No moderate, no realist, McCain the neocon

Matt Welch, of Reason.com, provides a history of McCain and his move to the militant neocons.

//therealnews.com/t/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=33&Itemid=74&jumival=204

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McCain’s big speech: More prison cell than policy

Mother Jones
by David Corn

09/04/08

Number of sentences in John McCain’s acceptance speech about his experience as a POW in Vietnam: 43. Number of sentences about his 25 years in the House and Senate: 8. The convention ended as it began: a commemoration of McCain’s hellish years in a Hanoi prison cell four decades ago. The political equation was a simple one: POW equals patriotic hero equals a fighting president. Before McCain walked down the long runway at St. Paul’s Xcel Center, a baritone voice declared over the P.A., ‘When you’ve lived in a box …you put your people first.’ Case closed. But there was a speech to get through. And before McCain arrived at the climactic I-was-a-POW finale, he delivered, in wooden style, a no-better-than-par speech that was mostly a series of traditional GOP buzz phrases: lower taxes, cut spending, open markets...

//tinyurl.com/5ajenq



It’s the phonies, stupid

Tom Paine/Our Future
by Tom Sullivan

09/14/08

Would America seriously consider giving them another four years? Millions of viewers who tuned in to watch the GOP convention in St. Paul found out, if they did not know already, that America is hip deep in phonies. Events recorded during and after the convention demonstrate that leading conservative opinion makers resemble tobacco industry lobbyists. Garrison Keillor recognized these aging boomers from high school, ‘as cohesive now as they were back then, dedicated to school spirit, intolerant of outsiders, able to jump up and down and holler for something they don’t actually believe’...

//www.ourfuture.org/blog-entry/2008093714/its-phonies-stupid


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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The Whiners' Recession

Dean Baker, Truthout: "Senator McCain and his friends no doubt still believe that the economy's fundamentals are strong, but Friday's jobs numbers clearly show how bad things have gotten. The 6.1 percent unemployment rate reported for August is almost as high as the worst levels from the last recession. A broader measure of labor market weakness, that includes people who can only find part-time work or who have given up looking for jobs, is higher than at any point in the last recession."

//www.truthout.org/article/the-whiners-recession

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Country Last

By David Michael Green

Hey, did you know that John McCain was a POW? Did you also know that he was a POW, and that he was a POW? Now that I've recapped seventy percent of the Republican Convention last week, let me fill in the remaining 30 percent: hypocrisy, arrogance, lies and b...

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20711.htm

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Tyranny on Display at the Republican Convention
//www.commondreams.org/view/2008/09/08-0

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McCain's Integrity

Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic: "For me, this surreal moment - like the entire surrealism of the past ten days - is not really about Sarah Palin or Barack Obama or pigs or fish or lipstick. It's about John McCain. The one thing I always thought I knew about him is that he is a decent and honest person. So far, he has let us all down. My guess is he will continue to do so."

//www.truthout.org/article/mccains-integrity



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