McCain's Ongoing Spat with Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton's response to McCain's ad has already caused such a stir that McCain's camp has had to issue a response of its own.  As documented at Open Left:

Due to the extraordinary number of inquiries, please see our campaign's response to Paris Hilton's recently released video in which she puts forward her version of an energy plan:

"It sounds like Paris Hilton supports John McCain's 'all of the above' approach to America's energy crisis - including both alternatives and drilling.  Paris Hilton might not be as big a celebrity as Barack Obama, but she obviously has a better energy plan." ---Tucker Bounds, spokesman John McCain 2008

http://www.openleft.com/showDiary.do?dia ryId=7347

Matt Stoller and Chris Bowers both view this as a huge problem for McCain because now his clever little attack ad has caused him to get into a public and ongoing spat with Paris Hilton, of all people.  His campaign has devolved into an Extra! featurette.

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Gallup: Obama 46, McCain 43

Well, so much for the integrity of the daily tracking polls.  Who knows what is to be believed at this point.  There must be some methodological differences between the two outfits.

http://www.gallup.com/

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McCain: Abandoning IN?

This seems to be a, dare I say it, PRESUMPTUOUS move.  While Obama plans to open 25-30 offices in Indiana, McCain plans to open ... not a single one.  According to the Indianapolis Star:

Jonathan Swain, a spokesman for Obama's campaign in Indiana, said plans are to have 25 to 30 campaign offices in the state.

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McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, is taking a different approach to Indiana.

Some might call it confident; some might call it laid-back at best.

Asked whether the campaign has any plans to open an office in Indiana, campaign spokeswoman Leah Yoon -- who is based in Michigan, not Indiana -- had a one-word answer: "No."

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar ticle?AID=/20080713/NEWS05/807130367/100 8/LOCAL19

Granted, Indiana is not traditionally in play for Democrats at the presidential level, but should McCain really be so confident about his chances there?  Were Obama to win Indiana, he would virtually be assured to win the presidency.

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McCain Actually Put Obama's Face on Dollar Bill

Today I noticed a few resident dumbasses repeating the "Obama played the race card against McCain" smear as they are wont to do, so I thought I'd set the record straight.  The fact is, McCain has run a commercial with Obama's face on the $100 dollar bill.

Is the media buying McCain's story that Obama played the race card, using his description of McCain doing things analogous to putting his face on a dollar bill?  Of course, most everyone has taken it as an analogy and McCain, as well as some of the media, have been looking to crucify Obama for it.  The thing is, McCain actually DID put obama's face on a dollar bill -- over a month ago in a little-seen web video.  The point is, Obama's analogy -- whether he realized it or not, and maybe he heard about the video and only recalled it subconsciously -- isn't even an analogy, it's true!

Plus, Team McCain turned him pansy yellow, made him all starry-eyed, then blew him up.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-sh aw/reading-the-pictures-emdo_b_116451.ht ml

Were I more gifted, I'd embed the pictures cited by the article, but you can see them at the above link.  You may now go back to your regularly scheduled trolling.

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Clinton Will Not Submit Name for Nomination?

There is a story today that Hillary Clinton will not submit her name for the Democratic nomination at the convention.  

A source close to the New York senator confirmed she won't file a formal request to the convention asking to be nominated along with Barack Obama, who eked out the victory in their fierce primary slugfest.

"She is not going to submit the signed request," the insider told the Daily News. "People are still circulating petitions on her behalf, but this is a done deal."

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics /2008/07/31/2008-07-31_hillary_clinton_a sks_not_to_be_nominated.html

I have to admit that I'm a little bit surprised by this, not because I think there's any chance of switching nominees at the convention, but because some people apparently take the pageantry of the floor vote so seriously.  Hopefully this will not lead to any conspiracy theories.  

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Rasmussen: McCain +10 in OH?

