Open Thread

Sen. John McCain gets a theme song:

(There are some sixty more media clips from the past week in politics at Hominid Views.)


  1. 1

    proud leftist spews:

    Piper, my friend,
    You pushed Palin, as did Limbaugh. How do you spin that now? I think I said back at the beginning that she was not a good choice for your side. I think I said, as an Alaskan native, something about Alaska politics not really providing any transferable skills with regard to the rest of our nation. You were reallly wrong about Palin. Let’s touch base about a month after the election. You are not an idiot, though Sarah Putin is. I’d like to hear how you explain your support.

  2. 2

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    New Newsweek Poll Devastating For McCain

    ” … Among registered voters nationwide, Obama now leads McCain by 13 points, 53 percent to 40 percent. Among likely voters, Obama’s lead is similarly strong, 53 percent to 41 percent.

    “Obama’s lead in the NEWSWEEK Poll is consistent with other recent national polls, including soundings taken by CBS News and The New York Times, The Washington Post and ABC News, NBC News and The Wall Street Journal and by Pew Research, all of which measured Obama’s lead over McCain as somewhere between 10 and 14 points. …

    “The new poll suggests Obama is consolidating his support across demographic groups. He now leads McCain in every age group, even among voters 65 and older, who choose him over McCain 48 percent to 42 percent. He leads handily among men, 52 percent to 42 percent, and among women, 54 percent to 39 percent. He now leads McCain by 46 percent to 44 percent among working class whites, a dramatic reversal from April, when McCain led him in that group 53 percent to 35 percent. …

    “Sarah Palin continues to be a major drag on the McCain ticket. For the first time since McCain picked Palin as his running mate, more voters, 46 percent, have an unfavorable opinion of the Alaska governor, than have a favorable opinion, 44 percent.”

    (Quoted under fair use.)

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: The significance of this new poll, of course, is that it shows GOP attacks on Obama aren’t working. It also suggests Palin doesn’t have a future in national politics because she turns off mainstream voters.

  3. 3

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I have a growing feeling this will be a drop-jaw, open-mouth, speechless Election Eve … a renunciation of conservative politics so wide and deep it will take our breaths away. My gut says we’re gonna run the table on the Party of Assholes.

  4. 4

    Jane Balough's Dog spews:

    My toilet is more credible than newsweek.
    If Obama wins (and that is if) it will be two years and the dems will be swept out of office just like 1994. Of course this time it might be with pitch forks.

  5. 5

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    “His wife, Lizzie, adds that Mr Obama doesn’t appreciate the country’s values, ‘hence the middle name.’ ‘Very true,’ says Brian.” — Comments made to an Economist correspondent at a University of Georgia tailgate party (quoted under fair use).

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: My generation was told the purpose of a college education was to teach us “critical thinking” skills. If this is what our universities turn out today, the quality of higher education has declined drastically since my college days.

  6. 6

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Roger Rabbit Survey

    Which of the following statements do you agree with?

    [ ] 1. People don’t choose their middle names, their parents do, and a person’s middle name provides absolutely no useful information about his character, judgment, or intelligence.

    [ ] 2. You can’t trust people with foreign-sounding middle names.

  7. 7

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    The same Economist article provides a couple of fascinating snapshots of Republican culture in small-town Georgia:

    “I … sat down with an old man named Bud Snow [and] introduced myself as a journalist … ‘I ain’t tellin’ anything about the election. I’m talking about Jesus,’ he says [and] asks me to repeat a prayer after him. ‘You’re now a born-again Christian,’ he announces. The whole thing took about five minutes. … Now will he tell me his views on the election? ‘McCain is the only route to go,’ he says. ‘Obama is a Muslim.’ I say that Obama is a Christian. Doesn’t Mr Snow remember … Jeremiah Wright’s church? ‘It don’t make a difference where they go,’ he says, condescendingly. They? ‘A lot of coloured folks are turning to that,’ he says, meaning Islam. … ‘I’m so glad I got you on the gold streets of heaven,’ says Mr Snow. ‘I’ll see you up there.'”

