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Biden ramps up attack dog role in Obama campaign

September 15, 2008

CHICAGO – Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden, trying to step up his role of attack dog, on Monday labeled Republican John McCain as a “profoundly out of touch” politician using dishonorable tactics to try to win the White House.rtx88ms.jpg

In excerpts from a speech he is to give in Michigan, Biden, running mate to presidential hopeful Barack Obama, said both McCain’s policies and his campaign strategies mirror those of the unpopular U.S. President George W. Bush.

“We’ve seen this movie before, folks. But as everyone knows, the sequel is always worse than the original,” Biden will say in the speech he will give in St. Clair Shores, Mich.

“If you’re ready for four more years of George Bush, John McCain is your man. Just as George Herbert Walker Bush was nicknamed ‘Bush 41′ and his son is known as ‘Bush 43,’ John McCain could easily become known as ‘Bush 44,’” Biden plans to say.

Opinion polls show a dead-even race between Obama and McCain with less than two months to go before the Nov. 4 election.

Helped by his pick of Sarah Palin as his No. 2, McCain erased the lead that Obama held for most of the summer, leaving many Democrats nervous and impatient for Obama to begin hitting back at attacks they contend are straight out of the playbook of former Bush adviser Karl Rove.

In lambasting McCain, Biden is stepping into the traditional role for a vice presidential candidate of attack dog. He has been critical of McCain in previous speeches but Monday’s speech marked an escalation of the tone. Part of Biden’s difficulty in playing the attack-dog role effectively is that he is not getting nearly the media spotlight that Palin, a new face on the national political scene, is receiving.

Recalling the many years he has been a Senate colleague of McCain, an Arizona senator, Biden accused McCain of selling out his principles to win the election.

“The campaign a person runs says everything about the way they’ll govern. John McCain has decided to bet the house on the politics perfected by Karl Rove,” Biden says in the speech.

McCain campaign spokesman Ben Porritt dismissed Biden’s comments as those of a “long-time Washington insider, entrenched in the status quo.”

“Regardless of their rhetoric, Barack Obama and his running mate can’t distance themselves from their records which gives voters zero confidence that they can deliver change when we need it the most,” Porritt said.

The Obama campaign also released a new ad saying McCain was taking “the low road” in some of his campaign’s ads and attacks on the Democratic candidate, citing commentary in newspapers such as the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune that criticized the McCain ads.  

Click here for more Reuters 2008 campaign coverage.

- Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Biden during a campaign stop in Ohio in late August.)

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IT’S VERY SIMPLE: “Less Government Regulations” mean fewer SEC “bureaucrats” auditing/preventing financial industry meltdowns. Short term: fewer bureaucrats salaries. Long term: Vast Government Bailouts.

Posted by Kevin J. Rice | Report as abusive
 

Please, please, Fellas ! Can’t we just nix the slander and slime?
The PEOPLE need to hear what you stand for .. and what’s the difference in the Demo and Repub. platforms. Tell us WHY you think you’re the Best Candidate….. We’re not interested in NAME calling… or all the other NASTIES ! — We Want FACTS and Proposals !

Thanks !

 

I’m happy to hear that Joe Biden will be addressing McCain’s low-life campaign techniques and avoidance of the real issues that affect 90% of this country’s electorate. McCain still believes that war and terrorism are far more important than the economy. Over 80% of America thinks we’re on the wrong track and 75% feel it’s the economy stupid. And stupid is, stupid does… McCain admits he knows nothing about how an economy works. His wife handles his finances and even his emails! We don’t need four more years of this nonsense.

Posted by Mike/MASS | Report as abusive
 

It’s about time. If the Democrats want to win this thing Biden (and Clinton!!) better start telling it like it is and taking the heat the the Rovians dish out so that Barack can rise above the fray on the issues. If Biden doesn’t get some press, and I’m ok with RNC ridiculous attack press, I’m going to forget his name. Here’s a start: you can put lipstick on an ignorant govenor, but it’s still a Bush.

