McCain First part deux

Following up on Josh's post below, the absurdity of the McCain camp's exploitation of Gustav to portray the candidate as someone who puts country above politics, even as he plays politics with Gustav, continues, as Rick Davis accuses Barack Obama of being the crassly political one.

John McCain's campaign manager today accused Barack Obama of practicing politics as Hurricane Gustav bears down on the Gulf Coast.

Rick Davis, in a brief interview following a pep talk he gave to convention volunteers in St. Paul, Minn., said there was a difference between the actions of McCain and Obama.

"Look at what happened today -- did Barack Obama attack John McCain or Sarah Palin?" Davis asked.  

Told Obama had criticized McCain and Palin on the campaign trail over pay equity, Davis continued: "So he attacks us while there's a hurricane going on and John McCain suspends his convention basically. What bigger contrast can you have about putting your country first?"

Riiiiight.

The Arizona senator said the remainder of the convention schedule would depend on the destruction caused by the storm. He raised the possibility of accepting the nomination on Thursday in a Gulf Coast speech beamed back to the delegates 1,000 miles to the north.

Tags: 2008 Presidential election, Barack Obama, Hurricane Gustav, John McCain (all tags)

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23 Comments

Lame

I don't even know how that Rick Davis can even finish a sentence without laughing. Their whole campaign is hysterical and full of over-the-top whining.

Anything to distract from the economy.

by Lolis 2008-09-01 05:39AM | 0 recs
You have to admire Obama

for his stones; people were wondering whether he would ever place a hit on Palin but not only did he do it, he hit her on equal pay for women!

by Blazers Edge 2008-09-01 05:42AM | 0 recs
Did he point out she would be paid less than...

...Cheney?

by conspiracy 2008-09-01 05:44AM | 0 recs
Heh

He didn't do that; his hit reminds me of when he hit McCain on the Senate floor for not supporting Webb's GI Bill (he did screw up the decorum of the Senate by referring to McCain by name when he should have said Senior Senator from Arizona).  Obama seems to love going after an opponent's perceived strength (e.g. challenging, inaccurately in my opinion, HRC on healthcare); hopefully this riff on equal pay will help him maintain his double digit advantage among women despite Palin and help him earn at least a split of the remaining 10% of undecided women.

by Blazers Edge 2008-09-01 05:50AM | 0 recs
Re: McCain First part deux

whatever this Campaign has just gotten so sad, I respected McCain in 2000, now I just shake my head.

GOPers and Pumas were nothing but liars, they all said its about experience thats what matters think about the country, Obama went with Biden because of it (though it seems to be working out)

and McCain chose Palin, thats country first? thats the whole experience matters? and they still are doing it too.

I can't vote for someone who was only in the U.S senate for 4 years, they must have 18 months as a as a Gov. first.

I can't wait for this election season to be over, its just sad at this point.

by TruthMatters 2008-09-01 05:53AM | 0 recs
Re: McCain First part deux

If McCain wants to play Kerry to Obama's Bush, that's his problem.

What they really want is to prevent all criticism until they have time to define their ticket themselves.  They know that we have a very narrow window to define their ticket before they can construct their new mythology.

by rfahey22 2008-09-01 06:08AM | 0 recs
Re: McCain First part deux

If the hurricane fizzles, this Bush-McCain stunt will also fizzle. You have to believe that the GOP is hoping for the worst to be able to exploit it politically.

Anyone know McCain's record on funding for Katrina victims and the rebuilding of New Orleans?

by MainStreet 2008-09-01 06:12AM | 0 recs
Re: McCain First part deux

nah I lived in New Orleans for 5 years, you can always find flooding somewhere after any kind of big rain storm!  

I can see Johnny Mac and sarabama with their Northern Face parka's on with matching khakis just helping out those poor people.

by Monkei 2008-09-01 06:24AM | 0 recs
Re: McCain First part deux

Actually, during the primary, he was pretty critical of the federal response to Katrina and NO, but then you remember that he voted against supplemental funding for Katrina relief:

RHETORIC: Emergency Preparedness. Today McCain said, "When Americans
confront a catastrophe, either natural or man-made, their government,
across jurisdictions, should be organized and ready to deliver bottled
drinking water to dehydrated babies and rescue the aged and infirm trapped
in a hospital with no electricity."

   REALITY: McCain Chose Tax Cuts For Wealthy Over Emergency Responder
Funding. McCain has voted repeatedly against increasing funding for
emergency responders and instead to use the funds for tax breaks, including
those for the wealthy. In 2003, he voted against $3 billion for first
responders in one amendment, $13.7 billion for firefighters and another
$3.5 billion for emergency response in a single day. In 2006, he voted
against increasing funding by $16 billion for first responders, instead
using the money for tax cuts for those with incomes over $1 million a year.
[2003 Senate Vote #88, 91, 92 3/25/2003; 2006 Senate Vote #197, 7/13/2006]

   RHETORIC: No More Katrinas. McCain today promised against another
Katrina, saying, "When Americans confront a catastrophe, either natural or
man-made, their government, across jurisdictions, should be organized and
ready to deliver bottled drinking water to dehydrated babies and rescue the
aged and infirm trapped in a hospital with no electricity."

