close to $3 million might have been raised that night.

by Books Alive 2006-10-31 12:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Chicago fundraiser

And what have they been promised for that money?

by antiHyde 2006-10-31 12:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Chicago fundraiser

The Chicago fundraiser with Clinton brought in $800,000 split 32% for Duckworth and Bean and 36% for the DCCC. Duckworth has raised about $250,000 from small donations in the last couple weeks. I don't mind saying my small efforts blogwhoring the hell of the campaign I'm told has helped. She needs $100,000 to get her Iraq commercial up. Donate here:

by markg8 2006-10-31 01:38PM | 0 recs
Re: McCain/Bush vs Kerry & Duckworth

Do you know who much Duckworth has sucked out and is sucking out of the NRCC? The Illinois Republican party? The RNC? Lil Petey's multimillion dollar warchest? This will probably be the most expensive House race on both sides this cycle. She's leading in the latest poll 48-47% despite nonstop commercials attacking her in the $$$ Chicago TV market. That's mainly because she has an army of volunteers - most making nada - and a crack staff organizing them.

The RNC flew 80 hill staffers out to doorhang lit for Roskam last weekend because he can't compete with us on the ground. How many hill staffers did they send to AZ-01 and NV-03? I don't have to look it up to know. None.

How many robocalls have been sent to those districts geared to piss indies off by calling them 10 times a day and leaving truncated msgs saying "I have important information for you about Tammy Duckworth?" The RNC is spending big bucks doing that to negate our volunteer phonebanking advantage.

They're even mailing 7"x3"x1" packages labelled "America's starter kit" which contain three little pieces of slander about Duckworth. Do you know how much that costs just to trick people into looking at their junk?

Duckworth is a huge reason Repubs don't have enough money to go around in other races. They'll  spend whatever they have to keep Henry Hyde's seat and garcia you ought to be fucking grateful to Tammy for making them spend it in vain. She's gonna win this race and she's gonna be a great congresswoman.

And there are gonna be a lot of other great Democratic congressmen and women who get elected this year because the Repubs didn't have the money or manpower to spare on their races.

by markg8 2006-10-31 12:36PM | 0 recs
Re: McCain/Bush vs Kerry & Duckworth

you make great points.  but it is a sero sum game.  WE have spent money there too.  My main point is it's going to be very difficult to HOLD that seat in a regular, non-democratic tidal wave year, when we have majority blue districts out there being neglected.  that's all.

if she wins, fucking great.  but i can reel at least ten seats that are more likely yo remain blue that the DCCC is not playing as hard in.  Rahm has a hard-on for Duckworth's seat because he personally recruited her and it's in his neck of the woods.

All that money is designed for Rahm's face to remain egg-free on November 7th.

by jgarcia 2006-10-31 03:02PM | 0 recs
Re: Duckworth

You don't know what you're talking about. She was recruited by Durbin. In June 2005 she told him she'd agree to run only if he'd get her the money needed to win the primary and the general. That's when Durbin brought in Emanual and got Hillary and Kerry to pony up for the primary.

by markg8 2006-10-31 05:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Duckworth

Everyone on the planet knows she's Rahm's golden girl.  He invokes her in almost every interview.

Instead of spening time against me on here, perhaps you should be out raising money for her, because she's gonna need it and every dollar the DCCC spends on her, others are left high and dry.

IMO, the DCCC spent too much on her when we could have had more candidates for the buck in the western states.

by jgarcia 2006-10-31 07:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Duckworth

He is spreading it around. Emanual has expanded to 4 tiers of seats the DCCC is funding. Candidates who counted on nothing from the DCCC are getting enough to run commercials on TV because he's raised so much money.

He's actually spent more money on the 3 Philly suburban races than he's spending in Chicagoland. I love Joe Sestak but I can't see how he needs more DCCC cash to beat crazy corrupt Curt Weldon at this point.

Emanual's finally wised up and made an Iraq commercial for Duckworth instead of those dumb "Roskams wants to ban Dr. Suess and Little House on the Prairie books in our schools" and "he's too extreme" ads. They only serve to fire up Roskam's fundy base and the Dr. Suess ad just damaged Tammy's credibility. The Iraq ad will help every Dem in this TV market. If he'd done that a month ago she'd have been up by 10 points for the last month, we wouldn't be having this conversation and I'd be getting a lot more sleep.

