10:25 PM

My New Blog...

...is located here. Check it out, if you feel so inclined.

John McCain lost the election. While this was, in some sense, the ultimate goal of my having created this blog, it also renders the blog somewhat pointless. If McCain does anything particularly outlandish in the future I'll post it here, but otherwise, consider MSTP dead. I'm cooking up ideas for another one soon; if/when that comes to fruition, I'll let you all know here.

Thanks so much for reading! I had a great time maintaining this blog, and I hope the few who read it gained some insight by doing so. I will keep it all online, so that there may be an easily-accessible web archive of the insane/stupid/insanely stupid things McCain did during this campaign, available for all to read at their leisure. Have a nice day, and I'll see you at Obama's inauguration.*

*In spirit.

Yet another example of a McCain supporter jumping ship and supporting Obama (albeit not quite as notable as some of the previous examples mentioned on this blog). From The Independent Florida Alligator:

Throughout Biden’s speech, about 25 students supporting McCain waved Republican campaign signs and a yellow Gadsden flag, used during the Revolutionary War, by the back fence of the arena.

“It stands for preserving liberty,” said Bryan Griffin, UF College Republicans chairman, of the flag, adding that Obama’s policies would strip Americans of some liberties, such as choosing how to spend their money.

Not all Republicans were there to protest.

“I wanted to see the next vice president of the United States,” said Josh Simmons, Gators for McCain chairman.

Simmons said he voted for Obama about two weeks ago.

“I’ve seen a different John McCain than the one I signed up to work for,” he said.

Simmons said he submitted his resignation Sunday night and will no longer be chairman for the group
, which has more than 1,000 members.

“I expect them to be incredibly pissed off,” he said.

McCain really needs to get some more competent spokesmen. First it was Tucker "Weasel" Bounds, now it's Michael "Apathetic Blob" Goldfarb. Goldfarb alleged that Barack Obama has "a long track record of being around anti-Semitic and anti-Israel" rhetoric. When pressured by anchor Rick Sanchez to name these anti-Semetic people Obama has been linked to, he couldn't, and evaded the question in possibly the laziest way imaginable.


SANCHEZ: Now, is the -- I need to parse this out as best I can from you, Michael. The fact that John McCain's organization gave $448,000 to this group that was founded by Mr. Khalidi, is there no reason for some to be critical of as well just as some might be critical of Barack Obama for being at a meeting with some girl read a poem for example?

GOLDFARB: Look. You are missing the point again, Rick. The point is that Barack Obama has a long track record of being around anti-Semitic and anti-Israel and anti-American rhetoric.

SANCHEZ: Can you name one other person besides Khalidi who he hangs around that is anti-Semitic?

GOLDFARB: Yes, he pals around with William Ayers.

SANCHEZ: No, no, the question I asked you is that can you name one other person who he hangs around with who is anti-Semitic? Because that is what you said.

GOLDFARB: Look, we know there are people who Barack Obama has been in hot water--

SANCHEZ: Michael, I asked you the name one person. One.


SANCHEZ: You said he hangs around with people who are anti-Semitic. Okay. Khalidi and name other people that we all know about?

GOLDFARB: And rick, we both know who number two is.

SANCHEZ: Who? Would you tell us?

GOLDFARB: No, Rick, I think we all know who we are talking about here.

SANCHEZ: Somebody who is anti-Semitic that he hangs around with.

GOLDFARB: I think we all know who we are talking about.

SANCHEZ: Say it.

GOLDFARB: I think we all know who we're talking about, rick.

SANCHEZ: Well, you say that his policies differ from Barack Obama and many other people, and either way, we have the leave it at that.

In an appearance on Meet The Press, Tom Brokaw asked John McCain to respond to Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama. He replied that he's "very, very happy to know that five former Secretaries of State who I admire enormously" have endorsed him. He then struggled to name all five.

He does okay until the end, at which point he can't remember the name of the fifth former Secretary of State who endorsed him. Later, when the topic of conversation has shifted to something else, McCain finally remembers who it was (George Schultz), and interrupts Brokaw to tell him.

I was proper confused the first time I saw the clip, because the exchange at the end goes like this:

Brokaw: Now, Senator, we open today with a, uhh--with how you're doing in Iowa. The Des Moines Register has endorsed--

McCain: George Schultz!

The New Republic reports that Charles Fried, one of McCain's advisors (and a Reagan appointee) has left the McCain campaign and voted for Obama by absentee ballot.

From The New Republic:

Charles Fried, a professor at Harvard Law School, has long been one of the most important conservative thinkers in the United States. Under President Reagan, he served, with great distinction, as Solicitor General of the United States. Since then, he has been prominently associated with several Republican leaders and candidates, most recently John McCain, for whom he expressed his enthusiastic support in January.

This week, Fried announced that he has voted for Obama-Biden by absentee ballot. In his letter to Trevor Potter, the General Counsel to the McCain-Palin campaign, he asked that his name be removed from the several campaign-related committees on which he serves. In that letter, he said that chief among the reasons for his decision "is the choice of Sarah Palin at a time of deep national crisis."

I've never before heard of an advisor quitting a political campaign two weeks before an election and supporting the opponent. On a related note, The Wall Street Journal recently posted a small list of prominent Republicans who, following Colin Powell's endorsement, have publicly stated their support for Senator Obama.

From The Wall Street Journal:

Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld is endorsing Obama today at a press conference in Salem, N.H. Weld was a public supporter of Mitt Romney in the Republican primaries. In a statement, Weld called Obama a “once-in-a-lifetime candidate who will transform our politics and restore America’s standing in the world.”

