McCain: The two faces of Barack Obama

posted at 11:30 am on October 21, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

John McCain continues to improve his message while campaigning through swing states. In Pennsylvania today, McCain used Barack Obama’s support for both the Phillies and the Devil Rays as a revealing moment about Barack Obama the politician.  He will say and do anything to get elected, but afterwards …. well:

Now, I’m not dumb enough to get mixed up in a World Series between swing states, but I think I may have detected a little pattern with Senator Obama. It’s pretty simple really. When he’s campaigning in Philadelphia, he roots for the Phillies, and when he’s campaigning in Tampa Bay, he shows love to the Rays. It’s kind of like the way he campaigns on tax cuts, but then votes for tax increases after he’s elected. Or the way he says he backs the middle class and then goes and attacks Joe the Plumber after he’s asked a tough question.

McCain didn’t let up on the lessons of Joe the Plumber, either:

After months of campaign trail eloquence, we’ve finally learned what Senator Obama’s economic goal is. As he told Joe, he wants to quote “spread the wealth around.” He believes in redistributing wealth, not in policies that grow our economy and create jobs and opportunities for all Americans. Senator Obama is more interested in controlling who gets your piece of the pie than he is in growing the pie. This explains some big problems with my opponent’s claim that he will cut income taxes for 95 percent of Americans. You might ask: How do you cut income taxes for 95 percent of Americans, when more than 40 percent pay no income taxes right now? How do you reduce the number zero?

Well, that’s the key to Barack Obama’s whole plan: Since you can’t reduce income taxes on those who pay zero, the government will write them all checks called a tax credit. And the Treasury will have to cover those checks by taxing other people, including a lot of folks just like Joe.

That may be the best stump-speech explanation I’ve heard yet from McCain about Obamanomics.  How do you reduce zero?  You start another branch of welfare, and you rob capital from sources that could otherwise create jobs to do it.  That won’t grow the economy, but it will expand the dependent class who will then vote to protect the patronage they receive.  That’s another version of the Chicago Way.

McCain also included Joe Biden’s latest gaffe as a demonstration of the danger an Obama administration would represent to national security:

This weekend, Senator Biden guaranteed that if Senator Obama is elected, we will have an international crisis to test America’s new President. We don’t want a President who invites testing from the world at a time when our economy is in crisis and Americans are already fighting in two wars.

What is more troubling is that Senator Biden told their campaign donors that when that crisis hits, they would have to stand with them because it wouldn’t be apparent Senator Obama would have the right response. Forget apparent. We know Senator Obama won’t have the right response.

We’ve seen the wrong response from him over and over during this campaign. He opposed the surge strategy that is bringing us victory in Iraq and will bring us victory in Afghanistan. He said he would sit down unconditionally with the world’s worst dictators. When Russia invaded Georgia, Sen. Obama said the invaded country should show restraint. He’s been wrong on all of these.

McCain seems to have hit his stride again, thanks to Joe the Plumber and Joe the Leak.  It’s a great speech, and hopefully people are still paying attention.

Full speech below:

It’s great to be here in Pennsylvania. We need to win Pennsylvania on November 4th, and with your help — we’re going to win Pennsylvania, and bring real change to Washington, DC.

I heard that Senator Obama was showing some love to the Rays down in Tampa Bay yesterday. Now, I’m not dumb enough to get mixed up in a World Series between swing states, but I think I may have detected a little pattern with Senator Obama. It’s pretty simple really. When he’s campaigning in Philadelphia, he roots for the Phillies, and when he’s campaigning in Tampa Bay, he shows love to the Rays. It’s kind of like the way he campaigns on tax cuts, but then votes for tax increases after he’s elected. Or the way he says he backs the middle class and then goes and attacks Joe the Plumber after he’s asked a tough question.

Now, Joe didn’t ask for Senator Obama to come to his house, and he didn’t ask to be famous. He certainly didn’t ask for the political attacks on him from the Obama campaign. Joe’s dream is to own a small business that will create jobs, and the attacks on him are an attack on small businesses all over the country. Small businesses employ 84 percent of Americans, and we need to support small businesses, not tax them.

After months of campaign trail eloquence, we’ve finally learned what Senator Obama’s economic goal is. As he told Joe, he wants to quote “spread the wealth around.” He believes in redistributing wealth, not in policies that grow our economy and create jobs and opportunities for all Americans. Senator Obama is more interested in controlling who gets your piece of the pie than he is in growing the pie. This explains some big problems with my opponent’s claim that he will cut income taxes for 95 percent of Americans. You might ask: How do you cut income taxes for 95 percent of Americans, when more than 40 percent pay no income taxes right now? How do you reduce the number zero?

Well, that’s the key to Barack Obama’s whole plan: Since you can’t reduce income taxes on those who pay zero, the government will write them all checks called a tax credit. And the Treasury will have to cover those checks by taxing other people, including a lot of folks just like Joe. In other words, Barack Obama’s plan to raise taxes on some in order to give checks to others is not a tax cut; it’s just another government giveaway. We have too much of that already.

