Senator John McCain has long made his decades of experience in foreign policy and national security the centerpiece of his political identity, and suggests he would bring to the White House a fully formed view of the world.
But now one component of the fractious Republican Party foreign policy establishment — the so-called pragmatists, some of whom have come to view the Iraq war or its execution as a mistake — is expressing concern that Mr. McCain might be coming under increased influence from a competing camp, the neoconservatives, whose thinking dominated President Bush’s first term and played a pivotal role in building the case for war.
The concerns have emerged in the weeks since Mr. McCain became his party’s presumptive nominee and began more formally assembling a list of foreign policy advisers. Among those on the list are several prominent neoconservatives, including Robert Kagan, an author who helped write much of the foreign policy speech that Mr. McCain delivered in Los Angeles on March 26, in which he described himself as “a realistic idealist.” Others include the security analyst Max Boot and a former United Nations ambassador, John R. Bolton.
Prominent members of the pragmatist group, often called realists, say they are also wary of the McCain campaign’s chief foreign policy aide, Randy Scheunemann, who was a foreign policy adviser to former Senators Trent Lott and Bob Dole and who has longtime ties to neoconservatives. In 2002, Mr. Scheunemann was a founder of the hawkish Committee for the Liberation of Iraq and was an enthusiastic supporter of the Iraqi exile and Pentagon favorite, Ahmad Chalabi.
The next time you see or hear a Clinton or Obama supporter say they will vote for McCain if their candidate doesn’t get the nomination, please rub their out-of-joint noses in those four paragraphs.
We all know that artists see things differently from the rest of us, but how many folks watch a grainy video of hooded captors shouting demands over a shuddering abductee and think, Ah! Romance! It turns out there are at least two: Clay McLeod Chapman and Kyle Jarrow. In their first collaboration, the rock musical Hostage Song, the playwright and lyricist-composer imagine a man and a woman—bound and blindfolded by an unnamed militia—who somehow manage to fall a little bit in love. At first blush, it may sound like an Eli Roth flick with jazz hands, but the result is a devastatingly poignant, strangely philosophical meditation on salvation that just happens to sport a sick downbeat.
A bitter Sir Elton John thinks America’s sexism may be sinking his friend Hillary Rodham Clinton.
John, a knighted British subject, said that gender discrimination is behind Clinton’s problems in the polls as he addressed 5,000 Clinton supporters at Radio City Musical Hall last night in an event that raised $2.5 million for the cash-strapped campaign.
“I never cease to be amazed by the misogynistic attitudes of some people in this country,” said John, wearing a spangled black evening coat over a vermilion silk shirt. “I say to hell with them. ... I love you, Hillary, I’ll always be there for you.”
Lieberman’s constant presence at McCain’s side fuels speculation that he would join a McCain administration. Yet he already has talked with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about his future in the caucus.
Would Lieberman, 66, a four-term Connecticut senator, be stripped of his committee chairmanship and seniority if Democrats no longer had to rely on a self-described “Independent Democrat” for their one-vote majority?
“I can tell you Sen. Reid had talked to me a few times and said he knows there will be talk if we get more than 51 Democrats next year,” Lieberman said. “As far as he is concerned, I will retain my seniority, etc., no matter how many Democrats there are next year.”
Reid’s spokesman, Jim Manley, confirmed Lieberman’s account.
I’ve been rather indifferent about Reid, but if this is true, he’s gotta go in 2009.
Ambassador Crocker again refuses to engage in hypotheticals with Senator Biden. Unless we hypothetically talk about leaving Iraq, in which case he is absolutely sure that everything would fall apart and the world would end.
Taylor Marsh during her make-believe radio show yesterday (4/8/08):
This is the thing my husband has been dreaming about ... is hate sites and hate diaries all dedicated to taking me down, because I am a fabulist, that I’m good at PR. Of course I’m good at PR. Hello?! Where did Rush Limbaugh come from? Where did Sean Hannity come from? You know, I really find this amusing.
Joe Lieberman just closely followed John McCain into the Iraq war hearing this morning. This puppy dog routine is one of the weirder things I’ve ever seen in the political realm. Lieberman needs a new nickname. Should it be Lieberdog or Leasherman? Suggestions welcome in comments.
MORE: Carl Levin’s opening statement was pretty good. You can check out the text of his statement here. Oddly enough, you can’t find McCain’s statement at either his website or his Senate .gov site, even though he spoke directly following Levin. Has anyone told him he’s running for president?
YIKES: Looking super creepy doesn’t really help your case. Great for a haunted house, not so good when you’re trying to make a political statement.
Lieberman: “John, tell the ‘bomb bomb bomb Iran’ joke one more time. You complete me!”
A few weeks ago I might’ve felt silly posting this rollicking music video about Obama winning Pennsylvania, but not today. Obama is tied with Clinton in the state in the latest ARG poll. This poll may be an outlier (along with the PPP poll that had Obama up by 2%), but there’s no denying that he’s been trending upwards in PA polling for a little over a week now and could actually pull off a stunning victory. In a addition, the daily national Gallup that was released today has him up by 9% over Clinton.
Does any of that mean that Hillary can’t win the nomination? Absolutely not. Here’s Hillary’s path to victory:
Tibet has been occupied since the Chinese army crossed into eastern Tibet in 1949. A steady effort to transfer Chinese people into Tibet has made Tibetans a minority in cities across their remote Himalayan land.
The destruction of several thousand monasteries followed by decades of strict control of Buddhist practice has eroded the foundation of Tibetan Buddhism such that monasteries in exile are now stronger than those in Tibet.