Posted by Chris Halliwell | Report as abusive
 

I’m yet to understand McCain-Palin ticket representing change after voting with Bush 90 percent of the time and after Palin hiring lobbyist as mayor of Wasilla, supporting to build bridge to nowhere and hiring her friends as a Governor of Alaska.

I’m yet to understand this career record that will change the way Washington is run by McCain-Palin.

To me, it’s a whole load of baloney.

Posted by Gideon | Report as abusive
 

What faux-balance. “…they contend are straight out of the playbook of” Karl Rove. There is no contention about it. Steve Schmidt is a disciple of Karl Rove.

Posted by DCX2 | Report as abusive
 

I would be more impressed with a little discussion from Biden about what Barrack and his (Joe’s) contribution has been to the good health of America. All I can see is a Congress with some of the worst approval records in history and two people with the most partisan positions. The “empty suit” and “invisible man” tags for Barrack and Joe seem to be sticking. “Attack Dog” does not do anything for me.

Posted by JBx | Report as abusive
 

I get the impression that McCain and Palin are more up for another war (with Iran, Russia, take your pick) than would be Obama and Biden.

Tell me something America – do you really have the appetite for yet another war when you’re already fighting 2 (Afghan & Iraq)?

I say this as an outsider watching your election. It seems madness to me, and to so many people I know from around the world (liberal and conservative), that American’s would want another 4 years of Republican rule.

Posted by Neil | Report as abusive
 

The people who shifted the polls towards McCain after Palin entered the ticket don’t really care about McCain. That is the weakness of Obama’s and Biden’s attempt to focus on McCain and avoiding attacking Palin. As far as these voters who could win the White House for McCain are concerned, McCain”s old age is a plus in that Palin is likely to become president sooner than later.

 

how hard can it be to attack mcCain and palin. she is proving — please read Sunday’s (9/14) NYT — to be as corrupt as she is phony. Go Joe.

Posted by Tim | Report as abusive
 

McCain, on CNN this morning has talked, and talked with out mentioming 1 plan on how to correct the introstruction or putting our people to work. He says it is Obama’s fault . That Obama has refused to have townhouse meeting with him. What does that have to do with fixing the issues facing the Citizens today. He is talking to the Spanish so is he telling the voters he will find a method, so he must not have a plan yet. Obama has a plan you can read on his web site. Obama has put out a plan on each point. I want it is writting not a bunch of lying ads against your opponent. time

 

McCain, on CNN this morning has talked, and talked with out mentioming 1 plan on how to correct the introstruction or putting our people to work. He says it is Obama\’s fault . That Obama has refused to have townhouse meeting with him. What does that have to do with fixing the issues facing the Citizens today. He is talking to the Spanish so is he telling the voters he will find a method, so he must not have a plan yet. Obama has a plan you can read on his web site. Obama has put out a plan on each point. I want it is writting not a bunch of lying ads against your opponent.

 

If true that Biden and Obama are prepared to ratchet up the numbingly passive tone and content of their campaign, it’s about time.

McCain/Palin & their legions of hard-pressing Rove-operatives led by Steve Schmidt & co., have been clobbering Obama/Biden in every news-cycle for weeks, and on the web as well (see the numerous Republican Party-sponsored youtube hate-clips on immigration, abortion, race, etc.).

At the end of the day, most voters want to know not only the views of politicians, but that they are fighters who will work hard for them, an impression Obama/Biden have not been willing or able to project.

Hopefully for our nation, the so-far aloof Obama and Biden have at long last started to “get” this point. They have to right their capsized campaign quickly and forcefully, before it’s too late. If they don’t, all Americans will all be the losers.

Posted by Fred Lacey | Report as abusive
 

The McCain attack machine [went too far], to paraphase a comment by Karl Rove. Similar negative ads were employed by Rove/Bush to defeat McCain in the 2004 presidential primary season. Biden is correct…John McCain sold out his integrity to become president. So! What else is new? McCain is merely a George Bush clone and he proved it by endorsing misleading ads; guess we’ll all run out and vote for him now! Didn’t Obama know that protecting kids from sexual preditors and HIV is wrong? Didn’t Obama know that Sara has a copywrite on the word “lipstick”?