    “I make my way to the debate hall and meet Martha, a Chambliss supporter in a red cowboy hat. … Martha and her friend are sceptical of Mr Obama. They bring up Bill Ayers, and ACORN, and the fact that they haven’t seen Mr Obama’s birth certificate. Martha thinks there might be a connection between all of this and the economic crisis. ‘I’m not a conspiracy theorist,’ she says, ‘but I’m beginning to wonder about the timing.'”

    (Quoted under fair use.)

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: How do you reason with such people? I’ll tell you. No matter how crazy they get, they know what a round being pumped into a shotgun means. Liberals must arm! Just in case.

  8. 9

    Richard Pope spews:

    Roger Rabbit @ 2

    He [Obama] leads handily among men, 52 percent to 42 percent, and among women, 54 percent to 39 percent.

    Well, there is some good news for the G.O.P. Party. Looks like the gender gap is a lot narrower than it has been in many years. McCain is getting defeated only five points worse among women, than he is getting defeated among men.

  9. 10

    zapporo spews:

    How many sock puppets inhabit HA?
    Inquiring minds want to know.

    After all, how many manufactured disingenuous liberal personalities can someone espouse on HA before their mind implodes?

  10. 11

    busdrivermike spews:

    The sad part is, there is only 10 days left to watch the Republicans melt down.

    The good part is, the Republicans are being spectacular at it.

    McCain called and give sympathy to a woman who cut her own face with a “B”, claiming she was assaulted by black Obama supporters. It will be hard to top that. But they will. Daily. I guess that isn’t a big stretch for McCain, seeing how he picked a crazy, incompetent, corrupt Governor to be his running mate.

    So yeah, Republican fucknuts, bring it on. Bring on your bile. Because for the Democrats, it is almost mission accomplished bitches!

  11. 12

    Tommy Tompson spews:

    @11 the only thing stupider would be to align yourself with a Jew throughout you campaign.

  12. 14

    YLB spews:

    8 – The latest smear from the right – like the big scary black man who carves B into a McSame supporting white girl.

    You party is its own worst enemy. The country can’t be rid of it soon enough.

  13. 15

    My Left Foot spews:


    Tommy, Tommy, Tommy:

    So race baiting is not enough, you have to go to the old anti-Semitic bag.

    Very nice.


    Your parents must be so proud.

  14. 16

    Patriot spews:

    We still have those memories in the dead of winter across our nation of women who fainted at Obamas rallies at least once a week. Then it stopped happening as fast as it started. Now he wants us to believe his grandmother is dieing yet we have no hard evidence she is. It’s all about “Change” and he is number one in that field.
    Nobama today or ever.

  15. 17

    YLB spews:

    Every day NPR has interviewed McSame voters and the reasons for supporting him are so predictably shallow – “his morals are closer to mine”, “I’m against socialism”. One guy said the country could go totally broke and everybody could be in miserable poverty and still the most important issue is to prevent sex marriage.

    There’s no reasoning with that. No compromise. The only thing you can do is defeat it and keep it out of power.

    Some conservatives with a brain like Charles Fried could no support McSame after the selection of the Wasilla-billy Palin. What an embarrassment and a joke she turned out to be.

  16. 18

    YLB spews:

    16 – Hmmm. So you start out with fears of Obama’s sexual prowess and then declare that it’s waning. Next there’s a flash of the tin foil hat and we end off with a shiver of fear at the change most Americans want.

    Sure sucks to be you.

  17. 22

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @4 Even desperate dog is already wistfully looking forward to 2010! You know it’s over when even the vote-cheating dog slinks away with its tail between its legs.

  18. 23

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @9 Yeah Richard, things are looking up for the GOP Party when they get their asses kicked equally badly by women and men! Aren’t you glad to be a Democrat now?

  19. 24

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @17 ” … the most important issue is to prevent sex marriage.”

