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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ooops! Bill Clinton Praises John McCain

From CNN:

Bill Clinton has long pointed out he has enjoyed a good relationship with John McCain, but for a moment the former president almost sounded like a surrogate for the Republican presidential nominee Thursday morning.

Appearing on ABC's Good Morning America, Clinton said McCain's move to suspend his campaign and request a delay in the first presidential debate was a move done in "good faith," rather than as a stunt to halt falling poll numbers as several Democrats have alleged.

"I presume he did that in good faith since I know he wanted — I remember he asked for more debates to go all around the country and so I don't think we ought to overly parse that," Clinton said, sounding a familiar McCain Campaign talking point.

A few hours later Clinton lavished praise on McCain as he introduced him at the Clinton Global Initiative forum, saying Republican presidential nominee had taken the lead in his party when it comes to climate change.

"When most people in his party were thinking that global warming was overstated and maybe even a myth — he decided to look into it," he said.

The former president also described the two trips that McCain took with his wife Hillary Clinton, “the junior senator from New York," to look into the issue.

But Clinton has also been effusive in his praise for Obama in recent days, telling CBS earlier this week the Illinois senator is better-suited than McCain to bring the country out of the economic crisis.

Clinton's praise of McCain also came days after he told CNN's Larry King Live he was looking forward to campaigning on behalf of Barack Obama, but was not planning on "dumping" on McCain.

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Blogger Michael Higby said:

By the way, expect to see Clinton as possibly the US Ambassador to the UN if McCain wins.

September 25, 2008 3:31 PM  

Blogger haikula said:

CNN? Why, how can YOU quote from a source like CNN!?!? Don't ya know it's...it's...it's not what you're supposed to quote from if you support John McCain???

GAWD, I can't wait to hear the Obama-ditto-ers try and discredit CNN!

September 25, 2008 3:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Republican source: Lesbian rumors ruined Condoleezza Rice's VP chances

September 25, 2008 3:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bill Clinton is an asshole and very very jealous that Barack Obama beat his wife. Bill was looking for HIllary to give him a job in the White House. I've never heard so many Democrats criticize Bill for the way he's speaking out. Did you all see the Letterman video with Chris Rock? Hilarious

September 25, 2008 4:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh dear god what has John McCain done to us? My pet rock from the 70's is smarter than the Alaskan Idiot.

KATIE COURIC: You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?

SARAH PALIN: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land-- boundary that we have with-- Canada. It-- it's funny that a comment like that was-- kind of made to-- cari-- I don't know, you know? Reporters--


PALIN: Yeah, mocked, I guess that's the word, yeah.

COURIC: Explain to me why that enhances your foreign policy credentials.

PALIN: Well, it certainly does because our-- our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They're in the state that I am the executive of. And there in Russia--

COURIC: Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?

PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth. We-- we do-- it's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where-- where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is-- from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to-- to our state.

September 25, 2008 4:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sorry Sarah, Alaska does not have it's own foreign policy or trade agreements with foreign countries.

Nice try. Trade missions with people shaking hands, making nice-nice, and provide U.S. politicians with excuses to take junkets, don't count in the foreign policy column.

September 25, 2008 4:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

He's just a gaffe machine!

Despite His Opposition To Coal, Biden Called Himself A "Hard-Coal Miner"

Barack Obama "Ain't Taking My Shotguns" And That "If He Tries To Fool With My Beretta, He's Got A Problem."

"It's Time To Be Patriotic" And Pay Higher Taxes

Being A Councilman Is Harder Than Being Senator

"Barack AMERICA!"

Biden Said That His Own Campaign Ad Criticizing John McCain's Computer Use Was "Terrible." CBS' Katie Couric: "Are you disappointed with the tone of the campaign -- the lipstick on the pig stuff and some of the ads? And you guys haven't been completely guilt-free, making fun of John McCain's inability to use a computer?" Biden: "I thought that was terrible, by the way." Couric: "Why'd you do it then?" Biden: "I didn't know we did it, and if I'd had anything to do with it, we would have never done it. I don't think Barack ... you know, I just think that was..." Couric: "Did Barack Obama approve that ad? He said he did, right?" Biden: "I don't think anything was intentional about that. They were trying to make another point." (CBS' "Evening News," 9/22/08)

September 25, 2008 5:05 PM  

Anonymous Sergio said:

Before you dismiss that Commander of the Alaska National Guard stuff. This came from a reader who plays the game and it jibes with my knowledge.

Alaska is the first line of defense in our missile interceptor defense system. The 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard is the unit that protects the entire nation from ballistic missile attacks. It’s on permanent active duty, unlike other Guard units.

As governor of Alaska, Palin is briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counterterrorism. Her exposure to classified material may rival even Biden's.

She's also the commander in chief of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF), a federally recognized militia incorporated into Homeland Security's counterterrorism plans.

Palin is privy to military and intelligence secrets that are vital to the entire country's defense. Given Alaska's proximity to Russia, she may have security clearances we don't even know about.