The Obama tax increase would come at the worst possible time for America, and especially for small businesses like the one Joe dreams of owning. The small businesses Senator Obama would tax provide 16 million jobs in America. And a sudden tax hike for those businesses will kill jobs at a time when we need to be creating more jobs. I’m not going to let that happen.

America has an alternative to the phony tax cut my opponent started talking about only months ago. The McCain-Palin tax cut is the real thing. We’re going to double the child deduction for every family. We will cut the capital gains tax. And we will cut business taxes to help create jobs, and keep American businesses in America.

As Joe has now reminded us all, America didn’t become the greatest nation on earth by giving our money to the government to “spread the wealth around.” In this country, we believe in spreading opportunity, for those who need jobs and those who create them. And that is exactly what I intend to do as President of the United States.

The next President won’t have time to get used to the office. We face many challenges here at home, and many enemies abroad in this dangerous world. This weekend, Senator Biden guaranteed that if Senator Obama is elected, we will have an international crisis to test America’s new President. We don’t want a President who invites testing from the world at a time when our economy is in crisis and Americans are already fighting in two wars.

What is more troubling is that Senator Biden told their campaign donors that when that crisis hits, they would have to stand with them because it wouldn’t be apparent Senator Obama would have the right response. Forget apparent. We know Senator Obama won’t have the right response.

We’ve seen the wrong response from him over and over during this campaign. He opposed the surge strategy that is bringing us victory in Iraq and will bring us victory in Afghanistan. He said he would sit down unconditionally with the world’s worst dictators. When Russia invaded Georgia, Sen. Obama said the invaded country should show restraint. He’s been wrong on all of these.

We cannot spend the next four years as we have spent much of the last eight: hoping for our luck to change at home and abroad. We have to act. We need a new direction, and we have to fight for it.

I’ve been fighting for this country since I was seventeen years old, and I have the scars to prove it. If I’m elected President, I will fight to shake up Washington and take America in a new direction from my first day in office until my last. I’m not afraid of the fight, I’m ready for it.

I’m not going to spend $750 billion dollars of your money just bailing out the Wall Street bankers and brokers who got us into this mess. I’m going to make sure we take care of the working people who were devastated by the excesses of Wall Street and Washington.

I have a plan to protect the value of your home and get it rising again by buying up bad mortgages and refinancing them so if your neighbor defaults he doesn’t bring down the value of your house with him.

I have a plan to let retirees and people nearing retirement keep their money in their retirement accounts longer so they can rebuild their savings.

I have a plan to hold the line on taxes and cut them to make America more competitive and create jobs here at home. Raising taxes makes a bad economy much worse. Keeping taxes low creates jobs, keeps money in your hands and strengthens our economy.

The explosion of government spending over the last eight years has put us deeper in debt to foreign countries that don’t have our best interests at heart. It weakened the dollar and made everything you buy more expensive.

If I’m elected President, I won’t spend nearly a trillion dollars more of your money. Senator Obama will. And he can’t do that without raising your taxes or digging us further into debt. I’m going to make government live on a budget just like you do.

I will freeze government spending on all but the most important programs like defense, veterans care, Social Security and health care until we scrub every single government program and get rid of the ones that aren’t working for the American people. And I will veto every single pork barrel bill Congresses passes.

If I’m elected President, I won’t fine small businesses and families with children. Senator Obama will. He will force them into a new huge government run health care program, while he keeps the cost of the fine a secret until he hits you with it. I will bring down the skyrocketing cost of health care with competition and choice to lower your premiums, and make it more available to more Americans. I’ll make sure you can keep the same health plan if you change jobs or leave a job to stay home.

I will provide every single American family with a $5000 refundable tax credit to help them purchase health care insurance. Workers who already have insurance from their employers will keep it and have more money to cover costs. Workers who don’t have health insurance can use it to find a policy anywhere in this country to meet their basic needs.

If I’m elected President, I won’t make it harder to sell our goods overseas and kill more jobs. Senator Obama will. I will open new markets to goods made in America and make sure our trade is free and fair. And I’ll make sure we help workers who’ve lost a job that won’t come back find a new one that won’t go away.

Senator Obama wants to raise taxes and restrict trade. The last time America did that in a bad economy it led to the Great Depression. They say those who don’t learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them. Well, my friends, I know my history lessons, and I won’t make the mistakes Senator Obama seeks to repeat.

If I’m elected President, we’re going to stop sending $700 billion to countries that don’t like us very much. Senator Obama will argue to delay drilling for more oil and gas and against building new nuclear power plants in America. If I am president, we will start new drilling now. We will invest in all energy alternatives — nuclear, wind, solar, and tide. We will encourage the manufacture of hybrid, flex fuel and electric automobiles. We will invest in clean coal technology. We will lower the cost of energy within months, and we will create millions of new jobs.

