Afternoon Briefs: Hammering McCain & Hacking Palin

John McCain has been getting hammered by the media in recent days. Today, Jake Tapper on Political Punch called out McCain for saying today that “He Warned of this Crisis,” although in 2007 he said “He Didn’t See This Crisis Coming.”

An editorial in the NY Times also slammed McCain for claiming on Monday “as he had countless times before — that the economy was fundamentally sound.”

Had he missed the collapse of Lehman Brothers or the sale of Merrill Lynch, which were announced the day before? Did he not notice the agonies of the American International Group? Was he unaware of the impending layoffs of tens of thousands of Wall Street employees on top of the growing numbers of unemployed workers throughout the United States?

On Tuesday, he clarified his remarks. The clarification was far more worrisome than his initial comments.

He said that by calling the economy fundamentally sound, what he really meant was that American workers are the best in the world. In the best Karl Rovian fashion, he implied that if you dispute his statement about the economy’s firm foundation, you are, in effect, insulting American workers. “I believe in American workers, and someone who disagrees with that — it’s fine,” he told NBC’s Matt Lauer.

Let’s get a few things straight. First, no one who is currently running for president does not “believe in American workers.”

More to the point, the economy is stressed to the breaking point by fundamental problems — in housing, finance, credit, employment, health care and the federal budget — that have been at best neglected, at worst exacerbated during the Bush years. And as a result, American workers have taken a beating.

In clarifying his comments, Mr. McCain lavished praise on workers, but ignored their problems. That is the real insult.

American workers have taken a beating under the Bush administration. They simply cannot afford more of the same with 4 – 8 years of a McCain administration. I don’t know anyone who isn’t suffering in this economy, save perhaps an “Insanely Wealthy, Titled Aristocrat” who drank the McSame delusional koolaid.

For every “whopper” that John McCain tells, voters need to question: “Is there any reason to trust that a man running this campaign would go on to be an honest president?”

The answer to that qestion is a resounding “NO”.

Gawker reported earlier today that Sarah Palin’s private Yahoo email account was hacked and screenshots were exposed of Palin’s account.

Wired notes:

The internet griefers known as Anonymous took credit for the intrusion, and screenshots of e-mail messages and photos belonging to the Alaska governor have been published by WikiLeaks. Threat Level has confirmed the authenticity of at least one of the e-mails.

The cache of stolen data contains five screenshots from Palin’s account, including the text of an e-mail exchange with Alaska Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell about his campaign for Congress.

Another screenshot shows Palin’s inbox and a third shows the text of an e-mail from Amy McCorkell, whom Palin appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in 2007.

The e-mail, a message of support to Palin, tells her not to let negative press get to her and asks Palin to pray for McCorkell, who writes that “I need strength to 1. keep employment, 2. not have to choose.”

The Republican Party hasn’t responded to a call for comment, but McCorkell, reached at her office, confirmed that she did send the e-mail to Palin.

Gov. Sarah Palin has recently “come under fire for using private e-mail accounts to conduct state business.” Her critics have alleged that Palin is using her Yahoo account to “get around public records laws, as the Bush administration has also been charged with doing.”

I hate sound like a broken record… But, honestly all I see from McCain-Palin is a whole lot of “more of the same.” I’m done with all of the lies and the double talk. Aren’t you?

This is the kind of change I am looking for come November:

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About Pamela Leavey

Pamela Leavey is the Editor in Chief, Owner/Publisher of The Democratic Daily as well as a freelance writer and photographer. Pamela holds a certificate in Contemporary Communications from UMass Lowell, a Journalism Certificate from UMass Amherst and a B.A. in Creative Writing and Digital Age Communications from UMass Amherst UWW.
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