According to the Washington Post, she first met with McCain in February, but nobody ever found out. This is a woman used to keeping secrets.

She can be entrusted with our national security, because she already is.

September 25, 2008 5:11 PM  

Anonymous Sergio said:

The Los Angeles Times on September 6, 2008 reported that Governor Sarah Palin oversees military units whose duties include serving overseas as well as search-and-rescue (SAR) missions at Ft. Greely.

The LA Times article went on to say that the Alaska Air National Guard is 1,946 service member strong and has participated in several search-and-rescue missions. Since Palin's election in 2006 the Air Guard has flown 521 missions, saving 200 lives and assisting with the rescue of 77 more people. The foreign deployments of units and the operation of missile interceptors are not the responsibility of state governors. That comes down from the regular U.S. military chain of command.

Ft. Greely is located about 100 miles South East of Anchorage, Alaska. In 1995 the base was slated for realignment by 2001 in but still remains open as a facility for Alaska National Guard, COLD REGIONS TEST CENTER (CRTC), Missle Defense Agency (MDA) and U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC).

The Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF) is a military police organization that was primarily created as a back up for the National Guard. According to their web site they work with primarily "State and local emergency management agencies in Homeland Security, disaster assistance, planning, exercises, and operations in response and recovery for both natural and man-made disasters."

September 25, 2008 5:16 PM  

Anonymous peter principle said:

Survey of likley voters in Delaware show that they feel Biden is better prepared to be VP than Palin.

No big surprise there, but by a result of 43% to 37%, Alaskan votes agreed that Biden would be the better choice.


September 25, 2008 5:20 PM  

Anonymous i feel your pain said:

Sarah Palin defender says that her recent public appearances have been "pity-inducing."

Still, he offers one possibility for her embarassing performances -- basically, that the McCain campaign is forcing her to say that she supports things that she really doesn't.

"One of two things is absolutely clear at this point: she is either (a) completely ignorant about the most basic political issues -- a vacant, ill-informed, incurious know-nothing, or (b) aggressively concealing her actual beliefs about these matters because she's petrified of deviating from the simple-minded campaign talking points she's been fed and/or because her actual beliefs are so politically unpalatable, even when taking into account the right-wing extremism that is permitted, even rewarded, in our mainstream."


September 25, 2008 5:29 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Memo to the guy who keeps posting that Obama is a Muslim:

We get it. I'm not going to approve any more of those posts until you have something different and more substantive.

I encourage the other burros with magic powers to do the same.

September 25, 2008 5:47 PM  

Anonymous nothing to hide? said:

According to this report from Time Magazine, Sarah Palin says she'll cooperate with the Troopergate investigation ... kind of.

She won't cooperate with the original investigation that was unanimously approved by the state senate's Judiciary Committee (majority Republican) that Palin endorsed in the spirit of transparency.

But she will cooperate with an investigator from the state personnel board whose three members are accountable to the governor.

What in the world is so wrong with cooperating with any and all investigations if you have nothing to hide?

This is a serious flipflop.


September 25, 2008 5:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LANCASTER, Pa., Sept 25, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- The Franklin & Marshall College National Poll, produced in partnership with Hearst-Argyle Television, finds that John McCain/Sarah Palin lead Barack Obama/Joe Biden nationally by two percentage points (45% to 43%) among registered voters, with 10% undecided. McCain has an advantage among men (52% to 37%), those over 55 (48% to 37%), whites (53% to 35%), fundamentalist Christians (60% to 30%, up from an 8% lead in a June poll), military veterans (58% to 29%), and among Southerners (50% to 36%). Obama leads among women (48% to 38%), those between 18-34 years of age (49% to 39%), Catholics (45% to 41%), African Americans (85% to 2%), and those living in the Northeast (53% to 35%).

September 25, 2008 6:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What country was that in? Oz?

September 25, 2008 6:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here's a poll. Who would you most like to see naked:

( )Valley Doll
( )Sarah Palin
( )Matt Dowd
( )HaikuLA
( )Rosie O'Donnell
( )Tom LaBonge
( )Regis Philbin
( )Jan Perry

September 25, 2008 6:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

higby, if you want to start parsing the Muslim posts, you should also parse the repetitive posts about sarah palin.

to the person who provided a poll of Delaware residents, the next thing we know, you'll find a poll of people in massachusetts who like Ted Kennedy.

September 25, 2008 6:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

None of the above.

September 25, 2008 9:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:11 - You post that same exact thing on every thread, every day. We get what you believe. Stop now. Repeating it over and over won't make it true.

September 26, 2008 2:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:45- It seems that the 5:11 posts include more than belief but a reference to several facts and to an LA Times item.

That would mean it exists or it doesn't in terms of facts, so your statement, "Repeating it over and over won't make it true," addresses the post as a subjective matter, an opinion, but that does not also fit for the objectives elements presented in the posts.

In the city.

September 26, 2008 7:35 PM  

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