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Death be not loud by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2018 Question: What is more cringe-inducing than a celebrity funeral? Answer: Two back-to-back celebrity funerals. The ghoulish twin spectacles last week memorializing Aretha Franklin and John McCain brought out the worst in family, friends and frenemies. No matter your partisan affiliation, these vulgar exercises in... Read More
Romney and McCain: The GOP Frenemies’ Club by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2012 Michael Corleone said to “keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” But what, pray tell, do we do with our frenemies? This is the awful, election-year quandary of movement conservatives. And everything you need to know about our heartache can... Read More
These guys deserve each other. Shaking my head... Watch how Romney and Nikki Haley rush to correct the bumbling McCain as the crowd begins to murmur and boo after his flub. Romney's thinking: Mother fudge biscuits, someone get a cane and yank this saboteur off the stage. You want to parade Big Government/Tea Party-trashing Tea... Read More
Photoshop: Reader Jimmy D. Yes, I'm still struggling. Like many of you, I am still carefully weighing all the costs and benefits of each declared GOP candidate. As the candidates continue highlighting each other's unsavory left-wing alliances, I thought it might be helpful to compile a Hold Your Nose Tracker of the current top four... Read More
The open-borders lobby is out in full force, launching a week-long campaign yesterday to pass another illegal alien amnesty-by-another-name. DREAM Act activists and Hispanic lawmakers strategized with President Obama at the White House. The "undocumented students action and resource network" has been activated. How about you? Keep track of where your lawmakers stand at NumbersUSA.... Read More
Scroll for multi-state primary election results... I have watched and listened to many establishment Republicans and TV talking heads deride GOP Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth as a "clown," "charlatan," and a "huckster." I have watched and listened to many purported "Tea Party" spokespeople and limited-government lobbyists defend entrenched GOP Senate incumbent John McCain as a... Read More
You have got to be freaking kidding me. Mr. I Was The Nation's Number One Illegal Alien Amnesty Champion Before I Was Against It/Mr. Call Me Maaaaaverick Except When I Need The Right To Get Re-elected is attacking his erstwhile friends in the "Eastern press" for creating the impression that he is a desperate political... Read More
Scroll for updates... Photoshop credit: Applecross Media and Big Fur Hat The most glaring sign that President Obama's announcement of border funding and National Guard troops is one big, phony charade? He apparently didn't even bother to let the governor of besieged Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer, know about it. Via Yahoo News: I called out... Read More
John McCain is everywhere now preaching the gospel of secure borders. He's inescapable. And shameless. And desperate. Yesterday, readers forwarded his latest spam e-mail: Where do you stand on border security? My Friend, One of the fundamental responsibilities of our government is to secure our borders so that our citizens, no matter where they live... Read More
I've said it before and it bears repeating even louder: Entrenched incumbency is not an argument for more entrenched incumbency. Conservatives in Utah sent that message loud in clear this weekend in ousting entrenched GOP incumbent Sen. Bob Bennett, who begged and pleaded furiously to save his hide in the weeks leading up to the... Read More
My friends. It's time for some real straight talk. It's time to take a good, hard look at the entrenched Beltway Republicans who call you their "friends" -- and then repeatedly vote against you, trash you, and mock you in between elections until it's time to pander again. Look at John McCain's record, not his... Read More
"The original maaaaaverick."
John McCain, proud liberal media-anointed maaaaaaaverick Republican, October 14, 2008: John McCain, endangered established Republican incumbent, attempting desperately to shed the moniker he (and running mate Sarah "Send the maaaverick back to the United States Senate" Palin) embraced over and over and over again, Newsweek, April 3, 2010: Can we get a little Joe "You... Read More
Ladies and gentlemen, I call your attention to the key passage in unrepentant Climate Change Republican John McCain's Senate floor statement yesterday on cap-and-trade. Note well (hat tip: Edward John Craig/Planet Gore): More than three months after the ClimateGate scandal broke and despite relentless new disclosures every week about the fraud, misconduct, and distortions that... Read More
I've already made clear: John McCain is the problem with the GOP. And he's trying to install his mini-mes as congressional candidates across the country. Yesterday, Mitt Romney lined up with He That Ails the GOP: What we have here is a failure of GOP imagination. Imagine a United States Senate without an illegal alien... Read More
In critiquing Glenn Beck's CPAC speech taking the Republican Party to task for failing to own up to its Big Government lapses, Bill Bennett cites various Republicans who have admitted the party's culpability. But see if you can spot the glaring problem with his defense of the GOP: If you didn't gag when you read... Read More
Scroll for updates... You've got to be freaking kidding me. I mean, really. Come on: Over the last year, John McCain supported everything that the grass-roots Tea Party movement has stood against: *The $700 billion all-purpose, earmark-stuffed TARP bailout; *The $25 billion auto bailout; *The $300 billion mortgage entitlement bailout; and *The
Many of you may remember a scathing documentary by Citizens United about Hillary Clinton from 2007. I blogged about it at the time here. The film became the center of a huge legal battle over the free-speech-stifling McCain-Feingold campaign finance scheme. Parts of the law were struck down by the Supreme Court when the Wisconsin... Read More
I said it last month and it bears repeating: Beware the Climate Change Republicans. Are you ready for the latest signs of capitulation by GOP global warming preacher Sen. John McCain and company? 1) Senate Dems opening to nuclear as a path to GOP support, 60 votes 2)
Calling bull.
