McCain: “It’s Psychological”

20recession The Corporate Media spent a week attacking Obama for saying some rural voters might be “bitter” over the loss of economic opportunities.

By that measure, it certainly is worth a month of TV time to analyze John McCain’s claim that the recession is “psychological,” and the cure is a summer holiday from the $.18 federal gasoline tax.

I’m very concerned about it, Neil. And obviously the way it’s been going up is just terrible. But I think psychologically — and a lot of our problems today, as you know, are psychological — the confidence, trust, the uncertainty about our economic future, ability to keep our own home. This might give them a little psychological boost. Let’s have some straight talk, it’s not a huge amount of money.

According to the latest ABC/WaPo poll, 90% of Americans think the economy is going south. Did 90% of Americans suddenly lose their minds, or did the economy … turn south?… [emphasis original]

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mccain3 OK, McConJob!  Lets have some straight talk.

That the distribution of income in the US is the most inequitable it has been since 1928, and the distribution of wealth, the most inequitable it has ever been is NOT psychological.  That more Americans are homeless, unemployed, without health care and/or without enough to eat than ever before is NOT psychological.  That we cringe every time we see huge price increases for our food, fuel and medicine is NOT psychological.  That our currency is falling to record lows is NOT psychological.

In contrast, that you have placed yourself on both sides of virtually every issue IS psychological.  That you cannot learn basic facts IS psychological.  That you voted for torture IS psychological. That you gleefully sang “Bomb Bomb Iran” in a public meeting IS psychological.  That you cannot hold your temper IS psychological.

That’s straight talk, McNutCase!


McCain Woos Lobbyists

mccain2 The Politico reports that Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) campaign manager, Rick Davis, a former lobbyist himself, “is quietly selling [McCain’s] gameplan to the inside-the-beltway crowd,” giving presentations to major Washington lobbyists:

The previous night, Davis was giving a similar, if broader, presentation to a smaller group of the capital’s top lobbyists and p.r. gurus at Johnny’s Half Shell, a Capitol Hill watering hole.

Davis spoke to about 30 people, according to a lobbyist who attended, and described the gathering as the manager’s “first major outreach to the Washington community.”

Present were top officials from energy and utility concerns such as Nuclear Energy Institute, Edison Electric, the American Petroleum Institute, American Gas Association and Exelon. Also there were senior executives from heavyweight p.r. firms Edelman and Burson Martseller.

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He’s the best McConJob money can buy, and he’;s shopping like hell for lobbyists dumb enough to buy him.

Cross-posted from Politics Plus

GOP Sweetheart: 4/10 – Pat Robertson

robertson …Commenting on the report, co-host Pat Robertson said of Islam: “I want to say it again, and again, and again: Islam is not a religion, it is a political system meant on — bent on world domination, not a religion. It masquerades as a religion, but the religion covers a worldwide attempt to exercise power and to subjugate the world to their way of thinking.”…

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Only a true GOP Sweetheart would combine sufficient ignorance and audacity as to claim that Islam is not even a religion, based on a statement that applies only to a very small minority of Muslims.

Cross-posted from Politics Plus

GOP Sweetheart: 4/7 – Neil Cavuto

fox-sheep Recently we have been discussing the MSM trend toward infotainment and infoganda rather that substantive news, but this statement sets a new extreme for absurdity. Seriously, you won’t even believe this one:

Economy sees good job growth.” On the day 80,000 March job loss reported, headline on “managing editor of business news” Neil Cavuto’s webpage linking to November 2007 report. 4/5/08

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Only a true GOP sweetheart would tell such an ignorant lie to the American people.

Cross-posted from Politics Plus