Saturday, August 09, 2008

Obama Camp Posts New Ad In Ohio Blaming Job Loses On John McCain

  This one will go over real well to the people in Ohio who are on the verge of losing their jobs because a  DHL owned company in Wilmington is about to close, leaving as many as 8,000 people unemployed.

  Part of the radio ad says:

"But there's something John McCain's not telling you: It was McCain who used his influence in the Senate to help foreign-owned DHL buy a U.S. company and gain control over the jobs that are now on the chopping block in Ohio," the announcer says.
"And that's not all: McCain's campaign manager was the top lobbyist for the DHL deal...helped push it through. His firm was paid $185,000 to lobby McCain and other Senators."

  I tried to provide the audio, but the audio is not available at this time. I'll update later. Either way, this ad could do some real damage to the Straight Talk Express after it is heard by enough of those living in Ohio.

  I must say that it is about time that the Obama camp knocks the crap out of the McCain clan!

   Of course, McCain now wants the Justice Department to investigate DHL's plan to use another carrier ( UPS ) to haul its packages. UPS is a rival in the industry.

John Kerry On Bush's Lean Towards Obama's Ideas

  John Kerry was on Meet The Press this past Sunday and had a response to host Tom Brokaw on whether Barack Obama was playing the race card after one of those lousy John McCain ads appeared questioning Obama's ability to lead the country. Kerry truthfully said that the GOP was making an attempt to scare the public into voting for McCain.

MR. BROKAW: I mean, when he, when he was talking about a dollar bill or a five dollar bill, he wasn't talking about whether he was not wearing a wig and wooden teeth.

SEN. KERRY: No, he was talking--what he was talking about is this campaign to scare about the person, and that's what they do. They try to scare about the person. They try to attack the character. They can't win on health care. They can't win on the economy. Eighty-five percent of the people in the nation know the country's moving in the wrong direction. They can't win--in fact, and I want to take Joe on on this, he just said the question is, is he ready to lead? Barack Obama has proven that he has the right judgment. What people are electing here is a president who has the judgment to do what's right for America. Barack Obama is right about Iraq. Now George Bush, Prime Minister Maliki think we ought to set a deadline. He was right about Afghanistan. John McCain has been the slowest person to come to the question of Afghanistan and adding more troops. He was right about Pakistan, that we ought to have the ability to go in and take out a terrorist. And John McCain criticized him for taking that position. He's been right about North Korea and Iran and the notion that we ought to negotiate. Now the Bush administration is negotiating. The Bush administration has moved towards Barack Obama, not John McCain. And John McCain's judgment has been wrong, and it's dangerous for America.

  Funny how a man who is not ready to lead this country has all of the Republican leaders in the White House now using his ideas. Except for McCain, who is to old to see past the past.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Barack Obama Reaps More Money From ExxonMobile Employees

  Let's all start first off with the fact that John McCain has raised considerably more more from the oil industry ( $1.3 million ) than Barack Obama ( $394,000 ) has.

  But since the DNC  has put up a parody website slamming McCain and his ties to big oil, called ExxonMcCain 08, it is only fair to point out that Obama actually has gotten more cash from ExxonMobile employee's than McCain has.

  Center for Responsive Politics

Tallying contributions by employees in the industry and their families, we found that Exxon, Chevron and BP have all contributed more money to Obama than to McCain.

Through June, Exxon employees have given Obama $42,100 to McCain's $35,166. Chevron favors Obama $35,157 to $28,500, and Obama edges out McCain with BP $16,046 vs. $11,500. McCain leads the money race with nearly every other top giver in the oil and gas industry, though -- Koch Industries, Valero, Marathon Oil, Occidental Petroleum, ConocoPhillips, the list goes on. McCain also has a big edge with Hess Corp. -- $91,000 to Obama's $8,000 -- which has gotten some attention. And, overall, McCain's campaign has gotten three times more money from the industry than Obama's has -- $1.3 million compared to about $394,000.

