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Saturday, April 26, 2008

McCain Respectful Politics, Wink, Wink

Democrat’s should all be thankful to Senator McCain for wanting to run a clean Republican campaign without all the negativity and nastiness aimed at Senator’s Obama and Clinton. Not that Senator Obama does not have a few skeletons in his closet but it will be nice to see a Presidential campaign based on the issues instead of accusation of who stuck a wad of gum under which lunch table in high school.

Now that the North Carolina campaign is in full swing the television ads from all camps will be flying on the airwaves and we all know about those pesky privately funded advertisements. We all know that the candidates technically can not be held responsible for the actions of any politically active groups supporting their election bid for the White House. Wink, wink, wink!

We can’t hold John McCain liable for below the fray politics if it didn’t come from his campaign war chest or even his lips. Wink, wink, wink! Over at CNN they have this piece on John McCain and his very respectful campaign strategy and we should be truly thankful for his personal integrity on running an issue based election…

After McCain effectively clinched the Republican nomination, he called on his party to run a respectful, above-the-fray campaign.

But the ad, conceived by North Carolina Republicans, appears to defy that call.
"For 20 years, Barack Obama sat in his pew listening to his pastor," the TV ad says.

The ad then airs comments from Obama's pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who says: "And then wants us to sing 'God Bless America?' No, no, no. Not 'God Bless America,' God [expletive] America."

McCain's campaign released an e-mail he sent North Carolina GOP Chairwoman Linda Daves that asked her not to run the ad.

"In the strongest terms, I implore you to not run this advertisement," he wrote. "This ad does not live up to the very high standards we should hold ourselves to in this campaign."
North Carolina Republicans refused to pull the ad.

"I can't dictate to them. But I want to be the candidate of everybody. I want to be the candidate of Republicans and Democrats and independents," he said Wednesday.

During one New Orleans appearance, an audience member questioned McCain about an endorsement he received from controversial Pastor John Hagee, who once said on a radio show that "what happened in New Orleans looks like the curse of God."

"When someone endorses me, [it] does not mean I embrace their views," he responded. Later on his bus, McCain elaborated, "I didn't attend pastor Hagee's church for 20 years."

Wink, wink, wink. Key phase from McCain himself is; "I didn't attend pastor Hagee's church for 20 years."

Maybe the press should ask Senator McCain what the definition of the phase “Above the fray” means in relation to respectful campaigning? Get the old Maverick in the hot seat like they had Bill Clinton when he had to define the word “It” during one of his “Personal” indiscretions.

One can picture John McCain reviewing the television advertisement being very disgruntled about the negative content and yet nodding his head and winking in full approval while Karl Rove okayed the ads to run all over North Carolina. Technically, McCain did not approve it but maybe his consultant did? This is of course all speculation but the only speculation that makes sense for McCain to utter the phrase in defense of his association and endorsement with and by Reverend John Hagee.

I think if I had the lesser of two evils and associations that I would prefer Reverend Wright’s every single time. McCain with this remark has proven the fact that he has no intention to run a clean fight against Obama for the White House.


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Blogger Just Wondering said...

Papamoka, I think you've got something in your eye!! LOL.
Great post.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Papamoka said...


Thanks for the compliment my friend...

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Infidel753 said...

Key phase from McCain himself is; "I didn't attend pastor Hagee's church for 20 years."

I don't support McCain or any Republican, but it seems to me that this particular point is a legitimate one for McCain to make. Obama supporters commonly respond to the Wright issue by pointing at Hagee, so it's reasonable for McCain to point out why the two situations are not, in fact, similar.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

In the context of the piece Senator McCain is telling folks one thing but actually doing the other. Politics... I know. Lying theiving jerks the whole lot of them.

What I truly find ironic is that McCain can play the religion card and it always appeals to his base but Obama does not have that option or the appearance of it.

12:48 PM  
Blogger B.J. said...

John McCain is a mealy-mouthed, two-faced skunk who, in my opinion, is bordering on senility.

Living in Upstate South Carolina, all my network and cable news channels are carrying North Carolina ads. Since my TV is tuned to these channels from early morning until around 10 p.m., I thought I would comment on the political ads I’m hearing.

Barack Obama is running the most ads, about one every 15 minutes. They are positive, issue-driven ads.

I have heard one ad paid for by Hillary (positive) and none paid for by McCain. and the Democratic National Committee are running anti-McCain ads with some regularity.

As for the local-politician ad addressed in the CNN article, the only place I’ve heard that ad is on cable news, and I’ve heard it many times. Seems to me cable news is helping the North Carolina Republicans in this effort!

5:01 AM  

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