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  •  It's official. McCain has auctioned off his soul. (6+ / 0-)

    On an inflation adjusted basis, he made less on the transaction than Judas Iscariot did.

    John McCain's Straight Talk Express runs on fossil fuels.

    by Dump Terry McAuliffe on Sun Mar 09, 2008 at 01:15:35 PM PDT

    •  Rents it by the hour he wants to keep his coffers (3+ / 0-)

      full.

      Be careful what you shoot at, most things in here don't react well to bullets-Sean Connery .... Captain Marko Ramius -Hunt For Red October

      by JML9999 on Sun Mar 09, 2008 at 01:20:04 PM PDT

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      •  Like the proprietor of a "hot sheets hotel" (n/t) (2+ / 0-)
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        John McCain's Straight Talk Express runs on fossil fuels.

        by Dump Terry McAuliffe on Sun Mar 09, 2008 at 01:35:33 PM PDT

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      •  Apparently the media bought it... (2+ / 0-)
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        In the past week, The New York Times has described John McCain as "a Vietnam hero and national security pro." The Associated Press has referred to McCain's "Vietnam War-hero biography." UPI has referred to him as "the 71-year-old Vietnam hero." The Boston Globe called McCain "a 71-year-old war hero." The Buffalo News combined the two descriptions, describing McCain as "a 71-year-old Vietnam War hero." And Newsweek declared McCain "a war hero who is fun to be around."

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        The week's most intense focus on McCain's status as a war hero came on MSNBC following his appearance with President Bush at the White House. As the blogger Digby noted, MSNBC's Brian Williams and Chris Matthews gushed over McCain:

        WILLIAMS: You know what I thought was unsaid -- they took their position, Chris, we're seeing the replay -- they end up in this spot and the sun is coming is just from the side and there in the shadow is John McCain's buckled, concave shoulder. It's a part of his body the suit doesn't fill out because of his war injuries. Again you wouldn't spot it unless you knew to look for it. He doesn't give the same full chested profile as the president standing next to him. Talk about a warrior...

        MATTHEWS: You know, when he was a prisoner all those years, as you know, in isolation from his fellows, I do believe, uhm, and Machiavelli had this right -- it's not sentimental, it's factual -- the more you give to something, the more you become committed to it. That's true of marriage and children and everything we've committed to in our lives. He committed to his country over there. He made an investment in America, alone in that cell, when he was being tortured and afraid of being put to death at any moment -- and turning down a chance to come home.

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        Williams acknowledged that "you wouldn't spot" McCain's war injury if he hadn't pointed it out. Indeed, McCain's war record didn't come up, even in passing, during his appearance with Bush. There was no reminder of it in anything Bush or McCain said -- and, as Williams acknowledged, there was no visual indication of it, either. Williams and Matthews brought it up out of the blue.

        So what's wrong with bringing McCain's status as a war hero up out of the blue, as Williams and Matthews did, as many other news reports did this week? Or even as the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Chicago Tribune did in articles about gambling on the NCAA tournament and skin cancer? McCain is, after all, a war hero; everybody agrees about that. There isn't anything wrong with Brian Williams and Chris Matthews talking about that.

        But Matthews and Williams then agreed, in essence, that John McCain is more "committed" to America than Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. And that the "non-political facts" of McCain's service to his country will have very real political impact.

        Well, it certainly will if Chris Matthews and Brian Williams keep telling voters that McCain is more "committed" to America and more "invested ... physically and personally in his country" than his Democratic opponent. That isn't journalism; it's taking sides.

        Pieces of an e-mail from Jamison Foser of MediaMatters

        Barack Obama - I'll never see the threat of terrorism as a way to scare up votes, it's a threat that should rally this country around our common enemies

        by madgranny on Sun Mar 09, 2008 at 01:57:20 PM PDT

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        •  seems that BO could claim that he has been a (1+ / 0-)
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          POW for the last 7 years....the Bushco war.....

          Gimme an "O", gimme a "B"...

          by left my heart on Sun Mar 09, 2008 at 02:03:02 PM PDT

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        •  You should have provided a link (2+ / 0-)
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          Here it is:
          http://mediamatters.org/...

          It's a terrific piece, laying out the ways in which the media worships John McCain, and showing vividly why Hillary disqualified herself this past week as the Democratic nominee. Going toe-to-toe with McCain on strength, toughness, warlikeness and commandeer-in-chiefness, Hillary loses in a landslide. This week, she let John McCain choose the battlefield and the weapons if she is the nominee. Obama can survive because he's selling something else entirely. But the media will make it very veyr difficuly by trying to make what McCain is selling seem more valuable.

          We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14: http://www.oneill08.com/

          by anastasia p on Sun Mar 09, 2008 at 02:05:27 PM PDT

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          •  Oh, thank you... (0+ / 0-)

            I didn't read it at MM.  I was quoting from the e-mail.  Thanks for the link.  It is indeed a great article.  Hillary has bought into the republican's way of defining the election, a very bad choice for her.

            Barack Obama - I'll never see the threat of terrorism as a way to scare up votes, it's a threat that should rally this country around our common enemies

            by madgranny on Sun Mar 09, 2008 at 02:20:05 PM PDT

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    •  for real (3+ / 0-)
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      As an ex-republican, I had so much more respect for McCain than Bush.  Now to see him suck up to pro-torture Bush after being tortured himself, what can you say.  Forgetting the politics, it's just sad to see a man debase himself like this.  

      W put his brand on this "maverick."

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