Let me give you the state of the race today. We have 14 days to go. We’re a few points down. The national media has written us off. Just the other day, Senator Obama’s campaign announced that he is choosing his cabinet. He’s measuring the drapes, and planning with Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid to raise taxes, increase spending, and concede defeat in Iraq. But they forgot to let you decide. My friends, we’ve got them just where we want them.

What America needs in this hour is a fighter; someone who puts all his cards on the table and trusts the judgment of the American people. I have fought for you most of my life. There are other ways to love this country, but I’ve never been the kind to do it from the sidelines.

I know you’re worried. America is a great country, but we are at a moment of national crisis that will determine our future. Will we continue to lead the world’s economies or will we be overtaken? Will the world become safer or more dangerous? Will our military remain the strongest in the world? Will our children and grandchildren’s future be brighter than ours?

My answer to you is yes. Yes, we will lead. Yes, we will prosper. Yes, we will be safer. Yes, we will pass on to our children a stronger, better country. But we must be prepared to act swiftly, boldly, with courage and wisdom.

I’m an American. And I choose to fight. Don’t give up hope. Be strong. Have courage. And fight.

Fight for a new direction for our country. Fight for what’s right for America.

Fight to clean up the mess of corruption, infighting and selfishness in Washington.

Fight to get our economy out of the ditch and back in the lead.

Fight for the ideals and character of a free people.

Fight for our children’s future.

Fight for justice and opportunity for all.

Stand up to defend our country from its enemies.

Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight. America is worth fighting for. Nothing is inevitable here. We never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history.

Now, let’s go win this election and get this country moving again.


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originalpechanga on October 21, 2008 at 11:33 AM

I saw the tail-end of this speech on Fox live and he was flat-out fired up at the end!!!

Go McCain! Go!

Oink on October 21, 2008 at 11:34 AM

more please.

YellowDawg on October 21, 2008 at 11:34 AM

But this isn’t really fair. McCain should suspend his campaign since Obama has a family emergency.
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carbon_footprint on October 21, 2008 at 11:34 AM

I saw this earlier this morning (insomnia) and I thought McCain did very well.

upinak on October 21, 2008 at 11:34 AM

Shouldn’t it be “Joe the drip” and not “Joe the leak”?

teke184 on October 21, 2008 at 11:35 AM

carbon_footprint on October 21, 2008 at 11:34 AM

The world doesn’t revolve around health care and family emergancies since we are spreading the wealth you know… err wait a minute!/

upinak on October 21, 2008 at 11:35 AM

McCain is a closer…Obama showed a weakeness (Joe and Joe) and McCain is going in for the kill.
But watch the MSM start asking McCain to “suspend” his campaign while Obama is taking care of his grandmother.

right2bright on October 21, 2008 at 11:35 AM

carbon_footprint on October 21, 2008 at 11:34 AM

Beat me by a minute…

right2bright on October 21, 2008 at 11:36 AM

The lesson of Joe The Plumber is even finding its way to Christian blogs. It’s all a matter of the folks that work long, hard hours at tough jobs in order to succeed and be self sufficient being counted as wealthy. I don’t know what Barack Husein’s definition of middle class is, but his shadow talk is not resonating with the people in the country that work and already pay a large percentage of their earnings in taxes.

Hening on October 21, 2008 at 11:36 AM

Obama needs to be hammered as a socialist hard core now until the election.

People will then either choose not to vote for a socialist, or vote for him and then learn first-hand what socialism is all about when he starts exercising his power.

Grafted on October 21, 2008 at 11:37 AM

Finally. Keep is coming McCain. You just might pull this thing off.

BadgerHawk on October 21, 2008 at 11:37 AM

McCain is a closer…Obama showed a weakeness (Joe and Joe) and McCain is going in for the kill.
But watch the MSM start asking McCain to “suspend” his campaign while Obama is taking care of his grandmother.

I’ll laugh my *ss off if that happens…

“You can’t suspend your campaign to fix the economy, but you CAN suspend it to take care of a relative who’s suffering internal injuries from being thrown under a bus for being ‘a typical white person.’”

teke184 on October 21, 2008 at 11:38 AM

John should put out ads of Hussein reading passages from his own Books on Tape where he is saying nasty racist things about white people. And not just his grandmother neither.

Akzed on October 21, 2008 at 11:39 AM

You start another branch of welfare, and you rob capital from sources that could otherwise create jobs to do it.

It has alomost become a cliché, bit it is nonetheless true: “How many have gotten a job from a poor person.”

davidk on October 21, 2008 at 11:39 AM

That’s it McCain! Go get ‘em!

jencab on October 21, 2008 at 11:39 AM

How do you cut income taxes for 95 percent of Americans, when more than 40 percent pay no income taxes right now? How do you reduce the number zero?

Finally! Watch out though. He should specify zero federal income taxes, because people pay the 7.5% FICA/social security matching even if they make low wages.

