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McCain Attempts Obama/Castro Link, Breaks Word In Process

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John McCain looks more and more desperate as the days go on.

Not only did the Republican political hopeful release that ad criticizing the media for loving Barack Obama too much, but now he’s running a web ad linking Obama with Fidel Castro. And, of course, the approach skews right:

…The Castro advertisement actually uses the foreign leader’s words against Obama. But the quote is misleading in regards to the actual political dynamics in play. For starters, since Obama became the de facto nominee, Castro has been critical of his candidacy, arguing that he has not called for serious alterations to U.S.-Cuban relations and would willingly allow the island nation to suffer from hunger. Obama, meanwhile, has criticized Castro as a repeated abuser of human rights and a tyrant whose time has passed.

Moreover, the guilt by endorser meme is something that even McCain has disavowed. When questions started being raised about his supporter, John Hagee, the Senator washed his hands of the pastor’s controversial statements. “When he endorses me,” McCain said, months before he rejected Hagee’s endorsement, “it does not mean that I embrace everything that he stands for and believes.”

Is McCain trying to destroy his chances of winning? Is this some sort of sick sadomasochistic display of political wackiness? This latest move comes a day after a McCain spokesperson questioned whether Obama – who had just visited the Holocaust Memorial in Israel – really wanted to end genocide. The statement didn’t go over well.

A note to McCain: keep this up and we won’t have to wait until November. You’ll end up cannibalizing yourself.

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Jul 24, 2008
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  • 12 Comments
    • Mark D
      Mark D

      This is just another indication of the abject desperation of the McCain campaign. While Cindy was stealing drugs from her charity, maybe she should have scored some Aricept for John. Really…..just how low is this guy going to go?

      Jul 24, 2008 at 8:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CHURCHILL-Y
      CHURCHILL-Y

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21YF7ggCG6g

      What is so destructive about telling the truth.
      If that old fart Castro is now arguing any gibberish against Obama’s U.S.-Cuban relations is precisely because before Obama became “the de facto nominee,” he was singing all his praises and admiration of him and he saw how that could well work against him getting electedand then end up with McCain.
      Obama has the full fledged support of some of this world’s most totalitarian, oppressive and violent regimes amongst those Cuba. Case in point this interesting report:

      Obama’s Troubling
      Internet Fund Raising
      By Maureen Dowd
      7-7-8

      Certainly, the most interesting and potentially devastating phone call I have received during this election cycle came this week from one of the Obama’s campaign internet geeks. These are the staffers who devised Obama’s internet fund raising campaign which raised in the neighborhood of $200 million so far. That is more then twice the total funds raised by any candidate in history ­ and this was all from the internet campaign.

      What I learned from this insider was shocking but I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that when it comes to fund raising there simply are no rules that can’t be broken and no ethics that prevail.

      Obama’s internet campaign started out innocently enough with basic e-mail networking , lists saved from previous party campaigns and from supporters who visited any of the Obama campaign web sites.

      Small contributions came in from these sources and the internet campaign staff were more than pleased by the results.

      Then, about two months into the campaign the daily contribution intake multiplied. Where was it coming from? One of the web site security monitors began to notice the bulk of the contributions were clearly coming in from overseas internet service providers and at the rate and frequency of transmission it was clear these donations were “programmed” by a very sophisticated user.

      While the security people were not able to track most of the sources due to firewalls and other blocking devices put on these contributions they were able to collate the number of contributions that were coming in seemingly from individuals but the funds were from only a few credit card accounts and bank electronic funds transfers. The internet service providers (ISP) they were able to trace were from Saudi Arabia, Iran, and other Middle Eastern countries. One of the banks used for fund transfers was also located in Saudi Arabia.

      Another concentrated group of donations was traced to a Chinese ISP with a similar pattern of limited credit card charges.

      It became clear that these donations were very likely coming from sources other than American voters. This was discussed at length within the campaign and the decision was made that none of these donations violated campaign financing laws.