    YLB, this is a typo right? Didn’t you mean to say the most important thing for a Repug is to prevent sex in marriage? Because the last thing they want to do is fuck their ugly wives. Goats, horses, little boys, whores, mistresses, raw liver, sex toys, their right hands — anything they can get their hands on — but not their wives! Why? This is an instinct that nature has planted in their little brains to make sure they don’t reproduce. The world already has enough Repugs and nature doesn’t want them making any more.

  20. 25

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @16 You’re not a “Patriot,” you’re fascist scum. Those are two vastly different things.

  21. 26

    Patriot spews:

    “Barack Obama, the son of an absent African father and a mother who relied on government-issued food stamps to feed her children, became a millionaire in a more modern manner – on the back of a book deal.”

    We must find out who paid for this boy to attend Harvard? Maybe Farrakhan ?

  22. 27

    busdrivermike spews:


    I think when you said “boy” in the last sentence, you really meant “nigger”.

    Don’t be afraid to tell us how you really feel.

  23. 28

    busdrivermike spews:


    ““Barack Obama, the son of an absent African father and a mother who relied on government-issued food stamps to feed her children”

    As opposed to AIG, which is using government issued food stamps(called Treasury notes) to feed their urge to go quail hunting in England?

  24. 30

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    AP: Palin Rigged Pipeline Bidding To Favor Crony

    Palin boasts about being a “reformer,” but reporters examining her record keep finding turds. Here’s the latest.

    “ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sarah Palin’s signature accomplishment – a contract to build a 1,715-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from Alaska to the Lower 48 – emerged from a flawed bidding process that narrowed the field to a company with ties to her administration, an Associated Press investigation shows. …

    “Despite Palin’s boast of a smart and fair bidding process, the AP found that her team crafted terms that favored … TransCanada Corp.

    “In interviews and a review of records, the AP found:

    “- … Palin slanted the terms away from … the global energy giants that own the rights to the gas.

    “- … Palin had meetings or phone calls with … TransCanada.

    “- “The leader of Palin’s pipeline team had been a partner at a lobbying firm where she worked on behalf of a TransCanada subsidiary [and] that woman’s … business partner at the lobbying firm was TransCanada’s lead private lobbyist on the pipeline deal … [p]lus, a former TransCanada executive served as an outside consultant to Palin’s pipeline team.

    “- … [F]our years earlier, TransCanada had offered to build the pipeline without a state subsidy; under Palin, the company could receive … $500 million.”

    (Quoted from Associated Press under fair use.)

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: The more we find out about “Reformer” Palin, the more she looks like a corrupt sticky-fingered power-hungry small-town crony politician.

  25. 31

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @26 Isn’t it great that a skinny black kid on food stamps can bootstrap himself up to become President of the United States? This is the greatest Horatio Alger story of all time! An unparalleled tale of grit, determination, smarts, perseverence, and success! The American Dream realized! Fascist Not Patriot, aren’t you proud to live in a country where this is possible? I know that I am!

  26. 33

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    His predecesser, a rich white frat boy who got into Yale through family connections, didn’t work out so good. America is going to try something different this time.

  27. 34

    Patriot spews:

    Not even you socialist can defend why obama was nominated other than being ½ black.
    He is empty on substance and has to “Change” his statements daily.

  28. 35

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I nominate #32 for Silly Troll Post Of The Week.

    (Hint: Sen. Obama is infinitely more mature than you are.)

  29. 36

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Soon the wingnut crows will be reduced to eating their own turds for sustenance. Their ideology is dead and their movement is doomed! There’s nothing left for them except doing wacky Windex commercials.

  30. 39

    Michael spews:


    OMG… Some righies are alleging that Obama had consensual sex with someone. The horror!

    The righties would do well to remember that the left has consistently said that things like affairs and homosexuality are only an issue if someone has spoken out against the behavior while engaging in it (and we’ve acted in accordance to this belief). For every allegation of an affair on the left we can point out at least two Ted Haggard’s, Bob Packwood’s or Larry Craig’s. Sex/sexuality aren’t the issue lying and hypocrisy are.

