Saturday, February 17, 2007

Mr. McCain's Priorities

John McCain's cool with missing a vote on his war, but he'll make sure to lecture South Carolina students on how abstinence is the only way.

Unless you're John McCain, it's the 1970s and you're cheating on your then-wife with your current one.

But who has time to quibble over details when you're too busy-a-straight-talkin'?


At 2:28 PM, Blogger Paddy said...

Heh... great minds.
I was just posting this over at the Politico...

Oooooh, too busy to do his job on the floor of the Senate eh?
What is it that you're doing Senator?


Most presidential candidates are trying to get people to say "yes." Republican Sen. John McCain will be encouraging South Carolina students to say "no." The Arizona lawmaker is scheduled to speak Sunday night to about 1,500 middle and high school students about abstaining from premarital sex. Abstinence and abortion loom large as issues in this first-in-the-South primary state in the heart of the Bible Belt.

Hmmm, any of you guys at the Politico got the cojones to ask the Senator if his staff has pledged abstinence? And how about before the Senator was married? Or between marriages? Hypocrisy rules.

Check out

At 2:45 PM, Blogger Finian said...

and what is it with the meme of the day...the surge is a success and the Iraqi's are showing up

Dan Froomkin of The Washington Post notes that Iraq already has missed its first surge benchmark - a word you can't hear too often. On Jan. 10, a "senior administration official" said we'd see in about a month whether Iraqi troops were coming to Baghdad as promised. It's a month, and maybe half the needed troops have shown up. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, taking heat for the growing civilian casualty rate in Baghdad, said Tuesday: "I feel that we are late. This delay is giving a negative impression and has led some people to say that we have already failed."

If we're looking for failure, we don't have to look all the way to Baghdad. Stop first in Washington, where the Republicans and loserman in the U.S. Senate are horrible people.

At 3:08 PM, Blogger Cliff Schecter said...

I agree with Katherine. But I am getting seriously pissed at Democrat at this point.

The 2006 elections turned out the way they did for a main reason (yes corruption was big as was economics, but Iraq topped all the polls by a healthy margin).

Seriously, we can take this absolute tragedy the Republicans have caused and turn it into an enduring Democratic majority in 2008, to prevent them from doing this again anytime soon. Dems will need to actually grow some spine to do this however.

And paddy, our minds don't work alike. Don't insult yourself that way. You're way out of my league...

At 3:24 PM, Blogger Finian said...


The problem with the Democrats is there isn't enough of them

Why isn't more being made of the seven republicans who did switch over. Why isn't that a story.

The media is too busy repeating Bushco lies that the surge is working even though there is evidence it is just the opposite. Bush is claiming the three Iraqi brigades showed up. A big fat lie

At 3:43 PM, Blogger basheert said...

John McCain is at a weenie roast (I KID YOU NOT) in Iowa....which was more important than casting a vote in the Senate (which he is being paid to do).

I would like to hope that this vote hangs the "old guard" republicans totally out to dry especially in 2008.

People are very angry. It was a foregone conclusion that the Repubs would stonewall. That was not a surprise. In a way, I was hoping they'd follow their "party before country" premise they've had for the last 6 years and they didn't let us down.

So now, they are on record that they won't debate Iraq. How does that really look? It looks really bad, considering how many people oppose this meat grinder that is Iraq and Bush's War.

The Republicans officially own this war now. In the House, the Democrats were able to at least pass something. Although they said it was meaningless, they were certainly lying their way through their speeches (love the Alamo one, and the "fake" Lincoln quote).

The Repubs are sinking, fast. And unless they morph into something with a brain, and start listening to the American VOTERS, they are done in 2008 and the Dems will get a HUGE majority AND the WH.

With the blogs and people so polarized, this isn't going to die or be forgotten.

At 5:16 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

John McCain is at a weenie roast... most likely lecturing on how to abstain from weenies.

Today the senate Dems voted as a unified team, 100%. And yes, 7 Republics went along. And yes, we need to elect more Dems in order to get our way. All true.

But the majority of Republics were oblivious. It's on the record who voted for what--AND WHO DIDN'T SHOW UP--and hopefully they'll continue to lose what little blind support they have left. America's screaming their growing disdain for this war and for the same old tired, misleading refrains.

P.S. What's important, what's really making the headlines? Britney's bald head. Iraq? Pshfft.

At 6:04 PM, Blogger basheert said...

I honestly believe that the Republican senate is clueless as to what is really going on in this country.