      It was also decided that it was not the responsibility of the campaign to audit these millions of contributions as to the actual source (specific credit card number or bank transfer account numbers) to insure that none of these internet contributors exceeded the legal maximum donation on a cumulative basis of many small donations. They also found the record keeping was not complete enough to do it anyway.

      This is a shocking revelation.

      We have been concerned about the legality of “bundling” contributions after the recent exposure of illegal bundlers but now it appears we may have an even greater problem.
      I guess we should have been somewhat suspicious when the numbers started to come out. We were told (no proof offered) that the Obama internet contributions were from $10.00 to $25.00 or so.

      If the $200,000,000 is right, and the average contribution was $15.00, that would mean over 13 million individuals made contributions? That would also be 13 million contributions would need to be processed. How did all that happen?

      I believe the Obama campaign’s internet fund raising needs a serious, in depth investigation and audit. It also appears the whole question of internet fund raising needs investigation by the legislature and perhaps new laws to insure it complies not only with the letter of these laws but the spirit as well.

      Jul 24, 2008 at 9:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • emb
      emb

      Perhaps this marks the beginning of a whole series of mccain propaganda ads. F’rinstance, seems the GERMANS like Obama! The GERMANS were nazis!! hitler was german AND a nazi!!! Ohmygod Obama is like hitler!!!! Run for the hills!

      It’s getting kinda funny, seeing the patented evil rovian techniques being flailed ineffectively in the hands of the geriatric, the feebleminded, and the simply stupid.

      And I won’t even address the other nonsense being floated around this site…

      Jul 24, 2008 at 9:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Darth Paul
      Darth Paul

      Pretty funny-sad that these dbags are dragging out the dinosaurs of the last century as a scare tactic. Who really gives a sh!t about Castro besides some uppity, Bush-loving Cubans?

      Jul 24, 2008 at 10:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Gregoire
      Gregoire

      More drivel from CHURCHILL-Y, delightful!

      Jul 24, 2008 at 12:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tom
      Tom

      Once again Church, you deliver fiction as fact. That Dowd story is a complete fabrication and was specifically rejected as such by her. A 2-second Internet search debunks the story. You remain one of the most pathetic creatures I have never had the unpleasure of meeting.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/07/08/maureen-dowd-becomes-fict_n_111509.html

      Jul 24, 2008 at 12:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • key
      key

      If you ever look at the hand picked crowd behind McBush at any of his rant inspired speeches I think it’s obvious who he is pandering to. (Insert your discription of a McCain supporter here)…..

      Jul 24, 2008 at 1:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • greybat
      greybat

      In the presence of an “empire”, lesser nations have always found it prudent to pay a tithe. These little gifts might be a way of protecting themselves from invasion, or to enable them to petition for aid in some crisis.

      Jul 24, 2008 at 2:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mark
      mark

      McSame…you are letting the whole country see you SWEAT.

      Throwing idiotic charges of Obama is to blame for high gas prices, wants to lose a war, would permit genocide, and now BFF with Castro…is just NUTZ.
      Someone needs to up grandpa’s meds, before he starts yelling at Barrack to get off his lawn.

      Jul 24, 2008 at 3:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • garynyc
      garynyc

      girls, if st. obama cant stand the heat, well you know the rest. by the way latest stats nationally show both guys even…odd dont you think

      Jul 24, 2008 at 3:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr C
      Mr C

      UMMMMM GaryNYC,
      He can stand the HEAT. But it’s the OLD Man who is sweating right about now. Maybe he (McCain) should get out of the kitchen

      And the last poll I seen today on the news stated.

      Obama-47%
      McCain-41%

      Not so even to me.

      Jul 25, 2008 at 12:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dilroy
      Dilroy

      Uh oh, forget that no one responded to the article about the current atrocities committed against gay Iraqis, no need for a single comment on that article. But now somebody been done said something bad about Obama. Get ‘em, they must be racist!

      Jul 28, 2008 at 12:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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