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McCain: The Undead

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How can John McCain possibly be leading both Clinton and Obama in some polls? Wasn't he dead just a month ago?

He didn't seem like a threat, so no one bothered to drive a stake through his heart. And now -- he's ALIVE! He walks the night, terrorizing our children and haunting our dreams...

This guy is more hawkish than Dubya, invented the "surge" and believes it's working, has a psycho anger problem, and -- apart from a few carefully selected "maverick" positions -- is basically just another hard-right corporatist with an 82% lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union.

What in God's name are people thinking? Do we respond only to brand messaging?

McCain has managed his brand exceedingly well. People need to know who he really is.

I think the public will reach intelligent conclusions if they're in possession of the relevant facts -- which they most definitely do not get from the crack media, particularly where Straight Talker McCain is concerned.

Some of the following pieces are opinionated, but they're all fact-based, well sourced and attributed, and accountable to the historical record -- in other words, journalism.

They fall into the following categories:

  • The Conservative Case for John McCain
  • Mongering Peace
  • The "Passion" of John McCain
  • The Double-Talk Express
  • The McCain Voting Record
  • Follow the Money: McCain, Clinton and Obama Compared
  • McCain On Reform
  • McCain On the Economy
First of all, for fairness and balance:

The Conservative Case for John McCain

The Coming McCain Moment
By Ramesh Ponnuru, The National Review


The good news for conservatives is that some of McCain's un-
conservative positions concern trifling subjects, and some of them
have little ongoing relevance ... After 9/11, McCain shepherded
a bill to federalize airport security through the Senate. That's not
an issue that's going to come up again. The corporate-accounting
scandals gave McCain an opportunity to rail against malefactors
of great wealth, which he took. He zinged Bush's Securities and
Exchange Commission for its inaction and urged more trans-
parency in executive pay. But he gives no sign of itching to
impose more regulations now. He supported a scheme of taxes
and regulation to fight smoking. His bill didn't become law, but
it is no longer an issue since most of its provisions were adopted
by the states ... Even campaign-finance reform isn't the issue it
once was.

Mongering Peace

Bush and McCain's Displaced Ardor for War

By Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post


Then there is John McCain, the resurgent GOP front-runner, who
has spent the last few days attacking Mitt Romney using the
same shopworn cudgels that Republicans have often wielded
to cow Democratic opposition to the war. McCain accused
Romney of once saying (in 2007) that he "wanted to set a date
for withdrawal similar to what the Democrats are seeking."
Heaven forbid...

Although he'd be the oldest person ever elected president, he
doesn't need Viagra -- he's got Iraq. Call your doctor if your
erection lasts longer than four hours -- or your war lasts longer
than 100 years.

John McCain is Dr. Strangelove
By Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films


Thanks to the casting sensibility of Arianna Huffington, we learned
that John McCain has been channeling Dr. Strangelove! Duly
inspired, Phillip and our Issues 2008 team jumped into action,
and 24 hours later, here's the video!

100 More Years in Iraq
A YouTube video submitted by Cliff Schecter


John McCain, he of the recent electoral "surge" right into fourth
place in Iowa, stood next to his goofy alter-ego and fellow star
of Cocoon Joe Lieberman in Derry, New Hampshire and
declared his intention for us to be in the Greater Mesopotamia
area for the next century.

Bomb, bomb Iran
A video of McCain's famous Beach Boys impression


McCain's "Macaca moment"

PNAC Signatories


Additional PNAC Signatories:
... Sen. John McCain ...

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