If you have a candidate Rahm is making commnercials for and they're not about Iraq or Katrina go to the DCCC website and beg him politely to get his head out of his ass and make 'em Iraq commercials like I did the last two days.

by markg8 2006-11-02 05:08AM | 0 recs

That's not even a good ad. No mention of Iraq at all!

What a waste of money. Patrick Murphy could've used half of the $3 million in a better fashion.

by PsiFighter37 2006-10-31 11:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Sigh...

She is pro-Iraq.

by antiHyde 2006-10-31 12:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Sigh...

Fuck you Kenny Boy. You back? I thought you were banned here.

by markg8 2006-10-31 01:41PM | 0 recs
Re: Sigh...

That's my opinion too -- I look at all those people saying "The DCCC isn't spending a dime in my district" and then I look at the ads for Duckworth ignoring her obvious strength -- wounded and decorated Iraq War veteran -- and I think: hey guys, no real loss, the DCCC ads are so bad you might be better off without them.  Here's the DCCC, this is their handpicked candidate, and this is the best they can do?  Geez.  Run on the War, guys: everyone hates it, even in IL-06.  

by Maven 2006-10-31 12:48PM | 0 recs

Why doesn't Kerry quit trying to run for President, for two mere seconds, and just say "I'm sorry"?

by Apt604 2006-10-31 11:39AM | 0 recs
Re: Kerry

Totally agree.  This thing appears to have legs, and because of the Republican spin machine, will come out sounding like Kerry was dissing the troops, which is the last thing any Democrat needs.  October surprise?  The Dems snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, because they continue to underestimate the sliminess of the Republicans.

by CTvoter 2006-10-31 11:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Kerry

I see AntiHyde is abusing the ratings system by troll-rating you for opinions he disagrees with.

by MyDD Fan 2006-10-31 01:30PM | 0 recs
Re: Kerry

He has had many different incarnations (his previous being "illinois06") and has always heavily abused the rating system. No debate, just inappropriate troll ratings.

by OfficeOfLife 2006-10-31 02:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Kerry

I'm no Kerry fan, but so long as Kerry makes sure and mentions "Iraq" every time he's asked about this, then he should be all means keep talking.

Iraq.  Iraq.  Iraq.

If Tony Snow wants to talk the apology owed to our troops still in Iraq, have at it.  Iraq.  Iraq.  Iraq.

If the TV talking heads want to take about Kerry's inconsistency on Iraq, have at it.  Iraq.  Iraq.  Iraq.


by zonk 2006-10-31 05:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Kerry

Talking about Bush's mistake(s) is great, but not even having the decency to apologize for such a minor mistake of his own makes him look downright inhuman, like he doesn't have the social skills that most of us learned as mere children.  And who wants to listen to somebody like that, regarding Iraq or anything else?

His defiance may play well with the base, but it's going to KILL him - and his party, if it doesn't shut him up - with moderate voters.

by Apt604 2006-10-31 06:04PM | 0 recs
Kerry skewers Bush, GOP

Kerry's response is more than red meat to the base. It's a strong condemnation of the hypocrisy of Bush and the Republican Party.

Everything Kerry said in his response was a true characterization of the colossal failures that make up the record of Bush and the Republican Congress.

Giving Kerry the megaphone when he skewers the Republicans so mercilessly will only help Democrats.

"If anyone thinks a veteran would criticize the more than 140,000 heroes serving in Iraq and not the president who got us stuck there, they're crazy. This is the classic G.O.P. playbook. I'm sick and tired of these despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who never can be found to serve in war, but love to attack those who did.

I'm not going to be lectured by a stuffed suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no doubt today will take a break from belittling Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's disease to start lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq. It disgusts me that these Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country lie and distort so blatantly and carelessly about those who have.

The people who owe our troops an apology are George W. Bush and Dick Cheney who misled America into war and have given us a Katrina foreign policy that has betrayed our ideals, killed and maimed our soldiers, and widened the terrorist threat instead of defeating it. These Republicans are afraid to debate veterans who live and breathe the concerns of our troops, not the empty slogans of an Administration that sent our brave troops to war without body armor.

