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Changing Winds in Presidential Campaign

This week has brought the winds of change to the presidential campaign. The winds have successfully pushed the democratic race, which has been teetering on the brink of history for several weeks, back on track towards nominating the first African-American candidate for president.

Even Rush Limbaugh’s wind was not sufficient to keep the Clinton campaign on its track. Instead, the rats started jumping ship, seeking high priced book deals for tell-all insights into her doomed campaign. Money has long ago dried up, and now things verge on seeming downright pathetic where the only folks still willing to provide financial support is the candidate herself and her spouse.

Quite frankly, give the cues from Wolfson that he is writing a book, and from Terry McAauliffe that this thing won;t go until the convention, it appears quite evident that the Clinton Campaign realizes full well it is in its last throes and is merely shredding some last minute paper to stop some of the paper trail to follow the post mortem analysis.

A tipping point has been reached on the Republican side side as well. It appears the free ride given the straight talk express is about to come to an end. The blogosphere has successfully and forcefully raised sufficient doubt about McCain that Republicans at the RNC and on the Hill are beginning to panic; talking head Russert has admitted that McCain’s day of reckoning with the press will come; McCain’s wife and sugar mama is making herself fair game with comments about not releasing her tax returns under any circumstances and that her husband shall run a high road campaign while already running ads comparing Obama to Hamas.

If folks keep perspective here, and recognize that McCain still lost about a quarter of the Republican vote in recent primaries even without opposition; that democrats now have functioning state organizations in nearly every state; benefit from an incredible increase in voter registration, and financial support, as well as the tout de grace: McCain is running to be the successor to the worst and most upopular president in history, then perhaps it is appropriate, if only for a moment to sigh in some well deserved relief, a smile even.   Perhaps this democratic contest has helped more than it has harmed afterall.

The proof is still to come, if progressive democrats were to take the presidency, senate and house, as well as be in a position to help restore integrity to a federal judiciary that has long ago turned into a republican right wing patronage machine.  wouldn’t it be nice?


John’s McCain’s Female Trouble

In recent months, John McCain’s campaign has done its best–and thus far has succeeded– to shut down access to two important women in McCain’s wife, Cindy, and Vicki Iseman.   All public traces of Vicki Iseman disappeared shortly after the NYT article linking McCain and Iseman possibly romantically and certainly in terms of pedaling political influence.   Iseman’s picture disappeared from her company website, and she has not been heard from since, sort of like Ashley Dupre disappearing in the weeks since Elliot Spitzer resigned from office.  Although Spitzer is no longer a public figure and thus his connections to Dupre are no longer much our business, McCain remains salient, and thus liaisons remain our business.   Vicki Iseman, where are you?  Media, why not do your job here?

More intriguing is the person standing adoringly behind McCain during his campaign stops and primary victories. Unlike Dupre and Iseman, Cindy McCain is a political figure. Unlike Chelsea, she has chosen her role as the adoring spouse. Given Hillary’s influence over Bill (thus a role model for first spouses), it is quite possible that Cindy could become quite an influential member of a McCain Administration. Thus, just as the public has a right to know about Bill’s tax returns,  the public  has a right to know the sources of Cindy’s 100 million portfolio. 

The campaign’s fabrication of Cindy’s home family recipes– plagarized from Rachel Rey– something seemingly benign, still shines a light on the character of John’s political spouse.  All the more reason to see what’s in her tax returns.

Finally, the press might want answers to a troubling pattern in John McCain’s response to pertinent questions about the women in his life.  The women (or at least their voices) disappear. 



Schecter’s new Book on McCain a test for Media

Here’s the question. Will Chris Matthews and Tim Russert deem it newsworthy to interview Cliff Schecter, author of the forthcoming book, The Real McCain. It would be a test of sorts to see if two mainstream, white, male commentators with issues about women, and believed to be in the bag for McCain, would follow up on well substantiated misogyny claims against their guy. 

Here’s why such an interview would be important. In the past, these commentators have given McCain a pass for calling senate colleagues, “shitheads,” “assholes” and in at least one case “a fucking jerk.” Perhaps some journalists and talking heads think such comments are pretty cool especially if you are not too concerned with an elected officials’ hair triggered temper, or lack of appropriateness, decorum, and professionalism. How “maverick,” even.   Perhaps it’s kinda cool to see your commander in chief call an agonist an asshole, but pretty scary to imagine these words coming out of the mouth of the diplomat in chief, another important presidential assignment. Do we really need another misanthropic president (Cheney, Nixon being others)?

When you add misogyny to the mix, the test is on to see how this white, male McCain fan base might hold his feet to the fire for demeaning not only all women, but his own wife. According to Schecter,

Three reporters from Arizona, on the condition of anonymity, also let me in on another incident involving McCain’s intemperateness. In his 1992 Senate bid, McCain was joined on the campaign trail by his wife, Cindy, as well as campaign aide Doug Cole and consultant Wes Gullett. At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain’s hair and said, “You’re getting a little thin up there.” McCain’s face reddened, and he responded, “At least I don’t plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt.” McCain’s excuse was that it had been a long day. If elected president of the United States, McCain would have many long days.”

Think back to how McCain chuckled after one of his supporters referred to Hillary Clinton as “a b*tch.” Hardly the making for a civil and respectful fall campaign, as McCain insistently promises. Seems to me he holds his opponents in deep contempt. Such comments and responses seem hard wired, perhaps exacerbated by the fact that this guy was locked up in solitary confinement for 2 1/2 years. I think the pattern of verbal abuse is cause for discussion and alarm.

Of course the issue has to do with the McCain’s temper, but even more alarmingly is the misogenist and misanthropic ways of seeing the world that would inform a McCain administration.  The press has an obligation to investigate such patterns of behavior and abuse.