George Stephanopoulos of ABC News just wrapped up a Twitter interview with John McCain. Stephanopoulous was more concerned with McCain's daughter's spats than with nailing McCain on his AIG flip-flopping. What a wasted opportunity. (Or as we say in Twitter-world: #fail.) Preceding the interview, Sen. McCain wrote this on his Twitter page: "If we hadn't... Read More
You know what's wrong with Meghan McCain? It's not her weight. It's not her voice. It's not her looks. She's a beautiful young girl with TV-friendly poise and natural charm. The trouble with Meghan McCain is that, like her father, she has no fixed ideological principles -- conservative, liberal, or otherwise. She seems to have... Read More
Sob.
Oprah has jumped aboard the foreclosure prevention bandwagon -- channeling ACORN's propaganda campaign to support President Obama's massive mortgage entitlement expansion. She's in Sacramento playing the world's smallest violin for families who bought more home than they could afford and are now paying the consequences. I am not shedding tears: "I think it's wonderful that... Read More
Just between "friends."
Here's the perfect, all-in-one rejoinder to John McCain's shameless money-grubbing solicitation of the conservatives he snubbed throughout his career and presidential campaign. From conservative stalwart Richard Viguerie: All that was missing was a snarky "my friend" at the end.
John McCain wants your money. This solicitation is landing in many readers' e-mail boxes: My Friend, In the time since the 2008 presidential campaign ended I have had a chance to reflect on many things. And as I said on election night, I truly cannot adequately express how indebted I am to you, my entire... Read More
Watch your wallets.
Terrific: Barack Obama, John McCain, and Lindsay Grahamnesty are united in their pledge to "fix up the country." I smell a massive foreclosure prevention program coming on, followed by the McCain-Obama Shamnesty 2.0. ***
Mandate for change.
John McCain can claim a victory. He has won the Right Wing News blogger poll for "Least Favorite Person on the Right." Well, I'd quibble with the "on the Right" part...
Not your friend.
From the man whose best-sellers include "Why Courage Matters" and "Character Is Destiny" comes this underwhelming reaction to the cowardly smearing of Sarah Palin by his own unnamed staffers: "These things happen." Not: "Shame on the leakers. I denounce and renounce them." Not: "I'm going to get to the bottom of this and make sure... Read More
He is the change he's been waiting for...
Well, it's official. Barack Obama has been elected President of the United States. Fox and NBC have called the race. It's a historic moment. Congratulations. Here's my promise to you: As long as I can still publish a blog and speak my mind openly about the next denizen of the White House, I will. First... Read More
A heartbeat away... My syndicated column today takes you through a tour of all the latest Joe Biden gaffes that aren't getting replayed endlessly on the nightly news and comedy shows. I said yesterday that the McCain camp ought to toss the "erratic" label right back in Joe Biden's face and defuse that rhetorical bomb.... Read More
Gravitas. The media's in a tizzy over Colin Powell's Meet the Press endorsement of Barack Obama this morning. It's not a surprise to anyone who's paid attention to his pro-Obama murmurings over the last four months. How will people outside the Beltway bubble respond? Yawn. Here's the vid: Powell's embrace of Barack Obama is a... Read More
No, there weren't any knockout punches. But John McCain was still standing at the end of the night -- doubts about his fortitude adequately quelled -- and Barack Obama ought to be wiping the smirk he borrowed from Joe Biden off his face. Joe Wurzelbacher the Plumber was a heaven-sent gift for the McCain campaign,... Read More
It begins at 9pm Eastern. Liberal Beltway fixture Bob Schieffer moderates. I noted in 2004 that he asked a question about immigration during one of the 2004 debates. Wouldn't it be novel if the subject finally came up tonight? Not that the La Raza twins would differ much. I'm not the only one who wants... Read More
Bad company.
If you want to know why see-sawing John McCain has had to be goaded, prodded, begged, and dragged into spotlighting Barack Obama's radical ACORN roots, here's your answer: Turns out John McCain had no problem calling ACORN members his friends during his ill-fated illegal alien shamnesty crusade. Ugh. Here's a February 2006 press release trumpeting... Read More
Unleashed.
The McCain camp has just e-mailed an advance copy of his remarks to be delivered today in Virginia Beach, Va. He's pitching his awful individual mortgage buy-up plan again, but it's the ending I want to focus on: What America needs in this hour is a fighter; someone who puts all his cards on the... Read More
Update...here's the vid via Allah... I am away from my office, so haven't seen the video of this yet. But several readers are reporting on a frustrating exchange John McCain had with a passionate supporter in Waukesha, Wisconsin. McCain gets a softball -- and bungles again. Banging. Head. Against. Wall. Commenter nyc123me: Reader Jeff e-mails:... Read More
Dude, where's your bailout?