Bottom line, these Republicans want to debate straw men because they're afraid to debate real men. And this time it won't work because we're going to stay in their face with the truth and deny them even a sliver of light for their distortions. No Democrat will be bullied by an administration that has a cut and run policy in Afghanistan and a stand still and lose strategy in Iraq."

by Curt Matlock 2006-10-31 06:47PM | 0 recs
Re: Kerry skewers Bush, GOP

The problem isn't the message about Iraq.  The problem is the messenger.

by Apt604 2006-10-31 06:57PM | 0 recs
The ad is fine

Why it cost$3M, I dont know. Maybe another example of Democratic Party inefficiency. See, the republicans consultants get payback for their efforts AFTER they get in power with corrupt government contracts. The dem consultants get their payback immediately.

Anyway back to the ad. It is no nonsense. It focuses on one issue and makes Duckworth's opponent seem extreme. I liked it. And people here know I loathe Rahm.

by Pravin 2006-10-31 11:39AM | 0 recs
It's not the production cost.

They didn't spend $3m producing the ad.  That's a reflection of what it costs to air the ad in the Chicago media, a very expensive market.

by lonemorriscodem 2006-11-01 05:17AM | 0 recs
Why no mention of Iraq?

Since she is the representative of Iraq Veterans.

Supporting her is supporting Iraq veterans and american troops fighting in Iraq.

by jasmine 2006-10-31 11:42AM | 0 recs
Re: Why no mention of Iraq?

She's got her own Iraq ad but needs money to run it. It'll help all Dems in the Chicago TV market when people see those images and hear her speak.

See it here: Lc  

by markg8 2006-10-31 12:38PM | 0 recs
duckworth ad

Did anyone else notice that the ad ends "a Moderate, an Independent vote....{fast talking voice}the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is responsible for"

Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaybe put that at the beginning if you are trying to appeal to indys.  Although, Personally I think the whole moderate thing is crap.

by Robert P 2006-10-31 11:45AM | 0 recs
Re: McCain-Bush vs Kerry

"Bring It On" Bush!! If the GOP wants to twist Kerry's words and take them out of context, it shows their desperation.  This is not 04'! The nation does NOT support Bush's failed Iraq policy.  People can read between the "tea leaves" Iraq is a disaster and the movement for change is underway.

by nzubechukwu 2006-10-31 12:02PM | 0 recs
Tammy Duckworth

Tammy Duckworth is a true AMERICAN hero, and just think everyone will see in congress each and every day Bush's failed Iraq policy. Rahm's pushing the right buttons lets win this one it is for real. We need to work together and remember this is only a battle the real fight is in 2008

by KevinB 2006-10-31 12:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Tammy Duckworth

I'm not thtrilled with Rahm's commcercials. The first one, the Dr. Suess ad was stupid. Yeah Roskam wanted to ban that anthology and it did contain a Dr. Suess story, a Martin Luther King story and a Laura Ingalls Wilder story. he told Eric Zorn of the Chi. Trib there were other stories that glorified violence and the occult.

Nobody believes he wanted to ban "the Cat in the Hat" or "Little House on the Prairie" and it just undercut Duckworth's credibility even though she had nothing to do with it.  

by markg8 2006-10-31 12:46PM | 0 recs
Re: McCain-Bush vs Kerry

Can somebody just take Kerry and tie him up and put him in a dungeon somehwere for a week where he can't open his mouth in public, please?  Please, God, I hope he doesn't win the nomination in 08.  He is as unelectable as candidates come.

by NJIndependent 2006-10-31 05:16PM | 0 recs
Re: McCain-Bush vs Kerry

He shouldn't even be a senator if he cannot even speak in public.  I never ever want another person from Massachusetts to get the nom ever again.  Not because they are great people (they are and I live here), it's because they haven't been battle tested enough to prevent the mistakes that they other wise would if they had a credible opposition party.

I think our nominee needs to be from a place where they had to have competed for every election they had.

by jgarcia 2006-10-31 07:17PM | 0 recs
Re: McCain-Bush vs Kerry

Kerry did have a tough re-election against Bill Weld in 1996.  Weld had a very high (over 70%, I believe) approval rating as governor at the time

by v2aggie2 2006-10-31 08:58PM | 0 recs
Re: McCain-Bush vs Kerry

If he had ran in 2004 the same way he walloped Bill Weld, we wouldn't be having this conversation right now.

by jgarcia 2006-11-01 10:33AM | 0 recs


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