McCain SLAMS Barack Obama..

McCain released to the public today a letter he sent to Illinois's Junior Senator Barack Obama.  I love Senator Obama but he has been starting to grate on me lately.  I'm beginning to wonder if all the hype was too much for anyone to meet up to.

McCain slams Obama in the letter I reproduce below the fold.  What do you think?

For Immediate Release
Monday, Feb 06, 2006

Washington D.C. ­- Today, Senator McCain sent the following letter to Senator Obama regarding ongoing Congressional efforts towards bipartisan lobbying reform. The following is the text from that letter:

February 6, 2006

The Honorable Barack Obama

United States Senate


Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Obama:

I would like to apologize to you for assuming that your private assurances to me regarding your desire to cooperate in our efforts to negotiate bipartisan lobbying reform legislation were sincere. When you approached me and insisted that despite your leadership's preference to use the issue to gain a political advantage in the 2006 elections, you were personally committed to achieving a result that would reflect credit on the entire Senate and offer the country a better example of political leadership, I concluded your professed concern for the institution and the public interest was genuine and admirable. Thank you for disabusing me of such notions with your letter to me dated February 2, 2006, which explained your decision to withdraw from our bipartisan discussions. I'm embarrassed to admit that after all these years in politics I failed to interpret your previous assurances as typical rhetorical gloss routinely used in politics to make self-interested partisan posturing appear more noble. Again, sorry for the confusion, but please be assured I won't make the same mistake again.

As you know, the Majority Leader has asked Chairman Collins to hold hearings and mark up a bill for floor consideration in early March. I fully support such timely action and I am confident that, together with Senator Lieberman, the Committee on Governmental Affairs will report out a meaningful, bipartisan bill.

You commented in your letter about my "interest in creating a task force to further study" this issue, as if to suggest I support delaying the consideration of much-needed reforms rather than allowing the committees of jurisdiction to hold hearings on the matter. Nothing could be further from the truth. The timely findings of a bipartisan working group could be very helpful to the committee in formulating legislation that will be reported to the full Senate. Since you are new to the Senate, you may not be aware of the fact that I have always supported fully the regular committee and legislative process in the Senate, and routinely urge Committee Chairmen to hold hearings on important issues. In fact, I urged Senator Collins to schedule a hearing upon the Senate's return in January.

Furthermore, I have consistently maintained that any lobbying reform proposal be bipartisan. The bill Senators Joe Lieberman and Bill Nelson and I have introduced is evidence of that commitment as is my insistence that members of both parties be included in meetings to develop the legislation that will ultimately be considered on the Senate floor. As I explained in a recent letter to Senator Reid, and have publicly said many times, the American people do not see this as just a Republican problem or just a Democratic problem. They see it as yet another run-of-the-mill Washington scandal, and they expect it will generate just another round of partisan gamesmanship and posturing. Senator Lieberman and I, and many other members of this body, hope to exceed the public's low expectations. We view this as an opportunity to bring transparency and accountability to the Congress, and, most importantly, to show the public that both parties will work together to address our failings.

As I noted, I initially believed you shared that goal. But I understand how important the opportunity to lead your party's effort to exploit this issue must seem to a freshman Senator, and I hold no hard feelings over your earlier disingenuousness. Again, I have been around long enough to appreciate that in politics the public interest isn't always a priority for every one of us. Good luck to you, Senator.


John McCain
United States Senate

Tags: Barack Obama, John McCain (all tags)



John McCain Is A Whore

I'm glad he's burning Obama.  Obama needs a good harsh dose of reality to get his feet planted on the ground.  He's been a big disappointment to me primarily because he seems intoxicated with his own self-image and blind to nature of the crypto-fascist GOP establishment.

Better he should learn some harsh lessons now.  I don't want to see him lose his hope, idealism and desire to accentuate a solution-oriented approach to politics.  I just want him to get a more realistic fix on how deep the problems go.  I still think he has tremendous potential.  But he's been getting played a lot more than he's been playing.

Let's hope he takes this as a wake-up call.

by Paul Rosenberg 2006-02-06 05:26PM | 0 recs
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McCain has to move mountains within rank and file Republicans to win the nomination.  He may have pulled a few party elite to his side by selling his soul, but many on the state and local level view him as McCain2000, traitor to the GOP.  He must earn his bona fides.  What better way than to attack a young, popular Democrat? It makes the ranks squeal with delight. Good to see he has mastered the wingnut art of accusing your opponent of what you are guilty of yourself.    

by slamkitty 2006-02-06 05:34PM | 0 recs
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Sure McCain is scum, but what on earth did Obama do or say? Whatever it was, I hope Obama hits back just as hard or harder.

by Gary Boatwright 2006-02-06 06:22PM | 0 recs
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Bridget, I believe you are an operative based on your diaries and the timing of them.

by goplies 2006-02-07 12:28AM | 0 recs
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goplies, I believe you are a tinfoil head, paranoid freak who sits in the dark screaming at the TV set and computer screen while rambling to yourself.  It is, and will be forever bizarre to me that a site that claims a liberal bent is populated by occupants such as yourself who conduct themselves in a manner that would only make the Gestapo proud.