Posted by Tangito | Report as abusive
 

Biden is demonstrating just why he is the best qualified Vice Presidential candidate…his grasp of the issues and unimpeachable experience and moral authority will help Americans see thruogh McCain’s outright falsehoods.

 

Attack Ads! Yeah and the ad about McCain not using the computer and email is NOT the low road? MCCain is a disabled Vet who can not use the PC without pain, but he does use it. Nice ad!

EU, Hamas, PLo and Iran all like Obama! I wonder why and if that would be a good thing? For me no, I will vote for McCain.

Posted by Steve | Report as abusive
 

So Sick of the following arguments :

Do nothing Congress : Republican majority congress did less – in record time than any in the past .. and since the 06 election where supposedly the dems got control – 59 dems 1 of which was Joe \”traitor\” Lieberman | joke of a human -makes 60 dems to 60 republican … where is this majority you all speak of … not to mention – one dem was out with a brain ailment for a majority of the votes….. meanwhile – repubs just kept the usual do nothing mantra – filibustering or standing in the way of any progress … not to blame on repubs\’ – dems \’could have- should have fought fire with fire and stood up against the do nothing republican run congress (but with a veto stamp super glued to Bushes hand – whats the poiny -as well as voting to fund the soldiers not the war … were they just supposed to starve the war/ soldiers ?
… still the control has been in the hands of the R\’s for over 10 years, where all this economy, trade policy,foreign policy, terrorist attacks, higher gun violence, higher taxes, rich get lower taxes … the uniformed or ill informed, low information voter thinks \”I \’m rich or will be and want to keep my money\” never mind that the American infrastructure is failing, and been neglected for these Republican years …. More of the same MCInsane – and perfect puppet Palin -the gun toting miss America, with her 6000 year old world that is near end times – yeah I want her near the button ! Keep your views to yourself and in your family … you as a family made a decision – a CHOICE, yet you want to tell everyone else they don’t / wont get that same luxury …
Wake up America … no one candidate will give us all what we want – but one or two want to help us as a nation, not intervene into other peoples problems, we have enough things to fix here … Iraq has an oil surplus to rebuild their country and military, do we ? We are losing on all fronts …

Second point Georgia attacked Russia – don\’t believe the hype, the propaganda for the new cold war … Palin wants not only Georgia, but Lithuania to join NATO, so we can start a fight with Russia … after all she can see
Russia from her state – Her state – sign a loyalty agreement, and hail to the pipelines, and screw the pristine nature, and wildlife that might get in the way of her oil plans —- she did veto natural and/or green energy possibilities like wind farms which don\’t leak oil or other noxious gases or waste…..
WAKE UP -low information voters should stay home, and as for you evangelicals and Pentecostals – keep it in your churches, and homes – SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE _ amazing how the perverts and wackos are almost always on the right side of the isle – Ted Haggert,senator \”wide stance\” Davis, on and on – yet most Democratic scandals involve vanilla, man and woman sex, with apology, not denial !
HUH ?

Descent into a hole we may never dig our way out of…

 

I guess the subject of this web log is indicative of the dullness of Mr. Biden & his inability to deliver high viewer ratings to the radically vasectomized media v. the willowy popularity of the spectacle-propped & scripted (and sadly, also poorly educated) Mrs. Palin & her ability to deliver celebrity ratings (that Mr. & Mrs. Obama delivered up through the democrat convention).

I am getting sick & tired of the broadcast media. ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN & FOX pursue ratings, money & power while abdicating their unparalleled responsibilities, obligations & freedoms as granted by We the People in the First Amendment to the Constitution, i.e., the Bill of Rights.

Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

As Americans, our 5 unparalleled First Amendment freedoms & rights are like no other anywhere on this earth. We can speak & write freely (freedom of speech)! I’m doing that right now as I pen this post here at Reuters. We can worship (or not) freely (freedom of religion)! We can report freely (freedom of the press). We can freely and peaceably assemble (right of assembly)! We can freely petition our elected and appointed officials (right to petition)!