Scroll down for updates...McCain's April 15 remarks added below...Economist Martin Feldstein pitched the plan in the WSJ...see response below... I can't underscore enough what a rotten idea John McCain's ACORN-like government mortgage buy-up is. I said it during my liveblog. And I'll say it again: "HE WANTS TO EXPAND THE BAILOUT. He wants to do... Read More
Responding to the insipid last question of the debate ( "What don't you know and how will you learn it?") and Obama's bloviating answer, reader Mike G. e-mails: "The first part of McCain's answer should have been: 'Well one thing I don't know is what the hell he just said and frankly, I'm OK with... Read More
I don't have any prizes to give away, but you get Special MM.com Bonus Points if your insipid question suggestion gets asked tonight. As for drinking game proposals, I recommend taking a swig every time Tom Brokaw inserts his two cents after the citizens ask their questions. Apparently, the two campaigns agreed that he wouldn't... Read More
I blogged my warning earlier today about how tonight's Brokaw-moderated town hall debate is a recipe for pander politics at its worst. Expect a lot of disgruntled me-me-me questions. Michelle Obama will feel right at home. Reader David e-mails a suggestion: "Instead of a drinking game tonight, maybe you can do a 'predict the first... Read More
Plant Watch.
Here we go again. Tonight's second presidential debate will be moderated by another left-leaning journalist, Tom Brokaw. More significantly, the format will be a town hall. Brokaw will pick the questions from a pre-selected pool. "Tuesday's match-up at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., will be moderated by NBC's Tom Brokaw, with the questions to be... Read More
Gloves off.
Last week, the McCain campaign said it would be too complicated and politically incorrect to blast Obama for his Fannie/Freddie complicity. They didn't want to go there. Looks like common sense mugged the Maverick. Better late, than never -- via Ed Morrissey, here's McCain's prepared text for an event later today: Our current economic crisis... Read More
Soft-headed.
One of the most glaring failures of both John McCain and Sarah Palin in their debates has been their failure to pound Obama/Biden/the Dems on the Fannie/Freddie/Community Reinvestment Act debacles. Why? Why? Why are they passing up a golden opportunity to expose the disastrous consequences of decades of Democrat social engineering, minority-mau-mau-ing, and crony pseudocapitalism?... Read More
"Breakthrough."
Scroll down for updates...race card-playing Gwen Ifill did not inform the debate panel about her book... My first syndicated column of the week, filed this afternoon, shines light on PBS anchor Gwen Ifill, who will moderate Thursday's only vice presidential debate. Try as she might to deflect questions about her impartiality, her biases -- and... Read More
Report card.
I'm giving it to McCain -- and you know I'm a tough grader on him. He was slow out of the gate -- a broken record on earmarks and spending -- but Obama failed to turn the bailout debacle against him. McCain hit his stride in the second half, schooling Obama on counterinsurgency, Iraq, Pakistan,... Read More
"He's absolutely right..."
Hah. The rapid response/multimedia team at the McCain campaign is earning its pay:
Scroll down for updates and liveblogging...Obama hammers Bush-McCain theme, McCain emphasizes -- sigh -- fighting against "climate change...with Sen. Clinton"...McCain hits his stride on the war, foreign policy, Obama's no-preconditions bungle...Gaffe of the debate so far: Obama trying to respond to McCain on his military/moral authority: "I've got a bracelet, too!" What a week, huh?... Read More
Better late than never, I guess.
Well. After years of John McCain basking in the glow of NYTimes-conferred maverick status, after enjoying heaps of praise from the open-borders editorial board for his shamnesty efforts, and after touting the NYTimes editorial endorsement on the McCain campaign website just eight short months ago, Team McCain has discovered -- gasp! -- that the NYTimes... Read More
Shhhhhh.
Ugh. Sorry to spoil your Monday morning, but John McCain is off to a cringe-inducing start this week. While Sarah Palin is galvanizing the conservative base and attracting tens of thousands to her rallies, John McCain is... *Pandering to the open-borders lobby again. At a rally in Scranton this morning, he was bragging about the... Read More
The bipartisan fleecing of America.
The presidential nominees of the Evil Party and the Stupid Party both support a massive bailout of the auto industry. Tack on another $25 billion to bailout-palooza. And forget conservative principles: Michigan's electoral votes are at stake! As I have said many times: God save us from bipartisanship. If your blood pressure isn't off the... Read More
Full of crap. (Content warning: Don't click if you don't want to see the full, deranged Greenberg ape photoshop.)
Jill Greenberg's "art:" Craptastic. The NYPost asked me to write a special column on The Atlantic's Jill Greenberg photo fiasco. Here's the intro (link): When you lie down with Bush-hating photographers, you get up with public-relations nightmares. So learned The Atlantic magazine after hiring celebrity lenswoman Jill Greenberg to take portrait shots of John McCain.... Read More
Dear Barack Obama.
Michael Graham's got a good idea.
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