Obama’s people will surely bring that up, which will put them right in my personal wheelhouse – the doubling of social security tax on S-Corp income above wages. This is a “reform” contained in Rangels tax bill (HR3970), and I expect to see that provision become law if Obama is elected. This is one of the small business killers we can expect, and it’s something that’s been overlooked thus far by pretty much everyone.

forest on October 21, 2008 at 11:39 AM

McCain’s Rockin’ It!!!

misslizzi on October 21, 2008 at 11:39 AM

great

unseen on October 21, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Shouldn’t it be “Joe the drip” and not “Joe the leak”?

teke184 on October 21, 2008 at 11:35 AM

…seconded….

Puritan1648 on October 21, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Nice speech. Hopefully it’ll resonate with all those undecided voters morons.

Badger40 on October 21, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Very good!

JiangxiDad on October 21, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Finally! Watch out though. He should specify zero federal income taxes, because people pay the 7.5% FICA/social security matching even if they make low wages.

Obama’s people will surely bring that up, which will put them right in my personal wheelhouse – the doubling of social security tax on S-Corp income above wages. This is a “reform” contained in Rangels tax bill (HR3970), and I expect to see that provision become law if Obama is elected. This is one of the small business killers we can expect, and it’s something that’s been overlooked thus far by pretty much everyone.

forest on October 21, 2008 at 11:39 AM

SO IMPORTANT! I wonder, can you even opt out of that if you don’t want SS?

Badger40 on October 21, 2008 at 11:41 AM

He is down by 8 in Zogby

tomas on October 21, 2008 at 11:42 AM

There are interesting theories on the hillaryclintonforum as to why Barack is REALLY going to Hawaii…for anyone interested. (A bit far-fetched but an entertaining read!)

dmarie on October 21, 2008 at 11:43 AM

dmarie on October 21, 2008 at 11:43 AM

Birth cert? Naaaaaa….

upinak on October 21, 2008 at 11:44 AM

Very inspirational! Love it!

RushBaby on October 21, 2008 at 11:44 AM

He is down by 8 in Zogby

tomas on October 21, 2008 at 11:42 AM

I’ll believe only the FINAL poll on November 4th (or whenever it’s decided.)

Oink on October 21, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Birth cert? Naaaaaa….

upinak on October 21, 2008 at 11:44 AM

He’ll find it in his poor granny’s papers.

Oink on October 21, 2008 at 11:46 AM

…Pelosi, Frank and many other Democrats are “measuring the drapes”, as the expression goes, and are already planning a socialist tidal wave once His Holiness is inaugurated…there’s a campaign zinger for you…Congress has less than 10% approval…why not hang that about his neck….

…hit him hard…allowing him and his poxy party to win is a species of treason….

Puritan1648 on October 21, 2008 at 11:46 AM

Joementum! Let’s grab the news cycle!

lodge on October 21, 2008 at 11:46 AM

Finally! Watch out though. He should specify zero federal income taxes, because people pay the 7.5% FICA/social security matching even if they make low wages.

forest on October 21, 2008 at 11:39 AM

Minor correction…. 15%… for most folks, the employer “pays” the other half. As for me, I pay ALL 15%.

CC – BHO: “my Muslim faith”

CapedConservative on October 21, 2008 at 11:48 AM

great work John! keep it up!

chachi

cpr on October 21, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Shouldn’t it be “Joe the drip” and not “Joe the leak”?

teke184 on October 21, 2008 at 11:35 AM

“Plug the Leak”

fogw on October 21, 2008 at 11:48 AM

He’ll find it in his poor granny’s papers.

Oink on October 21, 2008 at 11:46 AM

Depends.

Ok that was wrong… sorry all.

upinak on October 21, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Why did McCain not explain NObamanomics in the debates?

I wonderful if McCain can purchase a five minute spot on the networks an give this speech to counter the 30 minute extravaganza?

Time is running out and McCain and Palin must get the Truth out!

Oxybeles on October 21, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Good post, Ed, on a first class politician.

Mcguyver on October 21, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Puritan1648 on October 21, 2008 at 11:46 AM

Does this mean I should buy the inaugrial Obama Coin… as a momento?

upinak on October 21, 2008 at 11:49 AM

Vote Nobama so we don’t get a Robbin’ “Hood” Robin Hood economy.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 21, 2008 at 11:49 AM

SO IMPORTANT! I wonder, can you even opt out of that if you don’t want SS?

Badger40 on October 21, 2008 at 11:41 AM

It would be nice to opt out. I’ve been paying SS for over 20 years, and I don’t expect to get any of that back when I retire. Neither does pretty much anyone I know under the age of 45. The money has already been blown by the “lamest generation” (Sorry, I know all boomers aren’t self-absorbed, irresponsible ex-hippies, but I can’t help but harbor some bitterness)

forest on October 21, 2008 at 11:49 AM

forest on October 21, 2008 at 11:49 AM

Forest who in here hasn’t been paying for SS? I have been working since I was 14. And you aren’t the only one whom is pretty sure that they won’t see a dime.

upinak on October 21, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Where the hell has this McCain been for the past few months?