In addition, We the People’s First Amendment provides 2 unparalleled guarantees.

First, we Americans are guaranteed that the United States cannot become a theocracy with a single state-sponsored religion and a set of religious laws that take precedence over We the People’s Constitution (like the Jewish theocratic democracy of Israel or any number of Muslim theocratic autocracies such as Sunni Arab Saudi Arabia or Shiite Persian Iran). Decisions & laws made & enacted by elected and appointed government officials on our behalf cannot not be guided by a single (or any) religious belief, but rather by what is best for all Americans, regardless of their individual beliefs (religious or not).

Secondly, government retribution cannot be brought against us Americans because we assemble to criticize our elected and appointed officials. Nor can retribution be brought against us because we petition our elected and appointed officials for redress of our grievances against them.

Well, Mr. & Mrs. Reader, it has been reported in the print and internet media that Mrs. Palin (together with her husband) has been violating the First Amendment going and coming. Perhaps it would have been better for her to have pursued degree in law (at the 4 schools she attended over 5 years), instead of a degree in journalism (although one would think that a journalism major would be intimately familiar with the First Amendment freedoms of the press and speech).

It is baffling…very baffling…that Mrs. Palin wants to be the vice president of the United States…yet…she reportedly has theocratic tendencies toward combining religion & government, and she reportedly practices government retribution against those who speak out or disagree with her.

It seems that Mrs. Palin has also reportedly flirted with banning books from a public library.

Based on her biography, I as a voter can only assume that Mrs. Palin doesn’t respect “this Constitution for the United States of America”. Therefore, how will I be able to believe her when she swears on her Holy Bible that she will protect and defend said Constitution?

If is surely baffling.

What is not baffling of course, is that an American citizen cannot vote for Mr. McCain without also voting for Mrs. Palin.

Another thing that is not baffling is that Mr. McCain has not used good Constitutional judgment in his choice of running mates.

OK Jack

 

Did anyone happen to see the Charlie Gibson interview with Palin? Not only does she not know a damn thing (like, what the Bush Doctrine is for example), she also says that she plans on fighting Russia by military means for Georgia’s right to be in NATO. Not to be slanderous, but only in America can a politician openly proclaim that he/she has no problem with starting World War III and unleashing a nuclear holocaust on the world and still be considered not only sane, but relevant. But I guess to a country full of backward ignorant hicks the fact that she has ‘small town values’ (what is that, by the way? hating minorities by the camp fire?) is a the most important thing.

Posted by slyfox | Report as abusive
 

No one likes Biden so his attacks will only make people hate him more.
as for Obama he will say anything to get elected. As for his mantra of “Change”
He hasn’t changed anything in his whole politcal career up till now ..why would we believe he would change anything in the future? Obama is all smoke.
I like McCain and Palin they are far more trustworthy and results oriented.

Posted by Kane Enable | Report as abusive
 

Steve,

I watched McCain himself personally say that he does not KNOW how to use a computer and he is totally COMPUTER ILLITERATE. Besides, in what way could one be using a computer that it would cause pain? And, finally, ok, let’s say that he is a disabled war vet who can’t even use a computer without pain, maybe a job of the most powerful man in the world which requires a person to work long hours is not the best fit for the guy. But furthermore, it is sad that idiots like you are allowed to vote, and I would like to personally thank all your moron brethren for the last 8 years.

Posted by wtf | Report as abusive
 

I think America deserve better than the republicans. A Change can change the Whole America or you wanna wait for another four years for the CHANGE

 

Both candidates represent more of the same. Pick Obama & you get more government, pick McCain & you get more government. Both want more government, but just in a different way. It’s all just a horse & pony show. ‘Divisive’ politics serves only as an illusion to keep our eyes off the ball. Why do the 2 parties use ‘moral’ issues such as abortion and gay marriage to sway/divide voters? Most Americans understand that government should’t be in the bedroom – even Palin didn’t push her anti-abortion/pro-life agenda – even in conservative Alaska. She lives it – fine, let her – who the hell cares what she does privately! It’s not about hers or any of the candidates’ private lives that matters. It’s their local, national & global vision that matters. But now the moral issues aren’t even enough. Now the two parties are ‘playing’ the race and gender cards as wedge issues. Give me a break! Gender and race have NOTHING TO DO WITH IT, they are just more distractions!