The Tibetan flag is banned, as are photographs of the Dalai Lama. Three generations of Tibetans have been born and matured under occupation.
Despite all this, China has failed to absorb the Tibetan people, or eliminate their thirst for freedom. And like kids who finally get fed up with being pushed around in the hallway, the bullied are turning on the bully.
Two days later and No Quarter still hasn’t posted the results to their “investigation” into whether the Obama campaign had anything to do with the much-ballyhooed Randi Rhodes event. That’s because SusanUnPC of No Quarter and several other shameless and desperate Hillary supporters on the web are willfully spreading lies about the event. Here’s just one example of hundreds you can find via Google:
I said, and I repeat: “The MONEY RAISED AT THE EVENT went to Barack Obama”
again…slowly for comprehension, “The Money ($$$$) raised at RANDI RHODES “Whore Event” went into Barack Obama’s coffers.”
again, for clarity, you might need it, because this is jarring, “The Money ($$$$) raised at RANDI RHODES “Whore Event” went into Barack Obama’s coffers.”
one more time, “The Money ($$$$) raised at RANDI RHODES “Whore Event” went into Barack Obama’s coffers.”
Oh my, in their never-ending desperate attempts to take down Obama with anything they find, the most loathsome of the Hillshills are now trying to make the notion stick that the Randi Rhodes appearance where she called Hillary and Gerry Ferraro “fucking whores” was an Obama fundraiser and sanctioned by the campaign. That claim (or inference) is patently false. The event was organized by San Franciso’s AM radio station Green 960 and they have a page on their web site with a fact sheet about the event (“Money raised went to Green960.”) and a video of Rhode’s entire routine (not an Obama poster or banner or anything in sight). Now here’s a link to the user-generated event page that started the dunderheaded “Obama must apologize!!!” fury:
Come join other Bay Area Obama supporters for an evening with Air America host Randi Rhodes!
She was quieter in her support earlier in the primary season, but this week Randi Rhodes has been on fire with her passion for Obama (and disappointment/anger with his opponent). Today (3/7), she spent nearly her whole show urging people to get to Pennsylvania or to call Pennsylvania on behalf of Senator Obama.
Let’s show her some Bay Area love and have a chance to get together socially as well. Spend your afternoon phonebanking and then join us (in Obamawear of course) for a great evening. Doors open at 5:30 pm, event is at 6:00 pm.
After the event, we can all head to a place in the neighborhood for drinks and organizing for winning Pennsylvania, the nomination and the White House.
So this person (not a staffer) who has an account at my.barackobama.com (something anyone can do) merely urged fellow Obama-supporters to attend the show. That’s it. Period. He didn’t say it was an Obama fundraiser (it wasn’t). He didn’t write, “Come on down and hear Randi call Hillary a fucking whore!” He was merely encouraging people to come to an event (which anyone can set up at my.barackobama.com) of a radio talk show host he enjoys. Done. Right?
The event sponsor’s website (KKGN 960 AM) doesn’t appear to mention the March 22 event or what it was for. This forum posting promoted a KKGN sponsored event for Obama supporters featuring Air America’s Randi Rhodes on March 22 at Broadway Studios in San Francisco. The link to a KKGN webpage provided in the post no longer works. That event was organized by Obama supporter Douglas Sabo through Barack Obama’s official campaign website
And then, directly following that paragraph which blatantly lies about how Douglas Sabo organized the event, Nashville is Talking, which is affiliated with Nashville TV station WKRN, published Sabo’s employer and job title. How very Malkin-like.
Holy Mother Of Sweet Potatos - Rhandi Rhodes disgraceful “Hillary Clinton is a fucking whore” routine was performed at a fundraiser for Barack Obama.
This rhetoric was fully sanctioned by the Obama campaign. How do we know? Because they didn’t get ahead of this story and tell people when the story broke that this routine was performed at a sold out fundraiser for his campaign. He was willing to let Rhandi take the full heat on this, when the responsibility lies with him.
Read the whole thing including the comments section in which Little Otter repeatedly has his/her nose rubbed in the truth and continues to either play dumb. as. dirt. or shamelessly dissemble. For their sake I’m hoping it’s the latter because anyoneacting that stupid in most cases really is that stupid.
UPDATE: I demand that Barack Obama remove all funds, if any, received from the Randi Rhodes event from his campaign treasury, and give those funds to charity. If — and we are still investigating this — the money collected at the door, and any other monies possibly collected that evening — went into Barack Obama’s campaign fund (money that came from the pro-Obama supporters who applauded, roared, and cheered while Ms. Rhodes uttered those vile, filthy, and profane words about Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro). We are investigating further.
Notice that she’s added that they’re “investigating” this. I can hardly wait for the results (something tells me I’ll be waiting for a very long time). The Hillshills have also gotten very adept at funneling their bullshit through Fox News, their new favorite channel, and SusanUnPC joyfully posted a video of John Gibson (yes, that John Gibson) calling for Obama to apologize for Rhodes’ comments:
The deal is that was an Obama event. It was promoted on his web site and she was the headliner and it was an Obama fundraiser.
If you ever needed proof that Hillshills are nothing more than newly-minted wingnuts, look no further. The Charles Johnson and Roger L. Simon’s of yesterday are the Little Otter and SusanUnPC’s of today. Everything changed after the coronation derailed.
I always thought Grace Park (“Sharon/Boomer”) was the sexiest of the Galactigals, now I’m certain of it (Maxim page with video here). Oh my. Why didn’t anyone tell me about this? You’re all dead to me now.
Feel free to chat about BSG (new season starts tonight) in the comments. No spoilers, please.