    So, go ahead and push the Vera Baker angle. We’ll still win the White House and expand our majorities in the house and senate. When the election is over we’ll return the favor by taking down a few of the few remaining Republican leading lights.

  31. 40

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Report: Woman Who Faked Attack Is Nuts

    A woman who concocted a false story about being attacked by a black man because of a McCain sticker on her car has a history of mental problems, the fishwrapper reports this morning. The woman faces up to 2 years in prison for making a false police report. She will receive a mental evaluation before her arraignment next week, and meanwhile is being held in the mental unit of the county jail.

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: This doesn’t surprise me. I’ve long suspected Republicans are insane. In fact, I don’t think a damn one of ‘em has any marbles.

  32. 41

    My Left Foot spews:


    I never cease to be amazed by the depths that your kind will sink to in order to “advance” your agenda. The woman who carved a “B” into her cheek, in a twist of ironic justice it was backwards, posters like you and troll who wish to create victory though racial divide and trying to create “truth” by the repeating of lies that get louder each time you spew them.

    The people of this country have had enough of your campaign of hate and fear. The electorate is no longer listening to your message simply because you don’t have a message. Not a coherent one anyway.

    Your provocative and inflammatory statements aside, you have nothing to add here. Your only purpose is to evoke anger and hate.

    It is here that you fail too. I don’t hate you. I feel sorry for you, your ignorance and your complete lack of humanity.

    Ignorance is a sin. Ignorance is where you wallow.

  33. 42

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @39 Having sex with a Republican is far worse than gay or animal sex because it could result in more Republicans being born. They don’t believe in birth control, you know.

  34. 43

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @41 It’s obvious the “B” was backwards because she carved it into her cheek while looking into a mirror.

  35. 44

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @41 (continued) It’s a mistake to feel sorry for wingnut trolls, no matter how pathetic and defeated they seem. Like cockroaches, they must be ruthlessly stomped into the dust until we’re rid of every last one of them. If even one survives they can reproduce by fucking themselves.

  36. 45

    My Left Foot spews:


    They are doing one hell of a job fucking themselves right now. Every single time I turn on the TV some Republican has shoved his own dick up his ass.

  37. 46

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Federal Officials Warn About Eyman Initiative

    “Tim Eyman’s transportation Initiative 985 could cost the state millions of dollars in federal funds, stall highway projects, aggravate traffic congestion, increase air pollution and force the closure of some freeway-access ramps, according to a letter this week from two federal transportation officials.

    “‘This drops a bomb on Eyman’s traffic-management plan,’ said Doug MacDonald, the former state transportation chief leading efforts against the measure to open HOV lanes in ‘off-peak’ hours. ‘It says every element of the initiative has either a problem or a huge question mark.'”

    (Quoted from Seattle Times under fair use.)

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: Has Timmy ever gotten anything right? Hell no.

  38. 47

    Daddy Love spews:

    34 P

    Not even you socialist can defend why obama was nominated other than being ½ black.

    Yes, we all know well the HUGE advantage African-Americans have over rich white men when it comes to running for the presidency.

  39. 48

    Patriot spews:

    If you followed this story other than the hearsay account from this web site you would have know the obama camp called her also.

    The dead end lefties can’t find anything on there own.

  40. 49

    Patriot spews:

    At least Jesse Jackson had creditability.
    Never had to “change” his position or clarify what he said daily.

  41. 50

    Daddy Love spews:

    48 P

    Yes, they had an understandable concern. But what Obama’s campaign did NOT do, but McCain’s DID, was embellish and shop the story out to reporters. The reporter is standing by his sourcing. Reported here:

    “John Verrilli, the news director for KDKA in Pittsburgh, told TPM Election Central that McCain’s Pennsylvania campaign communications director gave one of his reporters a detailed version of the attack that included a claim that the alleged attacker said, “You’re with the McCain campaign? I’m going to teach you a lesson.”

    Verrilli also told TPM that the McCain spokesperson had claimed that the “B” stood for Barack.”

