I Need More than 140 Characters

Mein GOTT twitter is frustrating:

clueless

Yeah, the problem here is Obama has not reached out enough.

Some of these guys never learn anything, ever. John McCain has never been a maverick. He has never been a major player in legislation- his only signature bill is McCain/Feingold, and that is due in large part out of guilt and an effort to rehabilitate himself (Keating Five, anyone?). He flips and flops depending on what is best for him, personally, at that very moment, and some talking head somewhere will excuse his lack of consistency as “John McCain being a maverick” or “John McCain being John McCain” or some other nonsense. For chrissakes, he put Palin in a position where she could have been a heartbeat away from the Presidency. That alone should tell you that John McCain is in it for himself, and himself only. That is all he cares about.

So put two and two together, guys. John McCain is looking at a very tough primary against Hayworth and Simcox, a Minuteman, and he senses he needs to run to the right to shore up his flank. The Obama White House didn’t “lose” John McCain, John McCain is just doing what he always does- looking out for himself.

In fact, you can almost bet that the next couple of months leading up to his primary, McCain will step up his criticisms of Obama, will become louder and more vocal and more strident, and will move to the right of his past stated positions and his alleged “core beliefs.” And you know what else you can bet on?

Some beltway bobblehead looking at McCain’s behavior and wondering- “Gee, what did the Obama administration do to piss off John McCain?”

77 replies
  1. 1
    Max says:

    Chuck Todd’s tweets will make you want to kill yourself.

    I choose to look at them like they are Fake AP StyleBook.

    Also. Too.

  2. 2
    Morbo says:

    his only signature bill is McCain/Feingold, and that is due in large part out of guilt and an effort to rehabilitate himself (Keating Five, anyone?).

    Really? I always thought it was sour grapes over how the 2000 primaries went down.

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    The Moar You Know says:

    Hayworth is McCain’s challenger, not Simcox. Well, Simcox is a McCain challenger, technically, but he’s only pulling 4%.

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    Napoleon says:

    @Morbo:

    I think it is both.

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    It’s not Simcox who McCain might lose to. It’s wingnut J.D. Hayworth. Simcox only gets 4%.

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    Tim I says:

    McCain is also the most bitter loser of a Presidential Election that I can recall. He started hating Obama during the race and nothing much has changed.

    I think that McCain is a life long screw-up in the eyes of his Admiral father, who always wanted to do better to show his dad (very Bush-like). After he realized he would never make flag rank in the Navy, he left to pursue politics. Becoming a Senator was pretty good but not enough. He had to be Commander in Chief. Losing that and knowing he’d never get another shot was crushing. He will never forgive Obama for that.

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    John Cole says:

    @The Moar You Know: That was supposed to read Hayworth and Simcox.

    I’m a little pissed off right now. Reading these babble on twitter is infuriating.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    How do you lose what you never had?

    Chuck Todd should do something less intellectually challenging. I’m having trouble thinking of what that would be, though.

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    Karen S. says:

    Back in early 2008, at the tail end of my career as a reporter for a suburban Chicago community newspaper, I interviewed a GOP state senator who was supporting McCain in that year’s election. I asked him why and he went into a little speech about how heroic McCain was because of his experience as a P.O.W. And that was all he said about him. I said, “That’s it?” The state senator seemed flummoxed because I suppose he thought McCain’s P.O.W. experience was a good enough reason to support him. It was weird.

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    John Cole says:

    @Bobby Thomson: He was awesome at the horse race aspect last year.

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    Butch says:

    Chuck Toddler always makes me want to throw things at the TV screen; he’s especially nonsensical when he decides he’s going to ask a “tough” question.

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    Morbo says:

    OT: Do you have a trip to Germany coming up or something, John?

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    soonergrunt says:

    It was ever thus.
    Beltway journalism is all about fluffery and they loves them some McCain “Mavericky-ness” because it makes them feel a little bit less like the girl just off-stage of the p or no flick.

    Rolling Stone got it right though, so there is hope.

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    MattF says:

    John McCain is always pissed off. Some people just love him for that–

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    comrade scott's agenda of rage says:

    “Gee, what did the Obama administration do to piss off John McCain?”

    Kick his ass handily in the presidential election. It’s gotta grate as a repup knowing you lost to a BLACK MAN!!!!!!! Kinda like you never want to be the first #1 seed in the NCAA Basketball Tourney to lose in the first round. Your name will always be remembered.