We need to take our country back from the hooligans running the 2 party system.

Have you ever wondered why big business backs BOTH sides in our elections? Because no matter who wins – they win. Big business doesn’t subscribe to the two party system, they believe in a one party system – their party!

Posted by Unsatisfied | Report as abusive
 

Actually, Biden is demonstrting why he came in 10th out of 10th in the Iowa Democratic Caucus. He campaigned there non-stop for 3 months and solidly convinced 99% of Democrats NOT to vote for him.

Posted by HotguyG | Report as abusive
 

The GOP has become the Redneck Party

Posted by golob | Report as abusive
 

Look, last go ’round with Rove, Kerry tried to take the high road…this time I say if the GOP wants to roll around in the mud, no one better than Biden to jump in and slug it out with the Palin McCain ticket…I mean the McCain Palin ticket.

Posted by Fred | Report as abusive
 

Neil: a lot of Americans I know are also wondering the same thing. It’s extremely disheartening to many of us that Obama could lose this election and we’d be on to four more years of the same rubbish. Unfortunately, we can’t let people like you come and vote. However, don’t count Obama out yet. He beat the Clinton machine and now he’s got them on his side. When the stardust around Sarah Palin settles, people will start understanding her background, her true character (not pretty) and her stance on the wars, oil (aren’t they intertwined?) and social issues.

To Steve: oh please, McCain can travel all over the country shaking hands and taking campaign funds, but it hurts him to use the computer? Good god. Do you have a thought in that head that wasn’t put there by Fox News?

Posted by Patti | Report as abusive
 

Heck – even Karl Rove thinks McCain has gone too far in the negative campaigning and the lies. All the republicans have done is yell so loud that they have distracted Americans from the real issues. Has anyone even noticed the 500 point drop in the Dow and the fact that TWO MORE HUGE INVESTMENT banks have evaporated (not to mention Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?). Let’s face it, the same people who created the mess (i.e., the Republicans) will never be able to fix it. Meanwhile McCain will increase the tax burden on the middle class while he and his cronies get huge breaks (and don’t forget about McCain’s plan to tax health insurance benefits you receive from your employer — if things have been tight lately, they are about to get a LOT tighter).

It’s THE ECONOMY STUPID! And the Economy is destroyed. It’s time for Americans to take off the rose colored glasses and actually choose a leadership that will fix these problems. People vote for McCain because they think that he will outlaw both abortion as well as gay marriage, and that he will force prayers in schools. He will do that no more than George Bush has been able to. Instead, he will just look to make himself and his buddies rich; Cindy McCain will be able to afford yet another pair of $300,000+ earrings to wear to the next Republican Convention. And 95+% of Americans can look forward to living below the poverty line with McCain as President.

 

Comments welcome: http://whenelephantsfly.blogspot.com

Heck – even Karl Rove thinks McCain has gone too far in the negative campaigning and the lies. All the republicans have done is yell so loud that they have distracted Americans from the real issues. Has anyone even noticed the 500 point drop in the Dow and the fact that TWO MORE HUGE INVESTMENT banks have evaporated (not to mention Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?). Let\’s face it, the same people who created the mess (i.e., the Republicans) will never be able to fix it. Meanwhile McCain will increase the tax burden on the middle class while he and his cronies get huge breaks (and don\’t forget about McCain\’s plan to tax health insurance benefits you receive from your employer — if things have been tight lately, they are about to get a LOT tighter).

It\’s THE ECONOMY STUPID! And the Economy is destroyed. It\’s time for Americans to take off the rose colored glasses and actually choose a leadership that will fix these problems. People vote for McCain because they think that he will outlaw both abortion as well as gay marriage, and that he will force prayers in schools. He will do that no more than George Bush has been able to. Instead, he will just look to make himself and his buddies rich; Cindy McCain will be able to afford yet another pair of $300,000+ earrings to wear to the next Republican Convention. And 95+% of Americans can look forward to living below the poverty line with McCain as President.