    And here:

    “Countdown asked the reporter from the other station, WPXI, to check his notes. He says he got those quotes first, 4:08 pm yesterday, from McCain’s Pennsylvania communications director.”

  42. 51

    Patriot spews:

    Why would any “Real Reporter” ask a political campaign what happen? Like they where there? A Real Reporter would have asked for the police report then report on that.

    This stinks to high heaven.

  43. 53

    Ekim spews:

    51 P

    This stinks to high heaven.

    Why you’re correct on this one. But then this is what we have learned to expect out of republican politics.

  44. 54

    Patriot spews:

    He’s a “Real Reporter” as Daddy love is.
    Just words! Just words!

    I never seen any report since this happen that @50 is talking about. Countdown has no creditability of telling the truth.

  45. 55

    My Left Foot spews:

    54. Patriot spews:

    He’s a “Real Reporter” as Daddy love is.
    Just words! Just words!

    I never seen any report since this happen that @50 is talking about. Countdown has no creditability of telling the truth.

    Well, proving once again that patriot is less than high school educated, he posts this piece. I am going to correct it.

    I never seen any report since this happen that @50 is talking about. Countdown has no creditability of telling the truth.

    Should read:

    I HAVE never seen any report since this HAPPENED that @50(?) is talking about. Countdown has no CREDIBILITY WHEN IT COMES TO TELLING THE TRUTH.

    Back to school, ex-patriot.

  46. 56

    My Left Foot spews:

    Another by ex- patriot.

    51. Patriot spews:

    Why would any “Real Reporter” ask a political campaign what happen? Like they where there? A Real Reporter would have asked for the police report then report on that.

    Why would any “Real Reporter” ask a political campaign what HAPPENED. Like they were there? A Real Reporter would have asked for the police report AND then BASED HIS REPORT on that.


    As to your comment at 26:

    Scholarships and student loans and the ability to speak and write in a cohesive and coherent manner.

    Abilities you are sorely lacking.

  47. 58

    My Left Foot spews:


    That remark is typical of your juvenile mindset and complete lack of a high school education. Thank you for proving my point.

    Your parting gifts are available at the door.

    Thank you for playing.

  48. 60

    busdrivermike spews:

    Patriot, you are a low life, yellow bellied, coward.

    In post #26 you call Obama a “boy” because you don’t have the guts to say the word that you would rather say:


    In post #32, you say I am the racist. I dare anyone to look at post #26, and not think that is a racist term synonymous with “nigger”.

    You, sir are a lying sack of shit, without any courage of your convictions.

    You are lower than Troll.

  49. 61

    My Left Foot spews:


    Truth is universally recognized. When you actually spout some, accidentally or otherwise, we will all know it.

  50. 62

    Leon Trotsky spews:

    why are we wasting time screwing around with this dam election? i mean barak has this thing won, right? whenwill we get all the free stuff? ive got an infected toe and am waiting for free medical care and my food stamps have run out and the rent is due and my car quit and my bong is empty im sure all this is the bushchimphitlers fault or a karl rove plot but i need some real help hear are you listining barak?

  51. 66

    Daddy Love spews:

    They didn’t name the reporter in the two pieces I quoted, but here are the KDKA news reporters who work for John Verrilli.

    The original reporter who broacast the story on KDKA is named Marty Griffin.

    Not only is he a “real reporter,” but I assure you that when a local campaign volunteer is asaulted by someone purported to come from another campaign, “real reporters” contact the local campaign management and ask for comment. Only a moron would read a police report and stop there.

    Anyway, I’m e-mailing Marty and asking him to confirm.

    I’m pretty sure that you have a great future in any field EXCEPT journalism, Patriot.

  52. 67

    Daddy Love spews:

    66 Darryl

    Cynical is such a Democrat and non-partisan libertarian that he reads only right-wing e-mails for his sources.

    Cynical, if only Obama had been ON Press the Meat last week. It was Colin Powell (endorsing Obama) and a panel. The previous week it was Gov. Jon Corzine, D-N.J.; Former Rep. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and yet another panel.