If someone doesn't agree with you they are a "troll" or an "operative".  It's really strange that you reacted to this post since all I was doing was reporting the news, that McCain had put out a letter slamming Obama.

Look, turn the lights on.  Open your curtains.  Let some fresh air in.  For God's sake, take a shower.  And then open your Yellow Pages to "Mental Health Free Services" and get yourself down there.  I realize that until they get your meds balanced out you'll continue to see "operatives" and "trolls" under the furniture and lurking in the shadows -- both on and off the internet -- but with work you'll slowly feel better.

Good luck to you, you will find mental health and balance a much better way to live...

by Bridget Dwyer 2006-02-07 08:09AM | 0 recs
Troll sighting confirmed

I think goplies is noticing the same thing that no doubt many of us have observed in the last week... that you have the exact same modus operandi as All Blue Map, Blue Dreams, Mary Gianopolis, Blue Heart, Colleen Flaherty, Proud Union Dem, and possibly Nevada Dan, all aliases that over the last year were terminated or that you've stopped using after being outed. The pattern is wrapping up right-wing talking points within a regurgitation of news that we already know, with an occasional added attempt at credibility by making a strange claim of authority (like always conveniently having lived in the place that you're talking about), and then trying to cover your tracks at the end with a rhetorical question like 'what do you think?'

I'll give you some credit, not only for sheer persistence, but for being the most sophisticated troll here. Instead of just ranting about how Jesus says we're going to hell, you're actually pretty subtle at the way you try to lower morale and sow third-party doubts, all the while obliquely injecting RWTPs. My tinfoil hat is off to you.

by Crazy Vaclav 2006-02-07 08:22AM | 0 recs
At least you admit to the tinfoil hat...

What I mainly rail against is what I consider to be Democratic complacency and ill-founded optimism.

Want to feel embarrassed?  Go back and read this site and Daily Kos in the weeks leading up to the 2004 Presidential election.  At first there was guarded optimism followed soon by euphoria.  The day before election day people were on this site and other liberal sites claiming a coming "Kerry Landslide" and other such nonsense.

Any person, Democrat or not, who lived in the real world knew that the race was about where it ended, moderately close with an edge towards Bush.

It's like the tinfoil-head "Diebold stole the elections" fools.  No credible person believes that.  And besides, if its true then there's just no reason to even work for a candidate anymore.  We should all just give up!

My other point that often gets me defined as a "troll" is that I continue to argue that we have to change minds.  We have to!  I know this bit of truth angers some, but its true:  There are more of them then there are of us.  Look at election results.

If we don't change minds we won't win elections.  It is foolish and ignorant to assume that if a conservative is mad at a conservative office-holder -- like Bush -- that that means he will suddenly turn 180 degrees and start voting for liberal-Democrats.  What nonsense!  That voter will just switch to ANOTHER conservative, not a liberal Dem.

It's like the much vaunted yet misunderstood "Right Track - Wrong Track" polls.  We get all excited when a majority say the country is on the "Wrong Track" assuming that means voters are switching to us.  WRONG.  Read the internals on the "Right Track - Wrong Track" polls (when the pollster makes them available, sometimes they don't).  Everytime I've seen them recently a substantial amount of respondents -- usually about 40% -- say the country is on the "Wrong Track" because things need to turn more conservative.

We need to change minds.  But as evidence here, it seems as if we stand little chance of changing the minds of others as we seem to enjoy attacking each other so much.

by Bridget Dwyer 2006-02-07 09:05AM | 0 recs
Re: At least you admit to the tinfoil hat... are the same person...thanks for verifying.

by goplies 2006-02-07 04:08PM | 0 recs
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I took a shower today.

by goplies 2006-02-07 04:09PM | 0 recs
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McCain is trying to position himself, to get the Republican nomination, that's all he is doing.  He fills he can get the conserv back by not being a uniter like he has been known for and attacking another Dem, and he can show them, he is just as Rep as they are.

by mleflo2 2006-02-07 01:18AM | 0 recs


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