Comments welcome: http://whenelephantsfly.blogspot.com

 

Patti: Republicains think for them self??? Thats like asking them to take responsibility for this mess they created. All they do is blame someone else. They had control of congress 6 out of the last 8 years and now they want reform. lol

Republicains you had it all. The whitehouse, congress and you even stacked the court. It is nobodys fault but your own. Trickle down economic doesn’t work and now are country is almost to its knees because of your failed ideas. Four more years of your irresponsible and inept policies is more then this country can handle.

Posted by Jeff | Report as abusive
 

That McCain can’t use a computer line is pure BS. Ever heard of voice command ? Just two words about that Stephen Hawking !!

Posted by Nessa | Report as abusive
 

By default electing the democrats would be a ‘change’ as far as Washington is concerned. However, don’t let ‘change’ effect what should be an elective process based on issues. I don’t have anything against McCain, nor Palin, personally. But McCain’s beliefs are far removed from Palin’s vis a vis abortion (a state issue – but maintains a federal status with respect to pandering) , Religion, Gun control, Education (irrespective of whose on the PTA) and Energy alternatives. The right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. This pair of political fair weather friends should be tearing demographics down the center. If they are not, something ain’t right with the electoral process. I suspect the same culprits; scaremongering and misinformation.

Posted by maximus | Report as abusive
 

For the “silent majority”, Palin, being a female, will be just an excellent way out of “unpleasant” racial connotations of this election. It is her only role and it is as simple as that!
I bet Clintons will vote for Palin! That way Hillary may have another shot in 4 years!

Posted by flekash | Report as abusive
 

OK, people. Think. Bush FAILED. That’s the only way to put it. And McCain is doing what? Abandoning all of the principles he had only two years ago so that he agrees with Bush on EVERYTHING. The reason? So he can win. That’s all that matters to him. Case in point: Sarah Palin. She’s the real face of his campaign, and as long as he can keep it that way and not let people dwell on her actual politics or values, then he can use the publicity to win. Don’t let this fool you. Obama may seem like he’s floundering, and Biden is a fairly unknown (if experienced) senator. But if people start thinking about McCain’s flip-flopping, and Palin’s obvious corruption and power-madness, then they’ll realize that Obama and Biden’s policies are in direct opposition to Bush’s. That can only be a good thing. They haven’t flip-flopped; they HAVE, however, tried their best to oppose Bush’s corporation-dictated policies–even in this Congress of “Pelosis,” who whine shrilly about Bush and argue with him on everything, and then wet their pants and don’t make any new laws or try to get any legislation through to prevent Bush’s shredding of the Constitution. Sure, the Republicans are blocking their every turn, as a former political party and now a for-profit enterprise, but they could have gotten SOMETHING done. Obama’s “clean coal” crap and indecision on some things aren’t big issues; he’s leaning toward the middle for November. But McCain is too. If McCain survives the term, prepare for another four years of “stay the course,” and policies that he only has because they’re popular with the religious right. If he croaks, get ready for a rip-roarin’ Palin term! Restrictions on abortion rights, gay marriage, sex ed, and knowledge in general. UN-restricted oil drilling in alllll the fine Alaska real estate, yet MORE nuclear power (no renewable power sources) and an old-fashioned book-burning every week! That should do wonders for the economy, not to mention our international reputation. The world already thinks we’re idiots, why not let ‘em think we’re all hockey moms and hillbillys too? In conclusion: For the love of God, don’t vote for Palin-McCain (“The illusion of change.”)

Posted by Rich | Report as abusive
 

Senator Obama rejected Hillary and her supporters and then chose an old Washington insider as his running mate, a guy who, despite his vaunted “experience”, voted to invde Iraq on the flimsiest of pretexts.

As a result, the flawed Iraq War decision cannot be used against McCain, a very powerful argument is now unusable.

