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July 21, 2008

McCain Tries to Copy Cat Obama — The New York Times REJECTS MCCAIN’S EDITORIAL

Rewrite -- your article is NOT up to our standard! An editorial written by Republican presidential hopeful McCain has been rejected by the NEW YORK TIMES -- less than a week after the paper published an essay written by Obama.

The paper's decision to refuse McCain's direct rebuttal to Obama's 'My Plan for Iraq' has ignited explosive charges of media bias in top Republican circles.

'It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors Senator Obama's piece,' NYT Op-Ed editor David Shipley explained in an email late Friday to McCain's staff. 'I'm not going to be able to accept this piece as currently written.'

In McCain's submission to the TIMES, he writes of Obama: 'I am dismayed that he never talks about winning the war—only of ending it... if we don't win the war, our enemies will. A triumph for the terrorists would be a disaster for us. That is something I will not allow to happen as president.'

NYT's Shipley advised McCain to try again: 'I'd be pleased, though, to look at another draft.'

Here is New York Times Opinion Page Editor David Shipley's full e-mail to the McCain campaign detailing why the paper rejected the Arizona senator's essay.

Dear Mr. Goldfarb,

Thank you for sending me Senator McCain's essay.

I'd be very eager to publish the Senator on the Op-Ed page.

However, I'm not going to be able to accept this piece as currently

I'd be pleased, though, to look at another draft.

Let me suggest an approach.

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.

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. It would also have to lay out a clear plan for achieving victory — with troops levels, timetables and measures for compelling the Iraqis to cooperate. And it would need to describe the Senator's Afghanistan strategy, spelling out how it meshes with his Iraq plan.

I am going to be out of the office next week. If you decide to re-work the draft, please be in touch with (Redacted)

Again, thank you for taking the time to send me the Senator's draft. I
really hope we can find a way to bring this to a happy resolution.


David Shipley



Video: McCain’s ‘PUMP’ Ad

 If there weren’t susceptible folks who can be ‘swayed’ to believe this foolishness, this ad would be funny and could be used as a late show skit!  Clearly McCain thinks that some Americans are stupid otherwise he would not run an intellectually insulting ad like this.

Does McCain remember that he scored ‘zero’ on the League of Conservation Voters scorecard for 2007!  He didn’t show up not even once to vote for polices that would have eliminated subsidies to big oil, created a national renewable electricity standard and included $5.7 billion in tax incentives for renewable energy!  What a fraud!!!

“Gas prices — $4, $5, no end in sight, because some in Washington are still saying no to drilling in America. No to independence from foreign oil. Who can you thank for rising prices at the pump?” an announcer asks over crowd chants of “O-bama, O-bama.” Then Obama’s smiling image appears on the screen.

McCain is showing his desperation by flooding the airwaves with ads attacking Obama on ‘republican’ issues.

Hello! Bush and Cheney — two oil men are in the White Hose.  Shouldn’t McCain be talking to Bush/Cheney?  Isn’t this ad misdirected?

July 7, 2008

McCain’s Economic Plan: Will Decrease Deficit By Bringing Troops Home?!

  This is crazy but true!  The McCain campaign just put out a policy plan that says “John McCain will balance the budget by the end of his first term.” This declaration leads to the obvious question — How?  The Congressional Budget Office “CBO” projects a $443 billion deficit in 2013 if Bush’s tax cuts are extended as McCain calls for — and on top of this McCain calls for additional tax cuts.

McCain says he will pay for this by cutting Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, and he would bring troops back from Iraq and Afghanistan Yes you read that right. McCain’s plan to decrease the deficit is to bring the troops home. McCain’s economic policy paper explains that:

The McCain administration would reserve all savings from victory in the Iraq and Afghanistan operations in the fight against Islamic extremists for reducing the deficit. Since all their costs were financed with deficit spending, all their savings must go to deficit reduction.

This is a pretty bold statement from a campaign that in the last five days has called Barack Obama a flip flopper for saying he might “refine” his Iraq tactics. Now McCain is implying that he will bring a large portion of our troops home quickly enough to pay down the deficit?

Let’s get this straight.

A major plank of John McCain’s economic plan to reduce the deficit is based on substantially decreasing America’s financial commitments to Iraq and Afghanistan, which can only occur by significantly reducing the U.S. force presence in Iraq. Additionally, in order to meet the target of eliminating the deficit by 2013, troop levels would have to be substantially lowered in Iraq fairly early on in the McCain administration in order to have any impact on the deficit prior to 2013.

McCain’s economic plan actually sheds some real light on John McCain’s undefined Iraq position. (Note to the press: John McCain has never laid out a specific plan or strategy for bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq, nor has he ever defined what he means by “victory.”) But now that we know that the McCain campaign’s economic forecasting and planning are based on having substantially fewer troops in Iraq, it is clear that John McCain’s Iraq plan is actually — according to the implications of his economic policy proposal — a copy of Barack Obama’s Iraq plan, which calls for a responsible deliberate withdrawal. Since adopting Obama’s plan would be the only way to achieve significant savings to pay down the deficit by 2013.

If this is not McCain’s Iraq plan — then his campaign essentially put out an economic policy plan that has no basis in reality and his pledge to eliminate the deficit is purely a cynical pledge to get elected. Either way he should be called out on this.

Thus far the press has treated McCain as the candidate with policy expertise and has ignored the fact that he has almost no policy specifics. Many of his policy proposals, especially on foreign policy, are incomplete, incoherent, and contradictory.  He needs to clarify not just how his numbers add up, but how many troops he plans on withdrawing, as well as his definition of victory is in Iraq. It is past time for some reporters to start asking these questions. I mean this guy is running for president.


Commentary by Max Bergmann



June 1, 2008

McCain: Not Just Visiting, He’s Living on Fantasy Island


Last week John McCain McBush reiterated for me that he is clueless about things he speaks about.  McBush’s claim to fame is that he is an expert on Iraq, but that is not true.  He keeps making mammoth mistakes which scare the living daylights out of me.  These are not little slips of the tongue or him misspeaking; McBush continually gets the facts wrong.  He just keeps getting it wrong.  It makes me wonder what he’ll be saying in September/October when he’s tired.  Right now he’s pretty well-rested.

Last week he said to a town hall crowd, “I can look you in the eye and tell you the surge is succeeding”. “We have drawn down to pre-surge levels.”

Whoa big John! That’s not true, so STOP looking me in the eye!  There are currently 155,000 troops in Iraq; there were 130,000 before the surge.

McBush also proclaimed that Mosul is “quiet”.  According to our US military, there are 23 major cities in Iraq; Mosul is the third largest city.  But somehow McBush wants us to feel content that one city, Mosul, is ‘quiet’?  But not even that is true.

McCain seem not to have heard that earlier that day three suicide bombings rocked Mosul and a nearby town, leaving 23 dead.

The day before that McCain scoffed at Obama for declining to go with him on a trip to Iraq, saying, “We’ve got to show him the facts on the ground.”

Which facts are those Senator?  The fantasy facts you invented while on Fantasy Island visiting the year 2013?

Keep McBush out of the White House or God help us all!




P.S. Please read our 5/17 post, “McCain: Mac to the Future” to get details of McCain’s ‘2013 speech’ delivered on May 15 in Columbus, Ohio.



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