I am VERY VERY disturbed about an article I just read in Think Progress that Mr. Bush is now going to rule by Executive Order and bypass Congress. I believe we headed to a Constitutional Crisis of Biblical proportions.

This is not just issuing signing statements - it is governing as a Dictator without any Congressional Oversight.

Hold onto your hats! It's going to get UGLY FAST!

At 6:46 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

I agree. Well, mostly. Do you think all of them are clueless?

I also agree that Bush has gradually, or not so gradually, brought his dictator ambitions to a crescendo with his reckless signing statements and proclamations.

Remember his old quote about (paraphrasing loosely) how a dictatorship would be okay, as long as he's the dictator? As usual, not too much was made of that statement(!!!). Bypassing Congress, especially a Democratic one, will most definitely ignite a crisis already in the making.

And what's truly scary is that he already has been ruling by executive order and other equally worrisome means. To me, this parallels the whole Global Warming issue: We saw it coming and didn't do nearly enough to either recognize it or deal with it head on.

At 6:58 PM, Blogger basheert said...

Part of the issue is simply that this type of garbage generally does NOT happen in this's 3rd world stuff. So people want to ignore it until it steps up and bites their a**.

We have a dictator. We have had a dictator. Everyone tiptoes around this fact.

We also have a Constitution that says we do NOT have a Dictator.

I believe that there will be ANY Democratic president in 2008 and with so many Rep Senate seats at risk, it will be a sweep.

But this type of thing is very frightening and even more so is that people are letting it happen.

At 7:14 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

Especially the part about people letting it happen: Hear, hear.

I couldn't agree more.

At 7:42 PM, Blogger Finian said...

be sure and catch some video of the weenie roast. McBush is seriously off the rails.

I wonder how McCain feels after he traded his support for Bush in 2004 to get Jeb out to have Jeb supporting Romney

At 12:16 AM, Blogger Ashen Shard said...

In defense of Mr. McCain, his vote was not needed. They already had enough votes to block the debate.

To me it seems that most Republicans, including McCain, are doing everything to guarantee the Democratic party takes full control of the country in 2009.

Assuming that the Democratic party actually does actually take total control, where does that leave liberal blogs who will then no longer be in the position of the repressed rational minority?

At 11:40 AM, Blogger basheert said...

I'm sorry, I do NOT believe that just because they had the votes to block the debate, it was appropriate Senator (sorry people) who is actively campaigning for the nomination to SKIP a vote in the Senate that he is being paid to give.

Again, he and Jon Kyl are our PAID representatives. Mr. Kyl is bouncing around Baghdad showing the Jr. Sens. around the Happy Green Zone.

Mr. McCain is eatin' weenies.

You're right though. This current crop of Repos is certainly pushing everyone away from the Repub party. I found myself voting 100% straight Dem ticket, although I have never done that before. I could not bring myself to mark an X after an R.

At 11:44 AM, Blogger basheert said...

A Definition of Abstinence McCain Style:

Family troubles: McCain has a reputation as a politician who has difficulty keeping his pants zipped, according to Republican sources. He acknowledges that his adultery broke up his first marriage. His second wife Cindy, the daughter of a wealthy Budweiser beer distributor, was addicted to prescription narcotics and even stole hard drugs from a medical charity that she ran. McCain acknowledges that she didn't want him to run, and only agreed once he promised that she doesn't have to go to New Hampshire or Iowa.

At 12:00 PM, Blogger basheert said...

From WaPo (Capitol Briefing):

But Thune told Capitol Briefing he extracted a promise from the Arizonan on judicial nominations. Thune said McCain told him he would appoint "guys like Roberts and Alito". That's a reference to Chief Justice John Roberts and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, both of whom were nominated by President Bush and were popular selections among Christian conservatives

At 12:23 PM, Blogger Ed Sikov said...

I hereby pledge to abstain from having sex with John McCain.

At 5:47 PM, Blogger basheert said...

The following night, McCain's last in Rio, the designer who brought them together had scheduled a farewell party for McCain. He and Elena planned to go to dinner first. He arrived at her apartment about eight, knocked on the door, and readied himself to be greeted by the Aunt or one of the servants. No one answered is knock. He tried the door, found it unlocked, and let himself in.

"I'll be right out," Elena called from the bedroom.

McCain wandered onto the terrace. The moon was glinting off the bay. A bottle of champagne was chilling in a bucket of ice. When Elena joined him a few minutes later, she was not, McCain would later say, dressed for dinner.

The next morning McCain raced to the airport to catch his plane. Elena did not go with him. He never saw her again.


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