On Thursday, former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson endorsed Obama at the state capitol. “I think we have in Barack Obama the clear possibility of a truly great president,” he said. “I would contend that it’s the most important election of my lifetime.”

Scott McClellan, a former spokesman for President George W. Bush, also endorsed Obama Thursday. USA Today reported that McClellan told CNN in a taping to be aired this weekend that Obama has “the best chance of changing the way Washington works.”

Ken Adelman, a prominent conservative on foreign policy matters announced his support for Obama on Tuesday, telling the New Yorker that his decision was based on temperament and judgment.

Adelman called McCain “impetuous, inconsistent, and imprudent; ending up just plain weird” in his handling of the U.S. economic crisis. He also was unsettled by McCain’s choice of running mate. “Not only is Sarah Palin not close to being acceptable in high office—I would not have hired her for even a mid-level post in the arms-control agency,” Adelman wrote.

12:27 PM

Just for Fun

Courtesy of Something Awful forums user Infiniteseal. Some of these are, admittedly, more damning than others. Some aren't really contradictions, but are incriminating for other reasons.

The Iraq War
Social Security (this one's pretty damning)
Jerry Falwell
The Economy (this is from a different source than the others)

At the debate last night, McCain stated:

"Every time there's been an out-of-bounds remark made by a Republican, no matter where they are, I have repudiated them."
Earlier this month, Jeffery Frederick compared Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden. When asked in an interview with WSLS whether or not he agreed with this comparison , McCain stated:
“I have to look at the context of his remarks."
That's not a repudiation.

Politico ran a good article about all of the lies and half-truths of the McCain campaign. I've bolded certain revealing segments (in fairness, I've kept and bolded a small part that's critical of Obama, as well).

From The Politico:

1. On "The View," McCain claimed Sarah Palin did not take or request earmarks as governor of Alaska. "Not as governor, she didn't," McCain said. But in her first year in office, she requested $256 million in earmarks from the federal government.

2. Shortly after announcing Sarah Palin as his running mate, the McCain campaign ran an ad claiming, "She stopped the bridge to nowhere" — perhaps the most thoroughly debunked claim about the Alaska governor, who supported the bridge project before changing her position late in the game. Asked about the bridge during her 2006 gubernatorial bid, Palin replied: "I'm not going to stand in the way of progress."

3. At the Republican National Convention, McCain claimed Obama's national health insurance plan would "force small businesses to cut jobs, reduce wages and force families into a government-run health care system where a bureaucrat stands between you and your doctor." But according to factcheck.org, Obama's plan does not place burdens on small business, and people would have the option of keeping their existing insurance plans.

4. In a campaign ad, "Dome," McCain claimed Obama's election would result in "painful income taxes, skyrocketing taxes on life savings, electricity and home heating oil," the clear implication being that Obama wants to hike these tax rates. But factcheck.org says Obama hasn't proposed a tax on electricity or home heating oil and wouldn't raise taxes on investments for individuals earning less than $200,000 a year.

It's possible Obama's election would result in these tax rates increasing. But this McCain-Palin claim is a little like the Obama camp's misleading attack on McCain's Social Security plan, tagging his opponent with the most undesirable, unintended and far from certain consequences of his policy proposals.

5. McCain has repeatedly accused Obama of supporting higher taxes on people making as little as $42,000 a year. "Two times, on March 14, 2008 and June 4, 2008, in the Democratic budget resolution, he voted to raise taxes on people making just $42,000 per year," McCain said this week. But this is a misleading claim: Obama's votes were for nonbinding resolutions, which supported allowing certain Bush administration tax cuts to expire but didn't actually have the effect of raising taxes.

6. In a July visit to Colorado, McCain told voters: "I want to look you in the eye: I will not raise your taxes nor support a tax increase. I will not do it." Last Sunday, however, McCain acknowledged to ABC's George Stephanopoulos that his health care plan could lead to some people paying taxes on employer-provided health insurance.

"It depends on what plan they have," McCain said. "But that's usually the wealthiest people."

7. McCain's campaign claimed adviser Rick Davis had taken a leave of absence from his firm, Davis Manafort, and vigorously attacked a New York Times story suggesting that Davis had profited from Davis Manafort's relationship with mortgage lender Freddie Mac. "Mr. Davis has seen no income from Davis Manafort since 2006," wrote McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb, who called the Times story "demonstrably false."

"Mr. Davis has never — never — been a lobbyist for either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac."

But Davis Manafort was receiving $15,000 monthly payments from Freddie Mac as recently as August, and while the payments didn't go to Davis personally he still stands to gain from the success of his firm.

8. McCain has boasted of never requesting a single earmark, saying in January: "I have never asked for nor received a single earmark or pork-barrel project for my state." But he has requested federal funding for special projects back home, including $10 million for a center at the University of Arizona, $5 million for a home-state water project and spending authority to purchase land around Arizona's Luke Air Force Base.

Politifact says it's a matter of debate whether these projects constitute pork-barrel spending — but clearly McCain has searched for federal help in his own backyard.

9. In last Friday's debate, McCain accused Obama of "voting to cut off funds for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan." But Obama has consistently voted in favor of war funding bills, including an earlier version of the bill McCain was discussing. The Illinois senator voted against this particular proposal because it did not push the Bush administration toward a timetable for withdrawal. McCain's comment was technically defensible — but rather too sly to be called "absolute truth."

10. In July, McCain accused Obama of skipping his visit to a military hospital in Germany because he was told he couldn't bring reporters and video cameras. McCain ran an ad saying: "Seems the Pentagon wouldn't allow him to bring cameras." But when pressed to provide evidence that Obama had canceled the visit for this reason, McCain's campaign could not support their claim — and media reports found no evidence that Obama had ever planned to bring media with him.