    I think that McCain is a life long screw-up in the eyes of his Admiral father,

    McCain was a lifelong screw up in the Navy. Shitty pilot, by most accounts a mediocre officer. He got as far as he did because of the family. It’s questionable whether or not he would have ever had a career in politics if he hadn’t been shot down and spent those years as a POW. That’s how he started his political career.

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    Ha ha ha! J.D. Hayworth is going to primary McCain. That is fucking priceless. I wonder how long its going to take Hayworth to get under McCain’s very thin skin. This is going to be fun to watch.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @John Cole: He was “awesome” when he confined himself to interpreting poll results and delegate counts, which actually isn’t that difficult. When your competition consists of AEI shills, it’s pretty easy to stand out. Sticking to hard data makes it hard to sell shabby reasoning. Once you get away from objective, quantifiable stuff, it’s easy to just make shit up. And that’s what Todd is doing now in his new role.

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    sparky says:

    the best thing about twitter is that it can be used in place of frogs to show involuntary twitching as a response to stimulus.

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    Rep. Pomeroy says:

    McCain has hated Obama since 2006. Remember this letter from McCain to Obama:

    . But I understand how important the opportunity to lead your party’s effort to exploit this issue must seem to a freshman Senator, and I hold no hard feelings over your earlier disingenuousness. Again, I have been around long enough to appreciate that in politics the public interest isn’t always a priority for every one of us. Good luck to you, Senator.

    McCain is just an asshole with an healthy appetite for vengeance.

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    Peter J says:

    “That one” reached out to McCain and helped him by removing his biggest Democratic threat, Janet Napolitano, and in the end got nothing for it.

    So I’m very happy hearing that McCain might lose the republican primary.

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    R-Jud says:

    @Karen S.:

    I interviewed a GOP state senator who was supporting McCain in that year’s election. I asked him why and he went into a little speech about how heroic McCain was because of his experience as a P.O.W. And that was all he said about him. I said, “That’s it?”

    You are awesome. Are you still a journalist, or did they throw you out for not being a stenographer?

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    Hunter Gathers says:

    Obama should just bite the bullet and invite the media over to the White House for BBQ and quaint stories about chicks he used to bang.

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    Rick Massimo says:

    How completely does your head have to be up the RNC’s ass before you think “losing John McCain” is an important setback?

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    JenJen says:

    John, as you become more acquainted with Twitter, you’ll probably find that Chuck Todd is the biggest Media Concern Troll Tweeter. I can’t remember a communique of his that wasn’t infuriating. It might be enough to make you stop tweeting altogether.

    But I hope not!

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    Max says:

    OT – but this was too great not to share.

    NFL and Obama – there’s even a Steeler in there.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....r_embedded

    via TPM

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    PeakVT says:

    The words “chuck todd filibuster misuse” produce no direct hits in Teh Goog. Jus’ sayin’.

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    The Moar You Know says:

    Shitty pilot

    @comrade scott’s agenda of rage: Understatement of the year. McCain is the world’s only “reverse ace”, having lost five of his own aircraft.

    SOP is if you lose one for any other reason other than getting outfought by the enemy, you’re done. McCain lost four of his five through hotdogging or negligence. The fifth he lost by disobeying rules of engagement – which earned him a trip to a POW camp.

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    valdivia says:

    The Village is so so stupid. They got amnesia as soon as the election was over and forgot the kind of campaign McCain ran and forgot that he chose Palin and imposed her on us. He is a no one but gets treated like the actual President. I guess they are pinning for the WH BBQ’s they would have had with him every weekend had he won! Ugh.

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    Senyordave says:

    A co-worker of mine was a big McCain supporter during the election. His main reason was McCain that was a hero POW, and stated repeatedly that he saw him as an Eisenhower type because of their similar military experiences. I pointed out that Eisenhower was a five-star general and Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe. Didn’t matter, thye were both in the military. I realized you can’t argue politics with most people.

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    El Cid says:

    Look, on the one hand, these people can just say “MAVERICK” over and over and over and over and over, and all of their kewl friends will love them.

    Or they can, you know, like, remember stuff and shit, and look up votes, and dig up old quotes by John McCain, and all that would just be BOOOOOOOOOOOORING.