Nethicus on October 21, 2008 at 11:51 AM

Minor correction…. 15%… for most folks, the employer “pays” the other half. As for me, I pay ALL 15%.

CapedConservative on October 21, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Me too. Makes me extra bitter.

forest on October 21, 2008 at 11:51 AM

Where the hell has this McCain been for the past few months?

Nethicus on October 21, 2008 at 11:51 AM

Waiting for the right time to strike.

misslizzi on October 21, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Interesting article….

A Social Democratic America

An important difference between European Social Democrats and their American brethren are that the latter use words the former would not use, considering them to be too explicit.

Be that as it may, the Democratic Party is becoming increasingly Social Democratic – which is why British Labor and Dutch Labor are not merely rooting for Obama but even trying to work with each other now, and after the American elections (Obama advisers could go to Britain to help Gordon Brown, Labor leader, win the elections in 2010). And Americans reward this trend. This might very well mean that European America analysts and (wannabe) experts such as myself will have to reassess what we consider ‘true’ about America, and untrue. Our preconceived notions might be wrong – we will see in the coming years; whether Democrats will indeed pursue a Social Democratic agenda and whether or not voters will reward them for it.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 21, 2008 at 11:54 AM

McCain seems to have hit his stride again, thanks to Joe the Plumber and Joe the Leak. It’s a great speech, and hopefully people are still paying attention.

Now is the time when people are BEGINNING to pay attention, Ed, so McCain’s timing is perfect.

ManlyRash on October 21, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Where the hell has this McCain been for the past few months?

Nethicus on October 21, 2008 at 11:51 AM

Waiting for the right time to strike.

misslizzi on October 21, 2008 at 11:52 AM

He did say that he “has Obama right where he wants him.”

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 21, 2008 at 11:55 AM

So drug dealers who already get tax-free income get an Obama tax credit?

econavenger on October 21, 2008 at 11:55 AM

Waiting for the right time to strike. – misslizzi on October 21, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Bingo. And McCain’s OODA loop is getting tighter and tighter. The bullets are clustering closer and closer to the target.

ManlyRash on October 21, 2008 at 11:55 AM

forest on October 21, 2008 at 11:49 AM

Forest who in here hasn’t been paying for SS? I have been working since I was 14. And you aren’t the only one whom is pretty sure that they won’t see a dime.

upinak on October 21, 2008 at 11:50 AM

I know, everyone’s been paying it. Or at least half of it. Self-employed and 1099 folks (like me) pay all 15% on earnings and people with regular jobs pay half and are matched by the employer. I’d like to keep paying only 7.5% on company earnings over and above my salary (15%), but that little bit of relief will likely go away with an Obama presidency.

Regardless of how much people have put in, the money is going to be gone or near gone by the time I’m old because somebody’s been spending it or promising it faster than it’ll be be replenished.

forest on October 21, 2008 at 11:57 AM

He did say that he “has Obama right where he wants him.” – Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 21, 2008 at 11:55 AM

Heh…and I was the only one who said he was right when everyone else said he was nuts. And don’t any of you forget it.

ManlyRash on October 21, 2008 at 11:57 AM

He is down by 8 in Zogby

tomas on October 21, 2008 at 11:42 AM

44D/29I/27R is not a reliable sample. The D includes the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys, Mickey Mouse, and probably Mr. Good Will from Loving You as well.

BKennedy on October 21, 2008 at 11:58 AM

Minor correction…. 15%… for most folks, the employer “pays” the other half. As for me, I pay ALL 15%.

CapedConservative on October 21, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Even though on paper I “only pay 7.5%,” that 7.5% my employer pays is 7.5% I don’t see in my paycheck.

And, through higher prices, we all pay the government mandated 15% for a socialist program.

davidk on October 21, 2008 at 11:58 AM

McCain seems to have hit his stride again, thanks to Joe the Plumber and Joe the Leak. It’s a great speech, and hopefully people are still paying attention.

Well better now than the two weeks after the election like Bob Dole.

highhopes on October 21, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Sweet Jesus, did McCain just deliver red meat?

Sir Andrew on October 21, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Nice speech. Hopefully it’ll resonate with all those undecided voters morons.

Badger40 on October 21, 2008 at 11:40 AM

indubitably

tru2tx on October 21, 2008 at 11:59 AM

He is down by 8 in Zogby – tomas on October 21, 2008 at 11:42 AM

Expect an up-and-down zig-zag from now until Nov 4.

ManlyRash on October 21, 2008 at 12:00 PM

The phone is ringing at the MSM polling desks and at Zogby’s and Rasmussen’s office from the Obama campaign. Get out some bad numbers for McCain while this blows over.

wepeople on October 21, 2008 at 12:00 PM

Sweet Jesus, did McCain just deliver red meat? – Sir Andrew on October 21, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Yes. And so fresh it was still quivering.

