Behind Closed Doors

On Friday, Todd alerted us to the fundraisers Bush was planning to attend for McCain - and how they were scaled down and closed to press. Apparently the McCain campaign doesn't want video of Bush praising their candidate. And as noted in the post below, this association is growing.

Today, Obama picked up the line (via Ambinder):

Here's what Barack Obama plans to say at 3:30 pt ET in North Las Vegas, NV:

"I just had the privilege of visiting with Felicitas Rosel and Francisco Cano at their home here in Las Vegas.

Today, John McCain is having a different kind of meeting. He's holding a fundraiser with George Bush behind closed doors in Arizona. No cameras. No reporters. And we all know why. Senator McCain doesn't want to be seen, hat-in-hand, with the President whose failed policies he promises to continue for another four years."

Tucker Bounds, a McCain spokesman, responds: "Whether the issue is global climate change or urging a more effective strategy in Iraq, John McCain has had clear but respectful differences of opinion with the President. However, it isn't surprising that Barack Obama is trying to disguise his own lack of depth and weak leadership on the issues with political generalizations and superficial attacks."

In simple political scorekeeping, every time McCain's people have to say, defensively, 'no no, he does sometimes disagree with the President,' it's a win for Obama.

It's not an easy argument for McCain to make, especially considering that he voted with Bush 95% of the time in 2007 and a full 100% of the time in 2008.

Update [2008-5-27 15:59:38 by Josh Orton]: Here's the video of Obama hitting the charge:

Tags: Barack Obama, Election 08, George Bush, John McCain (all tags)

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43 Comments

This is getting great play
on MSNBC. I think O'Donnell discussed it on at least 3, maybe 4 occasions, with different guests.

David Shuster up now for the next hour, and I expect him to discuss it as well.

Gotta love it. :o)

by DemsRising 2008-05-27 12:00PM | 0 recs
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Hammer on, folks.

Remember what we are fighting for here. As this primary draws to a close, let us spend our time picking each other up, dusting each other off, and turning our attention to the real enemy.

We all have our preferences for standard bearer, but we follow the standard, not the one who waves it. Remind each other as we nurse our wounds.

Defeat the third term of Bush. Vote Democrat.

by pneuma 2008-05-27 12:01PM | 0 recs
Open Doors - McCain and the Code Pink Protesters

http://www.breitbart.tv/?p=103193

by minnehot1 2008-05-27 03:06PM | 0 recs
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A killer comment by Obama. It's actaully it's the best comment, I heard all week by anyone.

by MissVA 2008-05-27 12:03PM | 0 recs
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So refreshing to have a dem candidate who doesn't feel the need to ask permissions from the neocons before attacking them!

by terra 2008-05-27 12:12PM | 0 recs
Michigan - Oh, Oh

Wednesday, May 28
Race Poll Results Spread
Michigan: McCain vs. Obama SurveyUSA McCain 41, Obama 37 McCain +4.0
by minnehot1 2008-05-28 12:23PM | 0 recs
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Very well said!!!

by disturbed1 2008-05-27 12:15PM | 0 recs
But but but.....

HE"S A SEXIST!!!

by aIegre 2008-05-27 12:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Behind Closed Doors

Obama looks so handsome.

by MissVA 2008-05-27 12:31PM | 0 recs
GoBama!!!

Hit em hard, Barry!

by lollydee 2008-05-27 12:37PM | 0 recs
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I guess this prolonged Democratic primary has put Obama in the fighting mood!  I love it!  Certain politicians are very good about making attacks stick to their opponents - Obama is no exception.  His attacks seem to work whereas Kerry's attacks on Bush in 2004 didn't seem to work very well.  I don't know if it's how Obama phrases his attacks or whether it's his charisma or comfort level in front of the camera.  However, Obama has been relentless and consistent with equating McCain to Bush just like Bush and the GOP were relentless with labeling Kerry a flip flopper.

by Steve24 2008-05-27 12:49PM | 0 recs
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by CrazyDrumGuy 2008-05-27 12:50PM | 0 recs
As a Clinton supporter

I just want to say that I really like the way he is taking on McCain.

(I am an Obama supporter and had to post this because no one else seems to want to)

by notme54 2008-05-27 12:50PM | 0 recs
File under "sad and pathetic but true."

by maxomai 2008-05-27 09:21PM | 0 recs
by nogo postal 2008-05-27 01:03PM | 0 recs
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That's a sharp suit.

by ChrisKaty 2008-05-27 01:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Behind Closed Doors

Bush also came to New Mexico for a closed-door fundraiser with the GOP candidate in the 1st Congressional District here.

by fbihop 2008-05-27 01:14PM | 0 recs
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He is going to be such an amazing standard bearer for us this year. I am so looking forward to next week and having this primary finally, inexorably, irretrievably BEHIND us!

by wasder 2008-05-27 01:15PM | 0 recs
Re: Behind Closed Doors

And when McSame points out the numerous times Barry has voted with Mr. Decider?

Voted to give Mr. Decider his Supreme Court Justices?

Vote to give Mr. Decider every dime he's asked for to flush down the rate hole of Iraq?

I can hear you now"

Buh....buh.....buh....

Buh....indeed.

Because that is exactly what McSame is going to do.

Every day.

by Pericles 2008-05-27 01:37PM | 0 recs
But he won't do that to St. Hillary?