    So, maverick maverick maverick, Maverick MAVERICK maverick maverick maverick maverick. Maverick, maverick maverick. Maverick? Maverick maverick maverick; maverick maverick, maverick maverick — MAVERICK!

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    Senyordave says:

    Hayworth used to be on Imus’ program. I occasionally heard him, and he seemed like your classic, dumb-as-a-stump wingnut.

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    comrade scott's agenda of rage says:

    @The Moar You Know:

    Everyone should read the link soonergrunt provided above. I remember reading it last year but there were also a ton of links and pieces last year leading up to the election that went into great detail (same conclusions) about St McCain’s completely mediocre career in the military. The only thing that saved him from being a complete wastrel like Dubya was that trip to the POW camp.

    And he came back from that more assholier than before. Thanks North Vietnam!

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    JenJen says:

    @Senyordave: Any chance you worked with this guy in 2004? Because if that’s his main criteria, he voted for John Kerry, right?

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    timb says:

    @Peter J: What Peter said. Obama gave him the quid pro quid of removing Janet. John McCain will have no trouble winning a primary challenge by a racist Minuteman and a Teabagger.

    The fact that he’s shivved Obama is just proof that their agreement about Janet extended to the stimulus and not much else

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    comrade scott's agenda of rage says:

    I realized you can’t argue politics with most people all wingnuts.

    Fixited.

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    gwangung says:

    @Senyordave: He’s a former sports reporter, as well as a wingnut.

    Hm. That seems familiar….

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    The Golux says:

    Obama lost McCain when he forced Mr. POW to call him “That One” in the debate, against his will.

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    mk3872 says:

    “Gee, what did the Obama administration do to piss off John McCain?”

    This has been the media theme now for months: EVERYTHING is Obama’s fault.

    This has helped the GOP take no flak when saying (as they did yesterday to Geithner) that the current economic troubles are Obama’s fault, too.

    By doing this, the media shields themselves from being ambushed by Bill O’reilly’s producers and not being called a “butt-boy” on every DC villager’s favorite radio program, Rush Limbaugh.

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    JenJen says:

    @Max: That was pretty awesome.

    Hey, John… sprichts Du Deutsch, oder was?

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    Alex S. says:

    Sadly, you can’t describe progressive policies with less and 140 characters. Conservative policies, that is, slogans, are much better suited.

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    Alex S. says:

    less than*, not “less and”

  43. 43
    John Cole says:

    @JenJen: Nur ein bisschen.

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    Kryptik says:

    I’m sure McCain will be on Meet the Press shortly to explain why the Obama Administration has betrayed him, and to discuss his Maverick-y principled opposition to Obamarx.

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    Grumpy Code Monkey says:

    @Max:

    Chuck Todd’s tweets will make you want to kill yourself Chuck Todd.

    Fixed.

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    geg6 says:

    And thus the reason I have no interest whatsoever in Twitter. The stupidest, most shallow form of “communication” ever invented. There is nothing there I can’t do better or easier somewhere else and I don’t have to be subjected to the musings of Chuck “I Want To Suck McCain’s Dick” Todd or even John “I Chose Caribou Barbie To Be Vice President” McCain, whose Twits I am told are even more mind-numbingly stupid than Todd’s.

    As for what John McCain thinks about anything, who the fuck cares? The only time I want to hear a single word from John McCain is when he announces he is resigning in shame for inflicting Sarah Serendipity upon the nation and spending the next 30 years flogging himself around the fleet with a captain’s daughter on the new reality show on CSPAN called “John McCain Must Atone.”

    (And no, a captain’s daughter isn’t some new woman with whom McCain is cheating on Cindy. It’s the cat of nine tails that was used in the British Navy. And flogging around the fleet was for serious crimes or misconduct. Instead of just being flogged on his ship, the miscreant is rowed from ship to ship in the fleet and flogged on each ship to set an example.)

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    JenJen says:

    @John Cole: Ich hatte keine Ahnung! Geil. :-)

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    OC says:

    Some beltway bobblehead looking at McCain’s behavior and wondering- “Gee, what did the Obama administration do to piss off John McCain?”

    He kicked McCain’s ass last November. I think it’s as simple as that.

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    valdivia says:

    @Max:

    1. that was totally awesome!

    2. so that is why the NFL would not let Limbaugh buy a team? They are minions of Obama?