  53. 68

    Daddy Love spews:

    I shoudl also point out that several first-rate “real reporters” work for Talking Points Memo. They broke the US attorney firing scandal, for example.

  54. 69

    Daddy Love spews:

    Please also remember that John Moody, a news executive at FOX, wrote on his blog Thursday night: “If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain’s quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting.”

    Of course, he’s not a “real reporter,” because he works at Fox News.

  55. 70

    Daddy Love spews:

    “Just words! Just words!”

    So says the child with his hands over his ears as he screams “I CAN’T HEAR YOU! LALALALALALALALALALALALALALALALAAAAAAAA!!!”

  56. 71

    Politically Incorrect spews:

    If a real reporter is someone who’s totally in the tank for Obama and Neo-socialism, then I guess NBC, MSNBC, CNN, CBS, et. al. are really, really good reporters.

    Est shit and die, Daddy.

  57. 72

    Politically Incorrect spews:

    Leon Trotsky @ 62,

    That was pretty funny. Keep it up: it pisses off the moonbeam Neo-socialists on this blog.

  58. 73

    Don Joe spews:

    DL @ 67

    As far as I can tell, the earliest news report is this one. It’s dated 4:24 PM on Thursday.

    Curious how, at that time, both Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin had already contacted Ms. Todd. The statement from the Obama Campaign is the kind of thing someone says when a reporter calls asking for comment about a story and the reporter’s phone call is the first time they’ve heard of the story.

    So, how did the McCain Campaign come to call Ms. Todd before the story even broke on the national scene? The only reasonable explanation is that the local McCain campaign folks were involved in disseminating the story and were sources that the original reporter (linked above) used for the story.

  59. 74

    Don Joe spews:

    Pea Eye @ 72 & 73

    What’s the matter, there, squirt? Having a little difficulty accepting the fact that a major kingpin of your economic philosophy has been shot to hell over the past couple weeks? Feeling like someone’s given you a swift kick in the head?

    You’ve certainly been acting as if you’ve been kicked in the head. It’s been about that long since we’ve seen even a moderately well thought out post from you.

  60. 75

    Leon Trotsky spews:

    P-I @ 73:

    im not trying to piss the neo-coms off because i was hoping there friend barak would help me because i dont want to work its to hard

  61. 76

    rla spews:


    She’s got it all, and I mean all, wrong.

    The first two sentences about collective ownership are just… well uneducated at best. If you look at Obama’s tax plan he actually cuts taxes from current law, just not as much as Senator McCain would. Compared to current policy Obama would raise taxes by 2% by his forth year in office. 2% on a $3T budget. That hardly smacks of collective ownership and socialism. Senator McCain will take in about 2% less. So for a 4% swing in tax revenue collected we go from a free, capitalist nation to communist, totalitarian state. This statement is just silly.

    As for the government making decisions for us. Look at, of all things, the Heritage foundations economic freedom index. According to them, the US is the 5th “freest” “nation” on earth. They count Hong Kong and Singapore as 1 and 2. However, Ireland and Australia are both above the US in their economic freedom ranking, and their tax rates are much higher than ours. If you count social freedom, most of western Europe and the Nordics are socially just as free as we are, and yes that includes health care choices and have WAY higher tax rates than we do..

    And if she’s going to put her trust in us, I hope she means all of us. If that’s the case, then she’ll have to rethink her abortion positioning. Recent ABC, Quinnipac and Pew Research polls found that the majority of respondents said that abortion should be legal in most cases were 15% or less of the respondents said it should be illegal in all cases. Think they’ll listen to CA on CO2 regulation? Think they’ll listen CA and WA on medical marijuana? How about MA, CA and CT on gay marriage? I hope so, if they’re going to put their trust in the people.

  62. 77

    YLB spews:

    80 – Being right or wrong has nothing to do with what she said. It was more how do I turn up the dial to crank up people’s morbid fears and anxieties?

    Why do elections in this country always come down to seeing through the Republican’s fear-based noise?