McCain on the Low-Road Express

There’s no more “straight talk express” from John McCain, instead he’s signed up for a one way ticket on the “low-road express” with “disciples of Karl Rove from the 2004 campaign and the Bush White House,” heading up the efforts as the conductors of “low-minded and uncivil” political plays and tactics. Should we have expected anything less? Absolutely not…

In recent weeks, Mr. McCain has been waving the flag of fear (Senator Barack Obama wants to “lose” in Iraq), and issuing attacks that are sophomoric (suggesting that Mr. Obama is a socialist) and false (the presumptive Democratic nominee turned his back on wounded soldiers).

Mr. McCain used to pride himself on being above this ugly brand of politics, which killed his own 2000 presidential bid. But he clearly tossed his inhibitions aside earlier this month when he put day-to-day management of his campaign in the hands of one acolyte of Mr. Rove and gave top positions to two others. The résumés of the new team’s members included stints in Mr. Bush’s White House and in his 2004 re-election campaign, one of the most negative and divisive in memory.

Almost immediately, the McCain campaign was using Mr. Rove’s well-honed tactics, starting with an attempt to widen this nation’s damaging ideological divide by painting Mr. Obama as a far-left kook. On July 18, Mr. McCain even suggested that Mr. Obama is a socialist to the left of the Senate’s only avowed socialist: Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

If you are among the voters who have wondered if 4 – 8 years of John McCain would simply be an extension of the Bush Administration, think no more, the indications are clear (and have been to many of us): “If the way Mr. McCain is running his campaign these days is an indication, Americans don’t have to wait until next January for the answer to that one.”

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7 Responses to McCain on the Low-Road Express

  1. John Stone says:

    McCain as President would just be continuation of the Bush Tragedy.  Of course McCain wants the Karl Rove punks working for him. He knows how they trashed him in 2000.  Blaming Obama for high gas prices, get real! So much for the Straight Talk Express!

  2. I want to look you straight in the eye and tell you ,as he looks down and reads his written script, I will not raise taxes. Then he looks down to see if he’s read it correctly. Do you mean it ? By the way, don’t appreciate the attack ad running on the subject smashing Obama in false reguard !

  3. CNN on reality check concerning off shore drilling ! Prices will not go down ! Donkey’s are kicking the fire out of them ! While in reality California is on fire because of global warming !

  4. So tell me which is worse, to be a disciple of Karl Rove or to have Ludicris on your IPod? This is my response: Obama in the white house, Ludicris as his VPNagin running Fema, Sharpton’s head of treasury,P.Diddy’s got a new gig now as head of education,Reverend Wright is our ambassadorto the United Nations.Jesse’s at agriculture, for his comment about nuts.He could have been the chief of staff, but he didn’t have the guts.Luda may need a pardon, so do lots of other bro’sThey can come stay at the white house, make it look just like Detroit.Yeah, like we will let this happen. Not while we can still vote no.Keep your bags packed, bama, you’re going back to Chicago.

  5. Bonnie Garrison

    Thank you for sharing.

  6. B. Garrison, please give me a break!  Neither Obama, or his campaign staff, were responsible for this garbage add by Ludicris.  If a hip-hopper wants to use gutter lyrics, Obama would have little ability to stop him.  Barick did come out quickly by condemming both Ludicris and the song.On the other hand, the GOP are specialists in character assassination and mud slingling.  They waged a relentless, thow unsuccessful attempt to get Bill Clinton impeached.  Although what he did with Monica Lewinsky was inmoral, they knew all along that it did not constitute a “high crime and misdemeanor” and thus was NOT impeachable.  They waged a relentless character assassination campaign against AL Gore. (inventing the internet etc.)  Not feeling confident that the 2000 smear campaign would work, they simply decided, AND DID, steal the election.  In 2004 they took a war hero, John Kerry, and transformed him into  a traitor.  The “swift boat campaign” was  truly mud slinging at it’s worst.So now it’ time to smear Obama.  After eight years of the deceitful monarchy of King George, both America and the world are craving for a President who can lead, inspire, and restore our tattered world image.  McCain, having nothing of substance to say has decided to, once again, take the low road.Although I am a registered democrat,  I have in the past voted for the GOP candidate if he seemed more qualified.On election day choices should always be based on issues not political propaganda.  If the red state folks allow this mud to blind them, G. Bush will be given a third term–ala. “McBush”!!   Buzz

  7. Janet Shepard says:

     
    It pleases me that the majority of American voters are intelligent, critical thinkers.  However, there remains a small group of ignorant (by choice), rude, and racist folk.  “BG” holds a leadership position within this group.  Their comments do not warrant serious response.
     
    Now to the blog…
    I AM AN ARDENT SEN. OBAMA supporter.  I support him for many reasons, one being his common sense approach to nonsense.  In the past he called the silly stuff exactly what it is – silliness and he refused to play the game.  Right now I am disappointed with Sen. Obama’s participation in this back and forth nonsense with McCain.  I guess McCain’s next ad responding to Obama’s comments will say “Yo Mama”.  When I was growing up the words “Yo Mama” ended all arguments. 
    Absent a peace keeper, there would be a terrible fist fight. 
    So…let’s cut the foolishness. How about we move on with he many issues plaguing this country.
     
    I pray my candidate, Sen. Obama, gets back on track and that his people watch out for slippery slides into the land of the absurdity.
     
    As for McCain, I greatly respect his great contributions to our country.  BUT as with Rev. J. Jackson, it is time for Sen. McCain to sit back, become an educator, supporter of other up and coming leaders, and be a powerful background force.  As for the ad, well — Sen. McCain has demonstrated that a presidential campaign is tiring, and we know he is not physical well.  I also suspect that maybe some cognitive impairment.  His supports should help him to channel his efforts to substantive issues
     
    As for the media, I do not know how others feel but you are “driving me mad”.  Your coverage of ANY, ANY, ANYTHING relative to these campaigns is overkill. I assume there’s a reason for this????
     
    At any rate, thank you for this opportunity to express my feelings.