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    JenJen says:

    @geg6: Yeah, but for every Chuck Toddler there’s a Jamison Foser, an Atrios, an Oliver Willis, and a Markos. It’s better than you think. One thing about Twitter that actually surprised me is the high quality of political snark from people I already admire.

    Allahpundit and Erick Ericksson are fun to laugh at, too. :-)

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    Butch says:

    What geg said. Ditto – no interest whatever.
    But interesting about what Barbara S. said. I actually was a reporter on Capital Hill for several years. I guess in a way it should have been a career pinnacle, and I couldn’t stand it.

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    geg6 says:

    @JenJen:

    You may be right. But I still have no interest in it whatsoever. I have yet to see any tweets from anyone that I need to see for any reason. Even the people I admire in the media and the blogosphere sound like teenage girls gossiping in the locker room. Simply not worth the time, IMHO.

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    Karen S. says:

    @R-Jud

    You are awesome. Are you still a journalist, or did they throw you out for not being a stenographer?

    Thanks, R-Jud. :D
    I’m doing some freelance journalism right now, but I’m no longer working full time as a reporter. I really loved it, but the company I worked for (Sun-Times Media Group or whatever it’s calling itself at the moment) was and is growing through so much upheaval, partly because of money troubles, but also because it couldn’t figure out how to be a profitable news organization anymore. It was throwing Facebook, Twitter and all kinds of multimedia stuff at us without much thought as to how it would help us gather and report the news better than what we were already doing. Plus, the company had laid off so many good people (reporters, editors, nearly the entire copy desk) over the years that the newspapers we were putting out were becoming unrecognizable to me. So when they offered very generous voluntary buyout packages, I took one and haven’t looked back.
    One more thought occurred to me about McCain. It’s the bitterness someone else mentioned up thread. I compare him to my dad and he always comes up wanting. I mean, my dad is an 82-year-old black man who grew up in Missouri in a small Mississippi River town and saw all manner of racism and discrimination. Blacks weren’t allowed to check out books from the town’s public library, for crying out loud. His home life when he was a boy wasn’t that great either, yet he has achieved much (a Ph.D. in chemistry and a family he loves, among other things) and I’ve detected no bitterness at all in him. Certainly, he’s dismayed that racism lingers, but he’s not angry, mean or vindictive like McCain, a man who has had every advantage a white man could have in this country.

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    @sparky: FTW.

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    John McCain doesn’t like it. UR DOING IT RITE!

    Lighten up Cole. If you can’t see the hilarity in this, you need to furminate the pets and crack open a beer.

    McCain tried to put Sarah Palin a slip and fall in the bathtub away from the Oval Office. And right when we’re getting hourly reminders of how very, very, very not good that would have been, the Very Serious People are clutching their pearls over the president’s failure to kiss and make up with this idiot.

    This is great news for conservatives.

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    cleek says:

    fuck McCain. he’s last year’s news.

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    cleek says:

    @geg6:

    yeah, what you said.

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    preston says:

    Sometimes I don’t understand all the Twitter bashing, but then I realize that most of you don’t live in LA and therefore miss out on the real reason to use the service.

    Food Trucks & Other Mobile Eateries that Twitter

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    TaosJohn says:

    Spricht denn nicht JEDER Deutsch?!?

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    R-Jud says:

    @Karen S.:

    it couldn’t figure out how to be a profitable news organization anymore.

    It ain’t just the S-T; friends of mine still at Tribune Media mutter about the same stuff. The social media stuff: I can see a reason for it if you’re a pundit, but for an actual reporter, who needs to be doing shoe-leather stuff, it’s got to be a serious time-suck.

    McCain: I think the bitterness comes from the fact that some tiny part of him knows he’s a rotten person, and he’d be a nobody if not for his family connections. The media treat him as if he has earned his all privileges by being a POW, which makes him feel better, because it puts that little nagging voice back to sleep.

    /armchair psychology

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    Keith says:

    The Politico article was head-slappingly painful to read, at one quoting McCain calling the thing “cap and tax” and a “monstrosity”, and then later quoting his spokesperson as complaining that the thing isn’t being done “in a bipartisan fashion”. Typical GOP MO

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    @Max: Oh my god I love you that had MY Troy Polofalumalu in it! Thanks!

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    @R-Jud: This and that when you grow up thinking you’re entitled, it burns doubly bad when you don’t get something. For McCain to lose the White House to an upstart who is also black…well, there was no way His Highness would be able to deal with that in a gracious manner. The White House was, in his mind, HIS. He EARNED it by backing W. and toeing the line and all that shit. So, in his mind, he didn’t lose it, he got it taken from him…by ACORN!