ManlyRash on October 21, 2008 at 12:00 PM

Bingo. And McCain’s OODA loop is getting tighter and tighter. The bullets are clustering closer and closer to the target.

ManlyRash on October 21, 2008 at 11:55 AM

That’s great so long as he dumbs down the message enough. Two weeks prior to the election is not the time to get into long convoluted public policy discussions. Though that being said, I want to know how intends to pay for some of this stuff that has never been mentioned before in detail.

highhopes on October 21, 2008 at 12:01 PM

44D/29I/27R is not a reliable sample

is this the real sample?

jp on October 21, 2008 at 12:01 PM

You might ask: How do you cut income taxes for 95 percent of Americans, when more than 40 percent pay no income taxes right now? How do you reduce the number zero?

I love it. Repeat it.

McCain and Palin need to tap into voter outrage over the bailout and into the American dream of achievement stemming from equal opportunity while highlighting Obama’s vision for American mediocrity.

I just had the thought of McCain and Palin as two railroad workers taking alternating turns at pounding in these core messages for the next two weeks. Pound away at Obama and Biden. I don’t want to live in a country that celebrates mediocrity.

Another thought I had is of McCain and Palin down by five, starting at their own 20, with a three or four minutes to go. They’re pounding the ball forward, they got a key play from an unlikely sub (Joe the Plumber), they got a couple of gifts from Obama (“spreading the wealth”) and Biden (“you’ll need to support him”), and now Obama and Biden are sitting on the sidelines. It appears McCain and Palin are controlling the line of scrimmage, so they need to stay with the message and ram it down their throats. All they need to do is punch it into the endzone for six points.

BuckeyeSam on October 21, 2008 at 12:03 PM

Yes. And so fresh it was still quivering.
ManlyRash on October 21, 2008 at 12:00 PM

Please fix me the liver, with a side of fava beans and a nice keeanteeee.

Bishop on October 21, 2008 at 12:04 PM

Shouldn’t it be “Joe the drip” and not “Joe the leak”?

teke184 on October 21, 2008 at 11:35 AM

Or maybe “Joe the incontinent”?

AubieJon on October 21, 2008 at 12:04 PM

I’d like to see an ad simply letting Obambi and Biden speak…
… all of their gaffs !!
Back to back, conflicting each other, even.
“Is this what we need in the White House?”
(or something better than that)
Hey, even with all of the most important issues,
this pair consists of two amazingly idiotic fools !!
When they open their mouths, it’s undeniable !

pambi on October 21, 2008 at 12:05 PM

Shouldn’t it be “Joe the drip” and not “Joe the leak”?

More accurate would be “Joe the gushing, stinking cesspool”.

ErinF on October 21, 2008 at 12:06 PM

I predict if there is a World Series Game 6, Obama will endorse both the Rays and Tampa Bay for World Series Champion.

And lose both states.

BKennedy on October 21, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Yeah, I messed up, he will endorse the Phillies and the Rays and lose both PA and FL.

BKennedy on October 21, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Important Update:

Obama & DNC Admit All Allegations of Federal Court Lawsuit – Obama’s “Not” Qualified to be President
Obama Should Immediately Withdraw his Candidacy for President

For Immediate Release: – 10/21/08 – Complete contact details and a pdf are at the end of this article

(Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania: “10/21/08) – Philip J. Berg, Esquire, the Attorney who filed suit against Barack H. Obama challenging Senator Obama’s lack of “qualifications” to serve as President of the United States, announced today that Obama and tbe DNC “ADMITTED”, by way of failure to timely respond to Requests for Admissions, all of the numerous specific requests in the Federal lawsuit. Obama is “NOT QUALIFIED” to be President and therefore Obama must immediately withdraw his candidacy for President and the DNC shall substitute a qualified candidate. The case is Berg v. Obama, No. 08-cv-04083.

Berg stated that he filed Requests for Admissions on September 15, 2008 with a response by way of answer or objection had to be served within thirty [30] days. No response to the Requests for Admissions was served by way of response or objection. Thus, all of the Admissions directed to Obama and the DNC are deemed “ADMITTED.” Therefore, Obama must immediately withdraw his candidacy for President.

More Information: http://www.obamacrimes.com

AdrianS on October 21, 2008 at 12:07 PM

Heh…and I was the only one who said he was right when everyone else said he was nuts. And don’t any of you forget it.

ManlyRash on October 21, 2008 at 11:57 AM

You da man, Manly.

tru2tx on October 21, 2008 at 12:07 PM

BKennedy on October 21, 2008 at 12:06 PM

I know you meant Rays and Phillies.