Puh-lease...

You're analysis is breathtaking for it's lack of objectivity.

by jaywillie 2008-05-27 01:50PM | 0 recs
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I'd be thrilled if he did that.

If the contest becomes "who is closer to George W. Bush" we're in good shape.

by bosdcla14 2008-05-27 01:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Behind Closed Doors

It seems like some of you people are EXCITED about the idea of McCain beating Obama.  Unfortunately for you, McCain will lose.  

by deepee 2008-05-27 02:00PM | 0 recs
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I know.  I picture champagne toasts at hillaryis44 if McCain beats Obama

by mikeinsf 2008-05-27 02:04PM | 0 recs
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Congrats, you were the first blatantly biased Hillary poster to jump into this thread in an attempt sidetrack this and make it about Obama/Clinton.  

I'd troll rate you but don't feel like getting banned today.

by SpanishFly 2008-05-27 02:11PM | 0 recs
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he didn't vote for Alito or Roberts.

by terra 2008-05-27 02:39PM | 0 recs
Re: Behind Closed Doors

Buh....buh.....buh....

Buh

by lojasmo 2008-05-27 02:46PM | 0 recs
Buh

Did I mention "buh?"

by maxomai 2008-05-27 09:20PM | 0 recs
I'm not going to troll rate you
I should troll rate you.  If I had more courage than fear I would troll rate you.  But I'm being pragmatic today.  
Even though your post explicitly violates the principle indicated in Jerome's statement: "This is a Democratic site. Clinton is a Democrat" I will not troll rate you because the universality of the principle has not yet been tested, and because I do not want to be labeled as a 'mindless Obamatard' or whatever the epithet is.  However, you are a fucking troll, tearing down a Democrat for no better reason than your own compulsive attention-whoring.
by Endymion 2008-05-27 02:49PM | 0 recs
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I gotta troll rate this comment. Referring to the presumptive Democratic nominee as "Barry" has no place on a Democratic blog.

Soon, you're going to be too weird for this site.

by drmark 2008-05-27 03:05PM | 0 recs
Good point

And Clinton isn't vulnerable on any of those points.

Er, no, wait .. she is.

Especially on the war.

Damn.

by maxomai 2008-05-27 09:20PM | 0 recs
At some point

Obama is going to have to run on his own merits.  "Hope", "change" and a single 2002 antiwar speech have been good enough so far, but he will never be able to morph McCain into Bush.

Bad as he is, McCain has accomplished more by accident than Obama has on purpose.

by Upstate Dem 2008-05-27 02:03PM | 0 recs
Re: At some point

I'm sure McCain would welcome a contribution as a token of your support of his campaign against our nominee.

by mikeinsf 2008-05-27 02:05PM | 0 recs
Re: At some point

You do realize this is a site which promotes DEMOCRATIC politics, right?

by lojasmo 2008-05-27 02:48PM | 0 recs
Re: At some point

Have fun on the straight talk express. Obama already beat the toughest candidate this election cycle. Compared to the Clintons McCain is a lightweight.

by hankg 2008-05-27 03:29PM | 0 recs
Re: At some point

How many points did you get from johnmccain.com for this post?

by nwgates 2008-05-27 04:16PM | 0 recs
Has he?

What has McCain accomplished? Please be specific.

by heresjohnny 2008-05-27 05:17PM | 0 recs
Sweet!

Now we just need the media to start buying into the whole "Third Bush Term" mantra and states like Ohio will swing to Obama right quick.  If the McSame thing sticks this is over before it even started.

Now...  Who should Obama pick for VP?  Hmmmmm....

by SpanishFly 2008-05-27 02:21PM | 0 recs
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Barack pounded the hell out of McSame numerous times today - it has been glorious.  It seems like it's been a few lifetimes since we had a Democratic nominee who was willing to just hammer the crap out of the Republicans like a pinata.

by Pat Flatley 2008-05-27 02:32PM | 0 recs
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And when McCain responds he comes across as petty and prickly. McCain better come up with a way to shift the dynamic soon or he's in pretty bad shape.

(Oh yeah, I forgot, the press will shift the dynamic because they're invested in a close horse race regardless of reality.)

by drmark 2008-05-27 03:08PM | 0 recs
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See this is what's so fucked up about the MyDD ratings system

UpStatedem remarks should be considered troll.
But to rate them troll is wrong according to the rules.. See Jerome's post from this morning..

so in my own rating system..

TROLL
TROLL TROLL  TROLL TROLL

by nogo postal 2008-05-27 02:36PM | 0 recs
I know where you're coming from but . . .

I don't agree. That comment of UpStateDem's is annoying but it is not without substance. People are entitled to their opinions. It's no fun if everyone agrees.

by drmark 2008-05-27 03:10PM | 0 recs
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I was at the protest for the McCain/Shrub fundraiser today in Mesa, AZ, and it was FABULOUS. Had a great turnout and lots of local media.

by zcflint05 2008-05-27 03:43PM | 0 recs
100% Bush support

That needs to be an ad. Shown heavily everywhere, before McCain has a chance to rectify that.

Either McCain is shown as the Bush loyalist he is, or he points out how many votes he's missed and we hit him for laziness and try to get him to step down from the Senate.

by Englishlefty 2008-05-27 05:39PM | 0 recs

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