   REALITY: McCain Voted Against Katrina Relief: McCain voted against
passage of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations of 2006. Passage of
the emergency supplemental bill would appropriate roughly $109 billion in
emergency supplemental funding for fiscal 2006. It would provide $72.4
billion in fiscal 2006 funds for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and
foreign aid, not counting an almost 3 percent across-the-board cut to
defense funds in the bill. It would provide more than $28 billion for
hurricane relief, approximately $2.3 billion for pandemic flu preparations
and $1.9 billion for border security efforts. Clinton: Y, Obama: Y [2006
Senate Vote #112, 5/4/2006]

PR Newswire

by skohayes 2008-09-01 06:36AM | 0 recs
McCain Leadership

The worst type of leadership is one that leaps from crisis to crisis.  In crisis mode, the organization is always fighting fires and distracted from taking care of the real business.  

The real business of McCain as a senator is writing legislation to help hurricane victims and providing oversight of the executive branch response.  

The real business of McCain as party leader is at the GOP convention.  

McCain is demonstrating his willingness to leave important business up in the air while interfering with the jobs of others.  This is not what I expect from leadership.  A corporation with this type of boss would drive the employees nuts.

by bakho 2008-09-01 06:12AM | 0 recs
Re: McCain First part deux

He raised the possibility of accepting the nomination on Thursday in a Gulf Coast speech beamed back to the delegates 1,000 miles to the north.

Sorry, but that sounds really exploitative to me.  How can this not backfire?

by Will Graham 2008-09-01 06:26AM | 0 recs
Re: McCain First part deux

Depends if the beloved MSM will pick up on the loads of resources it would take away from, you know, actually helping residents.

by trustno1 2008-09-01 08:16AM | 0 recs
Re: GUT CHECK TIME

Obama and Biden MUST continue to attack McCain over equal pay.  They must until the damn media starts picking up on McCain's obvious stupid position on the legislation.  He should also continue to use Gustav to ATTACK McCain on voting against legislation funding Katrina.  Mydd Fam, the media is not doing its job.  Palin has been on the ticket for 3 days yet no coverage of her EXTREME positions on women's rights.  Everybody is out to lunch on this stuff.  Also It is so important now for HRC and other prominent female Democrats to begin to point out McCain's stands on important issues. That way the media can start picking up on this shit. In all honesty I think that they are trying to HIDE PALIN's RECORD!!!

by nzubechukwu 2008-09-01 06:52AM | 0 recs
Secessionist Sarah

Sarah belonged to an Alaskan Secessionist Party before she became a Repub.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/9/1/4 231/18477/878/581881

by Bush Bites 2008-09-01 07:03AM | 0 recs
Re: Secessionist Sarah

Heh.  Why am I not surprised?

by fogiv 2008-09-01 07:41AM | 0 recs
Guess that explains the `foreign policyexpertise'

This is real easy now, DNC shoudl run an ad--

``
What do our enemies dream of? To weaken our country, to break our country apart.
John McCain put the country first. That is why he selected Sarah Palin who wants to accomplish the same goals.''

Okay, maybe that was a bit extreme, but this is something that Dems should hit hard, really hard and paint the Republican ticket unpatriotic.

by ann0nymous 2008-09-01 07:53AM | 0 recs
Politics of the absurd

It is true that 'Country First' is absurd, but so was 'Compassionate Conservative' and that worked real well for the right-wingers.

If it weren't for my being alive and alert for the last twenty years, I'd say it will never work.  But Americans, or at least a slight majority of them, seem to enjoy being conned.

by James Earl 2008-09-01 07:28AM | 0 recs
If he does that
Then DNC should run an ad on Thursday saying--
``Meet the real McCain. IF McCain puts his country first, then why does he repeated vote against Katrina recosntruction. We understand that destruction of one house does not matte to McCain, but one house in New Orleans is all that people here in New Orleans had.''
by ann0nymous 2008-09-01 07:46AM | 0 recs
Re: McCain First part deux

If McSame decides to give his speech from the storm zone we can only pray he does it in front of another lime green backdrop.

But with no reported levee breaches at this time, it looks like he may not have a disaster to exploit.

by ObamaOrBust 2008-09-01 08:33AM | 0 recs
I'm getting worried.

As time goes on, McCain appears more and more idiotic and dangerous, yet the race is still close.  

There can be only one explanation.  Numerous people don't want Obama in the White House for some other reason than intelligence, logic, sanity, safety, etc..

So when you have so many people like this, the McCain camp realizes that they don't need to be logical and honest nor consistent.  All they have to do is give these people a pretend reason to vote for McCain.  Since all these people want to vote against the other guy anyway, the pretend reason can be effective.

by prius04 2008-09-01 10:19AM | 0 recs
Re: I'm getting worried.

Prius great point.  It's called Racism.  If Obama was Warner he would be up by 10 points game over.

by nzubechukwu 2008-09-01 12:41PM | 0 recs
Re: McCain First part deux

My post referencing the salacious rumors going around the internet regarding Palins daughter was deleted yesterday.

Today, we find out Palin's 17 year old daughter is 5 months pregnant.  I don't know much, but I do know that a 17 year old is not yet ready to be a mother.  Abstinence only programs that refuse to inform kids about birth control do not work.

McCain made a very bad VP pick, and I just don't see how he can win in November without lots of media compliance.

by agpc 2008-09-01 10:43AM | 0 recs
The McCain Position:

"You can't criticise me on substantive grounds on an issue on which I'm completely in the wrong! There's a hurricane!"

by Englishlefty 2008-09-01 11:26AM | 0 recs

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