…. from a diehard phanatic.

fogw on October 21, 2008 at 12:08 PM

AdrianS on October 21, 2008 at 12:07 PM

Don’t be holding your breath.

tru2tx on October 21, 2008 at 12:09 PM

I’ll laugh my *ss off if that happens…

“You can’t suspend your campaign to fix the economy, but you CAN suspend it to take care of a relative who’s suffering internal injuries from being thrown under a bus for being ‘a typical white person.’”

teke184 on October 21, 2008 at 11:38 AM

-RIMSHOT!!-

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on October 21, 2008 at 12:11 PM

I don’t want you to know
I don’t want my real plans to show

Two faces have I
I pretend that I’m for tax cuts but then I’ll be Mr. Redistribution till I bleed you dry
I pretend all this tax cutting hou
Since at the polls I don’t want to lose you

Two faces have I
One to say I’ll cut your taxes and one to redistribute wealth ’till you cry
Two faces have I
One for now to make you sigh and one for later to make you cry
- Baracito Obamolini

MB4 on October 21, 2008 at 12:11 PM

Or the way he says he backs the middle class and then goes and attacks Joe the Plumber after he’s asked a tough question.

My only problem with this statement is that it really wasn’t a tough question. It was an easy question and Obama blew it. Two minutes after answering he must have been thinking to himself, “Shit, did I say that out loud?”

Stephen Macklin on October 21, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Sweet Jesus, did McCain just deliver red meat?

Sir Andrew on October 21, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Yeah that Cow is still mowing on the plate. See!

upinak on October 21, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Slightly off-topic, but my wife’s Slovakian friend had this to say about all the spoiled Obamatons attacking her because she supports McCain-Palin:

I wrote it because I was getting really sick and tired of some of my liberal friends here in Facebook saying the most awful, vile things about McCain and Sarah (whom I just love…) Some people may be fooled by Obama’s smooth talk, but I hear what he says…I’ve heard it all before…back in the old country. He is a radical socialist and if he gets elected, he will ruin this country’s foundation, which is capitalism. That’s why people for ages
have flocked to this country, including my family….because we know what radical, revolutionary socialism can do to a nation. It took Slovakia 20 yrs to finally get back on its feet after about 45 yrs. of that experiment. Anyway, thanks for your comment. I was surprised about how many people either commented or sent emails about it, in a positive way.
Hope all the foolish liberals stop and think about what I wrote as well.

I love it when immigrants smack around latte liberals.

forest on October 21, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Whether or not workers under the age of 45 will see a dime of Social Security is a valid question.
In relation to Obama’s “cutting taxes for 95% of American workers,” which would involve giving checks to those that pay no Federal Income Tax at all, Obama himself sited the “payroll tax” as a Federal tax and chided McCain for not recognizing that.
So, SOCIAL SECURITY INSURANCE is now called a payroll tax.
A program started roughly 80 years ago to SUPPLEMENT RETIREMENT SAVINGS by putting aside into individual accounts (hence your social security number)2% of gross earnings has morphed into a “payroll tax” which confiscates 15% of everyone’s gross earnings under a thresh hold set by Congress and pumps it into the general fund for current expenditures.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, Obama proposes confiscating 15% (or more) of your gross earnings, putting them in the general treasury AND THEN REBATING THEM BACK TO ABOUT 40% of workers. In addition, he proposes abolishing the ceiling on taxed income. Right now the amount of income subject to SSI is somewhere around $100,000. In short, he proposes that every single penny earned be subject to the 15% tax.
As most of you probably know, your Social Security “contribution” is taxed as ordinary income. So effectively, you are being taxed twice if we choose to call it a “payroll tax.”
This entire program is so messed up at this point and so onerous to individuals that own their own business that it is hard to believe that someone could come up with a plan to further foul it up. Never underestimate the idiocy of politicians pandering and the general electorate…

Babs on October 21, 2008 at 12:24 PM

He should also hit him on energy. I know sub-prime lending and the practices of Fannie and Freddie are the cause of the current crisis, but when the economy was doing good these people were making their mortgage payments. When the economy started to slow, that’s when things started to snowball. And what caused the slowdown? THE PRICE OF OIL. I’m not excusing overextending lending and borrowing, surely some other circumstances could cause the economy to slow down as well(a majority tax and spend government?), but the fact is that our dependency on foriegn oil got the ball rolling, and we need energy independence to “grow the pie”, not wealth redistribution.

bspoogeferd on October 21, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Hmmmm. Do we know if Grandma is in hospital, in hospice care or at home? Wouldn’t it be funny if Joe gets summoned to Hawaii to find out he’s been fired and Hillary eases into the VP position. How’s that for an October surprise? This election couldn’t get any crazier than that.

Monkeybrains220 on October 21, 2008 at 12:26 PM

All the alphabet networks declared this morning that Senator Gubment has won. There is no way that McCain can overcome his electoral vote shortfall. I keep hearing this over and over. This is voter supression at its most blatant. I can’t wait for the backlash to begin. I hate the MSM. I HATE THEM! Arrrrggghhhhh!!!!!!