New Ad Out By The DNC On The John McCain/Bush Twins

  This is a pretty darn good ad, enjoy it.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Nancy Pelosi Questions john McCain's Energy Proposals

   Nancy Pelosi today had a comment about John McCain's rhetoric when it comes to energy policy and the fact that he's been calling for Congress to come back into session when he himself misses practically all of the major votes on energy issues.

  The Gavel

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in response to calls from Senator McCain that Congress resume session to consider energy proposals:

“Senator McCain wants to call Congress back into session to vote on ‘drill only’ proposals that he knows full well will not provide immediate relief to consumers, and yet he was absent from the Senate during critical votes to cut subsidies for Big Oil, help consumers and promote renewables and conservation.

“The New Direction Congress will continue to demand that the President release oil from our nation’s stockpile to provide immediate relief in 10 days, unlike the McCain-Republican-Big Oil plan that lowers prices at the pump by 2 cents in 10 years. Freeing a small amount of our oil from government stockpiles is the only immediate solution to the pain at the pump.

“John McCain could have been the deciding vote in favor of key energy initiatives, but instead he decided to stand by Big Oil. Senator McCain’s absent leadership on energy independence doesn’t match his rhetoric.”

  There is a little more background on McCain and some of the votes that he has missed when he should have been at work, not that you and I do not know how he would have voted anyway.

Monday, August 04, 2008

John McCain and the Oil Money

  It would seem that Mr. Straight Talk has been bought off by big oil as his campaign contributions have gone up considerably thanks to his change on drilling for oil off of our coasts and up in ANWR.

   One company in particular stands out, and that would be Hess.


Ten senior Hess Corporation executives and/or members of the Hess family each gave $28,500 to the joint RNC-McCain fundraising committee, just days after McCain reversed himself to favor offshore drilling, according to Federal Election Commission reports.
Nine of these contributions, seven from Hess executives and two from members of the Hess family, came on the same day, June 24th, the records show. The total collected in the wake of McCain's reversal for the fund, called McCain Victory 2008, from Hess execs and family is $285,000.

The Washington Post reported last week that campaign contributions from oil industry execs rose in a big way in the last half of June, after McCain drew a huge amount of attention by reversing his opposition on June 16th to the federal ban on offshore drilling.

  Not to be out done by the McCain camp, Barack Obama put out an ad taking Mr.McCain to task for his energy love-feast.

   At least the ads coming forth from the Obama camp have truth to them.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

MSM Beginning To Criticize John McCain's Campaign Tactics


  In the middle of John McCain's dopey Britney & Paris attack ad, the announcer gravely asks of Barack Obama: "Is He Ready to Lead?" An equally good question is whether McCain is ready to lead. For a man who will turn 72 this month, he's a surprisingly immature politician—erratic, impulsive and subject to peer pressure from the last knucklehead who offers him advice. The youthful insouciance that for many years has helped McCain charm reporters like me is now channeled into an ad that one GOP strategist labeled "juvenile," another termed "childish" and McCain's own mother called "stupid."

McCain's erratic campaign has GOP strategists scratching their heads. The obvious play for him was to tack right during the primaries, then navigate back to the center, where American general elections are always won. Conservative base voters can rarely be turned into McCain enthusiasts. But most will reluctantly vote for him. So why jeopardize his standing with independents by being grouchy and partisan? Makes no sense.


The erratic nature of McCain's campaign seems to be confirming that judgment. The McCain I used to know would never have touted his own courage as he did a few weeks ago when he said:

"I had the courage and the judgment to say that I would rather lose a political campaign than lose a war.It seems to me that Senator Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign."

Courage is grace under pressure. McCain showed it when he was a prisoner of war, and on many issues--yes, even on his stubborn insistence that the surge would work--but he is not showing it now. He is showing flop sweat. It is not a quality usually associated with successful leadership.

    So maybe next the media will point out the many pairs of flip-flops that John McCain has produced and maybe they'll even mention the fact that McCain has no real policy positions on anything, much less any idea on how to lead a country.