And clever McCain is pandering to the disgruntled female Hillary supporters by choosing a female running mate and apparently a significant portion of those scorned women are falling for it.

Obama is defeating himself. Somehow, he lost the vision thing.

Sadly, the nation and the world may suffer the grim consequences of Obama’s failures.

 

Wow, you never know how many kook fringe Dem’s there are until you check out this $%#@. Saul Alinsky should be turning in his grave, but he’s not. The recruitment team that found Barry, knows that Saul is with his idol, and object of dedication in Rules For Radicals, Lucifer. There is nothing new about Barry, or his politics.

Posted by Walter Sobchak | Report as abusive
 

In any half-way reasonable. industrialized nation, McCain would already be out on his ear. His choice of Palin was a disaster, because she is a complete ignoramus, she is a far, far right-wing ideologue. Her attitude towards Russia is nothing but fire and brimstone, and the reason for it is that without fear as a tool, ignorant politicians simply don’t know how to rule. It’s like religion. Her “god” is not the compassionate one, but a vindictive bum.

But in the USA, everything has to have that touch of brummagem glitter, it’s all hyperbole, all icing, no cake. So when someone comes down the pike and says: I have thought this over, folks, and it can’t be said in three words….. everyone yawns. So Biden, for example, has to attack viscerally.

When this election is over, and if Obama wins, the US government should set up some sort of bipartisan board of scholars to vet candidates, period. This idea that any Tom, Dick, Jane or Harriet can be chosen for critical offices has simply failed. It used to be that you needed some sort of experience and failing that at least a brain (which is why I am going for Obama). Nowadays, you have to be an idiot, apparently, so the hicks don’t feel too inferior.

Unfortunately, thanks to a bunch of Europeans, the USA is an atomic power. Were it not, I would say: so what.

Posted by Talleyrand | Report as abusive
 

Lehman declares bankruptcy, BAC buys Merrill, Dow tanks 500 points, a huge national debt in the trillions, and derivatives in the hundreds of trillion . . . this started with Reagan in the 1980′s, the dismantling of the Glass-Stegalll Act which kept investment and commercial banks separate. . . the rise of Asia and other emerging markets . . . . Even Jim Cramer says that the SEC and the FED are not doing their regulatory jobs. They’re looking the other way. We need our government to enforce the laws, keep the system transparent and accountable.

I can’t tolerate it when folks equate Democrats with Big Government when the Republicans are the party that wrecked this country through their leadership and sycophantic appointees. I can’t tolerate it when folks equate the Democrats with tax and spending when the Republicans have over taxed the middle class over the upper class, and spent our money on budget priorites that are extremely anti-democratic, anti-social, self-serving to the upper class of the Republican Party. Even Warren Buffet and Bill Gates and others have publically denounced our unfair tax system in that the top 3% income earners pay less tax compared to the 97% of us. I can’t stand it when Republicans continue to promote supply side economics–giving tax breaks to the corporations–when it hasn’t worked since Reagan. There is no reason why anyone should think lower taxes for the corporations will incentivize them to spend on research and development, or keep valuable employees, or buy better equipment . . . look at how much money is paid to CEOs and departing CEOs and tell me the subsidies are justified.

Folks should check out the AARP website to view the each candidate addressing the AARP members via satellite. Obama answers the questions directly about taxes, Medicare and Social Security; McCain just rants but says nothing definitive. Don’t give in the the fearspeak of the McCain campaign.

I invite those Republicans who can see the light of history and the facts to vote for Barack Obama. The neocons destroyed the party. John McCain succumbed to the “dark side” by accepting Sarah Palin. She is divisive and mean spirited. She will be used again and again to distract the American people on social issues that do not belong in politics. She will be the the ultimate reality TV show.

If the American people don’t wake up and object to the lack of governance by our agencies, if the neocons are re-elected to the White House, it’s my opinion that “friendly fascism” will emerge. Except we don’t use that term “fascism” anymore; it refers to another time and place. Now it’s religiousness or lack thereof or the wrong religion. Wake up, people, this is too serious.

