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jAZ
03-24-2008, 11:36 PM
http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2008_03/013394.php
March 24, 2008


McCAIN'S CRED....Via Steve Benen, (http://www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com/archives/14991.html) MSNBC analyst Chuck Todd tells us why John McCain can get away with routine demonstrations of abject ignorance, like his recent proclamation that Iran is supporting al-Qaeda in Iraq: (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23766063/page/5/)
Even if he gets dinged on the experience stuff, "Oh, he says he's Mr. Experience. Doesn't he know the difference between this stuff?" He's got enough of that in the bank, at least with the media, that he can get away with it. I mean, the irony to this is had either Senator Clinton or Senator Obama misspoke like that, it'd have been on a running loop, and it would become a, a big problem for a couple of days for them.

Italics mine. Let's recap. Foreign policy cred (http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gtqD_x9yYIuq_7S2dimSjMV5qRmg) lets him get away with wild howlers on foreign policy. Fiscal integrity cred (http://prospect.org/cs/articles?article=what_is_mccains_economic_agenda) lets him get away with outlandishly irresponsible economic plans. Anti-lobbyist cred (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/21/AR2008022101131.html?hpid=topnews) lets him get away with pandering to lobbyists. Campaign finance reform cred (http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/tapped_archive?month=02&year=2008&base_name=the_pete_rose_of_politics) lets him get away with gaming the campaign finance system. Straight talking cred (http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2008_01/012981.php) lets him get away with brutally slandering Mitt Romney in the closing days of the Republican primary. Maverick uprightness cred (http://www.cjr.org/campaign_desk/the_mccainhagee_connection_1.php) allows him to get away with begging for endorsements from extremist religious leaders like John Hagee. "Man of conviction" (http://matthewyglesias.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/02/the_mccain_shift.php) cred allows him to get away with transparent flip-flopping so egregious it would make any other politician a laughingstock. Anti-torture cred (http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2008_02/013122.php) allows him to get away with supporting torture as long as only the CIA does it.
Remind me again: where does all this cred come from? And what window do Democrats go to to get the same treatment the press gives McCain?

jAZ
03-25-2008, 01:07 AM
http://firedoglake.com/2008/03/23/mccain-is-now-a-campaign-finance-criminal/

McCain Is Now A Campaign Finance Criminal
By: Jane Hamsher Sunday March 23, 2008 4:00 pm

According to the latest Federal Election Commission report, John McCain has now spent $58.4 million dollars. McCain applied for public financing, and according to FEC chairman David Mason (in a letter to McCain), he can't withdraw without permission of the FEC. So he is now legally in violation of campaign finance law.

But as Media Matters points out, you'd never know it from reading AP writer Jim Kuhnhenn:

A March 21 Associated Press article reported that Sen. John McCain "has now spent $58.4 million in his primary bid, surpassing the $50 million limit he would have faced if he participated in the public financing system he had been certified to join." The article, by staff writer Jim Kuhnhenn, continued: "McCain has decided not to accept the public matching funds, but the FEC [Federal Election Commission] wants him to assure regulators that he did not use the promise of public money as collateral for the loan." Kuhnhenn also reported that "[t]he Democratic National Committee [DNC] has filed a complaint with the FEC arguing McCain cannot withdraw from the public finance system without FEC approval." In fact, as Kuhnhenn himself has noted in previous articles, in addition to the DNC, FEC Chairman David Mason has also asserted that McCain cannot legally withdraw from the public finance system without such approval.

The Wall Street Journal article makes the same convenient omission.

Barbecue buddies forever, eh?

Bob Dole
03-25-2008, 01:16 AM
There's actually a Republican candidate for President in 2008?

Bob Dole sure as hell didn't know that from watching the mainstream media for the past 5 months.

jAZ
03-25-2008, 01:23 AM
There's actually a Republican candidate for President in 2008?

Bob Dole sure as hell didn't know that from watching the mainstream media for the past 5 months.
It's amazing how much bad McCain news they've been able to hide for him.

Guru
03-25-2008, 01:41 AM
There's actually a Republican candidate for President in 2008?

Bob Dole sure as hell didn't know that from watching the mainstream media for the past 5 months.

Well, he didn't become republican until after he got the nomination. Now he is all the GOP has.

SNR
03-25-2008, 02:03 AM
Wait... what's that? The media sucks at reporting the real news?

The short-end of the stick- it's not just for Ron Paul supporters to bitch about

memyselfI
03-25-2008, 06:37 AM
Sorry, I have to chuckle that Obamaniacs are upset about this. Pot meet kettle.

a1na2
03-25-2008, 06:42 AM
Sorry, I have to chuckle that Obamaniacs are upset about this. Pot meet kettle.

I'm very amused at your poking fun at everyone that tends to have different ideas politically from you ... which lately, seems to be everyone that posts on this or any other board.

patteeu
03-25-2008, 07:11 AM
Sorry, I have to chuckle that Obamaniacs are upset about this. Pot meet kettle.

That's for sure.

Bootlegged
03-25-2008, 09:42 AM
Good Lord.