JAM on October 21, 2008 at 12:28 PM

JAM on October 21, 2008 at 12:28 PM

It could backfire. The marginal Obama voters might decide to smoke doobies or something instead of voting if they think it’s in the bag.

forest on October 21, 2008 at 12:31 PM

Welcome to THE RETURN TO SHERWOOD (socialist) FORREST

Staring: Barack Obama—The ONE in tights

Maid Marian played by Opra Winfrey

Friar Tuck played by Reverend Wright

Obama’s “merry men”: Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko, Karl Marx, Michael Phlegler, Markos Moulitsas Zúniga

Exectutive Producer: George Soros

Associate Producers: Hugo Chavez, The Castro Bros., Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the Chicago underground.

Screenplay written by The Socialist Party (USA)

Rovin on October 21, 2008 at 12:32 PM

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.
Tortoise vs. Hare

Brat on October 21, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Finally! Watch out though. He should specify zero federal income taxes, because people pay the 7.5% FICA/social security matching even if they make low wages.

forest on October 21, 2008 at 11:39 AM

The FICA taxes are supposed to go towards SS and Medicare.
If Obama is refunding these taxes, then this means that the SS and Medicare revenues will have to be replaced out of general funds. Meaning someone else’s taxes.

McCain’s point is still valid.

MarkTheGreat on October 21, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Minor correction…. 15%… for most folks, the employer “pays” the other half. As for me, I pay ALL 15%.

CC – BHO: “my Muslim faith”

CapedConservative on October 21, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Even when the employer “pays”, it’s still coming out of your salary. That’s money the employer could have, and in most instances would have paid you, had the govt not grabbed it first.

MarkTheGreat on October 21, 2008 at 12:37 PM

Waiting for the right time to strike.

misslizzi on October 21, 2008 at 11:52 AM

What’s he waiting on, early voting has already started.

MarkTheGreat on October 21, 2008 at 12:39 PM

44D/29I/27R is not a reliable sample.

Sorry about the paranioa mode, but could this be the real purpose behind the ACORN voter drive? To “force” polsters to over-sample Dems based on voter registration? The desired result would be to discourage Republicans from voting. No need for massive voting fraud when your opponent’s base is too doscouraged to even go to the polls.

Time to take off the tin foil hat…

karl9000 on October 21, 2008 at 12:39 PM

karl9000,

I was thinking the same thing.

KCB on October 21, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Fight for a new direction for our country. Fight for what’s right for America.

Fight to clean up the mess of corruption, infighting and selfishness in Washington.

Fight to get our economy out of the ditch and back in the lead.

Fight for the ideals and character of a free people.

Fight for our children’s future.

Fight for justice and opportunity for all.

Stand up to defend our country from its enemies.

Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight. America is worth fighting for. Nothing is inevitable here.

We never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history.

Now, let’s go win this election and get this country moving again.

The McCain campaign needs volunteers to make phone calls. Sign up at http://www.JohnMcCain.com to find out where to volunteer in your area.

Right_of_Attila on October 21, 2008 at 12:44 PM

The FICA taxes are supposed to go towards SS and Medicare.
If Obama is refunding these taxes, then this means that the SS and Medicare revenues will have to be replaced out of general funds. Meaning someone else’s taxes.

McCain’s point is still valid.

MarkTheGreat on October 21, 2008 at 12:36 PM

This one little tidbit that does go unnoticed. Teh One has called for removal of the cap on Social Security taxes. So, when higher income earners will be doubly hit with a higher personal income tax rate as well as increased Social Security taxes.

But, it’s all a matter of fairness, right?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 21, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Obama’s blood’s in the water. GET HIM!

Iblis on October 21, 2008 at 12:47 PM

karl9000 on October 21, 2008 at 12:39 PM

That’s why I don’t believe the NYT/CBS poll. And yes, I do believe that these “polls” are about Republican voter disenfranchisement.

Wasn’t Kerry up by 10 at this point in ’04?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 21, 2008 at 12:48 PM

Obama’s blood’s in the water. GET HIM!

Iblis on October 21, 2008 at 12:47 PM

Time for a ‘Cuda attack!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 21, 2008 at 12:48 PM

Even when the employer “pays”, it’s still coming out of your salary. That’s money the employer could have, and in most instances would have paid you, had the govt not grabbed it first.

MarkTheGreat on October 21, 2008 at 12:37 PM

That’s not the way I handled it when I had employees, but I’m sure others might do it that way.

forest on October 21, 2008 at 12:49 PM

Rovin on October 21, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Prince John played by George W. Bush
The Bishop played by Richard Chaney
Sherriff of Nottingham played by John S. McCain
The Witch played by Sarah Palin

That about right?

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on October 21, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Best. McCain. Speech. Ever.

either orr on October 21, 2008 at 12:53 PM

McCain’s getting it right now. Keep saying this stuff, McCain, and have Palin out there saying it too.

Repeat it over and over until it sinks in.

AZCoyote on October 21, 2008 at 12:53 PM

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