    @Max: And, after reading the other comments, yeah it’s great to see the president encouraging kids to be active, too!

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    Rick Taylor says:

    Plus McCain is still pissed at Obama for taking away the Presidency from him.

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    gf120581 says:

    Seriously, did Obama ever really have McCain? Because if you paid any attention to the presidential campaign last year, you would know how much McCain despised Obama (hell, it was a big reason why the debates were so disastrous for him, between the “can’t even look at him” act in the first debate and the “THAT ONE!” moment). To him, Obama was this young punk swooping in to steal something which he hadn’t earned (McCain seemingly under the delusion that he was “due” the Presidency or something similar). Coupled with McCain’s blistering temper and his ability to hold grudges and it was foolish to think he would ever be “had” by Obama. You can’t lose what you never had, media.

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    Redshirt says:

    What’s extra great about that NFL ad (and it is objectively great) is that Drew Brees is a legitimate Wingnut, probably a Birther as well.

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    Chat Noir says:

    @geg6:

    As for what John McCain thinks about anything, who the fuck cares? The only time I want to hear a single word from John McCain is when he announces he is resigning in shame for inflicting Sarah Serendipity upon the nation…

    Amen to this. Everytime I see Sarah Stupidhead on my teevee, I want to scream. Jeesuz, the media should be falling all over David Plouffe; all he did was create a winning presidential campaign against enormous odds. And his book is well-written. Also too perhaps.

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    Phoebe says:

    Enuf only has one “f”.

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    Butch says:

    By the way, I wanted to do something painful and I didn’t have a nail handy to drive through my hand, so I went over to First Read for Chuck’s morning wisdom; there’s actually a line about the “political wind at the Republican’s backs.” In some alternative universe….

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    Persia says:

    @mk3872:

    This has helped the GOP take no flak when saying (as they did yesterday to Geithner) that the current economic troubles are Obama’s fault, too

    I shouldn’t be surprised at it any more, but that one baffled me.

  71. 71

    […] John and I were just discussing Chuck Todd’s unbelievably idiotic tweet defending McCain’s latest primary-induced flip-flop. Todd’s an idiot, but not as dumb as Howie Kurtz—was John’s take on it. Mine is that neither Todd nor Kurtz is dumb in the usual sense. To stay in the good graces of elite medias is simple—just keep saying everything is good news for conservatives, that we are a center-right nation, that John McCain is a principled maverick and so on. Criticize the Iraq war and you get shit-canned—ask Ashleigh Banfield or Phil Donahue. Any reporter interested in having a cushy, high-paying gig for the rest of his or her life would be foolish not to keep repeating the Village-approved talking points. […]

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    sacman701 says:

    McCain isn’t totally useless. He at least co-sponsored the amendment to kill the F-22.

  73. 73

    […] See here. (if you don’t already know, John Cole’s Balloon Juice is a great blog, and you should read it often.) […]

  74. 74
    chuck says:

    27 states have banned texting while driving.

    25 states offer traffic updates via Twitter.

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    Rick Taylor says:

    For chrissakes, he put Palin in a position where she could have been a heartbeat away from the Presidency. That alone should tell you that John McCain is in it for himself, and himself only. That is all he cares about.

    And yup, I couldn’t agree more.

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    Bruce (formerly Steve S.) says:

    Regarding McCain’s behavior, I think we underestimate how much is just plain old vindictiveness for having lost to Obama rather than political calculation.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @asiangrrlMN:

    And did you notice that Alan Rickman did the narration?

    Just kidding.

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  2. […] John and I were just discussing Chuck Todd’s unbelievably idiotic tweet defending McCain’s latest primary-induced flip-flop. Todd’s an idiot, but not as dumb as Howie Kurtz—was John’s take on it. Mine is that neither Todd nor Kurtz is dumb in the usual sense. To stay in the good graces of elite medias is simple—just keep saying everything is good news for conservatives, that we are a center-right nation, that John McCain is a principled maverick and so on. Criticize the Iraq war and you get shit-canned—ask Ashleigh Banfield or Phil Donahue. Any reporter interested in having a cushy, high-paying gig for the rest of his or her life would be foolish not to keep repeating the Village-approved talking points. […]

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