One would hope that this is an outlier, but clearly there is work to be done.  An Ohio poll released today by Rasmussen has McCain leading by 10 points when including "leaners" (6 points without).  Between this and the PPP poll showing Obama leading by 8 (as well as various other polls showing Obama with a slight lead), I'm not sure what to believe.

http://rasmussenreports.com/public_conte nt/politics/election_20082/2008_presiden tial_election/ohio/election_2008_ohio_pr esidential_election

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NYT Refuses McCain Editorial: All Sizzle, No Steak

McCain has had a bit of a tough news cycle lately.  Well, it has gotten even worse for the ol' maverick, as Drudge reported today that the New York Times has refused to run a McCain editorial in rebuttal to Obama's previous editorial re: Iraq.  While McCain was all too happy to bash Obama using the familiar "cut and run" mantra, that didn't square with the Times' editorial standards.  The problem, according to op-ed editor David Shipley:

'The Obama piece worked for me because it offered new information (it appeared before his speech); while Senator Obama discussed Senator McCain, he also went into detail about his own plans.'

Shipley continues: 'It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors Senator Obama's piece. To that end, the article would have to articulate, in concrete terms, how Senator McCain defines victory in Iraq.'

Apparently some of the wingers are now spinning this as an example of liberal media bias, rather than a failure for McCain to actually tell the American people what he means by "victory" in Iraq.  Of course, that would mean that they would have to come up with obtainable objectives rather than continuing to live in the military fantasyland in which "victory" is ever just around the corner.  The full draft editorial is available on Drudge's website, for those so inclined.

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Rasmussen: Obama +2 in NV

Nice.  Obama's now up by 2 in Nevada.  Granted, this is statistically insignificant, but last month McCain was up by 3, and two months ago he was up by 6.  Clearly the momentum is in Obama's favor.  The improvement seems to have come among self-identified Democrats.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_c ontent/politics/election_20082/2008_pres idential_election/nevada/election_2008_n evada_presidential_election

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McCain: Social Security "A Disgrace"

McCain at a town hall on Monday:

Americans have got to understand that we are paying present-day retirees with the taxes paid by young workers in America today. And that's a disgrace. It's an absolute disgrace, and it's got to be fixed.

The video is at TPM: http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/

As noted by Mother Jones, "'paying present-day retirees with the taxes paid by young workers' is pretty much the functional definition of Social Security. Always has been. That's what John McCain is calling an 'absolute disgrace.'"

http://www.motherjones.com/mojoblog/arch ives/2008/07/8936_mccain_social_security _disgrace.html

For any of those sitting on the fence, you might want to ask yourselves if this is what you want in a president.

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McCain Blocks Medicare Funding

Sometimes it is good to remember who the real enemy is.  Recently, a Medicare funding bill was passed by the House 355-59.  The bill would fund and expand low-income assistance programs and preventive services, as well as prevent a 10% reduction in doctor reimbursement rates that went into effect on July 1.  The additional costs of funding would be offset by cuts in payments to private plans that participate in Medicare.  Therein lies the rub, as explained by the NY Times:

That has inflamed opposition from the White House and Senate Republicans who seem determined to protect inefficient private plans from the rigors of competing fairly against traditional Medicare coverage. Medicare pays these private plans, known as Medicare Advantage, an average of 13 percent more to provide the same services as the traditional Medicare program.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/05/opinio n/05sat2.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&o ref=slogin

However, the bill enjoys broad support among doctors and pharmacists and passed the House with a veto-proof majority.  All good, right?  Not quite.

The Senate Republicans, in their infinite wisdom and love for hardworking Americans, decided to filibuster the bill.  On June 26, 2008, cloture failed by a vote of 58-40 (i.e., 2 votes short of defeating the filibuster).  Sens. Obama and Clinton voted for cloture, as did all Democrats other than Kennedy (who did not vote, for obvious reasons) and Reid.  Even Lieberman voted in favor of cloture.  As for Reid, his vote "against" cloture is misleading - his vote was a procedural maneuver so that he can bring the bill up later.  In other words, cloture failed by one vote.

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/ro ll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?con gress=110&session=2&vote=00160

Any guess on who decided to skip the vote to attend a fundraiser in Ohio?  It's awfully convenient that Senate Republicans mostly avoid blame by quietly filibustering this bill, and that McCain avoids even more blame by failing to show up and letting the rest of the Republicans take the fall for him.  Such is the way of the maverick.

A much more detailed analysis of this whole series of events can be found on Openleft, here:  http://www.openleft.com/showDiary.do;jse ssionid=6EE0933FFA4BD49A4EEBD8A35A61BB2A ?diaryId=6782

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