Posted by Mlyn | Report as abusive
 

McCain, on CNN this morning has talked, and talked with out mentioming 1 plan on how to correct the introstruction or putting our people to work. He says it is Obama’s fault . That Obama has refused to have townhouse meeting with him. What does that have to do with fixing the issues facing the Citizens today. He is talking to the Spanish so is he telling the voters he will find a method, so he must not have a plan yet. Obama has a plan you can read on his web site. Obama has put out a plan on each point. I want it is writting not a bunch of lying ads against your opponent. time

- Posted by Joyce Mitchell

It was bad enough you posted this once, but twice?

What is introstruction? Not to mentioN (see no m at the end), I’m pretty sure McCain didn’t want to meet Obama at a townhouse anyway.

Posted by Matt | Report as abusive
 

Hey Reuters, no problem if it’s a lib attacking a repub, right? How about equal time? Might help fix your reputation as a far-left PR branch of Obama’s campaign.

dubs,

It helps these long-winded posts of yours if you get even one thing right.

1. Anyone who thinks there are both 60 dem and 60 republican senators is an uneducated clown. That’s you.

2. Several terrorist attacks under Clinton that we did not respond to. One under Bush, none since we’ve used our military in response.

3. Taxes are down for everyone under Bush, which is why Treasury revenues are at record highs. Why should the wealthiest 1%, who already pay 50% of total income tax collected, foot even more of your bill?

4. The asinine gun argument is one most liberals won’t even try anymore. Just because you’re afraid of guns and watch too much TV doesn’t change the fact that areas with strict gun control have the highest crime rates, and those with high gun ownership have the lowest crime rates. Read a book.

5. Georgia attacked Russia? Wow, you ought to make sure the rest of the world knows that. Why would you keep that to yourself so long?

6. The non-sequitir in your rambling and idiotic post about separation of church and state is probably a reference to what you and your fellow Church of Secularism members parishoners believe is something that has any truth or basis in history whatsoever. Sadly, it is not. Thomas Jefferson once replied in a letter to a church that was seeking to become a state-sponsored church that it was best to keep the wall of separatation between the two. This is directly in line with the first amendment, which protects religions from discrimination by the state. This also happens to directly contradict what you wrongly believe, that there can be no religion in government. It means government cannot interfere with or abridge the rights of any religion. Keeping religious beliefs or people out of government would be exactly that.

Posted by Matt | Report as abusive
 

1. I don’t think that.

2. Not many disagree with going to war with alqueada. I think it’s more to do with Iraq not having WMD. No tie with alqueada. Oil not paying for war. Building Iraq while the U.S is falling apart. Government creating false documents of Saddam Hussein buying yellow cake. All while the world has lost respect for us. This is where you need to step back look at all we have done and say enough is enough.

3. I think if you ask most Americans they are paying more now. Gas is up. Food is up. health insurance is up. All of this and my pay check isn’t up. It’s not a tax cut if you put it on the credit card because U.S. National Debt as % of GDP is way up… 1%, who already pay 50% that only points out the disparity between middle class and rich. When someone makes in 1 hour more then a working man or woman does in a year I will only smile when they raise the tax for them. You can can shed a tear all you want. The class war started in the middle class first.

4. I hunt. I don’t fear guns or to kill. I also don’t disagree with you.

5. The truth is nice for a change. I don’t see a case were you have to create propaganda to your own people. Georgia attacked Russia so it was provoked not unprovoked. I like my government to tell me the truth. Not drive me into wars.

6. I agree with your interpretation of separation of church and state. Just don’t pass religious law onto me cause I have no religion and thats my freedom. The whole Gods war used by religious zealots on the right really does not help matters lets keep that separate. I will not send my son on the religious rights holy wars. I still beleive if God is talking to you, you need a straight jacket not leader of the free world.

Posted by Jeff | Report as abusive
 

Now its time for Obama to be more than uplifting, but to show the same PASSION (fight!) as Biden.

Its not a time to be calm and collected, it’s time to be ready to take off the kiddie gloves and fight with FACTS and not slander and side-issues.

Obama 08!!!!!

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